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Vespasian RIC-7598 viewsÆ Dupondius, 14.46g
Rome mint, 74 AD
RIC 759 (C). BMC p. 219 note. RPC 1983 (6 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev: PON•MAX•TR•POT•P•P•COS•V CENS; Winged caduceus between crossed cornuacopiae
Ex eBay, 16 October 2018. Ex Klassische Münzen.

Traditionally, the issue this rather strange dupondius is from has been attributed to various different mints over the years. Ted Buttrey writing in the RIC II.1 Addenda commented extensively on it. Because both the Addenda has yet to see the light of day and T. Buttrey's thoughts on the subject are important (and indeed likely correct), I have largely quoted it in full here with some minor editing.

'RIC 756-767 are irregular Dupondii, which should be taken together with Asses, semisses and quadrantes (RIC 1564-1581), forming together a single extraordinary issue in four denominations, distinct in typology and metal, as well as overall character from the regular coinage of the year. Although Eastern in aspect and reverse type, the circulation area of the dupondii is almost exclusively Gaul, Germany, Italy – i.e. the West, with scarcely any penetration of the East. Finds of the smaller denominations are rarely attested anywhere, East or West. The Eastern finds appear to be simply the débris of Mediterranean circulation.

Previously the series had been attributed to Commagene (BMCRE II, pp.217-222), then as a likelihood to Antioch (e.g. RPC II 1982-2005). The correct attribution to Rome is proved by mules of the dupondii with regular issues (Buttrey, “Vespasian’s Roman Orichalcum: An Unrecognized Celebratory Coinage” in David M. Jacobson and Nikos Kokkinos, Judaea and Rome in Coins, 65 CBE – 135 CE (2012). The series had nothing to do with Syria or with the East at all, yet it was purposefully designed to appear non-Roman: the suppression of the traditional reverse sub-inscription S C throughout; the suppression of the radiate crown of the Dupondius; the shifting of the consular dating from the obv. to the rev.; the striking of all four denominations in orichalcum; and most obviously the selection of rev. dies which reek of the East.

There is nothing like this series in the whole of Roman imperial coinage. It is a deliberate act of Orientalism, imposing the flavour of the East on a Western coinage. The key to its understanding is the reverse type of the dupondius, two crossed cornuacopiae with a winged caduceus between. It replicates the type of an obscure issue of the Galilean city of Sepphoris, an issue which had been, astonishingly, signed by Vespasian himself (ΕΠΙ ΟΥΕCΠΑCΙΑΝΟΥ, “on the authority of…”) when on duty there in the last days of Nero. The dupondius-sized bronze was accompanied by a half-unit with the type of a large, central S C – again signed by Vespasian, and now imitated on the As of the orichalcum series with the wreath of the As of Antioch (RPC I 4849-50).
The whole of this series memorializes not Vespasian the conquering general (IVDAEA CAPTA, VICTORIA AVGVSTI), but the man. His re-use of earlier coin types is well-known; here he re-uses his own, harking back to his career just prior to his final success in seizing the empire. And the series was struck in 74 A.D., co-terminous with the celebration of Vespasian’s first quinquennium.'

The coin itself is a superb example in very fine style. Beautiful dark golden patina with highlights of emerald green.
1 commentsDavid Atherton10/23/18 at 11:20quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Staff, Denarius, Crawford 78/14 viewsMetal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; Loop under visor; “X” behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; below, staff symbol; in linear frame, “ROMA”.
Mint: Sicily
Weight: 3.52 gm.
Reference: Crawford 78/1
Provenance: Tintinna auction 35, 27-FEB-2014


Comments: Crawford 78/1 may be among the earliest denari with peaked visor. Crawford suggests the staff is actually a decempeda or measuring pole as it seems to bear indications of length.

The present example shows little wear and only slightly off-center, but there is a small reverse flan chip at 10:30, and a fine crack extending from it. Otherwise, lovely toning and AEF.
2 commentsSteve B510/23/18 at 07:38okidoki: great example,
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Vespasian / Titus and Domitian on Horseback3 viewsVespasian AR Denarius, Rome Mint, 69-70 AD
O: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
R: TITVS ET DOMITIAN CAES PRIN IV; Titus and Domitian riding r., hands outstretched
- RIC 5 (R). BMC p. 7, RSC 539.

One of the rarest of the dynastic types.
1 commentsNemonater10/23/18 at 05:26Mat: Amazing and congrats
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Amisos, Pontos2 views3rd – 2nd Century B.C.
Silver Siglos (reduced)
3.83 gm, 15 mm
Obv.: Draped bust of Hera-Tyche right, wearing turreted stephane
Rev.: Owl facing with spread wings standing on shield; monogram to lower left.

SNG Black Sea 1110 var. (monogram);
BMC 13, p.15-16, 14-21 var.(monogram);
Sear 3643v (monogram);
HGC 7, 233
1 commentsJaimelai10/23/18 at 03:12EB: Great coin!
Lycia.jpg
Dynasts of Lycia, Mithrapata3 views390 – 370 B.C.
1/6 Stater
1.28 gm, 14 mm
Obv.: Lion scalp facing
Rev.: Triskeles with labrys in one section, Mithrapata in Lycian around, all within incuse square. Rare symbol.
Sear 5228 var.;
B.M.C. 19. 32, 136 var.;
cf. SNG Copenhagen Supp. -;
SNG von Aulock -
2 commentsJaimelai10/23/18 at 01:16Jaimelai: Thanks!
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M. Sergius Silus2 viewsM. Sergius Silus, denarius
3,84 g. 18 mm.
Obv. EX S C ROMA*, helmeted head of Roma right.
Rev. Horseman galloping left with sword & severed head held aloft, Q below horses leg, M SERGI below, SILVS in exergue.
Syd 534, Cra.286/1.
1 commentsMarsman10/22/18 at 22:46Jay GT4: Love this type!
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10 viewsTitus denarius 4 commentspaul188810/22/18 at 22:46Jay GT4: Wonderful!
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EB0017 Persephone / Nike2 viewsSyracuse Agathokles, SICILY, AR tetradrachm, 305-289 BC.
Obverse: KOΡAΣ, Head of Persephone right in wreath of corn.
Reverse: AΓAΘOKΛEIOΣ, Nike standing right, erecting trophy, hammer in her right hand, triskeles rotating right in lower left field.
References: Sear 974; BAR Issue 23; Hoover HGC 1536.
Diameter: 26.5mm, Weight: 17.05g.
1 commentsEB10/22/18 at 22:45Jay GT4: Great reverse
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Staff, Denarius, Crawford 78/14 viewsMetal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; Loop under visor; “X” behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; below, staff symbol; in linear frame, “ROMA”.
Mint: Sicily
Weight: 3.52 gm.
Reference: Crawford 78/1
Provenance: Tintinna auction 35, 27-FEB-2014


Comments: Crawford 78/1 may be among the earliest denari with peaked visor. Crawford suggests the staff is actually a decempeda or measuring pole as it seems to bear indications of length.

The present example shows little wear and only slightly off-center, but there is a small reverse flan chip at 10:30, and a fine crack extending from it. Otherwise, lovely toning and AEF.
2 commentsSteve B510/22/18 at 22:45Jay GT4: Great!
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Kings of Thrace. Lysimachos. (Circa 297-281)5 viewsAR Tetradrachm

16.04 g

Magnesia mint.

Obverse: Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, with horn of Ammon

Reverse: Athena Nikephoros seated left, left arm resting on shield, spear behind; filleted torch to outer left, monogram to inner left.

Thompson 115; HGC 3, 1743

Among the mints in Asia Minor which Lysimachos acquired through his military conquests in 302/1 BC, Magnesia was a fairly prolific issuer of coinage. In 287 BC, however, the city, along with its neighbor, Sardes, was captured by Demetrios I Poliorketes, only to be retaken by Lysimachos the following year. While Sardes was apparently closed throughout the remainder of Lysimachos’ reign, the mint at Magnesia was allowed to continue striking.
1 commentsNathan P10/22/18 at 22:44Jay GT4: Good looking coin
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Vespasian-RIC-136887 viewsAR Denarius, 3.60g
Uncertain mint, 69-71 AD
RIC 1368 (R2). BMC 419. RSC 221.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: IMPER below; Vespasian riding l., r. hand raised
Ex Künker 304, 19 March 2018, lot 1085.

Fascinating coins often come out of civil war. In late October 69 the Second Battle of Cremona was fought between the legions of Vitellius and Vespasian. It resulted in the utter defeat of the Vitellian side and their slow retreat towards Rome. Not long afterwards the Spanish legions went openly for Vespasian, which up until that point had only been neutrally friendly toward him. Coins were quickly struck for Vespasian in the newly won province. Most of these are attributed to Tarraco and an unknown Spanish mint. Intriguingly, a small military issue was contemporaneously struck at an uncertain mint somewhere in the western empire - Mattingly thought perhaps Aquileia. The issue contains some stylistic affinities with the Spanish series, but more importantly, recent metal analysis by K. Butcher and M. Ponting show the silver content is almost identical to that of the Spanish coins. It is very likely these early military denarii were also struck in Spain in late 69 soon after the province went over to Vespasian.

Here we have an extremely rare denarius from that uncertain military issue showing Vespasian in military dress riding left in the act of addressing his troops. Clearly, this is a propaganda type that was produced to help consolidate the legions in a newly won province. The type occurs no where else and is unique to the series. The portrait bears no resemblance to Vespasian, which is further evidence of the coin's early mintage, perhaps pre-dating the other Spanish issues.

Struck in high relief on a large flan.
9 commentsDavid Atherton10/22/18 at 20:31orfew: Wow, great portrait
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Kamnaskires IV13 viewsAR tetradrachm, c. 63/2 - 54/3 BC (dated 58/7 BC)
Van't Haaff 8.3.1-1
4 commentsRobert L310/22/18 at 18:31Steve P: winna-winna
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Phraates37 viewsAE tetradrachm, early to mid 2nd century AD
Van’t Haaff 14.7.1-1B.a variant (pellet to left of anchor)
3 commentsRobert L310/22/18 at 16:11Schatz: An absolute favorite of mine. Not too many around ...
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Kamnaskires-Orodes15 viewsAE tetradrachm, early to mid 2nd century AD
Van't Haaff 12.1.1-3E
4 commentsRobert L310/22/18 at 16:05Schatz: I love the KO tetras, this one is in excellent con...
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Elymais, Van´t Haaff 18.1-1-2B, Orodes V, Artemis7 viewsKingdom of Elymais
Orodes V
Late 2nd-Early 3rd Cent
Æ Drachm
Obv.: Bust to left, no legend, no anchor
Rev.: Bust of Artemis left, wearing tiara, anchor behind
Æ, 3.1g
Ref.: Van´t Haaff Type 18.1, Subtype 1-2B
2 commentsshanxi10/22/18 at 11:22Robert L3: Very nice for the type. Congrats.
GaleriusVirtusHorseQuinarius.jpg
Galerius7 viewsAE-Quinarius
MAXIMIANVS NO C; Laureate and cuirassed bust to right.
VIRTVS AVGG; Emperor on horseback galloping right, sparing enemy.
Ex:-
Siscia
RIC -; King 10var. (bust and obverse legend)
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia10/22/18 at 10:44Barnaba6: Beautiful!!!
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Branch, Denarius, Crawford 76/1a3 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 211 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with visor of three straight lines; Branch behind; “X” below chin of Roma. Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; in linear frame, “ROMA”.
Mint: Rome
Weight: 3.77 gm.
Reference: Crawford 76/1a
Provenance: Harlan Berk, 1-DEC-2008


Comments: Crawford lists four sub-varieties of 76/1 differentiated by the presence or absence of a small curl on the left shoulder and a fillet detail tied to the branch. This example is the most common variety without either of these details.

What Crawford does not differentiate is the two significantly different obverse styles found in this issue. The obverse of the first is rendered with Roma’s helmet visor comprised of three very short lines. This variety is always Cr. 76/1a without the curl and fillet details. The second variety has Roma’s helmet visor of three long lines and of somewhat more elegant style, and is found with and without the curl and fillet.
1 commentsSteve B510/22/18 at 07:24shanxi: nice style
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10 viewsTitus denarius 4 commentspaul188810/22/18 at 06:26Marsman: Beautiful elephant
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Unique Probus Antoninianus55 viewsPROBUS, 276-282. Mint Cyzicus.
Obv: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate cuirassed bust right
Rev: CLEMENTIA TEMP emperor standing right, holding sceptre, receiving globe from Jupiter
3.82 g.
The only known example. Nice
Acquired in December 2016.
From the Phillipe Gysen Collection
Paul Francis Jacquier Auction 45 Lot 1721 September 14, 2018
2 commentsorfew10/22/18 at 02:56Vincent: Real nice, great historical coin!
Lycia.jpg
Dynasts of Lycia, Mithrapata3 views390 – 370 B.C.
1/6 Stater
1.28 gm, 14 mm
Obv.: Lion scalp facing
Rev.: Triskeles with labrys in one section, Mithrapata in Lycian around, all within incuse square. Rare symbol.
Sear 5228 var.;
B.M.C. 19. 32, 136 var.;
cf. SNG Copenhagen Supp. -;
SNG von Aulock -
2 commentsJaimelai10/21/18 at 23:14EB: Beautiful, nicely photographed
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Roman Empire, Probus Antoninianus. Cyzicus1 viewsPROBUS, 276-282. Mint Cyzicus.
Obv: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate cuirassed bust right
Rev: CLEMENTIA TEMP emperor standing right, holding sceptre, receiving globe from Jupiter
Officina Q/ XXI in exergue
3.82 g.
The only known example.
Not in major references.
Acquired in December 2016.
From the Phillipe Gysen Collection
Paul Francis Jacquier Auction 45 Lot 1721 September 14, 2018
1 commentsorfew10/21/18 at 21:27quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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10 viewsTitus denarius 4 commentspaul188810/21/18 at 21:27quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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EB0937 Cleopatra VII / Eagle 3 viewsCleopatra VII, Alexandreia mint, 51-30 BC.
Obverse: Diademed & draped bust right.
Reverse: Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, cornucopiae in left field, M (denomination=40) in right field.
References: Svoronos 1872, SNG Cop 422.
Diameter: 21mm, Weight: 8.2g.
Ex: Numismatic Art and Ancient Coins
1 commentsEB10/21/18 at 21:10David Atherton: Very nice!
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10 viewsTitus denarius 4 commentspaul188810/21/18 at 21:09David Atherton: Superb example!
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Elymais, Van´t Haaff 18.1-1-2B, Orodes V, Artemis7 viewsKingdom of Elymais
Orodes V
Late 2nd-Early 3rd Cent
Æ Drachm
Obv.: Bust to left, no legend, no anchor
Rev.: Bust of Artemis left, wearing tiara, anchor behind
Æ, 3.1g
Ref.: Van´t Haaff Type 18.1, Subtype 1-2B
2 commentsshanxi10/21/18 at 19:39Stkp: nice coin
Van__t_Haaff_12_1_1-3E_Kamnaskires-Orodes_tetradrachm_2c.jpg
Kamnaskires-Orodes15 viewsAE tetradrachm, early to mid 2nd century AD
Van't Haaff 12.1.1-3E
4 commentsRobert L310/21/18 at 18:28shanxi: nice example
Van__t_Haaff_12_1_1-3E_Kamnaskires-Orodes_tetradrachm_2c.jpg
Kamnaskires-Orodes15 viewsAE tetradrachm, early to mid 2nd century AD
Van't Haaff 12.1.1-3E
4 commentsRobert L310/21/18 at 14:12Stkp: Superb
Van__t_Haaff_8_3_1-1_Kamnaskires_IV_tetradrachm.jpg
Kamnaskires IV13 viewsAR tetradrachm, c. 63/2 - 54/3 BC (dated 58/7 BC)
Van't Haaff 8.3.1-1
4 commentsRobert L310/21/18 at 14:09Stkp: Magnificent
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EB0015 Biga / Hare6 viewsMessana, SICILY, AR tetradrachm, 478-476 BC.
Obverse: Mule driven biga right, olive leaf in exergue.
Reverse: Hare running right, dot below, legend around.
References: Caltabiano-71 (same reverse die).
Diameter: 26.5mm, Weight: 17.35g.
Ex: Ariagno Collection.
1 commentsEB10/21/18 at 14:07Stkp: very nice
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Crawford 30/1 Didrachm quadrigatus8 viewsDenomination: Didrachm
Era: c. 225-214 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Laureate, Janiform head of Dioscuri. Border of dots
Reverse: Jupitetr in quadriga r., driven by Vicotry. Jupiter holds scepter in l. hand and hurls thunderbolt with r. hand, ROMA incuse on raised tablet. Line border
Weight: 6.66 gm.
Reference: Crawford 30/1
Provenance: Private purchase from an associate of Matteo Cavedoni (Numismatica Florentina) 1-JUN-2007

Comments: This is Crawford’s 3rd sequence of quadrigati, distinguished by Victory standing on the tailboard of the chariot rather than in the chariot with Jupiter. Reverse slightly off-center, otherwise nicely toned and GVF.
2 commentsSteve B510/21/18 at 13:07Steve B5: Carausius, Thanks for this additional diagnostic ...
Van__t_Haaff_12_1_1-3E_Kamnaskires-Orodes_tetradrachm_2c.jpg
Kamnaskires-Orodes15 viewsAE tetradrachm, early to mid 2nd century AD
Van't Haaff 12.1.1-3E
4 commentsRobert L310/21/18 at 06:11quadrans: Another nice piece
Van__t_Haaff_8_3_1-1_Kamnaskires_IV_tetradrachm.jpg
Kamnaskires IV13 viewsAR tetradrachm, c. 63/2 - 54/3 BC (dated 58/7 BC)
Van't Haaff 8.3.1-1
4 commentsRobert L310/21/18 at 06:11quadrans: Great coin , and details,
Van__t_Haaff_8_3_1-1_Kamnaskires_IV_tetradrachm.jpg
Kamnaskires IV13 viewsAR tetradrachm, c. 63/2 - 54/3 BC (dated 58/7 BC)
Van't Haaff 8.3.1-1
4 commentsRobert L310/21/18 at 04:08orfew: Lovely coin
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RIC 877v3 views2 commentsvrtsprb10/21/18 at 03:27vrtsprb: Well, I'm quite grateful you let me have it. H...
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Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 10. Commodus, HrHJ (2018) 8.10.47.7 corr.1 viewsCommodus, AD 177-192
AE 18, 2.94g, 17.51mm, 180°
obv. AVT KAI A - V KOMODOC
Laureate head r.
rev. NIKOPOLITWN PROC ICT / RON(sic!)
Tripod, central and l. foot entwined by snake, head r.
ref- a) AMNG I/1, 1250 (1 ex., Wien)
b) not in Varbanov
c) Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2018) No. 8.10.47.7 corr.
F-/F+

This is the first coin, where the unknown legend in ex. is decipherably. Until now the ex. was always outside the flan. But already the depicted coins have had remains of the legend in ex. Now the legend is completed.
1 commentsJochen10/21/18 at 00:48EB: Excellent, congrats!
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Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Prince B (3rd century A.D.)4 viewsvan't Haaff 20.1.1-1B; de Morgan 60; BMC plate XLII, 19-20, page 287, 4-6; Sear GICV 5920; Alram --

AE drachm, 2.69 g., 14.30 mm. max., 0°

Obv: Bust facing left, wearing diadem of two bands, hair tuft on top of head tied with ribbons, its ends flowing behind, another hair tuft at back of head; to right, pellet-in-crescent above anchor; pellet border.

Rev: Athena standing facing forward, head left, holding spear in right hand, and shield in left; pellet border.
1 commentsStkp10/21/18 at 00:46EB: Beautiful obverse!
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Cornucopia, Denarius, Crawford 58/2/12 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 207 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor. Behind, “X”. Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; Corucopia below riders; in linear frame. “ROMA”.
Mint: Rome
Weight: 4.12 gm.
Reference: Crawford 58/2
Provenance: LHS Numismatik purchased 16-AUG-2006


Comments: Anonymous denarius with cornucopia symbol below dioscuri. The coin is Good EF.

This coin was part of the Ritter-Leu “S” hoard. For more on this hoard, see P. Debernardi and S. Brinkman “An Early Roman Republican Denarius Hoard”, Numismatic Chronicle, 2016.
1 commentsSteve B510/20/18 at 11:12RomaVictor: beautiful coin, as are your other denarii => amazi...
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Titus / Bearded Captive20 viewsTitus AR Denarius. Rome mint, AD 79. 3.1g, 18mm.
O: IMP T CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right
R: TR POT VIII COS VII, bearded captive, wearing trousers and cape, kneeling right at base of trophy.
- RIC 1; RSC 334a; BMCRE 1.

Only two specimens in the Reka Devnia Hoard, not in the Paris collection or Cohen. An attractively toned issue dated to the first week of Titus' reign, between Vespasian's death on 23 June 79 AD and the beginning of Titus' ninth tribunician year on 1 July. The reverse type was carried on from Titus' last issue as Caesar, see http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-89575
5 commentsNemonater10/20/18 at 09:24FlaviusDomitianus: The toning is quite attractive!
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EB0925 Cleopatra VII / Eagle14 viewsCleopatra VII, Alexandreia mint, 51-30 BC.
Obverse: Diademed and draped bust right.
Reverse: BACIΛIC[CHC KΛEO]ΠATPAC, eagle standing left on thunderbolt; cornucopia to left, Π to right.
References: Svoronos 1871; Weiser 183; SNG Copenhagen 419–21; Noeske 380–2; BMC 4–5.
Diameter: 26.5mm, Weight: 20.64g.
Ex: Numismatic Art and Ancient Coins
3 commentsEB10/20/18 at 06:46quadrans: Interesting piece..
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EB0940 Ptolemy IV, Zeus / Eagle8 viewsPtolemy IV 221-205 BC, AE 42.
Obverse: Diademed head of Zeus-Ammon right.
Reverse: PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, cornucopia before, DELTA IOTA between legs.
References: Svoronos 1129.
Diameter: 42mm, Weight: 68.34g.
1 commentsEB10/20/18 at 04:16Canaan: This one is the most handsom and hanfull
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EB0943 Ptolemy III, Zeus / Eagle8 viewsPtolemy III Euergetes 246-221 BC, AE 42.
Obverse: Diademed head of Zeus-Ammon right.
Reverse: PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS, eagle standing left on thunderbolt; cornucopiae tied with fillet before, CHI-RHO monogram between legs.
References: Svoronos 964.
Diameter: 42.5mm, Weight: 70.26g.
Ex: Numismatic Art and Ancient Coins
2 commentsEB10/20/18 at 04:15Canaan: Nice find!!!
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EB0925 Cleopatra VII / Eagle14 viewsCleopatra VII, Alexandreia mint, 51-30 BC.
Obverse: Diademed and draped bust right.
Reverse: BACIΛIC[CHC KΛEO]ΠATPAC, eagle standing left on thunderbolt; cornucopia to left, Π to right.
References: Svoronos 1871; Weiser 183; SNG Copenhagen 419–21; Noeske 380–2; BMC 4–5.
Diameter: 26.5mm, Weight: 20.64g.
Ex: Numismatic Art and Ancient Coins
3 commentsEB10/20/18 at 04:14Canaan: Very nice!!!
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Titus AR Denarius62 viewsTitus AR Denarius 79 AD Rome,
Judaea Capta issue.
(3.12 gram, 18 mm).
Obv: IMP T CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, Laureate head right)
Rev: TR POT VIII COS VII Captive kneeling right before trophy.
RIC 1, RSC 334a, Sear RCV (2000) 2505



Here is another interesting coin of Titus. First it is catalogued as RIC 1. This coin was probably minted in the first few weeks of Titus' rule as Augustus.
Take a look at the reverse. You will see a Jewish captive kneeling at the foot of a trophy. Titus' father Vespasian famously put a Jewish captive on the reverse of his own coinage. Since Titus was very involved with the suppression of the Jewish people in Jerusalem and the subsequent looting of the city, I suppose it makes sense that this subject would be continued on his coins.

I like this coin mostly for the reverse. However, I also think the portrait has some charm to it as well. One can clearly see his resemblance to his father.
4 commentsorfew10/20/18 at 04:13Canaan: Great addition a must have!!!!
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EB0923 Ptolemy III, Zeus / Eagle8 viewsPtolemy III, Euergetes (246 - 221 BC), AE 36, Hemidrachm.
Obverse: Diademed head of Zeus-Ammon right.
Reverse: PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS, eagle standing left on thunderbolt; cornucopiae tied with fillet before, monogram between legs.
References: SNG Cop 173.
Diameter: 36mm, Weight: 30.96g.
1 commentsEB10/20/18 at 02:49Jay GT4: Great coin
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EB0941 Ptolemy IV, Zeus / Eagle9 viewsPtolemy IV 221-205 BC, AE 42 (drachm).
Obverse: Diademed head of Zeus-Ammon right.
Reverse: PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS, eagle standing right on thunderbolt, cornucopia before, DELTA IOTA between legs.
References: Sear (SG) 7841, Svoronos 1125, SNG Cop 199, BMC 108.
Diameter: 42mm, Weight: 67.21g.
Ex: Superior Stamp & Coin
1 commentsEB10/20/18 at 02:49Jay GT4: Massive
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EB0943 Ptolemy III, Zeus / Eagle8 viewsPtolemy III Euergetes 246-221 BC, AE 42.
Obverse: Diademed head of Zeus-Ammon right.
Reverse: PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS, eagle standing left on thunderbolt; cornucopiae tied with fillet before, CHI-RHO monogram between legs.
References: Svoronos 964.
Diameter: 42.5mm, Weight: 70.26g.
Ex: Numismatic Art and Ancient Coins
2 commentsEB10/20/18 at 02:48Jay GT4: Huge! Love it
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EB0925 Cleopatra VII / Eagle14 viewsCleopatra VII, Alexandreia mint, 51-30 BC.
Obverse: Diademed and draped bust right.
Reverse: BACIΛIC[CHC KΛEO]ΠATPAC, eagle standing left on thunderbolt; cornucopia to left, Π to right.
References: Svoronos 1871; Weiser 183; SNG Copenhagen 419–21; Noeske 380–2; BMC 4–5.
Diameter: 26.5mm, Weight: 20.64g.
Ex: Numismatic Art and Ancient Coins
3 commentsEB10/20/18 at 02:48Jay GT4: Great find!
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RIC 1076 Titus denarius219 viewsT CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS
laureate head right

TR POT VIII COS VII
bound Jewish captive kneeling right in front of trophy

Rome mint, as Caesar, first half of 79 A.D
3.325g
18.5mm, 180o

Choice aVF

SRCV I 2449; RIC II (Vespasian) 1076; BMCRE II 258; RSC II 334, Paris 229

Ex-Forum!

Thought to be minted to remind the Romans of Titus' spectacular victory over Jerusalem 9 years earlier.
9 commentsJay GT410/19/18 at 23:16Nemonater: Awesome portrait and toning!
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Titus / Bearded Captive20 viewsTitus AR Denarius. Rome mint, AD 79. 3.1g, 18mm.
O: IMP T CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right
R: TR POT VIII COS VII, bearded captive, wearing trousers and cape, kneeling right at base of trophy.
- RIC 1; RSC 334a; BMCRE 1.

Only two specimens in the Reka Devnia Hoard, not in the Paris collection or Cohen. An attractively toned issue dated to the first week of Titus' reign, between Vespasian's death on 23 June 79 AD and the beginning of Titus' ninth tribunician year on 1 July. The reverse type was carried on from Titus' last issue as Caesar, see http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-89575
5 commentsNemonater10/19/18 at 23:00orfew: Wonderful acquisition
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RIC 0842 Domitianus28 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG, Laureate head of Domitian, right
Rev : CA-PIT (across field) RESTIT (in exergue), Temple of Capitoline Jupiter with 4 columns enclosing figures of Juno, seated Jupiter and Minerva
AR/Cistophorus (27.56 mm 11.122 g 7h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Asia Minor 82 A.D.
RIC 842 (R), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted, RPC II 867
ex Numismatik Naumann GmbH Auction 70 Lot 462
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/19/18 at 22:09*Alex: Great reverse.
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Titus / Bearded Captive20 viewsTitus AR Denarius. Rome mint, AD 79. 3.1g, 18mm.
O: IMP T CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right
R: TR POT VIII COS VII, bearded captive, wearing trousers and cape, kneeling right at base of trophy.
- RIC 1; RSC 334a; BMCRE 1.

Only two specimens in the Reka Devnia Hoard, not in the Paris collection or Cohen. An attractively toned issue dated to the first week of Titus' reign, between Vespasian's death on 23 June 79 AD and the beginning of Titus' ninth tribunician year on 1 July. The reverse type was carried on from Titus' last issue as Caesar, see http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-89575
5 commentsNemonater10/19/18 at 21:45Jay GT4: Outstanding!
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RIC 0842 Domitianus28 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG, Laureate head of Domitian, right
Rev : CA-PIT (across field) RESTIT (in exergue), Temple of Capitoline Jupiter with 4 columns enclosing figures of Juno, seated Jupiter and Minerva
AR/Cistophorus (27.56 mm 11.122 g 7h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Asia Minor 82 A.D.
RIC 842 (R), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted, RPC II 867
ex Numismatik Naumann GmbH Auction 70 Lot 462
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/19/18 at 20:56Jay GT4: Amazing coin! Better than my example
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RIC 0842 Domitianus28 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG, Laureate head of Domitian, right
Rev : CA-PIT (across field) RESTIT (in exergue), Temple of Capitoline Jupiter with 4 columns enclosing figures of Juno, seated Jupiter and Minerva
AR/Cistophorus (27.56 mm 11.122 g 7h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Asia Minor 82 A.D.
RIC 842 (R), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted, RPC II 867
ex Numismatik Naumann GmbH Auction 70 Lot 462
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/19/18 at 20:42Canaan: Great additin congrats
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Vespasian AR denarius34 viewsVespasian (69-79). AR Denarius
(18.5mm, 2.77g, 6h).
Ephesus? , c. AD 76.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev: Pegasus stepping r.
RIC II 1473; RSC 114a; RPC II 1451.
Rare, Good Fine
St Paul Antiquities Auction 18 Lot 347 October 13, 2018
7 commentsorfew10/19/18 at 19:51okidoki: Congrats very nice
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RIC 0842 Domitianus28 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG, Laureate head of Domitian, right
Rev : CA-PIT (across field) RESTIT (in exergue), Temple of Capitoline Jupiter with 4 columns enclosing figures of Juno, seated Jupiter and Minerva
AR/Cistophorus (27.56 mm 11.122 g 7h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Asia Minor 82 A.D.
RIC 842 (R), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted, RPC II 867
ex Numismatik Naumann GmbH Auction 70 Lot 462
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/19/18 at 18:38orfew: Great coin!
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RIC 0842 Domitianus28 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG, Laureate head of Domitian, right
Rev : CA-PIT (across field) RESTIT (in exergue), Temple of Capitoline Jupiter with 4 columns enclosing figures of Juno, seated Jupiter and Minerva
AR/Cistophorus (27.56 mm 11.122 g 7h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Asia Minor 82 A.D.
RIC 842 (R), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted, RPC II 867
ex Numismatik Naumann GmbH Auction 70 Lot 462
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/19/18 at 16:19Nemonater: Amazing coin, stunning reverse!
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MPR 1758 views OBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG
REVERSE: ADVENTVS PROBI AVG
BUST TYPE: I11 = radiate, cuirassed bust left with parazonium lying on left shoulder and Victory in right hand
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: Rζ
WEIGHT 3.60g / AXIS: 6h / WIDTH 21mm
RIC: 161 VAR.
J.Guillemain, MPR: 175 1 EX. (THIS SPECIMEN)
S.Estiot, Ph.Gysen RN 2006: 3 ex.
Collection no. 1308

Extremely rare and desirable bust type! The most spectacular bust type ever struck in Rome under Probus!

ONLY THIRD SPECIMEN OF THIS TYPE KNOWN TO ME ASSUMING THE THREE EXAMPLES CITED BY ESTIOT/GYSEN IN RN 2006 INCLUDE THIS SPECIMEN AS WELL AS THE REMAINING TWO WHICH I KNOW, I.E. TRITON IV LOT 672 AND HELIOS AUCTION 3)

Ex Ph. Gysen collection = Ex Lanz 74 (1995)
2 commentsBarnaba610/19/18 at 13:14Barnaba6: Thank you Simon!
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PROBUS RIC 542 VAR. SPECTACULAR BUST TYPE !!!6 views OBVERSE: IMP PROBVS AVG
REVERSE: MARTI PACIF
BUST TYPE: radiate, helmeted and cuirassed bust right, holding spear up in right hand and tropaion over left shoulder
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//ΔXXI
WEIGHT 3.33g / AXIS: 12h / DIAMETER: 21-22 mm
RIC: 542 VAR. (UNLISTED WITH THIS BUST TYPE)
COLLECTION NO. 1300

NOTE: Spectacular, extremely rare and desirable bust type struck only at Ticinum, only in 4th officina and only during 6th emmission! One of the most interesting bust types in the whole coinage of Probus!

Ex Ph. Gysen collection = ex Freeman & Sear auction, June 1998

Only 4th specimen of this type known to me (the other being Numismatica Ars Classica 78/1108 and 2 ex. In La Venera hoard)
2 commentsBarnaba610/19/18 at 13:13Barnaba6: Thank you Simon!
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CALABRIA. Taras. Obol (Circa 280-228 BC).5 views9mm, 0.64g, 7h
Kantharos; five pellets around. R/ Kantharos; V to l., five pellets around.
Cf. Vlasto 1628; HN Italy 1076.
Toned, VF
1 commentsLeo10/19/18 at 05:08quadrans: Nice piece..
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Mary I of Scotland (1542 - 1567 A.D.)14 viewsScotland
AR Bawbee
O: MARIA · D :G · REGINA · SCOTORV: A crowned thistle, 'M' to its left and 'R' to the right.
R: OPPIDVM · EDINBVRGI, Saltire behind a crown, flanked by a cinquefoil on each side.
Edinburgh mint
21mm
1.78g
SCBC 5432
3 commentsMat10/19/18 at 00:10orfew: Great coin!
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Mary I of Scotland (1542 - 1567 A.D.)14 viewsScotland
AR Bawbee
O: MARIA · D :G · REGINA · SCOTORV: A crowned thistle, 'M' to its left and 'R' to the right.
R: OPPIDVM · EDINBVRGI, Saltire behind a crown, flanked by a cinquefoil on each side.
Edinburgh mint
21mm
1.78g
SCBC 5432
3 commentsMat10/18/18 at 20:27quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Mary I of Scotland (1542 - 1567 A.D.)14 viewsScotland
AR Bawbee
O: MARIA · D :G · REGINA · SCOTORV: A crowned thistle, 'M' to its left and 'R' to the right.
R: OPPIDVM · EDINBVRGI, Saltire behind a crown, flanked by a cinquefoil on each side.
Edinburgh mint
21mm
1.78g
SCBC 5432
3 commentsMat10/18/18 at 18:50okidoki: Nice Mat
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Probus7 viewsAE-Abschlag
IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG; Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust to right, seen from rear.
ORIENS AVGVSTI; Solt stg. holding globe and raising hand.
Ex: SIS
Siscia
RIC -- (RIC 590 for Aureus)
2 commentsJulianus of Pannonia10/18/18 at 08:45Barnaba6: Fascinating coin! Congrats!
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RIC 7954 views1 commentsvrtsprb10/18/18 at 08:35Barnaba6: Rare and desitable reverse type in very good condi...
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RIC 877v3 views2 commentsvrtsprb10/18/18 at 08:34Barnaba6: Very rare bust type for Serdica! Congrats!
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RIC -, close to RIC 8505 views2 commentsvrtsprb10/18/18 at 08:33Barnaba6: I fully agree with Simon. A truly great and specta...
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RIC 651v10 viewsRIC 651 variant; Alföldi type 26, n° 35; Siscia. Bust type -, (A1). Denomination: Antoninianus.
Not listed for this bust type in RIC.

OBV.: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust left, seen from front.

REV.: CONCORD MILIT

Emperor standing right, clasping hand of Concordia.

Mintmark: T // XXI

Weight: 3.7 g
Diameter: ?
Die axis: ⇅
1 commentsvrtsprb10/18/18 at 08:28Barnaba6: Exceedingly rare bust type for Probus. I envy you ...
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RIC 905v6 views2 commentsvrtsprb10/18/18 at 08:27Barnaba6: Very rare bust type in an excellent condition with...
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RIC 8104 views2 commentsvrtsprb10/18/18 at 08:26Barnaba6: Extremely rare reverse type in a decent condition....
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Struck 1551 - 1553, EDWARD VI (1547 - 1553), AR Shilling minted at London, England16 viewsObverse: EDWARD:VI:D:G:AGL:FRA:Z:HIB:REX•Y: Crowned facing bust of Edward VI head turned slightly to left. Tudor rose to left of bust and XII to right; mintmark Y, in legend after REX above.
Reverse: POSVI DEV:ADIVTORE:MEVM:Y. Square topped shield, bearing the arms of England and France, quartered by long cross fourchee; mintmark Y, in legend after MEVM.
Diameter: 33mm | Weight: 5.8gms | Die Axis: 2 | Holed
SPINK: 2482

In 1551 Edward VI issued a new fine silver coinage, his previous silver issues having been very debased. The sixpence denomination was first introduced at this time. It was similar to the new shilling above in having a facing portrait of the king with a tudor rose to the left, but the denomination value to the right of the King's portrait was VI on the sixpence instead of the XII seen on the shilling.
3 comments*Alex10/18/18 at 06:16Potator II: I wouldn't mind at all having one like that, w...
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Struck 1248 - 1250, Henry III (1216 – 1272), AR Penny minted at London, England18 viewsObverse: HENRICVS REX : III. Crowned bust of Henry III facing within circle of pellets. Mintmark: Six pointed star.
Reverse: NICOLE ON LVND. Voided long cross dividing legend into quarters, trefoil in each quarter of inner circle. Moneyer, Nicholas.
Diameter: 19mm | Weight: 1.3gms | Die Axis: 6
SPINK: 1363

The First Barons' War (1215–1217) was a civil war in England in which a group of rebellious barons led by Robert Fitzwalter and supported by a French army under the future Louis VIII of France, waged war against King John of England. The war resulted from King John's refusal to accept and abide by the Magna Carta, which he had been forced to put his seal to on 15th June 1215, as well as from Louis' own ambitions regarding the English throne.
It was in the middle of this war that King John died leaving his son, the nine year old Henry III (who had been moved to safety at Corfe Castle in Dorset along with his mother, Queen Isabella) as his heir.
On his deathbed John appointed a council of thirteen executors to help Henry reclaim the kingdom, requesting that his son be placed into the guardianship of William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke. The loyalists decided to crown Henry immediately to reinforce his claim to the throne. William knighted the boy, and Cardinal Guala Bicchieri, the papal legate to England, then oversaw his coronation at Gloucester Cathedral on 28th October 1216. In the absence of the archbishops of either Canterbury or York, Henry was anointed by the bishops of Worcester and Exeter, and crowned by Peter des Roches, bishop of Winchester. During the civil war the royal crown had been lost, so instead, the ceremony used a simple gold corolla belonging to Queen Isabella. In 1217, Henry's forces, led by William Marshal, finally defeated the rebels at the battles of Lincoln and Sandwich.
Henry's early rule was dominated first by Hubert de Burgh, 1st Earl of Kent and Justiciar of England and Ireland, then by Peter des Roches, and they re-established royal authority after the war. In 1225 Henry promised to abide by the final and definitative version of the Magna Carta, freely authenticated by the great seal of Henry III himself, which protected the rights of the major barons and placed a limit on royal power. It is the clauses of this, the 1225 Magna Carta signed by Henry III, not the King John Magna Carta of 1215, which are on the Statute Books of the United Kingdom today.
4 comments*Alex10/18/18 at 06:13Potator II: Beautiful
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1676 Charles II AR "Pattern Farthing"21 viewsObverse: CAROLVS•A•CAROLO•. Laureate and cuirassed bust of Charles II with long hair facing left, 1676 below.
Reverse: QVATVOR•MARIA VINDICO•. Britannia seated facing left, holding laurel branch and spear; BRITANNIA in exergue. No pellet between MARIA and VINDICO.
Diameter: 26mm | Weight: 5.9gms | Die Axis: 12h
Peck : 492
PATTERN OR MEDALET - RARE

This periwigged portrait of Charles II was designed by Jan (John) Roettier (1631 - 1700).
The legend, "Quatuor Maria Vindico," means "I claim the four seas," which Peck explains was "intended to give prominence to the king's pride and interest in the navy." The reason this legend never appeared on circulating coinage was probably because the legend was thought to be too provocative to the King of France.

It was Montagu who called this a Roettier pattern farthing of Charles II which, until the discovery in 1903 of 89 specimens in the cabinet of the Marquis of Ailsbury, had hitherto been considered the rarest of the “pattern farthings” of this type.
Peck, however, rejected Montagu's idea that these were patterns and wrote that it was much more likely that they were official medalets. In support of this view it should be noted that not only was this issue struck on a broader flan than usual, it was produced some four years after the issue of regular farthings had begun. It is perhaps also significant that this issue is unknown in copper and that it's die orientation is 12h (medallic orientation), against the 6h orientation which is the norm for the regular farthing coinage of the period. Incidentally, the silver value of this "farthing" would have been equivalent to one shilling and sixpence, that is 72 times the face value of a farthing at the time.
3 comments*Alex10/18/18 at 06:09Potator II: Exceptionnal !
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Crescent (Early), Denarius, Crawford 57/24 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 207 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor. Behind, “X”. Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; Crescent above riders; in linear frame. “ROMA”.
Mint: Rome
Weight: 4.29 gm.
Reference: Crawford 57/2
Provenance: LHS Numismatik purchased 16-AUG-2006


Comments: Anonymous denarius with crescent symbol above dioscuri. A common characteristic of this issue is that the reverse horses have short legs. The reverse is off center so crescent symbol is somewhat obscured. The coin is otherwise EF.

This coin was part of the Ritter-Leu “S” hoard. For more on this hoard, see P. Debernardi and S. Brinkman “An Early Roman Republican Denarius Hoard”, Numismatic Chronicle, 2016.
1 commentsSteve B510/18/18 at 01:36Jay GT4: Great acquisition!
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106p Aurelianus/Vaballathus (270-275 A.D.), Egypt, Alexandria, Bi-Tetradrachm, G-3056, D-, -/LA//--, L/Δ//--, Vaballathus bust left, #161 views106p Aurelianus/Vaballathus (270-275 A.D.), Egypt, Alexandria, Bi-Tetradrachm, G-3056, D-, -/LA//--, L/Δ//--, Vaballathus bust left, #1
avers: A K Λ ΔOM AVPHΛIANOC CEB, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, LA in left down.
reverse: I A C OVABAΛΛAΘOC AΘHN V AVT C P, Laureate and diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Vaballathus right, L-Δ across the field.
exergue: -/LA//--, L/Δ//--, diameter: 21,5mm, weight: 10,28g, axes:0 h,
mint: Egypt, Alexandria, date: 270-271 A.D., LA/ LΔ Year 1 for Aurelianus, and Year 4 for Vaballathus, ref: Geissen-3056, Dattari-, Kapmann-Ganschow-106.67-p334,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans10/17/18 at 23:24NORMAN K: very nice!
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Ionia, Miletos, (cc.350-250 B.C.), AR-Hemidrachm, Deppert-Lippitz 58 (V27/R33)(?), Lion standing left, star above, #135 viewsIonia, Miletos, (cc.350-250 B.C.), AR-Hemidrachm, Deppert-Lippitz 58 (V27/R33)(?), Lion standing left, star above, #1
avers: Laureate head of Apollo left.
reverse: Lion standing left, star above.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 10,0 mm, weight: 1,69g, axes: 0 h,
mint: Ionia, Miletos, date: cc.350-250 B.C., ref: Deppert-Lippitz 58 (V27/R33)(?).
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans10/17/18 at 19:45Canaan: Nice find!!!
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Ionia, Erythrae, (480-450 B.C.), AR-Hemiobol, Imhoof KM 2, Eight-rayed star or flower, #136 viewsIonia, Erythrae, (480-450 B.C.), AR-Hemiobol, Imhoof KM 2, Eight-rayed star or flower, #1
avers: Rosette or star or sun with 24 petals or rays.
reverse: Eight-rayed star or flower in incuse square.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 5,2 mm, weight: 0,26g, axes: h,
mint: Ionia, Erythrae, date: 480-450 B.C., ref: Klein 387var., Imhoof KM 2,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans10/17/18 at 19:44Canaan: That is a great coin!!!!
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Ionia, Miletos, (cc.350-250 B.C.), AR-Hemidrachm, Deppert-Lippitz 58 (V27/R33)(?), Lion standing left, star above, #135 viewsIonia, Miletos, (cc.350-250 B.C.), AR-Hemidrachm, Deppert-Lippitz 58 (V27/R33)(?), Lion standing left, star above, #1
avers: Laureate head of Apollo left.
reverse: Lion standing left, star above.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 10,0 mm, weight: 1,69g, axes: 0 h,
mint: Ionia, Miletos, date: cc.350-250 B.C., ref: Deppert-Lippitz 58 (V27/R33)(?).
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans10/17/18 at 18:28Enodia: I've always liked the depiction of Apollo on t...
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Egypt, Alexandria, Ptolemy II. Philadelphos, (281-246 B.C.), Svoronos 451, E, 3rd. Series, AE-20, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, #138 viewsEgypt, Alexandria, Ptolemy II. Philadelphos, (281-246 B.C.), Svoronos 451, E, 3rd. Series, AE-20, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, #1
avers: Head of Alexander right, wearing elephant's skin headdress.
reverse: ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟY ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings open, E monogram between legs.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 20,0mm, weight: 6,58g, axes: 0h,
mint: Egypt, Alexandria, date: 265 B.C., ref: Svoronos 451, E, 3rd. Series,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans10/17/18 at 15:22Mat: Love the portrait
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CONSTANTINE I as CAESAR. Large AE Follis of Carthage. Struck A.D.3074 viewsObverse: CONSTANTINVS NOB CAES. Laureate head of Constantine facing right.
Reverse: CONSERVATO-RES KART SVAE. Hexastyle temple within which is Carthage standing facing left holding fruits in both hands. In exergue, PKΔ.
Diameter: 25.15mm | Weight: 6.4gms
RIC VI : 61
2 comments*Alex10/17/18 at 14:33Canaan: Great bust and reverse
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MPR 1758 views OBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG
REVERSE: ADVENTVS PROBI AVG
BUST TYPE: I11 = radiate, cuirassed bust left with parazonium lying on left shoulder and Victory in right hand
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: Rζ
WEIGHT 3.60g / AXIS: 6h / WIDTH 21mm
RIC: 161 VAR.
J.Guillemain, MPR: 175 1 EX. (THIS SPECIMEN)
S.Estiot, Ph.Gysen RN 2006: 3 ex.
Collection no. 1308

Extremely rare and desirable bust type! The most spectacular bust type ever struck in Rome under Probus!

ONLY THIRD SPECIMEN OF THIS TYPE KNOWN TO ME ASSUMING THE THREE EXAMPLES CITED BY ESTIOT/GYSEN IN RN 2006 INCLUDE THIS SPECIMEN AS WELL AS THE REMAINING TWO WHICH I KNOW, I.E. TRITON IV LOT 672 AND HELIOS AUCTION 3)

Ex Ph. Gysen collection = Ex Lanz 74 (1995)
2 commentsBarnaba610/17/18 at 07:54Julianus of Pannonia: A great and rare bust type! Another superior addit...
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PROBUS RIC 542 VAR. SPECTACULAR BUST TYPE !!!6 views OBVERSE: IMP PROBVS AVG
REVERSE: MARTI PACIF
BUST TYPE: radiate, helmeted and cuirassed bust right, holding spear up in right hand and tropaion over left shoulder
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//ΔXXI
WEIGHT 3.33g / AXIS: 12h / DIAMETER: 21-22 mm
RIC: 542 VAR. (UNLISTED WITH THIS BUST TYPE)
COLLECTION NO. 1300

NOTE: Spectacular, extremely rare and desirable bust type struck only at Ticinum, only in 4th officina and only during 6th emmission! One of the most interesting bust types in the whole coinage of Probus!

Ex Ph. Gysen collection = ex Freeman & Sear auction, June 1998

Only 4th specimen of this type known to me (the other being Numismatica Ars Classica 78/1108 and 2 ex. In La Venera hoard)
2 commentsBarnaba610/17/18 at 07:52Julianus of Pannonia: One of the most desirable and fascinating bust typ...
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ALFOLDI 017.0115 views OBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P AVG
REVERSE: CLEMENTIA TEMP
BUST TYPE: H26 = Radiate bust left in consular robe, holding scipio and globe
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: P//KA
WEIGHT 4.14 / AXIS: 12h / DIAMETER: 20-24 mm
RIC 646 VAR. (H26 BUST UNLISTED)
ALFOLDI 017.011 (1 EX. MISSONG)
COLLECTION NO. 1326

Extremely rare and desirable bust type!

ONLY 4TH SPECIMEN OF THIS TYPE KNOWN TO ME

Ex Ph. Gysen collection = Ex Lanz 86 (1998), 700
1 commentsBarnaba610/17/18 at 07:49Julianus of Pannonia: crude style, but a very interesting and rare bust ...
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RIC -, close to RIC 8505 views2 commentsvrtsprb10/17/18 at 07:48Julianus of Pannonia: One of the most interesting legend types in my opi...
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RIC 8104 views2 commentsvrtsprb10/17/18 at 07:47Julianus of Pannonia: A rare reverse type! Congrats
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EB0891 Constantius II / FEL TEMP5 viewsConstantius II 337-361, AE 3, Siscia 348-350 AD.
Obverse: DN CONSTANTIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Emperor holding labarum and phoenix, standing on galley piloted by Victory. Mintmark BSIS [symbol 2] (like a retrograde R).
References: RIC VIII Siscia 243.
Diameter: 19.5mm, Weight: 2.012g.
1 commentsEB10/17/18 at 06:29Randygeki(h2): neat coin
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CONSTANS, AE2 of ANTIOCH. Struck A.D.348 - 35010 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans holding globe facing left.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Soldier advancing right, dragging small barbarian from hut beneath tree; in exergue, ANΔ.
RIC VIII : 126
5 comments*Alex10/17/18 at 06:28Randygeki(h2): Awesome example !
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Clodius Albinus (193 - 195 A.D.)20 viewsAR Denarius
O: D CLOD SEPT ALBIN CAES, bare head right.
R: MINER PACIF COS II, Minerva standing front, head left, holding a spear and leaning on a shield.
Rome Mint
3.21g
19mm
RIC 7, RSC 48, RCV 6144, BMC 98
6 commentsMat10/17/18 at 06:21okidoki: very nice
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Vespasian AR denarius34 viewsVespasian (69-79). AR Denarius
(18.5mm, 2.77g, 6h).
Ephesus? , c. AD 76.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev: Pegasus stepping r.
RIC II 1473; RSC 114a; RPC II 1451.
Rare, Good Fine
St Paul Antiquities Auction 18 Lot 347 October 13, 2018
7 commentsorfew10/17/18 at 05:06quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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RIC 905v6 views2 commentsvrtsprb10/17/18 at 03:06Jay GT4: Nice!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CONSTANTINE I as CAESAR. Large AE Follis of Carthage. Struck A.D.3074 viewsObverse: CONSTANTINVS NOB CAES. Laureate head of Constantine facing right.
Reverse: CONSERVATO-RES KART SVAE. Hexastyle temple within which is Carthage standing facing left holding fruits in both hands. In exergue, PKΔ.
Diameter: 25.15mm | Weight: 6.4gms
RIC VI : 61
2 comments*Alex10/17/18 at 03:06Jay GT4: I'm really liking the red patina deposits
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Domitian RIC 1536 viewsAR Denarius, 3.10g
Rome mint, 81 AD
RIC 15 (R2). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: P P COS VII DES VIII; Seat, draped; above, semicircular frame decorated with corn ears
Ex Savoca Blue 10, 30 September 2018, lot 1212.

The rapidity in which Domitian's first denarius issues of 81 came one after another hint that he was in a great hurry to strike coins as Augustus after Titus' death in mid September 81 AD, presumably for a legionary donative. Dio records that Domitian hastened to the praetorian camp to 'receive the title and authority of the emperor' and promised the soldiers the same bounty Titus had provided. The Roman mint immediately began striking coins for the new emperor. This denarius was struck before Domitian had been awarded the power of the tribunate (TR P). Perhaps it may have taken a few days for the Senate to award the power of the tribunate to Domitian because they had assembled at the small town of Reate where Titus had died and needed to be in Rome in order to vote him the right. Although this Group 2 denarius is not part of Domitian's first RIC issue, it is very likely to have been struck within the first few weeks of him assuming the purple. RIC notes the chronology is not precise with these issues from 81 and they are grouped only for 'convenience'. Judging by the rarity of the Group 2 denarii they could not have been struck for any great length of time.

The type of draped seat with semi circular frame is a carry-over 'pulvinaria' type from Titus, possibly originally struck in connection with the Colosseum's opening games' religious ceremonies. Domitian's 'pulvinaria' coins are a stop-gap issue struck until proper reverse types were designed for the new reign in early 82 when the mint and coinage were overhauled.

Good early style portrait, unsurprisingly reminiscent of those struck for him as Caesar under Titus.
4 commentsDavid Atherton10/16/18 at 22:20Jay GT4: Good eye!
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PROBUS RIC 868 VAR. BONO IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG (SIC!)5 views OBVERSE: BONO IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG (SIC!)
REVERSE: SOLI INVICTO
BUST TYPE: A2
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//KAB
WEIGHT 4.54g / AXIS: 12h / WIDTH 22,5-23,5 mm
RIC 868 var. (unlisted with this obverse legend)
COLLECTION NO. 1338

Extremely rare and erroneous obverse legend (should be BONO ... PROBO and not PROBVS)

ONLY 2ND Specimen known to me (the other being CNG 225/553 (P.ZANCHI)); see also: P. Zanchi, Quelques nouveaux antoniniens de Serdica, Schweizer Münzblätter 30 (1980), 95-100, Fig. 8.)


Ex Ph. Gysen collection = Ex Heidelberger Münzhandlung H. Grün, Auktion 20 (1997), ex Lot 1130
1 commentsBarnaba610/16/18 at 22:03vrtsprb: You are establishing a nice meta-collection of err...
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EB0904 Athena / Bull3 viewsThurium, stater, ca 350 BC.
Obverse: Head of Athena right, in crested helmet decorated with Skylla.
Reverse: ΘOYΡIΩN, bull butting right (on double exergual line); I above, [dolphin? in ex].
References: -.
Diameter: 20.5mm, Weight: 6.58g.
1 commentsEB10/16/18 at 21:48Jay GT4: Powerful bull
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Probus7 viewsAE-Abschlag
IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG; Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust to right, seen from rear.
ORIENS AVGVSTI; Solt stg. holding globe and raising hand.
Ex: SIS
Siscia
RIC -- (RIC 590 for Aureus)
2 commentsJulianus of Pannonia10/16/18 at 21:48Jay GT4: Great portrait
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RIC 240v6 views1 commentsvrtsprb10/16/18 at 21:47Jay GT4: Nice silvering
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Tacitus11 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M CL TACITVS PF AVG GER; Radiate and cuirassed half lenght bust to left, holding victory on globe.
PROVIDE AVG; Providentia stg. left, holding globe and transversal scepter.
Ex: Q
Ticinum
RIC -; RIC temp #3438
2 commentsJulianus of Pannonia10/16/18 at 17:49quadrans: Nice piece.. , Great bust...,
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Struck 1280 - 1286, Alexander III (1249 - 1286), AR Penny minted at Roxburgh, Scotland10 viewsObverse: + ALEXANDER DEI GRA . Crowned head of Alexander III facing left within circle of pellets; sceptre topped with fleur-de-lis before. Cross potent in legend.
Reverse: REX SCOTORVM +. Long cross pattée dividing legend into quarters, with three pierced mullets of six points and one mullet of seven points in quarters of inner circle. The total of 25 points is indicative of the mint of Roxburgh.
Class Mb with unbarred “A”, wider portrait and cross potent mintmark in legend.
Roxburgh only accounts for some 9% of Alexander's second coinage so issues from this mint are quite rare.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 1.0gm | Die Axis: 3
SPINK: 5054

Alexander III's reign saw the introduction of the round halfpenny and farthing to Scottish medieval coinage.
Following the English recoinage of Edward I in 1279, Alexander introduced his second coinage which began in 1280 and ended when he died in 1286. This coin was therefore struck between those dates.

Alexander III was born at Roxburgh, he came to the throne when he was just 7 years old following the death of his father, Alexander II.
At the age of ten, in 1251, Alexander married Margaret, daughter of Henry III of England. Henry seized the opportunity to demand from his son-in-law homage from the Scottish kingdom. Alexander did not comply but In 1255, after a meeting between the English and Scottish kings at Kelso, he was compelled to consent to the creation of a regency representative of both monarchs.
The early years of Alexander III’s reign were dominated by a power struggle between the two factions, but when he reached the age of 21 he was able to rule in his own right. His first action was to claim control of the Western Isles which were then under the domination of Norway. The Norwegian King Haakon rejected the claim, and in 1263, responded with a formidable invasion force which sailed around the west coast of Scotland and halted off the Isle of Arran. Alexander craftily delayed negotiations until the autumn storms began which resulted in the Norwegian ships being greatly damaged. Haakon, losing patience, attacked the Scots at Largs, but the battle proved indecisive and his position became hopeless. The Norwegians set sail for home but Haakon died en route, on Orkney, towards the end of the year. In 1266, at the Treaty of Perth, Norway formally ceded the Western Isles and the Isle of Man to Scotland in return for a monetary payment.
Alexander, when only 44 years old, met his end on the night of 19th March 1286. After entertaining guests at Edinburgh Castle he decided that night that he would return home to his wife near Kinghorn. His aides advised against it because there was a storm and the party would have to travel in darkness for many miles along a treacherous coastal path. Alexander was determined to travel anyway and ignored his advisors. It is not clear what happened, but it seems he got separated from the rest of his group and his horse lost its footing in the dark. The following day Alexander's body, and that of his horse, was found on the shore at the foot of the cliffs, the King's neck was broken. In 1886, a monument to him was erected in Kinghorn, on the side of the cliffs, at the approximate location of Alexander's death.

Alexander had no heirs, which ultimately led to a war with England that lasted almost thirty years.
2 comments*Alex10/16/18 at 17:38quadrans: Great
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Struck 1551 - 1553, EDWARD VI (1547 - 1553), AR Shilling minted at London, England16 viewsObverse: EDWARD:VI:D:G:AGL:FRA:Z:HIB:REX•Y: Crowned facing bust of Edward VI head turned slightly to left. Tudor rose to left of bust and XII to right; mintmark Y, in legend after REX above.
Reverse: POSVI DEV:ADIVTORE:MEVM:Y. Square topped shield, bearing the arms of England and France, quartered by long cross fourchee; mintmark Y, in legend after MEVM.
Diameter: 33mm | Weight: 5.8gms | Die Axis: 2 | Holed
SPINK: 2482

In 1551 Edward VI issued a new fine silver coinage, his previous silver issues having been very debased. The sixpence denomination was first introduced at this time. It was similar to the new shilling above in having a facing portrait of the king with a tudor rose to the left, but the denomination value to the right of the King's portrait was VI on the sixpence instead of the XII seen on the shilling.
3 comments*Alex10/16/18 at 17:36quadrans: Nice one
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Struck 1248 - 1250, Henry III (1216 – 1272), AR Penny minted at London, England18 viewsObverse: HENRICVS REX : III. Crowned bust of Henry III facing within circle of pellets. Mintmark: Six pointed star.
Reverse: NICOLE ON LVND. Voided long cross dividing legend into quarters, trefoil in each quarter of inner circle. Moneyer, Nicholas.
Diameter: 19mm | Weight: 1.3gms | Die Axis: 6
SPINK: 1363

The First Barons' War (1215–1217) was a civil war in England in which a group of rebellious barons led by Robert Fitzwalter and supported by a French army under the future Louis VIII of France, waged war against King John of England. The war resulted from King John's refusal to accept and abide by the Magna Carta, which he had been forced to put his seal to on 15th June 1215, as well as from Louis' own ambitions regarding the English throne.
It was in the middle of this war that King John died leaving his son, the nine year old Henry III (who had been moved to safety at Corfe Castle in Dorset along with his mother, Queen Isabella) as his heir.
On his deathbed John appointed a council of thirteen executors to help Henry reclaim the kingdom, requesting that his son be placed into the guardianship of William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke. The loyalists decided to crown Henry immediately to reinforce his claim to the throne. William knighted the boy, and Cardinal Guala Bicchieri, the papal legate to England, then oversaw his coronation at Gloucester Cathedral on 28th October 1216. In the absence of the archbishops of either Canterbury or York, Henry was anointed by the bishops of Worcester and Exeter, and crowned by Peter des Roches, bishop of Winchester. During the civil war the royal crown had been lost, so instead, the ceremony used a simple gold corolla belonging to Queen Isabella. In 1217, Henry's forces, led by William Marshal, finally defeated the rebels at the battles of Lincoln and Sandwich.
Henry's early rule was dominated first by Hubert de Burgh, 1st Earl of Kent and Justiciar of England and Ireland, then by Peter des Roches, and they re-established royal authority after the war. In 1225 Henry promised to abide by the final and definitative version of the Magna Carta, freely authenticated by the great seal of Henry III himself, which protected the rights of the major barons and placed a limit on royal power. It is the clauses of this, the 1225 Magna Carta signed by Henry III, not the King John Magna Carta of 1215, which are on the Statute Books of the United Kingdom today.
4 comments*Alex10/16/18 at 17:35quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Vespasian AR denarius34 viewsVespasian (69-79). AR Denarius
(18.5mm, 2.77g, 6h).
Ephesus? , c. AD 76.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev: Pegasus stepping r.
RIC II 1473; RSC 114a; RPC II 1451.
Rare, Good Fine
St Paul Antiquities Auction 18 Lot 347 October 13, 2018
7 commentsorfew10/16/18 at 15:32FlaviusDomitianus: Nice addition, congrats!
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Domitian RIC 1536 viewsAR Denarius, 3.10g
Rome mint, 81 AD
RIC 15 (R2). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: P P COS VII DES VIII; Seat, draped; above, semicircular frame decorated with corn ears
Ex Savoca Blue 10, 30 September 2018, lot 1212.

The rapidity in which Domitian's first denarius issues of 81 came one after another hint that he was in a great hurry to strike coins as Augustus after Titus' death in mid September 81 AD, presumably for a legionary donative. Dio records that Domitian hastened to the praetorian camp to 'receive the title and authority of the emperor' and promised the soldiers the same bounty Titus had provided. The Roman mint immediately began striking coins for the new emperor. This denarius was struck before Domitian had been awarded the power of the tribunate (TR P). Perhaps it may have taken a few days for the Senate to award the power of the tribunate to Domitian because they had assembled at the small town of Reate where Titus had died and needed to be in Rome in order to vote him the right. Although this Group 2 denarius is not part of Domitian's first RIC issue, it is very likely to have been struck within the first few weeks of him assuming the purple. RIC notes the chronology is not precise with these issues from 81 and they are grouped only for 'convenience'. Judging by the rarity of the Group 2 denarii they could not have been struck for any great length of time.

The type of draped seat with semi circular frame is a carry-over 'pulvinaria' type from Titus, possibly originally struck in connection with the Colosseum's opening games' religious ceremonies. Domitian's 'pulvinaria' coins are a stop-gap issue struck until proper reverse types were designed for the new reign in early 82 when the mint and coinage were overhauled.

Good early style portrait, unsurprisingly reminiscent of those struck for him as Caesar under Titus.
4 commentsDavid Atherton10/16/18 at 15:27FlaviusDomitianus: Nice find, completely overlooked by miself.
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Charles I (1625 - 1649)24 viewsAR Shilling
O: CAROLVS D G MAG BRI FRA ET HIB REX (Charles, by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland), crowned bust left, XII (value mark) behind.
R: CHRISTO AVSPICE REGNO (I reign under the auspices of Christ), cross moline over square-topped shield coat-of-arms. Triangle-in-circle mintmark.
Tower Mint
6.16g
30mm
SCBC 2799, North 2231

Possibly holed in history as a "Touch Piece", AKA a Good Luck Charm
2 commentsMat10/16/18 at 14:00*Alex: Nice coin. I am on the lookout for a decent Charle...
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Vespasian AR denarius34 viewsVespasian (69-79). AR Denarius
(18.5mm, 2.77g, 6h).
Ephesus? , c. AD 76.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev: Pegasus stepping r.
RIC II 1473; RSC 114a; RPC II 1451.
Rare, Good Fine
St Paul Antiquities Auction 18 Lot 347 October 13, 2018
7 commentsorfew10/16/18 at 13:30Mat: Congrats
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Titus / Bearded Captive20 viewsTitus AR Denarius. Rome mint, AD 79. 3.1g, 18mm.
O: IMP T CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right
R: TR POT VIII COS VII, bearded captive, wearing trousers and cape, kneeling right at base of trophy.
- RIC 1; RSC 334a; BMCRE 1.

Only two specimens in the Reka Devnia Hoard, not in the Paris collection or Cohen. An attractively toned issue dated to the first week of Titus' reign, between Vespasian's death on 23 June 79 AD and the beginning of Titus' ninth tribunician year on 1 July. The reverse type was carried on from Titus' last issue as Caesar, see http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-89575
5 commentsNemonater10/16/18 at 13:30Mat: Lovely coin & toning
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Struck 1551 - 1553, EDWARD VI (1547 - 1553), AR Shilling minted at London, England16 viewsObverse: EDWARD:VI:D:G:AGL:FRA:Z:HIB:REX•Y: Crowned facing bust of Edward VI head turned slightly to left. Tudor rose to left of bust and XII to right; mintmark Y, in legend after REX above.
Reverse: POSVI DEV:ADIVTORE:MEVM:Y. Square topped shield, bearing the arms of England and France, quartered by long cross fourchee; mintmark Y, in legend after MEVM.
Diameter: 33mm | Weight: 5.8gms | Die Axis: 2 | Holed
SPINK: 2482

In 1551 Edward VI issued a new fine silver coinage, his previous silver issues having been very debased. The sixpence denomination was first introduced at this time. It was similar to the new shilling above in having a facing portrait of the king with a tudor rose to the left, but the denomination value to the right of the King's portrait was VI on the sixpence instead of the XII seen on the shilling.
3 comments*Alex10/16/18 at 13:30Mat: Nice, my shilling of his is also holed.
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Domitian RIC 1536 viewsAR Denarius, 3.10g
Rome mint, 81 AD
RIC 15 (R2). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: P P COS VII DES VIII; Seat, draped; above, semicircular frame decorated with corn ears
Ex Savoca Blue 10, 30 September 2018, lot 1212.

The rapidity in which Domitian's first denarius issues of 81 came one after another hint that he was in a great hurry to strike coins as Augustus after Titus' death in mid September 81 AD, presumably for a legionary donative. Dio records that Domitian hastened to the praetorian camp to 'receive the title and authority of the emperor' and promised the soldiers the same bounty Titus had provided. The Roman mint immediately began striking coins for the new emperor. This denarius was struck before Domitian had been awarded the power of the tribunate (TR P). Perhaps it may have taken a few days for the Senate to award the power of the tribunate to Domitian because they had assembled at the small town of Reate where Titus had died and needed to be in Rome in order to vote him the right. Although this Group 2 denarius is not part of Domitian's first RIC issue, it is very likely to have been struck within the first few weeks of him assuming the purple. RIC notes the chronology is not precise with these issues from 81 and they are grouped only for 'convenience'. Judging by the rarity of the Group 2 denarii they could not have been struck for any great length of time.

The type of draped seat with semi circular frame is a carry-over 'pulvinaria' type from Titus, possibly originally struck in connection with the Colosseum's opening games' religious ceremonies. Domitian's 'pulvinaria' coins are a stop-gap issue struck until proper reverse types were designed for the new reign in early 82 when the mint and coinage were overhauled.

Good early style portrait, unsurprisingly reminiscent of those struck for him as Caesar under Titus.
4 commentsDavid Atherton10/16/18 at 13:14orfew: Wonderful acquisition
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Vespasian AR denarius34 viewsVespasian (69-79). AR Denarius
(18.5mm, 2.77g, 6h).
Ephesus? , c. AD 76.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev: Pegasus stepping r.
RIC II 1473; RSC 114a; RPC II 1451.
Rare, Good Fine
St Paul Antiquities Auction 18 Lot 347 October 13, 2018
7 commentsorfew10/16/18 at 10:33Nemonater: A rare beauty!
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Domitian RIC 1536 viewsAR Denarius, 3.10g
Rome mint, 81 AD
RIC 15 (R2). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: P P COS VII DES VIII; Seat, draped; above, semicircular frame decorated with corn ears
Ex Savoca Blue 10, 30 September 2018, lot 1212.

The rapidity in which Domitian's first denarius issues of 81 came one after another hint that he was in a great hurry to strike coins as Augustus after Titus' death in mid September 81 AD, presumably for a legionary donative. Dio records that Domitian hastened to the praetorian camp to 'receive the title and authority of the emperor' and promised the soldiers the same bounty Titus had provided. The Roman mint immediately began striking coins for the new emperor. This denarius was struck before Domitian had been awarded the power of the tribunate (TR P). Perhaps it may have taken a few days for the Senate to award the power of the tribunate to Domitian because they had assembled at the small town of Reate where Titus had died and needed to be in Rome in order to vote him the right. Although this Group 2 denarius is not part of Domitian's first RIC issue, it is very likely to have been struck within the first few weeks of him assuming the purple. RIC notes the chronology is not precise with these issues from 81 and they are grouped only for 'convenience'. Judging by the rarity of the Group 2 denarii they could not have been struck for any great length of time.

The type of draped seat with semi circular frame is a carry-over 'pulvinaria' type from Titus, possibly originally struck in connection with the Colosseum's opening games' religious ceremonies. Domitian's 'pulvinaria' coins are a stop-gap issue struck until proper reverse types were designed for the new reign in early 82 when the mint and coinage were overhauled.

Good early style portrait, unsurprisingly reminiscent of those struck for him as Caesar under Titus.
4 commentsDavid Atherton10/16/18 at 10:32Nemonater: Awesome catch!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CONSTANS, AE2 of ANTIOCH. Struck A.D.348 - 35010 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans holding globe facing left.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Soldier advancing right, dragging small barbarian from hut beneath tree; in exergue, ANΔ.
RIC VIII : 126
5 comments*Alex10/16/18 at 10:25Canaan: Very nice!!!
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Lokris Opuntii (Circa 369-338 BC)6 viewsAR Triobol

16 mm, 2.61 g

Obverse: Wreathed head of Persephone right

Reverse: [O]ΠONTIΩN; Ajax, nude but for crested Corinthian helmet, advancing right, holding sword in right hand, shield decorated with serpent on left arm; kantharos below.

BCD Lokris 99; SNG Copenhagen 50

Opuntian Lokris consisted of a narrow slip upon the eastern coast of central Greece, from the pass of Thermopylae to the mouth of the river Cephissus. In the Persian War the Opuntian Lokrians fought with Leonidas at the Battle of Thermopylae, and also sent seven ships to the Greek fleet. The Lokrians fought on the side of Sparta in the Peloponnesian War.

Ajax of Lokris (or Ajax 'the Lesser'), depicted on this coin’s reverse, supposedly led a fleet of forty ships from Lokris Opuntii against Troy in the Greeks' great war on that city. At Troy's fall, he was alleged by Odysseus to have violated a sanctuary of Athena by ravishing Cassandra, who had sought refuge there. He thus brought down the wrath of Athena upon himself and his countrymen: Ajax himself was wrecked and killed in a storm as he made his way home from the war, and the rest of the Opuntians reached home only with great difficulty. Nevertheless, they annually honoured their former leader by launching a ship fitted with black sails and laden with gifts, which they then set alight, and whenever the Lokrian army drew up for battle, one place was always left open for Ajax, whose spirit they believed would stand and fight with them.
2 commentsNathan P10/16/18 at 10:20shanxi: nice example
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Carausius6 viewsAE-Antoninianus
VIRTVS CARAVSI AVG; Radiate and cuirassed bust to left, holding spear and shield.
PAX AVG; Pax stg. left holding sceptre and branch; F O in fields
Ex: ML
Londinium
RIC 116
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia10/16/18 at 08:50Barnaba6: Fantastic coin! Congrats!
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Tacitus11 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M CL TACITVS PF AVG GER; Radiate and cuirassed half lenght bust to left, holding victory on globe.
PROVIDE AVG; Providentia stg. left, holding globe and transversal scepter.
Ex: Q
Ticinum
RIC -; RIC temp #3438
2 commentsJulianus of Pannonia10/16/18 at 08:49Barnaba6: Truly spectacular coin! Although I don't like ...
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Titus / Bearded Captive20 viewsTitus AR Denarius. Rome mint, AD 79. 3.1g, 18mm.
O: IMP T CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right
R: TR POT VIII COS VII, bearded captive, wearing trousers and cape, kneeling right at base of trophy.
- RIC 1; RSC 334a; BMCRE 1.

Only two specimens in the Reka Devnia Hoard, not in the Paris collection or Cohen. An attractively toned issue dated to the first week of Titus' reign, between Vespasian's death on 23 June 79 AD and the beginning of Titus' ninth tribunician year on 1 July. The reverse type was carried on from Titus' last issue as Caesar, see http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-89575
5 commentsNemonater10/16/18 at 05:00David Atherton: Beautiful toning!
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Vespasian AR denarius34 viewsVespasian (69-79). AR Denarius
(18.5mm, 2.77g, 6h).
Ephesus? , c. AD 76.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev: Pegasus stepping r.
RIC II 1473; RSC 114a; RPC II 1451.
Rare, Good Fine
St Paul Antiquities Auction 18 Lot 347 October 13, 2018
7 commentsorfew10/16/18 at 04:35David Atherton: Tremendous!
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Vespasian AR denarius34 viewsVespasian (69-79). AR Denarius
(18.5mm, 2.77g, 6h).
Ephesus? , c. AD 76.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev: Pegasus stepping r.
RIC II 1473; RSC 114a; RPC II 1451.
Rare, Good Fine
St Paul Antiquities Auction 18 Lot 347 October 13, 2018
7 commentsorfew10/16/18 at 04:08Jay GT4: Great rarity! Congrats
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CONSTANS, AE2 of ANTIOCH. Struck A.D.348 - 35010 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans holding globe facing left.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Soldier advancing right, dragging small barbarian from hut beneath tree; in exergue, ANΔ.
RIC VIII : 126
5 comments*Alex10/15/18 at 23:55Jay GT4: Nice reverse
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Lokris Opuntii (Circa 369-338 BC)6 viewsAR Triobol

16 mm, 2.61 g

Obverse: Wreathed head of Persephone right

Reverse: [O]ΠONTIΩN; Ajax, nude but for crested Corinthian helmet, advancing right, holding sword in right hand, shield decorated with serpent on left arm; kantharos below.

BCD Lokris 99; SNG Copenhagen 50

Opuntian Lokris consisted of a narrow slip upon the eastern coast of central Greece, from the pass of Thermopylae to the mouth of the river Cephissus. In the Persian War the Opuntian Lokrians fought with Leonidas at the Battle of Thermopylae, and also sent seven ships to the Greek fleet. The Lokrians fought on the side of Sparta in the Peloponnesian War.

Ajax of Lokris (or Ajax 'the Lesser'), depicted on this coin’s reverse, supposedly led a fleet of forty ships from Lokris Opuntii against Troy in the Greeks' great war on that city. At Troy's fall, he was alleged by Odysseus to have violated a sanctuary of Athena by ravishing Cassandra, who had sought refuge there. He thus brought down the wrath of Athena upon himself and his countrymen: Ajax himself was wrecked and killed in a storm as he made his way home from the war, and the rest of the Opuntians reached home only with great difficulty. Nevertheless, they annually honoured their former leader by launching a ship fitted with black sails and laden with gifts, which they then set alight, and whenever the Lokrian army drew up for battle, one place was always left open for Ajax, whose spirit they believed would stand and fight with them.
2 commentsNathan P10/15/18 at 23:54Jay GT4: Great looking coin
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CONSTANS, AE2 of ANTIOCH. Struck A.D.348 - 35010 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans holding globe facing left.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Soldier advancing right, dragging small barbarian from hut beneath tree; in exergue, ANΔ.
RIC VIII : 126
5 comments*Alex10/15/18 at 18:30maridvnvm: A very nice example of the type.
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Roman Empire, AURELIAN. Silvered AE Antoninianus of Mediolanum. Struck A.D.272 - 2731 viewsObverse: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Aurelian facing right.
Reverse: RESTITVT ORIENTIS. Female figure standing facing right presenting wreath to Aurelian who is standing facing left and holding sceptre; in exergue, S.
RIC V i : 140.

Struck after the defeat of Vabalathus and Queen Zenobia this coin commemorates the re-absorption of the Palmyran territories into the Roman Empire.
1 comments*Alex10/15/18 at 18:29Barnaba6: Very nice!!!
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Philip I AR Antoninianus - ' SPES FELICITATIS ORBIS ' - 03 - Unknown Eastern Mint - obv24 viewsRoman Empire
Emperor Philip I (244 - 249 AD)
Silver Antoninianus ( double denarius )
Struck at Unknown Eastern Mint - 244 AD.

obv: IMP C M IVL PHILIPPVS P F AVG PM - radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right.
rev: SPES FELICITATIS ORBIS - (tranlation: 'Hope for a Happy World') - Spes (Hope) advancing left, holding flower in one hand and lifting skirt with the other.

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more info on the Philip I - AD 244 - Unknown Eastern Mint - Silver Antoninianii written by dougsmit, very informative with examples of all the Unkown Eastern Mint types from AD 244: http://dougsmith.ancients.info/philip.html
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2 commentsrexesq10/15/18 at 17:23rexesq: Thank you Mat, my friend!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CONSTANS, AE2 of ANTIOCH. Struck A.D.348 - 35010 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans holding globe facing left.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Soldier advancing right, dragging small barbarian from hut beneath tree; in exergue, ANΔ.
RIC VIII : 126
5 comments*Alex10/15/18 at 17:07Mat: great piece
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EB0861 Probus / Victory from Jupiter10 viewsProbus 276-282, AE Antoninianus, "Antioch mint" - see note below.
Obverse: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: CLEMENTIA TEMP, Probus standing right, holding sceptre, receiving Victory from Jupiter standing left. Officina letter Γ dot in lower centre. Mintmark XXI.
References: RIC 922, Γ; Sear 11961.
Diameter: 21mm, Weight: 3.3g.

Note from Barnaba6:
This coin is not from Antioch (as RIC indicates) but from the 4th oriental mint active during Probus' reign - see article by S. Estiot: "L’Empereur et l’usurpateur: un 4e atelier oriental sous Probus"; Spink, London, 2015.
2 commentsEB10/15/18 at 14:32EB: Thanks Barnaba6
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EB0861 Probus / Victory from Jupiter10 viewsProbus 276-282, AE Antoninianus, "Antioch mint" - see note below.
Obverse: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: CLEMENTIA TEMP, Probus standing right, holding sceptre, receiving Victory from Jupiter standing left. Officina letter Γ dot in lower centre. Mintmark XXI.
References: RIC 922, Γ; Sear 11961.
Diameter: 21mm, Weight: 3.3g.

Note from Barnaba6:
This coin is not from Antioch (as RIC indicates) but from the 4th oriental mint active during Probus' reign - see article by S. Estiot: "L’Empereur et l’usurpateur: un 4e atelier oriental sous Probus"; Spink, London, 2015.
2 commentsEB10/15/18 at 14:03Barnaba6: This coin is not from Antioch (as RIC indicates) b...
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112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 925-4-4, 4th. Unspecified Oriental Mint, Bust:C(A2), Δ//XXI, RESTITVT ORBIS, Female and Emperor, #172 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 925-4-4, 4th. Unspecified Oriental Mint, Bust:C(A2), Δ//XXI, RESTITVT ORBIS, Female and Emperor, #1
avers: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from the back. (C/A2),
reverse: RESTITVT ORBIS, Female standing right, presenting wreath to emperor standing left, holding globe and sceptre.
exergue: Δ//XXI, diameter: 20,0mm, weight: 3,80g, axis: 0h,
mint: 4th. Unspecified Eastern mint, date: 281 A.D., 4th. emiss., 4th., off., ref: RIC V-II 925-4-4, p-120,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans10/15/18 at 11:33Barnaba6: Nice addition!
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Probus12 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG; Radiate, cuirassed bust left, holding pugio in right hand.
CONCORD MILIT; Emperor standing right, clasping hand of Concordia.
Ex: XXIQ
Siscia
RIC 650var.
3 commentsJulianus of Pannonia10/15/18 at 11:28Barnaba6: This really is one of the best pieces with pugio t...
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Probus11 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M AVR PROBVS PF AVG; Radiate and cuirassed bust to right, holding club and shield.
CONCORDIA MILIT; Emperor and Concordia clasping hands; S in center Field.
Ex: XXI
Siscia
RIC 650var.
3 commentsJulianus of Pannonia10/15/18 at 11:27Barnaba6: One of the highlights of your great collection! Ta...
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132 - Probus - RIC 084 var - Bust Type F (Lugdunum) (IIII)10 viewsAntonianus
Obv:– IMP C PROBVS • P • F • AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right
Rev:– MARS VICTOR, Mars walking right, holding spear and trophy
Minted in Lugdunum (//IIII) Emission 6, Officina 4. A.D. 278 - A.D. 279
Reference:– Cohen 334. Bastien –. Bastien Suppl. II 294B (this example). RIC 84 Bust Type F var (officina)

Paul Francis Jacquier - Auction 45 (2018) - Lot 1374
ex-Philippe Gysen Collection
Paul Francis Jacquier Auction 21 (1998), Lot 557

The only known example from this officina.
3 commentsmaridvnvm10/15/18 at 11:22Barnaba6: Congrats Martin!
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Roman Empire, ANTONINUS PIUS. Commemorative AR Denarius of Rome. Struck A.D.161 - 164 under Marcus Aurelius2 viewsObverse: DIVVS ANTONIN'S. Bare head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Reverse: DIVO PIO. Seated statue of Antoninus Pius holding branch and sceptre, facing left.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 3.2gms | Die Axis: 6
RIC III : 442 | VM : 137/1 | Sear : 5194
1 comments*Alex10/15/18 at 06:17Canaan: Very nice coin and photography
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106p Aurelianus/Vaballathus (270-275 A.D.), Egypt, Alexandria, Bi-Tetradrachm, G-3056, D-, -/LA//--, L/Δ//--, Vaballathus bust left, #161 views106p Aurelianus/Vaballathus (270-275 A.D.), Egypt, Alexandria, Bi-Tetradrachm, G-3056, D-, -/LA//--, L/Δ//--, Vaballathus bust left, #1
avers: A K Λ ΔOM AVPHΛIANOC CEB, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, LA in left down.
reverse: I A C OVABAΛΛAΘOC AΘHN V AVT C P, Laureate and diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Vaballathus right, L-Δ across the field.
exergue: -/LA//--, L/Δ//--, diameter: 21,5mm, weight: 10,28g, axes:0 h,
mint: Egypt, Alexandria, date: 270-271 A.D., LA/ LΔ Year 1 for Aurelianus, and Year 4 for Vaballathus, ref: Geissen-3056, Dattari-, Kapmann-Ganschow-106.67-p334,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans10/15/18 at 06:16Canaan: Great addition a must have!!!!
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THETFORD mint - pointed helmet type AR penny Cnut the Great - moneyer EDPINEE (= Ēadwine) 6 viewsObverse: ✠ CNVT: EX A·GL·OR
Reverse: ✠ EDPINEE ON ÐEODF:
Ø = 19,50mm
Weight = 1,09 gram

Provenance:
•Ex SPINK (UK) Auction 18006, lot 1596, 25 September 2018
1 commentsRomaVictor10/15/18 at 02:30Callimachus: Beautiful coin .
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132 - Probus - RIC 084 var - Bust Type F (Lugdunum) (IIII)10 viewsAntonianus
Obv:– IMP C PROBVS • P • F • AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right
Rev:– MARS VICTOR, Mars walking right, holding spear and trophy
Minted in Lugdunum (//IIII) Emission 6, Officina 4. A.D. 278 - A.D. 279
Reference:– Cohen 334. Bastien –. Bastien Suppl. II 294B (this example). RIC 84 Bust Type F var (officina)

Paul Francis Jacquier - Auction 45 (2018) - Lot 1374
ex-Philippe Gysen Collection
Paul Francis Jacquier Auction 21 (1998), Lot 557

The only known example from this officina.
3 commentsmaridvnvm10/15/18 at 00:16orfew: Great catch!
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132 - Probus - RIC 084 var - Bust Type F (Lugdunum) (IIII)10 viewsAntonianus
Obv:– IMP C PROBVS • P • F • AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right
Rev:– MARS VICTOR, Mars walking right, holding spear and trophy
Minted in Lugdunum (//IIII) Emission 6, Officina 4. A.D. 278 - A.D. 279
Reference:– Cohen 334. Bastien –. Bastien Suppl. II 294B (this example). RIC 84 Bust Type F var (officina)

Paul Francis Jacquier - Auction 45 (2018) - Lot 1374
ex-Philippe Gysen Collection
Paul Francis Jacquier Auction 21 (1998), Lot 557

The only known example from this officina.
3 commentsmaridvnvm10/14/18 at 20:40quadrans: Nice one
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Probus12 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG; Radiate, cuirassed bust left, holding pugio in right hand.
CONCORD MILIT; Emperor standing right, clasping hand of Concordia.
Ex: XXIQ
Siscia
RIC 650var.
3 commentsJulianus of Pannonia10/14/18 at 20:35quadrans: Another nice piece
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Probus11 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M AVR PROBVS PF AVG; Radiate and cuirassed bust to right, holding club and shield.
CONCORDIA MILIT; Emperor and Concordia clasping hands; S in center Field.
Ex: XXI
Siscia
RIC 650var.
3 commentsJulianus of Pannonia10/14/18 at 20:34quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Probus11 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M AVR PROBVS PF AVG; Radiate and cuirassed bust to right, holding club and shield.
CONCORDIA MILIT; Emperor and Concordia clasping hands; S in center Field.
Ex: XXI
Siscia
RIC 650var.
3 commentsJulianus of Pannonia10/14/18 at 20:29maridvnvm: Another fantastic coin
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Probus12 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG; Radiate, cuirassed bust left, holding pugio in right hand.
CONCORD MILIT; Emperor standing right, clasping hand of Concordia.
Ex: XXIQ
Siscia
RIC 650var.
3 commentsJulianus of Pannonia10/14/18 at 20:28maridvnvm: A great coin
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106p Aurelianus/Vaballathus (270-275 A.D.), Egypt, Alexandria, Bi-Tetradrachm, G-3056, D-, -/LA//--, L/Δ//--, Vaballathus bust left, #161 views106p Aurelianus/Vaballathus (270-275 A.D.), Egypt, Alexandria, Bi-Tetradrachm, G-3056, D-, -/LA//--, L/Δ//--, Vaballathus bust left, #1
avers: A K Λ ΔOM AVPHΛIANOC CEB, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, LA in left down.
reverse: I A C OVABAΛΛAΘOC AΘHN V AVT C P, Laureate and diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Vaballathus right, L-Δ across the field.
exergue: -/LA//--, L/Δ//--, diameter: 21,5mm, weight: 10,28g, axes:0 h,
mint: Egypt, Alexandria, date: 270-271 A.D., LA/ LΔ Year 1 for Aurelianus, and Year 4 for Vaballathus, ref: Geissen-3056, Dattari-, Kapmann-Ganschow-106.67-p334,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans10/14/18 at 14:11Mat: A very nice example
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Lydia, Philadelphia, 025p Domitia (82-96 A.D. Augusta), RPC 1340, AE-18, ΦIΛA/ΔЄΛ/ΦЄω/N, in wreath, 59 viewsLydia, Philadelphia, 025p Domitia (82-96 A.D. Augusta), RPC 1340, AE-18, ΦIΛA/ΔЄΛ/ΦЄω/N, in wreath,
avers: ΔOMITIA AYΓOYCTA, draped bust right.
reverse: ΦIΛA ΔЄΛ ΦЄω N, in four lines within laurel-wreath.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,0mm, weight: 5,61g, axis: h,
mint: Lydia, Philadelphia, date: 82-96 A.D., ref: SNG Cop. 378, RPC 1340, SNG von Aulock 3075, BMC 63,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans10/14/18 at 08:38FlaviusDomitianus: Agreed, nice example
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RIC 0215 Domitianus59 viewsObv : IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS X, Radiate bust right, with aegis
Rev : FIDEI PVBLICAE / S-C in field; Fides standing left, with plate of fruits and corn ears
AE/Dupondius (27.47 mm 12.667 g 5h) Struck in Rome 84 A.D.
RIC 215 (C), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 299
ex Artemide Auction 44E Lot 299
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/14/18 at 07:33quadrans: Interesting piece..
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1024 BITHYNIA Koinon of Bithynia Sabina Ae 32 Octastyle temple5 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1024; Rec 53; Paris 815; von Aulock 290; BMC 30; C/M Howgego 64 ( Hadrian Laureate head right)

Obv. СΑΒΕΙΝΑ СΕΒΑΣΤΗ
Draped bust of Sabina, r., with hair coiled and piled on top of head above double stephane

Rev. ΚΟΙ-ΝΟΝ ΒΕΙΘΥΝΙΑС
Octastyle temple on podium of two steps; pellet between middle columns; in pediment, sacrificing Genius in pediment; below, prow

25.17 gr
32 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki10/14/18 at 06:57quadrans: Great coin and counter mark...
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1358 Hadrian, Cistophorus IONIA Smyrna Zeus seated11 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1358; Metcalf 29

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head right

Rev. COS III
Zeus seated l. on throne holding small image of Ephesian Artemis in r. and sceptre in l.; to l., eagle

10.72 gr
29 mm
12h
4 commentsokidoki10/14/18 at 06:55quadrans: Interesting piece..
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1480 Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Hexastyle temple15 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1480; Metcalf 124

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head left.

Rev. COS-III
Hexastyle temple, with three stairs and palmette in pediment.

10.19 gr
27 mm
12h
3 commentsokidoki10/14/18 at 06:54quadrans: Another nice piece
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1037 Sabina As Roma 128-136 AD Concordia28 viewsReference.
RIC 1037; BMC 1891; C. 19; Strack 863

Obv. SABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG P P
Diademed and draped bust right

Rev. CONCORDIA AVG / S C.
Concordia seated left on throne, holding patera and resting elbow upon statue of Spes; cornucopia below throne.

11.13 gr
27 mm
6h
5 commentsokidoki10/14/18 at 06:54quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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045 Hadrian Denarius 125-28 AD Minerva standing Eastern mint9 viewsReference.
Strack *18; die link

Obv. AVGVSTVS HADRIANVS (sic)
Laureate head right, slight drapery

Rev. COS III
Minerva standing left, holding thunderbolt and spear, shield resting by feet.

3.20 gr
20 mm
6h
1 commentsokidoki10/14/18 at 06:48quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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2126 IONIA, Magnesia ad Maeandrum Hadrian, Dionysus standing5 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2126; Schultz Magnesia 96; SNG Copenhagen 864; Prowe III 957

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СΕ
Laureate head of Hadrian, right

Rev. ΜΑΓΝΗΤΩΝ
Dionysus standing l., holding cantharus in r. hand, l. resting on thyrsus; at his feet, l., panther

4.84 gr
19 mm
12h
1 commentsokidoki10/14/18 at 06:47quadrans: Nice piece..
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Clodius Albinus (193 - 195 A.D.)20 viewsAR Denarius
O: D CLOD SEPT ALBIN CAES, bare head right.
R: MINER PACIF COS II, Minerva standing front, head left, holding a spear and leaning on a shield.
Rome Mint
3.21g
19mm
RIC 7, RSC 48, RCV 6144, BMC 98
6 commentsMat10/14/18 at 06:15quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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EB0007 Youth on horseback / Taras on dolphin20 viewsTarentum, CALABRIA, AR Nomos, 281-272 BC.
Obverse: Naked youth on horseback right crowning himself; IΩ behind, ZAΛO and Ionic capital below.
Reverse: Taras astride dolphin, holding distaff and akrostolion; AN behind.
References: VLASTO 803, Evans VII, G1; SNG France 1924-25; Cote 420 and McGill II, 87-89.
Diameter: 20mm, Weight: 6.602g.
3 commentsEB10/14/18 at 03:40EB: Thanks Enodia, updated accordingly.
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EB0010 Youth on horseback / Taras on dolphin15 viewsTarentum, CALABRIA, AR Nomos, 272-235 BC.
Obverse: Youth on horseback left crowning horse; ΦΙΛΩ/ΤΑΣ in two lines below, ΔΙ above.
Reverse: Taras on dolphin left, holding kantharos and distaff; cock behind.
References: VLASTO 847, SNG France 2009, SNG ANS 1176, Evans VIII, A11 and McGill II, 96.
Diameter: 20mm, Weight: 6.123g.
2 commentsEB10/14/18 at 03:38EB: Thanks Enodia, updated accordingly.
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Greek, Silver Obol; Sidon mint. Circa 375-332 BC13 viewsObv: City walls with three towers.
Rev: Prow of galley with eye to right; five pellets above, Lion below.
10mm and 0.9 grams
4 commentsCanaan10/13/18 at 19:58Jay GT4: Great piece
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025p Domitia (82-96 A.D. Augusta), Lydia, Philadelphia, RPC 1340, AE-18, ΦIΛA/ΔЄΛ/ΦЄω/N, in wreath, 74 views025p Domitia (82-96 A.D. Augusta), Lydia, Philadelphia, RPC 1340, AE-18, ΦIΛA/ΔЄΛ/ΦЄω/N, in wreath,
avers: ΔOMITIA AYΓOYCTA, draped bust right.
reverse: ΦIΛA ΔЄΛ ΦЄω N, in four lines within laurel-wreath.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,0mm, weight: 5,61g, axis: h,
mint: Lydia, Philadelphia, date: 82-96 A.D., ref: SNG Cop. 378, RPC 1340, SNG von Aulock 3075, BMC 63,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans10/13/18 at 19:52Canaan: Nice find!!!
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Sicily, Syracuse, Agathokles (cc. 317-289 B.C.), AE-22, SNG Ans 749, AΓAΘOKΛEOΣ BAΣIΛEOΣ, Winged thunderbolt, #274 viewsSicily, Syracuse, Agathokles (cc. 317-289 B.C.), AE-22, SNG Ans 749, AΓAΘOKΛEOΣ BAΣIΛEOΣ, Winged thunderbolt, #2
avers: ΣΩΤΕΙΡΑ, Draped bust of Artemis Soteira right, quiver over shoulder.
reverse: ΑΓΑΘΟΚΛΕΟΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΟΣ, Winged thunderbolt between legend.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 22 mm, weight: 9,59, axes: h,
mint: Sicily, Syracuse, date: cc.317-289 B.C., ref: SNG Ans 749,
Q-002
4 commentsquadrans10/13/18 at 19:52Canaan: Lovely patina!!
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Campania, Neapolis, (275-250 B.C.), AE-18 (Obol), SNG ANS 488var. (O behind), Man-headed bull left and flying Nike, #173 viewsCampania, Neapolis, (275-250 B.C.), AE-18 (Obol), SNG ANS 488var. (O behind), Man-headed bull left and flying Nike, #1
avers: Laureate head of Apollo left, O behind
reverse: Man-headed bull standing right, being crowned by Nike who flies above, IS in exergue.
exergue: -/-//IS, diameter:18,0mm, weight: 6,21g, axes: h,
mint: Campania, Neapolis, date: 275-250 B.C., ref: SNG ANS 488var. (O behind); Rutter, HN 589.
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans10/13/18 at 19:51Canaan: On my wish list!!! A great MFB!!!
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The Year of the Six Emperors (And a Caesar) 22 viewsIn order from top left to right: Maximinus Thrax, murdered; Maximus Caesar, murdered; Gordian I suicide; Gordian II killed in battle; Pupienus, murdered; Balbinus, murdered; Gordian III, probably murdered but possibly died in battle. 4 commentsNemonater10/13/18 at 19:45Canaan: The dream of all collectors was accomplished by yo...
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Maximinus I Thrax / P M TR P IIII13 viewsMaximinus I. AD 235-238. AR Denarius 2.55 g. Rome mint, 6th officina. 6th emission, December AD 237-April AD 238.
O: MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right
R: P M TR P IIII COS P P Maximinus standing left, raising hand and holding spear; two signa flanking.
- RIC IV 6; BMCRE 219; RSC 70.

Maximinus took his fourth tribunitian on December 10, 237. Although assassinated in April of the following year, he lost control of the Rome mint that January. This rare last issue of his reign was struck between December 237 and January 238.
2 commentsNemonater10/13/18 at 19:43Canaan: A great example of the type!!
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Sicily, Syracuse, Agathokles (cc. 317-289 B.C.), AE-22, SNG Ans 749, AΓAΘOKΛEOΣ BAΣIΛEOΣ, Winged thunderbolt, #274 viewsSicily, Syracuse, Agathokles (cc. 317-289 B.C.), AE-22, SNG Ans 749, AΓAΘOKΛEOΣ BAΣIΛEOΣ, Winged thunderbolt, #2
avers: ΣΩΤΕΙΡΑ, Draped bust of Artemis Soteira right, quiver over shoulder.
reverse: ΑΓΑΘΟΚΛΕΟΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΟΣ, Winged thunderbolt between legend.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 22 mm, weight: 9,59, axes: h,
mint: Sicily, Syracuse, date: cc.317-289 B.C., ref: SNG Ans 749,
Q-002
4 commentsquadrans10/13/18 at 19:32Robert L3: Great coin, Q.
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Lydia, Philadelphia, 025p Domitia (82-96 A.D. Augusta), RPC 1340, AE-18, ΦIΛA/ΔЄΛ/ΦЄω/N, in wreath, 59 viewsLydia, Philadelphia, 025p Domitia (82-96 A.D. Augusta), RPC 1340, AE-18, ΦIΛA/ΔЄΛ/ΦЄω/N, in wreath,
avers: ΔOMITIA AYΓOYCTA, draped bust right.
reverse: ΦIΛA ΔЄΛ ΦЄω N, in four lines within laurel-wreath.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,0mm, weight: 5,61g, axis: h,
mint: Lydia, Philadelphia, date: 82-96 A.D., ref: SNG Cop. 378, RPC 1340, SNG von Aulock 3075, BMC 63,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans10/13/18 at 19:22Jay GT4: Nice Domitia
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Sicily, Syracuse, Agathokles (cc. 317-289 B.C.), AE-22, SNG Ans 749, AΓAΘOKΛEOΣ BAΣIΛEOΣ, Winged thunderbolt, #274 viewsSicily, Syracuse, Agathokles (cc. 317-289 B.C.), AE-22, SNG Ans 749, AΓAΘOKΛEOΣ BAΣIΛEOΣ, Winged thunderbolt, #2
avers: ΣΩΤΕΙΡΑ, Draped bust of Artemis Soteira right, quiver over shoulder.
reverse: ΑΓΑΘΟΚΛΕΟΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΟΣ, Winged thunderbolt between legend.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 22 mm, weight: 9,59, axes: h,
mint: Sicily, Syracuse, date: cc.317-289 B.C., ref: SNG Ans 749,
Q-002
4 commentsquadrans10/13/18 at 19:19Enodia: Lovely Artemis!
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EB0007 Youth on horseback / Taras on dolphin20 viewsTarentum, CALABRIA, AR Nomos, 281-272 BC.
Obverse: Naked youth on horseback right crowning himself; IΩ behind, ZAΛO and Ionic capital below.
Reverse: Taras astride dolphin, holding distaff and akrostolion; AN behind.
References: VLASTO 803, Evans VII, G1; SNG France 1924-25; Cote 420 and McGill II, 87-89.
Diameter: 20mm, Weight: 6.602g.
3 commentsEB10/13/18 at 18:55Enodia: Very nice! Also Evans VII, G1; SNG France 1924-25;...
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Greek, Silver Obol; Sidon mint. Circa 375-332 BC13 viewsObv: City walls with three towers.
Rev: Prow of galley with eye to right; five pellets above, Lion below.
10mm and 0.9 grams
4 commentsCanaan10/13/18 at 18:48Nemonater: What an interesting find!
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Q. Pomponius Musa, AR Denarius12 viewsRome, The Republic.
Q. Pomponius Musa, mid-50s BCE
AR Denarius (3.98g; 19mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Laureate head of Apollo(?), hair tied-up, facing right; star behind.

Reverse: Q. POMPONI – MVSA; Urania, muse of astronomy, facing left, holding wand over globe on tripod.

References: Crawford 410/8; Sydenham 823; Pomponia 22.

Provenance: Ex William C. Boyd (d. 1906) Collection [Baldwin's 42 (26 Sep 2005), Lot 64]; bought from Spink in 1900.

Q. Pomponius Musa, who punned his name by depicting the Muses on a series of coins, is unknown except for his coins, which makes precise dating of the series difficult. For many years, scholars (including Crawford) dated the series to 66 BCE. However, the absence of any examples of the series in the large Mesagne hoard caused Hersh and Walker to bring down the date of the series to 56 BCE. Michael Harlan, retracting his reticence with the Mesagne dating, later proposed a date of 52 BCE.

There are two varieties of Musa denarii: the first depicts Apollo/Hercules Musarum (see my gallery example); the second, of which there are nine sub-varieties, depict Apollo and a Muse. The above coin is of the second variety.

Apollo is often depicted androgynously on ancient coins. The standard references consistently attribute the obverse heads on both varieties of Musa’s coins as Apollo; but the depictions are notably different between the Hercules Musarum variety and the nine Muse varieties. On the above coin, the deity’s hair is down and tied, and generally consistent with many depictions of Apollo on other Roman Republican coins (see, e.g., denarii of L. Calpurnius Piso and C. Calpurnius Piso). Comparatively, the head on the Muse varieties of this series are considerably more feminine in appearance and laureate, though lacking earrings, necklaces or other feminine accents. Admittedly, this more feminine type head has also been attributed by scholars as Apollo on other coin types (see, e.g., denarii of P. Clodius and C. Considius). However, within the same series the different styled heads appear to depict different deities. Given the Muse emblems behind each head on the nine Muse types, it’s possible that the feminine heads do not represent Apollo, but the Muses themselves. Michael Harlan agrees with this interpretation in both editions of "Roman Republican Moneyers and their Coins." More research on this issue is needed.
3 commentsCarausius10/13/18 at 18:48okidoki: excellent and stylistic
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EB0006 Nymph / Man-headed bull15 viewsNeapolis, CAMPANIA, AR Nomos/2 drm., 300-281 BC.
Obverse: Diademed head of nymph left, wearing earring and necklace.
Reverse: Man-headed bull walking left, crowned by Nike above flying left.
References: Cf. GROSE 269,3 (also see SNG ANS 350-381).
Diameter: 20mm, Weight: 7.312g.
3 commentsEB10/13/18 at 18:47okidoki: very nice
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Campania, Neapolis, (275-250 B.C.), AE-18 (Obol), SNG ANS 488var. (O behind), Man-headed bull left and flying Nike, #173 viewsCampania, Neapolis, (275-250 B.C.), AE-18 (Obol), SNG ANS 488var. (O behind), Man-headed bull left and flying Nike, #1
avers: Laureate head of Apollo left, O behind
reverse: Man-headed bull standing right, being crowned by Nike who flies above, IS in exergue.
exergue: -/-//IS, diameter:18,0mm, weight: 6,21g, axes: h,
mint: Campania, Neapolis, date: 275-250 B.C., ref: SNG ANS 488var. (O behind); Rutter, HN 589.
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans10/13/18 at 18:45Jay GT4: Great piece
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Sicily, Syracuse, Agathokles (cc. 317-289 B.C.), AE-22, SNG Ans 749, AΓAΘOKΛEOΣ BAΣIΛEOΣ, Winged thunderbolt, #274 viewsSicily, Syracuse, Agathokles (cc. 317-289 B.C.), AE-22, SNG Ans 749, AΓAΘOKΛEOΣ BAΣIΛEOΣ, Winged thunderbolt, #2
avers: ΣΩΤΕΙΡΑ, Draped bust of Artemis Soteira right, quiver over shoulder.
reverse: ΑΓΑΘΟΚΛΕΟΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΟΣ, Winged thunderbolt between legend.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 22 mm, weight: 9,59, axes: h,
mint: Sicily, Syracuse, date: cc.317-289 B.C., ref: SNG Ans 749,
Q-002
4 commentsquadrans10/13/18 at 18:36okidoki: Nice Joe
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EB0010 Youth on horseback / Taras on dolphin15 viewsTarentum, CALABRIA, AR Nomos, 272-235 BC.
Obverse: Youth on horseback left crowning horse; ΦΙΛΩ/ΤΑΣ in two lines below, ΔΙ above.
Reverse: Taras on dolphin left, holding kantharos and distaff; cock behind.
References: VLASTO 847, SNG France 2009, SNG ANS 1176, Evans VIII, A11 and McGill II, 96.
Diameter: 20mm, Weight: 6.123g.
2 commentsEB10/13/18 at 18:31Enodia: A nice one, well centered. I think it may be Vlast...
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EB0006 Nymph / Man-headed bull15 viewsNeapolis, CAMPANIA, AR Nomos/2 drm., 300-281 BC.
Obverse: Diademed head of nymph left, wearing earring and necklace.
Reverse: Man-headed bull walking left, crowned by Nike above flying left.
References: Cf. GROSE 269,3 (also see SNG ANS 350-381).
Diameter: 20mm, Weight: 7.312g.
3 commentsEB10/13/18 at 18:13Enodia: Nice coin, great reverse!
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England. King John Penny36 viewsJohn (1199-1216), Penny, class VIa2, London,
Walter, walter · on · lvn, 1.40g/4h
(SCBI Mass 1755, this coin; N 974/2; S 1353).
Good fine, dark-toned
J.D. Brand Collection [from Baldwin October 1960];
J.P. Mass Collection, Part I, DNW Auction 61, 17 March 2004, lot 355 (part);
J. Sazama Collection, Part I, DNW Auction 93, 26 September 2011, lot 1140 (part)
The collection of the late ray Inder
DNW Auction Coins tokens and Historical Medals September 18-20 2018, lot 192.
5 commentsorfew10/13/18 at 17:02quadrans: Nice piece..
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Huszár 566, Pohl 112-_, Unger 442-, Réthy II 114, Frynas 26.51 viewsHungary. Mária/Maria (1382-1387 solo reign; 1387-1395 with husband Zsigmond/Sigismund of Luxembourg)

AR denar; .72 g., 14.60 mm. max., 180°

Obv: + mOnETA mARIE [Gothic-style letters A], Patriarchal cross

Rev: + REGInE VnGARIE [Gothic-style letter A], Crowned M, pellet below

The type was struck in only in 1383 (per Huszár, Unger and Frynas) or from 1383 through 1385 (per Pohl). It is traditionally viewed as the second of three denarii struck by Maria (after Huszár 565 and before Huszár 569). More recently, it has been viewed as Maria's third type (per Gyöngyössi and Toma), struck in 1386-1387, ending when Sigismund's coinage began (per Gyöngyössi). This coin, with a pellet below the M, is not recorded by Huszár, Pohl or Unger and is not represented in Cluj-Mănăştur Hoard.

Toma notes twelve legend variations among 456 coins of this type in the Cluj-Mănăştur Hoard, found in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (formerly, Kolozsvár, Hungary), in 1934 (but lists only eleven). They differ mainly in terms of completeness of legends, presence of pellets, and the styles of the letter A. The legends on this coin are as per Toma 1. Toma notes 54 coins with this combination, none with the pellet privy mark.

Toma further notes three versions of the patriarchal cross and eight versions of the crowned M. There are fourteen obverse/reverse design combinations appearing among 411 coins from the hoard. This coin appears to bear the B/c combination.

Huszár/Pohl rarity rating 5; Frynas rarity C. The legend combination appearing on this coin is depicted/described in Unger, Réthy and Frynas. The legend combination depicted/described in Huszár and Pohl differs in that there are pellets between words on the obverse and reverse. This coin bears an unrecorded mintmark.
1 commentsStkp10/13/18 at 16:31quadrans: Nice coin Steve..
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Greek, Silver Obol; Sidon mint. Circa 375-332 BC13 viewsObv: City walls with three towers.
Rev: Prow of galley with eye to right; five pellets above, Lion below.
10mm and 0.9 grams
4 commentsCanaan10/13/18 at 16:24quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Domitian RIC 144526 viewsDOMITIANVS CAESAR AVG
Bare-headed and cuirassed bust of Domitian to right, wearing aegis.

AVG and mint mark EPE within oak wreath.

Ephesus 71 AD

3.28g

RIC 1445 (R). RPC 846.
7 commentsJay GT410/13/18 at 16:21quadrans: Nice piece..
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112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 925-4-4, 4th. Unspecified Oriental Mint, Bust:C(A2), Δ//XXI, RESTITVT ORBIS, Female and Emperor, #172 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 925-4-4, 4th. Unspecified Oriental Mint, Bust:C(A2), Δ//XXI, RESTITVT ORBIS, Female and Emperor, #1
avers: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from the back. (C/A2),
reverse: RESTITVT ORBIS, Female standing right, presenting wreath to emperor standing left, holding globe and sceptre.
exergue: Δ//XXI, diameter: 20,0mm, weight: 3,80g, axis: 0h,
mint: 4th. Unspecified Eastern mint, date: 281 A.D., 4th. emiss., 4th., off., ref: RIC V-II 925-4-4, p-120,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans10/13/18 at 16:17okidoki: wow excellent
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The Year of the Six Emperors (And a Caesar) 22 viewsIn order from top left to right: Maximinus Thrax, murdered; Maximus Caesar, murdered; Gordian I suicide; Gordian II killed in battle; Pupienus, murdered; Balbinus, murdered; Gordian III, probably murdered but possibly died in battle. 4 commentsNemonater10/13/18 at 16:16quadrans: Nice one
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Elaea, Aeolis3 views450 - 400 B.C.
Silver Hemiobol
0.27 gm, 7 mm
Obv.: Helmeted head of Athena left
Rev.: E-Λ-A-I, olive wreath within incuse square
Sear 4197;
[SNG von Aulock 7680; SNG Cop 164]
1 commentsJaimelai10/13/18 at 15:50Stkp: Nice
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EB0899 Julian II / Bull4 viewsJulian II, AE 1, Arles 360-363 AD.
Obverse: DN FL CL IVLI-ANVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: SECVRITAS REIPVB, bull standing right, two stars above, in right field an eagle standing right on wreath, head left, holding wreath in beak. Mintmark PCONST.
References: RIC VIII Arles 318.
Diameter: 26.5mm, Weight: 6.501g.
1 commentsEB10/13/18 at 15:49Stkp: I always liked these
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Apulia, Arpi, (3rd.cent. B.C.), AE-20, SNG-Budapest Vol-I.Part-I. 520, APΠANΩN, boar right, spear above, #288 viewsApulia, Arpi, (3rd.cent. B.C.), AE-20, SNG-Budapest Vol-I.Part-I. 520, APΠANΩN, boar right, spear above, #2
avers: ΔAIOY, Laureate head of Zeus left, thunderbolt behind.
reverse: APΠANΩN, boar right, spear above.
exergue: -/-//APΠANΩN, diameter: 20,0mm, weight: 7,43g, axes: h,
mint: Apulia, Arpi, date: 3rd.cent. B.C., ref: SNG-Budapest Vol-I.Part-I. 520,p-104, SNGCop 603, SNG ANS 635ff., BMC 4,
Q-002
1 commentsquadrans10/13/18 at 15:48Stkp: Well struck and centered. Nice
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LONDON mint - small flan type AR penny Edward the Confessor - moneyer GOLDSI (= Goldsige) 9 viewsObverse: ✠ EDPA RDE
Reverse: ✠ GOLDSI ON LVND:
Ø = 14mm
Weight = 1,08 gram

Provenance:
•Ex Stacks & Bowers August 2018 ANA auction, session H lot 23009
•Ex John Whitney Walter Collection
•Ex Bareford Collection of US & English coins, Stacks auction 22-23 October 1981
3 commentsRomaVictor10/13/18 at 15:47Stkp: Fantastic
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LONDON mint - small flan type AR penny Edward the Confessor - moneyer GOLDSI (= Goldsige) 9 viewsObverse: ✠ EDPA RDE
Reverse: ✠ GOLDSI ON LVND:
Ø = 14mm
Weight = 1,08 gram

Provenance:
•Ex Stacks & Bowers August 2018 ANA auction, session H lot 23009
•Ex John Whitney Walter Collection
•Ex Bareford Collection of US & English coins, Stacks auction 22-23 October 1981
3 commentsRomaVictor10/13/18 at 15:26quadrans: Agree, great coin ...
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Domitian RIC 144526 viewsDOMITIANVS CAESAR AVG
Bare-headed and cuirassed bust of Domitian to right, wearing aegis.

AVG and mint mark EPE within oak wreath.

Ephesus 71 AD

3.28g

RIC 1445 (R). RPC 846.
7 commentsJay GT410/13/18 at 12:57David Atherton: Good example of a rare type!
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LONDON mint - small flan type AR penny Edward the Confessor - moneyer GOLDSI (= Goldsige) 9 viewsObverse: ✠ EDPA RDE
Reverse: ✠ GOLDSI ON LVND:
Ø = 14mm
Weight = 1,08 gram

Provenance:
•Ex Stacks & Bowers August 2018 ANA auction, session H lot 23009
•Ex John Whitney Walter Collection
•Ex Bareford Collection of US & English coins, Stacks auction 22-23 October 1981
3 commentsRomaVictor10/13/18 at 11:08*Alex: Wow. Superb addition to your collection.
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Domitian RIC 144526 viewsDOMITIANVS CAESAR AVG
Bare-headed and cuirassed bust of Domitian to right, wearing aegis.

AVG and mint mark EPE within oak wreath.

Ephesus 71 AD

3.28g

RIC 1445 (R). RPC 846.
7 commentsJay GT410/13/18 at 03:22Nemonater: Very cool type, I would love to have one in my col...
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Domitian RIC 144526 viewsDOMITIANVS CAESAR AVG
Bare-headed and cuirassed bust of Domitian to right, wearing aegis.

AVG and mint mark EPE within oak wreath.

Ephesus 71 AD

3.28g

RIC 1445 (R). RPC 846.
7 commentsJay GT410/12/18 at 22:10FlaviusDomitianus: Nice addition, beautiful toning.
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Domitian RIC 144526 viewsDOMITIANVS CAESAR AVG
Bare-headed and cuirassed bust of Domitian to right, wearing aegis.

AVG and mint mark EPE within oak wreath.

Ephesus 71 AD

3.28g

RIC 1445 (R). RPC 846.
7 commentsJay GT410/12/18 at 16:13shanxi: interesting, never saw the EPE mintmark on a denar...
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Domitian RIC 144526 viewsDOMITIANVS CAESAR AVG
Bare-headed and cuirassed bust of Domitian to right, wearing aegis.

AVG and mint mark EPE within oak wreath.

Ephesus 71 AD

3.28g

RIC 1445 (R). RPC 846.
7 commentsJay GT410/12/18 at 16:01Mat: Very nice, congrats
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Calabria, Taras, 272-240 BC, AR Nomos8 views6.47g, magistrate Aristokles, nude rider holding spear on horseback galloping right, rev. Taras riding dolphin left, holding trident, nymph's head in field (Vlasto 877), well centred on an irregular flan, otherwise attractively toned in recesses, very fine or better.1 commentsLeo10/12/18 at 15:52Jay GT4: Beauty
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Domitian RIC 144526 viewsDOMITIANVS CAESAR AVG
Bare-headed and cuirassed bust of Domitian to right, wearing aegis.

AVG and mint mark EPE within oak wreath.

Ephesus 71 AD

3.28g

RIC 1445 (R). RPC 846.
7 commentsJay GT410/12/18 at 15:28okidoki: great looks Jay
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1037 Sabina As Roma 128-136 AD Concordia28 viewsReference.
RIC 1037; BMC 1891; C. 19; Strack 863

Obv. SABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG P P
Diademed and draped bust right

Rev. CONCORDIA AVG / S C.
Concordia seated left on throne, holding patera and resting elbow upon statue of Spes; cornucopia below throne.

11.13 gr
27 mm
6h
5 commentsokidoki10/12/18 at 14:14Pharsalos: Stunning!
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EB0006 Nymph / Man-headed bull15 viewsNeapolis, CAMPANIA, AR Nomos/2 drm., 300-281 BC.
Obverse: Diademed head of nymph left, wearing earring and necklace.
Reverse: Man-headed bull walking left, crowned by Nike above flying left.
References: Cf. GROSE 269,3 (also see SNG ANS 350-381).
Diameter: 20mm, Weight: 7.312g.
3 commentsEB10/12/18 at 14:11Pharsalos: Beautiful dies! Very nice coin.
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Crawford 30/1 Didrachm quadrigatus8 viewsDenomination: Didrachm
Era: c. 225-214 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Laureate, Janiform head of Dioscuri. Border of dots
Reverse: Jupitetr in quadriga r., driven by Vicotry. Jupiter holds scepter in l. hand and hurls thunderbolt with r. hand, ROMA incuse on raised tablet. Line border
Weight: 6.66 gm.
Reference: Crawford 30/1
Provenance: Private purchase from an associate of Matteo Cavedoni (Numismatica Florentina) 1-JUN-2007

Comments: This is Crawford’s 3rd sequence of quadrigati, distinguished by Victory standing on the tailboard of the chariot rather than in the chariot with Jupiter. Reverse slightly off-center, otherwise nicely toned and GVF.
2 commentsSteve B510/12/18 at 13:57Carausius: Lovely, high-relief example. In addition to the l...
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WINCHESTER mint - short cross type AR penny Cnut the Great - moneyer GODPINE (=Gōdwīne)11 viewsObverse: ✠ CNV T RECX
Reverse: ✠ GODPINE ON PIN
Ø = 17,50mm
Weight = 1,16 gram

Provenance:
•Privately purchased from Saltford Coins, September 2018
2 commentsRomaVictor10/12/18 at 13:29Pharsalos: Your Cnut collection is amazing!
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Attica, Athens, Athena, Owl, Tetradrachm19 viewsAttica. Athens
Silver tetradrachm, ca. 454-404 BC
Av: Helmeted head of Athena right, with frontal eye.
Rv: AΘE. Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent to left; all within incuse square.
AR, 17.16g, 23mm
Ref.: Kroll 8; HGC 4, 1597.
2 commentsshanxi10/12/18 at 13:18Pharsalos: Fantastic coin, both sides.
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Taxila: Anonymous (185-168 BCE) Æ 1 1/2 karshapana (AICR 1083-4; MACW 4404-7; HGC 12, 774)7 viewsObv: Elephant advancing right; before, plant
Rev: Horse prancing left; above, star
Dim: 20x15 mm, 9.51 g, 12 h
1 commentsQuant.Geek10/12/18 at 13:14Pharsalos: Excellent example.
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Crawford 25/1 Didrachm8 viewsDenomination: Didrachm
Era: c. 241-235 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of beardless Mars r. Helmet decorated with gryphon.
Reverse: Horse’s head r.; behind, sickle; below truncation, ROMA.
Weight: 6.57 gm.
Reference: Crawford 25/1
Provenance: Goldberg 69 lot 3233, 31-MAY-2012

Comments: Both sides centered, but slightly short flan leaves no trace of border on either side. Tiny obverse planchet void below chin; almost imperceptible fine cleaning marks below ROMA on reverse. Otherwise, strong VF.

2 commentsSteve B510/12/18 at 13:13Pharsalos: Beautiful style, I love it.
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PROBUS RIC 4055 views OBVERSE: VIRTVS PROBI AVG
REVERSE: RESTITVTOR SECV[LI]
BUST TYPE: E1 = Radiate, cuirassed and helmeted bust left, holding spear and shield (decorated with Gorgoneion)
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//PXXT
WEIGHT 3.45g / AXIS: 6h / WIDTH: 22-24
RIC: 405
COLLECTION NO. 1285

Ex. Ph. Gysen collection

Extremely rare and desirable reverse type!

The only specimen of this exact type known to me!
1 commentsBarnaba610/12/18 at 13:07Pharsalos: Fantastic Probus!
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1358 Hadrian, Cistophorus IONIA Smyrna Zeus seated11 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1358; Metcalf 29

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head right

Rev. COS III
Zeus seated l. on throne holding small image of Ephesian Artemis in r. and sceptre in l.; to l., eagle

10.72 gr
29 mm
12h
4 commentsokidoki10/12/18 at 13:05Pharsalos: Very cool coin, same diameter as his sestertii!
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Q. Pomponius Musa, AR Denarius12 viewsRome, The Republic.
Q. Pomponius Musa, mid-50s BCE
AR Denarius (3.98g; 19mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Laureate head of Apollo(?), hair tied-up, facing right; star behind.

Reverse: Q. POMPONI – MVSA; Urania, muse of astronomy, facing left, holding wand over globe on tripod.

References: Crawford 410/8; Sydenham 823; Pomponia 22.

Provenance: Ex William C. Boyd (d. 1906) Collection [Baldwin's 42 (26 Sep 2005), Lot 64]; bought from Spink in 1900.

Q. Pomponius Musa, who punned his name by depicting the Muses on a series of coins, is unknown except for his coins, which makes precise dating of the series difficult. For many years, scholars (including Crawford) dated the series to 66 BCE. However, the absence of any examples of the series in the large Mesagne hoard caused Hersh and Walker to bring down the date of the series to 56 BCE. Michael Harlan, retracting his reticence with the Mesagne dating, later proposed a date of 52 BCE.

There are two varieties of Musa denarii: the first depicts Apollo/Hercules Musarum (see my gallery example); the second, of which there are nine sub-varieties, depict Apollo and a Muse. The above coin is of the second variety.

Apollo is often depicted androgynously on ancient coins. The standard references consistently attribute the obverse heads on both varieties of Musa’s coins as Apollo; but the depictions are notably different between the Hercules Musarum variety and the nine Muse varieties. On the above coin, the deity’s hair is down and tied, and generally consistent with many depictions of Apollo on other Roman Republican coins (see, e.g., denarii of L. Calpurnius Piso and C. Calpurnius Piso). Comparatively, the head on the Muse varieties of this series are considerably more feminine in appearance and laureate, though lacking earrings, necklaces or other feminine accents. Admittedly, this more feminine type head has also been attributed by scholars as Apollo on other coin types (see, e.g., denarii of P. Clodius and C. Considius). However, within the same series the different styled heads appear to depict different deities. Given the Muse emblems behind each head on the nine Muse types, it’s possible that the feminine heads do not represent Apollo, but the Muses themselves. Michael Harlan agrees with this interpretation in both editions of "Roman Republican Moneyers and their Coins." More research on this issue is needed.
3 commentsCarausius10/12/18 at 12:59Pharsalos: Magnificent example with a provenance to match.
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Kingdom of Macedon, Alexander III 'the Great' AV Stater10 views8.57g, 18mm, 1h.
Amphipolis, circa 307-300 BC. Head of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet decorated with a serpent on the bowl / Nike standing left, holding wreath and stylis; trident head pointing downwards in left field, AΛEΞANΔPOY to right.
Price 172.
Very Fine.
2 commentsLeo10/12/18 at 12:56Pharsalos: Very impressive, congratulations.
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RIC 7067 viewsRIC 706; Alföldi type 41, n° xx; Siscia. Bust type F, (B). Denomination: Antoninianus.

OBV.: IMP C PROBVS P F AVG
Radiate, cuirassed bust right.

REV.: PAX AVG

Pax standing left, holding olive-branch and sceptre.

Mintmark: // XXIV

Weight: ?
Diameter: ?
Die Axis: ?

Ex Dattari
1 commentsvrtsprb10/12/18 at 12:52Pharsalos: Beautiful patina.
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Quinarius, Crawford 47/12 viewsDenomination: Quinarius
Era: c. 211 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. Behind, “V” . Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; in linear frame. “ROMA”. Line border
Weight: 2.29 gm.
Reference: Crawford 47/1a
Provenance: Private purchase from Edward Waddell 11-AUG-2010

Comments: This quinarius from an uncertain mint is characterized by it’s splayed visor of three lines with the longest line on top. Very similar to Cr. 44/6, but of a distinctly different style on both obverse and reverse. Near mint state on a slightly ovoid flan.
1 commentsSteve B510/12/18 at 12:49Pharsalos: Very pretty.
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Denarius Crawford 80/1b5 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 209-208 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor. Behind, “X”. Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; in linear frame. “ROMA”. Line border
Mint: Sicily (?)
Weight: 3.65 gm.
Reference: Crawford 80/1b
Provenance: Auctiones E-Auction #5, 15-APR-2012

Comments: RRC suggests these are the anonymous sibling of the dolphin symbol series; however I believe this is a separate issue. The anonymous coins are consistently of finer style than the symboled coins. The dolphin symboled examples have a somewhat crude style which is unique to the issue, but is rarely seen on the fully anonymous coins (There are occasional exceptions to this. See the next coin in the collection).

Nearly complete and EF with iridescent toning in the recessed areas.
2 commentsSteve B510/12/18 at 12:37Pharsalos: Wow, beautiful coin.
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Vespasian RIC II 052318 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 73 A.D. (3.16g, 19.8mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG PM COS IIII CEN, laureate head right. Rev: SPQR in oak wreath. RIC II 523, BMC 86a, RSC 517.

This is a good example of a common type with good centering and full clear legends.
2 commentsLucas H10/12/18 at 11:36Jay GT4: Amazing coin
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The Year of the Six Emperors (And a Caesar) 22 viewsIn order from top left to right: Maximinus Thrax, murdered; Maximus Caesar, murdered; Gordian I suicide; Gordian II killed in battle; Pupienus, murdered; Balbinus, murdered; Gordian III, probably murdered but possibly died in battle. 4 commentsNemonater10/12/18 at 11:30Jay GT4: Amazing
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Maximinus I Thrax / P M TR P IIII13 viewsMaximinus I. AD 235-238. AR Denarius 2.55 g. Rome mint, 6th officina. 6th emission, December AD 237-April AD 238.
O: MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right
R: P M TR P IIII COS P P Maximinus standing left, raising hand and holding spear; two signa flanking.
- RIC IV 6; BMCRE 219; RSC 70.

Maximinus took his fourth tribunitian on December 10, 237. Although assassinated in April of the following year, he lost control of the Rome mint that January. This rare last issue of his reign was struck between December 237 and January 238.
2 commentsNemonater10/12/18 at 11:30Jay GT4: Wonderful portrait and exquisite reverse
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Clodius Albinus (193 - 195 A.D.)20 viewsAR Denarius
O: D CLOD SEPT ALBIN CAES, bare head right.
R: MINER PACIF COS II, Minerva standing front, head left, holding a spear and leaning on a shield.
Rome Mint
3.21g
19mm
RIC 7, RSC 48, RCV 6144, BMC 98
6 commentsMat10/12/18 at 04:18Randygeki(h2): Great addition. Nice deal on this one.
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The Year of the Six Emperors (And a Caesar) 22 viewsIn order from top left to right: Maximinus Thrax, murdered; Maximus Caesar, murdered; Gordian I suicide; Gordian II killed in battle; Pupienus, murdered; Balbinus, murdered; Gordian III, probably murdered but possibly died in battle. 4 commentsNemonater10/12/18 at 04:18orfew: Great accomplishment. Congrats!
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Otho AR Denarius45 viewsOtho, 69.
Denarius, Rome;
3.03 g.
Obv: Head r .IMP M OTHO CAESAR AUG TR P
Rev:Equitas stands l. with scales and scepter. PONT MAX
BMC 6; Coh. 9; RIC² 19.
Fine tone fine
Ex: The Jyrki Muona collection
auction Fritz Rudolf Künker 304, Osnabrück March 2018, No. 1073
auction Fritz Rudolf Künker 312, Osnabrück October 2018, No. 2822.
6 commentsorfew10/12/18 at 04:18Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
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Clodius Albinus (193 - 195 A.D.)20 viewsAR Denarius
O: D CLOD SEPT ALBIN CAES, bare head right.
R: MINER PACIF COS II, Minerva standing front, head left, holding a spear and leaning on a shield.
Rome Mint
3.21g
19mm
RIC 7, RSC 48, RCV 6144, BMC 98
6 commentsMat10/11/18 at 11:33Canaan: Nice one, congrats!!!
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Clodius Albinus (193 - 195 A.D.)20 viewsAR Denarius
O: D CLOD SEPT ALBIN CAES, bare head right.
R: MINER PACIF COS II, Minerva standing front, head left, holding a spear and leaning on a shield.
Rome Mint
3.21g
19mm
RIC 7, RSC 48, RCV 6144, BMC 98
6 commentsMat10/11/18 at 11:29Jay GT4: Congrats
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Anonymous AR Didrachm (Quadrigatus) - Janiform head and Jupiter in Quadriga (Crawf. 30/1)45 viewsAR Didrachm (Quadrigatus)
Uncertain mint, 225-214 BC
6.57g, 22mm

Obv: Laureate head of youthful Janus or Dioscuri

Rev: Jupiter holding sceptre and brandishing thunderbolt, in quadriga driven to right by Victory; ROMA incuse on raised tablet below.

Crawford 30/1; RSC 23; Sydenham 64b

Roma Numismatics Auction XVI, 498
From a private Swiss collection, outside of Italy prior to January 2011.
7 commentsKained but Able10/11/18 at 05:50Simon: Sexy and beautiful.
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Denarius, Crawford 197/1a7 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: C. 157-156 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor. Behind, “X”. Border of dots
Reverse: Victory in biga right, holding goad in right hand and reins in left; in linear frame, ROMA

Mint: Rome
Weight: 3.99 gm.
Reference: Crawford 197/1a
Provenance: CNG 75

Comments: GEF with lovely light iridescent toning and considerable luster.
2 commentsSteve B510/11/18 at 02:20Jay GT4: Amazing toning!
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Otho AR Denarius45 viewsOtho, 69.
Denarius, Rome;
3.03 g.
Obv: Head r .IMP M OTHO CAESAR AUG TR P
Rev:Equitas stands l. with scales and scepter. PONT MAX
BMC 6; Coh. 9; RIC² 19.
Fine tone fine
Ex: The Jyrki Muona collection
auction Fritz Rudolf Künker 304, Osnabrück March 2018, No. 1073
auction Fritz Rudolf Künker 312, Osnabrück October 2018, No. 2822.
6 commentsorfew10/11/18 at 02:19Jay GT4: Great!
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Denarius, Crawford 197/1a7 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: C. 157-156 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor. Behind, “X”. Border of dots
Reverse: Victory in biga right, holding goad in right hand and reins in left; in linear frame, ROMA

Mint: Rome
Weight: 3.99 gm.
Reference: Crawford 197/1a
Provenance: CNG 75

Comments: GEF with lovely light iridescent toning and considerable luster.
2 commentsSteve B510/10/18 at 20:49Carausius: Beautiful coin!
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Clodius Albinus (193 - 195 A.D.)20 viewsAR Denarius
O: D CLOD SEPT ALBIN CAES, bare head right.
R: MINER PACIF COS II, Minerva standing front, head left, holding a spear and leaning on a shield.
Rome Mint
3.21g
19mm
RIC 7, RSC 48, RCV 6144, BMC 98
6 commentsMat10/10/18 at 20:49Nemonater: Great addition!
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Denarius, Crawford 164/1b3 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: after 179-170 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor. Behind, “X”. Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; in linear frame. “ROMA”. Line border
Mint: Rome
Weight: 3.51 gm.
Reference: Crawford 164/1b
Provenance: Negrini Asta Publica December 16, 2011, Lot 163

Comments: The distinguishing characteristics of Crawford 164/1b include:
• Unusual waving style cape with three broad lines, unique to this sub-variety
• Extra horse’s tail
• Stars nearly in front of the heads of the Dioscuri
• Stars are four pointed “X”s
• Obverse displays very large triangular griffon tufts on the back of Roma's helmet

Quite scarce. Struck on a slightly oval flan, otherwise, GVF.
1 commentsSteve B510/10/18 at 20:48Carausius: Excellent example of the taxonomy.
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Severus Alexander (222 - 235 A.D.)25 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: A KAI MAP AYP CEYHP AΛEΞANΔPOC EYCEB, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
R: Nike advancing left.  LΔ in field.  Year 4 
23mm
13.52g
Emmett 3118.4, Milne 2929

Pending Wildwinds Publishing!
5 commentsMat10/10/18 at 20:47Nemonater: Beautiful!
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1037 Sabina As Roma 128-136 AD Concordia28 viewsReference.
RIC 1037; BMC 1891; C. 19; Strack 863

Obv. SABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG P P
Diademed and draped bust right

Rev. CONCORDIA AVG / S C.
Concordia seated left on throne, holding patera and resting elbow upon statue of Spes; cornucopia below throne.

11.13 gr
27 mm
6h
5 commentsokidoki10/10/18 at 12:45*Alex: Beautiful coin.
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Titus RIC-16830 viewsÆ Sestertius, 23.01g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 168 (C2). BMC 168.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: S C in field; Spes stg. l., with flower
Ex Felicitas-Perpetua, eBay, 23 September 2018.

Spes is a common reverse type under Vespasian, connected to future dynastic hope and harmony. It continued to be struck by Titus and can be viewed as his hope for the future with his chosen heir Domitian. As Mattingly put it: '...the recurring types of Spes suggests that Titus gave Domitian full due as heir to the throne.' Suetonious would have us believe this public fraternal affection was a sham and Domitian did everything he could to plot against Titus. Dio goes so far as to say Domitian hastened Titus death by having him packed in ice! All of this can be dismissed as nothing more than post Domitianic gossip intended to blacken Domitian's name. The Flavian historian Brian Jones speculates the brother's relationship was one of 'mutual indifference and ignorance' due to their age and personality differences. Regardless, as the numismatic evidence shows, Titus looked upon Domitian as his legitimate heir until his natural death in mid September 81.

The reverse is quite worn, but no matter, the portrait makes up for any of the reverse's deficiencies. A wonderful coin in hand!
3 commentsDavid Atherton10/10/18 at 08:45Randygeki(h2): sweet addition
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Otho AR Denarius45 viewsOtho, 69.
Denarius, Rome;
3.03 g.
Obv: Head r .IMP M OTHO CAESAR AUG TR P
Rev:Equitas stands l. with scales and scepter. PONT MAX
BMC 6; Coh. 9; RIC² 19.
Fine tone fine
Ex: The Jyrki Muona collection
auction Fritz Rudolf Künker 304, Osnabrück March 2018, No. 1073
auction Fritz Rudolf Künker 312, Osnabrück October 2018, No. 2822.
6 commentsorfew10/10/18 at 07:52okidoki: Nice and rare
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M. Volteius Denarius - Hercules and the Erymanthian Boar (Crawf. 385/2)10 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 78 BC
3.87g

Obv: Head of young Hercules (R), wearing lion’s skin headdress

Rev: Erymanthian Boar charging right
VOLTEI•M•F in exergue

Bab. 2; BMC 3158; Crawf. 385/2; Syd. 775.

Künker Auction 312, Lot 2669

The monstrous, wild Erymanthian boar lived on Mount Erymanthos in Arcadia, a haunt of Artemis. For his fourth labour, Hercules was given the task to capture him and finally succeeded in doing so, by luring the animal into deep snow where it tired. He brought the boar alive to his client Eurystheus, who was so frightened he hid in a bronze wine jar.
1 commentsOptimo Principi10/09/18 at 23:45Jay GT4: Outstanding!
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VITELLIUS (69). Denarius. Rome.41 viewsObv: A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P. Laureate head right.
Rev: CONCORDIA P R. Concordia seated left on throne, holding patera and cradling cornucopia.
RIC 90.
Weight: 3.4 g.
Diameter: 19 mm.
5 commentsCanaan10/09/18 at 23:44Nemonater: Well done!
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Egypt, Alexandria Tiberius Obol Ex Dattari plate coin60 viewsEgypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Tiberius, 14-37 Obol circa 19-20 (year 6), Æ 20.1mm., 5.67g.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev. TIBEPIOY Hippopotamus standing r.; in exergue,
L Geissen -. RPC 5087 (this coin cited). Dattari-Savio Pl. 4, 103 (this coin).
Brown tone, About Very Fine.
From the Dattari collection.
Naville Numismatics Aution 43, Lot 250 September 23, 2018
5 commentsorfew10/09/18 at 23:44Jay GT4: Fantastic
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Otho AR Denarius45 viewsOtho, 69.
Denarius, Rome;
3.03 g.
Obv: Head r .IMP M OTHO CAESAR AUG TR P
Rev:Equitas stands l. with scales and scepter. PONT MAX
BMC 6; Coh. 9; RIC² 19.
Fine tone fine
Ex: The Jyrki Muona collection
auction Fritz Rudolf Künker 304, Osnabrück March 2018, No. 1073
auction Fritz Rudolf Künker 312, Osnabrück October 2018, No. 2822.
6 commentsorfew10/09/18 at 22:27Nemonater: What a wonderful portrait!
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Otho AR Denarius45 viewsOtho, 69.
Denarius, Rome;
3.03 g.
Obv: Head r .IMP M OTHO CAESAR AUG TR P
Rev:Equitas stands l. with scales and scepter. PONT MAX
BMC 6; Coh. 9; RIC² 19.
Fine tone fine
Ex: The Jyrki Muona collection
auction Fritz Rudolf Künker 304, Osnabrück March 2018, No. 1073
auction Fritz Rudolf Künker 312, Osnabrück October 2018, No. 2822.
6 commentsorfew10/09/18 at 21:42Canaan: A great example of the type!!
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Otho AR Denarius45 viewsOtho, 69.
Denarius, Rome;
3.03 g.
Obv: Head r .IMP M OTHO CAESAR AUG TR P
Rev:Equitas stands l. with scales and scepter. PONT MAX
BMC 6; Coh. 9; RIC² 19.
Fine tone fine
Ex: The Jyrki Muona collection
auction Fritz Rudolf Künker 304, Osnabrück March 2018, No. 1073
auction Fritz Rudolf Künker 312, Osnabrück October 2018, No. 2822.
6 commentsorfew10/09/18 at 21:29Mat: Great addition
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Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Probably a contemporary regional counterfeit struck during the reign of Prince A (late 2nd to early 3rd centuries A.D.), or later.20 viewsvan't Haaff --; De Morgan --; BMC --; Sear GICV --; Alram --

AE unit (denomination undetermined), 2.51 g., 12.59 mm. max., 0°

Obv.: Bust facing left, side whiskers as double row of dots.

Rev.: Plain diadem of two bands with fine lines, pellet border.

The obverse bust most closely resembles Prince A (late 2nd to early 3rd centuries A.D.), van't Haaff 19.1.1-1A, whereas the reverse mirrors Phraates (early-mid 2nd century A.D.), van't Haaff 14.4.1-2). Due to the decades between these rulers, the coin is probably not a mule. The coins of Phraates may have remained in circulation during the reign of Prince A, and beyond. The coin is probably a contemporary regional counterfeit inspired by the Phraates reverse. However, the diadem on the reverse is a reference to sky god Bel, and the possibility that the coin is an unrecorded official coin, issued by Prince A with the revived iconography of Phraates, cannot be excluded.

Attribution assistance courtesy of Pieter Anne van't Haaff (thanks to Robert L3), and Robert L3.
2 commentsStkp10/09/18 at 21:08Michael C8: The reverse is a match for BMC Arabia pl XLII coin...
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Vespasian RIC 02 (2)74 viewsAR Denarius, 2.80g
Rome Mint, 69-70 AD
RIC 2 (C2). BMC 35. RSC 226.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: IVDAEA in ex.; Jewess (as type of Judaea), draped and veiled, seated r. on ground in attitude of mourning, legs extended, head resting on l. hand, which is propped on knees, r. arm on lap; behind, trophy, consisting of helmet, cuirass, oblong and round shield, greaves, and two round shields
Acquired from eBay, August 2018.

My second example of the common Judaea Capta denarius. Here Judaea's legs are extended instead of the more common 'knees drawn up'. Mattingly notes the distinction in the BMCRE II catalogue, it is largely uncommented upon elsewhere. Most likely these denarii commemorating the defeat of the Jews in the Judaean War were struck after news had reached Rome of Titus' capture of Jerusalem in late August 70. The portraits still do not resemble Vespasian, who arrived in Rome in October 70. Vespasian had to have been very proud of his Judaean victory because this Capta denarius type was one of the first struck in Rome in such vast quantities. The Flavian propaganda resulting from this war proved to be very valuable in legitimising the dynasty's reign. Although a very common type, these command premium prices in trade because of the Judaean War connection.

This portrait features a lean Vespasian with short, stubbly hair.

4 commentsDavid Atherton10/09/18 at 11:26okidoki: Congrats very nice
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Greek, Silver Obol; Sidon mint. Circa 375-332 BC13 viewsObv: City walls with three towers.
Rev: Prow of galley with eye to right; five pellets above, Lion below.
10mm and 0.9 grams
4 commentsCanaan10/09/18 at 09:13Arados: Congrats Canaan on finding an unpublished coin. :-...
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Titus RIC-16830 viewsÆ Sestertius, 23.01g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 168 (C2). BMC 168.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: S C in field; Spes stg. l., with flower
Ex Felicitas-Perpetua, eBay, 23 September 2018.

Spes is a common reverse type under Vespasian, connected to future dynastic hope and harmony. It continued to be struck by Titus and can be viewed as his hope for the future with his chosen heir Domitian. As Mattingly put it: '...the recurring types of Spes suggests that Titus gave Domitian full due as heir to the throne.' Suetonious would have us believe this public fraternal affection was a sham and Domitian did everything he could to plot against Titus. Dio goes so far as to say Domitian hastened Titus death by having him packed in ice! All of this can be dismissed as nothing more than post Domitianic gossip intended to blacken Domitian's name. The Flavian historian Brian Jones speculates the brother's relationship was one of 'mutual indifference and ignorance' due to their age and personality differences. Regardless, as the numismatic evidence shows, Titus looked upon Domitian as his legitimate heir until his natural death in mid September 81.

The reverse is quite worn, but no matter, the portrait makes up for any of the reverse's deficiencies. A wonderful coin in hand!
3 commentsDavid Atherton10/09/18 at 08:47FlaviusDomitianus: Nice addition, congrats!
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Unique Probus Antoninianus55 viewsPROBUS, 276-282. Mint Cyzicus.
Obv: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate cuirassed bust right
Rev: CLEMENTIA TEMP emperor standing right, holding sceptre, receiving globe from Jupiter
3.82 g.
The only known example. Nice
Acquired in December 2016.
From the Phillipe Gysen Collection
Paul Francis Jacquier Auction 45 Lot 1721 September 14, 2018
2 commentsorfew10/09/18 at 07:59okidoki: Congrats
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Titus RIC-16830 viewsÆ Sestertius, 23.01g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 168 (C2). BMC 168.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: S C in field; Spes stg. l., with flower
Ex Felicitas-Perpetua, eBay, 23 September 2018.

Spes is a common reverse type under Vespasian, connected to future dynastic hope and harmony. It continued to be struck by Titus and can be viewed as his hope for the future with his chosen heir Domitian. As Mattingly put it: '...the recurring types of Spes suggests that Titus gave Domitian full due as heir to the throne.' Suetonious would have us believe this public fraternal affection was a sham and Domitian did everything he could to plot against Titus. Dio goes so far as to say Domitian hastened Titus death by having him packed in ice! All of this can be dismissed as nothing more than post Domitianic gossip intended to blacken Domitian's name. The Flavian historian Brian Jones speculates the brother's relationship was one of 'mutual indifference and ignorance' due to their age and personality differences. Regardless, as the numismatic evidence shows, Titus looked upon Domitian as his legitimate heir until his natural death in mid September 81.

The reverse is quite worn, but no matter, the portrait makes up for any of the reverse's deficiencies. A wonderful coin in hand!
3 commentsDavid Atherton10/09/18 at 05:24Mat: Great portrait
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PROBUS RIC 862 VAR. H7 BUST OFFICINA 1 RRR 5 views OBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG
REVERSE: SOLI INVICTO
BUST TYPE: H7 = Radiate bust right in imperial mantle (toga picta and tunica palmata) without scipio
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//KA•A•
WEIGHT 3.75g / AXIS: 6h / WIDTH 21-22 mm
RIC 862 var. (unlisted with H7 bust)
COLLECTION NO. 1337
Note: very rare and desirable bust type !

ONLY SECOND SPECIMEN KNOWN TO ME (THE OTHER BEING LANZ 114/720)

Ex Ph. Gysen collection
1 commentsBarnaba610/09/18 at 03:46Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
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Mazaios Obol, Artaxerxes III / Lion attacking bull 41 viewsCILICIA. Tarsos. Mazaios (Satrap of Cilicia, 361/0-334 BC). Obol. 0.7 g., 12 mm.
O: Artaxerxes III (in the guise of Baaltars) seated right on throne with back terminating in head of swan, holding lotus flower and lotus-tipped sceptre.
R: Lion attacking bull right.
- Ziegler -; Casabonne Series 6; SNG BN 426-8 (Myriandros); SNG Levante 183 (Myriandros).
4 commentsNemonater10/09/18 at 03:45Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
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RIC 0215 Domitianus59 viewsObv : IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS X, Radiate bust right, with aegis
Rev : FIDEI PVBLICAE / S-C in field; Fides standing left, with plate of fruits and corn ears
AE/Dupondius (27.47 mm 12.667 g 5h) Struck in Rome 84 A.D.
RIC 215 (C), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 299
ex Artemide Auction 44E Lot 299
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/09/18 at 03:42Randygeki(h2): Nice!
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1037 Sabina As Roma 128-136 AD Concordia28 viewsReference.
RIC 1037; BMC 1891; C. 19; Strack 863

Obv. SABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG P P
Diademed and draped bust right

Rev. CONCORDIA AVG / S C.
Concordia seated left on throne, holding patera and resting elbow upon statue of Spes; cornucopia below throne.

11.13 gr
27 mm
6h
5 commentsokidoki10/09/18 at 03:42Randygeki(h2): Awesome example !
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Edward I AR Penny 22 viewsEngland, Plantagenet Kings
ND AR Penny Edward I
1272-1307 London
(19.1 mm 1.4 g)
Class III g, late “S”.
North 1022
Purchased from H. J. Berk May 15, 2017
1 commentsorfew10/08/18 at 21:23*Alex: Great coin. Good portraits like that are hard to f...
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Richard I Anglo-Gallic Denier23 viewsRichard I (1189-1199)
Anglo-Gallic Poitou
Denier
(19.48 mm 1.09 g 1h)
Elias 8b, W 343a , S 8008
Obv: Cross Pattee + RICARDVS REX
Rev: Inscription in three lines” PIC TAVIE NSIS
Dix Noonan Webb Online Auction September 13, 2017 Lot 163
1 commentsorfew10/08/18 at 21:22*Alex: Really nice example of the type.
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Edward IV AR Groat21 viewsGreat Britain, House Of York, ND, Groat,
Edward IV, First Reign, 1461-70.
Light coinage. London mint. 25.2mm, 2.9g.
No marks by neck. S-2002. Nice grumpy portrait. Dark toning.
Purchased from Harlan J Berk 201st Bid or Buy sale July 14, 2017
2 commentsorfew10/08/18 at 21:21*Alex: Great grumpy portrait too.
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1358 Hadrian, Cistophorus IONIA Smyrna Zeus seated11 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1358; Metcalf 29

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head right

Rev. COS III
Zeus seated l. on throne holding small image of Ephesian Artemis in r. and sceptre in l.; to l., eagle

10.72 gr
29 mm
12h
4 commentsokidoki10/08/18 at 13:56Mat: Nice [ortrait and reverse
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1480 Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Hexastyle temple15 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1480; Metcalf 124

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head left.

Rev. COS-III
Hexastyle temple, with three stairs and palmette in pediment.

10.19 gr
27 mm
12h
3 commentsokidoki10/08/18 at 13:55Mat: Wonderful
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ALFOLDI 090.00610 views OBVERSE: IMP PROBVS INV AVG
REVERSE: VICT PROBI AVG NOSTRI
BUST TYPE: B = Radiate, cuirassed bust right
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/ζ//XXI
WEIGHT 4.24g / AXIS: 6h / DIAMETER: 21-22,5mm
RIC 794
ALFOLDI 090.006 (2 EX. IN LA VENERA HOARD)
COLLECTION NO. 1314

VERY RARE AND DESIRABLE REVERSE TYPE !!!

Ex Ph. Gysen collection = Ex Sternberg 25 (1991), 434

ONLY 5TH SPECIMEN OF THIS EXACT TYPE KNOWN TO ME

2 commentsBarnaba610/08/18 at 13:41Barnaba6: Thanks Jay for your comment!
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1358 Hadrian, Cistophorus IONIA Smyrna Zeus seated11 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1358; Metcalf 29

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head right

Rev. COS III
Zeus seated l. on throne holding small image of Ephesian Artemis in r. and sceptre in l.; to l., eagle

10.72 gr
29 mm
12h
4 commentsokidoki10/08/18 at 13:16Jay GT4: Big silver
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1480 Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Hexastyle temple15 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1480; Metcalf 124

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head left.

Rev. COS-III
Hexastyle temple, with three stairs and palmette in pediment.

10.19 gr
27 mm
12h
3 commentsokidoki10/08/18 at 13:15Jay GT4: Superb
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EB0858 Probus / Mars11 viewsProbus 276-282, AE Antoninianus, Ticinum mint, 279 AD.
Obverse: VIRTVS PROBI AVG, helmeted, radiate and cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield.
Reverse: MARTI PACIF, Mars walking left, holding olive branch, spear and shield, I left - star right; QXXI in exergue.
References: RIC 472.
Diameter: 23mm, Weight: 3.702g.
1 commentsEB10/08/18 at 11:24okidoki: excellent obverse
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England. King John Penny36 viewsJohn (1199-1216), Penny, class VIa2, London,
Walter, walter · on · lvn, 1.40g/4h
(SCBI Mass 1755, this coin; N 974/2; S 1353).
Good fine, dark-toned
J.D. Brand Collection [from Baldwin October 1960];
J.P. Mass Collection, Part I, DNW Auction 61, 17 March 2004, lot 355 (part);
J. Sazama Collection, Part I, DNW Auction 93, 26 September 2011, lot 1140 (part)
The collection of the late ray Inder
DNW Auction Coins tokens and Historical Medals September 18-20 2018, lot 192.
5 commentsorfew10/08/18 at 03:15Stkp: very nice
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Carus AE Antoninianus. Antioch mint, 282-283 AD.3 viewsCarus AE Antoninianus. Antioch mint, 282-283 AD. IMP C M AVR CARVS PF AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right / VIRTVS AVGG, Carus standing right, receiving Victory from Jupiter, Carinus or Numerian, standing left. officina letter B in lower centre, mintmark XXI. Sear 12188. RIC 124, B1 commentsBritanikus10/07/18 at 21:24Jay GT4: Great looking coin
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Roman Empire Provincial, Tiberius Obol: Dattari Plate coin4 viewsEgypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Tiberius, 14-37 Obol circa 19-20 (year 6), Æ 20.1mm., 5.67g. Laureate head r. Rev. TIBEPIOY Hippopotamus standing r.; in exergue, L Geissen -. RPC 5087 (this coin cited). Dattari-Savio Pl. 4, 103 (this coin).
Brown tone, About Very Fine.
From the Dattari collection.
Naville Numismatics Aution 43, Lot 250 September 23, 2018
1 commentsorfew10/07/18 at 21:24Jay GT4: Hippo!
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1037 Sabina As Roma 128-136 AD Concordia28 viewsReference.
RIC 1037; BMC 1891; C. 19; Strack 863

Obv. SABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG P P
Diademed and draped bust right

Rev. CONCORDIA AVG / S C.
Concordia seated left on throne, holding patera and resting elbow upon statue of Spes; cornucopia below throne.

11.13 gr
27 mm
6h
5 commentsokidoki10/07/18 at 21:23Jay GT4: Incredible!
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ALFOLDI 090.00610 views OBVERSE: IMP PROBVS INV AVG
REVERSE: VICT PROBI AVG NOSTRI
BUST TYPE: B = Radiate, cuirassed bust right
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/ζ//XXI
WEIGHT 4.24g / AXIS: 6h / DIAMETER: 21-22,5mm
RIC 794
ALFOLDI 090.006 (2 EX. IN LA VENERA HOARD)
COLLECTION NO. 1314

VERY RARE AND DESIRABLE REVERSE TYPE !!!

Ex Ph. Gysen collection = Ex Sternberg 25 (1991), 434

ONLY 5TH SPECIMEN OF THIS EXACT TYPE KNOWN TO ME

2 commentsBarnaba610/07/18 at 21:22Jay GT4: Someone made out like a bandit! Great coin!
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1024 BITHYNIA Koinon of Bithynia Sabina Ae 32 Octastyle temple5 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1024; Rec 53; Paris 815; von Aulock 290; BMC 30; C/M Howgego 64 ( Hadrian Laureate head right)

Obv. СΑΒΕΙΝΑ СΕΒΑΣΤΗ
Draped bust of Sabina, r., with hair coiled and piled on top of head above double stephane

Rev. ΚΟΙ-ΝΟΝ ΒΕΙΘΥΝΙΑС
Octastyle temple on podium of two steps; pellet between middle columns; in pediment, sacrificing Genius in pediment; below, prow

25.17 gr
32 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki10/07/18 at 17:44Randygeki(h2): Great coin!
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Quinarius, "H" series13 viewsQuinarius "H"

RRC: 85/1a
211-200 bc

Av: Helmeted head of Roma r.; behind, V.
Rv: The Dioscuri galloping r.; below, H; in exergue, ROMA.

16 mm, 2,14 gr

Ex Numismatica Ars Classica, Zurich | Auction 92 - Part II | 24 May 2016
1 commentsNorbert10/07/18 at 15:23Steve B5: Lovely, well centered example with very nice tonin...
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England, Aethelred II 978 – 1016, Silver Penny20 viewsObv. Diademed bust right, without scepter.

Rev. Hand of providence between alpha & omega, issuing from cloud composed of parallel lines
S-1144 - First hand type

Æthelred the Unready, or Æthelred II (c. 968 – 23 April 1016), was king of England (978–1013 and 1014–1016). He was son of King Edgar and Queen Ælfthryth. Æthelred was only about 10 (no more than 13) when his half-brother Edward was murdered. Æthelred was not personally suspected of participation, but as the murder was committed at Corfe Castle by the attendants of Ælfthryth, it made it more difficult for the new king to rally the nation against the military raids by Danes, especially as the legend of St Edward the Martyr grew. Later, Æthelred ordered a massacre of Danish settlers in 1002 and also paid tribute, or Danegeld, to Danish leaders from 991 onwards. His reign was much troubled by Danish Viking raiders. In 1013, Æthelred fled to Normandy and was replaced by Sweyn, who was also king of Denmark. However, Æthelred returned as king after Sweyn died in 1014.

"Unready" is a mistranslation of Old English unræd (meaning bad-counsel) – a twist on his name "Æthelred" (meaning noble-counsel). A better translation would be Redeless - without counsel (Rede).

Purchased on eBay

NGC AU-55 – An exceptional grade

Cost $438
1 commentsRichard M1010/07/18 at 14:14*Alex: Exceptional grade indeed.
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Anglo-Gallic Coinage, Edward The Black Prince, 1355-1375 Aquitaine24 viewsPoitiers Mint

Hardi d'Argent (type of coin) - Roberts #6832

Edward of Woodstock, Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, Prince of Aquitaine, KG (1330 –1376) was the eldest son of King Edward III of England and his wife Philippa of Hainault as well as father to King Richard II of England.

He was called Edward of Woodstock in his early life, after his birthplace, and has more recently been popularly known as the Black Prince. He was an exceptional military leader, and his victories over the French at the Battles of Crécy and Poitiers made him very popular during his lifetime. In 1348 he became the first Knight of the Garter, of whose Order he was one of the founders.

Edward died one year before his father, becoming the first English Prince of Wales not to become King of England. The throne passed instead to his son Richard II, a minor, upon the death of Edward III.

Edward was created Earl of Chester on 18 May 1333, Duke of Cornwall on 17 March 1337 (the first creation of an English duke) and finally invested as Prince of Wales on 12 May 1343 when he was almost thirteen years old.

The seller of this coin sent it to me in the dealer envelope it was purchased in many decades ago. The price on the envelope was $2.25 and it was graded UNC.

Purchased on eBay

NGC XF-45 – An exceptional grade

Cost $315
1 commentsRichard M1010/07/18 at 14:12*Alex: Great coin.
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Orodes II5 viewsdiobol, 57 – 38 BC
Sellwood 48.14v (Mithradatkart mint)
1 commentsRobert L310/07/18 at 10:14shanxi: nice archer
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Severus Alexander (222 - 235 A.D.)25 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: A KAI MAP AYP CEYHP AΛEΞANΔPOC EYCEB, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
R: Nike advancing left.  LΔ in field.  Year 4 
23mm
13.52g
Emmett 3118.4, Milne 2929

Pending Wildwinds Publishing!
5 commentsMat10/06/18 at 21:27okidoki: Nice toning Mat
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PROBUS ADVENTVS AVG H2 BUST8 views OBVERSE: IMP C PROBVS P F AVG
REVERSE: ADVENTVS AVG
BUST TYPE: H2 = radiate, bust left in consular robe, holding eagle-tipped sceptre (scipio)
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//VXXT
WEIGHT 4.57g / AXIS: 12h / DIAMETER: 23-25 mm
RIC: UNLISTED WITH THIS REVERSE TYPE
COLLECTION NO. 1294

NOTE: Extremely rare reverse type (for Ticinum), unlisted in RIC.

Ex Ph. Gysen collection

Only 3rd specimen of this type known to me (the other being: U.Neumann collection and FAC shop = ebay 2015-09-30)
1 commentsBarnaba610/06/18 at 21:21okidoki: great example,
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PROBUS RIC 416 VAR. F19 BUST6 views OBVERSE: VIRTVS PROBI AVG
REVERSE: SOLI INVICTO (Sol in Temple)
BUST TYPE: F19 = radiate, heroically nude bust left, holding spear and aegis, seen from rear
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//SXXT
WEIGHT 3.59 g / AXIS: 6h / DIAMETER: 21mm
RIC: 416 VAR. (UNLISTED WITH F19 BUST)
COLLECTION NO. 1291

NOTE: very rare and desirable reverse type!

Ex Ph. Gysen collection

6th known specimen to me (the other being: KUENKER 273/918 = EX Sternberg XI/804; CAYON SUBASTAS Auction June 2010 1337 = M.Vosper COLLECTION; ELSEN 97/430; EBAY 2008-04-17; WILDWINDS RIC 416)


1 commentsBarnaba610/06/18 at 19:56Jay GT4: Great silvering
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170 - Constantius II - AE2 - RIC VIII Arles 0994 viewsAE2
Obv:– D N CONSTA-NTIVS P F AVG, Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev:– FEL TEMP - REEPARATIO (sic), Emperor standing left on galley, holding phoenix on globe and labarum; Victory behind, steering galley
Minted in Arles (//PARL).
Reference:- RIC VIII Arles 99

Weight 3.62g. 22.65mm. 0 degrees
1 commentsmaridvnvm10/06/18 at 17:02Randygeki(h2): Neat addition with a nice portrait.
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169 - Constans - AE2 - RIC VIII Rome 1224 viewsAE2
Obv:- D N CONSTA-NS P F AVG, Rosette and laureate diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
Rev:- FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, emperor in military dress standing left on galley, holding Phoenix and labarum, Victory sitting at the stern, steering the ship
Minted in Rome; (G | _ // RS)
Reference:– RIC VIII Rome 122 (R)

Weight 4.21g. 24.54mm. 0 degrees
1 commentsmaridvnvm10/06/18 at 17:02Randygeki(h2): Nice find!
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175 - Constantius Gallus - AE2/3 - RIC VIII Cyzicus 099 6 viewsAE2/3
Obv:– DN FL CL CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, Bare, bust draped and cuirassed right; Delta behind bust
Rev:– FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Soldier spearing fallen horseman, who is bare helmeted, reaching back towards emperor
Minted in Cyzicus (//SMKB),
Reference:– RIC VIII Cyzicus 99

Weight 2.86g. 27.72mm. 180 degrees
1 commentsmaridvnvm10/06/18 at 17:01Randygeki(h2): Good exa with nice patina
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Denarius Crawford 80/1b5 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 209-208 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor. Behind, “X”. Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; in linear frame. “ROMA”. Line border
Mint: Sicily (?)
Weight: 3.65 gm.
Reference: Crawford 80/1b
Provenance: Auctiones E-Auction #5, 15-APR-2012

Comments: RRC suggests these are the anonymous sibling of the dolphin symbol series; however I believe this is a separate issue. The anonymous coins are consistently of finer style than the symboled coins. The dolphin symboled examples have a somewhat crude style which is unique to the issue, but is rarely seen on the fully anonymous coins (There are occasional exceptions to this. See the next coin in the collection).

Nearly complete and EF with iridescent toning in the recessed areas.
2 commentsSteve B510/06/18 at 16:03shanxi: beautiful toning
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Denar, RIC 3, p.093, 502a (long legend) - Faustina II, Concordia seated8 viewsFaustina II
AR-Denar, Rome
Obv.: : FAVSTINA AVG ANTONINI AVG PII FIL, draped bust right
Rev.: CONCORDIA, Concordia seated left holding flower, resting elbow on cornucopia, which is by her chair; under chair globe.
Ag, 17mm, 3.5g
Ref.: RIC III 502a (long legend variation), CRE 169 [R2]
1 commentsshanxi10/06/18 at 13:53Mat: Great reverse details
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England. King John Penny36 viewsJohn (1199-1216), Penny, class VIa2, London,
Walter, walter · on · lvn, 1.40g/4h
(SCBI Mass 1755, this coin; N 974/2; S 1353).
Good fine, dark-toned
J.D. Brand Collection [from Baldwin October 1960];
J.P. Mass Collection, Part I, DNW Auction 61, 17 March 2004, lot 355 (part);
J. Sazama Collection, Part I, DNW Auction 93, 26 September 2011, lot 1140 (part)
The collection of the late ray Inder
DNW Auction Coins tokens and Historical Medals September 18-20 2018, lot 192.
5 commentsorfew10/06/18 at 13:53Mat: Awesome coin
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England. King John Penny36 viewsJohn (1199-1216), Penny, class VIa2, London,
Walter, walter · on · lvn, 1.40g/4h
(SCBI Mass 1755, this coin; N 974/2; S 1353).
Good fine, dark-toned
J.D. Brand Collection [from Baldwin October 1960];
J.P. Mass Collection, Part I, DNW Auction 61, 17 March 2004, lot 355 (part);
J. Sazama Collection, Part I, DNW Auction 93, 26 September 2011, lot 1140 (part)
The collection of the late ray Inder
DNW Auction Coins tokens and Historical Medals September 18-20 2018, lot 192.
5 commentsorfew10/06/18 at 13:10maridvnvm: Really nice coin.
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Cilicia, Tarsos. Tarkumuwa (Datames), Satrap of Cilicia and Cappadocia. (Circa 378-372 BC)9 viewsAR Stater

23 mm, 10.28 g

Obverse: Diademed female head facing slightly to left, wearing pendant earrings and necklace.

Reverse: 𐡕𐡓𐡃𐡌𐡅 ('trkmw' in Aramaic) Bearded head of Ares (?) to left, wearing crested Attic helmet.

Casabonne type 1. SNG Levante 80. SNG Paris 276-277.

Datames (407-362 BC), the son of Kamisares and a Scythian mother, served as a member of the Persian king's (Artaxerxes II - 405-359 BC) bodyguard before he became satrap of Cilicia and Cappadocia upon his father's death in battle in 384 BC. In the course of his early career he put down a revolt in Lydia, defeated the rebel governor Thyos in Paphlagonia, and briefly occupied the city of Sinope. Because of these successes, the Persian king placed him in charge of the second war against Egypt, along with Pharnabazos and Tithraustes, satrap of Caria.

To pay their armies for these expeditions, both satraps minted near-identical coins, distinguished only by their inscriptions. The reverse of these coins may show a representation of Ares, the Greek god of war. The facing head of an unidentifiable female deity (Aphrodite, the wife of Ares?) on the obverse is clearly influenced by the famous representations of the nymph Arethusa created by the artist Kimon for the coins of Syracuse. Both designs were probably meant to appeal to the thousands of Greek mercenaries that each Persian satrap hired for their Egyptian campaigns.

Datames was first, however, detained by a local revolt in Kataonia, a territory within his satrapy. This time, his success incurred the king's jealousy, and he was removed both from his command of the Egyptian expedition as well as the rule of his satrapy. Refusing to relinquish his authority, Datames himself revolted and became a virtually independent ruler. His initial success in this endeavor prompted the revolt of other satraps across the empire. Datames' success, however, was short-lived. Distrust among the satraps rendered them unable to cooperate, their rebellion disintegrated, and Datames himself was assassinated by Mithradates, the son of Ariobarzanes, satrap of Phrygia, in 362 BC.
1 commentsNathan P10/06/18 at 13:03Jay GT4: Really nice
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Denar, RIC 3, p.093, 502a - Faustina II, Concordia seated7 viewsFaustina II
AR-Denar, Rome
Obv.: FAVSTINA AVG PII AVG FIL, draped bust right (unbroken legend)
Rev.: CONCORDIA, Concordia seated left holding flower, resting elbow on cornucopia, which is by her chair; under chair globe.
Ag, 18.6mm, 3.36g
Ref.: RIC III 502a, Kamp.: 38.8, CRE 168 [S]

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1 commentsshanxi10/06/18 at 13:02Jay GT4: Beauty
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Severus Alexander (222 - 235 A.D.)25 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: A KAI MAP AYP CEYHP AΛEΞANΔPOC EYCEB, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
R: Nike advancing left.  LΔ in field.  Year 4 
23mm
13.52g
Emmett 3118.4, Milne 2929

Pending Wildwinds Publishing!
5 commentsMat10/06/18 at 07:34Randygeki(h2): Nice coin all around!
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Severus Alexander (222 - 235 A.D.)25 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: A KAI MAP AYP CEYHP AΛEΞANΔPOC EYCEB, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
R: Nike advancing left.  LΔ in field.  Year 4 
23mm
13.52g
Emmett 3118.4, Milne 2929

Pending Wildwinds Publishing!
5 commentsMat10/06/18 at 02:44Jay GT4: Nice
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Henry VIII AR Groat33 viewsEngland. House of Tudor. Henry VIII (1509-1547). Second Coinage, 1526-1544. Groat, mm rose. Laker bust D, rev. Shield over cross fourchee. S.2337E. PCGS Genuine, Cleaned - XF Detail. Spink USA, The Numismatic Collectors' Series Sale
Sale Date: 04/17/2018
2 commentsorfew10/06/18 at 00:51*Alex: Great coin.
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England. King John Penny36 viewsJohn (1199-1216), Penny, class VIa2, London,
Walter, walter · on · lvn, 1.40g/4h
(SCBI Mass 1755, this coin; N 974/2; S 1353).
Good fine, dark-toned
J.D. Brand Collection [from Baldwin October 1960];
J.P. Mass Collection, Part I, DNW Auction 61, 17 March 2004, lot 355 (part);
J. Sazama Collection, Part I, DNW Auction 93, 26 September 2011, lot 1140 (part)
The collection of the late ray Inder
DNW Auction Coins tokens and Historical Medals September 18-20 2018, lot 192.
5 commentsorfew10/06/18 at 00:48*Alex: Well done! Nice coin.
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Severus Alexander (222 - 235 A.D.)25 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: A KAI MAP AYP CEYHP AΛEΞANΔPOC EYCEB, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
R: Nike advancing left.  LΔ in field.  Year 4 
23mm
13.52g
Emmett 3118.4, Milne 2929

Pending Wildwinds Publishing!
5 commentsMat10/05/18 at 18:56shanxi: nice Nike
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Philip I AR Antoninianus - ' SPES FELICITATIS ORBIS ' - 03 - Unknown Eastern Mint - obv24 viewsRoman Empire
Emperor Philip I (244 - 249 AD)
Silver Antoninianus ( double denarius )
Struck at Unknown Eastern Mint - 244 AD.

obv: IMP C M IVL PHILIPPVS P F AVG PM - radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right.
rev: SPES FELICITATIS ORBIS - (tranlation: 'Hope for a Happy World') - Spes (Hope) advancing left, holding flower in one hand and lifting skirt with the other.

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more info on the Philip I - AD 244 - Unknown Eastern Mint - Silver Antoninianii written by dougsmit, very informative with examples of all the Unkown Eastern Mint types from AD 244: http://dougsmith.ancients.info/philip.html
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2 commentsrexesq10/05/18 at 14:30Mat: Nice example
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Crusaders. Lordship of Beirut. Raymond of Tripoli (1184-1186). AE-Pougeoise10 viewsCrusaders. Lordship of Beirut. Raymond of Tripoli (1184-1186). AE-Pougeoise
Obverse: T.V.R.R.I.S.; tower of David, annulet each side of the tower
Reverse: + D.A.V.I.T.; eight pointed star
Ref.: Schlumberger Pl. III, 26 (attributed to the kingdom of Jerusalem, Guy de Lusignan); Malloy et al. 2; Metcalf 206 f.
1 commentsVladislav D10/05/18 at 04:14Canaan: Nice!!!
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Denarius, Crawford 75/1c7 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 209-208 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with splayed visor of three straight lines. Hair curl visible on far side of Roma’s neck. Behind, “X”. Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; in linear frame. “ROMA”.
Mint: Sicily
Weight: 4.33 gm.
Reference: Crawford 75/1c
Provenance: CNG auction 85 lot 762

Comments: Crawford 75/1c is the unsigned version of the C.AL series represented in Crawford’s 75/1a and 75/1b.

Obverse: The visor is composed of three raised nearly parallel lines extending from the hinge over the ear. Occasionally these are slightly splayed but always straight lines. The three lines are most commonly close together, nearly parallel, and don’t separate near the end. There are four prominent locks of hair falling from the back of the neck, and sometimes less prominent ones surrounding. There is a distinctive curl in front of the ear, and another curl in front of the neck. There is frequently a loop under the visor, although there is none on this example.

Reverse: The rider’s cape is of the “scrolling” style. The stars above the head of the dioscuri most often have long rays around a center dot. The tail of the far horse is visible between the two pair of hind legs.
2 commentsSteve B510/05/18 at 02:59Carausius: Wonderful example that perfectly illustrates the t...
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ATTICA, Athens. Circa 454-404 BC4 viewsAR Tetradrachm (24mm, 17.00 g, 8h). Helmeted head of Athena right, with frontal eye / Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent to left; all within incuse square. Kroll 8; HGC 4, 1597. VF, toned, bankers’ marks, graffiti.1 commentsChristopher B210/05/18 at 02:48Jay GT4: Congrats!
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Akarnania Leukas AR Stater circa 340-290 BC 21 mm 8.3g4 viewsPegasos flying left.Helmeted head of Athena left thunderbolt behind.1 commentsGrant H10/05/18 at 02:48Jay GT4: Nice one. Wish the pic was bigger
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Denarius, Crawford 75/1c7 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 209-208 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with splayed visor of three straight lines. Hair curl visible on far side of Roma’s neck. Behind, “X”. Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; in linear frame. “ROMA”.
Mint: Sicily
Weight: 4.33 gm.
Reference: Crawford 75/1c
Provenance: CNG auction 85 lot 762

Comments: Crawford 75/1c is the unsigned version of the C.AL series represented in Crawford’s 75/1a and 75/1b.

Obverse: The visor is composed of three raised nearly parallel lines extending from the hinge over the ear. Occasionally these are slightly splayed but always straight lines. The three lines are most commonly close together, nearly parallel, and don’t separate near the end. There are four prominent locks of hair falling from the back of the neck, and sometimes less prominent ones surrounding. There is a distinctive curl in front of the ear, and another curl in front of the neck. There is frequently a loop under the visor, although there is none on this example.

Reverse: The rider’s cape is of the “scrolling” style. The stars above the head of the dioscuri most often have long rays around a center dot. The tail of the far horse is visible between the two pair of hind legs.
2 commentsSteve B510/05/18 at 02:47Jay GT4: Amazing
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Corinthian Stater30 viewsHead of Athena wearing Corinthian Helmet right

Pegasos flying left, coppa below

Corinth
345-307 BC

7.93g

Ex-Calgary Coin
5 commentsJay GT410/04/18 at 23:01Nemonater: A very youthful Athena, very nice!
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Edward II (1307-1327 A.D.)22 viewsAR Penny
Class 15b
O: EDWAR R ANGL DNS HYB, Crowned facing bust.
R:VILL SCI EDMVNDI, Voided long cross pattée; three pellets in quarters
17.8mm
1.03g
Bury St Edmunds (1320 - c.1333)
Spink # 1462. North 1067.
4 commentsMat10/04/18 at 22:06*Alex: Great coin. Great portrait.
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Trajan Decius - the Divi series36 viewsYou can find a full description of the series here : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/ancients-trajan-decius-the-divi-series.296342/5 commentsPotator II10/04/18 at 14:47Canaan: Great set congrats
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Bruttium Petelia Quadrantes20 viewsLaureate head of Zeus right; behind three pellets,

ΠΕΤΗ/ΛΙΝΩΝ
Zeus standing right, preparing to hurl thunderbolt and holding scepter; device (monogram?) to the left.

Bruttium Petalia
3.57g

SNG Copenhagen 1916; HN Italy 2461 var. (symbol)
4 commentsJay GT410/04/18 at 14:27Steve P: Congrats => that baby has rugged eye-appeal (a tot...
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Trajan Decius - the Divi series36 viewsYou can find a full description of the series here : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/ancients-trajan-decius-the-divi-series.296342/5 commentsPotator II10/04/18 at 14:24Steve P: Sweet => Shabaam!! (great accomplishment ... congr...
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, L. Roscius Fabatus, AR Denarius8 viewsRome. The Republic.
L. Roscius Fabatus, 59 BCE.
AR Serrate Denarius (3.95g; 19mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Head of Juno Sospita, wearing goat skin headdress tied at neck, facing right; L•ROSCI, below; control symbol (two-handled cup or bowl) behind.

Reverse: Female figure feeding serpent from fold of cloak; control symbol (pileus/cap?) behind; FABATI in exergue.

References: Crawford 412/1 (Symbols 199?); Sydenham 915; BMCRR 3394 -3510; Roscia 2.

Provenance: Ex John Barton Collection; Aes Rude Chiasso 4 (6 Apr 1979), Lot 240.

Crawford dated the issue to 64 BCE, but Hersh and Walker brought that date down to 59 BCE based on their analysis of the Mesagne hoard. Harlan picks a median date of 62 BCE based on some prosopographic assumptions.

The moneyer would go on to serve as lieutenant for Caesar in Gaul in 54 BCE. In 49 BCE, he was elected praetor and intermediated between Pompey and Caesar. He was killed at Mutina in 43 BCE.

Juno Sospita was a deity who’s temple was in Lanuvium, a Latin town 32 kilometers southeast of Rome, and it’s likely that both Roscius and L. Papius, whose 79 BCE coinage is a model for Roscius’ issue, came from that town. The reverse depicts an annual rite of the Juno Sospita cult in which a girl is sent into the grotto beneath the temple to feed the sacred snake. Only chaste girls could survive the ordeal.

Like Papius’s coins, these denarii are struck on serrated flans – the last of the Roman Republic to be produced with this fabric. Like Papius’s coins, Roscius’ denarii have obverse and reverse control symbols that are paired, with no pair of symbols appearing on more than one pair of dies. On both Roscius’ and Papius’s coins, the paired control symbols have some loose relationship to one another. Roscius re-used many of Papius’s symbol pairs, but reversed their locations on the coins.

The symbol pair on my coin is very rare. As of 10/1/18, there are no matching examples on Acsearch, Coinarchives or CNG’s website database. The pair is unlisted in Babelon, Sydenham, BMCRR and Banti. It resembles symbol pair 199 in Crawford, although some differences are evident. In his manuscript on Roman Republican series marks, Charles Hersh includes a hand drawn entry AI within the section of previously unpublished Roscia symbol pairs that is a precise match for the symbols on this coin. He cites the Vienna Museum (38465) and Vatican Museum (5158) for that entry.
2 commentsCarausius10/04/18 at 13:14laney: Fabulous coin.
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, L. Roscius Fabatus, AR Denarius8 viewsRome. The Republic.
L. Roscius Fabatus, 59 BCE.
AR Serrate Denarius (3.95g; 19mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Head of Juno Sospita, wearing goat skin headdress tied at neck, facing right; L•ROSCI, below; control symbol (two-handled cup or bowl) behind.

Reverse: Female figure feeding serpent from fold of cloak; control symbol (pileus/cap?) behind; FABATI in exergue.

References: Crawford 412/1 (Symbols 199?); Sydenham 915; BMCRR 3394 -3510; Roscia 2.

Provenance: Ex John Barton Collection; Aes Rude Chiasso 4 (6 Apr 1979), Lot 240.

Crawford dated the issue to 64 BCE, but Hersh and Walker brought that date down to 59 BCE based on their analysis of the Mesagne hoard. Harlan picks a median date of 62 BCE based on some prosopographic assumptions.

The moneyer would go on to serve as lieutenant for Caesar in Gaul in 54 BCE. In 49 BCE, he was elected praetor and intermediated between Pompey and Caesar. He was killed at Mutina in 43 BCE.

Juno Sospita was a deity who’s temple was in Lanuvium, a Latin town 32 kilometers southeast of Rome, and it’s likely that both Roscius and L. Papius, whose 79 BCE coinage is a model for Roscius’ issue, came from that town. The reverse depicts an annual rite of the Juno Sospita cult in which a girl is sent into the grotto beneath the temple to feed the sacred snake. Only chaste girls could survive the ordeal.

Like Papius’s coins, these denarii are struck on serrated flans – the last of the Roman Republic to be produced with this fabric. Like Papius’s coins, Roscius’ denarii have obverse and reverse control symbols that are paired, with no pair of symbols appearing on more than one pair of dies. On both Roscius’ and Papius’s coins, the paired control symbols have some loose relationship to one another. Roscius re-used many of Papius’s symbol pairs, but reversed their locations on the coins.

The symbol pair on my coin is very rare. As of 10/1/18, there are no matching examples on Acsearch, Coinarchives or CNG’s website database. The pair is unlisted in Babelon, Sydenham, BMCRR and Banti. It resembles symbol pair 199 in Crawford, although some differences are evident. In his manuscript on Roman Republican series marks, Charles Hersh includes a hand drawn entry AI within the section of previously unpublished Roscia symbol pairs that is a precise match for the symbols on this coin. He cites the Vienna Museum (38465) and Vatican Museum (5158) for that entry.
2 commentsCarausius10/04/18 at 11:40Jay GT4: Bold!
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, L. Papius, AR Denarius4 viewsRome. The Republic.
L. Papius, 79 BCE.
AR Serrate Denarius (3.82g; 20mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Head of Juno Sospita, wearing goat skin headdress tied at neck, facing right; control symbol (aplustre) behind.

Reverse: Griffon leaping right; control symbol (prow stem), below; L•PAPI in exergue.

References: Crawford 384/1 (symbol pair 134); Sydenham 773; BMCRR 2981 (symbol pair 5); Papia 1 (symbol pair 47).

Provenance: Ex Herbert & Aphrodite Rubin Collection [Goldberg 96 (14 Feb 2017) Lot 1963]; bought from Ariadne Galleries in 1980’s; The Numismatic Auction Ltd. (Tradart) 1 (13 Dec 1982) Lot 203.

Papius is only known through his coins. Juno Sospita was a deity who’s temple was in Lanuvium, a Latin town 32 kilometers southeast of Rome, and it’s likely that Papius came from that town.

These denarii have paired obverse and reverse control symbols, with no symbol pair appearing on more than one set of dies. Crawford counts 211 die pairs. The paired control symbols have some loose relationship to one another, i.e. the bow and stern of a galley on this coin. Sydenham argued that the symbols were propaganda for popularist trade guilds. However, because of the breadth and variety of symbol material, Crawford rules-out any intended meaning. This same control system of paired symbols would be re-used 20 years later by L. Roscius Fabatus.
1 commentsCarausius10/04/18 at 11:39Jay GT4: Great coin. I regret selling all of mine
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Semilibral Struck AE Uncia (Crawford 39)5 viewsRome, The Republic.
Semilibral Reduction, 217-215 BC.
AE Struck Uncia (10.88g; 24mm).
Uncertain Mint.

Obverse: Facing draped bust of Sol; pellet (mark of value) to left.

Reverse: Crescent, two stars and pellet (mark of value) above; ROMA below.

References: Crawford 39/4; Sydenham 96; BMCRR (Romano-Campanian) 125-135.

Provenance: Triskeles 5 (27 June 2013), Lot 95; ex RBW Collection (not in prior sales); purchased privately from Ed Waddell in 1994.

This coin is part of a short-lived, collateral series struck contemporaneously with the standard prow types (Crawford 38) in 217-215 BC. The economic hardship on Rome imposed by Hannibal’s invasion led to a rapid decline in the weight of Roman bronze coins, resulting in the adoption of a semi-libral bronze standard (AE As of ½ Roman pound) and eventual elimination of cast coins.

In attributing the 39 series to the Rome mint, Crawford relied on the earlier analysis of Rudy Thomsen in “Early Roman Coins”. However, Thomsen’s analysis of the hoard evidence was flawed, in my opinion, because he included temple deposits north of Rome which deceptively widened the apparent circulation dispersal of this collateral series. Eliminating these temple deposits shows a clearer circulation focus south of Rome, in Campania. Also, the types and fabric of the coins are inconsistent with the contemporaneous, Crawford 38 prow types which are similarly attributed to Rome (and which do have Roman prototypes in the prow series Aes Grave). However, some of the unusual collateral types are copied by Campanian towns after their defection to Hannibal. Further study is needed.
1 commentsCarausius10/04/18 at 11:38Jay GT4: Nice
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05 Constans8 viewsConstans
4,14 g, 22 mm
D N CONSTA-NS P F AVG, pearl diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right/
FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman wearing Phrygian helmet, forwards on hands and knees. SARL star ? in ex
Arles 103
Rare
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)10/03/18 at 20:17Jay GT4: Interesting, looks like he's straddling the ho...
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Bruttium, Kroton (Circa 425-350 BC)15 viewsAR Stater

7.73 g

Obverse: Eagle standing left, head right, on stag’s head

Reverse: Tripod; ivy leaf to left, QPO to right.

HN Italy 2146; SNG ANS 351-2

Obeying a directive of the oracle of Delphi, A group of Achaean settlers founded Kroton around 710 BC. Like its neighbor to the north, Sybaris, it soon became a city of power and wealth. Kroton was especially celebrated for its successes in the Olympic Games from 588 BC onward (Milo of Kroton being the most famous of its athletes).

The philosopher Pythagoras established himself there about 530 BC and formed a society of 300 disciples who were sympathetic toward aristocratic government. In 510 BC Kroton was strong enough to defeat the Sybarites and raze their city to the ground. However, shortly after the sack of Sybaris the disciples of Pythagoras were driven out, and a democracy established.

The obverse was comparable with similar types on probably contemporary coins from Elis (which put on the Olympic games at the nearby sanctuary of Olympia) The coins of both cities were thus likely issued for athletic festivals in honor of Zeus. In Kroton’s case the coins probably commemorated its citizens’ Olympic victories with the eagle representing Zeus who presided over Olympia and the games themselves. The tripod (reverse) represented the divine sanction for the town's founding from the Oracle of Delphi (who sat on a three legged stool when producing her oracles).
2 commentsNathan P10/03/18 at 20:16Jay GT4: Love this
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Bruttium, Kroton (Circa 425-350 BC)15 viewsAR Stater

7.73 g

Obverse: Eagle standing left, head right, on stag’s head

Reverse: Tripod; ivy leaf to left, QPO to right.

HN Italy 2146; SNG ANS 351-2

Obeying a directive of the oracle of Delphi, A group of Achaean settlers founded Kroton around 710 BC. Like its neighbor to the north, Sybaris, it soon became a city of power and wealth. Kroton was especially celebrated for its successes in the Olympic Games from 588 BC onward (Milo of Kroton being the most famous of its athletes).

The philosopher Pythagoras established himself there about 530 BC and formed a society of 300 disciples who were sympathetic toward aristocratic government. In 510 BC Kroton was strong enough to defeat the Sybarites and raze their city to the ground. However, shortly after the sack of Sybaris the disciples of Pythagoras were driven out, and a democracy established.

The obverse was comparable with similar types on probably contemporary coins from Elis (which put on the Olympic games at the nearby sanctuary of Olympia) The coins of both cities were thus likely issued for athletic festivals in honor of Zeus. In Kroton’s case the coins probably commemorated its citizens’ Olympic victories with the eagle representing Zeus who presided over Olympia and the games themselves. The tripod (reverse) represented the divine sanction for the town's founding from the Oracle of Delphi (who sat on a three legged stool when producing her oracles).
2 commentsNathan P10/03/18 at 18:41shanxi: very nice, congratulations
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Struck A.D.276 - 282. PROBUS Silvered AE ANTONINIANUS of Rome2 viewsObverse: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG. Radiate and cuirassed bust of Probus facing right.
Reverse: CONSERVAT AVG. Sol walking left, right hand raised, left hand holding whip; in exergue, XXIB.
Diameter: 22mm | Weight: 4.0gms | Die Axis: 12
RIC Vii : 673.
Re-attributed to the first emission of Rome by Pink
1 comments*Alex10/03/18 at 18:32okidoki: great example, wonderful toning
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05 Constans8 viewsConstans
4,14 g, 22 mm
D N CONSTA-NS P F AVG, pearl diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right/
FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman wearing Phrygian helmet, forwards on hands and knees. SARL star ? in ex
Arles 103
Rare
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)10/03/18 at 18:13Mat: An interesting addition
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Titus RIC-22690 viewsÆ As, 10.75g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 226 (R). BMC 210.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: GENI P R; S C in field; Genius stg. l., with patera over altar and cornucopiae
Acquired from London Ancient Coins, September 2018.

Genius - 'The spirit of the Roman people' is not a common motif in Flavian coinage. It occurs under Vespasian on rare Spanish military denarii struck early in his reign and briefly during the reign of Titus on asses struck in 80-81. Mattingly connects the type under Titus with 'the vows undertaken for the first five years of the new reign'. The coin is dated COS VIII which Titus held in 80 (he did not renew the consulship in 81). Unlike the parallel silver issue the bronze lack an IMP number and cannot be more precisely dated. Most likely they were struck in the first half of 80 along with the silver.

Neatly centred with a fantastic portrait.
8 commentsDavid Atherton10/03/18 at 18:02okidoki: great example,
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RIC 0215 Domitianus59 viewsObv : IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS X, Radiate bust right, with aegis
Rev : FIDEI PVBLICAE / S-C in field; Fides standing left, with plate of fruits and corn ears
AE/Dupondius (27.47 mm 12.667 g 5h) Struck in Rome 84 A.D.
RIC 215 (C), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 299
ex Artemide Auction 44E Lot 299
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/03/18 at 16:54okidoki: great example,
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KINGS of THRACE, Macedonian. Lysimachos. 305-281 BC. AR Drachm11 views20mm, 4.25 g, 12h
In the name and types of Alexander III of Macedon. Ephesos mint. Struck circa 295/4-289/8 BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; in left field, E-Φ flanking bee. Thompson –; Price 1877; Müller 1017. Near EF, beautifully toned.

Ex Classical Numismatic Group 87 (18 May 2011), lot 271.
1 commentsLeo10/03/18 at 09:06areich: Beautiful.
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Vespasian RIC-73052 viewsÆ As, 10.91g
Rome mint, 74 AD
RIC 730 (C). BMC 703.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS V CENS; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: S C in field; Spes stg. l., with flower
Acquired from Roman Coin Shop, September 2018. Ex Künker eLive Auction 40, 18 May 2016, lot 7566.

Spes is a common reverse type struck repeatedly throughout the Flavian era, she is mostly associated with Domitian in both silver and bronze. Here Spes represents Vespasian's hope for a happy dynastic future. The depiction of Spes raising skirt and holding a flower likely copies a familiar cult statue of the goddess.

Bold portrait in good metal. A very attractive coin in hand.
4 commentsDavid Atherton10/03/18 at 04:52Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
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EB0803 Constantius II / FEL TEMP13 viewsConstantius II, AE23, Constantinople 348-351.
Obverse: DN CONSTANTIVS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman, who turns toward him with upraised hand, Γ to left. Mintmark CONSE star.
References: RIC VIII 82.
Diameter: 23mm, Weight: 5.51g.
1 commentsEB10/03/18 at 04:51Randygeki(h2): Nice!
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Trajan Decius - the Divi series36 viewsYou can find a full description of the series here : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/ancients-trajan-decius-the-divi-series.296342/5 commentsPotator II10/03/18 at 04:50Randygeki(h2): Wonderful set!
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Marcus Aurelius, Antoninianus17 viewsRome mint AD 250/251
D MARCO ANTONINO, Radiate head of Marcus Aurelius right
CONSECRATIO, Altar
23 mm - 3.84 gr
Ref : RIC IV # 92a, Cohen # 1058
In qblays catalog : MA08-P114
Same dies as the example in the Bibliotheque nationale de France
1 commentsPotator II10/03/18 at 04:50Randygeki(h2): excellent
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Corinthian Stater30 viewsHead of Athena wearing Corinthian Helmet right

Pegasos flying left, coppa below

Corinth
345-307 BC

7.93g

Ex-Calgary Coin
5 commentsJay GT410/03/18 at 04:49Randygeki(h2): Beautiful coin!
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Bruttium Petelia Quadrantes20 viewsLaureate head of Zeus right; behind three pellets,

ΠΕΤΗ/ΛΙΝΩΝ
Zeus standing right, preparing to hurl thunderbolt and holding scepter; device (monogram?) to the left.

Bruttium Petalia
3.57g

SNG Copenhagen 1916; HN Italy 2461 var. (symbol)
4 commentsJay GT410/03/18 at 04:49Randygeki(h2): Nice!
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Vespasian RIC-73052 viewsÆ As, 10.91g
Rome mint, 74 AD
RIC 730 (C). BMC 703.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS V CENS; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: S C in field; Spes stg. l., with flower
Acquired from Roman Coin Shop, September 2018. Ex Künker eLive Auction 40, 18 May 2016, lot 7566.

Spes is a common reverse type struck repeatedly throughout the Flavian era, she is mostly associated with Domitian in both silver and bronze. Here Spes represents Vespasian's hope for a happy dynastic future. The depiction of Spes raising skirt and holding a flower likely copies a familiar cult statue of the goddess.

Bold portrait in good metal. A very attractive coin in hand.
4 commentsDavid Atherton10/02/18 at 15:39Mat: Great portrait
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Vespasian RIC-73052 viewsÆ As, 10.91g
Rome mint, 74 AD
RIC 730 (C). BMC 703.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS V CENS; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: S C in field; Spes stg. l., with flower
Acquired from Roman Coin Shop, September 2018. Ex Künker eLive Auction 40, 18 May 2016, lot 7566.

Spes is a common reverse type struck repeatedly throughout the Flavian era, she is mostly associated with Domitian in both silver and bronze. Here Spes represents Vespasian's hope for a happy dynastic future. The depiction of Spes raising skirt and holding a flower likely copies a familiar cult statue of the goddess.

Bold portrait in good metal. A very attractive coin in hand.
4 commentsDavid Atherton10/02/18 at 10:26FlaviusDomitianus: Nice, I have one from different dies.
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Vespasian RIC-73052 viewsÆ As, 10.91g
Rome mint, 74 AD
RIC 730 (C). BMC 703.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS V CENS; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: S C in field; Spes stg. l., with flower
Acquired from Roman Coin Shop, September 2018. Ex Künker eLive Auction 40, 18 May 2016, lot 7566.

Spes is a common reverse type struck repeatedly throughout the Flavian era, she is mostly associated with Domitian in both silver and bronze. Here Spes represents Vespasian's hope for a happy dynastic future. The depiction of Spes raising skirt and holding a flower likely copies a familiar cult statue of the goddess.

Bold portrait in good metal. A very attractive coin in hand.
4 commentsDavid Atherton10/02/18 at 04:12Jay GT4: Lovely
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Denarius, Crawford 54/18 viewsEra: c. 211 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. Behind, “X”. Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; in linear frame. “ROMA”. Line border
Weight: 3.92 gm.
Reference: Crawford 54/1
Provenance: CNG 281 lot 372
Comments: The most significant and consistent characteristic of 54/1 is the cape style. Near rider’s cape is "towel" like with lines away from the neck pointed upward into a flat, straight edge.
Crawford suggests a small issue, with fewer than 10 and 12 obverse and reverse dies, but many more dies have been observed. Furthermore, each example to emerge on the market seems to have different dies from others seen before. (nothing scientific here, just a seeming observation).
1 commentsSteve B510/01/18 at 23:00Jay GT4: Great coin
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CALABRIA. Taras. 332-302 BC. AR nomos12 views7.90g.
Obv: Naked youth on horseback r., crowning horse, AΠH below. Rx: ΤΑΡΑΣ Nude Taras astride dolphin l., holding out kantharos in r. hand, Φ behind.
Fischer-Bossert-1138 (V422/r880), Group 81.
Rare, fewer than ten recorded. Not in Vlasto or Evans.. Near Mint State
1 commentsLeo10/01/18 at 18:00Jay GT4: This one is great!
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Bruttium Petelia Quadrantes20 viewsLaureate head of Zeus right; behind three pellets,

ΠΕΤΗ/ΛΙΝΩΝ
Zeus standing right, preparing to hurl thunderbolt and holding scepter; device (monogram?) to the left.

Bruttium Petalia
3.57g

SNG Copenhagen 1916; HN Italy 2461 var. (symbol)
4 commentsJay GT410/01/18 at 17:55Mat: Lovely example
Bruttium~1.jpg
Bruttium Petelia Quadrantes20 viewsLaureate head of Zeus right; behind three pellets,

ΠΕΤΗ/ΛΙΝΩΝ
Zeus standing right, preparing to hurl thunderbolt and holding scepter; device (monogram?) to the left.

Bruttium Petalia
3.57g

SNG Copenhagen 1916; HN Italy 2461 var. (symbol)
4 commentsJay GT410/01/18 at 17:40shanxi: very nice example
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Calabria, Taras; c. 302-281 BC, Stater4 views7.82g, 20mm, 3h.
Si... and Deinokrates, magistrates. Warrior, preparing to cast spear held in right hand, holding two spears and shield in left, on horse rearing right; [ΣI] to left, [ΔEINOKPATHΣ] below / Taras, holding small dolphin, astride dolphin left; TAPAΣ behind.
Vlasto 692-3; HN Italy 967.
1 commentsLeo10/01/18 at 17:22Jay GT4: Love these
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Corinthian Stater30 viewsHead of Athena wearing Corinthian Helmet right

Pegasos flying left, coppa below

Corinth
345-307 BC

7.93g

Ex-Calgary Coin
5 commentsJay GT410/01/18 at 17:21Jay GT4: Thanks! I realized that after I edited photo but ...
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Corinthian Stater30 viewsHead of Athena wearing Corinthian Helmet right

Pegasos flying left, coppa below

Corinth
345-307 BC

7.93g

Ex-Calgary Coin
5 commentsJay GT410/01/18 at 17:18Enodia: Nice one! I can't help with the attribution, ...
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Corinthian Stater30 viewsHead of Athena wearing Corinthian Helmet right

Pegasos flying left, coppa below

Corinth
345-307 BC

7.93g

Ex-Calgary Coin
5 commentsJay GT410/01/18 at 16:08Canaan: Lovely!!!
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Trajan Decius - the Divi series36 viewsYou can find a full description of the series here : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/ancients-trajan-decius-the-divi-series.296342/5 commentsPotator II10/01/18 at 13:48Nemonater: Beautiful and fascinating set!
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Trajan Decius - the Divi series36 viewsYou can find a full description of the series here : https://www.cointalk.com/threads/ancients-trajan-decius-the-divi-series.296342/5 commentsPotator II10/01/18 at 11:37*Alex: Superb, a great collection. Well done.
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Elymais, Van´t Haaff 19.1-1-1Ad, Prince A, Artemis9 viewsKingdom of Elymais
Prince A
Late 2nd-Early 3rd Cent
Æ Drachm
Obv.: Bust to left, Anchor and crescent out of flan
Rev.: Artemis standing, bow right, reaching for arrow
Æ, 1.47g, 11.5mm.
Ref.: Van´t Haaff Type 19.1, Subtype 1-1Ad
1 commentsshanxi10/01/18 at 04:17Stkp: nice coin
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M. Sergius Silus Denarius - Horseman Holding Severed Head (Syd. 544)13 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 115-16 BC
3.85g

Obv: Helmeted head of Roma (R), behind, ROMA * and before, EX·S·C

Rev: Horseman rearing (L), holding sword and a severed head in hand; below horse, Q / M·SERGI and in exergue, SILVS.

Sydenham 544, RBW 1115, Crawford 286/1

ex. Nicolas Collection, Etienne-Paul Nicolas (1904-1981), Leu 17, 3rd May 1977, Nicolas, 195.
ex. Collection of a Student and his Mentor III, NAC Auction 83, 20th May 2015, 302
3 commentsKained but Able10/01/18 at 03:38PMah: Nice coin. The Republic seemed to treat "Equestri...
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M. Sergius Silus Denarius - Horseman Holding Severed Head (Syd. 544)13 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 115-16 BC
3.85g

Obv: Helmeted head of Roma (R), behind, ROMA * and before, EX·S·C

Rev: Horseman rearing (L), holding sword and a severed head in hand; below horse, Q / M·SERGI and in exergue, SILVS.

Sydenham 544, RBW 1115, Crawford 286/1

ex. Nicolas Collection, Etienne-Paul Nicolas (1904-1981), Leu 17, 3rd May 1977, Nicolas, 195.
ex. Collection of a Student and his Mentor III, NAC Auction 83, 20th May 2015, 302
3 commentsKained but Able09/30/18 at 20:34Jay GT4: Really nice
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Philip I Antoninianus - Cippus Inscribed COS III, Roman Millennium (RIC 24c)8 viewsAR Antoninianus
Rome 248 AD
4.43g

Obv: Radiate draped bust of Philip I (R)
IMP PHILIPPVS AVG

Rev: Column or cippus inscribed COS III
SAECVLARS AVGG

RIC 24c, RSC 193

ex. stock E. Bourgey Paris 1961.
The numismatic firm of Bourgey of Paris was founded by the famed dealer, Etienne Bourgey in 1895. After the war, his son Emile Bourgey took over as director, and in 1993 the third generation came forward with Sabine Bourgey. Le Cabinet Bourgey Numismatique still operates from No.7 Rue Drouot, Paris, to this day.


The most noteworthy event of the reign of Marcus Julius Philippus "The Arab", was the celebration in 248 AD of the millennium anniversary of the foundation of Rome, one thousand years on from the legendary foundation date of 753 BC, held in conjunction with the Saecular Games. Lavish games and other spectacles were staged for the amusement of the Roman populace and an extensive series of coins was issued to commemorate the occasion. Ironically, the year 248 was extremely unsettled, with four separate rebellions braking out within the ranks of the army. However, none of them could lure Philip from the capital, where he initiated prolonged celebrations. The festivities would not last though; Philip was defeated by Decius at the Battle of Verona the following year, where he and his eleven year old son were killed.

1 commentsKained but Able09/30/18 at 20:32Jay GT4: A beauty
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M. Sergius Silus Denarius - Horseman Holding Severed Head (Syd. 544)13 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 115-16 BC
3.85g

Obv: Helmeted head of Roma (R), behind, ROMA * and before, EX·S·C

Rev: Horseman rearing (L), holding sword and a severed head in hand; below horse, Q / M·SERGI and in exergue, SILVS.

Sydenham 544, RBW 1115, Crawford 286/1

ex. Nicolas Collection, Etienne-Paul Nicolas (1904-1981), Leu 17, 3rd May 1977, Nicolas, 195.
ex. Collection of a Student and his Mentor III, NAC Auction 83, 20th May 2015, 302
3 commentsKained but Able09/30/18 at 18:02Mat: A fantastic example
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Kingdom of Macedon, Alexander III 'the Great' AV Stater10 views8.57g, 18mm, 1h.
Amphipolis, circa 307-300 BC. Head of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet decorated with a serpent on the bowl / Nike standing left, holding wreath and stylis; trident head pointing downwards in left field, AΛEΞANΔPOY to right.
Price 172.
Very Fine.
2 commentsLeo09/30/18 at 16:12shanxi: nice example
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Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Prince A (late 2nd to early 3rd centuries A.D.)18 viewsvan't Haaff 19.1 var.; de Morgan 58-59; BMC plate XLII, 13-18, page 286, 18; Sear GICV 5918-5919; Alram --

Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Prince A (late 2nd to early 3rd centuries A.D.)
AE drachm, 1.54 g., 11.01 mm. max., 0°

Obv: Bust facing left, wearing diadem of two bands, row of dots above, side whiskers as double row of dots, hair tuft at back of head; to left anchor with at least one crossbar; pellet border.

Rev: Artemis standing right, holding bow in one hand, plucking arrow from her quiver with the other hand; pellet border.

According to van't Haaf, the varieties with a hair tuft are "always" accompanied by a dot or star in crescent above and an anchor to the right, although these symbols are often struck off the flan. This is an unrecorded variety in which the anchor is to the left.
2 commentsStkp09/30/18 at 14:06Robert L3: Great find - apparently unique. Well done!
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Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Prince A (late 2nd to early 3rd centuries A.D.)18 viewsvan't Haaff 19.1 var.; de Morgan 58-59; BMC plate XLII, 13-18, page 286, 18; Sear GICV 5918-5919; Alram --

Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Prince A (late 2nd to early 3rd centuries A.D.)
AE drachm, 1.54 g., 11.01 mm. max., 0°

Obv: Bust facing left, wearing diadem of two bands, row of dots above, side whiskers as double row of dots, hair tuft at back of head; to left anchor with at least one crossbar; pellet border.

Rev: Artemis standing right, holding bow in one hand, plucking arrow from her quiver with the other hand; pellet border.

According to van't Haaf, the varieties with a hair tuft are "always" accompanied by a dot or star in crescent above and an anchor to the right, although these symbols are often struck off the flan. This is an unrecorded variety in which the anchor is to the left.
2 commentsStkp09/30/18 at 13:02shanxi: nice example
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Probus - silvered antoninianus4 viewsRome
281
6th emission
radiate bust left wearing consular robe, holding eagle tipped scepter in right hand
IMP PROB_VS P F AVG
radiate Sol in quadriga left, wearing chalmys, raising hand, holding globe and whip
SOLI I_N_VICT_O
R thunderbolt Γ
RIC 200
1 commentsJohny SYSEL09/30/18 at 08:56Canaan: Great bust!!!
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Aurelian - AE antoninianus4 viewsSiscia
autumn 272 - early 274 AD
Issue 6
radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right with paludamentum
IMP AVRELIANVS AVG
Aurelian wearing toga, standing right, clapsing hand with Concordia standing left
CONCORDIA MILITVM
*T
LV 7434-8; RIC1st 216
http://www.ric.mom.fr/en/coin/2204
1 commentsJohny SYSEL09/30/18 at 08:55Canaan: Very nice!!!!
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Mn. Fonteius - AR denariu6 viewsRome
²111 BC
¹108-107 BC
conjoined laureate heads of Dioscuri right, star above each head
(XVI)
war galley half right
MN·FO(NTE)I
: / G
Crawford 307/1c
ex Savoca
1 commentsJohny SYSEL09/30/18 at 08:54Canaan: Very nice!!!!
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Skepsis6 viewsc. 350-306 BC
rhyton (ornate drinking vessel) in the shape of Pegasos forepart left
fir-tree, all within rectangle
Σ_K
SNG München 329; SNG von Aulock -; SNG Copenhagen 477; BMC 14
ex Savoca
1 commentsJohny SYSEL09/30/18 at 08:53Canaan: Nice!!!
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Attica, Athens, Athena, Owl, Hemiobol16 viewsAttica. Athens
Hemiobol (after 449)
Obv: Helmeted head of Athena right.
Rev: A Θ Ε, Owl standing right, olive spring.
Ag, 0.33g, 7mm
Ref.: Kroll 14, SNG Copenhagen 59
Ex E.E. Clain-Stefanelli collection

photographic image (top) and electron microscopic image (bottom)

1 commentsshanxi09/29/18 at 19:43EB: Interesting!
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, L. Manlius Torquatus, AR Denarius12 viewsRome. The Republic.
L. Manlius Torquatus, 59-58 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.92g; 20mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Head of Sibyl facing right, wearing ivy wreath; SIBVLLA below; all within laurel border.

Reverse: L•TORQVAT - III•VIR; Amphora on tripod flanked by stars; torque border.

References: Crawford 411/1a; Sydenham 837a; BMCRR 3512; Manlia 11.

Provenance: Ex Baldwins Auction 100 (27 Sep 2016), Lot 505; Künker Auktion 216 (8 Oct 2012), Lot 642; Numismatica Ars Classica Auction 54 (24 Mar 2010), Lot 232; Spink Num. Circ. March 1989, No. 948.


There are two obverse varieties of this denarius: one with a laurel border (as this coin); the other with a border of dots. The torque border on the reverse is more than just a naming pun; it refers to an ancestor’s defeat of a Gallic warrior in a one-on-one challenge, following which the Manlia ancestor removed the bloody torque from the dead Gaul and wore it – earning the cognomen Torquatus. The remaining devices allude to the position of either the moneyer or an ancestor on the 15-member (quindecemviri) religious college who guarded the Sibylline Books.

With its very high obverse relief and deep reverse cupping, this coin shares similar fabric with those of C. Calpurnius Piso Frugi. Crawford dates their issues two years apart (67 for Frugi and 65 for Torquatus). However, in their analysis of the Mesagne hoard, Hersh and Walker downdated Frugi to 61 and Torquatus to 58. In “Roman Republican Moneyers and Their Coins” (2nd ed.), Michael Harlan dates both Frugi and Torquatus to 59 BCE, based on their common fabric, prosopography and because Torquatus’ small output could not have been the sole issue in his year. Indeed, Crawford estimates fewer than 10 obverse dies and fewer than 11 reverse dies for both varieties of Torquatus’ denarii which suggests a very small issue.
1 commentsCarausius09/29/18 at 16:54Steve B5: This issue is one of the most delicate and stylist...
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Crawford 13/114 viewsDenomination: Didrachm
Era: c. 300-280 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of bearded Mars L. Behind, Oak Spray.
Reverse: Horse’s head R. on base. Behind, corn ear. ROMANO on base of horse’s head.
Weight: 6.45 gm
Reference: Crawford 13/1
Provenance: Kunker eLive Auction 50, 18-JUL-2018.
Ex. Fritz Rudolf Künker 34, Osnabrück 1996, No. 173.


Comments: Oak spray on obverse is very light and off flan, but in-hand, the spray is obviously there. There are five curious edge cuts (test cuts?) near each other at 10-11 o'clock obv. Rare dies. Some private discussion of the authenticity but 5 coins show up in ACSearch (after 1999) and other sources with the same obverse die. Two of these have a different reverse dies. The coin is light, but all examples are light(ish), with the heaviest being 7.12 g. and the lightest is my coin 6.45 g. The second lightest of the group is 6.51 g. I am convinced it is authentic.
3 commentsSteve B509/29/18 at 15:03Steve B5: Carausius, There is no evidence of any tooling on ...
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Q. Pomponius Musa, AR Denarius12 viewsRome, The Republic.
Q. Pomponius Musa, mid-50s BCE
AR Denarius (3.98g; 19mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Laureate head of Apollo(?), hair tied-up, facing right; star behind.

Reverse: Q. POMPONI – MVSA; Urania, muse of astronomy, facing left, holding wand over globe on tripod.

References: Crawford 410/8; Sydenham 823; Pomponia 22.

Provenance: Ex William C. Boyd (d. 1906) Collection [Baldwin's 42 (26 Sep 2005), Lot 64]; bought from Spink in 1900.

Q. Pomponius Musa, who punned his name by depicting the Muses on a series of coins, is unknown except for his coins, which makes precise dating of the series difficult. For many years, scholars (including Crawford) dated the series to 66 BCE. However, the absence of any examples of the series in the large Mesagne hoard caused Hersh and Walker to bring down the date of the series to 56 BCE. Michael Harlan, retracting his reticence with the Mesagne dating, later proposed a date of 52 BCE.

There are two varieties of Musa denarii: the first depicts Apollo/Hercules Musarum (see my gallery example); the second, of which there are nine sub-varieties, depict Apollo and a Muse. The above coin is of the second variety.

Apollo is often depicted androgynously on ancient coins. The standard references consistently attribute the obverse heads on both varieties of Musa’s coins as Apollo; but the depictions are notably different between the Hercules Musarum variety and the nine Muse varieties. On the above coin, the deity’s hair is down and tied, and generally consistent with many depictions of Apollo on other Roman Republican coins (see, e.g., denarii of L. Calpurnius Piso and C. Calpurnius Piso). Comparatively, the head on the Muse varieties of this series are considerably more feminine in appearance and laureate, though lacking earrings, necklaces or other feminine accents. Admittedly, this more feminine type head has also been attributed by scholars as Apollo on other coin types (see, e.g., denarii of P. Clodius and C. Considius). However, within the same series the different styled heads appear to depict different deities. Given the Muse emblems behind each head on the nine Muse types, it’s possible that the feminine heads do not represent Apollo, but the Muses themselves. Michael Harlan agrees with this interpretation in both editions of "Roman Republican Moneyers and their Coins." More research on this issue is needed.
3 commentsCarausius09/29/18 at 07:11shanxi: WOW
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Anonymous AR Didrachm (Quadrigatus) - Janiform head and Jupiter in Quadriga (Crawf. 30/1)45 viewsAR Didrachm (Quadrigatus)
Uncertain mint, 225-214 BC
6.57g, 22mm

Obv: Laureate head of youthful Janus or Dioscuri

Rev: Jupiter holding sceptre and brandishing thunderbolt, in quadriga driven to right by Victory; ROMA incuse on raised tablet below.

Crawford 30/1; RSC 23; Sydenham 64b

Roma Numismatics Auction XVI, 498
From a private Swiss collection, outside of Italy prior to January 2011.
7 commentsKained but Able09/29/18 at 04:31Enodia: A beautiful coin!
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Claudius (41 - 54 A.D.)20 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: TI KLAUDI KAIS SEBA GERMANI AUTOKR,  Laureate head right; L Δ (date) below chin
R:  MESSALI-NA KAIS SEBAS Messalina standing facing, head left, leaning on short column, holding two children in outstretched right hand, grain ears with left. RY 4 ( 43/44 A.D.)
12.37g
23mm
Köln 81; Dattari (Savio) 125; K&G 12.35; RPC I 5145; Emmett 74.4.
2 commentsMat09/29/18 at 04:26Randygeki(h2): Neat find Mat!
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Crawford 20/1 - Hercules and Wolf and Twins14 viewsDenomination: Didrachm
Era: c. 269-266 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Hercules R. Club and lionskin over shoulder. Border of dots.
Reverse: She-2olf r., suckling twins. ROMANO in exergue.
Weight: 7.21 gm
Reference: Crawford 20/1
Provenance: CNG shop, 09-MAR-2009

Comments: Obverse fully centered and complete. Reverse struck from a somewhat worn die, and slightly off-center obscuring the “O” in ROMONO. GVF/VF.
3 commentsSteve B509/29/18 at 02:34Jay GT4: Amazing!
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Claudius (41 - 54 A.D.)20 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: TI KLAUDI KAIS SEBA GERMANI AUTOKR,  Laureate head right; L Δ (date) below chin
R:  MESSALI-NA KAIS SEBAS Messalina standing facing, head left, leaning on short column, holding two children in outstretched right hand, grain ears with left. RY 4 ( 43/44 A.D.)
12.37g
23mm
Köln 81; Dattari (Savio) 125; K&G 12.35; RPC I 5145; Emmett 74.4.
2 commentsMat09/29/18 at 02:33Jay GT4: Claudius in silver, nice!
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Seleukid Empire: Seleukos I Nikator (312 -281 BCE) AR Tetradrachm, Babylon II (Price 3349; SC C94.7d; HGC 9, 10g)14 viewsObv: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin
Rev: AΛEΞANΔPOY to right, BAΣIΛEΩΣ in exergue; Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, holding eagle and scepter; anchor and monogram to left; Π below throne
Dim: 28mm, 17.19 g, 8h

From the Collection of José Miguel Márquez del Prado
1 commentsQuant.Geek09/29/18 at 02:33Jay GT4: Bold strike
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Crawford 25/1 Didrachm8 viewsDenomination: Didrachm
Era: c. 241-235 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of beardless Mars r. Helmet decorated with gryphon.
Reverse: Horse’s head r.; behind, sickle; below truncation, ROMA.
Weight: 6.57 gm.
Reference: Crawford 25/1
Provenance: Goldberg 69 lot 3233, 31-MAY-2012

Comments: Both sides centered, but slightly short flan leaves no trace of border on either side. Tiny obverse planchet void below chin; almost imperceptible fine cleaning marks below ROMA on reverse. Otherwise, strong VF.

2 commentsSteve B509/29/18 at 02:32Jay GT4: Wow! Great coin
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RIC 0215 Domitianus59 viewsObv : IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS X, Radiate bust right, with aegis
Rev : FIDEI PVBLICAE / S-C in field; Fides standing left, with plate of fruits and corn ears
AE/Dupondius (27.47 mm 12.667 g 5h) Struck in Rome 84 A.D.
RIC 215 (C), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 299
ex Artemide Auction 44E Lot 299
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus09/28/18 at 23:18David Atherton: Very nice!
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Brettian AE Didrachm or reduced Sextans71 views Head of Ares left; wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with griffin; thunderbolt below

BPETTIΩN
Hera Hoplosmia (or Athena) advancing right, holding spear and shield; at feet

Bruttium Circa 211-203 BC

16.39g; 29mm

HN Italy ? depends on mark off flan

A nice big heavy coin minted by the last loyal hold outs against Rome in support of Hannibal.
7 commentsJay GT409/28/18 at 21:10Ajax: Awesome coin
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Crawford 13/114 viewsDenomination: Didrachm
Era: c. 300-280 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of bearded Mars L. Behind, Oak Spray.
Reverse: Horse’s head R. on base. Behind, corn ear. ROMANO on base of horse’s head.
Weight: 6.45 gm
Reference: Crawford 13/1
Provenance: Kunker eLive Auction 50, 18-JUL-2018.
Ex. Fritz Rudolf Künker 34, Osnabrück 1996, No. 173.


Comments: Oak spray on obverse is very light and off flan, but in-hand, the spray is obviously there. There are five curious edge cuts (test cuts?) near each other at 10-11 o'clock obv. Rare dies. Some private discussion of the authenticity but 5 coins show up in ACSearch (after 1999) and other sources with the same obverse die. Two of these have a different reverse dies. The coin is light, but all examples are light(ish), with the heaviest being 7.12 g. and the lightest is my coin 6.45 g. The second lightest of the group is 6.51 g. I am convinced it is authentic.
3 commentsSteve B509/28/18 at 19:33Carausius: Interesting dies. Is any tooling evident in hand -...
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Crawford 20/1 - Hercules and Wolf and Twins14 viewsDenomination: Didrachm
Era: c. 269-266 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Hercules R. Club and lionskin over shoulder. Border of dots.
Reverse: She-2olf r., suckling twins. ROMANO in exergue.
Weight: 7.21 gm
Reference: Crawford 20/1
Provenance: CNG shop, 09-MAR-2009

Comments: Obverse fully centered and complete. Reverse struck from a somewhat worn die, and slightly off-center obscuring the “O” in ROMONO. GVF/VF.
3 commentsSteve B509/28/18 at 19:28Carausius: Wonderfully centered, well-struck example.
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Anonymous AR Didrachm (Quadrigatus) - Janiform head and Jupiter in Quadriga (Crawf. 30/1)45 viewsAR Didrachm (Quadrigatus)
Uncertain mint, 225-214 BC
6.57g, 22mm

Obv: Laureate head of youthful Janus or Dioscuri

Rev: Jupiter holding sceptre and brandishing thunderbolt, in quadriga driven to right by Victory; ROMA incuse on raised tablet below.

Crawford 30/1; RSC 23; Sydenham 64b

Roma Numismatics Auction XVI, 498
From a private Swiss collection, outside of Italy prior to January 2011.
7 commentsKained but Able09/28/18 at 19:25Carausius: Perfect!!
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Crawford 20/1 - Hercules and Wolf and Twins14 viewsDenomination: Didrachm
Era: c. 269-266 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Hercules R. Club and lionskin over shoulder. Border of dots.
Reverse: She-2olf r., suckling twins. ROMANO in exergue.
Weight: 7.21 gm
Reference: Crawford 20/1
Provenance: CNG shop, 09-MAR-2009

Comments: Obverse fully centered and complete. Reverse struck from a somewhat worn die, and slightly off-center obscuring the “O” in ROMONO. GVF/VF.
3 commentsSteve B509/28/18 at 18:55shanxi: beautiful
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Anonymous AR Didrachm (Quadrigatus) - Janiform head and Jupiter in Quadriga (Crawf. 30/1)45 viewsAR Didrachm (Quadrigatus)
Uncertain mint, 225-214 BC
6.57g, 22mm

Obv: Laureate head of youthful Janus or Dioscuri

Rev: Jupiter holding sceptre and brandishing thunderbolt, in quadriga driven to right by Victory; ROMA incuse on raised tablet below.

Crawford 30/1; RSC 23; Sydenham 64b

Roma Numismatics Auction XVI, 498
From a private Swiss collection, outside of Italy prior to January 2011.
7 commentsKained but Able09/28/18 at 06:01Kained but Able: Well spotted, Carausius. Have amended.
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RIC 0215 Domitianus59 viewsObv : IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS X, Radiate bust right, with aegis
Rev : FIDEI PVBLICAE / S-C in field; Fides standing left, with plate of fruits and corn ears
AE/Dupondius (27.47 mm 12.667 g 5h) Struck in Rome 84 A.D.
RIC 215 (C), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 299
ex Artemide Auction 44E Lot 299
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus09/28/18 at 05:01Enodia: Yes, beautiful reverse!
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Anonymous AR Didrachm (Quadrigatus) - Janiform head and Jupiter in Quadriga (Crawf. 30/1)45 viewsAR Didrachm (Quadrigatus)
Uncertain mint, 225-214 BC
6.57g, 22mm

Obv: Laureate head of youthful Janus or Dioscuri

Rev: Jupiter holding sceptre and brandishing thunderbolt, in quadriga driven to right by Victory; ROMA incuse on raised tablet below.

Crawford 30/1; RSC 23; Sydenham 64b

Roma Numismatics Auction XVI, 498
From a private Swiss collection, outside of Italy prior to January 2011.
7 commentsKained but Able09/28/18 at 03:26Canaan: Very nice congrat
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EB0744 Constantius I / Moneta26 viewsConstantius I 293-305, AE Follis, Aquileia 301 AD.
Obverse: CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, laureate head right.
Reverse: SACR MONET AVGG ET CAESS NOSTR, Moneta standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae. V in right field. Mintmark AQΓ.
References: RIC VI Aquileia 34a.
Diameter: 28mm, Weight: 8.936g.
1 commentsEB09/28/18 at 01:58Jay GT4: Great coin. Congrats
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EB0737 Maximianus / Genio Populi20 viewsMaximianus 286-305, AE Follis, Cyzicus 297-299.
Obverse: IMP C MAXIMIANVS PF AVG, laureate head right.
Reverse: GENIO POPV-LI ROMANI, Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopiae. Mintmark [K]Δ.
References: RIC VI Cyzicus 12b; Sear 13269.
Diameter: 28mm, Weight: 8.688g.
1 commentsEB09/28/18 at 01:58Jay GT4: Great piece
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Anonymous AR Didrachm (Quadrigatus) - Janiform head and Jupiter in Quadriga (Crawf. 30/1)45 viewsAR Didrachm (Quadrigatus)
Uncertain mint, 225-214 BC
6.57g, 22mm

Obv: Laureate head of youthful Janus or Dioscuri

Rev: Jupiter holding sceptre and brandishing thunderbolt, in quadriga driven to right by Victory; ROMA incuse on raised tablet below.

Crawford 30/1; RSC 23; Sydenham 64b

Roma Numismatics Auction XVI, 498
From a private Swiss collection, outside of Italy prior to January 2011.
7 commentsKained but Able09/28/18 at 01:57Jay GT4: Beautiful
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Crawford 13/114 viewsDenomination: Didrachm
Era: c. 300-280 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of bearded Mars L. Behind, Oak Spray.
Reverse: Horse’s head R. on base. Behind, corn ear. ROMANO on base of horse’s head.
Weight: 6.45 gm
Reference: Crawford 13/1
Provenance: Kunker eLive Auction 50, 18-JUL-2018.
Ex. Fritz Rudolf Künker 34, Osnabrück 1996, No. 173.


Comments: Oak spray on obverse is very light and off flan, but in-hand, the spray is obviously there. There are five curious edge cuts (test cuts?) near each other at 10-11 o'clock obv. Rare dies. Some private discussion of the authenticity but 5 coins show up in ACSearch (after 1999) and other sources with the same obverse die. Two of these have a different reverse dies. The coin is light, but all examples are light(ish), with the heaviest being 7.12 g. and the lightest is my coin 6.45 g. The second lightest of the group is 6.51 g. I am convinced it is authentic.
3 commentsSteve B509/28/18 at 01:56Jay GT4: Great early silver!
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Anonymous AR Didrachm (Quadrigatus) - Janiform head and Jupiter in Quadriga (Crawf. 30/1)45 viewsAR Didrachm (Quadrigatus)
Uncertain mint, 225-214 BC
6.57g, 22mm

Obv: Laureate head of youthful Janus or Dioscuri

Rev: Jupiter holding sceptre and brandishing thunderbolt, in quadriga driven to right by Victory; ROMA incuse on raised tablet below.

Crawford 30/1; RSC 23; Sydenham 64b

Roma Numismatics Auction XVI, 498
From a private Swiss collection, outside of Italy prior to January 2011.
7 commentsKained but Able09/28/18 at 00:30Carausius: Beautiful coin. Note that in your description, ROM...
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WINCHESTER mint - short cross type AR penny Cnut the Great - moneyer GODPINE (=Gōdwīne)11 viewsObverse: ✠ CNV T RECX
Reverse: ✠ GODPINE ON PIN
Ø = 17,50mm
Weight = 1,16 gram

Provenance:
•Privately purchased from Saltford Coins, September 2018
2 commentsRomaVictor09/27/18 at 15:24Callimachus: Beautiful coin.
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RIC 0215 Domitianus59 viewsObv : IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS X, Radiate bust right, with aegis
Rev : FIDEI PVBLICAE / S-C in field; Fides standing left, with plate of fruits and corn ears
AE/Dupondius (27.47 mm 12.667 g 5h) Struck in Rome 84 A.D.
RIC 215 (C), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 299
ex Artemide Auction 44E Lot 299
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus09/27/18 at 12:56Jay GT4: That reverse!
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Nero Sestertius Annona & Ceres109 viewsObv.
IMP NERO CAESAR AVG P MAX TR P P P
Laureate head right

Rev.
ANNONA AVGVSTI CERES
SC
Annona standing right holding cornucopia. Ceres seated left holding grain & torch, modius on altar between with ships' prow in the background

Minted 67 A.D. in Lugdunum
5 commentsancientdave09/27/18 at 05:54Gary W2: Great coin. Looks like damnatio marks on Nero'...
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Titus / Pontif Maxim Mule37 viewsTitus. As Caesar, AD 69-79. AR Denarius, Rome mint. Struck under Vespasian, AD 73.
O: Laureate head right; T CAES IMP VESP CENS
R: Vespasian seated right on curule chair, feet on footstool, holding scepter and olive branch.
- RIC II 554 (R) (Vespasian); BMC 113; RSC 158. Struck from the same obverse die as the aureus illustrated for Calicó 746.

An interesting mule. When this coin was struck, Titus was only Pontifex not Pontifex Maximus. The same reverse type was also struck for Titus with his correct titles, PONTIF TRI POT.
The reverse type clearly copies the PONTIF MAXIM Livia seated type of Tiberius. Vespasian may have copied this and other earlier aureus and denarius reverse types as restorations, since he was melting down and recoining the originals to take advantage of Nero's debasement of 64 AD. According to CClay, "Use of the SAME dies for both aurei and denarii was the rule up until Titus and continued in some issues until about Hadrian. Thereafter the style and size of the two denominations diverged, though gold and silver QUINARII often continued to be struck from the same dies."
5 commentsNemonater09/27/18 at 05:30RL: Great coin!
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Trajan Denarius - Felicitas holding Caduceus and Cornucopia (RIC 332) (2)19 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 116-117 AD
3.4g

Obv: Laureate draped bust right
IMP CAES NER TRAIAN OPTIM AVG GERM DAC

Rev: Felicitas standing left, holding cornucopia and caduceus.
PARTHICO PM---TR P COS VI PP SPQR

RIC 332, Woytek 570v

Numismatik Naumann 67, lot 486
2 commentsKained but Able09/27/18 at 02:09Jay GT4: Gorgeous
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Trajan Denarius - Providentia (RIC 363)24 viewsAR Denarius
Rome 114-117 AD
3.45g

Obv: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust (R)
IMP CAES NER TRAIAN OPTIM AVG GERM DAC

Rev: Providentia standing (L), pointing at globe below and holding sceptre, resting elbow on column.
PRO-VID across field.
PARTHICO PM TRP COS VI PP SPQR

RIC 363 RSC 314

Naville Numismatics Auction 43, Lot 460
Münzen und Medaillen AG Basel fixed price list 391, 1 July 1977, lot 23
3 commentsKained but Able09/27/18 at 02:08Jay GT4: That's great!
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Struck 1280 - 1286, Alexander III (1249 - 1286), AR Penny minted at Roxburgh, Scotland10 viewsObverse: + ALEXANDER DEI GRA . Crowned head of Alexander III facing left within circle of pellets; sceptre topped with fleur-de-lis before. Cross potent in legend.
Reverse: REX SCOTORVM +. Long cross pattée dividing legend into quarters, with three pierced mullets of six points and one mullet of seven points in quarters of inner circle. The total of 25 points is indicative of the mint of Roxburgh.
Class Mb with unbarred “A”, wider portrait and cross potent mintmark in legend.
Roxburgh only accounts for some 9% of Alexander's second coinage so issues from this mint are quite rare.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 1.0gm | Die Axis: 3
SPINK: 5054

Alexander III's reign saw the introduction of the round halfpenny and farthing to Scottish medieval coinage.
Following the English recoinage of Edward I in 1279, Alexander introduced his second coinage which began in 1280 and ended when he died in 1286. This coin was therefore struck between those dates.

Alexander III was born at Roxburgh, he came to the throne when he was just 7 years old following the death of his father, Alexander II.
At the age of ten, in 1251, Alexander married Margaret, daughter of Henry III of England. Henry seized the opportunity to demand from his son-in-law homage from the Scottish kingdom. Alexander did not comply but In 1255, after a meeting between the English and Scottish kings at Kelso, he was compelled to consent to the creation of a regency representative of both monarchs.
The early years of Alexander III’s reign were dominated by a power struggle between the two factions, but when he reached the age of 21 he was able to rule in his own right. His first action was to claim control of the Western Isles which were then under the domination of Norway. The Norwegian King Haakon rejected the claim, and in 1263, responded with a formidable invasion force which sailed around the west coast of Scotland and halted off the Isle of Arran. Alexander craftily delayed negotiations until the autumn storms began which resulted in the Norwegian ships being greatly damaged. Haakon, losing patience, attacked the Scots at Largs, but the battle proved indecisive and his position became hopeless. The Norwegians set sail for home but Haakon died en route, on Orkney, towards the end of the year. In 1266, at the Treaty of Perth, Norway formally ceded the Western Isles and the Isle of Man to Scotland in return for a monetary payment.
Alexander, when only 44 years old, met his end on the night of 19th March 1286. After entertaining guests at Edinburgh Castle he decided that night that he would return home to his wife near Kinghorn. His aides advised against it because there was a storm and the party would have to travel in darkness for many miles along a treacherous coastal path. Alexander was determined to travel anyway and ignored his advisors. It is not clear what happened, but it seems he got separated from the rest of his group and his horse lost its footing in the dark. The following day Alexander's body, and that of his horse, was found on the shore at the foot of the cliffs, the King's neck was broken. In 1886, a monument to him was erected in Kinghorn, on the side of the cliffs, at the approximate location of Alexander's death.

Alexander had no heirs, which ultimately led to a war with England that lasted almost thirty years.
2 comments*Alex09/27/18 at 01:34Nemonater: Awesome coin, tremendous history!
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Titus / Eagle37 viewsTitus as Caesar. 70-79 AD. Denarius, Rome, 76 AD.
O: T CAESAR IMP - VESPASIANVS Head laureate left.
R: COS - V across field, Eagle with raised wings standing right on garlanded altar, head left.
- RIC 873 (R2), pl. 10 (different dies). BMC 192 note (citing Cohen). Cohen 60 (Rollin).
Very rare with portrait left: not in BM by 1976, not in the Paris catalogue nor in the Reka Devnia hoard, since the reported seven specimens in Sofia were doubtless actually Cohen 59 with portrait right. RIC 873 cites two specimens with portrait left. David Atherton notes in his example of this type, "RIC generically describes the reverse as eagle with 'thunderbolt in claws', so this coin without thunderbolt should be regarded as a variant."
5 commentsNemonater09/27/18 at 00:40*Alex: I love those coins with the eagles. Nice one.
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RIC 0215 Domitianus59 viewsObv : IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS X, Radiate bust right, with aegis
Rev : FIDEI PVBLICAE / S-C in field; Fides standing left, with plate of fruits and corn ears
AE/Dupondius (27.47 mm 12.667 g 5h) Struck in Rome 84 A.D.
RIC 215 (C), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 299
ex Artemide Auction 44E Lot 299
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus09/26/18 at 22:11Nemonater: Beautiful
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EB0801 Constantius II / FEL TEMP25 viewsConstantius II, AE Centenionalis, Antioch, 350-355 AD.
Obverse: DN CONSTANTIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman, who turns toward him with upraised hand, Γ to left. Mintmark ANBI.
References: RIC VIII 132.
Diameter: 26mm, Weight: 6.101g.
2 commentsEB09/26/18 at 17:14Randygeki(h2): Good example
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Galba AR Denarius53 viewsGalba. AD 68-69. AR Denarius (17mm, 3.15 g, 6h). Uncertain mint in Gaul (Narbo?).
Struck circa April-late autumn AD 68.
Obv: Laureate head right SER IMPERATOR GALBA
Rev:Concordia standing left, holding branch and cornucopia. CONCORDIA PROVINCIARUM
RIC I 105; RSC 34. Fine, toned, porous.
Ex Meister & Sonntag Quick Auction 2007 (25 March 2007), lot 214.
CNG E-auction Lot 353 September 5, 2018.
4 commentsorfew09/26/18 at 13:45Vincent: One coin of his I can call attractive portrait.......
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EB0801 Constantius II / FEL TEMP25 viewsConstantius II, AE Centenionalis, Antioch, 350-355 AD.
Obverse: DN CONSTANTIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman, who turns toward him with upraised hand, Γ to left. Mintmark ANBI.
References: RIC VIII 132.
Diameter: 26mm, Weight: 6.101g.
2 commentsEB09/26/18 at 13:36Mat: Lovely coin & patina
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Titus / Eagle37 viewsTitus as Caesar. 70-79 AD. Denarius, Rome, 76 AD.
O: T CAESAR IMP - VESPASIANVS Head laureate left.
R: COS - V across field, Eagle with raised wings standing right on garlanded altar, head left.
- RIC 873 (R2), pl. 10 (different dies). BMC 192 note (citing Cohen). Cohen 60 (Rollin).
Very rare with portrait left: not in BM by 1976, not in the Paris catalogue nor in the Reka Devnia hoard, since the reported seven specimens in Sofia were doubtless actually Cohen 59 with portrait right. RIC 873 cites two specimens with portrait left. David Atherton notes in his example of this type, "RIC generically describes the reverse as eagle with 'thunderbolt in claws', so this coin without thunderbolt should be regarded as a variant."
5 commentsNemonater09/26/18 at 03:22David Atherton: Awesome find! I have two examples, one is a double...
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Titus / Pontif Maxim Mule37 viewsTitus. As Caesar, AD 69-79. AR Denarius, Rome mint. Struck under Vespasian, AD 73.
O: Laureate head right; T CAES IMP VESP CENS
R: Vespasian seated right on curule chair, feet on footstool, holding scepter and olive branch.
- RIC II 554 (R) (Vespasian); BMC 113; RSC 158. Struck from the same obverse die as the aureus illustrated for Calicó 746.

An interesting mule. When this coin was struck, Titus was only Pontifex not Pontifex Maximus. The same reverse type was also struck for Titus with his correct titles, PONTIF TRI POT.
The reverse type clearly copies the PONTIF MAXIM Livia seated type of Tiberius. Vespasian may have copied this and other earlier aureus and denarius reverse types as restorations, since he was melting down and recoining the originals to take advantage of Nero's debasement of 64 AD. According to CClay, "Use of the SAME dies for both aurei and denarii was the rule up until Titus and continued in some issues until about Hadrian. Thereafter the style and size of the two denominations diverged, though gold and silver QUINARII often continued to be struck from the same dies."
5 commentsNemonater09/26/18 at 03:18David Atherton: Fantastic!
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Trajan Denarius - Providentia (RIC 363)24 viewsAR Denarius
Rome 114-117 AD
3.45g

Obv: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust (R)
IMP CAES NER TRAIAN OPTIM AVG GERM DAC

Rev: Providentia standing (L), pointing at globe below and holding sceptre, resting elbow on column.
PRO-VID across field.
PARTHICO PM TRP COS VI PP SPQR

RIC 363 RSC 314

Naville Numismatics Auction 43, Lot 460
Münzen und Medaillen AG Basel fixed price list 391, 1 July 1977, lot 23
3 commentsKained but Able09/26/18 at 01:07RL: Seconded
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Trajan Denarius - Providentia (RIC 363)24 viewsAR Denarius
Rome 114-117 AD
3.45g

Obv: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust (R)
IMP CAES NER TRAIAN OPTIM AVG GERM DAC

Rev: Providentia standing (L), pointing at globe below and holding sceptre, resting elbow on column.
PRO-VID across field.
PARTHICO PM TRP COS VI PP SPQR

RIC 363 RSC 314

Naville Numismatics Auction 43, Lot 460
Münzen und Medaillen AG Basel fixed price list 391, 1 July 1977, lot 23
3 commentsKained but Able09/25/18 at 22:26Canaan: Amazing!!!
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Galba AR Denarius53 viewsGalba. AD 68-69. AR Denarius (17mm, 3.15 g, 6h). Uncertain mint in Gaul (Narbo?).
Struck circa April-late autumn AD 68.
Obv: Laureate head right SER IMPERATOR GALBA
Rev:Concordia standing left, holding branch and cornucopia. CONCORDIA PROVINCIARUM
RIC I 105; RSC 34. Fine, toned, porous.
Ex Meister & Sonntag Quick Auction 2007 (25 March 2007), lot 214.
CNG E-auction Lot 353 September 5, 2018.
4 commentsorfew09/25/18 at 20:34Nemonater: Awesome portrait!
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 480-470 BC24mm 17.52g16 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right,Nike flying right crowning horses with wreath.Forepart of man-headed bull to right.
Rare die combination Jenkins lists two coins one in London.
1 commentsGrant H09/25/18 at 16:38Canaan: Perfection!!!!
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05 Constantius II13 viewsConstantius II
Ae 18, 3.4 g
D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, soldier standing left, spearing a fallen horseman who is wearing Phrygian helmet, reaching backwards, PARL in ex.

Unpublished


RH-CS0501
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/25/18 at 13:45Mat: I like this one, well centered.
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05 Constantius II13 viewsConstantius II
Ae 18, 3.4 g
D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, soldier standing left, spearing a fallen horseman who is wearing Phrygian helmet, reaching backwards, PARL in ex.

Unpublished


RH-CS0501
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/25/18 at 11:24Canaan: Nice find!!!
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NABATAEA. Aretas IV. 9 BC-AD 409 viewsObv : Aramaic ayin / het (Aretas) within wreath
Rev : Eagle standing left, wings closed, Aramaic het (Aretas) behind.
Meshorer Nabataean 93, SNG ANS 1434 var (het ros ligate in wreath)
1 commentsCanaan09/25/18 at 11:14shanxi: interesting coin
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05 Constantius II13 viewsConstantius II
Ae 18, 3.4 g
D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, soldier standing left, spearing a fallen horseman who is wearing Phrygian helmet, reaching backwards, PARL in ex.

Unpublished


RH-CS0501
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/25/18 at 10:45maridvnvm: A really super find.
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Domitian RIC-22126 viewsÆ As, 10.23g
Rome mint, 84 AD
RIC 221 (C2). BMC 288
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS X; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: MONETA AVGVST; S C in field; Moneta stg. l., with scales and cornucopiae
Acquired from Marti Classical Numismatics, September 2018.

In 82 Domitian reformed the coinage by increasing the weight of the gold and fineness of the silver. Production of the bronze coinage was suspended while the mint was reorganised and resumed in 84 with new reverse types. Appropriately, one of the first types struck on the bronze after the coinage reform was Moneta, 'mint goddess of the emperor'. Mattingly believes Moneta in this context can be seen as symbolising Domitian's control of the mint and as paymaster to the empire. A fitting reverse design for an emperor who cared so much for his coinage.

Superb portrait and nice brown patina.
1 commentsDavid Atherton09/25/18 at 07:48Randygeki(h2): Great portrait
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Egypt, Alexandria Tiberius Obol Ex Dattari plate coin60 viewsEgypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Tiberius, 14-37 Obol circa 19-20 (year 6), Æ 20.1mm., 5.67g.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev. TIBEPIOY Hippopotamus standing r.; in exergue,
L Geissen -. RPC 5087 (this coin cited). Dattari-Savio Pl. 4, 103 (this coin).
Brown tone, About Very Fine.
From the Dattari collection.
Naville Numismatics Aution 43, Lot 250 September 23, 2018
5 commentsorfew09/25/18 at 04:21Canaan: Nice Hippo
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Egypt, Alexandria Tiberius Obol Ex Dattari plate coin60 viewsEgypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Tiberius, 14-37 Obol circa 19-20 (year 6), Æ 20.1mm., 5.67g.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev. TIBEPIOY Hippopotamus standing r.; in exergue,
L Geissen -. RPC 5087 (this coin cited). Dattari-Savio Pl. 4, 103 (this coin).
Brown tone, About Very Fine.
From the Dattari collection.
Naville Numismatics Aution 43, Lot 250 September 23, 2018
5 commentsorfew09/24/18 at 23:49Carausius: Congratulations!
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Struck 1248 - 1250, Henry III (1216 – 1272), AR Penny minted at London, England18 viewsObverse: HENRICVS REX : III. Crowned bust of Henry III facing within circle of pellets. Mintmark: Six pointed star.
Reverse: NICOLE ON LVND. Voided long cross dividing legend into quarters, trefoil in each quarter of inner circle. Moneyer, Nicholas.
Diameter: 19mm | Weight: 1.3gms | Die Axis: 6
SPINK: 1363

The First Barons' War (1215–1217) was a civil war in England in which a group of rebellious barons led by Robert Fitzwalter and supported by a French army under the future Louis VIII of France, waged war against King John of England. The war resulted from King John's refusal to accept and abide by the Magna Carta, which he had been forced to put his seal to on 15th June 1215, as well as from Louis' own ambitions regarding the English throne.
It was in the middle of this war that King John died leaving his son, the nine year old Henry III (who had been moved to safety at Corfe Castle in Dorset along with his mother, Queen Isabella) as his heir.
On his deathbed John appointed a council of thirteen executors to help Henry reclaim the kingdom, requesting that his son be placed into the guardianship of William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke. The loyalists decided to crown Henry immediately to reinforce his claim to the throne. William knighted the boy, and Cardinal Guala Bicchieri, the papal legate to England, then oversaw his coronation at Gloucester Cathedral on 28th October 1216. In the absence of the archbishops of either Canterbury or York, Henry was anointed by the bishops of Worcester and Exeter, and crowned by Peter des Roches, bishop of Winchester. During the civil war the royal crown had been lost, so instead, the ceremony used a simple gold corolla belonging to Queen Isabella. In 1217, Henry's forces, led by William Marshal, finally defeated the rebels at the battles of Lincoln and Sandwich.
Henry's early rule was dominated first by Hubert de Burgh, 1st Earl of Kent and Justiciar of England and Ireland, then by Peter des Roches, and they re-established royal authority after the war. In 1225 Henry promised to abide by the final and definitative version of the Magna Carta, freely authenticated by the great seal of Henry III himself, which protected the rights of the major barons and placed a limit on royal power. It is the clauses of this, the 1225 Magna Carta signed by Henry III, not the King John Magna Carta of 1215, which are on the Statute Books of the United Kingdom today.
4 comments*Alex09/24/18 at 23:04orfew: A beautiful example!
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Egypt, Alexandria Tiberius Obol Ex Dattari plate coin60 viewsEgypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Tiberius, 14-37 Obol circa 19-20 (year 6), Æ 20.1mm., 5.67g.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev. TIBEPIOY Hippopotamus standing r.; in exergue,
L Geissen -. RPC 5087 (this coin cited). Dattari-Savio Pl. 4, 103 (this coin).
Brown tone, About Very Fine.
From the Dattari collection.
Naville Numismatics Aution 43, Lot 250 September 23, 2018
5 commentsorfew09/24/18 at 20:54Nemonater: It's a great coin, even better as the Dattari ...
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Egypt, Alexandria Tiberius Obol Ex Dattari plate coin60 viewsEgypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Tiberius, 14-37 Obol circa 19-20 (year 6), Æ 20.1mm., 5.67g.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev. TIBEPIOY Hippopotamus standing r.; in exergue,
L Geissen -. RPC 5087 (this coin cited). Dattari-Savio Pl. 4, 103 (this coin).
Brown tone, About Very Fine.
From the Dattari collection.
Naville Numismatics Aution 43, Lot 250 September 23, 2018
5 commentsorfew09/24/18 at 20:52FlaviusDomitianus: Nice choice!
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Titus / Pontif Maxim Mule37 viewsTitus. As Caesar, AD 69-79. AR Denarius, Rome mint. Struck under Vespasian, AD 73.
O: Laureate head right; T CAES IMP VESP CENS
R: Vespasian seated right on curule chair, feet on footstool, holding scepter and olive branch.
- RIC II 554 (R) (Vespasian); BMC 113; RSC 158. Struck from the same obverse die as the aureus illustrated for Calicó 746.

An interesting mule. When this coin was struck, Titus was only Pontifex not Pontifex Maximus. The same reverse type was also struck for Titus with his correct titles, PONTIF TRI POT.
The reverse type clearly copies the PONTIF MAXIM Livia seated type of Tiberius. Vespasian may have copied this and other earlier aureus and denarius reverse types as restorations, since he was melting down and recoining the originals to take advantage of Nero's debasement of 64 AD. According to CClay, "Use of the SAME dies for both aurei and denarii was the rule up until Titus and continued in some issues until about Hadrian. Thereafter the style and size of the two denominations diverged, though gold and silver QUINARII often continued to be struck from the same dies."
5 commentsNemonater09/24/18 at 19:48Marsman: A beauty 😊👍
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Sybaris, Lucania38 views550-510 BC
AR Obol (10mm, 0.44g)
O: Bull (Ox?) standing left, head turned back to right; VM in exergue.
R: Large MV monogram; four pellets around.
SNG ANS 853; HN Italy 1739; Hands Type I, IV
ex Tom Vossen

This coin dates from the original Greek colony, Sybaris I, before its destruction by the Krotones in 511-510 BC.
The MV monogram on the reverse actually reads 'SY' for Sybaris, and I believe the VM in exergue on the obverse is 'MV' retrograde.
The bull device seen on all early types from Sybaris, and later on the coins of her colonies at Poseidonia and Thurii, may in fact be a white ox at the mother city.
4 commentsEnodia09/24/18 at 18:28quadrans: Ohh, nice,
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Henry VI (1422 - 1461 A.D.)21 viewsAR Groat
O: +HENRIC DI GRA REX ANGL Z FRANC / Crowned bust facing, with annulet on each side of neck.
R: +POSVI DEVM ADIVTORE MEVM VILLA CALISIE / Long cross with three pellets in each angle, annulet in two quarters and after POSVI.
Annulet issue. Calais mint; im: pierced cross 2. Struck 1422-1427.
3.72g
27mm
North 1424; SCBC 1836
5 commentsMat09/24/18 at 18:15quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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03 Constantius II20 viewsConstantius II, AE 20mm, Antioch. DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman who is bearded, hair in braids, clutching horse's neck. Epsilon in left field. Mintmark ANS. RIC VIII Antioch 146.4 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/24/18 at 17:00Mat: very nice
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03 Constantius II14 viewsConstantius II
AE 2
obverse D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right;
reverse FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Gamma in left, soldier spearing Horseman,hair in braids, bearded, reaching back towards soldier, ANH in ex
Antioch 132
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/24/18 at 17:00Mat: love this one, nice
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03 Constantius II16 viewsConstantius II
AE 2
obverse D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right;
reverse FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Gamma in left, soldier spearing Horseman,hair in braids, bearded, reaching back towards soldier, AN Delta I in ex
Antioch 132
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/24/18 at 17:00Mat: great patina
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Constantius II16 viewsAntioch RIC 132 and 135. All 15 officina3 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/24/18 at 16:59Mat: congrats
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Struck 1248 - 1250, Henry III (1216 – 1272), AR Penny minted at London, England18 viewsObverse: HENRICVS REX : III. Crowned bust of Henry III facing within circle of pellets. Mintmark: Six pointed star.
Reverse: NICOLE ON LVND. Voided long cross dividing legend into quarters, trefoil in each quarter of inner circle. Moneyer, Nicholas.
Diameter: 19mm | Weight: 1.3gms | Die Axis: 6
SPINK: 1363

The First Barons' War (1215–1217) was a civil war in England in which a group of rebellious barons led by Robert Fitzwalter and supported by a French army under the future Louis VIII of France, waged war against King John of England. The war resulted from King John's refusal to accept and abide by the Magna Carta, which he had been forced to put his seal to on 15th June 1215, as well as from Louis' own ambitions regarding the English throne.
It was in the middle of this war that King John died leaving his son, the nine year old Henry III (who had been moved to safety at Corfe Castle in Dorset along with his mother, Queen Isabella) as his heir.
On his deathbed John appointed a council of thirteen executors to help Henry reclaim the kingdom, requesting that his son be placed into the guardianship of William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke. The loyalists decided to crown Henry immediately to reinforce his claim to the throne. William knighted the boy, and Cardinal Guala Bicchieri, the papal legate to England, then oversaw his coronation at Gloucester Cathedral on 28th October 1216. In the absence of the archbishops of either Canterbury or York, Henry was anointed by the bishops of Worcester and Exeter, and crowned by Peter des Roches, bishop of Winchester. During the civil war the royal crown had been lost, so instead, the ceremony used a simple gold corolla belonging to Queen Isabella. In 1217, Henry's forces, led by William Marshal, finally defeated the rebels at the battles of Lincoln and Sandwich.
Henry's early rule was dominated first by Hubert de Burgh, 1st Earl of Kent and Justiciar of England and Ireland, then by Peter des Roches, and they re-established royal authority after the war. In 1225 Henry promised to abide by the final and definitative version of the Magna Carta, freely authenticated by the great seal of Henry III himself, which protected the rights of the major barons and placed a limit on royal power. It is the clauses of this, the 1225 Magna Carta signed by Henry III, not the King John Magna Carta of 1215, which are on the Statute Books of the United Kingdom today.
4 comments*Alex09/24/18 at 16:59Mat: wonderful piece
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EB0775 Constantine I / Quadriga13 viewsConstantine I 307-337, Æ Reduced Follis of Constantinople, posthumous commemorative 337-340.
Obverse: DV CONSTANT [INVS PT A] VGG, Veiled bust right.
Reverse: Emperor in quadriga right, hand of God reaches him from above, CONS in exergue.
References: RIC 37.
Diameter: 14mm, Weight: 1.354g.
1 commentsEB09/24/18 at 12:45Jay GT4: Interesting style
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03 Constantius II16 viewsConstantius II
AE 2
obverse D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right;
reverse FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Gamma in left, soldier spearing Horseman,hair in braids, bearded, reaching back towards soldier, AN Delta I in ex
Antioch 132
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/24/18 at 10:12maridvnvm: Great allround
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03 Constantius II14 viewsConstantius II
AE 2
obverse D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right;
reverse FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Gamma in left, soldier spearing Horseman,hair in braids, bearded, reaching back towards soldier, ANH in ex
Antioch 132
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/24/18 at 10:11maridvnvm: Sweet, bent arm too!
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03 Constantius II20 viewsConstantius II, AE 20mm, Antioch. DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman who is bearded, hair in braids, clutching horse's neck. Epsilon in left field. Mintmark ANS. RIC VIII Antioch 146.4 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/24/18 at 10:11maridvnvm: Great looking coin
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FTR captive types 11 views1 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/24/18 at 10:10maridvnvm: Sweet
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Constantius II16 viewsAntioch RIC 132 and 135. All 15 officina3 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/24/18 at 10:09maridvnvm: Nice looking set! Well done.
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Constantius II16 viewsAntioch RIC 132 and 135. All 15 officina3 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/24/18 at 06:35Canaan: Congrats on completing the set well done!!
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Titus / Quadriga Aureus10 viewsNOT MINE!!
Perhaps one day?
1 commentsNemonater09/24/18 at 05:23Jay GT4: Nice! Wish I owned some Flavian gold!
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Attica, Athens, Athena, Owl, Tetradrachm19 viewsAttica. Athens
Silver tetradrachm, ca. 454-404 BC
Av: Helmeted head of Athena right, with frontal eye.
Rv: AΘE. Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent to left; all within incuse square.
AR, 17.16g, 23mm
Ref.: Kroll 8; HGC 4, 1597.
2 commentsshanxi09/23/18 at 18:07Canaan: Congrats, very nice example!!!
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03 Constantius II20 viewsConstantius II, AE 20mm, Antioch. DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman who is bearded, hair in braids, clutching horse's neck. Epsilon in left field. Mintmark ANS. RIC VIII Antioch 146.4 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/23/18 at 15:08Jay GT4: Sweet!
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03 Constantius II14 viewsConstantius II
AE 2
obverse D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right;
reverse FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Gamma in left, soldier spearing Horseman,hair in braids, bearded, reaching back towards soldier, ANH in ex
Antioch 132
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/23/18 at 15:08Jay GT4: Wonderful reverse
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03 Constantius II16 viewsConstantius II
AE 2
obverse D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right;
reverse FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Gamma in left, soldier spearing Horseman,hair in braids, bearded, reaching back towards soldier, AN Delta I in ex
Antioch 132
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/23/18 at 15:07Jay GT4: Great
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CONSTANS, as Caesar. Thessalonica19 viewsObv. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. GLORI-A EXER-CITVS, two soldiers standing vis-à-vis, each holding spear and hand on shield resting on the ground; a standard between them; SMTSΔ.
References: RIC VII 226; LRBC 845.
17mm, 1.98 grams.
3 commentsCanaan09/23/18 at 10:16Canaan: Thanks Yuri, fixed
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CONSTANS, as Caesar. Thessalonica 18 viewsObv. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. GLORI-A EXER-CITVS, two soldiers standing vis-à-vis, each holding spear and hand on shield resting on the ground; a standard between them; SMTSΔ.
References: RIC VII 201; LRBC 845.
18mm, 2.02 grams.
2 commentsCanaan09/23/18 at 10:14Canaan: Thanks Yuri, fixed
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03 Constantius II20 viewsConstantius II, AE 20mm, Antioch. DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman who is bearded, hair in braids, clutching horse's neck. Epsilon in left field. Mintmark ANS. RIC VIII Antioch 146.4 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/23/18 at 10:00Canaan: Nice!!!
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03 Constantius II16 viewsConstantius II
AE 2
obverse D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right;
reverse FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Gamma in left, soldier spearing Horseman,hair in braids, bearded, reaching back towards soldier, AN Delta I in ex
Antioch 132
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/23/18 at 09:59Canaan: Nice armour on the fallen horseman
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Titus / Eagle37 viewsTitus as Caesar. 70-79 AD. Denarius, Rome, 76 AD.
O: T CAESAR IMP - VESPASIANVS Head laureate left.
R: COS - V across field, Eagle with raised wings standing right on garlanded altar, head left.
- RIC 873 (R2), pl. 10 (different dies). BMC 192 note (citing Cohen). Cohen 60 (Rollin).
Very rare with portrait left: not in BM by 1976, not in the Paris catalogue nor in the Reka Devnia hoard, since the reported seven specimens in Sofia were doubtless actually Cohen 59 with portrait right. RIC 873 cites two specimens with portrait left. David Atherton notes in his example of this type, "RIC generically describes the reverse as eagle with 'thunderbolt in claws', so this coin without thunderbolt should be regarded as a variant."
5 commentsNemonater09/23/18 at 08:48FlaviusDomitianus: Excellent coin
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Vespasian RIC-71579 viewsÆ Dupondius, 10.55g
Rome mint, 74 AD
RIC 715 (C2). BMC 696.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M T P COS V CENS; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: FELICITAS PVBLICA; S C in field; Felicitas stg. l., with caduceus and cornucopiae
Acquired from Aegean Numismatics, August 2018.

A decently sized bronze coinage was struck for Vespasian in 74. The Felicitas on the reverse symbolises the prosperity and abundance Vespasian has brought to the empire. It is easily one of the commonest reverse types of the issue.

Well centred with a few marks on the reverse.
5 commentsDavid Atherton09/23/18 at 04:47Randygeki(h2): Great patina on this
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Titus RIC-22690 viewsÆ As, 10.75g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 226 (R). BMC 210.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: GENI P R; S C in field; Genius stg. l., with patera over altar and cornucopiae
Acquired from London Ancient Coins, September 2018.

Genius - 'The spirit of the Roman people' is not a common motif in Flavian coinage. It occurs under Vespasian on rare Spanish military denarii struck early in his reign and briefly during the reign of Titus on asses struck in 80-81. Mattingly connects the type under Titus with 'the vows undertaken for the first five years of the new reign'. The coin is dated COS VIII which Titus held in 80 (he did not renew the consulship in 81). Unlike the parallel silver issue the bronze lack an IMP number and cannot be more precisely dated. Most likely they were struck in the first half of 80 along with the silver.

Neatly centred with a fantastic portrait.
8 commentsDavid Atherton09/23/18 at 04:47Randygeki(h2): Excellent!
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Vespasian AR Denarius. Rome, AD 69-71.8 viewsObv. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right.
Rev. COSITER TR POT, Pax seated left, holding branch and caduceus.
References: RIC 10.
1 commentsCanaan09/23/18 at 04:46Randygeki(h2): Good example
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Marcus Aurelius, 161-180. Denarius, Rome, 169-170.7 viewsObv. M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXIIII Laureate head of Marcus Aurelius to right.
Rev. VICT AVG COS III Victory advancing left, holding wreath in her right hand and a trophy with her left.
References: BMC 532. Cohen 979. RIC 225.
1 commentsCanaan09/23/18 at 04:46Randygeki(h2): Nice
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VITELLIUS (69). Denarius. Rome.41 viewsObv: A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P. Laureate head right.
Rev: CONCORDIA P R. Concordia seated left on throne, holding patera and cradling cornucopia.
RIC 90.
Weight: 3.4 g.
Diameter: 19 mm.
5 commentsCanaan09/23/18 at 04:45Randygeki(h2): Oh cool. Sweet addition!
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132 - Probus - RIC 127 - Bust Type C (Lugdunum) (Retrograde C in left field)6 viewsObv:– IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, Radiate draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev:– SPES AVG, Spes standing left, holding flower and raising robe
Minted in Lugdunum (Retrograde C in left field) Emission 9, Officina 3. January to August A.D. 282
Reference:– Cohen 702. Bastien 405 (2 examples). RIC 127 Bust type C

Weight 3.43g. 22.25mm. 180 degrees
1 commentsmaridvnvm09/23/18 at 04:44Randygeki(h2): Nice!
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Henry VI (1422 - 1461 A.D.)21 viewsAR Groat
O: +HENRIC DI GRA REX ANGL Z FRANC / Crowned bust facing, with annulet on each side of neck.
R: +POSVI DEVM ADIVTORE MEVM VILLA CALISIE / Long cross with three pellets in each angle, annulet in two quarters and after POSVI.
Annulet issue. Calais mint; im: pierced cross 2. Struck 1422-1427.
3.72g
27mm
North 1424; SCBC 1836
5 commentsMat09/23/18 at 04:44Randygeki(h2): Awesome example !
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1024 BITHYNIA Koinon of Bithynia Sabina Ae 32 Octastyle temple36 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1024; Rec 53; Paris 815; von Aulock 290; BMC 30; C/M Howgego 64 ( Hadrian Laureate head right)

Obv. СΑΒΕΙΝΑ СΕΒΑΣΤΗ
Draped bust of Sabina, r., with hair coiled and piled on top of head above double stephane

Rev. ΚΟΙ-ΝΟΝ ΒΕΙΘΥΝΙΑС
Octastyle temple on podium of two steps; pellet between middle columns; in pediment, sacrificing Genius in pediment; below, prow

25.17 gr
32 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki09/23/18 at 04:43Randygeki(h2): Me too, neat coin
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Titus / Pontif Maxim Mule37 viewsTitus. As Caesar, AD 69-79. AR Denarius, Rome mint. Struck under Vespasian, AD 73.
O: Laureate head right; T CAES IMP VESP CENS
R: Vespasian seated right on curule chair, feet on footstool, holding scepter and olive branch.
- RIC II 554 (R) (Vespasian); BMC 113; RSC 158. Struck from the same obverse die as the aureus illustrated for Calicó 746.

An interesting mule. When this coin was struck, Titus was only Pontifex not Pontifex Maximus. The same reverse type was also struck for Titus with his correct titles, PONTIF TRI POT.
The reverse type clearly copies the PONTIF MAXIM Livia seated type of Tiberius. Vespasian may have copied this and other earlier aureus and denarius reverse types as restorations, since he was melting down and recoining the originals to take advantage of Nero's debasement of 64 AD. According to CClay, "Use of the SAME dies for both aurei and denarii was the rule up until Titus and continued in some issues until about Hadrian. Thereafter the style and size of the two denominations diverged, though gold and silver QUINARII often continued to be struck from the same dies."
5 commentsNemonater09/23/18 at 02:53Canaan: A very beautiful and rare coiin, congrats
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Titus / Eagle37 viewsTitus as Caesar. 70-79 AD. Denarius, Rome, 76 AD.
O: T CAESAR IMP - VESPASIANVS Head laureate left.
R: COS - V across field, Eagle with raised wings standing right on garlanded altar, head left.
- RIC 873 (R2), pl. 10 (different dies). BMC 192 note (citing Cohen). Cohen 60 (Rollin).
Very rare with portrait left: not in BM by 1976, not in the Paris catalogue nor in the Reka Devnia hoard, since the reported seven specimens in Sofia were doubtless actually Cohen 59 with portrait right. RIC 873 cites two specimens with portrait left. David Atherton notes in his example of this type, "RIC generically describes the reverse as eagle with 'thunderbolt in claws', so this coin without thunderbolt should be regarded as a variant."
5 commentsNemonater09/23/18 at 02:51Canaan: Very nice!!!!
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Titus / Eagle37 viewsTitus as Caesar. 70-79 AD. Denarius, Rome, 76 AD.
O: T CAESAR IMP - VESPASIANVS Head laureate left.
R: COS - V across field, Eagle with raised wings standing right on garlanded altar, head left.
- RIC 873 (R2), pl. 10 (different dies). BMC 192 note (citing Cohen). Cohen 60 (Rollin).
Very rare with portrait left: not in BM by 1976, not in the Paris catalogue nor in the Reka Devnia hoard, since the reported seven specimens in Sofia were doubtless actually Cohen 59 with portrait right. RIC 873 cites two specimens with portrait left. David Atherton notes in his example of this type, "RIC generically describes the reverse as eagle with 'thunderbolt in claws', so this coin without thunderbolt should be regarded as a variant."
5 commentsNemonater09/22/18 at 22:13Jay GT4: Another great portrait and with the added bonus he...
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Titus / Pontif Maxim Mule37 viewsTitus. As Caesar, AD 69-79. AR Denarius, Rome mint. Struck under Vespasian, AD 73.
O: Laureate head right; T CAES IMP VESP CENS
R: Vespasian seated right on curule chair, feet on footstool, holding scepter and olive branch.
- RIC II 554 (R) (Vespasian); BMC 113; RSC 158. Struck from the same obverse die as the aureus illustrated for Calicó 746.

An interesting mule. When this coin was struck, Titus was only Pontifex not Pontifex Maximus. The same reverse type was also struck for Titus with his correct titles, PONTIF TRI POT.
The reverse type clearly copies the PONTIF MAXIM Livia seated type of Tiberius. Vespasian may have copied this and other earlier aureus and denarius reverse types as restorations, since he was melting down and recoining the originals to take advantage of Nero's debasement of 64 AD. According to CClay, "Use of the SAME dies for both aurei and denarii was the rule up until Titus and continued in some issues until about Hadrian. Thereafter the style and size of the two denominations diverged, though gold and silver QUINARII often continued to be struck from the same dies."
5 commentsNemonater09/22/18 at 22:12Jay GT4: What a portrait! Amazing
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Artabanos II., 10 - 63 AD46 viewsBI tdr., 12,68gr., 26,31mm;
Sellw. 63.4, Shore 335, Sunrise 411var.;
mint: Seleukia, axis: 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, facing, w/3-strand diadem and 2 broad ribbons; long wavy hair, droopy mustache,med.-long beard cut square at end; double necklace; cuirass; dotted border 4 - 7h;
rev.:on the right side king on horseback, left, facing goddess w/palm branch in right hand, long scepter or lance in left hand, between heads T, behind king’s head Λ, above horse’s tail N = year 27 AD, month symbol 52 for Holoos (July); a 4-line legend is visible: BΛCIΛEΩ(C) ΛPCΛK(OY), under hte exergual line (ΔIKΛIOY) (EΠ)IΦΛNOYC;

ex: CNG Auction 103, # 453.
2 commentsSchatz09/22/18 at 20:30Michael C8: Fantastic example of this type. So much character ...
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Taras, Calabria86 views380-345 BC
AR Diobol (11mm, 0.95g)
O: Horse right, running free.
R: Taras astride dolphin right, left hand extended.
Vlasto 1225; Cote 177; SNG Fitzwilliam 348
Very Scarce
ex Davissons Ltd

As the first port-of-call in southern Italy from Greece, Taras’ fine natural harbor soon established the city as a major center of Greek influence.
Founded in 706 BC by the Spartan Phalanthos, Taras derived its name from the son of Poseidon, who was carried ashore by a dolphin. Legend has it that Phalanthos too, after being shipwrecked, was rescued by a dolphin, and this explains the artistic device so common throughout this prolific coinage.
2 commentsEnodia09/22/18 at 13:39Leo: Not the one we can see often, congratulation!
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CALABRIA, Taras. 450-440 BC. AR Nomos17 views7.71g
Taras seated left on dolphin, both arms extended, cockle shell below, Greek ΔEM scratched in field in ancient times // Dionysius male figure, naked to waist, seated, holding distaff & scepter, large die-break noticeable at the bottom of the distaff, Fine.
2 commentsLeo09/22/18 at 13:34Leo: Thanks Jay
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Vespasian-RIC-116061 viewsÆ Dupondius, 11.14g
Lyon mint, 71 AD
RIC 1160 (R2). BMC 809.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA NAVALIS; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Acquired from Victor's Imperial Coins, September 2018.

The Victory on prow type is traditionally attributed to the naval victory Vespasian won on Lake Gennesaret (Sea of Galilee) during the Jewish War. By any definition it is a most bizarre 'naval' battle indeed. Near the close of the Galilean campaign, Vespasian and Titus marched to Lake Gennesaret in order to secure the cities along its coastline. Tiberias fell without much resistance, but the neighbouring city of Taricheae was a tougher nut to crack. Home to many of the Jewish rebels who had fled Tiberias, they put up a small fight on the plain outside the city and were quickly defeated by Titus' troops who then stormed the city and began slaughtering the inhabitants. Many of the rebels took flight to waiting boats they had previously commandeered on the lake. These were likely local fishing or ferry vessels not intended for use in war. Vespasian ordered the legionaries to construct large rafts in order to pursue the rebel's makeshift flotilla. With the coastline guarded by Roman horsemen the legionaries launched their rafts and sailed out in a large line toward the enemy. The Jewish boats were no match for the heavily armoured Roman rafts. The legionaries easily picked off the Jewish rebels who had no means of escape. The slaughter was intense, so much so that Josephus claims 6,500 Jews were killed. Several years later during Vespasian and Titus' Jewish War Triumph in Rome, ships were displayed to commemorate the battle. Were the Victoria Navalis coins struck with the same event in mind? As unlikely as it seems, the impromptu 'naval' battle at Lake Gennesaret is the best candidate for Vespasian striking this Actium-lite reverse type. The connection to Augustus would not have been lost on his contemporaries. Flavian propaganda at its most exaggerated.

This Victoria Navalis dupondius struck at Lugdunum (Lyon) is much rarer than the Rome mint variants, which are more commonly seen on the As issues. The 'severe' portrait along with the globe at the base of the neck help to distinguish them from their Rome mint counterparts.
4 commentsDavid Atherton09/22/18 at 06:00ancientdave: Another nice bronze!
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CALABRIA, Taras. 450-440 BC. AR Nomos17 views7.71g
Taras seated left on dolphin, both arms extended, cockle shell below, Greek ΔEM scratched in field in ancient times // Dionysius male figure, naked to waist, seated, holding distaff & scepter, large die-break noticeable at the bottom of the distaff, Fine.
2 commentsLeo09/22/18 at 02:38Jay GT4: Interesting style on Taras and graffiti
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EB0011 Leukippos / Barley13 viewsMetapontum, LUCANIA (ITALY), AR Nomos, 350-330 BC.
Obverse: Helmeted head of Leukippos right; lion's head behind.
Reverse: Barley ear with seven grains; leaf to left, club on leaf, [AMI beneath leaf].
references: Johnston B2, SNG ANS 432ff.
Diameter: 19.5mm, Weight: 7.526g.
1 commentsEB09/22/18 at 02:36Jay GT4: Nice!
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Henry VI (1422 - 1461 A.D.)21 viewsAR Groat
O: +HENRIC DI GRA REX ANGL Z FRANC / Crowned bust facing, with annulet on each side of neck.
R: +POSVI DEVM ADIVTORE MEVM VILLA CALISIE / Long cross with three pellets in each angle, annulet in two quarters and after POSVI.
Annulet issue. Calais mint; im: pierced cross 2. Struck 1422-1427.
3.72g
27mm
North 1424; SCBC 1836
5 commentsMat09/21/18 at 15:07Callimachus: Nice coin.
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Henry VI (1422 - 1461 A.D.)21 viewsAR Groat
O: +HENRIC DI GRA REX ANGL Z FRANC / Crowned bust facing, with annulet on each side of neck.
R: +POSVI DEVM ADIVTORE MEVM VILLA CALISIE / Long cross with three pellets in each angle, annulet in two quarters and after POSVI.
Annulet issue. Calais mint; im: pierced cross 2. Struck 1422-1427.
3.72g
27mm
North 1424; SCBC 1836
5 commentsMat09/21/18 at 13:40*Alex: Nice.
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Calabria Tarentum AR Didrachm circa 344-340 BC 22mm 7.18g 5h 40 viewsHelmeted warrior standing facing,head right,holding spear and shield,behind horse standing right,before horses forelegs l.Rev TAPAE Phalanthos riding dolphin left,holding trident and shield,below A and waves.
ex Hanbery .
ex Frank Kovacs 1990
2 commentsGrant H09/21/18 at 11:54Leo: Broad flan and vigorous style.
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Caabria Tarentum AR Stater circa 333-332 BC 21mm 7.82g 12 h36 viewsWarrior preparing to cast spear held in right hand,holding two spears and shield in left,on horse rearing right,eight rayed star on hind leg.Rev Taras holding kantharos in extended right hand,cradling trident in left arm,astride dolphin leftAP to left below small dolphin.
Vlasto 602,SNG ANS 995,HN Italy 937.
3 commentsGrant H09/21/18 at 11:53Leo: Great piece, love the dolphin.
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Henry VI (1422 - 1461 A.D.)21 viewsAR Groat
O: +HENRIC DI GRA REX ANGL Z FRANC / Crowned bust facing, with annulet on each side of neck.
R: +POSVI DEVM ADIVTORE MEVM VILLA CALISIE / Long cross with three pellets in each angle, annulet in two quarters and after POSVI.
Annulet issue. Calais mint; im: pierced cross 2. Struck 1422-1427.
3.72g
27mm
North 1424; SCBC 1836
5 commentsMat09/21/18 at 06:46okidoki:
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EB0007 Youth on horseback / Taras on dolphin20 viewsTarentum, CALABRIA, AR Nomos, 281-272 BC.
Obverse: Naked youth on horseback right crowning himself; IΩ behind, ZAΛO and Ionic capital below.
Reverse: Taras astride dolphin, holding distaff and akrostolion; AN behind.
References: VLASTO 803, Evans VII, G1; SNG France 1924-25; Cote 420 and McGill II, 87-89.
Diameter: 20mm, Weight: 6.602g.
3 commentsEB09/21/18 at 00:45Jay GT4: Great coin
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SIKYONIA, Sikyon. Circa 350-330/20 BC. AR Obol 7 viewsObverse: Laureate head of Apollo to right.
Reverse: Dove flying left, retrograde IΣ above tail feathers.
Weight 0.83 Gr.
1 commentsSam09/21/18 at 00:44Jay GT4: Beauty
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Russia: Boris Feodorovich Godunov (1598-1605) AR Kopek, Moskva (Спасский 81/6)15 viewsObv: Boris on horseback to right; MO below, O to upper right field
Rev: Cyrillic inscription in five lines - ЦРЬIВЕЛ \\ IКИКНSЬ \\ БОРIСЪθЕ \\ ДОРОВIЧЬВ \\ СЕЯРУСI (ЦАРЬ И ВЕЛИКИЙ КНЯЗЬ БОРИС ФЕДОРОВИЧ ВСЕЯ РУСИ; Tsar and Grand Duke Boris Feodorovich of All Rus)
Dim: 15 mm, 0.65 g, 10 h
1 commentsQuant.Geek09/20/18 at 15:08cmcdon0923: Exceptional...full, strong obverse figure and reve...
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Maximianus Herculius11 viewsMaximianus Herculius, silvered antoninianus
21 mm, 3.93 g, Kyzikos.
Obv. IMP C M A MAXIMIANVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to right.
Rev. CONCORDIA MILITVM, Emperor in military dress receiving globe from Jupiter; S in field, XXI (dot) in exergue.
RIC 607.
2 commentsMarsman09/19/18 at 21:12NORMAN K: excellent coin!
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Q. Metellus Pius Scipio w/ Vespasian Countermark20 viewsQ. Metellus Pius Scipio. Silver Denarius 47-46 BC. Military mint traveling with Scipio in Africa.
O: Q METEL above, PIVS below, laureate head of Jupiter right, c/m: IMP VES (ligate) in incuse rectangle.
R: SCIPIO above, IMP in exergue, elephant advancing right.
- Crawford 459/1; HCRI 45; Sydenham 1050; Caecilia 47.

A Pompeian loyalist, Q. Metellus Pius Scipio introduced the legislation that recalled Caesar from his Gallic command, thus precipitating the Civil Wars. This denarius was struck while Scipio was in supreme command of the Pompeian forces in North Africa, the elephant an obvious reference to the province, and was probably struck during the later stages of the campaign in a mobile mint traveling alongside the forces (stylistically it is quite distinct from the coins of Scipio struck at the provincial capital of Utica). In 46 BC, Caesar finally managed to corner the Pompeians at Thapsus, where he inflicted a crushing defeat. After the battle Scipio committed suicide knowing that, despite Caesar's usual leniency towards his enemies, he would not allow so persistent an foe as Scipio to survive.

The countermark applied during Vespasian's rule is interesting proof that this older coinage continued in circulation.
3 commentsNemonater09/19/18 at 21:10NORMAN K: a wonderful piece of history
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Septimius Severus Ae17 Thrace Serdica Rare unpublished16 views2 commentsBritanikus09/19/18 at 12:23Britanikus: Yes 1969
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Titus RIC-22690 viewsÆ As, 10.75g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 226 (R). BMC 210.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: GENI P R; S C in field; Genius stg. l., with patera over altar and cornucopiae
Acquired from London Ancient Coins, September 2018.

Genius - 'The spirit of the Roman people' is not a common motif in Flavian coinage. It occurs under Vespasian on rare Spanish military denarii struck early in his reign and briefly during the reign of Titus on asses struck in 80-81. Mattingly connects the type under Titus with 'the vows undertaken for the first five years of the new reign'. The coin is dated COS VIII which Titus held in 80 (he did not renew the consulship in 81). Unlike the parallel silver issue the bronze lack an IMP number and cannot be more precisely dated. Most likely they were struck in the first half of 80 along with the silver.

Neatly centred with a fantastic portrait.
8 commentsDavid Atherton09/19/18 at 12:00FlaviusDomitianus: Fine example indeed!
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Q. Metellus Pius Scipio w/ Vespasian Countermark20 viewsQ. Metellus Pius Scipio. Silver Denarius 47-46 BC. Military mint traveling with Scipio in Africa.
O: Q METEL above, PIVS below, laureate head of Jupiter right, c/m: IMP VES (ligate) in incuse rectangle.
R: SCIPIO above, IMP in exergue, elephant advancing right.
- Crawford 459/1; HCRI 45; Sydenham 1050; Caecilia 47.

A Pompeian loyalist, Q. Metellus Pius Scipio introduced the legislation that recalled Caesar from his Gallic command, thus precipitating the Civil Wars. This denarius was struck while Scipio was in supreme command of the Pompeian forces in North Africa, the elephant an obvious reference to the province, and was probably struck during the later stages of the campaign in a mobile mint traveling alongside the forces (stylistically it is quite distinct from the coins of Scipio struck at the provincial capital of Utica). In 46 BC, Caesar finally managed to corner the Pompeians at Thapsus, where he inflicted a crushing defeat. After the battle Scipio committed suicide knowing that, despite Caesar's usual leniency towards his enemies, he would not allow so persistent an foe as Scipio to survive.

The countermark applied during Vespasian's rule is interesting proof that this older coinage continued in circulation.
3 commentsNemonater09/19/18 at 11:05David Atherton: A Vespasian c/m along with a banker's mark - e...
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Vespasian / Temple of Aphrodite19 viewsCYPRUS, Koinon of Cyprus. (Antioch mint) Vespasian.AD 69-79. AR Tetradrachm (24mm, 12.59 g, 1h). Dated RY 8 (AD 75/6).
Obv: AYTOKPATΩP OYЄCΠACIANOC KAICAP; Laureate head of Vespasian left. c/m Head of Marcus Aurelius left within incuse circle.
Rev: ЄTOYC NЄOY IЄPOY; H in exergue, conical cult xoanon of Aphrodite of Paphos within central distyle tower, central crossbeam of tripartite entablature above; tristyle porticoes flanking; the entire structure set on low basis.
- RPC 1803; Tziambazis 16; Countermark: Howgego 844 i.
2 commentsNemonater09/19/18 at 11:02David Atherton: Awesome find with a c/m!
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Vespasian / Pax Ephesus Mint20 viewsVespasian AR Denarius, 3.33g, Ephesus Mint, 71 AD
O: Laureate head right, IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P
R: Turreted and draped female bust right; PACI ORB TERR AVG [EPHE below]
- RIC 1433 (C). BMC 459. RSC 293. RPC 835 (14 spec.).
Minted to celebrate the Flavian Pax Romana. I was able to confirm the attribution with matching dies.
3 commentsNemonater09/19/18 at 11:01David Atherton: Fine style!
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Septimius Severus Ae17 Thrace Serdica Rare unpublished16 views2 commentsBritanikus09/19/18 at 09:21shanxi: Varbanov 1969 (R4)
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Titus RIC-22690 viewsÆ As, 10.75g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 226 (R). BMC 210.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: GENI P R; S C in field; Genius stg. l., with patera over altar and cornucopiae
Acquired from London Ancient Coins, September 2018.

Genius - 'The spirit of the Roman people' is not a common motif in Flavian coinage. It occurs under Vespasian on rare Spanish military denarii struck early in his reign and briefly during the reign of Titus on asses struck in 80-81. Mattingly connects the type under Titus with 'the vows undertaken for the first five years of the new reign'. The coin is dated COS VIII which Titus held in 80 (he did not renew the consulship in 81). Unlike the parallel silver issue the bronze lack an IMP number and cannot be more precisely dated. Most likely they were struck in the first half of 80 along with the silver.

Neatly centred with a fantastic portrait.
8 commentsDavid Atherton09/19/18 at 02:50Jay GT4: Amazing
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Vespasian / Temple of Aphrodite19 viewsCYPRUS, Koinon of Cyprus. (Antioch mint) Vespasian.AD 69-79. AR Tetradrachm (24mm, 12.59 g, 1h). Dated RY 8 (AD 75/6).
Obv: AYTOKPATΩP OYЄCΠACIANOC KAICAP; Laureate head of Vespasian left. c/m Head of Marcus Aurelius left within incuse circle.
Rev: ЄTOYC NЄOY IЄPOY; H in exergue, conical cult xoanon of Aphrodite of Paphos within central distyle tower, central crossbeam of tripartite entablature above; tristyle porticoes flanking; the entire structure set on low basis.
- RPC 1803; Tziambazis 16; Countermark: Howgego 844 i.
2 commentsNemonater09/19/18 at 02:49Jay GT4: Great find and love the countermark
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Q. Metellus Pius Scipio w/ Vespasian Countermark20 viewsQ. Metellus Pius Scipio. Silver Denarius 47-46 BC. Military mint traveling with Scipio in Africa.
O: Q METEL above, PIVS below, laureate head of Jupiter right, c/m: IMP VES (ligate) in incuse rectangle.
R: SCIPIO above, IMP in exergue, elephant advancing right.
- Crawford 459/1; HCRI 45; Sydenham 1050; Caecilia 47.

A Pompeian loyalist, Q. Metellus Pius Scipio introduced the legislation that recalled Caesar from his Gallic command, thus precipitating the Civil Wars. This denarius was struck while Scipio was in supreme command of the Pompeian forces in North Africa, the elephant an obvious reference to the province, and was probably struck during the later stages of the campaign in a mobile mint traveling alongside the forces (stylistically it is quite distinct from the coins of Scipio struck at the provincial capital of Utica). In 46 BC, Caesar finally managed to corner the Pompeians at Thapsus, where he inflicted a crushing defeat. After the battle Scipio committed suicide knowing that, despite Caesar's usual leniency towards his enemies, he would not allow so persistent an foe as Scipio to survive.

The countermark applied during Vespasian's rule is interesting proof that this older coinage continued in circulation.
3 commentsNemonater09/19/18 at 02:48Jay GT4: Great countermark
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Mazaios Obol, Artaxerxes III / Lion attacking bull 41 viewsCILICIA. Tarsos. Mazaios (Satrap of Cilicia, 361/0-334 BC). Obol. 0.7 g., 12 mm.
O: Artaxerxes III (in the guise of Baaltars) seated right on throne with back terminating in head of swan, holding lotus flower and lotus-tipped sceptre.
R: Lion attacking bull right.
- Ziegler -; Casabonne Series 6; SNG BN 426-8 (Myriandros); SNG Levante 183 (Myriandros).
4 commentsNemonater09/19/18 at 02:48Jay GT4: Amazing!
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Titus RIC-22690 viewsÆ As, 10.75g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 226 (R). BMC 210.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: GENI P R; S C in field; Genius stg. l., with patera over altar and cornucopiae
Acquired from London Ancient Coins, September 2018.

Genius - 'The spirit of the Roman people' is not a common motif in Flavian coinage. It occurs under Vespasian on rare Spanish military denarii struck early in his reign and briefly during the reign of Titus on asses struck in 80-81. Mattingly connects the type under Titus with 'the vows undertaken for the first five years of the new reign'. The coin is dated COS VIII which Titus held in 80 (he did not renew the consulship in 81). Unlike the parallel silver issue the bronze lack an IMP number and cannot be more precisely dated. Most likely they were struck in the first half of 80 along with the silver.

Neatly centred with a fantastic portrait.
8 commentsDavid Atherton09/19/18 at 02:14orfew: Superb coin!
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Titus RIC-22690 viewsÆ As, 10.75g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 226 (R). BMC 210.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: GENI P R; S C in field; Genius stg. l., with patera over altar and cornucopiae
Acquired from London Ancient Coins, September 2018.

Genius - 'The spirit of the Roman people' is not a common motif in Flavian coinage. It occurs under Vespasian on rare Spanish military denarii struck early in his reign and briefly during the reign of Titus on asses struck in 80-81. Mattingly connects the type under Titus with 'the vows undertaken for the first five years of the new reign'. The coin is dated COS VIII which Titus held in 80 (he did not renew the consulship in 81). Unlike the parallel silver issue the bronze lack an IMP number and cannot be more precisely dated. Most likely they were struck in the first half of 80 along with the silver.

Neatly centred with a fantastic portrait.
8 commentsDavid Atherton09/18/18 at 23:39Nemonater: Awesome style!
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Titus RIC-22690 viewsÆ As, 10.75g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 226 (R). BMC 210.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: GENI P R; S C in field; Genius stg. l., with patera over altar and cornucopiae
Acquired from London Ancient Coins, September 2018.

Genius - 'The spirit of the Roman people' is not a common motif in Flavian coinage. It occurs under Vespasian on rare Spanish military denarii struck early in his reign and briefly during the reign of Titus on asses struck in 80-81. Mattingly connects the type under Titus with 'the vows undertaken for the first five years of the new reign'. The coin is dated COS VIII which Titus held in 80 (he did not renew the consulship in 81). Unlike the parallel silver issue the bronze lack an IMP number and cannot be more precisely dated. Most likely they were struck in the first half of 80 along with the silver.

Neatly centred with a fantastic portrait.
8 commentsDavid Atherton09/18/18 at 23:36Britanikus: NICE COIN
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Titus RIC-22690 viewsÆ As, 10.75g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 226 (R). BMC 210.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: GENI P R; S C in field; Genius stg. l., with patera over altar and cornucopiae
Acquired from London Ancient Coins, September 2018.

Genius - 'The spirit of the Roman people' is not a common motif in Flavian coinage. It occurs under Vespasian on rare Spanish military denarii struck early in his reign and briefly during the reign of Titus on asses struck in 80-81. Mattingly connects the type under Titus with 'the vows undertaken for the first five years of the new reign'. The coin is dated COS VIII which Titus held in 80 (he did not renew the consulship in 81). Unlike the parallel silver issue the bronze lack an IMP number and cannot be more precisely dated. Most likely they were struck in the first half of 80 along with the silver.

Neatly centred with a fantastic portrait.
8 commentsDavid Atherton09/18/18 at 22:57Mat: Very nice!
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Maximianus Herculius11 viewsMaximianus Herculius, silvered antoninianus
21 mm, 3.93 g, Kyzikos.
Obv. IMP C M A MAXIMIANVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to right.
Rev. CONCORDIA MILITVM, Emperor in military dress receiving globe from Jupiter; S in field, XXI (dot) in exergue.
RIC 607.
2 commentsMarsman09/18/18 at 18:20okidoki: Great looks and patina
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EB0725 Soter Megas / King on horseback16 viewsVima Taktu ("Soter Megas”), Taxila, Kushan Empire, Æ Tetradrachm, circa 80-90 AD.
Obverse: Diademed radiate bust right, holding sceptre, tamgha to left.
Reverse: [CΩTHP] MEΓA BACIΛEV [ΒΑCΙΛΥΩΝ], King on horseback, tamgha in right field.
References: Cf. Göbl, Kushan pl. 176, 19.1 var. (bust left); Senior B17; Donum Burns 58; MACW 2928,2953-56.
Diameter: 20.5mm, Weight: 9.019g.
1 commentsEB09/18/18 at 18:18okidoki: Wonderful
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Otho (69 A.D.)26 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: ΑΥΤΟΚ ΜΑΡΚ ΟΘΩΝΟΣ ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒ, laureate head right; L A (date) to right.
R:ΡΩΜΗ, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Roma right, holding shield and spear.
13.4g
23mm
 Dattari (Savio) 330; K&G 18.9; RPC I 5362; Emmett 186.1

Pending Wildwinds Publishing
1 commentsMat09/18/18 at 17:20Randygeki(h2): Nice find Mat
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, T. Cloulius, AR Quinarius8 viewsRome. The Republic.
T. Cloulius, 98 BCE.
AR Quinarius (1.79g; 16mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Laureate head of Jupiter, facing right; O control mark below

Reverse: Victory crowning trophy with wreath; T·CLOVLI between; captive seated below and carnyx to left of trophy; Q in exergue.

References: Crawford 332/1b; Sydenham 586a; BMCRR 1103; Cloulia 2.

Provenance: Ex Boston Museum of Fine Arts Collection [Triton I (2-3 Dec 1997), Lot 2313 (part)], acquired before 1968.

The silver quinarius, a half-denarius denomination, was introduced as part of the denarius reform of the silver coinage circa 212 BCE. The early quinarius and its fraction-sibling, the sestertius, were discontinued just a few years after their initial introduction. However, the contemporaneous victoriatus, a coin produced on the drachm standard largely for trade with Greek communities, continued in production until about 170 BCE. By the close of the second century and later, many worn victoriati continued to circulate but were valued as quinarii because of wear and their debased fabric. Thus, when the Romans reissued the quinarius, they employed the victoriatus imagery of Jupiter/Victory crowning trophy. Indeed, these new quinarii were referred to as victoriati. The denomination was particularly popular in Gaul and often turns up in first century Gallic hoards. 

This quinarius was struck by T. Cloulius, a partisan of Marius. The carnyx near the trophy on the reverse refers to Marius’ victories over invading Gauls in 102-101 BCE. The coins may have been issued in connection with Marius giving colonial lands to the veterans of these Gallic victories. No obverse control mark has more than one die. The reverse exergual letter Q likely refers to the moneyer's office of quaestor rather than a denominational mark.

The coin was formerly part of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts collection. In 1997, the MFA deaccessioned a group of 890 coins which had been acquired by the MFA between 1872 and 1968. 
1 commentsCarausius09/18/18 at 00:11Ajax: Fantastic coin!
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1024 BITHYNIA Koinon of Bithynia Sabina Ae 32 Octastyle temple36 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1024; Rec 53; Paris 815; von Aulock 290; BMC 30; C/M Howgego 64 ( Hadrian Laureate head right)

Obv. СΑΒΕΙΝΑ СΕΒΑΣΤΗ
Draped bust of Sabina, r., with hair coiled and piled on top of head above double stephane

Rev. ΚΟΙ-ΝΟΝ ΒΕΙΘΥΝΙΑС
Octastyle temple on podium of two steps; pellet between middle columns; in pediment, sacrificing Genius in pediment; below, prow

25.17 gr
32 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki09/17/18 at 13:36Mat: Very nice, love the counterstamp
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Cr 340/1 AR Denarius L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi10 views90 BCE Rome mint
o: Laureate head of Apollo to right; behind, inverted anchor; below chin, B
r: L PISO FRVGI Jockey riding galloping horse to right, holding palm branch; above, D; Below, star
Crawford 340/1; Calpurnia 11
(17 mm, 3.76 g, 12 h)
2 commentsPMah09/17/18 at 01:18PMah: Thank you, Jay. I am falling behind on my notes.
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635 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 125-28 AD Neptune standing left10 viewsReference.
Strack 604; RIC 635; Banti 172; C. 312; BMC 1291

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped on left shoulder, right

Rev. COS III in field S C
Neptune, naked except for cloak over left thigh, standing right, left knee bent with left foot on prow, holding dolphin in right hand and trident in left.

24.75 gr
33 mm
6h
1 commentsokidoki09/17/18 at 00:35Jay GT4: Nice reverse
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Numerianus8 viewsNumerianus, antoninianus.
3.50 g.
Rome mint.
Obv. IMP NUMERIANVS AVG, radiate, cuirassed bust right.
Rev. IOVI VICTORI, Jupiter standing, head left, holding Victory, eagle at feet to left. Mintmark KAB.
RIC 410.
1 commentsMarsman09/16/18 at 19:55Britanikus: Nice Coin
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Denar, RIC 3, p.271, 712 - Faustina II, Children13 viewsFaustina Minor
AR-Denar, Rome, AD 161-165
Obv.: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, diademed draped bust right, indusium (silk chemise) visible.
Rev.: SAECVLI FELICIT, draped throne on which are two children: Commodus and Titus Aurelius Fulvus Antoninus, no stars above, ball between
Ag, 3.21g, 17mm
Ref.: RIC 712, C 191, CRE 222 [C]
Ex Numismatik Naumann, auction 65, lot 638

Variation without diadem > click
Variation with diadem, but without visible silk chemise > click
2 commentsshanxi09/16/18 at 17:16okidoki: excellent and stylistic
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Marcus Aurelius10 viewsMarcus Aurelius, sestertius
32 mm, 25.73 g, Rome
Obv. M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG ARMENIACVS P M, head of Marcus Aurelius, laureate, right
Rev. TR POT XX IMP III COS III S C, Providentia, draped, standing left, pointing wand in right hand at globe at her feet and holding vertical sceptre in left hand
RIC III 923.
2 commentsMarsman09/16/18 at 17:16okidoki: Congrats very nice
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Marcus Aurelius10 viewsMarcus Aurelius, sestertius
32 mm, 25.73 g, Rome
Obv. M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG ARMENIACVS P M, head of Marcus Aurelius, laureate, right
Rev. TR POT XX IMP III COS III S C, Providentia, draped, standing left, pointing wand in right hand at globe at her feet and holding vertical sceptre in left hand
RIC III 923.
2 commentsMarsman09/16/18 at 16:29wileyc: nice
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URBS ROMA Anonymous City Commemorative. AD 330-354. Æ Follis 11 viewsAnonymous City Commemorative. AD 330-354. Æ Follis (15mm, 1.97g). Antioch mint. Struck under Constantine I, AD 335-337. VRBS ROMA, helmeted and mantled bust of Roma left / She-wolf standing left, suckling the twins (Romulus and Remus); two stars above, flower on shoulder. RIC 91 var (shoulder mark).

Ex Holding History
09.15.2018
1 commentsBritanikus09/16/18 at 15:52Stkp: nice
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Denar, RIC 3, p.271, 712 - Faustina II, Children13 viewsFaustina Minor
AR-Denar, Rome, AD 161-165
Obv.: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, diademed draped bust right, indusium (silk chemise) visible.
Rev.: SAECVLI FELICIT, draped throne on which are two children: Commodus and Titus Aurelius Fulvus Antoninus, no stars above, ball between
Ag, 3.21g, 17mm
Ref.: RIC 712, C 191, CRE 222 [C]
Ex Numismatik Naumann, auction 65, lot 638

Variation without diadem > click
Variation with diadem, but without visible silk chemise > click
2 commentsshanxi09/16/18 at 13:40Britanikus: Nice coin!
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Gordian III. AD 238-244. AR Antoninianus Rome mint RIC IV 35.12 viewsGordian III. AD 238-244. AR Antoninianus (22mm, 5.88g). Rome mint, 3rd officina. 3rd emission, AD 239. Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Concordia seated left, holding patera. RIC IV 35.

Ex Holding History 09.15.2018
1 commentsBritanikus09/16/18 at 13:27shanxi: nice toning
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Seleucid Kingdom, Seleukos I, tetradrachm, 312 - 281 B.C.40 viewsSilver tetradrachm
Obv:- Head of Herakles right, clad in lion head headdress
Rev:- BASILEWS SELEUKOU, Zeus enthroned left, holding Nike and scepter, monogram left;
Antioch mint, c. 300 B.C.;
Tef:- SNG Spaer 2, WSM 923, CSE 8

aEF

Ex-Forvm

Updated image using new photography setup.
1 commentsmaridvnvm09/16/18 at 05:37n.igma: Superb example of the type!
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09. Alexandria: Tetradrachm in the name of Alexander the Great.102 viewsTetradrachm, ca 310 - 305 BC, Alexandria (Egypt) mint.
Obverse: Head of Alexander with Horn of Ammon, wearing elephant skin headdress.
Reverse: ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ / Athena carrying shield and hurling spear. Also small eagle sitting on thunderbolt at right. Two monograms: one at left, one at right.
15.10 gm., 26 mm.
S. #7749; BMC 6.6, 46.

You may have noticed that I refer to the obverse portraits on the Alexander the Great coins as "Head of Alexander as Herakles." Much has been written about these portraits as to whether or not they really portray Alexander's likeness. There can be no doubt, however, that the portrait on this coin was intended to be that of Alexander. Ptolemy issued this coin in the name of Alexander while he was Satrap of Egypt. The elephant skin headdress was probably inspired by the lion's skin headdress on Alexander's own coins. It likely refers to Alexander's conquests in India where he defeated an Indian army with 200 elephants. Beneath the elephant skin headdress, right above his ear, Alexander wears the Horn of Zeus Ammon. The priests of Zeus Ammon recognized Alexander as divine when he visited Egypt in 331 BC.
4 commentsCallimachus09/16/18 at 05:21n.igma: Superb!
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RIC 271 Domitian denarius68 viewsCAESAR DIVI F DOMITIANVS COS VII
Laureate head right

PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS
Seat draped; above Corinthian helmet

Rome, 80-81 AD (after the deification of Vespasian)

3.40g

RIC 271 (C2)

Ex-Stack's, Ex-Calgary Coin

A common type but with an exceptional reverse!
6 commentsJay GT409/15/18 at 23:09Britanikus: Nice Coin
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1933 ALEXIUS TETARTERON S-1933 DOC43 CLBC 2.4.9 14 views
OBV Full Length figure of Christ bearded and nimbate wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and wearing jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r hand labarum on long shaft and in l. gl.cr.

Size 21.94

Weight 3.6

This coin and S-1934 I believe were minted in Cyprus, these coins were once very rare but recently they have been hitting the market much more frequently. Most of these offerings are coming from Cyprus dealers.

This coin has a beautiful deep green Patina that hinders its photo. One of my nicest examples.

DOC Lists 1 example not in their collection. Weight 2.44gm and size 18mm
1 commentsSimon09/15/18 at 05:49EB: Very nice!
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Cr 340/1 AR Denarius L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi10 views90 BCE Rome mint
o: Laureate head of Apollo to right; behind, inverted anchor; below chin, B
r: L PISO FRVGI Jockey riding galloping horse to right, holding palm branch; above, D; Below, star
Crawford 340/1; Calpurnia 11
(17 mm, 3.76 g, 12 h)
2 commentsPMah09/14/18 at 23:19Jay GT4: Very nice!
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Lucius Verus Victory and trophy RIC 144836 viewsAe As, Rome mint, 165-166 AD
Obverse: L VERVS ARM PARTH MAX, Laureate head right
Reverse: TR P VI IMP III COS II, Victory standing right erecting a trophy of arms left.
RIC 1448; Cohen 282
23mm, 8.8gm
1 commentsJerome Holderman09/14/18 at 22:37Vincent: Very nice and interesting TRP VI...like the design
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Domitian AE Sestertius. 86 AD.10 viewsDomitian AE Sestertius. 86 AD. 24.28 gr, 36 mm.

Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P, laureate head right with aegis.
Rev: IOVI VICTORI, Jupiter seated left, holding Victory and sceptre.
1 commentsBritanikus09/13/18 at 19:56Jay GT4: Nice!
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Vespasian-RIC-116061 viewsÆ Dupondius, 11.14g
Lyon mint, 71 AD
RIC 1160 (R2). BMC 809.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA NAVALIS; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Acquired from Victor's Imperial Coins, September 2018.

The Victory on prow type is traditionally attributed to the naval victory Vespasian won on Lake Gennesaret (Sea of Galilee) during the Jewish War. By any definition it is a most bizarre 'naval' battle indeed. Near the close of the Galilean campaign, Vespasian and Titus marched to Lake Gennesaret in order to secure the cities along its coastline. Tiberias fell without much resistance, but the neighbouring city of Taricheae was a tougher nut to crack. Home to many of the Jewish rebels who had fled Tiberias, they put up a small fight on the plain outside the city and were quickly defeated by Titus' troops who then stormed the city and began slaughtering the inhabitants. Many of the rebels took flight to waiting boats they had previously commandeered on the lake. These were likely local fishing or ferry vessels not intended for use in war. Vespasian ordered the legionaries to construct large rafts in order to pursue the rebel's makeshift flotilla. With the coastline guarded by Roman horsemen the legionaries launched their rafts and sailed out in a large line toward the enemy. The Jewish boats were no match for the heavily armoured Roman rafts. The legionaries easily picked off the Jewish rebels who had no means of escape. The slaughter was intense, so much so that Josephus claims 6,500 Jews were killed. Several years later during Vespasian and Titus' Jewish War Triumph in Rome, ships were displayed to commemorate the battle. Were the Victoria Navalis coins struck with the same event in mind? As unlikely as it seems, the impromptu 'naval' battle at Lake Gennesaret is the best candidate for Vespasian striking this Actium-lite reverse type. The connection to Augustus would not have been lost on his contemporaries. Flavian propaganda at its most exaggerated.

This Victoria Navalis dupondius struck at Lugdunum (Lyon) is much rarer than the Rome mint variants, which are more commonly seen on the As issues. The 'severe' portrait along with the globe at the base of the neck help to distinguish them from their Rome mint counterparts.
4 commentsDavid Atherton09/13/18 at 13:53Carausius: Interesting coin and story.
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Vespasian-RIC-116061 viewsÆ Dupondius, 11.14g
Lyon mint, 71 AD
RIC 1160 (R2). BMC 809.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA NAVALIS; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Acquired from Victor's Imperial Coins, September 2018.

The Victory on prow type is traditionally attributed to the naval victory Vespasian won on Lake Gennesaret (Sea of Galilee) during the Jewish War. By any definition it is a most bizarre 'naval' battle indeed. Near the close of the Galilean campaign, Vespasian and Titus marched to Lake Gennesaret in order to secure the cities along its coastline. Tiberias fell without much resistance, but the neighbouring city of Taricheae was a tougher nut to crack. Home to many of the Jewish rebels who had fled Tiberias, they put up a small fight on the plain outside the city and were quickly defeated by Titus' troops who then stormed the city and began slaughtering the inhabitants. Many of the rebels took flight to waiting boats they had previously commandeered on the lake. These were likely local fishing or ferry vessels not intended for use in war. Vespasian ordered the legionaries to construct large rafts in order to pursue the rebel's makeshift flotilla. With the coastline guarded by Roman horsemen the legionaries launched their rafts and sailed out in a large line toward the enemy. The Jewish boats were no match for the heavily armoured Roman rafts. The legionaries easily picked off the Jewish rebels who had no means of escape. The slaughter was intense, so much so that Josephus claims 6,500 Jews were killed. Several years later during Vespasian and Titus' Jewish War Triumph in Rome, ships were displayed to commemorate the battle. Were the Victoria Navalis coins struck with the same event in mind? As unlikely as it seems, the impromptu 'naval' battle at Lake Gennesaret is the best candidate for Vespasian striking this Actium-lite reverse type. The connection to Augustus would not have been lost on his contemporaries. Flavian propaganda at its most exaggerated.

This Victoria Navalis dupondius struck at Lugdunum (Lyon) is much rarer than the Rome mint variants, which are more commonly seen on the As issues. The 'severe' portrait along with the globe at the base of the neck help to distinguish them from their Rome mint counterparts.
4 commentsDavid Atherton09/13/18 at 04:08Britanikus: Nice
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Vespasian-RIC-116061 viewsÆ Dupondius, 11.14g
Lyon mint, 71 AD
RIC 1160 (R2). BMC 809.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA NAVALIS; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Acquired from Victor's Imperial Coins, September 2018.

The Victory on prow type is traditionally attributed to the naval victory Vespasian won on Lake Gennesaret (Sea of Galilee) during the Jewish War. By any definition it is a most bizarre 'naval' battle indeed. Near the close of the Galilean campaign, Vespasian and Titus marched to Lake Gennesaret in order to secure the cities along its coastline. Tiberias fell without much resistance, but the neighbouring city of Taricheae was a tougher nut to crack. Home to many of the Jewish rebels who had fled Tiberias, they put up a small fight on the plain outside the city and were quickly defeated by Titus' troops who then stormed the city and began slaughtering the inhabitants. Many of the rebels took flight to waiting boats they had previously commandeered on the lake. These were likely local fishing or ferry vessels not intended for use in war. Vespasian ordered the legionaries to construct large rafts in order to pursue the rebel's makeshift flotilla. With the coastline guarded by Roman horsemen the legionaries launched their rafts and sailed out in a large line toward the enemy. The Jewish boats were no match for the heavily armoured Roman rafts. The legionaries easily picked off the Jewish rebels who had no means of escape. The slaughter was intense, so much so that Josephus claims 6,500 Jews were killed. Several years later during Vespasian and Titus' Jewish War Triumph in Rome, ships were displayed to commemorate the battle. Were the Victoria Navalis coins struck with the same event in mind? As unlikely as it seems, the impromptu 'naval' battle at Lake Gennesaret is the best candidate for Vespasian striking this Actium-lite reverse type. The connection to Augustus would not have been lost on his contemporaries. Flavian propaganda at its most exaggerated.

This Victoria Navalis dupondius struck at Lugdunum (Lyon) is much rarer than the Rome mint variants, which are more commonly seen on the As issues. The 'severe' portrait along with the globe at the base of the neck help to distinguish them from their Rome mint counterparts.
4 commentsDavid Atherton09/12/18 at 07:44FlaviusDomitianus: Nice example, I like it.
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Claudius II (268 - 270 A.D.)15 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: AVT K KLA-VDIOC CEB, laureate cuirassed bust right.
R: Bust of Hermanubis right, wearing modius, lotus blossom to right, LB ( Year 2 = 268/269 A.D.) to left.
20mm
7g
Milne 4239 Curtis 1701, Koln 3037
1 commentsMat09/11/18 at 18:40okidoki: nice revere
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CONSTANS, as Caesar. Thessalonica 18 viewsObv. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. GLORI-A EXER-CITVS, two soldiers standing vis-à-vis, each holding spear and hand on shield resting on the ground; a standard between them; SMTSΔ.
References: RIC VII 201; LRBC 845.
18mm, 2.02 grams.
2 commentsCanaan09/11/18 at 14:06Yurii P: This seems to be RIC VII 201, since there are two ...
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CONSTANS, as Caesar. Thessalonica19 viewsObv. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. GLORI-A EXER-CITVS, two soldiers standing vis-à-vis, each holding spear and hand on shield resting on the ground; a standard between them; SMTSΔ.
References: RIC VII 226; LRBC 845.
17mm, 1.98 grams.
3 commentsCanaan09/11/18 at 14:01Yurii P: This seems to be RIC VII 226, since the obverse le...
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1853 VICTORIA COPPER "YOUNG HEAD" FARTHING4 viewsObverse: VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1853. Young head of Queen Victoria facing left.
Reverse: BRITANNIAR: REG: FID: DEF: Britannia seated facing right, right arm resting on shield, left arm holding trident. Shamrock, Rose and Thistle (indicative of Ireland, England and Scotland respectively) in exergue.
Diameter 22mm
SPINK: 3950

Victoria's "young head" portrait was designed by William Wyon (1795 - 1851), this is marked by a small raised "WW" at the base of the Queen's neck on this coin.
1 comments*Alex09/11/18 at 04:11Steve B5: Beautiful Victorian copper
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Victoriatus of Luceria with scraggly hair16 viewsDenomination: Victoriatus
Metal: AR
Obverse: Laureate head of Jupiter. Bead and reel border.
Reverse: Victory holding Wreath over military trophy. ROMA in Exergue. Archaic "L" in field between Victory and trophy
Weight: 3.01 gm
Reference: Crawford 98/1a
Provenance: CNG, private purchase from Victor England, Aug 11, 2016

Comments: Struck with new dies both obverse and reverse with reflective fields. Slightly ragged flan and minor weakness in Victory’s head. Otherwise FDC.
2 commentsSteve B509/11/18 at 03:30Jay GT4: Man oh man!
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Victoriatus of Luceria with hair in ringlets20 viewsDenomination: Victoriatus
Metal: AR
Obverse: Laureate head of Jupiter. Bead and reel border.
Reverse: Victory holding Wreath over military trophy. ROMA in Exergue. Archaic L in field between Victory and trophy
Weight: 3.13 gm
Reference: Crawford 97/1b
Provenance: CNG private purchase from Victor England, August 2, 2017

Comments: Near FDC
2 commentsSteve B509/11/18 at 03:30Jay GT4: Wow! Outstanding Victoriatii
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Victoriatus Cr. 44/111 viewsDenomination: Victoriatus
Metal: AR
Obverse: Laureate head of Jupiter. Border of dots.
Reverse: Victory holding Wreath over military trophy. ROMA in Exergue.
Weight: 3.23 gm
Reference: Crawford 44/1
Provenance: CNG. Obtained from Victor England, March, 2017

Comments: Realistic portrait of Jupiter. Rather unusual raised band around the base column.
1 commentsSteve B509/11/18 at 03:29Jay GT4: Great coin
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Sybaris, Lucania38 views550-510 BC
AR Obol (10mm, 0.44g)
O: Bull (Ox?) standing left, head turned back to right; VM in exergue.
R: Large MV monogram; four pellets around.
SNG ANS 853; HN Italy 1739; Hands Type I, IV
ex Tom Vossen

This coin dates from the original Greek colony, Sybaris I, before its destruction by the Krotones in 511-510 BC.
The MV monogram on the reverse actually reads 'SY' for Sybaris, and I believe the VM in exergue on the obverse is 'MV' retrograde.
The bull device seen on all early types from Sybaris, and later on the coins of her colonies at Poseidonia and Thurii, may in fact be a white ox at the mother city.
4 commentsEnodia09/11/18 at 02:25Jay GT4: Oh that's nice!
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Sybaris, Lucania38 views550-510 BC
AR Obol (10mm, 0.44g)
O: Bull (Ox?) standing left, head turned back to right; VM in exergue.
R: Large MV monogram; four pellets around.
SNG ANS 853; HN Italy 1739; Hands Type I, IV
ex Tom Vossen

This coin dates from the original Greek colony, Sybaris I, before its destruction by the Krotones in 511-510 BC.
The MV monogram on the reverse actually reads 'SY' for Sybaris, and I believe the VM in exergue on the obverse is 'MV' retrograde.
The bull device seen on all early types from Sybaris, and later on the coins of her colonies at Poseidonia and Thurii, may in fact be a white ox at the mother city.
4 commentsEnodia09/11/18 at 01:48Carausius: Congratulations on this oldie but goodie.
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Cr 25/3 AE Litra Anonymous9 viewsc 241-235 BCE Anonymous bronze Litra
16 mm, 3.07 grams
o: Head of Mars, right, beardless, wearing Corinthian helmet
r: ROMA below Horse head, right, with bridle; behind, sickle
Crawford 25/3
Ex. RBW collection
1 commentsPMah09/11/18 at 01:38Carausius: Lovely little coin in fine style with little actua...
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Victoriatus of Luceria with scraggly hair16 viewsDenomination: Victoriatus
Metal: AR
Obverse: Laureate head of Jupiter. Bead and reel border.
Reverse: Victory holding Wreath over military trophy. ROMA in Exergue. Archaic "L" in field between Victory and trophy
Weight: 3.01 gm
Reference: Crawford 98/1a
Provenance: CNG, private purchase from Victor England, Aug 11, 2016

Comments: Struck with new dies both obverse and reverse with reflective fields. Slightly ragged flan and minor weakness in Victory’s head. Otherwise FDC.
2 commentsSteve B509/11/18 at 01:32Carausius: Beautiful surfaces.
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Victoriatus of Luceria - Archaic L-T monogram9 viewsDenomination: Victoriatus
Metal: AR
Obverse: Laureate head of Jupiter. In border of dots.
Reverse: Victory holding Wreath over military trophy. ROMA in Exergue. L-T monogram in field between Victory and trophy
Weight: 3.43 gm
Reference: Crawford 98a/1b
Provenance: CNG private purchase from Victor England, August 2, 2017

Comments: Unusual obverse style for this issue. Reverse slightly off center, otherwise EF.

1 commentsSteve B509/11/18 at 01:16Carausius: Really terrific group of victoriati.
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Victoriatus of Luceria with hair in ringlets20 viewsDenomination: Victoriatus
Metal: AR
Obverse: Laureate head of Jupiter. Bead and reel border.
Reverse: Victory holding Wreath over military trophy. ROMA in Exergue. Archaic L in field between Victory and trophy
Weight: 3.13 gm
Reference: Crawford 97/1b
Provenance: CNG private purchase from Victor England, August 2, 2017

Comments: Near FDC
2 commentsSteve B509/11/18 at 01:04Carausius: Fabulous example with the characteristic tight cur...
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RIC 4a, p.008, 13a - Pertinax, emperor sacrificing 17 viewsPertinax
AR Denarius, AD 193
Obv.: IMP CAES P HELV [PERTIN] AVG, laureate head right
Rev.: VOT DECEN TR P COS II, Pertinax, togate and veiled, sacrificing left from patera over altar.
Ag, 3.04g, 16x18mm
Ref.: BMCRE 24, Cohen 56, RIC 13a
1 commentsshanxi09/11/18 at 00:35Blindado: Nice portrait!
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Teos, Ionia27 views320-294 BC
AR Diobol (10mm, 0.92g)
Mentor magistrate.
O: Griffin seated right, with left forepaw raised.
R: Lyre; MENTΩP (magistrate) downward to right.
Kinns 95; SNG Kayhan 611v; Imhoof 126A
ex MRB Coins
4 commentsEnodia09/11/18 at 00:30Simon: very nice
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Denar, RIC 3, p.274, 753 - Faustina II, MATRI CASTRORVM16 viewsFaustina Minor
AR-Denar, Rome, AD 175-176
Obv.: DIVAE FAVSTINAE PIAE, veiled and draped bust right
Rev.: MATRI CASTRORVM, Faustina seated left, holding globe surmounted by Phoenix and sceptre; two signa before
Ag, 3.19g
Ref.: RIC 753, CRE 175 [R2]
2 commentsshanxi09/11/18 at 00:29Blindado: I especially like the reverse. I need one of these...
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Gordian III Denarius.24 viewsGordian III Denarius. IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / SECVRITAS PVBLICA, Securitas seated left holding sceptre and propping head on left hand. RIC 130, RSC 340.2 commentsBritanikus09/11/18 at 00:24Britanikus: Your mother is fake
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Denar, RIC 3, p.094, 506c - Faustina II, Laetitia26 viewsFaustina Minor
AR-Denar, Rome, AD 147-148
Obv.: FAVSTINAE AVG. PII AVG. FIL. Draped bust right, wearing stephane and pearls.
Rev.: LAETITIAE PVBLICAE, Laetitia, draped and diademed, standing left, holding long scepter in her left hand, wreath in her outstretched right hand.
Ag, 3.58g, 17mm
Ref.: RIC 506c, CRE 196 [S]


for the same type, but bust with band of pearls click here

2 commentsshanxi09/11/18 at 00:20Blindado: Fantastic portrait!
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Didrachm - Quadrigatus (Crawford 30)39 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous, 225-214 BCE.
AR Didrachm/Quadrigatus (6.29 g; 21mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Janiform head with irregular neck truncaction.

Reverse: Jupiter and Victory in fast quadriga, galloping right; ROMA incuse on trapezoidal tablet below.

Reference: Crawford 30/1; Sydenham 64b; BMCRR 95; Gentilehomme I.E.3-4.

Provenance: From an American collection; privately purchased from Tom McKenna in 1980's.

The last few series of Roman silver didrachm coinage, produced from 225-214 BCE, are nicknamed "quadrigati" because of the common reverse type of Jupiter and Victory in a fast quadriga. Crawford's arrangement of quadrigati into distinct series requires a great amount of study to understand. Collectors and dealers alike often misattribute quadrigati among Crawford's series.

The Crawford 30 series of quadrigati, to which this example belongs, have a distinct obverse style, notably a thick, single sideburn between the janiform heads with various neck truncation styles ranging from straight – wavy – convex. On the reverse, Victory stands further back, on the backboard of the chariot with more of her garment visible. ROMA legend is always incuse on this series, though tablets range from square to trapezoidal.
5 commentsCarausius09/11/18 at 00:01Steve B5: I bought my first ancient coin . (L. Scribonius Li...
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Caius Junius, AR Denarius13 viewsRome. The Republic.
Caius Junius C.f., 149 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.70g; 18mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma, facing right; X (mark-of-value = 10 asses), behind.

Reverse: Dioscuri galloping right with couched spears; C·IVNI· C· F, below; ROMA in linear frame in exergue.

References: Crawford 210/1; BMCRR 660-3; Sydenham 392; Junia 1.

Provenance: Roma Numismatics Auction VIII (28 Sep 2014), lot 832; Roma Numismatics Auction V (23 Mar 2013), Lot 504; NAC Auction 54 (24 Mar 2010), Lot 166.

This moneyer is unknown except for his coins. His coins have the distinction of being the first in the Republican series to bear patronymic initials, specifically identifying the moneyer versus other family members. In this case, the letters “C· F” represent Caii Filius (son of Caius). Thus, the moneyer is clearly identified as Caius Junius, the son of Caius Junius. In the later decades of the second century, this practice of individual identification, combined with type selections that highlighted ancestral deeds, was employed for political messaging campaigns by young moneyers on the path to consulship. The practice appears to have accelerated following the adoption of secret ballots circa 139 BCE (See, H.B. Mattingly, “Roman Republican Coinage c. 150-90 BC”: Essays Hersh, 1998).

1 commentsCarausius09/10/18 at 23:52Steve B5: Beautiful example. Complete and of good style.
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prieur251_212 viewsElagabalus
Syrian Tetradrachm

Obv: AYT K M A ANTWNεINOC CEB, laureate head right, draped and cuirassed, seen from front.
Re: ΔHMAPXεΞYΠATOC TOB, Eagle to front, head and tail left, Δ and ε in right and left field, star between legs.
25 mm, 13.69 gms

Prieur 251
1 commentsCharles M09/10/18 at 14:20EB: Wow, great coin!
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Cr 389/1 AR Denarius L. Rustius5 views74 BCE
o: Helmeted head of Minerva or Mars right, SC behind, star (value mark) below chin
r: Ram standing right, L RVSTI in ex
Crawford 389/1. Rustia 1
3.86g. (5h)
1 commentsPMah09/10/18 at 13:50okidoki: excellent
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Vespasian / Pax Ephesus Mint20 viewsVespasian AR Denarius, 3.33g, Ephesus Mint, 71 AD
O: Laureate head right, IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P
R: Turreted and draped female bust right; PACI ORB TERR AVG [EPHE below]
- RIC 1433 (C). BMC 459. RSC 293. RPC 835 (14 spec.).
Minted to celebrate the Flavian Pax Romana. I was able to confirm the attribution with matching dies.
3 commentsNemonater09/10/18 at 13:50okidoki: excellent
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, T. Cloulius, AR Quinarius12 viewsRome. The Republic.
T. Cloulius, 98 BCE.
AR Quinarius (1.94g; 17mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Laureate head of Jupiter, facing right; D control mark below

Reverse: Victory crowning trophy with wreath; T·CLOVLI between; captive seated below and carnyx to left of trophy; Q in exergue.

References: Crawford 332/1b; Sydenham 586a; BMCRR 1103; Cloulia 2.

The silver quinarius, a half-denarius denomination, was introduced as part of the denarius reform of the silver coinage circa 212 BCE. The early quinarius and its fraction-sibling, the sestertius, were discontinued just a few years after their initial introduction. However, the contemporaneous victoriatus, a coin produced on the drachm standard largely for trade with Greek communities, continued in production until about 170 BCE. By the close of the second century and later, many worn victoriati continued to circulate but were valued as quinarii because of wear and their debased fabric. Thus, when the Romans reissued the quinarius, they employed the victoriatus imagery of Jupiter/Victory crowning trophy. Indeed, these new quinarii were referred to as victoriati. The denomination was particularly popular in Gaul and often turns up in first century Gallic hoards.

This quinarius was struck by T. Cloulius, a partisan of Marius. The carnyx near the trophy on the reverse refers to Marius’ victories over invading Gauls in 102-101 BCE. The coins may have been issued in connection with Marius giving colonial lands to the veterans of these Gallic victories. No obverse control mark has more than one die. The reverse exergual letter Q likely refers to the moneyer's office of quaestor rather than a denominational mark.
1 commentsCarausius09/10/18 at 13:49okidoki: Congrats very nice
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Vologases III14 viewstetradrachm, 105 – 147 AD
Sellwood 79.25v

Ex-Alberto Simonetta Collection
2 commentsRobert L309/10/18 at 11:28museumguy: Sweet coin Bob!!
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Gordian III Denarius.24 viewsGordian III Denarius. IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / SECVRITAS PVBLICA, Securitas seated left holding sceptre and propping head on left hand. RIC 130, RSC 340.2 commentsBritanikus09/10/18 at 08:50Yordan M: Again fake...
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Tullia denarius16 viewsM Tullius Denarius. 119 BC. Helmeted head of Roma right, ROMA behind / Victory in quadriga right, wreath above, X below; M TVLLI in ex. Cr280/1, Syd 531, BMCRR (Italy) 502.1 commentsBritanikus09/10/18 at 08:47Yordan M: Cast fake
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Domitian as Caesar AR Denarius Rome Mint Under Titus 80-81 AD14 viewsDomitian as Caesar AR Denarius Rome Mint Under Titus
80-81 AD
Obverse: CAESAR DIVI F DOMITIANVS COS VII Laureate head of Domitian right

Reverse: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS Altar garlanded and lighted, horns left and right RIC 266

Size: 18mm, 3.29g

Ex Romae Aeternae Numismatics 09.09.2018
1 commentsBritanikus09/10/18 at 06:10