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DomitianIMPXI.jpg
RIC 447 Domitian Denarius24 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI
laureate head right.

IMP XI COS XII CENS P P P
Minerva standing left, holding thunderbolt and spear; shield at feet to right.

Rome, 86 AD
3.4g

RIC II 447 (R).

Ex-Coast to Coast coins 2006; Ex-Ancient & Medieval Coins Canada Auction 1, Lot 175
7 commentsJay GT412/12/18 at 03:40Jay GT4: Thanks what you get for copying and pasting. Than...
DomitianIMPXI.jpg
RIC 447 Domitian Denarius24 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI
laureate head right.

IMP XI COS XII CENS P P P
Minerva standing left, holding thunderbolt and spear; shield at feet to right.

Rome, 86 AD
3.4g

RIC II 447 (R).

Ex-Coast to Coast coins 2006; Ex-Ancient & Medieval Coins Canada Auction 1, Lot 175
7 commentsJay GT412/12/18 at 03:13David Atherton: After looking at your coin again, it appears to be...
1201_P_Hadrian_RPC6028_7.jpg
6028 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 134-35 AD Sarapis bust4 viewsReference.
RPC III, 6028.7; Dattari-Savio Pl. 89, 12254 (this coin); Köln 1188; Emmett 1026.19

Issue L ƐΝΝƐΑΚ·Δ = year 19

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙС ΤΡΑΙΑΝ - ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СƐΒ
Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from rear.

Rev. L ƐΝΝƐΑΚ·Δ
Bust of Sarapis, wearing kalathos and laurel wreath, r.; below, eagle standing facing, head l., with outstretched wings

21.78 gr
29 mm
h
3 commentsokidoki12/11/18 at 23:41Quant.Geek: Beautiful coin!
1202_P_Hadrian_RPC6212_3.jpg
6212 GYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 136-37 AD Egyptian temple3 viewsReference.
RPC III, 6212.3; Dattari-Savio Pl. 97, 1975 (this coin); Emmett 996.21; Köln 1230 same die pair

Issue L KA = year 21

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙС ΤΡΑΙΑΝ - ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СƐΒ
Bare head of Hadrian, left

Rev. L ΚΑ
Egyptian temple with pylons with statue of Isis, holding sceptre

21.50 gr
33 mm
h
1 commentsokidoki12/11/18 at 19:57quadrans: Another nice piece
1201_P_Hadrian_RPC6028_7.jpg
6028 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 134-35 AD Sarapis bust4 viewsReference.
RPC III, 6028.7; Dattari-Savio Pl. 89, 12254 (this coin); Köln 1188; Emmett 1026.19

Issue L ƐΝΝƐΑΚ·Δ = year 19

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙС ΤΡΑΙΑΝ - ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СƐΒ
Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from rear.

Rev. L ƐΝΝƐΑΚ·Δ
Bust of Sarapis, wearing kalathos and laurel wreath, r.; below, eagle standing facing, head l., with outstretched wings

21.78 gr
29 mm
h
3 commentsokidoki12/11/18 at 19:56quadrans: I agree, nice reverse,
MACEDON,_Neapolis,_AR-Hemidrachm_(Circa_375-350_BC),_Facing_gorgoneion,_Head_of_nymph_r__SNG_ANS_428-54,_Q-001,_h,_12mm,_1,8g-s.jpg
Macedonia, Neapolis, (c.375-350 B.C.), AR-Hemidrachm, #110 viewsMacedonia, Neapolis, (c.375-350 B.C.), AR-Hemidrachm, #1
avers: Facing gorgoneion.
reverse: Ν-Ε-Ο-Π, Head of the nymph right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 12,0mm, weight: 1,8g, axes: h,
mint: Macedonia, Neapolis, date: c.375-350 B.C., ref: SNG ANS 428-54, HGC 3.1, 588.,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans12/11/18 at 19:12okidoki: excellent
1201_P_Hadrian_RPC6028_7.jpg
6028 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 134-35 AD Sarapis bust4 viewsReference.
RPC III, 6028.7; Dattari-Savio Pl. 89, 12254 (this coin); Köln 1188; Emmett 1026.19

Issue L ƐΝΝƐΑΚ·Δ = year 19

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙС ΤΡΑΙΑΝ - ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СƐΒ
Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from rear.

Rev. L ƐΝΝƐΑΚ·Δ
Bust of Sarapis, wearing kalathos and laurel wreath, r.; below, eagle standing facing, head l., with outstretched wings

21.78 gr
29 mm
h
3 commentsokidoki12/11/18 at 18:25v-drome: Just beautiful. Sarapis is my favorite!
RIC_463_Domitianus.jpg
RIC 0463 Domitianus9 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P - Laureate head of Domitian right, with aegis.
Rev: GERMANIA CAPTA / S C - Trophy; to right, German captive standing right, hands bound, head left; to left, Germania seated left; around, arms.
AE/Sestertius - mm 35,73 mm 25,84 die axis 6 - Struck in Rome 86 a.D.
RIC 463 (C), BMCRE 372, BNF 395
Purchased from L'Art Des Gents
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus12/11/18 at 15:58Jay GT4: Amazing!
DomitianIMPXI.jpg
RIC 447 Domitian Denarius24 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI
laureate head right.

IMP XI COS XII CENS P P P
Minerva standing left, holding thunderbolt and spear; shield at feet to right.

Rome, 86 AD
3.4g

RIC II 447 (R).

Ex-Coast to Coast coins 2006; Ex-Ancient & Medieval Coins Canada Auction 1, Lot 175
7 commentsJay GT412/11/18 at 15:40okidoki: Nice Jay nice picturing
RIC_463_Domitianus.jpg
RIC 0463 Domitianus9 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P - Laureate head of Domitian right, with aegis.
Rev: GERMANIA CAPTA / S C - Trophy; to right, German captive standing right, hands bound, head left; to left, Germania seated left; around, arms.
AE/Sestertius - mm 35,73 mm 25,84 die axis 6 - Struck in Rome 86 a.D.
RIC 463 (C), BMCRE 372, BNF 395
Purchased from L'Art Des Gents
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus12/11/18 at 14:52David Atherton: Great historical type!
204-1-Naville-Blk.jpg
L.SAVF - Denarius, Crawford 204/13 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 152 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; “X” behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Victory in Biga.L.SAVF below. ROMA in raised letters in a two line framed border.

Mint: Rome
Weight: 3.97 gm.
Reference: Crawford 204/1
Provenance: Naville 5, 24-Feb-2014. Lot 96

Comments:
Moneyer L. Saufeius, Not otherwise known.
Reverse slightly off-center obscuring the ROMA Legend, otherwise EF.
1 commentsSteve B512/11/18 at 14:00Carausius: Terrific surfaces.
RIC_463_Domitianus.jpg
RIC 0463 Domitianus9 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P - Laureate head of Domitian right, with aegis.
Rev: GERMANIA CAPTA / S C - Trophy; to right, German captive standing right, hands bound, head left; to left, Germania seated left; around, arms.
AE/Sestertius - mm 35,73 mm 25,84 die axis 6 - Struck in Rome 86 a.D.
RIC 463 (C), BMCRE 372, BNF 395
Purchased from L'Art Des Gents
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus12/11/18 at 12:44Nemonater: Awesome!
020_Vespasian_(69-79_AD),_Lydia,_Sardis,_AE-21_T__Fl__Eisigonos,_strategos_,_RPC_II_1312_1,_Q-001,_6h,_20-21mm,_6,97g-s.jpg
020p Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1312, Lydia, Sardis, AE-21, Men standing left, holding pine cone and scepter,16 views020p Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1312, Lydia, Sardis, AE-21, Men standing left, holding pine cone and scepter,
avers: AYTOK KAIC OYЄCΠACIANΩ, Laureate head of Vespasian right.
reverse: ЄΠI ΦΛ ЄICΓONOV CAPΔIANΩN, Men standing left, holding pine cone and scepter, to left, monogram above lighted altar.
T. Fl. Eisigonos, strategos.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 20,0-21,0mm, weight: 6,97g, axis: 6h,
mint: Lydia, Sardis, date: 69-79 A.D., ref: RPC II 1312, Waddington 5248,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans12/11/18 at 11:46Nemonater: Beautiful
V167sm.jpg
Vespasian RIC-16725 viewsĆ Sestertius, 24.60g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 167 (C3). BMC 543.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: IVDAEA CAPTA; S C in exergue; Palm tree; to l., Vespasian stg. r. with spear and parazonium, foot on helmet; to r., Judaea std. r. on cuirass
Acquired from Denarius, December 2018.

The Jewish War was an important event for the fledgling Flavian dynasty - in essence it gave them the legitimacy to rule. The ensuing propaganda onslaught after the capture of Jerusalem in August of 70 is awe inspiring. We have Josephus' description of the joint triumph of 71 held for Vespasian and Titus in book 7 of his 'Jewish War', the buildings and monuments erected by the regime, and more importantly for our purposes we have the coins. Judaea Capta types were struck in all metals for almost as long as the dynasty ruled. The first flurry of these came in 71, presumably in conjunction with the triumph, amidst a great issue of bronze coinage that same year. One of the most iconic Judaea Capta types is this sestertius' reverse featuring a triumphal Vespasian with a defeated Judaea at his feet, not surprisingly one of the more common types from the issue. Vespasian is seen proudly standing holding a spear and parazonium (a triangular sword) with his foot on an enemy helmet, while Judaea is sitting on a captured cuirass in abject despair - take note of their size discrepancy. The iconography on display here strongly hints at what the spectators of the triumph likely witnessed. The slight of hand the Flavian regime devised which transformed defeated rebel provincials into a foreign menace is truly amazing.

Honest wear with some minor cleaning scratches.
4 commentsDavid Atherton12/11/18 at 11:45Nemonater: Great type with the giant Vespasian!
1195Hadrian_anonymous_RIC24.jpg
Anonymous issues. Time of Hadrian to Antoninus Pius. Rome Quadrans 117-161 AD5 viewsReference.
RIC 24

Obv.
Diademed and draped bust of Venus right

Rev. S-C
Dove standing right.

4.05 gr
15 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki12/11/18 at 08:21shanxi: lovely coin
020_Vespasian_(69-79_AD),_Lydia,_Sardis,_AE-21_T__Fl__Eisigonos,_strategos_,_RPC_II_1312_1,_Q-001,_6h,_20-21mm,_6,97g-s~0.jpg
Lydia, Sardis, 020p Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1312, AE-21, Men standing left, holding pine cone and scepter,16 viewsLydia, Sardis, 020p Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1312, AE-21, Men standing left, holding pine cone and scepter,
avers: AYTOK KAIC OYЄCΠACIANΩ, Laureate head of Vespasian right.
reverse: ЄΠI ΦΛ ЄICΓONOV CAPΔIANΩN, Men standing left, holding pine cone and scepter, to left, monogram above lighted altar.
T. Fl. Eisigonos, strategos.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 20,0-21,0mm, weight: 6,97g, axis: 6h,
mint: Lydia, Sardis, date: 69-79 A.D., ref: RPC II 1312, Waddington 5248,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans12/11/18 at 08:20shanxi: great portrait
DomitianIMPXI.jpg
RIC 447 Domitian Denarius24 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI
laureate head right.

IMP XI COS XII CENS P P P
Minerva standing left, holding thunderbolt and spear; shield at feet to right.

Rome, 86 AD
3.4g

RIC II 447 (R).

Ex-Coast to Coast coins 2006; Ex-Ancient & Medieval Coins Canada Auction 1, Lot 175
7 commentsJay GT412/11/18 at 08:19shanxi: Minerva with thunderbolt Never seen this ...
020_Vespasian_(69-79_AD),_Lydia,_Sardis,_AE-21_T__Fl__Eisigonos,_strategos_,_RPC_II_1312_1,_Q-001,_6h,_20-21mm,_6,97g-s.jpg
020p Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1312, Lydia, Sardis, AE-21, Men standing left, holding pine cone and scepter,16 views020p Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1312, Lydia, Sardis, AE-21, Men standing left, holding pine cone and scepter,
avers: AYTOK KAIC OYЄCΠACIANΩ, Laureate head of Vespasian right.
reverse: ЄΠI ΦΛ ЄICΓONOV CAPΔIANΩN, Men standing left, holding pine cone and scepter, to left, monogram above lighted altar.
T. Fl. Eisigonos, strategos.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 20,0-21,0mm, weight: 6,97g, axis: 6h,
mint: Lydia, Sardis, date: 69-79 A.D., ref: RPC II 1312, Waddington 5248,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans12/11/18 at 08:02David Atherton: Terrific portrait!
G_313_Hierocaesareia_fac.jpg
Asia Minor, Lydia, Hierocaesarea, Artemis, altar, anticlockwise legend5 viewsLydia, Hierokaisareia
Pseudo-autonomous issue
First half of the second century
Obv: draped bust of Artemis Persica r., with quiver at l. shoulder, bow and arrow at breast
Rev.: ΙΕΡΟΚΑΙСΑΡΕΩN, anticlockwise legend, garlanded and lighted altar
AE, 3.61g, 14mm
Ref.: RPC online -
2 commentsshanxi12/11/18 at 07:23shanxi: No, only a fancy hairstyle
V167sm.jpg
Vespasian RIC-16725 viewsĆ Sestertius, 24.60g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 167 (C3). BMC 543.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: IVDAEA CAPTA; S C in exergue; Palm tree; to l., Vespasian stg. r. with spear and parazonium, foot on helmet; to r., Judaea std. r. on cuirass
Acquired from Denarius, December 2018.

The Jewish War was an important event for the fledgling Flavian dynasty - in essence it gave them the legitimacy to rule. The ensuing propaganda onslaught after the capture of Jerusalem in August of 70 is awe inspiring. We have Josephus' description of the joint triumph of 71 held for Vespasian and Titus in book 7 of his 'Jewish War', the buildings and monuments erected by the regime, and more importantly for our purposes we have the coins. Judaea Capta types were struck in all metals for almost as long as the dynasty ruled. The first flurry of these came in 71, presumably in conjunction with the triumph, amidst a great issue of bronze coinage that same year. One of the most iconic Judaea Capta types is this sestertius' reverse featuring a triumphal Vespasian with a defeated Judaea at his feet, not surprisingly one of the more common types from the issue. Vespasian is seen proudly standing holding a spear and parazonium (a triangular sword) with his foot on an enemy helmet, while Judaea is sitting on a captured cuirass in abject despair - take note of their size discrepancy. The iconography on display here strongly hints at what the spectators of the triumph likely witnessed. The slight of hand the Flavian regime devised which transformed defeated rebel provincials into a foreign menace is truly amazing.

Honest wear with some minor cleaning scratches.
4 commentsDavid Atherton12/11/18 at 06:53Randygeki(h2): Cool find'
DomitianIMPXI.jpg
RIC 447 Domitian Denarius24 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI
laureate head right.

IMP XI COS XII CENS P P P
Minerva standing left, holding thunderbolt and spear; shield at feet to right.

Rome, 86 AD
3.4g

RIC II 447 (R).

Ex-Coast to Coast coins 2006; Ex-Ancient & Medieval Coins Canada Auction 1, Lot 175
7 commentsJay GT412/11/18 at 06:53Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
1199_P_Hadrian_RPC2225.jpg
2225 CARIA Harpasa Hadrian, Harpasos reclining4 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2225; BMC 7, Delrieux 28/HP/5; Paris 676 = Wa 2394

Obv. ΑΥ ΚΑΙ ΤΡΑ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС
Laureate head of Hadrian, right

Rev. ΑΡΠΑСΗΝΩΝ
River-god Harpasos reclining l., holding reed in r. hand, l. resting on overturned vase form which water flows

5.79 gr
23 mm
12h
1 commentsokidoki12/11/18 at 06:18quadrans: Nice one
V167sm.jpg
Vespasian RIC-16725 viewsĆ Sestertius, 24.60g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 167 (C3). BMC 543.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: IVDAEA CAPTA; S C in exergue; Palm tree; to l., Vespasian stg. r. with spear and parazonium, foot on helmet; to r., Judaea std. r. on cuirass
Acquired from Denarius, December 2018.

The Jewish War was an important event for the fledgling Flavian dynasty - in essence it gave them the legitimacy to rule. The ensuing propaganda onslaught after the capture of Jerusalem in August of 70 is awe inspiring. We have Josephus' description of the joint triumph of 71 held for Vespasian and Titus in book 7 of his 'Jewish War', the buildings and monuments erected by the regime, and more importantly for our purposes we have the coins. Judaea Capta types were struck in all metals for almost as long as the dynasty ruled. The first flurry of these came in 71, presumably in conjunction with the triumph, amidst a great issue of bronze coinage that same year. One of the most iconic Judaea Capta types is this sestertius' reverse featuring a triumphal Vespasian with a defeated Judaea at his feet, not surprisingly one of the more common types from the issue. Vespasian is seen proudly standing holding a spear and parazonium (a triangular sword) with his foot on an enemy helmet, while Judaea is sitting on a captured cuirass in abject despair - take note of their size discrepancy. The iconography on display here strongly hints at what the spectators of the triumph likely witnessed. The slight of hand the Flavian regime devised which transformed defeated rebel provincials into a foreign menace is truly amazing.

Honest wear with some minor cleaning scratches.
4 commentsDavid Atherton12/11/18 at 06:17quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
DomitianIMPXI.jpg
RIC 447 Domitian Denarius24 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI
laureate head right.

IMP XI COS XII CENS P P P
Minerva standing left, holding thunderbolt and spear; shield at feet to right.

Rome, 86 AD
3.4g

RIC II 447 (R).

Ex-Coast to Coast coins 2006; Ex-Ancient & Medieval Coins Canada Auction 1, Lot 175
7 commentsJay GT412/11/18 at 06:04quadrans: Good find...
V167sm.jpg
Vespasian RIC-16725 viewsĆ Sestertius, 24.60g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 167 (C3). BMC 543.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: IVDAEA CAPTA; S C in exergue; Palm tree; to l., Vespasian stg. r. with spear and parazonium, foot on helmet; to r., Judaea std. r. on cuirass
Acquired from Denarius, December 2018.

The Jewish War was an important event for the fledgling Flavian dynasty - in essence it gave them the legitimacy to rule. The ensuing propaganda onslaught after the capture of Jerusalem in August of 70 is awe inspiring. We have Josephus' description of the joint triumph of 71 held for Vespasian and Titus in book 7 of his 'Jewish War', the buildings and monuments erected by the regime, and more importantly for our purposes we have the coins. Judaea Capta types were struck in all metals for almost as long as the dynasty ruled. The first flurry of these came in 71, presumably in conjunction with the triumph, amidst a great issue of bronze coinage that same year. One of the most iconic Judaea Capta types is this sestertius' reverse featuring a triumphal Vespasian with a defeated Judaea at his feet, not surprisingly one of the more common types from the issue. Vespasian is seen proudly standing holding a spear and parazonium (a triangular sword) with his foot on an enemy helmet, while Judaea is sitting on a captured cuirass in abject despair - take note of their size discrepancy. The iconography on display here strongly hints at what the spectators of the triumph likely witnessed. The slight of hand the Flavian regime devised which transformed defeated rebel provincials into a foreign menace is truly amazing.

Honest wear with some minor cleaning scratches.
4 commentsDavid Atherton12/11/18 at 05:51Jay GT4: Iconic! A must have, not only for Flavian collect...
DomitianIMPXI.jpg
RIC 447 Domitian Denarius24 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI
laureate head right.

IMP XI COS XII CENS P P P
Minerva standing left, holding thunderbolt and spear; shield at feet to right.

Rome, 86 AD
3.4g

RIC II 447 (R).

Ex-Coast to Coast coins 2006; Ex-Ancient & Medieval Coins Canada Auction 1, Lot 175
7 commentsJay GT412/11/18 at 05:31David Atherton: Better than my chipped example. Congrats!
1198_P_Hadrian_RPC2543.jpg
2543 LYDIA, Saiita Hadrian, Roma seated2 viewsReference
RPC III, 2543; Winterthur 3886

Magistrate Cl. Machairiôn (archon)

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΤΡΑ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС ΚΑΙСΑΡ СΕΒΑС
Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r. (seen from rear)

Rev. ΕΠΙ ΚΛ ΜΑΧΑΙΡΙ[ΩΝΟС] ΑΡΧ СΑΙΤΤΗΝΩΝ
Roma helmeted seated l. on shield with parazonium, holding Nike with wreath on her extended r. hand, transverse spear in l.

16.15 gr
30 mm
6h

Note.
P. Weiss, 'Hadrian in Lydien', Chiron 25 (1995), pp. 213-24, suggests that the coins of Macharion from Saitta refer to an imperial visit to the city in 124.
1 commentsokidoki12/11/18 at 04:47Jay GT4: Interesting portrait
113297.jpg
Pontos, Amisos (as Peiraieos). (Circa 435-370 BC)5 viewsAR Siglos

17 mm, 5.75 g

Persic standard. Aristeos, magistrate.

Obverse: Head of Hera left, wearing ornate stephane, earring, and necklace

Reverse: [ΠEIPA] in exergue, owl with spread wings standing facing on shield; across field in to lines, magistrate's name: A-PIΣ/TE-OΣ.

Malloy 1v; HGC 7, 229.

Amisos, situated on the southern shore of the Black Sea, was originally settled by the Milesians, perhaps as far back as the 8th century BC. The city was captured by the Persians in 550 BC and became part of Cappadocia (satrapy). In the 5th century BC, Amisos became a free state and one of the members of the Delian League led by the Athenians; it was then renamed Peiraieos under Pericles. In the 4th century BC the city came under the control of the Kingdom of Pontus.
2 commentsNathan P12/11/18 at 04:46Jay GT4: Nice!
020_Vespasian_(69-79_AD),_Lydia,_Sardis,_AE-21_T__Fl__Eisigonos,_strategos_,_RPC_II_1312_1,_Q-001,_6h,_20-21mm,_6,97g-s~0.jpg
Lydia, Sardis, 020p Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1312, AE-21, Men standing left, holding pine cone and scepter,16 viewsLydia, Sardis, 020p Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1312, AE-21, Men standing left, holding pine cone and scepter,
avers: AYTOK KAIC OYЄCΠACIANΩ, Laureate head of Vespasian right.
reverse: ЄΠI ΦΛ ЄICΓONOV CAPΔIANΩN, Men standing left, holding pine cone and scepter, to left, monogram above lighted altar.
T. Fl. Eisigonos, strategos.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 20,0-21,0mm, weight: 6,97g, axis: 6h,
mint: Lydia, Sardis, date: 69-79 A.D., ref: RPC II 1312, Waddington 5248,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans12/11/18 at 04:46Jay GT4: Outstanding
ScriboniaWellCombined.jpg
ROMAN REPUBLIC, L. Scribonius Libo, AR Denarius - Crawford 416/1c6 viewsRome, The Republic.
Lucius Scribonius Libo, 62 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.76g; 20mm).
Rome mint.

Obverse: LIBO - BON EVENT; diademed head of Bonus Eventus facing right.

Rev: Scribonian well head, decorated with garland and two lyres; anvil symbol on top step; [P]VTEAL above; SCRIBON below.

References: Crawford 416/1c; Sydenham 928; BMCRR 3381; Scribonia 8.

This type was produced with at least four different reverse symbols on the top step of the well head: hammer, tongs, cap and anvil. The hammer is extremely common, tongs scarce, and the anvil and cap are the rarest of the four reverse symbols on the type. Previous authors, including Crawford, have not recognized the cap variety which is distinct from the anvil by its domed top. The anvil is squared, as on this coin.

The moneyer may have been Lucius Scribonius Libo, who was the father-in-law of Sextus Pompey, son of Pompey the Great. He took the side of the tyrannicides in the Civil War after Caesar’s death. He later deserted Sextus Pompey and was elected consul in 34 BCE. It’s also possible that the moneyer was the father of this later consul.

The Scribonian well head was in the Roman Forum and designated a sacred spot that had been struck by lightning. Grueber and Crawford suggest that the reverse symbols, of which they only recognized three (see above), were actual decorative devices on the four-sided wellhead, and that they allude to Vulcan, whose thunderbolt had struck the spot. The added cap symbol confirms their analysis and is also consistent with the Vulcan theme.
3 commentsCarausius12/11/18 at 01:16Steve B5: Carausius, My first ancient coin was a denarius o...
020_Vespasian_(69-79_AD),_Lydia,_Sardis,_AE-21_T__Fl__Eisigonos,_strategos_,_RPC_II_1312_1,_Q-001,_6h,_20-21mm,_6,97g-s~0.jpg
Lydia, Sardis, 020p Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1312, AE-21, Men standing left, holding pine cone and scepter,16 viewsLydia, Sardis, 020p Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1312, AE-21, Men standing left, holding pine cone and scepter,
avers: AYTOK KAIC OYЄCΠACIANΩ, Laureate head of Vespasian right.
reverse: ЄΠI ΦΛ ЄICΓONOV CAPΔIANΩN, Men standing left, holding pine cone and scepter, to left, monogram above lighted altar.
T. Fl. Eisigonos, strategos.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 20,0-21,0mm, weight: 6,97g, axis: 6h,
mint: Lydia, Sardis, date: 69-79 A.D., ref: RPC II 1312, Waddington 5248,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans12/11/18 at 01:04Canaan: a very nice one!!!
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Ionia, Ephesos, (c.387-295 B.C.), AR-Trihemiobol, BMC 54, E/Φ//--, Forepart of stag right,17 viewsIonia, Ephesos, (c.387-295 B.C.), AR-Trihemiobol, BMC 54, E/Φ//--, Forepart of stag right,
avers: E-Φ, Bee with straight wings.
reverse: E-Φ, Forepart of stag right, head turned back.
exergue: E/Φ//--, diameter: 7,0-8,0mm, weight: 0,86g, axes: 0h,
mint: Ionia, Ephesos, date:c.387-295 B.C., ref: BMC 54, SNG Cop 241, Babelon Traite 1889, SNG Turkey 190-192,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans12/11/18 at 00:50Enodia: A very cool little coin!
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5910.19 cf EGYPT, Alexandria Hadrian Drachm 123-24 AD Sphinx right6 viewsReference.
cf RPC 5910.19; cf Dattari-Savio Pl. 99, 7913a (this coin) Date correction

Issue L H = year 8

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΤΡΑΙ - ΑΔΡΙΑ СƐΒ
Laureate head of Hadrian, r., drapery on l. shoulder

Rev. L Η
Sphinx wearing Hemhem crown, horns and feathers with crocodile emerging from chest, walking, r., on serpent; above, griffin

20.05 gr
35 mm
h

Note.
This Dattari plate coin needs a Correction on the Date

it is L H Issue year 8, this goes with the bust types used in his early reign

L IH is dated with another bust seen from rear also the is no room for L IH

This bust is not seen after year 8, also sphinx wears a Hemhem crown, normaly one sees a crown of disc
Also the serpent is a bit odd looking like it has two heads?
1 commentsokidoki12/10/18 at 23:38Steve P: Best coin ever! ... congrats, my ol' friend
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Ionia, Ephesos, (c.387-295 B.C.), AR-Trihemiobol, BMC 54, E/Φ//--, Forepart of stag right,17 viewsIonia, Ephesos, (c.387-295 B.C.), AR-Trihemiobol, BMC 54, E/Φ//--, Forepart of stag right,
avers: E-Φ, Bee with straight wings.
reverse: E-Φ, Forepart of stag right, head turned back.
exergue: E/Φ//--, diameter: 7,0-8,0mm, weight: 0,86g, axes: 0h,
mint: Ionia, Ephesos, date:c.387-295 B.C., ref: BMC 54, SNG Cop 241, Babelon Traite 1889, SNG Turkey 190-192,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans12/10/18 at 22:25Stkp: very nice coin
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Struck 1477 - 1480, EDWARD IV, Second Reign (1471 - 1483), AR Groat minted at London, England7 viewsObverse: EDWARD DEI GRA REX ANGL (Z FRANC +). Crowned bust of Edward IV facing within tressure of arches, trefoils on cusps, all within beaded circle. Small crosses in spaces between words in legend. Mintmark, off-flan, pierced cross.
Reverse: POSVI DEVM ADIVTORE MEVM +/ CIVITAS LONDON. Long cross dividing two concentric legends separated by two beaded circles into quarters, trefoil in each quarter of inner circle. Mintmark, pierced cross.
Diameter: 25mm | Weight: 2.7gms | Die Axis: 11
SPINK: 2096 var. (DEI rather than DI in obverse legend)

Edward IV was King of England from March 1461 to October 1470, and again from April 1471 until his sudden death in 1483. He was the first Yorkist King of England. The first half of his rule was marred by the violence associated with the Wars of the Roses, but he overcame the Lancastrian challenge to the throne at Tewkesbury in 1471 and there were no further rebellions in England during the rest of his reign.
In 1475, Edward declared war on France, landing at Calais in June. However, his ally Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, failed to provide any significant military assistance leading Edward to undertake negotiations with the French, with whom he came to terms under the Treaty of Picquigny. France provided him with an immediate payment of 75,000 crowns and a yearly pension of 50,000 crowns, thus allowing him to "recoup his finances.” Edward also backed an attempt by Alexander Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany and brother of King James III of Scotland, to take the Scottish throne in 1482. Edward's younger brother, the Duke of Gloucester (and future King Richard III) led an invasion of Scotland that resulted in the capture of Edinburgh and the Scottish king himself. Alexander Stewart, however, reneged on his agreement with Edward. The Duke of Gloucester then withdrew from his position in Edinburgh, though he did retain Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Edward became subject to an increasing number of ailments when his health began to fail and he fell fatally ill at Easter in 1483. He survived long enough though to add some codicils to his will, the most important being to name his brother Richard, Duke of Gloucester as Protector after his death. He died on 9th April 1483 and was buried in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. He was succeeded first by his twelve-year-old son Edward V of England, who was never crowned, and then by his brother who reigned as Richard III.
It is not known what actually caused Edward's death. Pneumonia, typhoid and poison have all been conjectured, but some have attributed his death to an unhealthy lifestyle because he had become stout and inactive in the years before his death.
2 comments*Alex12/10/18 at 22:24Stkp: very nice
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Anonymous issues. Time of Hadrian to Antoninus Pius. Rome Quadrans 117-161 AD5 viewsReference.
RIC 24

Obv.
Diademed and draped bust of Venus right

Rev. S-C
Dove standing right.

4.05 gr
15 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki12/10/18 at 21:16quadrans: Nice quadrans
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Julia Mamaea Denarius - Felicitas (RIC 335)10 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 222-235 AD
3.43g

Obv: Diademed and draped bust of Julia Mamaea (R)
IVLIA MAMAEA AVG

Rev: Felicitas standing front, head to left, legs crossed, holding caduceus in her right hand and leaning on column with her left elbow.
FELICITAS PVBLICA

RIC 335, BMC 483, Cohen 17

ex. Maggiore Collection, formed in the late 1970s to early 2000s.

Leu Numismatik Web Auction 6, Lot 1062

Julia Avita Mamaea (180–235) was the second daughter of Julia Maesa, a powerful Roman woman of Syrian origin, and Syrian noble Gaius Julius Avitus Alexianus. She was a niece of empress Julia Domna and sister of Julia Soaemias Bassiana (mother of Elegabalus). She was born and raised in Emesa (modern Homs, Syria). She was the mother of Roman Emperor Alexander Severus and served as regent of Rome and de facto ruler during her son's reign.

In 232, mother and son were sent north to deal with a German attack. Alexander so alienated the Rhine legions by his lack of military prowess and his inflexibility towards pay that the troops proclaimed Maximinus Thrax as emperor in 235. Troops sent to kill Alexander found him clinging to his mother in a tent. Mother and son were butchered together, ending the Severan dynasty.
3 commentsOptimo Principi12/10/18 at 19:49quadrans: Another nice piece
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Julia Mamaea Denarius - Felicitas (RIC 335)10 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 222-235 AD
3.43g

Obv: Diademed and draped bust of Julia Mamaea (R)
IVLIA MAMAEA AVG

Rev: Felicitas standing front, head to left, legs crossed, holding caduceus in her right hand and leaning on column with her left elbow.
FELICITAS PVBLICA

RIC 335, BMC 483, Cohen 17

ex. Maggiore Collection, formed in the late 1970s to early 2000s.

Leu Numismatik Web Auction 6, Lot 1062

Julia Avita Mamaea (180–235) was the second daughter of Julia Maesa, a powerful Roman woman of Syrian origin, and Syrian noble Gaius Julius Avitus Alexianus. She was a niece of empress Julia Domna and sister of Julia Soaemias Bassiana (mother of Elegabalus). She was born and raised in Emesa (modern Homs, Syria). She was the mother of Roman Emperor Alexander Severus and served as regent of Rome and de facto ruler during her son's reign.

In 232, mother and son were sent north to deal with a German attack. Alexander so alienated the Rhine legions by his lack of military prowess and his inflexibility towards pay that the troops proclaimed Maximinus Thrax as emperor in 235. Troops sent to kill Alexander found him clinging to his mother in a tent. Mother and son were butchered together, ending the Severan dynasty.
3 commentsOptimo Principi12/10/18 at 19:17okidoki: great example,
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Pontos, Amisos (as Peiraieos). (Circa 435-370 BC)5 viewsAR Siglos

17 mm, 5.75 g

Persic standard. Aristeos, magistrate.

Obverse: Head of Hera left, wearing ornate stephane, earring, and necklace

Reverse: [ΠEIPA] in exergue, owl with spread wings standing facing on shield; across field in to lines, magistrate's name: A-PIΣ/TE-OΣ.

Malloy 1v; HGC 7, 229.

Amisos, situated on the southern shore of the Black Sea, was originally settled by the Milesians, perhaps as far back as the 8th century BC. The city was captured by the Persians in 550 BC and became part of Cappadocia (satrapy). In the 5th century BC, Amisos became a free state and one of the members of the Delian League led by the Athenians; it was then renamed Peiraieos under Pericles. In the 4th century BC the city came under the control of the Kingdom of Pontus.
2 commentsNathan P12/10/18 at 18:34okidoki: excellent
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Struck 1477 - 1480, EDWARD IV, Second Reign (1471 - 1483), AR Groat minted at London, England7 viewsObverse: EDWARD DEI GRA REX ANGL (Z FRANC +). Crowned bust of Edward IV facing within tressure of arches, trefoils on cusps, all within beaded circle. Small crosses in spaces between words in legend. Mintmark, off-flan, pierced cross.
Reverse: POSVI DEVM ADIVTORE MEVM +/ CIVITAS LONDON. Long cross dividing two concentric legends separated by two beaded circles into quarters, trefoil in each quarter of inner circle. Mintmark, pierced cross.
Diameter: 25mm | Weight: 2.7gms | Die Axis: 11
SPINK: 2096 var. (DEI rather than DI in obverse legend)

Edward IV was King of England from March 1461 to October 1470, and again from April 1471 until his sudden death in 1483. He was the first Yorkist King of England. The first half of his rule was marred by the violence associated with the Wars of the Roses, but he overcame the Lancastrian challenge to the throne at Tewkesbury in 1471 and there were no further rebellions in England during the rest of his reign.
In 1475, Edward declared war on France, landing at Calais in June. However, his ally Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, failed to provide any significant military assistance leading Edward to undertake negotiations with the French, with whom he came to terms under the Treaty of Picquigny. France provided him with an immediate payment of 75,000 crowns and a yearly pension of 50,000 crowns, thus allowing him to "recoup his finances.” Edward also backed an attempt by Alexander Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany and brother of King James III of Scotland, to take the Scottish throne in 1482. Edward's younger brother, the Duke of Gloucester (and future King Richard III) led an invasion of Scotland that resulted in the capture of Edinburgh and the Scottish king himself. Alexander Stewart, however, reneged on his agreement with Edward. The Duke of Gloucester then withdrew from his position in Edinburgh, though he did retain Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Edward became subject to an increasing number of ailments when his health began to fail and he fell fatally ill at Easter in 1483. He survived long enough though to add some codicils to his will, the most important being to name his brother Richard, Duke of Gloucester as Protector after his death. He died on 9th April 1483 and was buried in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. He was succeeded first by his twelve-year-old son Edward V of England, who was never crowned, and then by his brother who reigned as Richard III.
It is not known what actually caused Edward's death. Pneumonia, typhoid and poison have all been conjectured, but some have attributed his death to an unhealthy lifestyle because he had become stout and inactive in the years before his death.
2 comments*Alex12/10/18 at 17:15quadrans: Great coin , and details, I like this,
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Asia Minor, Lydia, Hierocaesarea, Artemis, altar, anticlockwise legend5 viewsLydia, Hierokaisareia
Pseudo-autonomous issue
First half of the second century
Obv: draped bust of Artemis Persica r., with quiver at l. shoulder, bow and arrow at breast
Rev.: ΙΕΡΟΚΑΙСΑΡΕΩN, anticlockwise legend, garlanded and lighted altar
AE, 3.61g, 14mm
Ref.: RPC online -
2 commentsshanxi12/10/18 at 16:06okidoki: Great bust, winged headdress ?
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Cn. Pompeius Magnus and Terentius Varro30 viewsCn. Pompeius Magnus and Terentius Varro. Denarius, mint moving with Pompey 49 BC, 4 grs.
Obs. : (VARRO·PRO – Q) Terminal bust of Jupiter r., wearing diadem.
Rev. : Sceptre between dolphin and eagle; in exergue, MAGN·PRO / COS.
Babelon Terentia 15 and Pompeia 7. Sear Imperators 8. C 3. Sydenham 1033 var. Woytek Arma et Nummi p. 558. RBW –. Crawford 447/1a.
4 commentslabienus12/10/18 at 11:34Nemonater: Awesome portrait!
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Byzantine Empire: Justinian I (527-565) Ć Half Follis, Nicomedia, RY 16 (Sear 203; DOC 236; MIBE 153)8 viewsObv: D N IVSTINI-ANVS P P AVI; Helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, holding globus cruciger and shield; cross to right
Rev: Large K; cross above, A/N/N/O and XЧ in field; CH in exergue
Dim: 30 mm, 10.28 g, 11 h
1 commentsQuant.Geek12/10/18 at 11:11Simon: eally nice portrait.
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Julia Mamaea Denarius - Felicitas (RIC 335)10 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 222-235 AD
3.43g

Obv: Diademed and draped bust of Julia Mamaea (R)
IVLIA MAMAEA AVG

Rev: Felicitas standing front, head to left, legs crossed, holding caduceus in her right hand and leaning on column with her left elbow.
FELICITAS PVBLICA

RIC 335, BMC 483, Cohen 17

ex. Maggiore Collection, formed in the late 1970s to early 2000s.

Leu Numismatik Web Auction 6, Lot 1062

Julia Avita Mamaea (180–235) was the second daughter of Julia Maesa, a powerful Roman woman of Syrian origin, and Syrian noble Gaius Julius Avitus Alexianus. She was a niece of empress Julia Domna and sister of Julia Soaemias Bassiana (mother of Elegabalus). She was born and raised in Emesa (modern Homs, Syria). She was the mother of Roman Emperor Alexander Severus and served as regent of Rome and de facto ruler during her son's reign.

In 232, mother and son were sent north to deal with a German attack. Alexander so alienated the Rhine legions by his lack of military prowess and his inflexibility towards pay that the troops proclaimed Maximinus Thrax as emperor in 235. Troops sent to kill Alexander found him clinging to his mother in a tent. Mother and son were butchered together, ending the Severan dynasty.
3 commentsOptimo Principi12/10/18 at 09:38shanxi: nice example
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Cn. Pompeius Magnus and Terentius Varro30 viewsCn. Pompeius Magnus and Terentius Varro. Denarius, mint moving with Pompey 49 BC, 4 grs.
Obs. : (VARRO·PRO – Q) Terminal bust of Jupiter r., wearing diadem.
Rev. : Sceptre between dolphin and eagle; in exergue, MAGN·PRO / COS.
Babelon Terentia 15 and Pompeia 7. Sear Imperators 8. C 3. Sydenham 1033 var. Woytek Arma et Nummi p. 558. RBW –. Crawford 447/1a.
4 commentslabienus12/10/18 at 08:28okidoki: excellent and stylistic
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Cn. Pompeius Magnus and Terentius Varro30 viewsCn. Pompeius Magnus and Terentius Varro. Denarius, mint moving with Pompey 49 BC, 4 grs.
Obs. : (VARRO·PRO – Q) Terminal bust of Jupiter r., wearing diadem.
Rev. : Sceptre between dolphin and eagle; in exergue, MAGN·PRO / COS.
Babelon Terentia 15 and Pompeia 7. Sear Imperators 8. C 3. Sydenham 1033 var. Woytek Arma et Nummi p. 558. RBW –. Crawford 447/1a.
4 commentslabienus12/10/18 at 07:26quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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SBVC 1053; Constans II; AE follis3 viewsObv: EN TVTO NIKA, Constans standing facing, crowned, cloaked and cuirassed, holding long cross and cross on globe
Rev: large M, cross to left, cross above, cross to right; mintmark CRTS
Mint: Carthage
Date: 641-668 AD
SBVC 1053
28mm
12.36g
1 commentswileyc12/10/18 at 05:37Jay GT4: Congrats
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2 views1 commentsQuant.Geek12/10/18 at 04:27wileyc: Nice Justinian I.
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Byzantine Empire: Tiberius II Constantine (578-582 CE) Ć Pentanummium, Constantinople (Sear 438A; DOC 22; MIBE 33a)4 viewsObv: d m TIb PP AVI; diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Tiberius II, Constantine right
Rev: Large Ч
Dim: 18 mm, 1.79 g, 1 h
1 commentsQuant.Geek12/10/18 at 04:19wileyc: nice
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C. Egnatius Cn. f. Cn. n. Maxumus6 viewsC. Egnatius Cn. f. Cn. n. Maxumus. Denarius 75 BC. 4 grs.
Obs. : MAXSMVS Laureate and diademed bust of Libertas r.; behind, pileus .
Rev. : G – CNN Roma and Venus standing facing and both holding staff, the former with her l. foot on wolf’s head and the latter has Cupid alighting on her shoulder; on either side, rudders on prow. In exergue, C·EGNATIVS· CN· F.
Babelon Egnatia 3. Sydenham 787. Crawford 391/3
2 commentslabienus12/10/18 at 03:59Nemonater: Perfect!
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Vespasian dynastic denarius25 viewsVespasian, 69-79. Denarius (Silver, 17 mm, 3.11 g, 1 h), Ephesus, 69-70.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG Laureate head of Vespasian to right.
Rev: LIBERI IMP AVG VESPAS Titus and Domitian, veiled and togate, standing front, each with patera.
BMC 430. Cohen 248. RIC 1395. RPC II 805. Rare.
Minor marks and slightly rough, otherwise, about very fine.
From the R. Marbacher Collection, Switzerland.
Leu Numismatic December 09 2018 Web Auction 6Lot 908
4 commentsorfew12/10/18 at 01:04Nemonater: Nice!
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Judaea, Under Claudius I, Nero Claudius Caesar, Britannicus by Antonius Felix (54 AD), AE Prutah, Year 143 viewsRoman Provincial, Judaea, Under Claudius I, Nero Claudius Caesar, Britannicus by Antonius Felix (54 AD), AE Prutah, Year 14

Obverse: NƐPW KΛAY KAICAP, Two shields, two spears crossed, within dotted circle border, off-center.

Reverse: BPIT, L-[IΔ], K[AI], Six branched palm tree bearing two bunches of dates, within dotted circle border.

Reference: Hendin 1348, RPC I 4971, TJC 340, GBC 1348, Meshorer 34o

Ex: VCoins - Holyland Ancient Coin Corporation - Musa Ali
1 commentsGil-galad12/10/18 at 00:25Jay GT4: Nice one
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Cn. Pompeius Magnus and Terentius Varro30 viewsCn. Pompeius Magnus and Terentius Varro. Denarius, mint moving with Pompey 49 BC, 4 grs.
Obs. : (VARRO·PRO – Q) Terminal bust of Jupiter r., wearing diadem.
Rev. : Sceptre between dolphin and eagle; in exergue, MAGN·PRO / COS.
Babelon Terentia 15 and Pompeia 7. Sear Imperators 8. C 3. Sydenham 1033 var. Woytek Arma et Nummi p. 558. RBW –. Crawford 447/1a.
4 commentslabienus12/09/18 at 22:25Jay GT4: Another great one
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Vespasian dynastic denarius25 viewsVespasian, 69-79. Denarius (Silver, 17 mm, 3.11 g, 1 h), Ephesus, 69-70.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG Laureate head of Vespasian to right.
Rev: LIBERI IMP AVG VESPAS Titus and Domitian, veiled and togate, standing front, each with patera.
BMC 430. Cohen 248. RIC 1395. RPC II 805. Rare.
Minor marks and slightly rough, otherwise, about very fine.
From the R. Marbacher Collection, Switzerland.
Leu Numismatic December 09 2018 Web Auction 6Lot 908
4 commentsorfew12/09/18 at 21:42Jay GT4: Great capture
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Vespasian dynastic denarius25 viewsVespasian, 69-79. Denarius (Silver, 17 mm, 3.11 g, 1 h), Ephesus, 69-70.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG Laureate head of Vespasian to right.
Rev: LIBERI IMP AVG VESPAS Titus and Domitian, veiled and togate, standing front, each with patera.
BMC 430. Cohen 248. RIC 1395. RPC II 805. Rare.
Minor marks and slightly rough, otherwise, about very fine.
From the R. Marbacher Collection, Switzerland.
Leu Numismatic December 09 2018 Web Auction 6Lot 908
4 commentsorfew12/09/18 at 21:15okidoki: grumpy
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21 viewsanonymous (attributed to Alexius I). Ca. 1081-1118. AE follis (25.96 mm, 5.26 g, 12 h). anonymous class J. Constantinople mint. Facing bust of Christ, cross behind his head with 5 pellets in each limb; wearing pallium and colobium; raising hand and holding book of Gospels; / IC - C / XC / Crosss with globule and two pellets at each extremity; beneath, large crescent; around, four globules, each surrounded by pellets. SBCV 1900. Overstruck on a class I anonymous follis SBCV 1889 1 commentsQuant.Geek12/09/18 at 20:41Simon: Great Overstrike.
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Vespasian dynastic denarius25 viewsVespasian, 69-79. Denarius (Silver, 17 mm, 3.11 g, 1 h), Ephesus, 69-70.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG Laureate head of Vespasian to right.
Rev: LIBERI IMP AVG VESPAS Titus and Domitian, veiled and togate, standing front, each with patera.
BMC 430. Cohen 248. RIC 1395. RPC II 805. Rare.
Minor marks and slightly rough, otherwise, about very fine.
From the R. Marbacher Collection, Switzerland.
Leu Numismatic December 09 2018 Web Auction 6Lot 908
4 commentsorfew12/09/18 at 20:23FlaviusDomitianus: Nice addition.
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C. Egnatius Cn. f. Cn. n. Maxumus6 viewsC. Egnatius Cn. f. Cn. n. Maxumus. Denarius 75 BC. 4 grs.
Obs. : MAXSMVS Laureate and diademed bust of Libertas r.; behind, pileus .
Rev. : G – CNN Roma and Venus standing facing and both holding staff, the former with her l. foot on wolf’s head and the latter has Cupid alighting on her shoulder; on either side, rudders on prow. In exergue, C·EGNATIVS· CN· F.
Babelon Egnatia 3. Sydenham 787. Crawford 391/3
2 commentslabienus12/09/18 at 19:45Jay GT4: Wow, stunning coin!
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M. Plaetorius M.f. Cestianus10 viewsM. Plaetorius M.f. Cestianus. Denarius 69 BC. Rome. 4 grs.
Obs. : Draped female bust l., wearing winged diadem; behind, control mark.
Rev. : Anguipedic monster on pediment of temple, with base inscribed M. PLAETORI; in exergue, CEST S·C. Babelon Plaetoria 9. Sydenham 799a. RBW 1447. Crawford 405/1b.
3 commentslabienus12/09/18 at 18:23Carausius: Fantastic example of a rare type.
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M. Plaetorius M.f. Cestianus10 viewsM. Plaetorius M.f. Cestianus. Denarius 69 BC. Rome. 4 grs.
Obs. : Draped female bust l., wearing winged diadem; behind, control mark.
Rev. : Anguipedic monster on pediment of temple, with base inscribed M. PLAETORI; in exergue, CEST S·C. Babelon Plaetoria 9. Sydenham 799a. RBW 1447. Crawford 405/1b.
3 commentslabienus12/09/18 at 17:03okidoki: Congrats very nice, never seen the reverse
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M. Plaetorius M.f. Cestianus10 viewsM. Plaetorius M.f. Cestianus. Denarius 69 BC. Rome. 4 grs.
Obs. : Draped female bust l., wearing winged diadem; behind, control mark.
Rev. : Anguipedic monster on pediment of temple, with base inscribed M. PLAETORI; in exergue, CEST S·C. Babelon Plaetoria 9. Sydenham 799a. RBW 1447. Crawford 405/1b.
3 commentslabienus12/09/18 at 16:20Jay GT4: Wonderful reverse
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Arabia Felix, Lihyan: Anonymous (ca. 2nd-1st century BCE) Ć Tetradrachm (BMC Arabia pl. LV 2-9; Huth 40)4 viewsObv: Devolved head ot Athena to right
Rev: AΘE Owl standing right, head facing; to left, olive sprig
Dim: 23 mm, 12.83 g, 9 h
1 commentsQuant.Geek12/09/18 at 15:17shanxi: nice
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Umayyad, Hisham bin ´Abd al-Malik, (105-125 AH, 723-743 A.D.), AR-Dirham, #218 viewsUmayyad, Hisham bin ´Abd al-Malik, (105-125 AH, 723-743 A.D.), AR-Dirham, #2
avers: in the field: لا اله الا/الله وحده/لا شرك له, There is no diety except/(the one) God alone/He has no equal,
in the margin: بسم الله ضرب هذا الدرهم بواسط في سنة ثلث و تسعين, In the name of God. This Dirham was struck in Wasit in the year three and ninety.
reverse: in the field: الله احد الله/الصمد لم يلد و/ لم يولد و لم يكن/له كفوا احد, God is One God/The eternal and indivisible, who has not begotten, and/has not been begotten and never is there/His equal.
in the margin: محمد رسول الله ارسله بالهدى و دين الحق ليظهره على الدين كله ولو كره المشركون, Muhammad is the messenger of God. He sent him with guidance and the true religion to reveal it to all religions even if the polytheists abhor it.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 28mm, weight: 2,93g, axes: h,
mint: Umayyad, Wasit, date: 116 AH, 739 A.D., ref:
Q-002
1 commentsquadrans12/09/18 at 15:10Stkp: Very nice example
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Probus Antoninianus97 viewsIMP CM AVR PROBVS P AVG
Radiate and cuirassed bust of Probus right

VIRTVS PROBI AVG - KAΓ in exergue
Emperor on horseback trampling enemy, a shield in left hand, spear in right. A shield on the ground under the horse.

Bust type B

Serdica mint, 280-281 AD
4th emission, 3rd officina

3.92g

RIC 880 (C).

EF with wonderful smooth dark brown/black glossy patina. Even nicer in hand.

Ex-Calgary Coin; Ex-George W. La Borde collection
13 commentsJay GT412/09/18 at 05:31Stkp: fantastic
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Cr 467/1 AR Denarius J. Caesar1 viewso: COS.TERT.DICT.ITER. Head of Ceres right
r: AVGVR above, PONT.MAX. below. Simpulum, sprinkler, capis and lituus; M in right field
Minted in Africa, c 46 b.c.
3.37 gms; 19.00 mm
This coin is not a beauty and may have been a pendant at some point. Yet it is one of those intensely historical coins, minted on either side of the Battle of Thapsus, which ended the old Republican resistance to Julius Caesar. This type, with "M" ligate in reverse field right, has been said to indicate "Munus" (gift in the sense of obligation); the other variation has "D", presumably "Donativum" (gift in the sense of "here you go, poorer person"). I personally find the distinction between M and D somewhat odd and perhaps there was a more sophisticated distinction being made. As the marks appear on coins of equal value, it seems a very obscure way of distinguishing among soldiers and mere beneficiaries.
1 commentsPMah12/09/18 at 01:14Jay GT4: Nice one
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3 views1 commentsQuant.Geek12/09/18 at 00:48Stkp: Very nice
109_Vabalathus-Aurelianus,_T-3103,_AE-Ant,_VABALATHVS_V_C_R_IM_D_R,_IMP_C_AVRELIANVS_AVG,_B,_RIC_V-I_381,_iss-1,_off-2,_Antioch,_271-2AD,_Q-001,_0h,_19-20mm,_4,02g-s.jpg
109 Vabalathus (271-272 A.D.), T-3103 (Estiot), RIC V-I 381, Antioch, AE-Antoninianus, IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, -/-//B, Bust-D2, Bust of Aurelianus right, #0128 views109 Vabalathus (271-272 A.D.), T-3103 (Estiot), RIC V-I 381, Antioch, AE-Antoninianus, IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, -/-//B, Bust-D2, Bust of Aurelianus right, #01
avers: VABALATHVS V C R IM D R, Bust, laureate and diademed, cuirassed and draped with paludamentum, seen from the rear, right. (D2 diademed).
reverse: IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, Radiated and cuirassed bust of Aurelianus right. (B1).
exergue: -/-//B, diameter: 19,0-20,0mm, weight: 4,02g, axes: 0h,
mint: Antioch, off-2, iss-1, date: 270-272 A.D., ref: RIC V-I 381, T-3103 (Estiot),
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans12/09/18 at 00:48Stkp: Nice
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Syracuse - 12 1/2 Litra20 viewsSICILY
Syracuse
Struck under Agathokles
c. 310 - 305/300 BC.
EL Quarter Stater or 12 1/2 Litra (Reduced Corinthian Standard)
Av.: Laureate head of Apollo left
Rev.: Kithara - ΣYPAK - OΣIΩN
1,84 Gr.
HGC 2 - 1295 (R1)
3 commentsnummis durensis12/09/18 at 00:02quadrans: Nice piece..
RIC_xxx-x-x,_112_Probus,_AE-Ant,_IMP_C_M_AVR_PROBVS_P_F_AVG_(C-A2),_CLEMENTIA_TEMP,_G-dot,_KA,Tripolis_,_276_AD,_Q-001,_6h,_21mm,_3,06g-s.jpg
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II xxx-x-x, Tripolis(?), CLEMENTIA TEMP, Bust-C-A2, Γ•//KA, Emperor and Jupiter, #134 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II xxx-x-x, Tripolis(?), CLEMENTIA TEMP, Bust-C-A2, Γ•//KA, Emperor and Jupiter, #1
avers: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from back. (C-A2)
reverse: CLEMENTIA TEMP, Emperor standing right, holding scepter, receiving globe from Jupiter, standing left, holding scepter surmounted by an eagle.
exergue: Γ•//KA, diameter: 21,0mm, weight: 3,06g, axes: 6h,
mint: Tripolis(?), date: 276 A.D., 1st. emiss., ref: RIC V-II xxx-x-x, p-121,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans12/08/18 at 22:59okidoki: Nice Joe
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Numerian Alexandria26 viewsA K M A NOVMEPIANOC CEB Laureate, draped bust right.
l *B
Athena seated left holding Nike(victory) and sceptre.
Greek Goddess of Wisdom and War.
Emmett 4013-2A

TETRADRACHM L B year 2 Aug.

18mm, 7.8gr, Die 0.
1 commentsEd D12/08/18 at 22:08Jschulze: Nice one! I just bought one of these but yours is ...
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665 MACEDONIA, Philippi. Hadrian, Divus Augustus and Divus Julius2 viewsReference.
RPC III, 665 var on bust; Varbanov 3782

Obv. IMP CAES TRAIA HADR[ ]
Laureate and cuirassed bust right, slight drapery on shoulder

Rev. COL AVG IVL PHILIP
Divus Augustus standing left on basis inscribed DIVVS/[AVG], raising hand; Divus Julius standing behind, crowning him with wreath; altar on either side

5.83 gr
22 mm
6h
1 commentsokidoki12/08/18 at 22:02Canaan: another nice addition!!!
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Syracuse - 12 1/2 Litra20 viewsSICILY
Syracuse
Struck under Agathokles
c. 310 - 305/300 BC.
EL Quarter Stater or 12 1/2 Litra (Reduced Corinthian Standard)
Av.: Laureate head of Apollo left
Rev.: Kithara - ΣYPAK - OΣIΩN
1,84 Gr.
HGC 2 - 1295 (R1)
3 commentsnummis durensis12/08/18 at 20:07okidoki: Congrats very nice
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Macedonian Kingdom: Alexander III 'the Great' (336-323 BCE) Ć Hemiobol, Tarsus (Price 3030)4 viewsObv: Head of Herakles in lion's skin headdress to right
Rev: AΛEΞANΔPOY franked by bow in case and club; above club, grape bunch on stern and N
Dim: 17.5 mm, 6.84 g, 8 h
1 commentsQuant.Geek12/08/18 at 19:05Canaan: That is stunning, Fleur de coin
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4110 ARABIA, Petra. Hadrian 135-36 AD Tyche6 viewsReference.
RPC III, 4110; Spijkerman 6; Sofaer 6; Paris 114; Rosenberger I, 6

Issue Year 30

Obv. ΑΥΤΟΚΡΑΤΩΡ ΚΑΙСΑΡ ΤΡΑΙΑΝΟС ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟϹ СƐΒΑϹΤΟС
Laureate and draped bust of Hadrian, r.; in r. field, Λ

Rev. ΑΔΡΙΑΝΗ ΠƐΤΡΑ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΙС
Turreted and veiled Tyche seated l. on rock, l., her r. hand extended, holding trophy in l.; in l. field, Λ

gr
26 mm
6h

Note.
From the Maple Leaf Collection.
2 commentsokidoki12/08/18 at 19:01Canaan: Great example of the type, a must have!!! congrats...
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Persia, Achaemenid Empire, Time of Darios I. to Artaxerxes II, (cc. 490-375 B.C.) AR-Siglos, Type IIIb., 26 viewsPersia, Achaemenid Empire, Time of Darios I. to Artaxerxes II, (cc. 490-375 B.C.) AR-Siglos, Type IIIb.,
avers: Persian king or hero in kneeling/running stance to right, holding spear and bow, with some control countermarks.
reverse: Incuse punch, with some control countermarks.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 12,0x16,0mm, weight: 5,13g, axes: 0h,
mint: Achaemenid Empire, Typ:III, date: cc. 485-420 B.C., ref: Carradice type IIIb, pl.XII, 16-19, (Several Countermarks on avers and reverse),
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans12/08/18 at 13:17Jay GT4: This one has been around the block a few times. G...
P1180972.jpg
Syracuse - 12 1/2 Litra20 viewsSICILY
Syracuse
Struck under Agathokles
c. 310 - 305/300 BC.
EL Quarter Stater or 12 1/2 Litra (Reduced Corinthian Standard)
Av.: Laureate head of Apollo left
Rev.: Kithara - ΣYPAK - OΣIΩN
1,84 Gr.
HGC 2 - 1295 (R1)
3 commentsnummis durensis12/08/18 at 13:16Jay GT4: Great coin
Magnesia_ad_Maeandrum,_Ionia__350-190_BC__AE_15__Horseman_riding_right,_MA_#915;N,_Bull_butting_left,_SNG_Cop_835var_,_Q-001,_0h,_15mm,_5,29g-s.jpg
Ionia, Magnesia ad Meandrum, (c.350 - 190 B.C.), AE-15, SNG Cop 835var., MAΓN-on top, bull butting left, #126 viewsIonia, Magnesia ad Meandrum, (c.350 - 190 B.C.), AE-15, SNG Cop 835var., MAΓN-on top, bull butting left, #1
avers: Helmeted horseman right, holding couched lance.
reverse: MAΓN-on top, bull butting left, ΣTΡATΩNΛΞ ANΔΡOΣ(?) below.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 15,0mm, weight: 5,29g, axes: 0h,
mint: Ionia, Magnesia ad Meandrum, date: c.350 - 190 B.C., ref: SNG Cop 835var.,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans12/08/18 at 12:44Stkp: Excellent
Magnesia_ad_Maeandrum,_Ionia__350-190_BC__AE_15__Horseman_riding_right,_MA_#915;N,_Bull_butting_left,_SNG_Cop_835var_,_Q-001,_0h,_15mm,_5,29g-s.jpg
Ionia, Magnesia ad Meandrum, (c.350 - 190 B.C.), AE-15, SNG Cop 835var., MAΓN-on top, bull butting left, #126 viewsIonia, Magnesia ad Meandrum, (c.350 - 190 B.C.), AE-15, SNG Cop 835var., MAΓN-on top, bull butting left, #1
avers: Helmeted horseman right, holding couched lance.
reverse: MAΓN-on top, bull butting left, ΣTΡATΩNΛΞ ANΔΡOΣ(?) below.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 15,0mm, weight: 5,29g, axes: 0h,
mint: Ionia, Magnesia ad Meandrum, date: c.350 - 190 B.C., ref: SNG Cop 835var.,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans12/08/18 at 12:04okidoki: great bull
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Octavian and Antony, AR Quinarius - Crawford 529/4b3 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Antony and Octavian, 39 BCE.
AR Quinarius (1.60g; 14mm).
Military mint moving with Octavian.

Obverse: III ·VIR - R·P·C; veiled and diademed head of Concordia facing right.

Rev: M·ANTON - C·CAESAR; two hands clasped around caduceus.
References: Crawford 529/4b; HCRI 304; BMCRR (East) 128.

The coin likely celebrates the reconciliation of Octavian and Antony, memorialized by the pact at Brundisium in October of 40 BCE. Sear suggests that Octavian may have issued this type in Gaul, a former Antony stronghold and a big user of quinarii.
1 commentsCarausius12/08/18 at 06:35EB: Interesting
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C.SCR - Denarius, Crawford 201/12 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 154 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; “X” behind; Border of dots
Reverse: C.SCR - Dioscuri riding r. C.SCR below. ROMA in raised letters in and framed border

Mint: Rome
Weight: 4.30 gm.
Reference: Crawford 201/1
Provenance: CNG eSale 277, Lot 173, 11-APR-2012.

Comments:
Crawford suggests the moneyer is C. Scribonius, Praef. Socium 181 BC.
Lovely example, graded at least GVF.
1 commentsSteve B512/08/18 at 00:26Carausius: Nice centering and attractive. Just yesterday, I p...
1194_P_Hadrian_RPC4110.jpg
4110 ARABIA, Petra. Hadrian 135-36 AD Tyche6 viewsReference.
RPC III, 4110; Spijkerman 6; Sofaer 6; Paris 114; Rosenberger I, 6

Issue Year 30

Obv. ΑΥΤΟΚΡΑΤΩΡ ΚΑΙСΑΡ ΤΡΑΙΑΝΟС ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟϹ СƐΒΑϹΤΟС
Laureate and draped bust of Hadrian, r.; in r. field, Λ

Rev. ΑΔΡΙΑΝΗ ΠƐΤΡΑ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΙС
Turreted and veiled Tyche seated l. on rock, l., her r. hand extended, holding trophy in l.; in l. field, Λ

gr
26 mm
6h

Note.
From the Maple Leaf Collection.
2 commentsokidoki12/07/18 at 22:43quadrans: Great coin , and details, Interesting, I like Pe...
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RIC 161v3 viewsRIC 161, Rome. Denomination: Antoninianus.


OBV.: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG

Radiate, cuirassed bust left, with spear.

REV.: ADVENTVS PROBI AVG

Emperor riding left, right hand raised, left holding sceptre; at foot, captive.

Mintmark: // R

Weight: 4.74 g.
1 commentsvrtsprb12/07/18 at 20:57Jay GT4: Great piece
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, L. Scribonius Libo, AR Denarius - Crawford 416/1c6 viewsRome, The Republic.
Lucius Scribonius Libo, 62 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.76g; 20mm).
Rome mint.

Obverse: LIBO - BON EVENT; diademed head of Bonus Eventus facing right.

Rev: Scribonian well head, decorated with garland and two lyres; anvil symbol on top step; [P]VTEAL above; SCRIBON below.

References: Crawford 416/1c; Sydenham 928; BMCRR 3381; Scribonia 8.

This type was produced with at least four different reverse symbols on the top step of the well head: hammer, tongs, cap and anvil. The hammer is extremely common, tongs scarce, and the anvil and cap are the rarest of the four reverse symbols on the type. Previous authors, including Crawford, have not recognized the cap variety which is distinct from the anvil by its domed top. The anvil is squared, as on this coin.

The moneyer may have been Lucius Scribonius Libo, who was the father-in-law of Sextus Pompey, son of Pompey the Great. He took the side of the tyrannicides in the Civil War after Caesar’s death. He later deserted Sextus Pompey and was elected consul in 34 BCE. It’s also possible that the moneyer was the father of this later consul.

The Scribonian well head was in the Roman Forum and designated a sacred spot that had been struck by lightning. Grueber and Crawford suggest that the reverse symbols, of which they only recognized three (see above), were actual decorative devices on the four-sided wellhead, and that they allude to Vulcan, whose thunderbolt had struck the spot. The added cap symbol confirms their analysis and is also consistent with the Vulcan theme.
3 commentsCarausius12/07/18 at 20:57Jay GT4: Nice one
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Macedonian Kingdom: Alexander III 'the Great' (336-323 BCE) Ć Unit, Uncertain Macedonian Mint (Price 260)6 viewsObv: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress; behind, Φ
Rev: ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Club, quiver and bowfine.
Dim: 18 mm, 5.97 g, 2 h
1 commentsQuant.Geek12/07/18 at 20:38okidoki: great example,
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KINGS OF MACEDON--PHILIP II3 views359 - 336 BC
AE 17.5 mm, 5.65 g
O: Head of Apollo right wearing taenia
R: ΦIΛIΠΠOY, young male riding horse prancing to right, AI and B below
Macedonian mint; SNG Cop 592, SNG ANS 905
1 commentslaney12/07/18 at 20:02Stkp: nice example
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Macedonian Kingdom: Kassander (316-297 BCE) Ć 1/2 Unit, Uncertain Macedonian Mint (SNG Alpha Bank 881-2)5 viewsObv: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress
Rev: ΚΑΣΣΑΝΔΡΟΥ, lion reclining right; A to right
Dim: 16 mm, 4.23 g, 11 h
1 commentsQuant.Geek12/07/18 at 18:42shanxi: nice and interesting
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Macedonian Kingdom: Alexander III ' the Great' (336-323 BCE) AR Tetradrachm, Arados (Price 3332; SNG Alpha Bank 675; SNG Saroglos 579-81)7 viewsObv: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress
Rev: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, holding sceptre; AΛEΞANΔPOY to right, BAΣIΛEΩΣ in exergue, kerykeion in left field, AP monogram
Dim: 25 mm, 17.13 g, 3 h
1 commentsQuant.Geek12/07/18 at 18:17Stkp: nice one
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, M. Atilius Saranus, AR Denarius - Crawford 214/1b3 viewsRome, The Republic.
M. Atilius Saranus, 148 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.95g; 20mm).
Rome mint.

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

Rev: Dioscuri galloping right with couched spears; M·ATILI, below; ROMA in linear frame in exergue.

References: Crawford 214/1b; Sydenham 398; BMCRR 679-682; Atilia 9.

Provenance: Ex Varesi (4 Jul 2018), Lot 142.

This is one of the first denarii to include the moneyer’s praenomen, nomen and cognomen, an important development in the evolution of the coinage as a means of advertising young politicians. The obverse mark-of-value is moved from behind Roma’s head to under her chin to make room for the cognomen.
1 commentsCarausius12/07/18 at 17:33Steve B5: Really lovely high grade example. I wasn't aw...
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MACEDON, AMPHIPOLIS4 viewsca 168 - 149 BC
AE 21 mm, 5.89 g
O: Diademed head of Artemis Tauropolos right, bow and quiver at shoulder;
R: AMΦIΠOΛITΩN surrounding two goats on their hind legs, contending head to head
Amphipolis mint; cf SNG Cop 62, SGCV I 1394
1 commentslaney12/07/18 at 15:07shanxi: interesting reverse
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, L. Scribonius Libo, AR Denarius - Crawford 416/1c6 viewsRome, The Republic.
Lucius Scribonius Libo, 62 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.76g; 20mm).
Rome mint.

Obverse: LIBO - BON EVENT; diademed head of Bonus Eventus facing right.

Rev: Scribonian well head, decorated with garland and two lyres; anvil symbol on top step; [P]VTEAL above; SCRIBON below.

References: Crawford 416/1c; Sydenham 928; BMCRR 3381; Scribonia 8.

This type was produced with at least four different reverse symbols on the top step of the well head: hammer, tongs, cap and anvil. The hammer is extremely common, tongs scarce, and the anvil and cap are the rarest of the four reverse symbols on the type. Previous authors, including Crawford, have not recognized the cap variety which is distinct from the anvil by its domed top. The anvil is squared, as on this coin.

The moneyer may have been Lucius Scribonius Libo, who was the father-in-law of Sextus Pompey, son of Pompey the Great. He took the side of the tyrannicides in the Civil War after Caesar’s death. He later deserted Sextus Pompey and was elected consul in 34 BCE. It’s also possible that the moneyer was the father of this later consul.

The Scribonian well head was in the Roman Forum and designated a sacred spot that had been struck by lightning. Grueber and Crawford suggest that the reverse symbols, of which they only recognized three (see above), were actual decorative devices on the four-sided wellhead, and that they allude to Vulcan, whose thunderbolt had struck the spot. The added cap symbol confirms their analysis and is also consistent with the Vulcan theme.
3 commentsCarausius12/07/18 at 15:06shanxi: Lovely coin
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Griffon - Denarius, Crawford 182/14 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 169-158 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; “X” behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Griffon - Dioscuri riding r. Griffon below r. ROMA in raised letters in and framed border

Mint: Rome
Weight: 4.30 gm.
Reference: Crawford 182/1
Provenance: NAC London, purchased 11-FEB-2011.

Comments:
The obverse is not fully struck on high parts, otherwise, GVF with some luster.
1 commentsSteve B512/06/18 at 23:04Jay GT4: Great coin
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032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0116var., Rome, AR-Denarius, P M TR P COS III, Clementia standing left, #125 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0116var., Rome, AR-Denarius, P M TR P COS III, Clementia standing left, #1
avers: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, Laureate, cuirassed right, seen from front, with fold of cloak on front shoulder, with a visible thunderbolt on his cuirass leather strap and a winged frontal Medusa head (gorgoneion) on the breast of Hadrian's cuirass.
reverse: P M TR P COS III, Clementia standing left, holding patera over altar, holding scepter.
exergue: -/-//CLEM, diameter: 18-19,5mm, weight: 3,24g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 121 A.D., ref: RIC II 0116var.,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans12/06/18 at 07:50okidoki: Nice Joe
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Bruttium Rhegium Ć 2324 viewsLaureate head of Asklepios right

ΡHΓINΩN
Hygieia standing left, holding serpent; III to left

Rhegium, 203-150 BC

6.28g Ć 23

(R2) Very rare

HN Italy 2560; SNG ANS 786-8, MIAMG.3645

Ex-American Rarities (Boulder); Ex-Ebay

4 commentsJay GT412/06/18 at 07:23okidoki: very nice
Rhegium.jpg
Bruttium Rhegium Ć 2324 viewsLaureate head of Asklepios right

ΡHΓINΩN
Hygieia standing left, holding serpent; III to left

Rhegium, 203-150 BC

6.28g Ć 23

(R2) Very rare

HN Italy 2560; SNG ANS 786-8, MIAMG.3645

Ex-American Rarities (Boulder); Ex-Ebay

4 commentsJay GT412/06/18 at 07:07Enodia: Nice find!
Rhegium.jpg
Bruttium Rhegium Ć 2324 viewsLaureate head of Asklepios right

ΡHΓINΩN
Hygieia standing left, holding serpent; III to left

Rhegium, 203-150 BC

6.28g Ć 23

(R2) Very rare

HN Italy 2560; SNG ANS 786-8, MIAMG.3645

Ex-American Rarities (Boulder); Ex-Ebay

4 commentsJay GT412/06/18 at 06:58quadrans: Great piece ...
Rhegium.jpg
Bruttium Rhegium Ć 2324 viewsLaureate head of Asklepios right

ΡHΓINΩN
Hygieia standing left, holding serpent; III to left

Rhegium, 203-150 BC

6.28g Ć 23

(R2) Very rare

HN Italy 2560; SNG ANS 786-8, MIAMG.3645

Ex-American Rarities (Boulder); Ex-Ebay

4 commentsJay GT412/06/18 at 04:52Carausius: Great! Congratulations.
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EB0194 Poseidon / Trident6 viewsSyracuse, Hieron II, SICILY, AE 20, 275-215 BC.
Obverse: Head of Poseidon left, hair bound in a taenia.
Reverse: IEΡ-ΩNOΣ, ornamented trident between two dolphins.
References: BMC 2.609, see SG 1223, Grose 2935.
Diameter: 20mm, Weight: 6.257g.
2 commentsEB12/06/18 at 04:03Jay GT4: Really nice
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Domitian RIC-56242 viewsAR Denarius, 3.45g
Rome mint, 88 AD
RIC 562 (R). BMC 141. RSC 67.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERMANICVS; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS XIIII across field; Minerva adv r., with spear and shield (M1)
Ex Spink eAuction 18055, 7 November 2018, The Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Coins part 2, lot 95.

In 88 AD Domitian struck a brief special issue of Minerva denarii with unusual obverse legends and austere reverse designs. The obverse legends deviate from the usual formula, sometimes spelling out fully DOMITIANVS and/or GERMANICVS and lacking a TR P number. The reverses feature only a terse legend across field with the IMP number absent. Here is an example from this rare issue with GERMANICVS spelled out on the obverse and the consular number across field on the reverse. Why the mint was experimenting with the legends and the layout of the reverses in 88 is a mystery. Perhaps the issue was struck in conjunction with a special event that year (the Secular Games?) and are commemorative in nature. Regardless, the mint soon returned the denarius to its conventional Minerva arrangement, hinting that these scarce issues were indeed struck for a special occasion.

Struck in good style.
6 commentsDavid Atherton12/06/18 at 04:02Jay GT4: Now that's nice!
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Domitian RIC-56242 viewsAR Denarius, 3.45g
Rome mint, 88 AD
RIC 562 (R). BMC 141. RSC 67.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERMANICVS; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS XIIII across field; Minerva adv r., with spear and shield (M1)
Ex Spink eAuction 18055, 7 November 2018, The Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Coins part 2, lot 95.

In 88 AD Domitian struck a brief special issue of Minerva denarii with unusual obverse legends and austere reverse designs. The obverse legends deviate from the usual formula, sometimes spelling out fully DOMITIANVS and/or GERMANICVS and lacking a TR P number. The reverses feature only a terse legend across field with the IMP number absent. Here is an example from this rare issue with GERMANICVS spelled out on the obverse and the consular number across field on the reverse. Why the mint was experimenting with the legends and the layout of the reverses in 88 is a mystery. Perhaps the issue was struck in conjunction with a special event that year (the Secular Games?) and are commemorative in nature. Regardless, the mint soon returned the denarius to its conventional Minerva arrangement, hinting that these scarce issues were indeed struck for a special occasion.

Struck in good style.
6 commentsDavid Atherton12/06/18 at 01:22Nemonater: Fantastic portrait!
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Domitian RIC-56242 viewsAR Denarius, 3.45g
Rome mint, 88 AD
RIC 562 (R). BMC 141. RSC 67.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERMANICVS; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS XIIII across field; Minerva adv r., with spear and shield (M1)
Ex Spink eAuction 18055, 7 November 2018, The Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Coins part 2, lot 95.

In 88 AD Domitian struck a brief special issue of Minerva denarii with unusual obverse legends and austere reverse designs. The obverse legends deviate from the usual formula, sometimes spelling out fully DOMITIANVS and/or GERMANICVS and lacking a TR P number. The reverses feature only a terse legend across field with the IMP number absent. Here is an example from this rare issue with GERMANICVS spelled out on the obverse and the consular number across field on the reverse. Why the mint was experimenting with the legends and the layout of the reverses in 88 is a mystery. Perhaps the issue was struck in conjunction with a special event that year (the Secular Games?) and are commemorative in nature. Regardless, the mint soon returned the denarius to its conventional Minerva arrangement, hinting that these scarce issues were indeed struck for a special occasion.

Struck in good style.
6 commentsDavid Atherton12/06/18 at 00:53orfew: Great acquisition
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032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0116var., Rome, AR-Denarius, P M TR P COS III, Clementia standing left, #125 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0116var., Rome, AR-Denarius, P M TR P COS III, Clementia standing left, #1
avers: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, Laureate, cuirassed right, seen from front, with fold of cloak on front shoulder, with a visible thunderbolt on his cuirass leather strap and a winged frontal Medusa head (gorgoneion) on the breast of Hadrian's cuirass.
reverse: P M TR P COS III, Clementia standing left, holding patera over altar, holding scepter.
exergue: -/-//CLEM, diameter: 18-19,5mm, weight: 3,24g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 121 A.D., ref: RIC II 0116var.,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans12/05/18 at 20:13Stkp: Very nice
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Megaris, Megara: Anonymous (ca. 275-250 BCE) Ć Dichalkon (BCD Peloponnesos 18.1; HGC 4-1798)4 viewsObv: Prow left; ΜΕΓΑ above
Rev:Tripod flanked by two dolphins swimming upward
Dim: 3.21 gm, 13 mm
1 commentsQuant.Geek12/05/18 at 19:37quadrans: Nice one
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Domitian RIC-56242 viewsAR Denarius, 3.45g
Rome mint, 88 AD
RIC 562 (R). BMC 141. RSC 67.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERMANICVS; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS XIIII across field; Minerva adv r., with spear and shield (M1)
Ex Spink eAuction 18055, 7 November 2018, The Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Coins part 2, lot 95.

In 88 AD Domitian struck a brief special issue of Minerva denarii with unusual obverse legends and austere reverse designs. The obverse legends deviate from the usual formula, sometimes spelling out fully DOMITIANVS and/or GERMANICVS and lacking a TR P number. The reverses feature only a terse legend across field with the IMP number absent. Here is an example from this rare issue with GERMANICVS spelled out on the obverse and the consular number across field on the reverse. Why the mint was experimenting with the legends and the layout of the reverses in 88 is a mystery. Perhaps the issue was struck in conjunction with a special event that year (the Secular Games?) and are commemorative in nature. Regardless, the mint soon returned the denarius to its conventional Minerva arrangement, hinting that these scarce issues were indeed struck for a special occasion.

Struck in good style.
6 commentsDavid Atherton12/05/18 at 19:36quadrans: Nice piece..
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Parthia, Satrapy of Andragoras, ca. 250-245 BC, AR Tetradrachm8 viewsHelmeted head of Athena r.
Owl standing l., head facing, olive-sprig and crescent behind, AΘ[E] to r.

Taylor 'Birds of a Feather' 1.1; SNG ANS 9, 1; HGC 12, 1.

(23 mm, 16.73 g, 6h).

Roma Numismatics eSale 45 (5 May 2018), Lot 373; ex-'Andragoras-Sophytes' Hoard.


The advanced style of the owl and the 6h die adjustment of this coin indicate that it was struck at the end of Series 1 in the transition to Series 2 at which time the die axis adjustment changed from 12h to 6h and the reverse incuse square gave way to a non-incuse reverse. This intermediate fabric is proof that the two series were struck without a time gap between them.

The 'Andragoras-Sophytes' hoard came to market from mid-late 2017. It was reputedly found in 2014 and consisted of approximately 600 coins from at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan (Hoard information: Olivier Bordeaux & Osmund Bopearachchi). Around half of these coins were marketed by Roma Numismatics in a succession of auctions commencing in 2017 and continuing through 2018.
4 commentsn.igma12/05/18 at 19:36quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Tiridates4 viewstetradrachm, 29 - 27 BC
(struck May 27 BC)
Sellwood 55.6
2 commentsRobert L312/05/18 at 18:54quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 10. Commodus, HrHJ (2018) 8.10.35.01 (rev) cf.4 viewsCommodus, AD 177-192
AE 17, 2.96g
obv. AVT KAI - KOMODOC
Laureate head r.
rev. NIKOPOL - I PROC ICTR
Nemesis, in long garment and mantle, stg. frontal, head l., holding in l. arm cubit and
raising r. hand to mouth; at her feet the wheel
ref. a) not in AMNG
b) not in Varbanov
c) not in Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2018):
rev. not listed
obv. e.g. 8.10.4.4 (central coin, same die!)
probably unpublished
very rare, S+, stripped

Nikopolis is still good for a surprise!
1 commentsJochen12/05/18 at 17:35okidoki: excellent and stylistic congrats Jochen wunderschön
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Parthia, Satrapy of Andragoras, ca. 250-245 BC, AR Tetradrachm8 viewsHelmeted head of Athena r.
Owl standing l., head facing, olive-sprig and crescent behind, AΘ[E] to r.

Taylor 'Birds of a Feather' 1.1; SNG ANS 9, 1; HGC 12, 1.

(23 mm, 16.73 g, 6h).

Roma Numismatics eSale 45 (5 May 2018), Lot 373; ex-'Andragoras-Sophytes' Hoard.


The advanced style of the owl and the 6h die adjustment of this coin indicate that it was struck at the end of Series 1 in the transition to Series 2 at which time the die axis adjustment changed from 12h to 6h and the reverse incuse square gave way to a non-incuse reverse. This intermediate fabric is proof that the two series were struck without a time gap between them.

The 'Andragoras-Sophytes' hoard came to market from mid-late 2017. It was reputedly found in 2014 and consisted of approximately 600 coins from at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan (Hoard information: Olivier Bordeaux & Osmund Bopearachchi). Around half of these coins were marketed by Roma Numismatics in a succession of auctions commencing in 2017 and continuing through 2018.
4 commentsn.igma12/05/18 at 17:29okidoki: Congrats very nice
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Thessaly. Thessalian League14 viewsSGCV --, Franke, Geschicte 4; BCD Thessaly II 15

AR Obol. .45 g., 7.43 mm. max., 180°

Struck ca. 470s-460s B.C.

Obv: Head and neck of bridled horse right

Rev: AΘ- ΦΕ, Grain ear in incuse square

The Thessalian League was a loose confederacy of city-states and tribes in the Thessalian valley in Northern Greece. The seat of the Thessalian diet was Larissa.
2 commentsStkp12/05/18 at 17:15quadrans: Another nice piece
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Asia Minor, Ionia, Miletos, Hemitetartemorion 43 viewsIonia, Miletos 500 BC
AR 1/96 Stater, Hemitetartemorion
Obv.: Rosete on a raised disk
Rev.: Five pellets within square incuse.
Ag, 0.13g, 4mm
Ref.: SNG Tübingen 3018
Ex Lanz Numismatik
1 commentsshanxi12/05/18 at 17:14quadrans: Nice piece..
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Thessaly. Thessalian League14 viewsSGCV --, Franke, Geschicte 4; BCD Thessaly II 15

AR Obol. .45 g., 7.43 mm. max., 180°

Struck ca. 470s-460s B.C.

Obv: Head and neck of bridled horse right

Rev: AΘ- ΦΕ, Grain ear in incuse square

The Thessalian League was a loose confederacy of city-states and tribes in the Thessalian valley in Northern Greece. The seat of the Thessalian diet was Larissa.
2 commentsStkp12/05/18 at 15:44okidoki: very nice
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EB0194 Poseidon / Trident6 viewsSyracuse, Hieron II, SICILY, AE 20, 275-215 BC.
Obverse: Head of Poseidon left, hair bound in a taenia.
Reverse: IEΡ-ΩNOΣ, ornamented trident between two dolphins.
References: BMC 2.609, see SG 1223, Grose 2935.
Diameter: 20mm, Weight: 6.257g.
2 commentsEB12/05/18 at 15:37Stkp: nice
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Tiridates4 viewstetradrachm, 29 - 27 BC
(struck May 27 BC)
Sellwood 55.6
2 commentsRobert L312/05/18 at 15:36Stkp: nice
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Domitian RIC-56242 viewsAR Denarius, 3.45g
Rome mint, 88 AD
RIC 562 (R). BMC 141. RSC 67.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERMANICVS; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS XIIII across field; Minerva adv r., with spear and shield (M1)
Ex Spink eAuction 18055, 7 November 2018, The Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Coins part 2, lot 95.

In 88 AD Domitian struck a brief special issue of Minerva denarii with unusual obverse legends and austere reverse designs. The obverse legends deviate from the usual formula, sometimes spelling out fully DOMITIANVS and/or GERMANICVS and lacking a TR P number. The reverses feature only a terse legend across field with the IMP number absent. Here is an example from this rare issue with GERMANICVS spelled out on the obverse and the consular number across field on the reverse. Why the mint was experimenting with the legends and the layout of the reverses in 88 is a mystery. Perhaps the issue was struck in conjunction with a special event that year (the Secular Games?) and are commemorative in nature. Regardless, the mint soon returned the denarius to its conventional Minerva arrangement, hinting that these scarce issues were indeed struck for a special occasion.

Struck in good style.
6 commentsDavid Atherton12/05/18 at 14:29Mat: Lovely portrait on it
D562.jpg
Domitian RIC-56242 viewsAR Denarius, 3.45g
Rome mint, 88 AD
RIC 562 (R). BMC 141. RSC 67.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERMANICVS; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS XIIII across field; Minerva adv r., with spear and shield (M1)
Ex Spink eAuction 18055, 7 November 2018, The Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Coins part 2, lot 95.

In 88 AD Domitian struck a brief special issue of Minerva denarii with unusual obverse legends and austere reverse designs. The obverse legends deviate from the usual formula, sometimes spelling out fully DOMITIANVS and/or GERMANICVS and lacking a TR P number. The reverses feature only a terse legend across field with the IMP number absent. Here is an example from this rare issue with GERMANICVS spelled out on the obverse and the consular number across field on the reverse. Why the mint was experimenting with the legends and the layout of the reverses in 88 is a mystery. Perhaps the issue was struck in conjunction with a special event that year (the Secular Games?) and are commemorative in nature. Regardless, the mint soon returned the denarius to its conventional Minerva arrangement, hinting that these scarce issues were indeed struck for a special occasion.

Struck in good style.
6 commentsDavid Atherton12/05/18 at 14:05FlaviusDomitianus: Excellent example, better than mine.
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RPC II 1665 Domitianus52 viewsObv: AYT KAI ΔOMITIANOC CЄBACTOC ΓЄPM, laureate head of Domitian right
Rev: ΔOMITIA CEBACTH, Draped bust of Domitia right
AR/Didrachm (22.27 mm 6.380 gr 6h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Cappadocia in 93-94 A.D.
RPC II 1665, Metcalf 27.
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 71 Lot 370
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus12/05/18 at 11:00gallienus1: Beautiful double portrait!
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Parthia, Satrapy of Andragoras, ca. 250-245 BC, AR Tetradrachm8 viewsHelmeted head of Athena r.
Owl standing l., head facing, olive-sprig and crescent behind, AΘ[E] to r.

Taylor 'Birds of a Feather' 1.1; SNG ANS 9, 1; HGC 12, 1.

(23 mm, 16.73 g, 6h).

Roma Numismatics eSale 45 (5 May 2018), Lot 373; ex-'Andragoras-Sophytes' Hoard.


The advanced style of the owl and the 6h die adjustment of this coin indicate that it was struck at the end of Series 1 in the transition to Series 2 at which time the die axis adjustment changed from 12h to 6h and the reverse incuse square gave way to a non-incuse reverse. This intermediate fabric is proof that the two series were struck without a time gap between them.

The 'Andragoras-Sophytes' hoard came to market from mid-late 2017. It was reputedly found in 2014 and consisted of approximately 600 coins from at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan (Hoard information: Olivier Bordeaux & Osmund Bopearachchi). Around half of these coins were marketed by Roma Numismatics in a succession of auctions commencing in 2017 and continuing through 2018.
4 commentsn.igma12/05/18 at 09:13Canaan: very nice!!!!
Parthia_Imitative_Athenian_tetradrachm_250-245_BC.jpg
Parthia, Satrapy of Andragoras, ca. 250-245 BC, AR Tetradrachm8 viewsHelmeted head of Athena r.
Owl standing l., head facing, olive-sprig and crescent behind, AΘ[E] to r.

Taylor 'Birds of a Feather' 1.1; SNG ANS 9, 1; HGC 12, 1.

(23 mm, 16.73 g, 6h).

Roma Numismatics eSale 45 (5 May 2018), Lot 373; ex-'Andragoras-Sophytes' Hoard.


The advanced style of the owl and the 6h die adjustment of this coin indicate that it was struck at the end of Series 1 in the transition to Series 2 at which time the die axis adjustment changed from 12h to 6h and the reverse incuse square gave way to a non-incuse reverse. This intermediate fabric is proof that the two series were struck without a time gap between them.

The 'Andragoras-Sophytes' hoard came to market from mid-late 2017. It was reputedly found in 2014 and consisted of approximately 600 coins from at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan (Hoard information: Olivier Bordeaux & Osmund Bopearachchi). Around half of these coins were marketed by Roma Numismatics in a succession of auctions commencing in 2017 and continuing through 2018.
4 commentsn.igma12/05/18 at 08:39shanxi: interesting coin
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026 Hadrian Denarius 117-132 AD Aequitas standing Eastern Mint5 viewsReference.
Strack *12

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Bare head, draped bust right, seen from rear

Rev. COS III
Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopia

3.23 gr
18 mm
6h
1 commentsokidoki12/05/18 at 08:05Enodia: This is an interesting portrait. Hadrian looks dis...
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Byzantine Empire: Ć Anonymous Class F Follis, Constantinople (Sear 1856; DOC III.2-F.2) - Attributed to Constantine X (1059-1067)5 viewsObv: IC-XC in field; Christ seated facing on throne without back, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium and colobium, raising right in benediction; gospels in left hand
Rev: IS XS / ЬASILЄ / ЬASIL in three lines; cross above and beneath
Dim: 25mm, 5.38g

Overstruck on an Anonymous Class C Follis
1 commentsQuant.Geek12/04/18 at 18:15cmcdon0923: Good detail for a class F
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Vespasian (69 - 79 A.D.)24 viewsAR Denarius
O:  IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII, laureate head right.
R: VICTORIA AVGVSTI, Victory advancing right, holding palm and crowning standard with wreath.
Rome Mint (72-73 A.D.)
3.45g
19mm
RIC 362 (C2), BMCRE 74, RSC 618
9 commentsMat12/04/18 at 11:50shanxi: definitely one of your best coins
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Provincial, Alexandria, Egypt, Tetradrachm, Hominoid seated2 viewsBI Tetradrachm
Probus
Augustus: 276 - 282AD
Issued: 281 - 282AD Regnal Year 6
17.5mm 6.60gr 11h
O: A K M AVP ΠΡΟΒΟC CεΒ; Laureate, cuirassed bust, right.
R: NO LEGEND; Homonoia seated, branch in right hand, cornucopia on left arm.
Exergue: S over L, left field.
Alexandria Mint
Curtis 1883; Sear 2419; Milne 4623
48mrxsstrs 132784229738
9/25/18 12/3/18
1 commentsNicholas Z12/04/18 at 11:49shanxi: nice example
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Vespasian (69 - 79 A.D.)24 viewsAR Denarius
O:  IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII, laureate head right.
R: VICTORIA AVGVSTI, Victory advancing right, holding palm and crowning standard with wreath.
Rome Mint (72-73 A.D.)
3.45g
19mm
RIC 362 (C2), BMCRE 74, RSC 618
9 commentsMat12/04/18 at 11:09FlaviusDomitianus: Excellent!
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Vespasian (69 - 79 A.D.)24 viewsAR Denarius
O:  IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII, laureate head right.
R: VICTORIA AVGVSTI, Victory advancing right, holding palm and crowning standard with wreath.
Rome Mint (72-73 A.D.)
3.45g
19mm
RIC 362 (C2), BMCRE 74, RSC 618
9 commentsMat12/04/18 at 08:44maridvnvm: A glorious lookling coin.
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Vespasian (69 - 79 A.D.)24 viewsAR Denarius
O:  IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII, laureate head right.
R: VICTORIA AVGVSTI, Victory advancing right, holding palm and crowning standard with wreath.
Rome Mint (72-73 A.D.)
3.45g
19mm
RIC 362 (C2), BMCRE 74, RSC 618
9 commentsMat12/04/18 at 07:12okidoki: excellent and stylistic, never seen it congrats Ma...
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Charles VIII (1483 - 1498 A.D.)7 viewsBlanc ŕ la couronne
O: KAROLVS* FRANCORVM* REX• Ecu de France entre trois couronnelles dans un trilobe.
R: SIT* NOMEN* DNI* BENEDICTV. Croix cantonnée de deux lis et de deux couronnelles.
26mm
2.69g
Duplessy 587
1 commentsMat12/04/18 at 06:43quadrans: Nice coin...
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Vespasian (69 - 79 A.D.)24 viewsAR Denarius
O:  IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII, laureate head right.
R: VICTORIA AVGVSTI, Victory advancing right, holding palm and crowning standard with wreath.
Rome Mint (72-73 A.D.)
3.45g
19mm
RIC 362 (C2), BMCRE 74, RSC 618
9 commentsMat12/04/18 at 06:42quadrans: Another nice piece
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Q Pompeius Rufus, AR Denarius honoring Sulla.31 viewsQ Pompeius Rufus (moneyer) in honor of his grandfathers Lucius Cornelius Sulla (Dictator 82–79 BC) and Q Pompeius Rufus (Consul with Sulla in 88 BC).
AR Denarius, Roma mint, Struck 54 BC.
Obv. SVLLA COS, bare head of the dictator L.Cornelus Sulla, consul 88 BC, right.
Rev. RVFVS COS / Q POM RVFI, bare head of Q.Pompeius Rufus, consul 88BC, right.
RSC Pompeia 4 (I, 77); Crawford 434/1; Sydenham 908.
3,72g.
Provenance: Munzengalerie Dieter Grunow, Germany.
1 commentsapyatygin12/04/18 at 04:59Carausius: Lovely coin and a terrific Sulla portrait!
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Ti Claudius Ti.f. Ap. n. Nero107 viewsAR Denarius, Rome mint, 79 BC
Obv: Diademed and draped bust of Diana right, bow and quiver over shoulder. S.C. before. Border of dots
Rev: Victory in biga right, holding palm branch and reins in left hand, and laurel wreath in right hand. Control-mark A.IIII above exergue. TI.CLAVD.TI.F/ APN in exergue. Border of dots.
Weight: 3.88g
Crawford 383/1 | Sear RCV I 310 | RSC Claudia 6
ex F Sternberg Auction VII, Zurich, November 1977, Lot 378
3 commentsnemesis12/04/18 at 04:56Carausius: Very pleasing example. I have several coins from ...
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Vespasian (69 - 79 A.D.)24 viewsAR Denarius
O:  IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII, laureate head right.
R: VICTORIA AVGVSTI, Victory advancing right, holding palm and crowning standard with wreath.
Rome Mint (72-73 A.D.)
3.45g
19mm
RIC 362 (C2), BMCRE 74, RSC 618
9 commentsMat12/04/18 at 02:35Enodia: Great coin!
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CALIGULA & DIVUS AUGUSTUS AE dupondius. Statue of Caligula, bust of Divus Augustus, SC flanking.2 viewsCALIGULA & DIVUS AUGUSTUS AE dupondius. Struck 37-41 AD. CONSENSV SENAT ET EQ ORDIN P Q R, laureate & togate Caligula seated left on curule chair, holding branch. Reverse - DIVVS AVGVSTVS S-C, radiate head of Divus Augustus left. RCV 1811. Very Scarce. 29mm, 15.1g.1 commentsAntonivs Protti12/04/18 at 02:05Jay GT4: Nice one!
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Vespasian (69 - 79 A.D.)24 viewsAR Denarius
O:  IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII, laureate head right.
R: VICTORIA AVGVSTI, Victory advancing right, holding palm and crowning standard with wreath.
Rome Mint (72-73 A.D.)
3.45g
19mm
RIC 362 (C2), BMCRE 74, RSC 618
9 commentsMat12/04/18 at 01:11Jay GT4: Oh yeah!
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Vespasian (69 - 79 A.D.)24 viewsAR Denarius
O:  IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII, laureate head right.
R: VICTORIA AVGVSTI, Victory advancing right, holding palm and crowning standard with wreath.
Rome Mint (72-73 A.D.)
3.45g
19mm
RIC 362 (C2), BMCRE 74, RSC 618
9 commentsMat12/04/18 at 00:04Nemonater: That's a beauty!
vesvic.jpg
Vespasian (69 - 79 A.D.)24 viewsAR Denarius
O:  IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII, laureate head right.
R: VICTORIA AVGVSTI, Victory advancing right, holding palm and crowning standard with wreath.
Rome Mint (72-73 A.D.)
3.45g
19mm
RIC 362 (C2), BMCRE 74, RSC 618
9 commentsMat12/03/18 at 23:53David Atherton: Wow!
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EB0184 Zeus / Thunderbolt & Eagle3 viewsSyracuse,Timoleon, SICILY, AE 25, 345-317 BC.
Obverse: ZEYΣ EΛEYΘEΡIOΣ to left and right of head of Zeus Eleutherios right.
Reverse: Thunderbolt, eagle to right.
References: SNG Cop 729; Mionnet I, 892.
Diameter: 25.5mm, Weight: 16.099g.
1 commentsEB12/03/18 at 18:20Nathan P: Great example!
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Vespasian RIC-19042 viewsĆ Sestertius, 25.22g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 190 (C3). BMC 560.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: ROMA; S C in field; Roma stg. l., with Victory and spear
Ex Pegasi 39, 13 November 2018, lot 467. Ex Bonhams, 11 June 2018, group lot 3. Ex Superior 2-3 June 1998, The J. B. Parker Collection, lot 7023.

In 71 AD the Rome and Lugdunum mints struck a massive iconic issue of aes coinage for Vespasian, setting the tone for the bronze coinage for the remainder of the reign. One of the commonest sestertius types struck for the issue was Roma holding Victory. Roma is depicted in the guise of an Amazon warrior, a typical attribute for her on the coinage during the Flavian era.

Fantastic portrait in good style.
5 commentsDavid Atherton12/03/18 at 17:26okidoki: great reverse
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CALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 280-272 BC. AR Nomos30 views19mm, 6.45 g, 4h
The Dioskouroi riding left; monogram above, [ΣΩ]Δ-A-M-O-Σ below
Phalanthos, nude, holding two spears, shield decorated with hippocamp, and Nike, who crowns him with wreath, riding dolphin left; ΠY to left, waves below.
Vlasto 773; HN Italy 1011. Good VF, toned, compact flan. Well centered.
4 commentsLeo12/03/18 at 17:26okidoki: Hi Leo, very sharp
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Claudius (41 - 54 A.D.)56 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: TI KLA[UDI KAIS SEBA GERMANI AUTOKR], laureate head of Claudius right; LB to right.
R: ANTWNIA SEBASTH, draped bust of Antonia right, wearing hair in long plait.
Dated RY 2 (41/2 AD)
23mm
11.62g
Dattari 114; Milne 61-64; Emmett 73.
7 commentsMat12/03/18 at 04:50Enodia: Cool coin!
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CALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 280-272 BC. AR Nomos30 views19mm, 6.45 g, 4h
The Dioskouroi riding left; monogram above, [ΣΩ]Δ-A-M-O-Σ below
Phalanthos, nude, holding two spears, shield decorated with hippocamp, and Nike, who crowns him with wreath, riding dolphin left; ΠY to left, waves below.
Vlasto 773; HN Italy 1011. Good VF, toned, compact flan. Well centered.
4 commentsLeo12/02/18 at 20:00Enodia: Great strike, great coin. I still need one of thes...
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CALABRIA. Taras. 425-380 BC. AR nomos23 views6.26 gm
Nude ephebe cantering left, holding bridle with both hands, ΛΕ (retrograde) beneath horse / TARAS, dolphin rider right, wielding trident and pointing with left hand.
HN Italy 850. Vlasto 319 (same dies).
Porous. Edge bump (8:00 obverse) and reverse scratches. Good very fine
2 commentsLeo12/02/18 at 19:55Enodia: A beautiful coin of delicate style, i like it very...
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EB0031 Larissa / Horse5 viewsLarissa, Thessaly, AR drachm, 350-340 BC.
Obverse: Head of the nymph Larissa facing slightly left.
Reverse: ΛAΡIΣ-AIΩN above and beneath horse grazing right, left forefoot raised.
References: Herrmann V 5, Lorber L-III 53, SNG Cop 121, BMC 57.
Diameter: 19mm, Weight: 5.75g.
1 commentsEB12/02/18 at 19:52Enodia: One of the prettiest coin types of the ancient wor...
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EB0033 Persephone / Ajax12 viewsOpuntia, Lokris, Quarter Stater, 369-338 BC.
Obverse: Head of Persephone right, wearing earring and necklace, head
wreathed with corn-leaves.
Reverse: OΠON-TIΩN, Ajax advancing right, holding sword and large shield; coiled serpent on shield, broken spear on ground.
References: SEAR 2330.
Diameter: 15mm, Weight: 2.76g.
Ex: Superior Stamp & Coin.
2 commentsEB12/02/18 at 19:49Enodia: Pretty Persephone, and i like the martial reverse ...
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EB0158 Ptolemy XII / Eagle3 viewsEgypt, Ptolemy XII, AR Tetradrachm. Year 29 = 52/51 BC, Paphos Mint.
Obverse: Diademed head of Ptolemy XII right, aegis at neck.
Reverse: ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, palm branch over shoulder, IKΘ over headdress of Isis in left field, ΠA in right field.
References: Svoronos 1839; SNG Cop 396; BMC 35-36.
Diameter: 25.5mm, Weight: 14.471g.
1 commentsEB12/02/18 at 19:47Enodia: Nice coin, with a delicately rendered portrait.
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365 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-38 AD Patientia10 viewsReference.
RIC 365; Strack 202; Cohen 1010

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right.

Rev. PATIENTIA AVGVSTI COS III
Patientia, seated left on low seat, holding out right hand and holding transverse sceptre in left

3.18 gr
17 mm
6h

Note.
BMCRE 525, pl. 57.9 (same reverse die). Cohen 1010 ;RIC II 365
The Reka Devnia hoard contained two specimens of this type, one like ours and one with a draped bust. Strack 202 records the two Reka Devnia coins in Sofia, BMCRE 525, two specimens in Paris, and only three others: Gnecchi Collection, L.A. Lawrence, and Ball VI, 1932, lot 1355. This is the sole appearance of the personification Patientia on Roman coins. Apparently her name was not well received, because it was very soon changed to INDVLGENTIA AVG, and with the new name the identical type, seated female figure extending right hand and holding scepter, was struck in substantial quantity. As Strack and Mattingly suggested, the sense of the Patientia type, since it was soon to be renamed Indulgentia, may have been "endurance of other people's troubles rather than one's own" (BMCRE III, p. cxli).
2 commentsokidoki12/02/18 at 19:04Enodia: Cool coin. I definitely would not want to be on th...
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Unknown King, ca. 80 - 70 BC (Arsakes XVI.)17 viewsAR tdr., 15,82gr., 28,2mm;
Sellw. 30.4, Sh --, Sunrise 312 (this coin)(Arsakes XVI., 78/77 - 62/61 BC);
mint: Seleukia, axis: 12H;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/diadem, knot, and ribbon; medium h-long hair in 4 waves, mustache, short beard; cuirass; dotted border 18:30 - 13h; young face;
rev: archer, right, on throne, w/bow; monogr. above bow; 7-line legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY APΣAKOY (ΘEO)ΠATOPOΣ (EY)EPΓETOY EΠIΦANOYΣ ΦIΛEΛΛHNO(Σ);

in: Numismatic Art of Persia, The Sunrise Collection, CNG 2011, p.182, #312.

also in: Parthika.fr, Les Différents Types.
2 commentsSchatz12/02/18 at 18:10Enodia: I love this coin, it has a very expressive portrai...
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Artabanos III., 80 - 90 AD19 viewsAR tdr., 13,48gr, 26,6mm; Sellwood 74.3, Shore -, Sunrise 441 (Artabanos V, 79/80-ca.85) AD); Sinisi Type I, p.104
mint: Seleukia; axis: 12h; date: November (?) 80 AD
obv.: bare-headed, left, 4-layer broad diadem, 1 loop and 2 broad ribbons; medium-long hair in 4 waves, mustache, med.-long beard gently rounded off; earring, 3-layer necklace; tunic w/ornamental fishbone border;
rev.: king, left, on throne, facing goddess w/staff or sceptre offering untied diadem in right hand; dagger on left side(?); 6 lines of legend visible: (B)ACIΛ(EΩN) (PTA)BAN(OY) ΔIKΛIOY (A)ΠE (ΛAIOY?) EΠIΦΛNOYC (ΦIΛEΛΛHNOC); year between the heads BΦT (80/81 AD); exergual line;

in: Fabrizio Sinisi, Sylloge Nummorum Parthicorum, Oesterreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien, 2013, cf. Plate 50, Artabanos III Type I/1(1), #844A.
2 commentsSchatz12/02/18 at 18:08Enodia: I agree, a very nice portrait. I like the reverse ...
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Boeotia, Federal Coinage, (c.378-338 B.C.), BMC 30-32, AR-Hemidrachm, BO/IΩ//--, Kantharos, #134 viewsBoeotia, Federal Coinage, (c.378-338 B.C.), BMC 30-32, AR-Hemidrachm, BO/IΩ//--, Kantharos, #1
avers: Boeotian shield,
reverse: Kantharos, thunderbolt above.
exergue: BO/IΩ//--, diameter: 11,5-13,0mm, weight: 2,58 g, axes: 6h,
mint: Boeotia, Federal Coinage, date: c.378-338 B.C., ref: BMC 30-32,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans12/02/18 at 17:58Enodia: Nice
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Gallien - FIDES MILITVM4 viewsGALLIENVS . P . F . AVG
FIDES MILITVM
1 commentsPYL12/02/18 at 16:55Stkp: Nice
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Struck 1305 - 1306, EDWARD I (1272 - 1307), AR Penny minted at London, England3 viewsObverse: EDWAR ANGL DNS HYB. Crowned bust of Edward I facing within circle of pellets.
Reverse: CIVITAS LONDON. Long cross dividing legend into quarters, trefoil in each quarter of inner circle.
Diameter: 18.5mm | Weight: 1.2gms | Die Axis: 9
SPINK: 1410

Undated Penny, type 10cf1. Edward I began a major recoinage in 1279 which consisted not only of pennies and new round half-pennies and farthings, but also introduced a new denomination, a fourpenny piece called the "Groat".
1 comments*Alex12/02/18 at 14:15Stkp: nice coin
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Constans, AE4, NO LEGEND; Wreath, VOT/XX/MVLT/XXX, within.4 viewsAE4
Constans
Caesar: 333 - 337AD
Augustus: 337 - 350AD
Issued: 347 - 348AD
14.0mm 1.50gr
O: DN CONSTANS PF AVG; Diademed (pearls) head, right.
R: NO LEGEND; Wreath, VOT/XX/MVLT/XXX, within.
Exergue: SMANTΓ
Antioch Mint
Aorta: 1143: B1, O10, R53, T86, M2.
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1 commentsNicholas Z12/02/18 at 11:17Pekka K: Above head: TAN-TIV -> Constantius II
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Roman, Julia Domna9 viewsSilver denarius, RIC IV C390, RSC III 230, BMCRE V C29, Hunter III C10, SRCV II 7108, Choice aEF, 3.246g, 19.1mm, 180 die axis, Rome mint, reign of Caracalla, 213 A.D.; obverse IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, reverse VESTA; from the Jyrki Muona Collection

A superb portrait, much more realistic and lifelike than the usual Julia Domna portraits. She was 43 years old when this coin was struck, and her portrait here reflects her 20+ years alongside her husband, Septimius Severus, living in camp on his military campaigns, raising Caracalla and Geta, being an empress of Rome. She looks very dignified and noble, and looks a lot more like her sister Julia Maesa than her usual portraits show.
1 commentsSteven H12/02/18 at 06:36Jschulze: Nice coin! The portrait is great. The celator must...
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EB0169 Nike / Zeus5 viewsThe Bretti, BRUTTIUM, AE 20, 215-205 BC.
Obverse: NIKA, Diademed head of Nike left, ear of barley behind her head.
Reverse: BΡETTIΩN, Zeus, naked, striding right, hurling thunderbolt, star between his legs, cornucopiae in right field.
References: BMC 98; SNG Morcom 354; SNG ANS 60-66; cf Sear Greece 705.
Diameter: 20mm, Weight: 5.305g.
1 commentsEB12/02/18 at 01:34Jay GT4: Love these southern brozes
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H--- László IV., (Ladislaus IV.), King of Hungary, (1272-1290 A.D.), H--, CNH I.--, U--, AR-Obulus, Rare! #141 viewsH--- László IV., (Ladislaus IV.), King of Hungary, (1272-1290 A.D.), H--, CNH I.--, U--, AR-Obulus, Rare! #1
avers: Serrated double bows, sword each side, bull's head in the middle, above it a star.
reverse: Pelican (or Dragon) walks to the left, star to the right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 10,0mm, weight: 0,18g, axis: 6h,
mint: Esztergom (?), date: A.D., ref: Huszár--, CNH I.--, Unger--, Published in Nudelman 3rd. Auktion, Lot:153, 22-23.09.2007.
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans12/01/18 at 23:06Stkp: Great coin
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Struck 1280 - 1286, Alexander III (1249 - 1286), AR Penny minted at Roxburgh, Scotland3 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.
1 comments*Alex12/01/18 at 19:57quadrans: Another nice piece
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Gallienus, Antoninianus, AD 258-259 (Joint reign)4 viewsGallienus, Antoninianus, Minted AD 258-259 (Joint reign)
Obverse..GALLIENVS dot P dot F dot AVG Radiate, curaissed bust right
Reverse..GERMANICVS MAX V trophy between two seated and bound German captives
RIC VI#18 variant obv legend dots..Cologne
1 commentsPaul R312/01/18 at 16:54shanxi: very nice
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Struck 1637 - 1638, CHARLES I (1625 - 1649), AR Twenty Pence minted at Edinburgh, Scotland8 viewsObverse: CAR•D:G•SCOT•ANG•FR•ET•HIB•R•. Crowned bust of Charles I, which goes to the edge of the coin, facing left, XX with a small lozenge above and below behind bust; small B (for Briot) below.
Reverse: IVSTITIA•THRONVM•FIRMAT• small B (off flan, for Briot) at end of legend. Thistle with Scottish crown above. The reverse legend translates as 'Justice strengthens the Throne'.
This coin was produced using Briot's new coining press during the third coinage period which ran from 1637 to 1642.
Diameter: 17mm | Weight: 0,8gms | Die Axis: 6
SPINK: 5581

Nicholas Briot, a Frenchman previously employed by the French and English mints, was appointed Master of the Scottish mint in August 1634. He was later joined by his son-in-law John Falconer, who succeeded him in 1646.
Briot's work was of the highest calibre, and his introduction of the mill and screw press gave the Scottish series of coins a technical excellence previously unknown.
After Briot's departure from Scotland in 1638 there was a rapid falling off from his high standard of workmanship. Although considerable use was made of Briot's punches for Falconer's third coinage issues, many of the dies were badly executed, and there was even more of a deterioration during the fourth coinage period which resulted in poorly produced coins of no artistic merit.

After his succession, Charles quarrelled with the Parliament of England, which sought to curb his royal prerogative. Charles believed in the divine right of kings and thought he could govern according to his own conscience. Many of his subjects opposed his policies, in particular the levying of taxes without parliamentary consent, and perceived his actions as those of a tyrannical absolute monarch. His religious policies, coupled with his marriage to a Roman Catholic, generated the antipathy and mistrust of Reformed groups such as the English Puritans and the Scottish Covenanters, who thought his views were too Catholic. He supported high church Anglican ecclesiastics and his attempts to force the Church of Scotland to adopt high Anglican practices led to the Bishops' Wars, and helped precipitate his own downfall.
From 1642, Charles fought the Parliamentary army in the English Civil War. After his defeat in 1645, he surrendered to a Scottish force that eventually handed him over to the English Parliament. Charles refused to accept his captors' demands for a constitutional monarchy, and after temporarily escaping captivity in November 1647, he was re-imprisoned on the Isle of Wight. Although Charles had managed to forge an alliance with Scotland, by the end of 1648 Oliver Cromwell's New Model Army had consolidated its control over England and Charles was tried, convicted, and executed for high treason in January 1649. The monarchy was abolished and a republic called the Commonwealth of England was declared. The Parliament of Scotland however, proclaimed Charles I's son as King Charles II on the 5th of February 1649.
The political crisis in England that followed the death of Cromwell in 1658 resulted in the restoration of the monarchy whereby Charles II was invited to return and, on the 29th of May 1660, he was received in London to public acclaim. After 1660 all Charles II's legal documents in Britain were dated from 1649, the year when he had succeeded his father as king in Scotland.
2 comments*Alex12/01/18 at 15:56Jay GT4: Nice one!
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Vespasian RIC-19042 viewsĆ Sestertius, 25.22g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 190 (C3). BMC 560.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: ROMA; S C in field; Roma stg. l., with Victory and spear
Ex Pegasi 39, 13 November 2018, lot 467. Ex Bonhams, 11 June 2018, group lot 3. Ex Superior 2-3 June 1998, The J. B. Parker Collection, lot 7023.

In 71 AD the Rome and Lugdunum mints struck a massive iconic issue of aes coinage for Vespasian, setting the tone for the bronze coinage for the remainder of the reign. One of the commonest sestertius types struck for the issue was Roma holding Victory. Roma is depicted in the guise of an Amazon warrior, a typical attribute for her on the coinage during the Flavian era.

Fantastic portrait in good style.
5 commentsDavid Atherton12/01/18 at 14:31Nemonater: Beautiful bronze!
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3470 CHALCIDICE, Chalcis ad Belum Hadrian, Laurel wreath Δ3 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3470; CRS 437/15; Butcher Pl. 25, Chalcis 15a; Paris 1762/1763

Obv. ΑΥΤΟΚΡ ΚΑΙС ΤΡΑΙΑ-ΝΟС ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС
Laureate head of Hadrian, r., with drapery on far shoulder

Rev. ΦΛ ΧΑΛ/ΚΙΔΕωΝ / Δ
laurel-wreath

10.99 gr
23 mm
12h
1 commentsokidoki12/01/18 at 14:13quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Struck 1637 - 1638, CHARLES I (1625 - 1649), AR Twenty Pence minted at Edinburgh, Scotland8 viewsObverse: CAR•D:G•SCOT•ANG•FR•ET•HIB•R•. Crowned bust of Charles I, which goes to the edge of the coin, facing left, XX with a small lozenge above and below behind bust; small B (for Briot) below.
Reverse: IVSTITIA•THRONVM•FIRMAT• small B (off flan, for Briot) at end of legend. Thistle with Scottish crown above. The reverse legend translates as 'Justice strengthens the Throne'.
This coin was produced using Briot's new coining press during the third coinage period which ran from 1637 to 1642.
Diameter: 17mm | Weight: 0,8gms | Die Axis: 6
SPINK: 5581

Nicholas Briot, a Frenchman previously employed by the French and English mints, was appointed Master of the Scottish mint in August 1634. He was later joined by his son-in-law John Falconer, who succeeded him in 1646.
Briot's work was of the highest calibre, and his introduction of the mill and screw press gave the Scottish series of coins a technical excellence previously unknown.
After Briot's departure from Scotland in 1638 there was a rapid falling off from his high standard of workmanship. Although considerable use was made of Briot's punches for Falconer's third coinage issues, many of the dies were badly executed, and there was even more of a deterioration during the fourth coinage period which resulted in poorly produced coins of no artistic merit.

After his succession, Charles quarrelled with the Parliament of England, which sought to curb his royal prerogative. Charles believed in the divine right of kings and thought he could govern according to his own conscience. Many of his subjects opposed his policies, in particular the levying of taxes without parliamentary consent, and perceived his actions as those of a tyrannical absolute monarch. His religious policies, coupled with his marriage to a Roman Catholic, generated the antipathy and mistrust of Reformed groups such as the English Puritans and the Scottish Covenanters, who thought his views were too Catholic. He supported high church Anglican ecclesiastics and his attempts to force the Church of Scotland to adopt high Anglican practices led to the Bishops' Wars, and helped precipitate his own downfall.
From 1642, Charles fought the Parliamentary army in the English Civil War. After his defeat in 1645, he surrendered to a Scottish force that eventually handed him over to the English Parliament. Charles refused to accept his captors' demands for a constitutional monarchy, and after temporarily escaping captivity in November 1647, he was re-imprisoned on the Isle of Wight. Although Charles had managed to forge an alliance with Scotland, by the end of 1648 Oliver Cromwell's New Model Army had consolidated its control over England and Charles was tried, convicted, and executed for high treason in January 1649. The monarchy was abolished and a republic called the Commonwealth of England was declared. The Parliament of Scotland however, proclaimed Charles I's son as King Charles II on the 5th of February 1649.
The political crisis in England that followed the death of Cromwell in 1658 resulted in the restoration of the monarchy whereby Charles II was invited to return and, on the 29th of May 1660, he was received in London to public acclaim. After 1660 all Charles II's legal documents in Britain were dated from 1649, the year when he had succeeded his father as king in Scotland.
2 comments*Alex12/01/18 at 14:12quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Caria, Knidos, (c.250-210 B.C.), SNG Keckman 1 182, AE-11, -/-//--, KNI above prow right, Scarce!68 viewsCaria, Knidos, (c.250-210 B.C.), SNG Keckman 1 182, AE-11, -/-//--, KNI above prow right, Scarce!
avers: Head of Aphrodite right, wearing stephane.
reverse: KNI above prow right, magistrate's name (?) below.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 10,0-11,0mm, weight: 1,41g, axes: 0h,
mint: Caria, Knidos, date: c. 250-210 B.C., ref: SNG Keckman 1 182 (?), SNG Helsinki 182,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans12/01/18 at 13:21Jay GT4: Sweeet
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6 kreuzer 1674 Austria Leopold I., SHS Breslau6 views2 commentsRandygeki(h2)12/01/18 at 06:05Mat: Gotta love the hogmouths
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Byzantine, MANUEL Comnenus I, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1969 DOC 16 CLBC 4.4.3 27 views
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; right hand raised high in benediction holds Gospels in l. hand. Pellets in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right a labrum on a long shaft. On which X and in l. globus cruciger


Size 19.6mm

Weight 3.0


DOC lists 11 examples with weights from 2.76 to 4.14 gm and sizes from 18mm to 20mm
4 commentsSimon12/01/18 at 04:49wileyc: I agree nice strike, great detail really nice stri...
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6 kreuzer 1674 Austria Leopold I., SHS Breslau6 views2 commentsRandygeki(h2)12/01/18 at 04:48quadrans: Nice one
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Caria, Knidos, (c.250-210 B.C.), SNG Keckman 1 182, AE-11, -/-//--, KNI above prow right, Scarce!68 viewsCaria, Knidos, (c.250-210 B.C.), SNG Keckman 1 182, AE-11, -/-//--, KNI above prow right, Scarce!
avers: Head of Aphrodite right, wearing stephane.
reverse: KNI above prow right, magistrate's name (?) below.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 10,0-11,0mm, weight: 1,41g, axes: 0h,
mint: Caria, Knidos, date: c. 250-210 B.C., ref: SNG Keckman 1 182 (?), SNG Helsinki 182,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/30/18 at 20:04Steve P: Very cool ... yah, I'm a total fan of the prow...
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Domitian5 viewsAR Denarius (18mm, 2.72 g, 7h). Ephesus mint. Struck AD 71. bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right, wearing aegis / Victory advancing right, holding palm frond and wreath; EPE mintmark to lower right. RIC II 1447 (Vespasian); RPC 848; RSC 336. VF, minor roughness.

ex CNG Auc 433 lot 386
2 commentsarash p11/29/18 at 20:22Jay GT4: Nice
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Julia Mamaea Sestertius5 viewsAE Sestertius
Obv: IVLIA MAMAEA AVGVSTA
Rev: FELECITAS PVBLICA S C; Felecitas stg. l., leaning on column, holding caduceus

C.21
2 commentsTanit11/29/18 at 19:20quadrans: Nice one
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Domitian5 viewsAR Denarius (18mm, 2.72 g, 7h). Ephesus mint. Struck AD 71. bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right, wearing aegis / Victory advancing right, holding palm frond and wreath; EPE mintmark to lower right. RIC II 1447 (Vespasian); RPC 848; RSC 336. VF, minor roughness.

ex CNG Auc 433 lot 386
2 commentsarash p11/29/18 at 19:19quadrans: Nice piece..
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Sasanian Empire. Khusro II (first reign 590-591 A.D., second reign -591-628 A.D.)13 viewsAR drachm; struck during second reign in regnal year 30 = 619 A.D.; WH = Veh-Ardashir mint (in Central Iraq); 3.94 g., 32.57 mm. max., 90°

Obv: Facing bust, head right, wearing winged (second type) crown with star and crescent, inside double dotted-border , crescents with stars at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock; hwslwb (= Khusro) in Pahlavi alphabet to right, GDH ligature and apzwt in Pahlavi alphabet (= may his glory/splendor grow) to left.

Rev: Fire altar with two attendants standing facing, both hands on sword hilt, crescents on heads, all inside triple dotted-border, crescents with stars at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o'clock; WH (= mint abbreviation for Veh-Ardashir mint) in Pahlavi alphabet to right, SYH (= regnal year 30) in Pahlavi alphabet to left.

Sold as a Hephthalite issue in the style of a Sasanian coin. However, the coin lacks a Sogdian tamgha and appears to be an official Khusro II issue. Attribution assistance, especially regarding the mint abbreviation and date courtesy of Tracy Aiello. https://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=117193.new;topicseen#new
1 commentsStkp11/29/18 at 19:14quadrans: Great piece ...
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RIC 144 Domitian Denarius 51 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head of Domitian right

IVPPITER CONSERVATOR
Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left

Rome 82-83 AD
3.37g

RIC 144 (R)

Ex-inumis France
11 commentsJay GT411/29/18 at 18:41okidoki: wonderful Joe, must be one of you best coin
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Seleukos III3 viewsSELEUKID EMPIRE. Seleukos III Soter (Keraunos). 225/4-222 BC. AR Tetradrachm (29mm, 16.79 g, 12h). Antioch on the Orontes mint. Diademed head right / Apollo Delphios seated left on omphalos, testing arrow, resting hand on bow; monograms to outer left and right. SC 921.1; Le Rider, Antioche 31-74 (obv. die A3); HGC 9, 414c. VF, toned, small edge chip, light deposits on reverse.

From the Collection of a Novelist. Ex Agora Auctions 63 (20 December 2016), lot 53.
ex CNG Auc 433 lot 109
2 commentsarash p11/29/18 at 15:29shanxi: nice
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Seleukos III3 viewsSELEUKID EMPIRE. Seleukos III Soter (Keraunos). 225/4-222 BC. AR Tetradrachm (29mm, 16.79 g, 12h). Antioch on the Orontes mint. Diademed head right / Apollo Delphios seated left on omphalos, testing arrow, resting hand on bow; monograms to outer left and right. SC 921.1; Le Rider, Antioche 31-74 (obv. die A3); HGC 9, 414c. VF, toned, small edge chip, light deposits on reverse.

From the Collection of a Novelist. Ex Agora Auctions 63 (20 December 2016), lot 53.
ex CNG Auc 433 lot 109
2 commentsarash p11/29/18 at 15:12museumguy: Very nice coin!
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Roman, Victorinus, cuirassed bust left58 viewsFlawless and superb portrait of Victorinus3 commentsSTEPHANE R11/29/18 at 13:42Harry G: Interesting piece; never seen one of those before!...
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552 Hadrian Orichalcum Sestertius, Roma 118 AD Hadrian and Liberalitas 21 viewsReference.
RIC 552; Strack 516; Hunter II 324, BMCRE III 1137, Cohen II 914, SRCV II 3606 var. (band over shoulder, S - C at sides); Banti 488

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder, seen from front

Rev. PONT MAX TR POT COS II / S C LIBERALITAS AVG
Hadrian seated left on raised platform, before him sits an attendant distributing coins to a togate citizen climbing steps of platform, Liberalitas standing left on far side of attendant, holding coin counter, LIBERALITAS AVG / S C (senatus consulto) in exergue

25.81 gr
35 mm
6h

Note.
The generosity and munificent largesses of Hadrian, after having been recorded many times on various coins and in diverse ways, are on the reverse of a first brass medal of great rarity, glorified altogether by the above splendid title, "The Benefactor of the World," a superlative the more remarkable, inasmuch as, neither before nor afterward, is it found conferred on any other emperor. -- Dictionary| of Roman| Coins|
FORVM coin
5 commentsokidoki11/29/18 at 13:32NORMAN K: fantastic great bust
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Vespasian RIC-19042 viewsĆ Sestertius, 25.22g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 190 (C3). BMC 560.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: ROMA; S C in field; Roma stg. l., with Victory and spear
Ex Pegasi 39, 13 November 2018, lot 467. Ex Bonhams, 11 June 2018, group lot 3. Ex Superior 2-3 June 1998, The J. B. Parker Collection, lot 7023.

In 71 AD the Rome and Lugdunum mints struck a massive iconic issue of aes coinage for Vespasian, setting the tone for the bronze coinage for the remainder of the reign. One of the commonest sestertius types struck for the issue was Roma holding Victory. Roma is depicted in the guise of an Amazon warrior, a typical attribute for her on the coinage during the Flavian era.

Fantastic portrait in good style.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/29/18 at 13:31NORMAN K: very nice! well centered and great strike
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7 views1 commentsQuant.Geek11/29/18 at 12:49Canaan: that is a must have,great coin congrats
RIC_521,_112_Probus,_AE-Ant,_IMP_C_PROBVS_AVG_CONS_IIII,_PAX_AVGVSTI,_T_VXXI,_H2,_Ticinum,_em-9,_off-5,_281AD,_Rare,_Q-001,_6h,_20,5-26mm,_2,41g-s.jpg
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 521, Ticinum, PAX AVGVSTI, Bust H/H2, T/-//VXXI, Pax standing left, Rare!58 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 521, Ticinum, PAX AVGVSTI, Bust H/H2, T/-//VXXI, Pax standing left, Rare!
avers: IMP C PROBVS AVG CONS IIII, Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding sceptre surmounted by eagle. (H/H2)
reverse: PAX AVGVSTI, Pax standing left, holding olive-branch and sceptre.
exergue: T/-//VXXI, diameter: 20,5-26,0mm, weight: 2,41g, axes: 6h,
mint: Ticinum, 9th. emission, 5th. officinae, date: 282 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 521, Rare!
Q-001
This coin is part of the EQVITI series ("T") of Ticinum.
1 commentsquadrans11/29/18 at 08:57Barnaba6: Nice adddition!
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Julia Mamaea Sestertius5 viewsAE Sestertius
Obv: IVLIA MAMAEA AVGVSTA
Rev: FELECITAS PVBLICA S C; Felecitas stg. l., leaning on column, holding caduceus

C.21
2 commentsTanit11/29/18 at 08:54shanxi: nice example
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Semilibral Struck AE Triens (Crawford 39)15 viewsRome. The Republic.
Semilibral Reduction, 217-215 BCE
Ć Triens (54 grams; 37 mm).
Uncertain Italian Mint.

Obverse: Head of Juno (?) right, wearing double-crested diadem, her hair tied in three ringlets down neck; scepter or sword over left shoulder (?); ●●●● (mark of value) behind.

Reverse: Hercules, naked but for lion skin, grasping centaur by hair and preparing to strike him with club; ●●●● (mark of value) before; ROMA in exergue.

References: Crawford 39/1; Sydenham 93 (R6); BMCRR (Romano-Campanian) 113-115.

Provenance: Ex Munzen und Medaillen 47 (1972), Lot 74.

Crawford dates his 39 series of collateral, semilibral struck bronzes to the early years of the Second Punic War, 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 ˝ Roman pound) and eventual elimination of cast coins. Crawford deduces that Hannibal’s defeat of Rome at Trasimene in 217 B.C. likely tipped the financial scales to the semilibral reduction. He notes that Capua overstruck Roman coinage of the late semi-libral period when Capua joined with Hannibal in 216-215. Further, in Roman Republican Coin Hoards, Crawford reports that hoard #56, found at Capua in 1909, contained three trientes and four sextantes of the “collateral” series; thus the series must have circulated in Capua for a time before the town switched sides to Hannibal in 216-215. It appears that the standard, prow-type semilibral coins (Crawford 38) came first, because hoards containing the Crawford 39 coins almost always contain semilibral prow types as well.

The obverse of this Triens is particularly enigmatic. Both before, during and after production of this series, the goddess depicted on trientes was typically Minerva. In Roman iconography, Minerva’s attributes are the Corinthian helmet, aegis and spear. The goddess on this triens lacks the Corinthian helmet that was used to depict Minerva in previous Aes Grave series of libral and semilibral weight standard (See Crawford 35 and 38 Aes Grave) and on the subsequent, prow-type, struck trientes (Crawford 41 and 56). Some authors are non-committal as to the goddess’ identity (Crawford, for one, in his catalogue; though elsewhere in his text he refers to “Juno”); others attribute the goddess as Juno who, as Jupiter’s consort, is typically rendered with a diadem crown and scepter; and others believe the goddess is Bellona, a war goddess who is typically rendered with helmet and weapon. Firm identification depends, in part, on proper understanding of the headgear. I think attempts to call the headgear a “helmet” or “partial helmet” are misguided efforts to explain the crest. In my opinion, the headgear is a crested diadem. The odd crest attached to the end of the diadem is possibly a misinterpreted element borrowed from portraits of Tanit on Punic coinage, which always show Tanit with a stylized wheat leaf in this location (Tanit’s depiction was likely borrowed by the Carthaginians from Syracusan tetradrachms). There is also some confusion as to what the goddess holds over her left shoulder. Condition issues and poor strikes on some examples often eliminate this aspect of the design. Fortunately, my example is quite clear and one can see the shadowy image on the left shoulder which extends in straight-line behind the left side of the goddess’ head ending in a visible, rounded point above her head. Crawford may have thought the lower part of this element represented the goddess’ far-side curls (“hair falls in tight rolls onto BOTH shoulders” emphasis added), but this interpretation does not explain the point above her head. The point is not likely to represent the opposite crest, as the crest on the visible side does not extend above head-top level. A more plausible theory, proposed by both Grueber and Sydenham, is that the goddess is holding a scepter over her left shoulder, which is consistent with Juno’s attributes. Other possibilities are that she bears a spear, which is an attribute of Minerva, or a sword, which is an attribute of Bellona.

The Series 39 types and their relationship to contemporaneous Second Punic War events are interesting to ponder. Hercules is an important figure, appearing on two of the 10 available sides of the series. Likely this is a paradigm of Roman heroism during the War. In the myth depicted on this Triens, Hercules kills a centaur for assaulting his wife – is this an allegorical reference to Hannibal’s assault on Italy (and the likely response from Rome)?

Despite its beauty, this type would never again be repeated on a Roman coin. However, related imagery can be found on quincunxes of Capua and quadrantes of Larinum, Apulia, immediately following the defection of those towns to Hannibal’s side of the Second Punic War.
3 commentsCarausius11/29/18 at 07:56quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Sextus Pompey, AR Denarius9 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Sextus Pompey, 42-36 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.49g; 20mm).
Sicilian mint, 42-40 BCE.

Obverse: MAG PIVS IMP ITER; Pharos of Messina with two windows and a balcony, surmounted by statue of Neptune wearing helmet and holding trident and resting foot on prow; galley with aquila passing before.

Rev: PRAEF CLAS ET ORAE MARIT EX S C; the monster, Scylla, her body terminating in two fish-tails and the foreparts of three dogs, facing left and wielding a rudder with two hands.

References: Crawford 511/4a; HCRI 335; Sydenham 1348; BMCRR (Sicily) 18-19; Banti 8/3 (this coin illustrated); Pompeia 22.

Provenance: Ex Kuenker Auction 312 (8 Oct 2018), Lot 2712; Walter Niggeler (d. 1964) Collection [Leu/Muenzen und Medaillen (21-22 Oct 1966), Lot 964].

Sextus Pompey was younger son of Pompey the Great. After Caesar's assassination, in 43 BCE, he was honored by the Senate with the title "Commander of the Fleet and Sea Coasts" (Praefectus classis et orae maritimae). Shortly following this honor, the Second Triumvirate was formed and placed Sextus' name on their proscription list. Sextus soon occupied Sicily where he provided haven to other Romans proscribed by the Triumvirs. He retained control of Sicily from 42 to 36 BCE. In 42 BCE, Octavian sent Salvidienus Rufus to dislodge Sextus, but Rufus was defeated. It was likely between this defeat of Rufus and the Pact of Misenum with the Triumvirs (39 BCE) that Sextus struck much of his coinage, including this type. The rough seas around Sicily were beneficial to Sextus and particularly rough on his enemies, thus Neptune and the marine monster Scylla, destroyer of ships, are prominently displayed on this coin.
3 commentsCarausius11/29/18 at 07:55quadrans: Another nice piece
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Vespasian RIC-19042 viewsĆ Sestertius, 25.22g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 190 (C3). BMC 560.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: ROMA; S C in field; Roma stg. l., with Victory and spear
Ex Pegasi 39, 13 November 2018, lot 467. Ex Bonhams, 11 June 2018, group lot 3. Ex Superior 2-3 June 1998, The J. B. Parker Collection, lot 7023.

In 71 AD the Rome and Lugdunum mints struck a massive iconic issue of aes coinage for Vespasian, setting the tone for the bronze coinage for the remainder of the reign. One of the commonest sestertius types struck for the issue was Roma holding Victory. Roma is depicted in the guise of an Amazon warrior, a typical attribute for her on the coinage during the Flavian era.

Fantastic portrait in good style.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/29/18 at 07:54quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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EB0148 Parthamaspates / Archer2 viewsParthamaspates 116 AD, PARTHIAN KINGDOM, AR Drachm, Ecbatana mint.
Obverse: Bust left with short beard wearing tiara with ear flaps decorated on side with crescents and star; earring visible; diadem with loop and two wide ends plus pendent beaded decoration falling from tiara with diadem tails.
Reverse: Archer seated right on throne holding bow, below bow monogram #26 (AT); archer's seat represented as horizontal line, five horizontal bars to throne back. 7-line legend.
References: Shore 423, Sell. 81.1.
Diameter: 20.5mm, Weight: 3.312g.
1 commentsEB11/29/18 at 07:53quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Parthia - Unknown King (80-70 BCE)3 viewsMetal/Size: AR21; Weight: 3.6 grams; Denomination: Drachm; Mint: Ecbatana; Date: 80-70 BCE; Obverse: Bare-headed bust left, w/diadem, knot and 2 ribbons; medium-long hair in 3 waves, mustache, short beard; multi-turn torque w/single pellet finial; cuirass; dotted border. Reverse: Beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne; five-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ; References: Sellwood 30.14; Shore #131.1 commentsmuseumguy11/29/18 at 07:52quadrans: Nice piece..
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Sarabhapuriyas of Maha Kosala: Prasannamitra (ca. 525-550 CE) AV 12 Rattis (ATEC 5207; ACR 904; Friedberg 120)10 viewsObv: Garuda standing facing with wings outstretched, flanked by discus and sankh shell; crescent and pellet flanking head; in lower region, Brahmi legend: śri prasannamitra, kalasa below
Rev: Incuse image of obverse design
Dim: 18mm, 1.32 g, 12h
1 commentsQuant.Geek11/29/18 at 07:51quadrans: Wow...
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LONDON mint - trefoil quadrilateral type AR penny Edward the Confessor - moneyer GOLSI (=Goldsige) 8 viewsObverse: ✠ EADPERD REX
Reverse: ✠ GOLSI: ON LVNDE
Ř = 18mm
Weight = 1,02 gram

Provenance:
•Ex Heritage auctions Europe auction November 2018, lot 6095
•Ex Seaby's Coin and Medal Bulletin, January 1979 (list 725), coin E14

Note: the spelling of the moneyer's name is odd. I would've expected the first letter to be a G, but it almost looks like several letters are engraved on the same spot on top of eachother. A spelling error made when engraving the die? Seaby also noted this, but did not elaborate.
1 commentsRomaVictor11/29/18 at 07:50quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Elymais, Van´t Haaff 08.1-1-1B, Kamnaskires IV, Zeus7 viewsKingdom of Elymais
Kamnaskires IV
Tetradrachm
Seleukeia on the Hedyphon, dated SE 255 = 58/7 BC
Obv.: Diademed and draped bust of Kamnaskires IV left, [Seleukid anchor behind]; c/m: Nike standing left, within rectangular incuse
Rev.: Zeus seated left, holding sceptre and Nike, who crowns him; IACIΛEΩC KAMNACKIPOY TOY E BACIΛEΩC KAMNACKIPOY around, PK monogram in inner left field, [E]NΣ (date) in exergue.
14.25g, 31mm, 12h
Ref.: Van't Haaff type 8.1, subtype 1-1B; cf. Alram 458; cf. DCA 520
Ex Roma Numismatics, E-LIVE Auction 3, Lot 368
2 commentsshanxi11/29/18 at 06:17quadrans: Interesting piece..
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BCC MA21, MA22, MA235 viewsWarded Bronze Ring Keys
Caesarea Maritima
Uncertain Date
1st-3rd Century CE?
cf. D. Jackson, Roman Gallery
of Locks, Keys, and Seals,
#239, 614, 1005
(romanlocks.com).
Surface finds, 1971-1974
1 commentsv-drome11/29/18 at 06:16quadrans: Interesting ...
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Elymais, Van´t Haaff 08.1-1-1B, Kamnaskires IV, Zeus7 viewsKingdom of Elymais
Kamnaskires IV
Tetradrachm
Seleukeia on the Hedyphon, dated SE 255 = 58/7 BC
Obv.: Diademed and draped bust of Kamnaskires IV left, [Seleukid anchor behind]; c/m: Nike standing left, within rectangular incuse
Rev.: Zeus seated left, holding sceptre and Nike, who crowns him; IACIΛEΩC KAMNACKIPOY TOY E BACIΛEΩC KAMNACKIPOY around, PK monogram in inner left field, [E]NΣ (date) in exergue.
14.25g, 31mm, 12h
Ref.: Van't Haaff type 8.1, subtype 1-1B; cf. Alram 458; cf. DCA 520
Ex Roma Numismatics, E-LIVE Auction 3, Lot 368
2 commentsshanxi11/28/18 at 19:31Stkp: Nice
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Semilibral Struck AE Triens (Crawford 39)15 viewsRome. The Republic.
Semilibral Reduction, 217-215 BCE
Ć Triens (54 grams; 37 mm).
Uncertain Italian Mint.

Obverse: Head of Juno (?) right, wearing double-crested diadem, her hair tied in three ringlets down neck; scepter or sword over left shoulder (?); ●●●● (mark of value) behind.

Reverse: Hercules, naked but for lion skin, grasping centaur by hair and preparing to strike him with club; ●●●● (mark of value) before; ROMA in exergue.

References: Crawford 39/1; Sydenham 93 (R6); BMCRR (Romano-Campanian) 113-115.

Provenance: Ex Munzen und Medaillen 47 (1972), Lot 74.

Crawford dates his 39 series of collateral, semilibral struck bronzes to the early years of the Second Punic War, 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 ˝ Roman pound) and eventual elimination of cast coins. Crawford deduces that Hannibal’s defeat of Rome at Trasimene in 217 B.C. likely tipped the financial scales to the semilibral reduction. He notes that Capua overstruck Roman coinage of the late semi-libral period when Capua joined with Hannibal in 216-215. Further, in Roman Republican Coin Hoards, Crawford reports that hoard #56, found at Capua in 1909, contained three trientes and four sextantes of the “collateral” series; thus the series must have circulated in Capua for a time before the town switched sides to Hannibal in 216-215. It appears that the standard, prow-type semilibral coins (Crawford 38) came first, because hoards containing the Crawford 39 coins almost always contain semilibral prow types as well.

The obverse of this Triens is particularly enigmatic. Both before, during and after production of this series, the goddess depicted on trientes was typically Minerva. In Roman iconography, Minerva’s attributes are the Corinthian helmet, aegis and spear. The goddess on this triens lacks the Corinthian helmet that was used to depict Minerva in previous Aes Grave series of libral and semilibral weight standard (See Crawford 35 and 38 Aes Grave) and on the subsequent, prow-type, struck trientes (Crawford 41 and 56). Some authors are non-committal as to the goddess’ identity (Crawford, for one, in his catalogue; though elsewhere in his text he refers to “Juno”); others attribute the goddess as Juno who, as Jupiter’s consort, is typically rendered with a diadem crown and scepter; and others believe the goddess is Bellona, a war goddess who is typically rendered with helmet and weapon. Firm identification depends, in part, on proper understanding of the headgear. I think attempts to call the headgear a “helmet” or “partial helmet” are misguided efforts to explain the crest. In my opinion, the headgear is a crested diadem. The odd crest attached to the end of the diadem is possibly a misinterpreted element borrowed from portraits of Tanit on Punic coinage, which always show Tanit with a stylized wheat leaf in this location (Tanit’s depiction was likely borrowed by the Carthaginians from Syracusan tetradrachms). There is also some confusion as to what the goddess holds over her left shoulder. Condition issues and poor strikes on some examples often eliminate this aspect of the design. Fortunately, my example is quite clear and one can see the shadowy image on the left shoulder which extends in straight-line behind the left side of the goddess’ head ending in a visible, rounded point above her head. Crawford may have thought the lower part of this element represented the goddess’ far-side curls (“hair falls in tight rolls onto BOTH shoulders” emphasis added), but this interpretation does not explain the point above her head. The point is not likely to represent the opposite crest, as the crest on the visible side does not extend above head-top level. A more plausible theory, proposed by both Grueber and Sydenham, is that the goddess is holding a scepter over her left shoulder, which is consistent with Juno’s attributes. Other possibilities are that she bears a spear, which is an attribute of Minerva, or a sword, which is an attribute of Bellona.

The Series 39 types and their relationship to contemporaneous Second Punic War events are interesting to ponder. Hercules is an important figure, appearing on two of the 10 available sides of the series. Likely this is a paradigm of Roman heroism during the War. In the myth depicted on this Triens, Hercules kills a centaur for assaulting his wife – is this an allegorical reference to Hannibal’s assault on Italy (and the likely response from Rome)?

Despite its beauty, this type would never again be repeated on a Roman coin. However, related imagery can be found on quincunxes of Capua and quadrantes of Larinum, Apulia, immediately following the defection of those towns to Hannibal’s side of the Second Punic War.
3 commentsCarausius11/28/18 at 09:03Pharsalos: Wow, spectacular.
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EB0061 Artemis / Bull11 viewsIonian Islands, Island of Ikaros, Oenoe AR Drachm. 3rd century BC.
Obverse: Head of Artemis ľ right.
Reverse: IONAI below bull butting right.
References: Sear 4620.
Diameter: 16mm, Weight: 3.465g.
2 commentsEB11/28/18 at 09:00Pharsalos: Beautiful!
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EB0140 Vonones II / Archer3 viewsVonones II 51 AD, PARTHIAN KINGDOM, AR Drachm, Ecbatana mint.
Obverse: Helmeted bust facing with short beard wearing diadem with loops at both sides; helmet with ornamentation (horns ?) and ear flaps. Royal wart on forehead; at each side six-pointed stars; border of dots.
Reverse: Beardless archer, seated right on throne; in right hand bow, below bow monogram #26 (AT); somewhat blundered 7-line Greek legend.
References: Shore 368, Sell. 67.1.
Diameter: 19.5mm, Weight: 3.754g.
2 commentsEB11/28/18 at 08:09quadrans: Nice one
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Elymais, Van´t Haaff 07.1.1-6, Kamnaskires III with Anzaze 11 viewsKingdom of Elymais
Kamnaskires III with Anzaze
Tetradrachm
Seleukeia on the Hedyphon, circa 82-75 BC
Obv.: Conjoined busts left of Kamnaskires and Queen Anzaze; [monogram above Seleukid anchor behind]; c/m: Nike standing left, within rectangular incuse
Rev.: Zeus seated left, holding sceptre and Nike, who crowns him; BΛCIΛEΩC KΛMNΛIKIPOY KΛI IΛIIΛIICHC ANZAZH (BAΣIΛEΩΣ KAMNΣKIROY KAI BAΣIΛIΣΣHΣ ANZAZHΣ) around, date below (out of flan).
11.88g, 26mm
Ref.: Sunrise 470; Alram 454 and note 548; for c/m, cf. Van't Haaff Type 7.1.1-6.
Ex Roma Numismatics, E-LIVE Auction 3, Lot 367
3 commentsshanxi11/28/18 at 08:08quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Byzantine, Alexius I Comnenus, AU Hyperpyron SBCV-191321 viewsAlexius I Comnenus, 1081-1118. Hyperpyron (Gold, 31 mm, 4.30 g, 6 h)

Constantinople, post-reform coinage, 1092-1118. +ΚЄ ROHΘЄI Christ, nimbate, seated facing on throne, raising his right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels in his left; in fields, IC - XC. Rev. A/ΛЄ/ΖΙω / ΔЄC/ΠΟ/ΤΗ; in right field, Tω / KO/MNH/Nω Alexius I standing facing, wearing crown, divitision and exaggerated jeweled chlamys, holding labarum with his right hand and globus cruciger with his left; in upper right field, manus Dei to left
This coin came with its pre WWII original ticket for a dealer in Amsterdam. Jacques Schulman.
1 commentsSimon11/28/18 at 06:31quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Pontos. Amisos (Circa 85-65 BC)7 viewsBronze AE

30mm, 19.53 g

Struck under Mithradates VI.

Obverse: Helmeted head of Athena right

Reverse: Perseus standing facing, holding harpa and head of Medusa; body of Medusa at feet, monograms to left and right.

HGC 7, 238

This coin depicts two figures from the legend of Medusa, who was once a beautiful young maiden who dared to challenge Athena's beauty. As punishment for her impiety, Medusa’s hair was turned into hissing serpents and condemned to turn every living thing which gazed upon her to turn to stone. Perseus, son of Zeus and the mortal Danae, was given the task of slaying this monster. He was aided, in part, by Athena who gave her shield to him for the task. In the context of the period which this coin is from, Perseus and Medusa could be representations of Mithradates VI and Rome, respectively.
1 commentsNathan P11/28/18 at 04:56EB: Great coin
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89. John VIII Palaeologus. 15 viewsJohn VIII Palaeologus.

1425-1448.
AR Stavraton (25mm, 4.78 g, 6h).
Constantinople mint.

O: Facing bust of Christ Pantokrator; lis in right field

R: Crowned facing bust of John; pellets flanking.

DOC 1647-8; PCPC 348.9; LBC 1051-2; SB 2563. VF, area of weak strike, deposits.

Ex-CNG
1 commentsSosius11/27/18 at 23:23Simon: Very Cool
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Caabria Tarentum AR Stater circa 281-272 BC 21mm 6.47g Vlasto 73617 viewsNaked boy on horse walking left,being received by a naked male figure standing left,crowning the horse,monogram to left.Rev Taras on dolphin right holding bow and arrows,beneath elephant.1 commentsGrant H11/27/18 at 23:02Jay GT4: Looks great but picture is tiny!
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Byzantine, MANUEL Comnenus I, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1969 DOC 16 CLBC 4.4.3 27 views
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; right hand raised high in benediction holds Gospels in l. hand. Pellets in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right a labrum on a long shaft. On which X and in l. globus cruciger


Size 19.6mm

Weight 3.0


DOC lists 11 examples with weights from 2.76 to 4.14 gm and sizes from 18mm to 20mm
4 commentsSimon11/27/18 at 20:00quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Huns, Nezak Huns, Anonymous II. King, "Nycky MLKA", (cc. 460-560 A.D.), Göbl Hunnen Em. 198, AR-Drachm, Fire altar,58 viewsHuns, Nezak Huns, Anonymous II. King, "Nycky MLKA", (cc. 460-560 A.D.), Göbl Hunnen Em. 198, AR-Drachm, Fire altar,
avers: Bust of Emperor in winged bull's head crown right.
reverse: Fire altar with ribbons and attendants; solar wheels above attendants.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 30,5mm, weight: 3,32g, axes: 3h,
mint: Nezak Hun, Kabul-Zabul mint, date: cc. 460-560 A.D., ref: Göbl Hunnen Em. 198,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/27/18 at 19:12okidoki: Nice Joe
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1919b ALEXIUS PB TETARTERON S-Unlisted DOC 37 CLBC 2.5.1 13 viewsOBV Full length figures of John II beardless on r., and st Demetrius, holding between them labarum on long shaft. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Saint wears short military tunic , breastplate, and saigon; holds sword, point resting on ground, in r. hand.

REV Full length figures of Alexius on l. and of Irene, holding between them cross on long shaft. Both wear stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type.

Size 17.49mm

Weight 4.4gm

These lead Tetarteron are coronation issues of John II and believed to be the origin of the series of tetartera. Thessalonica Mint

DOC lists 6 examples with weights running from3.33 gm to 6.16 gm and sizes from 17mm to 19mm

1 commentsSimon11/27/18 at 17:04quadrans: Nice find...
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EB0140 Vonones II / Archer3 viewsVonones II 51 AD, PARTHIAN KINGDOM, AR Drachm, Ecbatana mint.
Obverse: Helmeted bust facing with short beard wearing diadem with loops at both sides; helmet with ornamentation (horns ?) and ear flaps. Royal wart on forehead; at each side six-pointed stars; border of dots.
Reverse: Beardless archer, seated right on throne; in right hand bow, below bow monogram #26 (AT); somewhat blundered 7-line Greek legend.
References: Shore 368, Sell. 67.1.
Diameter: 19.5mm, Weight: 3.754g.
2 commentsEB11/27/18 at 15:49shanxi: nice facing bust
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2016 ALEXIUS III ANGELUS-COMNENUS AE HALF TETARTERON S-2016 DOC 7 CLBC 8.4.4 56 viewsOBV Bust of St. George , beardless and nimbate , wearing tunic, breastplate wearing tunic, breastplate, and sagion; holds spear in r. hand resting on l. shoulder and in l. hand. Scroll or hilt of sword

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger cr. Manus Dei ( Hands of God) in upper right field.

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron

Size 16mm

Weight 1.7gm

DOC lists 6 examples with weights from 1.2 to 1.9 gm and sizes 15x11 to 17mm
4 commentsSimon11/27/18 at 14:18*Alex: Great coin.
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Byzantine, MANUEL Comnenus I, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1969 DOC 16 CLBC 4.4.3 27 views
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; right hand raised high in benediction holds Gospels in l. hand. Pellets in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right a labrum on a long shaft. On which X and in l. globus cruciger


Size 19.6mm

Weight 3.0


DOC lists 11 examples with weights from 2.76 to 4.14 gm and sizes from 18mm to 20mm
4 commentsSimon11/27/18 at 14:16*Alex: Nice sharp details. Great.
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Vespasian RIC-19042 viewsĆ Sestertius, 25.22g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 190 (C3). BMC 560.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: ROMA; S C in field; Roma stg. l., with Victory and spear
Ex Pegasi 39, 13 November 2018, lot 467. Ex Bonhams, 11 June 2018, group lot 3. Ex Superior 2-3 June 1998, The J. B. Parker Collection, lot 7023.

In 71 AD the Rome and Lugdunum mints struck a massive iconic issue of aes coinage for Vespasian, setting the tone for the bronze coinage for the remainder of the reign. One of the commonest sestertius types struck for the issue was Roma holding Victory. Roma is depicted in the guise of an Amazon warrior, a typical attribute for her on the coinage during the Flavian era.

Fantastic portrait in good style.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/27/18 at 12:35Jay GT4: Great style
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Byzantine, MANUEL Comnenus I, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1969 DOC 16 CLBC 4.4.3 27 views
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; right hand raised high in benediction holds Gospels in l. hand. Pellets in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right a labrum on a long shaft. On which X and in l. globus cruciger


Size 19.6mm

Weight 3.0


DOC lists 11 examples with weights from 2.76 to 4.14 gm and sizes from 18mm to 20mm
4 commentsSimon11/27/18 at 04:43Jay GT4: Nice one
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EB0132 Phraates IV / King and Athena6 viewsPhraates IV 38-2 BC, PARTHIAN KINGDOM, AR Tetradrachm, Seleucia mint.
Obverse: Diademed and draped bust left, wart on forehead.
Reverse: Phraates seated right on throne, Athena standing left before him, presenting diadem and holding scepter.
References: Sell. 52.5.
Diameter: 27mm, Weight: 10.783g.
1 commentsEB11/27/18 at 04:08Robert L3: Quite a nice example of the type. Congrats.
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Elymais, Van´t Haaff 07.1.1-6, Kamnaskires III with Anzaze 11 viewsKingdom of Elymais
Kamnaskires III with Anzaze
Tetradrachm
Seleukeia on the Hedyphon, circa 82-75 BC
Obv.: Conjoined busts left of Kamnaskires and Queen Anzaze; [monogram above Seleukid anchor behind]; c/m: Nike standing left, within rectangular incuse
Rev.: Zeus seated left, holding sceptre and Nike, who crowns him; BΛCIΛEΩC KΛMNΛIKIPOY KΛI IΛIIΛIICHC ANZAZH (BAΣIΛEΩΣ KAMNΣKIROY KAI BAΣIΛIΣΣHΣ ANZAZHΣ) around, date below (out of flan).
11.88g, 26mm
Ref.: Sunrise 470; Alram 454 and note 548; for c/m, cf. Van't Haaff Type 7.1.1-6.
Ex Roma Numismatics, E-LIVE Auction 3, Lot 367
3 commentsshanxi11/27/18 at 04:05Robert L3: Very nice. Congrats.
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028 Károly Róbert., (Charles Robert of Anjou, Angevin)., King of Hungary, (1307-1342 A.D.) AR-Denarius, H-473, CNH-2-029, U-374.b, #0169 views028 Károly Róbert., (Charles Robert of Anjou, Angevin)., King of Hungary, (1307-1342 A.D.) AR-Denarius, H-473, CNH-2-029, U-374.b, #01
avers: ✠•M•REGIS KARVLI, King, facing, helmeted; border of dots.
reverse: Large Lily, L-I, line border.
exergue, mint mark: L/I//--, diameter: 14,5-14,8mm, weight: 0,63g, axis:6h,
mint: Hungary, Lipa, (today Lipova, Romania), date: 1330 (by Pohl) A.D., ref: Huszár-473, CNH-2-029, Unger-374.b, Pohl-31-03,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/26/18 at 23:00Stkp: Lovely
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028 Károly Róbert., (Charles Robert of Anjou, Angevin)., King of Hungary, (1307-1342 A.D.) AR-Denarius, H-473, CNH-2-029, U-374.b, #0169 views028 Károly Róbert., (Charles Robert of Anjou, Angevin)., King of Hungary, (1307-1342 A.D.) AR-Denarius, H-473, CNH-2-029, U-374.b, #01
avers: ✠•M•REGIS KARVLI, King, facing, helmeted; border of dots.
reverse: Large Lily, L-I, line border.
exergue, mint mark: L/I//--, diameter: 14,5-14,8mm, weight: 0,63g, axis:6h,
mint: Hungary, Lipa, (today Lipova, Romania), date: 1330 (by Pohl) A.D., ref: Huszár-473, CNH-2-029, Unger-374.b, Pohl-31-03,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/26/18 at 22:47*Alex: Another nice coin. There's no stopping you. :...
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Elymais, Van´t Haaff 07.1.1-6, Kamnaskires III with Anzaze 11 viewsKingdom of Elymais
Kamnaskires III with Anzaze
Tetradrachm
Seleukeia on the Hedyphon, circa 82-75 BC
Obv.: Conjoined busts left of Kamnaskires and Queen Anzaze; [monogram above Seleukid anchor behind]; c/m: Nike standing left, within rectangular incuse
Rev.: Zeus seated left, holding sceptre and Nike, who crowns him; BΛCIΛEΩC KΛMNΛIKIPOY KΛI IΛIIΛIICHC ANZAZH (BAΣIΛEΩΣ KAMNΣKIROY KAI BAΣIΛIΣΣHΣ ANZAZHΣ) around, date below (out of flan).
11.88g, 26mm
Ref.: Sunrise 470; Alram 454 and note 548; for c/m, cf. Van't Haaff Type 7.1.1-6.
Ex Roma Numismatics, E-LIVE Auction 3, Lot 367
3 commentsshanxi11/26/18 at 22:06Canaan: a great addition!!!!
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Huns, Nezak Huns, Anonymous II. King, "Nycky MLKA", (cc. 460-560 A.D.), Göbl Hunnen Em. 198, AR-Drachm, Fire altar,58 viewsHuns, Nezak Huns, Anonymous II. King, "Nycky MLKA", (cc. 460-560 A.D.), Göbl Hunnen Em. 198, AR-Drachm, Fire altar,
avers: Bust of Emperor in winged bull's head crown right.
reverse: Fire altar with ribbons and attendants; solar wheels above attendants.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 30,5mm, weight: 3,32g, axes: 3h,
mint: Nezak Hun, Kabul-Zabul mint, date: cc. 460-560 A.D., ref: Göbl Hunnen Em. 198,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/26/18 at 22:04Canaan: very nice on my wish list
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ric3092 viewsElagabalus
Orichalcum, Dupondius, Rome

Obv: IMP CAES M AVR ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, radiate draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: P. M. TR. P. III. COS III. P. P. → S.C., Elagabalus standing left in slow quadriga, holding eagle tipped scepter in his right hand and branch in left, above eight-pointed star.
26 mm, 10.07 gms

RIC 309
1 commentsCharles M11/26/18 at 18:14okidoki: nice reverse
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Sextus Pompey, AR Denarius9 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Sextus Pompey, 42-36 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.49g; 20mm).
Sicilian mint, 42-40 BCE.

Obverse: MAG PIVS IMP ITER; Pharos of Messina with two windows and a balcony, surmounted by statue of Neptune wearing helmet and holding trident and resting foot on prow; galley with aquila passing before.

Rev: PRAEF CLAS ET ORAE MARIT EX S C; the monster, Scylla, her body terminating in two fish-tails and the foreparts of three dogs, facing left and wielding a rudder with two hands.

References: Crawford 511/4a; HCRI 335; Sydenham 1348; BMCRR (Sicily) 18-19; Banti 8/3 (this coin illustrated); Pompeia 22.

Provenance: Ex Kuenker Auction 312 (8 Oct 2018), Lot 2712; Walter Niggeler (d. 1964) Collection [Leu/Muenzen und Medaillen (21-22 Oct 1966), Lot 964].

Sextus Pompey was younger son of Pompey the Great. After Caesar's assassination, in 43 BCE, he was honored by the Senate with the title "Commander of the Fleet and Sea Coasts" (Praefectus classis et orae maritimae). Shortly following this honor, the Second Triumvirate was formed and placed Sextus' name on their proscription list. Sextus soon occupied Sicily where he provided haven to other Romans proscribed by the Triumvirs. He retained control of Sicily from 42 to 36 BCE. In 42 BCE, Octavian sent Salvidienus Rufus to dislodge Sextus, but Rufus was defeated. It was likely between this defeat of Rufus and the Pact of Misenum with the Triumvirs (39 BCE) that Sextus struck much of his coinage, including this type. The rough seas around Sicily were beneficial to Sextus and particularly rough on his enemies, thus Neptune and the marine monster Scylla, destroyer of ships, are prominently displayed on this coin.
3 commentsCarausius11/26/18 at 16:04shanxi: very interesting coin
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Sextus Pompey, AR Denarius9 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Sextus Pompey, 42-36 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.49g; 20mm).
Sicilian mint, 42-40 BCE.

Obverse: MAG PIVS IMP ITER; Pharos of Messina with two windows and a balcony, surmounted by statue of Neptune wearing helmet and holding trident and resting foot on prow; galley with aquila passing before.

Rev: PRAEF CLAS ET ORAE MARIT EX S C; the monster, Scylla, her body terminating in two fish-tails and the foreparts of three dogs, facing left and wielding a rudder with two hands.

References: Crawford 511/4a; HCRI 335; Sydenham 1348; BMCRR (Sicily) 18-19; Banti 8/3 (this coin illustrated); Pompeia 22.

Provenance: Ex Kuenker Auction 312 (8 Oct 2018), Lot 2712; Walter Niggeler (d. 1964) Collection [Leu/Muenzen und Medaillen (21-22 Oct 1966), Lot 964].

Sextus Pompey was younger son of Pompey the Great. After Caesar's assassination, in 43 BCE, he was honored by the Senate with the title "Commander of the Fleet and Sea Coasts" (Praefectus classis et orae maritimae). Shortly following this honor, the Second Triumvirate was formed and placed Sextus' name on their proscription list. Sextus soon occupied Sicily where he provided haven to other Romans proscribed by the Triumvirs. He retained control of Sicily from 42 to 36 BCE. In 42 BCE, Octavian sent Salvidienus Rufus to dislodge Sextus, but Rufus was defeated. It was likely between this defeat of Rufus and the Pact of Misenum with the Triumvirs (39 BCE) that Sextus struck much of his coinage, including this type. The rough seas around Sicily were beneficial to Sextus and particularly rough on his enemies, thus Neptune and the marine monster Scylla, destroyer of ships, are prominently displayed on this coin.
3 commentsCarausius11/26/18 at 04:09Jay GT4: Great coin and provenance
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365 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-38 AD Patientia10 viewsReference.
RIC 365; Strack 202; Cohen 1010

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right.

Rev. PATIENTIA AVGVSTI COS III
Patientia, seated left on low seat, holding out right hand and holding transverse sceptre in left

3.18 gr
17 mm
6h

Note.
BMCRE 525, pl. 57.9 (same reverse die). Cohen 1010 ;RIC II 365
The Reka Devnia hoard contained two specimens of this type, one like ours and one with a draped bust. Strack 202 records the two Reka Devnia coins in Sofia, BMCRE 525, two specimens in Paris, and only three others: Gnecchi Collection, L.A. Lawrence, and Ball VI, 1932, lot 1355. This is the sole appearance of the personification Patientia on Roman coins. Apparently her name was not well received, because it was very soon changed to INDVLGENTIA AVG, and with the new name the identical type, seated female figure extending right hand and holding scepter, was struck in substantial quantity. As Strack and Mattingly suggested, the sense of the Patientia type, since it was soon to be renamed Indulgentia, may have been "endurance of other people's troubles rather than one's own" (BMCRE III, p. cxli).
2 commentsokidoki11/25/18 at 23:33Jay GT4: Really nice strike
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552 Hadrian Orichalcum Sestertius, Roma 118 AD Hadrian and Liberalitas 21 viewsReference.
RIC 552; Strack 516; Hunter II 324, BMCRE III 1137, Cohen II 914, SRCV II 3606 var. (band over shoulder, S - C at sides); Banti 488

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder, seen from front

Rev. PONT MAX TR POT COS II / S C LIBERALITAS AVG
Hadrian seated left on raised platform, before him sits an attendant distributing coins to a togate citizen climbing steps of platform, Liberalitas standing left on far side of attendant, holding coin counter, LIBERALITAS AVG / S C (senatus consulto) in exergue

25.81 gr
35 mm
6h

Note.
The generosity and munificent largesses of Hadrian, after having been recorded many times on various coins and in diverse ways, are on the reverse of a first brass medal of great rarity, glorified altogether by the above splendid title, "The Benefactor of the World," a superlative the more remarkable, inasmuch as, neither before nor afterward, is it found conferred on any other emperor. -- Dictionary| of Roman| Coins|
FORVM coin
5 commentsokidoki11/25/18 at 17:45Marsman: Wow 😳
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552 Hadrian Orichalcum Sestertius, Roma 118 AD Hadrian and Liberalitas 21 viewsReference.
RIC 552; Strack 516; Hunter II 324, BMCRE III 1137, Cohen II 914, SRCV II 3606 var. (band over shoulder, S - C at sides); Banti 488

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder, seen from front

Rev. PONT MAX TR POT COS II / S C LIBERALITAS AVG
Hadrian seated left on raised platform, before him sits an attendant distributing coins to a togate citizen climbing steps of platform, Liberalitas standing left on far side of attendant, holding coin counter, LIBERALITAS AVG / S C (senatus consulto) in exergue

25.81 gr
35 mm
6h

Note.
The generosity and munificent largesses of Hadrian, after having been recorded many times on various coins and in diverse ways, are on the reverse of a first brass medal of great rarity, glorified altogether by the above splendid title, "The Benefactor of the World," a superlative the more remarkable, inasmuch as, neither before nor afterward, is it found conferred on any other emperor. -- Dictionary| of Roman| Coins|
FORVM coin
5 commentsokidoki11/25/18 at 13:20*Alex: Great coin all round. Nice patina as well.
Alexander_III_,_Macedonia,_Kings,_(The_Great,_336_-_323_B_C_),_Price_3426,_AR-Tetradr_,_Arados,_Byblos,_cc__330-20,_Q-001,_0h,_25,5-27,5mm,_16,97g-s.jpg
Phoenicia, Arados, Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 3426, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, AP monogram in left field,60 viewsPhoenicia, Arados, Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 3426, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, AP monogram in left field,
avers: No legends, Young Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at the neck.
reverse: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, holding eagle and sceptre, AP monogram in left field, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 25,5-27,5mm, weight: 16,97g, axes: 0h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, ‘Arados, Phoenicia’ mint, AP monogram,
date: c.c.320-315 B.C.,(Posthumous issue), ref: Price(1991) 3426,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/25/18 at 05:32Jay GT4: It's ok Q
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Semilibral Struck AE Triens (Crawford 39)15 viewsRome. The Republic.
Semilibral Reduction, 217-215 BCE
Ć Triens (54 grams; 37 mm).
Uncertain Italian Mint.

Obverse: Head of Juno (?) right, wearing double-crested diadem, her hair tied in three ringlets down neck; scepter or sword over left shoulder (?); ●●●● (mark of value) behind.

Reverse: Hercules, naked but for lion skin, grasping centaur by hair and preparing to strike him with club; ●●●● (mark of value) before; ROMA in exergue.

References: Crawford 39/1; Sydenham 93 (R6); BMCRR (Romano-Campanian) 113-115.

Provenance: Ex Munzen und Medaillen 47 (1972), Lot 74.

Crawford dates his 39 series of collateral, semilibral struck bronzes to the early years of the Second Punic War, 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 ˝ Roman pound) and eventual elimination of cast coins. Crawford deduces that Hannibal’s defeat of Rome at Trasimene in 217 B.C. likely tipped the financial scales to the semilibral reduction. He notes that Capua overstruck Roman coinage of the late semi-libral period when Capua joined with Hannibal in 216-215. Further, in Roman Republican Coin Hoards, Crawford reports that hoard #56, found at Capua in 1909, contained three trientes and four sextantes of the “collateral” series; thus the series must have circulated in Capua for a time before the town switched sides to Hannibal in 216-215. It appears that the standard, prow-type semilibral coins (Crawford 38) came first, because hoards containing the Crawford 39 coins almost always contain semilibral prow types as well.

The obverse of this Triens is particularly enigmatic. Both before, during and after production of this series, the goddess depicted on trientes was typically Minerva. In Roman iconography, Minerva’s attributes are the Corinthian helmet, aegis and spear. The goddess on this triens lacks the Corinthian helmet that was used to depict Minerva in previous Aes Grave series of libral and semilibral weight standard (See Crawford 35 and 38 Aes Grave) and on the subsequent, prow-type, struck trientes (Crawford 41 and 56). Some authors are non-committal as to the goddess’ identity (Crawford, for one, in his catalogue; though elsewhere in his text he refers to “Juno”); others attribute the goddess as Juno who, as Jupiter’s consort, is typically rendered with a diadem crown and scepter; and others believe the goddess is Bellona, a war goddess who is typically rendered with helmet and weapon. Firm identification depends, in part, on proper understanding of the headgear. I think attempts to call the headgear a “helmet” or “partial helmet” are misguided efforts to explain the crest. In my opinion, the headgear is a crested diadem. The odd crest attached to the end of the diadem is possibly a misinterpreted element borrowed from portraits of Tanit on Punic coinage, which always show Tanit with a stylized wheat leaf in this location (Tanit’s depiction was likely borrowed by the Carthaginians from Syracusan tetradrachms). There is also some confusion as to what the goddess holds over her left shoulder. Condition issues and poor strikes on some examples often eliminate this aspect of the design. Fortunately, my example is quite clear and one can see the shadowy image on the left shoulder which extends in straight-line behind the left side of the goddess’ head ending in a visible, rounded point above her head. Crawford may have thought the lower part of this element represented the goddess’ far-side curls (“hair falls in tight rolls onto BOTH shoulders” emphasis added), but this interpretation does not explain the point above her head. The point is not likely to represent the opposite crest, as the crest on the visible side does not extend above head-top level. A more plausible theory, proposed by both Grueber and Sydenham, is that the goddess is holding a scepter over her left shoulder, which is consistent with Juno’s attributes. Other possibilities are that she bears a spear, which is an attribute of Minerva, or a sword, which is an attribute of Bellona.

The Series 39 types and their relationship to contemporaneous Second Punic War events are interesting to ponder. Hercules is an important figure, appearing on two of the 10 available sides of the series. Likely this is a paradigm of Roman heroism during the War. In the myth depicted on this Triens, Hercules kills a centaur for assaulting his wife – is this an allegorical reference to Hannibal’s assault on Italy (and the likely response from Rome)?

Despite its beauty, this type would never again be repeated on a Roman coin. However, related imagery can be found on quincunxes of Capua and quadrantes of Larinum, Apulia, immediately following the defection of those towns to Hannibal’s side of the Second Punic War.
3 commentsCarausius11/25/18 at 05:30Jay GT4: Outstanding
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Octavian, AR Denarius3 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Octavian and Lucius Cornelius Balbus, 41 BCE
AR Denarius (3.36 grams; 18mm).
Military mint in Italy.

Obverse: C•CAESAR • III • VIR R•P•C; Bare head of Octavian, facing right.

Reverse: Club; BALBVS above, PRO • PR below

References: Crawford 518/1; HCRI 298; Sydenham 1325a; BMCRR (Gaul) 83-5; Julia 91.

Provenance: Ex Andrew McCabe Collection [CNG Esale 432 (14 Nov 2018) Lot 276]; ex American Numismatic Society Collection 1001.1.12863 [CNG 96 (14 May 2014) Lot 732]; ex Archer M. Huntington (d. 1955) Collection.

This scarce type was produced by Octavian’s legate, Lucius Cornelius Balbus, as propraetor. Balbus was a native of Gades (Cadiz) in Spain where there was a temple to Hercules, to which the Club reverse alludes. Balbus was favored and honored by both Pompey and Caesar. Upon Caesar’s assassination, he allied with Octavian who appointed him praetor urbanus and ultimately, in 40 BCE, he received the consulship (the first foreign-born citizen to do so). He was extremely wealthy and bequeathed 25 denarii to every Roman citizen in his will!
1 commentsCarausius11/25/18 at 04:50Jay GT4: Great piece! Not one you see every day
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552 Hadrian Orichalcum Sestertius, Roma 118 AD Hadrian and Liberalitas 21 viewsReference.
RIC 552; Strack 516; Hunter II 324, BMCRE III 1137, Cohen II 914, SRCV II 3606 var. (band over shoulder, S - C at sides); Banti 488

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder, seen from front

Rev. PONT MAX TR POT COS II / S C LIBERALITAS AVG
Hadrian seated left on raised platform, before him sits an attendant distributing coins to a togate citizen climbing steps of platform, Liberalitas standing left on far side of attendant, holding coin counter, LIBERALITAS AVG / S C (senatus consulto) in exergue

25.81 gr
35 mm
6h

Note.
The generosity and munificent largesses of Hadrian, after having been recorded many times on various coins and in diverse ways, are on the reverse of a first brass medal of great rarity, glorified altogether by the above splendid title, "The Benefactor of the World," a superlative the more remarkable, inasmuch as, neither before nor afterward, is it found conferred on any other emperor. -- Dictionary| of Roman| Coins|
FORVM coin
5 commentsokidoki11/24/18 at 14:06Jay GT4: Outstanding
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Gothic-barbarian imitation, Aequitas12 viewsObv: Blundered legend, Head laur. r.
Rv: Blundered legend, Aequitas (?)

17mm, 2.37
Currently on sale in an auction, starting price at 30 €.
2 commentsklausklage11/24/18 at 13:26Jay GT4: Interesting style!
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Byzantine Empire: Maurice Tiberius (582-602) Ć Pentanummium, Constantinople (Sear 501A; MIB 74c)4 viewsObv: DN mAV RCPPAG or similar; Bust facing right, diademed, in cuirass and paludamentum
Rev: Large Є; to left A
Dim: 16mm, 1.43g
1 commentsQuant.Geek11/24/18 at 12:14okidoki: great reverse
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552 Hadrian Orichalcum Sestertius, Roma 118 AD Hadrian and Liberalitas 21 viewsReference.
RIC 552; Strack 516; Hunter II 324, BMCRE III 1137, Cohen II 914, SRCV II 3606 var. (band over shoulder, S - C at sides); Banti 488

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder, seen from front

Rev. PONT MAX TR POT COS II / S C LIBERALITAS AVG
Hadrian seated left on raised platform, before him sits an attendant distributing coins to a togate citizen climbing steps of platform, Liberalitas standing left on far side of attendant, holding coin counter, LIBERALITAS AVG / S C (senatus consulto) in exergue

25.81 gr
35 mm
6h

Note.
The generosity and munificent largesses of Hadrian, after having been recorded many times on various coins and in diverse ways, are on the reverse of a first brass medal of great rarity, glorified altogether by the above splendid title, "The Benefactor of the World," a superlative the more remarkable, inasmuch as, neither before nor afterward, is it found conferred on any other emperor. -- Dictionary| of Roman| Coins|
FORVM coin
5 commentsokidoki11/24/18 at 11:34quadrans: Great coin , and details,
Fake_-_Gothic-barbarian_imitation,_Aequitas.jpg
Gothic-barbarian imitation, Aequitas12 viewsObv: Blundered legend, Head laur. r.
Rv: Blundered legend, Aequitas (?)

17mm, 2.37
Currently on sale in an auction, starting price at 30 €.
2 commentsklausklage11/24/18 at 11:03okidoki: very nice
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020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC˛ 1416, Ephesus (Byzantium), AR-Denarius, CONCORDIA AVG, Ceres, #162 views020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC˛ 1416, Ephesus (Byzantium), AR-Denarius, CONCORDIA AVG, Ceres, #1
avers: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR P P P, Laureate head right.
reverse: CONCORDIA AVG, Ceres, enthroned left, holding grain ears and a cornucopiae, BY (monogram) mintmark for Byzantium in the exergue.
exergue: -/-//BY(monogram, mintmark for Byzantium), diameter: 17,5-19,0mm, weight: 3,60 g, axis: 6h,
mint: Ephesus (Byzantium), date: A.D., ref: RIC˛ 1416, RPC II 824, Sear/RCV 2266var., RSC 66a,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/24/18 at 09:48FlaviusDomitianus: Nice reverse
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020p Vespasian with Titus (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1650, Cappadocia, Caesarea, AR-Didrachm, Laureate head of Titus right,69 views020p Vespasian with Titus (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1650, Cappadocia, Caesarea, AR-Didrachm, Laureate head of Titus right,
avers: AYTOKPA KAICAP OYЄCΠACIANOC CЄBACTOC, Laureate head of Vespasian right.
reverse: AYTO KAI OYЄCΠACIANOC CЄBACTOY YIOC, Laureate head of Titus right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 19,0-20,0mm, weight: 6,73g, axis: 0h,
mint: Cappadocia, Caesarea, date: 69-79 A.D., ref: RPC II 1650, Sydenham 102.,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans11/24/18 at 09:48FlaviusDomitianus: Nice example
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Phoenicia, Arados, ( 144-143 B.C.), AE-15, Galley left,147 viewsPhoenicia, Arados, ( 144-143 B.C.), AE-15, Galley left,
avers: Bearded head of Zeus right, the border of dots.
reverse: Tripple pointed ram of galley left, Phoenician control letters nun (N) and aleph (') above, Aradian era date 116 below.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 15-15,5mm, weight:3,28g, axes:0h,
mint: Phoenicia, Arados, date: 144-143 B.C., ref: Duyrat 2005 No.2077-2099 (2082 !) on page 62.
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans11/24/18 at 06:47Arados: Joe you have the correct date listed for this coin...
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Troas, Assos, (c.400-241 B.C.), AE-10, BMC 18, AΣΣI, Griffin sitting left, palm-branch, #172 viewsTroas, Assos, (c.400-241 B.C.), AE-10, BMC 18, AΣΣI, Griffin sitting left, palm-branch, #1
avers: Helmeted head of Athena right.
reverse: AΣΣI, Griffin sitting left, palm-branch (control symbol) in exergue.
exergue: -/-//palm-branch, diameter: 9,5-10,0mm, weight:1,18g, axes: 0h,
mint: Troas, Assos, date: c.400-241 B.C., ref: BMC Troas p. 38, 18, SNG Cop 237-240 var.,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/24/18 at 06:37Enodia: Nice one!
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Cappadocia, Caesarea, 020 Vespasian with Titus (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1650, AR-Didrachm, Laureate head of Titus right56 viewsCappadocia, Caesarea, 020 Vespasian with Titus (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1650, AR-Didrachm, Laureate head of Titus right,
avers: AYTOKPA KAICAP OYЄCΠACIANOC CЄBACTOC, Laureate head of Vespasian right.
reverse: AYTO KAI OYЄCΠACIANOC CЄBACTOY YIOC, Laureate head of Titus right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 19,0-20,0mm, weight: 6,73g, axis: 0h,
mint: Cappadocia, Caesarea, date: 69-79 A.D., ref: RPC II 1650, Sydenham 102.,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/24/18 at 02:44Jay GT4: Nice double portrait
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020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC˛ 1416, Ephesus (Byzantium), AR-Denarius, CONCORDIA AVG, Ceres, #162 views020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC˛ 1416, Ephesus (Byzantium), AR-Denarius, CONCORDIA AVG, Ceres, #1
avers: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR P P P, Laureate head right.
reverse: CONCORDIA AVG, Ceres, enthroned left, holding grain ears and a cornucopiae, BY (monogram) mintmark for Byzantium in the exergue.
exergue: -/-//BY(monogram, mintmark for Byzantium), diameter: 17,5-19,0mm, weight: 3,60 g, axis: 6h,
mint: Ephesus (Byzantium), date: A.D., ref: RIC˛ 1416, RPC II 824, Sear/RCV 2266var., RSC 66a,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/24/18 at 02:44Jay GT4: Great eastern denarius!
CAPPADOCIA__Caesarea__Vespasian_with_Titus_(69-79)__Didrachm__RPC_II_1650,_Sydenham_102__Q-001,_0h,_19mm,_6,73g-s.jpg
020p Vespasian with Titus (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1650, Cappadocia, Caesarea, AR-Didrachm, Laureate head of Titus right,69 views020p Vespasian with Titus (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1650, Cappadocia, Caesarea, AR-Didrachm, Laureate head of Titus right,
avers: AYTOKPA KAICAP OYЄCΠACIANOC CЄBACTOC, Laureate head of Vespasian right.
reverse: AYTO KAI OYЄCΠACIANOC CЄBACTOY YIOC, Laureate head of Titus right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 19,0-20,0mm, weight: 6,73g, axis: 0h,
mint: Cappadocia, Caesarea, date: 69-79 A.D., ref: RPC II 1650, Sydenham 102.,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans11/24/18 at 02:30Canaan: what a powerful dynastic!!!
CAPPADOCIA__Caesarea__Vespasian_with_Titus_(69-79)__Didrachm__RPC_II_1650,_Sydenham_102__Q-001,_0h,_19mm,_6,73g-s.jpg
020p Vespasian with Titus (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1650, Cappadocia, Caesarea, AR-Didrachm, Laureate head of Titus right,69 views020p Vespasian with Titus (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1650, Cappadocia, Caesarea, AR-Didrachm, Laureate head of Titus right,
avers: AYTOKPA KAICAP OYЄCΠACIANOC CЄBACTOC, Laureate head of Vespasian right.
reverse: AYTO KAI OYЄCΠACIANOC CЄBACTOY YIOC, Laureate head of Titus right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 19,0-20,0mm, weight: 6,73g, axis: 0h,
mint: Cappadocia, Caesarea, date: 69-79 A.D., ref: RPC II 1650, Sydenham 102.,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans11/23/18 at 23:27Mat: Wow, lucky. Congrats
Aeolis,_Kyme,_AE-11,_Cup_with_one_handle,_K-Y,_Eagle_standing_right,_BMC_16-20,_SNG_von_Aulock_1625,_c_350-250BC,_Q-001,_5h,_10,5-11,3mm,_1,32g-s.jpg
Aeolis, Kyme, (c. 350-250 B.C.), AE-11, BMC 16-20, Eagle standing right, #183 viewsAeolis, Kyme, (c. 350-250 B.C.), AE-11, BMC 16-20, Eagle standing right, #1
avers: K-Y to left and right of a cup with one handle.
reverse: Eagle standing right.
exergue: K/Y//--(in avers), diameter: 10,5-11,3mm, weight: 1,32g, axes: 5h,
mint: Aeolis, Kyme, date: c. 350-250 B.C., ref: BMC 16-20, SNG von Aulock 1625, SNG Newcastle SNGuk,1301 0449.
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/23/18 at 22:55*Alex: I like the simple design of this one. Nice.
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Mysia. Adramytteion8 viewsMysia. Adramytteion after 350 BC.
Bronze Ć

12mm., 1,85g.
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)11/23/18 at 22:52quadrans: Nice one
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Troas, Assos, (c.400-241 B.C.), AE-10, BMC 18, AΣΣI, Griffin sitting left, palm-branch, #172 viewsTroas, Assos, (c.400-241 B.C.), AE-10, BMC 18, AΣΣI, Griffin sitting left, palm-branch, #1
avers: Helmeted head of Athena right.
reverse: AΣΣI, Griffin sitting left, palm-branch (control symbol) in exergue.
exergue: -/-//palm-branch, diameter: 9,5-10,0mm, weight:1,18g, axes: 0h,
mint: Troas, Assos, date: c.400-241 B.C., ref: BMC Troas p. 38, 18, SNG Cop 237-240 var.,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/23/18 at 22:20okidoki: Nice Joe, i like the picturing
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Mysia. Adramytteion8 viewsMysia. Adramytteion after 350 BC.
Bronze Ć

12mm., 1,85g.
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)11/23/18 at 22:11Mat: Wonderful coin, especially the obverse
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Aeolis, Kyme, (c. 350-250 B.C.), AE-11, BMC 16-20, Eagle standing right, #183 viewsAeolis, Kyme, (c. 350-250 B.C.), AE-11, BMC 16-20, Eagle standing right, #1
avers: K-Y to left and right of a cup with one handle.
reverse: Eagle standing right.
exergue: K/Y//--(in avers), diameter: 10,5-11,3mm, weight: 1,32g, axes: 5h,
mint: Aeolis, Kyme, date: c. 350-250 B.C., ref: BMC 16-20, SNG von Aulock 1625, SNG Newcastle SNGuk,1301 0449.
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/23/18 at 20:16Stkp: Nice
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Persis - Mancihr II (Manuchtir) (2nd c. AD)5 viewsMetal/Size: AR14; Weight: 1.71 grams; Denomination: Hemidrachm; Mint: Persepolis; Date: 2nd c. AD; Obverse: Bearded bust left, wearing diadem with three bands, a knot and two ribbons and a Parthian-style tiara with pellet-in-crescent and long beaded earflaps; Aramaic lettering to right. Reverse: Clean-shaven bust left, wearing diadem with three bands, knot and two ribbons; Aramaic lettering to left and right. References: Alram #635; Tyler-Smith #227; Sunrise #662.1 commentsmuseumguy11/23/18 at 15:59quadrans: Interesting piece..
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RIC 0448 Domitianus28 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERMAN P M TR P VI, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva standing left, with spear
AR/Denarius (20.67 mm 3.213 g 7h) Struck in Rome 86 A.D. (3rd issue)
RIC 448 (R), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex Savoca 12th Blue Auction Lot 1201
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/23/18 at 15:58quadrans: Nice
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RIC 0574 Domitianus28 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VII, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva advancing right, with spear and shield
AR/Denarius (19.82 mm 3.037 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88 A.D. (1st issue)
RIC 574 (R2), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex Thesaurus Cassiopea Auction lot 168
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/23/18 at 15:58quadrans: Nice piece..
RIC_448_Domitianus.jpg
RIC 0448 Domitianus28 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERMAN P M TR P VI, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva standing left, with spear
AR/Denarius (20.67 mm 3.213 g 7h) Struck in Rome 86 A.D. (3rd issue)
RIC 448 (R), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex Savoca 12th Blue Auction Lot 1201
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/23/18 at 15:56Jay GT4: Great find
RIC_574_Domitianus_(2).jpg
RIC 0574 Domitianus28 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VII, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva advancing right, with spear and shield
AR/Denarius (19.82 mm 3.037 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88 A.D. (1st issue)
RIC 574 (R2), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex Thesaurus Cassiopea Auction lot 168
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/23/18 at 15:55Jay GT4: Outstanding coin all around
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Struck 1651 - 1653, THE COMMONWEALTH OF ENGLAND (1649 - 1660), AR Half-groat minted at London, England8 viewsObverse: No legend. Shield bearing the Cross of Saint George between palm branch to left and laurel branch to right.
Reverse: • II • above two conjoined shields side by side, that on the left bearing the Cross of Saint George, that on the right bearing the Harp of Ireland.
Diameter: 17mm | Weight: 0.9gms | Die Axis: 11
SPINK: 3221

The Commonwealth coinage was once referred to as "breeches money", because the reverse design of two conjoined shields was reminiscent of the shape of a pair of the breeches which were worn at the time. This coinage was minted in England after a period of civil war which culminated in the execution of King Charles I in London in 1649. Commonwealth coins bear no portrait of a monarch because after Charles I was beheaded there wasn't one, instead the coins have a simple puritan design. The language of the legends on the coins also changed, traditionally it was in Latin, giving the name of the monarch and their titles, but now this was replaced with ‘THE COMMONWEALTH OF ENGLAND’ on the obverse and ‘GOD WITH US’ on the reverse. These simple statements not only did away with all references to royal power, they also replaced the Catholic-sounding Latin with Protestant English laying claim to God’s favour and support in true Puritan style.
There appear to be no surviving records of the exact amount of Commonwealth coinage which was produced. Although Samuel Pepys in his Diaries suggested that during the Commonwealth period from 1649 to 1660 some 750,000 pounds worth of coins were minted in total and that after the restoration in 1660 much of this, some 650,000 pounds, was recovered and melted down. This leaves an outstanding 100,000 pounds which it is believed was exported as bullion.
It seems, too, that during the Commonwealth Period 46.8% of the silver coinage from the mint was produced between December 1651 and November 1653, which would tally with the treasure trove which was captured from foreign ships and brought to London during that period. A second coining period occurred in 1656 when more foreign ships were captured by the navy, brought to London and their precious metal offloaded to the Tower.
This particular coin denomination is undated, but it has been suggested that the coin above can probably be attributed to the first coinage period on stylistic grounds.
1 comments*Alex11/23/18 at 15:06quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Macedonia, Kings, 011 Amyntas III., (393-369 B.C.), BMC 17, Macedonia, AE-16, AMYNTA, Eagle right, #270 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 011 Amyntas III., (393-369 B.C.), BMC 17, Macedonia, AE-16, AMYNTA, Eagle right, #2
avers: Head of Herakles right, wearing a lion-skin headdress.
reverse: AMYNTA, Eagle right, the serpent in its claws, bending down to devour it.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 14,5-15,0mm, weight:3,14g, axes:3h,
mint: Amyntas III., Macedonia, Kings, date: c.393-369 B.C., ref: BMC 17, SNG Cop 518, SNG ANS 100,
Q-002
1 commentsquadrans11/23/18 at 12:06Stkp: Nice coin
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Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Phraates (early-mid 2nd century A.D.)22 viewsvan't Haaff 14.1.1-1C var. (tiara); De Morgan 33; BMC plate XLI, 22; Sear GICV 5898; Alram 474-476

AE drachm, 3.64 g., 16.83 mm. max., 0°

Obv: Bust facing forward, wearing tiara with two large pellets-in-crescent but without the border of the tiara, diadem band below tiara; to left, Greek legend ΦPA; to right, pellet in crescent above anchor with two crossbars at top; pellet border.

Rev: Artemis standing right, holding bow in one hand, plucking arrow from quiver with other hand, Greek legend BACIΛEVC on the left, ΠPAATHC (= Phraates) on the right (both reading inside-out).
1 commentsStkp11/23/18 at 08:12shanxi: unusually good Artemis
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EB0106 Demetrius II / Eagle7 viewsDemetrius II, Tyre, SELEUKID KINGDOM, AR Tetradrachm, 145-140 BC.
Obverse: Diademed head of king right.
Reverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΔHMHTΡIOY, Eagle standing left, wings closed, palm over shoulder, ΓΠΡ monogram between legs. A over ΡE and Tyre monogram on club in left field, A ΣY monogram above ΓΠΡ in right field.
References: See the following for ΔΠΡ in right field: BMC (2nd reign) 4; Rouvier 1928; Babelon (Rois de Syrie), 1181; Mionnet V, 583.
Diameter: 27mm, Weight: 13.81g.
2 commentsEB11/23/18 at 07:59quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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EB0106 Demetrius II / Eagle7 viewsDemetrius II, Tyre, SELEUKID KINGDOM, AR Tetradrachm, 145-140 BC.
Obverse: Diademed head of king right.
Reverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΔHMHTΡIOY, Eagle standing left, wings closed, palm over shoulder, ΓΠΡ monogram between legs. A over ΡE and Tyre monogram on club in left field, A ΣY monogram above ΓΠΡ in right field.
References: See the following for ΔΠΡ in right field: BMC (2nd reign) 4; Rouvier 1928; Babelon (Rois de Syrie), 1181; Mionnet V, 583.
Diameter: 27mm, Weight: 13.81g.
2 commentsEB11/23/18 at 06:35Canaan: amazing collection of Tetras congrats!!!
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009. Vespasian, 69-79AD. AR Denarius.50 viewsVespasian 69-79. Rome mint, AR Denarius. Struck in 75A.D.
Obv. Laureate head right IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Rev. Pax seated left, holding branch PON MAX TRP COS VI

19.5mm, 2.84g. RSC 366, RIC 90.

A very craggy Vespasianic portrait. Pax appears to be bared to the waist, unusual.
1 commentsLordBest11/23/18 at 05:10Jay GT4: Great coin
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EB0091 Zeus / Athena5 viewsSeleukia, Seleukos I, SELEUKID EMPIRE, AR Tetradrachm, 305-280 BC.
Obverse: Laureate head of Zeus right.
Reverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY, Athena Promachos, brandishing spear in right hand and holding shield on left arm, in quadriga drawn by elephants right.
References: Cf. SC 130-133, BMC 33.
Diameter: 27mm, Weight: 16.251g.
2 commentsEB11/23/18 at 03:29jimbomar: Nice!
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Trajanus9 viewsTrajanus, sestertius.
33 mm, 27,36 g.
Obv. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P: Bust of Trajan, laureate, right with aegis.
Rev. S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI S C: Victory, naked to waist, standing right, left foot on helmet, holding stylus in right hand and with left hand attaching shield inscribed VIC DAC to palm-tree.
Ex. Lanz 76/1996/ Los 504;
RIC 528
3 commentsMarsman11/22/18 at 23:10okidoki: excellent and stylistic
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EB0091 Zeus / Athena5 viewsSeleukia, Seleukos I, SELEUKID EMPIRE, AR Tetradrachm, 305-280 BC.
Obverse: Laureate head of Zeus right.
Reverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY, Athena Promachos, brandishing spear in right hand and holding shield on left arm, in quadriga drawn by elephants right.
References: Cf. SC 130-133, BMC 33.
Diameter: 27mm, Weight: 16.251g.
2 commentsEB11/22/18 at 22:26Canaan: very interesting issue and a very nice coin!!!
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Gaul, Northwest. Coriosolites (57-52 BC)4 viewsBI Stater

5.36 g

Obverse: Celticized head right, hair in large spiral curls, S-like ear; pearl strings flowing around

Reverse: Devolved charioteer driving biga right; ornaments around; below, boar right.

DT 2329; Slg. Flesche - (vgl. 198)

The Corisolites (one among a number of tribes in the area) inhabited a region called Armorica in what is now northwest France. They were a mixture of Celts who had fled Germanic incursions across the Rhine and the original inhabitants of Armorica, a place where customs and beliefs of the megalithic age still lingered on.

The Coriosolite coinage appears to have constituted a confederate currency, manufactured at the time of the Gallic Wars between 57 BC, the date of the revolt of the Armoricans and 51 BC, the end of the war of the Gauls. For the Armoricans, the war began with invasion by the Roman General Crassus, who subjugated the tribes by fighting each individually and taking hostages. The Celts then formed an alliance to more effectively fight Rome and captured envoys sent by Rome to serve as their own hostages.

Aware of their efforts, Caesar sent three legions under Sabinus who routed the Celts. No more battles were fought in Armorica, but the Armorican resistance continued; some of the population, unwilling to live under Roman rule, banded together and hid in remote areas. Twenty thousand Armoricans (including many Coriosolites) were among the forces that attempted to relieve Vercingetorix at the siege of Alesia in 52 BC.

J.-B. Colbert de Beaulieu defined six classes of Coriosolite coinage. This coin is in Class VI, defined by a nose shaped like a backward 2 on the obverse and, on the reverse, a symbol resembling a ladder on its side in front of a pony with a boar underneath. John Hooker identifies five coin types within Group VI. The coin above is most likely the fifth type (evidenced by the placement of the curl at the bottom of the horse's mane on the reverse). While 1-3 types in Class VI are among the earliest Coriosolite coins (perhaps even preceding the Gallic wars), Hooker asserts that types 4 and 5 may have been minted just prior to the forming of the Celtic coalition and capture of the Roman envoys. It is the style of the driver’s body that suggests this: the rectangular torso gives way to a linear representation that is modified throughout the subsequent groups.
1 commentsNathan P11/22/18 at 18:50okidoki: interesting style
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EB0089 Herakles / Zeus6 viewsKingdom of Macedon, Alexander III, AR tetradrachm. Posthumous issue, year 26 = 187-188 BC.
Obverse: Head of Herakles right in lionskin headdress.
Reverse: AΛEΞANΔΡOY, Zeus seated left, holding eagle and sceptre, right leg drawn back. AΣ over date K :Csquare: in left field, rectangular Seleukid countermark of anchor to right.
References: SNG Israel 1235, Price 2901.
Diameter: 32mm, Weight: 16.55g.
1 commentsEB11/22/18 at 18:12Stkp: Interesting with the countermark
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RIC III Commodus 268 - Marcus Aurelius6 viewsMarcus Aurelius AR denarius, posthumous issue, struck under Commodus. AD 180. 18 mm, 2.60 gr. DIVVS M ANTONINVS PIVS: Bare head of Divus Marcus Aurelius right / CONSECRATIO: Eagle flying right carrying sceptre in its claws. RIC 268; RSC 81; Sear 5970 var (eagle type).1 commentsStuart J11/22/18 at 18:11Stkp: Nice
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Thessaly, Larissa, Nymph Larissa, Cavalrymen3 viewsLarissa, Thessaly
AE Dichalkon
Obv.: Head of nymph Larissa facing, head turned slightly to left, wreathed with grain, wearing double strand plain necklace
Rev: ΛAPIΣAIΩN, Cavalrymen on horse prancing right, lance in right, wearing Boiotian helmet, ∆A monogram
AE, 5.45g, 17.1mm
Ref.: BCD Thessaly I 1171.1, BCD Thessaly II 393.3, SNG Cop 140, cf. Rogers 285
Ex Forvm Ancient Coins
1 commentsshanxi11/22/18 at 18:09Stkp: Very nice
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EB0084 Herakles / Zeus9 viewsAlexander III, Babylon, MACEDONIA, AR Tetradrachm, 325-317 BC.
Obverse: Head of Herakles wearing lionskin headdress right.
Reverse: AΛEΞANΔΡOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ to right and beneath Zeus seated left, holding eagle and sceptre; M in left field, ΛY beneath chair above the strut.
References: Price 3692; Mueller 1272.
Diameter: 25.5mm Weight: 17.202g. Axis: 240°.
1 commentsEB11/22/18 at 12:28David Atherton: Nice toning.
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Trajanus9 viewsTrajanus, sestertius.
33 mm, 27,36 g.
Obv. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P: Bust of Trajan, laureate, right with aegis.
Rev. S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI S C: Victory, naked to waist, standing right, left foot on helmet, holding stylus in right hand and with left hand attaching shield inscribed VIC DAC to palm-tree.
Ex. Lanz 76/1996/ Los 504;
RIC 528
3 commentsMarsman11/22/18 at 12:28David Atherton: Fantastic!
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ALFOLDI 005.042 laureal wreath on cuirass - after cleaning15 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C PROBVS P F AVG
REVERSE: ADVENTVS AVG
BUST TYPE: F1
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//XXIP
WEIGHT 3.45g / AXIS: 5h / WIDTH 20-21mm
RIC 626
ALFOLDI 005.042
COLLECTION NO. 772

Note: extremely rare cuirass decoration in the form of a laurel wreath (probably corona triumphalis). In the coinage of Probus such laurel wreath is typically represented only on consular robe (toga picta + tunica palmata) not on cuirass. Apparently only the second known specimen.
1 commentsBarnaba611/22/18 at 09:32quadrans: Nice one
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ALFOLDI 026 / - (UNLISTED) after cleaning15 views OBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG
REVERSE: CONCORD MILIT
BUST TYPE: A (sleeve) = Radiate, cuirassed and draped bust right, with left sleeve raised, seen from front (corona radiata with divergent wreath ties)
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: V//XXI
WEIGHT: 3,79 g / AXIS: 12h / WIDTH: 21-22mm
RIC 651
ALFOLDI 026 / - (UNLISTED WITH DIVERGENT WREATH TIES AND A BUST)
COLLECTION NO. 1271
Note: the only example of this (exact) type known to me
1 commentsBarnaba611/22/18 at 09:32quadrans: Another nice piece
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PROBUS RIC 437 VAR. E8 BUST RRR after cleaning11 viewsOBVERSE: VIRTVS PROBI AVG
REVERSE: VIRTVS AVG
BUST TYPE: E8
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: --//QXXI
WEIGHT 3.35g / AXIS: 12h / WIDTH: 22-23mm
RIC: 437 VAR. (E8 BUST UNLISTED)
COLLECTION NO. 854
NOTE: VERY RARE AND SOUGHT-AFTER BUST TYPE
1 commentsBarnaba611/22/18 at 09:31quadrans: I like this bust,
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PROBUS RIC 459 RRR after cleaning18 views OBVERSE: VIRTVS PROBI AVG
REVERSE: VOTIS X ET XX FEL
BUST TYPE: E1
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: --//-
WEIGHT 3.14g / AXIS: 1h
RIC: 459
COLLECTION NO. 134

Same obverse die as my coin no. 1235 (with B/-//- Provident Avg reverse)

6th KNOWN SPECIMEN IN THE WORLD (INFORMATION FROM S.ESTIOT)
1 commentsBarnaba611/22/18 at 09:30quadrans: Great reverse
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JUDAEA, Gaza. Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. 11 viewsObv.Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Antoninus Pius right, seen from behind.
Rev. Turreted, veiled, and draped bust of Tyche right; Marnas symbol before. Rosenberger 70 var. (dated EC); SNG ANS 927 var. BMC 58. Near VF, brown patina with some earthen deposits.
Unlisted date.
31mm, 22.2 grams.
2 commentsCanaan11/22/18 at 08:24Randygeki(h2): neat coin!!
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JUDAEA, Gaza. Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. 11 viewsObv.Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Antoninus Pius right, seen from behind.
Rev. Turreted, veiled, and draped bust of Tyche right; Marnas symbol before. Rosenberger 70 var. (dated EC); SNG ANS 927 var. BMC 58. Near VF, brown patina with some earthen deposits.
Unlisted date.
31mm, 22.2 grams.
2 commentsCanaan11/22/18 at 06:22quadrans: Nice piece..
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Trajanus9 viewsTrajanus, sestertius.
33 mm, 27,36 g.
Obv. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P: Bust of Trajan, laureate, right with aegis.
Rev. S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI S C: Victory, naked to waist, standing right, left foot on helmet, holding stylus in right hand and with left hand attaching shield inscribed VIC DAC to palm-tree.
Ex. Lanz 76/1996/ Los 504;
RIC 528
3 commentsMarsman11/22/18 at 06:22quadrans: Nice one
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EB0082 Persian king or hero / Grand Piano6 viewsPERSIA. Achaemenid Empire. Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II. AR 1/2 Siglos ca. 420-375 BC.
Obverse: Persian king or hero right, in kneeling-running stance, holding dagger and bow, dotted baseline.
Reverse: Oblong incuse punch.
References: -.
Diameter: 16mm, Weight: 5.334g.
1 commentsEB11/22/18 at 04:48Robert L3: Grand Piano...LOL. Nice coin!
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VESPASIAN, orichalcum dupondius, Rome mint, 74 AD, RIC II Part I 7159 viewsObverse: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M T P COS V CENS, radiate head right
Reverse: FELICITAS PVBLICA, Felicitas standing slightly left, head left, caduceus in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S C flanking across field

Ex Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren

This was my first ancient coin, and it was a thrill to own. It was inexpensive, not rare, and well worn, but I absolutely loved it. I no longer own it, but it was my first, and you know how that goes.
2 commentsSteven H11/21/18 at 23:42Steven H: Because I found another coin that really grabbed m...
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VESPASIAN, orichalcum dupondius, Rome mint, 74 AD, RIC II Part I 7159 viewsObverse: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M T P COS V CENS, radiate head right
Reverse: FELICITAS PVBLICA, Felicitas standing slightly left, head left, caduceus in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S C flanking across field

Ex Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren

This was my first ancient coin, and it was a thrill to own. It was inexpensive, not rare, and well worn, but I absolutely loved it. I no longer own it, but it was my first, and you know how that goes.
2 commentsSteven H11/21/18 at 20:54Marsman: Nice one! Why did you sell it 🤔
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H-310 Béla IV., King of Hungary, (1235-1270 A.D.), H-309, CNH I.-245, U-232, AR-Obulus, #0172 viewsH-310 Béla IV., King of Hungary, (1235-1270 A.D.), H-309, CNH I.-245, U-232, AR-Obulus, #01
avers: BELA REX, Cross, line border.
reverse: Angel stabbing dragon, line border.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 9,0-10,2 mm, weight: 0,26g, axis: 6h,
mint: , date: 1235-1270 A.D., ref: Huszár-309, CNH I.-245, Unger-232,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/21/18 at 19:09Stkp: very nice
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782 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 134-38 AD Hadrian standing21 viewsReference.
RIC 782; C 1384;

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Bare head right

Rev. S-C
Hadrian, bare-headed, in military dress, standing right, resting left foot on crocodile, holding vertical spear in right hand and parazonium in left

29.33 gr
33 mm
6h
4 commentsokidoki11/21/18 at 13:02*Alex: Congratulations, nice coin.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Julia Domna, Silver Denarius, RIC IV 39010 views3.246g, 19.1mm, Rome mint, 213AD

Obverse: IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, draped bust right, hair in horizontal ridges, looped plait from ear around back of neck
Reverse: VESTA, Vesta standing facing, head left, veiled, palladium in right hand, long scepter vertical in left hand

Not a rare coin, but I would put this portrait of Julia Domna up against any other. In my opinion, it is the most believable and lifelike version of any I've seen. The reverse is a little weak, but the obverse is crisp and well struck.

RIC IV 390, RSC III 230, Sear 7108, BMCRE V C29, Hunter III C10, SRCV II 7108, ex Jyrki Muona Collection
1 commentsSteven H11/21/18 at 12:19shanxi: nice example
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MARCUS ANTONIUS AR Legio IIII Denarius8 viewsOBVERSE: ANT AVG III VIR R P C, Praetorian galley, thyrsos behind prow
REVERSE: LEG IIII, legionary eagle between two standards
Patrae 32-31 BC
3.3g, 17mm
RSC 29; Syd 1220, Cr544/16
2 commentsLegatus11/21/18 at 06:06Randygeki(h2): Nice
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782 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 134-38 AD Hadrian standing21 viewsReference.
RIC 782; C 1384;

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Bare head right

Rev. S-C
Hadrian, bare-headed, in military dress, standing right, resting left foot on crocodile, holding vertical spear in right hand and parazonium in left

29.33 gr
33 mm
6h
4 commentsokidoki11/21/18 at 06:06Randygeki(h2): Wow!
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Vespasian-RIC-120254 viewsĆ As, 10.37g
Lyon mint, 72 AD
RIC 1202 (C2). BMC 822.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS IIII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: S C in field; Eagle stg. front on globe, wings outstretched, head r.
Acquired from Felicitas Perpetua, October 2018.

This iconic eagle on globe type copies a similar reverse struck under Tiberius for Divus Augustus. The connection to Augustus demonstrates Vespasian's worthiness as his successor. The type is fairly rare at Rome and more commonly found from the mint at Lugdunum (Lyon). It is almost exclusively reserved for the As issues at both mints.

A wonderful early portrait from Lyon, highlighted by a beautiful dark brown patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/21/18 at 06:05Randygeki(h2): Awesome example !
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Elizabeth I (1558 - 1603 A.D.)21 viewsAR Shilling
O: (key) ELIZAB’· D’· G’· ANG’· FR’· ET : HIB’· REGI, crowned and mantled bust left (bust 6B).
R: (key) POSVI DEV’· AD IVTORE M · MEV’·, coat-of-arms over long cross fourchée.
Sixth coinage. Tower (London) mint; im: key. Struck 1595-1598 AD
31mm
5.81g
North 2014; SCBC 2577
2 commentsMat11/21/18 at 06:05Randygeki(h2): Great addition Mat
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RIC 0065A Vespasianus24 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M TR P P P COS III, laureate head right
Rev: AETERNITAS P R / S C (in exergue), Victory advancin right with palm, offering Palladiun to Vespasian, standing left with spear.
AE/Sestertius (35,27 mm 25,59 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D. (1st issue)
Unpublished; same reverse die as RIC 32.
ex Artemide Auction L Lot 369
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/21/18 at 04:07David Atherton: Superb!
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782 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 134-38 AD Hadrian standing21 viewsReference.
RIC 782; C 1384;

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Bare head right

Rev. S-C
Hadrian, bare-headed, in military dress, standing right, resting left foot on crocodile, holding vertical spear in right hand and parazonium in left

29.33 gr
33 mm
6h
4 commentsokidoki11/20/18 at 22:34quadrans: Nice piece..
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JULIUS CAESAR (C. CLOVIUS MONEYER)4 viewsJULIUS CAESAR (C. CLOVIUS MONEYER)
Bronze, Dupondius
Obverse: CAESAR · DIC ·TER: Head of Nike right and a star behind.
Reverse: C·CLOVI - PRAEF: Minerva advancing Left holding trophy over shoulder and shield decorated with Medusa, at her feet, snake left
Mint: Mediolanum Italy (?)
Minted: 45 BCE
Dia: 26mm
Wt: 13.03
Notes: Scarce.
Ex Numismatic Tintinna Auction Asta Elettronica 64, Lot 2076; 22 June 2017
Ref: Cr. 476/1b; Sydenham 1025; CRI 62; RPC 601
1 commentsjimbomar11/20/18 at 22:14Jay GT4: Iconic!
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MARCUS ANTONIUS AR Legio IIII Denarius8 viewsOBVERSE: ANT AVG III VIR R P C, Praetorian galley, thyrsos behind prow
REVERSE: LEG IIII, legionary eagle between two standards
Patrae 32-31 BC
3.3g, 17mm
RSC 29; Syd 1220, Cr544/16
2 commentsLegatus11/20/18 at 22:14Jay GT4: A great rarity! Congrats!
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782 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 134-38 AD Hadrian standing21 viewsReference.
RIC 782; C 1384;

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Bare head right

Rev. S-C
Hadrian, bare-headed, in military dress, standing right, resting left foot on crocodile, holding vertical spear in right hand and parazonium in left

29.33 gr
33 mm
6h
4 commentsokidoki11/20/18 at 22:13Jay GT4: Great portrait
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RIC 0065A Vespasianus24 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M TR P P P COS III, laureate head right
Rev: AETERNITAS P R / S C (in exergue), Victory advancin right with palm, offering Palladiun to Vespasian, standing left with spear.
AE/Sestertius (35,27 mm 25,59 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D. (1st issue)
Unpublished; same reverse die as RIC 32.
ex Artemide Auction L Lot 369
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/20/18 at 21:42Nemonater: Wonderful!
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RIC 0065A Vespasianus24 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M TR P P P COS III, laureate head right
Rev: AETERNITAS P R / S C (in exergue), Victory advancin right with palm, offering Palladiun to Vespasian, standing left with spear.
AE/Sestertius (35,27 mm 25,59 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D. (1st issue)
Unpublished; same reverse die as RIC 32.
ex Artemide Auction L Lot 369
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/20/18 at 20:05Jay GT4: Congrats, an amazing coin
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Vespasian-RIC-120254 viewsĆ As, 10.37g
Lyon mint, 72 AD
RIC 1202 (C2). BMC 822.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS IIII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: S C in field; Eagle stg. front on globe, wings outstretched, head r.
Acquired from Felicitas Perpetua, October 2018.

This iconic eagle on globe type copies a similar reverse struck under Tiberius for Divus Augustus. The connection to Augustus demonstrates Vespasian's worthiness as his successor. The type is fairly rare at Rome and more commonly found from the mint at Lugdunum (Lyon). It is almost exclusively reserved for the As issues at both mints.

A wonderful early portrait from Lyon, highlighted by a beautiful dark brown patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/20/18 at 19:32quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Elizabeth I (1558 - 1603 A.D.)21 viewsAR Shilling
O: (key) ELIZAB’· D’· G’· ANG’· FR’· ET : HIB’· REGI, crowned and mantled bust left (bust 6B).
R: (key) POSVI DEV’· AD IVTORE M · MEV’·, coat-of-arms over long cross fourchée.
Sixth coinage. Tower (London) mint; im: key. Struck 1595-1598 AD
31mm
5.81g
North 2014; SCBC 2577
2 commentsMat11/20/18 at 19:26quadrans: Nice piece..
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VAR monogram - Denarius, Crawford 126/15 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 206-200 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; “X” behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; Below, VAR monogram; in two line border, “ROMA”.
Mint: Uncertain
Weight: 3.90 gm.
Reference: Crawford 126/1
Provenance: NAC 72, 18-NOV-2013, Lot 40; ex Glendening’s Sale 8-OCT-1975, Dr. H. F. Harwood part 1, lot 17

Comments:
VAR monogram. From the “Collection of Roman Republican Coins of a Student and his Mentor – Part II” sale by NAC. Rare. Crawford suggests the moneyer is A. Terentius Varro, who was prefect in 184 BC. Lovely old cabinet tone, Some minor oxidation that does not distract from the overall detail of the coin. NAC graded about EF. The coin is VF.
1 commentsSteve B511/20/18 at 19:20Carausius: Wonderful coin and terrific provenance.
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EB0945 Zeno / Victory20 viewsZeno 474-491, AU Solidus, Constantinople Mint.
Obverse: D N ZENO PERP AVG, diademed, helmeted and cuirassed three-quarter facing bust, holding spear over shoulder and shield decorated with horseman spearing a fallen enemy.
Reverse: VICTORI-A AVGGG and officina letter Γ, Victory standing left, holding long jewelled cross, star in right field. Mintmark CONOB.
References: RIC X 910.
Diameter: 20.5mm, Weight: 4.435g.
2 commentsEB11/20/18 at 18:21okidoki: Congrats very nice
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RIC 0065A Vespasianus24 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M TR P P P COS III, laureate head right
Rev: AETERNITAS P R / S C (in exergue), Victory advancin right with palm, offering Palladiun to Vespasian, standing left with spear.
AE/Sestertius (35,27 mm 25,59 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D. (1st issue)
Unpublished; same reverse die as RIC 32.
ex Artemide Auction L Lot 369
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/20/18 at 16:36curtislclay: A great coin: interesting, one-die reverse type wi...
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Mysore: Krishna Raja Wodeyar (1799-1868) AE 5 Cash (C#171a.1)6 viewsObv: Elephant to left with trunk upraised; Kannada legend above - ಶ್ರೀ ಚಾಮುಂಡಿ (Sri Chamundi) with sun and moon between ಶ್ರೀ (Sri); the whole enclosed in lined circle and ring of dots.
Rev: ಕೃಷ್ಣ (Krishna); ಮಯಿಲಿ ಕಾಸು ೫ (Mayili Kasu 5), V CASH in English below, enclosed in lined circle
1 commentsQuant.Geek11/20/18 at 15:53EB: Interesting coin
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Vespasian-RIC-120254 viewsĆ As, 10.37g
Lyon mint, 72 AD
RIC 1202 (C2). BMC 822.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS IIII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: S C in field; Eagle stg. front on globe, wings outstretched, head r.
Acquired from Felicitas Perpetua, October 2018.

This iconic eagle on globe type copies a similar reverse struck under Tiberius for Divus Augustus. The connection to Augustus demonstrates Vespasian's worthiness as his successor. The type is fairly rare at Rome and more commonly found from the mint at Lugdunum (Lyon). It is almost exclusively reserved for the As issues at both mints.

A wonderful early portrait from Lyon, highlighted by a beautiful dark brown patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/20/18 at 14:53Mat: Wonderful portrait
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MARCUS ANTONIUS AR Denarii12 views2 commentsLegatus11/20/18 at 14:52Mat: Congrats on the set
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Vespasian-RIC-120254 viewsĆ As, 10.37g
Lyon mint, 72 AD
RIC 1202 (C2). BMC 822.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS IIII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: S C in field; Eagle stg. front on globe, wings outstretched, head r.
Acquired from Felicitas Perpetua, October 2018.

This iconic eagle on globe type copies a similar reverse struck under Tiberius for Divus Augustus. The connection to Augustus demonstrates Vespasian's worthiness as his successor. The type is fairly rare at Rome and more commonly found from the mint at Lugdunum (Lyon). It is almost exclusively reserved for the As issues at both mints.

A wonderful early portrait from Lyon, highlighted by a beautiful dark brown patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/20/18 at 14:50FlaviusDomitianus: Nice addition, powerful portrait.
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Struck 1189 - 1199, RICHARD I (the lionheart), AR Denier minted at Melle, Poitou, France17 viewsObverse: +RICARDVS REX. Cross pattée within braided inner circle, all within braided outer circle.
Reverse: PIC / TAVIE / NSIS in three lines within braided circle.
Diameter: 20mm | Weight: 1.0gms | Die Axis: 2
Spink: 8008 | Elias: 8

Poitou was an Anglo-Gallic province in what is now west-central France and its capital city was Poitiers, the mint at this time was however located at Melle. Melle was an active centre of minting during the early Middle Ages due to the important silver mines located under and around the city. This is the only coin issue struck during the reign of Richard I to bear his own name and titles as King of England.

Richard I was King of England from 1189 until his death on 6th April 1199. He also ruled several territories outwith England, and was styled as Duke of Normandy, Aquitaine and Gascony, Lord of Cyprus, Count of Poitiers, Anjou, Maine, and Nantes, as well as being overlord of Brittany at various times during the same period. He was the third of five sons of King Henry II of England and Duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine. He was known as Richard the Lionheart (Richard Cśur de Lion) because of his reputation as a great military leader and warrior when, at the age of 16 and commanding his own army, he had put down rebellions against his father in Poitou.
Richard was a commander during the Third Crusade, and led the campaign after the departure of Philip II of France. However, although he scored several notable victories against the Muslims led by Saladin, he failed to retake Jerusalem from them.
Although Richard was born in England and spent his childhood there before becoming king, he lived most of his adult life in the Duchy of Aquitaine. Following his accession, his life was mostly spent on Crusade, in captivity, or actively defending his lands in France. Rather than regarding England as a responsibility requiring his presence as ruler, he appears to have used it merely as a source of revenue to support his armies. Nevertheless, he was seen as a pious hero by his subjects and he remains one of the few kings of England who is remembered by his epithet rather than by his regnal number, and even today he is still an iconic figure in both England and France.
3 comments*Alex11/20/18 at 13:59*Alex: Oui! But I try not to hold that against it. ...
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Caracalla brought to life18 viewsAs far as colorizing ancient busts goes, this is the best I've ever seen - Caracalla, face to face.1 commentsSteven H11/20/18 at 13:57*Alex: Fantastic!
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Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 0093, Amphipolis, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, bucranium in left field,71 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 0093, Amphipolis, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, bucranium in left field,
avers: No legends, Young Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at the neck.
reverse: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, holding eagle and sceptre, bucranium in left field, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 24,0-28,5mm, weight: 17,08g, axes: 3h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, ‘Amphipolis’ mint, bucranium,
date: c.c. 336-323 B.C., ref: Price(1991) 93, HGC 3.1, 910a.
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/20/18 at 13:49*Alex: Lovely.
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MARCUS ANTONIUS AR Denarii12 views2 commentsLegatus11/20/18 at 13:41shanxi: nice collection
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Vespasian-RIC-120254 viewsĆ As, 10.37g
Lyon mint, 72 AD
RIC 1202 (C2). BMC 822.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS IIII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: S C in field; Eagle stg. front on globe, wings outstretched, head r.
Acquired from Felicitas Perpetua, October 2018.

This iconic eagle on globe type copies a similar reverse struck under Tiberius for Divus Augustus. The connection to Augustus demonstrates Vespasian's worthiness as his successor. The type is fairly rare at Rome and more commonly found from the mint at Lugdunum (Lyon). It is almost exclusively reserved for the As issues at both mints.

A wonderful early portrait from Lyon, highlighted by a beautiful dark brown patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/20/18 at 12:48Jay GT4: Beautiful chocolate patina
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RPC II 1665 Domitianus52 viewsObv: AYT KAI ΔOMITIANOC CЄBACTOC ΓЄPM, laureate head of Domitian right
Rev: ΔOMITIA CEBACTH, Draped bust of Domitia right
AR/Didrachm (22.27 mm 6.380 gr 6h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Cappadocia in 93-94 A.D.
RPC II 1665, Metcalf 27.
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 71 Lot 370
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/20/18 at 06:36quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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RPC II 1665 Domitianus52 viewsObv: AYT KAI ΔOMITIANOC CЄBACTOC ΓЄPM, laureate head of Domitian right
Rev: ΔOMITIA CEBACTH, Draped bust of Domitia right
AR/Didrachm (22.27 mm 6.380 gr 6h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Cappadocia in 93-94 A.D.
RPC II 1665, Metcalf 27.
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 71 Lot 370
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/20/18 at 05:09Jay GT4: Oh man! Great coin!
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RPC II 1665 Domitianus52 viewsObv: AYT KAI ΔOMITIANOC CЄBACTOC ΓЄPM, laureate head of Domitian right
Rev: ΔOMITIA CEBACTH, Draped bust of Domitia right
AR/Didrachm (22.27 mm 6.380 gr 6h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Cappadocia in 93-94 A.D.
RPC II 1665, Metcalf 27.
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 71 Lot 370
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/19/18 at 23:56David Atherton: Awesome addition!
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RPC II 1665 Domitianus52 viewsObv: AYT KAI ΔOMITIANOC CЄBACTOC ΓЄPM, laureate head of Domitian right
Rev: ΔOMITIA CEBACTH, Draped bust of Domitia right
AR/Didrachm (22.27 mm 6.380 gr 6h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Cappadocia in 93-94 A.D.
RPC II 1665, Metcalf 27.
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 71 Lot 370
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/19/18 at 23:55orfew: Very nice piece
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RPC II 1665 Domitianus52 viewsObv: AYT KAI ΔOMITIANOC CЄBACTOC ΓЄPM, laureate head of Domitian right
Rev: ΔOMITIA CEBACTH, Draped bust of Domitia right
AR/Didrachm (22.27 mm 6.380 gr 6h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Cappadocia in 93-94 A.D.
RPC II 1665, Metcalf 27.
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 71 Lot 370
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/19/18 at 22:13Dominic T: What a wonderful portrait !
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Roman Imperial, Crispus as Caesar AE Follis, (323 AD), Trier mint9 viewsRoman Imperial, Crispus as Caesar AE Follis, (323 AD), Trier mint

IVL CRIS-PVS NOB C, Bust laureate r. in consular robes and holding eagle-tipped sceptre.

BEATA TRANQVILLITAS, Altar inscribed VOTIS XX, globe on altar, three stars above. Mintmark dot STR crescent.

RIC VII Trier 405
1 commentsGil-galad11/19/18 at 20:38Jschulze: Nice coin! I just bought one of these and your'...
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Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 0093, Amphipolis, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, bucranium in left field,71 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 0093, Amphipolis, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, bucranium in left field,
avers: No legends, Young Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at the neck.
reverse: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, holding eagle and sceptre, bucranium in left field, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 24,0-28,5mm, weight: 17,08g, axes: 3h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, ‘Amphipolis’ mint, bucranium,
date: c.c. 336-323 B.C., ref: Price(1991) 93, HGC 3.1, 910a.
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/19/18 at 19:12shanxi: fine Tet with nice details
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169 - Constans - AE2 - RIC VIII Constantinople 083 var 5 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 on globe, Victory sitting at the stern, steering the ship
Minted in Constantinople; (_ | S // CONSIA*)
Reference:– RIC VIII Constantinople 83 var (Unlisted officina - All other officina are R)
1 commentsmaridvnvm11/19/18 at 06:50Randygeki(h2): I like it. Nice find. Haven't seen any for sal...
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AURELIAN RIC TEMP 1745 LION LEFT RR65 views OBVERSE: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG
REVERSE: ORIENS AVG
BUST TYPE: B
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: XXI/V//LION LEFT
MINT: ROME
WEIGHT: 3.54
RIC TEMP: 1745 (18 ex.)
5 commentsBarnaba611/19/18 at 02:58Vincent: Super
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PLOTINA, Wife of Trajan114 viewsThe Sestertius was minted in c. 112 AD in honour of Pompeia PLOTINA, the wife of TRAJAN (emperor from 98 to 117). Maybe the finest examples of its type to survive from ancient times. It is struck on a broad full flan and the only Plotina Sestertius in the SARTI 1906 sale from the BOLSENA HOARD of the 1890's. This specima sold in 1906 for Liire 1400 an incredible price for a Roman Bronze or any coin at this time. www.petitioncrown.com1 commentssunwukong11/18/18 at 23:22Steven H: That portrait is so lifelike - if you look at it l...
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Caracalla, AE 3017 viewsSerdica, Thrace, AD 216
ΑΝΤΩΝΕΙΝΟC AVTK M AVP CEV, laureate heroic bust left, seen from behind, with sword belt and Aegis on left shoulder
OVΛΠIAC CEPΔIKHC, Hermes, naked, standing left, holding purse and caduceus
17,14 gr - 30/28 mm
Ref : Moushmov 4804 (obv), Varbanov 2372 (rev)
See Agora auction #62/102, same dies
2 commentsPotator II11/18/18 at 18:33Nemonater: Spectacular!
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Caracalla, AE 3017 viewsSerdica, Thrace, AD 216
ΑΝΤΩΝΕΙΝΟC AVTK M AVP CEV, laureate heroic bust left, seen from behind, with sword belt and Aegis on left shoulder
OVΛΠIAC CEPΔIKHC, Hermes, naked, standing left, holding purse and caduceus
17,14 gr - 30/28 mm
Ref : Moushmov 4804 (obv), Varbanov 2372 (rev)
See Agora auction #62/102, same dies
2 commentsPotator II11/18/18 at 17:44quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Struck 1189 - 1199, RICHARD I (the lionheart), AR Denier minted at Melle, Poitou, France17 viewsObverse: +RICARDVS REX. Cross pattée within braided inner circle, all within braided outer circle.
Reverse: PIC / TAVIE / NSIS in three lines within braided circle.
Diameter: 20mm | Weight: 1.0gms | Die Axis: 2
Spink: 8008 | Elias: 8

Poitou was an Anglo-Gallic province in what is now west-central France and its capital city was Poitiers, the mint at this time was however located at Melle. Melle was an active centre of minting during the early Middle Ages due to the important silver mines located under and around the city. This is the only coin issue struck during the reign of Richard I to bear his own name and titles as King of England.

Richard I was King of England from 1189 until his death on 6th April 1199. He also ruled several territories outwith England, and was styled as Duke of Normandy, Aquitaine and Gascony, Lord of Cyprus, Count of Poitiers, Anjou, Maine, and Nantes, as well as being overlord of Brittany at various times during the same period. He was the third of five sons of King Henry II of England and Duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine. He was known as Richard the Lionheart (Richard Cśur de Lion) because of his reputation as a great military leader and warrior when, at the age of 16 and commanding his own army, he had put down rebellions against his father in Poitou.
Richard was a commander during the Third Crusade, and led the campaign after the departure of Philip II of France. However, although he scored several notable victories against the Muslims led by Saladin, he failed to retake Jerusalem from them.
Although Richard was born in England and spent his childhood there before becoming king, he lived most of his adult life in the Duchy of Aquitaine. Following his accession, his life was mostly spent on Crusade, in captivity, or actively defending his lands in France. Rather than regarding England as a responsibility requiring his presence as ruler, he appears to have used it merely as a source of revenue to support his armies. Nevertheless, he was seen as a pious hero by his subjects and he remains one of the few kings of England who is remembered by his epithet rather than by his regnal number, and even today he is still an iconic figure in both England and France.
3 comments*Alex11/18/18 at 16:20Potator II: That's a french coin !!!
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Struck 1526 - 1530, HENRY VIII (1509 - 1547), AR Half-groat minted at York, England under Archbishop Thomas (Cardinal) Wolsey3 viewsObverse: HENRIC•VIII•D•G•R•AGL•Z•F•. Youthful profile crowned bust of Henry VIII facing right within circle of pellets. Mint-mark: Voided cross.
Reverse: CIVITAS EBORACI. Shield bearing coat-of-arms on cross fourchée; T - W in upper field divided by shield; galero (cardinal's hat) below.
Diameter: 19mm | Weight: 1.0gm | Die Axis: 8
Virtually uncirculated but with a dark, almost black, tone
SPINK: 2346

The T W on the reverse of this coin refers to Thomas Wolsey, known to posterity as Cardinal Wolsey, one of the most powerful figures at the court of Henry VIII. Although this coin is undated, the issue of Henry VIII's second coinage only began in 1526 and so, since Cardinal Wolsey died in 1530, it must have been struck between those two dates.

Cardinal Wolsey
When Henry VIII became King of England in 1509 he appointed Thomas Wolsey to the post of Almoner, a position that gave him a seat on the Privy Council and an opportunity for establishing a personal rapport with the King to such an extent that by 1514 Wolsey had become the controlling figure in virtually all matters of state. In 1515, he was awarded the title Archbishop of York and this, followed by his appointment that same year as Cardinal by Pope Leo X, gave him precedence over all other English clerics. His ecclesiastical power advanced even further in 1523 when the Bishop of Durham, a post with wide political powers, was added to his titles.
After Wolsey attained the position of Lord Chancellor, the King's chief adviser, he had achieved more power than any other Crown servant in English history and during his fourteen years of chancellorship Wolsey, who was often alluded to as an alter rex (other king), used his power to neutralise the influence of anyone who might threaten his position..
In spite of having made many enemies, Cardinal Wolsey retained Henry VIII's confidence until, in 1527, the King decided to seek an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon so that he could marry Anne Boleyn. Henry asked Wolsey to negotiate the annulment with the Pope and in 1528 the Pope decided to allow two papal legates, Wolsey himself and Cardinal Campeggio, to decide the outcome in England. Wolsey was confident of the outcome, but Campeggio took a long time to arrive, and then he delayed proceedings so much, that the case had to be suspended and the Pope decided that the official decision should therefore be made in Rome and not in England.
After his failure to negotiate the annulment, Wolsey fell out of favour with Henry and in 1529 he was stripped of his government office and property, including the magnificent Palace of Hampton Court, which Henry took as his own main London residence.
Wolsey was however permitted to retain the title of Archbishop of York and so he travelled to Yorkshire, for the first time in his career, to carry out those duties.
Now that he was no longer protected by Henry, Wolsey's enemies, including it is rumoured, Ann Boleyn, conspired against him and Henry had him arrested and recalled to London to answer to charges of treason. But Wolsey, now in great distress, fell ill on the journey back to the capital and at Leicester, on 29 November 1530, aged about 57, he died from natural causes before he could be beheaded.
1 comments*Alex11/18/18 at 16:18Potator II: Good portrait, interesting coin !
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Egypt, Alexandria, 112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Bi-Tetradrachm, G-3147, D-5534, LЄ/-//--, Homonoia standing left, #159 viewsEgypt, Alexandria, 112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Bi-Tetradrachm, G-3147, D-5534, LЄ/-//--, Homonoia standing left, #1
avers: A K M AVP ΠPOBOC CЄB, Laureated, cuirassed bust right.
reverse: Homonoia standing left, right arm raised; cornucopiae in left hand, LЄ left at foot.
exergue: LЄ/-//--, diameter: 18,0-19,8mm, weight: 6,89g, axes: 11h,
mint: Egypt, Alexandria, date: 279-280 A.D., LЄ Year 5., ref: Geissen-3147, Dattari-5534, Milne-4598, Kapmann-Ganschow-112.27,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/18/18 at 08:16Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
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ANTONINUS PIUS. RIC 778, 138-161 CE. Ć Sestertius12 views(30.55mm, 25.4 gm). Struck 145-161 AD.
Obverse: ANTONINVSAVG-PIVSPPTRPCOSIIII, Laureate head right
Obverse: Mars walking right, holding spear and shield. S C across field.
RIC III 778
2 commentsNORMAN K11/18/18 at 08:15Randygeki(h2): Yeah, great color, great coin!
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Marcus Aurelius (161 - 180 A.D.)23 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: Μ ΑVΡΗ ΑΝΤωΝΙΝΟС С Laurete head left wearing cuirass and paludamentum.
R: Tyche seated left, wearing kalathos, resting hand on rudder, holding cornucopia; in left field, Year Ɛ = 5 (164/5 A.D.)
21mm
12.98g
Emmett 2085.5 Dattari 3393

Rare

Pending Wildwinds Publishing!
4 commentsMat11/18/18 at 08:13Randygeki(h2): Me too, neat coin Mat
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Julia Domna, 213 AD, RIC IV C39014 viewsRIC IV C390, RSC III 230, BMCRE V C29, Hunter III C10, SRCV II 7108
Obverse: IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, draped bust right, hair in horizontal ridges, looped plait from ear around back of neck
Reverse: VESTA, Vesta standing facing, head left, veiled, palladium in right hand, long scepter vertical in left hand

The most lifelike portrait I've seen on a Julia Domna coin
1 commentsSteven H11/18/18 at 04:59EB: Wow!
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EB0059 Bee / Stag10 viewsEphesos, IONIA, drachm, ca.405-325 BC.
Obverse: Bee, E-Φ to left and right.
Reverse: Stag standing right, palm tree in background, ΠγPPAΛIΩN to right.
References: SNG Cop 283ff. Note: There are almost 1,000 known varieties of the bronze and silver bee/stag coin types with unpublished types appearing every year.
Diameter: 18mm, Weight: 4.062g.
2 commentsEB11/17/18 at 21:02EB: EB, get it?
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Roman, Agrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)1269 viewsAgrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)
Sestertius
Daughter of Julia and Marcus Agrippa, wife of Germanicus and mother of Emperor Caligula. The most beautiful woman of all Caesars in the most incredible condition. The finest known specimen originally from the Morreti Collection.

Posthumous portrait ordered by Caligula to commemorate his mother who had tragically died in exile.

Cohen 1 ; RIC 42
9 commentsPetitioncrown11/17/18 at 20:40Steven H: That's stunning - I've never seen an Agrip...
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EB0059 Bee / Stag10 viewsEphesos, IONIA, drachm, ca.405-325 BC.
Obverse: Bee, E-Φ to left and right.
Reverse: Stag standing right, palm tree in background, ΠγPPAΛIΩN to right.
References: SNG Cop 283ff. Note: There are almost 1,000 known varieties of the bronze and silver bee/stag coin types with unpublished types appearing every year.
Diameter: 18mm, Weight: 4.062g.
2 commentsEB11/17/18 at 16:20Jay GT4: Excellent Bee
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EB0061 Artemis / Bull11 viewsIonian Islands, Island of Ikaros, Oenoe AR Drachm. 3rd century BC.
Obverse: Head of Artemis ľ right.
Reverse: IONAI below bull butting right.
References: Sear 4620.
Diameter: 16mm, Weight: 3.465g.
2 commentsEB11/17/18 at 16:20Jay GT4: Powerful depiction of the bull
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Ilkhanid: Abu Sa'id (1316-1335) AV Dinar, AH722, Wasit Mint (Album 2202, Type D; Diler 502; ICV 2133)12 viewsObv: Arabic legend within pentafoil - ﺿﺮﺏ ﻓﻰ ﺍﻳﺎﻡ ﺩﻭﻟﺔ ﺍﻟﺴﻠﻄﺎﻥ ﺍﻻﻋﻈﻢ ﺍﺑﻮﺳﻌﻴﺪ ﺑﻬﺎﺩﺭﺧﺎﻥ ﺧﻠﺪﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻣﻠﻜﻪ (Struck in the days of prosperity of the Supreme Sultan Abu Sa‘id Bahadur Khan, may God perpetuate his sovereignty); date within arms of pentafoil - ﺳﻨﺔ ﺍﺛﻨﺘﻴﻦ ﻭﻋﺸﺮﻳﻦ ﻭﺳﺒﻌﻤﺎﺋﺔ (year twenty two and seven hundred)
Rev: Arabic legend in multiple lines - ﻻ ﺍﻟﻪ ﺍﻻ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻣﺤﻤﺪ ﺭﺳﻮﻝ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ (There is no God but Allah, Muhammad is the apostle of Allah); ﺿﺮﺏ واسط above and below ﻣﺤﻤﺪ (Struck at Wasit above and below Muhammad); names of the four “Rightly Guided” Caliphs at 12:00 ﺍﺑﻮﺑﻜﺮ (Abu bakr), at 3:00 ﻋﻤﺮ (Umar), at 6:00 ﻋﺜﻤﺎﻥ (Uthman), at 9:00 ﻋﻠﻰ (Ali)
1 commentsQuant.Geek11/17/18 at 03:45v-drome: beautiful coin and description
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Dog symbol - Denarius, Crawford 122/29 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 206-195 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; “X” behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; Below, Dog symbol; in linear frame, “ROMA”.
Mint: Rome
Weight: 3.93 gm.
Reference: Crawford 122/2
Provenance: VAuctions sale 287, 13-SEP-2012, Lot 164; Ex. Goodman Collection, CNG 43, 24-SEP-1997, Lot 1405.

Comments:
Dog symbol. Scarce issue, Flan crack 10:00 obverse, 2:00 reverse, otherwise, complete and GVF.
1 commentsSteve B511/17/18 at 03:37Jay GT4: Amazing coin. Congrats!
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Vespasian RIC-89759 viewsĆ As, 9.85g
Rome mint, 76 AD
RIC 897 (R). BMC p. 169 note.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS VII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Ex eBay, 30 October 2018.

This As is part of a small bronze issue struck during the middle part of the Vespasian's reign and features the perennial favourite reverse of Victory on prow, a type more commonly found on the As issues at Rome. Unlike the VICTORIA NAVALIS type which likely celebrated a minor naval victory from the Jewish War, this Victory can be viewed in more generic terms. A similar type was also struck in silver on the denarii the previous year.

Strong middle-period portrait with pleasing dark chocolate patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/16/18 at 19:31okidoki: very nice
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ORIES AVG7 views OBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG
REVERSE: ORIES AVG
BUST TYPE: B
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: --//I
WEIGHT 3.52g / AXIS: 12h / WIDTH: 22-23mm
RIC: 44
BASTIEN: 164 (48 EX.)
COLLECTION NO: 193
NOTE: ERRONEOUS REVERSE LEGEND: ORIES AVG INSTEAD OF ORIENS AVG
1 commentsBarnaba611/16/18 at 17:00Harry G: Interesting coin!
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IMP PRBVS P F AVG (SIC!) UNICUM 11 views OBVERSE: IMP PRBVS P F AVG (SIC!)
REVERSE: SPES AVG
BUST TYPE: B (BASTIEN'S CLASSIFICATION)
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: --//XXIVI
WEIGHT 3.60g / AXIS: 6h / WIDTH 21-22mm
RIC 788 VAR. (UNLISTED WITH ERRONEOUS LEGEND)
ALFOLDI 084/- (UNLISTED WITH ERRONEOUS LEGEND)
COLLECTION NO. 21
UNICUM
EX LANZ 153 lot 568
NOTE: Not only is this coin unique but it apparently is the only known example in Probus' coinage of a coin with an error in the very name of the emperor!
1 commentsBarnaba611/16/18 at 16:59Harry G: Great error! I don't know how that got th...
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Calabria Taras, 340/325, Stater12 views7,74 g, ca. Magistrate Ar... und Ka... Ephebe with wreath on horseback, above it floating Nike / Taras with Kantharos and Chlamys on dolphin over waves. Vlasto 502; Fischer-Bossert 718.
Very rare and very fine.
1 commentsLeo11/16/18 at 15:50EB: Very nice!
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Nabatean Kingdom, Aretas IV, Meshorer 57 var.9 viewsAretas IV Philopatris, 9 BC - AD 40
Nabatean: Harithath
AE 14, 2.33g, 14.31mm, 180°
Petra, 6/5 BC
obv. Laureate head of Aretas IV, long hair, r., before ח
rev. 2 crossed filleted cornucopias, in between x (year 4)
in l. and r. field ח (for Harithath?) - o
ref. Meshorer Nabatea 57 var. (has in field o - ח)
F/VF, sand patina

o possibly stands for the mint of Petra (nabatäisch Reqem = stain, spot)
ח can stand for the family of the mintmasters (Meshorer)
1 commentsJochen11/15/18 at 18:22Canaan: what a great example and rarity!!!
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Wreath - Denarius, Crawford 110/1a11 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 211-208 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; “X” behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; above, wreath symbol; in linear frame, “ROMA”.
Mint: Uncertain
Weight: 3.62 gm.
Reference: Crawford 110/1a
Provenance: NAC 61, 5-OCT-2011. Lot 494


Comments: Wreath symbol denarius
Unique style found only on this issue and the very rare ‘AL’ issue (RRC 111). Lovely toning. GVF
1 commentsSteve B511/15/18 at 16:39Warren: The golden toning is gorgeous.
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Koinon, Thessaly14 viewsPseudo-autonomous
41-54 AD (Time of Claudius)
AE Assarion (17.5mm, 4.18g)
Amtigonos (Strategos)
O: Draped bust of Livia right; ΘEΣΣ-AΛΩN around.
R: Hekate advancing right, holding torch in each hand; monogram to right, ΣTPATHΓANTIΓON-OY around.
RPC I, 1438; BCD Thessaly II, 928
ex Frank Kovacs; ex Mark Breitsprecher
1 commentsEnodia11/15/18 at 15:45quadrans: Nice,
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Terina, Bruttium 18 viewscirca 300 BC
AR Drachm (16mm, 2.21g)
O: Head of nymph Terina left; triskeles behind, TEPINAIΩN left.
R: Winged Nike seated left on cippus, holding bird in extended right hand; star to left.
Holloway & Jenkins 111; HN Italy 2642
ex Bertolami Fine Arts

2 commentsEnodia11/15/18 at 15:44quadrans: Ohh, so nice, congratulation...
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064 - Septimius Severus denarius - O7 - RIC -15 viewsDenarius
Obv:– IMP CA L SE SEV PEVR (sic) AVG COS I-I, Laureate head right
Rev:– BONI ENTVS (sic), Fides standing left holding basket of fruit and corn ears
Minted in Emesa, A.D. 194
References:– RIC -, RSC -
1 commentsmaridvnvm11/15/18 at 14:59nummis durensis: very nice! Saw him on ebay...
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Philip I Antoninianus - Cippus Inscribed COS III, Roman Millennium (RIC 24c)13 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.

2 commentsKained but Able11/15/18 at 14:36Harry G: Stunning coin!
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Taras, Calabria18 views302-228 BC
AR Diobol (11mm, 0.82g)
O: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with wing.
R: Herakles standing right, wrestling the Nemean lion; club behind, TAPAN above.
Vlasto cf1365; HN Italy 976
ex Savoca Coins
1 commentsEnodia11/14/18 at 23:17Jay GT4: Nice helmet
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Terina, Bruttium 18 viewscirca 300 BC
AR Drachm (16mm, 2.21g)
O: Head of nymph Terina left; triskeles behind, TEPINAIΩN left.
R: Winged Nike seated left on cippus, holding bird in extended right hand; star to left.
Holloway & Jenkins 111; HN Italy 2642
ex Bertolami Fine Arts

2 commentsEnodia11/14/18 at 23:16Jay GT4: Great acquisition! Love this type
Augustus,_Bilbilis,_Spain,_AE-As,_AVGVSTVS_DIVI_F_PATER_PATRIAE,_MVN_AVGVSTA_BILBILIS_M_SEMP_TIBERI_I_LICI_VARO,_II_VIR,_RPC_392,_2BC,_Q-001,_6h,_27-27,5mm,_12,19g-s.jpg
002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), Spain, Bilbilis, RPC 0392, AE-27, MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath,77 views002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), Spain, Bilbilis, RPC 0392, AE-27, MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath,
avers: AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, Laureate head right.
reverse: MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 27,0-27,5 mm, weight: 12,19g, axis:6h,
mint: Spain, Bilbilis, date: 2 B.C., ref: RPC 0392,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans11/14/18 at 23:15Jay GT4: Nice patina and color
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CÁC II. 20.07.1.1/a1.09(new sigla!)., Anonymous III. (Géza II., King of Hungary, (1141-1162 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-149, CNH I.-136, U-064, #0157 viewsCÁC II. 20.07.1.1/a1.09(new sigla!)., Anonymous III. (Géza II., King of Hungary, (1141-1162 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-149, CNH I.-136, U-064, #01
avers: Line with the cross in the middle, crescent with two lines and two circles above and below, a border of dots.
reverse: Cross with dots in the angles, border of line.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 13,5mm, weight: 0,33g, axis: 2h,
mint: Esztergom , date: A.D., ref: Huszár-149, CNH I.-136, Unger-064,
Kiss-Toth: Sigla- ,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/14/18 at 22:35Stkp: very nice
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CÁC II. 20.14.1.1/g1.03., Anonymous III. (Géza II., King of Hungary, (1141-1162 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-160, CNH I.-150, U-062, #0159 viewsCÁC II. 20.14.1.1/g1.03., Anonymous III. (Géza II., King of Hungary, (1141-1162 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-160, CNH I.-150, U-062, #01
avers: Cross with H in the centre, crescents in the angles; border of dots.
reverse: Four crescents and four dots around cross; border of line.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 12,3 mm, weight: 0,18 g, axis: 1h,
mint: Esztergom , date: A.D., ref: Huszár-160, CNH I.-150, Unger-062,
Kiss-Toth: Sigla- ,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/14/18 at 22:35Stkp: very nice
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ALFOLDI 038.00114 views OBVERSE: IMP PROBVS P F AVG
REVERSE: MARTI PACIFERO
BUST TYPE: A2 = Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from back
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/VII//XXI
WEIGHT 3.39g / WIDTH 21 mm
RIC 699 VAR. (UNLISTED WITH THIS OBVERSE LEGEND)
ALFOLDI 038.001 (4 EX.)
COLLECTION NO. 1372
Note: Rare reverse type for Siscia
2 commentsBarnaba611/14/18 at 15:16Barnaba6: thanks!
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002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), Spain, Bilbilis, RPC 0392, AE-27, MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath,77 views002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), Spain, Bilbilis, RPC 0392, AE-27, MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath,
avers: AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, Laureate head right.
reverse: MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 27,0-27,5 mm, weight: 12,19g, axis:6h,
mint: Spain, Bilbilis, date: 2 B.C., ref: RPC 0392,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans11/14/18 at 14:39EB: Well centered, nice coin
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002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), Spain, Bilbilis, RPC 0392, AE-27, MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath,77 views002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), Spain, Bilbilis, RPC 0392, AE-27, MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath,
avers: AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, Laureate head right.
reverse: MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 27,0-27,5 mm, weight: 12,19g, axis:6h,
mint: Spain, Bilbilis, date: 2 B.C., ref: RPC 0392,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans11/14/18 at 12:57shanxi: nice color and patina
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EB0045 Forepart of wolf / Large A5 viewsArgos, Argolis. Circa 3rd Century BC. AR Hemidrachm.
Obverse: Forepart of wolf left.
Reverse: Large A in incuse square; I-E-Ρ-Ω-NO-Σ, eagle standing right below.
References: SNG Cop 42; Grose 6549.
Diameter: 15mm, Weight: 2.477g.
1 commentsEB11/14/18 at 01:16quadrans: Nice one
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ALFOLDI 038.00114 views OBVERSE: IMP PROBVS P F AVG
REVERSE: MARTI PACIFERO
BUST TYPE: A2 = Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from back
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/VII//XXI
WEIGHT 3.39g / WIDTH 21 mm
RIC 699 VAR. (UNLISTED WITH THIS OBVERSE LEGEND)
ALFOLDI 038.001 (4 EX.)
COLLECTION NO. 1372
Note: Rare reverse type for Siscia
2 commentsBarnaba611/14/18 at 01:15quadrans: Nice one
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Struck 1158 - 1163, HENRY II (1154 - 1189), AR 'Tealby' Penny minted at Canterbury, England20 viewsObverse: (HE)NRI • R(EX• A -). Crowned facing bust of Henry II, his head turned slightly to left, holding sceptre tipped with a cross potent in his right hand.
Reverse: + (ROGI)ER : ON : (C)A(NT) surrounding short cross potent within beaded circle, small cross potents in each quarter. Moneyer: Rogier. Mintmark: Cross potent.
Diameter: 20mm | Weight: 1.3gms | Die Axis:1 | Class A bust
Flan chipped and cracked
SPINK: 1337

For the first few years of Henry II's reign the coins of King Stephen continued to be produced, but in 1158, in order to restore public confidence in the currency, a new 'cross and crosslet' coinage was introduced in England which was of sufficient importance for the contemporary chroniclers to record that 'a new money was made, which was the sole currency of the kingdom.' While this coinage was acceptable in terms of weight and silver quality, it is notorious for its ugly appearance, bad craftsmanship and careless execution. In fact the 'Tealby' coinage is among the worst struck of any issue of English regal coinage, so much so that collectors consider it something of a bonus if they are able to make out the name of the moneyer, or the mint, from the letters showing.
The cross and crosslet type coinage of King Henry II is more often called 'Tealby' because of the enormous hoard of these coins which was found in late 1807 at Bayons Manor farm near Tealby in Lincolnshire. This hoard, which originally amounted to over 5,700 pieces, was first reported in the Stamford Mercury of the 6th November 1807, but unfortunately the majority of the coins, more than 5,000 of them, were sent to be melted at the Tower of London and only some 600 pieces were saved for national and important private collections.
A total of 30 mints were employed in the initial 'Tealby' recoinage, however once the recoinage was completed only 12 mints were permitted to remain active and this marks the beginning of the gradual decline in the number of mints which were used to strike English coins.
The 'Tealby' issue continued until 1180 when a new style coin of much better workmanship, the short-cross penny, was introduced.
1 comments*Alex11/14/18 at 00:46quadrans: Interesting piece..
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EB0041 Athena / Owl12 viewsATTICA, Athens. AR Tetradrachm, ca 153-133 BC.
Obverse: Head of Athena right, wearing single-pendant earring and triple crested Attic helmet decorated with Pegasos and floral pattern.
Reverse: A-ΘE HΛI-EΠI OΔR-ΓENH ΣΩΣAN ΔPOΣ in five lines across fields, Owl standing right, head facing, on amphora, eagle on thunderbolt in left field, Λ on amphora.
References: -.
Diameter: 29mm, Weight: 16.535g.
1 commentsEB11/13/18 at 23:44Jay GT4: Great
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Vespasian RIC-89759 viewsĆ As, 9.85g
Rome mint, 76 AD
RIC 897 (R). BMC p. 169 note.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS VII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Ex eBay, 30 October 2018.

This As is part of a small bronze issue struck during the middle part of the Vespasian's reign and features the perennial favourite reverse of Victory on prow, a type more commonly found on the As issues at Rome. Unlike the VICTORIA NAVALIS type which likely celebrated a minor naval victory from the Jewish War, this Victory can be viewed in more generic terms. A similar type was also struck in silver on the denarii the previous year.

Strong middle-period portrait with pleasing dark chocolate patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/13/18 at 17:19FlaviusDomitianus: Nice addition, congrats!
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Vespasian RIC-89759 viewsĆ As, 9.85g
Rome mint, 76 AD
RIC 897 (R). BMC p. 169 note.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS VII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Ex eBay, 30 October 2018.

This As is part of a small bronze issue struck during the middle part of the Vespasian's reign and features the perennial favourite reverse of Victory on prow, a type more commonly found on the As issues at Rome. Unlike the VICTORIA NAVALIS type which likely celebrated a minor naval victory from the Jewish War, this Victory can be viewed in more generic terms. A similar type was also struck in silver on the denarii the previous year.

Strong middle-period portrait with pleasing dark chocolate patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/13/18 at 15:07Vincent: Love the Victory depiction...so cool
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Vespasian RIC-89759 viewsĆ As, 9.85g
Rome mint, 76 AD
RIC 897 (R). BMC p. 169 note.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS VII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Ex eBay, 30 October 2018.

This As is part of a small bronze issue struck during the middle part of the Vespasian's reign and features the perennial favourite reverse of Victory on prow, a type more commonly found on the As issues at Rome. Unlike the VICTORIA NAVALIS type which likely celebrated a minor naval victory from the Jewish War, this Victory can be viewed in more generic terms. A similar type was also struck in silver on the denarii the previous year.

Strong middle-period portrait with pleasing dark chocolate patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/13/18 at 14:42Mat: Very nice bronze
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RIC 144 Domitian Denarius 51 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head of Domitian right

IVPPITER CONSERVATOR
Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left

Rome 82-83 AD
3.37g

RIC 144 (R)

Ex-inumis France
11 commentsJay GT411/13/18 at 13:32NORMAN K: great coin.
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5717 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 127-28 AD Nilus reclining on hippopotamus 36 viewsReference.
Emmett 1015.12; RPC III, 5717 Dattari 7750. BMC 787, p.92; Milne 1267; Köln 992

Issue L ΔWΔƐΚΑΤΟΥ = year 12

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ - ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑ СƐΒ
laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, right, seen from behind.

Rev. L ΔWΔƐΚ(Α)
Nilus reclining left on hippopotamus, holding reed in left and cornucopia with small Genius in right hand; above ΙϚ

26.69 gr
35 mm
12h
Note Jay gt4
The Greek numeral sixteen (Iς) above Nilus refers to what was considered the ideal height of the annual Nile flood, sixteen cubits. Less could mean drought or famine. Even in modern times grand celebrations were held when the flood reached 16 cubits. In years when the flood failed to reach 16 cubits, the celebrations were canceled, and prayers and fasting were held instead. The peak flood occurred at the end of August, which explains why the Egyptian year began on 29 August.
1 commentsokidoki11/13/18 at 13:30NORMAN K: Like this type. nice
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LYCAONIA. Iconium. Pseudo-autonomous. Time of Claudius to Hadrian 41-138 AD, Female seated12 viewsReference.
Aulock, Lykaonien 252; RPC II, 1608B

Obv.
Facing gorgoneion, dotted border

Rev. KΛΑΥΔ EIKONI.
Female deity seated left, wearing polos and holding eagle (?).

2.60 gr
17 mm
12h
3 commentsokidoki11/13/18 at 13:27NORMAN K: definitely unusual. nice
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Vespasian RIC-89759 viewsĆ As, 9.85g
Rome mint, 76 AD
RIC 897 (R). BMC p. 169 note.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS VII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Ex eBay, 30 October 2018.

This As is part of a small bronze issue struck during the middle part of the Vespasian's reign and features the perennial favourite reverse of Victory on prow, a type more commonly found on the As issues at Rome. Unlike the VICTORIA NAVALIS type which likely celebrated a minor naval victory from the Jewish War, this Victory can be viewed in more generic terms. A similar type was also struck in silver on the denarii the previous year.

Strong middle-period portrait with pleasing dark chocolate patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/13/18 at 12:23Jay GT4: Nice depiction of Victory
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AE4 of Valentian II19 viewsAn AE4 of Valentian II minted in Siscia between 384-347 AD. 12.1 mm, 0.92 g.

Obverse: D N VALENTINIANVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right

Reverse: VICTORIA AVGGG, Victory walking left, wreath in right, palm frond in left, ASIS in ex

Attribution: RIC IX 39(a), LRBC 1575,
1 commentschuy153011/13/18 at 11:53Pekka K: Obverse reads: DN THEODO/SIVS PF AVG
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Marcus Aurelius (161 - 180 A.D.)23 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: Μ ΑVΡΗ ΑΝΤωΝΙΝΟС С Laurete head left wearing cuirass and paludamentum.
R: Tyche seated left, wearing kalathos, resting hand on rudder, holding cornucopia; in left field, Year Ɛ = 5 (164/5 A.D.)
21mm
12.98g
Emmett 2085.5 Dattari 3393

Rare

Pending Wildwinds Publishing!
4 commentsMat11/13/18 at 06:11shanxi: very nice example
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Marcus Aurelius (161 - 180 A.D.)23 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: Μ ΑVΡΗ ΑΝΤωΝΙΝΟС С Laurete head left wearing cuirass and paludamentum.
R: Tyche seated left, wearing kalathos, resting hand on rudder, holding cornucopia; in left field, Year Ɛ = 5 (164/5 A.D.)
21mm
12.98g
Emmett 2085.5 Dattari 3393

Rare

Pending Wildwinds Publishing!
4 commentsMat11/12/18 at 23:51Jay GT4: I like it...nice piece
Alexander_III_,_Macedonia,_Kings,_(The_Great,_323_-_317_B_C_),_Price_1364,_AGamma,_Snake,_Lampsacus,_AR-Drachm,_Q-001,_6h,_17,5-18mm,_4,22g-s.jpg
Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 1364, Lampsacus, AR-Drachm, Zeus seated on throne left, ΛΑΠ/Snake, #169 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 1364, Lampsacus, AR-Drachm, Zeus seated on throne left, ΛΑΠ/Snake, #1
avers: Head of beardless Heracles right wearing a lion-skin headdress.
reverse: AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, sceptre in left hand, Monogram ΛΑΠ left, Snake beneath throne.
exergue: -/-//-- diameter: 17,5-18,0mm, weight: 4,22g, axes: 6h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, Lampsacus mint, date: c. 323 - c. 317 B.C., ref: Price 1364,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/12/18 at 23:05Stkp: nice
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Marcus Aurelius (161 - 180 A.D.)23 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: Μ ΑVΡΗ ΑΝΤωΝΙΝΟС С Laurete head left wearing cuirass and paludamentum.
R: Tyche seated left, wearing kalathos, resting hand on rudder, holding cornucopia; in left field, Year Ɛ = 5 (164/5 A.D.)
21mm
12.98g
Emmett 2085.5 Dattari 3393

Rare

Pending Wildwinds Publishing!
4 commentsMat11/12/18 at 22:58quadrans: Nice piece ..I like it..
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EB1031 Bull / Incuse Bull14 viewsGreek, Italy, Sybaris Nomos 550-510 BC.
Obverse: VM in exergue, bull standing left on dotted exergual line, head reverted.
Reverse: Incuse bull standing right on dotted exergual line, head reverted.
References: SNG Cop 1388; SNG ANS 828ff; Gorini pg. 10, 5-6.
Diameter: 28.5mm, Weight: 8.03g.
Ex: Miguel Munoz Collection.
2 commentsEB11/12/18 at 22:32Jay GT4: Love these. Great archaic Italian coin
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LYCAONIA. Iconium. Pseudo-autonomous. Time of Claudius to Hadrian 41-138 AD, Female seated12 viewsReference.
Aulock, Lykaonien 252; RPC II, 1608B

Obv.
Facing gorgoneion, dotted border

Rev. KΛΑΥΔ EIKONI.
Female deity seated left, wearing polos and holding eagle (?).

2.60 gr
17 mm
12h
3 commentsokidoki11/12/18 at 22:31Jay GT4: Very interesting
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Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 1364, Lampsacus, AR-Drachm, Zeus seated on throne left, ΛΑΠ/Snake, #169 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 1364, Lampsacus, AR-Drachm, Zeus seated on throne left, ΛΑΠ/Snake, #1
avers: Head of beardless Heracles right wearing a lion-skin headdress.
reverse: AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, sceptre in left hand, Monogram ΛΑΠ left, Snake beneath throne.
exergue: -/-//-- diameter: 17,5-18,0mm, weight: 4,22g, axes: 6h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, Lampsacus mint, date: c. 323 - c. 317 B.C., ref: Price 1364,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/12/18 at 20:23okidoki: Nice Joe
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LYCAONIA. Iconium. Pseudo-autonomous. Time of Claudius to Hadrian 41-138 AD, Female seated12 viewsReference.
Aulock, Lykaonien 252; RPC II, 1608B

Obv.
Facing gorgoneion, dotted border

Rev. KΛΑΥΔ EIKONI.
Female deity seated left, wearing polos and holding eagle (?).

2.60 gr
17 mm
12h
3 commentsokidoki11/12/18 at 20:17quadrans: Interesting piece..
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EB1031 Bull / Incuse Bull14 viewsGreek, Italy, Sybaris Nomos 550-510 BC.
Obverse: VM in exergue, bull standing left on dotted exergual line, head reverted.
Reverse: Incuse bull standing right on dotted exergual line, head reverted.
References: SNG Cop 1388; SNG ANS 828ff; Gorini pg. 10, 5-6.
Diameter: 28.5mm, Weight: 8.03g.
Ex: Miguel Munoz Collection.
2 commentsEB11/12/18 at 18:56okidoki: great example,
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Seleucia, Seleukid Kingdom, 01 Seleukos I., Nikator, (312-281 B.C.), SC 17.2, AE-21, BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY, Athena Promachos standing right, #163 viewsSeleucia, Seleukid Kingdom, 01 Seleukos I., Nikator, (312-281 B.C.), SC 17.2, AE-21, BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY, Athena Promachos standing right, #1
avers: Head of Apollo facing right, wearing laurel wreath, with spiral curls, one falling forward, another at back of neck, much of neck exposed.
reverse: BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY, Athena Promachos standing right, brandishing spear and holding a shield on left arm, Π in the left field.
exergue: Π/-//--, diameter: 20,0-21,0mm, weight: 7,50g, axes: 10h,
mint: Seleucia, Seleukos I., Nikator, Antioch Mint, date: 300-281 B.C., ref: SC 17.2, Newell WSM 918.,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/12/18 at 15:46okidoki: shields up
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EB0033 Persephone / Ajax12 viewsOpuntia, Lokris, Quarter Stater, 369-338 BC.
Obverse: Head of Persephone right, wearing earring and necklace, head
wreathed with corn-leaves.
Reverse: OΠON-TIΩN, Ajax advancing right, holding sword and large shield; coiled serpent on shield, broken spear on ground.
References: SEAR 2330.
Diameter: 15mm, Weight: 2.76g.
Ex: Superior Stamp & Coin.
2 commentsEB11/12/18 at 14:34Mat: Beautiful coin!
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EB1025 Galba / Pax9 viewsGalba 68-69 AD, AE dupondius.
Obverse: IMP SER GALBA CAES AVG TRP, laureate head right.
Reverse: PA--X AV--GVST S--C, Pax standing left, holding branch and cornucopia.
References: RIC I 370; BMCRE 124; Cohen 155.
Diameter: 29mm, Weight: 14.13g.
Ex: Superior Stamp & Coin.
1 commentsEB11/12/18 at 00:41Jay GT4: Great coin, love the patina
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Brockage Hadrian Denarius 119-25 AD 14 viewsObv. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate head right, slight drapery on left shoulder

Rev.
Incuse of obverse

2.83 gr
17 mm
2 commentsokidoki11/11/18 at 21:37Mat: Neat find
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Brockage Hadrian Denarius 119-25 AD 14 viewsObv. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate head right, slight drapery on left shoulder

Rev.
Incuse of obverse

2.83 gr
17 mm
2 commentsokidoki11/11/18 at 21:07Jay GT4: I have to get a brockage so cool
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EB1020 Hercules / Prow8 viewsRoman Republic, Circa 225-217 BC. Aes Grave cast Quadrans.
Obverse: Head of Hercules left, wearing lion’s skin headdress, three pellets behind; all on raised disk.
Reverse: Prow of galley right, three dots below; all on raised disk.
References: Thurlow-Vecchi 54; Crawford 35/4; Haeberlin pl. 18, 1-9.
Diameter: 41mm, Weight: 60.35g.
1 commentsEB11/11/18 at 20:28quadrans: Another nice piece
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EB1019 Horse Head & Pellets11 viewsRoman Republic, Circa 275-270 BC. Ć Aes Grave Cast Triens.
Obverse: Horse head right; [four pellets below].
Reverse: Horse head left; [four pellets below].
References: Thurlow-Vecchi 10; Crawford 18/3; Haeberlin pl. 36, 1-5.
Diameter: 47.5mm, Weight: 97.26g.
1 commentsEB11/11/18 at 17:46quadrans: Another nice piece
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EB1017 Boar & Pellets11 viewsRoman Republic Circa 275-270 BC. Ć Aes Grave cast Quadrans.
Obverse: Boar running right; three pellets below.
Reverse: Boar running left; three pellets below.
References: Thurlow-Vecchi 11; Crawford 18/4; Haeberlin pl. 36, 6-11.
Diameter: 42.5mm, Weight: 79.42g.
2 commentsEB11/11/18 at 16:54quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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EB1017 Boar & Pellets11 viewsRoman Republic Circa 275-270 BC. Ć Aes Grave cast Quadrans.
Obverse: Boar running right; three pellets below.
Reverse: Boar running left; three pellets below.
References: Thurlow-Vecchi 11; Crawford 18/4; Haeberlin pl. 36, 6-11.
Diameter: 42.5mm, Weight: 79.42g.
2 commentsEB11/11/18 at 16:39shanxi: Congrats, great piece
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Julia Domna - PIETAS / Palladium10 viewsJulia Domna
Denarius
194 A.D.
Alexandria
Av.: IVLIA DO - MNA AVG / draped bust right
Rev.: PI - E - TAS / Pietas seated left, holding palladium in right hand
2,55 Gr., 6 h die axis
RIC 612 (no sceptre), SEV-481 - 482 Barry P. Murphy Coll.
1 commentsnummis durensis11/11/18 at 16:14EB: Nice portrait
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A size comparison of a Fanam with a Multiple Dirham14 views1 commentsQuant.Geek11/11/18 at 16:11EB: Two beautiful coins, great comparison!
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2329 PHRYGIA, Laodicea Hadrian Medallion Zeus standing32 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2329.5; Von Aulock, Phrygiens -; SNG München -; SNG von Aulock-; SNG Copenhagen 575; BMC 195

Obv. ΑΥ ΚΑΙ ΤΡΑ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС ΟΛΥΜΠΙΟС
Laureate head of Hadrian, r. with drapery on l. shoulder

Rev. ΛΑΟΔΙΚΕΩΝ
Zeus Laodiceus standing facing, head l., holding eagle in his extended r. hand, l. resting on sceptre

36.37 gr
39 mm
12h

Note.
From the Group CEM Collection, Classical Numismatic Group 90, 23 May 2012, 1058 and ex Waddell II, 12 September 1987, 363.

The epithet 'Olympios' was adopted by Hadrian in 128/9 following the dedication of the temple of Zeus Olympios in Athens. It emphasized the emperor's Panhellenic program and enthusiastic Philhellenism, for Zeus Olympios, chief god of the Greek peoples, was the Panhellenic god before all others. RPC suggests that the impressive Laodicean medallions bearing the new epithet were struck on the occasion of Hadrian's visit to the city in June 129.
6 commentsokidoki11/11/18 at 11:50Harry G: Nice coin! Hadrian looks very serious...
Elymais,Arsacid_dynasty__Phraates,__AD_,_AE-Drachme,_Van__t_Haaff_14_4_1-1A_Q-001_0h,14-15mm,_3,07g-s.jpg
Elymais, van't Haaff 14.4.1-1A, Arsacid dynasty. Phraates (early-mid 2nd Century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Plain diadem of two bands, #162 viewsElymais, van't Haaff 14.4.1-1A, Arsacid dynasty. Phraates (early-mid 2nd Century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Plain diadem of two bands, #1
avers: Bust facing forward, wearing a tiara with two pellets in crescents and dotted rim, two diadem bands below tiara, to right, pellet in crescent above anchor with one or two crossbars at the top, the border of dots.
reverse: Plain diadem of two bands, pellet-in-crescents facing upward, the border of dots.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 14,0-15,0mm, weight: 3,07g, axes: 0h,
mint: , date: early-mid 2nd Century A.D., ref: van't Haaff 14.4.1-1A, De Morgan 40, BMC plate XLI, 26-27, Sear GICV 5901, Alram ??,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/11/18 at 11:21shanxi: nice example
Elymais,_Arsacid_dynasty__Prince_A___AD_,_AE-Drachme,_Van__t_Haaff_19_1_1-1A,_Q-001_0h,11-12mm,_1,72g-s.jpg
Elymais, van't Haaff 19.1.1-1A, Arsacid dynasty. Prince A (early-mid 2nd Century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Artemis standing right, #157 viewsElymais, van't Haaff 19.1.1-1A, Arsacid dynasty. Prince A (early-mid 2nd Century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Artemis standing right, #1
avers: Bust facing left, wearing diadem of two bands, row of dots above, side whiskers as a double row of dots, hair tuft at the back of the head, the border of dots.
reverse: Artemis standing right, holding the bow in one hand, plucking an arrow from her quiver with the other hand, the border of dots.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 11,0-12,0mm, weight: 1,72g, axes: 0h,
mint: , date: early-mid 2nd Century A.D., ref: van't Haaff 19.1.1-1A, de Morgan 58-59, BMC plate XLII, 13-18, page 286, 18, Sear GICV 5918-5919, Alram ??,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/11/18 at 09:43quadrans: Thank you Pekka try to control it..
Elymais,_Arsacid_dynasty__Prince_A___AD_,_AE-Drachme,_Van__t_Haaff_19_1_1-1A,_Q-001_0h,11-12mm,_1,72g-s.jpg
Elymais, van't Haaff 19.1.1-1A, Arsacid dynasty. Prince A (early-mid 2nd Century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Artemis standing right, #157 viewsElymais, van't Haaff 19.1.1-1A, Arsacid dynasty. Prince A (early-mid 2nd Century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Artemis standing right, #1
avers: Bust facing left, wearing diadem of two bands, row of dots above, side whiskers as a double row of dots, hair tuft at the back of the head, the border of dots.
reverse: Artemis standing right, holding the bow in one hand, plucking an arrow from her quiver with the other hand, the border of dots.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 11,0-12,0mm, weight: 1,72g, axes: 0h,
mint: , date: early-mid 2nd Century A.D., ref: van't Haaff 19.1.1-1A, de Morgan 58-59, BMC plate XLII, 13-18, page 286, 18, Sear GICV 5918-5919, Alram ??,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/11/18 at 08:15Pekka K: Copy / paste - error on title?
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0 Constantius II (Gaming Token?)18 viewsConstantius II, AE3, 22mm, Rome mint. DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, holding globe, N behind bust / FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Emperor nimbate and in military dress, with shield on left arm, on horseback galloping right, thrusting his spear at two barbarians wearing Phrygian helmets, who kneel before him with their arms raised towards him. N in right field. Mintmark R dot S. RIC VIII Rome 184 var (unlisted officina, RIC lists only officina T for this "R dot.. officina" issue.)4 commentsRandygeki(h2)11/11/18 at 05:47Jay GT4: Love this
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0 Constantius II (Gaming Token?)18 viewsConstantius II, AE3, 22mm, Rome mint. DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, holding globe, N behind bust / FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Emperor nimbate and in military dress, with shield on left arm, on horseback galloping right, thrusting his spear at two barbarians wearing Phrygian helmets, who kneel before him with their arms raised towards him. N in right field. Mintmark R dot S. RIC VIII Rome 184 var (unlisted officina, RIC lists only officina T for this "R dot.. officina" issue.)4 commentsRandygeki(h2)11/11/18 at 04:41quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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25 viewsTitus denarius

Ex: Auktionshaus H. D. Rauch GmbH; Auction 73, lot 598, 5/17/2004
5 commentspaul188811/11/18 at 03:26NORMAN K: beautiful coin excellent elephant!
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0 Constantius II (Gaming Token?)18 viewsConstantius II, AE3, 22mm, Rome mint. DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, holding globe, N behind bust / FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Emperor nimbate and in military dress, with shield on left arm, on horseback galloping right, thrusting his spear at two barbarians wearing Phrygian helmets, who kneel before him with their arms raised towards him. N in right field. Mintmark R dot S. RIC VIII Rome 184 var (unlisted officina, RIC lists only officina T for this "R dot.. officina" issue.)4 commentsRandygeki(h2)11/11/18 at 03:22NORMAN K: interesting
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GREEK, Lucania, Sybaris, AR Stater circa 550-510 BC 29mm 8.13g 12 h40 viewsBull standing left looking back,on exergual line composed of pellets between two lines VM retrograde in exergue,border of lines and pellets similar to exergue line. Rev similar to Obverse but the type is incuse and reversed the legend is omitted,and the incuse border is composed of square segents.
Some numismatist believe that Pablo Picasos was influenced by this coin in his art work,and that Pythagoras the Greek mathematician was responsible for this relief-incuse design.Sybaris was the richest and most important of the Greek colonies in Italy until its destruction by Kroton in 510 BC.
1 commentsGrant H11/11/18 at 03:19NORMAN K: great coin.
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GREEK, Metapontum, AR Stater circa 500-480 BC 22mm 7.83g 12h medium spread flan.53 viewsMET to left of six grained ear small lizard to right head upwards guilloche border.Rev incuse seven grained ear.
EX Moneta Nova,EX Hirsch 2-19-11,EX Kricheldorf.
2 commentsGrant H11/11/18 at 03:18NORMAN K: nice example!
Elymais,_Orodes_II_,_AE-Drachme,_Arsacid_dynasty,___BMC_plate_XL,10,_Q-001_h,_14-15mm,_3,4gx-s.jpg
Elymais, van't Haaff 13.2.1-1B, Arsacid dynasty. Orodes II. (early-mid 2nd century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Small radiate bust of Belos facing forward, 112 viewsElymais, van't Haaff 13.2.1-1B, Arsacid dynasty. Orodes II. (early-mid 2nd century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Small radiate bust of Belos facing forward,
avers: Bust facing forward, with no large hair tufts at sides, wearing tiara with central vertical line and dots at rim, diadem band below tiara; to right dot within crescent above anchor with one crossbar at top; pellet border.
revers: Small radiate bust of Belos facing forward with no facial features, with hair tufts on sides and two horns; Aramaic legend URUD MALKA BARI URUD (= King Orodes, Son of Orodes) reading counter clockwise; pellet border.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 14,0-15,0mm, weight: 3,4g, axes: h,
mint:Elymais, (Under Parthian Authority), date: early-mid 2nd century A.D. (undated), ref: van't Haaff 13.2.1-1B, De Morgan 44-45, BMC plate XL, 10, Sear GICV 5904; Alram 478,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/11/18 at 03:09Robert L3: Very nice!
Elymais,_Arsacid_dynasty__Kamnaskires-Orodes__--AD_,_AE-Drachme,_Van__t_Haaff_--_Q-001_h,14,5-15,5mm,_3,89g-s.jpg
Elymais, van't Haaff 12.3.1-2A1, Arsacid dynasty. Kamnaskires-Orodes (early-mid 2nd Century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Parallel dashes, #157 viewsElymais, van't Haaff 12.3.1-2A1, Arsacid dynasty. Kamnaskires-Orodes (early-mid 2nd Century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Parallel dashes, #1
avers: Bust facing forward without small hair tuft on top, and large curly hair tufts on each side in horizontally-oriented rows, to right pellet within crescent above anchor with two crossbars at the top, the border of dots.
reverse: Field of regular, parallel dashes, no border.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 14,5-15,5mm, weight: 3,89g, axes: h,
mint: , date: early-mid 2nd Century A.D., ref: van't Haaff 12.3.1-2A1, De Morgan 50, BMC plate XLI, 4-9, Sear GICV 5910, Alram ??,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/11/18 at 03:08Robert L3: I agree, nice example!
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02. Gordian I / RIC 1.73 viewsDenarius, March - April 238, Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP M ANT GORDIANVS AFR AVG / Laureate bust of Gordian I.
Reverse: P M TR P COS P P / Gordian I standing, togate, holding branch, and wearing parzonium.
2.88 gm., 20 mm.
RIC #1; Sear #8446.

The third century saw numerous usurpers in various parts of the Empire. However, the local revolt in Africa which brought Gordian I and his son to power was the first and only time the cause of a usurper was taken up by the Senate before a current emperor was dead. Thus the Gordiani became legitimate Roman emperors, and their coinage, all minted at the imperial mint in Rome, became legitimate coinage of the Empire.

Provenance:
ex Gillardi Collection.
Tinchant sale (1962).
3 commentsCallimachus11/11/18 at 00:35Blindado: Magnificent!
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RIC 144 Domitian Denarius 51 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head of Domitian right

IVPPITER CONSERVATOR
Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left

Rome 82-83 AD
3.37g

RIC 144 (R)

Ex-inumis France
11 commentsJay GT411/10/18 at 23:46David Atherton: Nice toning and excellent portrait!
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RIC 144 Domitian Denarius 51 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head of Domitian right

IVPPITER CONSERVATOR
Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left

Rome 82-83 AD
3.37g

RIC 144 (R)

Ex-inumis France
11 commentsJay GT411/10/18 at 23:30Randygeki(h2): Greatt addition
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Greek, Silver Obol; Sidon mint. Circa 375-332 BC37 viewsObv: City walls with three towers.
Rev: Prow of galley with eye to right; five pellets above, Lion below.
10mm and 0.9 grams
Not listed in any known reference!!!
5 commentsCanaan11/10/18 at 23:15Randygeki(h2): Thats a neat addition!
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Sasanian, Shapur II. (309-379 A.D.), AR-Drachm, Göbl SN, Sapur II., Ia-6a, (Plate VI-102), Pahlavi legend, Fire altar with two attendants,64 viewsSasanian, Shapur II. (309-379 A.D.), AR-Drachm, Göbl SN, Sapur II., Ia-6a, (Plate VI-102), Pahlavi legend, Fire altar with two attendants,
avers: Pahlavi legend, Bearded bust of Shapur II right, wearing merlon crown surmounted by globe decorated with five lines and pellets between, diadem ties behind globe, diadem ties behind crown and pointing up, symbol in left field.
reverse: Pahlavi legend, Fire altar with two attendants dressed in kingly garb, facing inward, short staff in both hands, the bust of Ahuramazda right in flames above altar, Pahlavi script on the altar.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 22mm, weight: 4,01g, axes: 3h,
mint: , date: A.D. regnal year ., ref: Göbl SN, Sapur II., Ia-6a, (Plate VI-102), Valentine-26,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/10/18 at 23:15Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
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0 Constantius II (Gaming Token?)18 viewsConstantius II, AE3, 22mm, Rome mint. DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, holding globe, N behind bust / FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Emperor nimbate and in military dress, with shield on left arm, on horseback galloping right, thrusting his spear at two barbarians wearing Phrygian helmets, who kneel before him with their arms raised towards him. N in right field. Mintmark R dot S. RIC VIII Rome 184 var (unlisted officina, RIC lists only officina T for this "R dot.. officina" issue.)4 commentsRandygeki(h2)11/10/18 at 22:57Mat: Wow, neat find!
Elymais,_Arsacid_dynasty__Kamnaskires-Orodes__--AD_,_AE-Drachme,_Van__t_Haaff_--_Q-001_h,14,5-15,5mm,_3,89g-s.jpg
Elymais, van't Haaff 12.3.1-2A1, Arsacid dynasty. Kamnaskires-Orodes (early-mid 2nd Century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Parallel dashes, #157 viewsElymais, van't Haaff 12.3.1-2A1, Arsacid dynasty. Kamnaskires-Orodes (early-mid 2nd Century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Parallel dashes, #1
avers: Bust facing forward without small hair tuft on top, and large curly hair tufts on each side in horizontally-oriented rows, to right pellet within crescent above anchor with two crossbars at the top, the border of dots.
reverse: Field of regular, parallel dashes, no border.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 14,5-15,5mm, weight: 3,89g, axes: h,
mint: , date: early-mid 2nd Century A.D., ref: van't Haaff 12.3.1-2A1, De Morgan 50, BMC plate XLI, 4-9, Sear GICV 5910, Alram ??,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/10/18 at 21:25Stkp: Another nice coin
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Elymais, van't Haaff 12.3.1-1A, Arsacid dynasty. Kamnaskires-Orodes (early-mid 2nd Century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Parallel dashes, #157 viewsElymais, van't Haaff 12.3.1-1A, Arsacid dynasty. Kamnaskires-Orodes (early-mid 2nd Century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Parallel dashes, #1
avers: Bust facing forward without small hair tuft on top, and large curly hair tufts on each side in horizontally-oriented rows, to right pellet within crescent above anchor with two crossbars at the top, the border of dots.
reverse: Field of regular, parallel dashes, no border.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 13,5-16,5mm, weight: 3,85g, axes: 6h,
mint: , date: early-mid 2nd Century A.D., ref: van't Haaff 12.3.1-1A, De Morgan 50, BMC plate XLI, 4-9, Sear GICV 5910, Alram ??,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/10/18 at 20:30Stkp: Nice
Sasanian,_Shapur_II,_AR_Drachm,_309-379-AD,_Pahlavi_legend,_Göbl_SN,_Sapur_II,_Ia-6a_(Plate_VI-102),_Valentine_26,_Q-001,_3h,_22mm,_4,01g-s.jpg
Sasanian, Shapur II. (309-379 A.D.), AR-Drachm, Göbl SN, Sapur II., Ia-6a, (Plate VI-102), Pahlavi legend, Fire altar with two attendants,64 viewsSasanian, Shapur II. (309-379 A.D.), AR-Drachm, Göbl SN, Sapur II., Ia-6a, (Plate VI-102), Pahlavi legend, Fire altar with two attendants,
avers: Pahlavi legend, Bearded bust of Shapur II right, wearing merlon crown surmounted by globe decorated with five lines and pellets between, diadem ties behind globe, diadem ties behind crown and pointing up, symbol in left field.
reverse: Pahlavi legend, Fire altar with two attendants dressed in kingly garb, facing inward, short staff in both hands, the bust of Ahuramazda right in flames above altar, Pahlavi script on the altar.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 22mm, weight: 4,01g, axes: 3h,
mint: , date: A.D. regnal year ., ref: Göbl SN, Sapur II., Ia-6a, (Plate VI-102), Valentine-26,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/10/18 at 20:10Stkp: Nice coin
Cotta.jpg
M. AURELIUS COTTA AR Denarius11 viewsAR Denarius
OBVERSE: Head of Roma, COTA below, X behind
REVERSE: Hercules holding club in biga of centaurs holding branches; M.AVRELI below, ROMA in ex
Rome 139 BC
4.29g, 16mm
Aurelia 16, BMC.914, Craw.229/1
ex. Pliego Numismatics
2 commentsLegatus11/10/18 at 18:35Steve B5: I agree, this is a classic type.
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MARCUS ANTONIUS AR Legio XVI Denarius11 viewsOBVERSE: ANT AVG III VIR R P C, Praetorian galley, thyrsos behind prow
REVERSE: LEG XVI, eagle between standards
Patrae 32-31 BC
3.63g, 19mm
Cr544/31, Syd 1236, RSC 48
1 commentsLegatus11/10/18 at 17:36Jay GT4: Very nice
Lydia,_Kings,_Kroisos,_(Croesus),_cc_561-546_BC_,_AR-Twelfth_Stater,_Confronted_Lion_and_Bull,_Rosen_668,_BMC-53,_Q-001,_0h,_7mm,_0,74g-s.jpg
Lydia, Kings, Kroisos (Croesus), (cc. 561-546 B.C.), Rosen 668, BMC-53, AR-1/12 Stater, Incuse punch,67 viewsLydia, Kings, Kroisos (Croesus), (cc. 561-546 B.C.), Rosen 668, BMC-53, AR-1/12 Stater, Incuse punch,
avers: Confronted heads of a lion right and a bull left.
reverse: Incuse punch.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 7,0mm, weight: 0,74g, axis: h,
mint: Lydia, Kings, date: time of Kroisos (Croesus), cc. 561-546 B.C., ref: Rosen 668, BMC-53,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/10/18 at 17:35Jay GT4: Tiny
Cotta.jpg
M. AURELIUS COTTA AR Denarius11 viewsAR Denarius
OBVERSE: Head of Roma, COTA below, X behind
REVERSE: Hercules holding club in biga of centaurs holding branches; M.AVRELI below, ROMA in ex
Rome 139 BC
4.29g, 16mm
Aurelia 16, BMC.914, Craw.229/1
ex. Pliego Numismatics
2 commentsLegatus11/10/18 at 17:08Jay GT4: One of my favorite reverse types of RR.
RIC_922-3-8,_112_Probus,_AE-Ant,_IMP_C_M_AVR_PROBVS_P_F_AVG_(C-A2),_CLEMENTIA_TEMP,_H_XXI,_Antioch_3rd_em,_8th_off_,_280-AD,_Q-001,_11h,_19-21mm,_3,99g-s.jpg
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 922-3-8, Antioch, Bust:C(A2), H//XXI, CLEMENTIA TEMP, Emperor and Jupiter with Victory, #157 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 922-3-8, Antioch, Bust:C(A2), H//XXI, CLEMENTIA TEMP, Emperor and Jupiter with Victory, #1
avers: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from back. (C/A2),
reverse: CLEMENTIA TEMP, Emperor standing right, holding sceptre, receiving Victory from Jupiter standing left, holding sceptre.
exergue: H//XXI, diameter: 19,0-21,0 mm, weight: 3,99g, axis: 11h,
mint: Antioch, 3rd., emiss., "dotless series" 8th., off., date: 280 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 922-3-8, p-120,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/10/18 at 17:07*Alex: Nice sharp details.
Domitian_Eagle.jpg
RIC 144 Domitian Denarius 51 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head of Domitian right

IVPPITER CONSERVATOR
Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left

Rome 82-83 AD
3.37g

RIC 144 (R)

Ex-inumis France
11 commentsJay GT411/10/18 at 17:01*Alex: Nice coin. Great eagle and lovely tone.
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Struck 1189 - 1199, RICHARD I (the lionheart), AR Denier minted at Melle, Poitou, France17 viewsObverse: +RICARDVS REX. Cross pattée within braided inner circle, all within braided outer circle.
Reverse: PIC / TAVIE / NSIS in three lines within braided circle.
Diameter: 20mm | Weight: 1.0gms | Die Axis: 2
Spink: 8008 | Elias: 8

Poitou was an Anglo-Gallic province in what is now west-central France and its capital city was Poitiers, the mint at this time was however located at Melle. Melle was an active centre of minting during the early Middle Ages due to the important silver mines located under and around the city. This is the only coin issue struck during the reign of Richard I to bear his own name and titles as King of England.

Richard I was King of England from 1189 until his death on 6th April 1199. He also ruled several territories outwith England, and was styled as Duke of Normandy, Aquitaine and Gascony, Lord of Cyprus, Count of Poitiers, Anjou, Maine, and Nantes, as well as being overlord of Brittany at various times during the same period. He was the third of five sons of King Henry II of England and Duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine. He was known as Richard the Lionheart (Richard Cśur de Lion) because of his reputation as a great military leader and warrior when, at the age of 16 and commanding his own army, he had put down rebellions against his father in Poitou.
Richard was a commander during the Third Crusade, and led the campaign after the departure of Philip II of France. However, although he scored several notable victories against the Muslims led by Saladin, he failed to retake Jerusalem from them.
Although Richard was born in England and spent his childhood there before becoming king, he lived most of his adult life in the Duchy of Aquitaine. Following his accession, his life was mostly spent on Crusade, in captivity, or actively defending his lands in France. Rather than regarding England as a responsibility requiring his presence as ruler, he appears to have used it merely as a source of revenue to support his armies. Nevertheless, he was seen as a pious hero by his subjects and he remains one of the few kings of England who is remembered by his epithet rather than by his regnal number, and even today he is still an iconic figure in both England and France.
3 comments*Alex11/10/18 at 16:56quadrans: Interesting piece..
Domitian_Eagle.jpg
RIC 144 Domitian Denarius 51 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head of Domitian right

IVPPITER CONSERVATOR
Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left

Rome 82-83 AD
3.37g

RIC 144 (R)

Ex-inumis France
11 commentsJay GT411/10/18 at 16:48Canaan: great addition!!
Domitian_Eagle.jpg
RIC 144 Domitian Denarius 51 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head of Domitian right

IVPPITER CONSERVATOR
Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left

Rome 82-83 AD
3.37g

RIC 144 (R)

Ex-inumis France
11 commentsJay GT411/10/18 at 16:33Carausius: Lovely coin, Jay! Congratulations.
Domitian_Eagle.jpg
RIC 144 Domitian Denarius 51 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head of Domitian right

IVPPITER CONSERVATOR
Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left

Rome 82-83 AD
3.37g

RIC 144 (R)

Ex-inumis France
11 commentsJay GT411/10/18 at 16:28FlaviusDomitianus: Very attractive toning, great addition.
Domitian_Eagle.jpg
RIC 144 Domitian Denarius 51 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head of Domitian right

IVPPITER CONSERVATOR
Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left

Rome 82-83 AD
3.37g

RIC 144 (R)

Ex-inumis France
11 commentsJay GT411/10/18 at 16:27Mat: A great addition
112_Probus_(276-282_A_D_),_Bi-Tetradrachm,_G-3147,_D-5534,_KG-112_27,_Alexandria,_Homonoia_left,_LE,_Y-5,_Milne_4598,_279-80_AD,_Q-001,_11h,_18,0-19,8mm,_6,89g-s.jpg
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Egypt, Alexandria, Bi-Tetradrachm, G-3147, D-5534, LЄ/-//--, Homonoia standing left, #156 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Egypt, Alexandria, Bi-Tetradrachm, G-3147, D-5534, LЄ/-//--, Homonoia standing left, #1
avers: A K M AVP ΠPOBOC CЄB, Laureated, cuirassed bust right.
reverse: Homonoia standing left, right arm raised; cornucopiae in left hand, LЄ left at foot.
exergue: LЄ/-//--, diameter: 18,0-19,8mm, weight: 6,89g, axes: 11h,
mint: Egypt, Alexandria, date: 279-280 A.D., LЄ Year 5., ref: Geissen-3147, Dattari-5534, Milne-4598, Kapmann-Ganschow-112.27,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/10/18 at 16:24Jay GT4: Chunky! I like it!
Domitian_Eagle.jpg
RIC 144 Domitian Denarius 51 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head of Domitian right

IVPPITER CONSERVATOR
Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left

Rome 82-83 AD
3.37g

RIC 144 (R)

Ex-inumis France
11 commentsJay GT411/10/18 at 16:15Nemonater: Awesome type, great toning!
IMG_4538.jpg
07 Constantius II17 viewsConstantius II
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG
rosette-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
FEL TEMP-REPARATIO
no beard, Phrygian helmet, reaching
SMK Gamma
Cyzikus 105/111
Scarce
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)11/10/18 at 16:14quadrans: Nice one
Domitian_Eagle.jpg
RIC 144 Domitian Denarius 51 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head of Domitian right

IVPPITER CONSERVATOR
Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left

Rome 82-83 AD
3.37g

RIC 144 (R)

Ex-inumis France
11 commentsJay GT411/10/18 at 16:09quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Struck 1553 - 1554, Mary I Tudor (1553 - 1558), AR Groat minted at London, England5 viewsObverse: MARIA D G ANG FRA Z HIB REGI. Crowned bust of Mary I, wearing pearl necklace with pendant, facing left. Mintmark in legend after MARIA, pomegranate.
Reverse: VERITAS TEMPORIS FILIA. Long cross fourchée over quartered royal arms. Mintmark in legend after VERITAS, pomegranate.
Diameter: 25mm | Weight: 1.7gms | Die Axis: 10
SPINK: 2492

Although this coin is undated, Mary married Philip of Spain on the 25th of July, 1554 and thereafter his name appears along with Mary's in the inscriptions on the coinage. Since Mary only came to the throne on 1st October, 1553 and Philip's name is absent on this coin it must have been struck during the ten months between those two dates.

This coin has had a hard life, it lay in a field in Essex for centuries before it was found this year (2018) by a metal detectorist.

The coin as found
1 comments*Alex11/10/18 at 15:58Jay GT4: Great piece Alex
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Akarnania Leukas AR Stater circa 330-306 BC 20 mm 8.51g 6h12 viewsPegasos flying left.Athena left with mask of Silenos1 commentsGrant H11/10/18 at 15:55Jay GT4: Sweet! That Silenos mask is amazing
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1480A Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Eagle34 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1480A; Metcalf --

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate bust left.

Rev. COS III.
Eagle, with head right and wings spread, standing facing on thunderbolt.

10.15 gr
28 mm
12h
4 commentsokidoki11/10/18 at 14:53FlaviusDomitianus: Great coin indeed!
IMG_4538.jpg
07 Constantius II17 viewsConstantius II
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG
rosette-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
FEL TEMP-REPARATIO
no beard, Phrygian helmet, reaching
SMK Gamma
Cyzikus 105/111
Scarce
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)11/10/18 at 13:18Canaan: nice patina
IMG_4538.jpg
07 Constantius II17 viewsConstantius II
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG
rosette-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
FEL TEMP-REPARATIO
no beard, Phrygian helmet, reaching
SMK Gamma
Cyzikus 105/111
Scarce
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)11/10/18 at 06:35Mat: I like the looks of it.
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Cilicia, Tarsos. Tarkumuwa (Datames), Satrap of Cilicia and Cappadocia. (Circa 378-372 BC)42 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.
2 commentsNathan P11/10/18 at 01:45Steve P: I like the coin ... I'm a fan of coins with so...
051_Caracalla_RIC_IV-I_310,_AR-Ant,_ANTONINVS_PIVS_AVG_GERM,_VENERI_VICTRICI_,_Rome_215,_AD__Q-001,_0h,_mm,_g-s.jpg
051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), RIC IV-I 310, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, VENERI VICTRICI, Venus standing left, Scarce! #162 views051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), RIC IV-I 310, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, VENERI VICTRICI, Venus standing left, Scarce! #1
avers: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Radiate, and cuirassed bust right seen half from the back.
reverse: VENERI VICTRICI, Venus standing left, holding Victory and sceptre, leaning on shield set on helmet.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 22,8-23,0mm, weight: 5,64g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 215 A.D., ref: RIC IV-I 310, RSC
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/09/18 at 15:26Steve P: Gorgeous coin ... I love all of the varying bust t...
074_Philippus-I,_AE-As,_IMP_M_IVL_PHILIPPVS_AVG,_FORTVNA_REDVX,_RIC_174a,_Rome,_-AD,_Q-001,_0h,_25mm,_13,93g-s.jpg
074 Philippus I. (244-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0173b, Rome, AE-Sestertius, -/-//SC, FORTVNA REDVX, Fortuna seated left, #161 views074 Philippus I. (244-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0173b, Rome, AE-Sestertius, -/-//SC, FORTVNA REDVX, Fortuna seated left, #1
avers: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: FORTVNA REDVX, Fortuna seated left, holding rudder and cornucopiae, under seat, wheel, in exergue S C.
exergue: -/-//SC, diameter: 25mm, weight: 13,93g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 244 A.D., ref: RIC IV-III 174a, p-90, C-67,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/09/18 at 15:23Steve P: Nice desert patina ... I love the obverse & revers...
072_Gordianus-III__(238-244_A_D_),_RIC_IV_335a_AE-Sest,_IMP_GORDIANVS_PIVS_FEL_AVG,_SECVRIT_PERPET,_S-C,_Roma_243-44,_Q-001,_0h,_28-29mm,_19,28g-s.jpg
072 Gordianus-III. (238-244 A.D.), RIC IV-III 335a, AE-Sestertius, Rome, S/C//--, SECVRIT PERPET, Securitas standing facing, head left, #161 views072 Gordianus-III. (238-244 A.D.), RIC IV-III 335a, AE-Sestertius, Rome, S/C//--, SECVRIT PERPET, Securitas standing facing, head left, #1
avers: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reversre: SECVRIT PERPET, Securitas standing facing, head left, leaning on short column and holding sceptre with the right hand, S C across the fields.
exergue: S/C//--, diameter: 28,0-29,0mm, weight: 19,28g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 243-244 A.D., ref: RIC IV-III 335a, C-329,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/09/18 at 15:22Steve P: Sweet => very rugged looking coin (gorgeous eye-ap...
062_Sev__Alexander,_AE-Sest,_IMP_SEV_ALE_XANDER_AVG,_P_M_TR_P_VIII_COS_III_P_P,_SC,_RIC_IV-II_495,_230AD,_Q-001,_h,_31mm,_19,13g-s.jpg
062 Alexander Severus ( 221-222 A.D. Caesar, 222-235 A.D. Augustus), RIC IV-II 495, Rome, AE-Sestertius, P M TR P VIII COS III P P, Emperor in quadriga right, 61 views062 Alexander Severus ( 221-222 A.D. Caesar, 222-235 A.D. Augustus), RIC IV-II 495, Rome, AE-Sestertius, P M TR P VIII COS III P P, Emperor in quadriga right,
avers: IMP SEV ALE XANDER AVG, Laureate head right, slight drapery on far shoulder.
reverse: P M TR P VIII COS III P P, Emperor in quadriga right, holding sceptre surmounted by eagle, in exergue S C.
exergue: -/-//SC, diameter: 31,0mm, weight: 19,13g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 230 A.D., ref: RIC IV-II 495, C. 377, BMC .
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans11/09/18 at 15:17Steve P: Wow => I love these sweet ol' comfy lookin'...
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Misterium Plakett, Lead, Romae, Thrakia, #12 73 viewsMisterium Plakett, Lead, Romae, Thrakia, #12
diameter: 76x80mm,
weight:119,80g
mint: Thrakia,
date: cc. 2nd.-3rd. centuries..
Q-012
3 commentsquadrans11/09/18 at 15:15Steve P: Super cool ... I've never noticed these lead e...
090b_Gallienus,_Roma,_Göbl_735b,_AE-Ant,_GALLIENVS_AVG,_APOLLINI_CONS_AVG,_Z,_RIC-V-I-163,_RSC-72,_AD__Q-001,_5h,_19-21,5mm,_3,16g-s.jpg
090b Gallienus (253-268 A.D.), Sole Reign, RIC V-I 163, Rome, AE-Antoninianus, -/-//Z, APOLLINI CONS AVG, Centaur walking right, #177 views090b Gallienus (253-268 A.D.), Sole Reign, RIC V-I 163, Rome, AE-Antoninianus, -/-//Z, APOLLINI CONS AVG, Centaur walking right, #1
avers: GALLIENVS AVG, Radiate head right.
reverse: APOLLINI CONS AVG, Centaur walking right, one forefoot raised, drawing the bow. Z in exergue.
exergue: -/-//Z, diameter: 19,0-21,5 mm, weight: 3,16g, axes: 5h,
mint: Rome, date: A.D., ref: RIC V-I 163, p-145, RSC-72, Göbl 735b,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans11/09/18 at 15:13Steve P: Gorgeous lookin' centaur! (congrats)
1174_P_Hadrian_RPC--~0.jpg
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Eagle20 viewsReference.
RPC III, --; Metcalf --

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate bust left.

Rev. COS III.
Eagle, with head right and wings spread, standing facing on thunderbolt.

10.15 gr
28 mm
12h
3 commentsokidoki11/09/18 at 12:53*Alex: Great coin.
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Asia Minor, Lydia, Iulia Gordus, Tyche, Artemis Ephesia17 viewsLydia, Iulia Gordus
Pseudo-autonomous issue
2nd century
Obv.: ΙΟVΛΙΑ ΓΟΡΔΟС, Turreted and draped bust of Tyche right.
Rev.: IΟVΛ ΓΟΡΔΗΝΩΝ, Facing statue of Artemis Ephesia, with supports.
Ae, 2.73g, 17mm
Ref.: RPC III 1261, SNG Copenhagen 157.
2 commentsshanxi11/09/18 at 06:31quadrans: Interesting piece..
1175_P_Hadrian_RPC1921.jpg
1921 AEOLIS. Aegae. Hadrian Wreath13 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1921;

Magistrate [ ]os Artemidôros

Obv. ΑYΤΟ ΝΕ ΤΡΑΙΑ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС
Laureate head of Hadrian, r., with aegis on l. shoulder

Rev. [ ]ΟΥ ΑΡΤΕΜΙΔΟΡΟΥ, ΑΙΓΑ/ΕΩΝ /ΑΤΕΛΙ/ΑС
Legend in four lines within wreath.

3.51 gr
17 mm
6h
1 commentsokidoki11/09/18 at 06:30quadrans: Nice piece..
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Vespasian-RIC-123383 viewsĆ As, 9.19g
Lyon mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 1233 (C). BMC 845.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS VIII P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: IVDAEA CAPTA; S C in exergue; Palm tree; to r., Judaea std. r.; to l. of tree, arms
Acquired from Zuzim, October 2018.

The amount of propaganda the Flavian regime was able to squeeze out of the Jewish War is astounding. Here we have an As struck seven or eight years after the fall of Jerusalem still touting the Jewish defeat. It was the singular event that more than anything else gave the dynasty its prestige. It would have been unseemly to celebrate the defeat of fellow Romans after the end of the Civil War, but quite appropriate to do so over an eastern people, despite the fact they were within the boundaries of the Roman empire. This As was struck in a fairly large issue from the Lyon mint, presumably to address a shortage of bronze coinage in the western provinces late in Vespasian's reign.

Distinctive Lyon portrait, struck on a bent flan.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/09/18 at 06:29quadrans: Interesting piece..
lutatia.jpg
Lutatia Q Lutatius Cerco. Denarius. 109-108 BC.13 viewsQ Lutatius Cerco. Denarius. 109-108 BC. ROMA CERCO, helmeted head of Roma right / Q LVTATI, galley right within oak wreath. Crawford 305/1, Sydenham 559. sear5 #182

3.25gm.

1 commentsBritanikus11/09/18 at 06:28quadrans: Nice piece..
1174_P_Hadrian_RPC--.jpg
1480A Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Eagle34 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1480A; Metcalf --

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate bust left.

Rev. COS III.
Eagle, with head right and wings spread, standing facing on thunderbolt.

10.15 gr
28 mm
12h
4 commentsokidoki11/09/18 at 06:27quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Basil II & Constantine VIII, (976-1028 A.D.)27 viewsĆ “Anonymous” Follis
Class A2
O: EMMANOVHΛ, Nimbate bust of Christ facing, wearing pallium and colobium and holding book of Gospels; IC – XC in fields to left and right.
R: + IhSЧS / [X]RISTЧ[S] / bASILЄЧ / bASILЄ / ·, legend in four lines.
8.68g
26mm
SBCV 1793
5 commentsMat11/09/18 at 06:21quadrans: Nice piece..
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EB0998 Romanus I / Legend12 viewsRomanus I. AE Follis. 913-959 AD. Constantinople.
Obverse: RWMAN bASILEVS RWM, crowned, bearded, facing bust of Romanus, wearing loros (not chlamys), holding labarum and cross on globe.
Reverse: RWMA - N EN QEW bA - SILEVS RW - MAIWN, legend in four lines.
References: SB 1760 overstruck on 1729.
Diameter: 29mm, Weight: 9.37g.
1 commentsEB11/09/18 at 06:14quadrans: Interesting piece...
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EB0946 Theodosius II / Monogram8 viewsTheodosius II 402-450 AD, AE 4, Constantinople mint, Struck AD 445-450.
Obverse: D N THEODO_SIVS P F AVG, Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: Monogram of Theodosius in wreath, CON below.
References: LRBC 2245.
Diameter: 13.5mm, Weight: 1.131g.
1 commentsEB11/09/18 at 06:14quadrans: Nice piece..
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Battle of Actium21 views2 commentsQuant.Geek11/09/18 at 05:36Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
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Vespasian-RIC-123383 viewsĆ As, 9.19g
Lyon mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 1233 (C). BMC 845.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS VIII P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: IVDAEA CAPTA; S C in exergue; Palm tree; to r., Judaea std. r.; to l. of tree, arms
Acquired from Zuzim, October 2018.

The amount of propaganda the Flavian regime was able to squeeze out of the Jewish War is astounding. Here we have an As struck seven or eight years after the fall of Jerusalem still touting the Jewish defeat. It was the singular event that more than anything else gave the dynasty its prestige. It would have been unseemly to celebrate the defeat of fellow Romans after the end of the Civil War, but quite appropriate to do so over an eastern people, despite the fact they were within the boundaries of the Roman empire. This As was struck in a fairly large issue from the Lyon mint, presumably to address a shortage of bronze coinage in the western provinces late in Vespasian's reign.

Distinctive Lyon portrait, struck on a bent flan.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/09/18 at 05:36Randygeki(h2): Nice!
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Basil II & Constantine VIII, (976-1028 A.D.)27 viewsĆ “Anonymous” Follis
Class A2
O: EMMANOVHΛ, Nimbate bust of Christ facing, wearing pallium and colobium and holding book of Gospels; IC – XC in fields to left and right.
R: + IhSЧS / [X]RISTЧ[S] / bASILЄЧ / bASILЄ / ·, legend in four lines.
8.68g
26mm
SBCV 1793
5 commentsMat11/09/18 at 05:36Randygeki(h2): Nice find Mat. its a good example
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Eagle20 viewsReference.
RPC III, --; Metcalf --

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate bust left.

Rev. COS III.
Eagle, with head right and wings spread, standing facing on thunderbolt.

10.15 gr
28 mm
12h
3 commentsokidoki11/09/18 at 05:13Britanikus: Nice
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Basil II & Constantine VIII, (976-1028 A.D.)27 viewsĆ “Anonymous” Follis
Class A2
O: EMMANOVHΛ, Nimbate bust of Christ facing, wearing pallium and colobium and holding book of Gospels; IC – XC in fields to left and right.
R: + IhSЧS / [X]RISTЧ[S] / bASILЄЧ / bASILЄ / ·, legend in four lines.
8.68g
26mm
SBCV 1793
5 commentsMat11/09/18 at 05:12Britanikus: NICE COIN
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Basil II & Constantine VIII, (976-1028 A.D.)27 viewsĆ “Anonymous” Follis
Class A2
O: EMMANOVHΛ, Nimbate bust of Christ facing, wearing pallium and colobium and holding book of Gospels; IC – XC in fields to left and right.
R: + IhSЧS / [X]RISTЧ[S] / bASILЄЧ / bASILЄ / ·, legend in four lines.
8.68g
26mm
SBCV 1793
5 commentsMat11/09/18 at 03:59Jay GT4: Interesting
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RIC 247 Vespasian sestertius63 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVF TR P P P COS III
Laureate head of Vespasian right

SC in field
Mars advancing right with spear and trophy

Rome, 71 AD

26.95g

RIC 247 (C2)

Kraay counted 12 reverse dies used for this obverse type.

Ex-CNG; Ex-Calgary Coin

Some old cleaning scratches in fields
9 commentsJay GT411/09/18 at 03:53Randygeki(h2): Nice!
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GREEK, Thrace, Mesembria, AR Diobol59 viewsObv. Crested Corinthian helmet facing.
Rev. Spiked wheel in which META.
SNG - ; BMC 268
2 commentsOptimus11/09/18 at 01:29Britanikus: I think not Authentick Black sea hoard.
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Vespasian-RIC-123383 viewsĆ As, 9.19g
Lyon mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 1233 (C). BMC 845.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS VIII P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: IVDAEA CAPTA; S C in exergue; Palm tree; to r., Judaea std. r.; to l. of tree, arms
Acquired from Zuzim, October 2018.

The amount of propaganda the Flavian regime was able to squeeze out of the Jewish War is astounding. Here we have an As struck seven or eight years after the fall of Jerusalem still touting the Jewish defeat. It was the singular event that more than anything else gave the dynasty its prestige. It would have been unseemly to celebrate the defeat of fellow Romans after the end of the Civil War, but quite appropriate to do so over an eastern people, despite the fact they were within the boundaries of the Roman empire. This As was struck in a fairly large issue from the Lyon mint, presumably to address a shortage of bronze coinage in the western provinces late in Vespasian's reign.

Distinctive Lyon portrait, struck on a bent flan.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/09/18 at 01:04Jay GT4: Honest coin
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1480A Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Eagle34 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1480A; Metcalf --

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate bust left.

Rev. COS III.
Eagle, with head right and wings spread, standing facing on thunderbolt.

10.15 gr
28 mm
12h
4 commentsokidoki11/09/18 at 01:04Jay GT4: Yeah baby yeah!
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Eagle20 viewsReference.
RPC III, --; Metcalf --

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate bust left.

Rev. COS III.
Eagle, with head right and wings spread, standing facing on thunderbolt.

10.15 gr
28 mm
12h
3 commentsokidoki11/09/18 at 01:03Jay GT4: Sweeeeeeeet!
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Vespasian-RIC-123383 viewsĆ As, 9.19g
Lyon mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 1233 (C). BMC 845.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS VIII P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: IVDAEA CAPTA; S C in exergue; Palm tree; to r., Judaea std. r.; to l. of tree, arms
Acquired from Zuzim, October 2018.

The amount of propaganda the Flavian regime was able to squeeze out of the Jewish War is astounding. Here we have an As struck seven or eight years after the fall of Jerusalem still touting the Jewish defeat. It was the singular event that more than anything else gave the dynasty its prestige. It would have been unseemly to celebrate the defeat of fellow Romans after the end of the Civil War, but quite appropriate to do so over an eastern people, despite the fact they were within the boundaries of the Roman empire. This As was struck in a fairly large issue from the Lyon mint, presumably to address a shortage of bronze coinage in the western provinces late in Vespasian's reign.

Distinctive Lyon portrait, struck on a bent flan.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/08/18 at 21:30Nemonater: Awesome type!
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Carausius Virtus reverse billon antoninianus48 viewsBillon antoninianus, RIC V-2-,Webb Carausius-, Borne Carausius-,SRCV IV-,Hunter IV-, Linchmere-, Burton Latimer-,Bicester-,Carausian Hoard-,et al., aF, broad flan, near blackpatina, rough, corrosion, scratches, Camulodunum (Colchester, England) mint, weight 4.186g, maximumdiameter 23.1mm, die axis225o, c. mid 292; obverse IMP C CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, late reign tetrarchic portrait; reverse VIRTVS AVG (the valor of the Emperor),Mars walking right, transverse spear in right hand,shieldortrophyin left hand,S - P flanking across field, C in exergue; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection; extremely rare3 commentsorfew11/08/18 at 21:00Harry G: Great coin! Wish I had one!
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Vespasian-RIC-123383 viewsĆ As, 9.19g
Lyon mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 1233 (C). BMC 845.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS VIII P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: IVDAEA CAPTA; S C in exergue; Palm tree; to r., Judaea std. r.; to l. of tree, arms
Acquired from Zuzim, October 2018.

The amount of propaganda the Flavian regime was able to squeeze out of the Jewish War is astounding. Here we have an As struck seven or eight years after the fall of Jerusalem still touting the Jewish defeat. It was the singular event that more than anything else gave the dynasty its prestige. It would have been unseemly to celebrate the defeat of fellow Romans after the end of the Civil War, but quite appropriate to do so over an eastern people, despite the fact they were within the boundaries of the Roman empire. This As was struck in a fairly large issue from the Lyon mint, presumably to address a shortage of bronze coinage in the western provinces late in Vespasian's reign.

Distinctive Lyon portrait, struck on a bent flan.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/08/18 at 20:46orfew: A great piece.
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Basil II & Constantine VIII, (976-1028 A.D.)27 viewsĆ “Anonymous” Follis
Class A2
O: EMMANOVHΛ, Nimbate bust of Christ facing, wearing pallium and colobium and holding book of Gospels; IC – XC in fields to left and right.
R: + IhSЧS / [X]RISTЧ[S] / bASILЄЧ / bASILЄ / ·, legend in four lines.
8.68g
26mm
SBCV 1793
5 commentsMat11/08/18 at 20:22okidoki: Congrats very nice
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HADRIAN56 viewsAR cistophoric tetradrachm . Nicomedia , after 128 AD. 10,74 grs. Laureate head right . IMP CAES TRA HADRIANO AVG PP. / Octastyle temple set on three tiered podium,pellet within. ROM SP AVG across frieze. COM BIT across fields.
RIC 461b. RSC 240b. Unrecorded reverse die.
Ex Barry P. Murphy.
3 commentsbenito11/08/18 at 19:50okidoki: excellent and stylistic
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1480A Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Eagle34 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1480A; Metcalf --

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate bust left.

Rev. COS III.
Eagle, with head right and wings spread, standing facing on thunderbolt.

10.15 gr
28 mm
12h
4 commentsokidoki11/08/18 at 19:45Mat: Amazing!
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Struck 1430 - 1434, HENRY VI (First Reign 1422 - 1461), AR Halfpenny minted at Calais, France18 viewsObverse: HENRICVS (pinecone) REX (mascle) ANGL. Crowned facing bust of Henry VI within circle of pellets. Mintmark: Cross patonce.
Reverse: VIL(mascle)LA CALISIE (pinecone). Long cross pattée dividing legend around inner circle of pellets into quarters, trefoil in each quarter of circle.
Diameter: 15mm | Weight: 0.45gms
SPINK: 1885

This issue of coins is known as the pinecone-mascle issue because these symbols are incorporated in the obverse and reverse legends. This issue was struck between 1430 and 1434 at the mints of London and Calais.

Henry VI was King of England from 1422 to 1461 and again from 1470 to 1471. The only child of Henry V, he succeeded to the English throne at the age of nine months when his father died.
This was during the period of the long-running Hundred Years' War (1337–1453) and Henry is the only English monarch to also have been crowned King of France (as Henri II), in 1431. During his early reign several people were ruling for him and by the time Henry was declared fit to rule in 1437 he found his realm in a difficult position, faced with setbacks in France and divisions among the nobility at home. Henry is described as timid, shy, passive, well-intentioned, and averse to warfare and violence; he was also at times mentally unstable. Partially in the hope of achieving peace, Henry married the ambitious and strong-willed Margaret of Anjou in 1445. The peace policy failed and the war recommenced with France taking the upper hand such that by 1453 Calais was Henry's only remaining territory on the continent.
With Henry effectively unfit to rule, Queen Margaret took advantage of the situation to make herself an effective power behind the throne. Starting around 1453 Henry began suffering a series of mental breakdowns and tensions mounted between Margaret and Richard of York, not only over control of the incapacitated king's government, but over the question of succession to the throne. Civil war broke out in 1459, leading to a long period of dynastic conflict, now known as the Wars of the Roses. Henry was deposed on 29th March 1461 after a crushing defeat at the Battle of Towton by Richard of York's son, who took the throne as Edward IV. Margaret continuing to resist Edward, but Henry was captured by Edward's forces in 1465 and imprisoned in the Tower of London.
Queen Margaret, who was first exiled in Scotland and then in France, was still determined to win back the throne on behalf of her husband and son. So, when Edward IV fell out with two of his main supporters, Richard Neville the Earl of Warwick and George the Duke of Clarence, Margaret formed a secret alliance with them backed by Louis XI of France. Warwick returned with an army to England, forced Edward IV into exile, and restored Henry VI to the throne on 30th October 1470, though Henry's position was nominal as Warwick and Clarence effectively ruled in his name.
But Henry's return to the throne lasted less than six months. Warwick overreached himself by declaring war on Burgundy, whose ruler responded by giving Edward IV the assistance he needed to win back his throne by force. Edward retook power in 1471, killing Warwick at the Battle of Barnet and Henry's only son at the Battle of Tewkesbury. Henry was again imprisoned in the Tower where, during the night of 21st May he died, possibly killed on Edward's orders.
2 comments*Alex11/08/18 at 19:44Stkp: nice
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Struck 1311 - 1316, EDWARD II (1307 - 1327), AR Penny minted at Durham, England10 viewsObverse: EDWAR ANGL DNS HYB +. Crowned and draped bust of Edward II facing within circle of pellets.
Reverse: CIVITAS DVNELM. Long cross (the upper limb of which is in the form of a bishop's crozier) dividing legend into quarters, trefoil in each quarter of inner circle.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 1.2gms | Die Axis: 7 | Rare
SPINK: 1469

Undated Penny, Class 11a, struck under Bishop Kellawe. Bishop Kellawe was enthroned as Bishop of Durham in 1311 and since he died in 1316 this coin must have been struck between those two dates. These coins are sometimes called “poker pennies” presumably because the shape of the crozier on the reverse is reminiscent of an iron fireside poker. It's an unfortunate nickname considering the reputed manner of the King's death.

Edward II
Edward II was crowned King of England when his father, Edward I, died in 1307. In 1308 he married Isabella, the daughter of King Philip IV of France, to try and resolve tensions between the two countries.
Edward II caused discontent among the barons by his close relationship with Piers Gaveston, who was arrogant with the power he had as Edward's favourite. In 1311 the barons pressured the King into agreeing to wide-ranging reforms and the newly empowered barons had Gaveston banished. Angered, Edward responded by revoking the reforms and recalling his favourite, but in 1312 a group of barons, led by the Earl of Lancaster, seized and executed Gaveston.
The war with Scotland was not going well either, the English forces were pushed back and in 1314 Edward was decisively defeated by the Scottish King, Robert the Bruce, at the Battle of Bannockburn. Edward was obliged to sign a truce which brought an end to almost thirty years of warfare between the two countries.
When this was followed by a widespread famine in England opposition to Edward II's reign grew until, in 1325, when Isabella was sent to France to negotiate a peace treaty she turned against Edward, allied herself with the exiled Roger Mortimer, and refused to return. In 1326, Mortimer and Isabella invaded England with a small army. Edward's regime collapsed and he fled into Wales, but he was soon captured and in January 1327 he was forced to relinquish his crown in favour of his fourteen-year-old son, Edward III. Edward II died in Berkeley Castle on 21 September the same year, reportedly gruesomely murdered on the orders of the new regime.

Bishop Kellawe, Bishop of Durham
Richard de Kellawe was sub-prior at St. Cuthbert's, Durham, and on the death of Antony Bek in 1311, Kellawe was chosen to replace him as Bishop of Durham by the monks. The palatinate of Durham was at this time in a deplorable condition owing to the Scottish wars, and in 1312 Kellawe even received a papal dispensation for not attending the council at Vienne in consideration of the state of his province. Troubles with the Scots continued after Bannockburn and the Palatinate was now so exhausted that it could not provide even for its own defence and Bishop Kellawe had to purchase peace with a levy of fifteen hundred men and a gift of one thousand marks.
On 10th October 1316, at Middleham, Bishop Kellawe died. He was buried in the chapter-house at Durham. His grandly adorned tomb was destroyed when the chapter house was demolished in 1796.
2 comments*Alex11/08/18 at 19:44Stkp: nice
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051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), RIC IV-I 310, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, VENERI VICTRICI, Venus standing left, Scarce! #162 views051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), RIC IV-I 310, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, VENERI VICTRICI, Venus standing left, Scarce! #1
avers: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Radiate, and cuirassed bust right seen half from the back.
reverse: VENERI VICTRICI, Venus standing left, holding Victory and sceptre, leaning on shield set on helmet.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 22,8-23,0mm, weight: 5,64g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 215 A.D., ref: RIC IV-I 310, RSC
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/08/18 at 18:39okidoki: Nice Joe, a silver radiated head
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Battle of Actium21 views2 commentsQuant.Geek11/08/18 at 10:23shanxi: nice artwork
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Domitian Denarius,77-78 AD. RIC 961 16 viewsDomitian Denarius. CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS, laureate head right / COS V, She-wolf and twins left, boat below. RSC 51.
Sear (RCV 2000 Edition) Number 2639

Weight 3.36gm.
2 commentsBritanikus11/07/18 at 23:21Jay GT4: Nice one!
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Gens Plaetoria, denarius (67 a.C.)10 viewsConiata da M. Plaetorius M.f. Cestianus nel 67 a.C., Roma
AR, 3.96 gr, 19 mm, qSpl
D/ CESTIANVS - S C; busto con attributi di Iside, Minerva, Apollo, Diana e Vittoria, con elmo crestato e faretra e arco sulle spalle; davanti, una cornucopia.
R/ M PLAETORIVS M F AED CVR; aquila su saetta.
Crawford 409/1
Provenienza: collezione Berardengo (Roma, Italia, dal 3 novembre 2018, numero catalogo XXX), ex collezione Vanni, Tinia numismatica (Follonica, Italia fino al 3 novembre 2018)
1 commentspaolo11/07/18 at 23:21Jay GT4: Bellisimo
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5515.5 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 124-25 AD Sarapis standing25 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5515.5; Dattari-Savio Pl. 69, 7465 (this coin); Emmett 897.9

Issue ƐΤ ƐΝΑΤ = year 9

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ - ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑ СƐΒ
Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from rear

Rev. ƐΤ ƐΝΑΤ
Sarapis standing facing, head l., holding patera and cornucopia; to l., altar

11.39 gr
25 mm
12h
4 commentsokidoki11/07/18 at 23:21Jay GT4: Great, sweet and nice
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Constantine I AE Follis. 318-9 AD.Ticinum RIC VII 82,T11 views
Constantine I AE Follis. 318-9 AD. IMP CONSTAN-TINVS MAX AVG, helmeted bust right / VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP, two Victories facing one another, holding shield inscribed VOT PR on altar. Mintmark TT.
"VD"
1 commentsBritanikus11/07/18 at 23:09quadrans: Nice one
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Barbarous Imitation of Constantine era coin ,Danubian Celts18 viewsLaureate, helmeted, cuirassed bust right. Legend H H H H H H H T
Rev :H H H H H H H H H mint mark T? HII Two Victories standing, facing each other, together holding shield
2 commentsBritanikus11/07/18 at 23:05quadrans: Nice piece..
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5515.5 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 124-25 AD Sarapis standing25 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5515.5; Dattari-Savio Pl. 69, 7465 (this coin); Emmett 897.9

Issue ƐΤ ƐΝΑΤ = year 9

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ - ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑ СƐΒ
Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from rear

Rev. ƐΤ ƐΝΑΤ
Sarapis standing facing, head l., holding patera and cornucopia; to l., altar

11.39 gr
25 mm
12h
4 commentsokidoki11/07/18 at 23:04quadrans: Sweet coin
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Struck 1311 - 1316, EDWARD II (1307 - 1327), AR Penny minted at Durham, England10 viewsObverse: EDWAR ANGL DNS HYB +. Crowned and draped bust of Edward II facing within circle of pellets.
Reverse: CIVITAS DVNELM. Long cross (the upper limb of which is in the form of a bishop's crozier) dividing legend into quarters, trefoil in each quarter of inner circle.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 1.2gms | Die Axis: 7 | Rare
SPINK: 1469

Undated Penny, Class 11a, struck under Bishop Kellawe. Bishop Kellawe was enthroned as Bishop of Durham in 1311 and since he died in 1316 this coin must have been struck between those two dates. These coins are sometimes called “poker pennies” presumably because the shape of the crozier on the reverse is reminiscent of an iron fireside poker. It's an unfortunate nickname considering the reputed manner of the King's death.

Edward II
Edward II was crowned King of England when his father, Edward I, died in 1307. In 1308 he married Isabella, the daughter of King Philip IV of France, to try and resolve tensions between the two countries.
Edward II caused discontent among the barons by his close relationship with Piers Gaveston, who was arrogant with the power he had as Edward's favourite. In 1311 the barons pressured the King into agreeing to wide-ranging reforms and the newly empowered barons had Gaveston banished. Angered, Edward responded by revoking the reforms and recalling his favourite, but in 1312 a group of barons, led by the Earl of Lancaster, seized and executed Gaveston.
The war with Scotland was not going well either, the English forces were pushed back and in 1314 Edward was decisively defeated by the Scottish King, Robert the Bruce, at the Battle of Bannockburn. Edward was obliged to sign a truce which brought an end to almost thirty years of warfare between the two countries.
When this was followed by a widespread famine in England opposition to Edward II's reign grew until, in 1325, when Isabella was sent to France to negotiate a peace treaty she turned against Edward, allied herself with the exiled Roger Mortimer, and refused to return. In 1326, Mortimer and Isabella invaded England with a small army. Edward's regime collapsed and he fled into Wales, but he was soon captured and in January 1327 he was forced to relinquish his crown in favour of his fourteen-year-old son, Edward III. Edward II died in Berkeley Castle on 21 September the same year, reportedly gruesomely murdered on the orders of the new regime.

Bishop Kellawe, Bishop of Durham
Richard de Kellawe was sub-prior at St. Cuthbert's, Durham, and on the death of Antony Bek in 1311, Kellawe was chosen to replace him as Bishop of Durham by the monks. The palatinate of Durham was at this time in a deplorable condition owing to the Scottish wars, and in 1312 Kellawe even received a papal dispensation for not attending the council at Vienne in consideration of the state of his province. Troubles with the Scots continued after Bannockburn and the Palatinate was now so exhausted that it could not provide even for its own defence and Bishop Kellawe had to purchase peace with a levy of fifteen hundred men and a gift of one thousand marks.
On 10th October 1316, at Middleham, Bishop Kellawe died. He was buried in the chapter-house at Durham. His grandly adorned tomb was destroyed when the chapter house was demolished in 1796.
2 comments*Alex11/07/18 at 21:33quadrans: It is OK...
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Struck 1430 - 1434, HENRY VI (First Reign 1422 - 1461), AR Halfpenny minted at Calais, France18 viewsObverse: HENRICVS (pinecone) REX (mascle) ANGL. Crowned facing bust of Henry VI within circle of pellets. Mintmark: Cross patonce.
Reverse: VIL(mascle)LA CALISIE (pinecone). Long cross pattée dividing legend around inner circle of pellets into quarters, trefoil in each quarter of circle.
Diameter: 15mm | Weight: 0.45gms
SPINK: 1885

This issue of coins is known as the pinecone-mascle issue because these symbols are incorporated in the obverse and reverse legends. This issue was struck between 1430 and 1434 at the mints of London and Calais.

Henry VI was King of England from 1422 to 1461 and again from 1470 to 1471. The only child of Henry V, he succeeded to the English throne at the age of nine months when his father died.
This was during the period of the long-running Hundred Years' War (1337–1453) and Henry is the only English monarch to also have been crowned King of France (as Henri II), in 1431. During his early reign several people were ruling for him and by the time Henry was declared fit to rule in 1437 he found his realm in a difficult position, faced with setbacks in France and divisions among the nobility at home. Henry is described as timid, shy, passive, well-intentioned, and averse to warfare and violence; he was also at times mentally unstable. Partially in the hope of achieving peace, Henry married the ambitious and strong-willed Margaret of Anjou in 1445. The peace policy failed and the war recommenced with France taking the upper hand such that by 1453 Calais was Henry's only remaining territory on the continent.
With Henry effectively unfit to rule, Queen Margaret took advantage of the situation to make herself an effective power behind the throne. Starting around 1453 Henry began suffering a series of mental breakdowns and tensions mounted between Margaret and Richard of York, not only over control of the incapacitated king's government, but over the question of succession to the throne. Civil war broke out in 1459, leading to a long period of dynastic conflict, now known as the Wars of the Roses. Henry was deposed on 29th March 1461 after a crushing defeat at the Battle of Towton by Richard of York's son, who took the throne as Edward IV. Margaret continuing to resist Edward, but Henry was captured by Edward's forces in 1465 and imprisoned in the Tower of London.
Queen Margaret, who was first exiled in Scotland and then in France, was still determined to win back the throne on behalf of her husband and son. So, when Edward IV fell out with two of his main supporters, Richard Neville the Earl of Warwick and George the Duke of Clarence, Margaret formed a secret alliance with them backed by Louis XI of France. Warwick returned with an army to England, forced Edward IV into exile, and restored Henry VI to the throne on 30th October 1470, though Henry's position was nominal as Warwick and Clarence effectively ruled in his name.
But Henry's return to the throne lasted less than six months. Warwick overreached himself by declaring war on Burgundy, whose ruler responded by giving Edward IV the assistance he needed to win back his throne by force. Edward retook power in 1471, killing Warwick at the Battle of Barnet and Henry's only son at the Battle of Tewkesbury. Henry was again imprisoned in the Tower where, during the night of 21st May he died, possibly killed on Edward's orders.
2 comments*Alex11/07/18 at 20:52quadrans: Nice piece..
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Domitian Denarius,77-78 AD. RIC 961 16 viewsDomitian Denarius. CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS, laureate head right / COS V, She-wolf and twins left, boat below. RSC 51.
Sear (RCV 2000 Edition) Number 2639

Weight 3.36gm.
2 commentsBritanikus11/07/18 at 18:50okidoki: very nice
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Asia Minor, Lydia, Iulia Gordus, Tyche, Artemis Ephesia17 viewsLydia, Iulia Gordus
Pseudo-autonomous issue
2nd century
Obv.: ΙΟVΛΙΑ ΓΟΡΔΟС, Turreted and draped bust of Tyche right.
Rev.: IΟVΛ ΓΟΡΔΗΝΩΝ, Facing statue of Artemis Ephesia, with supports.
Ae, 2.73g, 17mm
Ref.: RPC III 1261, SNG Copenhagen 157.
2 commentsshanxi11/07/18 at 18:49okidoki: great example, very bright details
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RPC-1389-Vespasian 51 viewsĆ25, 9.00g
Apamea, Phrygia mint, Plancius Varus, magistrate
RPC 1389 (15 spec.).
Obv: AYTOKPOTΩP KAIΣAP ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΣ OYEΣΠΑΣIANOΣ; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r,
Rev: EΠΙ ΠΛΑNKIOY OYAPOY KOINON ΦPYΓIAΣ ΑΠΑMEIΣ; bundle of five corn-ears
Acquired from Tom Vossen, October 2018.

The important crossroads city of Apamea produced only one issue of coins during the Flavian era for the Koinon of Phrygia. M. Dräger has proposed that the issue could have been struck to help finance the Koinon's recovery after an earthquake, citing an ambiguous remark in Suetonius about Vespasian's civic generosity - 'he restored to a better condition very many states throughout the whole world that had been afflicted by earthquakes or fire' (Vesp. 17). It is quite possible that such a disaster occurred during Vespasian's reign in Phrygia since the region is prone to frequent seismic activity. Earthquakes are known to have previously struck the area in 53 and 60 AD and Strabo speaks of such a disaster which rocked the region during the Mithridatic Wars. The issue is undated, but names Plancius Varus, who perhaps is the same person that is recorded as a Flavian legate in Asia during the reign of Vespasian. Varus is thought to have died by 81. The type of five bundled corn-ears echoes a similar reverse of two bundled corn-ears struck by the cit