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Sicily, Syracuse. Timoleon (Circa 344-338 BC)7 viewsĆ Hemidrachm (24.5mm, 15.84 g).

Timoleontic Symmachy coinage. First series.

Obverse: Laureate head of Zeus Eleutherios right; ZΕΥΣ ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΙΟΣ (Zeus Eleutherios - deliverer of freedom)

Reverse: Upright thunderbolt; barley grain to right; ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ (Syracos)

Castrizio Series I, 1β; CNS 71; HGC 2, 1440.

Timoleon was born to an aristocratic family in Corinth in 411 BC. Little is known of his early life, but in 368 BC he fought as a common soldier in the war between Corinth and Argos. Then, still in the mid-360s BC, Timoleon dramatically murdered his brother, the power-mad and unpopular Timophanes, ending his tyranny at Corinth.

Timoleon isn’t heard from again until two decades later when he was chosen to lead an expedition to Syracuse (Corinth’s former colony) in 344 BC against the dual threat of the tyrant Dionysius II and possible invasion from Carthage. With a force consisting of 700 mercenaries and ten ships, Timoleon arrived at Tauromenium in 344 BC and promptly defeated the tyrant of Leontini, Hicetas, in a battle at Adranum. Once further reinforcements arrived Timoleon then led an attack on Syracuse itself. He was supported by several Sicilian cities tired of Dionysius’ oppressive reign over the region. The campaign was a success and Dionysius II was forced to live in exile back at Corinth.

Timoleon was not allowed to enjoy his success for long, though, as an army from Carthage chose this moment of political instability to invade Sicily yet again in 341 BC. Timoleon engaged the enemy near the river Crimisus (or Krimisos) in the west of the island and, by attacking first when their force was divided by the river and for a second time during a violent thunderstorm, managed to defeat the Carthaginians despite having a much smaller army at his disposal (6,000 against 70,000 according to Plutarch). Although defeated and having lost over 12,000 men, the Carthaginians could still field a sizeable army and cause trouble. The result was a bargain between Timoleon and the Carthaginians in 338 BCE which divided the island into two spheres of influence. He would keep to the eastern half of the island if they stayed in the western part.

Timoleon then proceeded to systematically take over the government of the various tyrannies in his domain, gave cities a greater level of autonomy, and established a new constitution at Syracuse. Shortly thereafter he died peacefully of old age in the mid-330s BC after earlier retiring voluntarily from public office when his eyesight failed. He was buried in the agora of Syracuse and the following inscription was made to commemorate his deeds: ‘He overthrew the tyrants, subdued the barbarians, repopulated the largest of the devastated cities, and then restored their laws to the people of Sicily’ (Plutarch, 187).
2 commentsNathan P08/15/18 at 19:09okidoki: Congrats very nice
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Vespasian AR denarius2 viewsVespasian AR Denarius. Rome mint, circa 21 December AD 69 - early AD 70.
RIC 2; Cohen 226; BMC 35; Hendin 1479.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right.
Rev: Judea seated right on ground in attitude of mourning, trophy set on shields behind her; IVDAEA in exergue.
Ex: Charles Euston
Purchased at the RCNA August 8, 2018 Toronto
1 commentsorfew08/15/18 at 10:40David Atherton: Noteworthy that Judaea's legs are stretched ou...
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Claudius II, AE Antoninianus, RIC V, I 252 variation, Normanby hoard 1108A86 viewsClaudius II
Augustus, 268 – 270 A.D.

Coin: AE Antoninianus, commemorating Claudius' victory over the Goths at Naissus in Moesia, which earned him the cognomen "Gothicus".

Obverse: IMP CLAVDIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust facing right. ●● beneath.
Reverse: VICTORIAE GOTHIC, two bound Gothic captives, beneath a Trophy.

Weight: 2.95 g, Diameter: 21.2 x 21.5 x 1 mm, Die axis: 200°, Mint: Cyzicus, struck between 269-270 A.D. Officina: 2nd (●●), References: RIC V, I 252 variation (no SPQR in exergue), Normanby hoard 1108A

Note: Bust more in the style of the previous Emperor, Gallienus.
1 commentsMasis08/15/18 at 08:21Metrodorus: Lovely coin!
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Kingdom of Macedon AR Drachm30 viewsKingdom of Macedon Alexander III Posthumous AR Drachm c. 295/4 b.c.
Mint of Miletos
4.8g, 18mm, 1h. VF
O: Head of Herakles wearing lion skin
R: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left. Monogram in left field, double axe below throne.
Ref: M.J Price 2148.
3 commentsAndrew B208/15/18 at 08:09Metrodorus: Beautiful!
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Elagabalus1 viewsSeleukis and Pieria, AE20, Antioch Mint
Obverse: IMP C MAVR ANTONINVS [AVG], laureate bust right, three dots at top of laurel.
Reverse: ΔE across field, star below, all within wreath of 10 elements fastened at top with garland.
Reference: BMC 447-50, McAlee 799
Size: 20mm, 4.64g
1 commentsJustin L08/15/18 at 05:01Jay GT4: Nice desert patina
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Severus Alexander3 viewsAR Denarius, Struck AD 231, Rome mint.
Obv: IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right.
Rev: PROVIDENTIA AVG, Providentia standing left, holding grain ears over modius in right hand, anchor in left.
Ref: RIC IV 252
1 commentsJustin L08/15/18 at 05:01Jay GT4: Lovely portrait
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Geta2 viewsAR Denarius, Struck early 209 AD, Rome Mint
Obverse: P SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES, Bare headed, partly bearded, draped bust right.
Reverse: PONTIF COS II, Genius, naked standing left, sacrificing out of patera over lighted altar and holding corn ears.
References: BMC p.274, 584; RIC 59a; RSC 114; Sear 7187
1 commentsJustin L08/15/18 at 05:00Jay GT4: Great reverse
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Bruttia Crispina2 viewsAE As, Struck 180-182 AD, Rome Mint
Obverse: CRISPINA AVGVSTA, Draped bust right, hair knotted in a bun in back.
Reverse: LAETITIA S-C, Laetitia standing left, holding wreath & rudder on globe.
References: RIC 683; BMC 435; Cohen 28
Size: 25mm, 11.80g
1 commentsJustin L08/15/18 at 04:59Jay GT4: Nice patina
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Sabina, Wife of Hadrian4 viewsAR Denarius, Rome Mint, Struck 203 AD
Obverse: SABINA AVGVSTA, Bust of Sabina, diademed, draped, right; hair is knotted in back and falls in waves down neck, hair also piled on top, above diadem.
Reverse: VENERI GE-NETRICI, Venus, draped, standing front, head right, holding apple up in left hand and with right hand, drawing a fold of drapery from left shoulder.
References: RIC 396, RSC 73, BMC 944
1 commentsJustin L08/15/18 at 04:59Jay GT4: I like it
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Trajan1 viewsAR Denarius, Struck 114-117 AD, Rome Mint
Obverse: IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC, Laureate and draped bust right.
Reverse: P M TR P COS VI P P S P Q R, Genius, naked, standing left, holding patera in right hand and corn-ears downwards in left.
References: RIC II 347, BMCRE 549, RSC 276
1 commentsJustin L08/15/18 at 04:58Jay GT4: Nice one Justin
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VITELLIUS (69). Denarius. Rome.11 viewsObv: A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P. Laureate head right.
Rev: CONCORDIA P R. Concordia seated left on throne, holding patera and cradling cornucopia.
RIC 73.
Weight: 3.4 g.
Diameter: 19 mm.
3 commentsCanaan08/15/18 at 03:00Jay GT4: Congrats
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Sicily, Syracuse. Timoleon (Circa 344-338 BC)7 viewsĆ Hemidrachm (24.5mm, 15.84 g).

Timoleontic Symmachy coinage. First series.

Obverse: Laureate head of Zeus Eleutherios right; ZΕΥΣ ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΙΟΣ (Zeus Eleutherios - deliverer of freedom)

Reverse: Upright thunderbolt; barley grain to right; ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ (Syracos)

Castrizio Series I, 1β; CNS 71; HGC 2, 1440.

Timoleon was born to an aristocratic family in Corinth in 411 BC. Little is known of his early life, but in 368 BC he fought as a common soldier in the war between Corinth and Argos. Then, still in the mid-360s BC, Timoleon dramatically murdered his brother, the power-mad and unpopular Timophanes, ending his tyranny at Corinth.

Timoleon isn’t heard from again until two decades later when he was chosen to lead an expedition to Syracuse (Corinth’s former colony) in 344 BC against the dual threat of the tyrant Dionysius II and possible invasion from Carthage. With a force consisting of 700 mercenaries and ten ships, Timoleon arrived at Tauromenium in 344 BC and promptly defeated the tyrant of Leontini, Hicetas, in a battle at Adranum. Once further reinforcements arrived Timoleon then led an attack on Syracuse itself. He was supported by several Sicilian cities tired of Dionysius’ oppressive reign over the region. The campaign was a success and Dionysius II was forced to live in exile back at Corinth.

Timoleon was not allowed to enjoy his success for long, though, as an army from Carthage chose this moment of political instability to invade Sicily yet again in 341 BC. Timoleon engaged the enemy near the river Crimisus (or Krimisos) in the west of the island and, by attacking first when their force was divided by the river and for a second time during a violent thunderstorm, managed to defeat the Carthaginians despite having a much smaller army at his disposal (6,000 against 70,000 according to Plutarch). Although defeated and having lost over 12,000 men, the Carthaginians could still field a sizeable army and cause trouble. The result was a bargain between Timoleon and the Carthaginians in 338 BCE which divided the island into two spheres of influence. He would keep to the eastern half of the island if they stayed in the western part.

Timoleon then proceeded to systematically take over the government of the various tyrannies in his domain, gave cities a greater level of autonomy, and established a new constitution at Syracuse. Shortly thereafter he died peacefully of old age in the mid-330s BC after earlier retiring voluntarily from public office when his eyesight failed. He was buried in the agora of Syracuse and the following inscription was made to commemorate his deeds: ‘He overthrew the tyrants, subdued the barbarians, repopulated the largest of the devastated cities, and then restored their laws to the people of Sicily’ (Plutarch, 187).
2 commentsNathan P08/14/18 at 23:08RL: Great coin and write up
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Henry VI AR Penny8 viewsHenry VI AR Penny (17mm, 0.84g). Calais mint; im: initial cross V. Struck circa 1422-1430.
Obv:+ henRICVS ReX crowned facing bust; annulets to left and right of neck,
Rev:(saltire stops), long cross pattée; quarters triple pellets; triple pellets around central annulet in first and third
SCBC 1844.F+ toned.
Ex: Geoffery Bell Auctions August 12. 2018
1 commentsorfew08/14/18 at 20:20quadrans: Nice find..
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William I Penny8 viewsWilliam I silver penny, PAX Issue, Spink 1257,
obverse reads:- +PILLELM REX [`MR` ligulate],
reverse reads:- +EDRIC ON LUND
Ex: Ancient Numismatic Enterprises
Purchased at the RCNA August 8, 2018 Toronto
1 commentsorfew08/14/18 at 20:19quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Republican AR Denarius11 viewsL. Mussidius Longus. 42 BC. AR denarius, Rome mint.
Obv: Diademed and veiled head of Concordia right; CONCORDIA upwards behind
Rev: Shrine of Venus Cloacina: Circular platform surmounted by two statues of the goddess, each resting right hand on cippus, the platform inscribed CLOACIN and ornamented with trellis-pattern balustrade, flight of steps and portico on left; L • MVSSIDIVS • LONGVS around above.
Crawford 494/42a; CRI 188; Sydenham 1093; Kestner 3753-4; BMCRR Rome 4242-3; Mussidia 6b.
Ex: Ancient Numismatic Enterprises
Purchased at the RCNA August 8, 2018 Toronto
2 commentsorfew08/14/18 at 20:19quadrans: Great coin ,
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Byzantine, Justinian I. (527-565 A.D.), SB 0205, ANNO/XXXI//NIK, AE-Dekanummia, Nikomedia, 80 viewsJustinian I. (527-565 A.D.), SB 0205, ANNO/XXXI//NIK, AE-Dekanummia, Nikomedia,
avers: D N IVSTINI ANVS A(VG), Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: Large I, "A/N/N/O" to left, cross above, regnal year "X/X/X/I" to right, in exergue, mintmark NIK.
exergue: ANNO/XXXI//NIK, diameter: 15,5mm, weight: 2,3g, axis:6h,
mint: Nikomedia, date: A.D., ref: SB 0205, p-68
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/14/18 at 19:46Canaan: Very nice!!!!
Justin-II-565-578_AE-Follis_DN-IVSTI-NVS-PP-AVG_M_ANNO_VI_NIKO_A_SB-0369-p-94-Nikopolis_Q-001_7h_27-28mm_12,97g-s.jpg
Byzantine, Justin II. (565-578 A.D.), SB 0369, A/NIKO, AE-Follis (40 Nummia), Nikopolis, Year UI,109 viewsJustin II. (565-578 A.D.), SB 0369, A/NIKO, AE-Follis (40 Nummia), Nikopolis, Year UI,
avers: D N IVSTI NVS P P AVG, Justin left and Sophia right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding cross on globe, Sophia holding sceptre topped by cross.
reverse: "M" ANNO/VI/A, Large M, ANNO to left, Cross above, regnal year to right "VI", officina letter below "A", mintmark NIKO.
exergue: A/N/N/O/VI//NIKO, diameter: 27-28mm, weight: 13,22g, axis: 7h,
mint: Nikopolis, date: 571 A.D., ref: SB 0369, p-94,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/14/18 at 19:46Canaan: Great piece, a real beauty
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Byzantine, Anastasius ( 491-518 A.D.), SB-0013, AE-4, Nummus, Monogram, #1,126 viewsB 001 Anastasius ( 491-518 A.D.), SB-0013, AE-4, Nummus, Monogram, #1,
avers:- Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
revers:- Monogram of Anastasius within wreath.
exe: , diameter: 7-8 mm, weight: 0,57 g, axis: 2h,
mint:Constantinople, date: A.D., ref: Sear-13, p-37,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans08/14/18 at 19:45Canaan: Nice for the issue!!
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VITELLIUS (69). Denarius. Rome.11 viewsObv: A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P. Laureate head right.
Rev: CONCORDIA P R. Concordia seated left on throne, holding patera and cradling cornucopia.
RIC 73.
Weight: 3.4 g.
Diameter: 19 mm.
3 commentsCanaan08/14/18 at 19:23quadrans: Nice piece..
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B 004 Justinian I. (527-565 A.D.), SB 0178, Chi-Ro/AISP/TES, AE-16-nummi, Thessalonica, 9 viewsB 004 Justinian I. (527-565 A.D.), SB 0178, Chi-Ro/AISP/TES, AE-16-nummi, Thessalonica,
avers: D N IVSTINI ANVS P P AVG, Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: Large AISP, Chi-Ro above the large I, in exergue, mintmark TES.
exergue: -/-//TES, diameter: 20-23,5mm, weight: 5,94g, axis:6h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: A.D., ref: SB 0178, p-64
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/14/18 at 18:36Canaan: Nice portrait
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VITELLIUS (69). Denarius. Rome.11 viewsObv: A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P. Laureate head right.
Rev: CONCORDIA P R. Concordia seated left on throne, holding patera and cradling cornucopia.
RIC 73.
Weight: 3.4 g.
Diameter: 19 mm.
3 commentsCanaan08/14/18 at 18:21Enodia: Nice coin, and congratulations on completing your ...
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B 002 Justin I. (518-527 A.D.), SB 0078, */*//THESSOB, AE-Follis, (40 Nummia), Thessalonica, 10 viewsB 002 Justin I. (518-527 A.D.), SB 0078, */*//THESSOB, AE-Follis, (40 Nummia), Thessalonica,
avers: D N IVSTI NVS P P AVG, Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right.
reverse: Large M, Star to left, cross above, star to right.
exergue: */*//THESSOB, diameter: 31,0mm, weight: 6g, axis: h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: A.D., ref: SB 0078,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/14/18 at 17:56Canaan: Interesting type
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Titus Denarius. 80 AD. Dolphin coiled around anchor.2 viewsObv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, laureate head left
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, dolphin coiled around an anchor.
3.2 gm.
1 commentsancientone08/14/18 at 08:37RL: Interesting coin! I like it
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Republican AR Denarius11 viewsL. Mussidius Longus. 42 BC. AR denarius, Rome mint.
Obv: Diademed and veiled head of Concordia right; CONCORDIA upwards behind
Rev: Shrine of Venus Cloacina: Circular platform surmounted by two statues of the goddess, each resting right hand on cippus, the platform inscribed CLOACIN and ornamented with trellis-pattern balustrade, flight of steps and portico on left; L • MVSSIDIVS • LONGVS around above.
Crawford 494/42a; CRI 188; Sydenham 1093; Kestner 3753-4; BMCRR Rome 4242-3; Mussidia 6b.
Ex: Ancient Numismatic Enterprises
Purchased at the RCNA August 8, 2018 Toronto
2 commentsorfew08/14/18 at 06:21Canaan: Very nice!!!
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Kingdom of Hawaii76 viewsKM # 3

AR dime/umi keneta (± 90% AR, ±10% AE), struck 1883-1884 at the San Francisco mint. Designed by Charles E. Barber, 249,921 circulation strikes (250,000 were minted, but 79 were melted), ±2.5 grams, ±17.9 mm. 180°

Obv: KALAKAUA I KING OF HAWAII, bust of King Kalakaua, • 1883 • below.

Rev: UA MAU KE EA O KA AINA I KA PONO [= the life of the land is in righteousness] / • UMI KENETA [= One Dime] • around rim. ONE / DIME surrounded by wreath, crown above.

Edge: Reeded

In 1880, Hawaii's monarch, King Kalakaua, authorized a new coinage that more closely followed United States coinage. His associate Klaus Spreckels contracted the United States Mint to produce silver coins for the islands: 700,000 half-dollars, 500,000 each of quarters and silver dollars and 250,000 dimes. The total was $1 million worth of Hawaiian coins. The Hawaiian Dime was a substitute for the 12-1/2 Cent (Hapawalu) denomination specified in the original application to the U.S. government. The Hapawalu would have required specially made blanks, whereas the Dime denomination was already a standard in the American series. Six Proof Dimes were made in September 1883 at the Philadelphia Mint for inclusion in four-piece sets containing the 10c, 25c, 50c, and $1.00 denominations. 250,000 circulation strikes were struck at the San Francisco Mint (without mintmark) from November 17, 1883 through June 1884. An additional 20 Proof Dimes were made at the Philadelphia Mint in 1884, this time for inclusion in five-piece sets containing the aforementioned denominations, plus the 12-1/2c coin. On June 14, 1900 Hawaii became a territory of the United States, and Congress ordered that a majority of the Hawaiian coins be withdrawn and melted.

Souvenir from my son amd daughter-in-law's honeymoon in Hawaii
1 commentsStkp08/13/18 at 15:09Frans Diederik: That's a coin with a story!
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Claudius As4 viewsClaudius 41-54 AD

28mm./12.8g.

Struck circa 41-50 AD.

TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP, bare head left

CONSTANTIAE AVGVSTI S-C, Constantia, helmeted and in military dress, standing left, holding long spear in left hand.

References: RIC 95, Cohen 14, BMC 140

AACQ
1 commentsRL08/13/18 at 12:11Jay GT4: Nice one
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Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Prince A (late 2nd to early 3rd centuries A.D.)7 viewsvan't Haaff 19.1.1-1A var. e-g; de Morgan 58-59; BMC plate XLII, 13-18, page 286, 18; Sear GICV 5918-5919; Alram --

AE drachm, 1.78 g., 12.50 mm. max., 0°

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

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

According to van't Haaf, the varieties with a hair tuft are "always" accompanied by a dot or star in crescent above and an anchor to the right, although these symbols are often struck off the flan.
1 commentsStkp08/13/18 at 09:51quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Philip II - AR tetrobol1 viewsstruck by Philip III in the name of Philip II
Amphipolis
323-315 BC
head of Apollo wearing tainia right
horseman riding right
ΦIΛIΠΠOY
M in wreath
Le Rider pl. 45, 33; SNG ANS 625-7; SNG Alpha Bank 300
2,52g

ex Helios numismatik
1 commentsJohny SYSEL08/13/18 at 09:47quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Philip I Philadelphos - AR tetradrachm2 viewsAntioch
88/87 - 76/75 BC
diademed head right
Zeus seated left, holding Nike in right crowning him with wreath, long scepter vertical in left
BAΣIΛEΩΣ / ΦIΛIΠΠOY // EΠIΦANOYΣ / ΦIΛA∆EΛΦOY
N
Houghton-Lorber II 2463(2)i, Newell SMA 441, SNG Spaer 2803; HGC 9, 1319
ex Rauch
1 commentsJohny SYSEL08/13/18 at 09:46quadrans: Nice piece..
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Elagabalus - AR antoninianus2 viewsRome
218 AD
draped and cuirassed radiate bust right from behind
IMP CAES M AVR ANTONINVS AVG
Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm VICTOR ANTONINI AVG
RSC III 289a, BMCRE V 36, RIC IV 156, cf. SRCV II 7500 (obv legend, no cuirass)
ex Rauch
1 commentsJohny SYSEL08/13/18 at 09:45quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Marcus Aurelius Denarius2 viewsMarcus Aurelius, Caesar 139-161 AD, Augustus 161-180 AD.

Rome. AD 140 - AD 144

18mm., 3.00g.

AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F COS. Head of Marcus Aurelius, bare, right

IVVENTAS. Juventas, draped, standing left, with right hand dropping incense on candelabrum and holding patera in lowered left

References: RIC III Antoninus Pius 423A (denarius)

AADU
1 commentsRL08/13/18 at 09:42quadrans: Nice portrait,
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Trajan Denarius10 viewsTrajan, 98-117 AD.

Rome, AD 103 - AD 111

18mm., 2.94g.

IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P, Bust of Trajan, laureate, right (sometimes draped on left shoulder)

COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC, Victory, naked to hips, standing left, holding up wreath in right hand and palm in left

References: RIC II Trajan 128

AAEZ
1 commentsRL08/13/18 at 09:40quadrans: Nice coin and details...
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44/6 Quinarius group 2 3 viewsDenomination: Quinarius
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Roma with 3-bar splayed visor, V mark of value behind
Reverse: Dioscuri riding r. with streaming cape. Horse’s tail hangs down. ROMA in relief.
Weight: 2.21 gms
Reference: Crawford 44/6
Provenance: M&M Gmbh, Auction 40, Lot 485
Comments: Early Quinarius. Group 2, with splayed visor and horse tail hanging downward. Three bar visor
3 commentsSteve B508/13/18 at 04:11Steve B5: Thanks Carausius, my copy/paste has been a bit has...
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Probus, Potin Tetradrachm, NO LEGEND3 viewsPotin Tetradrachm
Roman Provincial: Alexandria, Egypt
Probus
Augustus: 276 - 282AD
Issued: 276 - 277AD
21.0 x 19.5mm 7.60gr 0h
O: AK M AVP ΠΡΟBOC CεB; Laureate, cuirassed bust, right.
R: NO LEGEND; Eagle standing right, head left, holding wreath in beak.
Alexandria, Egypt
Exergue: L, left field; A, right field.
BMC 2425; Sear 3290; Milne ?; Emmett ?; Dattari ?; Koln ?
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7/31/18 8/6/18
2 commentsNicholas Z08/13/18 at 03:57Nicholas Z: I don’t know why the green shows up like this eith...
B_059_Anonim-Follis,_SB_1813,_AE-Follis,_Class_A2,_(Constantine_VIII__(976-1025_A_D_)),SB-1818-p-350_Q-001,_0h,_28mm,_10_30g-s.jpg
B 059 Anonymous Follis, SB 1813, AE-Follis, Class A2/F39type, (Constantine VIII. (976-1025 A.D.)), #166 viewsB 059 Anonymous Follis, SB 1813, AE-Follis, Class A2/F39type, (Constantine VIII. (976-1025 A.D.)), #1
Class A2, attributed to joint reign of Basil II and Constantine VIII.
averse: +ЄMMA NOVHΛ, IC-XC, Bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cross with various ornaments in each limb.. pallium and colobium, and holding books of Gospels.
reverse: +IhSyS / XRISTUS/ bASILEy/bASILE - in 4 lines, Greek legend, "Jesus Christ, King of Kings".
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 27,5mm, weight: 10,30g, axis: h,
mint: Constantinople though Metclaf states several provincial mints within this group. some with rev legend differences., date: 976-1025 CE, ref:SB 1813, Class A2/F39type,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/13/18 at 02:02Stkp: excellent
090a_Gallienus_(253-268_A_D_),_AR-Ant_,_RIC_V-I_--,_IMP_GALLIENVS_AVG,_IOVI_VLTORI,_Göbl_383x,_Q-001,_1h,_20mm,_3,45g-s.jpg
090a Gallienus (253-268 A.D.), AR-Antoninianus, RIC V-I --, Göbl 383x., Roma, S/-//--, IOVI VLTORI, Jupiter standing right, 84 views090a Gallienus (253-268 A.D.), AR-Antoninianus, RIC V-I --, Göbl 383x., Roma, S/-//--, IOVI VLTORI, Jupiter standing right,
avers: IMP GALLIENVS AVG, Radiate cuirassed bust right.
reverse: IOVI VLTORI, Jupiter standing right, head left, holding thunderbolt in right hand, cloak flying right. S in left field.
exergue: S/-//--, diameter: 20,0mm, weight: 3,45g, axis: 1h,
mint: Roma, date: A.D., ref: RIC V-I --, p-, Göbl 383,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/13/18 at 02:02Stkp: nice
24__UncertainEarlyArsacidKings_VH_10_4_2-1B_smaller_b.jpg
Uncertain Early Arsacid Kings10 viewsAR drachm, late 1st century BC to early 2nd century AD
Van''t Haaff 10.4.2-1B
2 commentsRobert L308/13/18 at 01:57Stkp: very nice!!
1293_Augustus_Calagurris~0.jpg
Octavianus Augustus - Calagurris3 viewsAE as
14-37 AD
laureate head right
TI AVGVS DIVI AVGVSTI F IMP CAESAR
bull right
L·F(VL)·SPARSO / L·S(AT)VRNINO
M·C·I II / VIR
RPC I 448
ex Aurea
1 commentsJohny SYSEL08/12/18 at 22:28Jay GT4: That patina!
6826_6827.jpg
Provincial, Tyana, Cappadocia, AE28, TYANεΩΝ ΤΡΤ ΙεΡ ΚΑCY KAY4 viewsAE28
Roman Provincial: Tyana, Cappadocia
Septimius Severus
Augustus: 193 - 211AD
Issued: 195 - 196AD (Regnal Year 4)
28.0mm 15.3gr 7h
O: AY K Λ CεΠ CεΟνΗΡΟC; Laureate head, right.
R: [TYANεΩΝ ΤΡΤ ΙεΡ Κ]ΑCY KAY; Zebu bull, standing right.
SNG von Aulock 6542
Numismatik Naumann Auction 66, Lot 327
6/2/18 8/8/18
3 commentsNicholas Z08/12/18 at 18:22Mat: Very nice
7535_7536.jpg
Provincial, Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior, AE16, NIKOΠΟΛΙΤ ΠΡΟC ICTPO3 viewsAE16
Roman Provincial: Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior
Septimius Severus
Augustus: 193 - 211AD
Issued:
16.0mm 2.56gr 2h
O: AV KAI CεΠ CενΗΡΟC; Laureate head, right.
R: NIKOΠΟΛΙΤ ΠΡΟC ICTPO; Grape cluster.
Moushmov 930; AMNG I 1430; Varbanov 2551 var. (obv. and rev. legends)
viktorbak/Viktor Bakman 323309218478
6/26/18 8/6/18
1 commentsNicholas Z08/12/18 at 18:21Mat: Nice little bronze
7584_7585.jpg
Probus, Potin Tetradrachm, NO LEGEND3 viewsPotin Tetradrachm
Roman Provincial: Alexandria, Egypt
Probus
Augustus: 276 - 282AD
Issued: 276 - 277AD
21.0 x 19.5mm 7.60gr 0h
O: AK M AVP ΠΡΟBOC CεB; Laureate, cuirassed bust, right.
R: NO LEGEND; Eagle standing right, head left, holding wreath in beak.
Alexandria, Egypt
Exergue: L, left field; A, right field.
BMC 2425; Sear 3290; Milne ?; Emmett ?; Dattari ?; Koln ?
lovethatcoinguy 372380272448
7/31/18 8/6/18
2 commentsNicholas Z08/12/18 at 18:20Mat: A rare/fairly special coin, congrats
662_Numerian_Antioch.jpg
Numerian - BI antoninianus1 viewsAntioch
II 283 AD
2nd emission
radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
IMP C M NVMERIANVS NOB C
Numerian standing right, holding scepter, receiving Victory on globe from Jupiter standing left, holding long scepter
VIRTVS AV_GGG
*
ς
XXI
RIC V-2, 378
3,32 g

doublestrike
1 commentsJohny SYSEL08/12/18 at 16:30Mat: very cool
44-5-A1cb.jpg
Denarius Group 33 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Roma with three line splayed visor, X mark of value behind
Reverse: Dioscuri riding r. with streaming cape. ROMA in semi-incuse frame.
Weight: 4.44 gm
Reference: Crawford 44/5
Provenance: Numismatica Tintina Auction, July 27, 2010
Comments: Among the earliest denarii. Group 3, With three line visor, unbound hair, and sharply bent wing, pointing downward on Roma’s helmet. Reverse b. There are three reverses for this variety, one with flag cape and one with a wavy cape, and one with streaming cape. This is the streaming cape variety.

This variety is die-linked to group 1 and group 4.
1 commentsSteve B508/12/18 at 14:14Carausius: Beautiful example with wonderful surfaces.
44-6-A2-MnM-May-2014.jpg
44/6 Quinarius group 2 3 viewsDenomination: Quinarius
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Roma with 3-bar splayed visor, V mark of value behind
Reverse: Dioscuri riding r. with streaming cape. Horse’s tail hangs down. ROMA in relief.
Weight: 2.21 gms
Reference: Crawford 44/6
Provenance: M&M Gmbh, Auction 40, Lot 485
Comments: Early Quinarius. Group 2, with splayed visor and horse tail hanging downward. Three bar visor
3 commentsSteve B508/12/18 at 14:13Carausius: Lovely coin. Check the marks of value in your qui...
44-6-A2-MnM-May-2014.jpg
44/6 Quinarius group 2 3 viewsDenomination: Quinarius
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Roma with 3-bar splayed visor, V mark of value behind
Reverse: Dioscuri riding r. with streaming cape. Horse’s tail hangs down. ROMA in relief.
Weight: 2.21 gms
Reference: Crawford 44/6
Provenance: M&M Gmbh, Auction 40, Lot 485
Comments: Early Quinarius. Group 2, with splayed visor and horse tail hanging downward. Three bar visor
3 commentsSteve B508/12/18 at 13:51Jay GT4: Outstanding
24__UncertainEarlyArsacidKings_VH_10_4_2-1B_smaller_b.jpg
Uncertain Early Arsacid Kings10 viewsAR drachm, late 1st century BC to early 2nd century AD
Van''t Haaff 10.4.2-1B
2 commentsRobert L308/12/18 at 09:05quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
22__Prince_A_VH_type_19_1.jpg
Prince A6 viewsAE drachm, late 2nd to early 3rd century AD
Van’t Haaff 19.1
1 commentsRobert L308/12/18 at 09:04quadrans: Nice portrait,
44-6-Gr1-3bar-2_13gmSmall.jpg
44/6 Quinarius group 1 4 viewsDenomination: Quinarius
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Roma with 3-bar splayed visor, V mark of value behind
Reverse: Dioscuri riding r. with streaming cape. Horse’s tail extended. ROMA in relief.
Weight: 2.13 gms
Reference: Crawford 44/6
Provenance: Gert Boersema, April 17, 2012
Comments: Early Quinarius. Group 1, with splayed visor and horse tail extended. Three bar visor
1 commentsSteve B508/12/18 at 02:34Jay GT4: Great Quinarius
voltet.jpg
Volusian (251 - 253 A.D.)9 viewsSYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch
AR Tetradrachm
O:  AYTOK K G AFIN GAL OYEND OYOLOYCCIANOC CEB Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; three pellets below.
R: DHMAPX EXOUCIAC, eagle standing facing, head turned left, wreath in beak; Γ between legs.
12.36g
24mm
Prieur 698

Scarce
2 commentsMat08/12/18 at 02:34Jay GT4: Nice!
44-5-A1Dvar.jpg
Denarius Group 43 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Roma with three line splayed visor, X mark of value behind
Reverse: Dioscuri riding r. with unique wavy cape. ROMA in semi-incuse frame.
Weight: 4.43 gm
Reference: Crawford 44/5
Provenance: NAC 61, October 5, 2011
Comments: Among the earliest denarii. Group 4, with splayed visor, Unique reverse. There are 3 reverses commonly found for this obverse variety, one with flag cape and one with a wavy cape, and one with streaming cape. Reverse die links are know for these common reverses to groups 1, and 3; however this is an unusual variation not fitting into any of those 3 standard reverse styles.
1 commentsSteve B508/11/18 at 23:33Carausius: Love the style of this coin. Interesting visor a...
44-5-D1-2.jpg
Denarius Group 63 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Roma with splayed visor, X mark of value behind
Reverse: Dioscuri riding r. with streaming cape. Horse’s tail hangs downward. ROMA in relief.
Weight: 3.97 gm
Reference: Crawford 44/5
Provenance: LHS Numismatics, August 16, 2006
Comments: Early Denarius. Group 6, with splayed visor. The latest issues of the Cr. 44/5 groups. No sestertii are known for this variety. Sibling to the early anchor symbol series with griffon tufts on the helmet.
1 commentsSteve B508/11/18 at 23:30Carausius: Great start to an informative gallery, Steve.
3698.jpg
Price 369811 viewsHelios to the left. T under Helios. KY under the throne. Basileus under the KY. Listed in the auction as a 36972 commentsChance Vandal08/11/18 at 19:40Chance Vandal: This had been lost in customs for 34 days ....but ...
voltet.jpg
Volusian (251 - 253 A.D.)9 viewsSYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch
AR Tetradrachm
O:  AYTOK K G AFIN GAL OYEND OYOLOYCCIANOC CEB Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; three pellets below.
R: DHMAPX EXOUCIAC, eagle standing facing, head turned left, wreath in beak; Γ between legs.
12.36g
24mm
Prieur 698

Scarce
2 commentsMat08/11/18 at 19:30quadrans: Nice one
2014-105-4_AE18MacedoniaAlexanderIIIClubBowInCase-Forum.jpg
2014.105.430 viewsAlexander III, The Great, Uncertain Macedonian Mint (336-323 BC)

AE18; 5.91 g; 6h

Obverse: Head of Heracles right, wearing lion's skin.
Reverse: ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, between club and bow in case.
Ref: Price 266; SNG Munich Part 10/11 827;
1 commentsgordian_guy08/11/18 at 13:35okidoki: excellent
1131_P_Hadrian_RPC765A.jpg
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, THRACE, Odessus Hadrian Theos Megas reclining6 viewsReference.
RPC III,---; AMNG -, Varbanov -

Obv. ΑΥΤΟ ΝΕΡ ΤΡΑ ΚΑΙ ΣΕ ΓΕΡ - ΔΑ
Laureate head of Hadrian, r. with drapery on l. shoulder

Rev. ΟΔΗССΕΙΤΩΝ
Theos Megas reclining l., holding cornucopia in his r. hand

3.13 gr
15 mm
1 commentsokidoki08/11/18 at 06:45quadrans: Sweet coin,
GRK_celtic_drachm_imitating_Alexander_III,_OTA_Table_43,_Type_577-578.jpg
Celtic, Danube Region, Uncertain Tribe. Imitating Type of Alexander III of Macedon2 viewsCCCBM I 215; Göbl, OTA Table 43, Type 577-578; Sammlung Lanz 896-897

AR drachm; struck in the Danube region circa second to first centuries B.C.; 3.24 g., 18.48 mm. max., 0°

Obv: Stylized head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress.

Rev: Stylized Zeus seated left, holding eagle and sceptre; amphora in inner left field.
1 commentsStkp08/11/18 at 06:43quadrans: Very interesting coin...
Taras_didrachm.jpg
Taras didrachm15 viewsHorseman riding left, holding shield and bridle.

Taras seated on dolphin left TAPAΣ beneath.

Tarentum, Calabria 390-385 BC

7.40g

Scarce

Vlasto 384, Period III, 380-345 BC (Age of Archytas); ; Fischer-Bossert 428, gives date of 390-380 and corresponds to SNG ANS 901.

Ex-Calgary Coin; Ex-Alberta Coin;

Tarentum, the only Spartan colony ever to be established, was founded in 706 BC by the Partheniae - Spartan children born to unmarried women as a product of Spartan desperation to ensure the survival and continuation of their demographic during the bloody Messenian wars, who were later disowned and expelled by the state - and Perioeci (subjects, but not citizens of Sparta), under the leadership of the Parthenian Phalanthos. According to legend, Phalanthos consulted the oracle at Delphi, and was told that he should found his new city 'where rain fell from a clear sky'. After much searching, and despairing of finding a suitable location for a city, Phalanthos was consoled by his wife Aethra who laid his head in her lap, and as her tears splashed upon his forehead he understood the oracle's words for his wife's name itself meant 'clear sky', and thus he determined to make the nearby harbour the site of their new home, which they named after Taras, the son of Poseidon and the nymph Satyrion.
3 commentsJay GT408/10/18 at 21:08Enodia: Nice example of an early horseman.
Caesar_elephant.jpg
Caesar elephant denarius14 viewsCAESAR in exergue, elephant advancing right, trampling horned serpent.

Pontifical implements: simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat.

49-48 BC. Military mint traveling with Caesar.

3.87g

Crawford 443/1; HCRI 9; Sydenham 1006; RSC 49.

Wonderfully struck but was probably bent and straightened at some point

Ex-RCNA coin show; Ex: Charles Euston
5 commentsJay GT408/10/18 at 20:17okidoki: very nice
6826_6827.jpg
Provincial, Tyana, Cappadocia, AE28, TYANεΩΝ ΤΡΤ ΙεΡ ΚΑCY KAY4 viewsAE28
Roman Provincial: Tyana, Cappadocia
Septimius Severus
Augustus: 193 - 211AD
Issued: 195 - 196AD (Regnal Year 4)
28.0mm 15.3gr 7h
O: AY K Λ CεΠ CεΟνΗΡΟC; Laureate head, right.
R: [TYANεΩΝ ΤΡΤ ΙεΡ Κ]ΑCY KAY; Zebu bull, standing right.
SNG von Aulock 6542
Numismatik Naumann Auction 66, Lot 327
6/2/18 8/8/18
3 commentsNicholas Z08/10/18 at 18:48Nicholas Z: Thanks Canaan! It is a precursor to the bull type...
6764_6765.jpg
Provincial, Pontus, Neocaesarea, AE31, KOINΠΟ ΝεΟΚΑΙΜHTPO3 viewsAE31
Roman Provincial: Pontus, Neocaesarea
Septimius Severus
Augustus: 193 - 211AD
Issued: 209 - 210AD (Regnal Year 16)
31.5mm 13.18gr 6h
O: AνK Λ CεΠ CεΟνΗ[ΡΟC]; Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust, right.
R: KOIN ΠΟ ΝεΟ ΚΑΙ ΜHTPO; Tetrastyle temple with pellet in pediment, banners between outside columns, diety or banner in center; flourish at top of pediment; no flourishes on columns.
Exergue: ETPMR (ligate)
Rare
VF
SNG von Aulock 100; BMC 4; RG 147 var. (rev. legend); Waddington Rec. Gen. 13.
Naville Numismatics Auction 40, Lot 150.
5/27/18 8/8/18
2 commentsNicholas Z08/10/18 at 18:47Nicholas Z: Thanks! I really liked it too. I think it might b...
6826_6827.jpg
Provincial, Tyana, Cappadocia, AE28, TYANεΩΝ ΤΡΤ ΙεΡ ΚΑCY KAY4 viewsAE28
Roman Provincial: Tyana, Cappadocia
Septimius Severus
Augustus: 193 - 211AD
Issued: 195 - 196AD (Regnal Year 4)
28.0mm 15.3gr 7h
O: AY K Λ CεΠ CεΟνΗΡΟC; Laureate head, right.
R: [TYANεΩΝ ΤΡΤ ΙεΡ Κ]ΑCY KAY; Zebu bull, standing right.
SNG von Aulock 6542
Numismatik Naumann Auction 66, Lot 327
6/2/18 8/8/18
3 commentsNicholas Z08/10/18 at 08:37Canaan: Great bull!!!
6764_6765.jpg
Provincial, Pontus, Neocaesarea, AE31, KOINΠΟ ΝεΟΚΑΙΜHTPO3 viewsAE31
Roman Provincial: Pontus, Neocaesarea
Septimius Severus
Augustus: 193 - 211AD
Issued: 209 - 210AD (Regnal Year 16)
31.5mm 13.18gr 6h
O: AνK Λ CεΠ CεΟνΗ[ΡΟC]; Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust, right.
R: KOIN ΠΟ ΝεΟ ΚΑΙ ΜHTPO; Tetrastyle temple with pellet in pediment, banners between outside columns, diety or banner in center; flourish at top of pediment; no flourishes on columns.
Exergue: ETPMR (ligate)
Rare
VF
SNG von Aulock 100; BMC 4; RG 147 var. (rev. legend); Waddington Rec. Gen. 13.
Naville Numismatics Auction 40, Lot 150.
5/27/18 8/8/18
2 commentsNicholas Z08/10/18 at 08:36Canaan: Very nice structural type!!
112_Probus_(276-282_A_D_),_Roma,_RIC_V-II_213,_AE-Ant,_IMP_PROB_VS_P_F_AVG_(B),_VICTO_RIA_AVG,_RthundbSzigma,_em-6,off-6,_281AD,_R,_Q-001,_0h,_20-22mm,_2,31g-s.jpg
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 213, Rome, VICTORIA AVG, Bust F-B, -/-//R thunderbolt ς, Victory walking left, #180 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 213, Rome, VICTORIA AVG, Bust F-B, -/-//R thunderbolt ς, Victory walking left, #1
avers: IMP PROB VS P F AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right. (F-B)
reverse: VICTO RIA AVG, Victory walking left, holding wreath and trophy.
exergue: -/-//R thunderbolt ς, diameter: 20,0-22,0mm, weight: 2,31g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, 6th. emission of Rome, 6th.off., date: 281 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 213, p-40, C-,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/10/18 at 08:35Canaan: Lovely!!!
Gordian_III_AR_Denarius.jpg
Emperor Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D.3 views Silver denarius, RIC IV 115, RSC IV 243, Hunter III 33, SRCV III 8680, Choice aMS, about as struck, light rose tone on luster, full circles centering, nice portrait, sharp reverse detail, radiating flow lines, Rome mint, weight 2.861g, maximum diameter 20.6mm, die axis 180o, 241 A.D.; obverse IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse P M TR P III COS II P P (high priest, holder of Tribunitian power for 3 years, consul 2 times, father of the country), Gordian standing right, wearing military garb, transverse spear in right hand, globe in left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection (purchased from Alan Walker at NYINC early 2000's.

Gordian looks rather smug on the obverse and stands proud with the world in his hands on the reverse.

FORVM Ancient Coins./ The Sam Mansourati Collection.

*Superb
1 commentsSam08/10/18 at 05:03Jay GT4: A beauty Sam
sulla~1.jpg
L.CORNELIUS SULLA8 viewsAR denarius. Military mint (Italy). 83 BC. 3,97 grs. Head of Venus right,wearing earring and pearl necklace. On right Cupid standing left holding palm. L.SVLLA below / Two trophies. Between ,praefericulum and lituus. Above IMPER,below ITERVM.
Cr. 359/2 RSC Cornelia 30.
Bremens Beleville 26 Nov 2014 ,lot 251. Ex E.M.collection. Dorotheum ( Viena) June 1956,lot
2718. Ex Apostolo Zeno collection.
1 commentsbenito08/10/18 at 04:54Carausius: Wonderful example, well centered on a full flan; a...
00luctrio2.jpg
L. LUCRETIUS TRIO30 viewsAR denarius. 76 BC. 3.94 gr. Laureate head of Neptune right; trident and number V behind. / Cupid or genius riding a dolphin right. L LUCRETI / TRIO in two lines below. Toned. Craw 390/2. RSC Lucretia 3. Smyth IX/43. Jean Elsen 89. Lot 921.1 commentsbenito08/10/18 at 04:50Carausius: Beautiful example and unusually well centered!
Caesar_elephant.jpg
Caesar elephant denarius14 viewsCAESAR in exergue, elephant advancing right, trampling horned serpent.

Pontifical implements: simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat.

49-48 BC. Military mint traveling with Caesar.

3.87g

Crawford 443/1; HCRI 9; Sydenham 1006; RSC 49.

Wonderfully struck but was probably bent and straightened at some point

Ex-RCNA coin show; Ex: Charles Euston
5 commentsJay GT408/10/18 at 02:41Nemonater: Very cool. Was is a bored soldier? Someone trying ...
Philip_I_,_The_Syrian_.jpg
Emperor Philip I the Syrian, February 244 - End of September 249 A.D.5 viewsSilver antoninianus, RIC IV 75A (R); RSC IV 130, SRCV III 8945, Hunter III -, EF, superb strike with sharp dies, nice metal, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight 4.966g, maximum diameter 22.4mm, die axis 0o, 247 - 248 A.D.; obverse IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse P M TR P IIII COS P P (high priest, holder of Tribunitian power for four years, consul, father of the country), Felicitas standing left, long caduceus in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; from the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex dear friend Barry Murphy.

FORVM Ancient Coins./ The Sam Mansourati Collection.
*Incredible art


Felicitas was the goddess or personification of happiness, good fortune, and success. She played an important role in Rome's state religion during the empire and was frequently portrayed on coins. She became a prominent symbol of the wealth and prosperity of the Roman Empire.
1 commentsSam08/09/18 at 21:46quadrans: Great coin , and details,
Caesar_elephant.jpg
Caesar elephant denarius14 viewsCAESAR in exergue, elephant advancing right, trampling horned serpent.

Pontifical implements: simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat.

49-48 BC. Military mint traveling with Caesar.

3.87g

Crawford 443/1; HCRI 9; Sydenham 1006; RSC 49.

Wonderfully struck but was probably bent and straightened at some point

Ex-RCNA coin show; Ex: Charles Euston
5 commentsJay GT408/09/18 at 21:23Mat: Its got character and I like it, cool
Taras_didrachm.jpg
Taras didrachm15 viewsHorseman riding left, holding shield and bridle.

Taras seated on dolphin left TAPAΣ beneath.

Tarentum, Calabria 390-385 BC

7.40g

Scarce

Vlasto 384, Period III, 380-345 BC (Age of Archytas); ; Fischer-Bossert 428, gives date of 390-380 and corresponds to SNG ANS 901.

Ex-Calgary Coin; Ex-Alberta Coin;

Tarentum, the only Spartan colony ever to be established, was founded in 706 BC by the Partheniae - Spartan children born to unmarried women as a product of Spartan desperation to ensure the survival and continuation of their demographic during the bloody Messenian wars, who were later disowned and expelled by the state - and Perioeci (subjects, but not citizens of Sparta), under the leadership of the Parthenian Phalanthos. According to legend, Phalanthos consulted the oracle at Delphi, and was told that he should found his new city 'where rain fell from a clear sky'. After much searching, and despairing of finding a suitable location for a city, Phalanthos was consoled by his wife Aethra who laid his head in her lap, and as her tears splashed upon his forehead he understood the oracle's words for his wife's name itself meant 'clear sky', and thus he determined to make the nearby harbour the site of their new home, which they named after Taras, the son of Poseidon and the nymph Satyrion.
3 commentsJay GT408/09/18 at 20:23quadrans: Great coin , and details,
Caesar_elephant.jpg
Caesar elephant denarius14 viewsCAESAR in exergue, elephant advancing right, trampling horned serpent.

Pontifical implements: simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat.

49-48 BC. Military mint traveling with Caesar.

3.87g

Crawford 443/1; HCRI 9; Sydenham 1006; RSC 49.

Wonderfully struck but was probably bent and straightened at some point

Ex-RCNA coin show; Ex: Charles Euston
5 commentsJay GT408/09/18 at 20:22quadrans: Nice piece..
Caesar_elephant.jpg
Caesar elephant denarius14 viewsCAESAR in exergue, elephant advancing right, trampling horned serpent.

Pontifical implements: simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat.

49-48 BC. Military mint traveling with Caesar.

3.87g

Crawford 443/1; HCRI 9; Sydenham 1006; RSC 49.

Wonderfully struck but was probably bent and straightened at some point

Ex-RCNA coin show; Ex: Charles Euston
5 commentsJay GT408/09/18 at 20:16Canaan: Lovely!!!
Taras_didrachm.jpg
Taras didrachm15 viewsHorseman riding left, holding shield and bridle.

Taras seated on dolphin left TAPAΣ beneath.

Tarentum, Calabria 390-385 BC

7.40g

Scarce

Vlasto 384, Period III, 380-345 BC (Age of Archytas); ; Fischer-Bossert 428, gives date of 390-380 and corresponds to SNG ANS 901.

Ex-Calgary Coin; Ex-Alberta Coin;

Tarentum, the only Spartan colony ever to be established, was founded in 706 BC by the Partheniae - Spartan children born to unmarried women as a product of Spartan desperation to ensure the survival and continuation of their demographic during the bloody Messenian wars, who were later disowned and expelled by the state - and Perioeci (subjects, but not citizens of Sparta), under the leadership of the Parthenian Phalanthos. According to legend, Phalanthos consulted the oracle at Delphi, and was told that he should found his new city 'where rain fell from a clear sky'. After much searching, and despairing of finding a suitable location for a city, Phalanthos was consoled by his wife Aethra who laid his head in her lap, and as her tears splashed upon his forehead he understood the oracle's words for his wife's name itself meant 'clear sky', and thus he determined to make the nearby harbour the site of their new home, which they named after Taras, the son of Poseidon and the nymph Satyrion.
3 commentsJay GT408/09/18 at 20:15Canaan: Very nice!!!!
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Calabria, Taras; c. 332-302 BC, Stater6 views7.88g. Vlasto-651, HN Italy-941. Obv: Youth on horseback r. crowning horse. Rx: ΤΑΡΑΣ, Taras astride dolphin l., holding palm branch; helmet behind.. Choice VF2 commentsLeo08/09/18 at 20:10Grant H: great boy on the dolphin A+
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Bruttium Uncia23 viewsLaureate and bearded head of Zeus right.

BPET-TIΩN
Eagle standing left with open wings; at left cornucopiae, above double-axe.

214-211 BC

8.30g

Scheu 13; SNG ANS 44; HN Italy 1978

Ex-Ebay
3 commentsJay GT408/09/18 at 20:06okidoki: the eagle has landed
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Carausius27 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP CARAVSIVS PF AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to right.
LEG (VII CLA); Bull stg. right.
Ex: ML
Londinium
RIC 75
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/09/18 at 03:17Carausius: Exceptional condition example of this rare type.
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Taras, Calabria7 views4th-3rd century BC
AR Diobol (12mm, 1.13g)
O: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with Skylla.
R: Herakles kneeling right, wrestling the Nemean lion; crab above, club behind.
HN Italy 976; Vlasto ----; Cote ---; SNG France ----; McGill ---
Scarce
ex Pavlos S. Pavlou

A scarce variety with the crab control mark, unlisted in most major references.
2 commentsEnodia08/08/18 at 21:57quadrans: Nice little beauty...
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Vespasian RIC-980 (3)45 viewsAR Denarius, 2.92g
Rome mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 980 (C). BMC 217 corr. RSC 219.
Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, right.
Rev: IMP XIX across field; Modius, standing on three legs, containing one ear of corn upright, then two ears of corn bending r. and l. with poppy in between and two ears of corn hanging over the sides
Acquired from Münzen & Medaillen, July 2018. 'From an old Swiss collection'.

A rare variant of the modius type with poppies in between the corn ears. The variants with poppies tend to have longer corn ears than the common examples without them. The poppy in the Roman world was often a symbol of abundance and fertility, so it is quite fitting to see them symbolically stored in a modius alongside corn ears. NB: BMC 217 has the poppies on either side of the upright corn ear.

Well centred on a ragged flan.
2 commentsDavid Atherton08/08/18 at 11:57Jay GT4: The subtleties
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Domitian as Caesar6 viewsDomitian. As Caesar, AD 69-81. AR Denarius (18 mm, 2.8 gm.) Rome mint. Struck under Vespasian, AD 79.
Laureate head right / PRINCEPS IVVENTTVTIS, clasped hands before legionary eagle.
RIC II 1081 (Vespasian).
1 commentsAjax08/08/18 at 11:56Jay GT4: Someone didn't like Domitian. Nice toning an...
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Vespasian RIC-980 (3)45 viewsAR Denarius, 2.92g
Rome mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 980 (C). BMC 217 corr. RSC 219.
Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, right.
Rev: IMP XIX across field; Modius, standing on three legs, containing one ear of corn upright, then two ears of corn bending r. and l. with poppy in between and two ears of corn hanging over the sides
Acquired from Münzen & Medaillen, July 2018. 'From an old Swiss collection'.

A rare variant of the modius type with poppies in between the corn ears. The variants with poppies tend to have longer corn ears than the common examples without them. The poppy in the Roman world was often a symbol of abundance and fertility, so it is quite fitting to see them symbolically stored in a modius alongside corn ears. NB: BMC 217 has the poppies on either side of the upright corn ear.

Well centred on a ragged flan.
2 commentsDavid Atherton08/08/18 at 07:29FlaviusDomitianus: Interesting variety, I'll keep an eye on them.
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Taras, Calabria7 views4th-3rd century BC
AR Diobol (12mm, 1.13g)
O: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with Skylla.
R: Herakles kneeling right, wrestling the Nemean lion; crab above, club behind.
HN Italy 976; Vlasto ----; Cote ---; SNG France ----; McGill ---
Scarce
ex Pavlos S. Pavlou

A scarce variety with the crab control mark, unlisted in most major references.
2 commentsEnodia08/08/18 at 02:36Jay GT4: Great detail
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Bruttium Uncia23 viewsLaureate and bearded head of Zeus right.

BPET-TIΩN
Eagle standing left with open wings; at left cornucopiae, above double-axe.

214-211 BC

8.30g

Scheu 13; SNG ANS 44; HN Italy 1978

Ex-Ebay
3 commentsJay GT408/07/18 at 21:19Enodia: Nice one, obviously influenced by Ptolemaic design...
Bruttium~0.jpg
Bruttium Uncia23 viewsLaureate and bearded head of Zeus right.

BPET-TIΩN
Eagle standing left with open wings; at left cornucopiae, above double-axe.

214-211 BC

8.30g

Scheu 13; SNG ANS 44; HN Italy 1978

Ex-Ebay
3 commentsJay GT408/07/18 at 21:15quadrans: Ohh, nice,
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112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Siscia, Alföldi 0023.0051, -/-//XXIVI, Bust C-A2, RIC V-II 666, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORDIA MILIT, Emperor clasping the hand of Concordia, #173 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Siscia, Alföldi 0023.0051, -/-//XXIVI, Bust C-A2, RIC V-II 666, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORDIA MILIT, Emperor clasping the hand of Concordia, #1
avers: IMP PROBVS P F AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from the back. (C-A2).
reverse: CONCORDIA MILIT, Emperor standing right, clasping the hand of Concordia.
exergue: -/-//XXIVI, diameter: 22,0mm, weight: 4,11g, axis: 0h,
mint: Siscia, 6th. emission, 6th. off., date: 279 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 666, p-89, C-161-169, Alföldi 0023.0051,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/07/18 at 20:34Jay GT4: Great portrait
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112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 480, Ticinum, CONCORD MILIT, Bust H2, E/-//PXXI, Concordia standing left, #191 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 480, Ticinum, CONCORD MILIT, Bust H2, E/-//PXXI, Concordia standing left, #1
avers: IMP C PROBVS AVG, Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding sceptre surmounted by eagle. (H2)
reverse: CONC ORD MILIT, Concordia standing left, holding two ensigns.
exergue: E/-//PXXI, diameter: 23,0-24,0mm, weight: 3,88g, axis: 6h,
mint: Ticinum, 9th. emission, 1st. off. date: 282 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 480, p-69,
Q-001
This coin is part of the EQVITI series (E) of Ticinum.
1 commentsquadrans08/07/18 at 20:34Jay GT4: Nice one Q
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Calabria, Taras; c. 302-281 BC, Stater3 views7.73g. Vlasto-699, HN Italy-968. Obv: Youth on horseback galloping l., holding small shield behind him, EY behind, NIKOTTAΣ below. Rx: ΤΑΡΑΣ, Taras astride dolphin l. hurling javelin, trident on shoulder; ΛY behind, hippocamp below.1 commentsLeo08/07/18 at 20:30Jay GT4: Nice
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Calabria, Taras; c. 332-302 BC, Stater6 views7.88g. Vlasto-651, HN Italy-941. Obv: Youth on horseback r. crowning horse. Rx: ΤΑΡΑΣ, Taras astride dolphin l., holding palm branch; helmet behind.. Choice VF2 commentsLeo08/07/18 at 20:30Jay GT4: I love the reverse with the Corinthian helmet
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Calabria, Taras; c. 332-302 BC, Stater4 views7.70g. Vlasto-585, HN Italy-934. Obv: Youth on horseback r., stabbing downward with spear held in r. hand, two spears and round shield held behind him; ΣA below. Rx: ΤΑΡΑΣ, Taras astride dolphin l., holding distaff, prow below.Some porosity in reverse field. VF1 commentsLeo08/07/18 at 20:29Jay GT4: Nice one Leo
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Domitia RIC 84757 viewsAR Cistophorus
Rome mint (for Asia), 82 AD (Domitian)
RIC 847 (R). BMC 256. RSC 19. RPC 870 (8 spec.).
Obv: DOMITIA AVGVSTA; Bust of Domitia, draped r., hair massed in front and in long plait behind
Rev: VENVS AVG; Venus stg. r., leaning on column, with helmet and spear
Ex CNG E424, 11 July 2018, lot 471.

A brief issue of cistophori were struck for Domitia as Augusta under Domitian in 82. Venus leaning on column was the sole reverse type chosen for her rare cistophori. The style and six o'clock die axis point to Rome as the home mint. K. Butcher and M. Ponting's metal analysis reveal they were struck from a different stock of metal than contemporary Rome mint denarii, possibly from recycled older denarii. At 80% silver fineness these early cistophori were likely struck before Domitian's major coinage reform of 82 when the denarius was raised to nearly 100% fineness.

Domitia Longina was the daughter of the famed Roman general Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo who was commanded to commit suicide by Nero for alleged treason. Domitian courted and married Domitia soon after Vespasian's accession, despite her already being the wife of Aelius Lamia. It was a good match - distancing the Flavians from the reign of Nero and uniting them to a beloved general's family. Soon after Domitian become emperor, Suetonius tells us he briefly divorced Domitia because of an adulterous affair she had with the actor Paris. Dio claims Domitian actually considered executing her but was persuaded from doing so by the praetorian prefect Ursus. He soon reunited with her after a brief separation alleging the people demanded it. Where this coin fits into that time frame is hard to tell. We don't know exactly when the divorce occurred or how long it lasted. However, it is likely this coin was struck after their reconciliation and can be seen as symbolically strengthening Domitia's position at court.

Struck in fine early style.
9 commentsDavid Atherton08/07/18 at 17:36Canaan: Very nice!!!!
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Italy, Rome, Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, with the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda, view from Palatine Hill, May 2005.11 viewsTemple of Antoninus and Faustina, with the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda, view from Palatine Hill, May 2005. The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina is an ancient Roman temple in Rome, adapted as a Roman Catholic church, Chiesa di San Lorenzo in Miranda. It is in the Forum Romanum, on the Via Sacra, opposite the Regia. The temple was begun by Antoninus Pius in 141 and was initially dedicated to his deceased and deified wife, Faustina the Elder. When Antoninus Pius was deified after his death in 161 AD, the temple was re-dedicated jointly to Antoninus and Faustina at the instigation of his successor, Marcus Aurelius. The ten monolithic Corinthian columns of its pronaos are 17 metres high. The rich bas-reliefs of the frieze under the cornice, of garlanded griffons and candelabri, were often copied from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_of_Antoninus_and_Faustina Photograph released to the public domain.
1 commentsJoe Sermarini08/07/18 at 13:39*Alex: Excellent photo.
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112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 157, Rome, ADVENTVS AVG, Bust G-E1, -/-//R*ς, Emperor riding left, C, #185 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 157, Rome, ADVENTVS AVG, Bust G-E1, -/-//R*ς, Emperor riding left, C, #1
avers: IMP PRO BVS AVG, Radiate, helmeted, cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield. (G-E1)
reverse: ADVEN TVS AVG, Emperor riding left, right hand raised, left holding scepter, at foot, captive.
exergue: -/-//R*ς, diameter: 23,0-24,5mm, weight: 3,86g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 278 A.D., 3rd.emission, 6th off. ref: RIC V-II 157, p-35,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/07/18 at 12:50Canaan: Very nice!!!!
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Taras, Calabria11 views473-450 BC
AR Drachm (Half Nomos) (16mm, 3.53g)
O: Forepart of hippocamp with pointed wings right; TAPAΣ (retrograde) counterclockwise behind, scallop shell below.
R: Head of nymph Satyra right; TA clockwise behind, all within incuse circle.
Vlasto 157-59; Cote 60; HN Italy 839; SNG France 1610; SNG ANS 846
Rare
ex Savoca Coins

A rare early drachm, sometimes referred to as a 'half nomos'. The hippocamp could be seen as a Pegasus, but that device was unknown in Tarentine coinage while the hippocamp was quite common, and the scallop shell certainly gives credence to that idea.
Alfred Hands places this type much earlier, perhaps as early as 520 BC, while Ratto (the Cote catalog) suggests that the nymph is actually the obverse due to the retrograde ethnic.

1 commentsEnodia08/07/18 at 05:53quadrans: Nice piece..
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bmc393_21 viewsElagabalus
Tyre, Phoenicia

Obv: IMP CAES MAV ANTONINVS AVG, laureate draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: SEP TIM TVR COL, Temple of Astarte with 6 columns, arch over middle with pellet in pediment over arch, Astarte within with right hand on trophy being crowned by Nike standing on column on right. Altar at base of steps with palm tree on left and murex shell on right.
29 mm, 15.96 gms

BMC 393
1 commentsCharles M08/07/18 at 04:57shanxi: nice reverse
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PROBUS RIC 3245 views OBVERSE: IMP PROBO INVICTO AVG
REVERSE: CONCORD AVG
BUST TYPE: F1 = Radiate, cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: --//SXXT
WEIGHT 3.81g / WIDTH 22mm
RIC: 324
COLLECTION NO. 1268
Note: very rare obverse legend (INVICTO), especially at Ticinum (similar pompous legends with INVICTVS, PIVS, PERPETVO, DEO ET DOMINO etc. were - for the most part - struck only at Serdica); shield decorated with Gorgoneion.

Only the 6th specimen of this type known to me.
3 commentsBarnaba608/07/18 at 03:13quadrans: Nice piece..
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L Titurius L.f. Sabinus3 viewsL Titurius L.f. Sabinus Denarius. 89 BC. (18mm, 3.83g.)
Head of Taitus facing right, SABIN behind, A PV before / two Roman soldiers, each holding a woman in his arms, L.TITVRI in ex.
Cr344/1c, Syd 698b
1 commentsAjax08/06/18 at 22:58Jay GT4: Historic type!
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Athens New Style Tetradrachm 79/8 BC5 viewsObs : Athena Parthenos right in tri-form helmet
30 mm 16.60 gm Thompson issue 86 Thompson catalogue: Obs 1217 Rev: 1216
Rev : ΑΘΕ ethnic
Owl standing on overturned panathenaic amphora
on which month mark K control [] below
2 magistrates : NESTOR MNASEAS
RF symbol : Stag
All surrounded by an olive wreath
1 commentscicerokid08/06/18 at 22:57Jay GT4: Always liked the new style tets
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1324 Hadrian, Cistophorus MYSIA Pergamum mint Asclepius standing7 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1324; Metcalf 3

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head, draped bust right, wearing paludamentum


Rev. COS III
Asclepius standing l. holding serpent-wreathed rod on ground in r., l. arm at side

10.64 gr
28 mm
h
2 commentsokidoki08/06/18 at 22:51RL: Another great Hadrian
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062 Alexander Severus ( 221-222 A.D. Caesar, 222-235 A.D. Augustus), RIC IV-II 558, Rome, AE-Sestertius, IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter standing left,106 views062 Alexander Severus ( 221-222 A.D. Caesar, 222-235 A.D. Augustus), RIC IV-II 558, Rome, AE-Sestertius, IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter standing left,
avers: IMP SEV ALEXANDER AVG, Laureate head right, slight drapery on far shoulder.
reverse: IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt and sceptre, protecting Alexander at foot left. S-C across the field.
exergue: S/C//--, diameter: 28,0-30,5mm, weight: 20,81g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 231 A.D., ref: RIC IV-II 558, C. 74, BMC 692.
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/06/18 at 15:48okidoki: Nice Joe
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S.1158 Cnut (pointed helmet penny, London)2 viewsCnut, king of England (1016-1035)
Pointed helmet penny (moneyer: Edwerd, mint: London)

A/ +CNVT: - RECX A: around central circle enclosing bust in pointed helmet left holding scepter
R/ +ELEDERD ON LV(ND): around central circle enclosing quarters of short voided cross with circles in centre

silver, 1.04 g, diameter 18 mm, die axis 7h

Peck marks are very common on these pennies. A large part of them was minted in order to pay the danegeld (tax raised to pay tribute to Vikings to save a land from their raids). These peck marks are supposed to have been made by Danes when checking the penny was in good silver.

1 commentsDroger08/06/18 at 14:57Callimachus: Another nice coin.
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S.1148 Aethelred II (crux penny, Winchester)2 viewsAethelred II, king of the English (978-1013 and 1014-1016)
Crux penny (moneyer: Brithmaer, mint: Winchester)

A/ +ΛEDELRED REX ΛNGLR X (AE and NG ligated) around central circle enclosing diademed & draped bust left holding a scepter
R/ BYRTHMΛER M-O PIN (AR ligated) around central circle containing voided cross with pellet center, C R V X in angles

silver, 1.65 g, diameter 19 mm, die axis 1h
1 commentsDroger08/06/18 at 14:57Callimachus: Nice coin.
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PROBUS RIC 366 VAR. F19 BUST FIDES TO LEFT4 views OBVERSE: VIRTVS PROBI AVG
REVERSE: FIDES MILIT
BUST TYPE: F19 = Radiate, heroically nude bust left, holding aegis and spear, seen from rear
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: --//VIXXT
WEIGHT 4.10g / DIAMETER: 20mm
RIC: 366 VAR. (F19 BUST UNLISTED)
COLLECTION NO. 1269

NOTE: Scarce and desirable bust type.

REVERSE VARIANT WITH FIDES STANDING LEFT; SEE ALSO MY SPECIMEN NO. 948 WITH MUCH RARER VARIANT OF FIDES STANDING RIGHT (ONLY ONE REVERSE DIE OF THE FIDES STANDING TO RIGHT VARIANT EXISTS).
2 commentsBarnaba608/06/18 at 14:16Barnaba6: Thank you Jay for your comment!
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PROBUS RIC 3245 views OBVERSE: IMP PROBO INVICTO AVG
REVERSE: CONCORD AVG
BUST TYPE: F1 = Radiate, cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: --//SXXT
WEIGHT 3.81g / WIDTH 22mm
RIC: 324
COLLECTION NO. 1268
Note: very rare obverse legend (INVICTO), especially at Ticinum (similar pompous legends with INVICTVS, PIVS, PERPETVO, DEO ET DOMINO etc. were - for the most part - struck only at Serdica); shield decorated with Gorgoneion.

Only the 6th specimen of this type known to me.
3 commentsBarnaba608/06/18 at 14:16Barnaba6: Thank you Jay for your comment!
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1445 Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor 128 AD Roma seated13 viewsReference
RPC III, 1445; Metcalf 95

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head r., with draped l. shoulder

Rev. COS III
Roma seated l. on cuirass and shield holding Victory in extended r. and vertical spear in l.

10.66 gr
26 mm
h
4 commentsokidoki08/06/18 at 11:53Canaan: Great coin, i love these huge silver coins!!!
1269.jpg
PROBUS RIC 366 VAR. F19 BUST FIDES TO LEFT4 views OBVERSE: VIRTVS PROBI AVG
REVERSE: FIDES MILIT
BUST TYPE: F19 = Radiate, heroically nude bust left, holding aegis and spear, seen from rear
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: --//VIXXT
WEIGHT 4.10g / DIAMETER: 20mm
RIC: 366 VAR. (F19 BUST UNLISTED)
COLLECTION NO. 1269

NOTE: Scarce and desirable bust type.

REVERSE VARIANT WITH FIDES STANDING LEFT; SEE ALSO MY SPECIMEN NO. 948 WITH MUCH RARER VARIANT OF FIDES STANDING RIGHT (ONLY ONE REVERSE DIE OF THE FIDES STANDING TO RIGHT VARIANT EXISTS).
2 commentsBarnaba608/06/18 at 11:33Jay GT4: Interesting bust type
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PROBUS RIC 3245 views OBVERSE: IMP PROBO INVICTO AVG
REVERSE: CONCORD AVG
BUST TYPE: F1 = Radiate, cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: --//SXXT
WEIGHT 3.81g / WIDTH 22mm
RIC: 324
COLLECTION NO. 1268
Note: very rare obverse legend (INVICTO), especially at Ticinum (similar pompous legends with INVICTVS, PIVS, PERPETVO, DEO ET DOMINO etc. were - for the most part - struck only at Serdica); shield decorated with Gorgoneion.

Only the 6th specimen of this type known to me.
3 commentsBarnaba608/06/18 at 11:32Jay GT4: Really great coin and nice rarity
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Gens Fonteia, denarius (114-113 a.C.) 3 viewsC. Fonteius, denario, 114-113 a.C., Roma,
AR, 3.60 gr, 21 mm, qBB
D/ Testa laureata di Giano; a sinistra, M; a destra, una X barrata.
R/ C FONT (legato); ROMA; galea con rostro, cinque remi, due torri, tre rematori e un gubernator al timone.
Crawford 290/1
Provenienza: collezione Berardengo (Roma, Italia, dal 6 agosto 2018, numero catalogo XXX), ex Tinia Numismatica (Follonica, Italia, fino al luglio 2018)
qBB
1 commentspaolo08/06/18 at 11:31Jay GT4: I've always liked this type, congrats
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1324 Hadrian, Cistophorus MYSIA Pergamum mint Asclepius standing7 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1324; Metcalf 3

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head, draped bust right, wearing paludamentum


Rev. COS III
Asclepius standing l. holding serpent-wreathed rod on ground in r., l. arm at side

10.64 gr
28 mm
h
2 commentsokidoki08/06/18 at 11:30Jay GT4: Great style!
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1445 Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor 128 AD Roma seated13 viewsReference
RPC III, 1445; Metcalf 95

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head r., with draped l. shoulder

Rev. COS III
Roma seated l. on cuirass and shield holding Victory in extended r. and vertical spear in l.

10.66 gr
26 mm
h
4 commentsokidoki08/05/18 at 21:46*Alex: Superb coin. I love it.
1124_P_Hadrian_RPC1445.jpg
1445 Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor 128 AD Roma seated13 viewsReference
RPC III, 1445; Metcalf 95

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head r., with draped l. shoulder

Rev. COS III
Roma seated l. on cuirass and shield holding Victory in extended r. and vertical spear in l.

10.66 gr
26 mm
h
4 commentsokidoki08/05/18 at 21:39quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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RIC.373 Rome commemorative (AE4, Vrbs Roma, Arles, wreath)4 viewsRome commemorative
AE4 (332-333, Arles mint, 1st officine)

bronze, 18 mm diameter, 1.97 g, die axis: 6 h

A/ VRBS ROMA; helmeted and mantled bust of ROMA, left
R/ She-wolf with twins, two stars above and a wreath between, PCONST in exergue

Ferrando II 962 (C3)
1 commentsDroger08/05/18 at 21:38quadrans: Nice one
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Roman Empire, Marcus Aurelius, Ruled 161-180 AD20 viewsAE26 As, Rome Mint, Struck 145 AD
Obverse: AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG P II F COS II, Bare head right
Reverse: [No legend], Minerva standing right, holding spear and resting hand on shield, S-C in field.
References: RIC III (A. Pius) 1264, C 573
Size: 26.22mm, 11.47g
3 commentsJustin L08/05/18 at 21:34quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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1445 Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor 128 AD Roma seated13 viewsReference
RPC III, 1445; Metcalf 95

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head r., with draped l. shoulder

Rev. COS III
Roma seated l. on cuirass and shield holding Victory in extended r. and vertical spear in l.

10.66 gr
26 mm
h
4 commentsokidoki08/05/18 at 19:05Mat: A real beauty!
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Julia Domna (mother of Caracalla) AR Denarius.3 viewsRome, AD 211-215. IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, draped bust right / VESTA, Vesta seated left, holding simpulum and scepter. RIC 391 (Caracalla); RSC 226. 2.50g, 19mm, 6h. Good Very Fine. Flan crack at 4h.1 commentsChris C208/05/18 at 18:50okidoki: excellent and stylistic
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Roman, Constantine I606 viewsA truly magnificent portrait. RIC VII, Arles Mint, 3453 commentsMayadigger08/05/18 at 15:30Jack: Strange smirk. Is it nefarious, or fearful?
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Roman, Constans, AE2 Galley Siscia50 viewsConstans AE2 Galley Siscia Mint, silver washed. Best preserved ancient coin I've ever acquired. 1 commentsAleksandar J08/05/18 at 15:25Jack: Exceptional, indeed. Beautiful patina.
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Greek, Bosporus, Panticapaeum.60 viewsIII cent. BC
AE 17 mm, 7.24 gm.
Obv.: Head of Pan, left.
Rev.: Bull’s head left, leg. ПАN
2 commentsseleukoy08/05/18 at 15:21Jack: Stunning portrait. The face looks quite fearsome.
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GREEK, Boeotia, Thebes AR stater (395-338 BC) 396 viewso/ Boeotian shield.
R/ Decorated amphora with two handles; ΚΑ-ΛΛΙ
12.25g. 22.06mm
SNG Cop 340
7 commentsAugustin Caron08/05/18 at 15:18Jack: What a beautiful coin! And excellent photography, ...
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Terina, Bruttium76 viewsTEPINAION
Head of nymph right; triskeles behind

Nike seated left on plinth, holding kerykeion.

Terina, Bruttium. 300 BC

2.04g

Holloway & Jenkins 107; HN Italy 2641

Ex-CNG 396 lot 29; Ex-Aegean

Also called 1/3 Nomos
4 commentsJay GT408/05/18 at 12:15okidoki: very nice
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6 viewsObverse of Alexander Severus Denarius.
Purchased in a Berlin Numismatic Shop.
2 commentsAlex F08/05/18 at 10:45Alex F: Thank you
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6 viewsObverse of Alexander Severus Denarius.
Purchased in a Berlin Numismatic Shop.
2 commentsAlex F08/04/18 at 12:39Jay GT4: Nice one
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Domitia RIC 84757 viewsAR Cistophorus
Rome mint (for Asia), 82 AD (Domitian)
RIC 847 (R). BMC 256. RSC 19. RPC 870 (8 spec.).
Obv: DOMITIA AVGVSTA; Bust of Domitia, draped r., hair massed in front and in long plait behind
Rev: VENVS AVG; Venus stg. r., leaning on column, with helmet and spear
Ex CNG E424, 11 July 2018, lot 471.

A brief issue of cistophori were struck for Domitia as Augusta under Domitian in 82. Venus leaning on column was the sole reverse type chosen for her rare cistophori. The style and six o'clock die axis point to Rome as the home mint. K. Butcher and M. Ponting's metal analysis reveal they were struck from a different stock of metal than contemporary Rome mint denarii, possibly from recycled older denarii. At 80% silver fineness these early cistophori were likely struck before Domitian's major coinage reform of 82 when the denarius was raised to nearly 100% fineness.

Domitia Longina was the daughter of the famed Roman general Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo who was commanded to commit suicide by Nero for alleged treason. Domitian courted and married Domitia soon after Vespasian's accession, despite her already being the wife of Aelius Lamia. It was a good match - distancing the Flavians from the reign of Nero and uniting them to a beloved general's family. Soon after Domitian become emperor, Suetonius tells us he briefly divorced Domitia because of an adulterous affair she had with the actor Paris. Dio claims Domitian actually considered executing her but was persuaded from doing so by the praetorian prefect Ursus. He soon reunited with her after a brief separation alleging the people demanded it. Where this coin fits into that time frame is hard to tell. We don't know exactly when the divorce occurred or how long it lasted. However, it is likely this coin was struck after their reconciliation and can be seen as symbolically strengthening Domitia's position at court.

Struck in fine early style.
9 commentsDavid Atherton08/04/18 at 04:55Randygeki(h2): excellent
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Domitian RIC 1648 viewsAR Denarius, 3.43g
Rome mint, 81 AD
RIC 16 (R2). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: P P COS VII DES VIII; Seat, draped; above, semicircular frame decorated with three crescents
Acquired from Germania Inferior, June 2018.

Domitian seems to have been somewhat in a hurry to strike coins as Augustus after Titus' death in mid September 81 AD, presumably for a legionary donative. This denarius was struck before Domitian had been awarded the power of the tribunate (TR P) and pontifex maximus (PM). Here his only titles are Augustus (AVG), Imperator (IMP), Consul for the 7th time (COS VII), and pater patriae, father of the country (P P). Perhaps it may have taken a few days for the Senate to award the power of the tribunate to Domitian because they had assembled at the small town of Reate where Titus had died and needed to be in Rome in order to vote him the right. The religious ceremonies required for Domitian to assume the title pontifex maximus had not yet finished by this time either, here he is simply PONT, or in other words a member of the College of Pontiffs. Some have argued that PONT is the same as PM, I disagree. Titus as Caesar early on had also used the title PONT on his denarii and he was never pontifex maximus under Vespasian - only the emperor can be Pontifex Maximus or greatest priest. Although this Group 2 denarius is not part of Domitian's first RIC issue, it is very likely to have been struck within the first few days of him assuming the purple. RIC notes the chronology is not precise with these issues from 81 and they are grouped only for 'convenience'. Judging by the rarity of the Group 2 denarii they could not have been struck for any great length of time.

Dark cabinet toning with a stylish early portrait.
5 commentsDavid Atherton08/04/18 at 04:53Randygeki(h2): Nice!
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Domitian RIC 0474 viewsAR Denarius, 3.18g
Rome mint, 81 AD
RIC 4 (C). BMC 1. RSC 554.
Obv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P COS VII; Seat, draped; above, thunderbolt

The early issues of Domitian show a progression of the titles he assumed soon after his accession. This denarius is part of the first issue, evident by Domitian's sparse titles of IMP, AVG and TRP only, he is not yet Pontifex Maximus (PONT or PM) or Pater Patriae (P P). The reverse is a pulvinaria type carried over from Titus. The style is identical to the Domitian as Caesar denarii struck under Titus as well. NB: Thunderbolt is not winged.

A good example of the early portrait style.
4 commentsDavid Atherton08/03/18 at 22:22David Atherton: Jim, the upcoming RIC II.1 Addenda deletes 'wi...
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Fulvia23 viewsBust of Fulvia (as Nike) right

Athena standing left, holding shield and spear; ΦOYΛOYIANON in right field, ZMEPTOPIΓOΣ ΦIΛΩNIΔOΥ in two lines in left field.

Phrygia 41, 40 BC

6.69g

Rare

Ex-Savoca

RPC 3139; SNG München –; BMC 21


Fulvia married Mark Antony in 44 BC, and became an outspoken defender of his interests in Rome while he campaigned in the East. The city name of Eumenea in Phrygia was changed to Fulvia on the occasion of Mark Antony's journey to the east in 41 BC. Fulvia was to die at Sicyon the next year, hence this was a short-lived coinage. Sometime afterward these coins struck at "Fulviana" had their ethnic scratched off, and two countermarks were applied: one may be resolved as Eumeneia; the other as Philonidos, (although Zmertorix himself has been suggested). These countermarks suggest that, rather than melting down the coinage of Fulvia and striking new coins, a more expeditious solution was required to keep needed currency in circulation. This coin was not countermarked
5 commentsJay GT408/03/18 at 22:05Mat: One I would like to own
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Fulvia23 viewsBust of Fulvia (as Nike) right

Athena standing left, holding shield and spear; ΦOYΛOYIANON in right field, ZMEPTOPIΓOΣ ΦIΛΩNIΔOΥ in two lines in left field.

Phrygia 41, 40 BC

6.69g

Rare

Ex-Savoca

RPC 3139; SNG München –; BMC 21


Fulvia married Mark Antony in 44 BC, and became an outspoken defender of his interests in Rome while he campaigned in the East. The city name of Eumenea in Phrygia was changed to Fulvia on the occasion of Mark Antony's journey to the east in 41 BC. Fulvia was to die at Sicyon the next year, hence this was a short-lived coinage. Sometime afterward these coins struck at "Fulviana" had their ethnic scratched off, and two countermarks were applied: one may be resolved as Eumeneia; the other as Philonidos, (although Zmertorix himself has been suggested). These countermarks suggest that, rather than melting down the coinage of Fulvia and striking new coins, a more expeditious solution was required to keep needed currency in circulation. This coin was not countermarked
5 commentsJay GT408/03/18 at 22:02Nemonater: Really nice!
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Fulvia23 viewsBust of Fulvia (as Nike) right

Athena standing left, holding shield and spear; ΦOYΛOYIANON in right field, ZMEPTOPIΓOΣ ΦIΛΩNIΔOΥ in two lines in left field.

Phrygia 41, 40 BC

6.69g

Rare

Ex-Savoca

RPC 3139; SNG München –; BMC 21


Fulvia married Mark Antony in 44 BC, and became an outspoken defender of his interests in Rome while he campaigned in the East. The city name of Eumenea in Phrygia was changed to Fulvia on the occasion of Mark Antony's journey to the east in 41 BC. Fulvia was to die at Sicyon the next year, hence this was a short-lived coinage. Sometime afterward these coins struck at "Fulviana" had their ethnic scratched off, and two countermarks were applied: one may be resolved as Eumeneia; the other as Philonidos, (although Zmertorix himself has been suggested). These countermarks suggest that, rather than melting down the coinage of Fulvia and striking new coins, a more expeditious solution was required to keep needed currency in circulation. This coin was not countermarked
5 commentsJay GT408/03/18 at 21:25quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Fulvia23 viewsBust of Fulvia (as Nike) right

Athena standing left, holding shield and spear; ΦOYΛOYIANON in right field, ZMEPTOPIΓOΣ ΦIΛΩNIΔOΥ in two lines in left field.

Phrygia 41, 40 BC

6.69g

Rare

Ex-Savoca

RPC 3139; SNG München –; BMC 21


Fulvia married Mark Antony in 44 BC, and became an outspoken defender of his interests in Rome while he campaigned in the East. The city name of Eumenea in Phrygia was changed to Fulvia on the occasion of Mark Antony's journey to the east in 41 BC. Fulvia was to die at Sicyon the next year, hence this was a short-lived coinage. Sometime afterward these coins struck at "Fulviana" had their ethnic scratched off, and two countermarks were applied: one may be resolved as Eumeneia; the other as Philonidos, (although Zmertorix himself has been suggested). These countermarks suggest that, rather than melting down the coinage of Fulvia and striking new coins, a more expeditious solution was required to keep needed currency in circulation. This coin was not countermarked
5 commentsJay GT408/03/18 at 21:21Enodia: Yep, i was about to write the same comment. Nice!
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Fulvia23 viewsBust of Fulvia (as Nike) right

Athena standing left, holding shield and spear; ΦOYΛOYIANON in right field, ZMEPTOPIΓOΣ ΦIΛΩNIΔOΥ in two lines in left field.

Phrygia 41, 40 BC

6.69g

Rare

Ex-Savoca

RPC 3139; SNG München –; BMC 21


Fulvia married Mark Antony in 44 BC, and became an outspoken defender of his interests in Rome while he campaigned in the East. The city name of Eumenea in Phrygia was changed to Fulvia on the occasion of Mark Antony's journey to the east in 41 BC. Fulvia was to die at Sicyon the next year, hence this was a short-lived coinage. Sometime afterward these coins struck at "Fulviana" had their ethnic scratched off, and two countermarks were applied: one may be resolved as Eumeneia; the other as Philonidos, (although Zmertorix himself has been suggested). These countermarks suggest that, rather than melting down the coinage of Fulvia and striking new coins, a more expeditious solution was required to keep needed currency in circulation. This coin was not countermarked
5 commentsJay GT408/03/18 at 21:08FlaviusDomitianus: Interesting coin and writeup.
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Hadrian Denarius2 viewsHadrian, 117-138 AD.

Rome, AD 119 - AD 122

19mm., 2.74g.

IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped, cuirassed, left

P M TR P COS III LIB PVB, Libertas seated left, holding branch in right hand and sceptre in left

References: RIC II Hadrian 127d

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1 commentsRL08/03/18 at 21:06okidoki: Nice
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005 Tiberius (14-37 A.D.), RIC I 058, Rome, AE-As, PONTIF MAXIM TRIBVN POTEST XXXVII, Rare!!167 views005 Tiberius (14-37 A.D.), RIC I 058, Rome, AE-As, PONTIF MAXIM TRIBVN POTEST XXXVII, Rare!!
avers:-TI-CAESAR-DIVI-AVG-F-AVGVST-IMP-VIII, Laureate head of Tiberius left.
revers:-PONTIF MAXIM TRIBVN POTEST XXXVII, Rudder standing vertically before large banded globe, small globe at base of rudder to left, S—C at edge of left & right fields, dotted border.
exerg:S/C//--, diameter: 24,5-25,5mm, weight: 10,14 g, axes: 0 h,
mint: Rome, date: 35-36 A.D., ref: RIC I 58,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans08/03/18 at 20:46Jay GT4: It's OK Q
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136 Constantinus I. (306-309 A.D. Caesar, 309-910 A.D. Filius Augustorum, 307-337 A.D. Augustus), Cyzicus, RIC VII 034A, AE-3 Follis, -/-//SMKA•, PROVIDENTIAE AVG G, Campgate with two turrets, #193 views136 Constantinus I. (306-309 A.D. Caesar, 309-910 A.D. Filius Augustorum, 307-337 A.D. Augustus), Cyzicus, RIC VII 034A, AE-3 Follis, -/-//SMKA•, PROVIDENTIAE AVG G, Campgate with two turrets, #1
avers: CONSTAN TINVS AVG, 1, B1, Laureate, bust right.
reverse: PROVIDEN TIAE AVG G, 8 layers, Campgate, no door, with two turrets star above.
exergue: -/-//SMKA•, diameter: 17,5-18,5mm, weight: 3,05g, axis:11h,
mint: Cyzicus, date: 325-326 A.D., ref: RIC VII 034A, p-648,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/03/18 at 20:40Jay GT4: Nice one!
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119 Diocletianus (284-305 A.D.), Siscia, RIC V-II 255, AE-Antoninianus, A//XXI, CLEMENTIA TEMP, Diocletian and Jupiter standing facing each other, #1116 views119 Diocletianus (284-305 A.D.), Siscia, RIC V-II 255, AE-Antoninianus, A//XXI, CLEMENTIA TEMP, Diocletian and Jupiter standing facing each other, #1
avers: IMP C DIOCLETIANVS AVG, Radiate bust left in imperial mantle (Consular bust), holding sceptre surmounted by an eagle.
reverse: CLEMENTIA TEMP, Emperor standing right holding spear and receiving Victory on globe from Jupiter standing left, A between them.
exergue: A//XXI, diameter: 22-23 mm, weight: 3,48 g, axes: 0h,
mint: Siscia, date: 288 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 255, p-247, C-479,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/03/18 at 07:31Canaan: Very nice!!!
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Anonymous, AR Sestertius22 viewsRome. The Republic.
Anonymous, 212-208 BCE
AR Sestertius (1.0g; 12mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma, right; IIS (mark of value) behind.

Reverse: Dioscuri galloping right with spears; two stars above; ROMA below in linear frame.

Provenance: Ex Volteia Collection [CNG 102 (18 May 2016), Lot 777]; ex August Voirol Collection [Munzen und Medaillen 38 (6-7 Dec 1968), Lot 105].

The IIS mark of value denotes that the coin is worth 2 asses + a semis, or 2.5 asses. This quarter-denarius denomination was part of the introduction of the denarius coinage following the Roman sack of Syracuse. The subsequent reduction in the weight standard and size of the bronze coinage eliminated the need for this tiny silver denomination, and it was soon discontinued. However, the denomination would be resurrected during the Imperatorial era.
2 commentsCarausius08/03/18 at 03:32Jay GT4: great
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Elagabalus, AD 218- 222. BI Tetradrachm. Antioch.18 viewsObv: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust r. .
Rev: Eagle standing facing, head l., Δ-Ε across fields, star between legs.
11,3 g. 24 mm.
Prieur 265
3 commentsCanaan08/03/18 at 02:50Nemonater: very very nice!
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Domitian RIC 0474 viewsAR Denarius, 3.18g
Rome mint, 81 AD
RIC 4 (C). BMC 1. RSC 554.
Obv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P COS VII; Seat, draped; above, thunderbolt

The early issues of Domitian show a progression of the titles he assumed soon after his accession. This denarius is part of the first issue, evident by Domitian's sparse titles of IMP, AVG and TRP only, he is not yet Pontifex Maximus (PONT or PM) or Pater Patriae (P P). The reverse is a pulvinaria type carried over from Titus. The style is identical to the Domitian as Caesar denarii struck under Titus as well. NB: Thunderbolt is not winged.

A good example of the early portrait style.
4 commentsDavid Atherton08/03/18 at 02:38Jim H: David, great point about the wingless thunderbolt!...
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Anonymous, AR Sestertius22 viewsRome. The Republic.
Anonymous, 212-208 BCE
AR Sestertius (1.0g; 12mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma, right; IIS (mark of value) behind.

Reverse: Dioscuri galloping right with spears; two stars above; ROMA below in linear frame.

Provenance: Ex Volteia Collection [CNG 102 (18 May 2016), Lot 777]; ex August Voirol Collection [Munzen und Medaillen 38 (6-7 Dec 1968), Lot 105].

The IIS mark of value denotes that the coin is worth 2 asses + a semis, or 2.5 asses. This quarter-denarius denomination was part of the introduction of the denarius coinage following the Roman sack of Syracuse. The subsequent reduction in the weight standard and size of the bronze coinage eliminated the need for this tiny silver denomination, and it was soon discontinued. However, the denomination would be resurrected during the Imperatorial era.
2 commentsCarausius08/02/18 at 21:39Molinari:
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Antiochos I Soter (281 - 261 B.C.)16 viewsSELEUKID EMPIRE
AR Tetradrachm
O: Diademed head right
R: Apollo Delphios seated left on omphalos; monograms to outer left and right. BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY within.
Seleukeia on the Tigris mint
29mm
16.78g
SC 379
2 commentsMat08/02/18 at 14:36Randygeki(h2): Sweet addition Mat. One on my wish list
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Antiochos I Soter (281 - 261 B.C.)16 viewsSELEUKID EMPIRE
AR Tetradrachm
O: Diademed head right
R: Apollo Delphios seated left on omphalos; monograms to outer left and right. BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY within.
Seleukeia on the Tigris mint
29mm
16.78g
SC 379
2 commentsMat08/02/18 at 05:40quadrans: Nice piece..
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Domitia RIC 84757 viewsAR Cistophorus
Rome mint (for Asia), 82 AD (Domitian)
RIC 847 (R). BMC 256. RSC 19. RPC 870 (8 spec.).
Obv: DOMITIA AVGVSTA; Bust of Domitia, draped r., hair massed in front and in long plait behind
Rev: VENVS AVG; Venus stg. r., leaning on column, with helmet and spear
Ex CNG E424, 11 July 2018, lot 471.

A brief issue of cistophori were struck for Domitia as Augusta under Domitian in 82. Venus leaning on column was the sole reverse type chosen for her rare cistophori. The style and six o'clock die axis point to Rome as the home mint. K. Butcher and M. Ponting's metal analysis reveal they were struck from a different stock of metal than contemporary Rome mint denarii, possibly from recycled older denarii. At 80% silver fineness these early cistophori were likely struck before Domitian's major coinage reform of 82 when the denarius was raised to nearly 100% fineness.

Domitia Longina was the daughter of the famed Roman general Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo who was commanded to commit suicide by Nero for alleged treason. Domitian courted and married Domitia soon after Vespasian's accession, despite her already being the wife of Aelius Lamia. It was a good match - distancing the Flavians from the reign of Nero and uniting them to a beloved general's family. Soon after Domitian become emperor, Suetonius tells us he briefly divorced Domitia because of an adulterous affair she had with the actor Paris. Dio claims Domitian actually considered executing her but was persuaded from doing so by the praetorian prefect Ursus. He soon reunited with her after a brief separation alleging the people demanded it. Where this coin fits into that time frame is hard to tell. We don't know exactly when the divorce occurred or how long it lasted. However, it is likely this coin was struck after their reconciliation and can be seen as symbolically strengthening Domitia's position at court.

Struck in fine early style.
9 commentsDavid Atherton08/02/18 at 05:00ancientdave: Very nice!
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Eastern Europe. Celtic Imitation of Philip II of Macedon (Circa 200-100 BC)8 viewsTetradrachm AR (Mit liegendem achter or "lazy eight" type)

21 mm, 9.99 g

Mint in Serbia.

Obverse: Celticized head of Zeus, right, "S" ornament in hair

Reverse: Horseman, riding left.

Dembski 1095; OTA 147.
2 commentsNathan P08/02/18 at 02:25Stkp: very nice!!
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RPC-1651-Vespasian (2)32 viewsAR Didrachm, 6.93g
Caesarea, Cappadocia mint, 76-77 AD
RPC 1651 var. (19 spec.).
Obv: AYTOKPA KAICAP OYЄCΠACIANOC CЄBACTOC; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: ΔOMЄTIANOC KAICAP CЄBA YIO ЄT Θ; Domitian standing, l., holding branch
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, July 2018.

A 'local' style Cappadocian didrachm with an unusual reverse legend variant. Here we have 'ΔOMЄTIANOC' instead of 'ΔOMITIANOC', and 'CЄBA' instead of 'CЄB'. The odd spelling of Domitian's name with an 'Є' occurs only a handful of times on extremely rare bronze provincial coins. To my knowledge this variant legend is confined to just one reverse die. Nemonator has a die match in his Forvm gallery. RPC have not assigned it a separate catalogue number, but it is noted in the 2017 Addenda.

The reverse features Domitian 'son of the Augustus' togate as consul, holding an olive branch in a suggestion of peace. An interesting provincial dynastic type.

Richly toned in fine 'local' style.
3 commentsDavid Atherton08/02/18 at 00:58Jay GT4: Swčet coin!
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Phoenicia, Arados 111-110 B.C7 viewsAR 12.65mm (Thickness 1.56mm), weight 1.57g, die axis = 1h (30 degrees), Hemidrachm.

Obverse: Turreted head of Tyche right, palm frond over shoulder, border of dots.

Reverse: Prow of galley left with stem rising forward, BC (Greek), G (gimel - Phoenicia) monogram above, Aradian era date ΘMP (149) below, border of dots.
2 commentsArados08/01/18 at 21:57quadrans: Nice one
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RPC-1651-Vespasian (2)32 viewsAR Didrachm, 6.93g
Caesarea, Cappadocia mint, 76-77 AD
RPC 1651 var. (19 spec.).
Obv: AYTOKPA KAICAP OYЄCΠACIANOC CЄBACTOC; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: ΔOMЄTIANOC KAICAP CЄBA YIO ЄT Θ; Domitian standing, l., holding branch
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, July 2018.

A 'local' style Cappadocian didrachm with an unusual reverse legend variant. Here we have 'ΔOMЄTIANOC' instead of 'ΔOMITIANOC', and 'CЄBA' instead of 'CЄB'. The odd spelling of Domitian's name with an 'Є' occurs only a handful of times on extremely rare bronze provincial coins. To my knowledge this variant legend is confined to just one reverse die. Nemonator has a die match in his Forvm gallery. RPC have not assigned it a separate catalogue number, but it is noted in the 2017 Addenda.

The reverse features Domitian 'son of the Augustus' togate as consul, holding an olive branch in a suggestion of peace. An interesting provincial dynastic type.

Richly toned in fine 'local' style.
3 commentsDavid Atherton08/01/18 at 21:16Nemonater: Great coin with unique toning. Glad you got one!
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RPC-1651-Vespasian (2)32 viewsAR Didrachm, 6.93g
Caesarea, Cappadocia mint, 76-77 AD
RPC 1651 var. (19 spec.).
Obv: AYTOKPA KAICAP OYЄCΠACIANOC CЄBACTOC; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: ΔOMЄTIANOC KAICAP CЄBA YIO ЄT Θ; Domitian standing, l., holding branch
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, July 2018.

A 'local' style Cappadocian didrachm with an unusual reverse legend variant. Here we have 'ΔOMЄTIANOC' instead of 'ΔOMITIANOC', and 'CЄBA' instead of 'CЄB'. The odd spelling of Domitian's name with an 'Є' occurs only a handful of times on extremely rare bronze provincial coins. To my knowledge this variant legend is confined to just one reverse die. Nemonator has a die match in his Forvm gallery. RPC have not assigned it a separate catalogue number, but it is noted in the 2017 Addenda.

The reverse features Domitian 'son of the Augustus' togate as consul, holding an olive branch in a suggestion of peace. An interesting provincial dynastic type.

Richly toned in fine 'local' style.
3 commentsDavid Atherton08/01/18 at 05:34Mat: Nice portrait and love the toning
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Domitian RIC II 078488 viewsDomitian 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. Sept. 14, 95-Sept 13, 96 A.D. (3.08g, 17.2mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P XV, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P, altar, with two soldiers, flanked by aquilae, under each Aquila on top of altar is seated captive. RIC II 784 (R2).

Within days of his death, the Senate decreed Damnatio Memoriae for Domitian. Despite the fact this coin was minted at the very end of his reign, it clearly saw circulation despite the Senate’s action. This is one of the new reverse types for Domitian’s 15th Tribunican year.
3 commentsLucas H08/01/18 at 02:49Jim H: I agree with D. Atherton and Marsman. First time ...
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Domitian RIC II 005979 viewsDomitian 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 81, 13 Sept.-31 Dec A.D.. (2.97g, 18.5mm, 6h). Obv: IMPP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, laureate head right. Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P, Minerva advancing right with spear and shield. RIC II 59 (R2).

Minted in Domitian’s first year as emperor, this type depicts his patron deity, Minerva. Although Domitian’s Minerva coins are quite common, RIC II ranks this particular issue as R2. "The rare aspect of this coin is the filiation DIVI VESP F in the obv. legend."- Curtis Clay. This is one of the nicer coins in my collection with very little wear, even on the highest points of the devices.
6 commentsLucas H08/01/18 at 02:44Jim H: Tom Cederlind would have remarked that the ancient...
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Domitian RIC II 007549 viewsDomitian, 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 81, 13 Sept.-31 Dec. (2.96g, 18mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VES[P F DOMITIA]N AVG PM, laureate head left. Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P, tripod with fillets; above dolphin. RIC II 75 (R2), RSC 568d, BMC 22 note. Ex Forum.

Another early, and scarce Domitian. It was produced within the first 3 months of Domitian’s reign, and is another carryover of al type issued under Titus the obverse legend and left facing portrait combination make this a scarce type.

In Flavian coinage, rarity is measured not only by number of examples, but also number of known die combinations. Demonstrating the scarcity of this coin, my example is both an obverse and reverse die match to David Atherton's http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-97819.
4 commentsLucas H08/01/18 at 02:42Jim H: The left-facing portrait is remarkable. I have ne...
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KINGS of PARTHIA. Gotarzes II. 40-51 AD. Billon Tetradrachm. Seleukeia on the Tigris mint. Dated Seleukid Era 357 (September, 46 AD).14 viewsObv. Diademed bust left, long pointed beard, lock of hair on brow.
Rev. Gotarzes seated right on throne, Tyche standing left before him, presenting a diadem and holding cornucopiae; year above, month in exergue.
Sellwood 65.7; Shore 359; BMC Parthia pg. 162, 7; MACW -.
25mm, 11.22 grams.
2 commentsCanaan07/31/18 at 16:51Randygeki(h2): Indeed, cool addition
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Eastern Europe. Celtic Imitation of Philip II of Macedon (Circa 200-100 BC)8 viewsTetradrachm AR (Mit liegendem achter or "lazy eight" type)

21 mm, 9.99 g

Mint in Serbia.

Obverse: Celticized head of Zeus, right, "S" ornament in hair

Reverse: Horseman, riding left.

Dembski 1095; OTA 147.
2 commentsNathan P07/31/18 at 09:18shanxi: Great coin
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Phoenicia, Arados 111-110 B.C7 viewsAR 12.65mm (Thickness 1.56mm), weight 1.57g, die axis = 1h (30 degrees), Hemidrachm.

Obverse: Turreted head of Tyche right, palm frond over shoulder, border of dots.

Reverse: Prow of galley left with stem rising forward, BC (Greek), G (gimel - Phoenicia) monogram above, Aradian era date ΘMP (149) below, border of dots.
2 commentsArados07/31/18 at 09:11Canaan: Very nice addition, congrats!!!
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Vespasian RIC-980 (2)57 viewsAR Denarius, 3.20g
Rome mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 980 (C). BMC 216 corr. RSC 216 corr.
Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, right.
Rev: IMP XIX across field; Modius, standing on three legs, containing six ears of corn upright and two hanging over the sides
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, July 2018.

A rare and, to my knowledge, unique variant of the common modius type. Normally just five corn-ears are seen standing upright with two hanging over the sides, here there are six standing upright. This deviation from the stock design was perhaps an engraver's error or whim. The modius type celebrates the emperor's provision of free grain to all Roman citizens, certainly a most valuable propaganda type! Normally, Vespasian shared his reverse designs with Titus Caesar - the modius was not one of them, perhaps emphasising Vespasian's sole responsibility for the grain supply. Unusually, the type was not directly modelled from any coin designs struck in the past and was part of an agrarian series of denarius reverse types struck between 77 and 78.

A superb portrait and well centred strike.
4 commentsDavid Atherton07/31/18 at 05:57quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Phoenicia, Arados 189-188 B.C6 viewsAE 15.90mm (Thickness 2.54mm), weight 2.92g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees), denomination D.

Obverse: Turreted head of Tyche right, border of dots.

Reverse: Prow of galley left, stem rising forward in a curve, Phoenician letters taw (T) and ayin (‘) on either side of AP, Aradian era date 71 below.
2 commentsArados07/30/18 at 18:33quadrans: Nice piece..
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Orodes II13 viewstetradrachm, 57 - 38 BC
Sellwood 48.4
2 commentsRobert L307/30/18 at 18:32quadrans: Interesting piece..
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KINGS of PARTHIA. Gotarzes II. 40-51 AD. Billon Tetradrachm. Seleukeia on the Tigris mint. Dated Seleukid Era 357 (September, 46 AD).14 viewsObv. Diademed bust left, long pointed beard, lock of hair on brow.
Rev. Gotarzes seated right on throne, Tyche standing left before him, presenting a diadem and holding cornucopiae; year above, month in exergue.
Sellwood 65.7; Shore 359; BMC Parthia pg. 162, 7; MACW -.
25mm, 11.22 grams.
2 commentsCanaan07/30/18 at 18:21quadrans: Nice piece..
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Probus Antoninianus68 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
12 commentsJay GT407/30/18 at 13:19NORMAN K: great coin all around
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bmc396_36 viewsElagabalus
Tyre, Phoenicia

Obv: IMP CAES MAV AN-TONINVS AVG, laureate draped and cuirassed bust right. Oval countermark of a male head right.
Rev: TV RI O RVM, Astarte wearing turreted crown and short chiton and himation, standing front left foot on prow, right hand on trophy and holding in left arm transverse scepter and is being crowned by Nike standing on column on right. Palm tree on left and murex shell on right.
32 mm, 14.14 gms

BMC 396
1 commentsCharles M07/30/18 at 13:14NORMAN K: love the countermark! interesting coin
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Domitia RIC 84757 viewsAR Cistophorus
Rome mint (for Asia), 82 AD (Domitian)
RIC 847 (R). BMC 256. RSC 19. RPC 870 (8 spec.).
Obv: DOMITIA AVGVSTA; Bust of Domitia, draped r., hair massed in front and in long plait behind
Rev: VENVS AVG; Venus stg. r., leaning on column, with helmet and spear
Ex CNG E424, 11 July 2018, lot 471.

A brief issue of cistophori were struck for Domitia as Augusta under Domitian in 82. Venus leaning on column was the sole reverse type chosen for her rare cistophori. The style and six o'clock die axis point to Rome as the home mint. K. Butcher and M. Ponting's metal analysis reveal they were struck from a different stock of metal than contemporary Rome mint denarii, possibly from recycled older denarii. At 80% silver fineness these early cistophori were likely struck before Domitian's major coinage reform of 82 when the denarius was raised to nearly 100% fineness.

Domitia Longina was the daughter of the famed Roman general Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo who was commanded to commit suicide by Nero for alleged treason. Domitian courted and married Domitia soon after Vespasian's accession, despite her already being the wife of Aelius Lamia. It was a good match - distancing the Flavians from the reign of Nero and uniting them to a beloved general's family. Soon after Domitian become emperor, Suetonius tells us he briefly divorced Domitia because of an adulterous affair she had with the actor Paris. Dio claims Domitian actually considered executing her but was persuaded from doing so by the praetorian prefect Ursus. He soon reunited with her after a brief separation alleging the people demanded it. Where this coin fits into that time frame is hard to tell. We don't know exactly when the divorce occurred or how long it lasted. However, it is likely this coin was struck after their reconciliation and can be seen as symbolically strengthening Domitia's position at court.

Struck in fine early style.
9 commentsDavid Atherton07/29/18 at 15:20Jay GT4: Jealous
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"EVMENEΩN" and "ΦIΛΩNIΔOY" (monograms to be read as)134 viewsPHRYGIA. Eumeneia. Fulvia. Ć 19. Ca. 41-40 B.C. Obv: Draped bust of Fulvia as winged Nike r.; 2 cm’s, (1) on head, (2) above head. Rev: (ΦYΛOYIANΩN) to right, ΣMEPTOPIΓ(OΣ)/(ΦIΛΩNIΔOY) in 2 lines to l. Athena adv. l., hld. spear and shield. Ref: BMC 20-21 (?); RPC 3139 (7 pcs). Axis: 330°. Weight: 6.84 g. Magistrate: Zmertorigos Philopatris. Note: Eumeneia changed its name to Fulvia on the occasion of Mark Antony's journey to the east in 41 B.C., likely propmting the issue of coins. After Fulvia died the city took back its old name. On BMC 21 the ethnic "ΦYΛOVIANΩN" may be purposefully erased, which also seems to be the case on this specimen! Both coins are countermarked, and the cm's may be read "EVMENEΩN" and "ΦIΛΩNIΔOY". The purpose of countermarking in combination with the erasure of the city name, thus, seems to have been to make note of second name change. CM(1): Monogram of EVMNO (?), in circ. punch, 4 mm. CM(2): Monogram of ΦIΛNΔ (?), in circ. punch, 3.5 mm. Collection Automan.1 commentsAutoman07/29/18 at 12:12Jay GT4: Great historical type
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Orodes II13 viewstetradrachm, 57 - 38 BC
Sellwood 48.4
2 commentsRobert L307/28/18 at 16:17Mat: very nice & hearty portrait.
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06 Constantius II10 viewsDN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, PDC/ FEL TEMP R-EPARATIO,bearded, bare-headed, reaching. CONSI

Constantinople
RIC 127.
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)07/28/18 at 13:16Canaan: Nice crescent on it!!!
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Phoenicia, Arados 189-188 B.C6 viewsAE 15.90mm (Thickness 2.54mm), weight 2.92g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees), denomination D.

Obverse: Turreted head of Tyche right, border of dots.

Reverse: Prow of galley left, stem rising forward in a curve, Phoenician letters taw (T) and ayin (‘) on either side of AP, Aradian era date 71 below.
2 commentsArados07/28/18 at 13:14Canaan: Great addition, very nice desert Patina and highli...
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Edward VI (1547 - 1553 A.D.)19 viewsAR Shilling
O:  (tun) ЄDWΛRD’· VI : D’· S’ ΛGl’: FRΛ’· Z : hIB’· RЄX :, crowned and mantled bust facing slightly left; rose to left, XII to right.
R:  (tun) POSVI DЄVM ·’ : ΛDIVTOR Є’· MEV·’·, coat-of-arms over long cross fourchée.
5.7g
32mm
North 1937; SCBC 2482
4 commentsMat07/28/18 at 10:04Canaan: Nice!!!
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Campania, Phistelia, SNG France 11346 viewsPhistelia, c. 325-275 BC
AG - Obol, 0.61g, max. 10.5mm, 180°
obv. Female head facing, slightly l.
rev. Lion with raised tail walking l.
in ex. snake in one coil l.
ref. SNG ANS 584; SNG France 1134; Rutter p.180, Group IV; HN Italy 619
VF, toned, small flan crack at 4 o'clock, some scratches
Pedigree:
ex CNG Sale XXI (9./10. 9. 1994), Lot 21
ex coll. David Herman
ex CNG e-auction (20. 9. 06), Lot 93
ex coll. Jyrki Muona

From Forum Ancient Coins, thanks!

Phistelia was apparently among those Samnite cities which were destroyed by Sulla and vanished. At present it is known only by its coins.
1 commentsJochen07/28/18 at 07:45Pharsalos: Beautiful little coin!
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Cyrenaica Cyrene AR Didrachm 300-290 BC 7.73g11 viewsHorned head of Carneius.Rev Silphlum plant.1 commentsGrant H07/28/18 at 07:20Pharsalos: Beautiful example of a fascinating type.
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06 Constantius II10 viewsDN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, PDC/ FEL TEMP R-EPARATIO,bearded, bare-headed, reaching. CONSI

Constantinople
RIC 127.
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)07/27/18 at 13:17Mat: Nice patina on it I like this one
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Domitia RIC 84757 viewsAR Cistophorus
Rome mint (for Asia), 82 AD (Domitian)
RIC 847 (R). BMC 256. RSC 19. RPC 870 (8 spec.).
Obv: DOMITIA AVGVSTA; Bust of Domitia, draped r., hair massed in front and in long plait behind
Rev: VENVS AVG; Venus stg. r., leaning on column, with helmet and spear
Ex CNG E424, 11 July 2018, lot 471.

A brief issue of cistophori were struck for Domitia as Augusta under Domitian in 82. Venus leaning on column was the sole reverse type chosen for her rare cistophori. The style and six o'clock die axis point to Rome as the home mint. K. Butcher and M. Ponting's metal analysis reveal they were struck from a different stock of metal than contemporary Rome mint denarii, possibly from recycled older denarii. At 80% silver fineness these early cistophori were likely struck before Domitian's major coinage reform of 82 when the denarius was raised to nearly 100% fineness.

Domitia Longina was the daughter of the famed Roman general Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo who was commanded to commit suicide by Nero for alleged treason. Domitian courted and married Domitia soon after Vespasian's accession, despite her already being the wife of Aelius Lamia. It was a good match - distancing the Flavians from the reign of Nero and uniting them to a beloved general's family. Soon after Domitian become emperor, Suetonius tells us he briefly divorced Domitia because of an adulterous affair she had with the actor Paris. Dio claims Domitian actually considered executing her but was persuaded from doing so by the praetorian prefect Ursus. He soon reunited with her after a brief separation alleging the people demanded it. Where this coin fits into that time frame is hard to tell. We don't know exactly when the divorce occurred or how long it lasted. However, it is likely this coin was struck after their reconciliation and can be seen as symbolically strengthening Domitia's position at court.

Struck in fine early style.
9 commentsDavid Atherton07/27/18 at 09:01maridvnvm: A fantastic acquisition. Well done.
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Edward VI (1547 - 1553 A.D.)19 viewsAR Shilling
O:  (tun) ЄDWΛRD’· VI : D’· S’ ΛGl’: FRΛ’· Z : hIB’· RЄX :, crowned and mantled bust facing slightly left; rose to left, XII to right.
R:  (tun) POSVI DЄVM ·’ : ΛDIVTOR Є’· MEV·’·, coat-of-arms over long cross fourchée.
5.7g
32mm
North 1937; SCBC 2482
4 commentsMat07/27/18 at 05:05Randygeki(h2): Neat addition
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Edward VI (1547 - 1553 A.D.)19 viewsAR Shilling
O:  (tun) ЄDWΛRD’· VI : D’· S’ ΛGl’: FRΛ’· Z : hIB’· RЄX :, crowned and mantled bust facing slightly left; rose to left, XII to right.
R:  (tun) POSVI DЄVM ·’ : ΛDIVTOR Є’· MEV·’·, coat-of-arms over long cross fourchée.
5.7g
32mm
North 1937; SCBC 2482
4 commentsMat07/27/18 at 04:24Simon: nice
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Struck c.1726 - 1741, Louis XV (1715 - 1774), Gilt AE (Brass) Jeton4 viewsObverse: LUD•XV•D•G•FR•ET•N•REX. Laureate, draped and cuirassed juvenile bust of Louis XV facing left.
Reverse: VIS ANIMI CUM CORPORE CRESCIT. Apollo standing facing, head right, right hand on hip, bow in left hand, his right foot trampling the dragon that he has just defeated. Die flaw obscuring Apollo's face and in the left field of the reverse. Exergue, blank.

Struck at Nuremburg, Germany.
Die engraver: Although it is known that Michael Leykauff (Leichkauff or Leikauf)
was mint-master at Nuremburg from 1724 until he retired in 1768 the actual engraver of this jeton (which dates from around 1726 to 1741) is uncertain.
Dimensions: 23.78mm | Weight: 4.8gms | Die Axis: 6
Ref. Feuardent: 13230

This jeton was issued while Louis was still young. Louis reigned from the age of 5 under the regency of his uncle Philippe, son of Louis XIV's younger brother, also Philippe. The regency ran from 1715 until 1723, the year Louis attained his majority and which was also the year of Philippe's death.
The reverse inscription, which translates as “The strength of the mind grows with the body” is an almost exact quote from Lucretius' work “On the nature of things” which was popular in France at this time.
1 comments*Alex07/27/18 at 00:30NORMAN K: very nice!
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Edward VI (1547 - 1553 A.D.)19 viewsAR Shilling
O:  (tun) ЄDWΛRD’· VI : D’· S’ ΛGl’: FRΛ’· Z : hIB’· RЄX :, crowned and mantled bust facing slightly left; rose to left, XII to right.
R:  (tun) POSVI DЄVM ·’ : ΛDIVTOR Є’· MEV·’·, coat-of-arms over long cross fourchée.
5.7g
32mm
North 1937; SCBC 2482
4 commentsMat07/26/18 at 23:46Jay GT4: Nice one Mat
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16 Constantius II barbarous imitation Overstrike7 viewsConstantius II barbarous imitation Overstrike
1.80g, 18mm
FEL TEMP REPARATIO
Blundered legend pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right,
Blundered legend soldier spearing Horseman
1 commentsRandygeki(h2)07/25/18 at 16:48Mat: Glad you got it, neat coin all around
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RIC 0106A Domitianus31 viewsObv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, Laureate head right, with drapery on left shoulder
Rev: TR P COS VIII DES VIIII P P / S-C in field; Minerva standing left, with spear
AE/Sestertius (34.45 mm 26.96 g 6h) Struck in Rome 82 A.D.
RIC, BMCRE, BN unlisted - it will be referenced as RIC 106A
ex ACR Auctions Auction 16 lot 513
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/25/18 at 14:53Jim H: Beautiful coin! I would say a unique rarity but y...
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Domitia RIC 84757 viewsAR Cistophorus
Rome mint (for Asia), 82 AD (Domitian)
RIC 847 (R). BMC 256. RSC 19. RPC 870 (8 spec.).
Obv: DOMITIA AVGVSTA; Bust of Domitia, draped r., hair massed in front and in long plait behind
Rev: VENVS AVG; Venus stg. r., leaning on column, with helmet and spear
Ex CNG E424, 11 July 2018, lot 471.

A brief issue of cistophori were struck for Domitia as Augusta under Domitian in 82. Venus leaning on column was the sole reverse type chosen for her rare cistophori. The style and six o'clock die axis point to Rome as the home mint. K. Butcher and M. Ponting's metal analysis reveal they were struck from a different stock of metal than contemporary Rome mint denarii, possibly from recycled older denarii. At 80% silver fineness these early cistophori were likely struck before Domitian's major coinage reform of 82 when the denarius was raised to nearly 100% fineness.

Domitia Longina was the daughter of the famed Roman general Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo who was commanded to commit suicide by Nero for alleged treason. Domitian courted and married Domitia soon after Vespasian's accession, despite her already being the wife of Aelius Lamia. It was a good match - distancing the Flavians from the reign of Nero and uniting them to a beloved general's family. Soon after Domitian become emperor, Suetonius tells us he briefly divorced Domitia because of an adulterous affair she had with the actor Paris. Dio claims Domitian actually considered executing her but was persuaded from doing so by the praetorian prefect Ursus. He soon reunited with her after a brief separation alleging the people demanded it. Where this coin fits into that time frame is hard to tell. We don't know exactly when the divorce occurred or how long it lasted. However, it is likely this coin was struck after their reconciliation and can be seen as symbolically strengthening Domitia's position at court.

Struck in fine early style.
9 commentsDavid Atherton07/25/18 at 13:45FlaviusDomitianus: Glad you obtained one of these.
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Domitia RIC 84757 viewsAR Cistophorus
Rome mint (for Asia), 82 AD (Domitian)
RIC 847 (R). BMC 256. RSC 19. RPC 870 (8 spec.).
Obv: DOMITIA AVGVSTA; Bust of Domitia, draped r., hair massed in front and in long plait behind
Rev: VENVS AVG; Venus stg. r., leaning on column, with helmet and spear
Ex CNG E424, 11 July 2018, lot 471.

A brief issue of cistophori were struck for Domitia as Augusta under Domitian in 82. Venus leaning on column was the sole reverse type chosen for her rare cistophori. The style and six o'clock die axis point to Rome as the home mint. K. Butcher and M. Ponting's metal analysis reveal they were struck from a different stock of metal than contemporary Rome mint denarii, possibly from recycled older denarii. At 80% silver fineness these early cistophori were likely struck before Domitian's major coinage reform of 82 when the denarius was raised to nearly 100% fineness.

Domitia Longina was the daughter of the famed Roman general Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo who was commanded to commit suicide by Nero for alleged treason. Domitian courted and married Domitia soon after Vespasian's accession, despite her already being the wife of Aelius Lamia. It was a good match - distancing the Flavians from the reign of Nero and uniting them to a beloved general's family. Soon after Domitian become emperor, Suetonius tells us he briefly divorced Domitia because of an adulterous affair she had with the actor Paris. Dio claims Domitian actually considered executing her but was persuaded from doing so by the praetorian prefect Ursus. He soon reunited with her after a brief separation alleging the people demanded it. Where this coin fits into that time frame is hard to tell. We don't know exactly when the divorce occurred or how long it lasted. However, it is likely this coin was struck after their reconciliation and can be seen as symbolically strengthening Domitia's position at court.

Struck in fine early style.
9 commentsDavid Atherton07/25/18 at 13:19Nemonater: Great coin, interesting write up!
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Domitia RIC 84757 viewsAR Cistophorus
Rome mint (for Asia), 82 AD (Domitian)
RIC 847 (R). BMC 256. RSC 19. RPC 870 (8 spec.).
Obv: DOMITIA AVGVSTA; Bust of Domitia, draped r., hair massed in front and in long plait behind
Rev: VENVS AVG; Venus stg. r., leaning on column, with helmet and spear
Ex CNG E424, 11 July 2018, lot 471.

A brief issue of cistophori were struck for Domitia as Augusta under Domitian in 82. Venus leaning on column was the sole reverse type chosen for her rare cistophori. The style and six o'clock die axis point to Rome as the home mint. K. Butcher and M. Ponting's metal analysis reveal they were struck from a different stock of metal than contemporary Rome mint denarii, possibly from recycled older denarii. At 80% silver fineness these early cistophori were likely struck before Domitian's major coinage reform of 82 when the denarius was raised to nearly 100% fineness.

Domitia Longina was the daughter of the famed Roman general Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo who was commanded to commit suicide by Nero for alleged treason. Domitian courted and married Domitia soon after Vespasian's accession, despite her already being the wife of Aelius Lamia. It was a good match - distancing the Flavians from the reign of Nero and uniting them to a beloved general's family. Soon after Domitian become emperor, Suetonius tells us he briefly divorced Domitia because of an adulterous affair she had with the actor Paris. Dio claims Domitian actually considered executing her but was persuaded from doing so by the praetorian prefect Ursus. He soon reunited with her after a brief separation alleging the people demanded it. Where this coin fits into that time frame is hard to tell. We don't know exactly when the divorce occurred or how long it lasted. However, it is likely this coin was struck after their reconciliation and can be seen as symbolically strengthening Domitia's position at court.

Struck in fine early style.
9 commentsDavid Atherton07/25/18 at 13:07Mat: Lucky, congrats
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Carausius8 viewsAE-Antoniniaus
IMP C CARAVSIVS P AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to right.
ORIENS AVG; Radiate Sol walking left, holding whip and raising hand. S / P in Fields.
Ex: C
Camulodunum
RIC 293
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia07/25/18 at 12:15Carausius: Beautiful style and strike.
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Domitia RIC 84757 viewsAR Cistophorus
Rome mint (for Asia), 82 AD (Domitian)
RIC 847 (R). BMC 256. RSC 19. RPC 870 (8 spec.).
Obv: DOMITIA AVGVSTA; Bust of Domitia, draped r., hair massed in front and in long plait behind
Rev: VENVS AVG; Venus stg. r., leaning on column, with helmet and spear
Ex CNG E424, 11 July 2018, lot 471.

A brief issue of cistophori were struck for Domitia as Augusta under Domitian in 82. Venus leaning on column was the sole reverse type chosen for her rare cistophori. The style and six o'clock die axis point to Rome as the home mint. K. Butcher and M. Ponting's metal analysis reveal they were struck from a different stock of metal than contemporary Rome mint denarii, possibly from recycled older denarii. At 80% silver fineness these early cistophori were likely struck before Domitian's major coinage reform of 82 when the denarius was raised to nearly 100% fineness.

Domitia Longina was the daughter of the famed Roman general Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo who was commanded to commit suicide by Nero for alleged treason. Domitian courted and married Domitia soon after Vespasian's accession, despite her already being the wife of Aelius Lamia. It was a good match - distancing the Flavians from the reign of Nero and uniting them to a beloved general's family. Soon after Domitian become emperor, Suetonius tells us he briefly divorced Domitia because of an adulterous affair she had with the actor Paris. Dio claims Domitian actually considered executing her but was persuaded from doing so by the praetorian prefect Ursus. He soon reunited with her after a brief separation alleging the people demanded it. Where this coin fits into that time frame is hard to tell. We don't know exactly when the divorce occurred or how long it lasted. However, it is likely this coin was struck after their reconciliation and can be seen as symbolically strengthening Domitia's position at court.

Struck in fine early style.
9 commentsDavid Atherton07/25/18 at 09:58*Alex: Nice coin. Congratulations on getting it.
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RIC 0922 Domitianus32 viewsObv: CAES AVG F DOMITIANVS, Laureate head right
Rev: COS IIII, Pegasus right
AE/Denarius - 20.33 mm 2.953 g 6 h - Struck in Rome 76-77 A.D.
RIC 922 Vespasian (R2) - RSC-BMCRE-BNF unpublished
ex Savoca 8th Blue Auction lot 967
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/25/18 at 08:20quadrans: Nice find..
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07 Constantius II4 viewsConstantius II AE2. 351-355 AD. D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, soldier standing left, spearing a fallen horseman wearing a Phrygian helmet, reaching back , Gamma left,dot SMK Delta in ex.


Cyzikus 96
1 commentsRandygeki(h2)07/25/18 at 04:43Mat: Very nice!
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RIC 0922 Domitianus32 viewsObv: CAES AVG F DOMITIANVS, Laureate head right
Rev: COS IIII, Pegasus right
AE/Denarius - 20.33 mm 2.953 g 6 h - Struck in Rome 76-77 A.D.
RIC 922 Vespasian (R2) - RSC-BMCRE-BNF unpublished
ex Savoca 8th Blue Auction lot 967
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/24/18 at 22:21David Atherton: Honest wear and well centred. Congrats!
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RIC 0922 Domitianus32 viewsObv: CAES AVG F DOMITIANVS, Laureate head right
Rev: COS IIII, Pegasus right
AE/Denarius - 20.33 mm 2.953 g 6 h - Struck in Rome 76-77 A.D.
RIC 922 Vespasian (R2) - RSC-BMCRE-BNF unpublished
ex Savoca 8th Blue Auction lot 967
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/24/18 at 21:20Jay GT4: Good eye
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RIC 335 Domitianus64 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P, Minerva standing left, with thunderbolt and spear, shield at her left feet
AR/Denarius (20.53 mm 3.482 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (4th issue)
RIC 335 (R2), RSC 178, BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex Naville Live Auction 41 Lot 533, ex CNG e-sale 320 Lot 404
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/24/18 at 12:29Carausius: Beautiful style. Congratulations.
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Tiberius, RIC 63, sestertius of AD 35-36, (large S C)27 views sestertius (25.7.4g, Ř35mm, 1h) Rome mint, struck AD 35-36.
Obv.: DIVO AVGVSTO SPQR around the edge, OB / CIVES / SER in three lines in shield, in oak-wreath supported by two capricorns; globe below.
Rev.: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS IMP TR POT XXXVII round large S.C
RIC 63 (R2); BMC 109; Cohen (Aug.) 303 (Fr. 15)

ex Edgar Owen auction of july 1998
1 commentsCharles S07/24/18 at 07:12Gary W2: Beautiful!
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Nero Tetradrachm5 viewsNero, Caesar 50-54, Augustus 54-68 AD

Billon Tetradrachm of Alexandria, Egypt. Dated Year 12 (AD 65-66)

24mm., 13.07g.

NERW KLAY KAIS SEB GER, radiate head right, aegis on chest

AVTO-KPA (Autokrator in Greek meaning Imperator in Latin, i.e. Emperor), draped bust of Alexandria right, wearing elephant skin headdress; date LIB to right.

References (vendors): RPC 5289; Milne 238; Dattari 204; Geissen 172; Sear 2004, SRCV I 2004, Emmett 109, BMC 163

AADW
1 commentsRL07/24/18 at 03:08Jay GT4: Youthful portrait of Nero
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Turkey, Istanbul, Hagia Sophia , picture from 2nd Floor14 views1 commentsSimon07/23/18 at 12:54*Alex: Good photo, indicates just how big the building is...
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Severus Alexander / RIC 302 or 215.48 viewsDenarius, ca 222-223 AD, Antioch mint.
Obv: IMP SEV ALEXAND AVG / Laureate bust of Severus Alexander.
Rev: VICTORIA - AVG / Victoria running, holding wreath and palm.
3.45 gm., 18 mm.
RIC #302 and/or #215.

The obverse legend is the shortened legend that was occasionally used in Antioch. However, the style of the portrait and lettering is very "Roman." The obverse legend is enough, though, to attribute this coin to Antioch. Also, the wedge-shaped dash between the words on the reverse legend never happens at Rome.
1 commentsCallimachus07/23/18 at 09:32Michael K5: This is a beautiful coin. I would attribute it to ...
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Orbiana8 viewsOrbiana, AE sestertius (18.27g). AD 225-227. SALL BARBIA ORBIANA AVG, diademed and draped bust right / CONCORDIA AVGVSTORVM S-C, Concord seated left holding patera and double cornucopiae. RIC 655, Cohen 4, Sear 8193, BMC 293.1 commentsMolinari07/23/18 at 06:04quadrans: Nice piece..
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Phoenicia, Arados 80-79 B.C5 viewsAE 19.98mm (Thickness 3.42mm), weight 7.59g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees), denomination B.

Obverse: Veiled bust of Astarte-Europa right, wearing stephane, border of dots.

Reverse: Humped bull galloping left, head facing, AC over (symbol) above, Aradian era date 180 (PΠ) & Phoenician letter aleph (´) with Greek letters CΩM below.
1 commentsArados07/23/18 at 06:03quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Herrenia Etruscilla3 views Herennia Etruscilla AE Sestertius (17.15g). HERENNIA ETRVSCILLA AVG, diademed and draped bust right / PVDICITIA AVG, SC below, Pudicitia seated left drawing out veil & holding sceptre. RIC 136b, Cohen 22, Sear 9505.1 commentsMolinari07/23/18 at 06:02quadrans: Nice one
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Mariniana7 viewsDiva Mariniana, wife of Valerian I, Ć Sestertius, 14.50g. Rome mint. DIVAE MARINIANAE, veiled, diademed & draped bust right / CONSECRATIO S-C, peacock standing facing, head left, feathers in full display. RIC 9, Sear 10073.1 commentsMolinari07/23/18 at 06:01quadrans: Great piece ...
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Herrenius Etruscus7 viewsHerennius Etruscus Ć Sestertius, 18.83g. Q HER ETR MES DECIVS NOB C, bare-headed draped bust right / PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS S-C, Herennius standing left, holding rod and spear. Cohen 28, Sear 9534, RIC 171a.1 commentsMolinari07/23/18 at 05:59quadrans: Nice one
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Huszár 580, Pohl 119-86, Unger 451j or νν, Réthy II 125A, Frynas H.27.86 viewsHungary. Sigismund/Zsigmond of Luxembourg (1387-1437; Holy Roman Emperor 1433-1437)

AR parvus; .22 g., 9.55 mm. max,, 0°

Obv: Four-part shield (Árpádian stripes and eagle), S—V—R above and flanking.

Rev: Cross with four crowns, monogram between the upper arms.

The type was struck in 1387-1427 (Huszár, Pohl, Unger, Frynas and Gyöngyössy, although the terminated in 1410 per Engel), this privy mark was struck by Ulrich Kamerer (per Pohl).

The parvus (also called the “small denar” fillér or pankart) was struck with an average nominal fineness of 0.353 silver. Because of many worn out and counterfeit coins it was pulled from circulation after 1427 (per Huszár). Although not specifically discussed in this context in Engel, the parvus must have experienced the same rampant debasement as the denar did.

Huszár/Pohl rarity 4; Frynas rarity C.
1 commentsStkp07/23/18 at 05:58quadrans: Nice
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Maximianus Herculius7 viewsAE-Quinarius
IMP MAXIMIANVS AVG; Laureate and cuirassed bust to right.
VIRTVTI AVGG; Herakles wrestling Antaeus; he lifts Antaeus up into the air by the waist while Antaeus tries to break his grip.
Ex: -
Lugdunum
RIC-; B.47corr; King 22
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia07/23/18 at 05:57quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Probus9 viewsAE-Quinarius
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Laureate, helmeted, cuirassed bust left, with spear and shield.
VICTORIA AVG; Victory stg. left, holding wreath and palm, between two captives.
Ex: -
Ticinum
RIC -; King 10A
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia07/23/18 at 05:56quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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064 - Septimius Severus denarius - O1 - RIC -9 viewsObv:– IMP CA L SE SEV PER AVG COS II, Laureate head right
Rev:– MONET AVG, Moneta standing left, holding scales in right hand, cornucopiae in left
Minted in Emesa, A.D. 194
References:– RIC -, RSC -
2 commentsmaridvnvm07/23/18 at 05:55quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Carausius13 viewsAE-Antoninianus
CARAVSIVS ET FRATRES SVI; Jugate, radiate and cuirassed busts of Maximianus, Diocletian and Carausius to left.
PAX AVGGG; Pax standing left, holding olive-branch and vertical sceptre; S/P in fields.
Ex: C
Camulodunum
RIC V,II; 1
2 commentsJulianus of Pannonia07/23/18 at 05:54quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Vabalathus11 viewsAE-Antoninianus
VABALATHVS V C R IM D R; Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Vabalathus to right.
IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG; Radiate and cuirassed bust of Aurelian to right.
Ex: Є
Antiochia
RIC 381; RIC temp # 3107
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia07/23/18 at 05:50quadrans: Nice piece..
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Carausius13 viewsAE-Antoninianus
CARAVSIVS ET FRATRES SVI; Jugate, radiate and cuirassed busts of Maximianus, Diocletian and Carausius to left.
PAX AVGGG; Pax standing left, holding olive-branch and vertical sceptre; S/P in fields.
Ex: C
Camulodunum
RIC V,II; 1
2 commentsJulianus of Pannonia07/22/18 at 01:50Carausius: A fantastic and rare coin! I had an opportunity t...
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064 - Septimius Severus denarius - O1 - RIC -9 viewsObv:– IMP CA L SE SEV PER AVG COS II, Laureate head right
Rev:– MONET AVG, Moneta standing left, holding scales in right hand, cornucopiae in left
Minted in Emesa, A.D. 194
References:– RIC -, RSC -
2 commentsmaridvnvm07/21/18 at 21:36Mat: Wobderful!
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Trebonianus Gallus (251-253 A.D.)14 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: Α Κ Γ ΟVΙΒ ΤΡЄΒ ΓΑΛΛΟϹ ЄVϹЄΒ, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
R: LΓ (year 3) (252/3), Eagle standing right, with wreath in beak; palm frond over shoulder.
11.4g
23mm
Emmett 3667; Milne 3858.

Ex Baldwins, 2003
4 commentsMat07/20/18 at 15:54quadrans: Nice one
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Roman Empire, Tiberius Denarius98 viewsTiberius denarius Group 4, c. 18 - 35 A.D. Lugdunum mint, 17.5mm., 3.79g.
O: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS; One of the ribbons of Tiberius' laurel wreath falls over his neck.
R: PONTIF MAXIM; No base under the throne (just the single exergual line), Pax usually holds scepter (or rarely a reversed spear), her feet rest on a low footstool.
- RIC 30
3 commentsNemonater07/20/18 at 15:34Canaan: Great coin i love it
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Trebonianus Gallus (251-253 A.D.)14 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: Α Κ Γ ΟVΙΒ ΤΡЄΒ ΓΑΛΛΟϹ ЄVϹЄΒ, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
R: LΓ (year 3) (252/3), Eagle standing right, with wreath in beak; palm frond over shoulder.
11.4g
23mm
Emmett 3667; Milne 3858.

Ex Baldwins, 2003
4 commentsMat07/20/18 at 14:44okidoki: great example,
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Roman Empire, Marcus Aurelius, Ruled 161-180 AD20 viewsAE26 As, Rome Mint, Struck 145 AD
Obverse: AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG P II F COS II, Bare head right
Reverse: [No legend], Minerva standing right, holding spear and resting hand on shield, S-C in field.
References: RIC III (A. Pius) 1264, C 573
Size: 26.22mm, 11.47g
3 commentsJustin L07/20/18 at 12:57Simon: Beautiful
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Trebonianus Gallus (251-253 A.D.)14 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: Α Κ Γ ΟVΙΒ ΤΡЄΒ ΓΑΛΛΟϹ ЄVϹЄΒ, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
R: LΓ (year 3) (252/3), Eagle standing right, with wreath in beak; palm frond over shoulder.
11.4g
23mm
Emmett 3667; Milne 3858.

Ex Baldwins, 2003
4 commentsMat07/20/18 at 09:02Canaan: Very nice!!!
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Trebonianus Gallus (251-253 A.D.)14 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: Α Κ Γ ΟVΙΒ ΤΡЄΒ ΓΑΛΛΟϹ ЄVϹЄΒ, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
R: LΓ (year 3) (252/3), Eagle standing right, with wreath in beak; palm frond over shoulder.
11.4g
23mm
Emmett 3667; Milne 3858.

Ex Baldwins, 2003
4 commentsMat07/20/18 at 04:39Randygeki(h2): Great example Mat
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asmcalee803a53 viewsElagabalus
Antioch, Syria

Obv: AVT. KAI. MAV. ANTΩNεINOC C. Laureate head right, slight drapery at neck.
Rev: ANTIOXεΩN MHOΠ KOΛ, Tyche seated left on rocks, holding grain ears in right hand, left hand resting on rocks; below, river-god Orontes swimming left; above, ram leaping left, head right; S-C and Δ-ε across upper field. No symbol in reverse field.
34 mm, 15.35 gms

McAlee 803(a)
1 commentsCharles M07/20/18 at 04:39Randygeki(h2): Nice!
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Antoninus Pius Sestertius11 viewsAntoninus Pius (138-161), Sestertius, Rome, AD 148-149; AE ( 33 mm./21.92 g.);
ANTONINVS AVG - PIVS P P TR P XII, laureate head r., Rv. COS - IIII, Aequitas standing l., holding scales and cornucopiae; in field, S - C.

RIC 885

2 commentsTanit07/19/18 at 21:49okidoki: great example,
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Maximinus I Thrax6 viewsMaximinus I Thrax (the Thracian), AE Sestertius, 20.39g. 236-238 AD. MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM, laureate, cuirassed, draped bust right / SALVS AVGVSTI S-C, Salus seated left, feeding snake rising from altar. RIC 85; Cohen 92; BMCRE 175-176; Banti 24; Sear 8338.1 commentsMolinari07/19/18 at 19:50Canaan: Very nice!!!!
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Philip I9 viewsPhilip I. AD 244-249. Ć Sestertius (18.02g). Rome mint, 10th emission, AD 248. IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / SAECVLVM NOVVM, octastyle temple with statue of Roma seated facing within; S C in exergue. Commemorating the 1000th anniversary of Rome. RIC IV 164 corr. (rev. legend); Banti 52.1 commentsMolinari07/19/18 at 19:50quadrans: Nice piece..
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19 Constantius Gallus10 viewsConstantius Gallus
DN CONSTANTI-VS NOB CAES
bare-headed, draped, cuirassed bust right
FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO
Soldier spearing horseman, bearded, bare-headed, reaching
ALEA / Gama left
Alexandria 74
1 commentsRandygeki(h2)07/19/18 at 13:37Mat: Nica patina on it
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Trajan Denarius - Vesta (RIC 108v)67 viewsAR Denarius
Rome 108 AD
2.96g

Obv: Laureate bust of Trajan (R) with Aegis on far shoulder

Rev: VESTA seated (L), holding palladium & sceptre.

COS V P P SPQR OPTIMO PRINC

RIC II 108 (variant) RSC 644 b (?)
3 commentsKained but Able07/18/18 at 23:27Vincent: Super sharp detail and nice style...lovely
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Vespasian RIC-980 (2)57 viewsAR Denarius, 3.20g
Rome mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 980 (C). BMC 216 corr. RSC 216 corr.
Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, right.
Rev: IMP XIX across field; Modius, standing on three legs, containing six ears of corn upright and two hanging over the sides
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, July 2018.

A rare and, to my knowledge, unique variant of the common modius type. Normally just five corn-ears are seen standing upright with two hanging over the sides, here there are six standing upright. This deviation from the stock design was perhaps an engraver's error or whim. The modius type celebrates the emperor's provision of free grain to all Roman citizens, certainly a most valuable propaganda type! Normally, Vespasian shared his reverse designs with Titus Caesar - the modius was not one of them, perhaps emphasising Vespasian's sole responsibility for the grain supply. Unusually, the type was not directly modelled from any coin designs struck in the past and was part of an agrarian series of denarius reverse types struck between 77 and 78.

A superb portrait and well centred strike.
4 commentsDavid Atherton07/18/18 at 18:52Nemonater: What a portrait!
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Unidentified King18 viewsAE unit (drachm?)
Van’t Haaff 21.2 variant (crescent facing downward toward pellets)
2 commentsRobert L307/18/18 at 15:14Paul R3: You´ve been busy ...Very nice!
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Prince A16 viewsAE drachm, late 2nd to early 3rd century AD
Van’t Haaff 19.1.1-1A
2 commentsRobert L307/18/18 at 15:13Paul R3: Nice example!
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Elagabalus, AD 218- 222. BI Tetradrachm. Antioch.18 viewsObv: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust r. .
Rev: Eagle standing facing, head l., Δ-Ε across fields, star between legs.
11,3 g. 24 mm.
Prieur 265
3 commentsCanaan07/18/18 at 12:33okidoki: very nice
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Vespasian RIC-980 (2)57 viewsAR Denarius, 3.20g
Rome mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 980 (C). BMC 216 corr. RSC 216 corr.
Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, right.
Rev: IMP XIX across field; Modius, standing on three legs, containing six ears of corn upright and two hanging over the sides
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, July 2018.

A rare and, to my knowledge, unique variant of the common modius type. Normally just five corn-ears are seen standing upright with two hanging over the sides, here there are six standing upright. This deviation from the stock design was perhaps an engraver's error or whim. The modius type celebrates the emperor's provision of free grain to all Roman citizens, certainly a most valuable propaganda type! Normally, Vespasian shared his reverse designs with Titus Caesar - the modius was not one of them, perhaps emphasising Vespasian's sole responsibility for the grain supply. Unusually, the type was not directly modelled from any coin designs struck in the past and was part of an agrarian series of denarius reverse types struck between 77 and 78.

A superb portrait and well centred strike.
4 commentsDavid Atherton07/18/18 at 10:37Jay GT4: Really great
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Vespasian RIC-980 (2)57 viewsAR Denarius, 3.20g
Rome mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 980 (C). BMC 216 corr. RSC 216 corr.
Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, right.
Rev: IMP XIX across field; Modius, standing on three legs, containing six ears of corn upright and two hanging over the sides
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, July 2018.

A rare and, to my knowledge, unique variant of the common modius type. Normally just five corn-ears are seen standing upright with two hanging over the sides, here there are six standing upright. This deviation from the stock design was perhaps an engraver's error or whim. The modius type celebrates the emperor's provision of free grain to all Roman citizens, certainly a most valuable propaganda type! Normally, Vespasian shared his reverse designs with Titus Caesar - the modius was not one of them, perhaps emphasising Vespasian's sole responsibility for the grain supply. Unusually, the type was not directly modelled from any coin designs struck in the past and was part of an agrarian series of denarius reverse types struck between 77 and 78.

A superb portrait and well centred strike.
4 commentsDavid Atherton07/18/18 at 06:51FlaviusDomitianus: Excellent eye is required to notice this!
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Kings of Pergamon, Eumenes I, 263-241 BC, AR Tetradrachm6 viewsDiademed head of Philetairos r.
ΦIΛΕΤAIPΟY Athena enthroned l., holding shield; spear behind, ivy leaf to inner l., bow to r., A on throne.

Westermark Group II (V.X/R.1); SNG France 1604; SNG von Aulock 1354; Meydancikkale 3002; Sear 7217.

(28 mm, 16.14 g, 12h).
John Jencek
2 commentsn.igma07/17/18 at 14:58quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochos IV Epiphanes, 175-164 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Ake Ptolemais5 viewsDiademed head of the Antiochos IV r., (ΛB) monogram behind (only truncated r. limb of Λ is visible).

BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY ΘEOY EПiΦANOYΣ NIKHΦOPOY (of King Antiochos God Manifest Bearer of Victory) Zeus enthroned l., holding Nike in extended r. hand and scepter in l., palm branch in outer l. field, HP monogram in exergue

SC 1476.1a; Morkholm 6; HGC 9, 620c; Commerce (“Demetrius I”) Hoard, 2003 (CH10.301) #417 (this coin).
Minted in Ake-Ptolemais ca.168-164 BC.

(32 mm, 17.03 g, 12h).
Freeman & Sear Fixed Price List 10 (Spring 2005) Lot 174; from the Commerce (“Demetrius I”) Hoard, 2003 (CH10.301) #417 (this coin).

The Commerce (“Demetrius I”) Hoard, 2003 (CH10.301) from which this coin originated came to market in Europe during 2003. Consisting of 532 coins, including 450 tetradrachms, it was documented by Catherine Lorber in Coin Hoards X. This coin was one of eleven Antiochos IV tetradrachms from the hoard offered in Freeman & Sear’s Fixed Price List 10 in 2005.
1 commentsn.igma07/17/18 at 14:57quadrans: Nice piece..
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RIC 335 Domitianus64 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P, Minerva standing left, with thunderbolt and spear, shield at her left feet
AR/Denarius (20.53 mm 3.482 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (4th issue)
RIC 335 (R2), RSC 178, BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex Naville Live Auction 41 Lot 533, ex CNG e-sale 320 Lot 404
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/17/18 at 10:34Frans Diederik: very nice and rare coin; congrats!
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Kings of Pergamon, Eumenes I, 263-241 BC, AR Tetradrachm6 viewsDiademed head of Philetairos r.
ΦIΛΕΤAIPΟY Athena enthroned l., holding shield; spear behind, ivy leaf to inner l., bow to r., A on throne.

Westermark Group II (V.X/R.1); SNG France 1604; SNG von Aulock 1354; Meydancikkale 3002; Sear 7217.

(28 mm, 16.14 g, 12h).
John Jencek
2 commentsn.igma07/17/18 at 09:53shanxi: Nice example
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RIC 335 Domitianus64 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P, Minerva standing left, with thunderbolt and spear, shield at her left feet
AR/Denarius (20.53 mm 3.482 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (4th issue)
RIC 335 (R2), RSC 178, BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex Naville Live Auction 41 Lot 533, ex CNG e-sale 320 Lot 404
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/17/18 at 02:26Nemonater: Beautiful!
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Taras. Circa 280-228 BC. AR Diobol15 viewsCALABRIA, Taras. Circa 280-228 BC. AR Diobol (10mm, 0.82 g).

Head of Athena left, wearing Corinthian helmet / Herakles standing left fighting the Nemean lion; club right. Vlasto 1415; HN Italy 1064. VF, some light smoothing in the fields on the both sides.
1 commentsLeo07/17/18 at 00:56Enodia: rare with Herkles facing left. nice one!
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CALABRIA, TARAS, AR Obol - 4th century B.C.16 viewsweight 0,55gr. | silver 10mm.
obv. Female head right, surrounded by serpents
rev. Kantharos, 5 dots arround, TA above
BMC 431var. | SNG.Copenhagen- | Historia Numorum- |
SNG.Paris 2082 | SNG.München- | Jameson 131 | Vlasto 1216 RR
a very rare and intriguing cointype
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2 commentsLeo07/17/18 at 00:55Enodia: fantastic coin! i've never seen one of these o...
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Byzantine, MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1968 DOC 15 CLBC 4.4.2 61 views
OBV Full length figure of the Virgin, nimbate, orans, wearing tunic, and maphorion turned to the r. Manus Dei (Hands of God) in upper field to r.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia

Size 20.53mm

Weight 4.2gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

DOC lists 34 examples with weights from 2.32 to 4.9gm and size from 17mm to 22mm

The coins only flaw, wear on the Virgins face. Other that near perfect centering and a wonderful reverse strike.
5 commentsSimon07/16/18 at 22:14Justin L: Very nice, Simon! Great condition!
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RIC 335 Domitianus64 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P, Minerva standing left, with thunderbolt and spear, shield at her left feet
AR/Denarius (20.53 mm 3.482 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (4th issue)
RIC 335 (R2), RSC 178, BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex Naville Live Auction 41 Lot 533, ex CNG e-sale 320 Lot 404
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/16/18 at 21:29Jay GT4: Gorgeous!
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RIC 335 Domitianus64 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P, Minerva standing left, with thunderbolt and spear, shield at her left feet
AR/Denarius (20.53 mm 3.482 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (4th issue)
RIC 335 (R2), RSC 178, BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex Naville Live Auction 41 Lot 533, ex CNG e-sale 320 Lot 404
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/16/18 at 20:12okidoki: excellent and stylistic
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RIC 335 Domitianus64 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P, Minerva standing left, with thunderbolt and spear, shield at her left feet
AR/Denarius (20.53 mm 3.482 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (4th issue)
RIC 335 (R2), RSC 178, BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex Naville Live Auction 41 Lot 533, ex CNG e-sale 320 Lot 404
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/16/18 at 20:12quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Prince A8 viewsAE drachm, late 2nd to early 3rd century AD
Van’t Haaff 19.1.1-1A
1 commentsRobert L307/16/18 at 18:41okidoki: very nice
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Prince B11 viewsAE drachm, 3rd century AD
Van’t Haaff 20.1.1-1B
1 commentsRobert L307/16/18 at 17:43Stkp: nice find
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S.865 Aethelred II (Cynemund)7 viewsStyca of Aethelred II, king of Northumbria (first reign) 841-844
Moneyer: Cynemund
Mint: York (presumably)
S. 865
O: +EDIΓRED REX
R: +CVИEMVᚾD
Motif: 1/1

Ex- eBay, Carpe Diem Numismatics, Sotheby's April 22-23 1999 (lot 225 [part]), L.R. Stack, Spink Auction 56 (lot 752 [part]), E.M. Norweb, C.W. Peck, EMC 1016.0076/1030.0120
1 commentsNap07/16/18 at 17:40Stkp: great coin
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Edward I (1272 - 1307 A.D.)23 viewsAR Penny
O: + ЄDWR’ ANGL’ DИS’ hУB, crowned and draped facing bust.
R:  / CIVI | TAS | LOИ | DOИ, long cross pattée; trefoils in quarters.
1.43g
19mm
 SCBI 39 (North), 60; North 1015; SCBC 1386.
4 commentsMat07/16/18 at 17:23Stkp: very well struck for these
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Price 3578 (2)43 viewsM to the left. Φ under the throne. One of the early Babylon issues. I couldn't find any other sales of a 3578 - only examples in the British Museum (all similar wear) Gerhard Hirsch Nachfolger 326 lot 1629 Feb 16 20172 commentsChance Vandal07/16/18 at 10:52Chance Vandal: Thank you very much for that info nigma
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Edward I (1272 - 1307 A.D.)23 viewsAR Penny
O: + ЄDWR’ ANGL’ DИS’ hУB, crowned and draped facing bust.
R:  / CIVI | TAS | LOИ | DOИ, long cross pattée; trefoils in quarters.
1.43g
19mm
 SCBI 39 (North), 60; North 1015; SCBC 1386.
4 commentsMat07/16/18 at 07:15okidoki: great example,
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Kamnaskires-Orodes103 viewsAE tetradrachm, early to mid 2nd century AD
Van't Haaff 12.1.1-3
2 commentsRobert L307/16/18 at 06:18quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Unidentified King18 viewsAE unit (drachm?)
Van’t Haaff 21.2 variant (crescent facing downward toward pellets)
2 commentsRobert L307/16/18 at 06:17quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Kamnaskires-Orodes9 viewsAE drachm, early to mid 2nd century AD
Van’t Haaff 12.3.1-1B.f
1 commentsRobert L307/16/18 at 06:16quadrans: Nice piece..
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Kamnaskires V11 viewsAR hemidrachm, 54 – 32 BC
Van’t Haaff type 9.1 (possibly subtype 5-1)
1 commentsRobert L307/16/18 at 06:15quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Prince A16 viewsAE drachm, late 2nd to early 3rd century AD
Van’t Haaff 19.1.1-1A
2 commentsRobert L307/16/18 at 06:14quadrans: Nice one
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Phraates16 viewsAE tetradrachm, early to mid 2nd century AD
Van’t Haaff 14.7.1-2
3 commentsRobert L307/16/18 at 06:14quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Phraates22 viewsAE tetradrachm, early to mid 2nd century AD
Van’t Haaff 14.7.1-1B.a variant (pellet to left of anchor)
2 commentsRobert L307/16/18 at 06:13quadrans: I like this..
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Uncertain Early Arsacid Kings13 viewsAE tetradrachm, late 1st century BC to early 2nd century AD
Van’t Haaff 10.1.1-1
1 commentsRobert L307/16/18 at 06:12quadrans: Another nice piece
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Kamnaskires III, with Anzaze15 viewsAR tetradrachm, c. 82/1 - 73/2 BC
Van’t Haaff 7.1.1-2
1 commentsRobert L307/16/18 at 06:11quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Himyarites ‘Mdn Byn - AR quinarius5 viewsArabia Felix, Raydan
50-100 AD
male head right, serpent torc around
small head right, legend around
Munro-Hay 3.2ai; SNG ANS 1575
ex 21.6.2018 Rauch
2 commentsJohny SYSEL07/16/18 at 06:10quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Huszár 586, Pohl 124-44, Unger 456h, Réthy II 129, Frynas H.27.148 viewsHungary. Sigismund/Zsigmond of Luxembourg (1387-1437; Holy Roman Emperor 1433-1437)

Billon quarting, .47 g., 13.19 mm. max., 180°

Obv: Patriarchal cross, n--n in central fields.

Rev: Crown

The type was struck in 1430-1437 (per Pohl, Huszár, Unger and Frynas). This privy mark was struck in Nagybánya/now Baia Mare, Romania, under a collective authority (per Pohl).

Huszár/Pohl rarity 3; Frynas rarity C.

“Owing to inner strife and disordered general conditions, the coins [of this period] were usually minted with extremely low precious metal content; moreover, poor mintages were often struck with negligently engraved dies. As a result of the hurried, superficial minting, it was sometimes doubtful whether a faulty coin had been issued officially, or was a forgery” (Huszár 1963, at 15).

The quarting (also known as the fryling and as a moneta minor) was originally worth a quarter of a denar, but it “soon fell victim to the manipulations of the treasury. Its fineness decreased at such a rate that soon it contained almost nothing but copper. The result was economic anarchy. Trust in these silver coins was irreparably damaged, and, although the government officially devalued the quarting several times, its market value fell even more drastically. In the last years of Sigismund’s reign, 6,000 to 8,000 quartings were equivalent to one florin instead of the original 400” (Engel, at 223-224).
1 commentsStkp07/16/18 at 06:09quadrans: Nice one
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Huszár 586, Pohl 124-_, Unger 456_, Réthy II 129, Frynas H.27.149 viewsHungary. Sigismund/Zsigmond of Luxembourg (1387-1437; Holy Roman Emperor 1433-1437)

Billon quarting, .48 g., 12.54 mm. max., 270°

Obv: Patriarchal cross, uncertain privy mark in central fields.

Rev: Crown

The type was struck in 1430-1437 (per Pohl, Huszár, Unger and Frynas). This privy mark was struck in Kassa (now Košice, Slovakia) (per Pohl & Huszár). This privy mark is not listed in Pohl, Huszár and Unger.

Huszár/Pohl rarity 3; Frynas rarity C.

“Owing to inner strife and disordered general conditions, the coins [of this period] were usually minted with extremely low precious metal content; moreover, poor mintages were often struck with negligently engraved dies. As a result of the hurried, superficial minting, it was sometimes doubtful whether a faulty coin had been issued officially, or was a forgery” (Huszár 1963, at 15).

The quarting (also known as the fryling and as a moneta minor) was originally worth a quarter of a denar, but it “soon fell victim to the manipulations of the treasury. Its fineness decreased at such a rate that soon it contained almost nothing but copper. The result was economic anarchy. Trust in these silver coins was irreparably damaged, and, although the government officially devalued the quarting several times, its market value fell even more drastically. In the last years of Sigismund’s reign, 6,000 to 8,000 quartings were equivalent to one florin instead of the original 400” (Engel, at 223-224).
1 commentsStkp07/16/18 at 06:08quadrans: Interesting privy mark,
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M. Caecilius Q.f. Metellus - AR denarius12 viewsrestored issue struck under C. Servilius

˛Praeneste
ąRome
˛winter 82-81 BC
ą82-80 BC
head of Apollo right wearing taenia
ROMA__(XVI)
Macedonin shield decorated with elephant head right, all within laurel wreath
M·METELLVS·Q·F·
ąCrawford 369/1; Sydenham 719; Caecilia 30
˛Mark Passehl - Roman moneyer & coin type chronology, 150 – 50 BC
ex Rauch
2 commentsJohny SYSEL07/16/18 at 06:01quadrans: Nice piece..
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Meherdates30 viewsAR drachm, 3.821 g, 20.8 mm, Sellwood 67.1 (Vonones II), Shore 368 (Vonones II), Sunrise 417 (Meherdates), SNG Cop 204 (Vardanes II), Ekbatana mint. Bust facing with moustache and very short beard, royal wart on brow, tiara with ear flaps and ornamented with a horn on each side, diadem loop and end extending on each side, flanked by two six-pointed stars / Blundered Greek legend forming square around, archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, bow in extended right hand, cross below seat, Ekbatana mint monogram below bow.

From the Robert L3 Collection, ex Imperial Coins and Artifacts
5 commentsThatParthianGuy07/16/18 at 05:31quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Phraates III24 viewsAR drachm, 4.095 g, 19.4 mm, Sellwood 38.10 variant (same), Shore -, Sunrise -, Margiane mint. Diademed and draped bust left, long pointed beard, pellet-ended spiral torque, border of dots / Archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, wearing bashlyk and cloak, bow in right hand, Π below bow; squared six-line Greek inscription BAΣIΛEΩΣ / MEΓAΛOY above, APΣAKOY on right, EYEPΓETOY below, EΠIΦANOYΣ / ΦIΛEΛΛHNOΣ on the left.

From the Robert L3 Collection, ex Pars Coins
3 commentsThatParthianGuy07/16/18 at 05:30quadrans: Nice piece..
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Edward I (1272 - 1307 A.D.)23 viewsAR Penny
O: + ЄDWR’ ANGL’ DИS’ hУB, crowned and draped facing bust.
R:  / CIVI | TAS | LOИ | DOИ, long cross pattée; trefoils in quarters.
1.43g
19mm
 SCBI 39 (North), 60; North 1015; SCBC 1386.
4 commentsMat07/16/18 at 05:14Randygeki(h2): Very nice Mat
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Edward I (1272 - 1307 A.D.)23 viewsAR Penny
O: + ЄDWR’ ANGL’ DИS’ hУB, crowned and draped facing bust.
R:  / CIVI | TAS | LOИ | DOИ, long cross pattée; trefoils in quarters.
1.43g
19mm
 SCBI 39 (North), 60; North 1015; SCBC 1386.
4 commentsMat07/16/18 at 05:10quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Price 3578 (2)43 viewsM to the left. Φ under the throne. One of the early Babylon issues. I couldn't find any other sales of a 3578 - only examples in the British Museum (all similar wear) Gerhard Hirsch Nachfolger 326 lot 1629 Feb 16 20172 commentsChance Vandal07/16/18 at 01:54n.igma: This coin was recently published by L. W. H. Taylo...
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Price 3578 (1)16 viewsM to the left. Φ under the throne. One of the early Babylon issues. Upgrade from my other 3578.1 commentsChance Vandal07/16/18 at 01:53n.igma: Great coin. For the current tinking on its signifi...
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Price 358127 viewsΦ to the left. M under the throne. One of the old Babylon style mintmarks. CNG 419 lot 39. Ex Gorny Mosch 156 lot 1273 (March 2007). From the collection of Colin Pitchfork who was the oft Pres of the Australian Numismatic Society and who was consultant for Noble for 3 decades.4 commentsChance Vandal07/16/18 at 01:50n.igma: This coin was recently published by L. W. H. Taylo...
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Prince A9 viewsAE drachm, late 2nd to early 3rd century AD
Van’t Haaff 19.1.1-1A
1 commentsRobert L307/16/18 at 01:44Stkp: a beauty
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Phraates22 viewsAE tetradrachm, early to mid 2nd century AD
Van’t Haaff 14.7.1-1B.a variant (pellet to left of anchor)
2 commentsRobert L307/16/18 at 01:43Stkp: nice coin
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Phraates16 viewsAE tetradrachm, early to mid 2nd century AD
Van’t Haaff 14.7.1-2
3 commentsRobert L307/16/18 at 01:42Stkp: great
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Phraates16 viewsAE tetradrachm, early to mid 2nd century AD
Van’t Haaff 14.7.1-2
3 commentsRobert L307/16/18 at 01:39Molinari: I love it.
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Himyarites ‘Mdn Byn - AR quinarius5 viewsArabia Felix, Raydan
50-100 AD
male head right, serpent torc around
small head right, legend around
Munro-Hay 3.2ai; SNG ANS 1575
ex 21.6.2018 Rauch
2 commentsJohny SYSEL07/16/18 at 01:00Mat: Love the reverse!
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M. Caecilius Q.f. Metellus - AR denarius12 viewsrestored issue struck under C. Servilius

˛Praeneste
ąRome
˛winter 82-81 BC
ą82-80 BC
head of Apollo right wearing taenia
ROMA__(XVI)
Macedonin shield decorated with elephant head right, all within laurel wreath
M·METELLVS·Q·F·
ąCrawford 369/1; Sydenham 719; Caecilia 30
˛Mark Passehl - Roman moneyer & coin type chronology, 150 – 50 BC
ex Rauch
2 commentsJohny SYSEL07/16/18 at 00:49Mat: awesome piece
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, L. Plautius Plancus, AR Denarius23 viewsRome. The Republic.
L. Plautius Plancus, 47 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.94g; 19mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: L·PLAVTIVS; Facing mask of Medusa with coiled snakes on each side.

Reverse: PLANCVS; Victory facing, leading four horses and holding palm.

References: Crawford 453/1a; HCRI 29; Sydenham 959; BMCRR 4006; Plautia 14.

Provenance: Ex The New York Sale Auction XXXII (8 Jan 2014) Lot 205; NAC 54 (24 Mar 2010), Lot 256.

Lucius Plautius Plancus was a brother of L. Munatius Plancus, who became Prefect of the City under Caesar. Lucius was adopted by L. Plautius. In 47 BCE, Lucius was a moneyer and produced this coin. Two styles of the obverse were produced, one with coiled snakes on either side of Medusa's head; the other without snakes.

In 43 BCE, Lucius was proscribed by the Second Triumvirate and executed. The same year of Lucius’ proscription and execution, his brother, L. Munatius Plancus, placed in the capitol a painting by the 4th century BCE, Greek artist, Nicomachus of Thebes in which Victory is driving a quadriga and holding a palm. David Sear, in “History and Coinage of the Roman Imperators” suggests that Lucius may have owned the Nicomachus painting in 47 BCE (it would have passed to his brother upon his execution) and that the reverse of this coin was inspired by the painting. Sear is not the first numismatist to have proposed this theory regarding the Nicomachus painting. Eckhel had an equally conjectural theory for this coin type that connected the devices to a story involving one of Lucius’ ancestors as the basis for an annual celebration in Rome where masks were worn.

Regardless of the true derivation and meaning of the type, the coin is a remarkably artistic design for the period, and surely the devices must have some connection to the moneyer’s natural or adopted family.
3 commentsCarausius07/15/18 at 19:00Norbert: A wonderful coin. In my eyes one of the most fasci...
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064 - Septimius Severus denarius - RIC 0127 viewsObv:– IMP CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG, Laureate head right
Rev:– LEG XI CL / TR P COS, Legionary eagle between two standards, Capricorns on standards.
Minted in Rome. A.D. 193
Reference:– Cohen 268. RIC 12 (Scarce)

Capricorns were the symbols of the XIIII the legion though Capricorns have been noted on several other legions in error.

Legio XI Claudia Pia Fidelis dates back to the two legions (the other was the XIIth) recruited by Julius Caesar to invade Gallia in 58 BC, and it existed at least until early 5th century, guarding lower Danube in Durostorum (modern Silistra, Bulgaria).
1 commentsmaridvnvm07/15/18 at 14:04okidoki: Congrats very nice
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S-022 Béla Dux (???) and Henrik Németujvári, (1260-1269 A.D.), AR-Denarius, Slavonia, U-Sz-10, RJ 101-107, Patriarchal cross, facing crowned heads below, #01138 viewsS-022 Béla Dux (???) and Henrik Németujvári, (1260-1269 A.D.), AR-Denarius, Slavonia, U-Sz-10, RJ 101-107, Patriarchal cross, facing crowned heads below, #01
avers: +MONETA DVCIS P SCLAVONIA, Marten running left, star above and below.
reverse: Patriarchal cross, facing crowned heads below, star and crescent above, lily at the foot of the 2nd cross both side, privy mark to sides h-R.
mint: Slavonia, mint mark: h/R//--, diameter: 15,0-16,0mm, weight: 0,86g, axis: 9h,
date: 1260-1269 A.D., ref: Unger- Sz-10, RJ-101-107,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans07/15/18 at 13:33Stkp: very nice!!
H-314_Béla_IV_,_King_of_Hungary,_(1235-1270_A_D_),_H-314,_CNH_I_-247,_U-236,_AR-Obulus,_Q-001,_0h,_9,4mm,_0,17g-s.jpg
H-314 Béla IV., King of Hungary, (1235-1270 A.D.), H-314, CNH I.-247, U-236, AR-Obulus, Eagle winged, head turning right, #01122 viewsH-314 Béla IV., King of Hungary, (1235-1270 A.D.), H-314, CNH I.-247, U-236, AR-Obulus, Eagle winged, head turning right, #01
avers: +REX BELA, Crowned head of King Béla IV. facing, line border.
reverse: Eagle winged, head turning right, line border.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 9,4 mm, weight: 0,17g, axis: 0h,
mint: , date: 1235-1270 A.D., ref: Huszár-314, CNH I.-247, Unger-236,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans07/15/18 at 13:33Stkp: nice coin
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GREEK, Mytilene, Lesbos, c. 521 - 478 B.C.3 viewsSH86292. Electrum hekte, Bodenstedt 13, SNGvA 1685, SNG Cop 301, Boston MFA 1679; BMC Lesbos p. 157, 20; HGC 6 938 (S), Choice EF, Mytilene mint, weight 2.547g, maximum diameter 10.3mm, die axis 0o, c. 521 - 478 B.C.; obverse roaring lion's head right; reverse incuse calf's head left1 commentsJoe Sermarini07/15/18 at 12:53*Alex: Great coin. Superb details.
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Kings of Macedon, Alexander III the Great, 336-323 BC, AR Tetradrachm – Byblos mint c. 321/0 BC17 viewsHead of young Herakles r. in lion skin headdress, paws tied at neck.
ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡOΥ Zeus Aëtophoros seated l., retrograde B to l., H beneath throne.

Price -.
Previously unrecorded type that based on style and mint controls is attributed Byblos (Berytos of Price) and dated to c. 321/0 BC in a mintage associated with the withdrawal of the Macedonian Royal army from Egypt to Triparadeisos.

(26 mm, 16.72 g, 9h).

Solidus Numismatik 29 (12 May 2018), Lot 46.

This type is unrecorded in Price. The style together with the retrograde B mint control associate it with the small series of Alexander issues attributed to Berytos by Price, now reattributed to Byblos. It appears that this coinage was struck to help meet the arrears in army pay that resulted from the abortive campaign led by Perdikkas against Ptolemy in Egypt. Perdikkas was assassinated and as the Macedonian Royal army withdrew to Triparadeisos the matter of arrears in pay became a festering issue with the infantry. In an effort to placate the troops it appears that a mint at Byblos was established to coin available silver for at least a token payment to the army.
2 commentsn.igma07/15/18 at 12:46Stkp: a beauty
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Antioch Tancred Follis 4th Type Reverse3 viewsReverse: Cross in angles TA - NK / PH

Met 81-86
1 commentsjimbomar07/15/18 at 12:43Stkp: Interesting. Better if you merged obverse and reve...
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042 János (Iohannes von Zápolya)., King of Hungary, (1526-1540 A.D.) AR Denarius, H 881, U 699.j./1527, Crowned Madonna and infant, #01147 views042 János (Iohannes von Zápolya)., King of Hungary, (1526-1540 A.D.) AR Denarius, H 881, U 699.j./1527, Crowned Madonna and infant, #01
avers: *1527*IOHANNES*R*VNGARI, Hungarian shield, four-part shield with Hungarian arms (Árpádian (Hungarian) stripes, patriarchal cross, Dalmatian leopard heads and Árpádian (Hungarian) stripes,). Zápolya wolf in the central shield.
reverse: PATRONA* *VNGARIE, Crowned Madonna seated facing, holding an infant in right hand.
diameter: 15,0-16,0mm, weight: 0,62g, axis: 11h,
mint: Hungary, Körmöcbánya (Kremnitz, today Slovakia: Kremnica), mint mark: K/T/--, K-T (Pohl), were struck by J.Tornallyai or A-Thurzo, (by Pohl),
date: 1527 A.D., ref: Huszár 881, CNH-2 331A, Pohl 265-14, Unger 699.j.,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans07/15/18 at 12:41Stkp: nice one
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040 Ulászló II. (Wladislas II., Jagellion)., King of Hungary, (1490-1516 A.D.) AR Obulus, H-813, U-647.d., #01145 views040 Ulászló II. (Wladislas II., Jagellion)., King of Hungary, (1490-1516 A.D.) AR Obulus, H-813, U-647.d., #01
avers: No legend, Hungarian shield, four-part shield with Hungarian arms (Árpádian (Hungarian) stripes, patriarchal cross, Dalmatian leopard heads, Bohemian lion), a Bohemian lion in the central shield.
reverse: No legend, Nimbate, and Crowned Madonna seated facing, holding Nimbate infant Jesus in her right arm, mint-mark (K-S/E) on each side, line border.
exergue, mint mark: K/S/E//-- were struck by Stephanus Ryzmegl and Erasmus Rezl (by Pohl), diameter: 11,5-12,0 mm, weight: 0,31g, axis: 11h,
mint: Hungary, Körmöcbánya (Kremnitz, today Slovakia: Kremnica) by Pohl,
date: 1497 A.D., (by Pohl), ref: Huszár-813, CNH 2 284, Pohl 240-03, Unger 647.d.,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans07/15/18 at 12:41Stkp: nice example
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France. Jeton of Louis XIV5 viewsFeuardent 2383, Neumann 29769

Jeton, dated 1680 and issued during the reign of Louis XIV (1643-1715); brass, __ mm. max., 180°

Obv: LVD • XIIII • D • G • -- • FR • ET NAV • REX,, Bust of Louis XIV facing right.

Rev: • EXIT • VT • INTRAT (=exit as it enters), fountain flowing from a rock formation into an overflowing basin; CHAMBRE • AVX • / • DENIERS • / • 1680 • in exergue.
1 commentsStkp07/15/18 at 06:27quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Germany. Hans Krauwinckel II, rose/orb group5 viewsMitchener 1534-1539; Neumann 32241

Jeton/Rechenpfennig minted by Hans Krauwinckel II (active 1586-1635) in Nuremberg, brass; 21.65 mm. max., 0°

Obv.: ⁕ HANNS • KRAVWINCKEL • IN • NVR (=Hans Krauwinckel in Nuremberg), Three crowns, alternately with three lis, arranged around a central rose.

Rev.: ⁕ GOTTES • GABEN • SOL • MAN LOB (=One should praise God’s gifts), Imperial orb within a double tressure of three arches and three angles.
1 commentsStkp07/15/18 at 06:26quadrans: Nice one
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Phoenicia, Arados 164-163 B.C11 viewsAE 16.29mm (Thickness 2.22mm), weight 3.22g, die axis = 12h (30 degrees), denomination C.

Obverse: Braided, bearded head of Zeus right, border of dots.

Reverse: Triple pointed ram of galley left, Phoenician letters daleph (D) and nun (N) above, Aradian era date 96 below.
2 commentsArados07/15/18 at 06:25quadrans: Nice piece..
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Kings of Macedon, Alexander III the Great, 336-323 BC, AR Tetradrachm – Byblos mint c. 321/0 BC17 viewsHead of young Herakles r. in lion skin headdress, paws tied at neck.
ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡOΥ Zeus Aëtophoros seated l., retrograde B to l., H beneath throne.

Price -.
Previously unrecorded type that based on style and mint controls is attributed Byblos (Berytos of Price) and dated to c. 321/0 BC in a mintage associated with the withdrawal of the Macedonian Royal army from Egypt to Triparadeisos.

(26 mm, 16.72 g, 9h).

Solidus Numismatik 29 (12 May 2018), Lot 46.

This type is unrecorded in Price. The style together with the retrograde B mint control associate it with the small series of Alexander issues attributed to Berytos by Price, now reattributed to Byblos. It appears that this coinage was struck to help meet the arrears in army pay that resulted from the abortive campaign led by Perdikkas against Ptolemy in Egypt. Perdikkas was assassinated and as the Macedonian Royal army withdrew to Triparadeisos the matter of arrears in pay became a festering issue with the infantry. In an effort to placate the troops it appears that a mint at Byblos was established to coin available silver for at least a token payment to the army.
2 commentsn.igma07/15/18 at 06:24quadrans: Nice and Interesting coin ...
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Byzantine, MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1968 DOC 15 CLBC 4.4.2 61 views
OBV Full length figure of the Virgin, nimbate, orans, wearing tunic, and maphorion turned to the r. Manus Dei (Hands of God) in upper field to r.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia

Size 20.53mm

Weight 4.2gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

DOC lists 34 examples with weights from 2.32 to 4.9gm and size from 17mm to 22mm

The coins only flaw, wear on the Virgins face. Other that near perfect centering and a wonderful reverse strike.
5 commentsSimon07/15/18 at 00:59Jay GT4: Nice
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Huszár 569 var., Pohl 114-4 var., Unger 443d var., Réthy II 116 var., Frynas H.26.4 var., Rupp 42/4-6 Tab XV/430, Toma Exceptional Version A Plate III/15-17 var. (legends)164 viewsHungary. Maria/Mária (1382-1387 solo reign; 1387-1395 with husband Sigismund/Zsigmond of Luxembourg)

AR denar, .56 g., 15.24 mm. max, 0°

Obv: + REGInE • VnGARI [Gothic-style letter A], Open crown with CM below

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

As both sides of the standard Huszár 569 carry a titular legend, there is no consensus regarding obverse and reverse. The fullest legend on the side identified by Huszár and Pohl as the obverse (the side with the crown) is + mARIE D G R VnGARIE (although most coins are missing at least the first G). The fullest legend on the side identified by Unger, Réthy, Frynas and Gyöngyössy as the obverse (the side with the patriarchal cross) is + mOnETA mARIE R V. Since the letters R V are so often omitted from the cross side, Toma accepts the crown side as the obverse.

The standard Huszár 569 was struck in 1384-1395 (per Huszár, with Unger and Frynas agreeing that it incepted in 1384) or in 1385-1395 (per Pohl), and is traditionally viewed as the last of three denarii struck by Maria. More recently, it has been viewed as the second type struck by her (after Huszár 565 and before Huszár 566), in 1383-1385 (per Gyöngyössi and Toma). This coin, with a Cm below the crown, was struck in Körmöcbánya/Kremnitz (now Kremnica, Slovakia) by Johannes Craczer in 1385 (per Pohl).

Toma notes fifteen legend variations among 45 coins of the standard type within the Cluj-Mănăştur Hoard, found in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (formerly, Kolozsvár, Hungary), in 1934. They differ mainly in terms of completeness of legends, spelling of the queen's name, presence of pellets, and the styles of the letter A. Toma lists two variations among five coins with a Cm mark (Pohl 114-4).

Toma further notes four versions of the crown and four versions of the patriarchal cross on the standard type. There are six obverse/reverse design combinations appearing among 41 coins in the hoard, only one of which, Toma A/b, appears among four coins with a Cm (Pohl 114-4). The design combination on this coin appears to be Toma A/b.

Huszár/Pohl rarity rating 5. This coin is a variation of the type not described/depicted in Huszár and Pohl, Unger and Réthy, or Frynas. It is also not included in Toma's tabulation of legend variations or design combinations. It was recorded by Rupp with the Cm mark (Pohl 114-4) and viewed by Unger (1974) to be a distinct type, although it is not included in his catalog. Toma notes 16 coins of this variation in the hoard, bearing four privy marks, eleven with this mark but different legend combinations (Toma plate III/15-17). This combination is represented with a different mark from Körmöcbánya/Kremnitz. Toma refers to the side with the patriarchal cross as the obverse, and notes that the design and legend are as per the obverse of Huszár 566. Toma refers to the side with the crown as the reverse, and notes that legend is as per the reverse legend of Huszár 566 but that the design is as per the obverse of Huszár 569. Toma concludes that this variation represents a distinct type, chronologically sandwiched between the earlier Huszár 569 and later Huszár 566.
1 commentsStkp07/14/18 at 22:47quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Phoenicia, Arados 164-163 B.C11 viewsAE 16.29mm (Thickness 2.22mm), weight 3.22g, die axis = 12h (30 degrees), denomination C.

Obverse: Braided, bearded head of Zeus right, border of dots.

Reverse: Triple pointed ram of galley left, Phoenician letters daleph (D) and nun (N) above, Aradian era date 96 below.
2 commentsArados07/14/18 at 21:00Canaan: Extremly nice, i love it
H-382_László_IV_,_(Ladislaus_IV_),_King_of_Hungary,_(1272-1290_A_D_),_H-382,_CNH_I_-328,_U-290,_AR-Denarius,_Q-001,_10h,_12mm,_0,42g-s.jpg
H-382 László IV., (Ladislaus IV.), King of Hungary, (1272-1290 A.D.), H-382, CNH I.-328, U-290, AR-Denarius, Castle with two towers, B-C, #01137 viewsH-382 László IV., (Ladislaus IV.), King of Hungary, (1272-1290 A.D.), H-382, CNH I.-328, U-290, AR-Denarius, Castle with two towers, B-C, #01
avers: Emperor facing holding cross and scepter, B in the left field, line border.
reverse: Castle with two towers cross between towers, circles above and below, B and C on both sides, line border.
exergue: B/C//--, diameter: 12,0mm, weight: 0,42g, axis: 10h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Huszár-382, CNH I.-328, Unger-290,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans07/14/18 at 20:37Stkp: nice coin
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rsc0545 viewsElagabalus
AR Denarius

Obv: ANTONINVS PIVS FEL. AVG, laureate draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev: HILARITAS AVG. Hilaritas standing front looking left, holding patera and palm branch, between two children looking up at her with outstretched arms.
19 mm, 3.04 gms

RSC 54, RIC 190
1 commentsCharles M07/14/18 at 15:57Callimachus: Nice coin. I always like the coins of Elagabalus f...
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053p Geta (209-211 A.D.), Moesia, Markianopolis, Hristova-Jekov (2014) 06.22.01.01, AE-17, MARKIANOΠOΛIT, Eagle standing facing, #1124 views053p Geta (209-211 A.D.), Moesia, Markianopolis, Hristova-Jekov (2014) 06.22.01.01, AE-17, MARKIANOΠOΛIT, Eagle standing facing, #1
avers: Π CEΠT ΓETAC, Bust of younger Geta, draped, bare-headed, right.
reverse: MARKIANOΠOΛIT, Eagle standing facing, head right, wings spread.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 16mm, weight: 2,44g, axis: 1h,
mint: Moesia, Markianopolis, date: Geta as Caesar, 198-209 A.D., ref: Hristova/Jekov (2014) No. 6.22.1.1., Moushmov 516,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans07/14/18 at 14:31Canaan: Interesting type
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112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 157, Rome, ADVENTVS AVG, Bust B-F, -/-//R ͜• Z, Emperor riding left, #1143 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 157, Rome, ADVENTVS AVG, Bust B-F, -/-//R ͜• Z, Emperor riding left, #1
avers: IMP PRO BVS AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right. (B,F)
reverse: ADVEN TVS AVG, Emperor riding left, right hand raised, left holding sceptre; at foot, captive.
exergue: -/-//R ͜• Z, diameter: 23,0-24,0mm, weight: 3,87g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 279-A.D., 4th. emission, 7th officina, ref: RIC V-II 157-4-7-B, MPR 385,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans07/14/18 at 14:29Canaan: Very nice, details silvering and centering all per...
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Byzantine, MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1968 DOC 15 CLBC 4.4.2 61 views
OBV Full length figure of the Virgin, nimbate, orans, wearing tunic, and maphorion turned to the r. Manus Dei (Hands of God) in upper field to r.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia

Size 20.53mm

Weight 4.2gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

DOC lists 34 examples with weights from 2.32 to 4.9gm and size from 17mm to 22mm

The coins only flaw, wear on the Virgins face. Other that near perfect centering and a wonderful reverse strike.
5 commentsSimon07/14/18 at 14:24Canaan: Extremly nice, i love it
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Byzantine, MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1968 DOC 15 CLBC 4.4.2 61 views
OBV Full length figure of the Virgin, nimbate, orans, wearing tunic, and maphorion turned to the r. Manus Dei (Hands of God) in upper field to r.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia

Size 20.53mm

Weight 4.2gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

DOC lists 34 examples with weights from 2.32 to 4.9gm and size from 17mm to 22mm

The coins only flaw, wear on the Virgins face. Other that near perfect centering and a wonderful reverse strike.
5 commentsSimon07/14/18 at 10:51*Alex: It is a beauty Simon.
112_Probus_(276-282_A_D_),_Roma,_RIC_V-II_157,_AE-Ant,_IMP_PRO_BVS_AVG,_ADVEN_TVS_AVG,_RdotincrescentZ,_em-4,off-7,_279AD,_Q-001,_6h,_23-24mm,_3,87g-s.jpg
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 157, Rome, ADVENTVS AVG, Bust B-F, -/-//R ͜• Z, Emperor riding left, #1143 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 157, Rome, ADVENTVS AVG, Bust B-F, -/-//R ͜• Z, Emperor riding left, #1
avers: IMP PRO BVS AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right. (B,F)
reverse: ADVEN TVS AVG, Emperor riding left, right hand raised, left holding sceptre; at foot, captive.
exergue: -/-//R ͜• Z, diameter: 23,0-24,0mm, weight: 3,87g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 279-A.D., 4th. emission, 7th officina, ref: RIC V-II 157-4-7-B, MPR 385,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans07/14/18 at 09:41maridvnvm: Nice big flan.
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Byzantine, MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1968 DOC 15 CLBC 4.4.2 61 views
OBV Full length figure of the Virgin, nimbate, orans, wearing tunic, and maphorion turned to the r. Manus Dei (Hands of God) in upper field to r.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia

Size 20.53mm

Weight 4.2gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

DOC lists 34 examples with weights from 2.32 to 4.9gm and size from 17mm to 22mm

The coins only flaw, wear on the Virgins face. Other that near perfect centering and a wonderful reverse strike.
5 commentsSimon07/14/18 at 04:40quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Sicily, Syracuse. Agathokles.13 viewsSicily, Syracuse. Agathokles. 317-289 B.C. Ć litra (22 mm, 9.72 g, 9 h). Ca. 306/4-289 B.C. ΣΩΤΕΙΡΑ, head of Artemis right, quiver at shoulder / ΑΓΑΘΟΚΛΕΟΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΟΣ, winged thunderbolt. BAR issue 33; CNS 142; SNG ANS 7081 commentsRob D07/14/18 at 00:20Jay GT4: Nice coin
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Scotland, Roughcastle Roman Fort, Lilia11 viewsThese deep pits, which would have had something like a sharpened stake in the centre of them, were known as lilia because they apparently reminded the Romans of lilies. They are shown on Trajan's column in Rome and were also described by Julius Caesar in his Gallic Wars.
Lilia, which have been found at eight different locations along the 39 miles of the Antonine Wall, are part of its defensive system. The defensive line would have consisted of the ditch, the wall and these lilia, which you might call the ancient Roman equivalent of a minefield.
The lilia pictured above are at the Roman fort of Roughcastle a few miles west of Falkirk.
1 comments*Alex07/14/18 at 00:19Jay GT4: Thanks for sharing
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Scotland, Falkirk, Section of the Antonine Wall7 viewsThe Antonine Wall was built by the Romans across what is now the Central Belt of Scotland, between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde. Representing the northernmost frontier barrier of the Roman Empire, it spanned approximately 63 kilometres (39 miles) and was about 3 metres (10 feet) high and 5 metres (16 feet) wide.
Construction began in AD 142 at the order of the Emperor Antoninus Pius, and took about 12 years to complete.
Most of the wall and its associated fortifications have been destroyed over time, but some remains are still visible. Many of these have come under the care of Historic Scotland and the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.
1 comments*Alex07/14/18 at 00:18Jay GT4: Amazing
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RIC 0392b Iulia Titi14 viewsObv: IVLIA IMP T AVG F AVGVSTA, Draped bust right, hair piled high in front and coiled in small bun at back
Rev: CERES AVGVST / S - C, Ceres standing left, with corn ears and torch
AE/Dupondius (28.44 mm 11.816 g 6h) Struck in Rome 80-81 A D
RIC 392b (R), BMCRE 255, BNF 265
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 74 lot 475
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/13/18 at 23:06Jay GT4: Lovely
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RIC 0277 Vespasianus13 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III, Radiate head right.
Rev: ROMA / S C (in exergue); Roma seated left on cuirass, holding wreath and parazonium, shields behind her back
AE/Dupondius (27.19 mm 13.771 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D.
RIC 277 (C), BMCRE 594 - BNF 568
ex Inasta Auction 74 Lot 638
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/13/18 at 23:05Jay GT4: I like it!
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RIC 0392b Iulia Titi14 viewsObv: IVLIA IMP T AVG F AVGVSTA, Draped bust right, hair piled high in front and coiled in small bun at back
Rev: CERES AVGVST / S - C, Ceres standing left, with corn ears and torch
AE/Dupondius (28.44 mm 11.816 g 6h) Struck in Rome 80-81 A D
RIC 392b (R), BMCRE 255, BNF 265
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 74 lot 475
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/13/18 at 22:30David Atherton: Nice rarity.
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RIC 0277 Vespasianus13 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III, Radiate head right.
Rev: ROMA / S C (in exergue); Roma seated left on cuirass, holding wreath and parazonium, shields behind her back
AE/Dupondius (27.19 mm 13.771 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D.
RIC 277 (C), BMCRE 594 - BNF 568
ex Inasta Auction 74 Lot 638
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/13/18 at 22:30David Atherton: Lovely piece.
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066 - Caracalla Denarius - RIC 33236 viewsObv:– IMP C M AVR ANTONI-NVS PONT AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev:– SECVRITAS PVBLICA, Securitas, draped, seated left on throne, holding globe on extended right hand, left hand resting on side of throne, fold of drapery falling over side to right
Minted in Laodicea-ad-Mare. A.D. 198
Reference:– BMCRE 647-649 though with different obverse legend break. RIC 332 (S). RSC 568.

Some die clogging in the legends but a well detailed example.
4 commentsmaridvnvm07/13/18 at 22:05Legatus: Very nice
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RIC 0392b Iulia Titi14 viewsObv: IVLIA IMP T AVG F AVGVSTA, Draped bust right, hair piled high in front and coiled in small bun at back
Rev: CERES AVGVST / S - C, Ceres standing left, with corn ears and torch
AE/Dupondius (28.44 mm 11.816 g 6h) Struck in Rome 80-81 A D
RIC 392b (R), BMCRE 255, BNF 265
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 74 lot 475
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/13/18 at 20:15quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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RIC 0277 Vespasianus13 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III, Radiate head right.
Rev: ROMA / S C (in exergue); Roma seated left on cuirass, holding wreath and parazonium, shields behind her back
AE/Dupondius (27.19 mm 13.771 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D.
RIC 277 (C), BMCRE 594 - BNF 568
ex Inasta Auction 74 Lot 638
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/13/18 at 20:15quadrans: Great coin ,
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Galba AR Denarius23 viewsGalba, AD 68-69. Denarius, Spain (Tarraco ?), 68. AR 3.25 g.
Obv: GALBA - IMPERTOR Laureate head r., globe at point of bust.
Rev. VIRTVS Virtus, wearing short tunica, standing l., holding parazonium with her l. hand, on her outstretched r. hand Victoria with palm branch and wreath.
RIC 48a (R3) Supplementum Galbianum, Quaderni Ticinesi XII Numismatica E Antichita Classiche 1984. Cf. BMC 341, 194v.; BN III, 36, 34v.; C. 210; RIC 30var. (all with IMP on obv.).
Very rare variant. Toned. Small chips on flan. Almost very fine
Provenance: Auction UBS, Zurich 49 (2000), 365.
Ex: “The Galba Collection”
Hess Divo Auction 333, Lot 100 November 30, 2017
Hess Divo Auction 334 Lot 107 May 29, 2018

Here is another rare denarius of Galba. For a while I thought it was an unpublished variant. It did not appear in RIC 1  (1984).I have to thank Dr. Jryki Muona for supplying the correct reference for me. It appeared in a paper by Sutherland in 1984 entitled Supplementum Galbianum. In this paper several previously unpublished coins of Galba including mine were added. My coin type was given the reference number RIC 48a. Other information including corrections and further information is given in the paper. This coin does not occur in the major museum collections. There is one in the Oxford collection and this is the coin used in the paper cited above. There is one other that was auctioned in 2004 by Gorny & Mosch. I have been unable to find any further examples.

For me the most notable quality of this coin is not the rarity (it is R3: 6-10 examples known in the collections examines for RIC), it is the amazing portrait. I have 4 coins of Galba and not one of the portraits is close to any of the others. There is a remarkable variation in portraits on Galba's denarii, especially considering the short reign of the emperor.

Where was this coin minted? It has the globe at the terminus of the bust. This would seem to indicate Taracco in Spain. However, after some research I have discovered that other mints may have used the globe terminus. In other words, if there is no globe it was not minted in Taracco, if it has the globe it may be Taracco. 

The reverse with Virtvs holding victory does appear on other coins of Galba. However, on the vast majority of these the legend "Vitvus" is on the left and not the right. I have seen 2 other types with "Virtvs" on the right. However, on one the bust has no globe terminus so it is not a Tarraco mint coin. On the other, the obverse legend is different and the coin is probably a product of the Carthage mint in Africa because of the distinctive portrait.

I am very happy to have acquired this coin. It is unusual, interesting, and has a great portrait as well as an interesting reverse.

2 commentsorfew07/13/18 at 19:33Carausius: Classic Spanish style on this denarius. Well done...
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001 Julius Caesar AR Lifetime Denarius91 viewsJulius Caesar. AR Denarius, 44 BC.
(19.00 mm 3.68 g)
Obv:. Laureate head right; before, CAESAR IMP; behind, star of eight rays.
Rev: P. SEPVLLIVS MACER. Venus standing left, holding Victory and sceptre (resting on star?).
Cr. 480/5b RSC 41 BMC 4165 Syd 1071Sear (2000) 1412
A very elegant portrait. Perfectly struck on broad flan. Areas of flatness and scratch on obverse, otherwise about VF.
Ex: Artemide Asti E-Auction 43 E, June 9, 2018.

This coin features a lifetime portrait of Julius Caesar as dictator. It took me a while to find one that I liked. When these come up for auction there is much competition for them. It is not that they are particularly rare, one can find numerous examples for sale at any given time, it is the fact that these are sought after by many collectors. A lifetime portrait of Julius Caesar is a major purchase (at least for me), and would be the centerpiece of many ancient coin collections.

This particular coin features a portrait of Julius Caesar on the obverse with the legend “Caesar Imp”, meaning Julius Caesar Imperator. At this time “Imperator” did not exactly mean emperor it was more like victorious general. On the reverse we see Venus standing and the name of the moneyer who issued the coin. Venus is important as Julius Caesar claimed he was a descendant of Venus. The moneyer’s name is P. Sepullius Macer. On some other lifetime denarii the obverse legend is “Dict Perpetuo” or dictator for life. For some Romans this was too much to stand for. The Romans had a troubled history with their kings and did not want to return to those times. Some believe that this coin so troubled high ranking Romans that it led to the assassination of Ceasar.

One fascinating aspect of these lifetime denarii is that they were minted before the assassination. This coin in particular was issued near the end of February which means it was minted mere weeks before the death of Julius Caesar on March 15. One of the ideas that attracted me to ancient coins in the first place concerned holding a piece of important history in one’s hand. It can be argued that the life and death of Caesar were very important to history. Holding one of these coins takes us back to an important and fascinating historical period.

As to the coin itself, it is struck on a large flan, the portrait is well centered, the obverse legend is very easy to read, and the reverse is quite pleasing as well with good details preserved. The obverse portrait has a deep scratch across the head. However, given the other qualities of the coin this was easy to overlook.
7 commentsorfew07/13/18 at 19:32Carausius: Congratulations, Andrew!
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160 Theodosius I. (379-395 A.D.), Cyzicus, RIC IX 029a, -/-//SMKΓ, AE-3 Follis, GLORIA ROMANORVM, Theodosius I. on horseback right, #1120 views160 Theodosius I. (379-395 A.D.), Cyzicus, RIC IX 029a, -/-//SMKΓ, AE-3 Follis, GLORIA ROMANORVM, Theodosius I. on horseback right, #1
avers: D N THEODO SIVS P F AVG, Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: GLORIA ROMANORVM, Theodosius I. on horseback right, raising right hand.
exergue: -/-//SMKΓ, diameter: 16,0-17,0mm, weight: 1,96g, axes:6h,
mint: Cyzicus, date: A.D., ref: RIC IX 29a,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans07/13/18 at 19:27Canaan: Nice!!!
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Vespasianus BI-Tetradrachme Alexandria Eirene18 viewsObv. : AYTOK KAIΣΣEBA OYEΣΠAΣIANOY Bel. Bust of the Emperor to the right, L B = year 2 (69/70).
Rev.: EIPHNH Eirene stands to the right, holding branch.
References: Dattari: 357.
Dimensions: 7,65g, 24mm.
1 commentsCanaan07/13/18 at 12:37quadrans: Nice find..
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Elagabalus, AD 218- 222. BI Tetradrachm. Antioch.18 viewsObv: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust r. .
Rev: Eagle standing facing, head l., Δ-Ε across fields, star between legs.
11,3 g. 24 mm.
Prieur 265
3 commentsCanaan07/13/18 at 12:36quadrans: Nice piece..
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RIC 562 Domitianus47 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIAN AVG GERMANICVS, Laureate head right
Rev: COS XIIII, across field, Minerva advancing right, with spear and shield
AR/Denarius - 19.73 mm 3.172 g 6h - Struck in Rome 88 A.D. (2nd group)
RIC 562 (R) - RSC 67 - BMCRE 141 - BNF unlisted
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 67 Lot 477
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/13/18 at 03:58quadrans: Nice piece..
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RIC 562 Domitianus47 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIAN AVG GERMANICVS, Laureate head right
Rev: COS XIIII, across field, Minerva advancing right, with spear and shield
AR/Denarius - 19.73 mm 3.172 g 6h - Struck in Rome 88 A.D. (2nd group)
RIC 562 (R) - RSC 67 - BMCRE 141 - BNF unlisted
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 67 Lot 477
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/12/18 at 20:58Jay GT4: Outstanding
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Arcadius, AD 383- 408. AE3. Antioch mint.19 viewsObv: DN ARCADI-VS PF AVG
Helmeted bust facing, spear across shoulder holding shield decorated with cross.
Rev: CONCORDIA AVGG// ANTG
Constantinopolis entrhoned facing, foot on prow, head right, holding scepter and Victory on globe.
Referencez: RIC X 97.
2,23g// 15mm.
1 commentsCanaan07/12/18 at 05:34quadrans: Nice one
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Phoenicia, Arados 59-58 B.C10 viewsAE 13.33mm (Thickness 2.94mm), weight 2.77g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees), denomination C.

Obverse: Jugate, Braided, bearded head of Zeus and Astarte wearing stephane facing right, dotted border.

Reverse: Prow of galley left with (Ἀθηνᾶ Πρόμαχος) Athena figurehead, holding wreath in right, trident in left, Phoenician letter qoph (Q) and Greek letter T left under prow, Aradian era date 201 (CA) right.
2 commentsArados07/12/18 at 05:33quadrans: Interesting piece..
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MYSIA, Kyzikos7 viewsca. 550-500 BC.
EL Hekte (1/6 stater); 10mm, 2.28 grams
Obverse: Head of goat left; (tunny to right)
Reverse: Quadripartite incuse square
1 commentscmcdon092307/12/18 at 02:02Jay GT4: I have to get one of these early coins. Nice one!
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RIC 535 var.7 viewsSestertius, 103-111
Obv: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P
Laur. l., dr. l. s., balteus
Rev: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI – S C
Trajan riding r., thrusts spear at Dacian in front of horse.

27.30g, 33mm
Woytek 203 q+ (10 specimen)

2 commentsklausklage07/11/18 at 20:50okidoki: excellent and stylistic
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Hadrian - AR denarius7 viewsRome
121 AD
laureate bust right, draped left shoulder, bare chest
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HA_DRIANVS AVG
Pax holding scepter and branch
P M TR P__COS III
RIC II 94(b), RSC II 1140a, BMCRE III 1924, SRCV II 3523 var (bust)
2,74g
1 commentsJohny SYSEL07/11/18 at 20:49okidoki: great example,
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Domitian RIC 1648 viewsAR Denarius, 3.43g
Rome mint, 81 AD
RIC 16 (R2). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: P P COS VII DES VIII; Seat, draped; above, semicircular frame decorated with three crescents
Acquired from Germania Inferior, June 2018.

Domitian seems to have been somewhat in a hurry to strike coins as Augustus after Titus' death in mid September 81 AD, presumably for a legionary donative. This denarius was struck before Domitian had been awarded the power of the tribunate (TR P) and pontifex maximus (PM). Here his only titles are Augustus (AVG), Imperator (IMP), Consul for the 7th time (COS VII), and pater patriae, father of the country (P P). Perhaps it may have taken a few days for the Senate to award the power of the tribunate to Domitian because they had assembled at the small town of Reate where Titus had died and needed to be in Rome in order to vote him the right. The religious ceremonies required for Domitian to assume the title pontifex maximus had not yet finished by this time either, here he is simply PONT, or in other words a member of the College of Pontiffs. Some have argued that PONT is the same as PM, I disagree. Titus as Caesar early on had also used the title PONT on his denarii and he was never pontifex maximus under Vespasian - only the emperor can be Pontifex Maximus or greatest priest. Although this Group 2 denarius is not part of Domitian's first RIC issue, it is very likely to have been struck within the first few days of him assuming the purple. RIC notes the chronology is not precise with these issues from 81 and they are grouped only for 'convenience'. Judging by the rarity of the Group 2 denarii they could not have been struck for any great length of time.

Dark cabinet toning with a stylish early portrait.
5 commentsDavid Atherton07/11/18 at 13:02quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Domitian RIC 1648 viewsAR Denarius, 3.43g
Rome mint, 81 AD
RIC 16 (R2). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: P P COS VII DES VIII; Seat, draped; above, semicircular frame decorated with three crescents
Acquired from Germania Inferior, June 2018.

Domitian seems to have been somewhat in a hurry to strike coins as Augustus after Titus' death in mid September 81 AD, presumably for a legionary donative. This denarius was struck before Domitian had been awarded the power of the tribunate (TR P) and pontifex maximus (PM). Here his only titles are Augustus (AVG), Imperator (IMP), Consul for the 7th time (COS VII), and pater patriae, father of the country (P P). Perhaps it may have taken a few days for the Senate to award the power of the tribunate to Domitian because they had assembled at the small town of Reate where Titus had died and needed to be in Rome in order to vote him the right. The religious ceremonies required for Domitian to assume the title pontifex maximus had not yet finished by this time either, here he is simply PONT, or in other words a member of the College of Pontiffs. Some have argued that PONT is the same as PM, I disagree. Titus as Caesar early on had also used the title PONT on his denarii and he was never pontifex maximus under Vespasian - only the emperor can be Pontifex Maximus or greatest priest. Although this Group 2 denarius is not part of Domitian's first RIC issue, it is very likely to have been struck within the first few days of him assuming the purple. RIC notes the chronology is not precise with these issues from 81 and they are grouped only for 'convenience'. Judging by the rarity of the Group 2 denarii they could not have been struck for any great length of time.

Dark cabinet toning with a stylish early portrait.
5 commentsDavid Atherton07/11/18 at 12:41maridvnvm: Absolutely gorgeous
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Domitian RIC 1648 viewsAR Denarius, 3.43g
Rome mint, 81 AD
RIC 16 (R2). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: P P COS VII DES VIII; Seat, draped; above, semicircular frame decorated with three crescents
Acquired from Germania Inferior, June 2018.

Domitian seems to have been somewhat in a hurry to strike coins as Augustus after Titus' death in mid September 81 AD, presumably for a legionary donative. This denarius was struck before Domitian had been awarded the power of the tribunate (TR P) and pontifex maximus (PM). Here his only titles are Augustus (AVG), Imperator (IMP), Consul for the 7th time (COS VII), and pater patriae, father of the country (P P). Perhaps it may have taken a few days for the Senate to award the power of the tribunate to Domitian because they had assembled at the small town of Reate where Titus had died and needed to be in Rome in order to vote him the right. The religious ceremonies required for Domitian to assume the title pontifex maximus had not yet finished by this time either, here he is simply PONT, or in other words a member of the College of Pontiffs. Some have argued that PONT is the same as PM, I disagree. Titus as Caesar early on had also used the title PONT on his denarii and he was never pontifex maximus under Vespasian - only the emperor can be Pontifex Maximus or greatest priest. Although this Group 2 denarius is not part of Domitian's first RIC issue, it is very likely to have been struck within the first few days of him assuming the purple. RIC notes the chronology is not precise with these issues from 81 and they are grouped only for 'convenience'. Judging by the rarity of the Group 2 denarii they could not have been struck for any great length of time.

Dark cabinet toning with a stylish early portrait.
5 commentsDavid Atherton07/11/18 at 11:57Jay GT4: Really great coin
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Domitian RIC 1648 viewsAR Denarius, 3.43g
Rome mint, 81 AD
RIC 16 (R2). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: P P COS VII DES VIII; Seat, draped; above, semicircular frame decorated with three crescents
Acquired from Germania Inferior, June 2018.

Domitian seems to have been somewhat in a hurry to strike coins as Augustus after Titus' death in mid September 81 AD, presumably for a legionary donative. This denarius was struck before Domitian had been awarded the power of the tribunate (TR P) and pontifex maximus (PM). Here his only titles are Augustus (AVG), Imperator (IMP), Consul for the 7th time (COS VII), and pater patriae, father of the country (P P). Perhaps it may have taken a few days for the Senate to award the power of the tribunate to Domitian because they had assembled at the small town of Reate where Titus had died and needed to be in Rome in order to vote him the right. The religious ceremonies required for Domitian to assume the title pontifex maximus had not yet finished by this time either, here he is simply PONT, or in other words a member of the College of Pontiffs. Some have argued that PONT is the same as PM, I disagree. Titus as Caesar early on had also used the title PONT on his denarii and he was never pontifex maximus under Vespasian - only the emperor can be Pontifex Maximus or greatest priest. Although this Group 2 denarius is not part of Domitian's first RIC issue, it is very likely to have been struck within the first few days of him assuming the purple. RIC notes the chronology is not precise with these issues from 81 and they are grouped only for 'convenience'. Judging by the rarity of the Group 2 denarii they could not have been struck for any great length of time.

Dark cabinet toning with a stylish early portrait.
5 commentsDavid Atherton07/11/18 at 11:12FlaviusDomitianus: PONT denarii are always welcome...
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Maximinus II Daia10 views1 commentsPaul R307/11/18 at 07:56Canaan: Nice!!!
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Phoenicia, Arados 59-58 B.C10 viewsAE 13.33mm (Thickness 2.94mm), weight 2.77g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees), denomination C.

Obverse: Jugate, Braided, bearded head of Zeus and Astarte wearing stephane facing right, dotted border.

Reverse: Prow of galley left with (Ἀθηνᾶ Πρόμαχος) Athena figurehead, holding wreath in right, trident in left, Phoenician letter qoph (Q) and Greek letter T left under prow, Aradian era date 201 (CA) right.
2 commentsArados07/11/18 at 05:34Canaan: Very nice!!!
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112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 607, Rome (Siscia), P M TR P COS P P, Bust-A2/C, -/-//XXIЄ, Emperor standing left between two ensigns, Rare!168 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 607, Rome (Siscia), P M TR P COS P P, Bust-A2/C, -/-//XXIЄ, Emperor standing left between two ensigns, Rare!
avers: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from back. (A2/C)
reverse: P M TR P COS P P, Emperor standing left between two ensigns, right hand raised, left holding sceptre.
exergue: -/-//XXIЄ, diameter: 21,5-23,0mm, weight: 3,70g, axes: 11h,
mint: Rome (Siscia), Pink attributes this coin to the first emission of Rome, date: 277 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 607, p-,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans07/10/18 at 23:17Jay GT4: Nice one Q
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112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 607, Rome (Siscia), P M TR P COS P P, Bust-A2/C, -/-//XXIЄ, Emperor standing left between two ensigns, Rare!168 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 607, Rome (Siscia), P M TR P COS P P, Bust-A2/C, -/-//XXIЄ, Emperor standing left between two ensigns, Rare!
avers: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from back. (A2/C)
reverse: P M TR P COS P P, Emperor standing left between two ensigns, right hand raised, left holding sceptre.
exergue: -/-//XXIЄ, diameter: 21,5-23,0mm, weight: 3,70g, axes: 11h,
mint: Rome (Siscia), Pink attributes this coin to the first emission of Rome, date: 277 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 607, p-,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans07/10/18 at 13:25Barnaba6: Very nice! I have the same type in my collection :...
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048 - Antoninus Pius denarius - RIC 293 Note 289 viewsObv:– ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXII, Laureate head facing right
Rev:– VOTA SVSCEPTA DEC III, COS IIII below, Pius veiled and togate, standing left sacrificing with patera over tripod
Reference RIC 293 Note 2
3 commentsmaridvnvm07/10/18 at 05:18Pekka K: You must mean RIC 294b(a). (there is no 294d, and ...
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Diadumenian AE 21 mm of Caesarea Maritima. 32 viewsDiadumenian AE 21 mm of Caesarea Maritima. Laureate draped bust right / Bust of Serapis right, wearing kalathos. Rosenberger 67 1 commentsAntonio Protti07/09/18 at 18:33Johny SYSEL: It is Macrinus, Diadumenian would not have laurel ...
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048 - Antoninus Pius denarius - RIC 293 Note 289 viewsObv:– ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXII, Laureate head facing right
Rev:– VOTA SVSCEPTA DEC III, COS IIII below, Pius veiled and togate, standing left sacrificing with patera over tripod
Reference RIC 293 Note 2
3 commentsmaridvnvm07/09/18 at 10:06ionutbd: I think it is RIC 294d (because of obverse DEC III...
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Marc Antony, AR Denarius12 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Marc Antony, 44-31 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.95g; 18mm).
Military mint travelling with Antony, 42BCE.

Obverse: Antony's bearded head right; M ANTONI - IMP (ligate).

Reverse: Facing bust of Sol within distyle temple; III - VIR - R·P·C, around.

References: Crawford 496/1; HCRI 128; Sydenham 1168; BMCRR (Gaul) 62; Antonia 34.

Provenance: Italian export permit No. 13168 of 2018; ex Nomisma 32 (2006), Lot 129.

This coin was likely struck shortly after Brutus’s and Cassius’s defeat at Philippi in 42 BCE. Antony is still shown with his beard of mourning (he and Octavian would not shave until Caesar’s assassination was avenged), and it’s likely that the die engravers had not yet been instructed to remove the beard following Philippi. This is the last bearded image of Antony to appear on his coinage. There were two versions of this coin type: one with IMP spelled the standard way; the other with IMP ligate, as on this example. The ligate version is the scarcer version of the two. The reverse type emphasizing Sol was a common theme on Antony’s eastern coinage, perhaps reflecting his growing enchantment with eastern Hellenistic culture.
2 commentsCarausius07/09/18 at 08:38shanxi: OH, I'm getting jealous
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, C. Piso Frugi, AR Denarius7 viewsRome. The Republic.
Caius Calpurnius Piso Frugi, 61-59 BCE
AR Denarius (3.96g; 18mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Laureate head of Apollo facing right; wheel with four spokes (control mark), behind.

Reverse: Horse with rider carrying palm, galloping right; II or П above; C PISO L F FRVG, below.

References: Crawford 408/1a (O17/R31); Sydenham 850f; Hersh O-17/R-1023; Banti 245/2 (this coin illustrated); Calpurnia 24.

Provenance: Ex Naville Numismatics 39 (29 Apr 2018), Lot 472; Munzen und Medaillen XVII (2-4 Dec 1957), Lot 185.

Caius Piso Frugi, was the son of Lucius Piso Frugi who produced a huge coinage during the Social War in 90 BCE. Caius was son-in-law to Cicero, marrying Cicero’s daughter Tullia in 63 BCE. He was quaestor in 58 BCE, during which time he fought hard for repeal of Cicero’s exile. He died in 57 BCE, just before Cicero returned to Rome. Cicero thought very highly of him.

Crawford dated Caius’ coinage to 67 BCE, the year of his engagement to Tullia. The near mint state condition of Caius’ coins in the Mesagne Hoard caused Hersh and Walker to bring down the date of Caius’ mint magistracy toward the close of the hoard material, circa 61 BCE. In “Roman Republican Moneyers and Their Coins” (2nd ed.), Michael Harlan suggests a slightly later date of 59 BCE, which would be the latest possible date for the series given the hard dates of Caius’ quaestorship in 58 and death in 57.

With his coinage, Caius reissued the coin types of his father which allude to the celebration of the Ludi Apollinares instituted by Frugi's ancestor during the Second Punic War. These games were held at the Circus Maximus in July of each year and lasted 8 or 9 days, consisting of horse racing and performances.

While his father’s 90 BCE coinage was hurriedly and sloppily produced due to wartime exigency (dies were often used to the brink of destruction), Caius’ coinage was considerably well made – struck in high relief and good style. Reverse dies were convex – resulting in characteristic “cupped” reverses – to fully-strike the high relief obverses. Obverses are in two varieties: the first, with Apollo’s hair bound with a fillet or taenia; the second with his hair laureate. Hersh (1976) knew of 204 obverse dies. Laureate dies are considerably fewer than fillet/taenia dies. The reverses are quite varied, depicting the horsemen wearing various caps or capless and carrying whip, torch, palm or nothing. Hersh knew of 232 reverse dies. Obverse and reverse dies bear a series of control marks consisting of symbols, letters, Greek and Roman numbers and fractional signs. The obverse/reverse die links in the series are very random within the estimated three workshops, and are considered evidence for the “die box” method of die management by the mint officials.
1 commentsCarausius07/08/18 at 22:49David Atherton: Beautiful coin!
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5184 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 119-20 AD quadriga of horses8 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5184; Emmett 960.4;

Issue L Δ = year 4

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙС ΤΡΑΙΑΝΟС ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СƐΒ
Laureate head of Hadrian, r., drapery on l. shoulder

Rev. L Δ
Emperor (Hadrian) standing in quadriga, r., laureate-headed, wearing toga, holding eagle-tipped sceptre and branch

22.16 gr
34 mm
12h
1 commentsokidoki07/08/18 at 18:01quadrans: Interesting piece..
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558 Hadrian Dupondius Roma 118 AD Salus12 viewsReference.
RIC 558; BMC 405; Coh. 1356; Strack 517

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG
Bust of Hadrian, radiate, draped on left shoulder, right

Rev. PONT MAX TR POT COS II SALVS AVG. SC
Salus seated left, feeding snake coiled round altar with right hand and resting left arm on side of chair

10.80 gr
27 mm
6h

Note.
a rare variant on the SC being in Ex.
1 commentsokidoki07/08/18 at 18:00quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 607, Rome (Siscia), P M TR P COS P P, Bust-A2/C, -/-//XXIЄ, Emperor standing left between two ensigns, Rare!168 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 607, Rome (Siscia), P M TR P COS P P, Bust-A2/C, -/-//XXIЄ, Emperor standing left between two ensigns, Rare!
avers: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from back. (A2/C)
reverse: P M TR P COS P P, Emperor standing left between two ensigns, right hand raised, left holding sceptre.
exergue: -/-//XXIЄ, diameter: 21,5-23,0mm, weight: 3,70g, axes: 11h,
mint: Rome (Siscia), Pink attributes this coin to the first emission of Rome, date: 277 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 607, p-,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans07/08/18 at 17:17okidoki: Nice Joe
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Marc Antony, AR Denarius12 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Marc Antony, 44-31 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.95g; 18mm).
Military mint travelling with Antony, 42BCE.

Obverse: Antony's bearded head right; M ANTONI - IMP (ligate).

Reverse: Facing bust of Sol within distyle temple; III - VIR - R·P·C, around.

References: Crawford 496/1; HCRI 128; Sydenham 1168; BMCRR (Gaul) 62; Antonia 34.

Provenance: Italian export permit No. 13168 of 2018; ex Nomisma 32 (2006), Lot 129.

This coin was likely struck shortly after Brutus’s and Cassius’s defeat at Philippi in 42 BCE. Antony is still shown with his beard of mourning (he and Octavian would not shave until Caesar’s assassination was avenged), and it’s likely that the die engravers had not yet been instructed to remove the beard following Philippi. This is the last bearded image of Antony to appear on his coinage. There were two versions of this coin type: one with IMP spelled the standard way; the other with IMP ligate, as on this example. The ligate version is the scarcer version of the two. The reverse type emphasizing Sol was a common theme on Antony’s eastern coinage, perhaps reflecting his growing enchantment with eastern Hellenistic culture.
2 commentsCarausius07/08/18 at 15:21Jay GT4: Great bearded portrait!
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ROMAN REPUBLIC - L Series Victoriatus14 viewsRome. The Republic.
L Series, 211-208 BCE
AR Victoriatus (3.13g; 18mm).
Luceria mint

Obverse: Laureate head of Jupiter facing right; bead-and-reel border.

Reverse: Victory crowns trophy; L between; ROMA in exergue.

References: Crawford 97/1b; RBW 395; Sydenham 121; BMCRR (Italy) 157-8.

Provenance: Ex Andrew McCabe Collection; ex RBW Collection (not in prior sales); private purchase from H.J. Berk 15 May 1994.

About 212 BCE, when the Romans introduced the denarius system, they also introduced a collateral denomination of silver coin, the victoriatus. As evidenced by its different weight standard, debased metal, iconography and missing denominational mark, the victoriatus was not integral to the denarius system but was produced for a special purpose. While the denarius and its fractions, the quinarius and sestertius, all depicted Roma and the Dioscuri, victoriati depicted Jupiter and Victory crowning a trophy. Further, while denarii were produced from nearly pure silver, victoriati were made from debased silver of about 70% purity. Based on the weight standard of Magna Graecia drachms, victoriati were likely designed specifically for payments to Greek cities of southern Italy and hoard evidence supports circulation largely in southern Italy.

Like the LT Series victoriati that were also struck in Luceria, Crawford notes that the L Series Victoriati went through three obverse phases: the first, with bead-and-reel border and Jupiter with scraggly hair; the second, with bead-and-reel border and Jupiter with neat ringlets; and the last, with dot border. This coin clearly belongs to the second phase.

Rome ceased issuing victoriati circa 170 BCE. Perhaps because of their debased metal (which discouraged hoarding), victoriati continued to circulate in Gaul for many years until they functioned as de facto quinarii due to metal loss from wear. Their continued popularity caused Rome to later issue quinarii bearing the same devices (Jupiter/Victory and trophy).
3 commentsCarausius07/08/18 at 10:39*Alex: Excellent.
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL - Julius Caesar - AR Denarius27 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Julius Caesar, 48 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.71g; 20mm).

Obverse: Head of Venus facing right; LII behind.

Reverse: Trophy with Gallic shield, carnyx and axe; CAESAR below.

References: Crawford 452/2; Sydenham 1009; HCRI 11; RSC 18.

Provenance: Ex Student/Mentor Collection [NAC 83 (15 May 2015) Lot 407]; ex Glendining's October 1965, Lot 22.

The Roman numeral LII behind the goddess' head on the obverse of this coin is accepted as a reference to Caesar's age at the time of the issue. There is some disagreement on the identity of the obverse goddess. Crawford identifies her as Venus, who is often depicted on Caesar's coins. Sear, in History and Coinage of the Roman Imperators, suggests Clementia (clemency) as the goddess, and a reference to Caesar's fairness to his countrymen following the defeat of Pompey at Pharsalus.
4 commentsCarausius07/08/18 at 10:38*Alex: Nice one.
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Antony Legion III Denarius9 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Mark Antony, 31 BCE.
Mint travelling with Antony.
AR Denarius (3.69g; 18mm).

Obv: ANT AVG III VIR R P C; Galley right.

Rev: LEG III; Aquilia between two standards.

Reference: Crawford 544/15; HCRI 350; Syd 1217; Viereck, Die Römische Flotte (1975), p. 292 (this coin illustrated).

Provenance: ex CNG Classical Numismatic Review (Jul 2017); ex Triton IV (5 Dec 2000), Lot 432; ex Sternberg XII (18 Nov 1982), Lot 512; ex H.D.L. Viereck Collection (bef. 1975).

Produced by Antony in the lead-up to his final defeat at Actium by Octavian’s navy (commanded by Agrippa), the legionary series was a huge issue that recognized 23 legions under Antony’s command. These coins would continue to circulate throughout the Empire for several centuries after Antony’s loss, partly because their notoriously debased silver discouraged hoarding.
2 commentsCarausius07/08/18 at 10:37*Alex:
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, C. Antestius, 146 BCE9 viewsRome, The Republic.
C. Antestius, 146 BCE.
AR Denarius (4.07g; 20mm).
Rome Mint.

Obv: Helmeted head of Roma facing right; C ANTESTI behind; X (mark-of-value) below chin.

Rev: Dioscuri galloping right with couched spears; puppy below, with front feet raised; ROMA in exergue.

References: Crawford 219/1e; Sydenham 411; BMCRR 860; Antestia 1.

Provenance: Ex Artemide Auction 2 (1996), Lot 411.

The moneyer is unknown. Grueber suggests he may have been the son of C. Antestius Labeo, who was a Senator and ambassador to Macedonia circa 167 BCE. Crawford disputes this assertion.
1 commentsCarausius07/08/18 at 10:35*Alex: Great details. I love the dog . Very nice ind...
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, L. Scipio Asiagenus, 106 BCE9 viewsRome, The Republic.
L. Scipio Asiagenus, 106 BCE.
AR Serrate Denarius (3.95g; 19mm).
Rome Mint.

Obv: Laureate head of Jupiter facing left; R● (control mark) behind.

Rev: Jupiter in quadriga galloping right, hurling thunderbolt and holding scepter; L●SCIP●ASIAG in exergue.

References: Crawford 311/1a; Sydenham 576; BMCRR 1372; Cornelia 24

Provenance: Ex Gemini XII (11 Jan 2015), Lot 287; HJB 163 (25 March 2009), lot 224; ex A.K. Collection [Triton XII (6 Jan 2009), lot 462 (part)]; Münzhandlung E. Button Auction 101 (28-29 October 1959), Lot 149.

Each control mark in this series is a single die. The reverse recalls the moneyer's ancestor, L. Cornelius Scipio (son of Africanus), who had a victory against the Syrians in 190 BCE and took the name Asiagenus. The moneyer was likely the L. Cornelius Asiaticus that became consul in 83 BCE. He served in the Social War and was allied with Marius at the time of his consulship. He was imprisoned by Sulla and released. However he was later proscribed by Sulla and fled Rome.
2 commentsCarausius07/08/18 at 10:33*Alex: Superb. Great strike, great tone, great coin.
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Didrachm - Quadrigatus (Crawford 30)21 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous, 225-214 BCE.
AR Didrachm/Quadrigatus (6.29 g; 21mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Janiform head with irregular neck truncaction.

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

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

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

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

The Crawford 30 series of quadrigati, to which this example belongs, have a distinct obverse style, notably a thick, single sideburn between the janiform heads with various neck truncation styles ranging from straight – wavy – convex. On the reverse, Victory stands further back, on the backboard of the chariot with more of her garment visible. ROMA legend is always incuse on this series, though tablets range from square to trapezoidal.
4 commentsCarausius07/08/18 at 10:30*Alex: Lovely tone.
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ROMAN REPUBLIC - AR Didrachm34 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous, 234-231 BCE.
AR Didrachm (6.74g; 20mm).

Obv: Laureate head of Apollo facing right.

Rev: Horse rearing left; ROMA above.

Reference: Crawford 26/1; Sydenham 27.

Provenance: Ex Kuenker (25 Sep 2017) Lot 508; ex Bernhard Terletzkli Collection; ex Dr. Hagen Tronnier Collection; ex Kunker Auction 94 (2004), Lot 1650; ex Auctiones 10 (1979), Lot 303.
4 commentsCarausius07/08/18 at 10:28*Alex: Nice!
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ROMAN REPUBLIC - Didrachm - Crawford 20/118 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous, 269-266 BCE.
AR Didrachm (7.28g; 21mm).
Uncertain mint.

Obv: Diademed head of youthful Hercules facing right, with lion skin and club over shoulder.

Rev: She-Wolf suckling the twins, Romulus & Remus; ROMANO in exergue.

References: Crawford 20/1; Sydenham 6; BMCRR (Romano-Campanian) 28-33.

Provenance: Ex Dr. Walter F. Stoeklin Collection [Nomos AG eSale 9 (25 Mar 2018) Lot 2]; Adolph Hess Auction (19 Dec 1933), Lot 3.

The earliest Roman Didrachm coinage commenced in the late fourth century BCE. While earliest didrachms bore the inscription ROMANO, they were not struck in Rome and didn’t really circulate in Rome! The earliest didrachms were likely produced in Naples or some other nearby mint. Kenneth Harl, in "Coinage in the Roman Economy" theorizes that Roman didrachms were likely valued at 10 asses and were possibly called “denarii” in their day.

This coin is from the large, third issue of didrachms produced around the time of the Pyrrhic War, circa 269 BCE. In "Natural History", Pliny wrote that the Romans first struck silver coins “in the 485th year of the city, when Q. Ogulnius and C. Fabius were consuls, five years before the First Punic War [=269 BC].” (NH 33.42-44) Some surmise that Pliny’s now infamous text refers to the above coin type. Pliny’s text confounded for generations the determination by Roman numismatists of the introduction date for the denarius, with many scholars interpreting his statement as evidence for an early introduction; that “literal” theory having been disproven by Thomsen’s analysis in “Early Roman Coinage” and the indisputable evidence of the destruction level finds at Morgantina.

In "Roman Republican Coinage", Michael Crawford assigned this type to the Rome mint, but Crawford turned non-committal regarding the mint in his later book, Coinage and Money Under the Roman Republic. Previous scholars (Babelon, Grueber, Sydenham) had attributed this series to Campania. The reverse bears the first depiction of the she-wolf and suckling twins on a Roman coin, representing the mythical founding of Rome. The emblematic nature of this scene likely influenced the mint assignment by some researchers. Indeed, subsequent coins bearing this scene have similarly been assigned to Rome by some authors, perhaps without justification, based on the “Roman” character of the scene – notably the Eagle/Wolf and Twins AE Sextans (Crawford 39/3) of the semi-libral reduction in 217-215 BCE, which I believe is likely a Campanian product. There would be countless more such depictions of the wolf and twins on Roman coins during the ensuing centuries [Crawford 183; Crawford 235/1; Antoninus Pius; Maxentius; Constantine “commemoratives”, etc.]. According to Pliny, Q. Ogulnius was a consul when this coin was likely first produced, and the reverse may allude to the wolf and twins statue erected in Rome by Ogulnius’ grandfather and great uncle, the brothers Quintus and Gnaeus Ogulnius, in 296 BCE.
2 commentsCarausius07/08/18 at 10:28*Alex: Great coin all round.
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ROMAN REPUBLIC - AE Aes Grave Sextans - Crawford 217 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous, circa 265 BCE.
AE Aes Grave Sextans (43.28g; 35mm).

Obverse: Scallop shell seen from outside; two pellets (mark-of-value=two unciae) below.

Reverse: Scallop shell seen from inside.

References: Crawford 21/5; Vecchi, ICC 45.

Provenanc: Numismatica Ars Classica 40 (2007), Lot 365.

Aes Grave were a significant departure from the previous Roman bronze money in that they were denominated with marks of value, and thus did not require weighing. At least three separate series of Roman Aes Grave use shells as types on sextantes (see Crawford 14/5 sextans in this gallery). This is likely a traditional nod to the shell shaped Aes Formatum that were used for monetary exchange prior to the adoption of Aes Grave by Rome. The old Aes Formatum astragaloi (knuckle bones) are similarly re-used on Aes Grave Unciae which depict both sides of a knuckle bone (See Crawford 14/6, 21/6 and 25/9).
1 commentsCarausius07/08/18 at 10:27*Alex: Nice shell.
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Huszár 580, Pohl 119-_, Unger 451ωω, Réthy II 125A, Frynas H.27.86 viewsHungary. Sigismund/Zsigmond of Luxembourg (1387-1437; Holy Roman Emperor 1433-1437)

AR parvus; .34 g., 12.08 mm. max.

Obv: Four-part shield (Árpádian stripes and eagle), S—V—R above and flanking, •• below.

Rev: Cross with four crowns between its arms.

The type was struck in 1387-1427 (Huszár, Pohl, Unger, Frynas and Gyöngyössy, although the type terminated in 1410 per Engel). This privy mark is listed in Huszár and Unger but not in Pohl.

The parvus (also called the “small denar” fillér or pankart) was struck with an average nominal fineness of 0.353 silver. Because of many worn out and counterfeit coins it was pulled from circulation after 1427 (per Huszár). Although not specifically discussed in this context in Engel, the parvus must have experienced the same rampant debasement as the denar did.

Huszár/Pohl rarity 4; Frynas rarity C. This type is typically struck on a small flan. This specimen is unusually well and fully struck for the type.
1 commentsStkp07/08/18 at 08:23quadrans: Nice piece..
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Jalal al-Din Muhammad Akbar (963-1014 AH / 1556 - 1605 A.D.)10 viewsAR Rupee
INDIA, Mughal Empire
O الله اکبر; Allahu Akbar (God is Greatest) R:جل جلاله ٣٣ الهی; Jalle Jalalahu, Ilahi 33 (His Glory is Great, Ilahi 33)
19x19
10.96g
1 commentsMat07/08/18 at 08:19quadrans: Nice piece..
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Darius II - Artaxerxes II, (420 - 375 B.C.)18 viewsPersian Empire, Lydia, Anatolia
AR Siglos
O: Kneeling-running figure of the Great King right, bearded, crowned, dagger in right hand, bow in left hand, waist indicated, pellets on sleeves.
R: Oblong incuse.
Sardes (Sart, Turkey) mint
14mm
5.2g
Carradice Type IV (middle) B, pl. XIV, 43; SNG Kayhan 1033; SGCV II 4683
2 commentsMat07/08/18 at 08:18quadrans: Nice one
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, C/M Series Victoriatus7 viewsRome. The Republic.
C/M Series, 211-208 BCE
AR Victoriatus (3.26g; 18mm).
Sicilian mint (?)

Obverse: Laureate head of Jupiter facing right; C behind.

Reverse: Victory crowns trophy; M between; ROMA in exergue.

References: Crawford 71/1a; RBW 300; Sydenham 112; BMCRR (Italy) 252.

Provenance: Ex Andrew McCabe Collection; Vecchi 7 (6 Oct 1997) Lot 571; NAC 1 (29 Mar 1989) Lot 561.

About 212 BCE, when the Romans introduced the denarius system, they also introduced a collateral denomination of silver coin, the victoriatus. As evidenced by its different weight standard, debased metal, iconography and missing denominational mark, the victoriatus was not integral to the denarius system but was produced for a special purpose. While the denarius and its fractions, the quinarius and sestertius, all depicted Roma and the Dioscuri, victoriati depicted Jupiter and Victory crowning a trophy. Further, while denarii were produced from nearly pure silver, victoriati were made from debased silver of about 70% purity. Based on the weight standard of Magna Graecia drachms, victoriati were likely designed specifically for payments to Greek cities of southern Italy and hoard evidence supports circulation largely in southern Italy.

Crawford’s attribution of the C/M Series victoriati to a Sicilian mint is uncertain and partly based on style.

Rome ceased issuing victoriati circa 170 BCE. Perhaps because of their debased metal (which discouraged hoarding), victoriati continued to circulate in Gaul for many years until they functioned as de facto quinarii due to metal loss from wear. Their continued popularity caused Rome to later issue quinarii bearing the same devices (Jupiter/Victory and trophy).
1 commentsCarausius07/08/18 at 01:53PMah: Jupiter obv is fantastic; details of Victory unusu...
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Roman Empire, Faustina Filia Sestertius67 viewsObv. FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, hair waved and coiled on back of head.
Rev. FECVND AVGVSTAE S C, Fecunditas standing l. between two girls and holding two infants in her arms.
Mint: Rome, 161-176 AD.

32mm 27.03g

Cohen 96; RIC 1635 (Marcus Aurelius)

Ex Dorotheum, Coin Auction part 2, 16th November 2017, Lot 1319.

In Roman mythology, Fecunditas was the goddess of fertility. She was portrayed as a matron, sometimes holding a cornucopia or a hasta pura, with children in her arms or standing next to her. Nero dedicated a temple at Rome to Fecunditas, on occasion of his daughter's birth in 63 AD.
5 commentskc07/08/18 at 00:01.QVINTVS.FABIVS.MAXIMVS.: Nice patina!!!
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ROMAN IMPERATORS, Octavian, Triumvir and Imperator, Silver Denarius, SRCV I 1558, RSC I 123, RIC I 267, Sear CRI 422, BMCRR 434857 viewsSH16777. Silver denarius, SRCV I 1558, RSC I 123, RIC I 267, Sear CRI 422, BMCRR 4348, EF, lustrous, weight 3.781g, maximum diameter 20.9mm, die axis 180o, Italian (Rome?) mint, obverse bare head of Octavian right; reverse IMP CAESAR on architrave of the Actian arch, depicted as a single span surmounted by a large statue of Octavian in a facing triumphal quadriga; mirror luster, slight rainbow toning, struck flat on the top edge of the reverse, banker's marks
3 commentsJoe Sermarini07/07/18 at 23:59.QVINTVS.FABIVS.MAXIMVS.: Amazing
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136 Constantinus I. (306-309 A.D. Caesar, 309-910 A.D. Filius Augustorum, 307-337 A.D. Augustus), Rome, RIC VII 027, AE-3 Follis, R/X/F//RT, SOLI INVICTO COMITI, Sol standing left,280 views136 Constantinus I. (306-309 A.D. Caesar, 309-910 A.D. Filius Augustorum, 307-337 A.D. Augustus), Rome, RIC VII 027, AE-3 Follis, R/X/F//RT, SOLI INVICTO COMITI, Sol standing left,
avers:- IMP CONSTANTINVS P F AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
revers:- SOLI INVI CTO COMITI, Sol standing left, holding globe and raising right hand, R over X in left field, F in right field.
exerg: R/X/F//RT, diameter: 20,5-21,5mm, weight: 3,49g, axes: 4h,
mint: Rome, date: 313 A.D., ref: RIC VII 27, p-299,
Q-00
1 commentsquadrans07/07/18 at 23:39Joseph B2: Nice one! Love it.
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RIC 535 var.7 viewsSestertius, 103-111
Obv: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P
Laur. l., dr. l. s., balteus
Rev: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI – S C
Trajan riding r., thrusts spear at Dacian in front of horse.

27.30g, 33mm
Woytek 203 q+ (10 specimen)

2 commentsklausklage07/07/18 at 21:26Marsman: Beautiful !
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Darius II - Artaxerxes II, (420 - 375 B.C.)18 viewsPersian Empire, Lydia, Anatolia
AR Siglos
O: Kneeling-running figure of the Great King right, bearded, crowned, dagger in right hand, bow in left hand, waist indicated, pellets on sleeves.
R: Oblong incuse.
Sardes (Sart, Turkey) mint
14mm
5.2g
Carradice Type IV (middle) B, pl. XIV, 43; SNG Kayhan 1033; SGCV II 4683
2 commentsMat07/07/18 at 19:28okidoki: Nice tiny
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C. Naevius Balbus - AR serrate denarius2 views˛Sardinia
ąRome
ą˛79 BC
diademed head of Venus right
S·C
Victory right in triga holding reins
XXXIII
C·N(AE)·B(AL)B
ąCrawford 382/1b, SRCV I 309, RSC I Naevia 6, Sydenham 769b, BMCRR Rome 2937 var. (XXXIIII)
˛Mark Passehl - Roman moneyer & coin type chronology, 150 – 50 BC
ex Naumann
ex Forum Ancient Coins
1 commentsJohny SYSEL07/07/18 at 03:37Jay GT4: Great triga
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Metapontion - AR stater3 viewsc. 330-290 BC
head of Demeter right wearing grain ears, triple pendant earring and necklace
ear of barley with leaf to right; plough right
META
MAX
Johnston Class C1:4; HN Italy 1581
ex Roma Numismatics
1 commentsJohny SYSEL07/07/18 at 03:36Jay GT4: Outstanding piece of art
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Trajan - Kyrene or Caesarea7 viewsAR hemidrachm
100 AD
laureate head of right
AYT KAIΣ NEP TPAIAN ΣEB ΓEPM
head of Zeus-Ammon right
ΔHMAPX·EΞ·YΠAT·Γ
BMC 57-58. Sydenham 176
1,51g
ex Dionysos Numismatic
1 commentsJohny SYSEL07/06/18 at 01:31Jay GT4: Really nice Johny
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D.308B Rudolph (denier, Château-Landon)9 viewsRudolph (or Raoul, Radulf), king of the Franks (923-936)
Denier (Château-Landon)

Silver, 1.16 g, 19 mm diameter, die axis 4h

O/ +CRΛTIΛ D-I; odonic monogram of Rodolf (legend beginning at 9h)
R/ +CΛSTIS LIΛNDNI; cross pattée

The R on the top and the F below are for Rodulfus. The 2 lozenges on the sides may come from Eudes' monogram (Oddo). Eudes was the brother of Rudolph's father-in-law... sort of family alliance against Carolingians (although Rudolph's aunt had been married to Charles the Bald...). The I and the X are more mysterious.

According to Dumas, this coinage may have been struck after Rudolph's dead, by Hugues the Great, his brother-in-law... family business still.
1 commentsDroger07/05/18 at 00:42Stkp: nice
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, L. Plautius Plancus, AR Denarius23 viewsRome. The Republic.
L. Plautius Plancus, 47 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.94g; 19mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: L·PLAVTIVS; Facing mask of Medusa with coiled snakes on each side.

Reverse: PLANCVS; Victory facing, leading four horses and holding palm.

References: Crawford 453/1a; HCRI 29; Sydenham 959; BMCRR 4006; Plautia 14.

Provenance: Ex The New York Sale Auction XXXII (8 Jan 2014) Lot 205; NAC 54 (24 Mar 2010), Lot 256.

Lucius Plautius Plancus was a brother of L. Munatius Plancus, who became Prefect of the City under Caesar. Lucius was adopted by L. Plautius. In 47 BCE, Lucius was a moneyer and produced this coin. Two styles of the obverse were produced, one with coiled snakes on either side of Medusa's head; the other without snakes.

In 43 BCE, Lucius was proscribed by the Second Triumvirate and executed. The same year of Lucius’ proscription and execution, his brother, L. Munatius Plancus, placed in the capitol a painting by the 4th century BCE, Greek artist, Nicomachus of Thebes in which Victory is driving a quadriga and holding a palm. David Sear, in “History and Coinage of the Roman Imperators” suggests that Lucius may have owned the Nicomachus painting in 47 BCE (it would have passed to his brother upon his execution) and that the reverse of this coin was inspired by the painting. Sear is not the first numismatist to have proposed this theory regarding the Nicomachus painting. Eckhel had an equally conjectural theory for this coin type that connected the devices to a story involving one of Lucius’ ancestors as the basis for an annual celebration in Rome where masks were worn.

Regardless of the true derivation and meaning of the type, the coin is a remarkably artistic design for the period, and surely the devices must have some connection to the moneyer’s natural or adopted family.
3 commentsCarausius07/04/18 at 21:31PMah: Superb example! A complex coin that almost always...
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Vespasian RIC 43 (2)58 viewsAR Denarius, 3.14g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 43 (C2). BMC 50. RSC 43.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: Above AVGVR, below, TRI POT; Simpulum, sprinkler, jug, and lituus
Acquired from Germania Inferior, June 2018.

The vast majority of denarii from this issue with the shortened obverse legend have a legend break above the portrait, normally seen between VE-SP or VES-P (see my other RIC 43). This is a rare variant without the break above the portrait. I suppose it was a whim of the engraver whether the legend was continuous or not. The reverse commemorates Vespasian being voted pontifex maximus by the Senate in November of 70, shortly after his arrival in Rome. It copies a type struck for Julius Caesar.

Workman-like portrait with beautiful gold toning and rainbow hints.
3 commentsDavid Atherton07/04/18 at 21:08Jay GT4: Very nice
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Asia Minor, Caria, Cidramus, Caligula, Goddess Sparzene16 viewsCaligula, AD 37-41
Caria, Cidramus
AE 17
Obv.: ΣΕΒΑΣTOΣ, Bare head left.
Rev.: ΚΙΔΡΑΜΗΝΩΝ ΜΟΥΣΑΙΟΣ ΚΑΛΛΙΚΡΑΤΟΥΣ ΠΡ, Goddess Sparzene standing facing, with outstretched arms.
AE, 5.33g, 17mm
Ref.: RPC I 2874
2 commentsshanxi07/04/18 at 21:07Jay GT4: Nice one
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Augustus & Agrippa, AE As, COL NEM2411 viewsAugustus & Agrippa, AE As, 28mm (12.83 gm). Addorsed heads of Agrippa on left, wearing combined rostral crown and laurel wreath, and Augustus on right, wearing oak wreath, IMP above and DIVI F below / Crocodile chained to palm tip, wreath in upper left and COL - NEM above. Nemausus, c. 10 BC - AD 10. RIC I 158 (pg. 51).
29 commentssocalcoins07/04/18 at 20:29.QVINTVS.FABIVS.MAXIMVS.: coat of arms for Nimes.
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RGS, Julian the Apostate, AD 360-363428 viewsGold solidus, 22.1mm, 4.46g, EF
Struck at Antioch in Syria c. AD 362-3
FL CL IVLIA-NVS P F AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, with long beard / VIRTVS EXERCI-TVS ROMANORVM, helmeted soldier advancing right, head left, dragging captive with right and holding trophy over shoulder; ANT A in exergue. RCOA
Ex: Freeman & Sear
RIC 197 (citing a specimen at Vienna); Cohen 79 var
9 commentsLawrence Woolslayer07/04/18 at 20:21.QVINTVS.FABIVS.MAXIMVS.:
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PAPAL: Gregory X9 viewsRome, Gregory X (Tebaldo Visconti), 1272-1276 Bulla 1272-1276, PB 38mm., 90.33g. GRЄ/GORIVS/· P P · X’ · in three lines; all within linear-beaded border; (Ω above P P). Rev. S PA S PE Bare heads of Sts. Paul and Peter, facing slightly r. and l., respectively, each within beaded halo; cruciform sceptrr between; all within beaded-linear border. Serafini I 1-2.

Ex. Naville
2 commentsMolinari07/04/18 at 17:20okidoki: excellent
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PAPAL: Gregory X9 viewsRome, Gregory X (Tebaldo Visconti), 1272-1276 Bulla 1272-1276, PB 38mm., 90.33g. GRЄ/GORIVS/· P P · X’ · in three lines; all within linear-beaded border; (Ω above P P). Rev. S PA S PE Bare heads of Sts. Paul and Peter, facing slightly r. and l., respectively, each within beaded halo; cruciform sceptrr between; all within beaded-linear border. Serafini I 1-2.

Ex. Naville
2 commentsMolinari07/04/18 at 16:33Mat: Neat!
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Maximinus II Daia17 viewsSize and weight: 24x25mm; 6.9g.
Obverse: GAL VAL MAXIMINVS NOB CAES
Laureate head right. Divergent wreath ties with pointed ends.
Reverse: GENIO CA-ESARIS
Genius standing facing, head left, wearing modius on head, chlamys across left shoulder, right hand holding out a patera from which liquid flows, left arm holding a cornucopia behind.
Field Marks: K in left field, Δ over P in right field.
Exergue: ALE
Reference: RIC VI Alexandria 99a.
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)07/04/18 at 13:23maridvnvm: I love the ALexandrian style. This on is a great e...
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04 Constantius II8 viewsConstantius II AE3. D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP REPARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman who is bare-headed, reaching backwards; LXXII left /Chi-Rho in centr, AQT in ex Aquileia 1951 commentsRandygeki(h2)07/04/18 at 13:22maridvnvm: Nice one. The value marked coins are fascinating.
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03 Constantius II20 viewsConstantius II
Antioch
5,4 g / 24.1 mm
obverse D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right;
reverse FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Gamma in left, soldier spearing Horseman,hair in braids, bearded, reaching back towards soldier

ANZ Antioch 122
Sear 18170
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)07/04/18 at 13:21maridvnvm: Very nice. Attractive example of this early issue.
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Vespasian RIC 43 (2)58 viewsAR Denarius, 3.14g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 43 (C2). BMC 50. RSC 43.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: Above AVGVR, below, TRI POT; Simpulum, sprinkler, jug, and lituus
Acquired from Germania Inferior, June 2018.

The vast majority of denarii from this issue with the shortened obverse legend have a legend break above the portrait, normally seen between VE-SP or VES-P (see my other RIC 43). This is a rare variant without the break above the portrait. I suppose it was a whim of the engraver whether the legend was continuous or not. The reverse commemorates Vespasian being voted pontifex maximus by the Senate in November of 70, shortly after his arrival in Rome. It copies a type struck for Julius Caesar.

Workman-like portrait with beautiful gold toning and rainbow hints.
3 commentsDavid Atherton07/04/18 at 13:21maridvnvm: A very attractive coin. Vespasian looks brutish.
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Asia Minor, Caria, Cidramus, Caligula, Goddess Sparzene16 viewsCaligula, AD 37-41
Caria, Cidramus
AE 17
Obv.: ΣΕΒΑΣTOΣ, Bare head left.
Rev.: ΚΙΔΡΑΜΗΝΩΝ ΜΟΥΣΑΙΟΣ ΚΑΛΛΙΚΡΑΤΟΥΣ ΠΡ, Goddess Sparzene standing facing, with outstretched arms.
AE, 5.33g, 17mm
Ref.: RPC I 2874
2 commentsshanxi07/04/18 at 13:13Canaan: Very nice!!!
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4 Constans5 viewsD N CONSTA-NS P F AVG: Bust of Constans, pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed, right
FEL TEMP REPARATIO: Phoenix, radiate, standing right on globe, star left
RIC Rome 143
1 commentsRandygeki(h2)07/04/18 at 12:45maridvnvm: Neat. I will find a Rome example some day!
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01 Constantius Gallus14 viewsConstantius Gallus
DN CONSTANTI-VS NOB CAES
bare-headed, draped, cuirassed bust right
RE-PARATIO
Soldier spearing horseman, bearded, bare-headed, reaching
ALEB / dot S dot left
Alexandria 79
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)07/04/18 at 12:44maridvnvm: These have a very striking portrait and yours is a...
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Vespasian RIC 43 (2)58 viewsAR Denarius, 3.14g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 43 (C2). BMC 50. RSC 43.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: Above AVGVR, below, TRI POT; Simpulum, sprinkler, jug, and lituus
Acquired from Germania Inferior, June 2018.

The vast majority of denarii from this issue with the shortened obverse legend have a legend break above the portrait, normally seen between VE-SP or VES-P (see my other RIC 43). This is a rare variant without the break above the portrait. I suppose it was a whim of the engraver whether the legend was continuous or not. The reverse commemorates Vespasian being voted pontifex maximus by the Senate in November of 70, shortly after his arrival in Rome. It copies a type struck for Julius Caesar.

Workman-like portrait with beautiful gold toning and rainbow hints.
3 commentsDavid Atherton07/04/18 at 11:49okidoki: Congrats very nice toning
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Possibly Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Osroes (1st quarter of 2nd century A.D.). Probably Parthia. Osroes I (109-129 A.D.).19 viewsvan't Haaff 15.3.1-1; de Morgan --; BMC -- Sear GICV --; Alram --

AE (Elymaean) obol or (Parthian) chalkous, 1.91 g., 12.22 mm. max., 0°

Obv: Bust facing left, with long beard and hair dressed in Parthian fashion, with a large tuft behind the face extending to the back of the head, topped by a large tuft bound with a diadem, its tips streaming behind; pellet border.

Rev: Diademed female bust (Tyche, if a Parthian emission) right; possible traces of inscription (date) to right; no border.

Van't Haaff recognized that "the attribution of Type 15 coins has been controversial" and notes that de Morgan, Le Rider and Alram have posited that they are issues of Osroes I of Parthia. Hoover agrees with these scholars, "[d]espite their appearance in the French excavations of Susa." He notes a stylistic affinity between them and Sellwood Type 80. This coin apparently appeared in association with Elymaean bronze coins in a commercial hoard, and not in the French excavations referred to by Hoover. Bell retains these emissions in the Elymaean series, but questions whether there was a separate Elymaean king Osroes. Rezakhani tentatively concludes that the Elymaean and Parthian Osroes are in fact the same person.

Attribution assistance courtesy of Robert L3 (http://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=112957.0;topicseen).
2 commentsStkp07/04/18 at 05:15quadrans: Great..
Ionia,_Teos,_(c__300-100_BC_),_Griffin_seated_right,_THI_#937;N,_lyre_within_square_linear_frame,_SNG_Cop__1460__Q-001,_6h,_11,5-12,5mm,_1,82g-s.jpg
Ionia, Teos, (c. 300-100 B.C.), AE-12, SNG Cop. 1460, THIΩN, Lyre within the square linear frame, #1137 viewsIonia, Teos, (c. 300-100 B.C.), AE-12, SNG Cop. 1460, THIΩN, Lyre within the square linear frame, #1
avers: Griffin seated right.
reverse: THI ΩN, Lyre within the square linear frame.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 11,5-12,5mm, weight: 1,82g, axes: 6h,
mint: Ionia, Teos, , date: c. 300-100 B.C., ref: SNG Cop. 1460,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans07/03/18 at 22:29Enodia: cool griffin
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DN CONSTANTIVS PF AVG (the 2nd) / FEL TEMP REPARATIO AE3/4 follis (337-361 A.D.)18 viewsDN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right/ FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Soldier spearing fallen horseman in Phrygian helmet, who is reaching backwards. Mintmark SMHΔ (or A) in exergue.

AE3/4, 16-16.5+mm, 1.95g, die axis 12 (medal alignment), material: bronze/copper-based alloy

DN = Dominus Noster = Our Lord, P F AVG = Pius Felix Augustus = the pius (dutiful) and fortunate (happy) emperor, FELicium TEMPorum REPARATIO = re-establishment of the happy times, SMH = Sacra Moneta Heraclea, officina #1 (alpha) or #4 (delta). Heraclea is now Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey.

Despite the second part of the obverse legend being almost lost, this can only be Constantius II: a Constans' coin would have had a break after DN CONSTA- and a Constantius Gallus' one wouldn't have had a pearl-diademed bust. Also, the last letters of the legend seem to be VG. Factoring in the Phrygian helmet and the reaching back stance of the horseman, very clear H in the mintmark (Heraclea) and absence of any field marks, we can conclude that this must be a variety of RIC VIII Heraclea 90 type. This type should be 17-19mm in size, which is also consistent with this coin. Some sources remark that the fallen horseman type was introduced by Constans and Constantius only in 348, so this coin can be dated 348-361 A.D.

Constantius II (caesar 324-, augustus 337-361), see more info at http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-147501
2 commentsYurii P07/03/18 at 15:59Yurii P: Thanks! Me too, it looks like a delta. But all the...
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DN CONSTANTIVS PF AVG (the 2nd) / FEL TEMP REPARATIO AE3/4 follis (337-361 A.D.)18 viewsDN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right/ FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Soldier spearing fallen horseman in Phrygian helmet, who is reaching backwards. Mintmark SMHΔ (or A) in exergue.

AE3/4, 16-16.5+mm, 1.95g, die axis 12 (medal alignment), material: bronze/copper-based alloy

DN = Dominus Noster = Our Lord, P F AVG = Pius Felix Augustus = the pius (dutiful) and fortunate (happy) emperor, FELicium TEMPorum REPARATIO = re-establishment of the happy times, SMH = Sacra Moneta Heraclea, officina #1 (alpha) or #4 (delta). Heraclea is now Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey.

Despite the second part of the obverse legend being almost lost, this can only be Constantius II: a Constans' coin would have had a break after DN CONSTA- and a Constantius Gallus' one wouldn't have had a pearl-diademed bust. Also, the last letters of the legend seem to be VG. Factoring in the Phrygian helmet and the reaching back stance of the horseman, very clear H in the mintmark (Heraclea) and absence of any field marks, we can conclude that this must be a variety of RIC VIII Heraclea 90 type. This type should be 17-19mm in size, which is also consistent with this coin. Some sources remark that the fallen horseman type was introduced by Constans and Constantius only in 348, so this coin can be dated 348-361 A.D.

Constantius II (caesar 324-, augustus 337-361), see more info at http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-147501
2 commentsYurii P07/03/18 at 15:02Randygeki(h2): I think Delta is correct for officina
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Caracalla Emperor on Horseback30 viewsCaracalla, 21mm, 5.5g, Moesia Nicopolis as Istrum 198 - 217 AD
OBV: Young bare headed, draped bust right
REV: NIKOPO Caracalla on horseback, waving hand
References: UNLISTED; VERY RARE
1 commentsRomanorvm07/03/18 at 12:34Vladimir P: Nicopolis, Epirus. Similar in BNF coll
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Possibly Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Osroes (1st quarter of 2nd century A.D.). Probably Parthia. Osroes I (109-129 A.D.).19 viewsvan't Haaff 15.3.1-1; de Morgan --; BMC -- Sear GICV --; Alram --

AE (Elymaean) obol or (Parthian) chalkous, 1.91 g., 12.22 mm. max., 0°

Obv: Bust facing left, with long beard and hair dressed in Parthian fashion, with a large tuft behind the face extending to the back of the head, topped by a large tuft bound with a diadem, its tips streaming behind; pellet border.

Rev: Diademed female bust (Tyche, if a Parthian emission) right; possible traces of inscription (date) to right; no border.

Van't Haaff recognized that "the attribution of Type 15 coins has been controversial" and notes that de Morgan, Le Rider and Alram have posited that they are issues of Osroes I of Parthia. Hoover agrees with these scholars, "[d]espite their appearance in the French excavations of Susa." He notes a stylistic affinity between them and Sellwood Type 80. This coin apparently appeared in association with Elymaean bronze coins in a commercial hoard, and not in the French excavations referred to by Hoover. Bell retains these emissions in the Elymaean series, but questions whether there was a separate Elymaean king Osroes. Rezakhani tentatively concludes that the Elymaean and Parthian Osroes are in fact the same person.

Attribution assistance courtesy of Robert L3 (http://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=112957.0;topicseen).
2 commentsStkp07/03/18 at 07:53Canaan: Interesting
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Anonymous Aes Grave As170 viewsAnonymous. Circa 225-217 BC. Ć Aes Grave As (63mm, 266.40 g, 12h). Libral standard. Rome mint. Head of bearded Janus; – (mark of value) below; all on a raised disk / Prow of galley right; | (mark of value) above; all on a raised disk. Crawford 35/1; Thurlow & Vecchi 51; Haeberlin pl. 10, 1-16, 4; HN Italy 337; Sydenham 71; Kestner 111-5; BMCRR Rome (Aes Grave) 1-16.

Ex. CNG eAuction 163, lot 211 (2007)
Ex. Triton XVI, lot 753 (2013)
Ex. CNG Coin Shop (2013)
8 commentsMolinari07/02/18 at 21:28andres: RR collector's dream
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Trajan Denarius - Felicitas holding Caduceus and Cornucopia (RIC 332)14 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 116-117 AD
3.20g

Obv: Laureate bust right, with slight drapery.
IMP CAES NER TRAIAN OPTIM AVG GERM DAC

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

RIC 332, Woytek 570x

Numismatik Naumann 67, lot 487
1 commentsKained but Able07/02/18 at 18:08okidoki: very nice a bit like hadrian used later on bust w...
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, L. Plautius Plancus, AR Denarius23 viewsRome. The Republic.
L. Plautius Plancus, 47 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.94g; 19mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: L·PLAVTIVS; Facing mask of Medusa with coiled snakes on each side.

Reverse: PLANCVS; Victory facing, leading four horses and holding palm.

References: Crawford 453/1a; HCRI 29; Sydenham 959; BMCRR 4006; Plautia 14.

Provenance: Ex The New York Sale Auction XXXII (8 Jan 2014) Lot 205; NAC 54 (24 Mar 2010), Lot 256.

Lucius Plautius Plancus was a brother of L. Munatius Plancus, who became Prefect of the City under Caesar. Lucius was adopted by L. Plautius. In 47 BCE, Lucius was a moneyer and produced this coin. Two styles of the obverse were produced, one with coiled snakes on either side of Medusa's head; the other without snakes.

In 43 BCE, Lucius was proscribed by the Second Triumvirate and executed. The same year of Lucius’ proscription and execution, his brother, L. Munatius Plancus, placed in the capitol a painting by the 4th century BCE, Greek artist, Nicomachus of Thebes in which Victory is driving a quadriga and holding a palm. David Sear, in “History and Coinage of the Roman Imperators” suggests that Lucius may have owned the Nicomachus painting in 47 BCE (it would have passed to his brother upon his execution) and that the reverse of this coin was inspired by the painting. Sear is not the first numismatist to have proposed this theory regarding the Nicomachus painting. Eckhel had an equally conjectural theory for this coin type that connected the devices to a story involving one of Lucius’ ancestors as the basis for an annual celebration in Rome where masks were worn.

Regardless of the true derivation and meaning of the type, the coin is a remarkably artistic design for the period, and surely the devices must have some connection to the moneyer’s natural or adopted family.
3 commentsCarausius07/02/18 at 13:42laney: That's an extremely interesting coin. Gorgeou...
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Trajan Denarius - Felicitas holding Caduceus and Cornucopia (RIC 332) (2)12 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 116-117 AD
3.4g

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

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

RIC 332, Woytek 570v

Numismatik Naumann 67, lot 486
1 commentsKained but Able07/02/18 at 00:17Mat: wow, beautiful
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6199 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 136-37 AD Sara reclining left on Eagle.11 viewsReference.
RPC III, 6199.14 (this coin). Dattari-Savio Pl. 90, 7778 (this coin); Emmett 1034.21

Issue L KA = year 21

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

Rev. L ΚΑ
Sarapis reclining on eagle, l., holding ears of corn and sceptre

25.12 gr
34 mm
12h

Note.
From the Dattari collection.
2 commentsokidoki07/01/18 at 17:18quadrans: I like this..
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Domitian RIC 1249 viewsAR Denarius, 2.93g
Rome mint, 81 AD
RIC 12 (R3). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: P P COS VII DES VIII; Dolphin coiled around anchor
Acquired from Marc Breitsprecher, January 2018.

A lot of interesting things are going on with this 81 AD Group 2 pulvinar denarius. Firstly, there is the rare 'PONT' obverse legend with DOMITIANVS fully spelled out. Secondly, an exceedingly rare reverse legend beginning with P P. And lastly, there is no TRP number. All of these elements combine together resulting in a very rare variant of a common type; as a matter of fact, this is the second known specimen! The new RIC II.1 was the first catalogue to publish this rare variant. Of note, my example is a reverse die match with the RIC 13 plate coin, which is the other rare dolphin/anchor variant from the group with the shorter DOMITIAN obverse legend.

NB: I am at a loss to explain why this issue lacks a TRP number, considering the previous issue (Domitian's first) records it.

Handsome, if a bit corroded.
3 commentsDavid Atherton07/01/18 at 17:17tito labieno: Third known specimen.
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3734 SYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch. Pseudo-autonomous. under Hadrian Trichalkon. 128-29 AD Altar11 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3734; McAlee 124a

Issue Civic bronze coins dated Year 177

Obv. ΑΝΤΙΟΧΕΩΝ ΤΗС ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΕωС
Turreted and veiled head of the Tyche of Antioch, r.

Rev. ΕΤ ΖΟΡ
Lighted garlanded altar; Α (in field, l.)

4.20 gr
16 mm
12h
2 commentsokidoki07/01/18 at 17:17quadrans: Nice piece..
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170 - Constantius II - AE2/3 - RIC VIII Antioch 12913 viewsAE2/3
Obv:– D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev:– FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Phoenix nimbate and radiate, standing right on globe,
Minted in Antioch (_ | * //ANA). A.D. 348 - A.D. 350
Reference:– RIC VIII Antioch 129 (S)

Weight 2.78g. 19.42mm. 0 degrees
3 commentsmaridvnvm07/01/18 at 17:12quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Teos, Ionia18 views320-294 BC
AR Diobol (10mm, 0.92g)
Mentor magistrate.
O: Griffin seated right, with left forepaw raised.
R: Lyre; MENTΩP (magistrate) downward to right.
Kinns 95; SNG Kayhan 611v; Imhoof 126A
ex MRB Coins
3 commentsEnodia07/01/18 at 16:36quadrans: Nice one
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Domitian20 views1 commentsChance Vandal07/01/18 at 11:46Jay GT4: Really nice coin
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6199 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 136-37 AD Sara reclining left on Eagle.11 viewsReference.
RPC III, 6199.14 (this coin). Dattari-Savio Pl. 90, 7778 (this coin); Emmett 1034.21

Issue L KA = year 21

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

Rev. L ΚΑ
Sarapis reclining on eagle, l., holding ears of corn and sceptre

25.12 gr
34 mm
12h

Note.
From the Dattari collection.
2 commentsokidoki07/01/18 at 11:45Jay GT4: Great reverse
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3734 SYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch. Pseudo-autonomous. under Hadrian Trichalkon. 128-29 AD Altar11 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3734; McAlee 124a

Issue Civic bronze coins dated Year 177

Obv. ΑΝΤΙΟΧΕΩΝ ΤΗС ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΕωС
Turreted and veiled head of the Tyche of Antioch, r.

Rev. ΕΤ ΖΟΡ
Lighted garlanded altar; Α (in field, l.)

4.20 gr
16 mm
12h
2 commentsokidoki07/01/18 at 09:12shanxi: nice example
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00 Domitian as Caesar RIC 53946 viewsAR Denarius, 3.17g
Rome mint, 73 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 539 (R). BMC 122. RSC 665.
Obv: CAES AVG F DOMITIAN COS II; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: No legend; Domitian on horse l.; cloak flying out behind, r. hand raised, sceptre in l.
Acquired from NumisCorner, June 2018.

This is the first denarius struck at Rome for Domitian as Caesar. Fittingly, it commemorates Domitian's appearance at Vespasian and Titus' joint Jewish War Triumph - 'while taking part in the Judaean triumph, he rode on a white horse' (Suetonius, Domitian, ii), which was the normal conduct for a young prince on such occasions. The type was struck in three variants: firstly, with a clockwise obverse legend and DOMITIAN fully spelled out, as we see here. Secondly, it was shortened to DOMIT, with the legend still running clockwise. Lastly, the legend direction was changed to counter clockwise with DOMIT. The first two variants are quite rare, the last relatively common. On this coin we see a cloak flying out from behind Domitian. This interesting detail only appears on a few coins from the first variant and does not show up on subsequent issues of the type. Most likely this variant with the cloak was the earliest version of the type which was then quickly simplified by dropping the cloak all together.

Well centred in good early style.
5 commentsDavid Atherton07/01/18 at 04:56Randygeki(h2): Very cool!
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170 - Constantius II - AE2 - RIC VIII Rome 139 var6 viewsAE2
Obv:- D N CONSTANS P F AVG, Pearl diademed, draped & cuirassed bust left holding globe,
Rev:- FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Helmeted soldier, spear in left hand, advancing right, head left; with his right hand he leads a small bare-headed figure from a hut beneath a tree. The spear points up and to the right
Minted in Rome; (//R*B)
Reference:– RIC VIII Rome 139 var (not listed for this officina)

Double struck

Weight 4.09g. 23.41mm. 180 degrees.
1 commentsmaridvnvm07/01/18 at 04:55Randygeki(h2): Interesting coin
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151 - Maximinus II - Follis - RIC VI Alexandria 099a8 viewsFollis
Obv:– GAL VAL MAXIMINVS NOB CAES, Laureate head right
Rev:– GENIO CAESARIS, Genius standing left, modius on head, naked but for chlamys at waist, left hand holding cornucopiae and right hand holding patera
Minted in Alexandria (K | B / P // ALE). Late A.D. 308 - A.D. 310
Reference(s) – RIC VI Alexandria 99a (Common)

Weight 6.44g. 23.84mm. 180 degrees
1 commentsmaridvnvm07/01/18 at 04:53Randygeki(h2): Nice!
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170 - Constantius II - AE2 - RIC VIII Cyzicus 0924 viewsAE2
Obv:– D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, Pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
Rev:– FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Helmeted soldier left, shield on left arm, spearing falling horseman; shield at ground to right. Horseman turns to face the soldier, and reaches his left arm up towards him. He is bare headed and is bearded
Minted in Cyzicus (Gamma | _ // SMKE)
Reference:- RIC VIII Cyzicus 92 (C2)

Unusual shield decoration. Central boss surrounded by four small dots forming a square, additional dots at either end of the shield.

Weight 4.33g. 23.49mm. 30 degrees
1 commentsmaridvnvm07/01/18 at 04:53Randygeki(h2): Congrats. Had my eye on this one
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170 - Constantius II - AE2 - RIC VIII Antioch 1326 viewsAE2
Obv:– D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, Pearl diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right
Rev:– FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Helmeted soldier to left, shield on left arm, spearing falling horseman; shield on ground at right. Horseman is bearded and falls forward reachine towards emperor (type FH3)
Minted in Antioch (G | _ //AN Theta).
Reference:- RIC VIII Antioch 132

Weight 5.12g. 25.32mm. 0 degrees
1 commentsmaridvnvm07/01/18 at 04:50Randygeki(h2): Great coin with an interesting style on the revers...
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170 - Constantius II - AE2/3 - RIC VIII Antioch 12913 viewsAE2/3
Obv:– D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev:– FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Phoenix nimbate and radiate, standing right on globe,
Minted in Antioch (_ | * //ANA). A.D. 348 - A.D. 350
Reference:– RIC VIII Antioch 129 (S)

Weight 2.78g. 19.42mm. 0 degrees
3 commentsmaridvnvm07/01/18 at 04:50Randygeki(h2): Great coin! I really like the reverse !
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6187 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 136-37 AD Nilus reclining 8 viewsReference.
RPC III, 6187.4 (this coin). Dattari-Savio Supll. Pl. 11, 103 (this coin); Emmett 1013.21

Issue L KA = year 21

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

Rev. L ΚΑ
Nilus reclining left, holding reed and cornucopia

24.30 gr
34 mm
12h

Note.
From the Dattari collection.
1 commentsokidoki07/01/18 at 04:49Randygeki(h2): Very cool!
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Henry VIII (1509-1547 A.D.)19 viewsAR Groat
Second Coinage
O:  hЄnRIC’ VIII D’ G’ R’ ΛGLIЄ Z FRΛnCЄ, crowned bust right (Laker bust D); saltire stops, Lombardic lettering.
R: POSVI DEV’ ΛDIVTORЄ’ mЄV’, royal shield over long cross fourchée; saltires in forks, double saltire stops, Lombardic lettering.
Tower mint; im:arrow, 1526-1532 A.D.
25mm
2.55g
SCBC 2337E; North 1797
1 commentsMat07/01/18 at 04:48Randygeki(h2): Neat addition Mat
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170 - Constantius II - AE2/3 - RIC VIII Antioch 12913 viewsAE2/3
Obv:– D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev:– FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Phoenix nimbate and radiate, standing right on globe,
Minted in Antioch (_ | * //ANA). A.D. 348 - A.D. 350
Reference:– RIC VIII Antioch 129 (S)

Weight 2.78g. 19.42mm. 0 degrees
3 commentsmaridvnvm06/30/18 at 20:01okidoki: wonderful congrats Martin
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S.868 Ćthelred II (Eardwulf)5 viewsStyca of Ćthelred II, king of Northumbria (second reign) 844-850
Moneyer: Eardwulf
Mint: York (presumably)
S. 868
O: +EDILRED REX
R: +EARDVVLF

Ex- Morton & Eden Auction 91 (lot 13 [part]), Archbishop John Sharp, Ripon Hoard (1695)
1 commentsNap06/30/18 at 15:20Callimachus: Another nice coin.
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S.1089 Ćthelstan (Godfred)7 viewsPenny of Ćthelstan, king of Wessex, 924-939
Moneyer: Godfred
Mint: Unknown
North East mint
S. 1089
O: +ĆĐELZTAN REX
R: GODF +++ RED Mo

Ćthelstan, with the sobriquet "the Glorious" consolidated power in the former heptarchy, and can probably be considered the first king of England.

Ex- Silbury Coins, J.Radford
1 commentsNap06/30/18 at 15:18Callimachus: Beautiful coin.
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1527A Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor. 128 AD14 viewsReference.
Metcalf -. RIC -. RPC III 1527A

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head of Hadrian to right.

Rev. COS III
Youthful male figure (Apollo?) standing front, head to left, holding long scepter.

10.75 gr
29 mm
6h

Note.
Apparently unpublished and unique
1 commentsokidoki06/30/18 at 12:50Canaan: Great find, congrats!!!
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Antoninus Pius, sestertius7 viewsAntoninus Pius, sestertius
31 mm, 24.77gr.
Obv. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVII / Laureate head right.
Rev. INDVLGENTIA AVG COS IIII / S C / Indulgentia seated left with sceptre, extending right hand.
RIC 914.
1 commentsMarsman06/30/18 at 12:38okidoki: excellent congrats
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935 var. Hadrian Sestertius Roma 134-38 AD Hadrian on horseback15 viewsReference.
Banti 296 (this coin)
RIC 935 var. (bust type not listed); C. 585 var. (same); BMCRE 1689 var. (same); Strack 809; Hill 887

Obv. HADRIANVS COS III P P
Bare head, draped bust right, wearing paludamentum

Rev. EXERCITVS SYRIACVS SC
Hadrian, on horseback right, addressing three soldiers; one holding legionary eagle, two holding standards.

28.20 gr
31 mm
6h

Note.
Ex Monsieur Note (1910-1982) Collection, France.= Lanz 18 1980=Banti 296
3 commentsokidoki06/30/18 at 12:35Marsman: WOW it's a beauty !
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935 var. Hadrian Sestertius Roma 134-38 AD Hadrian on horseback15 viewsReference.
Banti 296 (this coin)
RIC 935 var. (bust type not listed); C. 585 var. (same); BMCRE 1689 var. (same); Strack 809; Hill 887

Obv. HADRIANVS COS III P P
Bare head, draped bust right, wearing paludamentum

Rev. EXERCITVS SYRIACVS SC
Hadrian, on horseback right, addressing three soldiers; one holding legionary eagle, two holding standards.

28.20 gr
31 mm
6h

Note.
Ex Monsieur Note (1910-1982) Collection, France.= Lanz 18 1980=Banti 296
3 commentsokidoki06/30/18 at 03:37Jay GT4: Great coin
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Bithynia-Pontus, Tium. Livia AE15. c. AD 14-37 (?)12 viewsObv: Head of Livia r.
Rev: KAYC T - T - IANΩN, winged caduceus; on r., Δ / K.
RPC -; cfr. SNG von Aulock 7175.
Very rare
2 commentsancientone06/30/18 at 03:01ancientone: Thank you for identifying shanxi
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935 var. Hadrian Sestertius Roma 134-38 AD Hadrian on horseback15 viewsReference.
Banti 296 (this coin)
RIC 935 var. (bust type not listed); C. 585 var. (same); BMCRE 1689 var. (same); Strack 809; Hill 887

Obv. HADRIANVS COS III P P
Bare head, draped bust right, wearing paludamentum

Rev. EXERCITVS SYRIACVS SC
Hadrian, on horseback right, addressing three soldiers; one holding legionary eagle, two holding standards.

28.20 gr
31 mm
6h

Note.
Ex Monsieur Note (1910-1982) Collection, France.= Lanz 18 1980=Banti 296
3 commentsokidoki06/30/18 at 00:50Pharsalos: That is a fantastic coin! Interesting rare type, w...
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3217 CILICIA, Coropissus. Hadrian 130-31 AD Tyche standing4 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3217; SNG France 763-764; SNG Levante 584, Suppl. 153 ; SNG Pfalz -;

Issue Regnal year 13

Obv. ΚΑΙСΑΡ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС ΙΓ
Laureate bust of Hadrian, with paludamentum, seen from front, r.

Rev. ΚΟΡΟΠΙССΕωΝ ΚΗΤ ΜΗΤΡΟ
Tyche standing, l., resting with her r. hand on rudder and holding cornucopia in l.

9.61 gr
23 mm
6h
1 commentsokidoki06/29/18 at 18:15shanxi: impressive
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Asia Minor, Aiolis, Kyme, Artemis, Oenochoe, Apatourios magistrate6 viewsAiolis, Kyme
AE 16
1st - 2nd century BC
Apatourios, magistrate
Obv.: Diademed and draped bust of Artemis right, hair in sphendone, bow and quiver over shoulder
Rev.: Single-handled oenoechoe between two laurel branches; above K Y; A - ΠA / T - OY / P - I / O - Σ divided by body of beaker beneath spout and handle
AE, 16 mm, 4.28g
Ref.: SNG von Aulock 1641; SNG Ashmolean 1416–8; SNG Copenhagen 106–7
1 commentsshanxi06/29/18 at 18:13okidoki: Nice cup
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Queen Lilavati AD 1127-1200 / 1209-1210 / 1211-12126 viewsSeated Queen, SRI RA JA LI LA VA TI in Brahmi in two vertical lines in the left field / Queen standing, small altar in the left field, various dots and decorations in fields. Mitchiner NIS 837-839. 1 commentsPaul R306/29/18 at 18:04okidoki: very nice
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112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Siscia, Alföldi 0076.-- Not in !!!, -/-//XXIV, Bust F5/Gvar., RIC V-II Not in !!!, AE-Antoninianus, SOLI INVICTO, Sol in quadriga galloping left, Very Rare!!!171 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Siscia, Alföldi 0076.-- Not in !!!, -/-//XXIV, Bust F5/Gvar., RIC V-II Not in !!!, AE-Antoninianus, SOLI INVICTO, Sol in quadriga galloping left, Very Rare!!!
avers: IMP PROBVS AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust left, holding a spear. (F5/Gvar.).
reverse: SOLI IN VICTO, Sol in quadriga galloping left, right hand raised, left holding a whip.
exergue: -/-//XXIV, diameter: 20,0-23,0mm, weight: 3,63g, axis: 0h,
mint: Siscia, 5th. emission of Siscia, date: 278 A.D., ref: RIC V-II -- Not in !!!, Alföldi 0076.-- Not in !!!, Very Rare!!!
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans06/28/18 at 08:49Barnaba6: very interesting! congratulations!
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Sear 181356 viewsAnonymous A2 follis, weight 12.45g, diameter 30mm. A previously undocumented ornamentation variety, which has now been included in the Numiswiki table as F14c. Note the retrograde IC in the obverse right field and the somewhat odd spacing between letters in the reverse legend: possibly a contemporary imitation, though the style and fabric are better than normally found on ‘unofficial’ issues.1 commentsAbu Galyon06/28/18 at 04:30Kevin P: Very rare - and nice!
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00 Domitian as Caesar RIC 53946 viewsAR Denarius, 3.17g
Rome mint, 73 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 539 (R). BMC 122. RSC 665.
Obv: CAES AVG F DOMITIAN COS II; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: No legend; Domitian on horse l.; cloak flying out behind, r. hand raised, sceptre in l.
Acquired from NumisCorner, June 2018.

This is the first denarius struck at Rome for Domitian as Caesar. Fittingly, it commemorates Domitian's appearance at Vespasian and Titus' joint Jewish War Triumph - 'while taking part in the Judaean triumph, he rode on a white horse' (Suetonius, Domitian, ii), which was the normal conduct for a young prince on such occasions. The type was struck in three variants: firstly, with a clockwise obverse legend and DOMITIAN fully spelled out, as we see here. Secondly, it was shortened to DOMIT, with the legend still running clockwise. Lastly, the legend direction was changed to counter clockwise with DOMIT. The first two variants are quite rare, the last relatively common. On this coin we see a cloak flying out from behind Domitian. This interesting detail only appears on a few coins from the first variant and does not show up on subsequent issues of the type. Most likely this variant with the cloak was the earliest version of the type which was then quickly simplified by dropping the cloak all together.

Well centred in good early style.
5 commentsDavid Atherton06/28/18 at 00:22Nemonater: Beautiful!
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00 Domitian as Caesar RIC 53946 viewsAR Denarius, 3.17g
Rome mint, 73 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 539 (R). BMC 122. RSC 665.
Obv: CAES AVG F DOMITIAN COS II; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: No legend; Domitian on horse l.; cloak flying out behind, r. hand raised, sceptre in l.
Acquired from NumisCorner, June 2018.

This is the first denarius struck at Rome for Domitian as Caesar. Fittingly, it commemorates Domitian's appearance at Vespasian and Titus' joint Jewish War Triumph - 'while taking part in the Judaean triumph, he rode on a white horse' (Suetonius, Domitian, ii), which was the normal conduct for a young prince on such occasions. The type was struck in three variants: firstly, with a clockwise obverse legend and DOMITIAN fully spelled out, as we see here. Secondly, it was shortened to DOMIT, with the legend still running clockwise. Lastly, the legend direction was changed to counter clockwise with DOMIT. The first two variants are quite rare, the last relatively common. On this coin we see a cloak flying out from behind Domitian. This interesting detail only appears on a few coins from the first variant and does not show up on subsequent issues of the type. Most likely this variant with the cloak was the earliest version of the type which was then quickly simplified by dropping the cloak all together.

Well centred in good early style.
5 commentsDavid Atherton06/27/18 at 18:00Jochen: Congrats!
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Teos, Ionia18 views320-294 BC
AR Diobol (10mm, 0.92g)
Mentor magistrate.
O: Griffin seated right, with left forepaw raised.
R: Lyre; MENTΩP (magistrate) downward to right.
Kinns 95; SNG Kayhan 611v; Imhoof 126A
ex MRB Coins
3 commentsEnodia06/27/18 at 14:04okidoki: Nice Peter
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Bithynia-Pontus, Tium. Livia AE15. c. AD 14-37 (?)12 viewsObv: Head of Livia r.
Rev: KAYC T - T - IANΩN, winged caduceus; on r., Δ / K.
RPC -; cfr. SNG von Aulock 7175.
Very rare
2 commentsancientone06/27/18 at 08:29shanxi: worn, but a Livia is a Livia
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Meherdates30 viewsAR drachm, 3.821 g, 20.8 mm, Sellwood 67.1 (Vonones II), Shore 368 (Vonones II), Sunrise 417 (Meherdates), SNG Cop 204 (Vardanes II), Ekbatana mint. Bust facing with moustache and very short beard, royal wart on brow, tiara with ear flaps and ornamented with a horn on each side, diadem loop and end extending on each side, flanked by two six-pointed stars / Blundered Greek legend forming square around, archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, bow in extended right hand, cross below seat, Ekbatana mint monogram below bow.

From the Robert L3 Collection, ex Imperial Coins and Artifacts
5 commentsThatParthianGuy06/27/18 at 02:52William T2: very nice
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Taras, Calabria23 views212-209 BC (Period X - The Punic Occupation)
AR Half-Shekel (Reduced Nomos) (19mm, 3.28g)
Sogenis magistrate.
O: Nude youth on horseback to left, crowning horse with wreath; IΩ behind, ΣΩΓE - NHΣ (magistrate) in two lines below.
R: Taras astride dolphin to left, holding cornucopiae in right arm and Nike who crowns him with wreath in left; TAPA[Σ] below.
Vlasto 975-77; Evans X, B-1; SNG France 2064; McGill II, 119-20; HN Italy 1079
Very Scarce
ex Praefectus Coins

At half the weight of the previous ‘didrachms’ from Taras, this half-shekel coin was minted during the Punic occupation of the city from 212-209 BC.
The story of Hannibal’s capture of Tarentum is fascinating, but of far too great a scope to cover here. Courage and endurance, intrigue and treachery all played a part in the Carthaginians desperate need of a southern naval port to continue Hannibal’s dream of conquering the Italian peninsula. Yet after an occupation of three years he was forced to withdraw from the city, virtually ending the second Punic War. However with a naval command post and a way to access reinforcements and supplies from Carthage, who knows what shape the history of Rome might have taken?

1 commentsEnodia06/27/18 at 01:53Jay GT4: Cool find, never seen one of these in hand.
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Teos, Ionia18 views320-294 BC
AR Diobol (10mm, 0.92g)
Mentor magistrate.
O: Griffin seated right, with left forepaw raised.
R: Lyre; MENTΩP (magistrate) downward to right.
Kinns 95; SNG Kayhan 611v; Imhoof 126A
ex MRB Coins
3 commentsEnodia06/27/18 at 01:40ancientone: Cool little AR!
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Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I Nikator, 312-281 BC, AR Drachm - Susa 15 viewsHelmeted head of Seleukos right, frontal facial features carved from the coin, apparently in an act of damnation.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY Nike standing right, holding in both hands a wreath that she places on trophy to right; monogram to lower left, ΔI in lower middle field.

Marest-Caffety AJN 28, Victory Coinage 198 (this coin), dies A4/P4, Pl. 14 198 (this coin); SC 174.4 var. (left field monogram); HGC 9, 34; CSE 1024 var.; ESM 414 var.

Susa mint 300-295 BC.

(16 mm, 3.63 g, 8h).

DAMNATION: The defacement of Seleukos’ image on this coin may be one of the earliest acts of damnation recorded on coinage. A broad deep cut to the coin was made to remove the facial features on the obverse. Unlike a test cut, silver has been carved from the coin, rather than being displaced by a chisel blow. This removal of silver contributes to the current low weight of the coin (0.6 g less than the Attic weight standard). The defacement of the image of Seleukos may have been the result of Persid animosity to Macedonian occupation.
1 commentsn.igma06/27/18 at 01:16Nemonater: Fantastic!
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Mesopotamia, Mazakes 330-323 BC, AR Tetradrachm 15 viewsHelmeted head of Athena right.
Owl standing left, olive spray and crescent behind, Aramaic legend [MZ]DK to right.
Le Rider, Alexander p. 214-219, pl. 7,15; Van Alfen, Owls Group IV(Babylon); Mitchiner 12(d) (Babylon).
(20 mm, 16.6 g, 10h)
Naville Numismatics 38 (12 March 2018), Lot 144.

The Persian satrap Mazakes voluntarily surrendered Egypt to Alexander the Great in November 332 BC. Based on the numismatic evidence it is believed he was rewarded for this action with a satrapy in Mesopotamia (northern Iraq) accompanied by the right to strike coinage in the form of imitative Athenian 'owls' for local use.
1 commentsn.igma06/27/18 at 01:15Nemonater: Very nice, I would love to add one to my own colle...
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00 Domitian as Caesar RIC 53946 viewsAR Denarius, 3.17g
Rome mint, 73 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 539 (R). BMC 122. RSC 665.
Obv: CAES AVG F DOMITIAN COS II; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: No legend; Domitian on horse l.; cloak flying out behind, r. hand raised, sceptre in l.
Acquired from NumisCorner, June 2018.

This is the first denarius struck at Rome for Domitian as Caesar. Fittingly, it commemorates Domitian's appearance at Vespasian and Titus' joint Jewish War Triumph - 'while taking part in the Judaean triumph, he rode on a white horse' (Suetonius, Domitian, ii), which was the normal conduct for a young prince on such occasions. The type was struck in three variants: firstly, with a clockwise obverse legend and DOMITIAN fully spelled out, as we see here. Secondly, it was shortened to DOMIT, with the legend still running clockwise. Lastly, the legend direction was changed to counter clockwise with DOMIT. The first two variants are quite rare, the last relatively common. On this coin we see a cloak flying out from behind Domitian. This interesting detail only appears on a few coins from the first variant and does not show up on subsequent issues of the type. Most likely this variant with the cloak was the earliest version of the type which was then quickly simplified by dropping the cloak all together.

Well centred in good early style.
5 commentsDavid Atherton06/27/18 at 00:29Jay GT4: Nice young portrait
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00 Domitian as Caesar RIC 53946 viewsAR Denarius, 3.17g
Rome mint, 73 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 539 (R). BMC 122. RSC 665.
Obv: CAES AVG F DOMITIAN COS II; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: No legend; Domitian on horse l.; cloak flying out behind, r. hand raised, sceptre in l.
Acquired from NumisCorner, June 2018.

This is the first denarius struck at Rome for Domitian as Caesar. Fittingly, it commemorates Domitian's appearance at Vespasian and Titus' joint Jewish War Triumph - 'while taking part in the Judaean triumph, he rode on a white horse' (Suetonius, Domitian, ii), which was the normal conduct for a young prince on such occasions. The type was struck in three variants: firstly, with a clockwise obverse legend and DOMITIAN fully spelled out, as we see here. Secondly, it was shortened to DOMIT, with the legend still running clockwise. Lastly, the legend direction was changed to counter clockwise with DOMIT. The first two variants are quite rare, the last relatively common. On this coin we see a cloak flying out from behind Domitian. This interesting detail only appears on a few coins from the first variant and does not show up on subsequent issues of the type. Most likely this variant with the cloak was the earliest version of the type which was then quickly simplified by dropping the cloak all together.

Well centred in good early style.
5 commentsDavid Atherton06/26/18 at 22:53Mat: love the look of it
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Lucania, Metapontom stater37 viewsRaised barley corn

Incuse barley corn

Metapontom, 440-510 BC

7.72g

Tight flan series NOE 243-256; HN Italy 1485

Ex-DM collection, Ex-HJB, Ex-Calgary coin

An Achaean colony of great antiquity, Metapontion was destroyed and refounded early in the 6th century by colonists from Sybaris under the leadership of Leukippos. The city occupied an exceptionally fertile plain on the Gulf of Tarentum, which explains the use of the barley ear as its civic badge. Metapontion, along with Sybaris and Kroton produced the earliest coinage in Magna Graecia. The coins of these cities share three features: weight standard, broad and thin flans, and incuse reverses. These features were then adopted by neighboring mints at Kaulonia and elsewhere in southern Italy. While the reasoning behind the choice of these shared features is not clear, the common weight and style facilitated circulation between the cities of south Italy. The mixed contents of the earliest hoards from the region support this idea of free circulation of currency. It is interesting that these common features, indigenous to south Italy, also tended to keep the coins in south Italy. They are rarely found elsewhere in Italy, not even in Sicily. After approximately 510 B.C., the date of the destruction of Sybaris by Kroton, the fabric of the coins throughout south Italy became smaller and thicker, though still with incuse reverses. In the years between 480 and 430 B.C., sooner in Tarentum and later in Metapontion, the incuse issues were replaced by a two sided coinage.
6 commentsJay GT406/26/18 at 18:45Randygeki(h2): Nice, a neat coin!
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Meherdates30 viewsAR drachm, 3.821 g, 20.8 mm, Sellwood 67.1 (Vonones II), Shore 368 (Vonones II), Sunrise 417 (Meherdates), SNG Cop 204 (Vardanes II), Ekbatana mint. Bust facing with moustache and very short beard, royal wart on brow, tiara with ear flaps and ornamented with a horn on each side, diadem loop and end extending on each side, flanked by two six-pointed stars / Blundered Greek legend forming square around, archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, bow in extended right hand, cross below seat, Ekbatana mint monogram below bow.

From the Robert L3 Collection, ex Imperial Coins and Artifacts
5 commentsThatParthianGuy06/26/18 at 09:02shanxi: wonderful obverse
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syd521a6 viewsElagabalus
Caesarea, Cappadocia


Obv: AV K M AVPHΛI ANTWNεINOC, laureate draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: MHTPOΠ KAICAPI, Agalma of Mt. Argaeus on altar inscribed with εTΓ
27 mm, 11.28 gms

Sydenham 521a (sl different reverse legend)
1 commentsCharles M06/26/18 at 07:09Canaan: Very nice!!!
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Asia Minor, Cappadocia, Caesarea, Severus Alexander, Kalathos 6 viewsSeverus Alexander
Cappadocia. Caesarea.
AE 19
Dated Year 7=AD 228/9
Obv.: AV K CЄOVH AΛЄZAN, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev.: MHTP KAICA, kalathos containing eight ears of corn, ET Z (date) below.
Ć, 19mm, 7,79g
Ref.: BMC Cappadocia, p.91, 333 var.
1 commentsshanxi06/26/18 at 07:08Canaan: Very nice!!!
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Philip Arab8 viewsAv. IMP MIVL PHILIPPVS AVG
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from front
Rv. SAECVLVM NOVVM
Temple of six columns whit statue of Roma inside, holding sceptre
RIC - Bland 47 Ňvŕri 64A, 4,18g , Antiochia, RRR
1 commentsPriscus06/26/18 at 07:07Canaan: Very nice!!! a great rarity
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Asia Minor, Mysia, Pergamon, Owl, Athena, club, Γ 8 viewsMysia, Pergamon
AE15, 200-133 BC
Obv.: Head of Athena right, wearing Attic helmet with star
Rev.: Owl with spread wings standing on palm, ΑΘΗΝΑΣ ΝΙΚΗΦΟΡΟΥ above and below, club and large Γ left and right
AE, 2.67g, 15mm
Ref.:
1 commentsshanxi06/26/18 at 07:06Canaan: great details
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Ancient Greek, Alexander Jannaeus, Hasmonean AE Prutah, (103-76 BC)12 viewsAncient Greek, Alexander Jannaeus, Hasmonean AE Prutah, (103-76 BC)

Obverse: "Yehonatan the High Priest & the Council of the Jews", Four lines of Paleo-Hebrew text within wreath. First three lines are readable, the rest are blundered possibly.

𐤉𐤄‬𐤅𐤇‬𐤍𐤍
𐤄‬𐤊‬𐤄‬𐤍𐤄‬‬𐤂𐤃‬
𐤅𐤋𐤄‬‬𐤇‬𐤁‬𐤓

Reverse: Two joined cornucopias, ribbons on each side, pomegranate between, all within dotted circle border. Two Nabataean characters right and left.

Reference: Hendin 1133 var

Ex: Holyland Ancient Coins Corporation - Musa Ali
1 commentsGil-galad06/26/18 at 07:06Canaan: Nice!!!
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01 Constantius Gallus14 viewsConstantius Gallus
DN CONSTANTI-VS NOB CAES
bare-headed, draped, cuirassed bust right
RE-PARATIO
Soldier spearing horseman, bearded, bare-headed, reaching
ALEB / dot S dot left
Alexandria 79
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)06/26/18 at 07:05Canaan: Very nice!!!Especially the hair cut!!!
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Meherdates30 viewsAR drachm, 3.821 g, 20.8 mm, Sellwood 67.1 (Vonones II), Shore 368 (Vonones II), Sunrise 417 (Meherdates), SNG Cop 204 (Vardanes II), Ekbatana mint. Bust facing with moustache and very short beard, royal wart on brow, tiara with ear flaps and ornamented with a horn on each side, diadem loop and end extending on each side, flanked by two six-pointed stars / Blundered Greek legend forming square around, archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, bow in extended right hand, cross below seat, Ekbatana mint monogram below bow.

From the Robert L3 Collection, ex Imperial Coins and Artifacts
5 commentsThatParthianGuy06/26/18 at 05:00Canaan: Nice moustache!!!
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Phraates III24 viewsAR drachm, 4.095 g, 19.4 mm, Sellwood 38.10 variant (same), Shore -, Sunrise -, Margiane mint. Diademed and draped bust left, long pointed beard, pellet-ended spiral torque, border of dots / Archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, wearing bashlyk and cloak, bow in right hand, Π below bow; squared six-line Greek inscription BAΣIΛEΩΣ / MEΓAΛOY above, APΣAKOY on right, EYEPΓETOY below, EΠIΦANOYΣ / ΦIΛEΛΛHNOΣ on the left.

From the Robert L3 Collection, ex Pars Coins
3 commentsThatParthianGuy06/26/18 at 04:59Canaan: Nice!!!
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Phraates III24 viewsAR drachm, 4.095 g, 19.4 mm, Sellwood 38.10 variant (same), Shore -, Sunrise -, Margiane mint. Diademed and draped bust left, long pointed beard, pellet-ended spiral torque, border of dots / Archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, wearing bashlyk and cloak, bow in right hand, Π below bow; squared six-line Greek inscription BAΣIΛEΩΣ / MEΓAΛOY above, APΣAKOY on right, EYEPΓETOY below, EΠIΦANOYΣ / ΦIΛEΛΛHNOΣ on the left.

From the Robert L3 Collection, ex Pars Coins
3 commentsThatParthianGuy06/26/18 at 04:28Jay GT4: Nice! And good provenance
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Meherdates30 viewsAR drachm, 3.821 g, 20.8 mm, Sellwood 67.1 (Vonones II), Shore 368 (Vonones II), Sunrise 417 (Meherdates), SNG Cop 204 (Vardanes II), Ekbatana mint. Bust facing with moustache and very short beard, royal wart on brow, tiara with ear flaps and ornamented with a horn on each side, diadem loop and end extending on each side, flanked by two six-pointed stars / Blundered Greek legend forming square around, archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, bow in extended right hand, cross below seat, Ekbatana mint monogram below bow.

From the Robert L3 Collection, ex Imperial Coins and Artifacts
5 commentsThatParthianGuy06/26/18 at 04:28Jay GT4: Great portrait
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Roman Imperial: Marcian (450-457 CE) Ć Nummus, Heraclea (RIC 537)12 viewsRev: D N MARCIANVS P F AVG; Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Marcian to right
Rev: Monogram of Marcian within wreath; in exergue, SMHA
Dim: 13mm, 1.32g, 7h
2 commentsQuant.Geek06/25/18 at 19:58quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Probus Antoninianus68 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
12 commentsJay GT406/25/18 at 14:52*Alex: Wow!
Thourioi.jpg
Thourioi - AR nomos13 viewsc. 400 - 350 BC
head of Athena right wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with Skylla
E
bull butting right; fish swimming right below
ΘOYPIΩN
HN Italy 1783; cf. SNG ANS 1015
ex Roma Numismatics
2 commentsJohny SYSEL06/25/18 at 12:45Leo: very nice style
Marcian_RIC-537.jpg
Roman Imperial: Marcian (450-457 CE) Ć Nummus, Heraclea (RIC 537)12 viewsRev: D N MARCIANVS P F AVG; Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Marcian to right
Rev: Monogram of Marcian within wreath; in exergue, SMHA
Dim: 13mm, 1.32g, 7h
2 commentsQuant.Geek06/25/18 at 05:10Gil-galad: I really like your collection, great coins, detail...
112_Probus_(276-282_A_D_),_Siscia,_Alf,_0076_--,_RIC_V-II_-,_AE-Ant,_IMP_PRO-BVS_AVG,_SOLI_INVIC-TO,_XXIV,_em-5,_278AD,_R,_Q-001,_0h,_20-23mm,_3,63g-s.jpg
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Siscia, Alföldi 0076.-- Not in !!!, -/-//XXIV, Bust F5/Gvar., RIC V-II Not in !!!, AE-Antoninianus, SOLI INVICTO, Sol in quadriga galloping left, Very Rare!!!171 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Siscia, Alföldi 0076.-- Not in !!!, -/-//XXIV, Bust F5/Gvar., RIC V-II Not in !!!, AE-Antoninianus, SOLI INVICTO, Sol in quadriga galloping left, Very Rare!!!
avers: IMP PROBVS AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust left, holding a spear. (F5/Gvar.).
reverse: SOLI IN VICTO, Sol in quadriga galloping left, right hand raised, left holding a whip.
exergue: -/-//XXIV, diameter: 20,0-23,0mm, weight: 3,63g, axis: 0h,
mint: Siscia, 5th. emission of Siscia, date: 278 A.D., ref: RIC V-II -- Not in !!!, Alföldi 0076.-- Not in !!!, Very Rare!!!
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans06/25/18 at 01:16Carausius: Terrific acquisition!
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Lucania, Metapontom stater37 viewsRaised barley corn

Incuse barley corn

Metapontom, 440-510 BC

7.72g

Tight flan series NOE 243-256; HN Italy 1485

Ex-DM collection, Ex-HJB, Ex-Calgary coin

An Achaean colony of great antiquity, Metapontion was destroyed and refounded early in the 6th century by colonists from Sybaris under the leadership of Leukippos. The city occupied an exceptionally fertile plain on the Gulf of Tarentum, which explains the use of the barley ear as its civic badge. Metapontion, along with Sybaris and Kroton produced the earliest coinage in Magna Graecia. The coins of these cities share three features: weight standard, broad and thin flans, and incuse reverses. These features were then adopted by neighboring mints at Kaulonia and elsewhere in southern Italy. While the reasoning behind the choice of these shared features is not clear, the common weight and style facilitated circulation between the cities of south Italy. The mixed contents of the earliest hoards from the region support this idea of free circulation of currency. It is interesting that these common features, indigenous to south Italy, also tended to keep the coins in south Italy. They are rarely found elsewhere in Italy, not even in Sicily. After approximately 510 B.C., the date of the destruction of Sybaris by Kroton, the fabric of the coins throughout south Italy became smaller and thicker, though still with incuse reverses. In the years between 480 and 430 B.C., sooner in Tarentum and later in Metapontion, the incuse issues were replaced by a two sided coinage.
6 commentsJay GT406/25/18 at 01:15Carausius: Attractive example, Jay. Well done!
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Lucania, Metapontom stater37 viewsRaised barley corn

Incuse barley corn

Metapontom, 440-510 BC

7.72g

Tight flan series NOE 243-256; HN Italy 1485

Ex-DM collection, Ex-HJB, Ex-Calgary coin

An Achaean colony of great antiquity, Metapontion was destroyed and refounded early in the 6th century by colonists from Sybaris under the leadership of Leukippos. The city occupied an exceptionally fertile plain on the Gulf of Tarentum, which explains the use of the barley ear as its civic badge. Metapontion, along with Sybaris and Kroton produced the earliest coinage in Magna Graecia. The coins of these cities share three features: weight standard, broad and thin flans, and incuse reverses. These features were then adopted by neighboring mints at Kaulonia and elsewhere in southern Italy. While the reasoning behind the choice of these shared features is not clear, the common weight and style facilitated circulation between the cities of south Italy. The mixed contents of the earliest hoards from the region support this idea of free circulation of currency. It is interesting that these common features, indigenous to south Italy, also tended to keep the coins in south Italy. They are rarely found elsewhere in Italy, not even in Sicily. After approximately 510 B.C., the date of the destruction of Sybaris by Kroton, the fabric of the coins throughout south Italy became smaller and thicker, though still with incuse reverses. In the years between 480 and 430 B.C., sooner in Tarentum and later in Metapontion, the incuse issues were replaced by a two sided coinage.
6 commentsJay GT406/24/18 at 22:25David Atherton: Lovely piece.
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Athens Tetradrachm117 viewsArchaic head of Athena r., with almond shaped eye, wearing crested helmet
ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll, wire necklace, round
earring.

ΑΘΕ right
owl standing right, head facing, erect in posture, prong tail, to left olive twig
and crescent, all within incuse square

Athens 449-413 BC

16.74g

SNG Copenhagen 31; Sear 2526

Ex-Calgary Coin
8 commentsJay GT406/24/18 at 21:11*Alex: Great coin. I didn't realise that you had such...
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Lucania, Metapontom stater37 viewsRaised barley corn

Incuse barley corn

Metapontom, 440-510 BC

7.72g

Tight flan series NOE 243-256; HN Italy 1485

Ex-DM collection, Ex-HJB, Ex-Calgary coin

An Achaean colony of great antiquity, Metapontion was destroyed and refounded early in the 6th century by colonists from Sybaris under the leadership of Leukippos. The city occupied an exceptionally fertile plain on the Gulf of Tarentum, which explains the use of the barley ear as its civic badge. Metapontion, along with Sybaris and Kroton produced the earliest coinage in Magna Graecia. The coins of these cities share three features: weight standard, broad and thin flans, and incuse reverses. These features were then adopted by neighboring mints at Kaulonia and elsewhere in southern Italy. While the reasoning behind the choice of these shared features is not clear, the common weight and style facilitated circulation between the cities of south Italy. The mixed contents of the earliest hoards from the region support this idea of free circulation of currency. It is interesting that these common features, indigenous to south Italy, also tended to keep the coins in south Italy. They are rarely found elsewhere in Italy, not even in Sicily. After approximately 510 B.C., the date of the destruction of Sybaris by Kroton, the fabric of the coins throughout south Italy became smaller and thicker, though still with incuse reverses. In the years between 480 and 430 B.C., sooner in Tarentum and later in Metapontion, the incuse issues were replaced by a two sided coinage.
6 commentsJay GT406/24/18 at 21:09*Alex: Very nice. Congratulations.
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Lucania, Metapontom stater37 viewsRaised barley corn

Incuse barley corn

Metapontom, 440-510 BC

7.72g

Tight flan series NOE 243-256; HN Italy 1485

Ex-DM collection, Ex-HJB, Ex-Calgary coin

An Achaean colony of great antiquity, Metapontion was destroyed and refounded early in the 6th century by colonists from Sybaris under the leadership of Leukippos. The city occupied an exceptionally fertile plain on the Gulf of Tarentum, which explains the use of the barley ear as its civic badge. Metapontion, along with Sybaris and Kroton produced the earliest coinage in Magna Graecia. The coins of these cities share three features: weight standard, broad and thin flans, and incuse reverses. These features were then adopted by neighboring mints at Kaulonia and elsewhere in southern Italy. While the reasoning behind the choice of these shared features is not clear, the common weight and style facilitated circulation between the cities of south Italy. The mixed contents of the earliest hoards from the region support this idea of free circulation of currency. It is interesting that these common features, indigenous to south Italy, also tended to keep the coins in south Italy. They are rarely found elsewhere in Italy, not even in Sicily. After approximately 510 B.C., the date of the destruction of Sybaris by Kroton, the fabric of the coins throughout south Italy became smaller and thicker, though still with incuse reverses. In the years between 480 and 430 B.C., sooner in Tarentum and later in Metapontion, the incuse issues were replaced by a two sided coinage.
6 commentsJay GT406/24/18 at 21:07Enodia: Nice!
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Price 369811 viewsHelios to the left. T under Helios. KY under the throne. Basileus under the KY. Listed in the auction as a 36972 commentsChance Vandal06/24/18 at 20:42Jay GT4: Nice coin
112_Probus_(276-282_A_D_),_Siscia,_Alf,_0076_--,_RIC_V-II_-,_AE-Ant,_IMP_PRO-BVS_AVG,_SOLI_INVIC-TO,_XXIV,_em-5,_278AD,_R,_Q-001,_0h,_20-23mm,_3,63g-s.jpg
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Siscia, Alföldi 0076.-- Not in !!!, -/-//XXIV, Bust F5/Gvar., RIC V-II Not in !!!, AE-Antoninianus, SOLI INVICTO, Sol in quadriga galloping left, Very Rare!!!171 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Siscia, Alföldi 0076.-- Not in !!!, -/-//XXIV, Bust F5/Gvar., RIC V-II Not in !!!, AE-Antoninianus, SOLI INVICTO, Sol in quadriga galloping left, Very Rare!!!
avers: IMP PROBVS AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust left, holding a spear. (F5/Gvar.).
reverse: SOLI IN VICTO, Sol in quadriga galloping left, right hand raised, left holding a whip.
exergue: -/-//XXIV, diameter: 20,0-23,0mm, weight: 3,63g, axis: 0h,
mint: Siscia, 5th. emission of Siscia, date: 278 A.D., ref: RIC V-II -- Not in !!!, Alföldi 0076.-- Not in !!!, Very Rare!!!
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans06/24/18 at 20:29Jay GT4: Sweet!
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Lucania, Metapontom stater37 viewsRaised barley corn

Incuse barley corn

Metapontom, 440-510 BC

7.72g

Tight flan series NOE 243-256; HN Italy 1485

Ex-DM collection, Ex-HJB, Ex-Calgary coin

An Achaean colony of great antiquity, Metapontion was destroyed and refounded early in the 6th century by colonists from Sybaris under the leadership of Leukippos. The city occupied an exceptionally fertile plain on the Gulf of Tarentum, which explains the use of the barley ear as its civic badge. Metapontion, along with Sybaris and Kroton produced the earliest coinage in Magna Graecia. The coins of these cities share three features: weight standard, broad and thin flans, and incuse reverses. These features were then adopted by neighboring mints at Kaulonia and elsewhere in southern Italy. While the reasoning behind the choice of these shared features is not clear, the common weight and style facilitated circulation between the cities of south Italy. The mixed contents of the earliest hoards from the region support this idea of free circulation of currency. It is interesting that these common features, indigenous to south Italy, also tended to keep the coins in south Italy. They are rarely found elsewhere in Italy, not even in Sicily. After approximately 510 B.C., the date of the destruction of Sybaris by Kroton, the fabric of the coins throughout south Italy became smaller and thicker, though still with incuse reverses. In the years between 480 and 430 B.C., sooner in Tarentum and later in Metapontion, the incuse issues were replaced by a two sided coinage.
6 commentsJay GT406/24/18 at 20:23quadrans: Hooops, nice
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Huszár 584, Pohl 123-_, Unger 455_, Réthy II 128, Frynas H.27.1211 viewsHungary. Sigismund/Zsigmond of Luxembourg (1387-1437; Holy Roman Emperor 1433-1437)

AR ducat (= 1/4 denar; average fineness .181‰; average weight .22 g.); .28 g., 11.15mm. max, 270°

Obv: Patriarchal cross, L-I between arms.

Rev: Standing nimbate St. Ladislaus with halberd and globus cruciger.

The type was struck in 1427-1430 (per Huszár, Pohl, Unger, Frynas and Gyöngyössy). This privy mark is not recorded in Huszár, Pohl or Unger. It was probably struck at Lippa, now Lipova, Romania.

Huszár/Pohl rarity 4; Frynas rarity C.
1 commentsStkp06/24/18 at 17:20quadrans: Nice piece..
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S.1087 Eadward the Elder (Dudig?)16 viewsPenny of Eadward "the Elder", king of Wessex, 899-924
Moneyer: Dudig?
Mint: Unknown
Mercia-South East dies
S. 1087
O: +EɅDVVEɅREX
R: DVD +++ oI Mo

This penny may be a contemporary imitation of Eadward's official issue, from the Danelaw, or it may be just the misengraving of a barely literate moneyer. A moneyer named Dudig is known to strike coins for Eadward as well as his father Alfred

Ex- Heritage Auctions, CNG
2 commentsNap06/24/18 at 17:09quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Eastern Europe. Imitation of Philip II of Macedon (Circa 200-0 BC)40 viewsTetradrachm (Kugelwange or "ball cheek" type)

20 mm, 11.46 g

Obverse: Stylized laureate head of Zeus right

Reverse: Stylized horse prancing left, pellet-in-annulet above, pelleted cross below.

Lanz 468-9; OTA 193/9.

Around the end of the 3rd century B.C., the Celtic Scordisci tribe started issuing their own local coinages imitating the types of Philip II of Macedon. These coinages had a limited volume of production and a restricted area of circulation, so their finds are not numerous and occur mostly in their own territory and in the neighboring territories of other Celtic or Celticized tribes. The Scordisci were originally formed after the Celtic invasion of Macedonia and Northern Greece (280-279 BC) which culminated in a great victory against the Greeks at Thermopylae and the sacking Delphi, the center of the Greek world. The Celts then retreated back to the north of the Balkans (suffering many casualties along the way) and settled on the mouth of the Sava River calling themselves the Scordisci after the nearby Scordus (now Sar) mountains. The Scordisci, since they dominated the important Sava valley, the only route to Italy, in the second half of the 3rd century BC, gradually became the most powerful tribe in the central Balkans.

From 141 BC, the Scordisci were constantly involved in battles against Roman held Macedonia. They were defeated in 135 BC by Cosconius in Thrace. In 118 BC, according to a memorial stone discovered near Thessalonica, Sextus Pompeius, probably the grandfather of the triumvir, was slain fighting against them near Stobi. In 114 BC, they surprised and destroyed the army of Gaius Porcius Cato in the western mountains of Serbia, but were defeated by Minucius Rufus in 107 BC.

From time to time they still gave trouble to the Roman governors of Macedonia, whose territory they invaded, even advancing as far as Delphi for a second time and once again plundering the temple; but Lucius Cornelius Scipio Asiaticus finally overcame them in 88 BC and drove them back across the Danube. After this, the power of the Scordisci declined rapidly. This decline was more a result of the political situation in their surrounding territories rather than the effects of Roman campaigns, as their client tribes, especially the Pannonians, became more powerful and politically independent. Between 56 and 50 BC, the Scordisci were defeated by Burebista's Dacians (a Thracian king of the Getae and Dacian tribes), and became subject to him.
5 commentsNathan P06/24/18 at 16:02Chance Vandal: Yay that looks good. Thanks for the Kugelwange tra...
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S.1087 Eadward the Elder (Dudig?)16 viewsPenny of Eadward "the Elder", king of Wessex, 899-924
Moneyer: Dudig?
Mint: Unknown
Mercia-South East dies
S. 1087
O: +EɅDVVEɅREX
R: DVD +++ oI Mo

This penny may be a contemporary imitation of Eadward's official issue, from the Danelaw, or it may be just the misengraving of a barely literate moneyer. A moneyer named Dudig is known to strike coins for Eadward as well as his father Alfred

Ex- Heritage Auctions, CNG
2 commentsNap06/24/18 at 15:14Callimachus: Beautiful coin.
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Septimius Severus, Denarius, PROFECT AVGG FEL12 viewsAR Denarius
Septimius Severus
Augustus: 193 - 211AD
Issued: 198 - 200AD
19.0mm 3.35gr 11h
O: L SEPT SEV AVG IMP XI PART MAX; Laureate head, right.
R: PROFECT AVGG FEL; Septimius Severus on horseback, holding spear, rearing right.
RIC 138; RSC
Aorta: 511: B3, O45, R272, T168, M4.
Agora Auction, Ken Dorney Sale KD5, Lot 077.
4/13/18 4/27/18
2 commentsNicholas Z06/24/18 at 08:50Nicholas Z: Thanks Rob!
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PROBUS RIC 453 VAR. VIRTVS INVICTI AVG17 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C PROBVS P F AVG
REVERSE: VIRTVS INVICTI AVG (emperor on horse spearing lying enemy)
BUST TYPE: B = Radiate and cuirassed bust right
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//TXXT
WEIGHT 3.86g / AXIS: 12h / WIDTH: 21mm
RIC: 453 VAR. (UNLISTED WITH TXXT MINTMARK)
COLLECTION NO. 1262

Ex. S. Luethi collection

Extremely rare and desirable reverse type!

The only specimen of this type known to me!
1 commentsBarnaba606/24/18 at 03:52Jay GT4: Wonderful
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PROBUS RIC 378 VAR. 13 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C PROBVS P F AVG CONS II
REVERSE: HERCVLI PACIF
BUST TYPE: H2 = Radiate bust left in consular robe, holding scipio
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: --//SXXT
WEIGHT 3.30g / AXIS: 6h
RIC: 378 VAR. (UNLISTED WITH P F AVG CONS II LEGEND)
COLLECTION NO. 1263

Ex S. Luethi collection

NOTE: The only example of this type known to me (I know of one another specimen with the same obverse legend but from officina VXXT in Ph. Gysen's collection)
1 commentsBarnaba606/24/18 at 03:51Jay GT4: Outstanding obverse
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ALFOLDI 092.00517 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG
REVERSE: VIRTVS AVGVSTI (Emperor on horse to right spearing enemy)
BUST TYPE: H2 = radiate bust left in consular robe, holding scipio
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//XXIE
WEIGHT 4.07g / AXIS: 12h / WIDTH 22mm
RIC 806
ALFOLDI 092.005 (2 EX.)
COLLECTION NO. 1259

Ex S.Luethi collection

Very rare and desirable reverse type. The variant with emperor on horse to RIGHT is much more common than the variant with emperor on horse to left (see my collection no. 1260)

Only 6th ex. known to me
1 commentsBarnaba606/24/18 at 03:50Jay GT4: Awesome portrait
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rsc14211 viewsElagabalus
AR Denarius

Obv: IMP ANTONINVS AVG, laureate draped bust right
Rev: P M TR P II COS II P P, Roma seated left, holding victory and scepter, shield on ground by her side.
18 mm, 3.80 gms

RSC 142, RIC 16
1 commentsCharles M06/24/18 at 03:49Jay GT4: Great looking coin
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Eastern Europe. Imitation of Philip II of Macedon (Circa 200-0 BC)40 viewsTetradrachm (Kugelwange or "ball cheek" type)

20 mm, 11.46 g

Obverse: Stylized laureate head of Zeus right

Reverse: Stylized horse prancing left, pellet-in-annulet above, pelleted cross below.

Lanz 468-9; OTA 193/9.

Around the end of the 3rd century B.C., the Celtic Scordisci tribe started issuing their own local coinages imitating the types of Philip II of Macedon. These coinages had a limited volume of production and a restricted area of circulation, so their finds are not numerous and occur mostly in their own territory and in the neighboring territories of other Celtic or Celticized tribes. The Scordisci were originally formed after the Celtic invasion of Macedonia and Northern Greece (280-279 BC) which culminated in a great victory against the Greeks at Thermopylae and the sacking Delphi, the center of the Greek world. The Celts then retreated back to the north of the Balkans (suffering many casualties along the way) and settled on the mouth of the Sava River calling themselves the Scordisci after the nearby Scordus (now Sar) mountains. The Scordisci, since they dominated the important Sava valley, the only route to Italy, in the second half of the 3rd century BC, gradually became the most powerful tribe in the central Balkans.

From 141 BC, the Scordisci were constantly involved in battles against Roman held Macedonia. They were defeated in 135 BC by Cosconius in Thrace. In 118 BC, according to a memorial stone discovered near Thessalonica, Sextus Pompeius, probably the grandfather of the triumvir, was slain fighting against them near Stobi. In 114 BC, they surprised and destroyed the army of Gaius Porcius Cato in the western mountains of Serbia, but were defeated by Minucius Rufus in 107 BC.

From time to time they still gave trouble to the Roman governors of Macedonia, whose territory they invaded, even advancing as far as Delphi for a second time and once again plundering the temple; but Lucius Cornelius Scipio Asiaticus finally overcame them in 88 BC and drove them back across the Danube. After this, the power of the Scordisci declined rapidly. This decline was more a result of the political situation in their surrounding territories rather than the effects of Roman campaigns, as their client tribes, especially the Pannonians, became more powerful and politically independent. Between 56 and 50 BC, the Scordisci were defeated by Burebista's Dacians (a Thracian king of the Getae and Dacian tribes), and became subject to him.
5 commentsNathan P06/23/18 at 11:45Molinari: Nice!
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Licinius I, reduced follis50 viewsAlexandria mint, 7th officina
IMP C VAL LICIN LICINIVS P F AVG, laureate head right
IOVI CONSER - VATORI AVGG, Jupiter standing left, holding Victory on globe in right hand and sceptre in left hand. An eagle holding wreath in his beak at his feet in left field, In right field a wreath above a Z above an N, at exergue ALE
4.23 gr, 20/21mm
Ref : RIC # 10, RCV # 15246, C # 108
3 commentsPotator II06/23/18 at 10:31B*Numis: pedigré www.bnumis. com !
279144_l.jpg
Eastern Europe. Imitation of Philip II of Macedon (Circa 200-0 BC)40 viewsTetradrachm (Kugelwange or "ball cheek" type)

20 mm, 11.46 g

Obverse: Stylized laureate head of Zeus right

Reverse: Stylized horse prancing left, pellet-in-annulet above, pelleted cross below.

Lanz 468-9; OTA 193/9.

Around the end of the 3rd century B.C., the Celtic Scordisci tribe started issuing their own local coinages imitating the types of Philip II of Macedon. These coinages had a limited volume of production and a restricted area of circulation, so their finds are not numerous and occur mostly in their own territory and in the neighboring territories of other Celtic or Celticized tribes. The Scordisci were originally formed after the Celtic invasion of Macedonia and Northern Greece (280-279 BC) which culminated in a great victory against the Greeks at Thermopylae and the sacking Delphi, the center of the Greek world. The Celts then retreated back to the north of the Balkans (suffering many casualties along the way) and settled on the mouth of the Sava River calling themselves the Scordisci after the nearby Scordus (now Sar) mountains. The Scordisci, since they dominated the important Sava valley, the only route to Italy, in the second half of the 3rd century BC, gradually became the most powerful tribe in the central Balkans.

From 141 BC, the Scordisci were constantly involved in battles against Roman held Macedonia. They were defeated in 135 BC by Cosconius in Thrace. In 118 BC, according to a memorial stone discovered near Thessalonica, Sextus Pompeius, probably the grandfather of the triumvir, was slain fighting against them near Stobi. In 114 BC, they surprised and destroyed the army of Gaius Porcius Cato in the western mountains of Serbia, but were defeated by Minucius Rufus in 107 BC.

From time to time they still gave trouble to the Roman governors of Macedonia, whose territory they invaded, even advancing as far as Delphi for a second time and once again plundering the temple; but Lucius Cornelius Scipio Asiaticus finally overcame them in 88 BC and drove them back across the Danube. After this, the power of the Scordisci declined rapidly. This decline was more a result of the political situation in their surrounding territories rather than the effects of Roman campaigns, as their client tribes, especially the Pannonians, became more powerful and politically independent. Between 56 and 50 BC, the Scordisci were defeated by Burebista's Dacians (a Thracian king of the Getae and Dacian tribes), and became subject to him.
5 commentsNathan P06/23/18 at 08:34quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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hhj8.26.23.036 viewsElagabalus
Nicopolis

Obv: AVT M AVPH ANTONINOC, laureate draped cuirassed bust right, seen from behind.
Rev:VΠ NOBIOV POVΦOV NIKOΠOΛIT →Π-POC/ICT, Triptolemos nude, chlamys waving behind, riding right in biga drawn by two winged serpents, reins in left hand, raised right hand.
27 mm, 12.98 gms

Hristova-Hoeft-Jekov 8.26.23.3, ex CNG Electronic Auction 422, lot 382 (misattributed but corrected here)
1 commentsCharles M06/23/18 at 02:55David Atherton: Love that reverse!
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4 viewsSilver antoninianus, RIC IV 22 (R2), RSC IV 188, SRCV III 8959 var. (antelope left), Hunter III 48 var. (same), Choice aEF, excellent centering on a broad flan, excellent portrait, light toning, some luster, strike slightly soft/flat, some die wear, 6th officina, Rome mint, weight 4.402g, maximum diameter 23.8mm, die axis 0o, 248 A.D.; obverse IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse SAECVLARES AVGG, antelope walking right, VI in exergue; very rare with antelope right (only two on Coin Archives and one sold for $700!; ex Beast Coins; Ex Forum coin and picture1 commentspaul188806/23/18 at 02:54David Atherton: Very nice!
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Eastern Europe. Imitation of Philip II of Macedon (Circa 200-0 BC)40 viewsTetradrachm (Kugelwange or "ball cheek" type)

20 mm, 11.46 g

Obverse: Stylized laureate head of Zeus right

Reverse: Stylized horse prancing left, pellet-in-annulet above, pelleted cross below.

Lanz 468-9; OTA 193/9.

Around the end of the 3rd century B.C., the Celtic Scordisci tribe started issuing their own local coinages imitating the types of Philip II of Macedon. These coinages had a limited volume of production and a restricted area of circulation, so their finds are not numerous and occur mostly in their own territory and in the neighboring territories of other Celtic or Celticized tribes. The Scordisci were originally formed after the Celtic invasion of Macedonia and Northern Greece (280-279 BC) which culminated in a great victory against the Greeks at Thermopylae and the sacking Delphi, the center of the Greek world. The Celts then retreated back to the north of the Balkans (suffering many casualties along the way) and settled on the mouth of the Sava River calling themselves the Scordisci after the nearby Scordus (now Sar) mountains. The Scordisci, since they dominated the important Sava valley, the only route to Italy, in the second half of the 3rd century BC, gradually became the most powerful tribe in the central Balkans.

From 141 BC, the Scordisci were constantly involved in battles against Roman held Macedonia. They were defeated in 135 BC by Cosconius in Thrace. In 118 BC, according to a memorial stone discovered near Thessalonica, Sextus Pompeius, probably the grandfather of the triumvir, was slain fighting against them near Stobi. In 114 BC, they surprised and destroyed the army of Gaius Porcius Cato in the western mountains of Serbia, but were defeated by Minucius Rufus in 107 BC.

From time to time they still gave trouble to the Roman governors of Macedonia, whose territory they invaded, even advancing as far as Delphi for a second time and once again plundering the temple; but Lucius Cornelius Scipio Asiaticus finally overcame them in 88 BC and drove them back across the Danube. After this, the power of the Scordisci declined rapidly. This decline was more a result of the political situation in their surrounding territories rather than the effects of Roman campaigns, as their client tribes, especially the Pannonians, became more powerful and politically independent. Between 56 and 50 BC, the Scordisci were defeated by Burebista's Dacians (a Thracian king of the Getae and Dacian tribes), and became subject to him.
5 commentsNathan P06/23/18 at 01:44Jay GT4: Sweet coin
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, LT Series Victoriatus5 viewsRome. The Republic.
LT Series, 211-210 BCE
AR Victoriatus (3.06g; 18mm).
Luceria mint

Obverse: Laureate head of Jupiter facing right.

Reverse: Victory crowns trophy; LT ligate between; ROMA in exergue.

References: Crawford 98A/1b; RBW 429; Sydenham 137; BMCRR (Italy) 178-80.

Provenance: Ex Andrew McCabe Collection; private purchase in 2012 from CNG #910522; ex CNG 88 (14 Sep 2011) Lot 1130.

About 212 BCE, when the Romans introduced the denarius system, they also introduced a collateral denomination of silver coin, the victoriatus. As evidenced by its different weight standard, debased metal, iconography and missing denominational mark, the victoriatus was not integral to the denarius system but was produced for a special purpose. While the denarius and its fractions, the quinarius and sestertius, all depicted Roma and the Dioscuri, victoriati depicted Jupiter and Victory crowning a trophy. Further, while denarii were produced from nearly pure silver, victoriati were made from debased silver of about 70% purity. Based on the weight standard of Magna Graecia drachms, victoriati were likely designed specifically for payments to Greek cities of southern Italy and hoard evidence supports circulation largely in southern Italy.

Like the L Series victoriati which were also struck in Luceria, Crawford notes three phases of the LT Series victoriati: the first, with a small head and mint/control letters split between obverse and reverse; the second, with larger head and monogram LT on reverse; the last, with careless, spread devices and mint/control marks again split between obverse and reverse. This coin belongs to the second phase of the series’ development. While the L almost certainly represent Luceria, the meaning of the additional letter T is uncertain. Crawford suggests it may be a magistrates initial or indicate the purpose of the expenditure.

Rome ceased issuing victoriati circa 170 BCE. Perhaps because of their debased metal (which discouraged hoarding), victoriati continued to circulate in Gaul for many years until they functioned as de facto quinarii due to metal loss from wear. Their continued popularity caused Rome to later issue quinarii bearing the same devices (Jupiter/Victory and trophy).
1 commentsCarausius06/22/18 at 22:31Jay GT4: Nice coin, great provenance
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Struck A.D.378 - 383. GRATIAN. AE3 of Aquileia5 viewsObverse: D N GRATIANVS P F AVG. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Gratian facing right.
Reverse: VIRTVS ROMANORVM. Roma seated facing, head left, holding globe in her right hand and downward facing spear in her left; in exergue, SMAQS.
RIC IX : 35a.
RARE
1 comments*Alex06/22/18 at 22:30Jay GT4: Nice coin! Love the red
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ALFOLDI 041.007 5 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C PROBVS AVG
REVERSE: PAX AVG
BUST TYPE: B (BASTIEN'S CLASSIFICATION)
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: --//XXIQ
WEIGHT 4.27g / AXIS: 7h / WIDTH 21-22mm
RIC 707
ALFOLDI 041.007
COLLECTION NO. 41
1 commentsBarnaba606/22/18 at 22:05vrtsprb: Nice, and a much scarcer coin than one would expec...
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Eastern Europe. Imitation of Philip II of Macedon (Circa 200-0 BC)40 viewsTetradrachm (Kugelwange or "ball cheek" type)

20 mm, 11.46 g

Obverse: Stylized laureate head of Zeus right

Reverse: Stylized horse prancing left, pellet-in-annulet above, pelleted cross below.

Lanz 468-9; OTA 193/9.

Around the end of the 3rd century B.C., the Celtic Scordisci tribe started issuing their own local coinages imitating the types of Philip II of Macedon. These coinages had a limited volume of production and a restricted area of circulation, so their finds are not numerous and occur mostly in their own territory and in the neighboring territories of other Celtic or Celticized tribes. The Scordisci were originally formed after the Celtic invasion of Macedonia and Northern Greece (280-279 BC) which culminated in a great victory against the Greeks at Thermopylae and the sacking Delphi, the center of the Greek world. The Celts then retreated back to the north of the Balkans (suffering many casualties along the way) and settled on the mouth of the Sava River calling themselves the Scordisci after the nearby Scordus (now Sar) mountains. The Scordisci, since they dominated the important Sava valley, the only route to Italy, in the second half of the 3rd century BC, gradually became the most powerful tribe in the central Balkans.

From 141 BC, the Scordisci were constantly involved in battles against Roman held Macedonia. They were defeated in 135 BC by Cosconius in Thrace. In 118 BC, according to a memorial stone discovered near Thessalonica, Sextus Pompeius, probably the grandfather of the triumvir, was slain fighting against them near Stobi. In 114 BC, they surprised and destroyed the army of Gaius Porcius Cato in the western mountains of Serbia, but were defeated by Minucius Rufus in 107 BC.

From time to time they still gave trouble to the Roman governors of Macedonia, whose territory they invaded, even advancing as far as Delphi for a second time and once again plundering the temple; but Lucius Cornelius Scipio Asiaticus finally overcame them in 88 BC and drove them back across the Danube. After this, the power of the Scordisci declined rapidly. This decline was more a result of the political situation in their surrounding territories rather than the effects of Roman campaigns, as their client tribes, especially the Pannonians, became more powerful and politically independent. Between 56 and 50 BC, the Scordisci were defeated by Burebista's Dacians (a Thracian king of the Getae and Dacian tribes), and became subject to him.
5 commentsNathan P06/22/18 at 19:59shanxi: nice example
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111 Florianus (276-282 A.D.), T-4526, RIC V-I 116, Cyzicus, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORDIA MILITVM, -/-//P, Bust-D1, Victory standing right, and Emperor, #1128 views111 Florianus (276-282 A.D.), T-4526, RIC V-I 116, Cyzicus, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORDIA MILITVM, -/-//P, Bust-D1, Victory standing right, and Emperor, #1
avers: IMP FLORIANVS AVG, Bust right, radiate, cuirassed and draped with paludamentum, (D1).
reverse: CONCORDIA MILITVM, Victory standing right, holding wreath in right hand and palm against left shoulder, facing Emperor in military dress standing left, right hand outstretched and holding long sceptre in left hand, (Victory and Emperor 2).
exergue: -/-//P, diameter: 22,0-24,0mm, weight: 3,47g, axes: 6h,
mint: Cyzicus, 1st.issue, 1st.off., date: 276 A.D., ref: RIC-V-I-116, T-(Estiot)-4526,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans06/22/18 at 19:06okidoki: Nice Joe
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ROMAN REPUBLIC - L Series Victoriatus14 viewsRome. The Republic.
L Series, 211-208 BCE
AR Victoriatus (3.13g; 18mm).
Luceria mint

Obverse: Laureate head of Jupiter facing right; bead-and-reel border.

Reverse: Victory crowns trophy; L between; ROMA in exergue.

References: Crawford 97/1b; RBW 395; Sydenham 121; BMCRR (Italy) 157-8.

Provenance: Ex Andrew McCabe Collection; ex RBW Collection (not in prior sales); private purchase from H.J. Berk 15 May 1994.

About 212 BCE, when the Romans introduced the denarius system, they also introduced a collateral denomination of silver coin, the victoriatus. As evidenced by its different weight standard, debased metal, iconography and missing denominational mark, the victoriatus was not integral to the denarius system but was produced for a special purpose. While the denarius and its fractions, the quinarius and sestertius, all depicted Roma and the Dioscuri, victoriati depicted Jupiter and Victory crowning a trophy. Further, while denarii were produced from nearly pure silver, victoriati were made from debased silver of about 70% purity. Based on the weight standard of Magna Graecia drachms, victoriati were likely designed specifically for payments to Greek cities of southern Italy and hoard evidence supports circulation largely in southern Italy.

Like the LT Series victoriati that were also struck in Luceria, Crawford notes that the L Series Victoriati went through three obverse phases: the first, with bead-and-reel border and Jupiter with scraggly hair; the second, with bead-and-reel border and Jupiter with neat ringlets; and the last, with dot border. This coin clearly belongs to the second phase.

Rome ceased issuing victoriati circa 170 BCE. Perhaps because of their debased metal (which discouraged hoarding), victoriati continued to circulate in Gaul for many years until they functioned as de facto quinarii due to metal loss from wear. Their continued popularity caused Rome to later issue quinarii bearing the same devices (Jupiter/Victory and trophy).
3 commentsCarausius06/22/18 at 19:03quadrans: Nice piece..
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ROMAN REPUBLIC - L Series Victoriatus14 viewsRome. The Republic.
L Series, 211-208 BCE
AR Victoriatus (3.13g; 18mm).
Luceria mint

Obverse: Laureate head of Jupiter facing right; bead-and-reel border.

Reverse: Victory crowns trophy; L between; ROMA in exergue.

References: Crawford 97/1b; RBW 395; Sydenham 121; BMCRR (Italy) 157-8.

Provenance: Ex Andrew McCabe Collection; ex RBW Collection (not in prior sales); private purchase from H.J. Berk 15 May 1994.

About 212 BCE, when the Romans introduced the denarius system, they also introduced a collateral denomination of silver coin, the victoriatus. As evidenced by its different weight standard, debased metal, iconography and missing denominational mark, the victoriatus was not integral to the denarius system but was produced for a special purpose. While the denarius and its fractions, the quinarius and sestertius, all depicted Roma and the Dioscuri, victoriati depicted Jupiter and Victory crowning a trophy. Further, while denarii were produced from nearly pure silver, victoriati were made from debased silver of about 70% purity. Based on the weight standard of Magna Graecia drachms, victoriati were likely designed specifically for payments to Greek cities of southern Italy and hoard evidence supports circulation largely in southern Italy.

Like the LT Series victoriati that were also struck in Luceria, Crawford notes that the L Series Victoriati went through three obverse phases: the first, with bead-and-reel border and Jupiter with scraggly hair; the second, with bead-and-reel border and Jupiter with neat ringlets; and the last, with dot border. This coin clearly belongs to the second phase.

Rome ceased issuing victoriati circa 170 BCE. Perhaps because of their debased metal (which discouraged hoarding), victoriati continued to circulate in Gaul for many years until they functioned as de facto quinarii due to metal loss from wear. Their continued popularity caused Rome to later issue quinarii bearing the same devices (Jupiter/Victory and trophy).
3 commentsCarausius06/22/18 at 11:25okidoki: great example,
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Hadrianus8 viewsHadrian, denarius.
Travel series issue.
3,01 g.
Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right.
Rev. NILVS, Nilus reclining right on urn, holding cornucopiae, hippopotamus standing left, crocodile left below.
RIC II 310; RSC 991.
1 commentsMarsman06/22/18 at 10:12okidoki: Congrats very nice
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Hadrian5 viewsSeleukis and Pieria, AE20, Antioch Mint
Obverse: AYTO KAIC TPAI AΔPIANOC CЄB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: Large S-C, Γ below, within laurel wreath of eight leaves with no inner border, all within dotted border.
Reference: BMC 426, SNG Cop 245
1 commentsJustin L06/22/18 at 10:05okidoki: very nice
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Corinthia. Corinth (Circa 405-345 BC)13 viewsAR Stater

19mm, 8.29g

Obverse: Pegasos flying right, below, Ϙ

Reverse:Head of Athena r., wearing Corinthian helmet; on left, aphlaston (upward curving stern of an ancient warship).

Pegasi 246/2; Ravel 652.
1 commentsNathan P06/22/18 at 10:04okidoki: very nice
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Phraates IV11 viewstetradrachm, 38 - 2 BC
(struck December 26 BC)
Sellwood 51.25

Ex-Nisa Collection
2 commentsRobert L306/22/18 at 06:01Paul R3: Nice example!
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Akarnania. Leukas19 viewsAkarnania. Leukas circa 320-280 BC.
Stater AR

20mm., 8,10g.

Head of Athena left, wearing Corinthian helmet / Pegasos flying left, Λ below.

very fine

Cf. BMC 101.
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)06/22/18 at 04:00David Atherton: Nice Pegasus!
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03 Constantius II20 viewsConstantius II
Antioch
5,4 g / 24.1 mm
obverse D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right;
reverse FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Gamma in left, soldier spearing Horseman,hair in braids, bearded, reaching back towards soldier

ANZ Antioch 122
Sear 18170
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)06/22/18 at 03:59David Atherton: Yes, lovely patina indeed.
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Gurjara-Pratihara Dynasty: Bhoja I (ca. 836-885 AD) Adivaraha Dramma (Deyell#8)48 views1 commentsSpongeBob06/21/18 at 11:25Umesh S: I am intreseted in this Coin, please contact me at...