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Roman, Domitian, AR Denarius28 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93.
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
2 commentsorfew07/15/19 at 02:41Jay GT4: That's a great coin!
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Roman, Domitian, AR Denarius28 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93.
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
2 commentsorfew07/13/19 at 20:21quadrans: Wow, nice piece...
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ROMAN, Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.57 viewsSH16768. Silver denarius, SRCV I 1592, RIC I 541, BMCRE I 664, superb EF, weight 3.850 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 0o, uncertain Asia Minor mint, 27 - 20 B.C.; obverse laureate head right, dot border; reverse AVGVSTVS, capricorn left, holding globe, cornucopia above, rudder below; extraordinary high relief impossible to capture in a photograph, lustrous and nearly as struck; rare1 commentsJoe Sermarini01/26/19 at 21:28Luis R: stunning
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Roman Empire, Vespasian, AR denarius73 viewsRoman Empire, Vespasian 69-79, Denarius,
(17.49 mm 3.24g)
Obv: Laureate head of Vespasian right "IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TRPPP" Rev: "AVG" within an wreath, Phi-Alpha monogram above ties. "AVG" in the center. RIC 1414. Ephesos mint, Some roughness on the reverse.
Ex Savoca Auction #9, lot 533 8/21/16
Lot 152 Aegean Nuismatics Agora Auctions July 20. 2017.
Coin depicted in the Wildwinds.com database
3 commentsorfew12/27/18 at 19:46okidoki: great example,
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Roman, Victorinus, cuirassed bust left102 viewsFlawless and superb portrait of Victorinus3 commentsSTEPHANE R11/29/18 at 12:42Harry G: Interesting piece; never seen one of those before!...
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Roman, Agrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)1322 viewsAgrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)
Sestertius
Daughter of Julia and Marcus Agrippa, wife of Germanicus and mother of Emperor Caligula. The most beautiful woman of all Caesars in the most incredible condition. The finest known specimen originally from the Morreti Collection.

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

Cohen 1 ; RIC 42
9 commentsPetitioncrown11/17/18 at 19:40Steven H: That's stunning - I've never seen an Agrip...
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Roman, Postumus, herculean bust102 viewsA nice example of the famous herculean bust3 commentsSTEPHANE R09/08/18 at 14:02Harry G: Stunning portrait!
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Roman Empire, Vespasian, AR denarius73 viewsRoman Empire, Vespasian 69-79, Denarius,
(17.49 mm 3.24g)
Obv: Laureate head of Vespasian right "IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TRPPP" Rev: "AVG" within an wreath, Phi-Alpha monogram above ties. "AVG" in the center. RIC 1414. Ephesos mint, Some roughness on the reverse.
Ex Savoca Auction #9, lot 533 8/21/16
Lot 152 Aegean Nuismatics Agora Auctions July 20. 2017.
Coin depicted in the Wildwinds.com database
3 commentsorfew08/29/18 at 16:50*Alex: Indeed!
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Roman Empire, Vespasian, AR denarius73 viewsRoman Empire, Vespasian 69-79, Denarius,
(17.49 mm 3.24g)
Obv: Laureate head of Vespasian right "IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TRPPP" Rev: "AVG" within an wreath, Phi-Alpha monogram above ties. "AVG" in the center. RIC 1414. Ephesos mint, Some roughness on the reverse.
Ex Savoca Auction #9, lot 533 8/21/16
Lot 152 Aegean Nuismatics Agora Auctions July 20. 2017.
Coin depicted in the Wildwinds.com database
3 commentsorfew08/28/18 at 16:38Mat: a beauty
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Roman, Constantine I661 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 Siscia79 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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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Unknown King, 80 - 70 BC77 viewsAR tdr., 15,65gr, 29,2mm; Sellwood 30.2, Shore --, Sunrise 311 (Arsakes XVI. 78/77-62/1);
Mint: Seleukia, axis: 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/ diadem, knot and 1 broad ribbon; mustache, medium-long hair in 3 waves; torque w/single pellet finial; cuirass; dotted border 8-15:30h;
rev.: archer, right, on throne, w/bow in right hand; composite monogram above bow; 7-line legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY APΣAKOY ΘEOΠATOPOΣ EYEPΓETOY EΠIΦANOYΣ ΦIΛEΛΛΗNOΣ; exergual line;
3 commentsSchatz06/03/18 at 20:22William T2: beautiful, and very rare coun!
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Orodes II., 57 - 38 BC51 viewsAR dr., 3,89gr, 19,8mm; Sellwood 45.19, Shore 229var., Sunrise - ;
mint: Susa; axis: 13h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/broad diadem, knot and 2 or 3 ribbons; medium-long hair in 4 waves, mustache, short beard in 3 rows of curls; multi-turn torque w/ single pellet finial; cuirass;
rev.: archer, right, on throne, w/bow in one hand, x above and monogram and dot below; 7-line legend: ΒΛCIΛΕΩC BΛCΙΛΕΩΝ ΛΡCΛKoV EVEPΓEToV ΔIKΛIoV EΠIΦΛNoVC ΦIΛEΛΛHN(o)C; almost uncirculated;
one of the most beautiful Parthian portraits of a young king.
1 commentsSchatz06/03/18 at 20:07William T2: your collection is remarkable!
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ROMAN, Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.52 viewsSH24852. Gold aureus, RIC III 233e, Calico 1530 (same obv die), Cohen II 314, aEF, weight 7.0221 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 153 - 154 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVII, laureate head left; reverse COS IIII, Antoninus Pius, togate, standing left, globe in extended right, scroll in left; superb obverse portrait, recognizable portrait on reverse, minor blemish on the second I on the reverse, ex Harlan Berk; scarce1 commentsJoe Sermarini05/11/18 at 15:16kc: Fabulous portrait,super
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Roman, Julius Caesar, Imperator and Dictator, October 49 - 15 March 44 B.C.63 viewsSH45450. Silver denarius, Crawford 480/13, Sydenham 1074, Sear CRI 107d, RSC I Julius Caesar 39, BMCRR I Rome 4173, SRCV I 1414, Vagi 56, Choice gVF, magnificent portrait, weight 3.660 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, moneyer P Sepullius Macer, Feb - Mar 44 B.C.; obverse CAESAR DICT PERPETVO, veiled and wreathed head of Caesar right; reverse P SEPVLLIVS MACER, Venus standing left, Victory in extended right, long scepter in left hand, shield at feet right3 commentsJoe Sermarini02/22/18 at 10:21Sam: WoW ! Superb addition .
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Roman, Julius Caesar, Imperator and Dictator, October 49 - 15 March 44 B.C.63 viewsSH45450. Silver denarius, Crawford 480/13, Sydenham 1074, Sear CRI 107d, RSC I Julius Caesar 39, BMCRR I Rome 4173, SRCV I 1414, Vagi 56, Choice gVF, magnificent portrait, weight 3.660 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, moneyer P Sepullius Macer, Feb - Mar 44 B.C.; obverse CAESAR DICT PERPETVO, veiled and wreathed head of Caesar right; reverse P SEPVLLIVS MACER, Venus standing left, Victory in extended right, long scepter in left hand, shield at feet right3 commentsJoe Sermarini02/21/18 at 17:09okidoki: excellent obverse
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Roman, Julius Caesar, Imperator and Dictator, October 49 - 15 March 44 B.C.63 viewsSH45450. Silver denarius, Crawford 480/13, Sydenham 1074, Sear CRI 107d, RSC I Julius Caesar 39, BMCRR I Rome 4173, SRCV I 1414, Vagi 56, Choice gVF, magnificent portrait, weight 3.660 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, moneyer P Sepullius Macer, Feb - Mar 44 B.C.; obverse CAESAR DICT PERPETVO, veiled and wreathed head of Caesar right; reverse P SEPVLLIVS MACER, Venus standing left, Victory in extended right, long scepter in left hand, shield at feet right3 commentsJoe Sermarini02/21/18 at 07:12Gary W2: 10 STARS! Just beautiful!
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Mithradates II, ca. 123 - 88 BC, or Gotarzes I, 91 - 87 BC64 viewsAR dr., 4,04gr, 20,6mm;
Sellw. 29.2, Shore 103, Sunrise - ;
mint: Ekbatana, axis: 12h;
obv.: floating bust, left, w/tiara, diadem, knot, and 2 ribbons; tiara w/3 rows of pellets and 1 row of ∼ enclosing an 8-point star, long earflap; mustache, long tapering beard; earring, multi-turn torque w/pellet finial; cuirass; dotted border 5:30 to 8h;
rev.: slight incuse left; archer w/bow, right, on throne; exergual line; 6-line legend: BΛΣIΛEΩΣ BΛΣIΛEΩN APΣAKoY ΔIKΛIoY EVEPΓEToY KΛIΦIΛEΛΛΗN.

1 commentsSchatz12/30/17 at 22:19museumguy: Very nice detailed portrait!
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Mithradates II, ca.123-88 BC79 viewsAR dr., 4,09gr, 21,2mm; Sellwood 24.10, Shore 70, Sunrise --;
mint: Ekbatana or Rhagai, axis 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/diadem, knot and 2 ribbons; short cap-like hair, mustache, medium-long beard; earring, torque w/griffin or horse finial; dotted border 9 to 14h;
rev.: archer, right, on omphalos, w/bow in right hand; 4-line legend beginning on left and forming square: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛoY APΣAKoY EΠIΦANoY(Σ); exergual line;
iridescent "rainbow" tone;
a portrait of the young king who was probably the greatest of the Parthian rulers.
3 commentsSchatz12/29/17 at 09:03quadrans: Ohh, It is great...
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Mithradates II, ca.123-88 BC79 viewsAR dr., 4,09gr, 21,2mm; Sellwood 24.10, Shore 70, Sunrise --;
mint: Ekbatana or Rhagai, axis 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/diadem, knot and 2 ribbons; short cap-like hair, mustache, medium-long beard; earring, torque w/griffin or horse finial; dotted border 9 to 14h;
rev.: archer, right, on omphalos, w/bow in right hand; 4-line legend beginning on left and forming square: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛoY APΣAKoY EΠIΦANoY(Σ); exergual line;
iridescent "rainbow" tone;
a portrait of the young king who was probably the greatest of the Parthian rulers.
3 commentsSchatz12/27/17 at 12:36*Alex: Beautiful coin, great portrait.
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Mithradates II, ca.123-88 BC79 viewsAR dr., 4,09gr, 21,2mm; Sellwood 24.10, Shore 70, Sunrise --;
mint: Ekbatana or Rhagai, axis 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/diadem, knot and 2 ribbons; short cap-like hair, mustache, medium-long beard; earring, torque w/griffin or horse finial; dotted border 9 to 14h;
rev.: archer, right, on omphalos, w/bow in right hand; 4-line legend beginning on left and forming square: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛoY APΣAKoY EΠIΦANoY(Σ); exergual line;
iridescent "rainbow" tone;
a portrait of the young king who was probably the greatest of the Parthian rulers.
3 commentsSchatz12/26/17 at 15:26Jay GT4: Amazing coin and great toning!
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Unknown King, 80 - 70 BC63 viewsAR tdr., 15,82gr., 28,2mm;
Sellw. 30.4, Sh --, Sunrise 312 (this coin; Arsakes XVI., 78/77 - 62/61 BC;
mint: Seleukia, axis: 12H;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/diadem, knot, and ribbon; medium h-long hair in 4 waves, mustache, short beard; cuirass; dotted border 18:30 - 13h; young face;
rev: archer, right, on throne, w/bow; monogr. above bow; 7-line legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY APΣAKOY (ΘEO)ΠATOPOΣ (EY)EPΓETOY EΠIΦANOYΣ ΦIΛEΛΛHNO(Σ);

ex: The New York Sale, Baldwin Auction XXXvii (5. Jan. 2016),
ex: The Sunrise Collection, p.182, #312.

A Sunrise plate coin, also in: Parthika.fr, Les Différents Types.
2 commentsSchatz12/25/17 at 14:53*Alex: Great portrait!
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Unknown King, 80 - 70 BC77 viewsAR tdr., 15,65gr, 29,2mm; Sellwood 30.2, Shore --, Sunrise 311 (Arsakes XVI. 78/77-62/1);
Mint: Seleukia, axis: 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/ diadem, knot and 1 broad ribbon; mustache, medium-long hair in 3 waves; torque w/single pellet finial; cuirass; dotted border 8-15:30h;
rev.: archer, right, on throne, w/bow in right hand; composite monogram above bow; 7-line legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY APΣAKOY ΘEOΠATOPOΣ EYEPΓETOY EΠIΦANOYΣ ΦIΛEΛΛΗNOΣ; exergual line;
3 commentsSchatz12/25/17 at 05:24Pharsalos: Gorgeous tetradrachm.
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Unknown King, 80 - 70 BC63 viewsAR tdr., 15,82gr., 28,2mm;
Sellw. 30.4, Sh --, Sunrise 312 (this coin; Arsakes XVI., 78/77 - 62/61 BC;
mint: Seleukia, axis: 12H;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/diadem, knot, and ribbon; medium h-long hair in 4 waves, mustache, short beard; cuirass; dotted border 18:30 - 13h; young face;
rev: archer, right, on throne, w/bow; monogr. above bow; 7-line legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY APΣAKOY (ΘEO)ΠATOPOΣ (EY)EPΓETOY EΠIΦANOYΣ ΦIΛEΛΛHNO(Σ);

ex: The New York Sale, Baldwin Auction XXXvii (5. Jan. 2016),
ex: The Sunrise Collection, p.182, #312.

A Sunrise plate coin, also in: Parthika.fr, Les Différents Types.
2 commentsSchatz12/25/17 at 05:17Pharsalos: Amazing coin, wonderful portrait!
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Unknown King, 80 - 70 BC77 viewsAR tdr., 15,65gr, 29,2mm; Sellwood 30.2, Shore --, Sunrise 311 (Arsakes XVI. 78/77-62/1);
Mint: Seleukia, axis: 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/ diadem, knot and 1 broad ribbon; mustache, medium-long hair in 3 waves; torque w/single pellet finial; cuirass; dotted border 8-15:30h;
rev.: archer, right, on throne, w/bow in right hand; composite monogram above bow; 7-line legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY APΣAKOY ΘEOΠATOPOΣ EYEPΓETOY EΠIΦANOYΣ ΦIΛEΛΛΗNOΣ; exergual line;
3 commentsSchatz12/22/17 at 22:33Robert L3: Outstanding!
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Roman, Augustus, Octavianus335 viewsCAESAR DIVI F COS VI
AEGVPTO CAPTA
RIC 545 (R3) ; Cohen 4 (30 Fr) ; BMC 653
ex Forvm Ancient Coins
Collection Frédéric Weber
4 commentsfrederic W10/14/17 at 18:02imperator: wow
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Roman, Hadrian, sestertius77 viewsHadrian, 117-138 Sestertius circa 134-138, Æ 32mm., 26.08g. HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP Laureate and draped bust r. Rev. FELICITAS AVG Hadrian, togate, standing r with scroll, clasping r. hand with Felicitas standing l., holding caduceus. C 636. RIC 754. Nice untouched green patina and about extremely fine. Ex Glendining , April 1952, 2511. From the Ryan collection.2 commentsTiberiusClaudius09/28/17 at 08:47okidoki: very nice details and looks
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Roman, Hadrian, sestertius77 viewsHadrian, 117-138 Sestertius circa 134-138, Æ 32mm., 26.08g. HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP Laureate and draped bust r. Rev. FELICITAS AVG Hadrian, togate, standing r with scroll, clasping r. hand with Felicitas standing l., holding caduceus. C 636. RIC 754. Nice untouched green patina and about extremely fine. Ex Glendining , April 1952, 2511. From the Ryan collection.2 commentsTiberiusClaudius09/27/17 at 19:57ickster: Wonderful portrait!
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Roman, Nero768 viewsOrichalcum sestertius, RIC 517, C 268, BMC 328, S 1961, EF, 20.2g, 34.3mm, 180o, Lugdunum mint, 66 A.D.; obverse IMP NERO CAESAR AVG PONT MAX TR POT P P, laureate head left, globe at point of bust; reverse ROMA in ex, S - C in fields, Roma seated left on cuirass, holding Victory, left arm resting on parazonium, shields behind; extraordinary portrait, dark green patina. Ex Forum5 commentsForza e Onore09/27/17 at 16:30TiberiusClaudius: Appears tooled -- the lack of wear on the high poi...
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Roman, Postumus, herculean bust102 viewsA nice example of the famous herculean bust3 commentsSTEPHANE R09/12/17 at 10:04Barnaba6: Great bust! Congrats!
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Roman, Postumus, herculean bust102 viewsA nice example of the famous herculean bust3 commentsSTEPHANE R09/08/17 at 04:29ickster: I agree, that's a wonderful bust.
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Roman, Victorinus, cuirassed bust left102 viewsFlawless and superb portrait of Victorinus3 commentsSTEPHANE R09/07/17 at 06:16quadrans: Nice bust ..
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Roman, Victorinus, cuirassed bust left102 viewsFlawless and superb portrait of Victorinus3 commentsSTEPHANE R09/07/17 at 02:32ickster: Wonderful portrait.
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ROMAN, Maximinus I (AD 235 - 238) Silver Denarius Salus 208 viewsMaximinus I, 235 - 238 AD
Silver Denarius, Rome Mint, struck Mar 235 - Jan 236 A.D.
20mm, 3.22 grams
Obverse: IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Maximinus right.
IMP[erator] MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG[vstvs] Emperor Maximinus Dutiful Augustus

Reverse: SALVS AVGVSTI ( [Dedicated to] To the health of the Emperors ) , Salus ( Hygieia - Greek - ), seated left, feeding snake rising up from altar, from Patera in right hand, resting left elbow on throne.

References ; RIC 85
A superb Choice EF masterpiece example , artistic and well executed dies.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection./ NO. RI 20450.
Given as a souvenir to a dear friend. ( 8/18/2016 )


Salus was the Roman goddess of health. She was Hygieia to the Greeks ( Her name is the source of the word "hygiene." ), who believed her to be the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine and healing, and Epione, the goddess of soothing of pain. Her father Asclepius learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one serpent bringing another healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing.

*The logo of Pharmacology was taken from Salus 's Patera and snake .
5 commentsSam08/21/16 at 19:52Sam: Mat , quadrans , David , and Enodia , Thank you ...
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ROMAN, Maximinus I (AD 235 - 238) Silver Denarius Salus 208 viewsMaximinus I, 235 - 238 AD
Silver Denarius, Rome Mint, struck Mar 235 - Jan 236 A.D.
20mm, 3.22 grams
Obverse: IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Maximinus right.
IMP[erator] MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG[vstvs] Emperor Maximinus Dutiful Augustus

Reverse: SALVS AVGVSTI ( [Dedicated to] To the health of the Emperors ) , Salus ( Hygieia - Greek - ), seated left, feeding snake rising up from altar, from Patera in right hand, resting left elbow on throne.

References ; RIC 85
A superb Choice EF masterpiece example , artistic and well executed dies.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection./ NO. RI 20450.
Given as a souvenir to a dear friend. ( 8/18/2016 )


Salus was the Roman goddess of health. She was Hygieia to the Greeks ( Her name is the source of the word "hygiene." ), who believed her to be the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine and healing, and Epione, the goddess of soothing of pain. Her father Asclepius learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one serpent bringing another healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing.

*The logo of Pharmacology was taken from Salus 's Patera and snake .
5 commentsSam08/21/16 at 19:44Enodia: well struck with great detail... nice!
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ROMAN, Maximinus I (AD 235 - 238) Silver Denarius Salus 208 viewsMaximinus I, 235 - 238 AD
Silver Denarius, Rome Mint, struck Mar 235 - Jan 236 A.D.
20mm, 3.22 grams
Obverse: IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Maximinus right.
IMP[erator] MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG[vstvs] Emperor Maximinus Dutiful Augustus

Reverse: SALVS AVGVSTI ( [Dedicated to] To the health of the Emperors ) , Salus ( Hygieia - Greek - ), seated left, feeding snake rising up from altar, from Patera in right hand, resting left elbow on throne.

References ; RIC 85
A superb Choice EF masterpiece example , artistic and well executed dies.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection./ NO. RI 20450.
Given as a souvenir to a dear friend. ( 8/18/2016 )


Salus was the Roman goddess of health. She was Hygieia to the Greeks ( Her name is the source of the word "hygiene." ), who believed her to be the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine and healing, and Epione, the goddess of soothing of pain. Her father Asclepius learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one serpent bringing another healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing.

*The logo of Pharmacology was taken from Salus 's Patera and snake .
5 commentsSam08/14/16 at 10:41David Atherton: Wonderful all around!
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ROMAN, Maximinus I (AD 235 - 238) Silver Denarius Salus 208 viewsMaximinus I, 235 - 238 AD
Silver Denarius, Rome Mint, struck Mar 235 - Jan 236 A.D.
20mm, 3.22 grams
Obverse: IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Maximinus right.
IMP[erator] MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG[vstvs] Emperor Maximinus Dutiful Augustus

Reverse: SALVS AVGVSTI ( [Dedicated to] To the health of the Emperors ) , Salus ( Hygieia - Greek - ), seated left, feeding snake rising up from altar, from Patera in right hand, resting left elbow on throne.

References ; RIC 85
A superb Choice EF masterpiece example , artistic and well executed dies.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection./ NO. RI 20450.
Given as a souvenir to a dear friend. ( 8/18/2016 )


Salus was the Roman goddess of health. She was Hygieia to the Greeks ( Her name is the source of the word "hygiene." ), who believed her to be the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine and healing, and Epione, the goddess of soothing of pain. Her father Asclepius learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one serpent bringing another healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing.

*The logo of Pharmacology was taken from Salus 's Patera and snake .
5 commentsSam08/13/16 at 16:24quadrans: Nice piece...
Maximinus_I_Denarius_Salus.jpg
ROMAN, Maximinus I (AD 235 - 238) Silver Denarius Salus 208 viewsMaximinus I, 235 - 238 AD
Silver Denarius, Rome Mint, struck Mar 235 - Jan 236 A.D.
20mm, 3.22 grams
Obverse: IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Maximinus right.
IMP[erator] MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG[vstvs] Emperor Maximinus Dutiful Augustus

Reverse: SALVS AVGVSTI ( [Dedicated to] To the health of the Emperors ) , Salus ( Hygieia - Greek - ), seated left, feeding snake rising up from altar, from Patera in right hand, resting left elbow on throne.

References ; RIC 85
A superb Choice EF masterpiece example , artistic and well executed dies.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection./ NO. RI 20450.
Given as a souvenir to a dear friend. ( 8/18/2016 )


Salus was the Roman goddess of health. She was Hygieia to the Greeks ( Her name is the source of the word "hygiene." ), who believed her to be the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine and healing, and Epione, the goddess of soothing of pain. Her father Asclepius learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one serpent bringing another healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing.

*The logo of Pharmacology was taken from Salus 's Patera and snake .
5 commentsSam08/13/16 at 00:48Mat: Stunning!
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ROMAN, Emperor Claudius II Gothicus ( AD 268-270 )168 viewsAE Antoninianus , with a superb portrait , (as found patina)
Obverse: IMP CLAVDIVS P F AVG, radiate and draped bust right 
Reverse: FIDES MILIT, Fides ( goddess of trust )standing left holding two Legionary ensigns. S in Exergue.
Mediolanum ( Milan ) mint AD 268-270.
Weight: 3.4 gr. Max Diameter: 18 mm.
Reference: RIC VI 149 Mediolanum.



**The Golden Legend of 1260 AD recounts how St. Valentine refused to deny Christ before the "Emperor Claudius" in 270 AD ( in some ref ; 269 AD as he was beheaded in that year 269 AD ,per Sam) and as a result was beheaded. Since then, February 14 marks Valentine's Day, a day set aside by the Christian church in memory of the Roman priest and physician.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
4 commentsSam02/08/16 at 15:14Sam: Thank you , gentlemen . Your nice comments made my...
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ROMAN, Emperor Claudius II Gothicus ( AD 268-270 )168 viewsAE Antoninianus , with a superb portrait , (as found patina)
Obverse: IMP CLAVDIVS P F AVG, radiate and draped bust right 
Reverse: FIDES MILIT, Fides ( goddess of trust )standing left holding two Legionary ensigns. S in Exergue.
Mediolanum ( Milan ) mint AD 268-270.
Weight: 3.4 gr. Max Diameter: 18 mm.
Reference: RIC VI 149 Mediolanum.



**The Golden Legend of 1260 AD recounts how St. Valentine refused to deny Christ before the "Emperor Claudius" in 270 AD ( in some ref ; 269 AD as he was beheaded in that year 269 AD ,per Sam) and as a result was beheaded. Since then, February 14 marks Valentine's Day, a day set aside by the Christian church in memory of the Roman priest and physician.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
4 commentsSam02/03/16 at 21:05NORMAN K: very nice
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ROMAN, Emperor Claudius II Gothicus ( AD 268-270 )168 viewsAE Antoninianus , with a superb portrait , (as found patina)
Obverse: IMP CLAVDIVS P F AVG, radiate and draped bust right 
Reverse: FIDES MILIT, Fides ( goddess of trust )standing left holding two Legionary ensigns. S in Exergue.
Mediolanum ( Milan ) mint AD 268-270.
Weight: 3.4 gr. Max Diameter: 18 mm.
Reference: RIC VI 149 Mediolanum.



**The Golden Legend of 1260 AD recounts how St. Valentine refused to deny Christ before the "Emperor Claudius" in 270 AD ( in some ref ; 269 AD as he was beheaded in that year 269 AD ,per Sam) and as a result was beheaded. Since then, February 14 marks Valentine's Day, a day set aside by the Christian church in memory of the Roman priest and physician.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
4 commentsSam02/03/16 at 10:26*Alex: Nice coin all round.
Claudius_II_Gothicus_AE_Antoninianus~0.jpg
ROMAN, Emperor Claudius II Gothicus ( AD 268-270 )168 viewsAE Antoninianus , with a superb portrait , (as found patina)
Obverse: IMP CLAVDIVS P F AVG, radiate and draped bust right 
Reverse: FIDES MILIT, Fides ( goddess of trust )standing left holding two Legionary ensigns. S in Exergue.
Mediolanum ( Milan ) mint AD 268-270.
Weight: 3.4 gr. Max Diameter: 18 mm.
Reference: RIC VI 149 Mediolanum.



**The Golden Legend of 1260 AD recounts how St. Valentine refused to deny Christ before the "Emperor Claudius" in 270 AD ( in some ref ; 269 AD as he was beheaded in that year 269 AD ,per Sam) and as a result was beheaded. Since then, February 14 marks Valentine's Day, a day set aside by the Christian church in memory of the Roman priest and physician.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
4 commentsSam02/02/16 at 21:01Jay GT4: Great portrait Sam!
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Greek, Euthydemos II201 viewsTetradrachm, ca 190-170 BC.
Obverse: Diademed bust of Euthydemos II.
Reverse: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΕΥΘΥΔΗΜΟΥ / Herakles standing, holding wreath, club, and lion's skin. PK monogram at left.
16.90 gm., 30 cm.
Sear #7536; Bepearachchi Serie 1C.
4 commentsCallimachus12/24/15 at 13:48ThatParthianGuy: Amazing! A true Hellenistic masterpiece.
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Roman, Diadumenianus, Rome mint, struck 217-218 AD, AE Dupondius or As286 viewsM OPEL ANTONINVS DIADVMENIANVS CAES draped bust right

RIC 212, Cohen 9, BMC 158
4 commentsdupondius08/13/15 at 18:34imperator: 5 stars, great piece
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Roman, Domitian, RIC 507292 viewsObverse: CAES DIVI AVG VESP F DOMITIANVS COS VII - Laureate head right
Reverse: PAX AVGVST S C - Pax standing left with branch and cornucopiae.
mm. 34 - g. 25,93
RIC2 507 R (Titus) - RPC II 504 - 80 a.D. Thracian mint
A realistic powerful portrait of the last of the Twelve Caesars
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/25/15 at 05:40Charles S: I really like this one ! Strong powerful portrait...
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Roman, GALBA SESTERTIUS.402 viewsGalba 68-69 AD Bronze Sesterce. A true classic head of Galba, powerful and Roman with all the Republican virtues. Beatifull natural patina. Purchased Leu 1980. Ex Sartige 1938 and dating back to the beginning of 1900's

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11 commentssunwukong07/24/15 at 16:44imperator: wow only 3 Votes
vespasian sestert.jpg
Roman, Vespasian Sestertius559 viewsVespasian. AD 69-79. Æ Sestertius (34mm, 23.90 g). Rome mint. Struck AD 71. Laureate head right. RIC 443; Cohen 419. Good VF, mottled green patina, light smoothing.
9 commentsJan Terje Rafdal07/10/15 at 11:38Banjaxed: Beautiful. All the charisma of the old devil radia...
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Roman, Severus Alexander, Silver Denarius163 views59850. Silver denarius, SRCV II 7923, RIC IV 252, RSC III 508a, BMCRE VI 813, VF, scratches, 3.143g, 19.8mm, 0o, Rome mint, 231 - 235 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate bust right with drapery on left shoulder

Combined photo of coin with bust of Alex for comparison. Love the detail in the hair, eye, and beard. He looks a bit concerned.
2 commentsColby S07/10/15 at 11:33Banjaxed: Beautiful coin, and I go like the portrait. I love...
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Roman, Philip I.156 viewsonly the AV 2 commentsTorsten07/10/15 at 11:22Banjaxed: I think I can actually see the man as he was here....
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Roman, GALBA210 views2 commentsbenito07/10/15 at 11:13Banjaxed: An extraordinary face depicted in all it's cra...
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Roman, Elagabalus AR Antoninianus - SALVS ANTONINI AVG114 viewsRoman Empire
Emperor Varius 'Elagabalus' Antoninus (218 - 222 AD)
Silver Antoninianus, Struck at the Rome Mint.

obv: IMP CAES M AUR ANTONINUS - Radiate bust of the Emperor right, draped and cuirassed.
rev: SALVS ANTONINI AUG - Salus standing facing right, holding snake, which she feeds from patera held in other hand.

5.20 Grams
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1 commentsrexesq07/10/15 at 11:11Banjaxed: I like how Elegabalus looks here. Something about ...
galba-obv+rev-sest.jpg
Roman, GALBA SESTERTIUS.402 viewsGalba 68-69 AD Bronze Sesterce. A true classic head of Galba, powerful and Roman with all the Republican virtues. Beatifull natural patina. Purchased Leu 1980. Ex Sartige 1938 and dating back to the beginning of 1900's

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11 commentssunwukong06/11/15 at 11:57ronald v: wow what a great patina, all the detail s are so g...
Sal01_-_early_Antioch.jpg
Roman, Salonina early Antioch98 viewsRIC 64 (4,18 gm, 21 mm).
Mint of Antioch, 255-7 AD.
A sharp strike & bold portrait!
1 commentsneander05/13/15 at 14:38Matt Inglima: A very stern countenance indeed!
Euthydemos-II.jpg
Greek, Euthydemos II201 viewsTetradrachm, ca 190-170 BC.
Obverse: Diademed bust of Euthydemos II.
Reverse: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΕΥΘΥΔΗΜΟΥ / Herakles standing, holding wreath, club, and lion's skin. PK monogram at left.
16.90 gm., 30 cm.
Sear #7536; Bepearachchi Serie 1C.
4 commentsCallimachus04/24/15 at 16:58okidoki: very nice excellent details i love it
Euthydemos-II.jpg
Greek, Euthydemos II201 viewsTetradrachm, ca 190-170 BC.
Obverse: Diademed bust of Euthydemos II.
Reverse: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΕΥΘΥΔΗΜΟΥ / Herakles standing, holding wreath, club, and lion's skin. PK monogram at left.
16.90 gm., 30 cm.
Sear #7536; Bepearachchi Serie 1C.
4 commentsCallimachus04/24/15 at 12:45rexesq: Wonderful specimen! ! I am very impressed by the p...
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Roman, Pompey the Great584 views5 commentsDIVIF04/07/15 at 16:14Matthew C5: This coin draws you in....
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Roman, NERVA172 views2 commentsbenito04/07/15 at 16:13Matthew C5: amazing
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Roman, Julia Maesa164 viewsRIC 263 (3,1 gm, 20 mm).
Mint of Rome, 220 AD.
Wide & sharp specimen -
rare for this queen!
2 commentsneander04/07/15 at 16:11Matthew C5: very nice
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Roman, HADRIAN, BRITANNICVS768 viewsSestertius of Hadrian, AD 122. EXERC BRITANNICVS SC ("For the army of Britain, by order of the Senate") RIC 913. Coin currently in the British Museum Department of Coins and Medals (gallery 49, case 14).
Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS 111 PP ("Hadrian Augustus, three times consul, father of his country")
5 commentsPetitioncrown03/31/15 at 14:08okidoki: excellent hadrian
vespasian sestert.jpg
Roman, Vespasian Sestertius559 viewsVespasian. AD 69-79. Æ Sestertius (34mm, 23.90 g). Rome mint. Struck AD 71. Laureate head right. RIC 443; Cohen 419. Good VF, mottled green patina, light smoothing.
9 commentsJan Terje Rafdal03/30/15 at 16:56Matthew C5: Wonderful!
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Roman, Vespasian AE34 Orichalcum Sestertius. 71 AD.326 viewsObv;IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III,
Laureate head right
Rev;ROMA S-C,
Roma standing left holding Victory and spear.

RIC 443, Cohen 419.
34mm.

To me the portrait on this coin is like a window to his personality and character. His gaze seems to mirror what is written about his life and the way he ruled.
6 commentsDave A03/30/15 at 16:55Matthew C5: The window to the soul is through the eyes!
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Roman, Tiberius AR Denarius111 viewsAttribution: RIC I 30, RSC II 16a, SRCV I 1763, Lugdunum
Date: 19 August, AD 14 – 16 March, AD 37
Obverse: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS, laureate head r.
Reverse: PONTIF MAXIM, Livia, as Pax, seated r., holding olive branch & long scepter; ornate legs to chair
Size: 19 mm
Weight: 3.6 grams
* NOTE: chipped piece & metal adhesions from prior mounting of coin as jewelry
2 commentsNoah03/30/15 at 16:49Matthew C5: Oddly nice! Bizzare reptilian-like eyes!
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Roman, Pupienus, April - June 238 A.D.913 viewsMARCVS CLODIVS PUPIENVS MAXIMVS was born about 164. He was a Senator in 238 when the revolt of the Gordians broke out against Maximinus I, and he was one of the Senate's "Committee of Twenty" to oversee the defense of Italy in support of the Gordians. When the Gordians were quickly killed in Africa, the Senate made Pupienus and a Senator named Balbinus co-Augusti. Pupienus was to lead the army and Balbinus was to administrate. Maximinus was soon killed by his own men at Aquileia but discontent in Rome led to the murder of Pupienus by the Praetorian Guard on July 29, 238. This portrait is from a Antonianus (ex-Forum) in my collection (see jimwho523's gallery for actual coin)13 commentsjimwho52303/30/15 at 16:45Matthew C5: Very nice! Nose hairs, I though Puienus plucked?...
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Roman, PERTINAX257 views4 commentsbenito03/30/15 at 16:39Matthew C5: I like it better than the sculpture!
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Roman, MACRINUS190 viewsAE 27. Nikopolis. 217-218 AD. 12,38 grs. Statius Longinus, legate. Laureate head right. AVT K M OΠEΛΛI CEV MAKPEINOC AVΓ. /
Nemesis standing left, holding scales and measuring rod, wheel at feet left. VΠ CTATI ΛONΓIOV NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC ICTPΩ.
Moushmov 1265 (variant). Hristova/Jekov No. 8.23.35.3 (same dies).
Gorny Mosch 126. Lot 1634.
2 commentsbenito03/30/15 at 15:59Matthew C5: Wonderful!
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Roman, Julian II. Apostata AE1650 viewsIulianus II. Apostata AE1, struck 361-363 AD at Antioch mint, 2. officinae.
Obv: D N FL CL IVLIANVS P F AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
(Rev: SECVRITAS REI PVB, bull standing right, two stars above.
Ex: ANTB(palm))
Ø 27-29 mm, 7.79 g.
Antioch RIC VIII 216

My favourite portrait in my collection...
9 commentsPscipio03/30/15 at 15:57Matthew C5: Odd beard? Very nice!
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Roman, Helena132 views4 commentsblack-prophet03/30/15 at 15:56Matthew C5: The hair really makes this coin. Very nice!
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Roman, HADRIAN, BRITANNICVS768 viewsSestertius of Hadrian, AD 122. EXERC BRITANNICVS SC ("For the army of Britain, by order of the Senate") RIC 913. Coin currently in the British Museum Department of Coins and Medals (gallery 49, case 14).
Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS 111 PP ("Hadrian Augustus, three times consul, father of his country")
5 commentsPetitioncrown03/30/15 at 15:55Matthew C5: The reverse is like a painting!
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Roman, Hadrian, AE-Sestertius. Pax seatd. Nice Portrait 323 viewsRoman Empire, Hadrian. 117 - 138 AD. AE-Sestertius, struck 135 AD. Rome Mint. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P.P., his laureate head right.
RIC 770.

An attractive coin with good style and eye appeal. Just the way I like them!
6 commentsJan Terje R03/30/15 at 15:53Matthew C5: Love the detailing in the eyes!
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Roman, Hadrian Sestertius602 viewsThis is one of my favourite coins because it has one of the best portraits of Hadrian that I have ever seen.4 commentspeterpil1903/30/15 at 15:52Matthew C5: Hadrian has some of the nicest large coins. very ...
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Roman, Galba's "scareface"335 viewsMaster's portrait of the emperor Galba on sestertius.

2 commentsmoneta romana03/30/15 at 15:49Matthew C5: very nice!
galba-obv+rev-sest.jpg
Roman, GALBA SESTERTIUS.402 viewsGalba 68-69 AD Bronze Sesterce. A true classic head of Galba, powerful and Roman with all the Republican virtues. Beatifull natural patina. Purchased Leu 1980. Ex Sartige 1938 and dating back to the beginning of 1900's

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11 commentssunwukong03/30/15 at 15:48Matthew C5: Wow! Love the patina as well
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Roman, GALBA210 views2 commentsbenito03/30/15 at 15:43Matthew C5: Not only is this excellent, but it matches the scu...
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Roman, Domitian, RIC 507292 viewsObverse: CAES DIVI AVG VESP F DOMITIANVS COS VII - Laureate head right
Reverse: PAX AVGVST S C - Pax standing left with branch and cornucopiae.
mm. 34 - g. 25,93
RIC2 507 R (Titus) - RPC II 504 - 80 a.D. Thracian mint
A realistic powerful portrait of the last of the Twelve Caesars
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/30/15 at 14:02Matthew C5: simply wonderful!
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Roman, Domitian315 viewsDomitian Denarius. 87 AD. IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VII, laureate head right / IMP XIIII COS XIII CENS P P P, Minerva standing right, weilding javelin and holding shield. RSC 228.

One of the best portraits I have in my collection.
2 commentsJinky_j03/30/15 at 14:01Matthew C5: possible quote"let me guess, chicken with eggplant...
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Roman, Claudius, Amazing "Medallic" Clavdivs467 viewsAS
Mint: Roma
41 AD
Dimensions: 32mm/17,52grms ( theorical weight: 10,82grms)
Obverse: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG PM TR P IMP
"Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Pontifex Maximus Tribunitia Potestas Imperator".
Reverse: S-C
"Senatus Consulto"
Réf : Cohen 84 var. (f.) - RIC. 100 - BMC. 149 - BN. 179.
Conservation: SUP
to see the reverse follow this link:
http://storage.canalblog.com/85/25/140642/30815258.jpg
6 commentsmoneta romana03/30/15 at 13:56Matthew C5: one of the best I've seen!
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Roman, Claudius963 views10 commentstunaonrye003/30/15 at 13:55Matthew C5: fantastic! I wonder if he really had such a long/...
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Roman, Caracalla - Caesarea, Cappadocia - AR Drachm207 viewsRoman Empire
Emperor Caracalla Silver Drachm of Caesarea, Cappadocia.
Struck year 17 (208 - 209 AD)
Titles in Greek.

obv: Laureate bust right.
rev: Mount Argaeus surmounted by star; crescent in left field.

ex CNG
Weight: 3.15 grams
Reference: Syderham 476c
8 commentsrexesq03/30/15 at 13:53Matthew C5: the reverse is great!
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Roman, Caracalla968 viewsThis seemed such a striking portrait of this notorious emperor that I couldn't resist.5 commentsmaridvnvm03/30/15 at 13:49Matthew C5: very nice
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Roman, CALIGULA263 viewsAE sestertius3 commentsbenito03/30/15 at 13:48Matthew C5: fantastic!
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Greek, Alexander III the Great - Tetradrachm - Amphipolis, Macedon565 viewsDate: 332-326 BC (lifetime)
Size: 25 mm
Weight: 17.4 g
Obv: Head of Herakles wearing lion's scalp right
Rev: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, legs open, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to right; amphora in left field
Price 13
5 commentsViriathus02/12/15 at 07:59Charles S: Outstanding indeed
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Roman, Claudius, Amazing "Medallic" Clavdivs467 viewsAS
Mint: Roma
41 AD
Dimensions: 32mm/17,52grms ( theorical weight: 10,82grms)
Obverse: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG PM TR P IMP
"Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Pontifex Maximus Tribunitia Potestas Imperator".
Reverse: S-C
"Senatus Consulto"
Réf : Cohen 84 var. (f.) - RIC. 100 - BMC. 149 - BN. 179.
Conservation: SUP
to see the reverse follow this link:
http://storage.canalblog.com/85/25/140642/30815258.jpg
6 commentsmoneta romana01/22/15 at 08:27okidoki: Wow very nice details
Euthydemos-II.jpg
Greek, Euthydemos II201 viewsTetradrachm, ca 190-170 BC.
Obverse: Diademed bust of Euthydemos II.
Reverse: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΕΥΘΥΔΗΜΟΥ / Herakles standing, holding wreath, club, and lion's skin. PK monogram at left.
16.90 gm., 30 cm.
Sear #7536; Bepearachchi Serie 1C.
4 commentsCallimachus12/15/14 at 05:48n.igma: A wonderful example of Eastern Greek art at its be...
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Roman, Aurelian Silvered Antoninianus RIC 368244 viewsOBV: IMP C AURELIANUS AVG; Radiate and cuirassed bust right,
REV: RESTITUTOR ORBIS; Aurelian receiving a wreath from a Woman (PAX), Cyzicus Mint, about 275 AD

The coin is not the most perfect but the portrait is super. Done after Aurelian had reunited the Empire the Emperor is depicted as warrior hero, tough but humane -which Aurelian was. The relief of the ear is low compared to most coins, probably to avoid having the silvering wear off too quickly. The highlight of the eye is very realistically imitated and this makes a very animated portrait.
1 commentsdaverino11/24/14 at 17:52Colby S: Very nice portrait
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Roman, PLOTINA144 viewsThe Sestertius was minted in c. 112 AD in honour of Pompeia PLOTINA, the wife of TRAJAN (emperor from 98 to 117). Maybe the finest examples of its type to survive from ancient times. It is struck on a broad full flan and the only Plotina Sestertius in the SARTI 1906 sale from the BOLSENA HOARD of the 1890's. This specima sold in 1906 for Liire 1400 an incredible price for a Roman Bronze or any coin at this time. www.petitioncrown.com2 commentssunwukong10/01/14 at 10:14*Alex: Outstanding coin. Thank you for letting us see it.
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Roman, Severus Alexander ( AD 222 – 235 )176 viewsEmperor Severus Alexander Silver Denarius
Obverse : IMPALEXANDERPIVSAVG - Laureate head right, draped left shoulder
Reverse : PROVIDENTIAAVG - Annona standing left, holding grain ears over modius and cornucopia
Mint : Rome
Marcus Aurelius Severus Alexander (born October 1, 208–March 18, died 235 AD), commonly called Severus Alexander.

From the Sam Mansourati collection.
2 commentsSam09/23/14 at 00:25Sam: Thank you so much Colby , this coin was consigned ...
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Roman, Severus Alexander ( AD 222 – 235 )176 viewsEmperor Severus Alexander Silver Denarius
Obverse : IMPALEXANDERPIVSAVG - Laureate head right, draped left shoulder
Reverse : PROVIDENTIAAVG - Annona standing left, holding grain ears over modius and cornucopia
Mint : Rome
Marcus Aurelius Severus Alexander (born October 1, 208–March 18, died 235 AD), commonly called Severus Alexander.

From the Sam Mansourati collection.
2 commentsSam09/16/14 at 19:04Colby S: I like it!
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Roman, Maximinus I Thrax, mid Mar 235 - late May 238 A.D.553 viewsNot sure if this coin fits the bill , but I find the portrait rather Powerfull and expressive.
Your thoughts?
4 commentsjdholds09/16/14 at 19:02Colby S: Nice portrait!
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Roman, AUGUSTUS. 222 viewsFrom a Cistophorus of Pergamum. Struck c.19 - 18 B.C.
RIC I : 510
4 comments*Alex09/16/14 at 18:58Colby S: Cool coin!
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Roman, Severus Alexander, Silver Denarius163 views59850. Silver denarius, SRCV II 7923, RIC IV 252, RSC III 508a, BMCRE VI 813, VF, scratches, 3.143g, 19.8mm, 0o, Rome mint, 231 - 235 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate bust right with drapery on left shoulder

Combined photo of coin with bust of Alex for comparison. Love the detail in the hair, eye, and beard. He looks a bit concerned.
2 commentsColby S09/16/14 at 09:32*Alex: Nice presentation.
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Roman, Caracalla AR Antoninianus - 'Venus Victrix'294 viewsCaracalla AR Antoninianus.

obv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed, seen from front.
rev: VENVS VICTRIX - Venus standing holding victory and sceptre, shield by her side.
Well struck and well centered coin on a very large flan.
5.2 grams.
1 commentsrexesq09/16/14 at 05:37Colby S: Nice design!
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Roman, VOLUSIAN A.D.251 - 25391 viewsAR Antoninianus minted in Rome.
RIC IV iii : 140

Volusian was the son of Trebonianus Gallus, he was murdered along with his father in A.D.253.

2 comments*Alex09/05/14 at 11:30Sam: Amazing appearance , congratulations my dear frien...
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Roman, VOLUSIAN A.D.251 - 25391 viewsAR Antoninianus minted in Rome.
RIC IV iii : 140

Volusian was the son of Trebonianus Gallus, he was murdered along with his father in A.D.253.

2 comments*Alex09/04/14 at 01:34ickster: Superb portrait. It's hard to find a nice obve...
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Roman, Claudius963 views10 commentstunaonrye006/07/14 at 16:07Holding_History: I would love to add this to my Claudius collection...
PLOTINA-SARTI.jpg
Roman, PLOTINA144 viewsThe Sestertius was minted in c. 112 AD in honour of Pompeia PLOTINA, the wife of TRAJAN (emperor from 98 to 117). Maybe the finest examples of its type to survive from ancient times. It is struck on a broad full flan and the only Plotina Sestertius in the SARTI 1906 sale from the BOLSENA HOARD of the 1890's. This specima sold in 1906 for Liire 1400 an incredible price for a Roman Bronze or any coin at this time. www.petitioncrown.com2 commentssunwukong05/19/14 at 00:45sunwukong:
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Roman, PHILIP I183 viewsPhilip I. A.D. 244-249. AR double denarius (22 mm, 3.47 g, 6 h). Rome, A.D. 245. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Philip I right / Liberalitas standing left, holding abacus and cornucopiae. RIC 38b; RSC 87

I believe that this coin has one of the best, if not the best, obverse portraits of Philip I on an antoninianus that I have ever seen.
3 commentspaul188804/19/14 at 08:48Randygeki(h2): Superb example!
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Roman, PHILIP I183 viewsPhilip I. A.D. 244-249. AR double denarius (22 mm, 3.47 g, 6 h). Rome, A.D. 245. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Philip I right / Liberalitas standing left, holding abacus and cornucopiae. RIC 38b; RSC 87

I believe that this coin has one of the best, if not the best, obverse portraits of Philip I on an antoninianus that I have ever seen.
3 commentspaul188804/18/14 at 23:27Sam: Stunning portrait of Philip I , The Syrian. Congra...
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Roman, CARACALLA300 views2 commentsbenito02/17/14 at 22:09Sphinx357: caracalla looks pissed!
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Roman, Claudius963 views10 commentstunaonrye002/15/14 at 02:56Jay GT4: Probably very close to what he really looked like
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Roman, Claudius963 views10 commentstunaonrye002/13/14 at 11:53*Alex: In this gallery it is the portrait that is importa...
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Roman, Claudius963 views10 commentstunaonrye002/07/14 at 23:59ronald v: where is the other side
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Roman, PHILIP I183 viewsPhilip I. A.D. 244-249. AR double denarius (22 mm, 3.47 g, 6 h). Rome, A.D. 245. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Philip I right / Liberalitas standing left, holding abacus and cornucopiae. RIC 38b; RSC 87

I believe that this coin has one of the best, if not the best, obverse portraits of Philip I on an antoninianus that I have ever seen.
3 commentspaul188812/27/13 at 06:28quadrans: Beautiful portret...
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Roman, Julia Maesa164 viewsRIC 263 (3,1 gm, 20 mm).
Mint of Rome, 220 AD.
Wide & sharp specimen -
rare for this queen!
2 commentsneander11/25/13 at 18:49Robin Ayers: well struck, centered and beautiful!
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Roman, VESPASIAN153 views1 commentsbenito11/24/13 at 17:50neander: Very actual composition!
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Roman, MACRINUS190 viewsAE 27. Nikopolis. 217-218 AD. 12,38 grs. Statius Longinus, legate. Laureate head right. AVT K M OΠEΛΛI CEV MAKPEINOC AVΓ. /
Nemesis standing left, holding scales and measuring rod, wheel at feet left. VΠ CTATI ΛONΓIOV NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC ICTPΩ.
Moushmov 1265 (variant). Hristova/Jekov No. 8.23.35.3 (same dies).
Gorny Mosch 126. Lot 1634.
2 commentsbenito11/20/13 at 04:59Skyler: Amazing!
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Roman, Gordian III AR Tetradrachm219 viewsBI tetradrachm. Antioch (Seleucis et Pieria). 240 AD .12.82 gr. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, viewed from the front. ΑΥΤΟΚ Κ Μ ΑΝΤ ΓΟΡΔΙΑΝΟC CΕΒ / Eagle standing facing,open wings, head turned left, wreath in beak. ΔΗΜΑΡΧ ΕΞΟYCΙΑC. S C in exergue. Prieur 279.

2 commentsbenito10/08/13 at 19:24Sam: Extraordinary.
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Roman, Trajan Tetradrachm - Melqart (PRIEUR 1495)152 viewsAR Tetradrachm
Syria, Antioch 103-111 AD
15.04g 23mm

Obv: Laureate bust of Trajan (R), above Eagle standing on club (R), Grain ear in left field.


Rev: Laureate bust of MELQART (Hercules) (R), lion's skin tied around neck.

Likely one of the finest known examples of the issue.

McAlee 455 Prieur 1495
1 commentsKained but Able09/30/13 at 09:26kc: excellent coin!!!
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Roman, AUGUSTUS. 222 viewsFrom a Cistophorus of Pergamum. Struck c.19 - 18 B.C.
RIC I : 510
4 comments*Alex09/28/13 at 10:41Sam: What a Masterpiece . Amazing portrait .
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Roman, Galerius as Caesar 233 viewsROMAN EMPIRE / Galerius, as Caesar (AD 293-305) Argenteus
Obverse : Laureate head of Galerius right
Reverse : Tetrarchs sacrificing before six-turreted enclosure, Gamma in exe.
Rome mint, 3rd officina Struck AD 295-297
MS (according to auction house), RIC 35b. RSC 183b.


**I believe there is an unusual misspelling of reverse legend.

From the Sam Mansourati collection.
2 commentsSam09/28/13 at 10:33Sam: Hello Alex , I am glad you liked it .
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Roman, Galerius as Caesar 233 viewsROMAN EMPIRE / Galerius, as Caesar (AD 293-305) Argenteus
Obverse : Laureate head of Galerius right
Reverse : Tetrarchs sacrificing before six-turreted enclosure, Gamma in exe.
Rome mint, 3rd officina Struck AD 295-297
MS (according to auction house), RIC 35b. RSC 183b.


**I believe there is an unusual misspelling of reverse legend.

From the Sam Mansourati collection.
2 commentsSam09/28/13 at 08:51*Alex: Superb coin, and nicely photographed as well.
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Roman, Lucilla124 viewsWife of Lucius Verus, executed 182 AD

Sestertius

Draped bust, right, LVCILLAE AVG ANTONINI AVG F
Venus standing facing left holding apple, drawing out robe, VENUS

Daughter of Marcus Aurelius and Faustina Junior, she married Lucius Verus in 164. She was implicated in a plot against her brother Commodus and dispatched.

RIC 1767
1 commentsBlindado09/09/13 at 06:58shanxi: beautiful portrait
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Greek, Philetairos, Kings of Pergamon, Attalos I to Eumenes II.469 viewsKINGS of PERGAMON. Attalos I to Eumenes II. 241-159 BC. AR Tetradrachm (29mm, 16.70 g, 12h). Struck circa 225/15-189/8. Laureate head of Philetairos right / Athena seated left, with spear at side, supporting shield with right hand and resting left elbow on small statuette on sphinx; ivy leaf above knee, bow to outer right, A on throne. Westermark Group III, dies V.XXIX/R?; SNG France 1609 (same obv. die). XF, porous. CNG auction.

Photo and Description , courtesy of Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.

Sam Mansourati Collection / EX CNG
7 commentsSam08/13/13 at 16:14Sam: Thank you Cicero.
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Greek, Philetairos, Kings of Pergamon, Attalos I to Eumenes II.469 viewsKINGS of PERGAMON. Attalos I to Eumenes II. 241-159 BC. AR Tetradrachm (29mm, 16.70 g, 12h). Struck circa 225/15-189/8. Laureate head of Philetairos right / Athena seated left, with spear at side, supporting shield with right hand and resting left elbow on small statuette on sphinx; ivy leaf above knee, bow to outer right, A on throne. Westermark Group III, dies V.XXIX/R?; SNG France 1609 (same obv. die). XF, porous. CNG auction.

Photo and Description , courtesy of Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.

Sam Mansourati Collection / EX CNG
7 commentsSam08/13/13 at 14:00cicerokid: A very expressive portrait
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Roman, Diadumenian, mid May - 8 June 218 A.D.230 viewsSH33843. Silver denarius, SRCV II 7449, RIC IV 102, BMC 87, Cohen 3, EF, Rome mint, weight 3.339g, maximum diameter 20.9mm, die axis 0o, as Caesar, 11 Apr 217 - mid May 218 A.D.; obverse M OPEL ANT DIADVMENIAN CAES, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse PRINC IVVENTVTIS, Diadumenian, in military dress, standing left, head right, standard in right, short scepter in left, two grounded standards right; mint luster, superb portrait2 commentsJoe Sermarini08/08/13 at 19:07Sam: Nice coin , it is really hard to find a fine Diadu...
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Roman, Nero - Salvs_Portrait145 viewsA little wear but nicely toned and high relief with beard growth.1 commentsVipsanius05/18/13 at 20:13Noah: fantastic portrait
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Roman, Nero768 viewsOrichalcum sestertius, RIC 517, C 268, BMC 328, S 1961, EF, 20.2g, 34.3mm, 180o, Lugdunum mint, 66 A.D.; obverse IMP NERO CAESAR AVG PONT MAX TR POT P P, laureate head left, globe at point of bust; reverse ROMA in ex, S - C in fields, Roma seated left on cuirass, holding Victory, left arm resting on parazonium, shields behind; extraordinary portrait, dark green patina. Ex Forum5 commentsForza e Onore05/18/13 at 20:03Noah: a beauty for sure...
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Roman, CALIGULA263 viewsAE sestertius3 commentsbenito04/30/13 at 22:10Brian L: Holy cow, thats a great portriat.
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Roman, Diadumenianus, Rome mint, struck 217-218 AD, AE Dupondius or As286 viewsM OPEL ANTONINVS DIADVMENIANVS CAES draped bust right

RIC 212, Cohen 9, BMC 158
4 commentsdupondius04/30/13 at 01:42Noah: enviable piece...
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Roman, CALIGULA263 viewsAE sestertius3 commentsbenito04/30/13 at 01:41Noah: crazy nice!
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Roman, Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 Dec 192 A.D.463 viewsSH40551. Bimetallic medallion, Cohen 376 var (300 fr., bust right, central reverse figure hand downward); Gnecchi II p. 57 No. 52 - 53 var (same), aEF, dark brown patina, Rome mint, weight 59.635g, maximum diameter 39.6mm, die axis 0o, 188 A.D.; obverse COMMODVS ANTONINVS PIVS FELIX AVG BRIT, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse P M TR P XIII IMP VIII COS V P P, MON AVG, three monetae standing slightly left, each with a scale in right and cornucopia in left, the center figure is smaller, right hand upward and standing on a short round base; ex Gorney & Mosch, auction 180, lot 404; ex Helios Numismatik auction 3, 155; possibly unique5 commentsJoe Sermarini04/24/13 at 15:35ickster: Thanks for sharing. Fantastic
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Greek, Alexander III the Great - Tetradrachm - Amphipolis, Macedon565 viewsDate: 332-326 BC (lifetime)
Size: 25 mm
Weight: 17.4 g
Obv: Head of Herakles wearing lion's scalp right
Rev: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, legs open, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to right; amphora in left field
Price 13
5 commentsViriathus04/24/13 at 15:28ickster: That states the argument quite clearly! Well done.
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Roman, ELAGABALUS. 218-222 AD. AR Antoninianus 285 viewsELAGABALUS. 218-222 AD. AR Antoninianus (21mm - 5.31 g). Rome mint. Struck 219 AD. IMP ANTONINVS AVG, radiate and draped bust right, seen from behind / P M TR P II COS II P P, Providentia standing left, leaning on column, holding wand over globe in right hand, cornucopia in left. RIC IV 23; BMCRE 102; RSC 144. EF, just a trace of minor porosity.

5 commentsPhiloromaos04/16/13 at 05:19TheEmpireNeverEnded: What a portrait!
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Roman, ELAGABALUS. 218-222 AD. AR Antoninianus 285 viewsELAGABALUS. 218-222 AD. AR Antoninianus (21mm - 5.31 g). Rome mint. Struck 219 AD. IMP ANTONINVS AVG, radiate and draped bust right, seen from behind / P M TR P II COS II P P, Providentia standing left, leaning on column, holding wand over globe in right hand, cornucopia in left. RIC IV 23; BMCRE 102; RSC 144. EF, just a trace of minor porosity.

5 commentsPhiloromaos04/15/13 at 09:34tejas552: One of the most expressive busts of Elagabal that ...
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Roman, Claudius963 views10 commentstunaonrye004/13/13 at 18:58Joe Geranio: Very nice Claudius!!
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Roman, LUCIUS VERUS176 views1 commentsbenito04/04/13 at 15:25*Alex: I like these coin with the bust portrayals, they a...
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Roman, Victorinus AE Antoninianus125 viewsAttribution: RIC 61, Cohen 101
Date: AD 269-270
Obverse: IMP C VICTORINVS PF AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust r.
Reverse: PROVIDENTIA AVG, Providence stg. l. holding cornucopia,
pointing rod to globe at feet
Size: 18 mm
Weight: 2.67 grams
1 commentsNoah03/29/13 at 22:52carthago: Expressive portrait and great patina!
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Roman, HADRIAN, BRITANNICVS768 viewsSestertius of Hadrian, AD 122. EXERC BRITANNICVS SC ("For the army of Britain, by order of the Senate") RIC 913. Coin currently in the British Museum Department of Coins and Medals (gallery 49, case 14).
Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS 111 PP ("Hadrian Augustus, three times consul, father of his country")
5 commentsPetitioncrown03/28/13 at 17:27thomas s7: epic coin is epic
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Roman, HADRIAN235 views2 commentsbenito03/28/13 at 17:26thomas s7: top coin
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Roman, Tiberius AR Denarius111 viewsAttribution: RIC I 30, RSC II 16a, SRCV I 1763, Lugdunum
Date: 19 August, AD 14 – 16 March, AD 37
Obverse: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS, laureate head r.
Reverse: PONTIF MAXIM, Livia, as Pax, seated r., holding olive branch & long scepter; ornate legs to chair
Size: 19 mm
Weight: 3.6 grams
* NOTE: chipped piece & metal adhesions from prior mounting of coin as jewelry
2 commentsNoah03/09/13 at 23:36Jay GT4: Attractive coin despite the damage.
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Greek, Ariobarzanes I Philoromaios. Cappadocian Kingdom. AR Drachm.276 viewsCirca 96-63 B.C. AR Drachm (17mm, 3.92g, 1h). Simmoneta 9a. Obverse diademed head of Ariobarzanes to right. Reverse BASILEUS ARIOBARZANOU PHILOROMAIOU Athena standing left, holding Nike and spear and shield; to left monogram; to right, A; in exergue, gamma. Extremely Fine, beautifully toned. Ex Nomos AG 6th Price List Sale, lot 44.
Ariobarzanes I, nicknamed Philoromaios or “Lover of Rome” in the literal sense but should be translated as “Friend of Rome,” was a client king of Cappadocia during Roman expansion and hegemony in Asia Minor. He was elected by his people with the backing of Lucius Cornelius Sulla. He was removed several times by either Mithradates IV of Pontus or Tigranes II of Armenia but reinstated by the Roman Senate each time. He eventually abdicated and was replaced by his son, Ariobarzanes II.

The detail and artistry is surprisingly elegant on this small coin with a diameter of only 17mm. It is a masterpiece of miniature numismatic portraiture: most of Ariobarzanes’ coins are of inferior quality and finding one with fine portraiture of good style, such as this, is rarely encountered.

2 commentsJason T02/15/13 at 10:194to2CentBC: A very nice specimen. You are correct....rarely e...
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Greek, Ariobarzanes I Philoromaios. Cappadocian Kingdom. AR Drachm.276 viewsCirca 96-63 B.C. AR Drachm (17mm, 3.92g, 1h). Simmoneta 9a. Obverse diademed head of Ariobarzanes to right. Reverse BASILEUS ARIOBARZANOU PHILOROMAIOU Athena standing left, holding Nike and spear and shield; to left monogram; to right, A; in exergue, gamma. Extremely Fine, beautifully toned. Ex Nomos AG 6th Price List Sale, lot 44.
Ariobarzanes I, nicknamed Philoromaios or “Lover of Rome” in the literal sense but should be translated as “Friend of Rome,” was a client king of Cappadocia during Roman expansion and hegemony in Asia Minor. He was elected by his people with the backing of Lucius Cornelius Sulla. He was removed several times by either Mithradates IV of Pontus or Tigranes II of Armenia but reinstated by the Roman Senate each time. He eventually abdicated and was replaced by his son, Ariobarzanes II.

The detail and artistry is surprisingly elegant on this small coin with a diameter of only 17mm. It is a masterpiece of miniature numismatic portraiture: most of Ariobarzanes’ coins are of inferior quality and finding one with fine portraiture of good style, such as this, is rarely encountered.

2 commentsJason T02/06/13 at 23:05David Atherton: Superb indeed!
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Roman, Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, wife of Antoninus Pius460 viewsSH33181. Gold aureus, SRCV II 4553 (same dies), Cayon 1765 (same), RIC III 356d, Cohen 98, BMCRE IV 398, Choice EF, Rome mint, weight 6.923g, maximum diameter 19.8mm, die axis 180o, 147 - 161 A.D.; obverse DIVA FAVSTINA, diademed, draped and veiled bust left; reverse AVGVSTA, Ceres standing left, torch in right, scepter in left; very light hairline scratches; ex Lanz, Auction 135, lot 745 (misattributed); hints of red toning, bold and beautiful, struck with elegant dies!; scarce

Gold aurei are about the same size as silver denarii but they were not struck with the same dies. The finest work of the mint's top master engravers was reserved for striking gold. The difference between the artistry of the gold and silver is not always so striking, but no denarius equals the beauty of this coin.
8 commentsJoe Sermarini01/27/13 at 19:39Sam: I am Speechless
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Roman, Agrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)1322 viewsAgrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)
Sestertius
Daughter of Julia and Marcus Agrippa, wife of Germanicus and mother of Emperor Caligula. The most beautiful woman of all Caesars in the most incredible condition. The finest known specimen originally from the Morreti Collection.

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

Cohen 1 ; RIC 42
9 commentsPetitioncrown01/13/13 at 00:40Britanikus:
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Roman, AUGUSTUS. 222 viewsFrom a Cistophorus of Pergamum. Struck c.19 - 18 B.C.
RIC I : 510
4 comments*Alex01/12/13 at 19:21MagisterRiggs: Wow, nice one!
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Roman, AUGUSTUS. 222 viewsFrom a Cistophorus of Pergamum. Struck c.19 - 18 B.C.
RIC I : 510
4 comments*Alex01/02/13 at 05:49Britanikus:
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Greek, Philetairos, Kings of Pergamon, Attalos I to Eumenes II.469 viewsKINGS of PERGAMON. Attalos I to Eumenes II. 241-159 BC. AR Tetradrachm (29mm, 16.70 g, 12h). Struck circa 225/15-189/8. Laureate head of Philetairos right / Athena seated left, with spear at side, supporting shield with right hand and resting left elbow on small statuette on sphinx; ivy leaf above knee, bow to outer right, A on throne. Westermark Group III, dies V.XXIX/R?; SNG France 1609 (same obv. die). XF, porous. CNG auction.

Photo and Description , courtesy of Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.

Sam Mansourati Collection / EX CNG
7 commentsSam12/27/12 at 11:37Sam: Thank you Dear Friend
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Greek, Philetairos, Kings of Pergamon, Attalos I to Eumenes II.469 viewsKINGS of PERGAMON. Attalos I to Eumenes II. 241-159 BC. AR Tetradrachm (29mm, 16.70 g, 12h). Struck circa 225/15-189/8. Laureate head of Philetairos right / Athena seated left, with spear at side, supporting shield with right hand and resting left elbow on small statuette on sphinx; ivy leaf above knee, bow to outer right, A on throne. Westermark Group III, dies V.XXIX/R?; SNG France 1609 (same obv. die). XF, porous. CNG auction.

Photo and Description , courtesy of Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.

Sam Mansourati Collection / EX CNG
7 commentsSam12/27/12 at 03:25sulcipius: An absolutely striking beauty; Congrats ...
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Roman, CARACALLA300 views2 commentsbenito12/20/12 at 11:44Sam: Amazing coin
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Greek, Philetairos, Kings of Pergamon, Attalos I to Eumenes II.469 viewsKINGS of PERGAMON. Attalos I to Eumenes II. 241-159 BC. AR Tetradrachm (29mm, 16.70 g, 12h). Struck circa 225/15-189/8. Laureate head of Philetairos right / Athena seated left, with spear at side, supporting shield with right hand and resting left elbow on small statuette on sphinx; ivy leaf above knee, bow to outer right, A on throne. Westermark Group III, dies V.XXIX/R?; SNG France 1609 (same obv. die). XF, porous. CNG auction.

Photo and Description , courtesy of Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.

Sam Mansourati Collection / EX CNG
7 commentsSam12/20/12 at 10:08Sam: Thank you Dear Friends
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Greek, Philetairos, Kings of Pergamon, Attalos I to Eumenes II.469 viewsKINGS of PERGAMON. Attalos I to Eumenes II. 241-159 BC. AR Tetradrachm (29mm, 16.70 g, 12h). Struck circa 225/15-189/8. Laureate head of Philetairos right / Athena seated left, with spear at side, supporting shield with right hand and resting left elbow on small statuette on sphinx; ivy leaf above knee, bow to outer right, A on throne. Westermark Group III, dies V.XXIX/R?; SNG France 1609 (same obv. die). XF, porous. CNG auction.

Photo and Description , courtesy of Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.

Sam Mansourati Collection / EX CNG
7 commentsSam12/20/12 at 00:06Legatus: Great coin.
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Greek, Philetairos, Kings of Pergamon, Attalos I to Eumenes II.469 viewsKINGS of PERGAMON. Attalos I to Eumenes II. 241-159 BC. AR Tetradrachm (29mm, 16.70 g, 12h). Struck circa 225/15-189/8. Laureate head of Philetairos right / Athena seated left, with spear at side, supporting shield with right hand and resting left elbow on small statuette on sphinx; ivy leaf above knee, bow to outer right, A on throne. Westermark Group III, dies V.XXIX/R?; SNG France 1609 (same obv. die). XF, porous. CNG auction.

Photo and Description , courtesy of Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.

Sam Mansourati Collection / EX CNG
7 commentsSam12/19/12 at 22:53Jay GT4: What a great coin. Congrats!
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Roman, Domitian, RIC 507292 viewsObverse: CAES DIVI AVG VESP F DOMITIANVS COS VII - Laureate head right
Reverse: PAX AVGVST S C - Pax standing left with branch and cornucopiae.
mm. 34 - g. 25,93
RIC2 507 R (Titus) - RPC II 504 - 80 a.D. Thracian mint
A realistic powerful portrait of the last of the Twelve Caesars
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/24/12 at 22:44socalcoins: Thracian mint portraits of Domitian and Titus are ...
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Roman, Domitian, RIC 507292 viewsObverse: CAES DIVI AVG VESP F DOMITIANVS COS VII - Laureate head right
Reverse: PAX AVGVST S C - Pax standing left with branch and cornucopiae.
mm. 34 - g. 25,93
RIC2 507 R (Titus) - RPC II 504 - 80 a.D. Thracian mint
A realistic powerful portrait of the last of the Twelve Caesars
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus09/12/12 at 19:53areich: It makes most other 5 star coins look pretty crumm...
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Roman, Domitian, RIC 507292 viewsObverse: CAES DIVI AVG VESP F DOMITIANVS COS VII - Laureate head right
Reverse: PAX AVGVST S C - Pax standing left with branch and cornucopiae.
mm. 34 - g. 25,93
RIC2 507 R (Titus) - RPC II 504 - 80 a.D. Thracian mint
A realistic powerful portrait of the last of the Twelve Caesars
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus09/12/12 at 15:14Marsman: beautiful coin!
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Greek, Alexander III the Great - Tetradrachm - Amphipolis, Macedon565 viewsDate: 332-326 BC (lifetime)
Size: 25 mm
Weight: 17.4 g
Obv: Head of Herakles wearing lion's scalp right
Rev: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, legs open, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to right; amphora in left field
Price 13
5 commentsViriathus09/06/12 at 16:40Mark Z: Amazing!
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Roman, Domitian, RIC 507292 viewsObverse: CAES DIVI AVG VESP F DOMITIANVS COS VII - Laureate head right
Reverse: PAX AVGVST S C - Pax standing left with branch and cornucopiae.
mm. 34 - g. 25,93
RIC2 507 R (Titus) - RPC II 504 - 80 a.D. Thracian mint
A realistic powerful portrait of the last of the Twelve Caesars
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus09/06/12 at 16:38Mark Z: Wow, what a coin! 5/5!
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Roman, JULIAN II181 viewsAE 1 (maiorina). 361-363 AD. 8.75 g, 12h. Sirmium ,1st officina. Pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right. D N FL CL IVLI-ANVS P F AVG. / Bull standing right, two stars above. SECVRITAS REIPVB . ASIRM between star and palm in exergue. RIC VIII 107 ; LRBC 1622.

1 commentsbenito08/28/12 at 20:33Mark Z: Man, that is really, really nice! 5/5!
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Greek, Alexander III the Great - Tetradrachm - Amphipolis, Macedon565 viewsDate: 332-326 BC (lifetime)
Size: 25 mm
Weight: 17.4 g
Obv: Head of Herakles wearing lion's scalp right
Rev: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, legs open, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to right; amphora in left field
Price 13
5 commentsViriathus08/19/12 at 13:47SPQR Coins: An outstanding presentation!
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Greek, Alexander III the Great - Tetradrachm - Amphipolis, Macedon565 viewsDate: 332-326 BC (lifetime)
Size: 25 mm
Weight: 17.4 g
Obv: Head of Herakles wearing lion's scalp right
Rev: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, legs open, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to right; amphora in left field
Price 13
5 commentsViriathus08/19/12 at 12:58Mat: Thats cool
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Roman, Vitellius sestertius minted Rome, A.D. 69601 views25.02g, Ø 36mm, 6h
Obv.: A VITELLIVS GERMAN IMP AVG PM TR P, laurate head right
Rev.: S C, Mars, helmeted, naked, advancing right with spear and legionnary standard.
Ref.: RIC 141 (R); BMCRE 58; C. 79; Sear (II) 2208
4 commentsCharles S08/06/12 at 10:05kc: beautiful coin!!!
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Roman, Aurelian Billon Antoninianus238 viewsSear (2000) 11581, RIC 232. Minted in Siscia 272 A.D. (according to Sear).
Obverse: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Aurelian right.
Reverse: PAX AVGVSTI; Pax walking left, holding olive branch and transverse scepter.
Star in left field, T in right field.
If Sear's dating is correct Aurelian was about sixty two years old when this coin
was minted. I believe this coin image reflects the character of Aurelian better
than any other I have seen. A ruthless general, he was also a person of
intelligence and understanding, who instituted a number of civil and religious
reforms, and began the restoration of the currency. Aware of the
continuing threat from the German tribes, he also began the construction of
a massive wall around the City of Rome, parts of which still exist.
2 commentsJames A207/14/12 at 18:32Dk0311USMC: Very nice portrait!
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Roman, Aurelian Billon Antoninianus238 viewsSear (2000) 11581, RIC 232. Minted in Siscia 272 A.D. (according to Sear).
Obverse: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Aurelian right.
Reverse: PAX AVGVSTI; Pax walking left, holding olive branch and transverse scepter.
Star in left field, T in right field.
If Sear's dating is correct Aurelian was about sixty two years old when this coin
was minted. I believe this coin image reflects the character of Aurelian better
than any other I have seen. A ruthless general, he was also a person of
intelligence and understanding, who instituted a number of civil and religious
reforms, and began the restoration of the currency. Aware of the
continuing threat from the German tribes, he also began the construction of
a massive wall around the City of Rome, parts of which still exist.
2 commentsJames A206/30/12 at 17:07Skyler: Superb! a very telling portrait.
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Roman, NERO137 viewsAR tetradrachm.1 commentsbenito06/20/12 at 03:10Mark Z: That snear on his upper lip is intimidating! Great...
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Roman, Helena132 views4 commentsblack-prophet06/09/12 at 07:15labienus: What a lovely portrait in harmony ...... Congratul...
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Roman, GALBA SESTERTIUS.402 viewsGalba 68-69 AD Bronze Sesterce. A true classic head of Galba, powerful and Roman with all the Republican virtues. Beatifull natural patina. Purchased Leu 1980. Ex Sartige 1938 and dating back to the beginning of 1900's

Coins to fall in love with www.petitioncrown.com
11 commentssunwukong05/22/12 at 20:36Charles S: Strong powerful portrait, wonderful patina, nice p...
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Roman, TRAJAN187 views1 commentsbenito05/19/12 at 21:35v-drome: amazing coin! the bust really brings it all to lif...
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Roman, Constans 167 views1 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/05/12 at 03:13Romanorvm: Nice one. Great patina.
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Roman, Trajan546 viewsAn extremely rare type with an almost uncirculated portrait of Emperor Trajan. Trajan's Column was erected in Forum Traiani to commemorate roman victories over Dacia. Still remains intact, except for Trajan's statue and eagles at base that were lost. This sestertius was struck same year that column was erected.(DIVIF)1 commentsDIVIF05/02/12 at 14:43CoinScrubber: Beautiful portrait! I love how Trajan crams all hi...
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Roman, Pompey the Great584 views5 commentsDIVIF05/02/12 at 14:41CoinScrubber: Nice example! They sure made lifelike portraits du...
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Roman, OTHO210 viewsAR denarius. 69 A.D (3.42 gm). Bare head right with wig. IMP OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P / Securitas standing left, holding wreath and sceptre.SECVRITAS P R. RIC I 10; BMCRE 19; BN 7; RSC 15.
2 commentsbenito05/02/12 at 14:40CoinScrubber: Off center is so typical for these, but that detai...
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Roman, Claudius963 views10 commentstunaonrye004/18/12 at 01:21Sosius: wonderful portrait. Looks like an average guy on ...
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Roman, PERTINAX257 views4 commentsbenito04/18/12 at 01:18Sosius: Beautiful and expressive portrait!
Diadumenian_Caesar.jpg
Roman, Diadumenianus, Rome mint, struck 217-218 AD, AE Dupondius or As286 viewsM OPEL ANTONINVS DIADVMENIANVS CAES draped bust right

RIC 212, Cohen 9, BMC 158
4 commentsdupondius04/12/12 at 02:37Mark Z: Beautiful! Looks like it just came from the mint! ...
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Roman, Diadumenianus, Rome mint, struck 217-218 AD, AE Dupondius or As286 viewsM OPEL ANTONINVS DIADVMENIANVS CAES draped bust right

RIC 212, Cohen 9, BMC 158
4 commentsdupondius03/05/12 at 09:45kc: A beautiful coin and much better than my Sestertiu...
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Roman, Claudius234 views3 commentsRandygeki(h2)03/05/12 at 01:42PtolemAE: Nice
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Roman, TACITUS137 views1 commentsbenito02/24/12 at 02:32Mark Z: Now THAT is NICE!
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Roman, GORDIAN III196 views1 commentsbenito02/14/12 at 15:22neander: An excellent eastern portrait at the coin much you...
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Roman, Gordian III AR Tetradrachm280 viewsAD240 Gordian III Tetradrachm of Antioch, Syria ( Seleucis & Pieria )

obv: Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
rev: Eagle standing facing with head left, wings open, holding wreath in beak, SC below.
11.02gr
3 commentsrexesq02/14/12 at 01:25rexesq: Gracias!
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Greek, Mithridates VI (The Great) as Herakles188 viewsPontic Kingdom, Thrace, Odessos, Mithridates VI Megas, 120-63 BC, AR Tetradrachm in the name of Alexander the Great, struck ca. 88-86 BC.
Head of Mithridates VI (the Great) as Herakles, wearing lion's skin headdress / ΒΑΣIΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡOΥ.
(Reverse is of Zeus seated left, legs draped, confronting eagle held on outstretched right arm and grasping lotus-tipped sceptre, ΛAK before, OΔΗ (Odessos ethnic) in exergue.)
Callataÿ Group 3; Price 1192. Odessos ca. 88-86 BC
(30 mm, 16.04 gm, 1h)

This is amongst the last of the coinages in the style of Alexander the Great to be minted. In this final incarnation the portrait of Herakles was adapted to the features of Mithridates VI the Great, to the extent that the image of Herakles is in fact a portrait of Mithridates. Comparison with his portrait on tetradrachms minted in Pontus proves this point.
1 commentsLloyd T01/14/12 at 13:51labienus: Sharp portrait for a sharp character. Lovely coin.
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Roman, HADRIAN235 views2 commentsbenito01/10/12 at 20:20neander: Excellent picture!
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Greek, Ptolemy VI Philometor302 viewsSilver Tetradrachm
Alexandria mint
Struck c. 170-164 B.C.
27mm 14.2g
Obv: Diademed head of Ptolemy I right, wearing aegis.
Rev: PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS, eagle standing left on thunderbolt.
Svoronos 1489; SNG Copenhagen 265
4 commentsmihali8401/09/12 at 05:26Randygeki(h2): This is a really fantasy example!
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Roman, PERTINAX257 views4 commentsbenito12/23/11 at 12:29benito: Coming from the owner of a magnificent collection...
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Roman, NERVA172 views2 commentsbenito12/23/11 at 12:01Kained but Able: Every time I see this coin I want to cry, such a b...
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Roman, PERTINAX257 views4 commentsbenito12/23/11 at 11:31kc: Perfect portrait, the best I have ever seen!!!
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Roman, Caracalla * Mature856 views
Of all the Caracalla portraits, I’m most drawn to & fond of those which show him in his greatest maturity. This one, dated to 217 AD, the year of his death is about as ‘mature’ as one can get for the man.
This portrait strikes me as exceptionally handsome, which I well-imagine he was in reality, despite his ‘official portraiture’ which often suggests otherwise.

Too, I think some of his portraits, such as this one, suggest strongly a certain vanity in his masculine appearance – that he was well groomed and took considerable pride in his over-all appearance, quite despite his soldierly life-style.
Such vanity and the purposefulness of his official portraiture not withstanding, here I believe one beholds ‘Caracalla’ the man more as he was – an alpha male par excellence, and a devilishly handsome one.

Portrait from AR Denarius * Caracalla * Serapis
Mint: Rome
Struck: 217 AD.
Size: 19 mm.

RIC 291b
* Reverse of * RIC 289, pg. 255

Submitted by Tiathena
5 commentsTiathena12/08/11 at 22:57Noah: excellent
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Roman, Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, wife of Antoninus Pius460 viewsSH33181. Gold aureus, SRCV II 4553 (same dies), Cayon 1765 (same), RIC III 356d, Cohen 98, BMCRE IV 398, Choice EF, Rome mint, weight 6.923g, maximum diameter 19.8mm, die axis 180o, 147 - 161 A.D.; obverse DIVA FAVSTINA, diademed, draped and veiled bust left; reverse AVGVSTA, Ceres standing left, torch in right, scepter in left; very light hairline scratches; ex Lanz, Auction 135, lot 745 (misattributed); hints of red toning, bold and beautiful, struck with elegant dies!; scarce

Gold aurei are about the same size as silver denarii but they were not struck with the same dies. The finest work of the mint's top master engravers was reserved for striking gold. The difference between the artistry of the gold and silver is not always so striking, but no denarius equals the beauty of this coin.
8 commentsJoe Sermarini11/23/11 at 01:55Noah: Gorgeous is the word that comes to mind...
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Roman, Trajan, Rome mint, struck 105 - 111 AD, Æ As182 viewsIMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P laureate, draped and armored bust right
S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, S-C Aequitas with scales and cornucopia
RIC 497 (Var.); C. 464 (Var.); BMC 926B (Var.); Strack 395; BN 609 (Var.)
1 commentsdupondius10/30/11 at 18:30ancientdave: Nice!
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Greek, Ptolemy VI Philometor302 viewsSilver Tetradrachm
Alexandria mint
Struck c. 170-164 B.C.
27mm 14.2g
Obv: Diademed head of Ptolemy I right, wearing aegis.
Rev: PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS, eagle standing left on thunderbolt.
Svoronos 1489; SNG Copenhagen 265
4 commentsmihali8410/29/11 at 17:35robertpe: Awesome style!
33181q00.jpg
Roman, Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, wife of Antoninus Pius460 viewsSH33181. Gold aureus, SRCV II 4553 (same dies), Cayon 1765 (same), RIC III 356d, Cohen 98, BMCRE IV 398, Choice EF, Rome mint, weight 6.923g, maximum diameter 19.8mm, die axis 180o, 147 - 161 A.D.; obverse DIVA FAVSTINA, diademed, draped and veiled bust left; reverse AVGVSTA, Ceres standing left, torch in right, scepter in left; very light hairline scratches; ex Lanz, Auction 135, lot 745 (misattributed); hints of red toning, bold and beautiful, struck with elegant dies!; scarce

Gold aurei are about the same size as silver denarii but they were not struck with the same dies. The finest work of the mint's top master engravers was reserved for striking gold. The difference between the artistry of the gold and silver is not always so striking, but no denarius equals the beauty of this coin.
8 commentsJoe Sermarini10/29/11 at 17:33robertpe: This is absolutely beautiful!
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Roman, Gordian III AR Tetradrachm219 viewsBI tetradrachm. Antioch (Seleucis et Pieria). 240 AD .12.82 gr. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, viewed from the front. ΑΥΤΟΚ Κ Μ ΑΝΤ ΓΟΡΔΙΑΝΟC CΕΒ / Eagle standing facing,open wings, head turned left, wreath in beak. ΔΗΜΑΡΧ ΕΞΟYCΙΑC. S C in exergue. Prieur 279.

2 commentsbenito10/27/11 at 02:52liu_hai: Beautiful
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Roman, Julia Domna359 viewsJulia Domna Denarius. Obverse: IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right. Reverse: MATER DEVM, Cybele, towered, enthroned left between two lions, leaning on drum and holding branch & scepter. RIC 564, RSC 123.

Very beautiful portrait. Looks better in Hand.
1 commentsFaramir10/05/11 at 22:26neander: Indeed, amazing & sharp portrate for middle period...
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Roman, Hadrian, AE-Sestertius. Pax seatd. Nice Portrait 323 viewsRoman Empire, Hadrian. 117 - 138 AD. AE-Sestertius, struck 135 AD. Rome Mint. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P.P., his laureate head right.
RIC 770.

An attractive coin with good style and eye appeal. Just the way I like them!
6 commentsJan Terje R09/04/11 at 15:52TRPOT: magnificent!
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Roman, Volusian. 251-253 AD.361 viewsIMP CAE C VIB VOLVSIANO AVG, cuirassed, draped and radiate bust right.
SALVS AVGG, Salus standing right, feeding snake from patera.
RIC 184, RSC 118, RCV 9769.
1 commentsPedja R08/29/11 at 18:57Randygeki(h2): nice one
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Roman, Postumus struck under Aureolus536 viewsIMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG
Cuirassed, draped and radiated bust right
R/[VIRTV]S EQVIT / / T
Mars walking right, holding spear end shield

Antoninianus struck in Mediolanum , third officina
C.442 - RIC.387 - Elmer 617 - AGK.111a

magnificient portrait

the coin is also in my gallery with reverse
2 commentsgb2940008/29/11 at 11:28Pedja R: Wow!!
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Roman, OTHO210 viewsAR denarius. 69 A.D (3.42 gm). Bare head right with wig. IMP OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P / Securitas standing left, holding wreath and sceptre.SECVRITAS P R. RIC I 10; BMCRE 19; BN 7; RSC 15.
2 commentsbenito08/27/11 at 16:51Legatus: Maybe not perfect, but mighty fine to me
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Roman, Vespasian Dupondius Commagene mint, A.D.74203 viewsÆ, 13.2g, 28mm, 7h
Obv.: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG, laurate head left
Rev.: PON MAX TR POT P P COS V CENS, Winged caduceus between two crossed cornucopiae.
Ref.: RIC 798b (scarse), C. 377
4 commentsCharles S08/27/11 at 14:44*Alex: Fantastic coin.
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Roman, Gratian160 viewsGratian (Augustus)
Bronze AE3
DN GRATIANVS PF AVG - Pearl diademed bust draped and cuirassed bust right.
GLORIA RO-MANORVM - Emperor advancing right dragging captive and holding a military banner inscribed with a Chi-Rho
RIC IX Siscia 14c, type xvi, Minted in Siscia (367-375), 2.25g / 17mm /
This is the nicest bust of Gratian I have seen. Very pleased to have it!
2 commentsCoinScrubber08/18/11 at 22:16Randygeki(h2): nice!
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Roman, Theodosius I AE4 Bust188 viewsTheodosius I (Augustus)
Bronze AE4
DN THEODO-SIVS PF AVG - Pearl diademed bust draped and cuirassed right.
SALVS REI-PVBLICAE - Victory dragging captive left and holding trophy. Cross in left field.
Minted in Antioch or Alexandria (388-395 A.D.)
Cross in left field, A-- mint mark.
RIC IX Antioch 67b/70a or RIC IX Alexandria 20b/23a

WOW! When I was making an order and I saw this bust on a AE4, how could I pass on it!?
2 commentsCoinScrubber08/18/11 at 22:16Randygeki(h2): Great portrait
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Roman, Theodosius I AE4 Bust188 viewsTheodosius I (Augustus)
Bronze AE4
DN THEODO-SIVS PF AVG - Pearl diademed bust draped and cuirassed right.
SALVS REI-PVBLICAE - Victory dragging captive left and holding trophy. Cross in left field.
Minted in Antioch or Alexandria (388-395 A.D.)
Cross in left field, A-- mint mark.
RIC IX Antioch 67b/70a or RIC IX Alexandria 20b/23a

WOW! When I was making an order and I saw this bust on a AE4, how could I pass on it!?
2 commentsCoinScrubber08/18/11 at 18:30daverino: It is nice to see some late Romans in the Portrait...
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Roman, Gratian160 viewsGratian (Augustus)
Bronze AE3
DN GRATIANVS PF AVG - Pearl diademed bust draped and cuirassed bust right.
GLORIA RO-MANORVM - Emperor advancing right dragging captive and holding a military banner inscribed with a Chi-Rho
RIC IX Siscia 14c, type xvi, Minted in Siscia (367-375), 2.25g / 17mm /
This is the nicest bust of Gratian I have seen. Very pleased to have it!
2 commentsCoinScrubber08/18/11 at 18:28daverino: very nice indeed
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Roman, Gordian III AR Antoninianus - VICTORIA AETERNA - Beautiful strike, Large flan168 viewsEmperor Gordian III (238 - 244 AD)
Silver Antoninianus, Rome Mint.

obv: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG - Radiate, draped & cuirassed bust of Emperor right.
rev: VICTORIA AETERNA - Victory standing left, holding palm & resting right hand on top of shield set atop a captive.

5.10 Grams, 25mm.
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RIC 156.
Amazingly well centered coin, struck on a large flan.
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2 commentsrexesq08/02/11 at 03:18daverino: A beauty, and quite different from the usual types
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Roman, Maximian Post-reform Radiate 296-297 AD161 viewsIMP C M A MAXIMIANUS PF AVG/CONCORDIA MILITUM
RIC v.VI 46b Alexandria Mint

The "big-head" style of the Tetrarchy is usually not my favorite - nor anyone else's to judge by the fact that there are no others in the Portrait Gallery. However, this portrait of Maximian really succeeds in being monumental rather than just dorky. It reminds one that Maximian was at the top of Imperial politics for 25 years between 285 and 310 AD and his descendants wore the purple for another 50 years after his death.
2 commentsdaverino07/31/11 at 02:35Lloyd T: Talk about a bull-neck! Definitely material for th...
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Roman, Maximian Post-reform Radiate 296-297 AD161 viewsIMP C M A MAXIMIANUS PF AVG/CONCORDIA MILITUM
RIC v.VI 46b Alexandria Mint

The "big-head" style of the Tetrarchy is usually not my favorite - nor anyone else's to judge by the fact that there are no others in the Portrait Gallery. However, this portrait of Maximian really succeeds in being monumental rather than just dorky. It reminds one that Maximian was at the top of Imperial politics for 25 years between 285 and 310 AD and his descendants wore the purple for another 50 years after his death.
2 commentsdaverino07/31/11 at 01:24SPQR Coins: Impressive!
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Roman, Gordian III AR Antoninianus - VICTORIA AETERNA - Beautiful strike, Large flan168 viewsEmperor Gordian III (238 - 244 AD)
Silver Antoninianus, Rome Mint.

obv: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG - Radiate, draped & cuirassed bust of Emperor right.
rev: VICTORIA AETERNA - Victory standing left, holding palm & resting right hand on top of shield set atop a captive.

5.10 Grams, 25mm.
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RIC 156.
Amazingly well centered coin, struck on a large flan.
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2 commentsrexesq07/25/11 at 20:49Randygeki(h2): Great portrait with fantastic flan
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Roman, Florian. 276 AD.177 views1 commentsbruno v07/25/11 at 13:00rexesq: Nice one!
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Roman, Caracalla - Caesarea, Cappadocia - AR Drachm207 viewsRoman Empire
Emperor Caracalla Silver Drachm of Caesarea, Cappadocia.
Struck year 17 (208 - 209 AD)
Titles in Greek.

obv: Laureate bust right.
rev: Mount Argaeus surmounted by star; crescent in left field.

ex CNG
Weight: 3.15 grams
Reference: Syderham 476c
8 commentsrexesq07/25/11 at 12:52rexesq: Thank you guys! I very much appreciate your feedba...
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Roman, Claudius234 views3 commentsRandygeki(h2)07/25/11 at 12:12David Atherton: I agree, excellent coin!
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Roman, Claudius234 views3 commentsRandygeki(h2)07/25/11 at 11:53Mat: An excellent Claudius!
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Greek, Nikomedes II of Bithynia (149-127 BC)180 viewsBithynian Kingdom, Nikomedes III Euergetes, 127-94 BC, AR Tetradrachm struck 126/5 BC
Diademed head of Nikomedes II right / BAΣIΛEΩΣ EПiΦANOYΣ NIKOMHΔΩΣ.
(The reverse is Zeus standing left holding sceptre and laurel wreath capping Nikomedes name, eagle standing left on fulmen in inner left field above monogram ΩΓYE, dated below BOP = Bithynian era year 172 = 126/5 BC).
De Callatay pl. XV, D12-R1a (this coin); SNG von Aulock 6894 (same reverse die); Sear GCV 7274 (date variant).
(33mm, 16.68 g,11h)
Jencek; ex- Noble Investments (UK) PLC; ex- Spink Sale 5014 (28 September 2005) Lot 121; ex- Monnaies et Medailles (19-20 June 1975) lot 163; ex- Bank Leu Auction 2 (25 April 1972) lot 224

This coin holds it own amongst the masterpieces of late Hellenistic portraiture. The obverse image is that of a confident and contented ruler, Nikomedes II (149-127 BC), comfortable in his role leading a client state of Rome, while secure in the knowledge that the military might of the latter underpinned his position. Following Nikomedes II reign, the portrait on the obverse of the kingdom’s coinage continued unchanged, through the reign of his son (Nikomedes III) and grandson (Nikomedes IV). However, the issuing king can be readily identified by the date on coins and to a lesser degree by the style of the obverse.

Nikomedes II commenced the practice of dating Bithynian coinage, with reference to the era commencing 297/6 BC, this date being the date of foundation of the Bithynian Kingdom by Zipoetes. This coin was struck shortly after the death of Nikomedes II and the portrait closely resembles that on coins struck during his reign. It is an accurate portrayal of Nikomedes II. With time the portrait became increasingly stylized so that some examples struck toward the end of the kingdom’s existence bear only a passing resemblance to the original portrait.
2 commentsLloyd T07/19/11 at 05:54Pscipio: Very nice indeed. I am not always fond of late hel...
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Greek, Nikomedes II of Bithynia (149-127 BC)180 viewsBithynian Kingdom, Nikomedes III Euergetes, 127-94 BC, AR Tetradrachm struck 126/5 BC
Diademed head of Nikomedes II right / BAΣIΛEΩΣ EПiΦANOYΣ NIKOMHΔΩΣ.
(The reverse is Zeus standing left holding sceptre and laurel wreath capping Nikomedes name, eagle standing left on fulmen in inner left field above monogram ΩΓYE, dated below BOP = Bithynian era year 172 = 126/5 BC).
De Callatay pl. XV, D12-R1a (this coin); SNG von Aulock 6894 (same reverse die); Sear GCV 7274 (date variant).
(33mm, 16.68 g,11h)
Jencek; ex- Noble Investments (UK) PLC; ex- Spink Sale 5014 (28 September 2005) Lot 121; ex- Monnaies et Medailles (19-20 June 1975) lot 163; ex- Bank Leu Auction 2 (25 April 1972) lot 224

This coin holds it own amongst the masterpieces of late Hellenistic portraiture. The obverse image is that of a confident and contented ruler, Nikomedes II (149-127 BC), comfortable in his role leading a client state of Rome, while secure in the knowledge that the military might of the latter underpinned his position. Following Nikomedes II reign, the portrait on the obverse of the kingdom’s coinage continued unchanged, through the reign of his son (Nikomedes III) and grandson (Nikomedes IV). However, the issuing king can be readily identified by the date on coins and to a lesser degree by the style of the obverse.

Nikomedes II commenced the practice of dating Bithynian coinage, with reference to the era commencing 297/6 BC, this date being the date of foundation of the Bithynian Kingdom by Zipoetes. This coin was struck shortly after the death of Nikomedes II and the portrait closely resembles that on coins struck during his reign. It is an accurate portrayal of Nikomedes II. With time the portrait became increasingly stylized so that some examples struck toward the end of the kingdom’s existence bear only a passing resemblance to the original portrait.
2 commentsLloyd T07/18/11 at 23:03Bruno V.: Sublime
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Roman, Caracalla - Caesarea, Cappadocia - AR Drachm207 viewsRoman Empire
Emperor Caracalla Silver Drachm of Caesarea, Cappadocia.
Struck year 17 (208 - 209 AD)
Titles in Greek.

obv: Laureate bust right.
rev: Mount Argaeus surmounted by star; crescent in left field.

ex CNG
Weight: 3.15 grams
Reference: Syderham 476c
8 commentsrexesq07/07/11 at 09:39David Atherton: Spectacular reverse!
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Roman, Caracalla - Caesarea, Cappadocia - AR Drachm207 viewsRoman Empire
Emperor Caracalla Silver Drachm of Caesarea, Cappadocia.
Struck year 17 (208 - 209 AD)
Titles in Greek.

obv: Laureate bust right.
rev: Mount Argaeus surmounted by star; crescent in left field.

ex CNG
Weight: 3.15 grams
Reference: Syderham 476c
8 commentsrexesq07/07/11 at 03:48Antonivs Protti: You did it. YOu got a fabulous coin. I'm total...
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Roman, Caracalla - Caesarea, Cappadocia - AR Drachm207 viewsRoman Empire
Emperor Caracalla Silver Drachm of Caesarea, Cappadocia.
Struck year 17 (208 - 209 AD)
Titles in Greek.

obv: Laureate bust right.
rev: Mount Argaeus surmounted by star; crescent in left field.

ex CNG
Weight: 3.15 grams
Reference: Syderham 476c
8 commentsrexesq07/03/11 at 05:44Randygeki(h2): I think I'd like to get 1 or 2 or 3 coins from...
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Roman, Caracalla - Caesarea, Cappadocia - AR Drachm207 viewsRoman Empire
Emperor Caracalla Silver Drachm of Caesarea, Cappadocia.
Struck year 17 (208 - 209 AD)
Titles in Greek.

obv: Laureate bust right.
rev: Mount Argaeus surmounted by star; crescent in left field.

ex CNG
Weight: 3.15 grams
Reference: Syderham 476c
8 commentsrexesq07/03/11 at 05:35Romanorvm: WOW!
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Roman, Caracalla - Caesarea, Cappadocia - AR Drachm207 viewsRoman Empire
Emperor Caracalla Silver Drachm of Caesarea, Cappadocia.
Struck year 17 (208 - 209 AD)
Titles in Greek.

obv: Laureate bust right.
rev: Mount Argaeus surmounted by star; crescent in left field.

ex CNG
Weight: 3.15 grams
Reference: Syderham 476c
8 commentsrexesq06/28/11 at 18:31Randygeki(h2): Me too.
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Roman, Caracalla * Mature856 views
Of all the Caracalla portraits, I’m most drawn to & fond of those which show him in his greatest maturity. This one, dated to 217 AD, the year of his death is about as ‘mature’ as one can get for the man.
This portrait strikes me as exceptionally handsome, which I well-imagine he was in reality, despite his ‘official portraiture’ which often suggests otherwise.

Too, I think some of his portraits, such as this one, suggest strongly a certain vanity in his masculine appearance – that he was well groomed and took considerable pride in his over-all appearance, quite despite his soldierly life-style.
Such vanity and the purposefulness of his official portraiture not withstanding, here I believe one beholds ‘Caracalla’ the man more as he was – an alpha male par excellence, and a devilishly handsome one.

Portrait from AR Denarius * Caracalla * Serapis
Mint: Rome
Struck: 217 AD.
Size: 19 mm.

RIC 291b
* Reverse of * RIC 289, pg. 255

Submitted by Tiathena
5 commentsTiathena06/27/11 at 14:47rexesq: Very interesting 'profile' you have come u...
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Roman, Caracalla - Caesarea, Cappadocia - AR Drachm207 viewsRoman Empire
Emperor Caracalla Silver Drachm of Caesarea, Cappadocia.
Struck year 17 (208 - 209 AD)
Titles in Greek.

obv: Laureate bust right.
rev: Mount Argaeus surmounted by star; crescent in left field.

ex CNG
Weight: 3.15 grams
Reference: Syderham 476c
8 commentsrexesq06/27/11 at 13:43Mat: Love the reverse on this one.
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Roman, Gordian III - [RIC IV 70, RSC III 314, SRCV III 8658] 173 viewsSilver antoninianus, gVF, 3.481g, 20.8mm, 0 degree, Rome mint, 240 A.D.

Ovb. - IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind

Rev. - ROMAE AETERNAE, Roma seated left on shield, Victory in right, vertical spear in left
___________

Purchased from Forum Ancient Coins

Ex. FORVM Dealer Photo

renegade3220's Collection: http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-56563

IMO, a great coin all around and, although common, bought for both the splendid and detailed obverse and reverse nicely centered on the flan.
3 commentsrenegade322006/24/11 at 12:38daverino: Nice - front and back
Picture_14.jpg
Greek, Ptolemy VI Philometor302 viewsSilver Tetradrachm
Alexandria mint
Struck c. 170-164 B.C.
27mm 14.2g
Obv: Diademed head of Ptolemy I right, wearing aegis.
Rev: PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS, eagle standing left on thunderbolt.
Svoronos 1489; SNG Copenhagen 265
4 commentsmihali8406/14/11 at 23:55Lloyd T: Man, he's got a chin like an anvil- no glass j...
Picture_14.jpg
Greek, Ptolemy VI Philometor302 viewsSilver Tetradrachm
Alexandria mint
Struck c. 170-164 B.C.
27mm 14.2g
Obv: Diademed head of Ptolemy I right, wearing aegis.
Rev: PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS, eagle standing left on thunderbolt.
Svoronos 1489; SNG Copenhagen 265
4 commentsmihali8406/14/11 at 20:25Romanorvm: Beautiful.
RIC_507_T_Domitian.jpg
Roman, Domitian, RIC 507292 viewsObverse: CAES DIVI AVG VESP F DOMITIANVS COS VII - Laureate head right
Reverse: PAX AVGVST S C - Pax standing left with branch and cornucopiae.
mm. 34 - g. 25,93
RIC2 507 R (Titus) - RPC II 504 - 80 a.D. Thracian mint
A realistic powerful portrait of the last of the Twelve Caesars
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/03/11 at 09:15David Atherton: Super coin! I love that portrait.
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Roman, Domitian, RIC 507292 viewsObverse: CAES DIVI AVG VESP F DOMITIANVS COS VII - Laureate head right
Reverse: PAX AVGVST S C - Pax standing left with branch and cornucopiae.
mm. 34 - g. 25,93
RIC2 507 R (Titus) - RPC II 504 - 80 a.D. Thracian mint
A realistic powerful portrait of the last of the Twelve Caesars
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/02/11 at 23:25kc: Gorgeous Sestertius..Congratulations
Gordian_III_RIC_70_Portrait_Gallery.jpg
Roman, Gordian III - [RIC IV 70, RSC III 314, SRCV III 8658] 173 viewsSilver antoninianus, gVF, 3.481g, 20.8mm, 0 degree, Rome mint, 240 A.D.

Ovb. - IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind

Rev. - ROMAE AETERNAE, Roma seated left on shield, Victory in right, vertical spear in left
___________

Purchased from Forum Ancient Coins

Ex. FORVM Dealer Photo

renegade3220's Collection: http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-56563

IMO, a great coin all around and, although common, bought for both the splendid and detailed obverse and reverse nicely centered on the flan.
3 commentsrenegade322005/28/11 at 02:47Romanorvm: Beautiful!!
Gordian_III_RIC_70_Portrait_Gallery.jpg
Roman, Gordian III - [RIC IV 70, RSC III 314, SRCV III 8658] 173 viewsSilver antoninianus, gVF, 3.481g, 20.8mm, 0 degree, Rome mint, 240 A.D.

Ovb. - IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind

Rev. - ROMAE AETERNAE, Roma seated left on shield, Victory in right, vertical spear in left
___________

Purchased from Forum Ancient Coins

Ex. FORVM Dealer Photo

renegade3220's Collection: http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-56563

IMO, a great coin all around and, although common, bought for both the splendid and detailed obverse and reverse nicely centered on the flan.
3 commentsrenegade322005/27/11 at 21:09SPQR Coins: Great coin! And I would argue that even though the...
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Roman, Septimius Severus Rome early 5255 viewsRIC 119. Denarius, mint of Rome, 198 AD.

This is very rare early Roman artistic style.
198AD exactly: uncommon engraver autors accent - big square head with straightened nose.
In addition - even rarest Laodicea specimens at 198AD depicting a cuirassed bust with Medusa.
2 commentsneander05/25/11 at 03:25Antonivs Protti: nice comparison.
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Roman, Philip I.156 viewsonly the AV 2 commentsTorsten05/19/11 at 18:01dupondius: A fantastic portrait! Conservation + Style outstan...
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Roman, Nero AE Dupondius172 viewsOBV: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P
Radiate crowned head right
REV: S C
Roma helmeted, in military dress, seated left on cuirass, holding wreath and parazonium, surrounded by arms; ROMA in ex
Date: 65 AD
14.2g, 29mm, Orient: 180°
RIC 296, BMC 205
3 commentsmiffy05/17/11 at 01:19Randygeki(h2): Awsome coin
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Roman, Nero AE Dupondius172 viewsOBV: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P
Radiate crowned head right
REV: S C
Roma helmeted, in military dress, seated left on cuirass, holding wreath and parazonium, surrounded by arms; ROMA in ex
Date: 65 AD
14.2g, 29mm, Orient: 180°
RIC 296, BMC 205
3 commentsmiffy05/12/11 at 19:30David Atherton: Agreed, wonderful portrait.
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Roman, Nero AE Dupondius172 viewsOBV: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P
Radiate crowned head right
REV: S C
Roma helmeted, in military dress, seated left on cuirass, holding wreath and parazonium, surrounded by arms; ROMA in ex
Date: 65 AD
14.2g, 29mm, Orient: 180°
RIC 296, BMC 205
3 commentsmiffy05/12/11 at 18:12Jay GT4: Solid portrait!
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Roman, GALBA SESTERTIUS.402 viewsGalba 68-69 AD Bronze Sesterce. A true classic head of Galba, powerful and Roman with all the Republican virtues. Beatifull natural patina. Purchased Leu 1980. Ex Sartige 1938 and dating back to the beginning of 1900's

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11 commentssunwukong04/05/11 at 18:06milan v: very nice old man..what a history..
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Roman, Agrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)1322 viewsAgrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)
Sestertius
Daughter of Julia and Marcus Agrippa, wife of Germanicus and mother of Emperor Caligula. The most beautiful woman of all Caesars in the most incredible condition. The finest known specimen originally from the Morreti Collection.

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

Cohen 1 ; RIC 42
9 commentsPetitioncrown04/05/11 at 18:01milan v: nice..can i have it? ha ha only jocking..
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Roman, Vespasian AE34 Orichalcum Sestertius. 71 AD.326 viewsObv;IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III,
Laureate head right
Rev;ROMA S-C,
Roma standing left holding Victory and spear.

RIC 443, Cohen 419.
34mm.

To me the portrait on this coin is like a window to his personality and character. His gaze seems to mirror what is written about his life and the way he ruled.
6 commentsDave A03/03/11 at 19:16kc: Attractive coin and superb portrait. The obverse w...
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Roman, Aelia Flaccilla1033 viewsex FORVM - 2243. Bronze AE2, RIC 43, gVF, 3.1g, 20.8mm, 180o, Nicomedia mint, 25 Aug 383 - 386 A.D.; obverse AEL FLAC-CILLA AVG, draped bust right with an elaborate head dress, necklace and mantle; reverse SALVS REIPVBLICAE, Aelia Flacilla standing facing head right, arms folded on breast, SMN[ in ex; irregular flan, excellent portrait, black patina beautifully highlighted by read earthen fill, this is the most elaborate hairstyle we have seen on this type; very rare7 commentscscoppa02/09/11 at 04:18Antonivs Protti: Aelia Faccilla in Carmen Miranda head dress style!...
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Roman, Gordian III AR Tetradrachm280 viewsAD240 Gordian III Tetradrachm of Antioch, Syria ( Seleucis & Pieria )

obv: Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
rev: Eagle standing facing with head left, wings open, holding wreath in beak, SC below.
11.02gr
3 commentsrexesq02/09/11 at 04:13Antonivs Protti: Superb portrait exemple of the young Gordianvs III
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Roman, Vitellius sestertius minted Rome, A.D. 69601 views25.02g, Ø 36mm, 6h
Obv.: A VITELLIVS GERMAN IMP AVG PM TR P, laurate head right
Rev.: S C, Mars, helmeted, naked, advancing right with spear and legionnary standard.
Ref.: RIC 141 (R); BMCRE 58; C. 79; Sear (II) 2208
4 commentsCharles S12/14/10 at 20:21Noah: I have never been impressed with his portraits in ...
s_198AD_Rome.JPG
Roman, Septimius Severus Rome early 5255 viewsRIC 119. Denarius, mint of Rome, 198 AD.

This is very rare early Roman artistic style.
198AD exactly: uncommon engraver autors accent - big square head with straightened nose.
In addition - even rarest Laodicea specimens at 198AD depicting a cuirassed bust with Medusa.
2 commentsneander12/14/10 at 20:20Noah: great portrait indeed
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Roman, Macrinus, 11 April 217 - 8 June 218 A.D.204 viewsSH32527. Silver denarius, RIC IV 76, Cohen 37, BMCRE V 20, Choice aEF, Rome mint, weight 2.807g, maximum diameter 19.4mm, die axis 180o, 217 A.D.; obverse IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt and scepter, small figure of Macrinus before him; excellent short beard portrait with young features, well centered1 commentsJoe Sermarini12/14/10 at 20:17Noah: excellent short-bearded portrait!
40551q00.jpg
Roman, Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 Dec 192 A.D.463 viewsSH40551. Bimetallic medallion, Cohen 376 var (300 fr., bust right, central reverse figure hand downward); Gnecchi II p. 57 No. 52 - 53 var (same), aEF, dark brown patina, Rome mint, weight 59.635g, maximum diameter 39.6mm, die axis 0o, 188 A.D.; obverse COMMODVS ANTONINVS PIVS FELIX AVG BRIT, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse P M TR P XIII IMP VIII COS V P P, MON AVG, three monetae standing slightly left, each with a scale in right and cornucopia in left, the center figure is smaller, right hand upward and standing on a short round base; ex Gorney & Mosch, auction 180, lot 404; ex Helios Numismatik auction 3, 155; possibly unique5 commentsJoe Sermarini12/14/10 at 20:16Noah: absolutely fantastic!
galba-obv+rev-sest.jpg
Roman, GALBA SESTERTIUS.402 viewsGalba 68-69 AD Bronze Sesterce. A true classic head of Galba, powerful and Roman with all the Republican virtues. Beatifull natural patina. Purchased Leu 1980. Ex Sartige 1938 and dating back to the beginning of 1900's

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11 commentssunwukong12/14/10 at 20:16Noah: terrific!
galba-obv+rev-sest.jpg
Roman, GALBA SESTERTIUS.402 viewsGalba 68-69 AD Bronze Sesterce. A true classic head of Galba, powerful and Roman with all the Republican virtues. Beatifull natural patina. Purchased Leu 1980. Ex Sartige 1938 and dating back to the beginning of 1900's

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11 commentssunwukong12/13/10 at 17:29rexesq: Very nice! What an expressive portrait.
Hadrian_Sestertius.jpg
Roman, Hadrian Sestertius602 viewsThis is one of my favourite coins because it has one of the best portraits of Hadrian that I have ever seen.4 commentspeterpil1912/13/10 at 06:41Lloyd T: Exemplary sestertius.
galba-obv+rev-sest.jpg
Roman, GALBA SESTERTIUS.402 viewsGalba 68-69 AD Bronze Sesterce. A true classic head of Galba, powerful and Roman with all the Republican virtues. Beatifull natural patina. Purchased Leu 1980. Ex Sartige 1938 and dating back to the beginning of 1900's

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11 commentssunwukong12/13/10 at 06:39Lloyd T: Not a pretty face! 'A true classic head of Gal...
galba-obv+rev-sest.jpg
Roman, GALBA SESTERTIUS.402 viewsGalba 68-69 AD Bronze Sesterce. A true classic head of Galba, powerful and Roman with all the Republican virtues. Beatifull natural patina. Purchased Leu 1980. Ex Sartige 1938 and dating back to the beginning of 1900's

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11 commentssunwukong12/10/10 at 18:47kc: An excellent coin!
galba-obv+rev-sest.jpg
Roman, GALBA SESTERTIUS.402 viewsGalba 68-69 AD Bronze Sesterce. A true classic head of Galba, powerful and Roman with all the Republican virtues. Beatifull natural patina. Purchased Leu 1980. Ex Sartige 1938 and dating back to the beginning of 1900's

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11 commentssunwukong12/10/10 at 12:40Jay GT4: Wonderful! Great history both ancient and modern.
galba-obv+rev-sest.jpg
Roman, GALBA SESTERTIUS.402 viewsGalba 68-69 AD Bronze Sesterce. A true classic head of Galba, powerful and Roman with all the Republican virtues. Beatifull natural patina. Purchased Leu 1980. Ex Sartige 1938 and dating back to the beginning of 1900's

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11 commentssunwukong12/10/10 at 12:24Jochen: Yes, you are right
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Roman, Caracalla968 viewsThis seemed such a striking portrait of this notorious emperor that I couldn't resist.5 commentsmaridvnvm12/07/10 at 23:45daverino: super portrait
nerva1.jpg
Roman, Nerva181 viewsAR Tetradrachm. Antiochia ad Orontem (Seleucis et Pieria). 15.52 gm, 12h. Regnal year 1. Laureate bust right, wearing aegis with Medusa head and snakes on shoulder. AVT NEROVAS KAIS SEB / Eagle with wings raised, standing facing on thunderbolt, head right; palm branch before on right field. ETOVS NEOV IEROV A. Prieur 149. BM 267.
2 commentsbenito12/06/10 at 12:32Tibsi: Wow! What a great coin!
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Roman, Claudius963 views10 commentstunaonrye012/02/10 at 07:46Charles S: Beautiful sestertius.
AntoSeBestPortret.jpg
Roman, Antoninus Pius superb portraits from two sestertii from the same die373 viewsThe nicest portrait of Antoninus Pius in my collection, twice.
Sestertii minted Rome, A.D. 140-144.
Left: 28.4g, Ø 33-34mm, 12h (RIC 621) / Right: 24.4g, Ø 32-34mm, 12h (RIC 641)
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PI-VS P P TR P COS III, laurate head right
2 commentsCharles S12/02/10 at 07:14rexesq: I see them uploaded elsewhere.. beautiful coins.
tit1~0.jpg
Roman, TITUS174 viewsAR denarius. 80 AD. 3.57 gm. Laureate head right. IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M. / Dolphin right on tripod. TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P. RIC II 27a. RSC 321.
3 commentsbenito12/01/10 at 23:00Jay GT4: Wow! is all I can say!
VespDu09.jpg
Roman, Vespasian Dupondius Commagene mint, A.D.74203 viewsÆ, 13.2g, 28mm, 7h
Obv.: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG, laurate head left
Rev.: PON MAX TR POT P P COS V CENS, Winged caduceus between two crossed cornucopiae.
Ref.: RIC 798b (scarse), C. 377
4 commentsCharles S12/01/10 at 23:00Jay GT4: Outstanding!
vitese03a.jpg
Roman, Vitellius sestertius minted Rome, A.D. 69601 views25.02g, Ø 36mm, 6h
Obv.: A VITELLIVS GERMAN IMP AVG PM TR P, laurate head right
Rev.: S C, Mars, helmeted, naked, advancing right with spear and legionnary standard.
Ref.: RIC 141 (R); BMCRE 58; C. 79; Sear (II) 2208
4 commentsCharles S12/01/10 at 22:59Jay GT4: Gorgeous!
tit1~0.jpg
Roman, TITUS174 viewsAR denarius. 80 AD. 3.57 gm. Laureate head right. IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M. / Dolphin right on tripod. TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P. RIC II 27a. RSC 321.
3 commentsbenito12/01/10 at 22:25renegade3220: STUNNING!!!!!
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Roman, Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, wife of Antoninus Pius460 viewsSH33181. Gold aureus, SRCV II 4553 (same dies), Cayon 1765 (same), RIC III 356d, Cohen 98, BMCRE IV 398, Choice EF, Rome mint, weight 6.923g, maximum diameter 19.8mm, die axis 180o, 147 - 161 A.D.; obverse DIVA FAVSTINA, diademed, draped and veiled bust left; reverse AVGVSTA, Ceres standing left, torch in right, scepter in left; very light hairline scratches; ex Lanz, Auction 135, lot 745 (misattributed); hints of red toning, bold and beautiful, struck with elegant dies!; scarce

Gold aurei are about the same size as silver denarii but they were not struck with the same dies. The finest work of the mint's top master engravers was reserved for striking gold. The difference between the artistry of the gold and silver is not always so striking, but no denarius equals the beauty of this coin.
8 commentsJoe Sermarini12/01/10 at 19:24Charles S: The whole coin, the portrait - look at the ear! - ...
AntoSeBestPortret.jpg
Roman, Antoninus Pius superb portraits from two sestertii from the same die373 viewsThe nicest portrait of Antoninus Pius in my collection, twice.
Sestertii minted Rome, A.D. 140-144.
Left: 28.4g, Ø 33-34mm, 12h (RIC 621) / Right: 24.4g, Ø 32-34mm, 12h (RIC 641)
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PI-VS P P TR P COS III, laurate head right
2 commentsCharles S12/01/10 at 18:10rexesq: Amazingly nice portraits. Have you photos of the r...
vitese03a.jpg
Roman, Vitellius sestertius minted Rome, A.D. 69601 views25.02g, Ø 36mm, 6h
Obv.: A VITELLIVS GERMAN IMP AVG PM TR P, laurate head right
Rev.: S C, Mars, helmeted, naked, advancing right with spear and legionnary standard.
Ref.: RIC 141 (R); BMCRE 58; C. 79; Sear (II) 2208
4 commentsCharles S12/01/10 at 18:03rexesq: Impressive.
VespDu09.jpg
Roman, Vespasian Dupondius Commagene mint, A.D.74203 viewsÆ, 13.2g, 28mm, 7h
Obv.: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG, laurate head left
Rev.: PON MAX TR POT P P COS V CENS, Winged caduceus between two crossed cornucopiae.
Ref.: RIC 798b (scarse), C. 377
4 commentsCharles S12/01/10 at 18:01rexesq: Now that is gorgeous. I always loved the winged ca...
VespDu09.jpg
Roman, Vespasian Dupondius Commagene mint, A.D.74203 viewsÆ, 13.2g, 28mm, 7h
Obv.: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG, laurate head left
Rev.: PON MAX TR POT P P COS V CENS, Winged caduceus between two crossed cornucopiae.
Ref.: RIC 798b (scarse), C. 377
4 commentsCharles S12/01/10 at 16:07Randygeki(h2): nice
Hadrian_Sestertius.jpg
Roman, Hadrian Sestertius602 viewsThis is one of my favourite coins because it has one of the best portraits of Hadrian that I have ever seen.4 commentspeterpil1912/01/10 at 15:43Charles S: nice portrait indeed and beautiful patina
tit1~0.jpg
Roman, TITUS174 viewsAR denarius. 80 AD. 3.57 gm. Laureate head right. IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M. / Dolphin right on tripod. TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P. RIC II 27a. RSC 321.
3 commentsbenito12/01/10 at 12:16Tibsi: Great coin!
40551q00.jpg
Roman, Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 Dec 192 A.D.463 viewsSH40551. Bimetallic medallion, Cohen 376 var (300 fr., bust right, central reverse figure hand downward); Gnecchi II p. 57 No. 52 - 53 var (same), aEF, dark brown patina, Rome mint, weight 59.635g, maximum diameter 39.6mm, die axis 0o, 188 A.D.; obverse COMMODVS ANTONINVS PIVS FELIX AVG BRIT, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse P M TR P XIII IMP VIII COS V P P, MON AVG, three monetae standing slightly left, each with a scale in right and cornucopia in left, the center figure is smaller, right hand upward and standing on a short round base; ex Gorney & Mosch, auction 180, lot 404; ex Helios Numismatik auction 3, 155; possibly unique5 commentsJoe Sermarini12/01/10 at 12:00Charles S: fabulous coin! and stunningly beautiful portait of...
nerva1.jpg
Roman, Nerva181 viewsAR Tetradrachm. Antiochia ad Orontem (Seleucis et Pieria). 15.52 gm, 12h. Regnal year 1. Laureate bust right, wearing aegis with Medusa head and snakes on shoulder. AVT NEROVAS KAIS SEB / Eagle with wings raised, standing facing on thunderbolt, head right; palm branch before on right field. ETOVS NEOV IEROV A. Prieur 149. BM 267.
2 commentsbenito11/30/10 at 18:42Jay GT4: Magnificent!
Iulianus-Büste.JPG
Roman, Julian II. Apostata AE1650 viewsIulianus II. Apostata AE1, struck 361-363 AD at Antioch mint, 2. officinae.
Obv: D N FL CL IVLIANVS P F AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
(Rev: SECVRITAS REI PVB, bull standing right, two stars above.
Ex: ANTB(palm))
Ø 27-29 mm, 7.79 g.
Antioch RIC VIII 216

My favourite portrait in my collection...
9 commentsPscipio08/22/10 at 18:39Enodia: a magnificent coin! i like the way the portrait se...
AD240_tetradrachm_11_02gr_150.JPG
Roman, Gordian III AR Tetradrachm280 viewsAD240 Gordian III Tetradrachm of Antioch, Syria ( Seleucis & Pieria )

obv: Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
rev: Eagle standing facing with head left, wings open, holding wreath in beak, SC below.
11.02gr
3 commentsrexesq08/21/10 at 22:46Noah: that is indeed a very nice portrait
29344q00.jpg
Roman, Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161- 17 March 180 A.D.226 views29344. Orichalcum dupondius, SRCV II 4834, RIC III 1240a, Cohen 455, aEF, some light corrosion, Rome mint, weight 11.590g, maximum diameter 25.5mm, die axis 0o, 142 A.D.; obverse AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F COS, bare head right; reverse PIETAS AVG S C, sacrificial implements1 commentsJoe Sermarini08/18/10 at 15:30rexesq: Very nice. Nice looking amphora on the reverse.
abm_postumus_milan_fides_equit~0.jpg
Roman, Postumus, mint of Milan, FIDES EQVIT, c.268-9166 viewsI thought this one probably the worthiest of my Postumus portraits - an issue from Milan during the period when Aureolus held the city and struck issues in Postumus' name, c.268-9
IMP POSTVMVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
FIDES EQVIT, Fides seated left, -/-//P.
Normanby 1369.
Ex-Cottenham hoard.
2 commentsAdrianus08/17/10 at 21:28Noah: what a frown!
abm_postumus_milan_fides_equit~0.jpg
Roman, Postumus, mint of Milan, FIDES EQVIT, c.268-9166 viewsI thought this one probably the worthiest of my Postumus portraits - an issue from Milan during the period when Aureolus held the city and struck issues in Postumus' name, c.268-9
IMP POSTVMVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
FIDES EQVIT, Fides seated left, -/-//P.
Normanby 1369.
Ex-Cottenham hoard.
2 commentsAdrianus08/17/10 at 16:42Julianus of Pannonia: Great Portrait!
40551q00.jpg
Roman, Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 Dec 192 A.D.463 viewsSH40551. Bimetallic medallion, Cohen 376 var (300 fr., bust right, central reverse figure hand downward); Gnecchi II p. 57 No. 52 - 53 var (same), aEF, dark brown patina, Rome mint, weight 59.635g, maximum diameter 39.6mm, die axis 0o, 188 A.D.; obverse COMMODVS ANTONINVS PIVS FELIX AVG BRIT, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse P M TR P XIII IMP VIII COS V P P, MON AVG, three monetae standing slightly left, each with a scale in right and cornucopia in left, the center figure is smaller, right hand upward and standing on a short round base; ex Gorney & Mosch, auction 180, lot 404; ex Helios Numismatik auction 3, 155; possibly unique5 commentsJoe Sermarini07/24/10 at 19:05*Alex:
1-Vespasian~0.jpg
Roman, Vespasian AE34 Orichalcum Sestertius. 71 AD.326 viewsObv;IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III,
Laureate head right
Rev;ROMA S-C,
Roma standing left holding Victory and spear.

RIC 443, Cohen 419.
34mm.

To me the portrait on this coin is like a window to his personality and character. His gaze seems to mirror what is written about his life and the way he ruled.
6 commentsDave A07/23/10 at 17:37Frans Diederik: Quite a friendly grandpa! Very human.
POMEIUS.jpg
Roman, Pompey the Great584 views5 commentsDIVIF07/23/10 at 17:30Frans Diederik: VERY special and a highly interesting rendering!
fond2.jpg
Roman, Galba's "scareface"335 viewsMaster's portrait of the emperor Galba on sestertius.

2 commentsmoneta romana07/23/10 at 17:19Frans Diederik: Trully great!
40551q00.jpg
Roman, Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 Dec 192 A.D.463 viewsSH40551. Bimetallic medallion, Cohen 376 var (300 fr., bust right, central reverse figure hand downward); Gnecchi II p. 57 No. 52 - 53 var (same), aEF, dark brown patina, Rome mint, weight 59.635g, maximum diameter 39.6mm, die axis 0o, 188 A.D.; obverse COMMODVS ANTONINVS PIVS FELIX AVG BRIT, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse P M TR P XIII IMP VIII COS V P P, MON AVG, three monetae standing slightly left, each with a scale in right and cornucopia in left, the center figure is smaller, right hand upward and standing on a short round base; ex Gorney & Mosch, auction 180, lot 404; ex Helios Numismatik auction 3, 155; possibly unique5 commentsJoe Sermarini07/23/10 at 17:15Frans Diederik: Wonderful first depiction of the three Monetae! Fa...
33181q00.jpg
Roman, Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, wife of Antoninus Pius460 viewsSH33181. Gold aureus, SRCV II 4553 (same dies), Cayon 1765 (same), RIC III 356d, Cohen 98, BMCRE IV 398, Choice EF, Rome mint, weight 6.923g, maximum diameter 19.8mm, die axis 180o, 147 - 161 A.D.; obverse DIVA FAVSTINA, diademed, draped and veiled bust left; reverse AVGVSTA, Ceres standing left, torch in right, scepter in left; very light hairline scratches; ex Lanz, Auction 135, lot 745 (misattributed); hints of red toning, bold and beautiful, struck with elegant dies!; scarce

Gold aurei are about the same size as silver denarii but they were not struck with the same dies. The finest work of the mint's top master engravers was reserved for striking gold. The difference between the artistry of the gold and silver is not always so striking, but no denarius equals the beauty of this coin.
8 commentsJoe Sermarini07/14/10 at 23:10Mark Z2: Joe, if I were you I wouldn't feel too bad if ...
SEV ALEX-4.jpg
Roman, Severus Alexander Dupondius 966 viewsSeverus Alexander Dupondius
231 A.D. Mint of Rome
Obv.: IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG
Radiate head right
Rev.: IOVI PROPVGNATORI S C
Jupiter walking left, head right, holding thunderbolt.
Cohen 81, RIC629
A beautiful portrait of this emperor
3 commentsMaxentius07/13/10 at 19:17rexesq: Very beautiful.
33843q00.jpg
Roman, Diadumenian, mid May - 8 June 218 A.D.230 viewsSH33843. Silver denarius, SRCV II 7449, RIC IV 102, BMC 87, Cohen 3, EF, Rome mint, weight 3.339g, maximum diameter 20.9mm, die axis 0o, as Caesar, 11 Apr 217 - mid May 218 A.D.; obverse M OPEL ANT DIADVMENIAN CAES, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse PRINC IVVENTVTIS, Diadumenian, in military dress, standing left, head right, standard in right, short scepter in left, two grounded standards right; mint luster, superb portrait2 commentsJoe Sermarini07/09/10 at 07:34rexesq: Gorgeous portrait, and a fantastic rendering of th...
auguste_aegvptos.jpg
Roman, Augustus, Octavianus335 viewsCAESAR DIVI F COS VI
AEGVPTO CAPTA
RIC 545 (R3) ; Cohen 4 (30 Fr) ; BMC 653
ex Forvm Ancient Coins
Collection Frédéric Weber
4 commentsfrederic W07/09/10 at 07:32rexesq: Amazing coin, it is so beautiful.
RI 066ab obv.jpg
Roman, Caracalla968 viewsThis seemed such a striking portrait of this notorious emperor that I couldn't resist.5 commentsmaridvnvm07/09/10 at 07:28rexesq: Great looking antoninianus.
SEV ALEX-4.jpg
Roman, Severus Alexander Dupondius 966 viewsSeverus Alexander Dupondius
231 A.D. Mint of Rome
Obv.: IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG
Radiate head right
Rev.: IOVI PROPVGNATORI S C
Jupiter walking left, head right, holding thunderbolt.
Cohen 81, RIC629
A beautiful portrait of this emperor
3 commentsMaxentius07/09/10 at 06:41Randygeki(h2): stunning!
Elagabalus~0~0.jpg
Roman, ELAGABALUS. 218-222 AD. AR Antoninianus 285 viewsELAGABALUS. 218-222 AD. AR Antoninianus (21mm - 5.31 g). Rome mint. Struck 219 AD. IMP ANTONINVS AVG, radiate and draped bust right, seen from behind / P M TR P II COS II P P, Providentia standing left, leaning on column, holding wand over globe in right hand, cornucopia in left. RIC IV 23; BMCRE 102; RSC 144. EF, just a trace of minor porosity.

5 commentsPhiloromaos07/09/10 at 04:56rexesq: Interesting portrait of the Emperor on this one. N...
Mature_Caracalla_Portrait_7x-1.jpg
Roman, Caracalla * Mature856 views
Of all the Caracalla portraits, I’m most drawn to & fond of those which show him in his greatest maturity. This one, dated to 217 AD, the year of his death is about as ‘mature’ as one can get for the man.
This portrait strikes me as exceptionally handsome, which I well-imagine he was in reality, despite his ‘official portraiture’ which often suggests otherwise.

Too, I think some of his portraits, such as this one, suggest strongly a certain vanity in his masculine appearance – that he was well groomed and took considerable pride in his over-all appearance, quite despite his soldierly life-style.
Such vanity and the purposefulness of his official portraiture not withstanding, here I believe one beholds ‘Caracalla’ the man more as he was – an alpha male par excellence, and a devilishly handsome one.

Portrait from AR Denarius * Caracalla * Serapis
Mint: Rome
Struck: 217 AD.
Size: 19 mm.

RIC 291b
* Reverse of * RIC 289, pg. 255

Submitted by Tiathena
5 commentsTiathena07/07/10 at 21:42Antonivs Protti: No doubt the portrait of a strong leader! Amaizing...
g01b_2.jpg
Roman, Geta Caesar of Rome313 viewsRIC 34a. Mint of Rome, 202-209 AD.
Very authentic features!
3 commentsneander06/27/10 at 13:04Antonio Protti: Amazing!
33181q00.jpg
Roman, Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, wife of Antoninus Pius460 viewsSH33181. Gold aureus, SRCV II 4553 (same dies), Cayon 1765 (same), RIC III 356d, Cohen 98, BMCRE IV 398, Choice EF, Rome mint, weight 6.923g, maximum diameter 19.8mm, die axis 180o, 147 - 161 A.D.; obverse DIVA FAVSTINA, diademed, draped and veiled bust left; reverse AVGVSTA, Ceres standing left, torch in right, scepter in left; very light hairline scratches; ex Lanz, Auction 135, lot 745 (misattributed); hints of red toning, bold and beautiful, struck with elegant dies!; scarce

Gold aurei are about the same size as silver denarii but they were not struck with the same dies. The finest work of the mint's top master engravers was reserved for striking gold. The difference between the artistry of the gold and silver is not always so striking, but no denarius equals the beauty of this coin.
8 commentsJoe Sermarini06/20/10 at 11:59Achim: Very nice and five stars.
helena-2.jpg
Roman, Helena132 views4 commentsblack-prophet05/28/10 at 19:45mihali84: my words exaclty, beautiful!
33181q00.jpg
Roman, Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, wife of Antoninus Pius460 viewsSH33181. Gold aureus, SRCV II 4553 (same dies), Cayon 1765 (same), RIC III 356d, Cohen 98, BMCRE IV 398, Choice EF, Rome mint, weight 6.923g, maximum diameter 19.8mm, die axis 180o, 147 - 161 A.D.; obverse DIVA FAVSTINA, diademed, draped and veiled bust left; reverse AVGVSTA, Ceres standing left, torch in right, scepter in left; very light hairline scratches; ex Lanz, Auction 135, lot 745 (misattributed); hints of red toning, bold and beautiful, struck with elegant dies!; scarce

Gold aurei are about the same size as silver denarii but they were not struck with the same dies. The finest work of the mint's top master engravers was reserved for striking gold. The difference between the artistry of the gold and silver is not always so striking, but no denarius equals the beauty of this coin.
8 commentsJoe Sermarini05/16/10 at 06:32Tibsi: Great!
33181q00.jpg
Roman, Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, wife of Antoninus Pius460 viewsSH33181. Gold aureus, SRCV II 4553 (same dies), Cayon 1765 (same), RIC III 356d, Cohen 98, BMCRE IV 398, Choice EF, Rome mint, weight 6.923g, maximum diameter 19.8mm, die axis 180o, 147 - 161 A.D.; obverse DIVA FAVSTINA, diademed, draped and veiled bust left; reverse AVGVSTA, Ceres standing left, torch in right, scepter in left; very light hairline scratches; ex Lanz, Auction 135, lot 745 (misattributed); hints of red toning, bold and beautiful, struck with elegant dies!; scarce

Gold aurei are about the same size as silver denarii but they were not struck with the same dies. The finest work of the mint's top master engravers was reserved for striking gold. The difference between the artistry of the gold and silver is not always so striking, but no denarius equals the beauty of this coin.
8 commentsJoe Sermarini05/16/10 at 05:18mihali84: Beautiful coin!
Elagabalus~0~0.jpg
Roman, ELAGABALUS. 218-222 AD. AR Antoninianus 285 viewsELAGABALUS. 218-222 AD. AR Antoninianus (21mm - 5.31 g). Rome mint. Struck 219 AD. IMP ANTONINVS AVG, radiate and draped bust right, seen from behind / P M TR P II COS II P P, Providentia standing left, leaning on column, holding wand over globe in right hand, cornucopia in left. RIC IV 23; BMCRE 102; RSC 144. EF, just a trace of minor porosity.

5 commentsPhiloromaos05/14/10 at 19:53Tibsi: Very nice coin!
Elagabalus~0~0.jpg
Roman, ELAGABALUS. 218-222 AD. AR Antoninianus 285 viewsELAGABALUS. 218-222 AD. AR Antoninianus (21mm - 5.31 g). Rome mint. Struck 219 AD. IMP ANTONINVS AVG, radiate and draped bust right, seen from behind / P M TR P II COS II P P, Providentia standing left, leaning on column, holding wand over globe in right hand, cornucopia in left. RIC IV 23; BMCRE 102; RSC 144. EF, just a trace of minor porosity.

5 commentsPhiloromaos05/11/10 at 19:47Randygeki(h2): awsome coin!
Iulianus-Büste.JPG
Roman, Julian II. Apostata AE1650 viewsIulianus II. Apostata AE1, struck 361-363 AD at Antioch mint, 2. officinae.
Obv: D N FL CL IVLIANVS P F AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
(Rev: SECVRITAS REI PVB, bull standing right, two stars above.
Ex: ANTB(palm))
Ø 27-29 mm, 7.79 g.
Antioch RIC VIII 216

My favourite portrait in my collection...
9 commentsPscipio05/11/10 at 19:31Brian L: Always liked his beard,have to get one,hope its li...
Iulianus-Büste.JPG
Roman, Julian II. Apostata AE1650 viewsIulianus II. Apostata AE1, struck 361-363 AD at Antioch mint, 2. officinae.
Obv: D N FL CL IVLIANVS P F AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
(Rev: SECVRITAS REI PVB, bull standing right, two stars above.
Ex: ANTB(palm))
Ø 27-29 mm, 7.79 g.
Antioch RIC VIII 216

My favourite portrait in my collection...
9 commentsPscipio05/11/10 at 19:05srukke: It looks like a painting with that desert patina. ...
RI_122m_obv.jpg
Roman, Claudius II Gothicus256 viewsA nice strike with decent centering leading to a nice portrait overall.1 commentsmaridvnvm05/06/10 at 20:39Johnny: nice strike is an understatement, fantastic detai...
1-Vespasian~0.jpg
Roman, Vespasian AE34 Orichalcum Sestertius. 71 AD.326 viewsObv;IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III,
Laureate head right
Rev;ROMA S-C,
Roma standing left holding Victory and spear.

RIC 443, Cohen 419.
34mm.

To me the portrait on this coin is like a window to his personality and character. His gaze seems to mirror what is written about his life and the way he ruled.
6 commentsDave A04/19/10 at 10:42Noah: beautiful style on this portrait for sure
Maximinus Portrait.JPG
Roman, Maximinus I Thrax, mid Mar 235 - late May 238 A.D.553 viewsNot sure if this coin fits the bill , but I find the portrait rather Powerfull and expressive.
Your thoughts?
4 commentsjdholds03/26/10 at 17:37Bruno V.: sure it does!
MARIUS01.jpg
Roman, Marius217 viewsEmperor: Marius
Type: Antoninianus
Attribution: RIC Vb 19 (Mint unidentified), Elmer 640, Cohen 22
Obverse Legend: IMP C M AVR MARIVS AVG
Obverse Description: Radiate, cuirassed bust r.
Reverse Legend: VIRTVS AVG
Reverse Description: Soldier stg. l., leaning on shield and holding spear
Diameter: 18 mm
Weight: 2.78 g
Rarity: Rare

It's rare for both sides of a coin of this type to be nice, but this one has it all. The portrait in particular is a beauty.
From my collection. mz
1 commentsMark Z203/13/10 at 07:22bruno v: Superb
s02p.jpg
Roman, Septimius Severus Emesa early213 viewsRIC 428. Denarius, mint of Emesa, early 194 AD.
Impressive & scarce early eastern style.
2 commentsneander02/04/10 at 05:59Tibsi: Great portrait
g01b_2.jpg
Roman, Geta Caesar of Rome313 viewsRIC 34a. Mint of Rome, 202-209 AD.
Very authentic features!
3 commentsneander02/04/10 at 05:58Tibsi: What a beautiful portrait! Great!
1210.jpg
Roman, Hadrian, AE-Sestertius. Pax seatd. Nice Portrait 323 viewsRoman Empire, Hadrian. 117 - 138 AD. AE-Sestertius, struck 135 AD. Rome Mint. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P.P., his laureate head right.
RIC 770.

An attractive coin with good style and eye appeal. Just the way I like them!
6 commentsJan Terje R01/13/10 at 14:26Danilo G: excellent portrait!
claude_Avers_hightF.jpg
Roman, Claudius, Amazing "Medallic" Clavdivs467 viewsAS
Mint: Roma
41 AD
Dimensions: 32mm/17,52grms ( theorical weight: 10,82grms)
Obverse: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG PM TR P IMP
"Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Pontifex Maximus Tribunitia Potestas Imperator".
Reverse: S-C
"Senatus Consulto"
Réf : Cohen 84 var. (f.) - RIC. 100 - BMC. 149 - BN. 179.
Conservation: SUP
to see the reverse follow this link:
http://storage.canalblog.com/85/25/140642/30815258.jpg
6 commentsmoneta romana01/01/10 at 11:17Noah: superb!
GAE062~0.jpg
Greek, Antiochus IV Epiphanes - Antioch on Orontes (as 'Daphne') - 175/164BC394 viewsAntiochus IV Epiphanes - Antioch on Orontes (as 'Daphne') - 175/164BC
AE 20.1-21.2mm : 9.016gm
OBV - Radiate diademed head facing right with diadem extending down to neck
REV - Zeus standing facing, head turned left, arm extended to left holding wreath, ANTIOXEON at right, TON PROS DAPHNEN at left with monogram at far left and far right. Quasi-municipal type struck in or after 169/8 BC. Actual location: Antioch on Orontes (For some reason Antiochus IV chose to identify it as Antioch near Daphne).
REF - SNGSpaer 1008 (8.73gm same monograms)
1 commentsPtolemAE12/23/09 at 16:50Nikos K: Yes!!! Superb portrait
Iulianus-Büste.JPG
Roman, Julian II. Apostata AE1650 viewsIulianus II. Apostata AE1, struck 361-363 AD at Antioch mint, 2. officinae.
Obv: D N FL CL IVLIANVS P F AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
(Rev: SECVRITAS REI PVB, bull standing right, two stars above.
Ex: ANTB(palm))
Ø 27-29 mm, 7.79 g.
Antioch RIC VIII 216

My favourite portrait in my collection...
9 commentsPscipio12/21/09 at 23:03randy h2: awesome!, the desert patina really adds to its gre...
Iulianus-Büste.JPG
Roman, Julian II. Apostata AE1650 viewsIulianus II. Apostata AE1, struck 361-363 AD at Antioch mint, 2. officinae.
Obv: D N FL CL IVLIANVS P F AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
(Rev: SECVRITAS REI PVB, bull standing right, two stars above.
Ex: ANTB(palm))
Ø 27-29 mm, 7.79 g.
Antioch RIC VIII 216

My favourite portrait in my collection...
9 commentsPscipio12/21/09 at 18:31Nikos K: Yes,this portrait is excellent!
Markus Aurelius HJB.jpg
Roman, Marcus Aurelius528 viewsA nice portrait of the young Augustus.5 commentsJan Terje Rafdal12/18/09 at 00:12dupondius: Great!
postumeMilanbuste.jpg
Roman, Postumus struck under Aureolus536 viewsIMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG
Cuirassed, draped and radiated bust right
R/[VIRTV]S EQVIT / / T
Mars walking right, holding spear end shield

Antoninianus struck in Mediolanum , third officina
C.442 - RIC.387 - Elmer 617 - AGK.111a

magnificient portrait

the coin is also in my gallery with reverse
2 commentsgb2940011/14/09 at 05:51dupondius: Superb strike, just phantastic!
1210.jpg
Roman, Hadrian, AE-Sestertius. Pax seatd. Nice Portrait 323 viewsRoman Empire, Hadrian. 117 - 138 AD. AE-Sestertius, struck 135 AD. Rome Mint. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P.P., his laureate head right.
RIC 770.

An attractive coin with good style and eye appeal. Just the way I like them!
6 commentsJan Terje R11/12/09 at 18:56randy h2: lovely
Maximinus0.jpg
Roman, Maximinus Thrax - AR denarius221 viewsRome
II 236 - XII 236 AD
laureate, draped cuirassed bust right
MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM
Maximinus standing left, raising hand and holding scepter; standard on either side
P M TR P II_COS P P
RIC 4, C 56
3,01 g 20-19 mm
1 commentsJohny SYSEL10/31/09 at 01:33randy h2: what a chin! nice coin!
carcalla cln~0.jpg
Roman, Caracalla, Caesarea maritima KNOCKOUT caracalla Tet'.317 viewsObv:bust r. slightly bearded
R:eagle standing over torch around which serpent is twined
Ros- 62
1 commentsMaritima09/28/09 at 21:23neander: Very impressive!
claude_Avers_hightF.jpg
Roman, Claudius, Amazing "Medallic" Clavdivs467 viewsAS
Mint: Roma
41 AD
Dimensions: 32mm/17,52grms ( theorical weight: 10,82grms)
Obverse: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG PM TR P IMP
"Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Pontifex Maximus Tribunitia Potestas Imperator".
Reverse: S-C
"Senatus Consulto"
Réf : Cohen 84 var. (f.) - RIC. 100 - BMC. 149 - BN. 179.
Conservation: SUP
to see the reverse follow this link:
http://storage.canalblog.com/85/25/140642/30815258.jpg
6 commentsmoneta romana09/25/09 at 20:50neander: Yes, very imposing - a real ancient beauty!
Ant12-porträt.JPG
Roman, Postumus Antoninian323 viewsPostumus AR-Antoninian, struck 267 AD at Cologne mint (?).
Obv: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
(Rev: IOVI VICTORI, Iupiter walking left, looking right, holding sceptre and thunderbolt.)
Ø 21 mm, 3.16 g.
Cunetio 2468, Elmer 571, Zschucke 170, RIC 311
4 commentsPscipio08/23/09 at 10:24dupondius: Perfect Potrait
claude_Avers_hightF.jpg
Roman, Claudius, Amazing "Medallic" Clavdivs467 viewsAS
Mint: Roma
41 AD
Dimensions: 32mm/17,52grms ( theorical weight: 10,82grms)
Obverse: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG PM TR P IMP
"Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Pontifex Maximus Tribunitia Potestas Imperator".
Reverse: S-C
"Senatus Consulto"
Réf : Cohen 84 var. (f.) - RIC. 100 - BMC. 149 - BN. 179.
Conservation: SUP
to see the reverse follow this link:
http://storage.canalblog.com/85/25/140642/30815258.jpg
6 commentsmoneta romana08/21/09 at 03:18moneta romana: to see the reverse ,see the link into the descript...
claude_Avers_hightF.jpg
Roman, Claudius, Amazing "Medallic" Clavdivs467 viewsAS
Mint: Roma
41 AD
Dimensions: 32mm/17,52grms ( theorical weight: 10,82grms)
Obverse: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG PM TR P IMP
"Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Pontifex Maximus Tribunitia Potestas Imperator".
Reverse: S-C
"Senatus Consulto"
Réf : Cohen 84 var. (f.) - RIC. 100 - BMC. 149 - BN. 179.
Conservation: SUP
to see the reverse follow this link:
http://storage.canalblog.com/85/25/140642/30815258.jpg
6 commentsmoneta romana08/20/09 at 18:18Titus Pullo: Wow, what does the reverse look like?
titus dolphin.JPG
Roman, Titus679 viewsTitus, AR denarius, Rome Mint, A.D. 80
BMCRE 72, RSC 309
Obv - Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev - Dolphin coiled around anchor.
7 commentsVespasian7008/14/09 at 22:14Noah: really outstanding
Victorinusb.JPG
Roman, Victorinus Antoninianus444 viewsVictorinus AE-Antoninian, 3. emission, struck 270 AD at Trier mint.
Obv: IMP C VICTORINVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right.
(Rev: PIETAS AVG, Pietas standing left acrificing over altar.)
Ø 20 mm, 3.77 g.
RIC 57, Zschucke 263.
3 commentsPscipio08/13/09 at 23:52dupondius: outstanding
Macrinus-Büste.JPG
Roman, Macrinus280 viewsMacrinus AE25, struck 217-218 AD at Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior, legat Statius Longinus.
Obv: AY K M OΠEΛΛI CEV MAKPINOC (AY?), laureate bust right.
(Rev: VΠ CTA ΛONΓINOV NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC ICTPΩ, Liberalitas standing left, holding cornucopia and counting frame.)
Ø 23-25 mm, 9.30 g.
SNG ANS 278, Pick 1779

I love this portrait, even it is a bit worn! Ex FORVM.
1 commentsPscipio07/10/09 at 15:26Noah: tremendous portrait indeed
GordianIII-master portrait.jpg
Roman, Gordian III - 238-244 AD489 viewsMARCVS ANTONIVS GORDIANVS was born in 225. His grandfather was Gordian I and his uncle was Gordian II. After their failed revolt in 238, Gordian was raised (April, 238) to Caesar under the Senate's co-Augusti, Balbinus and Pupienus. When they were killed in July, 238, Gordian became sole Augustus. His rule was generally thought to be mild and wise, guided by his Praetorian Praefect, Timesitheus. Gordian III married Timesitheus's daughter Tranquillina in 241. Unfortunately, both Timesitheus and Gordian died on campaign against the Sassanians in 243-244. His mysterious death on February 25, 244 possibly was plotted by his successor, Philip I.

The details of this coin may be viewed at http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?album=102&pos=7
3 commentsjimwho52306/16/09 at 00:13Noah: a stunning portrait indeed
Markus Aurelius HJB.jpg
Roman, Marcus Aurelius528 viewsA nice portrait of the young Augustus.5 commentsJan Terje Rafdal06/11/09 at 21:44Noah: really nice young portrait
helena-2.jpg
Roman, Helena132 views4 commentsblack-prophet05/06/09 at 03:49Titus Pullo: Beautiful!
CJSII-0414 obv.JPG
Roman, Aelia Flaccilla1033 viewsex FORVM - 2243. Bronze AE2, RIC 43, gVF, 3.1g, 20.8mm, 180o, Nicomedia mint, 25 Aug 383 - 386 A.D.; obverse AEL FLAC-CILLA AVG, draped bust right with an elaborate head dress, necklace and mantle; reverse SALVS REIPVBLICAE, Aelia Flacilla standing facing head right, arms folded on breast, SMN[ in ex; irregular flan, excellent portrait, black patina beautifully highlighted by read earthen fill, this is the most elaborate hairstyle we have seen on this type; very rare7 commentscscoppa04/30/09 at 10:54ben aho: Talk about a B-52!
SEV ALEX-4.jpg
Roman, Severus Alexander Dupondius 966 viewsSeverus Alexander Dupondius
231 A.D. Mint of Rome
Obv.: IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG
Radiate head right
Rev.: IOVI PROPVGNATORI S C
Jupiter walking left, head right, holding thunderbolt.
Cohen 81, RIC629
A beautiful portrait of this emperor
3 commentsMaxentius04/30/09 at 10:51ben aho: Jaw dropping!
Sullahead.jpg
Roman, Lucius Cornelius Sulla Portrait301 viewsPompeia 4. Portrait of Sulla issued by his grandson Pompeius Rufus.1 commentsLollia04/02/09 at 00:33SULLAIMP: And that's my holy grail.
POMEIUS.jpg
Roman, Pompey the Great584 views5 commentsDIVIF02/23/09 at 23:53randy h2: nice!
VICTORIA AVG.jpg
Roman, Postumus332 viewsSUPERBE silvered AE ant, Postumus (259 - 268 A.D.), IMP C POSTVMVS P. F. AVG, Radiate head right / VICTORIA AVG, Victoria walking left, with captive at her feet. C. 377 - R.I.C. 891 commentspostumus02/03/09 at 13:47neander: Yes, this is great early Postumus artistic style!
Mature_Caracalla_Portrait_7x-1.jpg
Roman, Caracalla * Mature856 views
Of all the Caracalla portraits, I’m most drawn to & fond of those which show him in his greatest maturity. This one, dated to 217 AD, the year of his death is about as ‘mature’ as one can get for the man.
This portrait strikes me as exceptionally handsome, which I well-imagine he was in reality, despite his ‘official portraiture’ which often suggests otherwise.

Too, I think some of his portraits, such as this one, suggest strongly a certain vanity in his masculine appearance – that he was well groomed and took considerable pride in his over-all appearance, quite despite his soldierly life-style.
Such vanity and the purposefulness of his official portraiture not withstanding, here I believe one beholds ‘Caracalla’ the man more as he was – an alpha male par excellence, and a devilishly handsome one.

Portrait from AR Denarius * Caracalla * Serapis
Mint: Rome
Struck: 217 AD.
Size: 19 mm.

RIC 291b
* Reverse of * RIC 289, pg. 255

Submitted by Tiathena
5 commentsTiathena01/15/09 at 17:08neander: Very amazing collage!
s02p.jpg
Roman, Septimius Severus Emesa early213 viewsRIC 428. Denarius, mint of Emesa, early 194 AD.
Impressive & scarce early eastern style.
2 commentsneander01/10/09 at 08:45maridvnvm: Certainly early in the COS II series. It follows t...
g01b_2.jpg
Roman, Geta Caesar of Rome313 viewsRIC 34a. Mint of Rome, 202-209 AD.
Very authentic features!
3 commentsneander12/03/08 at 23:50Noah: that is a great portrait
Philip I ROMAE ETERNAE RIC 44b.jpg
Roman, Philip I, first half of 244 - end of Sep 249 A.D.460 viewsROMAE AETERNAE RIC 44b.2 commentsRobert_Brenchley10/31/08 at 16:55neander: Very amazing!
GordianIII-master portrait.jpg
Roman, Gordian III - 238-244 AD489 viewsMARCVS ANTONIVS GORDIANVS was born in 225. His grandfather was Gordian I and his uncle was Gordian II. After their failed revolt in 238, Gordian was raised (April, 238) to Caesar under the Senate's co-Augusti, Balbinus and Pupienus. When they were killed in July, 238, Gordian became sole Augustus. His rule was generally thought to be mild and wise, guided by his Praetorian Praefect, Timesitheus. Gordian III married Timesitheus's daughter Tranquillina in 241. Unfortunately, both Timesitheus and Gordian died on campaign against the Sassanians in 243-244. His mysterious death on February 25, 244 possibly was plotted by his successor, Philip I.

The details of this coin may be viewed at http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?album=102&pos=7
3 commentsjimwho52308/16/08 at 04:50dupondius: potrait of good style!
Pupienus portrait - RIC 10(a).jpg
Roman, Pupienus, April - June 238 A.D.913 viewsMARCVS CLODIVS PUPIENVS MAXIMVS was born about 164. He was a Senator in 238 when the revolt of the Gordians broke out against Maximinus I, and he was one of the Senate's "Committee of Twenty" to oversee the defense of Italy in support of the Gordians. When the Gordians were quickly killed in Africa, the Senate made Pupienus and a Senator named Balbinus co-Augusti. Pupienus was to lead the army and Balbinus was to administrate. Maximinus was soon killed by his own men at Aquileia but discontent in Rome led to the murder of Pupienus by the Praetorian Guard on July 29, 238. This portrait is from a Antonianus (ex-Forum) in my collection (see jimwho523's gallery for actual coin)13 commentsjimwho52308/10/08 at 18:08moneta romana: amazing
Vespasian r103-o.jpg
Roman, Vespasian576 viewsI love this portrait! The sneer/scowl seems so real!

TITVS FLAVIVS VESPASIANVS, born in 9 AD to Vespasia Polla and Flavius Sabinus, entered public service and was serving as Governor of Judaea in 68 when Nero committed suicide. The eastern legions resented the quick succession of Nero, Galba, Otho, and Vitellius, since the Rhine legions had caused it all. In July of 69 the eastern legions proclaimed Vespasian, and the legions of Illyricum followed. Vitellius was killed on December 20, 69 and Vespasian reigned mildly for the next ten years. He died of illness on June 23, 79, was succeeded by his older son Titus, and was deified by the Senate.
4 commentsjimwho52308/10/08 at 18:07moneta romana: I love this portrait
POMEIUS.jpg
Roman, Pompey the Great584 views5 commentsDIVIF08/07/08 at 13:39moneta romana: splendide ,the dream !!!
ClaudiusSestertius(Obv).jpg
Roman, Claudius963 views10 commentstunaonrye007/12/08 at 20:51divvsavgvstvs: Superb portrait, indeed a masterpiece.
Agrippina-Ses-Ob-_-Rev~2.jpg
Roman, Agrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)1322 viewsAgrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)
Sestertius
Daughter of Julia and Marcus Agrippa, wife of Germanicus and mother of Emperor Caligula. The most beautiful woman of all Caesars in the most incredible condition. The finest known specimen originally from the Morreti Collection.

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

Cohen 1 ; RIC 42
9 commentsPetitioncrown06/25/08 at 01:33Titus Pullo:
GAE404_O.jpg
Greek, Zeus, Syracusan Imitation Ptolemaic Diobol of Hieron II ca. 265BC215 viewsPtolemy II Philadelphos - Syracuse Issue of Hieron II - Diobol - 285/246BC
AE 26.9-28.4mm : 14.736gm : 2h
OBV - Laureate Zeus facing right
REV - Eagle standing on thunderbolt facing left, wing open, head facing left, no leg monogram, shield in left field, N control letter behind eagle tail at right. BASILEOS right, PTOLEMAIOY left
REF - Svoronos 619
NOTE - This type actually struck in Syracuse by Hieron II ca. 265BC. New research just published on this subject (2007). The paper that presents this new attribution is available online at www.ptolemybronze.com.
1 commentsPtolemAE06/08/08 at 17:45Noah: very nice portrait
Domitian Denarius RIC 100.JPG
Roman, Domitian315 viewsDomitian Denarius. 87 AD. IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VII, laureate head right / IMP XIIII COS XIII CENS P P P, Minerva standing right, weilding javelin and holding shield. RSC 228.

One of the best portraits I have in my collection.
2 commentsJinky_j06/08/08 at 14:18Noah: excellent portrait
Hadrian_Sestertius.jpg
Roman, Hadrian Sestertius602 viewsThis is one of my favourite coins because it has one of the best portraits of Hadrian that I have ever seen.4 commentspeterpil1906/08/08 at 01:11Noah: beautiful
HADRIAN-BRITANICUS~0.jpg
Roman, HADRIAN, BRITANNICVS768 viewsSestertius of Hadrian, AD 122. EXERC BRITANNICVS SC ("For the army of Britain, by order of the Senate") RIC 913. Coin currently in the British Museum Department of Coins and Medals (gallery 49, case 14).
Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS 111 PP ("Hadrian Augustus, three times consul, father of his country")
5 commentsPetitioncrown06/07/08 at 04:42Mark Z2: Simply awesome! Details on reverse are superior.
Iulianus-Büste.JPG
Roman, Julian II. Apostata AE1650 viewsIulianus II. Apostata AE1, struck 361-363 AD at Antioch mint, 2. officinae.
Obv: D N FL CL IVLIANVS P F AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
(Rev: SECVRITAS REI PVB, bull standing right, two stars above.
Ex: ANTB(palm))
Ø 27-29 mm, 7.79 g.
Antioch RIC VIII 216

My favourite portrait in my collection...
9 commentsPscipio06/07/08 at 04:40Mark Z2: Wow, what a coin! Drape/cuirass incredible! Got an...
Markus Aurelius HJB.jpg
Roman, Marcus Aurelius528 viewsA nice portrait of the young Augustus.5 commentsJan Terje Rafdal06/07/08 at 04:38Mark Z2: What I wouldn't give to have a profile like that. ...
TetricusIIComesAvgg.jpg
Roman, TETRICUS II342 viewsvery nice portrait1 commentsgb2940005/02/08 at 01:41Noah: excellent, excellent portrait...probably one of th...
Victorinusb.JPG
Roman, Victorinus Antoninianus444 viewsVictorinus AE-Antoninian, 3. emission, struck 270 AD at Trier mint.
Obv: IMP C VICTORINVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right.
(Rev: PIETAS AVG, Pietas standing left acrificing over altar.)
Ø 20 mm, 3.77 g.
RIC 57, Zschucke 263.
3 commentsPscipio03/23/08 at 23:42Simon: Thats a really nice coin.
Agrippina-Ses-Ob-_-Rev~2.jpg
Roman, Agrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)1322 viewsAgrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)
Sestertius
Daughter of Julia and Marcus Agrippa, wife of Germanicus and mother of Emperor Caligula. The most beautiful woman of all Caesars in the most incredible condition. The finest known specimen originally from the Morreti Collection.

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

Cohen 1 ; RIC 42
9 commentsPetitioncrown03/20/08 at 20:57Javier R: Stunning...I'm still breathing shallow. The d...
auguste_aegvptos.jpg
Roman, Augustus, Octavianus335 viewsCAESAR DIVI F COS VI
AEGVPTO CAPTA
RIC 545 (R3) ; Cohen 4 (30 Fr) ; BMC 653
ex Forvm Ancient Coins
Collection Frédéric Weber
4 commentsfrederic W03/20/08 at 20:48Javier R: Awesome...very nice!
titus dolphin.JPG
Roman, Titus679 viewsTitus, AR denarius, Rome Mint, A.D. 80
BMCRE 72, RSC 309
Obv - Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev - Dolphin coiled around anchor.
7 commentsVespasian7003/18/08 at 11:54LordBest: Good lord, thats incredible.
titus dolphin.JPG
Roman, Titus679 viewsTitus, AR denarius, Rome Mint, A.D. 80
BMCRE 72, RSC 309
Obv - Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev - Dolphin coiled around anchor.
7 commentsVespasian7003/16/08 at 16:13Jochen: Unbelievable!
titus dolphin.JPG
Roman, Titus679 viewsTitus, AR denarius, Rome Mint, A.D. 80
BMCRE 72, RSC 309
Obv - Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev - Dolphin coiled around anchor.
7 commentsVespasian7003/16/08 at 13:27Bonus Eventus: Best Titus I have ever seen on a denarius
Pupienus portrait - RIC 10(a).jpg
Roman, Pupienus, April - June 238 A.D.913 viewsMARCVS CLODIVS PUPIENVS MAXIMVS was born about 164. He was a Senator in 238 when the revolt of the Gordians broke out against Maximinus I, and he was one of the Senate's "Committee of Twenty" to oversee the defense of Italy in support of the Gordians. When the Gordians were quickly killed in Africa, the Senate made Pupienus and a Senator named Balbinus co-Augusti. Pupienus was to lead the army and Balbinus was to administrate. Maximinus was soon killed by his own men at Aquileia but discontent in Rome led to the murder of Pupienus by the Praetorian Guard on July 29, 238. This portrait is from a Antonianus (ex-Forum) in my collection (see jimwho523's gallery for actual coin)13 commentsjimwho52311/03/07 at 16:11Noah: Neck rolls, adam's apple, forehead wrinkles, and I...
1210.jpg
Roman, Hadrian, AE-Sestertius. Pax seatd. Nice Portrait 323 viewsRoman Empire, Hadrian. 117 - 138 AD. AE-Sestertius, struck 135 AD. Rome Mint. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P.P., his laureate head right.
RIC 770.

An attractive coin with good style and eye appeal. Just the way I like them!
6 commentsJan Terje R09/03/07 at 13:01*Alex: I agree, the portrait is superb.
1210.jpg
Roman, Hadrian, AE-Sestertius. Pax seatd. Nice Portrait 323 viewsRoman Empire, Hadrian. 117 - 138 AD. AE-Sestertius, struck 135 AD. Rome Mint. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P.P., his laureate head right.
RIC 770.

An attractive coin with good style and eye appeal. Just the way I like them!
6 commentsJan Terje R09/01/07 at 17:18Noah: What an excellent coin! I absolutely love bronzes...
auguste_aegvptos.jpg
Roman, Augustus, Octavianus335 viewsCAESAR DIVI F COS VI
AEGVPTO CAPTA
RIC 545 (R3) ; Cohen 4 (30 Fr) ; BMC 653
ex Forvm Ancient Coins
Collection Frédéric Weber
4 commentsfrederic W08/20/07 at 20:37*Alex: Very nice. The capricorn, his birthsign, below Aug...
Postumus Ant1.jpg
Roman, Postumus279 viewsPostumus Antoninian, struck 260-261 AD at Lugdunum mint.
Obv: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: HERC DEVSONIENSI, Hercules standing right, leaning on club, holding bow and lion's skin.
Ø 20-21.5 mm, 4.44 g.
RIC 64
1 commentsPscipio08/02/07 at 17:42Alwin:
DSCN3469.JPG
Roman, Constantine I661 viewsA truly magnificent portrait. RIC VII, Arles Mint, 3453 commentsMayadigger07/31/07 at 21:48*Alex: He looks as though he's smiling. A rare event ...
DSCN3469.JPG
Roman, Constantine I661 viewsA truly magnificent portrait. RIC VII, Arles Mint, 3453 commentsMayadigger07/30/07 at 23:17mestreaudi: Very nice portrait!!!
1-Vespasian~0.jpg
Roman, Vespasian AE34 Orichalcum Sestertius. 71 AD.326 viewsObv;IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III,
Laureate head right
Rev;ROMA S-C,
Roma standing left holding Victory and spear.

RIC 443, Cohen 419.
34mm.

To me the portrait on this coin is like a window to his personality and character. His gaze seems to mirror what is written about his life and the way he ruled.
6 commentsDave A07/29/07 at 14:49Wise Duncan: I quite agree. This reminds of the marble portrait...
nero sestertius.jpg
Roman, Nero, 54-68 A.D. Sestertius374 viewsNero, 54-68 A.D. Sestertius

Sear #: 1952
RIC: 430
Lugdunum mint 65 A.D.

Obv: NERO CLAVDI CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP PP

Actually my only Nero Sestertius so far. I really like the portrait on this one. The legends on the reverse are a bit weakly, and double struck. Apart from that, a very nice coin in hand. I hope ther are more coins like this out there ...
4 commentsJan Terje Rafdal07/20/07 at 20:14mestreaudi: Nice!
Agrippina-Ses-Ob-_-Rev~2.jpg
Roman, Agrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)1322 viewsAgrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)
Sestertius
Daughter of Julia and Marcus Agrippa, wife of Germanicus and mother of Emperor Caligula. The most beautiful woman of all Caesars in the most incredible condition. The finest known specimen originally from the Morreti Collection.

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

Cohen 1 ; RIC 42
9 commentsPetitioncrown05/18/07 at 02:45Marjan E: Wow, this is gorgeous!
Pupienus portrait - RIC 10(a).jpg
Roman, Pupienus, April - June 238 A.D.913 viewsMARCVS CLODIVS PUPIENVS MAXIMVS was born about 164. He was a Senator in 238 when the revolt of the Gordians broke out against Maximinus I, and he was one of the Senate's "Committee of Twenty" to oversee the defense of Italy in support of the Gordians. When the Gordians were quickly killed in Africa, the Senate made Pupienus and a Senator named Balbinus co-Augusti. Pupienus was to lead the army and Balbinus was to administrate. Maximinus was soon killed by his own men at Aquileia but discontent in Rome led to the murder of Pupienus by the Praetorian Guard on July 29, 238. This portrait is from a Antonianus (ex-Forum) in my collection (see jimwho523's gallery for actual coin)13 commentsjimwho52305/15/07 at 10:06gallienus1: As good as the portraits of the Republic as good a...
CJSII-0414 obv.JPG
Roman, Aelia Flaccilla1033 viewsex FORVM - 2243. Bronze AE2, RIC 43, gVF, 3.1g, 20.8mm, 180o, Nicomedia mint, 25 Aug 383 - 386 A.D.; obverse AEL FLAC-CILLA AVG, draped bust right with an elaborate head dress, necklace and mantle; reverse SALVS REIPVBLICAE, Aelia Flacilla standing facing head right, arms folded on breast, SMN[ in ex; irregular flan, excellent portrait, black patina beautifully highlighted by read earthen fill, this is the most elaborate hairstyle we have seen on this type; very rare7 commentscscoppa05/15/07 at 09:56gallienus1: No doubt a high maintenance woman!
Agrippina-Ses-Ob-_-Rev~2.jpg
Roman, Agrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)1322 viewsAgrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)
Sestertius
Daughter of Julia and Marcus Agrippa, wife of Germanicus and mother of Emperor Caligula. The most beautiful woman of all Caesars in the most incredible condition. The finest known specimen originally from the Morreti Collection.

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

Cohen 1 ; RIC 42
9 commentsPetitioncrown05/15/07 at 09:53gallienus1: A gem, nothing less.
1-Vespasian~0.jpg
Roman, Vespasian AE34 Orichalcum Sestertius. 71 AD.326 viewsObv;IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III,
Laureate head right
Rev;ROMA S-C,
Roma standing left holding Victory and spear.

RIC 443, Cohen 419.
34mm.

To me the portrait on this coin is like a window to his personality and character. His gaze seems to mirror what is written about his life and the way he ruled.
6 commentsDave A03/16/07 at 21:33Scotvs Capitis: Very nice portrait indeed.
nero sestertius.jpg
Roman, Nero, 54-68 A.D. Sestertius374 viewsNero, 54-68 A.D. Sestertius

Sear #: 1952
RIC: 430
Lugdunum mint 65 A.D.

Obv: NERO CLAVDI CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP PP

Actually my only Nero Sestertius so far. I really like the portrait on this one. The legends on the reverse are a bit weakly, and double struck. Apart from that, a very nice coin in hand. I hope ther are more coins like this out there ...
4 commentsJan Terje Rafdal02/28/07 at 18:11Noah: a wonderful portrait indeed!
nero sestertius.jpg
Roman, Nero, 54-68 A.D. Sestertius374 viewsNero, 54-68 A.D. Sestertius

Sear #: 1952
RIC: 430
Lugdunum mint 65 A.D.

Obv: NERO CLAVDI CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP PP

Actually my only Nero Sestertius so far. I really like the portrait on this one. The legends on the reverse are a bit weakly, and double struck. Apart from that, a very nice coin in hand. I hope ther are more coins like this out there ...
4 commentsJan Terje Rafdal02/28/07 at 13:57Jan Terje Rafdal: Thanks, if I had more, I would enter them at once ...
nero sestertius.jpg
Roman, Nero, 54-68 A.D. Sestertius374 viewsNero, 54-68 A.D. Sestertius

Sear #: 1952
RIC: 430
Lugdunum mint 65 A.D.

Obv: NERO CLAVDI CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP PP

Actually my only Nero Sestertius so far. I really like the portrait on this one. The legends on the reverse are a bit weakly, and double struck. Apart from that, a very nice coin in hand. I hope ther are more coins like this out there ...
4 commentsJan Terje Rafdal02/28/07 at 13:51Arminius: More of these great portrait coins please !!
Vespasian r103-o.jpg
Roman, Vespasian576 viewsI love this portrait! The sneer/scowl seems so real!

TITVS FLAVIVS VESPASIANVS, born in 9 AD to Vespasia Polla and Flavius Sabinus, entered public service and was serving as Governor of Judaea in 68 when Nero committed suicide. The eastern legions resented the quick succession of Nero, Galba, Otho, and Vitellius, since the Rhine legions had caused it all. In July of 69 the eastern legions proclaimed Vespasian, and the legions of Illyricum followed. Vitellius was killed on December 20, 69 and Vespasian reigned mildly for the next ten years. He died of illness on June 23, 79, was succeeded by his older son Titus, and was deified by the Senate.
4 commentsjimwho52302/17/07 at 18:11Hannibal: thats a great sneer. you can just imagine him peer...
CJSII-0414 obv.JPG
Roman, Aelia Flaccilla1033 viewsex FORVM - 2243. Bronze AE2, RIC 43, gVF, 3.1g, 20.8mm, 180o, Nicomedia mint, 25 Aug 383 - 386 A.D.; obverse AEL FLAC-CILLA AVG, draped bust right with an elaborate head dress, necklace and mantle; reverse SALVS REIPVBLICAE, Aelia Flacilla standing facing head right, arms folded on breast, SMN[ in ex; irregular flan, excellent portrait, black patina beautifully highlighted by read earthen fill, this is the most elaborate hairstyle we have seen on this type; very rare7 commentscscoppa12/19/06 at 11:04Rupert: With that beehive on her head she doesn't need any...
vespasian sestert.jpg
Roman, Vespasian Sestertius559 viewsVespasian. AD 69-79. Æ Sestertius (34mm, 23.90 g). Rome mint. Struck AD 71. Laureate head right. RIC 443; Cohen 419. Good VF, mottled green patina, light smoothing.
9 commentsJan Terje Rafdal09/25/06 at 13:26C. Caesar Germ.: Amazing detail on Vespasian's face.
geta~0.JPG
Roman, Geta476 viewsHappy childhood ?

Ecoli

2 commentsecoli09/25/06 at 13:24C. Caesar Germ.: Cute kid. Is this coin minted in Rome or minted i...
vespasian sestert.jpg
Roman, Vespasian Sestertius559 viewsVespasian. AD 69-79. Æ Sestertius (34mm, 23.90 g). Rome mint. Struck AD 71. Laureate head right. RIC 443; Cohen 419. Good VF, mottled green patina, light smoothing.
9 commentsJan Terje Rafdal09/03/06 at 11:11Potator II: Yeah, really great coin
vespasian sestert.jpg
Roman, Vespasian Sestertius559 viewsVespasian. AD 69-79. Æ Sestertius (34mm, 23.90 g). Rome mint. Struck AD 71. Laureate head right. RIC 443; Cohen 419. Good VF, mottled green patina, light smoothing.
9 commentsJan Terje Rafdal09/03/06 at 10:30Jan Terje Rafdal: Thanks folks! I agree to everything you say
vespasian sestert.jpg
Roman, Vespasian Sestertius559 viewsVespasian. AD 69-79. Æ Sestertius (34mm, 23.90 g). Rome mint. Struck AD 71. Laureate head right. RIC 443; Cohen 419. Good VF, mottled green patina, light smoothing.
9 commentsJan Terje Rafdal09/02/06 at 20:40*Alex: The portrait is wonderful.
vespasian sestert.jpg
Roman, Vespasian Sestertius559 viewsVespasian. AD 69-79. Æ Sestertius (34mm, 23.90 g). Rome mint. Struck AD 71. Laureate head right. RIC 443; Cohen 419. Good VF, mottled green patina, light smoothing.
9 commentsJan Terje Rafdal09/02/06 at 14:40Vespasian70: A coin that is in excellent condition combined wit...
vespasian sestert.jpg
Roman, Vespasian Sestertius559 viewsVespasian. AD 69-79. Æ Sestertius (34mm, 23.90 g). Rome mint. Struck AD 71. Laureate head right. RIC 443; Cohen 419. Good VF, mottled green patina, light smoothing.
9 commentsJan Terje Rafdal09/02/06 at 11:56Noah: beautiful
vespasian sestert.jpg
Roman, Vespasian Sestertius559 viewsVespasian. AD 69-79. Æ Sestertius (34mm, 23.90 g). Rome mint. Struck AD 71. Laureate head right. RIC 443; Cohen 419. Good VF, mottled green patina, light smoothing.
9 commentsJan Terje Rafdal09/02/06 at 09:35Jerome Holderman: Wow! Breathtaking coin!!
CJSII-0414 obv.JPG
Roman, Aelia Flaccilla1033 viewsex FORVM - 2243. Bronze AE2, RIC 43, gVF, 3.1g, 20.8mm, 180o, Nicomedia mint, 25 Aug 383 - 386 A.D.; obverse AEL FLAC-CILLA AVG, draped bust right with an elaborate head dress, necklace and mantle; reverse SALVS REIPVBLICAE, Aelia Flacilla standing facing head right, arms folded on breast, SMN[ in ex; irregular flan, excellent portrait, black patina beautifully highlighted by read earthen fill, this is the most elaborate hairstyle we have seen on this type; very rare7 commentscscoppa08/25/06 at 20:18areich: She must take hours to get ready in the morning!
CJSII-0414 obv.JPG
Roman, Aelia Flaccilla1033 viewsex FORVM - 2243. Bronze AE2, RIC 43, gVF, 3.1g, 20.8mm, 180o, Nicomedia mint, 25 Aug 383 - 386 A.D.; obverse AEL FLAC-CILLA AVG, draped bust right with an elaborate head dress, necklace and mantle; reverse SALVS REIPVBLICAE, Aelia Flacilla standing facing head right, arms folded on breast, SMN[ in ex; irregular flan, excellent portrait, black patina beautifully highlighted by read earthen fill, this is the most elaborate hairstyle we have seen on this type; very rare7 commentscscoppa08/25/06 at 04:36arizonarobin: Very beautiful! Even more elaborate than usual!
CJSII-0414 obv.JPG
Roman, Aelia Flaccilla1033 viewsex FORVM - 2243. Bronze AE2, RIC 43, gVF, 3.1g, 20.8mm, 180o, Nicomedia mint, 25 Aug 383 - 386 A.D.; obverse AEL FLAC-CILLA AVG, draped bust right with an elaborate head dress, necklace and mantle; reverse SALVS REIPVBLICAE, Aelia Flacilla standing facing head right, arms folded on breast, SMN[ in ex; irregular flan, excellent portrait, black patina beautifully highlighted by read earthen fill, this is the most elaborate hairstyle we have seen on this type; very rare7 commentscscoppa08/25/06 at 01:05Scotvs Capitis: That's some hair nice coin.
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Greek, Philetairos I, 282 - 263 B.C.320 viewsSilver tetradrachm, Meydancikkale 3000, SNG Paris 1603 var, SNG Von Aulock -, SNG Cop -, VF, 16.629g, 28.1mm, 0o, Pergamum mint, c. 265 - 263 B.C.; obverse head of Philetaerus right in taenia; reverse FILETAIROU downward on right, Athena enthroned left, right hand on shield before her, spear over shoulder in left, leaf above arm, bow right; high relief portrait; very rare.

Very lifelike, expressive portrait.
1 commentsCleisthenes08/15/06 at 18:47Ken5921: Fabulous portrait. Amazing detail.
titus dolphin.JPG
Roman, Titus679 viewsTitus, AR denarius, Rome Mint, A.D. 80
BMCRE 72, RSC 309
Obv - Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev - Dolphin coiled around anchor.
7 commentsVespasian7006/23/06 at 11:20Pscipio: Truly exceptional!!
Victorinusb.JPG
Roman, Victorinus Antoninianus444 viewsVictorinus AE-Antoninian, 3. emission, struck 270 AD at Trier mint.
Obv: IMP C VICTORINVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right.
(Rev: PIETAS AVG, Pietas standing left acrificing over altar.)
Ø 20 mm, 3.77 g.
RIC 57, Zschucke 263.
3 commentsPscipio05/16/06 at 02:15Noah: Outstanding portrait! Wonderful...
Pupienus portrait - RIC 10(a).jpg
Roman, Pupienus, April - June 238 A.D.913 viewsMARCVS CLODIVS PUPIENVS MAXIMVS was born about 164. He was a Senator in 238 when the revolt of the Gordians broke out against Maximinus I, and he was one of the Senate's "Committee of Twenty" to oversee the defense of Italy in support of the Gordians. When the Gordians were quickly killed in Africa, the Senate made Pupienus and a Senator named Balbinus co-Augusti. Pupienus was to lead the army and Balbinus was to administrate. Maximinus was soon killed by his own men at Aquileia but discontent in Rome led to the murder of Pupienus by the Praetorian Guard on July 29, 238. This portrait is from a Antonianus (ex-Forum) in my collection (see jimwho523's gallery for actual coin)13 commentsjimwho52304/27/06 at 16:32Mauri.z: MASTERPIECE
Mamaea.jpg
Roman, Julia Mamaea481 viewsA very pleasant depiction of Julia Mamaea (13 March 222 - February or March 235 A.D.) . RIC 335, RSC 17, BMC 483. 3.12g, 19.9mm, 180o, Rome mint, obverse IVL MAMAEA AVG, draped bust right; reverse FELICITAS PVBLICA, Felicitas standing left holding caduceus and resting elbow on column; ex Scott Collection.5 commentskklinejr04/27/06 at 16:30Mauri.z: delicious
Agrippina-Ses-Ob-_-Rev~2.jpg
Roman, Agrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)1322 viewsAgrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)
Sestertius
Daughter of Julia and Marcus Agrippa, wife of Germanicus and mother of Emperor Caligula. The most beautiful woman of all Caesars in the most incredible condition. The finest known specimen originally from the Morreti Collection.

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

Cohen 1 ; RIC 42
9 commentsPetitioncrown04/17/06 at 02:41Joe Geranio: This is a beautiful coin with great iconographical...
HADRIAN-BRITANICUS~0.jpg
Roman, HADRIAN, BRITANNICVS768 viewsSestertius of Hadrian, AD 122. EXERC BRITANNICVS SC ("For the army of Britain, by order of the Senate") RIC 913. Coin currently in the British Museum Department of Coins and Medals (gallery 49, case 14).
Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS 111 PP ("Hadrian Augustus, three times consul, father of his country")
5 commentsPetitioncrown03/17/06 at 15:06Jochen: Is that your own coin?
Agrippina-Ses-Ob-_-Rev~2.jpg
Roman, Agrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)1322 viewsAgrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)
Sestertius
Daughter of Julia and Marcus Agrippa, wife of Germanicus and mother of Emperor Caligula. The most beautiful woman of all Caesars in the most incredible condition. The finest known specimen originally from the Morreti Collection.

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

Cohen 1 ; RIC 42
9 commentsPetitioncrown03/16/06 at 03:24Petitioncrown:
Iulianus-Büste.JPG
Roman, Julian II. Apostata AE1650 viewsIulianus II. Apostata AE1, struck 361-363 AD at Antioch mint, 2. officinae.
Obv: D N FL CL IVLIANVS P F AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
(Rev: SECVRITAS REI PVB, bull standing right, two stars above.
Ex: ANTB(palm))
Ø 27-29 mm, 7.79 g.
Antioch RIC VIII 216

My favourite portrait in my collection...
9 commentsPscipio02/19/06 at 18:16Noah: So realistic! I like this one...
RI 115l obv.jpg
Roman, Postumus326 viewsThe quality of the engraving on this bust made me want to pick it up and look at it through my loupe again and again. It is paired with a slightly weak reverse which I have not included since it would detract from the portrait.1 commentsmaridvnvm12/12/05 at 09:16Pscipio: Now it is mine, thank you very much, maridvnvm!
Drusussestertius~0.jpg
Roman, Nero Claudius Drusus Sestertius290 viewsIssued by Claudius to honor his father Drusus, RIC 93. Blueish-Black Patina.1 commentsLollia11/24/05 at 03:42Joe Geranio: A tough coin to get with nice portrait, again; Jul...
Nerone Sesterzio.jpg
Roman, Nero768 viewsOrichalcum sestertius, RIC 517, C 268, BMC 328, S 1961, EF, 20.2g, 34.3mm, 180o, Lugdunum mint, 66 A.D.; obverse IMP NERO CAESAR AVG PONT MAX TR POT P P, laureate head left, globe at point of bust; reverse ROMA in ex, S - C in fields, Roma seated left on cuirass, holding Victory, left arm resting on parazonium, shields behind; extraordinary portrait, dark green patina. Ex Forum5 commentsForza e Onore11/24/05 at 03:41Joe Geranio: I love this style of portraiture for Nero!!! Nice...
ClaudiusSestertius(Obv).jpg
Roman, Claudius963 views10 commentstunaonrye011/24/05 at 03:38Joe Geranio: I love this denomination of Claudius!! Julio-Claud...
Markus Aurelius HJB.jpg
Roman, Marcus Aurelius528 viewsA nice portrait of the young Augustus.5 commentsJan Terje Rafdal11/18/05 at 02:19Moneta: Wonderful! A little more referencing would be nice...
N80063~0.jpg
Roman, Caracalla585 viewsAn incuse profile of Caracalla is visible on the reverse4 commentsTLP11/17/05 at 12:23TLP: It's definitely the incuse of the portrait...
N80063~0.jpg
Roman, Caracalla585 viewsAn incuse profile of Caracalla is visible on the reverse4 commentsTLP11/17/05 at 06:27maridvnvm: I think it is the same coin. The reverse needs to ...
N80063~0.jpg
Roman, Caracalla585 viewsAn incuse profile of Caracalla is visible on the reverse4 commentsTLP11/17/05 at 02:00*Alex: ....but not from the same coin I think
N80063~0.jpg
Roman, Caracalla585 viewsAn incuse profile of Caracalla is visible on the reverse4 commentsTLP11/16/05 at 16:18Pscipio: Great coin, gorgeous portrait and nice incusum!
Ant12-porträt.JPG
Roman, Postumus Antoninian323 viewsPostumus AR-Antoninian, struck 267 AD at Cologne mint (?).
Obv: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
(Rev: IOVI VICTORI, Iupiter walking left, looking right, holding sceptre and thunderbolt.)
Ø 21 mm, 3.16 g.
Cunetio 2468, Elmer 571, Zschucke 170, RIC 311
4 commentsPscipio11/16/05 at 15:02whitetd49: Not a criticism! We should probably make members ...
Ant12-porträt.JPG
Roman, Postumus Antoninian323 viewsPostumus AR-Antoninian, struck 267 AD at Cologne mint (?).
Obv: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
(Rev: IOVI VICTORI, Iupiter walking left, looking right, holding sceptre and thunderbolt.)
Ø 21 mm, 3.16 g.
Cunetio 2468, Elmer 571, Zschucke 170, RIC 311
4 commentsPscipio11/16/05 at 09:51Pscipio: Is that a criticism or a laudatio?
Ant12-porträt.JPG
Roman, Postumus Antoninian323 viewsPostumus AR-Antoninian, struck 267 AD at Cologne mint (?).
Obv: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
(Rev: IOVI VICTORI, Iupiter walking left, looking right, holding sceptre and thunderbolt.)
Ø 21 mm, 3.16 g.
Cunetio 2468, Elmer 571, Zschucke 170, RIC 311
4 commentsPscipio11/16/05 at 09:47whitetd49: That makes 5 Postumus portraits in the gallery now...
Markus Aurelius HJB.jpg
Roman, Marcus Aurelius528 viewsA nice portrait of the young Augustus.5 commentsJan Terje Rafdal10/22/05 at 17:40Pscipio: Gorgeous portrait!
vespasian_den__sow___piglets.JPG
Roman, Vespasian389 viewsBMCRE 214, RSC 214
Rome mint A.D. 78
From Vespasian70's Flavian denarii collection.
1 commentsVespasian7009/26/05 at 15:50Ibanez: great!!! can i see the reverse too?
GordianIII-master portrait.jpg
Roman, Gordian III - 238-244 AD489 viewsMARCVS ANTONIVS GORDIANVS was born in 225. His grandfather was Gordian I and his uncle was Gordian II. After their failed revolt in 238, Gordian was raised (April, 238) to Caesar under the Senate's co-Augusti, Balbinus and Pupienus. When they were killed in July, 238, Gordian became sole Augustus. His rule was generally thought to be mild and wise, guided by his Praetorian Praefect, Timesitheus. Gordian III married Timesitheus's daughter Tranquillina in 241. Unfortunately, both Timesitheus and Gordian died on campaign against the Sassanians in 243-244. His mysterious death on February 25, 244 possibly was plotted by his successor, Philip I.

The details of this coin may be viewed at http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?album=102&pos=7
3 commentsjimwho52308/19/05 at 12:02ancientcoins: beautiful!!!!!!!!!!! i...
Iulianus-Büste.JPG
Roman, Julian II. Apostata AE1650 viewsIulianus II. Apostata AE1, struck 361-363 AD at Antioch mint, 2. officinae.
Obv: D N FL CL IVLIANVS P F AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
(Rev: SECVRITAS REI PVB, bull standing right, two stars above.
Ex: ANTB(palm))
Ø 27-29 mm, 7.79 g.
Antioch RIC VIII 216

My favourite portrait in my collection...
9 commentsPscipio08/18/05 at 00:06mestreaudi: Beautiful!!!
GallienusUNC.JPG
Roman, Gallienus, AE Antoninianus475 viewsNo reverse but a superior portrait of Gallienus for these crummy issues. Anyone with a better portriat?1 commentswhitetd4908/11/05 at 14:14Joe Sermarini: The reverse has no bearing in the Superb and Maste...
Pupienus portrait - RIC 10(a).jpg
Roman, Pupienus, April - June 238 A.D.913 viewsMARCVS CLODIVS PUPIENVS MAXIMVS was born about 164. He was a Senator in 238 when the revolt of the Gordians broke out against Maximinus I, and he was one of the Senate's "Committee of Twenty" to oversee the defense of Italy in support of the Gordians. When the Gordians were quickly killed in Africa, the Senate made Pupienus and a Senator named Balbinus co-Augusti. Pupienus was to lead the army and Balbinus was to administrate. Maximinus was soon killed by his own men at Aquileia but discontent in Rome led to the murder of Pupienus by the Praetorian Guard on July 29, 238. This portrait is from a Antonianus (ex-Forum) in my collection (see jimwho523's gallery for actual coin)13 commentsjimwho52306/04/05 at 20:04Pscipio: I'm speechless! BEAUTIFUL!
Mature_Caracalla_Portrait_7x-1.jpg
Roman, Caracalla * Mature856 views
Of all the Caracalla portraits, I’m most drawn to & fond of those which show him in his greatest maturity. This one, dated to 217 AD, the year of his death is about as ‘mature’ as one can get for the man.
This portrait strikes me as exceptionally handsome, which I well-imagine he was in reality, despite his ‘official portraiture’ which often suggests otherwise.

Too, I think some of his portraits, such as this one, suggest strongly a certain vanity in his masculine appearance – that he was well groomed and took considerable pride in his over-all appearance, quite despite his soldierly life-style.
Such vanity and the purposefulness of his official portraiture not withstanding, here I believe one beholds ‘Caracalla’ the man more as he was – an alpha male par excellence, and a devilishly handsome one.

Portrait from AR Denarius * Caracalla * Serapis
Mint: Rome
Struck: 217 AD.
Size: 19 mm.

RIC 291b
* Reverse of * RIC 289, pg. 255

Submitted by Tiathena
5 commentsTiathena04/20/05 at 06:54Vespasian70: Very strong portrait. Nice detail and well centere...
titus dolphin.JPG
Roman, Titus679 viewsTitus, AR denarius, Rome Mint, A.D. 80
BMCRE 72, RSC 309
Obv - Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev - Dolphin coiled around anchor.
7 commentsVespasian7004/10/05 at 00:39omered: Truely high grade. And well centered
titus dolphin.JPG
Roman, Titus679 viewsTitus, AR denarius, Rome Mint, A.D. 80
BMCRE 72, RSC 309
Obv - Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev - Dolphin coiled around anchor.
7 commentsVespasian7004/09/05 at 20:57Optimus: Very cute coin! If you ever care to part with it l...
geta~0.JPG
Roman, Geta476 viewsHappy childhood ?

Ecoli

2 commentsecoli03/15/05 at 01:46Mayadigger: A lovely youthful portrait! Sweet image...
Probus, Fides Militvm2.jpg
Roman, Probus, summer 276 - Sep 282 A.D.561 viewsEx Forum. Silvered antoninianus, RIC 169 (listing obv. legend 8 in error), EF, 3.39g, 22.7mm, 0o, Rome mint, 276-282 A.D.; obverse IMP PROBVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse FIDES MILITVM, Fides standing left holding standard in each hand, R thunderbolt B in ex; handsome military bust; SOLD 3 commentswolfgang33603/13/05 at 19:57Mayadigger: DOH!
RI 066ab obv.jpg
Roman, Caracalla968 viewsThis seemed such a striking portrait of this notorious emperor that I couldn't resist.5 commentsmaridvnvm01/11/05 at 00:15jimwho523: Nasty look to this guy, no doubt a fine submission...
Nerone Sesterzio.jpg
Roman, Nero768 viewsOrichalcum sestertius, RIC 517, C 268, BMC 328, S 1961, EF, 20.2g, 34.3mm, 180o, Lugdunum mint, 66 A.D.; obverse IMP NERO CAESAR AVG PONT MAX TR POT P P, laureate head left, globe at point of bust; reverse ROMA in ex, S - C in fields, Roma seated left on cuirass, holding Victory, left arm resting on parazonium, shields behind; extraordinary portrait, dark green patina. Ex Forum5 commentsForza e Onore09/23/04 at 17:46moneta66: Molto bella -
Vespasian r103-o.jpg
Roman, Vespasian576 viewsI love this portrait! The sneer/scowl seems so real!

TITVS FLAVIVS VESPASIANVS, born in 9 AD to Vespasia Polla and Flavius Sabinus, entered public service and was serving as Governor of Judaea in 68 when Nero committed suicide. The eastern legions resented the quick succession of Nero, Galba, Otho, and Vitellius, since the Rhine legions had caused it all. In July of 69 the eastern legions proclaimed Vespasian, and the legions of Illyricum followed. Vitellius was killed on December 20, 69 and Vespasian reigned mildly for the next ten years. He died of illness on June 23, 79, was succeeded by his older son Titus, and was deified by the Senate.
4 commentsjimwho52309/20/04 at 11:21Joe Sermarini: Tough looking man. Wouldn't want to mess with him...
Pupienus portrait - RIC 10(a).jpg
Roman, Pupienus, April - June 238 A.D.913 viewsMARCVS CLODIVS PUPIENVS MAXIMVS was born about 164. He was a Senator in 238 when the revolt of the Gordians broke out against Maximinus I, and he was one of the Senate's "Committee of Twenty" to oversee the defense of Italy in support of the Gordians. When the Gordians were quickly killed in Africa, the Senate made Pupienus and a Senator named Balbinus co-Augusti. Pupienus was to lead the army and Balbinus was to administrate. Maximinus was soon killed by his own men at Aquileia but discontent in Rome led to the murder of Pupienus by the Praetorian Guard on July 29, 238. This portrait is from a Antonianus (ex-Forum) in my collection (see jimwho523's gallery for actual coin)13 commentsjimwho52309/20/04 at 11:20Joe Sermarini: One of my all time favorite coin portraits.
Probus, Fides Militvm2.jpg
Roman, Probus, summer 276 - Sep 282 A.D.561 viewsEx Forum. Silvered antoninianus, RIC 169 (listing obv. legend 8 in error), EF, 3.39g, 22.7mm, 0o, Rome mint, 276-282 A.D.; obverse IMP PROBVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse FIDES MILITVM, Fides standing left holding standard in each hand, R thunderbolt B in ex; handsome military bust; SOLD 3 commentswolfgang33609/20/04 at 11:19Joe Sermarini: A very nice ex FORVM portrait!
Philip I ROMAE ETERNAE RIC 44b.jpg
Roman, Philip I, first half of 244 - end of Sep 249 A.D.460 viewsROMAE AETERNAE RIC 44b.2 commentsRobert_Brenchley09/20/04 at 11:18Joe Sermarini: Mean and tough. Definitely looks capable of dispa...
CJSII-0729 Obv.jpg
Roman, Constantius II465 viewsFL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB C

He looks upset with the world.........
1 commentscscoppa09/20/04 at 11:10Joe Sermarini: Nice!
RI 066ab obv.jpg
Roman, Caracalla968 viewsThis seemed such a striking portrait of this notorious emperor that I couldn't resist.5 commentsmaridvnvm09/20/04 at 11:00Joe Sermarini: Nice! Well nice portrait anyway. Him, not so nic...
Mamaea.jpg
Roman, Julia Mamaea481 viewsA very pleasant depiction of Julia Mamaea (13 March 222 - February or March 235 A.D.) . RIC 335, RSC 17, BMC 483. 3.12g, 19.9mm, 180o, Rome mint, obverse IVL MAMAEA AVG, draped bust right; reverse FELICITAS PVBLICA, Felicitas standing left holding caduceus and resting elbow on column; ex Scott Collection.5 commentskklinejr08/09/04 at 18:14jimwho523: Certainly the best portrait of Julia Mamaea I've s...
Pupienus portrait - RIC 10(a).jpg
Roman, Pupienus, April - June 238 A.D.913 viewsMARCVS CLODIVS PUPIENVS MAXIMVS was born about 164. He was a Senator in 238 when the revolt of the Gordians broke out against Maximinus I, and he was one of the Senate's "Committee of Twenty" to oversee the defense of Italy in support of the Gordians. When the Gordians were quickly killed in Africa, the Senate made Pupienus and a Senator named Balbinus co-Augusti. Pupienus was to lead the army and Balbinus was to administrate. Maximinus was soon killed by his own men at Aquileia but discontent in Rome led to the murder of Pupienus by the Praetorian Guard on July 29, 238. This portrait is from a Antonianus (ex-Forum) in my collection (see jimwho523's gallery for actual coin)13 commentsjimwho52308/02/04 at 09:12divvsavgvstvs: Beautiful portrait, a masterpiece indeed.
Mamaea.jpg
Roman, Julia Mamaea481 viewsA very pleasant depiction of Julia Mamaea (13 March 222 - February or March 235 A.D.) . RIC 335, RSC 17, BMC 483. 3.12g, 19.9mm, 180o, Rome mint, obverse IVL MAMAEA AVG, draped bust right; reverse FELICITAS PVBLICA, Felicitas standing left holding caduceus and resting elbow on column; ex Scott Collection.5 commentskklinejr07/25/04 at 20:58Jericho: Wow, couldn't ask for a better portrait .
Mamaea.jpg
Roman, Julia Mamaea481 viewsA very pleasant depiction of Julia Mamaea (13 March 222 - February or March 235 A.D.) . RIC 335, RSC 17, BMC 483. 3.12g, 19.9mm, 180o, Rome mint, obverse IVL MAMAEA AVG, draped bust right; reverse FELICITAS PVBLICA, Felicitas standing left holding caduceus and resting elbow on column; ex Scott Collection.5 commentskklinejr07/25/04 at 19:37Joe Sermarini: Spectacular ex FORVM coin!
Probus, Fides Militvm2.jpg
Roman, Probus, summer 276 - Sep 282 A.D.561 viewsEx Forum. Silvered antoninianus, RIC 169 (listing obv. legend 8 in error), EF, 3.39g, 22.7mm, 0o, Rome mint, 276-282 A.D.; obverse IMP PROBVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse FIDES MILITVM, Fides standing left holding standard in each hand, R thunderbolt B in ex; handsome military bust; SOLD 3 commentswolfgang33607/23/04 at 22:25Mayadigger: Awesome portrait, Evan!
Mamaea.jpg
Roman, Julia Mamaea481 viewsA very pleasant depiction of Julia Mamaea (13 March 222 - February or March 235 A.D.) . RIC 335, RSC 17, BMC 483. 3.12g, 19.9mm, 180o, Rome mint, obverse IVL MAMAEA AVG, draped bust right; reverse FELICITAS PVBLICA, Felicitas standing left holding caduceus and resting elbow on column; ex Scott Collection.5 commentskklinejr07/23/04 at 16:49Jochen: Very detailed hair-do! Nice face.
PostMoneta.JPG
Roman, Postumus450 viewsThe only reason that I bought this coin was for the portrait, otherwise it is fairly ordinary.1 commentswhitetd4907/22/04 at 13:53Robert_Brenchley: Its better than my Postumus MONETA, which I'll be ...
Pupienus portrait - RIC 10(a).jpg
Roman, Pupienus, April - June 238 A.D.913 viewsMARCVS CLODIVS PUPIENVS MAXIMVS was born about 164. He was a Senator in 238 when the revolt of the Gordians broke out against Maximinus I, and he was one of the Senate's "Committee of Twenty" to oversee the defense of Italy in support of the Gordians. When the Gordians were quickly killed in Africa, the Senate made Pupienus and a Senator named Balbinus co-Augusti. Pupienus was to lead the army and Balbinus was to administrate. Maximinus was soon killed by his own men at Aquileia but discontent in Rome led to the murder of Pupienus by the Praetorian Guard on July 29, 238. This portrait is from a Antonianus (ex-Forum) in my collection (see jimwho523's gallery for actual coin)13 commentsjimwho52307/22/04 at 01:04Mayadigger: The celator was a true master craftsman, wasn't he...
Maximinus Portrait.JPG
Roman, Maximinus I Thrax, mid Mar 235 - late May 238 A.D.553 viewsNot sure if this coin fits the bill , but I find the portrait rather Powerfull and expressive.
Your thoughts?
4 commentsjdholds07/22/04 at 01:01Mayadigger: You could open a can with that chin! Great portrai...
Pupienus portrait - RIC 10(a).jpg
Roman, Pupienus, April - June 238 A.D.913 viewsMARCVS CLODIVS PUPIENVS MAXIMVS was born about 164. He was a Senator in 238 when the revolt of the Gordians broke out against Maximinus I, and he was one of the Senate's "Committee of Twenty" to oversee the defense of Italy in support of the Gordians. When the Gordians were quickly killed in Africa, the Senate made Pupienus and a Senator named Balbinus co-Augusti. Pupienus was to lead the army and Balbinus was to administrate. Maximinus was soon killed by his own men at Aquileia but discontent in Rome led to the murder of Pupienus by the Praetorian Guard on July 29, 238. This portrait is from a Antonianus (ex-Forum) in my collection (see jimwho523's gallery for actual coin)13 commentsjimwho52307/21/04 at 03:42Bolayi: Lovely portrait, lovely coin
Vespasian r103-o.jpg
Roman, Vespasian576 viewsI love this portrait! The sneer/scowl seems so real!

TITVS FLAVIVS VESPASIANVS, born in 9 AD to Vespasia Polla and Flavius Sabinus, entered public service and was serving as Governor of Judaea in 68 when Nero committed suicide. The eastern legions resented the quick succession of Nero, Galba, Otho, and Vitellius, since the Rhine legions had caused it all. In July of 69 the eastern legions proclaimed Vespasian, and the legions of Illyricum followed. Vitellius was killed on December 20, 69 and Vespasian reigned mildly for the next ten years. He died of illness on June 23, 79, was succeeded by his older son Titus, and was deified by the Senate.
4 commentsjimwho52307/16/04 at 13:48Robert_Brenchley: He looks just the guy to grind the odd rebellious ...
Maximinus Portrait.JPG
Roman, Maximinus I Thrax, mid Mar 235 - late May 238 A.D.553 viewsNot sure if this coin fits the bill , but I find the portrait rather Powerfull and expressive.
Your thoughts?
4 commentsjdholds07/16/04 at 13:46Robert_Brenchley: I definitely think it fits the bill!
Nerone Sesterzio.jpg
Roman, Nero768 viewsOrichalcum sestertius, RIC 517, C 268, BMC 328, S 1961, EF, 20.2g, 34.3mm, 180o, Lugdunum mint, 66 A.D.; obverse IMP NERO CAESAR AVG PONT MAX TR POT P P, laureate head left, globe at point of bust; reverse ROMA in ex, S - C in fields, Roma seated left on cuirass, holding Victory, left arm resting on parazonium, shields behind; extraordinary portrait, dark green patina. Ex Forum5 commentsForza e Onore07/14/04 at 07:57Robert_Brenchley: Lovely coin!
Pupienus portrait - RIC 10(a).jpg
Roman, Pupienus, April - June 238 A.D.913 viewsMARCVS CLODIVS PUPIENVS MAXIMVS was born about 164. He was a Senator in 238 when the revolt of the Gordians broke out against Maximinus I, and he was one of the Senate's "Committee of Twenty" to oversee the defense of Italy in support of the Gordians. When the Gordians were quickly killed in Africa, the Senate made Pupienus and a Senator named Balbinus co-Augusti. Pupienus was to lead the army and Balbinus was to administrate. Maximinus was soon killed by his own men at Aquileia but discontent in Rome led to the murder of Pupienus by the Praetorian Guard on July 29, 238. This portrait is from a Antonianus (ex-Forum) in my collection (see jimwho523's gallery for actual coin)13 commentsjimwho52307/13/04 at 01:27jdholds: Just plain Awesome!!
Pupienus portrait - RIC 10(a).jpg
Roman, Pupienus, April - June 238 A.D.913 viewsMARCVS CLODIVS PUPIENVS MAXIMVS was born about 164. He was a Senator in 238 when the revolt of the Gordians broke out against Maximinus I, and he was one of the Senate's "Committee of Twenty" to oversee the defense of Italy in support of the Gordians. When the Gordians were quickly killed in Africa, the Senate made Pupienus and a Senator named Balbinus co-Augusti. Pupienus was to lead the army and Balbinus was to administrate. Maximinus was soon killed by his own men at Aquileia but discontent in Rome led to the murder of Pupienus by the Praetorian Guard on July 29, 238. This portrait is from a Antonianus (ex-Forum) in my collection (see jimwho523's gallery for actual coin)13 commentsjimwho52307/12/04 at 19:08Jochen: Superb!
Pupienus portrait - RIC 10(a).jpg
Roman, Pupienus, April - June 238 A.D.913 viewsMARCVS CLODIVS PUPIENVS MAXIMVS was born about 164. He was a Senator in 238 when the revolt of the Gordians broke out against Maximinus I, and he was one of the Senate's "Committee of Twenty" to oversee the defense of Italy in support of the Gordians. When the Gordians were quickly killed in Africa, the Senate made Pupienus and a Senator named Balbinus co-Augusti. Pupienus was to lead the army and Balbinus was to administrate. Maximinus was soon killed by his own men at Aquileia but discontent in Rome led to the murder of Pupienus by the Praetorian Guard on July 29, 238. This portrait is from a Antonianus (ex-Forum) in my collection (see jimwho523's gallery for actual coin)13 commentsjimwho52307/11/04 at 09:46Gunner: Definitely a masterpiece portrait. This is the be...
 
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