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cleopatraVII.jpg
Cleopatra VII hemiobol28 viewsLaureate head of Zeus

Statue of Zeus Salaminos standing, holding stalks of grain, star above


Paphos mint c. 35 BC

3.15g

Nicolaou, Paphos II, 469-509; Cox, Exc. at Curium 128; Museum of the History of Cypriot Coinage ch. 11, 35

Notes from Forum:

While not noted in Svoronos, this type is fairly common on Cyprus and many have been found in the excavations at Neopaphos. The lack of a central depression indicates they were struck after 96 B.C. Recent Cypriot numismatic publications date them to the time when Cleopatra VII of Egypt was the ruler of the island


Sold Forum Auction March 2019
1 commentsJay GT402/22/19 at 18:59quadrans: Interesting piece..
Tiberius2.jpg
Tiberius tribute penny44 viewsTI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS
Laureate head of Tiberius right

PONTIF MAXIM
Livia seated right holding scepter and branch, legs on char ornamented, feet on footstool

Lugdunum after 16 AD

3.14g

Sear 1763, RIC 26

Ex-Numismatica Prados

Sold to Calgary Coin Feb 2019
1 commentsJay GT402/05/19 at 21:41quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Hadrianden.jpg
92 viewsHADRIANVS AVG COS III PP
Laureate head of Hadrian right

FORTVNA AVG
Fortuna stg left holding rudder set on globe and cornucopiae

Rome 134 AD

3.07g

Sear 3494
RIC 244

Sold Forum Auction April 2016
1 commentsJay GT412/27/18 at 14:19okidoki: Nice Hadrian
Athens.jpg
Athens Tetradrachm158 viewsArchaic head of Athena r., with almond shaped eye, wearing crested helmet
ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll, wire necklace, round
earring.

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

Athens 449-413 BC

16.74g

SNG Copenhagen 31; Sear 2526

Ex-Calgary Coin

Sold back Feb 2019
8 commentsJay GT406/24/18 at 22:11*Alex: Great coin. I didn't realise that you had such...
hadiranAET.jpg
Hadrian denarius167 viewsIMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laur. bust of Hadrian right with light drapery on far shoulder

AET AVG (in field) P M TR P COS DES III
Aeternitas standing left holding heads of Sol and Luna

Rome 135 AD

3.39g

Rare
Sear 3458
Ric 48

Ex-ancient Caesar

SOLD April 2017
4 commentsJay GT401/19/18 at 18:57okidoki: very nice Jay
Athens.jpg
Athens Tetradrachm158 viewsArchaic head of Athena r., with almond shaped eye, wearing crested helmet
ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll, wire necklace, round
earring.

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

Athens 449-413 BC

16.74g

SNG Copenhagen 31; Sear 2526

Ex-Calgary Coin

Sold back Feb 2019
8 commentsJay GT407/06/17 at 04:53ancientdave: Fantastic!
Athens.jpg
Athens Tetradrachm158 viewsArchaic head of Athena r., with almond shaped eye, wearing crested helmet
ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll, wire necklace, round
earring.

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

Athens 449-413 BC

16.74g

SNG Copenhagen 31; Sear 2526

Ex-Calgary Coin

Sold back Feb 2019
8 commentsJay GT407/01/17 at 02:32Nemonater: A nice example without the typical gashes. Love th...
Athens.jpg
Athens Tetradrachm158 viewsArchaic head of Athena r., with almond shaped eye, wearing crested helmet
ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll, wire necklace, round
earring.

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

Athens 449-413 BC

16.74g

SNG Copenhagen 31; Sear 2526

Ex-Calgary Coin

Sold back Feb 2019
8 commentsJay GT406/29/17 at 16:23Enodia: i love this Athena! very nice addition Jay
Athens.jpg
Athens Tetradrachm158 viewsArchaic head of Athena r., with almond shaped eye, wearing crested helmet
ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll, wire necklace, round
earring.

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

Athens 449-413 BC

16.74g

SNG Copenhagen 31; Sear 2526

Ex-Calgary Coin

Sold back Feb 2019
8 commentsJay GT406/29/17 at 01:21n.igma: Nice one!
Athens.jpg
Athens Tetradrachm158 viewsArchaic head of Athena r., with almond shaped eye, wearing crested helmet
ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll, wire necklace, round
earring.

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

Athens 449-413 BC

16.74g

SNG Copenhagen 31; Sear 2526

Ex-Calgary Coin

Sold back Feb 2019
8 commentsJay GT406/27/17 at 13:21quadrans: Hmm, I like this
Athens.jpg
Athens Tetradrachm158 viewsArchaic head of Athena r., with almond shaped eye, wearing crested helmet
ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll, wire necklace, round
earring.

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

Athens 449-413 BC

16.74g

SNG Copenhagen 31; Sear 2526

Ex-Calgary Coin

Sold back Feb 2019
8 commentsJay GT406/27/17 at 05:38Randygeki(h2): Making me jealous. Love it!
Athens.jpg
Athens Tetradrachm158 viewsArchaic head of Athena r., with almond shaped eye, wearing crested helmet
ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll, wire necklace, round
earring.

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

Athens 449-413 BC

16.74g

SNG Copenhagen 31; Sear 2526

Ex-Calgary Coin

Sold back Feb 2019
8 commentsJay GT406/25/17 at 12:09Mat: I wish, a stunner!
Piso~0.jpg
90 BC Calpurnius Piso65 viewsLaureate head of Apollo right

L PISO FRVGI
Naked horseman galloping to the right holding palm-branch
CXXXI ? in exergue

Rome 90 BC

3.71g

Sear 235

"This extraordinarily large and complex issue represents one of the principal war coinages of the Romans during the conflict with the Marsic Confederation. The control-Marks are legion and consist of letters, mumerals and symbols in a multitude of combinations on the obverse and reverse" SEAR Millenium Edition

Sold Forum auction January 2018
3 commentsJay GT405/14/17 at 07:06Randygeki(h2): Nice!
Piso~0.jpg
90 BC Calpurnius Piso65 viewsLaureate head of Apollo right

L PISO FRVGI
Naked horseman galloping to the right holding palm-branch
CXXXI ? in exergue

Rome 90 BC

3.71g

Sear 235

"This extraordinarily large and complex issue represents one of the principal war coinages of the Romans during the conflict with the Marsic Confederation. The control-Marks are legion and consist of letters, mumerals and symbols in a multitude of combinations on the obverse and reverse" SEAR Millenium Edition

Sold Forum auction January 2018
3 commentsJay GT405/14/17 at 05:10quadrans: Nice one..
Piso~0.jpg
90 BC Calpurnius Piso65 viewsLaureate head of Apollo right

L PISO FRVGI
Naked horseman galloping to the right holding palm-branch
CXXXI ? in exergue

Rome 90 BC

3.71g

Sear 235

"This extraordinarily large and complex issue represents one of the principal war coinages of the Romans during the conflict with the Marsic Confederation. The control-Marks are legion and consist of letters, mumerals and symbols in a multitude of combinations on the obverse and reverse" SEAR Millenium Edition

Sold Forum auction January 2018
3 commentsJay GT405/12/17 at 18:31Canaan: Very nice and historic value!
Constans.jpg
Constans46 viewsDN CONSTANS PF AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, globe in right hand.

FEL TEMP REPARATIO
Helmeted soldier, spear in left hand, advancing right, head left; with his right hand he leads a small bare-headed figure from a hut beneath a tree. The spear points up and to the right
SLG in exergue

Lyons

20 mm, 2.95g

RIC VIII 86

Sold Forum Auctions March 2016
1 commentsJay GT405/09/17 at 07:40Randygeki(h2): A nice one
nero_provincial.jpg
Rare Nero provincial "sestertius"189 views
Laureate head of Nero right


Emperor riding right with lance, behind him a soldier riding right with Vexillum

16.78g, 32 mm

RPC 2104; countermark Howgego GIC 557 Prusa ad Olympum

Extremely rare (RPC cites 2 examples).

This provincial "sestertius" copies the DECVRSIO issues of Nero.


Ex-Londinium coin

Sold to Calgary Coins November 2016
6 commentsJay GT405/05/17 at 14:36NORMAN K: Interesting and nice find. Like the countermark
Vespasian_cista.jpg
RIC 776 Vespasian Cista Mystica denarius59 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG.
Laureate head right.

PON MAX TR P COS VI.
Victory standing left upon cista mystica, holding wreath and palm frond; coiled serpent to left and right.

Rome 75 AD

2.93g

RIC 776 (R).


Minted in Rome but likely intended for circulation in the East. The reverse copies the earlier quinarii of Augustus and the Cistophoric tetradrachms of Ephesus.

SOLD! July 2019
1 commentsJay GT405/05/17 at 05:41Randygeki(h2): Cool type
Papius3.jpg
79 BC L Papius Serrated denarius76 viewsHead of Juno Sospita right clad in goat's skin control symbal behind (half of fat fish), bead and reel in border

L PAPI
Gryphon leaping right control symbol (fish) below, bead and reel border

trade guild: fishmongers

3.91g

Rome
79 BC

Sear 311 RRC 39

ex-ANE

To see the amazing variety of control marks on this series: www.bonannocoins.com/l_papius/l_papius_db.php

SOLD to Calgary Coin June 2017
2 commentsJay GT404/05/17 at 19:46Randygeki(h2): Very cool Jay !
Papius3.jpg
79 BC L Papius Serrated denarius76 viewsHead of Juno Sospita right clad in goat's skin control symbal behind (half of fat fish), bead and reel in border

L PAPI
Gryphon leaping right control symbol (fish) below, bead and reel border

trade guild: fishmongers

3.91g

Rome
79 BC

Sear 311 RRC 39

ex-ANE

To see the amazing variety of control marks on this series: www.bonannocoins.com/l_papius/l_papius_db.php

SOLD to Calgary Coin June 2017
2 commentsJay GT404/05/17 at 19:01maridvnvm: Lovely. I am jealous.
LPapi2.jpg
79 BC L Papius Serrated denarius54 viewsHead of Juno Sospita right clad in goat's skin control symbal behind (base of column), bead and reel in border

L PAPI
Gryphon leaping right control symbol (Corinthian capital) below, bead and reel border

Trade guild: Builders

3.9g

Rome
79 BC

Sear 311 RRC 89

Ex-Calgary Coin

To see the amazing variety of control marks on this series:
www.bonannocoins.com/l_papius/l_papius_db.php

SOLD to Calgary Coin June 2017
1 commentsJay GT404/04/17 at 17:10Randygeki(h2): This one is even better. Nice addition
LPapi.jpg
79 BC L Papius Serrated denarius51 viewsHead of Juno Sospita right clad in goat's skin control symbal behind (bakers shovel), bead and reel in border

L PAPI
Gryphon leaping right control symbol (bakers oven) below, bead and reel border

trade guild: cooks and bakers

3.75g

Rome
79 BC

Sear 311 RRC 89

ex-ANE

Plate coin 89:www.bonannocoins.com/l_papius/l_papius_db.php

SOLD to Calgary Coin June 2017
1 commentsJay GT404/04/17 at 17:10Randygeki(h2): A sweet example Jay
Vespasian_Paci_3.jpg
RIC 1421 Vespasian Ephesus denarius106 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR PPP
Laureate head right

PACI AVGVSTAE
Victory advancing left holding wreath and palm.

70 AD, Ephesus

2.03g

Rare

RIC 1421 (R), BMCRE 446, RSC 278 determined by die match.

Ex-FLAN (1999), Ex-ANE

Much better in hand, not as porous looking with a dark patina

Sold March 2018
7 commentsJay GT403/21/17 at 17:56Nemonater: Nice! These Ephesus types always seem hard to phot...
Vespasian_Paci_3.jpg
RIC 1421 Vespasian Ephesus denarius106 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR PPP
Laureate head right

PACI AVGVSTAE
Victory advancing left holding wreath and palm.

70 AD, Ephesus

2.03g

Rare

RIC 1421 (R), BMCRE 446, RSC 278 determined by die match.

Ex-FLAN (1999), Ex-ANE

Much better in hand, not as porous looking with a dark patina

Sold March 2018
7 commentsJay GT403/17/17 at 18:10okidoki: very nice Jay
Vespasian_Paci_3.jpg
RIC 1421 Vespasian Ephesus denarius106 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR PPP
Laureate head right

PACI AVGVSTAE
Victory advancing left holding wreath and palm.

70 AD, Ephesus

2.03g

Rare

RIC 1421 (R), BMCRE 446, RSC 278 determined by die match.

Ex-FLAN (1999), Ex-ANE

Much better in hand, not as porous looking with a dark patina

Sold March 2018
7 commentsJay GT403/17/17 at 11:11David Atherton: Wonderful style!
Vespasian_Paci_3.jpg
RIC 1421 Vespasian Ephesus denarius106 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR PPP
Laureate head right

PACI AVGVSTAE
Victory advancing left holding wreath and palm.

70 AD, Ephesus

2.03g

Rare

RIC 1421 (R), BMCRE 446, RSC 278 determined by die match.

Ex-FLAN (1999), Ex-ANE

Much better in hand, not as porous looking with a dark patina

Sold March 2018
7 commentsJay GT403/17/17 at 08:23FlaviusDomitianus: Nice addition.
Vespasian_Paci_3.jpg
RIC 1421 Vespasian Ephesus denarius106 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR PPP
Laureate head right

PACI AVGVSTAE
Victory advancing left holding wreath and palm.

70 AD, Ephesus

2.03g

Rare

RIC 1421 (R), BMCRE 446, RSC 278 determined by die match.

Ex-FLAN (1999), Ex-ANE

Much better in hand, not as porous looking with a dark patina

Sold March 2018
7 commentsJay GT403/17/17 at 07:18Canaan: A must have, Very nice.
Vespasian_Paci_3.jpg
RIC 1421 Vespasian Ephesus denarius106 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR PPP
Laureate head right

PACI AVGVSTAE
Victory advancing left holding wreath and palm.

70 AD, Ephesus

2.03g

Rare

RIC 1421 (R), BMCRE 446, RSC 278 determined by die match.

Ex-FLAN (1999), Ex-ANE

Much better in hand, not as porous looking with a dark patina

Sold March 2018
7 commentsJay GT403/17/17 at 06:21Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
Vespasian_Paci_3.jpg
RIC 1421 Vespasian Ephesus denarius106 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR PPP
Laureate head right

PACI AVGVSTAE
Victory advancing left holding wreath and palm.

70 AD, Ephesus

2.03g

Rare

RIC 1421 (R), BMCRE 446, RSC 278 determined by die match.

Ex-FLAN (1999), Ex-ANE

Much better in hand, not as porous looking with a dark patina

Sold March 2018
7 commentsJay GT403/17/17 at 04:51quadrans: Another great style...
Alexader.jpg
Life-time Alexander III drachm70 viewsHead of Alexander as Herakles right, clad in lion's skin.

ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ
Zeus Atophoros seated left; barley grain below throne, spearhead to outer right.

Struck in Kolophon circa 323-319 BC at the very end of Alexander's reign.

4.09g

Price 1751

ex-Calgary Coins

Sold Forum Auction May 2019
3 commentsJay GT402/14/17 at 17:56Quant.Geek: Very nice! One of the types that I would love to ...
Alexader.jpg
Life-time Alexander III drachm70 viewsHead of Alexander as Herakles right, clad in lion's skin.

ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ
Zeus Atophoros seated left; barley grain below throne, spearhead to outer right.

Struck in Kolophon circa 323-319 BC at the very end of Alexander's reign.

4.09g

Price 1751

ex-Calgary Coins

Sold Forum Auction May 2019
3 commentsJay GT402/14/17 at 17:42Canaan: What a great addition congrats
Alexader.jpg
Life-time Alexander III drachm70 viewsHead of Alexander as Herakles right, clad in lion's skin.

ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ
Zeus Atophoros seated left; barley grain below throne, spearhead to outer right.

Struck in Kolophon circa 323-319 BC at the very end of Alexander's reign.

4.09g

Price 1751

ex-Calgary Coins

Sold Forum Auction May 2019
3 commentsJay GT402/14/17 at 16:53Randygeki(h2): Excellent Photo and nice coin Jay
Justinian_I_solidus_002.jpg
Justinian I Solidus172 viewsDN IVSTINIANVS PP AVI
Helmeted cuir. bust of Justinian I front, holding cross on globe and shield

VICTORIA AVCCCΘ
Angel standing front, holding cross on globe and long cross surmounted by Christogram, star at right
CONOB in ex.

9th Officina

Constantinople 527-565 AD

4.49g
SEAR 140
EF with amazing lustre
Ex- Wayne C. Phillips Rare Coins

SOLD
6 commentsJay GT412/16/16 at 01:58Daniel R5: It just does not get any better than holding ancie...
Vespasian~1.jpg
Divus Vespasian58 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
laureate head right

E-X across field,
S C inscribed on shield set on a column, column surmounted by an urn, laurel branch on either side.

Rome,80-81 AD

2.87g

RIC II 62 (Titus); BMCRE 125 (Titus); BN 98; RSC 149; SEAR 6568

Ex-Calgary Coin

Sold Forum Auction March 2017
2 commentsJay GT411/22/16 at 06:01Randygeki(h2): Neat find!
Vespasian~1.jpg
Divus Vespasian58 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
laureate head right

E-X across field,
S C inscribed on shield set on a column, column surmounted by an urn, laurel branch on either side.

Rome,80-81 AD

2.87g

RIC II 62 (Titus); BMCRE 125 (Titus); BN 98; RSC 149; SEAR 6568

Ex-Calgary Coin

Sold Forum Auction March 2017
2 commentsJay GT411/19/16 at 21:42Nemonater: A type thats been on my wish list for some time. N...
nero_provincial.jpg
Rare Nero provincial "sestertius"189 views
Laureate head of Nero right


Emperor riding right with lance, behind him a soldier riding right with Vexillum

16.78g, 32 mm

RPC 2104; countermark Howgego GIC 557 Prusa ad Olympum

Extremely rare (RPC cites 2 examples).

This provincial "sestertius" copies the DECVRSIO issues of Nero.


Ex-Londinium coin

Sold to Calgary Coins November 2016
6 commentsJay GT411/01/16 at 20:42orfew: Very nice piece Jay
nero_provincial.jpg
Rare Nero provincial "sestertius"189 views
Laureate head of Nero right


Emperor riding right with lance, behind him a soldier riding right with Vexillum

16.78g, 32 mm

RPC 2104; countermark Howgego GIC 557 Prusa ad Olympum

Extremely rare (RPC cites 2 examples).

This provincial "sestertius" copies the DECVRSIO issues of Nero.


Ex-Londinium coin

Sold to Calgary Coins November 2016
6 commentsJay GT410/19/16 at 06:15Randygeki(h2): Lucky find!
nero_provincial.jpg
Rare Nero provincial "sestertius"189 views
Laureate head of Nero right


Emperor riding right with lance, behind him a soldier riding right with Vexillum

16.78g, 32 mm

RPC 2104; countermark Howgego GIC 557 Prusa ad Olympum

Extremely rare (RPC cites 2 examples).

This provincial "sestertius" copies the DECVRSIO issues of Nero.


Ex-Londinium coin

Sold to Calgary Coins November 2016
6 commentsJay GT410/03/16 at 16:12quadrans: Nice one..
nero_provincial.jpg
Rare Nero provincial "sestertius"189 views
Laureate head of Nero right


Emperor riding right with lance, behind him a soldier riding right with Vexillum

16.78g, 32 mm

RPC 2104; countermark Howgego GIC 557 Prusa ad Olympum

Extremely rare (RPC cites 2 examples).

This provincial "sestertius" copies the DECVRSIO issues of Nero.


Ex-Londinium coin

Sold to Calgary Coins November 2016
6 commentsJay GT410/01/16 at 07:31Enodia: great find!
nero_provincial.jpg
Rare Nero provincial "sestertius"189 views
Laureate head of Nero right


Emperor riding right with lance, behind him a soldier riding right with Vexillum

16.78g, 32 mm

RPC 2104; countermark Howgego GIC 557 Prusa ad Olympum

Extremely rare (RPC cites 2 examples).

This provincial "sestertius" copies the DECVRSIO issues of Nero.


Ex-Londinium coin

Sold to Calgary Coins November 2016
6 commentsJay GT410/01/16 at 01:44Nemonater: Great catch Jay! Very nice!
hadrian_Alex_drachm.jpg
Hadrian Alexandrian Drachm84 viewsAVT KAI TRAI A∆PIA CEB
laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind

Nilus seated left on rocks, reed in right, cornucopia in left, crocodile right climbing up rocks, IS / L (year 16) above left

Alexandria
25.03g, 34mm

Emmett 1014

Ex-Zurgieh

The Greek numeral sixteen (Iς) above Nilus refers to what was considered the ideal height of the annual Nile flood, sixteen cubits. Less could mean drought or famine. Even in modern times grand celebrations were held when the flood reached 16 cubits. In years when the flood failed to reach 16 cubits, the celebrations were canceled, and prayers and fasting were held instead. The peak flood occurred at the end of August, which explains why the Egyptian year began on 29 August.

Gifted
3 commentsJay GT409/22/15 at 08:35okidoki: nice big bronze
MAsestertius.jpg
Marcus Aurelius Sestertius73 viewsM ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXV
Laureate bust right

IMP VI COS III SC
Victory standing right attaching shield, inscribed VIC GER to palm tree

26.41g

RIC 1029, Sear 4978, BMC1423

Ex-ANE

Worn but with a lovely smooth chocolate patina

Sold Forum Auction March 2019
1 commentsJay GT408/25/15 at 22:28Enodia: great pic Jay!
GordianIIIDiana.jpg
Gordian III denarius91 viewsIMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG
laureate bust right

DIANA LVCIFERA
Diana standing right holding lighted torch in both hands

Rome
241-2 AD

Rare?

Sear 8673, RIC 127, RSC 69

Special issue for marriage of Gordian III and Sabinia Tranquillina

SOLD! Forum Auction January 2017
2 commentsJay GT407/03/15 at 15:35Molinari: I agree, very nice reverse!
GordianIIIDiana.jpg
Gordian III denarius91 viewsIMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG
laureate bust right

DIANA LVCIFERA
Diana standing right holding lighted torch in both hands

Rome
241-2 AD

Rare?

Sear 8673, RIC 127, RSC 69

Special issue for marriage of Gordian III and Sabinia Tranquillina

SOLD! Forum Auction January 2017
2 commentsJay GT407/02/15 at 22:25okidoki: very sharp reverse
vitellius_Macedon.jpg
Vitellius Macedon198 viewsOUITELLIOS GERMAIKOS AVTOK
Laureate head of Vitellius left

ΣEBAΣTOΣ MAKEΔONΩN
around round Macedonian shield

AE25
Macedonia
69 70 A.D.

8.46g

RPC 1616, Moushmov 5878, Varbanov 2465
Rare

Sold Forum Auctions March 2016
3 commentsJay GT406/27/15 at 21:15ancientdave: This is a cool one!
Sextus.jpg
Sextus Pompey75 viewsMAG PIVS IMP ITER
Bare head of Pompey Magnus right; capis behind, lituus before

Neptune standing left, holding aplustre in right hand, resting right foot on prow, between the Catanaean brothers, Anapias and Amphinomus, carrying their parents on their shoulders, PRAEF above, CLAS ET ORAE MARIT EX S C in two lines in exergue.

Uncertain mint in Sicily, (Catania?)

37-36 BC

3.25g

Rare

Crawford 511/3a; Sydenham 1344; Sear 334; RRC 511/3a; BMCRR Sicily 7; Pompeia 27; Catalli 2001, 824

Ex-Londinium

Numiswiki:
Struck by Sextus Pompey after his victory over Salvidienus and relates to his acclamation as the Son of Neptune. Although Sextus Pompey was the supreme naval commander, Octavian had the Senate declare him a public enemy. He turned to piracy and came close to defeating Octavian. He was, however, defeated by Marcus Agrippa at the naval battle of Naulochus (3 September 36 B.C.). He was executed by order of Mark Antony in 35 B.C
1 commentsJay GT405/29/15 at 21:48David Atherton: Iconic coin. congrats!
Pius.jpg
Antoninus Pius denarius132 viewsANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVII
Laureate bust right of

COS IIII
Vesta sacrifices left over altar, holding palladium

Rome 153/4 AD

3.13g

RIC 238; Cohen 201

Amazing dark "as found" patina


SOLD! Forum Auctions January 2017
4 commentsJay GT402/22/15 at 09:44Carsten B: I love these dark denarii
Thermus.jpg
103 BC Q. Minucius M.f. Thermus100 viewsHead of young Mars left, wearing crested helmet

Q THERM MF (THE and MF in monogram)
Roman soldier advancing right, fighting with uplifted sword a barbarian soldier before him and protecting with shield a fallen comrade at his feet

Rome 103 BC
3.71g

Sear 197

Sold Forum Auction December 2017
2 commentsJay GT412/07/14 at 20:25Enodia: i agree, the reverse is action-packed!
nero_contorniate.jpg
Nero Protocontorniate143 viewsNERO CAESAR AVG GERM IMP
Laureate head right

PACE P R VBIQ PARTA IANVM CLVSIT SC
Temple of Janus with doors closed

Rome 65 AD

9.22g

SEAR 1974

Edges hammered in antiquity (1st-3rd century) to create a "proto-contorniate"

Better in Hand!


Ex-Tater's

From Numiswiki protocontorniate:

A protocontorniate is a normal, large-module bronze coin, typically a sestertius, which at some point was later altered by hammering the edges of the coin so that it could serve some other use. A common assumption is that protocontorniates functioned as game counters since the rim created through hammering could protect the designs. Andreas Alfldi believed protocontorniates to be forerunners of the contorniates of the fourth and fifth centuries. He argued that protocontorniates were New Years gifts and that the older coins were actually hammered in the fourth century before the contorniates proper came into being.


Sold Forum auction. 2015
1 commentsJay GT411/18/14 at 20:23Nemonater: What a great piece.
Thermus.jpg
103 BC Q. Minucius M.f. Thermus100 viewsHead of young Mars left, wearing crested helmet

Q THERM MF (THE and MF in monogram)
Roman soldier advancing right, fighting with uplifted sword a barbarian soldier before him and protecting with shield a fallen comrade at his feet

Rome 103 BC
3.71g

Sear 197

Sold Forum Auction December 2017
2 commentsJay GT406/06/14 at 11:13David Atherton: Lovely coin with an energetic reverse.
Hadrian_Galliae.jpg
Hadrian Galliae 73 viewsHADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right.

RESTITVTORI GALLIAE.
Hadrian standing left, holding volumen and raising kneeling Gallia right.

Rome 134-8 AD

3.24g

RIC 324.

SOLD
2 commentsJay GT405/12/14 at 04:22ancientdave: Nice looking example of a cool type.
Hadrian_Galliae.jpg
Hadrian Galliae 73 viewsHADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right.

RESTITVTORI GALLIAE.
Hadrian standing left, holding volumen and raising kneeling Gallia right.

Rome 134-8 AD

3.24g

RIC 324.

SOLD
2 commentsJay GT405/11/14 at 16:08TheEmpireNeverEnded: Cool reverse
hadrian_Alex_drachm.jpg
Hadrian Alexandrian Drachm84 viewsAVT KAI TRAI A∆PIA CEB
laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind

Nilus seated left on rocks, reed in right, cornucopia in left, crocodile right climbing up rocks, IS / L (year 16) above left

Alexandria
25.03g, 34mm

Emmett 1014

Ex-Zurgieh

The Greek numeral sixteen (Iς) above Nilus refers to what was considered the ideal height of the annual Nile flood, sixteen cubits. Less could mean drought or famine. Even in modern times grand celebrations were held when the flood reached 16 cubits. In years when the flood failed to reach 16 cubits, the celebrations were canceled, and prayers and fasting were held instead. The peak flood occurred at the end of August, which explains why the Egyptian year began on 29 August.

Gifted
3 commentsJay GT402/15/14 at 17:54Sam: Nice.
hadrian_Alex_drachm.jpg
Hadrian Alexandrian Drachm84 viewsAVT KAI TRAI A∆PIA CEB
laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind

Nilus seated left on rocks, reed in right, cornucopia in left, crocodile right climbing up rocks, IS / L (year 16) above left

Alexandria
25.03g, 34mm

Emmett 1014

Ex-Zurgieh

The Greek numeral sixteen (Iς) above Nilus refers to what was considered the ideal height of the annual Nile flood, sixteen cubits. Less could mean drought or famine. Even in modern times grand celebrations were held when the flood reached 16 cubits. In years when the flood failed to reach 16 cubits, the celebrations were canceled, and prayers and fasting were held instead. The peak flood occurred at the end of August, which explains why the Egyptian year began on 29 August.

Gifted
3 commentsJay GT402/15/14 at 17:27quadrans: I like this..
GordianSest.jpg
Gordian III Sestertius90 viewsIMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG
Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

IOVI STATORI / S C.
Jupiter standing facing, head right, holding sceptre and thunderbolt.

Rome 241-243 AD
17.26g

RIC 299a.

Ex-Zurgieh

Sold Forum Auction 2016
2 commentsJay GT402/11/14 at 17:51David Atherton: A wonderful obverse!
GordianSest.jpg
Gordian III Sestertius90 viewsIMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG
Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

IOVI STATORI / S C.
Jupiter standing facing, head right, holding sceptre and thunderbolt.

Rome 241-243 AD
17.26g

RIC 299a.

Ex-Zurgieh

Sold Forum Auction 2016
2 commentsJay GT402/11/14 at 15:49Mat: Nice "happy" portrait.
ANTLEGXVI.jpg
Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG XVI53 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
Galley right mast with banners at prow

LEG XVI
legionary eagle between two standards


Patrae mint

32-31BC

3.26g

Ex- Tom Cederlind

The 16th was founded by Julius Caesar in 54 BC. It is believed to have been granted "Flavia" title by Domitian in 89 AD following the Saturninus revolt.
1 commentsJay GT412/16/13 at 11:51David Atherton: Excellent background info!
Elagabalus.jpg
Elagabalus97 viewsIMP ANTONINVS AVG
Radiate head right

PM TR P II COS II PP
Fortuna enthroned left holding rudder on globe and cornucopiae, wheel below seat

Rome 219 AD

Sear 7495

ex-Canadian Coin

SOLD! Forum Auction January 2017
4 commentsJay GT411/07/13 at 18:26Sosius: great style on this one.
sabina.jpg
Sabina134 viewsSABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG PP
Diad. and draped bust left, hair in plait down neck.

CONCORDIA AVG
Concordia enthroned left, holding patera and leaning on statue of Spes; under throne, cornucopia.

Rome 129 AD
3.38g

Appears to be a limes denarius

RIC 398, Sear 3920, BMCRE 902

Sold Forum Auction April 2016

3 commentsJay GT409/10/13 at 13:43Paddy: well centered with full legend.
sabina.jpg
Sabina134 viewsSABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG PP
Diad. and draped bust left, hair in plait down neck.

CONCORDIA AVG
Concordia enthroned left, holding patera and leaning on statue of Spes; under throne, cornucopia.

Rome 129 AD
3.38g

Appears to be a limes denarius

RIC 398, Sear 3920, BMCRE 902

Sold Forum Auction April 2016

3 commentsJay GT409/07/13 at 17:27quadrans: Interesting coin
sabina.jpg
Sabina134 viewsSABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG PP
Diad. and draped bust left, hair in plait down neck.

CONCORDIA AVG
Concordia enthroned left, holding patera and leaning on statue of Spes; under throne, cornucopia.

Rome 129 AD
3.38g

Appears to be a limes denarius

RIC 398, Sear 3920, BMCRE 902

Sold Forum Auction April 2016

3 commentsJay GT409/06/13 at 19:11HELEN S: Lovely coin very unusual with left facing bust WOW
Caesar~0.jpg
46-45 BC Gauis Julius Caesar91 viewsDiademed head of Venus right, small cupid at shoulder behind


CAESAR
trophy of Gallic arms between two seated male and female captives

Spain 46-45 BC

3.71g
Sear 1404

ex-Calgary coins

Minted for the Spanish campaign against the Pompey brothers, the obverse of this series is occupied by the head of Venus, ancestress of the Julia gens along with a small Cupid identifying her as Venus Genetrix. Caesar had recently dedicated a temple in the forum to her. The reverse revives the theme of victory in Gaul probably to remind his veteran legions of the glory and success in years past. These veterans who were overdue for discharge were now being called on to face the Pompeian threat for the third time in two and a half years.


SOLD Forum Auction May 2016
2 commentsJay GT408/14/13 at 14:40Lucas H: The capive on the right is sometimes described as ...
Divisfouree.jpg
Vespasian by Titus fouree176 viewsDIVVS AGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
Laureat head of Vespasian right

EX SC
Empty quadriga advancing left, ornamented with a miniature quadriga flanked by Victories at the top and two standing figures on the side

Rome 80/1 AD

3.17g


RIC II 60 (Titus); BMCRE 119 (Titus); RSC 146


Ancient counterfeit (fouree)

Sold Forum Auctions March 2017
4 commentsJay GT408/05/13 at 11:04djmacdo: interesting coin in good style
Elagabalus.jpg
Elagabalus97 viewsIMP ANTONINVS AVG
Radiate head right

PM TR P II COS II PP
Fortuna enthroned left holding rudder on globe and cornucopiae, wheel below seat

Rome 219 AD

Sear 7495

ex-Canadian Coin

SOLD! Forum Auction January 2017
4 commentsJay GT408/04/13 at 16:22carthago: Well balance with a great look.
Caesar~0.jpg
46-45 BC Gauis Julius Caesar91 viewsDiademed head of Venus right, small cupid at shoulder behind


CAESAR
trophy of Gallic arms between two seated male and female captives

Spain 46-45 BC

3.71g
Sear 1404

ex-Calgary coins

Minted for the Spanish campaign against the Pompey brothers, the obverse of this series is occupied by the head of Venus, ancestress of the Julia gens along with a small Cupid identifying her as Venus Genetrix. Caesar had recently dedicated a temple in the forum to her. The reverse revives the theme of victory in Gaul probably to remind his veteran legions of the glory and success in years past. These veterans who were overdue for discharge were now being called on to face the Pompeian threat for the third time in two and a half years.


SOLD Forum Auction May 2016
2 commentsJay GT408/04/13 at 05:25Randygeki(h2): nice
Elagabalus.jpg
Elagabalus97 viewsIMP ANTONINVS AVG
Radiate head right

PM TR P II COS II PP
Fortuna enthroned left holding rudder on globe and cornucopiae, wheel below seat

Rome 219 AD

Sear 7495

ex-Canadian Coin

SOLD! Forum Auction January 2017
4 commentsJay GT408/04/13 at 05:25Randygeki(h2): very nice! Good portrait with some nice toning
Elagabalus.jpg
Elagabalus97 viewsIMP ANTONINVS AVG
Radiate head right

PM TR P II COS II PP
Fortuna enthroned left holding rudder on globe and cornucopiae, wheel below seat

Rome 219 AD

Sear 7495

ex-Canadian Coin

SOLD! Forum Auction January 2017
4 commentsJay GT408/04/13 at 03:54ancientdave: Nice looking coin. Great reverse!
Divisfouree.jpg
Vespasian by Titus fouree176 viewsDIVVS AGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
Laureat head of Vespasian right

EX SC
Empty quadriga advancing left, ornamented with a miniature quadriga flanked by Victories at the top and two standing figures on the side

Rome 80/1 AD

3.17g


RIC II 60 (Titus); BMCRE 119 (Titus); RSC 146


Ancient counterfeit (fouree)

Sold Forum Auctions March 2017
4 commentsJay GT407/13/13 at 10:11Randygeki(h2): Cool addition Jay
Divisfouree.jpg
Vespasian by Titus fouree176 viewsDIVVS AGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
Laureat head of Vespasian right

EX SC
Empty quadriga advancing left, ornamented with a miniature quadriga flanked by Victories at the top and two standing figures on the side

Rome 80/1 AD

3.17g


RIC II 60 (Titus); BMCRE 119 (Titus); RSC 146


Ancient counterfeit (fouree)

Sold Forum Auctions March 2017
4 commentsJay GT407/13/13 at 03:40SPQR Matt: Very cool!
Divisfouree.jpg
Vespasian by Titus fouree176 viewsDIVVS AGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
Laureat head of Vespasian right

EX SC
Empty quadriga advancing left, ornamented with a miniature quadriga flanked by Victories at the top and two standing figures on the side

Rome 80/1 AD

3.17g


RIC II 60 (Titus); BMCRE 119 (Titus); RSC 146


Ancient counterfeit (fouree)

Sold Forum Auctions March 2017
4 commentsJay GT407/12/13 at 23:24renegade3220: Nice fouree. Looks like this is one to handle gent...
JubaII.jpg
Juba II & Cleopatra Selene90 viewsREX IVBA
Diademed and draped bust right, club over shoulder

BACIΛICCA KΛEOΠATPA
Headdress of Isis, with stalks of grain, crescent above

Caesarea mint, 25 B.C. - 24 A.D

12.62g

Bronze AE 27, Alexandropoulos 209, Mazard 351 (RRR), SNG Cop 605, De Luynes 4013

Very Rare! Excellent for the type!

From a very old collection


Juba II was the only son and heir of his father King Juba I. King Juba I was the King of Numidia and ally to Pompey the Great. He fought against Julius Caesar at the battle of Thapsus and lost commiting suicide soon after. His son Juba II was taken away to Rome to be paraded in Caesar's Triumph's. He was then raised in Caesar's houshold and educated in both Latin and Greek excelling in his studies. He was praised as one of Rome's most educated citizens and at age 20 even published a work entitled Roman Archaeology. He became life long friends with Julius Caesar's heir Octavian. He accompanied Octavian on several campaigns during the turbulent times after Caesar's death even fighting at the battle of Actium against his future wifes parents...Antony and Cleopatra VII.

Augustus restored Juba II as the king of Numidia between 29 BC-27 BC and Numidia become one of the most loyal client kings that served Rome. Between 26 BC-20 BC, Augustus arranged for him to marry Cleopatra Selene II (Daughter of Antony and Cleopatra) giving her a large dowry and appointing her queen. She also had been paraded in a Triumph in Rome after the battle of Actium. It was probably due to his services with Augustus in a campaign in Spain that led Augustus to make him King of Mauretania.

Cleopatra is said to have exerted considerable influence on Juba II's policies. Juba II encouraged and supported the performing arts, research of the sciences and research of natural history. Juba II also supported Mauretanian trade. Mauretania traded all over the Mediterranean and exported fish grapes, pearls, figs, grain, wooden furniture and purple dye harvested from certain shellfish, which was used in the manufacture of purple stripes for senatorial robes. Juba II sent a contingent to Iles Purpuraires to re-establish the ancient Phoenician dye manufacturing process.

Cleopatra Selene seems to have inherited the same qualities of both Antony and Cleopatra VII. She was strong willed and maintained her Egyptian/Greek heritage. She seems intent on continuing the Ptolomaic line of strong women rulers using the same titles as her mother. She died sometime before Juba II. The Greek Historian Plutarch describes Juba II as 'one of the most gifted rulers of his time'. Between 2 BC-2, he travelled with Gaius Caesar as a member of his advisory staff to the troubled Eastern Mediterranean. In 21, Juba II made his son Ptolemy co-ruler. Juba II died in 23 AD. He had two children by Cleopatra Selene, Ptolomy of Mauretania (1 BC- 40 AD) and Drusilla of Mauretania (born in 5 AD). He was burried in the Mausolium he constructed for himself and his wife which is still visible today.

Sold to Calgary Coin Feb 2017
1 commentsJay GT406/30/13 at 03:21quadrans: Nice history and interesting coin...
Nero~1.jpg
Nero Victoria AE As86 views46 views
IMP NERO CAESAR AVG P MAX TR PPP
Bare head right

S-C
on either side of Victory flying left with shield inscribed SPQR.

Lugdunum, 66 AD

9.78g

RIC 543, Cohen 302.

Ex-Taters

Smoothing in fields and some tooling
New photo!

SOLD
2 commentsJay GT406/25/13 at 19:49Jay GT4: Yes of course you're right.
Nero~1.jpg
Nero Victoria AE As86 views46 views
IMP NERO CAESAR AVG P MAX TR PPP
Bare head right

S-C
on either side of Victory flying left with shield inscribed SPQR.

Lugdunum, 66 AD

9.78g

RIC 543, Cohen 302.

Ex-Taters

Smoothing in fields and some tooling
New photo!

SOLD
2 commentsJay GT406/25/13 at 06:13Pscipio: It looks very heavily smoothed and partially toole...
Trajancol.jpg
Trajan's Column As134 viewsIMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V PP
Laureate head right

SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC
Trajan's column with two eagles at base

12.09g

RIC II 600; Cohen 562; B.M.C. 100

Ex-Canadian Coin

SOLD to Calgary Coin June 2017
4 commentsJay GT406/20/13 at 02:56SPQR Matt: I like this one a lot! A great addition.
HadrianEgypt.jpg
Hadrian denarius70 viewsHADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
laureate head right

AFRICA
Africa reclining left, wearing elephant scalp headdress, scorpion in right, cornucopia in left, basket of grain before her at feet

Rome mint, 134 - 138 A.D

3.06g

RSC II 138, RIC II 299, BMCRE III 816, Sear 3459

Part of Hadrian's "travel series"

Sold to Forum 2015
1 commentsJay GT406/13/13 at 00:04David Atherton: Interesting location it was found.
Pius.jpg
Antoninus Pius denarius132 viewsANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVII
Laureate bust right of

COS IIII
Vesta sacrifices left over altar, holding palladium

Rome 153/4 AD

3.13g

RIC 238; Cohen 201

Amazing dark "as found" patina


SOLD! Forum Auctions January 2017
4 commentsJay GT406/11/13 at 06:13David Atherton: I love the chocolate patina which enhances this co...
Pius.jpg
Antoninus Pius denarius132 viewsANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVII
Laureate bust right of

COS IIII
Vesta sacrifices left over altar, holding palladium

Rome 153/4 AD

3.13g

RIC 238; Cohen 201

Amazing dark "as found" patina


SOLD! Forum Auctions January 2017
4 commentsJay GT406/10/13 at 23:12carthago: Now that looks like an ancient coin!
Pius.jpg
Antoninus Pius denarius132 viewsANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVII
Laureate bust right of

COS IIII
Vesta sacrifices left over altar, holding palladium

Rome 153/4 AD

3.13g

RIC 238; Cohen 201

Amazing dark "as found" patina


SOLD! Forum Auctions January 2017
4 commentsJay GT406/10/13 at 22:27Nemonater: Excellent, I love the find patina!
Trajancol.jpg
Trajan's Column As134 viewsIMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V PP
Laureate head right

SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC
Trajan's column with two eagles at base

12.09g

RIC II 600; Cohen 562; B.M.C. 100

Ex-Canadian Coin

SOLD to Calgary Coin June 2017
4 commentsJay GT405/31/13 at 23:18Randygeki(h2): I like this type too, nice one Jay!
Trajancol.jpg
Trajan's Column As134 viewsIMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V PP
Laureate head right

SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC
Trajan's column with two eagles at base

12.09g

RIC II 600; Cohen 562; B.M.C. 100

Ex-Canadian Coin

SOLD to Calgary Coin June 2017
4 commentsJay GT405/31/13 at 21:22David Atherton: I love this type. A very respectable coin!
Trajancol.jpg
Trajan's Column As134 viewsIMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V PP
Laureate head right

SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC
Trajan's column with two eagles at base

12.09g

RIC II 600; Cohen 562; B.M.C. 100

Ex-Canadian Coin

SOLD to Calgary Coin June 2017
4 commentsJay GT405/31/13 at 21:07ancientdave: Good looking coin!
002.jpg
Gordian III and Tranquillina 79 viewsGordian III & Tranquillina AE28

AVT K M ANT GORDIANOC CEB, TPANKVLA
Confronted draped busts of Gordian III and Tranquillina

ODHCC EITWN
Athena standing left, holding spear & shield, E in left field

Odessos, Thrace.
14.27g

Moushmov 1684

SOLD!
1 commentsJay GT405/15/13 at 21:26Randygeki(h2): very nice!
001.jpg
Gordian III and Tranquillina 80 viewsGORDIAN III & TRANQUILLINA AE28 pentassarion

AVT K M ANT ΓΟΡ∆ΙΑΝΟC AVΓ CE ΤΡΑΝΚΥΛΛΙΝΑ
confronted draped busts of Gordian III and Tranquillina

Ο∆ΗCCΕΙΤΩΝ
Nemesis standing left holding rod and bridle, wheel at foot left.

Odessos, Thrace.

May 241 - 25 Feb 244 A.D

Varbanov 4583 (same dies). AMNG 2394 (7 spec.).

12.45g

Ex-Spink catalog 1998/9

Sold Forum Auctions 2016
4 commentsJay GT405/15/13 at 21:24Randygeki(h2): Very nice example
001.jpg
Gordian III and Tranquillina 80 viewsGORDIAN III & TRANQUILLINA AE28 pentassarion

AVT K M ANT ΓΟΡ∆ΙΑΝΟC AVΓ CE ΤΡΑΝΚΥΛΛΙΝΑ
confronted draped busts of Gordian III and Tranquillina

Ο∆ΗCCΕΙΤΩΝ
Nemesis standing left holding rod and bridle, wheel at foot left.

Odessos, Thrace.

May 241 - 25 Feb 244 A.D

Varbanov 4583 (same dies). AMNG 2394 (7 spec.).

12.45g

Ex-Spink catalog 1998/9

Sold Forum Auctions 2016
4 commentsJay GT405/12/13 at 17:56quadrans: I like it tooo...
001.jpg
Gordian III and Tranquillina 80 viewsGORDIAN III & TRANQUILLINA AE28 pentassarion

AVT K M ANT ΓΟΡ∆ΙΑΝΟC AVΓ CE ΤΡΑΝΚΥΛΛΙΝΑ
confronted draped busts of Gordian III and Tranquillina

Ο∆ΗCCΕΙΤΩΝ
Nemesis standing left holding rod and bridle, wheel at foot left.

Odessos, Thrace.

May 241 - 25 Feb 244 A.D

Varbanov 4583 (same dies). AMNG 2394 (7 spec.).

12.45g

Ex-Spink catalog 1998/9

Sold Forum Auctions 2016
4 commentsJay GT405/12/13 at 01:30Sosius: I agree. Nice coin.
001.jpg
Gordian III and Tranquillina 80 viewsGORDIAN III & TRANQUILLINA AE28 pentassarion

AVT K M ANT ΓΟΡ∆ΙΑΝΟC AVΓ CE ΤΡΑΝΚΥΛΛΙΝΑ
confronted draped busts of Gordian III and Tranquillina

Ο∆ΗCCΕΙΤΩΝ
Nemesis standing left holding rod and bridle, wheel at foot left.

Odessos, Thrace.

May 241 - 25 Feb 244 A.D

Varbanov 4583 (same dies). AMNG 2394 (7 spec.).

12.45g

Ex-Spink catalog 1998/9

Sold Forum Auctions 2016
4 commentsJay GT405/09/13 at 02:35hill132: very nice.
caracallaMarti1.jpg
Caracalla denarius95 viewsANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT
Laur. head right

MARTI PROPUGNATORI
Mars walking left with trophy and spear

VF
Rome 213 AD

Sear 6819
Ric 223

Sold Forum Auction Oct 2018
2 commentsJay GT405/02/13 at 06:45Randygeki(h2): great coin
MarcusAurelius~0.jpg
Marcus Aurelius Limes denarius124 viewsM ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVI
Laureate bust right

IMP VI COS III
Victory seated left holding patera and palm

2.53g

Rome 171-2 AD
RIC 258

Limes denarius
As found dark toning.

Sold Forum Auctions December 2017
1 commentsJay GT404/19/13 at 03:30Randygeki(h2): Thats pretty cool, nice one Jay!
macrinus~0.jpg
Macrinus95 viewsIMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG
Laureate and cuirassed bust of Macrinus right

FELECITAS TEMPORVM
Felicitas standing left holding long caduceus and cornucopiae

Rome 217 AD
2.37g

Sear 7331, RSC 19a, RIC 62

Scarce/Rare: 5 specimens in Reka Devnia Hoard (Cohen 19)

Ex-ANE

Wildwinds speciman #2


Macrinus was the Praetorian prefect during the reign of Caracalla. After hearing a prophecy that he would become Emperor Macrinus feared that Caracalla would have him killed. In order to save his life he arranged Caracalla's assassination and he and his son Diadumenian seized power and were accepted by the senate. Macrinus concluded an unfavourable peace with the Persians. This disgrace, magnified by propaganda of Julia Maesa, Caracalla's aunt, inspired the Syrian legions to revolt. In the ensuing conflict Macrinus was defeated. He fled, only to be betrayed and executed.

SOLD to Calgary Coin June 2017
2 commentsJay GT404/12/13 at 12:57Sosius: nice coin. like the historical detail too.
LEGIIII.jpg
Mark Antony Legionary denarius LEG IIII124 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
galley r. mast with banners at prow

LEG IIII
legionary eagle between two standards

3.22g

Patrae mint 32-31BC

Sear Imperator's 353; Crawford 544/16; Cohen 29

Ex-Gutierrez Ruesga Spain

RARE

This type with LEG IIII rather than LEG IV is quite rare. No examples were found in the Delos Hoard of 1905





In its first years, the whereabouts of IV Scythica are uncertain, although it is probable that it took part in Antony's campaign against the Parthians. The name suggests that it fought against the Scythians. After the battle of Actium and Antony's suicide, Octavian transferred IV Scythica to the Danube province of Moesia. The legion is reported to have taken part in civilian tasks, such as the building and keeping of roads. In his youth, future emperor Vespasian served in this legion.

SOLD! Forum Auction January 2017
1 commentsJay GT402/14/13 at 12:46Lucas H: I'm jealous of this one! Keep your eye out fo...
TrajanHerc.jpg
Trajan Hercules denarius69 viewsIMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM
Laureate bust of Trajan right

PM TR P COS IIII PP
Statue of Hercules facing with lions skin on head and arm, club in hand

Rome 101-102 AD

3.27g

Ric II 49

Scarce
ex-Calgary Coin

SOLD AT FORUM AUCTIONS
1 commentsJay GT401/31/13 at 14:26Kained but Able: Solid example of this great type. Well done Jay!
caracallaMarti1.jpg
Caracalla denarius95 viewsANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT
Laur. head right

MARTI PROPUGNATORI
Mars walking left with trophy and spear

VF
Rome 213 AD

Sear 6819
Ric 223

Sold Forum Auction Oct 2018
2 commentsJay GT412/31/12 at 20:17Noah: super portrait
Julia.jpg
Julia Domna83 viewsIVLIA AVGVSTA
Draped bust right

FORTVNAE FELICI
Fortuna seated left holding cornucopiae, left arm on rudder

Rome 210 AD

Sear 6583

Beautiful dark patina on this denarius which is almost black on the reverse

ex-Indalo Colecciones

SOLD! Forum Auction January 2017
1 commentsJay GT412/30/12 at 02:38ancientdave: Fantastic patina! Great detail!
Scipio.jpg
47-46 BC Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius Scipio68 viewsQ METEL SCIPIO IMP
head of Africa right, laur. and clad in elephant's skin, corn-ear before, plough below

EPPIVS LEG F C

Naked Hercules standing facing right, hand on hip resting on club set on rock

North Africa
47-46 BC

Sear 1380/1

Born Publius Cornelius Scipio Nasica. He was adopted by his uncle by marriage and father's second cousin Quintus Caecilius Metellus Pius. He married Aemilia Lepida, daughter of Mamercus Aemilius Lepidus Livianus (son of the Censor Marcus Livius Drusus and wife Cornelia Scipio and adopted by Mamercus Aemilius Lepidus) and wife Claudia (sister of Appius Claudius Pulcher (Senior)), and was the father in law of Pompey the Great, married to his daughter Cornelia Metella, called Quinta Pompeia for being his fifth wife.

He was Tribune in 59 BC and became Consul with Pompey the Great in 52 BC. During Caesar's civil war, he served the party of Pompey and fought against Caesar and Marcus Antonius. In 49 BC he was sent as Proconsul to Syria and the following year he took part in the Battle of Pharsalus, where he commanded the center of the Republican battleline. After Pharsalus he fled to Africa were he commanded an army with Cato the Younger, losing in the Battle of Thapsus. After the defeat he tried to escape but was cornered by the fleet of Publius Sittius when he wrecked the ship as he tried to escape to the Iberian Peninsula, to continue to fight from there. He committed suicide by stabbing himself so he would not fall at the hands of his enemies.

SOLD to Calgary Coin June 2017
1 commentsJay GT412/13/12 at 16:45Mat: Dont see this often, nice.
Nero~0.jpg
Nero Tetradrachm54 viewsΝΕΡΩΝ ΚΑΙΣΑΡ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΣ
Laureate bust right

Eagle, wings spread, stands right on thunderbolt, palm-branch to right, date ΑΙΡ.Θ to left, ΕΤΟΥΣ in exergue

Antioch Syria
62/3 CE

14.19g

Ex-Calgary coins

Sold Forum Auctions March 2017
1 commentsJay GT412/13/12 at 16:44Mat: Nice addition
hadiranAET.jpg
Hadrian denarius167 viewsIMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laur. bust of Hadrian right with light drapery on far shoulder

AET AVG (in field) P M TR P COS DES III
Aeternitas standing left holding heads of Sol and Luna

Rome 135 AD

3.39g

Rare
Sear 3458
Ric 48

Ex-ancient Caesar

SOLD April 2017
4 commentsJay GT410/22/12 at 05:12curtislclay: Fairly rare with that title COS DES III !
hadiranAET.jpg
Hadrian denarius167 viewsIMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laur. bust of Hadrian right with light drapery on far shoulder

AET AVG (in field) P M TR P COS DES III
Aeternitas standing left holding heads of Sol and Luna

Rome 135 AD

3.39g

Rare
Sear 3458
Ric 48

Ex-ancient Caesar

SOLD April 2017
4 commentsJay GT410/22/12 at 04:21Steve E: Nice one!
hadiranAET.jpg
Hadrian denarius167 viewsIMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laur. bust of Hadrian right with light drapery on far shoulder

AET AVG (in field) P M TR P COS DES III
Aeternitas standing left holding heads of Sol and Luna

Rome 135 AD

3.39g

Rare
Sear 3458
Ric 48

Ex-ancient Caesar

SOLD April 2017
4 commentsJay GT410/20/12 at 18:37Kained but Able: Such a symbolic reverse, Eternity holding the Sun ...
Hadriensestertius.jpg
Hardiran Sestertius113 viewsHADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Laur head of Hadrian right

SC
Diana standing left holding Bow and Arrow

Scarce

Rome 136 AD
29.43g

Sear 3645

Ex-Arcade Coins

SOLD to Calgary Coin June 2017
1 commentsJay GT410/20/12 at 18:11Kained but Able: Any Diana type is good in my book. A graceful depi...
macrinus~0.jpg
Macrinus95 viewsIMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG
Laureate and cuirassed bust of Macrinus right

FELECITAS TEMPORVM
Felicitas standing left holding long caduceus and cornucopiae

Rome 217 AD
2.37g

Sear 7331, RSC 19a, RIC 62

Scarce/Rare: 5 specimens in Reka Devnia Hoard (Cohen 19)

Ex-ANE

Wildwinds speciman #2


Macrinus was the Praetorian prefect during the reign of Caracalla. After hearing a prophecy that he would become Emperor Macrinus feared that Caracalla would have him killed. In order to save his life he arranged Caracalla's assassination and he and his son Diadumenian seized power and were accepted by the senate. Macrinus concluded an unfavourable peace with the Persians. This disgrace, magnified by propaganda of Julia Maesa, Caracalla's aunt, inspired the Syrian legions to revolt. In the ensuing conflict Macrinus was defeated. He fled, only to be betrayed and executed.

SOLD to Calgary Coin June 2017
2 commentsJay GT410/20/12 at 18:10Kained but Able: Lovely type and great historical detail.
Nero_tet.jpg
Nero Tetradrachm Hera99 viewsNEPΩ KΛAV KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEP AV
Radiate head left, L IΔ in left field

HPA-APΓEIA
Diademed, veiled bust of Hera Argeia right

Alexandria mint
Milne 291
9.82g

SOLD!
3 commentsJay GT408/04/12 at 18:30Aarmale: Great uncleaned find!
AVGCL.jpg
Augustus denarius92 viewsCAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI PATER PATRIAE
Laureate head right

C L CAESARES AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT
Gaius and Lucius stg. facing, shields and spears between them

Lugdunum 2 BC-4 AD
2.76g

Sear 1597

Ex-Calgary Coins, ex-Rudnik Numismatics

Cracked and repaired, crystallized but stable.


Gaius and Lucius where the children of Marcus Agrippa and Augustus' daughter Julia.

SOLD
2 commentsJay GT407/14/12 at 09:28Randygeki(h2): Nice job, and nice coin
AVGCL.jpg
Augustus denarius92 viewsCAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI PATER PATRIAE
Laureate head right

C L CAESARES AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT
Gaius and Lucius stg. facing, shields and spears between them

Lugdunum 2 BC-4 AD
2.76g

Sear 1597

Ex-Calgary Coins, ex-Rudnik Numismatics

Cracked and repaired, crystallized but stable.


Gaius and Lucius where the children of Marcus Agrippa and Augustus' daughter Julia.

SOLD
2 commentsJay GT406/28/12 at 00:17David Atherton: Excellent conservation!
trajan~0.jpg
Trajan denarius55 viewsIMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P COS V PP
laureate, draped and cuir. bust of Trajan right

SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI
Mars standing facing looking right, resting on spear and shield

Rome 107 AD
Sear 3158
1 commentsTitus Pullo10/03/11 at 20:29Kained but Able: Don't forget the Aegis on Trajan's shoulde...
Henry_VIII_half_groat.jpg
Henry VIII half Groat72 viewsHenry VIII (1509-47)
Silver Half Groat.

Profile portrait type, bust crowned right

Arms over Cross, WA beside shield, the insignia of Archbishop Warham of Canterbury.

Canterbury mint.
Second coinage (1526-44)
S-2343.

Ex-Calgary coins, Ex- Gordon Andreas Singer

SOLD February 2015
3 commentsJay GT409/07/11 at 12:57Dk0311USMC: This one is on my long term wish list. Nice!
Julius___Augustus.jpg
Julius Caesar & Octavian93 viewsWreathed head of Julius Caesar right, ΘEOΣ downward before neck.

Bare head of Octavian right, Δ below neck, ΘEΣΣA - ΛONIKEΩN downward on left and upward on right.

Thessalonica, Macedonia, Year 4 = 28-27 BC.
AE 21
10.6g

RPC 1554. BM 58. Varbanov 5153. Touratsoglou, Thessaloniki, p. 143, no. 42 (V10/R39), pl. 1

Of all the coins of this type that I've searched online all of them with a counter mark are a Monogram of NK, in circular punch, 6.5 mm. Howgego 625 (25 pcs). Likely the countermark refers to NEPO KAICAP (Nero Caesar).

"The Δ has been interpreted as either a denomination mark (four assaria) or, more likely, a date - year four of the Actian era (28/7 BC). The ligate NK monogram has been generally accepted as a reference to Nero (Nerwn Kaisar). This is problematic considering that Thessalonica had abundant coinages issued under Claudius and Nero, such that countermarking these quite older coins would be unlikely. Touratsoglou (p. 105) follows Kraay's suggestion that the NK is an abbreviation for Nike (NiKh), and was applied to the coins during celebrations of the city's 50th anniversary of its grant of liberty by the Romans. All but two of the known specimens of this countermark occur on the coins of this first issue of Thessalonica, and the wear on the countermarks is nearly identical to that of the coins, suggesting that the countermarks could not have been applied very long after the coins entered circulation."


SOLD
1 commentsJay GT408/27/11 at 06:56Randygeki(h2): cool addition
Divus_Vespasian.jpg
Vespasian by Titus84 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
laureate head of Vespasian right

SC on circular shield supported by two capricorns back to back, globe below

Rome 80 AD
Sear 2569
Scarce

Tight flan 18mm
2.88g

Issued by Titus in honour of his father Divus Vespasian

SOLD

3 commentsJay GT408/21/11 at 20:35Legatus: Nice. I have this on an irregular flan. Yours is...
LEG_XX.jpg
Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG XX55 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
galley right, mast with banners at prow

LEG XX
legionary eagle between two standards

IE bankers marks on the reverse.

Patrae mint 32-31BC
2.89g

The 20th legion was founded in 49 BC by Julius Caesar.

B. The 20th Valeria was founded by Pompey in 84 BC, it was given the vacant 20th number by Augustus in 31-30 BC. Augustus granted the legion the title "Victrix" in about 25 BC.

Unfortunately I can't link the 20th legion of Mark Antony to an exact Imperial Legion. David Sear writes that Legio XX may have been raised after Actium, in which case it could have contained some elements of Antony's disbanded twentieth.
1 commentsJay GT408/11/11 at 23:00Randygeki(h2): another cool addition
vespNeptune~0.jpg
Vespasian97 viewsIMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII
Laureate head of Vespasian right

NEP RED
Neptune standing left, right foot on globe, holding aplustre and sceptre

Antioch
76 AD

2.46g

Sear 2276, RIC 361

Scarce!

The reverse of this type is copied from the coinage of Octavian

Sold Forum Auctions Feb 2017
2 commentsJay GT408/11/11 at 18:49Randygeki(h2): I missed this one, cool addition.
ANTLEGX.jpg
Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG X101 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
Galley r. mast with banners at prow

LEG X
Legionary eagle between two standards

Patrae mint 32-31BC

LEG X (later called Gemina) was levied in 59 BC or earlier by Julius Caesar. It was the first legion levied by him personally and was raised in Spain. It played a major role in the Gallic war featuring prominently in Caesar's "Gallic Wars." Legio X was his most trusted and loyal Legion. In 45 BC the Legion was disbanded and given land grants in Southern Gaul.

During the civil war that followed Caesar's assassination, Legio X was reconstituted by Lepidus in the winter of 44/43 BC making use of many retired legionaries who re-enlisted. It was eventually turned over to Antony and fought for him until the final Battle of Philippi. The veterans obtained lands near Cremona, and an inscription reports that the name of the legion at the time was Veneria, "devoted to Venus." This alluded to Julius Caesar's claimed descent from Venus.

The newly levied Tenth was then taken by Antony to Armenia for his Parthian campaign. During Antony's civil war, the legion fought for him until his defeat at the Battle of Actium, after which the legion changed sides and moved into Octavian's army. They were then taken to Egypt to finish off Antony and Cleopatra. Octavian never fully trusted the 10th Legion as it had been fiercely loyal to both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. After Antony's death Octavian left the legion in the East in Syria. In 29 BC the legion was due to be discharged. When the legionaries pressed for their release and land grants Octavian was slow in complying. Suetonius says that the entire legion rioted and Octavian dishonorably discharged the entire legion.

Octavian now recruited new legionaries to fill the 10th Legion in its traditional recruiting grounds of Spain. Some of the senior Centurions may have re-enlisted for a third term to serve with the 10th. These men would have been in their late 40's or early 50's. The new legionaries marched over land to Syria to take up their posting. The new 10th Legion's home base was on the Euphrates to keep an eye on the Parthians.

The next discharge date would be 14-13 BC. This time the 10th Legion was settled in Beirut and the city was given Colony status. Ten years later the 10th Legion under Publius Quintilius Varus was marched down to Jerusalem to garrison the city after Herod the Great died. The 10th Legion would remain in Jerusalem until 6 AD.
2 commentsJay GT408/11/11 at 03:36Randygeki(h2): Indeed, I'd like to eventually get one of the ...
AntoniaClaudius.jpg
Antonia/Claudius mule55 viewsANTONIA AVGVSTA
Bare head of Antonia right

CERES AVGVSTA SC
Ceres enthroned left holding corn ears and torch

Provincial mint? 41-2 AD

10.83g
Die axis 180

Obverse Sear 1902 or 1903, RIC 92 or 104
Reverse Sear 1855 or 1856, RIC 94 or RIC 110

SOLD!


An interesting and rare dupondius. The obverse from Claudius in honor of his mother Antonia, daughter of Mark Antony and Octavia. The reverse is from a dupondius of Claudius. Both dies were in use at the same time giving rise to speculation, was this an "official" mistake from the mint or is this an ancient counterfeit? Style suggests a Provincial mint.

Encrustations and some bronze disease on the obverse is being treated.
1 commentsJay GT408/04/11 at 21:59Randygeki(h2): interesting mule
Faustina_Ceres.jpg
Faustina 83 viewsDIVA FAVSTINA
Diademed and draped bust right

AVGVSTA SC
Ceres standing left holding corn ears and scepter

Rome 141 AD
9.02g

Sear 4645

SOLD!

VF Green patina. Reverse a bit rough.
3 commentsJay GT407/09/11 at 16:32Randygeki(h2): Very nice green
Faustina_Ceres.jpg
Faustina 83 viewsDIVA FAVSTINA
Diademed and draped bust right

AVGVSTA SC
Ceres standing left holding corn ears and scepter

Rome 141 AD
9.02g

Sear 4645

SOLD!

VF Green patina. Reverse a bit rough.
3 commentsJay GT407/09/11 at 04:04Romanorvm: Really nice. Just says "ancient" when you look at ...
Faustina_Ceres.jpg
Faustina 83 viewsDIVA FAVSTINA
Diademed and draped bust right

AVGVSTA SC
Ceres standing left holding corn ears and scepter

Rome 141 AD
9.02g

Sear 4645

SOLD!

VF Green patina. Reverse a bit rough.
3 commentsJay GT407/08/11 at 23:22Steve E: You can tell it was dropped or buried early in its...
Gotarzes_II.jpg
Gotarzes II Tetradrachm83 viewsBust left, long pointed beard, no ear visible, O behind head

ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΣ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
King enthroned right, receiving diadem from Tyche holding cornucopia, date above diadem

Seleukeia on the Tigris mint
Dated Seleukid Era 361 (49/50 AD)

Sellwood 65.25-27; Shore 362.

ex-Calgary Coin

"King of Kings Arsaces, bringer of plenty, the just, friend of the Greeks"

SOLD February 2015
2 commentsJay GT406/26/11 at 07:31Randygeki(h2): Me too, great example.
Gotarzes_II.jpg
Gotarzes II Tetradrachm83 viewsBust left, long pointed beard, no ear visible, O behind head

ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΣ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
King enthroned right, receiving diadem from Tyche holding cornucopia, date above diadem

Seleukeia on the Tigris mint
Dated Seleukid Era 361 (49/50 AD)

Sellwood 65.25-27; Shore 362.

ex-Calgary Coin

"King of Kings Arsaces, bringer of plenty, the just, friend of the Greeks"

SOLD February 2015
2 commentsJay GT406/26/11 at 03:26SPQR Coins: I like it!
Henry_VIII_half_groat.jpg
Henry VIII half Groat72 viewsHenry VIII (1509-47)
Silver Half Groat.

Profile portrait type, bust crowned right

Arms over Cross, WA beside shield, the insignia of Archbishop Warham of Canterbury.

Canterbury mint.
Second coinage (1526-44)
S-2343.

Ex-Calgary coins, Ex- Gordon Andreas Singer

SOLD February 2015
3 commentsJay GT406/26/11 at 02:53Jay GT4: I had no where else to put him!
Henry_VIII_half_groat.jpg
Henry VIII half Groat72 viewsHenry VIII (1509-47)
Silver Half Groat.

Profile portrait type, bust crowned right

Arms over Cross, WA beside shield, the insignia of Archbishop Warham of Canterbury.

Canterbury mint.
Second coinage (1526-44)
S-2343.

Ex-Calgary coins, Ex- Gordon Andreas Singer

SOLD February 2015
3 commentsJay GT406/26/11 at 02:46Lloyd T: Nice example. But you need to start an English fol...
Julian_II_spes.jpg
Julian II88 viewsDN FL CL IVLI ANVS PF AVG
Pearl, Diad. draped cuirassed right

SPES REIPVBLICE
Emperor standing left holding globe and spear
SMK
Cyzicus mint
361-363 AD

Ric VIII Cyzicus 124
rare
This is the Wildwinds example!

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2 commentsTitus Pullo06/18/11 at 07:41Misopogon: bearded
Caracallaprovin.jpg
Caracalla Provincial128 viewsAYT K M AVP ANTΩNINOC Π
Caracalla facing right

BIZYHNΩN
Tyche standing

Bizya, Thrace.

16.17g
29-30mm

Jurukova, Bizye, no. 54, pl. 9, same dies, citing one specimen in Sofia

Very rare!

Wildwinds example

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1 commentsJay GT406/15/11 at 22:15Steve E: Great find! Nice careful cleaning, Its a good thin...
LEG_XIX.jpg
Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG XIX104 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C

galley r. mast with banners at prow

LEG XIX
legionary eagle between two standards


Patrae mint 32-31BC
3.37g

Ex-Incitatus
1 commentsJay GT405/19/11 at 03:22SPQR Coins: I have to get one of these!
vespNeptune~0.jpg
Vespasian97 viewsIMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII
Laureate head of Vespasian right

NEP RED
Neptune standing left, right foot on globe, holding aplustre and sceptre

Antioch
76 AD

2.46g

Sear 2276, RIC 361

Scarce!

The reverse of this type is copied from the coinage of Octavian

Sold Forum Auctions Feb 2017
2 commentsJay GT404/22/11 at 21:56David Atherton: Nice to see you got one!
AntonySoldenarius.jpg
Mark Antony Sol denarius149 viewsM ANTONIVS M F M N AVGVR IMP TERT around (MP and RT ligatured)
Mark Antony, veiled and wearing the priestly robes of an Augur, standing right, holding lituus in right hand.

III VIR R P C COS DESIG ITER ET TERT
Radiate head of Sol right

Athens
Summer 38 BC

2.73g
Crawford 533/2, Sear Imperators 267

Purchased broken into several pieces and Glued together.

Antony's third Imperatorial acclimation resulted from Ventidius' victory at Gindarus. Antony's depiction in priestly robes of an augur emphasizes the importance which he placed on the possession of this religious office. The word AVGVR features prominently on most of Antony's remaining coinage right down to Actium. No doubt this was to stress his adherence to Republican traditions. Sol is symbolic of the East and shows Antony's personal concern for eastern affairs after the distraction caused by his extended stay in Italy starting in the second half of 40 BC and running almost the whole of the following year.
5 commentsJay GT404/19/11 at 07:49Randygeki(h2): nice save
AntonySoldenarius.jpg
Mark Antony Sol denarius149 viewsM ANTONIVS M F M N AVGVR IMP TERT around (MP and RT ligatured)
Mark Antony, veiled and wearing the priestly robes of an Augur, standing right, holding lituus in right hand.

III VIR R P C COS DESIG ITER ET TERT
Radiate head of Sol right

Athens
Summer 38 BC

2.73g
Crawford 533/2, Sear Imperators 267

Purchased broken into several pieces and Glued together.

Antony's third Imperatorial acclimation resulted from Ventidius' victory at Gindarus. Antony's depiction in priestly robes of an augur emphasizes the importance which he placed on the possession of this religious office. The word AVGVR features prominently on most of Antony's remaining coinage right down to Actium. No doubt this was to stress his adherence to Republican traditions. Sol is symbolic of the East and shows Antony's personal concern for eastern affairs after the distraction caused by his extended stay in Italy starting in the second half of 40 BC and running almost the whole of the following year.
5 commentsJay GT404/15/11 at 20:18David Atherton: Great write up and restoration job!
AntonySoldenarius.jpg
Mark Antony Sol denarius149 viewsM ANTONIVS M F M N AVGVR IMP TERT around (MP and RT ligatured)
Mark Antony, veiled and wearing the priestly robes of an Augur, standing right, holding lituus in right hand.

III VIR R P C COS DESIG ITER ET TERT
Radiate head of Sol right

Athens
Summer 38 BC

2.73g
Crawford 533/2, Sear Imperators 267

Purchased broken into several pieces and Glued together.

Antony's third Imperatorial acclimation resulted from Ventidius' victory at Gindarus. Antony's depiction in priestly robes of an augur emphasizes the importance which he placed on the possession of this religious office. The word AVGVR features prominently on most of Antony's remaining coinage right down to Actium. No doubt this was to stress his adherence to Republican traditions. Sol is symbolic of the East and shows Antony's personal concern for eastern affairs after the distraction caused by his extended stay in Italy starting in the second half of 40 BC and running almost the whole of the following year.
5 commentsJay GT404/15/11 at 10:49renegade3220: Way to save this coin! Nice job.
AntonySoldenarius.jpg
Mark Antony Sol denarius149 viewsM ANTONIVS M F M N AVGVR IMP TERT around (MP and RT ligatured)
Mark Antony, veiled and wearing the priestly robes of an Augur, standing right, holding lituus in right hand.

III VIR R P C COS DESIG ITER ET TERT
Radiate head of Sol right

Athens
Summer 38 BC

2.73g
Crawford 533/2, Sear Imperators 267

Purchased broken into several pieces and Glued together.

Antony's third Imperatorial acclimation resulted from Ventidius' victory at Gindarus. Antony's depiction in priestly robes of an augur emphasizes the importance which he placed on the possession of this religious office. The word AVGVR features prominently on most of Antony's remaining coinage right down to Actium. No doubt this was to stress his adherence to Republican traditions. Sol is symbolic of the East and shows Antony's personal concern for eastern affairs after the distraction caused by his extended stay in Italy starting in the second half of 40 BC and running almost the whole of the following year.
5 commentsJay GT404/15/11 at 01:25Bud Stewart: Good save Jay.
AntonySoldenarius.jpg
Mark Antony Sol denarius149 viewsM ANTONIVS M F M N AVGVR IMP TERT around (MP and RT ligatured)
Mark Antony, veiled and wearing the priestly robes of an Augur, standing right, holding lituus in right hand.

III VIR R P C COS DESIG ITER ET TERT
Radiate head of Sol right

Athens
Summer 38 BC

2.73g
Crawford 533/2, Sear Imperators 267

Purchased broken into several pieces and Glued together.

Antony's third Imperatorial acclimation resulted from Ventidius' victory at Gindarus. Antony's depiction in priestly robes of an augur emphasizes the importance which he placed on the possession of this religious office. The word AVGVR features prominently on most of Antony's remaining coinage right down to Actium. No doubt this was to stress his adherence to Republican traditions. Sol is symbolic of the East and shows Antony's personal concern for eastern affairs after the distraction caused by his extended stay in Italy starting in the second half of 40 BC and running almost the whole of the following year.
5 commentsJay GT404/08/11 at 21:17Bruno V.: Very interesting, thanks Jay
ANTLEGX.jpg
Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG X101 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
Galley r. mast with banners at prow

LEG X
Legionary eagle between two standards

Patrae mint 32-31BC

LEG X (later called Gemina) was levied in 59 BC or earlier by Julius Caesar. It was the first legion levied by him personally and was raised in Spain. It played a major role in the Gallic war featuring prominently in Caesar's "Gallic Wars." Legio X was his most trusted and loyal Legion. In 45 BC the Legion was disbanded and given land grants in Southern Gaul.

During the civil war that followed Caesar's assassination, Legio X was reconstituted by Lepidus in the winter of 44/43 BC making use of many retired legionaries who re-enlisted. It was eventually turned over to Antony and fought for him until the final Battle of Philippi. The veterans obtained lands near Cremona, and an inscription reports that the name of the legion at the time was Veneria, "devoted to Venus." This alluded to Julius Caesar's claimed descent from Venus.

The newly levied Tenth was then taken by Antony to Armenia for his Parthian campaign. During Antony's civil war, the legion fought for him until his defeat at the Battle of Actium, after which the legion changed sides and moved into Octavian's army. They were then taken to Egypt to finish off Antony and Cleopatra. Octavian never fully trusted the 10th Legion as it had been fiercely loyal to both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. After Antony's death Octavian left the legion in the East in Syria. In 29 BC the legion was due to be discharged. When the legionaries pressed for their release and land grants Octavian was slow in complying. Suetonius says that the entire legion rioted and Octavian dishonorably discharged the entire legion.

Octavian now recruited new legionaries to fill the 10th Legion in its traditional recruiting grounds of Spain. Some of the senior Centurions may have re-enlisted for a third term to serve with the 10th. These men would have been in their late 40's or early 50's. The new legionaries marched over land to Syria to take up their posting. The new 10th Legion's home base was on the Euphrates to keep an eye on the Parthians.

The next discharge date would be 14-13 BC. This time the 10th Legion was settled in Beirut and the city was given Colony status. Ten years later the 10th Legion under Publius Quintilius Varus was marched down to Jerusalem to garrison the city after Herod the Great died. The 10th Legion would remain in Jerusalem until 6 AD.
2 commentsJay GT404/08/11 at 20:29David Atherton: Wonderful addition!
Nero_tet.jpg
Nero Tetradrachm Hera99 viewsNEPΩ KΛAV KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEP AV
Radiate head left, L IΔ in left field

HPA-APΓEIA
Diademed, veiled bust of Hera Argeia right

Alexandria mint
Milne 291
9.82g

SOLD!
3 commentsJay GT403/30/11 at 04:12Randygeki(h2): yeah its a nice portrait
Nero_tet.jpg
Nero Tetradrachm Hera99 viewsNEPΩ KΛAV KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEP AV
Radiate head left, L IΔ in left field

HPA-APΓEIA
Diademed, veiled bust of Hera Argeia right

Alexandria mint
Milne 291
9.82g

SOLD!
3 commentsJay GT403/30/11 at 01:46ancientdave: Nice portrait of a weary looking Nero.
PtolemyREX.jpg
AUGUSTUS & PTOLEMY OF NUMIDIA AE semis174 viewsAVGVSTVS DIVI F
bare head of Augustus right

C LAETILIVS APALVS II V Q, REX PTOL (Ptolemy, King) within diadem

Carthago Nova, Spain, under sole 'duovir quinqunennales' C Laetilius Apalus.

18.5mm, 5.3g.
RPC 172.

Ex-Incitatus

Ptolemy of Numidia was the son of King Juba II of Numidia and Cleopatra Selene II. He was also the grandson of Mark Antony and Cleopatra VII on his mohter's side. He was named in honor of the memory of Cleopatra VII, the birthplace of his mother and the birthplace of her relatives. In choosing her son's name, Cleopatra Selene II created a distinct Greek-Egyptian tone and emphasized her role as the monarch who would continue the Ptolemaic dynasty. She by-passed the ancestral names of her husband. By naming her son Ptolemy instead of a Berber ancestral name, she offers an example rare in ancient history, especially in the case of a son who is the primary male heir, of reaching into the mother's family instead of the father's for a name. This emphasized the idea that his mother was the heiress of the Ptolemies and the leader of a Ptolemaic government in exile.

Through his parents he received Roman citizenship and was actually educated in Rome. Amazingly he grew up in the house of his maternal aunt, and Antony's daughter Antonia Minor, the youngest daughter of Mark Antony and the youngest niece of Augustus. Antonia was also a half-sister of Ptolemy's late mother, also a daughter of Mark Antony. Antonia Minor's mother was Octavia Minor, Mark Antony's fourth wife and the second sister of Octavian (later Augustus). Ptolemy lived in Rome until the age of 21, when he returned to the court of his aging father in Mauretania.

Ptolemy was a co-ruler with his father Juba II until Juba's death and was the last semi-autonomous ruler of Africa. On a visit to Rome in 40 AD he was seen by the Emperor Caligula in an amphitheather wearing a spectacular purpal cloak. A jealous Caligula had him murdered for his fashionable purple cloak.

Sold to Calgary Coin Feb 2017
2 commentsJay GT403/02/11 at 20:31casata137ec: very nice! the whole REX PTOL is clear!
PtolemyREX.jpg
AUGUSTUS & PTOLEMY OF NUMIDIA AE semis174 viewsAVGVSTVS DIVI F
bare head of Augustus right

C LAETILIVS APALVS II V Q, REX PTOL (Ptolemy, King) within diadem

Carthago Nova, Spain, under sole 'duovir quinqunennales' C Laetilius Apalus.

18.5mm, 5.3g.
RPC 172.

Ex-Incitatus

Ptolemy of Numidia was the son of King Juba II of Numidia and Cleopatra Selene II. He was also the grandson of Mark Antony and Cleopatra VII on his mohter's side. He was named in honor of the memory of Cleopatra VII, the birthplace of his mother and the birthplace of her relatives. In choosing her son's name, Cleopatra Selene II created a distinct Greek-Egyptian tone and emphasized her role as the monarch who would continue the Ptolemaic dynasty. She by-passed the ancestral names of her husband. By naming her son Ptolemy instead of a Berber ancestral name, she offers an example rare in ancient history, especially in the case of a son who is the primary male heir, of reaching into the mother's family instead of the father's for a name. This emphasized the idea that his mother was the heiress of the Ptolemies and the leader of a Ptolemaic government in exile.

Through his parents he received Roman citizenship and was actually educated in Rome. Amazingly he grew up in the house of his maternal aunt, and Antony's daughter Antonia Minor, the youngest daughter of Mark Antony and the youngest niece of Augustus. Antonia was also a half-sister of Ptolemy's late mother, also a daughter of Mark Antony. Antonia Minor's mother was Octavia Minor, Mark Antony's fourth wife and the second sister of Octavian (later Augustus). Ptolemy lived in Rome until the age of 21, when he returned to the court of his aging father in Mauretania.

Ptolemy was a co-ruler with his father Juba II until Juba's death and was the last semi-autonomous ruler of Africa. On a visit to Rome in 40 AD he was seen by the Emperor Caligula in an amphitheather wearing a spectacular purpal cloak. A jealous Caligula had him murdered for his fashionable purple cloak.

Sold to Calgary Coin Feb 2017
2 commentsJay GT403/01/11 at 16:30Randygeki(h2): cool addition.
Probusmars2.jpg
Probus Antoninianus78 viewsIMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG
Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding sceptre surmounted by eagle.

VIRTVS PROBI AVG
Mars advancing right, holding a trophy and spear; P in right field.
Ex: XXI

280 AD, Siscia.

3.89 g

RIC V, Part 2, 810

Amazing reverse!


SOLD October 2014
2 commentsJay GT402/10/11 at 00:40casata137ec: I agree, pretty reverse.
Probusmars2.jpg
Probus Antoninianus78 viewsIMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG
Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding sceptre surmounted by eagle.

VIRTVS PROBI AVG
Mars advancing right, holding a trophy and spear; P in right field.
Ex: XXI

280 AD, Siscia.

3.89 g

RIC V, Part 2, 810

Amazing reverse!


SOLD October 2014
2 commentsJay GT402/09/11 at 23:22Randygeki(h2): yeah sweet rev. that portrait cool too.
Legion_VII~0.jpg
Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG VII 81 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
galley r. mast with banners at prow

LEG VII
legionary eagle between two standards

Patrae mint 32-31BC

Legio VII Claudia Pia Fidelis (faithful and loyal Claudian legion) dates back to the four legions used by Julius Caesar in his Gallic Wars and played a crucial role in The Battle of Pharsalus in 58 BC, and it existed at least until the end of the 4th century, guarding middle Danube. The emblem of this legion, as well as of all Caesar's legions, was the bull, together with the lion.

Legio VII was one of the two legions used in Caesar's invasions of Britain.

Tiberius Claudius Maximus the Roman soldier who brought the head of Decebalus to emperor Trajan was serving in Legio VII Claudia.

2 commentsJay GT402/03/11 at 19:33Potator II: Lot of wear, but still a very pleasant coin
Trajan.jpg
Trajan Sestertius130 views Sestertius
IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V PP
Laureate head right

SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC
Trajan standing facing on dais, head left, holding olive branch and scepter, being crowned by Victory flying left; kneeling figures on either side at feet, raising hands; all surrounded by garlanded balustrade surmounted by four eagles.

22.71g
Struck circa 104-107 AD.

RIC II 551; BMCRE 826 note; Cohen 519.

Very Rare!

This type is a clear reference to the victory of Trajan and his four legions (represented by the four eagles) in the first Dacian war.

Sold!
3 commentsJay GT402/02/11 at 17:53Jay GT4: Not exactly free. Thrown in with a lot I bought
Legion_VII~0.jpg
Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG VII 81 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
galley r. mast with banners at prow

LEG VII
legionary eagle between two standards

Patrae mint 32-31BC

Legio VII Claudia Pia Fidelis (faithful and loyal Claudian legion) dates back to the four legions used by Julius Caesar in his Gallic Wars and played a crucial role in The Battle of Pharsalus in 58 BC, and it existed at least until the end of the 4th century, guarding middle Danube. The emblem of this legion, as well as of all Caesar's legions, was the bull, together with the lion.

Legio VII was one of the two legions used in Caesar's invasions of Britain.

Tiberius Claudius Maximus the Roman soldier who brought the head of Decebalus to emperor Trajan was serving in Legio VII Claudia.

2 commentsJay GT401/31/11 at 22:58Noah: I really like the highlighting toning on this one....
Hadriansestfort.jpg
Hadrian Sestertius70 viewsHADRIANVS AVG COS III PP
Laureate head of Hadrian Right

FORTVNA AG SC
Fortuna standing left holding rudder set on globe and cornucopiae

Rome 133 AD

25.78g

Sear 3599, RIC 759

SOLD February 2015
1 commentsJay GT401/31/11 at 16:34ancientdave: Nice portrait & patina!
Gallienus.jpg
Gallienus72 viewsGALLIENVS AVG
Radiate bust right

AETERNITAS AVG
Sol standing left, right hand raised, left hand holding globe

Rome
267-268 AD

Sear 10169 (var), RIC 160 (var.), Gobl (MIR) 576a

SOLD! Forum Auctions January 2017
1 commentsJay GT401/27/11 at 20:07Randygeki(h2): nice one
PtolemyII.jpg
Ptolemy II Tetradrachm104 viewsDiademed bust of Ptolemy I Soster right, Aegis around neck

ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ
Eagle on thunderbolt left. In left field city monogram over club (Tyre), right year date KΔ as monogram= year 24

Tyre mint
262-261 BC

14.21g

SNG COP 486

ex-ANE

Sold to Calgary Coin Jan 2016
1 commentsJay GT412/31/10 at 00:00Aarmale: I hope Sveto gave you a good deal! Nice coin!
solidus.jpg
Justin II Solidus144 viewsD N I VSTI NVS P P AVI
Helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, holding globe surmounted by crowning Victory and shield.

VICTORI A AVGGG A
Constantinopolis seated facing, head right, holding spear and globus cruciger; CONOB.

Officina A.

Constantinople 567-578 AD

4.34 g.

Sear 345

VF, holed
Ex-Ritter

SOLD!
3 commentsJay GT412/14/10 at 19:21Aarmale: I like where this coin was holed
solidus.jpg
Justin II Solidus144 viewsD N I VSTI NVS P P AVI
Helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, holding globe surmounted by crowning Victory and shield.

VICTORI A AVGGG A
Constantinopolis seated facing, head right, holding spear and globus cruciger; CONOB.

Officina A.

Constantinople 567-578 AD

4.34 g.

Sear 345

VF, holed
Ex-Ritter

SOLD!
3 commentsJay GT412/14/10 at 01:46Randygeki(h2): nice!
solidus.jpg
Justin II Solidus144 viewsD N I VSTI NVS P P AVI
Helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, holding globe surmounted by crowning Victory and shield.

VICTORI A AVGGG A
Constantinopolis seated facing, head right, holding spear and globus cruciger; CONOB.

Officina A.

Constantinople 567-578 AD

4.34 g.

Sear 345

VF, holed
Ex-Ritter

SOLD!
3 commentsJay GT412/14/10 at 00:45casata137ec: Woo hoo! Gold! Nice.
Philip_tetradrachm.jpg
Philip I Tetradrachm108 viewsAVTOK K M IOVΛI ΦIΛIΠΠOC CEB
Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind

DHMAPX EZOVCIAC
Eagle standing right, head left with wreath in beak, S - C in field, A (officina 1) above left wing
MON VRB ('The Mint of Rome') in exergue.

Scarce with officina letter in reverse field.

EF reverse a bit corroded

244 AD
Probably struck in Rome for use in the East

13.29g
Prieur-305 (20 spec.)

Wildwinds example

Ex-Harlan J Berk

Sold to Calgary Coin Feb 2017
1 commentsJay GT412/07/10 at 20:41Randygeki(h2): this is a really nice portrait too!
Jullian_bull.jpg
Julian II the Philosopher75 viewsD N FL CL IVLIANVS
draped and cuirassed bust of Julian right

SECURITAS REIPVB
bull walking right, two stars above, CYZA in exergue

AE1 7.73g

RIC VIII, 127
LRBC 2511

Ex-Calgary Coin

SOLD!
1 commentsJay GT407/05/10 at 02:22Enodia: a cool coin of an especially fascinating emperor.
Trajan.jpg
Trajan Sestertius130 views Sestertius
IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V PP
Laureate head right

SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC
Trajan standing facing on dais, head left, holding olive branch and scepter, being crowned by Victory flying left; kneeling figures on either side at feet, raising hands; all surrounded by garlanded balustrade surmounted by four eagles.

22.71g
Struck circa 104-107 AD.

RIC II 551; BMCRE 826 note; Cohen 519.

Very Rare!

This type is a clear reference to the victory of Trajan and his four legions (represented by the four eagles) in the first Dacian war.

Sold!
3 commentsJay GT404/26/10 at 12:06Noah: can't beat that...cool acquisition
Trajan.jpg
Trajan Sestertius130 views Sestertius
IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V PP
Laureate head right

SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC
Trajan standing facing on dais, head left, holding olive branch and scepter, being crowned by Victory flying left; kneeling figures on either side at feet, raising hands; all surrounded by garlanded balustrade surmounted by four eagles.

22.71g
Struck circa 104-107 AD.

RIC II 551; BMCRE 826 note; Cohen 519.

Very Rare!

This type is a clear reference to the victory of Trajan and his four legions (represented by the four eagles) in the first Dacian war.

Sold!
3 commentsJay GT404/25/10 at 22:58ancientdave: Wow, you got this coin for free?! Bravo!
alexander_miletos.jpg
Alexander III AR Drachm 118 viewsKings of Macedon Alexander III the Great, 336-323 BC

Head of Herakles in lion skin facing right

AΛEΞANΔPOY in right field, Zeus enthroned facing left holding eagle and sceptre; double-head (bipennis) axe beneath throne, circled ΠPYA monogram in left field.

Price 2148; Thompson DM 260; Newell 49.

3.97g

Struck under Demetrios Poliorketes ca. 300-294 BC at Ionia, Miletos Mint.

Some encrustations remain around Zeus

Sold Forum Auction May 2019
2 commentsJay GT404/23/10 at 18:26Randygeki(h2): yeah, awsme portrait
alexander_miletos.jpg
Alexander III AR Drachm 118 viewsKings of Macedon Alexander III the Great, 336-323 BC

Head of Herakles in lion skin facing right

AΛEΞANΔPOY in right field, Zeus enthroned facing left holding eagle and sceptre; double-head (bipennis) axe beneath throne, circled ΠPYA monogram in left field.

Price 2148; Thompson DM 260; Newell 49.

3.97g

Struck under Demetrios Poliorketes ca. 300-294 BC at Ionia, Miletos Mint.

Some encrustations remain around Zeus

Sold Forum Auction May 2019
2 commentsJay GT404/22/10 at 19:13David Atherton: This is really quite nice. I love the portrait.
Calabria.jpg
Calabria Nomos92 viewsAR Nomos
Helmeted warrior on horse left, holding shield ornamented with eight-rayed star & two spears behind him

Dionysiac Taras astride dolphin left, holding distaff & grape-bunch

Calabria, Tarentum
ca 281-272 BC

5.58g

Vlasto 789 (SNG ANS 1133)
Ex-Calgary coins

SOLD!
4 commentsJay GT403/09/10 at 05:53mihali84: i really like this one
Calabria.jpg
Calabria Nomos92 viewsAR Nomos
Helmeted warrior on horse left, holding shield ornamented with eight-rayed star & two spears behind him

Dionysiac Taras astride dolphin left, holding distaff & grape-bunch

Calabria, Tarentum
ca 281-272 BC

5.58g

Vlasto 789 (SNG ANS 1133)
Ex-Calgary coins

SOLD!
4 commentsJay GT403/01/10 at 20:47Noah: very cool warrior on horseback...I love how the sh...
Calabria.jpg
Calabria Nomos92 viewsAR Nomos
Helmeted warrior on horse left, holding shield ornamented with eight-rayed star & two spears behind him

Dionysiac Taras astride dolphin left, holding distaff & grape-bunch

Calabria, Tarentum
ca 281-272 BC

5.58g

Vlasto 789 (SNG ANS 1133)
Ex-Calgary coins

SOLD!
4 commentsJay GT403/01/10 at 00:03Randygeki(h2): hows the relief on this one?
Calabria.jpg
Calabria Nomos92 viewsAR Nomos
Helmeted warrior on horse left, holding shield ornamented with eight-rayed star & two spears behind him

Dionysiac Taras astride dolphin left, holding distaff & grape-bunch

Calabria, Tarentum
ca 281-272 BC

5.58g

Vlasto 789 (SNG ANS 1133)
Ex-Calgary coins

SOLD!
4 commentsJay GT403/01/10 at 00:01Enodia: Yay... you finally got one!
vitellius_Macedon.jpg
Vitellius Macedon198 viewsOUITELLIOS GERMAIKOS AVTOK
Laureate head of Vitellius left

ΣEBAΣTOΣ MAKEΔONΩN
around round Macedonian shield

AE25
Macedonia
69 70 A.D.

8.46g

RPC 1616, Moushmov 5878, Varbanov 2465
Rare

Sold Forum Auctions March 2016
3 commentsJay GT402/24/10 at 18:45Randygeki(h2): congrats!
vitellius_Macedon.jpg
Vitellius Macedon198 viewsOUITELLIOS GERMAIKOS AVTOK
Laureate head of Vitellius left

ΣEBAΣTOΣ MAKEΔONΩN
around round Macedonian shield

AE25
Macedonia
69 70 A.D.

8.46g

RPC 1616, Moushmov 5878, Varbanov 2465
Rare

Sold Forum Auctions March 2016
3 commentsJay GT402/24/10 at 16:43Johny SYSEL: very interesting coin !
Ptolemy_IV.jpg
Ptolemy IV drachm148 viewsBronze drachm

Horned head of Zeus Ammon right, wearing taenia

ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ (PTOLEMAIOU BASILWS)
Eagle with wings closed standing left on thunderbolt, filleted cornucopia left, LI between eagle's legs

Alexandria (or Sidon) mint
220-203 BC

Svoronos 1126, VF, brown patina,
68.751g, 40.9mm, 0o,


Ex-Forum

SOLD!
5 commentsJay GT402/09/10 at 17:00Enodia: great Zeus!
Ptolemy_IV.jpg
Ptolemy IV drachm148 viewsBronze drachm

Horned head of Zeus Ammon right, wearing taenia

ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ (PTOLEMAIOU BASILWS)
Eagle with wings closed standing left on thunderbolt, filleted cornucopia left, LI between eagle's legs

Alexandria (or Sidon) mint
220-203 BC

Svoronos 1126, VF, brown patina,
68.751g, 40.9mm, 0o,


Ex-Forum

SOLD!
5 commentsJay GT402/09/10 at 16:49Noah: Wow, that is a chunk of metal! Sweet addition!!
Ptolemy_IV.jpg
Ptolemy IV drachm148 viewsBronze drachm

Horned head of Zeus Ammon right, wearing taenia

ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ (PTOLEMAIOU BASILWS)
Eagle with wings closed standing left on thunderbolt, filleted cornucopia left, LI between eagle's legs

Alexandria (or Sidon) mint
220-203 BC

Svoronos 1126, VF, brown patina,
68.751g, 40.9mm, 0o,


Ex-Forum

SOLD!
5 commentsJay GT402/09/10 at 16:44mihali84: Excellent coin! i added this one to my wish list y...
Ptolemy_IV.jpg
Ptolemy IV drachm148 viewsBronze drachm

Horned head of Zeus Ammon right, wearing taenia

ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ (PTOLEMAIOU BASILWS)
Eagle with wings closed standing left on thunderbolt, filleted cornucopia left, LI between eagle's legs

Alexandria (or Sidon) mint
220-203 BC

Svoronos 1126, VF, brown patina,
68.751g, 40.9mm, 0o,


Ex-Forum

SOLD!
5 commentsJay GT402/09/10 at 15:17anthivs: very nice
Ptolemy_IV.jpg
Ptolemy IV drachm148 viewsBronze drachm

Horned head of Zeus Ammon right, wearing taenia

ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ (PTOLEMAIOU BASILWS)
Eagle with wings closed standing left on thunderbolt, filleted cornucopia left, LI between eagle's legs

Alexandria (or Sidon) mint
220-203 BC

Svoronos 1126, VF, brown patina,
68.751g, 40.9mm, 0o,


Ex-Forum

SOLD!
5 commentsJay GT402/09/10 at 15:07Randygeki(h2): wonderful portrait! congrats
Justin_II.jpg
Justin II Gold Solidus149 viewsD N I VSTI NVS P P AVI
helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, holding globe surmounted by crowning Victory and shield.
VICTORI A AVGGG E
Constantinopolis seated facing, head right, holding spear and globus cruciger; CONOB.

E: 5th Officina
Constantinople 565-578 AD
21mm 4.2g
Sear 345

Ex-ANE
SOLD
6 commentsJay (Titus Pullo)02/08/10 at 19:58wileyc: nice !
Justinian_I_solidus_002.jpg
Justinian I Solidus172 viewsDN IVSTINIANVS PP AVI
Helmeted cuir. bust of Justinian I front, holding cross on globe and shield

VICTORIA AVCCCΘ
Angel standing front, holding cross on globe and long cross surmounted by Christogram, star at right
CONOB in ex.

9th Officina

Constantinople 527-565 AD

4.49g
SEAR 140
EF with amazing lustre
Ex- Wayne C. Phillips Rare Coins

SOLD
6 commentsJay GT402/08/10 at 14:06Noah: terrific coin, it is always great to have somethin...
Divus_Vespasian.jpg
Vespasian by Titus84 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
laureate head of Vespasian right

SC on circular shield supported by two capricorns back to back, globe below

Rome 80 AD
Sear 2569
Scarce

Tight flan 18mm
2.88g

Issued by Titus in honour of his father Divus Vespasian

SOLD

3 commentsJay GT402/02/10 at 20:35Randygeki(h2): nice toning
Divus_Vespasian.jpg
Vespasian by Titus84 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
laureate head of Vespasian right

SC on circular shield supported by two capricorns back to back, globe below

Rome 80 AD
Sear 2569
Scarce

Tight flan 18mm
2.88g

Issued by Titus in honour of his father Divus Vespasian

SOLD

3 commentsJay GT402/02/10 at 19:45mihali84: nice coin, cool reverse!
Justinian_I_solidus_002.jpg
Justinian I Solidus172 viewsDN IVSTINIANVS PP AVI
Helmeted cuir. bust of Justinian I front, holding cross on globe and shield

VICTORIA AVCCCΘ
Angel standing front, holding cross on globe and long cross surmounted by Christogram, star at right
CONOB in ex.

9th Officina

Constantinople 527-565 AD

4.49g
SEAR 140
EF with amazing lustre
Ex- Wayne C. Phillips Rare Coins

SOLD
6 commentsJay GT401/27/10 at 03:57mihali84: very nice piece
Justinian_I_solidus_002.jpg
Justinian I Solidus172 viewsDN IVSTINIANVS PP AVI
Helmeted cuir. bust of Justinian I front, holding cross on globe and shield

VICTORIA AVCCCΘ
Angel standing front, holding cross on globe and long cross surmounted by Christogram, star at right
CONOB in ex.

9th Officina

Constantinople 527-565 AD

4.49g
SEAR 140
EF with amazing lustre
Ex- Wayne C. Phillips Rare Coins

SOLD
6 commentsJay GT401/26/10 at 07:54Tom E: Doesn't it make you wonder what this coin boug...
Justinian_I_solidus_002.jpg
Justinian I Solidus172 viewsDN IVSTINIANVS PP AVI
Helmeted cuir. bust of Justinian I front, holding cross on globe and shield

VICTORIA AVCCCΘ
Angel standing front, holding cross on globe and long cross surmounted by Christogram, star at right
CONOB in ex.

9th Officina

Constantinople 527-565 AD

4.49g
SEAR 140
EF with amazing lustre
Ex- Wayne C. Phillips Rare Coins

SOLD
6 commentsJay GT401/26/10 at 06:43David Atherton: Gold fever indeed! Excellent addition to your coll...
Justinian_I_solidus_002.jpg
Justinian I Solidus172 viewsDN IVSTINIANVS PP AVI
Helmeted cuir. bust of Justinian I front, holding cross on globe and shield

VICTORIA AVCCCΘ
Angel standing front, holding cross on globe and long cross surmounted by Christogram, star at right
CONOB in ex.

9th Officina

Constantinople 527-565 AD

4.49g
SEAR 140
EF with amazing lustre
Ex- Wayne C. Phillips Rare Coins

SOLD
6 commentsJay GT401/26/10 at 02:40randy h2: nice
vespasian_Judea.jpg
Vespasian Judea Capta Ae As128 viewsIMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III
Laureate head of Vespasian right

IVDAEA CAPTA SC
Judea as mourning captive seated right amidst arms at foot of palm-tree

Rome 71 AD

10.54g

Sear 2357
RIC 303 (R)

Ex-Incitatus

SOLD!

Celebrates the success of Vespasian and Titus in quelling the First Jewish Revolt and the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem

From Curtis Clay:
The same type is more common with IVDEA (one A omitted): RIC 305 (C). However. IVDAEA CAPTA asses as a group are rarer than the corresponding sestertii, which add a standing Jew or the standing emperor to the type of Judaea mourning below a palm tree.
1 commentsJay (Titus Pullo)01/08/10 at 23:23curtislclay: New RIC 303 (R). The same type is commoner with IV...
Trajan Sester.jpg
Trajan Sestertius183 viewsIMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP CO VI PP
Trajan facing right with aegis on front shoulder and behind the neck of the portrait.

Rev. SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC in Ex
Trajan on horseback holding spear and victory

Rome 112-114 AD
Rare

RIC 599

34mm 23.6g

Ex-Arcade coins

SOLD!

Comments from Mr. C. Clay:
"The interest of this rev. type, apart from its rarity on sestertii, is that it apparently represents the famous equestrian statue of Trajan in his Forum, which mightily impressed Constantius II when he visited Rome in 357 AD, but of which nothing is today extant.

This interpretation of the type is based on its date, soon after 1 Jan. 112 (Trajan COS VI), which we know was the dedication date of the Forum. Other coins of similar date explicitly commemorated the Forum, with legends FORVM TRAIANI and BASILICA VLPIA, and the horseman coin type make a very statuesque impression, the upright spear in the emperor's right hand hitting the ground and apparently providing support for that corner of the statue, in place of the raised right foreleg of the horse.

Moreover, when Septimius Severus used a very similar type on his own coins, he joined it with the famous Trajanic rev. legend SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI, the only time this legend appeared in Septimius' coinage. Who can doubt that these coins commemorate the Senate's vote of an equestrian statue to Septimius too, and that this statue deliberately imitated the famous one of Trajan in his Forum, explaining why the Trajanic legend was revived for the rev. type?"

4 commentsTitus Pullo01/08/10 at 05:09slokind: Answering what I'd collect if rich, I replied,...
Trajan Sester.jpg
Trajan Sestertius183 viewsIMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP CO VI PP
Trajan facing right with aegis on front shoulder and behind the neck of the portrait.

Rev. SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC in Ex
Trajan on horseback holding spear and victory

Rome 112-114 AD
Rare

RIC 599

34mm 23.6g

Ex-Arcade coins

SOLD!

Comments from Mr. C. Clay:
"The interest of this rev. type, apart from its rarity on sestertii, is that it apparently represents the famous equestrian statue of Trajan in his Forum, which mightily impressed Constantius II when he visited Rome in 357 AD, but of which nothing is today extant.

This interpretation of the type is based on its date, soon after 1 Jan. 112 (Trajan COS VI), which we know was the dedication date of the Forum. Other coins of similar date explicitly commemorated the Forum, with legends FORVM TRAIANI and BASILICA VLPIA, and the horseman coin type make a very statuesque impression, the upright spear in the emperor's right hand hitting the ground and apparently providing support for that corner of the statue, in place of the raised right foreleg of the horse.

Moreover, when Septimius Severus used a very similar type on his own coins, he joined it with the famous Trajanic rev. legend SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI, the only time this legend appeared in Septimius' coinage. Who can doubt that these coins commemorate the Senate's vote of an equestrian statue to Septimius too, and that this statue deliberately imitated the famous one of Trajan in his Forum, explaining why the Trajanic legend was revived for the rev. type?"

4 commentsTitus Pullo01/08/10 at 01:58SVLLAIMP: Cool stuff.
Justin_II.jpg
Justin II Gold Solidus149 viewsD N I VSTI NVS P P AVI
helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, holding globe surmounted by crowning Victory and shield.
VICTORI A AVGGG E
Constantinopolis seated facing, head right, holding spear and globus cruciger; CONOB.

E: 5th Officina
Constantinople 565-578 AD
21mm 4.2g
Sear 345

Ex-ANE
SOLD
6 commentsJay (Titus Pullo)12/25/09 at 03:37Enodia: wow!
Justin_II.jpg
Justin II Gold Solidus149 viewsD N I VSTI NVS P P AVI
helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, holding globe surmounted by crowning Victory and shield.
VICTORI A AVGGG E
Constantinopolis seated facing, head right, holding spear and globus cruciger; CONOB.

E: 5th Officina
Constantinople 565-578 AD
21mm 4.2g
Sear 345

Ex-ANE
SOLD
6 commentsJay (Titus Pullo)12/25/09 at 02:55randy h2: congrats
Justin_II.jpg
Justin II Gold Solidus149 viewsD N I VSTI NVS P P AVI
helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, holding globe surmounted by crowning Victory and shield.
VICTORI A AVGGG E
Constantinopolis seated facing, head right, holding spear and globus cruciger; CONOB.

E: 5th Officina
Constantinople 565-578 AD
21mm 4.2g
Sear 345

Ex-ANE
SOLD
6 commentsJay (Titus Pullo)12/24/09 at 21:33mdelvalle: Very nice piece, congratulations Jay
Justin_II.jpg
Justin II Gold Solidus149 viewsD N I VSTI NVS P P AVI
helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, holding globe surmounted by crowning Victory and shield.
VICTORI A AVGGG E
Constantinopolis seated facing, head right, holding spear and globus cruciger; CONOB.

E: 5th Officina
Constantinople 565-578 AD
21mm 4.2g
Sear 345

Ex-ANE
SOLD
6 commentsJay (Titus Pullo)12/24/09 at 20:14mihali84: Beautiful coin, congratulations! i really like the...
Justin_II.jpg
Justin II Gold Solidus149 viewsD N I VSTI NVS P P AVI
helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, holding globe surmounted by crowning Victory and shield.
VICTORI A AVGGG E
Constantinopolis seated facing, head right, holding spear and globus cruciger; CONOB.

E: 5th Officina
Constantinople 565-578 AD
21mm 4.2g
Sear 345

Ex-ANE
SOLD
6 commentsJay (Titus Pullo)12/24/09 at 18:02Noah: Congrats! I doubt I'll ever fork over t...
Maximianvs.jpg
Galerius50 viewsGAL MAXIMIANVS PF AVG
laureate head right

GENIO AVGVSTI
Genius standing left holding patera and cornucopiae
star left B right SMSD in exe

Ric 35
Serdica 305 AD
1 commentsTitus Pullo12/13/09 at 13:04Noah: Oooo...stupendous heavy sandy patina!!
Trajan Sester.jpg
Trajan Sestertius183 viewsIMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP CO VI PP
Trajan facing right with aegis on front shoulder and behind the neck of the portrait.

Rev. SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC in Ex
Trajan on horseback holding spear and victory

Rome 112-114 AD
Rare

RIC 599

34mm 23.6g

Ex-Arcade coins

SOLD!

Comments from Mr. C. Clay:
"The interest of this rev. type, apart from its rarity on sestertii, is that it apparently represents the famous equestrian statue of Trajan in his Forum, which mightily impressed Constantius II when he visited Rome in 357 AD, but of which nothing is today extant.

This interpretation of the type is based on its date, soon after 1 Jan. 112 (Trajan COS VI), which we know was the dedication date of the Forum. Other coins of similar date explicitly commemorated the Forum, with legends FORVM TRAIANI and BASILICA VLPIA, and the horseman coin type make a very statuesque impression, the upright spear in the emperor's right hand hitting the ground and apparently providing support for that corner of the statue, in place of the raised right foreleg of the horse.

Moreover, when Septimius Severus used a very similar type on his own coins, he joined it with the famous Trajanic rev. legend SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI, the only time this legend appeared in Septimius' coinage. Who can doubt that these coins commemorate the Senate's vote of an equestrian statue to Septimius too, and that this statue deliberately imitated the famous one of Trajan in his Forum, explaining why the Trajanic legend was revived for the rev. type?"

4 commentsTitus Pullo07/20/09 at 10:44matthijspatrick: Nice and very rare coin
Sulla_pompey.jpg
56 BC Faustus Cornelius Sulla 81 viewsLaur. diad. and draped bust of Venus right, sceptre over shoulder SC behind

Three trophies between jub and lituus, monogram FAVSTVS in ex.

RRC 426/3
Sear 386

SOLD!

The three trophies were engraved on the signet ring of Pompey the Great symbolizing his victories on three continents. Faustus was the son of Lucius Cornelius Sulla and son-in-law of Pompey the Great.
1 commentsTitus Pullo06/20/09 at 12:49Noah: I like that reverse
Vespasian_IVDEA.jpg
Vespasian Judea Capta denarius161 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Laur. head of Vespasian right

Rev.
IVDAEA
Judaea as mourning captive seated right on ground at foot of trophy.

Celebrating the success of Vespasian and Titus in quelling the first Jewish Revolt.

Rome 69-70 AD

Sear 2296

3.11g

Ex-Incitatus

Sold!
1 commentsTitus Pullo04/11/09 at 10:48mars1112: The coin looks much better cause of this new pictu...
Antony_and_Octavian_001.jpg
Mark Antony and Octavian 147 viewsM ANT IMP AVG III VIR R P C M BARBAT Q P (MP and AV in monogram)
Bare hd of Mark Antony right

Rev
CAESAR IMP PONT III VIR R P C
Bare head of Octavian right

Ephesus spring/summer 41 BC

2.97g

Sear 1504

This series of coins commemorates the establishment of the second Triumvirate of November 43 B.C. between Antony, Octavian and Lepidus. Both sides bear the inscription "III VIR R P C", meaning "One of Three Men for the Regulation of the Republic. Within a few years Antony would depart Italy for the Eastern provinces.

The moneyer for this coin is M. Barbatius Pollio who was also a Questor in 41 BC. Barbatius bears the title of "Quaestor pro praetore" abbreviated to QP a distinction shared by his colleague L. Gelllius.


SOLD!
1 commentsTitus Pullo03/29/09 at 07:28romeo: great coin! green with envy!
LegXII.jpg
Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG XIII69 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
galley r. mast with banners at prow

Rev LEG XIII legionary eagle between two standards


Patrae mint 32-31BC

SOLD

Purchased as a low budget LEG XII upon viewing in hand it is definately a 13th Legion

Legio XIII was levied by Julius Caesar in 57 BC, before marching against the Belgae, in one of his early interventions in intra-Gallic conflicts.

During the Gallic wars (58-51 BC), Legio XIII was present at the Battle against the Nervians, the siege of Gergovia, and while not specifically mentioned in the sources, it is not unreasonable to assume that Legio XIII was also present for the Battle of Alesia.

Forced to choose either the end of his political career, or civil war, Caesar brought Legio XIII across the Rubicon river and into Italy. The legion remained faithful to Caesar during the resulting civil war between Caesar and the conservative Optimates faction of the senate, whose legions were commanded by Pompey. Legio XIII was active throughout the entire war, fighting at Dyrrhachium (48 BC) and Pharsalus (48 BC). After the decisive victory over Pompey at Pharsalus, the legion was to be disbanded, and the legionaries "pensioned off" with the traditional land grants; however, the legion was recalled for the Battle of Thapsus (46 BC) and the final Battle of Munda (45 BC). After Munda, Caesar disbanded the legion, retired his veterans, and gave them farmlands in Italy.

Reconstituted by Octavian in 41 BC.
Its standard was the lion.
1 commentsTitus Pullo02/22/09 at 18:28Enodia: THIRTEEN!
Julian_II_spes.jpg
Julian II88 viewsDN FL CL IVLI ANVS PF AVG
Pearl, Diad. draped cuirassed right

SPES REIPVBLICE
Emperor standing left holding globe and spear
SMK
Cyzicus mint
361-363 AD

Ric VIII Cyzicus 124
rare
This is the Wildwinds example!

Sold Forum Auctions
2 commentsTitus Pullo02/13/09 at 19:01Enodia: nice find!
Hadrian_Roma.jpg
Hadiran71 viewsHADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
laur. bust right with drapery on shoulder

COS III
Roma standing right with spear, parazonium and foot on helmet

Rome 125-128 AD
RSC 353

SOLD!
1 commentsTitus Pullo11/26/08 at 02:26vespasian70: Pleasing portrait and well centered. Good job!
Livia_IVSTITIA.jpg
Livia Dupondius91 viewsIVSTITIA
Diad. and draped bust of Livia as Justitia right

TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVG P M TR POT XXIIII around large SC

Rome 22-23AD

12.61g

Sear 1739

Countermark on reverse NCAP?:
There are several interpretations of what this, the most interesting of all Julio-Caludian ctmk., means. The two most likely are:
1. Nero Ceasar Augustus Populi Romani
2. Nero Caesar Augustus Probavit
In the first instance it is a congiarium or public dole given by Nero to the people of Rome. In the second, it is a revalidation of the earlier coins of ones predecessors still in circulation.
Possible is also a later use, eg. by Nerva, or that no emperors name was part of the countermark, Countermark Martini Pangerl Collection 1; 20; 60 depending on subtype
2 commentsTitus Pullo08/29/08 at 14:08Pscipio: Howgego only covers provincial countermarks.
Livia_IVSTITIA.jpg
Livia Dupondius91 viewsIVSTITIA
Diad. and draped bust of Livia as Justitia right

TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVG P M TR POT XXIIII around large SC

Rome 22-23AD

12.61g

Sear 1739

Countermark on reverse NCAP?:
There are several interpretations of what this, the most interesting of all Julio-Caludian ctmk., means. The two most likely are:
1. Nero Ceasar Augustus Populi Romani
2. Nero Caesar Augustus Probavit
In the first instance it is a congiarium or public dole given by Nero to the people of Rome. In the second, it is a revalidation of the earlier coins of ones predecessors still in circulation.
Possible is also a later use, eg. by Nerva, or that no emperors name was part of the countermark, Countermark Martini Pangerl Collection 1; 20; 60 depending on subtype
2 commentsTitus Pullo08/28/08 at 20:04taurisker: for the countermark you should have a look at the ...
Trajan Sester.jpg
Trajan Sestertius183 viewsIMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP CO VI PP
Trajan facing right with aegis on front shoulder and behind the neck of the portrait.

Rev. SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC in Ex
Trajan on horseback holding spear and victory

Rome 112-114 AD
Rare

RIC 599

34mm 23.6g

Ex-Arcade coins

SOLD!

Comments from Mr. C. Clay:
"The interest of this rev. type, apart from its rarity on sestertii, is that it apparently represents the famous equestrian statue of Trajan in his Forum, which mightily impressed Constantius II when he visited Rome in 357 AD, but of which nothing is today extant.

This interpretation of the type is based on its date, soon after 1 Jan. 112 (Trajan COS VI), which we know was the dedication date of the Forum. Other coins of similar date explicitly commemorated the Forum, with legends FORVM TRAIANI and BASILICA VLPIA, and the horseman coin type make a very statuesque impression, the upright spear in the emperor's right hand hitting the ground and apparently providing support for that corner of the statue, in place of the raised right foreleg of the horse.

Moreover, when Septimius Severus used a very similar type on his own coins, he joined it with the famous Trajanic rev. legend SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI, the only time this legend appeared in Septimius' coinage. Who can doubt that these coins commemorate the Senate's vote of an equestrian statue to Septimius too, and that this statue deliberately imitated the famous one of Trajan in his Forum, explaining why the Trajanic legend was revived for the rev. type?"

4 commentsTitus Pullo06/06/08 at 02:30Noah: really nice coin...imagine what it looked like whe...
 
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