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286/1 M. Sergius Silus67 viewsM. Sergius Silus. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 116-115 B.C. (3.81g, 17.98mm, 9h). Obv: Helmeted head of Roma, EcX SC before, ROMA X (XVI ligature) behind. Rev: helmeted horseman galloping left, holding sword and severed Gallic head in left hand, Q below horse’s forelegs, M SERGI below, SILVS in ex. RSC I Sergia 1a, Sear 163, Ex Warren Esty.

The reverse depicts the grandfather of the moneyer, who, during the Punic War, reportedly suffered 23 wounds and the loss of a hand but continued the fight. The EX SC on the obverse indicates the coin was struck by a quaestor by special decred of the Senate. Quaestors were the immediate supervisors of the moneyers, but occasional struck udner their own name as well.
3 commentsLucas H03/14/18 at 21:03Carausius: Nice coin and write-up.
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Van Alfen Owls154 viewsOwls as described by Van Alfen, Peter. American Journal of Numismatics, second series, volume 16-17, number 8.

Collage and image editing by Jay GT4.

Marjority of these sold to Forum for other collectors to enjoy for the purpose of funding my Flavian Collection in 2013.
3 commentsLucas H02/16/17 at 10:02laney: Lovely
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Vespasian RIC II 004635 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. 71, July-Dec. A.D. (3.47g, 19.1m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG PM, laureate head right. Rev: TRI POT, across field; Vesta, std. l., with simpulum. RIC II 46, BMC 57, RSC 561.

An early denarius of Vespasian, spreading themes of hearth and home after the Civil War by use of the goddess Vesta on the reverse. This example has a full flan, complete legends, and demonstrates what can be called a “big head” portrait.
1 commentsLucas H10/08/15 at 10:10shanxi: wonderful portrait
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Vespasian RIC II 052249 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint, 73 A.D. (3.52g, 19.6mm, 5h). Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG PM COS IIII CEN, laureate head right. Rev: SALVS AVG, Salus seated left, with patera. RIC II 522, BMC 97, RSC 432v).

This is a common coin with an uncommonly stellar portrait. Its well centered with complete legends. Salus is associated with safety and wellbeing of the individual and the State.
5 commentsLucas H05/06/15 at 05:10ancientdave: Wow! Fantastic!
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Vespasian RIC II 052249 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint, 73 A.D. (3.52g, 19.6mm, 5h). Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG PM COS IIII CEN, laureate head right. Rev: SALVS AVG, Salus seated left, with patera. RIC II 522, BMC 97, RSC 432v).

This is a common coin with an uncommonly stellar portrait. Its well centered with complete legends. Salus is associated with safety and wellbeing of the individual and the State.
5 commentsLucas H05/05/15 at 03:20hill132: Super nice.
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Vespasian RIC II 052249 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint, 73 A.D. (3.52g, 19.6mm, 5h). Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG PM COS IIII CEN, laureate head right. Rev: SALVS AVG, Salus seated left, with patera. RIC II 522, BMC 97, RSC 432v).

This is a common coin with an uncommonly stellar portrait. Its well centered with complete legends. Salus is associated with safety and wellbeing of the individual and the State.
5 commentsLucas H05/04/15 at 13:58Mat: wonderful
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Vespasian RIC II 052249 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint, 73 A.D. (3.52g, 19.6mm, 5h). Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG PM COS IIII CEN, laureate head right. Rev: SALVS AVG, Salus seated left, with patera. RIC II 522, BMC 97, RSC 432v).

This is a common coin with an uncommonly stellar portrait. Its well centered with complete legends. Salus is associated with safety and wellbeing of the individual and the State.
5 commentsLucas H05/04/15 at 04:39quadrans: Nice coin and portrait...
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Vespasian RIC II 052249 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint, 73 A.D. (3.52g, 19.6mm, 5h). Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG PM COS IIII CEN, laureate head right. Rev: SALVS AVG, Salus seated left, with patera. RIC II 522, BMC 97, RSC 432v).

This is a common coin with an uncommonly stellar portrait. Its well centered with complete legends. Salus is associated with safety and wellbeing of the individual and the State.
5 commentsLucas H05/04/15 at 03:27Jay GT4: Exceptional portrait
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Titus RIC II 013223 viewsTitus. 79-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 80 A.D. 1 Jan.-30 June. (2.89g, 18.5mm, 6h). Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM, Laureate head right. Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII PP, tripod with fillets; above dolphin; above tripod two ravens, l. and r. and a wreath under the dolphin. RIC II 132 (R2). Ex. CNG.

Some variations of this type lack the ravens on top of the tripod (T128), but not this example. The larges output of Titus’ precious metal coinage took place during this period of the first six months of 80 A.D. Not the best specimin of Titus, but this is example is more scarce than the one lacking the ravens.
1 commentsLucas H07/13/13 at 11:12David Atherton: This is RIC 132 with ravens. 128 is the variant wi...
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Van Alfen Owls154 viewsOwls as described by Van Alfen, Peter. American Journal of Numismatics, second series, volume 16-17, number 8.

Collage and image editing by Jay GT4.

Marjority of these sold to Forum for other collectors to enjoy for the purpose of funding my Flavian Collection in 2013.
3 commentsLucas H02/15/13 at 14:39Aarmale: Very nice!
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Vespasian RIC II 054638 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint. 73 A.D. ( 2.92g, 18.8m, 12h). Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG CENS, laureate head right. Rev: PONTIF MAXIM (anit-clockwise), Vespasian seated right on curule chair, with sceptre and branch. RIC II 546, BMC 98, RSC 387. Ex. CNG.

This type is very common, but new in 73 A.D. Mid-way through 73 A.D, the legend direction switched on Flavian denarii, and this was one of the first issued with the right to left outward direction. Carradice and Buttrey note this type closely copies Tiberius’ seated figure type, the so called “Tribute Penny.” This issue also has the unusual 12 o’clock die axis.
2 commentsLucas H12/12/12 at 15:18Jay GT4: Great reverse. Good one Lucas
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Vespasian RIC II 054638 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint. 73 A.D. ( 2.92g, 18.8m, 12h). Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG CENS, laureate head right. Rev: PONTIF MAXIM (anit-clockwise), Vespasian seated right on curule chair, with sceptre and branch. RIC II 546, BMC 98, RSC 387. Ex. CNG.

This type is very common, but new in 73 A.D. Mid-way through 73 A.D, the legend direction switched on Flavian denarii, and this was one of the first issued with the right to left outward direction. Carradice and Buttrey note this type closely copies Tiberius’ seated figure type, the so called “Tribute Penny.” This issue also has the unusual 12 o’clock die axis.
2 commentsLucas H12/12/12 at 12:21David Atherton: Good, solid example of the type.
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05 Claudius RIC I 6465 viewsClaudius. 41-54 A.D. Rome Mint 51-2 A.D. (3.32g, 18.4m, 0h). Obv: [TI CLA]VD CAESAR AVG PM TR P XI IMP P P C[OS V], laureate head right. Rev: SPQR/PP/OBCS in three lines in oak wreath. RIC I 64. RSC 96.

Claudius was put on the throne by the Praetorian Guard after the murder of Caligula, and was eventually murdered by Nero’s mother. This is a worn coin and common reverse during Claudius’ reign, but I wanted to obtain it as denarii of Claudius seem few and far between, second only to Gaius in the 12 Caesar series it seems.
4 commentsLucas H12/06/12 at 21:08Dk0311USMC: I like the SPQR inscription on the reverse. I don...
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05 Claudius RIC I 6465 viewsClaudius. 41-54 A.D. Rome Mint 51-2 A.D. (3.32g, 18.4m, 0h). Obv: [TI CLA]VD CAESAR AVG PM TR P XI IMP P P C[OS V], laureate head right. Rev: SPQR/PP/OBCS in three lines in oak wreath. RIC I 64. RSC 96.

Claudius was put on the throne by the Praetorian Guard after the murder of Caligula, and was eventually murdered by Nero’s mother. This is a worn coin and common reverse during Claudius’ reign, but I wanted to obtain it as denarii of Claudius seem few and far between, second only to Gaius in the 12 Caesar series it seems.
4 commentsLucas H10/18/12 at 23:54TheEmpireNeverEnded: Ahh yes, I remember this when it showed up in in t...
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05 Claudius RIC I 6465 viewsClaudius. 41-54 A.D. Rome Mint 51-2 A.D. (3.32g, 18.4m, 0h). Obv: [TI CLA]VD CAESAR AVG PM TR P XI IMP P P C[OS V], laureate head right. Rev: SPQR/PP/OBCS in three lines in oak wreath. RIC I 64. RSC 96.

Claudius was put on the throne by the Praetorian Guard after the murder of Caligula, and was eventually murdered by Nero’s mother. This is a worn coin and common reverse during Claudius’ reign, but I wanted to obtain it as denarii of Claudius seem few and far between, second only to Gaius in the 12 Caesar series it seems.
4 commentsLucas H09/09/12 at 18:25Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
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05 Claudius RIC I 6465 viewsClaudius. 41-54 A.D. Rome Mint 51-2 A.D. (3.32g, 18.4m, 0h). Obv: [TI CLA]VD CAESAR AVG PM TR P XI IMP P P C[OS V], laureate head right. Rev: SPQR/PP/OBCS in three lines in oak wreath. RIC I 64. RSC 96.

Claudius was put on the throne by the Praetorian Guard after the murder of Caligula, and was eventually murdered by Nero’s mother. This is a worn coin and common reverse during Claudius’ reign, but I wanted to obtain it as denarii of Claudius seem few and far between, second only to Gaius in the 12 Caesar series it seems.
4 commentsLucas H09/08/12 at 21:11David Atherton: Wow.
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09 Vitellius RIC I 09093 viewsVitellius Jan. 2-Dec. 20, 69 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 69 A.D. (3.07g, 19.9m, 6h). Obv: A VITELLIVS GERM I{MP AVG TR P}, laureate head right. Rev: CONCORDIA PR, Concordia seated left holding patera & double cornucopiae. RIC I 90, RSC 18.

Vitellius is described by Suetonius as lazy and self-indulgent, fond of eating and drinking, and an obese glutton, eating banquets four times a day and feasting on rare foods he would send the Roman navy to procure.
2 commentsLucas H08/12/12 at 12:10Bud Stewart: All around a very pleasant denarius. I like.
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07 Galba RIC I 18937 viewsGalba April 3-Jan. 15, 69 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 69 A.D. (3.15g, 18.9m, 6h). Obv: [I]MP SER GALBA CAESAR AVG, laureate and draped bust right. Rev: [DI]VA AVGVSTA, Livia standing left, holding patera and scepter. RIC I 189, RSC 55a. ACCG IV, 59.

Upon Nero’s death, Galba was governor of Hispania Terraconensis, and marched to Rome. His short reign was ended by his murder in a plot hatched by Otho and the Praetorians. Many of his economic measures had been unpopular, including his refusal to “bribe” the Praetorians upon his ascension.
1 commentsLucas H08/12/12 at 12:08Bud Stewart: Now, that’s the face of a determined man!
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09 Vitellius RIC I 09093 viewsVitellius Jan. 2-Dec. 20, 69 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 69 A.D. (3.07g, 19.9m, 6h). Obv: A VITELLIVS GERM I{MP AVG TR P}, laureate head right. Rev: CONCORDIA PR, Concordia seated left holding patera & double cornucopiae. RIC I 90, RSC 18.

Vitellius is described by Suetonius as lazy and self-indulgent, fond of eating and drinking, and an obese glutton, eating banquets four times a day and feasting on rare foods he would send the Roman navy to procure.
2 commentsLucas H07/28/12 at 22:16ancientdave: Nice one!
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286/1 M. Sergius Silus67 viewsM. Sergius Silus. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 116-115 B.C. (3.81g, 17.98mm, 9h). Obv: Helmeted head of Roma, EcX SC before, ROMA X (XVI ligature) behind. Rev: helmeted horseman galloping left, holding sword and severed Gallic head in left hand, Q below horse’s forelegs, M SERGI below, SILVS in ex. RSC I Sergia 1a, Sear 163, Ex Warren Esty.

The reverse depicts the grandfather of the moneyer, who, during the Punic War, reportedly suffered 23 wounds and the loss of a hand but continued the fight. The EX SC on the obverse indicates the coin was struck by a quaestor by special decred of the Senate. Quaestors were the immediate supervisors of the moneyers, but occasional struck udner their own name as well.
3 commentsLucas H07/26/12 at 22:34Legatus: Very nice coin
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286/1 M. Sergius Silus67 viewsM. Sergius Silus. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 116-115 B.C. (3.81g, 17.98mm, 9h). Obv: Helmeted head of Roma, EcX SC before, ROMA X (XVI ligature) behind. Rev: helmeted horseman galloping left, holding sword and severed Gallic head in left hand, Q below horse’s forelegs, M SERGI below, SILVS in ex. RSC I Sergia 1a, Sear 163, Ex Warren Esty.

The reverse depicts the grandfather of the moneyer, who, during the Punic War, reportedly suffered 23 wounds and the loss of a hand but continued the fight. The EX SC on the obverse indicates the coin was struck by a quaestor by special decred of the Senate. Quaestors were the immediate supervisors of the moneyers, but occasional struck udner their own name as well.
3 commentsLucas H07/26/12 at 20:55Jay GT4: Nice one Lucas!
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Van Alfen Owls154 viewsOwls as described by Van Alfen, Peter. American Journal of Numismatics, second series, volume 16-17, number 8.

Collage and image editing by Jay GT4.

Marjority of these sold to Forum for other collectors to enjoy for the purpose of funding my Flavian Collection in 2013.
3 commentsLucas H05/04/12 at 22:57TheEmpireNeverEnded: Amazing!
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Vespasian RIC II 002128 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint, 70-Jan-June A.D. (3.08g, 19m, 5h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: COS ITER TRPOT, Aequitas standing left with scales and rod. RIC II 21, BMC 17, RSC 94a.

Issued in Vespasian’s first year, this example has a more typical Vespasian portrait than others of this era which tend to favor Vitellius.
As an attorney, I love Aequitas which was the Roman personification of justice and equality. The scales persist as a representation of the same in the legal community today.
Worn, but with full legends and complete devices, this is a decent example of an early type.
1 commentsLucas H04/28/12 at 17:59Steve E: Nice portrait and symbolizm!
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Vespasian RIC II 085065 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 76 A.D. (2.91g. 17.9mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head left. REV: IOVIS CVSTOS, Jupiter standing facing with patera over altar and scepter. RIC II 850 (R2). RSC 223.

A worn reverse, but I got this coin for the left facing head on the obverse, with the left facing coins being more scarce that the typical right facing coins.
2 commentsLucas H04/27/12 at 18:10TheEmpireNeverEnded: Steve I absolutely agree! Love it!
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Vespasian RIC II 0029.131 viewsVespasian 69-79A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint Jan-June, 70 A.D. (3.43g, 18.4m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: COS ITER TR POT, pax seated left with branch and caduceus. RIC II 29. Ex HBJ.

During this time, more and more of the portraiture reflects Vespasian’s characteristic features. Some still show signs of Vitellius, but Vespasian had been in Rome for some months now. These early runs only face right, are only inscribed from right to left which alternated on 73 A.D.

This is a duplicate, and one in which, despite agonizing over it, I cannot decide which I like better. The obverse of this is nicer, but I like the reverse of the other. Which do you like and why?
1 commentsLucas H03/14/12 at 12:03David Atherton: Awesome portrait!
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433/1 Marcus Junius Brutus 31 viewsMarcus Junius Brutus. AR Denarius. Rome Mint, 54 B.C. (4.01g, 19.1m, 4h). Obv: LIBERTAS, head of Libertas r., hair in bun. Rev: BRVTVS in ex., consul Lucius Junius Brutus walking l., between two lictors, preceded by an accensus. Craw. 433/1, RCV 397.

Brutus, perhaps Caesar’s most famous assassin, shows his political leanings on this coin 10 years before the assassination. Lucius Junius Brutus, the first consul and founder of the Republic reportedly expelled the last Tarquin king from Rome in 509 B.C. This is referred to as “The coin that should have warned Caesar.”
1 commentsLucas H03/12/12 at 16:18SPQR Coins: A great coin. One of my favorites. Congratulations...
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Vespasian RIC II 084745 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 76 A.D. (3.14g, 17.9m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: COS VII, eagle standing front on garlanded base, thunderbolt in claws, wings open, head left. RIC II 847, BMC 180, RSC 121.

This type could refer to the death of Mucianus. In this example, like many I’ve seen, lacks the garland on the base and thunderbolt in the eagle’s claws.
2 commentsLucas H03/10/12 at 12:11Lucas H: Thanks! fixed.
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Vespasian RIC II 084745 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 76 A.D. (3.14g, 17.9m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: COS VII, eagle standing front on garlanded base, thunderbolt in claws, wings open, head left. RIC II 847, BMC 180, RSC 121.

This type could refer to the death of Mucianus. In this example, like many I’ve seen, lacks the garland on the base and thunderbolt in the eagle’s claws.
2 commentsLucas H03/10/12 at 10:56David Atherton: You have the correct RIC # but the reverse should ...
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413/1 L. Cassus Longinus38 viewsL. Cassius Longinus c. 63 B.C. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. c. 63 B.C. (3.81g, 18.6mm, 7h). Obv: Draped bust of Vesta Veiled left, kylix behind, letter before. Rev: Male figure left dropping tablet inscribed V (Uti Rogas) into a Cista, Longin III V behind. Cassia 10. Craw 413/1.

This coin may refer to the law of 113 which set up the special commission, presided over by L. Cassius Longinus Ravilla, for the trial of three delinquent Vestal Virgins. In 137 BC L. Cassius Ravilla proposed a method of voting, known as the Lex Cassia Tabellaria. The letter "V" on the tabella stands for V[ti] Rogas, or uti rogas a vote in favor of a new law. A vote against a new law was designated by the letter "A" (antiquo). L. Cassius Longinus, whose name appears on the coin, was the younger brother of C. Cassius Longinus, one of the assassins of Julius Caesar.
1 commentsLucas H02/26/12 at 01:41Aarmale: Great bust! Interesting style.
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Vespasian RIC II 155962 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Antioch Mint 72-73 A.D. (3.18g, 17.2mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII, laureate head right. Rev: Vespasian standing right in quadriga with branch and sceptre. RIC II 1563, RPC II 1931, RCV 2279.

Commemorating the Judea Capta Triumphal parade, celebrated in 71 AD., this is one of the more rarely issued eastern denari of the Flavian reign. Typical of Antioch, this coin has a high relief portrait. This is issue formed part of the last issue of Vespasian’s denarii from the Syrian region. The suppression of the revolt in Judea was the highpoint of the Flavians' successes, and allowed Vespasian to have much needed coin from the plunder of the Second Temple in Jerusalum, coin that his predecessors, Galba, Otho, and Vitellius lacked as they assumed the purple.
5 commentsLucas H02/19/12 at 23:21renegade3220: Yet another one to covet. Let me know if you get ...
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08 01 Otho RIC I 483 viewsOtho. 15 Jan. to April 69 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 69 A.D. (3.27g, 18.9mm, 6h). Obv: IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P, bare head right. Obv: PAX ORBIS TERRARVM, Pax, draped, standing left, right holding branch, and left caduceus. RIC I 4, RCV 2156, RSC 3. Ex Warren Esty Personal Collection.

At 3 months, Otho had the shortest reign in the Year of the Four Emperors. During much of Nero’s reign, Otho administered Lusitania, and followed Galba when he marched on Rome. Upon Galba’s naming another as his successor to the throne, with some of the rankers of the Praetorian Guard, Otho staged a coup, had Galba murdered, and was declared Emperor.

THis is an odd reverse message for an emperor complicit in the murder of his one-time allie and predecessor Galba, while the legeons of Vitellius were Marching on Rome. PAX ORBIS TERRARVM "Peace on the Earth" is ironic given the civil war going on in Rome at the time.
5 commentsLucas H02/19/12 at 19:01renegade3220: Lucas, one nice Otho isnt enough? I see the plan. ...
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08 01 Otho RIC I 483 viewsOtho. 15 Jan. to April 69 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 69 A.D. (3.27g, 18.9mm, 6h). Obv: IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P, bare head right. Obv: PAX ORBIS TERRARVM, Pax, draped, standing left, right holding branch, and left caduceus. RIC I 4, RCV 2156, RSC 3. Ex Warren Esty Personal Collection.

At 3 months, Otho had the shortest reign in the Year of the Four Emperors. During much of Nero’s reign, Otho administered Lusitania, and followed Galba when he marched on Rome. Upon Galba’s naming another as his successor to the throne, with some of the rankers of the Praetorian Guard, Otho staged a coup, had Galba murdered, and was declared Emperor.

THis is an odd reverse message for an emperor complicit in the murder of his one-time allie and predecessor Galba, while the legeons of Vitellius were Marching on Rome. PAX ORBIS TERRARVM "Peace on the Earth" is ironic given the civil war going on in Rome at the time.
5 commentsLucas H02/03/12 at 17:05Joseph D5: very nice indeed.
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Vespasian RIC II 002735 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. Jan-June 70 A.D. (3.20g, 19.1mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: COS ITER TR POT, Pax standing left with branch and caduceus. RIC II 27.

The inward facing lettering changed in 73 A.D.. The early denarii of Vespasian fail to depict the characteristic portrait of Vespasian seen on later coinage. Some coins from this time period bear portrait more reminiscent of Vitellius than Vespasian.
1 commentsLucas H12/29/11 at 10:42David Atherton: Very Vitellius like. Also, the Pax featured standi...
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496/1 Marc Antony45 viewsMarc Antony AR Denarius. 42 BC, Greek Mint. (3.62g, 17.8m, 2.3h). Obv: M ANTONI IMP, bare head right. Rev: III VIR R P C, facing head of Sol in a temple of two columns. RSC 12, Sear5 1467, Syd 1168, Cr496/1.

After Caesar’s death, Antony, Octavian, and Lepidus formed the Second Triumvirate. Ultimately, Lepidus was pushed to the side and Antony was defeated by Octavian at the battle of Actium. Fleeing back to Egypt, Antony and Cleopatra committed suicide in the face of their defeat by Octavian.
2 commentsLucas H12/19/11 at 20:04Dk0311USMC: Nice one! Don't see many Antony coins depictin...
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01 Julius Caesar, Venus39 viewsJulius Caesar. AR Denarius. Military mint traveling with Caesar in North Africa c. 47-46B.C. (3.88, 19.2mm, 6h). Obv: Diademed head of Venus right. Rev: CAESAR, Aeneas walking left, carrying Anchises and the Palladium. Craw. 458/1. RSC 12, Sear RCV 1402.

Minted to pay his legends during their African campaign against the Pomeians, this coin harkens to Caesar’s mythical origin from Venus. Aeneas, a survivor of Troy, was the son of Aphrodite’s liaison with the mortal Anchises. Aeneas lead a group of survivors, the Aeneads, ultimately to the Italian peninsula.
1 commentsLucas H12/10/11 at 18:04Aarmale: Very nice!
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Vespasian RIC II 070350 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 74 A.D. (3.23g. 18.6m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: PON MAX TR P COS V, Caduceus, winged. RIC II 703.

The caduceus is a characteristic of Mercury and associated with heralds and commerce. This coin is much nicer than my photograph show with nice dark toning.
3 commentsLucas H11/20/11 at 19:25Steve E: Nice detail and contrast! Yes, very eye catching!
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496/1 Marc Antony45 viewsMarc Antony AR Denarius. 42 BC, Greek Mint. (3.62g, 17.8m, 2.3h). Obv: M ANTONI IMP, bare head right. Rev: III VIR R P C, facing head of Sol in a temple of two columns. RSC 12, Sear5 1467, Syd 1168, Cr496/1.

After Caesar’s death, Antony, Octavian, and Lepidus formed the Second Triumvirate. Ultimately, Lepidus was pushed to the side and Antony was defeated by Octavian at the battle of Actium. Fleeing back to Egypt, Antony and Cleopatra committed suicide in the face of their defeat by Octavian.
2 commentsLucas H11/20/11 at 19:21Steve E: Nice!
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Vespasian RIC II 070350 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 74 A.D. (3.23g. 18.6m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: PON MAX TR P COS V, Caduceus, winged. RIC II 703.

The caduceus is a characteristic of Mercury and associated with heralds and commerce. This coin is much nicer than my photograph show with nice dark toning.
3 commentsLucas H11/20/11 at 17:22ancientdave: Very nice, both sides are quite pleasing to the ey...
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Vespasian RIC II 070350 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 74 A.D. (3.23g. 18.6m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: PON MAX TR P COS V, Caduceus, winged. RIC II 703.

The caduceus is a characteristic of Mercury and associated with heralds and commerce. This coin is much nicer than my photograph show with nice dark toning.
3 commentsLucas H11/20/11 at 10:48David Atherton: Good portrait.
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Vespasian RIC II 155962 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Antioch Mint 72-73 A.D. (3.18g, 17.2mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII, laureate head right. Rev: Vespasian standing right in quadriga with branch and sceptre. RIC II 1563, RPC II 1931, RCV 2279.

Commemorating the Judea Capta Triumphal parade, celebrated in 71 AD., this is one of the more rarely issued eastern denari of the Flavian reign. Typical of Antioch, this coin has a high relief portrait. This is issue formed part of the last issue of Vespasian’s denarii from the Syrian region. The suppression of the revolt in Judea was the highpoint of the Flavians' successes, and allowed Vespasian to have much needed coin from the plunder of the Second Temple in Jerusalum, coin that his predecessors, Galba, Otho, and Vitellius lacked as they assumed the purple.
5 commentsLucas H09/13/11 at 20:13David Atherton: Excellent example of the type. Very rare to find t...
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Vespasian RIC II 155962 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Antioch Mint 72-73 A.D. (3.18g, 17.2mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII, laureate head right. Rev: Vespasian standing right in quadriga with branch and sceptre. RIC II 1563, RPC II 1931, RCV 2279.

Commemorating the Judea Capta Triumphal parade, celebrated in 71 AD., this is one of the more rarely issued eastern denari of the Flavian reign. Typical of Antioch, this coin has a high relief portrait. This is issue formed part of the last issue of Vespasian’s denarii from the Syrian region. The suppression of the revolt in Judea was the highpoint of the Flavians' successes, and allowed Vespasian to have much needed coin from the plunder of the Second Temple in Jerusalum, coin that his predecessors, Galba, Otho, and Vitellius lacked as they assumed the purple.
5 commentsLucas H09/09/11 at 17:24Steve E: I like it!
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Vespasian RIC II 155962 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Antioch Mint 72-73 A.D. (3.18g, 17.2mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII, laureate head right. Rev: Vespasian standing right in quadriga with branch and sceptre. RIC II 1563, RPC II 1931, RCV 2279.

Commemorating the Judea Capta Triumphal parade, celebrated in 71 AD., this is one of the more rarely issued eastern denari of the Flavian reign. Typical of Antioch, this coin has a high relief portrait. This is issue formed part of the last issue of Vespasian’s denarii from the Syrian region. The suppression of the revolt in Judea was the highpoint of the Flavians' successes, and allowed Vespasian to have much needed coin from the plunder of the Second Temple in Jerusalum, coin that his predecessors, Galba, Otho, and Vitellius lacked as they assumed the purple.
5 commentsLucas H09/09/11 at 17:18Randygeki(h2): nice addition. Kinda of a youth portrait.
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08 01 Otho RIC I 483 viewsOtho. 15 Jan. to April 69 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 69 A.D. (3.27g, 18.9mm, 6h). Obv: IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P, bare head right. Obv: PAX ORBIS TERRARVM, Pax, draped, standing left, right holding branch, and left caduceus. RIC I 4, RCV 2156, RSC 3. Ex Warren Esty Personal Collection.

At 3 months, Otho had the shortest reign in the Year of the Four Emperors. During much of Nero’s reign, Otho administered Lusitania, and followed Galba when he marched on Rome. Upon Galba’s naming another as his successor to the throne, with some of the rankers of the Praetorian Guard, Otho staged a coup, had Galba murdered, and was declared Emperor.

THis is an odd reverse message for an emperor complicit in the murder of his one-time allie and predecessor Galba, while the legeons of Vitellius were Marching on Rome. PAX ORBIS TERRARVM "Peace on the Earth" is ironic given the civil war going on in Rome at the time.
5 commentsLucas H09/09/11 at 17:15Randygeki(h2): inded, cool addition!
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08 01 Otho RIC I 483 viewsOtho. 15 Jan. to April 69 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 69 A.D. (3.27g, 18.9mm, 6h). Obv: IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P, bare head right. Obv: PAX ORBIS TERRARVM, Pax, draped, standing left, right holding branch, and left caduceus. RIC I 4, RCV 2156, RSC 3. Ex Warren Esty Personal Collection.

At 3 months, Otho had the shortest reign in the Year of the Four Emperors. During much of Nero’s reign, Otho administered Lusitania, and followed Galba when he marched on Rome. Upon Galba’s naming another as his successor to the throne, with some of the rankers of the Praetorian Guard, Otho staged a coup, had Galba murdered, and was declared Emperor.

THis is an odd reverse message for an emperor complicit in the murder of his one-time allie and predecessor Galba, while the legeons of Vitellius were Marching on Rome. PAX ORBIS TERRARVM "Peace on the Earth" is ironic given the civil war going on in Rome at the time.
5 commentsLucas H09/09/11 at 15:17Kained but Able: top portrait and nice nice to have the "Otho" in t...
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08 01 Otho RIC I 483 viewsOtho. 15 Jan. to April 69 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 69 A.D. (3.27g, 18.9mm, 6h). Obv: IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P, bare head right. Obv: PAX ORBIS TERRARVM, Pax, draped, standing left, right holding branch, and left caduceus. RIC I 4, RCV 2156, RSC 3. Ex Warren Esty Personal Collection.

At 3 months, Otho had the shortest reign in the Year of the Four Emperors. During much of Nero’s reign, Otho administered Lusitania, and followed Galba when he marched on Rome. Upon Galba’s naming another as his successor to the throne, with some of the rankers of the Praetorian Guard, Otho staged a coup, had Galba murdered, and was declared Emperor.

THis is an odd reverse message for an emperor complicit in the murder of his one-time allie and predecessor Galba, while the legeons of Vitellius were Marching on Rome. PAX ORBIS TERRARVM "Peace on the Earth" is ironic given the civil war going on in Rome at the time.
5 commentsLucas H09/09/11 at 13:41Pedja R: cool
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Vespasian RIC II 155962 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Antioch Mint 72-73 A.D. (3.18g, 17.2mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII, laureate head right. Rev: Vespasian standing right in quadriga with branch and sceptre. RIC II 1563, RPC II 1931, RCV 2279.

Commemorating the Judea Capta Triumphal parade, celebrated in 71 AD., this is one of the more rarely issued eastern denari of the Flavian reign. Typical of Antioch, this coin has a high relief portrait. This is issue formed part of the last issue of Vespasian’s denarii from the Syrian region. The suppression of the revolt in Judea was the highpoint of the Flavians' successes, and allowed Vespasian to have much needed coin from the plunder of the Second Temple in Jerusalum, coin that his predecessors, Galba, Otho, and Vitellius lacked as they assumed the purple.
5 commentsLucas H09/09/11 at 13:41Pedja R: great!
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Athens Tetradrachm (Van Alfen 35)40 viewsAttica, Athens, AR Tetradrachm. 393-300 B.C.. Obv: Head of Athena right, eye in profile. Rev: Owl standing to r., head facing, to r. A-theta-E, to left, olive twig and crescent, all within incuse square, test cut. 22 mm, 16.58 grams. Van Alfen, Peter. American Journal of Numismatics, second series, volume 16-17, number 35, this coin.2 commentsLucas H09/01/11 at 18:12Randygeki(h2): cool
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Athens Tetradrachm (Van Alfen 35)40 viewsAttica, Athens, AR Tetradrachm. 393-300 B.C.. Obv: Head of Athena right, eye in profile. Rev: Owl standing to r., head facing, to r. A-theta-E, to left, olive twig and crescent, all within incuse square, test cut. 22 mm, 16.58 grams. Van Alfen, Peter. American Journal of Numismatics, second series, volume 16-17, number 35, this coin.2 commentsLucas H09/01/11 at 17:58Steve E: Nice one!
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02 03 Augustus RIC I 4(a)40 viewsAugustus. 27B.C. -14A.D. AR Denarius. Emerita Mint, c. 25-23 A.D. (3.21g, 19.4mm, 0h). Obv: IMP CAESAR AVGVST, bare head right. Rev: P CARISIVS LEG PRO PR, trophy of helmet cuirass, shield, and javelins, on heap of shields and lances. RIC 4(a), RSC 403(a).

Augustus established the colony of Emerita Augusta in Lusitania to settle emeriti- retiring soldiers- as he downsized the Roman army. P. Carisius, legatus pro praetore, effected the foundation on Augustus’s behalf. Emerita served as a strongpoint for the Empire in the west of Spain.
1 commentsLucas H07/29/11 at 23:55rexesq: Very cool! Nice obverse and portrait.
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363/1d L. Censorinus Denarius37 viewsL Censorinus Denarius. 82 BC. Rome Mint. (3.75g, 18.4mm, 3h). Obv: Laureate head of Apollo right. Rev: L CENSOR, the satyr, Marsyas, standing left with wineskin over shoulder; behind him, column surmounted by draped figure (Minerva?). Marcia 24. Sear 5, 284. Syd 737. Cr363/1d. Ex Warren Esty.

Alluding to Marsyas’ musical challenge to Apollo. Marsyas lost the contest, judged by the Muses, and Apollo flayed him alive for presuming to challenge a god. I love the mythical basis of this type.
1 commentsLucas H07/07/11 at 20:33Randygeki(h2): This is a cool type, much better than mine. Nice a...
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Athens Tetradrachm Athena and Owl eastern43 viewsAthens. 4th Century B.C.. Eastern style Athenian tetradrachm. (16.7 g, 21x25.4mm, 9h). Obverse: Head of Athena right, eye in profile. Reverse: Owl standing right, head facing , to right AO[E], olive twig and crescent, all within incuse square. Crack on obverse at 3 o'clock, two test cuts on reverse. Ex Amphora.

Van Alfen, AJN, 16-17, 57, this coin. Style Group II. The "A" of the ethnic on the reverse is missing a portion of one leg, giving it the appearance of a backwards "P."
2 commentsLucas H06/24/11 at 08:41Randygeki(h2): Nice!
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Athens Tetradrachm Athena and Owl eastern43 viewsAthens. 4th Century B.C.. Eastern style Athenian tetradrachm. (16.7 g, 21x25.4mm, 9h). Obverse: Head of Athena right, eye in profile. Reverse: Owl standing right, head facing , to right AO[E], olive twig and crescent, all within incuse square. Crack on obverse at 3 o'clock, two test cuts on reverse. Ex Amphora.

Van Alfen, AJN, 16-17, 57, this coin. Style Group II. The "A" of the ethnic on the reverse is missing a portion of one leg, giving it the appearance of a backwards "P."
2 commentsLucas H06/23/11 at 17:37Steve E: Nice portrait of Athena! I really want a published...
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Vespasian As, Legio X Countermark64 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AE As. Rome Mint. 74 A.D. (8.45g, 25.5mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS V CENS, laureate head right. Rev: SC in field, Spes standing let with flower. RIC II 730, RCV 2361.

The interest in this worn As is the Legio X, Fretensis, Countermark. Legio X was levied by Augustus in 40/41B.C. to fight in the Civil War. Later, Legio X was under the command of Vespasian and played a central role during the Jewish rebellion. Following the suppression of the rebellion under Titus, Legio X was garrisoned in Jerusalem.
1 commentsLucas H06/22/11 at 19:46Steve E: Nice background on the countermark!
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Domitian as Caesar RIC II V108739 viewsDomitian as Caesar under Vespasian. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 79 A.D. 3.1g, 18mm. Obv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS VI, laureate head right. Rev: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, Vesta seated left, holding palladium and sceptre. RIC II V1087. 1 commentsLucas H06/01/11 at 22:28Steve E: You can see the celators were still used to vespas...
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07 Galba, RIC I 16749 viewsGalba July, 68-Jan., 69. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. Aug-Oct 68 A.D. (3.07g, 17.8mm, 6h). Obv: IMP SER GALBA AVG, bare head right. Rev: SPQR OB CS in 3 lines within oak wreath. RIC I 167, RSC 287, Sear 2109.

Upon the death of Nero, Galba’s troops proclaimed him emperor on April 3, 68 A.D. Governor of Hispania Tarraconensis, he marched on Rome and assumed the throne, but was assassinated in a plot by Otho on January 15, 69 beginning the year of 4 emperors.
1 commentsLucas H06/01/11 at 21:07Steve E: Great addition to your sub-collection of the 4 emp...
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Vespasian RIC II 085065 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 76 A.D. (2.91g. 17.9mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head left. REV: IOVIS CVSTOS, Jupiter standing facing with patera over altar and scepter. RIC II 850 (R2). RSC 223.

A worn reverse, but I got this coin for the left facing head on the obverse, with the left facing coins being more scarce that the typical right facing coins.
2 commentsLucas H06/01/11 at 20:59Steve E: Looks more like a certain Sith lord I'm famili...
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Vespasian RIC II 070351 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 74 A.D. (3.34 g, 20.32 mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: PON MAX TR P COS V, winged caduceus. RIC II 703, RSC 362, Sear 2299. Ex David Hendin.

The Caduceus entailed a staff, here with a pointed tip, entwined with snakes, and is often winged. The Caduceus represented trade and commerce patronized by Mercury. Alternately, according to Van Meter, the Caduceus was associated with safety, speed, and the herald.
1 commentsLucas H04/26/11 at 06:34Steve E: Interesting coin, nice background info!
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Vespasian didrachm, victory53 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D.. AR Didrachm. 77-78 A.D. Cappadocia, Caesarea. 6.78 g. Obverse: Laureate head right. Reverse: Victory walking right, holding wreath and palm. Sydenham, Caesarea 91, Metcalf, Caesarea 9. 1 commentsLucas H04/26/11 at 06:30Steve E: Very different style from the Rome and Antioch min...
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Vespasian Hemidrachm78 viewsVespasian: Cappadocia, Caesarea. AR Hemidrachm. RPC 1659. Sear GIC 735. Obverse: AVTOKP KAICAP OVECPACIANOC CEBA, Laureate head right. Reverse: Nike advancing right, holding wreath and palm.

I think this is my favorite coin I have posted so far. I think it is the detail in conjunction with the small size. I'm glad I do not have to engrave dies this small.
4 commentsLucas H04/26/11 at 06:28Steve E: Very confident portrait!
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Vespasian RIC II 036037 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome mint. 72-73 A.D. (3.39 g. 19.2 m). Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG PM COSIIII, laureate head right. Rev: VES-TA across field, Vesta standing left with simpulum and sceptre. RIC II 360. Ex David Hendin.

Vesta is one of the great Roman Divinities, the goddess of the hearth and of fire, and associated with the Greek ESATIA. A simpulum is a ladle used in religious ceremonies and a sign of the priesthood.
2 commentsLucas H04/26/11 at 06:15Steve E: Ditto!
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Alexander I, Balas 152-145 B.C.73 viewsAntioch, Drachm, 4.07 g. SC 1785. Obv: Diademed head of Alexander. Rev: Nude Apollo seated left on omphalos, holding arrow in right hand and resting left hand on bow.1 commentsLucas H04/26/11 at 06:10Steve E: Very nice!
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241/1 M. Marcius Mn. f. AR Denarius31 viewsM. Marcius Mn. f. AR Denarius. 134 B.C. Obverse: Head of Roma right, modius behind. Reverse: Victory in biga right, M MAR C/ RO MA below divided by two ears of corn. 3.6 g, 18 mm, Craw 241/1, RSC Marcia 8.1 commentsLucas H04/26/11 at 05:57Steve E: Well centered, nice rev.!
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02 02 Augustus. Caius and Lucius47 viewsAugustus. 27 B.C. to 14 A.D. AR Denarius. Lyons Mint. c. 2 B.C.- 4 A.D. 3.68 g./20 mm. Obverse: CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, Laureate head right. Reverse: AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT, C L CAESARES in exergue, Caius and Lucius Caesars standing facing, shield and spears between, simpulum and and lituus above. RIC 207. 1 commentsLucas H04/26/11 at 05:21Steve E: I like the portrait on this one!
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Vespasian RIC II 036037 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome mint. 72-73 A.D. (3.39 g. 19.2 m). Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG PM COSIIII, laureate head right. Rev: VES-TA across field, Vesta standing left with simpulum and sceptre. RIC II 360. Ex David Hendin.

Vesta is one of the great Roman Divinities, the goddess of the hearth and of fire, and associated with the Greek ESATIA. A simpulum is a ladle used in religious ceremonies and a sign of the priesthood.
2 commentsLucas H04/06/11 at 23:46David Atherton: Excellent portrait.
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Persian Empire, Imitative obol276 views1 commentsLucas H04/06/11 at 00:53Aarmale: Although crude and imitative, I just love this coi...
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Athens Tetradrachm Athena and Owl18 viewsAthens. 4th Century B.C.. Athenian tetradrachm. 17.06g. Obverse: Head of Athena right, eye in profile, test cut. Reverse: Owl standing right, head facing , to right AOE, olive twig and crescent, all within incuse square, two test cuts. Van Alfen, AJN, 16-17, 17, this coin. Ex Amphora.
1 commentsLucas H04/06/11 at 00:52Aarmale: Interesting owl style, very attractive!
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Athens Tetradrachm Athena and Owl29 viewsAthens. 4th Century B.C.. Athenian tetradrachm. 17.05g. Obverse: Head of Athena right, eye in profile, test cut. Reverse: Owl standing right, head facing , to right AOE, olive twig and crescent, all within incuse square. Van Alfen, AJN, 16-17, 18, this coin. Ex Amphora.
1 commentsLucas H04/01/11 at 12:08rover1.3: You will soon get the whole hoard! Nice co...
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Athens Tetradrachm Athena and Owl eastern31 viewsAthens. 4th Century B.C.. Easter style Athenian tetradrachm. 16.99 g. Obverse: Head of Athena right, eye in profile. Reverse: Owl standing right, head facing , to right AOE, olive twig and crescent, all within incuse square. Test cut. Van Alfen, AJN, 16-17, 67, this coin. Ex Amphora.
1 commentsLucas H04/01/11 at 12:07rover1.3: Very nice 4th C. imitative coin!
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Greek: Athens Owl, Van Alfen 1640 viewsAthens. 4th Century B.C.. Athenian tetradrachm. (17.04g (17.06g weight published in article), 21.7mm, 9h). Obverse: Head of Athena right, eye in profile, test cut. Reverse: Owl standing right, head facing , to right AO[E], olive twig and crescent, all within incuse square, two test cuts. Van Alfen, AJN, 16-17, 16, this coin. Ex Amphora.
1 commentsLucas H04/01/11 at 12:03rover1.3: weight 17.06 g
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Greek: Athens Owl, Van Alfen 7445 viewsAthens. 4th Century B.C.. Easter style Athenian tetradrachm. 15.71 g. Obverse: Head of Athena right, eye in profile, banker's marks. Reverse: Owl standing right, head facing , to right AOE, olive twig and crescent, all within incuse square, banker's marks. Van Alfen, AJN, 16-17, 74, this coin. Ex Amphora.1 commentsLucas H03/23/11 at 10:48rover1.3: Interesting coin bearing the quatrefoil countermar...
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Athens Tetradrachm Athena and Owl eastern38 viewsAthens. 4th Century B.C.. Easter style Athenian tetradrachm. 16.21 g. Obverse: Head of Athena right, eye in profile. Reverse: Owl standing right, head facing , to right AOE, olive twig and crescent, all within incuse square. Van Alfen, AJN, 16-17, 56, this coin. Ex Amphora.1 commentsLucas H03/23/11 at 10:45rover1.3: Very nice and interesting piece.
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Antioch, AR Tetradrachm36 viewsAntioch, After 64 B.C., Roman Rule, S.7214sim, Obverse: Diademed head of Philip Philadelphos right. Reverse: Zeus seated left, holding Nike and sceptre.1 commentsLucas H03/08/11 at 02:29casata137ec: I have one like this...I dig the big headed Zeus!
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463/1b Mn. Cordius Rufus35 viewsMn. Cordius Rufus. 46 B.C. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. SRCV I 440, Sydenham 976c. 19.2mm, 3.85 g., Obverse: RVFVS III-VIR, Conjoined heads of the Dioscuri r., wearing pilei surmounted by stars. Reverse: MN-CORDIVS (MN in monogram) on right, Venus Verticordia standing left, scales in right, transverse scepter in left, cupid on her left shoulder. Ex Forvm.1 commentsLucas H02/27/11 at 17:41Jay GT4: Be careful Lucas, these Imperatorial coins are add...
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Vespasian Tetradrachm/Egypt85 viewsVespasian: Alexandria, Egypt Mint. c. 69-70 A.D. AR Tetradrachm. Emmett 205. 2 commentsLucas H02/24/11 at 23:29Jay GT4: I like these Alexandian tets
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431/1 A. Plautius 50 viewsA. Plautius. Republic: AR Denarius. Hendin 1443. BACCHIVS, IVDAEVS, kneeling figure facing right with palm branch in left hand, camel behind. A PLAVTIVS AED CVR S C, turreted head facing right.

Very worn, but I enjoy the historic significance of this coin. I understand this may be the first coin depicting Roman involvement in Judaea.
1 commentsLucas H02/19/11 at 18:23Aarmale: Very interesting type. This reverse derived from ...
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Nabataean, Aretas IV54 viewsNabataean Kington: Aretas IV. AR Drachm. Obverse: Aramaic "Aretas, king of Nabataea, lover of his people," laureate and draped bust of Aretas right. Reverse: Aramaic "Shuqailat, queen of Nabataea," date off flan, jugate busts of Aretas and Shuqailat right.

Ex Forvm. This is a well worn coin, but I like it for a couple of reasons. First, it was an affordable silver coin from Nabataea. Second, the flan is uniformly thick. Much thicker than the denarii I've put together.
1 commentsLucas H02/19/11 at 16:59Aarmale: I love these Nabataean silvers!!!!!
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Vespasian Hemidrachm78 viewsVespasian: Cappadocia, Caesarea. AR Hemidrachm. RPC 1659. Sear GIC 735. Obverse: AVTOKP KAICAP OVECPACIANOC CEBA, Laureate head right. Reverse: Nike advancing right, holding wreath and palm.

I think this is my favorite coin I have posted so far. I think it is the detail in conjunction with the small size. I'm glad I do not have to engrave dies this small.
4 commentsLucas H02/15/11 at 19:02David Atherton: Expressive portrait for such a small coin.
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Vespasian Hemidrachm78 viewsVespasian: Cappadocia, Caesarea. AR Hemidrachm. RPC 1659. Sear GIC 735. Obverse: AVTOKP KAICAP OVECPACIANOC CEBA, Laureate head right. Reverse: Nike advancing right, holding wreath and palm.

I think this is my favorite coin I have posted so far. I think it is the detail in conjunction with the small size. I'm glad I do not have to engrave dies this small.
4 commentsLucas H02/15/11 at 18:41Aarmale: "I'm glad I do not have to engrave dies this s...
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Vespasian Hemidrachm78 viewsVespasian: Cappadocia, Caesarea. AR Hemidrachm. RPC 1659. Sear GIC 735. Obverse: AVTOKP KAICAP OVECPACIANOC CEBA, Laureate head right. Reverse: Nike advancing right, holding wreath and palm.

I think this is my favorite coin I have posted so far. I think it is the detail in conjunction with the small size. I'm glad I do not have to engrave dies this small.
4 commentsLucas H02/15/11 at 17:51rexesq: Very nice hemidrachm! Great reverse! I can see why...
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Vespasian Tetradrachm/Egypt85 viewsVespasian: Alexandria, Egypt Mint. c. 69-70 A.D. AR Tetradrachm. Emmett 205. 2 commentsLucas H02/15/11 at 17:50rexesq: Interesting example. I like the reverse.
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