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G_369_Kyzikos.jpg
Asia Minor, Mysia, Kyzikos, Boar, Lion9 viewsKyzikos, Mysia
AR obol, 525 - 475 B.C.
Obv.: forepart of boar left, reversed E on side, tunny fish behind
Rev.: head of roaring lion left within incuse square
Ag, 0.79g, 10.4mm
Ref.: SNG France 377-8, BMC Mysia p. 35, 118, SNG Cop 4 #48 (Mysia)
Ex Numismatik Naumann, Auction 80, Lot 871 (part of)
3 commentsshanxi08/20/19 at 09:00shanxi: Thank you for the reference
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Denarius of Commodus/Securitas3 viewsAR3 17mm
Obverse: Laureate bust right; MCOMMANTPFELAVGBRIT
Reverse: Securitas seated left, with globe in right hand; SECVR ORB P M TR P XIIII
Mintmark: RVPS? (Ravenna, Italy)
Found in the Balkans
1 commentsCelticaire08/20/19 at 07:32shanxi: COS V PP (narrow V) in exerque if TR P XIIII (look...
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Maximinus I (235 - 238 A.D.)8 viewsBillon Tetradrachm
O: AVTO MAΞIMINOC EVC CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right .
R: Nike walking left, wearing long chiton, carrying wreath and palm; LΓ in left field. Y 3 = AD 236-237.
13.38g
23mm
Dattari 4583; Emmett 3288.3

Ex. Roma Numismatics E-Sale 36, Lot 242, May 5, 2017

Published on Wildwinds!
3 commentsMat08/20/19 at 05:20Randygeki(h2): I like this one. Cool addition
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Tiberius AE As, Divus Augustus/Provident11 viewsTiberius (14 - 37 AD)

Anv: DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER, Augustus' radiated bust left.
Rev: PROVIDENT - S C altar.
RIC I 81 (Tiberius)

Weigth: 9,6g.
Diameter: 23mm
1 commentsJose Polanco08/19/19 at 23:11Jay GT4: A classic type
Domitian_RIC_72.jpg
Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 4)16 viewsDomitian, as Augustus (AD 81-96). AR denarius Rome
13 September-31 December AD 81
(18mm, 3.02 gm, 6h).
NGC Choice Fine 4/5 - 4/5.
Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, laureate head of Domitian right Rev: TR P COS VII-DES VIII P P, pulvinar of Jupiter and Juno, draped, surmounted by thunderbolt.
RIC II 72, BMC--, RSC--, Cohen--
2019 August 18 Ancient Coin Selections from the Morris Collection,
Part II Monthly Online Auction #271933 Lot # 35169
4 commentsorfew08/19/19 at 19:46Jay GT4: Nice one!
Domitian_RIC_72.jpg
Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 4)16 viewsDomitian, as Augustus (AD 81-96). AR denarius Rome
13 September-31 December AD 81
(18mm, 3.02 gm, 6h).
NGC Choice Fine 4/5 - 4/5.
Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, laureate head of Domitian right Rev: TR P COS VII-DES VIII P P, pulvinar of Jupiter and Juno, draped, surmounted by thunderbolt.
RIC II 72, BMC--, RSC--, Cohen--
2019 August 18 Ancient Coin Selections from the Morris Collection,
Part II Monthly Online Auction #271933 Lot # 35169
4 commentsorfew08/19/19 at 19:43FlaviusDomitianus: Great find, congrats!
Domitian_RIC_72.jpg
Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 4)16 viewsDomitian, as Augustus (AD 81-96). AR denarius Rome
13 September-31 December AD 81
(18mm, 3.02 gm, 6h).
NGC Choice Fine 4/5 - 4/5.
Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, laureate head of Domitian right Rev: TR P COS VII-DES VIII P P, pulvinar of Jupiter and Juno, draped, surmounted by thunderbolt.
RIC II 72, BMC--, RSC--, Cohen--
2019 August 18 Ancient Coin Selections from the Morris Collection,
Part II Monthly Online Auction #271933 Lot # 35169
4 commentsorfew08/19/19 at 18:30okidoki: Congrats very nice
D385a.jpg
Domitian RIC-38519 viewsÆ As, 10.60g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 385 (C2). BMC 358.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: SALVTI above, AVGVSTI below; S C in field; Altar
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, August 2019.

The SALVTI AVGVSTI altar type was first introduced on Domitian's aes coinage in 84 after a brief hiatus of the Senatorial mint's production in 82-83, presumably for re-organisational purposes. The structure on the reverse has been traditionally described as an altar, however, Marvin Tameanko has convincingly argued it is actually a sacellum, or small shrine. He states the steps at the base leading to two doors with handles are overwhelming evidence that the structure was much larger than an altar. As far as the shrine's significance - H. Mattingly in BMCRE II interprets the type as commemorating the Senate's dedication of an altar shrine celebrating Domitian's safe return from the Germanic Wars of 82-83. Alternately, the shrine may have been dedicated as an appeal to Salus for the emperor's continued good health. In any case, no trace of the shrine has survived antiquity.

This As with its aegis, large flan (30mm), and elegant idealised style are all hallmarks of the new direction introduced after the Senatorial mint's overhaul.
4 commentsDavid Atherton08/19/19 at 17:14Gary W2: Nice detail on the altar. I also love the broad fl...
Celts_Danube_ImitatingThasos_GöblOTAClassV.jpg
Danubian Celts, Carpathian Region24 viewsCelts, Danubian, Carpathian Region, Uncertain Tribe. 1st c. BC. AR Tetradrachm (14.83 gm). Imitating Thasos Celticized and degraded head of Dionysos right, wearing ivy wreath / Celticized Herakles, standing facing, holding club and lionskin. Legend degraded to mere dots. VF. CNG 51 #19. Göbl OTA Class V; cf Kostial Lanz 983-994.2 commentsChristian T08/19/19 at 16:20cicerokid: Lovely
Baktria.jpg
Baktria11 viewsAlexander the Great's empire split into rival Hellenistic kingdoms ruled by his generals. The most far-flung part was Baktria, his conquests in what is today Afghanistan, western India and Pakistan. Greek settlers ruled over a much larger indigenous population. As centuries went by, this isolated outpost of Greek culture combined elements of both Greek and native traditions, oftentimes reflected in their bilingual coins.1 commentsChristian T08/19/19 at 16:19cicerokid: Great Baktrian collection
Caria_Kos_SNG-Cop627.jpg
Carian Islands, Kos8 viewsKos 300-190 BC.  AR Tetradrachm (14.55 gm). Head of Herakles r., wearing lionskin headdress / Crab, bow in bow case below. KΩION above, ΛEΩΔAMAΣ (magistrate) below, all within square with dotted border. aEF.  Pegasi Auction VI (2002) #177. SNG Cop. 627; SNG Delepierre 2729; SNG Berry 1116; HGC 6 #1308 (S); Ingvaldsen XIV 284, 52c (same dies); Requier 44a (same reverse die). 1 commentsChristian T08/19/19 at 16:07cicerokid: Exceptional
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Attica, Athens, Athena, Owl, Obol8 viewsAttica. Athens
Obol (454-404 BC)
Obv: Head of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet decorated with olive wreath.
Rev: AΘΕ, Owl standing right, head facing, olive sprig and crescent behind.
Ag, 0.63g, 9.3mm
Ref.: SNG Copenhagen 53-6, SNG München 49.
Ex Numismatik Naumann, Auction 80, Lot 871 (part of)
1 commentsshanxi08/19/19 at 15:48Mat: A neat addition
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Augustus AR Denarius31 views
Octavian as Augustus, 27 BC – 14 AD Denarius
Lugdunum circa 13-14,
18mm., 3.56g.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev. Tiberius in triumphal quadriga r., holding laurel branch and eagle-tipped sceptre.
RSC 301. RIC 224.
Ex: Naville Numismatics Live auction 50 Lot 439 June 23, 2019
3 commentsorfew08/19/19 at 15:47Mat:
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Domitian AR Denarius 86 CE First Issue30 viewsDomitian AR Denarius. Rome, AD 86. First Issue
3.38g, 20mm, 5h
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, laureate head right
Rev: IMP XI COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva advancing right, holding spear and shield.
RIC 425 (R) BMC 88, RSC 194
Roma Numismatics E-Sale 57. Thursday 30th May 2019 Lot 861
2 commentsorfew08/19/19 at 15:47Mat: Nice one
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Titus as Caesar AR Denarius61 viewsTitus as Caesar AR Denarius
Rome mint 73 CE
Obv: TCAES IMP VESP PON TR POT CENS; Laureate Head of Titus right
Rev: FIDES PUBL; Hands clasped over caduceus, 2 poppoies and 2 corn ears
RIC 528 (R)[VESP] BMC 91a RSC 87b
Purchased from Ebay July 18, 2019
5 commentsorfew08/19/19 at 15:46Mat: Love the portrait
Domitian_RIC_435_~1.jpg
Roman Empire, Domitian, AR Denarius43 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93.
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
6 commentsorfew08/19/19 at 15:46Mat: Superb
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RPC-2721-Domitian39 viewsÆ Drachm, 19.56g
Alexandria mint, 95-96 AD
RPC 2721 (11 spec.)
Obv: AVT KAI C ΘEOY YIOC ∆OMIT CEB ΓEPM; Head of Domitian, laureate, r.
Rev: No legend; Emperor in quadriga of elephants r., holding branch of laurel and sceptre; upon elephant's heads Nike r., holding wreath and palm; date LIE in exergue
Ex Forvm Ancient Coins, July 2019.

The Alexandrian mint under Domitian around regnal year 10 or 11 experienced a 'dramatic improvement in style' and the 'adoption of a wide range of new types' (Milne). One of those new types was the flamboyant scene of Domitian in a quadriga drawn by four elephants struck for the drachm. This type is unique to Alexandria and does not show up elsewhere in the Flavian numismatic canon. However, the Arch of Titus once supported a bronze sculpture depicting such a scene and the Arch of Domitian described by Martial had two elephant quadrigae. Pompey the Great was the first Roman to employ an elephant quadriga in his triumph of 61 BC. The elephants were too big to fit through one of the gates leading up to the Capitol and they had to be switched out with a team of horses. The ancient authors thought it 'a piquant warning of the dangers of divine self-aggrandizement.' (M. Beard). Yet, by the Flavian era the elephant quadriga was seen as a powerful symbol of triumphal glory - although, there is no evidence that Domitian ever rode in an elephant quadriga in any of his triumphs. After Hadrian's reign, the elephant quadriga on the coinage was soley the realm of the imperial Divi and not the living emperor.

A beautiful coin in hand with a magnificent reverse!
6 commentsDavid Atherton08/19/19 at 15:45Mat: Fantastic
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Domitian RIC-36749 viewsÆ Dupondius, 11.64g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 367 (C). BMC 347.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: ANNONA AVG; S C in exergue; Annona, std r., holding open on lap by two ends bag full of corn-ears; in front of her stands a small figure, l., also holding two ends of bag, and in the background, stern of ship
Ex eBay, August 2019.

A most curious reverse type was struck for Domitian on his dupondii for a short period between 84-88. Here we see Annona seated holding open a bag(?) of corn-ears and a mysterious small figure standing before her holding the other end of the bag with a ship's stern in the background. Overall, the reverse likely alludes to Domitian's care of the corn supply, hinted at by the stern, here a symbol of the all important African grain ships. The small individual before Annona has variously been described as a 'boy', a 'child', or ambiguously as just a 'figure'. H. Mattingly has the most imaginative explanation in BMCRE II - 'Annona herself, the spirit of the corn-supply, and the ship, the symbol of the overseas corn, are familiar: but who is the small figure who stands before her? He is certainly no child, but only a man reduced to tiny proportions beside the goddess; and the fact that he is bare to the waist may suggest that he is an Italian farmer. If this interpretation is right, the type records a definite policy of Domitian to encourage the growing of corn in Italy.' Mattingly may be correct about the overall meaning, but I think the figure is indeed a child, symbolic of the emperor's care, through Annona's auspices, for his subjects.

Flatly struck on one side, but in fine style.
7 commentsDavid Atherton08/19/19 at 15:45Mat: A nice find
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Vespasian-RIC-1426(5A)329 viewsAR Denarius, 3.25g
Ephesus mint, 71 AD
RIC 1426(5A)3 (R3). BMC - . RPC - .
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: PACI ORB TERR AVG; Turreted and draped female bust, r.; no mintmark
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, May 2019.

This is an extremely rare denarius from Ephesus struck without a mintmark and the second known example of the Turreted female bust type lacking one. The Ephesian denarius issues struck under Vespasian all have mintmarks, save for the first and one tiny issue dated COS III. Aside from this turreted female type and the accompanying footnote, this issue is not represented in the new RIC II.1. Ted Buttrey wrote in the RIC II Addenda the following concerning the no mintmark issue:

'I’m not terribly happy about this. It’s a convenient way to draw together several pieces which lack the mintmark, placing them after the completion of the ΘΙ and ΘΥ Groups 3-5 and the inception of Group 6 with ΕΡΗ. But why should they have given up on a mintmark in mid-course, when all of Groups 2-9 are marked? The choices are – (i) mintmark on coins worn away; (ii) engraver forgot to add mintmark to the dies; (iii) issue deliberately produced without mintmark. Assuming (iii) for the moment, the new Group takes the place of fnn. 46-47, pp.162-3, and fits here nicely with V’s title for Groups 5-6, and T’s for Group 6, But I have no fixed opinion, and await the appearance of others of this variety.'

IMHO, either ii or iii are the most likely option. There are specimens from this non-mintmark issue (such as the present coin) that have no available space on the flan for a mintmark, thus, one was never intended either deliberately or accidentally. No mintmarks occur on various dies spanning different reverse types for both Vespasian and Titus Caesar, because of this I lean more towards this being intentional.

Struck in high relief with the reverse slightly off centred.

NB: This coin shares a reverse die with my Titus Caesar example of the type.
5 commentsDavid Atherton08/19/19 at 15:45Mat: Sweet addition
D385a.jpg
Domitian RIC-38519 viewsÆ As, 10.60g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 385 (C2). BMC 358.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: SALVTI above, AVGVSTI below; S C in field; Altar
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, August 2019.

The SALVTI AVGVSTI altar type was first introduced on Domitian's aes coinage in 84 after a brief hiatus of the Senatorial mint's production in 82-83, presumably for re-organisational purposes. The structure on the reverse has been traditionally described as an altar, however, Marvin Tameanko has convincingly argued it is actually a sacellum, or small shrine. He states the steps at the base leading to two doors with handles are overwhelming evidence that the structure was much larger than an altar. As far as the shrine's significance - H. Mattingly in BMCRE II interprets the type as commemorating the Senate's dedication of an altar shrine celebrating Domitian's safe return from the Germanic Wars of 82-83. Alternately, the shrine may have been dedicated as an appeal to Salus for the emperor's continued good health. In any case, no trace of the shrine has survived antiquity.

This As with its aegis, large flan (30mm), and elegant idealised style are all hallmarks of the new direction introduced after the Senatorial mint's overhaul.
4 commentsDavid Atherton08/19/19 at 15:44Mat: A wonderful bronze!
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Roman Civil Wars, Revolt of Galba, Governor of Spain7 viewsSilver denarius, Tarraco(?) mint, Apr - Jun 68 A.D.
O: BON EVENT, young female head (Bonus Eventus) right, fillet around forehead.
R: ROM RENASC, Roma standing right in military garb, Victory on globe in right hand, eagle-tipped scepter over left shoulder in left, implying the restoration of the Republic.
- RIC I 9 (R4), RSC II 396, BMCRE I 9, SRCV I 2072.

Galba lived in Tarraco for eight years. This coin was issued by Galba as governor of Spain in revolt against Nero. The obverse is copied from Republican denarii struck in 62 B.C. by the moneyer L. Scribonius Libo.
2 commentsNemonater08/19/19 at 15:44Mat: Not one you see often, very nice, congrats.
Domitian_RIC_72.jpg
Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 4)16 viewsDomitian, as Augustus (AD 81-96). AR denarius Rome
13 September-31 December AD 81
(18mm, 3.02 gm, 6h).
NGC Choice Fine 4/5 - 4/5.
Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, laureate head of Domitian right Rev: TR P COS VII-DES VIII P P, pulvinar of Jupiter and Juno, draped, surmounted by thunderbolt.
RIC II 72, BMC--, RSC--, Cohen--
2019 August 18 Ancient Coin Selections from the Morris Collection,
Part II Monthly Online Auction #271933 Lot # 35169
4 commentsorfew08/19/19 at 15:43Mat: Love this coin, nice toning & portrait
D385a.jpg
Domitian RIC-38519 viewsÆ As, 10.60g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 385 (C2). BMC 358.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: SALVTI above, AVGVSTI below; S C in field; Altar
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, August 2019.

The SALVTI AVGVSTI altar type was first introduced on Domitian's aes coinage in 84 after a brief hiatus of the Senatorial mint's production in 82-83, presumably for re-organisational purposes. The structure on the reverse has been traditionally described as an altar, however, Marvin Tameanko has convincingly argued it is actually a sacellum, or small shrine. He states the steps at the base leading to two doors with handles are overwhelming evidence that the structure was much larger than an altar. As far as the shrine's significance - H. Mattingly in BMCRE II interprets the type as commemorating the Senate's dedication of an altar shrine celebrating Domitian's safe return from the Germanic Wars of 82-83. Alternately, the shrine may have been dedicated as an appeal to Salus for the emperor's continued good health. In any case, no trace of the shrine has survived antiquity.

This As with its aegis, large flan (30mm), and elegant idealised style are all hallmarks of the new direction introduced after the Senatorial mint's overhaul.
4 commentsDavid Atherton08/19/19 at 14:09FlaviusDomitianus: Nice example
Campania_Neapolis_SNG-ANS338.jpg
Campania, Neapolis.14 viewsCampania, Neapolis. 320-300 BC. AR Nomos (7.47 gm). Head of nymph Parthenope r., with pendant earring, dolphins around. / Man-headed bull walking, Nike above, crowning. ΟΥΙΛ below. Ex: [NEO]POΛITΩ[N]. VF. Pegasi AXXI #40 SNG ANS 337-339; SNG Cop 413-414; HN Italy 576; HGC 1 452; Sambon 458.1 commentsChristian T08/19/19 at 11:22Molinari: Beautiful.
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Campania, Neapolis.17 viewsCampania, Neapolis. 450-340 BC. AR Didrachm (7.29 gm). Head of nymph Parthenope r., hair bound with ampyx, wearing single-pendant earring, X behind. / Man-headed bull standing r., head facing, with Nike flying above, crowning bull, Θ below. [NEO]POΛITΩ[N] on raised exergal band. VF. SNG ANS 376; SNG Cop 436; ; Sambon 476; SNG München 223; cf HN Italy 579; CNG EA 288 #22.1 commentsChristian T08/19/19 at 11:21Molinari: A great example.
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Bruttium, Laus.13 viewsBruttium, Laus. 480-460 BC. AR Stater (8.07 gm). Man-headed bull stdg l., looking back. ΛAΣ (retrograde) above. / Man-headed bull standing r. ΛAΣ (retrograde) above. VF. CICF06 138 #1422. SNG ANS 135 (Lucania); HN Italy 2275; SNG Cop. 1146; SNG Fitzwilliam 445; SNG München 920; Sternberg 9 (V8/R8); Weber 728.1 commentsChristian T08/19/19 at 11:20Molinari: Excellent coin.
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Domitian RIC-38519 viewsÆ As, 10.60g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 385 (C2). BMC 358.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: SALVTI above, AVGVSTI below; S C in field; Altar
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, August 2019.

The SALVTI AVGVSTI altar type was first introduced on Domitian's aes coinage in 84 after a brief hiatus of the Senatorial mint's production in 82-83, presumably for re-organisational purposes. The structure on the reverse has been traditionally described as an altar, however, Marvin Tameanko has convincingly argued it is actually a sacellum, or small shrine. He states the steps at the base leading to two doors with handles are overwhelming evidence that the structure was much larger than an altar. As far as the shrine's significance - H. Mattingly in BMCRE II interprets the type as commemorating the Senate's dedication of an altar shrine celebrating Domitian's safe return from the Germanic Wars of 82-83. Alternately, the shrine may have been dedicated as an appeal to Salus for the emperor's continued good health. In any case, no trace of the shrine has survived antiquity.

This As with its aegis, large flan (30mm), and elegant idealised style are all hallmarks of the new direction introduced after the Senatorial mint's overhaul.
4 commentsDavid Atherton08/19/19 at 11:03Jay GT4: Lovely patina
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Phoenecia, Arados8 viewsArados. c. 174/3 BC. AR Drachm (4.15 gm), CY 88. Bee, F-MC monogram in fields / Stag stdg r. before date palm, APAΔIΩN to r.  gVF.  Bt. Coral Gables 1999. SNG Berry II 1423; Duyrat 2005 1455-1557; HGC 10 63; SNG Cop 7 30. 1 commentsChristian T08/19/19 at 10:50Arados: Wonderful coin Christian
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Osroes I. Forgery,20 viewsFORGERY!! AR dr., 4,45gr(!), 20,8mm; after Sellwood 80.1, etc., same dies as with the previous coin, but wrong weight;

bought from a now defunct Dutch seller as genuine.
1 commentsSchatz08/19/19 at 10:18Anaximander: Such a good-looking coin. Would take greater exper...
G_369_Kyzikos.jpg
Asia Minor, Mysia, Kyzikos, Boar, Lion9 viewsKyzikos, Mysia
AR obol, 525 - 475 B.C.
Obv.: forepart of boar left, reversed E on side, tunny fish behind
Rev.: head of roaring lion left within incuse square
Ag, 0.79g, 10.4mm
Ref.: SNG France 377-8, BMC Mysia p. 35, 118, SNG Cop 4 #48 (Mysia)
Ex Numismatik Naumann, Auction 80, Lot 871 (part of)
3 commentsshanxi08/19/19 at 09:12Anaximander: Beautiful strikes and gVF! Ref: SNG Cop 4 #48 (Mys...
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Roman Civil Wars, Revolt of Galba, Governor of Spain7 viewsSilver denarius, Tarraco(?) mint, Apr - Jun 68 A.D.
O: BON EVENT, young female head (Bonus Eventus) right, fillet around forehead.
R: ROM RENASC, Roma standing right in military garb, Victory on globe in right hand, eagle-tipped scepter over left shoulder in left, implying the restoration of the Republic.
- RIC I 9 (R4), RSC II 396, BMCRE I 9, SRCV I 2072.

Galba lived in Tarraco for eight years. This coin was issued by Galba as governor of Spain in revolt against Nero. The obverse is copied from Republican denarii struck in 62 B.C. by the moneyer L. Scribonius Libo.
2 commentsNemonater08/19/19 at 03:16David Atherton: Utterly fantastic!
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Maximinus I (235 - 238 A.D.)8 viewsBillon Tetradrachm
O: AVTO MAΞIMINOC EVC CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right .
R: Nike walking left, wearing long chiton, carrying wreath and palm; LΓ in left field. Y 3 = AD 236-237.
13.38g
23mm
Dattari 4583; Emmett 3288.3

Ex. Roma Numismatics E-Sale 36, Lot 242, May 5, 2017

Published on Wildwinds!
3 commentsMat08/18/19 at 23:15Nemonater: Nice, I love these tets!
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Gotarzes II (44 - 51 AD)16 viewsAR Drachm
O: Diademed bust left.
R: (OΛCIΛCΩC) OΛCIΛ(EΩN) (Λ)I(3 dots)IΛNO(V) ΔIXΛIOV I(3 dots)VI(3 dots)PΓI.TO(V) (EΠ)IΦΛNOVC (ΦIΛEΛ)ΛHXO(C), / Archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, holding bow; monogram below bow.
 Ekbatana mint
20.5mm
3.77g
Sellwood 65.33; Sunrise –; Shore 364
3 commentsMat08/18/19 at 23:15Nemonater: Wow!
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Maximinus I (235 - 238 A.D.)8 viewsBillon Tetradrachm
O: AVTO MAΞIMINOC EVC CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right .
R: Nike walking left, wearing long chiton, carrying wreath and palm; LΓ in left field. Y 3 = AD 236-237.
13.38g
23mm
Dattari 4583; Emmett 3288.3

Ex. Roma Numismatics E-Sale 36, Lot 242, May 5, 2017

Published on Wildwinds!
3 commentsMat08/18/19 at 22:30quadrans: Nice piece..
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Asia Minor, Mysia, Kyzikos, Boar, Lion9 viewsKyzikos, Mysia
AR obol, 525 - 475 B.C.
Obv.: forepart of boar left, reversed E on side, tunny fish behind
Rev.: head of roaring lion left within incuse square
Ag, 0.79g, 10.4mm
Ref.: SNG France 377-8, BMC Mysia p. 35, 118, SNG Cop 4 #48 (Mysia)
Ex Numismatik Naumann, Auction 80, Lot 871 (part of)
3 commentsshanxi08/18/19 at 18:28Tracy Aiello: Great coin!
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Sicily. The Mamertini, Æ Pentonkion.6 viewsMessana After 210 B.C. 12.91g - 26.1mm, Axis 12h.

Obv: Laureate head of Ares left.

Rev: ΜΑΜΕΡΤΙΝΩΝ / Π - Nude horseman, spear in his left hand, leading his horse left; Π in left field.

SNG ANS 430; Calciati 25; BMC 32.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/18/19 at 18:23Christian Scarlioli: Thank you
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Augustus and Agrippa, Nimes dupondius24 viewsAugustus (27 BC – 14 AD)

Æ Dupondius. Nemausus (Nimes), 12 BC

Struck to commemorate the defeat of Mark Antony at Actium and the capture of Egypt.

Obv: IMP DIVI F P P. adduced heads of Augustus (right) and Agrippa (left), Augustus laureate, Agrippa wearing rostral crown.
Rev.: COL NEM. crocodile chained to palm tree.
RIC 157

Weight: 12.9g.
Diameter: 26mm.
1 commentsJose P08/18/19 at 12:09Jay GT4: Nice one
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Cilician Armenia, Royal Period, King Hetoum I, AR Tram.4 viewsSis 1226-1270 A.D. 2.99g - 21.3mm, Axis 9h.
Obv: +ՎԱԻՈՂՈԻԹ - ԻԻՆUՑՈ I - Queen Zabel and King Hetoum standing facing, holding long cross between them.
Rev: +ՀԷԹՈԻՄ ԹԱԳԱԻՈՐ ՀԱՅ[ՈՑ] - Crowned lion standing right, head facing, left paw raised; long cross behind.
AC 340var (reverse legend).
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/18/19 at 11:21Christian Scarlioli: Thank you
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Sicily. The Mamertini, Æ Pentonkion.6 viewsMessana After 210 B.C. 12.91g - 26.1mm, Axis 12h.

Obv: Laureate head of Ares left.

Rev: ΜΑΜΕΡΤΙΝΩΝ / Π - Nude horseman, spear in his left hand, leading his horse left; Π in left field.

SNG ANS 430; Calciati 25; BMC 32.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/18/19 at 02:50Jay GT4: Very nice
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Struck 1542 - 1558, Mary I “Queen of Scots” (1542 - 1567), AR Bawbee (sixpence) minted at Edinburgh, Scotland13 viewsObverse: +MARIA•D•G•R•SCOTORVM. Crowned thistle, M to left, R to right, beaded circles and legend surrounding. Greek cross in legend.
Reverse: OPPIDVM•EDINBVRGI, retrograde N in legend. Crown over voided saltire cross, cinquefoil on either side, beaded circles and legend surrounding, fleur-de-lis within legend above.
Diameter: 22mm | Weight: 1.8gms | Die Axis: 10
SPINK: 5433

First period issue, before Mary's marriage to the French Dauphin, Francis. The cinquefoils refer to the Earl of Arran who acted as Regent until Mary came of age.

Mary I is one of the most well known, romantic and tragic figures in Scottish history. She was the only surviving child of King James V of Scotland and became queen on the death of her father when she was only six or seven days old. Mary was brought up in the Catholic faith and educated in France along with the French royal children, while Scotland was ruled in her name by regents, principally the Earl of Arran. In 1558 Mary married the French Dauphin, Francis, and following his accession in 1559 she became Queen consort of France and he King consort of Scotland. However, when Francis died in 1560 Mary was devastated and in 1561 she returned to Scotland. Four years later, in 1565, she married her half-cousin, Lord Darnley and the following year she bore him a son, who would later become James I of England. When in 1567, Darnley's house in Edinburgh was destroyed by an explosion and he was found murdered in the grounds, suspicion implicated Mary and her favourite, the Earl of Bothwell. When later that same year Mary married Bothwell those suspicions were not allayed, and following an uprising against her, she was imprisoned in Loch Leven Castle and forced to abdicate in favour of her one year old son. After an unsuccessful attempt to regain her throne and defeat at the battle of Langside in 1568, Mary fled south to England, only to be imprisoned by Elizabeth I who perceived her as a threat to the throne of England. For over eighteen years Elizabeth had Mary confined in various castles and manor houses throughout England until, in 1587, after being accused of numerous intrigues and plots against Elizabeth, Mary was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle.
3 comments*Alex08/18/19 at 02:49Jay GT4: Interesting piece
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RIC 0068 Domitianus32 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT, Laureate head right
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P, Seat, draped; above, winged thunderbolt
AR/Denarius (19.15 mm 3.29 g 6h) Struck in Rome 81 A.D. (4th group)
RIC 68 (R2), RSC, BMCRE, BNF unlisted
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/17/19 at 23:30orfew: Great coin. I really like these PONT denarii.
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Domitian RIC 68105 viewsAR Denarius, 3.08g
Rome mint, 81 AD
RIC 68 (R2). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG PONT; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P; Seat, draped; above, winged thunderbolt

The early pulvinar denarii struck by Domitian tell the story of an emperor who was awarded titles in stages. The "PONT" series were minted before Domitian obtained the full title Pontifex Maximus, presumably until the proper religious rites were completed. Most "PONT" denarii are listed as R2 or R3. Interestingly, this Group 4 denarius shares the same obverse die as my very rare Group 3 RIC 34 with the same reverse type but with a different legend, proof that the two groups were struck simultaneously. At this time the mint was divided up into different officinae based on reverse types. No obverses die matches are found with different reverse types.

A great early style portrait and finely toned.
5 commentsDavid Atherton08/17/19 at 23:29orfew: A wonderful coin. These PONT denarii are really in...
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Cilician Armenia, Royal Period, King Hetoum I, AR Tram.4 viewsSis 1226-1270 A.D. 2.99g - 21.3mm, Axis 9h.
Obv: +ՎԱԻՈՂՈԻԹ - ԻԻՆUՑՈ I - Queen Zabel and King Hetoum standing facing, holding long cross between them.
Rev: +ՀԷԹՈԻՄ ԹԱԳԱԻՈՐ ՀԱՅ[ՈՑ] - Crowned lion standing right, head facing, left paw raised; long cross behind.
AC 340var (reverse legend).
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/17/19 at 23:11Stkp: Nice
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Struck 1542 - 1558, Mary I “Queen of Scots” (1542 - 1567), AR Bawbee (sixpence) minted at Edinburgh, Scotland13 viewsObverse: +MARIA•D•G•R•SCOTORVM. Crowned thistle, M to left, R to right, beaded circles and legend surrounding. Greek cross in legend.
Reverse: OPPIDVM•EDINBVRGI, retrograde N in legend. Crown over voided saltire cross, cinquefoil on either side, beaded circles and legend surrounding, fleur-de-lis within legend above.
Diameter: 22mm | Weight: 1.8gms | Die Axis: 10
SPINK: 5433

First period issue, before Mary's marriage to the French Dauphin, Francis. The cinquefoils refer to the Earl of Arran who acted as Regent until Mary came of age.

Mary I is one of the most well known, romantic and tragic figures in Scottish history. She was the only surviving child of King James V of Scotland and became queen on the death of her father when she was only six or seven days old. Mary was brought up in the Catholic faith and educated in France along with the French royal children, while Scotland was ruled in her name by regents, principally the Earl of Arran. In 1558 Mary married the French Dauphin, Francis, and following his accession in 1559 she became Queen consort of France and he King consort of Scotland. However, when Francis died in 1560 Mary was devastated and in 1561 she returned to Scotland. Four years later, in 1565, she married her half-cousin, Lord Darnley and the following year she bore him a son, who would later become James I of England. When in 1567, Darnley's house in Edinburgh was destroyed by an explosion and he was found murdered in the grounds, suspicion implicated Mary and her favourite, the Earl of Bothwell. When later that same year Mary married Bothwell those suspicions were not allayed, and following an uprising against her, she was imprisoned in Loch Leven Castle and forced to abdicate in favour of her one year old son. After an unsuccessful attempt to regain her throne and defeat at the battle of Langside in 1568, Mary fled south to England, only to be imprisoned by Elizabeth I who perceived her as a threat to the throne of England. For over eighteen years Elizabeth had Mary confined in various castles and manor houses throughout England until, in 1587, after being accused of numerous intrigues and plots against Elizabeth, Mary was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle.
3 comments*Alex08/17/19 at 23:11Stkp: Very nice
1542_-1548_MARY_Queen_of_Scots_AR_Bawbee.JPG
Struck 1542 - 1558, Mary I “Queen of Scots” (1542 - 1567), AR Bawbee (sixpence) minted at Edinburgh, Scotland13 viewsObverse: +MARIA•D•G•R•SCOTORVM. Crowned thistle, M to left, R to right, beaded circles and legend surrounding. Greek cross in legend.
Reverse: OPPIDVM•EDINBVRGI, retrograde N in legend. Crown over voided saltire cross, cinquefoil on either side, beaded circles and legend surrounding, fleur-de-lis within legend above.
Diameter: 22mm | Weight: 1.8gms | Die Axis: 10
SPINK: 5433

First period issue, before Mary's marriage to the French Dauphin, Francis. The cinquefoils refer to the Earl of Arran who acted as Regent until Mary came of age.

Mary I is one of the most well known, romantic and tragic figures in Scottish history. She was the only surviving child of King James V of Scotland and became queen on the death of her father when she was only six or seven days old. Mary was brought up in the Catholic faith and educated in France along with the French royal children, while Scotland was ruled in her name by regents, principally the Earl of Arran. In 1558 Mary married the French Dauphin, Francis, and following his accession in 1559 she became Queen consort of France and he King consort of Scotland. However, when Francis died in 1560 Mary was devastated and in 1561 she returned to Scotland. Four years later, in 1565, she married her half-cousin, Lord Darnley and the following year she bore him a son, who would later become James I of England. When in 1567, Darnley's house in Edinburgh was destroyed by an explosion and he was found murdered in the grounds, suspicion implicated Mary and her favourite, the Earl of Bothwell. When later that same year Mary married Bothwell those suspicions were not allayed, and following an uprising against her, she was imprisoned in Loch Leven Castle and forced to abdicate in favour of her one year old son. After an unsuccessful attempt to regain her throne and defeat at the battle of Langside in 1568, Mary fled south to England, only to be imprisoned by Elizabeth I who perceived her as a threat to the throne of England. For over eighteen years Elizabeth had Mary confined in various castles and manor houses throughout England until, in 1587, after being accused of numerous intrigues and plots against Elizabeth, Mary was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle.
3 comments*Alex08/17/19 at 19:23quadrans: Great piece...
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Asia Minor, Troas, Dardanos, Obol, Horseman, Cock6 viewsDardanos
Asia Minor, Troas
late 5th Century BC
Obol
Obv.: Horseman riding left
Rev.: Cock standing left within incuse square.
Ag, 0.56g, 8.75mm
Ref.: SNG Copenhagen 282, SNG ANS Berry #985.
Ex Numismatik Naumann, Auction 80, Lot 871 (part of)
2 commentsshanxi08/17/19 at 18:24shanxi: Thank you for the reference
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Asia Minor, Troas, Dardanos, Obol, Horseman, Cock6 viewsDardanos
Asia Minor, Troas
late 5th Century BC
Obol
Obv.: Horseman riding left
Rev.: Cock standing left within incuse square.
Ag, 0.56g, 8.75mm
Ref.: SNG Copenhagen 282, SNG ANS Berry #985.
Ex Numismatik Naumann, Auction 80, Lot 871 (part of)
2 commentsshanxi08/17/19 at 12:05Anaximander: So small, and from such an obscure mint. For anoth...
052_Plautilla_RIC_IV-I_372,_AR-Den,_PLAVTILLA_AVG,_CONCORDIAE,_RSC-8,_BMC-739,_Laodicea_202_AD,_Q-001,_0h,_18-20mm,_3,39g-s.jpg
052 Plautilla (?-211 A.D.), Laodicea ad Mare, RIC IV-I 372 (Caracalla), AR-Denarius, CONCORDIAE, Concordia seated left, #116 views052 Plautilla (?-211 A.D.), Laodicea ad Mare, RIC IV-I 372 (Caracalla), AR-Denarius, CONCORDIAE, Concordia seated left, #1
Wife of Caracalla,
avers: PLAVTILLA AVG, Draped bust right.
reverse: CONCORDIAE, Concordia seated left, holding patera and double cornucopiae.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,0-20,0mm, weight: 3,39g, axis: 0h,
mint: Laodicea ad Mare, date: 202 A.D., ref: RIC IV 372 (Caracalla), RSC, BMC 739, Sear 7068,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans08/17/19 at 11:25Anaximander: Realism, not idealism. Surprising for an emperor&#...
052_Plautilla_RIC_IV-I_372,_AR-Den,_PLAVTILLA_AVG,_CONCORDIAE,_RSC-8,_BMC-739,_Laodicea_202_AD,_Q-001,_0h,_18-20mm,_3,39g-s.jpg
052 Plautilla (?-211 A.D.), Laodicea ad Mare, RIC IV-I 372 (Caracalla), AR-Denarius, CONCORDIAE, Concordia seated left, #116 views052 Plautilla (?-211 A.D.), Laodicea ad Mare, RIC IV-I 372 (Caracalla), AR-Denarius, CONCORDIAE, Concordia seated left, #1
Wife of Caracalla,
avers: PLAVTILLA AVG, Draped bust right.
reverse: CONCORDIAE, Concordia seated left, holding patera and double cornucopiae.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,0-20,0mm, weight: 3,39g, axis: 0h,
mint: Laodicea ad Mare, date: 202 A.D., ref: RIC IV 372 (Caracalla), RSC, BMC 739, Sear 7068,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans08/17/19 at 11:04okidoki: Interesting bust
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Medieval France, King Charles IX, Silver Teston, Mintmark H.7 viewsLa Rochelle 1577 A.D. 9.26g - 28.2mm, Axis 3h.
Obv: CAROLVS VIIII●DEI●G●FRANCOR●REX - Laureate and cuirassed bust left.
Rev: + SIT:NOMEN:DNI:BENEDICTVM:LXV11 / H - Crowned coat of arms, crowns over C's either side, Mintmark H below.
Dy.1106, Sb.4638.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/17/19 at 10:31Christian Scarlioli: Thank you
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052 Plautilla (?-211 A.D.), Laodicea ad Mare, RIC IV-I 372 (Caracalla), AR-Denarius, CONCORDIAE, Concordia seated left, #116 views052 Plautilla (?-211 A.D.), Laodicea ad Mare, RIC IV-I 372 (Caracalla), AR-Denarius, CONCORDIAE, Concordia seated left, #1
Wife of Caracalla,
avers: PLAVTILLA AVG, Draped bust right.
reverse: CONCORDIAE, Concordia seated left, holding patera and double cornucopiae.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,0-20,0mm, weight: 3,39g, axis: 0h,
mint: Laodicea ad Mare, date: 202 A.D., ref: RIC IV 372 (Caracalla), RSC, BMC 739, Sear 7068,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans08/17/19 at 10:10shanxi: nice detailed example
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Cilician Armenia, Royal Period, King Levon III, AE Kardez.7 viewsSis 1301-1307 A.D. 3.03g - 19.01mm, Axis 2h.
Obv: +ԼԵՒՈՆ ԹԱԳԱՒՈՐ - king seated in oriental fashion holding globe in right hand and sceptre over shoulder in left.
Rev: +ՉՒՆԵԱԼ Ւ ՔԱՂԱՔ - Cross pattée.
AC 432.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/17/19 at 10:03Christian Scarlioli: I have some more to add, I like the silver Trams t...
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RIC 0057A Titus31 viewsObv: IMP T CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS VII (counterclockwise), Laureate head right
Rev: PAX AVGVST / S C (in field), Pax standing left holding branch and cornucopia
AE/Sestertius (33.90 mm 25.98 g 6h) Struck in Rome 79 A.D. (Group 1)
RIC unpublished (provisionally assigned n. 57A)
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 80 Lot 527
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/17/19 at 00:58David Atherton: Stunning coin!
Bracteata,_H-192,_C1-272,_U-122,_Q-003,_0h,_14,5-15m,_0,19g-s.jpg
H-192 Bracteata, (uncertain), H-192, CNH I.-272, U-122, AR-Bracteata, #0341 viewsH-192 Bracteata, (uncertain), H-192, CNH I.-272, U-122, AR-Bracteata, #03
avers: Youthful head with floral wreath facing left, within the pearled circle.
reverse: Negative pictures.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 14,5-15,0mm, weight: 0,19g, axis:0h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Huszár-192, CNH I.-272, Unger-122,
Kiss-Toth: Sigla, two small pellets in front of the head,
Q-003
1 commentsquadrans08/16/19 at 23:37Stkp: VERY nice
Bracteata,_H-191,_C1-271,_U-117,_Q-001,_0h,_13mm,_0,23gx-s.jpg
H-191 Bracteata, (uncertain), H-191, CNH I.-271, U-117, AR-Bracteata, #0135 viewsH-191 Bracteata, (uncertain), H-191, CNH I.-271, U-117, AR-Bracteata, #01
avers: Enthroned king facing, holding scepter and imperial orb, •B•–•R• to sides.
reverse: Negative pictures.
exergue: R/B//--, diameter: 13mm, weight: 0,23g, axis: 0h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Huszár-191, CNH I.-271, Unger-117,
Kiss-Toth: Sigla, wedge on the scepter, over the right arm of the king.
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/16/19 at 23:37Stkp: Nice
Bracteata,_H-200,_C1-280,_U-118,_Q-003,_0h,_13,8mm,_0,26g-s.jpg
H-200 Bracteata, (uncertain), H-200, CNH I.-280, U-118, AR-Bracteata, #0336 viewsH-200 Bracteata, (uncertain), H-200, CNH I.-280, U-118, AR-Bracteata, #03
avers: BЄ LA RЄX, Triple human head.
reverse: Negative pictures.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 14mm, weight: 0,26g, axis:0h,
mint: Esztergom , date: A.D., ref: Huszár-200, CNH I.-280, Unger-118,
Kiss-Toth: Sigla- ,
Q-003
1 commentsquadrans08/16/19 at 23:36Stkp: Nice
Bracteata,_H-195,_C1-275,_U-121,_Q-005,_0h,_12,2-12,7mm,_0,36g-s.jpg
H-195 Bracteata, (uncertain), H-195, CNH I.-275, U-121, AR-Bracteata, #0536 viewsH-195 Bracteata, (uncertain), H-195, CNH I.-275, U-121, AR-Bracteata, #05
avers: King riding horse to the right, falcon on his wrist.
reverse: Negative pictures.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 12,2-12,7mm, weight: 0,36g, axis:0h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Huszár-195, CNH I.-275, Unger-121,
Kiss-Toth: Sigla, small circle belove the right arm of the king,
Q-005
1 commentsquadrans08/16/19 at 23:36Stkp: Nice
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Medieval France, King Charles IX, Silver Teston, Mintmark H.7 viewsLa Rochelle 1577 A.D. 9.26g - 28.2mm, Axis 3h.
Obv: CAROLVS VIIII●DEI●G●FRANCOR●REX - Laureate and cuirassed bust left.
Rev: + SIT:NOMEN:DNI:BENEDICTVM:LXV11 / H - Crowned coat of arms, crowns over C's either side, Mintmark H below.
Dy.1106, Sb.4638.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/16/19 at 23:27Stkp: Nice
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Cilician Armenia, Royal Period, King Levon III, AE Kardez.7 viewsSis 1301-1307 A.D. 3.03g - 19.01mm, Axis 2h.
Obv: +ԼԵՒՈՆ ԹԱԳԱՒՈՐ - king seated in oriental fashion holding globe in right hand and sceptre over shoulder in left.
Rev: +ՉՒՆԵԱԼ Ւ ՔԱՂԱՔ - Cross pattée.
AC 432.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/16/19 at 23:26Stkp: Good to see that someone else collects these
RIC_57A_Titus.jpg
RIC 0057A Titus31 viewsObv: IMP T CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS VII (counterclockwise), Laureate head right
Rev: PAX AVGVST / S C (in field), Pax standing left holding branch and cornucopia
AE/Sestertius (33.90 mm 25.98 g 6h) Struck in Rome 79 A.D. (Group 1)
RIC unpublished (provisionally assigned n. 57A)
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 80 Lot 527
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/16/19 at 22:18Molinari: Nice!
RIC_57A_Titus.jpg
RIC 0057A Titus31 viewsObv: IMP T CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS VII (counterclockwise), Laureate head right
Rev: PAX AVGVST / S C (in field), Pax standing left holding branch and cornucopia
AE/Sestertius (33.90 mm 25.98 g 6h) Struck in Rome 79 A.D. (Group 1)
RIC unpublished (provisionally assigned n. 57A)
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 80 Lot 527
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/16/19 at 18:58quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
RIC_57A_Titus.jpg
RIC 0057A Titus31 viewsObv: IMP T CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS VII (counterclockwise), Laureate head right
Rev: PAX AVGVST / S C (in field), Pax standing left holding branch and cornucopia
AE/Sestertius (33.90 mm 25.98 g 6h) Struck in Rome 79 A.D. (Group 1)
RIC unpublished (provisionally assigned n. 57A)
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 80 Lot 527
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/16/19 at 18:31okidoki: very nice reverse
RIC_57A_Titus.jpg
RIC 0057A Titus31 viewsObv: IMP T CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS VII (counterclockwise), Laureate head right
Rev: PAX AVGVST / S C (in field), Pax standing left holding branch and cornucopia
AE/Sestertius (33.90 mm 25.98 g 6h) Struck in Rome 79 A.D. (Group 1)
RIC unpublished (provisionally assigned n. 57A)
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 80 Lot 527
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/16/19 at 17:04Jay GT4: Fantastic! Congrats Alberto
RIC_57A_Titus.jpg
RIC 0057A Titus31 viewsObv: IMP T CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS VII (counterclockwise), Laureate head right
Rev: PAX AVGVST / S C (in field), Pax standing left holding branch and cornucopia
AE/Sestertius (33.90 mm 25.98 g 6h) Struck in Rome 79 A.D. (Group 1)
RIC unpublished (provisionally assigned n. 57A)
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 80 Lot 527
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/16/19 at 13:10orfew: A wonderful addition
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Vespasian-RIC-1426(5A)329 viewsAR Denarius, 3.25g
Ephesus mint, 71 AD
RIC 1426(5A)3 (R3). BMC - . RPC - .
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: PACI ORB TERR AVG; Turreted and draped female bust, r.; no mintmark
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, May 2019.

This is an extremely rare denarius from Ephesus struck without a mintmark and the second known example of the Turreted female bust type lacking one. The Ephesian denarius issues struck under Vespasian all have mintmarks, save for the first and one tiny issue dated COS III. Aside from this turreted female type and the accompanying footnote, this issue is not represented in the new RIC II.1. Ted Buttrey wrote in the RIC II Addenda the following concerning the no mintmark issue:

'I’m not terribly happy about this. It’s a convenient way to draw together several pieces which lack the mintmark, placing them after the completion of the ΘΙ and ΘΥ Groups 3-5 and the inception of Group 6 with ΕΡΗ. But why should they have given up on a mintmark in mid-course, when all of Groups 2-9 are marked? The choices are – (i) mintmark on coins worn away; (ii) engraver forgot to add mintmark to the dies; (iii) issue deliberately produced without mintmark. Assuming (iii) for the moment, the new Group takes the place of fnn. 46-47, pp.162-3, and fits here nicely with V’s title for Groups 5-6, and T’s for Group 6, But I have no fixed opinion, and await the appearance of others of this variety.'

IMHO, either ii or iii are the most likely option. There are specimens from this non-mintmark issue (such as the present coin) that have no available space on the flan for a mintmark, thus, one was never intended either deliberately or accidentally. No mintmarks occur on various dies spanning different reverse types for both Vespasian and Titus Caesar, because of this I lean more towards this being intentional.

Struck in high relief with the reverse slightly off centred.

NB: This coin shares a reverse die with my Titus Caesar example of the type.
5 commentsDavid Atherton08/16/19 at 11:30gallienus1: Rare and very interesting
V1426(5A)3.jpg
Vespasian-RIC-1426(5A)329 viewsAR Denarius, 3.25g
Ephesus mint, 71 AD
RIC 1426(5A)3 (R3). BMC - . RPC - .
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: PACI ORB TERR AVG; Turreted and draped female bust, r.; no mintmark
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, May 2019.

This is an extremely rare denarius from Ephesus struck without a mintmark and the second known example of the Turreted female bust type lacking one. The Ephesian denarius issues struck under Vespasian all have mintmarks, save for the first and one tiny issue dated COS III. Aside from this turreted female type and the accompanying footnote, this issue is not represented in the new RIC II.1. Ted Buttrey wrote in the RIC II Addenda the following concerning the no mintmark issue:

'I’m not terribly happy about this. It’s a convenient way to draw together several pieces which lack the mintmark, placing them after the completion of the ΘΙ and ΘΥ Groups 3-5 and the inception of Group 6 with ΕΡΗ. But why should they have given up on a mintmark in mid-course, when all of Groups 2-9 are marked? The choices are – (i) mintmark on coins worn away; (ii) engraver forgot to add mintmark to the dies; (iii) issue deliberately produced without mintmark. Assuming (iii) for the moment, the new Group takes the place of fnn. 46-47, pp.162-3, and fits here nicely with V’s title for Groups 5-6, and T’s for Group 6, But I have no fixed opinion, and await the appearance of others of this variety.'

IMHO, either ii or iii are the most likely option. There are specimens from this non-mintmark issue (such as the present coin) that have no available space on the flan for a mintmark, thus, one was never intended either deliberately or accidentally. No mintmarks occur on various dies spanning different reverse types for both Vespasian and Titus Caesar, because of this I lean more towards this being intentional.

Struck in high relief with the reverse slightly off centred.

NB: This coin shares a reverse die with my Titus Caesar example of the type.
5 commentsDavid Atherton08/15/19 at 22:43Jay GT4: Wonderful portraits on a rare type!
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Cleopatra III and Ptolemy IX Soter II7 viewsCleopatra III and Ptolemy IX Soter II. 116/107 BC AR Tetradrachm (13.20 gm) of Alexandria, 108/107 BC. Diademed head of Ptolemy I r. / Eagle standing l. on thunderbolt. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ | ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ, L| to l. (RY 10), ΠΑ to r. VF. SNG Cop 8 #356-357; Svoronos 1671 (Ptolemy X of Paphos) pl. 57 #12; DCA 60; Morkholm PPCH XXI #961. cf Heritage Auction 231813 #65071.
1 commentsAnaximander08/15/19 at 20:54quadrans: Nice piece..
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RIC 1407 Vespasian Eastern Denarius65 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVG
Laureate head of Vespasian right

PACI ORB TERR AVG
Turreted and draped female bust right below, horizontal Φ

Ephesus, 69-70 AD

3.23g


RIC V1407 (R); RPC 813

Rare

Ex-T.C. collection, Ex-Calgary Coin.

The Flavians as bringers of peace to the world.

New photo
8 commentsJay GT408/15/19 at 18:59Steve P: Hot diggity dawg!! ... that's a beauty!
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Vespasian-RIC-1426(5A)329 viewsAR Denarius, 3.25g
Ephesus mint, 71 AD
RIC 1426(5A)3 (R3). BMC - . RPC - .
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: PACI ORB TERR AVG; Turreted and draped female bust, r.; no mintmark
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, May 2019.

This is an extremely rare denarius from Ephesus struck without a mintmark and the second known example of the Turreted female bust type lacking one. The Ephesian denarius issues struck under Vespasian all have mintmarks, save for the first and one tiny issue dated COS III. Aside from this turreted female type and the accompanying footnote, this issue is not represented in the new RIC II.1. Ted Buttrey wrote in the RIC II Addenda the following concerning the no mintmark issue:

'I’m not terribly happy about this. It’s a convenient way to draw together several pieces which lack the mintmark, placing them after the completion of the ΘΙ and ΘΥ Groups 3-5 and the inception of Group 6 with ΕΡΗ. But why should they have given up on a mintmark in mid-course, when all of Groups 2-9 are marked? The choices are – (i) mintmark on coins worn away; (ii) engraver forgot to add mintmark to the dies; (iii) issue deliberately produced without mintmark. Assuming (iii) for the moment, the new Group takes the place of fnn. 46-47, pp.162-3, and fits here nicely with V’s title for Groups 5-6, and T’s for Group 6, But I have no fixed opinion, and await the appearance of others of this variety.'

IMHO, either ii or iii are the most likely option. There are specimens from this non-mintmark issue (such as the present coin) that have no available space on the flan for a mintmark, thus, one was never intended either deliberately or accidentally. No mintmarks occur on various dies spanning different reverse types for both Vespasian and Titus Caesar, because of this I lean more towards this being intentional.

Struck in high relief with the reverse slightly off centred.

NB: This coin shares a reverse die with my Titus Caesar example of the type.
5 commentsDavid Atherton08/15/19 at 15:17quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Vespasian-RIC-1426(5A)329 viewsAR Denarius, 3.25g
Ephesus mint, 71 AD
RIC 1426(5A)3 (R3). BMC - . RPC - .
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: PACI ORB TERR AVG; Turreted and draped female bust, r.; no mintmark
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, May 2019.

This is an extremely rare denarius from Ephesus struck without a mintmark and the second known example of the Turreted female bust type lacking one. The Ephesian denarius issues struck under Vespasian all have mintmarks, save for the first and one tiny issue dated COS III. Aside from this turreted female type and the accompanying footnote, this issue is not represented in the new RIC II.1. Ted Buttrey wrote in the RIC II Addenda the following concerning the no mintmark issue:

'I’m not terribly happy about this. It’s a convenient way to draw together several pieces which lack the mintmark, placing them after the completion of the ΘΙ and ΘΥ Groups 3-5 and the inception of Group 6 with ΕΡΗ. But why should they have given up on a mintmark in mid-course, when all of Groups 2-9 are marked? The choices are – (i) mintmark on coins worn away; (ii) engraver forgot to add mintmark to the dies; (iii) issue deliberately produced without mintmark. Assuming (iii) for the moment, the new Group takes the place of fnn. 46-47, pp.162-3, and fits here nicely with V’s title for Groups 5-6, and T’s for Group 6, But I have no fixed opinion, and await the appearance of others of this variety.'

IMHO, either ii or iii are the most likely option. There are specimens from this non-mintmark issue (such as the present coin) that have no available space on the flan for a mintmark, thus, one was never intended either deliberately or accidentally. No mintmarks occur on various dies spanning different reverse types for both Vespasian and Titus Caesar, because of this I lean more towards this being intentional.

Struck in high relief with the reverse slightly off centred.

NB: This coin shares a reverse die with my Titus Caesar example of the type.
5 commentsDavid Atherton08/15/19 at 14:29orfew: Wonderful acquisition David, congrats!
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Lithuania, Zygmunt II August, AR 2 Denar.7 viewsVilnius 1569 A.D. 0.65g - 14.9mm, Axis 6h.
Obv: II - Knight on charging horse value below.
Rev: AS 15-69 - Crowned monogram of Zygmunt II August (Sigismund), with the date dividing it.
Gum 595.

2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/15/19 at 06:33Christian Scarlioli: Thank you
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Medieval France, St Martin, Anonymous, Billon Denier.7 viewsTouraine 1150-1200 A.D. 1.05g - 19.6mm, Axis 6h.
Obv: + TVRONVS CIVIS - Cross pattée.
Rev: + SCS MARTINVS - Castle Tournois.
Boudea 185, Duplessy 412, Legros 796.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/15/19 at 06:33Christian Scarlioli: Thank you
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Medieval England, Richard II, Silver Penny, Type I. UK Metal Detecting find from Cambridgeshire.8 viewsYork 1377-1399 A.D. 1.02g - 17.3mm, Axis 11h.
Obv: + RICARDVS REX ANGLIE - Crowned bust facing, cross on breast.
Rev: CIVITAS EBORACI - Long cross pattée with three pellets in each angle. quatrefoil in centre.
Spink 1690.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/15/19 at 06:32Christian Scarlioli: Thank you
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Silesia, Duchy of Wroclaw Zygmunt Luksemburgczyk, AR Heller.7 viewsWrocław 1422-1437 A.D. 0.20g - 11.9mm, Axis 11h.
Obv: M-W-M-W - Head of saint John three-fourths left
Rev: Lion left.
Kopicki 8765x.
Rated R2.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/15/19 at 06:32Christian Scarlioli: Thank you
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ANONYMOUS ROMAN REPUBLIC AR Didrachm7 viewsOBVERSE: Helmeted head of Mars left, oak-sprig behind
REVERSE: ROMANO on tablet below head of bridled horse right, ear of wheat behind
Struck at Metapontum, 280-276 BC
19 mm, 6.55g
Cr13/1, Syd 1
1 commentsLegatus08/15/19 at 03:31Jay GT4: Great early Roman silver!
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Medieval England, Richard II, Silver Penny, Type I. UK Metal Detecting find from Cambridgeshire.8 viewsYork 1377-1399 A.D. 1.02g - 17.3mm, Axis 11h.
Obv: + RICARDVS REX ANGLIE - Crowned bust facing, cross on breast.
Rev: CIVITAS EBORACI - Long cross pattée with three pellets in each angle. quatrefoil in centre.
Spink 1690.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/15/19 at 00:28Stkp: Very nice
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Medieval France, St Martin, Anonymous, Billon Denier.7 viewsTouraine 1150-1200 A.D. 1.05g - 19.6mm, Axis 6h.
Obv: + TVRONVS CIVIS - Cross pattée.
Rev: + SCS MARTINVS - Castle Tournois.
Boudea 185, Duplessy 412, Legros 796.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/15/19 at 00:27Stkp: Nice
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Lithuania, Zygmunt II August, AR 2 Denar.7 viewsVilnius 1569 A.D. 0.65g - 14.9mm, Axis 6h.
Obv: II - Knight on charging horse value below.
Rev: AS 15-69 - Crowned monogram of Zygmunt II August (Sigismund), with the date dividing it.
Gum 595.

2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/15/19 at 00:26Stkp: Nice
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Silesia, Duchy of Wroclaw Zygmunt Luksemburgczyk, AR Heller.7 viewsWrocław 1422-1437 A.D. 0.20g - 11.9mm, Axis 11h.
Obv: M-W-M-W - Head of saint John three-fourths left
Rev: Lion left.
Kopicki 8765x.
Rated R2.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/15/19 at 00:25Stkp: Great coin
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020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² Titus 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062, AR-Denarius, Rome, E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, #152 views020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² Titus 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062, AR-Denarius, Rome, E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, #1
avers: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, Laureate head right.
reverse: E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, upon which an urn sits, laurel branch to each side.
exergue: E/X//SC, diameter: 17,0-18,0mm, weight: 3,24g, axes: 5h,
mint: Rome, date: 80-81 A.D., ref: RIC² (Titus) 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062 p-123, RSC 149, BMC 125,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans08/14/19 at 22:42okidoki: Interesting reverse
Thrace,_Islands_of_Thrace,_Thasos_450-425_BC_,_AR-Trihemiobol,_Satyr_kneeling_l__Croc,_holding_kantharos,__#920;A_#931;-I_#937;N,_amphora,_BMC_53,_Q-002,_3h,_9,6-11mm,_0,82g-s.jpg
Thrace, Islands of Thrace, Thasos, (412-404 B.C.), BMC 53var.(with symbol), AR-Trihemiobol, ΘΑΣ/ΙΩΝ, Amphora, Rare! #135 viewsThrace, Islands of Thrace, Thasos, (412-404 B.C.), BMC 53var.(with symbol), AR-Trihemiobol, ΘΑΣ/ΙΩΝ, Amphora, Rare! #1
avers: No legend, Nude satyr kneeling left, holding kylix/Amphora, grasshopper as a symbol to left (very rare!).
reverse: ΘΑΣ/ΙΩΝ, Amphora/kylix.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 9,6-11,0mm, weight: 0,82g, axes:3h,
mint: Thrace, Islands of Thrace, Thasos, date: 450-425 B.C.,
ref: BMC 53var., SNG Cop. 1030var.,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans08/14/19 at 10:16*Alex: Great amphora. Nice coin, I like it.
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Ptolemy X Alexander7 viewsPtolemy X Alexander. 116/115-80 BC AR Tetradrachm (13.70 gm) of Alexandria, 97/6 BC. Diademed head of Ptolemy I r. / Eagle standing l. on thunderbolt. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ | ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ, LIH (RY 18) to l., ΠΑ to r. VF. SNG Cop 8 #367 w/ obv. die link to #366; Svornos 1678 pl. 57 #23; DCA 68. cf Heritage A231829 #63060 (same dies). Alt. attribution: Paphos mint. Svoronos 1689 pl. 59b #22-23; DCA 62; SNG Cop 8 #633 (Ptolemy IX).
1 commentsAnaximander08/14/19 at 09:35shanxi: bad hair day
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Struck 1205 - 1230, William I “the lion” (1169 - 1214), AR Penny minted at Perth or Edinburgh, Scotland14 viewsObverse: + LE REI WILAM•: Head of William I facing left, wearing crown of pellets, sceptre to left, within inner circle of pellets. All surrounded by outer circle of pellets. Cross potent in legend.
Reverse: + hVE WALTER: Voided short cross, six pointed star in each angle, within inner circle of pellets. All surrounded by outer circle of pellets. Cross potent in legend. (No mint name on coin. Hugh and Walter, the Edinburgh and Perth moneyers working jointly)
Short cross, phase B. Late William I and posthumous issue struck c.1205 to c.1230.
William I died in 1214 but it would appear that although Alexander II was 16 years old when he came to the throne he continued his father's issues for some 15 years and struck no coins in his own name until around 1230.
Diameter: 21mm | Weight: 1.3gm | Die Axis: 6
SPINK: 5029

William I was not known as "the Lion" during his own lifetime, the title was attached to him because of his flag or standard, a red lion rampant on a yellow background which went on to become the Royal Banner of Scotland which is still used today.

William I was crowned on 24th December 1165, he came to the throne when his elder brother Malcolm IV died at the age of 24 on 9th December 1165.
Early in his reign William attempted to regain control of Northumbria which had been lost, in 1157 during the reign of Malcolm IV, to the Anglo-Normans under Henry II. He thereby lent support to the English barons who rebelled against Henry II in 1173. In 1174 however, while actively assisting the rebels at the Battle of Alnwick, William was captured by Henry's forces and taken to Falaise in Normandy. He was forced, under the terms of the Treaty of Falaise which he signed in December, to do homage for the whole of Scotland and also to hand over the castles of Roxburgh, Berwick and Edinburgh. Edinburgh, however, was later returned to him as part of the dowry of Ermengarde, a cousin of Henry II, whom William married in 1186.
The Treaty of Falaise remained in force for the next fifteen years until the new English King Richard the Lionheart, needing money for the Third Crusade, agreed to terminate it in return for 10,000 marks. William also attempted to purchase Northumbria from Richard, however his offer of 15,000 marks was rejected due to him wanting all the castles within the lands, something Richard was not willing to concede.
Relations between Scotland and England remained tense during the first decade of the 13th century and in August 1209 King John decided to exploit the weakening leadership of the ageing Scottish monarch by marching a large army to Norham on the south side of the River Tweed. William bought John off with the promise of a large sum of money, and later, in 1212, he agreed to his only surviving son Alexander, marrying John's eldest daughter, Joan.
William I died in Stirling in 1214 and lies buried in Arbroath Abbey, which he is credited with founding in 1178. He was succeeded by his son, who reigned as Alexander II.
3 comments*Alex08/14/19 at 02:36Jay GT4: Interesting piece!
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Struck 1205 - 1230, William I “the lion” (1169 - 1214), AR Penny minted at Perth or Edinburgh, Scotland14 viewsObverse: + LE REI WILAM•: Head of William I facing left, wearing crown of pellets, sceptre to left, within inner circle of pellets. All surrounded by outer circle of pellets. Cross potent in legend.
Reverse: + hVE WALTER: Voided short cross, six pointed star in each angle, within inner circle of pellets. All surrounded by outer circle of pellets. Cross potent in legend. (No mint name on coin. Hugh and Walter, the Edinburgh and Perth moneyers working jointly)
Short cross, phase B. Late William I and posthumous issue struck c.1205 to c.1230.
William I died in 1214 but it would appear that although Alexander II was 16 years old when he came to the throne he continued his father's issues for some 15 years and struck no coins in his own name until around 1230.
Diameter: 21mm | Weight: 1.3gm | Die Axis: 6
SPINK: 5029

William I was not known as "the Lion" during his own lifetime, the title was attached to him because of his flag or standard, a red lion rampant on a yellow background which went on to become the Royal Banner of Scotland which is still used today.

William I was crowned on 24th December 1165, he came to the throne when his elder brother Malcolm IV died at the age of 24 on 9th December 1165.
Early in his reign William attempted to regain control of Northumbria which had been lost, in 1157 during the reign of Malcolm IV, to the Anglo-Normans under Henry II. He thereby lent support to the English barons who rebelled against Henry II in 1173. In 1174 however, while actively assisting the rebels at the Battle of Alnwick, William was captured by Henry's forces and taken to Falaise in Normandy. He was forced, under the terms of the Treaty of Falaise which he signed in December, to do homage for the whole of Scotland and also to hand over the castles of Roxburgh, Berwick and Edinburgh. Edinburgh, however, was later returned to him as part of the dowry of Ermengarde, a cousin of Henry II, whom William married in 1186.
The Treaty of Falaise remained in force for the next fifteen years until the new English King Richard the Lionheart, needing money for the Third Crusade, agreed to terminate it in return for 10,000 marks. William also attempted to purchase Northumbria from Richard, however his offer of 15,000 marks was rejected due to him wanting all the castles within the lands, something Richard was not willing to concede.
Relations between Scotland and England remained tense during the first decade of the 13th century and in August 1209 King John decided to exploit the weakening leadership of the ageing Scottish monarch by marching a large army to Norham on the south side of the River Tweed. William bought John off with the promise of a large sum of money, and later, in 1212, he agreed to his only surviving son Alexander, marrying John's eldest daughter, Joan.
William I died in Stirling in 1214 and lies buried in Arbroath Abbey, which he is credited with founding in 1178. He was succeeded by his son, who reigned as Alexander II.
3 comments*Alex08/13/19 at 22:49quadrans: wow, great coin,
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Punic Carthage AR Double Shekel with a Serrated Edge10 viewsPunic Carthage Double Shekel with a Serrated Edge
Silver

Obv.: Head of Tanit l. wreathed with corn, wearing a necklace, and a single-drop ear ring.

Rev.: Horse standing r., left foreleg raised. Pellet in front.

Müller 116 ; SNG /
1 commentsTanit08/13/19 at 20:12Jay GT4: Very cool
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Medieval France, King Henry II, Billon Demi Gros de Nesle, Crown Mintmark.6 viewsParis 1551 A.D. 2.80g - 24.2mm, Axis 4h.
Obv: (Crown) + HENRICVS●II●D●G●FRANCORVM. REX - Crowned H with 3 Lis.
Rev: (Crown) SIT●NOMEN●DNI●A●BNEDICTVM (Crown) 1551. - Cross made of fleurdelisé.
Ciani 303, Marcheville 2676, Lafaurie 833, Duplessy 995, Sombart 4458.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/13/19 at 17:15Christian Scarlioli: Thanks for that info Anaximander and another ref n...
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Medieval France, King Henry II, Billon Demi Gros de Nesle, Crown Mintmark.6 viewsParis 1551 A.D. 2.80g - 24.2mm, Axis 4h.
Obv: (Crown) + HENRICVS●II●D●G●FRANCORVM. REX - Crowned H with 3 Lis.
Rev: (Crown) SIT●NOMEN●DNI●A●BNEDICTVM (Crown) 1551. - Cross made of fleurdelisé.
Ciani 303, Marcheville 2676, Lafaurie 833, Duplessy 995, Sombart 4458.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/13/19 at 16:15Anaximander: Such a nice strike... great legends. And I like ...
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Struck 1205 - 1230, William I “the lion” (1169 - 1214), AR Penny minted at Perth or Edinburgh, Scotland14 viewsObverse: + LE REI WILAM•: Head of William I facing left, wearing crown of pellets, sceptre to left, within inner circle of pellets. All surrounded by outer circle of pellets. Cross potent in legend.
Reverse: + hVE WALTER: Voided short cross, six pointed star in each angle, within inner circle of pellets. All surrounded by outer circle of pellets. Cross potent in legend. (No mint name on coin. Hugh and Walter, the Edinburgh and Perth moneyers working jointly)
Short cross, phase B. Late William I and posthumous issue struck c.1205 to c.1230.
William I died in 1214 but it would appear that although Alexander II was 16 years old when he came to the throne he continued his father's issues for some 15 years and struck no coins in his own name until around 1230.
Diameter: 21mm | Weight: 1.3gm | Die Axis: 6
SPINK: 5029

William I was not known as "the Lion" during his own lifetime, the title was attached to him because of his flag or standard, a red lion rampant on a yellow background which went on to become the Royal Banner of Scotland which is still used today.

William I was crowned on 24th December 1165, he came to the throne when his elder brother Malcolm IV died at the age of 24 on 9th December 1165.
Early in his reign William attempted to regain control of Northumbria which had been lost, in 1157 during the reign of Malcolm IV, to the Anglo-Normans under Henry II. He thereby lent support to the English barons who rebelled against Henry II in 1173. In 1174 however, while actively assisting the rebels at the Battle of Alnwick, William was captured by Henry's forces and taken to Falaise in Normandy. He was forced, under the terms of the Treaty of Falaise which he signed in December, to do homage for the whole of Scotland and also to hand over the castles of Roxburgh, Berwick and Edinburgh. Edinburgh, however, was later returned to him as part of the dowry of Ermengarde, a cousin of Henry II, whom William married in 1186.
The Treaty of Falaise remained in force for the next fifteen years until the new English King Richard the Lionheart, needing money for the Third Crusade, agreed to terminate it in return for 10,000 marks. William also attempted to purchase Northumbria from Richard, however his offer of 15,000 marks was rejected due to him wanting all the castles within the lands, something Richard was not willing to concede.
Relations between Scotland and England remained tense during the first decade of the 13th century and in August 1209 King John decided to exploit the weakening leadership of the ageing Scottish monarch by marching a large army to Norham on the south side of the River Tweed. William bought John off with the promise of a large sum of money, and later, in 1212, he agreed to his only surviving son Alexander, marrying John's eldest daughter, Joan.
William I died in Stirling in 1214 and lies buried in Arbroath Abbey, which he is credited with founding in 1178. He was succeeded by his son, who reigned as Alexander II.
3 comments*Alex08/13/19 at 13:14okidoki: Congrats very nice
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176 Hadrian Denarius Roma 125-28 AD Pudicitia standing9 viewsReference.
RIC 176c;

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder

Rev. COS III
Pudicitia, veiled, standing left

3.27 gr
20 mm

Note.
Beastcoins
Ex Harlan J Berk
1 commentsokidoki08/13/19 at 12:54Christian Scarlioli: Lovely portrait.
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Thrace, Islands of Thrace, Thasos, (412-404 B.C.), BMC 53var.(with symbol), AR-Trihemiobol, ΘΑΣ/ΙΩΝ, Amphora, Rare! #135 viewsThrace, Islands of Thrace, Thasos, (412-404 B.C.), BMC 53var.(with symbol), AR-Trihemiobol, ΘΑΣ/ΙΩΝ, Amphora, Rare! #1
avers: No legend, Nude satyr kneeling left, holding kylix/Amphora, grasshopper as a symbol to left (very rare!).
reverse: ΘΑΣ/ΙΩΝ, Amphora/kylix.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 9,6-11,0mm, weight: 0,82g, axes:3h,
mint: Thrace, Islands of Thrace, Thasos, date: 450-425 B.C.,
ref: BMC 53var., SNG Cop. 1030var.,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans08/13/19 at 07:22shanxi: another nice addition
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NAGIDOS in CILICIA AR Stater7 viewsOBVERSE: Aphrodite seated left, holding patera over altar, crowned by Eros flying right above, rose and bud in left field, mouse under chair
REVERSE: NAΓIΔIKON, Dionysos, loins draped (long), standing left, holding bunch of grapes and thyrsos. EY ΔIO in left field.
Struck at Nagidos in Cilicia 356-333 BC
9.93g, 23 mm.
Lederer 64; Paris 809; Babelon Traite II-2 1524.8; SNG France II, 34
ex. Warren Esty
1 commentsLegatus08/13/19 at 07:22shanxi: nice
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Thrace, Islands of Thrace, Thasos, (cc. 500-480 B.C.), Rosen 146, AR-Obol, Quadripartite incuse square, #124 viewsThrace, Islands of Thrace, Thasos, (cc. 500-480 B.C.), Rosen 146, AR-Obol, Quadripartite incuse square, #1
avers: No legend, Two dolphins swimming in opposite directions, pellets around.
reverse: Quadripartite incuse square.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 7,0mm, weight: 0,50g, axes:0h,
mint: Thrace, Islands of Thrace, Thasos, date: cc. 500-480 B.C.,
ref: Rosen 146, Le Rider, Thasiennes, 9, HGC 6, 337.
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/13/19 at 07:21shanxi: nice example
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Ptolemy VI Philometor6 viewsPtolemy VI Philometor, poss. in joint reign w/ Ptolemy VIII (or Ptolemy V alone). 180-145 BC. AR Tetradrachm (14.24 gm) of Alexandria. Diademed head of Ptolemy I r. / Eagle standing l. on thunderbolt. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ | ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ. nEF. Unmarked series. CNG 51 #605; Ex Numismatic Arts 10/18/1990 #1012. SNG Cop 8 #244-245 and 262-268; Svoronos 1231 & 1489; Dewing 2761 (Ptolemy V); Noeske 176-177 & 192-193.1 commentsAnaximander08/13/19 at 06:14quadrans: Nice piece..
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Domitian RIC-83343 viewsÆ Dupondius, 12.14g
Eastern Mint (Thrace?), 81 AD
RIC 833 (R). BMC 513. RPC 528.
Obv: IMP D CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VII; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r.
Rev: ROMA; S C in exergue; Roma std. l. on cuirass, with wreath and parazonium
Ex eBay, July 2019.

An unidentified Eastern mint struck aes coinage for Titus between 80-81 and then for Domitian in 81-82. The style (heavily seriffed letters, large portraits, and massive reverse figures), unique obverse legends, and uncommon fabric (flat, almost convex flans) all suggest a mint other than Rome. Attributing exactly where these coins were struck has historically been a moving target - Mattingly in BMCRE thought Lugdunum, H.A. Cahn believed somewhere in Bithynia. More recent scholarship has looked towards Thrace as a possible location for production based on the Balkan distribution pattern of found specimens. Although the region of mintage has been narrowed down, the city itself remains elusive. RPC has suggested possibly Perinthus. Presumably a shortage of bronze coins in the region prompted a localised imperial issue. The striking of imperial bronze outside of Rome was an exceptional step at the time considering the last imperial branch mint at Lugdunum had shuttered late in Vespasian's reign. The issues consisted of sestertii, dupondii, asses, and semisses which copied types struck at Rome.

Production at this Eastern mint continued uninterrupted between Titus' and Domitian's reigns, hinted at by Domitian's seamless adoption of Titus' types and legend formula after his accession - exemplified by the minor substitution of a 'D' for a 'T' in the obverse legend of this dupondius. Roma is the only reverse type struck on the dupondius for both issues. The coinage struck under Domitian at this mint is quite rare, owing to the short time frame in which it was produced. After its closure in early 82, the striking of imperial coinage would be consolidated at Rome for the remainder of Domitian's reign.

Handsome dark patina and honest wear.
3 commentsDavid Atherton08/13/19 at 03:03Steve P: pretty cool
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Domitian RIC-36749 viewsÆ Dupondius, 11.64g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 367 (C). BMC 347.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: ANNONA AVG; S C in exergue; Annona, std r., holding open on lap by two ends bag full of corn-ears; in front of her stands a small figure, l., also holding two ends of bag, and in the background, stern of ship
Ex eBay, August 2019.

A most curious reverse type was struck for Domitian on his dupondii for a short period between 84-88. Here we see Annona seated holding open a bag(?) of corn-ears and a mysterious small figure standing before her holding the other end of the bag with a ship's stern in the background. Overall, the reverse likely alludes to Domitian's care of the corn supply, hinted at by the stern, here a symbol of the all important African grain ships. The small individual before Annona has variously been described as a 'boy', a 'child', or ambiguously as just a 'figure'. H. Mattingly has the most imaginative explanation in BMCRE II - 'Annona herself, the spirit of the corn-supply, and the ship, the symbol of the overseas corn, are familiar: but who is the small figure who stands before her? He is certainly no child, but only a man reduced to tiny proportions beside the goddess; and the fact that he is bare to the waist may suggest that he is an Italian farmer. If this interpretation is right, the type records a definite policy of Domitian to encourage the growing of corn in Italy.' Mattingly may be correct about the overall meaning, but I think the figure is indeed a child, symbolic of the emperor's care, through Annona's auspices, for his subjects.

Flatly struck on one side, but in fine style.
7 commentsDavid Atherton08/13/19 at 03:02Steve P: Super sweet addition, Atherton => keep that sh*t-u...
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Maximianus Antoninianus - CONSERVATOR AVGG - •XXI•KOY•16 viewsMaximianus Antoninianus

Obverse:
IMP C MA VAL MAXIMIANBS P F AVG
Radiate and cuirassed bust right

Reverse:
CONSERVATOR AVGG
Maximian and Hercules stg. with altar between, -/B in field, •XXI•KOY• in exergue

Siscia

RIC 580, RCV13118
3 commentsHarry G08/13/19 at 02:53Steve P: Cool addition, coin-bro (congrats)
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120 Maximianus Herculeus (285-286 Caesar, 286-305, 307-308 & 310 A.D. Augustus), Rome, RIC V-II Not in !!!, AE-Ant., -/-//XXIZ, PRIMIS X•MVLTIS XX, Jupiter standing left, Extremely Rare! #195 views120 Maximianus Herculeus (285-286 Caesar, 286-305, 307-308 & 310 A.D. Augustus), Rome, RIC V-II Not in !!!, AE-Ant., -/-//XXIZ, PRIMIS X•MVLTIS XX, Jupiter standing left, Extremely Rare! #1
avers:- IMP MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding scepter surmounted by an eagle. (8,H).
revers:- PRIMIS X•MVLTIS XX, Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt and scepter.
exerg: -/-//XXIZ, diameter: 2,20mm, weight: 3,21g, axes: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: A.D., ref: RIC-V-II- Not in !!!, p-,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/12/19 at 20:34Harry G: Amazing coin!
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Roman Imperial, Lucius Verus (Posthumous Issue), Orichalcum Sestertius.8 viewsRome After 169 A.D. 20.31g - 33mm, Axis 4h.
Obv: DIVVS VERVS - Bare head right.
Rev: CONSECRATIO / S-C - Four-tier funeral pyre decorated with statues standing between draped colonnades and surmounted by a quadriga.
RIC III, 1511; BMC M. Aurelius 1363; Cohen 59; Sear'88 1563.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/12/19 at 13:20Christian Scarlioli: Its really a Birthday cake
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Roman Imperial, Lucius Verus (Posthumous Issue), Orichalcum Sestertius.8 viewsRome After 169 A.D. 20.31g - 33mm, Axis 4h.
Obv: DIVVS VERVS - Bare head right.
Rev: CONSECRATIO / S-C - Four-tier funeral pyre decorated with statues standing between draped colonnades and surmounted by a quadriga.
RIC III, 1511; BMC M. Aurelius 1363; Cohen 59; Sear'88 1563.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/12/19 at 11:59okidoki: Interesting reverse
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Maximianus Antoninianus - CONSERVATOR AVGG - •XXI•KOY•16 viewsMaximianus Antoninianus

Obverse:
IMP C MA VAL MAXIMIANBS P F AVG
Radiate and cuirassed bust right

Reverse:
CONSERVATOR AVGG
Maximian and Hercules stg. with altar between, -/B in field, •XXI•KOY• in exergue

Siscia

RIC 580, RCV13118
3 commentsHarry G08/12/19 at 00:06Tracy Aiello: Great reverse.
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Maximianus Antoninianus - CONSERVATOR AVGG - •XXI•KOY•16 viewsMaximianus Antoninianus

Obverse:
IMP C MA VAL MAXIMIANBS P F AVG
Radiate and cuirassed bust right

Reverse:
CONSERVATOR AVGG
Maximian and Hercules stg. with altar between, -/B in field, •XXI•KOY• in exergue

Siscia

RIC 580, RCV13118
3 commentsHarry G08/11/19 at 18:57quadrans: Nice piece..
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032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0175, Rome, Limes-Denarius, COS III, Libertas standing left, 98 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0175, Rome, Limes-Denarius, COS III, Libertas standing left,
avers: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, Laureate head right, drapery on far shoulder.
revers: COS III, Libertas standing left, holding pileus and sceptre.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 19-20mm, weight: 2,60g, axes: 5h,
mint: Rome (Limes), date: 125-128 A.D., ref: RIC II 0175, RSC-374a,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/11/19 at 18:32okidoki: Nice Joe
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Medieval England, King Henry III, Silver Short Cross Penny, Class 7b, Moneyer: Ioan. 5 viewsCanterbury 1216-1247 A.D. 1.00g - 17mm, Axis 2h.
Obv: hENRICVS REX - Crowned bust of king holding sceptre.
Rev: +IOAN ON CANTE - Short cross voided with quatrefoil in each angle.
Spink 1356b.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/11/19 at 14:31Christian Scarlioli: Thanks Alex
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Medieval England, King Henry III, Silver Short Cross Penny, Class 7b, Moneyer: Ioan. 5 viewsCanterbury 1216-1247 A.D. 1.00g - 17mm, Axis 2h.
Obv: hENRICVS REX - Crowned bust of king holding sceptre.
Rev: +IOAN ON CANTE - Short cross voided with quatrefoil in each angle.
Spink 1356b.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/11/19 at 14:23*Alex: Nice
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Eastern Cultures19 viewsHephthalites (White Huns), Indo-Sassanian, Indo-Skythians. Parthia, Persis, Sasanian.1 commentsChristian T08/11/19 at 12:18Anaximander: This image is the gallery cover. The photogra...
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Domitian RIC-36749 viewsÆ Dupondius, 11.64g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 367 (C). BMC 347.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: ANNONA AVG; S C in exergue; Annona, std r., holding open on lap by two ends bag full of corn-ears; in front of her stands a small figure, l., also holding two ends of bag, and in the background, stern of ship
Ex eBay, August 2019.

A most curious reverse type was struck for Domitian on his dupondii for a short period between 84-88. Here we see Annona seated holding open a bag(?) of corn-ears and a mysterious small figure standing before her holding the other end of the bag with a ship's stern in the background. Overall, the reverse likely alludes to Domitian's care of the corn supply, hinted at by the stern, here a symbol of the all important African grain ships. The small individual before Annona has variously been described as a 'boy', a 'child', or ambiguously as just a 'figure'. H. Mattingly has the most imaginative explanation in BMCRE II - 'Annona herself, the spirit of the corn-supply, and the ship, the symbol of the overseas corn, are familiar: but who is the small figure who stands before her? He is certainly no child, but only a man reduced to tiny proportions beside the goddess; and the fact that he is bare to the waist may suggest that he is an Italian farmer. If this interpretation is right, the type records a definite policy of Domitian to encourage the growing of corn in Italy.' Mattingly may be correct about the overall meaning, but I think the figure is indeed a child, symbolic of the emperor's care, through Annona's auspices, for his subjects.

Flatly struck on one side, but in fine style.
7 commentsDavid Atherton08/11/19 at 10:05FlaviusDomitianus: I love this type.
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Roman Imperial, Elagabalus as Augustus, AR Denarius.11 viewsRome 220-221 A.D. 3.34g - 19.5mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG - Laureate and draped bust right.

Rev: PAX AVGVSTI - Pax running left, holding branch and sceptre.

RIC IV-II 125.
2 commentsscarli08/11/19 at 08:15Christian Scarlioli: Thanks okidoki, Pax is well depicted.
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Roman Imperial, Julia Mamaea as Augusta, AR Denarius.11 viewsRome 223 A.D. 3.45g - 20.4mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IVLIA MAMAEA AVG - Diademed, draped, bust right.

Rev: VENVS GENETRIX - Venus standing left holding apple and sceptre, cupid at feet.

RIC IV-II 355; RSC 72; BMC 152.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/11/19 at 08:14Christian Scarlioli: Thanks quadrans
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1969A MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1969 DOC 16 CLBC 4.4.3 9 views
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; right hand raised high in benediction holds Gospels in l. hand. Pellets in each limb of nimbus cross.

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


Size 19.6mm

Weight 3.0


DOC lists 11 examples with weights from 2.76 to 4.14 gm and sizes from 18mm to 20mm
1 commentsSimon08/11/19 at 08:05quadrans: Nice piece..
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Roman Imperial, Julia Mamaea as Augusta, AR Denarius.11 viewsRome 223 A.D. 3.45g - 20.4mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IVLIA MAMAEA AVG - Diademed, draped, bust right.

Rev: VENVS GENETRIX - Venus standing left holding apple and sceptre, cupid at feet.

RIC IV-II 355; RSC 72; BMC 152.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/11/19 at 07:56quadrans: Nice portrait...
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5634 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Dichalkon 125-26 AD Cornucopia7 viewsReference.
Emmett 1177.10; BMC 896; RPC III, 5634

Issue L ΔΕ = year 10

Obv:
Laureate head of Hadrian I in front

Rev: L ΔE
Cornucopia

1.00 gr
12 mm
h
1 commentsokidoki08/11/19 at 07:54quadrans: Nice piece..
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Domitian RIC-36749 viewsÆ Dupondius, 11.64g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 367 (C). BMC 347.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: ANNONA AVG; S C in exergue; Annona, std r., holding open on lap by two ends bag full of corn-ears; in front of her stands a small figure, l., also holding two ends of bag, and in the background, stern of ship
Ex eBay, August 2019.

A most curious reverse type was struck for Domitian on his dupondii for a short period between 84-88. Here we see Annona seated holding open a bag(?) of corn-ears and a mysterious small figure standing before her holding the other end of the bag with a ship's stern in the background. Overall, the reverse likely alludes to Domitian's care of the corn supply, hinted at by the stern, here a symbol of the all important African grain ships. The small individual before Annona has variously been described as a 'boy', a 'child', or ambiguously as just a 'figure'. H. Mattingly has the most imaginative explanation in BMCRE II - 'Annona herself, the spirit of the corn-supply, and the ship, the symbol of the overseas corn, are familiar: but who is the small figure who stands before her? He is certainly no child, but only a man reduced to tiny proportions beside the goddess; and the fact that he is bare to the waist may suggest that he is an Italian farmer. If this interpretation is right, the type records a definite policy of Domitian to encourage the growing of corn in Italy.' Mattingly may be correct about the overall meaning, but I think the figure is indeed a child, symbolic of the emperor's care, through Annona's auspices, for his subjects.

Flatly struck on one side, but in fine style.
7 commentsDavid Atherton08/11/19 at 07:54quadrans: Nice find...
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Domitian RIC-36749 viewsÆ Dupondius, 11.64g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 367 (C). BMC 347.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: ANNONA AVG; S C in exergue; Annona, std r., holding open on lap by two ends bag full of corn-ears; in front of her stands a small figure, l., also holding two ends of bag, and in the background, stern of ship
Ex eBay, August 2019.

A most curious reverse type was struck for Domitian on his dupondii for a short period between 84-88. Here we see Annona seated holding open a bag(?) of corn-ears and a mysterious small figure standing before her holding the other end of the bag with a ship's stern in the background. Overall, the reverse likely alludes to Domitian's care of the corn supply, hinted at by the stern, here a symbol of the all important African grain ships. The small individual before Annona has variously been described as a 'boy', a 'child', or ambiguously as just a 'figure'. H. Mattingly has the most imaginative explanation in BMCRE II - 'Annona herself, the spirit of the corn-supply, and the ship, the symbol of the overseas corn, are familiar: but who is the small figure who stands before her? He is certainly no child, but only a man reduced to tiny proportions beside the goddess; and the fact that he is bare to the waist may suggest that he is an Italian farmer. If this interpretation is right, the type records a definite policy of Domitian to encourage the growing of corn in Italy.' Mattingly may be correct about the overall meaning, but I think the figure is indeed a child, symbolic of the emperor's care, through Annona's auspices, for his subjects.

Flatly struck on one side, but in fine style.
7 commentsDavid Atherton08/11/19 at 07:48okidoki: Interesting reverse
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Domitian RIC-36749 viewsÆ Dupondius, 11.64g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 367 (C). BMC 347.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: ANNONA AVG; S C in exergue; Annona, std r., holding open on lap by two ends bag full of corn-ears; in front of her stands a small figure, l., also holding two ends of bag, and in the background, stern of ship
Ex eBay, August 2019.

A most curious reverse type was struck for Domitian on his dupondii for a short period between 84-88. Here we see Annona seated holding open a bag(?) of corn-ears and a mysterious small figure standing before her holding the other end of the bag with a ship's stern in the background. Overall, the reverse likely alludes to Domitian's care of the corn supply, hinted at by the stern, here a symbol of the all important African grain ships. The small individual before Annona has variously been described as a 'boy', a 'child', or ambiguously as just a 'figure'. H. Mattingly has the most imaginative explanation in BMCRE II - 'Annona herself, the spirit of the corn-supply, and the ship, the symbol of the overseas corn, are familiar: but who is the small figure who stands before her? He is certainly no child, but only a man reduced to tiny proportions beside the goddess; and the fact that he is bare to the waist may suggest that he is an Italian farmer. If this interpretation is right, the type records a definite policy of Domitian to encourage the growing of corn in Italy.' Mattingly may be correct about the overall meaning, but I think the figure is indeed a child, symbolic of the emperor's care, through Annona's auspices, for his subjects.

Flatly struck on one side, but in fine style.
7 commentsDavid Atherton08/11/19 at 07:35shanxi: very interesting
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020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² Titus 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062, AR-Denarius, Rome, E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, #152 views020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² Titus 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062, AR-Denarius, Rome, E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, #1
avers: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, Laureate head right.
reverse: E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, upon which an urn sits, laurel branch to each side.
exergue: E/X//SC, diameter: 17,0-18,0mm, weight: 3,24g, axes: 5h,
mint: Rome, date: 80-81 A.D., ref: RIC² (Titus) 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062 p-123, RSC 149, BMC 125,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans08/11/19 at 06:59Christian Scarlioli: Nice one
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Domitian RIC-36749 viewsÆ Dupondius, 11.64g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 367 (C). BMC 347.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: ANNONA AVG; S C in exergue; Annona, std r., holding open on lap by two ends bag full of corn-ears; in front of her stands a small figure, l., also holding two ends of bag, and in the background, stern of ship
Ex eBay, August 2019.

A most curious reverse type was struck for Domitian on his dupondii for a short period between 84-88. Here we see Annona seated holding open a bag(?) of corn-ears and a mysterious small figure standing before her holding the other end of the bag with a ship's stern in the background. Overall, the reverse likely alludes to Domitian's care of the corn supply, hinted at by the stern, here a symbol of the all important African grain ships. The small individual before Annona has variously been described as a 'boy', a 'child', or ambiguously as just a 'figure'. H. Mattingly has the most imaginative explanation in BMCRE II - 'Annona herself, the spirit of the corn-supply, and the ship, the symbol of the overseas corn, are familiar: but who is the small figure who stands before her? He is certainly no child, but only a man reduced to tiny proportions beside the goddess; and the fact that he is bare to the waist may suggest that he is an Italian farmer. If this interpretation is right, the type records a definite policy of Domitian to encourage the growing of corn in Italy.' Mattingly may be correct about the overall meaning, but I think the figure is indeed a child, symbolic of the emperor's care, through Annona's auspices, for his subjects.

Flatly struck on one side, but in fine style.
7 commentsDavid Atherton08/11/19 at 03:56Jay GT4: Glad you got this, I was considering bidding
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020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² Titus 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062, AR-Denarius, Rome, E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, #152 views020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² Titus 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062, AR-Denarius, Rome, E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, #1
avers: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, Laureate head right.
reverse: E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, upon which an urn sits, laurel branch to each side.
exergue: E/X//SC, diameter: 17,0-18,0mm, weight: 3,24g, axes: 5h,
mint: Rome, date: 80-81 A.D., ref: RIC² (Titus) 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062 p-123, RSC 149, BMC 125,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans08/11/19 at 00:13David Atherton: Decent example!
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Punic, Carthage, Billon 2 Shekels17 viewsZEUGITANA, Carthage. Time of the First Punic War. Circa 264-241 BC.

Billon Double Shekel (11.8 gm).
Obv.: Wreathed head of Tanit left, wearing triple-pendant earring and necklace
Rev;: Horse standing right, palm behind, pellet below.

SNG Copenhagen 190; Müller 104
3 commentsTanit08/10/19 at 21:30*Alex: Superb coin, really nice.
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020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² Titus 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062, AR-Denarius, Rome, E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, #152 views020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² Titus 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062, AR-Denarius, Rome, E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, #1
avers: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, Laureate head right.
reverse: E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, upon which an urn sits, laurel branch to each side.
exergue: E/X//SC, diameter: 17,0-18,0mm, weight: 3,24g, axes: 5h,
mint: Rome, date: 80-81 A.D., ref: RIC² (Titus) 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062 p-123, RSC 149, BMC 125,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans08/10/19 at 20:16shanxi: beautiful reverse
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Roman Imperial, Trajan Decius as Augustus, AR Antoninianus 7 viewsRome 250 A.D. 5.08g - 23.5mm, 12h.
Obv: IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG - Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: PANNONIAE - The two Pannoniae standing front holding standards.
RIC IV 21b, RSC 86.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/10/19 at 18:49Christian Scarlioli: Thank you quadrans
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Roman Imperial, Trajan Decius as Augustus, AR Antoninianus 7 viewsRome 250 A.D. 5.08g - 23.5mm, 12h.
Obv: IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG - Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: PANNONIAE - The two Pannoniae standing front holding standards.
RIC IV 21b, RSC 86.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/10/19 at 15:32quadrans: Nice one
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Shekel Tyre Civic Year 4 (123/2 BC)75 viewsPHOENICIA. Tyre. AR shekel (29mm, 14.07 gm, 12h). Dated Civic Year 4 (123/2 BC).
O: Laureate head of Melqart right
R: TYPOY IEPAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY (Tyre the Holy and Inviolable), Eagle standing left on prow, palm frond over wing; to left, LΔ (date) above club, M and Phoenician bet between legs.
- DCA Tyre 9. DCA 921. ex ClassicalCoins.Com 2005
5 commentsNemonater08/10/19 at 11:58Anaximander: Simply marvellous.
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Ptolemy I Soter Tetradrachm as Satrap33 viewsPtolemy I Soter. Silver Tetradrachm (15.65 g, 30mm), as Satrap, 323-305 BC. Alexandria, in the name of Alexander III
O: Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, wearing elephant's skin headdress.
R: AΛEΞANΔPOY in left field, Athena Alkidemos advancing right, wielding javelin and holding forth shield;in right field, monogram, Corinthian helmet above and eagle standing right on thunderbolt.
Overstruck, traces of undertype visible.

The earlier 17g tetradrachms were withdrawn from circulation in 306/305 BC and reissued after weight adjustment. They were trimmed to remove 1.5g of silver, heated and restruck. This must have been faster than melting them down into bullion and restriking. Some issues show clear evidence of the edges being trimmed, although many, such as this one, do not.

Ptolemy was feeling the financial burden of repelling Antigonus’ invasion and supporting Rhodes through a thirteen-month siege. The government needed extra currency and Egypt produced little or no silver. The recall of the heavy issues meant 8 tetradrachms were restruck into 9 “Crisis Issues” but with no change in the appearance of the dies.
4 commentsNemonater08/10/19 at 11:56Anaximander: Impressive coin with beautiful toning, and some gr...
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002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), Spain, Bilbilis, RPC 0392, AE-27, MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath, #147 views002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), Spain, Bilbilis, RPC 0392, AE-27, MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath, #1
avers: AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, Laureate head right.
reverse: MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in a wreath.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 27,0-27,5 mm, weight: 12,19g, axis:6h,
mint: Spain, Bilbilis, date: 2 B.C., ref: RPC 0392,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/10/19 at 11:42Jay GT4: Nicely centered
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002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), Spain, Caesaraugusta, RPC 0322, AE-26, Mn. Kaninius Iter and L. Titius, duoviri, CAESAR AVG MN KANINIO ITER L TITIO / II VIR, Priest plowing right with yoke of two oxen, #157 views002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), Spain, Caesaraugusta, RPC 0322, AE-26, Mn. Kaninius Iter and L. Titius, duoviri, CAESAR AVG MN KANINIO ITER L TITIO / II VIR, Priest plowing right with yoke of two oxen, #1
avers: AVGVSTVS DIVI F, Laureate head right; simpulum to left, lituus to right.
reverse: CAESAR AVG MN KANINIO ITER L TITIO / II VIR, Priest plowing right with yoke of two oxen.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 26,0-27,0 mm, weight: 10,85g, axis:6h,
mint: Spain, Caesaraugusta, date: B.C.,
ref: RPC 0322, SNG Cop 544,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/10/19 at 11:42Jay GT4: Great portrait
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Probus16 viewsAE-Antoninianus
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Radiate, helmeted, draped and cuirassed bust to right, holding spear and shield seen from inner side.
SOLI INVICTO; Sol in spread quadriga, holding globe and whip in left hand, waves below.
Ex: -
Siscia
RIC 779var
2 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/10/19 at 09:40okidoki: very nice reverse
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Asia Minor, Mysia, Pergamon, Athena, Telesphoros7 viewsMysia, Pergamon
AE17, AD 147-161
Magistrate: I. Pol(l)ion (strategos for the second time, asiarch and neokoros)
Obv: Helmeted head of Athena right.
Rev: ΕΠΙ ϹΤΡΑ Ι ΠΩΛΛΙΩ ΤΟ Β, Telesphorus standing, facing
AE, 3.30g, 17mm
Ref.: RPC IV.2, 3297 (temporary), SNG Copenhagen volume 19 #452
1 commentsshanxi08/10/19 at 09:38okidoki: nice Telesphorus
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Roman Imperial, Elagabalus as Augustus, AR Denarius.11 viewsRome 220-221 A.D. 3.34g - 19.5mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG - Laureate and draped bust right.

Rev: PAX AVGVSTI - Pax running left, holding branch and sceptre.

RIC IV-II 125.
2 commentsscarli08/10/19 at 09:37okidoki: very nice reverse
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Domitian RIC-83343 viewsÆ Dupondius, 12.14g
Eastern Mint (Thrace?), 81 AD
RIC 833 (R). BMC 513. RPC 528.
Obv: IMP D CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VII; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r.
Rev: ROMA; S C in exergue; Roma std. l. on cuirass, with wreath and parazonium
Ex eBay, July 2019.

An unidentified Eastern mint struck aes coinage for Titus between 80-81 and then for Domitian in 81-82. The style (heavily seriffed letters, large portraits, and massive reverse figures), unique obverse legends, and uncommon fabric (flat, almost convex flans) all suggest a mint other than Rome. Attributing exactly where these coins were struck has historically been a moving target - Mattingly in BMCRE thought Lugdunum, H.A. Cahn believed somewhere in Bithynia. More recent scholarship has looked towards Thrace as a possible location for production based on the Balkan distribution pattern of found specimens. Although the region of mintage has been narrowed down, the city itself remains elusive. RPC has suggested possibly Perinthus. Presumably a shortage of bronze coins in the region prompted a localised imperial issue. The striking of imperial bronze outside of Rome was an exceptional step at the time considering the last imperial branch mint at Lugdunum had shuttered late in Vespasian's reign. The issues consisted of sestertii, dupondii, asses, and semisses which copied types struck at Rome.

Production at this Eastern mint continued uninterrupted between Titus' and Domitian's reigns, hinted at by Domitian's seamless adoption of Titus' types and legend formula after his accession - exemplified by the minor substitution of a 'D' for a 'T' in the obverse legend of this dupondius. Roma is the only reverse type struck on the dupondius for both issues. The coinage struck under Domitian at this mint is quite rare, owing to the short time frame in which it was produced. After its closure in early 82, the striking of imperial coinage would be consolidated at Rome for the remainder of Domitian's reign.

Handsome dark patina and honest wear.
3 commentsDavid Atherton08/10/19 at 09:34quadrans: Nice find...
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Punic, Carthage, Billon 2 Shekels17 viewsZEUGITANA, Carthage. Time of the First Punic War. Circa 264-241 BC.

Billon Double Shekel (11.8 gm).
Obv.: Wreathed head of Tanit left, wearing triple-pendant earring and necklace
Rev;: Horse standing right, palm behind, pellet below.

SNG Copenhagen 190; Müller 104
3 commentsTanit08/10/19 at 09:34quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Ptolemy III Euergetes9 viewsPtolemy III Euergetes. 246-221 BC. AR Tetradrachm (14.18 gm) of Tyre, RY 2, 246/5 BC. Diademed head of Ptolemy I wearing aegis, r. / Eagle stdg l., M between legs. ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ | ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ. ΤΥΡ monogram above club to l., year β over Ι to r. gVF. DCA 30. cf. SNG Cop 8 #499 (Θ b/w legs); Svoronos 1013 (same); CNG EA375 #47 & A90 #772 (same dies).
2 commentsAnaximander08/10/19 at 09:07quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Thrace, Byzantion, Artemis, crescent, star 7 viewsByzantion
Thrace
Late 1st century AD.
Obv.: Draped bust of Artemis to right
Rev.: ΒΥΖΑΝΤΙΩΝ, crescent moon above star
AE, 2.99g, 18mm, 6h
Ref.: Schönert-Geiss 1957
Ex Thrax Collection
Ex Roma Numismatics, E-Sale 58, Lot 552
(Normally, the crescent points up and the star is in the center, here it points down and the star is below.)
1 commentsshanxi08/10/19 at 09:03quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Punic, Carthage, Billon 2 Shekels17 viewsZEUGITANA, Carthage. Time of the First Punic War. Circa 264-241 BC.

Billon Double Shekel (11.8 gm).
Obv.: Wreathed head of Tanit left, wearing triple-pendant earring and necklace
Rev;: Horse standing right, palm behind, pellet below.

SNG Copenhagen 190; Müller 104
3 commentsTanit08/10/19 at 08:46shanxi: very nice
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Ptolemy III Euergetes9 viewsPtolemy III Euergetes. 246-221 BC. AR Tetradrachm (14.18 gm) of Tyre, RY 2, 246/5 BC. Diademed head of Ptolemy I wearing aegis, r. / Eagle stdg l., M between legs. ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ | ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ. ΤΥΡ monogram above club to l., year β over Ι to r. gVF. DCA 30. cf. SNG Cop 8 #499 (Θ b/w legs); Svoronos 1013 (same); CNG EA375 #47 & A90 #772 (same dies).
2 commentsAnaximander08/10/19 at 08:46shanxi: nice example
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Siglos Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II Engraved Reverse Die37 views
Persian Empire, Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II. Ca. 420-375 B.C. AR siglos (15 mm, 5.67 g).
O: Persian king or hero in kneeling/running stance right, holding dagger and bow; bankers marks.
R: Helmet facing within reverse incuse punch.
- Carradice plate XIII, 34; BMC Arabia p. 165, 124, pl. XXVI, 21.
3 commentsNemonater08/10/19 at 08:08quadrans: Nice piece..
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Domitian RIC-83343 viewsÆ Dupondius, 12.14g
Eastern Mint (Thrace?), 81 AD
RIC 833 (R). BMC 513. RPC 528.
Obv: IMP D CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VII; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r.
Rev: ROMA; S C in exergue; Roma std. l. on cuirass, with wreath and parazonium
Ex eBay, July 2019.

An unidentified Eastern mint struck aes coinage for Titus between 80-81 and then for Domitian in 81-82. The style (heavily seriffed letters, large portraits, and massive reverse figures), unique obverse legends, and uncommon fabric (flat, almost convex flans) all suggest a mint other than Rome. Attributing exactly where these coins were struck has historically been a moving target - Mattingly in BMCRE thought Lugdunum, H.A. Cahn believed somewhere in Bithynia. More recent scholarship has looked towards Thrace as a possible location for production based on the Balkan distribution pattern of found specimens. Although the region of mintage has been narrowed down, the city itself remains elusive. RPC has suggested possibly Perinthus. Presumably a shortage of bronze coins in the region prompted a localised imperial issue. The striking of imperial bronze outside of Rome was an exceptional step at the time considering the last imperial branch mint at Lugdunum had shuttered late in Vespasian's reign. The issues consisted of sestertii, dupondii, asses, and semisses which copied types struck at Rome.

Production at this Eastern mint continued uninterrupted between Titus' and Domitian's reigns, hinted at by Domitian's seamless adoption of Titus' types and legend formula after his accession - exemplified by the minor substitution of a 'D' for a 'T' in the obverse legend of this dupondius. Roma is the only reverse type struck on the dupondius for both issues. The coinage struck under Domitian at this mint is quite rare, owing to the short time frame in which it was produced. After its closure in early 82, the striking of imperial coinage would be consolidated at Rome for the remainder of Domitian's reign.

Handsome dark patina and honest wear.
3 commentsDavid Atherton08/10/19 at 07:15FlaviusDomitianus: These coins come often with a very dark patination...
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Siglos Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II Engraved Reverse Die37 views
Persian Empire, Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II. Ca. 420-375 B.C. AR siglos (15 mm, 5.67 g).
O: Persian king or hero in kneeling/running stance right, holding dagger and bow; bankers marks.
R: Helmet facing within reverse incuse punch.
- Carradice plate XIII, 34; BMC Arabia p. 165, 124, pl. XXVI, 21.
3 commentsNemonater08/10/19 at 03:23Jay GT4: Amazing find!
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Siglos Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II Engraved Reverse Die37 views
Persian Empire, Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II. Ca. 420-375 B.C. AR siglos (15 mm, 5.67 g).
O: Persian king or hero in kneeling/running stance right, holding dagger and bow; bankers marks.
R: Helmet facing within reverse incuse punch.
- Carradice plate XIII, 34; BMC Arabia p. 165, 124, pl. XXVI, 21.
3 commentsNemonater08/10/19 at 02:48orfew: Nice find!
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Asia Minor, Aiolis, Kyme, Tyche8 viewsAiolis, Kyme
AE 17
3rd century AD
Obv.: KVMH, Turreted and draped bust of Tyche (or Kyme?) left
Rev.: ΚΥΜΑΙΩΝ, Tyche standing left, holding rudder and cornucopia.
AE, 17mm, 3.43g
Ref.: BMC 120
(Probably all examles of this type are from the same die pair)
1 commentsshanxi08/09/19 at 18:35quadrans: Nice piece..
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Gotarzes II (44 - 51 AD)16 viewsAR Drachm
O: Diademed bust left.
R: (OΛCIΛCΩC) OΛCIΛ(EΩN) (Λ)I(3 dots)IΛNO(V) ΔIXΛIOV I(3 dots)VI(3 dots)PΓI.TO(V) (EΠ)IΦΛNOVC (ΦIΛEΛ)ΛHXO(C), / Archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, holding bow; monogram below bow.
 Ekbatana mint
20.5mm
3.77g
Sellwood 65.33; Sunrise –; Shore 364
3 commentsMat08/09/19 at 15:39Randygeki(h2): Nice obverse on this one
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S.1875 Henry VI12 viewsGroat of Henry VI, king of England, first reign 1422-1461
Mint: Calais
Mintmark: pinecone and mascle
S.1875

Ex- Silbury Coins
1 commentsNap08/09/19 at 15:02Callimachus: Nice !!!
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Roman Imperial, Vespasian as Augustus, AR Denarius 12 viewsRome 77-78 A.D. 3.09g - 17.6mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG - Laureate head left.

Rev: COS VIII - Yoke of oxen left. COS VIII in ex.

RIC II 944; BMC 209; RSC 134a.
4 commentsscarli08/09/19 at 13:58scarli: The rev always seems to be quite worn. The ones in...
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Roman Imperial, Vespasian as Augustus, AR Denarius 12 viewsRome 77-78 A.D. 3.09g - 17.6mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG - Laureate head left.

Rev: COS VIII - Yoke of oxen left. COS VIII in ex.

RIC II 944; BMC 209; RSC 134a.
4 commentsscarli08/09/19 at 12:18Jay GT4: Looks very similar to mine. Tough to find these o...
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Probus46 viewsAE-Antoninianus
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Radiate, helmeted and cuirassed half length bust to right, raising right hand and holding victory on globe in left.
MARS VICTOR; Helmeted Mars with spear walking right, holding trophy over shoulder.
Ex: II
Lugdunum
RIC - ; B222 pl. XXVII; 3ex.
5 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/09/19 at 10:40maridvnvm: SImply outstanding
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Roman Imperial, Vespasian as Augustus, AR Denarius 12 viewsRome 77-78 A.D. 3.09g - 17.6mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG - Laureate head left.

Rev: COS VIII - Yoke of oxen left. COS VIII in ex.

RIC II 944; BMC 209; RSC 134a.
4 commentsscarli08/09/19 at 10:05scarli: Thanks Jay, I do like the lefties plus portraits o...
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Roman Imperial, Vespasian as Augustus, AR Denarius 12 viewsRome 77-78 A.D. 3.09g - 17.6mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG - Laureate head left.

Rev: COS VIII - Yoke of oxen left. COS VIII in ex.

RIC II 944; BMC 209; RSC 134a.
4 commentsscarli08/09/19 at 03:50Jay GT4: Nice left facing
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Probus16 viewsAE-Antoninianus
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Radiate, helmeted, draped and cuirassed bust to right, holding spear and shield seen from inner side.
SOLI INVICTO; Sol in spread quadriga, holding globe and whip in left hand, waves below.
Ex: -
Siscia
RIC 779var
2 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/08/19 at 19:32quadrans: Nice piece..
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COS II denarius (RIC 680 for Vespasian) for Domitian27 viewsDenarius for Domitian. Rome mint. 73 AD. 2.89 grs.
Observe : Laureate head right. CAES AVG F DOMIT COS II. From low right.
Reverse : Domitian on horse left. Right hand raised and sceptre in left.

Weight is low but the coin is not plated.
Superb style.
3 commentslabienus08/08/19 at 18:47David Atherton: Decent example!
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COS II denarius (RIC 680 for Vespasian) for Domitian27 viewsDenarius for Domitian. Rome mint. 73 AD. 2.89 grs.
Observe : Laureate head right. CAES AVG F DOMIT COS II. From low right.
Reverse : Domitian on horse left. Right hand raised and sceptre in left.

Weight is low but the coin is not plated.
Superb style.
3 commentslabienus08/08/19 at 14:14Nemonater: Domitian looks very happy!
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COS II denarius (RIC 680 for Vespasian) for Domitian27 viewsDenarius for Domitian. Rome mint. 73 AD. 2.89 grs.
Observe : Laureate head right. CAES AVG F DOMIT COS II. From low right.
Reverse : Domitian on horse left. Right hand raised and sceptre in left.

Weight is low but the coin is not plated.
Superb style.
3 commentslabienus08/08/19 at 12:01Jay GT4: Lovely coin
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RIC 0117 Vespasianus85 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M TR P P P COS III, Laureate head right, with aegis, globe below neck
Rev: S C (across field), Tetrastyle temple of Isis with semi-circular pediment. Between the columns an inner shrine with the statue of Isis; two other statues on right and left side; on pedment Isis on dog running right.
AE/Sestertius (35.56 mm 26.14 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D. (1st issue)
RIC 117 (R2), BMCRE 780, BNF unpublished
ex Artemide Auction LI lot 269
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/07/19 at 17:13Gary W2: Beautiful!
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Vespasian RIC-33627 viewsÆ As, 11.55g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 336 (C). BMC 616.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA NAVALIS; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Acquired from J. Diller Münzenhandlung, July 2019.

A common VICTORIA NAVALAIS As struck during Vespasian's great bronze issue of 71. Traditionally, this type has been attributed to the naval victory Vespasian and Titus won on Lake Gennesaret (the Sea of Galilee) during the Jewish War. By any definition it is a most bizarre 'naval' battle indeed. Near the close of the Galilean campaign, Vespasian and Titus marched to Lake Gennesaret in order to secure the cities along its coastline. Tiberias fell without much resistance, but the neighbouring city of Taricheae was a tougher nut to crack. Home to many of the Jewish rebels who had fled Tiberias, they put up a small fight on the plain outside the city and were quickly defeated by Titus' troops who then stormed the city and began slaughtering the inhabitants. Many of the rebels took flight to waiting boats they had previously commandeered on the lake. These were likely local fishing or ferry vessels not intended for use in war. Vespasian ordered the legionaries to construct large rafts in order to pursue the rebel's makeshift flotilla. With the coastline guarded by Roman horsemen the legionaries launched their rafts and sailed out in a large line toward the enemy. The Jewish boats were no match for the heavily armoured Roman rafts. The legionaries easily picked off the Jewish rebels who had no means of escape. The slaughter was intense, so much so that Josephus claims 6,500 Jews were killed. Several years later during Vespasian and Titus' Jewish War Triumph in Rome, ships were displayed to commemorate the battle. Were the Victoria Navalis coins struck with the same event in mind? As unlikely as it seems, the impromptu 'naval' battle at Lake Gennesaret is the best candidate for Vespasian striking this Actium-lite reverse type. The connection to Augustus would not have been lost on his contemporaries. Flavian propaganda at its most exaggerated.

Well centred with dark olive green patina.
2 commentsDavid Atherton08/07/19 at 16:53Tracy Aiello: Great comments. So informative.
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Vespasian RIC-33627 viewsÆ As, 11.55g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 336 (C). BMC 616.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA NAVALIS; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Acquired from J. Diller Münzenhandlung, July 2019.

A common VICTORIA NAVALAIS As struck during Vespasian's great bronze issue of 71. Traditionally, this type has been attributed to the naval victory Vespasian and Titus won on Lake Gennesaret (the Sea of Galilee) during the Jewish War. By any definition it is a most bizarre 'naval' battle indeed. Near the close of the Galilean campaign, Vespasian and Titus marched to Lake Gennesaret in order to secure the cities along its coastline. Tiberias fell without much resistance, but the neighbouring city of Taricheae was a tougher nut to crack. Home to many of the Jewish rebels who had fled Tiberias, they put up a small fight on the plain outside the city and were quickly defeated by Titus' troops who then stormed the city and began slaughtering the inhabitants. Many of the rebels took flight to waiting boats they had previously commandeered on the lake. These were likely local fishing or ferry vessels not intended for use in war. Vespasian ordered the legionaries to construct large rafts in order to pursue the rebel's makeshift flotilla. With the coastline guarded by Roman horsemen the legionaries launched their rafts and sailed out in a large line toward the enemy. The Jewish boats were no match for the heavily armoured Roman rafts. The legionaries easily picked off the Jewish rebels who had no means of escape. The slaughter was intense, so much so that Josephus claims 6,500 Jews were killed. Several years later during Vespasian and Titus' Jewish War Triumph in Rome, ships were displayed to commemorate the battle. Were the Victoria Navalis coins struck with the same event in mind? As unlikely as it seems, the impromptu 'naval' battle at Lake Gennesaret is the best candidate for Vespasian striking this Actium-lite reverse type. The connection to Augustus would not have been lost on his contemporaries. Flavian propaganda at its most exaggerated.

Well centred with dark olive green patina.
2 commentsDavid Atherton08/07/19 at 15:42Jay GT4: Great reverse and patina
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RPC II 2733 Domitianus41 viewsObv: AYT KAIC ΘEO YIOC ΔOMIT CEB ΓEPM, Laureate head right
Rev: L IE, Nike advancin left, with wreath and palm
AE/Hemidrachm (28.55 mm 12.947 g 12h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 95-96 A.D.
RPC 2733.4 (this coin) - Dattari-Savio 514 (this coin) - Emmett 269.15
From the Giovanni Dattari Collection
ex Naville Live Auction 51 Lot 304
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/07/19 at 11:11Anaximander: Agreed, unique patination really brings out the de...
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AE Dagger #0415 viewsNorthwestern Iran (probably Luristan)
1200-800 BC
32cm (12.6”)

Cf. Khorasani (Bronze and Iron Weapons from Luristan), Fig. 2 (page 212)
Cf. Moorey (Catalogue of the Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum), Pl. 6, #50; (also illustrated on page 70)
Cf. Overleat (The Early Iron Age in the Pusht-I Kuh, Luristan), Fig. 184, #KT.A6-19 (page 216)

From an old British collection, acquired in the 1970s

Description:
Flanged hilt with no wood or ivory remaining, single rivet hole in wedge-shaped pommel, low broad midrib, blade and hilt cast in one piece
1 commentsRobert L308/07/19 at 10:52Jay GT4: Great piece
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AE Dagger/Short Sword #0316 viewsWestern Asia (possibly northwestern Iran)
1200-800 BC
41.5cm (16.3”)

Cf. Malloy (Weapons: Ancient and Medieval Art and Antiquities), Fig. 62

From a private Danish collection of ancient weapons

Description:
Rounded shoulders and broad, flat central midrib curving outward at shoulders, tang broken, some roughness, chips, and encrustations
1 commentsRobert L308/07/19 at 10:51Jay GT4: Well preserved. Nice one
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AE Dagger/Short Sword #0219 viewsNorthwestern Iran
1200-800 BC
37.7cm (14.8”)

Cf. Muscarella (Bronze and Iron, Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art), Fig. 164 (page 99)
Cf. Negahban (Weapons from Marlik), Fig. 41 (page 59)
Cf. Petrie (Tools and Weapons), Plate XXXVI, Fig. 170

From a private Danish collection of ancient weapons

Description:
Long tapering form, winged guard extending from the ricasso, prominent midrib, chips along one edge
1 commentsRobert L308/07/19 at 10:50Jay GT4: Interesting form
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Constantine I as Augustus, AE Follis - Officina 2.16 viewsCyzicus 325-326 A.D. 3.87g - 19.6mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: CONSTAN-TINVS AVG - Laureate head right.

Rev: PROVIDEN-TIAE AVGG - Campgate with two turrets and star above. Mintmark SMKB•.

RIC VII 34,B.
2 commentsscarli08/07/19 at 10:13scarli: Thank you okidoki
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Gotarzes II (44 - 51 AD)16 viewsAR Drachm
O: Diademed bust left.
R: (OΛCIΛCΩC) OΛCIΛ(EΩN) (Λ)I(3 dots)IΛNO(V) ΔIXΛIOV I(3 dots)VI(3 dots)PΓI.TO(V) (EΠ)IΦΛNOVC (ΦIΛEΛ)ΛHXO(C), / Archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, holding bow; monogram below bow.
 Ekbatana mint
20.5mm
3.77g
Sellwood 65.33; Sunrise –; Shore 364
3 commentsMat08/07/19 at 09:03quadrans: wow, great coin,
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Domitian Diobol Dattari Plate coin19 viewsEgypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Domitian, 81-96
Diobol circa 89-90 (year 9),
Æ 24.7mm., 15.53g.
Obv: ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙΣΑΡ ΔΟΜΙΤΙΑΝΟΣ ΣΕΒ ΓΕΡΜ;
Laureate head r.
Rev. ETOYΣ ENATOTOY Eagle standing r. on thunderbolt.
RPC 2566 (This coin cited). Dattari-Savio Pl. 22, 6809 (this coin).
Rare, only two other specimens listed in RPC.
Brown tone, Good Fine.
From the Dattari collection.
Ex; Naville Numismatics Live auction 51 Lot 305
1 commentsorfew08/06/19 at 23:32Jay GT4: Great provenance
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RPC II 2650 Domitianus35 viewsObv: AVT KAICAP ∆OMIT CEB ΓERM, Laureate head left
Rev: L IA, Dolphin coiled around anchor
AE/Obol (19.89 mm 5.607 g 12 h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 91-92 A.D.
RPC II 2650.4 (this coin), Dattari-Savio 601 (this coin), Emmett 308.11
From the Giovanni Dattari Collection
ex Naville Live Auction 51 Lot 244
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/06/19 at 16:34Jay GT4: Wonderful
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RPC II 2733 Domitianus41 viewsObv: AYT KAIC ΘEO YIOC ΔOMIT CEB ΓEPM, Laureate head right
Rev: L IE, Nike advancin left, with wreath and palm
AE/Hemidrachm (28.55 mm 12.947 g 12h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 95-96 A.D.
RPC 2733.4 (this coin) - Dattari-Savio 514 (this coin) - Emmett 269.15
From the Giovanni Dattari Collection
ex Naville Live Auction 51 Lot 304
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/06/19 at 16:33Jay GT4: Great coin. Love the patina
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RPC II 2650 Domitianus35 viewsObv: AVT KAICAP ∆OMIT CEB ΓERM, Laureate head left
Rev: L IA, Dolphin coiled around anchor
AE/Obol (19.89 mm 5.607 g 12 h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 91-92 A.D.
RPC II 2650.4 (this coin), Dattari-Savio 601 (this coin), Emmett 308.11
From the Giovanni Dattari Collection
ex Naville Live Auction 51 Lot 244
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/06/19 at 16:01okidoki: Congrats very nice
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RPC II 2733 Domitianus41 viewsObv: AYT KAIC ΘEO YIOC ΔOMIT CEB ΓEPM, Laureate head right
Rev: L IE, Nike advancin left, with wreath and palm
AE/Hemidrachm (28.55 mm 12.947 g 12h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 95-96 A.D.
RPC 2733.4 (this coin) - Dattari-Savio 514 (this coin) - Emmett 269.15
From the Giovanni Dattari Collection
ex Naville Live Auction 51 Lot 304
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/06/19 at 16:00okidoki: excellent with the patina
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Titus as Caesar RIC 64444 viewsÆ As, 10.31g
Rome mint, 73 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 644 (R). BMC 677.
Obv: T CAES IMP PON TR P COS II CENS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: VICTORIA NAVALIS; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Acquired from Praefetus Coins, July 2019.

A fairly scarce variant of the Victoria Navalis type, struck in 73 when Titus held the joint censorship with Vespasian. The type would be repeatedly struck throughout Vespasian's reign for both father and son, perhaps indicating how important it was to their military gravitas. Traditionally, it has been attributed to the naval victory Vespasian and Titus won on Lake Gennesaret (the Sea of Galilee) during the Jewish War. By any definition it is a most bizarre 'naval' battle indeed. Near the close of the Galilean campaign, Vespasian and Titus marched to Lake Gennesaret in order to secure the cities along its coastline. Tiberias fell without much resistance, but the neighbouring city of Taricheae was a tougher nut to crack. Home to many of the Jewish rebels who had fled Tiberias, they put up a small fight on the plain outside the city and were quickly defeated by Titus' troops who then stormed the city and began slaughtering the inhabitants. Many of the rebels took flight to waiting boats they had previously commandeered on the lake. These were likely local fishing or ferry vessels not intended for use in war. Vespasian ordered the legionaries to construct large rafts in order to pursue the rebel's makeshift flotilla. With the coastline guarded by Roman horsemen the legionaries launched their rafts and sailed out in a large line toward the enemy. The Jewish boats were no match for the heavily armoured Roman rafts. The legionaries easily picked off the Jewish rebels who had no means of escape. The slaughter was intense, so much so that Josephus claims 6,500 Jews were killed. Several years later during Vespasian and Titus' Jewish War Triumph in Rome, ships were displayed to commemorate the battle. Were the Victoria Navalis coins struck with the same event in mind? As unlikely as it seems, the impromptu 'naval' battle at Lake Gennesaret is the best candidate for Vespasian striking this Actium-lite reverse type. The connection to Augustus would not have been lost on his contemporaries. Flavian propaganda at its most exaggerated.

Dark golden brown patina with a fine reverse.

3 commentsDavid Atherton08/06/19 at 12:50Vincent: Love the rdverse, so elegant and classical....nice...
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Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 3)43 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 81 CE September 13-December 31
Rome
Obv: Laureate Head right: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT
Rev: Curule chair, above wreath; COS VII DES VIII PP
RIC 21, RSC 58, BMC 7* p. 299
4 commentsorfew08/06/19 at 11:32David Atherton: Nice rarity!
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Roman Provincial, Egypt, Nero as Augustus, Billon Tetradrachm.11 viewsAlexandria Year 13 = 66-67 A.D. 13.16g - 25.6mm, Axis 12h.

Obv: NEΡΩ KΛAΥ KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEΡ - Radiate bust right, wearing aegis.

Rev: AYTOKPA / LIΓ - Helmeted and cuirassed bust of Roma right; date LIΓ to right.

RPC I 5293; Köln 183; Milne 249.
2 commentsscarli08/06/19 at 06:55scarli: Thanks Jay. I like the armour on Nero & the bust o...
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Roman Provincial, Egypt, Nero and Poppaea, Billon Tetradrachm.9 viewsAlexandria Year 10 = 63-64 A.D. 11.50g - 24.7mm, Axis 11h.

Obv: ΝΕΡΩ ΚΛΑΥ ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒ ΓΕP AΥ - Radiate head of Nero right.

Rev: ΠΟΠΠΑΙΑ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΗ - Draped bust of Poppaea right, date LI on right.

RPC 5275; Dattari 196.
2 commentsscarli08/06/19 at 06:53scarli: Thank you Jay, It took my some time find a decent ...
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Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 3)43 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 81 CE September 13-December 31
Rome
Obv: Laureate Head right: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT
Rev: Curule chair, above wreath; COS VII DES VIII PP
RIC 21, RSC 58, BMC 7* p. 299
4 commentsorfew08/06/19 at 05:10quadrans: Nice find...
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Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 3)43 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 81 CE September 13-December 31
Rome
Obv: Laureate Head right: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT
Rev: Curule chair, above wreath; COS VII DES VIII PP
RIC 21, RSC 58, BMC 7* p. 299
4 commentsorfew08/06/19 at 01:13Nemonater: Nice!
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17 viewsHere is my most recent project, both for the same collector. There are two separate cabinets, one containing 5 drawers each capable of holding 60 slabs. The other was a 45 tray cabinet with a variety of tray configurations, with a total capacity of over 2,200 raw coins. They were shipped in four boxes weighing approximately 215 pounds, total. (The pictures were taken in slightly different lighting conditions, which tends to make them look different in color, but they actually matched quite well.)

www.CabinetsByCraig.net
1 commentscmcdon092308/06/19 at 01:06Jay GT4: Cool!
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Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 3)43 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 81 CE September 13-December 31
Rome
Obv: Laureate Head right: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT
Rev: Curule chair, above wreath; COS VII DES VIII PP
RIC 21, RSC 58, BMC 7* p. 299
4 commentsorfew08/06/19 at 01:04Jay GT4: Great find Andrew
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Probus46 viewsAE-Antoninianus
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Radiate, helmeted and cuirassed half length bust to right, raising right hand and holding victory on globe in left.
MARS VICTOR; Helmeted Mars with spear walking right, holding trophy over shoulder.
Ex: II
Lugdunum
RIC - ; B222 pl. XXVII; 3ex.
5 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/05/19 at 23:08David Atherton: Awesome!
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Probus46 viewsAE-Antoninianus
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Radiate, helmeted and cuirassed half length bust to right, raising right hand and holding victory on globe in left.
MARS VICTOR; Helmeted Mars with spear walking right, holding trophy over shoulder.
Ex: II
Lugdunum
RIC - ; B222 pl. XXVII; 3ex.
5 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/05/19 at 21:52quadrans: wow, great bust,
00561q00.jpg
Probus46 viewsAE-Antoninianus
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Radiate, helmeted and cuirassed half length bust to right, raising right hand and holding victory on globe in left.
MARS VICTOR; Helmeted Mars with spear walking right, holding trophy over shoulder.
Ex: II
Lugdunum
RIC - ; B222 pl. XXVII; 3ex.
5 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/05/19 at 20:55okidoki: Congrats very nice
00561q00.jpg
Probus46 viewsAE-Antoninianus
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Radiate, helmeted and cuirassed half length bust to right, raising right hand and holding victory on globe in left.
MARS VICTOR; Helmeted Mars with spear walking right, holding trophy over shoulder.
Ex: II
Lugdunum
RIC - ; B222 pl. XXVII; 3ex.
5 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/05/19 at 20:50Jay GT4: Great find!
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Athens New Style Tetradrachm 89/88 BC8 viewsObs : Athena Parthenos right in tri-form helmet
32 mm 16.78 gm Thompson issue (new) 77
Thompson catalogue: Obs:1131 Rev: Not in plates
Rev : ΑΘΕ ethnic
Owl standing on overturned panathenaic amphora
on which month mark B control EΠ below
3 magistrates : APELLICON GORGIAS DIOGE
RF symbol : Leaping Griffin
All surrounded by an olive wreath
1 commentscicerokid08/05/19 at 20:00Jay GT4: So great. Always wanted one of these
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Titus as Caesar RIC 64444 viewsÆ As, 10.31g
Rome mint, 73 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 644 (R). BMC 677.
Obv: T CAES IMP PON TR P COS II CENS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: VICTORIA NAVALIS; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Acquired from Praefetus Coins, July 2019.

A fairly scarce variant of the Victoria Navalis type, struck in 73 when Titus held the joint censorship with Vespasian. The type would be repeatedly struck throughout Vespasian's reign for both father and son, perhaps indicating how important it was to their military gravitas. Traditionally, it has been attributed to the naval victory Vespasian and Titus won on Lake Gennesaret (the Sea of Galilee) during the Jewish War. By any definition it is a most bizarre 'naval' battle indeed. Near the close of the Galilean campaign, Vespasian and Titus marched to Lake Gennesaret in order to secure the cities along its coastline. Tiberias fell without much resistance, but the neighbouring city of Taricheae was a tougher nut to crack. Home to many of the Jewish rebels who had fled Tiberias, they put up a small fight on the plain outside the city and were quickly defeated by Titus' troops who then stormed the city and began slaughtering the inhabitants. Many of the rebels took flight to waiting boats they had previously commandeered on the lake. These were likely local fishing or ferry vessels not intended for use in war. Vespasian ordered the legionaries to construct large rafts in order to pursue the rebel's makeshift flotilla. With the coastline guarded by Roman horsemen the legionaries launched their rafts and sailed out in a large line toward the enemy. The Jewish boats were no match for the heavily armoured Roman rafts. The legionaries easily picked off the Jewish rebels who had no means of escape. The slaughter was intense, so much so that Josephus claims 6,500 Jews were killed. Several years later during Vespasian and Titus' Jewish War Triumph in Rome, ships were displayed to commemorate the battle. Were the Victoria Navalis coins struck with the same event in mind? As unlikely as it seems, the impromptu 'naval' battle at Lake Gennesaret is the best candidate for Vespasian striking this Actium-lite reverse type. The connection to Augustus would not have been lost on his contemporaries. Flavian propaganda at its most exaggerated.

Dark golden brown patina with a fine reverse.

3 commentsDavid Atherton08/05/19 at 18:53Nemonater: Beautiful patina
V644a.jpg
Titus as Caesar RIC 64444 viewsÆ As, 10.31g
Rome mint, 73 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 644 (R). BMC 677.
Obv: T CAES IMP PON TR P COS II CENS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: VICTORIA NAVALIS; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Acquired from Praefetus Coins, July 2019.

A fairly scarce variant of the Victoria Navalis type, struck in 73 when Titus held the joint censorship with Vespasian. The type would be repeatedly struck throughout Vespasian's reign for both father and son, perhaps indicating how important it was to their military gravitas. Traditionally, it has been attributed to the naval victory Vespasian and Titus won on Lake Gennesaret (the Sea of Galilee) during the Jewish War. By any definition it is a most bizarre 'naval' battle indeed. Near the close of the Galilean campaign, Vespasian and Titus marched to Lake Gennesaret in order to secure the cities along its coastline. Tiberias fell without much resistance, but the neighbouring city of Taricheae was a tougher nut to crack. Home to many of the Jewish rebels who had fled Tiberias, they put up a small fight on the plain outside the city and were quickly defeated by Titus' troops who then stormed the city and began slaughtering the inhabitants. Many of the rebels took flight to waiting boats they had previously commandeered on the lake. These were likely local fishing or ferry vessels not intended for use in war. Vespasian ordered the legionaries to construct large rafts in order to pursue the rebel's makeshift flotilla. With the coastline guarded by Roman horsemen the legionaries launched their rafts and sailed out in a large line toward the enemy. The Jewish boats were no match for the heavily armoured Roman rafts. The legionaries easily picked off the Jewish rebels who had no means of escape. The slaughter was intense, so much so that Josephus claims 6,500 Jews were killed. Several years later during Vespasian and Titus' Jewish War Triumph in Rome, ships were displayed to commemorate the battle. Were the Victoria Navalis coins struck with the same event in mind? As unlikely as it seems, the impromptu 'naval' battle at Lake Gennesaret is the best candidate for Vespasian striking this Actium-lite reverse type. The connection to Augustus would not have been lost on his contemporaries. Flavian propaganda at its most exaggerated.

Dark golden brown patina with a fine reverse.

3 commentsDavid Atherton08/05/19 at 17:33Jay GT4: A decent example. Congrats
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Roman Provincial, Egypt, Nero and Poppaea, Billon Tetradrachm.9 viewsAlexandria Year 10 = 63-64 A.D. 11.50g - 24.7mm, Axis 11h.

Obv: ΝΕΡΩ ΚΛΑΥ ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒ ΓΕP AΥ - Radiate head of Nero right.

Rev: ΠΟΠΠΑΙΑ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΗ - Draped bust of Poppaea right, date LI on right.

RPC 5275; Dattari 196.
2 commentsscarli08/05/19 at 15:43Jay GT4: Good portrait of Poppea
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3146A CAPPADOCIA, Caesarea. Hadrian 117-18 AD Club in wreath13 viewsReference.
RPC III 3146A

Issue Year 2

Obv.
Laureate head right.

Rev. ET B
Club in wreath

2.16 gr
13 mm
6h
3 commentsokidoki08/05/19 at 15:42Jay GT4: Sweet
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3146A CAPPADOCIA, Caesarea. Hadrian 117-18 AD Club in wreath13 viewsReference.
RPC III 3146A

Issue Year 2

Obv.
Laureate head right.

Rev. ET B
Club in wreath

2.16 gr
13 mm
6h
3 commentsokidoki08/05/19 at 15:42Tracy Aiello: Wonderful patina.
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2501 PHRYGIA, Cadi Sabina, cult statue of Artemis Ephesia standing11 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2501; SNG von Aulock 8388

Obv. ϹΑΒΕΙΝΑ ϹΕΒΑϹΤΗ
Draped bust of Sabina, right

Rev. ΚΑΔΟΗΝΩΝ
Cult statue of Artemis Ephesia with supports

3.41 gr
18 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki08/05/19 at 15:13quadrans: Interesting piece..
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3146A CAPPADOCIA, Caesarea. Hadrian 117-18 AD Club in wreath13 viewsReference.
RPC III 3146A

Issue Year 2

Obv.
Laureate head right.

Rev. ET B
Club in wreath

2.16 gr
13 mm
6h
3 commentsokidoki08/05/19 at 15:12quadrans: Another nice piece
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2555 LYDIA, Gordus Julia Sabina, cult statue of Artemis Ephesia standing12 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2555; BMC 20-21; Wa 4975

Obv. ϹΑΒΕΙΝΑ ϹΕΒΑϹΤΗ
Draped bust of Sabina, right

Rev. ΙΟΥΛΙ ΓΟΡΔΗΝΩΝ
Cult statue of Artemis Ephesia, with supports, between two stags

3.90 gr
18 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki08/05/19 at 15:11quadrans: Nice piece..
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Ptolemy III Euergetes7 viewsPtolemy III Euergetes. 246-221 BC. AR Tetradrachm (14.22 gm) of Sidon, RY 3, 245/4/3 BC. Diademed head of Ptolemy I wearing aegis, r. / Eagle stdg l. on thunderbolt. ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ | ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ, ΣΙ over Ξ to l., Γ over ΗΛ monogram to r. VF. CNG Web Auction. Rare. Svoronos 1026 (Ptolemy III) pl. 67b #10. cf. DCA 31 (Ξ, not ΞΗ); BMC 7.48 #18-19; CNG EA 359 #115.
1 commentsAnaximander08/05/19 at 13:04Jay GT4: Great portrait
Augustus,_Bilbilis,_Spain,_AE-As,_AVGVSTVS_DIVI_F_PATER_PATRIAE,_MVN_AVGVSTA_BILBILIS_M_SEMP_TIBERI_I_LICI_VARO,_II_VIR,_RPC_392,_2BC,_Q-001,_6h,_27-27,5mm,_12,19ga-s.jpg
Spain, Bilbilis, 002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), RPC 0392, AE-27, MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath, #150 viewsSpain, Bilbilis, 002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), RPC 0392, AE-27, MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath, #1
avers: AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, Laureate head right.
reverse: MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in a wreath.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 27,0-27,5 mm, weight: 12,19g, axis:6h,
mint: Spain, Bilbilis, date: 2 B.C.,
ref: RPC 0392,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/05/19 at 13:02Jay GT4: Long legends
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Roman Provincial, Egypt, Nero as Augustus, Billon Tetradrachm.11 viewsAlexandria Year 13 = 66-67 A.D. 13.16g - 25.6mm, Axis 12h.

Obv: NEΡΩ KΛAΥ KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEΡ - Radiate bust right, wearing aegis.

Rev: AYTOKPA / LIΓ - Helmeted and cuirassed bust of Roma right; date LIΓ to right.

RPC I 5293; Köln 183; Milne 249.
2 commentsscarli08/05/19 at 13:01Jay GT4: Nice!
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Tacitus42 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to right.
SPES PVBLICA; Spes advancing left, holding Flower and raising skirt.
Ex: XXIE
Rome
RIC 94
5 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/05/19 at 11:50gallienus1: excellent portrait!
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Mithradates III (87 - 80 B.C.) 16 viewsAR Drachm
O: Diademed bust of king left, wearing tiara decorated with 6 pointed star.
R: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡ−ΣΑΚΟΥ ΑΥΤΟΚΡΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΦΙΛΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ, 7-line legend around archer.
Rhagai mint
3.74g
20mm
Sellwood 31.6 (Orodes I); Sunrise –; Shore 123 (Orodes I)
1 commentsMat08/05/19 at 05:40Randygeki(h2): Nice!
00513q00.jpg
Tacitus42 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to right.
SPES PVBLICA; Spes advancing left, holding Flower and raising skirt.
Ex: XXIE
Rome
RIC 94
5 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/04/19 at 23:15David Atherton: Superb!
00513q00.jpg
Tacitus42 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to right.
SPES PVBLICA; Spes advancing left, holding Flower and raising skirt.
Ex: XXIE
Rome
RIC 94
5 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/04/19 at 21:30okidoki: great looks
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Constantine I as Augustus, AE Follis - Officina 2.16 viewsCyzicus 325-326 A.D. 3.87g - 19.6mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: CONSTAN-TINVS AVG - Laureate head right.

Rev: PROVIDEN-TIAE AVGG - Campgate with two turrets and star above. Mintmark SMKB•.

RIC VII 34,B.
2 commentsscarli08/04/19 at 19:57okidoki: Congrats very nice
00513q00.jpg
Tacitus42 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to right.
SPES PVBLICA; Spes advancing left, holding Flower and raising skirt.
Ex: XXIE
Rome
RIC 94
5 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/04/19 at 18:46quadrans: wow, great coin,
1304_P_Sabina_RPC2555.jpg
2555 LYDIA, Gordus Julia Sabina, cult statue of Artemis Ephesia standing12 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2555; BMC 20-21; Wa 4975

Obv. ϹΑΒΕΙΝΑ ϹΕΒΑϹΤΗ
Draped bust of Sabina, right

Rev. ΙΟΥΛΙ ΓΟΡΔΗΝΩΝ
Cult statue of Artemis Ephesia, with supports, between two stags

3.90 gr
18 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki08/04/19 at 18:45shanxi: another great coin
1305_P_Sabina_RPC2501.jpg
2501 PHRYGIA, Cadi Sabina, cult statue of Artemis Ephesia standing11 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2501; SNG von Aulock 8388

Obv. ϹΑΒΕΙΝΑ ϹΕΒΑϹΤΗ
Draped bust of Sabina, right

Rev. ΚΑΔΟΗΝΩΝ
Cult statue of Artemis Ephesia with supports

3.41 gr
18 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki08/04/19 at 18:44shanxi: nice example
00513q00.jpg
Tacitus42 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to right.
SPES PVBLICA; Spes advancing left, holding Flower and raising skirt.
Ex: XXIE
Rome
RIC 94
5 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/04/19 at 18:00Jay GT4: Outstanding
Vespasian_Sesterz.jpg
Roman Empire, Vespasian, Sestertius96 viewsObv. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M T P P P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev. S C, Mars, helmeted, naked except for cloak around waist, advancing right, holding transverse spear in right hand and trophy over left shoulder in left hand.
Mint: Rome, 71 AD.

34mm 25.46g

RIC 113

Ex Portuguese Collection, purchased 2019.
Ex A. E. Cahn, Auction 75, 30th May 1932, lot 1017.

Curtis Clay
This example: no. 102d (A139/P184) in Kraays unpublished die catalogue (Cahn 75, 1017).
Other examples of the same dies: BMC 570, Hall 1189, Fitzwilliam 59.

The reverse type of Mars advancing (and likely an image of Mars Ultor) is common to all three Flavians. The representation of Mars is different from the Augustan types but likely has a similar inference – here being that of avenging the rebellion of the Jews. Even so the connection to earlier Augustan issues was probably well recognized at the time. (NAC)
5 commentskc08/04/19 at 13:07Jay GT4: How did I miss this one. Great find
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RIC 0322 Domitianus44 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENSORIA POTESTAT P P (anticlockwise, from low right), Minerva standing left, with spear
AR/Denarius (20.31 mm 3.466 gr 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 322 (R2) - BMCRE, BNF unlisted
ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 59 Lot 796, ex Spink Auction 18055 Lot 107, from the Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Silver Coins
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/04/19 at 12:07gallienus1: Beautiful portrait!
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Alexander I Balas - AR Tetradrachm6 viewsTyre
148-147 BC
Diademed and draped bust right
Eagle standing left on prow left, with palm branch over shoulder; to left, club surmounted by (TYP) monogram; to right, EΞP (date) above (ΓHP) monogram
AΛEΞANΔPOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ
SC 1835.4c; HGC 9, 883; DCA 122; Newell (1936) 70.
ex Savoca
1 commentsJohny SYSEL08/04/19 at 10:07Anaximander: VF! A classic Alexander Balas portrait and a proud...
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RIC 0322 Domitianus44 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENSORIA POTESTAT P P (anticlockwise, from low right), Minerva standing left, with spear
AR/Denarius (20.31 mm 3.466 gr 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 322 (R2) - BMCRE, BNF unlisted
ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 59 Lot 796, ex Spink Auction 18055 Lot 107, from the Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Silver Coins
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/04/19 at 08:45quadrans: Wow, nice piece...
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Ptolemy I Soter12 viewsPtolemy I Soter. 323-285 BC. AR Tetradrachm (15.71gm) Struck 310-285 BC. Head of Alexander r. wearing elephant skin headdress with horn of Zeus Amon and aegis, Δ behind ear. / Athena Alkidemos walking r., with spear & shield. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ. ΑΧ monogram, helmet & eagle stdg on thunderbolt to r. gVF. CNG 50 #949. SNG Cop 8 #29; Svoronos 162; Jenkins group e.
1 commentsAnaximander08/04/19 at 03:20Jay GT4: Simply amazing
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064 Iulia Mamaea (190-235 A.D.), RIC IV-II 335v.(base metal!), Rome, "Limes" Denarius, AR-Denarius, FELICITAS PVBLICA, Felicitas standing left, #137 views064 Iulia Mamaea (190-235 A.D.), RIC IV-II 335v.(base metal!), Rome, "Limes" Denarius, AR-Denarius, FELICITAS PVBLICA, Felicitas standing left, #1
avers: IVLIA MA MAEA AVG, Draped, bust right.
reverse: FELICIT AS PVBLICA, Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and leaning an elbow on column and crossing legs.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,0mm, weight: 2,62g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 228 A.D.,ref: RIC IV-II 335v., p-98, (base metal, "Limes"), C-17v.,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/04/19 at 03:19Jay GT4: Nice hairdo
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Koson/Cotis - AV stater9 viewsGeto-Dacians
c. 50-25 BC
togate L. Junius Brutus between two lictors left
KOΣΩN
eagle left, holding wreath and scepter in talon
Iliescu 2; RPC I 1701B; BMC Thrace p. 208, 2.
1 commentsJohny SYSEL08/04/19 at 03:19Jay GT4: Nice example without the BR monogram. Congrats!
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MOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis. Septimius Severus. 193-211 AD7 viewsMOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis. Septimius Severus. 193-211 AD. Æ 26mm (10.18 gm: h 8). Aurelius Gallus, magistrate. AVT L CEPT CEVHP PER, laureate head right / UP AUP GALLOU NIKOPOLEITWN PROC ICTP, city gate, small temple seen through doorway, ornate large colonnaded building above. AMNG I 1331; BMC Thrace pg. 42, 7; SNG Copenhagen -; Price & Trell 45 (fig. 26). Sear GIC 2124. Varbanov 2621. 
Very rare, dark green patina, near extremely fine.
Ex Gorny & Mosch 186, 8 March 2010, lot 1524.
1 commentsAncient Aussie08/04/19 at 02:31v-drome: amazing architecture! very nice.
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Probus14 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M AVR PROBVS P AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, holding javelin in right hand and shield with two
plumbatae in left.
PROVIDENT AVG; Providentia standing left, holding globe and sceptre; T in right field.
Ex: XXI
Siscia
RIC 723var.
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/03/19 at 20:48quadrans: wow, great coin,
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Probus10 viewsAE-Antoninianus
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Radiate, cuirassed bust right, holding spear in right hand, and reins in left.
VIRTVS AVG; Soldier standing left, holding Victory and spear and leaning on shield.
Ex: QXXT
Ticinum
RIC 437var. / HO 677
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/03/19 at 20:47quadrans: Nice piece..
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Probus9 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C PROBVS P F AVG; Radiate, cuirassed bust left,.holding spear and shield.; Cuirass decorated with a large gorgoneion
SOLI INVICTO; Sol in quadriga, holding whip, driving left.
Ex: XXIP
Siscia
RIC 771
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/03/19 at 20:46quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Probus9 viewsAE- Antoninianus
IMP C PROBVS PF AVG; Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding eagle tripped scepter, and branch or flowers
PAX AVGVSTI ; Pax standing left, holding olive-branch and sceptre./ T in right field
Ex: XXI
Siscia
RIC 712var.
Note: This interesting bust type probably celebrates the second consulate of Probus in A.D 278.
The branch in his hand could be a symbol for his consulship or the symbol of peace.
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/03/19 at 20:45quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Probus7 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M AVR PROBVS P AVG; Radiate, helmeted, heroically nude bust left, holding spear and shield, seen from back.; Shield decorated with a battle scene: Emperor riding right, spearing enemy.
CONSERVAT AVG; Sol standing left, right hand raised, left holding globe.
Ex: XXIS
Siscia
RIC 672var.
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/03/19 at 20:45quadrans: Another nice piece
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Probus10 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG; Radiate, cuirassed bust left, holding pugio in right hand.
CONCORD MILIT; Emperor standing right, clasping hand of Concordia.
Ex: XXIQ
Siscia
RIC 650var.
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/03/19 at 20:44quadrans: Wow, nice piece..
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Probus9 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M AVR PROBVS P AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to left, holding shield.
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Mars walking right, holding spear and trophy.
Ex: XXIV
Siscia
RIC 816var.
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/03/19 at 20:44quadrans: Great bust..
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Phoenicia, Marathos, Berenike II (227-152 B.C.), BMC 03-13, AE-23(Chalkous), Marathos standing left, #133 viewsPhoenicia, Marathos, Berenike II (227-152 B.C.), BMC 03-13, AE-23(Chalkous), Marathos standing left, #1
avers: Veiled head of Berenike II right.
reverse: Marathos standing left, holding aphlaston and leaning on column. Phoenician script "Marathos" in right field, date in left field.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 21,5-23,0mm, weight: 10,21g, axes:0h,
mint: Phoenicia, Marathos, date: Berenike II, c. 227-152 B.C.,
ref: Sear 6034, BMC 3-13, Rouvier 785-796.
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/03/19 at 20:22shanxi: nice coin
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Domitian RIC 21116 viewsAR Denarius, 3.24g
Rome mint, 81 AD
RIC 21 (R2). BMC p. 299 note. RSC 58.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS VII DES VIII P P; Curule chair, wreath above
Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection

This denarius was issued very early in the reign, perhaps before Domitian was elected Pontif Maximus, hence only PONT appears on his obverse legend here.

A rare denarius with sharp details and dark toning featuring a nice early portrait.
5 commentsDavid Atherton08/03/19 at 20:13orfew: Lovely!
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Phoenicia, Tyre, (Year 291 (165/166 A.D.), AE-20, Pseudo-autonomous issue struck during the reign of Marcus Aurelius (???), SNG Cop 344, Galley left, #234 viewsPhoenicia, Tyre, (Year 291 (165/166 A.D.), AE-20, Pseudo-autonomous issue struck during the reign of Marcus Aurelius (???), SNG Cop 344, Galley left, #2
avers: Turreted, veiled and draped bust of Tyche right, palm behind, murex shell before.
reverse: ΑϞС (???) (date: Year 291 (165/166 A.D.)/ TYP(ligate)IEPAΣ/MHTPOΠO/ΛEѠΣ in four lines above the galley, 'of Tyre' (in Phoenician) below.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 19,5-20,0mm, weight:6,49g, axes:0h,
mint: Phoenicia, Tyre, date: Year 291 (161/180 A.D.), ref: SNG Cop 344, Rouvier 2200., Babilon 2178, BMC 315ff,
Q-002
1 commentsquadrans08/03/19 at 17:11Jay GT4: Nice galley
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Attica, Athens. (Circa 475-465 BC)10 viewsAR Tetradrachm

24 mm, 17.19 g

Obverse: Helmeted head of Athena right

Reverse: Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig to left; all within incuse square.

Starr Group IV, HGC 4, 1595. Test cut on reverse.

Chester Starr arranged Athens' coinage from ca. 480 until the mid 5th century into five groups, and his chronology is still widely accepted today (although the dating of the final groups is now considered too late). The style of the "transitional" Athenian tetradrachms from the late 470s through the early 450s B.C. – Starr's groups II through V – is considered the high mark of Athenian coinage. By the time of Starr's Group IV, production of tetradrachms had steadily increased and the uptick in the number of required dies (and engravers) necessitated a greater standardization of style. On the obverse, the head of Athena changes little from Starr's Group III – the goddess has a bold profile and retains her "archaic smile"; the hair on her forehead is arranged in two waves, with a small bend above the eye; and on her helmet, her leaves float above the visor (sometimes referred to as a "laurel wreath," these leaves were first introduced after the victory over the Persians in 480/79 BC). One difference from Group III is the helmet's palmette, which goes from pointing to the adjacent olive leaf to more parallel. On the reverse, the back leg of the Group IV's owl often stretches further back and the tail feather no longer touches the rear claw.
1 commentsNathan P08/03/19 at 12:07Jay GT4: Great owl
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RIC 0099 Domitianus46 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M, Laureate head right
Rev: TR POT COS VIII P P, , Minerva standing left, with Victory and sceptre; at feet, shield
AR/Denarius (19.06 mm 2.87 g 6h) Struck in Rome 82 A.D.
RIC 99 (R), RSC 592a, BMCRE, BNF unlisted
ex CGB Monnaies 38 lot 517
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/02/19 at 16:56orfew: Nice one Alberto
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Domitian RIC 99142 viewsAR Denarius, 3.40g
Rome mint, 82 AD
RIC 99 (R). BMC 25. RSC 592a.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR POT COS VIII P P; Minerva stg. l., with Victory and sceptre; at feet, shield
Acquired from Pars Coins, eBay, 20 January 2016.

A rare coin that is part of the first issue of 82, but the last to be struck on the old standard. After this issue Domitian would increase the fineness and weight of the denarius as part of a coinage reform. Minerva and Victory did not become one of the standard Minerva types that were struck year after year until the end of the reign. It made its last appearance in this issue and is the scarcest type of the series.

Struck with new dies in superb veristic style. A really beautiful denarius showcasing the fine technical and artistic craftsmanship of the Rome mint.
8 commentsDavid Atherton08/02/19 at 16:55orfew: That is gorgeous!
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024c Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0099, RIC II(1962) 0031, AR-Denarius, Rome, T R POT COS VIII P P, Minerva standing left, Rare!, #1141 views024c Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0099, RIC II(1962) 0031, AR-Denarius, Rome, T R POT COS VIII P P, Minerva standing left, Rare!, #1
avers:- IMP-CAES-DOMITIANVS-AVG-P-M, Laurate head right.
revers:- T-R-POT-COS-VIII-P-P, Minerva standing left, holding Victory and leaning on shield..
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 17,5mm, weight: 3,32g, axes: 5h,
mint: Rome, date: 82 A.D., ref: RIC 0099, RIC II(1962) 0031 p-157, Rare!
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans08/02/19 at 16:54orfew: Lovely!
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Severus Alexander. 222-235 AD. AR Denarius7 viewsSeverus Alexander. 222-235 AD. AR Denarius (2.89 gm, 20mm). Rome mint. Struck 228 AD.
Obv.: IMP SEV ALE-XAND AVG, laureate head right.
Rev.: PM TRPVII COSII PP , Mars standing right, holding shield and spear.
RIC IV 83; BMCRE 503; RSC 337. aEF.
1 commentsPaul R308/02/19 at 14:55Callimachus: Nice coin.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CLAUDIUS I, AE Dupondius15 viewsObv: Claudius facing to the left.
Rev: Ceres seated left. CERES AVGVSTI
approximately 29mm in diameter and weighs 12g
1 commentsKatie M08/02/19 at 04:48Gary W2: Looks like a Claudius dupondius with the Ceres rev...
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Phoenicia, Arados 175-174 B.C6 viewsAE 21.10mm (Thickness 3.14mm), weight 7.47g, die axis = 11h (350 degrees), denomination B.

Obverse: Turreted head of Tyche right, braided ponytail, palm frond behind, border of dots.

Reverse: Tyche standing left, holding wreath (palm branch) and sceptre, in left field taw (T) ayin (‘), in right field Aradian era date 85.
1 commentsArados08/01/19 at 14:33shanxi: nice example
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Cimmerian Bosporos. Pantikapaion. (Circa 310-304/3 BC.)9 viewsAE20 (6.83 g)

Obverse: Bearded head of satyr or Pan right
Reverse: Forepart of griffin left; below, sturgeon left.

Anokhin 1023; MacDonald 69; HGC 7, 113.
1 commentsNathan P08/01/19 at 14:29okidoki: Congrats very nice
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Lycian League, Masikytes19 viewsLycian League, Masikytes. c. 40-35 BC. AR Hemidrachm (1.70 gm). Laureate head of Apollo r. / Kithara (lyre), M-A across fields, serpent coiled around omphalos to l., all within incuse square.  EF.  CNG EA 447 #118. Ex-Dr. Erik Miller Coll. RPC I #3303; Troxell, Lycian, Period IV, Series 3 #97; McClean 8875.
In Greek myths, Apollo slayed the great serpent Python so that he could establish his oracular temple at Delphi. An omphalos marked the spot where he slayed Python and is depicted on ancient coins as an omphalos stone with a serpent wound around it.
2 commentsChristian T08/01/19 at 14:24okidoki: very nice reverse
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SNG Copenhagen Table of Contents26 viewsSNG Cop. Vol.1-8, Facicules 1-43. Table of contents by mint or ruling authority, showing plate numbers and coin numbers.1 commentsChrisT08/01/19 at 07:03shanxi: well done
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Carausius16 viewsAE-Antoninianus
CARAVSIVS ET FRATRES SVI; Jugate, radiate and cuirassed busts of Maximianus, Diocletian and Carausius to left.
PAX AVGGG; Pax standing left, holding olive-branch and vertical sceptre; S/P in fields.
Ex: C
Camulodunum
RIC V,II; 1
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia07/31/19 at 20:56David Atherton: Nice rarity!
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Cilicia, Tarsos. Tarkumuwa (Datames), Satrap of Cilicia and Cappadocia. (Circa 378-372 BC)59 viewsAR Stater

23 mm, 10.28 g

Obverse: Diademed female head facing slightly to left, wearing pendant earrings and necklace.

Reverse: 𐡕𐡓𐡃𐡌𐡅 ('trkmw' in Aramaic) Bearded head of Ares (?) to left, wearing crested Attic helmet.

Casabonne type 1. SNG Levante 80. SNG Paris 276-277.

Datames (407-362 BC) served as a member of the Persian king's (Artaxerxes II - 405-359 BC) bodyguard before he became satrap of Cilicia and Cappadocia upon his father's death in battle in 384 BC. After many successes, the Persian king placed him in charge of the second war against Egypt, along with Pharnabazos and Tithraustes, satrap of Caria.

To pay their armies for these expeditions, both satraps minted near-identical coins, distinguished only by their inscriptions. The reverse of these coins may show a representation of Ares, the Greek god of war. The facing head of an unidentifiable female deity (Aphrodite, the wife of Ares?) on the obverse is clearly influenced by the famous representations of the nymph Arethusa created by the artist Kimon for the coins of Syracuse. Both designs were probably meant to appeal to the thousands of Greek mercenaries that each Persian satrap hired for their Egyptian campaigns.

Datames was first, however, detained by a local revolt in Kataonia, a territory within his satrapy. This time, his success incurred the king's jealousy, and he was removed both from his command of the Egyptian expedition as well as the rule of his satrapy. Refusing to relinquish his authority, Datames himself revolted and became a virtually independent ruler. His initial success in this endeavor prompted the revolt of other satraps across the empire. Datames' success, however, was short-lived. Distrust among the satraps rendered them unable to cooperate, their rebellion disintegrated, and Datames himself was assassinated in 362 BC.
3 commentsNathan P07/31/19 at 14:07shanxi: very nice
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Thessaly, Larissa (Circa 356-342 BC)11 viewsAR Drachm

18mm, 5.83g

Obverse: Head of the nymph Larissa facing slightly left, hair in ampyx, wearing necklace

Reverse: Horse standing right, preparing to lie down.

BCD Thessaly 1154-7; SNG Copenhagen 120.
1 commentsNathan P07/31/19 at 14:06shanxi: nice
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1989a ANDRONICUS HALF TETARTERON S-1989 DOC 8 CLBC 5.4.3 17 views
OBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion; beardless. Nimbate head of Christ on breast.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, skaramangion or divitision and sagion; holds in r hand labrum headed scepter, and in l. globus cruciger.

Size 22 mm

Weight 3.4 gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

Size is off on this example but the die size is 12mm making it a half tetartera, it is aEF example, again large flan making it an excellent example.

DOC lists 3 examples with weights ranging from 1.38 gm to 2.46 gm with sizes from 15mm to 18mm.
1 commentsSimon07/31/19 at 00:34Molinari: Excellent coin!
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BCC M8149 viewsCaesarea Minima
Uncertain Emperor
Alexandria Mint?
AE Dichalkon
Obv: Laureate head right.
Rev: Crescent with six-pointed star.
Striking black patina.
15.5x13.5 mm. 1.62 gm. Axis:0
cf. Hamburger #107, but larger.
1 commentsv-drome07/30/19 at 21:04okidoki: looks very much like Hadrian
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BCC m4748 viewsCaesarea Minima BCC m47
Alexandria-Egypt
AE chalkon (1/8 obol)
Obv: Imperial head of Hadrian?, laur. right
Rev: Cornucopia, in field date LI Γ (year 13) or S (year 16)
8.0x10mm. 0.59g. Axis:90
Similar to Hamburger #91-94, with different date.
I am still checking for a BMC Alexandria or other reference.
The flan was obviously clipped, but I can not tell if it was before or after the striking.
The weight is very close to other coins listed as chalkons.
1 commentsv-drome07/30/19 at 20:54okidoki: very nice looks like trajan
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1978 MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1978 DOC 21 CLBC 4.4.8 16 views
OBV Bust of Christ beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds scrolls in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross
.
REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing uncertain dress (stemma, short military tunic, breastplate and sagion?) holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 19mm
Weight 3.23gm

DOC lists 3 examples with weights ranging from 2.66 gm to 2.75 gm with sizes all 20mm

This coin differs from S-1981 not only by size but DOC notes a beard on Christ on S-1981 where as S-1978 is beardless , I however am finding that a difficult distinction to concur with, the beard on Christ can be a simple dot on his chin, however with this style of coins I am finding the lighter weight coins with perhaps a beard with one dot on chin in another example a series of dots making the beard, in these larger and heavier beards the dot on the chin is still there but not as distinct. Interesting to note that Hendy did not note a beard in his 1969 book but in his latter DOC works he does, the earlier catalogs such as Ratto do note a difference in the two styles because of the weight and beard.

This coin is a choice example Good Very Fine.
1 commentsSimon07/30/19 at 14:30okidoki: very nice
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Mazaios - AR stater13 viewsTarsos
361/0 - 334 BC
Baal seated left, holding sceptre
B'LTRZ // T in Aramaic
lion bringing down bull left, attacking with teeth and claws
MZDI in Aramaic
cf. Casabonne series 2, group A; cf. SNG France 346; cf. SNG Levante 100–1
ex Aurea
1 commentsJohny SYSEL07/29/19 at 20:49Jay GT4: Fantastic reverse
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Side - AR stater12 viewsc. 460-430 BC
pomegranate
head of Athena right wearing Corinthian helmet and necklace, within incuse square
Atlan 16 (O15/R14); SNG BN –; Weber 7353 (same dies)
ex Aurea
1 commentsJohny SYSEL07/29/19 at 20:49Jay GT4: Nice archaic eye
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Pamphylia, Side, ( Circa 460-430 B.C.), SNG France 627- 28, AR Stater, Head of Athena with archaic features right, #149 viewsPamphylia, Side, ( Circa 460-430 B.C.), SNG France 627- 28, AR Stater, Head of Athena with archaic features right, #1
avers: Pomegranate.
reverse: Head of Athena with archaic features right, wearing a Corinthian helmet, all within incuse square.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 19,0mm, weight: 11,0 axis: h,
mint: Pamphylia, Side, date: Circa 460-430 B.C.,
ref: SNG France 627- 28.Weber: 7353
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans07/29/19 at 20:46Jay GT4: It's OK Q
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MITHRIDATES VI of PONTUS AE19. EF-/VF+. Amisos mint.11 viewsObverse:Aegis with gorgoneion
Reverse:Nike advancing right, holding wreath and palm branch. Monogram and mint legend AMIΣΟΥ in field.

Very good exemplar of this popular issue, in EF-/VF+ condition, conserving complete details in both sides and precious dark green patina totally natural. Uncommon in this condition.

SNG BM 1177-1191. Amisos mint, circa 105-85 b.C. 8,35 g - 19 mm
1 commentsMark R107/29/19 at 18:24ickster: Nice example. These are usually pretty worn with d...
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Antiochos III Drachm16 views1 commentsMark R107/29/19 at 18:11quadrans: I like this one...
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MARONEIA (Thrace) AR Tetradrachm. EF-/VF+. Dyonisos11 viewsObverse: Head of Dionysos right, wearing ivy wreath.
Reverse: ΔIONYΣOY ΣΩTHPOΣ / MAPΩNITΩN, Dionysos standing slightly left, holding grape bunch and narthex stalks; in fields, two monograms.

Very nice exemplar, in EF-/VF+, conserving complete details in both sides, including a precious head of the god Dyonisos. Quality silver.

BMC 252. Maroneia (Thrace) mint, circa late 2nd to early 1st Century BC. 16,6 g - 31 mm
1 commentsMark R107/29/19 at 18:10quadrans: Nice piece..
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Domitian RIC-70748 viewsÆ As, 9.32g
Rome mint, 90-91 AD
RIC 707 (C). BMC 448.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XV CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: FORTVNAE AVGVSTI; S C in field; Fortuna stg. l., with rudder and cornucopiae
Acquired from eBay, July 2019.

This common Fortuna type was repeatedly struck throughout Domitian's reign on his middle bronze. She also fleetingly showed up on the denarius in 82. Mattingly calls this Fortuna 'the special Fortuna that watches over the imperial office'. Suetonius writes that near the end of Domitian's reign on 1 January 96 'The Fortuna of Praeneste, which throughout the whole time he was emperor had habitually given him a happy and virtually the same answer to him whenever he entrusted the new year to her care, finally gave a most gloomy answer - and not without the mention of blood.'

Good middle period style and nicely centred.
3 commentsDavid Atherton07/29/19 at 16:45okidoki: excellent
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RIC 0544 Domitian As194 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XIII CENS PER PP
Laureate head of Domitian right

FORTVNAE AVGVSTI SC
Fortuna standing left holding rudder and cornucopiae

Rome 87 AD

10.9g

RIC 544 (C3)

Ex-Tater's
8 commentsJay GT407/29/19 at 16:28okidoki: very nice
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Domitian RIC-70748 viewsÆ As, 9.32g
Rome mint, 90-91 AD
RIC 707 (C). BMC 448.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XV CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: FORTVNAE AVGVSTI; S C in field; Fortuna stg. l., with rudder and cornucopiae
Acquired from eBay, July 2019.

This common Fortuna type was repeatedly struck throughout Domitian's reign on his middle bronze. She also fleetingly showed up on the denarius in 82. Mattingly calls this Fortuna 'the special Fortuna that watches over the imperial office'. Suetonius writes that near the end of Domitian's reign on 1 January 96 'The Fortuna of Praeneste, which throughout the whole time he was emperor had habitually given him a happy and virtually the same answer to him whenever he entrusted the new year to her care, finally gave a most gloomy answer - and not without the mention of blood.'

Good middle period style and nicely centred.
3 commentsDavid Atherton07/29/19 at 15:43Jay GT4: Not bad!
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Domitian RIC-70748 viewsÆ As, 9.32g
Rome mint, 90-91 AD
RIC 707 (C). BMC 448.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XV CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: FORTVNAE AVGVSTI; S C in field; Fortuna stg. l., with rudder and cornucopiae
Acquired from eBay, July 2019.

This common Fortuna type was repeatedly struck throughout Domitian's reign on his middle bronze. She also fleetingly showed up on the denarius in 82. Mattingly calls this Fortuna 'the special Fortuna that watches over the imperial office'. Suetonius writes that near the end of Domitian's reign on 1 January 96 'The Fortuna of Praeneste, which throughout the whole time he was emperor had habitually given him a happy and virtually the same answer to him whenever he entrusted the new year to her care, finally gave a most gloomy answer - and not without the mention of blood.'

Good middle period style and nicely centred.
3 commentsDavid Atherton07/29/19 at 14:20FlaviusDomitianus: Nice example of the type.
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Cr 352/1b AR Denarius L. Julius Bursio16 viewsRome, 85 BCE
o: Laureate, winged, and draped bust of Apollo Vejovis right; to left, trident above bow
r: Victory driving galloping quadriga right, holding reins and wreath; EX • A • P in ex.
Sydenham 729; Julia 6; Type as RBW 1348
(18.5mm, 4.04 g, 10h)
From the Andrew McCabe Collection.

I have noted some of my other coins whose types bear a variation on the indication of "from the Public Silver", usually interpreted to mean an issue that required a supplementary grant of authority from the Senate outside the normal annual authorization, as all of the coining metal was "public", including the precious metals from time to time appropriated from the temples of the state religion.

Since this coin is ex McCabe, I will quote his notes on the relative rarity of this type directly:
"The British Museum collection has 115 examples of RRC 352/1a or 352/1c with moneyers name L. IVLI BVRSIO, but just 4 examples with EX A. P. Crawford in RRC, p. 605, says that this issue was struck from money left to the Roman people by Ptolemy Alexander I of Egypt, which probably arrived at Rome in 86 BC. Given the rarity of the EX A. P. issue, perhaps the bequest was modest! "
As with the other 3 coins posted in this group, the coin is much better in hand, although the photos of the silver coins are clearer than the bronze.
1 commentsPMah07/29/19 at 04:04Carausius: Pretty coin, and a scarce variety to boot!
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Cr 206/1 AR Denarius S Afra17 views150 BCE Rome mint
o: Helmeted head of Roma right, X behind
r: Victory in biga right, SAFRA below horses, ROMA in exergue
Afrania 1 3.67 gm 19.00 mm
A "controversial" coin, if one is a bit of a pedant. Both Crawford and Sear note that the absence of a period/dot/stop after the "S" must lead to the conclusion that this is not issued by a "Spurius Afranius", but rather someone else. Indeed, Sear, due to his system, repeats the assertion for each of the seven types in this issue, from denarius to uncia, using up roughly a half-page of type, net. However, Sear makes no attempt to identify "S Afra", and Crawford cops out with "Safra" representing an unknown cognomen. I personally find it a bit difficult to hang such an argument on the absence of a dot but disregarding a usually distinct space between S and A. The Afranii were a fairly prolific bunch; one of them may have felt a need to be a bit hip-er than others. Plus, "Safra" does not seem to mean anything in Latin, which would be a bit unusual for a cognomen.
So, which explanation fits best: omission of a dot in a design versus a meaningless cognomen used by an unknown person who is not one of the members of a sound-alike gens that was sometimes of tertiary importance .....?

This coin is in wonderful condition for the type.
2 commentsPMah07/29/19 at 04:01Carausius: Attractive coin.
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Probus15 viewsAV-Aureus
IMP PROBVS P F AVG; Laureate, cuirassed bust right.
VICTORIOSO SEMPER; Probus holding sceptre, standing left between four suppliants.
Ex: wreath
RIC 143; Bastien, Donativa p 59
Rome
Note: Part of the donativa that was issued for Probus' triumph in 281 A.D.
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia07/29/19 at 03:33Jay GT4: Cool coin
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Probus14 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP PROBVS AVG; Radiate and cuirassed bust to right
VICTORIA GERM; Trophy flanked by captive on both sides
Ex: R * A
Rome
RIC 222
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia07/29/19 at 03:32Jay GT4: Great silvering
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Vespasianus12 viewsAE-Sestertius
IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Laureate head to right.
SPES AVGVSTA; Spes standing left, offering flower to two helmeted Roman soldiers, third soldier in group armed with parazonium standing right behind.
Ex: S C
Rome
RIC 206
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia07/29/19 at 00:57Jay GT4: Fantastic sestertius
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Domitianus12 viewsAE-Sestertius
IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI; Laureated Head with Aegis to right
RV: Domitian on horseback right, about to spear fallen German warrior
Ex: SC
Rome
RIC: 280
37mm / 23.79g
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia07/29/19 at 00:57Jay GT4: Dynamic reverse
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RIC 0791 Domitian denarius58 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TRP XV
Laureate head right

IMP XXII COS XVII CENS PPP
Minerva, winged, flying left with spear and shield

Rome September 14, 95 AD-September 13, 96 AD

3.15g

RIC 791 (C)

Ex-Savoca 21st Blue Auction lot 1060
6 commentsJay GT407/28/19 at 12:08Mark R1: Good one
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Alawi Sharifs (Morocco). Sidi Mohammed IV (1859-1873)12 viewsKM C 166.2, Album 656

Cast Bronze, 4 fallus dated 1284 A.H. = 1867-1868 A.D., Fes mint, 11.95 g., 29.81 mm. max.

Obv: Seal of Solomon.

Rev: Mint name (Marrakesh) and date (1284) within two circles, bar between.
1 commentsStkp07/28/19 at 09:18shanxi: nice
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Roman Empire, Domitian, AR Denarius43 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93.
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
6 commentsorfew07/28/19 at 08:29kc: Superb, the iridescent luster must be amazing
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, L. Julius, AR Denarius - Crawford 323/112 viewsRome, The Republic.
L. Julius, 101 BCE.
AR Denarius (4.0g; 20mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma, facing right; corn ear behind

Reverse: Victory in biga galloping right; L.IVLI below.

References: Crawford 323/1; Sydenham 585; BMCRR 1676; Julia 3.

Provenance: Ex Collection of a World War II Veteran; acquired July 1963 from Richard M. Muniz.

The moneyer was likely not a Caesar, though a member of the same Julia gens. Comparatively, just a few years earlier, in 103 BCE, an L. Julius Caesar struck coins with a prominent “CAESAR” inscription. The corn ear on the obverse may refer to a corn distribution, the purchase of which might have been the purpose of the coins.
1 commentsCarausius07/28/19 at 04:23Steve B5: Difficult to imagine a more perfect example.
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Cr 44/5 AR Denarius Anonymous11 viewsc. 211 BCE -- ish
o: Helmeted head of Roma right; behind, X
r: The Dioscuri galloping right, stars above heads; in exergue, ROMA partially incuse on raised tablet
4.10 gm 20.00 mm
This type, which is the earliest or nearly earliest denarius, is a bit difficult to confirm on this coin due to the slight corrosion on the reverse tablet. If the reverse was as nice as the obverse, it would be unambiguous. I am working on the precise sub-type.
1 commentsPMah07/28/19 at 04:20Steve B5: This is RRC 44/5. The sub-variety is seen in plat...
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Tranquillina (241 - 244 A.D.)76 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: CAB TPANKVΛΛINA CEB, diademed and draped bust right.
R: Homonoia standing left, raising arm and holding double cornuacopiae; in left field, L E.  year 5 (241/2 A.D.)
12.5g
24mm
Milne 3420 Emmett 3449
9 commentsMat07/27/19 at 21:17Juan R: Awesome one, I wish I had it hahaha
Aeolis,_Elaia,_450-400_BC_,_AR-Hemiobol,_Helmeted_head_of_Athena_left,_Laurel_wreath,_E-L_below,_SNG_Cop_164_Q-001,_6h,_7mm,_0,31g-s.jpg
Aeolis, Elaea, (c. 450-400 B.C.), SNG Cop 164, AR-Hemiobol, Olive wreath, #137 viewsAeolis, Elaea, (c. 450-400 B.C.), SNG Cop 164, AR-Hemiobol, Olive wreath, #1
avers: Archaic head of Athena left, in the crested helmet.
reverse: Olive wreath, E-Λ, (or E Λ A I), below.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 7,0 mm, weight: 0,31g, axes: 6h,
mint: Aeolis, Elaea, date: c. 450-400 B.C.,
ref: SNG Cop 164, SNG von Aulock 7680, Klein 329,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans07/27/19 at 16:06Stkp: very nice
Troas,_Assos,_ca_479-450_BC__AR_Obol,_Griffin_seated_right,_A_#931;_#931;-O-O-N,Lion__s_head_right,_Jameson_1394,_Weber_2552__Q-001,_8h,_7,8-9,5mm,_0,52g-s.jpg
Troas, Assos, (c.479-450 B.C.), Jameson 1394var., AR-Obol, AΣΣOON (retrograde), Lion's head right, #148 viewsTroas, Assos, (c.479-450 B.C.), Jameson 1394var., AR-Obol, AΣΣOON (retrograde), Lion's head right, #1
avers: No legends, Griffin seated right.
reverse: AΣΣOON (retrograde), Lion's head right within incuse square.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 7,8-9,5mm, weight: 0,52g, axes: 8h,
mint: Troas, Assos, date: c.479-450 B.C.,
ref: Jameson 1394var.(legends retrograde), Weber 2552var.,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans07/27/19 at 16:05Stkp: great coin
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11 views1 commentsMatthew H07/26/19 at 23:32Jay GT4: Great style
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Caabria Tarentum AR Stater circa 280-272 BC 19 mm 6.42g 15 viewsNaked boy-rider crowning stationary horse right and lifting up fore-leg./Taras seated sideways on dolphin to left,holding out a horned helmet.On either side a twelve - rayed star.Evans the horsemen of Tarentum plate VIII no 6 Pyrrhic Hegemony this type of coin was used to pay Pyrrhus and his army of 20.000 solders in his war against Rome. For a general so renowned in antiquity Hannibal apocryphally,ranked him second behind Alexander.1 commentsGrant H07/26/19 at 23:31Jay GT4: Wonderful
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LYCIAN LEAGUE. Masicytes. Ca. 32-30 BC.15 viewsLYCIAN LEAGUE. Masicytes. Ca. 32-30 BC. AR hemidrachm (15mm, 1.78 gm, 12h). XF. Head of Apollo right, wearing taenia / ΛΥΚΙΩΝ, cithara; M-A/Σ-I across fields, all within incuse square. RPC I 3304. Troxell, LL, 104-109. 1 commentsMark R107/26/19 at 20:03Robert L3: Outstanding.
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Mithradates II (121 - 91 B.C.)26 viewsAR Drachm
O:  Long-bearded bust left wearing diadem.
R: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ − ΒΑΣΙ − ΛΕΩΝ − ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ / ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ / ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ Archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, holding bow.
Ekbatana mint. Struck 109-96/5 B.C.
4.13g
21mm
Sellwood 27.2; Sunrise 294; Shore 86.
4 commentsMat07/26/19 at 03:34Robert L3: Excellent example of the type.
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RIC 0776 Vespasian33 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

3.25g

RIC² 776 (R).
Only 5 specimens in the Reka Devnia hoard


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.

Ex-Jerusalem Haydaya
5 commentsJay GT407/26/19 at 02:18Nemonater: Very nice, I love this type.
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RIC 0322 Domitianus44 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENSORIA POTESTAT P P (anticlockwise, from low right), Minerva standing left, with spear
AR/Denarius (20.31 mm 3.466 gr 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 322 (R2) - BMCRE, BNF unlisted
ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 59 Lot 796, ex Spink Auction 18055 Lot 107, from the Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Silver Coins
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/26/19 at 02:13Nemonater: Amazing addition!
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RIC 0322 Domitianus44 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENSORIA POTESTAT P P (anticlockwise, from low right), Minerva standing left, with spear
AR/Denarius (20.31 mm 3.466 gr 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 322 (R2) - BMCRE, BNF unlisted
ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 59 Lot 796, ex Spink Auction 18055 Lot 107, from the Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Silver Coins
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/25/19 at 23:07David Atherton: Stunning coin!
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RIC 0322 Domitianus44 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENSORIA POTESTAT P P (anticlockwise, from low right), Minerva standing left, with spear
AR/Denarius (20.31 mm 3.466 gr 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 322 (R2) - BMCRE, BNF unlisted
ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 59 Lot 796, ex Spink Auction 18055 Lot 107, from the Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Silver Coins
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/25/19 at 20:40Jay GT4: A great all round coin! Rare and in fantastic con...
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RIC 0322 Domitianus44 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENSORIA POTESTAT P P (anticlockwise, from low right), Minerva standing left, with spear
AR/Denarius (20.31 mm 3.466 gr 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 322 (R2) - BMCRE, BNF unlisted
ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 59 Lot 796, ex Spink Auction 18055 Lot 107, from the Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Silver Coins
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/25/19 at 19:48orfew: Excellent acquisition
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RIC 0322 Domitianus44 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENSORIA POTESTAT P P (anticlockwise, from low right), Minerva standing left, with spear
AR/Denarius (20.31 mm 3.466 gr 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 322 (R2) - BMCRE, BNF unlisted
ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 59 Lot 796, ex Spink Auction 18055 Lot 107, from the Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Silver Coins
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/25/19 at 19:31shanxi: very nice
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RIC 0776 Vespasian33 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

3.25g

RIC² 776 (R).
Only 5 specimens in the Reka Devnia hoard


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.

Ex-Jerusalem Haydaya
5 commentsJay GT407/25/19 at 16:33orfew: Very nice Jay
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RIC 0776 Vespasian33 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

3.25g

RIC² 776 (R).
Only 5 specimens in the Reka Devnia hoard


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.

Ex-Jerusalem Haydaya
5 commentsJay GT407/25/19 at 09:43David Atherton: Not a very common type. A solid upgrade. Congrats!
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RIC 0776 Vespasian33 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

3.25g

RIC² 776 (R).
Only 5 specimens in the Reka Devnia hoard


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.

Ex-Jerusalem Haydaya
5 commentsJay GT407/25/19 at 07:51Steve P: Super-cool snakes, my ol' coin-friend (congrat...
VespasianCista~0.jpg
RIC 0776 Vespasian33 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

3.25g

RIC² 776 (R).
Only 5 specimens in the Reka Devnia hoard


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.

Ex-Jerusalem Haydaya
5 commentsJay GT407/25/19 at 07:06FlaviusDomitianus: Nice example.
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RPC-2721-Domitian39 viewsÆ Drachm, 19.56g
Alexandria mint, 95-96 AD
RPC 2721 (11 spec.)
Obv: AVT KAI C ΘEOY YIOC ∆OMIT CEB ΓEPM; Head of Domitian, laureate, r.
Rev: No legend; Emperor in quadriga of elephants r., holding branch of laurel and sceptre; upon elephant's heads Nike r., holding wreath and palm; date LIE in exergue
Ex Forvm Ancient Coins, July 2019.

The Alexandrian mint under Domitian around regnal year 10 or 11 experienced a 'dramatic improvement in style' and the 'adoption of a wide range of new types' (Milne). One of those new types was the flamboyant scene of Domitian in a quadriga drawn by four elephants struck for the drachm. This type is unique to Alexandria and does not show up elsewhere in the Flavian numismatic canon. However, the Arch of Titus once supported a bronze sculpture depicting such a scene and the Arch of Domitian described by Martial had two elephant quadrigae. Pompey the Great was the first Roman to employ an elephant quadriga in his triumph of 61 BC. The elephants were too big to fit through one of the gates leading up to the Capitol and they had to be switched out with a team of horses. The ancient authors thought it 'a piquant warning of the dangers of divine self-aggrandizement.' (M. Beard). Yet, by the Flavian era the elephant quadriga was seen as a powerful symbol of triumphal glory - although, there is no evidence that Domitian ever rode in an elephant quadriga in any of his triumphs. After Hadrian's reign, the elephant quadriga on the coinage was soley the realm of the imperial Divi and not the living emperor.

A beautiful coin in hand with a magnificent reverse!
6 commentsDavid Atherton07/25/19 at 06:50shanxi: nice one
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RPC-2721-Domitian39 viewsÆ Drachm, 19.56g
Alexandria mint, 95-96 AD
RPC 2721 (11 spec.)
Obv: AVT KAI C ΘEOY YIOC ∆OMIT CEB ΓEPM; Head of Domitian, laureate, r.
Rev: No legend; Emperor in quadriga of elephants r., holding branch of laurel and sceptre; upon elephant's heads Nike r., holding wreath and palm; date LIE in exergue
Ex Forvm Ancient Coins, July 2019.

The Alexandrian mint under Domitian around regnal year 10 or 11 experienced a 'dramatic improvement in style' and the 'adoption of a wide range of new types' (Milne). One of those new types was the flamboyant scene of Domitian in a quadriga drawn by four elephants struck for the drachm. This type is unique to Alexandria and does not show up elsewhere in the Flavian numismatic canon. However, the Arch of Titus once supported a bronze sculpture depicting such a scene and the Arch of Domitian described by Martial had two elephant quadrigae. Pompey the Great was the first Roman to employ an elephant quadriga in his triumph of 61 BC. The elephants were too big to fit through one of the gates leading up to the Capitol and they had to be switched out with a team of horses. The ancient authors thought it 'a piquant warning of the dangers of divine self-aggrandizement.' (M. Beard). Yet, by the Flavian era the elephant quadriga was seen as a powerful symbol of triumphal glory - although, there is no evidence that Domitian ever rode in an elephant quadriga in any of his triumphs. After Hadrian's reign, the elephant quadriga on the coinage was soley the realm of the imperial Divi and not the living emperor.

A beautiful coin in hand with a magnificent reverse!
6 commentsDavid Atherton07/25/19 at 04:56Jay GT4: That's great
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NERO AR Billon Tetradrachm15 viewsOBVERSE: ΝΕΦΡΑ ΚΛΑΒ ΚΑΗς ΣΕΜΠ, Radiate head left, wearing aegis; L IΓ to left below chin (Reginal year 13)
REVERSE: ΣΕΒΑΣΤΗ ΦΌΡΟς, Galley sailing right, dolphins below
Struck at Alexandria, Egypt, 66/7 AD
12.5g, 23mm
Emmett 121
1 commentsLegatus07/25/19 at 04:55Jay GT4: Nice! Scarcer type!
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RPC-2721-Domitian39 viewsÆ Drachm, 19.56g
Alexandria mint, 95-96 AD
RPC 2721 (11 spec.)
Obv: AVT KAI C ΘEOY YIOC ∆OMIT CEB ΓEPM; Head of Domitian, laureate, r.
Rev: No legend; Emperor in quadriga of elephants r., holding branch of laurel and sceptre; upon elephant's heads Nike r., holding wreath and palm; date LIE in exergue
Ex Forvm Ancient Coins, July 2019.

The Alexandrian mint under Domitian around regnal year 10 or 11 experienced a 'dramatic improvement in style' and the 'adoption of a wide range of new types' (Milne). One of those new types was the flamboyant scene of Domitian in a quadriga drawn by four elephants struck for the drachm. This type is unique to Alexandria and does not show up elsewhere in the Flavian numismatic canon. However, the Arch of Titus once supported a bronze sculpture depicting such a scene and the Arch of Domitian described by Martial had two elephant quadrigae. Pompey the Great was the first Roman to employ an elephant quadriga in his triumph of 61 BC. The elephants were too big to fit through one of the gates leading up to the Capitol and they had to be switched out with a team of horses. The ancient authors thought it 'a piquant warning of the dangers of divine self-aggrandizement.' (M. Beard). Yet, by the Flavian era the elephant quadriga was seen as a powerful symbol of triumphal glory - although, there is no evidence that Domitian ever rode in an elephant quadriga in any of his triumphs. After Hadrian's reign, the elephant quadriga on the coinage was soley the realm of the imperial Divi and not the living emperor.

A beautiful coin in hand with a magnificent reverse!
6 commentsDavid Atherton07/24/19 at 22:28Nemonater: Great type!
RPC2721.jpg
RPC-2721-Domitian39 viewsÆ Drachm, 19.56g
Alexandria mint, 95-96 AD
RPC 2721 (11 spec.)
Obv: AVT KAI C ΘEOY YIOC ∆OMIT CEB ΓEPM; Head of Domitian, laureate, r.
Rev: No legend; Emperor in quadriga of elephants r., holding branch of laurel and sceptre; upon elephant's heads Nike r., holding wreath and palm; date LIE in exergue
Ex Forvm Ancient Coins, July 2019.

The Alexandrian mint under Domitian around regnal year 10 or 11 experienced a 'dramatic improvement in style' and the 'adoption of a wide range of new types' (Milne). One of those new types was the flamboyant scene of Domitian in a quadriga drawn by four elephants struck for the drachm. This type is unique to Alexandria and does not show up elsewhere in the Flavian numismatic canon. However, the Arch of Titus once supported a bronze sculpture depicting such a scene and the Arch of Domitian described by Martial had two elephant quadrigae. Pompey the Great was the first Roman to employ an elephant quadriga in his triumph of 61 BC. The elephants were too big to fit through one of the gates leading up to the Capitol and they had to be switched out with a team of horses. The ancient authors thought it 'a piquant warning of the dangers of divine self-aggrandizement.' (M. Beard). Yet, by the Flavian era the elephant quadriga was seen as a powerful symbol of triumphal glory - although, there is no evidence that Domitian ever rode in an elephant quadriga in any of his triumphs. After Hadrian's reign, the elephant quadriga on the coinage was soley the realm of the imperial Divi and not the living emperor.

A beautiful coin in hand with a magnificent reverse!
6 commentsDavid Atherton07/24/19 at 18:55orfew: Very nic catch
RPC2721.jpg
RPC-2721-Domitian39 viewsÆ Drachm, 19.56g
Alexandria mint, 95-96 AD
RPC 2721 (11 spec.)
Obv: AVT KAI C ΘEOY YIOC ∆OMIT CEB ΓEPM; Head of Domitian, laureate, r.
Rev: No legend; Emperor in quadriga of elephants r., holding branch of laurel and sceptre; upon elephant's heads Nike r., holding wreath and palm; date LIE in exergue
Ex Forvm Ancient Coins, July 2019.

The Alexandrian mint under Domitian around regnal year 10 or 11 experienced a 'dramatic improvement in style' and the 'adoption of a wide range of new types' (Milne). One of those new types was the flamboyant scene of Domitian in a quadriga drawn by four elephants struck for the drachm. This type is unique to Alexandria and does not show up elsewhere in the Flavian numismatic canon. However, the Arch of Titus once supported a bronze sculpture depicting such a scene and the Arch of Domitian described by Martial had two elephant quadrigae. Pompey the Great was the first Roman to employ an elephant quadriga in his triumph of 61 BC. The elephants were too big to fit through one of the gates leading up to the Capitol and they had to be switched out with a team of horses. The ancient authors thought it 'a piquant warning of the dangers of divine self-aggrandizement.' (M. Beard). Yet, by the Flavian era the elephant quadriga was seen as a powerful symbol of triumphal glory - although, there is no evidence that Domitian ever rode in an elephant quadriga in any of his triumphs. After Hadrian's reign, the elephant quadriga on the coinage was soley the realm of the imperial Divi and not the living emperor.

A beautiful coin in hand with a magnificent reverse!
6 commentsDavid Atherton07/24/19 at 18:35FlaviusDomitianus: Nice find, better spec than mine. Congrats.
Republik_R692_artemis.jpg
Diana - Denar - 42 BC (Republic)11 viewsAR Denarius, 42 BC, Rome
Rev.: P•CLODIVS right; M•F• left, Diana standing facing, with bow and quiver over shoulder, holding lighted torch in each hand
AR, 3.92g

for obverse, reverse and coin details click here
1 commentsshanxi07/24/19 at 18:32Canaan: Nice!!
RIC_674_Domitianus.jpg
RIC 0674 Domitianus41 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XXI COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva advancing right, with spear and shield
AR/Denarius (19668 mm 3.344 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88-89 A.D. (6th issue)
RIC 674 (R), RSC 254c - BMCRE 157 - BNF unlisted
Purchased from Münzhandlung Ritter
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/24/19 at 14:08David Atherton: Glad you got one! Different dies than my own examp...
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emmett2937.512 viewsElagabalus
Alexandria, Egypt

Obv: Α ΚΑΙϹΑΡ ΜΑ ΑΥΡ ΑΝΤⲰΝΙΝΟϹ ƐΥϹƐΒ; laureate and draped bust of Elagabalus, right, seen from rear.
Rev: L Ɛ; Concordia standing facing, head left, holding double cornucopia and raising right hand
22 mm, 12.35 gms

Emmett 2937.5, RPC Online 10151
1 commentsCharles M07/24/19 at 07:35shanxi: nice example
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01 Constantius II10 viewsConstantius II
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG Constantius II pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO soldier spearing Horseman, bearded,, reaching,
ALEΓ in ex. Γ in left field

Alexandria 72
1 commentsRandygeki(h2)07/23/19 at 13:14Mat: Nice
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4 Constans11 viewsConstans, AE of Siscia. AD 337-350. DN CONSTA-NS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP REPARATIO, radiate phoenix standing right on rocky mound. Mintmark delta SIS[SYM4] (like a Y). RIC VIII Siscia 241.1 commentsRandygeki(h2)07/23/19 at 13:14Mat: Nice addition
V282.jpg
Vespasian RIC-28236 viewsÆ Dupondius, 14.36g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 282 (R2). BMC 596.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: TVTELA AVGVSTI; S C in exergue; Tutela std. l., with a child either side
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, July 2019. Ex The Morris Collection.

Tutela, the goddess of guardianship, is a rare personification on Roman coinage. She first appears on the dupondii of Vitellius and later under Vespasian during his great bronze issue of 71, both on the dupondius and a unique sestertius. The type under Vespasian is extremely scarce with only two reverse dies known for the dupondius. The unique sestertius was acquired by Curtis Clay, for which he wrote the following concerning the TVTELA reverse type:

'Cohen suggested a dynastic interpretation of this TVTELA AVGVSTI rev. type: Vitellius seated with his two children, one boy and one girl, under Vitellius; Domitilla, Vespasian's deceased wife, seated with her sons Titus and Domitian under Vespasian.

Mattingly, in BMC, p. xliv, modified Cohen's interpretation: "Cohen can hardly be right in identifying the woman with Domitilla, but the children seem to stand for Titus and Domitian, and Tutela is the guardian care of the Emperor that watches over his sons."

However, I prefer Mattingly's alternate interpretation, which he explains in a footnote:

"Or the children might represent citizens and Tutela would then be the Emperor's ward over his subjects. Cf. Suetonius, Divus Vespasianus, 5, an omen that portended 'desertam rem p. civili aliqua perturbatione in tutelam eius ac velut in gremium deventuram' ['that the Roman state, abandoned because of some civil agitation, would fall under his protection (tutela) and as it were into his lap']....Martial (v.1.7ff.) addresses Domitian as 'o rerum felix tutela salusque / sospite quo gratum credimus esse Iovem' [O happy protector (tutela) and savior of our affairs, whose continuing good health makes us believe that Jupiter is on our side']."

These quotes, and others that Mattingly indicates in the same note, show that 'tutela' was commonly used in Vespasian's day to mean the emperor's solicitous care for his subjects. Plus, the few later appearances of a Tutela type on Roman coins, under Tetricus I and Carausius, do not include children and seem to refer to governing not childrearing.'

As can clearly be seen on this well preserved dupondius the two children standing either side of Tutela are togate, indicating that they are both boys and perhaps can be viewed as further evidence that Mattingly's alternate theory is correct and the two children do indeed represent the empire's citizens. Unfortunately, the Tutela type was struck rather fleetingly in 71 and did not become part of Vespasian's regular canon of reverse types.

One of the finest known examples of the type. A double die match with the ANS specimen 1906.236.246.

NB: BMC 527 records the type with an obverse reading COS II, however, the obverse has been tooled from an original COS III die. Its reverse die is also known to be paired with other COS III obverses.
7 commentsDavid Atherton07/23/19 at 02:38Nemonater: Fantastic!
V282.jpg
Vespasian RIC-28236 viewsÆ Dupondius, 14.36g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 282 (R2). BMC 596.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: TVTELA AVGVSTI; S C in exergue; Tutela std. l., with a child either side
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, July 2019. Ex The Morris Collection.

Tutela, the goddess of guardianship, is a rare personification on Roman coinage. She first appears on the dupondii of Vitellius and later under Vespasian during his great bronze issue of 71, both on the dupondius and a unique sestertius. The type under Vespasian is extremely scarce with only two reverse dies known for the dupondius. The unique sestertius was acquired by Curtis Clay, for which he wrote the following concerning the TVTELA reverse type:

'Cohen suggested a dynastic interpretation of this TVTELA AVGVSTI rev. type: Vitellius seated with his two children, one boy and one girl, under Vitellius; Domitilla, Vespasian's deceased wife, seated with her sons Titus and Domitian under Vespasian.

Mattingly, in BMC, p. xliv, modified Cohen's interpretation: "Cohen can hardly be right in identifying the woman with Domitilla, but the children seem to stand for Titus and Domitian, and Tutela is the guardian care of the Emperor that watches over his sons."

However, I prefer Mattingly's alternate interpretation, which he explains in a footnote:

"Or the children might represent citizens and Tutela would then be the Emperor's ward over his subjects. Cf. Suetonius, Divus Vespasianus, 5, an omen that portended 'desertam rem p. civili aliqua perturbatione in tutelam eius ac velut in gremium deventuram' ['that the Roman state, abandoned because of some civil agitation, would fall under his protection (tutela) and as it were into his lap']....Martial (v.1.7ff.) addresses Domitian as 'o rerum felix tutela salusque / sospite quo gratum credimus esse Iovem' [O happy protector (tutela) and savior of our affairs, whose continuing good health makes us believe that Jupiter is on our side']."

These quotes, and others that Mattingly indicates in the same note, show that 'tutela' was commonly used in Vespasian's day to mean the emperor's solicitous care for his subjects. Plus, the few later appearances of a Tutela type on Roman coins, under Tetricus I and Carausius, do not include children and seem to refer to governing not childrearing.'

As can clearly be seen on this well preserved dupondius the two children standing either side of Tutela are togate, indicating that they are both boys and perhaps can be viewed as further evidence that Mattingly's alternate theory is correct and the two children do indeed represent the empire's citizens. Unfortunately, the Tutela type was struck rather fleetingly in 71 and did not become part of Vespasian's regular canon of reverse types.

One of the finest known examples of the type. A double die match with the ANS specimen 1906.236.246.

NB: BMC 527 records the type with an obverse reading COS II, however, the obverse has been tooled from an original COS III die. Its reverse die is also known to be paired with other COS III obverses.
7 commentsDavid Atherton07/23/19 at 01:32Jay GT4: Amazing rarity and outstanding coin!
V282.jpg
Vespasian RIC-28236 viewsÆ Dupondius, 14.36g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 282 (R2). BMC 596.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: TVTELA AVGVSTI; S C in exergue; Tutela std. l., with a child either side
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, July 2019. Ex The Morris Collection.

Tutela, the goddess of guardianship, is a rare personification on Roman coinage. She first appears on the dupondii of Vitellius and later under Vespasian during his great bronze issue of 71, both on the dupondius and a unique sestertius. The type under Vespasian is extremely scarce with only two reverse dies known for the dupondius. The unique sestertius was acquired by Curtis Clay, for which he wrote the following concerning the TVTELA reverse type:

'Cohen suggested a dynastic interpretation of this TVTELA AVGVSTI rev. type: Vitellius seated with his two children, one boy and one girl, under Vitellius; Domitilla, Vespasian's deceased wife, seated with her sons Titus and Domitian under Vespasian.

Mattingly, in BMC, p. xliv, modified Cohen's interpretation: "Cohen can hardly be right in identifying the woman with Domitilla, but the children seem to stand for Titus and Domitian, and Tutela is the guardian care of the Emperor that watches over his sons."

However, I prefer Mattingly's alternate interpretation, which he explains in a footnote:

"Or the children might represent citizens and Tutela would then be the Emperor's ward over his subjects. Cf. Suetonius, Divus Vespasianus, 5, an omen that portended 'desertam rem p. civili aliqua perturbatione in tutelam eius ac velut in gremium deventuram' ['that the Roman state, abandoned because of some civil agitation, would fall under his protection (tutela) and as it were into his lap']....Martial (v.1.7ff.) addresses Domitian as 'o rerum felix tutela salusque / sospite quo gratum credimus esse Iovem' [O happy protector (tutela) and savior of our affairs, whose continuing good health makes us believe that Jupiter is on our side']."

These quotes, and others that Mattingly indicates in the same note, show that 'tutela' was commonly used in Vespasian's day to mean the emperor's solicitous care for his subjects. Plus, the few later appearances of a Tutela type on Roman coins, under Tetricus I and Carausius, do not include children and seem to refer to governing not childrearing.'

As can clearly be seen on this well preserved dupondius the two children standing either side of Tutela are togate, indicating that they are both boys and perhaps can be viewed as further evidence that Mattingly's alternate theory is correct and the two children do indeed represent the empire's citizens. Unfortunately, the Tutela type was struck rather fleetingly in 71 and did not become part of Vespasian's regular canon of reverse types.

One of the finest known examples of the type. A double die match with the ANS specimen 1906.236.246.

NB: BMC 527 records the type with an obverse reading COS II, however, the obverse has been tooled from an original COS III die. Its reverse die is also known to be paired with other COS III obverses.
7 commentsDavid Atherton07/22/19 at 21:31David Atherton: Thanks for the additional provenance info Curtis!
V282.jpg
Vespasian RIC-28236 viewsÆ Dupondius, 14.36g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 282 (R2). BMC 596.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: TVTELA AVGVSTI; S C in exergue; Tutela std. l., with a child either side
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, July 2019. Ex The Morris Collection.

Tutela, the goddess of guardianship, is a rare personification on Roman coinage. She first appears on the dupondii of Vitellius and later under Vespasian during his great bronze issue of 71, both on the dupondius and a unique sestertius. The type under Vespasian is extremely scarce with only two reverse dies known for the dupondius. The unique sestertius was acquired by Curtis Clay, for which he wrote the following concerning the TVTELA reverse type:

'Cohen suggested a dynastic interpretation of this TVTELA AVGVSTI rev. type: Vitellius seated with his two children, one boy and one girl, under Vitellius; Domitilla, Vespasian's deceased wife, seated with her sons Titus and Domitian under Vespasian.

Mattingly, in BMC, p. xliv, modified Cohen's interpretation: "Cohen can hardly be right in identifying the woman with Domitilla, but the children seem to stand for Titus and Domitian, and Tutela is the guardian care of the Emperor that watches over his sons."

However, I prefer Mattingly's alternate interpretation, which he explains in a footnote:

"Or the children might represent citizens and Tutela would then be the Emperor's ward over his subjects. Cf. Suetonius, Divus Vespasianus, 5, an omen that portended 'desertam rem p. civili aliqua perturbatione in tutelam eius ac velut in gremium deventuram' ['that the Roman state, abandoned because of some civil agitation, would fall under his protection (tutela) and as it were into his lap']....Martial (v.1.7ff.) addresses Domitian as 'o rerum felix tutela salusque / sospite quo gratum credimus esse Iovem' [O happy protector (tutela) and savior of our affairs, whose continuing good health makes us believe that Jupiter is on our side']."

These quotes, and others that Mattingly indicates in the same note, show that 'tutela' was commonly used in Vespasian's day to mean the emperor's solicitous care for his subjects. Plus, the few later appearances of a Tutela type on Roman coins, under Tetricus I and Carausius, do not include children and seem to refer to governing not childrearing.'

As can clearly be seen on this well preserved dupondius the two children standing either side of Tutela are togate, indicating that they are both boys and perhaps can be viewed as further evidence that Mattingly's alternate theory is correct and the two children do indeed represent the empire's citizens. Unfortunately, the Tutela type was struck rather fleetingly in 71 and did not become part of Vespasian's regular canon of reverse types.

One of the finest known examples of the type. A double die match with the ANS specimen 1906.236.246.

NB: BMC 527 records the type with an obverse reading COS II, however, the obverse has been tooled from an original COS III die. Its reverse die is also known to be paired with other COS III obverses.
7 commentsDavid Atherton07/22/19 at 20:05quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Asia Minor, Mysia, Pergamon, Owl, Athena, A Π monogram14 viewsMysia, Pergamon
AE17, 200-133 BC
Obv.: Head of Athena right, wearing Attic helmet with star
Rev.: Owl with spread wings standing on palm, ΑΘΗΝΑΣ ΝΙΚΗΦΟΡΟΥ above and below, monograms A Π below
AE, 3.93g, 18mm
Ref.:
1 commentsshanxi07/22/19 at 20:04quadrans: Nice one
V282.jpg
Vespasian RIC-28236 viewsÆ Dupondius, 14.36g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 282 (R2). BMC 596.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: TVTELA AVGVSTI; S C in exergue; Tutela std. l., with a child either side
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, July 2019. Ex The Morris Collection.

Tutela, the goddess of guardianship, is a rare personification on Roman coinage. She first appears on the dupondii of Vitellius and later under Vespasian during his great bronze issue of 71, both on the dupondius and a unique sestertius. The type under Vespasian is extremely scarce with only two reverse dies known for the dupondius. The unique sestertius was acquired by Curtis Clay, for which he wrote the following concerning the TVTELA reverse type:

'Cohen suggested a dynastic interpretation of this TVTELA AVGVSTI rev. type: Vitellius seated with his two children, one boy and one girl, under Vitellius; Domitilla, Vespasian's deceased wife, seated with her sons Titus and Domitian under Vespasian.

Mattingly, in BMC, p. xliv, modified Cohen's interpretation: "Cohen can hardly be right in identifying the woman with Domitilla, but the children seem to stand for Titus and Domitian, and Tutela is the guardian care of the Emperor that watches over his sons."

However, I prefer Mattingly's alternate interpretation, which he explains in a footnote:

"Or the children might represent citizens and Tutela would then be the Emperor's ward over his subjects. Cf. Suetonius, Divus Vespasianus, 5, an omen that portended 'desertam rem p. civili aliqua perturbatione in tutelam eius ac velut in gremium deventuram' ['that the Roman state, abandoned because of some civil agitation, would fall under his protection (tutela) and as it were into his lap']....Martial (v.1.7ff.) addresses Domitian as 'o rerum felix tutela salusque / sospite quo gratum credimus esse Iovem' [O happy protector (tutela) and savior of our affairs, whose continuing good health makes us believe that Jupiter is on our side']."

These quotes, and others that Mattingly indicates in the same note, show that 'tutela' was commonly used in Vespasian's day to mean the emperor's solicitous care for his subjects. Plus, the few later appearances of a Tutela type on Roman coins, under Tetricus I and Carausius, do not include children and seem to refer to governing not childrearing.'

As can clearly be seen on this well preserved dupondius the two children standing either side of Tutela are togate, indicating that they are both boys and perhaps can be viewed as further evidence that Mattingly's alternate theory is correct and the two children do indeed represent the empire's citizens. Unfortunately, the Tutela type was struck rather fleetingly in 71 and did not become part of Vespasian's regular canon of reverse types.

One of the finest known examples of the type. A double die match with the ANS specimen 1906.236.246.

NB: BMC 527 records the type with an obverse reading COS II, however, the obverse has been tooled from an original COS III die. Its reverse die is also known to be paired with other COS III obverses.
7 commentsDavid Atherton07/22/19 at 18:22curtislclay: "Morris's" real name: Philip C. Peck of New Yo...
V282.jpg
Vespasian RIC-28236 viewsÆ Dupondius, 14.36g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 282 (R2). BMC 596.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: TVTELA AVGVSTI; S C in exergue; Tutela std. l., with a child either side
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, July 2019. Ex The Morris Collection.

Tutela, the goddess of guardianship, is a rare personification on Roman coinage. She first appears on the dupondii of Vitellius and later under Vespasian during his great bronze issue of 71, both on the dupondius and a unique sestertius. The type under Vespasian is extremely scarce with only two reverse dies known for the dupondius. The unique sestertius was acquired by Curtis Clay, for which he wrote the following concerning the TVTELA reverse type:

'Cohen suggested a dynastic interpretation of this TVTELA AVGVSTI rev. type: Vitellius seated with his two children, one boy and one girl, under Vitellius; Domitilla, Vespasian's deceased wife, seated with her sons Titus and Domitian under Vespasian.

Mattingly, in BMC, p. xliv, modified Cohen's interpretation: "Cohen can hardly be right in identifying the woman with Domitilla, but the children seem to stand for Titus and Domitian, and Tutela is the guardian care of the Emperor that watches over his sons."

However, I prefer Mattingly's alternate interpretation, which he explains in a footnote:

"Or the children might represent citizens and Tutela would then be the Emperor's ward over his subjects. Cf. Suetonius, Divus Vespasianus, 5, an omen that portended 'desertam rem p. civili aliqua perturbatione in tutelam eius ac velut in gremium deventuram' ['that the Roman state, abandoned because of some civil agitation, would fall under his protection (tutela) and as it were into his lap']....Martial (v.1.7ff.) addresses Domitian as 'o rerum felix tutela salusque / sospite quo gratum credimus esse Iovem' [O happy protector (tutela) and savior of our affairs, whose continuing good health makes us believe that Jupiter is on our side']."

These quotes, and others that Mattingly indicates in the same note, show that 'tutela' was commonly used in Vespasian's day to mean the emperor's solicitous care for his subjects. Plus, the few later appearances of a Tutela type on Roman coins, under Tetricus I and Carausius, do not include children and seem to refer to governing not childrearing.'

As can clearly be seen on this well preserved dupondius the two children standing either side of Tutela are togate, indicating that they are both boys and perhaps can be viewed as further evidence that Mattingly's alternate theory is correct and the two children do indeed represent the empire's citizens. Unfortunately, the Tutela type was struck rather fleetingly in 71 and did not become part of Vespasian's regular canon of reverse types.

One of the finest known examples of the type. A double die match with the ANS specimen 1906.236.246.

NB: BMC 527 records the type with an obverse reading COS II, however, the obverse has been tooled from an original COS III die. Its reverse die is also known to be paired with other COS III obverses.
7 commentsDavid Atherton07/22/19 at 16:30FlaviusDomitianus: Very nice, much better than mine. Congrats!
V282.jpg
Vespasian RIC-28236 viewsÆ Dupondius, 14.36g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 282 (R2). BMC 596.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: TVTELA AVGVSTI; S C in exergue; Tutela std. l., with a child either side
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, July 2019. Ex The Morris Collection.

Tutela, the goddess of guardianship, is a rare personification on Roman coinage. She first appears on the dupondii of Vitellius and later under Vespasian during his great bronze issue of 71, both on the dupondius and a unique sestertius. The type under Vespasian is extremely scarce with only two reverse dies known for the dupondius. The unique sestertius was acquired by Curtis Clay, for which he wrote the following concerning the TVTELA reverse type:

'Cohen suggested a dynastic interpretation of this TVTELA AVGVSTI rev. type: Vitellius seated with his two children, one boy and one girl, under Vitellius; Domitilla, Vespasian's deceased wife, seated with her sons Titus and Domitian under Vespasian.

Mattingly, in BMC, p. xliv, modified Cohen's interpretation: "Cohen can hardly be right in identifying the woman with Domitilla, but the children seem to stand for Titus and Domitian, and Tutela is the guardian care of the Emperor that watches over his sons."

However, I prefer Mattingly's alternate interpretation, which he explains in a footnote:

"Or the children might represent citizens and Tutela would then be the Emperor's ward over his subjects. Cf. Suetonius, Divus Vespasianus, 5, an omen that portended 'desertam rem p. civili aliqua perturbatione in tutelam eius ac velut in gremium deventuram' ['that the Roman state, abandoned because of some civil agitation, would fall under his protection (tutela) and as it were into his lap']....Martial (v.1.7ff.) addresses Domitian as 'o rerum felix tutela salusque / sospite quo gratum credimus esse Iovem' [O happy protector (tutela) and savior of our affairs, whose continuing good health makes us believe that Jupiter is on our side']."

These quotes, and others that Mattingly indicates in the same note, show that 'tutela' was commonly used in Vespasian's day to mean the emperor's solicitous care for his subjects. Plus, the few later appearances of a Tutela type on Roman coins, under Tetricus I and Carausius, do not include children and seem to refer to governing not childrearing.'

As can clearly be seen on this well preserved dupondius the two children standing either side of Tutela are togate, indicating that they are both boys and perhaps can be viewed as further evidence that Mattingly's alternate theory is correct and the two children do indeed represent the empire's citizens. Unfortunately, the Tutela type was struck rather fleetingly in 71 and did not become part of Vespasian's regular canon of reverse types.

One of the finest known examples of the type. A double die match with the ANS specimen 1906.236.246.

NB: BMC 527 records the type with an obverse reading COS II, however, the obverse has been tooled from an original COS III die. Its reverse die is also known to be paired with other COS III obverses.
7 commentsDavid Atherton07/22/19 at 15:52Mat: Great piece, David.
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Titus as Caesar AR Denarius61 viewsTitus as Caesar AR Denarius
Rome mint 73 CE
Obv: TCAES IMP VESP PON TR POT CENS; Laureate Head of Titus right
Rev: FIDES PUBL; Hands clasped over caduceus, 2 poppoies and 2 corn ears
RIC 528 (R)[VESP] BMC 91a RSC 87b
Purchased from Ebay July 18, 2019
5 commentsorfew07/22/19 at 14:19Vincent: Favorite type of🤔😂 handshake. You...
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Lucania Sybaris drachm91 viewsBull standing to left on dotted ground line, head turned back to right; all within border of dots VM in exergue

Bull standing to right, on dotted ground line; around, border of dots; all incuse.

LUCANIA, Sybaris

Circa 550-510 BC.

2.04g

HN III 1736. SNG ANS 847 ff.

Chipped. Old cabinet toning.

Ex-Londinium
4 commentsJay GT407/22/19 at 12:36Mark R1: Love it
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Julia Domna (Augusta) Coin: Bronze AS 12 viewsIVLIA PIA FELIX AVG - Diademed, draped bust right.
VESTA, SC in ex. - Sacrificial scene before the temple of Vesta.
Exergue: SC


Mint: Rome (214 AD)
Wt./Size/Axis: 10.66g / 26mm / 6h
References:
RIC Caracalla 607
Cohen 234
BMC 232
Provenances:
Naville Numismatics
Acquisition/Sale: Naville Numismatics Internet 51 #594 $0.00

From CNG: During the last five years of her life, following the murder of her younger son Geta in AD 212, Julia Domna virtually ran the government while Caracalla embarked on various military adventures. The emperor was much troubled by illness throughout his sole reign. On his way to the Parthian War in AD 214, he even visited the great shrine of Aesculapius at Pergamum in the hopes of finding a cure, an occasion marked by the striking of a remarkable series of medallic bronzes at the city.

This rare and attractive As of Julia Domna, issued at Rome in AD 214, is on the same theme and records vows for the health of Caracalla undertaken by the Vestal Virgins in a ceremony before the Temple of Vesta. The four Vestals are accompanied by two children and the sanctuary itself appears as a small domed structure in the background. Over the centuries no fewer than seven temples of Vesta occupied the site in the Forum at the northern corner of the house of Vestals. Most were the victims of fire, the sixth temple having been destroyed late in the reign of Commodus (AD 191). Julia Domna herself built the seventh, and the partially reconstructed ruins of this building are still to be seen today.
2 commentsGary W207/22/19 at 07:19shanxi: interesting coin and history
Troas,_Assos,_ca_479-450_BC__AR_Obol,_Griffin_seated_right,_A_#931;_#931;-O-O-N,Lion__s_head_right,_Jameson_1394,_Weber_2552__Q-001,_8h,_7,8-9,5mm,_0,52g-s.jpg
Troas, Assos, (c.479-450 B.C.), Jameson 1394var., AR-Obol, AΣΣOON (retrograde), Lion's head right, #148 viewsTroas, Assos, (c.479-450 B.C.), Jameson 1394var., AR-Obol, AΣΣOON (retrograde), Lion's head right, #1
avers: No legends, Griffin seated right.
reverse: AΣΣOON (retrograde), Lion's head right within incuse square.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 7,8-9,5mm, weight: 0,52g, axes: 8h,
mint: Troas, Assos, date: c.479-450 B.C.,
ref: Jameson 1394var.(legends retrograde), Weber 2552var.,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans07/22/19 at 07:18shanxi: very nice
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Bruttium, Kaulonia (c.525-500 BC), AR Stater20 views7.70g, Apollo walking right, holding branch in raised right hand, his left extended and on which daimon runs right, stag on base before, its head turned back, annulet in right field, kav, rev. incuse of obverse type (cf. SNG ANS 155), toned, very fine.1 commentsLeo07/22/19 at 01:31Mark R1: Love it!
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Calabria. Taras. c. 240-228 BC. Nomos20 views6.57g.
Obv: Hippokontist in close fitting lorica hurling javelin on horseback. ΟΛΥΜΠΙΣ beneath horse; wreath in left field.
Rx: ΤΑΡΑΣ Taras on dolphin holding cornucopiae and kantharos; tripod to his left.
Vlasto Coll. 943 (same dies). HN Italy 1055. EF.
2 commentsLeo07/22/19 at 01:29Mark R1: Good one
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Julia Domna (Augusta) Coin: Bronze AS 12 viewsIVLIA PIA FELIX AVG - Diademed, draped bust right.
VESTA, SC in ex. - Sacrificial scene before the temple of Vesta.
Exergue: SC


Mint: Rome (214 AD)
Wt./Size/Axis: 10.66g / 26mm / 6h
References:
RIC Caracalla 607
Cohen 234
BMC 232
Provenances:
Naville Numismatics
Acquisition/Sale: Naville Numismatics Internet 51 #594 $0.00

From CNG: During the last five years of her life, following the murder of her younger son Geta in AD 212, Julia Domna virtually ran the government while Caracalla embarked on various military adventures. The emperor was much troubled by illness throughout his sole reign. On his way to the Parthian War in AD 214, he even visited the great shrine of Aesculapius at Pergamum in the hopes of finding a cure, an occasion marked by the striking of a remarkable series of medallic bronzes at the city.

This rare and attractive As of Julia Domna, issued at Rome in AD 214, is on the same theme and records vows for the health of Caracalla undertaken by the Vestal Virgins in a ceremony before the Temple of Vesta. The four Vestals are accompanied by two children and the sanctuary itself appears as a small domed structure in the background. Over the centuries no fewer than seven temples of Vesta occupied the site in the Forum at the northern corner of the house of Vestals. Most were the victims of fire, the sixth temple having been destroyed late in the reign of Commodus (AD 191). Julia Domna herself built the seventh, and the partially reconstructed ruins of this building are still to be seen today.
2 commentsGary W207/21/19 at 23:43quadrans: Nice piece..
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Julius Caesar, (c.46-45 BC), AR Denarius, mint in North Africa.10 viewsObv. diademed head of Venus right,
Rev. Aeneas walking left carrying his father Anchises and holding Palladium. caesar behind
References: (Cr. 458/1; Syd. 1013)
Broken
1 commentsCanaan07/21/19 at 23:42quadrans: Nice Caesar
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Calabria Tarentum AR Diobol circa 325-280 BC 12mm 0.98g 10h 52 viewsHelmeted head of Athena right,wreath on helmet.Rev Herakles standing right facing left,strangling the Nemean lion,quiver to lower left ,club to lower right.
Very rare issue with wreath helmet,and Herakles standing right of lion.
EX Thomas Cederlind 165 8-1-12 lot 11
EXPeus 396 11-5-08 lot 26
EX Heidelberger Munzhandlung 28,11-12-99 lot 18
2 commentsGrant H07/21/19 at 20:41Grant H: Ive found its brother SNG France 6,1 plate 132 coi...
Troas,_Assos,_ca_479-450_BC__AR_Obol,_Griffin_seated_right,_A_#931;_#931;-O-O-N,Lion__s_head_right,_Jameson_1394,_Weber_2552__Q-001,_8h,_7,8-9,5mm,_0,52g-s.jpg
Troas, Assos, (c.479-450 B.C.), Jameson 1394var., AR-Obol, AΣΣOON (retrograde), Lion's head right, #148 viewsTroas, Assos, (c.479-450 B.C.), Jameson 1394var., AR-Obol, AΣΣOON (retrograde), Lion's head right, #1
avers: No legends, Griffin seated right.
reverse: AΣΣOON (retrograde), Lion's head right within incuse square.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 7,8-9,5mm, weight: 0,52g, axes: 8h,
mint: Troas, Assos, date: c.479-450 B.C.,
ref: Jameson 1394var.(legends retrograde), Weber 2552var.,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans07/21/19 at 20:37Grant H: love the griffin
Thrace,_Thraco-Macedonian_Tribes,_Mygdones_or_Krestones_490-485_BC,_AR-Diobol,_Goat_kneeling_r_,_4-incuse_square,_SNG_ANS_60-4_(Aigai),_Q-001,_1h,_11,3-12,6mm,_0,93g-s.jpg
Thrace, Thraco-Macedonian Tribes, Mygdones or Krestones, (cc. 490-485 B.C.), SNG ANS 60-4 (Aigai), AR Diobol (or 1/8 Stater?), Quadripartite incuse square, Rare! #133 viewsThrace, Thraco-Macedonian Tribes, Mygdones or Krestones, (cc. 490-485 B.C.), SNG ANS 60-4 (Aigai), AR Diobol (or 1/8 Stater?), Quadripartite incuse square, Rare! #1
avers: Goat kneeling right, head left, 3 pellets around.
reverse: Quadripartite incuse square.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 11,3-12,6mm, weight: 0,93g, axes: 1h,
mint: Thrace, Thraco-Macedonian Tribes, Mygdones or Krestones, date: cc. 490-485 B.C.,
ref: Lorber, Goats issue 15; Topalov -; HPM pl. III, 14; SNG ANS 60-4 (Aigai),
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans07/21/19 at 18:51Canaan: very nice
Troas,_Assos,_ca_479-450_BC__AR_Obol,_Griffin_seated_right,_A_#931;_#931;-O-O-N,Lion__s_head_right,_Jameson_1394,_Weber_2552__Q-001,_8h,_7,8-9,5mm,_0,52g-s.jpg
Troas, Assos, (c.479-450 B.C.), Jameson 1394var., AR-Obol, AΣΣOON (retrograde), Lion's head right, #148 viewsTroas, Assos, (c.479-450 B.C.), Jameson 1394var., AR-Obol, AΣΣOON (retrograde), Lion's head right, #1
avers: No legends, Griffin seated right.
reverse: AΣΣOON (retrograde), Lion's head right within incuse square.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 7,8-9,5mm, weight: 0,52g, axes: 8h,
mint: Troas, Assos, date: c.479-450 B.C.,
ref: Jameson 1394var.(legends retrograde), Weber 2552var.,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans07/21/19 at 18:50Canaan: very nice
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Freiburg im Breisgau, 1387, AR Brakteat, Raven15 viewsFreiburg im Breisgau
AR Brakteat
Stebler or Hälbling = 1/2 Rappen
AD 1387
Obv.: ​Head of raven left, crescent? to left
Rev.: -
AR, 0.162g, 16mm (max)
Ref.: Freiburger Münzen und Medaillen No. 10, Jubiläumsschrift des Freiburger Münzsammelvereins 1997, No. 18
ex CNG e-auction 247 (12 Jan 2011)
ex FORVM ANCIENT COINS shop (2019)
2 commentsshanxi07/21/19 at 15:41Stkp: great coin
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Freiburg im Breisgau, 1387, AR Brakteat, Raven15 viewsFreiburg im Breisgau
AR Brakteat
Stebler or Hälbling = 1/2 Rappen
AD 1387
Obv.: ​Head of raven left, crescent? to left
Rev.: -
AR, 0.162g, 16mm (max)
Ref.: Freiburger Münzen und Medaillen No. 10, Jubiläumsschrift des Freiburger Münzsammelvereins 1997, No. 18
ex CNG e-auction 247 (12 Jan 2011)
ex FORVM ANCIENT COINS shop (2019)
2 commentsshanxi07/21/19 at 14:29quadrans: Wow, nice piece...
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Roma/Wheel Series, Aes Grave Semis - Crawford 24/418 viewsRome, The Republic.
Roma/Wheel Series, c. 230 BCE.
AE Aes Grave Semis (103g; 49mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Bull leaping to left; S (mark of value) below.

Reverse: Wheel with six spokes; S (mark of value) between two spokes.

References: Crawford 24/4; ICC 67; Sydenham 60.

Provenance: Ex H.D. Rauch Auction 95 (30 Sep 2014), Lot 272; Tkalec 2006, Lot 93.

The Roma/Wheel Series of aes grave is an interesting series for its types. This Semis depicts a leaping bull, a device that would be used on later Republican struck bronzes with a snake below the bull (see Crawford 39/2 and 42/2). The wheel on the reverse of this series is previously unseen on Roman coinage. There were several series of Etrurian aes grave bearing spoked wheels produced in the 3rd century BCE (see HN Italy 56-67; ICC 145-190). It is unclear whether these Etrurian aes grave were inspired by or inspiration for the Roman wheel series.

This example is on the light side of reported weights in Haeberlin; however, as museums and collectors tend to favor heavier examples of Aes Grave, Haeberlin’s reported weight range (based on museum and major private collections) is likely “overweight” in heavier specimens.
2 commentsCarausius07/21/19 at 11:19shanxi: nice
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260a14 viewsQuietus 260-1 AD
AR antoninianus
Eastern mint
Obv "IMP C FVL QVIETVS PF AVG"
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev "SPES PVBLICA"
Spes standing left, holding flower and raising skirt
RIC 11
1 commentsmauseus07/21/19 at 09:24quadrans: Nice piece..
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Roman Empire, Domitian, AR Denarius43 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93.
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
6 commentsorfew07/21/19 at 08:49FlaviusDomitianus: Great!
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Calabria. Taras. c. 240-228 BC. Nomos20 views6.57g.
Obv: Hippokontist in close fitting lorica hurling javelin on horseback. ΟΛΥΜΠΙΣ beneath horse; wreath in left field.
Rx: ΤΑΡΑΣ Taras on dolphin holding cornucopiae and kantharos; tripod to his left.
Vlasto Coll. 943 (same dies). HN Italy 1055. EF.
2 commentsLeo07/21/19 at 06:48quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Cilician Armenia. Levon I, the Great (1199-1219)10 viewsVardanyan Group D; Nercessian 303 var. (rev. legend), Bedoukian 746 var. (rev. legend, per 737)

AE tank. Sis (now Kozan, Turkey) mint. 7.14 g., 29.63 mm. max., 180°

Obv: + ԼԵՒՈՆ ԹԱԳԱՒՈՐ ՀԱՅՒՈ (= Lewon Tagawor Haywots = Levon, King of Armenians), leonine head of the king, six dots on the crown, pendilium and hair represented by vertical row of three large dots; and the mane/beard by an irregular juxtaposition of smaller dots.

Rev: + ՇԻՆՍԼ Ի ՔԱՂՍՔՍ Ի ՍԻՍ [Type 4 letter Ք] (= Shineal i kaghakn i Sis = Struck in the city of Sis), patriarchal cross with six-pointed star on each side.

The sequence of issuance of the four groups is unknown.
1 commentsStkp07/21/19 at 06:43quadrans: Another nice piece
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Cilician Armenia. Levon I, the Great (1199-1219)11 viewsVardanyan Group C; Nercessian 304 var. (obv. legend), Bedoukian 720 var. (obv. legend)

AE tank. Sis (now Kozan, Turkey) mint. 6.80 g., 28.19 mm. max., 180°

Obv: + ԼԵՒՈՆ ׀ ԹԱԳԱՒՈՐ ՀԱՅՒՈՑ (= Lewon Tagawor Haywots = Levon, King of Armenians), leonine head of the king, seven dots on the crown, pendilium and hair represented by vertical row of six dots; and the mane/beard by a semi-irregular juxtaposition of dots.

Rev: + ՇԻՆԵԱԼ Ի ՔԱՂԱՔՍ Ի ՍԻՍ [Type 2 letter Ք] (= Shineal i kaghakn i Sis = Struck in the city of Sis), patriarchal cross with five-pointed star on each side.

There are three varieties of the obverse legend among the Group C coins in the collection of the History Museum of Armenia. The obverse legend on this coin, which bears a letter/symbol between the words ԼԵՒՈՆ and ԹԱԳԱՒՈՐ, is not represented. This obverse letter variation is also not recorded in Bedoukian and Nercessian.

The sequence of issuance of the four groups is unknown.
1 commentsStkp07/21/19 at 06:42quadrans: Great piece ...
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Mamluk (Bahri). Sha`ban II (al-Ashraf Nasir al-Din Sha`ban) (764-778 A.H. = 1363-1377 A.D.)11 viewsBalog 458, Plate XVII, Nos. 458a-458b; Album 958

AE fals; Dimashq/Damascus mint, undated; 2.89 g., 19.43 mm. max., 0°

Obv.: Circular line border. Clockwise circular legend, السلطان الملك الا شرف شعبان (= al-Sultan al-Malik al-Ashraf Sha`ban), in the center, spindle-shaped cartouche with fleur-de-lis edges; in it حسن بن (= bin Hasayn).

Rev.: Circular line border. Concave-sided linear octolobe with floweret on the edges. Pellets between the flowerets. In the center: ضرب / مشق بد (= darab=struck / in Dimashq).

Sha'ban II was a grandson of Muhammad I, being the son of one of Muhammad's sons who never held office. In 1363, the senior Mamluk emirs, led by Emir Yalbugha, deposed Sultan Muhammad II on charges of illicit behavior and installed ten-year-old Sha'ban as his figurehead replacement. In 1366 Sha'ban, who sought to wield power, supported a successful revolt against Yalbugha. One year later, Sha'ban, who still had few mamluks of his own but was supported by the common people, quelled a rebellion. Again in 1373, the commoners assisted Sha'ban in defeating a rebellion. Because of their loyalty and key support during these revolts, Sha'ban treated the commoners well throughout his reign, including efforts to provide food for the poor during a two-year famine in Egypt. In 1376, Sha'ban went on the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. In his absence emirs again rebelled against Sha'ban, which was followed by a rebellion of Sha'ban's own mamluk guard, who murdered him in 1377.
1 commentsStkp07/21/19 at 06:41quadrans: Interesting piece..
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, "Anonymous" Staff and Club Series, AE Semis - Crawford 106var12 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous Staff and Club Series, 208 BCE.
AE Semis (16.22g; 28mm).
Etrurian Mint.

Obverse: Laureate head of Saturn, facing right; S (mark-of-value) behind

Reverse: Prow right; S (mark-of-value) above; ROMA below.

References: Crawford106/5 var (no symbol above prow); McCabe Group E1.

Provenance: Ex Naville 48 (7 Apr 2019) Lot 326; Otto Collection [Hess (Dec 1931), Lot 822]; Niklovitz Collection [L. Hamburger 76 (19 Oct 1925), Lot 240].

In "Roman Republican Coinage", Michael Crawford recognized many silver “symbol” Republican series for which there were parallel “anonymous” types omitting the symbols. In his article “Unpublished Roman Republican Bronze Coins” (Essays Hersh, 1998), Roberto Russo noted that the parallel issue of anonymous silver coins to series with symbols applies equally to the bronze coins. (Essays Hersh, 1998, p. 141). Andrew McCabe takes this approach much further in his article “The Anonymous Struck Bronze Coinage of the Roman Republic” (Essays Russo, 2013) in which he links many of the anonymous Republican bronzes to symbol series based on precise style considerations. The takeaway from all this is that for many of the Roman Republican symbol series of the late Second Punic War and early 2nd Century BCE, there are parallel anonymous series identifiable by style. The rationale for these parallel issues is unclear, though possibly related to (a) governmental approvals for the issue or (b) mint control of the metal source from which the issue was struck or (c) workshop identification.

This coin is an anonymous version (missing symbol) of the Staff and Club Semis of the Crawford 106 series, produced in Etruria. It is identical in style to the Etrurian Staff and Club coins and only misses the symbols. Not surprisingly, these coins are commonly misattributed as Crawford 56 anonymous bronzes.
1 commentsCarausius07/21/19 at 06:36quadrans: Nice piece..
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Roma/Wheel Series, Aes Grave Semis - Crawford 24/418 viewsRome, The Republic.
Roma/Wheel Series, c. 230 BCE.
AE Aes Grave Semis (103g; 49mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Bull leaping to left; S (mark of value) below.

Reverse: Wheel with six spokes; S (mark of value) between two spokes.

References: Crawford 24/4; ICC 67; Sydenham 60.

Provenance: Ex H.D. Rauch Auction 95 (30 Sep 2014), Lot 272; Tkalec 2006, Lot 93.

The Roma/Wheel Series of aes grave is an interesting series for its types. This Semis depicts a leaping bull, a device that would be used on later Republican struck bronzes with a snake below the bull (see Crawford 39/2 and 42/2). The wheel on the reverse of this series is previously unseen on Roman coinage. There were several series of Etrurian aes grave bearing spoked wheels produced in the 3rd century BCE (see HN Italy 56-67; ICC 145-190). It is unclear whether these Etrurian aes grave were inspired by or inspiration for the Roman wheel series.

This example is on the light side of reported weights in Haeberlin; however, as museums and collectors tend to favor heavier examples of Aes Grave, Haeberlin’s reported weight range (based on museum and major private collections) is likely “overweight” in heavier specimens.
2 commentsCarausius07/21/19 at 06:35quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Janus/Prow Series, Aes Grave Semis - Crawford 35/210 viewsRome, The Republic.
Janus/Prow Series, circa 225-217 BCE.
AE Aes Grave Semis (135.3g; 52mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Laureate head of Saturn, facing left; S (mark of value) below neck; all on raised disk.

Reverse: Prow facing right; S (mark of value) above; all on raised disk.

References: Crawford 35/2; ICC 76; Sydenham 73; BMCRR 23-29.

Provenance: Ex Munzen und Medaillen GmbH, Auction 40 (4 Jun 2014), Lot 455; Auctiones AG Auction 13 (1983), Lot 505.

The prow series of libral Aes Grave was a very large issue. E.J. Haeberlin included over 300 examples of the Semis in the weight analysis within his monumental "Aes Grave". The Prow series Aes Grave was initially based on an As of about 270 grams. The iconography likely refers to the role of Rome's new and powerful navy in the victory over Carthage in the First Punic War. Both obverse and reverse iconography from the various denominations of this series would continue through the Republican struck bronze coinage.
1 commentsCarausius07/21/19 at 06:34quadrans: Wow, great coin,
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Roman Empire, Domitian, AR Denarius43 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93.
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
6 commentsorfew07/21/19 at 06:14quadrans: wow, great coin,
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49414 viewsC Vibius Varus c.42 BC
AR denarius
Obv Head of Bacchus right
Rev "C VIBIVS VARVS"
Panther springing left towards altar, surmounted by Bacchic mask and thyrsus
Rome mint
Crawford 494/36
3 commentsmauseus07/21/19 at 01:40mauseus: It was the reverse design that swung it for me, ev...
Domitian_RIC_435_~1.jpg
Roman Empire, Domitian, AR Denarius43 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93.
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
6 commentsorfew07/21/19 at 01:19Jay GT4: Amazing portrait
032_Albert_(1437-1439_AD),_AR-Den,_H-592,_C2-135B,_U-461_h_,_P-127-7,_m_ALBERTI_R_VnGARIE,_K-R_over_cross,_1440_AD,_Q-001,_1h,_14-14,5mm,_0,47g-s.jpg
033 Albert., King of Hungary, (1437-1439 A.D.) AR Denarius, H-592, C2-135B, U-461.h., P-127-07, #0143 views033 Albert., King of Hungary, (1437-1439 A.D.) AR Denarius, H-592, C2-135B, U-461.h., P-127-07, #01
avers: ✠ m•ALBЄRTI•R•VnGARIЄ••, Patriarchal Cross, K-R over +, in a circle, line border.
reverse: Four-part shield (Hungarian stripes in the middle, Czech lion, Austrian band, Moravian eagle around), the border of dots,
exergue, mint mark: K/R over +//-- , diameter: 14,0-14,5mm, weight: 0,47g, axis: 1h,
mint: Hungary, Körmöcbánya (Kremnitz, today Slovakia: Kremnica, Konrad Rudel by Pohl), date:1439 A.D. (by Pohl), ref: Huszár-592, CNH-2-135B, Unger-461.h., Pohl-127-07,
Q-001
This coin was struck under the Interregnum I. (1439-1440 A.D.) with the name of Abert!
2 commentsquadrans07/20/19 at 21:19Stkp: very nice
032_Albert_(1437-1439_AD),_AR-Den,_H-592,_C2-135B,_U-461_i_,_P-127-8,_m_ALBERTI_R_VnGARIE,_n-S,_1440_AD,_Q-002,_11h,_14-14,5mm,_0,39g-s.jpg
033 Albert., King of Hungary, (1437-1439 A.D.) AR Denarius, H-592, C2-135B, U-461.i., P-127-08, #0244 views033 Albert., King of Hungary, (1437-1439 A.D.) AR Denarius, H-592, C2-135B, U-461.i., P-127-08, #02
avers: ✠ m•ALBERTI•R•VnGARIЄ, Patriarchal Cross, n-S, in a circle, line border.
reverse: Four-part shield (Hungarian stripes in the middle, Czech lion, Austrian band, Moravian eagle around), a border of dots,
exergue, mint mark: n/S//-- , diameter: 14,0-14,5mm, weight: 0,39g, axis:11h,
mint: Hungary, Nagybánya (today Romania: Baia Mare, Stephanus Remetei by Pohl), date:1439 A.D. (by Pohl),
ref: Unger-461-i., CNH-2-135B, Huszár-592, Pohl-127-08,
Q-002
1 commentsquadrans07/20/19 at 21:19Stkp: nice
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Roman Empire, Domitian, AR Denarius43 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93.
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
6 commentsorfew07/20/19 at 21:11Nemonater:
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Domitian RIC-333103 viewsAR Denarius, 3.19g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 333 (R2). BMC specimen acquired 1987. RSC 180.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT•P•P•; Minerva stg. r. on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to r., owl (M2)
Acquired from Germania Inferior, January 2018.

In 82 Domitian increased the silver fineness of the denarius to nearly 100% purity. Three years later in mid 85 the fineness was again adjusted, this time downward to c. 90%, presumably for monetary or fiscal reasons. Domitian also assumed the powers of censor in April of 85 which was recorded on the coinage. The title was successively contracted in three issues - CENSORIA POTESTAT, CENS POTES, and CENS POT. According to metal analyses by Walker and more recently confirmed by Butcher and Ponting, Domitian's second coinage reform took place between the last two issues - the CENS POT issue being the first under the new standard. Curiously, this 'CENS POT' denarius has what appears to be 'al marco' weight adjustment marks, plainly visible on the reverse to the left of Minerva. Is it possibly during the minting of this first issue under the new standard the mint workers were extra careful with the coinage's weight? Whatever the case, the gouges must date to antiquity owing to the fact they are toned just as the unblemished surfaces are.

An extremely rare coin. Engraved in the period's typical fine style.

6 commentsDavid Atherton07/20/19 at 17:37orfew: Wonderful piece. Well done!
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49414 viewsC Vibius Varus c.42 BC
AR denarius
Obv Head of Bacchus right
Rev "C VIBIVS VARVS"
Panther springing left towards altar, surmounted by Bacchic mask and thyrsus
Rome mint
Crawford 494/36
3 commentsmauseus07/20/19 at 16:54Carausius: Lovely coin. One of my favorite reverse types of ...
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49414 viewsC Vibius Varus c.42 BC
AR denarius
Obv Head of Bacchus right
Rev "C VIBIVS VARVS"
Panther springing left towards altar, surmounted by Bacchic mask and thyrsus
Rome mint
Crawford 494/36
3 commentsmauseus07/20/19 at 15:40Tracy Aiello: That's a really neat reverse.
032_Albert_(1437-1439_AD),_AR-Den,_H-592,_C2-135B,_U-461_h_,_P-127-7,_m_ALBERTI_R_VnGARIE,_K-R_over_cross,_1440_AD,_Q-001,_1h,_14-14,5mm,_0,47g-s.jpg
033 Albert., King of Hungary, (1437-1439 A.D.) AR Denarius, H-592, C2-135B, U-461.h., P-127-07, #0143 views033 Albert., King of Hungary, (1437-1439 A.D.) AR Denarius, H-592, C2-135B, U-461.h., P-127-07, #01
avers: ✠ m•ALBЄRTI•R•VnGARIЄ••, Patriarchal Cross, K-R over +, in a circle, line border.
reverse: Four-part shield (Hungarian stripes in the middle, Czech lion, Austrian band, Moravian eagle around), the border of dots,
exergue, mint mark: K/R over +//-- , diameter: 14,0-14,5mm, weight: 0,47g, axis: 1h,
mint: Hungary, Körmöcbánya (Kremnitz, today Slovakia: Kremnica, Konrad Rudel by Pohl), date:1439 A.D. (by Pohl), ref: Huszár-592, CNH-2-135B, Unger-461.h., Pohl-127-07,
Q-001
This coin was struck under the Interregnum I. (1439-1440 A.D.) with the name of Abert!
2 commentsquadrans07/20/19 at 12:41*Alex: Nice addition to your gallery.
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Claudius (Augustus) Coin: Bronze Quadrans11 viewsTI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG - Hand holding scales, PNR in field
PON M TR P IMP PP COS II around S C. - Legend around S C
Mint: Rome ( 1-4 January AD 42))
Wt./Size/Axis: 2.71g / 18mm / 7h
Rarity: R3
References:
RIC I 91
Cohen 73
BMC 181
Provenances:
London Ancient Coins (LAC)
Acquisition/Sale: London Ancient Coins (LAC) Internet LAC Price List 2 #441 $0.00 07/19
Notes: Jul 19, 19 - The Gary R. Wilson Collection

There were eight different issues of quadrans under Claudius:
PON M TR P IMP COS DES IT (modius)-41AD-Common
PON M TR P IMP COS DES IT (scales)-41AD -Common
PONT MAX TR POT IMP (modius)-41AD-Rare
PONT MAX TR POT IMP (scales)-41AD-Rare
PON M TR P IMP COS II (modius)-42AD- R3
PON M TR P IMP COS II (scales)-42AD- R3 -This Coin
PON M TR P IMP P P COS II (modius)-42AD- Common
PON M TR P IMP P P COS II (scales)-42AD- Scarce

Quadrantes, like quinarii, were issued only occasionally, perhaps exclusively for imperial distributions. Suetonius reported that, from the roof of the Basilica Julia "Caligula threw coins among the people." Perhaps this small coin was thrown to the crowd by Claudius himself at a similar event.

The most common theme for the quadrans was the modius, a Roman grain container. This coin was probably redeemable for a modius of grain.

Per CNG: Very rare. Struck 1-4 January AD 42.
2 commentsGary W207/20/19 at 00:56Gary W2: Thanks. I'm trying to get all of Claudius'...
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Cr 206/1 AR Denarius S Afra17 views150 BCE Rome mint
o: Helmeted head of Roma right, X behind
r: Victory in biga right, SAFRA below horses, ROMA in exergue
Afrania 1 3.67 gm 19.00 mm
A "controversial" coin, if one is a bit of a pedant. Both Crawford and Sear note that the absence of a period/dot/stop after the "S" must lead to the conclusion that this is not issued by a "Spurius Afranius", but rather someone else. Indeed, Sear, due to his system, repeats the assertion for each of the seven types in this issue, from denarius to uncia, using up roughly a half-page of type, net. However, Sear makes no attempt to identify "S Afra", and Crawford cops out with "Safra" representing an unknown cognomen. I personally find it a bit difficult to hang such an argument on the absence of a dot but disregarding a usually distinct space between S and A. The Afranii were a fairly prolific bunch; one of them may have felt a need to be a bit hip-er than others. Plus, "Safra" does not seem to mean anything in Latin, which would be a bit unusual for a cognomen.
So, which explanation fits best: omission of a dot in a design versus a meaningless cognomen used by an unknown person who is not one of the members of a sound-alike gens that was sometimes of tertiary importance .....?

This coin is in wonderful condition for the type.
2 commentsPMah07/19/19 at 18:10quadrans: Another nice piece
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S.6205 John15 viewsHalfpenny of John, Lord of Ireland (1190-1199)
Mint: Dublin
First coinage, second issue
S.6205

Ex- K.Brosz
1 commentsNap07/19/19 at 18:10quadrans: Wow,
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Cr 293/1 AR Denarius L. Philippus18 views113 to 111-ish BCE
o: Head of Philip of Macedon right, wearing royal Macedonian helmet; under chin, Φ; behind, ROMA monogram
r: Equestrian statue right, base inscribed L. PHILIPPVS; below horse, flower; in exergue, XVI [mono]
Marcia 12. 3.92 gm 21.00 mm
The obverse oddly depicts Philip V of Macedon, sometime ally and sometime opponent of Rome, and seems to point to an earlier claim by the Marcii Philippi to a connection to the Macedonian dynasty. The reverse likely depicts a statue of another Marcius in the Roman Forum. There are monograms, flowers, and other elements to round out an array of meanings. The bronze issues, a quadrans and uncia, are also a bit busy and a bit scarcer.

This is a really nice coin, with a bit of deposit at 9:00 obverse, but I just can't get enthusiastic about the type.
3 commentsPMah07/19/19 at 18:09quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Titus_RIC_528_[Vesp].jpg
Titus as Caesar AR Denarius61 viewsTitus as Caesar AR Denarius
Rome mint 73 CE
Obv: TCAES IMP VESP PON TR POT CENS; Laureate Head of Titus right
Rev: FIDES PUBL; Hands clasped over caduceus, 2 poppoies and 2 corn ears
RIC 528 (R)[VESP] BMC 91a RSC 87b
Purchased from Ebay July 18, 2019
5 commentsorfew07/19/19 at 18:09quadrans: wow, great coin,
Claudius_(41-54)__Æ_Quadrans_(18mm,_2_71g,_7h)__Rome,_AD_42.jpg
Claudius (Augustus) Coin: Bronze Quadrans11 viewsTI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG - Hand holding scales, PNR in field
PON M TR P IMP PP COS II around S C. - Legend around S C
Mint: Rome ( 1-4 January AD 42))
Wt./Size/Axis: 2.71g / 18mm / 7h
Rarity: R3
References:
RIC I 91
Cohen 73
BMC 181
Provenances:
London Ancient Coins (LAC)
Acquisition/Sale: London Ancient Coins (LAC) Internet LAC Price List 2 #441 $0.00 07/19
Notes: Jul 19, 19 - The Gary R. Wilson Collection

There were eight different issues of quadrans under Claudius:
PON M TR P IMP COS DES IT (modius)-41AD-Common
PON M TR P IMP COS DES IT (scales)-41AD -Common
PONT MAX TR POT IMP (modius)-41AD-Rare
PONT MAX TR POT IMP (scales)-41AD-Rare
PON M TR P IMP COS II (modius)-42AD- R3
PON M TR P IMP COS II (scales)-42AD- R3 -This Coin
PON M TR P IMP P P COS II (modius)-42AD- Common
PON M TR P IMP P P COS II (scales)-42AD- Scarce

Quadrantes, like quinarii, were issued only occasionally, perhaps exclusively for imperial distributions. Suetonius reported that, from the roof of the Basilica Julia "Caligula threw coins among the people." Perhaps this small coin was thrown to the crowd by Claudius himself at a similar event.

The most common theme for the quadrans was the modius, a Roman grain container. This coin was probably redeemable for a modius of grain.

Per CNG: Very rare. Struck 1-4 January AD 42.
2 commentsGary W207/19/19 at 18:08quadrans: Nice one
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1410 Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Bundle of grain four ears12 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1410; Metcalf 66; (same die pair as M303 plate)

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder,

Rev. COS III (across top)
Poppy and four grain stalks in bundle

9.26 gr
28 mm
1h
1 commentsokidoki07/19/19 at 18:07quadrans: Nice piece..
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Akarnania Leukas AR Stater circa 320-280 BC 20.5mm 8.25g 11h54 viewsPegasos flying right mintmark below.Rev helmeted head of Athena right,to left bearded ithyphallic herm facing right,standing on three steps,caduceus and mintmark.
ex CNG 103 lot 146 9-14-16
ex Thomas BentleyCederlind.
ex Gorny & Mosch auc 233 lot 1400 10-6-15
ex Sotheby Zurich lot 385 4-5-1973
ex The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
ex J.Pierpont Morgan 1905.
ex John Ward pl.11 465 Greek coins and their Parent Cities 1902
2 commentsGrant H07/19/19 at 09:50Grant H: And I was the one to discover it.
Titus_RIC_528_[Vesp].jpg
Titus as Caesar AR Denarius61 viewsTitus as Caesar AR Denarius
Rome mint 73 CE
Obv: TCAES IMP VESP PON TR POT CENS; Laureate Head of Titus right
Rev: FIDES PUBL; Hands clasped over caduceus, 2 poppoies and 2 corn ears
RIC 528 (R)[VESP] BMC 91a RSC 87b
Purchased from Ebay July 18, 2019
5 commentsorfew07/18/19 at 23:49Jay GT4: Great rarity!
Titus_RIC_528_[Vesp].jpg
Titus as Caesar AR Denarius61 viewsTitus as Caesar AR Denarius
Rome mint 73 CE
Obv: TCAES IMP VESP PON TR POT CENS; Laureate Head of Titus right
Rev: FIDES PUBL; Hands clasped over caduceus, 2 poppoies and 2 corn ears
RIC 528 (R)[VESP] BMC 91a RSC 87b
Purchased from Ebay July 18, 2019
5 commentsorfew07/18/19 at 23:39Mat: Nice find
AugustusBull.jpg
Augustus denarius104 viewsAVGVSTVS DIVI F
Bare head of Augustus right

IMP XII
Bull butting left

3.72g

Lugdunum 15 - 13 BC

RIC I, 189a

Rare bull butting left

Ex-ANE
4 commentsJay GT407/18/19 at 19:39orfew: Nice one Jay
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Cr 293/1 AR Denarius L. Philippus18 views113 to 111-ish BCE
o: Head of Philip of Macedon right, wearing royal Macedonian helmet; under chin, Φ; behind, ROMA monogram
r: Equestrian statue right, base inscribed L. PHILIPPVS; below horse, flower; in exergue, XVI [mono]
Marcia 12. 3.92 gm 21.00 mm
The obverse oddly depicts Philip V of Macedon, sometime ally and sometime opponent of Rome, and seems to point to an earlier claim by the Marcii Philippi to a connection to the Macedonian dynasty. The reverse likely depicts a statue of another Marcius in the Roman Forum. There are monograms, flowers, and other elements to round out an array of meanings. The bronze issues, a quadrans and uncia, are also a bit busy and a bit scarcer.

This is a really nice coin, with a bit of deposit at 9:00 obverse, but I just can't get enthusiastic about the type.
3 commentsPMah07/18/19 at 19:22Tracy Aiello: I agree, simply fantastic.
Carthage.jpg
Carthage, Second Punic War (220-215 BC)22 viewsAE Trishekel

29 mm, 18.21 g

Obverse: Head of Tanit left, wearing wreath of grain ears and single-pendant earring

Reverse: Horse standing right; palm tree in background to left.

MAA 84; Müller, Afrique 147; SNG Copenhagen 344.

The Second Punic War formally began when the Carthaginian general Hannibal and his army crossed the Alps in November of 218 BC and descended into Northern Italy. Battles raged on Italian soil for nearly 15 years until Hannibal and what remained of his army sailed for North Africa in the summer or fall of 203 BC. Shown above is a typical example of what would have been a lower-value coin issued by the Carthaginians in the early stages of the war.

Carthage was a Phoenician colony, and as such the Carthaginians were related to the Hebrews and the Canaanites (among others). Culturally they had much in common, including the use of the shekel as the primary unit of money. Likewise, the Carthaginians worshipped a variety of deities from the ancient Middle East. One in particular was the goddess Tanit. A Phoenician (Punic) goddess of war, Tanit was also a virgin mother goddess and a fertility symbol.
2 commentsNathan P07/18/19 at 03:14Jay GT4: Nice!
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Cr 293/1 AR Denarius L. Philippus18 views113 to 111-ish BCE
o: Head of Philip of Macedon right, wearing royal Macedonian helmet; under chin, Φ; behind, ROMA monogram
r: Equestrian statue right, base inscribed L. PHILIPPVS; below horse, flower; in exergue, XVI [mono]
Marcia 12. 3.92 gm 21.00 mm
The obverse oddly depicts Philip V of Macedon, sometime ally and sometime opponent of Rome, and seems to point to an earlier claim by the Marcii Philippi to a connection to the Macedonian dynasty. The reverse likely depicts a statue of another Marcius in the Roman Forum. There are monograms, flowers, and other elements to round out an array of meanings. The bronze issues, a quadrans and uncia, are also a bit busy and a bit scarcer.

This is a really nice coin, with a bit of deposit at 9:00 obverse, but I just can't get enthusiastic about the type.
3 commentsPMah07/18/19 at 03:13Jay GT4: This one's fantastic
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Vespasian-RIC-113750 viewsÆ Sestertius, 25.51g
Lyon mint, 71 AD
RIC 1137 (R). BMC p. 198 note ‡.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: S P Q R / •P•P• / OB CIVES / SERVATOS within oak wreath
Ex Leu Web Auction 8, 29-30 June 2019, lot 1008.

During the great bronze issue of 71 a sestertius reverse type was struck at both Rome and Lyon (Lugdunum) which commemorates the Senate awarding the corona civica to Vespasian. The corona civica was originally a military honour bestowed upon a Roman who had saved a fellow citizen's life in battle. It was one of the greatest public honours. In the imperial era the honour developed from a coveted military decoration into an imperial emblem granted by the Senate to the emperor. The wreath was made of oak leaves and is sometimes called a corona quercea after the common name for the oak. Artistically it is sometimes depicted with acorns scattered amongst the leaves. Plutarch believed the oak was chosen for this highest of honours for several reasons. The tree was easily found throughout the countryside and was quite convenient for fashioning a wreath when the need arose. Also, the oak is sacred to Jupiter and Juno and thus was an appropriate symbolic honour given to one who has saved the life of a fellow Roman citizen, or indeed the state. Finally, the early settlers of Rome, the Arcadians, were nicknamed 'acorn-eaters' in an oracle of Apollo.

The Wreath was awarded to Vespasian by the Senate for rescuing the Roman people from civil war and bringing about peace. The legend within the wreath S P Q R / P P / OB CIVES / SERVATOS translates as: 'The Senate and the Roman People / Father of the Nation / For Having Saved the Citizens'. This rare Lugdunese specimen commemorating the award was struck during the first bronze issue at that mint.

Cleaned surfaces with brass toning.
5 commentsDavid Atherton07/17/19 at 22:24quadrans: Nice one
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1784 LYDIA, Stratonicea Pseudo-autonomous under hadrian 128-30 AD Roma bust12 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1784; LS 10-11; Tübingen SNG 3831; Mu SNG 559

Magistrate Candidus (strategos)

Obv. СΥΝΚΛΗΤΟС СΤΡ ΚΑ
Draped bust of Senate, right

Rev. ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟΠ ΡΩΜΗ
Draped bust of Roma, right

1.47 gr
15 mm
12h
1 commentsokidoki07/17/19 at 22:14quadrans: Nice piece..
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, AR Denarius - Crawford 495/2d25 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Marcus Aemilius Lepidus and Octavian, 42 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.70g; 20mm).
Military Mint in Italy.

Obverse: LEPIDVS· PONT· MAX· III· V· R· P· C; bare head of Lepidus facing right.

Reverse: C· CAESAR· IMP· III· VIR· R ·P· C; bare head of Octavian facing right.

References: Crawford 495/2d; HCRI 140a; Sydenham 1323var (rev legend); Aemilia 35var (rev legend); BMCRR (Africa) 29-31var (rev legend); Banti & Simonetti 7 (this coin illustrated).

Provenance: Ex Leu Numismatik Auction 8 (30 Jun 2019) Lot 949; Bank Leu 7 (9 May 1973) Lot 317; Joseph Martini Collection [Rodolfo Ratto Auction (24 Feb 1930) Lot 1334]; Rodolfo Ratto Fixed Price List (1927) Lot 629; Dr. Bonazzi Collection a/k/a Riche Collection [Rodolfo Ratto Auction (23 Jan 1924) Lot 1352].

This reverse die differs from most of this denarius issue in that the inscription begins with the initial “C” for Octavian's first name (Caius), while the remainder of the issue begins, simply, "CAESAR." The coins appear to celebrate the formation of the Second Triumvirate, although it is unclear why Lepidus did not also strike coins with Antony’s portrait.
2 commentsCarausius07/17/19 at 21:27quadrans: Nice piece..
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Mithradates II (121 - 91 B.C.)26 viewsAR Drachm
O:  Long-bearded bust left wearing diadem.
R: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ − ΒΑΣΙ − ΛΕΩΝ − ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ / ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ / ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ Archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, holding bow.
Ekbatana mint. Struck 109-96/5 B.C.
4.13g
21mm
Sellwood 27.2; Sunrise 294; Shore 86.
4 commentsMat07/17/19 at 21:22quadrans: Wow, nice piece..
V1137.jpg
Vespasian-RIC-113750 viewsÆ Sestertius, 25.51g
Lyon mint, 71 AD
RIC 1137 (R). BMC p. 198 note ‡.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: S P Q R / •P•P• / OB CIVES / SERVATOS within oak wreath
Ex Leu Web Auction 8, 29-30 June 2019, lot 1008.

During the great bronze issue of 71 a sestertius reverse type was struck at both Rome and Lyon (Lugdunum) which commemorates the Senate awarding the corona civica to Vespasian. The corona civica was originally a military honour bestowed upon a Roman who had saved a fellow citizen's life in battle. It was one of the greatest public honours. In the imperial era the honour developed from a coveted military decoration into an imperial emblem granted by the Senate to the emperor. The wreath was made of oak leaves and is sometimes called a corona quercea after the common name for the oak. Artistically it is sometimes depicted with acorns scattered amongst the leaves. Plutarch believed the oak was chosen for this highest of honours for several reasons. The tree was easily found throughout the countryside and was quite convenient for fashioning a wreath when the need arose. Also, the oak is sacred to Jupiter and Juno and thus was an appropriate symbolic honour given to one who has saved the life of a fellow Roman citizen, or indeed the state. Finally, the early settlers of Rome, the Arcadians, were nicknamed 'acorn-eaters' in an oracle of Apollo.

The Wreath was awarded to Vespasian by the Senate for rescuing the Roman people from civil war and bringing about peace. The legend within the wreath S P Q R / P P / OB CIVES / SERVATOS translates as: 'The Senate and the Roman People / Father of the Nation / For Having Saved the Citizens'. This rare Lugdunese specimen commemorating the award was struck during the first bronze issue at that mint.

Cleaned surfaces with brass toning.
5 commentsDavid Atherton07/17/19 at 20:24okidoki: excellent
1267_P_Caracalla_Unpublished.jpg
BITHYNIA. Caesarea Germanica. Caracalla (198-217). Harbor of Caesarea Germanica16 viewsReference.
RG -; SNG von Aulock -; SNG Copenhagen; apparently unpublished.

Obv: AVT K M AVP ANTΩNINOC AVΓ CЄB.
Laureate and cuirassed bust right.

Rev: KAICAPЄIAC ΓЄPMANIKHC.
Overhead view of the harbor of Caesarea Germanica, containing galley under sail right and with pharos and column at each side; within harbor, distyle temple set upon pediment; below, bull reclining left, head right.

Note.
Extremely rare and interesting

11.97 gr
29 mm
h
1 commentsokidoki07/17/19 at 19:44shanxi: wonderful reverse
Carthage.jpg
Carthage, Second Punic War (220-215 BC)22 viewsAE Trishekel

29 mm, 18.21 g

Obverse: Head of Tanit left, wearing wreath of grain ears and single-pendant earring

Reverse: Horse standing right; palm tree in background to left.

MAA 84; Müller, Afrique 147; SNG Copenhagen 344.

The Second Punic War formally began when the Carthaginian general Hannibal and his army crossed the Alps in November of 218 BC and descended into Northern Italy. Battles raged on Italian soil for nearly 15 years until Hannibal and what remained of his army sailed for North Africa in the summer or fall of 203 BC. Shown above is a typical example of what would have been a lower-value coin issued by the Carthaginians in the early stages of the war.

Carthage was a Phoenician colony, and as such the Carthaginians were related to the Hebrews and the Canaanites (among others). Culturally they had much in common, including the use of the shekel as the primary unit of money. Likewise, the Carthaginians worshipped a variety of deities from the ancient Middle East. One in particular was the goddess Tanit. A Phoenician (Punic) goddess of war, Tanit was also a virgin mother goddess and a fertility symbol.
2 commentsNathan P07/17/19 at 19:34okidoki: wonderful coin with excellent toning
mathii.jpg
Mithradates II (121 - 91 B.C.)26 viewsAR Drachm
O:  Long-bearded bust left wearing diadem.
R: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ − ΒΑΣΙ − ΛΕΩΝ − ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ / ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ / ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ Archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, holding bow.
Ekbatana mint. Struck 109-96/5 B.C.
4.13g
21mm
Sellwood 27.2; Sunrise 294; Shore 86.
4 commentsMat07/17/19 at 16:45Randygeki(h2): A cool addition Mat
mathii.jpg
Mithradates II (121 - 91 B.C.)26 viewsAR Drachm
O:  Long-bearded bust left wearing diadem.
R: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ − ΒΑΣΙ − ΛΕΩΝ − ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ / ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ / ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ Archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, holding bow.
Ekbatana mint. Struck 109-96/5 B.C.
4.13g
21mm
Sellwood 27.2; Sunrise 294; Shore 86.
4 commentsMat07/17/19 at 15:44okidoki: very nice
Antoninus_Pius_6.jpg
Egypt, Alexandria, AD 148/149, Antoninus Pius, Nilus reclining35 viewsAntoninus Pius
Alexandria
Billon-Tetradrachm
Obv.: ANTWNINOC CEB EVCEB, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev.: ΔWΔΕΚ / ATOY / L Iζ, River god Nilus reclining left, resting on inverted vase from which water flows; in right hand cornucopia from which genius with wreath emerges and in left hand reed; below, crocodile.
Billon, 12.47g. 23.1mm
Ref.: Geissen 1594, Milne 1990
Ex Pecunem Gitbud&Naumann auction 32, Lot 364
3 commentsshanxi07/17/19 at 13:35andi89: No wonder it looked so familiar: it was in my coll...
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Vespasian-RIC-113750 viewsÆ Sestertius, 25.51g
Lyon mint, 71 AD
RIC 1137 (R). BMC p. 198 note ‡.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: S P Q R / •P•P• / OB CIVES / SERVATOS within oak wreath
Ex Leu Web Auction 8, 29-30 June 2019, lot 1008.

During the great bronze issue of 71 a sestertius reverse type was struck at both Rome and Lyon (Lugdunum) which commemorates the Senate awarding the corona civica to Vespasian. The corona civica was originally a military honour bestowed upon a Roman who had saved a fellow citizen's life in battle. It was one of the greatest public honours. In the imperial era the honour developed from a coveted military decoration into an imperial emblem granted by the Senate to the emperor. The wreath was made of oak leaves and is sometimes called a corona quercea after the common name for the oak. Artistically it is sometimes depicted with acorns scattered amongst the leaves. Plutarch believed the oak was chosen for this highest of honours for several reasons. The tree was easily found throughout the countryside and was quite convenient for fashioning a wreath when the need arose. Also, the oak is sacred to Jupiter and Juno and thus was an appropriate symbolic honour given to one who has saved the life of a fellow Roman citizen, or indeed the state. Finally, the early settlers of Rome, the Arcadians, were nicknamed 'acorn-eaters' in an oracle of Apollo.

The Wreath was awarded to Vespasian by the Senate for rescuing the Roman people from civil war and bringing about peace. The legend within the wreath S P Q R / P P / OB CIVES / SERVATOS translates as: 'The Senate and the Roman People / Father of the Nation / For Having Saved the Citizens'. This rare Lugdunese specimen commemorating the award was struck during the first bronze issue at that mint.

Cleaned surfaces with brass toning.
5 commentsDavid Atherton07/17/19 at 13:15Molinari: I love it. So glad you're collecting bronze n...
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Titus RIC 16A73 viewsAR Denarius, 2.83g
Rome mint, 79 AD
RIC 16A (R3). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: ANNONA AVG; Annona std. l., with sack of corn ears
Ex Roma Numismatics, E-Sale 58, 20 June 2019, lot 1078.

A unique First issue Annona paired with a Second issue obverse legend. The Annona reverse was a carry-over type struck for Titus as Caesar under Vespasian just before his death and was likely issued in the first few days of Titus' reign as a stop-gap until new reverse designs could be created. It is by far the rarest type from the First issue. The obverse legend changed in the second issue from the First issue's IMP T CAESAR to IMP TITVS CAES, this would be the standard obverse legend on the denarii for the remainder of the reign. The appearance of the Annona type with the new obverse legend is possibly a mule using an old First issue reverse die with a new Second issue obverse. There is a slight possibility that it was an intentional strike, but the fact that no other Second issue Annona specimens have surfaced is a strong indication it is accidental.

I informed Ian Carradice of the piece and he has assigned it RIC 16A in the upcoming RIC II.1 Addenda with the note: 'Perhaps a mule, with rev die from the previous issue'.

Good Roman style.
6 commentsDavid Atherton07/16/19 at 22:30Nemonater: Awesome addition!
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Titus RIC 16A73 viewsAR Denarius, 2.83g
Rome mint, 79 AD
RIC 16A (R3). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: ANNONA AVG; Annona std. l., with sack of corn ears
Ex Roma Numismatics, E-Sale 58, 20 June 2019, lot 1078.

A unique First issue Annona paired with a Second issue obverse legend. The Annona reverse was a carry-over type struck for Titus as Caesar under Vespasian just before his death and was likely issued in the first few days of Titus' reign as a stop-gap until new reverse designs could be created. It is by far the rarest type from the First issue. The obverse legend changed in the second issue from the First issue's IMP T CAESAR to IMP TITVS CAES, this would be the standard obverse legend on the denarii for the remainder of the reign. The appearance of the Annona type with the new obverse legend is possibly a mule using an old First issue reverse die with a new Second issue obverse. There is a slight possibility that it was an intentional strike, but the fact that no other Second issue Annona specimens have surfaced is a strong indication it is accidental.

I informed Ian Carradice of the piece and he has assigned it RIC 16A in the upcoming RIC II.1 Addenda with the note: 'Perhaps a mule, with rev die from the previous issue'.

Good Roman style.
6 commentsDavid Atherton07/16/19 at 20:53okidoki: Nice find
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Titus RIC 16A73 viewsAR Denarius, 2.83g
Rome mint, 79 AD
RIC 16A (R3). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: ANNONA AVG; Annona std. l., with sack of corn ears
Ex Roma Numismatics, E-Sale 58, 20 June 2019, lot 1078.

A unique First issue Annona paired with a Second issue obverse legend. The Annona reverse was a carry-over type struck for Titus as Caesar under Vespasian just before his death and was likely issued in the first few days of Titus' reign as a stop-gap until new reverse designs could be created. It is by far the rarest type from the First issue. The obverse legend changed in the second issue from the First issue's IMP T CAESAR to IMP TITVS CAES, this would be the standard obverse legend on the denarii for the remainder of the reign. The appearance of the Annona type with the new obverse legend is possibly a mule using an old First issue reverse die with a new Second issue obverse. There is a slight possibility that it was an intentional strike, but the fact that no other Second issue Annona specimens have surfaced is a strong indication it is accidental.

I informed Ian Carradice of the piece and he has assigned it RIC 16A in the upcoming RIC II.1 Addenda with the note: 'Perhaps a mule, with rev die from the previous issue'.

Good Roman style.
6 commentsDavid Atherton07/16/19 at 20:35Jay GT4: Great find David
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Vespasian-RIC-113750 viewsÆ Sestertius, 25.51g
Lyon mint, 71 AD
RIC 1137 (R). BMC p. 198 note ‡.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: S P Q R / •P•P• / OB CIVES / SERVATOS within oak wreath
Ex Leu Web Auction 8, 29-30 June 2019, lot 1008.

During the great bronze issue of 71 a sestertius reverse type was struck at both Rome and Lyon (Lugdunum) which commemorates the Senate awarding the corona civica to Vespasian. The corona civica was originally a military honour bestowed upon a Roman who had saved a fellow citizen's life in battle. It was one of the greatest public honours. In the imperial era the honour developed from a coveted military decoration into an imperial emblem granted by the Senate to the emperor. The wreath was made of oak leaves and is sometimes called a corona quercea after the common name for the oak. Artistically it is sometimes depicted with acorns scattered amongst the leaves. Plutarch believed the oak was chosen for this highest of honours for several reasons. The tree was easily found throughout the countryside and was quite convenient for fashioning a wreath when the need arose. Also, the oak is sacred to Jupiter and Juno and thus was an appropriate symbolic honour given to one who has saved the life of a fellow Roman citizen, or indeed the state. Finally, the early settlers of Rome, the Arcadians, were nicknamed 'acorn-eaters' in an oracle of Apollo.

The Wreath was awarded to Vespasian by the Senate for rescuing the Roman people from civil war and bringing about peace. The legend within the wreath S P Q R / P P / OB CIVES / SERVATOS translates as: 'The Senate and the Roman People / Father of the Nation / For Having Saved the Citizens'. This rare Lugdunese specimen commemorating the award was struck during the first bronze issue at that mint.

Cleaned surfaces with brass toning.
5 commentsDavid Atherton07/16/19 at 20:32Jay GT4: Lovely
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Lycian League, Masikytes19 viewsLycian League, Masikytes. c. 40-35 BC. AR Hemidrachm (1.70 gm). Laureate head of Apollo r. / Kithara (lyre), M-A across fields, serpent coiled around omphalos to l., all within incuse square.  EF.  CNG EA 447 #118. Ex-Dr. Erik Miller Coll. RPC I #3303; Troxell, Lycian, Period IV, Series 3 #97; McClean 8875.
In Greek myths, Apollo slayed the great serpent Python so that he could establish his oracular temple at Delphi. An omphalos marked the spot where he slayed Python and is depicted on ancient coins as an omphalos stone with a serpent wound around it.
2 commentsChristian T07/16/19 at 14:14shanxi: nice one
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Vespasian-RIC-113750 viewsÆ Sestertius, 25.51g
Lyon mint, 71 AD
RIC 1137 (R). BMC p. 198 note ‡.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: S P Q R / •P•P• / OB CIVES / SERVATOS within oak wreath
Ex Leu Web Auction 8, 29-30 June 2019, lot 1008.

During the great bronze issue of 71 a sestertius reverse type was struck at both Rome and Lyon (Lugdunum) which commemorates the Senate awarding the corona civica to Vespasian. The corona civica was originally a military honour bestowed upon a Roman who had saved a fellow citizen's life in battle. It was one of the greatest public honours. In the imperial era the honour developed from a coveted military decoration into an imperial emblem granted by the Senate to the emperor. The wreath was made of oak leaves and is sometimes called a corona quercea after the common name for the oak. Artistically it is sometimes depicted with acorns scattered amongst the leaves. Plutarch believed the oak was chosen for this highest of honours for several reasons. The tree was easily found throughout the countryside and was quite convenient for fashioning a wreath when the need arose. Also, the oak is sacred to Jupiter and Juno and thus was an appropriate symbolic honour given to one who has saved the life of a fellow Roman citizen, or indeed the state. Finally, the early settlers of Rome, the Arcadians, were nicknamed 'acorn-eaters' in an oracle of Apollo.

The Wreath was awarded to Vespasian by the Senate for rescuing the Roman people from civil war and bringing about peace. The legend within the wreath S P Q R / P P / OB CIVES / SERVATOS translates as: 'The Senate and the Roman People / Father of the Nation / For Having Saved the Citizens'. This rare Lugdunese specimen commemorating the award was struck during the first bronze issue at that mint.

Cleaned surfaces with brass toning.
5 commentsDavid Atherton07/16/19 at 13:17FlaviusDomitianus: Nice example.
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Roman Empire, Constantius II, Fel temp reparatio,A Soldier attacks the horseman149 viewsRIC VIII : 132
Struck A.D.350 - 355
Antioch
1 commentsXLi07/16/19 at 05:38Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
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Roman Empire, Constantius II81 viewsCa. 348-350 AD.
SMNS
RIC 82
Ex Lanz 2017
3 commentsXLi07/16/19 at 05:37Randygeki(h2): Excellent !
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Mark Antony (Triumvir) Gens: Antonia Moneyer: M. Barbatius Pollio Coin: Silver Denarius 11 viewsM ANT IMP AVG III VIR R P C M BARBAT Q P, - Bare head of Mark Antony right
CAESAR IMP PONT III VIR R P C - Bare head of Octavian right.
Mint: Ephesus (41 BC)
Wt./Size/Axis: 3.00g / 19mm / 12h
References:
RSC 8
Crawford 517/2
CRI 243
Sydenham 1181
Acquisition/Sale: imperatorcoins-and-estatesales eBay $0.00 07/19
Notes: Jul 14, 19 - The Gary R. Wilson Collection

(Coin broken probably from crystallization and repaired.)
2 commentsGary W207/15/19 at 19:11Gary W2: I agree. For what I paid, I can live with the brea...
020_Vespasian,_AR-Den,_IMP_CAESAR_VESPAS_AVG_COS_III_TR_P_P_P,_PACI_AVGVSTAE,_EPHE,_RIC_1431,_BMC_457,_RSC_276,_RPC_833,_Ephesos_71_AD_Q-001,_6h,_17-18mm,_3,41g-s.jpg
020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² 1431, Ephesus, AR-Denarius, PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory, draped, advancing right, #164 views020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² 1431, Ephesus, AR-Denarius, PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory, draped, advancing right, #1
avers: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P, Laureate head right.
reverse: PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory, draped, advancing right, holding wreath extended in right hand and palm over the left shoulder. EPHE lower right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0-18,0mm, weight: 3,41 g, axis: 0h,
mint: Ephesus, date: 71 A.D., ref: RIC² 1431, RPC II 833, BMC 457, RSC 276,
Q-001
5 commentsquadrans07/15/19 at 13:01Vincent: Gem of an example, with lovely classical style... ...
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, AR Denarius - Crawford 495/2d25 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Marcus Aemilius Lepidus and Octavian, 42 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.70g; 20mm).
Military Mint in Italy.

Obverse: LEPIDVS· PONT· MAX· III· V· R· P· C; bare head of Lepidus facing right.

Reverse: C· CAESAR· IMP· III· VIR· R ·P· C; bare head of Octavian facing right.

References: Crawford 495/2d; HCRI 140a; Sydenham 1323var (rev legend); Aemilia 35var (rev legend); BMCRR (Africa) 29-31var (rev legend); Banti & Simonetti 7 (this coin illustrated).

Provenance: Ex Leu Numismatik Auction 8 (30 Jun 2019) Lot 949; Bank Leu 7 (9 May 1973) Lot 317; Joseph Martini Collection [Rodolfo Ratto Auction (24 Feb 1930) Lot 1334]; Rodolfo Ratto Fixed Price List (1927) Lot 629; Dr. Bonazzi Collection a/k/a Riche Collection [Rodolfo Ratto Auction (23 Jan 1924) Lot 1352].

This reverse die differs from most of this denarius issue in that the inscription begins with the initial “C” for Octavian's first name (Caius), while the remainder of the issue begins, simply, "CAESAR." The coins appear to celebrate the formation of the Second Triumvirate, although it is unclear why Lepidus did not also strike coins with Antony’s portrait.
2 commentsCarausius07/15/19 at 03:55Jay GT4: Wonderful. Congrats
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Roman, Domitian, AR Denarius18 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93.
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
2 commentsorfew07/15/19 at 02:41Jay GT4: That's a great coin!
AR_DENARIUS_OF_MARK_ANTONY_AND_OCTAVIAN_CAESAR_THE_TRIUMVIRS_PERIOD_41_BC_5.jpg
Mark Antony (Triumvir) Gens: Antonia Moneyer: M. Barbatius Pollio Coin: Silver Denarius 11 viewsM ANT IMP AVG III VIR R P C M BARBAT Q P, - Bare head of Mark Antony right
CAESAR IMP PONT III VIR R P C - Bare head of Octavian right.
Mint: Ephesus (41 BC)
Wt./Size/Axis: 3.00g / 19mm / 12h
References:
RSC 8
Crawford 517/2
CRI 243
Sydenham 1181
Acquisition/Sale: imperatorcoins-and-estatesales eBay $0.00 07/19
Notes: Jul 14, 19 - The Gary R. Wilson Collection

(Coin broken probably from crystallization and repaired.)
2 commentsGary W207/15/19 at 02:19Jay GT4: At least you have all the pieces! Nice to have tw...
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Titus RIC 06104 viewsAR Denarius, 2.80g
Rome mint, 79 AD
RIC 6 (R2). BMC p. 432. RSC 270a.
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII; Ceres std. l., with corn ears and poppy and torch
Acquired from Marc Walter, eBay, 25 August 2012.

Minted in 79 AD after 1 July, this is an early denarius, indicated by the absence of P P (Pater Patriae) in the reverse legend.
The Ceres reverse is a carry-over type struck by Vespasian in 79 before his death and adopted by Titus after he donned the purple.

A type that is quite rare and hard to come by in trade. A reverse die match with the RIC plate coin.
7 commentsDavid Atherton07/14/19 at 01:30Jay GT4: Great rarity
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Titus RIC-49836 viewsÆ Sestertius, 24.38g
Eastern Mint (Thrace?), 80-81 AD
RIC 498 (C). BMC 309. RPC 501.
Obv: IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PAX AVGVST; S C in field; Pax stg. l., with branch and cornucopiae
Acquired from Munthandel G. Henzen, June 2019.

A mystery mint struck coins for Titus sometime between 80-81. The style (heavily seriffed letters, large portraits, and massive reverse figures), unique obverse legends (DIVI VESP F for Titus), and uncommon fabric (flat, almost convex flans) all suggest a mint other than Rome. Attributing exactly where these coins were struck has historically been a moving target - Mattingly in BMCRE thought Lugdunum, H.A. Cahn believed somewhere in Bithynia. More recent scholarship has looked towards Thrace as a possible location for production based on the Balkan distribution pattern of found specimens. Although the region of mintage has been narrowed down, the city itself remains elusive. RPC has suggested possibly Perinthus. Presumably a shortage of bronze coins in the region during Titus' reign prompted a localised imperial issue. The striking of imperial bronze outside of Rome was an exceptional step at the time considering the last imperial branch mint at Lugdunum had shuttered late in Vespasian's reign. The issue consisted of sestertii, dupondii, asses, and semisses which copied types struck at Rome. This sestertius with its massive portrait and large reverse figure is quite typical for this elusive mint. The reverse copies a common Pax type struck contemporaneously at Rome.

Good style with dark brown patina.
3 commentsDavid Atherton07/13/19 at 22:20Jay GT4: Nice big coin!
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Asia Minor, Mysia, Pergamon, Asklepios, snake, omphalos, c/m owl17 viewsMysia, Pergamon
AE 21, 200-133 BC
Obv.: laureate head of bearded Asklepios
Rev.: ΑΣΚΛΗΠΙΟΥ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ, snake coiled around omphalos, without monogram, countermark owl

AE, 10.6g, 20.5mm
Ref.: SNG France 1815 (with countermark)
1 commentsshanxi07/13/19 at 20:24quadrans: Nice piece.. , and great owl...
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Titus RIC-49836 viewsÆ Sestertius, 24.38g
Eastern Mint (Thrace?), 80-81 AD
RIC 498 (C). BMC 309. RPC 501.
Obv: IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PAX AVGVST; S C in field; Pax stg. l., with branch and cornucopiae
Acquired from Munthandel G. Henzen, June 2019.

A mystery mint struck coins for Titus sometime between 80-81. The style (heavily seriffed letters, large portraits, and massive reverse figures), unique obverse legends (DIVI VESP F for Titus), and uncommon fabric (flat, almost convex flans) all suggest a mint other than Rome. Attributing exactly where these coins were struck has historically been a moving target - Mattingly in BMCRE thought Lugdunum, H.A. Cahn believed somewhere in Bithynia. More recent scholarship has looked towards Thrace as a possible location for production based on the Balkan distribution pattern of found specimens. Although the region of mintage has been narrowed down, the city itself remains elusive. RPC has suggested possibly Perinthus. Presumably a shortage of bronze coins in the region during Titus' reign prompted a localised imperial issue. The striking of imperial bronze outside of Rome was an exceptional step at the time considering the last imperial branch mint at Lugdunum had shuttered late in Vespasian's reign. The issue consisted of sestertii, dupondii, asses, and semisses which copied types struck at Rome. This sestertius with its massive portrait and large reverse figure is quite typical for this elusive mint. The reverse copies a common Pax type struck contemporaneously at Rome.

Good style with dark brown patina.
3 commentsDavid Atherton07/13/19 at 20:23quadrans: Great portrait,...
Domitian_RIC_435_~0.jpg
Roman, Domitian, AR Denarius18 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93.
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
2 commentsorfew07/13/19 at 20:21quadrans: Wow, nice piece...
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Titus RIC-49836 viewsÆ Sestertius, 24.38g
Eastern Mint (Thrace?), 80-81 AD
RIC 498 (C). BMC 309. RPC 501.
Obv: IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PAX AVGVST; S C in field; Pax stg. l., with branch and cornucopiae
Acquired from Munthandel G. Henzen, June 2019.

A mystery mint struck coins for Titus sometime between 80-81. The style (heavily seriffed letters, large portraits, and massive reverse figures), unique obverse legends (DIVI VESP F for Titus), and uncommon fabric (flat, almost convex flans) all suggest a mint other than Rome. Attributing exactly where these coins were struck has historically been a moving target - Mattingly in BMCRE thought Lugdunum, H.A. Cahn believed somewhere in Bithynia. More recent scholarship has looked towards Thrace as a possible location for production based on the Balkan distribution pattern of found specimens. Although the region of mintage has been narrowed down, the city itself remains elusive. RPC has suggested possibly Perinthus. Presumably a shortage of bronze coins in the region during Titus' reign prompted a localised imperial issue. The striking of imperial bronze outside of Rome was an exceptional step at the time considering the last imperial branch mint at Lugdunum had shuttered late in Vespasian's reign. The issue consisted of sestertii, dupondii, asses, and semisses which copied types struck at Rome. This sestertius with its massive portrait and large reverse figure is quite typical for this elusive mint. The reverse copies a common Pax type struck contemporaneously at Rome.

Good style with dark brown patina.
3 commentsDavid Atherton07/13/19 at 17:47FlaviusDomitianus: Pleasant example with honest wear.
020_Vespasian,_AR-Den,_IMP_CAESAR_VESPAS_AVG_COS_III_TR_P_P_P,_PACI_AVGVSTAE,_EPHE,_RIC_1431,_BMC_457,_RSC_276,_RPC_833,_Ephesos_71_AD_Q-001,_6h,_17-18mm,_3,41g-s.jpg
020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² 1431, Ephesus, AR-Denarius, PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory, draped, advancing right, #164 views020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² 1431, Ephesus, AR-Denarius, PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory, draped, advancing right, #1
avers: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P, Laureate head right.
reverse: PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory, draped, advancing right, holding wreath extended in right hand and palm over the left shoulder. EPHE lower right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0-18,0mm, weight: 3,41 g, axis: 0h,
mint: Ephesus, date: 71 A.D., ref: RIC² 1431, RPC II 833, BMC 457, RSC 276,
Q-001
5 commentsquadrans07/13/19 at 14:10orfew: Lovely
020_Vespasian,_AR-Den,_IMP_CAESAR_VESPAS_AVG_COS_III_TR_P_P_P,_PACI_AVGVSTAE,_EPHE,_RIC_1431,_BMC_457,_RSC_276,_RPC_833,_Ephesos_71_AD_Q-001,_6h,_17-18mm,_3,41g-s.jpg
020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² 1431, Ephesus, AR-Denarius, PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory, draped, advancing right, #164 views020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² 1431, Ephesus, AR-Denarius, PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory, draped, advancing right, #1
avers: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P, Laureate head right.
reverse: PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory, draped, advancing right, holding wreath extended in right hand and palm over the left shoulder. EPHE lower right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0-18,0mm, weight: 3,41 g, axis: 0h,
mint: Ephesus, date: 71 A.D., ref: RIC² 1431, RPC II 833, BMC 457, RSC 276,
Q-001
5 commentsquadrans07/13/19 at 12:07*Alex: great eye appeal. Nice.
020_Vespasian,_AR-Den,_IMP_CAESAR_VESPAS_AVG_COS_III_TR_P_P_P,_PACI_AVGVSTAE,_EPHE,_RIC_1431,_BMC_457,_RSC_276,_RPC_833,_Ephesos_71_AD_Q-001,_6h,_17-18mm,_3,41g-s.jpg
020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² 1431, Ephesus, AR-Denarius, PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory, draped, advancing right, #164 views020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² 1431, Ephesus, AR-Denarius, PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory, draped, advancing right, #1
avers: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P, Laureate head right.
reverse: PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory, draped, advancing right, holding wreath extended in right hand and palm over the left shoulder. EPHE lower right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0-18,0mm, weight: 3,41 g, axis: 0h,
mint: Ephesus, date: 71 A.D., ref: RIC² 1431, RPC II 833, BMC 457, RSC 276,
Q-001
5 commentsquadrans07/13/19 at 10:30FlaviusDomitianus: Great example.
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Titus RIC-22062 viewsÆ As, 9.10g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 220 (R). BMC p. 266 note.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: AETERNIT AVGVST; S C in field; Aeternitas stg. r., l. foot on globe, with sceptre and cornucopiae
Acquired from eBay, June 2019.

Aeternitas, the personification of eternity, as a coin type was first introduced during the reign of Vespasian and would be periodically struck until the 4th century. This As featuring Aeternitas was struck during Titus' second and largest bronze issue in 80-81. Mattingly in BMCRE II speculates the type here refers to the consecration of Vespasian - 'Aeternitas holds sceptre and cornucopiae, the attributes of majesty and prosperity, while the globe under her foot shows that the application is world-wide. Stress is laid more on the great future than on the great past of the Flavian line.' A most fitting interpretation for a coin that declares 'The eternity of the Augustus'.

Honest wear with greenish-brown patina.
3 commentsDavid Atherton07/13/19 at 07:34quadrans: Nice one
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S.835 Anglo-Saxon sceat18 viewsEclectic Anglo-Saxon sceat
S.835
Type 30a
Abramson 105-40
O: Facing bust, possibly Wodan/Odin
R: Two figures wearing hats and clothes and holding staves to the side. Female figure left, male right

This type, which features an obverse similar to the series X continental (Ribe) type, has two figures on the reverse. Both characters seem to be wearing hats, one with some sort of sunburst above it (possibly representing a halo) The figures seem to be representing a man and woman, which can be noted with crude anatomical features

Ex- TimeLines
1 commentsNap07/13/19 at 07:31quadrans: Interesting piece..
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RIC 0791 Domitian denarius58 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TRP XV
Laureate head right

IMP XXII COS XVII CENS PPP
Minerva, winged, flying left with spear and shield

Rome September 14, 95 AD-September 13, 96 AD

3.15g

RIC 791 (C)

Ex-Savoca 21st Blue Auction lot 1060
6 commentsJay GT407/13/19 at 07:30quadrans: Interesting piece..
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Anonymous Post Semi-Libral AE Uncia - Crawford 41/1020 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous (Post Semi-libral Series), 215-212 BCE.
AE Uncia (7.87g; 24mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma facing right; pellet (mark-of-value) behind.

Reverse: Prow facing right; ROMA above; pellet (mark-of-value) below.

References: Crawford 41/10; McCabe Group A1; RBW 135.

Provenance: Ex Nomisma E-Live Auction 10 (18 Jun 2019) Lot 12.

This series is the second of the “prow” struck bronze series. It is most easily recognized by the left side of the prow device which has a clearly delineated edge, while on later series the left side of the prow appears to extend off the side of the coin. The series was issued during the Second Punic War and reflects the continued reduction in weight standard of the Roman bronze coinage during the conflict; this issue having occurred on the heels of the “semi-libral reduction” of 217-215 BCE. It would soon be followed by further weight reductions.
2 commentsCarausius07/13/19 at 07:30quadrans: Nice one
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Crusaders . Principality of Antioch, Late Anonymous 1250-1268 AE 19 viewsCrusaders . Principality of Antioch, Late Anonymous 1250-1268 AE
15.4 mm , 0.32 g.
A-N-T-V counterclockwise in the angles of a long cross pattée
blundered A-N-T-I in the angles of a long cross pattée
Seltman, NC 1966, p. 61, 2 var.; CCS 132 var.
Ex Slocum Collection, Sotheby's, London, Auction of March 6th, 1997, lot 164 ; ex collection of Alex G. Malloy ; Forum Ancient Coins,April 2013 ; Ex Erich Wäckerlin collection
Ex Münzen & Medaillen GmbH
Auction 47 lot 160 .
1 commentsVladislav D07/13/19 at 07:29quadrans: Interesting piece..
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RIC 1235 Vespasianus51 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS VIII P P, laureate head right
Rev: PROVIDENT / S C (in exergue), Great altar with six panels
AE/As (27.78 mm 9.950 g 6h) Struck in Lugdunum 77-78 A.D.
RIC 1235 (C), BMCRE-BNF unlisted
purchased on eBay from alora
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/13/19 at 07:29quadrans: Another nice piece
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RIC 0731 Vespasianus45 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS V CENS, Laureate head left
Rev: S-C, in field; Spes standing left, holding flower
AE/As (29.72 mm 10.17 g 6h) Struck in Rome 74 A.D.
RIC 731 (C), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 722
purchased on eBay from alora
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/13/19 at 07:29quadrans: Nice piece..
020_Vespasian,_AR-Den,_IMP_CAESAR_VESPAS_AVG_COS_III_TR_P_P_P,_PACI_AVGVSTAE,_EPHE,_RIC_1431,_BMC_457,_RSC_276,_RPC_833,_Ephesos_71_AD_Q-001,_6h,_17-18mm,_3,41g-s.jpg
020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² 1431, Ephesus, AR-Denarius, PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory, draped, advancing right, #164 views020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² 1431, Ephesus, AR-Denarius, PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory, draped, advancing right, #1
avers: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P, Laureate head right.
reverse: PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory, draped, advancing right, holding wreath extended in right hand and palm over the left shoulder. EPHE lower right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0-18,0mm, weight: 3,41 g, axis: 0h,
mint: Ephesus, date: 71 A.D., ref: RIC² 1431, RPC II 833, BMC 457, RSC 276,
Q-001
5 commentsquadrans07/13/19 at 02:16Jay GT4: Oh that's nice!
RIC_1235_Vespasianus.jpg
RIC 1235 Vespasianus51 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS VIII P P, laureate head right
Rev: PROVIDENT / S C (in exergue), Great altar with six panels
AE/As (27.78 mm 9.950 g 6h) Struck in Lugdunum 77-78 A.D.
RIC 1235 (C), BMCRE-BNF unlisted
purchased on eBay from alora
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/12/19 at 22:28David Atherton: Nice example.
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Domitian AR Denarius 88 CE First Issue31 viewsDomitian AR Denarius. Rome, AD 88. First Issue
3.25g, 19mm, 6h.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERMAN PM TR P VII, laureate head right
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva standing right with spear and shield. RIC 573 (R2)
Ex: Roma Numismatics E-Sale 59 July 11, 2019 Lot 799
2 commentsorfew07/12/19 at 21:29FlaviusDomitianus: Sharp shooting, I overlooked this one!
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Domitian AR Denarius 88 CE First Issue31 viewsDomitian AR Denarius. Rome, AD 88. First Issue
3.25g, 19mm, 6h.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERMAN PM TR P VII, laureate head right
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva standing right with spear and shield. RIC 573 (R2)
Ex: Roma Numismatics E-Sale 59 July 11, 2019 Lot 799
2 commentsorfew07/12/19 at 19:38Jay GT4: GERMAN!
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Domitian AR Denarius 86 CE First Issue30 viewsDomitian AR Denarius. Rome, AD 86. First Issue
3.38g, 20mm, 5h
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, laureate head right
Rev: IMP XI COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva advancing right, holding spear and shield.
RIC 425 (R) BMC 88, RSC 194
Roma Numismatics E-Sale 57. Thursday 30th May 2019 Lot 861
2 commentsorfew07/12/19 at 19:37Jay GT4: Yeah!
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Vespasian AR Denarius22 viewsVespasian AR Denarius 77-78
Obv: Laureate head left: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Rev: CERES stg l with corn ears poppy and sceptre; CERES AVGVST
Ric 970, BMC Page 425 add note to no. 300 left facing variant Colchester, RSC 54a (Colchester)
Purchased from Ebay July 2019
1 commentsorfew07/12/19 at 19:37Jay GT4: Good eyes to find this one!
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RIC 0731 Vespasianus45 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS V CENS, Laureate head left
Rev: S-C, in field; Spes standing left, holding flower
AE/As (29.72 mm 10.17 g 6h) Struck in Rome 74 A.D.
RIC 731 (C), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 722
purchased on eBay from alora
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/12/19 at 19:36Jay GT4: Great coin
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Vespasian-RIC-1431 (Countermarked)164 viewsAR Denarius, 3.06g
Ephesus Mint, 71 AD; Countermarked under Vespasian at Ephesus, circa 74-79 AD
RIC 1431 (C). BMC 457. RSC 276. RPC 833 (14 spec.); c/m: GIC 839
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; c/m: IMP·VES (ligate)
Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE; Victory, draped, advancing r., holding wreath extended in r. hand and palm over l. shoulder. EPHE lower r.
Acquired from Ancient Imports, November 2016.

In the mid to late 70's AD, Ephesus stamped older, worn Republican and early Imperial denarii circulating in the region with the IMP·VES countermark. Here is an exceptionally rare appearance of that Vespasian countermark on a denarius struck for Vespasian. I know of less than half a dozen other Vespasianic denarii similarly stamped. Of course the coin does not require any such countermark, therefore it is a remarkable mint error. The terminus post quem for the countermarking is 74, based on the discovery of another Vespasian countermarked Ephesian denarius dated COS IIII (CNG 78, lot 1753). RPC speculates that these countermarked coins represent a later 'issue' of silver from Ephesus struck sometime after 74 and before Vespasian's death in 79.

The mint workers applying the countermark were kind enough not to obliterate the portrait.
7 commentsDavid Atherton07/12/19 at 18:50quadrans: Interesting piece..
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Anonymous Post Semi-Libral AE Uncia - Crawford 41/1020 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous (Post Semi-libral Series), 215-212 BCE.
AE Uncia (7.87g; 24mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma facing right; pellet (mark-of-value) behind.

Reverse: Prow facing right; ROMA above; pellet (mark-of-value) below.

References: Crawford 41/10; McCabe Group A1; RBW 135.

Provenance: Ex Nomisma E-Live Auction 10 (18 Jun 2019) Lot 12.

This series is the second of the “prow” struck bronze series. It is most easily recognized by the left side of the prow device which has a clearly delineated edge, while on later series the left side of the prow appears to extend off the side of the coin. The series was issued during the Second Punic War and reflects the continued reduction in weight standard of the Roman bronze coinage during the conflict; this issue having occurred on the heels of the “semi-libral reduction” of 217-215 BCE. It would soon be followed by further weight reductions.
2 commentsCarausius07/12/19 at 12:23Jay GT4: I like that prow
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Q. Marius, AE As - Crawford 148/112 viewsRome, The Republic.
Q. Marius, 189-180 BCE.
AE As (31.17g; 32mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Head of Janus; I (mark of value) above.

Reverse: Prow facing right; Q.MARI above; I (mark of value) to right; ROMA below.

References: Crawford 148/1; Sydenham 367 (R7); BMCRR 822; Maria 1.

Provenance: Ex Nomisma E-Live Auction 10 (18 Jun 2019) Lot 22; Bombarda Collection; NAC 9 (16 Apr 1996) Lot 587.

This is a particularly fine example of this scarce type. Not much is known of the moneyer beyond his coins. He is likely NOT an ancestor of Gaius Marius who would later serve seven consulships and challenge Sulla.
1 commentsCarausius07/12/19 at 03:21Jay GT4: That's great!
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RIC 0791 Domitian denarius58 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TRP XV
Laureate head right

IMP XXII COS XVII CENS PPP
Minerva, winged, flying left with spear and shield

Rome September 14, 95 AD-September 13, 96 AD

3.15g

RIC 791 (C)

Ex-Savoca 21st Blue Auction lot 1060
6 commentsJay GT407/12/19 at 02:54Nemonater: Nice!
DomitianVictrix.jpg
RIC 0791 Domitian denarius58 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TRP XV
Laureate head right

IMP XXII COS XVII CENS PPP
Minerva, winged, flying left with spear and shield

Rome September 14, 95 AD-September 13, 96 AD

3.15g

RIC 791 (C)

Ex-Savoca 21st Blue Auction lot 1060
6 commentsJay GT407/11/19 at 19:03orfew: I love the toning on that one. A very nice pickup.
DomitianVictrix.jpg
RIC 0791 Domitian denarius58 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TRP XV
Laureate head right

IMP XXII COS XVII CENS PPP
Minerva, winged, flying left with spear and shield

Rome September 14, 95 AD-September 13, 96 AD

3.15g

RIC 791 (C)

Ex-Savoca 21st Blue Auction lot 1060
6 commentsJay GT407/11/19 at 18:06FlaviusDomitianus: Lovely toning.
DomitianVictrix.jpg
RIC 0791 Domitian denarius58 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TRP XV
Laureate head right

IMP XXII COS XVII CENS PPP
Minerva, winged, flying left with spear and shield

Rome September 14, 95 AD-September 13, 96 AD

3.15g

RIC 791 (C)

Ex-Savoca 21st Blue Auction lot 1060
6 commentsJay GT407/11/19 at 17:39okidoki: very nice reverse
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SPHINX COLLAGE b17 viewsTop row: Ionia, Chios; Ionia, Chios; Ionia, Chios
Middle row: Spain, Castulo; Caria, Canus; Troas, Gergis
Bottom row: Troas, Gergis; Ionia, Chios; Egypt, Alexandria (A. Pius); Sicily, Himera
1 commentslaney07/11/19 at 16:39shanxi: nice collection
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PROBUS RIC 861 H2 BUST OFFICINA 130 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG
REVERSE: SOLI INVICTO
BUST TYPE: H2 = radiate bust left in consular robe, holding eagle-tipped sceptre (scipio)
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//KAA
WEIGHT 4.03g / AXIS: 1h
RIC: 861
COLLECTION NO. 1402

Note: Superbe strike and quality of details, especially on reverse. Virtually as struck and stunning!
2 commentsBarnaba607/11/19 at 12:16Barnaba6: Thanks Jay!
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PROBUS RIC 861 H2 BUST OFFICINA 130 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG
REVERSE: SOLI INVICTO
BUST TYPE: H2 = radiate bust left in consular robe, holding eagle-tipped sceptre (scipio)
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//KAA
WEIGHT 4.03g / AXIS: 1h
RIC: 861
COLLECTION NO. 1402

Note: Superbe strike and quality of details, especially on reverse. Virtually as struck and stunning!
2 commentsBarnaba607/11/19 at 12:07Jay GT4: Outstanding
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ALFOLDI 041.06236 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P AVG
REVERSE: PAX AVG
BUST TYPE: F5 = Radiate, cuirassed bust left, holding spear
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//XXIV
WEIGHT 5.08g / AXIS: 12h
RIC 709 VAR. (UNLISTED WITH XXIV MINTMARK)
ALFOLDI 041.062 (1 EX.)
COLLECTION NO. 1401

Note: scarce bust type
1 commentsBarnaba607/11/19 at 12:07Jay GT4: I like it
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ALFOLDI 085.00243 viewsOBVERSE: IMP[erator] PROBVS INV[ictvs] AVG[vstvs]
REVERSE: SPES AVG[vsti] N[ostri]
BUST TYPE: E2 VAR.= Radiate, helmeted, cuirassed and draped bust left, holding spear and shield (decorated with Gorgoneion), seen from rear
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//XXI
WEIGHT 3.72g / AXIS: 12h
RIC 790
ALFOLDI 085.002 (2 EX.)
COLLECTION NO. 1405

Ex Ph. Gysen collection = EX JACQUIER auction 45 lot 1517

NOTE: Extremely rare and desirable bust type with a very interesting shield decorated with Gorgoneion in combination with a rare reverse type struck only during the 2nd emmission at Siscia.
3 commentsBarnaba607/11/19 at 12:06Jay GT4: Great portrait and helmet
1405.jpg
ALFOLDI 085.00243 viewsOBVERSE: IMP[erator] PROBVS INV[ictvs] AVG[vstvs]
REVERSE: SPES AVG[vsti] N[ostri]
BUST TYPE: E2 VAR.= Radiate, helmeted, cuirassed and draped bust left, holding spear and shield (decorated with Gorgoneion), seen from rear
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//XXI
WEIGHT 3.72g / AXIS: 12h
RIC 790
ALFOLDI 085.002 (2 EX.)
COLLECTION NO. 1405

Ex Ph. Gysen collection = EX JACQUIER auction 45 lot 1517

NOTE: Extremely rare and desirable bust type with a very interesting shield decorated with Gorgoneion in combination with a rare reverse type struck only during the 2nd emmission at Siscia.
3 commentsBarnaba607/11/19 at 10:33Barnaba6: Indeed Grzegorz. Thanks for your comment!
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ALFOLDI 029.00145 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG
REVERSE: FELICITAS AVG
BUST TYPE: A2 = Radiate, cuirassed and draped bust right, seen from back
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/Γ//XXI
WEIGHT 3.75g / AXIS: 12h
RIC 680
ALFOLDI 029.001 (4 EX.)
COLLECTION NO. 1403

NOTE: Very rare and sought-after variant of the Felicitas Avg reverse with Felicitas holding a short caduceus and a long sceptre - Alfoldi type no. 29 (by far the rarest of the 4 Felicitas variants described by Alfoldi).
2 commentsBarnaba607/11/19 at 10:33Barnaba6: Thanks okidoki!
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ALFOLDI 085.00243 viewsOBVERSE: IMP[erator] PROBVS INV[ictvs] AVG[vstvs]
REVERSE: SPES AVG[vsti] N[ostri]
BUST TYPE: E2 VAR.= Radiate, helmeted, cuirassed and draped bust left, holding spear and shield (decorated with Gorgoneion), seen from rear
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//XXI
WEIGHT 3.72g / AXIS: 12h
RIC 790
ALFOLDI 085.002 (2 EX.)
COLLECTION NO. 1405

Ex Ph. Gysen collection = EX JACQUIER auction 45 lot 1517

NOTE: Extremely rare and desirable bust type with a very interesting shield decorated with Gorgoneion in combination with a rare reverse type struck only during the 2nd emmission at Siscia.
3 commentsBarnaba607/11/19 at 10:16vrtsprb: Also, this is a fairly unusual helmet representati...
1403.jpg
ALFOLDI 029.00145 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG
REVERSE: FELICITAS AVG
BUST TYPE: A2 = Radiate, cuirassed and draped bust right, seen from back
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/Γ//XXI
WEIGHT 3.75g / AXIS: 12h
RIC 680
ALFOLDI 029.001 (4 EX.)
COLLECTION NO. 1403

NOTE: Very rare and sought-after variant of the Felicitas Avg reverse with Felicitas holding a short caduceus and a long sceptre - Alfoldi type no. 29 (by far the rarest of the 4 Felicitas variants described by Alfoldi).
2 commentsBarnaba607/11/19 at 09:36okidoki: Congrats very nice
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SAECVLARES AVGG VI51 viewsPhilippus I. antoninianus
Rome mint
very rare
1 commentsTibsi07/10/19 at 15:24Callimachus: Beautiful coin.
Bithynia,_Kios,_cc_350-300_BC,_AR_Hemidrachm,_Laureate_head_of_Apollo_right,_MI_#923;H-TO_#931;,_Prow_of_galley_left__BMC_6,_SNGCop_370,_Q-001,_11h,_12,5-13,5mm,_2,25g-s.jpg
Bithynia, Kios, (cc. 350-300 B.C.), AR-Hemidrachm, SNG Cop 370, ΔΙΑΣ, Prow of galley left, #157 viewsBithynia, Kios, (cc. 350-300 B.C.), AR-Hemidrachm, SNG Cop 370, ΔΙΑΣ, Prow of galley left, #1
avers: Laureate head of Apollo right.
reverse: MIΛH-TOΣ, Prow of galley left.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 12,5-13,5mm, weight: 2,25g, axis: 11h,
mint: Bithynia, Kios, date: cc. 350-300 B.C., ref: SNG Cop 370, BMC 6, RecGen 3.14
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans07/10/19 at 11:26Jay GT4: It's OK Q
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Sikyon, Sikyonia20 views330-280 B.C.
Silver Hemidrachm (or Triobol)
2.67 gm, 16.3 mm
Obv.: Chimaera standing left, right forepaw raised; ΣI beneath
Rev.: Dove flying left; ΔI in field to right.
HGC 5, 213; SNGuk_0300_2338;
BMC 112 var. (initials); Sear 2767 var. (intials);
[SNG Copenhagen 61; BCD Peloponnesos 299]

NGC certified (94282063-009 Ch VF), but removed from holder.
4 commentsJaimelai07/09/19 at 23:43Jaimelai: Thanks, been looking for one of these for a while.
sic1.jpg
Sikyon, Sikyonia20 views330-280 B.C.
Silver Hemidrachm (or Triobol)
2.67 gm, 16.3 mm
Obv.: Chimaera standing left, right forepaw raised; ΣI beneath
Rev.: Dove flying left; ΔI in field to right.
HGC 5, 213; SNGuk_0300_2338;
BMC 112 var. (initials); Sear 2767 var. (intials);
[SNG Copenhagen 61; BCD Peloponnesos 299]

NGC certified (94282063-009 Ch VF), but removed from holder.
4 commentsJaimelai07/09/19 at 22:47Tracy Aiello: Great obverse.
sic1.jpg
Sikyon, Sikyonia20 views330-280 B.C.
Silver Hemidrachm (or Triobol)
2.67 gm, 16.3 mm
Obv.: Chimaera standing left, right forepaw raised; ΣI beneath
Rev.: Dove flying left; ΔI in field to right.
HGC 5, 213; SNGuk_0300_2338;
BMC 112 var. (initials); Sear 2767 var. (intials);
[SNG Copenhagen 61; BCD Peloponnesos 299]

NGC certified (94282063-009 Ch VF), but removed from holder.
4 commentsJaimelai07/09/19 at 17:28quadrans: Nice piece..
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SELEUKID EMPIRE. Antiochos VI Dionysos. 144-142 BC. 13 viewsSELEUKID EMPIRE. Antiochos VI Dionysos. 144-142 BC. AR Drachm (18mm, 4.23 g, 1h). Antioch on the Orontes mint. Dated SE 169 (144/3 BC). Radiate and diademed head right / Apollo, testing arrow and resting hand on bow, seated left on omphalos; Φ between Apollo’s feet, [Θ]ΞP (date) and ΣT[A] in exergue. SC 2002.1a; HGC 9, 1036a; DCA 182. Beautifully toned and lustrous.1 commentsMark R107/09/19 at 17:27quadrans: Nice piece..
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Probus, Antoninianus, SALVS AVG, XXIV8 viewsAE Antoninianus
Probus
Augustus: 276 - 282AD
Issued: 280AD
21.5mm 3.30gr 6h
O: IMP PROBVS PF AVG; Helmeted, radiate and cuirassed bust left, holding spear over shoulder in right hand and shield with dots in design in left hand.
R: SALVS AVG; Salus, standing right, feeding snake in right hand from patera in left.
Exergue: XXIV, below line.
Siscia Mint
RIC V-2 Siscia 748, XXIV; Alfoldi 65 #48 var. (V not listed in XXI variants).
Aorta: B15, O79, R141, T19, M6.
master-numismatics/Marisa Andresevic 153393291318
3/3/19 7/5/19
1 commentsNicholas Z07/09/19 at 14:01Barnaba6: the coin is Alfoldi 65, #48 precisely, not variati...
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Probus, Antoninianus, SOLI INVICTO, XXIV13 viewsAE Antoninianus
Probus
Augustus: 276 - 282AD
Issued: 277AD
25.0 x 23.0mm 3.86gr 0h
O: IMP CM AVR PROBVS PF AVG; Radiate, mantled bust right, holding eagle-tipped scepter.
R: SOLI INVICTO; Sol driving quadriga left, whip in raised right hand.
Exergue: XXIV
Siscia Mint
Not in RIC
Sear 12042; Alfoldi 76, #157.
Aorta: B55, O38, R155, T135, M6.
fvrivs.rvfvs/Jeremy Mancevice 352641478257
6/19/19 7/6/19
1 commentsNicholas Z07/09/19 at 13:51Barnaba6: The coin is listed in RIC under no. 767; the corre...
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Probus, Antoninianus, VIRTVS PROBI AVG, XXIVI11 viewsAE Antoninianus
Probus
Augustus: 276 - 282AD
Issued: 278AD
22.0 x 20.0mm 2.97gr 6h
O: IMP CM AVR PROBVS P-F AVG; Radiate, cuirassed bust left, carrying shield and spear over right shoulder.
R: VIRTVS P-ROBI AVG; Mars advancing right, holding long spear and trophy.
Exergue: XXIVI, below line.
Siscia Mint
RIC V-2 Siscia 810, XXIVI; Sear 12071; Alfoldi 96, #216.
Aorta: B65, 038, R195, T41, M6.
fvrivs.rvfvs/Jeremy Mancevice 273832257126
6/19/19 7/6/19
1 commentsNicholas Z07/09/19 at 13:46Barnaba6: nice coin! but the correct Alfoldi attribution is ...
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CALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 272-240 BC.18 viewsCALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 272-240 BC. AR Nomos (20mm, 6.48 g, 9h). Warrior on horseback right, holding shield and spear; DI above; APO[LL/WNIOS] in two lines below / Phalanthos riding dolphin left, head facing with flowing chlamys around left arm, holding trident in right hand; crowning Nike to left; waves below. Vlasto 894-898; HN Italy 1038. Lustrous2 commentsMark R107/09/19 at 12:28Mark R1: Thanks Jay. I’m glad you like it.
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Sikyon, Sikyonia20 views330-280 B.C.
Silver Hemidrachm (or Triobol)
2.67 gm, 16.3 mm
Obv.: Chimaera standing left, right forepaw raised; ΣI beneath
Rev.: Dove flying left; ΔI in field to right.
HGC 5, 213; SNGuk_0300_2338;
BMC 112 var. (initials); Sear 2767 var. (intials);
[SNG Copenhagen 61; BCD Peloponnesos 299]

NGC certified (94282063-009 Ch VF), but removed from holder.
4 commentsJaimelai07/09/19 at 03:12Jay GT4: Nice one
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KINGS of PAEONIA. Patraos. Circa 335-315 BC. AR Tetradrachm13 viewsKINGS of PAEONIA. Patraos. Circa 335-315 BC. AR Tetradrachm (26 mm, 12.62 g, 8h). Lustrous EF. Damastion mint(?). Laureate head of Apollo right / Warrior on horse rearing right, spearing enemy warrior who defends with shield and spear. Paeonian Hoard 434. Superb EF with unusually well struck up types. Irregular flan (not clipped or cut1 commentsMark R107/09/19 at 03:12Jay GT4: Fantastic reverse and I like the effect of the dou...
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CALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 272-240 BC.18 viewsCALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 272-240 BC. AR Nomos (20mm, 6.48 g, 9h). Warrior on horseback right, holding shield and spear; DI above; APO[LL/WNIOS] in two lines below / Phalanthos riding dolphin left, head facing with flowing chlamys around left arm, holding trident in right hand; crowning Nike to left; waves below. Vlasto 894-898; HN Italy 1038. Lustrous2 commentsMark R107/09/19 at 03:10Jay GT4: You get been busy! Great coin
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Vespasian / Shield Within Wreath RIC 139341 viewsVespasian; 69-79 AD, Ephesus, c. 69-70 AD, Denarius, 2.80g.
O: IMP CAES - VESPAS AVG Head laureate r.; on neck rectangular countermark IMP VES with IMP and VE ligate (Howgego-839).
R: AVG on round shield within oak wreath; rectangular countermark IMP VES with IMP and VE ligate.

Extremely rare, apparently the second recorded specimen, the first having appeared in Schenk-Behrens 76, 26 Nov. 1998, lot 186, as reported but not illustrated by RIC-1393.

The attribution of this reverse type to Ephesus, suggested by the use on later marked coins of that mint of a simplified version of the same type, AVG within oak wreath but without the shield, is confirmed by the countermark of Vespasian on this specimen, since the few Flavian denarii known to have been marked with that countermark are all coins of the Ephesus mint.
5 commentsNemonater07/08/19 at 19:59orfew: Wonderful piece. Well done!
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Roman Empire, Herennius Etruscus 249-250AD39 viewsHerennius Etruscus 249-250AD
Silver Antoninianus
Clasped Hands reverse
Click for larger image,you could see the fingernail~
20mm, 3.87g
Ex silbury 2019
1 commentsXLi07/08/19 at 17:31quadrans: Nice piece..
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Facing Head of Larissa21 viewsThessaly Greece, the City of Larissa

Obv: Head of the nymph Larissa 3/4 facing l., wearing ampyx flanked by two hornlike locks, round curl to the l. of the head1; earring on the r. (?), wearing wire necklace (?). Border of dots.
Rev: Horse crouching r., l. foreleg raised and bent (parallel with the lower part of the hind legs), preparing to roll, ΛAPIΣ above horse and AIΩN in the exergue.
Denomination: Silver Drachm; Mint: Larissa; Date: c. 356 - 346 BC2; Weight: 6.05g; Diameter: 19mm; Die axis: 130º; References, for example: Lorber Hoard, Phase L-III; SNG COP 121.

Notes:
1On p. 10 of Lorber Hoard Catharine Lorber observes that on later Phase L-III head types the round curl to the left of the head “...tends to evolve into a long wavy lock scarcely different from the others above and below it.” Therefore, perhaps this coin falls earlier in Phase L-III.
2This is the date range given in Lorber Hoard, p. 11. She states that the Third Sacred War must have been the historical context for the intensive Phase L-III drachm production.
The city of Larissa was named after the local water nymph, said to be the daughter of Pelasgos. He was said to be the ancestor of the pre-Greek Pelasgians. According to myth Larissa drowned while playing ball on the banks of the Peneios river. (HGC p. 130).

Provenance: ex. Pegasi Auction, A22, lot 117

Photo credits: Harlan J. Berk Ltd.

Sources

HGC: Hoover, Oliver D. Handbook of Coins of Northern and Central Greece: Achaia Phthiotis, Ainis, Magnesia, Malis, Oita, Perrhaibia, Thessaly, Akarnania, Aitolia, Lokris, Phokis, Boiotia, Euboia, Attica, Megaris, and Corinthia, Sixth to First Centuries BC, The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series, Vol. 4. Lancaster/London: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc, 2014.
Lorber Hoard: Lorber, Catharine C. “A Hoard of Facing Head Larissa Drachms” in Schweizerische Numismatische Rundschau, vol. 79 (2000): 7 - 15.
SNG COP: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum: Thessaly - Illyricum. Copenhagen: Einar Munksgaard, 1943.
4 commentsTracy Aiello07/08/19 at 16:54quadrans: wow, great coin,
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Titus RIC-22062 viewsÆ As, 9.10g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 220 (R). BMC p. 266 note.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: AETERNIT AVGVST; S C in field; Aeternitas stg. r., l. foot on globe, with sceptre and cornucopiae
Acquired from eBay, June 2019.

Aeternitas, the personification of eternity, as a coin type was first introduced during the reign of Vespasian and would be periodically struck until the 4th century. This As featuring Aeternitas was struck during Titus' second and largest bronze issue in 80-81. Mattingly in BMCRE II speculates the type here refers to the consecration of Vespasian - 'Aeternitas holds sceptre and cornucopiae, the attributes of majesty and prosperity, while the globe under her foot shows that the application is world-wide. Stress is laid more on the great future than on the great past of the Flavian line.' A most fitting interpretation for a coin that declares 'The eternity of the Augustus'.

Honest wear with greenish-brown patina.
3 commentsDavid Atherton07/08/19 at 15:16Jay GT4: Nice portrait
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Facing Head of Larissa21 viewsThessaly Greece, the City of Larissa

Obv: Head of the nymph Larissa 3/4 facing l., wearing ampyx flanked by two hornlike locks, round curl to the l. of the head1; earring on the r. (?), wearing wire necklace (?). Border of dots.
Rev: Horse crouching r., l. foreleg raised and bent (parallel with the lower part of the hind legs), preparing to roll, ΛAPIΣ above horse and AIΩN in the exergue.
Denomination: Silver Drachm; Mint: Larissa; Date: c. 356 - 346 BC2; Weight: 6.05g; Diameter: 19mm; Die axis: 130º; References, for example: Lorber Hoard, Phase L-III; SNG COP 121.

Notes:
1On p. 10 of Lorber Hoard Catharine Lorber observes that on later Phase L-III head types the round curl to the left of the head “...tends to evolve into a long wavy lock scarcely different from the others above and below it.” Therefore, perhaps this coin falls earlier in Phase L-III.
2This is the date range given in Lorber Hoard, p. 11. She states that the Third Sacred War must have been the historical context for the intensive Phase L-III drachm production.
The city of Larissa was named after the local water nymph, said to be the daughter of Pelasgos. He was said to be the ancestor of the pre-Greek Pelasgians. According to myth Larissa drowned while playing ball on the banks of the Peneios river. (HGC p. 130).

Provenance: ex. Pegasi Auction, A22, lot 117

Photo credits: Harlan J. Berk Ltd.

Sources

HGC: Hoover, Oliver D. Handbook of Coins of Northern and Central Greece: Achaia Phthiotis, Ainis, Magnesia, Malis, Oita, Perrhaibia, Thessaly, Akarnania, Aitolia, Lokris, Phokis, Boiotia, Euboia, Attica, Megaris, and Corinthia, Sixth to First Centuries BC, The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series, Vol. 4. Lancaster/London: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc, 2014.
Lorber Hoard: Lorber, Catharine C. “A Hoard of Facing Head Larissa Drachms” in Schweizerische Numismatische Rundschau, vol. 79 (2000): 7 - 15.
SNG COP: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum: Thessaly - Illyricum. Copenhagen: Einar Munksgaard, 1943.
4 commentsTracy Aiello07/08/19 at 14:24shanxi: nice one
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Titus RIC-22062 viewsÆ As, 9.10g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 220 (R). BMC p. 266 note.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: AETERNIT AVGVST; S C in field; Aeternitas stg. r., l. foot on globe, with sceptre and cornucopiae
Acquired from eBay, June 2019.

Aeternitas, the personification of eternity, as a coin type was first introduced during the reign of Vespasian and would be periodically struck until the 4th century. This As featuring Aeternitas was struck during Titus' second and largest bronze issue in 80-81. Mattingly in BMCRE II speculates the type here refers to the consecration of Vespasian - 'Aeternitas holds sceptre and cornucopiae, the attributes of majesty and prosperity, while the globe under her foot shows that the application is world-wide. Stress is laid more on the great future than on the great past of the Flavian line.' A most fitting interpretation for a coin that declares 'The eternity of the Augustus'.

Honest wear with greenish-brown patina.
3 commentsDavid Atherton07/08/19 at 13:59FlaviusDomitianus: Nice find.
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Facing Head of Larissa21 viewsThessaly Greece, the City of Larissa

Obv: Head of the nymph Larissa 3/4 facing l., wearing ampyx flanked by two hornlike locks, round curl to the l. of the head1; earring on the r. (?), wearing wire necklace (?). Border of dots.
Rev: Horse crouching r., l. foreleg raised and bent (parallel with the lower part of the hind legs), preparing to roll, ΛAPIΣ above horse and AIΩN in the exergue.
Denomination: Silver Drachm; Mint: Larissa; Date: c. 356 - 346 BC2; Weight: 6.05g; Diameter: 19mm; Die axis: 130º; References, for example: Lorber Hoard, Phase L-III; SNG COP 121.

Notes:
1On p. 10 of Lorber Hoard Catharine Lorber observes that on later Phase L-III head types the round curl to the left of the head “...tends to evolve into a long wavy lock scarcely different from the others above and below it.” Therefore, perhaps this coin falls earlier in Phase L-III.
2This is the date range given in Lorber Hoard, p. 11. She states that the Third Sacred War must have been the historical context for the intensive Phase L-III drachm production.
The city of Larissa was named after the local water nymph, said to be the daughter of Pelasgos. He was said to be the ancestor of the pre-Greek Pelasgians. According to myth Larissa drowned while playing ball on the banks of the Peneios river. (HGC p. 130).

Provenance: ex. Pegasi Auction, A22, lot 117

Photo credits: Harlan J. Berk Ltd.

Sources

HGC: Hoover, Oliver D. Handbook of Coins of Northern and Central Greece: Achaia Phthiotis, Ainis, Magnesia, Malis, Oita, Perrhaibia, Thessaly, Akarnania, Aitolia, Lokris, Phokis, Boiotia, Euboia, Attica, Megaris, and Corinthia, Sixth to First Centuries BC, The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series, Vol. 4. Lancaster/London: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc, 2014.
Lorber Hoard: Lorber, Catharine C. “A Hoard of Facing Head Larissa Drachms” in Schweizerische Numismatische Rundschau, vol. 79 (2000): 7 - 15.
SNG COP: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum: Thessaly - Illyricum. Copenhagen: Einar Munksgaard, 1943.
4 commentsTracy Aiello07/08/19 at 10:49Grant H: love the horse
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Facing Head of Larissa21 viewsThessaly Greece, the City of Larissa

Obv: Head of the nymph Larissa 3/4 facing l., wearing ampyx flanked by two hornlike locks, round curl to the l. of the head1; earring on the r. (?), wearing wire necklace (?). Border of dots.
Rev: Horse crouching r., l. foreleg raised and bent (parallel with the lower part of the hind legs), preparing to roll, ΛAPIΣ above horse and AIΩN in the exergue.
Denomination: Silver Drachm; Mint: Larissa; Date: c. 356 - 346 BC2; Weight: 6.05g; Diameter: 19mm; Die axis: 130º; References, for example: Lorber Hoard, Phase L-III; SNG COP 121.

Notes:
1On p. 10 of Lorber Hoard Catharine Lorber observes that on later Phase L-III head types the round curl to the left of the head “...tends to evolve into a long wavy lock scarcely different from the others above and below it.” Therefore, perhaps this coin falls earlier in Phase L-III.
2This is the date range given in Lorber Hoard, p. 11. She states that the Third Sacred War must have been the historical context for the intensive Phase L-III drachm production.
The city of Larissa was named after the local water nymph, said to be the daughter of Pelasgos. He was said to be the ancestor of the pre-Greek Pelasgians. According to myth Larissa drowned while playing ball on the banks of the Peneios river. (HGC p. 130).

Provenance: ex. Pegasi Auction, A22, lot 117

Photo credits: Harlan J. Berk Ltd.

Sources

HGC: Hoover, Oliver D. Handbook of Coins of Northern and Central Greece: Achaia Phthiotis, Ainis, Magnesia, Malis, Oita, Perrhaibia, Thessaly, Akarnania, Aitolia, Lokris, Phokis, Boiotia, Euboia, Attica, Megaris, and Corinthia, Sixth to First Centuries BC, The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series, Vol. 4. Lancaster/London: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc, 2014.
Lorber Hoard: Lorber, Catharine C. “A Hoard of Facing Head Larissa Drachms” in Schweizerische Numismatische Rundschau, vol. 79 (2000): 7 - 15.
SNG COP: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum: Thessaly - Illyricum. Copenhagen: Einar Munksgaard, 1943.
4 commentsTracy Aiello07/08/19 at 02:20Nemonater: Beautiful!
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Vespasian / Shield Within Wreath RIC 139341 viewsVespasian; 69-79 AD, Ephesus, c. 69-70 AD, Denarius, 2.80g.
O: IMP CAES - VESPAS AVG Head laureate r.; on neck rectangular countermark IMP VES with IMP and VE ligate (Howgego-839).
R: AVG on round shield within oak wreath; rectangular countermark IMP VES with IMP and VE ligate.

Extremely rare, apparently the second recorded specimen, the first having appeared in Schenk-Behrens 76, 26 Nov. 1998, lot 186, as reported but not illustrated by RIC-1393.

The attribution of this reverse type to Ephesus, suggested by the use on later marked coins of that mint of a simplified version of the same type, AVG within oak wreath but without the shield, is confirmed by the countermark of Vespasian on this specimen, since the few Flavian denarii known to have been marked with that countermark are all coins of the Ephesus mint.
5 commentsNemonater07/07/19 at 21:41FlaviusDomitianus: A truly great find, congrats!
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0736 THRACE, Bizya, Pseudo-autonomous under Hadrian Tyche standing18 viewsReference.
RPC III, 736; Jurukova 165

Obv. ΔΙΟΝΥСω ΚΤΙСΤΗ
Dionysos seated right on throne, holding grape bunch and a single grape; vine to left

Rev. ΒΙΖΥΗΝΩΝ.
River-god and Tyche; to left, river-god reclining right, resting right arm on water-urn, holding reed in left hand; to right, Tyche standing facing, head left, wearing long garment and kalathos, holding cantharus in right hand and two ears of corn in left hand.

6.59 gr
22 mm
6h
1 commentsokidoki07/07/19 at 20:55shanxi: interesting coin
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Domitian RIC-11048 viewsÆ As, 10.56g
Rome mint, 82 AD
RIC 110 (C3). BMC 281.
Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P COS VIII DES VIIII P P; S C in field; Minerva adv. r., with spear and shield
Acquired from Holding History, eBay, June 2019.

Early in Domitian's reign Minerva figured prominently on the aes coinage. This As from early 82 featuring his patron deity with spear and shield would later be adopted by the denarius issues after the overhaul of the mint later in the year. It would become one of the standard four Minerva types for that denomination.

Fetching olive green patina.
4 commentsDavid Atherton07/07/19 at 20:22Nemonater: Beautiful!
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Marc Antony, AR Denarius - Crawford 488/219 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Marcus Antonius. 43 BCE.
AR Denarius (4.19g; 19mm).
Military mint in Cisalpine Gaul.

Obverse: M.A[NTON IMP RPC]; Antony's bare, bearded head facing right; lituus behind.

Reverse: CAESAR DIC; Laureate head of Julius Caesar facing right; jug behind.

References: Crawford 488/2; HCRI 123; Sydenham 1166; BMCRR (Gaul) 55; Antonia 5-6.

Provenance: Ex Roma E-Live Auction 1 (25-6 Jul 2018) Lot 531; Bernard Poindessault Collection [Oger-Blanchet (17 Nov 2017) Lot 148]; Edouard Schott Collection [E. Bourgey (21 Mar 1972) Lot 337].

This is one of Antony’s earliest issues following the creation of the Second Triumvirate with Octavian and Lepidus. The titulature "RPC" (tip of "C" just barely visible beneath Antony’s portrait on this specimen) reflects the new status. Antony is depicted with a slight beard of mourning, as is Octavian on his coins until the defeat of the Tyrannicides at Philippi the following year. Both Antony and Caesar have symbols of the augurate behind their portraits, as both were members of the college of augurs, and this served to highlight their common bond. The somewhat comical portrait style is reflective of the military mint, with limited die engraver talent.
1 commentsCarausius07/07/19 at 17:49Jay GT4: Outstanding! Wish mine was this nice
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Roman Imperial: Constantine II (317-337 CE) Æ3 Nummus, Trier (RIC-147)14 viewsObv: FL CL CONSTANTINVS IVN N C; Bareheaded, draped and cuirassed bust of Constantine right
Rev: CLARITAS REIPVBLICAE; Sol standing, raising right hand and holding globe, T-F across fields, •ATR in exergue
1 commentsQuant.Geek07/07/19 at 17:29lech.stepniewski: Nice coin, but it is RIC 154
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Antony Legion V Denarius18 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Marcus Antonius, 44-31 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.79g; 19mm).
Military Mint traveling with Antony, 32-1 BCE.

Obverse: ANT AVG III VIR R P C; galley facing right.

Reverse: LEG V; Aquilia between two standards.

References: Crawford 544/18; HCRI 354; Sydenham 1221; BMCRR (East) 196; Banti 75 (this coin); Antonia 110.

Provenance: Ex Kress 109 (24-25 Oct 1958), Lot 749.

Produced by Antony in the lead-up to his final defeat at Actium by Octavian’s navy (commanded by Agrippa), the legionary series was a huge issue that recognized 23 legions under Antony’s command. These coins would continue to circulate throughout the Empire for several centuries after Antony’s loss, partly because their notoriously debased silver discouraged hoarding. Thirty-seven examples of the LEG V variety appeared in the 1905 Delos hoard of 604 Antony Legionary denarii, making it one of the most common varieties of the series. However, an example with a verifiable old provenance, such as this coin, is quite rare.
2 commentsCarausius07/07/19 at 14:52Norbert: great coin & pedigree. Congrats
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Domitian RIC-11048 viewsÆ As, 10.56g
Rome mint, 82 AD
RIC 110 (C3). BMC 281.
Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P COS VIII DES VIIII P P; S C in field; Minerva adv. r., with spear and shield
Acquired from Holding History, eBay, June 2019.

Early in Domitian's reign Minerva figured prominently on the aes coinage. This As from early 82 featuring his patron deity with spear and shield would later be adopted by the denarius issues after the overhaul of the mint later in the year. It would become one of the standard four Minerva types for that denomination.

Fetching olive green patina.
4 commentsDavid Atherton07/07/19 at 14:41FlaviusDomitianus: Nice patina
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Domitian RIC-11048 viewsÆ As, 10.56g
Rome mint, 82 AD
RIC 110 (C3). BMC 281.
Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P COS VIII DES VIIII P P; S C in field; Minerva adv. r., with spear and shield
Acquired from Holding History, eBay, June 2019.

Early in Domitian's reign Minerva figured prominently on the aes coinage. This As from early 82 featuring his patron deity with spear and shield would later be adopted by the denarius issues after the overhaul of the mint later in the year. It would become one of the standard four Minerva types for that denomination.

Fetching olive green patina.
4 commentsDavid Atherton07/07/19 at 13:56Vincent: He looks handsome...ahh, the bounty of youth...
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Domitian RIC-11048 viewsÆ As, 10.56g
Rome mint, 82 AD
RIC 110 (C3). BMC 281.
Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P COS VIII DES VIIII P P; S C in field; Minerva adv. r., with spear and shield
Acquired from Holding History, eBay, June 2019.

Early in Domitian's reign Minerva figured prominently on the aes coinage. This As from early 82 featuring his patron deity with spear and shield would later be adopted by the denarius issues after the overhaul of the mint later in the year. It would become one of the standard four Minerva types for that denomination.

Fetching olive green patina.
4 commentsDavid Atherton07/07/19 at 12:51Jay GT4: Delightful portrait
VespShieldWreath1393.jpg
Vespasian / Shield Within Wreath RIC 139341 viewsVespasian; 69-79 AD, Ephesus, c. 69-70 AD, Denarius, 2.80g.
O: IMP CAES - VESPAS AVG Head laureate r.; on neck rectangular countermark IMP VES with IMP and VE ligate (Howgego-839).
R: AVG on round shield within oak wreath; rectangular countermark IMP VES with IMP and VE ligate.

Extremely rare, apparently the second recorded specimen, the first having appeared in Schenk-Behrens 76, 26 Nov. 1998, lot 186, as reported but not illustrated by RIC-1393.

The attribution of this reverse type to Ephesus, suggested by the use on later marked coins of that mint of a simplified version of the same type, AVG within oak wreath but without the shield, is confirmed by the countermark of Vespasian on this specimen, since the few Flavian denarii known to have been marked with that countermark are all coins of the Ephesus mint.
5 commentsNemonater07/07/19 at 12:08David Atherton: Utterly fantastic!
VespShieldWreath1393.jpg
Vespasian / Shield Within Wreath RIC 139341 viewsVespasian; 69-79 AD, Ephesus, c. 69-70 AD, Denarius, 2.80g.
O: IMP CAES - VESPAS AVG Head laureate r.; on neck rectangular countermark IMP VES with IMP and VE ligate (Howgego-839).
R: AVG on round shield within oak wreath; rectangular countermark IMP VES with IMP and VE ligate.

Extremely rare, apparently the second recorded specimen, the first having appeared in Schenk-Behrens 76, 26 Nov. 1998, lot 186, as reported but not illustrated by RIC-1393.

The attribution of this reverse type to Ephesus, suggested by the use on later marked coins of that mint of a simplified version of the same type, AVG within oak wreath but without the shield, is confirmed by the countermark of Vespasian on this specimen, since the few Flavian denarii known to have been marked with that countermark are all coins of the Ephesus mint.
5 commentsNemonater07/07/19 at 12:01Jay GT4: Amazing rarity! Congrats!
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Antony Legion V Denarius18 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Marcus Antonius, 44-31 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.79g; 19mm).
Military Mint traveling with Antony, 32-1 BCE.

Obverse: ANT AVG III VIR R P C; galley facing right.

Reverse: LEG V; Aquilia between two standards.

References: Crawford 544/18; HCRI 354; Sydenham 1221; BMCRR (East) 196; Banti 75 (this coin); Antonia 110.

Provenance: Ex Kress 109 (24-25 Oct 1958), Lot 749.

Produced by Antony in the lead-up to his final defeat at Actium by Octavian’s navy (commanded by Agrippa), the legionary series was a huge issue that recognized 23 legions under Antony’s command. These coins would continue to circulate throughout the Empire for several centuries after Antony’s loss, partly because their notoriously debased silver discouraged hoarding. Thirty-seven examples of the LEG V variety appeared in the 1905 Delos hoard of 604 Antony Legionary denarii, making it one of the most common varieties of the series. However, an example with a verifiable old provenance, such as this coin, is quite rare.
2 commentsCarausius07/07/19 at 12:00Jay GT4: Wow, that is a wonderful coin
VespShieldWreath1393.jpg
Vespasian / Shield Within Wreath RIC 139341 viewsVespasian; 69-79 AD, Ephesus, c. 69-70 AD, Denarius, 2.80g.
O: IMP CAES - VESPAS AVG Head laureate r.; on neck rectangular countermark IMP VES with IMP and VE ligate (Howgego-839).
R: AVG on round shield within oak wreath; rectangular countermark IMP VES with IMP and VE ligate.

Extremely rare, apparently the second recorded specimen, the first having appeared in Schenk-Behrens 76, 26 Nov. 1998, lot 186, as reported but not illustrated by RIC-1393.

The attribution of this reverse type to Ephesus, suggested by the use on later marked coins of that mint of a simplified version of the same type, AVG within oak wreath but without the shield, is confirmed by the countermark of Vespasian on this specimen, since the few Flavian denarii known to have been marked with that countermark are all coins of the Ephesus mint.
5 commentsNemonater07/07/19 at 07:01quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Domitian AR Denarius63 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 88 -89 CE
19mm., 2,93g.
Obv: Head laureate r; IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P VIII
Rev:Minerva stg. L with spear; IMP XVIII COS XIII CENS PPP
RIC 666 (R2) BMC—RSC--
Purchased from Savoca auctions June 23, 2019
2 commentsorfew07/07/19 at 02:19Nemonater: Nice addition!
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Athens tetradrachm 454-404 bc25 views1 commentsChance Vandal07/06/19 at 18:03Nathan P: Great and relatively early (440s?) example of the ...
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S.2155 Edward V22 viewsGroat of Edward V, king of England 1483
Mint: London
Mintmark: boar's head 1 over sun and rose 1/sun and rose 1
S.2155

This issue was probably struck under Richard III but before Edward's death in the tower. The coin's obverse depicts the boar's head mint-mark, which replaced the halved sun-and-rose, which was in use probably from the end of Edward IV's reign until Richard. The sun and rose groats in the name of Edward cannot conclusively be attributed to either Edward IV or Edward V. On the other hand, coins with the boar's head are presumably from Richard's time, since the boar's head was Richard's symbol.

This leads to a confusing coinage of 1483, where major events occurred during a period of 3 months. Edward IV died on April 9. His eldest son Edward was styled Edward V, though never had a coronation. The 12 year-old Edward unfortunately became a political pawn, and his uncle Richard, unsatisfied with his role as Lord Protector, managed to have Edward and his brother Richard of Shrewsbury declared illegitamate and marginalized. Uncle Richard became King Richard III on June 26. Edward and his brother were prisoners in the tower, and it is likely that they were murdered that year, though nobody really knows when they died. Bones purporting to be the two princes were found in the 17th century, but have never been analyzed by modern DNA testing.

So we are left with a coin in the name of Edward, but depicting Richard III's badge. The Edward could be Edward IV, and there are plenty of situations of coinage continuing in the name of the recently deceased king (coins of Richard I in the name of Henry II, coins of Edward I in the name of Henry III, and Edward VI in the name of Henry VIII). It could also be Edward V, since Richard was trying, at least initially, to appear to be ruling in Edward V's name as Lord Protector. It can possibly be considered that ths coin was struck by Richard in Edward V's name before the demise of the young king, perhaps during Richard's protectorate. Or it could be a posthumous issue as it seems to be contemporaneous with other coins in the name of Richard himself.

My take is that the Edward written on the coin is most likely to be Edward V, making this one of the very few coins that come from that reign.

Ex- DNW 3 Jul 2019 (lot 802), M Lessen, Spink, SNC Jan/Feb 1926 (lot 49003)
1 commentsNap07/06/19 at 15:21Callimachus: A very rare coin. Beautiful.
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C. Servilius M.f., Denarius 13 viewsC. Servilius M.f., Denarius

RRC: 239/1
136 bc
3,94 gr

AV: Helmeted head of Roma right, wreath behind, mark of value and ROMA below
RV: The Dioscuri galloping in opposite directions, looking back at each other; C SERVEILI M F in exergue

ex Gemini, Auct XIV, Lot 353, 18.04.2018
reported as Ex Philip T. Ashton Collection. Ex Berk 164, 21 May 2009, lot 263.
1 commentsNorbert07/05/19 at 07:29shanxi: nice
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Akarnania Leukas AR Stater circa 320-280 BC 19.5 mm 8.53g 1h Pegasi 13228 viewsPegasos flying left/Helmeted head of Athena left,stylis behind.
ex Dr Erik Miller collection.purchased from C.J Martin 18 June 1974,Sotheby 15 May 1974 lot 31
2 commentsGrant H07/05/19 at 04:03quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Macedonia, Terone, Tetrobol, 424-422 BC17 viewsMacedonia, Terone, Tetrobol, 424-422 BC, , Silver, HGC:3.1-696
Oinochoe
Quadripartite incuse square
T - E
CARACTERISTICS
COIN CONDITION COMMENTS high relief
PATINA dark patina
PATINA ancient patina
FLAN well-centered flan
COMPOSITION Silver
DIAMETER 15
DENOMINATION Tetrobol
YEAR 424-422 BC
GREECE PROVINCE Macedonia
HGC 3.1-696
GREEK COIN THEME Terone
1 commentsMark R107/05/19 at 04:03quadrans: Nice piece..
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3803 SELEUCIS Laodicea ad Mare. Hadrian Tetradrachm 121-22 AD Tyche26 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3803.5; Prieur 1107; Adra 1555-7

Issue Year 168

Obv. ΑΥΤΟΚΡ ΚΑΙϹΑΡ ΤΡΑΙΑΝΟϹ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟϹ ϹΕΒΑϹΤ
Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, right

Rev. ΙΟΥΛΙΕⲰΝ ΤⲰΝ ΚΑΙ ΛΑΟΔΙΚΕⲰΝ
Turreted and draped bust of Tyche, r.; in field, r., ΗΞΡ

13.55 gr
25.5 mm
12h

Note.
From the Michel Prieur Collection, purchased privately from Joselito Eechtout, May 2013.
3 commentsokidoki07/05/19 at 04:02quadrans: Wow, nice piece..
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BCC J3815 viewsJudaea - AE Prutah
Caesarea Maritima
Herod Archelaus 4BCE - 6CE
Mint of Jerusalem
Obv:HP[ω∆OY]
Bunch of grapes, vine leaf to left.
Rev:EΘNAPXOY
Tall military helmet, facing,
with crest and cheek straps,
caduceus, below left.
18mm. 2.71gm. Axis:180
Hendin III 505
J. Berlin Caesarea Collection
1 commentsv-drome07/04/19 at 12:37Mark R1: Interesting coin
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Crusaders, Frankish Greece , Duchy of Neopatras . John II Angelus-Comnenus AD 1303-1318.Billon denier tournois 19 viewsCrusaders, Frankish Greece , Duchy of Neopatras . John II Angelus-Comnenus AD 1303-1318.Billon denier tournois
Obverse : + ANGELVS SA B C , cross
Reverse : + DELLA PATCRA , castle tournois
CCS 125 Unrecorded variant .
Very Rare .
1 commentsVladislav D07/04/19 at 12:34Mark R1: Cool looking coin.
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Akarnania Leukas AR Stater circa 320-280 BC 19.5 mm 8.53g 1h Pegasi 13228 viewsPegasos flying left/Helmeted head of Athena left,stylis behind.
ex Dr Erik Miller collection.purchased from C.J Martin 18 June 1974,Sotheby 15 May 1974 lot 31
2 commentsGrant H07/03/19 at 23:34Tracy Aiello: That is magnificent.
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RIC 0674 Domitianus41 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XXI COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva advancing right, with spear and shield
AR/Denarius (19668 mm 3.344 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88-89 A.D. (6th issue)
RIC 674 (R), RSC 254c - BMCRE 157 - BNF unlisted
Purchased from Münzhandlung Ritter
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/03/19 at 20:06Nemonater: Awesome
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3803 SELEUCIS Laodicea ad Mare. Hadrian Tetradrachm 121-22 AD Tyche26 viewsReference.
RPC III, 38