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Orodes I (Sellwood's Unknown King)110 viewstetradrachm, 90 - 77 BC
Sellwood 30.2

This coin referenced in "The Celator," Vol. 23, No. 11, November 2009 ("97% of Lots Sell in Robinson Auctions")
4 commentsRobert L302/25/20 at 00:18William T2: Beautiful coin of a scarce type!
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Mithradates II43 viewsSeleukia on the Tigris mint. Struck circa 119-109 BC. Sellwood 24.5; Sunrise 282; Shore 68.

Ex. CNG 105, Lot 483
3 commentsThatParthianGuy02/24/20 at 23:49William T2: Stunning coin man!
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Domitian RIC 33921 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 85 CE (fourth Issue)
(20.00 mm 3.35 g)
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG – GERM P M TR P IIII, laureate head right, wearing aegis
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI – CENS POT P P Minerva standing left, holding spear in right hand
Ref.: RIC II 339 (R2), RSC 180a, BMC 80
Ex: Michael Kelly Collection
Ex: Spink numismatic e-circular 1 Part 1 Ancient Coins Auction 20120 Lot 228 (part). February 13, 2020.
Purchased from Germania Inferior Numismatics on Vcoins February 22, 2020.
5 commentsorfew02/24/20 at 18:56okidoki: nice aegis
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Domitian RIC 33921 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 85 CE (fourth Issue)
(20.00 mm 3.35 g)
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG – GERM P M TR P IIII, laureate head right, wearing aegis
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI – CENS POT P P Minerva standing left, holding spear in right hand
Ref.: RIC II 339 (R2), RSC 180a, BMC 80
Ex: Michael Kelly Collection
Ex: Spink numismatic e-circular 1 Part 1 Ancient Coins Auction 20120 Lot 228 (part). February 13, 2020.
Purchased from Germania Inferior Numismatics on Vcoins February 22, 2020.
5 commentsorfew02/24/20 at 14:48Nemonater: What a portrait!
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Domitian RIC 33921 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 85 CE (fourth Issue)
(20.00 mm 3.35 g)
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG – GERM P M TR P IIII, laureate head right, wearing aegis
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI – CENS POT P P Minerva standing left, holding spear in right hand
Ref.: RIC II 339 (R2), RSC 180a, BMC 80
Ex: Michael Kelly Collection
Ex: Spink numismatic e-circular 1 Part 1 Ancient Coins Auction 20120 Lot 228 (part). February 13, 2020.
Purchased from Germania Inferior Numismatics on Vcoins February 22, 2020.
5 commentsorfew02/24/20 at 14:37David Atherton: Nice rarity!
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6 Probus57 viewsProbus.
276-282 AD
Æ antoninianus (21.9 mm, 3.84 g, 6 h), Cyzicus Mint, 281 AD
IMP C M AVR PROBVS PF AVG, radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding eagle-tipped scepter / SOLI INVICTO, Sol driving facing quadriga, head left, holding whip and raising hand; CM//XXIQ in exergue. RIC 911. gVF.
Ex Agora Auctions
3 commentsSosius02/24/20 at 14:26maridvnvm: XXI in exe and NOT XXIQ so an earlier issue
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2025 Hadrian Denarius Roma 130-38 AD Pietas standing2 viewsReference.
RIC II, 257; C.1029; Strack 252; RIC III, 2025

Bust A1+/L

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P.P.
Bare head

Rev. PIETAS AVG
Pietas standing left, raising both hands; altar to left.

3.43 gr
18 mm
h
1 commentsokidoki02/24/20 at 13:11Parthicus Maximus: Nice left bust
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RIC 00365 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 3)
(19 mm., 3.12 g.)
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM; Head laureate right
Rev: COS VII DES VIII P P ; Seat draped, above winged thunderbolt
RIC 36, RSC 62, BMC 9
Savoca 29th Blue Auction February 23, 2020. Lot 1237
2 commentsorfew02/24/20 at 12:16okidoki: very nice
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RIC 00365 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 3)
(19 mm., 3.12 g.)
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM; Head laureate right
Rev: COS VII DES VIII P P ; Seat draped, above winged thunderbolt
RIC 36, RSC 62, BMC 9
Savoca 29th Blue Auction February 23, 2020. Lot 1237
2 commentsorfew02/24/20 at 11:07Parthicus Maximus: Neat first year rarity.
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Domitian RIC 33921 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 85 CE (fourth Issue)
(20.00 mm 3.35 g)
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG – GERM P M TR P IIII, laureate head right, wearing aegis
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI – CENS POT P P Minerva standing left, holding spear in right hand
Ref.: RIC II 339 (R2), RSC 180a, BMC 80
Ex: Michael Kelly Collection
Ex: Spink numismatic e-circular 1 Part 1 Ancient Coins Auction 20120 Lot 228 (part). February 13, 2020.
Purchased from Germania Inferior Numismatics on Vcoins February 22, 2020.
5 commentsorfew02/24/20 at 11:05Parthicus Maximus: Fantastic!
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Crawford 42/1, ROMAN REPUBLIC, AR Didrachm - Quadrigatus - VERY RARE9 viewsRome. The Republic.
Corn-Ear Series, 214-212 BCE.
AR Didrachm-Quadrigatus (6.83g; 20mm).
Unknown Sicilian Mint.

Obverse: Laureate Janiform head of the Dioscuri.

Reverse: Jupiter and Victory in fast quadriga galloping right; corn ear below; ROMA in linear frame in exergue.

References: Crawford 42/1; RBW 138 (this coin); Sydenham 66 (R8); BMCRR 108; Hersh 9a (O-6; R-4).

Provenance: Ex Naville Numismatics 47 (3 Mar 2019) Lot 352; RBW Collection [NAC 61 (2011) Lot 141]; privately purchased from Munzen und Medaillen in August 1981.

The last few series of Roman silver didrachm coinage, produced from 225-212 BCE, are nicknamed "quadrigati" because of the common reverse type of Jupiter and Victory in a fast quadriga. Crawford's arrangement of quadrigati into distinct series requires a great amount of study to understand. Collectors and dealers alike often misattribute quadrigati among Crawford's series.

The Crawford 42 series of quadrigati, to which this example belongs, is the rarest of all the quadrigati series. In his study of the 42 series quadrigati, Charles Hersh could only locate 33 examples of the type. Based on the corn-ear control symbol, the series was likely struck somewhere in Sicily, perhaps during Rome’s Second Punic War offensive against Syracuse, from 214-212 BCE. While Crawford puts this series last in order of his various quadrigati series, it is likely they were produced near the same time as the debased, lightweight quadrigati that ended the Crawford 28 series. The coins are generally of debased style and metal, thought their weight is good, and in this regard they are similar to Crawford 31 quadrigati. Stylistically, the series 42 quadrigati typically display well-defined, separated “J”-shaped sideburns, with horizontal hairs, on the Janiform head. Neck truncations range from open C curve (as on this example) to straight and V truncations. On the reverse, Jupiter's thunderbolt is entirely within the line border, angle of the horses is on the low-side, and ROMA is always in relief in a linear frame. The type usually has a corn-ear on the reverse beneath the quadriga; however, “anonymous” versions of this series, without corn-ears but stylistically identical to the corn-eared coins, are known.
4 commentsCarausius02/24/20 at 10:00Barnaba6: Marvelous!
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Parthia - Gotarzes II (44-51 AD)22 viewsMetal/Size: AR 25.66; Weight: 14.6 grams; Denomination: Tetradrachm; Mint: Seleucia-on-the-Tigris; Date:49-50 AD; Obverse: Bare-headed bust left with four strand diadem, loop and three ribbons; medium-long hair in four rows of circular curls, lock on temple, mustache, long beard, four-turn necklace, cuirass/tunic with star on chest; Reverse: King, right, on throne, facing goddess w/cornucopia and receiving diadem; year XT (49 AD) between the heads; exergual line; 6-lines of legend visible: (BACIΛEΩC) (BA)CIΛEΩ(N) (A)PCAKO(Y) EVEPΓETO(Y) ΔIKAKOY(to be read from the inside) APTEMIC(IOY) EΠIΦΛNO(YC) (ΦIΛEΛΛHNOC); date: March/April 49 AD; References: Sellwood #65.20; Shore #361.2 commentsmuseumguy02/24/20 at 08:36William T2: unreal...you can clearly make out the kings face o...
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Domitian RIC 33921 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 85 CE (fourth Issue)
(20.00 mm 3.35 g)
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG – GERM P M TR P IIII, laureate head right, wearing aegis
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI – CENS POT P P Minerva standing left, holding spear in right hand
Ref.: RIC II 339 (R2), RSC 180a, BMC 80
Ex: Michael Kelly Collection
Ex: Spink numismatic e-circular 1 Part 1 Ancient Coins Auction 20120 Lot 228 (part). February 13, 2020.
Purchased from Germania Inferior Numismatics on Vcoins February 22, 2020.
5 commentsorfew02/24/20 at 06:10quadrans: Nice 👍
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Domitian. 81-96 AR Denarius 1 viewsDomitian. 81-96 AR Denarius (3.17 gm, 18mm). Rome mint. Struck 81 AD.
Obv.: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M, laureate head right.
Rev.: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P, tripod surmounted by a dolphin right. RIC II 74.
1 commentsPaul R302/24/20 at 03:14Jay GT4: Love the toning
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Artabanos I ca. 127-124 B.C.10 viewsAR Drachm
Ecbatana Mint
Sellwood 20.1
Sunrise 278 (Artabanos III)
Ex. FSR Coin
1 commentsWilliam T202/24/20 at 02:58Robert L3: Outstanding.
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Orodes II ca. 57-38 B.C7 viewsBI Tetradrachm
Seleukeia on the Tigris Mint
Sellwood 48.1
Sunrise 375
Ex. Triskeles 24, Lot 78
1 commentsWilliam T202/24/20 at 02:58Robert L3: Quite nice. Congrats.
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PONTUS. Amisus. Time of Mithradates VI Eupator (ca. 85-65 BC). AE (20mm, 8.01 gm, 11h).4 viewsPONTUS. Amisus. Time of Mithradates VI Eupator (ca. 85-65 BC). AE (20mm, 8.01 gm, 11h). AU. Laureate head of Zeus right / AMIΣOY, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, head right, wings spread; ΓΘΔ monogram in left field. HGC 7, 245. SNG Black Sea 1220-1231.2 commentsMark R102/23/20 at 23:20Anaximander: By the gods, Zeus & Eagle!
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Crawford 42/1, ROMAN REPUBLIC, AR Didrachm - Quadrigatus - VERY RARE9 viewsRome. The Republic.
Corn-Ear Series, 214-212 BCE.
AR Didrachm-Quadrigatus (6.83g; 20mm).
Unknown Sicilian Mint.

Obverse: Laureate Janiform head of the Dioscuri.

Reverse: Jupiter and Victory in fast quadriga galloping right; corn ear below; ROMA in linear frame in exergue.

References: Crawford 42/1; RBW 138 (this coin); Sydenham 66 (R8); BMCRR 108; Hersh 9a (O-6; R-4).

Provenance: Ex Naville Numismatics 47 (3 Mar 2019) Lot 352; RBW Collection [NAC 61 (2011) Lot 141]; privately purchased from Munzen und Medaillen in August 1981.

The last few series of Roman silver didrachm coinage, produced from 225-212 BCE, are nicknamed "quadrigati" because of the common reverse type of Jupiter and Victory in a fast quadriga. Crawford's arrangement of quadrigati into distinct series requires a great amount of study to understand. Collectors and dealers alike often misattribute quadrigati among Crawford's series.

The Crawford 42 series of quadrigati, to which this example belongs, is the rarest of all the quadrigati series. In his study of the 42 series quadrigati, Charles Hersh could only locate 33 examples of the type. Based on the corn-ear control symbol, the series was likely struck somewhere in Sicily, perhaps during Rome’s Second Punic War offensive against Syracuse, from 214-212 BCE. While Crawford puts this series last in order of his various quadrigati series, it is likely they were produced near the same time as the debased, lightweight quadrigati that ended the Crawford 28 series. The coins are generally of debased style and metal, thought their weight is good, and in this regard they are similar to Crawford 31 quadrigati. Stylistically, the series 42 quadrigati typically display well-defined, separated “J”-shaped sideburns, with horizontal hairs, on the Janiform head. Neck truncations range from open C curve (as on this example) to straight and V truncations. On the reverse, Jupiter's thunderbolt is entirely within the line border, angle of the horses is on the low-side, and ROMA is always in relief in a linear frame. The type usually has a corn-ear on the reverse beneath the quadriga; however, “anonymous” versions of this series, without corn-ears but stylistically identical to the corn-eared coins, are known.
4 commentsCarausius02/23/20 at 23:16Anaximander: Brilliant addition.
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Crawford 42/1, ROMAN REPUBLIC, AR Didrachm - Quadrigatus - VERY RARE9 viewsRome. The Republic.
Corn-Ear Series, 214-212 BCE.
AR Didrachm-Quadrigatus (6.83g; 20mm).
Unknown Sicilian Mint.

Obverse: Laureate Janiform head of the Dioscuri.

Reverse: Jupiter and Victory in fast quadriga galloping right; corn ear below; ROMA in linear frame in exergue.

References: Crawford 42/1; RBW 138 (this coin); Sydenham 66 (R8); BMCRR 108; Hersh 9a (O-6; R-4).

Provenance: Ex Naville Numismatics 47 (3 Mar 2019) Lot 352; RBW Collection [NAC 61 (2011) Lot 141]; privately purchased from Munzen und Medaillen in August 1981.

The last few series of Roman silver didrachm coinage, produced from 225-212 BCE, are nicknamed "quadrigati" because of the common reverse type of Jupiter and Victory in a fast quadriga. Crawford's arrangement of quadrigati into distinct series requires a great amount of study to understand. Collectors and dealers alike often misattribute quadrigati among Crawford's series.

The Crawford 42 series of quadrigati, to which this example belongs, is the rarest of all the quadrigati series. In his study of the 42 series quadrigati, Charles Hersh could only locate 33 examples of the type. Based on the corn-ear control symbol, the series was likely struck somewhere in Sicily, perhaps during Rome’s Second Punic War offensive against Syracuse, from 214-212 BCE. While Crawford puts this series last in order of his various quadrigati series, it is likely they were produced near the same time as the debased, lightweight quadrigati that ended the Crawford 28 series. The coins are generally of debased style and metal, thought their weight is good, and in this regard they are similar to Crawford 31 quadrigati. Stylistically, the series 42 quadrigati typically display well-defined, separated “J”-shaped sideburns, with horizontal hairs, on the Janiform head. Neck truncations range from open C curve (as on this example) to straight and V truncations. On the reverse, Jupiter's thunderbolt is entirely within the line border, angle of the horses is on the low-side, and ROMA is always in relief in a linear frame. The type usually has a corn-ear on the reverse beneath the quadriga; however, “anonymous” versions of this series, without corn-ears but stylistically identical to the corn-eared coins, are known.
4 commentsCarausius02/23/20 at 20:25quadrans: Nice piece..
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Crawford 42/1, ROMAN REPUBLIC - AR Didrachm - Quadrigatus - VERY RARE17 viewsRome. The Republic.
Corn-Ear Series, 214-212 BCE.
AR Didrachm-Quadrigatus (6.82g; 21mm).
Unknown Sicilian Mint.

Obverse: Laureate Janiform head of the Dioscuri.

Reverse: Jupiter and Victory in fast quadriga galloping right; corn ear below; ROMA in linear frame in exergue.

References: Crawford 42/1; Sydenham 66 (R8); BMCRR 108.

Provenance: Ex Naville Numismatics 41 (24 Jun 2018) Lot 389; ex NAC 50 (4 Apr 2011), Lot 1729; purchased from Freeman & Sear, before 2011.

The last few series of Roman silver didrachm coinage, produced from 225-212 BCE, are nicknamed "quadrigati" because of the common reverse type of Jupiter and Victory in a fast quadriga. Crawford's arrangement of quadrigati into distinct series requires a great amount of study to understand. Collectors and dealers alike often misattribute quadrigati among Crawford's series.

The Crawford 42 series of quadrigati, to which this example belongs, is the rarest of all the quadrigati series. In his study of the 42 series quadrigati, Charles Hersh could only locate 33 examples of the type. Based on the corn-ear control symbol, the series was likely struck somewhere in Sicily, perhaps during Rome’s Second Punic War offensive against Syracuse, from 214-212 BCE. While Crawford puts this series last in order of his various quadrigati series, it is likely they were produced near the same time as the debased, lightweight quadrigati that ended the Crawford 28 series. The coins are generally of debased style and metal, thought their weight is good, and in this regard they are similar to Crawford 31 quadrigati. Stylistically, the series 42 quadrigati typically display well-defined, separated “J”-shaped sideburns, with horizontal hairs, on the Janiform head. Neck truncations range from open C curve (as on this example) to straight and V truncations. On the reverse, Jupiter's thunderbolt is entirely within the line border, angle of the horses is on tbe low-side, and ROMA is always in relief in a linear frame. The type usually has a corn-ear on the reverse beneath the quadriga; however, “anonymous” versions of this series, without corn-ears but stylistically identical to the corn-eared coins, are known.
1 commentsCarausius02/23/20 at 20:23quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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PONTUS. Amisus. Time of Mithradates VI Eupator (ca. 85-65 BC). AE (20mm, 8.01 gm, 11h).4 viewsPONTUS. Amisus. Time of Mithradates VI Eupator (ca. 85-65 BC). AE (20mm, 8.01 gm, 11h). AU. Laureate head of Zeus right / AMIΣOY, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, head right, wings spread; ΓΘΔ monogram in left field. HGC 7, 245. SNG Black Sea 1220-1231.2 commentsMark R102/23/20 at 20:17quadrans: Nice piece..
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Allectus AE Quinarius RIC12813 viewsAllectus AE Quinarius. Camulodunum mint. IMP C ALLECTVS PF AVG, radiate, cuirassed bust right / VIRTVS AVG, galley rowing left. Mintmark QC. RIC 128; Sear 13874 and 13877. 1 commentssimmurray02/23/20 at 20:12quadrans: Nice piece..
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Taras, Calabria12 views302-228 BC
AR Hemiobol (8mm, 0.25g)
O: Scallop shell with seven teeth, within linear border.
R: Two crescents back to back, with two pellets above and below.
Vlasto 1789-91; SNG France 2258-60; Cote 181; HN Italy 926
Very scarce
From the M.P Vlasto collection. ex Herakles Numismatics
4 commentsEnodia02/23/20 at 07:54Leo: wonderful
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Kyzikos, Mysia3 views525 – 475 B.C.
Silver tetartemorion
0.20 gm, 7.0 mm
Obv.: Forepart of boar right, tunny to left
Rev.: Head of roaring lion left in incuse square
BMC Mysia p.35, 120v; Sear 3851v;
SNG Keckman 150v.

ex-Forum Auctions
1 commentsJaimelai02/22/20 at 21:32Jaimelai: At least that's my guess - coin's a little...
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Titus RIC-21232 viewsÆ Dupondius, 11.40g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, radiate, bearded, r.
Rev: VESTA in exergue; S C in field; Vesta std. l., with palladium and sceptre
RIC 212 (C). BMC 200. BNC 203.
Ex eBay, 9 February 2020.

It's not unusual at the start of a reign for the Rome mint to strike coin types that conjure up feelings of familiarity and continuance. Vesta is certainly one of those types and Titus' moneyers made full use of her propaganda value. She frequently appears on the bronze coinage with her message of religious piety and security. Her main attribute here is the palladium - a wooden cult image of Pallas Athena which oversees the safety and well being of Rome.

Great style and good metal.
3 commentsDavid Atherton02/22/20 at 15:19FlaviusDomitianus: Nice addition
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Titus RIC-21232 viewsÆ Dupondius, 11.40g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, radiate, bearded, r.
Rev: VESTA in exergue; S C in field; Vesta std. l., with palladium and sceptre
RIC 212 (C). BMC 200. BNC 203.
Ex eBay, 9 February 2020.

It's not unusual at the start of a reign for the Rome mint to strike coin types that conjure up feelings of familiarity and continuance. Vesta is certainly one of those types and Titus' moneyers made full use of her propaganda value. She frequently appears on the bronze coinage with her message of religious piety and security. Her main attribute here is the palladium - a wooden cult image of Pallas Athena which oversees the safety and well being of Rome.

Great style and good metal.
3 commentsDavid Atherton02/22/20 at 14:25quadrans: Nice 👍
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Titus RIC-21232 viewsÆ Dupondius, 11.40g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, radiate, bearded, r.
Rev: VESTA in exergue; S C in field; Vesta std. l., with palladium and sceptre
RIC 212 (C). BMC 200. BNC 203.
Ex eBay, 9 February 2020.

It's not unusual at the start of a reign for the Rome mint to strike coin types that conjure up feelings of familiarity and continuance. Vesta is certainly one of those types and Titus' moneyers made full use of her propaganda value. She frequently appears on the bronze coinage with her message of religious piety and security. Her main attribute here is the palladium - a wooden cult image of Pallas Athena which oversees the safety and well being of Rome.

Great style and good metal.
3 commentsDavid Atherton02/22/20 at 13:42Jay GT4: Great portrait
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Augustus AE As, Emerita Augusta, P Carisius Legatus8 viewsAugustus, AE As, Emerita Augusta, 25-23 BC.

Anv.: CAESAR AVGVST TRIBVNI POTEST, bare head right.
Rev.; P CARISIVS LEG AVGVSTI, in three lines.
RIC I 25

Weight: 11.3g
Diameter: 25mm
2 commentsJose Polanco02/22/20 at 10:05Jose Polanco: Thank you!!
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Crawford 42/1, ROMAN REPUBLIC, AR Didrachm - Quadrigatus - VERY RARE9 viewsRome. The Republic.
Corn-Ear Series, 214-212 BCE.
AR Didrachm-Quadrigatus (6.83g; 20mm).
Unknown Sicilian Mint.

Obverse: Laureate Janiform head of the Dioscuri.

Reverse: Jupiter and Victory in fast quadriga galloping right; corn ear below; ROMA in linear frame in exergue.

References: Crawford 42/1; RBW 138 (this coin); Sydenham 66 (R8); BMCRR 108; Hersh 9a (O-6; R-4).

Provenance: Ex Naville Numismatics 47 (3 Mar 2019) Lot 352; RBW Collection [NAC 61 (2011) Lot 141]; privately purchased from Munzen und Medaillen in August 1981.

The last few series of Roman silver didrachm coinage, produced from 225-212 BCE, are nicknamed "quadrigati" because of the common reverse type of Jupiter and Victory in a fast quadriga. Crawford's arrangement of quadrigati into distinct series requires a great amount of study to understand. Collectors and dealers alike often misattribute quadrigati among Crawford's series.

The Crawford 42 series of quadrigati, to which this example belongs, is the rarest of all the quadrigati series. In his study of the 42 series quadrigati, Charles Hersh could only locate 33 examples of the type. Based on the corn-ear control symbol, the series was likely struck somewhere in Sicily, perhaps during Rome’s Second Punic War offensive against Syracuse, from 214-212 BCE. While Crawford puts this series last in order of his various quadrigati series, it is likely they were produced near the same time as the debased, lightweight quadrigati that ended the Crawford 28 series. The coins are generally of debased style and metal, thought their weight is good, and in this regard they are similar to Crawford 31 quadrigati. Stylistically, the series 42 quadrigati typically display well-defined, separated “J”-shaped sideburns, with horizontal hairs, on the Janiform head. Neck truncations range from open C curve (as on this example) to straight and V truncations. On the reverse, Jupiter's thunderbolt is entirely within the line border, angle of the horses is on the low-side, and ROMA is always in relief in a linear frame. The type usually has a corn-ear on the reverse beneath the quadriga; however, “anonymous” versions of this series, without corn-ears but stylistically identical to the corn-eared coins, are known.
4 commentsCarausius02/22/20 at 06:05Jay GT4: Great coin! One day I'll get one of these
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varb17315 viewsElagabalus
Philippopolis, Thrace

Obv: AVT K M AVPH ANTΩNEINOC, laureate cuirassed bust right, seen from front.
Rev: MH/TPOΠOΛE/ΩC ΦIΛIΠΠO/ΠOΛEΩC NE/ΩKOPOV, legend in five lines within laurel wreath.
29 mm, 14.38 gms

Varbanov 1731
1 commentsCharles M02/21/20 at 18:01shanxi: nice
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Gordien, Pergaia, Victoria Ae272 viewsAY KAI MAP ANT ΓOPΔIANOC CE

laurate, draped and cuirassed bust right seen from behind over a globe

ΠEP | ΓAI | ΩN

Victory, standing left, on a globe, holding a crown with his right hand. and a palm of the hand g. ; wings spread in the back.

26.5mm, 7.10g

pédigrée Naville Numismatics 53 lot 207 = collection E.E. Clain-Stefanelli

7 exemplaires known (Athene, Londres, Cambridge, Mihalka, V. Aulock, Naville 34 and this one)
1 commentsleseullunique02/21/20 at 18:00shanxi: nice
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castelin14_43 viewsElagabalus
Rhesaena, Mesopotamia

Obv: Laureate draped bust right, umbrella shaped object in right field.
Rev: Sagittarius running right, discharging bow to right, behind two vexilla, in left field turreted bust of Tyche right.
21 mm, 5.09 gms

Castelin 14 variant (direction of bow discharge)
1 commentsCharles M02/21/20 at 17:59shanxi: nice coin
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castelin192 viewsElagabalus or Caracalla
Rhesaena, Mesopotamia

Obv: ...NINOC..., laureate draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: ...AI-NHⲰ..., female figure reclining left, holding palm and resting left elbow on overturned urn from which water flows; Γ to left.
18 mm, 6.77 gms

Castelin 19
1 commentsCharles M02/21/20 at 17:59shanxi: interesting coin
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RIC 0072 (3)10 viewsDomitian AR denarius 81 CE (Group 4)
18 mm 3.16 g
Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG PM; Head laureate right
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P; Seat draped above winged thunderbolt.
RIC 72 (R2).
Lazooro on Delcampe January 11, 2019
2 commentsorfew02/21/20 at 15:53David Atherton: Nice DIVI!
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012p Claudius I. (41-54 A.D.), Ionia, Ephesos, RPC I 2624, AE-18, Stag standing right, KOYΣI/NIOΣ, O/T/Δ//EΦE, #123 views012p Claudius I. (41-54 A.D.), Ionia, Ephesos, RPC I 2624, AE-18, Stag standing right, KOYΣI/NIOΣ, O/T/Δ//EΦE, #1
avers: No legends, Jugate busts of Claudius and Agrippina (the Younger) right.
reverse: Stag standing right, KOYΣI/NIOΣ (Causinius, magistrate) in two lines above, o/T monogram left, ∆ right, EΦE below.
exergue: O/T/Δ//EΦE, diameter: 18,0-19,0mm, weight: 4,38g, axis: 0h,
mint: City: Ephesus, Region: Ionia, Province: Asia, Conventus of Ephesus,
date: 41-54 A.D.,
ref: RPC I 2624, SNG Cop 373-374, BMC 205-206, Weber 5872,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans02/20/20 at 16:48*Alex: Nice busts.
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Domitian RIC-46835 viewsÆ Sestertius, 22.60g
Rome mint, 86 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: S C in field; Domitian standing l., with parazonium and spear; to l., river-god (Rhenus) reclining
RIC 468 (C). BMC 377. BNC 399.
Ex eBay, 9 February 2020. Ex Künker, eLive Auction 57, 12 December 2019, lot 97.

In late 82 or early 83 Domitian conducted a census of Gaul as a smoke screen in order to make preparations to invade the Germanic Chatti lands across the Rhine. Not much is known of what the actual war consisted of - perhaps some road building, punitive raids against Chatti strongholds, and minor skirmishing. No large battles, à la Mons Graupius, have come down to us, prompting Tacitus' assertion 'that in recent times, the Germans were more triumphed over than conquered'. Even the date of the conflict is in dispute - although Domitian did rack up four salutations between June 83 and September 84, several of which must be attributed to the Chattan Campaign. Domitian celebrated a triumph over the Chatti in 83, after which he claimed the title 'Germanicus'.

Beginning in 85 Domitian struck a fairly impressive issue of sestertii, M. Grant hyperbolically called it the most 'ambitious' of any one reign or year. The series is the first major aes issue of Domitian's reign and is dominated by panoramic types commemorating his military victory over the Germanic tribe the Chatti. One of the more interesting types carried over into 86 features a triumphant Domitian standing over the reclining river-god Rhenus. It is a more poetic type than those showing captives or war trophies, although, even here Domitian is resting his foot on the river-god's knee symbolising Rome's domination over Germania.

Fine style and good metal.
2 commentsDavid Atherton02/20/20 at 16:41FlaviusDomitianus: This type is a favorite of mine. Nice example.
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012p Claudius I. (41-54 A.D.), Ionia, Ephesos, RPC I 2624, AE-18, Stag standing right, KOYΣI/NIOΣ, O/T/Δ//EΦE, #123 views012p Claudius I. (41-54 A.D.), Ionia, Ephesos, RPC I 2624, AE-18, Stag standing right, KOYΣI/NIOΣ, O/T/Δ//EΦE, #1
avers: No legends, Jugate busts of Claudius and Agrippina (the Younger) right.
reverse: Stag standing right, KOYΣI/NIOΣ (Causinius, magistrate) in two lines above, o/T monogram left, ∆ right, EΦE below.
exergue: O/T/Δ//EΦE, diameter: 18,0-19,0mm, weight: 4,38g, axis: 0h,
mint: City: Ephesus, Region: Ionia, Province: Asia, Conventus of Ephesus,
date: 41-54 A.D.,
ref: RPC I 2624, SNG Cop 373-374, BMC 205-206, Weber 5872,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans02/20/20 at 13:07Jay GT4: It's ok Q
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Domitian RIC-46835 viewsÆ Sestertius, 22.60g
Rome mint, 86 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: S C in field; Domitian standing l., with parazonium and spear; to l., river-god (Rhenus) reclining
RIC 468 (C). BMC 377. BNC 399.
Ex eBay, 9 February 2020. Ex Künker, eLive Auction 57, 12 December 2019, lot 97.

In late 82 or early 83 Domitian conducted a census of Gaul as a smoke screen in order to make preparations to invade the Germanic Chatti lands across the Rhine. Not much is known of what the actual war consisted of - perhaps some road building, punitive raids against Chatti strongholds, and minor skirmishing. No large battles, à la Mons Graupius, have come down to us, prompting Tacitus' assertion 'that in recent times, the Germans were more triumphed over than conquered'. Even the date of the conflict is in dispute - although Domitian did rack up four salutations between June 83 and September 84, several of which must be attributed to the Chattan Campaign. Domitian celebrated a triumph over the Chatti in 83, after which he claimed the title 'Germanicus'.

Beginning in 85 Domitian struck a fairly impressive issue of sestertii, M. Grant hyperbolically called it the most 'ambitious' of any one reign or year. The series is the first major aes issue of Domitian's reign and is dominated by panoramic types commemorating his military victory over the Germanic tribe the Chatti. One of the more interesting types carried over into 86 features a triumphant Domitian standing over the reclining river-god Rhenus. It is a more poetic type than those showing captives or war trophies, although, even here Domitian is resting his foot on the river-god's knee symbolising Rome's domination over Germania.

Fine style and good metal.
2 commentsDavid Atherton02/20/20 at 12:59Jay GT4: Very nice!
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Maurice Tiberius (582 - 602 A.D. )5 viewsÆ Follis
O:  D N mAVRC TIber PP AV, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, globus cruciger in right hand, shield in left hand.
R: Large M, ANNO left and date right, cross above, Γ below, CON in exergue.  Dated RY 9 (590/1)
Constantinople mint
11.86g
32.6mm
SBCV 494

Ex.  Ed Waddell (11/1981)
2 commentsMat02/20/20 at 07:43okidoki: excellent
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Maurice Tiberius (582 - 602 A.D. )5 viewsÆ Follis
O:  D N mAVRC TIber PP AV, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, globus cruciger in right hand, shield in left hand.
R: Large M, ANNO left and date right, cross above, Γ below, CON in exergue.  Dated RY 9 (590/1)
Constantinople mint
11.86g
32.6mm
SBCV 494

Ex.  Ed Waddell (11/1981)
2 commentsMat02/20/20 at 01:34Jay GT4: Very nice!
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RIC 005043 viewsTitus (Caesar, 69-79). AR Denarius
(18mm, 3.26g, 6h). Rome, AD 79.
Obv: Laureate head l.
Rev: Jewish captive kneeling r. before trophy.
RIC II 50; RSC 297.
Ex: Bertolami Fine arts E Live Auction 38 Lot 610 December 11, 2016
Ex: Artemide Aste E Live Auction 11 Lot 362 January 26, 2020
5 commentsorfew02/20/20 at 01:27Vincent: Glad Titus found a good new home
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RIC 005043 viewsTitus (Caesar, 69-79). AR Denarius
(18mm, 3.26g, 6h). Rome, AD 79.
Obv: Laureate head l.
Rev: Jewish captive kneeling r. before trophy.
RIC II 50; RSC 297.
Ex: Bertolami Fine arts E Live Auction 38 Lot 610 December 11, 2016
Ex: Artemide Aste E Live Auction 11 Lot 362 January 26, 2020
5 commentsorfew02/19/20 at 22:32David Atherton: Rare indeed!
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22178 Hadrian/Hermes w Ibis4 viewsHadrian Æ Obol of Alexandria, Egypt. Dated RY 11 = AD 126/7.
Obv: ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑ ϹЄΒ,
laureate head right
Rev: EPMO to left, L IA (date) to right
Draped bust of Thot-Hermes right, wearing taenia and hem-hem crown; Ibis standing right in front.
Mint: Alexandria, Egypt 18.5mm 4.7g.
RPC 6286; Dattari (Savio) 10926-9; Emmett 1275.
1 commentsBlayne W02/19/20 at 21:06okidoki: very nice reverse
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Galerius13 viewsAE-Quinarius
MAXIMIANVS NO C; Laureate and cuirassed bust to right.
VIRTVS AVGG; Emperor on horseback galloping right, sparing enemy.
Ex:-
Siscia
RIC -; King 10var. (bust and obverse legend)
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia02/19/20 at 20:57helveticus: gold quinarius of this coin is existing see Tkale...
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Domitian RIC-266206 viewsAR Denarius, 3.35g
Rome mint, 85 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG GERMANIC; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: P M TR POT IIII IMP VIII COS XI P P; Minverva stg. l., with spear (M4)
RIC 266 (R2). BMC 74. RSC 361a. BNC -.
Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection, acquired from Barry Murphy. Ex Jyrki Muona Collection. Ex Berk 158, 26 March 2008, lot 240.

Minted in 85 AD, this very rare coin features a wonderful, thoughtful portrait of the "tyrant". IMHO the portraiture on his denarii reached a high point between 82 and 85 when both the fineness and quality of the denarii were vastly improved. It seems only the best engravers were working for him at this time. Ancient coin collectors should really take note of Domitian because he really did care about his coinage.

Struck on a large flan with full legends.
4 commentsDavid Atherton02/19/20 at 14:07Parthicus Maximus: In one word Impressive!
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Caracalla Quadriga RIC 499b4 viewsCaracalla, Sestertius, Rome, 213 AD, RIC 499b, 30mm, 19.05g,
OBV: M AVREL ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT, Laureate, draped cuirassed bust right
REV: P M TR P XVI IMP II COS IIII P P, S C, Caracalla in quadriga right, crowned by Victory S-C each side
RARE
1 commentsSRukke02/18/20 at 23:22Jay GT4: Good find
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11. Kleopatra VII Thea Neotera. 51-30 BC. AR Tetradrachm 5 viewsKleopatra VII Thea Neotera. 51-30 BC. AR Tetradrachm (26mm, 13.21 g, 12h). Alexandreia mint. Dated RY 7 (46/5 BC). Diademed bust of Ptolemy I(?) right, wearing aegis / Eagle with closed wings standing left on thunderbolt, palm frond over shoulder; LZ (date) over headdress of Isis to left, ΠΑ to right. Svoronos 1821; SNG Copenhagen –; DCA 70 corr. (date is reported). Tan surfaces, area of weak strike, some porosity. VF. Rare date, only four noted by Svoronos, one in CoinArchives.
1 commentsLordBest02/18/20 at 23:21Jay GT4: Nice!
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RIC 0072 (3)10 viewsDomitian AR denarius 81 CE (Group 4)
18 mm 3.16 g
Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG PM; Head laureate right
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P; Seat draped above winged thunderbolt.
RIC 72 (R2).
Lazooro on Delcampe January 11, 2019
2 commentsorfew02/18/20 at 23:20Jay GT4: Nice score!
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Vespasian RIC-24535 viewsÆ Sestertius, 24.02g
Rome mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: SALVS AVGVSTA; S C in exergue; Salus std. l. with patera and sceptre
RIC 245 (C2). BMC 574. BNC 533.
Acquired from Golden Rule Enterprises Coins, February 2020.

A fairly common sestertius Salus type from the great bronze issue of 71. According to Mattingly in BMCRE II this Salus type may perhaps represents 'the salvation conferred by the imperial system', presumably after the upheavals of the Civil War. Salus here symbolises the health and welfare of the Roman state, not the person of the emperor himself.

Superb portrait in good metal.

5 commentsDavid Atherton02/18/20 at 22:10simmurray: Very nice!
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Crawford 511/3, ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Sextus Pompey, AR Denarius22 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Sextus Pompey, Summer 42-40 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.82g; 20mm).
Sicilian Mint (Catana?).

Obverse: MAG·PIVS·IMP·ITER; bare head of Pompey the Great, facing right, flanked by jug and lituus.

Reverse: PRAEF/CLAS·ET·ORAE/MARIT·EX·S·C; Neptune standing left with foot on prow and holding aplustre, between the Catanaean brothers, each carrying a parent on their shoulders.

References: Crawford 511/3a; HCRI 334; Sydenham 1344 (R4); BMCRR (Sicily) 7; Pompeia 27.

Provenance: Ex Phil Peck ("Morris") Collection [Heritage 61151(26 Jan 2020) Lot 97155]; Professor Angelo Signorelli Collection [P&P Santamaria (4 Jun 1952) Lot 732].

Sextus Pompey was younger son of Pompey the Great. After Caesar's assassination, in 43 BCE, Sextus was honored by the Senate with the title "Commander of the Fleet and Sea Coasts" (Praefectus Classis et Orae Maritimae), which title is abbreviated on the reverse of this coin. Near the same time, Cicero recommended him for augurship; however, Sextus would not actually received augurship until after the Pact of Misenum in 39 BCE. Instead, shortly following the Senate’s designation of Sextus as Commander, the Second Triumvirate was formed and they placed Sextus' name on their proscription list. Sextus soon occupied Sicily with his fleet where he provided haven to other Romans proscribed by the Triumvirs. He retained control of Sicily from 42 to 36 BCE. In 42 BCE, Octavian sent Salvidienus Rufus to dislodge Sextus, but Rufus was defeated. It was likely between this defeat of Rufus and the Pact of Misenum with the Triumvirs (39 BCE) that Sextus struck much of his coinage, including this type.

Piety, or devotion, was an important character trait to the Romans on multiple levels including devotion to parents and family; devotion to the state; and devotion to the gods. The surname “Pius” was adopted by Sextus in recognition of his dutiful continuation of the struggle of his father in support of the Republic, and this notion of piety is strongly depicted on Sextus’ coinage. The obverse of this coin shows Pompey the Great, reflecting Sextus’ devotion to his father’s memory. Pompey’s head is flanked by symbols of the augurate, perhaps alluding to both Sextus’ claim to the augurate following Cicero’s recommendation and Sextus’ devotion to the gods. The rough seas around Sicily were beneficial to Sextus and particularly rough on his enemies, thus Neptune is prominently displayed at the center of the reverse. The reverse also depicts the Catanean brothers of Sicilian myth, Amphinomus and Anapias, helping their elderly parents escape the deadly lava flow of Mount Etna. Representing devoted children, the Catanean brothers may be allegorical references to Sextus’ surname “Pius”, or an indication of the Sicilian city (Catana) in which this issue may have been struck, or both.

This is a particularly complete example of this difficult type which frequently comes off-struck or on small flans.

8 commentsCarausius02/18/20 at 21:05okidoki: nice party on the reverse
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RIC 005043 viewsTitus (Caesar, 69-79). AR Denarius
(18mm, 3.26g, 6h). Rome, AD 79.
Obv: Laureate head l.
Rev: Jewish captive kneeling r. before trophy.
RIC II 50; RSC 297.
Ex: Bertolami Fine arts E Live Auction 38 Lot 610 December 11, 2016
Ex: Artemide Aste E Live Auction 11 Lot 362 January 26, 2020
5 commentsorfew02/18/20 at 13:34FlaviusDomitianus: Nice addition, congrats!
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RIC 05967 viewsDomitian AR Denarius Struck 88 CE (Third Issue)
(18.71mm 3.14 grams)
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, laureate head right
Rev: COS XIIII - LVD SAEC FEC, Herald walking left, wearing feathered cap, holding wand and shield
(18.71mm 3.14 grams)
RIC II 596 Rome
Ex FLAN Numismatics with tag. Ex Madroosi collection
Purchased from Marc Breitsprecher Feb 17, 2020
2 commentsorfew02/18/20 at 06:45Parthicus Maximus: Wonderful portrait on that nice historical type
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Crawford 517/5, ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Marc Antony, AR Denarius12 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Marc Antony and M. Nerva, 41 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.69g; 20mm).
Ephesus mint.

Obverse: M·ANT·IMP·AVG·III·VIR· R·P·CM·NERVAPROQ·P; bare head of Marc Antony, facing right.

Reverse: L·ANTONIVS – COS; bare head of Lucius Antony, facing right.

References: Crawford 517/5a; HCRI 246; Sydenham 1185; BMCRR (East) 107; Antonia 48; Banti & Simonetti 3 (this coin illustrated)

Provenance: Ex Private Japanese Collection [Heritage 3081 (12 Jan 2020) Lot 30157]; Heritage 3030 (5 Jan 2014) Lot 23911; Stack's (14 Jun 1971) Lot 332; Valentine John Eustace Ryan (d. 1947) Collection [Glendining (2 Apr 1952) Lot 1932].

This coin was struck in Ephesus by Marc Antony and the pro quaestor M. Cocceius Nerva (ancestor of the Emperor Nerva) during the year of Lucius Antony’s consulship. Lucius Antony was Marc Antony’s younger brother and supporter. During Lucius’ time as consul, Octavian was in the process of allotting confiscated land throughout Italy to army veterans. In response to the unpopular policy, Lucius Antony conspired with Marc Antony’s wife, Fulvia, to defend cities and landowners against Octavian’s confiscations. Lucius and Fulvia expected Marc Antony’s Gallic colleagues to support their efforts, but such support never materialized. As a result, Octavian besieged them at Perusia, where they were hunkering-down, and they eventually capitulated. Octavian pardoned them, rather than risk incurring Marc Antony’s wrath. Lucius was made governor of Spain where he eventually died.

The portraiture of the brothers Antony on this coin are quite distinct, and likely veristic; Lucius being depicted with a bald pate and a more aquiline nose compared to his elder brother.

4 commentsCarausius02/18/20 at 06:02Jay GT4: Poor Lucius.
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Crawford 341/4, ROMAN REPUBLIC, "Mule" Titia/Pansa AE As40 viewsRome, The Republic
Q. Titius, 90 BCE
AE As (10.78g; 27mm)

Obv: Head of Janus w/rounded beard (Pansa obv die).

Rev: Prow r; palm-branch behind prow; Q●TITI above (Titius rev die)

Reference: Crawford 341/4d; Hannover 2942 (dies); c.f. Hannover 2974 (Pansa)(obv die)

Provenance: Savoca 12 (22 Jan 2017) Lot 457

Hybrid mule of rare Q. Titius reverse with a "rounded-beard" Janus obverse of Pansa. See Hannover 2974 (Pansa) for only other known example bearing this reverse control mark.

Circa 90 B.C., during the time of the Social War, Q. Titius and C. Vibius C.F. Pansa were co-moneyers at Rome. The Social War was a civil war between Rome and her Italian allies who had broken-away in a demand for citizenship rights. It was a time of massive coinage output by the Rome mints, likely to pay the costs associated with the conflict. Not much is known of TItius or Pansa. TItius is the only member of the TItia gens for whom coins are known. Pansa was possibly the father of the later Pansa who struck coins in 49 BC and became consul in 43BC.

Some of TItius’ silver coin types feature a male head with long, pointed beard. There is speculation that the head represents Mutinus Titinus, another name of the minor god Priapus, and a naming pun for Titius. His AE asses overwhelmingly depict a Janiform head with atypical, long. pointy beard, resembling the head shown on his silver coins.

On the other hand, obverses of Pansa’s AE asses overwhelmingly depict Janus with a more traditional, curled beard. The fact that the obverse styles of Pansa’s and TItius’ contemporaneous asses are so different supports the argument that the pointy-bearded character on TItius’ coins represents someone other than Janus.

The fact that Titius and Pansa served as moneyers at the same time is evidenced by occasional mules of Titius’ pointy-bearded obverses with Pansa reverses and vice versa.

An online search of acsearch, Coin Archives and Coins of the Roman Republic Online yielded only four auction sales and one ANS example of this rare reverse, and all of them were paired with a pointy-bearded obverse. However, the Kestner Museum Hannover has a similar mule that may be a double die match to my coin (see Berger, Hannover 2942). Further, the Kestner Museum has a Pansa AE As in their collection with an apparent obverse die match to my mule (see Berger, Hannover 2974).

Are these Titius/Pansa mules indicative of particular administrative practices at the mint?

One possibility is that obverse dies, which contained no legends, were mixed freely among the two moneyers; however, the overwhelming conformity of pointy-bearded TItius asses and curled-beard Pansa asses refutes this suggestion. The mules are too scarce to suggest any freewheeling intent.

Second possibility is that all dies, TItius’ and Pansa’s, were controlled by a central mint repository which assigned the dies to teams at the commencement of work shifts and likely collected them for security at the end of work shifts. Care was certainly taken to pair pointy-bearded Janus obverses with TItius reverses, as evidenced by the super-majority of extant coins. Mistakes were inevitably made. How long it took the mint to correct such mistakes is unclear. The fact that my collection and the Kestner Museum share a mule from the same dies suggests that a good number of coins were made by those dies. The fact that Kestner Museum also has the same Pansa obverse die paired with a correct Pansa reverse proves that die combination was a likely mistake; whether the correct pairing was made at a previous work shift, at a subsequent work shift when dies were reassigned, or in the middle of the same work shift cannot be determined – the coins are not in such great condition that die states can be easily compared.

Third, the mules suggest that TItius’ and Pansa’s coins were struck at the same mint and perhaps in the same workshop by different striking teams. I don’t think it’s possible to extrapolate whether the dies were controlled on a workshop basis vs. a full mint basis.
1 commentsCarausius02/18/20 at 05:59Jay GT4: Beauty
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Crawford 14/5, ROMAN REPUBLIC - AE Aes Grave Sextans19 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous, circa 280 BCE.
AE Aes Grave Sextans (50.76g; 36mm).

Obverse: Shell seen from outside; two pellets (mark-of-value=2 unciae) below.

Reverse: Caduceus; two pellets (mark-of-value) in field.

References: Crawford 14/5; Vecchi ICC 30.

Provenance: Ex SteveX6 Collection; Collection of a Director [CNG eSale 392 (1 Mar 2017), Lot 434]; Auctiones 5 (2-3 Dec 1975), Lot 285.

Aes Grave were a significant departure from the previous Roman bronze money in that they were denominated with marks of value, and thus did not require weighing. At least three separate series of Roman Aes Grave use shells as types on sextantes (see Crawford 21/5 in this gallery). This is likely a traditional nod to the shell shaped Aes Formatum that were used for monetary exchange prior to the adoption of Aes Grave by Rome. The old Aes Formatum astragaloi (knuckle bones) are similarly re-used on Aes Grave Unciae which depict both sides of a knuckle bone (See Crawford 14/6, 21/6 and 25/9).
1 commentsCarausius02/18/20 at 05:54Jay GT4: Massive
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RIC 05967 viewsDomitian AR Denarius Struck 88 CE (Third Issue)
(18.71mm 3.14 grams)
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, laureate head right
Rev: COS XIIII - LVD SAEC FEC, Herald walking left, wearing feathered cap, holding wand and shield
(18.71mm 3.14 grams)
RIC II 596 Rome
Ex FLAN Numismatics with tag. Ex Madroosi collection
Purchased from Marc Breitsprecher Feb 17, 2020
2 commentsorfew02/18/20 at 02:38Jay GT4: Glad you got one
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RIC 005043 viewsTitus (Caesar, 69-79). AR Denarius
(18mm, 3.26g, 6h). Rome, AD 79.
Obv: Laureate head l.
Rev: Jewish captive kneeling r. before trophy.
RIC II 50; RSC 297.
Ex: Bertolami Fine arts E Live Auction 38 Lot 610 December 11, 2016
Ex: Artemide Aste E Live Auction 11 Lot 362 January 26, 2020
5 commentsorfew02/18/20 at 01:54Jay GT4: That is a lovely coin. Congrats
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RIC 005043 viewsTitus (Caesar, 69-79). AR Denarius
(18mm, 3.26g, 6h). Rome, AD 79.
Obv: Laureate head l.
Rev: Jewish captive kneeling r. before trophy.
RIC II 50; RSC 297.
Ex: Bertolami Fine arts E Live Auction 38 Lot 610 December 11, 2016
Ex: Artemide Aste E Live Auction 11 Lot 362 January 26, 2020
5 commentsorfew02/18/20 at 01:53Carausius: Attractive coin and lovely toning.
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684cf37 viewsCarausius 287-93AD
Antoninianus
Obv "IMP C CARAVSIVS IVG" (sic)
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev "TVTELA AVG"
Tutela stg left with hand over altar (no patera) and cornucopia
Rotomagus mint
RIC - (cf 684); Beaujard & Huvelin 75
1 commentsmauseus02/17/20 at 23:14Carausius: Nice. Classic Rouen style.
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RIC 059759 viewsDomitian, as Augustus (AD 81-96). AR denarius
(19mm, 3.54 gm, 6h). NGC VF 5/5 - 4/5.
Rome, 3rd issue, AD 88.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, laureate head of Domitian left
Rev: COS XIIII-LVD SAEC / FEC, herald advancing left, wearing feathered cap, wand outward in right hand, round shield in left.
RIC II.1 597 (This coin). Extremely rare with left facing portrait.
2020 January 26 Ancient Coin Selections from the Morris Collection, Part III World Coins Monthly Online Auction #61151 Lot #97225.

5 commentsorfew02/17/20 at 20:47Gerhard M: This is a truely masterpiece, an outstanding and a...
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BCC MA426 viewsBronze Belt Plate
Caesarea Maritima
Roman 2nd - 3rd Century CE
Part of an openwork bronze
belt-plate fitting for a
military belt or harness.
34.0 x 16.5mm. Weight:2.37gm.
Surface find, 1973
J. Berlin Caesarea Collection
(click for larger pic)
1 commentsv-drome02/17/20 at 13:00Jay GT4: Very nice, and similar to mine
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Augustus AE As, Emerita Augusta, P Carisius Legatus8 viewsAugustus, AE As, Emerita Augusta, 25-23 BC.

Anv.: CAESAR AVGVST TRIBVNI POTEST, bare head right.
Rev.; P CARISIVS LEG AVGVSTI, in three lines.
RIC I 25

Weight: 11.3g
Diameter: 25mm
2 commentsJose Polanco02/17/20 at 08:22Gerhard M: It´s so hard to find AE-coins of spain in a good c...
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024c Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0742, AR-Denarius, Rome, IMP XXII COS XVI CENS P P P, Minerva left with the spear, #124 views024c Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0742, AR-Denarius, Rome, IMP XXII COS XVI CENS P P P, Minerva left with the spear, #1
avers: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XII, Laureate head of Domitian right.
reverse: IMP XXII COS XVI CENS P P P, Minerva standing left, holding a spear.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,3-18,8mm, weight: 2,94g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 95 A.D., ref: RIC 0742, BMC 207, RSC 278, BNC 186,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans02/16/20 at 22:24Jay GT4: Nice nose
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022a Titus (69-79 A.D. Caesar, 79-81 A.D. Augustus), RIC² 0974 (Vespasian), RIC II(1962) 0219 (Vespasian), AR-Denarius, Roma, CERES AVGVST, Ceres, draped to feet, standing left, #123 views022a Titus (69-79 A.D. Caesar, 79-81 A.D. Augustus), RIC² 0974 (Vespasian), RIC II(1962) 0219 (Vespasian), AR-Denarius, Roma, CERES AVGVST, Ceres, draped to feet, standing left, #1
avers: T CAESAR VESPASIANVS, Laureate head right.
reverse: CERES AVGVST, Ceres, draped to feet, standing left, holding poppy and two corn-ears in the extended right hand and long vertical scepter in left.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,5-18,8mm, weight: 3,31g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 78-79 A.D., ref: RIC² 0974(Vespasian), RIC II(1962) 0219 (Vespasian) p-36, BMC 321, RSC 31, BNC 282,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans02/16/20 at 22:24Jay GT4: Scarce type
Caria,_Mylasa,_AE-13,_Horse,_Trident,_MY,_SNG-v-Aulock_2619,_SNG_Keckman_226_,_c-210-30_BC,_Q-001,_6h,_12-13mm,_1,48g-s.jpg
Caria, Mylasa, (210-30 B.C.), AE-13, SNG von Aulock 2619, M/Y//--, Ornamented trident with head downwards, #130 viewsCaria, Mylasa, (210-30 B.C.), AE-13, SNG von Aulock 2619, M/Y//--, Ornamented trident with head downwards, #1
avers: Horse trotting right, front left foreleg raised.
revers: M-Y, Ornamented trident with head downwards.
exergue: M/Y//--, diameter: 12,0-13,0mm, weight: 1,48g, axes: 6h,
mint: Caria, Mylasa, date: 210-30 B.C.,
ref: SNG Keckman 226; SNG Cop 422, SNG von Aulock 2619, Akarca Mylasa 34-35, Mionnet VI 352, Weber 6528, BMC 11, Waddington 2452, Sear 4911,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans02/16/20 at 21:31Tracy Aiello: What a neat reverse.
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120 Maximianus Herculeus (285-286 Caesar, 286-305, 307-308 & 310 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VII 041, AE-Follis, -/-//SIS, REQVIES OPTOMORVM MERITORVM, Maximian seated left, #368 views120 Maximianus Herculeus (285-286 Caesar, 286-305, 307-308 & 310 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VII 041, AE-Follis, -/-//SIS, REQVIES OPTOMORVM MERITORVM, Maximian seated left, #3
avers: DIVO MAXIMIANO SEN FORT IMP, Laureate and veiled head right, (DMa-F1).
reverse: REQVIES OPTOMORVM MERITORVM, Maximian seated left, raising the hand and holding scepter.
exergue: -/-//SIS, diameter: 15,3-16,5mm, weight: 1,56g, axis: 7h,
mint: Siscia, date: 317-18 A.D., ref: RIC VII 41, Rare!
Q-003
2 commentsquadrans02/16/20 at 21:18okidoki: excellent
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S.993 Cnut9 viewsViking penny in the name of Cnut ca. 895-900
Moneyer: unknown
Mint: probably York
S.993
O: CR TE N XV
R: +CVNNETTI

The letters of the name Cnut are arranged on the cross in the way one would make the sign of the cross- up, down, left, right. What is unusual is that the patriarchal cross is upside down. Flipping the orientation would mean the legend would start at the bottom, which is equally unusual.

This Cnut is different from the more famous 11th century Viking invader who was crowned king of England. While much is known of the later Cnut, absolutely nothing is known of this ruler. His coinage is the only record left of his existence.

The reverse legend "Cunnetti" remains obscure in its meaning. Some have suggested "the kingdom of Cnut"

Ex- S.Liu, K.Stephens
3 commentsNap02/16/20 at 19:46Anaximander: Brilliant! Nothing’s better than a magnificent coi...
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2059 BYZANTINE, Latin Rule Half Tetarteron S-2059 10 viewsOBV Figure of St. Helen Nimbate, turned slightly to the r. wearing stemma, divitision, collar-piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds patriarchal cross on long shaft in l. hand

REV Full-length figure of St. Constantine turned slightly to the l. wearing stemma, divitision, collar-piece, and jeweled loros of a simplified type; holds patriarchal cross on a long shaft in r. hand and in l. , anexikakia.

20mm 2.28gm
2 commentsSimon02/16/20 at 19:29VesPant: coin for true collector... very undervalued in Sea...
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Trajan (98 - 117 A.D.)48 viewsSYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch.
AR Tetradrachm
O: AYTOKΡ KAIC NEΡ TΡAIANOC CEB ΓEΡM ΔAK, laureate bust right
R: ΔHMAΡX EX IΣ YΠAT Σ, Eagle standing facing on club, wings spread, head left, palm branch right. Struck 110 -111 A.D.
13.94g
25mm
McAlee 439; Prieur 1504 (Tyre).
6 commentsMat02/16/20 at 19:14Nicholas Z: That’s a great coin! Especially since I just boug...
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CALABRIA, Taras. 272-240 BC. AR Nomos6 views20mm, 6.49g, 10h
Philotas and Di-, magistrates. Youth on horseback l., crowning horse.
R/ Dolphin rider l., holding kantharos and distaff; cock to r.
Vlasto 846; HNItaly 1024. Small lack of metal on rev., Good VF
1 commentsLeo02/16/20 at 14:16Jay GT4: Really nice
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Crawford 463/2, ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, M. Cordius Rufus, AR Denarius18 viewsRome, Moneyer Issues of the Imperatorial Period.
M. Cordius Rufus, 46 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.55g; 18mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Crested Corinthian helmet facing right, with owl perched on crest; RVFVS behind.

Reverse: MN·CORDIVS; aegis with head of Medusa.

Reference: Crawford 463/2; HCRI 64; Sydenham 978; BMCRR 4042; Cordia 4.

Provenance: Ex Jack Frazer Collection [Triton XXIII (14 Jan 2020) Lot 603]; CNG 64 (24 Sep 2003) Lot 827.

Caesar celebrated multiple triumphs in 46 BCE, and the large output by the moneyers Carisius and M. Cordius Rufus may have been to pay the largesse owed to the legionaries. The coinage of this year often alludes to Caesar, rather than the moneyer’s family. On this coin, we see references to Minerva (the helmet, owl and aegis being among her attributes), the Roman goddess of strategic warfare, which likely related to Caesar’s military triumphs.

M. Cordius Rufus is not generally known beyond his coinage. However, his name appears on an inscription found at Tusculum, identifying Manius Cordius Rufus as praetor, proconsul, aedilis lustrando Monti Sacro. It is possible that his family originated in Tusculum, a city in the Alban Hills, sixteen miles southeast of Rome.
4 commentsCarausius02/16/20 at 08:16okidoki: excellent
Caesar,_AR-Den,_CAESAR,_elephant_r_,_Syd-1014,_Crawf_443-1,_C-49,_Gaul-mint,_49-48-BC,_Q-002,_4h,_18,5-19mm,_3,93g-s.jpg
001 Caesar (100-44 B.C.), Crawf 443-1, Military mint traveling with Caesar (Gaul), AR-denarius, #334 views001 Caesar (100-44 B.C.), Crawf 443-1, Military mint traveling with Caesar (Gaul), AR-denarius, #3
avers: CAESAR in exergue, elephant right, trampling on a serpent.
reverse: Simpulum, sprinkler, axe (surmounted by a wolf's head) and priest's hat.
exergue: -/-//CAESAR, diameter: 18,5-19,0mm, weight: 3,93g, axes: 4h,
mint: Military mint travelling with Caesar (Gaul), date: 49-48 B.C., ref: Crawford-443/1, Sydenham-1006, RSC-49, BMCRR (Gaul) 27
Q-003
"This is the first coin struck in the name of Julius Caesar. The symbolism on the obverse apparently alludes to the conquest of good over evil, Caesar's victory over the Gauls, while the reverse refers to Caesar's possession of the office of Pontifex Maximus."
4 commentsquadrans02/15/20 at 22:54Anaximander: Epic.
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001 Caesar (100-44 B.C.), Crawf 443-1, Military mint traveling with Caesar (Gaul), AR-denarius, #334 views001 Caesar (100-44 B.C.), Crawf 443-1, Military mint traveling with Caesar (Gaul), AR-denarius, #3
avers: CAESAR in exergue, elephant right, trampling on a serpent.
reverse: Simpulum, sprinkler, axe (surmounted by a wolf's head) and priest's hat.
exergue: -/-//CAESAR, diameter: 18,5-19,0mm, weight: 3,93g, axes: 4h,
mint: Military mint travelling with Caesar (Gaul), date: 49-48 B.C., ref: Crawford-443/1, Sydenham-1006, RSC-49, BMCRR (Gaul) 27
Q-003
"This is the first coin struck in the name of Julius Caesar. The symbolism on the obverse apparently alludes to the conquest of good over evil, Caesar's victory over the Gauls, while the reverse refers to Caesar's possession of the office of Pontifex Maximus."
4 commentsquadrans02/15/20 at 21:22Stkp: Impressive!
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001 Caesar (100-44 B.C.), Crawf 443-1, Military mint traveling with Caesar (Gaul), AR-denarius, #334 views001 Caesar (100-44 B.C.), Crawf 443-1, Military mint traveling with Caesar (Gaul), AR-denarius, #3
avers: CAESAR in exergue, elephant right, trampling on a serpent.
reverse: Simpulum, sprinkler, axe (surmounted by a wolf's head) and priest's hat.
exergue: -/-//CAESAR, diameter: 18,5-19,0mm, weight: 3,93g, axes: 4h,
mint: Military mint travelling with Caesar (Gaul), date: 49-48 B.C., ref: Crawford-443/1, Sydenham-1006, RSC-49, BMCRR (Gaul) 27
Q-003
"This is the first coin struck in the name of Julius Caesar. The symbolism on the obverse apparently alludes to the conquest of good over evil, Caesar's victory over the Gauls, while the reverse refers to Caesar's possession of the office of Pontifex Maximus."
4 commentsquadrans02/15/20 at 14:36Simon: Bragging Rights.
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Byzantine, ANDRONICUS, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1986 DOC 5 CLBC 5.4.1 40 viewsOBV Full length figure of Virgin nimbate, wearing tunic and maphorion, standing on dais, holds nimbate beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast.

REV Full length figure of emperor on l. crowned by Christ bearded and nimbate. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, and chlamys holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. anexikakia, Christ wearing tunic and kolobion, holds gospels in l. hand.

Size 20.84

Weight 4.55gm

DOC lists 14 examples with weights from 2.49gm to 4.54gm and sizes from 18mm to 23mm
1 commentsSimon02/15/20 at 14:25*Alex: Great coin.
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001 Caesar (100-44 B.C.), Crawf 443-1, Military mint traveling with Caesar (Gaul), AR-denarius, #334 views001 Caesar (100-44 B.C.), Crawf 443-1, Military mint traveling with Caesar (Gaul), AR-denarius, #3
avers: CAESAR in exergue, elephant right, trampling on a serpent.
reverse: Simpulum, sprinkler, axe (surmounted by a wolf's head) and priest's hat.
exergue: -/-//CAESAR, diameter: 18,5-19,0mm, weight: 3,93g, axes: 4h,
mint: Military mint travelling with Caesar (Gaul), date: 49-48 B.C., ref: Crawford-443/1, Sydenham-1006, RSC-49, BMCRR (Gaul) 27
Q-003
"This is the first coin struck in the name of Julius Caesar. The symbolism on the obverse apparently alludes to the conquest of good over evil, Caesar's victory over the Gauls, while the reverse refers to Caesar's possession of the office of Pontifex Maximus."
4 commentsquadrans02/15/20 at 13:55Jay GT4: Classic
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ISLAMIC, Zengids of Mosul, Saif al-Din Ghazi II, AE Dirhem, al-Jazira, AH 575 (Tim Wilkes plate coin)14 viewsTim Wilkes plate coin, Islamic Coins And Their Values, illustrated on page 123 as #1243.

Zengids of Mosul, Saif al-Din Ghazi II, AE Dirhem, al-Jazira, AH 575. (1170-1180 AD).
15.72 gm; 31 mm

Obverse: Helmeted male head left
Reverse: Kalima around.

Reference: S&S Type 61; Album 1861.2. Icv 1243 (this coin illustrated), Zeno #67807 (this coin)

Ex-CNG, Sale 84, lot #1688.
Ex-VAuction, Pars Coins Sale 5, lot #269
4 commentsIstinpolin02/15/20 at 05:05Robert L3: Outstanding.
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Byzantine, Heraclius, quarter siliqua - UNIQUE26 viewsHaraclius, AR quarter siliqua, mint of Carthage.
10 mm ; 0.25 gr.
Obv. D.N.ERACAIO PP AV (or similar). Crowned, dr. and cuir. bust facing, beardless.
Rev. Cross potent, with star in each angle.

D.O. ..., BMC ..., T ...., R ...., BN ...(but now in BN), MIB 150 ; Sear 871a

Unique
1 commentsTanit02/15/20 at 04:30Simon: Love this coin.
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EUBOEA. Euboean League. Ca. 304-290 BC. AR drachm (17mm, 3.57 gm, 11h). 9 viewsEUBOEA. Euboean League. Ca. 304-290 BC. AR drachm (17mm, 3.57 gm, 11h). VF. Head of the nymph Euboea left / EY, filleted head of bull right; cantharus to right. BCD Euboia 22. SNG Copenhagen -.3 commentsMark R102/15/20 at 01:19Tracy Aiello: Mark, another great coin.
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001 - Augustus - AR Tetradrachm8 viewsA) KAIΣAPOΣ ΣE BAΣTOY
Laureated head right

R) ΕΤΟΥΣ ςΚ ΝΙΚΗΣ
Right in field monogram ΥΠΑ und dating IB
among written as monogram AYT
Tyche of Antioch seated, r., with palm branch; before river god Orontes

Weight:: 15,0g; Ø: 26 mm
References:: MC ALEE: 180; RPC 4151; PRIEUR: 50
Struck: in the 26th year of the reign of Augustus = 5 B.C. ( IB = COS XII)
Mint: ANTIOCHIA AD ORONTEM; Povince: SYRIA

Anotation: The coin was struck under the govenor
"PVBLIVS QVINTILLIVS VARVS"
The reverse shows us the picture of a monument which was made by Eutyichides, a pupil of Lysippos
This monument was shown in the town Antiochia.
1 commentsGerhard M02/15/20 at 01:16Tracy Aiello: Magnificent.
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Crawford 463/2, ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, M. Cordius Rufus, AR Denarius18 viewsRome, Moneyer Issues of the Imperatorial Period.
M. Cordius Rufus, 46 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.55g; 18mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Crested Corinthian helmet facing right, with owl perched on crest; RVFVS behind.

Reverse: MN·CORDIVS; aegis with head of Medusa.

Reference: Crawford 463/2; HCRI 64; Sydenham 978; BMCRR 4042; Cordia 4.

Provenance: Ex Jack Frazer Collection [Triton XXIII (14 Jan 2020) Lot 603]; CNG 64 (24 Sep 2003) Lot 827.

Caesar celebrated multiple triumphs in 46 BCE, and the large output by the moneyers Carisius and M. Cordius Rufus may have been to pay the largesse owed to the legionaries. The coinage of this year often alludes to Caesar, rather than the moneyer’s family. On this coin, we see references to Minerva (the helmet, owl and aegis being among her attributes), the Roman goddess of strategic warfare, which likely related to Caesar’s military triumphs.

M. Cordius Rufus is not generally known beyond his coinage. However, his name appears on an inscription found at Tusculum, identifying Manius Cordius Rufus as praetor, proconsul, aedilis lustrando Monti Sacro. It is possible that his family originated in Tusculum, a city in the Alban Hills, sixteen miles southeast of Rome.
4 commentsCarausius02/15/20 at 00:41Tracy Aiello: Great coin.
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ISLAMIC, Zengids of Mosul, Saif al-Din Ghazi II, AE Dirhem, al-Jazira, AH 575 (Tim Wilkes plate coin)14 viewsTim Wilkes plate coin, Islamic Coins And Their Values, illustrated on page 123 as #1243.

Zengids of Mosul, Saif al-Din Ghazi II, AE Dirhem, al-Jazira, AH 575. (1170-1180 AD).
15.72 gm; 31 mm

Obverse: Helmeted male head left
Reverse: Kalima around.

Reference: S&S Type 61; Album 1861.2. Icv 1243 (this coin illustrated), Zeno #67807 (this coin)

Ex-CNG, Sale 84, lot #1688.
Ex-VAuction, Pars Coins Sale 5, lot #269
4 commentsIstinpolin02/14/20 at 22:37Stkp: Really nice specimen
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Crawford 511/3, ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Sextus Pompey, AR Denarius22 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Sextus Pompey, Summer 42-40 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.82g; 20mm).
Sicilian Mint (Catana?).

Obverse: MAG·PIVS·IMP·ITER; bare head of Pompey the Great, facing right, flanked by jug and lituus.

Reverse: PRAEF/CLAS·ET·ORAE/MARIT·EX·S·C; Neptune standing left with foot on prow and holding aplustre, between the Catanaean brothers, each carrying a parent on their shoulders.

References: Crawford 511/3a; HCRI 334; Sydenham 1344 (R4); BMCRR (Sicily) 7; Pompeia 27.

Provenance: Ex Phil Peck ("Morris") Collection [Heritage 61151(26 Jan 2020) Lot 97155]; Professor Angelo Signorelli Collection [P&P Santamaria (4 Jun 1952) Lot 732].

Sextus Pompey was younger son of Pompey the Great. After Caesar's assassination, in 43 BCE, Sextus was honored by the Senate with the title "Commander of the Fleet and Sea Coasts" (Praefectus Classis et Orae Maritimae), which title is abbreviated on the reverse of this coin. Near the same time, Cicero recommended him for augurship; however, Sextus would not actually received augurship until after the Pact of Misenum in 39 BCE. Instead, shortly following the Senate’s designation of Sextus as Commander, the Second Triumvirate was formed and they placed Sextus' name on their proscription list. Sextus soon occupied Sicily with his fleet where he provided haven to other Romans proscribed by the Triumvirs. He retained control of Sicily from 42 to 36 BCE. In 42 BCE, Octavian sent Salvidienus Rufus to dislodge Sextus, but Rufus was defeated. It was likely between this defeat of Rufus and the Pact of Misenum with the Triumvirs (39 BCE) that Sextus struck much of his coinage, including this type.

Piety, or devotion, was an important character trait to the Romans on multiple levels including devotion to parents and family; devotion to the state; and devotion to the gods. The surname “Pius” was adopted by Sextus in recognition of his dutiful continuation of the struggle of his father in support of the Republic, and this notion of piety is strongly depicted on Sextus’ coinage. The obverse of this coin shows Pompey the Great, reflecting Sextus’ devotion to his father’s memory. Pompey’s head is flanked by symbols of the augurate, perhaps alluding to both Sextus’ claim to the augurate following Cicero’s recommendation and Sextus’ devotion to the gods. The rough seas around Sicily were beneficial to Sextus and particularly rough on his enemies, thus Neptune is prominently displayed at the center of the reverse. The reverse also depicts the Catanean brothers of Sicilian myth, Amphinomus and Anapias, helping their elderly parents escape the deadly lava flow of Mount Etna. Representing devoted children, the Catanean brothers may be allegorical references to Sextus’ surname “Pius”, or an indication of the Sicilian city (Catana) in which this issue may have been struck, or both.

This is a particularly complete example of this difficult type which frequently comes off-struck or on small flans.

8 commentsCarausius02/14/20 at 20:57quadrans: wow, great coin,
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EUBOEA. Euboean League. Ca. 304-290 BC. AR drachm (17mm, 3.57 gm, 11h). 9 viewsEUBOEA. Euboean League. Ca. 304-290 BC. AR drachm (17mm, 3.57 gm, 11h). VF. Head of the nymph Euboea left / EY, filleted head of bull right; cantharus to right. BCD Euboia 22. SNG Copenhagen -.3 commentsMark R102/14/20 at 20:52Anaximander: +++ Euboea is a highly collectible bunch: Chalkis,...
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Vespasian RIC-24535 viewsÆ Sestertius, 24.02g
Rome mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: SALVS AVGVSTA; S C in exergue; Salus std. l. with patera and sceptre
RIC 245 (C2). BMC 574. BNC 533.
Acquired from Golden Rule Enterprises Coins, February 2020.

A fairly common sestertius Salus type from the great bronze issue of 71. According to Mattingly in BMCRE II this Salus type may perhaps represents 'the salvation conferred by the imperial system', presumably after the upheavals of the Civil War. Salus here symbolises the health and welfare of the Roman state, not the person of the emperor himself.

Superb portrait in good metal.

5 commentsDavid Atherton02/14/20 at 20:44quadrans: Nice piece..
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001 - Augustus - AR Drachm - Lycian League 7 viewsA) Λ Y
Bare head right
R) M A
Two lyres, in the middel ear of corn (?)

Weight: 3,28g; Ø: 20 mm; Reference: SEAR 97
Struck: around 27 - 20 B.C., Mint: MASICYTVS; Coinage of the Lycian League;
Region: Lycia; Province: Lycia-Pamphylia
3 commentsGerhard M02/14/20 at 20:41quadrans: Nice piece..
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EUBOEA. Euboean League. Ca. 304-290 BC. AR drachm (17mm, 3.57 gm, 11h). 9 viewsEUBOEA. Euboean League. Ca. 304-290 BC. AR drachm (17mm, 3.57 gm, 11h). VF. Head of the nymph Euboea left / EY, filleted head of bull right; cantharus to right. BCD Euboia 22. SNG Copenhagen -.3 commentsMark R102/14/20 at 20:40quadrans: Nice piece..
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ISLAMIC, Zengids of Mosul, Saif al-Din Ghazi II, AE Dirhem, al-Jazira, AH 575 (Tim Wilkes plate coin)14 viewsTim Wilkes plate coin, Islamic Coins And Their Values, illustrated on page 123 as #1243.

Zengids of Mosul, Saif al-Din Ghazi II, AE Dirhem, al-Jazira, AH 575. (1170-1180 AD).
15.72 gm; 31 mm

Obverse: Helmeted male head left
Reverse: Kalima around.

Reference: S&S Type 61; Album 1861.2. Icv 1243 (this coin illustrated), Zeno #67807 (this coin)

Ex-CNG, Sale 84, lot #1688.
Ex-VAuction, Pars Coins Sale 5, lot #269
4 commentsIstinpolin02/14/20 at 20:40quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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ISLAMIC, Zengids of Mosul, Saif al-Din Ghazi II, AE Dirhem, al-Jazira, AH 575 (Tim Wilkes plate coin)14 viewsTim Wilkes plate coin, Islamic Coins And Their Values, illustrated on page 123 as #1243.

Zengids of Mosul, Saif al-Din Ghazi II, AE Dirhem, al-Jazira, AH 575. (1170-1180 AD).
15.72 gm; 31 mm

Obverse: Helmeted male head left
Reverse: Kalima around.

Reference: S&S Type 61; Album 1861.2. Icv 1243 (this coin illustrated), Zeno #67807 (this coin)

Ex-CNG, Sale 84, lot #1688.
Ex-VAuction, Pars Coins Sale 5, lot #269
4 commentsIstinpolin02/14/20 at 19:50Jay GT4: Nice
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RIC 383 viewsDenarius, 100
Obv: IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM
Laur. r.
Rev: P M TR P COS III P P
Pax standing l. holding branch and cornucopiae.

3.54g, 19mm
Woytek 75a (53 specimen)
1 commentsklausklage02/14/20 at 18:18Jay GT4: Really nice
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001 - Augustus - Aureus11 viewsA) DIVI F AVGVSTVS
Bare head right
R) IMP X
In exergue: ACT
Apollo Citharoedus standing left, holding lyra and plectrum, wearing long drapea

Weight:7,86g; Ø: 19mm; Reference:: RIC I/170; Struck: 15-13 B.C.,Mint: LUGDUNUM;Condition: nearly very fine
The coin has an antique hole, which was filled in modern days
2 commentsGerhard M02/14/20 at 18:15Gerhard M: Thanks and I am happy that the hole doesn´t touch ...
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001 - Augustus - Dupondius8 viewsA) AVGVSTVS TRIBVNC POTEST
Three lined legend surrounded by waerh
R) P STOLO III VIR AAA FF around SC

Weight: 10,37g; Ø: 26mm; Reference: RIC I/347
Struck: 17 B.C., Minte: ROME
2 commentsGerhard M02/14/20 at 18:13Gerhard M: Thank you very much
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001 - Augustus - AR Drachm - Lycian League 7 viewsA) Λ Y
Bare head right
R) M A
Two lyres, in the middel ear of corn (?)

Weight: 3,28g; Ø: 20 mm; Reference: SEAR 97
Struck: around 27 - 20 B.C., Mint: MASICYTVS; Coinage of the Lycian League;
Region: Lycia; Province: Lycia-Pamphylia
3 commentsGerhard M02/14/20 at 18:11Gerhard M: Indeed it is. If you compare other drachms of this...
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001 - Augustus - AR Drachm - Lycian League 7 viewsA) Λ Y
Bare head right
R) M A
Two lyres, in the middel ear of corn (?)

Weight: 3,28g; Ø: 20 mm; Reference: SEAR 97
Struck: around 27 - 20 B.C., Mint: MASICYTVS; Coinage of the Lycian League;
Region: Lycia; Province: Lycia-Pamphylia
3 commentsGerhard M02/14/20 at 18:08Jay GT4: Interesting portrait style
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S.1356 Henry III7 viewsPenny of Henry III, king of England 1216-1272
Moneyer: Simon
Mint: Canterbury
Short cross
Class 7c
S. 1356
O: hENRICVS REX
R: +SIMVN ON CANTE

Ex- Noble Auction 122 (lot 2772), M Freehill, S Mitchell
1 commentsNap02/14/20 at 16:27Callimachus: Nice coin.
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Crawford 463/2, ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, M. Cordius Rufus, AR Denarius18 viewsRome, Moneyer Issues of the Imperatorial Period.
M. Cordius Rufus, 46 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.55g; 18mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Crested Corinthian helmet facing right, with owl perched on crest; RVFVS behind.

Reverse: MN·CORDIVS; aegis with head of Medusa.

Reference: Crawford 463/2; HCRI 64; Sydenham 978; BMCRR 4042; Cordia 4.

Provenance: Ex Jack Frazer Collection [Triton XXIII (14 Jan 2020) Lot 603]; CNG 64 (24 Sep 2003) Lot 827.

Caesar celebrated multiple triumphs in 46 BCE, and the large output by the moneyers Carisius and M. Cordius Rufus may have been to pay the largesse owed to the legionaries. The coinage of this year often alludes to Caesar, rather than the moneyer’s family. On this coin, we see references to Minerva (the helmet, owl and aegis being among her attributes), the Roman goddess of strategic warfare, which likely related to Caesar’s military triumphs.

M. Cordius Rufus is not generally known beyond his coinage. However, his name appears on an inscription found at Tusculum, identifying Manius Cordius Rufus as praetor, proconsul, aedilis lustrando Monti Sacro. It is possible that his family originated in Tusculum, a city in the Alban Hills, sixteen miles southeast of Rome.
4 commentsCarausius02/14/20 at 12:35LordBest: Beautiful
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001 AUGUSTUS SIGNIS RECEPTIS 43 viewsEMPEROR: Augustus
DENOMINATION: Denarius
OBVERSE: CAESAR AVGVSTVS, Bare head of Augustus right
REVERSE: SIGNIS RECEPTIS, round shield inscribed CL V between aquila and standard; SPQR around shield
DATE: c19-18 BC
MINT: Colonia Patricia (Spain)
WEIGHT: 4.00 g
RIC: I.86a (C)
3 commentsBarnaba602/14/20 at 11:40Barnaba6: Thank you Schatz for your comment!
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PROBUS RIC 925 9th officina another specimen13 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG
REVERSE: RESTITVT ORBIS
BUST TYPE: A2 = Radiate, cuirassed and draped bust right, seen from rear
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: EΔ//XXI
WEIGHT 4.42g / AXIS: 6h / WIDTH 22mm
MINT: Antiochia
REFERENCE: RIC V.2 925
COLLECTION NO. 1495

Provenance: Jesus Vico Room Auction no. 147 lot 134 (group lot) = Ex Giovanni Dattari collection
2 commentsBarnaba602/14/20 at 11:39Barnaba6: Thank you Joe for your comment!
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PROBUS RIC 884 VAR. E1 BUST VIR 1 OFFICINA 4 PERPETVO IMP C PROBO AVG 26 viewsOBVERSE: PERPETVO IMP C PROBO AVG
REVERSE: VIRTVS PROBI AVG (VIR-1 TYPE)
BUST TYPE: E1 = Radiate, cuirassed and helmeted bust left, holding spear and shield
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//KA•Δ•
WEIGHT: 4,17 g / AXIS: 12h / DIAMETER: 21-22 mm
MINT: Serdica
RIC 884 VAR. (KAΔ MINTMARK UNLISTED)
COLLECTION NO. 1455

Only the 2nd example of this exact type known to me (the other being GORNY&MOSCH auction 191 lot 2365)

See also my coin no. 1223 with the same obverse legend, officina and bust but with the VIR-2 variant of the Virtvs Probi Avg reverse.

Provenance: Savoca Numismatik 26th Blue Auction lot no. 1602
2 commentsBarnaba602/14/20 at 11:38Barnaba6: Thank you Joe for your comment!
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Vespasian RIC-24535 viewsÆ Sestertius, 24.02g
Rome mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: SALVS AVGVSTA; S C in exergue; Salus std. l. with patera and sceptre
RIC 245 (C2). BMC 574. BNC 533.
Acquired from Golden Rule Enterprises Coins, February 2020.

A fairly common sestertius Salus type from the great bronze issue of 71. According to Mattingly in BMCRE II this Salus type may perhaps represents 'the salvation conferred by the imperial system', presumably after the upheavals of the Civil War. Salus here symbolises the health and welfare of the Roman state, not the person of the emperor himself.

Superb portrait in good metal.

5 commentsDavid Atherton02/14/20 at 10:49FlaviusDomitianus: Lovely coin.
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Vespasian RIC-24535 viewsÆ Sestertius, 24.02g
Rome mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: SALVS AVGVSTA; S C in exergue; Salus std. l. with patera and sceptre
RIC 245 (C2). BMC 574. BNC 533.
Acquired from Golden Rule Enterprises Coins, February 2020.

A fairly common sestertius Salus type from the great bronze issue of 71. According to Mattingly in BMCRE II this Salus type may perhaps represents 'the salvation conferred by the imperial system', presumably after the upheavals of the Civil War. Salus here symbolises the health and welfare of the Roman state, not the person of the emperor himself.

Superb portrait in good metal.

5 commentsDavid Atherton02/14/20 at 10:44LordBest: Gorgeous portrait
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Crawford 463/2, ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, M. Cordius Rufus, AR Denarius18 viewsRome, Moneyer Issues of the Imperatorial Period.
M. Cordius Rufus, 46 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.55g; 18mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Crested Corinthian helmet facing right, with owl perched on crest; RVFVS behind.

Reverse: MN·CORDIVS; aegis with head of Medusa.

Reference: Crawford 463/2; HCRI 64; Sydenham 978; BMCRR 4042; Cordia 4.

Provenance: Ex Jack Frazer Collection [Triton XXIII (14 Jan 2020) Lot 603]; CNG 64 (24 Sep 2003) Lot 827.

Caesar celebrated multiple triumphs in 46 BCE, and the large output by the moneyers Carisius and M. Cordius Rufus may have been to pay the largesse owed to the legionaries. The coinage of this year often alludes to Caesar, rather than the moneyer’s family. On this coin, we see references to Minerva (the helmet, owl and aegis being among her attributes), the Roman goddess of strategic warfare, which likely related to Caesar’s military triumphs.

M. Cordius Rufus is not generally known beyond his coinage. However, his name appears on an inscription found at Tusculum, identifying Manius Cordius Rufus as praetor, proconsul, aedilis lustrando Monti Sacro. It is possible that his family originated in Tusculum, a city in the Alban Hills, sixteen miles southeast of Rome.
4 commentsCarausius02/14/20 at 04:55Jay GT4: I've always liked this type
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Vespasian RIC-24535 viewsÆ Sestertius, 24.02g
Rome mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: SALVS AVGVSTA; S C in exergue; Salus std. l. with patera and sceptre
RIC 245 (C2). BMC 574. BNC 533.
Acquired from Golden Rule Enterprises Coins, February 2020.

A fairly common sestertius Salus type from the great bronze issue of 71. According to Mattingly in BMCRE II this Salus type may perhaps represents 'the salvation conferred by the imperial system', presumably after the upheavals of the Civil War. Salus here symbolises the health and welfare of the Roman state, not the person of the emperor himself.

Superb portrait in good metal.

5 commentsDavid Atherton02/14/20 at 04:39Jay GT4: Oh yeah!
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caes004a7 viewsElagabalus
Caesarea, Cappadocia


Obv: ΑΥ Κ Μ ΑΥΡΗΛΙ ΑΝ..., laureate draped and cuirassed bust left, seen from rear, with spear and shield.
Rev: ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟ...; agalma of Mt. Argaeus placed on altar inscribed ƐΤ Γ.
25 mm, 13.82 gms

RPC Online VI 6697

From Zeus Numismatics Prime Auction 3, lot 459. This coin is now used as an example coin in RPC Online.
1 commentsCharles M02/14/20 at 01:46Jay GT4: Very nice
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2224 John Comnenus -Ducas (1237-1244) Half tetarteron7 viewsOBV IC XC in field Cross potent on three steps.

REV + :Greek_Iota:W / / :Greek_Omicron:C / :Greek_Lambda:C

Size

Weight
1 commentsSimon02/13/20 at 19:04quadrans: Interesting piece..
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01. Ptolemy I Soter. As satrap, 323-305 BC. AR Tetradrachm 10 viewsPtolemy I Soter. As satrap, 323-305 BC. AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 16.95 g, 12h). In the name and types of Alexander III of Macedon. Sidon mint. Dated RY 18 of Abdalonymos, king of Sidon (316/5 BC). Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; Σ (date) in left field, ΣI below throne. Price 3504; Newell, Dated 50 (obv. die XXVI); DCA 878. Heavily smoothed, cleaning scratches and banker’s mark on reverse. VF.
3 commentsLordBest02/13/20 at 19:03quadrans: Nice piece..
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01. Ptolemy I Soter. As satrap, 323-305 BC. AR Tetradrachm 10 viewsPtolemy I Soter. As satrap, 323-305 BC. AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 16.95 g, 12h). In the name and types of Alexander III of Macedon. Sidon mint. Dated RY 18 of Abdalonymos, king of Sidon (316/5 BC). Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; Σ (date) in left field, ΣI below throne. Price 3504; Newell, Dated 50 (obv. die XXVI); DCA 878. Heavily smoothed, cleaning scratches and banker’s mark on reverse. VF.
3 commentsLordBest02/13/20 at 16:34Simon: Nice coin, Welcome back.
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Crawford 24/4, ROMAN REPUBLIC, Roma/Wheel Series, Aes Grave Semis44 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.
4 commentsCarausius02/13/20 at 16:26Anaximander: That’s got to be some kind of record. A quarter-p...
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Crawford 35/2, ROMAN REPUBLIC, Janus/Prow Series, Aes Grave Semis30 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.
3 commentsCarausius02/13/20 at 16:22Anaximander: Amazing. So sharp. And it tips the scales at 135.3...
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S.993 Cnut9 viewsViking penny in the name of Cnut ca. 895-900
Moneyer: unknown
Mint: probably York
S.993
O: CR TE N XV
R: +CVNNETTI

The letters of the name Cnut are arranged on the cross in the way one would make the sign of the cross- up, down, left, right. What is unusual is that the patriarchal cross is upside down. Flipping the orientation would mean the legend would start at the bottom, which is equally unusual.

This Cnut is different from the more famous 11th century Viking invader who was crowned king of England. While much is known of the later Cnut, absolutely nothing is known of this ruler. His coinage is the only record left of his existence.

The reverse legend "Cunnetti" remains obscure in its meaning. Some have suggested "the kingdom of Cnut"

Ex- S.Liu, K.Stephens
3 commentsNap02/13/20 at 16:21Callimachus: Beautiful con.
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Crawford 35/1, ROMAN REPUBLIC, Janus/Prow Series, Aes Grave As73 viewsRome, The Republic.
Janus/Prow Series, circa 225-217 BCE.
AE Aes Grave As (256.29g; 64mm).

Obv: Head of Janus; - (value mark) below neck.

Rev: Prow right; I (value mark) above.

Reference: Crawford 35/1; Vecchi, ICC 74; Sydenham 71.

Provenance: Ex Kuenker Auction 280 (26 Sep 2016), Lot 315; ex Hannelore Scheiner Collection; acquired 1966 from Martin Nading of Fort Wayne, IN.

Aes Grave were a significant departure from the previous Roman bronze money in that Aes Grave were denominated with marks of value, and thus did not require weighing. The prow series of Libral Aes Grave was a very large issue. E.J. Haeberlin included nearly 1,200 examples of the As 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 and to the closing of the doors of the Temple of Janus in recognition of the peace. This same iconography subsequently became emblamatic of the As for several centuries of Roman struck bronze coinage.
6 commentsCarausius02/13/20 at 16:19Anaximander: Superb. Portraiture, patina, and provenance. A tri...
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Æ Aes Grave (cast) Quadrans35 viewsHead of young Hercules left, wearing lion skin; ••• (mark of value) to right; all on a raised disk

Prow of galley right; ••• (mark of value) below; all on a raised disk.

Rome, Circa 225-217 BC.

Libral standard

40mm; 58.73g

Crawford 35/4; ICC 80; HN Italy 340; RBW 88

aVF for type,

Ex-Canadian Coin

Not as rough in hand.
8 commentsJay GT402/13/20 at 15:53Molinari: Nice!
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Æ Aes Grave (cast) Quadrans35 viewsHead of young Hercules left, wearing lion skin; ••• (mark of value) to right; all on a raised disk

Prow of galley right; ••• (mark of value) below; all on a raised disk.

Rome, Circa 225-217 BC.

Libral standard

40mm; 58.73g

Crawford 35/4; ICC 80; HN Italy 340; RBW 88

aVF for type,

Ex-Canadian Coin

Not as rough in hand.
8 commentsJay GT402/13/20 at 15:49Nemonater: Awesome!
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Æ Aes Grave (cast) Quadrans35 viewsHead of young Hercules left, wearing lion skin; ••• (mark of value) to right; all on a raised disk

Prow of galley right; ••• (mark of value) below; all on a raised disk.

Rome, Circa 225-217 BC.

Libral standard

40mm; 58.73g

Crawford 35/4; ICC 80; HN Italy 340; RBW 88

aVF for type,

Ex-Canadian Coin

Not as rough in hand.
8 commentsJay GT402/13/20 at 15:17Canaan: Massive!
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Domitian RIC-70610 viewsÆ Dupondius, 10.34g
Rome mint, 90-91 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XV CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r.
Rev: VIRTVTI AVGVSTI; S C in field; Virtus stg. r., foot on helmet, with spear and parazonium
RIC 706 (C2). BMC 446. BNC -.
Acquired from eBay, February 2020.

The Virtus type was struck repeatedly on Domitian's middle bronze from 84 onwards. I. Carradice in his 1983 monograph on Domitian's coinage says the following concerning the type - 'Virtus is a military type, symbolic of the courage of Domitian and the mutual devotion between the army and emperor.' Virtus first appears on the coinage in the flurry of Germania Capta types that were struck soon after Domitian's German triumph. She is impressively depicted in traditional Amazon attire. This Virtus dupondius is fairly common but is oddly missing from the Paris collection.

Well struck and in good condition.
2 commentsDavid Atherton02/13/20 at 15:10quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Zangids. Qutb al-Din Mawdud. AE Dircham. Circa AH 561 = AD 1166.7 viewsAl-Mawsil(?) (12,0 g. 27mm.) Draped bust facing slightly l.; two winged creatures above, date across fields. Rev. Names and titles of Mawdud, including Tughril Tekin Atabeg "Falcon Prince ", in four lines across field and around. Album 1858. Butak 70.2 commentsRussel K02/13/20 at 15:09quadrans: Nice piece..
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Æ Aes Grave (cast) Quadrans35 viewsHead of young Hercules left, wearing lion skin; ••• (mark of value) to right; all on a raised disk

Prow of galley right; ••• (mark of value) below; all on a raised disk.

Rome, Circa 225-217 BC.

Libral standard

40mm; 58.73g

Crawford 35/4; ICC 80; HN Italy 340; RBW 88

aVF for type,

Ex-Canadian Coin

Not as rough in hand.
8 commentsJay GT402/13/20 at 15:08quadrans: Interesting piece..
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S.993 Cnut9 viewsViking penny in the name of Cnut ca. 895-900
Moneyer: unknown
Mint: probably York
S.993
O: CR TE N XV
R: +CVNNETTI

The letters of the name Cnut are arranged on the cross in the way one would make the sign of the cross- up, down, left, right. What is unusual is that the patriarchal cross is upside down. Flipping the orientation would mean the legend would start at the bottom, which is equally unusual.

This Cnut is different from the more famous 11th century Viking invader who was crowned king of England. While much is known of the later Cnut, absolutely nothing is known of this ruler. His coinage is the only record left of his existence.

The reverse legend "Cunnetti" remains obscure in its meaning. Some have suggested "the kingdom of Cnut"

Ex- S.Liu, K.Stephens
3 commentsNap02/13/20 at 15:07quadrans: Nice piece..
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Commodus denariius23 viewsM COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT
laureate head right
OPTIME MAXIME
Juppiter sanding left holding thunderbolt and scepter
CVPP

Rome 149 AD
3.49g

RIC 192; Cohen 387; Sear 5664

Beautifully toned and even nicer in hand

New Photo
3 commentsJay GT402/13/20 at 15:06quadrans: Nice one
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Crawford 35/2, ROMAN REPUBLIC, Janus/Prow Series, Aes Grave Semis30 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.
3 commentsCarausius02/13/20 at 14:54Jay GT4: Massive!
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Crawford 24/4, ROMAN REPUBLIC, Roma/Wheel Series, Aes Grave Semis44 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.
4 commentsCarausius02/13/20 at 14:53Jay GT4: 103g!!!!!! Wow
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Æ Aes Grave (cast) Quadrans35 viewsHead of young Hercules left, wearing lion skin; ••• (mark of value) to right; all on a raised disk

Prow of galley right; ••• (mark of value) below; all on a raised disk.

Rome, Circa 225-217 BC.

Libral standard

40mm; 58.73g

Crawford 35/4; ICC 80; HN Italy 340; RBW 88

aVF for type,

Ex-Canadian Coin

Not as rough in hand.
8 commentsJay GT402/13/20 at 13:03Anaximander: Don't drop it, it could break a toe...
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01. Ptolemy I Soter. As satrap, 323-305 BC. AR Tetradrachm 10 viewsPtolemy I Soter. As satrap, 323-305 BC. AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 16.95 g, 12h). In the name and types of Alexander III of Macedon. Sidon mint. Dated RY 18 of Abdalonymos, king of Sidon (316/5 BC). Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; Σ (date) in left field, ΣI below throne. Price 3504; Newell, Dated 50 (obv. die XXVI); DCA 878. Heavily smoothed, cleaning scratches and banker’s mark on reverse. VF.
3 commentsLordBest02/13/20 at 12:16Jay GT4: Really nice high relief
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Æ Aes Grave (cast) Quadrans35 viewsHead of young Hercules left, wearing lion skin; ••• (mark of value) to right; all on a raised disk

Prow of galley right; ••• (mark of value) below; all on a raised disk.

Rome, Circa 225-217 BC.

Libral standard

40mm; 58.73g

Crawford 35/4; ICC 80; HN Italy 340; RBW 88

aVF for type,

Ex-Canadian Coin

Not as rough in hand.
8 commentsJay GT402/13/20 at 06:25okidoki: great
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Domitian RIC-70610 viewsÆ Dupondius, 10.34g
Rome mint, 90-91 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XV CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r.
Rev: VIRTVTI AVGVSTI; S C in field; Virtus stg. r., foot on helmet, with spear and parazonium
RIC 706 (C2). BMC 446. BNC -.
Acquired from eBay, February 2020.

The Virtus type was struck repeatedly on Domitian's middle bronze from 84 onwards. I. Carradice in his 1983 monograph on Domitian's coinage says the following concerning the type - 'Virtus is a military type, symbolic of the courage of Domitian and the mutual devotion between the army and emperor.' Virtus first appears on the coinage in the flurry of Germania Capta types that were struck soon after Domitian's German triumph. She is impressively depicted in traditional Amazon attire. This Virtus dupondius is fairly common but is oddly missing from the Paris collection.

Well struck and in good condition.
2 commentsDavid Atherton02/13/20 at 04:17Jay GT4: Love the color and the reverse is great
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Zangids. Qutb al-Din Mawdud. AE Dircham. Circa AH 561 = AD 1166.7 viewsAl-Mawsil(?) (12,0 g. 27mm.) Draped bust facing slightly l.; two winged creatures above, date across fields. Rev. Names and titles of Mawdud, including Tughril Tekin Atabeg "Falcon Prince ", in four lines across field and around. Album 1858. Butak 70.2 commentsRussel K02/13/20 at 00:20Stkp: Interesting coin
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Æ Aes Grave (cast) Quadrans35 viewsHead of young Hercules left, wearing lion skin; ••• (mark of value) to right; all on a raised disk

Prow of galley right; ••• (mark of value) below; all on a raised disk.

Rome, Circa 225-217 BC.

Libral standard

40mm; 58.73g

Crawford 35/4; ICC 80; HN Italy 340; RBW 88

aVF for type,

Ex-Canadian Coin

Not as rough in hand.
8 commentsJay GT402/13/20 at 00:16Carausius: Great! Congratulations.
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Titus: 79 - 81 AD4 viewsAE As; Rome Mint
Struck 80-81 AD
Obv: Laureate bust left. IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII
Rev: Spes walking left, holding flower and raising hem of robe. SC either side.
10.15 grams; 26.2 mm
1 commentscmcdon092302/12/20 at 23:26Jay GT4: Great coin
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001 - Augustus - Dupondius8 viewsA) AVGVSTVS TRIBVNC POTEST
Three lined legend surrounded by waerh
R) P STOLO III VIR AAA FF around SC

Weight: 10,37g; Ø: 26mm; Reference: RIC I/347
Struck: 17 B.C., Minte: ROME
2 commentsGerhard M02/12/20 at 23:25Jay GT4: Very nice
Quadrans.jpg
Æ Aes Grave (cast) Quadrans35 viewsHead of young Hercules left, wearing lion skin; ••• (mark of value) to right; all on a raised disk

Prow of galley right; ••• (mark of value) below; all on a raised disk.

Rome, Circa 225-217 BC.

Libral standard

40mm; 58.73g

Crawford 35/4; ICC 80; HN Italy 340; RBW 88

aVF for type,

Ex-Canadian Coin

Not as rough in hand.
8 commentsJay GT402/12/20 at 23:16David Atherton: Wow!
nabesil.jpg
Rabbel II, with Gamilat (70 - 106 A.D.)11 viewsNabataean Kingdom
AR Drachm
O:  Laureate and draped bust of Rabbel II right; date in legend
R: Veiled and draped bust of Gamilat right
Petra mint
3.07g
16mm
Meshorer, Nabataea 147–61; DCA 985
3 commentsMat02/12/20 at 22:55Randygeki(h2): Nicely worn and cool addition!
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CARIA, Knidos (3rd Century B.C.)15 viewsAR Tetrobol
Telesippos, Magistrate
O: Bust of Artemis right, wearing stephane; quiver over shoulder.
R: NIIN/TEEI Ornate tripod lebes.
2.45g
14mm
Cf. SNG Copenhagen 275ff SNG Hel-192
4 commentsMat02/12/20 at 22:55Randygeki(h2): Very cool Mat!
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Crawford 511/3, ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Sextus Pompey, AR Denarius22 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Sextus Pompey, Summer 42-40 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.82g; 20mm).
Sicilian Mint (Catana?).

Obverse: MAG·PIVS·IMP·ITER; bare head of Pompey the Great, facing right, flanked by jug and lituus.

Reverse: PRAEF/CLAS·ET·ORAE/MARIT·EX·S·C; Neptune standing left with foot on prow and holding aplustre, between the Catanaean brothers, each carrying a parent on their shoulders.

References: Crawford 511/3a; HCRI 334; Sydenham 1344 (R4); BMCRR (Sicily) 7; Pompeia 27.

Provenance: Ex Phil Peck ("Morris") Collection [Heritage 61151(26 Jan 2020) Lot 97155]; Professor Angelo Signorelli Collection [P&P Santamaria (4 Jun 1952) Lot 732].

Sextus Pompey was younger son of Pompey the Great. After Caesar's assassination, in 43 BCE, Sextus was honored by the Senate with the title "Commander of the Fleet and Sea Coasts" (Praefectus Classis et Orae Maritimae), which title is abbreviated on the reverse of this coin. Near the same time, Cicero recommended him for augurship; however, Sextus would not actually received augurship until after the Pact of Misenum in 39 BCE. Instead, shortly following the Senate’s designation of Sextus as Commander, the Second Triumvirate was formed and they placed Sextus' name on their proscription list. Sextus soon occupied Sicily with his fleet where he provided haven to other Romans proscribed by the Triumvirs. He retained control of Sicily from 42 to 36 BCE. In 42 BCE, Octavian sent Salvidienus Rufus to dislodge Sextus, but Rufus was defeated. It was likely between this defeat of Rufus and the Pact of Misenum with the Triumvirs (39 BCE) that Sextus struck much of his coinage, including this type.

Piety, or devotion, was an important character trait to the Romans on multiple levels including devotion to parents and family; devotion to the state; and devotion to the gods. The surname “Pius” was adopted by Sextus in recognition of his dutiful continuation of the struggle of his father in support of the Republic, and this notion of piety is strongly depicted on Sextus’ coinage. The obverse of this coin shows Pompey the Great, reflecting Sextus’ devotion to his father’s memory. Pompey’s head is flanked by symbols of the augurate, perhaps alluding to both Sextus’ claim to the augurate following Cicero’s recommendation and Sextus’ devotion to the gods. The rough seas around Sicily were beneficial to Sextus and particularly rough on his enemies, thus Neptune is prominently displayed at the center of the reverse. The reverse also depicts the Catanean brothers of Sicilian myth, Amphinomus and Anapias, helping their elderly parents escape the deadly lava flow of Mount Etna. Representing devoted children, the Catanean brothers may be allegorical references to Sextus’ surname “Pius”, or an indication of the Sicilian city (Catana) in which this issue may have been struck, or both.

This is a particularly complete example of this difficult type which frequently comes off-struck or on small flans.

8 commentsCarausius02/12/20 at 02:47PMah: Very well-centered for this type, with all the key...
PompeyParty.jpg
Crawford 511/3, ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Sextus Pompey, AR Denarius22 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Sextus Pompey, Summer 42-40 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.82g; 20mm).
Sicilian Mint (Catana?).

Obverse: MAG·PIVS·IMP·ITER; bare head of Pompey the Great, facing right, flanked by jug and lituus.

Reverse: PRAEF/CLAS·ET·ORAE/MARIT·EX·S·C; Neptune standing left with foot on prow and holding aplustre, between the Catanaean brothers, each carrying a parent on their shoulders.

References: Crawford 511/3a; HCRI 334; Sydenham 1344 (R4); BMCRR (Sicily) 7; Pompeia 27.

Provenance: Ex Phil Peck ("Morris") Collection [Heritage 61151(26 Jan 2020) Lot 97155]; Professor Angelo Signorelli Collection [P&P Santamaria (4 Jun 1952) Lot 732].

Sextus Pompey was younger son of Pompey the Great. After Caesar's assassination, in 43 BCE, Sextus was honored by the Senate with the title "Commander of the Fleet and Sea Coasts" (Praefectus Classis et Orae Maritimae), which title is abbreviated on the reverse of this coin. Near the same time, Cicero recommended him for augurship; however, Sextus would not actually received augurship until after the Pact of Misenum in 39 BCE. Instead, shortly following the Senate’s designation of Sextus as Commander, the Second Triumvirate was formed and they placed Sextus' name on their proscription list. Sextus soon occupied Sicily with his fleet where he provided haven to other Romans proscribed by the Triumvirs. He retained control of Sicily from 42 to 36 BCE. In 42 BCE, Octavian sent Salvidienus Rufus to dislodge Sextus, but Rufus was defeated. It was likely between this defeat of Rufus and the Pact of Misenum with the Triumvirs (39 BCE) that Sextus struck much of his coinage, including this type.

Piety, or devotion, was an important character trait to the Romans on multiple levels including devotion to parents and family; devotion to the state; and devotion to the gods. The surname “Pius” was adopted by Sextus in recognition of his dutiful continuation of the struggle of his father in support of the Republic, and this notion of piety is strongly depicted on Sextus’ coinage. The obverse of this coin shows Pompey the Great, reflecting Sextus’ devotion to his father’s memory. Pompey’s head is flanked by symbols of the augurate, perhaps alluding to both Sextus’ claim to the augurate following Cicero’s recommendation and Sextus’ devotion to the gods. The rough seas around Sicily were beneficial to Sextus and particularly rough on his enemies, thus Neptune is prominently displayed at the center of the reverse. The reverse also depicts the Catanean brothers of Sicilian myth, Amphinomus and Anapias, helping their elderly parents escape the deadly lava flow of Mount Etna. Representing devoted children, the Catanean brothers may be allegorical references to Sextus’ surname “Pius”, or an indication of the Sicilian city (Catana) in which this issue may have been struck, or both.

This is a particularly complete example of this difficult type which frequently comes off-struck or on small flans.

8 commentsCarausius02/11/20 at 22:11Anaximander: Impressive
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3736 SYRIA, Antioch. Pseudo-autonomous. under Hadrian Trichalkon. 128-29 AD Altar Γ7 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3736; BMC 107; CRS 265; McAlee 124(c)

Issue Civic bronze coins dated Year 177

Obv. ΑΝΤΙΟΧΕΩΝ ΤΗϹ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΕⲰϹ
Turreted and veiled head of the Tyche of Antioch, r.

Rev. ΕΤ ΖΟΡ
Lighted garlanded altar; Γ (beneath)

4.82 gr
17 mm
6h
1 commentsokidoki02/11/20 at 19:13v-drome: great coin!
PompeyParty.jpg
Crawford 511/3, ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Sextus Pompey, AR Denarius22 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Sextus Pompey, Summer 42-40 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.82g; 20mm).
Sicilian Mint (Catana?).

Obverse: MAG·PIVS·IMP·ITER; bare head of Pompey the Great, facing right, flanked by jug and lituus.

Reverse: PRAEF/CLAS·ET·ORAE/MARIT·EX·S·C; Neptune standing left with foot on prow and holding aplustre, between the Catanaean brothers, each carrying a parent on their shoulders.

References: Crawford 511/3a; HCRI 334; Sydenham 1344 (R4); BMCRR (Sicily) 7; Pompeia 27.

Provenance: Ex Phil Peck ("Morris") Collection [Heritage 61151(26 Jan 2020) Lot 97155]; Professor Angelo Signorelli Collection [P&P Santamaria (4 Jun 1952) Lot 732].

Sextus Pompey was younger son of Pompey the Great. After Caesar's assassination, in 43 BCE, Sextus was honored by the Senate with the title "Commander of the Fleet and Sea Coasts" (Praefectus Classis et Orae Maritimae), which title is abbreviated on the reverse of this coin. Near the same time, Cicero recommended him for augurship; however, Sextus would not actually received augurship until after the Pact of Misenum in 39 BCE. Instead, shortly following the Senate’s designation of Sextus as Commander, the Second Triumvirate was formed and they placed Sextus' name on their proscription list. Sextus soon occupied Sicily with his fleet where he provided haven to other Romans proscribed by the Triumvirs. He retained control of Sicily from 42 to 36 BCE. In 42 BCE, Octavian sent Salvidienus Rufus to dislodge Sextus, but Rufus was defeated. It was likely between this defeat of Rufus and the Pact of Misenum with the Triumvirs (39 BCE) that Sextus struck much of his coinage, including this type.

Piety, or devotion, was an important character trait to the Romans on multiple levels including devotion to parents and family; devotion to the state; and devotion to the gods. The surname “Pius” was adopted by Sextus in recognition of his dutiful continuation of the struggle of his father in support of the Republic, and this notion of piety is strongly depicted on Sextus’ coinage. The obverse of this coin shows Pompey the Great, reflecting Sextus’ devotion to his father’s memory. Pompey’s head is flanked by symbols of the augurate, perhaps alluding to both Sextus’ claim to the augurate following Cicero’s recommendation and Sextus’ devotion to the gods. The rough seas around Sicily were beneficial to Sextus and particularly rough on his enemies, thus Neptune is prominently displayed at the center of the reverse. The reverse also depicts the Catanean brothers of Sicilian myth, Amphinomus and Anapias, helping their elderly parents escape the deadly lava flow of Mount Etna. Representing devoted children, the Catanean brothers may be allegorical references to Sextus’ surname “Pius”, or an indication of the Sicilian city (Catana) in which this issue may have been struck, or both.

This is a particularly complete example of this difficult type which frequently comes off-struck or on small flans.

8 commentsCarausius02/11/20 at 13:16okidoki: Interesting reverse
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Trajan. AR Denarius. Circa AD 108-109.4 viewsRome mint. (3,3 g. 19 mm.) IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P Laureate head of Trajan to right, with slight drapery on his left shoulder. Rev. COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC Roma seated left, holding Victory in her right hand and spear in her left. BMC 276. Cohen 69 var. (no drapery). RIC 116. Woytek 281b.1 commentsRussel K02/11/20 at 11:48shanxi: nice example
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Antiochus I Soter, 281 - 261 B.C.1 viewsAntiochus I Soter, 281 - 261 B.C. Ae 13.8~14.7mm. 1.95g. Obv: Smyrna or Sardes mint. Helmeted bust of Athena facing. Rev: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ, Nike advancing left, holding wreath & palm; monogram in outer left field. SC I 315, SNGIs 233, Newell, WSM 1369, SNG Cop 77.1 commentsddwau02/11/20 at 11:48shanxi: nice
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Crawford 511/3, ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Sextus Pompey, AR Denarius22 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Sextus Pompey, Summer 42-40 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.82g; 20mm).
Sicilian Mint (Catana?).

Obverse: MAG·PIVS·IMP·ITER; bare head of Pompey the Great, facing right, flanked by jug and lituus.

Reverse: PRAEF/CLAS·ET·ORAE/MARIT·EX·S·C; Neptune standing left with foot on prow and holding aplustre, between the Catanaean brothers, each carrying a parent on their shoulders.

References: Crawford 511/3a; HCRI 334; Sydenham 1344 (R4); BMCRR (Sicily) 7; Pompeia 27.

Provenance: Ex Phil Peck ("Morris") Collection [Heritage 61151(26 Jan 2020) Lot 97155]; Professor Angelo Signorelli Collection [P&P Santamaria (4 Jun 1952) Lot 732].

Sextus Pompey was younger son of Pompey the Great. After Caesar's assassination, in 43 BCE, Sextus was honored by the Senate with the title "Commander of the Fleet and Sea Coasts" (Praefectus Classis et Orae Maritimae), which title is abbreviated on the reverse of this coin. Near the same time, Cicero recommended him for augurship; however, Sextus would not actually received augurship until after the Pact of Misenum in 39 BCE. Instead, shortly following the Senate’s designation of Sextus as Commander, the Second Triumvirate was formed and they placed Sextus' name on their proscription list. Sextus soon occupied Sicily with his fleet where he provided haven to other Romans proscribed by the Triumvirs. He retained control of Sicily from 42 to 36 BCE. In 42 BCE, Octavian sent Salvidienus Rufus to dislodge Sextus, but Rufus was defeated. It was likely between this defeat of Rufus and the Pact of Misenum with the Triumvirs (39 BCE) that Sextus struck much of his coinage, including this type.

Piety, or devotion, was an important character trait to the Romans on multiple levels including devotion to parents and family; devotion to the state; and devotion to the gods. The surname “Pius” was adopted by Sextus in recognition of his dutiful continuation of the struggle of his father in support of the Republic, and this notion of piety is strongly depicted on Sextus’ coinage. The obverse of this coin shows Pompey the Great, reflecting Sextus’ devotion to his father’s memory. Pompey’s head is flanked by symbols of the augurate, perhaps alluding to both Sextus’ claim to the augurate following Cicero’s recommendation and Sextus’ devotion to the gods. The rough seas around Sicily were beneficial to Sextus and particularly rough on his enemies, thus Neptune is prominently displayed at the center of the reverse. The reverse also depicts the Catanean brothers of Sicilian myth, Amphinomus and Anapias, helping their elderly parents escape the deadly lava flow of Mount Etna. Representing devoted children, the Catanean brothers may be allegorical references to Sextus’ surname “Pius”, or an indication of the Sicilian city (Catana) in which this issue may have been struck, or both.

This is a particularly complete example of this difficult type which frequently comes off-struck or on small flans.

8 commentsCarausius02/11/20 at 11:47shanxi: beautiful
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0293 Hadrian Denarius Roma 119-23 AD Pudicitia standing12 viewsReference.
Strack 77; RIC II, 135a; C 1209; RIC III, 293

Bust A1

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate head

Rev. P M TR P - COS - III in field PV-DIC
Pudicitia, veiled, standing front, holding right hand to breast.

3.00 gr
20 mm
6h
3 commentsokidoki02/11/20 at 11:47shanxi: Rare to see a face on a the reverse
PompeyParty.jpg
Crawford 511/3, ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Sextus Pompey, AR Denarius22 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Sextus Pompey, Summer 42-40 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.82g; 20mm).
Sicilian Mint (Catana?).

Obverse: MAG·PIVS·IMP·ITER; bare head of Pompey the Great, facing right, flanked by jug and lituus.

Reverse: PRAEF/CLAS·ET·ORAE/MARIT·EX·S·C; Neptune standing left with foot on prow and holding aplustre, between the Catanaean brothers, each carrying a parent on their shoulders.

References: Crawford 511/3a; HCRI 334; Sydenham 1344 (R4); BMCRR (Sicily) 7; Pompeia 27.

Provenance: Ex Phil Peck ("Morris") Collection [Heritage 61151(26 Jan 2020) Lot 97155]; Professor Angelo Signorelli Collection [P&P Santamaria (4 Jun 1952) Lot 732].

Sextus Pompey was younger son of Pompey the Great. After Caesar's assassination, in 43 BCE, Sextus was honored by the Senate with the title "Commander of the Fleet and Sea Coasts" (Praefectus Classis et Orae Maritimae), which title is abbreviated on the reverse of this coin. Near the same time, Cicero recommended him for augurship; however, Sextus would not actually received augurship until after the Pact of Misenum in 39 BCE. Instead, shortly following the Senate’s designation of Sextus as Commander, the Second Triumvirate was formed and they placed Sextus' name on their proscription list. Sextus soon occupied Sicily with his fleet where he provided haven to other Romans proscribed by the Triumvirs. He retained control of Sicily from 42 to 36 BCE. In 42 BCE, Octavian sent Salvidienus Rufus to dislodge Sextus, but Rufus was defeated. It was likely between this defeat of Rufus and the Pact of Misenum with the Triumvirs (39 BCE) that Sextus struck much of his coinage, including this type.

Piety, or devotion, was an important character trait to the Romans on multiple levels including devotion to parents and family; devotion to the state; and devotion to the gods. The surname “Pius” was adopted by Sextus in recognition of his dutiful continuation of the struggle of his father in support of the Republic, and this notion of piety is strongly depicted on Sextus’ coinage. The obverse of this coin shows Pompey the Great, reflecting Sextus’ devotion to his father’s memory. Pompey’s head is flanked by symbols of the augurate, perhaps alluding to both Sextus’ claim to the augurate following Cicero’s recommendation and Sextus’ devotion to the gods. The rough seas around Sicily were beneficial to Sextus and particularly rough on his enemies, thus Neptune is prominently displayed at the center of the reverse. The reverse also depicts the Catanean brothers of Sicilian myth, Amphinomus and Anapias, helping their elderly parents escape the deadly lava flow of Mount Etna. Representing devoted children, the Catanean brothers may be allegorical references to Sextus’ surname “Pius”, or an indication of the Sicilian city (Catana) in which this issue may have been struck, or both.

This is a particularly complete example of this difficult type which frequently comes off-struck or on small flans.

8 commentsCarausius02/11/20 at 05:39Mat: Sweet addition
PompeyParty.jpg
Crawford 511/3, ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Sextus Pompey, AR Denarius22 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Sextus Pompey, Summer 42-40 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.82g; 20mm).
Sicilian Mint (Catana?).

Obverse: MAG·PIVS·IMP·ITER; bare head of Pompey the Great, facing right, flanked by jug and lituus.

Reverse: PRAEF/CLAS·ET·ORAE/MARIT·EX·S·C; Neptune standing left with foot on prow and holding aplustre, between the Catanaean brothers, each carrying a parent on their shoulders.

References: Crawford 511/3a; HCRI 334; Sydenham 1344 (R4); BMCRR (Sicily) 7; Pompeia 27.

Provenance: Ex Phil Peck ("Morris") Collection [Heritage 61151(26 Jan 2020) Lot 97155]; Professor Angelo Signorelli Collection [P&P Santamaria (4 Jun 1952) Lot 732].

Sextus Pompey was younger son of Pompey the Great. After Caesar's assassination, in 43 BCE, Sextus was honored by the Senate with the title "Commander of the Fleet and Sea Coasts" (Praefectus Classis et Orae Maritimae), which title is abbreviated on the reverse of this coin. Near the same time, Cicero recommended him for augurship; however, Sextus would not actually received augurship until after the Pact of Misenum in 39 BCE. Instead, shortly following the Senate’s designation of Sextus as Commander, the Second Triumvirate was formed and they placed Sextus' name on their proscription list. Sextus soon occupied Sicily with his fleet where he provided haven to other Romans proscribed by the Triumvirs. He retained control of Sicily from 42 to 36 BCE. In 42 BCE, Octavian sent Salvidienus Rufus to dislodge Sextus, but Rufus was defeated. It was likely between this defeat of Rufus and the Pact of Misenum with the Triumvirs (39 BCE) that Sextus struck much of his coinage, including this type.

Piety, or devotion, was an important character trait to the Romans on multiple levels including devotion to parents and family; devotion to the state; and devotion to the gods. The surname “Pius” was adopted by Sextus in recognition of his dutiful continuation of the struggle of his father in support of the Republic, and this notion of piety is strongly depicted on Sextus’ coinage. The obverse of this coin shows Pompey the Great, reflecting Sextus’ devotion to his father’s memory. Pompey’s head is flanked by symbols of the augurate, perhaps alluding to both Sextus’ claim to the augurate following Cicero’s recommendation and Sextus’ devotion to the gods. The rough seas around Sicily were beneficial to Sextus and particularly rough on his enemies, thus Neptune is prominently displayed at the center of the reverse. The reverse also depicts the Catanean brothers of Sicilian myth, Amphinomus and Anapias, helping their elderly parents escape the deadly lava flow of Mount Etna. Representing devoted children, the Catanean brothers may be allegorical references to Sextus’ surname “Pius”, or an indication of the Sicilian city (Catana) in which this issue may have been struck, or both.

This is a particularly complete example of this difficult type which frequently comes off-struck or on small flans.

8 commentsCarausius02/11/20 at 05:07Jay GT4: That's great
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BCC MA408 viewsBronze Foot for Small Casket or Box
Caesarea Maritima
Roman, Uncertain Date
Cast, incised Bronze Foot with
stylized lion's paw. The slightly
flattened ball sat on the ground
and the box rested on the flat
lip below the pointed end, which
ran up the side of the container.
The method of attachment is
uncertain, but possibly related
to the grooves on the front of the
object. Lgth: 24mm. Wt: 5.87 gm.
Surface find, Caesarea M., 1977.
J. Berlin Caesarea Collection
2 commentsv-drome02/11/20 at 03:50v-drome: Thanks to Otlichnik (Shawn Caza)! I wondered for y...
BCC_MA40_Bronze_Casket_Foot.jpg
BCC MA408 viewsBronze Foot for Small Casket or Box
Caesarea Maritima
Roman, Uncertain Date
Cast, incised Bronze Foot with
stylized lion's paw. The slightly
flattened ball sat on the ground
and the box rested on the flat
lip below the pointed end, which
ran up the side of the container.
The method of attachment is
uncertain, but possibly related
to the grooves on the front of the
object. Lgth: 24mm. Wt: 5.87 gm.
Surface find, Caesarea M., 1977.
J. Berlin Caesarea Collection
2 commentsv-drome02/11/20 at 02:57Jay GT4: I love that it is correctly attributed! Nice piec...
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Commodus denariius23 viewsM COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT
laureate head right
OPTIME MAXIME
Juppiter sanding left holding thunderbolt and scepter
CVPP

Rome 149 AD
3.49g

RIC 192; Cohen 387; Sear 5664

Beautifully toned and even nicer in hand

New Photo
3 commentsJay GT402/10/20 at 22:30Mat: Love the toning on it
Commodus~0.jpg
Commodus denariius23 viewsM COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT
laureate head right
OPTIME MAXIME
Juppiter sanding left holding thunderbolt and scepter
CVPP

Rome 149 AD
3.49g

RIC 192; Cohen 387; Sear 5664

Beautifully toned and even nicer in hand

New Photo
3 commentsJay GT402/10/20 at 22:24okidoki: very nice reverse
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001 - Augustus - Fourée Denarius4 viewsA) CAESAR AVGVSTVS
Bare head right
R) SIGNIS RECEPTIS
Mars wearing helmet and a cloak standing frontal, head turned to right,
holding aquila and a labarum over his shoulder

Weight: 2,9g; Ø: 19mm; Reference: RIC I/82a; Struck: 19 - 18 B.C.; .
Mint: COLONIA CAESAR AUGUSTA(?) / HISPANIA
1 commentsGerhard M02/10/20 at 22:21Jay GT4: Nice fouree!
1412Hadrian_RICIII750.jpg
3756 Hadrian half AS Roma 124-28 AD Tyche of Antioch10 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3756; RIC II 680; BMCRE 1350; cf. Cohen 401; McAlee 544; Strack 622; RIC III, 750

Issue Orichalcum coinage struck at Rome for circulation in Syria; Asses

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS.
laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, with paludamentum, seen from rear, r.

Rev. COS III in field S-C
Tyche of Antioch seated on rocks, l., holding in her r. hand ears of wheat and poppy-head; at her feet, river-god Orontes swimming l., looking r.; In field, l. And r., S C

6.53 gr
23.1 mm
6h

Note.
Forvm coin
2 commentsokidoki02/10/20 at 21:27Jay GT4: Love the patina
1420Hadrian_RICIII293.jpg
0293 Hadrian Denarius Roma 119-23 AD Pudicitia standing12 viewsReference.
Strack 77; RIC II, 135a; C 1209; RIC III, 293

Bust A1

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate head

Rev. P M TR P - COS - III in field PV-DIC
Pudicitia, veiled, standing front, holding right hand to breast.

3.00 gr
20 mm
6h
3 commentsokidoki02/10/20 at 14:54Mat: Great
1422_P_Hadrian_RPC5013_5.jpg
5013 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 117-18 AD Tyche standing4 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5013/5; Dattari-Savio Pl. 70, 1488; Emmett 901.2

Issue L B = year 2

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙϹ ΤΡΑΙΑΝΟϹ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟϹ
Laureate head of Hadrian, r. drapery on l. shoulder

Rev. L Β
Tyche standing facing, head l., holding rudder and cornucopia

11.93 gr
25 mm
12h
1 commentsokidoki02/10/20 at 14:52Mat: Very nice, one I like a lot
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0293 Hadrian Denarius Roma 119-23 AD Pudicitia standing12 viewsReference.
Strack 77; RIC II, 135a; C 1209; RIC III, 293

Bust A1

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate head

Rev. P M TR P - COS - III in field PV-DIC
Pudicitia, veiled, standing front, holding right hand to breast.

3.00 gr
20 mm
6h
3 commentsokidoki02/10/20 at 14:01Jay GT4: Fantastic
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Valentinian III (RIC X 2126)79 viewsValentinian III (419-455), Western Roman Emperor (425-455). Æ (12 mm, 1.49 g), struck in Rome by 2nd officina during the period 425-435 AD. Obverse: DN VALENTINIANVS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right . Reverse: VOT PVB, camp gate with seven rows, stacked pellets and S above, RM in exergue. RIC X 2126, R.

Ex Tony Hardy Collection, Ex CNG 120, lot 312, 2005, Ex Zachary Beasley Collection, Ex VAuctions 254, lot 136, 2010.
2 commentsJan (jbc)02/10/20 at 06:16Vincent: Exceptional ae4 ! Lucky you
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151 - Maximinus II Daia - Follis - RIC VI Antioch 164b3 viewsFollis
Obv:– IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS P F AVG, Laureate head right
Rev:– GENIO AVGVSTI, Genius standing left, modius on head, naked but for chlamys at waist, left hand holding cornucopiae and right hand holding head of Sol
Minted in Antioch (* | B / ANT). A.D. 312
Reference(s) – RIC VI Antioch 164b (C2)

4.89g. 21.21 mm. 0 degrees
1 commentsmaridvnvm02/09/20 at 20:35okidoki: nice oxidation patina
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001 - Augustus - Denarius7 viewsA) CAESAR AVGVSTVS
Laureated head right
R) DIVVS IVLIVS
Comet with 6 beams, the tail shows upward

Weight: 3,3g; Ø:20mm; Reference: RIC I/37a
Struck: 19-18 B.C., Mint: CAESAR AVGVSTA (?)/HISPANIA ; almost VF

1 commentsGerhard M02/09/20 at 15:03Jay GT4: A must have. Nice
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Gordian III. AR Denarius. Circa AD 240.5 viewsRome mint. 6th officina. 7th emission (). Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Gordian riding horse left, holding spear and raising hand. RIC 81; RSC 234.1 commentsRussel K02/09/20 at 15:02Jay GT4: That's a really nice strike
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CARIA, Knidos (3rd Century B.C.)15 viewsAR Tetrobol
Telesippos, Magistrate
O: Bust of Artemis right, wearing stephane; quiver over shoulder.
R: NIIN/TEEI Ornate tripod lebes.
2.45g
14mm
Cf. SNG Copenhagen 275ff SNG Hel-192
4 commentsMat02/09/20 at 09:24okidoki: excellent
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CARIA, Knidos (3rd Century B.C.)15 viewsAR Tetrobol
Telesippos, Magistrate
O: Bust of Artemis right, wearing stephane; quiver over shoulder.
R: NIIN/TEEI Ornate tripod lebes.
2.45g
14mm
Cf. SNG Copenhagen 275ff SNG Hel-192
4 commentsMat02/08/20 at 21:10quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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CARIA, Knidos (3rd Century B.C.)15 viewsAR Tetrobol
Telesippos, Magistrate
O: Bust of Artemis right, wearing stephane; quiver over shoulder.
R: NIIN/TEEI Ornate tripod lebes.
2.45g
14mm
Cf. SNG Copenhagen 275ff SNG Hel-192
4 commentsMat02/08/20 at 20:30Anaximander: That's attractive and well struck up. Please s...
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Hadrian Dupondius Salus136 viewsObv.
IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG
Radiate heroic bust right

Rev.
PONT MAX TR POT COS II
SALVS AVG (in ex.)
SC

Minted 118 A.D., very early issue
3 commentsancientdave02/08/20 at 18:53okidoki: very nice
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RPC-2015-Titus as Caesar35 viewsÆ Semis, 7.40g
Antioch mint, undated (Vespasian)
Obv: T CAESAR IMP PONT; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: S • C in laurel wreath
RPC 2015 (12 spec.).
Acquired from London Ancient Coins, January 2020.

An undated issue of leaded bronze coins with Latin legends were struck at Antioch sometime between 76 and 78. They can be distinguished from an earlier Rome mint issue with similar designs by the local style and 12 o'clock die axis. Production of the series likely commenced soon after the Rome issue had run its course. This semis struck for Titus Caesar is one of the more common types.

Good style and nicely centred.
3 commentsDavid Atherton02/08/20 at 18:06Vincent: Like the look and write-up Nice coinl
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Titus as Caesar RIC 75336 viewsÆ As, 8.02g
Rome mint, 74 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: T CAESAR IMP COS III CENS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
RIC 753 (R). BMC p. 163 †. BNC 734.
Acquired from London Ancient Coins, January 2020.

A rare variant of the common Victory on prow struck in 74. Missing from the BM's collection. This Victory type was a fairly popular generic design with the prow possibly lending a nautical theme, perhaps alluding to a successful ongoing Flavian naval policy. It was sparingly struck for this issue.

Well centred on good metal.
2 commentsDavid Atherton02/08/20 at 12:57Jay GT4: Always nice to have a Victory and Titus
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RPC-2015-Titus as Caesar35 viewsÆ Semis, 7.40g
Antioch mint, undated (Vespasian)
Obv: T CAESAR IMP PONT; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: S • C in laurel wreath
RPC 2015 (12 spec.).
Acquired from London Ancient Coins, January 2020.

An undated issue of leaded bronze coins with Latin legends were struck at Antioch sometime between 76 and 78. They can be distinguished from an earlier Rome mint issue with similar designs by the local style and 12 o'clock die axis. Production of the series likely commenced soon after the Rome issue had run its course. This semis struck for Titus Caesar is one of the more common types.

Good style and nicely centred.
3 commentsDavid Atherton02/08/20 at 11:13FlaviusDomitianus: Nice example.
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Titus as Caesar RIC 75336 viewsÆ As, 8.02g
Rome mint, 74 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: T CAESAR IMP COS III CENS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
RIC 753 (R). BMC p. 163 †. BNC 734.
Acquired from London Ancient Coins, January 2020.

A rare variant of the common Victory on prow struck in 74. Missing from the BM's collection. This Victory type was a fairly popular generic design with the prow possibly lending a nautical theme, perhaps alluding to a successful ongoing Flavian naval policy. It was sparingly struck for this issue.

Well centred on good metal.
2 commentsDavid Atherton02/08/20 at 11:11FlaviusDomitianus: Nice one, likely same dies as mine.
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M. Sergius Silus16 viewsSilver Denarius
Roman Republic

M. Sergius Silus

Rome mint. 116-115 BC.
Fine, Dark Toning
18.8 mm / 3.797 g / 180°

Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma right, "ROMA XVI (Ligate) ; EX*S*C".
Reverse: "M SERGI" below, ["SILVS"] in exergue . Helmeted horseman galloping left, holding sword and severed Gallic head in left hand, "Q" below horse legs.

Ex Forvm Ancient Coins 2016 (#76537)

RSC I Sergia 1, Sydenham 544, Crawford 286/1, SRCV I 163.

MyID: 022A

Image Credit: Forvm Ancient Coins
2 commentsTenthGen02/08/20 at 06:09TenthGen: Thank you!
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RIC 0387 Domitian As114 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P
Laureate head right with Aegis

SC
Mars advancing left with Victory and trophy

Rome, 85 AD

13.67g

RIC 387 (C)

Holed in antiquity and plugged in the late 19th century?

Ex-Manfred Olding 2019 n 184; Ex-Sammlung Heynen 1976;Ex-Paul Schürer (1890-1976); Ex-Fritz Reusing (1874-1956)

Comes with old tag probably from Heynen or Schürer. Olding tag incorrectly attributed to RIC 420 (different ending to legend)

Reusing was a German portrait painter of the early 20th Century whose portraits included Richard Strauss, Igor Strawinsky, Max Planck, and Albert Einstein. After Reusing's death his nephew Paul Schürer inherited and curated the collection. Heynen was a friend of Reusing's, and at an earlier date had evidently sold or exchanged or given a substantial number of coins to Reusing, this being one of those coins!

Thanks to David Atherton and Curtis Clay for the brief biography and info.
10 commentsJay GT402/08/20 at 04:52SRukke: Beautiful coin.
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RPC-2015-Titus as Caesar35 viewsÆ Semis, 7.40g
Antioch mint, undated (Vespasian)
Obv: T CAESAR IMP PONT; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: S • C in laurel wreath
RPC 2015 (12 spec.).
Acquired from London Ancient Coins, January 2020.

An undated issue of leaded bronze coins with Latin legends were struck at Antioch sometime between 76 and 78. They can be distinguished from an earlier Rome mint issue with similar designs by the local style and 12 o'clock die axis. Production of the series likely commenced soon after the Rome issue had run its course. This semis struck for Titus Caesar is one of the more common types.

Good style and nicely centred.
3 commentsDavid Atherton02/08/20 at 03:25Jay GT4: I like these thick neck portraits
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001 - Augustus - Aureus11 viewsA) DIVI F AVGVSTVS
Bare head right
R) IMP X
In exergue: ACT
Apollo Citharoedus standing left, holding lyra and plectrum, wearing long drapea

Weight:7,86g; Ø: 19mm; Reference:: RIC I/170; Struck: 15-13 B.C.,Mint: LUGDUNUM;Condition: nearly very fine
The coin has an antique hole, which was filled in modern days
2 commentsGerhard M02/08/20 at 03:24Jay GT4: Nice!
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S.2254 Henry VII12 viewsGroat of Henry VII (1485-1509)
Mint: London
Mintmark: cross-crosslet
Profile issue
3rd period
Tentative issue
S. 2254
O: hЄnRIC+VII+DI+GRΛ+RЄX+AGI’+Z+F'+
R: POSVI DЄV Λ DIVTOR Є’ mЄV

The tentative groat, so called as the portrait of Henry is supposedly close to life, represents an important development in English coinage, the abandonment of the old medieval style facing bust in favor of more modern Renaissance-inspired portraiture.

Ex- DNW, M Lessen, Baldwins
3 commentsNap02/07/20 at 22:17quadrans: Wow, nice piece...
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Constantine Roma239 viewsRoma AE Commemorative
VRBS ROMA
bust of Roma left, wearing helmet with plume, and imperial mantle

She-wold standing left, suckling twins Romulus and Remus, mintmark gamma SIS in ex.
RIC VII Siscia 222.
Siscia mint
330-333 AD
4 commentsJay GT402/07/20 at 21:21Simon: Beautiful Coin!
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S.2254 Henry VII12 viewsGroat of Henry VII (1485-1509)
Mint: London
Mintmark: cross-crosslet
Profile issue
3rd period
Tentative issue
S. 2254
O: hЄnRIC+VII+DI+GRΛ+RЄX+AGI’+Z+F'+
R: POSVI DЄV Λ DIVTOR Є’ mЄV

The tentative groat, so called as the portrait of Henry is supposedly close to life, represents an important development in English coinage, the abandonment of the old medieval style facing bust in favor of more modern Renaissance-inspired portraiture.

Ex- DNW, M Lessen, Baldwins
3 commentsNap02/07/20 at 16:20Callimachus: Beautiful coin.
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S.2254 Henry VII12 viewsGroat of Henry VII (1485-1509)
Mint: London
Mintmark: cross-crosslet
Profile issue
3rd period
Tentative issue
S. 2254
O: hЄnRIC+VII+DI+GRΛ+RЄX+AGI’+Z+F'+
R: POSVI DЄV Λ DIVTOR Є’ mЄV

The tentative groat, so called as the portrait of Henry is supposedly close to life, represents an important development in English coinage, the abandonment of the old medieval style facing bust in favor of more modern Renaissance-inspired portraiture.

Ex- DNW, M Lessen, Baldwins
3 commentsNap02/07/20 at 14:25Mat: Amazing example
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1980d MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1980 DOC 23 CLBC 4.4.9 30 viewsOBV Bust of St. George, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic, breastplate, and Saigon; holds in r. hand spear, and in l. shield.

REV Bust of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 17.30 mm

Weight 2.4gm

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. These coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

This example is beautiful considering its size. I would grade aEF , rarity 1/5 Common coin , uncommon condition.

DOC lists 7 examples with weights ranging from .91 gm to 2.26 gm with sizes from 14mm to 17mm.
1 commentsSimon02/07/20 at 13:29*Alex: Superb portraits. Great coin.
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2059 BYZANTINE, Latin Rule Half Tetarteron S-2059 10 viewsOBV Figure of St. Helen Nimbate, turned slightly to the r. wearing stemma, divitision, collar-piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds patriarchal cross on long shaft in l. hand

REV Full-length figure of St. Constantine turned slightly to the l. wearing stemma, divitision, collar-piece, and jeweled loros of a simplified type; holds patriarchal cross on a long shaft in r. hand and in l. , anexikakia.

20mm 2.28gm
2 commentsSimon02/07/20 at 13:28*Alex: Nice.
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1977D MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1977 DOC 20 CLBC 4.4.7 17 views

OBV Small neat letters Monogram Sear 57

REV Bust of emperor, beardless, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece ( Most frequently decorated 5 jewels) and paneled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 20.26mm

Weight 2.7gm

DOC lists 12 examples with weights ranging from 2.04gm to 2.77 gm with sizes from 18mm to 21mm.
3 commentsSimon02/07/20 at 13:26*Alex: As you say, a really nice coin. I like it.
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1399 - 1413, Henry IV, AR Hardi d'Argent, Struck 1399 -1453 at Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France17 viewsObverse: ERIC R ANGLIE ✤ Crowned and robed half-length figure of Henry facing under Gothic canopy, holding sword in right hand, left hand raised with finger pointing in benedictory or admonitory position. Mullet over crown, rosette either side of crown. Rosette in legend.
Reverse: FRA-CIE ✤ DNS AQI ✤ Long cross collarino, pattée at the ends, extending through legend. Fleur de lis with roundel underneath in second and third quarters; lion passant, guardant in first and fourth quarters, roundel over lion in fourth quarter. Rosettes in legend.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 1.13gms | Axis 10
SPINK: 8147 | Elias: 233h
Ex. Bazas Hoard | Ex. Jean Elsen (Belgium) | Scarce

The last series of these Anglo-Gallic coins was likely struck under more than one Henry and they have not currently been differentiated by ruler because the legends and types are generic. However, over time, Anglo-Gallic issues suffered from regular debasement and a deterioration in workmanship, the size, weight and quality of the strike of this coin would therefore all seem to point to it being an early example.

The Bazas Hoard
This hoard was discovered in May 2004 by a builder at Bazas in south West France when he was renovating his house. Bazas was a regional centre in the middle ages. The hoard consisted of a mixture of medieval coins which had been minted in Spain, Portugal, Italy, England, the Netherlands and various French duchies. Of the 1010 coins found, 157 were gold, 300 were silver and the remainder were billon. The oldest coin was a King Jean II franc from 1360 and the rarest coin was a gold castellano from the time of Henry IV of Castile, of which only one other example is known to exist.

Henry IV
In 1399, Henry, Duke of Lancaster, overthrew his cousin, Richard II and took the throne as Henry IV, ruling until his death in 1413. Henry's first major problem as monarch was what to do with the deposed Richard. After an early assassination plot against Henry was foiled in January 1400, Richard died in prison, allegedly of starvation. Though Henry was suspected of having had Richard murdered, it was also claimed that he took his own life.
Henry, also known as Henry Bolingbroke, was a grandson of Edward III and when he took the throne he asserted his grandfather's claim to the Kingdom of France. He founded the Lancaster branch of the House of Plantagenet and he was the first King of England since the Norman Conquest whose mother tongue was English rather than French.
Early in his reign, Henry hosted the visit of Manuel II Palaiologos, the only Byzantine emperor ever to visit England, and he gave monetary support to Manuel II to aid him against the Ottoman Empire.
Despite the example set by most of his recent predecessors, after their deaths, Henry and his second wife, Joan of Navarre, Queen of England, were buried not at Westminster Abbey but at Canterbury Cathedral, on the north side of Trinity Chapel and directly adjacent to the shrine of St Thomas Becket.
3 comments*Alex02/07/20 at 03:09Simon: Thats cool. Nice
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RIC 0768 Domitianus57 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XIIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XXII COS XVI CENS P P P, Minerva standing left, with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her left side
AR/Denarius (19.38 mm 3.221 g 6h) Struck in Rome 94 A.D
RIC 768 (C), RSC 284b, BMCRE Note p. 341, BNF unlisted
Purchased from Den of Antiquity on VCoins
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/07/20 at 01:17orfew: very nice Alberto
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Attica, Athens. AR Tetradrachm. Circa 454-404 BC.5 views(17.18g, 27mm, 5h). Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet ornamented with three olive leaves above visor and spiral palmette on bowl, round earring with central boss, and pearl necklace / Owl standing to right with head facing, olive sprig and crescent behind, ΑΘΕ before; all within incuse square. Kroll 8; Dewing 1591-8; SNG Copenhagen 31.1 commentsRussel K02/07/20 at 00:56Jay GT4: Great owl
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01.- A. Postumius Serrate Denarius (81 BC)14 viewsA. Postumius A.f. Sp.n. Albinus. 81 BC. AR Serrate Denarius (18.7 mm, 3.85 g.). Draped bust of Diana right, with bow and quiver over shoulder; bucranium above / Togate figure standing left on rock, holding aspergillum over head of ox standing right; lighted altar between them. VF, toned.
Purchased at Aureo & Calico auction in 2015.
2 commentsOscar D02/06/20 at 21:51Carausius: Pretty example of a type that I love.
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RIC 0768 Domitianus57 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XIIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XXII COS XVI CENS P P P, Minerva standing left, with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her left side
AR/Denarius (19.38 mm 3.221 g 6h) Struck in Rome 94 A.D
RIC 768 (C), RSC 284b, BMCRE Note p. 341, BNF unlisted
Purchased from Den of Antiquity on VCoins
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/06/20 at 19:40quadrans: Nice piece..
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0979 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 128-29 AD Fortuna14 viewsReference.
Strack 628; RIC II, 969; C 727; RIC III, 979; Banti 396

Bust C2

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate, draped bust, seen from side

Rev. COS III, FORT RED in exergue. S-C across fields.
Fortuna seated left, holding cornucopiae and rudder.

28.50 gr
34 mm
6h

Note.
Hadrian’s famous “Travel Series” of coins can be stretched to include issues that celebrate the “Fortunate return” (FORTVNA REDVX) from one of his many imperial journeys, as with this sestertius.
2 commentsokidoki02/06/20 at 19:22quadrans: Nice one
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Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 06. Antoninus Pius, HrHJ (2018) No. 8.06.05.- unpublished4 viewsAntoninus Pius, AD 138-161
AE 20, 4.46g, 20.1mm, 210°
struck under governor M. Antonius Zeno
obv. AVT AI ADRI ANTWNEINOC
Bare head r.
rev. HGE ZHNWNOC NEIKOPOLEI
Demeter, in long garment, unveiled, stg. frontal, head l., resting with raised l. hand on long
torch and holding in lowered r. hand poppy and grain ears
ref. a) not in AMNG
b) not in Varbanov
c) not in Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2018):
rev. no Demeter listed for Antoninus Pius
obv. e.g. No. 8.6.30.1 (same die)
unpublished
extremely rare (unique?), VF, dark green patina
1 commentsJochen02/06/20 at 18:21quadrans: Nice piece..
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S.5342 James IV12 viewsGroat of James IV, king of Scotland 1488-1513
Mint: Edinburgh
Light coinage
Series III
S. 5342
O: IACOBVS DEI GRA REX SCOTTORVM IIII
R: *SALVVM *FACPPL VVM*TV VM*DNW* *VILL A*EDE NBEO VRGE*

James IV went back to the older medieval style of groat. His silver coinage is relatively rare compared to a reasonably long reign, though the debased billon coinage is relatively common.

Ex- DNW, M Lessen, Glendining 18 Jun 1975 (lot 187)
2 commentsNap02/06/20 at 18:21quadrans: Nice piece..
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841 – 849, ÆTHELRED II, Anglo-Saxon king of Northumbria, AE Styca, Struck 841 – 844 at York, England11 viewsObverse: + EDILRED REX around large Greek cross, small Greek cross in legend.
Reverse: + EANRED around small Greek cross. Small Greek cross in legend. Moneyer: Eanred.
Issue: First Reign, Phase II, Group Cii
Diameter: 13mm | Weight: 0.9gms | Die Axis: 6
SPINK: 865 | Pirie: 1374 (same dies)

The new styca coinage, small brass coins containing very little silver and much zinc, introduced in Eanred's reign, continued in Æthelred's. Large numbers of Æthelred's styca coins have been found, they too were minted in York by a number of different moneyers.

Æthelred II was king of Northumbria in the middle of the ninth century, but, as with his father, his dates are uncertain. Relatively little is known of Æthelred's reign from the surviving documentary record. He appears to have been expelled in favour of Rædwulf, whose reign is confirmed by the evidence of coinage. However, Rædwulf was killed that same year fighting against the Vikings and Æthelred was restored to power. Æthelred was assassinated a few years later, but no further details are known of his murder. Æthelred II was succeeded by Osberht.
N. J. Higham, reader of history at Manchester University and author of several books on the Anglo-Saxons dates Æthelred II's reign as from 840 until his death in 848, with an interruption in 844 when Rædwulf briefly usurped the throne. Barbara Yorke, Emeritus professor of Medieval history at the University of Winchester agrees, but dates his death slightly later to 848 or 849.

The Kingdom of Northumbria was a medieval Anglian kingdom in what is now Northern England and South-east Scotland. The name derives from the Old English Norþan-hymbre meaning "the people or province north of the Humber", Northumbria started to consolidate into one kingdom in the early seventh century when the two earlier territories of Deira and Bernicia united. At its height, the kingdom extended from the Humber Estuary in the south to the Firth of Forth (now in Scotland) in the north.
Northumbria ceased to be an independent kingdom in the mid-tenth century.
1 comments*Alex02/06/20 at 18:10quadrans: Nice piece..
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810 - 841, EANRED, Anglo-Saxon king of Northumbria, AE Styca, Struck at York, England10 viewsObverse: + EANRED REX around small cross pattée. Cross pattée in legend.
Reverse: + FORDRED around small cross patoncé. Cross pattée in legend. Moneyer: Fordred.
Grey patina with slight silver sheen
Diameter: 12mm | Weight: 0.9gms | Die Axis: 12
SPINK: 862

Eanred's reign saw the first appearance of the styca, a new style of small coin which replaced the earlier sceat. The first stycas were of low silver content but later coins became effectively brass. Produced in York, large numbers have survived and several moneyers are named on the surviving coins, suggesting that they were minted in significant quantities. Higham estimates that hundreds of thousands of stycas were in circulation. The distribution of the coin finds suggests that their principal use was in external trade and that, apart from being used for the payment of taxes, coins were likely little used by the great majority of Northumbrians in their daily lives.

Eanred was king of Northumbria in the early ninth century.but very little is known for certain about him. Roger of Wendover, a 13th century English chronicler, states that Eanred reigned from 810 until 840, but the twelfth-century History of the Church of Durham records a reign of 33 years. Given the turbulence of Northumbrian history in this period, a reign of this length suggests a figure of some significance. Eanred was the son of King Eardwulf, who was deposed by an otherwise unknown Ælfwald in 806. According to the History of the Church of Durham, Ælfwald ruled for two years before Eanred succeeded. However Frankish sources claim that, after being expelled from England, Eardwulf was received by Charlemagne and then the pope, and that their envoys escorted him back to Northumbria and secured his restoration to power. The precise nature of the succession of Eanred is therefore unclear but all the sources agree that Eanred was eventually succeeded by his son, Æthelred.

The Kingdom of Northumbria was a medieval Anglian kingdom in what is now Northern England and South-east Scotland. The name derives from the Old English Norþan-hymbre meaning "the people or province north of the Humber", Northumbria started to consolidate into one kingdom in the early seventh century when the two earlier territories of Deira and Bernicia united. At its height, the kingdom extended from the Humber Estuary in the south to the Firth of Forth (now in Scotland) in the north.
Northumbria ceased to be an independent kingdom in the mid-tenth century.
1 comments*Alex02/06/20 at 18:09quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Crawford 400/1, ROMAN REPUBLIC, L. Axsius Naso, AR Denarius24 viewsRome, The Republic.
L. Axsius Naso, 71 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.90g; 20mm).
Rome mint.

Obverse: Beardless head of Mars in helmet with side-feather plumes and peaked visor, facing right; VII (control mark), behind.

Reverse: Diana driving biga of stags to right, spear in right hand; hounds below and behind: VII (control mark) in left field: L·AXSIVS·L·F in exergue.

References: Crawford 400/1a; Sydenham 794 (R6); BMCRR 3448-53; Axia 1.

Provenance: Ex Auctiones eAuction 66 (15 Dec 2019), Lot 224; purchased privately from Nomos; Sir Charles Oman (d. 1946) Collection [Christie's (2 July 1968) Lot 15 (part)].

The moneyer was identified as a banker on a contemporary tessera nummularia (small bone piece attached to groups of coins for accounting purposes). He is not otherwise known. There are two obverse varieties of this issue of coins, one on which Mars helmet is crested and plumed and the other (this coin) with just side plumes. The dies were paired with matching, Roman numeral control marks; however, the same control marks are known to be used on multiple die pairs. Die numbers I-X were used on this variety. Die numbers XI-XX were used on the crested helmet variety.

Among other things, the goddess Diana was a hunting goddess equated with Artemis and a moon goddess equated with Luna. As huntress, she is often portrayed with bow or spear. In the case of this coin and others of the Republican series, her chariot is drawn by stags which also allude to her hunting connection. The addition of the hounds on this type makes the hunting connection abundantly clear.

This coin is from the Sir Charles Oman Collection. Sir Charles Oman (1860-1946) was a well-published military historian and numismatist.  As an historian, he is widely regarded for restructuring medeival battles from myriad accounts.  He authored an important book on English coinage in 1931.  He collected Greek silver, Roman and English Coins.  He was President of the Royal Numismatic Society from 1919-1930 (a remarkable run).  He received the Medal of the Royal Numismatic Society in 1928.
2 commentsCarausius02/06/20 at 18:09quadrans: wow, great coin,
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Calabria, Taras AR Nomos. Circa 281-270 BC.14 views7.85g, 23mm, 6h.
Rider dismounting from horse left, holding spear and shield; EY in right field, [NIK]ΩΝ below horse
Taras seated astride dolphin left, holding barley ear in right hand and resting left on dolphin's back; API before, TAPAΣ behind, spearhead below.
Vlasto 701-3; HN Italy 969; SNG ANS 1078.

Extremely Fine; lustrous metal.
2 commentsLeo02/05/20 at 23:56Mark R1: Beautiful
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S.5342 James IV12 viewsGroat of James IV, king of Scotland 1488-1513
Mint: Edinburgh
Light coinage
Series III
S. 5342
O: IACOBVS DEI GRA REX SCOTTORVM IIII
R: *SALVVM *FACPPL VVM*TV VM*DNW* *VILL A*EDE NBEO VRGE*

James IV went back to the older medieval style of groat. His silver coinage is relatively rare compared to a reasonably long reign, though the debased billon coinage is relatively common.

Ex- DNW, M Lessen, Glendining 18 Jun 1975 (lot 187)
2 commentsNap02/05/20 at 16:45Callimachus: beautiful con.
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hhj8.26.07.078 viewsElagabalus
Nicopolis

Obv: AVT·K·M·AVP ANTΩNEINOC, radiate draped cuirassed bust right, seen from front.
Rev:VΠ NOBIOV POVΦOV NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC ICTPΩ, Apollo standing left, holding laurel branch in lowered left hand, patera in right hand..
27 mm, 10.97 gms

Hristova-Hoeft-Jekov 8.26.7.7

Acquired from Numismatik Naumann Auction 85, lot 222.
2 commentsCharles M02/05/20 at 16:44Callimachus: Gorgeous coin. I'm still looking for a nice on...
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hhj8.26.07.078 viewsElagabalus
Nicopolis

Obv: AVT·K·M·AVP ANTΩNEINOC, radiate draped cuirassed bust right, seen from front.
Rev:VΠ NOBIOV POVΦOV NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC ICTPΩ, Apollo standing left, holding laurel branch in lowered left hand, patera in right hand..
27 mm, 10.97 gms

Hristova-Hoeft-Jekov 8.26.7.7

Acquired from Numismatik Naumann Auction 85, lot 222.
2 commentsCharles M02/05/20 at 04:30Jay GT4: Great portrait, wonderful patina
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Crawford 517/5, ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Marc Antony, AR Denarius12 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Marc Antony and M. Nerva, 41 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.69g; 20mm).
Ephesus mint.

Obverse: M·ANT·IMP·AVG·III·VIR· R·P·CM·NERVAPROQ·P; bare head of Marc Antony, facing right.

Reverse: L·ANTONIVS – COS; bare head of Lucius Antony, facing right.

References: Crawford 517/5a; HCRI 246; Sydenham 1185; BMCRR (East) 107; Antonia 48; Banti & Simonetti 3 (this coin illustrated)

Provenance: Ex Private Japanese Collection [Heritage 3081 (12 Jan 2020) Lot 30157]; Heritage 3030 (5 Jan 2014) Lot 23911; Stack's (14 Jun 1971) Lot 332; Valentine John Eustace Ryan (d. 1947) Collection [Glendining (2 Apr 1952) Lot 1932].

This coin was struck in Ephesus by Marc Antony and the pro quaestor M. Cocceius Nerva (ancestor of the Emperor Nerva) during the year of Lucius Antony’s consulship. Lucius Antony was Marc Antony’s younger brother and supporter. During Lucius’ time as consul, Octavian was in the process of allotting confiscated land throughout Italy to army veterans. In response to the unpopular policy, Lucius Antony conspired with Marc Antony’s wife, Fulvia, to defend cities and landowners against Octavian’s confiscations. Lucius and Fulvia expected Marc Antony’s Gallic colleagues to support their efforts, but such support never materialized. As a result, Octavian besieged them at Perusia, where they were hunkering-down, and they eventually capitulated. Octavian pardoned them, rather than risk incurring Marc Antony’s wrath. Lucius was made governor of Spain where he eventually died.

The portraiture of the brothers Antony on this coin are quite distinct, and likely veristic; Lucius being depicted with a bald pate and a more aquiline nose compared to his elder brother.

4 commentsCarausius02/04/20 at 20:30okidoki: very nice
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Sardes, Lydia

Obv: AY KAI M AYΡ ANTΩNƐINOC, laureate draped cuirassed bust right, seen from rear.
Rev: ƐΠI T-Φ-Λ ΦΡONTΩNOC AΡ →CAΡΔIANΩN/B NƐΩKOP/ΩN; Triptolemos, naked but for chlamys, in running attitude right on a car drawn by two winged serpents, holding kalathos in left hand and scattering seed with right hand, two poppies in right field.
31 mm, 17.50 gms

Waddington 5265; SNG Paris 1287; Dr. Busso Peus Nachfolger, Auction 423, Lot 153; Savoca Numismatik , 19th Silver Auction, Lot 208.

Acquired from Zeus Numismatics Prime Auction 3, lot 350.
1 commentsCharles M02/04/20 at 19:47okidoki: great reverse never seen it
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Crawford 394/1, ROMAN REPUBLIC, C. Postumius, AR Denarius25 viewsRome, The Republic.
C. Postumius, 74-73 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.95g; 20mm).
Rome mint.

Obverse: Draped bust of Diana facing right, with bow and quiver over shoulder.

Rev: Hound running to right; spear below; C. POSTVMI and AT or TA (ligate) in exergue.

References: Crawford 394/1a; Sydenham 785; BMCRR 3238; Postumia 9.

Provenance: Ex Student and Mentor Collection [NAC 83 (20 May 2015) Lot 347]; ex Frank Sternberg Auction VII (24-5 Nov 1977), Lot 390; ex Cuzzi Collection [Baranowski (Dec 1929) Lot 280].

The moneyer may have been the Caius Postumius that prosecuted Lucius Licinius Murena for election fraud in 63 BCE. It is uncertain what the ligate letters AT (or TA) denote on the reverse, and there is another variety of this issue without the monogram. Diana is a popular deity on coinage produced by the Postumia gens, and the hound and spear on the reverse are also attributes of Diana, the huntress. Diana appears so frequently on Postumian coins because on the eve of the battle of Lake Regillus (c. 496 BCE), during a sacrifice to Diana, the augurs foretold the domination of Rome over Latium. A. Postumius Albinus led the troops at this decisive battle. Thus, the gens subsequently claimed responsibility for fulfilling the prophecy of Diana.

Crawford dated this issue to 74 BCE, but Hersh and Walker in Mesagne down-dated the issue to 73 BCE. Michael Harlan suggests an even later date of 71 BCE.
3 commentsCarausius02/04/20 at 19:39okidoki: great hound
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PARTHIAN KINGDOM. Mithradates III (ca. 87-80 BC). AR drachm (19mm, 1h). 5 viewsPARTHIAN KINGDOM. Mithradates III (ca. 87-80 BC). AR drachm (19mm, 1h). NGC Choice XF. Ecbatana mint. Diademed bust of Mithradates III left, wearing tiara decorated with star / BAΣIΛEΩΣ-MEΓAΛOY-APΣAKOY-ΦIΛOΠATOPOΣ-AYTOKPATOΣ-EΠΙΦANOΣ-ΦIΛEΛΛHNOΣ, Archer (Arsaces I) seated right on throne, holding bow outward. Sellwood 31.5 (Orodes I).1 commentsMark R102/04/20 at 04:23quadrans: Nice
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Crawford 505/2, ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, C. Cassius and M. Servilius, AR Denarius8 viewsRome, The Imperators.
C. Cassius and M. Servilius, Summer 42 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.85g; 19mm).
Military mint travelling with Brutus and Cassius (likely Sardis).

Obverse: C·CASSI·IMP; laureate head of Libertas, facing right.

Reverse: M·SERVILIVS - LEG; aplustre with branches terminating in flowers.

References: Crawford 505/2; HCRI 225; Sydenham 1312 (R7); BMCRR (East) 83; Cassia 21; Servilia 42.

Provenance: Stack's (17 Jan 2020) Lot 20084; Edward J. Waddell e-Sale (1990s) Lot 42; R. Ratto FPL IX (1933) Lot 1057; Valerio Traverso Collection [M. Baranowsky (25 Feb 1931), Lot 1270]; R. Ratto FPL (1927) Lot 625; Johann Horsky Collection [A. Hess (30 Apr 1917) Lot 2600].

This rare type comprised part of the final series of coins struck in the name of Cassius, lead conspirator against Julius Caesar, probably at Sardis in Summer, 42 BCE. It celebrates Cassius’ victory over the fleet of Rhodes in the waters off Kos. The aplustre, an ornamental stern of a Roman galley, is symbolic of Cassius’ naval victory, and the floriate branches (roses) may refer to Rhodes. Shortly after his victory over the Rhodians, Cassius met-up with his co-conspirator Brutus in Sardis, where this coin was likely struck. Within just a few months of producing this coin, Cassius’ troops were defeated by Antony at Philippi and he committed suicide on his own birthday, 3 October 42 BCE. Marcus Servilius struck this final coinage on behalf of Cassius. Servilius was tribune in 44 BCE and was respected by Cicero. After Caesar’s assassination, he served in the east as a Legate under both Cassius and Brutus, and he struck coins for both men. He was likely related to Brutus, whose mother’s name was Servilia. Legates were staff members of military commanders, on whose recommendation they were appointed by the Senate. Legates often served as deputies for their commanders, but practically exercised no independent authority. For example, a Legate had no independent authority to strike coinage, and did so based solely on the imperium of the commander for whom he served – thus we see the names of both the Legate and his commander on this coin.
2 commentsCarausius02/04/20 at 03:15PMah: Quite seldom seen.
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RIC 0939B10 views
Vespasian Denarius AR Denarius,
Rome Mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 939 (R). BMC 203. RSC 129.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: COS VIII; Mars, helmeted, naked except for cloak, fastened with belt round waist, standing l., holding spear slanting upwards l. in r. hand and trophy on l. shoulder in l. Corn-ear upright in ground r.
Ex: Jesus Vico Online auction 7 Lot 81 January 23, 2020
2 commentsorfew02/03/20 at 17:52quadrans: Nice one
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varb1787silver7 viewsElagabalus
AR
Philippopolis, Thrace

Obv: AVT K M AVP ANTΩNINOC, laureate head right
Rev: ΦI/ΛIΠΠO/ΠOΛEITΩN/ NEΩKO/PΩN; legend in five lines within laurel wreath.
18 mm, 4.47 gms

Varbanov 1787 silver (not silvered)
1 commentsCharles M02/03/20 at 14:34Mat: Interesting & cool coin
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049 Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), RIC IV-I 373var., Emesa (Antioch), AR-Denarius, FELECITAS TEMPOR(Sic!!!), Stalk of grain, Scarce! #135 views049 Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), RIC IV-I 373var., Emesa (Antioch), AR-Denarius, FELECITAS TEMPOR(Sic!!!), Stalk of grain, Scarce! #1
avers: IMP CAEL•SEP SEV PERT AVG COS II, Laureate bust right.
reverse: FELECITAS TEMPOR (Sic!!!, legends error or variation!), Stalk of grain between crossed cornucopia.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0-17,3mm, weight: 2,85g, axis: 6h,
mint: Emesa (Antioch), date: 194-95 A.D.,
ref: RIC IV-I 373var., p-141, BMCRE 347, RSC 142b,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans02/03/20 at 10:38shanxi: interesting coin
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RIC 0939B10 views
Vespasian Denarius AR Denarius,
Rome Mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 939 (R). BMC 203. RSC 129.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: COS VIII; Mars, helmeted, naked except for cloak, fastened with belt round waist, standing l., holding spear slanting upwards l. in r. hand and trophy on l. shoulder in l. Corn-ear upright in ground r.
Ex: Jesus Vico Online auction 7 Lot 81 January 23, 2020
2 commentsorfew02/03/20 at 10:38shanxi: nice portrait
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Crawford 517/5, ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Marc Antony, AR Denarius12 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Marc Antony and M. Nerva, 41 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.69g; 20mm).
Ephesus mint.

Obverse: M·ANT·IMP·AVG·III·VIR· R·P·CM·NERVAPROQ·P; bare head of Marc Antony, facing right.

Reverse: L·ANTONIVS – COS; bare head of Lucius Antony, facing right.

References: Crawford 517/5a; HCRI 246; Sydenham 1185; BMCRR (East) 107; Antonia 48; Banti & Simonetti 3 (this coin illustrated)

Provenance: Ex Private Japanese Collection [Heritage 3081 (12 Jan 2020) Lot 30157]; Heritage 3030 (5 Jan 2014) Lot 23911; Stack's (14 Jun 1971) Lot 332; Valentine John Eustace Ryan (d. 1947) Collection [Glendining (2 Apr 1952) Lot 1932].

This coin was struck in Ephesus by Marc Antony and the pro quaestor M. Cocceius Nerva (ancestor of the Emperor Nerva) during the year of Lucius Antony’s consulship. Lucius Antony was Marc Antony’s younger brother and supporter. During Lucius’ time as consul, Octavian was in the process of allotting confiscated land throughout Italy to army veterans. In response to the unpopular policy, Lucius Antony conspired with Marc Antony’s wife, Fulvia, to defend cities and landowners against Octavian’s confiscations. Lucius and Fulvia expected Marc Antony’s Gallic colleagues to support their efforts, but such support never materialized. As a result, Octavian besieged them at Perusia, where they were hunkering-down, and they eventually capitulated. Octavian pardoned them, rather than risk incurring Marc Antony’s wrath. Lucius was made governor of Spain where he eventually died.

The portraiture of the brothers Antony on this coin are quite distinct, and likely veristic; Lucius being depicted with a bald pate and a more aquiline nose compared to his elder brother.

4 commentsCarausius02/03/20 at 10:37shanxi: WOW !
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Aegina. Ca. 525-480 BC. AR stater (20mm)12 viewsSARONIC ISLANDS. Aegina. Ca. 525-480 BC. AR stater (20mm). NGC Choice Fine. Sea turtle, viewed from above, head turned sideways, with thin collar and row of five dots down center of shell / Large "skew pattern" incuse with five sunken compartments. HGC 6, 433. Meadows Group IIc.3 commentsMark R102/03/20 at 02:09Mark R1: Thank you guys
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Crawford 427/1, ROMAN REPUBLIC, C. Memmius C.f., AR Denarius12 viewsRome, The Republic.
C. Memmius, 56 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.98g; 18mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Head of Ceres, facing right, her hair tied in knot, wearing grain-ear wreath and cruciform earing; C.MEMMI C.F, before.

Reverse: Bound captive kneels before trophy, his hands tied; flanked by IMPERATOR - C.MEMMIVS.

References: Crawford 427/1; Sydenham 920; BMCRR 3937; Memmia 10.

Provenance: Ex CNG Classical Numismatic Review 39 (Jul 2014); Heritage CICF Sale 3032 (10 Apr 2014), Lot 23847; Dix Noonan Webb (30 Sep 2013), Lot 3051; Clarence S. Bement Collection [Naville Ars Classica VIII (25-8 Jun 1924), Lot 246].

Ceres on the obverse relates to a second denarius type of Memmius, which claims that an Aedile named Memmius was the first to hold the games of Ceres (likely before 210 BCE). The reverse refers to a military success of another C. Memmius, which, based on the style of helmet and shield, Michael Harlan suggests may have occurred in Spain.
2 commentsCarausius02/03/20 at 00:49Mark R1: This is a beauty.
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Sybaris, Lucania68 views550-510 BC
AR Obol (10mm, 0.44g)
O: Bull (Ox?) standing left, head turned back to right; VM in exergue.
R: Large MV monogram; four pellets around.
SNG ANS 853; HN Italy 1739; Hands Type I, IV
ex Tom Vossen

This coin dates from the original Greek colony, Sybaris I, before its destruction by the Krotones in 511-510 BC.
The MV monogram on the reverse actually reads 'SY' for Sybaris, and I believe the VM in exergue on the obverse is 'MV' retrograde.
The bull device seen on all early types from Sybaris, and later on the coins of her colonies at Poseidonia and Thurii, may in fact be a white ox at the mother city.
5 commentsEnodia02/02/20 at 22:35Mark R1: I like this one a lot
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Crawford 505/2, ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, C. Cassius and M. Servilius, AR Denarius8 viewsRome, The Imperators.
C. Cassius and M. Servilius, Summer 42 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.85g; 19mm).
Military mint travelling with Brutus and Cassius (likely Sardis).

Obverse: C·CASSI·IMP; laureate head of Libertas, facing right.

Reverse: M·SERVILIVS - LEG; aplustre with branches terminating in flowers.

References: Crawford 505/2; HCRI 225; Sydenham 1312 (R7); BMCRR (East) 83; Cassia 21; Servilia 42.

Provenance: Stack's (17 Jan 2020) Lot 20084; Edward J. Waddell e-Sale (1990s) Lot 42; R. Ratto FPL IX (1933) Lot 1057; Valerio Traverso Collection [M. Baranowsky (25 Feb 1931), Lot 1270]; R. Ratto FPL (1927) Lot 625; Johann Horsky Collection [A. Hess (30 Apr 1917) Lot 2600].

This rare type comprised part of the final series of coins struck in the name of Cassius, lead conspirator against Julius Caesar, probably at Sardis in Summer, 42 BCE. It celebrates Cassius’ victory over the fleet of Rhodes in the waters off Kos. The aplustre, an ornamental stern of a Roman galley, is symbolic of Cassius’ naval victory, and the floriate branches (roses) may refer to Rhodes. Shortly after his victory over the Rhodians, Cassius met-up with his co-conspirator Brutus in Sardis, where this coin was likely struck. Within just a few months of producing this coin, Cassius’ troops were defeated by Antony at Philippi and he committed suicide on his own birthday, 3 October 42 BCE. Marcus Servilius struck this final coinage on behalf of Cassius. Servilius was tribune in 44 BCE and was respected by Cicero. After Caesar’s assassination, he served in the east as a Legate under both Cassius and Brutus, and he struck coins for both men. He was likely related to Brutus, whose mother’s name was Servilia. Legates were staff members of military commanders, on whose recommendation they were appointed by the Senate. Legates often served as deputies for their commanders, but practically exercised no independent authority. For example, a Legate had no independent authority to strike coinage, and did so based solely on the imperium of the commander for whom he served – thus we see the names of both the Legate and his commander on this coin.
2 commentsCarausius02/02/20 at 21:40quadrans: Nice piece..
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Crawford 517/5, ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Marc Antony, AR Denarius12 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Marc Antony and M. Nerva, 41 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.69g; 20mm).
Ephesus mint.

Obverse: M·ANT·IMP·AVG·III·VIR· R·P·CM·NERVAPROQ·P; bare head of Marc Antony, facing right.

Reverse: L·ANTONIVS – COS; bare head of Lucius Antony, facing right.

References: Crawford 517/5a; HCRI 246; Sydenham 1185; BMCRR (East) 107; Antonia 48; Banti & Simonetti 3 (this coin illustrated)

Provenance: Ex Private Japanese Collection [Heritage 3081 (12 Jan 2020) Lot 30157]; Heritage 3030 (5 Jan 2014) Lot 23911; Stack's (14 Jun 1971) Lot 332; Valentine John Eustace Ryan (d. 1947) Collection [Glendining (2 Apr 1952) Lot 1932].

This coin was struck in Ephesus by Marc Antony and the pro quaestor M. Cocceius Nerva (ancestor of the Emperor Nerva) during the year of Lucius Antony’s consulship. Lucius Antony was Marc Antony’s younger brother and supporter. During Lucius’ time as consul, Octavian was in the process of allotting confiscated land throughout Italy to army veterans. In response to the unpopular policy, Lucius Antony conspired with Marc Antony’s wife, Fulvia, to defend cities and landowners against Octavian’s confiscations. Lucius and Fulvia expected Marc Antony’s Gallic colleagues to support their efforts, but such support never materialized. As a result, Octavian besieged them at Perusia, where they were hunkering-down, and they eventually capitulated. Octavian pardoned them, rather than risk incurring Marc Antony’s wrath. Lucius was made governor of Spain where he eventually died.

The portraiture of the brothers Antony on this coin are quite distinct, and likely veristic; Lucius being depicted with a bald pate and a more aquiline nose compared to his elder brother.

4 commentsCarausius02/02/20 at 21:39quadrans: Wow, nice piece...
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3092 Hadrian Denarius 117-30 AD Galley right Eastern Mint13 viewsReference
RIC III, 3092; Strack *55;Cohen 445

Bust A1

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

Rev. COS III
Galley with five oarsmen to right; at stern, arched cabin under a curved aplustre.

3.11 gr
18 mm
12h
2 commentsokidoki02/02/20 at 19:52Mat: Great find
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Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 14. Septimius Severus, HrHJ (2018) 8.14.01.27 cf. unpublished7 viewsSeptimius Severus, AD 193-211
AE 25, 9.88g, 25.49mm, 210°
struck under govenor Ovinius Tertullus
obv. AVT KAI L CEPT[I] - CEVHROC PER
Bust, draped and cuirassed, seen from behind, laureate, r.
rev. VP OVINI.TERTVLLOV NIKOPOLIT PROC ICTR
Eagle with closed wings on palm branch stg. r., head with laurel wreath in beak turned
l.
ref. a) not in AMNG
b) not in Varbanov
c) not in Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2018):
rev. not listed
cf. No. 8.14.1.27 (for the type only)
obv. e.g. No. 8.14.9.12 (same die)
unpublished
rare, VF+, black green patina

Never seen an eagle on palm branch for Nikopolis!
1 commentsJochen02/02/20 at 19:41quadrans: Sweet...
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Crawford 39/5, ROMAN REPUBLIC, Semilibral Reduction AE Semuncia8 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous, Semilibral Reduction, 217-215 BCE.
AE Struck Semuncia (6.03g; 20mm).
Uncertain Italian Mint.

Obverse: Turreted, draped female bust right.

Reverse: Rider on horseback holding whip and galloping right; ROMA below.

Reference: Crawford 39/5; Sydenham 97 (R4); BMCRR (Romano-Campanian) 136-138.

Provenance: Ex CB Collection (private purchase); SC Collection (bought from Richard Pearlman Dec 2015); Numismatic Fine Arts 17 (May 1976); Prof. Bonacini Collection [Rinaldi & Figlio FPL 1 (1942) Lot 4]; Sir Arthur Evans Collection [Ars Classica XVII (3 Oct 1934), Lot 1013]; Martini Collection [R. Ratto (24 Feb 1930) Lot 74].

This coin is part of a short-lived, semi-libral series, struck collateral to the standard prow types (Crawford 38) in 217-215 BC. The economic hardship on Rome imposed by Hannibal’s invasion led to a rapid decline in the weight of Roman bronze coins, resulting in the adoption of a semi-libral bronze standard (AE As of ½ Roman pound) and eventual elimination of cast coins. The Series 39 types appear quite propagandistic in the context of the Second Punic War. On the obverse of this coin, we have a female bust wearing a turreted crown, a device previously unseen on Roman coinage though frequently seen on eastern Greek coinage. The head may represent Roma, but more likely represents Cybele who protects people and cities during wartime. Cybele’s cult officially appeared in Rome circa 205-204 BCE. The reverse alludes to the cavalry’s importance in the war effort. The coin type would not be repeated in Roman bronze coinage; however a similar type AE Biunx (with horseman carrying spear rather than whip) was produced in Capua from 216-211 BCE, after the Capuans allied with Hannibal. While Crawford, relying on Rudy Thomsen’s analysis, attributes this series to the Rome mint, I believe the types and fabric of the coins are inconsistent with the contemporaneous, Crawford 38 prow types which are also attributed to Rome.
1 commentsCarausius02/02/20 at 19:40quadrans: Nice piece..
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3092 Hadrian Denarius 117-30 AD Galley right Eastern Mint13 viewsReference
RIC III, 3092; Strack *55;Cohen 445

Bust A1

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

Rev. COS III
Galley with five oarsmen to right; at stern, arched cabin under a curved aplustre.

3.11 gr
18 mm
12h
2 commentsokidoki02/02/20 at 19:34quadrans: Interesting piece..
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M. Sergius Silus16 viewsSilver Denarius
Roman Republic

M. Sergius Silus

Rome mint. 116-115 BC.
Fine, Dark Toning
18.8 mm / 3.797 g / 180°

Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma right, "ROMA XVI (Ligate) ; EX*S*C".
Reverse: "M SERGI" below, ["SILVS"] in exergue . Helmeted horseman galloping left, holding sword and severed Gallic head in left hand, "Q" below horse legs.

Ex Forvm Ancient Coins 2016 (#76537)

RSC I Sergia 1, Sydenham 544, Crawford 286/1, SRCV I 163.

MyID: 022A

Image Credit: Forvm Ancient Coins
2 commentsTenthGen02/02/20 at 17:28Tracy Aiello: I must say, a pretty awesome reverse type. Great c...
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Rabbel II, with Gamilat (70 - 106 A.D.)11 viewsNabataean Kingdom
AR Drachm
O:  Laureate and draped bust of Rabbel II right; date in legend
R: Veiled and draped bust of Gamilat right
Petra mint
3.07g
16mm
Meshorer, Nabataea 147–61; DCA 985
3 commentsMat02/02/20 at 08:41shanxi: nice example
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Lucilla Venus RIC III 11636 viewsLucilla, AE Sesterius, Rome, 22.2g, 30 mm, Rome, 164 - 169 AD, RIC 1763, Cohen 72, BMC 1167,
OBV: LVCILLA AVG ANTONINI AVG F, draped bust right, hair in bun
REV: VENVS S-C, Venus standing left holding apple & scepter
wife of Lucius Varius
Scarce
1 commentsSRukke02/02/20 at 08:40shanxi: nice portrait
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Marc Antony LEG XVIII LYBICAE3 viewsSilver Denarius
Roman Imperatorial

Marc Antony LEGIO XVIII LYBICAE

? Patrae Mint. Fall 32-Spring 31 BC.

3.30 g / 17.0 mm / 90°

Obverse: Galley right with rowers, mast with banners at prow. "ANT*AVG / [III VIR*R*P*C]"
Reverse: "LEG XVIII LYBICAE", aquila between two legionary standards. (Partially off flan)

Rare

Cr544/11

MyID: 063C
1 commentsTenthGen02/02/20 at 03:56Jay GT4: Sweet
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Judaea. John Hyrcanus I (Yehochanan) (135-104 B.C.E.)6 viewsHendin (4th ed.) 456; Hendin (5th ed.) 1133; Meshorer TJC Group G No. --.

AE Prutah; .66 g., 11.45 mm., 0°

Obv.: Paleo-Hebrew legend in four lines within wreath:

YHW(HH)N[N]
HKHN HG[D]-
L W(HH)BR HY-
HWDYM

יהוחנן
הכהן הגד
ל וחבר הי
הודים

Yehochanan h’Kohen h’Gadol v’Hever h’Yehudim = Yehohanan the High Priest and the Council of the Jews.

Rev.: Double cornucopia adorned with ribbons.
2 commentsStkp02/01/20 at 22:30quadrans: Interesting piece..
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PROBUS RIC 925 9th officina another specimen13 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG
REVERSE: RESTITVT ORBIS
BUST TYPE: A2 = Radiate, cuirassed and draped bust right, seen from rear
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: EΔ//XXI
WEIGHT 4.42g / AXIS: 6h / WIDTH 22mm
MINT: Antiochia
REFERENCE: RIC V.2 925
COLLECTION NO. 1495

Provenance: Jesus Vico Room Auction no. 147 lot 134 (group lot) = Ex Giovanni Dattari collection
2 commentsBarnaba602/01/20 at 22:29quadrans: Nice piece..
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S.1093 Æthelstan (Abba)9 viewsPenny of Æthelstan, king of Wessex, 924-939
Moneyer: Abba
Mint: Chester
S. 1093
O: ÆÐELSTAN RE TO BR LE
R: +ABBA MOIN LEGECF

A historically important coin, this piece proclaims Aethelstan king of all Britain, a claim that could only be made after the conquest of Viking York. As such, this made Aethelstan the first king of England.

Ex- Heritage 3082 (lot 33949), CNG 103 (lot 1165)
2 commentsNap02/01/20 at 22:28quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Roman Empire, Domitian RIC 597 8 viewsDomitian, as Augustus (AD 81-96). AR denarius
(19mm, 3.54 gm, 6h). NGC VF 5/5 - 4/5.
Rome, 3rd issue, AD 88.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, laureate head of Domitian left
Rev: COS XIIII-LVD SAEC / FEC, herald advancing left, wearing feathered cap, wand outward in right hand, round shield in left.
RIC II.1 597 (This coin). Extremely rare with left facing portrait.
Ex: Harlan Berk Vcoins 2005 cc50283.
2020 January 26 Ancient Coin Selections from the Morris Collection, Part III World Coins Monthly Online Auction #61151 Lot #97225.

Carradice, I. A. & Buttrey, T. V. (2007) Roman Imperial Coinage. Description of this coin on page 306. This coin pictured in plate number 128.
2 commentsorfew02/01/20 at 22:26quadrans: Nice find...
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Aegina. Ca. 525-480 BC. AR stater (20mm)12 viewsSARONIC ISLANDS. Aegina. Ca. 525-480 BC. AR stater (20mm). NGC Choice Fine. Sea turtle, viewed from above, head turned sideways, with thin collar and row of five dots down center of shell / Large "skew pattern" incuse with five sunken compartments. HGC 6, 433. Meadows Group IIc.3 commentsMark R102/01/20 at 22:25quadrans: wow, great coin,
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089 - Philip 'sestertius' - Viminacium, Moesia Superior, year XI7 viewsObv:- IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, laureate, draped & curiassed bust right
Rev:- P M S COL VIM, Moesia standing left between bull & lion, AN XI in exergue.
Struck at Viminacium, Moesia Superior, Year 11 (July A.D. 249 - August A.D. 249)
References:- Pick 106 - Martin 2.18.1 - Varbanov - (Verg. 160)

13.96g. 27.40 mm. 0 degrees
1 commentsmaridvnvm02/01/20 at 22:25quadrans: Nice piece..
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3146 CAPPADOCIA, Caesarea. Hadrian 117-18 AD Wreath3 viewsReference.
RPC III 3146; Syd. 285 ; Marthaler 66

Issue Year 2

Obv. ΑΥΤΟ ΚΑΙϹ ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟϹ ϹΕΒΑϹΤΟϹ
Laureate head of Hadrian, right

Rev. ΚΑΙϹ/ Τ ΠΡ Τ/ ΑΡΓΑΙⲰ / ΕΤ Β
Wreath

4.64 gr
22 mm
12h
1 commentsokidoki02/01/20 at 22:24quadrans: Nice one
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RPC-2009-Vespasian36 viewsÆ As, 14.85g
Antioch mint, undated
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev S • C in laurel wreath
RPC 2009 (15 spec.).
Acquired from eBay, January 2020.

In the mid 70s the Antioch mint struck a series of leaded bronze coins with Latin legends. Presumably the Antiochene series picked up where the Rome mint orichalcum 'Syrian' issue struck in 74 left off. They can be distinguished from the Rome issues by the local style, 12 o'clock die axis, and metal. This As likely dates between 76-78 and is very close in style to the contemporary Cypriot tetradrachms struck at Antioch.

Fine Antiochene style struck on a large flan.
5 commentsDavid Atherton02/01/20 at 22:04okidoki: indeed a wonderful bust
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141 - Maximianus Herculius - RIC VI Trier 171a 5 viewsFollis
Obv:– IMP DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG, Laureate head right; H beneath
Rev:– GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopia
Minted in Trier (B - G // TR). c. A.D. 296-297
Reference(s) – RIC VI Trier 171a (Rated S citing Paris)

9.15 gms. 26.71 mm. 0 degrees
1 commentsmaridvnvm02/01/20 at 21:06okidoki: Nice bust
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09f Domitian as Caesar RIC 157834 viewsÆ As, 4.57g
Rome mint, 74 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: CAESAR DOMIT COS II; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: S C in laurel wreath
RIC 1578 (R2). BMC -. BNC -. RPC 2003 (0 Spec.).
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, January 2020.

An extremely rare orichalcum As struck for Domitian Caesar under Vespasian in 74 AD. Traditionally the issue has been attributed to various Eastern mints, however, recent scholarship has shown that it was produced in Rome. Style, die axis, metal, and circulation pattern all point to a Western coinage, despite the 'Eastern' flavour of the reverse designs. T. Buttrey in the RIC II.1 Addenda wrote: 'There is nothing like this series in the whole of Roman imperial coinage. It is a deliberate act of Orientalism, imposing the flavour of the East on a Western coinage'. This particular As featuring a right facing portrait is rarer than the much more common left facing portrait. Missing from both the BM and Paris collections.

Beautiful patina and fine style.
4 commentsDavid Atherton02/01/20 at 17:50quadrans: Nice piece..
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Aegina. Ca. 525-480 BC. AR stater (20mm)12 viewsSARONIC ISLANDS. Aegina. Ca. 525-480 BC. AR stater (20mm). NGC Choice Fine. Sea turtle, viewed from above, head turned sideways, with thin collar and row of five dots down center of shell / Large "skew pattern" incuse with five sunken compartments. HGC 6, 433. Meadows Group IIc.3 commentsMark R102/01/20 at 16:35Jay GT4: Nice turtle
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Rabbel II, with Gamilat (70 - 106 A.D.)11 viewsNabataean Kingdom
AR Drachm
O:  Laureate and draped bust of Rabbel II right; date in legend
R: Veiled and draped bust of Gamilat right
Petra mint
3.07g
16mm
Meshorer, Nabataea 147–61; DCA 985
3 commentsMat02/01/20 at 16:35quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Roman Empire, Domitian RIC 597 8 viewsDomitian, as Augustus (AD 81-96). AR denarius
(19mm, 3.54 gm, 6h). NGC VF 5/5 - 4/5.
Rome, 3rd issue, AD 88.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, laureate head of Domitian left
Rev: COS XIIII-LVD SAEC / FEC, herald advancing left, wearing feathered cap, wand outward in right hand, round shield in left.
RIC II.1 597 (This coin). Extremely rare with left facing portrait.
Ex: Harlan Berk Vcoins 2005 cc50283.
2020 January 26 Ancient Coin Selections from the Morris Collection, Part III World Coins Monthly Online Auction #61151 Lot #97225.

Carradice, I. A. & Buttrey, T. V. (2007) Roman Imperial Coinage. Description of this coin on page 306. This coin pictured in plate number 128.
2 commentsorfew02/01/20 at 15:05Jay GT4: Amazing plate coin!
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09f Domitian as Caesar RIC 157834 viewsÆ As, 4.57g
Rome mint, 74 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: CAESAR DOMIT COS II; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: S C in laurel wreath
RIC 1578 (R2). BMC -. BNC -. RPC 2003 (0 Spec.).
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, January 2020.

An extremely rare orichalcum As struck for Domitian Caesar under Vespasian in 74 AD. Traditionally the issue has been attributed to various Eastern mints, however, recent scholarship has shown that it was produced in Rome. Style, die axis, metal, and circulation pattern all point to a Western coinage, despite the 'Eastern' flavour of the reverse designs. T. Buttrey in the RIC II.1 Addenda wrote: 'There is nothing like this series in the whole of Roman imperial coinage. It is a deliberate act of Orientalism, imposing the flavour of the East on a Western coinage'. This particular As featuring a right facing portrait is rarer than the much more common left facing portrait. Missing from both the BM and Paris collections.

Beautiful patina and fine style.
4 commentsDavid Atherton02/01/20 at 13:36okidoki: Nice sandy
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09f Domitian as Caesar RIC 157834 viewsÆ As, 4.57g
Rome mint, 74 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: CAESAR DOMIT COS II; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: S C in laurel wreath
RIC 1578 (R2). BMC -. BNC -. RPC 2003 (0 Spec.).
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, January 2020.

An extremely rare orichalcum As struck for Domitian Caesar under Vespasian in 74 AD. Traditionally the issue has been attributed to various Eastern mints, however, recent scholarship has shown that it was produced in Rome. Style, die axis, metal, and circulation pattern all point to a Western coinage, despite the 'Eastern' flavour of the reverse designs. T. Buttrey in the RIC II.1 Addenda wrote: 'There is nothing like this series in the whole of Roman imperial coinage. It is a deliberate act of Orientalism, imposing the flavour of the East on a Western coinage'. This particular As featuring a right facing portrait is rarer than the much more common left facing portrait. Missing from both the BM and Paris collections.

Beautiful patina and fine style.
4 commentsDavid Atherton02/01/20 at 13:30Jay GT4: A beauty
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01 05 Julius Caesar28 viewsJulius Caesar. AR Denarius. Utica? Mint. 46 A.D. (3.7g, 16mm, 10h). Obv: DICT ITER COS TERT, head of Ceres right, wreathed with grain. Rev: AVGVR PONT MAX, emblems of the augurate and pontificate; aspergillum, guttus, and lituus; M (munus=gift) to right. Craw. 467/1b, Syd. 1024.

This was likely used as a donative by Caesar during his triumph of 46 B.C. While porous, this example is well centered, and the M is clearly on the flan.
1 commentsLucas H02/01/20 at 13:27okidoki: excellent looks
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09f Domitian as Caesar RIC 157834 viewsÆ As, 4.57g
Rome mint, 74 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: CAESAR DOMIT COS II; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: S C in laurel wreath
RIC 1578 (R2). BMC -. BNC -. RPC 2003 (0 Spec.).
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, January 2020.

An extremely rare orichalcum As struck for Domitian Caesar under Vespasian in 74 AD. Traditionally the issue has been attributed to various Eastern mints, however, recent scholarship has shown that it was produced in Rome. Style, die axis, metal, and circulation pattern all point to a Western coinage, despite the 'Eastern' flavour of the reverse designs. T. Buttrey in the RIC II.1 Addenda wrote: 'There is nothing like this series in the whole of Roman imperial coinage. It is a deliberate act of Orientalism, imposing the flavour of the East on a Western coinage'. This particular As featuring a right facing portrait is rarer than the much more common left facing portrait. Missing from both the BM and Paris collections.

Beautiful patina and fine style.
4 commentsDavid Atherton02/01/20 at 00:03Mat: Wonderful
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The Island of Lesbos27 viewsCity of Mytilene - Apollo and Aphrodite

Obv: laureate head of Apollo facing r.
Rev: head of Aphrodite facing r., circular earing, hair rolled, coiled snake r. (control symbol) in the lower r., MY (off flan).
Denomination: silver diobol; Mint: Mytilene; Date: 400 - 350 BC; Weight: 1.292g; Diameter: 12.4mm; Die axis: 0º; References, for example: BMC Troas, p. 185, 8 - 14 var., coiled snake control symbol not listed; SNG Cop vol. 21, 368 var., amphora control symbol; SNGvA vol. 5, 1744 var. stars for control symbol; SNGvA vol. 16, 7749 and 7750 var., amphora and cicada for control symbol; SNG Ashmolean 1544 var., cicada for control symbol.
Also see Classical Numismatic Group Electronic Auction 460 January 29, 2020, Lot 238 for an example with coiled snake control symbol and intact legend.

Provenance: Ex Forum Ancient Coin January 22, 2020, from the Maxwell Hunt Collection.

Photo Credits: Forum Ancient Coins

Sources

BMC Troas: Wroth, Warwick. A Catalogue of Greek Coins in the British Museum. Greek Coins of Troas, Aeolis, and Lesbos. London: Longmans, Green, & Co., 1894.
SNG Ashmolean: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Vol. V, Ashmolean Museum Oxford, Part IX Bosporus - Aeolis. The British Museum Press, 2007.
SNG COP: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum: Aeolis - Lesbos, Vol. 21. Copenhagen: Einar Munksgaard, 1945.
SNGvA: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Deutschland, Sammlung v. Aulock. 5 Heft. Troas - Aeolis - Lesbos: Nr. 1439 - 1767. Berlin: Verlag Gebr. Mann, 1959.
SNGvA: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Deutschland, Sammlung v. Aulock. Nachträge II. 16 Heft. Mysien - Troas - Aeolis - Lesbos: Nr. 7191 - 7758. Berlin, Verlag Gebr. Mann, 1967.
3 commentsTracy Aiello01/31/20 at 23:29Mark R1: I like it.
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BCC L16x7 viewsCaesarea Maritima
Lead Planchet with obverse strike
2nd - 3rd cent CE?
Obv: Laureate bust right, remnants of inscription
Rev: Blank
30x33mm. 18.79gm.
Surface find, 1972
1 commentsv-drome01/31/20 at 17:28Jay GT4: Nice
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 480-470 BC 23mm 17.19 g Jenkins 115 O34/R6846 viewsCharioteer driving walking quadriga right,above Nike flying right crowning the horses/Forepart of man-headed bull {Gelas}right.
Note the outer ring or crease is a relic of the way in which the flan was cast,for which Hill NC 1922,6 ,where the two halves of the mould did notfit exactly,a ring or crease might be left on the surface of the flan.Jenkins 293,1
4 commentsGrant H01/31/20 at 17:13Mark R1: That bull is creepy. Excellent coin!
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Sicily Syracuse AR Tetradrachm circa 480-475 BC 17.40 g 25 mm 11h Boehringer 11916 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right holding kentron and reins./Nike flying right crowning the horses,head of Arethusa facing right,four dolphins around.
2 commentsGrant H01/31/20 at 17:12Mark R1: Good one
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Sicily Syracuse AR Tetradrachm circa 478-475 BC 23mm 16.92g 8 h Boehringer 11714 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right,above Nike flying right crowning horses/Head of Arethusa right wearing tainia,four dolphins around.
ex Weise collection
2 commentsGrant H01/31/20 at 17:12Mark R1: Nice
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Epeiros Ambrakia Stater circa 360-338 BC 21.5 mm 8.54g 1h Pegasi 98/36 viewsPegasos standing right,below Bellerophon squatting right,examining hoof of Pegasos/Helmeted head of Athena right,A to left.
Ravel colts 147 {A61/P95} very rare
From the Mathew Curtis collection.
1 commentsGrant H01/31/20 at 17:11Mark R1: Love it.
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THRACE. Byzantium. Ca. late 2nd-1st centuries BC. AR tetradrachm (35mm, 11h).6 viewsTHRACE. Byzantium. Ca. late 2nd-1st centuries BC. AR tetradrachm (35mm, 11h). NGC VF. Name and types of Lysimachus of Thrace. Diademed head of deified Alexander III right, wearing horn of Ammon / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΥ, Athena seated left, Nike in right hand crowning royal name, left arm leaning on large grounded shield, transverse spear in background; MT monogram in inner left field, BY under seat, filleted trident left below ground line. Müller 168.
1 commentsMark R101/31/20 at 16:50Jay GT4: Great coin Mark
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0979 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 128-29 AD Fortuna14 viewsReference.
Strack 628; RIC II, 969; C 727; RIC III, 979; Banti 396

Bust C2

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate, draped bust, seen from side

Rev. COS III, FORT RED in exergue. S-C across fields.
Fortuna seated left, holding cornucopiae and rudder.

28.50 gr
34 mm
6h

Note.
Hadrian’s famous “Travel Series” of coins can be stretched to include issues that celebrate the “Fortunate return” (FORTVNA REDVX) from one of his many imperial journeys, as with this sestertius.
2 commentsokidoki01/31/20 at 15:33Jay GT4: Wow, very nice!
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Augustus and Agrippa8 viewsBronze cut half dupondius (As)
Roman Imperial - The Principate

Augustus and Agrippa.

Colonia Augusta Nemausus, Gaul. 16-15 BC.
Dark patina, light marks and earthen deposits. aVF.
5.860 g / 25.6 mm / 0°

Obverse: Head of Augustus right, "IMP DIVI F". (Agrippa cut away)
Reverse: "COL NEM", Crocodile right chained to a palm, wreath above, two palm fronds below. (Partially cut away)

Ex Forvm Ancient Coins 2019 (#88233)

cf. RIC I 155, RPC I 523, SNG Cop 698, Cohen I 7, SRCV I 1729

MyID: 054A

Image Credit: Forvm Ancient Coins
2 commentsTenthGen01/31/20 at 07:12TenthGen: Only half!
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Augustus and Agrippa8 viewsBronze cut half dupondius (As)
Roman Imperial - The Principate

Augustus and Agrippa.

Colonia Augusta Nemausus, Gaul. 16-15 BC.
Dark patina, light marks and earthen deposits. aVF.
5.860 g / 25.6 mm / 0°

Obverse: Head of Augustus right, "IMP DIVI F". (Agrippa cut away)
Reverse: "COL NEM", Crocodile right chained to a palm, wreath above, two palm fronds below. (Partially cut away)

Ex Forvm Ancient Coins 2019 (#88233)

cf. RIC I 155, RPC I 523, SNG Cop 698, Cohen I 7, SRCV I 1729

MyID: 054A

Image Credit: Forvm Ancient Coins
2 commentsTenthGen01/31/20 at 05:43Jay GT4: Got change?
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125 - Aurelian, Billon Tetradrachm - Milne 43014 viewsObv:– A K Λ ∆OM AYPHΛIANOC CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right (seen from the front)
Rev– Eagle standing right, wreath in beak, palm frond behind
Minted in Egypt, Alexandria. L - A (year 1) across fields; Year 1 of Aurelian, 270 A.D.
Reference:– Milne 4301. Curtis 1734 (noted as a rare variety), BMC Alexandria 2367

8.67 gms. 20.36 mm. 0 degrees
1 commentsmaridvnvm01/31/20 at 05:43Jay GT4: Must have been new dies. Great strike
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BYZANTINE, Constans II, Solidus, Sear 95964 views4.41 grams1 commentsRichard T301/31/20 at 03:30Simon: Beautiful example.
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S.1093 Æthelstan (Abba)9 viewsPenny of Æthelstan, king of Wessex, 924-939
Moneyer: Abba
Mint: Chester
S. 1093
O: ÆÐELSTAN RE TO BR LE
R: +ABBA MOIN LEGECF

A historically important coin, this piece proclaims Aethelstan king of all Britain, a claim that could only be made after the conquest of Viking York. As such, this made Aethelstan the first king of England.

Ex- Heritage 3082 (lot 33949), CNG 103 (lot 1165)
2 commentsNap01/31/20 at 00:32Stkp: Nice acquisition
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633 MACEDONIA Koinon of Macedonia Hadrian 129-38 AD Winged thunderbolt5 viewsReference
RPC III, 633; AMNG —, Varbanov 3030-1

Obv. AΔRIANOC KAICAP
Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, with paludamentum, seen from rear, right.

Rev. KOINON MAKEΔONΩN
Winged thunderbolt.

14.47 gr
27 mm
5h
2 commentsokidoki01/30/20 at 23:45Jay GT4: Sweet
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633 MACEDONIA Koinon of Macedonia Hadrian 129-38 AD Winged thunderbolt5 viewsReference
RPC III, 633; AMNG —, Varbanov 3030-1

Obv. AΔRIANOC KAICAP
Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, with paludamentum, seen from rear, right.

Rev. KOINON MAKEΔONΩN
Winged thunderbolt.

14.47 gr
27 mm
5h
2 commentsokidoki01/30/20 at 16:23quadrans: Nice one
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Titus as Caesar RIC-157434 viewsÆ Semis, 3.31g
Rome mint, 74 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: T•CAES•IMP•TR•POT; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: ANTIOCHIA; Bust of city-goddess, r.
RIC 1574 (C). BMC -. BNC -. RPC 1997 (10 spec.).
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, January 2020.

Traditionally, the issue this rather interesting semis is from has been attributed to various different mints over the years. Ted Buttrey writing in the RIC II.1 Addenda commented extensively on it. Because both the Addenda has yet to see the light of day and T. Buttrey's thoughts on the subject are important (and indeed likely correct), I have largely quoted it in full here with some minor editing.

'RIC 756-767 are irregular Dupondii, which should be taken together with Asses, semisses and quadrantes (RIC 1564-1581), forming together a single extraordinary issue in four denominations, distinct in typology and metal, as well as overall character from the regular coinage of the year. Although Eastern in aspect and reverse type, the circulation area of the dupondii is almost exclusively Gaul, Germany, Italy – i.e. the West, with scarcely any penetration of the East. Finds of the smaller denominations are rarely attested anywhere, East or West. The citations in RPC II are drawn almost entirely from Western collections, and total: Western - 108, Eastern - 4.

The Eastern finds appear to be simply the débris of Mediterranean circulation. Previously the series had been attributed to Commagene (BMCRE II, pp.217-222), then as a likelihood to Antioch (e.g. RPC II 1982-2005). The correct attribution to Rome is proved by mules of the dupondii with regular issues (Buttrey, “Vespasian’s Roman Orichalcum: An Unrecognized Celebratory Coinage” in David M. Jacobson and Nikos Kokkinos, Judaea and Rome in Coins, 65 CBE – 135 CE (2012).
The series had nothing to do with Syria or with the East at all, yet it was purposefully designed to appear non-Roman: the suppression of the traditional reverse sub-inscription S C throughout; the suppression of the radiate crown of the Dupondius; the shifting of the consular dating from the obv. to the rev.; the striking of all four denominations in orichalcum; and most obviously the selection of rev. dies which reek of the East (while admitting that they are not Eastern, see on the semis the bust of the city-goddess accompanied by the Latin legend ANTIOCHIA, in imitation of the type actually struck there with the Greek legend ΑΝΤΙΟΧΕΩΝ – SNG Cop Antioch 99-103, 112, etc. ).
There is nothing like this series in the whole of Roman imperial coinage. It is a deliberate act of Orientalism, imposing the flavour of the East on a Western coinage. The key to its understanding is the reverse type of the dupondius, two crossed cornuacopiae with a winged caduceus between. It replicates the type of an obscure issue of the Galilean city of Sepphoris, an issue which had been, astonishingly, signed by Vespasian himself (ΕΠΙ ΟΥΕCΠΑCΙΑΝΟΥ, “on the authority of…”) when on duty there in the last days of Nero.

The whole of this series memorializes not Vespasian the conquering general (IVDAEA CAPTA, VICTORIA AVGVSTI), but the man. His re-use of earlier coin types is well-known; here he re-uses his own, harking back to his career just prior to his final success in seizing the empire. And the series was struck in 74 A.D., co-terminous with the celebration of Vespasian’s first quinquennium.'

I think it quite extraordinary that the Rome mint would produce a coin blatantly featuring a provincial city-goddess that was intended for circulation in the West. Vespasian's fondness for the region that elevated him to the purple must have been strong indeed! The heavy use of dots in the obverse legend is a curiosity as well.

Good style and well centred.
2 commentsDavid Atherton01/30/20 at 16:23quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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RIC 016434 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM
Laureate head right

TR POT II COS VIIII DES X PP
Minerva standing right on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; owl to right

Rome, March 83- 13 September, 83AD

2.55g

RIC 164 (R2)

Ex-Savoca 27th Blue Auction, Lot 1220

This issue sees the first appearance of the four standard Minerva reverse types. The coin is deeply toned with a very thin flan, which may explain the low weight. No signs of broken plating although that may still be a possibility.
5 commentsJay GT401/30/20 at 15:38okidoki: Interesting reverse
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Sicily Syracuse AR Tetradrachm circa 478-475 BC 23mm 16.92g 8 h Boehringer 11714 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right,above Nike flying right crowning horses/Head of Arethusa right wearing tainia,four dolphins around.
ex Weise collection
2 commentsGrant H01/30/20 at 07:57shanxi: beautiful
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CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 280-272 BC. AR Nomos14 views20.5mm, 6.46 g, 2h
Reduced standard. Nude youth, crowing horse he rides right; to left, crowing Nike above ΣI; ΘE below / Phalanthos, nude, holding kantharos and trident, riding dolphin left; ΛY to right. Vlasto 759; HN Italy 1009. Toned, deposits, cleaning scratches in fields on obverse. EF. Very rare, only the Vlasto example in CoinArchives.

From the Matthew Curtis Collection.
2 commentsLeo01/30/20 at 07:57shanxi: another great example
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CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 350-345 BC. AR Nomos12 views22mm, 7.85 g, 5h
Warrior, nude but for crested helmet, holding shield, on horse galloping left / Phalanthos, nude, holding dart and trident, riding dolphin right; ΦI below. Fischer-Bossert Group 44, 639 var. (V248/R– [unlisted rev. die]); Vlasto 394 (same obv. die); HN Italy 870. Deep old iridescent tone, struck with worn obverse die. EF.

From the Matthew Curtis Collection.
1 commentsLeo01/30/20 at 07:56shanxi: wonderful !!
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Titus as Caesar RIC-157434 viewsÆ Semis, 3.31g
Rome mint, 74 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: T•CAES•IMP•TR•POT; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: ANTIOCHIA; Bust of city-goddess, r.
RIC 1574 (C). BMC -. BNC -. RPC 1997 (10 spec.).
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, January 2020.

Traditionally, the issue this rather interesting semis is from has been attributed to various different mints over the years. Ted Buttrey writing in the RIC II.1 Addenda commented extensively on it. Because both the Addenda has yet to see the light of day and T. Buttrey's thoughts on the subject are important (and indeed likely correct), I have largely quoted it in full here with some minor editing.

'RIC 756-767 are irregular Dupondii, which should be taken together with Asses, semisses and quadrantes (RIC 1564-1581), forming together a single extraordinary issue in four denominations, distinct in typology and metal, as well as overall character from the regular coinage of the year. Although Eastern in aspect and reverse type, the circulation area of the dupondii is almost exclusively Gaul, Germany, Italy – i.e. the West, with scarcely any penetration of the East. Finds of the smaller denominations are rarely attested anywhere, East or West. The citations in RPC II are drawn almost entirely from Western collections, and total: Western - 108, Eastern - 4.

The Eastern finds appear to be simply the débris of Mediterranean circulation. Previously the series had been attributed to Commagene (BMCRE II, pp.217-222), then as a likelihood to Antioch (e.g. RPC II 1982-2005). The correct attribution to Rome is proved by mules of the dupondii with regular issues (Buttrey, “Vespasian’s Roman Orichalcum: An Unrecognized Celebratory Coinage” in David M. Jacobson and Nikos Kokkinos, Judaea and Rome in Coins, 65 CBE – 135 CE (2012).
The series had nothing to do with Syria or with the East at all, yet it was purposefully designed to appear non-Roman: the suppression of the traditional reverse sub-inscription S C throughout; the suppression of the radiate crown of the Dupondius; the shifting of the consular dating from the obv. to the rev.; the striking of all four denominations in orichalcum; and most obviously the selection of rev. dies which reek of the East (while admitting that they are not Eastern, see on the semis the bust of the city-goddess accompanied by the Latin legend ANTIOCHIA, in imitation of the type actually struck there with the Greek legend ΑΝΤΙΟΧΕΩΝ – SNG Cop Antioch 99-103, 112, etc. ).
There is nothing like this series in the whole of Roman imperial coinage. It is a deliberate act of Orientalism, imposing the flavour of the East on a Western coinage. The key to its understanding is the reverse type of the dupondius, two crossed cornuacopiae with a winged caduceus between. It replicates the type of an obscure issue of the Galilean city of Sepphoris, an issue which had been, astonishingly, signed by Vespasian himself (ΕΠΙ ΟΥΕCΠΑCΙΑΝΟΥ, “on the authority of…”) when on duty there in the last days of Nero.

The whole of this series memorializes not Vespasian the conquering general (IVDAEA CAPTA, VICTORIA AVGVSTI), but the man. His re-use of earlier coin types is well-known; here he re-uses his own, harking back to his career just prior to his final success in seizing the empire. And the series was struck in 74 A.D., co-terminous with the celebration of Vespasian’s first quinquennium.'

I think it quite extraordinary that the Rome mint would produce a coin blatantly featuring a provincial city-goddess that was intended for circulation in the West. Vespasian's fondness for the region that elevated him to the purple must have been strong indeed! The heavy use of dots in the obverse legend is a curiosity as well.

Good style and well centred.
2 commentsDavid Atherton01/30/20 at 04:46Jay GT4: Sweet!
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Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #23312 viewsCALABRIA, Taras. Circa 430-425 BC. AR Nomos

20.5mm, 7.21 g, 4h
Taras, nude, riding dolphin left, holding akrostolion; below, fish left / Taras, as Oikistes, seated left, holding strigil with lekythos and distaff downward, at which cat, to left, jumps. Fischer-Bossert Group 17, 255h (V120/R191) = Vlasto 233 = Walcher von Molthein 115 (this coin); Vlasto, Taras, Type 47B; HN Italy 844; Jameson 104 (same dies). Old cabinet tone, scattered marks. Near VF. Very rare, only 13 noted by Fischer-Bossert, no additional pieces in CoinArchives.

From the Matthew Curtis Collection. Ex Michael Pandely Vlasto Collection; Léopold Walcher de Molthein Collection (Cahn 9, 25 February 1901), lot 2598.
1 commentsLeo01/30/20 at 04:34Jay GT4: Lobe these additions Leo
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Struck A.D.333 - 336. CONSTANS as Caesar. AE3 of Heraclea14 viewsObverse: CONSTANS IVN NOB C. Laureate and cuirassed bust of Constans facing right.
Reverse: GLORIA EXERCITVS. Two soldiers standing either side of two standards; in exergue, SMHB✱.
Weight: 2.7gms
RIC VII : 139
EXTREMELY RARE
1 comments*Alex01/30/20 at 00:12Jay GT4: Lovely patina
T-3657,_Tacitus,_AE-Ant,_IMP_C_M_CL_TACITVS_P_AVG,_FELICITAS_SAECVLI,_V,_Ric-138var,Sis,iss2-off5,275-6,_Q-001,_h,_22mm,_g-s.jpg
110 Tacitus (275-276 A.D.), T-3657, RIC V-I 138var., Siscia, AE-Antoninianus, FELICITAS SAECVLI, -/-//V, Bust-D1l.sleeve, Felicitas standing left, Rare!130 views110 Tacitus (275-276 A.D.), T-3657, RIC V-I 138var., Siscia, AE-Antoninianus, FELICITAS SAECVLI, -/-//V, Bust-D1l.sleeve, Felicitas standing left, Rare!
avers: IMP C M CL TACITVS P AVG, Bust left, radiate, cuirassed and draped with paludamentum, with right sleeve raised. (D1left,sleeve).
reverse: FELICITAS SAECVLI, Felicitas standing left, holding patera over small altar in right hand and long-handled caduceus in left hand, (Fe6).
exergue: -/-//V, diameter: 21,5-22,0mm, weight: 2,86g, axes: 6h,
mint: Siscia, issue-2., off-5., date: 275-276 A.D., ref: RIC V-I 138var., T-(Estiot)-3657, BNC-1744, Rare!
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans01/30/20 at 00:11Jay GT4: Nice!
CÁC_II__20_01_1_1_-g1_01_-17_,_Anonymous_III__(Béla_III_,_King_of_Hungary,_(1172-1196_A_D_)),_AR-Denarius,_H-138,_CNH_I_-117,_U-097,Q-001,_10h,_11,2-11,4mm,_0,17g-s.jpg
CÁC II. 20.01.1.1./g1.01./17., Anonymous III. (Béla III., King of Hungary, (1172-1196 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-138, CNH I.-117, U-097, Rare! #0155 viewsCÁC II. 20.01.1.1./g1.01./17., Anonymous III. (Béla III., King of Hungary, (1172-1196 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-138, CNH I.-117, U-097, Rare! #01
avers: Cross with double arches at the ends, (U's and crosses in the angles, a border of dots.
reverse: Imitation of kufic legend, border of line.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 11,2-11,4 mm, weight: 0,17g, axis:10h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Huszár-138, CNH I.-117, Unger-097,
Kiss-Toth, Sigla: 20.01.1.1./g1.01./17.,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans01/29/20 at 22:38*Alex: Another great coin.
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CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 430-425 BC. AR Nomos11 views20.5mm, 7.21 g, 4h
Taras, nude, riding dolphin left, holding akrostolion; below, fish left / Taras, as Oikistes, seated left, holding strigil with lekythos and distaff downward, at which cat, to left, jumps. Fischer-Bossert Group 17, 255h (V120/R191) = Vlasto 233 = Walcher von Molthein 115 (this coin); Vlasto, Taras, Type 47B; HN Italy 844; Jameson 104 (same dies). Old cabinet tone, scattered marks. Near VF. Very rare, only 13 noted by Fischer-Bossert, no additional pieces in CoinArchives.

From the Matthew Curtis Collection. Ex Michael Pandely Vlasto Collection; Léopold Walcher de Molthein Collection (Cahn 9, 25 February 1901), lot 2598.
1 commentsLeo01/29/20 at 22:25Grant H: love the fish
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1136 Hadrian Denarius Roma 129-30 AD Tranquillitas standing10 viewsReference.
RIC II, 222; RSC 1440b; Strack 353; RIC III, 1136

Bust D2+

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS.
Bare head, draped and cuirassed bust, viewed from back

Rev. TRANQVILLITAS AVG COS III P P.
Tranquillitas standing left, holding sceptre, resting left elbow on column.

3.19 gr
19 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki01/29/20 at 21:02quadrans: Nice find...
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RIC 059759 viewsDomitian, as Augustus (AD 81-96). AR denarius
(19mm, 3.54 gm, 6h). NGC VF 5/5 - 4/5.
Rome, 3rd issue, AD 88.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, laureate head of Domitian left
Rev: COS XIIII-LVD SAEC / FEC, herald advancing left, wearing feathered cap, wand outward in right hand, round shield in left.
RIC II.1 597 (This coin). Extremely rare with left facing portrait.
2020 January 26 Ancient Coin Selections from the Morris Collection, Part III World Coins Monthly Online Auction #61151 Lot #97225.

5 commentsorfew01/29/20 at 21:01quadrans: Nice piece..
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CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 280-272 BC. AR Nomos12 views21mm, 6.51 g, 4h

Reduced standard. Nude youth dismounting from horse rearing left; EY to right, ZΩΠY below / Phalanthos, nude, holding kantharos and filleted palm frond, riding dolphin left; ΘI to left; to right, crested Corinthian helmet left. Vlasto 809 = Walcher de Molthein 114 (same obv. die); HN Italy –. Old cabinet tone, die break on obverse. EF.

From the Matthew Curtis Collection. Ex Leu 59 (17 May 1994), lot 36.
1 commentsLeo01/29/20 at 19:34Jay GT4: Incredible!
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CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 385-380 BC. AR Nomos9 views22mm, 7.88 g, 12h
Nude youth on horse leaping right; A to lower left, P to lower right / Phalanthos, nude, holding kantharos, riding dolphin left; X below, Ω above tail. Fischer-Bossert Group 31c, 471b (V199/R356) = Vlasto 475 = M.P. Vlasto, “Monnaies rares ou inédites de Tarente de ma collection” in RBN 1899, p. 150, 7 and pl. VI, 7 (this coin); HN Italy 880; Winterthur 225 (same dies). Old collection tone, minor flan flaws, small die break on reverse. Good VF.

From the Matthew Curtis Collection. Ex Michel Pandely Vlasto Collection, 475.
1 commentsLeo01/29/20 at 19:33Jay GT4: Wow!
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CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 280-272 BC. AR Nomos14 views20.5mm, 6.46 g, 2h
Reduced standard. Nude youth, crowing horse he rides right; to left, crowing Nike above ΣI; ΘE below / Phalanthos, nude, holding kantharos and trident, riding dolphin left; ΛY to right. Vlasto 759; HN Italy 1009. Toned, deposits, cleaning scratches in fields on obverse. EF. Very rare, only the Vlasto example in CoinArchives.

From the Matthew Curtis Collection.
2 commentsLeo01/29/20 at 19:33Jay GT4: That's a great coin Leo, Congrats
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Lucania, Metapontom stater34 viewsHead of Demeter right hair bound with fillet, wearing earring. Punch mark on ear.

METAΠON (retrograde) Ear of barely with leaf to right; on which palmette.

circa 400-340

6.09g

Noe 485b. Jameson 287. SNG Lloyd 365. SNG ANS 367. Historia Numorum Italy 1540.

An extremely rare variety, only two specimens cited by Noe

This example has the reverse ethnic in retrograde and low weight. Ancient counterfeit?

Ex-Calgary coin.
4 commentsJay GT401/29/20 at 18:26quadrans: wow, great coin,
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RIC 016434 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM
Laureate head right

TR POT II COS VIIII DES X PP
Minerva standing right on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; owl to right

Rome, March 83- 13 September, 83AD

2.55g

RIC 164 (R2)

Ex-Savoca 27th Blue Auction, Lot 1220

This issue sees the first appearance of the four standard Minerva reverse types. The coin is deeply toned with a very thin flan, which may explain the low weight. No signs of broken plating although that may still be a possibility.
5 commentsJay GT401/29/20 at 18:25quadrans: Nice piece..
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GN. Lentulus (as Quaestor) Denarius - RRC 393/1a3 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: 76-74 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Male bust r. (Genius Populi Romani), draped hair tied with band, and scepter over shoulder. G.P.R above head. Beaded border.

Reverse: Scepter with wreath, globe and rudder; on l., EX; on r., SC; below, CN.LEN.Q. Border of dots
Mint: Spain (?)
Weight: 3.92 gm.
Reference: RRC393/1a;
Provenance: CNG private purchase Jan. 17, 2020
Comments: Lentulus struck these SC coins as quaestor, probably in Spain. He was later Consul in 56. Reverse slightly off center. Trivial reverse hairlines, EF
2 commentsSteve B501/29/20 at 16:26okidoki: great looks
Domitian_ric_597_Heritage.jpg
RIC 059759 viewsDomitian, as Augustus (AD 81-96). AR denarius
(19mm, 3.54 gm, 6h). NGC VF 5/5 - 4/5.
Rome, 3rd issue, AD 88.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, laureate head of Domitian left
Rev: COS XIIII-LVD SAEC / FEC, herald advancing left, wearing feathered cap, wand outward in right hand, round shield in left.
RIC II.1 597 (This coin). Extremely rare with left facing portrait.
2020 January 26 Ancient Coin Selections from the Morris Collection, Part III World Coins Monthly Online Auction #61151 Lot #97225.

5 commentsorfew01/29/20 at 16:02David Atherton: Awesome rarity!
1414Hadrian_RICIII1136.jpg
1136 Hadrian Denarius Roma 129-30 AD Tranquillitas standing10 viewsReference.
RIC II, 222; RSC 1440b; Strack 353; RIC III, 1136

Bust D2+

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS.
Bare head, draped and cuirassed bust, viewed from back

Rev. TRANQVILLITAS AVG COS III P P.
Tranquillitas standing left, holding sceptre, resting left elbow on column.

3.19 gr
19 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki01/29/20 at 14:48Mat: Great portrait and beautiful reverse
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Roman Empire, Philip I AR Antoninianus Aequitas - Superb Strike and Art - 16 viewsPhilip I AR Antoninianus.
Rome Mint: AD 244-249.
Obverse: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: AEQVITAS AVGG, Aequitas standing left, holding scales in right hand, cornucopia in left.
References: RIC 27b.
Size: 24 MM, 3.02 Gr.
Very Slight double strike on obverse, otherwise a complete strike ( FDC ).

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
2 commentsSam01/29/20 at 13:29*Alex: Superb
Domitian_ric_597_Heritage.jpg
RIC 059759 viewsDomitian, as Augustus (AD 81-96). AR denarius
(19mm, 3.54 gm, 6h). NGC VF 5/5 - 4/5.
Rome, 3rd issue, AD 88.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, laureate head of Domitian left
Rev: COS XIIII-LVD SAEC / FEC, herald advancing left, wearing feathered cap, wand outward in right hand, round shield in left.
RIC II.1 597 (This coin). Extremely rare with left facing portrait.
2020 January 26 Ancient Coin Selections from the Morris Collection, Part III World Coins Monthly Online Auction #61151 Lot #97225.

5 commentsorfew01/29/20 at 09:01shanxi: WOW !
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THE BOOK I WROTE THIS YEAR (ABOUT MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES MAGICALLY BOUND TO THEIR OWN IMAGES ON ANCIENT GREEK COINS)6 viewsA massive eruption of Mount Etna has freed the monstrous Storm-Giant Typhon from Tartarus. Now, from his hideaway at the Southern Pole of Inaccessibility, Typhon sets in motion a plot to devastate Earth using an Annihilation Ray based on a secret technology invented long ago by Nikola Tesla. It will be up to a young woman, a magical Greek Sphinx coin and the long-deceased inventor himself to try to thwart Typhon's evil plans.

1 commentslaney01/29/20 at 08:58shanxi: Exciting story, well written. Will the story conti...
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Judaea. John Hyrcanus I (Yehochanan) (135-104 B.C.E.)6 viewsHendin (4th ed.) 456; Hendin (5th ed.) 1133; Meshorer TJC Group G No. --.

AE Prutah; .66 g., 11.45 mm., 0°

Obv.: Paleo-Hebrew legend in four lines within wreath:

YHW(HH)N[N]
HKHN HG[D]-
L W(HH)BR HY-
HWDYM

יהוחנן
הכהן הגד
ל וחבר הי
הודים

Yehochanan h’Kohen h’Gadol v’Hever h’Yehudim = Yehohanan the High Priest and the Council of the Jews.

Rev.: Double cornucopia adorned with ribbons.
2 commentsStkp01/29/20 at 08:38shanxi: interesting coin
Domitian_ric_597_Heritage.jpg
RIC 059759 viewsDomitian, as Augustus (AD 81-96). AR denarius
(19mm, 3.54 gm, 6h). NGC VF 5/5 - 4/5.
Rome, 3rd issue, AD 88.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, laureate head of Domitian left
Rev: COS XIIII-LVD SAEC / FEC, herald advancing left, wearing feathered cap, wand outward in right hand, round shield in left.
RIC II.1 597 (This coin). Extremely rare with left facing portrait.
2020 January 26 Ancient Coin Selections from the Morris Collection, Part III World Coins Monthly Online Auction #61151 Lot #97225.

5 commentsorfew01/29/20 at 05:44Jay GT4: Outstanding addition
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DYNASTS OF LYKIA, MITARAPATA, AR Diobol4 viewsOBV: Facing lion's scalp
REV: Triskeles, Lycian script around; all within incuse square (possible arrow in field)
Struck at Lycia, 425 BC - 360 BC
1.25g; 14mm
Müseler VI, 86-90 var
1 commentsLegatus01/28/20 at 22:16Jay GT4: Very nice
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Pamphylia, Aspendos (465 - 430 B.C.)23 viewsAR Stater
O: Warrior advancing right with a spear and shield.
R:Triskeles
10.86g
SNG Cop 174
5 commentsMat01/28/20 at 21:51Randygeki(h2): Cool addition Mat
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Pakoros II (77/78 - 105 A.D.)13 viewsAR Drachm
O: Diademed bust of Pakoros II left with short beard and wearing a tiara with "hooks”.
R: Archer (Arsaces) seated right on throne, wearing bashlyk and holding bow.  7 line retrograde legend: OΛIIΛEΛC OΛIIΛEΛN ΛPIΛNOV ΔIXΛIOV IVIIΓITO(V) IΠIΦΛNOVC ΦIΛIΛHNOC.
23mm
3.18g
Ecbatana Mint
Sellwood 77.8; Shore 399; Sunrise 434 (Pakoros I); SNP Pacorus II – Type VII
1 commentsMat01/28/20 at 21:47Randygeki(h2): Nice example
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Lucania, Metapontom stater34 viewsHead of Demeter right hair bound with fillet, wearing earring. Punch mark on ear.

METAΠON (retrograde) Ear of barely with leaf to right; on which palmette.

circa 400-340

6.09g

Noe 485b. Jameson 287. SNG Lloyd 365. SNG ANS 367. Historia Numorum Italy 1540.

An extremely rare variety, only two specimens cited by Noe

This example has the reverse ethnic in retrograde and low weight. Ancient counterfeit?

Ex-Calgary coin.
4 commentsJay GT401/28/20 at 19:58okidoki: Congrats very nice Jay
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1977D MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1977 DOC 20 CLBC 4.4.7 17 views

OBV Small neat letters Monogram Sear 57

REV Bust of emperor, beardless, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece ( Most frequently decorated 5 jewels) and paneled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 20.26mm

Weight 2.7gm

DOC lists 12 examples with weights ranging from 2.04gm to 2.77 gm with sizes from 18mm to 21mm.
3 commentsSimon01/28/20 at 19:53okidoki: very nice
Meta~0.jpg
Lucania, Metapontom stater34 viewsHead of Demeter right hair bound with fillet, wearing earring. Punch mark on ear.

METAΠON (retrograde) Ear of barely with leaf to right; on which palmette.

circa 400-340

6.09g

Noe 485b. Jameson 287. SNG Lloyd 365. SNG ANS 367. Historia Numorum Italy 1540.

An extremely rare variety, only two specimens cited by Noe

This example has the reverse ethnic in retrograde and low weight. Ancient counterfeit?

Ex-Calgary coin.
4 commentsJay GT401/28/20 at 14:48Mat: An awesome coin
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Commodus10 viewsSestertius
Roman Imperial - The Principate

Commodus

Rome mint, 177-192 AD.
23.36 g / 29 mm / 180°

Obverse: "M COMMODVS ANTON AVG…" LH Right.
Reverse: "...MT…" "S-C". Salus seated left on ornamented throne holding patera to snake with tree and column supporting figure of Bacchus.

RIC 439 vs 450 vs other?

MyID: 065B
1 commentsTenthGen01/28/20 at 14:15Jay GT4: Interesting reverse
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Geta, 209-2112 viewsSilver Denarius of Rome

Obv. P SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES, draped bust right

Rev. PROVID DEORVM, Providentia standing left, Holding wand over globe and sceptre.

RIC 51; BMCRE 458; RSC 170
(3.50g, 20mm)
1 commentsVacolony01/28/20 at 12:41shanxi: nice portrait
DomitianRIC164.jpg
RIC 016434 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM
Laureate head right

TR POT II COS VIIII DES X PP
Minerva standing right on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; owl to right

Rome, March 83- 13 September, 83AD

2.55g

RIC 164 (R2)

Ex-Savoca 27th Blue Auction, Lot 1220

This issue sees the first appearance of the four standard Minerva reverse types. The coin is deeply toned with a very thin flan, which may explain the low weight. No signs of broken plating although that may still be a possibility.
5 commentsJay GT401/28/20 at 12:41shanxi: nice example
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The Island of Lesbos27 viewsCity of Mytilene - Apollo and Aphrodite

Obv: laureate head of Apollo facing r.
Rev: head of Aphrodite facing r., circular earing, hair rolled, coiled snake r. (control symbol) in the lower r., MY (off flan).
Denomination: silver diobol; Mint: Mytilene; Date: 400 - 350 BC; Weight: 1.292g; Diameter: 12.4mm; Die axis: 0º; References, for example: BMC Troas, p. 185, 8 - 14 var., coiled snake control symbol not listed; SNG Cop vol. 21, 368 var., amphora control symbol; SNGvA vol. 5, 1744 var. stars for control symbol; SNGvA vol. 16, 7749 and 7750 var., amphora and cicada for control symbol; SNG Ashmolean 1544 var., cicada for control symbol.
Also see Classical Numismatic Group Electronic Auction 460 January 29, 2020, Lot 238 for an example with coiled snake control symbol and intact legend.

Provenance: Ex Forum Ancient Coin January 22, 2020, from the Maxwell Hunt Collection.

Photo Credits: Forum Ancient Coins

Sources

BMC Troas: Wroth, Warwick. A Catalogue of Greek Coins in the British Museum. Greek Coins of Troas, Aeolis, and Lesbos. London: Longmans, Green, & Co., 1894.
SNG Ashmolean: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Vol. V, Ashmolean Museum Oxford, Part IX Bosporus - Aeolis. The British Museum Press, 2007.
SNG COP: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum: Aeolis - Lesbos, Vol. 21. Copenhagen: Einar Munksgaard, 1945.
SNGvA: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Deutschland, Sammlung v. Aulock. 5 Heft. Troas - Aeolis - Lesbos: Nr. 1439 - 1767. Berlin: Verlag Gebr. Mann, 1959.
SNGvA: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Deutschland, Sammlung v. Aulock. Nachträge II. 16 Heft. Mysien - Troas - Aeolis - Lesbos: Nr. 7191 - 7758. Berlin, Verlag Gebr. Mann, 1967.
3 commentsTracy Aiello01/28/20 at 12:40shanxi: beautiful
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Kyrene; Magas; horned head of Apollo Karneios left/ ΠΤΟΛΕΜ ΒΑΣΙΛ, eagle standing right, K-Y at sides22 viewsPtolemaic Kingdom, Revolt of the Magas in Kyrene, c. 276-249 B.C. Bronze AE 12, BMC -, VF, Kyrene mint, weight 2.220g, maximum diameter 12.3mm, die axis 180o, 276 - 250 B.C.; obverse horned head of Apollo Karneios left; reverse ΠΤΟΛΕΜ ΒΑΣΙΛ, eagle standing right, K-Y at sides; rough reddish patina; rare. Magas was half-brother to Ptolemy II and son of Berenike, the Macedonian second wife of Ptolemy I. He tried repeatedly to gain independence from Ptolemaic control. In 276 B.C he crowned himself King, married the daughter of Antiochos I and staged a double invasion of Egypt. But the Seleukid army was defeated by Ptolemy II and Magas also faced an internal revolt of Lybian nomads. Still, Kyrene remained independent as long as Magas lived; Ex Forum1 commentsPodiceps01/28/20 at 12:13Alessandro C2: Hello! Very interesting coin! Just one little note...
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Lucania, Metapontom stater34 viewsHead of Demeter right hair bound with fillet, wearing earring. Punch mark on ear.

METAΠON (retrograde) Ear of barely with leaf to right; on which palmette.

circa 400-340

6.09g

Noe 485b. Jameson 287. SNG Lloyd 365. SNG ANS 367. Historia Numorum Italy 1540.

An extremely rare variety, only two specimens cited by Noe

This example has the reverse ethnic in retrograde and low weight. Ancient counterfeit?

Ex-Calgary coin.
4 commentsJay GT401/28/20 at 08:20Enodia: This is an interesting and unusual coin. Demeter w...
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12 Caesars Tray41 viewsUpdated 12 Caesars Tray5 commentsMat01/28/20 at 04:55Vincent: Outstanding, you guys are the best thanks
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1977D MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1977 DOC 20 CLBC 4.4.7 17 views

OBV Small neat letters Monogram Sear 57

REV Bust of emperor, beardless, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece ( Most frequently decorated 5 jewels) and paneled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 20.26mm

Weight 2.7gm

DOC lists 12 examples with weights ranging from 2.04gm to 2.77 gm with sizes from 18mm to 21mm.
3 commentsSimon01/28/20 at 04:52Jay GT4: Nice
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The Island of Lesbos27 viewsCity of Mytilene - Apollo and Aphrodite

Obv: laureate head of Apollo facing r.
Rev: head of Aphrodite facing r., circular earing, hair rolled, coiled snake r. (control symbol) in the lower r., MY (off flan).
Denomination: silver diobol; Mint: Mytilene; Date: 400 - 350 BC; Weight: 1.292g; Diameter: 12.4mm; Die axis: 0º; References, for example: BMC Troas, p. 185, 8 - 14 var., coiled snake control symbol not listed; SNG Cop vol. 21, 368 var., amphora control symbol; SNGvA vol. 5, 1744 var. stars for control symbol; SNGvA vol. 16, 7749 and 7750 var., amphora and cicada for control symbol; SNG Ashmolean 1544 var., cicada for control symbol.
Also see Classical Numismatic Group Electronic Auction 460 January 29, 2020, Lot 238 for an example with coiled snake control symbol and intact legend.

Provenance: Ex Forum Ancient Coin January 22, 2020, from the Maxwell Hunt Collection.

Photo Credits: Forum Ancient Coins

Sources

BMC Troas: Wroth, Warwick. A Catalogue of Greek Coins in the British Museum. Greek Coins of Troas, Aeolis, and Lesbos. London: Longmans, Green, & Co., 1894.
SNG Ashmolean: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Vol. V, Ashmolean Museum Oxford, Part IX Bosporus - Aeolis. The British Museum Press, 2007.
SNG COP: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum: Aeolis - Lesbos, Vol. 21. Copenhagen: Einar Munksgaard, 1945.
SNGvA: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Deutschland, Sammlung v. Aulock. 5 Heft. Troas - Aeolis - Lesbos: Nr. 1439 - 1767. Berlin: Verlag Gebr. Mann, 1959.
SNGvA: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Deutschland, Sammlung v. Aulock. Nachträge II. 16 Heft. Mysien - Troas - Aeolis - Lesbos: Nr. 7191 - 7758. Berlin, Verlag Gebr. Mann, 1967.
3 commentsTracy Aiello01/28/20 at 03:13Jay GT4: Nice coin
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Athens7 viewsAthenian Old Style Tetradrachm

Obv: head of Athena facing r., crested Attic helmet with three olive leaves and floral scroll, hair across forehead in parallel curves, almond shaped eye, round earing, wire necklace.
Rev: owl standing r. with erect posture, tail feathers as a single prong, head facing forward, a crescent and then an olive sprig to the l., A☉E at 90º and downward to the r., all within incuse square.
Denomination: silver tetradrachm; Mint: Athens; Date: 454 - 404 BC;1 Weight: 17.2g; Diameter: 24mm; Die axis: 270º; References, for example: BMC vol. 11, 62; SNG Cop vol. 14, 31; SGCV I 2526; Kroll 8; SNG München issue 14, 49; HGC 4 1597.

Notes:
1This is the date range given in HGC 4. SGCV I gives 449 - 413 BC.

NGC rates this coin as About Uncirculated with a 5/5 strike and a 4/5 surface. I intend to someday free it from its encapsulation.

This coin is part of an enormous issue apparently begun in order to pay for work necessary to rebuild the city’s temples. Subsequent decades saw huge quantities of tetradrachms minted in order to finance the building of the Parthenon and other such massive projects, and later decades saw such minting in order to pay for the Peloponnesian War. (SGCV I, p. 236).

Provenance: Ex Forum Ancient Coins January 12, 2018; Ex Heritage Auction 231723 June 8, 2017, lot 62016.

Photo Credits: Forum Ancient Coins

Sources

BMC 11: Head, Barclay V. A Catalogue of Greek Coins in the British Museum. Atica - Megaris - Aegina. London: Longmans & Co., 1888.
HGC 4: 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.
Kroll: Kroll, John H. and Walker, Alan S. “The Athenian Agora. Results of Excavations Conducted by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, vol. XXVI: The Greek Coins”. New Jersey: The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1993.
SGCV I: Sear, David. Greek Coins and Their Values, Vol. I, Europe: Coins of Spain, Gaul, Italy, Sicily, the Balkan lands, Greece, the Cyclades and Crete; also the Cletic issues of Western and Central Europe. London: Seaby, 1978.
SNG COP: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum: Attica - Aegina, Vol. 14. Copenhagen: Einar Munksgaard, 1944.
SNG München: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Deutschland, Staatliche Münzsammlung München. 14 Heft. Attika, Megaris, Ägina: Nr. 1 - 601. München: Hirmer Verlag, 2002.
1 commentsTracy Aiello01/28/20 at 03:13Jay GT4: Great owl!
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RIC 016434 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM
Laureate head right

TR POT II COS VIIII DES X PP
Minerva standing right on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; owl to right

Rome, March 83- 13 September, 83AD

2.55g

RIC 164 (R2)

Ex-Savoca 27th Blue Auction, Lot 1220

This issue sees the first appearance of the four standard Minerva reverse types. The coin is deeply toned with a very thin flan, which may explain the low weight. No signs of broken plating although that may still be a possibility.
5 commentsJay GT401/27/20 at 23:47David Atherton: Interesting piece.
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RIC 016434 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM
Laureate head right

TR POT II COS VIIII DES X PP
Minerva standing right on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; owl to right

Rome, March 83- 13 September, 83AD

2.55g

RIC 164 (R2)

Ex-Savoca 27th Blue Auction, Lot 1220

This issue sees the first appearance of the four standard Minerva reverse types. The coin is deeply toned with a very thin flan, which may explain the low weight. No signs of broken plating although that may still be a possibility.
5 commentsJay GT401/27/20 at 21:50FlaviusDomitianus: Nice find, congrats!
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1329 – 1371, David II, AR Groat struck 1367 - 1371 at Edinburgh, Scotland12 viewsObverse: + DAVID DEI GRA REX SCOTORVM. Crowned bust of David II facing left, sceptre topped with a lis and with a star at its base before, within double tressure of six arches broken at the king's neck, small trefoils in spandrels, surrounded by beaded inner circle. Mintmark, cross pattée in legend and two small crosses in spaces between words. The whole within beaded outer circle.
Reverse: + DnS PTECTOR MS ┼ LIBATOR MS (God is my protector and redeemer) / VILLA EDINBURGh. Long cross pattée dividing two concentric legends separated by two beaded circles into quarters, pierced mullet in each quarter of inner circle. Mintmark, cross pattée in outer legend. The whole within beaded outer circle.
Diameter: 28mm | Weight: 3.55gms | Die Axis: 6 | Class D, third (light) coinage
SPINK: 5125

David Bruce, Robert the Bruce's only surviving son, was King of Scotland for nearly 42 years, from 1329 until his death in 1371. David was born in 1324 when Bruce was aged 50 and at the age of four he was married to Joan, the seven year old sister of Edward III of England at a time when Robert the Bruce was trying to forge better relations with England. However David was only five years old when, in 1329, his father died, he was crowned as King David II at Scone on 24 November 1331, holding a small sceptre that had been specially made for him.
Edward Balliol, son of John Balliol, supported by a number of nobles who had been disinherited by Robert the Bruce, soon started a rebellion. In August 1332 at the Battle of Dupplin Moor, near Perth, Balliol defeated David's Regent, the Earl of Mar, and in September Balliol was crowned at Scone. He was soon deposed by the supporters of David II but, in 1333, after the Scottish army led by Archibald, Lord of Douglas, attacked Balliol and lost at the Battle of Halidon Hill, Balliol was restored to power. But this Scottish game of thrones continued for several more years, Balliol was deposed again in 1334 only to be restored in 1335. The young King David was driven into exile in France, but returned from there in 1341, and finally deposed Edward Balliol for the last time.
In 1346, responding to an appeal for help from France, David II invaded England. But, at the Battle of Neville's Cross, he was captured and remained a prisoner at the English court until 1357 when he was returned to Scotland on the promise of payment of a large ransom.
David II ruled with authority and trade increased during his rule. He continued to pursue the goal of a final peace with England and, at the time of his death, the Scottish monarchy was stronger, and the kingdom and the royal finances more prosperous than might have seemed possible.
David II died unexpectedly, in Edinburgh Castle, on 22 February 1371. He was buried in Holyrood Abbey. David II left no children and he was succeeded by his nephew, Robert II, the son of David's half-sister, Marjorie Bruce.
1 comments*Alex01/26/20 at 22:20quadrans: wow
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Philip I AR Antoninianus Aequitas - Superb Strike and Art - 12 viewsPhilip I AR Antoninianus
Rome Mint 244-249 AD
Obverse: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: AEQVITAS AVGG, Aequitas standing left, holding scales in right hand, cornucopia in left.
References: RIC 27b.
Size: 24 MM, 3.02 Gr
Very Slight double strike on obverse, otherwise a complete strike ( FDC ).

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
1 commentsSam01/26/20 at 13:45Henriette A: Incredible Art and Strike, a real superb masterpie...
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Roman Empire, Philip I AR Antoninianus Aequitas - Superb Strike and Art - 16 viewsPhilip I AR Antoninianus.
Rome Mint: AD 244-249.
Obverse: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: AEQVITAS AVGG, Aequitas standing left, holding scales in right hand, cornucopia in left.
References: RIC 27b.
Size: 24 MM, 3.02 Gr.
Very Slight double strike on obverse, otherwise a complete strike ( FDC ).

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
2 commentsSam01/26/20 at 13:45Henriette A: Incredible Art and Strike, a real superb masterpie...
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AE Spearhead #1510 viewsNorthwestern Iran
Late Persian Bronze Age
(Mid-2nd millennium BC)
24.5cm (9.6”)

Cf. Negahban (Weapons from Marlik), Pl. XI, Fig. 139
Cf. Moorey (Catalogue of the Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum), Pl. 5, Fig. 41 (type also illustrated on page 67)

Ex- Johan Dæhnfeldt Collection

Description:
Triangular socketed blade, pronounced midrib, high shoulders
1 commentsRobert L301/26/20 at 08:10quadrans: Nice
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AE Spearhead #08 (or dagger blade?)24 viewsWestern Asia
1200-800 BC
29cm (11.4”)

Cf. Negahban (Weapons from Marlik), Pl. X, Figs. 121, 127

Ex- Johan Dæhnfeldt Collection

Description:
Triangular blade with high shoulders that taper greatly toward point, very pronounced midrib, slightly concave edges, long tang with rivet hole
1 commentsRobert L301/26/20 at 08:08quadrans: Another nice piece
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AE Spearhead #02 (or dagger blade?)23 viewsWestern Asia (possibly Luristan or Marlik)
1200-800 BC
18.8cm (7.4”)

Cf. Moorey (Catalogue of the Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum), Pl. 5, Fig. 38 and Pl. 6, Fig. 55 (daggers)
Cf. Negahban (Weapons from Marlik) Pl. X, Fig. 124

Description:
Tapering triangular blade with rounded midrib, nearly square (very slightly deltoid) shoulders, and flat tang
1 commentsRobert L301/26/20 at 08:06quadrans: Great
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AE Hilt #114 viewsNorthwestern Iran
1200-800 BC
11.1cm (4.4”)

Cf. Moorey (Catalogue of the Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum), plate 7, #58, 60 (for similar pommel)
Cf. Mahboubian (Art of Ancient Iran), 392 and 397a (for similar pommel)

Description:
Double disk pommel, cylindrical grip, iron core, bronze exterior, incised with decorative patterns
1 commentsRobert L301/26/20 at 08:05quadrans: Wow
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Olbia, Skythia3 views300 – 275 B.C.
Bronze
9.56 gm, 22 mm
Obv.: Horned and bearded head of river god Borysthenes left.
Rev.: Axe and bow in gorytos, ΟΛΒΙΟ upwards to right, MOI to left

SNG BM Black Sea 506 (same rev. die);
cf. HGC 3.2, 1887;
Sear 1685; BMC 3, 10;
[Frolova & Abramzon 1025 var.]

from the William Stancomb Collection

1 commentsJaimelai01/26/20 at 06:56SRukke: Great portrait.
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RIC 0768 Domitianus57 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XIIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XXII COS XVI CENS P P P, Minerva standing left, with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her left side
AR/Denarius (19.38 mm 3.221 g 6h) Struck in Rome 94 A.D
RIC 768 (C), RSC 284b, BMCRE Note p. 341, BNF unlisted
Purchased from Den of Antiquity on VCoins
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/25/20 at 14:31Jay GT4: Nice portrait
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22017 Licinius/IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG14 viewsLicinius/Iovi
Obv:IMP LICINIVS AVG,
laureate, draped bust left, holding globe, sceptre and mappa.
Rev: IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG,
Jupiter standing left, holding Victory on globe and sceptre.
Wreath in left field, A, H or Delta in right field.
Exergue Dot ?MK
Mint: Cyzicus 18.9mm 3.1g
RIC VII Cyzicus 9 var (dot in mintmark).
1 commentsBlayne W01/25/20 at 00:58Jay GT4: Nice
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22101 Constantine I/Campgate4 views22101 Constantine I/Campgate
Obv: CONSTAN-TINVS AVG
Triple Pearl No rosette facing Right
Rev: PROVIDEN-TIAE AVGG
6 levels 2 Turrets 1 star no door
SMNA in Exergue
Mint: Nicomedia 18.9 mm 2.6g
RIC VII Nicomedia 153; Sear 16260
S
1 commentsBlayne W01/25/20 at 00:57Jay GT4: I really like the color of this patina
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051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), RIC IV-I 135, Rome, AR-Denarius, IIII•LIBERALITAS AVG G, Liberalitas standing left,132 views051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), RIC IV-I 135, Rome, AR-Denarius, IIII•LIBERALITAS AVG G, Liberalitas standing left,
avers:- ANTONINVS-PIVS-AVG, Youthful bust of Caracalla laurreated and draped bust to right.
revers:- IIII•LIBE-RA-LITAS-AVG-G, Liberalitas standing left holding abacus and cornucopiae.
exe: -/-//--, diameter: 18,5-19,0mm, weight: 3,37g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 201-206 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-I-135, RSC-122,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans01/24/20 at 23:41Jay GT4: Nice!
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RIC 0768 Domitianus57 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XIIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XXII COS XVI CENS P P P, Minerva standing left, with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her left side
AR/Denarius (19.38 mm 3.221 g 6h) Struck in Rome 94 A.D
RIC 768 (C), RSC 284b, BMCRE Note p. 341, BNF unlisted
Purchased from Den of Antiquity on VCoins
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/24/20 at 23:17David Atherton: Nice to see you got one! Apparently different dies...
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KM 578, Schön 368 viewsObv.: Liberty head right, date lower right

REPUBLICA PORTUGUESA - 1968
SIMOÉS REGO GR

Rev.: Coat of arms of Portugal within circle and wreath above value

1 ESCUDO

Engraver: José Simões de Almeida
2 commentsvrtsprb01/24/20 at 21:42Tracy Aiello: Gorgeous toning.
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1365 Hadrian AS Roma 129-30 AD Hadrian on Horseback8 viewsReference.
RIC III, 1365; Strack 831; RIC II, 717; C. 495

Bust D2

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Laureate head, draped and cuirassed bust, viewed from back

Rev. COS III PP S-C
Hadrian riding right, holding spear.

10.41 gr
29.50 mm
6h

Note.
Forvm coin
1 commentsokidoki01/24/20 at 20:52quadrans: Another nice piece
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3756 Hadrian half AS Roma 124-28 AD Tyche of Antioch10 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3756; RIC II 680; BMCRE 1350; cf. Cohen 401; McAlee 544; Strack 622; RIC III, 750

Issue Orichalcum coinage struck at Rome for circulation in Syria; Asses

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS.
laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, with paludamentum, seen from rear, r.

Rev. COS III in field S-C
Tyche of Antioch seated on rocks, l., holding in her r. hand ears of wheat and poppy-head; at her feet, river-god Orontes swimming l., looking r.; In field, l. And r., S C

6.53 gr
23.1 mm
6h

Note.
Forvm coin
2 commentsokidoki01/24/20 at 20:52quadrans: Nice one
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GN. Lentulus (as Quaestor) Denarius - RRC 393/1a3 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: 76-74 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Male bust r. (Genius Populi Romani), draped hair tied with band, and scepter over shoulder. G.P.R above head. Beaded border.

Reverse: Scepter with wreath, globe and rudder; on l., EX; on r., SC; below, CN.LEN.Q. Border of dots
Mint: Spain (?)
Weight: 3.92 gm.
Reference: RRC393/1a;
Provenance: CNG private purchase Jan. 17, 2020
Comments: Lentulus struck these SC coins as quaestor, probably in Spain. He was later Consul in 56. Reverse slightly off center. Trivial reverse hairlines, EF
2 commentsSteve B501/24/20 at 20:00Jay GT4: Amazing piece
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RIC 055414 viewsTitus Caesar AR Denarius circa 73,
19mm., 3.25g.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev. Emperor seated r. on curule chair, feet on footstool, holding sceptre and olive branch. C 158. RIC 554.
Toned, Very Fine.
From the M.J. Collection.
Ex: Naville Numismatics Live Auction 53 Lot 522
3 commentsorfew01/24/20 at 18:43Jay GT4: Nice!
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IBERIA, Iliberri. 11 viewsIBERIA, Iliberri. Mid 2nd century BC. Æ As, 28mm, 15.1g.1 commentsMolinari01/24/20 at 15:31shanxi: nice
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RIC 0768 Domitianus57 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XIIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XXII COS XVI CENS P P P, Minerva standing left, with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her left side
AR/Denarius (19.38 mm 3.221 g 6h) Struck in Rome 94 A.D
RIC 768 (C), RSC 284b, BMCRE Note p. 341, BNF unlisted
Purchased from Den of Antiquity on VCoins
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/24/20 at 14:27Parthicus Maximus: Nice portrait!
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Q. Pomponius Musa - Denarius7 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: 66 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Muse of Astronomy r. Star behind.
Reverse: Urania stdg l., holding rod in r. hand and pointing to globe resting on tripod; on r., Q.POMPOI downwards; on l., MVSA downward

Mint: Rome
Weight: 4.09 gm.
Reference: Crawford 410/8
Provenance: Herb Kreindler. Ex Roma Auction 18, 9/29/2019 $2704
Ex CNG Triton XXII January 2019 lot 882 $3000
Ex Alan J Harlan Collection, privately purchased from A.H. Baldwin & Sons LTD.

Comments: Exceptional obverse style. EF. Rare in this high grade.
2 commentsSteve B501/24/20 at 02:48Carausius: Beautiful Muse. I agree that the obverse is the M...
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L SCRIBONIUS LIBO - Tongs - denarius . RRC 416/17 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: 62 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: LIBO BON.EVENT; Head of Bonus eventus r.
Reverse: PVTEAL. Above well head (puteal). Well head is decorated with lyres, festoon and Tongs. SCRIBON in exergue.

Mint: Rome
Weight: 4.09 gm.
Reference: Crawford 416/1b
Provenance: Sovereign Rarities

Comments: Nicely toned, complete, AEF

1 commentsSteve B501/24/20 at 02:46Carausius: Pretty example, and scarcer with tongs vs. hammer.
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Tyre half shekel69 viewsLaureate bust of Melkart right

ΤΥΡΟΥ ΙΕΡΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΣΥΛΟΥ (of Tyre the holy and inviolable)
Eagle standing left on prow; palm over shoulder, club to the left, flanked by date LM (40) and monogram ΔP to the right.

Tyre; Year 40= 87/86 BC
6.98g

Sear 5921; BMC 225

Ex-HJB Buy or Bid Sale 206, lot 103 (Nov 15, 2018); Ex-Calgary Coin

Removed from NGC holder prior to HJB.
NGC graded Strike 4/5, Surface 3/5; NGC 4278263-010

According to the Mosaic law, every year, Jewish males over the age of 20, paid a half shekel tax in silver to the Temple in Jerusalem. Mention of this tax can be found in the Bible at Exodus 30:15 Of course, at the time of writing there were no coins in circulation and this tax was paid by weight in silver. By the 1st century BC the tax was paid in either the Tyrian shekel (enough for two people) or half-shekel (for himself). The Jewish Talmud required the tax to be paid with a coin of high purity silver. The only ones that conformed to this high standard were the 94% pure silver Tyrian shekels. Even though these coins depict images of Melkart (Phoenician Hercules) and an eagle, they were still accepted at the temple because of the silver content.
5 commentsJay GT401/23/20 at 22:26Mark R1: I like this one Jay
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RPC-2009-Vespasian36 viewsÆ As, 14.85g
Antioch mint, undated
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev S • C in laurel wreath
RPC 2009 (15 spec.).
Acquired from eBay, January 2020.

In the mid 70s the Antioch mint struck a series of leaded bronze coins with Latin legends. Presumably the Antiochene series picked up where the Rome mint orichalcum 'Syrian' issue struck in 74 left off. They can be distinguished from the Rome issues by the local style, 12 o'clock die axis, and metal. This As likely dates between 76-78 and is very close in style to the contemporary Cypriot tetradrachms struck at Antioch.

Fine Antiochene style struck on a large flan.
5 commentsDavid Atherton01/23/20 at 22:23FlaviusDomitianus: Nice example.
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1af2 Lepidus, Octavian, and Marc Antony37 views40-39 BC

Ephesus, AE 1/2 unit 19mm

Jugate bare heads of the Second Triumvirate members, right

ΑΡΧΙΕΡΕΥΣ ΓΡΑΜ ΓΛΑΥΚΩΝ ΕΦΕ ΠΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΣ, facing cult statue of Artemis (with supports)

RPC 2572A

Thanks to OldMoney for the attribution

5.0 grams

See the individual descriptions of my coins from Octavian, Marc Antony, and Lepidus for more historical information.
4 commentsBlindado01/23/20 at 16:51gordian_guy: Brilliant
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RPC-2009-Vespasian36 viewsÆ As, 14.85g
Antioch mint, undated
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev S • C in laurel wreath
RPC 2009 (15 spec.).
Acquired from eBay, January 2020.

In the mid 70s the Antioch mint struck a series of leaded bronze coins with Latin legends. Presumably the Antiochene series picked up where the Rome mint orichalcum 'Syrian' issue struck in 74 left off. They can be distinguished from the Rome issues by the local style, 12 o'clock die axis, and metal. This As likely dates between 76-78 and is very close in style to the contemporary Cypriot tetradrachms struck at Antioch.

Fine Antiochene style struck on a large flan.
5 commentsDavid Atherton01/23/20 at 16:14Mat: Love the portrait
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RPC-2009-Vespasian36 viewsÆ As, 14.85g
Antioch mint, undated
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev S • C in laurel wreath
RPC 2009 (15 spec.).
Acquired from eBay, January 2020.

In the mid 70s the Antioch mint struck a series of leaded bronze coins with Latin legends. Presumably the Antiochene series picked up where the Rome mint orichalcum 'Syrian' issue struck in 74 left off. They can be distinguished from the Rome issues by the local style, 12 o'clock die axis, and metal. This As likely dates between 76-78 and is very close in style to the contemporary Cypriot tetradrachms struck at Antioch.

Fine Antiochene style struck on a large flan.
5 commentsDavid Atherton01/23/20 at 12:08Jay GT4: Expressive portrait
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CILICIA. Soloi. Balacros, as Satrap (ca. 333-323 BC). AR stater (24mm, 6h).5 viewsCILICIA. Soloi. Balacros, as Satrap (ca. 333-323 BC). AR stater (24mm, 6h). NGC Choice XF, scratches. Baaltars seated left on backless throne, scepter surmounted by lotus in right hand; grain ear and grape bunch in left field, B in right field, Σ below strut / Draped bust of Athena facing, turned slightly left, wearing triple-crested helmet and necklace. SNG France 2, 197. SNG von Aulock 5873 var. (field marks).3 commentsMark R101/23/20 at 09:13shanxi: WOW !
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RPC-2009-Vespasian36 viewsÆ As, 14.85g
Antioch mint, undated
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev S • C in laurel wreath
RPC 2009 (15 spec.).
Acquired from eBay, January 2020.

In the mid 70s the Antioch mint struck a series of leaded bronze coins with Latin legends. Presumably the Antiochene series picked up where the Rome mint orichalcum 'Syrian' issue struck in 74 left off. They can be distinguished from the Rome issues by the local style, 12 o'clock die axis, and metal. This As likely dates between 76-78 and is very close in style to the contemporary Cypriot tetradrachms struck at Antioch.

Fine Antiochene style struck on a large flan.
5 commentsDavid Atherton01/23/20 at 09:13shanxi: wonderful portrait
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Q. Pomponius Musa - Denarius7 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: 66 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Muse of Astronomy r. Star behind.
Reverse: Urania stdg l., holding rod in r. hand and pointing to globe resting on tripod; on r., Q.POMPOI downwards; on l., MVSA downward

Mint: Rome
Weight: 4.09 gm.
Reference: Crawford 410/8
Provenance: Herb Kreindler. Ex Roma Auction 18, 9/29/2019 $2704
Ex CNG Triton XXII January 2019 lot 882 $3000
Ex Alan J Harlan Collection, privately purchased from A.H. Baldwin & Sons LTD.

Comments: Exceptional obverse style. EF. Rare in this high grade.
2 commentsSteve B501/23/20 at 09:13shanxi: beautiful
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RPC II 1315Aa Domitianus39 viewsObv: ΔOMITIANOC KAICAPI, laureate and cuirassed bust right
Rev: EΠI TI ΦΛ EICIΓONOY CARΔIANΩN CTPA, Demos of Sardis standing, r., with Demos of Smyrna (?) standing, l.; between, altar
AE27 (26.71 mm 10.279 g 12h) Struck in Sardes (Lydia) 79-81 AD, magistrate T Fl Eisigonos (strategos)
RPC II 1315Aa.1 (this coin)
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 85 Lot 293
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/22/20 at 22:25djmacdo: Great early portrait and an exciting type!
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Corinth. Ca. 4th century BC. AR stater (24mm, 8.50 gm, 7h). NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 4/5 Ca. 345-307 BC. 20 viewsCorinth. Ca. 4th century BC. AR stater (24mm, 8.50 gm, 7h). NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 4/5, light scratch. Ca. 345-307 BC. Pegasus flying left; ? below / Head of Athena left, wearing necklace and Corinthian helmet pushed back on head; astragalus behind. BCD Corinth -. Pegasi 400. Ravel 1039.
5 commentsMark R101/22/20 at 20:19Mark R1: Thanks guys.
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CILICIA. Soloi. Balacros, as Satrap (ca. 333-323 BC). AR stater (24mm, 6h).5 viewsCILICIA. Soloi. Balacros, as Satrap (ca. 333-323 BC). AR stater (24mm, 6h). NGC Choice XF, scratches. Baaltars seated left on backless throne, scepter surmounted by lotus in right hand; grain ear and grape bunch in left field, B in right field, Σ below strut / Draped bust of Athena facing, turned slightly left, wearing triple-crested helmet and necklace. SNG France 2, 197. SNG von Aulock 5873 var. (field marks).3 commentsMark R101/22/20 at 19:16Mark R1: Thanks! I'm very attracted to Cilicia coins.
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CILICIA. Soloi. Balacros, as Satrap (ca. 333-323 BC). AR stater (24mm, 6h).5 viewsCILICIA. Soloi. Balacros, as Satrap (ca. 333-323 BC). AR stater (24mm, 6h). NGC Choice XF, scratches. Baaltars seated left on backless throne, scepter surmounted by lotus in right hand; grain ear and grape bunch in left field, B in right field, Σ below strut / Draped bust of Athena facing, turned slightly left, wearing triple-crested helmet and necklace. SNG France 2, 197. SNG von Aulock 5873 var. (field marks).3 commentsMark R101/22/20 at 18:48Enodia: Lovely facing head!
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Corinth. Ca. 4th century BC. AR stater (24mm, 8.50 gm, 7h). NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 4/5 Ca. 345-307 BC. 20 viewsCorinth. Ca. 4th century BC. AR stater (24mm, 8.50 gm, 7h). NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 4/5, light scratch. Ca. 345-307 BC. Pegasus flying left; ? below / Head of Athena left, wearing necklace and Corinthian helmet pushed back on head; astragalus behind. BCD Corinth -. Pegasi 400. Ravel 1039.
5 commentsMark R101/22/20 at 18:47Enodia: Very pretty
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Corinth. Ca. 4th century BC. AR stater (24mm, 8.50 gm, 7h). NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 4/5 Ca. 345-307 BC. 20 viewsCorinth. Ca. 4th century BC. AR stater (24mm, 8.50 gm, 7h). NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 4/5, light scratch. Ca. 345-307 BC. Pegasus flying left; ? below / Head of Athena left, wearing necklace and Corinthian helmet pushed back on head; astragalus behind. BCD Corinth -. Pegasi 400. Ravel 1039.
5 commentsMark R101/22/20 at 13:43Tracy Aiello: Yes, wonderful toning indeed. Love the rainbow ton...
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Corinth. Ca. 4th century BC. AR stater (24mm, 8.50 gm, 7h). NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 4/5 Ca. 345-307 BC. 20 viewsCorinth. Ca. 4th century BC. AR stater (24mm, 8.50 gm, 7h). NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 4/5, light scratch. Ca. 345-307 BC. Pegasus flying left; ? below / Head of Athena left, wearing necklace and Corinthian helmet pushed back on head; astragalus behind. BCD Corinth -. Pegasi 400. Ravel 1039.
5 commentsMark R101/21/20 at 22:05okidoki: wonderful toning
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075 Otacilia Severa (?-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 125c, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, CONCORDIA AVG G, Concordia seated left, #0188 views075 Otacilia Severa (?-249 A.D.), Rome, RIC IV-III 125c, AR-Antoninianus, CONCORDIA AVG G, Concordia seated left,
avers:- M OTACIL SEVERA AVG, Diademedand draped bust right, on crescent.
revers:- CONCORDIA AVG G, Concordia (Concord, Harmony) seated left, holding patera and "double cornucopiae".
exergo: -/-//--, diameter: 22,0-23,0mm, weight:3,95g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 246-248 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-III-125c, p-, RSC 04, Sear 2625,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans01/21/20 at 21:21Jay GT4: I really like the reverse
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KM 578, Schön 368 viewsObv.: Liberty head right, date lower right

REPUBLICA PORTUGUESA - 1968
SIMOÉS REGO GR

Rev.: Coat of arms of Portugal within circle and wreath above value

1 ESCUDO

Engraver: José Simões de Almeida
2 commentsvrtsprb01/21/20 at 20:35quadrans: Nice piece..
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Corinth. Ca. 4th century BC. AR stater (24mm, 8.50 gm, 7h). NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 4/5 Ca. 345-307 BC. 20 viewsCorinth. Ca. 4th century BC. AR stater (24mm, 8.50 gm, 7h). NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 4/5, light scratch. Ca. 345-307 BC. Pegasus flying left; ? below / Head of Athena left, wearing necklace and Corinthian helmet pushed back on head; astragalus behind. BCD Corinth -. Pegasi 400. Ravel 1039.
5 commentsMark R101/21/20 at 20:35quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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RPC II 2549 Domitianus51 viewsObv: KAIΣAP ΔOMITIANOΣ ΣEB ΓEPM, Laureate head right
Rev: LH (date) across field; bust of Nilus, right, lotos on shoulder; before, small genius
BIL/Tetradrachm (27.62 mm 13.155 g 12 h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 88-89 A.D.
RPC 2549.6 (this coin), Dattari-Savio 6715 (this coin), Emmett 245
From the Giovanni Dattari Collection
ex Naville Live Auction 54 lot 270
9 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/21/20 at 20:00gb29400: great
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136 Constantinus I. (306-309 A.D. Caesar, 309-910 A.D. Filius Augustorum, 307-337 A.D. Augustus), Thessalonica, RIC VII 123, AE-3 Follis, -/-//TSEVI, DN CONSTANTINI MAX AVG, Wreath, VOT/•/XX within, R2!!91 views136 Constantinus I. (306-309 A.D. Caesar, 309-910 A.D. Filius Augustorum, 307-337 A.D. Augustus), Thessalonica, RIC VII 123, AE-3 Follis, -/-//TSEVI, DN CONSTANTINI MAX AVG, Wreath, VOT/•/XX within, R2!!
avers:- CONSTAN TINVS AVG, 1,B1, Laureate, bust right.
revers:- D N CONSTANTINI MAX AVG, VOT/•/XX in laurel wreath.
exergo: -/-//TSEVI, diameter: 18,5mm, weight: 3,31g, axis: 1h,
mint: Thessalonica, 5th. off., date: 320 A.D., ref: RIC-VII-123, p513, R2 !!
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans01/21/20 at 19:28Jay GT4: He must have walked into a wall, nice flat portrai...
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hj6.26.20.03_25 viewsElagabalus
Marcianopolis

Obv: AVT K M AVPH ANTΩNEINOC, laureate head right.
Rev: VΠ I(OV)Λ ANT CEΛEVK(OV) M(AP)KIANOΠOΛITΩ →N; Asklepios standing facing, head to left, holding serpent entwined staff in right hand.
25 mm, 6.93 gms

Hristova-Jekov 6.26.20.3

See note on preceding coin--both are fakes.
1 commentsCharles M01/21/20 at 16:31Callimachus: Nice portrait.
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Titus Ric 858 (Vespasian)9 viewsT CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN
laureate head right
COS V
bull standing right
Titus Caesar 69-79
AR Denarius
Struck 76
2,77g/18mm
Ric 858 (Vespasian) (R)
Ex Dionysus numismatics (Catawiki auction 16 January 2020)
1 commentsParthicus Maximus01/21/20 at 05:54Jay GT4: Tough coin to find. Congrats
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PERSIS KINGDOM. Uncertain King (ca. mid-2nd century BC). AR drachm (17mm, 4.11 gm, 3h)9 viewsPERSIS KINGDOM. Uncertain King (ca. mid-2nd century BC). AR drachm (17mm, 4.11 gm, 3h). NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 5/5. Head of uncertain king right with short beard, wearing diadem and kyrbasia adorned with eagle / Fire temple, Ahura-Mazda above; king standing right at left; vexillum standard surmounted by eagle to right. cf. Sunrise 578 (hemidrachm). cf. Alram 552 (same).3 commentsMark R101/20/20 at 22:51Mark R1: Thanks
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Vespasian-RIC-1065128 viewsAR denarius, 3.51g
Rome Mint, 79 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: TR POT X COS VIIII; Radiated figure, naked except for slight drapery round thighs, standing r., r. leg bent, resting l. arm bent on column, holding helmet in extended r. hand and transverse spear in l.
RIC 1065 (R). BMC 254. RSC 559. BNC 222.
Acquired from Glenn W. Woods, December 2003.

This denarius is part of the last issue struck for Vespasian in 79. Mattingly speculates the reverse depicts the 120 ft high Colossus erected by Nero for his Golden House (BMCRE p. xlii). According to Dio, the enormous statue was moved by Vespasian in his sixth consulship and set up on the Scared Way. However, it is far more likely to be an imitative design copying a similar type struck for Octavian (BMCRE i, 103, 633).

Fine style. The irregular flan shape is only a minor detraction.
2 commentsVespasian7001/20/20 at 22:49Jay GT4: Great coin
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22.05. Bracteata, (uncertain), CÁC III. 22.05./-01.--./--., H-199, CNH I.-279, U-116, AR-Bracteata, #01323 views22.05. Bracteata, (uncertain), CÁC III. 22.05./-01.--./--., H-199, CNH I.-279, U-116, AR-Bracteata, #01
avers: T-shape with a patriarchal cross above, pellets within and above, rosettes below.
reverse: Negative pictures.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 13,0-14,5mm, weight: 0,18g, axis:0h,
mint: Esztergom , date: A.D., ref: Huszár-199, CNH I.-279, Unger-116,
Kiss-Toth: CÁC III. 22.05./-01.--./--., Sigla,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans01/20/20 at 20:51Jay GT4: Interesting
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iEi Mustang V100-MX8 Movidus Vision Processing Card5 views2 commentsQuant.Geek01/20/20 at 19:49Quant.Geek: Needed a place to dump images of my computer hardw...
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666 Hadrian As, Rome 125-28 AD Roma seated9 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3761/19; RIC II, 666; BMC, p. 438*; Strack 627; van Heesch 146/1; CRS 27; McAlee 551

Issue Orichalcum coinage struck at Rome for circulation in Syria; Asses

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, with paludamentum, seen from rear, r.

Rev. COS III, S C (in exergue)
Roma helmeted seated l. on cuirass, holding Victory in her r. hand, her l. resting on spear; behind cuirass, round shield

8.94 gr
25 mm
6h
3 commentsokidoki01/20/20 at 19:16quadrans: Nice piece..
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Judaea. Judah Aristobulus I (104-103 (B.C.E.) or Judah Aristobulus IL (66-63 B.C.E.)9 viewsHendin 465 (4th ed.) (as Aristobulus I); Hendin 1143 (5th ed.); Meshorer TJC Group U No. -- (as Aristobulus II or I); Meshorer AJC Group Ja.

AE Prutah, 2.39 g., 14.95 mm. 0°

Obv.: Paleo-Hebrew legend in five lines within wreath:

YHWD / [ד]וה[י] (letters Y/י and D/ד are missing)
H KHN / ןהכ ה
GDWL W(HH) / ח‎ו‎ ל‎ו‎דג
BR YHWD / דו‎הי ר‎ב (odd-shaped and/or transposed letters in YHWD/ דו‎הי)
YM / מי

Yehudah kohen gadol v’hever Yehudim = Judah [the] High Priest and the Council of [the] Jews. (The article “the = H/ה” is omitted on coins of this group).

Rev.: Double cornucopia adorned with ribbons, narrow, elongated shape pomegranate between the horns (Meshorer TJC reverse B).

Meshorer TJC does not list an inscription with the missing Y/י and D/ד in the first line, or this distribution of letters is subsequent lines.

Attribution assistance courtesy of Jochen and Snegovik per discussion at http://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=121234.msg731881#msg731881
1 commentsStkp01/20/20 at 19:15quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Struck A.D.335 - 337 under Constantine I. AE3 "CONSTANTINOPOLIS" COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE of Antioch9 viewsObverse: CONSTANTINOPOLIS. Laureate and helmeted bust of Constantinopolis wearing imperial mantle facing left and holding sceptre over left shoulder.
Reverse: No legend. Victory standing facing left, right foot on prow, holding sceptre and shield with dot in centre; in exergue, SMANI.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 2.1gms.
RIC VII : 114
SCARCE
1 comments*Alex01/20/20 at 18:18Jay GT4: Great coin
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Apollonia Pontica Topalov 17 - Silver Half Obol3 views519/512 – 480/478 B.C.
0.40 gm, 6.0-8.0 mm
Obv.: Anchor with dots below
Rev: Swastika with arms bent right, two lines (dolphin/fish/crayfish claws) in each sector
SNG Stancomb 32 (this coin?);
CN 6290 (this coin);
Topalov Apollonia p. 570, 17;
HGC 3, 1325 (sim);
SNG Bulgaria (Ruse) II, 81-93 (tritartemorion)
from the William Stancomb Collection

Topalov Type: Half obols (?) Upright Anchor – Swastika in concave sectors with additional schematic images of eight dolphins or fish (519/512-480/478 B.C.)
Obv.: Upright anchor with relatively thick flukes and stock. A group of dots under stock (possibly two left and two right).
Rev.: Swastika with thick arms bent to the right forming an incuse square. Two lines representing schematic images of dolphins or fish in every sector.
1 commentsJaimelai01/20/20 at 15:50shanxi: beautiful
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Parthia -- Phraatakes and Musa, 1 - 4 AD9 viewsAR tdr., 12,56gr, 28,1mm; Sellwood 58.1var.(month), Shore 323, Sunrise 403var.;
mint: Seleukia; axis: 12h;
obv.: bare-headed bust, left, w/broad 4 layer diadem and ribbon; at the ribbon end year date BIT(?)=1 AD; short hair in 2 waves, mustache, medium-long tapered beard; wart; earring, multiple necklace; cuirass w/collar adorned by a suite of opposing dashes; traces of goddess in the right and left upper field; legend: BACI ΛEΩ C BACI ΛEΩ N only partially visible; dotted border 8 to 10:30h;
rev.: female head, right, w/tiara and double diadem below, 2 loops and 2 ribbons; the tiara consists of 5 large pearls in a row, above a row of 8 smaller pearls and above them another row of medium-sized pearls - the remainder of the tiara is off the flan; earrings and a pearl necklace, multiple necklace below, 2 more strings of pearls across the breast, the shoulders are covered by a folded robe; between the diadem ribbons and the neck the letters ΔAI=ΔAIΣIOY (May); legend: Θ EAC O(YPANIAC MOYCHC) BACI
Λ ICHC; dotted border 5 to 10h; very dark patina;

2 commentsSchatz01/20/20 at 15:49shanxi: great reverse
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666 Hadrian As, Rome 125-28 AD Roma seated9 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3761/19; RIC II, 666; BMC, p. 438*; Strack 627; van Heesch 146/1; CRS 27; McAlee 551

Issue Orichalcum coinage struck at Rome for circulation in Syria; Asses

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, with paludamentum, seen from rear, r.

Rev. COS III, S C (in exergue)
Roma helmeted seated l. on cuirass, holding Victory in her r. hand, her l. resting on spear; behind cuirass, round shield

8.94 gr
25 mm
6h
3 commentsokidoki01/20/20 at 15:48shanxi: nice example
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RIC 0112 Titus denarius136 viewsIMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M
Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, right

TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P
Dolphin coiled around anchor

Rome mint, 80 AD
3.09g

RIC 112 (C2), BMCRE 72, RSC 309

Ex-Londinium Coins

Titus' pulvinar series commemorating the opening of the Colosseum.
3 commentsJay GT401/20/20 at 14:39*Alex: Nice coin, lovely tone.
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666 Hadrian As, Rome 125-28 AD Roma seated9 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3761/19; RIC II, 666; BMC, p. 438*; Strack 627; van Heesch 146/1; CRS 27; McAlee 551

Issue Orichalcum coinage struck at Rome for circulation in Syria; Asses

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, with paludamentum, seen from rear, r.

Rev. COS III, S C (in exergue)
Roma helmeted seated l. on cuirass, holding Victory in her r. hand, her l. resting on spear; behind cuirass, round shield

8.94 gr
25 mm
6h
3 commentsokidoki01/20/20 at 13:00NORMAN K: nice coin
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Asia Minor, Pisidia, Polga, Antoninus Pius, Artemis5 viewsAntoninus Pius
Pisidia, Pogla
AE18, 200-133 BC
Obv.: ΑVΤΟΚ ΚΑΙϹΑΡ ΑΝΤΩΝƐΙΝΟϹ, laureate head of Antoninus Pius, r.
Rev.: ΠΩΓΛƐΩΝ, Artemis standing, r., wearing kalathos, drawing arrow from quiver at shoulder, holding bow; to right, stag standing, right, head, left
AE, 18.5mm, 4.83g
Ref.: RPC IV.3, 7711 (temporary)
Ex GM (Giessener Münzhandlung Dieter Gorny GmbH) 89, 1998, Los Nr. 337.
2 commentsshanxi01/20/20 at 11:50okidoki: excellent and stylistic
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Baktria, Menander3 viewsMenander. 155-130 BC. AR Drachm (2.48 gm). Diademed heroic bust of Menander l., wearing aegis and brandishing spear, seen from behind.  ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΜΕΝΑΝΔΡΟΥ. / Athena Promachos stdg r. brandishing thunderbolt & aegis, shield at angle. Karosthi legend Maharajasa tratarasa Menamdrasa (of Great King Menander, the Savior). Monogram M atop + to r. VF.  CNG E389 #421. From the Kallman Collection, purchased from Colosseum Coin Exchange. Bopearachchi Série 7B #37-40, Smithsonian 68-73; BMC 33; HGC 12 #187; MIG 2 Type 224c; SNG ANS 9 #733-738; SNG Cop 7 #300-301. 1 commentsAnaximander01/20/20 at 11:49okidoki: Interesting bust
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iEi Mustang V100-MX8 Movidus Vision Processing Card5 views2 commentsQuant.Geek01/20/20 at 11:49okidoki: ??
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Hadrian Ric 248 (unlisted with left bust)16 viewsHADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
bare head left, draped
FORTVNAE REDVCI
Fortuna standing left with rudder on globe & cornucopiae, shaking hands with Hadrian

Hadrian 117-138
AR Denarius
Struck 134-138
3,32g/18mm
Ric 248 (not recorded with this left bust)
Ex Romancoinshop
3 commentsParthicus Maximus01/20/20 at 11:48okidoki: very nice
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Hadrian Ric 807 viewsIMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG,
laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
P M TR P COS III
Aequitas standing left with scales & cornucopaie.

Hadrian 117-138
AR Denarius
Struck 119-122
2,94g/19mm
Ric 80
Ex Romancoinshop
1 commentsParthicus Maximus01/20/20 at 11:47okidoki: very nice
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136 Constantinus I. (306-309 A.D. Caesar, 309-910 A.D. Filius Augustorum, 307-337 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VII 109, AE-3 Follis, S/F//ΓSIS*, VIRTVS EXERCIT, Vexillum and captives, R3!!!, #1113 views136 Constantinus I. (306-309 A.D. Caesar, 309-910 A.D. Filius Augustorum, 307-337 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VII 109, AE-3 Follis, S/F//ΓSIS*, VIRTVS EXERCIT, Vexillum and captives, R3!!!, #1
avers:- CONST ANTINVS AVG, 1, Helmeted, cuirassed bust right.
rever:- VIRTVS EXERCIT, D2, S-F on either side, Vexillum reading VOT/XX, seated captive on either side.
exergo: S/F//ΓSIS*, diameter: 17,0-18,5mm, weight: 2,78g, axis: 7h,
mint: Siscia, date: 320 A.D., ref:RIC VII 109, p-438, 3rd.-off., R3 !!!
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans01/19/20 at 23:48Jay GT4: Nice one Q
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CÁC II. 18.04.1.1./b2.07./39., Anonymous I. (István II., (Stephen II.) King of Hungary, (1116-1131 A.D.) ?), AR-Denarius, H-084, CNH I.-071, U-039, #0178 viewsCÁC II. 18.04.1.1./b2.07./39., Anonymous I. (István II., (Stephen II.) King of Hungary, (1116-1131 A.D.) ?), AR-Denarius, H-084, CNH I.-071, U-039, #01
avers: Cross in quadrilobe with dots in the angles, crosses between the crescents; border of dots.
reverse: Lines in place of the legend; cross in a circle with wedges in the angles; border of line.
exergue:-/-//--, diameter: 12,0 mm, weight: 0,32 g, axis: 9h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Huszár-084, CNH I.-071, Unger-039,
Kiss-Toth, Sigla: 18.04.1.1./b2.07./39.,
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1 commentsquadrans01/19/20 at 23:08Stkp: Nice
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CÁC II. 18.04.1.1./a2b1.01./after 69., before 70., (New Sigla variation!), Anonymous I. (István II., (Stephen II.) King of Hungary, (1116-1131 A.D.) ?), AR-Denarius, H-084, CNH I.-071, U-039, #0169 viewsCÁC II. 18.04.1.1./a2b1.01./after 69., before 70., (New Sigla variation!), Anonymous I. (István II., (Stephen II.) King of Hungary, (1116-1131 A.D.) ?), AR-Denarius, H-084, CNH I.-071, U-039, #01
avers: Cross in quadrilobe with dots in the angles, crosses between the crescents; border of dots.
reverse: Lines in place of the legend; cross in a circle with wedges in the angles; border of line.
exergue:-/-//--, diameter: 11,0-11,4 mm, weight: 0,35 g, axis: 0h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Huszár-084, CNH I.-071, Unger-039,
Kiss-Toth, Sigla: 18.04.1.1./a2b1.01./after 69., before 70., New Sigla variation!
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans01/19/20 at 23:08Stkp: Nice
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1154 - 1189, HENRY II, AR Short-cross Penny, Struck 1180 - 1189 at Winchester, England10 viewsObverse: HENRICVS • REX around central circle enclosing a crowned, draped and bearded facing bust of Henry II holding a sceptre tipped with a cross pommee in his right hand.
Reverse: + GOCELM • ON • WIN. Voided short cross dividing legend into quarters, crosslets in each quarter of inner circle. Cross pattée in legend. Moneyer: Gocelm, which is a name of Germanic Frankish origin.
Issue type Class 1b
Diameter: 19mm | Weight: 1.3gms | Die Axis: 6
SPINK: 1344

For the first few years of Henry II's reign the coins of King Stephen continued to be produced, but in 1158, in order to restore public confidence in the currency, a new 'cross and crosslet' or 'Tealby' coinage was introduced in England. While this coinage was acceptable in terms of weight and silver quality, it is notorious for its ugly appearance, bad craftsmanship and careless execution. The 'Tealby' issue continued until 1180 when the short-cross penny, a new style coin of much better workmanship, was introduced.

On the night of 14th/15th July 1180 the Winchester mint burnt down, and the fire spread to ‘the greater and better part’ of the city. The production of the new Short Cross coinage had just started earlier in 1180, and Winchester evidently only had one centralized mint building from the beginning of the new coinage. At the time of the fire the mint appears to have had four moneyers (Clement, Gocelm, Henri, and Rodbert), and Short Cross Class Ia2 was in production. After the fire some of the mint’s obverse dies of Classes Ia1 and Ia2 were used at the Wilton mint, apparently as an emergency measure. The coinage of the moneyer Henri ends abruptly at this time and he seems to have been replaced by Adam, whose known issues start in Class Ia2, and at Wilton in Class 1a2 it looks like Osbert replaced Iohan. Osbert continued to issue coins in Winchester after the fire, but he seems to have been regarded as a Wilton moneyer allowed to use the facilities of the Winchester mint. The Winchester coinage of Osbert and three other moneyers (Clement, Reinier, and Rodbert) whose issues end in Class Ib1 was probably restricted to the recoinage of 1180 to 1182. After that only two moneyers remained striking Class Ib2 at Winchester (Adam and Gocelm), and from 1183 to 1184 these moneyers were responsible for a rent of 2 marks each per annum for the use of the mint building.
1 comments*Alex01/19/20 at 22:02quadrans: Nice piece..
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Parthia -- Phraatakes and Musa, 1 - 4 AD9 viewsAR tdr., 12,56gr, 28,1mm; Sellwood 58.1var.(month), Shore 323, Sunrise 403var.;
mint: Seleukia; axis: 12h;
obv.: bare-headed bust, left, w/broad 4 layer diadem and ribbon; at the ribbon end year date BIT(?)=1 AD; short hair in 2 waves, mustache, medium-long tapered beard; wart; earring, multiple necklace; cuirass w/collar adorned by a suite of opposing dashes; traces of goddess in the right and left upper field; legend: BACI ΛEΩ C BACI ΛEΩ N only partially visible; dotted border 8 to 10:30h;
rev.: female head, right, w/tiara and double diadem below, 2 loops and 2 ribbons; the tiara consists of 5 large pearls in a row, above a row of 8 smaller pearls and above them another row of medium-sized pearls - the remainder of the tiara is off the flan; earrings and a pearl necklace, multiple necklace below, 2 more strings of pearls across the breast, the shoulders are covered by a folded robe; between the diadem ribbons and the neck the letters ΔAI=ΔAIΣIOY (May); legend: Θ EAC O(YPANIAC MOYCHC) BACI
Λ ICHC; dotted border 5 to 10h; very dark patina;

2 commentsSchatz01/19/20 at 21:59quadrans: Wow, nice piece...
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S.1258 William II (Eadwig)14 viewsPenny of William II, king of England 1087-1100
Moneyer: Eadwig
Mint: London
S. 1258
B.M.C. 1
O: +PILLELM RE
R: +EDPI ON LVNDNE

Ex- StacksBowers
1 commentsNap01/19/20 at 00:30quadrans: Nice one
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Parthia -- Phraatakes, 2 BC - 4 AD6 viewsBI tdr., 9,66gr; 25,5mm; Sellw. 57.10-12 , Shore -, Sunrise -;
mint: Seleukia; axis: 12h;
obv.: bare-headed bust, left, w/4-strand diadem; medium-long hair in 5 rows of curls, mustache, med.-long pointed beard; 3-layer necklace (w/1 strange interrupted line running above and across); tunic/cuirass w/ornamental border; in upper left field goddess w/diadem, goddess in right field off flan; dotted border 10 to 13h.
rev.: king, right, on throne w/bow in outstretched right hand; below the year AIT = 1 AD; pellet between throne legs; exergual line; 6 lines of legend visible: (BΛCIΛEΩC) BΛCIΛE(ΩN) (ΛP)CΛK(OY) EYEPΓETO(Y) ΔIKΛIOV, no month, (E)ΠIΦΛNOVC (ΦIΛE)ΛΛHNO(C);

A Sellwood 1980 plate coin (57.10);

ex: Baldwin’s Auction 96 (09/15), multiple coin lot (ex David Sellwood Collection); Michael Mitchiner, ACW, p. 116, #601, plate coin.
1 commentsSchatz01/19/20 at 00:30quadrans: Nice piece..
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TRAJAN39 viewsAE dupondius. 103-111 AD. 13,40 grs. Radiate ,draped and cuirassed bust right. IMP CAES NERVA TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V PP. / Trophy with shields at base. SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI. SC in fields. RIC II 586.

1 commentsbenito01/18/20 at 13:49Ronald: nice strong portret
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S.1084 Eadward the Elder (Beahred)9 viewsPenny of Eadward "the Elder", king of Wessex, 899-924
Moneyer: Beahred
Mint: London?
S. 1084
O: +EADVVEARD REX
R: BEAH RED Mo

Ex- J.Linzalone
1 commentsNap01/18/20 at 13:35quadrans: Great coin
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S.2000 Edward IV15 viewsGroat of Edward IV, king of England, first reign 1461-1470
Mint: London
Mintmark: sun
S.2000
O: EDWARD DI GRA ANGL Z FRANC
R: POSVI DEVMA DIVTOR EMEVM CIVI TAS LON DON

Ex- CNG, M.Freehill, Spink
2 commentsNap01/18/20 at 13:35quadrans: Wow
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3250 CILICIA, Zephyrion Hadrian, Zeus seated5 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3250; SNG Leypold 2719; Levante 66-71

Obv. ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СΕΒΑСΤΟС ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟΠΟΛΕΙΤωΝ
Laureate head of Hadrian, right

Rev. ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟΠΟΛΙΤωΝ ΖΕΦΥΡΙωΤωΝ
Zeus seated, l., holding Nike and sceptre

13.38 gr
26.34 mm
12h
1 commentsokidoki01/18/20 at 13:34quadrans: Nice find
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22131 Licinius I/Campgate6 viewsObv:IMP LICI-NIVS AVG
laureate, draped, globe and sceptre in left hand, mappa in right hand facing right
Rev:PROVIDEN-TIAE AVGG
6 levels 3 turrets 0 stars
Lambda in Right field
according to Helvetica lists looks like Delta
Mint: Heraclea 19.8mm 2.6g
RIC VII Heraclea 48; Sear 15268

2 commentsBlayne W01/18/20 at 13:33quadrans: Nice piece
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04 Diva Julia Titi RIC 76052 viewsÆ Sestertius, 24.33g
Rome mint, 92-94 AD (Domitian)
Obv: DIVAE IVLIAE AVG DIVI TITI F above; S P Q R in exergue; Carpentum drawn r. by two mules
Rev: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XVI CENS PER P P; S C, large, in centre
RIC 760 (R). BMC 471. BNC 502.
Acquired from Ken Dorney, January 2020. Ex Agora Auctions Sale 84, 4 September 2019, lot 187. Ex CNG E314, 6 November 2013, lot 364.

Titus' daughter Julia Titi was granted the title Augusta sometime in 80 or 81 during his reign. After Titus' death she lived with her uncle Domitian at the imperial residence. In 90 or 91 AD she died and was deified by Domitian, this was commemorated on the coinage. The ancient sources are quick to malign her reputation in the name of smearing Domitian. It is said she had an ongoing affair with Domitian and became pregnant. She then was forced by Domitian to abort the baby and died during the attempted abortion sometime in 90 or 91. The Flavian historian Brian Jones has called the supposed affair between Domitian and his niece Julia (some ten or eleven years his junior) and the subsequent forced abortion which killed her as "implausible" and "nonsense". Further he wrote "Scholars seem not to have stressed one of the most significant factors in assessing the rumour's accuracy - Martial's epigram 6.3, written not long after Julia's death and deification. In it, he expresses the hope that Domitian will produce a son, implies that the baby's name will be Julius (6.3.1) and states that (the now deified) Julia will be able to watch over him (6.3.5). Martial was neither a hero or a fool. Had there been the slightest hint of an affair between emperor and niece, he would hardly have written those lines; had Julia's recent death been caused by an abortion forced on her by Domitian, would Martial have so far neglected the bounds of 'safe criticism' and common sense as to humiliate Domitia publicly, urging her to become pregnant, to give the child a name reminiscent of her husband's mistress and finally to remember that same mistress, now dead and deified (thanks to her husband), would be able to protect the child?" No doubt, the Diva coins testify that Domitian felt great affection towards his niece, however, there is no evidence that they had an illicit love affair. The incestuous rumour was spread after Domitian's death.

This sestertius struck for Diva Julia Titi between 92 and 94 copies an early carpentum and mules type struck under Tiberius for Diva Livia and another under Titus struck for her grandmother Domitilla. It is the second issue of this type struck under Domitian and is slightly rarer than the earlier one produced in 90-91. In the early empire the carpentum was granted to ladies of the imperial house by the Senate as an imperial honour. It was frequently used to convey an image of the deceased Divae and to symbolise the event on the coinage. The style of the Diva Julia Titi sestertii are so similar to those of the earlier Memoriae Domitilla sestertii that the RIC authors speculate a few of the older Domitilla dies were recut for Julia's issues (p. 317, note). It's astonishing to think that the mint still had access to dies that were nearly a decade old and were able to re-use them for a new issue!

Dark brassy tone with some minor pitting.
5 commentsDavid Atherton01/18/20 at 12:04Nemonater: Fantastic type!
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Crawford 394/1, ROMAN REPUBLIC, C. Postumius, AR Denarius25 viewsRome, The Republic.
C. Postumius, 74-73 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.95g; 20mm).
Rome mint.

Obverse: Draped bust of Diana facing right, with bow and quiver over shoulder.

Rev: Hound running to right; spear below; C. POSTVMI and AT or TA (ligate) in exergue.

References: Crawford 394/1a; Sydenham 785; BMCRR 3238; Postumia 9.

Provenance: Ex Student and Mentor Collection [NAC 83 (20 May 2015) Lot 347]; ex Frank Sternberg Auction VII (24-5 Nov 1977), Lot 390; ex Cuzzi Collection [Baranowski (Dec 1929) Lot 280].

The moneyer may have been the Caius Postumius that prosecuted Lucius Licinius Murena for election fraud in 63 BCE. It is uncertain what the ligate letters AT (or TA) denote on the reverse, and there is another variety of this issue without the monogram. Diana is a popular deity on coinage produced by the Postumia gens, and the hound and spear on the reverse are also attributes of Diana, the huntress. Diana appears so frequently on Postumian coins because on the eve of the battle of Lake Regillus (c. 496 BCE), during a sacrifice to Diana, the augurs foretold the domination of Rome over Latium. A. Postumius Albinus led the troops at this decisive battle. Thus, the gens subsequently claimed responsibility for fulfilling the prophecy of Diana.

Crawford dated this issue to 74 BCE, but Hersh and Walker in Mesagne down-dated the issue to 73 BCE. Michael Harlan suggests an even later date of 71 BCE.
3 commentsCarausius01/18/20 at 10:34quadrans: Nice
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ephesus008a6 viewsElagabalus
Ephesus, Ionia

Obv: ΑΥΤ Κ Μ ΑΥΡ ΑΝΤΩΝƐΙΝΟϹ; laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from rear.
Rev: ЄΦЄϹΙΩΝ Δ ΝЄΩΚΟΡΩΝ; Victory (or Nemesis?) advancing left, holding wreath and small stick.
30 mm, 9.93 gms

RPC Online 4895; Karwiese 670

From The Michael Higley Collection. Purchased from Roma Numismatics E-Sale 66, lot 765.
2 commentsCharles M01/18/20 at 10:00okidoki: very nice
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22131 Licinius I/Campgate6 viewsObv:IMP LICI-NIVS AVG
laureate, draped, globe and sceptre in left hand, mappa in right hand facing right
Rev:PROVIDEN-TIAE AVGG
6 levels 3 turrets 0 stars
Lambda in Right field
according to Helvetica lists looks like Delta
Mint: Heraclea 19.8mm 2.6g
RIC VII Heraclea 48; Sear 15268

2 commentsBlayne W01/18/20 at 07:47shanxi: nice bust
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S.2000 Edward IV15 viewsGroat of Edward IV, king of England, first reign 1461-1470
Mint: London
Mintmark: sun
S.2000
O: EDWARD DI GRA ANGL Z FRANC
R: POSVI DEVMA DIVTOR EMEVM CIVI TAS LON DON

Ex- CNG, M.Freehill, Spink
2 commentsNap01/18/20 at 07:46shanxi: beautyful
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PERSIS KINGDOM. Uncertain King (ca. mid-2nd century BC). AR drachm (17mm, 4.11 gm, 3h)9 viewsPERSIS KINGDOM. Uncertain King (ca. mid-2nd century BC). AR drachm (17mm, 4.11 gm, 3h). NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 5/5. Head of uncertain king right with short beard, wearing diadem and kyrbasia adorned with eagle / Fire temple, Ahura-Mazda above; king standing right at left; vexillum standard surmounted by eagle to right. cf. Sunrise 578 (hemidrachm). cf. Alram 552 (same).3 commentsMark R101/18/20 at 07:46shanxi: impressive portrait
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120 Maximianus Herculeus (285-286 Caesar, 286-305, 307-308 & 310 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VII 041, AE-Follis, -/-//SIS, REQVIES OPTOMORVM MERITORVM, Maximian seated left, #368 views120 Maximianus Herculeus (285-286 Caesar, 286-305, 307-308 & 310 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VII 041, AE-Follis, -/-//SIS, REQVIES OPTOMORVM MERITORVM, Maximian seated left, #3
avers: DIVO MAXIMIANO SEN FORT IMP, Laureate and veiled head right, (DMa-F1).
reverse: REQVIES OPTOMORVM MERITORVM, Maximian seated left, raising the hand and holding scepter.
exergue: -/-//SIS, diameter: 15,3-16,5mm, weight: 1,56g, axis: 7h,
mint: Siscia, date: 317-18 A.D., ref: RIC VII 41, Rare!
Q-003
2 commentsquadrans01/18/20 at 07:45shanxi: nice example
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ephesus008a6 viewsElagabalus
Ephesus, Ionia

Obv: ΑΥΤ Κ Μ ΑΥΡ ΑΝΤΩΝƐΙΝΟϹ; laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from rear.
Rev: ЄΦЄϹΙΩΝ Δ ΝЄΩΚΟΡΩΝ; Victory (or Nemesis?) advancing left, holding wreath and small stick.
30 mm, 9.93 gms

RPC Online 4895; Karwiese 670

From The Michael Higley Collection. Purchased from Roma Numismatics E-Sale 66, lot 765.
2 commentsCharles M01/18/20 at 04:06v-drome: great coin! (maybe the measuring rod of Nemesis)
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04 Diva Julia Titi RIC 76052 viewsÆ Sestertius, 24.33g
Rome mint, 92-94 AD (Domitian)
Obv: DIVAE IVLIAE AVG DIVI TITI F above; S P Q R in exergue; Carpentum drawn r. by two mules
Rev: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XVI CENS PER P P; S C, large, in centre
RIC 760 (R). BMC 471. BNC 502.
Acquired from Ken Dorney, January 2020. Ex Agora Auctions Sale 84, 4 September 2019, lot 187. Ex CNG E314, 6 November 2013, lot 364.

Titus' daughter Julia Titi was granted the title Augusta sometime in 80 or 81 during his reign. After Titus' death she lived with her uncle Domitian at the imperial residence. In 90 or 91 AD she died and was deified by Domitian, this was commemorated on the coinage. The ancient sources are quick to malign her reputation in the name of smearing Domitian. It is said she had an ongoing affair with Domitian and became pregnant. She then was forced by Domitian to abort the baby and died during the attempted abortion sometime in 90 or 91. The Flavian historian Brian Jones has called the supposed affair between Domitian and his niece Julia (some ten or eleven years his junior) and the subsequent forced abortion which killed her as "implausible" and "nonsense". Further he wrote "Scholars seem not to have stressed one of the most significant factors in assessing the rumour's accuracy - Martial's epigram 6.3, written not long after Julia's death and deification. In it, he expresses the hope that Domitian will produce a son, implies that the baby's name will be Julius (6.3.1) and states that (the now deified) Julia will be able to watch over him (6.3.5). Martial was neither a hero or a fool. Had there been the slightest hint of an affair between emperor and niece, he would hardly have written those lines; had Julia's recent death been caused by an abortion forced on her by Domitian, would Martial have so far neglected the bounds of 'safe criticism' and common sense as to humiliate Domitia publicly, urging her to become pregnant, to give the child a name reminiscent of her husband's mistress and finally to remember that same mistress, now dead and deified (thanks to her husband), would be able to protect the child?" No doubt, the Diva coins testify that Domitian felt great affection towards his niece, however, there is no evidence that they had an illicit love affair. The incestuous rumour was spread after Domitian's death.

This sestertius struck for Diva Julia Titi between 92 and 94 copies an early carpentum and mules type struck under Tiberius for Diva Livia and another under Titus struck for her grandmother Domitilla. It is the second issue of this type struck under Domitian and is slightly rarer than the earlier one produced in 90-91. In the early empire the carpentum was granted to ladies of the imperial house by the Senate as an imperial honour. It was frequently used to convey an image of the deceased Divae and to symbolise the event on the coinage. The style of the Diva Julia Titi sestertii are so similar to those of the earlier Memoriae Domitilla sestertii that the RIC authors speculate a few of the older Domitilla dies were recut for Julia's issues (p. 317, note). It's astonishing to think that the mint still had access to dies that were nearly a decade old and were able to re-use them for a new issue!

Dark brassy tone with some minor pitting.
5 commentsDavid Atherton01/18/20 at 02:48orfew: An iconic type
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PERSIS KINGDOM. Uncertain King (ca. mid-2nd century BC). AR drachm (17mm, 4.11 gm, 3h)9 viewsPERSIS KINGDOM. Uncertain King (ca. mid-2nd century BC). AR drachm (17mm, 4.11 gm, 3h). NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 5/5. Head of uncertain king right with short beard, wearing diadem and kyrbasia adorned with eagle / Fire temple, Ahura-Mazda above; king standing right at left; vexillum standard surmounted by eagle to right. cf. Sunrise 578 (hemidrachm). cf. Alram 552 (same).3 commentsMark R101/17/20 at 22:56quadrans: Wow, nice piece..
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B 007 Tiberius II. Constantine (578-582 A.D.), SB 0441, -/NIKOB, AE-Follis (40 Nummia), Nicomedia, Year UI,300 viewsB 007 Tiberius II. Constantine (578-582 A.D.), SB 0441, -/NIKOB, AE-Follis (40 Nummia), Nicomedia, Year UI,
avers:- Dn TIb CONS TANT P P AVG, Facing bust of Tiberius, holding mappa and eagle tipped scepter, wearing consular robes.
revers:- Large M Exe: NIKO-B - Cross above, regnal date to right (6-th year, 579/80 A.D.) and ANNO to left. (Nicomedia).
exe: A/N/N/O/VI//NIKOB, diameter: 36mm, weight: 17,06g, axis-h,
mint: Nicomedia, date: 579-80 A.D., ref: SB-441,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans01/17/20 at 22:16okidoki: wonderful bust, strong image
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Facing Head of Larissa - AI Signed32 viewsThessaly Greece, the City of Larissa

Obv: Head of the nymph Larissa facing ¾ l., wearing ampyx with ΓΕΥ inscription (not visible)1, hair floating freely above head, tiny IA above top locks of hair (off of flan), prominent raised right shoulder2 (garment clasp visible?), spherical earring with bead pendant. Border of dots.
Rev: Horse crouching r., bucranium brand on haunch, forelegs spread, raised tail (off of flan), tiny AI under belly3, reign trails into exergue with exergue line sloping downward under horse’s muzzle, ΛΑΡΙΣΑΙ directly below exergue line with ΣΑΙ breaking into that line.
Denomination: Silver Drachm; Mint: Larissa; Date: c. 405/400 BC - c. 370 BC4; Weight: 6.11g; Diameter: 19mm; Die axis: 90º; References, for example: SNG Cop vol. 11, 126; Herrmann Group VII, Series I, Reverse II, pl. VI, 16 and 19; HGC 4, 434; Lorber - Shahar Group 3 Head Type 14 (O35/R2 - Sp. b, this very coin) = Florilegium Numismaticum Group One Head Type 11 with Reverse 21.2 - Sp. b (this very coin).

Notes:
1Lorber presumes that these letters are “...an abbreviated epithet of the nymph Larissa.” (Lorber Early in FlorNum, p. 261).
2Lorber invites us to interpret this “distinctive gesture” as the nymph “...tossing her ball, an action regularly depicted on trihemiobols and obols of the fifth century.” (Lorber Early in FlorNum, p. 262).
3Lorber understands these letters to be the signature of the mint’s chief engraver, who replaced ΣΙΜΟ. See Lorber Early in FlorNum, p. 261.
4This is the date range provided in Lorber 2008, p. 126.

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 4 p. 130).

Provenance: Ex Shanna Schmidt Numismatics October 30, 2019; Ex Numismatica Ars Classica Auction 29, May 11, 2005, lot 176; Ex Numismatic Fine Arts Auction XXXIII, May 3, 1994, lot 929.

Photo credits: Shanna Schmidt Numismatics

Sources

Herrmann, Fritz. “Die Silbermünzen von Larissa in Thessalien.” Zeitschrift für Numismatik 35 (1925): 1 - 69.
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, Catharine C. “The Early Facing Head Drachms of Thessalian Larissa.” In Florilegium Numismaticum: Studia in Honorem U. Westermark Edita. Edited by H. Nilsson. Stockholm: Svenska Numismatiska Föreningen, 1992: 259 - 282.
Lorber, Catharine C. and Shahar C. “The Silver Facing Head Coins of Larissa.” 2005. http://www.lightfigures.com/numismat/larissa/index.php. Note: this website is no longer functional but I printed some of the catalogues in PDF format before the website was completely taken down. I was never able to see any of the images on the website. At the time of my first visit only the PDFs were functional.
Lorber, Catharine C. “Thessalian Hoards and the Coinage of Larissa” in American Journal of Numismatics, second series 20 (2008): 119 - 142.
SNG COP: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum: Thessaly - Illyricum, Vol. 11. Copenhagen: Einar Munksgaard, 1943.

4 commentsTracy Aiello01/17/20 at 20:24Mark R1: Love it
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Rider and Larissa Seated25 viewsThessaly Greece, the City of Larissa

Obv: Rider on a horse prancing r., holding a single spear transversally with petasos flying backwards and chlamys on his back, beneath horse’s belly a lion’s head facing r. Border of dots or small grains.1
Rev: The nymph Larissa2 seated r. on a chair with a back ending in a swan’s head, r. hand resting on her lap or thigh and holding a phiale, l. arm raised with palm forward,3 Λ and Α above to l. and r. of head with R and Ι to r. of body turned 90º and downward, all within a shallow incuse square.
Denomination: Silver Trihemiobol; Mint: Larissa; Date: mid- to late 5th Century BC4; Weight: 1.28g5; Diameter: 13mm; Die axis: 60º; References, for example: BMC Thessaly p. 25, 13; Weber 2838; Traité IV, 651, pl. CCXCVI, 9; Herrmann Group II, Pl. 1, 7; BCD Thessaly II 154; HGC 4, 466.

Notes:
1Forrer, BCD Thessaly II, and Hoover refer to the border as composed of dots; Babelon refers to the border as composed of small grains.
2Herrmann does not associate the figure on the reverse with the nymph Larissa. Instead he refers to the figure as a “sitting male” and cites two examples from Berlin and Warren 687 as having the indication of beards (p.9). He declares that the meaning [interpretation] of the sitter cannot be determined, but he invites us to think of a deity (p. 11).
3Forrer and BCD Thessaly II state that Larissa is holding a mirror, Hoover mentions only that the arm is raised, Babelon indicates that the left arm is raised with palm forward, and Herrmann describes the left hand as raised in an “adoring gesture”. On the coin here the left hand clearly has the thumb separated from the rest of the fingers with the palm facing forward; there is no indication that the hand is holding anything. I wonder what the intention of the gesture could have been.
4Dates in the sources cited here run the gamut of the 5th Century BC. Herrmann: c. 500 - 479 BC; Babelon: c. 470 - 430 BC; HGC: c. 440 - 420 BC; Forrer: c. 430 - 400 BC. In light of Kagen (2004) and his belief that Herrmann’s Group I ended c. 460 BC it seems appropriate to choose the date range specified in BCD Thessaly II.
5Herrmann argues that Group II was struck on the Persian weight standard. (He believed that the same held true for Group I). Kagan (2004) demonstrates that Larissain coinage was not struck on the Persian weight standard.

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 4 p. 130).

Provenance: Ex Nomos AG December 8, 2019.

Photo Credits: Nomos AG

Sources

BCD Thessaly II: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. The BCD Collection of the Coinage of Thessaly. Triton XV Auction. (3 January 2012, New York).
BMC Thessaly: Gardner, Percy. A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Thessaly to Aetolia. London, 1883.
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.
Kagan, Jonathan. “The So-Called Persian Weight Coins of Larissa”. Obolos 7. 2004.
Traité: Babelon, Ernest. Traité des Monnaies Grecques et Romaines: Tome Quatrième. Paris: Ernest Leroux, 1926.
Weber: Forrer, L. Descriptive Catalogue of the Collection of Greek Coins formed by Sir Hermann Weber: Volume II. London: Spink & Son, 1924.
3 commentsTracy Aiello01/17/20 at 20:23Mark R1: Like it!
Cilicia,_Tarsos,_Mazaios_(Satrap_of_Cilicia,_361-0-334_B_C_),_Baaltars_seated_l_,_Lion_and_Stag_l__,SNG_Levante_107-8var_,_AR-Stater,_Q-001,_11h,_22-23mm,_10,61g-s.jpg
Cilicia, Tarsos, Mazaios (Satrap of Cilicia, 361/0-334/3 B.C.), SNG Levante 107-8var., AR-Stater, Lion bringing down stag to left, #1106 viewsCilicia, Tarsos, Mazaios (Satrap of Cilicia, 361/0-334/3 B.C.), SNG Levante 107-8var., AR-Stater, Lion bringing down stag to left, #1
avers: Baaltars seated left on throne, holding scepter, grain ear and grape bunch; grape bunch (symbol) below throne, the Aramaic legend "BLTRZ" to right.
reverse: Lion bringing down stag to left, the Aramaic legend "MZDI" above, Aramaic letter "M" below; all within an incuse square with a dotted border.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 22,0mm, weight: 10,61g, axes: 0h,
mint: Cilicia, Mazaios (Satrap of Cilicia), date: 361/0-334/3 B.C., ref: SNG Levante 107-8var.(control below throne), SNG BN 326-7,
Q-001
5 commentsquadrans01/17/20 at 20:20Mark R1: Cilicia made some really cool coins. Always attrac...
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Struck A.D.330 - 331 under Constantine I. AE3 "URBS ROMA" COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE of Rome2 viewsObverse: VRBS ROMA. Helmeted and plumed bust of Roma facing left, two dots on helmet.
Reverse: No legend. She-wolf standing facing left, suckling Romulus and Remus; flower symbol on wolf's shoulder; above, two stars; in exergue, RFQ.
RIC VII : 338 (var)
SCARCE
1 comments*Alex01/17/20 at 19:38quadrans: I always like this type...
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RPC II 1315Aa Domitianus39 viewsObv: ΔOMITIANOC KAICAPI, laureate and cuirassed bust right
Rev: EΠI TI ΦΛ EICIΓONOY CARΔIANΩN CTPA, Demos of Sardis standing, r., with Demos of Smyrna (?) standing, l.; between, altar
AE27 (26.71 mm 10.279 g 12h) Struck in Sardes (Lydia) 79-81 AD, magistrate T Fl Eisigonos (strategos)
RPC II 1315Aa.1 (this coin)
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 85 Lot 293
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/17/20 at 19:37quadrans: Yes, nice portrait...
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Constantine I RIC VII, Constantinopolis 387 viewsConstantine I the Great 307 - 337
AE - AE 3, 3.20g, 19.33mm, 180°
Constantinopolis 5th officina, AD 328
obv. CONSTANTI - NVS MAX AVG
draped, cuirassed bust, head rosette-diademed r.
rev. CONSTANTINI - ANA DAFNE
Victory sitting l. on cippus, holding laurel-branch in r. hand and palm-branch in l. hand.; tropaeum in front, captive sitting to feet, Victory with head r., spurning him
in l. field E
in ex. CONS *
ref. RIC VII, Constantinopolis 38
Rare (R3); good VF, nearly black patina, small patina damage on portrait
Note: RIC misdescribes the branchs both as palm-branchs

The most possible of various interpretations:
Greek DAPHNE = laurel, so 'The Constantinian laurel' as a symbol of victory. The victory in question is most likely to be that of Chrysopolis, where Constantine had defeated Licinius in AD 324.

1 commentsJochen01/17/20 at 19:34quadrans: One of my favourit reverse...
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0867 Hadrian Dupondius 124-27 AD Fides standing5 viewsReference.
RIC III, 867; RIC II, 656; Strack 610; C. 388

Bust A2

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Radiate head with drapery
Rev. COS III S C in field
Fides standing right, holding corn ears and a dish of fruit

15.36 gr
28 mm
6h
1 commentsokidoki01/17/20 at 19:34quadrans: Nice piece..
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04 Diva Julia Titi RIC 76052 viewsÆ Sestertius, 24.33g
Rome mint, 92-94 AD (Domitian)
Obv: DIVAE IVLIAE AVG DIVI TITI F above; S P Q R in exergue; Carpentum drawn r. by two mules
Rev: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XVI CENS PER P P; S C, large, in centre
RIC 760 (R). BMC 471. BNC 502.
Acquired from Ken Dorney, January 2020. Ex Agora Auctions Sale 84, 4 September 2019, lot 187. Ex CNG E314, 6 November 2013, lot 364.

Titus' daughter Julia Titi was granted the title Augusta sometime in 80 or 81 during his reign. After Titus' death she lived with her uncle Domitian at the imperial residence. In 90 or 91 AD she died and was deified by Domitian, this was commemorated on the coinage. The ancient sources are quick to malign her reputation in the name of smearing Domitian. It is said she had an ongoing affair with Domitian and became pregnant. She then was forced by Domitian to abort the baby and died during the attempted abortion sometime in 90 or 91. The Flavian historian Brian Jones has called the supposed affair between Domitian and his niece Julia (some ten or eleven years his junior) and the subsequent forced abortion which killed her as "implausible" and "nonsense". Further he wrote "Scholars seem not to have stressed one of the most significant factors in assessing the rumour's accuracy - Martial's epigram 6.3, written not long after Julia's death and deification. In it, he expresses the hope that Domitian will produce a son, implies that the baby's name will be Julius (6.3.1) and states that (the now deified) Julia will be able to watch over him (6.3.5). Martial was neither a hero or a fool. Had there been the slightest hint of an affair between emperor and niece, he would hardly have written those lines; had Julia's recent death been caused by an abortion forced on her by Domitian, would Martial have so far neglected the bounds of 'safe criticism' and common sense as to humiliate Domitia publicly, urging her to become pregnant, to give the child a name reminiscent of her husband's mistress and finally to remember that same mistress, now dead and deified (thanks to her husband), would be able to protect the child?" No doubt, the Diva coins testify that Domitian felt great affection towards his niece, however, there is no evidence that they had an illicit love affair. The incestuous rumour was spread after Domitian's death.

This sestertius struck for Diva Julia Titi between 92 and 94 copies an early carpentum and mules type struck under Tiberius for Diva Livia and another under Titus struck for her grandmother Domitilla. It is the second issue of this type struck under Domitian and is slightly rarer than the earlier one produced in 90-91. In the early empire the carpentum was granted to ladies of the imperial house by the Senate as an imperial honour. It was frequently used to convey an image of the deceased Divae and to symbolise the event on the coinage. The style of the Diva Julia Titi sestertii are so similar to those of the earlier Memoriae Domitilla sestertii that the RIC authors speculate a few of the older Domitilla dies were recut for Julia's issues (p. 317, note). It's astonishing to think that the mint still had access to dies that were nearly a decade old and were able to re-use them for a new issue!

Dark brassy tone with some minor pitting.
5 commentsDavid Atherton01/17/20 at 19:33quadrans: Wow, not an everyday coin ...
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Italian States. Aquileia, Patriarchate.5 viewsBernardi 54d, CNI VI p. 29, 2

AR denaro (median weight 0.79 g.; weight range 0.72-0.92 g., nominal fineness 0.607); .75 g., 19.88 mm. max., 90◦.

Struck 1359-1363 under Patriarch Ludovico I della Torre (1359-1365).

Obv: LVDOV ⁎ -- ICI ⁎ PA ⁎, Saint Hermagoras/Ermacora, seated and facing, raising right hand in blessing and holding miter with cross in left hand.

Rev: ⁎ AQ[VI] ⁎ -- LEGIA ⁎, tower with two crossed lily scepters, letters L--V in fields.

According to Aquiliean tradition, Hermagoras was the leader of the nascent Christian community in Aquileia, and was consecrated bishop by Saint Peter. Hermagoras and his deacon Fortunatus evangelized the area but were eventually arrested by Sebastius, a representative of Nero. They were tortured and beheaded.

Bernardi rarity C.
1 commentsStkp01/17/20 at 19:30quadrans: Nice one
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Italian States. Aquileia, Patriarchate.3 viewsBernardi 54d, CNI VI p. 30, 6-9

AR denaro (median weight 0.77 g.; weight range 0.89-1.16 g., nominal fineness 0.630); .73 g., 18.44 mm. max., 0◦.

Struck 1359-1363 under Patriarch Ludovico I della Torre (1359-1365).

Obv: + mOnETA ⁎ LVDOVICI ♠, two crossed lily scepters in a frame of six double arches with globes at the corners, in a linear circle, letters L--O in fields between arms.

Rev: PATRIARChA ⁎ AQVILEGEnS, eagle facing left with wings spread, letter L on the breast.

Bernardi rarity C.
1 commentsStkp01/17/20 at 19:30quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Sasanian Empire7 viewsKhusro II -- Year 5 -- Ctesiphon

Obv: Pahlavi script legend: to the l. on two lines reading down leftward and outward is GDH/’pzwt (xwarrah abzūd) and to the r. on one line reading down is hwslwd (Husraw) = Khusro has increased the royal glory; frontal bust facing r. of bearded Khusro II with a hair globe drawn to the back of the neck, crown with three merlons and attached to the top of the crown cap are wings (lines within the base, wings open) with an attached crescent and star, double pearl diadem with three ribbons behind, earring made up of three dots, neckline edged with a row of pearls, both shoulders decorated with a crescent and star, double row of pearls from shoulders to breast, two dots on the breast, star in upper l. field, star and crescent in upper r. field, two dotted rims with a star on a crescent at 3h, 6h, and 9h.
Rev: Pahlavi script legend: to the l. reading down is year ḥwmŝ‵ of Khusro II’s reign and to the r. reading down is the mint mark WYHC = year 5 of Khusro II’s reign, Ctesiphon; fire altar with a base consisting of two slabs and a shaft with two ribbons pointing upwards to the r. and l. of the shaft with four altar slabs on top and flames consisting of four tiers rendered as four then three then two then one upward stroke, star to the l. and crescent to the r. of the top two tiers, to the l. and r. of the altar are two frontal facing attendants each holding a sword pointing downwards with the r. hand over the l. hand and wearing a rounded cap, three dotted rims with a star on a crescent at 3h, 6h, 9h, and 12h.

Denomination: silver drachm; Mint: Ctesiphon;1 Date: year 5, 594 - 595 AD; Weight: 4.10g; Diameter: 31.34mm; Die axis: 90º; References, for example: Göbl II/2.

Notes:

1See Schindel (2005) pp. 296 - 299 for an argument identifying the Pahlavi mint signature WYHC with Ctesipon.

See Daryaee (1997) for an interesting study of the religious and political iconography on the coinage of Khusro II*. He argues that Khusro II implemented iconographic changes in regnal year 2 (591 - 592 AD) as a direct result of suppressing the rebellion (with the assistance of the Byzantine Emperor Maurice) of the brilliant general Wahrām Chōbēn (Wahrām VI) in 591 AD. Further iconographic changes were carried out in regnal year 11 (600 - 601 AD) in response to the final defeat in 600 AD of the 10 year rule/rebellion of Wistahm**, his uncle (as the brother-in-law of his father Ohrmazd IV) and former staunch supporter.

*The study cannot be intended to be complete. For example, there is no discussion of the legend ’pd that appeared, beginning in the 12th regnal year but not present for all subsequent years or at all mints, in the second quadrant outside of the rims on the obverse. Gariboldi 2010 (p.64) translates the legend as “good”, “excellent”, “wonderful” while Göbl 1983 (p. 331) translates it as “praise”.

**There is some debate about when Wistahm was finally eliminated. Daryaee, following Paruck 1924, relies on (purported?) numismatic evidence that the last coin minted in his name was for year 10. Therefore Daryaee states that 600 AD was the year of elimination (Daryaee 1997, p. 53 n. 38. Also see Daryaee 2009, p. 33 n. 166 for a slightly more tepid assertion). Frye 1984 implies a 10 year rule for Wistahm, stating that “it was not until 601 that the rule of Chosroes [Khusro] was restored over all of the empire…” (p. 336). Göbl SN, however, states that 10 years of reign are said to be represented, although personally he had only seen coins of years 2 through 7 (p. 53). Thus Wistahm’s years in SN’s Table XI are listed as “591/2 - 597?” Malek 1993 also lists Wistahm’s years as 591/2 - 97 (p. 237).

Provenance: Ex Marc R. Breitsprecher, Classical Numismatist October 2, 2018.

Photo Credit: Marc R. Breitsprecher, Classical Numismatist

Sources

Daryaee, Touraj. “The Use of Religio-Political Propaganda on Coins of Xusrō II.” The Journal of the American Numismatics (1989-), vol. 9 (1997): 41-53.
Daryaee, Touraj. Sasanian Persia: The Rise And Fall Of An Empire. London: I. B. Tauris, 2009.
Frye, Richard. The History of Ancient Iran. Munich: C.H. Beck’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1984.
Gariboldi, Andrea. Sasanian Coinage and History: The Civic Numismatic Collection of Milan. Costa Mesa: Mazda Publishers, 2010.
Göbl, Robert. Sasanian Numismatics. Braunschweig: Klinkhardt and Biermann, 1971.
Göbl 1983: Yarshater, Ehsan, ed. The Cambridge History of Iran, vol. 3 (1), The Seleucid, Parthian and Sasanian Periods. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983: 322 - 336.
Malek, Hodge. “A Survey of Research on Sasanian Numismatics.” The Numismatic Chronicle (1966-), vol. 153 (1993): 227 - 269.
Paruck, F.D.J. Sasanian Coins. Bombay: 1924.
Schindel, Nickolaus. “Sasanian Mint Abbreviations: The Evidence of Style.” The Numismatic Chronicle (1966-), vol. 165 (2005): 287 - 299.
1 commentsTracy Aiello01/17/20 at 19:29quadrans: Nice piece..
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Provincial, Tetradrachm, Alexandria, Egypt, EIPHNH5 viewsBI Tetradrachm
Roman Provincial: Alexandria, Egypt
Vespasian
Augustus: 69 - 79AD
Issued: 69 - 70AD
24.0mm 12.0gr 11h
O: ΑΥΤΟΚ ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒΑ ΟΥΕΣΠΑΣΙΑΝΟΥ; Laureate head right.
R: EIPHNH; Eirene standing left, branch in right, caduceus in left.
Exergue: Obverse, LB, right field.
LB = Regnal Year 2 = 69 - 70AD
RPC II 2411; BMC 232; Dattari 357; Koln 274; Milne 388.
bronzemat/Mat Baca
5/12/17 1/15/20
2 commentsNicholas Z01/17/20 at 16:09David Atherton: Respectable example!
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04 Diva Julia Titi RIC 76052 viewsÆ Sestertius, 24.33g
Rome mint, 92-94 AD (Domitian)
Obv: DIVAE IVLIAE AVG DIVI TITI F above; S P Q R in exergue; Carpentum drawn r. by two mules
Rev: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XVI CENS PER P P; S C, large, in centre
RIC 760 (R). BMC 471. BNC 502.
Acquired from Ken Dorney, January 2020. Ex Agora Auctions Sale 84, 4 September 2019, lot 187. Ex CNG E314, 6 November 2013, lot 364.

Titus' daughter Julia Titi was granted the title Augusta sometime in 80 or 81 during his reign. After Titus' death she lived with her uncle Domitian at the imperial residence. In 90 or 91 AD she died and was deified by Domitian, this was commemorated on the coinage. The ancient sources are quick to malign her reputation in the name of smearing Domitian. It is said she had an ongoing affair with Domitian and became pregnant. She then was forced by Domitian to abort the baby and died during the attempted abortion sometime in 90 or 91. The Flavian historian Brian Jones has called the supposed affair between Domitian and his niece Julia (some ten or eleven years his junior) and the subsequent forced abortion which killed her as "implausible" and "nonsense". Further he wrote "Scholars seem not to have stressed one of the most significant factors in assessing the rumour's accuracy - Martial's epigram 6.3, written not long after Julia's death and deification. In it, he expresses the hope that Domitian will produce a son, implies that the baby's name will be Julius (6.3.1) and states that (the now deified) Julia will be able to watch over him (6.3.5). Martial was neither a hero or a fool. Had there been the slightest hint of an affair between emperor and niece, he would hardly have written those lines; had Julia's recent death been caused by an abortion forced on her by Domitian, would Martial have so far neglected the bounds of 'safe criticism' and common sense as to humiliate Domitia publicly, urging her to become pregnant, to give the child a name reminiscent of her husband's mistress and finally to remember that same mistress, now dead and deified (thanks to her husband), would be able to protect the child?" No doubt, the Diva coins testify that Domitian felt great affection towards his niece, however, there is no evidence that they had an illicit love affair. The incestuous rumour was spread after Domitian's death.

This sestertius struck for Diva Julia Titi between 92 and 94 copies an early carpentum and mules type struck under Tiberius for Diva Livia and another under Titus struck for her grandmother Domitilla. It is the second issue of this type struck under Domitian and is slightly rarer than the earlier one produced in 90-91. In the early empire the carpentum was granted to ladies of the imperial house by the Senate as an imperial honour. It was frequently used to convey an image of the deceased Divae and to symbolise the event on the coinage. The style of the Diva Julia Titi sestertii are so similar to those of the earlier Memoriae Domitilla sestertii that the RIC authors speculate a few of the older Domitilla dies were recut for Julia's issues (p. 317, note). It's astonishing to think that the mint still had access to dies that were nearly a decade old and were able to re-use them for a new issue!

Dark brassy tone with some minor pitting.
5 commentsDavid Atherton01/17/20 at 13:32Jay GT4: Nice!
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04 Diva Julia Titi RIC 76052 viewsÆ Sestertius, 24.33g
Rome mint, 92-94 AD (Domitian)
Obv: DIVAE IVLIAE AVG DIVI TITI F above; S P Q R in exergue; Carpentum drawn r. by two mules
Rev: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XVI CENS PER P P; S C, large, in centre
RIC 760 (R). BMC 471. BNC 502.
Acquired from Ken Dorney, January 2020. Ex Agora Auctions Sale 84, 4 September 2019, lot 187. Ex CNG E314, 6 November 2013, lot 364.

Titus' daughter Julia Titi was granted the title Augusta sometime in 80 or 81 during his reign. After Titus' death she lived with her uncle Domitian at the imperial residence. In 90 or 91 AD she died and was deified by Domitian, this was commemorated on the coinage. The ancient sources are quick to malign her reputation in the name of smearing Domitian. It is said she had an ongoing affair with Domitian and became pregnant. She then was forced by Domitian to abort the baby and died during the attempted abortion sometime in 90 or 91. The Flavian historian Brian Jones has called the supposed affair between Domitian and his niece Julia (some ten or eleven years his junior) and the subsequent forced abortion which killed her as "implausible" and "nonsense". Further he wrote "Scholars seem not to have stressed one of the most significant factors in assessing the rumour's accuracy - Martial's epigram 6.3, written not long after Julia's death and deification. In it, he expresses the hope that Domitian will produce a son, implies that the baby's name will be Julius (6.3.1) and states that (the now deified) Julia will be able to watch over him (6.3.5). Martial was neither a hero or a fool. Had there been the slightest hint of an affair between emperor and niece, he would hardly have written those lines; had Julia's recent death been caused by an abortion forced on her by Domitian, would Martial have so far neglected the bounds of 'safe criticism' and common sense as to humiliate Domitia publicly, urging her to become pregnant, to give the child a name reminiscent of her husband's mistress and finally to remember that same mistress, now dead and deified (thanks to her husband), would be able to protect the child?" No doubt, the Diva coins testify that Domitian felt great affection towards his niece, however, there is no evidence that they had an illicit love affair. The incestuous rumour was spread after Domitian's death.

This sestertius struck for Diva Julia Titi between 92 and 94 copies an early carpentum and mules type struck under Tiberius for Diva Livia and another under Titus struck for her grandmother Domitilla. It is the second issue of this type struck under Domitian and is slightly rarer than the earlier one produced in 90-91. In the early empire the carpentum was granted to ladies of the imperial house by the Senate as an imperial honour. It was frequently used to convey an image of the deceased Divae and to symbolise the event on the coinage. The style of the Diva Julia Titi sestertii are so similar to those of the earlier Memoriae Domitilla sestertii that the RIC authors speculate a few of the older Domitilla dies were recut for Julia's issues (p. 317, note). It's astonishing to think that the mint still had access to dies that were nearly a decade old and were able to re-use them for a new issue!

Dark brassy tone with some minor pitting.
5 commentsDavid Atherton01/17/20 at 08:21FlaviusDomitianus: Nice addition.
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RPC II 1315Aa Domitianus39 viewsObv: ΔOMITIANOC KAICAPI, laureate and cuirassed bust right
Rev: EΠI TI ΦΛ EICIΓONOY CARΔIANΩN CTPA, Demos of Sardis standing, r., with Demos of Smyrna (?) standing, l.; between, altar
AE27 (26.71 mm 10.279 g 12h) Struck in Sardes (Lydia) 79-81 AD, magistrate T Fl Eisigonos (strategos)
RPC II 1315Aa.1 (this coin)
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 85 Lot 293
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/16/20 at 18:45Jay GT4: Lovely
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RPC II 1315Aa Domitianus39 viewsObv: ΔOMITIANOC KAICAPI, laureate and cuirassed bust right
Rev: EΠI TI ΦΛ EICIΓONOY CARΔIANΩN CTPA, Demos of Sardis standing, r., with Demos of Smyrna (?) standing, l.; between, altar
AE27 (26.71 mm 10.279 g 12h) Struck in Sardes (Lydia) 79-81 AD, magistrate T Fl Eisigonos (strategos)
RPC II 1315Aa.1 (this coin)
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 85 Lot 293
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/16/20 at 16:54okidoki: wonderful bust
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Titus as Caesar RIC 81041 viewsAR Quinarius, 1.41g
Rome mint, 75(?) AD (Vespasian)
Obv: T CAESAR VESPASIAN; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVSTI; Victory std. l., with wreath and palm
RIC 810 (C). BMC 314. RSC 375. BNC 277.
Acquired from eBay, December 2019.

Vespasian revived the quinarius after a long hiatus going back to the time of Augustus. Striking this denomination was quite in keeping with the antiquarian flavour of the Rome mint during the reign. Vespasian's moneyer's struck a great issue of undated quinarii in 75, possibly in conjunction with the opening of his Temple of Peace. These tiny coins may have been distributed during special occasions. Two standard Victory types (seated or advancing) were employed along with various variant legend spellings and orientations. The variations are: obverse legend - VESPASIANVS or more commonly for Titus Caesar VESPASIAN; reverse legend - AVGVSTI or less commonly AVGVST. The reverse legend can also either be oriented from low r. or high l. Dating this undated issue is a little tricky. The quinarii struck before 75 have AVGVSTI in the reverse legend, while those struck after 75 use the shorter AVGVST. The undated issue employs both forms, therefore it fits neatly to 75. This quinarius struck for Titus Caesar is perhaps the most common variant struck for him in the issue.

Nicely centred with hints of rainbow toning.
3 commentsDavid Atherton01/16/20 at 09:31FlaviusDomitianus: Nice catch.
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Provincial, Tetradrachm, Alexandria, Egypt, EIPHNH5 viewsBI Tetradrachm
Roman Provincial: Alexandria, Egypt
Vespasian
Augustus: 69 - 79AD
Issued: 69 - 70AD
24.0mm 12.0gr 11h
O: ΑΥΤΟΚ ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒΑ ΟΥΕΣΠΑΣΙΑΝΟΥ; Laureate head right.
R: EIPHNH; Eirene standing left, branch in right, caduceus in left.
Exergue: Obverse, LB, right field.
LB = Regnal Year 2 = 69 - 70AD
RPC II 2411; BMC 232; Dattari 357; Koln 274; Milne 388.
bronzemat/Mat Baca
5/12/17 1/15/20
2 commentsNicholas Z01/16/20 at 05:17Jay GT4: Nice portrait
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Titus as Caesar RIC 81041 viewsAR Quinarius, 1.41g
Rome mint, 75(?) AD (Vespasian)
Obv: T CAESAR VESPASIAN; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVSTI; Victory std. l., with wreath and palm
RIC 810 (C). BMC 314. RSC 375. BNC 277.
Acquired from eBay, December 2019.

Vespasian revived the quinarius after a long hiatus going back to the time of Augustus. Striking this denomination was quite in keeping with the antiquarian flavour of the Rome mint during the reign. Vespasian's moneyer's struck a great issue of undated quinarii in 75, possibly in conjunction with the opening of his Temple of Peace. These tiny coins may have been distributed during special occasions. Two standard Victory types (seated or advancing) were employed along with various variant legend spellings and orientations. The variations are: obverse legend - VESPASIANVS or more commonly for Titus Caesar VESPASIAN; reverse legend - AVGVSTI or less commonly AVGVST. The reverse legend can also either be oriented from low r. or high l. Dating this undated issue is a little tricky. The quinarii struck before 75 have AVGVSTI in the reverse legend, while those struck after 75 use the shorter AVGVST. The undated issue employs both forms, therefore it fits neatly to 75. This quinarius struck for Titus Caesar is perhaps the most common variant struck for him in the issue.

Nicely centred with hints of rainbow toning.
3 commentsDavid Atherton01/16/20 at 00:15Tracy Aiello: Very nice.
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Nero RIC 5338 viewsNero. AD 54-68. Æ As. Lugdunum (Lyon) mint. Struck circa AD 66.

IMP NERO CAESAR AVG P MAX TR P P P, Bare head right, small globe at point of bust
GENIO-AVGVSTI, Genius standing half-left, sacrificing from patera over lighted altar and holding cornucopia.

RIC I 533; BMCRE 370; WCN 591.

Diameter: 30 mm
Weight: 9,44 g
1 commentsTomasz K01/16/20 at 00:14Jay GT4: Great coin
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Titus as Caesar RIC 81041 viewsAR Quinarius, 1.41g
Rome mint, 75(?) AD (Vespasian)
Obv: T CAESAR VESPASIAN; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVSTI; Victory std. l., with wreath and palm
RIC 810 (C). BMC 314. RSC 375. BNC 277.
Acquired from eBay, December 2019.

Vespasian revived the quinarius after a long hiatus going back to the time of Augustus. Striking this denomination was quite in keeping with the antiquarian flavour of the Rome mint during the reign. Vespasian's moneyer's struck a great issue of undated quinarii in 75, possibly in conjunction with the opening of his Temple of Peace. These tiny coins may have been distributed during special occasions. Two standard Victory types (seated or advancing) were employed along with various variant legend spellings and orientations. The variations are: obverse legend - VESPASIANVS or more commonly for Titus Caesar VESPASIAN; reverse legend - AVGVSTI or less commonly AVGVST. The reverse legend can also either be oriented from low r. or high l. Dating this undated issue is a little tricky. The quinarii struck before 75 have AVGVSTI in the reverse legend, while those struck after 75 use the shorter AVGVST. The undated issue employs both forms, therefore it fits neatly to 75. This quinarius struck for Titus Caesar is perhaps the most common variant struck for him in the issue.

Nicely centred with hints of rainbow toning.
3 commentsDavid Atherton01/16/20 at 00:11Jay GT4: Wonderful
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14 viewsAttica, Athens AR Tetradrachm. Circa 454-404 BC.
Head of Athena right, in crested Attic helmet ornamented with three olive leaves above visor and spiral palmette on bowl, wearing round earring with central boss
Owl standing to right with head facing, olive sprig and crescent behind, ΑΘΕ before; all within incuse square.

Kroll 8; Dewing 1591-8; SNG Copenhagen 31.

Diameter: 26 mm, 7h
Weight: 17.18g
2 commentsthomcoin01/15/20 at 23:34Jay GT4: Great coin
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RPC II 2567 Domitianus29 viewsObv: AYT KAIΣAP ΔOMIT ΣEB ΓEPM, Laureate head right
Rev: ETOYΣ ENATOY, Bust of Zeus Ammon right
AE/Diobol (25.82 mm 6.089 g 12h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 89-90 A.D.
RPC II 2567.3 (this coin), Dattari 536, Emmett 299.9
ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 66 lot 707
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/15/20 at 23:05David Atherton: Superb!
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RIC 0117 Vespasianus102 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
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/15/20 at 22:55*Alex: Great coin. Never seen that reverse before.
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RPC II 2567 Domitianus29 viewsObv: AYT KAIΣAP ΔOMIT ΣEB ΓEPM, Laureate head right
Rev: ETOYΣ ENATOY, Bust of Zeus Ammon right
AE/Diobol (25.82 mm 6.089 g 12h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 89-90 A.D.
RPC II 2567.3 (this coin), Dattari 536, Emmett 299.9
ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 66 lot 707
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/15/20 at 22:21orfew: Great!
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0433 Hadrian Sestertius, Roma 119-21 AD Moneta standing8 viewsReference.
RIC II,586; BMC 1196; Banti --; Strack 677; RIC III, 433

Bust A4 with Aegis (Aegis unlisted)

Obv. IMP. CAESAR. TRAIANVS. HADRIANVS. AVG. P. M. TR. P. COS. III.
Laureate, bare bust with Aegis

Rev. MONETA AVGVSTI, S.C
Moneta standing left holding scales and cornucopia

23.75 gr
34 mm
h
2 commentsokidoki01/15/20 at 21:56Ronald: great aegis
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RPC II 2567 Domitianus29 viewsObv: AYT KAIΣAP ΔOMIT ΣEB ΓEPM, Laureate head right
Rev: ETOYΣ ENATOY, Bust of Zeus Ammon right
AE/Diobol (25.82 mm 6.089 g 12h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 89-90 A.D.
RPC II 2567.3 (this coin), Dattari 536, Emmett 299.9
ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 66 lot 707
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/15/20 at 20:54Nemonater: Nice!
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RPC II 2567 Domitianus29 viewsObv: AYT KAIΣAP ΔOMIT ΣEB ΓEPM, Laureate head right
Rev: ETOYΣ ENATOY, Bust of Zeus Ammon right
AE/Diobol (25.82 mm 6.089 g 12h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 89-90 A.D.
RPC II 2567.3 (this coin), Dattari 536, Emmett 299.9
ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 66 lot 707
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/15/20 at 18:49okidoki: Congrats very nice
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0433 Hadrian Sestertius, Roma 119-21 AD Moneta standing8 viewsReference.
RIC II,586; BMC 1196; Banti --; Strack 677; RIC III, 433

Bust A4 with Aegis (Aegis unlisted)

Obv. IMP. CAESAR. TRAIANVS. HADRIANVS. AVG. P. M. TR. P. COS. III.
Laureate, bare bust with Aegis

Rev. MONETA AVGVSTI, S.C
Moneta standing left holding scales and cornucopia

23.75 gr
34 mm
h
2 commentsokidoki01/15/20 at 18:20Jay GT4: Nice one
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RPC II 2567 Domitianus29 viewsObv: AYT KAIΣAP ΔOMIT ΣEB ΓEPM, Laureate head right
Rev: ETOYΣ ENATOY, Bust of Zeus Ammon right
AE/Diobol (25.82 mm 6.089 g 12h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 89-90 A.D.
RPC II 2567.3 (this coin), Dattari 536, Emmett 299.9
ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 66 lot 707
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/15/20 at 18:18Jay GT4: Excellent reverse
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Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, X barbaric imitation, 18. Caracalla, HrHJ (2018) 8(?).18(?).31.1 unpublished7 viewsCaracalla, AD 198-217
AE 16, 2.10g, 16.08mm, 315°
obv. AV K CE - [.....]
Laureate head r.
rev. [.....] - PROC ICT
Kybele, in long garment, wearing mural crown (?), std. l. on lion, resting with l. arm on
tympanon and holding in extended r. hand patera(?)
ref. a) not in AMNG
b) not in Varbanov
c) not in Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2018)
Unpublished
rxtremely rare, F+, black patina, obv. a bit excentric

A very unusual coin. The depiction of Kybele (mural crown, extended r. hand), of the lion (shape, head) and the size ratio of Kybele to the lion speak strongly for an unofficial imitation.
1 commentsJochen01/15/20 at 16:53okidoki: very nice reverse
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Parthia -- Phraates IV. (Tiridates ?), 38 - 2 BC9 viewsAR tdr., 12.78gr; 26,7mm; Sellw. 55.12-14 (Tiridates), Shore - , Sunrise -;
mint: Seleukia; axis: 12h, date: no year, month ΟΛΩΙΟΥ = July;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/broad diadem and 3 ribbons; medium-long hair in three waves, mustache, short pointed beard; earring, three-turn torque , earringl; tunic/cuirass w/ornamental border, star on chest; dotted border 12 - 14:30;
rev.: king, right, on throne w/outstretched right arm, facing goddess, left, w/palm branch in outstretched right hand and conucopia in left arm; no year; exergual line; 6 lines of legend visible: (BACIΛCΩC) BACIΛE(ΩN) (APCAKOY) (E)VEPΓETOV ΔIKAIOV (to be read from the inside) OLΩIOV (July) (E)ΠIΦANOVC (ΦIΛ)EΛΛHNOC;
Probably a Phraates IV tdr. despite the missing wart;

ex: Baldwin’s Auction 96 (09/15), multiple coin lot (ex David Sellwood Collection).
1 commentsSchatz01/14/20 at 21:21quadrans: Excellent...
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Parthia -- Bagasis (interregnal issue), 126 BC4 viewsAR tdr., 15.88gr, 29,4mm; Sellwood 18.1, Shore --, Sunrise 273 (Artabanos II., 127-126BC);
mint: Seleukia, axis: 12h;
obv.: bare-headed bust, right, w/diadem, knot and 3 ribbons; short hair, longer in neck, long beard; no jewelry visible; reel-and-pellet border 11 to 19h;
rev.: Demeter (?), seated, cornucopia in right arm, on outstretched left arm winged goddess (Nike?) offering diadem, rear leg of seat represented by kneeling winged figure; 2-line legend in 1+1 format: BAΣIΛEΩΣ APΣAKOY; exergual line;
1 commentsSchatz01/14/20 at 21:04quadrans: Another interesting piece..
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Parthia -- Phraates II., 138 - 127 BC5 viewsAR tdr., 16,22gr, 30,06mm; Sellwood 17.1var., Shore --, Sunrise 268;
Mint: Seleukia; axis 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, right, w/diadem, knot and 2 ribbons; short hair, longer in neck, short beard; small earring, no necklace visible;
rev.: male bearded deity, left, on throne, on outstretched right arm winged goddess offering diadem, in left arm cornucopia w/grapes off the top; 4-line legend in 2+2 format: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY APΣAKOY NIKHΦOPOY; below exergual line composite monogram, in left field outside legend second composite monogram.
2 commentsSchatz01/14/20 at 21:04quadrans: Nice one
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Parthia -- Mithradates II., 123 - 88 BC6 viewsAR tdr., 15,43gr., 30,53mm;
Sellw. type 24, Shore 66-69var., Sunrise 281-285var.;
mint: Seleukia, axis: 12h
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/diadem, knot, and 2 ribbons; short, cap-like hair, mustache, long full beard; earring, multi-turn torque w/flattened end; cuirass; complete dotted border;
rev.: archer, right, on omphalos w/bow in extended hand, exergual line, behind archer’s back mongr. ΔI; 4-line legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY APΣAKOY EΠIΦANOYΣ, monogr. TV in exergue.
2 commentsSchatz01/14/20 at 21:03quadrans: I agree nice...
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Parthia -- Unknown Ruler, 80 - 70 BC7 viewsAR tdr., 15,65gr, 29,2mm; Sellwood 30.2, Shore --, Sunrise 311 (Arsakes XVI. 78/77-62/1);
Mint: Seleukia, axis: 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/ diadem, knot and 1 broad ribbon; mustache, medium-long hair in 3 waves; torque w/single pellet finial; cuirass; dotted border 8-15:30h;
rev.: archer, right, on throne, w/bow in right hand; composite monogram above bow; 7-line legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY APΣAKOY ΘEOΠATOPOΣ EYEPΓETOY EΠIΦANOYΣ ΦIΛEΛΛΗNOΣ; exergual line;
1 commentsSchatz01/14/20 at 21:02quadrans: Wow, nice piece...
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Parthia -- Phraates III., 70 - 57 BC, or Dareios of Media Atropatene, ca. 70 BC6 viewsAR tdr., 13,09gr., 29,15mm;
Sellw. 36.2, Shore 149var. (Phraates III), Sunrise 317 (Phraates III);
mint: Seleukia, axis 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/broad diadem, knot, and 2 ribbons; med.-long hair in 4 rows of curls, mustache, short curly beard;

multi-turn torque w/flattened end, cuirass w/star on chest; dotted border 4 - 13h;
rev.: archer, right, on throne, w/bow in extended hand, monogr. BA above bow, exergual line; 7-line legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOV APΣAKOV ΦIΛOΠATOPOΣ EVEPΓETOV EΠIΦANOVΣ ΦIΛEΛΛHNOΣ;
1 commentsSchatz01/14/20 at 21:01quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Parthia -- Phraates IV., 38 - 2 BC2 viewsAR tdr., 14,19gr, 28mm; Sellwood 51.28(?)., Shore -, Sunrise -;
mint: Seleukia; axis: 12h;
obv.: bare-headed bust, left, w/ 4-layer broad diadem, knot and 3 ribbons; medium-long hair in 4 waves, mustache, medium-long pointed beard; wart on forehead; multi-turn torque; cuirass;
rev.: king, right, on throne, facing goddess offering palm branch in outstretched right hand while holding cornucopia in left arm; 7-line legend: BACIΛEΩ(C) BACIΛEΩN APΣAKO(V off flan) EYEPΓEToY ΔIKAIOY (the bottom line to be read from the inside), EΠIΦΛNOYC (ΦIΛ off flan)EΛΛHNO(C off flan); exergual line; below bottom line in exergue the month XAN (Xandikou)and the year ZΠ(C) (287 Sel.= 26 BC);
1 commentsSchatz01/14/20 at 21:01quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Parthia -- Phraates IV., 38 - 2 BC7 viewsAR tdr., 14,59gr, 30,9mm; Sellwood 52type, Shore 274var.(rev.), Sunrise 391var. (rev.);
mint: Seleukia; axis: 12h;
obv.: bare-headed bust, left, w/ 4-layer broad diadem and 3 ribbons; medium-long hair in 4 waves, mustache, medium-long beard squared at the end; wart on side of forehead; multi-turn torque; cuirass w/ star on chest; dotted border almost complete;
rev.: king, right, on throne, facing goddess (w/halo?) offering diadem in outstretched right hand while holding cornucopia in left arm; 8-line legend: BACIΛ(EΩC) BACIΛEΩ(N) APCAKO(V) EVEIΓEToV ΔIKAIOV (the bottom line to be read from the inside), EΠIΦΛNoYC (Φ)IΛEΛΛHNo(C); exergual line; below bottom line in exergue illegible date;

1 commentsSchatz01/14/20 at 20:59quadrans: wow, great coin,
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Parthia -- Phraates IV., 38 - 2 BC6 viewsAR tdr., 14,61gr, 28,4mm; Sellwood 55.5var.(Tiridates), Shore 308var. (Tiridates), Sunrise 398(Uncertain usurper - Tiridates?);
mint: Seleukia; axis: 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/broad 4 layer diadem and 4 ribbons; medium-long hair in 4 waves, mustache, long pointed beard squared at the end; no wart; triple necklace; tunic/cuirass w/collar adorned by a suite of x's; dotted border 11 to 16h;
rev.: king, left, seated on throne w/Nike on outstretched right arm offering diadem, the left holding lance or staff behind him; dot between feet; year EΠΣ=27 BC between throne legs and the month ΔAIΣI(OY)= May in exergue; 7-line legend: BACIΛE(ΩΣ) BACIΛEΩN APΣAKO(Y) EVEIΓETo(Y) ΔIKAIoY EΠIΦANOYΣ (ΦIΛ)EΛΛHN(OΣ).
1 commentsSchatz01/14/20 at 20:59quadrans: Another nice piece
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14 viewsAttica, Athens AR Tetradrachm. Circa 454-404 BC.
Head of Athena right, in crested Attic helmet ornamented with three olive leaves above visor and spiral palmette on bowl, wearing round earring with central boss
Owl standing to right with head facing, olive sprig and crescent behind, ΑΘΕ before; all within incuse square.

Kroll 8; Dewing 1591-8; SNG Copenhagen 31.

Diameter: 26 mm, 7h
Weight: 17.18g
2 commentsthomcoin01/14/20 at 20:58quadrans: Nice piece.. , Great Owl...
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Parthia -- Phraates IV., 38 - 2 BC5 viewsAR tdr., 14,29gr, 27,88mm;
mint: Seleukia, axis: 12h, date: ΕΠΣ = 27 BC, no month;
Sellw. 55.3, Shore 307, Sunrise 397 (no month);
obv.: bare-headed bust, left, w/diadem, knot, and four ribbons; medium-long hair in four waves, medium-long shaped beard, mustache; three-turn torque; tunic/cuirass w/ornamental border;
rev.: king, left, seated on throne, w/lance or long sceptre in left hand and goddess holding diadem in right hand; date ΕΠΣ between throne legs; seven-line legend: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ.
1 commentsSchatz01/14/20 at 20:57quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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1037 Mule Hadrian Denarius Roma 129-30 AD Justitia12 viewsReference.
RIC, III 1037; RIC -; BMC-; Strack p. 219, 41 (Vienna); RSC 883c.

Bust C1

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS. (P P missing)
Laureate, draped bust, viewed from front

Rev. IVSTITIA AVG COS III in ex.
Justitia seated left, patera in right, vertical long scepter in left.

3.30 gr
19 mm
6h

Note Curtis Clay.

These are mules from an old rev. die: the lack of P P in the obverse legend means that it should have been added to the rev. legend, but these coins are from one or more rev. dies that had been engraved before that change was made, and were later erroneously coupled with at least two of the new obv. dies without P P.
1 commentsokidoki01/14/20 at 20:57quadrans: Nice find...
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RIC 055414 viewsTitus Caesar AR Denarius circa 73,
19mm., 3.25g.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev. Emperor seated r. on curule chair, feet on footstool, holding sceptre and olive branch. C 158. RIC 554.
Toned, Very Fine.
From the M.J. Collection.
Ex: Naville Numismatics Live Auction 53 Lot 522
3 commentsorfew01/14/20 at 14:18David Atherton: Great portrait on that one!
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Baktria. Sophytes. AR Didrachm9 viewsBaktria. Sophytes. 295/3-285/3 BC. AR Didrachm (18mm, 7.91 gm) of the Oxus region. Helmeted head of Athena r.; monogram to l. / Owl standing r., head facing; to upper l., prow of galley r. above grape bunch. ΑΘΕ. VF. CNG EA 459 #398. Nomisma Coll. SNG ANS 9 #4; HGC 12 #3; SMAK pp. 64-70; cf. Nicolet-Pierre & Amandry 47/48 (for obv./rev. dies); cf. Bopearachchi Sophytes Group 1A and pl. I, 8 (tetradrachm).
3 commentsAnaximander01/14/20 at 05:46quadrans: Wow, nice one...
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Baktria. Sophytes. AR Didrachm9 viewsBaktria. Sophytes. 295/3-285/3 BC. AR Didrachm (18mm, 7.91 gm) of the Oxus region. Helmeted head of Athena r.; monogram to l. / Owl standing r., head facing; to upper l., prow of galley r. above grape bunch. ΑΘΕ. VF. CNG EA 459 #398. Nomisma Coll. SNG ANS 9 #4; HGC 12 #3; SMAK pp. 64-70; cf. Nicolet-Pierre & Amandry 47/48 (for obv./rev. dies); cf. Bopearachchi Sophytes Group 1A and pl. I, 8 (tetradrachm).
3 commentsAnaximander01/14/20 at 02:33Jay GT4: Fantastic
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Baktria. Sophytes. AR Didrachm9 viewsBaktria. Sophytes. 295/3-285/3 BC. AR Didrachm (18mm, 7.91 gm) of the Oxus region. Helmeted head of Athena r.; monogram to l. / Owl standing r., head facing; to upper l., prow of galley r. above grape bunch. ΑΘΕ. VF. CNG EA 459 #398. Nomisma Coll. SNG ANS 9 #4; HGC 12 #3; SMAK pp. 64-70; cf. Nicolet-Pierre & Amandry 47/48 (for obv./rev. dies); cf. Bopearachchi Sophytes Group 1A and pl. I, 8 (tetradrachm).
3 commentsAnaximander01/13/20 at 21:00Tracy Aiello: Great coin.
18_9_1_1_-b2_05_-after_39-before_40_,_New-Anonymous_I__(_Bela_II__1131-1141_A_D_),_H-095,_C1-079,_U-047,_Q-001,_4h,_10,1-10,6mm,_0,22g-s.jpg
CÁC II. 18.09.1.1./b2.05./ after39 and before 40, New Sigla!, Anonymous I. (Béla II., (Béla II. the Blind), King of Hungary, (1131-1141 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-095, CNH I.-079, U-047, #0182 viewsCÁC II. 18.09.1.1./b2.05./ after39 and before 40, New Sigla!, Anonymous I. (Béla II., (Béla II. the Blind), King of Hungary, (1131-1141 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-095, CNH I.-079, U-047, #01
avers: Cross with dots and wedges between two crescents in the angles; border of dots.
reverse: Lines in place of the legend; cross in a circle with wedges in the angles; border of line.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 10,1-10,6mm, weight: 0,22g, axis: 4h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Huszár-095, CNH I.-079, Unger-047,
Kiss-Toth, Sigla: 18.09.1.1./b2.05./ after39 and before 40, New Sigla!,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans01/13/20 at 20:16Anaximander: Simply. Stunning.
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Sasanian Empire17 viewsKhusro II -- Year 35 -- Ctesiphon

Obv: Pahlavi script legend: to the l. on two lines reading down leftward and outward (with the first word extending through the inner rim) is GDH/’pzwt (xwarrah abzūd) and to the r. on one line reading down is hwslwd (Husraw) = Khusro has increased the royal glory; frontal bust facing r. of bearded Khusro II with a hair globe drawn to the back of the neck, crown with three merlons and attached to the top of the crown cap are wings (lines within the base, wings open) with an attached crescent and star, double pearl diadem with three ribbons behind, earring made up of three dots, neckline edged with a row of pearls, both shoulders decorated with a crescent and star, double row of pearls from shoulders to breast, two dots on the breast, star in upper l. field and star and crescent in upper r. field both extending through the inner rim, two dotted rims with a star on a crescent at 3h, 6h, and 9h.
Rev: Pahlavi script legend: to the l. reading down is year pncsyh of Khusro II’s reign and to the r. reading down is the mint mark WYHC = year 35 of Khusro II’s reign, Ctesiphon; fire altar with a base consisting of two slabs and a shaft with two ribbons pointing upwards to the r. and l. of the shaft with four altar slabs on top and flames consisting of four tiers rendered as four then three then two then one upward stroke, star to the l. and crescent to the r. of the top two tiers, to the l. and r. of the altar are two frontal facing attendants each holding a sword pointing downwards with the r. hand over the l. hand and wearing a crescent cap, three dotted rims with a star on a crescent at 3h, 6h, 9h, and 12h.
Denomination: silver drachm; Mint: Ctesiphon;1 Date: year 35, 624 - 625 AD; Weight: 4.11g; Diameter: 32.6mm; Die axis: 90º; References, for example: Göbl II/3.

Notes:

1See Schindel (2005) pp. 296 - 299 for an argument identifying the Pahlavi mint signature WYHC with Ctesipon.

See Daryaee (1997) for an interesting study of the religious and political iconography on the coinage of Khusro II*. He argues that Khusro II implemented iconographic changes in regnal year 2 (591 - 592 AD) as a direct result of suppressing the rebellion (with the assistance of the Byzantine Emperor Maurice) of the brilliant general Wahrām Chōbēn (Wahrām VI) in 591 AD. Further iconographic changes were carried out in regnal year 11 (600 - 601 AD) in response to the final defeat in 600 AD of the 10 year rule/rebellion of Wistahm**, his uncle (as the brother-in-law of his father Ohrmazd IV) and former staunch supporter.

*The study cannot be intended to be complete. For example, there is no discussion of the legend ’pd that appeared, beginning in the 12th regnal year but not present for all subsequent years or at all mints, in the second quadrant outside of the rims on the obverse. Gariboldi 2010 (p.64) translates the legend as “good”, “excellent”, “wonderful” while Göbl 1983 (p. 331) translates it as “praise”.

**There is some debate about when Wistahm was finally eliminated. Daryaee, following Paruck 1924, relies on (purported?) numismatic evidence that the last coin minted in his name was for year 10. Therefore Daryaee states that 600 AD was the year of elimination (Daryaee 1997, p. 53 n. 38. Also see Daryaee 2009, p. 33 n. 166 for a slightly more tepid assertion). Frye 1984 implies a 10 year rule for Wistahm, stating that “it was not until 601 that the rule of Chosroes [Khusro] was restored over all of the empire…” (p. 336). Göbl SN, however, states that 10 years of reign are said to be represented, although personally he had only seen coins of years 2 through 7 (p. 53). Thus Wistahm’s years in SN’s Table XI are listed as “591/2 - 597?” Malek 1993 also lists Wistahm’s years as 591/2 - 97 (p. 237).

Provenance: Ex Forum Ancient Coins June 8, 2018, from the Jyrki Muona Collection; Ex CNG e-auction 59 (26 Feb 2003), lot 77; Ex CNG e-auction 57 (4 Apr 2001), lot 47.

Photo Credit: Forum Ancient Coins

Sources

Daryaee, Touraj. “The Use of Religio-Political Propaganda on Coins of Xusrō II.” The Journal of the American Numismatics (1989-), vol. 9 (1997): 41-53.
Daryaee, Touraj. Sasanian Persia: The Rise And Fall Of An Empire. London: I. B. Tauris, 2009.
Frye, Richard. The History of Ancient Iran. Munich: C.H. Beck’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1984.
Gariboldi, Andrea. Sasanian Coinage and History: The Civic Numismatic Collection of Milan. Costa Mesa: Mazda Publishers, 2010.
Göbl, Robert. Sasanian Numismatics. Braunschweig: Klinkhardt and Biermann, 1971.
Göbl 1983: Yarshater, Ehsan, ed. The Cambridge History of Iran, vol. 3 (1), The Seleucid, Parthian and Sasanian Periods. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983: 322 - 336.
Malek, Hodge. “A Survey of Research on Sasanian Numismatics.” The Numismatic Chronicle (1966-), vol. 153 (1993): 227 - 269.
Paruck, F.D.J. Sasanian Coins. Bombay: 1924.
Schindel, Nickolaus. “Sasanian Mint Abbreviations: The Evidence of Style.” The Numismatic Chronicle (1966-), vol. 165 (2005): 287 - 299.
2 commentsTracy Aiello01/13/20 at 16:59Jay GT4: Really nice!
Cilicia,_Tarsos,_Mazaios_(Satrap_of_Cilicia,_361-0-334_B_C_),_Baaltars_seated_l_,_Lion_and_Stag_l__,SNG_Levante_107-8var_,_AR-Stater,_Q-001,_11h,_22-23mm,_10,61g-s.jpg
Cilicia, Tarsos, Mazaios (Satrap of Cilicia, 361/0-334/3 B.C.), SNG Levante 107-8var., AR-Stater, Lion bringing down stag to left, #1106 viewsCilicia, Tarsos, Mazaios (Satrap of Cilicia, 361/0-334/3 B.C.), SNG Levante 107-8var., AR-Stater, Lion bringing down stag to left, #1
avers: Baaltars seated left on throne, holding scepter, grain ear and grape bunch; grape bunch (symbol) below throne, the Aramaic legend "BLTRZ" to right.
reverse: Lion bringing down stag to left, the Aramaic legend "MZDI" above, Aramaic letter "M" below; all within an incuse square with a dotted border.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 22,0mm, weight: 10,61g, axes: 0h,
mint: Cilicia, Mazaios (Satrap of Cilicia), date: 361/0-334/3 B.C., ref: SNG Levante 107-8var.(control below throne), SNG BN 326-7,
Q-001
5 commentsquadrans01/13/20 at 16:58*Alex: Great coin. The lion seems to be really enjoying h...
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Athena / Owl Tetradrachm 35 viewsAttica, Athens AR Tetradrachm. 17.22g, 23mm, 10h. Circa 454-404 BC.
O: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet ornamented with three olive leaves above visor and spiral palmette on bowl, round earring with central boss, and pearl necklace. Braided hair curling out below the helmet.
R: Owl standing to right with head facing, olive sprig and crescent behind, ΑΘΕ "Of the Athenians"; all within incuse square.
- Kroll 8; Dewing 1591-8; SNG Copenhagen 31.
6 commentsNemonater01/13/20 at 10:18Anaximander: This one's a gem! Amazing how all the devices ...
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Sasanian Empire17 viewsKhusro II -- Year 35 -- Ctesiphon

Obv: Pahlavi script legend: to the l. on two lines reading down leftward and outward (with the first word extending through the inner rim) is GDH/’pzwt (xwarrah abzūd) and to the r. on one line reading down is hwslwd (Husraw) = Khusro has increased the royal glory; frontal bust facing r. of bearded Khusro II with a hair globe drawn to the back of the neck, crown with three merlons and attached to the top of the crown cap are wings (lines within the base, wings open) with an attached crescent and star, double pearl diadem with three ribbons behind, earring made up of three dots, neckline edged with a row of pearls, both shoulders decorated with a crescent and star, double row of pearls from shoulders to breast, two dots on the breast, star in upper l. field and star and crescent in upper r. field both extending through the inner rim, two dotted rims with a star on a crescent at 3h, 6h, and 9h.
Rev: Pahlavi script legend: to the l. reading down is year pncsyh of Khusro II’s reign and to the r. reading down is the mint mark WYHC = year 35 of Khusro II’s reign, Ctesiphon; fire altar with a base consisting of two slabs and a shaft with two ribbons pointing upwards to the r. and l. of the shaft with four altar slabs on top and flames consisting of four tiers rendered as four then three then two then one upward stroke, star to the l. and crescent to the r. of the top two tiers, to the l. and r. of the altar are two frontal facing attendants each holding a sword pointing downwards with the r. hand over the l. hand and wearing a crescent cap, three dotted rims with a star on a crescent at 3h, 6h, 9h, and 12h.
Denomination: silver drachm; Mint: Ctesiphon;1 Date: year 35, 624 - 625 AD; Weight: 4.11g; Diameter: 32.6mm; Die axis: 90º; References, for example: Göbl II/3.

Notes:

1See Schindel (2005) pp. 296 - 299 for an argument identifying the Pahlavi mint signature WYHC with Ctesipon.

See Daryaee (1997) for an interesting study of the religious and political iconography on the coinage of Khusro II*. He argues that Khusro II implemented iconographic changes in regnal year 2 (591 - 592 AD) as a direct result of suppressing the rebellion (with the assistance of the Byzantine Emperor Maurice) of the brilliant general Wahrām Chōbēn (Wahrām VI) in 591 AD. Further iconographic changes were carried out in regnal year 11 (600 - 601 AD) in response to the final defeat in 600 AD of the 10 year rule/rebellion of Wistahm**, his uncle (as the brother-in-law of his father Ohrmazd IV) and former staunch supporter.

*The study cannot be intended to be complete. For example, there is no discussion of the legend ’pd that appeared, beginning in the 12th regnal year but not present for all subsequent years or at all mints, in the second quadrant outside of the rims on the obverse. Gariboldi 2010 (p.64) translates the legend as “good”, “excellent”, “wonderful” while Göbl 1983 (p. 331) translates it as “praise”.

**There is some debate about when Wistahm was finally eliminated. Daryaee, following Paruck 1924, relies on (purported?) numismatic evidence that the last coin minted in his name was for year 10. Therefore Daryaee states that 600 AD was the year of elimination (Daryaee 1997, p. 53 n. 38. Also see Daryaee 2009, p. 33 n. 166 for a slightly more tepid assertion). Frye 1984 implies a 10 year rule for Wistahm, stating that “it was not until 601 that the rule of Chosroes [Khusro] was restored over all of the empire…” (p. 336). Göbl SN, however, states that 10 years of reign are said to be represented, although personally he had only seen coins of years 2 through 7 (p. 53). Thus Wistahm’s years in SN’s Table XI are listed as “591/2 - 597?” Malek 1993 also lists Wistahm’s years as 591/2 - 97 (p. 237).

Provenance: Ex Forum Ancient Coins June 8, 2018, from the Jyrki Muona Collection; Ex CNG e-auction 59 (26 Feb 2003), lot 77; Ex CNG e-auction 57 (4 Apr 2001), lot 47.

Photo Credit: Forum Ancient Coins

Sources

Daryaee, Touraj. “The Use of Religio-Political Propaganda on Coins of Xusrō II.” The Journal of the American Numismatics (1989-), vol. 9 (1997): 41-53.
Daryaee, Touraj. Sasanian Persia: The Rise And Fall Of An Empire. London: I. B. Tauris, 2009.
Frye, Richard. The History of Ancient Iran. Munich: C.H. Beck’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1984.
Gariboldi, Andrea. Sasanian Coinage and History: The Civic Numismatic Collection of Milan. Costa Mesa: Mazda Publishers, 2010.
Göbl, Robert. Sasanian Numismatics. Braunschweig: Klinkhardt and Biermann, 1971.
Göbl 1983: Yarshater, Ehsan, ed. The Cambridge History of Iran, vol. 3 (1), The Seleucid, Parthian and Sasanian Periods. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983: 322 - 336.
Malek, Hodge. “A Survey of Research on Sasanian Numismatics.” The Numismatic Chronicle (1966-), vol. 153 (1993): 227 - 269.
Paruck, F.D.J. Sasanian Coins. Bombay: 1924.
Schindel, Nickolaus. “Sasanian Mint Abbreviations: The Evidence of Style.” The Numismatic Chronicle (1966-), vol. 165 (2005): 287 - 299.
2 commentsTracy Aiello01/13/20 at 06:05quadrans: Nice piece
Cilicia,_Tarsos,_Mazaios_(Satrap_of_Cilicia,_361-0-334_B_C_),_Baaltars_seated_l_,_Lion_and_Stag_l__,SNG_Levante_107-8var_,_AR-Stater,_Q-001,_11h,_22-23mm,_10,61g-s.jpg
Cilicia, Tarsos, Mazaios (Satrap of Cilicia, 361/0-334/3 B.C.), SNG Levante 107-8var., AR-Stater, Lion bringing down stag to left, #1106 viewsCilicia, Tarsos, Mazaios (Satrap of Cilicia, 361/0-334/3 B.C.), SNG Levante 107-8var., AR-Stater, Lion bringing down stag to left, #1
avers: Baaltars seated left on throne, holding scepter, grain ear and grape bunch; grape bunch (symbol) below throne, the Aramaic legend "BLTRZ" to right.
reverse: Lion bringing down stag to left, the Aramaic legend "MZDI" above, Aramaic letter "M" below; all within an incuse square with a dotted border.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 22,0mm, weight: 10,61g, axes: 0h,
mint: Cilicia, Mazaios (Satrap of Cilicia), date: 361/0-334/3 B.C., ref: SNG Levante 107-8var.(control below throne), SNG BN 326-7,
Q-001
5 commentsquadrans01/12/20 at 23:03Tracy Aiello: Granted, I don't have a lot of experience but ...
Cilicia,_Tarsos,_Mazaios_(Satrap_of_Cilicia,_361-0-334_B_C_),_Baaltars_seated_l_,_Lion_and_Stag_l__,SNG_Levante_107-8var_,_AR-Stater,_Q-001,_11h,_22-23mm,_10,61g-s.jpg
Cilicia, Tarsos, Mazaios (Satrap of Cilicia, 361/0-334/3 B.C.), SNG Levante 107-8var., AR-Stater, Lion bringing down stag to left, #1106 viewsCilicia, Tarsos, Mazaios (Satrap of Cilicia, 361/0-334/3 B.C.), SNG Levante 107-8var., AR-Stater, Lion bringing down stag to left, #1
avers: Baaltars seated left on throne, holding scepter, grain ear and grape bunch; grape bunch (symbol) below throne, the Aramaic legend "BLTRZ" to right.
reverse: Lion bringing down stag to left, the Aramaic legend "MZDI" above, Aramaic letter "M" below; all within an incuse square with a dotted border.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 22,0mm, weight: 10,61g, axes: 0h,
mint: Cilicia, Mazaios (Satrap of Cilicia), date: 361/0-334/3 B.C., ref: SNG Levante 107-8var.(control below throne), SNG BN 326-7,
Q-001
5 commentsquadrans01/12/20 at 22:27Stkp: great coin
Cilicia,_Tarsos,_Mazaios_(Satrap_of_Cilicia,_361-0-334_B_C_),_Baaltars_seated_l_,_Lion_and_Stag_l__,SNG_Levante_107-8var_,_AR-Stater,_Q-001,_11h,_22-23mm,_10,61g-s.jpg
Cilicia, Tarsos, Mazaios (Satrap of Cilicia, 361/0-334/3 B.C.), SNG Levante 107-8var., AR-Stater, Lion bringing down stag to left, #1106 viewsCilicia, Tarsos, Mazaios (Satrap of Cilicia, 361/0-334/3 B.C.), SNG Levante 107-8var., AR-Stater, Lion bringing down stag to left, #1
avers: Baaltars seated left on throne, holding scepter, grain ear and grape bunch; grape bunch (symbol) below throne, the Aramaic legend "BLTRZ" to right.
reverse: Lion bringing down stag to left, the Aramaic legend "MZDI" above, Aramaic letter "M" below; all within an incuse square with a dotted border.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 22,0mm, weight: 10,61g, axes: 0h,
mint: Cilicia, Mazaios (Satrap of Cilicia), date: 361/0-334/3 B.C., ref: SNG Levante 107-8var.(control below throne), SNG BN 326-7,
Q-001
5 commentsquadrans01/12/20 at 22:02Jay GT4: Really nice Q
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RPC II 2549 Domitianus51 viewsObv: KAIΣAP ΔOMITIANOΣ ΣEB ΓEPM, Laureate head right
Rev: LH (date) across field; bust of Nilus, right, lotos on shoulder; before, small genius
BIL/Tetradrachm (27.62 mm 13.155 g 12 h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 88-89 A.D.
RPC 2549.6 (this coin), Dattari-Savio 6715 (this coin), Emmett 245
From the Giovanni Dattari Collection
ex Naville Live Auction 54 lot 270
9 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/12/20 at 11:58okidoki: wonderful busts
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RPC II 2549 Domitianus51 viewsObv: KAIΣAP ΔOMITIANOΣ ΣEB ΓEPM, Laureate head right
Rev: LH (date) across field; bust of Nilus, right, lotos on shoulder; before, small genius
BIL/Tetradrachm (27.62 mm 13.155 g 12 h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 88-89 A.D.
RPC 2549.6 (this coin), Dattari-Savio 6715 (this coin), Emmett 245
From the Giovanni Dattari Collection
ex Naville Live Auction 54 lot 270
9 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/12/20 at 04:26Jay GT4: Amazing
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Pamphylia, Aspendos (465 - 430 B.C.)23 viewsAR Stater
O: Warrior advancing right with a spear and shield.
R:Triskeles
10.86g
SNG Cop 174
5 commentsMat01/12/20 at 03:33Nemonater: Nice one! So many have huge cuts.
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RPC II 2549 Domitianus51 viewsObv: KAIΣAP ΔOMITIANOΣ ΣEB ΓEPM, Laureate head right
Rev: LH (date) across field; bust of Nilus, right, lotos on shoulder; before, small genius
BIL/Tetradrachm (27.62 mm 13.155 g 12 h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 88-89 A.D.
RPC 2549.6 (this coin), Dattari-Savio 6715 (this coin), Emmett 245
From the Giovanni Dattari Collection
ex Naville Live Auction 54 lot 270
9 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/12/20 at 03:19gallienus1: Excellent portrait!
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Domitian RIC-70349 viewsÆ Sestertius, 25.05g
Rome mint, 90-91 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XV CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: S C in exergue; Domitian stg. l., with thunderbolt and spear, crowned by Victory, stg. l.
RIC 703 (C). BMC 443. BNC 477.
Acquired from iNumis, December 2019.

In 85 AD Domitian rolled out a new set of reverse designs for the bronze coinage, most of which would be repeatedly struck over the next decade. The Victory crowning Domitian was a particular favourite for the sestertius. It copies a similar type struck for Vespasian's aurei with one key difference - throwing modesty aside, Domitian is holding Jupiter's thunderbolt, an unprecedented divine attribute for a living emperor 'which has no doubt been given to him by his patroness Minerva' (BMCRE p. xciv). It brings to mind Suetonius' anecdotes concerning Domitian's megalomania of wishing to be addressed as 'Lord and God' and having statues of himself erected only in gold or silver, itself a divine attribute (Dom. 13.2). The Flavian historian Brian Jones speculated 'Domitian was both intelligent and committed to the traditional religion. He obviously knew that he was not a God, and, whilst he did not ask or demand to be addressed as one, he did not actively discourage the few flatterers who did' (Jones 1992). This coin's reverse seems to contradict Jones' generous explanation. It shows a concious decision to depict the emperor in a divine light. It's a decision that could only have come from the top. Perhaps Jones is correct and Domitian did not directly order people to address him as 'Lord and God', however, the numismatic evidence at the very least shows that he was very open to it. Mattingly in BMCRE sums up Domitian's coinage thus - 'The one ugly feature is the vanity that leads Domitian to take over for himself a divine attribute - the thunderbolt' (p. xcv).

This example from 90-91 is likely a generic Victory type perhaps celebrating the recent double triumph over the Chatti and the Dacians in late 89. A fairly large number of the type were struck for the COS XV issue. Because Domitian did not renew the consulship in 91, these COS XV sestertii cannot be precisely dated and were likely struck for an extended period of time.

A gorgeous coin in fine style, struck on a large flan.

NB: RIC cites Paris 447, it is actually 477.
4 commentsDavid Atherton01/12/20 at 02:27Jay GT4: Always liked this type. Congrats
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077 - Severus Alexander - Billon Tetradrachm, Milne 2957 4 viewsBillon Tetradrachm
Obv:- A KAI MA AYP CEY ALEZANDPOCEV, Laureate, draped bust right
Rev:- Homonia standing left, holding double cornucopiae.
Minted in Alexandria. Year 5 (LE in lower left field). A.D. 225/226
Reference:- Milne 2957 Emmett 3119 (5) R1. Dattari 4307
1 commentsmaridvnvm