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Vlasto_701~0.jpg
Greek, Italy, Calabria, Taras AR Nomos. Circa 281-270 BC.4 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.
1 commentsLeo11/19/19 at 17:17Tracy Aiello: Magnificent.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, RIC VIII Constantinople 8320 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Emperor in military dress stg. l. on galley going l., holding phoenix on globe and standard; in the stern sits Victory steering ship. S in left field.
In exergue CONSI star
1 commentsagord11/05/19 at 05:26Randygeki(h2): Nice find
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CITY-GATE, Septimius Severus, MOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis.193-211 AD 19 viewsMOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis. Septimius Severus. 193-211 AD. Æ 26mm (10.18 gm: h 8). Aurelius Gallus, magistrate. AVT L CEPT CEVHP PER, laureate head right / UP AUP GALLOU NIKOPOLEITWN PROC ICTP, city gate, small temple seen through doorway, ornate large colonnaded building above. AMNG I 1331; BMC Thrace pg. 42, 7; SNG Copenhagen -; Price & Trell 45 (fig. 26). Sear GIC 2124. H&J 8.14.46.1 (R7); Varbanov 2733 (R6)
Very rare, dark green patina, near extremely fine.
Ex Gorny & Mosch 186, 8 March 2010, lot 1524
2 commentsAncient Aussie11/04/19 at 15:52*Alex: Superb gate.
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CITY-GATE, Septimius Severus, MOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis.193-211 AD 19 viewsMOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis. Septimius Severus. 193-211 AD. Æ 26mm (10.18 gm: h 8). Aurelius Gallus, magistrate. AVT L CEPT CEVHP PER, laureate head right / UP AUP GALLOU NIKOPOLEITWN PROC ICTP, city gate, small temple seen through doorway, ornate large colonnaded building above. AMNG I 1331; BMC Thrace pg. 42, 7; SNG Copenhagen -; Price & Trell 45 (fig. 26). Sear GIC 2124. H&J 8.14.46.1 (R7); Varbanov 2733 (R6)
Very rare, dark green patina, near extremely fine.
Ex Gorny & Mosch 186, 8 March 2010, lot 1524
2 commentsAncient Aussie10/07/19 at 04:28Jay GT4: Great reverse and patina!
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, C. Vibius C.f. C.n. Pansa Caetronianus, AR Denarius31 viewsC. Vibius C.f. C.n. Pansa Caetronianus. 48 BC. AR Denarius (17mm, 4.03 g). Mask of Pan right / Jupiter Axurus (or Anxurus) seated left, holding patera and scepter. Crawford 449/1a; CRI 20; Sydenham 947; Vibia 18. VF, toned, minor deposits.

From the Karl Sifferman Collection
1 commentsFabiusMaximus10/05/19 at 16:33*Alex: Superb portrait. Great coin.
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, L Lucretius Trio, AR Denarius48 viewsL Lucretius Trio Denarius. 74 BC. Laureate head of Neptune right, trident over shoulder, numeral above / L LVCRETI TRIO in two lines, infant Genius riding dolphin right.

This coin may refer to an ancestor, C. Lucretius Gallus, who in 181 BC was created duumvir navalis, and later commanded the fleet against Perseus of Macedon.
1 commentsFabiusMaximus10/05/19 at 15:59*Alex: Beautiful. Gorgeous tone and wonderful reverse.
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GREEK, Akanthos, AR Tetrobol, 420-380 B.C.170 viewsAverse: Forepart of bul
Reverse: Quadripartite incuse square
3 commentsOptimus09/17/19 at 17:47Anaximander: Best of type!
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GREEK, Italy, CALABRIA, Taras. AR Nomos. Circa 415-405 BC.37 views22mm, 7.88 g, 9h
Nude rider seated right on horse, which he crowns; kerykeion to right, ΛA in exergue / Phalanthos, nude, extending his hand, riding dolphin right.
Fischer-Bossert Group 21, 297 (V134/R229); Vlasto 320–1 (same dies); HN Italy 851; SNG Copenhagen 803 (same dies); SNG Lloyd 150 (same dies); SNG Lockett 351 (same dies); Hirsch 190 (same dies); Dewing 137 (same dies).
Even light gray tone, with iridescence around the devices, a few marks under tone on obverse, light scuffs under tone and die flaw on reverse. Near EF. Very rare.

From the Matthew Curtis Collection. Ex William N. Rudman Collection (Triton V, 15 January 2002), lot 1040.
2 commentsLeo09/12/19 at 17:10okidoki: excellent and stylistic
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GREEK, Italy, CALABRIA, Taras. AR Nomos. Circa 415-405 BC.37 views22mm, 7.88 g, 9h
Nude rider seated right on horse, which he crowns; kerykeion to right, ΛA in exergue / Phalanthos, nude, extending his hand, riding dolphin right.
Fischer-Bossert Group 21, 297 (V134/R229); Vlasto 320–1 (same dies); HN Italy 851; SNG Copenhagen 803 (same dies); SNG Lloyd 150 (same dies); SNG Lockett 351 (same dies); Hirsch 190 (same dies); Dewing 137 (same dies).
Even light gray tone, with iridescence around the devices, a few marks under tone on obverse, light scuffs under tone and die flaw on reverse. Near EF. Very rare.

From the Matthew Curtis Collection. Ex William N. Rudman Collection (Triton V, 15 January 2002), lot 1040.
2 commentsLeo09/12/19 at 11:50Grant H: love the horse
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GREEK, SICILY. Syracuse. Deinomenid Tyranny. 485-466 BC. AR Tetradrachm63 viewsSICILY. Syracuse. Deinomenid Tyranny. 485-466 BC. AR Tetradrachm (24mm - 17.08 g). Struck under Hieron I, circa 478-475 BC
Hoover 1307
2 commentsKarsten K09/05/19 at 18:32Anaximander: Magnificent! That's an SNG Cop. vol. 1 #625, i...
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 465--450 BC17.22 g 11h Jenkins 220 {O58/R118} The Randazzo Hoard no.41 this coin59 viewsCharioteer in quadriga moving slowly left,column behind marking the turning point of the race,in exergue sea monster {pistrix}
Rev forepart of man-headed bull with Nike flying right to crown him.off flan.
The Numismatic Chronicle 1894 page 212 contributions to Sicilian Numismatics by Arthur.J.Evans.These coins of Syracusan show the pistrix in the exergue of there reverse types,the introduction of which on the Syracusan dies Dr.Head has reasonably connected with Hierons great sea victory off Cumae of 474.I am inclined to go still further than Dr. Head,and to suggest that the symbol of sea power survived on the issues of the Syracusan democracy for another two decades or more.One of the novelties supplied by the present find is the appearance of the same sea-monster in the exergual position on a coin of Gela.It may ,therefore,be reasonably brought into connection with the same historical occasion,and may be regarded as a complimentary allusion to the great citizen of Gela who now ruled at Syracuse.It is possible that a Geloan contingent participated in the naval victory over the Etruscans,the victorious occasion of the present piece is ,indeed,accentuated and brought into direct relation with Gela itself by the obverse design,on which almost alone among the coins of this city,a flying Nike is seen crowning the head of the River-God.
1 commentsGrant H08/29/19 at 12:38*Alex: Nice coin and interesting commentary.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, MAXIMINUS II as Filius Augustorum. AE Follis (Nummus) of Thessalonika. Struck A.D.308 - 30925 viewsObverse: MAXIMINVS • FIL • AVGG. Laureate head of Maximinus II facing right.
Reverse: GENIO CAESARIS. Genius standing facing left, holding patera in right hand and cornucopiae in left; in left field, star; in right field, delta; in exergue, •SM•TS•.
RIC VI : 32a
RARE

Maximinus Daia was the nephew of Galerius, who made him Caesar in A.D.305. He then changed his name to Galerius Valerius Maximinus and ruled over the East and Egypt from his headquarters at Antioch. When Licinius was made Augustus in A.D.308, Maximinus demanded the title also, especially since it had been usurped by Constantine in the West. Instead, both he and Constantine received the novel rank of Filius Augustorum in late A.D.308 or early 309. Galerius though finally acceded to Maximinus' demands and he was promoted to Augustus in May, A.D.310.
This coin bears the new (and short lived) Filius Augustorum title which only appears on some coins struck for Maximinus in the West. The issues of his capital, Antioch, only stress his position as Caesar until his promotion to Augustus.
1 comments*Alex08/24/19 at 22:46Jay GT4: Nice looking coin. Love the patina
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Roman lead seal Hadrian?137 views
Head of Hadrian? right letters before and behind bust

2.67g

Certainly looks like Hadrian but could possibly be later 3-4th Century AD.
1 commentsJay GT408/22/19 at 18:21okidoki: very nice Jay
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Roman Empire, Domitian, AR Denarius64 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93.
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
6 commentsorfew08/19/19 at 16:46Mat: Superb
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Punic, Carthage, Billon 2 Shekels36 viewsZEUGITANA, Carthage. Time of the First Punic War. Circa 264-241 BC.

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

SNG Copenhagen 190; Müller 104
3 commentsTanit08/10/19 at 22:30*Alex: Superb coin, really nice.
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Punic, Carthage, Billon 2 Shekels36 viewsZEUGITANA, Carthage. Time of the First Punic War. Circa 264-241 BC.

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

SNG Copenhagen 190; Müller 104
3 commentsTanit08/10/19 at 10:34quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Punic, Carthage, Billon 2 Shekels36 viewsZEUGITANA, Carthage. Time of the First Punic War. Circa 264-241 BC.

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

SNG Copenhagen 190; Müller 104
3 commentsTanit08/10/19 at 09:46shanxi: very nice
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Roman Empire, Vespasian, Sestertius111 viewsObv. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M T P P P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev. S C, Mars, helmeted, naked except for cloak around waist, advancing right, holding transverse spear in right hand and trophy over left shoulder in left hand.
Mint: Rome, 71 AD.

34mm 25.46g

RIC 113

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

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

The reverse type of Mars advancing (and likely an image of Mars Ultor) is common to all three Flavians. The representation of Mars is different from the Augustan types but likely has a similar inference – here being that of avenging the rebellion of the Jews. Even so the connection to earlier Augustan issues was probably well recognized at the time. (NAC)
5 commentskc08/04/19 at 14:07Jay GT4: How did I miss this one. Great find
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CLAUDIUS I, AE Dupondius19 viewsObv: Claudius facing to the left.
Rev: Ceres seated left. CERES AVGVSTI
approximately 29mm in diameter and weighs 12g
1 commentsKatie M08/02/19 at 05:48Gary W2: Looks like a Claudius dupondius with the Ceres rev...
Domitian_RIC_435_~1.jpg
Roman Empire, Domitian, AR Denarius64 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93.
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
6 commentsorfew07/28/19 at 09:29kc: Superb, the iridescent luster must be amazing
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Caabria Tarentum AR Stater circa 280-272 BC 19 mm 6.42g 32 viewsNaked boy-rider crowning stationary horse right and lifting up fore-leg./Taras seated sideways on dolphin to left,holding out a horned helmet.On either side a twelve - rayed star.Evans the horsemen of Tarentum plate VIII no 6 Pyrrhic Hegemony this type of coin was used to pay Pyrrhus and his army of 20.000 solders in his war against Rome. For a general so renowned in antiquity Hannibal apocryphally,ranked him second behind Alexander.1 commentsGrant H07/27/19 at 00:31Jay GT4: Wonderful
Domitian_RIC_435_~1.jpg
Roman Empire, Domitian, AR Denarius64 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93.
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
6 commentsorfew07/21/19 at 09:49FlaviusDomitianus: Great!
Domitian_RIC_435_~1.jpg
Roman Empire, Domitian, AR Denarius64 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93.
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
6 commentsorfew07/21/19 at 07:14quadrans: wow, great coin,
Domitian_RIC_435_~1.jpg
Roman Empire, Domitian, AR Denarius64 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93.
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
6 commentsorfew07/21/19 at 02:19Jay GT4: Amazing portrait
Domitian_RIC_435_~1.jpg
Roman Empire, Domitian, AR Denarius64 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93.
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
6 commentsorfew07/20/19 at 22:11Nemonater:
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Roman Empire, Constantius II, Fel temp reparatio,A Soldier attacks the horseman152 viewsRIC VIII : 132
Struck A.D.350 - 355
Antioch
1 commentsXLi07/16/19 at 06:38Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
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Roman Empire, Constantius II88 viewsCa. 348-350 AD.
SMNS
RIC 82
Ex Lanz 2017
3 commentsXLi07/16/19 at 06:37Randygeki(h2): Excellent !
Domitian_RIC_435_~0.jpg
Roman, Domitian, AR Denarius37 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93.
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
2 commentsorfew07/15/19 at 03:41Jay GT4: That's a great coin!
Domitian_RIC_435_~0.jpg
Roman, Domitian, AR Denarius37 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93.
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
2 commentsorfew07/13/19 at 21:21quadrans: Wow, nice piece...
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Roman Empire, Herennius Etruscus 249-250AD52 viewsHerennius Etruscus 249-250AD
Silver Antoninianus
Clasped Hands reverse
Click for larger image,you could see the fingernail~
20mm, 3.87g
Ex silbury 2019
1 commentsXLi07/08/19 at 18:31quadrans: Nice piece..
Vlasto_338~0.jpg
Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #33842 views20mm, 7.93 g, 2h
Youth on horse galloping right; tiny Λ below / Phalanthos, holding torch, riding dolphin left.

Fischer-Bossert Group 26, 361.2 (V164/R283) = Vlasto 338 (this coin); HN Italy 850. Old collection tone, small edge test cut, a few marks on edge, struck from worn dies. VF.

Ex Michel Pandely Vlasto Collection.
1 commentsLeo07/03/19 at 19:58Jay GT4: Love the hair on the rider
Severus_Alexander_Bimetallic_Medaillon_2.jpg
Roman Empire, Severus Alexander, Bimetallic Medaillon90 viewsObv. IMP CAES M AVREL SEV ALEXANDER PIVS FELIX AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust left, seen from behind.
Rev. PONTIF MAX TR P V COS II P P, Alexander on quadriga right, holding eagle-tipped scepter and olive branch, crowned by Victory.
Mint: Rome, 226 AD.

38mm 41.44g

Cohen 481?


Curtis Clay

"A spectacular acquisition!

I know of two other specimens of this medallion:

(1) In ANS, ex Newell Coll.; ex Naville X, 1926, 1765; ex Hirsch 29, 1910, Herzfelder Coll., 1221; ex Sotheby, 29 June 1893, Hermann Weber Coll., 230; doubtless ex Northwick Sale, 1860, 333 (description only). Published by Toynbee, Roman Medallions, p. 85, note 103 and Fagerlie, ANS Medallions, Museum Notes 15, 1969, p. 82.

From the same dies as yours, 55.14g, and also bimetallic according to the Naville X catalogue, though Fagerlie fails to mention this fact and it's not clear one way or the other from the photographs.

(2) In Paris according to Gnecchi no. 21, 50.0g, not illustrated, no mention of bimetallic, but personal examination would be needed to be sure!"
3 commentskc06/27/19 at 18:17mix_val: I am green with envy!
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Roman Empire, Severus Alexander, Bimetallic Medaillon90 viewsObv. IMP CAES M AVREL SEV ALEXANDER PIVS FELIX AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust left, seen from behind.
Rev. PONTIF MAX TR P V COS II P P, Alexander on quadriga right, holding eagle-tipped scepter and olive branch, crowned by Victory.
Mint: Rome, 226 AD.

38mm 41.44g

Cohen 481?


Curtis Clay

"A spectacular acquisition!

I know of two other specimens of this medallion:

(1) In ANS, ex Newell Coll.; ex Naville X, 1926, 1765; ex Hirsch 29, 1910, Herzfelder Coll., 1221; ex Sotheby, 29 June 1893, Hermann Weber Coll., 230; doubtless ex Northwick Sale, 1860, 333 (description only). Published by Toynbee, Roman Medallions, p. 85, note 103 and Fagerlie, ANS Medallions, Museum Notes 15, 1969, p. 82.

From the same dies as yours, 55.14g, and also bimetallic according to the Naville X catalogue, though Fagerlie fails to mention this fact and it's not clear one way or the other from the photographs.

(2) In Paris according to Gnecchi no. 21, 50.0g, not illustrated, no mention of bimetallic, but personal examination would be needed to be sure!"
3 commentskc06/27/19 at 12:47okidoki: very nice reverse
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Roman Empire, Severus Alexander, Bimetallic Medaillon90 viewsObv. IMP CAES M AVREL SEV ALEXANDER PIVS FELIX AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust left, seen from behind.
Rev. PONTIF MAX TR P V COS II P P, Alexander on quadriga right, holding eagle-tipped scepter and olive branch, crowned by Victory.
Mint: Rome, 226 AD.

38mm 41.44g

Cohen 481?


Curtis Clay

"A spectacular acquisition!

I know of two other specimens of this medallion:

(1) In ANS, ex Newell Coll.; ex Naville X, 1926, 1765; ex Hirsch 29, 1910, Herzfelder Coll., 1221; ex Sotheby, 29 June 1893, Hermann Weber Coll., 230; doubtless ex Northwick Sale, 1860, 333 (description only). Published by Toynbee, Roman Medallions, p. 85, note 103 and Fagerlie, ANS Medallions, Museum Notes 15, 1969, p. 82.

From the same dies as yours, 55.14g, and also bimetallic according to the Naville X catalogue, though Fagerlie fails to mention this fact and it's not clear one way or the other from the photographs.

(2) In Paris according to Gnecchi no. 21, 50.0g, not illustrated, no mention of bimetallic, but personal examination would be needed to be sure!"
3 commentskc06/25/19 at 23:51Jay GT4: Gorgeous
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Sicily Akragas circa 400-380 BC AE hemilitron 26mm 17.66g 12h SNG ANS 1097-110148 viewsAfter the desrtruction of the city by the Carthaginians in 406BC,the striking in new issues in Akragas virtually ceased until the citys refoundation by Timoleon,circa 339 BC.the sole exception was the bronze River god/Eagle on Ionic column issue[CNS 89}
Information from CNGCOINS.COM
1 commentsGrant H06/25/19 at 16:38*Alex: Interesting coin.
Vespasian_Sesterz.jpg
Roman Empire, Vespasian, Sestertius111 viewsObv. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M T P P P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev. S C, Mars, helmeted, naked except for cloak around waist, advancing right, holding transverse spear in right hand and trophy over left shoulder in left hand.
Mint: Rome, 71 AD.

34mm 25.46g

RIC 113

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

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

The reverse type of Mars advancing (and likely an image of Mars Ultor) is common to all three Flavians. The representation of Mars is different from the Augustan types but likely has a similar inference – here being that of avenging the rebellion of the Jews. Even so the connection to earlier Augustan issues was probably well recognized at the time. (NAC)
5 commentskc06/23/19 at 01:03Pharsalos: What a portrait, beautiful dies.
Vespasian_Sesterz.jpg
Roman Empire, Vespasian, Sestertius111 viewsObv. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M T P P P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev. S C, Mars, helmeted, naked except for cloak around waist, advancing right, holding transverse spear in right hand and trophy over left shoulder in left hand.
Mint: Rome, 71 AD.

34mm 25.46g

RIC 113

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

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

The reverse type of Mars advancing (and likely an image of Mars Ultor) is common to all three Flavians. The representation of Mars is different from the Augustan types but likely has a similar inference – here being that of avenging the rebellion of the Jews. Even so the connection to earlier Augustan issues was probably well recognized at the time. (NAC)
5 commentskc06/23/19 at 00:51David Atherton: Exceptional!
Vespasian_Sesterz.jpg
Roman Empire, Vespasian, Sestertius111 viewsObv. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M T P P P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev. S C, Mars, helmeted, naked except for cloak around waist, advancing right, holding transverse spear in right hand and trophy over left shoulder in left hand.
Mint: Rome, 71 AD.

34mm 25.46g

RIC 113

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

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

The reverse type of Mars advancing (and likely an image of Mars Ultor) is common to all three Flavians. The representation of Mars is different from the Augustan types but likely has a similar inference – here being that of avenging the rebellion of the Jews. Even so the connection to earlier Augustan issues was probably well recognized at the time. (NAC)
5 commentskc06/22/19 at 22:28quadrans: wow, great coin,
Commodus_Bronze_Medaillon.jpg
Roman Empire, Commodus, Bronze Medallion126 viewsObv. M AUREL COMMODUS ANTONINVS AVG PIVS, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. P M TR P VIIII IMP VI COS IIII P P / TEMPORVM FELICITAS, Pomona seated right, holding corn ears and poppy in left hand, right hand raised to grapevine, below which two children in tub, and a third at feet of goddess.
Mint: Rome, 183 AD.

40mm 65.92g

Ex Tradart Sale 21, 15th February 2018, Lot 139.
Ex Ars Classica XVIII, Lucerne 1938, Lot 292.
Ex Dr. Jacob Hirsch, Auction 18, 27th May 1907, Lot 1031.
Ex Collection Dr. Friedrich Imhoof-Blumer.

Pomona, a goddess among the Romans, presiding over fruit -trees. Her worship was of long standing at Rome, where there was a Flamen Pomonalis who sacrificed to her every year for the preservation of the fruit. She lived in the time of Procas, king of Alba, devoted to the culture of gardens, to which she confined herself and shunning all society with the male deities.
Vertumnus, under various shapes, tried to win her hand, sometimes he came as a reaper, sometimes as a haymaker, another time as a ploughman or a wine-dresser, a soldier and a fisherman, but to equally little purpose. At length, under the guise of an old woman, he won the confidence of the goddess. And, by enlarging on the evils of a single life and the blessings of the wedded state, by launching out into the praises of Vertumnus, and relating a tale of the punishment of female cruelty to a lover, he moved the heart of Pomona; whereupon, resuming his real form, he obtained the hand of the no longer reluctant nymph.

Felicitas Temporum ("Prosperity of the Times"), reflecting a Golden Age ideology, was among the innovative virtues that began to appear during the reigns of Trajan and Antoninus Pius. Septimius Severus, whose reign followed the exceedingly brief tenure of Pertinax and unsatisfactory conditions under Commodus, used coinage to express his efforts toward restoring the Pax Romana, with themes such as Felicitas Temporum and Felicitas Saeculi, "Prosperity of the Age" (saeculum), prevalent in the years 200 to 202. Some Imperial coins use these phrases with images of women and children in the emperor's family.
6 commentskc06/22/19 at 20:11Pharsalos: Interesting, rare, and very beautiful!
190208018bz.jpg
Roman Empire, Maximus, Sestertius179 viewsObv. MAXIMVS CAES GERM, draped bust right.
Rev. PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS S C, emperor standing left, holding baton and spear, at the right two standards.
Mint: Rome, 236-238 AD.

32mm 21.38g

RIC 13; Cohen 14; BMC 213

Ex Münzenhandlung Manfred Olding, Lagerliste
Ex Reusing /Schürer Collection
Ex Münzenhandlung A. Riechman 1930 (65 Reichsmark)

Princeps Juventutis was a name of dignity even in the most flourishing days of the republic. It was an honorary appellation given to him who took the lead of the greater and lesser boys appointed to perform a part in the game of Troy (ad ludum Troja). The prince of the youth was, in the earlier times, the chief of the Equestrian Order. Under the empire, and from the very commencement of that monarchical form of government, this title, although simply honorary, appears to have been given, as an apanage, to such young princes of the imperial family as were destined to reign, and was sometimes conferred on them at a very early age. (Numiswiki, FAC)
6 commentskc06/22/19 at 19:54Pharsalos: Magnificent example.
Vespasian_Sesterz.jpg
Roman Empire, Vespasian, Sestertius111 viewsObv. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M T P P P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev. S C, Mars, helmeted, naked except for cloak around waist, advancing right, holding transverse spear in right hand and trophy over left shoulder in left hand.
Mint: Rome, 71 AD.

34mm 25.46g

RIC 113

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

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

The reverse type of Mars advancing (and likely an image of Mars Ultor) is common to all three Flavians. The representation of Mars is different from the Augustan types but likely has a similar inference – here being that of avenging the rebellion of the Jews. Even so the connection to earlier Augustan issues was probably well recognized at the time. (NAC)
5 commentskc06/22/19 at 19:40FlaviusDomitianus: Nice find, early Vespasian sestertii are always ra...
Vespasian_Sestertius_Trial.jpg
Roman Empire, Vespasian, Sestertius with As 118 viewsObv. IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG P M TR POT P P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev. FORTVNAE REDVCI S C, Fortuna standing left, holding cornucopiae and rudder on globe.
Mint: Rome, 71 AD.

32/33mm 26.61g

Cohen- RIC II¹- (cf. 422) RIC II²- (cf. 73) BMC- Sear- (cf. 2323

Ex Münzhandel Henzen, MA-Shops, 2019.

This is an extremely rare Sestertius of Vespasian which obverse was strucked with a die of an As.
A similar piece with the same As die but reverse type "LIBERTAS PVBLICA" is in the Mazzini collection, listed under no. 255.
This coin is uncommonly sharp for example looking at the SC.
It is an interesting coin, I will be pleased for additional informations.

Thank you to Curtis Clay for the excellent following write-up:

"Not a trial strike or a mint error in my opinion, but an intentional sestertius obv. die, though why the portrait and legend were cut in middle-bronze size is anyone's guess!

The mint of Rome may have begun its bronze coin production of 71 with two short issues, of which this was the second, before settling on its main first obv. legend of the year,

IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M T P P P COS III.

The latest obv. legend on bronzes of the preceding year, 70 AD:

IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M T P P P COS II DES III on sestertii (only 1 die), the same but CAES VESPASIAN and COS II D III on middle bronzes (also only 1 die, with bust laureate, draped, cuirassed r.). RIC 32-38. The middle bronzes of this issue might be dupondii or asses or both, since Vespasian had not yet restored the radiate crown as a denominational mark for his dupondii, as we will soon see. Kraay, a very competent practical numismatist, considered them asses; Carradice and Buttrey suggest dupondii, though without being able to assure us that at least one example is definitely in yellow orichalcum rather than red copper. Hopefully renewed examination of the few surviving specimens, or new specimens that are clearly either yellow or red, will eventually clarify the question.

My proposed first short issue of bronze coins in 71: with obv. legend omitting COS III, just

IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M TR P, RIC 50-65. Three such obv. dies are known on sestertii. The middle bronzes all have laureate busts, and at least one type definitely occurs both as a yellow dupondius and as a red As (RIC 64 with note), showing that by the beginning of 71 Vespasian had not yet reintroduced the radiate crown as a mark of his dupondii.

The second short issue of early in 71, to which KC's new acquisition belongs: obv. legend

IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG P M TR POT P P COS III on sestertii (only 1 die, with portrait and legend in middle-bronze size, RIC 137-140 and KC's new piece).

On middle bronzes two slight variants of the same legend were used,

(a) CAES not CAESAR on the one known dupondius, RIC 141, Kraay plaster cast in Oxford, with Head radiate r. on obv., so Vespasian had now reintroduced the radiate crown as a mark of his dupondii, proving that this short issue was later than the other one that omits COS III.

(b) CAES not CAESAR as on the dupondius, but also T P instead of TR POT, Head laureate r., apparently an As, RIC 31, a unique coin in Oxford, formerly in my collection, ex Lanz Graz IV, 1974, Hohenkubin middle bronzes, lot 134. The obv. legend might appear to end just COS II, and Buttrey accepted this reading in RIC, though I had informed him that I believed it was just a slightly tooled COS III.

Coming at last to the point, the sestertius obv. die with middle-bronze-size portrait and legend cannot originally have been cut as an As obv. die, because the one certain As of this issue has a variant, slightly shorter, obv. legend, and because in that case no sestertius obv. dies at all would have been engraved for use in this short issue. I also suspect that the broad ring of empty space outside the dotted border on this obv. die, shown clearly by RIC pl. 20, 137, suggests that it was always meant to be a sestertius not a middle-bronze die.

The Fortuna Redux rev. die of KC's new coin had earlier been used in the COS II DES III issue of late 70 AD, RIC pl. 15, 33, giving some support to my suggestion that this second small issue of bronzes in 71 was probably produced quite early in the year. The same rev. die, as Kraay observed, was also used a little later with an obv. die of the main VESPASIANVS issue of 71, Paris pl. XLIV, 486. But it is not certain, of course, that these two small issues of bronze coins were produced one after the other early in 71, before the main VESPASIANVS issue had started, as I have here suggested. Perhaps they were instead produced early in 71 indeed, but as isolated experiments alongside the main VESPASIANVS issue."

Thanks to Alberto "FlaviusDomitianus"

"Your coin is apparently unpublished and belongs to a small issue of Sestertii described in RIC 2.1 page 69:

"(d) Variant group of sestertii with small (as) die ending VESPASIAN AVG P M TR POT COS III - Pl. 20".

As noted by Carradice and Buttrey the obverse die has not be found on any As.

They are numbered from 137 to 141; since your reverse would be the first one in alphabetical order, it would probably get number 136A.

This small series is also discussed in the introduction (page 23)."

5 commentskc06/22/19 at 17:31orfew: Wonderful piece
Vespasian_Sestertius_Trial.jpg
Roman Empire, Vespasian, Sestertius with As 118 viewsObv. IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG P M TR POT P P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev. FORTVNAE REDVCI S C, Fortuna standing left, holding cornucopiae and rudder on globe.
Mint: Rome, 71 AD.

32/33mm 26.61g

Cohen- RIC II¹- (cf. 422) RIC II²- (cf. 73) BMC- Sear- (cf. 2323

Ex Münzhandel Henzen, MA-Shops, 2019.

This is an extremely rare Sestertius of Vespasian which obverse was strucked with a die of an As.
A similar piece with the same As die but reverse type "LIBERTAS PVBLICA" is in the Mazzini collection, listed under no. 255.
This coin is uncommonly sharp for example looking at the SC.
It is an interesting coin, I will be pleased for additional informations.

Thank you to Curtis Clay for the excellent following write-up:

"Not a trial strike or a mint error in my opinion, but an intentional sestertius obv. die, though why the portrait and legend were cut in middle-bronze size is anyone's guess!

The mint of Rome may have begun its bronze coin production of 71 with two short issues, of which this was the second, before settling on its main first obv. legend of the year,

IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M T P P P COS III.

The latest obv. legend on bronzes of the preceding year, 70 AD:

IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M T P P P COS II DES III on sestertii (only 1 die), the same but CAES VESPASIAN and COS II D III on middle bronzes (also only 1 die, with bust laureate, draped, cuirassed r.). RIC 32-38. The middle bronzes of this issue might be dupondii or asses or both, since Vespasian had not yet restored the radiate crown as a denominational mark for his dupondii, as we will soon see. Kraay, a very competent practical numismatist, considered them asses; Carradice and Buttrey suggest dupondii, though without being able to assure us that at least one example is definitely in yellow orichalcum rather than red copper. Hopefully renewed examination of the few surviving specimens, or new specimens that are clearly either yellow or red, will eventually clarify the question.

My proposed first short issue of bronze coins in 71: with obv. legend omitting COS III, just

IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M TR P, RIC 50-65. Three such obv. dies are known on sestertii. The middle bronzes all have laureate busts, and at least one type definitely occurs both as a yellow dupondius and as a red As (RIC 64 with note), showing that by the beginning of 71 Vespasian had not yet reintroduced the radiate crown as a mark of his dupondii.

The second short issue of early in 71, to which KC's new acquisition belongs: obv. legend

IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG P M TR POT P P COS III on sestertii (only 1 die, with portrait and legend in middle-bronze size, RIC 137-140 and KC's new piece).

On middle bronzes two slight variants of the same legend were used,

(a) CAES not CAESAR on the one known dupondius, RIC 141, Kraay plaster cast in Oxford, with Head radiate r. on obv., so Vespasian had now reintroduced the radiate crown as a mark of his dupondii, proving that this short issue was later than the other one that omits COS III.

(b) CAES not CAESAR as on the dupondius, but also T P instead of TR POT, Head laureate r., apparently an As, RIC 31, a unique coin in Oxford, formerly in my collection, ex Lanz Graz IV, 1974, Hohenkubin middle bronzes, lot 134. The obv. legend might appear to end just COS II, and Buttrey accepted this reading in RIC, though I had informed him that I believed it was just a slightly tooled COS III.

Coming at last to the point, the sestertius obv. die with middle-bronze-size portrait and legend cannot originally have been cut as an As obv. die, because the one certain As of this issue has a variant, slightly shorter, obv. legend, and because in that case no sestertius obv. dies at all would have been engraved for use in this short issue. I also suspect that the broad ring of empty space outside the dotted border on this obv. die, shown clearly by RIC pl. 20, 137, suggests that it was always meant to be a sestertius not a middle-bronze die.

The Fortuna Redux rev. die of KC's new coin had earlier been used in the COS II DES III issue of late 70 AD, RIC pl. 15, 33, giving some support to my suggestion that this second small issue of bronzes in 71 was probably produced quite early in the year. The same rev. die, as Kraay observed, was also used a little later with an obv. die of the main VESPASIANVS issue of 71, Paris pl. XLIV, 486. But it is not certain, of course, that these two small issues of bronze coins were produced one after the other early in 71, before the main VESPASIANVS issue had started, as I have here suggested. Perhaps they were instead produced early in 71 indeed, but as isolated experiments alongside the main VESPASIANVS issue."

Thanks to Alberto "FlaviusDomitianus"

"Your coin is apparently unpublished and belongs to a small issue of Sestertii described in RIC 2.1 page 69:

"(d) Variant group of sestertii with small (as) die ending VESPASIAN AVG P M TR POT COS III - Pl. 20".

As noted by Carradice and Buttrey the obverse die has not be found on any As.

They are numbered from 137 to 141; since your reverse would be the first one in alphabetical order, it would probably get number 136A.

This small series is also discussed in the introduction (page 23)."

5 commentskc06/22/19 at 11:45*Alex: Interesting coin.
Vespasian_Sestertius_Trial.jpg
Roman Empire, Vespasian, Sestertius with As 118 viewsObv. IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG P M TR POT P P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev. FORTVNAE REDVCI S C, Fortuna standing left, holding cornucopiae and rudder on globe.
Mint: Rome, 71 AD.

32/33mm 26.61g

Cohen- RIC II¹- (cf. 422) RIC II²- (cf. 73) BMC- Sear- (cf. 2323

Ex Münzhandel Henzen, MA-Shops, 2019.

This is an extremely rare Sestertius of Vespasian which obverse was strucked with a die of an As.
A similar piece with the same As die but reverse type "LIBERTAS PVBLICA" is in the Mazzini collection, listed under no. 255.
This coin is uncommonly sharp for example looking at the SC.
It is an interesting coin, I will be pleased for additional informations.

Thank you to Curtis Clay for the excellent following write-up:

"Not a trial strike or a mint error in my opinion, but an intentional sestertius obv. die, though why the portrait and legend were cut in middle-bronze size is anyone's guess!

The mint of Rome may have begun its bronze coin production of 71 with two short issues, of which this was the second, before settling on its main first obv. legend of the year,

IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M T P P P COS III.

The latest obv. legend on bronzes of the preceding year, 70 AD:

IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M T P P P COS II DES III on sestertii (only 1 die), the same but CAES VESPASIAN and COS II D III on middle bronzes (also only 1 die, with bust laureate, draped, cuirassed r.). RIC 32-38. The middle bronzes of this issue might be dupondii or asses or both, since Vespasian had not yet restored the radiate crown as a denominational mark for his dupondii, as we will soon see. Kraay, a very competent practical numismatist, considered them asses; Carradice and Buttrey suggest dupondii, though without being able to assure us that at least one example is definitely in yellow orichalcum rather than red copper. Hopefully renewed examination of the few surviving specimens, or new specimens that are clearly either yellow or red, will eventually clarify the question.

My proposed first short issue of bronze coins in 71: with obv. legend omitting COS III, just

IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M TR P, RIC 50-65. Three such obv. dies are known on sestertii. The middle bronzes all have laureate busts, and at least one type definitely occurs both as a yellow dupondius and as a red As (RIC 64 with note), showing that by the beginning of 71 Vespasian had not yet reintroduced the radiate crown as a mark of his dupondii.

The second short issue of early in 71, to which KC's new acquisition belongs: obv. legend

IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG P M TR POT P P COS III on sestertii (only 1 die, with portrait and legend in middle-bronze size, RIC 137-140 and KC's new piece).

On middle bronzes two slight variants of the same legend were used,

(a) CAES not CAESAR on the one known dupondius, RIC 141, Kraay plaster cast in Oxford, with Head radiate r. on obv., so Vespasian had now reintroduced the radiate crown as a mark of his dupondii, proving that this short issue was later than the other one that omits COS III.

(b) CAES not CAESAR as on the dupondius, but also T P instead of TR POT, Head laureate r., apparently an As, RIC 31, a unique coin in Oxford, formerly in my collection, ex Lanz Graz IV, 1974, Hohenkubin middle bronzes, lot 134. The obv. legend might appear to end just COS II, and Buttrey accepted this reading in RIC, though I had informed him that I believed it was just a slightly tooled COS III.

Coming at last to the point, the sestertius obv. die with middle-bronze-size portrait and legend cannot originally have been cut as an As obv. die, because the one certain As of this issue has a variant, slightly shorter, obv. legend, and because in that case no sestertius obv. dies at all would have been engraved for use in this short issue. I also suspect that the broad ring of empty space outside the dotted border on this obv. die, shown clearly by RIC pl. 20, 137, suggests that it was always meant to be a sestertius not a middle-bronze die.

The Fortuna Redux rev. die of KC's new coin had earlier been used in the COS II DES III issue of late 70 AD, RIC pl. 15, 33, giving some support to my suggestion that this second small issue of bronzes in 71 was probably produced quite early in the year. The same rev. die, as Kraay observed, was also used a little later with an obv. die of the main VESPASIANVS issue of 71, Paris pl. XLIV, 486. But it is not certain, of course, that these two small issues of bronze coins were produced one after the other early in 71, before the main VESPASIANVS issue had started, as I have here suggested. Perhaps they were instead produced early in 71 indeed, but as isolated experiments alongside the main VESPASIANVS issue."

Thanks to Alberto "FlaviusDomitianus"

"Your coin is apparently unpublished and belongs to a small issue of Sestertii described in RIC 2.1 page 69:

"(d) Variant group of sestertii with small (as) die ending VESPASIAN AVG P M TR POT COS III - Pl. 20".

As noted by Carradice and Buttrey the obverse die has not be found on any As.

They are numbered from 137 to 141; since your reverse would be the first one in alphabetical order, it would probably get number 136A.

This small series is also discussed in the introduction (page 23)."

5 commentskc06/22/19 at 11:25quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Vespasian_Sestertius_Trial.jpg
Roman Empire, Vespasian, Sestertius with As 118 viewsObv. IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG P M TR POT P P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev. FORTVNAE REDVCI S C, Fortuna standing left, holding cornucopiae and rudder on globe.
Mint: Rome, 71 AD.

32/33mm 26.61g

Cohen- RIC II¹- (cf. 422) RIC II²- (cf. 73) BMC- Sear- (cf. 2323

Ex Münzhandel Henzen, MA-Shops, 2019.

This is an extremely rare Sestertius of Vespasian which obverse was strucked with a die of an As.
A similar piece with the same As die but reverse type "LIBERTAS PVBLICA" is in the Mazzini collection, listed under no. 255.
This coin is uncommonly sharp for example looking at the SC.
It is an interesting coin, I will be pleased for additional informations.

Thank you to Curtis Clay for the excellent following write-up:

"Not a trial strike or a mint error in my opinion, but an intentional sestertius obv. die, though why the portrait and legend were cut in middle-bronze size is anyone's guess!

The mint of Rome may have begun its bronze coin production of 71 with two short issues, of which this was the second, before settling on its main first obv. legend of the year,

IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M T P P P COS III.

The latest obv. legend on bronzes of the preceding year, 70 AD:

IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M T P P P COS II DES III on sestertii (only 1 die), the same but CAES VESPASIAN and COS II D III on middle bronzes (also only 1 die, with bust laureate, draped, cuirassed r.). RIC 32-38. The middle bronzes of this issue might be dupondii or asses or both, since Vespasian had not yet restored the radiate crown as a denominational mark for his dupondii, as we will soon see. Kraay, a very competent practical numismatist, considered them asses; Carradice and Buttrey suggest dupondii, though without being able to assure us that at least one example is definitely in yellow orichalcum rather than red copper. Hopefully renewed examination of the few surviving specimens, or new specimens that are clearly either yellow or red, will eventually clarify the question.

My proposed first short issue of bronze coins in 71: with obv. legend omitting COS III, just

IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M TR P, RIC 50-65. Three such obv. dies are known on sestertii. The middle bronzes all have laureate busts, and at least one type definitely occurs both as a yellow dupondius and as a red As (RIC 64 with note), showing that by the beginning of 71 Vespasian had not yet reintroduced the radiate crown as a mark of his dupondii.

The second short issue of early in 71, to which KC's new acquisition belongs: obv. legend

IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG P M TR POT P P COS III on sestertii (only 1 die, with portrait and legend in middle-bronze size, RIC 137-140 and KC's new piece).

On middle bronzes two slight variants of the same legend were used,

(a) CAES not CAESAR on the one known dupondius, RIC 141, Kraay plaster cast in Oxford, with Head radiate r. on obv., so Vespasian had now reintroduced the radiate crown as a mark of his dupondii, proving that this short issue was later than the other one that omits COS III.

(b) CAES not CAESAR as on the dupondius, but also T P instead of TR POT, Head laureate r., apparently an As, RIC 31, a unique coin in Oxford, formerly in my collection, ex Lanz Graz IV, 1974, Hohenkubin middle bronzes, lot 134. The obv. legend might appear to end just COS II, and Buttrey accepted this reading in RIC, though I had informed him that I believed it was just a slightly tooled COS III.

Coming at last to the point, the sestertius obv. die with middle-bronze-size portrait and legend cannot originally have been cut as an As obv. die, because the one certain As of this issue has a variant, slightly shorter, obv. legend, and because in that case no sestertius obv. dies at all would have been engraved for use in this short issue. I also suspect that the broad ring of empty space outside the dotted border on this obv. die, shown clearly by RIC pl. 20, 137, suggests that it was always meant to be a sestertius not a middle-bronze die.

The Fortuna Redux rev. die of KC's new coin had earlier been used in the COS II DES III issue of late 70 AD, RIC pl. 15, 33, giving some support to my suggestion that this second small issue of bronzes in 71 was probably produced quite early in the year. The same rev. die, as Kraay observed, was also used a little later with an obv. die of the main VESPASIANVS issue of 71, Paris pl. XLIV, 486. But it is not certain, of course, that these two small issues of bronze coins were produced one after the other early in 71, before the main VESPASIANVS issue had started, as I have here suggested. Perhaps they were instead produced early in 71 indeed, but as isolated experiments alongside the main VESPASIANVS issue."

Thanks to Alberto "FlaviusDomitianus"

"Your coin is apparently unpublished and belongs to a small issue of Sestertii described in RIC 2.1 page 69:

"(d) Variant group of sestertii with small (as) die ending VESPASIAN AVG P M TR POT COS III - Pl. 20".

As noted by Carradice and Buttrey the obverse die has not be found on any As.

They are numbered from 137 to 141; since your reverse would be the first one in alphabetical order, it would probably get number 136A.

This small series is also discussed in the introduction (page 23)."

5 commentskc06/16/19 at 16:20okidoki: excellent
Vespasian_Sestertius_Trial.jpg
Roman Empire, Vespasian, Sestertius with As 118 viewsObv. IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG P M TR POT P P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev. FORTVNAE REDVCI S C, Fortuna standing left, holding cornucopiae and rudder on globe.
Mint: Rome, 71 AD.

32/33mm 26.61g

Cohen- RIC II¹- (cf. 422) RIC II²- (cf. 73) BMC- Sear- (cf. 2323

Ex Münzhandel Henzen, MA-Shops, 2019.

This is an extremely rare Sestertius of Vespasian which obverse was strucked with a die of an As.
A similar piece with the same As die but reverse type "LIBERTAS PVBLICA" is in the Mazzini collection, listed under no. 255.
This coin is uncommonly sharp for example looking at the SC.
It is an interesting coin, I will be pleased for additional informations.

Thank you to Curtis Clay for the excellent following write-up:

"Not a trial strike or a mint error in my opinion, but an intentional sestertius obv. die, though why the portrait and legend were cut in middle-bronze size is anyone's guess!

The mint of Rome may have begun its bronze coin production of 71 with two short issues, of which this was the second, before settling on its main first obv. legend of the year,

IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M T P P P COS III.

The latest obv. legend on bronzes of the preceding year, 70 AD:

IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M T P P P COS II DES III on sestertii (only 1 die), the same but CAES VESPASIAN and COS II D III on middle bronzes (also only 1 die, with bust laureate, draped, cuirassed r.). RIC 32-38. The middle bronzes of this issue might be dupondii or asses or both, since Vespasian had not yet restored the radiate crown as a denominational mark for his dupondii, as we will soon see. Kraay, a very competent practical numismatist, considered them asses; Carradice and Buttrey suggest dupondii, though without being able to assure us that at least one example is definitely in yellow orichalcum rather than red copper. Hopefully renewed examination of the few surviving specimens, or new specimens that are clearly either yellow or red, will eventually clarify the question.

My proposed first short issue of bronze coins in 71: with obv. legend omitting COS III, just

IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M TR P, RIC 50-65. Three such obv. dies are known on sestertii. The middle bronzes all have laureate busts, and at least one type definitely occurs both as a yellow dupondius and as a red As (RIC 64 with note), showing that by the beginning of 71 Vespasian had not yet reintroduced the radiate crown as a mark of his dupondii.

The second short issue of early in 71, to which KC's new acquisition belongs: obv. legend

IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG P M TR POT P P COS III on sestertii (only 1 die, with portrait and legend in middle-bronze size, RIC 137-140 and KC's new piece).

On middle bronzes two slight variants of the same legend were used,

(a) CAES not CAESAR on the one known dupondius, RIC 141, Kraay plaster cast in Oxford, with Head radiate r. on obv., so Vespasian had now reintroduced the radiate crown as a mark of his dupondii, proving that this short issue was later than the other one that omits COS III.

(b) CAES not CAESAR as on the dupondius, but also T P instead of TR POT, Head laureate r., apparently an As, RIC 31, a unique coin in Oxford, formerly in my collection, ex Lanz Graz IV, 1974, Hohenkubin middle bronzes, lot 134. The obv. legend might appear to end just COS II, and Buttrey accepted this reading in RIC, though I had informed him that I believed it was just a slightly tooled COS III.

Coming at last to the point, the sestertius obv. die with middle-bronze-size portrait and legend cannot originally have been cut as an As obv. die, because the one certain As of this issue has a variant, slightly shorter, obv. legend, and because in that case no sestertius obv. dies at all would have been engraved for use in this short issue. I also suspect that the broad ring of empty space outside the dotted border on this obv. die, shown clearly by RIC pl. 20, 137, suggests that it was always meant to be a sestertius not a middle-bronze die.

The Fortuna Redux rev. die of KC's new coin had earlier been used in the COS II DES III issue of late 70 AD, RIC pl. 15, 33, giving some support to my suggestion that this second small issue of bronzes in 71 was probably produced quite early in the year. The same rev. die, as Kraay observed, was also used a little later with an obv. die of the main VESPASIANVS issue of 71, Paris pl. XLIV, 486. But it is not certain, of course, that these two small issues of bronze coins were produced one after the other early in 71, before the main VESPASIANVS issue had started, as I have here suggested. Perhaps they were instead produced early in 71 indeed, but as isolated experiments alongside the main VESPASIANVS issue."

Thanks to Alberto "FlaviusDomitianus"

"Your coin is apparently unpublished and belongs to a small issue of Sestertii described in RIC 2.1 page 69:

"(d) Variant group of sestertii with small (as) die ending VESPASIAN AVG P M TR POT COS III - Pl. 20".

As noted by Carradice and Buttrey the obverse die has not be found on any As.

They are numbered from 137 to 141; since your reverse would be the first one in alphabetical order, it would probably get number 136A.

This small series is also discussed in the introduction (page 23)."

5 commentskc06/15/19 at 17:08Jay GT4:
Commodus_Bronze_Medaillon.jpg
Roman Empire, Commodus, Bronze Medallion126 viewsObv. M AUREL COMMODUS ANTONINVS AVG PIVS, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. P M TR P VIIII IMP VI COS IIII P P / TEMPORVM FELICITAS, Pomona seated right, holding corn ears and poppy in left hand, right hand raised to grapevine, below which two children in tub, and a third at feet of goddess.
Mint: Rome, 183 AD.

40mm 65.92g

Ex Tradart Sale 21, 15th February 2018, Lot 139.
Ex Ars Classica XVIII, Lucerne 1938, Lot 292.
Ex Dr. Jacob Hirsch, Auction 18, 27th May 1907, Lot 1031.
Ex Collection Dr. Friedrich Imhoof-Blumer.

Pomona, a goddess among the Romans, presiding over fruit -trees. Her worship was of long standing at Rome, where there was a Flamen Pomonalis who sacrificed to her every year for the preservation of the fruit. She lived in the time of Procas, king of Alba, devoted to the culture of gardens, to which she confined herself and shunning all society with the male deities.
Vertumnus, under various shapes, tried to win her hand, sometimes he came as a reaper, sometimes as a haymaker, another time as a ploughman or a wine-dresser, a soldier and a fisherman, but to equally little purpose. At length, under the guise of an old woman, he won the confidence of the goddess. And, by enlarging on the evils of a single life and the blessings of the wedded state, by launching out into the praises of Vertumnus, and relating a tale of the punishment of female cruelty to a lover, he moved the heart of Pomona; whereupon, resuming his real form, he obtained the hand of the no longer reluctant nymph.

Felicitas Temporum ("Prosperity of the Times"), reflecting a Golden Age ideology, was among the innovative virtues that began to appear during the reigns of Trajan and Antoninus Pius. Septimius Severus, whose reign followed the exceedingly brief tenure of Pertinax and unsatisfactory conditions under Commodus, used coinage to express his efforts toward restoring the Pax Romana, with themes such as Felicitas Temporum and Felicitas Saeculi, "Prosperity of the Age" (saeculum), prevalent in the years 200 to 202. Some Imperial coins use these phrases with images of women and children in the emperor's family.
6 commentskc06/15/19 at 14:18okidoki: COD
Commodus_Bronze_Medaillon.jpg
Roman Empire, Commodus, Bronze Medallion126 viewsObv. M AUREL COMMODUS ANTONINVS AVG PIVS, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. P M TR P VIIII IMP VI COS IIII P P / TEMPORVM FELICITAS, Pomona seated right, holding corn ears and poppy in left hand, right hand raised to grapevine, below which two children in tub, and a third at feet of goddess.
Mint: Rome, 183 AD.

40mm 65.92g

Ex Tradart Sale 21, 15th February 2018, Lot 139.
Ex Ars Classica XVIII, Lucerne 1938, Lot 292.
Ex Dr. Jacob Hirsch, Auction 18, 27th May 1907, Lot 1031.
Ex Collection Dr. Friedrich Imhoof-Blumer.

Pomona, a goddess among the Romans, presiding over fruit -trees. Her worship was of long standing at Rome, where there was a Flamen Pomonalis who sacrificed to her every year for the preservation of the fruit. She lived in the time of Procas, king of Alba, devoted to the culture of gardens, to which she confined herself and shunning all society with the male deities.
Vertumnus, under various shapes, tried to win her hand, sometimes he came as a reaper, sometimes as a haymaker, another time as a ploughman or a wine-dresser, a soldier and a fisherman, but to equally little purpose. At length, under the guise of an old woman, he won the confidence of the goddess. And, by enlarging on the evils of a single life and the blessings of the wedded state, by launching out into the praises of Vertumnus, and relating a tale of the punishment of female cruelty to a lover, he moved the heart of Pomona; whereupon, resuming his real form, he obtained the hand of the no longer reluctant nymph.

Felicitas Temporum ("Prosperity of the Times"), reflecting a Golden Age ideology, was among the innovative virtues that began to appear during the reigns of Trajan and Antoninus Pius. Septimius Severus, whose reign followed the exceedingly brief tenure of Pertinax and unsatisfactory conditions under Commodus, used coinage to express his efforts toward restoring the Pax Romana, with themes such as Felicitas Temporum and Felicitas Saeculi, "Prosperity of the Age" (saeculum), prevalent in the years 200 to 202. Some Imperial coins use these phrases with images of women and children in the emperor's family.
6 commentskc06/15/19 at 11:54*Alex: Fantastic!
Commodus_Bronze_Medaillon.jpg
Roman Empire, Commodus, Bronze Medallion126 viewsObv. M AUREL COMMODUS ANTONINVS AVG PIVS, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. P M TR P VIIII IMP VI COS IIII P P / TEMPORVM FELICITAS, Pomona seated right, holding corn ears and poppy in left hand, right hand raised to grapevine, below which two children in tub, and a third at feet of goddess.
Mint: Rome, 183 AD.

40mm 65.92g

Ex Tradart Sale 21, 15th February 2018, Lot 139.
Ex Ars Classica XVIII, Lucerne 1938, Lot 292.
Ex Dr. Jacob Hirsch, Auction 18, 27th May 1907, Lot 1031.
Ex Collection Dr. Friedrich Imhoof-Blumer.

Pomona, a goddess among the Romans, presiding over fruit -trees. Her worship was of long standing at Rome, where there was a Flamen Pomonalis who sacrificed to her every year for the preservation of the fruit. She lived in the time of Procas, king of Alba, devoted to the culture of gardens, to which she confined herself and shunning all society with the male deities.
Vertumnus, under various shapes, tried to win her hand, sometimes he came as a reaper, sometimes as a haymaker, another time as a ploughman or a wine-dresser, a soldier and a fisherman, but to equally little purpose. At length, under the guise of an old woman, he won the confidence of the goddess. And, by enlarging on the evils of a single life and the blessings of the wedded state, by launching out into the praises of Vertumnus, and relating a tale of the punishment of female cruelty to a lover, he moved the heart of Pomona; whereupon, resuming his real form, he obtained the hand of the no longer reluctant nymph.

Felicitas Temporum ("Prosperity of the Times"), reflecting a Golden Age ideology, was among the innovative virtues that began to appear during the reigns of Trajan and Antoninus Pius. Septimius Severus, whose reign followed the exceedingly brief tenure of Pertinax and unsatisfactory conditions under Commodus, used coinage to express his efforts toward restoring the Pax Romana, with themes such as Felicitas Temporum and Felicitas Saeculi, "Prosperity of the Age" (saeculum), prevalent in the years 200 to 202. Some Imperial coins use these phrases with images of women and children in the emperor's family.
6 commentskc06/14/19 at 22:17FlaviusDomitianus: Impressive!
Commodus_Bronze_Medaillon.jpg
Roman Empire, Commodus, Bronze Medallion126 viewsObv. M AUREL COMMODUS ANTONINVS AVG PIVS, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. P M TR P VIIII IMP VI COS IIII P P / TEMPORVM FELICITAS, Pomona seated right, holding corn ears and poppy in left hand, right hand raised to grapevine, below which two children in tub, and a third at feet of goddess.
Mint: Rome, 183 AD.

40mm 65.92g

Ex Tradart Sale 21, 15th February 2018, Lot 139.
Ex Ars Classica XVIII, Lucerne 1938, Lot 292.
Ex Dr. Jacob Hirsch, Auction 18, 27th May 1907, Lot 1031.
Ex Collection Dr. Friedrich Imhoof-Blumer.

Pomona, a goddess among the Romans, presiding over fruit -trees. Her worship was of long standing at Rome, where there was a Flamen Pomonalis who sacrificed to her every year for the preservation of the fruit. She lived in the time of Procas, king of Alba, devoted to the culture of gardens, to which she confined herself and shunning all society with the male deities.
Vertumnus, under various shapes, tried to win her hand, sometimes he came as a reaper, sometimes as a haymaker, another time as a ploughman or a wine-dresser, a soldier and a fisherman, but to equally little purpose. At length, under the guise of an old woman, he won the confidence of the goddess. And, by enlarging on the evils of a single life and the blessings of the wedded state, by launching out into the praises of Vertumnus, and relating a tale of the punishment of female cruelty to a lover, he moved the heart of Pomona; whereupon, resuming his real form, he obtained the hand of the no longer reluctant nymph.

Felicitas Temporum ("Prosperity of the Times"), reflecting a Golden Age ideology, was among the innovative virtues that began to appear during the reigns of Trajan and Antoninus Pius. Septimius Severus, whose reign followed the exceedingly brief tenure of Pertinax and unsatisfactory conditions under Commodus, used coinage to express his efforts toward restoring the Pax Romana, with themes such as Felicitas Temporum and Felicitas Saeculi, "Prosperity of the Age" (saeculum), prevalent in the years 200 to 202. Some Imperial coins use these phrases with images of women and children in the emperor's family.
6 commentskc06/14/19 at 21:56Jay GT4: Wonderful! And great provenance!
Commodus_Bronze_Medaillon.jpg
Roman Empire, Commodus, Bronze Medallion126 viewsObv. M AUREL COMMODUS ANTONINVS AVG PIVS, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. P M TR P VIIII IMP VI COS IIII P P / TEMPORVM FELICITAS, Pomona seated right, holding corn ears and poppy in left hand, right hand raised to grapevine, below which two children in tub, and a third at feet of goddess.
Mint: Rome, 183 AD.

40mm 65.92g

Ex Tradart Sale 21, 15th February 2018, Lot 139.
Ex Ars Classica XVIII, Lucerne 1938, Lot 292.
Ex Dr. Jacob Hirsch, Auction 18, 27th May 1907, Lot 1031.
Ex Collection Dr. Friedrich Imhoof-Blumer.

Pomona, a goddess among the Romans, presiding over fruit -trees. Her worship was of long standing at Rome, where there was a Flamen Pomonalis who sacrificed to her every year for the preservation of the fruit. She lived in the time of Procas, king of Alba, devoted to the culture of gardens, to which she confined herself and shunning all society with the male deities.
Vertumnus, under various shapes, tried to win her hand, sometimes he came as a reaper, sometimes as a haymaker, another time as a ploughman or a wine-dresser, a soldier and a fisherman, but to equally little purpose. At length, under the guise of an old woman, he won the confidence of the goddess. And, by enlarging on the evils of a single life and the blessings of the wedded state, by launching out into the praises of Vertumnus, and relating a tale of the punishment of female cruelty to a lover, he moved the heart of Pomona; whereupon, resuming his real form, he obtained the hand of the no longer reluctant nymph.

Felicitas Temporum ("Prosperity of the Times"), reflecting a Golden Age ideology, was among the innovative virtues that began to appear during the reigns of Trajan and Antoninus Pius. Septimius Severus, whose reign followed the exceedingly brief tenure of Pertinax and unsatisfactory conditions under Commodus, used coinage to express his efforts toward restoring the Pax Romana, with themes such as Felicitas Temporum and Felicitas Saeculi, "Prosperity of the Age" (saeculum), prevalent in the years 200 to 202. Some Imperial coins use these phrases with images of women and children in the emperor's family.
6 commentskc06/14/19 at 21:42Mat: Wow, sweet piece, KC
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Roman Empire, Maximus, Sestertius179 viewsObv. MAXIMVS CAES GERM, draped bust right.
Rev. PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS S C, emperor standing left, holding baton and spear, at the right two standards.
Mint: Rome, 236-238 AD.

32mm 21.38g

RIC 13; Cohen 14; BMC 213

Ex Münzenhandlung Manfred Olding, Lagerliste
Ex Reusing /Schürer Collection
Ex Münzenhandlung A. Riechman 1930 (65 Reichsmark)

Princeps Juventutis was a name of dignity even in the most flourishing days of the republic. It was an honorary appellation given to him who took the lead of the greater and lesser boys appointed to perform a part in the game of Troy (ad ludum Troja). The prince of the youth was, in the earlier times, the chief of the Equestrian Order. Under the empire, and from the very commencement of that monarchical form of government, this title, although simply honorary, appears to have been given, as an apanage, to such young princes of the imperial family as were destined to reign, and was sometimes conferred on them at a very early age. (Numiswiki, FAC)
6 commentskc06/14/19 at 15:31OldMoney: Outstanding!
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Roman Empire, Maximus, Sestertius179 viewsObv. MAXIMVS CAES GERM, draped bust right.
Rev. PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS S C, emperor standing left, holding baton and spear, at the right two standards.
Mint: Rome, 236-238 AD.

32mm 21.38g

RIC 13; Cohen 14; BMC 213

Ex Münzenhandlung Manfred Olding, Lagerliste
Ex Reusing /Schürer Collection
Ex Münzenhandlung A. Riechman 1930 (65 Reichsmark)

Princeps Juventutis was a name of dignity even in the most flourishing days of the republic. It was an honorary appellation given to him who took the lead of the greater and lesser boys appointed to perform a part in the game of Troy (ad ludum Troja). The prince of the youth was, in the earlier times, the chief of the Equestrian Order. Under the empire, and from the very commencement of that monarchical form of government, this title, although simply honorary, appears to have been given, as an apanage, to such young princes of the imperial family as were destined to reign, and was sometimes conferred on them at a very early age. (Numiswiki, FAC)
6 commentskc06/14/19 at 04:32Callimachus: Beautiful coin. Stil on my want list.
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Roman Empire, Maximus, Sestertius179 viewsObv. MAXIMVS CAES GERM, draped bust right.
Rev. PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS S C, emperor standing left, holding baton and spear, at the right two standards.
Mint: Rome, 236-238 AD.

32mm 21.38g

RIC 13; Cohen 14; BMC 213

Ex Münzenhandlung Manfred Olding, Lagerliste
Ex Reusing /Schürer Collection
Ex Münzenhandlung A. Riechman 1930 (65 Reichsmark)

Princeps Juventutis was a name of dignity even in the most flourishing days of the republic. It was an honorary appellation given to him who took the lead of the greater and lesser boys appointed to perform a part in the game of Troy (ad ludum Troja). The prince of the youth was, in the earlier times, the chief of the Equestrian Order. Under the empire, and from the very commencement of that monarchical form of government, this title, although simply honorary, appears to have been given, as an apanage, to such young princes of the imperial family as were destined to reign, and was sometimes conferred on them at a very early age. (Numiswiki, FAC)
6 commentskc06/13/19 at 22:47okidoki: Congrats very nice
190208018bz.jpg
Roman Empire, Maximus, Sestertius179 viewsObv. MAXIMVS CAES GERM, draped bust right.
Rev. PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS S C, emperor standing left, holding baton and spear, at the right two standards.
Mint: Rome, 236-238 AD.

32mm 21.38g

RIC 13; Cohen 14; BMC 213

Ex Münzenhandlung Manfred Olding, Lagerliste
Ex Reusing /Schürer Collection
Ex Münzenhandlung A. Riechman 1930 (65 Reichsmark)

Princeps Juventutis was a name of dignity even in the most flourishing days of the republic. It was an honorary appellation given to him who took the lead of the greater and lesser boys appointed to perform a part in the game of Troy (ad ludum Troja). The prince of the youth was, in the earlier times, the chief of the Equestrian Order. Under the empire, and from the very commencement of that monarchical form of government, this title, although simply honorary, appears to have been given, as an apanage, to such young princes of the imperial family as were destined to reign, and was sometimes conferred on them at a very early age. (Numiswiki, FAC)
6 commentskc06/13/19 at 22:42quadrans: Nice one
190208018bz.jpg
Roman Empire, Maximus, Sestertius179 viewsObv. MAXIMVS CAES GERM, draped bust right.
Rev. PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS S C, emperor standing left, holding baton and spear, at the right two standards.
Mint: Rome, 236-238 AD.

32mm 21.38g

RIC 13; Cohen 14; BMC 213

Ex Münzenhandlung Manfred Olding, Lagerliste
Ex Reusing /Schürer Collection
Ex Münzenhandlung A. Riechman 1930 (65 Reichsmark)

Princeps Juventutis was a name of dignity even in the most flourishing days of the republic. It was an honorary appellation given to him who took the lead of the greater and lesser boys appointed to perform a part in the game of Troy (ad ludum Troja). The prince of the youth was, in the earlier times, the chief of the Equestrian Order. Under the empire, and from the very commencement of that monarchical form of government, this title, although simply honorary, appears to have been given, as an apanage, to such young princes of the imperial family as were destined to reign, and was sometimes conferred on them at a very early age. (Numiswiki, FAC)
6 commentskc06/13/19 at 22:41Jay GT4: Love this reverse type. I have 2 from the Reusing...
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ROMAN EMPIRE, THEODOSIUS I. AE4 of Siscia. Struck c.A.D.379 - 38342 viewsObverse: D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Theodosius facing right.
Reverse: VOT V MVLT X in four lines within laurel wreath; in exergue, ASISC.
RIC IX : 292
1 comments*Alex06/06/19 at 19:27quadrans: Nice piece..
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ROMAN EMPIRE, THEODOSIUS I. AE2 of Siscia. Struck c.A.D.379 - 38340 viewsObverse: D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Theodosius facing right.
Reverse: REPARATIO REIPVB. Theodosius standing facing, head left, raising kneeling turreted female figure with his right hand holding Victory on globe in his left. In exergue, *BSISC•.
RIC IX : 26d
1 comments*Alex06/06/19 at 19:27quadrans: Great reverse,
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Probus Stlyes Montage375 viewsmaridvnvm posted this on the discussion board July 17, 2006:

One of my specialist areas is Probus and I thought I would share a little montage that I have put together. We must remember that stylistic changes occur within a mint over the time of a single emperor as well as between mints and it is often necessary to become as familiar as we can with these style differences to be able to determine the correct mint placement for some coins.

Here are some Bust Type Cs (Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right (seen from the rear)) for arrange of mints under Probus including some examples from different periods of output from these mints where I have examples to show. I hope it is evident that there are marked differences to be seen between the mints but also within a single mint just for this short period of production. I have taken a random sample of coins and there are different styles notable between dies from the same period but they are all generally evident that they come from a particular mint at a particular period.

The output of Antioch and Tripolis are notably more crude and eccentric than the output of the other mints,

Similar stylistic differences can be seen for the other

Regards,
Martin
3 commentsJoe Sermarini05/24/19 at 19:57Joe P3: Wow this is really useful! I would love to see one...
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Greek, Attica, Aegina, AR Stater 20mm 12.19g 12h Medows Aegina group 3b,Milbank pl.2, 12,HGC 6,437,Dewing 1683.114 viewsLand tortoise with segmented shell.Rev large square incuse with skew pattern.
Well centered on a large flan and struck from fresh dies,thus rare
1 commentsGrant H05/13/19 at 20:01Simon: Wow!
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Byzantine, JOHN II HYPERPYRON NOMISMA IV DOC 3 Constantinople Third Coinage Variation B SBCV-1940 63 viewsOBV IC XC in upper field.

Christ bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, seated upon throne without back: , holds gospels in l. Pellet in each limb of the cross.

REV Full length figure of emperor on l. , crowned by Virgin. Emperor wears stemma, divitision. Collar piece, and paneled loros of a simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft, and in l., anexikakia. Virgin wears tunic and maphorion.

Size 30.57mm

Weight 4.3gm

DOC lists 5 examples of type B with weights from 4.22gm to 4.43gm and sizes from 30 mm to 31mm
1 commentsSimon05/10/19 at 12:40*Alex: Nice addition to the gallery.
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Owl - This zoo needs an OWL! Preferably a perky owl..1321 viewsCalabria --Circa 281-272 BC. AR Drachm (3.16 gm). Helmeted head of Athena left; helmet decorated with skylla hurling a stone / [TARANTINWN], owl standing right on thunderbolt, wings spread. Vlasto 1077ff; SNG ANS 1320 15 commentsfeatherz05/06/19 at 15:48Maria H: Added to my want list!!! Favorite so far.
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Owl74 views1 commentsGrant H05/06/19 at 15:44Maria H: Gorgeous coin.
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MOESIA, ISTROS AR DRACHM147 views
Moesia, Istros AR Drachm.
4th Century BC.
Facing male heads, the right inverted / ISTPIH, sea-eagle left grasping dolphin with talons, AG monogram below dolphin.
BMC 246; SNG Munich 236; SNG Copenhagen 192; Pick AMNG 417.
5.02g, 20mm.

1 commentsCurtis H05/06/19 at 15:43Maria H: I need to find one of these. Love it.
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Griffin215 viewsDenarius - Crawford 384.11 commentsGhengis_Jon05/06/19 at 15:43Maria H: Gorgeous coin.
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Another nice scorpio for the zoo !264 views2 provincial animals !3 commentsphilippe B205/06/19 at 15:41Maria H: I love this coin!
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, SABINA, 1618A MYSIA, Hadriani ad Olympum, Ae 27 Athena standing76 viewsReference
RPC --; Von Fritze --

Obv. СΑΒΕΙΝΑ СΕΒΑСΤΗ (same obv die as RPC III 1816)
Draped bust of Sabina, r., with hair coiled and piled on top of head above double stephane

Rev. ΑΔΡΙΑΝΩΝ ΠΡΟC ΟΛΥΝΠ
Athena standing facing, head l., holding out Nike and resting hand on shield

9.47 gr
27 mm
6h
1 commentsokidoki05/06/19 at 12:13okidoki: RPC 1618a
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, RIC VIII Cyzicus 6648 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Emperor in military dress stg. l. on galley going l., holding phoenix on globe and standard; in the stern sits Victory steering ship.
In exergue SMKepsilon
3 commentsagord04/27/19 at 12:12*Alex: Very nice, and a great addition to the BOT gallery...
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, RIC VIII Cyzicus 6648 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Emperor in military dress stg. l. on galley going l., holding phoenix on globe and standard; in the stern sits Victory steering ship.
In exergue SMKepsilon
3 commentsagord04/27/19 at 09:32quadrans: Nice piece..
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, RIC VIII Cyzicus 6648 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Emperor in military dress stg. l. on galley going l., holding phoenix on globe and standard; in the stern sits Victory steering ship.
In exergue SMKepsilon
3 commentsagord04/27/19 at 05:55Randygeki(h2): Excellent !
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Byzantine, MANUEL COMNENUS, Billion Aspron Trachy SBCV-1966 DOC IV -13c 74 viewsOBV Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, seated upon throne without back; holds Gospels in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded on l., crowned by Virgin nimbate. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type ; holds in right hand labarum-scepter, and inl. Gl cr.Virgin wears tunic and maphorion.

Size 31mm

Weight 4.63gm

A nearly perfect strike and that is exceptional. If you notice Christs head you will see the nimbus dots ever so slightly out of alignment. The dies were fresh when struck. Truly Exceptional.
2 commentsSimon04/13/19 at 04:13Nemonater: Amazing
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CITY-GATE, Gordian III (238-244 AD), Moesia Inferior, Nicopolis ad Istrum34 viewsRoman Provincial, Moesia Inferior, Nicopolis ad Istrum, Gordian III (238-244 AD) Æ 27 (12.43g) Sabinius Modestus, legatus consularis., City Gate, Obv.: Laureate and draped bust right. Rev.: Arched gate flanked by two roofed towers with arched windows in uppermost story. Varbanov 4182. Rare! NGC XF.1 commentsAncient Aussie03/30/19 at 14:25*Alex: Nice gate. I really like those detailed types.
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HARBOUR, TRAJAN, AE Sestertius (Portus Trajani)174 viewsPortus Trajani
Æ Sestertius (26.66g, Ø35mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 104-111.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P laureate draped bust of Trajan facing right.
Rev.: (PORTVM TRAIANI around, S C in ex.), Basin of Trajan's harbour (Portus Traiani), near Ostia, surrounded by warehouses, ships in centre.
RIC 471 (R2); Cohen 305; BMC 770A; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 104:59
ex Jean Elsen Auction 95; ex coll. A. Senden: "L'architecture des monnaies Romaines".

Due to the vulnarability of Portus Claudii, witness the events of 62 AD when a violent storm destroyed some 200 ships in the port, Trajan built a second one farther inland behind the port of Claudius. The work was carried out in the years 100-112 AD, and included improvements of the Claudian harbour. It was a hexagonal basin enclosing an area of 39 hectares, and communicating by canals with the harbour of Claudius, with the Tiber directly, and with the sea. The capacity of the harbour was much enlarged, and many new warehouses were built around it, remains of which may still be seen: The fineness of the brickwork of which they are built is remarkable. The sides of the hexagonal basin were over 350 m, the maximum diameter more than 700 m., and 5m deep. The bottom was covered with stones, at the north end gradually sloping upwards, to reach a depth of only one meter at the edge of the basin.

The basin could contain more than 100 ships that did not moor alongside the quays, but at a straight angle. It was surrounded by a few wide treads (total width c. 6 m.). On the quays was a wall, with five narrow doorways (1.80) on each side of the hexagon. The doorways are too narrow for wagons. Apparently the goods were unloaded and carried by slaves. This can also be seen on several reliefs and mosaics. The wall facilitated the control of the flow of goods, for the Customs Service and the levying of import duties (the portorium).

The hexagon may have been designed by Apollodorus of Damascus, the architect of Trajan's Market in Rome. No other harbours are known with this shape, suggesting that it was chosen not only for practical purposes, but also for aesthetic reasons.

Portus was the main port of ancient Rome for more than 500 years and provided a conduit for everything from glass, ceramics, marble and slaves to wild animals caught in Africa and shipped to Rome for spectacles in the Colosseum.
3 commentsCharles S03/29/19 at 05:36Ancient Aussie: Nice.
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HARBOUR, NERO, AE Sestertius (Portus Claudii)139 viewsÆ sestertius (22.54g, maximum Ø34.24mm, 6h), Lugdunum mint, struck AD 66.
Obv.: IMP NERO CAESAR AVG P MAX TR P P P, laureate head of Nero right, globe below tip of bust.
Rev.: PORT AVG (below) S C (above), aerial view of the harbour of Ostia, showing pier, breakwaters, lighthouse surmounted by the statue of Neptune, seven ships, and the figure of Tiber reclining left in foreground, holding rudder and dolphin.
Mac Dowall (The western Coinages of Nero, ANS SSN 161) 476; RIC 586 (R2); BMCRE 323 var. (different obv. legend); Cohen 253 var. (emperor's head to left); CBN 74 var. (different obv. legend); Sear (RCV) 1953var.

Rome's original harbour was Ostia, situated at the mouth of the Tiber. It could not easily handle large sea-going vessels such as those of the grain fleet. Therefore, Claudius initiated the construction of a new all-weather harboru at Portus, about 4 km north of Ostia. The project was completed under Nero who renamed the harbour "Portus Augusti".

It was a huge project enclosing an area of 69 hectares, with two long curving moles projecting into the sea, and an artificial island, bearing a lighthouse, in the centre of the space between the moles. The foundation of this lighthouse was provided by filling with concrete and sinking one of the massive ships that Caligula had used to transport an obelisk from Egypt for the Circus Maximus. These giant ships had a length of around 100m and displaced a minimum of 7400 tons. The harbour opened directly to the sea on the northwest and communicated with the Tiber by a channel on the southeast. However, it was very exposed to the weather and under Trajan was superseded by a new land-locked inner basin linked to the Tiber by a canal.
3 commentsCharles S03/29/19 at 05:36Ancient Aussie: Great coin and very well presented.
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CITY-GATE, Macrinus, Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 23. HrHJ (2013) 8.23.46.04 corr. (plate coin)110 viewsMacrinus, AD 217-218
AE 27, 14.01g, 27.34mm, 45°
struck under governor Marcus Claudius Agrippa
obv. AV K OPPEL CE - VH MAKRINOC
bust, laureate, r.
rev. VP AGRIPPA NIKOPOLITWN PROC / C ICTRW
city-gate with three towers, all with three pinnacles, closed double-door
ref. a) not in AMNG:
cf. AMNG I/1, 1826 (for Diadumenian)
b) Varbanov (engl.) 3383
c) Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2013) No. 8.23.46.4 corr. (plate coin)
writes NIKOPOLEITWN
very rare, VF/EF, dark-brown patina, a wunderful coin!
2 commentsJochen03/29/19 at 05:33Ancient Aussie: Absolutely fantastic coin Jochen.
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MARKET, NERO, (Macellum Magnum)189 viewsOrichalchum dupondius (14.5g, 31mm, 6h). Lugdunum mint. Struck AD 65.
NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P laureate head of Nero facing left
M(AC) AVG / S C Frontal view of a building with a domed central section and
approached by steps, flanked by two-storied wings of unequal height, with porticoes adorned with guirlandes; above the steps, in the centre, a statue of a standing male figure holding a long sceptre.
RIC 402 (common); BMC 336; Cohen 129; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 67:59

This type was issued upon the completion of the restoration of the Great Provision Market on Caelium Hill in A.D. 59: the Macellum Augusti, also known as the Macellum Magnum. It was built by Augustus and restored by Nero. Part of it was later transformed to church S. Stefano Rotundo by Pope Simplicius.
3 commentsCharles S03/29/19 at 05:24Ancient Aussie: Beautiful coin with great detail of the market.
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CIRCUS MAXIMUS, Trajan141 viewsÆ Sestertius (24.27g, Ø32.95mm, 5h). Rome mint. Struck AD 103-104.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P laureate bust of Trajan right with aegis.
Rev.: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI around, S C in ex., bird's-eys view on the Circus Maximus in Rome, as seen from the Forum Boarium, showing portico in foreground with eleven arched entrances and monumental gate surmounted by quadriga on right, two additional arches, each surmounted by quadriga behind the portico at both ends, the central spina adorned with tall obelisk of Rameses II at center flanked by equestrian statue of Trajan on left and shrine of Cybele on right , the two metae (turning posts) placed at the extremities; at the far side of the Circus, a curved wall incorporating a tetra-style shrine of Sol.
RIC 571 [R] and pl. x, 187 (rev. only); Cohen 546 (Fr.60); Strack 391; BMC 856; Banti 275 (4 spec.); MIR 175c and pl. 28 (citing 20 examples of this variety; same obv. die as plate 175c1; same rev. die as 175a3); RCV 3208 var. (different bust type).

ex G. Henzen (Netherlands, 2000)

The reverse of this sestertius commemorates the completion in AD 103 of a major restoration of the Circus Maximus, following a great fire that had severely damaged the famous arena in the time of the Flavian emperors. The origin of the Circus Maximus, situated in the Murcia valley between the Palatine and Aventine hills, is quite obscure. An enclosure for chariot racing, it had parallel sides and one semicircular end, all fitted with seats for spectators, and an axial rib (spina) marked at each end by turning-posts (metae) dividing the arena into two runs. At the open end were the curved stables (carceres) sufficient to accommodate twelve teams of horses. Traditionally founded by King Tarquinius Priscus, it does not seem to have become a permanent structure until 329 BC (Livy viii. 20.1). In later times, it was much embellished, notably by Augustus who erected on the spina the great Egyptian obelisk of Rameses II from Heliopolis (it now stands in the Piazza del Populo). The vast arena was frequently damaged by the fires that afflicted the imperial capital; on several occasions, there was loss of life when structural failure occurred under the weight of the huge crowds that attended the events. Trajan was himself an ardent fan of the Circus so it is scarcely surprising that he took on the task of restoring the arena. The present specimen is a good example of the rare issue that commemorated the completion of this undertaking. More than a century later (AD 213), the Emperor Caracalla issued a similar type to record his own restoration work on the Circus Maximus. The last recorded games in this celebrated arena took place under the Ostrogothic king Totila in AD 550.
1 commentsCharles S03/29/19 at 05:19Ancient Aussie: Absolutely fantastic coin Charles.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Gordian III, Rome mint, struck 241-242AD, AE Sestertius90 viewsIMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG laureate-headed and draped bust right
P M TR P IIII COS II P P, S-C Gordian standing right
RIC 306a, Cohen 254
3 commentsdupondius03/10/19 at 01:52NORMAN K: Whats not to like. Beautiful coin
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TEMPLE, FAUSTINA SENIOR, Temple of Faustina and Antoninus Pius.177 viewsAR denarius. c.146 AD. 3.60 g, 6h. Draped bust right. DIVA FAVSTINA. / Hexastyle temple; with figure within; surmounted by a central facing quadriga, winged Victories on corners; statues on lower left and right; fencing in front. AED DIV FAVSTINAE. RIC III 343 (A.Pius). RSC 1.
The building was built after the death of Empress Faustina (141 A.C.) and was dedicated by the Senate to the deceased, who they declared a divinity. It was also dedicated to Emperor Antoninus Pio, as is stated on its facade. Around the seventh and eighth centuries, it became a Christian church, but its appearance today is mostly a result of the baroque modifications of Orazio Torriani (1601-14).
2 commentsbenito03/07/19 at 08:14Vincent: Real nice, great historical coin!
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Greek, Macedonia, Dikaia mint, c. 360 B.C.161 viewsMacedonia. Dikaia mint, c. 360 B.C. Bronze AE 15, F-VF, 1.758g, 13.6mm. Rugged dark patina. Obv: head of nymph right. Ref: forepart of cow standing right; DI. Ref: S 1405 (AE17 obol with entire cow). Rare1 commentsBard Gram Okland03/05/19 at 01:23Fabian O: Are you sure about this classification? It seems t...
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Licinius I253 viewsAE follis. Aquileia, 317 AD. 3.50 grs. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right. IMP LICINIUS PF AVG / Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt and leaning on sceptre. IOVI CONSERVATORI. In exergue AQS.
RIC 6.
7 commentsbenito03/05/19 at 00:45*Alex: Great coin. Coins in that condition are extremely ...
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ROMAN EMPIRE, FAUSTINA II (JUNIOR). Commemorative denarius of Rome. Struck A.D.176-180 under Marcus Aurelius16 viewsObverse: DIVA FAVSTINA PIA. Draped bust of Faustina Junior facing right.
Reverse: CONSECRATIO. Peacock standing facing right.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 3.2grms | Die Axis: 12
RIC III : 744

Annia Galeria Faustina was the youngest daughter of Antoninus Pius and Faustina Senior. She married Marcus Aurelius in A.D.145 and was given the title of Augusta on the birth of her first child in A.D.146. She went on to have several more children, one of whom was the future emperor Commodus. In A.D.175 Faustina accompanied Marcus Aurelius on his journey to the East but she died at Halala, a village at the foot of the Taurus Mountains.
1 comments*Alex03/04/19 at 17:26quadrans: Nice piece..
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Roman Empire, GALERIUS. Commemorative AE Follis of Siscia. Struck A.D.312 under Licinius17 viewsObverse: DIVO GAL VAL MAXIMIANO. Veiled head of Galerius facing right.
Reverse: FORTI FORTVNAE. Fortuna standing facing left holding rudder on globe and cornucopiae, wheel behind at her feet; in right field, star on crescent over B; in exergue, SIS.
Weight: 4.75gms
RIC VI : 226
RARE
1 comments*Alex03/04/19 at 17:26quadrans: Nice one
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ROMAN EMPIRE, HADRIAN. Commemorative AR Denarius of Rome. Struck A.D.139 under Antoninus Pius25 viewsObverse: DIVVS HADRIANVS AVG. Bare head of Hadrian facing right.
Reverse: CONSECRATIO. Eagle standing facing on globe, head turned left.
RIC II : 389b
VERY RARE
2 comments*Alex03/04/19 at 02:48Jay GT4: Great find!
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BYZANTINE, Isaac Comnenus295 viewsIsaac Comnenus
unsurper in cyprus
AE tetarteron
Obv.The virgin standing right with hands raised.
Rev. Isaac standing facing.
1 commentsseaotter03/04/19 at 01:21Simon: This coin is rare, this version has a mistruck rev...
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BYZANTINE, Heraclius, c.A.D.610-641, AV Solidus122 viewsAlthough Heraclius decisively defeated Parthia, his army was in turn defeated by the invading Muslims when a sandstorm blinded his troops at the battle of Yarmuk and as a result, the Levant, Egypt and North Africa were all lost.2 commentsgoldcoin03/04/19 at 01:14Simon: Absolutly fantastic!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, HADRIAN. Commemorative AR Denarius of Rome. Struck A.D.139 under Antoninus Pius25 viewsObverse: DIVVS HADRIANVS AVG. Bare head of Hadrian facing right.
Reverse: CONSECRATIO. Eagle standing facing on globe, head turned left.
RIC II : 389b
VERY RARE
2 comments*Alex03/03/19 at 18:47okidoki: very nice
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Roman Empire, MARCUS AURELIUS. Commemorative AR denarius of Rome. Struck A.D.180 under Commodus16 viewsObverse: DIVVS M ANTONINVS PIVS. Bare head of Marcus Aurelius facing right.
Reverse: CONSECRATIO. Eagle facing left, head turned right, standing on bar.
RIC III : 266
Ex Harlan J Berk. Ex D. Clark Collection. This coin is featured on Wildwinds.
SCARCE
1 comments*Alex03/02/19 at 16:30quadrans: Great bust ..I like it..
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ROMAN EMPIRE, LICINIUS II as CAESAR. AE3 of Rome. Struck A.D.32024 viewsObverse: LICINIVS IVN NOB C. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Licinius II facing right.
Reverse: ROMAE AETERNAE. Roma seated facing right, inscribing XV on shield set on her knees: in left field, P; in right field, R; in exergue, RT.
RIC VII : 154 | VM : 9
VERY RARE
1 comments*Alex03/02/19 at 15:14Mat: Really nice, congrats
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Byzantine, MANUEL COMNENUS, Billion Aspron Trachy SBCV-1966 DOC IV -13c 74 viewsOBV Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, seated upon throne without back; holds Gospels in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded on l., crowned by Virgin nimbate. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type ; holds in right hand labarum-scepter, and inl. Gl cr.Virgin wears tunic and maphorion.

Size 31mm

Weight 4.63gm

A nearly perfect strike and that is exceptional. If you notice Christs head you will see the nimbus dots ever so slightly out of alignment. The dies were fresh when struck. Truly Exceptional.
2 commentsSimon03/01/19 at 22:39quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Roman Empire, Titus, AE-As, RIC II 126, RIC-New 226, Roma.1411 views022 Titus (69-79 A.D. Caesar, 79-81 A.D. Augustus), AE-As, RIC II 126, RIC-New 226, Roma, GENI P R, S-C, Scarce!,
avers:- IMP-T-CAES-VESP-AVG-P-M-TR-P-COS-VIII, Laureat head left.
revers:- GENI-P-R, Genius standing left holding cornucopia and patera. S-C across the field.
exe: S/C//--, diameter: 27-29mm, weight: 12,76g, axis:- h,
mint: , date: , ref: RIC-II-126, p-130, RIC-New-226, C-96,
Q-001
18 commentsquadrans02/23/19 at 16:51*Alex: Superb reverse.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Claudius, Unofficial As Hispania41 viewsAn unofficial as of Claudius minted in Hispania. Bizarre lettering.

Obv: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR IMP, bare head left.
Rev: S-C Minerva standing with spear and shield.
RIC 100, Cohen 84v, BMC 149

Weight 18,2g
Diameter 28 mm

1 commentsSergio Orata02/22/19 at 15:43Jay GT4: Nice one
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Roman, Claudius I, As Minerva. Spanish imitation39 viewsSpanish imitation of a Claudius As

Obv: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR IMP, bare head left.
Rev: S-C Minerva standing with spear and shield.
RIC 100, Cohen 84v, BMC 149

Weight: 6.2g
Diameter: 23mm.
1 commentsSergio Orata02/21/19 at 05:26Jay GT4: A must have for any 1st century collector
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Roman Empire, Constantius II, AE24. Thessalonica103 viewsObv: DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right, A behind
Rev: FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman who is sitting on
ground, arms up.
Mintmark: TS epsilon 1028;; A in left field.

RIC VIII Thessalonica 129, rated scarce
2 commentsBritanikus02/21/19 at 04:44Randygeki(h2): Awesome example !
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Roman Empire, Constantius II, Antioch 52 views324 - 337 AD (as Caesar) 337 - 361 AD (as Augustus)

D N CONSTAN TIVS P F AVG, Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, holding globe in right hand.
FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Emperor in military dress standing left, holding labarum and resting left hand on shield; two captives kneeling before; ANA in exe
Antioch mint; RIC VIII 125

4.41gm 21-22mm.
1 commentsBritanikus02/21/19 at 04:44Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
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Byzantine, Alexius I Comnenus, AE TETARTERON SBCV-1931 DOC 40 CLBC 2.4.7 174 viewsOBV Jeweled radiate Cross, decorated at the end of each limb with one large globule and two smaller, all on two steps.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and jeweled loros of traditional type; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. Globus cruciger. Complete Inscription

Size 19mm

Weight 3.08

This is a perfect example , nicely centered and a full legend for Alexius, choice in all aspects.
1 commentsSimon02/18/19 at 06:39quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Gold aureus24 viewsSH58612. Gold aureus, RIC IV 237; Calico 2517 (same dies); BMCRE V p. 361, 23 & pl. 53, 13 (same obv die); S 6229, aVF, weight 7.240 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 210 A.D.; obverse SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse P M TR P XVIII COS III P P, Victory advancing right, head left, leading captive with right, trophy over shoulder in left; full circle centering on both obverse and reverse, ex Forum (2008), ex Harlan Berk, very conservative Sear grade; rare1 commentsJoe Sermarini02/13/19 at 21:57Jochen: Just wonderful!
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GREEK, Phokis, Federal Coinage, AE 15, 354-352 BC, struck under Onymarchos - BMC 103, pl. III, 24; SNG Copenhagen 131172 viewsFacing bull’s head draped with sacrificial fillet.
ONY/MAP/XOY in three lines; all within laurel wreath.
BCD Lokris/Phokis 301.2 (this coin); BMC 103, pl. III, 24; SNG Copenhagen 131. (16 mm, 4.21 g, 2h)
ex- CNG; ex- BCD Collection: NAC 55 (8 October 2010) Lot 301 (part of)

Most of these coins were withdrawn from circulation and melted down at the end of the Third Sacred War. Surviving examples are very rare, less than a couple of dozen known.The coin bears the name of Onymarchos, the second Phokian strategos (general) in the third to fifth years of the Third Sacred War. It is amongst the first mainland Greek coins of its time to bear the full name of a living Greek.
2 commentsLloyd T02/11/19 at 23:03Jay GT4: Agreed, very nice
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GREEK, Phokis, Federal Coinage, AE 15, 354-352 BC, struck under Onymarchos - BMC 103, pl. III, 24; SNG Copenhagen 131172 viewsFacing bull’s head draped with sacrificial fillet.
ONY/MAP/XOY in three lines; all within laurel wreath.
BCD Lokris/Phokis 301.2 (this coin); BMC 103, pl. III, 24; SNG Copenhagen 131. (16 mm, 4.21 g, 2h)
ex- CNG; ex- BCD Collection: NAC 55 (8 October 2010) Lot 301 (part of)

Most of these coins were withdrawn from circulation and melted down at the end of the Third Sacred War. Surviving examples are very rare, less than a couple of dozen known.The coin bears the name of Onymarchos, the second Phokian strategos (general) in the third to fifth years of the Third Sacred War. It is amongst the first mainland Greek coins of its time to bear the full name of a living Greek.
2 commentsLloyd T02/11/19 at 00:39JBF: history, provenance, condition, rarity, a very nic...
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GREEK, Italy, CALABRIA, Taras. AR Nomos. Circa 240-228 BC.42 views6.56g, 21mm, 11 h
Zopyrion, magistrate. Nude youth on horseback to right, ΖΩΠΥΡΙΩΝ below; below forelegs, ΣΩ above bukranion / Taras astride dolphin to left, holding hippocamp in extended right hand, trident against left arm; monogram and mask of Silenos right, TAPAΣ below. Vlasto 941; HN Italy 1054.
Extremely Fine; a beautiful reverse composition. Very Rare.
2 commentsLeo02/09/19 at 21:35Grant H: love the mask
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GREEK, Italy, CALABRIA, Taras. AR Nomos. Circa 240-228 BC.42 views6.56g, 21mm, 11 h
Zopyrion, magistrate. Nude youth on horseback to right, ΖΩΠΥΡΙΩΝ below; below forelegs, ΣΩ above bukranion / Taras astride dolphin to left, holding hippocamp in extended right hand, trident against left arm; monogram and mask of Silenos right, TAPAΣ below. Vlasto 941; HN Italy 1054.
Extremely Fine; a beautiful reverse composition. Very Rare.
2 commentsLeo02/09/19 at 18:20okidoki: excellent and stylistic
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Byzantine, Justin II. (565-578 A.D.), SB 0369, A/NIKO, AE-Follis (40 Nummia), Nikopolis, Year UI,202 viewsJustin II. (565-578 A.D.), SB 0369, A/NIKO, AE-Follis (40 Nummia), Nikopolis, Year UI,
avers: D N IVSTI NVS P P AVG, Justin left and Sophia right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding cross on globe, Sophia holding sceptre topped by cross.
reverse: "M" ANNO/VI/A, Large M, ANNO to left, Cross above, regnal year to right "VI", officina letter below "A", mintmark NIKO.
exergue: A/N/N/O/VI//NIKO, diameter: 27-28mm, weight: 13,22g, axis: 7h,
mint: Nikopolis, date: 571 A.D., ref: SB 0369, p-94,
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3 commentsquadrans02/05/19 at 20:46Simon: Best example I have ever seen.
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Byzantine, MANUEL COMNENUS AE HALF TETARTERON SBCV-1980 DOC 23 CLBC 4.4.9 63 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 example is beautiful . I would grade aEF Manuel's nose is rubbed away but patina is consistant , rarity 1/5 Common coin , uncommon condition.

3 commentsSimon02/01/19 at 15:28quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Byzantine, MANUEL COMNENUS AE HALF TETARTERON SBCV-1980 DOC 23 CLBC 4.4.9 63 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 example is beautiful . I would grade aEF Manuel's nose is rubbed away but patina is consistant , rarity 1/5 Common coin , uncommon condition.

3 commentsSimon02/01/19 at 15:11*Alex: Superb. Fantastic patina too.
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Byzantine, MANUEL COMNENUS AE HALF TETARTERON SBCV-1980 DOC 23 CLBC 4.4.9 63 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 example is beautiful . I would grade aEF Manuel's nose is rubbed away but patina is consistant , rarity 1/5 Common coin , uncommon condition.

3 commentsSimon02/01/19 at 14:57shanxi: very nice example
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GREEK, Mesembria, Thrace, c. 275 - 225 B.C., Civic Issue in the Types and Name of Alexander the Great35 viewsSH85286. Silver tetradrachm, Karayotov p. 84 and pl. VII, 41 (O7/R18); Price 992; Müller Alexander 436, gVF, attractive style, light marks and scratches, weight 17.000 g, maximum diameter 31.6 mm, die axis 180o, Mesambria (Nesebar, Bulgaria) mint, c. 275 - 225 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean lion-scalp headdress; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, Zeus seated left, nude to waist, himation around hips and legs, right leg drawn back, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, Corinthian helmet right over ΠA monogram in inner left field under arm; ex FORVM (2013)1 commentsJoe Sermarini01/26/19 at 22:29Luis R: Alexander looks alive
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ROMAN, Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.64 viewsSH16768. Silver denarius, SRCV I 1592, RIC I 541, BMCRE I 664, superb EF, weight 3.850 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 0o, uncertain Asia Minor mint, 27 - 20 B.C.; obverse laureate head right, dot border; reverse AVGVSTVS, capricorn left, holding globe, cornucopia above, rudder below; extraordinary high relief impossible to capture in a photograph, lustrous and nearly as struck; rare1 commentsJoe Sermarini01/26/19 at 22:28Luis R: stunning
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Greek, The collection of coins formed M.P.Vlasto 1344 this coin circa 325-280 BC 13mm 1.16g 2h60 viewsHelmeted head of Athena left,with wreath on bowl/Herakles holding club,stranging the Nemean lion.2 commentsGrant H01/24/19 at 07:01quadrans: Great piece .
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Greek, The collection of coins formed M.P.Vlasto 1344 this coin circa 325-280 BC 13mm 1.16g 2h60 viewsHelmeted head of Athena left,with wreath on bowl/Herakles holding club,stranging the Nemean lion.2 commentsGrant H01/23/19 at 23:03Jay GT4: Nice one
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Greek, Italy, LUCANIA, Velia. Circa 300-280 BC. AR Nomos41 views22mm, 7.46 g, 11h
Philistion Group. Helmeted head of Athena right, griffin on bowl / Lion standing right; die erasure below. Williams 394 (O197/R278); HN Italy 1301; SNG ANS 1397; SNG Ashmolean 1392; BMC 110; McClean 1470 (all from the same dies). VF, toned.
Ex Seaby Coin & Medal Bulletin 818 (March 1987), no. B34.
3 commentsLeo01/21/19 at 15:49*Alex: Beautiful coins. Great additions to the gallery.
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Greek, Italy, LUCANIA, Velia. Circa 300-280 BC. AR Nomos41 views22mm, 7.46 g, 11h
Philistion Group. Helmeted head of Athena right, griffin on bowl / Lion standing right; die erasure below. Williams 394 (O197/R278); HN Italy 1301; SNG ANS 1397; SNG Ashmolean 1392; BMC 110; McClean 1470 (all from the same dies). VF, toned.
Ex Seaby Coin & Medal Bulletin 818 (March 1987), no. B34.
3 commentsLeo01/20/19 at 23:44Jay GT4: Amazing helmet with full details
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Greek, Italy, LUCANIA, Velia. Circa 300-280 BC. AR Nomos41 views22mm, 7.46 g, 11h
Philistion Group. Helmeted head of Athena right, griffin on bowl / Lion standing right; die erasure below. Williams 394 (O197/R278); HN Italy 1301; SNG ANS 1397; SNG Ashmolean 1392; BMC 110; McClean 1470 (all from the same dies). VF, toned.
Ex Seaby Coin & Medal Bulletin 818 (March 1987), no. B34.
3 commentsLeo01/20/19 at 21:33quadrans: Wow, interesting piece...
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Roman Empire, Gordian III.89 viewsAntoninianus, 238-239 AD, Antioch mint.
Obverse: IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG / Radiate bust of Gordian.
Reverse: AEQVIT LIBER / Body and feet of Aequitas holding scales; Body and feet of Libertas holding pileus (Liberty cap) .
5.00 gm, 22 mm.
RIC #177 over #187.

This is the exact coin that is described (but not pictured) in the footnote to RIC 231 (vol. IV, part III, p. 39):

"231. A strange Antoninianus (G. B. Pears Coll.) shows rev. type of AEQVIT[AS] apparently overstruck with type of LIBER[TAS] -- obv. of Gordian III, rev. of Philip overstruck with rev. of Trebonianus Gallus (?)."

There is a plaster cast of this coin in the British Museum. This cast is illustrated in Roger Bland's "unpublished" thesis on the coinage of Gordian III from Antioch: plate 10 18/21.

For more info, see http://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=105681.0
1 commentsCallimachus01/20/19 at 18:00Harry G: Very interesting type!
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GREEK, Italy, CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 470-465 BC. AR Nomos40 views18.5mm, 8.05 g, 7h
Taras, nude, raising left hand and supporting himself with his right, riding dolphin right; TARAS (retrograde) to left, scallop shell below / Head of nymph (Satyra?) left in linear circle within concave incuse. Fischer-Bossert Group 5, 91b (V41/R60) = Vlasto 140 (this coin, illustrated in both references); HN Italy 838; Berlin 65 (same dies). VF, old cabinet tone, a few marks.

From the Gasvoda Collection. Ex M. L. Collection of Coins of Magna Graecia and Sicily (Numismatica Ars Classica 82, 20 May 2015), lot 4; A. D. Moretti Collection; Classical Numismatic Group 40 (with Numismatica Ars Classica, 4 December 1996), lot 575; Hess-Leu [11] (24 March 1959), lot 5; Kricheldorf IV (7 October 1957), lot 26; Münzen und Medaillen AG VIII (8 December 1949), lot 696; Michel Pandely Vlasto Collection; Maddalena Collection (Sambon & Canessa, 7 May 1903), lot 244.
1 commentsLeo01/20/19 at 14:35quadrans: Another nice piece
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GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Taras. Time of Hannibal, c. 212-209 BC. Nomos31 views3.34 gm. Magistrate Sogenes. Nude youth on horseback left, crowning horse with wreath; IΩ to right, ΣΩΓENHΣ below / Taras astride dolphin left, holding cornucopia and Nike, who crowns him with wreath. Vlasto 975-7. HN Italy 1079. Struck on a broad flan and attractively toned. Extremely Rare.
The climax of the Carthaginian invasion of Italy was reached when Tarentum changed sides in 212 BC. The takeover of the city was a carefully planned coup by Hannibal and members of the city's democratic faction who opened the gates to Hannibal's army. The Carthaginians failed to take the citadel, but subsequent fortifications around this enemy stronghold enabled the city to remain under Punic control. Hannibal installed his own magistrates and struck coinage based on the Punic half shekel standard.
1 commentsLeo01/20/19 at 14:34quadrans: Nice one
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GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Tarentum, AR Nomos, 23mm 7.87g 1h164 viewsNude youth on horseback right holding rein in left hand,Crowning horse with wreath held in right hand .To left Nike flying right placing fillet on head of youth,AP below.Rev Phalanthos nude riding sideways on dolphin right head turned slightly left spearing cuttlefish below with trident held in right hand,Kto left,TAPAE to right,all encircled by waves.This coin was just in the November issues of coin world 2016 page112 by David Vagi.Fisher -Bossert group 54,717 v26-r561 Vlasto 501,HN Italy 886 SNG COP 822 same obv die.Struck from artistic dies on a broad flan and very rare issue only ten examples noted by Fisher Bossert of which four are in museums Berlin 2, Copenhagen, London3 commentsGrant H01/20/19 at 07:04Leo: One of the best dolphin rider design!
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GREEK, ITALY, LUCANIA, Velia, 300-280 BC 204 viewsDidrachm, 7.51 g

O - Head of Athena to right, wearing Attic helmet adorned with a wing.
R - ΥΕΛΗΤΩΝ /Φ Ι / Π Lion walking to right; above, ear of wheat.

HN III 1309. Williams 470-489.

Provenance:
Ex Rauch 86, 2 May 2010, Lot 103
Ex Nomos, Auction 5, Lot 107, 25 October 2011
3 commentsrobertpe01/20/19 at 07:01Leo: Love the helmet!
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GREEK, Italy, Lucania, Velia188 views350-310 BC
AR Didrachm (21mm, 7.5g)
-Kleudoros Group-
O: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet ornamented with griffin.
R: Lion prowling left; Φ above, engraver's monogram >E (Kleudoros) below, YEΛHTΩN in ex.
Williams 297 / SNG ANS 1312 / SNG Ashmolean 1233 / HN Italy 1289 / Sear 460v
ex Jack H. Beymer

"... cast earth upon my body
And seek haven in Velia once more..."
~ Vergil
2 commentsEnodia01/20/19 at 06:59Leo: Less common type and great style.
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GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Tarentum, AR Didrachm circa 344-340 BC 22mm 7.18g 5h Fischer-Bossert 67967 viewsHelmeted warrior standing facing,head right, holding spear and shield, behind horse standing right, before horses foreleg 90 degree t. Rev TARAS Phalanthos riding dolphin left, holding trident and shield, A below and above waves. Overstruck on another Tarentum stater?
ex Hanbery
ex Frank Kovacs 1990.
1 commentsGrant H01/18/19 at 12:51*Alex: Nice coin, terrible picture.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, RIC VIII Siscia 211110 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO.Soldier spearing fallen horseman. GammaSIS in exergue.
9 commentsagord01/16/19 at 13:49NORMAN K: wonderful coin
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Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #14061 viewsCALABRIA, Taras. Circa 470-465 BC. AR Nomos
18.5mm, 8.05 g, 7h
Taras, nude, raising left hand and supporting himself with his right, riding dolphin right; TARAS (retrograde) to left, scallop shell below / Head of nymph (Satyra?) left in linear circle within concave incuse. Fischer-Bossert Group 5, 91b (V41/R60) = Vlasto 140 (this coin, illustrated in both references); HN Italy 838; Berlin 65 (same dies). VF, old cabinet tone, a few marks.

From the Gasvoda Collection. Ex M. L. Collection of Coins of Magna Graecia and Sicily (Numismatica Ars Classica 82, 20 May 2015), lot 4; A. D. Moretti Collection; Classical Numismatic Group 40 (with Numismatica Ars Classica, 4 December 1996), lot 575; Hess-Leu [11] (24 March 1959), lot 5; Kricheldorf IV (7 October 1957), lot 26; Münzen und Medaillen AG VIII (8 December 1949), lot 696; Michel Pandely Vlasto Collection; Maddalena Collection (Sambon & Canessa, 7 May 1903), lot 244.
2 commentsLeo01/15/19 at 13:26Pharsalos: Very interesting and wonderful provenance!
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Roman Empire, Trajan, Quadrans Struck 114-117 A.D.55 views22077 Trajan/Wolf at Bay
Trajan/Wolf at Bay
Obv:IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG
Head of Trajan, laureate, right
Rev:S C
She-wolf walking left, at Bay
Rome 17mm 3.03g
RIC 694; Woytek 600b.

Ex Triskeles Auction sale 334
2 commentsBlayne W01/14/19 at 20:31okidoki: Congrats very nice
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Roman Empire, Trajan, Quadrans Struck 114-117 A.D.55 views22077 Trajan/Wolf at Bay
Trajan/Wolf at Bay
Obv:IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG
Head of Trajan, laureate, right
Rev:S C
She-wolf walking left, at Bay
Rome 17mm 3.03g
RIC 694; Woytek 600b.

Ex Triskeles Auction sale 334
2 commentsBlayne W01/12/19 at 12:31*Alex: Nice addition to the gallery.
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Byzantine, MANUEL COMENUNUS, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1968 DOC 15 CLBC 4.4.2 161 viewsOBV Full length figure of the Virgin, nimbate, orans, wearing tunic, and maphorion turned to the r. Manus Dei (Hands of God) in upper field to r.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia

Size 20.53mm

Weight 4.2gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

DOC lists 34 examples with weights from 2.32 to 4.9gm and size from 17mm to 22mm

The coins only flaw, wear on the Virgins face. Other that near perfect centering and a wonderful reverse strike.
6 commentsSimon01/09/19 at 06:02Britanikus: Nice
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Byzantine, Justin II. (565-578 A.D.), SB 0369, A/NIKO, AE-Follis (40 Nummia), Nikopolis, Year UI,202 viewsJustin II. (565-578 A.D.), SB 0369, A/NIKO, AE-Follis (40 Nummia), Nikopolis, Year UI,
avers: D N IVSTI NVS P P AVG, Justin left and Sophia right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding cross on globe, Sophia holding sceptre topped by cross.
reverse: "M" ANNO/VI/A, Large M, ANNO to left, Cross above, regnal year to right "VI", officina letter below "A", mintmark NIKO.
exergue: A/N/N/O/VI//NIKO, diameter: 27-28mm, weight: 13,22g, axis: 7h,
mint: Nikopolis, date: 571 A.D., ref: SB 0369, p-94,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans01/09/19 at 06:00Britanikus: Nice i think the mint is Nicomedia
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Eagle81 viewsReference.
RPC III, --; Metcalf --

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate bust left.

Rev. COS III.
Eagle, with head right and wings spread, standing facing on thunderbolt.

10.15 gr
28 mm
12h
5 commentsokidoki01/09/19 at 03:39NORMAN K: great coin.
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Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #14061 viewsCALABRIA, Taras. Circa 470-465 BC. AR Nomos
18.5mm, 8.05 g, 7h
Taras, nude, raising left hand and supporting himself with his right, riding dolphin right; TARAS (retrograde) to left, scallop shell below / Head of nymph (Satyra?) left in linear circle within concave incuse. Fischer-Bossert Group 5, 91b (V41/R60) = Vlasto 140 (this coin, illustrated in both references); HN Italy 838; Berlin 65 (same dies). VF, old cabinet tone, a few marks.

From the Gasvoda Collection. Ex M. L. Collection of Coins of Magna Graecia and Sicily (Numismatica Ars Classica 82, 20 May 2015), lot 4; A. D. Moretti Collection; Classical Numismatic Group 40 (with Numismatica Ars Classica, 4 December 1996), lot 575; Hess-Leu [11] (24 March 1959), lot 5; Kricheldorf IV (7 October 1957), lot 26; Münzen und Medaillen AG VIII (8 December 1949), lot 696; Michel Pandely Vlasto Collection; Maddalena Collection (Sambon & Canessa, 7 May 1903), lot 244.
2 commentsLeo01/08/19 at 19:23quadrans: Nice piece..
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Eagle81 viewsReference.
RPC III, --; Metcalf --

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate bust left.

Rev. COS III.
Eagle, with head right and wings spread, standing facing on thunderbolt.

10.15 gr
28 mm
12h
5 commentsokidoki01/04/19 at 16:29Harry G: Amazing bust - Congrats!
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Q. Cassius Longinus99 viewsRome
55 BC
head of young Jupiter (or Bonus Eventus or Genius Populi Romani)* right, scepter behind
eagle on thunderbolt right, lituus on left and jug on right
Q·CASSIVS
SRCV I 391, Sydenham 916, Crawford 428/3, BMCRR 3868, RSC I Cassia 7
4,03g
ex Aurea Numismatika

* The sceptrum, fulmen and aquila point to this being the bust of a young Jupiter, for whom such insignia are normally reserved. The priestly implements on the reverse likely allude to an ancestor who belonged to the college of pontiffs, and if we take the symbolism of this coin to be in reference to Jupiter, then it is probable that this coin is in reference to a family member who was once Flamen Dialis, (high priest of Jupiter), a position of great importance and privilege in Rome that entitled the holder of that office to many honours, including the right to a lictor, the toga praetexta, the sella curulis, and to a seat in the Senate. (ROMA NUMISMATICS historical articles)
4 commentsJohny SYSEL01/01/19 at 14:13*Alex: Beautiful.
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Byzantine, Anonymous Follis, SB 1901, AE-Follis, Class K, MP/QV//--, (Alexius I. (1081-1118 A.D.), Constantinopolis, Mary, three-quarter length figure, #1186 viewsAnonymous Follis, SB 1901, AE-Follis, Class K, MP/QV//--, (Alexius I. (1081-1118 A.D.), Constantinopolis, Mary, three-quarter length figure, #1
averse: Bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cross with various ornaments in each limb.. pallium and colobium, and rising right hand in benediction, in left hand, to scroll, to left IC to right XC, border of large pellets.
reverse: MP-QV to left and right of Mary, three-quarter length figure, nimbate, hands raised, all inside border of large pellets.
exergue: MP/QV//--, diameter: 20,5-22,5mm, weight: 4,09g, axis: 6h,
mint: Constantinopolis, date: 1068-1071 A.D., ref:SB 1901,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans01/01/19 at 13:48Simon: I would have said Class K. A exceptional class k.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Maxentius, Ae Follis, AD 306-31256 viewsMaxentius (306-312), AE follis, 307, Aquileia.
Obverse: IMP C P F AVG MAXENTIVS the head. right.
Reverse: CONSERV VRB SUAE. Roma seated facing left in a tetrastyle temple, holding a scepter and globe; Maxentius standing facing right, holding scepter and stepping on captive. Wolf and twins on temple pediment; in exergue, AQS. RIC 113. 6.17 g
Jean Elsen auc 120 lot 320
2 commentschance v12/29/18 at 04:02NORMAN K: nice example! EXCELLENT DETAIL.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Maxentius, Ae Follis, AD 306-31256 viewsMaxentius (306-312), AE follis, 307, Aquileia.
Obverse: IMP C P F AVG MAXENTIVS the head. right.
Reverse: CONSERV VRB SUAE. Roma seated facing left in a tetrastyle temple, holding a scepter and globe; Maxentius standing facing right, holding scepter and stepping on captive. Wolf and twins on temple pediment; in exergue, AQS. RIC 113. 6.17 g
Jean Elsen auc 120 lot 320
2 commentschance v12/28/18 at 22:46Jschulze: That's a beautiful coin!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, RIC VIII Siscia 211110 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO.Soldier spearing fallen horseman. GammaSIS in exergue.
9 commentsagord12/28/18 at 16:33Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, RIC VIII Siscia 211110 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO.Soldier spearing fallen horseman. GammaSIS in exergue.
9 commentsagord12/27/18 at 23:12okidoki: great example,
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Roman Empire, Constantius II, AE24. Thessalonica103 viewsObv: DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right, A behind
Rev: FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman who is sitting on
ground, arms up.
Mintmark: TS epsilon 1028;; A in left field.

RIC VIII Thessalonica 129, rated scarce
2 commentsBritanikus12/27/18 at 23:06okidoki: excellent and stylistic
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Roman Empire, Vespasian, AR denarius83 viewsRoman Empire, Vespasian 69-79, Denarius,
(17.49 mm 3.24g)
Obv: Laureate head of Vespasian right "IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TRPPP" Rev: "AVG" within an wreath, Phi-Alpha monogram above ties. "AVG" in the center. RIC 1414. Ephesos mint, Some roughness on the reverse.
Ex Savoca Auction #9, lot 533 8/21/16
Lot 152 Aegean Nuismatics Agora Auctions July 20. 2017.
Coin depicted in the Wildwinds.com database
3 commentsorfew12/27/18 at 20:46okidoki: great example,
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Roman Empire, Constans, AE2, Antioch. AD 348-350.55 viewsDN CONSTA-NS PF AVG, Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, holding globe / FEL TEMP REPA-RATIO, Helmeted soldier, spear in left hand, walking right, looking left; leading a small bare-headed figure from a hut beneath a tree with branches like sprays of millet. The spear points downwards, between the soldier's legs. Star in upper centre. Mintmark AN&Delta. RIC VIII Antioch 128; Sear 18700.1 commentsBritanikus12/27/18 at 13:15*Alex: Very nice. Love the reverse details.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, RIC VIII Siscia 211110 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO.Soldier spearing fallen horseman. GammaSIS in exergue.
9 commentsagord12/24/18 at 15:16*Alex: Very, very nice example.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, RIC VIII Siscia 211110 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO.Soldier spearing fallen horseman. GammaSIS in exergue.
9 commentsagord12/24/18 at 11:42Simon: You got 5 from me.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, RIC VIII Siscia 211110 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO.Soldier spearing fallen horseman. GammaSIS in exergue.
9 commentsagord12/24/18 at 06:11quadrans: Nice piece
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, RIC VIII Siscia 211110 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO.Soldier spearing fallen horseman. GammaSIS in exergue.
9 commentsagord12/24/18 at 06:03Jay GT4: Lovely
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, RIC VIII Siscia 211110 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO.Soldier spearing fallen horseman. GammaSIS in exergue.
9 commentsagord12/24/18 at 03:44Enodia: Amazing detail.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, RIC VIII Siscia 211110 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO.Soldier spearing fallen horseman. GammaSIS in exergue.
9 commentsagord12/24/18 at 03:38Steve P: Wow, fantastic eye-appeal (congrats)
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Turkey, Kizilcakuyu (Euromus, Caria) The Temple of Zeus Lepsinos106 viewsThe Temple of Zeus Lepsinos at Euromus was built on the site of an earlier Carian temple in the 2nd century AD during the reign of the emperor Hadrian.1 commentsJoe Sermarini12/15/18 at 13:18*Alex: Nice photography.
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Turkey, Dalyan - The rock tombs of Kaunos60 viewsOutside the official Kaunos archeological site, near Dalyan, Turkey there are six rock tombs on the Dalyan river (4th – 2nd century BC). The façades of the rock tombs resemble the fronts of Hellenistic temples with two Ionian pillars, a triangular pediment, an architrave with toothed friezes, and acroterions shaped like palm leaves.1 commentsJoe Sermarini12/15/18 at 13:16*Alex: Great. Never seen these before.
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Q Pompeius Rufus, AR Denarius honoring Sulla.52 viewsQ Pompeius Rufus (moneyer) in honor of his grandfathers Lucius Cornelius Sulla (Dictator 82–79 BC) and Q Pompeius Rufus (Consul with Sulla in 88 BC).
AR Denarius, Roma mint, Struck 54 BC.
Obv. SVLLA COS, bare head of the dictator L.Cornelus Sulla, consul 88 BC, right.
Rev. RVFVS COS / Q POM RVFI, bare head of Q.Pompeius Rufus, consul 88BC, right.
RSC Pompeia 4 (I, 77); Crawford 434/1; Sydenham 908.
3,72g.
Provenance: Munzengalerie Dieter Grunow, Germany.
1 commentsapyatygin12/04/18 at 04:59Carausius: Lovely coin and a terrific Sulla portrait!
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Ti Claudius Ti.f. Ap. n. Nero136 viewsAR Denarius, Rome mint, 79 BC
Obv: Diademed and draped bust of Diana right, bow and quiver over shoulder. S.C. before. Border of dots
Rev: Victory in biga right, holding palm branch and reins in left hand, and laurel wreath in right hand. Control-mark A.IIII above exergue. TI.CLAVD.TI.F/ APN in exergue. Border of dots.
Weight: 3.88g
Crawford 383/1 | Sear RCV I 310 | RSC Claudia 6
ex F Sternberg Auction VII, Zurich, November 1977, Lot 378
3 commentsnemesis12/04/18 at 04:56Carausius: Very pleasing example. I have several coins from ...
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Byzantine, MANUEL Comnenus I, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1969 DOC 16 CLBC 4.4.3 89 views
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; right hand raised high in benediction holds Gospels in l. hand. Pellets in each limb of nimbus cross.

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


Size 19.6mm

Weight 3.0


DOC lists 11 examples with weights from 2.76 to 4.14 gm and sizes from 18mm to 20mm
4 commentsSimon12/01/18 at 04:49wileyc: I agree nice strike, great detail really nice stri...
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Roman, Victorinus, cuirassed bust left108 viewsFlawless and superb portrait of Victorinus3 commentsSTEPHANE R11/29/18 at 13:42Harry G: Interesting piece; never seen one of those before!...
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Byzantine, Alexius I Comnenus, AU Hyperpyron SBCV-191388 viewsAlexius I Comnenus, 1081-1118. Hyperpyron (Gold, 31 mm, 4.30 g, 6 h)

Constantinople, post-reform coinage, 1092-1118. +ΚЄ ROHΘЄI Christ, nimbate, seated facing on throne, raising his right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels in his left; in fields, IC - XC. Rev. A/ΛЄ/ΖΙω / ΔЄC/ΠΟ/ΤΗ; in right field, Tω / KO/MNH/Nω Alexius I standing facing, wearing crown, divitision and exaggerated jeweled chlamys, holding labarum with his right hand and globus cruciger with his left; in upper right field, manus Dei to left
This coin came with an original ticket for a dealer in Amsterdam. Jacques Schulman. From a sale in 1956
1 commentsSimon11/28/18 at 06:31quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Byzantine, MANUEL Comnenus I, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1969 DOC 16 CLBC 4.4.3 89 views
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; right hand raised high in benediction holds Gospels in l. hand. Pellets in each limb of nimbus cross.

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


Size 19.6mm

Weight 3.0


DOC lists 11 examples with weights from 2.76 to 4.14 gm and sizes from 18mm to 20mm
4 commentsSimon11/27/18 at 20:00quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Byzantine, MANUEL Comnenus I, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1969 DOC 16 CLBC 4.4.3 89 views
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; right hand raised high in benediction holds Gospels in l. hand. Pellets in each limb of nimbus cross.

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


Size 19.6mm

Weight 3.0


DOC lists 11 examples with weights from 2.76 to 4.14 gm and sizes from 18mm to 20mm
4 commentsSimon11/27/18 at 14:16*Alex: Nice sharp details. Great.
j3~0.jpg
Byzantine, MANUEL Comnenus I, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1969 DOC 16 CLBC 4.4.3 89 views
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; right hand raised high in benediction holds Gospels in l. hand. Pellets in each limb of nimbus cross.

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


Size 19.6mm

Weight 3.0


DOC lists 11 examples with weights from 2.76 to 4.14 gm and sizes from 18mm to 20mm
4 commentsSimon11/27/18 at 04:43Jay GT4: Nice one
caracalla.jpg
Caracalla brought to life60 viewsAs far as colorizing ancient busts goes, this is the best I've ever seen - Caracalla, face to face.1 commentsSteven H11/20/18 at 13:57*Alex: Fantastic!
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PLOTINA, Wife of Trajan141 viewsThe Sestertius was minted in c. 112 AD in honour of Pompeia PLOTINA, the wife of TRAJAN (emperor from 98 to 117). Maybe the finest examples of its type to survive from ancient times. It is struck on a broad full flan and the only Plotina Sestertius in the SARTI 1906 sale from the BOLSENA HOARD of the 1890's. This specima sold in 1906 for Liire 1400 an incredible price for a Roman Bronze or any coin at this time. www.petitioncrown.com1 commentssunwukong11/18/18 at 23:22Steven H: That portrait is so lifelike - if you look at it l...
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Roman, Agrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)1334 viewsAgrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)
Sestertius
Daughter of Julia and Marcus Agrippa, wife of Germanicus and mother of Emperor Caligula. The most beautiful woman of all Caesars in the most incredible condition. The finest known specimen originally from the Morreti Collection.

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

Cohen 1 ; RIC 42
9 commentsPetitioncrown11/17/18 at 20:40Steven H: That's stunning - I've never seen an Agrip...
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GREEK, Lucania, Sybaris, AR Stater circa 550-510 BC 29mm 8.13g 12 h71 viewsBull standing left looking back,on exergual line composed of pellets between two lines VM retrograde in exergue,border of lines and pellets similar to exergue line. Rev similar to Obverse but the type is incuse and reversed the legend is omitted,and the incuse border is composed of square segents.
Some numismatist believe that Pablo Picasos was influenced by this coin in his art work,and that Pythagoras the Greek mathematician was responsible for this relief-incuse design.Sybaris was the richest and most important of the Greek colonies in Italy until its destruction by Kroton in 510 BC.
1 commentsGrant H11/11/18 at 03:19NORMAN K: great coin.
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GREEK, Metapontum, AR Stater circa 500-480 BC 22mm 7.83g 12h medium spread flan.92 viewsMET to left of six grained ear small lizard to right head upwards guilloche border.Rev incuse seven grained ear.
EX Moneta Nova,EX Hirsch 2-19-11,EX Kricheldorf.
2 commentsGrant H11/11/18 at 03:18NORMAN K: nice example!
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Greek, Silver Obol; Sidon mint. Circa 375-332 BC136 viewsObv: City walls with three towers.
Rev: Prow of galley with eye to right; five pellets above, Lion below.
10mm and 0.9 grams.
Not listed in any known reference!!!
5 commentsCanaan11/10/18 at 23:15Randygeki(h2): Thats a neat addition!
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Eagle81 viewsReference.
RPC III, --; Metcalf --

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate bust left.

Rev. COS III.
Eagle, with head right and wings spread, standing facing on thunderbolt.

10.15 gr
28 mm
12h
5 commentsokidoki11/09/18 at 12:53*Alex: Great coin.
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Eagle81 viewsReference.
RPC III, --; Metcalf --

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate bust left.

Rev. COS III.
Eagle, with head right and wings spread, standing facing on thunderbolt.

10.15 gr
28 mm
12h
5 commentsokidoki11/09/18 at 05:13Britanikus: Nice
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GREEK, Thrace, Mesembria, AR Diobol70 viewsObv. Crested Corinthian helmet facing.
Rev. Spiked wheel in which META.
SNG - ; BMC 268
2 commentsOptimus11/09/18 at 01:29Britanikus: I think not Authentick Black sea hoard.
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Eagle81 viewsReference.
RPC III, --; Metcalf --

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate bust left.

Rev. COS III.
Eagle, with head right and wings spread, standing facing on thunderbolt.

10.15 gr
28 mm
12h
5 commentsokidoki11/09/18 at 01:03Jay GT4: Sweeeeeeeet!
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Roman Empire, CONSTANTIUS GALLUS CAESAR. AE2 Maiorina or Centenionalis of Antioch. Struck A.D.351 - 35458 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES. Bare-headed draped and cuirassed bust of Constantius Gallus facing right.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Soldier advancing left, spearing fallen horseman, discarded shield on ground at feet; in left field, Γ : in exergue, ANH.
Weight 5.6gms
RIC VIII: 134
2 comments*Alex10/29/18 at 06:32Randygeki(h2): A wonderful example!
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Roman Empire, CONSTANTIUS GALLUS CAESAR. AE Centenionalis of Siscia. Struck A.D.35129 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANTIVS IVN NOB C. Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constantius Gallus facing right; behind bust, H.
Reverse: HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS. Constantius Gallus standing facing left, holding labarum in his right hand and spear in his left, being crowned by Victory standing behind him. In left field, III; in exergue, ASIS•.
RIC VIII : 308
RARE
1 comments*Alex10/26/18 at 15:02quadrans: Nice piece..
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Roman Empire, CONSTANTIUS GALLUS CAESAR. AE2 Maiorina or Centenionalis of Antioch. Struck A.D.351 - 35458 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES. Bare-headed draped and cuirassed bust of Constantius Gallus facing right.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Soldier advancing left, spearing fallen horseman, discarded shield on ground at feet; in left field, Γ : in exergue, ANH.
Weight 5.6gms
RIC VIII: 134
2 comments*Alex10/26/18 at 09:34Pharsalos: Wow! That reverse is superb, even by Antioch's...
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Roman Empire, Probus Antoninianus. Cyzicus51 viewsPROBUS, 276-282. Mint Cyzicus.
Obv: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate cuirassed bust right
Rev: CLEMENTIA TEMP emperor standing right, holding sceptre, receiving globe from Jupiter
Officina Q/ XXI in exergue
3.82 g.
The only known example.
Not in major references.
Acquired in December 2016.
From the Phillipe Gysen Collection
Paul Francis Jacquier Auction 45 Lot 1721 September 14, 2018
1 commentsorfew10/21/18 at 22:27quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CONSTANTINE I as CAESAR. Large AE Follis of Carthage. Struck A.D.30742 viewsObverse: CONSTANTINVS NOB CAES. Laureate head of Constantine facing right.
Reverse: CONSERVATO-RES KART SVAE. Hexastyle temple within which is Carthage standing facing left holding fruits in both hands. In exergue, PKΔ.
Diameter: 25.15mm | Weight: 6.4gms
RIC VI : 61
2 comments*Alex10/17/18 at 15:33Canaan: Great bust and reverse
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CONSTANS, AE2 of ANTIOCH. Struck A.D.348 - 35077 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans holding globe facing left.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Soldier advancing right, dragging small barbarian from hut beneath tree; in exergue, ANΔ.
RIC VIII : 126
5 comments*Alex10/17/18 at 07:28Randygeki(h2): Awesome example !
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CONSTANTINE I as CAESAR. Large AE Follis of Carthage. Struck A.D.30742 viewsObverse: CONSTANTINVS NOB CAES. Laureate head of Constantine facing right.
Reverse: CONSERVATO-RES KART SVAE. Hexastyle temple within which is Carthage standing facing left holding fruits in both hands. In exergue, PKΔ.
Diameter: 25.15mm | Weight: 6.4gms
RIC VI : 61
2 comments*Alex10/17/18 at 04:06Jay GT4: I'm really liking the red patina deposits
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CONSTANS, AE2 of ANTIOCH. Struck A.D.348 - 35077 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans holding globe facing left.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Soldier advancing right, dragging small barbarian from hut beneath tree; in exergue, ANΔ.
RIC VIII : 126
5 comments*Alex10/16/18 at 11:25Canaan: Very nice!!!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CONSTANS, AE2 of ANTIOCH. Struck A.D.348 - 35077 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans holding globe facing left.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Soldier advancing right, dragging small barbarian from hut beneath tree; in exergue, ANΔ.
RIC VIII : 126
5 comments*Alex10/16/18 at 00:55Jay GT4: Nice reverse
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CONSTANS, AE2 of ANTIOCH. Struck A.D.348 - 35077 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans holding globe facing left.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Soldier advancing right, dragging small barbarian from hut beneath tree; in exergue, ANΔ.
RIC VIII : 126
5 comments*Alex10/15/18 at 19:30maridvnvm: A very nice example of the type.
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Roman Empire, AURELIAN. Silvered AE Antoninianus of Mediolanum. Struck A.D.272 - 27333 viewsObverse: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Aurelian facing right.
Reverse: RESTITVT ORIENTIS. Female figure standing facing right presenting wreath to Aurelian who is standing facing left and holding sceptre; in exergue, S.
RIC V i : 140.

Struck after the defeat of Vabalathus and Queen Zenobia this coin commemorates the re-absorption of the Palmyran territories into the Roman Empire.
1 comments*Alex10/15/18 at 19:29Barnaba6: Very nice!!!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CONSTANS, AE2 of ANTIOCH. Struck A.D.348 - 35077 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans holding globe facing left.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Soldier advancing right, dragging small barbarian from hut beneath tree; in exergue, ANΔ.
RIC VIII : 126
5 comments*Alex10/15/18 at 18:07Mat: great piece
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Roman Empire, ANTONINUS PIUS. Commemorative AR Denarius of Rome. Struck A.D.161 - 164 under Marcus Aurelius25 viewsObverse: DIVVS ANTONIN'S. Bare head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Reverse: DIVO PIO. Seated statue of Antoninus Pius holding branch and sceptre, facing left.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 3.2gms | Die Axis: 6
RIC III : 442 | VM : 137/1 | Sear : 5194
1 comments*Alex10/15/18 at 07:17Canaan: Very nice coin and photography
Comb13092018101137.png
Greek, Silver Obol; Sidon mint. Circa 375-332 BC136 viewsObv: City walls with three towers.
Rev: Prow of galley with eye to right; five pellets above, Lion below.
10mm and 0.9 grams.
Not listed in any known reference!!!
5 commentsCanaan10/13/18 at 20:58Jay GT4: Great piece
Comb13092018101137.png
Greek, Silver Obol; Sidon mint. Circa 375-332 BC136 viewsObv: City walls with three towers.
Rev: Prow of galley with eye to right; five pellets above, Lion below.
10mm and 0.9 grams.
Not listed in any known reference!!!
5 commentsCanaan10/13/18 at 19:48Nemonater: What an interesting find!
Comb13092018101137.png
Greek, Silver Obol; Sidon mint. Circa 375-332 BC136 viewsObv: City walls with three towers.
Rev: Prow of galley with eye to right; five pellets above, Lion below.
10mm and 0.9 grams.
Not listed in any known reference!!!
5 commentsCanaan10/13/18 at 17:24quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Comb13092018101137.png
Greek, Silver Obol; Sidon mint. Circa 375-332 BC136 viewsObv: City walls with three towers.
Rev: Prow of galley with eye to right; five pellets above, Lion below.
10mm and 0.9 grams.
Not listed in any known reference!!!
5 commentsCanaan10/09/18 at 10:13Arados: Congrats Canaan on finding an unpublished coin. :-...
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Roman Empire Provincial, Tiberius Obol: Dattari Plate coin43 viewsEgypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Tiberius, 14-37 Obol circa 19-20 (year 6), Æ 20.1mm., 5.67g. Laureate head r. Rev. TIBEPIOY Hippopotamus standing r.; in exergue, L Geissen -. RPC 5087 (this coin cited). Dattari-Savio Pl. 4, 103 (this coin).
Brown tone, About Very Fine.
From the Dattari collection.
Naville Numismatics Aution 43, Lot 250 September 23, 2018
1 commentsorfew10/07/18 at 22:24Jay GT4: Hippo!
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Roman, Postumus, herculean bust109 viewsA nice example of the famous herculean bust3 commentsSTEPHANE R09/08/18 at 15:02Harry G: Stunning portrait!
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Roman Empire, Elagabalus 218-222 AD77 viewsElegabalus...218-222 AD
Silver Denarius
Minted: 221 AD
Obv: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, Draped bust right, laureate, Horned
Rev: PM TR P IIII COS III P P, Emperor standing left sacrificing out of patera over lighted altar, holding branch in right hand, star in left field.
Ric 46 Sear 7536

Very Lustrous with great details!

2 commentsTravis C09/08/18 at 14:58Harry G: Great coin
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AΔP on Trajan AE21258 viewsTrajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Leucas, Coele-Syria
9239. Bronze AE 21, SGI 1082, F, 7.73g, 21.1mm, 0o, Leucas ad Chrysoroas mint, 102/103 A.D.; obverse AY KAI NEP TPAIANOC [ ... ], laureate head right, countermarked; reverse LEIKADIWN KLAYDIEWN, Trajan, holding scepter, in galloping quadriga right; date EN (year 55 of the Era of Leucas = 102/103 A.D.); $90.00
The obverse countermark appears to read ADR, Emperor Hadrian; however a nearly identical mark has been interpreted as DeltaAK, Trajan's title Dacius.
1 commentswhitetd4909/03/18 at 16:15okidoki: great example,
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Caracalla -Aegis denarius1181 viewsRome, Circa 207,
ANTONINVS PIVS AVG
PROVIDENTIA : Aegis
RIC 165 (R2) ; Cohen 527 (40 fr.) ; BMC p. 258 note.
Much more rare than RIC and Cohen consider !!!
Of the Highest rarity !
Collection Frédéric Weber
Détails
19 commentsfrederic W08/29/18 at 18:25Harry G: Stunning. Wow.
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Roman Empire, Vespasian, AR denarius83 viewsRoman Empire, Vespasian 69-79, Denarius,
(17.49 mm 3.24g)
Obv: Laureate head of Vespasian right "IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TRPPP" Rev: "AVG" within an wreath, Phi-Alpha monogram above ties. "AVG" in the center. RIC 1414. Ephesos mint, Some roughness on the reverse.
Ex Savoca Auction #9, lot 533 8/21/16
Lot 152 Aegean Nuismatics Agora Auctions July 20. 2017.
Coin depicted in the Wildwinds.com database
3 commentsorfew08/29/18 at 17:50*Alex: Indeed!
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Roman Empire, Vespasian, AR denarius83 viewsRoman Empire, Vespasian 69-79, Denarius,
(17.49 mm 3.24g)
Obv: Laureate head of Vespasian right "IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TRPPP" Rev: "AVG" within an wreath, Phi-Alpha monogram above ties. "AVG" in the center. RIC 1414. Ephesos mint, Some roughness on the reverse.
Ex Savoca Auction #9, lot 533 8/21/16
Lot 152 Aegean Nuismatics Agora Auctions July 20. 2017.
Coin depicted in the Wildwinds.com database
3 commentsorfew08/28/18 at 17:38Mat: a beauty
ArdashirI_stephen_1.jpg
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Sasanian Ardashir I25 viewsSASANIAN KINGDOM: Ardashir I, 224-241, AR drachm (4.30g), G-10, pellet to right of the king's crown1 commentsarash p08/19/18 at 23:18*Alex: Both the Obverse and Reverse of coins are required...
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Arab Sasanian Abd Allah b. al-Zubayr23 viewsARAB-SASANIAN: 'Abd Allah b. al-Zubayr, 680-692, AR drachm (3.93g), DA+P (Fasa), YE60, A-16, pellet at 11:30 in reverse margin
Some traces of horn silver
1 commentsarash p08/19/18 at 23:16*Alex: Both the Obverse and Reverse of coins are required...
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Caligula and agripinna42 viewsReference: Prior 67 (13 ex) RPC.4168 RPC.4168 McAlee 226
Weight: 14.65 g
Ex McAlee collection , Ex Numismatic Fine Arts sales 21, 1981, lot 12
1 commentsarash p08/19/18 at 07:01Mat: Wonderful
B_060_Alexius-I__Comnenus_(1081-1118_A_D_),_-Tetarteron_AE-20_pos-reform_ALZI-DECP_IC-XC_1081-1118-AD_SB-1929_Grierson-1055_Thessalonica_Q-002_h_17,5-19,5mm_g-s.jpg
Byzantine, Alexius I. Comnenus (1081-1118 A.D.), SB 1929, AE-Tetarteron, IC/XC//--, Thessalonica, #1200 viewsB 060 Alexius I. Comnenus (1081-1118 A.D.), SB 1929, AE-Tetarteron, IC/XC//--, Thessalonica, #1
avers: +AΛZI ΔECΠ, crowned bust of Alexius facing, wearing jewelled chlamys, holding cross-tipped sceptre and cross on globe (left picture).
reverse: IC-XC to left and right of nimbate bust of Christ facing, holding book of gospels and raising right hand ( right picture).
exergue: IC/XC//--, diameter: 17,5-19,5mm,weight: g, axis: h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: 1092-1118 A.D., postreform, ref: SB-1929, Grierson-1055,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans08/18/18 at 11:52Canaan: Very nice!!!!
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Claudius II, AE Antoninianus, RIC V, I 252 variation, Normanby hoard 1108A134 viewsClaudius II
Augustus, 268 – 270 A.D.

Coin: AE Antoninianus, commemorating Claudius' victory over the Goths at Naissus in Moesia, which earned him the cognomen "Gothicus".

Obverse: IMP CLAVDIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust facing right. ●● beneath.
Reverse: VICTORIAE GOTHIC, two bound Gothic captives, beneath a Trophy.

Weight: 2.95 g, Diameter: 21.2 x 21.5 x 1 mm, Die axis: 200°, Mint: Cyzicus, struck between 269-270 A.D. Officina: 2nd (●●), References: RIC V, I 252 variation (no SPQR in exergue), Normanby hoard 1108A

Note: Bust more in the style of the previous Emperor, Gallienus.
1 commentsMasis08/15/18 at 09:21Metrodorus: Lovely coin!
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Byzantine, Justinian I. (527-565 A.D.), SB 0205, ANNO/XXXI//NIK, AE-Dekanummia, Nikomedia, 164 viewsJustinian I. (527-565 A.D.), SB 0205, ANNO/XXXI//NIK, AE-Dekanummia, Nikomedia,
avers: D N IVSTINI ANVS A(VG), Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: Large I, "A/N/N/O" to left, cross above, regnal year "X/X/X/I" to right, in exergue, mintmark NIK.
exergue: ANNO/XXXI//NIK, diameter: 15,5mm, weight: 2,3g, axis:6h,
mint: Nikomedia, date: A.D., ref: SB 0205, p-68
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/14/18 at 20:46Canaan: Very nice!!!!
Justin-II-565-578_AE-Follis_DN-IVSTI-NVS-PP-AVG_M_ANNO_VI_NIKO_A_SB-0369-p-94-Nikopolis_Q-001_7h_27-28mm_12,97g-s.jpg
Byzantine, Justin II. (565-578 A.D.), SB 0369, A/NIKO, AE-Follis (40 Nummia), Nikopolis, Year UI,202 viewsJustin II. (565-578 A.D.), SB 0369, A/NIKO, AE-Follis (40 Nummia), Nikopolis, Year UI,
avers: D N IVSTI NVS P P AVG, Justin left and Sophia right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding cross on globe, Sophia holding sceptre topped by cross.
reverse: "M" ANNO/VI/A, Large M, ANNO to left, Cross above, regnal year to right "VI", officina letter below "A", mintmark NIKO.
exergue: A/N/N/O/VI//NIKO, diameter: 27-28mm, weight: 13,22g, axis: 7h,
mint: Nikopolis, date: 571 A.D., ref: SB 0369, p-94,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans08/14/18 at 20:46Canaan: Great piece, a real beauty
Anastasius_AE-8_monogram_RIC-xxxf-X_Q-001_axis-2h_7-8mm_0,57ga-s.jpg
Byzantine, Anastasius ( 491-518 A.D.), SB-0013, AE-4, Nummus, Monogram, #1,210 viewsB 001 Anastasius ( 491-518 A.D.), SB-0013, AE-4, Nummus, Monogram, #1,
avers:- Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
revers:- Monogram of Anastasius within wreath.
exe: , diameter: 7-8 mm, weight: 0,57 g, axis: 2h,
mint:Constantinople, date: A.D., ref: Sear-13, p-37,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans08/14/18 at 20:45Canaan: Nice for the issue!!
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, THRACE, Odessus Hadrian Theos Megas reclining51 viewsReference.
RPC III,---; AMNG -, Varbanov -

Obv. ΑΥΤΟ ΝΕΡ ΤΡΑ ΚΑΙ ΣΕ ΓΕΡ - ΔΑ
Laureate head of Hadrian, r. with drapery on l. shoulder

Rev. ΟΔΗССΕΙΤΩΝ
Theos Megas reclining l., holding cornucopia in his r. hand

3.13 gr
15 mm
1 commentsokidoki08/11/18 at 07:45quadrans: Sweet coin,
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Italy, Rome, Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, with the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda, view from Palatine Hill, May 2005.69 viewsTemple of Antoninus and Faustina, with the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda, view from Palatine Hill, May 2005. The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina is an ancient Roman temple in Rome, adapted as a Roman Catholic church, Chiesa di San Lorenzo in Miranda. It is in the Forum Romanum, on the Via Sacra, opposite the Regia. The temple was begun by Antoninus Pius in 141 and was initially dedicated to his deceased and deified wife, Faustina the Elder. When Antoninus Pius was deified after his death in 161 AD, the temple was re-dedicated jointly to Antoninus and Faustina at the instigation of his successor, Marcus Aurelius. The ten monolithic Corinthian columns of its pronaos are 17 metres high. The rich bas-reliefs of the frieze under the cornice, of garlanded griffons and candelabri, were often copied from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_of_Antoninus_and_Faustina Photograph released to the public domain.
1 commentsJoe Sermarini08/07/18 at 14:39*Alex: Excellent photo.
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Roman Empire, Marcus Aurelius, Ruled 161-180 AD67 viewsAE26 As, Rome Mint, Struck 145 AD
Obverse: AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG P II F COS II, Bare head right
Reverse: [No legend], Minerva standing right, holding spear and resting hand on shield, S-C in field.
References: RIC III (A. Pius) 1264, C 573
Size: 26.22mm, 11.47g
3 commentsJustin L08/05/18 at 22:34quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Roman, Constantine I670 viewsA truly magnificent portrait. RIC VII, Arles Mint, 3453 commentsMayadigger08/05/18 at 16:30Jack: Strange smirk. Is it nefarious, or fearful?
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Roman, Constans, AE2 Galley Siscia83 viewsConstans AE2 Galley Siscia Mint, silver washed. Best preserved ancient coin I've ever acquired. 1 commentsAleksandar J08/05/18 at 16:25Jack: Exceptional, indeed. Beautiful patina.
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Greek, Bosporus, Panticapaeum.92 viewsIII cent. BC
AE 17 mm, 7.24 gm.
Obv.: Head of Pan, left.
Rev.: Bull’s head left, leg. ПАN
2 commentsseleukoy08/05/18 at 16:21Jack: Stunning portrait. The face looks quite fearsome.
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GREEK, Boeotia, Thebes AR stater (395-338 BC) 501 viewso/ Boeotian shield.
R/ Decorated amphora with two handles; ΚΑ-ΛΛΙ
12.25g. 22.06mm
SNG Cop 340
7 commentsAugustin Caron08/05/18 at 16:18Jack: What a beautiful coin! And excellent photography, ...
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"EVMENEΩN" and "ΦIΛΩNIΔOY" (monograms to be read as)181 viewsPHRYGIA. Eumeneia. Fulvia. Æ 19. Ca. 41-40 B.C. Obv: Draped bust of Fulvia as winged Nike r.; 2 cm’s, (1) on head, (2) above head. Rev: (ΦYΛOYIANΩN) to right, ΣMEPTOPIΓ(OΣ)/(ΦIΛΩNIΔOY) in 2 lines to l. Athena adv. l., hld. spear and shield. Ref: BMC 20-21 (?); RPC 3139 (7 pcs). Axis: 330°. Weight: 6.84 g. Magistrate: Zmertorigos Philopatris. Note: Eumeneia changed its name to Fulvia on the occasion of Mark Antony's journey to the east in 41 B.C., likely propmting the issue of coins. After Fulvia died the city took back its old name. On BMC 21 the ethnic "ΦYΛOVIANΩN" may be purposefully erased, which also seems to be the case on this specimen! Both coins are countermarked, and the cm's may be read "EVMENEΩN" and "ΦIΛΩNIΔOY". The purpose of countermarking in combination with the erasure of the city name, thus, seems to have been to make note of second name change. CM(1): Monogram of EVMNO (?), in circ. punch, 4 mm. CM(2): Monogram of ΦIΛNΔ (?), in circ. punch, 3.5 mm. Collection Automan.1 commentsAutoman07/29/18 at 13:12Jay GT4: Great historical type
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Turkey, Istanbul, Hagia Sophia , picture from 2nd Floor57 views1 commentsSimon07/23/18 at 13:54*Alex: Good photo, indicates just how big the building is...
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Roman Empire, Tiberius Denarius152 viewsTiberius denarius Group 4, c. 18 - 35 A.D. Lugdunum mint, 17.5mm., 3.79g.
O: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS; One of the ribbons of Tiberius' laurel wreath falls over his neck.
R: PONTIF MAXIM; No base under the throne (just the single exergual line), Pax usually holds scepter (or rarely a reversed spear), her feet rest on a low footstool.
- RIC 30
3 commentsNemonater07/20/18 at 16:34Canaan: Great coin i love it
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Roman Empire, Marcus Aurelius, Ruled 161-180 AD67 viewsAE26 As, Rome Mint, Struck 145 AD
Obverse: AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG P II F COS II, Bare head right
Reverse: [No legend], Minerva standing right, holding spear and resting hand on shield, S-C in field.
References: RIC III (A. Pius) 1264, C 573
Size: 26.22mm, 11.47g
3 commentsJustin L07/20/18 at 13:57Simon: Beautiful
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Byzantine, MANUEL COMENUNUS, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1968 DOC 15 CLBC 4.4.2 161 viewsOBV Full length figure of the Virgin, nimbate, orans, wearing tunic, and maphorion turned to the r. Manus Dei (Hands of God) in upper field to r.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia

Size 20.53mm

Weight 4.2gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

DOC lists 34 examples with weights from 2.32 to 4.9gm and size from 17mm to 22mm

The coins only flaw, wear on the Virgins face. Other that near perfect centering and a wonderful reverse strike.
6 commentsSimon07/16/18 at 23:14Justin L: Very nice, Simon! Great condition!
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GREEK, Mytilene, Lesbos, c. 521 - 478 B.C.34 viewsSH86292. Electrum hekte, Bodenstedt 13, SNGvA 1685, SNG Cop 301, Boston MFA 1679; BMC Lesbos p. 157, 20; HGC 6 938 (S), Choice EF, Mytilene mint, weight 2.547g, maximum diameter 10.3mm, die axis 0o, c. 521 - 478 B.C.; obverse roaring lion's head right; reverse incuse calf's head left1 commentsJoe Sermarini07/15/18 at 13:53*Alex: Great coin. Superb details.
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Byzantine, MANUEL COMENUNUS, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1968 DOC 15 CLBC 4.4.2 161 viewsOBV Full length figure of the Virgin, nimbate, orans, wearing tunic, and maphorion turned to the r. Manus Dei (Hands of God) in upper field to r.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia

Size 20.53mm

Weight 4.2gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

DOC lists 34 examples with weights from 2.32 to 4.9gm and size from 17mm to 22mm

The coins only flaw, wear on the Virgins face. Other that near perfect centering and a wonderful reverse strike.
6 commentsSimon07/15/18 at 01:59Jay GT4: Nice
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Byzantine, MANUEL COMENUNUS, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1968 DOC 15 CLBC 4.4.2 161 viewsOBV Full length figure of the Virgin, nimbate, orans, wearing tunic, and maphorion turned to the r. Manus Dei (Hands of God) in upper field to r.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia

Size 20.53mm

Weight 4.2gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

DOC lists 34 examples with weights from 2.32 to 4.9gm and size from 17mm to 22mm

The coins only flaw, wear on the Virgins face. Other that near perfect centering and a wonderful reverse strike.
6 commentsSimon07/14/18 at 15:24Canaan: Extremly nice, i love it
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Byzantine, MANUEL COMENUNUS, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1968 DOC 15 CLBC 4.4.2 161 viewsOBV Full length figure of the Virgin, nimbate, orans, wearing tunic, and maphorion turned to the r. Manus Dei (Hands of God) in upper field to r.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia

Size 20.53mm

Weight 4.2gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

DOC lists 34 examples with weights from 2.32 to 4.9gm and size from 17mm to 22mm

The coins only flaw, wear on the Virgins face. Other that near perfect centering and a wonderful reverse strike.
6 commentsSimon07/14/18 at 11:51*Alex: It is a beauty Simon.
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Byzantine, MANUEL COMENUNUS, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1968 DOC 15 CLBC 4.4.2 161 viewsOBV Full length figure of the Virgin, nimbate, orans, wearing tunic, and maphorion turned to the r. Manus Dei (Hands of God) in upper field to r.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia

Size 20.53mm

Weight 4.2gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

DOC lists 34 examples with weights from 2.32 to 4.9gm and size from 17mm to 22mm

The coins only flaw, wear on the Virgins face. Other that near perfect centering and a wonderful reverse strike.
6 commentsSimon07/14/18 at 05:40quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Scotland, Roughcastle Roman Fort, Lilia72 viewsThese deep pits, which would have had something like a sharpened stake in the centre of them, were known as lilia because they apparently reminded the Romans of lilies. They are shown on Trajan's column in Rome and were also described by Julius Caesar in his Gallic Wars.
Lilia, which have been found at eight different locations along the 39 miles of the Antonine Wall, are part of its defensive system. The defensive line would have consisted of the ditch, the wall and these lilia, which you might call the ancient Roman equivalent of a minefield.
The lilia pictured above are at the Roman fort of Roughcastle a few miles west of Falkirk.
1 comments*Alex07/14/18 at 01:19Jay GT4: Thanks for sharing
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Scotland, Falkirk, Section of the Antonine Wall45 viewsThe Antonine Wall was built by the Romans across what is now the Central Belt of Scotland, between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde. Representing the northernmost frontier barrier of the Roman Empire, it spanned approximately 63 kilometres (39 miles) and was about 3 metres (10 feet) high and 5 metres (16 feet) wide.
Construction began in AD 142 at the order of the Emperor Antoninus Pius, and took about 12 years to complete.
Most of the wall and its associated fortifications have been destroyed over time, but some remains are still visible. Many of these have come under the care of Historic Scotland and the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.
1 comments*Alex07/14/18 at 01:18Jay GT4: Amazing
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ROMAN IMPERATORS, Octavian, Triumvir and Imperator, Silver Denarius, SRCV I 1558, RSC I 123, RIC I 267, Sear CRI 422, BMCRR 4348129 viewsSH16777. Silver denarius, SRCV I 1558, RSC I 123, RIC I 267, Sear CRI 422, BMCRR 4348, EF, lustrous, weight 3.781g, maximum diameter 20.9mm, die axis 180o, Italian (Rome?) mint, obverse bare head of Octavian right; reverse IMP CAESAR on architrave of the Actian arch, depicted as a single span surmounted by a large statue of Octavian in a facing triumphal quadriga; mirror luster, slight rainbow toning, struck flat on the top edge of the reverse, banker's marks
3 commentsJoe Sermarini07/08/18 at 00:59.QVINTVS.FABIVS.MAXIMVS.: Amazing
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Augustus & Agrippa, AE As, COL NEM2622 viewsAugustus & Agrippa, AE As, 28mm (12.83 gm). Addorsed heads of Agrippa on left, wearing combined rostral crown and laurel wreath, and Augustus on right, wearing oak wreath, IMP above and DIVI F below / Crocodile chained to palm tip, wreath in upper left and COL - NEM above. Nemausus, c. 10 BC - AD 10. RIC I 158 (pg. 51).
29 commentssocalcoins07/04/18 at 21:29.QVINTVS.FABIVS.MAXIMVS.: coat of arms for Nimes.
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GREEK, Fouree Plate Coin!358 viewsTaras --AE Fouree stater (Ex Vlasto). 334-330BC. Boy on horse prancing right/Taras on dolphin left,helmet in right field. Ravel 653 (this coin). 2 commentsfeatherz06/20/18 at 15:59Leo: I think the style of this coin is official.
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324-323 BC, Alexander the great, AR Didrachm 18mm 8.18 g 3h91 viewsBabylon mint,head of Herakles right,wearing lion skin.Rev Zeus Aetophoros seated left,M in left field,.Struck under Stamenes or Archon circa 324/3 BC very rare.
From the last issue of Alexanders lifetime coinage in the city where he died,contemporary with his dekadrachm issue.
1 commentsGrant H06/20/18 at 15:46Leo: Great piece, very similar style with the decadrach...
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Roman Empire, Marcus Aurelius, Ruled 161-180 AD67 viewsAE26 As, Rome Mint, Struck 145 AD
Obverse: AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG P II F COS II, Bare head right
Reverse: [No legend], Minerva standing right, holding spear and resting hand on shield, S-C in field.
References: RIC III (A. Pius) 1264, C 573
Size: 26.22mm, 11.47g
3 commentsJustin L06/20/18 at 13:26*Alex: Nice Minerva.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Julia Domna, Rome, RIC IV 574558 viewsJulia Domna AR Denarius
obv: IVLIA AVGVSTA. Draped bust right.
rev: PIETAS PVBLICA. Pietas standing facing, head left, both hands raised, lit altar left.
Struck 198-202 A.D. at Rome
RIC IV 574
Van Meter 40
7 commentsJericho06/19/18 at 05:48Justin L: Very nice! I think your's just beats mine of ...
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GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Taras (c. 344-340 B.C.), Silver Stater.89 views8.03g., 2h
Naked youth on a horse pacing right, crowning the horse with a wreath held in his extended right hand, K(KAA?) and an upright club below the horse, rev. TAP-A-Σ, Phalanthos riding on a dolphin left, holding a kantharos in his extended right hand, and a trident and a shield in his left, Ω below dolphin's tail, waves below.
Fischer-Bossert, Group 49, 685 (V260/R532); Vlasto 509 (these dies); SNG Lloyd 173 (these dies); SNG ANS 960; HN Italy 887. An exceptional example, well-struck from fresh dies and perfectly centred on a flan of good metal, extremely fine and most attractive.
From Sovereign Rarities (2018)

The "K" or "KAL" engraver was one of the finest Greek masters working in the 4th century. His work though rare, can also be found on coins from Heraklea, Metapontion, and Thouroi.
3 commentsLeo06/15/18 at 19:34Grant H: I like how the disign fits in the compas drawn cir...
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GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Taras (c. 344-340 B.C.), Silver Stater.89 views8.03g., 2h
Naked youth on a horse pacing right, crowning the horse with a wreath held in his extended right hand, K(KAA?) and an upright club below the horse, rev. TAP-A-Σ, Phalanthos riding on a dolphin left, holding a kantharos in his extended right hand, and a trident and a shield in his left, Ω below dolphin's tail, waves below.
Fischer-Bossert, Group 49, 685 (V260/R532); Vlasto 509 (these dies); SNG Lloyd 173 (these dies); SNG ANS 960; HN Italy 887. An exceptional example, well-struck from fresh dies and perfectly centred on a flan of good metal, extremely fine and most attractive.
From Sovereign Rarities (2018)

The "K" or "KAL" engraver was one of the finest Greek masters working in the 4th century. His work though rare, can also be found on coins from Heraklea, Metapontion, and Thouroi.
3 commentsLeo06/15/18 at 13:47*Alex: Beautiful coin. Great strike.
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GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Taras (c. 344-340 B.C.), Silver Stater.89 views8.03g., 2h
Naked youth on a horse pacing right, crowning the horse with a wreath held in his extended right hand, K(KAA?) and an upright club below the horse, rev. TAP-A-Σ, Phalanthos riding on a dolphin left, holding a kantharos in his extended right hand, and a trident and a shield in his left, Ω below dolphin's tail, waves below.
Fischer-Bossert, Group 49, 685 (V260/R532); Vlasto 509 (these dies); SNG Lloyd 173 (these dies); SNG ANS 960; HN Italy 887. An exceptional example, well-struck from fresh dies and perfectly centred on a flan of good metal, extremely fine and most attractive.
From Sovereign Rarities (2018)

The "K" or "KAL" engraver was one of the finest Greek masters working in the 4th century. His work though rare, can also be found on coins from Heraklea, Metapontion, and Thouroi.
3 commentsLeo06/14/18 at 22:54Jay GT4: Amazing piece! Gorgeous
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Elagabal Lion left Nikopolis285 viewsLaureated and cuirassed bust right
R: Lion walking left

ae 17
3,48 g
axis 0°

2 commentsgb2940006/10/18 at 20:04Jochen: Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2017) No. 8.26.53.2
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Roman Imperators, Julius Caesar, denarius, Alföldi Caesar, type III, 115 (this coin, not in plates)61 viewsSH82705. Silver denarius, Alföldi Caesar, type III, 115 (this coin); BMCRR Rome 4147 (also I); Crawford 480/3; RSC I 34; Sydenham 1056; Sear Imperators 100; RBW 1678 (H) , gVF, toned, banker’s mark on obverse, areas of flat strike, attractive deep old cabinet toning, with hints of iridescence around the devices, Rome mint, weight 3.607g, maximum diameter 21.8mm, die axis 30o, moneyer M. Mettius, Jan - Feb 44 B.C.; obverse CAESAR·IMP, wreathed head of Caesar right, cymbium (boat shaped cup used as a wine ladle) and lituus (augural wand) behind; reverse M METTIVS, Venus standing left, Victory in her extended right hand, long transverse scepter in left hand, resting left elbow on shield which rests on globe, I (control letter) in lower left field; ex Roma Numismatics e-sale 23 (9 Jan 2016), lot 376; ex Andrew McCabe Collection; ex CNG e-auction 237 (21 July 2010), lot 344; ex Professor L Fontana Collection; rare.2 commentsJoe Sermarini06/04/18 at 22:00Jay GT4: and provenance!
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Roman Imperators, Julius Caesar, denarius, Alföldi Caesar, type III, 115 (this coin, not in plates)61 viewsSH82705. Silver denarius, Alföldi Caesar, type III, 115 (this coin); BMCRR Rome 4147 (also I); Crawford 480/3; RSC I 34; Sydenham 1056; Sear Imperators 100; RBW 1678 (H) , gVF, toned, banker’s mark on obverse, areas of flat strike, attractive deep old cabinet toning, with hints of iridescence around the devices, Rome mint, weight 3.607g, maximum diameter 21.8mm, die axis 30o, moneyer M. Mettius, Jan - Feb 44 B.C.; obverse CAESAR·IMP, wreathed head of Caesar right, cymbium (boat shaped cup used as a wine ladle) and lituus (augural wand) behind; reverse M METTIVS, Venus standing left, Victory in her extended right hand, long transverse scepter in left hand, resting left elbow on shield which rests on globe, I (control letter) in lower left field; ex Roma Numismatics e-sale 23 (9 Jan 2016), lot 376; ex Andrew McCabe Collection; ex CNG e-auction 237 (21 July 2010), lot 344; ex Professor L Fontana Collection; rare.2 commentsJoe Sermarini06/04/18 at 21:18quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Unknown King, 80 - 70 BC82 viewsAR tdr., 15,65gr, 29,2mm; Sellwood 30.2, Shore --, Sunrise 311 (Arsakes XVI. 78/77-62/1);
Mint: Seleukia, axis: 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/ diadem, knot and 1 broad ribbon; mustache, medium-long hair in 3 waves; torque w/single pellet finial; cuirass; dotted border 8-15:30h;
rev.: archer, right, on throne, w/bow in right hand; composite monogram above bow; 7-line legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY APΣAKOY ΘEOΠATOPOΣ EYEPΓETOY EΠIΦANOYΣ ΦIΛEΛΛΗNOΣ; exergual line;
3 commentsSchatz06/03/18 at 21:22William T2: beautiful, and very rare coun!
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Orodes II., 57 - 38 BC53 viewsAR dr., 3,89gr, 19,8mm; Sellwood 45.19, Shore 229var., Sunrise - ;
mint: Susa; axis: 13h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/broad diadem, knot and 2 or 3 ribbons; medium-long hair in 4 waves, mustache, short beard in 3 rows of curls; multi-turn torque w/ single pellet finial; cuirass;
rev.: archer, right, on throne, w/bow in one hand, x above and monogram and dot below; 7-line legend: ΒΛCIΛΕΩC BΛCΙΛΕΩΝ ΛΡCΛKoV EVEPΓEToV ΔIKΛIoV EΠIΦΛNoVC ΦIΛEΛΛHN(o)C; almost uncirculated;
one of the most beautiful Parthian portraits of a young king.
1 commentsSchatz06/03/18 at 21:07William T2: your collection is remarkable!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius AE Sestertius - RIC 778103 viewsÆ Sestertius (24.5g, Ø30.5mm, 6h). Minted AD 145-161, Rome.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS IIII, laureate head right.
Rev.: S C (in field), Mars, helmeted and wearing a cloack, advancing right, carrying a spear and a trophy.
RIC 778, Coh. 751, BMCRE 1705; Strack 1003; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 363 (14 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins & their Values II) 4219.
ex Künker (Osnabrück), Coin Auction 143 (2008); ex Künker Auction 71, Osnabrück, 2002
2 commentsCharles S05/26/18 at 10:41Marsman: What a beauty
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Athlit Bronze War Galley Ram67 viewsThe Athlit ram, found in 1980 off the coast of Israel near at Athlit Bay (just south of Haifa), is the one of a few surviving ancient war galley rams. Carbon 14 dating of timber remnants date it to between 530 BC and 270 BC. It was once fit on the prow of an ancient oared warship. This would be driven into the hull of an enemy ship in order to puncture it and thus sink, or at least disable, the ship. It is made of a single casting of bronze weighing 465kg and measures about 2.10m long. The ram is thus one of the largest bronze objects to survive from the ancient world and is currently on display in the National Maritime Museum, Haifa, Israel. Captured rams were once used to ornament Octavian's battle monument at Actium, Greece. Only the sockets that held them remain. The valuable bronze was melted long ago.

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_ram
http://www.learningsites.com/Athlit/AthlitRam_home.php

For other recovered galley rams see:
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2013/04/rare-bronze-rams-found-at-site-of-final.html
https://www.historytoday.com/ann-natanson/roman-naval-power-raising-ram
1 commentsJoe Sermarini05/12/18 at 18:21*Alex: Fantastic preservation.
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Greek, Sicily, Syracuse, Agathokles, 317 - 289 B.C., Electrum 50 Litrai36 viewsSH86808. Electrum 50 litrai, Jenkins Group B (O4/R3); SNG ANS 621 (same obv. die); BMC Sicily p. 184, 263 (same); de Luynes 1267 (same); HGC 2 1294, VF, attractive style, centered on a tight flan, lightly toned, light marks, die crack on reverse, Syracuse mint, weight 3.587g, maximum diameter 15.3mm, die axis 270o, c. 306 - 305 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo left, amphora behind; reverse ΣYPAKOΣIΩN (clockwise from upper right), ornamented tripod lebes, high ring handles; ex Classical Numismatic Group, e-auction 412, lot 38; ex John A. Seeger Collection; ex Classical Numismatic Group, auction 76 (12 Sep 2007), lot 30131 commentsJoe Sermarini05/11/18 at 18:32Jay GT4: Great coin
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ROMAN, Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.57 viewsSH24852. Gold aureus, RIC III 233e, Calico 1530 (same obv die), Cohen II 314, aEF, weight 7.0221 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 153 - 154 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVII, laureate head left; reverse COS IIII, Antoninus Pius, togate, standing left, globe in extended right, scroll in left; superb obverse portrait, recognizable portrait on reverse, minor blemish on the second I on the reverse, ex Harlan Berk; scarce1 commentsJoe Sermarini05/11/18 at 16:16kc: Fabulous portrait,super
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Greek, Phoenicia, Tyre, 111 - 110 B.C., Judas' 30 Pieces of Silver, Year 1851 viewsSL86641. Silver shekel, BMC Phoenicia p. 237, 85; Cohen DCA 919-18 (C); Baramki AUB -, NGC Ch AU*, strike 5/5, surface 5/5 (4280576-003), Tyre mint, weight 14.20g, maximum diameter 28.0mm, die axis 0o, 109 - 108 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Melqart right, lion's skin knotted around neck; reverse TYPOY IEPAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY (of Tyre the holy and inviolable), eagle left, right foot on ship's ram, palm frond behind, date HI (year 18) over club and palm frond left, ZB right, Phoenician letter beth between legs1 commentsJoe Sermarini05/11/18 at 16:03cmcdon0923: very nice !!
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Roman Empire, Elagabalus 218-222 AD77 viewsElegabalus...218-222 AD
Silver Denarius
Minted: 221 AD
Obv: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, Draped bust right, laureate, Horned
Rev: PM TR P IIII COS III P P, Emperor standing left sacrificing out of patera over lighted altar, holding branch in right hand, star in left field.
Ric 46 Sear 7536

Very Lustrous with great details!

2 commentsTravis C05/09/18 at 23:46Jay GT4: Lovely coin
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Roman Empire, Galba, AR Denarius48 viewsGalba. 68-69 AD. Denarius, 3.50gg. (5h). Tarraco.
Obv: GALBA - IM[PERATOR] Head laureate right on globe.
Rx: LIB - [ERTAS] - RESTITVTA Libertas standing left, apparently emptying a cup and holding scepter.
BM 198, pl. 54.3. RIC 9 (R2), pl. 24 (the BM spec.). Cf. Paris 12, pl.III (apparently no globe below bust). Cohen 133 (120 Fr.). VF.
Ex Jyrki Muona Collection.
Ex Gemini XIV April 2018 Lot 475
1 commentsorfew05/09/18 at 22:40Jay GT4: A great coin
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Augustus, denarius bull239 viewsAugustus Denarius. Lugdunum mint, struck 15-13 BC.
Observe: AVGVSTVS DIVI F, bare head right
Reverse: IMP X, bull butting right.
References: RIC 167a; RSC 137.
Diameter 19 mm / weight 3.9 grams
Marcelo Leal's collection
7 commentsAugustus197504/29/18 at 11:46Potator II: Fantastic coin, loosing a crown against such a bea...
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CONSTANTIUS II, Light miliarense RIC 252, Ferrando II plate coin342 viewsArles mint (Arelate), 3d officina
DN CONSTAN TIVS PF AVG, Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constantius right
VIRTVS EXERCITVS, Constantius (soldier) facing holding spear and shield. TCON at exergue
4,54 gr ; 22,6 mm
Ref : RIC VII # 252, Ferrando II # 1026 (this coin), Cohen #326, RC #3993v
5 commentsPotator II04/24/18 at 13:06*Alex: Great coin.
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Greek, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 450 - 440 BC 25mm 1723g 9h. Jenkins the coinage of Gela 342.499 viewsQuadriga driven slowly to right by a bearded charioteer, above Nike flying right to crown the horses,in exergue palmettte with tendrils. Rev forepart of man-headed bull,the river god Gelas right.
ex Nomos auction 14 lot 50 5-17-17, ex The Stoecklin collection bought from bank Leu.ex Munzen und Medaillen auction X, 22 June 1951, lot 192, ex V.J.E. Ryan sold by Glendinings November 24th 1950 lot 1499a.
3 commentsGrant H04/19/18 at 15:31Pharsalos: Magnificent!
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Greek, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 450 - 440 BC 25mm 1723g 9h. Jenkins the coinage of Gela 342.499 viewsQuadriga driven slowly to right by a bearded charioteer, above Nike flying right to crown the horses,in exergue palmettte with tendrils. Rev forepart of man-headed bull,the river god Gelas right.
ex Nomos auction 14 lot 50 5-17-17, ex The Stoecklin collection bought from bank Leu.ex Munzen und Medaillen auction X, 22 June 1951, lot 192, ex V.J.E. Ryan sold by Glendinings November 24th 1950 lot 1499a.
3 commentsGrant H04/10/18 at 03:20Enodia: very desirable!
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Greek, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 450 - 440 BC 25mm 1723g 9h. Jenkins the coinage of Gela 342.499 viewsQuadriga driven slowly to right by a bearded charioteer, above Nike flying right to crown the horses,in exergue palmettte with tendrils. Rev forepart of man-headed bull,the river god Gelas right.
ex Nomos auction 14 lot 50 5-17-17, ex The Stoecklin collection bought from bank Leu.ex Munzen und Medaillen auction X, 22 June 1951, lot 192, ex V.J.E. Ryan sold by Glendinings November 24th 1950 lot 1499a.
3 commentsGrant H04/09/18 at 22:52Jay GT4: Outstanding! And nice old provenance.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Augustus, denarius bull239 viewsAugustus Denarius. Lugdunum mint, struck 15-13 BC.
Observe: AVGVSTVS DIVI F, bare head right
Reverse: IMP X, bull butting right.
References: RIC 167a; RSC 137.
Diameter 19 mm / weight 3.9 grams
Marcelo Leal's collection
7 commentsAugustus197504/06/18 at 17:46quadrans: Nice piece..
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ROMAN IMPERATORS, Octavian, Triumvir and Imperator, Silver Denarius, SRCV I 1558, RSC I 123, RIC I 267, Sear CRI 422, BMCRR 4348129 viewsSH16777. Silver denarius, SRCV I 1558, RSC I 123, RIC I 267, Sear CRI 422, BMCRR 4348, EF, lustrous, weight 3.781g, maximum diameter 20.9mm, die axis 180o, Italian (Rome?) mint, obverse bare head of Octavian right; reverse IMP CAESAR on architrave of the Actian arch, depicted as a single span surmounted by a large statue of Octavian in a facing triumphal quadriga; mirror luster, slight rainbow toning, struck flat on the top edge of the reverse, banker's marks
3 commentsJoe Sermarini04/02/18 at 18:53NORMAN K: wonderful type and nice detail & toning
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Roman Empire, CONSTANTIUS I CHLORUS, FOLLIS RIC 30a Aquileia, 300 CE 76 viewsObverse: CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, Laureate head right.
Reverse: SACRA MONET AVGG ET CAESS NOSTR, Monet standing left holding scales and cornucopia.
AQT in ex. 9.4 g, 36 mm
2 commentsNORMAN K04/02/18 at 16:01NORMAN K: Very happy to find this in a batch of uncleaned co...
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Roman Empire, Probus Antoninianus 276-282 CE RIC 809 var. 85 viewsObverse - IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG. Radiate bust left, wearing Imperial mantle and holding eagle tipped scepter.
Reverse - VIRTVS AVGVSTIN. Probus on horseback right, riding over fallen enemy and spearing kneeling enemy before him with arms raised.
Mintmark XXIB Sisica mint with unlisted officinal (B)
21 mm diam., 4.2 g
3 commentsNORMAN K04/02/18 at 15:58NORMAN K: Knowing that it s in a great Probus collection mak...
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ROMAN IMPERATORS, Octavian, Triumvir and Imperator, Silver Denarius, SRCV I 1558, RSC I 123, RIC I 267, Sear CRI 422, BMCRR 4348129 viewsSH16777. Silver denarius, SRCV I 1558, RSC I 123, RIC I 267, Sear CRI 422, BMCRR 4348, EF, lustrous, weight 3.781g, maximum diameter 20.9mm, die axis 180o, Italian (Rome?) mint, obverse bare head of Octavian right; reverse IMP CAESAR on architrave of the Actian arch, depicted as a single span surmounted by a large statue of Octavian in a facing triumphal quadriga; mirror luster, slight rainbow toning, struck flat on the top edge of the reverse, banker's marks
3 commentsJoe Sermarini03/11/18 at 05:01Randygeki(h2): Excellent
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Roman Empire, Nero & Claudius, drachm92 viewsNERO CLAVD DIVI CLAVD F CAESAR AVG GERMA
Laureate head of Nero right

DIVOS CLAVD AVGVST GERMANIC PATER AVG
Laureate head of Divus Claudius right.

Caesarea, Cappadocia

63-64 AD

2.95g

RPC I 3648; RIC 622.

From the collection of K.M. Germany. Ex-Roma E-sale 43 lot 334
3 commentsJay GT403/11/18 at 03:48Sam: Superb.
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Parthian Empire, Mithradates II, c. 121 - 91 B.C.41 viewsSH86429. Silver tetradrachm, Sellwood 24.4, BMC 3, Boston MFA 2216, Sunrise 284, Shore 67 var., EF, fantastic high relief bust, well centered on a tight flan, slightest die wear, slightest porosity, weight 15.696 g, maximum diameter 28.2 mm, die axis 0o, Seleukeia on the Tigris mint, c. 119 - 109 B.C.; obverse diademed bust of Mithradates to left, long beard, wearing torc and elaborate robes; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY APΣ-AKOY EΠIΦANOYΣ / TY (square clockwise, ending in exergue)), Arsakes I seated right on omphalos, bow in right hand, palm branch right; ex Pars (2008), ex Antiqua Inc. (2000)1 commentsJoe Sermarini03/07/18 at 21:03Schatz: My kind of coin! Lovely flow lines and great detai...
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Roman Empire, Nero & Claudius, drachm92 viewsNERO CLAVD DIVI CLAVD F CAESAR AVG GERMA
Laureate head of Nero right

DIVOS CLAVD AVGVST GERMANIC PATER AVG
Laureate head of Divus Claudius right.

Caesarea, Cappadocia

63-64 AD

2.95g

RPC I 3648; RIC 622.

From the collection of K.M. Germany. Ex-Roma E-sale 43 lot 334
3 commentsJay GT403/04/18 at 10:04orfew: Great coin Jay
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Byzantine, Anonymous (Magn.) AE Tetarteron – SBCV-2154 DOC IV 6 Type D 139 viewsOBV Cross radiate, with lunate ornaments, decorated with pellets , at ends.

REV Half length figure of Virgin, nimbate, orans wearing tunic.

Size 20mm

Weight 2.61gm

DOC lists 4 examples. weight vary 1.32gm to 2.52gm and 19 to 22mm
4 commentsSimon03/03/18 at 01:34Jay GT4: Nice find Simon
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Roman Empire, Nero & Claudius, drachm92 viewsNERO CLAVD DIVI CLAVD F CAESAR AVG GERMA
Laureate head of Nero right

DIVOS CLAVD AVGVST GERMANIC PATER AVG
Laureate head of Divus Claudius right.

Caesarea, Cappadocia

63-64 AD

2.95g

RPC I 3648; RIC 622.

From the collection of K.M. Germany. Ex-Roma E-sale 43 lot 334
3 commentsJay GT403/01/18 at 00:01peterpil19: exquisite!
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Byzantine, Anonymous (Magn.) AE Tetarteron – SBCV-2154 DOC IV 6 Type D 139 viewsOBV Cross radiate, with lunate ornaments, decorated with pellets , at ends.

REV Half length figure of Virgin, nimbate, orans wearing tunic.

Size 20mm

Weight 2.61gm

DOC lists 4 examples. weight vary 1.32gm to 2.52gm and 19 to 22mm
4 commentsSimon02/24/18 at 04:04quadrans: I agree..Nice coin..
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantius II - AE2 - RIC VIII Nicomedia 086153 viewsAE2
Obv:– D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev:– FEL TEMP R-EPARATIO, Helmeted soldier left, shield on left arm, spearing falling horseman; shield at ground to right. Horseman turns to face the soldier, and reaches his left arm up towards him. He wears a Phrygian hemlet
Minted in Nicomedia (Gamma | _ // Dot SMN Gamma).
Reference:– RIC VIII Nicomedia 86
2 commentsmaridvnvm02/24/18 at 04:04Randygeki(h2): Awesome coin
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Byzantine, Anonymous (Magn.) AE Tetarteron – SBCV-2154 DOC IV 6 Type D 139 viewsOBV Cross radiate, with lunate ornaments, decorated with pellets , at ends.

REV Half length figure of Virgin, nimbate, orans wearing tunic.

Size 20mm

Weight 2.61gm

DOC lists 4 examples. weight vary 1.32gm to 2.52gm and 19 to 22mm
4 commentsSimon02/24/18 at 00:28*Alex: Very Nice!
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Byzantine, Anonymous (Magn.) AE Tetarteron – SBCV-2154 DOC IV 6 Type D 139 viewsOBV Cross radiate, with lunate ornaments, decorated with pellets , at ends.

REV Half length figure of Virgin, nimbate, orans wearing tunic.

Size 20mm

Weight 2.61gm

DOC lists 4 examples. weight vary 1.32gm to 2.52gm and 19 to 22mm
4 commentsSimon02/23/18 at 23:41Sam: Congratulations !
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GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy III Large Bronze567 viewsPtolemy III - ca 240BC - Alexandria - Drachm
Bronze - 43.1-43.9mm - 73.2gm - 11h
CHI/RHO monogram in eagle's legs
Svoronos 964, SNG Cop. 172
Not especially rare type, but always rare this nice. A real monster, too.
10 commentsPtolemAE02/23/18 at 23:36Carausius: Best large Ptolemaic bronze I've ever seen. S...
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Roman, Julius Caesar, Imperator and Dictator, October 49 - 15 March 44 B.C.70 viewsSH45450. Silver denarius, Crawford 480/13, Sydenham 1074, Sear CRI 107d, RSC I Julius Caesar 39, BMCRR I Rome 4173, SRCV I 1414, Vagi 56, Choice gVF, magnificent portrait, weight 3.660 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, moneyer P Sepullius Macer, Feb - Mar 44 B.C.; obverse CAESAR DICT PERPETVO, veiled and wreathed head of Caesar right; reverse P SEPVLLIVS MACER, Venus standing left, Victory in extended right, long scepter in left hand, shield at feet right3 commentsJoe Sermarini02/22/18 at 11:21Sam: WoW ! Superb addition .
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Roman, Julius Caesar, Imperator and Dictator, October 49 - 15 March 44 B.C.70 viewsSH45450. Silver denarius, Crawford 480/13, Sydenham 1074, Sear CRI 107d, RSC I Julius Caesar 39, BMCRR I Rome 4173, SRCV I 1414, Vagi 56, Choice gVF, magnificent portrait, weight 3.660 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, moneyer P Sepullius Macer, Feb - Mar 44 B.C.; obverse CAESAR DICT PERPETVO, veiled and wreathed head of Caesar right; reverse P SEPVLLIVS MACER, Venus standing left, Victory in extended right, long scepter in left hand, shield at feet right3 commentsJoe Sermarini02/21/18 at 18:09okidoki: excellent obverse
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Roman, Julius Caesar, Imperator and Dictator, October 49 - 15 March 44 B.C.70 viewsSH45450. Silver denarius, Crawford 480/13, Sydenham 1074, Sear CRI 107d, RSC I Julius Caesar 39, BMCRR I Rome 4173, SRCV I 1414, Vagi 56, Choice gVF, magnificent portrait, weight 3.660 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, moneyer P Sepullius Macer, Feb - Mar 44 B.C.; obverse CAESAR DICT PERPETVO, veiled and wreathed head of Caesar right; reverse P SEPVLLIVS MACER, Venus standing left, Victory in extended right, long scepter in left hand, shield at feet right3 commentsJoe Sermarini02/21/18 at 08:12Gary W2: 10 STARS! Just beautiful!
RIC_IV-I_373A_Julia-Domna,_AR-Den,_IVLIA_PIA_FELIX_AVG,_DIANA_LVCIFERA,_Roma,_RSC-32,_BMC-1,_Sear-7100,_211-217-AD,_Q-002,_7h,_18,5-19,0mm,_3,57g-s.jpg
ROMAN EMPIRE, Julia Domna (170-217 A.D.), RIC IV-I 373A (Caracalla), Rome, AR-Denar, DIANA LVCIFERA, Diana standing left, #2155 views050a Julia Domna (170-217 A.D.), RIC IV-I 373A (Caracalla), Rome, AR-Denar, DIANA LVCIFERA, Diana standing left, #2
avers: IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, Draped bust right
revers: DIANA LVCIFERA, Diana standing left, holding the long torch with both hands.
exe:-/-//--, diameter: 18,5-19,0mm, weight: 3,57g, axis: 7h,
mint: Rome, date: 211-217 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-I-373A (Caracalla), p-, RSC-32, (Caracalla), BMC-1, Sear-7100,
Q-002
2 commentsquadrans02/21/18 at 04:04Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
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Roman Empire, Plautilla (?-211 A.D.), RIC IV-I 363a (Caracalla), Rome, AR-Denarius, CONCORDIA AVG G, Concordia standing left, Scarce, #1 155 viewsRoman Empire, Plautilla (?-211 A.D.), RIC IV-I 363a (Caracalla), Rome, AR-Denarius, CONCORDIA AVG G, Concordia standing left, Scarce, #1
Wife of Caracalla,
avers: PLAVTILLA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, hair coiled in vertical or horizontal ridges and fastened in a bun.
reverse: CONCORDIA AVG G, Concordia standing left, holding patera and scepter.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,0-18,5mm, weight: 3,24g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 202 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-363a (Caracalla), p-269, RSC-1, BMC-411,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans02/21/18 at 04:04Randygeki(h2): A beauty
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Roman Empire, Plautilla (?-211 A.D.), RIC IV-I 363a (Caracalla), Rome, AR-Denarius, CONCORDIA AVG G, Concordia standing left, Scarce, #1 155 viewsRoman Empire, Plautilla (?-211 A.D.), RIC IV-I 363a (Caracalla), Rome, AR-Denarius, CONCORDIA AVG G, Concordia standing left, Scarce, #1
Wife of Caracalla,
avers: PLAVTILLA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, hair coiled in vertical or horizontal ridges and fastened in a bun.
reverse: CONCORDIA AVG G, Concordia standing left, holding patera and scepter.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,0-18,5mm, weight: 3,24g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 202 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-363a (Caracalla), p-269, RSC-1, BMC-411,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans02/19/18 at 07:40Canaan: Great addition!!!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Julia Domna (170-217 A.D.), RIC IV-I 373A (Caracalla), Rome, AR-Denar, DIANA LVCIFERA, Diana standing left, #2155 views050a Julia Domna (170-217 A.D.), RIC IV-I 373A (Caracalla), Rome, AR-Denar, DIANA LVCIFERA, Diana standing left, #2
avers: IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, Draped bust right
revers: DIANA LVCIFERA, Diana standing left, holding the long torch with both hands.
exe:-/-//--, diameter: 18,5-19,0mm, weight: 3,57g, axis: 7h,
mint: Rome, date: 211-217 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-I-373A (Caracalla), p-, RSC-32, (Caracalla), BMC-1, Sear-7100,
Q-002
2 commentsquadrans02/19/18 at 00:12Enodia: Beautiful coin!
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Roman Empire, Constantius II62 viewsConstantius II

Antioch, AE 2
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, horseman standing left, spearing a fallen horseman who is bearded, hair in braids, clutching the horse's neck. Γ in left field. Mintmark ANA.
RIC VIII Antioch 135
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)02/16/18 at 19:33Pharsalos: Really nice style both sides.
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Romulus265 viewsSeverus Alexander Denarius
Obv:– IMP SEV ALEXAND AVG, Laureate head right
Rev:– P M TR P VII COS II P P, Romulus advancing right with spear & trophy
Minted in Rome
Reference:– RIC 85. RSC 351

Romulus, founder of the city, shares the attributes of Mars but not helmeted.
3 commentsmaridvnvm02/15/18 at 22:06Aleph: A nearly identical issue has the legend VIRTVS AVG...
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Roman Empire, CALIGULA, AD 37 - 41.68 viewsGaius (Caligula), AD 37 - 41.
AE sestertius, Roma mint, AD 37-38.
Obv. C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT, laureate head left.
Rev. SPQR / PP / OBCIVES / SERVATOS within oak-wreath.
RIC 37 (I, 111).
27,20g, 35mm.

Provenance: Hess-Divo, Auction 309, lot 133.
1 commentsapyatygin02/13/18 at 09:56Gary W2: Beautiful. Great surfaces.
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Agrippina, Drusilla and Julia, Caligula's three sisters279 viewsOrichalcum sestertius (23.4g, 34mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Gaius ("Caligula") AD 37-38.
Obverse: C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT laureate portret of Gaius facing left
Reverse: AGRIPPINA DRVSILLA IVLIA Agrippina (Jr), the eldest sister as Securitas, leaning on column, holding cornucopia, and placing left hand on Drusilla's shoulder; Drusilla, the middle sister, as Concordia, holding patera and cornucopia; and Julia Livilla, the youngest, as Fortuna, holding rudder and cornucopia.
RIC (Gaius) 33; Cohen 4
Ex Harlan J. Berk, Buy/Bid Sale

This specimen in the style of a provincial branch mint, rarer than those in Rome-mint style.
4 commentsCharles S02/13/18 at 09:52Gary W2: Love the portrait. This portrait seems similar to ...
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GREEK, Argolis Argos AR Triobol 490- 470 BC 2.55g 10mm 6h65 viewsForepart of wolf at bay to left.Rev Alpha with bar sloping to the right,and with two pellets one above and one below,within a shallow incuse square,with two deeper incuse squares in the upper part.
Very rare
1 commentsGrant H02/08/18 at 02:33Randygeki(h2): Neat coin
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Mn. Fonteius C.f.38 viewsAR Denarius
85BC
4.13 grams

Obv.: Laureate head of Apollo Vejovis right, MN FONTEI CF behind, thunderbolt below, ROMA monogram below chin
Rev.: Infant Genius riding goat right, caps of the Dioscuri above, filleted thyrsos below.

Cr #353/1a: Sear #271
1 commentsRichard M1001/30/18 at 16:36Jay GT4: Nice!
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Roman Republic, L. Calpurnius Piso L.f. L.n36 viewsAR Denarius
90 BC
3.69 grams
Obv.: Laureate head of Apollo right; Π before
Rev.: L. PISO. FRVGI ROMA, rider on horse galloping right, holding whip; above left, swan.

I was totally amazed by the number of different varieties of this basic design that were produced. In a limited search I found two examples of this variety. Wildwinds has an example of a Calpurnia 12b but that bird is much different in appearance and at the Wildwinds site it is called a duck. This exact coin is shown on acsearch website and is the only example of a Calpurnia 12b shown on that site. Here the bird is called a swan. Since all the dies are hand cut these maybe the individual concept each die shrink had for the bird to be included in the design.
2 commentsRichard M1001/30/18 at 16:36Jay GT4: Great reverse!
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Roman Republic, L. Calpurnius Piso L.f. L.n36 viewsAR Denarius
90 BC
3.69 grams
Obv.: Laureate head of Apollo right; Π before
Rev.: L. PISO. FRVGI ROMA, rider on horse galloping right, holding whip; above left, swan.

I was totally amazed by the number of different varieties of this basic design that were produced. In a limited search I found two examples of this variety. Wildwinds has an example of a Calpurnia 12b but that bird is much different in appearance and at the Wildwinds site it is called a duck. This exact coin is shown on acsearch website and is the only example of a Calpurnia 12b shown on that site. Here the bird is called a swan. Since all the dies are hand cut these maybe the individual concept each die shrink had for the bird to be included in the design.
2 commentsRichard M1001/30/18 at 16:33Stkp: nice coin
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Roman Empire, Constantius II62 viewsConstantius II

Antioch, AE 2
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, horseman standing left, spearing a fallen horseman who is bearded, hair in braids, clutching the horse's neck. Γ in left field. Mintmark ANA.
RIC VIII Antioch 135
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)01/30/18 at 10:34Jay GT4: You're building quite the collection of these
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Roman Empire, Constantius II46 viewsConstantius II
AE 2
24.75 mm 5.14g
D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, helmeted soldier standing left, spearing fallen horseman who is wearing a bowl-shaped helmet, clutching the horse's neck. Star in left field. Mintmark SMHA.
Heraclea
RIC VIII 67
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)01/30/18 at 10:34Jay GT4: Amazing reverse
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Roman Empire, Constantius II43 views23 mm , 5,17g.
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG
pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right, A behind.

FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO
Soldier spearing horseman, Phrygian helmet, sitting on ground, arm(s) up, Star in left field

AQS Dot in ex.

RIC Aquileia 153
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)01/30/18 at 10:32Jay GT4: Agreed! Great coin. Fallen horseman everywhere!
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Roman Empire, Constantius II48 viewsDN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG Constantius II pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO soldier spearing Horseman, Two braids, reaching
ALEΔ in ex. Γ in left field

Alexandria 72 var.
1 commentsRandygeki(h2)01/30/18 at 05:58Canaan: Wow, this group is a real BOT.
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Roman Empire, Constantius II46 viewsConstantius II
AE 2
24.75 mm 5.14g
D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, helmeted soldier standing left, spearing fallen horseman who is wearing a bowl-shaped helmet, clutching the horse's neck. Star in left field. Mintmark SMHA.
Heraclea
RIC VIII 67
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)01/30/18 at 05:57Canaan: Wow, even the facial impressions are clear, the be...
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Roman Empire, Constantius II62 viewsConstantius II

Antioch, AE 2
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, horseman standing left, spearing a fallen horseman who is bearded, hair in braids, clutching the horse's neck. Γ in left field. Mintmark ANA.
RIC VIII Antioch 135
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)01/30/18 at 05:55Canaan: Very nice
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Roman Empire, Constantius II37 viewsConstantius II
Antioch
25 mm, 5.67 g, 12 h)
obverse D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right;
reverse FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Gamma in left, soldier spearing Horseman,hair in braids, bearded, reaching back towards soldier,horses hoof over exerg. line

ANB Antioch 122
1 commentsRandygeki(h2)01/30/18 at 05:54Canaan: Great reverse, very powerful
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Roman Empire, Constantius II43 views23 mm , 5,17g.
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG
pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right, A behind.

FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO
Soldier spearing horseman, Phrygian helmet, sitting on ground, arm(s) up, Star in left field

AQS Dot in ex.

RIC Aquileia 153
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)01/30/18 at 05:52Canaan: Great Coin, A real winner
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.43 viewsSH34690. Gold aureus, Calico 1309 var. (obv legend break), RIC II 70 var. (same plus portrait and spear vice scepter); BMC 117 - 118 var. (same); SRCV II -, VF, some circulation marks, weight 7.129 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 119 - 122 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HA-DRIANVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right from behind; reverse P M TR P COS III, Minerva standing facing, helmeted head left, long scepter in left hand, right hand pointing to Spanish olive tree on left, rabbit right at the base of the tree; ex Munzhandlung Basel, 6 March 1936 (Dr. H St. S & Prince Waldeck); very rare2 commentsJoe Sermarini01/29/18 at 12:13okidoki: indeed never seen it
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.31 viewsSH73156. Orichalcum sestertius, BMCRE IV 1669, RIC III 767a, Strack III 974, Cohen II 320, Hill UCR 709, SRCV II 4168, VF, nice green patina, nice portrait, light scratches, tight flan, weight 22.051 g, maximum diameter 31.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, c. 146 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG - PIVS P P TR P, laureate head right; reverse Antoninus in slow quadriga left, eagle-tipped scepter in left, reins in right, COS IIII / S C in two lines in exergue1 commentsJoe Sermarini01/29/18 at 10:12okidoki: very nice
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GREEK, Attica, Athens, AR Drachm circa 465-460 BC 4.35g108 viewsHead of Athena right,of archaic style,wearing round earring and close- fitting crested helmet with single volute ornament behind.Rev AOE Incuse square,within which owl right,behind,olive- spray with two leaves and berry.1 commentsGrant H01/29/18 at 08:44n.igma: An exceptional Attic drachm.
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GREEK, Athens, Greece, Pi-Style III Tetradrachm, 353 - c. 340 B.C.51 viewsSH86206. Silver tetradrachm, Kroll Pi-Style p. 244, fig. 8; Flament p. 126, 3; SNG Cop 63; SNG Munchen 96; SNG Delepierre 1479; Svoronos Athens pl. 20: 2, Choice VF, well centered on a tight flan typical of the type, toned, bumps and marks, weight 17.153 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 270o, Athens mint, 353 - c. 340 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right with eye seen in true profile, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and pi-style floral scroll, pellet in ear; reverse owl standing right, head facing, pellet over eyes, olive sprig and crescent left, AΘE downward on right, all within incuse square1 commentsJoe Sermarini01/29/18 at 08:33Grant H: love the owl
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.43 viewsSH34690. Gold aureus, Calico 1309 var. (obv legend break), RIC II 70 var. (same plus portrait and spear vice scepter); BMC 117 - 118 var. (same); SRCV II -, VF, some circulation marks, weight 7.129 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 119 - 122 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HA-DRIANVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right from behind; reverse P M TR P COS III, Minerva standing facing, helmeted head left, long scepter in left hand, right hand pointing to Spanish olive tree on left, rabbit right at the base of the tree; ex Munzhandlung Basel, 6 March 1936 (Dr. H St. S & Prince Waldeck); very rare2 commentsJoe Sermarini01/28/18 at 23:33*Alex: Great reverse type.
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GREEK, Arsinoe II, Wife of Ptolemy II Philadelphos, 285 - 246 B.C., Gold oktodrachm40 viewsSH24847. Gold oktodrachm, Svoronos 475; BMC Ptolemies p. 43, 10 and pl. VIII, 4; SGCV II 7768, gVF, weight 27.702 g, maximum diameter 28.4 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, c. 253 - 246 B.C.; obverse diademed and veiled head or Arsinoe II right, K behind; reverse APΣINOHΣ ΦIΛA∆EΛΦOY, double cornucopia bound with fillet1 commentsJoe Sermarini01/28/18 at 23:27*Alex: Beautiful coin.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Aurelian, August or September 270 - October or November 275 A.D., Gold aureus37 viewsSH24849. Gold aureus, MER-RIC 1584, Göbl MIR 127q, pl. 74 (O96/R298); BnF XII 424, pl. 13 (same dies); Estiot 1999-I 58 (same dies); RIC V 15, aEF, edge bump at 10 o'clock, weight 4.459 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 180o, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, issue 3, mid 272 – end 272; obverse IMP CL DOM AVRELIANVS P F AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right, wearing aegis across chest with small Medusa head in center; reverse VIRTVS AVG (the valor of the Emperor), Virtus, helmeted, cloaked, holding spear in right and trophy across left shoulder, walking right, captive before; ex Harlan Berk1 commentsJoe Sermarini01/28/18 at 23:16*Alex: WoW!!!!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius AE Sestertius - RIC 778103 viewsÆ Sestertius (24.5g, Ø30.5mm, 6h). Minted AD 145-161, Rome.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS IIII, laureate head right.
Rev.: S C (in field), Mars, helmeted and wearing a cloack, advancing right, carrying a spear and a trophy.
RIC 778, Coh. 751, BMCRE 1705; Strack 1003; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 363 (14 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins & their Values II) 4219.
ex Künker (Osnabrück), Coin Auction 143 (2008); ex Künker Auction 71, Osnabrück, 2002
2 commentsCharles S01/27/18 at 06:01Gary W2: Outstanding!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius AE Sestertius - RIC 86597 viewsÆ Sestertius (28.74g, Ø32mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 149-150.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XIII, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: COS IIII around, S C across field, Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae.
RIC 865 (R2); Cohen 244 (40 fr.); BMCRE p.306 (‡ "Dupondius of this rev., obv., head, radiate, r."); Strack 1047 (3 spec.); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 102 (2 specimens; this specimen illustrated on p.83); Sear (Roman Coins & their Values II) 4162 var. (earlier issue)
ex Emporium Hamburg Münzhandelsgesellschaft mbH, auction 68 (2012); ex Cat. Baranowsky, 1929
3 commentsCharles S01/27/18 at 06:00Gary W2: Beautiful!
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Roman Empire, Probus Antoninianus 276-282 CE RIC 809 var. 85 viewsObverse - IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG. Radiate bust left, wearing Imperial mantle and holding eagle tipped scepter.
Reverse - VIRTVS AVGVSTIN. Probus on horseback right, riding over fallen enemy and spearing kneeling enemy before him with arms raised.
Mintmark XXIB Sisica mint with unlisted officinal (B)
21 mm diam., 4.2 g
3 commentsNORMAN K01/27/18 at 05:50Gary W2: Know what you mean Norman. Been there,done that. ...
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian Denarius Roma 119-22 AD Providentia standing180 viewsHadrian Denarius Roma 119-22 AD Providentia standing

Reference.
Strack 76; RIC 134; BMC 307;

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Head of Hadrian, laureate, right.

Rev. P M TR P COS III in field PRO AVG
Providentia standing left, resting on column, pointing at globe with Zodiac belts and holding sceptre.

3.50 gr
19 mm (max)
7h
7 commentsokidoki01/27/18 at 05:32Gary W2: Fantastic detail!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Macrinus, AR Denarius, RIC 5330 viewsRome, AD 217-8. IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right / AEQVITAS AVG, Aequitas standing, head left, holding scales and cornucopiae. RIC 53.
Extremely Fine. Scarce.
1 commentsRuslan K01/27/18 at 05:26Gary W2: Fantastic portrait!
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Roman Empire, CONSTANTIUS I CHLORUS, FOLLIS RIC 30a Aquileia, 300 CE 76 viewsObverse: CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, Laureate head right.
Reverse: SACRA MONET AVGG ET CAESS NOSTR, Monet standing left holding scales and cornucopia.
AQT in ex. 9.4 g, 36 mm
2 commentsNORMAN K01/27/18 at 05:25Gary W2: Beautiful patina contrasts!
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Roman Empire, Gordian III AR Antoninianus.75 viewsGordian III, 238-244. Antoninianus , Rome, 238-239. IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian III to right. Rev. VICTORIA AVG Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm branch. Cohen 357. RIC 5.2 commentsRuslan K01/27/18 at 05:23Gary W2: Wow! What a reverse!
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Roman Empire, Titus Denarius RIC 131111 viewsTitus AR Denarius Rome Mint, 80 AD
O: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
R: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Tripod, with fillets streaming out l. and r., on which are ravens r. and l., and in the center, dolphin over wreath: ('exuviae' of Apollo, for 'pulvinar' of Apollo and Diana (?)).
- RIC 131 (R), BMC 82, RSC 323a

Reka Devnia hoard, recording only 3 specimens with ravens and the dolphin and 24 specimens of the regular type with only the dolphin. The dolphin, ravens, laurel and tripod are all symbols of Apollo. His most famous attribute is the tripod, the symbol of his prophetic powers. It was in the guise of a dolphin that Apollo brought priests from Crete to Delphi, explaining Apollo's cult title "Delphinios" and the name of the town. He dedicated a bronze tripod to the sanctuary and bestowed divine powers on one of the priestesses, and she became known as the "Pythia." It was she who inhaled the hallucinating vapors from the fissure in the temple floor, while she sat on a tripod chewing laurel leaves. After she mumbled her answer, a male priest would translate it for the supplicant.
4 commentsNemonater01/27/18 at 05:21Gary W2: Beautiful coin!
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Roman Empire, Otho, Denarius CERES AVG 112 viewsSH79667. Silver denarius, Muona Otho 10b; Butcher-Ponting-Muona 6; ANSCD 1958.217.1; BnF III 1; RIC I 1 (7 spec. known, all minted with the same die-pair), Nice VF, the best portrait and most attractive of the seven known specimens, light rose toning, a few light marks and spots of porosity, Rome mint, weight 3.272g, maximum diameter 17.5mm, die axis 180o, 9 Mar - 17 Apr 69 A.D.; obverse IMP OTHO CAESAR AVG TRP, bare head right; reverse CERES AVG, Ceres standing left, grain-ears raised in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; from the Jyrki Muona Collection

This is the rarest Otho denarius type and one of the rarest 1st century Roman denarii. Only two museums, Paris and ANS, hold examples. A further specimen was found in archeological context in Denmark in 1990s. Besides these, four additional specimens are known. This coin has the best portrait and is clearly the most attractive of the seven known. Jyrki Muona obtained it in 2002 at the NYINC from Glenn Woods.

Otho minted three separate issues. The first and second issues followed Galba's standard of 90% silver. Otho's third issue was debased to 80% silver. All coins of the third issue share the reverse legend PONT MAX, perhaps to make it easy to distinguish the debased coins. One might think our rare coin is simply a reverse legend error for Otho's third issue, PONT MAX Ceres type. However, as Butcher et al. have shown, this is not the case. If CERES AVG was a simple reverse legend error, the flan would be 80% silver. This CERES AVG type was struck on second issue 90% silver flans, probably during planning for the third issue, and perhaps only for testing. The type was apparently not distributed, and was withdrawn, and melted when it was decided to debase the coinage and use the PONT MAX legend. It appears a small number were released, most likely by mistake.
4 commentsJoe Sermarini01/27/18 at 05:13Gary W2: Great wig detail!
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Roman Empire, Severina (270-275 A.D.), T-2430 (Estiot), RIC V-I 013, Siscia, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORDIAE MILITVM, -/Q//XXI, Concordia standing left, #1196 views107 Severina (270-275 A.D.), T-2430 (Estiot), RIC V-I 013, Siscia, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORDIAE MILITVM, -/Q//XXI, Concordia standing left, #1
avers:- SEVERIN-AE-AVG, Diademed, draped bust right on crescent. (E2)
revers:- CONCOR-DIAE-M-ILITVM, Concordia standing left, holding standard in each hand. (Concordia 3)
exerg: -/Q//XXI, diameter: 21,5-22,5mm, weight: 3,00g, axes: 1h,
mint: Siscia, Issue 9, ph-3, off-4, date: 274-275 A.D., ref: RIC-13, T-2430 (Estiot),
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans01/27/18 at 05:11Gary W2: Nice!
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Roman Empire, Severina (270-275 A.D.), T-3084 (Estiot), RIC V-I 018, Cyzicus, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORDIAE MILITVM, -/-//XXI, Concordia standing left, #1323 views107 Severina (270-275 A.D.), T-3084 (Estiot), RIC V-I 018, Cyzicus, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORDIAE MILITVM, -/-//XXI, Concordia standing left, #1
avers:- SEVERINA-AVG, Diademed, draped bust right on crescent. (E2)
revers:- CONCORD-IAE-M-ILITVM, Concordia standing left, holding standard in each hand. (Concordia 3)
exerg: -/-//XXI, diameter: 22mm, weight: 4,47g, axes: 11h,
mint: Cyzicus, Issue 10, ph-2, date: 275 A.D., ref: RIC-18, T-3084 (Estiot), C-7,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans01/27/18 at 05:09Gary W2: Beautiful portrait!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Maximianus, AR argenteus50 viewsTicinum
295 AD
laureate head right
MAXIMIA_NVS AVG
tetrarchs sacrificing before six-turreted enclosure
VIRTVS_MILITVM
RIC 18b; RSC 622d
2,92g
1 commentsJohny SYSEL01/27/18 at 05:07Gary W2: Great coin and toning!
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Roman Empire, Vespasian, RIC 544139 viewsVespasian, 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius, 3.16g. 21.41mm. Rome, 73 A.D.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG CENS. Laureate head of Vespasian to right.
Rev: MAXIM PONTIF. Nemesis walking to right holding caduceus over snake.
C 385, RIC 544. 
Ex: E. E. Clain-Stefanelli collection. Ex: Numismatica Ars Classica - Auction 92 Part 2, Lot 2133 May 24, 2016; Ex: Ed waddell
5 commentsorfew01/27/18 at 05:03Gary W2: Wow! This portrait even has Vespasian's double...
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Roman Empire, Constantius I. Chlorus (293-305 A.D. Caesar, 305-306 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VI 109a, -/Γ//SIS, AE-Follis, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, Genius standing left, #1340 views121 Constantius-I. Chlorus (293-305 A.D. Caesar, 305-306 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VI 109a, -/Γ//SIS, AE-Follis, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, Genius standing left, #1
avers:- CONSTANTIVS-NOB-CAES, Laureate head right.
revers:- GENIO-POP-VLI-ROMANI, Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopia.
exergo: -/Γ//SIS, diameter: 28-29mm, weight: 9,26g, axis: 11h,
mint: Siscia, date: 299 A.D., ref: RIC-VI-109a, p-467,
Q-001
6 commentsquadrans01/27/18 at 04:57Gary W2: Great coin!
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Roman Empire, Maximinus I AR denarius RIC 16111 viewsMaximinus I 'Thrax'. A.D. 235-238. AR denarius (20 mm, 2.97 g, 11 h). Rome, A.D. 236. IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Thrax right / VICTO-RI-A AVG, Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm. RIC 16; BMC 105-7; RSC 99a. Underlying luster.
1 commentsCurtis H201/27/18 at 04:51Gary W2: Great coin and reverse!
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Roman Empire, Maximinus I Thrax Sestertius246 viewsObv. MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. SALVS AVGVSTI S C, Salus seated left on throne, feeding, with her right hand, snake rising right from altar to left.
Mint: Rome, 235-238 AD.

20mm 20.18g

RIC 85, BMC 175, Cohen 92


Ex Nomos 1, 6 May 2009, 159.
Ex Bank Leu 18, 5 May 1977, 368. From the collection of Ph. S.

Salus was considered since the time of the Flavians as one of the most important ideals of the Roman Empire and embodied health and safety. Salus is here not only to express the personal health of the ruler, but also connected to the well-being of the people and a general sense of security.
Although Maximinus led successful campaigns against the Jazygen tribe and against the Dacians (title GERMANICVS), he was not particularly popular in the Senate, because he denied the Senate in Rome probably the usual voice and his rule largely based on the Rhine and Danube regions. Other reasons for the resistance in the Senate played the (historians controversial) origin of the Maximinus from Thrace and also from very simple conditions, which the nobiles did not think befitting.
In addition, his campaigns were so costly that he allegedly even had to take money from the poor and grain supply of Rome. Although he pushed forward not only military expenditure but also the development of the road network, the ruler's budgetary planning attempt to remedy the foreign policy problems of Rome through elaborate campaigns met with general misunderstanding, which was especially prevalent in the south and east of the empire, where only the increased tax pressured but the people did not notice the successes. Maximinus evidently did not understand how to efficiently promote his policy. For these reasons, it came after only three years in office to surveys against the Emperor, which ultimately led to his murder by his own troops.
7 commentskc01/27/18 at 04:49Gary W2: Great coin and toning!
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Roman Empire, City Commemorative, Urbs Roma, Follis, Trier149 viewsCommemorative Series. AD 330-354. Æ Follis (17mm, 2.61 g, 6h).
Treveri (Trier) mint, 2nd officina. Struck under Constantine I, AD 332-333. Helmeted and mantled bust of Roma left / She-wolf standing left, head right, suckling the twins Romulus and Remus; two stars above; TR•S. RIC VII 542; LRBC 65. EF, gray-brown patina.

From the collection of the MoneyMuseum, Zurich. Ex Münz Zentrum Köln 104 (6 September 2000), lot 613.
1 commentsLeo01/27/18 at 04:47Gary W2: Beautiful detail on the she-wolf!
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Roman Empire, Magnentius, The horseman attack the soldier110 viewsAE centenionalis
Ares
350-351 AD.
22mm
Bare-headed,draped and cuirassed bust rigtht. D N MAGNEN TIVS PF AVG. A behind. / Magnentius on horseback galloping right,spearing enemy,broken spear and shield below horse. Star above. GLORIA ROMANORVM
In exergue SAR[dot]
Not in RIC,Cohen,BMC.
Ex lucernae 2014
4 commentsXLi01/27/18 at 04:44Gary W2: Great detail and surfaces!
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Roman Empire, Caracalla Bimetallic Sestertius219 viewsObv. M AVR ANTONINVS PIVS FELIX AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. P M TR P XVII IMP III COS IIII P P, emperor, accompanied by two officiers, standing r. on platform, haranguing soldiers behind, standards, in ex. S C.
Mint: Rome, 214 A.D.

32mm 32.71g

RIC 525c var. (draped bust); Banti 59

Before a battle, or on parade, the emperor would address his troops in an event known as an adlocutio cohortium (address to the cohorts). This was an important opportunity for the emperor to be present among his troops and inspire morale and esprit de corps among them. A sestertius of Gaius (Caligula), issued on behalf of a donative for the Praetorian Guard, was the first to employ the adlocutio as a reverse type. Similar subsequent issues were minted to emphasize the emperor's perceived, if not actual, role as military commander. The present specimen commemorates Caracalla's victory against the Germans and his preparations for a Persian war. Caracalla idolized Alexander the Great and, as other emperors before him, wished to recreate his successes in the east. Thus, in 214 AD, after having been proclaimed "Alexander" at Philippopolis in Thrace, he assembled his troops, who had been outfitted as Macedonians, and proceeded into Asia Minor. Caracalla's ambitions were, however, hampered by his own unfit physical and mental state; over the next three years the campaign degeneratged into near-chaos and ended with Caracalla's murder.
(written by CNG, 2003)
7 commentskc01/27/18 at 04:40Gary W2: Well I was going to give it 1 star because of dirt...
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Roman Empire, Claudius Æ As RIC I 113103 viewsRoman Empire, Claudius Æ As RIC I 113Claudius. AD 41-54. Æ As (30mm, 10.37 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 42-43. TI CLAVDIVS • CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P, bare head left / LIBERTAS AVGVSTA, S C across field, Libertas, draped, standing right, holding pileus with left hand and extending right. RIC I 113; von Kaenel Type 77; BMCRE 202-5; BN 230-2.

Ex CNG, Ex Gorny & Mosch 204 (5 March 2012), lot 2102.
4 commentsCurtis H201/27/18 at 04:38Gary W2: Fantastic portrait and great reverse!
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Roman Empire, Constantine I, Follis. Constantinople (328-9) 111 viewsConstantine I. Follis. Constantinople (328-9)
Obv: CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, rosette-diademed, draped bust right
Rev: CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE, Victory seated left on cippus, looking right, holding palm branch in each hand, trophy in background, captive seated left at foot.
Officina letter B in left field. Mintmark CONS star.
RIC VII 38 (R4). EF-/EF. Very scarce.
Ex: Dattari Collection
Jesus Vico Auction 147 March 9, 2017
6 commentsorfew01/27/18 at 04:33Gary W2: Outstanding specimen!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I, Follis - RIC VII Trier132124 viewsConstantine I, AE follis, Trier. 317 AD.

IMP CONSTANTINVS AVG, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right.
SOLI INVIC-TO COMITI, Sol standing right, head left, chlamys
spread over both shoulders, holding globe and raising right
hand.

T-F across fields.
Mintmark BTR

RIC VII Trier 132.
4 commentsMarcelo Leal01/27/18 at 04:31Gary W2: Beautiful!
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Roman Empire, Domitian silver denarius72 views Silver denarius, RIC II, part 1, 788 (C2)
RSC II 293; Hunter I 92; BMCRE II p.231, bNF III 207 EF, Rome mint, weight 3.27g,
maximum diameter 19.0mm, die axis 180o, 14 SEP 95 - 13 SEP 96 CE.;
Obverse: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, laureate head right;
Reverse: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P, Minerva standing right on Columna Rostrata,
wearing helmet and aegis, brandishing javelin in right hand, shield in left hand,
owl at feet on right; rare;
Forum SH85108
3 commentsNORMAN K01/27/18 at 04:28Gary W2: Great reverse!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Domitian, Silver Denarius37 viewsStruck 95 AD, Rome mint, 19mm, 3.4g, EF, RIC II 771

OBVERSE: Laureate head of Domitian, right. IMP[ERATOR] CAES[AR] DOMIT[IAN] AVG[USTUS] GERM[ANICUS] P[ONTIFEX] M[AXIMUS] TR[IBUNICIA] P[OTESTATE] XIIII (Commander Caesar Domitian, the Revered One, Conqueror of the Germans, Highest Priest, Tribune of the People for the 14th time).

REVERSE: Goddess of wisdom and strategic warfare, Minerva, standing right on capital of rostral column, holding spear and shield, owl at foot right. IMP[ERATOR] XXII COS XVII CENS[OR] P[ERPETUUS] P[ATER] P[ATRIAE] (Imperium for the 22nd year, Consul for the 17th time, Eternal Censor, Father of the Country).
1 commentsMichael H401/27/18 at 04:26Gary W2: Very nice!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Caracalla, Silver Antoninianus65 viewsStruck 213-217 AD, Rome mint, 23mm, 6.4g, RIC IV 311c, EF

OBVERSE: Radiate head of Caracalla, bearded, draped, cuirassed, right. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG[USTUS] GER[MANICUS] (Antoninus Pius, the Revered One, Conqueror of the Germans).

REVERSE: Goddess of love, beauty, desire, sex, fertility, prosperity, and victory, Venus, draped, standing left, holding Victory in extended right hand and spear in left hand, leaning on shield set on helmet. VENUS VICTRIX (Venus Victorius).
3 commentsMichael H401/27/18 at 04:24Gary W2: Fantastic reverse detail!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Septimius Severus, Silver Denarius67 viewsStruck 203 A.D., Rome mint, 19mm, 3.4g, EF, RIC IV 189b

OBVERSE: Laureate head of Severus, bearded, right. SEVERVS PIVS AVG[USTUS] (Severus Pius, the Revered One).

REVERSE: Goddess of luck, Fortuna, seated left, holding rudder and cornucopia, wheel below seat. P[ONTIFEX] M[AXIMUS] TR[IBUNICIA] P[OTESTATE] XI COS III P[ATER] P[ATRIAE] (Highest Priest, Tribune of the People for the 11th time, Consul for the 3rd time, Father of the Country).
3 commentsMichael H401/27/18 at 04:20Gary W2: Beautiful toning!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian Dupondius 117 AD Concordia155 viewsReference.
RIC 538b; C. 260; BMC 1107; Strack 502

Obv. IMP CAES DIVI TRAIAN AVG F TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER
Radiate, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, baldric strap over shoulder and across chest, seen from front

Rev. DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS P P S C
Concordia enthroned facing left, holding patera in right hand, left elbow resting on small statue of Spes on small column, cornucopiae below throne.

12.31gr
28 mm
12h

Note.
CNG Sale 11/09.
From the Estate Collection of Dr. Richard Doty
8 commentsokidoki01/27/18 at 04:16Gary W2: Beautiful!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I, PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS97 viewsROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I
Date: C, 309 AD
Rev: PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS, Constantine standing facing, head right, holding spear and globe; T-F//PTR
Size: 26 mm
Weight: 6.69g
Ref: RIC VI 841a
4 commentsXLi01/27/18 at 04:09Gary W2: Just beautiful!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.71 viewsSilver denarius, RIC IV 250b; RSC III 501b; BMCRE VI p. 201, 875; Hunter III 74; SRCV II 7922, Choice EF, excellent portrait, superb reverse detail, small edge cracks, Rome mint, weight 2.841g, maximum diameter 20.0mm, die axis 160o, 231 - 235 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse PROVIDENTIA AVG (the foresight of the Emperor), Providentia (or Annona) standing left, grain downward in right hand over modius overflowing with grain at feet on left, cornucopia in left hand.

Annona was the goddess of harvest and her main attribute is grain. When Severus Alexander was away on his Persian and German campaigns (231-235) he continuously struck Annona types. With the legend PROVIDENTIA AVG, "The Foresight of the Emperor," he assured that, though he was away, he would be carefully monitoring Rome's grain supply!

FORVM Ancient Coins./ The Sam Mansourati Collection.
3 commentsSam01/18/18 at 15:32Sam: Thank you dear friends Alex and Canaan. I am glad ...
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.71 viewsSilver denarius, RIC IV 250b; RSC III 501b; BMCRE VI p. 201, 875; Hunter III 74; SRCV II 7922, Choice EF, excellent portrait, superb reverse detail, small edge cracks, Rome mint, weight 2.841g, maximum diameter 20.0mm, die axis 160o, 231 - 235 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse PROVIDENTIA AVG (the foresight of the Emperor), Providentia (or Annona) standing left, grain downward in right hand over modius overflowing with grain at feet on left, cornucopia in left hand.

Annona was the goddess of harvest and her main attribute is grain. When Severus Alexander was away on his Persian and German campaigns (231-235) he continuously struck Annona types. With the legend PROVIDENTIA AVG, "The Foresight of the Emperor," he assured that, though he was away, he would be carefully monitoring Rome's grain supply!

FORVM Ancient Coins./ The Sam Mansourati Collection.
3 commentsSam01/18/18 at 15:31Canaan: Great coin!!! Perfection, congrats.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.71 viewsSilver denarius, RIC IV 250b; RSC III 501b; BMCRE VI p. 201, 875; Hunter III 74; SRCV II 7922, Choice EF, excellent portrait, superb reverse detail, small edge cracks, Rome mint, weight 2.841g, maximum diameter 20.0mm, die axis 160o, 231 - 235 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse PROVIDENTIA AVG (the foresight of the Emperor), Providentia (or Annona) standing left, grain downward in right hand over modius overflowing with grain at feet on left, cornucopia in left hand.

Annona was the goddess of harvest and her main attribute is grain. When Severus Alexander was away on his Persian and German campaigns (231-235) he continuously struck Annona types. With the legend PROVIDENTIA AVG, "The Foresight of the Emperor," he assured that, though he was away, he would be carefully monitoring Rome's grain supply!

FORVM Ancient Coins./ The Sam Mansourati Collection.
3 commentsSam01/18/18 at 14:51*Alex: Great coin, lovely details. ✴✴ϫ...
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Arsakes I, 247 - 211 BC61 viewsAR dr., 4,09gr. 18mm; Sellwood 3.2, Shore 2var., Sunrise -- ;
mint: Mithradatkart/Nisa ?; axis: 12h;
obv.: beardless bust, left, w/bashlyk; lock of hair on forehead, bunch of hair in neck; earring;
rev.: archer, left, on backless throne, w/bow in right hand; one-line legend right field: APΣAKOY, letters KRNY left field;

ex: Triton XIII, ex: Todd Ballen coll., ex: Peus 376, ex: W. Derfler Collection;
A portrait of the founder of the Parthian Empire and the Arsacid dynasty.
2 commentsSchatz01/17/18 at 22:19ThatParthianGuy: Wow! A really hard issue to come by.
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Czech Republic, Morava region - Brno - V-shaped ditch of Roman temporary camp73 viewsV-shaped ditch of Roman temporary camp in Brno watching ford crosing on Svratka River in area of Marcoman tribe for while sometimes from 172 - 180 AD in time of Marcus Aurelius' Marcomannic Wars.
Dec 2017 excavated
1 commentsBohemian01/17/18 at 09:34*Alex: Interesting.
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 125-26 AD Mars, wearing crested Corinthian helmet, RPC 556846 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5568; D1271 = Staffieri; Emmett 810.10

Issue L ΔΕΚΑΤΟΥ or L ΔΕ = year 10

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ - ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑ СƐΒ
Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from rear

Rev. L ΔΕΚΑΤΟΥ
Helmeted half-length nude bust left of Mars (Ares), seen from behind, wearing crested Corinthian helmet

12.87 gr
25 mm
12h

Note.
From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Münz Zentrum 29 (27 April 1977), lot 126; Giovanni Dattari Collection, no. 1271.

In the aforementioned article by Giovanni, he compares the reverse of this coin to the statue found at Hadrian’s villa (Fig. 7 in his article).
See G.M. Staffieri, ‘Sulla testimonianza di un Ares policleteo nella monetazione imperiale alessandrina’, NAC 22 (1993), pp. 187-99, where the design is compared to the statue found at Hadrian’s villa.
3 commentsokidoki01/17/18 at 09:31*Alex: Great coin.
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 125-26 AD Mars, wearing crested Corinthian helmet, RPC 556846 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5568; D1271 = Staffieri; Emmett 810.10

Issue L ΔΕΚΑΤΟΥ or L ΔΕ = year 10

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ - ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑ СƐΒ
Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from rear

Rev. L ΔΕΚΑΤΟΥ
Helmeted half-length nude bust left of Mars (Ares), seen from behind, wearing crested Corinthian helmet

12.87 gr
25 mm
12h

Note.
From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Münz Zentrum 29 (27 April 1977), lot 126; Giovanni Dattari Collection, no. 1271.

In the aforementioned article by Giovanni, he compares the reverse of this coin to the statue found at Hadrian’s villa (Fig. 7 in his article).
See G.M. Staffieri, ‘Sulla testimonianza di un Ares policleteo nella monetazione imperiale alessandrina’, NAC 22 (1993), pp. 187-99, where the design is compared to the statue found at Hadrian’s villa.
3 commentsokidoki01/16/18 at 17:29quadrans: Beauty...
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 125-26 AD Mars, wearing crested Corinthian helmet, RPC 556846 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5568; D1271 = Staffieri; Emmett 810.10

Issue L ΔΕΚΑΤΟΥ or L ΔΕ = year 10

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ - ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑ СƐΒ
Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from rear

Rev. L ΔΕΚΑΤΟΥ
Helmeted half-length nude bust left of Mars (Ares), seen from behind, wearing crested Corinthian helmet

12.87 gr
25 mm
12h

Note.
From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Münz Zentrum 29 (27 April 1977), lot 126; Giovanni Dattari Collection, no. 1271.

In the aforementioned article by Giovanni, he compares the reverse of this coin to the statue found at Hadrian’s villa (Fig. 7 in his article).
See G.M. Staffieri, ‘Sulla testimonianza di un Ares policleteo nella monetazione imperiale alessandrina’, NAC 22 (1993), pp. 187-99, where the design is compared to the statue found at Hadrian’s villa.
3 commentsokidoki01/16/18 at 15:42Jay GT4: Very attractive
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ΘY (monogram of)207 viewsLYDIA. Thyatira. Severus Alexander. Æ 20. A.D. 222-235. Obv: AΛEΞ(A)N-ΔPOC. Laureate bust right; countermark on head. Rev: ΘVAT-E-IPHN. Tyche standing left, holding rudder and cornucopia. Ref: BMC -; SNG von Aulock -; SNG Cop -; Lindgren -.Axis: 180°. Weight: 3.76 g. CM: Monogram of Θ and Y, in circular punch, 5 mm. Howgego 617 (11 pcs). Note: Undoubtedly the countermark refers to the city of Thyatira where the host coin was issued. Collection Automan.1 commentsAutoman01/06/18 at 20:47helvetica: Kraft pl. 44.46b; John Aiello coll. int. no. 683
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Roman Empire, Probus Antoninianus 276-282 CE RIC 809 var. 85 viewsObverse - IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG. Radiate bust left, wearing Imperial mantle and holding eagle tipped scepter.
Reverse - VIRTVS AVGVSTIN. Probus on horseback right, riding over fallen enemy and spearing kneeling enemy before him with arms raised.
Mintmark XXIB Sisica mint with unlisted officinal (B)
21 mm diam., 4.2 g
3 commentsNORMAN K01/05/18 at 20:23NORMAN K: Sadly I have to admit that I have sold this coin. ...
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BYZANTINE, Basil I the Macedonian with Constantine (AD 867-886)95 viewsAR Miliaresion Constantinople
AD 868-879
3.01 grams
Sear 1708
Obv.: IhSUS XRISTUS NICA, cross potent on three steps, globe beneath, triple border
Rev.: +bASI/ LIOS CE/ CONSTAN/ TIN' PISTV/ bASILIS/ ROMEO' in six lines, triple border
1 commentsRichard M1001/05/18 at 11:18rexesq: Wow, gorgeous example!! 5*'s!
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BYZANTINE, Anonymous Half-Siliqua, Struck at Constantinople (c.530AD), Bendall Type 8c160 viewsObverse: Helmeted and draped bust of Constantinople facing right.
Reverse: Large K in a pearl border.

S. Bendall made an attempt at the classification and chronology of these types. He accepted the general conclusion that the oldest issues, of very fine style, were struck during the inauguration of the new capital of the empire on May 11th, A.D.330. Bendall, having analyzed the changes in style, suggested that some issues were struck on the anniversaries of the founding of Constantinople in A.D.430 and A.D.530, and that other variants might have been issued during the reign of Justinian I to celebrate the reconquest of Italy.

Atelier : Constantinople (Istanbul en Turquie) - Ref : Bendall Type 8c - Sommer 7.109 (Maurice), Tolstoï 28, 612 - Rare
0,80 g / 13-15 mm - Etat presque Extremely Fine
3 commentséRIC_FR01/05/18 at 11:18rexesq: Very intetesting! Beautiful coin!
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BYZANTINE, Alexius 1 Comnenus, A.D.1081 - 1118, AV Hyperpyron218 viewsObv: Christ enthroned facing on square-backed throne, raising right hand in benediction.
Rev: Alexius standing facing, holding labarum and globus cruciger.
Sear 1924/25 (Thessalonika)
1 commentsgoldcoin01/05/18 at 11:13rexesq: Stunning example....beautiful!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian Dupondius 117 AD Concordia155 viewsReference.
RIC 538b; C. 260; BMC 1107; Strack 502

Obv. IMP CAES DIVI TRAIAN AVG F TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER
Radiate, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, baldric strap over shoulder and across chest, seen from front

Rev. DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS P P S C
Concordia enthroned facing left, holding patera in right hand, left elbow resting on small statue of Spes on small column, cornucopiae below throne.

12.31gr
28 mm
12h

Note.
CNG Sale 11/09.
From the Estate Collection of Dr. Richard Doty
8 commentsokidoki01/01/18 at 01:18Jay GT4: Great coin!
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Mithradates II, ca. 123 - 88 BC, or Gotarzes I, 91 - 87 BC67 viewsAR dr., 4,04gr, 20,6mm;
Sellw. 29.2, Shore 103, Sunrise - ;
mint: Ekbatana, axis: 12h;
obv.: floating bust, left, w/tiara, diadem, knot, and 2 ribbons; tiara w/3 rows of pellets and 1 row of ∼ enclosing an 8-point star, long earflap; mustache, long tapering beard; earring, multi-turn torque w/pellet finial; cuirass; dotted border 5:30 to 8h;
rev.: slight incuse left; archer w/bow, right, on throne; exergual line; 6-line legend: BΛΣIΛEΩΣ BΛΣIΛEΩN APΣAKoY ΔIKΛIoY EVEPΓEToY KΛIΦIΛEΛΛΗN.

1 commentsSchatz12/30/17 at 23:19museumguy: Very nice detailed portrait!
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Arsakes I, 247 - 211 BC61 viewsAR dr., 4,09gr. 18mm; Sellwood 3.2, Shore 2var., Sunrise -- ;
mint: Mithradatkart/Nisa ?; axis: 12h;
obv.: beardless bust, left, w/bashlyk; lock of hair on forehead, bunch of hair in neck; earring;
rev.: archer, left, on backless throne, w/bow in right hand; one-line legend right field: APΣAKOY, letters KRNY left field;

ex: Triton XIII, ex: Todd Ballen coll., ex: Peus 376, ex: W. Derfler Collection;
A portrait of the founder of the Parthian Empire and the Arsacid dynasty.
2 commentsSchatz12/30/17 at 23:17museumguy: Wow!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian Dupondius 117 AD Concordia155 viewsReference.
RIC 538b; C. 260; BMC 1107; Strack 502

Obv. IMP CAES DIVI TRAIAN AVG F TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER
Radiate, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, baldric strap over shoulder and across chest, seen from front

Rev. DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS P P S C
Concordia enthroned facing left, holding patera in right hand, left elbow resting on small statue of Spes on small column, cornucopiae below throne.

12.31gr
28 mm
12h

Note.
CNG Sale 11/09.
From the Estate Collection of Dr. Richard Doty
8 commentsokidoki12/30/17 at 20:38Sam: Really nice .
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Unknown King, 80 - 70 BC 87 viewsAR tdr., 15,85gr, 29,5mm; Sellwood 30.7, Shore 130 (Orodes I.), Sunrise 313 (Arsakes XVI.);
mint; Seleukia, axis: 13h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/diadem, knot and 2 broad ribbons; hair medium long in 4 waves; mustache w/turned-up ends, short beard; torque w/single pellet finial; cuirass; complete dotted border;
rev.: archer, right, w/bow in right hand; above bow a monogram consisting of K in a circle; 7-line legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOV APΣAKOV (Θ)EOΠATOPOΣ EVERΓETOV EΠIΦANOVΣ ΦIΛEΛΛΗNOΣ; exergual line.

3 commentsSchatz12/29/17 at 10:05quadrans: ohh, gorgeous coin
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Mithradates II, ca. 123 - 88 BC75 viewsAR dr., 4,18gr, 20,45mm;
Sellw. 28.3, Shore 97, Sunrise 299;
mint: Ekbatana, axis: 12h;
obv.: bust, left, w/tiara and diadem, knot and 2 ribbons; mustache, long tapering beard; tiara w/earflap and 3 rows of pellets enclosing a six-pointed star; earring, multi-turn torque w/2-pellet finial; cuirass;
rev.: archer, right, on throne, w/bow in 1 hand; exergual line; 5-line legend forming a square: BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN MEΓAΛoY APΣAKoY EΠIΦANoYΣ;
an impressive portrait of the aging king.

ex: Nisa Collection.
3 commentsSchatz12/29/17 at 10:04quadrans: Beauty...
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Mithradates II, ca.123-88 BC79 viewsAR dr., 4,09gr, 21,2mm; Sellwood 24.10, Shore 70, Sunrise --;
mint: Ekbatana or Rhagai, axis 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/diadem, knot and 2 ribbons; short cap-like hair, mustache, medium-long beard; earring, torque w/griffin or horse finial; dotted border 9 to 14h;
rev.: archer, right, on omphalos, w/bow in right hand; 4-line legend beginning on left and forming square: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛoY APΣAKoY EΠIΦANoY(Σ); exergual line;
iridescent "rainbow" tone;
a portrait of the young king who was probably the greatest of the Parthian rulers.
3 commentsSchatz12/29/17 at 10:03quadrans: Ohh, It is great...
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Mithradates II, ca.123-88 BC79 viewsAR dr., 4,09gr, 21,2mm; Sellwood 24.10, Shore 70, Sunrise --;
mint: Ekbatana or Rhagai, axis 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/diadem, knot and 2 ribbons; short cap-like hair, mustache, medium-long beard; earring, torque w/griffin or horse finial; dotted border 9 to 14h;
rev.: archer, right, on omphalos, w/bow in right hand; 4-line legend beginning on left and forming square: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛoY APΣAKoY EΠIΦANoY(Σ); exergual line;
iridescent "rainbow" tone;
a portrait of the young king who was probably the greatest of the Parthian rulers.
3 commentsSchatz12/27/17 at 13:36*Alex: Beautiful coin, great portrait.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Vitellius, sestertius, RIC 141204 viewsÆ sestertius (25.02g, 36mm, 6h). Rome, AD 69.
Obv.: A VITELLIVS GERMAN IMP AVG P M TR P, laureate draped bust right.
Rev.: S C, Mars, helmeted, naked, cloak over left shoulder, advancing right with spear and legionary standard.
RIC 141 (R); BMC 58; Cohen 79 (80 fr.); RCV 2208
Ex Edgar L. Owen, Andover, NJ, 1997
8 commentsCharles S12/26/17 at 23:39imperator: wow
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Mithradates II, ca. 123 - 88 BC75 viewsAR dr., 4,18gr, 20,45mm;
Sellw. 28.3, Shore 97, Sunrise 299;
mint: Ekbatana, axis: 12h;
obv.: bust, left, w/tiara and diadem, knot and 2 ribbons; mustache, long tapering beard; tiara w/earflap and 3 rows of pellets enclosing a six-pointed star; earring, multi-turn torque w/2-pellet finial; cuirass;
rev.: archer, right, on throne, w/bow in 1 hand; exergual line; 5-line legend forming a square: BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN MEΓAΛoY APΣAKoY EΠIΦANoYΣ;
an impressive portrait of the aging king.

ex: Nisa Collection.
3 commentsSchatz12/26/17 at 16:28Jay GT4: Love these portraits
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Mithradates II, ca.123-88 BC79 viewsAR dr., 4,09gr, 21,2mm; Sellwood 24.10, Shore 70, Sunrise --;
mint: Ekbatana or Rhagai, axis 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/diadem, knot and 2 ribbons; short cap-like hair, mustache, medium-long beard; earring, torque w/griffin or horse finial; dotted border 9 to 14h;
rev.: archer, right, on omphalos, w/bow in right hand; 4-line legend beginning on left and forming square: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛoY APΣAKoY EΠIΦANoY(Σ); exergual line;
iridescent "rainbow" tone;
a portrait of the young king who was probably the greatest of the Parthian rulers.
3 commentsSchatz12/26/17 at 16:26Jay GT4: Amazing coin and great toning!
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Mithradates II, ca. 123 - 88 BC75 viewsAR dr., 4,18gr, 20,45mm;
Sellw. 28.3, Shore 97, Sunrise 299;
mint: Ekbatana, axis: 12h;
obv.: bust, left, w/tiara and diadem, knot and 2 ribbons; mustache, long tapering beard; tiara w/earflap and 3 rows of pellets enclosing a six-pointed star; earring, multi-turn torque w/2-pellet finial; cuirass;
rev.: archer, right, on throne, w/bow in 1 hand; exergual line; 5-line legend forming a square: BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN MEΓAΛoY APΣAKoY EΠIΦANoYΣ;
an impressive portrait of the aging king.

ex: Nisa Collection.
3 commentsSchatz12/26/17 at 15:41EB: Very nice!
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Unknown King, 80 - 70 BC66 viewsAR tdr., 15,82gr., 28,2mm;
Sellw. 30.4, Sh --, Sunrise 312 (this coin; Arsakes XVI., 78/77 - 62/61 BC;
mint: Seleukia, axis: 12H;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/diadem, knot, and ribbon; medium h-long hair in 4 waves, mustache, short beard; cuirass; dotted border 18:30 - 13h; young face;
rev: archer, right, on throne, w/bow; monogr. above bow; 7-line legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY APΣAKOY (ΘEO)ΠATOPOΣ (EY)EPΓETOY EΠIΦANOYΣ ΦIΛEΛΛHNO(Σ);

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

A Sunrise plate coin, also in: Parthika.fr, Les Différents Types.
2 commentsSchatz12/25/17 at 15:53*Alex: Great portrait!
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Unknown King, 80 - 70 BC82 viewsAR tdr., 15,65gr, 29,2mm; Sellwood 30.2, Shore --, Sunrise 311 (Arsakes XVI. 78/77-62/1);
Mint: Seleukia, axis: 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/ diadem, knot and 1 broad ribbon; mustache, medium-long hair in 3 waves; torque w/single pellet finial; cuirass; dotted border 8-15:30h;
rev.: archer, right, on throne, w/bow in right hand; composite monogram above bow; 7-line legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY APΣAKOY ΘEOΠATOPOΣ EYEPΓETOY EΠIΦANOYΣ ΦIΛEΛΛΗNOΣ; exergual line;
3 commentsSchatz12/25/17 at 06:24Pharsalos: Gorgeous tetradrachm.
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Unknown King, 80 - 70 BC 87 viewsAR tdr., 15,85gr, 29,5mm; Sellwood 30.7, Shore 130 (Orodes I.), Sunrise 313 (Arsakes XVI.);
mint; Seleukia, axis: 13h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/diadem, knot and 2 broad ribbons; hair medium long in 4 waves; mustache w/turned-up ends, short beard; torque w/single pellet finial; cuirass; complete dotted border;
rev.: archer, right, w/bow in right hand; above bow a monogram consisting of K in a circle; 7-line legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOV APΣAKOV (Θ)EOΠATOPOΣ EVERΓETOV EΠIΦANOVΣ ΦIΛEΛΛΗNOΣ; exergual line.

3 commentsSchatz12/25/17 at 06:22Pharsalos: Breathtaking, utterly amazing strike and style!
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Unknown King, 80 - 70 BC66 viewsAR tdr., 15,82gr., 28,2mm;
Sellw. 30.4, Sh --, Sunrise 312 (this coin; Arsakes XVI., 78/77 - 62/61 BC;
mint: Seleukia, axis: 12H;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/diadem, knot, and ribbon; medium h-long hair in 4 waves, mustache, short beard; cuirass; dotted border 18:30 - 13h; young face;
rev: archer, right, on throne, w/bow; monogr. above bow; 7-line legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY APΣAKOY (ΘEO)ΠATOPOΣ (EY)EPΓETOY EΠIΦANOYΣ ΦIΛEΛΛHNO(Σ);

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

A Sunrise plate coin, also in: Parthika.fr, Les Différents Types.
2 commentsSchatz12/25/17 at 06:17Pharsalos: Amazing coin, wonderful portrait!
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Mithradates II, AR drachm110 viewsEcbatana
119-109 BC
bearded diademed bust left
archer without beard, with cloak and bashlyk seated on throne, holding bow
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ
Sellwood 26.1; Shore 77
2 commentsJohny SYSEL12/24/17 at 12:14Schatz: Absolutely beautiful and in top condition!
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Unknown King, 80 - 70 BC82 viewsAR tdr., 15,65gr, 29,2mm; Sellwood 30.2, Shore --, Sunrise 311 (Arsakes XVI. 78/77-62/1);
Mint: Seleukia, axis: 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/ diadem, knot and 1 broad ribbon; mustache, medium-long hair in 3 waves; torque w/single pellet finial; cuirass; dotted border 8-15:30h;
rev.: archer, right, on throne, w/bow in right hand; composite monogram above bow; 7-line legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY APΣAKOY ΘEOΠATOPOΣ EYEPΓETOY EΠIΦANOYΣ ΦIΛEΛΛΗNOΣ; exergual line;
3 commentsSchatz12/22/17 at 23:33Robert L3: Outstanding!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian, Silver Denarius37 viewsStruck 134-138 AD, Rome mint, 19mm, 3.3g, aEF, RIC II 345

OBVERSE: Laureate head of Hadrian, bearded, right. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P[ATER] P[ATRIAE] (Hadrian, the Revered One, Father of the Country).

REVERSE: Goddess of victory, Victoria, draped, seated left on low chair, holding up wreath in right hand and palm in left. COS III (Consul for the 3rd time).
1 commentsMichael H412/20/17 at 16:35okidoki: Looks eastern
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Unknown King, 80 - 70 BC 87 viewsAR tdr., 15,85gr, 29,5mm; Sellwood 30.7, Shore 130 (Orodes I.), Sunrise 313 (Arsakes XVI.);
mint; Seleukia, axis: 13h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/diadem, knot and 2 broad ribbons; hair medium long in 4 waves; mustache w/turned-up ends, short beard; torque w/single pellet finial; cuirass; complete dotted border;
rev.: archer, right, w/bow in right hand; above bow a monogram consisting of K in a circle; 7-line legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOV APΣAKOV (Θ)EOΠATOPOΣ EVERΓETOV EΠIΦANOVΣ ΦIΛEΛΛΗNOΣ; exergual line.

3 commentsSchatz12/20/17 at 16:20okidoki: wonderful
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I, Follis - RIC VII Trier132124 viewsConstantine I, AE follis, Trier. 317 AD.

IMP CONSTANTINVS AVG, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right.
SOLI INVIC-TO COMITI, Sol standing right, head left, chlamys
spread over both shoulders, holding globe and raising right
hand.

T-F across fields.
Mintmark BTR

RIC VII Trier 132.
4 commentsMarcelo Leal12/20/17 at 16:19okidoki: stunning
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Iran, Naqsh-e-Rajab, Fars Province64 viewsThe investiture of Ardashir I (left) by Ahura Mazda2 commentsSchatz12/19/17 at 22:21museumguy: Stunning!
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Iran, Naqsh-e-Rajab, Fars Province64 viewsThe investiture of Ardashir I (left) by Ahura Mazda2 commentsSchatz12/19/17 at 21:02Jay GT4: Great shot
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Iran, Ardashir I, 224 - 242 AD65 viewsThe investiture of the first Sasanian king, Ardashir I, by Ahura Mazda (left), a rock relief in Naqsh-e-Rostam north of Persepolis.1 commentsSchatz12/19/17 at 18:50quadrans: Great place..with a nice relief...
Mysia_Priapos_Apollo_Crab_Krebs_Q-001_7h,_11_mm,_1,37_g-s.jpg
Greek, Mysia, Priapos, (300-200 B.C.), AE-11, SNG von Aulock 7526, A above, ΠΡI below, Crab.192 viewsMysia, Priapos, (300-200 B.C.), AE-11, SNG von Aulock 7526, A above, ΠΡI below, Crab.
avers: Laureate head of Apollo right.
revers: A above, ΠΡI below, Crab.
exerg:-/-//--, diameter: 11,0mm, weight: 1,34g, axes:7h,
mint: Mysia, Pergamon,
date: 300-200 B.C., ref: SNG von Aulock 7526, Winterthur 2680.,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans12/17/17 at 03:45Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian, Egypt, Alexandria, Drachm 129-30 AD Two Dioscuri standing, RPC 5741 63 viewsReference.
RPC 5741.8 (this coin). Dattari-Savio Pl. 80, 1685 (this coin); Emmett

Issue L IΔ = year 14

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ - ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑ СƐΒ
Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from rear

Rev. L ΙΔ
two Dioscuri (nude) standing facing, holding spears; above, stars; behind, horses; above, crescent

27.46 gr
35 mm
h

Note.
From the Dattari collection. Illustrated in Dattari.
1 commentsokidoki12/07/17 at 17:51Jay GT4: Great provenance!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, PROBUS. Silvered AE Antoninianus of Rome. Struck A.D.276 - 282.38 viewsObverse: IMP PROBVS P F AVG. Radiate and cuirassed bust of Probus facing right.
Reverse: IOVI CONS PROB AVG. Jupiter standing facing left, holding thunderbolt in right hand and sceptre in left. In exergue, R B.
RIC Vii : 173
SCARCE
1 comments*Alex12/07/17 at 11:13XLi: Very nice Probus series!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, PROBUS. Silvered AE Antoninianus of Rome. Struck A.D.276 - 282. 43 viewsObverse: IMP PROBVS P F AVG. Radiate bust of Probus, wearing imperial mantle and holding eagle tipped sceptre, facing left.
Reverse: SOLI INVICTO. Radiate Sol in quadriga galloping left; in exergue, R Γ.
RIC V ii : 200
Scarce.
1 comments*Alex12/07/17 at 05:25Canaan: Perfect!!!
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, MACRINUS, Mysia, Parium56 viewsParium. Macrinus (217-218).
Ae.
22mm // 5,86g.
Obv: IMP C M OPE SEV MACRINVS.
Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: C G I H P.
Capricorn right, with globe between hooves and cornucopia over shoulder.
BMC 111.
2 commentsXLi12/04/17 at 16:20okidoki: very nice
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Iran, The Anahita temple in Kangavar (Kermanshahr)64 viewsI found a coin in this location, unfortunately not a Parthian or Sasanian drachm, but a rusty Byzantine bronze follis from the 11th cent. AD. The Silk Road was everywhere!
1 commentsSchatz12/03/17 at 17:32quadrans: Nice place..
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Iran, Pasargadae (Fars province)61 viewsPart of one of Kyros’ two royal palaces, the audience hall.
Sections of massive columns and a relief showing a bull being led by a guard. The 2 square covered structures in the center may have been put up later as protection for exposed column bases.
1 commentsSchatz12/03/17 at 17:18quadrans: nice..
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, MACRINUS, Mysia, Parium56 viewsParium. Macrinus (217-218).
Ae.
22mm // 5,86g.
Obv: IMP C M OPE SEV MACRINVS.
Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: C G I H P.
Capricorn right, with globe between hooves and cornucopia over shoulder.
BMC 111.
2 commentsXLi12/03/17 at 15:32*Alex: Nice coin
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, CARACALLA, THRACE. Hadrianopolis. AE Unit92 viewsTHRACE. Hadrianopolis.
Caracalla. 198-217 AD.
AE Unit (3.52 gm; 17 mm).
Laureate head right / Eros on dolphin right.
Youroukova 386 var. (unlisted dies); SNG Copenhagen -; BMC Thrace pg. 119, 22.
3 commentsXLi12/03/17 at 15:31*Alex: Great reverse.
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, CARACALLA, THRACE. Hadrianopolis. AE Unit92 viewsTHRACE. Hadrianopolis.
Caracalla. 198-217 AD.
AE Unit (3.52 gm; 17 mm).
Laureate head right / Eros on dolphin right.
Youroukova 386 var. (unlisted dies); SNG Copenhagen -; BMC Thrace pg. 119, 22.
3 commentsXLi12/01/17 at 10:54Canaan: A very nice theme and great reverse
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, CARACALLA, THRACE. Hadrianopolis. AE Unit92 viewsTHRACE. Hadrianopolis.
Caracalla. 198-217 AD.
AE Unit (3.52 gm; 17 mm).
Laureate head right / Eros on dolphin right.
Youroukova 386 var. (unlisted dies); SNG Copenhagen -; BMC Thrace pg. 119, 22.
3 commentsXLi11/30/17 at 15:23quadrans: Nice portrait and dolphin..
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MUSA, Parthia: Phraatakes and Musa, 2 BC to $ AD81 viewsBI tdr., 12,56gr, 28,1mm; Sellwood 58.1var.(month), Shore 323, Sunrise 403var.;
mint: Seleukia; axis: 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, 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;

ex: The New York Sale XXXIV (2014)

The Italian slave girl Musa came to Parthia as part of a peace deal between the Emperor Augustus and King Phraates IV in 20 BC. She bore him a son, Phraatakes, and soon rose in his favor from concubine to queen. To rid herself of competition she persuaded the king to send his other sons to Rome for safety. In 2 BC she and her son poisoned Phraates IV, and Phraatakes became king. Much to the shock of the Romans and Greeks, she proceded to marry her son and became co-ruler but the blissful arrangement lasted only six years. The disgusted Parthian nobility deposed the couple in 4 AD. Phraatakes escaped to Syria were he died soon after. Musa was never heard of again.
2 commentsSchatz11/27/17 at 03:56Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
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MUSA, Parthia: Phraatakes and Musa, 2 BC to $ AD81 viewsBI tdr., 12,56gr, 28,1mm; Sellwood 58.1var.(month), Shore 323, Sunrise 403var.;
mint: Seleukia; axis: 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, 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;

ex: The New York Sale XXXIV (2014)

The Italian slave girl Musa came to Parthia as part of a peace deal between the Emperor Augustus and King Phraates IV in 20 BC. She bore him a son, Phraatakes, and soon rose in his favor from concubine to queen. To rid herself of competition she persuaded the king to send his other sons to Rome for safety. In 2 BC she and her son poisoned Phraates IV, and Phraatakes became king. Much to the shock of the Romans and Greeks, she proceded to marry her son and became co-ruler but the blissful arrangement lasted only six years. The disgusted Parthian nobility deposed the couple in 4 AD. Phraatakes escaped to Syria were he died soon after. Musa was never heard of again.
2 commentsSchatz11/26/17 at 19:09quadrans: Nice pice
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Galba, AR Denarius75 viewsGALBA, A.D. 68-69. AR Denarius
(3.38 gms),
Rome Mint, ca. A.D. July 68-January 69..
Obv: "IMP SER GALBA CAESAR AVG PM" Laureate bust of Galba facing right;
Rev:: Virtus standing facing, holding parazonium upwards and leaning on vertical spear.
NGC Ch F, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5.
RIC-236
Provenance: From the Graywood Collection.
Coin depicted in the Wildwinds.com database.
3 commentsorfew11/25/17 at 04:10Randygeki(h2): A neat portrait
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Byzantine, Leo V and Constantine 813-820 AD, AE Follis, SBCV - 163567 viewsOBV Facing Busts of Leo on l. and Constantine

REV Λ K ( Initials of Leon and Konstantine ) Cross above

3.86gm and 22.4mm

Ex Forum Coin
1 commentsSimon11/24/17 at 16:34*Alex: Great coin. Five stars.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Galba, AR Denarius75 viewsGALBA, A.D. 68-69. AR Denarius
(3.38 gms),
Rome Mint, ca. A.D. July 68-January 69..
Obv: "IMP SER GALBA CAESAR AVG PM" Laureate bust of Galba facing right;
Rev:: Virtus standing facing, holding parazonium upwards and leaning on vertical spear.
NGC Ch F, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5.
RIC-236
Provenance: From the Graywood Collection.
Coin depicted in the Wildwinds.com database.
3 commentsorfew11/23/17 at 20:15Jay GT4: Great portrait!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Galba, AR Denarius75 viewsGALBA, A.D. 68-69. AR Denarius
(3.38 gms),
Rome Mint, ca. A.D. July 68-January 69..
Obv: "IMP SER GALBA CAESAR AVG PM" Laureate bust of Galba facing right;
Rev:: Virtus standing facing, holding parazonium upwards and leaning on vertical spear.
NGC Ch F, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5.
RIC-236
Provenance: From the Graywood Collection.
Coin depicted in the Wildwinds.com database.
3 commentsorfew11/23/17 at 12:07Canaan: What a mighty face of Galba, very nice coin congra...
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Roman Empire, Magnentius80 viewsCentenionalis
22mm
Obv.: D N MAGNENTIVS PF AVG, draped and cuirassed bust right. A behind
Rev.: GLORIA ROMANORVM, Magnentius on horseback right, thrusting spear at man kneeling; TRS crescent.
RIC 271
Ex lodge-hill 2017
3 commentsXLi11/22/17 at 12:37*Alex: You need to do your other Magnentius too.
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Roman Empire, Magnentius80 viewsCentenionalis
22mm
Obv.: D N MAGNENTIVS PF AVG, draped and cuirassed bust right. A behind
Rev.: GLORIA ROMANORVM, Magnentius on horseback right, thrusting spear at man kneeling; TRS crescent.
RIC 271
Ex lodge-hill 2017
3 commentsXLi11/22/17 at 09:45XLi: *Alex,thanks for your reminding.
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Roman Empire, Magnentius80 viewsCentenionalis
22mm
Obv.: D N MAGNENTIVS PF AVG, draped and cuirassed bust right. A behind
Rev.: GLORIA ROMANORVM, Magnentius on horseback right, thrusting spear at man kneeling; TRS crescent.
RIC 271
Ex lodge-hill 2017
3 commentsXLi11/21/17 at 16:02*Alex: Nice coin XLi, but with such a basic attribution y...
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Gallienus, Alexandria82 viewsBI tetradrachm
29 Aug 267 - 28 Aug 268
laureate, cuirassed bust right, draped shoulder
AVT K Π ΛIK ΓAΛΛIHNOC CEB
Athene seated on cuirass left, wearing helmet, holding scepter and Nike with wreath and palmbranch
IE / L
Geißen: 2946, Dattari: 5232
1 commentsJohny SYSEL11/21/17 at 10:29Jay GT4: Exceptional
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantius II - AE2 - RIC VIII Nicomedia 086153 viewsAE2
Obv:– D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev:– FEL TEMP R-EPARATIO, Helmeted soldier left, shield on left arm, spearing falling horseman; shield at ground to right. Horseman turns to face the soldier, and reaches his left arm up towards him. He wears a Phrygian hemlet
Minted in Nicomedia (Gamma | _ // Dot SMN Gamma).
Reference:– RIC VIII Nicomedia 86
2 commentsmaridvnvm11/20/17 at 10:45Steve P: sweet coin, Martin (congrats)
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Titus AE23 Antioch224 viewsObv.
T CAES IMP TR POT
Laureate head right

Rev.
SC
SC in Wreath

Ex-Richard McAlee Collection, The Coins of Roman Antioch Plate Coin
4 commentsancientdave11/19/17 at 20:57socalcoins: Beautiful!!
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BYZANTINE, ISAAC II AE Tetarteron S-2005 DOC5586 viewsFacing bust of the Archangel Michael beardless and nimbate, wearing loros and holding sceptre with trifoil device. and gl.cr. Rev Bust of Isaac facing wearing crown and loros and holding cruiciform sceptre and akakia. 21mm Nice Very Fine! **** Note the trifoil device that Archangel Michael holds.***** DOC 5a.1 2 commentsSimon11/19/17 at 19:15okidoki: great looking Simon
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Roman Empire, Constantius II88 viewsCa. 348-350 AD.
SMNS
RIC 82
Ex Lanz 2017
3 commentsXLi11/19/17 at 12:03okidoki: excellent
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I, PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS97 viewsROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I
Date: C, 309 AD
Rev: PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS, Constantine standing facing, head right, holding spear and globe; T-F//PTR
Size: 26 mm
Weight: 6.69g
Ref: RIC VI 841a
4 commentsXLi11/18/17 at 22:20NORMAN K: amazing coin great strike
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Roman Empire, Constantius II88 viewsCa. 348-350 AD.
SMNS
RIC 82
Ex Lanz 2017
3 commentsXLi11/18/17 at 14:16Callimachus: Beautiful coin !
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I, PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS97 viewsROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I
Date: C, 309 AD
Rev: PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS, Constantine standing facing, head right, holding spear and globe; T-F//PTR
Size: 26 mm
Weight: 6.69g
Ref: RIC VI 841a
4 commentsXLi11/17/17 at 20:23Jay GT4: Fantastic
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I, PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS97 viewsROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I
Date: C, 309 AD
Rev: PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS, Constantine standing facing, head right, holding spear and globe; T-F//PTR
Size: 26 mm
Weight: 6.69g
Ref: RIC VI 841a
4 commentsXLi11/17/17 at 19:27Callimachus: nice coin.
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BYZANTINE, Phocas & Leontia, AE Follis, Struck c.A.D.602-603 at Antioch371 viewsObv: D(retrograde) N FOCA NE PE AV. Standing figures of Phocas on left, holding cross on globe and Leontia, nimbate, on right, holding sceptre topped by cross; cross between their heads.
Rev: Large Langobardian M, ANNO to left,cross above, numeral representing the regnal year to right (Year 1 on this coin). In exergue, THEuP', the mintmark for Theupolis (Antioch).
Sear 671
7 commentsLaetvs11/13/17 at 22:22Simon: Best depiction of Phocas and Mrs. I have ever seen...
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Roman Empire, Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor 128 AD Hadrian standing 1441A68 viewsReference.
unpublished; RPC III, 1441var. on reverse legend; RIC 532 var.; C. 576 var. (Augustus); Metcalf, Cistophori of Hadrian 92 var.

Person Augustus (under Hadrian) (Divus)

Obv. IMP CAESAR AVGVSTVS
Head of Augustus r.

Rev. HADRIANVS AVGGVSTVS REN (sic)
Hadrian togate standing half-left, holding grain stalk in right and roll in left in toga.

9.89 gr

RPC new number 1441A
1 commentsokidoki11/04/17 at 03:10Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
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Byzantine, JOHN II, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1945 DOC 12 CLBC 3.4.1 242 views
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. hand gl. cr.

Size 21mm

Weight 4.03.gm

6 commentsSimon10/29/17 at 21:07wileyc: Remarkable coin, thanks for sharing
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Byzantine, JOHN II, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1945 DOC 12 CLBC 3.4.1 242 views
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. hand gl. cr.

Size 21mm

Weight 4.03.gm

6 commentsSimon10/29/17 at 11:18*Alex: Great coin.
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Byzantine, JOHN II, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1945 DOC 12 CLBC 3.4.1 242 views
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. hand gl. cr.

Size 21mm

Weight 4.03.gm

6 commentsSimon10/29/17 at 01:22ickster: Nicely centred! Congrats.
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BYZANTINE, ALEXIUS I, AE TETARTERON S-1929 DOC 38 CLBC 2.4.5213 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV. Bust facing wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 19.11mm

Weight 2.6gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver.

DOC lists 9 examples with weight s running from 1.82gm to 5.10gm and size from 18mm to 22mm

I have numerous examples of this coin, this is by far the most attractive I have ever seen and it is one of the highlights of my collection.

1 commentsSimon10/29/17 at 01:21ickster: I love earthen/sand highlighting. Nice coin.
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Roman Empire, Otho, Denarius CERES AVG 112 viewsSH79667. Silver denarius, Muona Otho 10b; Butcher-Ponting-Muona 6; ANSCD 1958.217.1; BnF III 1; RIC I 1 (7 spec. known, all minted with the same die-pair), Nice VF, the best portrait and most attractive of the seven known specimens, light rose toning, a few light marks and spots of porosity, Rome mint, weight 3.272g, maximum diameter 17.5mm, die axis 180o, 9 Mar - 17 Apr 69 A.D.; obverse IMP OTHO CAESAR AVG TRP, bare head right; reverse CERES AVG, Ceres standing left, grain-ears raised in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; from the Jyrki Muona Collection

This is the rarest Otho denarius type and one of the rarest 1st century Roman denarii. Only two museums, Paris and ANS, hold examples. A further specimen was found in archeological context in Denmark in 1990s. Besides these, four additional specimens are known. This coin has the best portrait and is clearly the most attractive of the seven known. Jyrki Muona obtained it in 2002 at the NYINC from Glenn Woods.

Otho minted three separate issues. The first and second issues followed Galba's standard of 90% silver. Otho's third issue was debased to 80% silver. All coins of the third issue share the reverse legend PONT MAX, perhaps to make it easy to distinguish the debased coins. One might think our rare coin is simply a reverse legend error for Otho's third issue, PONT MAX Ceres type. However, as Butcher et al. have shown, this is not the case. If CERES AVG was a simple reverse legend error, the flan would be 80% silver. This CERES AVG type was struck on second issue 90% silver flans, probably during planning for the third issue, and perhaps only for testing. The type was apparently not distributed, and was withdrawn, and melted when it was decided to debase the coinage and use the PONT MAX legend. It appears a small number were released, most likely by mistake.
4 commentsJoe Sermarini10/27/17 at 17:05imperator: beauty
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Julia Domna- Diana Lucifera Laodicea Mint RIC 638122 viewsROMAN EMPIRE, Julia Domna- Diana Lucifera Laodicea Mint RIC 638
Obv: IVLIA AVGVSTA
Julia Domna draped, right
Rev: DIANA LVCIFERA
Diana holding torch with crescent at her shoulders.

Laodicea Mint
RIC 638. BMCRE 277, 598. RSC 27a. RCV 6578

3 commentsdougsmit10/25/17 at 10:42Alexey I: Amazing coin!!!
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Roman Empire, Nepotianus, AE Centenionalis47 viewsCentenionalis

Laurel & rosette-diademed, draped & cuirassed bust, right, FL NEP CONSTANTINVS AVG
Roma seated holding victory VRBS ROMA

RIC 202

This is the only Nepotian coin in the members' gallery, so by default it is best of type. Consider this a challenge. I know Joe sold a much nicer one some years back!
1 commentsBlindado10/23/17 at 11:20Gil-galad: Great find for sure. I collect emperors as well an...
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Roman Republic, P. Licinius Crassus AR Denarius55 viewsFor Marcus Licinius Crassus, who formed First Triumvirate with Caesar and Pompey in 60 BC, killed at Carrhae in Parthia in 53 BC.

Denarius, minted by son, P Licinius Crassus, ca 54 BC.
Bust of Venus, right, SC behind
Amazon with horse, P CRASSVS MF.

Seaby, Licinia 18
2 commentsBlindado10/23/17 at 10:20Jay GT4: Great
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Roman Republic, P. Licinius Crassus AR Denarius55 viewsFor Marcus Licinius Crassus, who formed First Triumvirate with Caesar and Pompey in 60 BC, killed at Carrhae in Parthia in 53 BC.

Denarius, minted by son, P Licinius Crassus, ca 54 BC.
Bust of Venus, right, SC behind
Amazon with horse, P CRASSVS MF.

Seaby, Licinia 18
2 commentsBlindado10/23/17 at 04:32ickster: Very nice with lovely toning.
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Roman Empire, Lucilla, Sestertius49 viewsSestertius

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

RIC 1767
1 commentsBlindado10/23/17 at 00:36ickster: I like this coin. Must be nice in hand.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian Dupondius 117 AD Concordia155 viewsReference.
RIC 538b; C. 260; BMC 1107; Strack 502

Obv. IMP CAES DIVI TRAIAN AVG F TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER
Radiate, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, baldric strap over shoulder and across chest, seen from front

Rev. DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS P P S C
Concordia enthroned facing left, holding patera in right hand, left elbow resting on small statue of Spes on small column, cornucopiae below throne.

12.31gr
28 mm
12h

Note.
CNG Sale 11/09.
From the Estate Collection of Dr. Richard Doty
8 commentsokidoki10/19/17 at 04:55NORMAN K: VERY NICE
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Roman, Augustus, Octavianus337 viewsCAESAR DIVI F COS VI
AEGVPTO CAPTA
RIC 545 (R3) ; Cohen 4 (30 Fr) ; BMC 653
ex Forvm Ancient Coins
Collection Frédéric Weber
4 commentsfrederic W10/14/17 at 19:02imperator: wow
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GREEK, Bosporus, Panticapaeum, Kotys II.86 viewsKotys II, AE Sestertius, 24 mm, 126 AD.
Obv.: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of king right, trident. Wreath surrounding legend BACILEWC KOTVOC. Rev.: Military atributes, MH below. Rare. Frolova, LIV, 12.
2 commentsseleukoy10/07/17 at 21:24Chen E: Very nice coin !!
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Byzantine, JOHN II, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1945 DOC 12 CLBC 3.4.1 242 views
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. hand gl. cr.

Size 21mm

Weight 4.03.gm

6 commentsSimon10/04/17 at 17:30quadrans: Hooops, great preserved coin, ..gorgeous..
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Byzantine, JOHN II, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1945 DOC 12 CLBC 3.4.1 242 views
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. hand gl. cr.

Size 21mm

Weight 4.03.gm

6 commentsSimon10/04/17 at 14:53Quant.Geek: That is an outstanding specimen! Kudos on this aq...
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Byzantine, JOHN II, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1945 DOC 12 CLBC 3.4.1 242 views
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. hand gl. cr.

Size 21mm

Weight 4.03.gm

6 commentsSimon10/04/17 at 00:40Vladislav D: Nice !!!
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Byzantine, Alexius I. Comnenus (1081-1118 A.D.), SB 1929, AE-Tetarteron, IC/XC//--, Thessalonica, #1200 viewsB 060 Alexius I. Comnenus (1081-1118 A.D.), SB 1929, AE-Tetarteron, IC/XC//--, Thessalonica, #1
avers: +AΛZI ΔECΠ, crowned bust of Alexius facing, wearing jewelled chlamys, holding cross-tipped sceptre and cross on globe (left picture).
reverse: IC-XC to left and right of nimbate bust of Christ facing, holding book of gospels and raising right hand ( right picture).
exergue: IC/XC//--, diameter: 17,5-19,5mm,weight: g, axis: h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: 1092-1118 A.D., postreform, ref: SB-1929, Grierson-1055,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans10/03/17 at 21:52Simon: Excellent Example
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, SABINA, CARIA, Trapezopolis Ae 19 Mên standing70 viewsReference.
RPC --; apparently unpublished.

Magistrate Ti. Fla. Max. Lysias,

Obv: CABЄINA CЄBACTH
Draped bust of Sabina, r., hair coiled and piled on top of head above triple stephane

Rev: ΔΙΑ Τ Φ ΜΑΞ ΛVСΙΟV TPAΠEZOΠ / OΛITΩN.
Mên standing, l., wearing Phrygian cap, holding pine cone and sceptre, behind his shoulders, crescent

4.22 gr
19 mm
1 commentsokidoki10/03/17 at 18:58ancientone: I like that one!!
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Roman, Hadrian, sestertius80 viewsHadrian, 117-138 Sestertius circa 134-138, Æ 32mm., 26.08g. HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP Laureate and draped bust r. Rev. FELICITAS AVG Hadrian, togate, standing r with scroll, clasping r. hand with Felicitas standing l., holding caduceus. C 636. RIC 754. Nice untouched green patina and about extremely fine. Ex Glendining , April 1952, 2511. From the Ryan collection.2 commentsTiberiusClaudius09/28/17 at 09:47okidoki: very nice details and looks
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Roman, Hadrian, sestertius80 viewsHadrian, 117-138 Sestertius circa 134-138, Æ 32mm., 26.08g. HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP Laureate and draped bust r. Rev. FELICITAS AVG Hadrian, togate, standing r with scroll, clasping r. hand with Felicitas standing l., holding caduceus. C 636. RIC 754. Nice untouched green patina and about extremely fine. Ex Glendining , April 1952, 2511. From the Ryan collection.2 commentsTiberiusClaudius09/27/17 at 20:57ickster: Wonderful portrait!
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Roman, Nero775 viewsOrichalcum sestertius, RIC 517, C 268, BMC 328, S 1961, EF, 20.2g, 34.3mm, 180o, Lugdunum mint, 66 A.D.; obverse IMP NERO CAESAR AVG PONT MAX TR POT P P, laureate head left, globe at point of bust; reverse ROMA in ex, S - C in fields, Roma seated left on cuirass, holding Victory, left arm resting on parazonium, shields behind; extraordinary portrait, dark green patina. Ex Forum5 commentsForza e Onore09/27/17 at 17:30TiberiusClaudius: Appears tooled -- the lack of wear on the high poi...
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Roman, Postumus, herculean bust109 viewsA nice example of the famous herculean bust3 commentsSTEPHANE R09/12/17 at 11:04Barnaba6: Great bust! Congrats!
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Byzantine, Alexius I. Comnenus (1081-1118 A.D.), SB 1931, AE-Tetarteron, C/AΛ/Φ/Δ//--, Thessalonica, Jewelled cross,283 viewsB 060 Alexius I. Comnenus (1081-1118 A.D.), SB 1931, AE-Tetarteron, C/AΛ/Φ/Δ//--, Thessalonica, Jewelled cross, #1
avers: TW KOMHN, Crowned facing bust of Alexius, wearing loros, holding cross-tipped sceptre and cross on globe.
reverse: Jewelled cross with globe at each end, X in centre, on two steps, C-Φ/AΛ-Δ in the corners, clockwise from top left.
exergue: C/AΛ/Φ/Δ//--, diameter: 19,0-21,5mm, weight: 3,75g, axis: 6h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: A.D., ref: SB 1931,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans09/09/17 at 20:01Simon: Nice one.
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Roman, Postumus, herculean bust109 viewsA nice example of the famous herculean bust3 commentsSTEPHANE R09/08/17 at 05:29ickster: I agree, that's a wonderful bust.
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Postumus28 viewsSuperb bust left, with features of Hercules1 commentsSTEPHANE R09/07/17 at 13:46Pharsalos: Amazing obverse!
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Roman, Victorinus, cuirassed bust left108 viewsFlawless and superb portrait of Victorinus3 commentsSTEPHANE R09/07/17 at 07:16quadrans: Nice bust ..
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Roman, Victorinus, cuirassed bust left108 viewsFlawless and superb portrait of Victorinus3 commentsSTEPHANE R09/07/17 at 03:32ickster: Wonderful portrait.
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Roman Empire, Postumus, previously unrecorded cuirassed bust90 viewsAn unique and previously unrecorded type for an antoninianus of Postumus.
The cuirassed bust devoid of any drapery is what makes this coin so unique.
Struck in january 268 for the Emperor's fourth consulate.
Wonderful portrait, of the finest style of the period.
1 commentsSTEPHANE R09/07/17 at 03:30ickster: Nice coin! Congrats.
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BYZANTINE, Maurice Tiberius, Theoupolis (Antioch), 582-602, AE Follis 410 views[D N M]AURI-C N P AUT Crowned bust of Maurice facing, bearing consular mantle, holding mappa in right hand and eagle tipped sceptre in left hand. / Large M flanked by A/N/N/O – X/III (regnal year 13 equivalent to 594/95 AD), cross above, Γ below, THEUP (Theoupolis) in exergue. Sear Byzantine 533; DO 161-73.
(28 mm, 11.75 g, 6h)
7 commentsLloyd T09/07/17 at 01:25Simon: Lovely coin.
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BYZANTINE, Nicephorus I (802-811) Follis, Constantinople (Sear-1607)167 viewsObv: crowned busts facing of Nicephorus with short beard, on left and Stauracus, unbearded, on right, each wearing chlamys, cross between their heads
Rev: large M, XXX to left, cross above, NNN to right, A below
2 commentsSpongeBob09/07/17 at 01:24Simon: Very Nice !
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BYZANTINE, Maurice & Constantina, Follis struck at Cherson (582-602)70 viewsA l'avers DN mAVRIC PP AVG AVG l'empereur Maurice et l'impératrice Constantina debout de face, tous deux nimbés, Maurice tenant un globe crucigère et Constantina un long sceptre crucigère, Tous deux sont sur une estrade. Une croix entre l'empereur et l'impératrice.
Au revers Théodosius, fils de Maurice, debout de face, tenant une longue croix. A droite, la valeur H, une croix au dessus.
Atelier : Cherson (Crimée, Ukraine)
11.87 g / 30 mm
Ref : Sear 607, MIBEC 157a1 - Sommer 7.108, DOC 303, Anokhin 320, Esty 17
1 commentséRIC_FR09/07/17 at 01:23Simon: Very Nice, Wow
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Caracalla, Silver Antoninianus65 viewsStruck 213-217 AD, Rome mint, 23mm, 6.4g, RIC IV 311c, EF

OBVERSE: Radiate head of Caracalla, bearded, draped, cuirassed, right. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG[USTUS] GER[MANICUS] (Antoninus Pius, the Revered One, Conqueror of the Germans).

REVERSE: Goddess of love, beauty, desire, sex, fertility, prosperity, and victory, Venus, draped, standing left, holding Victory in extended right hand and spear in left hand, leaning on shield set on helmet. VENUS VICTRIX (Venus Victorius).
3 commentsMichael H409/06/17 at 07:42Pharsalos: Awesome example.
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Roman Empire, Domitian silver denarius72 views Silver denarius, RIC II, part 1, 788 (C2)
RSC II 293; Hunter I 92; BMCRE II p.231, bNF III 207 EF, Rome mint, weight 3.27g,
maximum diameter 19.0mm, die axis 180o, 14 SEP 95 - 13 SEP 96 CE.;
Obverse: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, laureate head right;
Reverse: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P, Minerva standing right on Columna Rostrata,
wearing helmet and aegis, brandishing javelin in right hand, shield in left hand,
owl at feet on right; rare;
Forum SH85108
3 commentsNORMAN K08/27/17 at 05:37Randygeki(h2): Awesome example!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian Dupondius 117 AD Concordia155 viewsReference.
RIC 538b; C. 260; BMC 1107; Strack 502

Obv. IMP CAES DIVI TRAIAN AVG F TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER
Radiate, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, baldric strap over shoulder and across chest, seen from front

Rev. DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS P P S C
Concordia enthroned facing left, holding patera in right hand, left elbow resting on small statue of Spes on small column, cornucopiae below throne.

12.31gr
28 mm
12h

Note.
CNG Sale 11/09.
From the Estate Collection of Dr. Richard Doty
8 commentsokidoki08/26/17 at 05:42Randygeki(h2): Excellent!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian Dupondius 117 AD Concordia155 viewsReference.
RIC 538b; C. 260; BMC 1107; Strack 502

Obv. IMP CAES DIVI TRAIAN AVG F TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER
Radiate, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, baldric strap over shoulder and across chest, seen from front

Rev. DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS P P S C
Concordia enthroned facing left, holding patera in right hand, left elbow resting on small statue of Spes on small column, cornucopiae below throne.

12.31gr
28 mm
12h

Note.
CNG Sale 11/09.
From the Estate Collection of Dr. Richard Doty
8 commentsokidoki08/23/17 at 23:23David Atherton: Fantastic!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian Dupondius 117 AD Concordia155 viewsReference.
RIC 538b; C. 260; BMC 1107; Strack 502

Obv. IMP CAES DIVI TRAIAN AVG F TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER
Radiate, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, baldric strap over shoulder and across chest, seen from front

Rev. DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS P P S C
Concordia enthroned facing left, holding patera in right hand, left elbow resting on small statue of Spes on small column, cornucopiae below throne.

12.31gr
28 mm
12h

Note.
CNG Sale 11/09.
From the Estate Collection of Dr. Richard Doty
8 commentsokidoki08/23/17 at 09:56*Alex: Wow.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian Dupondius 117 AD Concordia155 viewsReference.
RIC 538b; C. 260; BMC 1107; Strack 502

Obv. IMP CAES DIVI TRAIAN AVG F TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER
Radiate, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, baldric strap over shoulder and across chest, seen from front

Rev. DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS P P S C
Concordia enthroned facing left, holding patera in right hand, left elbow resting on small statue of Spes on small column, cornucopiae below throne.

12.31gr
28 mm
12h

Note.
CNG Sale 11/09.
From the Estate Collection of Dr. Richard Doty
8 commentsokidoki08/22/17 at 17:05quadrans: Ohh, nice addition , great coin..
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Septimius Severus, Silver Denarius67 viewsStruck 203 A.D., Rome mint, 19mm, 3.4g, EF, RIC IV 189b

OBVERSE: Laureate head of Severus, bearded, right. SEVERVS PIVS AVG[USTUS] (Severus Pius, the Revered One).

REVERSE: Goddess of luck, Fortuna, seated left, holding rudder and cornucopia, wheel below seat. P[ONTIFEX] M[AXIMUS] TR[IBUNICIA] P[OTESTATE] XI COS III P[ATER] P[ATRIAE] (Highest Priest, Tribune of the People for the 11th time, Consul for the 3rd time, Father of the Country).
3 commentsMichael H408/16/17 at 19:05NORMAN K: wonderful almost no wear
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Septimius Severus, Silver Denarius67 viewsStruck 203 A.D., Rome mint, 19mm, 3.4g, EF, RIC IV 189b

OBVERSE: Laureate head of Severus, bearded, right. SEVERVS PIVS AVG[USTUS] (Severus Pius, the Revered One).

REVERSE: Goddess of luck, Fortuna, seated left, holding rudder and cornucopia, wheel below seat. P[ONTIFEX] M[AXIMUS] TR[IBUNICIA] P[OTESTATE] XI COS III P[ATER] P[ATRIAE] (Highest Priest, Tribune of the People for the 11th time, Consul for the 3rd time, Father of the Country).
3 commentsMichael H408/16/17 at 01:05paul1888: very nice!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Caracalla, Silver Antoninianus65 viewsStruck 213-217 AD, Rome mint, 23mm, 6.4g, RIC IV 311c, EF

OBVERSE: Radiate head of Caracalla, bearded, draped, cuirassed, right. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG[USTUS] GER[MANICUS] (Antoninus Pius, the Revered One, Conqueror of the Germans).

REVERSE: Goddess of love, beauty, desire, sex, fertility, prosperity, and victory, Venus, draped, standing left, holding Victory in extended right hand and spear in left hand, leaning on shield set on helmet. VENUS VICTRIX (Venus Victorius).
3 commentsMichael H408/15/17 at 02:08Mat: A beauty, great weight too!
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Greek, CALABRIA. Taras. Circa 365-355 BC. AR Nomos. Fischer-Bossert 564b (this coin)107 viewsYouthful nude jockey riding horse standing right; to right, bearded herm left; below horse, TH. Rev. TAΡ[AΣ] Phalantos, with wild flowing hair, riding dolphin left, holding oinochoe in right hand. Fischer-Bossert 564b (this coin). Vlasto 410 (same obverse die). Beautifully toned and of fine style. Minor areas of flatness, otherwise, good very fine.

From the Prof. Langlotz Collection, Auctiones AG 23, 17-18 June 1993, 185.

This is a particularly charming depiction of the hero Phalanthos, with wild waving hair and an impish smile, indicating how much he is enjoying the dolphin ride.
3 commentsLeo08/14/17 at 02:22ickster: Great coin!
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Greek, CALABRIA. Taras. Circa 365-355 BC. AR Nomos. Fischer-Bossert 564b (this coin)107 viewsYouthful nude jockey riding horse standing right; to right, bearded herm left; below horse, TH. Rev. TAΡ[AΣ] Phalantos, with wild flowing hair, riding dolphin left, holding oinochoe in right hand. Fischer-Bossert 564b (this coin). Vlasto 410 (same obverse die). Beautifully toned and of fine style. Minor areas of flatness, otherwise, good very fine.

From the Prof. Langlotz Collection, Auctiones AG 23, 17-18 June 1993, 185.

This is a particularly charming depiction of the hero Phalanthos, with wild waving hair and an impish smile, indicating how much he is enjoying the dolphin ride.
3 commentsLeo08/13/17 at 10:03Grant H: real nice coin
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Greek, CALABRIA. Taras. Circa 365-355 BC. AR Nomos. Fischer-Bossert 564b (this coin)107 viewsYouthful nude jockey riding horse standing right; to right, bearded herm left; below horse, TH. Rev. TAΡ[AΣ] Phalantos, with wild flowing hair, riding dolphin left, holding oinochoe in right hand. Fischer-Bossert 564b (this coin). Vlasto 410 (same obverse die). Beautifully toned and of fine style. Minor areas of flatness, otherwise, good very fine.

From the Prof. Langlotz Collection, Auctiones AG 23, 17-18 June 1993, 185.

This is a particularly charming depiction of the hero Phalanthos, with wild waving hair and an impish smile, indicating how much he is enjoying the dolphin ride.
3 commentsLeo08/13/17 at 03:50Jay GT4: Very nice! Congrats
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Caracalla, Rome mint, struck 214 AD, AE Sestertius117 viewsM AVREL ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT laureate-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right
P M TR P XVI IMP COS IIII P P, S-C Mars standing left
RIC IV: 496b
3 commentsdupondius08/12/17 at 10:15*Alex: Well spotted imperator! Dupondius is no longer a F...
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Roman Empire, Domitian silver denarius72 views Silver denarius, RIC II, part 1, 788 (C2)
RSC II 293; Hunter I 92; BMCRE II p.231, bNF III 207 EF, Rome mint, weight 3.27g,
maximum diameter 19.0mm, die axis 180o, 14 SEP 95 - 13 SEP 96 CE.;
Obverse: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, laureate head right;
Reverse: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P, Minerva standing right on Columna Rostrata,
wearing helmet and aegis, brandishing javelin in right hand, shield in left hand,
owl at feet on right; rare;
Forum SH85108
3 commentsNORMAN K08/11/17 at 09:36Jay GT4: Excellent piece Norman congrats
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Caracalla, Rome mint, struck 214 AD, AE Sestertius117 viewsM AVREL ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT laureate-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right
P M TR P XVI IMP COS IIII P P, S-C Mars standing left
RIC IV: 496b
3 commentsdupondius08/08/17 at 16:44imperator: Did is the . Rv.: P M TR P XVI COS IIII P P / S - ...
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sphinx140 viewsChios , 10mm , 0.99g1 commentsXLi07/31/17 at 12:26Pekka K: Mionnet sup. VI p.392 #32. Refers to marquis de la...
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GREEK, Macedonia, Neapolis AR Hemidrachm circa 424-350 BC 13mm 1.90g 1h67 viewsFacing Gorgoneion,Rev Head of nymph to right.1 commentsGrant H07/28/17 at 10:50*Alex: Wow. Beautiful coin.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I, Follis - RIC VII Trier132124 viewsConstantine I, AE follis, Trier. 317 AD.

IMP CONSTANTINVS AVG, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right.
SOLI INVIC-TO COMITI, Sol standing right, head left, chlamys
spread over both shoulders, holding globe and raising right
hand.

T-F across fields.
Mintmark BTR

RIC VII Trier 132.
4 commentsMarcelo Leal07/28/17 at 08:03Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
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Roman Empire, Crispus, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.82 viewsBillon centenionalis, unpublished obverse variant; cf. Bastien Lyon XIII, 155-6 and 159-61; RIC VII Lyons 202 - 204, gF, 1st officina, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, weight 3.451g, maximum diameter 18.8mm, die axis 0o, as caesar, 322 - 323 A.D.; obverse IVL CRISPVS NOB C, laureate and cuirassed bust left, spear pointed forward in right, shield in left; reverse BEAT TRAN-Q-LITAS, globe on altar inscribed VOT/IS / XX in three lines, three stars above, PLG in exergue; from the Dr. Sam Mansourati Collection

Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear. David Sear notes, "a previously unpublished variant of the series listed by Bastien (Le Monnayage de l'Atelier de Lyon) on pages 163 and 164, numbers 155-6 and 159-61 (cf. RIC vii, p. 134, 202-4)...good F, rare and interesting as an unpublished obverse variant."
1 commentsJoe Sermarini07/23/17 at 18:30Curtis H2: Very cool
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I, Follis - RIC VII Trier132124 viewsConstantine I, AE follis, Trier. 317 AD.

IMP CONSTANTINVS AVG, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right.
SOLI INVIC-TO COMITI, Sol standing right, head left, chlamys
spread over both shoulders, holding globe and raising right
hand.

T-F across fields.
Mintmark BTR

RIC VII Trier 132.
4 commentsMarcelo Leal07/23/17 at 18:28Curtis H2: Just wow!!
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BYZANTINE, ISAAC II ANGELUS, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-2004 DOC 4 CLBC 7.4.1 88 viewsOBV Full length figure of Virgin nimbate, orans, standing on dais, wearing tunic and maphorion; beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast.

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia. Manus Dei in upper right field


Size 20.mm

Weight 5.3 1gm

DOC lists 16 examples with weights from 1.70gm to 4.36 and sizes 19mm to 24x18mm

Nicest example I have ever seen, just added to my collection, almost perfect except for wear on the Virgins face VF/EF
1 commentsSimon07/20/17 at 11:30*Alex: Very nice example indeed.
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GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, AR Tetradrachm circa 485-475 20mm 17.33g 8h. Boehringer 12189 viewsDeinomenid Tyranny Bearded charioteer driving quadriga walking to right,above Nike flying right to crown the horses.Rev Diademed head of Arethusa to right,wearing a pearl necklace and with her hair falling back behind her neck but turned up beneath her diadem which is not the usual pearl diadem but a plain band,four dolphins swimming right.1 commentsGrant H07/07/17 at 03:44Curtis H2: Fantastic!
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Aes Grave1057 viewsAs Janus /Prow . Turlow-Vecchi n° 51. Weight 273 gr. By Plinius. (...I love it!) 9 commentsPLINIUS07/04/17 at 22:26Curtis H2: Dream coin! Just wow!
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Roman Empire, Claudius Æ As RIC I 113103 viewsRoman Empire, Claudius Æ As RIC I 113Claudius. AD 41-54. Æ As (30mm, 10.37 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 42-43. TI CLAVDIVS • CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P, bare head left / LIBERTAS AVGVSTA, S C across field, Libertas, draped, standing right, holding pileus with left hand and extending right. RIC I 113; von Kaenel Type 77; BMCRE 202-5; BN 230-2.

Ex CNG, Ex Gorny & Mosch 204 (5 March 2012), lot 2102.
4 commentsCurtis H206/25/17 at 14:11Marsman: Great coin
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Greek, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetardrachm circa 415-405 BC 24mm 16.75g70 viewsSlow quadriga driven right by charioteer,the nearside horse with head held high,the farside horse head lowered.Wreath of olive above,crane flying right in exergue.Rev forepart of man-headed bull right{river god Gelas}with thick wavy beard,swimming,large barley grain above.This coin was struck just before the destruction of the city by the Carthaginian in 405 BC,from which Gela never fully recovered,and it is thought that the quadriga on the obv is to show Gelons victory in the Olympic games of 488 BC.This coin is the only specimen recorded from this die combination,and is the plate coin in the standard reference Jenkins the coinage of Gela.Group IX 482 O95/R1921 commentsGrant H06/22/17 at 03:05Jay GT4: Wow, that reverse!
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Roman Empire, Claudius Æ As RIC I 113103 viewsRoman Empire, Claudius Æ As RIC I 113Claudius. AD 41-54. Æ As (30mm, 10.37 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 42-43. TI CLAVDIVS • CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P, bare head left / LIBERTAS AVGVSTA, S C across field, Libertas, draped, standing right, holding pileus with left hand and extending right. RIC I 113; von Kaenel Type 77; BMCRE 202-5; BN 230-2.

Ex CNG, Ex Gorny & Mosch 204 (5 March 2012), lot 2102.
4 commentsCurtis H206/21/17 at 18:13Curtis H2: Thanks. It is one of my favorites.
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Roman Empire, Claudius Æ As RIC I 113103 viewsRoman Empire, Claudius Æ As RIC I 113Claudius. AD 41-54. Æ As (30mm, 10.37 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 42-43. TI CLAVDIVS • CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P, bare head left / LIBERTAS AVGVSTA, S C across field, Libertas, draped, standing right, holding pileus with left hand and extending right. RIC I 113; von Kaenel Type 77; BMCRE 202-5; BN 230-2.

Ex CNG, Ex Gorny & Mosch 204 (5 March 2012), lot 2102.
4 commentsCurtis H206/21/17 at 01:51Jay GT4: Really nice coin. Love everything about it
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GREEK, SICILY, SYRACUSE, Agathokles (317-289 BC) AE19122 viewsCeca: Siracusa (Sicilia)
Datación: 317-289 aC
Valor: Æ19
Catálogo: Sear Greek Coins 1199, ¿BMC. 2. 231?
Conservación: MBC+
Metal: Æ
Peso: 14,30 gr.
Diámetro: 19 mm.
Anverso: Cabeza de Apolo laureada a izquierda. Leyenda SIPAKOSION
Reverso: Pegaso volando a izquierda
4 commentsJuan B06/16/17 at 01:15Curtis H2: Beautiful!!
Vespasian_ric_773~0.jpg
Roman Empire, Vespasian AR Denarius97 viewsVespasian (69-79). AR Denarius (18.08 mm, 3.50 g, 6h). Rome, AD 75.
Obv: Bare head l. R IMP CEASAR VESPASIANUS AUG
Rev: Pax seated l., resting l. elbow on throne and holding branch.
PON MAX TRP COS VI
RIC II.1 773 (this coin)
Ex Vecchi sale 13, 1998, 757.
1 commentsorfew06/15/17 at 16:48shanxi: always nice to have a RIC plate coin, and a rare o...
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans AD 337-350 Trier (TRS)83 viewsObv: CONSTAN-SPFAVG
Rev: Two Victories with Wreaths, Leaf between Victories
RIC VIII 186
2 commentsLaetvs06/12/17 at 08:26NORMAN K: Yes very unusual with that symbol. Great coin
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Italy, Rome, Arch of Titus348 viewsThe Arch of Titus, on the Via Sacra, Rome, just to the south-east of the Roman Forum, was completed by Domitian in 96 A.D. to commemorate Titus' victories, including the Siege of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. The Arch of Titus has provided the general model for many of the triumphal arches erected since the 16th century—perhaps most famously it is the inspiration for the 1806 Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, completed in 1836.1 commentsJohny SYSEL06/09/17 at 11:35okidoki: very nice
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Roman Empire, Maximinus I Thrax Sestertius246 viewsObv. MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. SALVS AVGVSTI S C, Salus seated left on throne, feeding, with her right hand, snake rising right from altar to left.
Mint: Rome, 235-238 AD.

20mm 20.18g

RIC 85, BMC 175, Cohen 92


Ex Nomos 1, 6 May 2009, 159.
Ex Bank Leu 18, 5 May 1977, 368. From the collection of Ph. S.

Salus was considered since the time of the Flavians as one of the most important ideals of the Roman Empire and embodied health and safety. Salus is here not only to express the personal health of the ruler, but also connected to the well-being of the people and a general sense of security.
Although Maximinus led successful campaigns against the Jazygen tribe and against the Dacians (title GERMANICVS), he was not particularly popular in the Senate, because he denied the Senate in Rome probably the usual voice and his rule largely based on the Rhine and Danube regions. Other reasons for the resistance in the Senate played the (historians controversial) origin of the Maximinus from Thrace and also from very simple conditions, which the nobiles did not think befitting.
In addition, his campaigns were so costly that he allegedly even had to take money from the poor and grain supply of Rome. Although he pushed forward not only military expenditure but also the development of the road network, the ruler's budgetary planning attempt to remedy the foreign policy problems of Rome through elaborate campaigns met with general misunderstanding, which was especially prevalent in the south and east of the empire, where only the increased tax pressured but the people did not notice the successes. Maximinus evidently did not understand how to efficiently promote his policy. For these reasons, it came after only three years in office to surveys against the Emperor, which ultimately led to his murder by his own troops.
7 commentskc05/31/17 at 02:07ickster: Exceptional obverse!
Vlasto_704~0.jpg
GREEK, ITALY, CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 280 BC. AR Nomos111 views(22.5mm, 7.74 g, 1h).
Youth on horse galloping right; EY to left, NIKOΔAMO[Σ] below / Phalanthos, holding kantharos and distaff, riding dolphin left; ZOP and gazelle below. Vlasto 704; cf. HN Italy 970/958. Near EF, deep iridescent tone, a hint of porosity. Well centered on a broad flan.
3 commentsLeo05/27/17 at 18:40Enodia: beautiful! the engraver really captured the dynami...
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Roman Empire, Constantine I, Follis. Constantinople (328-9) 111 viewsConstantine I. Follis. Constantinople (328-9)
Obv: CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, rosette-diademed, draped bust right
Rev: CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE, Victory seated left on cippus, looking right, holding palm branch in each hand, trophy in background, captive seated left at foot.
Officina letter B in left field. Mintmark CONS star.
RIC VII 38 (R4). EF-/EF. Very scarce.
Ex: Dattari Collection
Jesus Vico Auction 147 March 9, 2017
6 commentsorfew05/25/17 at 23:38NORMAN K: Beautiful coin.
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Roman Empire, Maximinus I Thrax Sestertius246 viewsObv. MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. SALVS AVGVSTI S C, Salus seated left on throne, feeding, with her right hand, snake rising right from altar to left.
Mint: Rome, 235-238 AD.

20mm 20.18g

RIC 85, BMC 175, Cohen 92


Ex Nomos 1, 6 May 2009, 159.
Ex Bank Leu 18, 5 May 1977, 368. From the collection of Ph. S.

Salus was considered since the time of the Flavians as one of the most important ideals of the Roman Empire and embodied health and safety. Salus is here not only to express the personal health of the ruler, but also connected to the well-being of the people and a general sense of security.
Although Maximinus led successful campaigns against the Jazygen tribe and against the Dacians (title GERMANICVS), he was not particularly popular in the Senate, because he denied the Senate in Rome probably the usual voice and his rule largely based on the Rhine and Danube regions. Other reasons for the resistance in the Senate played the (historians controversial) origin of the Maximinus from Thrace and also from very simple conditions, which the nobiles did not think befitting.
In addition, his campaigns were so costly that he allegedly even had to take money from the poor and grain supply of Rome. Although he pushed forward not only military expenditure but also the development of the road network, the ruler's budgetary planning attempt to remedy the foreign policy problems of Rome through elaborate campaigns met with general misunderstanding, which was especially prevalent in the south and east of the empire, where only the increased tax pressured but the people did not notice the successes. Maximinus evidently did not understand how to efficiently promote his policy. For these reasons, it came after only three years in office to surveys against the Emperor, which ultimately led to his murder by his own troops.
7 commentskc05/25/17 at 23:37NORMAN K: WOW!
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Roman Empire, Constantine I, Follis. Constantinople (328-9) 111 viewsConstantine I. Follis. Constantinople (328-9)
Obv: CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, rosette-diademed, draped bust right
Rev: CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE, Victory seated left on cippus, looking right, holding palm branch in each hand, trophy in background, captive seated left at foot.
Officina letter B in left field. Mintmark CONS star.
RIC VII 38 (R4). EF-/EF. Very scarce.
Ex: Dattari Collection
Jesus Vico Auction 147 March 9, 2017
6 commentsorfew05/24/17 at 00:35Nemonater: Great one!
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Roman Empire, Constantine I, Follis. Constantinople (328-9) 111 viewsConstantine I. Follis. Constantinople (328-9)
Obv: CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, rosette-diademed, draped bust right
Rev: CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE, Victory seated left on cippus, looking right, holding palm branch in each hand, trophy in background, captive seated left at foot.
Officina letter B in left field. Mintmark CONS star.
RIC VII 38 (R4). EF-/EF. Very scarce.
Ex: Dattari Collection
Jesus Vico Auction 147 March 9, 2017
6 commentsorfew05/23/17 at 08:00Randygeki(h2): Oh nice! A sweet addition!
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Roman Empire, Constantine I, Follis. Constantinople (328-9) 111 viewsConstantine I. Follis. Constantinople (328-9)
Obv: CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, rosette-diademed, draped bust right
Rev: CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE, Victory seated left on cippus, looking right, holding palm branch in each hand, trophy in background, captive seated left at foot.
Officina letter B in left field. Mintmark CONS star.
RIC VII 38 (R4). EF-/EF. Very scarce.
Ex: Dattari Collection
Jesus Vico Auction 147 March 9, 2017
6 commentsorfew05/23/17 at 04:35Canaan: Very nice details and great provenance.
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Roman Empire, Constantine I, Follis. Constantinople (328-9) 111 viewsConstantine I. Follis. Constantinople (328-9)
Obv: CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, rosette-diademed, draped bust right
Rev: CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE, Victory seated left on cippus, looking right, holding palm branch in each hand, trophy in background, captive seated left at foot.
Officina letter B in left field. Mintmark CONS star.
RIC VII 38 (R4). EF-/EF. Very scarce.
Ex: Dattari Collection
Jesus Vico Auction 147 March 9, 2017
6 commentsorfew05/23/17 at 01:16Jay GT4: Great reverse!
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GREEK, ATTICA, Athens. Circa 454-404 BC. AR Tetradrachm106 views(24mm, 17.20 g, 2h).
Helmeted head of Athena right, with frontal eye / Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent behind; all within incuse square. Kroll 8; HGC 4, 1597. Good VF, toned. Attractive early style.

This tetradrachm belongs among the earlier period of the “frontal eye” issues of the mid-late 5th century. The palmette is still delicate, as is the general style of the owl, and the incuse is rather deep and abruptly transitions to the flat surface.
2 commentsLeo05/21/17 at 22:39Leo: appreciate~
Kroll_8~0.jpg
GREEK, ATTICA, Athens. Circa 454-404 BC. AR Tetradrachm106 views(24mm, 17.20 g, 2h).
Helmeted head of Athena right, with frontal eye / Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent behind; all within incuse square. Kroll 8; HGC 4, 1597. Good VF, toned. Attractive early style.

This tetradrachm belongs among the earlier period of the “frontal eye” issues of the mid-late 5th century. The palmette is still delicate, as is the general style of the owl, and the incuse is rather deep and abruptly transitions to the flat surface.
2 commentsLeo05/21/17 at 20:14paparoupa: earlier than cng provenance Roma 12, lot 158
Vlasto_704~0.jpg
GREEK, ITALY, CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 280 BC. AR Nomos111 views(22.5mm, 7.74 g, 1h).
Youth on horse galloping right; EY to left, NIKOΔAMO[Σ] below / Phalanthos, holding kantharos and distaff, riding dolphin left; ZOP and gazelle below. Vlasto 704; cf. HN Italy 970/958. Near EF, deep iridescent tone, a hint of porosity. Well centered on a broad flan.
3 commentsLeo05/21/17 at 02:18Jay GT4: Really nice!
Vlasto_704~0.jpg
GREEK, ITALY, CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 280 BC. AR Nomos111 views(22.5mm, 7.74 g, 1h).
Youth on horse galloping right; EY to left, NIKOΔAMO[Σ] below / Phalanthos, holding kantharos and distaff, riding dolphin left; ZOP and gazelle below. Vlasto 704; cf. HN Italy 970/958. Near EF, deep iridescent tone, a hint of porosity. Well centered on a broad flan.
3 commentsLeo05/21/17 at 01:43Callimachus: Gorgeous coin.
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Roman Empire, Magnentius, The horseman attack the soldier110 viewsAE centenionalis
Ares
350-351 AD.
22mm
Bare-headed,draped and cuirassed bust rigtht. D N MAGNEN TIVS PF AVG. A behind. / Magnentius on horseback galloping right,spearing enemy,broken spear and shield below horse. Star above. GLORIA ROMANORVM
In exergue SAR[dot]
Not in RIC,Cohen,BMC.
Ex lucernae 2014
4 commentsXLi05/19/17 at 12:38NORMAN K: Best I have seen. Nice
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Roman Empire, Caracalla Bimetallic Sestertius219 viewsObv. M AVR ANTONINVS PIVS FELIX AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. P M TR P XVII IMP III COS IIII P P, emperor, accompanied by two officiers, standing r. on platform, haranguing soldiers behind, standards, in ex. S C.
Mint: Rome, 214 A.D.

32mm 32.71g

RIC 525c var. (draped bust); Banti 59

Before a battle, or on parade, the emperor would address his troops in an event known as an adlocutio cohortium (address to the cohorts). This was an important opportunity for the emperor to be present among his troops and inspire morale and esprit de corps among them. A sestertius of Gaius (Caligula), issued on behalf of a donative for the Praetorian Guard, was the first to employ the adlocutio as a reverse type. Similar subsequent issues were minted to emphasize the emperor's perceived, if not actual, role as military commander. The present specimen commemorates Caracalla's victory against the Germans and his preparations for a Persian war. Caracalla idolized Alexander the Great and, as other emperors before him, wished to recreate his successes in the east. Thus, in 214 AD, after having been proclaimed "Alexander" at Philippopolis in Thrace, he assembled his troops, who had been outfitted as Macedonians, and proceeded into Asia Minor. Caracalla's ambitions were, however, hampered by his own unfit physical and mental state; over the next three years the campaign degeneratged into near-chaos and ended with Caracalla's murder.
(written by CNG, 2003)
7 commentskc05/19/17 at 12:37NORMAN K: Beautiful coin. Love it A++++
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 440-430 BC 25mm 17.37g 1h Jenkins Gela 384.7 [O78/R158] this coin.127 viewsCharioteer holding Kenton in left hand and reins in both,driving slow quadriga right,above Nike flyingright crowning horseswith open wreath held in both hands.Rev forepart of man-headed bull right the river god [Gelas swimming.
Ex CNG Triton 16 lot 209.
1 commentsGrant H05/18/17 at 13:29okidoki: very nice details and looks
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Roman Empire, Caracalla Bimetallic Sestertius219 viewsObv. M AVR ANTONINVS PIVS FELIX AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. P M TR P XVII IMP III COS IIII P P, emperor, accompanied by two officiers, standing r. on platform, haranguing soldiers behind, standards, in ex. S C.
Mint: Rome, 214 A.D.

32mm 32.71g

RIC 525c var. (draped bust); Banti 59

Before a battle, or on parade, the emperor would address his troops in an event known as an adlocutio cohortium (address to the cohorts). This was an important opportunity for the emperor to be present among his troops and inspire morale and esprit de corps among them. A sestertius of Gaius (Caligula), issued on behalf of a donative for the Praetorian Guard, was the first to employ the adlocutio as a reverse type. Similar subsequent issues were minted to emphasize the emperor's perceived, if not actual, role as military commander. The present specimen commemorates Caracalla's victory against the Germans and his preparations for a Persian war. Caracalla idolized Alexander the Great and, as other emperors before him, wished to recreate his successes in the east. Thus, in 214 AD, after having been proclaimed "Alexander" at Philippopolis in Thrace, he assembled his troops, who had been outfitted as Macedonians, and proceeded into Asia Minor. Caracalla's ambitions were, however, hampered by his own unfit physical and mental state; over the next three years the campaign degeneratged into near-chaos and ended with Caracalla's murder.
(written by CNG, 2003)
7 commentskc05/17/17 at 20:26Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
Caracalla_Bimetallic_Sestertius.jpg
Roman Empire, Caracalla Bimetallic Sestertius219 viewsObv. M AVR ANTONINVS PIVS FELIX AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. P M TR P XVII IMP III COS IIII P P, emperor, accompanied by two officiers, standing r. on platform, haranguing soldiers behind, standards, in ex. S C.
Mint: Rome, 214 A.D.

32mm 32.71g

RIC 525c var. (draped bust); Banti 59

Before a battle, or on parade, the emperor would address his troops in an event known as an adlocutio cohortium (address to the cohorts). This was an important opportunity for the emperor to be present among his troops and inspire morale and esprit de corps among them. A sestertius of Gaius (Caligula), issued on behalf of a donative for the Praetorian Guard, was the first to employ the adlocutio as a reverse type. Similar subsequent issues were minted to emphasize the emperor's perceived, if not actual, role as military commander. The present specimen commemorates Caracalla's victory against the Germans and his preparations for a Persian war. Caracalla idolized Alexander the Great and, as other emperors before him, wished to recreate his successes in the east. Thus, in 214 AD, after having been proclaimed "Alexander" at Philippopolis in Thrace, he assembled his troops, who had been outfitted as Macedonians, and proceeded into Asia Minor. Caracalla's ambitions were, however, hampered by his own unfit physical and mental state; over the next three years the campaign degeneratged into near-chaos and ended with Caracalla's murder.
(written by CNG, 2003)
7 commentskc05/15/17 at 04:52ickster: Wow!
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GREEK, Brutus, Koson, Stater238 viewsRoman Consul Brutus in center accompanied by two lictors
KOΣΩN in ex. BR monogram on left.

Eagle standing left on scepter, wings open raising wreath in left claw.

Eastern mint, Dacia? 43-42 B.C.

8.38g

Choice UNC

RPC I 1701; BMC Thrace p. 208, 1; BMCRR II 48; Crawford 433/1

Clickable for a larger image
4 commentsJay GT405/15/17 at 01:16ancientone: Amazing!
Caracalla_Bimetallic_Sestertius.jpg
Roman Empire, Caracalla Bimetallic Sestertius219 viewsObv. M AVR ANTONINVS PIVS FELIX AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. P M TR P XVII IMP III COS IIII P P, emperor, accompanied by two officiers, standing r. on platform, haranguing soldiers behind, standards, in ex. S C.
Mint: Rome, 214 A.D.

32mm 32.71g

RIC 525c var. (draped bust); Banti 59

Before a battle, or on parade, the emperor would address his troops in an event known as an adlocutio cohortium (address to the cohorts). This was an important opportunity for the emperor to be present among his troops and inspire morale and esprit de corps among them. A sestertius of Gaius (Caligula), issued on behalf of a donative for the Praetorian Guard, was the first to employ the adlocutio as a reverse type. Similar subsequent issues were minted to emphasize the emperor's perceived, if not actual, role as military commander. The present specimen commemorates Caracalla's victory against the Germans and his preparations for a Persian war. Caracalla idolized Alexander the Great and, as other emperors before him, wished to recreate his successes in the east. Thus, in 214 AD, after having been proclaimed "Alexander" at Philippopolis in Thrace, he assembled his troops, who had been outfitted as Macedonians, and proceeded into Asia Minor. Caracalla's ambitions were, however, hampered by his own unfit physical and mental state; over the next three years the campaign degeneratged into near-chaos and ended with Caracalla's murder.
(written by CNG, 2003)
7 commentskc05/14/17 at 09:20*Alex:
Caracalla_Bimetallic_Sestertius.jpg
Roman Empire, Caracalla Bimetallic Sestertius219 viewsObv. M AVR ANTONINVS PIVS FELIX AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. P M TR P XVII IMP III COS IIII P P, emperor, accompanied by two officiers, standing r. on platform, haranguing soldiers behind, standards, in ex. S C.
Mint: Rome, 214 A.D.

32mm 32.71g

RIC 525c var. (draped bust); Banti 59

Before a battle, or on parade, the emperor would address his troops in an event known as an adlocutio cohortium (address to the cohorts). This was an important opportunity for the emperor to be present among his troops and inspire morale and esprit de corps among them. A sestertius of Gaius (Caligula), issued on behalf of a donative for the Praetorian Guard, was the first to employ the adlocutio as a reverse type. Similar subsequent issues were minted to emphasize the emperor's perceived, if not actual, role as military commander. The present specimen commemorates Caracalla's victory against the Germans and his preparations for a Persian war. Caracalla idolized Alexander the Great and, as other emperors before him, wished to recreate his successes in the east. Thus, in 214 AD, after having been proclaimed "Alexander" at Philippopolis in Thrace, he assembled his troops, who had been outfitted as Macedonians, and proceeded into Asia Minor. Caracalla's ambitions were, however, hampered by his own unfit physical and mental state; over the next three years the campaign degeneratged into near-chaos and ended with Caracalla's murder.
(written by CNG, 2003)
7 commentskc05/14/17 at 05:13quadrans: Great one..
Caracalla_Bimetallic_Sestertius.jpg
Roman Empire, Caracalla Bimetallic Sestertius219 viewsObv. M AVR ANTONINVS PIVS FELIX AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. P M TR P XVII IMP III COS IIII P P, emperor, accompanied by two officiers, standing r. on platform, haranguing soldiers behind, standards, in ex. S C.
Mint: Rome, 214 A.D.

32mm 32.71g

RIC 525c var. (draped bust); Banti 59

Before a battle, or on parade, the emperor would address his troops in an event known as an adlocutio cohortium (address to the cohorts). This was an important opportunity for the emperor to be present among his troops and inspire morale and esprit de corps among them. A sestertius of Gaius (Caligula), issued on behalf of a donative for the Praetorian Guard, was the first to employ the adlocutio as a reverse type. Similar subsequent issues were minted to emphasize the emperor's perceived, if not actual, role as military commander. The present specimen commemorates Caracalla's victory against the Germans and his preparations for a Persian war. Caracalla idolized Alexander the Great and, as other emperors before him, wished to recreate his successes in the east. Thus, in 214 AD, after having been proclaimed "Alexander" at Philippopolis in Thrace, he assembled his troops, who had been outfitted as Macedonians, and proceeded into Asia Minor. Caracalla's ambitions were, however, hampered by his own unfit physical and mental state; over the next three years the campaign degeneratged into near-chaos and ended with Caracalla's murder.
(written by CNG, 2003)
7 commentskc05/13/17 at 13:01okidoki: excellent
Magnentius.jpg
Roman Empire, Magnentius, The horseman attack the soldier110 viewsAE centenionalis
Ares
350-351 AD.
22mm
Bare-headed,draped and cuirassed bust rigtht. D N MAGNEN TIVS PF AVG. A behind. / Magnentius on horseback galloping right,spearing enemy,broken spear and shield below horse. Star above. GLORIA ROMANORVM
In exergue SAR[dot]
Not in RIC,Cohen,BMC.
Ex lucernae 2014
4 commentsXLi05/13/17 at 08:45*Alex: Indeed.
Magnentius.jpg
Roman Empire, Magnentius, The horseman attack the soldier110 viewsAE centenionalis
Ares
350-351 AD.
22mm
Bare-headed,draped and cuirassed bust rigtht. D N MAGNEN TIVS PF AVG. A behind. / Magnentius on horseback galloping right,spearing enemy,broken spear and shield below horse. Star above. GLORIA ROMANORVM
In exergue SAR[dot]
Not in RIC,Cohen,BMC.
Ex lucernae 2014
4 commentsXLi05/12/17 at 14:49Jay GT4: Excellent reverse!
fhlbld.jpg
Fel Temp Reparatio Fallen Horseman193 viewsAlexandria
Amiens
Antioch
Aquileia
Arles
Constantinople
Cyzicus
Heraclea
Lyons
Nicomedia
Rome
Sirmium
Siscia
Thessalonica
Trier
Barbaous Mint
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/08/17 at 16:25Potator II: A nice virtual tray !
833_P_Hadrian_RPC3226~0.jpg
2 countermarks (NIKE) on CILICIA Claudiopolis Hadrian Ae 28 Howgego 262124 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3226; SNG Levante 595; Lindgren 1472
for c/m’s: Howgego 262 4x Nike standing r., holding wreath, within oval incuse.
1 commentsokidoki05/08/17 at 15:14shanxi: Interesting, I have never seen 4 identical counter...
fhlbld.jpg
Fel Temp Reparatio Fallen Horseman193 viewsAlexandria
Amiens
Antioch
Aquileia
Arles
Constantinople
Cyzicus
Heraclea
Lyons
Nicomedia
Rome
Sirmium
Siscia
Thessalonica
Trier
Barbaous Mint
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/08/17 at 13:38okidoki: Cool Randy
fhlbld.jpg
Fel Temp Reparatio Fallen Horseman193 viewsAlexandria
Amiens
Antioch
Aquileia
Arles
Constantinople
Cyzicus
Heraclea
Lyons
Nicomedia
Rome
Sirmium
Siscia
Thessalonica
Trier
Barbaous Mint
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/08/17 at 12:37Mat: Fanastastic!
Maximinus-I_IMP-MAXIMINVS-PIVS-AVG_VICTORIA-AVG_RIC-IV-16_C-99_Rome-235-6-AD_001_Q-001_6h_20mm_3,19ga-s.jpg
ROMAN EMPIRE, Maximinus I. Thrax, (235-238 A.D.), RIC IV-II 016, Rome, AR-Denarius, VICTORIA AVG, Victory advancing right, #1173 views065 Maximinus-I. Thrax, (235-238 A.D.), RIC IV-II 016, Rome, AR-Denarius, VICTORIA AVG, Victory advancing right, #1
avers:- IMP-MAXIMINVS-PIVS-AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
revers:- VICTORI-A-AVG, Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm.
exerg: , diameter: 20mm, weight: 3,19g, axis:- 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 235-236 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-II-16, p-, C-99
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans05/05/17 at 20:25Nemonater: Beautiful!
crispusalam~0.JPG
Roman Empire, Crispus RIC 49 "Victory Alamanni”62 viewsCrispus AE3 "Victory Alamanni” CE 316-326 AE3
"Behold the conquest of the Alamanni"
Obverse: FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES - Laureate head right
Reverse: ALAMANNI-A DEVICTA - Victory advancing right,
holding trophy and palm, treading upon bound captive
dot SIRM dot in ex. Sirmium mint
19.53mm., 3.2g
sold 4-2018
2 commentsNORMAN K05/05/17 at 05:42Randygeki(h2): Nice example.
crispusalam~0.JPG
Roman Empire, Crispus RIC 49 "Victory Alamanni”62 viewsCrispus AE3 "Victory Alamanni” CE 316-326 AE3
"Behold the conquest of the Alamanni"
Obverse: FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES - Laureate head right
Reverse: ALAMANNI-A DEVICTA - Victory advancing right,
holding trophy and palm, treading upon bound captive
dot SIRM dot in ex. Sirmium mint
19.53mm., 3.2g
sold 4-2018
2 commentsNORMAN K05/05/17 at 02:33Jay GT4: I really like the reverse!
Constantius-I_AE-Follis_CONSTANTIVS-NOB-CAES_GENIO-POP-VLI-ROMANI_Gamma_SIS_RIC_VI_109a_p-467_Siscia_299-AD_Q-001_11h_28-29mm_9,26g-s.jpg
Roman Empire, Constantius I. Chlorus (293-305 A.D. Caesar, 305-306 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VI 109a, -/Γ//SIS, AE-Follis, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, Genius standing left, #1340 views121 Constantius-I. Chlorus (293-305 A.D. Caesar, 305-306 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VI 109a, -/Γ//SIS, AE-Follis, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, Genius standing left, #1
avers:- CONSTANTIVS-NOB-CAES, Laureate head right.
revers:- GENIO-POP-VLI-ROMANI, Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopia.
exergo: -/Γ//SIS, diameter: 28-29mm, weight: 9,26g, axis: 11h,
mint: Siscia, date: 299 A.D., ref: RIC-VI-109a, p-467,
Q-001
6 commentsquadrans05/04/17 at 21:30Jay GT4: Wonderful
Velia_(Hyele,_Elea)~0.jpg
Greek, Italy, Lucania, Velia, Ca. 340-334 BC, Stater73 views23mm, 7.63 gm, 3h
Head of Athena right, wearing crested Athenian helmet decorated with griffin crouching right, Σ (engraver's signature?) on neck guard / Lion walking right, slightly crouching, Π below, YEΛHTΩN in exergue. Williams 251. HN Italy 1283. A surprisingly rare variety! Struck in high relief from dies of refined style.
1 commentsLeo05/04/17 at 11:08Jay GT4: Incredible coin. It's a work of art!
Constantius-I_AE-Follis_CONSTANTIVS_NOB_CAES_FELIX_ADVENT_AVGG_NN__H_left,_PKT_RIC_VI_24a_Carthage__298_A_D__Q-001_0h_25-28,5mm_10,38ga-s.jpg
Roman Empire, Constantius I. Chlorus (293-305 A.D. Caesar, 305-306 A.D. Augustus), Carthage, RIC VI 24a, AE-1 Follis, FELIX ADVENT AVGG NN, Africa standing right, #1377 views121 Constantius I. Chlorus (293-305 A.D. Caesar, 305-306 A.D. Augustus), Carthage, RIC VI 24a, AE-1 Follis, FELIX ADVENT AVGG NN, Africa standing right, #1
avers:- CONSTANTIVS-NOB-CAES, Laureate head right.
revers:- FELIX-AD-VENT-AVG-G-N-N, Africa standing right, head left, wearing elephant head headress, standard in right and tusk in left, lion and bull at feet left, H left, PKT in ex.
exerg: H|-//PKT, diameter: 25-28,5mm, weight: 10,38g, axes: 0h,
mint: Carthage, date: 298 A.D., ref: RIC VI 24a,
Q-001
6 commentsquadrans04/30/17 at 03:02Vincent: Without a doubt the finest one there can be had...
Maximinus_Thrax_Sesterz.jpg
Roman Empire, Maximinus I Thrax Sestertius246 viewsObv. MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. SALVS AVGVSTI S C, Salus seated left on throne, feeding, with her right hand, snake rising right from altar to left.
Mint: Rome, 235-238 AD.

20mm 20.18g

RIC 85, BMC 175, Cohen 92


Ex Nomos 1, 6 May 2009, 159.
Ex Bank Leu 18, 5 May 1977, 368. From the collection of Ph. S.

Salus was considered since the time of the Flavians as one of the most important ideals of the Roman Empire and embodied health and safety. Salus is here not only to express the personal health of the ruler, but also connected to the well-being of the people and a general sense of security.
Although Maximinus led successful campaigns against the Jazygen tribe and against the Dacians (title GERMANICVS), he was not particularly popular in the Senate, because he denied the Senate in Rome probably the usual voice and his rule largely based on the Rhine and Danube regions. Other reasons for the resistance in the Senate played the (historians controversial) origin of the Maximinus from Thrace and also from very simple conditions, which the nobiles did not think befitting.
In addition, his campaigns were so costly that he allegedly even had to take money from the poor and grain supply of Rome. Although he pushed forward not only military expenditure but also the development of the road network, the ruler's budgetary planning attempt to remedy the foreign policy problems of Rome through elaborate campaigns met with general misunderstanding, which was especially prevalent in the south and east of the empire, where only the increased tax pressured but the people did not notice the successes. Maximinus evidently did not understand how to efficiently promote his policy. For these reasons, it came after only three years in office to surveys against the Emperor, which ultimately led to his murder by his own troops.
7 commentskc04/22/17 at 16:31ancientdave: Excellent addition!
Domitian_dolphin~0.jpg
ROMAN EMPIRE, Domitian, denarius173 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head right

COS VII DES VIII P P
Dolphin coiled round anchor

Rome 81 A.D. (3rd group)

3.3g

RIC 26 (R), RSC 63

Clickable for larger image
4 commentsJay GT404/17/17 at 15:57ickster: Nice catch!
Maximinus_Thrax_Sesterz.jpg
Roman Empire, Maximinus I Thrax Sestertius246 viewsObv. MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. SALVS AVGVSTI S C, Salus seated left on throne, feeding, with her right hand, snake rising right from altar to left.
Mint: Rome, 235-238 AD.

20mm 20.18g

RIC 85, BMC 175, Cohen 92


Ex Nomos 1, 6 May 2009, 159.
Ex Bank Leu 18, 5 May 1977, 368. From the collection of Ph. S.

Salus was considered since the time of the Flavians as one of the most important ideals of the Roman Empire and embodied health and safety. Salus is here not only to express the personal health of the ruler, but also connected to the well-being of the people and a general sense of security.
Although Maximinus led successful campaigns against the Jazygen tribe and against the Dacians (title GERMANICVS), he was not particularly popular in the Senate, because he denied the Senate in Rome probably the usual voice and his rule largely based on the Rhine and Danube regions. Other reasons for the resistance in the Senate played the (historians controversial) origin of the Maximinus from Thrace and also from very simple conditions, which the nobiles did not think befitting.
In addition, his campaigns were so costly that he allegedly even had to take money from the poor and grain supply of Rome. Although he pushed forward not only military expenditure but also the development of the road network, the ruler's budgetary planning attempt to remedy the foreign policy problems of Rome through elaborate campaigns met with general misunderstanding, which was especially prevalent in the south and east of the empire, where only the increased tax pressured but the people did not notice the successes. Maximinus evidently did not understand how to efficiently promote his policy. For these reasons, it came after only three years in office to surveys against the Emperor, which ultimately led to his murder by his own troops.
7 commentskc04/16/17 at 08:38FlaviusDomitianus: Great portrait!
Maximinus_Thrax_Sesterz.jpg
Roman Empire, Maximinus I Thrax Sestertius246 v