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MPR 359-360 (UNLISTED WITH VERTICAL CRESCENT)4 viewsOBVERSE: IMP PROBVS AVG
REVERSE: SOLI INVICTO
BUST TYPE: H2 = Radiate bust left in imperial mantle (toga picta and tunica palmata), holding eagle-tipped sceptre (scipio)
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//R(Vertical crescent to left)B
WEIGHT 4.55g
RIC: 202 VAR. (UNLISTED WITH VERTICAL CRESCENT)
J.GUILLEMAIN, MPR: unlisted!
COLLECTION NO. 1398

NOTE: Only 3rd example known to me (the other being in Uwe Neumann collection and beastcoins collection)

Very rare and desirable mintmark!


Ex Kunker auction no. 378 lot 1771 = ex Klaus Berthold = Ex BANK LEU (purchsaed in 1978)
2 commentsBarnaba605/23/19 at 20:53Jay GT4: Cool!
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968 Hadrian Sestertius, Roma 134-38 AD Hadrian with Roma and Senate10 viewsReference.
RIC 968; Banti 193; BMC 1364; C. 352; Hill 388; Strack 632

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

Rev. COS III / S C
Genius of the Senate, togate on the left, and Hadrian, togate on the right, standing facing each other, clasping their right hands; behind them, Roma standing right, holding spear in her left hand and resting her right on the others' clasped hands.

25.00 gr
mm
h

Note.
The Romans often staged events in which the emperor was accompanied by actors dressed to personify symbolic personalities such as Annona, Liberalitas, Roma, et al. Here we see the emperor clasping the hand of the Senate in the presence of Roma, who stands behind them confirming their cooperative spirit by resting her hand on theirs.

This reverse type, representing "Concordia Senatus," likely commemorates the conferring of the title pater patriae upon Hadrian by the Senate in 128 AD.
1 commentsokidoki05/23/19 at 20:47Jay GT4: Fantastic!
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RIC 0059 Domitianus20 viewsObv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, Laureate head right
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P, Minerva advancing right, with spear and shield
AR/Denarius (19.28 mm 3.001 g 6h) Struck in Rome 81 A.D. (4th group)
RIC 59 (R2), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted
purchased on eBay from deldor3
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/23/19 at 14:20Jay GT4: Nice find Alberto!
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Shekel Tyre Civic Year 4 (123/2 BC)6 viewsPHOENICIA. Tyre. AR shekel (29mm, 14.07 gm, 12h). Dated Civic Year 4 (123/2 BC).
O: Laureate head of Melqart right
R: TYPOY IEPAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY, Eagle standing left on prow, palm frond over wing; to left, LΔ (date) above club, M and Phoenician bet between legs.
- DCA Tyre 9. DCA 921. ex ClassicalCoins.Com 2005
1 commentsNemonater05/21/19 at 23:19Jay GT4: Gorgeous
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RPC II 0364 Domitianus19 viewsObv: AYTOK KAIΣAP ΔOMITIANOΣ ΣEB ΓΕΡ - Laureate head of Domitian right.
Rev: ΠΕΡΥΝΘΙΩΝ - Dionysus standing, left, holding cantharos and thyrsus; panther to left.
AE27 (27.31 mm 8.794 g 6h) Struck in Perinthus (Thrace)
RPC II 364
ex Emporium Hamburg Auction 85 Lot 331
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/21/19 at 23:19Jay GT4: That's great
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Titus RIC-21544 viewsÆ As, 9.73g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 215 (C). BMC 204.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: AEQVITAS AVGVST; S C in field; Aequitas stg. l., with scales and rod
Ex eBay, 10 May 2019.

Titus produced a sizeable bronze issue in 80-81. He did not renew the consulship in 81, so it is difficult to pin down a precise date. Owing to the issue's large size it is likely many of the coins did indeed spill over into 81. Here we see a common Aequitas type from that large issue which was originally struck under Vespasian, who in turn copied it from Galba. Aequitas likely represents fairness in issuing out the corn dole.

Honest wear with a dark olive green patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton05/20/19 at 12:26Jay GT4: Lovely
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Vespasian RIC-35135 viewsÆ Quadrans, 2.54g
Rome Mint, 71 AD
RIC 351 (R). BMC 618.
Obv: IMP VESPASIAN AVG; Palm tree
Rev: P M TR PPP COS III; S C in field; Vexillum
Acquired from numis-kimel, eBay, May 2019.

During Vespasian's great bronze issue of 71 the Rome mint produced a series of quadrantes. Their rarity today is likely a result of them being of low value and typically not hoarded. Mimicking the larger bronze, the Jewish War victory was celebrated on them as well. Because of the small flan size brevity is called for: a palm representing Judaea on the obverse, and a Vexillum symbolising military victory on the reverse - straight and to the point! Ironically, despite their rarity today, more of the plebeian population would have seen these quadrantes than their more famous 'Judaea Capta' silver cousins.

Struck with full legends and sporting a fetching 'Tiber' patina.
3 commentsDavid Atherton05/20/19 at 00:13Jay GT4: Nice find David!
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M. Antony leg. denarius28 viewsMark Antony denarius. Circa 32-31 BC. Eastern military moving mint.
3.85 grs.
Chortis Speculatorum type.
Cr. 544/12.
9 commentslabienus05/19/19 at 23:55Jay GT4: Outstanding! Wish mine was this nice
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Phoenicia, Arados, (c.138.7-44.3 B.C.), AR-Tetradrachm, BMC 273, Nike advancing left, #1 38 viewsPhoenicia, Arados, (c.138.7-44.3 B.C.), AR-Tetradrachm, BMC 273, Nike advancing left, #1
avers: Veiled, draped, and turreted bust of Tyche right.
reverse: APAΔIΩN, Nike advancing left, holding wreath and palm frond; in left field, ςЧP (date) above Aramaic H above AΣ; all within wreath.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 26,5-27,5mm, weight:14,88g, axes:0h,
mint: Phoenicia, Arados, date: c. 196 = 64/3 B.C., ref: BMC 273, SNG Cop-, Duyrat 3964 (D91/R650), Rouvier 327, HGC10-72,
Q-001
8 commentsquadrans05/16/19 at 21:28Jay GT4: Bold!
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115-114 B.C., M.Cipius (115-114 B.C.), AR-Denarius, Crawford 289/1, Rome, Victory in biga right, #1,24 views115-114 B.C., M.Cipius (115-114 B.C.), AR-Denarius, Crawford 289/1, Rome, Victory in biga right, #1,
avers: Helmeted head of Roma right, behind X, M.CIPI.M.F, border of dots.
reverse: Victory in biga right, holding palm branch; below, rudder.
exergue: -/-//ROMA, diameter: 16,5mm, weight: 3,84g, axis: 10h,
mint: Rome, date: 115-114 B.C., ref: Crawford-289/1, Sydenham-546,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans05/16/19 at 21:27Jay GT4: Sweet Biga!
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BCC G2912 viewsRoman Gem Stone
Caesarea Maritima
Intaglio 1st-3rd cent.CE
Draped bust of Apollo? left.
Red-Brown jasper in a
modern setting.
Profile type: F1, Flat top,
flat bottom, upright oval.
11.5 x 9.0 x 2.0mm. (including mounting)
cf. Hamburger #16, but without laurel branch.
cf. Hendler Collection #12 and #13.
Surface find, 1976, Setting created, 1983.
Comments or corrections are welcome.
(click for larger pic)
1 commentsv-drome05/14/19 at 02:36Jay GT4: Beautiful
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Sicily, Syracuse. Pyrrhus (Circa 278-275 BC)9 viewsAE 23mm, 11.43 g

Obverse: Head of Heracles l., wearing lion's headdress; in r. field, cornucopiae.

Rev. Athena Promachos standing r., holding spear and shield; in l. field, thunderbolt.

SNG Copenhagen 811. Calciati 177.

Pyrrhus was king of the Greek tribe of Molossians (west coast of Greece) and later became king of Epirus. One of the greatest military commanders of the ancient world, Pyrrhus took a large army to southern Italy at the behest of the Greek colony of Tarentum in their war against Rome. With his superior cavalry, deadly phalanx, and 20 elephants, Pyrrhus defeated the Romans in a succession of battles but at great cost. After a victory at Apulia (279 BC) where Pyrrhus lost 3,500 men including many officers, he famously commented that, "If we are victorious in one more battle with the Romans, we shall be utterly ruined." It is from this semi-legendary event that the term Pyrrhic victory originates.

In 278 BC, the Greek cities in Sicily asked Pyrrhus to help drive out Carthage, which along with Rome was one of the two great powers of the Western Mediterranean. While successful, his request for manpower and money from the Sicilians for a fleet to blockade Carthage’s final stronghold was met with resistance, forcing Pyrrhus to proclaim a military dictatorship of Sicily and install military garrisons in Sicilian cities. These actions were deeply unpopular and with Sicily growing increasingly hostile to Pyrrhus, he abandoned Sicily and returned to Italy to fight another inconclusive battle against the Romans. Pyrrhus soon ended his campaign in Italy and returned to Epirus.

In 274 BC he captured the Macedonian throne in a battle against Antigonus Gonatus II. But two years later while storming the city of Argos, Pyrrhus was killed in a confused battle at night in the narrow city streets. While fighting an Argive soldier, the soldier's mother, who was watching from a rooftop, threw a tile which knocked Pyrrhus from his horse and broke part of his spine, paralyzing him. His death was assured after a soldier beheaded his motionless body.

Athena Promachos ("Athena who fights in the front line") was a colossal bronze statue of Athena. Erected around 456 BC in Athens, the Athena Promachos likely memorialized the Persian Wars. The very first specific archaistic Athena Promachos coin image was depicted on coins that were issued by Alexander the Great in 326 BC. Ten years later, the Athena Promachos appeared on coins issued by Ptolemy in Alexandria. Pyrrhus' alliance with Ptolemy (I and II) and admiration of Alexander the Great (they were second cousins) undoubtedly inspired the design of this coin with Heracles on obverse (like Alexander's coins) and Athena Promachos on the reverse.
2 commentsNathan P05/13/19 at 20:40Jay GT4: Beautiful
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Galba AR Denarius29 viewsGalba, 68-69 Denarius Tarraco (?) April to late 68, AR
19mm., 3.33g.
Obv: SER GALBA IMP CAESAR AVG PM TR P; Laureate head r.
Rev. SPQR / OB / C-S within oak wreath.
C 288. RIC 62.(R2)
From the M.J. Collection.
Ex: Naville Numismatics Live auction 49 Lot 439 May 12, 2019.
3 commentsorfew05/13/19 at 12:45Jay GT4: I like it!
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RIC 0737 Domitianus6 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XI, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XXII COS XVI CENS P P P, Minerva standing left, with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her left side
AR/Denarius (19.05 mm 3.296 g 6h) Struck in Rome 92 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 737 (R), RSC, BMCRE, BNF unlisted
ex Jesus Vico Online Auction 5 Lot 113
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/13/19 at 12:15Jay GT4: Outstanding!
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Alexander III - AR tetradrachm2 viewsTemnos
c. 188-170 BC
head of young Heracles in lionskin right
Zeus seated left, leaning on scepter, holding eagle; oinochoe within vine tendril left
AΛEΞANΔPOY
(ΠA) E
Price 1676; Müller 956
16,20g
ex Dionysos
1 commentsJohny SYSEL05/12/19 at 22:35Jay GT4: Great reverse details
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Bruttium - Kroton5 viewsAR obol
c.530-510 BC
O - Tripod altar
R - Incuse tripod altar
1 commentsmauseus05/12/19 at 22:34Jay GT4: Great small coin
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Lucania - Sybaris6 viewsAR obol
c.530-510 BC
O - Bull left, head turned back
R - Incuse bull right, head turned back
1 commentsmauseus05/12/19 at 22:33Jay GT4: Love these early Italian coins!
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Phraates IV (38 - 2 B.C.)18 viewsAR Tetradrachm
O: Diademed and draped bust left, wart on forehead, wearing pointed beard and torque with no end visible; all within pelleted border.
R: BACILE[WS] BACILEWN ARSAKO[U] EUERGETOU DIKAIOU EPIFANOU[S] FILELLHN[OS], Phraates seated right on throne, Tyche standing left before him, presenting a palm and holding cornucopiae; year between throne legs, [month in exergue]
Seleukeia on the Tigris mint.
30mm
15g
Sellwood 51
5 commentsMat05/12/19 at 21:12Jay GT4: Great coin
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Domitian RIC-686157 viewsAR Denarius, 3.40g
Rome mint, 89 AD
RIC 686 (C2). BMC 159. RSC 258.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIIII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XXI COS XIIII CENS P P P; Minerva stg. r. on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to r., owl (M2)
Acquired from Athena Numismatics, June 2014.

Late in 89 Domitian was voted a double triumph over the Chatti and the Dacians. This common denarius struck between mid September and 31 December records Domitian's 21st imperial acclamation, the culmination of the two campaigns. The portrait style is quite unusual featuring a bull necked, heavily jowled Domitian, perhaps features more fitting for Vespasian.

A large flan specimen with a distinctive colourful patina.
6 commentsDavid Atherton05/12/19 at 20:34Jay GT4: Fantastic portrait
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RIC 0117 Vespasianus52 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M TR P P P COS III, Laureate head right, with aegis, globe below neck
Rev: S C (across field), Tetrastyle temple of Isis with semi-circular pediment. Between the columns an inner shrine with the statue of Isis; two other statues on right and left side; on pedment Isis on dog running right.
AE/Sestertius (35.56 mm 26.14 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D. (1st issue)
RIC 117 (R2), BMCRE 780, BNF unpublished
ex Artemide Auction LI lot 269
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/11/19 at 02:56Jay GT4: Amazing!
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6 viewsDIOCLETIAN.. Ae follis. Lyons.. 285-ca.310 A.D.

IMP DIOCLETIANVS AVG: Laureate bust left

GENIO POPVLI ROMANI: Genius standing left holding patera over altar, - / * in field, PLG in exergue.
2 commentspaul188805/11/19 at 02:55Jay GT4: Beauty!
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Vespasian RIC-23835 viewsÆ Sestertius, 25.68g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 238 (C). BMC 552.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: MARS VICTOR; S C in field; Mars, armoured, adv. l., with Victory and trophy
Ex CNG E443, 1 May 2019, lot 530.

A sestertius struck in Vespasian's great bronze issue of 71. The reverse features the first Mars type coined for the new emperor, copied from one previously struck for Vitellius. Mars is seen here in full military dress instead of the heroic nude he is normally depicted as on the contemporary denarii. This MARS VICTOR type pays proper respect to the god of war for granting Flavian success in the recently concluded Jewish War (an open display of celebration for defeating Vitellius would be taboo on the coinage). The portraits from this aes issue can be quite extraordinary. C.H.V. Sutherland in his book Roman Coins writes: 'Vespasian's aes, however, and not merely the sestertii, developed a full magnificence of portraiture ... The beauty of this work lay in it's realism, strong in authority and yet delicate in execution ...' (p. 189). Perhaps, a portrait such as this is what Sutherland had in mind when he wrote that passage.

The minor porosity does not detract from the superb veristic portrait and beautiful dark brown patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton05/11/19 at 02:54Jay GT4: Wonderful
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Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 18. Caracalla, HrHJ (2018) 8.18.48.17 var. (rev. only)3 viewsCaracalla, AD 198-217
AE 17, 2.92g, 17.22mm, 30°
obv. AV K M AV - ANTWNI
Bust, draped and cuirassed, laureate, r
rev. NIKOPOLITWN PROC I
Crescent with 4 stars: 1 star in the cavity, the other 3 in an arc above
ref. a) not in AMNG
b) not Varbanov
c) not in Hristova/Hoeft/Jerkov (2018):
rev. No. 8.18.48.17 var. (different depiction of stars)
obv. e.g. No. 8.18.53.7 corr. (same die, writes ANTWNIN)
About VF, dark green patina

1 commentsJochen05/09/19 at 03:44Jay GT4: Nice one Jochen
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Bruttium. The Bretti. . Ae double didrachm... 208-203 B.C..8 viewsObverse: Helmeted head of Ares left.

Reverse: Athena advancing right holding spear and shield, lyre in right field.

Weight: 14.32 grams.

Diameter: 25.47 mm.
3 commentsMark R105/09/19 at 02:57Jay GT4: Very nice!
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Lucania, Metapontion (Circa 540-510 BC).12 viewsAR Nomos

28 mm, 7.82 g

Obv: META.
Barley ear.
Rev: Incuse barley ear.

Noe Class VI; HN Italy 1479.

Metaponion's neighbor, Sybaris, given its preeminence in the region, was most likely the originator of the incuse fabric. It seems to have been a spontaneous invention and to have been evolved without any evolutionary development. Of interest is that these coins have seldom or never been found in hoards unearthed outside Italy. This carries the suggestion that the consideration of preventing the export of money and, consequently, of restricting its circulation to South Italy must have been prominent in the minds of those responsible for originating the form. These incuse pieces are also rarely found overstruck and are significantly more difficult to counterfeit.
4 commentsNathan P05/09/19 at 02:56Jay GT4: Great piece
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Julian of Pannonia16 viewsJulian of Pannonia, Usurper (284-285).
BI Antoninianus, Siscia mint.
Obv: IMP C M AVR IVLIANVS PF AVG. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: FELICITAS TEMPORVM. Felicitas standing facing, head left, holding caduceus and sceptre; in field, S-B; in exergue, XXI.
RIC 2., C. 1 (Fr. 150). BI. g. 3.14 RRR. Very rare.

Notes from the seller (Artemide LI, Lot 322):
"A superb example. Deep brown patina. Minor areas of weakness, otherwise about EF/Good VF."
4 commentsMark Z05/09/19 at 02:55Jay GT4: Great coin Mark!
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Titus as Caesar RIC 863127 viewsAR Denarius, 3.37g
Rome Mint, 76 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 863 (R2). BMC 305 var. RSC 106 var.
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IOVIS CVSTOS; Jupiter stg. facing, with patera over altar and sceptre
Ex Harlan J Berk 159, 3 June 2008, lot 271.

Rated R2 by the RIC and unlisted previously, this was a most difficult coin for me to find.

Here is Curtis Clay's text from HJB's 159th buy or bid sale, which I cannot improve upon:

"A rare variant of the obverse legend for this reverse type, only recently published, allowing us to date the type's introduction precisely to 76 AD. In the course of that year, the obverse legend on Titus' gold and silver coins was expanded from T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN to the same with VESPASIANVS, and the new form lasted until his accession as Augustus in 79. Titus' IOVIS CVSTOS reverse type was previously recorded only with obverse VESPASIANVS, so datable 76-79 AD; but RIC-863 and our coin with obverse VESPASIAN suggest that the type was introduced precisely in the year of the legend change, 76. RIC-863 cites two specimens of this denarius, in Berlin and in a private collection; we have seen a couple of others in trade or private collections over the past few years."

It's not everyday you come across a variant which can pin down the dating of a well known type! Not only is the coin rare, but the portrait on this example, in my opinion, is quite exceptional.
1 commentsVespasian7005/07/19 at 11:34Jay GT4: How did I miss this one? AAn important type!
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Hyria, Campania168 views400-335 BC
AR Didrachm (21mm, 7.33g)
O: Head of Athena right, wearing wreathed Attic helmet decorated with an owl.
R: Man-headed bull walking right; YPIN[A] above.
Rutter 69 (O32/R??); SNG ANS 255; HN Italy 539; Sear 294v (bull left)
ex Den of Antiquity

An historically obscure city in southern Campania, Hyria may have been located approximately 25 miles east of Mt. Vesuvius. It's site was likely an old Samnite settlement, and in fact the ethnic on the reverse of these didrachms is often inscribed in Oscan.
However Imhoof-Blumer believed that these coins, along with those of neighboring Nola, may actually have been struck at Neapolis. This is suggested by die comparisons, and the man-headed bull device seemingly adds weight to the arguement.
7 commentsEnodia05/07/19 at 01:35Jay GT4: Very cool
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112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Lugdunum, RIC V-II 118.9.4./A-A2, D/-//--, PAX AVG, AE-Ant., Pax standing left, #145 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Lugdunum, RIC V-II 118.9.4./A-A2, D/-//--, PAX AVG, AE-Ant., Pax standing left, #1
avers: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. (A2
reverse: PAX AVG, Pax standing left, holding olive-branch and scepter. In left field D.(A)
exergue: D/-//--, diameter: 20,5-22,0 mm, weight: 3,92g, axis:5h,
mint: Lugdunum, 9th.em., 4th.off., "D" in left field, date: 01.-08. 282 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 123.9.2./A-A2, Bastien 422,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans05/06/19 at 22:58Jay GT4: Nice silvering
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Mn. Acilius Glabrio - Salus with Valetudo holding Snake (Crawf. 442/1a)20 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 49 BC
3.72g

Obv: Laureate head of Salus (R), SALVTIS upward in field.

Rev: Valetudo standing (L), resting l. arm on column and holding snake in r. hand
MN·ACILIVS – III·VIR·VALETV

Crawford 442/1a; Acilia 8; Syd. 922

NAC Auction 114 - Part 1, 06/05/2019, Lot 475
ex. NAC 73, Student and his Mentor part II, 18/11/2013, Lot 176
ex. Nicolas Collection, Etienne-Paul Nicolas (1904-1981), Leu 17, 03/05/1977, Nicolas, Lot 648.
8 commentsOptimo Principi05/06/19 at 22:58Jay GT4: Wow
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Ambrakia Epirus circa 360-340 BC 22 mm 8.67g9 viewsHelmeted head of Athena left,dolphin left above,cock right below.1 commentsGrant H05/06/19 at 22:36Jay GT4: Very cool
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RIC 2, p.298, 730 - Plotina, Vesta8 viewsPlotina
Augusta
AR Denarius
Obv.: PLOTINA AVG IMP TRAIANI, Draped bust right.
Rev.: CAES AVG GERMA DAC COS VI PP, Vesta seated left on throne, holding palladium and sceptre.
Ag, 3.57g, 19mm
Ref.: RIC II 730 [R3], CRE 15 [R2]
Ex Numismatik Naumann, Auction 76. Lot 414
1 commentsshanxi05/06/19 at 02:44Jay GT4: Wonderful portrait
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Titus RIC-50336 viewsÆ Dupondius, 12.49g
Eastern Mint (Thrace?), 80-81 AD
RIC 503 (R). BMC 314. RPC 507.
Obv: IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: ROMA; S C in exergue; Roma std. l. on cuirass, with wreath and parazonium
Acquired from eBay, April 2019.

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

Beautifully toned with an extraordinarily decadent portrait.
7 commentsDavid Atherton05/05/19 at 22:06Jay GT4: Oh baby! What a portrait
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Caracalla (198 - 217 A.D.)13 viewsAR Antoninianus
O: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Radiate, and cuirassed bust right seen half from the back.
R: VENVS VICTRIX, Venus standing left, holding Victory and scepter, leaning on shield set on helmet.
Rome Mint
4.57g
23mm
RIC IV-I 311v, RSC 608a-c
5 commentsMat05/05/19 at 18:33Jay GT4: +1
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115 Carinus (282-283 A.D. Caesar 283-285 A.D. Augustus), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 314F, Siscia, B//SMSXXI, VIRTVS AVG G, Emperor, and Jupiter, #159 views115 Carinus (282-283 A.D. Caesar 283-285 A.D. Augustus), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 314F, Siscia, B//SMSXXI, VIRTVS AVG G, Emperor, and Jupiter, #1
avers: IMP C M AVR CARINVS P F AVG, Radiate and cuirassed bust right (F)
reverse: IOVI CONSER, Carinus standing right receiving Globe from Jupiter standing left.
exergue: B//SMSXXI, diameter: 21,0-23,0mm, weight: 3,57g, axes: 0h,
mint: Siscia, 6th. em., date: 284 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 314F,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans05/04/19 at 13:49Jay GT4: Rugged beard! What a great exergue
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011 Gaius (Caligula) (37-41 A.D.), RIC I 052, Rome, AE-Quadrans, PON M TR P IIII P P COS TERT around R C C, #158 views011 Gaius (Caligula) (37-41 A.D.), RIC I 052, Rome, AE-Quadrans, PON M TR P IIII P P COS TERT around R C C, #1
avers: C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG around pileus flanked by large S C.
reverse: PON M TR P IIII P P COS TERT around R C C.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,5-18,5mm, weight: 3,11g, axes: 7h,
mint: Rome, date: 40-41, ref: RIC I 52, BMC 64, C 7,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans05/03/19 at 11:30Jay GT4: That is great Q
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Titus as Caesar RIC 44446 viewsÆ As, 10.20g
Rome mint, 72 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 444 (R). BMC 642.
Obv: T CAES VESPASIAN IMP P TR P COS II; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: FIDES PVBLICA; S C below; Hands clasped over caduceus and corn ears
Acquired from Gert Boersema, April 2019.

The clasped hands type had been introduced during Vespasian's great bronze issues of 71. It perhaps symbolises good faith in the corn supply (corn ears), trade (caduceus), and agricultural abundance. From the moment coins were issued in Titus Caesar's name in 72 he shared many of the reverses struck for his father, such as this clasped hands type. It must have contained a very important message for the regime since it was also produced in silver.

A fine early style portrait of the young prince with a dark greenish-grey patina.
7 commentsDavid Atherton04/30/19 at 13:54Jay GT4: Sweet!
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Gallienus, Hippocamp18 viewsGALLIENVS AVG,
radiate head right

NEPTVNO CONS AVG,
hippocamp springing right

mintmark N

RIC 245, RSC 667; Sear 10292
5 commentsRobin Ayers04/29/19 at 13:47Jay GT4: Fantastic reverse
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Gallienus, Centaur8 viewsGALLIENVS AVG,
radiate head right

APOLLINI CONS AVG,
Centaur walking right, drawing bow

Officina letter Z below

RIC 163
1 commentsRobin Ayers04/29/19 at 13:46Jay GT4: Always like a good centaur
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Gallienus, Griffin16 viewsAe

IMP C GALLIENVS AVG
Radiate bust right

APOLLINI CONS AVG
Griffin walking left L in exergue

Delta below

RIC 165
4 commentsRobin Ayers04/29/19 at 13:45Jay GT4: Great reverse
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Vespasian (69 - 79 A.D.)28 viewsAntioch, Syria
AR Tetradrachm
O: AYTOKPAT KAIΣA OYEΣΠAΣIANOY; Head of Vespasian, laureate head right.
R: (T) ΦΛAYI OYEΣΠ KAIΣ ETOYΣ NEOY IEPOY; Laureate Head of Titus, r.; in r. field, B=Year 2 ( 69-70 AD)
11.37g
25mm
RPC 1941 (2 spec.)., Cf. Prieur 107-107A

A RPC group 2 tetradrachm attributed to Antioch, but style wise very similar to Alexandria. RPC speculates the Alexandria style tetradrachms were either struck in Alexandria and then shipped to Antioch, or less likely Alexandrian mint workers were sent to Antioch and produced the coins there. Kevin Butcher speculates these Alexandria style tetradrachms were ordered by the southern Syrian cities from the Alexandria mint for circulation in that part of the province. Of note, Galilee, Samaria, and Judaea were a part of the province of Syria at the time. Interestingly, these tetradrachms in which Titus' portrait is featured on the reverse may have been circulating in the very region where he commanded the legions fighting the Jewish War. Most likely they were struck during the massive military build up before the siege of Jerusalem, providing strong evidence of the important role Titus Caesar held at the time.

This regnal year 2 type is more commonly seen with a star behind Titus' portrait on the reverse. This is the rarer variant lacking the star.
8 commentsMat04/29/19 at 01:32Jay GT4: Great dual portrait
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10 viewsVespasian, 69-79
Denarius 79, AR 3.52 g. Laureate head r. Rev. Capricorn l; below, globe. C 554. RIC 1058.
Ex CNG 42, 1997 lot 860; Triton VI, January 14, 2003 lot 836, Numismatica Ars Classica NAC AG, Auction 92, May 23, 2016 lot 2140, Heritage Auction 3060, 1/16/2018 lot 33400, CNG Web Store (841947); NGC certification 4244139-018
4 commentspaul188804/27/19 at 14:12Jay GT4: Wonderful coin
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094 Hadrian Denarius 134-38 AD Victory Eastern mint5 viewsReference
Strack *43; RIC cf345

Obv: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right; draped left shoulder.

Rev: COS III
Victory seated left, holding wreath and palm

3.00 gr
17 mm
h
1 commentsokidoki04/27/19 at 14:11Jay GT4: Good silver and a nice strike
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Carthage, Tanit, Horse, O to right9 viewsCarthage
Circa 300-264 BC. Æ 18
Obv: Wreathed head of Tanit left
Rev.: Horse’s head right; O to right.
Æ, 5.25g, 18mm
Ref.: SNG Copenhagen 151
3 commentsshanxi04/27/19 at 14:10Jay GT4: Great coin
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Constantine II AE follis11 viewsConstantine II. 337 - 340 AD.

Trier. 333-334 AD.

17mm., 1.97g.

CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C. Bust of Constantine II, laureate, cuirassed, right

GLOR-IA EXERC-ITVS. Two soldiers, helmeted, draped, cuirassed, standing facing each other, each holding spear in outer hand and resting inner hand on shield; between them, two standards. MintMark: (palm branch)//TRP

References: RIC VII Treveri 556

AAEA
2 commentsRL04/27/19 at 12:46Jay GT4: Great reverse
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110 Tacitus (275-276 A.D.), T-3290, RIC V-I 061, Lugdunum, AE-Antoninianus, SPES PVBLICA, -/-//CA, Bust-D1, Spes walking left, Rare variant! #159 views110 Tacitus (275-276 A.D.), T-3290, RIC V-I 061, Lugdunum, AE-Antoninianus, SPES PVBLICA, -/-//CA, Bust-D1, Spes walking left, Rare variant! #1
avers: IMP•CL•TACITVS•AVG, Bust right, radiate, cuirassed and draped with paludamentum. (D1).
reverse: SPES PVBLICA, Spes walking left, holding a flower in the right hand and raising skirt with the left hand. (Spes 1).
exergue: -/-//CA, diameter: 21-22mm, weight: 3,65g, axes: 0h,
mint: Lugdunum, 3rd.issue, 3rd.off., date: 276 AD., ref: RIC V-I 61., T-(Estiot)-3290, Bastien 63.corr., C-,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans04/25/19 at 11:56Jay GT4: I like the reverse Q
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Vespasian RIC-98981 viewsÆ Sestertius, 21.45g
Rome mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 989 (R3). BMC - .
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN COS VIII; Head of Vespasian, laurerate, l.
Rev: ANNONA AVGVST; S C in field; Annona std. l., with sack of corn ears
Ex eBay, 13 April 2019.

The bronze issue of 77-78 struck at Rome was quite small, all the sestertii from it are considered rare. The 'IMP CAESAR' left facing obverse portrait with Annona reverse is listed in RIC as unique with one specimen cited from the Paris collection. None are listed in the RIC II Addenda. This then is the second known specimen, a double die match with the Paris coin.

A classic severe portrait (B. Levick called them 'straining' portraits) combined with a beautiful dark olive green patina.
7 commentsDavid Atherton04/24/19 at 12:04Jay GT4: Sweetness
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Cappadocia, Caesarea, 020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1659, AR-Hemidrachm, Nike advancing right, #168 viewsCappadocia, Caesarea-Eusebia, 020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1659, AR-Hemidrachm, Nike advancing right, #1
avers: AYTOKP KAICAP OYЄCΠACIANOC CЄBA Laureate head of Vespasian to right.
reverse: Nike advancing right, holding wreath in her right hand and palm frond over her left shoulder.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 12,9-13,9mm, weight: 1,54g, axis: 0h,
mint: Cappadocia, Caesarea-Eusebia, date: 69-79 A.D.,
ref: RPC II 1659, Sydenham 94, Metcalf 17, SGI 735,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans04/24/19 at 12:03Jay GT4: I like these small silver coins
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Parthia, Andragoras, ca. 245-238 BC, AR Didrachm11 viewsHelmeted head of Athena r.; bunch of grapes behind.
Owl standing r., head facing, crescent, olive spray (largely off-flan) and bunch of grapes (mostly off-flan) behind, AΘE to r.

Taylor Birds of a Feather 2.3, 96 (dies a7/p12) ; HGC 12, 4 (Baktria); H. Nicolet-Pierre & M. Amandry, RN 1994, 24-28 (Baktria); SNG ANS 9, 5 (Baktria).

(19 mm, 7.94 g, 6h).

Roma Numismatics XVII (28 Mar. 2019), lot 587; ex 'Andragoras-Sophytes' Hoard.
1 commentsn.igma04/22/19 at 12:58Jay GT4: Stunning
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Roman Augustus Denarius9 viewsAugustus. 27 BC-AD 14. AR Denarius. Rome mint. P. Petronius Turpilianus, moneyer. Struck 19 BC.

Obverse: CAESAR AVGVSTVS, bare head right

Reverse: P•PETRON•TVRPILIAN•III•VIR, Pegasus walking right

banker’s mark on reverse.

RIC I 297; RSC 491.
2 commentsTanit04/22/19 at 12:57Jay GT4: Great coin!
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Domitian AR Denarius36 viewsDomitian as Caesar Denarius 79 to 24 June
18mm., 3,15g.
Obv:Head laureate l; CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS VI
Rev: Salus stg r resting on column feeding snake out of patera; PRINCEPS IVVENTUTIS
RIC 1085 [Vespasian] BMC page 47 note. RSC 385.
Ex: Savoca Blue 19th auction April 21, 2019 Lot 1138
4 commentsorfew04/21/19 at 22:14Jay GT4: A great find
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Caria. Mylasa. Eupolemos Æ15 / Overlapping Shields27 viewsAttribution: SNG Copenhagen (Macedonia) 1166
Date: circa 295-280 BC
Obverse: Three overlapping shields with spear heads on bosses
Reverse: EYΠO / ΛEMOY; Sword in sheath, monogram below
Size: 15.67 mm
Weight: 4.09 grams
Description: EF with choice silky patina
6 commentsMark R104/21/19 at 19:46Jay GT4: Cool
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Sextus Pompey -- Pharos and Scylla Larger Picture29 viewsPhoto Credits: Forum Ancient Coins2 commentsTracy Aiello04/20/19 at 23:32Jay GT4: Fantastic
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Domitian (Augustus) Coin: Brass Sestertius 7 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P - Bust of Domitian, laureate, right with aegis
S C - Domitian standing left sacrificing out of patera over lighted altar in front of distyle shrine enclosing statue of Minerva
Exergue:



Mint: Rome (85 AD)
Wt./Size/Axis: 23.79g / 35mm / 6h
Rarity: Scarce
References:
RIC II, part I (second edition) Domitian 355
Cohen : 491
Provenances:
Numisaisne
Acquisition/Sale: Numisaisne Internet Website $0.00 08/18
Notes: Feb 8, 19 - The Gary R. Wilson Collection
2 commentsGary W204/20/19 at 11:17Jay GT4: Great coin Gary
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Troas, Ilion, 020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 0893, AE-21, Confronted, laureate and draped busts of Titus right and Domitian left #159 viewsTroas, Ilion, 020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 0893, AE-21, Confronted, laureate and draped busts of Titus right and Domitian left #1
avers: (AYTOK K CEBAC) OYECPACIANOC, Laureate head of Vespasian right
reverse: TITω KAICAP I ΔOMITIANΩ KA IΛI, Confronted, laureate and draped busts of Titus right and Domitian left. Between them, cult image of Athena, standing on a low base, turned half left, brandishing spear and resting a hand on the shield.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 19,5-21,0mm, weight: 8,25g, axis: 0h,
mint: Troas, Ilion, date: 69-79 A.D.,
ref: RPC II 0893, Bellinger T197,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans04/19/19 at 12:23Jay GT4: Sweet
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020p Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), Troas, Ilion, RPC II 0893, AE-21, Confronted, laureate and draped busts of Titus right and Domitian left #172 views020p Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), Troas, Ilion, RPC II 0893, AE-21, Confronted, laureate and draped busts of Titus right and Domitian left #1
avers: (AYTOK K CEBAC) OYECPACIANOC, Laureate head of Vespasian right
reverse: TITω KAICAP I ΔOMITIANΩ KA IΛI, Confronted, laureate and draped busts of Titus right and Domitian left. Between them, cult image of Athena, standing on a low base, turned half left, brandishing spear and resting a hand on the shield.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 19,5-21,0mm, weight: 8,25g, axis: 0h,
mint: Troas, Ilion, date: 69-79 A.D.,
ref: RPC II 0893, Bellinger T197,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans04/19/19 at 12:23Jay GT4: Cool addition Q
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022b Titus (69-79 A.D. Caesar, 79-81 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0124a, RIC II(1962) 0024a, AR-Denarius, Rome, TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, Throne #3181 views022b Titus (69-79 A.D. Caesar, 79-81 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0124a, RIC II(1962) 0024a, AR-Denarius, Rome, TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, Throne #3
avers:- IMP-TITVS-CAES-VESPASIAN-AVG-P-M, Laureate head right.
revers:- TR-P-IX-IMP-XV-COS-VIII-P-P, Draped throne with triangular back; grain ears atop.
exe: -/-//--, diameter: mm, weight: g, axis: h,
mint: Rome, date: 80 A.D., ref: RIC 0124a, RIC II(1962) 0024a p-119, RSC-313, BMC 58,
Q-003
2 commentsquadrans04/19/19 at 11:34Jay GT4: Nice find!
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022b Titus (69-79 A.D. Caesar, 79-81 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0122, RIC II(1962) 0024a, AR-Denarius, Rome, TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, Throne #1162 views022b Titus (69-79 A.D. Caesar, 79-81 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0122, RIC II(1962) 0024a, AR-Denarius, Rome, TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, Throne #1
avers:- IMP-TITVS-CAES-VESPASIAN-AVG-P-M, Laureate head right.
revers:- TR-P-IX-IMP-XV-COS-VIII-P-P, Throne with curved back decorated with three floral ornaments; below, fringed seatcover and strut.
exe: -/-//--, diameter: mm, weight: g, axis: h,
mint: Rome, date: 80 A.D., ref: RIC 0122, RIC II(1962) 0024a p-119, RSC-313, BMC 58,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans04/19/19 at 11:33Jay GT4: Nice one Q
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Titus as Caesar AR Denarius28 viewsTitus as Caesar 75 CE
20 mm 3.30 g
Obv: Head laureate r; T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN
Rev: Securitas seated l; head resting on raised arm; PONTIF TR P COS IIII
Ric 784 (R2) [Vespasian] BMC--, RSC--
Purchased from Zurqieh on vcoins; April 18, 2019
2 commentsorfew04/19/19 at 01:35Jay GT4: Sweet
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Titus AR Denarius44 views
TITUS Auguste (79-81), AR denier, 80, Rome.
D/ IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM· T. l. à d.
R/ TR P IX IMP XV- COS VIII PP Siège carré dr., avec un dossier triangulaire, décoré de cinq palmettes.
BMC 233, 61; RIC 124. 3,23g. Beau à Très Beau/Beau (Fine - Very Fine/Fine)
Purchased from Jean Elsen April 18, 2019

4 commentsorfew04/18/19 at 19:20Jay GT4: Nice find
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Domitian (Augustus) Coin: Brass Dupondius8 viewsMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P - Radiate bust right.
VICTORIAE AVGVSTI - Victory standing left, inscribing shield set on trophy to left and holding palm frond; S-C across trophy.
Exergue:



Mint: Rome (86 AD)
Wt./Size/Axis: 14.12g / 30mm / 7h
Rarity: Scarce
References:
RIC 483 var. (bust type).
Provenances:
Roma Numismatics
Acquisition/Sale: Roma Numismatics Internet E-Live 4 #752 $0.00 11/18
3 commentsGary W204/18/19 at 19:19Jay GT4: Very nice
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Severus Alexander (222 - 235 A.D.)31 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: Α ΚΑΙ ΜΑΡ ΑΥΡ СƐΥ ΑΛƐΞΑΝΔΡΟС ƐΥ laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Severus Alexander, r., seen from rear.
R: Nilus bust r., draped and wearing lotus wreath; to l., cornucopia on shoulder, r.; in front, palm branch L I = 10
Alexandria Mint
23mm
13.7g
Emmett 3122.10 (R3), Milne 3031; Dattari 4331

Rare

Published on Wildwinds!
7 commentsMat04/18/19 at 02:01Jay GT4: Sweet! Congrats!
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RPC II 2540 Domitianus40 viewsObv: AYT KAIΣAP ΔOMITIANOΣ ΣEB ΓΕΡM, Laureate head right
Rev: ETOYS EBΔOMOY, Bust of Zeus-Ammon right
AE/Diobol (24.66 mm 8.232 g 12h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 87-88 A.D.
RPC II 2540, Missing in Dattari Collection
ex Savoca 32nd Silver Auction Lot 276
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/17/19 at 21:15Jay GT4: Nice!
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Sybaris Stater16 viewsBruttium, Sybaris 540-530 BC Statère 7,77g
A:/ VM en haut; Taureau à gauche, tournant la tête à droite avec un diadème perlé ; ligne d’exergue perlée ; grènetis perlé.
R:/ R/ même type à dr. incus.
Spagnoli group A1, HNItaly 1729. SNG ANS 825
1 commentsBrennos04/17/19 at 01:50Jay GT4: Outstanding!
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Sybaris Stater25 viewsBruttium, Sybaris 525-514 BC Statère 7,82g
A:/ VM en Bas; Taureau à gauche, tournant la tête à droite ; ligne d’exergue perlée ; grènetis perlé.
R:/ même type à dr. incus.
Spagnoli group B, HNItaly 1729. SNG ANS 828-46
ex NAC 59 (2011) lot 1551
1 commentsBrennos04/16/19 at 23:46Jay GT4: You've added some amazing coins
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01.- Attica Tetradrachm (454-404 BC)14 viewsATTICA, Athens. Circa 454-404 BC. AR Tetradrachm (22mm, 17.09 g, 8h). Helmeted head of Athena right / Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent behind; all within incuse square. Kroll 8; HGC 4, 1597. VF, lightly toned, minor area of porosity on obverse, graffito and slight die shift on reverse.
Purchased at Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. auction in 2015.
3 commentsOscar D04/16/19 at 11:11Jay GT4: Great
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Julia Domna, Amorion17 viewsJulia Domna
Phrygia, Amorion
Ae 24-25mm; 7.83g

IOVLIA(dot)AVGOVCTA
draped bust right

AMOPIANWN
Nemesis spitting into her bosom; wheel at feet

Ref?
2 commentsRobin Ayers04/16/19 at 10:44Jay GT4: Great Nemesis
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Elagabalus, Nikopolis ad Istrum14 viewsElagabalus
Nikopolis ad Istrum, Legate Rufus
Ae 27mm; 12.32g

AV KV M AVRH ANTWNEINOC
laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right

VP NOBIOV ROVFIOV NIKOPOLITWN PROC ICTRON
Serapis standing left, holding sceptre and raising right hand

Moushmov 1443
2 commentsRobin Ayers04/16/19 at 10:44Jay GT4: Really nice patina
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Hadrian Denarius Antioch 119-22 AD Aequitas standing7 viewsReference.
Strack *-- ; RIC II, --; BMCRE --; C. --; BMC --

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate, cuirassed bust right, baldric strap over shoulder and across chest, seen from front

Rev. PM TR POTES III COS III
Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopia

3.40 gr
17 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki04/16/19 at 02:28Jay GT4: Nice Eastern portrait
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AUGUSTUS AE Dupondius3 viewsOBVERSE: IMP DIVI F P-P, back-to-back heads of Agrippa, in rostral crown, & Augustus, laureate
REVERSE: COL NEM, palm tree curving to left, crocodile right chained below, wreath to left of palm tip with long ties trailing to right
Nemausus (Gaul) 20-10 BC
11.97g, 26mm
RIC 159
1 commentsLegatus04/15/19 at 03:06Jay GT4: Nice portraits
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Geta, Denarius PRINC IVVENT, RIC 15a7 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: After c. 200-202 AD
Metal: AR
Obverse: PSEPT GETA CAES PONT; Draped bust r. Bare head. Young portrait
Reverse: PRINC IVVENT - Geta stg l. holding branch in r. long spear pointing down in l.
Mint: Rome
Weight: 3.05 gm.
Reference: RIC IV Part 1, 15a (Geta).
Provenance: Purchased from Munzen und Medaillen AG, at Pittsburg ANA convention, Aug 11, 1989

Superb EF, Superb old gray toning, good style, fully centered and complete.
2 commentsSteve B504/14/19 at 02:30Jay GT4: Wow. Great coin
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Vespasian-RIC-101575 viewsÆ Quadrans, 2.31g
Rome Mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 1015 (R). BMC 740A.
Obv: IMP VESPASIAN AVG; Rudder on globe
Rev: P M TR P P P COS VIII; S C in field; Caduceus, winged
Acquired from Numismatica Prada, April 2019.

The quadrans in the early imperial period typically lacked an imperial portrait. Possibly the denomination was deemed so lowly by mint officials that a portrait was considered improper. They were struck haphazardly and functioned primarily as an urban low value coinage in Rome and central Italy. The quadrans was the typical fee for entry into the baths, a urinal, or for a tryst in a cheap brothel. Being of rather low value quadrantes were not typically hoarded and thus are relatively scarce today. The rudder over globe suggests Vespasian's continued steady hand guiding the empire.

Nicely centred and well preserved for the type.
5 commentsDavid Atherton04/13/19 at 21:35Jay GT4: Very nice small change
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enlargement of griffins head5 views1 commentsGrant H04/12/19 at 03:34Jay GT4: Amazing detail
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Ptolemy I Soter Tetradrachm as Satrap16 viewsPtolemy I Soter. Silver Tetradrachm (15.68 g, 26mm), as Satrap, 323-305 BC. Alexandria, in the name of Alexander III. Overstruck on earlier Alexander tetradrachm, 306-305 BC.
O: Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, wearing elephant's skin headdress, aegis around neck with tiny Δ in scales.
R: AΛEΞANΔPOY in left field, Athena Alkidemos advancing right, wielding javelin and holding forth shield;in right field, monogram, Corinthian helmet right above ΔI and eagle standing right on thunderbolt.
Overstruck, undertype beading visible on obverse just above elephant's ear; on the reverse, portrait of Alexander above eagles head into Athena's shield.

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

Ptolemy was feeling the financial burden of repelling Antigonus’ invasion and supporting Rhodes through a thirteen-month siege. The government needed extra currency and Egypt produced little or no silver. The recall of the heavy issues meant 8 tetradrachms were restruck into 9 “Crisis Issues” but with no change in the appearance of the dies.
3 commentsNemonater04/12/19 at 01:49Jay GT4: I see it!
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Ptolemy I Soter Tetradrachm as Satrap14 viewsPtolemy I Soter. Silver Tetradrachm (15.65 g, 30mm), as Satrap, 323-305 BC. Alexandria, in the name of Alexander III
O: Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, wearing elephant's skin headdress.
R: AΛEΞANΔPOY in left field, Athena Alkidemos advancing right, wielding javelin and holding forth shield;in right field, monogram, Corinthian helmet above and eagle standing right on thunderbolt.
Overstruck, traces of undertype visible.

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

Ptolemy was feeling the financial burden of repelling Antigonus’ invasion and supporting Rhodes through a thirteen-month siege. The government needed extra currency and Egypt produced little or no silver. The recall of the heavy issues meant 8 tetradrachms were restruck into 9 “Crisis Issues” but with no change in the appearance of the dies.
3 commentsNemonater04/12/19 at 01:48Jay GT4: Amazing
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Diva Faustina - RIC 348 (Antoninus Pius)5 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: Late After A.D. 141
Metal: AR
Weight: 3.18
Obverse: DIVA FAV STINA. Bust of Faustina r. Hair elaborately bejeweled with pearls
Reverse: AETER NITAS. Fortuna, veiled draped standing l., Holding globe on extended r. hand and vertical rudder, close to side on l.

Mint: Rome
Weight:.
Reference: RIC III 348 (Antoninus Pius)
Provenance: Purchased from CNG at Denver ANA, Aug. 16, 2006

Superb EF
2 commentsSteve B504/11/19 at 18:59Jay GT4: Great hair!
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Titus as Caesar RIC 44949 viewsÆ As, 10.92g
Rome mint, 72 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 449 (R). BMC 644.
Obv: T CAES VESPASIAN IMP P TR P COS II; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: S C in field; Aquila between two standards
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, April 2019. Ex Savoca Silver 30, 27 January 2019, lot 337.

The aquila between two standards type was struck early in Vespasian's reign to honour the loyalty of the legions, seen here on the reverse of this rare Titus as Caesar As. The aquila, which featured an eagle clutching a thunderbolt, was the most important standard of any legion. With the recent successful completion of the Civil War and Jewish rebellion Vespasian and Titus knew which side their bread was buttered on! The type was later revived under Titus and Domitian for their cistophori.

Solid portrait with a fetching dark patina.
6 commentsDavid Atherton04/11/19 at 11:59Jay GT4: Very nice
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Egypt, Alexandria. Domitian. A.D. 81-96. AE drachm.14 views Egypt, Alexandria. Domitian. A.D. 81-96. AE drachm. Alexandria mint, Struck A.D. 95/6. Scarce (Emmett "frequency" 2). From the D. Thomas Collection
Egypt, Alexandria. Domitian. A.D. 81-96. AE drachm (34.7 mm, 23.61 g, 11 h). Alexandria mint, Struck A.D. 95/6. [AVT KAIC ΘЄ] OVIOC ΔOMIT [CЄB ΓЄPM], laureate head of Domitian right / Frontal elevation of triumphal arch; L - IE ( yr. 15 = A.D. 95/6 ). Emmett 257.15. Near VF / VF, very dark green smooth patina. Scarce (Emmett "frequency" 2).
3 commentsAncient Aussie04/11/19 at 10:51Jay GT4: Great architectural reverse
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072 Gordianus-III. (238-244 A.D.), RIC IV-III 301a, AE-Sestertius, Rome, -/-//SC, P M TR P III COS II P P, Apollo enthroned left, #175 views072 Gordianus-III. (238-244 A.D.), RIC IV-III 301a, AE-Sestertius, Rome, -/-//SC, P M TR P III COS II P P, Apollo enthroned left, #1
avers: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: P M TR P III COS II P P, Apollo enthroned left, holding the olive branch and resting arm on the lyre, SC belove.
exergue: -/-//SC, diameter: 28,0-29,0mm, weight: 20,61g, axis: h,
mint: Rome, date: 240-241 A.D., ref: RIC IV-III 301a, C-240,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans04/10/19 at 22:59Jay GT4: Sweet!
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Taras, Calabria 8 views302-228 BC
AR Diobol (11mm, 0.82g)
O: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with wing.
R: Herakles standing right, wrestling the Nemean lion; club behind, TAPAN above.
cf Vlasto 1365; HN Italy 976
Scarce
ex Savoca Coins

2 commentsEnodia04/10/19 at 19:29Jay GT4: Nice little crested helmet
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Bruttium, AE18 34 viewsBrettian league, c. 215-205 BC
Bust of Nike right
Zeus riding a biga, holding thunderbolt and sceptre
3.6 gr, 18 mm
Ref : Sear #706
2 commentsPotator II04/10/19 at 04:21Jay GT4: Really nice portrait
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Bruttium, the Brettii: Anonymous (ca. 214-211 BCE) Æ Double – Didrachm (Scheu, Bronze 1; HN Italy 1975)36 viewsObv: Helmeted head of Ares left; two pellets to right, grain ear below
Rev: Nike standing left, erecting trophy; cornucopia between


2 commentsQuant.Geek04/10/19 at 04:20Jay GT4: Exceptional
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BRUTTIUM: TERINA. late 4th century BC. Silver Third Stater. AR15mm . 2grm.12 viewsBRUTTIUM: TERINA. late 4th century BC. Silver Third Stater. AR15mm . 2grm.
Obv.Head of the nymph Terina right.
Rev.Winged Nike seated l on cippus, bird perched on her extended right hand.
1 commentsLee S04/10/19 at 04:19Jay GT4: So great for such a tiny coin
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EB0014 Nike / Dionysos6 viewsBrettian League, BRUTTIUM, AR drachm, 216-214 BC.
Obverse: Diademed bust of Nike right.
Reverse: BPETTIΩN , Dionysos standing facing, crowning himself with his right hand, holding sceptre in his left; incense altar to right.
References: SNG ANS 18.
Diameter: 20mm, Weight: 4.634g.
1 commentsEB04/10/19 at 04:19Jay GT4: Missed this one. Awesome coin!
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EB0170 Nike / Zeus8 viewsThe Bretti, BRUTTIUM, AE 17, 215-205 BC.
Obverse: NIKA, Diademed head of Nike left, ear of barley behind her head.
Reverse: BΡETTIΩN, Zeus, naked, striding right, hurling thunderbolt, [and holding sceptre?], cornucopiae in right field.
References: Cf. BMC 96; Mont 3163.
Diameter: 17mm, Weight: 4.159g.
1 commentsEB04/10/19 at 04:18Jay GT4: Great portrait
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EB0171 Ares / Nike5 viewsBrettian League, BRUTTIUM, AE 26, 215-205 BC.
Obverse: Helmeted head of Ares left.
Reverse: BΡETTIΩN, Nike crowning trophy left, caduceus between.
References: Scheu 6; SG 701; BMC 65; SNG ANS 34.
Diameter: 26.5mm, Weight: 15.315g.
1 commentsEB04/10/19 at 04:17Jay GT4: Great reverse
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Kings of Macedon, Philip III Arrhidaios, 323-317 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Babylon ca. 317 BC under Seleukos as Satrap 49 viewsHead of Herakles right wearing lion skin headdress.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ФIΛIΠΠOY Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, KY beneath throne, radiate head of Helios in left field.

Price P205 (same dies as P205c); Waggoner Issue VII, 248-256.
Struck during the Satrapy of Seleukos at Babylon Royal Mint (Babylon I) ca 318-316 BC.

(27 mm, 17.13 g, 10h).
Sayles and Lavender, August 2008, on consignment from the Arthur J. Frank Collection; ex-J.Schulman List 205, June 1975, 35.

This coin marks the artistic peak of the Babylonian style. Subsequent issues became less detailed, more stylized and simplified through to the closure of the mint in 305 BC.
3 commentsn.igma04/10/19 at 04:07Jay GT4: Beautiful coin! Just got one myself! Different d...
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ISLANDS OF THRACE, THASOS. Ca. 480-463 BC.18 viewsSilver Stater (8.52 gm; 21 mm). Satyr advancing right, carrying off protesting nymph / Quadripartite incuse square. Le Rider, Thasiennes 5; SNG Ashmolean 3661-2; SNG Cop. 1010-1. Well struck on a nice broad flan. Choice EF. Toned. 5 commentsMark R104/10/19 at 02:16Jay GT4: Impressive addition
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ATTICA, Athens. 449-413 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.24 gm; 22 mm)17 viewsHelmeted head of Athena right / Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent behind. SNG Cop. 31; Starr pl. XXII, 7. Nicely struck on a compact flan. Elegant style with a full crest. Shallow marks on Athena's cheek. Choice Extremely Fine. Not from the recent hoards. Nice old-cabinet toning. 4 commentsMark R104/10/19 at 02:15Jay GT4: No stopping you
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5452 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 123-24 AD Nilus reclining on hippopotamus8 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5452.9; Dattari-Savio Suppl. Pl. 11, 113; Emmett 1015.8

Issue L H = year 8

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΤΡΑΙ - ΑΔΡΙΑ СƐΒ
Laureate head of Hadrian, r., drapery on l. shoulder

Rev. L Η
Nilus reclining on hippopotamus, l., holding reed and cornucopia, with lotus flowers below

17.24 gr
34 mm
12h
2 commentsokidoki04/10/19 at 02:14Jay GT4: Nice
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6435 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Nome Obol 126-27 AD Khonsou-Harakhte standing7 viewsReference.
RPC III, 6435.26; Dattari-Savio Pl. 307, 11069; Emmett 1270

Issue Xoite

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑ СΕΒ
Laureate head of Hadrian, r., drapery on l. shoulder

Rev. ΞΟΙΤ, L ΙΑ
Khonsou-Harakhte/Heracles standing, facing, head l., wearing pschent, holding club in l. hand, and ram, l., in r. hand

4.95 gr
19 mm
12h
3 commentsokidoki04/10/19 at 02:09Jay GT4: Unusual Haracles
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RPC II 2522_Domitianus33 viewsObv: AVT ΚΑΙΣΑΡ ΔΟΜΙΤΙΑΝΟΣ ΣΕΒ ΓΕΡΜ, Laureate head right
Rev: NEIΛOΣ (above) / L ζ (left field), Nile reclined left; below hippopotamus and lotus
BIL/Tetradrachm (26.32 mm 11.440 g 12h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 86-87 A.D.
RPC 2522, Dattari-Savio 442-6719
ex CGB From the ENP Collection
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/08/19 at 19:07Jay GT4: Wow! Nice find Alberto.
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Constantinus I. AE-Follis6 viewsConstantine I. 307-337 AD.

Trier. 310-313 or 313-315 AD

23mm., 4.10g.

CONSTANTINVS P F AVG. Type: Bust of Constantine I, laureate, cuirassed, right

SOLI INVIC-TO COMITI. Sol, chlamys draped over left shoulder, standing left (or standing front, head left), raising right hand and holding globe in left hand. MintMark: T/F//PTR

Reference: RIC VI Treveri 873 or RIC VII Treveri 42

AAFC
1 commentsRL04/06/19 at 21:17Jay GT4: Great detail on the reverse
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Galerius AE Post-reform Radiate10 viewsGalerius (as Caesar). 293-305 AD as Caesar. 305-311 AD as Augustus.

Antioch. 296 AD.

20mm., 2.52g.

GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES. Bust of Galerius, radiate, draped, cuirassed, right

CONCORDIA MIL-ITVM. Galerius, draped, cuirassed, standing right, receiving small Victory on globe from Jupiter; Jupiter, standing left, leaning on sceptre with left hand. Officina Mark: Γ, star above. Mintmark ANT

Reference: RIC VI Antioch 61b

AAEF
1 commentsRL04/06/19 at 21:16Jay GT4: Nice!
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Pannonian Celts, Syrmia Region, Kugelwange (Ball Cheek) Type, c. 2nd Century B.C.5 viewsPannonian Celts, Syrmia Region, Kugelwange (Ball Cheek) Type, c. 2nd Century B.C., Bronzetetradrachm, cf. Göbl OTA 197, Lanz 465; derived from the Macedonian Kingdom tetradrachms of Philip II. This type normally has a prominent raised round (ball) cheek, but on this example, the cheek is less prominent than most.

Syrmia is a fertile region of the Pannonian Plain in Europe, between the Danube and Sava rivers. Today, it is divided between Serbia in the east and Croatia in the west.
CE76349. Bronze tetradrachm, cf. Göbl OTA 197, Lanz 465; derived from the Macedonian Kingdom tetradrachms of Philip II, VF, tight flan, porous, Syrmia mint, weight 6.239g, maximum diameter 22.2mm, die axis 270o, c. 2nd century B.C.; obverse devolved laureate head of Zeus right, hair in arcs on both sides of central point, broad laurel wreath; reverse devolved horse trotting left, pellet in circle above
2 commentsMark R104/04/19 at 23:40Jay GT4: You're on a roll! Glad you got it
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Divus Augustus Emerita11 viewsSPAIN, Emerita. Divus Augustus. Died AD 14. Æ Dupondius (35mm, 25.7 g, 2h).DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER CAE, Radiate head left / City-view seen from aerial perspective: city wall with five T-shaped crenellations fronted by main gate consisting of two arched bays flanked by two multi-story crenellated towers, each with arched window; gate inscribed AVGVSTA/EMERITA and decorated with four T-shaped crenellations. RPC 30b; SNG Copenhagen -; Burgos 1032.1 commentsAncient Aussie04/04/19 at 23:39Jay GT4: Amazing reverse
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Akarnania Leukas circa 375-350 BC 19.5 mm 8.49g 5h Pegasi 664 viewsPegasos flying left/Helmeted head of Athena left.
Rare Calciati list one coin from this die pair
1 commentsGrant H04/04/19 at 23:39Jay GT4: Great
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Domitian AR Denarius72 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.
10 commentsorfew04/04/19 at 16:47Jay GT4: Rare and beautiful!
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Commodus (177 - 192 A.D.)18 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: Μ Α ΚΟΜ ΑΝΤω СƐΒ ƐVСƐΒ, Laureate head right.
R:Commodus, togate, standing left, holding branch and sceptre, crowned by Alexandria, turreted, standing left behind him, holding corn ears. LK H to left. RY 28 (AD 187/8)
12.5g
25mm
Dattari (Savio) 3854; Emmett 2537.28

Published on Wildwinds!
5 commentsMat04/03/19 at 03:06Jay GT4: Great looking coin Mat
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RIC 0355 Domitianus40 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P, Laureate haed right with aegis
Rev: S C, Domitian standing left, sacrificing with patera over altar in frot of shrine containing cult statue of Minerva.
AE/Sestertius (34.63 mm 26.83 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 355 (C), BMCRE 332, BNF 356
ex Inasta Auction 35 Lot 703
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/02/19 at 21:04Jay GT4: Amazing coin
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RIC 0277 Domitianus45 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI, Laureate haed right with aegis
Rev: S C, Domitian standing left, sacrificing with patera over altar in frot of shrine containing cult statue of Minerva.
AE/Sestertius (35.22 mm 26.98 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (1st issue)
RIC 277 (C2), BMCRE 296, BNF 316
ex Aes Rude Auction 64 Lot 278
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/02/19 at 21:04Jay GT4: It's not so common as it says. Great find
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Vespasian-RIC-121148 viewsÆ Dupondius, 13.42g
Lyon mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 1211 (R). BMC 831.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS VIII P P; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: FIDES PVBLICA; S C in field; Fides stg. l., with patera and cornucopiae
Ex eBay, 23 March 2019.

FIDES PVBLICA, the good faith of the state, was a common personification on Vespasian's coinage. The figure on the reverse is likely based on a cult statue of the goddess whose annual sacrifice occurred on 1 October. Important documents of state and treaties were store in her temple for safe keeping. The Fides type came into common imperial use during the Flavian era and was an important part of Vespasian's numismatic propaganda. This dupondius was struck at the Lyon mint in 77-78 in a fairly large issue that presumably addressed a shortage of bronze coinage in the Western provinces. Oddly enough, dupondii are more commonly encountered in this issue with a laureate bust instead of the usual radiate one as seen here.

Well centred with a fetching dark chocolate patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton04/02/19 at 12:16Jay GT4: A strong example with a nice portrait
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rsc2868 viewsElagabalus
AR Denarius

Obv: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right.
Rev: VENVS CAELESTIS, Venus standing half-left holding apple and sceptre. star in right field.
18 mm, 2.51 gms

RSC 286 variant (obverse legend and bust type), RIC 175 variant (same).

Interesting coin: hybrid of Elagabalus obverse with Julia Soaemias reverse. A similar coin is listed in RSC and RIC but with obverse legend, IMP ANTONINVS AVG with a draped bust.
1 commentsCharles M04/01/19 at 23:01Jay GT4: Interesting find
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050 Leopoldus I., (Leopoldus I. of Habsburg), King of Hungary, (1657-1705 A.D.), AR-3-Groschen, U-1089, Madonna and the child in the Mandorla, N/B//P-O, 1694, #01221 views050 Leopoldus I., (Leopoldus I. of Habsburg), King of Hungary, (1657-1705 A.D.), AR-3-Groschen, U-1089, Madonna and the child in the Mandorla, N/B//P-O, 1694, #01
avers:- LEOPOLD•D•G•R•[3,as value sign] I•S•A•G•H•B•R•, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, below in value sign 3.
revers:- •S•IMMAC•VIR• [coat of arms] M•MAT•D•P•H• 16-94, Madonna in the Mandorla, the child in her right hand, below crowned coat of arms, mint marks and mint marks on the side.
diameter: 20,0-21,5mm, weight: 1,37g, axis: 0h,
mint: Hungary, mint mark: N/B//P-O, Nagybánya, (today Romania : Baia Mare),
date: 1694 A.D., ref: Unger-1089, Huszar-1469,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans04/01/19 at 13:33Jay GT4: Amazing!
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Anonymous, AE Uncia (after 217 B.C.), Rome, Republic, AE-25, Crawford 38-6, Prow of galley right, #190 viewsAnonymous, AE Uncia (after 217 B.C.), Rome, Republic, AE-25, Crawford 38-6, Prow of galley right, #1
avers: Helmeted head of Roma left, one pellet (mark of value) behind the neck.
reverse: ROMA, Prow of galley right, one pellet (mark of value) below.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 24,5-26,0mm, weight: 12,81g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, Sicily, date: after 217-215 B.C., ref: Crawford 38-6, Syd. 86, BMC 88,
Q-001
5 commentsquadrans04/01/19 at 12:28Jay GT4: Good one Q, love the helmet and lovely green patin...
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Roman Imperial: Julian II (360-363) Æ Double Maiorina, Antioch (RIC 216; LRBC 2640)6 viewsObv: D N FL CL IVLI-ANVS P F AVG; Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Julian II to right
Rev: SECVRITAS REI PVB; Bull standing right; above, two stars; below, ANTΓ flanked by two palms
Dim: 29 mm, 7.38 g, 6 h
1 commentsQuant.Geek04/01/19 at 04:07Jay GT4: Really great coin!
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207 Hadrian Denarius Roma 119-22 AD Clementia standing11 viewsReference.
Cohen 233. BMC 539. RIC 207c; Strack 323

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Laureate, draped bust right, seen from front

Rev. CLEMENTIA AVG P P in ex. COS III
Clementia standing left with patera and sceptre.

2.89 gr
19 mm
6h
1 commentsokidoki03/31/19 at 21:11Jay GT4: I like it!
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Q. Pomponius Musa, AR Denarius - Crawford 410/37 viewsRome, The Republic.
Q. Pomponius Musa, mid-50s BCE
AR Denarius (3.58g; 19mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Laureate head of Apollo(?), hair tied-up, facing right; tied scroll behind.

Reverse: Q. POMPONI – MVSA; Clio, muse of history, facing left and leaning on column, while reading open scroll.

References: Crawford 410/3; Sydenham 813; BMCRR 3610-11; Pomponia 11.

Provenance: Ex Heritage Auction 3072 (15 Jan 2019), Lot 35407; E.J. Haeberlin Collection [Cahn-Hess (17 Jul 1933) Lot 2490].

As the muse of history, Clio is typically depicted in ancient art with an open scroll or tablet.

Q. Pomponius Musa, who punned his name by depicting the Muses on a series of coins, is unknown except for his coins, which makes precise dating of the series difficult. For many years, scholars (including Crawford) dated the series to 66 BCE. However, the absence of any examples of the series in the large Mesagne hoard caused Hersh and Walker to bring down the date of the series to 56 BCE. Michael Harlan, retracting his reticence with the Mesagne dating, later proposed a date of 52 BCE.

There are two varieties of Musa denarii: the first depicts Apollo/Hercules Musarum (see my gallery example); the second, of which there are nine sub-varieties, depict Apollo and a Muse. The above coin is of the second variety.

Apollo is often depicted androgynously on ancient coins. The standard references consistently attribute the obverse heads on both varieties of Musa’s coins as Apollo; but the depictions are notably different between the Hercules and Muse varieties. On the Hercules variety, the deity’s hair is down and tied, and generally consistent with many depictions of Apollo on other Roman Republican coins (see, e.g., denarii of L. Calpurnius Piso and C. Calpurnius Piso). Comparatively, the head on the above Muse variety is considerably more feminine in appearance and laureate, though lacking earrings, necklaces or other feminine accents. Admittedly, this more feminine type head has also been attributed by scholars as Apollo on other coin types (see, e.g., denarii of P. Clodius and C. Considius). However, within the same series the different styled heads appear to depict different deities. Given the Muse emblems behind each head on the nine Muse types, it’s possible that the feminine heads do not represent Apollo, but the Muses themselves. Michael Harlan agrees with this interpretation in both editions of "Roman Republican Moneyers and their Coins." More research on this issue is needed.
3 commentsCarausius03/31/19 at 04:10Jay GT4: Really nice. Congrats
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Q. Pomponius Musa, AR Denarius - Crawford 410/48 viewsRome, The Republic.
Q. Pomponius Musa, mid-50s BCE
AR Denarius (3.96g; 18mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Laureate head of Apollo(?), hair tied-up, facing right; scepter behind.

Reverse: MVSA - Q.POMPONI; Melpomene, muse of tragedy, facing left and holding club and theatrical mask.

References: Crawford 410/4; Sydenham 816; BMCRR 3615-16; Pomponia 14.

Provenance: Ex Fay Beth Wedig Collection [CNG eSale 439 (6 Mar 2019) Lot 442]; NAC 11 (29 Apr 1998), Lot 253.

Q. Pomponius Musa, who punned his name by depicting the Muses on a series of coins, is unknown except for his coins, which makes precise dating of the series difficult. For many years, scholars (including Crawford) dated the series to 66 BCE. However, the absence of any examples of the series in the large Mesagne hoard caused Hersh and Walker to bring down the date of the series to 56 BCE. Michael Harlan, retracting his reticence with the Mesagne dating, later proposed a date of 52 BCE.

There are two varieties of Musa denarii: the first depicts Apollo/Hercules Musarum (see my gallery example); the second, of which there are nine sub-varieties, depict Apollo and a Muse. The above coin is of the second variety.

Apollo is often depicted androgynously on ancient coins. The standard references consistently attribute the obverse heads on both varieties of Musa’s coins as Apollo; but the depictions are notably different between the Hercules and Muse varieties. On the Hercules variety, the deity’s hair is down and tied, and generally consistent with many depictions of Apollo on other Roman Republican coins (see, e.g., denarii of L. Calpurnius Piso and C. Calpurnius Piso). Comparatively, the head on the above Muse variety is considerably more feminine in appearance and laureate, though lacking earrings, necklaces or other feminine accents. Admittedly, this more feminine type head has also been attributed by scholars as Apollo on other coin types (see, e.g., denarii of P. Clodius and C. Considius). However, within the same series the different styled heads appear to depict different deities. Given the Muse emblems behind each head on the nine Muse types, it’s possible that the feminine heads do not represent Apollo, but the Muses themselves. Michael Harlan agrees with this interpretation in both editions of "Roman Republican Moneyers and their Coins." More research on this issue is needed.

Melpomene, whose name actually means “songstress” was originally one of the muses of song, but her role changed to muse of tragic theater after the development of drama in classical Greece sometime in the sixth century BCE. She is generally depicted holding a club or knife and a tragic mask, which Greek actors wore on stage when performing dramatic plays.
2 commentsCarausius03/31/19 at 04:09Jay GT4: Wonderful
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Theodosius I AE410 viewsTheodosius I, 379–395 A.D.

Antioch

15mm., 0.99g.

D N THEODO-SIVS P F AVG. Bust of Theodosius I, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed, right

VOT/X/MVLT/XX within wreath. Mintmark -/-//ANΓ

References: RIC IX Antioch 65B: Subtype 2

AAIC
1 commentsRL03/30/19 at 13:36Jay GT4: Nice desert patina
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Trajan Denarius - Victory Sacrificing over Altar (RIC 67)20 viewsAR Denarius
Rome 102 AD
3.46g

Obv: Laureate head of Trajan (R)
IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM

Rev: Victory standing (L), holding palm frond, sacrificing out of patera over lit and garlanded altar to left.
PM TRP COS IIII PP

RIC 67; Woytek 131a; BMC 125; RSC 248a

Roma Numismatics Auction XVII, Lot 736, 28/03/19
ex. Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Silver Coins
2 commentsOptimo Principi03/29/19 at 21:18Jay GT4: What a beautiful coin!
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Mark Antony and Lucius Antonius, Denarius232 viewsDenarius minted in Ephesus in 41 BC
M ANT IMP AVG III VIR RPCM NERVA PROQ P, Bare head of Mark Antony right
L ANTONIUS COS, Bare head of Lucius Antonius right
3.58 gr
Ref : HCRI # 246, RCV #1509, Cohen #2
Following description taken from NAC auction 40, #617, about an other example of the same coin :
"This denarius, depicting the bare heads of Marc Antony and his youngest brother Lucius Antony, is a rare dual-portrait issue of the Imperatorial period. The family resemblance is uncanny, and one wonders if they truly looked this much alike, or if it is another case of portrait fusion, much like we observe with the dual-portrait billon tetradrachms of Antioch on which the face of the Egyptian queen Cleopatra VII takes on the square dimensions of Marc Antony. When Antony fled Rome to separate himself from Octavian and to take up his governorship in Gaul, Lucius went with him, and suffered equally from the siege of Mutina. This coin, however, was struck in a later period, when Lucius had for a second time taken up arms against Octavian in the west. Marc Antony was already in the east, and that is the region from which this coinage emanates. Since Lucius lost the ‘Perusine War’ he waged against Octavian, and was subsequently appointed to an office in Spain, where he died, it is likely that he never even saw one of his portrait coins."
3 commentsPotator II03/29/19 at 18:34Jay GT4: Just amazing
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5893 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 133-34 AD Isis Pharia advancing14 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5893; Emmett 1000.18; Köln 1117

Issue L IH = year 18

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙС ΤΡΑΙΑΝ - ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СƐΒ
Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from rear

Rev. L ΙΗ
Isis Pharia advancing, right, holding sistrum and sail

22.41 gr
32 mm
12h
3 commentsokidoki03/29/19 at 15:48Jay GT4: Nice big coin!
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547 Hadrian Orichalcum Sestertius, Roma 118 AD Roma16 viewsReference.
RIC 547; Strack 511; C. 91; BMC 1120

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder.

Rev. PONT MAX TR POT COS II in ex. ADVENTVS AVG / S C
Roma seated right on cuirass, holding spear and clasping hands with Hadrian, who stands left, wearing togate

28.79 gr
35 mm
6h


Legend: reads PONT(ifex) MAX(imus) TR(ibunicia) POT(estate) COS [II], or “Pontifex Maximus, Tribunicia Potestas [i.e. endowed with power of tribune], Consul for the second time.” The reverse exergue reads ADVENTVS [AVG](usti), or “the arrival of Augustus,” and S(enatus) C(onsulto), which indicates the coin’s value is supported “by the decree of the Senate.”
1 commentsokidoki03/29/19 at 15:48Jay GT4: Great coin
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JULIUS CAESAR, 44 BC.13 viewsJULIUS CAESAR, 44 BC.
AE Dupondus, 45 BC. Mint in Italy, Rare
Roman Republic
Dia.: 26 mm
Wt.: 13.05 g
Obv.: Bust of Victory right
Rev.: C CLOVI PRAEF Minerva advancing left, snake, spear and shield.
Ref.: Cr 476.
2 commentsAncient Aussie03/28/19 at 03:23Jay GT4: Fantastic coin. Love the patina
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022b Titus (69-79 A.D. Caesar, 79-81 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0030, RIC II(1962) 0011, AR-Denarius, Rome, TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII P P, Male captive kneeling right, #1130 views022b Titus (69-79 A.D. Caesar, 79-81 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0030, RIC II(1962) 0011, AR-Denarius, Rome, TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII P P, Male captive kneeling right, #1
avers: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, Laureate head right.
reverse: TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII P P, Male captive kneeling right at the base of the trophy.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,5-19,5mm, weight: 3,46g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 79 A.D., ref: RIC 0030, RIC II(1962) 0011, BMC 15, RSC 274,
Q-001
6 commentsquadrans03/27/19 at 20:34Jay GT4: Great coin and portrait all around
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Vespasian AR Denarius 54 viewsVespasian. AR denarius. Rome. AD 73. 3.15 gr. – 18.9 mm.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG CENS, laureate head right.
Rev: PONTIF MAXIM, Winged Nemesis standing right, holding caduceus over serpent and drawing out the neck of her robe.
RIC 544; BMCRE 97; RSC 385; Sear 2304. VF\\XF
Purchased from Ars Coin Wien, March 26, 2019
5 commentsorfew03/27/19 at 12:12Jay GT4: Glad you got it!
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Titus as Caesar RIC 42344 viewsÆ Sestertius, 23.43g
Rome mint, 72 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 423 (C). BMC 633.
Obv: T CAES VESPASIAN IMP PON TR POT COS II; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PAX AVGVSTI; S C in field; Pax stg. l., with branch and cornucopiae
Ex Holding History, eBay, 16 March 2019.

After the recent Civil War and Jewish and Batavian rebellions this common Pax reverse type from 72 had special propaganda value for the new Flavian regime: peace and prosperity. It would be one of the more popular themes of Vespasian's coinage. Unsurprisingly, this Pax type is shared with Vespasian.

Worn, but in fine style with a nice dark chocolate patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton03/27/19 at 04:21Jay GT4: A lovely portrait and great patina
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PHOCIS FEDERAL COINAGE AR TRIOBOL, 3rd SACRED WAR12 views

BMC 81, BCD 294, GVF/AEF, 13.7mm, 2.64 grams, Struck Circa. 354 - 352 B.C.E. under Onymarchos

Obverse: Bull's head facing
Reverse: Laureate head of Apollo right, lyre behind, monograms below

Nicer than the great majority of these. Bull struck in high relief and usually well worn. This level of detail scarcely seen.

Ex: Hanberry collection, 1970's - early 1990's
4 commentsMark R103/27/19 at 03:42Jay GT4: Great coin
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MYSIA,Pergamon (200 - 133 B.C.)28 viewsÆ16
O: Helmeted head of Athena right.
R: AΘΗ-ΝΑΣ ΝΙΚΗΦΟΡΟΥ, owl standing facing on palm, with wings spread, A monogram left and AP right.
3.6g
16mm
SNG von Aulock 1375-6 var; SNG Copenhagen 388 var
5 commentsMat03/27/19 at 03:33Jay GT4: Nice little beauty
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RIC 455 var.4 viewsSestertius, 103
Obv: IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM DACICVS P M
Laur. r.
Rev: TR P VII IMP IIII COS V P P / S C
Pax seated l., holding branch and sceptre.

22.56g, 34mm
Woytek 155a (13 specimen)
1 commentsklausklage03/26/19 at 22:42Jay GT4: Great patina
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Miletos, Ionia14 viewsLate Sixth Century B.C. (525 – 494 B.C.)
Silver 1/12 Stater
1.17 gm, 9 mm
Obv: Forepart of roaring lion right, head turned back left
Rev: Star ornament within incuse square with the edge of one side of the incuse in the shape of an “M”.
Sear 3532 (1/12 stater);
BMC Ionia, p.185, 14 ff. (diobol);
SNG Kayman 476 ff. (Milesian standard obol);
SNG Keckman II 265 ff. (1/12 stater);
Rosen Coll. 583 (diobol)
1 commentsJaimelai03/26/19 at 10:45Jay GT4: Very nice
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Vespasian7 viewsVespasian AE As Rome 76 AD, Victory RIC 897, 11.25gm, 27mm.2 commentsAncient Aussie03/26/19 at 03:34Jay GT4: Really nice
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Larissa, Thessaly, Greece, c. 356 - 342 B.C.6 viewsThe obverse of most of the coins of Larissa depicted the nymph of the local spring, Larissa, for whom the town was named. The choice was probably inspired by the famous coins of Kimon depicting the Syracusan nymph Arethusa. The reverse usually depicted a horse in various poses. The horse was an appropriate symbol of Thessaly, a land of plains, which was well known for its horses. On other coins, there is a male figure, probably the eponymous hero of the Thessalians, Thessalos.
GS73426. Silver drachm, BCD Thessaly II 324; BMC Thessaly p. 31, 76; SNG Cop 122; HGC 4 453, gF, etched surfaces, porous, Larissa mint, weight 5.781g, maximum diameter 20.4mm, die axis 315o, c. 356 - 342 B.C.; obverse head of nymph Larissa facing slightly left, wearing ampyx, earring, and wire necklace; reverse horse crouching right, left foreleg raised, preparing to lie down, ΛAPIΣ/AIΩN in two lines, first line in exergue, ending above; ex BCD Collection with his tag noting, "G/ni ex Thessaly, May 1997, SFr 60.-"
1 commentsMark R103/26/19 at 01:30Jay GT4: Nice!
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Pantikapaion, Tauric Chersonesos, Thrace, c. 2nd - 1st Century B.C17 viewsPan is the Greek god of shepherds and flocks, fields, groves, mountain wilderness, and wooded glens, hunting, rustic music, theatrical criticism, and companion of the nymphs. He is connected to fertility and the season of spring. He has the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat and is usually represented in the form of a satyr, with a cloak of goat's skin, playing the Syrinx, or flute of seven pipes, and holding the pedum or pastoral staff.

GB88294. Bronze AE 18, MacDonald Bosporus 67, SNG Cop 32, SNG BM 890, SNG Stancomb 557, Anokhin 132, HGC 7 84, gVF, beveled obverse edge, casting sprue remnant, edge crack, scratches, reverse slightly off center, Pantikapaion (Kerch, Crimea) mint, weight 4.854g, maximum diameter 17.7mm, die axis 0o, c. 2nd - 1st century B.C.; obverse head of Pan left; reverse ΠAN, head of bull left; ex Frascatius Ancient Coins
4 commentsMark R103/26/19 at 01:30Jay GT4: Great style on the bull
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Kios, Bithynia, c. 340 - 315 B.C.10 viewsTraditionally, the earliest precious metal coinage of Kios has been dated after Alexander the Great's capture of Kios in 334 B.C. More recently, however, Oliver Hoover and other numismatists suggest this type, struck on a Persic standard, was probably minted to pay mercenaries to defend against Alexander's invasion, which began in 336 B.C.
GS89610. Silver siglos, Rec Gén I.2 p. 311, 2, pl. XLIX, 7; HGC 7 552 (R2); BMC Pontos -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, VF, attractive style, toned, light marks, a little off center, edge split, Kios (near Gemlik, Turkey) mint, weight 4.890g, maximum diameter 17.6mm, die axis 0o, Nikas, magistrate, c. 340 - 315 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse war galley prow left, ornamented with star over an apotropaic eye, waves indicated on side of hull, NIKAΣ (magistrate's name) above; ex CNG e-auction 438, lot 132; very rare
3 commentsMark R103/26/19 at 01:29Jay GT4: Wonderful coin!
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Augustus, Posthumous9 viewsAugustus, Posthumous as struck under the reign of Tiberius
DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER, Radiate head of Augustus left
PROVIDENT, Altar, S C in field
11.02 gr
Ref : Cohen #228, RCV #1789, RIC I # 81
1 commentsAncient Aussie03/25/19 at 23:42Jay GT4: Great
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1961 LYDIA, Mostene Hadrian, Hero on Horse8 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1961; vA 8238; Paris 762

Obv. ΑΥ ΚΑΙ ΤΡΑΙΑΝ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СΕ Γ Δ Π
Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, right

Rev. ΛΥΔΩΝ ΜΟСΤΗΝΩΝ
Hero with double axe on horse, standing r.; beneath horse’s foreleg, lighted altar and in front, cypress-tree

15.70 gr
30 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki03/25/19 at 21:28Jay GT4: Very cool reverse
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Titus as Caesar RIC-126848 viewsÆ As, 9.35g
Lyon mint, 77-78 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 1268 (C2). BMC 862.
Obv: T CAES IMP AVG F TR P COS VI CENSOR; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: IVDAEA CAPTA; S C in exergue; Palm tree; to r., Judaea std. r.; to l. of tree, arms
Acquired from GB Collection, March 2019.

The importance of the Jewish War to the Flavian dynasty cannot be overestimated. It provided much needed legitimacy for the imperial rule of 'new men'. This common as struck for Titus Caesar nearly eight years after the 'Gotterdammerung' fall of Jerusalem is ample evidence of the dynasty's continued reliance on the propaganda value of 'Judaea Capta'. It would continue to be Titus' calling card even after he became emperor a year or so later. This coin was struck in Lugdunum (Lyon) in a fairly large issue that presumably addressed a shortage of bronze coinage in the Western provinces.

Good Lyon style with a fetching dark patina.
4 commentsDavid Atherton03/25/19 at 11:55Jay GT4: Iconic coin of the Flavian dynasty
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Galba Alexadria Tet6 viewsGalba Alexadria Tet, Struck 68 AD, 23.8mm, 12.83gm, Emmett 172.1 commentsAncient Aussie03/24/19 at 21:22Jay GT4: Good example of a pretty scarce type
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Domitian AR Denarius45 viewsDomitian AR Denarius
83 CE (Second Issue) March – 13 September
20.0 mm 3.04 g
Obv:IMP CAES DOMITIANUS AVG PM; head leaureate r
Rev:TR POT II COS VIIII DES X P P, Minerva stg l with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her side.
RIC 167; BMC 43
Ex: Artemide Aste E-Live Auction 7 March 24, 2019 Lot 216
4 commentsorfew03/24/19 at 20:33Jay GT4: Congrats!
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, L. Piso Frugi, AR Denarius - Crawford 340/110 viewsRome, The Republic
L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi, 90 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.78g; 19mm)
Rome mint.

Obv: Laureate head of Apollo facing right; N (control mark) below chin.

Rev: Horseman galloping to right, holding whip; dolphin above; L·PISO·FRVG and ROMA below.

References: Crawford 340/1; Sydenham 658a; Hersh Class IV, Series 20.

Provenance: Ex Spink & Son Ltd; Mario Ratto Fixed Price List (Feb 1966) Lot 297.

Apparently overstruck with remnants of undertype visible on reverse.

L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi was moneyer in 90 BCE, during the time of the Social War. He later attained the office of Praetor in 74 BCE, but did not appear to distinguish himself further.

The Social War was a civil war between Rome and her Italian allies who had broken-away in a demand for citizenship rights. It was a time of massive coinage output by the Rome mints, likely to pay the costs associated with the conflict. As a result, Frugi’s coins are among the most common in the entire Roman Republican series. Crawford estimates 864 obverse and 1080 reverse dies were used to produce Frugi’s denarii. Both obverse and reverse dies bear control marks of varying complexity, and no control mark has more than one die. The earlier dies in the series which bear ROMA, either spelled-out (as on this coin) or in monogram, in the reverse exergue, are typically of finer style than the later dies without ROMA or monogram. For another fine-style example with ROMA in monogram form, see my gallery coin at: http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-146453

This type alludes to the annual celebration of the Ludi Apollinares instituted by Frugi’s ancestor during the Second Punic War. These games were held at the Circus Maximus in July of each year and lasted 8 or 9 days, consisting of horse racing and performances.
2 commentsCarausius03/24/19 at 11:20Jay GT4: Beautiful
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Titus16 viewsTitus, 79 AD, denarius Rome 3.41gm, radiate figure on rostral column, S2509, RIC 10, RSC 272,2 commentsAncient Aussie03/24/19 at 11:19Jay GT4: An excellent example of the type
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Titus6 viewsTitus as Caesar, struck 72-73 AD, Navalis.....commemorating victory over the Jews on the sea of Galilee. 11.08gm. 26mm RIC II 662.1 commentsAncient Aussie03/24/19 at 11:18Jay GT4: Love the NAVALIS types
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235 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-138 AD Felicitas seated14 viewsReference.
RIC 235; Strack 232; C.625

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Laureate head, right

Rev. FELICITAS AVG
Felicitas, draped, seated left, holding caduceus up in right hand and cornucopiae in left

3.11 gr
19 mm
6h
1 commentsokidoki03/24/19 at 00:57Jay GT4: Very nice!
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Nero 11 views
EGYPT, Alexandria. Nero. AD 54-68. BI Tetradrachm (23mm, 13.09 g, 12h). Dated RY 13 (AD 66/67). Radiate bust left, wearing aegis; L IΓ (date) below chin / ΣEBAΣTOΦOPOΣ, corbita with helmsman under sail to right; two dolphins in water. Köln 186; Dattari (Savio) 264; K&G 14.99 corr. (obv. legend); RPC I 5296; Emmett 121.13. VF
2 commentsAncient Aussie03/24/19 at 00:56Jay GT4: A scarcer type. Nice!
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Nero11 viewsNero. AD 54-68. Æ Sestertius (34mm, 21.62 g, 6h). Lugdunum (Lyon) mint. Struck circa AD 66. Laureate head left, globe at point of neck / Triumphal arch, showing the front, with a wreath hung across it, surmounted by the emperor in facing quadriga accompanied by Pax and Victory, flanked by two soldiers; statue of Mars in side niche; the faces and plinths of the arch are ornamented with elaborate reliefs. RIC I 500; WCN 452; Lyon 191. Near VF, brown patina.2 commentsAncient Aussie03/24/19 at 00:56Jay GT4: Amazing coin. Congrats!
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Constantius Gallus Fel Temp Reparatio Falling Horseman10 viewsAE Centenionalis
Constantius Gallus, 351-354 CE
Diameter: 22 mm, Weight: 4.15 grams, Die Axis: 11h

Obverse: D N CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES
Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust to right.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO
Soldier on right holding shield, spearing falling enemy horseman on left. Horseman sits facing soldier with hands extended upwards.

Mint: *TSЄ* , Γ in field to left, * in field to right: Thessalonica

Notes:
- RIC 177 records *TSЄ•, but *TSЄ* is not in RIC for Constantius Gallus.

Ex Roman Lode, 2019
2 commentsPharsalos03/23/19 at 11:46Jay GT4: A real beauty
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Titus: as Caesar, 69 - 79 AD7 viewsAE As; Rome Mint
Struck 73AD (as Caesar under Vespasian)
Obv. - bare head right; T.CAESAR.VESPASIAN.IMP.IIII.PON.TR.POT.COS III
Rev. - Victory standing right, holding palm, placing wreath on standard; SC in exurge; VICTORIA / AUGUSTI
8.15 grams
28.0 mm
1 commentscmcdon092303/22/19 at 00:33Jay GT4: Great coin!
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03 Constantius II17 viewsConstantius II
Antioch
23mm 4.5g

DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, laurel and rosette diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, soldier standing left, spearing a fallen horseman who is bearded, hair in braids, clutching the horse's neck. ANO in ex

Not in RIC (143 variant? unpublished bust type)
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)03/22/19 at 00:32Jay GT4: Looks like he's hunched over
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RPC II 1605A Titus45 viewsObv: T CAES IMP PONT, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev: ANT COL, Priest holding vexillum ploughing with two oxen, right; above, crescent
AE22 (22.01 mm 7,272 g 12h) Struck in Antiochia (Pisidia) 76 A.D.
RPC II Unpublished, it will get 1605A
ex Leu Numismatik Web Auction 7 Lot 759
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/21/19 at 18:29Jay GT4: Great Provincial portrait
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RPC II 0640A_Domitianus33 viewsObv: AYT ΔOMITIANOΣ KAIΣAP ΣEB ΓEP, laureate head right
Rev: NEIKAIEIΣ ΠPΩTOI THΣ EΠAPXEIAΣ, Big altar
AE26 (26.49 mm 9.391 g 12h) Struck in Nicaea (Bithynia)
RPC II unpublished, it will get 640A
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 75 Lot 345
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/21/19 at 18:28Jay GT4: Very nice!
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112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 428, Ticinum, VIRTVS AVG, Bust-B/F, -/-//PXXT, Mars walking right, #1 77 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 428, Ticinum, VIRTVS AVG, Bust-B/F, -/-//PXXT, Mars walking right, #1
avers: IMP C PROBVS P F AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right. (B-F),
reverse: VIRTVS AVG, Mars walking right, holding spear and trophy. (A),
exergue: -/-//PXXT, diameter: 22,0-24,5mm, weight: 3,50g, axis: 6h,
mint: Ticinum, 3rd. emission, 1st. off., date: 277-278 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 428,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans03/21/19 at 11:08Jay GT4: Nice Q
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Lucania, Sybaris (Circa 550-510 BC)22 viewsAR Stater

29 mm, 8.14 g

Obverse: VM in exergue; bull standing left, head reverted.

Reverse : Incuse bull standing right, head reverted.

HN Italy 1729; SNG ANS 828-844

An Achaean colony dating from about 720 BC, Sybaris rapidly grew to be the wealthiest city in the area. The luxury enjoyed by its population was proverbial, hence the modern words sybarite and sybaritic. The bull may symbolize the local river god Krathis. The archaic coinage of Sybaris was brought to an abrupt end in 510 BC when the city was destroyed by the rival state of Kroton. The waters of the Krathis were diverted to flow over the site of the sacked city, thus obliterating all trace of its former splendor.
2 commentsNathan P03/21/19 at 00:50Jay GT4: Great piece. Love these archaic incuse types
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Calabria Tarentum AR nomos circa 344-340 BC22mm 7.18g Vlasto 51810 viewsHelmeted warrior standing facing,head right holding spear and shield,behind horse ./Phalanthos riding dolphin left,holding triton and shield below A above waves.1 commentsGrant H03/20/19 at 23:26Jay GT4: Great coin. I really like the standing figure
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CALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 272-240 BC. AR Nomos14 viewsPhi- and Philemenos, magistrates.
Youth on horseback right; FI before, FILHME-NOS below
Phalanthos astride dolphin left, holding tripod and trident; bucranium with fillets hanging from horns behind.
Vlasto 884; HN Italy 1035. Good VF, toned
1 commentsLeo03/20/19 at 17:46Jay GT4: very nice
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SPHINX COLLECTION11 viewsTop row: Chios, Ionia; Chios Ionia; Chios, Ionia
Middle row: Spain, Castulo; Caria, Canus; Troas, Gergis
Bottom row: Chios; Ionia; Egypt; Alexandria (A. Pius)
2 commentslaney03/19/19 at 20:02Jay GT4: Great assortment
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Faustina Senior, Ceres 21 viewsFaustina I
Ar denarius; 3.18g; 17mm

DIVA FAVSTINA,
draped bust right

AVGVSTA,
Ceres standing left, holding short torch and sceptre

RIC 362var (veil);RSC104a
3 commentsRobin Ayers03/19/19 at 18:08Jay GT4: Beauty
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12 CAESARS DENARII13 views1 commentslaney03/19/19 at 10:13Jay GT4: A nice collection
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Domitian RIC-82184 viewsAR Denarius, 3.42g
Rome mint, 96 AD
RIC 821 (R2). BMC 237D. RSC 297b.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XVI; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P; Minerva, winged, flying l., with spear and shield
Ex jerusalemhadaya2012, eBay, 4 March 2019.

Domitian achieved tribunician power for the 16th time on 14 September 96 AD. He was assassinated in a palace plot four days later on 18 September. In between those two dates the mint struck only one issue of denarii recording Domitian as TR P XVI, needless to say they are extremely rare! The Senate decreed Damnatio Memoriae within a day of Domitian's assassination which would have quickly halted production at the mint for his coinage. The months leading up to Domitian's assassination saw the mint at Rome experimenting with many new reverse designs (altar, winged Minerva, Maia, temple reverses), breaking the monotony of the four standard Minerva types that had previously dominated the denarius. These new types are exceedingly rare and were perhaps experimental in nature. This denarius shows one of these new reverse types, Minerva Victrix, a more warrior like attribute of the goddess. The fact that this new type which originally appeared on the denarius when Domitian was TR P XV carried over to the briefly struck TR P XVI issue alongside the Maia and the M1, M3, and M4 Minerva types may hint that there was indeed change in the air at the mint. Perhaps the mix of new types with the older ones hint at a transition regarding the typology on his precious metal coinage? Regardless, the experiment was cut short by an assassin's blade, so we shall never know. This denarius may very well be the last coin ever struck for Domitian.

Fine late style with good natural toning. Same dies as the BM specimen.
10 commentsDavid Atherton03/19/19 at 10:10Jay GT4: A important historical coin
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9 views1 commentslaney03/19/19 at 03:26Jay GT4: Great accomplishment
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Domitian AR Denarius12 viewsDomitian AR Denarius Rome mint
82 CE (First Issue)
18.5 mm, 3.09 g
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M, laureate head right
Rev: TR P COS VIII P P, winged thunderbolt on draped table
RIC 101; RSC 597; BMC 26.
2 commentsorfew03/18/19 at 22:10Jay GT4: Great find
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RIC 0272 Domitianus56 viewsObv: CAESAR DIVI F DOMITIANVS COS VII, Laureate head right
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST, Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm
AR/Quinarius (15.08 mm 1.409 g 6h) Struck in Rome 80.81 A.D.
RIC 272 (R), BMCRE 104, BNF 81 (Titus), RSC 620
From the Shlomo Moussaieff collection
ex Gorny & Mosch e-auction 263 Lot 3616
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/18/19 at 15:16Jay GT4: On my want list. Nice one!
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RIC 0644 Titus53 viewsObv: T CAESAR IMP PON TR P COS II CENS, Laureate head right
Rev: VICTORIA NAVALIS / S C (in field), Victory advancing right on prow of ship holding wreath and palm
AE/As (28.51 mm 10.406 g 6h) Struck in Rome 73 A.D.
RIC 644 (R), BMCRE 677, BNF 691 (Vespasian)
From the Shlomo Moussaieff collection
ex Gorny & Mosch e-auction 263 Lot 3614
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/18/19 at 15:15Jay GT4: Great coin
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22 viewsC. 200-49 BC

Obverse: Bust of Artemis right, monogram before.

Reverse: Lion walking right, MAΣΣA above.

Grey tone with a nice portrait and good metal. – Old collection ticket included.

Ref: SNG Cop 786

Weight: 2.54g

17mm
3 commentspaul188803/17/19 at 18:08Jay GT4: Beautiful
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P. Procius Laeca, denarius6 viewsP. Procius Laeca, denarius
3,70 g. 18 mm.
Obv. Helmeted head of Roma right. X below chin, ROMA above, P LAECA behind.
Rev. Military figure standing left, his right hand raised, facing togate citizen standing right, gesturing with right hand, attendant standing left behind military figure holding three rods, PROVOCO in exergue.
Crawford 301/1; Sear 178

An important reverse type illustrating the principle of provocatio, a procedure by which a citizen had the right to appeal to the people against the decision of a magistrate which he considered to represent an abuse of official power.
1 commentsMarsman03/16/19 at 16:52Jay GT4: Great historical type
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sidonbmc2477 viewsElagabalus
Sidon, Phoenicia

Obv: [IMP CAE M AVR] ANTONINVS AVG. Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right. Countermark: Car of Astarte within incuse square.
Rev: COL ... METRO →SID, Car of Astarte on two wheels with four columns supporting roof, palm branches above, within car, sphere (baetyl) with 2 figures below; dotted line on roof.
24 mm, 11.99 gms

BMC 247, Rouvier 1494. For countermark: Howgego 396
1 commentsCharles M03/16/19 at 13:24Jay GT4: Interesting CM
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Syria, Koinon, 027p Traianus (98-117 A.D.), Mc Alee 500, AE-19(Hexachalkon), KOINON SYRIAC, Turreted bust of Tyche right,60 viewsSyria, Koinon, 027p Traianus (98-117 A.D.), Mc Alee 500, AE-19(Hexachalkon), KOINON SYRIAC, Turreted bust of Tyche right,
avers: AYTOKP KAIC NЄP TPAIANOC CЄB ΓЄPM, Laureate head right.
reverse: KOINON SYRIAC, Veiled and turreted bust of Tyche right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 19,0-20,0mm, weight: 4,88g, axis: 6h,
mint: Syria, Koinon, date: A.D., ref: Mc Alee 500,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans03/16/19 at 02:15Jay GT4: Nice!
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RPC II 0311 Titus - Domitianus31 viewsObv: T CAESAR IMP DOMITIANVS CAESAR, Draped and laureate bust of Titus right, facing bare head of Domitian left
Rev: MVNICIPI STOBENSIVM, Tetrastyle temple; inside cult figure; globe on the pediment
AE/25 (25.mm 6.867 g 6h) Struck in Stobi (Macedonia)
RPC II 311
ex Savoca 31th Silver Auction Lot 274
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/16/19 at 02:01Jay GT4: Sweet
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RIC 0652 Domitianus35 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XVI COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva advancing right, with spear and shield
AR/Denarius - 19.69 mm 3.263 g 6h - Struck in Rome 88 A.D. (1st issue)
RIC 652 (R2) - RSC 243 - BMCRE 145 - BNF 138
ex Savoca 31th Silver Auction Lot 274
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/15/19 at 22:14Jay GT4: I was going to bid on this one. Glad you got it!
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Domitian AR Denarius34 viewsDomitian AR Denarius
(20.5 mm 3.22 g)
Obv: Laureate head r, IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P IIII
Rev: Minerva stg r on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to r owl
IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P
RIC 333; BMC 78(cross symbol), Cohen 180
Purchased from Phillipe Saive Numimatique March 15, 2019
4 commentsorfew03/15/19 at 19:45Jay GT4: Really nice!
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Twelve Caesars Denarii Collection18 viewsFinally have them all!3 commentslaney03/15/19 at 03:19Jay GT4: All silver too! Congrats
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(04) CALIGULA12 viewsAR Denarius 18 mm, 3.53 g
37 - 41 AD
Struck 37-38 AD
O: C CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR POT [COS] Bare head of Caligula right
R: Radiate head of Divus Augustus right, flanked by stars
Rome; RIC 2; RSC 11; BMCRE 4
ex. Roma Numismatics Auction
2 commentslaney03/14/19 at 15:06Jay GT4: Great double portrait
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22066 Augustus/ IMP Countermark8 viewsAugustus/Large SC
AE As. 7 BC.
Obv: CAESAR AVGVST PONT MAX TRIBVNEC POT,
bare head left
Rev: M SALVIVS OTHO III VIR AAA F F
Legend around large S C.
With IMP monogram countermark.
Mint: Rome 26.1mm 5.4g
RIC I (second edition) Augustus 431
1 commentsBlayne W03/13/19 at 20:31Jay GT4: Nice countermark
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3689 SELEUCIS Antioch. Hadrian Tetradrachm 119 AD Eagle standing22 viewsReference.
Prieur 157; McAlee 534 (this coin illustrated); RPC III 3689.7 (this coin)

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΘΕ ΤΡΑ ΠΑΡ ΥΙ ΘΕ ΝΕΡ ΥΙ ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СΕΒ
Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, right

Rev. ΔΗΜΑΡΧ ΕΞ ΥΠΑΤ Γ
Eagle standing l. on leg and thigh of animal

13.96 gr
24 mm
6h

Note.
From the Michel Prieur Collection. Ex Richard McAlee Collection; Classical Numismatic Group XVII (29 September 1993), lot 1301
5 commentsokidoki03/13/19 at 20:31Jay GT4: Oh yeah
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Antoninus Pius - Denarius, Felicitas COS IIII12 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: After c. 148-49 AD
Metal: AR
Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP TRP XII; Laureate head of Antoninus r.

Reverse: COS IIII; Felicitas stg. Facing l. holding long caduceus in r., cornucopia in L

Mint: Rome
Weight:
Reference: RIC Vol III, 178
Provenance: Purchased at Spink & Sons, London, June 25, 1981.

GVF, Early die state both Obv, and Rev. Perfect old gray cabinet toning.
3 commentsSteve B503/13/19 at 20:30Jay GT4: Beautiful coin
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Caligula (37-41 A.D.)34 viewsAR Drachm
CAPPADOCIA, Caesarea
O: C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS Bare head of Caligula to right.
R: IMPERATOR PONT MAX AVG TR POT Simpulum and lituus.
3.37g
18mm
BMC 102. RIC 63 Sear 1798
5 commentsMat03/13/19 at 17:53Jay GT4: Great find!
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 480-470 BC 23mm 17.19 g Jenkins 115 O34/R6819 viewsCharioteer driving walking quadriga right,above Nike flying right crowning the horses/Forepart of man-headed bull {Gelas}right.3 commentsGrant H03/13/19 at 03:54Jay GT4: Woah!
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RIC 0490 Domitianus39 viewsObv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS DES II, laureate head right
Rev: S C, Vespasian standing right, with branch and sceptre, in quadriga right
AE/As (27.88 mm 10.71 g 6h) Struck In Rome 72 A.D.
RIC 490 (R2), BMCRE 646, BNF 639 (Vespasian)
ex iNumis VSO 9 lot 137
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/13/19 at 03:53Jay GT4: Wow that's nice Roberto
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RIC 0388 Vespasianus47 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS IIII, Laureate head right
Rev: S C, Vespasian standing right, with branch and sceptre, in quadriga right
AE/Sestertius (32.89 mm 26.97 g 6h) Struck in Rome 72-73 A.D.
RIC 388 (R2), BMCRE 623, BNF 611
ex Meister & Sonntag Auktion 14 Lot 599
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/12/19 at 21:40Jay GT4: Wonderful! A kindly portrait with a slight smile
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22048 Licinius I/Jupiter10 viewsLicinius I/Jupiter
Obv: IMP LIC LICINIVS PF AVG,
laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG NN,
Jupiter standing left, chlamys across left shoulder, holding Victory on globe and sceptre, eagle with wreath at foot left.
I in right field.
ANT in Exergue
Mint: Antioch 19.0mm 4.0 g
RIC VII Antioch 17; Sear 15253. R3
2 commentsBlayne W03/12/19 at 21:39Jay GT4: Great desert patina
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Aurelian Antoninianus11 viewsAurelian Antoninianus

Obverse:
IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG
Radiate bust right

Reverse:
PROVIDEN DEOR
Fides standing left with two standards, Sol standing left with globe. QXXT in exergue.

Ticinum

RIC 152
2 commentsHarry G03/12/19 at 21:38Jay GT4: Bold strike
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Claudius II Gothicus Antoninianus11 viewsClaudius II Gothicus Antoninianus

Obverse:
DIVO CLAVDIO
Radiate head right

Reverse:
CONSECRATIO
Altar, lit. 'T' in exergue
2 commentsHarry G03/12/19 at 21:38Jay GT4: Very nice
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Titus as Caesar RIC 43147 viewsÆ Sestertius, 25.13g
Rome mint, 72 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 431 (R). BMC 636.
Obv: T CAES VESPASIAN IMP PON TR POT COS II; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: S C in exergue; Titus stg. r., with branch and sceptre, in quadriga r.
Acquired from Wallinmynt, February 2019.

In 71 AD Vespasian and Titus held a double triumph celebrating their victory in the recently concluded Judaean War. The spectacular triumph was held a few days after Titus' arrival from the East in June and could be viewed as his effective homecoming party. Mary Beard has shrewdly observed that the triumph served as 'the Flavian coronation, the official launch party and press night of the Flavian dynasty.' It was the first time after Vespasian's rise to the purple that the whole family could be seen together by the Roman populace. Vespasian and Titus were identically dressed riding in matching quadrigas while Domitian trotted alongside on a splendid mount. The procession included massive towering floats depicting various 'battles' (one wonders how the makeshift naval battle on the Sea of Galilee was rendered?) that were so enormous many onlookers feared they would topple over. Booty from the destroyed Temple (the famous Menorah for one) along with other Eastern flavoured treasures were on display. Much of these treasures were likely manufactured in Rome for the event - a lavish sham in other words. The war ravaged region really didn't have much to offer in the way of razzmatazz show pieces, even the Temple's coffers were likely depleted by war's end. Despite all this, it cannot be underestimated how important this manufactured spectacle was for the young dynasty. The legitimacy and prestige the triumph provided to the family was worth every propaganda penny the regime spent on it, allowing Vespasian to announce to the world that Titus was his chosen heir. By showcasing his eldest son on an equal footing in the procession, it left little doubt who would succeed after his death. Coins were struck in all metals to commemorate the event. Here is a rare sestertius struck for Titus Caesar in 72 showing him in triumphal dress riding in a triumphal quadriga, the type is more commonly seen in silver from Antioch. The same reverse was identically struck for Vespasian, clear numismatic evidence of Vespasian's intentions for his son. The piece itself serves as a superb memento of the 'Greatest Show on Earth' triumph put on by the Flavian regime in the late First century.

The fine style portrait on the obverse is quite impressive, unmarred by three punch marks from antiquity.
3 commentsDavid Atherton03/12/19 at 12:58Jay GT4: Simply an impressive historical coin
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15 viewsMaximinus II Æ Follis. Nicomedia, struck circa AD 311.
IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS P F AVG, laureate head right
/ HERCVLI VICTORI, Hercules standing right, leaning on club; * and B in left field; SMN in exergue.
RIC VI 68.

21mm, 3.92.
1 commentspaul188803/11/19 at 21:32Jay GT4: Wow, great style on this one
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020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² 0890, RIC II(1962) 5802, Rome, AE-As, S/C//--, AEQVITAS AVGVST, Aequitas standing left, #157 views020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² 0890, RIC II(1962) 5802, Rome, AE-As, S/C//--, AEQVITAS AVGVST, Aequitas standing left, #1
avers: IMP CAESAR VESPA AVG COS VII, Laureate head right.
reverse: AEQVITAS AVGVST, Aequitas standing left, holding scales and scepter, S C across fields.
exergue: S/C//--, diameter: 25-25,5mm, weight: 11,20g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 71 A.D., ref: RIC² 0890, RIC II(1962) 580, C , BMC , Sear ,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans03/11/19 at 21:32Jay GT4: Nice patina
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Julia Paula, Concordia20 viewsAr denarius, 2.892g, 19.6mm, 0o, Rome mint, 220 A.D.

IVLIA PAVLA AVG,
bare-headed, draped bust right, hair in horizontal ridges, small looped plait bun at back

CONCORDIA (harmony),
Concordia seated left, patera in right hand, left elbow resting on arm of throne, star in left field;

from the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex Harlan J. Berk (purchased FORVM ancient Coins)

BMCRE V 172, RSC III 6a, RIC IV 211, Hunter III 1, Eauze Hoard 376 (29 spec.), SRCV II 7655
3 commentsRobin Ayers03/11/19 at 12:29Jay GT4: Wonderful reverse
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LUCANIA. Sybaris. AR Stater43 viewsCirca 550-510 B.C. (28mm, 8.43 g, 12h). Obverse: bull standing left, head reverted; VM in exergue. Reverse: incuse bull standing right, head reverted. S & S Class B, pl. XLVIII, 4-8 Gorini 2; HN Italy 1729. VF, toned.

Ex. Volteia Collection

This coin was minted before the destruction of Sybaris by its neighboring city state Kroton in 510 B.C. We do not know the exact nature why Kroton destroyed this prosperous city. Ancient sources provided us several accounts of Sybaris being a place of hedonism and excess to the point that the very name Sybaris became a byword for opulent luxury, and its destruction was a result of some divine punishment (Diodorus Siculus, Strabo, Aelianus, Athenaeus). Modern revisionist view of the possible demise of Sybaris might be the result of its vast natural wealth and successful trade with its neighbors, which gave Kroton the economic reason to subjugate it. The Sybarites established a new city called Thourioi (Thurii/Thurium) with the help of Athenian settlers. However, the Sybarites were again expelled by the Athenians in 445 B.C. and founded another city for the last time called Sybaris on the Traeis.
Sybaris might be the first to mint coins with an incuse reverse and this practice spread to other Greek city states like Kroton, Metapontion, and Poseidonia. The similar weight and technique in producing these incuse-type coins facilitated trade between the cities mentioned. The bull might represent the river god Crathis or Sybaris, or both: each deity could represent either the obverse or reverse of the coin. The ethnic VM (or YM) in exergue are the first two Greek letters of Sybaris spelled retrogradely. A curious placement of the letter sigma sideways made it appear as letter M on most coins of Sybaris.
5 commentsJason T03/11/19 at 04:04Jay GT4: Wow! Outstanding coin. Love the archaic style!
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Domitian AR Denarius15 viewsDomitian AR Denarius
Rome Mint 82 CE (First Issue)
Obv: Laureate head right, IMP CAES DOMITIANUS AVG PM
Rev: Altar garlanded and lighted, TR POT COS VIII P P
RIC 94 (R) BMC 32, RSC 598
1 commentsorfew03/09/19 at 22:19Jay GT4: Oh yeah
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 420-420 BC 25mm Jenkins 457 O85/R17519 viewsNike driving quadriga right,holding reins,large olive wreath above/Forepart of man-headed bull right,heron in front.3 commentsGrant H03/08/19 at 21:21Jay GT4: Great MFB
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Titus AR Denarius51 viewsTitus, 79 - 81 n. Chr. Denar (2.96g). 80 n. Chr. Mzst. Rom.
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, Kopf mit Lorbeerkranz n. l.
Rev.: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, zwei Gefangene sitzen Rücken an Rücken an einem Tropaeum.
RIC 103 (R2)
Ex Sammlung Shlomo Moussaieff, London, 1948 - 2000.
Condition: Dunkle Tönung, partiell Auflagen, ss
Ex: Gorny und Mosch e-auction 263 - 07.03.2019: Lot 3615
3 commentsorfew03/08/19 at 17:39Jay GT4: Amazing provenance
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Domitian AR Denarius48 viewsDomitian. Denarius. Rome 82-83 CE .
Obv: head laureate r; IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM
Rev: Salvs std l with corn ears and poppy; SALVS AVGVST.
RIC-145.
Jesus Vico Mail bid auction # 153 Lot 3135 March 7, 2019
3 commentsorfew03/08/19 at 17:38Jay GT4: A stunner
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Domitian AR Denarius50 viewsDomitian. Denarius. Rome 85 CE. (Fifth Issue)
Obv: Head laureate r; IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P V
Rev: Minvera advancing r with spear and shield; IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT PP
RIC-342.
Jesus Vico Mail bid auction # 153 Lot 3136 March 7, 2019
3 commentsorfew03/08/19 at 17:38Jay GT4: Great coin
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Domitian AR Denarius54 viewsDomitian AR Denarius. Rome 88 CE Group 2
Obv: Head laureate r; IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERMANIC COS XIII
Rev: Minerva Minerva stg l with thunderbolt and spear; CENS P.P.P.
RIC-568 (R2) BMC 139 RSC 27
Jesus Vico Mail bid auction # 153 Lot 3133 March 7, 2019
6 commentsorfew03/08/19 at 17:37Jay GT4: Outstanding! I wish it was mine!
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Marcia6 viewsGens MARCIA
Marcus Marcius Moneyer circa 119 BC.
Silver Denarius.
19,5 mm 10 h. 4,01 g.
Obv. Helmeted head of Roma right, modius behind, X below chin.
Rev. Victory in biga right., holding reins and whip; below, M MAR ligate C, divided by two ears of corn; in ex. RO MA.
Cr245/1, Syd 500.
1 commentsMarsman03/07/19 at 04:24Jay GT4: Outstanding! The Biga is incredible
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Ba'Alshillem II - AR 1/16 Shekel 10 viewsSidon
c. 371-370 BC
galley left, waves below
Beth
king of Persia standing right slaying erect lion with dagger
O ('ayin)
Elayi 2004 851 ff.; HGC 10 240; Betlyon 27 (Abd'astart, Straton I); BMC Phoenicia p 146, 36 (same); SNG Cop 197 ff. (same)

ex Naumann
2 commentsJohny SYSEL03/06/19 at 13:23Jay GT4: Always loved that reverse!
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Sextus Pompey -- Pharos and Scylla49 viewsSextus Pompey, Imperator and Prefect of the Fleet
[Youngest Son of Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great)]
Obv: MAG⦁PIVS⦁IMP⦁ITER; Pharos of Messana, Neptune on top standing r. with r. hand on a trident and l. hand on a rudder, resting l. foot on prow. Galley sailing l., aquila atop a tripod placed in prow and a scepter tied with a fillet in stern. Border of dots.
Rev: PRAEF⦁ORAE⦁MARIT⦁ET⦁CLAS⦁S⦁C [AEs and MAR ligatured]; Scylla attacking l. wielding a rudder in both hands, the torso of a nude woman with two fishtails and the foreparts of three dogs as the lower body. Border of dots.
Denomination: silver denarius; Mint: Sicily, uncertain location1; Date: summer 42 - summer 39 BC2; Weight: 3.566g; Diameter: 19.8mm; Die axis: 225º; References, for example: BMCRR v. II Sicily 20 variant3, Sydenham 1349 variant3; Crawford RRC 511/4d; Sear CRI 335b.

Notes:

Obverse legend: MAG[NUS]⦁PIVS⦁IMP[ERATOR]⦁ITER[UM]
Reverse legend: PRAEF[ECTUS]⦁ORAE⦁MARIT[IMAE]⦁ET⦁CLAS[SIS]⦁S[ENATUS]⦁C[ONSULTO]

1Grueber BMCRR v. II Sicily, p.557 and Sear CRI, p. 203 suggest Messana as a possible mint location. DeRose Evans (1987), p. 124 hesitatingly suggests Mitylene (on the island of Lesbos).

2This is the date range suggested by Estiot 2006, p. 145, as she recommends going back to Crawford’s proposal of 42 - 40 BC. Crawford RRC, p. 521 suggests the period in 42 BC after Sextus Pompey defeated Q. Salvidienus Rufus. Grueber BMCRR v. II Sicily, p.556 proposes 38 - 36 BC. Sydenham, p.211 follows Grueber. DeRose Evans (1987), p. 129 submits 35 BC.

3Grueber BMCRR v. II Sicily 20 and Sydenham 1349 list MAR (ligatured) I but the coin here is clearly MAR (ligatured) IT. Neither Grueber nor Sydenham record MAR (ligatured) IT as part of this reverse legend for this coin type. Crawford and Sear do.

Photo credits: Forum Ancient Coins

Sources

Crawford, Michael H. Roman Republican Coinage v. I. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001 reprint with the 1982 corrections.
DeRose Evans, Jane. "The Sicilian Coinage of Sextus Pompeius (Crawford 511)" in Museum Notes (American Numismatic Society), vol. 32 (1987): 97 - 157.
Estiot, Sylviane. “Sex. Pompée, La Sicile et La Monnaie: Problèmes de Datation.” Dans Aere Perennivs, en hommage á Hubert Zehnacker, édité par Jacqueline Champeaux et Martine Chassignet. Paris: L’Université Paris - Sorbonne, 2006.
Grueber, H. A. Coins of the Roman Republic in the British Museum v. II. London: 1910.
Sear, David R. The History and Coinage of the Roman Imperators 49 - 27 BC. London: Spink, 1998.
Sydenham, Edward A. The Coinage of the Roman Republic. New York: Arno Press, 1975.
7 commentsTracy Aiello03/06/19 at 13:23Jay GT4: Always a great type to have!
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Domitian AR Denarius37 viewsDomitian AR Denarius (19mm, 3.23g, 6h). Rome mint, struck c. Sept 14, 88 - c. Sept 13, 89 (Sixth Issue).
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, head laureate right;
Rev: IMP XXI COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva stg. R on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to r. owl. (M2).
RIC 675 (R2), BMC--, RSC –
3 commentsorfew03/05/19 at 21:37Jay GT4: Great find and lovely toning
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Caracalla (198 - 217 A.D.)27 viewsAR Tetradrachm
Mesopotamia, Carrhae
O: AVT·K·M·A ANTONЄINOC ·C-EB · ·, laureate head of Caracalla right; two pellets beneath rear truncation.
R: ΔΗΜΑΡΧ ΕΞ ΥΠΑΤΟ Δ, eagle standing facing on bucranium, dot to each side, wings spread, head right, wreath in beak.
28mm
17.10g
Prieur 820, Bellinger 160, SGI 2701

Ex. Agora Auctions, lot 184, Sale 81
4 commentsMat03/05/19 at 21:17Jay GT4: A nice piece!
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RPC II 1944 Vespasianus21 viewsObv: AYTOKPAT KAIΣA OYEΣΠAΣIANOY, Laureate head of Vespasian, left, with drapery on far shoulder, above eagle
standing left, left wing extended
Rev: T ΦΛAYI OYEΣΠ KAIΣ ETOYΣ NEOY IEPOY, Laureate head of Titus, right; in left field, lituus; in right field B
Silver Tetradrachm mm 25.96 g 14.709 die axis 12 h - Struck in Antiochia ad Orontem (Syria, Seleucis and Pieria) 69-70 A.D.
RPC II 1944 - Prieur 109
Purchased on eBay from Dionysos
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/05/19 at 13:50Jay GT4: Love these big silver coins! Nice one!
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01 Constans21 viewsAe 24 5.5g
DN CONSTA-NS PF AVG, pearl and rosette diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, horseman standing left, spearing a fallen horseman who is bearded, clutching the horse's neck. ALEA in ex.
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)03/05/19 at 04:02Jay GT4: Another one bites the dust
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Rome - AR Victoriatus13 views²86 BC
¹81 BC
laureate head of Apollo right
Victory standing right crowning trophy with wreath
M
ROMA
¹Crawf. 373/1 b; BMC 757; King 50; Syd. 609 a
²Mark Passehl - Roman moneyer & coin type chronology, 150 – 50 BC
ex Naumann
1 commentsJohny SYSEL03/05/19 at 00:38Jay GT4: Great reverse
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ROMAN EMPIRE, HADRIAN. Commemorative AR Denarius of Rome. Struck A.D.139 under Antoninus Pius10 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 01:48Jay GT4: Great find!
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5544 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 124-25 AD Zeus standing11 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5544.3 (this coin). Dattari-Savio Pl. 70, 1511 (this coin); Emmett 904.9

Issue ΕΤ Θ = year 9

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

Rev. ΕΤ Θ
Zeus standing facing, head l., holding thunderbolt and sceptre

12.20 gr
24 mm
12h
3 commentsokidoki03/03/19 at 23:53Jay GT4: Double struck?
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13 viewsSouthern Lucania, Metapontion, c. 540-510 BC. AR Stater (28mm, 7.97g, 12h). Barley ear. R/ Incuse barley ear. HNItaly 1479; SNG ANS 209-16.2 commentspaul188803/02/19 at 22:48Jay GT4: Outstanding piece
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RIC.158 Augustus (AE, Nimes dupondius)4 viewsAugusutus, emperor (-27/14)
AE: Nimes dupondius (-8/-3, Nimes mint)

bronze, 20mm diameter, 12.74 g, die axis: 1h

A/ IMP / DIVI F above and below heads of Agrippa (left) and Augustus (right), back to back, that of Agrippa wearing rostral crown and that of Augustus is oak-wreathed
R/ COL / ENM to left and right of a chained crocodile and a palm tree
1 commentsDroger03/01/19 at 17:16Jay GT4: Good one!
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Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 4)41 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 4)
Obv: Laureate head right, IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM
Rev: Seat draped, above semi-circular frame decorate with three crescents TR P COS VII DES VIII PP
RIC 67; BMC 17
Purchased from Romanrum.com
March 1, 2019
3 commentsorfew03/01/19 at 14:54Jay GT4: Nice find!
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050 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-38 AD Fortuna18 viewsReference.
cfRIC 360;cf C 724; cf BMCRE 516; Strack 26*

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS PP
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right

Rev. COS III, in Ex.FORT RED
Fortuna seated left, holding rudder on globe and cornucopia.

3.01 gr
18 mm
6h
3 commentsokidoki03/01/19 at 11:46Jay GT4: Interesting portrait
RIC_IV-I_574,_Julia-Domna,_AR-Den,_IVLIA_AVGVSTA,_PIETAS_PVBLICA,_Roma,_RSC-156,_BMC-69,_Sear-6601,_203_AD,_Q-001,_0h,_17,5-19,0mm,_3,39g-s.jpg
050 Julia Domna (170-217 A.D.), RIC IV-I 574, Rome, AR-Denarius, PIETAS PVBLICA, Pietas standing left, #378 views050 Julia Domna (170-217 A.D.), RIC IV-I 574, Rome, AR-Denarius, PIETAS PVBLICA, Pietas standing left, #3
avers: IVLIA AVGVSTA, Bust draped right.
reverse: PIETAS PVBLICA, Pietas standing left, raising both hands at the garlanded altar.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter:17,5-19,0mm, weight: 3,39g, axis:0h,
mint: Rome, date: 203 A.D., ref: RIC IV-I 574, p-170, RSC-156, BMC-69, Sear-6601,
Q-003
2 commentsquadrans03/01/19 at 11:45Jay GT4: Nice!
RIC_IV-I_559,_Julia-Domna,_AR-Den,_IVLIA_AVGVSTA,_IVNO,_Roma,_RSC-82,_BMC-38,_Sear-6588,_200_AD,_Q-003,_1h,_17,7-18,5mm,_3,42g-s.jpg
050 Julia Domna (170-217 A.D.), RIC IV-I 559, Rome, AR-Denarius, IVNO, Juno standing left, #358 views050 Julia Domna (170-217 A.D.), RIC IV-I 559, Rome, AR-Denarius, IVNO, Juno standing left, #3
avers: IVLIA AVGVSTA, Bust draped right.
reverse: IVNO, Juno standing left, holding patera and scepter, at feet, left, a peacock.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,7-18,5mm, weight: 3,42g, axis: 1h,
mint: Rome, date: 209 A.D., ref: RIC IV-I 559, p-168, RSC 082, BMC 038, Sear 6588,
Q-003
2 commentsquadrans03/01/19 at 11:45Jay GT4: Wow! Nice coin Q
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03 Constantius II29 viewsConstantius II
Antioch
5.2 g / 24 mm
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

ANZ Antioch 122
Sear 18170
5 commentsRandygeki(h2)03/01/19 at 01:09Jay GT4: Great coin
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Akarnania Leukas AR Stater circa 320-280 BC 21mm 8.73g 7h BMC 90.14 viewsPegasos flying right/Helmeted head of Athena to right,behind neck A,behind head grape vine with bunch of grapes over the mouth of a tall amphora on a stand.very rare with the longer ethnic on the obverse1 commentsGrant H03/01/19 at 01:09Jay GT4: Amazing!
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22108 Constantius II/Campgate11 viewsConstantius II/Campgate
Constantius II AE3 ""Campgate"" Constantius II AD 324-361 AE3
Obv: FL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB C
Laureate bust left, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: PROVIDEN-TIAE CAESS –
Two turrets and a star over Campgate.
(delta) SIS (double crescent) in Exergue
Mint:Siscia 19.2mm 3.17g
RIC VII Siscia 217; Sear 17638
2 commentsBlayne W02/28/19 at 01:00Jay GT4: Very nice
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AE As, RIC 3, p.345, 1639 - Faustina II, Fecunditas12 viewsFaustina II,
As
Obv.: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, Draped bust right
Rev.: FECVNDITAS / S – C, Fecunditas standing right, holding scepter in right hand, infant in left hand
11.98g, 23x26mm
Ref.: Cohen 101, RIC 1639
This coin was found in 1987 at the Viehmarktplatz, close to the St. Antoninus Church in Trier, Germany. The find was presented to the Landesmuseum (State Museum).
2 commentsshanxi02/28/19 at 00:59Jay GT4: Cool find
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Vespasian-RIC-26049 viewsÆ Sestertius, 27.35g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD (Titus)
RIC 260 (R2). BMC 224.
Obv: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESP; Deified Vespasian std. l., with branch and sceptre
Rev: IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; S C, large, in centre
Ex eBay, 21 February 2019. Ex Tom Cederlind, 1996.

The funeral Titus held for his father Vespasian in the early summer of 79 was a lavish affair. Suetonius says it reportedly cost 10 million sestertii! B. Levick in her Vespasian biography speculates the procession was closely modelled on the one held for Divus Augustus by Tiberius. Vespasian's body was borne by leading senators on a funerary couch of ivory and gold with the body hidden from view, instead onlookers saw a wax image of Vespasian in triumphal gear. A cult statue of the dead emperor was also displayed in a triumphal chariot - the same statue of Vespasian that is likely commemorated on the obverse of this rare sestertius struck by Titus for the deified Vespasian. Two variants of the obverse legend occur: one with 'VESPASIAN' (seated on a curule chair) and this coin's 'VESP' - which seems to be slightly rarer. Only one obverse die has been recorded for this variant.
The seated emperor with branch and sceptre was also struck for Divus Augustus in a restoration issue by Titus. Minting the same type for both Divus Augustus and Divus Vespasian was a way to stress a parallel between the two emperors, a parallel that Vespasian had earlier emphasised with his own coinage. The date with Titus as COS VIII places the coin between 80-81, at least a full six months after Vespasian's death on 24 June 79 (assuming the coins were produced contemporaneously with Vespasian's deification). Epigraphic evidence shows Vespasian had been deified sometime before 29 May 80. Why they were struck so late remains a mystery. Perhaps the delay for deification was an attempt on Titus' part to avoid his father becoming a court joke as Claudius had become, or so B. Levick has asserted. She believes the famous 'Woe's me ...' quip attributed to Vespasian is likely a later cruel jest parodying Claudius' last utterance 'Woe's me, I think I've messed myself'. Regardless, the political expediency of having a deified father likely overruled any such qualms.

Beautiful dark brown patina. A fine piece in hand!
4 commentsDavid Atherton02/28/19 at 00:36Jay GT4: Amazing coin
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221097 viewsMaximianus/Concordia
Obv: IMP C M A MAXIMIANVS PF AVG,
radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right.
Rev: CONCORDIA MI-LITVM,
Emperor standing right, receiving Victory on globe from Jupiter, standing left and holding sceptre.
K delta in lower centre.
Mint: Cyzicus 19mm 3.83g
RIC VI Cyzicus 16B.
Ex Frascatius
1 commentsBlayne W02/28/19 at 00:35Jay GT4: Nice one
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Stratonikeia, Caria33 viewscirca 100 BC
AE 20 (20mm, 6.38g)
O: Lareate head of Hekate right, wearing crescent moon crown.
R: Nike advancing right, holding palm and wreath; ΣTPATO above, [NIK]EΩN below.
cf SNG Cop 489; cf Sear 4942; BMC 151,31
Scarce
ex Aegean Numismatics

Stratonikeia was located in SW Asia Minor, about 11km from Lagina, the largest known sanctuary of the goddess Hekate, "whom Zeus honored above all others" (Hesiod). It is likely that the cult of Hekate originated in this area a millennium or more before Her introduction into Greek religion at the conclusion of the Titanomachy, the legendary battle between the Titans and Olympians.
During an annual ritual the Priestess would lead a procession from the polis to Lagina where she would open the sanctuary with a sacred key. This key would eventually become one of the attributes depicted on later images of Hekate.
5 commentsEnodia02/27/19 at 23:44Jay GT4: I like it
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22116 Domitian/Vesta Reverse11 viewsDomitian/Vesta struck under Vespasian 79 AD
Obv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS VI
Head of Domitian, laureate, right
Rev: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS
Vesta, draped, hooded, seated left on throne, holding palladium in ext right hand and transverse sceptre in left
Mint: Rome 17mm., 3,14g
RIC II, Part 1 (second edition) Vespasian 1087
Ex: Savoca Auction 16th Blue Auction
1 commentsBlayne W02/26/19 at 00:56Jay GT4: Nice early Domitian
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22114 Domitian/Pegasus13 viewsDomitian/Pegasus struck under Vespasian 76-77 AD
Obv: CAES AVG F DOMITIANVS
Head of Domitian, laureate, right
Rev: COS IIII
Pegasus standing right, left foreleg raised, wings curling up on back
Mint: Rome 18mm., 3,24g
RIC II, Part 1 (second edition) Vespasian 921-922
Ex Savoca Auctions 16th Blue Auction
2 commentsBlayne W02/26/19 at 00:55Jay GT4: Nice
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Kings of Macedon. Alexander III ‘The Great’, (Circa 332-323 BC)11 viewsAR Tetradrachm

26 mm, 17.21 g

Salamis, struck under Nikokreon.

Obverse: Head of Herakles to right, wearing lion skin headdress.

Reverse: AΛEΞANΔPOY Zeus seated left on low throne, holding long scepter in his left hand and eagle standing right with closed wings in his right; to left, bow.

Price 3139.

Nikokreon succeeded Pnytagoras on the throne of Salamis (Cyprus) and is reported to have paid homage to Alexander after the conqueror’s return from Egypt to Tyre in 331. In the war between Antigonos and Ptolemy (315), Nikokreon supported the latter and was rewarded by being placed in control of all Cyprus. He was the last of the Teucridai to rule in Salamis (upon his death in 310 BC, the city came under the rule of Ptolemy’s brother, Menelaos).

The Teucridai were kings of Salamis who claimed descent from Teucer, the mythical founder of the city. The bow in left field on the reverse undoubtedly references Teucer's fame as a great archer, who loosed his shafts from behind the giant shield of his half-brother Ajax the Great during the Trojan War.
2 commentsNathan P02/25/19 at 21:46Jay GT4: Love the detail. Look at those feet!
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220 Hadrian Denarius Roma 132-34 AD Roma8 viewsReference.
Strack 350;BMCRE 569; RIC 220

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

Rev. ROMA FELIX COS III P P
Roma seated left on curule chair holding branch and sceptre.

3.13 gr
17 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki02/24/19 at 12:36Jay GT4: Detailed reverse
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hj6.28.07.05_29 viewsElagabalus and Julia Maesa
Marcianopolis

Obv: AVT K M AVP ANTΩ(NE)INOC AVΓ IOVΛIA MAICA AVΓ., laureate head of Elagabalus on left facing draped bust of Julia Maesa on right .
Rev: VΠ IOVΛ CEΛEV KOV MAPKIANOΠOΛIT(ΩN), Apollo, naked, standing facing, head right, with arm over his head, holding bow, serpent climbing tree to right, E to left.
28 mm, 13.82 gms

Hristova-Jekov 6.28.7.5
1 commentsCharles M02/24/19 at 02:30Jay GT4: Great patina
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Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 1)56 viewsDomitian, Denarius, 81 Rome
Obv: Laureate head of Domitian right., IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG
Rev: Dolphin coiled around anchor.,TR P COS VII
RIC:2; BMC 3
Purchased from Numiscorner on Vcoins
February 23, 2019
7 commentsorfew02/24/19 at 02:06Jay GT4: Nice!
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Vespasian - Denarius 10 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: After c. 75 AD
Metal: AR
Obverse: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANUVS AVG; Laureate head of Vespasian R.

Reverse: PON MAX TRP COS VI Pax seated l. holding brangch in r.

Mint: Rome
Reference: RIC Vol II, 90
Provenance: Purchased from Tom McKenna, Sept 6, 1984.

GVF.
2 commentsSteve B502/22/19 at 23:27Jay GT4: Beautiful coin
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583b Hadrian Sestertius, Roma 119-21 AD Libertas12 viewsReference
RIC 583b; C 948. BMC 1190A.

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG P M TR P COS III
Laureate head right

Rev. LIBERTAS PVBLICA
Libertas, draped, seated left on throne, holding branch in right hand, which rests on lap, and vertical sceptre in left
in exergue, S C.

24.24 gr
34 mm
6h

Note.
ex Münzzentrum Köln, Auktion 45, 1981, Los 554
3 commentsokidoki02/22/19 at 22:06Jay GT4: Nice!
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RIC.19a Magnus Maximus (siliqua, Virtvs Romanorvm)9 viewsMagnus Maximus, usurpor (383-384), western roman emperor (384-388)
Siliqua: Virtvs Romanorvm (383-388, Milan mint)

silver 900‰, 15 mm diameter, 1.26 g, die axis: 6 h

A/ D N MAG MA-XIMVS P F AVG; pearl diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right
R/ VIRTVS RO-MANORVM / MDPS in exergue; Roma seated left on throne, holding Victory on globe and spear
2 commentsDroger02/22/19 at 22:05Jay GT4: Great strike
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H-195 Bracteata, (uncertain), H-195, CNH I.-275, U-121, AR-Bracteata, #0452 viewsH-195 Bracteata, (uncertain), H-195, CNH I.-275, U-121, AR-Bracteata, #04
avers: King riding horse to the right, falcon on his wrist.
reverse: Negative pictures.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 12,5-14,0mm, weight: 0,29g, axis:0h,
mint: Esztergom , date: A.D., ref: Huszár-195, CNH I.-275, Unger-121, Kiss-Toth: wedge-shaped sigla under the horse's belly,
Q-004
3 commentsquadrans02/22/19 at 20:03Jay GT4: Interesting
RIC_IV-I_633_Julia-Domna,_AR-Den,_IVLIA_DO_MNA_AVG,_VENER_VICTOR,_Emesa(Homs),_RSC-189,_BMCRE-423,_194-195_AD,_Q-001,_6h,_17,0-17,5mm,_3,15g-s.jpg
050 Julia Domna (170-217 A.D.), RIC IV-I 633, Emesa(Homs), AR-Denarius, VENER VICTOR, Venus standing right, Scarce! #162 views050 Julia Domna (170-217 A.D.), RIC IV-I 633, Emesa(Homs), AR-Denarius, VENER VICTOR, Venus standing right, Scarce! #1
avers: IVLIA DO MNA AVG, Bust draped right.
reverse: VENER VICTOR, Venus standing right, her back turned to the viewer, draped from the waist down and leaning on a short column with her left elbow; holding a palm branch with her left arm and an apple in her extended right hand.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter:17,0-17,5mm, weight: 3,15g, axis: 6h,
mint: Emesa(Homs), date: 194-195 A.D., ref: RIC IV-I 633, RSC 189, BMCRE 423, Scarce!
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans02/22/19 at 20:02Jay GT4: Nice
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Claudius, Unofficial As Hispania6 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 14:43Jay GT4: Nice one
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Roman Julia Mamaea Sestertius13 viewsJulia Mamaea (Augusta, 222 -235 A.D.)
Mother of Severus Alexander
Æ Sestertius, approx. Rome mint (230 A.D.)

Obv: IVLIA MAMAEA AVGVSTA, draped bust of Julia Mamaea right, wearing stephane
Rev: FELICITAS PVBLICA / S C [in exergue], Felicitas seated left, folding a caduceus in her right hand & cornucopia in her left hand.

RIC (Severus Alexander) 679
1 commentsTanit02/22/19 at 13:41Jay GT4: Great coin
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Roman Julia Paula Sestertius14 viewsJulia Paula, Augusta, 219-220 AD.
AE Sestertius, Rome Mint, A.D. 220.
Obv: IVLIA PAVLA AVG , Diademed and draped bust of Julia Paula right.
Rev: CONCORDIA/ SC in ex. , Concordia seated left holding patera and double cornucopiae, in left field, star.

RIC-(Elagabalus) 381.
2 commentsTanit02/22/19 at 12:06Jay GT4: I love the color
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Mamluk (Burji). Barquq (al-Zahir Sayf al-Din Abu Sa`id Barquq) (1st reign 784-791 A.H. = 1382-1389 A.D.; 2nd reign 792-801 A.H. = 1390-1399 A.D.)24 viewsBalog 562 Plate XXIII 562; SNAT Damascus __; Album 975

AE fals; Dimashq/Damascus mint, dated 790 A.H.? = 1388 A.D.? (1st reign); 2.63 g., 17.92 mm. max., 270°

Obv.: Apparently no border. السلطان / الملك الظاهر / ابو سعيد سيف / الدنيا و الدين (al-Sultan / al-Malik al-Zahir / Abu Sa'id Sayf / ______) in center; Clockwise marginal legend الدنيا و الدين ضرب بدمشق سنة ثسعين وسبعماية (= ___________ duriba bi-Dimashq sanat thaseayn wasabeimaya = ________ struck in Damascus in the year 90)

Rev.: Solid linear border. Circle of big dots, برقوق (= Barquq) in center.

Barquq, who was of Circassian origin and acquired as a slave, became the first sultan of the Mamluk Burji dynasty. A member of the faction behind the throne during the reigns of Sha'ban II's young sons, 'Ali II and Hajji II, Barquq consolidated power and siezed the throne in 1382. He was deposed in 1389 and Hajji restored as sultan. By early 1390, Barquq reclaimed his title. During his second reign, the Mongol warlord Timur invaded and defeated the Mamluks at Damascus and sacked it along with Aleppo in 1399.

Attribution courtesy of altaycoins and Alex Koifman.
3 commentsStkp02/22/19 at 05:03Jay GT4: Nice sand patina
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132 - Probus - RIC 030 - Bust Type F var (Lugdunum) (III in exe)10 viewsObv:–IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right
Rev:– FIDES VICTOR, Fides standing left, holding two ensigns
Minted in Lugdunum (III) Emission 6, Officina 3. A.D. 278 - 279
Reference(s) – Bastien -

4.48 gms, 22.92 mm. 0 degrees
3 commentsmaridvnvm02/22/19 at 00:25Jay GT4: Wonderful find!
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Lucania, Heraclea: AR Diobol39 viewsHead of Athena right, wearing crested helmet decorated with Hippocamp

Herakles kneeling right, strangling the Nemean Lion.


Heraclea, Ca. 432-420 BC

0.73g

Van Keuren 38; HN Italy 1360

Ex-ANE

Beautiful glossy black patina
5 commentsJay GT402/21/19 at 16:34Jay GT4: You are correct Pekka. Looks like HN Italy 1360?
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Titus AR Denarius45 viewsTitus AR Denarius.Under Vespasian 76 CE (first issue)
3.14 g
Obv:Leaureate head right, T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN
Rev:Jupiter standing facing with patera over altar, IOVIS CUSTOS
RIC 863 [VESP] (R2)
4 commentsorfew02/21/19 at 15:45Jay GT4: Good eye to spot the rarity!
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048 Clodius Albinus (193-196 A.D. Caesar, 195-196 A.D. Augustus ), RIC IV-I 001c, Rome, AR-Denarius, PROVID AVG COS, Providentia standing left, Rare!52 views048 Clodius Albinus (193-196 A.D. Caesar, 195-196 A.D. Augustus ), RIC IV-I 001c, Rome, AR-Denarius, PROVID AVG COS, Providentia standing left, Rare!
avers: D CL SEPT ALBIN CAES, Bare head right.
reverse: PROVID AVG COS, Providentia standing left holding wand over globe and scepter.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 16,5-18,0mm, weight: 2,42g, axis: 6h ,
mint: Rome, date: 193 A.D., ref: RIC IV-I 1c, p-44, C-55, Rare!
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans02/21/19 at 11:47Jay GT4: Great beard
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092 - Philip II Antoninianus - RIC 2197 viewsAntoninianus

Obv:- M IVL PHILIPPVS CAES, radiate draped bust right
Rev:- PRINCIPI IVVENT, Philip II standing left with globe & spear; captive at feet
Minted in Rome. A.D. ???
Reference(s) – RIC 219, RSC 57

4.13 gms, 22.16 mm. 0 degrees
1 commentsmaridvnvm02/21/19 at 04:45Jay GT4: Great detail on the reverse
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26813 viewsClaudius II 268-70 AD
AE tetradrachm
Alexandria in Egypt
Obv Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev "LB"
Eagle standing right, head forwards, holding wreath in beak
2 commentsmauseus02/21/19 at 04:44Jay GT4: Great eagle
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Roman, Claudius I, As Minerva. Spanish imitation7 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 04:26Jay GT4: A must have for any 1st century collector
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22115 Vespasian/Tri Pot Reverse12 viewsVespasian/Vesta Denarius 72-73 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M
Head of Vespasian, laureate, right
Rev: TRI POT
Vesta, draped, veiled, seated left, holding simpulum in extended right hand, left hand at side
Mint: Rome 18mm., 2,97g.
RIC II, Part 1 (second edition) Vespasian 46 Sear 2312
Ex Savoca Auctions 16th Blue Auction
1 commentsBlayne W02/21/19 at 00:38Jay GT4: Strong portrait
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Caabria Tarentum AR Stater circa 380-375 BC 21mm 7.72g 9h Vlasto 428,HNItaly 876.6 viewsNude warrior holding shield on horse galloping left/Phalanthos extending hand,astride dolphin left.1 commentsGrant H02/21/19 at 00:37Jay GT4: Great piece
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Salonina Antoninianus14 viewsSalonina Antoninianus

Obverse:
SALONINA AVG
Diademed, draped bust right on crescent

Reverse:
IVNO REGINA
Providentia standing left, holding globe and sceptre. * in left field
1 commentsHarry G02/20/19 at 23:25Jay GT4: Unusual portrait
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Valerian II Antoninianus24 viewsValerian II Antoninianus

Obverse:
VALERIANVS CAES
Radiate, draped bust right

Reverse:
IOVI CRESCENTI
Jupiter riding goat right
3 commentsHarry G02/20/19 at 23:25Jay GT4: Wow! Great goat!
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Mariniana Antoninianus30 viewsMariniana Antoninianus

Obverse:
DIVAE MARINIANVAE
Diademed, veiled bust right on crescent
Reverse:
CONSECRATIO
Peacock standing facing, head left, tail in splendour

My favourite coin in my collection!
3 commentsHarry G02/20/19 at 23:24Jay GT4: Lovely peacock
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Valerian I Antoninianus 'VOTA ORBIS' Left Facing Bust61 viewsValerian I Antoninianus

Obverse:
IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS AVG
Bust radiate, cuirassed, left

Reverse:
VOTA ORBIS
Two Victories standing facing each other, placing shield inscribed SC on palm.

Unusual left facing bust - one of the only coins I have seen like this
1 commentsHarry G02/20/19 at 23:24Jay GT4: Interesting coin!
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Domitian RIC-25176 viewsÆ Quadrans, 3.32g
Rome Mint, 84-85 AD
RIC 251 (R). BMC - .
Obv: (No legend) Rhinoceros stg. l.
Rev: IMP DOMIT AVG GERM; S C in centre
Acquired from Marc Breitsprecher, February 2019.

A few years into Domitian's reign an extraordinary issue of quadrantes were struck featuring a rhinoceros. Although the coins are undated, their production can be narrowed down between late 83 when he assumed the title Germanicus and 85 when the consular date XI appeared on the quadrantes. The type is highly unusual and breaks with the standard obverses that were normally featured on the quadrans. One may ask, why a rhinoceros? Certainly the animal was rare in Rome and most difficult to obtain. The rhinoceros depicted on the coin is the African species, identified by the two horns. Martial in his book 'On Spectacles' tells of such a rhinoceros in the Colosseum. Presumably, these coins were struck with that very 'star performer' in mind. Ted Buttrey wrote about this coin type in his article Domitian, the Rhinoceros, and the Date of Martial's "Liber De Spectaculis": "it is wrong to write off the rhinoceros of Domitian's coin casually, as if the coin were a picture postcard from the zoo: 'This is a rhinoceros'. No, coin types are pointed. Everything has to do with imperial advertisement and with its importance at the moment of issue: 'This is my rhinoceros'. Domitian's rhinoceros, in its supremacy in the arena might well stand as a metaphor for the invincible success of the emperor conquering general who had recently assumed the historically-weighted title of Germanicus." Coming back to Martial, he also speaks of tokens being showered upon the cheering crowds - could these quadrantes struck cheaply and in massive quantities have been gifts to the cheering mob at the arena? In essence, can this coin double as currency and a souvenir from a long ago day at the games in the Colosseum?

This variant of the famous rhinoceros quadrans is somewhat rare (no examples in the BM) because of the obverse legend beginning in the upper right, more commonly it begins in the lower left. Artistically, most of the rhinos depicted on these coins have a lot to be desired. Some look like wild boars with horns added for effect. Happily, the animal depicted on this coin's obverse indeed looks every part the powerful and fearsome beast which awestruck Roman audiences - as a matter of fact, it appears to be charging with its head down. Perhaps the engraver was a witness to the very games martial describes?

As mentioned above, the rhino depicted on the coin is the two-horned African species. In contrast, the Indian rhino has one horn. Pliny in his Natural Histories describes the rhinoceros as a one horned creature (although confusingly he confirms its Ethiopian origins), Martial said it had two. The rhino was so rare in Rome, Pliny had to go all the way back to the games of Pompey the Great in 55 BC to find a reference for the animal on display in the city, apparently it was a one-horned Indian rhino. At any rate, both the numismatic evidence and Martial's description coincide rather nicely to confirm that Domitian, at great expense no doubt, brought to Rome an African rhinoceros for his shows in the new Colosseum. The surviving coins featuring this fantastic beast prove how important a feat this was to the emperor.

Well centred with a lovely green patina and fine style.
3 commentsDavid Atherton02/19/19 at 12:00Jay GT4: Cool addition
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Larissa, Drachm22 viewsDenomination: Drachm
Era: After c. 356-340 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of the nymph Larissa facing slightly left

Reverse: ΛΑΡΙΣ / ΑΙΩΝ Horse to right, preparing to roll over.

Mint: Larissa
Weight: 6.08 gm.
Reference: Sear, Europe 2120
Provenance: CNG direct purchase.

Well centered and AEF.
3 commentsSteve B502/18/19 at 21:26Jay GT4: Amazing portrait
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148 - Galerius - RIC VI Antioch 11612 viewsFollis
Obv:– IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, laureate head right
Rev:– VIRTVS EX-ERCITVS, Virtus walking right, holding transverse spear in right hand, trophy over left shoulder
Minted in Antioch (_ | O / D // ANT.). A.D. 309
Reference:– RIC VI Antioch 116

7.05 gms, 23.64 mm. 0 degrees
2 commentsmaridvnvm02/18/19 at 21:08Jay GT4: Love the patina
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050 Julia Domna (170-217 A.D.), RIC IV-I 546, Rome, AR-Denarius, CERERI FRVGIF, Ceres seated left, Scarce! #153 views050 Julia Domna (170-217 A.D.), RIC IV-I 546, Rome, AR-Denarius, CERERI FRVGIF, Ceres seated left, Scarce! #1
avers: IVLIA AVGVSTA, Bust draped right.
reverse: CERERI FRVGIF, Ceres seated left holding corn-ears and torch.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter:18,0-18,8mm, weight: 2,56g, axis: 2h,
mint: Rome, date: 200 A.D., ref: RIC IV-I 546, RSC 14, BMC 10,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans02/18/19 at 20:55Jay GT4: Great hair!
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RIC 265 viewsDenarius, 97 A.D.
Obv.: IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P II COS III P P
Laur. head r.
Rev.: CONCORDIA EXERCITVVM
Clasped hands.

3.36g, 18 mm
1 commentsklausklage02/18/19 at 13:23Jay GT4: That's a great portrait of Nerva
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146 - Maximianus - RIC V pt II 506 Bust Type C5 viewsAntoninianus
Obv:– IMP MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev:– IOVI CONSERVAT AVGG, Jupiter, standing left, holding thunderbolt and sceptre.
Minted in Rome (//XXIE). A.D. 285-286
Reference(s) – RIC V Pt. 2 506 Bust Type C (C)

3.67 gms, 23.47mm. 180 degrees.
1 commentsmaridvnvm02/17/19 at 22:31Jay GT4: Nice dies
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Diocletian Follis17 viewsAE Follis.
Obv. DN DIOCLETIANO FELICISSIMO SEN AVG ; laur. bust r., wearing mantle, and holding branch and mappa ;
Rev.: PROVIDNTIA DEORVM QVIES AVGG ; Quies and Providentia stg. facing each other.

(issued after the abdication)

SEAR 12926 ; RIC vi p.128, 77a ; Cohen 423,426
2 commentsTanit02/17/19 at 12:28Jay GT4: Love the patina
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Roman Diocletian Follis14 viewsBillon Follis

Obv.: IMP DIOCLETIANVS PF AVG; Laur. hd. r.
Rev.: FELIX ADVENT AVGG NN ; Africa stg. facing, hd. l., holding standard and elephant's tusk, lion holding bull's hd. at feet to l. / I in field

SEAR 12754
2 commentsTanit02/17/19 at 12:27Jay GT4: Really nice
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Octavian, AR Denarius - Crawford 538/115 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Octavian, 44-27 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.79g; 20mm).
Italian Mint, Summer 37 BCE.

Obverse: IMP CAESAR-DIVI·F·III·VIR·ITER R·P·C; Octavian’s bare head, bearded and facing right.

Reverse: COS·ITER·ET·TER·DESIG; Simpulum, aspergillum, jug and lituus.

References: Crawford 538/1; Sydenham 1334; HCRI 312; BMCRR (Gaul) 116.

Provenance: Ex Ernst Ploil Collection [NAC 101 (24 Oct 2017), Lot 41]; Peus 386 (26 Apr 2006), Lot 663; Astarte 5 (1999), Lot 703.

The obverse inscription records the renewal of the second triumvirate in 37 BCE.
4 commentsCarausius02/17/19 at 04:56Jay GT4: I wonder if Octavian could even grow a beard. Gr...
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Brutus, AR Denarius - Crawford 502/210 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Brutus, 44-42 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.76g; 17mm).
Military Mint, Spring-Summer 42 BCE.

Obverse: L·SESTI - PRO·Q; Veiled and draped bust of Libertas, facing right.

Reverse: Q·CAEPIO·BRVTVS·PRO·COS; Tripod with axe on left and simpulum on right.

References: Crawford 502/2; HCRI 201; Syd 1290; BMCRR East 41; Junia 37; Sestia 2.

Provenance: Ex Alan J. Harlan Collection [Triton XXII (9 Jan 2019), Lot 951]; Kunker 288 (13 Mar 2017) Lot 314; Theodor Prowe Collection [Hess (20 May 1912) Lot 933].

Marcus Junius Brutus was posthumously adopted by his maternal uncle, Quintus Servilius Caepio. Afterward, Brutus sometimes used the name Quintus Servilius Caepio Brutus, which both honored his uncle and advertised his maternal descent from Gaius Servilius Structus Ahala. Ahala was a Roman Republican hero who had killed someone with regal aspirations. In his early political career, Brutus issued coins with the portrait of Ahala on one side (see Crawford 433/2; http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-144687). Following the assassination of Caesar, Brutus resurrected his use of the name Quintus Servilius Caepio Brutus, as on this coin, again alluding to this Servilian connection in his family tree. Combined with the bust of Liberty on the obverse of this coin, the message is clear: that the assassins were liberators from monarchy in the old Republican tradition of their ancestors. The reverse shows the symbols of Brutus’ membership in the college of priests.

This example comes from the collection of Theodor Prowe of Moscow, one of the great collections of the early 20th century, which was auctioned in three separate 1912 sales by Bruder Egger (Greek) and Hess (Roman).
2 commentsCarausius02/17/19 at 04:54Jay GT4: Great provenance. Even better coin!
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ROMAN REPUBLIC - Didrachm - Crawford 25/112 viewsRome. The Republic.
Anonymous, 241-235 BCE.
AR Didrachm (6.62g; 19mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Helmeted head of beardless Mars with crested Corinthian helmet decorated with gryphon, facing right.

Reverse: Bridled horse head facing right; sickle to left; ROMA below.

References: Crawford 25/1; Sydenham 24; BMCRR (Romano-Campanian) 57.

Provenance: Ex Ed Waddell inventory #7484 (c. 1985).

This didrachm series is the first Roman silver coinage to bear the inscription ROMA, a change from the earlier ROMANO inscriptions. The early ROMANO inscriptions may have been either an abbreviation of the genitive plural ROMANORVM (“of the Romans”) or dative ROMANO (“by the Romans”) either of which would be similar grammar to Greek coin inscriptions. The move to the nominative case ROMA, may have been a simple shift to Roman/Latin usage consistent with the coinage taking on a more “Roman” character, as minting activity had moved from southern Italy to Rome many years before. The sickle symbol on the reverse, as well as common devices across denominations, links this didrachm issue to contemporaneous Roman bronze coinage also bearing the sickle. This marks the first time in the emerging Roman coinage that a clear-intentioned, bi-metallic series emission can be established.
3 commentsCarausius02/17/19 at 04:54Jay GT4: Stunning!
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14 Constantius II26 viewsDN 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, A in left field, TS Delta in ex
Thessalonica 129 scarce.
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)02/17/19 at 00:05Jay GT4: Horseman strikes again
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RIC 0162 Domitianus69 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M, Laureate head right
Rev: TR POT II COS VIIII DES X P P, Minerva standing right holding spear and shield
AR/Denarius (19.36 mm 3.512 g 6h) Struck in 83 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 162 (R), RSC, BMCRE, BNF unlisted - L 1988-5-10-1
ex Leu Numismatik Web Auction 6 Lot 926
9 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/16/19 at 20:27Jay GT4: How did I miss this one? Fantastic coin! Minerva ...
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Titus as Caesar RIC 554 Mule83 viewsAR Denarius, 3.08g
Rome Mint, 73 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 554 (R). BMC 113. RSC 158.
Obv: T CAES IMP VESP CENS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PONTIF MAXIM; Vespasian std. r. on curule chair, with sceptre and branch
Ex Lanz, eBay, 6 October 2008.

This rare denarius of 73 AD issued by Titus as Caesar, is a mule featuring a reverse intended for Vespasian. The reverse legend PONTIF MAXIM is the title of the chief priest, a position held only by the emperor.

A coin featuring a sturdy portrait of the young prince with his father as supreme priest on the reverse, a perfect mule.
1 commentsvespasian7002/16/19 at 12:43Jay GT4: How did I miss this one? Great coin
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Germanic Two-Plate Bow Fibulae / Blechfibeln, with Semi-Circular Head Plate, Germanic fibula, #6, Fibula #038,89 viewsGermanic Two-Plate Bow Fibulae / Blechfibeln, with Semi-Circular Head Plate, Germanic fibula, #6, Fibula #038,
type: Germanic fibula. The basic type is called "bow with two plates" or "plate-bow" or, in German Blechfibeln.
This is the round head with five knobs type. Small blech fibula with five knobs on semi-circular head plate. Very similar to the Krefeld type. Serbia more likely Gepid, Bulgaria Gepid or more likely Ostrogoth.
The reverse shows rust traces from the iron spring.
size: 45x22mm,
weight: 8,44g,
date: c. A.D. 475-525, some into 7th century,
ref: ,
distribution: Gepid; Chernyakhov culture / Goths.
Q-004
1 commentsquadrans02/16/19 at 12:12Jay GT4: Nice!
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Domitian Denarius - Rev: Minerva holding Victory31 viewsDomitian, 81-96, Silver Denarius.
Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, laureate head right,
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P, Minerva standing left holding Victory and spear, shield behind.
RIC II² 63 (R2).
At one stage this coin was the only one known, according to Ted Buttrey prior to the publication of RIC II², until another was recorded in Bucharest, and another sold in a Künker auction in 2005.
3 commentsOldMoney02/16/19 at 04:29Jay GT4: Wonderful
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Domitian RIC-335131 viewsAR Denarius, 3.41g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 335 (R2). BMC p. 315 note. RSC 178 corr.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP•VIIII COS XI CENS•POT•P•P•; Minerva stg. l., with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her side (M3)
Ex Harry N Sneh Collection. Ex Jyrki Muona Collection.

A denarius which is part of the fourth issue of 85 minted after Domitian reduced the silver fineness back to the Neronian standard. Despite the reduction in silver content, the coin has been minted on a large flan and the portrait is in a similar fine style as the previous issues with the higher silver standard.

This coin is a RIC plate coin, mislabeled as 338, pl. 124.

6 commentsDavid Atherton02/16/19 at 04:17Jay GT4: Very nice
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032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0094b, Rome, AR-Denarius, P M TR P COS III, Pax standing left,69 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0094b, Rome, AR-Denarius, P M TR P COS III, Pax standing left,
avers: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder.
reverse: P M TR P COS III, Pax standing left, holding the branch in right hand, scepter in left.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,0-19,0mm, weight: 3,34g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 119-122 A.D., ref: RIC II 94b, Strack 117,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans02/15/19 at 21:18Jay GT4: OK Q
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033 Sabina (???-136 A.D.), RIC II 0410, Rome, AR-Denarius, -/-//--, VESTA, Vesta seated left, #163 views033 Sabina (???-136 A.D.), RIC II 0410, Rome, AR-Denarius, -/-//--, VESTA, Vesta seated left, #1
Wife of Hadrian.
avers: SABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG P P, Her bust diademed and draped right, hair in a plait behind.
reverse: VESTA, Vesta seated left, holding Palladium and scepter.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 16,5-17,0mm, weight: 3,15g, axes: 6h,
mint: Roma, date: 128-136 A.D., ref: RIC II 410, RSC 81, BMCRE 915,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans02/15/19 at 18:50Jay GT4: Wonderful coin Q
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Titus Denarius - Specifically Noted in RIC II²5 viewsTitus as Caesar, Silver Denarius, Rome, Late 73 AD.
Obv: T CAES IMP - VESP CENS, laureate head right,
Rev: SALVS - AVG, Salus seated left holding patera in right hand and resting left elbow on throne.
RIC II² 518 (R2) - this coin noted.
1 commentsOldMoney02/15/19 at 17:41Jay GT4: Nice to have "This coin"
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Vespasian Denarius Rev: Vespasian seated21 viewsVespasian 69-79 Silver Denarius
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG CEN, laureate head right,
Rev: PONTIF MAXIM, Vespasian seated right on curule chair, holding scepter and olive-branch, feet on footstool.
RIC II² 545 (C).
Not in RIC II, though similar to 65 (there noted as CENS instead of CEN).
This particular coin was initially recorded as an 'unpublished' variety and one of only two known to Ted Buttrey (the other being a BM acquisition from 1977). A small number of others have since come to light. Still a relatively scarce coin in comparison.
2 commentsOldMoney02/15/19 at 17:40Jay GT4: Excellent
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Domitian Denarius - Rev: Dolphin on Tripod48 viewsDomitian, 81-96, Silver Denarius
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M, laureate head right,
Rev: COS VII DES VIII P P, Dolphin above tripod with fillets.
RIC II² 38 (R3) - this coin!
Previously unpublished.
Unique, this coin specifically recorded in RIC II².
3 commentsOldMoney02/15/19 at 17:39Jay GT4: Great find!
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Julius Caesar; 46 - 44BC10 viewsAE 20
Struck ca. 45 BC; Lampsacus, Mysia
Obv: C G I L (Colonia Gemella(?) Iulia Lampsacus), laureate head of Julius Caesar right; countermark: ΛAE monogram in a rectangular punch.
Rev: priest plowing with two oxen, marking the pomerium (sacred boundary marking the foundation of a new Roman colony), Q LVCRETIO / L PONTIO in two lines above, II VIR before bull's forelegs, M TVRIO LEG in exergue;

This type was the second issue to definitively feature a lifetime portrait of Julius Caesar, the first being an issue from Bithynia minted ca. 47/6 BC (RPC I 2026). Both of these bronze issues precede the earliest appearance of his portrait on a coin minted at Rome, that being the denarii of M. Mettius issued in January 44 BC.
1 commentscmcdon092302/15/19 at 02:34Jay GT4: Always nice to have a lifetime Caesar
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Alexius III14 viewsI love the patina on this coin, its one of my favorites.1 commentsSimon02/15/19 at 02:25Jay GT4: Fantastic patina!
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RIC 0744 Titus12 viewsObv : T CAES IMP COS III CENS, Laureate head right
Rev: AEQVITAS AVGVST / S C, Aequitas standing left, with scales and rod
AE/As (26.93 mm 11.469 g 6h) Struck in Rome 74 A.D.
RIC 744 R (Vespasian), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 731 (Vespasian)
Purchased on eBay from patraking
1 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/14/19 at 13:03Jay GT4: Nice rarity
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RIC 0747 Titus12 viewsObv : T CAES IMP COS III CENS, Laureate head right
Rev : PAX AVGVST / S - C in field; Pax standing left, leaning on column, with caduceus and branch
AE/As (27.47 mm 9.981 g 6h) Struck in Rome 74 A.D.
R.I.C.2 747 (C, Vespasian), BMCRE 709 (Vespasian), BNF unlisted
Purchased on eBay from indalo
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/14/19 at 13:03Jay GT4: Very nice
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Vespasian-RIC-1170 Engraver's Error81 viewsÆ As, 8.58g
Lyon mint, 71 AD
RIC 1170 var. BMC 811 var.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: Retrograde S C in field; Eagle stg. front on globe, wings outstretched, head r.
Ex Ibercoin 25, 30 January 2019, lot 385.

The reverse is the main attraction here. The 'S C' is mistakenly struck retrograde, a major error on the engraver's part. I wonder how many of these were struck until the mistake was noticed? It's the first one I've come across. Errors like this are quite rare in the Flavian era, which would probably indicate there aren't many examples of this reverse die that survived. This As was struck in 71 when both Rome and Lyon produced a massive issue of bronze, which may somewhat excuse the error. Rare even without the retrograde 'S C'. Also of note, the 'S C' on this type is normally placed on either side of the eagle's wings, here it is on either side of its claws.

Rough, but the all important reverse is decently struck and nicely centred.
6 commentsDavid Atherton02/14/19 at 04:13Jay GT4: Cool find.
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Salonina, Pietas12 viewsSalonina
AE Antoninianus; 19-21mm; 3.66g
Siscia mint

SALONINA AVG,
diademed draped bust right on a crescent

PIETAS AVG,
Pietas standing left by altar, holding patera.

Cohen 79; RSC 79; Sear 10646.
2 commentsRobin Ayers02/14/19 at 04:11Jay GT4: Great hair!
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Thessalonica, wolf & twins13 viewsCity Commemorative
AE follis; 1.59g; 17-18mm
Thessalonica 330-333 AD

VRBS ROMA,
helmeted, cuirassed bust of Roma left

she-wolf standing left, suckling twins Romulus and Remus, two stars above,

Mintmark SMTS epsilon

RIC VII Thessalonica 187; Sear 16516.
2 commentsRobin Ayers02/14/19 at 04:11Jay GT4: Nice!
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Hendin-486 / 1169 (03)6 viewsHerod I - 8 prutot (dated year 3 = either 40BC or 37BC)
7.03 grams

The dating of these coins is subject to debate. Some say that because Herod was appointed Tetrarch of Samaria by Marc Antony in 42BC, that "year 3" would correspond to 40/39BC. Others feel that because Herod was appointed King of Judaea by the Roman Senate in 40BC, that "year three" should then represent 37BC. In all reality, the debate will most likely never be settled conclusively, one way or the other.
2 commentscmcdon092302/14/19 at 02:00Jay GT4: Amazing coin
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Roman Diocletian Follis14 viewsBillon Follis
Obv: IMP DIOCLETIANVS PF AVG
Rev: SALVIS AVGG ET CAESS FEL KART ; Carthage sg. l., holding fruits
1 commentsTanit02/14/19 at 01:05Jay GT4: Excellent
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Roman Diocletian Follis13 viewsBillon Follis
Obv: IMP DIOCLETIANVS AVG
Rev: GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, Genius stg. l.
1 commentsTanit02/14/19 at 01:04Jay GT4: Wonderful coin
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Vespasian-RIC-156565 viewsÆ As, 6.57g
Rome mint, 74 AD
RIC 1565 (C2). BMC 894. RPC 1984 (20 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev: S • C in laurel wreath
Acquired from Ephesus Numismatics, January 2019.

In 74 AD the Rome mint produced an extraordinary issue of bronze coinage of dupondii, asses, semisses, and quadrantes with a somewhat Eastern theme. Previously, these coins had been attributed to either Commagene (BMCRE) or Syria (RPC, and doubtfully so in RIC), but more recent scholarship has shown they actually were struck in Rome. The circulation pattern confirms this - out of a total of 112 of the smaller denominations cited by RPC, all but 4 were found in Western Europe. Ted Buttrey confirms 'The Eastern finds appear to be simply the débris of Mediterranean circulation.' But why was this series produced in such a fashion? Buttrey proffers a plausible theory - 'There is nothing like this series in the whole of Roman imperial coinage. It is a deliberate act of Orientalism, imposing the flavour of the East on a Western coinage. The key to its understanding is the reverse type of the dupondius, two crossed cornuacopiae with a winged caduceus between. It replicates the type of an obscure issue of the Galilean city of Sepphoris, an issue which had been, astonishingly, signed by Vespasian himself (ΕΠΙ ΟΥΕCΠΑCΙΑΝΟΥ, “on the authority of…”) when on duty there in the last days of Nero. The dupondius-sized bronze was accompanied by a half-unit with the type of a large, central S C – again signed by Vespasian, and now imitated on the As of the orichalcum series with the wreath of the As of Antioch (RPC I 4849-50). The whole of this series memorializes not Vespasian the conquering general (IVDAEA CAPTA, VICTORIA AVGVSTI), but the man. His re-use of earlier coin types is well-known; here he re-uses his own, harking back to his career just prior to his final success in seizing the empire. And the series was struck in 74 A.D., co-terminous with the celebration of Vespasian’s first quinquennium.' So, in essence, a very personally important issue for Vespasian.

Curtis Clay has a few objections for Buttrey's theory why the issue was struck. 'As far as I am aware, there is nothing "astonishing" about Vespasian's "signing" of the two coins of Sepphoris. EΠI followed by the governor's name appeared frequently on Roman provincial coins, meaning simply, "Struck while the man named was governor". So there was no evident reason for Vespasian to consider it extraordinary that he had been named as governor of Syria on coins of Sepphoris struck for Nero near the end of his reign (Year 14), and no evident reason why he should have referred to the Sepphoris coins in his orichalcum issue struck at Rome five years later. It seems quite probable that Vespasian never even noticed his name on the coins of Sepphoris, and certainly very few Romans in the West will ever have seen such a coin, though Buttrey thinks the orichalcum coins were struck for circulation in the West in 74 in order to recall precisely those Sepphoris coins with their reference to Vespasian some months before his accession. Why waste coin types on references that were inconsequential, and that nobody was likely to comprehend?

If the orichalcum issue was meant to recall those two coins of Sepphoris, shouldn't it have been struck for Vespasian only, and using only those two rev. types, caduceus between crossed cornucopias and large SC? But that was not the case. Both the caduceus between crossed cornucopias type and the large SC type were struck not only for Vespasian, but also for Titus and Domitian as Caesars. Moreover those were not the only two rev. types of the issue: other coins showed a bust of Antioch with legend ANTIOCHIA , and (on small coins only) the same winged caduceus as on the crossed cornucopias dupondii, but without the cornucopias (see images below). It seems to me highly unlikely that the three main types of this issue, all struck for Titus and Domitian as well as Vespasian, were inspired by and meant to recall the far simpler issue of Sepphoris, using just two changing types (obv. types in this case) and of course naming Vespasian only.'

If Buttrey's argument is wrong it brings us back to the original question - why was an Eastern flavoured coinage struck for circulation in the West? Perhaps the issue may be nothing more than Vespasian paying homage to the part of the world that elevated him.

This As is a fine example of the smaller denomination, nicely centred with a beautiful emerald green patina.
2 commentsDavid Atherton02/12/19 at 11:51Jay GT4: Not common to find these with green patina
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GREEK, Phokis, Federal Coinage, AE 15, 354-352 BC, struck under Onymarchos - BMC 103, pl. III, 24; SNG Copenhagen 131151 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 22:03Jay GT4: Agreed, very nice
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Titus AR Denarius43 viewsTitus AR Denarius. Rome Mint
79-81 CE
(17 mm 3.15 g)
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, laureate head right
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV — COS VIII P P, draped processional chair, triangular frame by decorated with nine Palmattes Lituus under triangular frame.
RIC 124c
Ex: Savoca 16th Blue auction Lot 978 February 10, 2019
5 commentsorfew02/11/19 at 02:37Jay GT4: Good eye
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Calabria, Taras AR Nomos. Circa 240-228 BC.16 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.
1 commentsLeo02/10/19 at 04:13Jay GT4: Amazing piece
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RIC 1, p.273, 103 - Vitellius, Vitellius Germanicus and Vitellia22 viewsVitellius
Denarius, Rome, AD 69
Obv.: A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVGVST TR P, laureate head right
Rev.: LIBERI IMP GERM AVG, confronted draped busts of Vitellius' son (on left) and daughter (thought to have been named Vitellius Germanicus and Vitellia)
Ag, 3.090g, 18.1mm, 180o
Ref.: RIC² 103, RSC II 2, BMCRE I 29, BnF III 62

Ex FORVM ANCIENT COINS
3 commentsshanxi02/10/19 at 04:12Jay GT4: Great type
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035 Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), RIC III 0417a, Rome, AR-Denarius, AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F COS, Bare head of Aurelius right, #152 views035 Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), RIC III 0417a, Rome, AR-Denarius, AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F COS, Bare head of Aurelius right, #1
avers: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, Laureate head of Pius right.
reverse: AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F COS, Bare head of Aurelius right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0-18,5mm, weight: 3,51g, axis: 7h,
mint: Rome, date: 140 A.D., ref: RIC-III 417a, RSC 15, BMC 155,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans02/09/19 at 13:35Jay GT4: Nice double portrait
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PROBUS RIC 366 VAR. F8 BUST new photo after cleaning21 viewsOBVERSE: VIRTVS PROBI AVG
REVERSE: FIDES MILIT
BUST TYPE: F8
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: --//VIXXT
WEIGHT 3.87g / AXIS: 6h / WIDTH 23-24mm
RIC: 366 VAR. (F8 BUST UNLISTED)
COLLECTION NO. 433
NOTE: 7TH KNOWN SPECIMEN IN THE WORLD (INFORMATION FROM S.ESTIOT)
2 commentsBarnaba602/09/19 at 01:37Jay GT4: Wow, this is nice
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PROBUS RIC 476 VAR. AEQVIT SERIES new photo after cleaning14 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C PROBVS AVG
REVERSE: SECVRIT PERP
BUST TYPE: B
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: T/-//VIXXI
WEIGHT 3.98g / AXIS: 6h / WIDTH 22mm
RIC 476 VAR. (UNLISTED WITH IMP C PROBVS AVG LEGEND AND B BUST)
COLLECTION NO. 497
THIS COIN IS PART OF THE EXTREMELY RARE CODED AEQVIT SERIES (PINK’S 7TH TICINUM EMMISSION) - LETTER "T"
1 commentsBarnaba602/09/19 at 01:36Jay GT4: Great Probus collection!
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PROBUS RIC 867 VAR. A2 BUST IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F INVIC AVG OFFICINA 2 after cleaning17 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F INVIC AVG
REVERSE: SOLI INVICTO
BUST TYPE: A2
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: --//KAB
WEIGHT 3.41g
RIC 867 VAR. (UNLISTED WITH INVIC INSTEAD OF INVICT AND KAB MINTMARK)
COLLECTION NO. 1011
VERY RARE OBVERSE LEGEND !!!
2 commentsBarnaba602/09/19 at 01:35Jay GT4: Nice!
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107 Hadrian Quinarius Roma 119-22 AD Victory16 viewsReference.
RIC 107c; C.1135; Strack 133 (same reverse die as plate)

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from rear

Rev. P M TR P COS III
Victory standing right, resting foot on helmet, ready to inscribe shield attached to palm tree

1.45 gr
14 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki02/08/19 at 22:25Jay GT4: Great find
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035 Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), RIC III 0886, Rome, AE-Sestertius, S/C//--, SALVS AVG COS IIII, Salus standing left,57 views035 Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), RIC III 0886, Rome, AE-Sestertius, S/C//--, SALVS AVG COS IIII, Salus standing left,
avers: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XV, Laureate head right.
reverse: SALVS AVG COS IIII, Salus standing left feeding serpent arising from altar, and leaning on staff, S-C across the field.
exergue: S/C//--, diameter: 30,0-32,5mm, weight: 21,53g, axis: 5h,
mint: Rome, date: 151-152 A.D., ref: RIC III 886,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans02/08/19 at 12:38Jay GT4: Ok Q
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Siglos Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II Engraved Reverse Die58 viewsPersian Empire, Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II. Ca. 420-375 B.C. AR siglos (14 mm, 5.57 g).
O: Persian king or hero in kneeling/running stance right, holding dagger and bow; bankers marks.
R: Incuse punch; roaring lion left.
- Carradice IV B, pl. XIII, 35.
2 commentsNemonater02/08/19 at 03:37Jay GT4: A great find
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Siglos Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II Engraved Reverse Die68 viewsPersian Empire, Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II. Ca. 420-375 B.C. AR siglos (14 mm, 5.57 g).
O: Persian king or hero in kneeling/running stance right, holding dagger and bow; roaring lion left countermark.
R: Incuse punch; stylized facing lion in reverse punch.
3 commentsNemonater02/08/19 at 03:37Jay GT4: Amazing piece
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Litra circa 465-450 BC 12mm 0.58g 11h17 viewsBridled horse standing right,wreath above/Forepart of man-headed bull right.2 commentsGrant H02/07/19 at 22:22Jay GT4: Nice reverse
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49415 viewsL Musidius Longus c.42 BC
AR denarius
Obv "CONCORDIA"
Veiled head of Concordia right
Rev "L MVSSIDIVS LONGVS"
Shrine of Venus Cloacina inscribed CLOACIN
Rome mint
Crawford 494/42a
3 commentsmauseus02/07/19 at 22:21Jay GT4: Love this type
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Caracalla AR-Antoninianus, Not in RIC IV-I,21 viewsCaracalla AR-Antoninianus, Not in RIC IV-I,
7h,21-23mm,5,65g
3 commentsKaroly K202/07/19 at 18:26Jay GT4: Amazing
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RIC 0804 Domitianus22 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XVII CENS PER P P, Radiate head right
Rev: VIRTVTI AVGVSTI / S C, Virtus standing right, foot on helmet, with spear and parazonium.
AE/Dupondius (27.88 mm 14.720 6h) Struck in Rome 95-96 A.D.
RIC 804 (C), BMCRE 479, BNF 512
Purchased from Henzen on MA Shops
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/07/19 at 18:26Jay GT4: Nice
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22060 Aurelian/Sol18 viewsAurelian/Sol
Aurelian AE Ant Aurelian AD 270-275 AE Antoninianus
Obv: IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG –
Radiate bust right, cuirassed.
Rev: ORIENS AVG
Sol advancing left, holding globe and right hand raised in salute; the captive on left is being tread upon, the other captive looks at this.
SXXI in Exergue
Mint:Ticinum 22.6mm 3.2g
Gobl 70a2 Ticinum
2 commentsBlayne W02/07/19 at 18:25Jay GT4: Nice!
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John II Comnenus AV Hyperpyron, Constantinople Mint SBCV-1938;16 views1 commentsSimon02/07/19 at 14:23Jay GT4: Nice one
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Caracalla AR-Denarius, Not in RIC IV-I, 16 viewsCaracalla AR-Denarius, Not in RIC IV-I,
0h,17,2-18,1mm,3,40g
2 commentsKaroly K202/07/19 at 14:23Jay GT4: Great horse on the reverse
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Struck A.D. 80 - 81 under Titus. DIVUS VESPASIAN. Commemorative AR Denarius of Rome8 viewsObverse: DIVVS • AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS •. Laureate head of Vespasian facing right.
Reverse: No legend. SC on shield supported by two capricorns back to back, globe below.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 3.1gms | Die Axis: 6
RIC II : 63 | VM : 102 | RSC : 497 | Sear : 2569
SCARCE

Vespasian (Titus Flavius Sabinus Vespasianus) was born at Falacrinae on 17th November, A.D.9 and became emperor on 1st July, A.D.69. He died at Aquae Cutiliae on 23rd June, A.D.79 and was buried in the Mausoleum of Augustus. His remains were later transferred to the Temple of the Flavian Family.

EVENTS OCCURRING AT THE TIME THIS COIN WAS STRUCK
A.D.80
Titus completed and inaugurated the Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheatre) with 100 days of games.
Gnaeus Julius Agricola began his invasion of Scotland.
A.D.81
The Arch of Titus was constructed in Rome.
1 comments*Alex02/06/19 at 16:28Jay GT4: Nice capricorn
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RIC 0623b Domitianus.36 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII CENS PER P P, laureate head right
Rev: COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC / S C (in exergue), Domitian standing left, sacrificing over altar; Flute and lyre players standing right (the second is near the altar); in background temple.
AE/As (28.88 mm 11.11 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88 A D
RIC 623a (C2), BMCRE 434-436, BNF 471-474
ex CNG Auction #84 lot 1007, from the John Bitner Collection
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/06/19 at 14:06Jay GT4: Wonderful scene
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RIC 0299 Domitianus30 viewsObv : IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI, Radiate head right, with aegis
Rev : VIRTVTI AVGVSTI / S C, Virtus standing leftt, foot on helmet, with parazonium and spear
AE/Dupondius (27.55 mm 12.190 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A D (1st issue)
RIC 299 (C), BMCRE 313, BNF 335
Purchased from Kölner Münzkabinett on Ma Shops
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/06/19 at 14:06Jay GT4: Lovely reverse
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Thasos, Islands off Thrace 27 viewsPurchased from FORVM
Silver obol, SNG Cop 1020 - 1021; SNG Lockett 1224; SNG Fitz 1811; Rosen 146; HGC 6 337; Traité II 1750; Le Rider Thasiennes 9 var. (dolphins reversed), gVF, nice metal for issue, 0.512g, 10.46mm, 180o, Thasos mint, c. 435 - 411 B.C.; obverse dolphin right above dolphin left; three pellets around; reverse quadritpartite incuse square; ex CNG auction 231 (14 Apr 2010), lot 18
5 commentsRobin Ayers02/06/19 at 04:45Jay GT4: Great dolphins
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L Flaminius Chilo, Republic Denarius20 viewsL. Flaminius Chilo
At 3.48g; 18-20mm
Crawford 302/1

ROMA
Helmeted head of Roma right, X below chin

L. FLAMINI CILO
Victory driving biga right, holding reigns and wreath
2 commentsRobin Ayers02/06/19 at 04:44Jay GT4: Always loved Flaminius
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RIC 0349 Domitianus59 viewsObv : IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev : ANNONA AVGVST / S C (in exergue); Annona standing right, with cornucopiae, facing Ceres, seated left, with corn ears and torch; in the background, modius on altar and prow
AE/Sestertius (33.97 mm 26.03 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A D (1st issue)
RIC 349 (C), BMCRE 323, BNF 349
ex Jesus Vico Sale 137 Lot 338
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/06/19 at 04:29Jay GT4: Beautiful patina
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RIC 0338 Domitianus60 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII - Laureate head of Domitian right
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P - Minerva standing left with spear
AR/Denarius - mm 21,70 g 3,46 die axis 6 - Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (fourth issue)
RIC 338 (R2) - RSC unlisted
From Gorny & Mosch Sale 1494 Lot 2769
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/06/19 at 04:28Jay GT4: Nice one!
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Differnt obverse die,Corinth left,Leukas right with same reverse die.6 views1 commentsGrant H02/05/19 at 21:46Jay GT4: Interesting find
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Antony Legion II Denarius12 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Marcus Antonius, 44-31 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.64g; 17mm).
Military Mint traveling with Antony, 32-1 BCE.

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

Reverse: LEG II; Aquilia between two standards.

References: Crawford 544/14; Sydenham 1216; HCRI 349; BMCRR East 190-92; Antonia 105.

Provenance: Ex Pat Coyle Coll. [Goldberg Auction 69 (29 May 2012) Lot 3471]; NAC 40 (16 May 2007), Lot 624.

Produced by Antony in the lead-up to his final defeat at Actium by Octavian’s navy (commanded by Agrippa), the legionary series was a huge issue that recognized 23 legions under Antony’s command. These coins would continue to circulate throughout the Empire for several centuries after Antony’s loss, partly because their notoriously debased silver discouraged hoarding. Forty examples of the LEG II variety appeared in the 1905 Delos hoard of 604 Antony Legionary denarii, making it one of the most common varieties of the series.

The Legio II was likely a legion that was disbanded after Actium.
2 commentsCarausius02/05/19 at 11:45Jay GT4: Wonderful legionary eagle.
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Domitian RIC-623b75 viewsÆ As, 10.13g
Rome mint, 88 AD
RIC 623b (C2). BMC 434.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC; S C in exergue; Domitian stg. l., sacrificing over altar; to l., flute player and lyre player stg. r.; in background, temple, wreath in pediment
Acquired from Künker, January 2019. Ex Heinrich Pilartz Münzhandlung.

In October 88 AD Domitian held the Secular Games, a festival featuring theatrical performances and circus games accompanied by six various daytime and nighttime religious ceremonies. The games marked the transition from one era (saeculum) to another and were supposedly held once every 110 years, or the maximum span of a human lifetime, making them a 'once in a lifetime' event. Domitian conducted his games on the Augustan calculation, rejecting the formula for the Claudian games held in 47 AD. The festival was important enough to interrupt the normal striking of reverse types on the coinage and for the mint to produce a new unique issue commemorating the event both in precious metal and bronze. The precious metal designs tended to be symbolic while the bronze were more narrative in nature, focusing on the various religious sacrifices that were at the heart of the games.

The reverse on this as features a daytime victimless sacrifice of cakes to Apollo and Diana on the sixth and last day of the celebrations, held in front of an unidentified hexastyle temple somewhere on the Palatine. The stylised nature of the reverse's design makes it difficult to pinpoint the temple in question. The generic decorative wreath in the pediment offers no clues. Another variant of the type (RIC 623a) has an eagle in the pediment, perhaps an indication the engravers were not intending to depict a specific temple at all. The scene could stand alone and be an excellent representation for all the religious ceremonies of the games. The main message of the design is to show the Roman people that Domitian provided and responsibly held the Secular Games. The fact this type was struck in fairly large quantities hints it was an important piece of Domitianic propaganda.

Struck on a large flan in fine style.
6 commentsDavid Atherton02/05/19 at 11:43Jay GT4: Amazing coin. Congrats David! Love the reverse a...
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041b Commodus (166-180 A.D. as Caesar, 180-192 A.D. as Augustus), RIC III 0566, Rome, AE-Sestertius, TEMP FELIC P M TR P XV IMP VIII COS VI, S/C//--, Caduceus, two crossed cornucopiae, #152 views041b Commodus (166-180 A.D. as Caesar, 180-192 A.D. as Augustus), RIC III 0566, Rome, AE-Sestertius, TEMP FELIC P M TR P XV IMP VIII COS VI, S/C//--, Caduceus, two crossed cornucopiae, #1
avers: M COMMOD ANT P FELIX AVG BRIT PP, Laureate head right.
reverse: TEMP FELIC P M TR P XV IMP VIII COS VI, Caduceus between two crossed cornucopiae, S-C across the field.
exergue: S/C//--, diameter: 26,5-28,0 mm, weight: 17,12 g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 190 A.D., ref: RIC III 566, C-722, BMCRE 655, Sear 5807var.,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans02/04/19 at 23:55Jay GT4: Nice Q
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Alexander of Macedon - Tetradrachm of Amphipolis4 viewsDenomination: Tetradrachm
Era: After 323 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Hercules in Lion Scalp

Reverse: Jupiter seated l. holding staff in l. eagle in r. ΑΛΕΣΑΝΔΡΟΥ along r. paralell with staff. Torch mintmark of amphipolis

Mint: Amphipolis
Weight: 3.87 gm.
Reference: Muller 81 var.
Provenance: NFA Summer Mail Bid Sale, June 27, 1986, lot 202; Ex Superior Stamp and Coin Co., Inc. Dr Walter Lee Crouch Collection, June 13-16, 1977, lot 2577

Remarkable obverse style. GVF.
1 commentsSteve B502/04/19 at 21:19Jay GT4: Oh man! That's nice!
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Prawn Series, AR Denarius - Crawford 156/110 viewsRome. The Republic.
Anonymous Prawn Series, 179-169 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.87g; 19mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma facing right; behind, X.

Reverse: Luna in biga galloping right; prawn below horses; in exergue, ROMA in linear frame.

References: Crawford 156/1; Sydenham 343; BMCRR 585.

Provenance: Ex Frederick S. Knobloch Collection [Stack's, 3-4 May 1978, Lot 97].
2 commentsCarausius02/04/19 at 17:00Jay GT4: Beautiful
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Thebai, Thessaly7 views302-286 BC
AE 19 (19mm, 5.53g)
O: Wreathed and veiled head of Demeter left, within dotted border.
R: Bridled horse prancing right; ΘHBAIΩN above, X below.
Rogers 552; BCD Thessaly II, 762.1-2; SNG Munchen 185
From the BCD collection; ex Aegean Numismatics

1 commentsEnodia02/04/19 at 16:59Jay GT4: Lovely patina
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, M. Marcius, AR Denarius - Crawford 245/18 viewsRome, The Republic.
M. Marcius, 134 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.95g; 19mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma facing right; modius behind; * below chin.

Reverse: Victory in biga galloping right; two wheat ears and M-MAR-C below; RO-MA in exergue.

References: Crawford 245/1; Sydenham 500; BMCRR 1008-13; Marcia 8.

One of the moneyer’s ancestors was an aedile in charge grain distribution to the Roman people, and the modius and wheat ears refer to this family connection.
1 commentsCarausius02/04/19 at 16:58Jay GT4: Never seen the wheat ears on the reverse like that...
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3259 CILICIA, Tarsus Hadrian Tridrachm 117-18 AD Tyche14 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3259.18; Prieur 759; SNG BN 1405-6; SNG Levante –;

Issue First group

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΘΕ ΤΡ ΠΑΡ ΥΙ ΘΕ ΝΕΡ ΥΙ ΤΡ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СΕ
Laureate head of Hadrian, r.; fillet border

Rev. ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΕωС (around) ΤΑΡ/СΕωΝ (in field l.)
Tyche of the City, turreted and veiled, seated, l., on diphros, holding palm and cornucopia; at her feet, river-god Kydnos, crowned with sedge, swimming, right

10.26 gr
26 mm
12h

Note.
From the Michel Prieur Collection. Ex Garth Drewry Collection (Classical Numismatic Group 69, 8 June 2005), lot 1137
2 commentsokidoki02/03/19 at 18:45Jay GT4: Artistic reverse!
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Pantikapaion, Thrace28 views304-250 BC
AE 20 (20mm, 5.81g)
O: Head of Pan left, wreathed in ivy.
R: Bow and arrow, ΠAN below.
MacDonald 116.1; SNG Poland II; NM Warsaw 178-79
ex Forvm Auctions (Bartosz Awianowicz)

3 commentsEnodia02/02/19 at 12:30Jay GT4: Good one!
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Thebai, Thessaly22 views302-286 BC
AE 19 (19 mm, 5.53g)
O: Wreathed and veiled head of Demeter left, within dotted border.
R: Bridled horse prancing right; ΘHBAIΩN above, X below.
Rogers 552; BCD Thessaly II, 762.1-2; SNG Munchen 185
From the BCD collection; ex Aegean Numismatics
3 commentsEnodia02/02/19 at 12:29Jay GT4: Nice patina and provenance
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Ohrmazd (Hormizd) IV (579-590 A.D.)26 viewsAR Drachm
O: Facing bust, head right, wearing crown with tassel to left and surmounted by crescent with vertical lines; single-dotted border, crescent with star at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock.
R: Fire altar with two attendants, wearing tall headgear, inside single-dotted border; no marks outside border.
GW (Gurgan) mint, dated regnal year 9 = 587/8 CE.
32mm
4.1g
Göbl, Sasanian Numismatics, Hormizd IV, crown type I, reverse type 1
5 commentsMat02/02/19 at 01:24Jay GT4: I like the reverse Mat
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Domitian AR Denarius42 viewsDomitian AR Denarius Rome mint struck 92 CE (second issue)
18.5 mm 3.25 g
Obverse: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG-GERM P M TR P XI, laureate head of Domitian right
Reverse: IMP XXII COS XVI CENS P P P, Minerva standing facing, helmeted head left, vertical spear in right hand
RIC 738 (R2) BMC--
Purchased from Germania Inferior Numsmatics on Vcoins February 1, 2019
4 commentsorfew02/01/19 at 23:23Jay GT4: Leave some for the rest of us!
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Struck A.D.275 - 276. TACITUS. Silvered AE ANTONINIANUS of Serdica7 viewsObverse: IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Tacitus facing right.
Reverse: PROVIDEN DEOR. Fides and Sol standing facing one another, Fides holding two standards and Sol, his right hand raised, holding a globe in his left; in field between figures, star; in exergue, KA•B.
Diameter: 23mm | Weight: 4.7gms | Die Axis: 1
RIC V i : 195
1 comments*Alex02/01/19 at 16:23Jay GT4: Fantastic Alex!
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BCC G531 viewsRoman Gem Stone
Caesarea Maritima
Intaglio 1st-2nd century CE
Intricately detailed War Galley
to left, including three helmeted
soldiers w/ shields, two vexilla,
commander (Mars?) standing at
prow, and rows of oars.
Transparent red/orange Carnelian
or Garnet? Profile:F2/F3v.
Truncated cone, horizontal oval,
flat bottom and slightly convex top.
10.25 x 8.5 x 2.75mm 0.45gm.
Extremely rare type, previously
unpublished from Caesarea.
Surface find, 1972
(Click for larger pic)
2 commentsv-drome02/01/19 at 12:40Jay GT4: Simply amazing
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Domitian AR Denarius44 viewsAR Denarius (19mm, 3.30g, 6h). Rome mint, struck 86 (First Issue).
IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, head laureate right; IMP XI COS XII CENS P P P, Aventine Minerva replica (ἀπεικόνισμα) standing right on processional litter (ferculum), with spear and shield, owl to right (M2).
RIC 427 (R), BMC 90 p. 318 note , RSC 74.
Purchased from James Hazelton
1 commentsorfew02/01/19 at 03:33Jay GT4: Love this portrait type
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Domitian AR Denarius42 viewsAR Denarius (19mm, 2.88g, 5h). Rome mint, struck c. Sept 16, 88 - c. Sept 15, 89 (Second Issue).
IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, head laureate right; IMP XVII COS XIIII CENS P P P, Capitoline Minerva cult statue standing left, with spear (M4).
RIC 661 (R), BMC 150, RSC 244.
Purchase from James Hazelton
1 commentsorfew02/01/19 at 03:32Jay GT4: You've been busy buying up Domitian's!
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T.DEIDI - Denarius, Crawford 294/110 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 113 or 112 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma R; Behind, Roma monogram downward; Below, voided X mark of value; Border of dots

Reverse: Battle between gladiator armed with whip and gladiator armed with stave; in exergue, T.DEIDI; border of dots

Mint: Rome
Weight: 3.87 gm.
Reference: RRC 294/1
Provenance: Aureo & Calico Alba Longa sale, November 7, 2018, Lot 326

The moneyer is believed to be T. Didius who later became consul in 98 BC. Moderate dark toning, well centered and about EF.
2 commentsSteve B501/30/19 at 22:01Jay GT4: Great detail. Love the shields
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Bruttium, Kroton (Circa 530-500 BC)20 viewsAR Nomos

28 mm, 7.82 g

Obverse: Tripod, legs surmounted by wreaths and terminating in lion's feet, two serpents rising from the bowl, set on basis of three lines, the center dotted, koppa-P-O (KRO - short for Kroton) to left

Reverse: Incuse tripod as obverse, but wreaths and serpents in outline.

HN Italy 2075; SNG ANS 231; Bement 272.

The importance of the Delphic oracle to the founding of Kroton was celebrated on its coinage from the earliest days. Despite later myths ascribing the founding of Kroton to Herakles, the city's historical oikist is recorded as Myskellos of Rhypai who, on consulting the Delphic oracle about his lack of children was given the response that Apollo would grant children, but that first Myskellos should found the city of Kroton 'among fair fields'. After being given directions on how to locate the site, Myskellos travelled to southern Italy to explore the land that he had been assigned, but seeing the territory of the Sybarites and thinking it superior, he returned once more to the oracle to ask whether he would be allowed to change. The answer came back that he should accept the gifts that the god gave him. A further element of the story is that Myskellos was accompanied on his expedition by Archias of Corinth; the Delphic oracle gave the pair the choice between health and wealth. Archias elected wealth, and was assigned the site of Syracuse, while Myskellos chose health: the favourable climate of Kroton, the eminent skill of its physicians and the prowess of its athletes later earned its citizens this reputation for good health.
1 commentsNathan P01/30/19 at 22:00Jay GT4: That's a great looking coin
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Domitian AR Denarius8 viewsDomitian
A.D. 81
AR Denarius
(18x19) mm (3.2) g
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M; laureate head right.
Rev: COS VII DES VIII P P; Seat, draped; above, semicircular triangular frame decorated with three crescents.
RIC II Rome 32 (R); BMC 10,RSC 60
Purchased from Victor Clark January 19,2018
1 commentsorfew01/29/19 at 21:09Jay GT4: I like them uncleaned like that
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1780 LYDIA, Stratonicaea. Hadrian 128-30 AD, zEUS13 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1780; Paris 591;

Magistrate Candidus (strategos)

Obv. ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС ΚΤΙСΤΗС
Laureate head of Hadrian, right

Rev. ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟΠ(Ο) СΤΡ ΚΑ
Zeus seated l., holding patera in extended r. hand, his l. resting on sceptre

5.02 gr
20 mm
6h

Note.
The obverse legend identifies Hadrian as the ktistes (“founder”) of the city.
1 commentsokidoki01/29/19 at 21:07Jay GT4: Nice style
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C. VALERIUS FLACCUS XVI - Denarius, RRC 228/113 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 140 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma R; Behind, XVI downward. Border of dots


Reverse: Victory in biga r., Holding reins in l. hand and whip in r. hand; above FLAC; below monogram of C. VAL.C.F. Line border

Mint: Rome
Weight: 4.03 gm.
Reference: RRC 128/1
Provenance: Aureo & Calico Alba Longa sale, November 7, 2018, Lot 710; Ex. NFA XXVII, Dec 4-5, 1991, Lot 343.

Sear plate coin for this type in Roman Coins and their Values. This issue is one of the five issues listed in RRC with the mark of value XVI instead of X, signaling the re-tariffing of the denarius. Beautiful toning, well centered and Superb EF.
2 commentsSteve B501/29/19 at 21:05Jay GT4: An outstanding piece. Congrats
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Vespasian-RIC-121566 viewsÆ Dupondius, 12.97g
Lyon mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 1215 (C3). BMC 833.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS VIII P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: FORTVNAE REDVCI; S C in field; Fortuna stg. l., with rudder on globe and cornucopiae
Acquired from GB Collection, January 2019.

A possible shortage of bronze coinage in the Western provinces late in Vespasian's reign likely prompted the Lyon mint to temporarily reopen in 77-78 and strike a fairly substantial issue of coinage. Curiously, as seen here, the dupondii are commonly unradiated but can be told apart from the asses by their heavier weight. The reverses are standard types copied from Rome. This common Fortuna REDVCI reverse featuring her with a steady hand steering the rudder of the world was a familiar propaganda type both at Rome and Lyon that continued to commemorated the safe return of Vespasian and Titus from the East at the beginning of the reign.

A fantastic high relief portrait in distinctive Lyonnais style.
4 commentsDavid Atherton01/29/19 at 19:00Jay GT4: Love the "full" portrait
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Domitian AR Denarius57 viewsDomitian Minerva. Rome, AD 88. Silver denarius.
19mm. 3.28g.
Obv: Laureate head right, IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P VIII, beaded border.
Rev:Minerva standing left holding spear, IMP XVI COS XIIII CENS P P
P.
RIC 655 (R2)
Good VF
2 commentsorfew01/29/19 at 18:03Jay GT4: An outstanding find!
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Vitellius AR denarius52 viewsVitellius AR Denarius
69 CE
17 mm 3.32 g
Obv: A VITELLIVS GERM AVG IMP TR P: Head of Vitellius, laureate, right
Rev: L VITELLIVS COS III CENSOR: Bust of Lucius Vitellius, laureate and draped, right; eagle-tipped sceptre in front
RIC 99
Ex: Silbury Coins January 27, 2019
4 commentsorfew01/28/19 at 21:48Jay GT4: Amazing! 2018 or 2019?
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Vitellius AR denarius64 viewsVitellius (AD 69). AR denarius
(18mm, 2.95 gm, 5h).
NGC VG 4/5 - 4/5. Rome.
Obv: A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P, laureate head of Vitellius right
Rev: LIBERI IMP GERM AVG, bareheaded and draped busts of the children of Vitellius (Aulus Vitellius Germanicus Junior and Vitellia), facing one another.
RIC I 101. Rare.
Ex: Heritage Auctions November 29, 2018 Lot 65074
5 commentsorfew01/28/19 at 21:48Jay GT4: Sweet
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106 Aurelianus (270-275 A.D.), T-2637, RIC V-I 276, Serdica, AE-Antoninianus, ORIENS AVG, -/-//S, Sol standing facing, head left, #160 views106 Aurelianus (270-275 A.D.), T-2637, RIC V-I 276, Serdica, AE-Antoninianus, ORIENS AVG, -/-//S, Sol standing facing, head left, #1
avers: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, Radiated, cuirassed bust right. (B1)
reverse: ORIE NS AVG, Sol standing facing, head left, with right hand raised and holding the globe in left hand, at feet to left, a bound and seated captive in oriental dress. (Sol 2c)
exergue: -/-//S, diameter: 23,0-24,0mm, weight: 3,37g, axes: 11h,
mint: Serdica, iss-5, phase-2, off-2, date:274 A.D., ref: T-2637 (Estiot), RIC V-I 276,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans01/28/19 at 05:03Jay GT4: Huge neck!
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114 Numerianus (283-284 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 366A, Ticinum, -/-//VXXI, PRINCIPI IVVENTVT, Numerian standing left, #162 views114 Numerianus (283-284 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 366A, Ticinum, -/-//VXXI, PRINCIPI IVVENTVT, Numerian standing left, #1
avers: M AVR NVMERIANVS NOB C, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: PRINCIPI IVVE NTVT, Numerian standing left, holding wand and scepter.
exergue: -/-//VXXI, diameter: 22,5-24,0mm, weight: 3,96g, axes: 6h,
mint: Ticinum, 2nd. emission, date: 282 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 366A,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans01/28/19 at 05:02Jay GT4: Nice Q
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Alexander Price 3836 Obverse11 viewsPrice 3836 Alexander the Great tetradrachm: Susa mint, circa 320-325 BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress / BASILEWS ALEXANDROU, Zeus Aëtophoros left, holding eagle and sceptre; monogram under throne. Very Rare. Both have similar style.1 commentsLuis R01/28/19 at 05:01Jay GT4: Nice portrait. Wish the reverse was in the same p...
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3757 Hadrian half AS Roma 125-28 AD Lyre7 viewsReference.
RIC 684; BMC 1354; Strack 625; van Heesch 148/5; CRS 25; McAlee 546; RPC III, 3757

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

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped, right, seen from rear.

Rev. COS III
Lyre; in field, l. and r., S C

9.62 gr
24 mm
6h
1 commentsokidoki01/27/19 at 12:56Jay GT4: I love the look of the two toned patinas
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3756 Hadrian half AS Roma 124-28 AD Tyche of Antioch13 viewsReference. Rare.
RPC III, 3756; RIC II 680; BMCRE 1350; cf. Cohen 401; McAlee 544; Strack 622

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

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

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

7.61 gr
24 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki01/27/19 at 12:55Jay GT4: Beauty
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106 Aurelianus (270-275 A.D.), T-3099, RIC V-I 366, Cyzicus, AE-Antoninianus, RESTITVTOR EXERCITI, Є//XXI, Mars and Emperor, #165 views106 Aurelianus (270-275 A.D.), T-3099, RIC V-I 366, Cyzicus, AE-Antoninianus, RESTITVTOR EXERCITI, Є//XXI, Mars and Emperor, #1
avers: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, Radiated and cuirassed bust right. (B1)
reverse: RESTITV TOR EX ERCITI, Mars in military dress standing right, holding the spear in left hand, giving globe to Emperor standing left, holding long scepter in left hand. (Mars and Emperor 1)
exergue: Є//XXI, diameter: 21,5-22,5mm, weight: 4,08g, axes: 0h,
mint: Cyzicus, off-5, iss-10, phase-2, date: 275 A.D., ref: T-3099 (Estiot), RIC V-I 366, LV 10761-73,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans01/27/19 at 11:54Jay GT4: Sweet
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106 Aurelianus (270-275 A.D.), T-1535, RIC V-I 151, Ticinum, AE-Antoninianus, ORIENS AVG, */-/QXXT, Sol walking left,60 views106 Aurelianus (270-275 A.D.), T-1535, RIC V-I 151, Ticinum, AE-Antoninianus, ORIENS AVG, */-/QXXT, Sol walking left,
avers: IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, Radiated, cuirassed bust right. (B1)
reverse: ORIENS AVG, Sol standing left, with right hand raised and holding the globe in left hand, right foot resting on a bound captive in oriental dress seated left, on the other side, another bound captive in an oriental dress seated right, head turned left. (Sol 2g)
exergue: */-/QXXT, diameter: 20,0-22,0mm, weight: 3,80g, axes: 6h,
mint: Ticinum, iss-2, off-4, date: 274 A.D., ref: T-1535 (Estiot), RIC V-I 151,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans01/27/19 at 11:54Jay GT4: Yeah nice silvering
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Aurelius Rufus18 viewsAurelius Rufus, denarius.
4.00 g, 21 mm.
Obv. Helmeted head of Roma right; X (mark of value) behind.
Rev. Jupiter in galloping quadriga right, holding thunderbolt in right hand, holding sceptre and reins in left hand; AN RVF below, ROMA in linear border in exergue.
Crawford 221/1 (T. Annius Rufus).


4 commentsMarsman01/26/19 at 22:21Jay GT4: Great details
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CALABRIA. Taras. Ca. 332-302 BC. AR stater15 views21mm, 7.75 gm, 8h. NGC XF 5/5 - 2/5.
Sa-, Her- and Hr, magistrates. Warrior on horseback rearing right, shield and two spears in left hand, preparing to cast a third in right; ΣA below / ΤΑΡΑΣ, Taras astride dolphin right, bow and arrows outward in left hand, spear forward in right; ?HP and HP monogram below.
HN Italy 938. Vlasto 626-33.
1 commentsLeo01/25/19 at 19:51Jay GT4: Amazing details
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Greek, The collection of coins formed M.P.Vlasto 1344 this coin circa 325-280 BC 13mm 1.16g 2h25 viewsHelmeted head of Athena left,with wreath on bowl/Herakles holding club,stranging the Nemean lion.2 commentsGrant H01/23/19 at 22:03Jay GT4: Nice one
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148 - Galerius - RIC VI Antioch 055b7 viewsFollis
Obv:– GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES, Laureate head right
Rev:– GENIO POPV-LI ROMANI, Genius standing left holding patera
Minted in Antioch (K | E / V // ANT). A.D. 300-301
Reference:– RIC VI Antioch 55b

Weight 10.44g. 27.01mm. 0 degrees
1 commentsmaridvnvm01/23/19 at 12:10Jay GT4: Love the color
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Alexander III Price 300043 viewsKINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 17.16 g, 3 h), Tarsos, struck under Balakros or Menes, circa 333-327.
O: Head of Herakles to right, wearing lion skin headdress.
R: AΛEΞANΔPOY Zeus seated left on low throne, holding long scepter in his left hand and eagle standing right with closed wings in his right; below throne, B.
- Price 3000.
2 commentsNemonater01/22/19 at 20:24Jay GT4: Great coin
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Alexander III Tetradrachm Price 299968 viewsKINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 17.13 g, 12 h), Tarsos, struck under Balakros or Menes, circa 333-327.
O: Head of Herakles to right, wearing lion skin headdress.
R: AΛEΞANΔPOY Zeus seated left on low throne, holding long scepter in his left hand and eagle standing right with closed wings in his right.
- Price 2999. A rare early and unusual issue from Tarsos, "Officina B", bearing no symbol.

By comparing these early Tarsos tetradrachms to the staters of Mazaios (Pictured below) it is easy to see the identical forms of the throne, scepter, footstool and other details. The drapery is rendered in a similar manner, the Aramaic inscription of the one and the Greek inscription of the other share the same curve following the dotted border. This evidence indicates the two series of coins were the common product of a single mint.

2 commentsNemonater01/22/19 at 20:24Jay GT4: Beauty!
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Titus RIC-15552 viewsÆ Sestertius, 22.74g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 155 (C). BMC 171.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: PAX AVGVST; S C in field; Pax stg. l., with branch and cornucopiae
Acquired from Marti Numismatics, January 2019.

Pax was a fairly common reverse type struck for Titus. This particular Pax with branch and cornucopiae is a carry-over from Vespasian's coinage. Apparently, the propaganda value of peace was quite limitless. Despite the wear, this coin features one of the most magnificent coin portraits of Titus I have come across in either silver or bronze. Truly the work of a master engraver! There is one peculiar thing I have noticed about Titus' bronze coinage, the left facing portraits tend to be in a finer style than the right facing ones. Perhaps a talented engraver at the mint preferred his portraits facing left?

Worn, but in exceptionally fine style with an appealing dark patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton01/22/19 at 20:20Jay GT4: Plump portrait. He looks like Vespasian even more...
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cr 286/1 AR Denarius M. Sergius Silus18 views116-115 b.c.e. 3.84 gm; 18.00 mm.
o: Helmeted head of Roma right; before, EX. S.C; behind, ROMA and *
r: Horseman left, holding sword and a severed head in left hand; below horse, Q / [M.] SERGI; in exergue, SILVS.
A special issue, by Senate decree, Sergius holding the fiscal office of Quaestor. Another dynamic decapitation, this coin retaining the facial expressions of the recently-deceased barbarian.
The photo is a bit washed-out, but the excellent obverse strike is apparent.
3 commentsPMah01/21/19 at 19:59Jay GT4: I've always loved this type
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RPC - Egypt, Alexandria, AD 149/150, Faustina II, Dikaiosyne14 viewsFaustina II
Alexandria
Billon-Tetradrachm
Obv.: ΦAYCTIN CEBACTH, draped bust right
Rev.: L ΙΓ (year 13), Dikaiosyne seated left, holding scales and cornucopia
Billon, 13.46g
Ref.: RPC online 13660, D 3239, Geissen 1949, M 2040
Ex Kölner Münzkabinett
2 commentsshanxi01/21/19 at 12:12Jay GT4: Great style for that mint!
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Cr 421/1 AR Denarius M. Nonius Sufenas17 viewscirca 57- 59 b.c.e., 17.5mm., 3.97gms.
o: SVFENAS – S·C Head of Saturn r.; in l. field, harpa and conical stone
r: PR·L·V·P·F Roma seated l. on pile of arms, holding sceptre and sword, crowned by Victory standing behind her; in exergue, SEX·NONI·. Nonia 1.
The reverse inscription expands as : PR[aetor] L[vdos] V[ictoriae] P[rimus] F[ecit]. Interesting back-story crammed into a busy reverse. The moneyer's father (or grandfather) while Praetor, was the First to "Make" the Games of Victory [of Sulla]. The son's willingness to advertise this on his coins was rather aggressive, considering Sulla's reputation was rapidly declining and his father was a mere partisan despite sponsoring one round of games, and he himself no more popular even though he became praetor, somewhat underlined by this being the first and only "Nonia" issue. Presumably he had faith in Pompey, who was the most enduring and successful of the Sullan partisans and seen as the senior in the power-sharing "First Triumvirate". This bet seemingly did not work out well, but the specifics are not available.
3 commentsPMah01/21/19 at 04:25Jay GT4: An outstanding coin. Ccongrats
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Greek, Italy, LUCANIA, Velia. Circa 300-280 BC. AR Nomos19 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 22:44Jay GT4: Amazing helmet with full details
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0681 Hadrian half AS Roma 124-28 AD Griffin right25 viewsReverence.
RIC 681; BMC -; Strack 624; van Heesch 150/9b; CRS 30; McAlee 549; C. 433; RPC III, 3759

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

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

Rev. COS III
Griffin flying r.; below, S C

7.02 gr
23 mm
12h
4 commentsokidoki01/20/19 at 13:53Jay GT4: I like the Griffin
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L. Papius Denarius Serratus (2) - Juno Sospita with Griffin (Crawf. 384/1) 20 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 79 BC
3.84g

Obv: Head of Juno Sospita right, wearing goat's skin; symbol (tall cup) behind

Rev: Griffin springing right; symbol (one handled jug) below; L• PAPI in exergue.

Crawford 384/1; RSC Papia 1, Grueber type 11

Roma Numismatics E-Sale 52, Lot 679
From the R.C. Vermeer Collection;
Naville Numismatics 34, 17 September 2017, lot 422.
ex. Elvira Clain Stefanelli (1914-2001) collection, curator of the National Numismatics Collection at the Smithsonian
3 commentsOptimo Principi01/20/19 at 03:55Jay GT4: Beautiful and great provenance
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969 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 134-38 AD Fortuna25 viewsReference.
Strack 628; RIC 969h; C 727; Banti 399 (one specimen)

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate, draped bust left, seen from rear

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

23.00 gr
33 mm.
6h
3 commentsokidoki01/19/19 at 16:13Jay GT4: Agreed
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CALABRIA. Taras. Ca. 332-302 BC. AR stater17 views22mm, 7.80 gm, 6h
Youth riding horse r., crowning horse; at l., flying Nike holding wreath, below the horse, ΣIM, Rv. TAPAΣ, oecist riding dolphin l., holding kantharos and trident; below, |-HP and waves.
Vlasto 498-507; HNItaly 886; SNG Copenhagen 823;" SNG ANS -.
Cabinet tone, minor scratches.
2 commentsLeo01/19/19 at 13:05Jay GT4: Another beauty. I always loved the ones with wave...
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BCC G4 Composite32 viewsRoman Gem Stone
Caesarea Maritima
1st-2nd Century CE
Eagle devouring Hare. This
type is very ancient, appearing
on Greek coins from the 4th
century BCE, and continuing
as a frequent device on Roman
gems into the 2nd Century CE.
Semi-Translucent Agate
Profile F1 var. (slightly
rounded edges), flat top
and bottom, horizontal oval.
11.5 x 8.25 x1.75mm. 0.35gm.
cf. Hendler Collection #138
(click for larger pic)
4 commentsv-drome01/19/19 at 02:34Jay GT4: Great piece
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032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0176, Rome, AR-Denarius, COS III, Pudicitia standing left, #1 70 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0176, Rome, AR-Denarius, COS III, Pudicitia standing left, #1
avers: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, Laureate head right, slight drapery on far shoulder.
reverse: COS III, Pudicitia standing left, covering face with a veil.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,0-19,0mm, weight: 2,94g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 125-128 A.D., ref: RIC II 0176, RSC 392, BMCRE 405,
Q-001
7 commentsquadrans01/19/19 at 01:26Jay GT4: Wow
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IONIA, Phokaia9 viewsIONIA, Phokaia
ca. 625/0-522 BC.
EL Hekte (1/6 Stater); 10 mm, 2.59 grams
Obverse: Head of bull left; above, small seal left
Reverse: Rough quadripartite incuse square
Very rare, only four examples noted by Bodenstedt
1 commentscmcdon092301/18/19 at 20:18Jay GT4: Really nice
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RIC 0671 Domitianus74 viewsObv : IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, Laureate head right
Rev : IMP XIX COS XIIII CENS P P P, Victory advancing righ, holding branch
AR/Denarius (19.25 mm 3.153 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88-89 A.D.(4th issue)
RIC 671 (R2), RSC 254a, BMCRE 156, BNF 150
ex Emporium Hamburg Alpha Auction 2 Lot 172
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/18/19 at 20:15Jay GT4: Beauty!
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014p Nero (54-68 A.D.), Macedonia, Thessalonica, RPC-1603, AE-23, ΘEΣΣA/ΛONIKE/ΩN, in oak wreath, #161 views014p Nero (54-68 A.D.), Macedonia, Thessalonica, RPC-1603, AE-23, ΘEΣΣA/ΛONIKE/ΩN, in oak wreath, #1
avers: NEΡΩN ΣEBAΣTOΣ KAIΣAΡ, Bare head of Nero left.
reverse: ΘEΣΣA/ΛONIKE/ΩN in three lines, surrounded by an oak wreath, eagle with wings spread above.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 23,0mm, weight: 6,68g, axis: 7h,
mint: Macedonia, Thessalonica, date: 54-68 A.D., ref: RPC-1603, Moushmov Online 6707b,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans01/18/19 at 13:15Jay GT4: Interesting portrait
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Mithradates II19 viewsSeleukia on the Tigris mint. Struck circa 119-109 BC. Sellwood 24.5; Sunrise 282; Shore 68.

Ex. CNG 105, Lot 483
2 commentsThatParthianGuy01/18/19 at 04:04Jay GT4: Great portrait
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LYDIA, Sardis (temp. Alyattes or Croesus)3 viewsLYDIA, Sardis
ca. 610-546 BC.
EL Myshemihekte (1/24 stater); 6 mm, 0.59 grams
Obverse: Paw of lion
Reverse: Irregular incuse punch
1 commentscmcdon092301/17/19 at 22:21Jay GT4: Tiny! I have to get one of these. Nice coin
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3805 SELEUCIS Laodicea ad Mare. Hadrian Tetradrachm 123-24 AD Tyche 35 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3805/6; Prieur 1109; Adra 1562-5; Paris 1157

Issue Year 170 (OP)

Obv. ΑΥΤΟΚΡ ΚΑΙСΑΡ ΤΡΑΙΑΝΟС ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СΕΒΑСΤ
Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian right, with gorgoneion on breastplate

Rev. ΙΟΥΛΙΕωΝ ΤωΝ ΚΑΙ ΛΑΟΔΙΚΕωΝ
Turreted and draped bust of Tyche, right; in field, right, ΟΡ soldiers arming the battlements/towers on Tyche's head

13 gr
25 mm
12h

Note.
From the Michel Prieur Collection. Ex Robert O. Ebert Collection (Part I, Stack’s Bowers & Ponterio 174, 11 January 2013), lot 5142; Numismatica Ars Classica 1 (39 March 1989), lot 862; Münzen und Medaillen AG FPL 279 (August 1967), no. 40.
7 commentsokidoki01/17/19 at 21:44Jay GT4: Stunning
RIC_544var_,_112_Probus,_AE-Ant,_IMP_C_PROBVS_AVG_CONS_III,_MARTI_PACIF,_Ticinum_6th-em,_4th-off,_279AD_Q-001,_11h,_22,0mm_3,4ga-s.jpg
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 544ver., Ticinum, MARTI PACIF, Bust-H2/H, Δ/-//--, Mars walking left, Rare! #163 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 544ver., Ticinum, MARTI PACIF, Bust-H2/H, Δ/-//--, Mars walking left, Rare! #1
avers: IMP C PROBVS AVG CONS III, Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding scepter surmounted by an eagle. (H2/H)
reverse: MART I PACIF, Mars walking left, holding olive-branch, spear, and shield.
exergue: Δ/-//--, diameter: 22,0mm, weight: 3.40g, axes: 11h,
mint: Ticinum, 6th-emission, 4th-off., date: 279A.D., ref: RIC V-II 544var., Rare!
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans01/17/19 at 05:40Jay GT4: Nice Q
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CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 450-380 BC. AR Trias12 views6.5mm, 0.19 g, 11h
Large T; three pellets (mark of value) around / Large T; three pellets (mark of value) around, small P to lower right.
Vlasto 1193; HN Italy 853. Good VF, toned. Very rare.
1 commentsLeo01/16/19 at 23:55Jay GT4: Amazing
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CALABRIA, Taras, c. 280-228 BC. AR Hemiobol6 views6mm, 0.24g
Two crescents back-to-back; two pellets around. R/ Two crescents back-to-back; two pellets around.
Vlasto 1758-9; cf. HN Italy 1077. VF
1 commentsLeo01/16/19 at 23:55Jay GT4: Love these tiny fractions
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Vespasian AR Denarius26 viewsVespasianus, 69-79 CE
AR-Denar
Rom, 77/78 n. Chr.
3.21 g
Obv.: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, Kopf mit Lorbeerkranz n. r.
Rev.: IMP XIX, Modius mit Kornähren
RIC 980, BMC 217
Ex: Kölner Münzkabinett January 15, 2019

This coin is a scarce reverse variant of the regular RIC 980. This variant has poppies between the grain ears on the reverse.
3 commentsorfew01/16/19 at 23:46Jay GT4: Great find!
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CALABRIA. Taras. Ca. 380-334 BC. AR stater14 views21mm, 7.79 gm, 1h
NGC XF. Ephebos, naked but for helmet, carrying long spear and large round shield, standing to front behind bridled horse, horizontal T before / TAPAΣ, Taras holding trident and round shield seated sideways on dolphin swimming left over stylized waves, A below.
Vlasto 518 . HN Italy 889.
1 commentsLeo01/16/19 at 16:42Jay GT4: This one is great! I love that he is standing besi...
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Augustus/Actium - Denarius, RIC I, 171a15 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 15-13 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: AVGUSTUS DIVI F; Bare head r.

Reverse: Apollo Citharoedus in long drapery, stg. l., r. holding plectrum, l. lyre; IMP to l., X to r.; ACT in exergue.

Mint: Lugdunum
Weight: 3.88 gm.
Reference: RIC 171a (Lugdunum), BMC 461, RCV 1611, RSC 144
Provenance: Jonathan Kern, February 23, 1987.

This issue commemorates the victory over Antony and Cleopatra at the battle of Actium on 2 September, 31 BC.
Lovely toning, well centered and GVF.
3 commentsSteve B501/15/19 at 20:48Jay GT4: Really great coin
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783 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 134-38 AD Decastyle Temple22 viewsReference.
RIC II 783; Strack 696; c. 1422; BMC 1554

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right

Rev. [SPQR] S-C
Decastyle temple set on base; temple is flanked by two columns, each decorated with a statue on top columns surmounted by statues and set on pedestals on either side

22.71 gr
31 mm
12h

Note.
The great temple of Venus and Rome, was actually two temples that were built back-to-back. Dedigned by Hadrian, the temple of Venus faced the Flavian ampitheatre and that of Rome overlooked the Forum. Construction began in 121 AD, but was not completed until 141 AD under Antoninus Pius. The temple was destroyed by fire in 307 AD, and later rebuilt by Maxentius. Its remains can still be seen in Rome today.
3 commentsokidoki01/15/19 at 17:45Jay GT4: Nice architectural type
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786 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 134-38 AD Salus standing21 viewsReference.
RIC II 786; C 1333; Banti 696; Strack 688

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right

Rev. SALVS AVG S-C
Salus standing l., feeding from patera serpent coiled around altar and holding sceptre.

29.94 gr
32 mm
6h
4 commentsokidoki01/15/19 at 03:59Jay GT4: Nice!
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CALABRIA. Taras. Time of Pyrrhus (ca. 280 BC). AV 10th stater24 views11mm, 0.85 gm, 5h
Head of young Heracles right, wearing lion skin headdress / TAPAΣ, Taras astride dolphin left, holding cantharus in extended right hand and trident cradled in left arm.
Vlasto 43. SNG ANS 1401. HN Italy 992.
Very rare! Exceptionally well struck and pleasing, with reddish tone in deep recesses.
3 commentsLeo01/14/19 at 17:09Jay GT4: Oh wow! That's fantastic
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Lucania, Velia (Circa 440-400 BC)16 viewsAR Didrachm

20 mm, 7.68 g

Obverse: Head of Athena l., wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with griffin and laurel wreath; Φ to r.

Reverse: Lion attacking stag; [Y]EL-HT-EW-N

Williams 159; HNItaly 1270; SNG ANS 1261. VF

The type of lion and its prey goes back to the earliest Velian drachms brought by its original Phocaean settlers from Asia Minor; in various forms the type is common in the East Greek and Persian world and may have originally represented the triumph of light over darkness or of the king over his enemies.
2 commentsNathan P01/14/19 at 03:35Jay GT4: Dynamic coin
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CALABRIA, Taras. c. 400-390 BC. AR Nomos20 views21mm, 7.67g, 6h
Warrior, wearing helmet, holding shield and lance, dismounting from horse cantering l. R/ Phalanthos, holding helmet and large oval shield, on dolphin l.; Σ below. Vlasto 297; HNItaly 849. VF
1 commentsLeo01/13/19 at 17:20Jay GT4: Great detail on the aspis
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763 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 134-38 AD Jupiter22 viewsReference.
RIC 763; C. 861;BMC 1521; Strack 671

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Bare head right

Rev. IOVI CVSTODI S C below
Jupiter, naked to waist, seated left on throne, holding thunderbolt in right hand and vertical sceptre in left.

21.96 gr
32.50 mm
6h

Note.
IOVI CVSTODI as Jupiter protector, protecting the health of Hadrian and Aelius
2 commentsokidoki01/13/19 at 17:19Jay GT4: Nice full flan
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Otho AR Denarius50 viewsOtho. AD 69. AR Denarius
(19mm,2.87 g, 6h). Rome mint.
Obv: Bare head right IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P
Rev: Pax standing left, holding olive branch and caduceus. PAX ORBIS TERRARVM
RIC I 4; RSC 3. Good Fine. toned
1 commentsorfew01/13/19 at 04:10Jay GT4: Sweet
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RIC 0621 Domitianus56 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII CENS PER P P, radiate head right
Rev: COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC / S C (in exergue), Domitian standing left, sacrificing over altar; River God (Tiber) reclining right; Flute and lyre players standing right; in background two tetrastyle temples connected by a big arch.
AE/Dupondius (29.92 mm 12.769 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88 A D
RIC 621 (C), BMCRE 432, BNF 466
Purchsed on eBay from Indalo
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/12/19 at 20:58Jay GT4: Amazing!
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BCC G3 composite31 viewsRoman Gem Stone
Caesarea Maritima
Intaglio 1st-3rd Century CE
Bust of Serapis to left.
Nicolo Onyx blue, black, white.
Profile F4 var. slightly concave
bottom, flat top, upright oval.
6.5 x 5 x 2mm.
Extremely small gem,
engraved with great detail.
cf. Hendler Collection #7
J.Berlin Caesarea Collection
(click for larger pic)
3 commentsv-drome01/12/19 at 13:36Jay GT4: Beautiful piecd
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EB0260 Athena / Starfish and Dolphins7 viewsSyracuse, Sicily, AE 30.
Obverse: ΣYPA, head of Athena left wearing Corinthian helmet.
Reverse: Eight rayed starfish between two dolphins.
References: SG 1189.
Diameter: 30mm, Weight: 32.55g.
1 commentsEB01/11/19 at 21:07Jay GT4: Nice big coin
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1463 Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor 128 AD Pax standing20 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1463.2; RIC II 514; Metcalf 108; RSC 364

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head left

Rev. COS III
Pax standing l., modius on head, holding olive branch in r. and cornucopiae in l.; in field l., anchor.

10.61 gr
28 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki01/11/19 at 03:34Jay GT4: Really nice. I like the eastern style
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Struck A.D.270 - 275. AURELIAN. Silvered AE ANTONINIANUS of Siscia9 viewsObverse: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG. Radiate and cuirassed bust of Aurelian facing right.
Reverse: IOVI CONSER. Jupiter standing facing left, presenting globe to Aurelian standing facing right; in exergue, ✱ S.
Diameter: 22mm | Weight: 3.2gms | Die Axis: 6
RIC V i : 225
1 comments*Alex01/09/19 at 01:58Jay GT4: Really nice
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Struck A.D.267 - 268. GALLIENUS. AE ANTONINIANUS of Rome12 viewsObverse: GALLIENVS AVG. Radiate head of Gallienus facing right.
Reverse: APOLLINI CONS AVG. Centaur walking right, drawing bow.
RIC V i : 163
2 comments*Alex01/09/19 at 01:57Jay GT4: Love the centaur
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22003 Licinius II/IOVI CONS-ERVATORI13 viewsLicinius II/IOVI CONS-ERVATORI
Obv: DN VAL LICIN LICINIVS NOB C
helmeted, cuirassed bust
left, holding spear and shield.
Rev: IOVI CONS-ERVATORI
Jupiter standing left, holding Victory
on globe and sceptre, eagle with wreath in beak at foot
left, captive at foot right,
X over II MU in right field
SMHA in Exergue
Mint: Heraclea 19.5mm 3.4g
RIC VII Heraclea 54; Sear 15407
1 commentsBlayne W01/09/19 at 01:56Jay GT4: Interesting style on this one. Nice!
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0223 - Denarius Vespasian 79 AC33 viewsObv/ Laureate bust of V. r., around IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG.
Rev/ Victory standing l., togate and placing shield over trophy, with captive at its feet; around, TR POT X COS VIIII.

Ag, 18.5 mm, 3.36 g
Mint: Roma
RIC II.1/1068 [C] – BMCRE III/246
ex-NAC, auction 101, lot 195
4 commentsdafnis01/08/19 at 00:13Jay GT4: Amazing
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0209 - Denarius Titus 80 AC30 viewsObv/ IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM, laureate bust of T. r.
Rev/ TR P XI IMP XV COS VIII PP, elephant with cuirass l.

Ag, 18.2 mm, 2.90 g
Mint: Roma
RIC II.I/115 [C2] – BMCRE II/43
ex-Solidus Numismatik, auction e7, lot 227
3 commentsdafnis01/08/19 at 00:12Jay GT4: This one is great. Love the elephant
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Syria, Antioch, 076 Philippus II. (244-7 A.D., Caes, 247-9 A.D. Aug.), Prieur-405, AR-Tetradrachm, -/-//ANTIOXIA/S-C, Eagle standing left, #160 viewsSyria, Antioch, 076 Philippus II. (244-7 A.D., Caes, 247-9 A.D. Aug.), Prieur-405, AR-Tetradrachm, -/-//ANTIOXIA/S-C, Eagle standing left, #1
avers: ΑΥΤΟΚ Κ Μ ΙΟΥΛΙ ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟC CЄΒ, Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust left.
reverse: ΔΗΜΑΡΧ ЄΧΟΥCΙΑC ΥΠΑΤΟ Γ, Eagle standing left, with wings spread, holding wreath in beak.
exergue: -/-//ANTIOXIA/S-C, diameter: 25,58 mm, weight: 13,760 g, axis: 1h,
mint: Syria, Antioch, date: 247 A.D., ref: Prieur-405, McAlee 1039a,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans01/06/19 at 01:52Jay GT4: Nice!
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Antony Legion XVII Classicae Denarius12 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Marcus Antonius, 44-31 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.41g; 20mm).
Military Mint traveling with Antony, 32-1 BCE.

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

Reverse: LEG XVII CLASSICAE; Aquilia between two standards.

References: Crawford 544/10; Sydenham 1238; HCRI 373; BMCRR East 223; Antonia 128

Provenance: Ex Nomisma 58 (6 Nov 2018) Lot 214.

Produced by Antony in the lead-up to his final defeat at Actium by Octavian’s navy (commanded by Agrippa), the legionary series was a huge issue that recognized 23 legions under Antony’s command. These coins would continue to circulate throughout the Empire for several centuries after Antony’s loss, partly because their notoriously debased silver discouraged hoarding. Only 8 examples of the LEG XVII Classicae type appeared in the 1905 Delos hoard of 604 Antony Legionary denarii.

The Legio XVII Classicae was likely a legion of marines formed by Antony and disbanded after Actium. They were not the Legio XVII destroyed at Tuetoburg Forest under Varus in 9 CE.
2 commentsCarausius01/05/19 at 19:08Jay GT4: Great coin
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RIC 0317 Domitianus23 viewsObv : CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN COS VII, Laureate head right
Rev : S C, Spes standing left, holding flower
AE/As (27.33 mm 11.522 g 6h) Struck in Rome 80-81 A.D.
RIC 317 (C, Titus), BMCRE 248 (Titus), BNF 257
Purchased from L.A.C. on VCoins
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/04/19 at 21:46Jay GT4: Interesting piece
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115 Carinus (282-283 A.D. Caesar 283-285 A.D. Augustus), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 253F, Rome, -/-//KAЄ, FIDES MILITVM, Fides standing left, #178 views115 Carinus (282-283 A.D. Caesar 283-285 A.D. Augustus), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 253F, Rome, -/-//KAЄ, FIDES MILITVM, Fides standing left, #1
avers: IMP CARINVS P F AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
reverse: FIDES MILITVM, Fides standing left with a standard in each hand.
exergue: -/-//KAЄ, diameter: 21,5-22mm, weight:3,15g, axes: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 283-285 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 253F, p-,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans01/03/19 at 04:35Jay GT4: It's good Q
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Hadrian Denarius Salus15 viewsHADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right / SALVS AVG, Salus standing right, holding patera, feeding serpent rising from altar to right. RIC 267 RSC 1334.

3.14gm.
1 commentsBritanikus01/03/19 at 04:33Jay GT4: That's a great reverse
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Titus RIC-23358 viewsÆ As, 11.89g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 233 (R3). BMC - .
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: PAX AVGVST; S C in field; Pax stg. l., with branch and cornucopiae
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, December 2018. Ex Hirsch 317, 18 February 2016, lot 2027. Ex Hirsch 249, 6 February 2007, lot 1851.

The various stock Pax types struck for Titus are general carry-overs from Vespasian's reign and are normally seen on Titus' sestertii and asses. This as features a rare variant of the standing Pax type. She is seen here holding a cornucopiae instead of the much more common variant with caduceus. This reverse type with AVGVST instead of AVGVSTI is also extremely rare - only one specimen was known when the new RIC II.1 was published.

Fine style portrait and a pleasing coppery tone.
4 commentsDavid Atherton01/02/19 at 12:25Jay GT4: Amazing
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RIC 0254 Vespasianus41 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG P M TR P P P COS III, Laureate head right
Rev: S P Q R / OB / CIVES / SERVATOS, Within oak wreath
AE/sestertius (32.52 mm 24.59 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D. (3rd issue)
RIC 254 R2, BMCRE 573, BNF 551
Purchased on eBay from Mulcrow
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/02/19 at 12:24Jay GT4: Love the green patina and bold reverse
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, AR Denarius - Crawford 419/1c15 viewsRome, The Republic.
M. Lepidus, 61 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.97g; 20mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Laureate and diademed female head, facing right; palm branch behind.

Reverse: Horseman advancing toward right with trophy over l shoulder; AN. XV. P.H.O.C.S. around; M.LEPIDVS in exergue.

References: Crawford 419/1c; Sydenham 830a; BMCRR 3644; Aemilia 22.

Provenance: Ex Fernandez Coll. [Aureo & Calico Alba Longa Auction (7 Nov 2018) Lot 85]; Leo Benz Collection [Lanz 88 (23 Nov 1988) Lot 118]; Künst und Münzen 18 (June 1978), Lot 250.

This coin was produced by Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, later triumvir with Octavian and Antony, during his early political career. The reverse celebrates the Second Punic War heroism of his ancestor, also named M. Aemilius Lepidus, who killed an enemy and saved a citizen at the age of 15 and in whose honor a statue was erected in Rome. That statue may be depicted on this coin. The reverse inscription abbreviates “AN[norum] XV PR[ogressus] H[ostem] O[ccidit], C[ivem] S[ervavit]” (Aged 15, he killed an enemy and saved a citizen.)
2 commentsCarausius01/01/19 at 04:08Jay GT4: Great type and nice strike. Mine doesn't have...
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, M. Sergius Silus, AR Denarius - Crawford 286/114 viewsRome, The Republic.
M. Sergius Silus, 116-115 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.94g; 19mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Head of Roma in winged helmet, facing right; ROMA and * (mark of value) behind; EX S C before.

Reverse: Horseman galloping left, holding severed head and sword in extended left hand; Q and M SERGI below horse; SILVS in exergue.

References: Crawford 286/1; Sydenham 544; BMCRR (Italy) 512; Sergia 1.

Provenance: Ex Nomisma 58 (6 Nov 2018) Lot 165.

M. Sergius Silus struck this coin as quaestor by special decree of the Senate. The coin celebrates the deeds of the quaestor’s ancestor, also named M. Sergius Silus, the great grandfather of Cataline (the infamous conspirator prosecuted by Cicero). During the Second Punic War, he lost his right hand in battle, and fitted a prosthesis that allowed him to hold a shield. Thus, he is depicted holding both his sword and the severed head of a foe in his LEFT hand.
1 commentsCarausius01/01/19 at 04:04Jay GT4: Nice severed head
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BCC G137 viewsRoman Gem Stone
Caesarea Maritima
1st-2nd century CE
Zeus seated, holding staff and
thunderbolts, eagle to right.
Chalcedony 9x12mm. Profile: C8A,
slightly convex top, flat bottom,
wide upright oval.
cf. Hendler Collection #1
cf. Hamburger #9
Surface find, 1972
(click on photo for higher resolution)
2 commentsv-drome01/01/19 at 04:04Jay GT4: That's a great seal
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Christina, Queen  of Sweden (1632 - 1654 A.D.)19 viewsBI Solidus
O: CHRISTINA D G R S, Monogram of Christina under crown, Vasa royal crown within monogram.
R: SOLIDVS · CIVI : RIG, Crossed keys in ornamented shield surrounded by legend, 37.
Minted in Riga 1637
16mm
.64g
KM 21
4 commentsMat12/31/18 at 22:03Jay GT4: Nice!
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0970 Hadrian, Cistophorus BITHYNIA Koinon of Bithynia mint, Octastyle temple20 viewsReference.
RPC III, 970; Metcalf B3; RSC 240; RIC II 461c

Issue Reverse legend includes COM BIT

Obv. IMP CAES TRA HADRIANO AVG P P
Laureate and draped bust of Hadrian r., seen from rear

Rev. COM - BIT (in field), ROM S P AVG (in entablature)
Octastye temple on podium of three steps

10.76 gr
25 mm
6h
4 commentsokidoki12/31/18 at 21:08Jay GT4: Like it!
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22052 Gallienus Wolf33 viewsGallienus/Shewolf
Obv: IMP LICIN GALLIENV
laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev COL AVG-TRO
She-wolf standing right, suckling Romulus and Remus.

Alexandreia, Troas 20.2 mm 4.62 g
Bellinger 459; SNG Cop 200-201; BMC 184; Lindgren I A343A
4 commentsBlayne W12/30/18 at 20:51Jay GT4: Nice portrait
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22035 Gallienus Virtvs Avgst18 viewsGallienus/Hercules- Virtvs Avgsti
Obv:GALLIENVS PF AVG
Radiate, cuirassed
Rev:VIRTVS AVGVSTI
Hercules standing right with lion's skin, and club resting on rock, right hand behind his back
star in right field
Mint:Antioch 21.3 mm 4.6 g
RIC V-1 (S), Asian Mint 672 var (field mark); Goebl 1616e; Sear -

1 commentsBlayne W12/29/18 at 19:16Jay GT4: Interesting style
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22030 Constantivs/Genio54 viewsObv- FL VAL CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES
Rev -GENIO POPV-LI ROMANI
Laureate bust looking right

Genio standing left with head left.
naked, chlamys over left shoulder
holding patera from which liquid flows
k in left field
Gamma over V in Right Field
Ant in Exergue

Mint:Antioch

Ric VI Antioch 55a; Sear 14069

8.5 g 25.6mm
2 commentsBlayne W12/29/18 at 19:16Jay GT4: Nice reverse!
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112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 158, Rome, Bust-B/F, -/-//R thunderbolt Z, ADVENTVS AVG, Emperor riding left, #262 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 158, Rome, Bust-B/F, -/-//R thunderbolt Z, ADVENTVS AVG, Emperor riding left, #2
avers: PRO BVS P F AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right. Bust B/F.
reverse: ADVEN TVS AVG, Emperor riding left, right hand raised, left holding the scepter, at the foot, captive.
exergue: -/-//R thunderbolt Z, diameter: 21,0-22,0mm, weight:3,65g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 281 A.D., 6th. emission, ref: RIC V-II 158, p-35,
Q-002
3 commentsquadrans12/29/18 at 13:48Jay GT4: I really like the thunderbolt
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112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 911-3d-5, Cyzicus, SOLI INVICTO, Bust-H2/H, CM//XXIV, Sol left in spread quadriga, #177 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 911-3d-5, Cyzicus, SOLI INVICTO, Bust-H2/H, CM//XXIV, Sol left in spread quadriga, #1
avers: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, Bust Type H2/H, Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding scepter surmounted by an eagle.
reverse: SO LI INVICT O, Sol left in spread quadriga, raising right hand and holding the whip in left hand. No exergual line.
exergue: CM//XXIV, diameter: 22,5mm, weight: 3,90g, axis: 5h,
mint: Cyzicus, 3rd. emission, 5th. officina, date: 280 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 911-3d-5, p-118,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans12/28/18 at 12:18Jay GT4: Great
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Hadrian Denarius 128-132 AD Victory standing Eastern Mint31 viewsReference.
Strack --; RIC--; Cohen --

Obv. HADRIANUS AUGUSTUS PP
Laureate and draped bust right

Rev. PM TR P - COS III
Victory standing right with trophy in both hands

3.21 gr
19 mm
6h
4 commentsokidoki12/28/18 at 01:49Jay GT4: Oh yeah
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112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 573, Ticinum, SECVRIT PERP, Bust-B/F, -/-//ʕXXI, Securitas standing left, #171 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 573, Ticinum, SECVRIT PERP, Bust-B/F, -/-//ʕXXI, Securitas standing left, #1
avers: IMP C PROBVS AVG, Bust of Probus right, radiate, cuirassed. (B/F)
reverse: SECVRIT PERP, Securitas standing left, leaning on column, legs crossed, hand raised to head.
exergue: -/-//ʕXXI, diameter: 20,5-22,5mm, weight: 3,20g, axes: 0h,
mint: Ticinum, 6th. emission (phase b), 6th. officina, date: 279 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 573,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans12/27/18 at 22:34Jay GT4: Nice silvering Q
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112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 359, Ticinum, FELICITAS SEC, Bust-H2, -/-//SXXT, Felicitas standing left, Rare!#171 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 359, Ticinum, FELICITAS SEC, Bust-H2, -/-//SXXT, Felicitas standing left, Rare!#1
avers: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding scepter surmounted by an eagle. (H2)
reverse: FELICITAS SEC, Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopiae.
exergue: -/-//SXXT, diameter: 22,0-24,0mm, weight: 3,40g, axes: 5h,
mint: Ticinum, 3rd. emission 2nd officinae, date: 277-278 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 359, Rare!
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans12/26/18 at 05:38Jay GT4: It's good Q
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SYRIA, Cyrrhestica. Hierapolis. Diadumenian. AD 218. AR Tetradrachm19 viewsRadiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Eagle standing facing, head and tail right, with wings spread, holding wreath in beak; between legs, lion advancing right. Prieur 947.Bellinger 108.

12.84gm. 24mm.

RARE!!!!!
1 commentsBritanikus12/26/18 at 05:38Jay GT4: Great reverse
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Domitian RIC 7833 viewsÆ Sestertius, 25.82g
Rome mint, 81 AD
RIC 78 (C2). BMC 261.
Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P; S C in field; Minerva stg. l., with spear
Acquired from Vilmar, December 2018.

While Domitian's initial denarius output is dominated by the carry-over pulvinar types from Titus, his first issue of sestertii have a more personal touch with the reverses featuring his patron deity Minerva. These first bronze coins were not struck in massive quantities and likely date between mid October and 31 December 81. The reverse legend indicates he is consul for the seventh time and has already been voted as consul for the eighth time beginning 1 January 82.

Superb portrait with an aged brassy appearance.
2 commentsDavid Atherton12/26/18 at 05:37Jay GT4: Nice one
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Taras, Calabria26 views302-228 BC (Period VIII)
AR Diobol (13mm, 0.87g)
O: Head of Athena left, wearing crested Corinthian helmet.
R: Herakles standing left, strangling the Nemean lion; club behind, TAPAN(?) to left.
cf Vlasto 1416-19; HN Italy 1064
Rare
ex Nomos (Obolos II)

This coin was sold as being from Teate, Apulia and Vlasto claims that this type was minted "in alliance with Teate". Both of these opinions are based on the ethnic reading TIATI, which it may, but I am not entirely convinced that it doesn't in fact read TAPAN.
In either case it is a very scarce type with Herakles facing left in his struggle with the Nemean lion, and is very similar to my specimen of the Vlasto 1415 diobol but without the Ionic capital below Herakles' club.


1 commentsEnodia12/25/18 at 03:20Jay GT4: Great little coin
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RPC II 1262A Domitianus - Domitia44 viewsObv: ΔOMITIANOC KAICAP ΔOMITIA CEBACTH, confronted busts of Domitian and Domitia
Rev: EПI APXIEPEΩC KΛAY BIANTOC / KI BY (in field), Zeus seated right, extending right hand and holding sceptre with left hand
AE27 (26.87 mm 8.401 g 6h) Struck in Cibyra (Phrygia)
RPC II 1262A.2 S3 Supplement, this coin (2 specs cited)
ex Artemide Auction 45E lot 306, ex Lanz Auction 147 Lot 304
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus12/24/18 at 15:37Jay GT4: Great piece. Love the patina
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RIC 0647 Domitianus21 viewsObv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIAN COS II, Laureate head right
Rev: VESTA / S C (across field), Temple, round, containing statue; other statue above the roof.
AE/As (28.15 mm 10.475 g 6h) Struck in Rome 73 A.D.
RIC 647 (R, Vespasian), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 706 (Vespasian)
ex Artemide Auction 45E lot 300
1 commentsFlaviusDomitianus12/24/18 at 15:20Jay GT4: Not one you see often. Congrats
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RIC 0641 Titus28 viewsObv: T CAESAR IMP PON TR P COS II CENS, Laureate head right
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST / S C (across field), Victory standing right on prow, with wreath and palm
AE/As (26,37 mm 9,079 g 6 h) Struck in Rome 73 A.D.
RIC 641 (R, Vespasian), BMCRE 675 (Vespasian), BNF 690 (Vespasian)
ex Artemide Auction 45E lot 296
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus12/24/18 at 15:19Jay GT4: Nice one!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, RIC VIII Siscia 21181 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 05:03Jay GT4: Lovely
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112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 521, Ticinum, PAX AVGVSTI, Bust H/H2, T/-//VXXI, Pax standing left, Rare!90 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 521, Ticinum, PAX AVGVSTI, Bust H/H2, T/-//VXXI, Pax standing left, Rare!
avers: IMP C PROBVS AVG CONS IIII, Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding sceptre surmounted by eagle. (H/H2)
reverse: PAX AVGVSTI, Pax standing left, holding olive-branch and sceptre.
exergue: T/-//VXXI, diameter: 20,5-26,0mm, weight: 2,41g, axes: 6h,
mint: Ticinum, 9th. emission, 5th. officinae, date: 282 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 521, Rare!
Q-001
This coin is part of the EQVITI series ("T") of Ticinum.
2 commentsquadrans12/21/18 at 04:57Jay GT4: Nice find Q
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C. SERVEILI M.F - Denarius, Crawford 239/122 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 136 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma R, necklace of pendants and elaborately decorated griffon tufts along the back of the helmet. Wreath behind above mark of value - voided x. ROMA below.

Reverse: Dioscuri Riding in opposite directions, heads reverted; In exergue, C. SERVEILI.M.F; border of dots.


Mint: Rome
Weight: 3.90 gm.
Reference: Crawford 239/1
Provenance: CNG auction 85 lot 780, 16-Sep-2010. ex. Edward Gans collection. (Gans was the founder of the original Numismatic Fine Arts and issued catalogs until the early 1960’s. NFA was later purchased by Bruce McNall)



Comments:
This unusually elaborate style of Roma on the obverse and the dioscuri on the reverse is unique to this issue, and one of the early deviations from the consistent Roma/Dioscuri fashions of the first 70 years of the denarius.

This issue is quite common with many high grade examples available. The coin is somewhat darkly toned but with underlying silver sheen. Lovely and Near EF.
2 commentsSteve B512/19/18 at 13:02Jay GT4: Outstanding
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, L. Lentulus and C. Marcellus, AR Denarius - Crawford 445/222 viewsRome, The Imperators.
L. Lentulus, C. Marcellus, 49 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.89g; 18mm).
Apollonia in Illyricum Mint.

Obverse: Head of Apollo facing right; L·LENT·C MARC COS surrounding.

Reverse: Jupiter facing right, holding thunderbolt and eagle; to right, alter decorated with garland; to left, * Q.

References: Crawford 445/2; HCRI 5; Sydenham 1030 (R3); BMCRR East 21; Cornelia 65.

Provenance: Ex NAC 92 (24 May 2016), Lot 1866; Vico 120 (2009), Lot 173; Argenor Numismatique Auction 4 (27 Apr 2001), Lot 94.

The dating for this type is firm because it was struck for the consuls, Lentulus and Marcellus, who shared the office in 49 BCE. Both consuls were Pompey supporters who fled Rome when Caesar marched on the City. Lentulus was later killed in Egypt, where he fled with Pompey following the defeat at Pharsalus. Little further is known of Marcellus and he likely died during the wars.

The head of Apollo on this type was chosen because the coins were struck in Apollonia, where Apollo was prominent on the coinage.

The Quaestor that produced these coins was T. Antistius. Antistius was already Quaestor in Macedonia when the Pompeians arrived in flight from Caesar. Cicero reports that Antistius was reluctant to assist the Pompeians who forced him to produce their coins. Antistius’ ambivalence is evidenced by his desire to remain anonymous, choosing only to identiy his office by the letter Q. He was pardoned by Caesar following Pompey’s defeat at Pharsalus.
3 commentsCarausius12/19/18 at 13:02Jay GT4: Beauty
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Anonymous (Semilibral) Series, AE Sextans - Crawford 38/525 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous (Semilibral) Series, 217-215 BCE.
AE Sextans (24.25g; 31mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Mercury facing right wearing petasus; ●● (mark-of-value=2 unciae), behind.

Reverse: Prow right; ROMA above; ●● (mark-of-value=2 unciae), below.

References: Crawford. 38/5; Sydenham 85; BMCRR 59.

Provenance: Ex Burgan Numismatique Auction (17 Nov 2017), Lot 102; ex Etienne Page Auction, Hotel Drouot (1972).

The economic hardship imposed by Hannibal’s invasion led to a rapid decline in the weight of Roman bronze coins, resulting in the adoption of a semi-libral bronze standard (AE As of ½ Roman pound) and eventual elimination of cast coins. From 217-215, Rome produced two, contemporaneous series of struck bronzes on this new, semi-libral weight standard. From hoard evidence, we know the first of the two series was Crawford 38, consisting of “prow” types derived from the libral and semi-libral prow Aes Grave (Crawford 35 and 36) that preceded it. These coins were almost certainly produced in Rome and likely also in satellite military mints as needed. The second series of struck semi-libral bronzes was the enigmatic Crawford 39 series, with its unusual types (see them in this gallery), production of which commenced after the start of the 38 Series prow-types (hoards containing 39s almost always include 38s) and produced in much smaller numbers than the huge 38 Series. The Crawford 38 series of struck bronzes, to which the above coin belongs, consisted of only four denominations: sextans, uncia, semuncia and quartuncia. In addition, Aes Grave production continued on a semi-libral basis for the As, Semis, Triens and Quadrans. Those Aes Grave denominations would later be replaced with struck coins when the weight standard reduced even further.
3 commentsCarausius12/19/18 at 13:01Jay GT4: Great coin
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MARCUS ANTONIUS AR Legio II Denarius11 viewsOBVERSE: ANT AVG III VIR R P C, Praetorian galley, thyrsos behind prow
REVERSE: LEG II, legionary eagle between two standards
Patrae 32-31 BC
3.58g, 19mm
Crawford 544/14; CRI 349; RSC 27
Ex Roma Numismatics Auction 4; private European Collection
1 commentsLegatus12/19/18 at 13:00Jay GT4: Nice upgrade
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Vespasian RIC-32264 viewsÆ As, 10.55g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 322 (R). BMC 612.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: S C in field; Eagle stg. facing on globe, wings open, head r.
Ex eBay, 20 November 2018. Ex Heritage.

The eagle on globe type was sparingly struck at Rome on the As issues. Introduced during the great bronze mintage of 71, the type harkens back to a similar reverse struck for Divus Augustus under Tiberius and symbolises Vespasian as Augustus' worthy successor. The type was struck much more frequently at Lugdunum.

Strong Roman portrait with a lovely olive green patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton12/18/18 at 12:22Jay GT4: Eagles wings are rendered really nicely
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RPC II 1808 Titus50 viewsObv: AYTOKPATΩP TITOC KAICAP, Laureate head left
Rev: ETOYC NEOY IEPOY Θ, Zeus Salaminios standing facing, holding patera in right hand, left hand resting on a short sceptre; eagle on left arm
AR/Tetradrachm (20.25 mm 5.672 g 12h) Struck in Uncertain Cypriot mint (or Antiochia ad Orontem for Cyprus) 76-77 A.D.
RPC 1808 (12 specs), Prieur 1572 (5 specs)
ex Emporium Hamburg Alpha Auction 1 Lot 352
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus12/18/18 at 12:21Jay GT4: Amazing find
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, C. Vibius Varus, AR Denarius - Crawford 494/3836 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Caius Vibius Varus, 42 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.56; 20mm).
Rome mint.

Obverse: Bust of Minerva wearing crested Corinthian helmet and aegis, facing right.

Reverse: Hercules standing front, head left, holding lion skin, hand resting on club.

References: Crawford 494/38; HCRI 194; Sydenham 1140; BMCRR 4303-5; Banti 67/10 (this coin illustrated).

Provenance: Ex Künker Auction 280 (26 Sep 2016), Lot 396; ex Peus Auction 328 (1990), Lot 507; ex Kunst und Münzen (June 1977), Lot 209.

There is little known about any of the four moneyers of 42 BCE besides their coins. Grueber notes that there is equally little known connection between the Vibia gens and the devices on this coin. Sear suggests that the type represents the strength of the triumvirs in their impending fight with the republican forces.

6 commentsCarausius12/17/18 at 12:17Jay GT4: Amazing
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Macedonian Kingdom ,Alexander III The Great, 336 - 323 B.C., Lifetime Issue. Ionia, Miletos mint. Signed By the Artist.30 viewsSilver drachm, Price 2090A, ADM I 80 (same dies), VF, 4.214g, 16.0mm, 0o, Miletos mint, lifetime issue, c. 325 - 323 B.C.; obverse Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at neck, K on lion's jaw behind Herakles' ear; Reverse:ΑΛΕΞΑΝ∆ΡΟΥ ( means " Of Alexander " in Ancient Greek ), Zeus seated left, legs uncrossed, right leg forward, feet on footstool, eagle in extended right, long scepter vertical behind in left, monogram before.

Lifetime Issue! Signed by the artist!(?) The K behind Herakles ear had traditionally been identified as the signature of the artist. Matt Kreuzer, however, believes the K (the Greek numeral 20) was used c. 325 B.C. to introduce the Attic drachm to Miletos by indicating either that 20 of these was equal to a gold stater, or that one of these drachm was equal to 20 of the 3 to 4 gram bronzes circulating at the time.


*Although Kreuzer theory raises the value of this coin, as a humble coin collector for very long time, I humbly join my friends in the field and believe, the K here is the initial of the engraver artist. I have seen also 4 examples ONLY in hand, all with the letter M.

What makes our theory stronger is the other examples later Struck by Lysimachus (who took all the most of the good artists worked in the mint during Alexander lifetime with him later to Thrace , so he can use them in his mint)

Some very rare , and extremely valuable Coins of Lysimachos ( Alexander the Great bodyguard who became a general , then claim him self King of Thrace ), has the initial K too, under Alexander ‘s neck, and it is an extra letter on Lysimachus coins , mostly on Tetradrachms , in other words if the idea is the number 20 , it has no meaning a Tetradrachm .
Man loves beauty and art like Lysimachos would not miss an Artist made such beauty to be part of his team mint , as a part of his inheritance.


Who engraves such a beauty, and makes two silent dies talk, will be proud of his work with his initial, yet with the ruler blessing.

FORVM Ancient Coins / The Sam Mansourati Collection.

2 commentsSam12/16/18 at 21:13Jay GT4: Nice one Sam!
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064 - Septimius Severus denarius - RIC -22 viewsObv:– IMP CAE L S-EP SEV PERT AVG, Laureate head right
Rev:– LEG III IT AVG, TR P COS in exergue, Legionary eagle between two standards
Minted in Alexandria. A.D. 194
Reference:-- Cohen -. RIC -. BMCRE -.
4 commentsmaridvnvm12/16/18 at 02:34Jay GT4: Great eagle!
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Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander the Great, 336 - 323 B.C., Lifetime Issue. Tarsos Mint, Struck Between 333 - 327 B.C. 26 viewsSilver Tetradrachm, Price 2995, Müller 1293, Newell Tarsos 6, Demanhur 2045 - 2061, SNG Saroglos 505, SNG Cop 774, SNG München 692, SNG Alpha Bank -, VF, high relief, a little rough, porosity on reverse, 16.663g, 24.1mm, die ax., 45o, Tarsos mint, c. 333 - 327 B.C..
Obverse : head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck.
Reverse : Zeus Aëtophoros seated left on throne without back, nude to the waist, himation around hips and legs, right leg forward (archaic lifetime style), feet on footstool, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, AΛEΞAN∆POY , ( " Of Alexander " in Ancient Greek ) , 4 pellets under seat above strut over A below strut.

Lifetime issue. Alexander the Great passed through Tarsos, Cilicia, with his armies in 333 B.C. Darius' confidence increased, because Alexander spent so much time there, which he imputed to cowardice. In truth, Alexander had fallen seriously ill after bathing in the exceedingly cold river Cydnus. No physician would treat him, they thought his case so desperate, and his recovery unlikely. They feared the punishment for failure. Finally, Philip, the Acarnanian, relying on his own well-known friendship for Alexander, resolved to try. At this very time, Alexander received a letter, warning him that Philip had been bribed by Darius to kill him, with great sums of money, and a promise of his daughter in marriage. After Alexander read the letter, he put it under his pillow, without showing it to anyone. When Philip came in with the potion, Alexander drank it with great cheerfulness and assurance, at the same time giving Philip the letter to read. Alexander's looks were cheerful and open, to show his kindness to and confidence in his physician, while Philip was full of surprise and alarm at the accusation, appealing to the gods to witness his innocence, sometimes lifting up his hands to heaven, and then throwing himself down by the bedside, and beseeching Alexander to lay aside all fear, and follow his directions without apprehension. The medicine worked so strongly at first that at first Alexander lost his speech, and falling into a swoon, had scarce any sense or pulse left. However, after a short time, his health and strength returned, and he showed himself in public to the Macedonians, who had been in continual fear until they saw him again.


FORVM Ancient Coins. / From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
3 commentsSam12/16/18 at 02:33Jay GT4: Nice one Sam
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, C. Postumius, AR Denarius - Crawford 394/1a15 viewsRome, The Republic.
C. Postumius, 74-73 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.95g; 20mm).
Rome mint.

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

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

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

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

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

Crawford dated this issue to 74 BCE, but Hersh and Walker in Mesagne down-dated the issue to 73 BCE. Michael Harlan suggests an even later date of 71 BCE.
1 commentsCarausius12/16/18 at 02:32Jay GT4: Great dog!
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Parthia, Andragoras, ca. 245-238 BC, AR Didrachm35 viewsHelmeted head of Athena r.; monogram behind.
Owl standing r., head facing; galley prow r. above grape vine branch behind, AΘE to r.

Taylor 'Birds of a Feather' 2.15; HGC 12, 3 (Baktria); H. Nicolet-Pierre & M. Amandry, RN 1994, 49 (Baktria); SNG ANS 9, 4 var. (Baktria).

(18 mm, 8.11 g, 6h).

Roma Numismatics E-Live 4 (20 Nov. 2018), lot 440; ex- 'Andragoras-Sophytes' Hoard.

This coin like all the Series 2 didrachms has a strongly developed hammered edge fabric giving the edge of the coin a faceted appearance that is much more evident in hand than in the photo.

Although the mint control symbol consisting of a galley prow may seem out of place on a coin struck in Parthia, it should be remembered that the province of Parthia bordered the Caspian Sea, the world's largest inland body of water, undoubtedly plied by galleys in ancient times.

The 'Andragoras-Sophytes' hoard came to market from mid-late 2017. It was reputedly found in 2014 and consisted of approximately 600 coins from at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan (Hoard information: Olivier Bordeaux & Osmund Bopearachchi). Around half of these coins were marketed by Roma Numismatics in a succession of auctions commencing in 2017 and continuing through 2018.
3 commentsn.igma12/16/18 at 02:32Jay GT4: This is great
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Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 10. Commodus, HrHJ (23018) 8.10.32.10 (plate coin)18 viewsCommodus, AD 177-192
AE 28, 11.31g, 120°
struck under governor Caecilius Servilianus
obv. AV - T KAI MAR AVRH - KOMODOC
Laureate head r.
rev. HGEMO KAIK CEBIL - NEIKOPO PROC IC - T
Bearded river god, leaning l., holding water plant in extended r. hand and resting with l.
elbow on vase from which water flows l.
ref. a) not in AMNG:
cf. AMNG I/1, 1235 (for the type only)
b) not in Varbanov:
cf. #2146 (for the type only)
c) Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2018) No. 8.10.32.10 (this coin)
VF, black green patina
Pedigree:
ex CNG, E-Auction 227, Lot 242, February 2010
1 commentsJochen12/14/18 at 04:59Jay GT4: Nice one!
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020p Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1312, Lydia, Sardis, AE-21, Men standing left, holding pine cone and scepter,115 views020p Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1312, Lydia, Sardis, AE-21, Men standing left, holding pine cone and scepter,
avers: AYTOK KAIC OYЄCΠACIANΩ, Laureate head of Vespasian right.
reverse: ЄΠI ΦΛ ЄICΓONOV CAPΔIANΩN, Men standing left, holding pine cone and scepter, to left, monogram above lighted altar.
T. Fl. Eisigonos, strategos.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 20,0-21,0mm, weight: 6,97g, axis: 6h,
mint: Lydia, Sardis, date: 69-79 A.D., ref: RPC II 1312, Waddington 5248,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans12/13/18 at 23:23Jay GT4: Great
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Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. Alexandria. Ptolemy I Soter (Circa 305-282 BC)27 viewsAR Tetradrachm

26.5 mm, 13.25 g

Obverse: Diademed head of Ptolemy I right

Reverse: ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings closed; P / AΠP monogram.

Svoronos 255
2 commentsNathan P12/13/18 at 04:28Jay GT4: Great portrait
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C.IVNI.C.F - Denarius, Crawford 210/121 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 149 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; “X” behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Victory in biga, C.IVNI.C.F below horses, ROMA in framed border in exergue.

Mint: Rome
Weight: 3.56 gm.
Reference: Crawford 210/1
Provenance: NAC 73, Lot 52, 18-NOV-2013.

Comments:
Moneyer probably C. Iunius C.f., Not otherwise known.
Well centered and complete with very nice old toning. AEF.
2 commentsSteve B512/13/18 at 04:27Jay GT4: Very nice
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Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 0458, Amphipolis, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, in left field, Λ above torch, Δ below throne.88 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 0458, Amphipolis, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, in left field, Λ above torch, Δ below throne.
avers: No legends, Young Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at the neck.
reverse: AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, right leg drawn back, holding eagle and scepter. Controls: In left field, Λ above torch, Δ below throne.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 25,5-27,0mm, weight: 17,10g, axes: 0h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, ‘Amphipolis’ mint, date: c. 336-323 B.C., ref: Price 458,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans12/12/18 at 22:49Jay GT4: It's good Q
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Parthia, Andragoras, ca. 245-238 BC, AR Tetradrachm21 viewsHelmeted head of Athena r.; ΠYMH monogram behind in lower l. field.
Owl standing r., head facing; olive-sprig, crescent and grape bunch behind, AΘE to r.

Taylor Birds of a Feather 2.7, 51 (this coin) dies A5/P8; HGC 12, 2 var.; H. Nicolet-Pierre & M. Amandry, "Un nouveau trésor de monnaies d’argent pseudo-Athéniennes venu d’Afghanistan” RN 1994, 13-15 (attributed to Baktria); Bopearachchi Sophytes 1 (Baktria); Mitchiner 13e (attributed to Babylon).

(22 mm, 16.83 g, 6h).

Coin India; ex- Hakim Hamidi (an Afghan coin dealer).
1 commentsn.igma12/12/18 at 22:48Jay GT4: Great style
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RIC 429 Domitian Denarius68 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V
laureate head right.

IMP XI COS XII CENS P P P
Minerva standing left, holding thunderbolt and spear; shield at feet to right.

Rome, 86 AD
3.4g

RIC II 429 (C).

Ex-Coast to Coast coins 2006; Ex-Ancient & Medieval Coins Canada Auction 1, Lot 175
8 commentsJay GT412/12/18 at 13:17Jay GT4: On second look maybe not IMP XI
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Anonymous Roma Denarius - Dioscuri Galloping (Syd 311)24 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, after 211 BC
4.21g

Obv: Helmeted head of Roma (R), behind, X.

Rev: The Dioscuri galloping (R); below, ROMA in linear frame.

Sydenham 311. RBW –. Crawford 53/2.

Naville Numismatics Auction 45, Lot 374
ex. Elvira Clain Stefanelli (1914-2001) collection, curator of the National Numismatics Collection at the Smithsonian.

An example of the earliest denarius coinage from its first production in the last part of the 3rd and early 2nd centuries BC. Rome overhauled its coinage around 211 BC and introduced the denarius, containing an average 4.5 grams, or 1/72 of a Roman pound, of silver. The word dēnārius is derived from the Latin dēnī "containing ten", as its value was originally of 10 assēs. It formed the backbone of Roman currency throughout the Roman Republic.
2 commentsOptimo Principi12/12/18 at 13:16Jay GT4: Very nice coin and great provenance!
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RIC 0463 Domitianus26 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P - Laureate head of Domitian right, with aegis.
Rev: GERMANIA CAPTA / S C - Trophy; to right, German captive standing right, hands bound, head left; to left, Germania seated left; around, arms.
AE/Sestertius - mm 35,73 mm 25,84 die axis 6 - Struck in Rome 86 a.D.
RIC 463 (C), BMCRE 372, BNF 395
Purchased from L'Art Des Gents
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus12/11/18 at 14:58Jay GT4: Amazing!
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Vespasian RIC-167122 viewsÆ Sestertius, 24.60g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 167 (C3). BMC 543.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: IVDAEA CAPTA; S C in exergue; Palm tree; to l., Vespasian stg. r. with spear and parazonium, foot on helmet; to r., Judaea std. r. on cuirass
Acquired from Denarius, December 2018.

The Jewish War was an important event for the fledgling Flavian dynasty - in essence it gave them the legitimacy to rule. The ensuing propaganda onslaught after the 'Gotterdammerung' fall of Jerusalem in August of 70 is awe inspiring. We have Josephus' description of the joint triumph of 71 held for Vespasian and Titus in book 7 of his 'Jewish War', the buildings and monuments erected by the regime, and more importantly for our purposes we have the coins. Judaea Capta types were struck in all metals for almost as long as the dynasty ruled. The first flurry of these came in 71, presumably in conjunction with the triumph, amidst a great issue of bronze coinage that same year. One of the most iconic Judaea Capta types is this sestertius' reverse featuring a triumphal Vespasian with a defeated Judaea at his feet, not surprisingly one of the more common types from the issue. Vespasian is seen proudly standing holding a spear and parazonium (a triangular sword) with his foot on an enemy helmet, while Judaea is sitting on a captured cuirass in abject despair - take note of their size discrepancy. The iconography on display here strongly hints at what the spectators of the triumph likely witnessed. The slight of hand the Flavian regime devised which transformed defeated rebel provincials into a foreign menace is truly amazing.

'Ambition sighed: she found it vain to trust
The faithless column and the crumbling bust;
Huge moles, whose shadow stretched from shore to shore,
Their ruins perished, and their place no more!
Convinced, she now contracts her vast design,
And all her triumphs shrink into a coin.
A narrow orb each crowded conquest keeps,
Beneath her palm here sad Judea weeps.' -
Alexander Pope, To Mr. Addison, Occasioned by his Dialogues on Medals II. 19-26

Honest wear with some minor cleaning scratches.
6 commentsDavid Atherton12/11/18 at 04:51Jay GT4: Iconic! A must have, not only for Flavian collect...
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2543 LYDIA, Saiita Hadrian, Roma seated13 viewsReference
RPC III, 2543; Winterthur 3886

Magistrate Cl. Machairiôn (archon)

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΤΡΑ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС ΚΑΙСΑΡ СΕΒΑС
Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r. (seen from rear)

Rev. ΕΠΙ ΚΛ ΜΑΧΑΙΡΙ[ΩΝΟС] ΑΡΧ СΑΙΤΤΗΝΩΝ
Roma helmeted seated l. on shield with parazonium, holding Nike with wreath on her extended r. hand, transverse spear in l.

16.15 gr
30 mm
6h

Note.
P. Weiss, 'Hadrian in Lydien', Chiron 25 (1995), pp. 213-24, suggests that the coins of Macharion from Saitta refer to an imperial visit to the city in 124.
1 commentsokidoki12/11/18 at 03:47Jay GT4: Interesting portrait
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Pontos, Amisos (as Peiraieos). (Circa 435-370 BC)30 viewsAR Siglos

17 mm, 5.75 g

Persic standard. Aristeos, magistrate.

Obverse: Head of Hera left, wearing ornate stephane, earring, and necklace

Reverse: [ΠEIPA] in exergue, owl with spread wings standing facing on shield; across field in to lines, magistrate's name: A-PIΣ/TE-OΣ.

Malloy 1v; HGC 7, 229.

Amisos, situated on the southern shore of the Black Sea, was originally settled by the Milesians, perhaps as far back as the 8th century BC. The city was captured by the Persians in 550 BC and became part of Cappadocia (satrapy). In the 5th century BC, Amisos became a free state and one of the members of the Delian League led by the Athenians; it was then renamed Peiraieos under Pericles. In the 4th century BC the city came under the control of the Kingdom of Pontus.
2 commentsNathan P12/11/18 at 03:46Jay GT4: Nice!
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Lydia, Sardis, 020p Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1312, AE-21, Men standing left, holding pine cone and scepter,90 viewsLydia, Sardis, 020p Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1312, AE-21, Men standing left, holding pine cone and scepter,
avers: AYTOK KAIC OYЄCΠACIANΩ, Laureate head of Vespasian right.
reverse: ЄΠI ΦΛ ЄICΓONOV CAPΔIANΩN, Men standing left, holding pine cone and scepter, to left, monogram above lighted altar.
T. Fl. Eisigonos, strategos.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 20,0-21,0mm, weight: 6,97g, axis: 6h,
mint: Lydia, Sardis, date: 69-79 A.D., ref: RPC II 1312, Waddington 5248,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans12/11/18 at 03:46Jay GT4: Outstanding
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SBVC 1053; Constans II; AE follis20 viewsObv: EN TVTO NIKA, Constans standing facing, crowned, cloaked and cuirassed, holding long cross and cross on globe
Rev: large M, cross to left, cross above, cross to right; mintmark CRTS
Mint: Carthage
Date: 641-668 AD
SBVC 1053
28mm
12.36g
2 commentswileyc12/10/18 at 04:37Jay GT4: Congrats
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Judaea, Under Claudius I, Nero Claudius Caesar, Britannicus by Antonius Felix (54 AD), AE Prutah, Year 1414 viewsRoman Provincial, Judaea, Under Claudius I, Nero Claudius Caesar, Britannicus by Antonius Felix (54 AD), AE Prutah, Year 14

Obverse: NƐPW KΛAY KAICAP, Two shields, two spears crossed, within dotted circle border, off-center.

Reverse: BPIT, L-[IΔ], K[AI], Six branched palm tree bearing two bunches of dates, within dotted circle border.

Reference: Hendin 1348, RPC I 4971, TJC 340, GBC 1348, Meshorer 34o

Ex: VCoins - Holyland Ancient Coin Corporation - Musa Ali
1 commentsGil-galad12/09/18 at 23:25Jay GT4: Nice one
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Cn. Pompeius Magnus and Terentius Varro83 viewsCn. Pompeius Magnus and Terentius Varro. Denarius, mint moving with Pompey 49 BC, 4 grs.
Obs. : (VARRO·PRO – Q) Terminal bust of Jupiter r., wearing diadem.
Rev. : Sceptre between dolphin and eagle; in exergue, MAGN·PRO / COS.
Babelon Terentia 15 and Pompeia 7. Sear Imperators 8. C 3. Sydenham 1033 var. Woytek Arma et Nummi p. 558. RBW –. Crawford 447/1a.
5 commentslabienus12/09/18 at 21:25Jay GT4: Another great one
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Vespasian dynastic denarius47 viewsVespasian, 69-79. Denarius (Silver, 17 mm, 3.11 g, 1 h), Ephesus, 69-70.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG Laureate head of Vespasian to right.
Rev: LIBERI IMP AVG VESPAS Titus and Domitian, veiled and togate, standing front, each with patera.
BMC 430. Cohen 248. RIC 1395. RPC II 805. Rare.
Minor marks and slightly rough, otherwise, about very fine.
From the R. Marbacher Collection, Switzerland.
Leu Numismatic December 09 2018 Web Auction 6Lot 908
4 commentsorfew12/09/18 at 20:42Jay GT4: Great capture
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C. Egnatius Cn. f. Cn. n. Maxumus29 viewsC. Egnatius Cn. f. Cn. n. Maxumus. Denarius 75 BC. 4 grs.
Obs. : MAXSMVS Laureate and diademed bust of Libertas r.; behind, pileus .
Rev. : G – CNN Roma and Venus standing facing and both holding staff, the former with her l. foot on wolf’s head and the latter has Cupid alighting on her shoulder; on either side, rudders on prow. In exergue, C·EGNATIVS· CN· F.
Babelon Egnatia 3. Sydenham 787. Crawford 391/3
2 commentslabienus12/09/18 at 18:45Jay GT4: Wow, stunning coin!
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M. Plaetorius M.f. Cestianus26 viewsM. Plaetorius M.f. Cestianus. Denarius 69 BC. Rome. 4 grs.
Obs. : Draped female bust l., wearing winged diadem; behind, control mark.
Rev. : Anguipedic monster on pediment of temple, with base inscribed M. PLAETORI; in exergue, CEST S·C. Babelon Plaetoria 9. Sydenham 799a. RBW 1447. Crawford 405/1b.
3 commentslabienus12/09/18 at 15:20Jay GT4: Wonderful reverse
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Cr 467/1 AR Denarius J. Caesar17 viewso: COS.TERT.DICT.ITER. Head of Ceres right
r: AVGVR above, PONT.MAX. below. Simpulum, sprinkler, capis and lituus; M in right field
Minted in Africa, c 46 b.c.
3.37 gms; 19.00 mm
This coin is not a beauty and may have been a pendant at some point. Yet it is one of those intensely historical coins, minted on either side of the Battle of Thapsus, which ended the old Republican resistance to Julius Caesar. This type, with "M" ligate in reverse field right, has been said to indicate "Munus" (gift in the sense of obligation); the other variation has "D", presumably "Donativum" (gift in the sense of "here you go, poorer person"). I personally find the distinction between M and D somewhat odd and perhaps there was a more sophisticated distinction being made. As the marks appear on coins of equal value, it seems a very obscure way of distinguishing among soldiers and mere beneficiaries.
1 commentsPMah12/09/18 at 00:14Jay GT4: Nice one
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Persia, Achaemenid Empire, Time of Darios I. to Artaxerxes II, (cc. 490-375 B.C.) AR-Siglos, Type IIIb., 79 viewsPersia, Achaemenid Empire, Time of Darios I. to Artaxerxes II, (cc. 490-375 B.C.) AR-Siglos, Type IIIb.,
avers: Persian king or hero in kneeling/running stance to right, holding spear and bow, with some control countermarks.
reverse: Incuse punch, with some control countermarks.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 12,0x16,0mm, weight: 5,13g, axes: 0h,
mint: Achaemenid Empire, Typ:III, date: cc. 485-420 B.C., ref: Carradice type IIIb, pl.XII, 16-19, (Several Countermarks on avers and reverse),
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans12/08/18 at 12:17Jay GT4: This one has been around the block a few times. G...
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Syracuse - 12 1/2 Litra40 viewsSICILY
Syracuse
Struck under Agathokles
c. 310 - 305/300 BC.
EL Quarter Stater or 12 1/2 Litra (Reduced Corinthian Standard)
Av.: Laureate head of Apollo left
Rev.: Kithara - ΣYPAK - OΣIΩN
1,84 Gr.
HGC 2 - 1295 (R1)
3 commentsnummis durensis12/08/18 at 12:16Jay GT4: Great coin
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RIC 161v17 viewsRIC 161, Rome. Denomination: Antoninianus.


OBV.: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG

Radiate, cuirassed bust left, with spear.

REV.: ADVENTVS PROBI AVG

Emperor riding left, right hand raised, left holding sceptre; at foot, captive.

Mintmark: // R

Weight: 4.74 g.
1 commentsvrtsprb12/07/18 at 19:57Jay GT4: Great piece
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, L. Scribonius Libo, AR Denarius - Crawford 416/1c20 viewsRome, The Republic.
Lucius Scribonius Libo, 62 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.76g; 20mm).
Rome mint.

Obverse: LIBO - BON EVENT; diademed head of Bonus Eventus facing right.

Rev: Scribonian well head, decorated with garland and two lyres; anvil symbol on top step; [P]VTEAL above; SCRIBON below.

References: Crawford 416/1c; Sydenham 928; BMCRR 3381; Scribonia 8.

This type was produced with at least four different reverse symbols on the top step of the well head: hammer, tongs, cap and anvil. The hammer is extremely common, tongs scarce, and the anvil and cap are the rarest of the four reverse symbols on the type. Previous authors, including Crawford and Michael Harlan, have not recognized the cap variety which is distinct from the anvil by its domed top. The anvil is squared, as on this coin.

The moneyer may have been Lucius Scribonius Libo, who was the father-in-law of Sextus Pompey, son of Pompey the Great. He took the side of the tyrannicides in the Civil War after Caesar’s death. He later deserted Sextus Pompey and was elected consul in 34 BCE. It’s also possible that the moneyer was the father of this later consul.

The Scribonian well head was in the Roman Forum and designated a sacred spot that had been struck by lightning. Grueber and Crawford suggest that the reverse symbols, of which they only recognized three (see above), were actual decorative devices on the four-sided wellhead, and that they allude to Vulcan, whose thunderbolt had struck the spot. The added cap symbol confirms their analysis and is also consistent with the Vulcan theme.
3 commentsCarausius12/07/18 at 19:57Jay GT4: Nice one
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Griffon - Denarius, Crawford 182/114 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 169-158 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; “X” behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Griffon - Dioscuri riding r. Griffon below r. ROMA in raised letters in and framed border

Mint: Rome
Weight: 4.30 gm.
Reference: Crawford 182/1
Provenance: NAC London, purchased 11-FEB-2011.

Comments:
The obverse is not fully struck on high parts, otherwise, GVF with some luster.
1 commentsSteve B512/06/18 at 22:04Jay GT4: Great coin
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EB0194 Poseidon / Trident25 viewsSyracuse, Hieron II, SICILY, AE 20, 275-215 BC.
Obverse: Head of Poseidon left, hair bound in a taenia.
Reverse: IEΡ-ΩNOΣ, ornamented trident between two dolphins.
References: BMC 2.609, see SG 1223, Grose 2935.
Diameter: 20mm, Weight: 6.257g.
2 commentsEB12/06/18 at 03:03Jay GT4: Really nice
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Domitian RIC-56280 viewsAR Denarius, 3.45g
Rome mint, 88 AD
RIC 562 (R). BMC 141. RSC 67.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERMANICVS; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS XIIII across field; Minerva adv r., with spear and shield (M1)
Ex Spink eAuction 18055, 7 November 2018, The Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Coins part 2, lot 95.

In 88 AD Domitian struck a brief special issue of Minerva denarii with unusual obverse legends and austere reverse designs. The obverse legends deviate from the usual formula, sometimes spelling out fully DOMITIANVS and/or GERMANICVS and lacking a TR P number. The reverses feature only a terse legend across field with the IMP number absent. Here is an example from this rare issue with GERMANICVS spelled out on the obverse and the consular number across field on the reverse. Why the mint was experimenting with the legends and the layout of the reverses in 88 is a mystery. Perhaps the issue was struck in conjunction with a special event that year (the Secular Games?) and are commemorative in nature. Regardless, the mint soon returned the denarius to its conventional Minerva arrangement, hinting that these scarce issues were indeed struck for a special occasion.

Struck in good style.
6 commentsDavid Atherton12/06/18 at 03:02Jay GT4: Now that's nice!
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CALIGULA & DIVUS AUGUSTUS AE dupondius. Statue of Caligula, bust of Divus Augustus, SC flanking.14 viewsCALIGULA & DIVUS AUGUSTUS AE dupondius. Struck 37-41 AD. CONSENSV SENAT ET EQ ORDIN P Q R, laureate & togate Caligula seated left on curule chair, holding branch. Reverse - DIVVS AVGVSTVS S-C, radiate head of Divus Augustus left. RCV 1811. Very Scarce. 29mm, 15.1g.1 commentsAntonivs Protti12/04/18 at 01:05Jay GT4: Nice one!
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Vespasian (69 - 79 A.D.)43 viewsAR Denarius
O:  IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII, laureate head right.
R: VICTORIA AVGVSTI, Victory advancing right, holding palm and crowning standard with wreath.
Rome Mint (72-73 A.D.)
3.45g
19mm
RIC 362 (C2), BMCRE 74, RSC 618
9 commentsMat12/04/18 at 00:11Jay GT4: Oh yeah!
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EB0169 Nike / Zeus14 viewsThe Bretti, BRUTTIUM, AE 20, 215-205 BC.
Obverse: NIKA, Diademed head of Nike left, ear of barley behind her head.
Reverse: BΡETTIΩN, Zeus, naked, striding right, hurling thunderbolt, star between his legs, cornucopiae in right field.
References: BMC 98; SNG Morcom 354; SNG ANS 60-66; cf Sear Greece 705.
Diameter: 20mm, Weight: 5.305g.
1 commentsEB12/02/18 at 00:34Jay GT4: Love these southern brozes
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Struck 1637 - 1638, CHARLES I (1625 - 1649), AR Twenty Pence minted at Edinburgh, Scotland18 viewsObverse: CAR•D:G•SCOT•ANG•FR•ET•HIB•R•. Crowned bust of Charles I, which goes to the edge of the coin, facing left, XX with a small lozenge above and below behind bust; small B (for Briot) below.
Reverse: IVSTITIA•THRONVM•FIRMAT• small B (off flan, for Briot) at end of legend. Thistle with Scottish crown above. The reverse legend translates as 'Justice strengthens the Throne'.
This coin was produced using Briot's new coining press during the third coinage period which ran from 1637 to 1642.
Diameter: 17mm | Weight: 0,8gms | Die Axis: 6
SPINK: 5581

Nicholas Briot, a Frenchman previously employed by the French and English mints, was appointed Master of the Scottish mint in August 1634. He was later joined by his son-in-law John Falconer, who succeeded him in 1646.
Briot's work was of the highest calibre, and his introduction of the mill and screw press gave the Scottish series of coins a technical excellence previously unknown.
After Briot's departure from Scotland in 1638 there was a rapid falling off from his high standard of workmanship. Although considerable use was made of Briot's punches for Falconer's third coinage issues, many of the dies were badly executed, and there was even more of a deterioration during the fourth coinage period which resulted in poorly produced coins of no artistic merit.

After his succession, Charles quarrelled with the Parliament of England, which sought to curb his royal prerogative. Charles believed in the divine right of kings and thought he could govern according to his own conscience. Many of his subjects opposed his policies, in particular the levying of taxes without parliamentary consent, and perceived his actions as those of a tyrannical absolute monarch. His religious policies, coupled with his marriage to a Roman Catholic, generated the antipathy and mistrust of Reformed groups such as the English Puritans and the Scottish Covenanters, who thought his views were too Catholic. He supported high church Anglican ecclesiastics and his attempts to force the Church of Scotland to adopt high Anglican practices led to the Bishops' Wars, and helped precipitate his own downfall.
From 1642, Charles fought the Parliamentary army in the English Civil War. After his defeat in 1645, he surrendered to a Scottish force that eventually handed him over to the English Parliament. Charles refused to accept his captors' demands for a constitutional monarchy, and after temporarily escaping captivity in November 1647, he was re-imprisoned on the Isle of Wight. Although Charles had managed to forge an alliance with Scotland, by the end of 1648 Oliver Cromwell's New Model Army had consolidated its control over England and Charles was tried, convicted, and executed for high treason in January 1649. The monarchy was abolished and a republic called the Commonwealth of England was declared. The Parliament of Scotland however, proclaimed Charles I's son as King Charles II on the 5th of February 1649.
The political crisis in England that followed the death of Cromwell in 1658 resulted in the restoration of the monarchy whereby Charles II was invited to return and, on the 29th of May 1660, he was received in London to public acclaim. After 1660 all Charles II's legal documents in Britain were dated from 1649, the year when he had succeeded his father as king in Scotland.
2 comments*Alex12/01/18 at 14:56Jay GT4: Nice one!
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Caria, Knidos, (c.250-210 B.C.), SNG Keckman 1 182, AE-11, -/-//--, KNI above prow right, Scarce!94 viewsCaria, Knidos, (c.250-210 B.C.), SNG Keckman 1 182, AE-11, -/-//--, KNI above prow right, Scarce!
avers: Head of Aphrodite right, wearing stephane.
reverse: KNI above prow right, magistrate's name (?) below.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 10,0-11,0mm, weight: 1,41g, axes: 0h,
mint: Caria, Knidos, date: c. 250-210 B.C., ref: SNG Keckman 1 182 (?), SNG Helsinki 182,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans12/01/18 at 12:21Jay GT4: Sweeet
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Domitian19 viewsAR Denarius (18mm, 2.72 g, 7h). Ephesus mint. Struck AD 71. bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right, wearing aegis / Victory advancing right, holding palm frond and wreath; EPE mintmark to lower right. RIC II 1447 (Vespasian); RPC 848; RSC 336. VF, minor roughness.

ex CNG Auc 433 lot 386
2 commentsarash p11/29/18 at 19:22Jay GT4: Nice
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Vespasian RIC-19080 viewsÆ Sestertius, 25.22g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 190 (C3). BMC 560.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: ROMA; S C in field; Roma stg. l., with Victory and spear
Ex Pegasi 39, 13 November 2018, lot 467. Ex Bonhams, 11 June 2018, group lot 3. Ex Superior 2-3 June 1998, The J. B. Parker Collection, lot 7023.

In 71 AD the Rome and Lugdunum mints struck a massive iconic issue of aes coinage for Vespasian, setting the tone for the bronze coinage for the remainder of the reign. One of the commonest sestertius types struck for the issue was Roma holding Victory. Roma is depicted in the guise of an Amazon warrior, a typical attribute for her on the coinage during the Flavian era.

Fantastic portrait in good style.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/27/18 at 11:35Jay GT4: Great style
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Byzantine, MANUEL Comnenus I, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1969 DOC 16 CLBC 4.4.3 63 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 03:43Jay GT4: Nice one
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Sextus Pompey, AR Denarius23 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Sextus Pompey, 42-36 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.49g; 20mm).
Sicilian mint, 42-40 BCE.

Obverse: MAG PIVS IMP ITER; Pharos of Messina with two windows and a balcony, surmounted by statue of Neptune wearing helmet and holding trident and resting foot on prow; galley with aquila passing before.

Rev: PRAEF CLAS ET ORAE MARIT EX S C; the monster, Scylla, her body terminating in two fish-tails and the foreparts of three dogs, facing left and wielding a rudder with two hands.

References: Crawford 511/4a; HCRI 335; Sydenham 1348; BMCRR (Sicily) 18-19; Banti 8/3 (this coin illustrated); Pompeia 22.

Provenance: Ex Kuenker Auction 312 (8 Oct 2018), Lot 2712; Walter Niggeler (d. 1964) Collection [Leu/Muenzen und Medaillen (21-22 Oct 1966), Lot 964].

Sextus Pompey was younger son of Pompey the Great. After Caesar's assassination, in 43 BCE, he was honored by the Senate with the title "Commander of the Fleet and Sea Coasts" (Praefectus classis et orae maritimae). Shortly following this honor, the Second Triumvirate was formed and placed Sextus' name on their proscription list. Sextus soon occupied Sicily where he provided haven to other Romans proscribed by the Triumvirs. He retained control of Sicily from 42 to 36 BCE. In 42 BCE, Octavian sent Salvidienus Rufus to dislodge Sextus, but Rufus was defeated. It was likely between this defeat of Rufus and the Pact of Misenum with the Triumvirs (39 BCE) that Sextus struck much of his coinage, including this type. The rough seas around Sicily were beneficial to Sextus and particularly rough on his enemies, thus Neptune and the marine monster Scylla, destroyer of ships, are prominently displayed on this coin.
3 commentsCarausius11/26/18 at 03:09Jay GT4: Great coin and provenance
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365 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-38 AD Patientia22 viewsReference.
RIC 365; Strack 202; Cohen 1010

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right.

Rev. PATIENTIA AVGVSTI COS III
Patientia, seated left on low seat, holding out right hand and holding transverse sceptre in left

3.18 gr
17 mm
6h

Note.
BMCRE 525, pl. 57.9 (same reverse die). Cohen 1010 ;RIC II 365
The Reka Devnia hoard contained two specimens of this type, one like ours and one with a draped bust. Strack 202 records the two Reka Devnia coins in Sofia, BMCRE 525, two specimens in Paris, and only three others: Gnecchi Collection, L.A. Lawrence, and Ball VI, 1932, lot 1355. This is the sole appearance of the personification Patientia on Roman coins. Apparently her name was not well received, because it was very soon changed to INDVLGENTIA AVG, and with the new name the identical type, seated female figure extending right hand and holding scepter, was struck in substantial quantity. As Strack and Mattingly suggested, the sense of the Patientia type, since it was soon to be renamed Indulgentia, may have been "endurance of other people's troubles rather than one's own" (BMCRE III, p. cxli).
2 commentsokidoki11/25/18 at 22:33Jay GT4: Really nice strike
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Phoenicia, Arados, Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 3426, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, AP monogram in left field,88 viewsPhoenicia, Arados, Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 3426, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, AP monogram in left field,
avers: No legends, Young Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at the neck.
reverse: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, holding eagle and sceptre, AP monogram in left field, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 25,5-27,5mm, weight: 16,97g, axes: 0h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, ‘Arados, Phoenicia’ mint, AP monogram,
date: c.c.320-315 B.C.,(Posthumous issue), ref: Price(1991) 3426,
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1 commentsquadrans11/25/18 at 04:32Jay GT4: It's ok Q
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Semilibral Struck AE Triens (Crawford 39)30 viewsRome. The Republic.
Semilibral Reduction, 217-215 BCE
Æ Triens (54 grams; 37 mm).
Uncertain Italian Mint.

Obverse: Head of Juno (?) right, wearing double-crested diadem, her hair tied in three ringlets down neck; scepter or sword over left shoulder (?); ●●●● (mark of value) behind.

Reverse: Hercules, naked but for lion skin, grasping centaur by hair and preparing to strike him with club; ●●●● (mark of value) before; ROMA in exergue.

References: Crawford 39/1; Sydenham 93 (R6); BMCRR (Romano-Campanian) 113-115.

Provenance: Ex Munzen und Medaillen 47 (1972), Lot 74.

Crawford dates his 39 series of collateral, semilibral struck bronzes to the early years of the Second Punic War, 217-215 BC. The economic hardship on Rome imposed by Hannibal’s invasion led to a rapid decline in the weight of Roman bronze coins, resulting in the adoption of a semi-libral bronze standard (AE As of ½ Roman pound) and eventual elimination of cast coins. Crawford deduces that Hannibal’s defeat of Rome at Trasimene in 217 B.C. likely tipped the financial scales to the semilibral reduction. He notes that Capua overstruck Roman coinage of the late semi-libral period when Capua joined with Hannibal in 216-215. Further, in Roman Republican Coin Hoards, Crawford reports that hoard #56, found at Capua in 1909, contained three trientes and four sextantes of the “collateral” series; thus the series must have circulated in Capua for a time before the town switched sides to Hannibal in 216-215. It appears that the standard, prow-type semilibral coins (Crawford 38) came first, because hoards containing the Crawford 39 coins almost always contain semilibral prow types as well.

The obverse of this Triens is particularly enigmatic. Both before, during and after production of this series, the goddess depicted on trientes was typically Minerva. In Roman iconography, Minerva’s attributes are the Corinthian helmet, aegis and spear. The goddess on this triens lacks the Corinthian helmet that was used to depict Minerva in previous Aes Grave series of libral and semilibral weight standard (See Crawford 35 and 38 Aes Grave) and on the subsequent, prow-type, struck trientes (Crawford 41 and 56). Some authors are non-committal as to the goddess’ identity (Crawford, for one, in his catalogue; though elsewhere in his text he refers to “Juno”); others attribute the goddess as Juno who, as Jupiter’s consort, is typically rendered with a diadem crown and scepter; and others believe the goddess is Bellona, a war goddess who is typically rendered with helmet and weapon. Firm identification depends, in part, on proper understanding of the headgear. I think attempts to call the headgear a “helmet” or “partial helmet” are misguided efforts to explain the crest. In my opinion, the headgear is a crested diadem. The odd crest attached to the end of the diadem is possibly a misinterpreted element borrowed from portraits of Tanit on Punic coinage, which always show Tanit with a stylized wheat leaf in this location (Tanit’s depiction was likely borrowed by the Carthaginians from Syracusan tetradrachms). There is also some confusion as to what the goddess holds over her left shoulder. Condition issues and poor strikes on some examples often eliminate this aspect of the design. Fortunately, my example is quite clear and one can see the shadowy image on the left shoulder which extends in straight-line behind the left side of the goddess’ head ending in a visible, rounded point above her head. Crawford may have thought the lower part of this element represented the goddess’ far-side curls (“hair falls in tight rolls onto BOTH shoulders” emphasis added), but this interpretation does not explain the point above her head. The point is not likely to represent the opposite crest, as the crest on the visible side does not extend above head-top level. A more plausible theory, proposed by both Grueber and Sydenham, is that the goddess is holding a scepter over her left shoulder, which is consistent with Juno’s attributes. Other possibilities are that she bears a spear, which is an attribute of Minerva, or a sword, which is an attribute of Bellona.

The Series 39 types and their relationship to contemporaneous Second Punic War events are interesting to ponder. Hercules is an important figure, appearing on two of the 10 available sides of the series. Likely this is a paradigm of Roman heroism during the War. In the myth depicted on this Triens, Hercules kills a centaur for assaulting his wife – is this an allegorical reference to Hannibal’s assault on Italy (and the likely response from Rome)?

Despite its beauty, this type would never again be repeated on a Roman coin. However, related imagery can be found on quincunxes of Capua and quadrantes of Larinum, Apulia, immediately following the defection of those towns to Hannibal’s side of the Second Punic War.
3 commentsCarausius11/25/18 at 04:30Jay GT4: Outstanding
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Octavian, AR Denarius11 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Octavian and Lucius Cornelius Balbus, 41 BCE
AR Denarius (3.36 grams; 18mm).
Military mint in Italy.

Obverse: C•CAESAR • III • VIR R•P•C; Bare head of Octavian, facing right.

Reverse: Club; BALBVS above, PRO • PR below

References: Crawford 518/1; HCRI 298; Sydenham 1325a; BMCRR (Gaul) 83-5; Julia 91.

Provenance: Ex Andrew McCabe Collection [CNG Esale 432 (14 Nov 2018) Lot 276]; ex American Numismatic Society Collection 1001.1.12863 [CNG 96 (14 May 2014) Lot 732]; ex Archer M. Huntington (d. 1955) Collection.

This scarce type was produced by Octavian’s legate, Lucius Cornelius Balbus, as propraetor. Balbus was a native of Gades (Cadiz) in Spain where there was a temple to Hercules, to which the Club reverse alludes. Balbus was favored and honored by both Pompey and Caesar. Upon Caesar’s assassination, he allied with Octavian who appointed him praetor urbanus and ultimately, in 40 BCE, he received the consulship (the first foreign-born citizen to do so). He was extremely wealthy and bequeathed 25 denarii to every Roman citizen in his will!
1 commentsCarausius11/25/18 at 03:50Jay GT4: Great piece! Not one you see every day
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552 Hadrian Orichalcum Sestertius, Roma 118 AD Hadrian and Liberalitas 45 viewsReference.
RIC 552; Strack 516; Hunter II 324, BMCRE III 1137, Cohen II 914, SRCV II 3606 var. (band over shoulder, S - C at sides); Banti 488

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder, seen from front

Rev. PONT MAX TR POT COS II / S C LIBERALITAS AVG
Hadrian seated left on raised platform, before him sits an attendant distributing coins to a togate citizen climbing steps of platform, Liberalitas standing left on far side of attendant, holding coin counter, LIBERALITAS AVG / S C (senatus consulto) in exergue

25.81 gr
35 mm
6h

Note.
The generosity and munificent largesses of Hadrian, after having been recorded many times on various coins and in diverse ways, are on the reverse of a first brass medal of great rarity, glorified altogether by the above splendid title, "The Benefactor of the World," a superlative the more remarkable, inasmuch as, neither before nor afterward, is it found conferred on any other emperor. -- Dictionary| of Roman| Coins|
FORVM coin
5 commentsokidoki11/24/18 at 13:06Jay GT4: Outstanding
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Gothic-barbarian imitation, Aequitas34 viewsObv: Blundered legend, Head laur. r.
Rv: Blundered legend, Aequitas (?)

17mm, 2.37
Currently on sale in an auction, starting price at 30 €.
2 commentsklausklage11/24/18 at 12:26Jay GT4: Interesting style!
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Cappadocia, Caesarea, 020 Vespasian with Titus (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1650, AR-Didrachm, Laureate head of Titus right73 viewsCappadocia, Caesarea, 020 Vespasian with Titus (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1650, AR-Didrachm, Laureate head of Titus right,
avers: AYTOKPA KAICAP OYЄCΠACIANOC CЄBACTOC, Laureate head of Vespasian right.
reverse: AYTO KAI OYЄCΠACIANOC CЄBACTOY YIOC, Laureate head of Titus right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 19,0-20,0mm, weight: 6,73g, axis: 0h,
mint: Cappadocia, Caesarea, date: 69-79 A.D., ref: RPC II 1650, Sydenham 102.,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/24/18 at 01:44Jay GT4: Nice double portrait
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020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² 1416, Ephesus (Byzantium), AR-Denarius, CONCORDIA AVG, Ceres, #198 views020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² 1416, Ephesus (Byzantium), AR-Denarius, CONCORDIA AVG, Ceres, #1
avers: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR P P P, Laureate head right.
reverse: CONCORDIA AVG, Ceres, enthroned left, holding grain ears and a cornucopiae, BY (monogram) mintmark for Byzantium in the exergue.
exergue: -/-//BY(monogram, mintmark for Byzantium), diameter: 17,5-19,0mm, weight: 3,60 g, axis: 6h,
mint: Ephesus (Byzantium), date: A.D., ref: RIC² 1416, RPC II 824, Sear/RCV 2266var., RSC 66a,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/24/18 at 01:44Jay GT4: Great eastern denarius!
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RIC 0448 Domitianus36 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERMAN P M TR P VI, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva standing left, with spear
AR/Denarius (20.67 mm 3.213 g 7h) Struck in Rome 86 A.D. (3rd issue)
RIC 448 (R), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex Savoca 12th Blue Auction Lot 1201
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/23/18 at 14:56Jay GT4: Great find
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RIC 0574 Domitianus37 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VII, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva advancing right, with spear and shield
AR/Denarius (19.82 mm 3.037 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88 A.D. (1st issue)
RIC 574 (R2), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex Thesaurus Cassiopea Auction lot 168
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/23/18 at 14:55Jay GT4: Outstanding coin all around
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009. Vespasian, 69-79AD. AR Denarius.55 viewsVespasian 69-79. Rome mint, AR Denarius. Struck in 75A.D.
Obv. Laureate head right IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Rev. Pax seated left, holding branch PON MAX TRP COS VI

19.5mm, 2.84g. RSC 366, RIC 90.

A very craggy Vespasianic portrait. Pax appears to be bared to the waist, unusual.
1 commentsLordBest11/23/18 at 04:10Jay GT4: Great coin
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JULIUS CAESAR (C. CLOVIUS MONEYER)10 viewsJULIUS CAESAR (C. CLOVIUS MONEYER)
Bronze, Dupondius
Obverse: CAESAR · DIC ·TER: Head of Nike right and a star behind.
Reverse: C·CLOVI - PRAEF: Minerva advancing Left holding trophy over shoulder and shield decorated with Medusa, at her feet, snake left
Mint: Mediolanum Italy (?)
Minted: 45 BCE
Dia: 26mm
Wt: 13.03
Notes: Scarce.
Ex Numismatic Tintinna Auction Asta Elettronica 64, Lot 2076; 22 June 2017
Ref: Cr. 476/1b; Sydenham 1025; CRI 62; RPC 601
1 commentsjimbomar11/20/18 at 21:14Jay GT4: Iconic!
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MARCUS ANTONIUS AR Legio IIII Denarius19 viewsOBVERSE: ANT AVG III VIR R P C, Praetorian galley, thyrsos behind prow
REVERSE: LEG IIII, legionary eagle between two standards
Patrae 32-31 BC
3.3g, 17mm
RSC 29; Syd 1220, Cr544/16
2 commentsLegatus11/20/18 at 21:14Jay GT4: A great rarity! Congrats!
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782 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 134-38 AD Hadrian standing32 viewsReference.
RIC 782; C 1384;

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Bare head right

Rev. S-C
Hadrian, bare-headed, in military dress, standing right, resting left foot on crocodile, holding vertical spear in right hand and parazonium in left

29.33 gr
33 mm
6h
4 commentsokidoki11/20/18 at 21:13Jay GT4: Great portrait
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RIC 0065A Vespasianus34 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M TR P P P COS III, laureate head right
Rev: AETERNITAS P R / S C (in exergue), Victory advancin right with palm, offering Palladiun to Vespasian, standing left with spear.
AE/Sestertius (35,27 mm 25,59 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D. (1st issue)
Unpublished; same reverse die as RIC 32.
ex Artemide Auction L Lot 369
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/20/18 at 19:05Jay GT4: Congrats, an amazing coin
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Vespasian-RIC-120279 viewsÆ As, 10.37g
Lyon mint, 72 AD
RIC 1202 (C2). BMC 822.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS IIII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: S C in field; Eagle stg. front on globe, wings outstretched, head r.
Acquired from Felicitas Perpetua, October 2018.

This iconic eagle on globe type copies a similar reverse struck under Tiberius for Divus Augustus. The connection to Augustus demonstrates Vespasian's worthiness as his successor. The type is fairly rare at Rome and more commonly found from the mint at Lugdunum (Lyon). It is almost exclusively reserved for the As issues at both mints.

A wonderful early portrait from Lyon, highlighted by a beautiful dark brown patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/20/18 at 11:48Jay GT4: Beautiful chocolate patina
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RPC II 1665 Domitianus95 viewsObv: AYT KAI ΔOMITIANOC CЄBACTOC ΓЄPM, laureate head of Domitian right
Rev: ΔOMITIA CEBACTH, Draped bust of Domitia right
AR/Didrachm (22.27 mm 6.380 gr 6h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Cappadocia in 93-94 A.D.
RPC II 1665, Metcalf 27.
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 71 Lot 370
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/20/18 at 04:09Jay GT4: Oh man! Great coin!
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EB0059 Bee / Stag13 viewsEphesos, IONIA, drachm, ca.405-325 BC.
Obverse: Bee, E-Φ to left and right.
Reverse: Stag standing right, palm tree in background, ΠγPPAΛIΩN to right.
References: SNG Cop 283ff. Note: There are almost 1,000 known varieties of the bronze and silver bee/stag coin types with unpublished types appearing every year.
Diameter: 18mm, Weight: 4.062g.
2 commentsEB11/17/18 at 15:20Jay GT4: Excellent Bee
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EB0061 Artemis / Bull21 viewsIonian Islands, Island of Ikaros, Oenoe AR Drachm. 3rd century BC.
Obverse: Head of Artemis ¾ right.
Reverse: IONAI below bull butting right.
References: Sear 4620.
Diameter: 16mm, Weight: 3.465g.
2 commentsEB11/17/18 at 15:20Jay GT4: Powerful depiction of the bull
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Dog symbol - Denarius, Crawford 122/211 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 206-195 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; “X” behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; Below, Dog symbol; in linear frame, “ROMA”.
Mint: Rome
Weight: 3.93 gm.
Reference: Crawford 122/2
Provenance: VAuctions sale 287, 13-SEP-2012, Lot 164; Ex. Goodman Collection, CNG 43, 24-SEP-1997, Lot 1405.

Comments:
Dog symbol. Scarce issue, Flan crack 10:00 obverse, 2:00 reverse, otherwise, complete and GVF.
1 commentsSteve B511/17/18 at 02:37Jay GT4: Amazing coin. Congrats!
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Terina, Bruttium 33 viewscirca 300 BC
AR Drachm (16mm, 2.21g)
O: Head of nymph Terina left; triskeles behind, TEPINAIΩN left.
R: Winged Nike seated left on cippus, holding bird in extended right hand; star to left.
Holloway & Jenkins 111; HN Italy 2642
ex Bertolami Fine Arts

2 commentsEnodia11/14/18 at 22:16Jay GT4: Great acquisition! Love this type
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002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), Spain, Bilbilis, RPC 0392, AE-27, MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath,105 views002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), Spain, Bilbilis, RPC 0392, AE-27, MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath,
avers: AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, Laureate head right.
reverse: MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 27,0-27,5 mm, weight: 12,19g, axis:6h,
mint: Spain, Bilbilis, date: 2 B.C., ref: RPC 0392,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans11/14/18 at 22:15Jay GT4: Nice patina and color
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EB0041 Athena / Owl18 viewsATTICA, Athens. AR Tetradrachm, ca 153-133 BC.
Obverse: Head of Athena right, wearing single-pendant earring and triple crested Attic helmet decorated with Pegasos and floral pattern.
Reverse: A-ΘE HΛI-EΠI OΔR-ΓENH ΣΩΣAN ΔPOΣ in five lines across fields, Owl standing right, head facing, on amphora, eagle on thunderbolt in left field, Λ on amphora.
References: -.
Diameter: 29mm, Weight: 16.535g.
1 commentsEB11/13/18 at 22:44Jay GT4: Great
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Vespasian RIC-89770 viewsÆ As, 9.85g
Rome mint, 76 AD
RIC 897 (R). BMC p. 169 note.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS VII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Ex eBay, 30 October 2018.

This As is part of a small bronze issue struck during the middle part of the Vespasian's reign and features the perennial favourite reverse of Victory on prow, a type more commonly found on the As issues at Rome. Unlike the VICTORIA NAVALIS type which likely celebrated a minor naval victory from the Jewish War, this Victory can be viewed in more generic terms. A similar type was also struck in silver on the denarii the previous year.

Strong middle-period portrait with pleasing dark chocolate patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/13/18 at 11:23Jay GT4: Nice depiction of Victory
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Marcus Aurelius (161 - 180 A.D.)33 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: Μ ΑVΡΗ ΑΝΤωΝΙΝΟС С Laurete head left wearing cuirass and paludamentum.
R: Tyche seated left, wearing kalathos, resting hand on rudder, holding cornucopia; in left field, Year Ɛ = 5 (164/5 A.D.)
21mm
12.98g
Emmett 2085.5 Bust type var of Dattari 3394-3395 and 3542-3544

Rare

Published on Wildwinds!
4 commentsMat11/12/18 at 22:51Jay GT4: I like it...nice piece
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EB1031 Bull / Incuse Bull19 viewsGreek, Italy, Sybaris Nomos 550-510 BC.
Obverse: VM in exergue, bull standing left on dotted exergual line, head reverted.
Reverse: Incuse bull standing right on dotted exergual line, head reverted.
References: SNG Cop 1388; SNG ANS 828ff; Gorini pg. 10, 5-6.
Diameter: 28.5mm, Weight: 8.03g.
Ex: Miguel Munoz Collection.
2 commentsEB11/12/18 at 21:32Jay GT4: Love these. Great archaic Italian coin
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LYCAONIA. Iconium. Pseudo-autonomous. Time of Claudius to Hadrian 41-138 AD, Female seated20 viewsReference.
Aulock, Lykaonien 252; RPC II, 1608B

Obv.
Facing gorgoneion, dotted border

Rev. KΛΑΥΔ EIKONI.
Female deity seated left, wearing polos and holding eagle (?).

2.60 gr
17 mm
12h
3 commentsokidoki11/12/18 at 21:31Jay GT4: Very interesting
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EB1025 Galba / Pax11 viewsGalba 68-69 AD, AE dupondius.
Obverse: IMP SER GALBA CAES AVG TRP, laureate head right.
Reverse: PA--X AV--GVST S--C, Pax standing left, holding branch and cornucopia.
References: RIC I 370; BMCRE 124; Cohen 155.
Diameter: 29mm, Weight: 14.13g.
Ex: Superior Stamp & Coin.
1 commentsEB11/11/18 at 23:41Jay GT4: Great coin, love the patina
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Brockage Hadrian Denarius 119-25 AD 20 viewsObv. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate head right, slight drapery on left shoulder

Rev.
Incuse of obverse

2.83 gr
17 mm
2 commentsokidoki11/11/18 at 20:07Jay GT4: I have to get a brockage so cool
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