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Titus RIC-13722 viewsÆ Sestertius, 23.56g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: ANNONA AVG; Annona stg. l., with statuette of Aequitas and cornucopiae; to l., modius with corn ears; to r., stern of ship
RIC 137 (C2). BMC 153. BNC 152.
Acquired from Dr. Busso Peus Nachf., September 2019.

Ensuring that the urban plebs were well fed was an important responsibility of the emperor. The reliability of the imperial grain supply from Africa was crucial. This sestertius struck in 80-81 by Titus advertises his commitment, through the auspices of Annona, to fairly provide enough bread for the dole. Annona holding a figure of Aequitas, while standing next to a modius full of corn, and with a docked grain ship in the background was explicitly powerful propaganda. Every pleb had little doubt who to thank for their daily bread. This fairly common sestertius was struck during Titus' great issue of bronze in 80-81. Oddly, the reverse lacks the Senatus Consulto decree seen on most of his imperial bronze.

A fabulous portrait in fine style.
3 commentsDavid Atherton10/03/19 at 14:59ickster: I agree with Jay - nice portrait. I like these hea...
MITHRIDATES VI of PONTUS AE19. EF-/VF+. Amisos mint.16 viewsObverse:Aegis with gorgoneion
Reverse:Nike advancing right, holding wreath and palm branch. Monogram and mint legend AMIΣΟΥ in field.

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

SNG BM 1177-1191. Amisos mint, circa 105-85 b.C. 8,35 g - 19 mm
1 commentsMark R107/29/19 at 18:24ickster: Nice example. These are usually pretty worn with d...
ROMAN REPUBLIC, Didrachm - Quadrigatus (Crawford 30/1)57 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous, 225-214 BCE.
AR Didrachm/Quadrigatus (6.29 g; 21mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Janiform head with irregular neck truncaction.

Reverse: Jupiter and Victory in fast quadriga, galloping right; ROMA incuse on trapezoidal tablet below.

Reference: Crawford 30/1; Sydenham 64b; BMCRR 95; Gentilehomme I.E.3-4.

Provenance: From an American collection; privately purchased from Tom McKenna in 1980's.

The last few series of Roman silver didrachm coinage, produced from 225-214 BCE, are nicknamed "quadrigati" because of the common reverse type of Jupiter and Victory in a fast quadriga. Crawford's arrangement of quadrigati into distinct series requires a great amount of study to understand. Collectors and dealers alike often misattribute quadrigati among Crawford's series.

The Crawford 30 series of quadrigati, to which this example belongs, have a distinct obverse style, notably a thick, single sideburn between the janiform heads with various neck truncation styles ranging from straight – wavy – convex. On the reverse, Victory stands further back, on the backboard of the chariot with more of her garment visible. ROMA legend is always incuse on this series, though tablets range from square to trapezoidal.
5 commentsCarausius06/21/18 at 02:49ickster: Fantastic! The toning compliments the coin well.
03b Domitian as Caesar RIC 922100 viewsAR Denarius, 3.31g
Rome mint, 76-77 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: CAES AVG F DOMITIANVS; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS IIII; Pegasus, standing r.
RIC 922 (R2). BMC -. RSC -. BNC -.
Acquired from Marc Walter, May 2018. Ex Künker eLive Auction 37, 20 October 2015, lot 152.

A rare obverse legend variant of the Pegasus type struck for Domitian Caesar under Vespasian. Here we have 'CAES' instead of the much more common 'CAESAR'. No reverse die links between the two different obverses have been found, perhaps suggesting the 'CAES' issue came slightly later. Out of 240 Domitian Pegasus denarii on acsearch, only 6 have the 'CAES' obverse. The reverse copies a denarius struck for Augustus (RIC 297). Mattingly speculates it refers to Domitian's poetic aspirations.

Curtis Clay's comments concerning this variant - 'I had forgotten about this variety, but find that I had written into my BMC 193: Var. CAES for CAESAR, CNG Website 6247, May 2001 (2.78g). RIC new ed. 922 calls it R2 and cites examples in Glasgow (ill. pl. 10) and Oxford.'

Struck in the very finest of styles.
7 commentsDavid Atherton06/21/18 at 02:41ickster: I love everything about it, especially the toning ...
Vespasian-RIC-1425A93 viewsAR Denarius, 2.54g
Ephesus mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE; Victory adv. l., with wreath and palm; at lower l., BY
RIC 1425A. BMC -. RSC -. RPC -. BNC -.
Ex Savoca Coins, eBay, October 2017.

An unpublished Victory adv. left for Vespasian's Ephesian Group 5 denarii. A unique specimen with Victory adv. right is cited in RIC II.1 (RIC 1425) for the group. A second Victory left specimen, a double die match with mine, has been noted in Doug Smith's collection. With the appearance of these two coins both Victory types can now be attested for Group 5. Tentatively the type will be considered a variant of RIC 1425 until it is officially assigned a place in the upcoming Addenda. It should be noted that COS III denarii are seen much more commonly with the EPHE mintmark where both Victory types are already attested. Generally speaking, denarii dated COS III with the BY mintmark are so rare that Mattingly in BMCRE II doubted many of the standard Ephesian types existed for the group. However, he did note a COS III Victory left with an unclear mintmark, citing Cohen 279 (BMC II p. 94, note).

**Update** Ian Carradice has been informed of the type and has added it to the upcoming Addenda (31/10/2018).

Struck in fine Ephesian style.

4 commentsDavid Atherton11/02/17 at 02:50ickster: You have to be pleased with this. Congrats!
170 - Constantius II - AE2 - RIC VIII Antioch 127 48 viewsAE2
Obv:– D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust left, holding globe
Rev:– FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Emperor bare headed & in military dress standing, holding standard with cross on banner in his right hand, resting left hand on shield, two bound captives in Phrygian helmets kneeling, facing each other before him
Minted in Antioch (* | _ /ANE). A.D. 348 to A.D. 350
Reference:- RIC VIII Antioch 127 (S)

Ex Kunker 288, ex. Collection Dr. Rainer Pudill
3 commentsmaridvnvm10/30/17 at 20:06ickster: One of the best reverse figures I've seen. Nic...
5890 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 133-34 AD Dioscuri standing facing33 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5890; Emmett 950; Dattari (Savio) 1684.

Issue L IH = year 18

Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from rear

Rev. L ΙΗ
Dioscuri (clothed) standing facing, each holding parazonium and spear

23.54 gr
35 mm
2 commentsokidoki10/30/17 at 20:05ickster: That must be great in hand!
EB0369 Augustus / XXXIIII29 viewsAugustus, AE AS Struck 11-12 AD.
References: RIC 471; sear5 1689; Cohen 226.
Diameter: 27.5mm, Weight: 11.192 grams.
Note: Sold.
2 commentsEB10/30/17 at 20:04ickster: That's a keeper
EB0362 Mark Antony & Octavian24 viewsMark Antony & Octavian, AR Denarius, 32-31 BC
Obv: M ANTON IMP III VIR R P C AVG, bare head of Antony right. Unknown letter (banker's mark) under chin.
Rev: CAESAR IMP PONT III VIR R P C, bare head of Octavian right.
References: Syd. 1181,1194; sear5 1506.
Diameter: 19mm, Weight: 3.469 grams.
Note: Sold.
1 commentsEB10/29/17 at 15:23ickster: Nice examlpe! Love the toning around Marcus.
EB0363 Mark Antony, AR Legionary Denarius31 viewsMark Antony, AR Legionary Denarius, 32-31 BC
Obv: Praetorian galley, ANT AVG III VIR R P C. Two Γ's (banker's marks) left of center.
Rev: legionary eagle between two standards, LEG VIII.
References: Syd. 1225.
Diameter: 17.5 mm, Weight: 3.637 grams.
Note: Sold.
2 commentsEB10/29/17 at 14:21ickster: Nice example! Love the obverse.
Byzantine, JOHN II, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1945 DOC 12 CLBC 3.4.1 239 views
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

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

Size 21mm


6 commentsSimon10/29/17 at 00:22ickster: Nicely centred! Congrats.
BYZANTINE, ALEXIUS I, AE TETARTERON S-1929 DOC 38 CLBC 2.4.5205 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

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

Size 19.11mm

Weight 2.6gm

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

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

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

1 commentsSimon10/29/17 at 00:21ickster: I love earthen/sand highlighting. Nice coin.
161 - Constantine the Great (posthumous) - AE4 - RIC VIII 3237 viewsAE4
Obv: DV CONSTANTINVS PT AVGG, veiled bust right
Rev: VN | MR, Emperor veiled standing right
Minted in Alexandria (//SMALD) 337 - April 340 A.D
Reference:– RIC VIII Alexandria 32
3 commentsmaridvnvm10/28/17 at 02:39ickster: Love this coin! Great earthen highlights.
Roman Republic, P. Licinius Crassus AR Denarius54 viewsFor Marcus Licinius Crassus, who formed First Triumvirate with Caesar and Pompey in 60 BC, killed at Carrhae in Parthia in 53 BC.

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

Seaby, Licinia 18
2 commentsBlindado10/23/17 at 03:32ickster: Very nice with lovely toning.
Roman Empire, Lucilla, Sestertius48 viewsSestertius

Venus standing facing left holding apple, drawing out robe, VENUS

RIC 1767
1 commentsBlindado10/22/17 at 23:36ickster: I like this coin. Must be nice in hand.
Philip II. 359-336 B.C. AE unit34 viewsUncertain Macedonian mint, 306-297 B.C.
Head of Apollo right, waering tainia
ΦIΛIΠΠOY, youth on horseback right, monogram below.
1 commentsancientone10/22/17 at 21:51ickster: Lovely patina! Must be nice in hand
RIC 0598 Domitianus39 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, Laureate head left (legemd is anticlockwise)
Rev: COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC, Herald advancing left, with wand and shield
AR/Denarius (19.32 mm 3.103 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88 A.D.
RIC 598 (R2), BMCRE 133, RSC 77a, BNF unlisted
Purchased from Numismeo
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/18/17 at 02:37ickster: I don't see this one often.
Septimius Severus, Denarius, VOTIS DECENNALIBVS18 viewsAR Denarius
Septimius Severus
Augustus: 193 - 211AD
Issued: 202AD
20.54mm 3.59gr
O: L SEPT SEV AVG IMP XI PART MAX; Laureate head, right.
R: VOTIS DECENNALIBVS; Septimius Severus, veiled and togate, standing left, sacrificing over tripod altar, holding patera in right hand.
Laodicea ad Mare Mint
RIC 519; RSC 796; Sear 6395; BMC 680.
Aorta: 525: B3, O45, R384, T183, M3.
Ancient Imports/Marc Breitsprecher Inv. #39751
Freeman and Sear Mail Bid Sale #2, Lot 542, January, 1996.
Ex. Jeff Clark VOTA Collection
10/8/17 10/16/17
1 commentsNicholas Z10/18/17 at 02:36ickster: Nice addition!
RIC 0402 Domitianus118 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS PER P P, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: S-C in exergue; Domitian standing right clasping hands over altar with officer standing left; behind officer, one soldier with standard, and one soldier at right with spear and shield.
AE/Sestertius (37,08 mm 28,10 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (3rd issue)
RIC 402 (R2), BMCRE - BNF unpublished
ex Roma Numismatics Auction XIV lot 709
12 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/08/17 at 23:58ickster: Wow! That must be amazing in hand.
Thessaly Larissa AR Drachm circa 400-370 BC 18 mm 5.97g 4h35 viewsHead of the nymph Larissa facing slightly right.Rev horse grazing right.1 commentsGrant H10/06/17 at 01:06ickster: Nice! One of these types is on my list.
Phoenicia, Arados 211-210 B.C25 viewsAE 14.87mm (Thickness 2.70mm), weight 3.54g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees), denomination B.

Obverse: Turreted head of Tyche right, border of dots.

Reverse: Prow of galley left, stem rising forward in a curve, Phoenician letters taw (T) & ayin (‘), on either side of AP, Aradian era date 49 below.
2 commentsMartin Rowe10/06/17 at 01:05ickster: Lovely reverse and excellent patina! I bet that is...
Maxentius RIC 11346 viewsObv IMP C MAXENTIVS P F AVG, laureate head of Maxentius right
Rev: CONSERV VRB SVAE, tetrastyle temple with she-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus within pediment and Victories as acroteria; within, Roma seated left on round shield, holding scepter, presenting globe to emperor standing right, foot resting on bound captive seated right, and holding scepter, AQr in ex
Mint: Aquileia 306-312 AD
Size:24 mm, 6.94 g, 6 h
Ids: RIC 113
2 commentsickster10/02/17 at 17:04ickster: Thanks! There's a bit of a flat strike on the ...
Roman Imperial: Constantius II (337-361 CE) Æ 1/2 Centenionalis, Thessalonica (RIC 189)29 viewsObv: D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG; diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constantius II right
Rev: FEL TEMP REPARATIO; soldier advancing left, spearing fallen horseman; Γ in left field; SMTS in exergue
2 commentsQuant.Geek09/30/17 at 15:41ickster: Looks uncirculated. Nice
Phoenicia, Arados 190-189 B.C33 viewsAE 15.01mm (Thickness 2.96mm), weight 2.77g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees), denomination C.

Obverse: Turreted head of Tyche right, border of dots.

Reverse: Prow of galley left, stem rising forward in a curve, Phoenician letters mem (M) and yodh (Y), Aradian era date 70 below.
3 commentsMartin Rowe09/30/17 at 15:40ickster: Love that prow!
Phoenicia, Arados 132-131 B.C33 viewsAE 20.13mm (Thickness 3.47mm), weight 7.02g, die axis = 1h (30 degrees), denomination B.

Obverse: Turreted head of Tyche right, S shaped ponytail, palm frond behind.

Reverse: Poseidon seated left on prow of galley holding wreath in right hand and trident in left, Athena figurehead (Ἀθηνᾶ Πρόμαχος), Phoenician letters nun (N) and aleph (´) above, Aradian era date 128 with gimel (G) below.
4 commentsMartin Rowe09/30/17 at 15:39ickster: My favourite patina. Lovely coin.
The New Style Silver Tetradrachm Owls of Athens c164-53 BC31 views23 Thompson old catalogue
13 Thompson middle catalogue
8 Thompson late catalogue of which 3 are post-Sullan
3 Imitations of which 1 "old catalogue" 1, "late catalogue" & 1 "post Sullan"
1 pseudo-Athenian New Style Thompson type ii Sullan "Lucullean" issue
1 commentscicerokid09/30/17 at 15:39ickster: You have your own hoard! Neat presentation.
170 Commodus 50 viewsCommodus Denarius. L AEL AVREL COMM AVG P FEL, head right wearing lionskin headdress / HER-CVL RO-MAN AV-GV either side of club of Hercules, all in wreath.
RSC 190. RIC 251 Sear 5644
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/28/17 at 15:06ickster: Nice find. this one is on my list to acquire at so...
Caracalla AE 27 - Irenopolis-Neronias27 viewsIrenopolis-Neronias
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Tyche standing right, presenting wreath to emperor standing left, holding spear
27 mm, 15.59 gr, 5 h
Karbach 94; SNG Pfalz 6, 638-9
Thanks to Marguerite Spoerri for attribution
2 commentsVladimir P09/27/17 at 20:03ickster: Lovely patina and excellent earthen highlights.
Augustus portrait denarius41 viewsAugustus. 27 BC-AD 14. AR Denarius (21mm, 3.67 g, 6h). Uncertain Spanish mint (Colonia Caesaraugusta?). Struck circa 19-18 BC. Bare head left / Oak wreath with the two ties drawn up across center. RIC I 40b; RSC 211. Near EF, banker’s mark on obverse, fine style.4 commentsTiberiusClaudius09/27/17 at 20:01ickster: Lovely all around
Roman Republic: Anonymous (ca. 215-212 BCE) Æ Sextans, Rome (Crawford 41/9; Sydenham 107; RBW 133-4)19 viewsObv: Head of Mercury right, wearing winged petasus; •• above
Rev: Prow of galley right; ROMA above, •• below
1 commentsQuant.Geek09/27/17 at 19:59ickster: Lovely coin!
Caligula portrait as29 viewsDescription: Caligula (AD 37-41). Bronze as (29mm, 10.02 gm). Rome mint, AD 37-38. Obverse: C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT, bare head left. Reverse: VESTA S C., Vesta seated left, veiled, holding patera and scepter. RIC 38. C. 27. BMC 46. Dark green patina.

2 commentsTiberiusClaudius09/27/17 at 19:58ickster: Super detail! that must be very nice in hand.
Roman, Hadrian, sestertius77 viewsHadrian, 117-138 Sestertius circa 134-138, Æ 32mm., 26.08g. HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP Laureate and draped bust r. Rev. FELICITAS AVG Hadrian, togate, standing r with scroll, clasping r. hand with Felicitas standing l., holding caduceus. C 636. RIC 754. Nice untouched green patina and about extremely fine. Ex Glendining , April 1952, 2511. From the Ryan collection.2 commentsTiberiusClaudius09/27/17 at 19:57ickster: Wonderful portrait!
Phoenicia, Arados 242-166 B.C20 viewsAE 16.38mm (Thickness 2.01mm), weight 3.29g, die axis = 9h (270 degrees), denomination C.

Obverse: Turreted head of Tyche right, border of dots (Beveled flan).

Reverse: Prow of galley left with (Ἀθηνᾶ Πρόμαχος) Athena figurehead fighting left with shield and spear, AP monogram above, border of dots (of the flan). Aradian era date 18-93.
1 commentsMartin Rowe09/25/17 at 17:54ickster: Lovely reverse.
BUST TYPE: A2 (BASTIEN) = Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from back
WEIGHT 3.63g / AXIS: 6h / WIDTH 21-21,5mm
RIC 698
ALFOLDI 037.001 (3 ex.)
Note: Scarce and desirable reverse type for Siscia!
Ex S. Luethi collection
2 commentsBarnaba609/24/17 at 16:47ickster: Nice coin. Nicely centred!
Roman, Postumus, herculean bust102 viewsA nice example of the famous herculean bust3 commentsSTEPHANE R09/08/17 at 04:29ickster: I agree, that's a wonderful bust.
Roman, Victorinus, cuirassed bust left102 viewsFlawless and superb portrait of Victorinus3 commentsSTEPHANE R09/07/17 at 02:32ickster: Wonderful portrait.
Roman Empire, Postumus, previously unrecorded cuirassed bust89 viewsAn unique and previously unrecorded type for an antoninianus of Postumus.
The cuirassed bust devoid of any drapery is what makes this coin so unique.
Struck in january 268 for the Emperor's fourth consulate.
Wonderful portrait, of the finest style of the period.
1 commentsSTEPHANE R09/07/17 at 02:30ickster: Nice coin! Congrats.
Domitian RIC-597117 viewsAR Denarius, 2.60g
Rome mint, 88 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC; Herald adv. l., with wand and shield
RIC 597 (R2). BMC 133 var. RSC - (cf. 77a). BNC -.
Acquired from Michael Trenerry, August 2017.

An extremely rare example of the Secular Games herald denarius with portrait head left. Probably the fifth recorded specimen. Obverse die match with the RIC plate coin.

Somewhat worn, but nicely centred and in fine style.
6 commentsDavid Atherton09/05/17 at 04:02ickster: This is a very nice find. Thanks for sharing. Cong...
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 862, Serdica, Bust-H (H2), -/-//KAΔ, SOLI INVICTO, Sol in spread quadriga, #1151 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 862, Serdica, Bust-H (H2), -/-//KAΔ, SOLI INVICTO, Sol in spread quadriga, #1
avers:- IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, Bust Type (H-H2), Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding sceptre surmounted by eagle.
revers:- S OL I INVIC T O, Sol faceing left in spred quadriga, rising right hand and holding whip in left hand.
exergo: -/-//KAΔ, no exergual line, diameter: 22,5-23,0mm, weight: 4,25g, axis: 0h,
mint: Serdica, date: 277 A.D. by Pink or 280-81 A.D. by Gysen, ref: RIC V-II 862, p-112, 4th emission,
5 commentsquadrans09/04/17 at 01:41ickster: Wonderful coin, especially the reverse!
Pontos, Amisos: Time of Mithradates VI Eupator (ca. 100-85 BCE) AE Unit (RG 15; HGC 7, 237)28 viewsObv: Laureate head of Zeus right
Rev: AMIΣOY; Eagle, head right, with wings spread, standing left on thunderbolt; monogram to left
1 commentsQuant.Geek09/04/17 at 00:39ickster: Lovely patina.
Kings of Thrace: Lysimachos (305-281 BCE) AE Unit, Uncertain Mint in Thrace (SNG Copenhagen 1153; Müller 76)44 viewsObv: Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Attic helmet
Rev: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY; Lion leaping right; below, kerykeion, monogram and spearhead
3 commentsQuant.Geek09/04/17 at 00:38ickster: Stunning!
MARCUS ANTONIUS AR Legionary Denarius 28 viewsOBVERSE: ANT AVG III VIR R P C, Praetorian galley, thyrsos behind prow
REVERSE: CHORTIS SPECVLATORVM, three legionary standards
Patrae 32-31 BC
Cr544/12; Syd 1214
ex. Marti Classical Numismatics
3 commentsLegatus08/30/17 at 17:46ickster: Very nice find! Many are the hunt for an example s...
RIC 0591 Domitian denarius 86 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VII
Laureate head right

Minerva advancing right with spear and shield

January 1- September 13, 88 AD



RIC 591 (R2)

8 commentsJay GT408/29/17 at 17:00ickster: Nice portrait. It's always nice to find your c...
Julia Domna, Denarius, PVDICITIA19 viewsAR Denarius
Julia Domna
Born circa 170AD - Died 217AD
Augusta: 193 - 217AD
Issued: 196 - 202AD
18.0mm 3.90gr
O: IVLIA AVGVSTA; Draped bust, right.
R: PVDICITIA; Pudicitia veiled, seated left, right hand on breast, left at side of chair.
Laodicea ad Mare Mint
RIC IV Laodicea 644; Sear 6602; RSC 168.
Aorta: 127: B6, O2, R84, T102, M3.
Victor Clark/Victor's Imperial Coins
8/23/17 8/28/17
1 commentsNicholas Z08/29/17 at 03:53ickster: Nice example!
114 Numerianus (283-284 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 423F, Rome, -/-//KAs, VNDIQVE VICTORES, Numerian standing left, #1116 views114 Numerianus (283-284 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 423F, Rome, -/-//KAs, VNDIQVE VICTORES, Numerian standing left, #1
avers: IMP NVMERIANVS AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right, seen from front, folds of cloak on both shoulders. (F)
revers: VNDIQVE VICTORES, Numerian standing left, holding globe and scepter, seated captive on either side.
exerg: -/-//KAs, diameter: 22,4-24,4mm, weight: 4,53g, axes: 1h,
mint: Rome, 3rd officinae, date: 283A.D., ref: RIC V-II 423F, p-196,
1 commentsquadrans08/21/17 at 17:45ickster: Nice addition. It's hard to find one so nicely...
Decimus Caelius Calvinus Balbinus56 viewsBalbinus AR Antoninianus. 4.86g, 22mm Rome, AD 238.
O: IMP CAES D CAEL BALBINVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right
R: FIDES MVTVA AVGG, (Mutual Fidelity of the Augusti) clasped right hands.
- RIC 11; RSC 6.
3 commentsNemonater08/21/17 at 17:10ickster: In all regards excellent! Congrats
115 Carinus (282-283 A.D. Caesar 283-285 A.D. Augustus), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 261F, Rome, -/-//KAΓ, LAETITIA FVND, Laetitia standing left,118 views115 Carinus (282-283 A.D. Caesar 283-285 A.D. Augustus), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 261F, Rome, -/-//KAΓ, LAETITIA FVND, Laetitia standing left,
avers:- IMP CARINVS P F AVG , Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
revers:- LAETITIA FVND, Laetitia standing left holding rudder.
exerg: -/-//KAΓ, diameter: 21,5-24,0mm, weight:4,27g, axes: 0h,
mint: Rome, 5th emission, date: 284 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 261F, p-,
2 commentsquadrans08/21/17 at 16:43ickster: Wowser! Mint condition.
KINGS of MACEDON. Philip II. 359-336 BC. AR Tetradrachm36 views23mm, 14.36 g, 7h
Amphipolis mint. Struck circa 355-349/8 BC. Head of Zeus right, wearing laurel wreath / Philip on horseback left; bow below raised foreleg; below belly, forepart of Pegasos left. Le Rider 122 var. (D61/R– [unlisted rev. die]); SNG ANS 477–8. VF, toned, minor double strike on reverse, small area of granularity.
2 commentsLeo08/21/17 at 03:14ickster: Wow! That must be fantastic in hand.
CONSTANTINE I -- VOT XX67 viewsAE 19 mm 3.42 g
RIC 60
2 commentslaney08/21/17 at 01:23ickster: Fantastic patina.
169 - Constans - AE2 - RIC VIII Lugdunum 8736 viewsAE2
Obv:- D N CONSTA-NS P F AVG, Rosette-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, globe in right hand
Rev:- FEL TEMP REPAR-ATIO, Helmeted soldier, spear in left hand, advancing right, head left; with his right hand he leads a small bare-headed figure from a hut beneath a tree. The spear points up and to the right
Minted in Lugdunum, (// *PLG), A.D. 348-350
Reference:– RIC VIII Lugdunum 87 (R)
1 commentsmaridvnvm08/20/17 at 04:57ickster: Fantastic!
EB0466 Lucillia35 viewsLucillia (wife of Lucius Verus), AE Sestertius
Obverse: Draped bust R. LVCILLAE AVG ANTONINI
Reverse: Pietas stdg. L before altar PIETAS SC
Diameter: 30.5mm, Weight: 26.2 grams
3 commentsEB08/19/17 at 23:59ickster: Lovely!
Akarnania Leucas AR Stater circa 490-480 BC 8.51g37 viewsPegasos flying left.Head of Athena right.
This is the earliest provenance for a coin of Leukas,and the coin itself belongs to the rare series which represents the earliest issues of the mint.Archaic Greek Silver coinage The Asyut Hoard 238 this coin.
1 commentsGrant H08/19/17 at 22:03ickster: Nice Pegasus!
120a Maximianus Herculeus (285-286 Caesar, 286-305, 307-308 & 310 A.D. Augustus), Alexandria, RIC VI 046b, AE-Ant., B//ALE, CONCORDIA MILITVVM, Emperor and Jupiter,89 views120a Maximianus Herculeus (285-286 Caesar, 286-305, 307-308 & 310 A.D. Augustus), Alexandria, RIC VI 046b, AE-Ant., B//ALE, CONCORDIA MILITVVM, Emperor, and Jupiter,
avers: IMP C M A MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: CONCORDIA MI LITVM, Prince standing right on left, receiving Victory on globe from Jupiter to right, holding scepter.
exergue: B//ALE, diameter: 21,5-22mm, weight: 3,20g, axes: 6h,
mint: Alexandria, date: , ref: RIC VI 046b, ,
1 commentsquadrans08/19/17 at 01:16ickster: Great patina!
170 - Constantius II - AE2 - RIC VIII Trier 22238 viewsAE2
Obv:– D N CONSTANS P F AVG, Rosette-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, globe in right hand
Rev:– FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Helmeted soldier, spear in left hand, advancing right, head left; with his right hand he leads a small bare-headed figure from a hut beneath a tree. The spear points up and to the right.
Minted in Trier (//TRS).
Reference:- RIC VIII Trier 222 (R)
2 commentsmaridvnvm08/19/17 at 00:59ickster: Nice. A "hut coin" is on my list to acquire.
170 - Constantius II - AE3 - RIC VIII Nicomedia 096/10426 viewsAE3
Obv:– D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, Pearl diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right
Rev:– FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Helmeted soldier to left, shield on left arm, spearing falling horseman; shield on ground at right. Horseman is bare headed and reaches back towards the emperor
Minted in Nicomedia (//SMNG).
Reference:- RIC VIII Nicomedia 96/104 (C)
1 commentsmaridvnvm08/19/17 at 00:58ickster: Lovely patina! I'm a sucker for earthen & sand...
RIC 78058 viewsRIC 780, Siscia. Bust type G, (E1). Denomination: antoninianus.

Radiate, helmeted, cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield.
Sol in spread quadriga, holding globe & whip.

Mintmark: // XXIV

Diameter: 22 mm.
Weight: 4.13 g.

2 commentsvrtsprb08/19/17 at 00:57ickster: Very nice!
Antiochus III 223-187 B.C.19 viewsSeleucid Kingdom, Antiochus III 223-187 B.C. Ae 17.6~18.7mm. 4.43g. Obv: Macedonian shield with gorgoneion in central boss. Rev: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOΥ, Elephant advancing right; monogram A under belly. SC 1089.3; HGC 9, 490.1 commentsddwau08/18/17 at 13:15ickster: I haven't seen one of these before. Nice addit...
Mark Antony & Lepidus Quinarius132 viewsM ANT IMP
lituus, jug and raven

Victory standing right, crowning trophy with a wreath

Military mint with Antony and Lepidus in Transalpine Gaul
43 BC

AR quinarius
1.82g, 17 mm

Syd 1160, Cr 489/4


Ex-Roma Numismatics

This quinarius provides clear evidence of the superiority enjoyed by Antony in his "partnership" with Lepidus. The previous issue named Lepidus who was the Governor of Narbonensis. On this issue he is completely ignored and his name is dropped from the reverse.
4 commentsJay GT408/18/17 at 01:48ickster: Pretty good condition for these types. Nice find!
Galba RIC 023655 viewsGALBA, A.D. 68-69. AR Denarius (3.38 gms), Rome Mint, ca. A.D. July 68-January 69.
Obv: "IMP SER GALBA CAESAR AVG PM" Laureate bust of Galba facing right;
Rev:: Virtus standing facing, holding parazonium upwards and leaning on vertical spear.
NGC Ch F, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5.
Provenance: From the Graywood Collection.

This denarius is quite rare. One aspect that makes it rare is the addition of "PM" in the obverse legend. Their are other examples similar coins without the "PM" that are somewhat more available than this one.

I was attracted to 2 aspects of this denarius. First was the portrait. Portraits of Galba vary widely across his denarii, but this one is quite unusual. It does not look like the portraits on most of his denarii. The other aspect that attracted me to this coin was the use of Virtus on the reverse. According to one expert, Virtus is female, so the figure on the reverse is the nude emperor Galba himself taking on the attributes of Virtus. Apparently, nude representations of the emperor are unusual on imperial coins.

5 commentsorfew08/16/17 at 18:25ickster: Nice portrait!
Greek, CALABRIA. Taras. Circa 365-355 BC. AR Nomos. Fischer-Bossert 564b (this coin)105 viewsYouthful nude jockey riding horse standing right; to right, bearded herm left; below horse, TH. Rev. TAΡ[AΣ] Phalantos, with wild flowing hair, riding dolphin left, holding oinochoe in right hand. Fischer-Bossert 564b (this coin). Vlasto 410 (same obverse die). Beautifully toned and of fine style. Minor areas of flatness, otherwise, good very fine.

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

This is a particularly charming depiction of the hero Phalanthos, with wild waving hair and an impish smile, indicating how much he is enjoying the dolphin ride.
3 commentsLeo08/14/17 at 01:22ickster: Great coin!
03 Constantius II48 viewsConstantius II
AE 3
D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, soldier spearing Horseman,hair in braids, bearded, clutching, ANS in ex RIC Antioch188
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)08/14/17 at 00:52ickster: Great reverse. The patina highlights it well,
Caabria Tarentum AR Stater circa 333-332 BC 21mm 7.82g 12 h67 viewsWarrior preparing to cast spear held in right hand,holding two spears and shield in left,on horse rearing right,eight rayed star on hind leg.Rev Taras holding kantharos in extended right hand,cradling trident in left arm,astride dolphin leftAP to left below small dolphin.
Vlasto 602,SNG ANS 995,HN Italy 937.
3 commentsGrant H08/14/17 at 00:51ickster: Very, very nice. The detail on the horse is amazin...
RIC 48046 viewsRIC 480, Ticinum. Bust type H, (H2). Denomination: Antoninianus.
This coin is part of the EQVITI series of Ticinum.

Bust of Probus left, radiate, wearing imperial mantle and holding eagle-tipped sceptre.

Concordia, draped, standing left, holding standard in each hand.

Mintmark: In left field E // PXXI


Weight: ?
2 commentsvrtsprb08/12/17 at 15:34ickster: Excellent detail on the obverse
RIC 79963 viewsRIC 799; Alföldi type 88, n° 4; Siscia. Bust type G, (E1). Denomination: Antoninianus.

Radiate, helmeted, cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield.
Pseudo-Corinthian helmet.
Pointed spear. Shield bordered with rivets and studded.
Lorica hamata.
Two Victories standing face to face, clasping hands before palm-tree.

Mintmark: // KAQ

Weight: ?
Die axis: ?
Diameter: ?
4 commentsvrtsprb08/12/17 at 15:33ickster: Very nice coin!
Aspendos, Pamphylia.156 viewsCirca 380/75-330/25 BC.
With the influence of the Olympics games , Silver Stater.
Obverse : Two wrestlers grappling; LΦ between, below.
Reverse : Slinger in throwing stance right; EΣTFEΔIIYΣ to left, counterclockwise triskeles of legs to right , Small eagle's head banker mark.
Mint : Aspendos (in our days , Antalya province of Turkey).
Ref ; Tekin Series 4; Arslan & Lightfoot 61–72 (same dies); Izmir 413 (same dies); SNG von Aulock 4565; SNG France 105 (same obv. die); SNG Copenhagen 227.
Extremely fine . 10.86 Gr . Max Dia 23 mm . Struck from fresh , artistic and well executed dies.

The Sam Mansourati Collection.
3 commentsSam08/12/17 at 15:30ickster: Wow. One of the nicest I've seen.
Byzantine Empire / Basil II. And Constantine VIII.61 viewsAnonymous AE of Christ 976 - 1025 AD , uncertain mint.
Obverse : + Emma NOVHL / IC - XC, Christ bust.

Reverse : + IhSVS / XRISTVS / BASILEV / BASILE, top & Below vegetal ornament.

Ch VF ,10.14 gr 28.5 mm

Sear 1813
4 commentsSam08/12/17 at 15:29ickster: Love the earthen highlights. Makes a great coin ev...
RIC 0640 Domitianus139 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XIIII CENS PER P P, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: S-C, in exergue; Domitian standing left, with thunderbolt and spear, crowned by Victory, standing left
AE/Sestertius (35.88 mm 27.28 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88-89 A.D.
RIC 640 (R), BMCRE 410, BNF unlisted
Purchased from Dr. Busso Peus on MA-Shops
14 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/07/17 at 21:28ickster: Very nice.
Octavian Caesar - AR denarius18 viewsItalian mint
summer 37 BC
sacrificial implements: simpulum (ladle), aspergillum (sprinker), ewer (jug), lituus (augural wand) COS·ITER·ET·TER·DESIG
Crawford 538/1, SRCV I 1544, RSC I 91, BMCRR Gaul 116
ex Rauch
1 commentsJohny SYSEL07/24/17 at 02:46ickster: Nice addition!
Roman Republic / C. POSTUMIUS Denarius.67 viewsObverse : Bust of Diana draped right, bow and quiver on shoulder.
Reverse : Hound running right, hunting spear below, C.POSTVMI
TA or AT in exergue
Moneyer : Caius Postumius. Struck 74 BC , Max Diameter 17mm , 4.03 Gr.
EF , well centered and struck and attractive dark toning.
References ; Syd 785.

The hound was a constant companion of Diana in her capacity as the huntress.

The Sam Mansourati Collection.
8 commentsSam07/24/17 at 02:44ickster: Very nice indeed!
Titus RIC-516147 viewsAR Cistophorus, 10.55g
Rome mint (for Asia), 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: Aquila between two standards, one surmounted by a banner, the other by a hand
RIC 516 (R). BMC 149. RSC 398. RPC 861 (4 spec.). BNC -.
Ex CNG E400, 28 June 2017, lot 609.

A small issue of Asian cistophori were struck under Titus in 80 or 81 AD. Style and the six o'clock die axis point to Rome as the likely mint. Two types were coined for Titus - Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus and Aquila between two standards. These are the only coins of Titus that are identifiable as being struck after the fire of 80 since one of the types commemorates the restoration of the Capitoline Temple. The issue continued into Domitian's reign with the same two reverse types. The fact that Titus' cistophori are much rarer than those of Domitian may indicate they were struck near the end of Titus' reign in 81 rather than 80. The aquila between two standards copies similar reverse types from Nero's denarii and the bronze of Galba. The portraits on Titus' cistophori are in the same style as his pulvinaria denarii.

Struck in fine Roman style. Golden toned with hints of a rainbow hue.
11 commentsDavid Atherton07/19/17 at 02:56ickster: Nice toning on a great example. Congrats!
RIC 0817 Vespasianus135 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M T P P P COS VI, Laureate head right
Rev: S C (in exergue), The temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus: Hexastyle temple within which, statue of Jupiter seated facing flanked by statues of Juno and Minerva standing facing; on either side of the temple, a statue. The pediment is decorated with statues of the Capitoline Triad and other figures; roof surmounted by quadriga on top, and eagles on either side.
AE/Sestertius (33.19 mm 24.39 gr 6h) Struck in Rome 75 A.D.
RIC 817 (R3, same obverse die), BMCRE-BNF unisted
ex N.A.C. Auction 100 part 2 lot 1810
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/03/17 at 01:08ickster: Wow! I bet that is even better in hand.
Roman Empire, Maximinus I Thrax Sestertius243 viewsObv. MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. SALVS AVGVSTI S C, Salus seated left on throne, feeding, with her right hand, snake rising right from altar to left.
Mint: Rome, 235-238 AD.

20mm 20.18g

RIC 85, BMC 175, Cohen 92

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

Salus was considered since the time of the Flavians as one of the most important ideals of the Roman Empire and embodied health and safety. Salus is here not only to express the personal health of the ruler, but also connected to the well-being of the people and a general sense of security.
Although Maximinus led successful campaigns against the Jazygen tribe and against the Dacians (title GERMANICVS), he was not particularly popular in the Senate, because he denied the Senate in Rome probably the usual voice and his rule largely based on the Rhine and Danube regions. Other reasons for the resistance in the Senate played the (historians controversial) origin of the Maximinus from Thrace and also from very simple conditions, which the nobiles did not think befitting.
In addition, his campaigns were so costly that he allegedly even had to take money from the poor and grain supply of Rome. Although he pushed forward not only military expenditure but also the development of the road network, the ruler's budgetary planning attempt to remedy the foreign policy problems of Rome through elaborate campaigns met with general misunderstanding, which was especially prevalent in the south and east of the empire, where only the increased tax pressured but the people did not notice the successes. Maximinus evidently did not understand how to efficiently promote his policy. For these reasons, it came after only three years in office to surveys against the Emperor, which ultimately led to his murder by his own troops.
7 commentskc05/31/17 at 01:07ickster: Exceptional obverse!
Roman Empire, Caracalla Bimetallic Sestertius216 viewsObv. M AVR ANTONINVS PIVS FELIX AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. P M TR P XVII IMP III COS IIII P P, emperor, accompanied by two officiers, standing r. on platform, haranguing soldiers behind, standards, in ex. S C.
Mint: Rome, 214 A.D.

32mm 32.71g

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

Before a battle, or on parade, the emperor would address his troops in an event known as an adlocutio cohortium (address to the cohorts). This was an important opportunity for the emperor to be present among his troops and inspire morale and esprit de corps among them. A sestertius of Gaius (Caligula), issued on behalf of a donative for the Praetorian Guard, was the first to employ the adlocutio as a reverse type. Similar subsequent issues were minted to emphasize the emperor's perceived, if not actual, role as military commander. The present specimen commemorates Caracalla's victory against the Germans and his preparations for a Persian war. Caracalla idolized Alexander the Great and, as other emperors before him, wished to recreate his successes in the east. Thus, in 214 AD, after having been proclaimed "Alexander" at Philippopolis in Thrace, he assembled his troops, who had been outfitted as Macedonians, and proceeded into Asia Minor. Caracalla's ambitions were, however, hampered by his own unfit physical and mental state; over the next three years the campaign degeneratged into near-chaos and ended with Caracalla's murder.
(written by CNG, 2003)
7 commentskc05/15/17 at 03:52ickster: Wow!
ROMAN EMPIRE, Domitian, denarius173 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head right

Dolphin coiled round anchor

Rome 81 A.D. (3rd group)


RIC 26 (R), RSC 63

Clickable for larger image
4 commentsJay GT404/17/17 at 14:57ickster: Nice catch!
Domitian RIC-444149 viewsAR Denarius, 2.92g
Rome mint, 86 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P; Minerva adv. r., with spear and shield (M1)
RIC 444 (R3). BMC -. RSC -. BNC -.
Ex Ancient Treasures (eBay), April 2017.

Second known M1 specimen from the third issue of 86. This rare dating combination could not have been struck for very long after Domitian became TR P VI in mid September due to the the issue's extreme rarity. In fact, the final 'I' in the obverse legend appears to have been engraved over the tip of the bust, indicating it is a reworked TR P V die. Not long after this coin was struck (perhaps just a few days) word reached the mint of Domitian's thirteenth imperial acclamation, ending this issue's brief run.

Nicely toned with a very fine style portrait.
8 commentsDavid Atherton04/14/17 at 15:45ickster: Great write up. Congrats on a rare find.
SICILY: The Sileraians28 viewsSICILY, The Sileraians (Sileraioi), 6.86g, ca 357-336 BC. Æ Tetras over AE Litra. OBV: Forepart of Acheloios Silaros Himera as a man-faced bull to right, SILERAIWN retrograde before, above, and behind, linear border. REV: Naked Leukaspis charging right with spear & shield. Calciati III S. 301 Em. 2/9; Campana 2; Moretti 417; Castrizio I, 2/1; MSP I, 56 (this coin illustrated); R. Cantilena, "A proposito dei Tyrrhenoi e dei Sileraioi," in Nomismata: studi di numismatica offerti ad Aldina Cutroni Tusa per il suo novantatreesimo compleanno (2016), Fig. 3 (this coin illustrated).

My favorite piece.

Ex. Lanz, Auction 153 (2011), Numismatiche Raritaeten, Los 0101

Peter keeps leaving nice comments and I keep deleting and reuploading the picture, so I've taken the liberty of adding his comment here:

Enodia: "My favorite piece". understandable, this is a terrific coin. i really love this particular MFB... nice!
1 commentsMolinari03/28/17 at 01:12ickster: I think it's my favourite in your gallery.
Roman Empire, Tiberius Denarius152 viewsTiberius denarius Group 4, c. 18 - 35 A.D. Lugdunum mint, 17.5mm., 3.79g.
O: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS; One of the ribbons of Tiberius' laurel wreath falls over his neck.
R: PONTIF MAXIM; No base under the throne (just the single exergual line), Pax usually holds scepter (or rarely a reversed spear), her feet rest on a low footstool.
- RIC 30
3 commentsNemonater12/24/16 at 21:03ickster: Nice toning!
175 - Constantius Gallus - AE3 - RIC VIII Siscia -33 viewsAE3
Obv:– DN CONSTANTIVS IVN NOB C, Bare, bust draped and cuirassed right; A behind bust
Rev:– FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Soldier spearing fallen horseman, who is wearing a Phrygian cap, reaching backwards
Minted in Siscia (// BSIS),
Reference:– It would appear to be unlisted unless I am missing something.

It measures 19.20 mm and weighs 2.44 gms
3 commentsmaridvnvm12/03/16 at 19:57ickster: A nice example. Congrats!
Seleukos I, 312-280 BC 12 viewsÆ20, 6.3g, 12h; Antioch mint, c. 300-281 BC.
Obv.: Laureate head of Apollo right.
Rev.: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY; Athena Promachos standing right; Θ in lower right field.
Reference: SC 17.3, WSM 920, BMC 58 / 16-393-55
1 commentsJohn Anthony12/03/16 at 19:56ickster: Lovely sand patina. Nice photo, too.
Postumus, AD 260-2699 viewsBillon antoninianus, 22mm, 2.9g, 12h; Colonia Agrippinensis mint, AD 260.
Obv.: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev.: P M TR P COS II P P, Postumus standing slightly left, wearing helmet and military attire, globe in right hand, spear vertical in left hand.
Reference: RIC Vb 54 (Lugdunum), p. 341 / 16-391-50
1 commentsJohn Anthony12/03/16 at 19:54ickster: Nice coin. It's getting a nice tone to it.
5718 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Hemidrachm 127-28 AD Euthenia reclining31 viewsReference.
Emmett 1086.12; RPC III, 5718; Köln 989; Dattari (Savio) 1709 & 7642; K&G 32.464;

Issue L ΔWΔƐΚΑΤΟΥ = year 12

laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from front

Euthenia reclining on sphinx, l., holding ears of corn

12.36 gr
29 mm
1 commentsokidoki11/24/16 at 01:03ickster: Very attractive coin!
08b Domitian as Caesar RIC-1089181 viewsAR Quinarius, 1.46g
Rome Mint, 79 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS VI; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST; Victory std. l., with wreath and palm
RIC 1089 (R3). BMC -. RSC -. BNC 243.

An extremely rare quinarius struck for Domitian Caesar in 79. RIC records only one example in Paris (BNC 243) and lists the rarity as 'unique', this specimen then is the second known example. Domitian's COS VI coins most likely date towards the end of Vespasian's reign and the beginning of Titus' rule, indicating the issue was struck uninterrupted after Vespasian's death in June.

Struck in good metal in neat and fine style.
9 commentsDavid Atherton08/02/16 at 03:54ickster: Congrats on a once in a lifetime find! Thanks for ...
C. Norbanus, Denarius26 viewsC. Norbanus. AR Denarius

RRC 357/1a
83 bc

Av: Head of Venus r. wearing diadem; behind X. Below C.NORBANVS
Rv: Prow-stem, fasces with axe, caduceus and ear of corn.

Ex ArtemideAste, Antiquities 4, 19/20.03.2016, #95
2 commentsNorbert06/28/16 at 00:54ickster: Lovely looking coin there.
Roman Empire, Constantine I, RIC VII 86 Antioch 335 CE78 viewsObverse: CONSTANTI-NVS MAX AVG; rosette-diadem, draped, cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: GLOR-IA EXERC-ITVS; Two soldiers helmeted, stg. facing one another, reversed spear in outer hands, inner hands on shields resting on the ground; between them two standards.
In ex. SMANB , 17x18mm 2.0gm
2 commentsNORMAN K06/26/16 at 01:23ickster: Attractive example.
GREEK, Attica, Athens, 465-454 BC, AR Tetradrachm412 viewsObv. Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Attic helmet adorned with three olive leaves and palmette, round earring and pearl necklace.
Rev. Owl standing right with head facing, ΑΘΕ to right, crescent and olive sprig to left; all within incuse square.
Mint: Attica, Athens, ca. 465-454 BC.

17.10g, 24mm, 10h.

Starr Group V.B.

Ex Roma Numismatics, E-Sale 19, 1. August 2015, lot 95
9 commentskc05/20/16 at 03:41ickster: Like it was minted yesterday
FLORIANUS42 viewsAE antoninianus. 276 AD. Siscia , 2nd off. 1st em. 3.90 gr, 5h. Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right . IMP C M AN FLORIANVS P AVG. /
Felicitas standing left, sacrificing with patera over altar and holding long caduceus. FELICITAS AVG. S in exergue. RIC V 61. BN 1944
3 commentsbenito03/19/16 at 03:07ickster: The nicest Florianus I have seen. Wow!
Gaius Caligula COS IIII Denarius153 viewsGaius (Caligula). AD 37-41. AR Denarius, 3.67 g. Rome mint. Struck January AD 41.
O: C CAESAR • AVG • PON • M • TR • POT IIII COS • IIII, laureate head right
R: S • P• Q • R •/P P/OB • C • S • in three lines within oak wreath.
- RIC I -; RIC I (1st ed.) 7 = BMCRE 32 = RSC 23a.

Extremely rare denarius of Caligula's fourth consulship, which only lasted from 1 January 41 until his assassination on 24 January. The fourth known.

Although the first of these three rare coins, the British Museum piece, was cataloged in the first edition of RIC I, it was left out of the revised edition. In that edition, Giard notes (p. 110, note *) that the BM piece was a misreading of TR POT III COS III. In fact, the first edition was correct, the piece was not misdescribed. The second known example of this type was sold as lot 56 in the Bourgey sale of 17 December 1913. Ironically, Bourgey misdescribed that coin as TR POT III COS III. A third example sold through CNG, printed auction 78 lot 1723.

"On the ninth day before the Kalends of February at about the seventh hour he hesitated whether or not to get up for luncheon, since his stomach was still disordered from excess of food on the day before, but at length he came out at the persuasion of his friends. In the covered passage through which he had to pass, some boys of good birth, who had been summoned from Asia to appear on the stage, were rehearsing their parts, and he stopped to watch and to encourage them; and had not the leader of the troop complained that he had a chill, he would have returned and had the performance given at once. From this point there are two versions of the story: some say that as he was talking with the boys, Chaerea came up behind, and gave him a deep cut in the neck, having first cried, "Take that," and that then the tribune Cornelius Sabinus, who was the other conspirator and faced Gaius, stabbed him in the breast. Others say that Sabinus, after getting rid of the crowd through centurions who were in the plot, asked for the watchword, as soldiers do, and that when Gaius gave him "Jupiter," he cried "So be it," and as Gaius looked around, he split his jawbone with a blow of his sword. As he lay upon the ground and with writhing limbs called out that he still lived, the others dispatched him with thirty wounds; for the general signal was "Strike again." Some even thrust their swords through his privates. At the beginning of the disturbance his bearers ran to his aid with their poles, and presently the Germans of his body-guard, and they slew several of his assassins, as well as some inoffensive senators. (Suetonius - Life of Caligula 58).
10 commentsNemonater03/19/16 at 03:00ickster: A Caligula denarius. Already a rarity. But this......
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03 Caligula151 viewsCaligula (Gaius) & Augustus AR Denarius. C. CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR POT COS, bare head right / Augustus head, radiate, r., between two stars. BMC 4, RIC 2, RSC 11, BMC 10. Weight 3.56. Die Axis 4 hr.
5 commentsmix_val03/19/16 at 02:55ickster: Wow
Hostilian, RIC IV, 177b35 viewsHostilian as Caesar, AD 250-251
AR - Antoninianus, 3.59g
Rome, AD 250-251
Bust, draped and radiate, r.
Mars in military cloak, helmeted and wearing boots, advancing r., holding shield in l. arm and in r. hand
transverse spear
ref. RIC IV/3, 177b; C. 15
Scarce, about EF
2 commentsJochen03/19/16 at 02:53ickster: Very nice. Hostillian's coins tend to be quite...
Constantin Ier - 78322 viewsIMP CONSTANTINVS P F AVG
RIC 783 (troisième Tétrarchie - automne 307/fin 308)
1 commentsPYL03/19/16 at 02:51ickster: Nice example, and a very nice reverse!
Vespasian RIC-688226 viewsAR Denarius, 2.84g
Rome mint, 74 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR in exergue; Vespasian stg. r., with branch and sceptre, in quadriga r.
Rev: VESP AVG across field; Victory on prow r., with wreath and palm
RIC 688 (R). BMC 147. RSC 569. BNC 121.
Ex Nomos Obolos 4, 21 February 2016, lot 575. Ex GH Collection. Ex Superior Galleries, The Moreira sale, Part II, 10-11 December 1988, lot 2374.

A major feature of Vespasian's coinage is in its use of antiquarian styled types and recycled ones from previous eras. K. Butcher and M. Ponting in The Metallurgy of Roman Silver Coinage have shown that a big component of Vespasian's silver bullion consisted of recycled denarii from the republic and early empire. Vespasian's moneyers were removing the older worn coinage and replacing them with brand new coins and in the process keeping some of the familiar reverse designs that the Roman public had grown accustomed to.

With that in mind, this very rare coin which copies not only the reverse design from a denarius of Octavian, it also copies the obverse. The only change is with the reverse legend VESP AVG to indicate Vespasian's authority. Being undated, it is difficult to correctly place in the series. RIC assigns it to 74 AD based on the legends. D. Hendin to 71-72, just after Vespasian and Titus' joint triumph for the Jewish War.

This denarius is so rare I have only been able to locate six other examples, all of which are in public collections: BM 3 examples (one plated), Paris (BNC 121, obv die match with mine), Berlin (rev die match with mine), and ANA NY. Curtis Clay has kindly informed me of several other examples offered at auction: "Glendining, 1952, Ryan Part 5, part of lot 2147, not illustrated, 'only fine but rare.' Perhaps the same coin as Trau Sale, 1935, lot 625, pl. 8: a worn example. Stack's, Knobloch, May 1980, lot 300. VF, but small edge chip (the ANA NY coin). Leu, April 1982, lot 327, VF."

I think the RIC frequency rating of 'rare' really underestimates the rarity of the type.

Fantastic old cabinet toning on a large 20mm flan.
17 commentsDavid Atherton03/10/16 at 02:03ickster: Congratulations I end the day better informed tha...
Roman Imperial: Constantine I the Great (307-337 CE) Æ3 Reduced Follis, Trier (RIC VII-341)21 viewsObv: CONSTA-NTINVS AVG; Helmeted and cuirassed bust of Constantine right
Rev: BEATA TRA-NQVILLITAS; Banded globe set on altar inscribed VOTIS XX in three lines; three stars above; •PTR• in exergue
1 commentsSpongeBob02/19/16 at 03:46ickster: A nice example!
Gallienus - Pegasus Right28 viewsObverse:- GA[LLIEN]VSAVG , Head right with radiate crown
Reverse:- SOLICONS[AVG] , Pegasus springing right
Exergue:- A
RIC 283 GOBL 712b CUNETIO 1337
1 commentsnogoodnicksleft02/19/16 at 03:45ickster: Nice reverse.
Domitian RIC 99147 viewsAR Denarius, 3.40g
Rome mint, 82 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR POT COS VIII P P; Minerva stg. l., with Victory and sceptre; at feet, shield
RIC 99 (R). BMC 25. RSC 592a. BNC -.
Acquired from Pars Coins, eBay, 20 January 2016.

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

Struck with new dies in superb veristic style. A really beautiful denarius showcasing the fine technical and artistic craftsmanship of the Rome mint.
8 commentsDavid Atherton01/28/16 at 00:45ickster: Superb!
Vespasian-RIC-1339123 viewsAR Denarius, 3.07g
Uncertain Spanish mint, 69-70 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev: LIBERTAS PVBLICA; Libertas stg. l., with pileus and rod
RIC 1339 (R2). BMC 360. RSC 259. BNC -.
Ex Pecunem 39, 4 January 2016, lot 874.

Late in 69 during the waning stages of the Civil War, Spain began striking coins for Vespasian. Some of these Spanish issues may be earlier than those struck at Rome. The Libertas reverse was copied from the Spanish coinage of Galba and both he and Vitellius issued left facing portraits in the province. The metal analysis by K. Butcher and M. Ponting of this issue shows Spanish silver was used in its production, however, the location of the mint is a mystery. The coin's style is different than those traditionally attributed to Tarraco(?), so another mint must have been active in the province. Also of note, the style is very similar to those of RIC's Uncertain western mint group 2 denarii. The reverse type of Libertas was used by the various contenders during the Civil War to show they were rescuing the Roman people from 'tyranny'.

A wonderful portrait in similar style to the Spanish issues of Vitellius. Very rare.
8 commentsDavid Atherton01/14/16 at 01:04ickster: Nice coin and, as always, very educational. Thanks...
Titus RIC-515212 viewsAR Cistophorus, 10.64g
Rome mint (for Asia), 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M•; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: CAPIT across field, RESTIT in exergue; Temple of Capitoline Jupiter with 4 columns enclosing figures of Juno, seated Jupiter and Minverva
RIC 515 (R). BMC spec. acquired 1948. RSC -. RPC 860 (3 spec.). BNC 111.
Acquired from Calgary Coin, 30 November 2015. Ex MS collection. Ex Berk 124, 3 January 2002, lot 448.

In 80 AD while Titus was away in Campania surveying the damage Vesuvius had caused in the region the previous Fall, a devastating fire broke out in Rome, damaging much of the city center. One of the most important buildings affected by the fire was the Temple of Capitoline Jupiter, rebuilt recently by Vespasian. The temple being the most sacred and important building in Rome, Titus began rebuilding it immediately. Construction was still ongoing when Titus died of natural causes in September of 81. A cistophorus commemorating the rebuilding of the structure was struck for Domitian but it was not until 1948 with the discovery of this reverse type for Titus when the BM acquired a specimen was the type known to be minted for Titus. Needless to say it is extremely rare. Since 1948 seven other examples have surfaced, four of which are in public collections. A.M. Woodward speculates the type for Domitian is actually a hybrid struck from carry-over dies intended for Titus. This cistophorus was minted in Rome for export to Asia Minor. The style and die axis are similar to the denarii from Rome during the same period, firmly placing it to that mint. This coin is an obverse die match with Gemini IX, lot 458.

A wonderful 'chunky' coin in hand in good style.
12 commentsDavid Atherton12/08/15 at 01:18ickster: Nice acquisition, and thanks for the informative d...
Mark Antony & Julius Caesar portrait denarius202 viewsM ANTON IMP R P C
Bare head of Mark Antony right, bearded, lituus behind

Wreathed head of Caesar right, capis behind

Gaul, November 43 BC

Imperators 123, Crawford 488/2, Sydenham 1166, Cohen 3, BMCRR Gaul 55, 57



Ex-Alberta coins

From Sears Imperator's:

"This issue would appear to be a revival of the type struck by Antony in the spring during the war around Mutina. After his Gallic adventures Antony, accompanied by his ally Lepidus, was now back in Cisalpine Gaul to meet with his former opponent Octavian. The conference between the three men at Bononia in early November, set the seal on the formation of the Second Triumvirate, an event commemorated by this issue. It clearly belongs to the period immediately following the agreement at Bononia as the form of the triumviral titulature (R P C) had not yet been expanded to the normal III VIR R P C. A distinctive feature of this coinage is the portrait of Antony which has a strangely elongated form, giving it something of the appearance of a caricature. Presumably, Antony's retinue at this time lacked the services of a die-engraver competent in the art of portraiture."
4 commentsJay GT411/28/15 at 14:57ickster: Congrats. This type is high on my wish list.
04a Domitian as Caesar RIC 958143 viewsAR Denarius, 3.12g
Rome Mint, 77-78 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: COS V; Horseman, helmeted, in military dress, cloak floating behind him, on horse prancing r., with r. hand thrown upwards and back
RIC 958 (R3). BMC -. RSC -. BNC -.
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, September 2015.

Second known specimen of this type with left facing portrait. A die match with the unique RIC plate coin. Left facing portraits of Domitian are quite rare and highly prized by collectors.

In fine style with honest wear. The portrait is outstanding!
8 commentsDavid Atherton10/01/15 at 01:35ickster: Very appealing portrait. I'm glad you can appr...
09c Domitian as Caesar- RIC 1494125 viewsAR Denarius, 2.81g
Ephesus (?) mint, 76 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r. 'o' mint mark below neck
Rev: COS IIII above; Pegasus r.
RIC 1494 (R2). BMC 488 bis. RSC 47 var. RPC 1465 (1 spec.). BNC -.
Ex G&N, eBay, 27 August 2015.

An unknown eastern mint struck a spate of denarii in 76 which copied many contemporary types from Rome. Both RIC and RPC speculate it possibly could be Ephesus, citing a similar style with a previous Ephesian issue from 74 and the use of an annulet as a mint mark. The issue is extremely rare. This denarius copies the much more common Pegasus type struck at Rome for Domitian. Domitian's connection to this unusual type perhaps can be explained by Pegasus' association with Athena/Minerva, Domitian's patron goddess. These eastern denarii are understandably confused with the issues from Rome, however, they can be distinguished by style and the annulet (if visible) below the bust.

A fine styled, nicely toned denarius.
7 commentsDavid Atherton09/07/15 at 14:10ickster: Nice coin and good write up!
M. Volteius M.f., Denarius31 viewsRRC 385/1
78 b.c.

The front of the temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus standing on the Capitole.

The temple was originally build during the time of the Kings; reportedly decided by Numa Pompilus himself, finished only in the founding year of the Republic under Marcus Horatius Pulvillus, on September 13, 509 BC
Destroyed in 83 bc and not yet rubuilt when this coin was minted.
Also this temple front (or rather the front of the newly rebuild one) can be found on coins of Petillius Capitolinus in 43 BC

ex HD Rauch
88. COINS AUCTION, Lot 238, 17th -18th, Mai, 2011

Described as:
Denarius (3,78g), Roma, 78 v.Chr. Av.: Kopf des Iuppiter mit Lorbeerkranz n.r. Rv.: M VOLTEI M F (im Abschnitt), tetrastyle Tempelfront (des Iuppiter Optimus Maximus auf dem Kapitol), im Tympanon Fulmen. -- Dünner Schrötlingsriss, Oberflächen minimal rauh, stellenweise etwas porös. Cr 385/1, Albert 1280. s.sch.-vzgl.
2 commentsNorbert07/15/15 at 17:34ickster: Love the temple. Lots of detail.
111 Florianus (276-282 A.D.), T-4342, RIC V-I 061, Siscia, AE-Antoninianus, FELICITAS AVG, -/-/Q, Bust-D2, Felicitas standing left, Scarce #1257 views111 Florianus (276-282 A.D.), T-4342, RIC V-I 061, Siscia, AE-Antoninianus, FELICITAS AVG, -/-/Q, Bust-D2, Felicitas standing left, Scarce #1
avers:- IMP-C-M-AN-FLORIANVS-P-AVG, Bust right, radiate, cuirassed and draped with paludamentum, seen from rear, D2.
revers:- FELICITAS-AVG, Felicitas standing left, holding patera over small altar in right hand and long-handled caduceus in left hand, (Felicitas 6).
exerg: -/-/Q, diameter: 22-23mm, weight: 3,74g, axes: 0h,
mint: Siscia, 1st.issue,, date: 276 A.D., ref: RIC-V-I-061, T-(Estiot)-4342,
1 commentsquadrans07/04/15 at 21:47ickster: Very nice! I still need a Florianus and hope to ge...
Trajan Decius (249 - 251 A.D.)52 viewsAR Antoninianus
O: IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG; radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right.
R: PANNONIAE; the two Pannoniae, veiled, standing right and left facing one another, clasping right hands in front of standard between them.
Rome Mint, 251 A.D.
RIC IV Rome 26
5 commentsMat07/04/15 at 21:46ickster: Attractive coin!
Domitian RIC-820211 viewsAR Denarius, 2.99g
Rome mint, 96 AD
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 stg. l., with spear (M4)
RIC 820 (R2). BMC -. RSC -. BNC -.
Ex Savoca Numismatik, eBay, 10 April 2015.

It is not often one can date a coin to within four or five days. This very rare denarius, part of Domitian's last issue, was struck in the span of just a few days between 14 September 96, when he assumed TR P XVI, and 18 September 96, the date of his assassination. As far as I know this is the third known example of the Minerva type 4 (all three from the same dies) from this issue, indicating just how rare it is. The TR P XVI date is also known for the M1, M3, winged Minerva, and Maia types. Most likely the mint immediately halted production once word reached them of the assassination, melting down all the new coinage that had not already been issued because of the Damnatio Memoriae decreed by the Senate against Domitian.

Engraved in typical late period style. Unusually, Domitian is seen here with neck wrinkles.
7 commentsDavid Atherton04/30/15 at 17:03ickster: Congrats on this find! Great write up as well. Tha...
ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius, sestertius, RIC 753247 viewsÆ Sestertius (23,55g, Ø 31mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS - AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: TR•POT COS•III•DES•IIII, Salus seated left, feeding snake coiled around altar and resting left elbow on chair.
RIC 753; BMCRE 1651 note; Cohen 929 (coll. Elberling); Strack note on p.347, +83
Ex Cayón auction, May 2013

The only other specimen recorded seems to be that of Dr. Elberling, published by him with a drawing of the reverse in 1864, then taken over by Cohen 929 in his second edition, and repeated from Cohen by RIC 753, BMC 1651 note, and Strack p. 347, no. +83.
8 commentsCharles S04/19/15 at 17:08ickster: Even if there wasn't but one other known compe...
Diadumenian131 viewsDiadumenian, as Caesar. 218 AD. AR Denarius 3.04 g. 2nd emission, July AD 217-March 218

O: M OPEL ANT DIADVMENIAN CAES, bare-headed and draped bust right
R: PRINC IVVENTVTIS, Diadumenian standing half-left, head right, holding standard and sceptre; two standards behind.
RIC IV 102 (Macrinus); BMCRE 87 (Macrinus); RSC 3.

Marcus Opellius Diadumenianus was born in 208. According to Aelius Lampridius, quoted below, the boy was so named because he was born with a diadem formed by a rolled caul.

“Now let us proceed to the omens predicting his imperial power — which are marvellous enough in the case of others, but in his case beyond the usual wont. 4 On the day of his birth, his father, who then chanced to be steward of the greater treasury, was inspecting the purple robes, and those which he approved as being brighter in hue he ordered to be carried into a certain chamber, in which two hours later Diadumenianus was born. 2 Furthermore, whereas it usually happens that children at birth are provided by nature with a caul, which the midwives seize and sell to credulous lawyers (for it is said that this bring luck to those who plead), 3 this child, instead of a caul, had a narrow band like a diadem, so strong that it could not be broken, for the fibres were entwined in the manner of a bow-string. 4 The child, they say, was accordingly called Diadematus, but when he grew older, he was called Diadumenianus from the name of his mother's father, though the name differed little from his former appellation Diadematus.”

His father Macrinus was hailed as Augustus in 217. Diadumenian, in turn, received the titles of Caesar and Prince of the Youth. He was also given the name Antoninus after the assassinated emperor Caracalla.

These titles are seen on this example as ANT and PRINC IVVENTVTIS.

When the armies of Elagabalus revolted at Emesa on May 16, 218, Macrinus traveled to the praetorian fortress at Apamaea to shore up (buy) support and to raise Diadumenian to the rank of Augustus. Still, Macrinus’ armies were defeated outside Antioch in less than a month.

10 year old Diadumenian was captured while fleeing to Zeugma and executed shortly thereafter. He reigned as Caesar for 13 months and as Augustus for less than one.

Although the Senate never confirmed Diadumenian’s title as Augustus, there is extremely rare silver (one or two pieces?) with Diadumenian as emperor. It is believed that a large issue was struck, only to be immediately recalled and melted down when the news of Macrinus’ defeat reached Rome.
5 commentsNemonater04/14/15 at 01:35ickster: A very nice example. Congrat!
GREEK, Attica, Athens, AR tetradrachm, 431-415 B.C.104 views Circa 431/415 BC
25,5mm / 17,16 grms ; die axis 9h
Obverse: "Archaic style" head of Athena, wearing crested helmet ornamented with olive leaves and floral scroll.
Reverse: ΑΘΕ / Owl, olive twig, and crescent moon.
S. #2526.
3 commentsmoneta romana03/19/15 at 17:03ickster: Wonderful. not overcleaned as well.
Theodosius I26 viewsAE3, 17mm, 2.7g, 12h; Siscia mint fourth period: AD 378-383
Obv.: DN THEODO-SIVS PF AVG; Daidemed, draped, cuirassed bust right.
Rev.: CONCOR-DIA AVGGG; Roma seated facing, head left, holding globe and reversed spear, her left leg bare // BSISC.
Reference: RIC IX Siscia 27d (p.151) Scarce.
Notes: sold to Eng, 11/15
1 commentsJohn Anthony03/19/15 at 03:33ickster: That is a very nice example. Well centred and nice...
Hippocampus26 viewsSicily, Syracuse?

A nice surprise from an uncleaned lot.
I like the detail that remains on the hippocamp, and the eye slits on Athena's hoplite helmet.
2 commentsBanjaxed03/19/15 at 03:30ickster: Very nice for an uncleaned! I bet you're pleas...
Licinius II36 viewsAe Follis, 19mm, 3.5g, 12h; Heraclea mint: AD 317.
Obv.: DN VAL LICIN LICINIVS NOB C; laureate, draped, small bust left, globe and scepter in left hand, mappa in right.
Rev.: PROVIDEN-TIAE CAESS; campgate with three turrets // MHTΔ.
Reference: RIC VII Heraclea 19.
Notes: ex-Victor Clark, electronic sale, 3/8/15, 70.
2 commentsJohn Anthony03/14/15 at 16:20ickster: Full silvering. Nice!
RIC 1058 Vespasianus60 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, Laureate head right
Rev: TR POT X COS VIIII, Capricorn left; below, globe
AR/Denarius (19.87 mm 3.29 g 6h) Struck in Rome 79 A.D.
RIC 1058 (C), RSC 554, BMCRE 251, BNF 219-221
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/03/15 at 02:32ickster: One of the nicer examples I've seen of this. C...
560 Hadrian Dupondius Roma 118 AD Annona standing48 viewsReference.
RIC 560b

Bust of Hadrian, radiate, draped on left shoulder, right

Rev. PONT MAX TR POT COS DES III in field S C in Ex Annona Avg
Annona, draped, standing right, holding cornucopiae in left hand and resting right hand on hip; modius, corn-ears, and prow front.

11.61 gr
27 mm
1 commentsokidoki01/05/15 at 17:28ickster: That is a very attractive coin!
Kings of Thrace, Lysimachos, 305-281 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Magnesia ad Maeandrum30 viewsDiademed head of deified Alexander right, with horn of Ammon.
BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY Athena enthroned facing left, left arm resting on shield, spear behind, Nike on extended right hand crowning the first letter of Lysimachos’ name, XMΛ monogram in wreath in outer right field.

Thompson 101.
Magnesia on the Maeander 293-287 BC.

(28 mm, 17.07 g, 12h).
Ancient Resource; ex- CNG 243 (27 Oct 2010) Lot 32.
1 commentsn.igma12/21/14 at 00:04ickster: Very nice! Nicely photographed as well.
Constans32 viewsAE3; Antioch Mint: 348-350 AD
Obv.: D N CONSTANS P F AVG - Pearl-diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right.
Rev.: FEL TEMP REPARATIO; Roman officer (emperor) guides a barbarian out of the forest to civilization and Christianity // ANΓ.
Reference: RIC VIII 126.
Notes: ex-CoinsToMedals, electronic sale, 3/1/13, 55.
1 commentsJohn Anthony11/18/14 at 01:39ickster: Very nice. I love sand patina.
Domitian denarius RIC 66381 viewsDenarius from Domitian. Rome mint. 88-89 AD.
3.32 grs. 18 mm.
Observe : laureate right. Around : IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P VIII.
Reverse : Minerva advancing righ (M1 type) with spear and shield. Around : IMP XVIII COS XIII CENS PPP.
RIC 663.
Rarity : R2.
A classic type with a portrait in good style ; should have been minted only during a few days.
4 commentslabienus10/27/14 at 03:33ickster: One of the nicest reverses I've seen. Nice por...
THESSALY, LARISSA48 views4th Century BC
AE 19 mm; 6.22 g
O: Head of nymph Larissa facing slightly left, wreathed with grain, wearing double strand plain necklace
R: ΛAPI[ΣAIΩ]N Horseman wearing Boiotian helmet and holding lance in right hand, on horse prancing right; symbols below and before horse
1 commentslaney10/27/14 at 03:32ickster: I bet this lovely in hand
L. Titurius L.f. Sabinus147 viewsSABIN
Bare head of King Tatius right, bearded. Palm branch before

Tarpeia facing, buried to her waist in shields, trying to ward off two soldiers who are about to cast their shields on her, star within crescent moon above

Rome, 89 BC


Sear 251, RRC 344/2a

Ex-ANE from an old collection

Jet black toning.

One of the great legends of Rome commemorated on a coin. It tells the story of Rome being besieged by the Sabine king Titus Tatius after the "Rape" of the Sabine women. Tarpeia, daughter of the Roman commander Spurius Tarpeius, went out to the Sabine camp and offered them entry to the city in exchange for "what they bore on their left arms". She had meant their gold bracelets worn on their arms. Once inside the citadel the Sabines threw their shields—carried on the left arm—upon her, crushing her to death. Her body was then thrown from a steep cliff of the southern summit of the Capitoline Hill. The cliff was named the Tarpeian Rock after Tarpeia and would become the place of execution for Rome's most notorious traitors. King Tatius and Romulus soon were reconciled through the efforts of the abducted Sabine women who had come to love their Roman abductors. They jointly ruled over Rome for the next 5 years until Tatius death.
9 commentsJay GT410/25/14 at 20:38ickster: I really like this coin. One like it is on my wish...
RIC 0853 Domitian Tetradrachm345 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS
Laureate head of Domitian right

Six ears of corn; P in exergue

Possibly minted in Rome for circulation in Asia

circa 95 AD


RPC 874/1, RIC 853 (R)

RPC lists 9 examples but only one with the P in exergue

Ex-Pars Coins
Ex-Calgary Coins

Wildwinds example
12 commentsJay GT410/25/14 at 20:25ickster: Fantastic! Great portrait and reverse. Nice photo ...
Constantius II Centenionalis Fel Temp Reparatio hut60 viewsAE Centenionalis
Constantius II, 337-361 CE
Diameter: 21 mm, Weight: 3.97 grams, Die axis: 1h

Diadem, draped, and cuirassed bust to left, holding globe.

Soldier advancing right, dragging young barbarian from hut beneath tree.

Mint: TRS: Trier, second mint house

- ‘FELix TEMPorvm REPARATIO’ = Happy times restored.
- This type was issued at 13 different mints, each using a different tree, shrub or plant.
- The Fel Temp reform coinage began around 348 CE and initially had a target weight of 5.5 grams and a diameter of 23 mm, with a silver content of 2-3%. From circa 351 the series was gradually debased in both weight and size until it was finally discontinued circa 357 CE. The weight and diameter of this piece indicate it was struck between 351 and 354 CE.
- This coin has a deep glossy green patina; I guess it was found in a sealed container. Only the high points show wear suggesting contact with other coins in a sealed environment.

Ex Central City Coins Brisbane, 2002
3 commentsPharsalos10/25/14 at 15:54ickster: Lovely coin. I still need to get an "hut" coin.
Siscia, 136 Constantinus I. (306-309 A.D. Caesar, 309-910 A.D. Filius Augustorum, 307-337 A.D. Augustus), RIC VII 200, AE-3 Follis, -/-//•BSIS•, PROVIDENTIAE AVG G, Campgate with two turrets, #369 viewsSiscia, 136 Constantinus I. (306-309 A.D. Caesar, 309-910 A.D. Filius Augustorum, 307-337 A.D. Augustus), RIC VII 200, AE-3 Follis, -/-//•BSIS•, PROVIDENTIAE AVG G, Campgate with two turrets, #3
avers: CONSTAN TINVS AVG, 1, B1, Laureate head right.
reverse: PROVIDEN TIAE AVG G, 6 layers, Campgate with two turrets star above.
exergue: -/-//•BSIS•, diameter: 18-20mm, weight: 2,81g, axis: 1h,
mint: Siscia, date: 326-327 A.D., ref: RIC VII 200, p-449, 2nd.-off.,
2 commentsquadrans10/25/14 at 15:53ickster: VEry nice example. I like the coloured in part of ...
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I (the Great)22 views1 commentsNumis-Student10/25/14 at 03:43ickster: Looks to be a very nice example.
2014.246.747 viewsCyzicus
Antoninianus; 3.88 g; 22 mm
Obverse: VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Radiate, helmeted, and cuirassed bust left, holding round shield with image of Pegasus to right, on right shoulder; left hand hold spear of left shoulder.
Reverse: ADVENTVS PROBI AVG; B in exergue.
Ref: RIC 904
3 commentsgordian_guy10/06/14 at 03:40ickster: One of the most lifelike portraits I've seen o...
Campgate: Crispus, follis (324-325 d.C.), zecca di Cyzicus III officina24 viewsCrispus, campgate follis (324-325 d.C.), Cyzicus mint III officina
Æ 19 mm 2.8 gr. R1
D/ FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, busto laureato, corazzato e drappeggiato a sx
R: PROVIDENTIAE CAESS, campgate sei livelli, due torrette, stella sopra, SMKgamma in ex.
RIC VII Cyzicus 25
Provenienza: collezione Berardengo (Roma, Italia, dal 4 ottobre 2014, numero catalogo 230), ex Stefan Bieniek-Binetti collection (Berlin, D., fino al 2014)
1 commentspaolo10/05/14 at 13:34ickster: Nice earthen patina. Attractive coin - congrats.
Taras, Calabria104 views212-209 BC (Period X - The Punic Occupation)
AR Half-Shekel (Reduced Nomos) (22mm, 3.94g)
Sokannos magistrate.
O: Warrior on horseback right, holding filleted palm frond in right hand, rein in left; ΣΩKAN-NA below.
R: Phalanthos on dolphin left, holding kantharos in extended right hand, trident in left; eagle with open wings standing left behind, TAPAΣ below.
Vlasto 984-86; Cote 605-06; SNG ANS 1272; HN Italy 1082; SNG Ashmolean 420-1; Sear 383v (drachm)
ex CNG

Popular history suggests that the Romans shut down the Tarentine mint circa 228 BC. No further coins were produced (at least in silver) until Hannibal captured the city in 212, at which time these “reduced nomoi” were struck for the approximately three years of occupation using the Punic standard.
While the earlier horseman/dolphin rider types were renewed at this time, the artistic quality was greatly diminished.
Also, the magistrate names differed greatly from the earlier coins and were likely not even Hellenic. One theory is that the names were those of the local indigenous peoples (Messapians, etc), although I believe they were more likely Carthaginian and probably those of Hannibal’s own administrators.
What a shame that the last emissions from this once great city should be so debased.
5 commentsEnodia10/04/14 at 00:34ickster: Nice coin and an informative write up. Thanks for ...
M. HERENNIUS ROMAN REPUBLIC; GENS HERENNIA AR Denarius, Cr308/1b32 viewsOBVERSE: PIETAS, diademed head of Pietas right
REVERSE: M•HERENNI, Amphinomus carrying his father right, control letter in right field (Dot over sideways D)
3.89, 18/19mm

Struck at Rome 109-108 BC
1 commentsLegatus10/03/14 at 01:08ickster: Nice coin with not a lot of wear.
L. Cassius Longinus – Cassia-1040 viewsROMAN REPUBLIC, L. Cassius Longinus, 63 B.C. Silver denarius, weight 3.856 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, 63 B.C.; obverse veiled bust of Vesta left, C (control letter) before, kylix behind; reverse LONGIN•III•V (downward on right), voter standing left, dropping tablet (ballot) inscribed V into a cista BMCRE I Rome 3930 (same C control letter), Crawford 413/1; Sydenham 935; RSC I Cassia 10; SRCV 3641 commentsBud Stewart10/03/14 at 01:06ickster: A nice example with some toning coming on. This ty...
RIC 27221 viewsLicinius II
2e officine
1 commentsPYL10/01/14 at 03:49ickster: Nice coin! Cleaning this one would be problematic...
Carinus AE Antoninianu80 viewsCarinus (Augustus)
AE Antoninianus 3.91g / 21mm / -
IMP M AVR CARINVS P F AVG - Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
CLEMENTIA TEMP - Carinus standing right, holding sceptre and receiving Victory from Jupiter standing left, holding long sceptre, Gamma in center field
Exergue: XXI
Mint: Cyzicus (283-285 AD)
References: RIC 324; Cohen 20
3 commentsScotvs Capitis09/30/14 at 01:57ickster: Wonderful coin! My favourite patina. Let me know i...
RIC 0211 Vespasianus56 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III, Laureate head right
Rev: S P Q R / OB / CIVES / SERVATOS, in four lines, in oak wreath
AE/Sestertius (33.59 mm 25.55 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D. (2nd group)
RIC 211 (R), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 552
ex Jesus Vico Auction V01 lot 105
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus09/25/14 at 17:27ickster: Very nice addition to your collection!
MN. FONTEIUS AR Denarius Cr.307/1, Jugate Heads of Dioscuri46 viewsOBV: Jugate heads of the Dioscuri
REV: Galley under oar, MN FONTEI above, O below
3.9g, 20mm

Minted at Rome, 108-109 BC
3 commentsLegatus09/24/14 at 00:40ickster: Wow, this coin jumped out of the galley page. Stun...
Asia Minor, Troas, Antandros 31 viewsAntandros
Asia Minor, Troas
Ae10, 350-250 BC
Obv.: Laureate head of Apollo right
Rev.: ANTAN , Head of a roaring lion right, grapes above A
AE, 0.99g, 9.60mm
Ref.: SNG Copenhagen 218 var. (no grapes), BMC Troas pg. 34, 8
Ex Gitbud&Naumann
2 commentsshanxi09/24/14 at 00:40ickster: Fantastic detail for 9.6mm
Aurelian (RIC 62, Coin #554)30 viewsAurelian, RIC 62, Silvered AE Antoninianus, Rome.
Obv: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG Radiate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: ORIENS AVG (T) Sol walking left between two captives,
raising right hand, globe in left.
Size: 22.5mm 4.20gm.
1 commentsMaynardGee09/23/14 at 04:09ickster: Looks uncirculated. Very nice!
CAST COPY OF: Trajan, RIC 577, Sestertius of AD 107 (Octastyle temple flanked by porticoes)82 viewsCast copy of
Æ Sestertius (26.4g, Ø33mm, 7h). Rome mint. Struck AD 107.
Obv/ IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P laureate bust of Trajan facing right.
Rev/ S·P·Q·R· OPTIMO PRINCIPI [around] S C [in ex.], Octastyle temple with porticoes on either side with steps between them leading to the central temple; A seated cult figure in centre of the temple; tympanon with seated figure in the centre flanked by reclining figures; on the roof top a central figure flanked by winged Victories on the corners.
RIC 577 [R]; Cohen 549 (20 Fr.); BMC 863; Strack 393; Foss 102:44
(Netherlands, 2001)

In the absence of any specific reverse legend, it is difficult to know for sure which temple is depicted on this coin. According to Clive Foss (1990) it is the temple of Venus Genetrix of the Forum of Julius Caesar. Since the statue in the centre of the building appears to be that of Jupiter, most assume that it is the temple of Jupiter Victor. In that case, this issue could celebrate the restoration of that temple by Trajan which event was celebrated in conjunction with the tenth anniversary of his reign. Later this temple was rededicated to Divus Traianus, and later still by Elegabalus to Sol-Elagabal. Strack however carefully studied all evidence and examined the best preserved specimens of this and related issues and concludes that the best guess is that the central figure represents the Genius Augusti and that the temple is dedicated to Divus Nerva.
3 commentsCharles S09/13/14 at 16:21ickster: Wonderful coin, especially the reverse.
Roman, VOLUSIAN A.D.251 - 25391 viewsAR Antoninianus minted in Rome.
RIC IV iii : 140

Volusian was the son of Trebonianus Gallus, he was murdered along with his father in A.D.253.

2 comments*Alex09/04/14 at 01:34ickster: Superb portrait. It's hard to find a nice obve...
Asia Minor, Kilikia, Seleukeia ad Kalykadnon, Athena, Nike47 viewsSeleukeia ad Kalykadnon
Asia Minor, Cilicia
AE24, 150-50 BC
Obv: Helmeted head of Athena right, mongram behind
Nike advancing left, holding branch; AΘΗ over monogram to left.
AE, 8.32 g, 24mm
Ref.: SNG France 895; SNG Levante 680
Ex Pecunem Gitbud&Naumann auction 19, Lot 309
2 commentsshanxi07/16/14 at 02:56ickster: Lovely patina. That must be really nice in hand.
(0253) GALLIENUS35 views253-268 AD
Struck 265-267 AD
AE 18.5 mm; 1.93 g
O: GALLIENVS AVG Radiate and cuirassed bust, right.
R: ABVNDANTIA AVG Abundantia standing right, pouring from cornucopia; B in left field.
Rome mint
Reference: Goebl 574w; RIC 157
1 commentslaney07/15/14 at 02:07ickster: Lovely desert patina and nicely photographed.
Ancient Greek Coin Collection From Sixth to First Centuries B.C.306 viewsHere are the coins I started collecting from 2012 to present. As Aristotle wrote two millennia ago that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, there is no better way to present a collection of Greeks than to put them all together in a single shot. (Please click on picture for bigger resolution and to show greater details on coins).

Top row from left to right: AEOLIS, MYRINA. AR "Stephanophoric" Tetradrachm. Circa 150 BC**ILLYRIA, DYRRHACHION. AR Stater. Circa 340-280 BC**IONIA, SMYRNA. AR “Stephanophoric” Tetradrachm. Circa 150-145 BC** PELOPONNESOS, SIKYON. AR Stater. Circa 335-330 BC**ATTICA, ATHENS. “New style” Tetradrachm. Circa 169 BC.

Fifth row: BACTRIA, Antialkidas. AR Drachm. Circa 145-135 BC**CAPPADOCIA. Ariobarzanes I AR Drachm. Circa 96-63 BC**THRACE, ABDERA. AR Tetrobol. Circa 360-350 BC**THRACE, CHERSONESSOS. AR Hemidrachm. Circa 386-338 BC.

Fourth row: LUCANIA, METAPONTION. AR Stater. Circa 510-480 BC**THESSALIAN LEAGUE. AR Stater. Circa 196-146 BC**MACEDONIA. Kassander AR Tetradrachm. Circa 317-315 BC**AKARNANIA, LEUKAS. AR Stater. Circa 320-280 BC**PAMPHYLIA, ASPENDOS. AR Stater. Circa 330-300 BC.

Third row: SELEUKID SYRIA. Antiochos VI AR Drachm. Circa 144-143 BC**LUCANIA, METAPONTION. AR Stater. Circa 340-330 BC**LUCANIA, VELIA. AR Stater. Circa 280 BC**PARTHIA. Mithradates II AR Drachm. Circa 121-91 BC.

Second row: MYSIA, PERGAMMON. Eumenes I AR Tetradrachm. Circa 263-241 BC**CILICIA, TARSOS. Mazaios AR Stater. Circa 361-334 BC**THRACE. Lysimachos AR Tetradrachm. Circa 297-281 BC**CILICIA, TARSOS. Pharnabazos AR Stater. Circa 380-374 BC**THRACE, MARONEIA. AR Tetradrachm. Mid 2nd cent. BC.

Bottom row: SELEUKID SYRIA. Antiochos Euergetes VII AR Tetradrachm. Circa 138-129 BC**MACEDON. Alexander III AR Tetradrachm. Circa 325-315 BC**CILICIA, AIGEAI. AR Tetradrachm. Circa 30 BC**PAIONIA. Patraos AR Tetradrachm. Circa 335-315 BC**PAMPHYLIA, SIDE. AR Tetradrachm. Circa 155-36 BC.
10 commentsJason T07/15/14 at 02:06ickster: Some excellent examples there
Islands of Caria, Rhodes AR Didrachm88 views(250-229 BC). Agesidamos, magistrate.
Obv.: Radiate head of Helios facing slightly right.
Rev.: AΓΗΣΙΔΑΜΟΣ / Ρ - Ο. Rose with bud right. Control: Artemis advancing left, holding torch.
Ashton 206.
4 commentsMinos07/11/14 at 20:57ickster: Lovely looking coin!
038a Faustina (II) Filia (128-175 A.D.), RIC III 1405b (Ant.Pius), Rome, AE-Dupondius, No legend, S-C, Diana, Scarce!, #199 views038a Faustina (II) Filia (128-175 A.D.), RIC III 1405b (Ant.Pius), Rome, AE-Dupondius, No legend, S-C, Diana, Scarce!, #1
"Daughter of Antoninus Pius and Faustina Sr. and wife of Marcus Aurelius. She was also the mother of Commodus and Lucilla, wife of Lucius Verus."
avers:- FAVSTINA-AVG-P-II-AVG-FIL, Draped bust right, with hair waved and coiled on back of head, band of pearls and necklace.
revers: No legend - Diana standing left, holding arrow and resting hand on bow, S-C across the field.
exerg: S/C//--, diameter: 27mm, weight: 13,86g, axis: 5h,
mint: Rome, date: 145-146 A.D., ref: RIC-III-1405b (Antoninus Pius), p-194, C-207,209,
2 commentsquadrans05/22/14 at 02:40ickster: This must be wonderful in hand.
Severus_Alexander_Sesterz_ANNONA_AVGVSTI17 views1 commentsNumis-Student05/15/14 at 03:33ickster: Lovely patina!
RIC 0230 Domitianus42 viewsObv : IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS X, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev : S-C in field; Victory advancing right, holding aquila with both hands
AE/As (28.37 mm 9.75 g 6h) Struck in Rome 84 A D
RIC 630 (R), BMCRE unlisted, BNF unlisted
1 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/10/14 at 02:13ickster: Love the bluish patina! Nice coin.
Parthia, Herat. King Sanabares (c. A.D. 50 - 65) AE Drachm59 viewsObv: Bust left wearing diadem.
Rev: Archer seated right with bow.
Sellwood 93.4-5.
2 commentsancientone05/10/14 at 02:12ickster: Love the hand drawn information card!
Domitian RIC-591115 viewsAR Denarius, 3.45g
Rome mint, 88 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XV COS XIIII CENS P P P; Minerva adv r., with spear and shield (M1)
RIC 591 (R2). BMC 129. RSC 242. BNC 119.
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, April 2014.

88 was a busy year for Domitian. A war against the Dacians was being fought to avenge the defeat of Cornelius Fuscus (earlier in 86) by Domitian's legate Tettius Julianus, resulting in a victory at the Dacian capital of Tapae late in the year. Also, the Secular Games were held mid to late year and commemorated on the coinage after September. On 1 January 88 Domitian still held his 14th imperial acclamation, but soon he was to rack up three more by the year's end. This coin is dated by his 15th imperial acclamation, presumably from the Dacian campaign, awarded sometime in late summer just before the new title TR P VIII is recorded on the coinage in mid September. The issue this coin is from is quite rare, indicating a very small period of time it could have been struck.

A rare coin in excellent style and condition.
4 commentsDavid Atherton05/02/14 at 03:29ickster: Nice coin and excellent info!
Siscia, RIC VII 163, 145 Constantinus-II. (316-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-340 A.D. Augustus), AE-3 Follis, -/-//ΔSIS*, CAESARVM NOSTRORVM, VOT/•/V, #2, R1!79 viewsSiscia, RIC VII 163, 145 Constantinus-II. (316-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-340 A.D. Augustus), AE-3 Follis, -/-//ΔSIS*, CAESARVM NOSTRORVM, VOT/•/V, #2, R1!
avers:- CONSTANTINVS-IVN-NOB-C, 7a, B1, Laureate head right.
rever:- CAESARVM-NOSTRORVM, VOT/•/V in wreath.
exergo: -/-//ΔSIS*, diameter: 18,5-19,5mm, weight: 3,73g, axis: 7h,
mint: Siscia, date: 320-321 AD., ref: RIC-VII-163-p444, R1!,
1 commentsquadrans04/21/14 at 04:07ickster: They don't come much nicer than this! Superb.
Siscia, RIC VII 118, 145 Constantinus II. (316-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-340 A.D. Augustus), AE-3 Follis, S/F//ΕSIS*, VIRTVS EXERCIT, Vexillum and captives, R4!!!,75 viewsSiscia, RIC VII 118, 145 Constantinus II. (316-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-340 A.D. Augustus), AE-3 Follis, S/F//ΕSIS*, VIRTVS EXERCIT, Vexillum and captives, R4!!!,
avers:- CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, 7b, I1, Laureate, draped bust left holding Victory on globe and mappa.
rever:- VIRTVS EXERCIT, S-F, Vexillum reading VOT/X; seated captive on either side.
exergo: S/F//ΕSIS*, diameter: 18,5-20mm, weight: 3,02g, axis: 11h,
mint: Siscia, date: 320 A.D., ref: RIC VII-118, p438, R4!!!,
1 commentsquadrans04/21/14 at 04:06ickster: Nice!
46 viewsPhilip I, AR Antoninianus, 248, Rome, Officina 6
Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
Antelope walking left
UI in exergue
RIC IV, Part III, 21 (C)
Ex: Gorny & Mosch auction 196, lot 2867
Note horns at about a 45 degree angle
1 commentspaul188804/21/14 at 04:05ickster: Nice example!
(00001) OCTAVIA (with MARK ANTONY)72 viewsOctavia
(sister of Augustus; 4th wife of Mark Antony)
b. 69 BC- d. 11 BC
AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm 27 mm - 11.35 g; struck 39 BC
O: M ANTONIVS IMP COS DESIG ITER ET TERT, head of Antony right, wearing ivy wreath, lituus below; all within wreath of ivy and flowers
R: III. VIR. R.P.C, draped bust of Octavia right above cista; flanked by coiled snakes.
Ephesus mint.
RPC I 2201; CRI 262; Sydenham 1197; RSC 2.
2 commentslaney04/03/14 at 02:59ickster: An historically important coin. Congrats!
AE3 Constantine II48 viewsConstantine II
CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, buste of Constantine II LD
GLOR-IA EXERC-ITVS, SMH gamma in ex., o on banners
Heraclea, RIC VII Heraclea 112, r4, 330-335 AD
2 commentsSebastiaan v03/10/14 at 02:53ickster: Almost mint!
Ptolemy III Eurgetes, 246-221 BC48 viewsAE16: 2.77g, 12h; Tyre mint, Club series
Obv.: Diademed bust of Zeus Ammon right.
Rev.: Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, club in front.
Reference: Svoronos 711
1 commentsJohn Anthony03/10/14 at 02:52ickster: Nice patina and nicely presented.
1997.161.17430 viewsRome, 4.01 g

Obverse: PROBVS PF AVG; Radiate, wearing Imperial Mantle, left, holding scepter surmounted by eagle.
Reverse: ROMAE AETER; RThunderboltDelta in exergue; Roma seated in hexastyle temple, holding Victory and scepter.
Ref: RIC 187; Pink VI/1, pg 58, 6th emission, 281 AD;
1 commentsgordian_guy03/10/14 at 02:51ickster: Lovely colouring and detail.
RIC 0601 Vespasian As179 viewsIMP CAES VESP AVG P M T P COS IIII CENS
Laureate head of Vespasian right

Doomed temple of Vesta in the Forum, showing four columns and containing statue of the goddess on pedestal

Rome 73 AD


RIC 601 (R); Sear 2365; BMCRE 664


Ex-Calgary Coin

This celebrated temple had been rebuilt by Nero following the great fire of 64 AD. The Neronian structure survived until another conflagration late in the reign of Commodus and was again restored early in the 3rd century by Julia Domna. It was again rebuilt in more modern times where it still stands in the Roman Forum to this day.

Die notes from Curtis Clay:

"Same dies, and better condition, than the Paris spec., pl. LVII, 663.

The BM spec., pl. 26.9, also illustrated in RIC, pl. 40, 601, is also from the same rev. die, but a different obv. die.

The BM and Paris specimens of the same As for Titus COS II CENS are also from that same rev. die: BM pl. 27.7 = RIC pl. 42, 640; Paris pl. LIX, 689."
8 commentsJay GT402/24/14 at 17:24ickster: Very nice! Thanks for sharing.
Elagabalus Denarius Victor Antonini55 viewsObv.
Laureate, draped & cuirassed bust right

Victory flying right with wreath & palm

3 commentsancientdave02/18/14 at 17:51ickster: Nice patina and overall appearance. Attractive!
Caracalla205 viewsANTONINVS PIVS AVG
Laureate head of Caracalla right

The spina of the Circus Maximus decorated as a ship facing l., with the turning posts at its prow and stern, a sail mounted on the central obelisk, and the spina's other monuments visible in between; above the ship, four quadrigas racing l.; below, seven animals: an ostrich at l. and bear at r.; between them a lion and a lioness chasing a wild ass and a panther attacking a bison.

Rome 206 AD


Ex-Londinium coins, Ex Professor K.D. White with original envelope.

Sear 6813, RIC 157, BMCRE 257, CSS 793

Very rare! Only 2 examples in the Reka Devnia hoard

Better in hand

Notes by Curtis Clay:

This famous type commemorates the chariot races and animal hunt that took place on the seventh and final day of Severus' Saecular Games in 204 AD, as described in the inscriptional acts of those games which were found in Rome in the 1870s and 1930s. According to the acts, after three days of sacrifices and three days of honorary stage shows, Severus and Caracalla held circus games on the seventh day, consisting of chariot races and then a hunt of 700 beasts, 100 each of "lions, lionesses, panthers, bears, bisons, wild asses, ostriches". Dio Cassius describes the same hunt, adding the detail that the cage from which the animals were discharged was formed like a boat: "The entire receptacle in the theater had been fashioned in the shape of a boat and was capable of receiving or discharging four hundred beasts at once; and then, as it suddenly fell apart, there came rushing forth bears, lionesses, panthers, lions, ostriches, wild asses, bisons, so that 700 beasts in all, both wild and domesticated, at one and the same time were seen running about and were slaughtered. For to correspond with the duration of the festival, which lasted seven days, the number of the animals was also seven times one hundred." In Dio's text this passage follows directly on his account of Severus' Decennalian Games in 202 AD, causing scholars to accuse Dio of misdating the hunt or to postulate that similar hunts of 700 animals were held both in 202 and in 204. But the true explanation, in my opinion, is that Dio's Byzantine epitimator Xiphilinus, on whom we are dependent for this section of Dio's text, has simply jumped without warning or transition from Dio's description of the Decennalian Games of 202 to his description of the circus spectacle concluding the Saecular Games of 204. This hypothesis easily explains why Dio's text as we have it makes no mention of the Saecular Games themselves or of any event of 203: Xiphilinus omitted this whole section of Dio's history! The seven kinds of animals named by both Dio and the inscriptional acts are also depicted in the coin type: on good specimens, especially the aureus BM pl. 34.4, the ostrich and the bear are clear, the lion has a mane, the ass has long ears, the bison has horns and a hump. Two large felines remain, of which we may suppose that the one accompanying the lion is the lioness and the one attacking the bison is the panther. The animals are named somewhat differently in Cohen, BMC, and other numismatic works: though numismatists have long cited Dio's text to explain the coin type, no one previously seems to have posed the question whether the seven animals in the lower part of the type might not be the same seven that Dio and now the inscriptional acts too name! These circus games with the ship and 700 animals were held in 204 AD, but the coin type commemorating them did not appear until two years later: on aurei of Septimius the type is die linked to a dated type of 206 AD, and for Caracalla the type passes from a draped and cuirassed obverse type on the aureus to the "head only" type on his denarii, a transition that took place in 206 AD according to his dated coins.

SOLD October 2014
10 commentsJay GT401/27/14 at 04:04ickster: Nice!
02 01 Augustus. Tarpeia111 viewsAugustus. 27 B.C.-14 A.D. AR. Denarius. Rome Mint. 19-18 B.C. 3.5g, 20 mm. Obv: CAESAR AVGVSTS, bare head righ. Rev: TVRPILIANVS III VIR, Tarpeia facing, buried to the waist in shields. RIC I 299. RSC 494, BMC 29.

Tarpeia, daughter of the commander of the citadel, betrayed her fellow Romans to the Sabines when they came to attack Rome. Tarpeia offered to admit the Sabines into the city in return for what they wore on their arms. She had in mind the gold torques the Sabines usually wore. The Sabines agreed, but disgusted by her greed, the gave her the shields they worn on their arms and put her to death by crushing her under their shields. She was then thrown from a high cliff above the city. The Tarpeian Rock, from which traitors were thrown in Rome, is named after her.
4 commentsLucas H12/13/13 at 21:08ickster: I've been wanting a "Tarpeia" type for a while...
Roman Empire, City Commemorative, Constantinopolis, RIC-543199 viewsConstantine I the Great (307-337) Commemorative Series Follis, Treveri (RIC-543)
Obv: Laureate and helmeted bust of Constantinopolis facing left. Legend around - CONSTANTINOPOLIS
Rev: Victory standing left on prow, holding spear and resting on shield. Legend below - TR • S
1 commentsSpongeBob12/02/13 at 15:32ickster: Very crisp! A nice coin indeed.
Roman Empire, City Commemorative, Urbs Roma, Follis, Siscia (RIC-240)311 viewsObv: Helmeted and cuirassed bust of Roma facing left. Legend around - VRBS ROMA
Rev: Lupa Romana standing left, suckling twins Romulus and Remus; two stars above. Legend below - • ASIS •

From the Nether Compton hoard

4 commentsSpongeBob12/02/13 at 15:30ickster: That is a very attrictive example! Congrats.
Ionia, Ephesus c. 380-370 B.C. AR Tetradrachm42 viewsIonia, Ephesus. AR tetradrachm (24mm, 15.35 gm, 12h). Polykles, magistrate, c. 380-370 B.C.
Obv: Φ, bee with straight wings, seen from above.
Rev: Forepart of stag running right, head looking back at palm tree to left, ΠΟΛΥΚΛΗΣ to right.
Ref: BMC Ionia pg. 53, 51. SNG Copenhagen 237.
Iridescent toning, otherwise Good Very Fine.
3 commentsmjabrial11/30/13 at 18:44ickster: Nice details.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Gallienus, AE Antoninianus, 264-265 AD39 viewsGallienus BI Antoninianus. Antioch, AD 264-265.
Obv: GALLIENVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: AETERNITAS AVG, she-wolf standing right, head left, suckling the twins Romulus and Remus; below, grain ear.
RIC V 628; MIR 36, 1628d; RSC 46c. 3.80g, 22mm, 10h.
Roma Numismatics esale 3 lot 722
1 commentschance v11/30/13 at 18:43ickster: That's a nicely centred and attrictive example...
ANIMALS/PINK FLOYD, Track 2. Dogs.43 viewsRoman Republic, Moneyer L. Caesius, 112-111 BC
AR denarius, 3.92 gm
Obv: Vejovis facing left, from behind; holding thunderbolt; monogram AP.
Rev: Two Lares Praestites seated, facing left, holding spears, dog between; bust of Vulcan above; legend LA-RE.
Ref: Crawford 298/1. Sydenham 564. RSC Caesia 1.

Composite picture of the collection:

Interactive presentation:

2 commentsTIF11/25/13 at 02:41ickster: Very attrictive example. Congrats.
ANIMALS/PINK FLOYD. A themed collection of ancient coins.98 viewsFor an interactive presentation, go to this Prezi:

Recommend viewing full screen (icon at bottom left). Sound on. Click play; you can use arrow keys or mouse clicks to navigate even while in autoplay mode.

Individual pictures of coins and attributions will be added soon.
9 commentsTIF11/25/13 at 01:39ickster: What an awesome way to present these coins!
Roman Imperial: Septimius Severus (193-211) Denarius, Rome (RIC-295)70 viewsObv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG. Laureate bust right
Rev: VICT PART MAX. Victory advancing left with wreath and palm branch
3 commentsSpongeBob11/09/13 at 16:15ickster: Looks uncirculated. Nice coin.
laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
in four lines within laurel-wreath
RIC 195a 16,35g 28mm
1 commentsPriscus11/09/13 at 15:13ickster: A nice example.
PHLIASIA, Phlious. AR obol.56 views400-350 BC
11 mm, 0.82 gm
Obv: forepart of butting bull left
Rev: large Φ surrounded by four pellets
Ref: SNG Copenhagen 8-9
Triskeles Sale 9; Oct 2013
ex BCD Collection, not in previous BCD sales

From a small round paper insert included with the coin, handwritten:
0.84 gm
From Sotheby's
26-27 May 1976,
lot 88, bought for
£55 + 10% VAT
The original Sotheby's catalog clipping for the lot was also conveyed.

Phlious (alt. Phlius) was in Peloponnesus, less than 10k from Nemea. Renowned for their wine, and at least one vineyard shows a similar coin on its label today:

Some history of Phlious from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854):

I wonder when the graffitist added the P... Is it a Latin P or a Greek Rho?

5 commentsTIF11/09/13 at 15:10ickster: I like this coin alot
RIC 0756 Vespasianus47 viewsObv : IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG, Laureate head right
Rev : PON MAX TR POT P P COS V CENS, Winged caduceus between crossed cornucopiae
AE/Dupondius (27.49 mm 11.64 g 6h) Struck in Rome (for circulation in Syria) 74 A D
RIC 756 (C), BMCRE 886, RPC 1982
1 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/06/13 at 02:16ickster: Love the dark green patina!
13 Constantius II100 viewsConstantius II 3 Struck 351-355 AD.

D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, soldier spearing falling enemy horseman who wears Phrygian helmet and is reaching backwards; shield on ground to right; ASIS in ex. Siscia 350


New photo
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)10/31/13 at 19:09ickster: Nice detail and nice presentation. You stitched th...
21828 viewsDiadumenian, as Caesar
Rome mint
Bare-headed and draped bust right
Diadumenian standing left holding baton and long sceptre, two grounded standards right
RIC 107
1 commentsmauseus10/31/13 at 19:06ickster: A nice example. Congrats!
Roman Empire, Constantius II, 351-355 AD Sandy Patina Fallen Horseman 175 viewsDN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, Right Bust, Pearl and Rosette Diademed, Draped and Cuirassed

FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Spearman, Horseman reaching.

Gamma in left Field.

ALEA in Exergue

RIC 72
6 commentsDino10/30/13 at 02:43ickster: My favourite patina combined with excellent detail...
CAMPGATE, Constantine II, Heraclea122 viewsAttribution: RIC 67 (RIC VII)

Mint: Heraclea, Officina 3, .SMHΓ.

Date: 324 AD

Obverse: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right

Reverse: PROVIDEN_TIAE CAESS, Campgate with six rows, two turrets, no doors, star above, top and bottom rows empty blocks
.SMHΓ. in exergue
1 commentsAnemicOak10/30/13 at 02:25ickster: Almost mint state!
01. Athens Tetradrachm.129 viewsTetradrachm, 449 - 413 BC.
Obverse: "Archaic style" head of Athena, wearing crested helmet ornamented with olive leaves and floral scroll.
Reverse: ΑΘΕ / Owl, olive twig, and crescent moon.
17.15 gm., 24 mm.
S. #2526.
2 commentsCallimachus10/30/13 at 02:24ickster: Very nice! Congratulations.
01. Gordian III as Caesar / RIC 1.54 viewsDenarius, April - July 238 AD, Rome mint.
Obverse: M ANT GORDIANVS CAES / Bust of Gordian.
Reverse: PIETAS AVGG / Sacrificial implements: lituus, knife, vase, simpulum, and sprinkler.
2.64 gm., 19.5 mm.
RIC #1 (Balbinus & Pupienus); Sear #8557.
3 commentsCallimachus10/29/13 at 00:38ickster: Nice in every respect. Congrats!
51 viewsPhilip I. AD 244-249. AR Antoninianus. Rome mint. Struck AD 248. Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Stag advancing left; V in exergue. RIC IV 20; RSC 185.3 commentspaul188810/29/13 at 00:36ickster: Nice example
Titus - Orichalcum51 viewsObv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII, laureate head right
Rev: PAX AVGVST S C, Pax standing left, olive branch in right, cornucopia in left
Size: 19.292g, 34.0mm, 180o
Mint: Rome, 80 AD
Id: RIC II pt. I 154
Notes: 1. From a hoard of very worn sestertii found in France
2. Ex-Forum
3. I picked this large coin up so that I could see how the material of an Orichalcum sestertius felt like
4 commentsickster10/26/13 at 04:45ickster: And it makes a great pocket coin. I'm not afra...
KINGS OF MACEDON--PHILIP V47 views221 - 179 BC
20.5 mm 8.13 g
O: Head of young Heracles in lionskin headdress right
R: Two goats recumbent, side by side. BA above. F beneath; grain ear below r
1 commentslaney10/25/13 at 03:58ickster: Nice patina on this one.
Augustus, Denarius93 viewsColonia Patricia mint ? ca. 19-18 BC
CAESARI AVGVSTO, laureate head right
SP - QR on either side of a domed terastyle temple, in which is a chariot with aquila.
3,66 gr
Ref : RSC # 279, RIC # 119
6 commentsPotator II10/24/13 at 23:56ickster: Very nice. I've never heard of that reverse be...
PHARONIC KINGS OF EGYPT, Nektanebo II, 360-343 BC40 viewsAE
15 mm (4 mm thick), 4.4 gm
Obv: Ram leaping left, head reverted.
Rev: Scales of Ma'at; countermark with helmeted bust right.
Ref: Weiser 1

A few months ago a friend, upon hearing that I was collecting ancient coins, said he would like to have a coin issued by a pharaoh. Hmm. "I don't think there are any", I replied. I hadn't come across any in my whirlwind but voluminous searching, although I hadn't been searching for such a coin.

Turns out there are some. Nektanebo II, the last native pharaoh of Egypt, issued coins in bronze, gold, and perhaps silver. Prior to that, Egypt did produce some coins for the purpose of international trading-- imitations of Athens, Attica tets, for instance-- but Nektanebo appears to be the first pharaoh to issue coins for local use. Maybe.

Per auction house sales information from half a decade ago, it seems these bronzes were extremely rare. I wonder if a small horde was recently found because the prices have fallen and there are currently six specimens in retail e-stores and at least two more were auctioned off recently.

There is not universal agreement regarding the issuer, purpose, and location of circulation of these coins. Sellers tout it as the "sole pharonic issue"-- I'm sure that boosts desirability-- but it may not be accurate. Hope it is though.

CNG, in the description of this coin (one similar to mine),

Nekht-her-hebet, or Nektanebo II as he was known to the Greeks, was the nephew of Pharaoh Tachos (Djed-her). Placed in command of the Egyptian army in Syria during the Satrapal Revolt, he turned his troops against his own king and took Egypt by force. In 351-350 BC he repelled a Persian invasion but was driven from his throne in 344-343 BC by a second assault. He fled Egypt, found refuge in Ethiopia, and retained control of Upper Egypt for another few years. As the last pharaoh, Alexander sought to connect himself with Nektanebo after conquering Egypt, allowing the rumor that he was in fact his son to spread. Alexander’s connection to the pharaoh lasted, and for years the sarcophagus of Nektanebo II, now in the British Museum, was considered to be Alexander’s own.

The traditional attribution of this issue to Nektanebo, however enticing, has been increasingly contested. Finds of the coins have been consistently noted outside of Egypt. Kevin Butcher has placed the bronzes at Antioch circa 1st century BC, where the leaping ram imagery would fit well.

I wanted this coin for several reasons.

First, well… a pharaoh's coin? That's just cool.

Second, it depicts the Scales of Ma'at. Such a device was used in Jitterbug Perfume, a book by Tom Robbins, one of my favorite authors. In it, at a limbo-like way station, the newly dead have their hearts weighed against a feather. The heart must be light as a feather to move on. I was unaware until seeing this coin that the scene was taken directly from Egyptian mythology.

Third, it is for an almost-finished themed collection I've been working on.

Nektanebo II (translated from Egyptian "Nakhthorheb (meryhathor)" or "Nekht-her-hebet" or "Nekht-harhebi" ; alternate spelling Nectanebo), the last native Egyptian pharaoh, part of the 30th dynasty. His 17 year reign spanned from 360 to 343 BC.
Birth name: Nakht-hor-heb (mery-hathor) “Strong is His Lord Horus, Beloved of Hathor”
Throne name: Snedjem-ib-re Setep-en-inhur “Pleasing to the Heart of Re, Chosen of Onuris”

Additional biographic information about Nektanebo II

About Ma'at, the Scales of Ma'at, and the weighing of hearts:

4 commentsTIF10/19/13 at 15:38ickster: Nicely photographed and an educational write-up. T...
Titus111 viewsTitus Æ Sestertius. Uncertain Eastern Mint (Thrace?) AD 80-81.
R: IVD CAP across upper field, S C across middle field, palm tree, to left Jewess seated left on shield in attitude of mourning, to right Jew standing right, hands tied behind back, spear and shield before him. RIC 500; RPC 503; Hendin 1596.
3 commentsNemonater10/02/13 at 00:53ickster: A nice historical coin. Good catch!
Vespasian-RIC-1105120 viewsAR Denarius, 3.17g
Lyon mint, 70 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG TR P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: COS ITER FORT RED; Fortuna stg. l., r. hand on prow, with cornucopiae
RIC 1105 (R2). BMC p. 76 note. RSC 82. BNC 288.
Ex G&N, eBay, 22 September 2013.

At first glance this denarius would seem to be unremarkable. The Fortuna reverse is a well known common reverse type minted in Rome in 70; however, this example is from Lyon (Lugdunum) and is considerably rarer. It can be distinguished from the Rome mint examples based on style and the obverse legend. Style wise Lyon is known for its large headed portraits and neat, blocky legends. TR P (either I or II) is also recorded in the obverse legend, unlike at Rome. Many Lyon denarius types are copied from those minted in Rome and are sometimes misattributed by less diligent cataloguers.

A good coin with honest wear and a fine styled portrait.
8 commentsDavid Atherton10/02/13 at 00:51ickster: Nice coin and excellent write up. I learned someth...
Aurelian - antoninianus RIC 6443 viewsAurelian. Antoninianus, Rome mint, 274-275 AD; 3.65g; obv. IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate & cuirassed bust right; rev. ORIENS AVG, Sol walking right with laurel-branch & bow, treading down an enemy, officina letter or star to left, XXIR in ex. RIC 54.

Ex Martin Griffiths (Maridvnvm) collection
1 commentsBartosz Awianowicz09/29/13 at 20:00ickster: Awesome reverse and nice portrait.
Claudius Cistophorus - Claudius and Fortuna in Temple (RIC 120)149 viewsClaudius Cistophorus of Pergamum, 41 CE. 11.38g

Obv: TI CLAUD CAES AUG, bare head of Claudius (L)

Rev: COM – ASI Distyle temple, within Claudius on l. being crowned by Fortuna on r.
ROM ET AVG on temple frieze.

RIC 120 (Pergamum). RPC 2221
15 commentsKained but Able09/29/13 at 18:47ickster: Wow! Not much more to say....
Roman Republic / L. Cassius Longinus / Voting.65 viewsRoman Republic, 63 BC. Moneyer L. Cassius Longinus AR denarius. Veiled and diademed head of Vesta left, kylix (drinking vessel) behind, letter before / LONGIN III V, togate male figure standing left, dropping voting tablet inscribed V (Vota) into an urn to left.
Graffito (M) on obverse.
Cr. 413/1; Sear 364; Cassia 10; Albert 1330; Sydenham 935.

From the Sam Mansourati Collection.
2 commentsSam09/29/13 at 16:19ickster: Very nice example and one on my "must have" list. ...
Macrinus48 viewsMacrinus. AD 217-218. AR Denarius (19mm, 2.88 g, 6h). Rome mint, 2nd officina. 3rd emission, AD 218. Laureate and draped bust right, wearing long beard / Liberalitas standing left, holding abacus and cornucopia. RIC IV 78; Clay issue 3; RSC 41.

From the Ronald J. Hansen Collection.

Ex- CNG 94
4 commentsTLP09/20/13 at 21:06ickster: Wonderful portrait and centering!
ROMAN EMPIRE, Augustus Denarius79 views3 commentsMiguel U09/14/13 at 14:22ickster: A very nice acquisition.
032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0133b, Rome, AR-Denarius, P M TR P COS III, PRO-AVG, Providentia standing left,197 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0133b, Rome, AR-Denarius, P M TR P COS III, PRO-AVG, Providentia standing left,
avers:-IMP-CAESAR-TRAIAN-HADRIANVS-AVG, Laureate head right, with draped left shoulder.
revers:-P-M-TR-P-COS-III, Providentia standing left, holding right hand above globe at feet and holding a transverse scepter.
exerg: PRO/AVG//--, diameter: 17-17,5mm, weight: 3,41g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 121 A.D., ref: RIC II 133b, p-365, C-1198,
7 commentsquadrans09/14/13 at 14:21ickster: Sharp!
129d Constantine II. AE 322 viewsobv: CONSTANTINVS NN NOB C laur. drp. cuir. bust r.
rev: DOMINORVM NOCTRORVM CAESS laur. wreath inclosing VOT/./V
ex: PT
1 commentshill13209/14/13 at 04:35ickster: I love the patina on this one! Nice specimen.
Gallienus, as joint ruler with Valerian, Billon Antoninianus RIC 397, RSC 940, Sear5 1035246 viewsIMP GALLIENVS P AVG, radiate draped bust right / SALVS AVGG, Salus standing left feeding snake rising from altar and holding sceptre in left hand. Viminacium mint.
Maximum Diameter: 21.4 mm
Weight: 3.80 g
4 commentsTheEmpireNeverEnded09/14/13 at 01:37ickster: A wonderful and expressive portrait!
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 491v, Ticinum, PROVIDENT-AVG, Bust-G, Q/-//SXXI, Providentia standing left,92 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 491v, Ticinum, PROVIDENT-AVG, Bust-G, Q/-//SXXI, Providentia standing left,
avers:- VIRTVS-PROBI-AVG, Radiate, helmeted, cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield.(G)
revers:- PROVIDENT-AVG, Providentia standing left, holding globe and sceptre.
exerg: Q/-//SXXI, diameter: 22-22,5mm, weight: 3,56g, axis: 6h,
mint: Ticinum, date: A.D., ref: RIC V-II 491v, p-69,
1 commentsquadrans09/14/13 at 01:16ickster: This may be a best of type
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 436, Ticinum, VIRTVS AVG, Bust-F, -/-//QXXT, Soldier standing left,106 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 436, Ticinum, VIRTVS AVG, Bust-F, -/-//QXXT, Soldier standing left,
avers:- IMP-C-PROBVS-PF-AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right. (F)
revers:- VIRTVS-AVG, Soldier standing left, holding Victory and spear and leaning on shield.
exerg: -/-//QXXT, diameter: 22,5mm, weight: 4,71g, axis: 0h,
mint: Ticinium, 4th. emission, date: 278 A.D., ref: RIC-V-II-436, p-64,
2 commentsquadrans09/14/13 at 01:15ickster: A wonderful example!
Roman Empire, Severus Alexander 204 viewsEmperor Severus Alexander / Sol - Silver Denarius
RIC IV 120, RSC IV 440, BMCRE V 930, SRCV II 7915, FDC, high relief portrait, light toning, 3.165g, 20.0mm, 0o, Rome mint, 233 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse P M TR P XII COS III P P, Sol standing left, radiate, nude but for cloak on shoulders billowing behind, raising right commanding the sun to rise, whip vertical behind in left; uncirculated, superb!;

Sam Mansourati Collection / Ex FORVM Ancient Coins

*With my sincere thank . Photo and Description , courtesy of FORVM Ancient Coins Staff.
8 commentsSam09/13/13 at 18:11ickster: Very nice. Sharp dies.
KINGS of PERGAMON. Attalos I to Eumenes II148 viewsKINGS of PERGAMON. Attalos I to Eumenes II. 241-159 BC. AR Tetradrachm (29mm, 16.70 g, 12h). Struck circa 225/15-189/8. Laureate head of Philetairos right / Athena seated left, with spear at side, supporting shield with right hand and resting left elbow on small statuette on sphinx; ivy leaf above knee, bow to outer right, A on throne. Westermark Group III, dies V.XXIX/R?; SNG France 1609 (same obv. die). XF, porous.

From the Sam Mansourati collection. / EX CNG
8 commentsSam09/04/13 at 00:50ickster: Oh my! Gorgeous
Roman Empire, Claudius I (41-54), Quadrans, Rome (RIC-91)110 viewsRoman Imperial: Claudius (41-54) Quadrans, Rome (RIC-91)

Obv: CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG II. Hand left, holding scales; PNR below.
Rev: TR P IMP P P COS II PON M. S • C; legend around.
5 commentsSpongeBob09/02/13 at 04:33ickster: Very nice indeed. Rare to find these in this good ...
Titus as Caesar RIC-1442105 viewsAR Denarius, 3.38g
Ephesus mint, 71 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: IMPERATOR T CAESAR AVGVSTI F; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PACI - AVGVSTAE; Victory adv. r., with wreath and palm; at lower r., EPHE
RIC 1442 (R). BMC 468. RSC 125. RPC 844 (5 spec.). BNC 361.
Ex CNG E260, 20 July 2011, lot 469. Ex Gorny and Mosch 170, 13 October 2008, lot 2068. Ex Gorny & Mosch 142, 10 October 2005, lot 2392.

The obverse is slightly off center but contains a wonderful portrait.
6 commentsDavid Atherton08/22/13 at 02:19ickster: Very nice indeed. Congrats! I love the detail on t...
2 Philip I31 viewsPHILIP I
AR Antoninianus, 244-9 AD, 3.8 g

O: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Radiate and draped bust right.

R: ROMAE AETERNAE, Roma seated left on shield, holding Victory and spear.

RIC 44 (b), Sear 2567, Choice VF

Coin commemorates the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Rome

1 commentsSosius08/22/13 at 02:17ickster: Nice!
Carinus Obv17 viewsCarinus: 282-283 AD
Bronze AE Antoninianus, 21mm/3.6g, Antioch mint
OBV: IMP C M AVR CARINUS PF AVG; Radiate head right, draped and cuirassed
REV: VIRTVS AVGG; Emperor standing right, holding sceptre, receiving Victory form Jupiter or Carus standing left, XXI in ex, A in betw. (RIC 325 v)
1 commentsPhilip G08/16/13 at 04:55ickster: Nice desert patina.
Constantine the Great84 viewsConstantine I - Siscia Mint - Officina 3 - AE3 - RIC VII 93

O: CONST_ANTINVS AVG, laureate, helmeted, cuirassed bust right

R: VICT. LAETAE PRINC PERP, two Victories standing facing each other, inscribing shield with VOT/PR on altar with S, ΓSIS* in exergue

3.0g, 18/19mm, 0 degree die axis, 319-320AD
2 commentsBiancasDad08/07/13 at 03:39ickster: Oh my! I love desert patina. If you are ever think...
RIC 0523 Vespasian denarius 150 viewsIMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII CEN
Laureate head of Vespasian right.

within oak wreath with serrate leaves, acorns, and six long spikes.

Rome, 73 AD


RIC 523 (C ). BM 86A. Cohen 517.

Rare: not in Paris, only one specimen in Reka Devnia hoard although RIC cites it as Common.

Holed for suspension in antiquity.
Reportedly found in Spain.

9 commentsJay GT408/07/13 at 03:38ickster: I bid on this one and wanted to chase after it, bu...
051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), RIC IV-I 571a, Rome, AE-As, P M TR P XX COS IIII P P, Radiate lion walking left, Scarce!112 views051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), RIC IV-I 571a, Rome, AE-As, P M TR P XX COS IIII P P, Radiate lion walking left, Scarce!
avers:- ANTONINVS-PIVS-AVG-GERM, Laureate head right.
revers:- P-M-TR-P-XX-COS-IIII-P-P, Radiate lion walking left with thunderbolt in its jaws.
exe: -/-//S-C, diameter: mm, weight: g, axis: h,
mint: Rome, date: 214-217 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-I-571a, p-, C-, Scarce!
1 commentsquadrans08/06/13 at 02:13ickster: Lovely reverse type!
Caesarea Maritima. Trajan Decius. 249-251 CE.45 views
Caesarea Maritima. Trajan Decius. 249-251 CE. Æ 25mm
Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right
Galley sailing left, with three rowers, three ensigns in stern; PORTVS AVGVSTI above. Kadman, Caesarea, 152.
1 commentsMaritima08/05/13 at 04:17ickster: Very nice!
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Vespasian RIC-848 (1)213 viewsAR Denarius, 3.29g
Rome mint, 76 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev: COS VII across field; Eagle head l. standing on thunderbolt, on Altar. Very uncommon with thunderbolt showing.
RIC 848 (C). BMC 184. RSC 120. BNC 154.
Acquired from Bart Lewis, February 2004.

The BMCR speculates this reverse commemorates the passing of Mucianus 'the Emperor-maker', the former governor of Syria who helped Vespasian come to power. The eagle is a symbol of the afterlife.

A left facing bust of this type which is a bit scarcer than the right facing one.
5 commentsVespasian7008/04/13 at 20:05ickster: Veru nice!
ROMAN EMPIRE, Trebonianus Gallus, Rome mint, struck 251 AD, AE Sestertius224 viewsIMP CAES C VIBIVS TREBONIANVS GALLVS AVG laureate-headed and draped bust dright
SALVS AVGG, S-C Salus standing right
RIC 221a, Cohen 115
3 commentsdupondius08/04/13 at 20:04ickster: Excellent portrait and way to display for the phot...
The First 12308 viewsYou know who they are!10 commentsNemonater08/04/13 at 18:10ickster: A very nice set and nice presentation.
RIC 0790 Domitian Denarius 109 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR PXV
laur. head right


Minerva standing left holding spear left hand on side

95 AD

RIC 790 (C2)



ex-Arcade Coins
5 commentsJay GT408/03/13 at 20:31ickster: Nice example
035 Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), RIC III 0597, Rome, AE-Sestertius, ANNONA•AVG, Annona standing right, S-C,176 views035 Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), RIC III 0597, Rome, AE-Sestertius, ANNONA•AVG, Annona standing right, S-C,
avers:- ANTONINVS-AVG-PI-VS-P-P-TR-P-COS-III, Laureate head right.
revers:-ANNONA•AVG, Annona standing right holding corn ears over modius and cornucopiae, prow behind, S-C across the field.
exe:S/C//--, diameter: 32-33mm, weight: 29,18g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 142 A.D., ref: RIC-III-597-p-, C-34,
1 commentsquadrans08/03/13 at 02:11ickster: That must be one great coin in hand! I do like the...
Krannon, Thessaly, Greece, (350 - 300 B.C.)82 viewsÆ Dichalkon
O: Horseman galloping right, wearing petasos and chlamys.
R: “KR-AN/NO”, hydria (water carrying vessel) mounted on cart.
Krannon mint
Rogers Thessaly 197, SNG Cop 43, SGCV I 2073

It was customary in time of drought to take a sacred chariot with Hydria in procession through the City to supplicate Apollo for rain, and if a crow settled on the wheels, that was the sign that Apollo would grant the prayers of the faithful. -- Rev. Edgar Rogers in The Copper Coinage of Thessaly
5 commentsMat08/03/13 at 01:48ickster: Nice example! I've been considering one of the...
India, Gupta Empire, Chandragupta II, Gold Dinar, Archer Type78 viewsGupta Empire, Chandragupta II Vikramaditya, Gold Dinar, 7.75g, Archer type

The above coin of Chandragupta II Vikramaditya is a celebration of the exquisite and sublime skills of the artist who designed the die for this coin which demonstrates why the Gupta Age is called the golden period of Indian history. This time period saw all round development in science, astronomy, poetry, sculptor, metallurgy etc and coinage was no different with original coins bearing Indian motifs introduced by the Guptas.

The above coin is more of a tribute to the skills and artistry of the die engraver than the image that the coin itself bears. In the above coin, the die cutter has managed to achieve the following objectives simultaneously:

1. The features of the King is portrayed as extremely youthful. 'Chir-Yauvana' or Eternal Youth is an elixir that mankind, and more so the Ruler, has sought since time immemorial. This coin shows how the die cutter wishes the King to be remembered amongst his subjects and for posterity as a handsome youthful King.

2. The body of the King is lithe, supple, muscular and well proportioned. This complements and brings out the relative youthfulness of the King. I can almost visualize the thoughts running in the die engravers mind as he thinks of the message to be conveyed by this coin 'Hail the King, Glory be to Him, our benevolent King, our Protector, the Strong and Valiant Chandragupta'.

3. The King exudes an aura of energy, vigour and vitality even as he stands in the 'dvibhanga' pose (head and torso inclined to the right with lower limbs in opposite direction, a common feature applied in Indian sculptor and classical dance, especially Odissi). The King appears calm, composed and serene. This is a delicate balance that has admirably been achieved by the die cutter. You can actually sense the King trying to communicate with you and about to step out of the coin to hold your hand and draw you back into time.

4. The King holding a Bow in his left arm while drawing an Arrow from his right hand only accentuates the powerful image of the King as a young, energetic warrior who is well disposed and endowed with the bodily strength to overcome his enemies and detractors. Symbolically, the bow and arrow represent the female and male energy as also love and death-wish, respectively. It is well acknowledged that a person has manifestations of both the feminine and masculine aspects that reveal themselves interchangeably. The soft features of the King together with his slender frame accentuates the feminine aspect while the weapons of war amplifies his masculinity. The die engraver has blended these two concepts perfectly.

5. The swaying 'mudra' or pose of the standing King is a feature of Gupta coins to reflect the King as divine and higher than a mere mortal as a man's body is imperfect being straight, rigid and stiff. The graceful sway is achieved by giving a curve or twist at the neck (head) and waist (out thrust hips), the Dvibhanga pose, or the neck, waist and knee, the Tribhanga pose. This is done to reflect that the King's body is aligned alike to the statues of the Gods and Goddesses at the temple with which the common man can more closely associate the King's divinity. The die cutter has achieved this admirably.

6. Similarly, the image of the Goddess on the Reverse is slim and sensual without being erotic. The Goddess holds a flower by a short stalk in her upraised left arm, a 'pasa' or noose in her right hand and sits in the yogic 'Padmasana' posture atop a Lotus. It must be remembered that these symbols on the coin are a depiction of the iconographic manifestation of the ancient Hindu philosophy. The Lotus flower blooms amidst the muck and filth of muddy swamps and marshes and symbolizes man's ability to rise, similar to the Lotus flower, from the dark depths of ignorance and gain happiness with the beauty and radiance of spiritual knowledge. The open flowers of the Lotus that blossoms and spreads out signifies the Sun, an essential life nourishing source as well as the light that destroys ignorance and illuminates wisdom. The 'pasa' (noose or lasso) signifies an attachment to worldly matters as well as the capability of the God to capture evil and (blind) ignorance.

Its a pity we do not have any details of the die engravers name in the historical records but given the finesse and fine style achieved in executing the portrayal of the King on the coin, I am certain he must have been a person held in high esteem for his die engraving skills. Perhaps he may even have been the same person who was also the chief architect of the fabulous temples built during the reign of Gupta Kings.

All in all, this is a great masterpiece of the Gupta miniature art on a Gold Coin of Chandragupta II Vikramaditya. It is my all time favourite coin simply because of the beautiful rendition of the Kings feature, body, posture and message it seeks to convey.
2 commentsmitresh08/02/13 at 15:45ickster: A beautiful coin and an informative write up. Than...
Elagabalus AR Antoninianus28 viewsElagabalus. A.D. 218-222. AR antoninianus (23 mm, 4.98 g, 6 h). Rome. IMP CAES M AVR ANTONINVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Elagabalus right / SALVS ANTONINI AVG, Salus standing right, feeding from patera serpent held in arms. RIC 138; BMC 26-7; RSC 254.

From the I. Serrahima Collection of Roman Imperial Coins.
4 commentsTLP08/02/13 at 00:59ickster: Well centred and well struck. Nice coin!
ROMAN EMPIRE, Licinius II ? Barbarous Imitation266 viewsObervse DN VALLICIN LICINIUS NOB1 commentsMarjan E07/30/13 at 03:34ickster: That is a really nice coin!
00a Domitian as Caesar RIC 541335 viewsAR Denarius, 3.46g
Rome mint, 73 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: CAES AVG F DOMIT COS II; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: No legend; Domitian on horse l.; r. hand raised, sceptre in l.
RIC 541 (R2). BMC 129 var. RSC 664. BNC 105 var.
Ex Gemini X, 13 January 2013, Harry N. Sneh Collection, lot 701. = Helios, ebay, 29 November 2010 (A. Lynn Collection).

This is an extremely rare denarius of Domitian as Caesar, the second earliest minted at Rome. Here the legend is clockwise, the much more common Domitian on horseback type has the legend anticlockwise. The reverse may allude to Domitian's participation in Vespasian and Titus' joint triumph where he rode a 'magnificent' steed. The obverse is a die match with the RIC plate coin from Oxford.

The early portrait on this one is quite outstanding.
18 commentsDavid Atherton07/30/13 at 03:32ickster: Very nice! Thanks for sharing.
20-10 BC Octavian and Agrippa172 viewsAugustus & Agrippa AE Dupondius
back-to-back heads of Agrippa, wearing rostral crown, & Augustus, bare

palm shoot, crocodile before (not chained), two wreaths with long ties trailing above palm tip

Nemausus Mint
20-10 BC.

RPC 523

15.93g Heavy Early Issue!
5 commentsJay GT407/24/13 at 01:23ickster: I really must get one of these! Nice coin.
116-115 BC M. Sergius Silus261 viewsHelmeted head of Roma right
EX SC before, ROMA and XVI in monogram gehind

Helmeted horseman galloping left, holding sword and severed Gallic head in left hand
M SERGI below, SILVS in ex, Q below horses's forelegs

Rome 116-115 BC


Sear 163, RRC 286/1

This issuer strikes as a quaestor and by special decree of the Senate (EX Senatus Consulto). Quaestors were the immediate superiors of the moneyers and under unusual circumstances occasionally utilized their authority to produce coins.


2011 Forum Best of Type winner
8 commentsJay GT407/24/13 at 01:22ickster: A very nice specimen.
Domitian RIC-565157 viewsAR Denarius, 3.25g
Rome mint, 88 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG GERMANICVS; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS XIIII across field; Minerva stg. r. on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to r., owl (M2)
RIC 565 (R3). BMC -. RSC -. BNC -.
Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection.

This denarius features an extremely rare obverse legend (notice the full spelling of DOMITIANVS and GERMANICVS) with the rare COS XIIII legend across reverse field. It is part of a short lived series minted near the beginning of 88. The only other known specimen is in the Fitzwilliam collection, which is an obverse die match with my coin (the reverse is a die match with the RIC 564 plate coin).

Struck in high relief on a broad flan (22mm!) with an exquisite portrait, Domitian would have been very pleased. A phenomenal coin in hand regardless of rarity.
8 commentsDavid Atherton07/22/13 at 21:03ickster: Wow! Thanks for sharing. There is no way I would s...
ROMAN REPUBLIC, Q. Cassius Longinus98 viewsRome
55 BC
head of young Jupiter (or Bonus Eventus or Genius Populi Romani)* right, scepter behind
eagle on thunderbolt right, lituus on left and jug on right
SRCV I 391, Sydenham 916, Crawford 428/3, BMCRR 3868, RSC I Cassia 7
ex Aurea Numismatika

* The sceptrum, fulmen and aquila point to this being the bust of a young Jupiter, for whom such insignia are normally reserved. The priestly implements on the reverse likely allude to an ancestor who belonged to the college of pontiffs, and if we take the symbolism of this coin to be in reference to Jupiter, then it is probable that this coin is in reference to a family member who was once Flamen Dialis, (high priest of Jupiter), a position of great importance and privilege in Rome that entitled the holder of that office to many honours, including the right to a lictor, the toga praetexta, the sella curulis, and to a seat in the Senate. (ROMA NUMISMATICS historical articles)
4 commentsJohny SYSEL07/21/13 at 00:06ickster: Very, very nice.
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Licinius II, Ae 3, struck 317 A.D.111 viewsLicinius II AE 3
2.65gm & 17mm

Obv/LICINIVS IVN NOB C; Laur, dr. and cuir. r., seen from back.

Rev/ VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP; two Victories holding a shield inscribed VOT PR on an altar marked with a C.

TT in exergue. RIC VII, 94. Rare 4, chEF

This is the only "seen from back" obverse in my collection. :-)
2 commentsMayadigger07/17/13 at 03:17ickster: Superb condition with an excellent sand patina to ...
OTACILIA SEVERA160 viewsAE sestertius. 244-245 AD. 20,53 grs.12h . Diademed bust,draped,right. MARCIA OTACIL SEVERA AUG. / Pudicitia seated left,drawing veil fron face and holding transverse sceptre. PVDICITIA AVG .In exergue SC.
s 9169. RIC IV 209a.

2 commentsbenito07/17/13 at 01:39ickster: I agree. A master portrait.
Anonymous PAE As 169-158 B.C. Crawford 176/1, Sydenham 358, BMCRR 63538 viewsLaureate head of Janus; above, I / PAE monogram above, ROMA in exergue, prow of galley right; before, I before. Rome mint.
Maximum Diameter: 33.0 mm
Weight: 34.11 g

A duplicate from the RBW Collection of Roman Republican Coins. Ex SCMB (April 1989), 162
2 commentsTheEmpireNeverEnded06/10/13 at 17:48ickster: I saw this one and was temped to bid on it, but I ...
Seleukid Kings of Syria, Antiochos II AR Tetradrachm33 viewsSeleukeia on the Tigris mint. 261-246 BC.
Obv.: Diademed head of Antiochos I right.
Rev.: Apollo Delphios seated left on omphalos, testing arrow and resting hand on bow; monograms to outer left and right.
SC 587.4a; HGC 9, 236g.
3 commentsMinos06/06/13 at 01:35ickster: Lovely coin!
065 Balbinus. AR denarius24 viewsobv: IMP CD CAEL BALBINVS AVG laur. drp. bust r.
rev: VICTORIA AVGG Victory std. facing head l. holding wreath
in r., palm in l.
1 commentshill13206/04/13 at 02:17ickster: Nicely centred and great appeal!
AETERNITAS AVGG82 viewsPhilippus II. antoninianus
Antiochia mint
3 commentsTibsi05/31/13 at 02:22ickster: Fantastic reverse!
L. Sempronius Pitio denar 148 BC107 viewsRepublican coinage5 commentstibsi6705/31/13 at 02:15ickster: Very nice!
Alexander III21 views17 mm e 5,2 g.
Herakles head in lionskin headdress
bow and bowcase above, club and sideways.
1 commentsxokleng05/30/13 at 17:55ickster: A nice specimen. These can be hard to find in good...
SPAIN, Colonia Patricia (Corduba) Augustus Æ As. 19-2 B.C.; COLONIA PATRICIA. FAB-1989. 29 viewsSPAIN Colonia Patricia (Cordoba) Augustus AE as, 19 - 2 B.C.;
obverse PERM CAES AVG, Bare head of Augustus to left;
reverse COLONIA PATRICIA in wreath.
RPC I 129, S 16. FAB-1989. 13,0 gm., 23 mm.
2 commentsAntonivs Protti05/30/13 at 04:20ickster: Any idea what this is?
051 Macrinus. AR denarius31 viewsobv: IMP CM OPEL SEV laur. cuir. bust r.
rev: FIDES MILITVM Fides std. front head r. his r. foot on helmet,
holding standard in each hand
3 commentshill13205/29/13 at 02:22ickster: Very nice example.
71 viewsÆ Prutah

KAICAPOC (Caesar) date LC (year 5 = 58 CE),
palm branch

NЄP ωNO C (Nero)
in wreath tied at the bottom with an X;

Caesarea mint
59-62 CE


Reference: Hendin 653, SGIC 5627.

ex-Arcade Coins
1 commentsJay GT405/25/13 at 03:43ickster: Love the colouring. Nicely photographed.
Roman Caracalla Denarius26 viewsCaracalla AR Denarius
Obv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, Bust of young Caracalla laureate, draped and cuirassed, right
Rev: INDVLGENTIA AVGG/INCARTH ; The Dea Caelestis, holding thunder-bolt and sceptre, riding on lion, running right over wathers gushing from rock.

RIC 130
1 commentsTanit05/25/13 at 02:34ickster: Love the toning an detail!
31931 viewsQ Therm M F; c.103 BC
AR denarius
Obv Helmeted head of Mars left
Soldier right fighting barbarian to protect a fallen comrade
Rome mint
Crawford 319
2 commentsmauseus05/25/13 at 01:52ickster: Nice centering and toning. That can be hard to fin...
Thrace, Chersonesos. AR Hemidrachm.50 viewsCirca 386-338 BC. AR Hemidrachm (2.40g, 13mm, 6h). McClean-4088; SNG Copenhagen -; BMC-18; Weber-2434; Dewing-3104. Obverse Forepart of lion right, head reverted. Reverse Quadripartite incuse square with alternating raised and sunken quarters, pellet over A and grape cluster in opposite sunken quarters. Lovely strike from nice detailed high relief die. Struck on a very nice broad flan. Perfectly centered. Choice EF. Toned. Lovely example for the issue.

Ex Pars Coins.

The Chersonesos Peninsula was originally founded by Thracian tribes and was later colonized by the Greeks around the 7th century BC. After the death of Alexander III, the diadoch Lysimachos founded his capital on the peninsula and named it Lysimacheia for the newly created kingdom of Thrace.
3 commentsJason T05/24/13 at 01:53ickster: Lots of these around, but very few this nice. Wond...
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantius I, Argenteus1429 viewsArgenteus struck in Antioch, 8th officina, c.299-305 AD
CONSTANTIVS CAESAR, Laureate head of Constantius right
VIRTVS MILITVM, Campgate, *ANTH* at exergue
3.40 gr
Ref : Cohen #318
Argentei struck in Antioch often give a larger head of the emperor than other mints
For a new and better pic, please follow this link :;topic=34410.0;attach=93566;image

For those who feel uncomfortable with this coin, there is also a discussion about it on the "classical numismatics board" :
20 commentsPotator II05/23/13 at 03:43ickster: Like it was minted yesterday
8 Otho Denarius51 viewsOTHO
AR Denarius
Jan. 15-March 8, 69 A.D.
IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P Bare head r. / SEC – VRI – TAS P R Securitas standing l., holding wreath in r. hand and sceptre in l.
Ex Coliseum Coins
4 commentsSosius05/23/13 at 03:08ickster: Yet another nice portrait!
9 Vitellius Denarius, 69 AD45 viewsVITELLIUS
AR Denarius, 69 AD.

[A VITELLIVS] GERM IMP AVG TR P, Bust right / Anepigraphic. Victory seated left, holding patera and palm

RIC 110, BMCRE 043. aVF
2 commentsSosius05/23/13 at 01:57ickster: Nice portrait and toning. My search for one of the...
Domitian RIC-10197 viewsAR Denarius, 3.43g
Rome Mint, 82 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR POT COS VIII P P; Seat, draped; above, winged thunderbolt
RIC 101 (R). BMC 26. RSC 597. BNC 30.
Ex Gemini X, 13 January 2013, Harry N. Sneh Collection, lot 712. Ex CNG E212, 17 June 2009, lot 294.

This denarius is part of the last issue before Domitian reformed the coinage in 82 AD. Prior to the reform Domitian's coinage maintained the same reverse types (evidenced by this carry over 'pulvinar' reverse of Titus), fabric, fineness, and style as those minted under Titus. After the reform all of that changed, along with the dismissal and banishment of the financial secretary Julius Aug. lib. who presumably did not approve of the new changes.

A sharp looking denarius in hand. Nicely toned too.
10 commentsDavid Atherton05/22/13 at 02:17ickster: Good Lord! That is one nice coin
MARCUS ANTONIUS and OCTAVIA Ionia Silver cistophoric tetradrachm43 viewsOBV: M ANTONIVS IMP COS DESIG ITER ET TERT, head of Antony right, wreathed in ivy, lituus below, all within wreath of ivy and grapes
REV: III VIR R P C, bust of Octavia right on cista flanked by snakes
ancient scraches, nice dark toning

11.8gm, 26mm
3 commentsLegatus05/22/13 at 02:16ickster: Nice!
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II, Tetradrachm, 323-315 BC 378 viewsPhilip II (359-336 BC), Tetradrachm, 14.31 g., 24 mm

O - Laureate head of Zeus r.
R - ΦΙΛΙΠΠOΥ / Π Horseman with palm r, flower.

Le Rider pl. 46, 3.

Provenance: Ex A.Tkalec AG, Auction 10/27/2011, Lot 58
7 commentsrobertpe04/27/13 at 04:44ickster:
013b Caligula. AE AS 10.86gm38 viewsobv: C CAESAR AVG GERMANCVS PON M TR POT bare head l.
rev: VESTA/SC vesta veiled and drp. seated l. on ornamental throne,
holding patera, l. long sceptre
1 commentshill13204/27/13 at 00:55ickster: Very nice!
THE TWELVE CAESARS110 viewsFirst Row
(Click on an Emperor's name to see the full description of the coin)
1: Julius Caesar
2: Augustus
3: Tiberius
4: Caligula

Second Row
(Click on an Emperor's name to see the full description of the coin)
5: Claudius
6: Nero
7: Galba
8: Otho

Third Row
(Click on an Emperor's name to see the full description of the coin)
9: Vitellius
10: Vespasian
11: Titus
12: Domitian
8 commentsSPQR Matt04/25/13 at 22:54ickster: A very nice set. Something to strive for!
BRUTUS37 viewsAR denarius. 42 BC,military mint . 3.77 g, 12h. Laureate head of Apollo right . COSTA down right, LEG up left. / Trophy consisting of helmet, cuirass, figure eight shield, and two spears. BRVTVS IMP. Crawford 506/2. RSC 4. Smyth IX/6.
CNG 757131.
1 commentsbenito04/25/13 at 17:44ickster: Wow. Great condition and centred nicely. That can ...
Macrinus Denarius11 viewsMacrinus. AD 217-218. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.59 g, 6h). Rome mint. 1st emission, AD 217. Laureate and cuirassed bust right / Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt and scepter; at feet to left, small figure of Macrinus standing facing. RIC IV 76; Clay issue 1; RSC 37. Good VF.

1 commentsTLP04/25/13 at 04:18ickster: Nice catch!
Roman, Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 Dec 192 A.D.463 viewsSH40551. Bimetallic medallion, Cohen 376 var (300 fr., bust right, central reverse figure hand downward); Gnecchi II p. 57 No. 52 - 53 var (same), aEF, dark brown patina, Rome mint, weight 59.635g, maximum diameter 39.6mm, die axis 0o, 188 A.D.; obverse COMMODVS ANTONINVS PIVS FELIX AVG BRIT, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse P M TR P XIII IMP VIII COS V P P, MON AVG, three monetae standing slightly left, each with a scale in right and cornucopia in left, the center figure is smaller, right hand upward and standing on a short round base; ex Gorney & Mosch, auction 180, lot 404; ex Helios Numismatik auction 3, 155; possibly unique5 commentsJoe Sermarini04/24/13 at 15:35ickster: Thanks for sharing. Fantastic
Greek, Alexander III the Great - Tetradrachm - Amphipolis, Macedon565 viewsDate: 332-326 BC (lifetime)
Size: 25 mm
Weight: 17.4 g
Obv: Head of Herakles wearing lion's scalp right
Rev: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, legs open, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to right; amphora in left field
Price 13
5 commentsViriathus04/24/13 at 15:28ickster: That states the argument quite clearly! Well done.
3 Aurelian26 viewsAURELIAN
AE Antoninianus, Rome Mint, Late 274 A.D.
IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, Bust right, radiate, cuirassed / ORIENS AVG, Sol stg. facing, head l., with r. hand raised and holding globe in l. hand; at feet, on each side, a bound and std. captive, both head turned back; the captive on the l. is in oriental dress, the captive on the r. is bearded and in Gallic costume. ∈XXIR in emerge.
RIC temp 1795:
1 commentsSosius04/24/13 at 02:46ickster: Love the detail on the captives!
Q. Sicinius and C. Coponius – Sicinia-181 viewsROMAN REPUBLIC Q. Sicinius and C. Coponius 49 BC AR Denarius (17mm, 3.93g). Mint moving with Pompey. Diademed head of Apollo right; star below / Club of Hercules surmounted by lion's skin; arrow to left; bow to right. Crawford 444/1a; SRCV 413; Sicinia 1; Syd 9393 commentsBud Stewart12/24/12 at 01:49ickster: Nice! One that's on my hit list.
Septimius Severus, 193–211 CE90 viewsAR denarius, Rome, 209 CE; 3.34g. BMCRE 357, C 536 (Gosselin Sale, 5 Fr.), RIC 231. Obv: SEVERVS – PIVS AVG; head laureate r. Rx: PM TR P XVII COS III – PP; Septimius, laureate, bearded, and in military dress, on horse charging left, about to hurl spear at enemy on ground, who defends himself with spear and shield.

Notes: First special issue of the joint reign of Severus and Caracalla commemorating victories in Britain. Rare; according to Harlan J. Berk, Ltd., this type may specifically refer to "Severus’s attack on the tribes of Scotland: not in Paris in Cohen’s day, nor in the British Museum by 1975, though by a fluke the Reka Devnia hoard contained five specimens."

Provenance: Ex Berk BBS 175 (May 2011), lot 218; ex CNG 41 (19 March 1997), lot 2009.
3 commentsMichael K510/08/12 at 16:51ickster: Nice!
ROMAN IMPERATORS, Sextus Pompeius/Q. Nasidius408 viewsDenarius (grs 3,92 and 19 mm) from one of the admirals of Sextus Pompeius. Main hypot. for issuance : 44-43 BC in Massalia (other : mint moving with Sextus in Sicily around 40 BC).
Obverse: Head looking right of Cn. Pompeius Magnus ; bef. trident ; below, dolphin ; behind, NEPTUNI.
Reverse : galley sailing right ; above, star ; below, Q. NASIDIUS.
Crawford 483/2. Sydenham 1350. Sear (Imp.) 235. Babelon Pompeia 28 (p. 354, vol. 2).
Again (see the didrachm from Akragas) the clear advantage of concavity for the reverse (with no neg. impacts on the observe).
12 commentslabienus02/05/12 at 17:09ickster: Wow! thanks's for sharing.
GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy VI Philometor752 viewsSilver Tetradrachm
Alexandria mint
Struck c. 170-164 B.C.
27mm 14.2g
Obv: Diademed head of Ptolemy I right, wearing aegis.
Rev: PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS, eagle standing left on thunderbolt.

Svoronos 1489; SNG Copenhagen 265

8 commentsmihali8406/11/11 at 03:22ickster: Wonderful in all respects!
ROMAN EMPIRE, Trajan Decius - FELICITAS SAECVLI1175 viewsObv.:IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, radiate & cuirassed bust right Rev.: FELICITAS SAECVLI S-C, Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus & cornucopiae. 15 commentspostumus06/07/11 at 13:52ickster: I don't think I've ever seen skin detailed...
ROMAN EMPIRE, Maximinus I - Pax735 viewsIMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, laureate draped and cuirassed bust right;
PAX AVGVSTI, Pax standing left holding branch and scepter;

Silver denarius, RIC 12, choice EF, 2.62g, 20.6mm, 0o, Rome mint, 235-236 A.D. nicely centered, flat area on obverse drapery ex Scott Collection; from Forum.
4 commentsjimwho52305/31/11 at 04:00ickster: Fantastic coin. Thank you for sharing.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Maximinus I Thrax AR Denarius205 views235-236 AD. Rome mint.
Obv.: IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG - Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev.: PAX AVGVSTI - Pax standing left, holding branch upwards in right hand and transverse scepter with left.
RIC 12.
5 commentsMinos05/31/11 at 03:59ickster: Great coin. While the challenger was also spectacu...
ROMAN IMPERATORS, JULIUS CAESAR, denarius717 viewsDenarius minted in Italy, c.49 BC
CAESAR, elephant walking rigth, trampling on snake
No legend, Simpulum, sprinkler, axe and apex
4.05 gr
Ref : HCRI # 9, RCV #1399, Cohen #49
19 commentsPotator II05/30/11 at 03:02ickster: Good luck finding a nicer one!
ROMAN EMPIRE, Carausius, Diocletian & Maximianus - Antoninianus4207 viewsObv.: CARAVSIVS ET FRATRES SVI, jugate, radiate & cuirassed busts of Maximianus, Diocletian & Carausius left Rev.:PAX A-VGGG, Pax standing left, holding olive-branch & vertical scepter; S P/C. Mint Camulodunum. (Struck circa 292-293 AD)59 commentspostumus05/30/11 at 02:09ickster: That obverse is stunning!
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, Lydia, Sardis, AR Drachm, 336-323 BC. Lifetime issue - Price 2576549 viewsHead of Herakles right wearing lion-skin headdress. / AΛΕΞANΔPOY Zeus Aëtophoros seated facing on backless throne, his left leg and torso facing front, his head, right arm and right to left; holding eagle in his right hand and long sceptre in his left; NK monogram above bee in left field.
Price 2576; Thompson 134 (same dies). Sardis mint ca. 325/4-323 BC.
(18 mm, 4.27 g, 12h)
ex- Arthur J. Frank Collection; ex- NFA Auction II (25-26 March 1976) Lot 12.
9 commentsLloyd T05/30/11 at 02:01ickster: What a magnificant coin!
54 BC M. Junius Brutus AR Denarius.319 viewsLIBERTAS
bust of Libertas right

BRVTVS in ex
Consul L Junius Brutus, between two lictors, preceeded by accensus, all walking left, .

Rome, 54 BC.


Syd 906, Cr433/1, Junia 31.

14 commentsJay GT403/02/11 at 15:38ickster: I'm jealous! Congrats on that one.
Q. Thermus M.f. - Minucia-19326 viewsROMAN REPUBLIC. Q. Thermus M.f. 103 BC. Silver denarius (3.86 gm). Head of Mars left / Two warriors fighting, the one on the left protecting fallen comrade, the other wearing horned helmet, Q THERM M F in exergue. Crawford 319/1, Sydenham 592, Babelon Minucia 19, RCV 19719 commentsBud Stewart12/24/10 at 16:50ickster: I had my eye on one of these, but I managed to sta...
The 12 Caesars + One Virtual tray423 viewsAfter seeing Potator's image of his 12 Caesar's I was inspired to do my own (of course including Mark Antony! While compiling my list I realized I'm missing a Julius Caesar portrait so a non portrait had to fill in. It's difficult choosing which coin to include in this set, in some cases I only had one (Galba) but others I had many more to choose from (Flavians). I do have better portraits of some but I thought these had more interesting types:

Marcus Antonius denarius
Julius Caesar denarius
Augustus denarius
Tiberius denarius
Caligula AE As
Claudius AE As
Nero Dupondius
Galba AE As
Otho Tetradrachm
Vitellius denarius
Vespasian denarius
Titus denarius
Domitian denarius

Image is clickable for larger size.
To see the coins individually see them in my gallery.
13 commentsJay GT409/02/10 at 19:35ickster: Very nice indeed!
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