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Nero As Winged Victory25 viewsNero (54 - 68 AD)

AE AS, Lugdunum, 65 AD

Rev. S C Winged Victory with shield inscribed with S P Q R
RIC I 351

Weight: 10.9g
Diameter: 28mm.

1 commentsJose Polanco08/25/19 at 10:05okidoki: Nice catch
Titus as Caesar68 viewsTitus, denarius.
RIC V951 (R), RSC 67.
Rome Mint, 77-78 AD.
2.8 gr.
Obv. T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS, laureate head right.
Rev. COS VI in exergue; Yoke of oxen walking left.
5 commentsMarsman08/22/19 at 19:02okidoki: Interesting reverse
Roman lead seal Hadrian?129 views
Head of Hadrian? right letters before and behind bust


Certainly looks like Hadrian but could possibly be later 3-4th Century AD.
1 commentsJay GT408/22/19 at 17:21okidoki: very nice Jay
Byzantine Empire, Justin II, AE Half Follis.6 viewsNicomedia Year 4 = 568-569 A.D. 5.42g - 28.5mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: NVIPP AV - Justin on left, Sophia on right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding cross on globe, Sophia holding sceptre.

Rev: Large K, ANNO to left, cross above, regnal year IIII to right. Mintmark NI.

SB 370.
1 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/20/19 at 16:11okidoki: very nice looks
Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 4)26 viewsDomitian, as Augustus (AD 81-96). AR denarius Rome
13 September-31 December AD 81
(18mm, 3.02 gm, 6h).
NGC Choice Fine 4/5 - 4/5.
Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, laureate head of Domitian right Rev: TR P COS VII-DES VIII P P, pulvinar of Jupiter and Juno, draped, surmounted by thunderbolt.
RIC II 72, BMC--, RSC--, Cohen--
2019 August 18 Ancient Coin Selections from the Morris Collection,
Part II Monthly Online Auction #271933 Lot # 35169
4 commentsorfew08/19/19 at 18:30okidoki: Congrats very nice
052 Plautilla (?-211 A.D.), Laodicea ad Mare, RIC IV-I 372 (Caracalla), AR-Denarius, CONCORDIAE, Concordia seated left, #136 views052 Plautilla (?-211 A.D.), Laodicea ad Mare, RIC IV-I 372 (Caracalla), AR-Denarius, CONCORDIAE, Concordia seated left, #1
Wife of Caracalla,
avers: PLAVTILLA AVG, Draped bust right.
reverse: CONCORDIAE, Concordia seated left, holding patera and double cornucopiae.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,0-20,0mm, weight: 3,39g, axis: 0h,
mint: Laodicea ad Mare, date: 202 A.D., ref: RIC IV 372 (Caracalla), RSC, BMC 739, Sear 7068,
3 commentsquadrans08/17/19 at 11:04okidoki: Interesting bust
RIC 0057A Titus41 viewsObv: IMP T CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS VII (counterclockwise), Laureate head right
Rev: PAX AVGVST / S C (in field), Pax standing left holding branch and cornucopia
AE/Sestertius (33.90 mm 25.98 g 6h) Struck in Rome 79 A.D. (Group 1)
RIC unpublished (provisionally assigned n. 57A)
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 80 Lot 527
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/16/19 at 18:31okidoki: very nice reverse
020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² Titus 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062, AR-Denarius, Rome, E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, #159 views020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² Titus 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062, AR-Denarius, Rome, E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, #1
avers: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, Laureate head right.
reverse: E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, upon which an urn sits, laurel branch to each side.
exergue: E/X//SC, diameter: 17,0-18,0mm, weight: 3,24g, axes: 5h,
mint: Rome, date: 80-81 A.D., ref: RIC² (Titus) 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062 p-123, RSC 149, BMC 125,
4 commentsquadrans08/14/19 at 22:42okidoki: Interesting reverse
Struck 1205 - 1230, William I “the lion” (1169 - 1214), AR Penny minted at Perth or Edinburgh, Scotland17 viewsObverse: + LE REI WILAM•: Head of William I facing left, wearing crown of pellets, sceptre to left, within inner circle of pellets. All surrounded by outer circle of pellets. Cross potent in legend.
Reverse: + hVE WALTER: Voided short cross, six pointed star in each angle, within inner circle of pellets. All surrounded by outer circle of pellets. Cross potent in legend. (No mint name on coin. Hugh and Walter, the Edinburgh and Perth moneyers working jointly)
Short cross, phase B. Late William I and posthumous issue struck c.1205 to c.1230.
William I died in 1214 but it would appear that although Alexander II was 16 years old when he came to the throne he continued his father's issues for some 15 years and struck no coins in his own name until around 1230.
Diameter: 21mm | Weight: 1.3gm | Die Axis: 6
SPINK: 5029

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

William I was crowned on 24th December 1165, he came to the throne when his elder brother Malcolm IV died at the age of 24 on 9th December 1165.
Early in his reign William attempted to regain control of Northumbria which had been lost, in 1157 during the reign of Malcolm IV, to the Anglo-Normans under Henry II. He thereby lent support to the English barons who rebelled against Henry II in 1173. In 1174 however, while actively assisting the rebels at the Battle of Alnwick, William was captured by Henry's forces and taken to Falaise in Normandy. He was forced, under the terms of the Treaty of Falaise which he signed in December, to do homage for the whole of Scotland and also to hand over the castles of Roxburgh, Berwick and Edinburgh. Edinburgh, however, was later returned to him as part of the dowry of Ermengarde, a cousin of Henry II, whom William married in 1186.
The Treaty of Falaise remained in force for the next fifteen years until the new English King Richard the Lionheart, needing money for the Third Crusade, agreed to terminate it in return for 10,000 marks. William also attempted to purchase Northumbria from Richard, however his offer of 15,000 marks was rejected due to him wanting all the castles within the lands, something Richard was not willing to concede.
Relations between Scotland and England remained tense during the first decade of the 13th century and in August 1209 King John decided to exploit the weakening leadership of the ageing Scottish monarch by marching a large army to Norham on the south side of the River Tweed. William bought John off with the promise of a large sum of money, and later, in 1212, he agreed to his only surviving son Alexander, marrying John's eldest daughter, Joan.
William I died in Stirling in 1214 and lies buried in Arbroath Abbey, which he is credited with founding in 1178. He was succeeded by his son, who reigned as Alexander II.
3 comments*Alex08/13/19 at 13:14okidoki: Congrats very nice
Roman Imperial, Lucius Verus (Posthumous Issue), Orichalcum Sestertius.11 viewsRome After 169 A.D. 20.31g - 33mm, Axis 4h.
Obv: DIVVS VERVS - Bare head right.
Rev: CONSECRATIO / S-C - Four-tier funeral pyre decorated with statues standing between draped colonnades and surmounted by a quadriga.
RIC III, 1511; BMC M. Aurelius 1363; Cohen 59; Sear'88 1563.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/12/19 at 11:59okidoki: Interesting reverse
032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0175, Rome, Limes-Denarius, COS III, Libertas standing left, 100 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0175, Rome, Limes-Denarius, COS III, Libertas standing left,
avers: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, Laureate head right, drapery on far shoulder.
revers: COS III, Libertas standing left, holding pileus and sceptre.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 19-20mm, weight: 2,60g, axes: 5h,
mint: Rome (Limes), date: 125-128 A.D., ref: RIC II 0175, RSC-374a,
1 commentsquadrans08/11/19 at 18:32okidoki: Nice Joe
Domitian RIC-36756 viewsÆ Dupondius, 11.64g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 367 (C). BMC 347.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: ANNONA AVG; S C in exergue; Annona, std r., holding open on lap by two ends bag full of corn-ears; in front of her stands a small figure, l., also holding two ends of bag, and in the background, stern of ship
Ex eBay, August 2019.

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

Flatly struck on one side, but in fine style.
7 commentsDavid Atherton08/11/19 at 07:48okidoki: Interesting reverse
Probus22 viewsAE-Antoninianus
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Radiate, helmeted, draped and cuirassed bust to right, holding spear and shield seen from inner side.
SOLI INVICTO; Sol in spread quadriga, holding globe and whip in left hand, waves below.
Ex: -
RIC 779var
2 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/10/19 at 09:40okidoki: very nice reverse
Asia Minor, Mysia, Pergamon, Athena, Telesphoros11 viewsMysia, Pergamon
AE17, AD 147-161
Magistrate: I. Pol(l)ion (strategos for the second time, asiarch and neokoros)
Obv: Helmeted head of Athena right.
Rev: ΕΠΙ ϹΤΡΑ Ι ΠΩΛΛΙΩ ΤΟ Β, Telesphorus standing, facing
AE, 3.30g, 17mm
Ref.: RPC IV.2, 3297 (temporary), SNG Copenhagen volume 19 #452
1 commentsshanxi08/10/19 at 09:38okidoki: nice Telesphorus
Roman Imperial, Elagabalus as Augustus, AR Denarius.15 viewsRome 220-221 A.D. 3.34g - 19.5mm, Axis 6h.

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

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

RIC IV-II 125.
2 commentsscarli08/10/19 at 09:37okidoki: very nice reverse
RPC II 2650 Domitianus39 viewsObv: AVT KAICAP ∆OMIT CEB ΓERM, Laureate head left
Rev: L IA, Dolphin coiled around anchor
AE/Obol (19.89 mm 5.607 g 12 h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 91-92 A.D.
RPC II 2650.4 (this coin), Dattari-Savio 601 (this coin), Emmett 308.11
From the Giovanni Dattari Collection
ex Naville Live Auction 51 Lot 244
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/06/19 at 16:01okidoki: Congrats very nice
RPC II 2733 Domitianus46 viewsObv: AYT KAIC ΘEO YIOC ΔOMIT CEB ΓEPM, Laureate head right
Rev: L IE, Nike advancin left, with wreath and palm
AE/Hemidrachm (28.55 mm 12.947 g 12h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 95-96 A.D.
RPC 2733.4 (this coin) - Dattari-Savio 514 (this coin) - Emmett 269.15
From the Giovanni Dattari Collection
ex Naville Live Auction 51 Lot 304
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/06/19 at 16:00okidoki: excellent with the patina
Probus52 viewsAE-Antoninianus
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Radiate, helmeted and cuirassed half length bust to right, raising right hand and holding victory on globe in left.
MARS VICTOR; Helmeted Mars with spear walking right, holding trophy over shoulder.
Ex: II
RIC - ; B222 pl. XXVII; 3ex.
5 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/05/19 at 20:55okidoki: Congrats very nice
Tacitus45 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to right.
SPES PVBLICA; Spes advancing left, holding Flower and raising skirt.
RIC 94
5 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/04/19 at 21:30okidoki: great looks
Constantine I as Augustus, AE Follis - Officina 2.20 viewsCyzicus 325-326 A.D. 3.87g - 19.6mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: CONSTAN-TINVS AVG - Laureate head right.

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

2 commentsscarli08/04/19 at 19:57okidoki: Congrats very nice
Cimmerian Bosporos. Pantikapaion. (Circa 310-304/3 BC.)14 viewsAE20 (6.83 g)

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

Anokhin 1023; MacDonald 69; HGC 7, 113.
1 commentsNathan P08/01/19 at 14:29okidoki: Congrats very nice
Lycian League, Masikytes22 viewsLycian League, Masikytes. c. 40-35 BC. AR Hemidrachm (1.70 gm). Laureate head of Apollo r. / Kithara (lyre), M-A across fields, serpent coiled around omphalos to l., all within incuse square.  EF.  CNG EA 447 #118. Ex-Dr. Erik Miller Coll. RPC I #3303; Troxell, Lycian, Period IV, Series 3 #97; McClean 8875.
In Greek myths, Apollo slayed the great serpent Python so that he could establish his oracular temple at Delphi. An omphalos marked the spot where he slayed Python and is depicted on ancient coins as an omphalos stone with a serpent wound around it.
2 commentsChristian T08/01/19 at 14:24okidoki: very nice reverse
BCC M8152 viewsCaesarea Minima
Uncertain Emperor
Alexandria Mint?
AE Dichalkon
Obv: Laureate head right.
Rev: Crescent with six-pointed star.
Striking black patina.
15.5x13.5 mm. 1.62 gm. Axis:0
cf. Hamburger #107, but larger.
1 commentsv-drome07/30/19 at 21:04okidoki: looks very much like Hadrian
BCC m4749 viewsCaesarea Minima BCC m47
AE chalkon (1/8 obol)
Obv: Imperial head of Hadrian?, laur. right
Rev: Cornucopia, in field date LI Γ (year 13) or S (year 16)
8.0x10mm. 0.59g. Axis:90
Similar to Hamburger #91-94, with different date.
I am still checking for a BMC Alexandria or other reference.
The flan was obviously clipped, but I can not tell if it was before or after the striking.
The weight is very close to other coins listed as chalkons.
1 commentsv-drome07/30/19 at 20:54okidoki: very nice looks like trajan
1978 MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1978 DOC 21 CLBC 4.4.8 21 views
OBV Bust of Christ beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds scrolls in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross
REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing uncertain dress (stemma, short military tunic, breastplate and sagion?) holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 19mm
Weight 3.23gm

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

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

This coin is a choice example Good Very Fine.
1 commentsSimon07/30/19 at 14:30okidoki: very nice
Domitian RIC-70752 viewsÆ As, 9.32g
Rome mint, 90-91 AD
RIC 707 (C). BMC 448.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XV CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: FORTVNAE AVGVSTI; S C in field; Fortuna stg. l., with rudder and cornucopiae
Acquired from eBay, July 2019.

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

Good middle period style and nicely centred.
3 commentsDavid Atherton07/29/19 at 16:45okidoki: excellent
Laureate head of Domitian right

Fortuna standing left holding rudder and cornucopiae

Rome 87 AD


RIC 544 (C3)

8 commentsJay GT407/29/19 at 16:28okidoki: very nice
Vespasian-RIC-113755 viewsÆ Sestertius, 25.51g
Lyon mint, 71 AD
RIC 1137 (R). BMC p. 198 note ‡.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: S P Q R / •P•P• / OB CIVES / SERVATOS within oak wreath
Ex Leu Web Auction 8, 29-30 June 2019, lot 1008.

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

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

Cleaned surfaces with brass toning.
5 commentsDavid Atherton07/17/19 at 20:24okidoki: excellent
Carthage, Second Punic War (220-215 BC)26 viewsAE Trishekel

29 mm, 18.21 g

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

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

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

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

Carthage was a Phoenician colony, and as such the Carthaginians were related to the Hebrews and the Canaanites (among others). Culturally they had much in common, including the use of the shekel as the primary unit of money. Likewise, the Carthaginians worshipped a variety of deities from the ancient Middle East. One in particular was the goddess Tanit. A Phoenician (Punic) goddess of war, Tanit was also a virgin mother goddess and a fertility symbol.
2 commentsNathan P07/17/19 at 19:34okidoki: wonderful coin with excellent toning
Mithradates II (121 - 91 B.C.)31 viewsAR Drachm
O:  Long-bearded bust left wearing diadem.
R: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ − ΒΑΣΙ − ΛΕΩΝ − ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ / ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ / ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ Archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, holding bow.
Ekbatana mint. Struck 109-96/5 B.C.
Sellwood 27.2; Sunrise 294; Shore 86.
4 commentsMat07/17/19 at 15:44okidoki: very nice
Titus RIC 16A78 viewsAR Denarius, 2.83g
Rome mint, 79 AD
RIC 16A (R3). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: ANNONA AVG; Annona std. l., with sack of corn ears
Ex Roma Numismatics, E-Sale 58, 20 June 2019, lot 1078.

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

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

Good Roman style.
6 commentsDavid Atherton07/16/19 at 20:53okidoki: Nice find
RIC 0791 Domitian denarius65 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TRP XV
Laureate head right

Minerva, winged, flying left with spear and shield

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


RIC 791 (C)

Ex-Savoca 21st Blue Auction lot 1060
6 commentsJay GT407/11/19 at 17:39okidoki: very nice reverse
BUST TYPE: A2 = Radiate, cuirassed and draped bust right, seen from back
WEIGHT 3.75g / AXIS: 12h
RIC 680
ALFOLDI 029.001 (4 EX.)

NOTE: Very rare and sought-after variant of the Felicitas Avg reverse with Felicitas holding a short caduceus and a long sceptre - Alfoldi type no. 29 (by far the rarest of the 4 Felicitas variants described by Alfoldi).
2 commentsBarnaba607/11/19 at 09:36okidoki: Congrats very nice
RIC 0144 Titus30 viewsObv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII, Laureate head leftt
Rev: FELICIT PVBLIC / S C (in field), Felicitas standing left holding sceptre and cornucopia
AE/Sestertius (32.31 mm 22.58 g 6h) Struck in Rome 80-81 A.D. (Group 2)
RIC 144 (C2), BMCRE 158-9, BNF 154
Purchased on eBay from Münzhandlung Ritter
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/03/19 at 15:17okidoki: very nice
Domitian AR Denarius53 viewsDomitian, 81-96. Denarius 85 CE Fourth Issue
(Silver, 20 mm, 3.32 g, 6 h), Rome.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII Laureate head of Domitian to right, wearing aegis.
Rev. IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P Minerva standing front, head to left, holding thunderbolt in her right hand and a spear in her left; behind her, shield.
BMC 79. Cohen 178 var. (without aegis). RIC 336 (R2).
Leu Numismatic E-Auction 8 Lot 1038 June 30, 2019.
4 commentsorfew07/01/19 at 20:31okidoki: very nice reverse
Vespasian-RIC-123540 viewsÆ As, 9.42g
Lyon mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 1235 (C). BMC 846 var.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS VIII P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: PROVIDENT in exergue; S C in field; Garlanded Altar
Acquired from Kölner, June 2019.

Late in Vespasian's reign the mint at Lyon (ancient Lugdunum) struck a fairly large issue of bronze at a time when the mint at Rome was winding down its own bronze production. Presumably this late issue was produced to address a shortage of bronze coinage in the Western provinces. Many of the types were recycled from earlier issues from both Rome and Lyon. The common PROVIDENT altar type was sometimes struck at Lyon with a decorative garland, as seen on this example. Although this variant is not rare, surprisingly it is missing from the BM collection. Although the type is commonly described as an altar, Marvin Tameanko has convincingly argued it is actually a sacellum, or small shrine. Originally, Tiberius struck the Provident altar type for Divus Augustus. It was later revived during the recent Civil War and was struck by both Galba and Vitellius.

Provenanced to an old 'South German collection from the 1920s to the 1950s'. Nice old cabinet tone.
2 commentsDavid Atherton07/01/19 at 18:19okidoki: very nice reverse
Mn. Cordius Rufus, Denarius23 viewsMn. Cordius Rufus, Denarius

RRC 463/1a
46 bc
3,62 gr

Av: Jugate heads of the dioskuri.
Rv: Venus standing left, holding scales and sceptre.

Ex Münzen & Medaillen GmbH, Auktion 46, lot 677.
Reported as ex L. Schulman, Auktion 24 (2000), Nr. 1435.
2 commentsNorbert06/30/19 at 15:44okidoki: very nice
Pisidia, Antioch, 049p Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), SNG BN 1117-8, AE-22, ANTIOCH MENCIS CO, Mên wearing a long robe and Phrygian cap,53 viewsPisidia, Antioch, 049p Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), SNG BN 1117-8, AE-22, ANTIOCH MENCIS CO, Mên wearing a long robe and Phrygian cap,
avers: IMP CAES SEP SEV PER A, Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust left.
reverse: ANTIOCH MENCIS CO, Mên (Lunus), wearing a long robe and Phrygian cap, crescent on the left shoulder, standing slightly right, left foot resting on bucranium, holding Nike with the trophy in left hand and spear in right, rooster at foot left.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 22,0mm, weight: 5,25g, axis: 0h,
mint: Pisidia, Antioch, date: 193-211 A.D., ref: SNG BN 1117-8, Krzyźanowska obv. die XIX.
1 commentsquadrans06/29/19 at 17:08okidoki: great looks
RIC 0364 Vespasian denarius66 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
Laureate head right

Victory advancing left placing shield on trophy; below, Judaea seated left

Rome 80-81 AD, after the deification of Vespasian


RIC 364 (C)

Ex-Manfred Olding 2019 no 180; Ex-Paul Schürer (1890-1976); Ex-Fritz Reusing (1874-1956) with handwritten tag.

Reusing was a German portrait painter of the early 20th Century whose portraits included Richard Strauss, Igor Strawinsky, Max Planck, and Albert Einstein. After Reusing's death his nephew Paul Schürer inherited and curated the collection.

Heavy black patina with old scratches beneath.
6 commentsJay GT406/28/19 at 17:53okidoki: very nice reverse
Roman Empire, Severus Alexander, Bimetallic Medaillon80 viewsObv. IMP CAES M AVREL SEV ALEXANDER PIVS FELIX AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust left, seen from behind.
Rev. PONTIF MAX TR P V COS II P P, Alexander on quadriga right, holding eagle-tipped scepter and olive branch, crowned by Victory.
Mint: Rome, 226 AD.

38mm 41.44g

Cohen 481?

Curtis Clay

"A spectacular acquisition!

I know of two other specimens of this medallion:

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

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

(2) In Paris according to Gnecchi no. 21, 50.0g, not illustrated, no mention of bimetallic, but personal examination would be needed to be sure!"
3 commentskc06/27/19 at 11:47okidoki: very nice reverse
Claudius (Augustus) Coin: Bronze Quadrans41 viewsTI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG - Three-legged modius
PON M TR P IMP COS II around large S • C. - Legend surrounding large S C
Mint: Rome ( 1-4 January AD 42)
Wt./Size/Axis: 2.95g / 17mm / 6h
Rarity: R3
RIC I 88
von Kaenel Type 65
Savoca Coins
Acquisition/Sale: Savoca Coins Internet 21st Blue Auction #1017 $0.00 06/19
Notes: Jun 23, 19 - The modius was a roman unit for grain corresponding to 8.7 liters (2.3 gallons).

The Gary R. Wilson Collection

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

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

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

Per CNG: Very rare. Struck 1-4 January AD 42.
3 commentsGary W206/27/19 at 11:36okidoki: very nice
Egypt, Alexandria, AD 153/154, Faustina II, Nilus31 viewsFaustina II
Æ Drachm
Obv.: ΦΑVСΤΙΝΑ СƐΒΑС(С)ΤΗ (legend starting at 1 o'clock), draped bust right
Rev.. Nilus, with crocodile beside him, reclining, l., holding reed and cornucopia; (below, water plants)
L IZ= year 17 of Antoninus Pius (153/154).
Æ, 22.11g, 34mm
Ref.: RPC IV online 14755 (temporary)
2 commentsshanxi06/27/19 at 11:36okidoki: very nice Drachm
Thrace, Kings, Macedonian, Lysimachos, (305-281 B.C.), Price L19, Abydos, AR-Drachm, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, #157 viewsThrace, Kings, Macedonian, Lysimachos, (305-281 B.C.), Price L19, Abydos, AR-Drachm, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, #1
avers: Head of beardless Heracles right wearing a lion skin headdress.
reverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ, ΛYΣIMAXOY, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on the outstretched right hand, scepter in the left hand, lion-forepart left, are the left field above the monogram, beneath the throne head right wearing a Phrygian cap.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0mm, weight: 4,18g, axes: 0h,
mint: Thrace, Kings, Macedonian, Lysimachos, Abydos mint, date: 299/298- 297/296 B.C.,
ref: Price L19, Thompson 67, Müller 17,
3 commentsquadrans06/25/19 at 20:55okidoki: very nice reverse
Vespasian AR Denarius36 viewsVespasian AR Denarius (70 CE Jan-June)
Weight: 2.95 g 17.5 mm
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head of Vespasian right
Rev: COS ITER TR POT, Pax seated left, holding olive branch and caduceus
RIC 29
Purchased from Germania Inferior Numismatics on Vcoins June 16, 2019
2 commentsorfew06/20/19 at 17:00okidoki: excellent
Vespasian (RIC 75, Coin #780)20 viewsRIC 75, AR Denarius, Rome, 74 AD
REV: TR P COS V PON MAX, Winged caduceus.
SIZE: 20.0mm, 3.18g
1 commentsMaynardGee06/20/19 at 16:59okidoki: very nice reverse
BCC G2862 viewsRoman Gem Stone
Caesarea Maritima
Intaglio 1st-3rd cent.CE
Eros standing to left, leg crossed,
resting on inverted torch over altar.
Carnelian/Sard with iron oxide
remnants of setting. Profile type: CA8,
convex top and flat bottom, upright oval.
10.5 x 8.5 x 3.0mm. wt:0.5gm.
cf. Hamburger #101, and Getty #449.
This particular type is well-known
from provincial coins of the Severan
period, though it is not found on
coins from the Caesarea mint. The
gem collections of Anit Hamburger
and the Hendler family both illustrate
a number of Caesarea gems related
to various depictions of Eros.
Surface find 1973.
J. Berlin Caesarea Collection
(click for higher resolution)
3 commentsv-drome06/17/19 at 21:51okidoki: excellent and stylistic
Titus as Caesar RIC-62768 viewsÆ As, 10.28g
Rome mint, 73 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 627 (R). BMC p. 153 note.
Obv: T CAES IMP PON TR P COS II CENS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PAX AVGVST; S C in field; Pax stg. l., leaning on column, with caduceus and branch
Acquired from Olding, MA Shops, May 2019 = Olding, List 96, March 2019, Sammlung Fritz Reusing, no. 164. From the collection of Fritz Reusing (1874-1956), acquired from O. Helbing of Munich, 1929; inherited and continued by Reusing's nephew Paul Schürer (1890-1976).

Pax in various guises and types was struck repeatedly throughout Vespasian's reign for both himself and Titus Caesar. This variant with Pax leaning on a column was a perennial favourite. Pax's popularity on the coinage can perhaps be explained by Vespasian's construction of the Temple of Peace which was completed in 75.

Nice old cabinet toning.
4 commentsDavid Atherton06/16/19 at 17:52okidoki: very nice
Roman Empire, Vespasian, Sestertius with As 103 viewsObv. IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG P M TR POT P P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev. FORTVNAE REDVCI S C, Fortuna standing left, holding cornucopiae and rudder on globe.
Mint: Rome, 71 AD.

32/33mm 26.61g

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

Ex Münzhandel Henzen, MA-Shops, 2019.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to Alberto "FlaviusDomitianus"

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

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

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

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

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

5 commentskc06/16/19 at 15:20okidoki: excellent
Roman Empire, Commodus, Bronze Medallion112 viewsObv. M AUREL COMMODUS ANTONINVS AVG PIVS, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. P M TR P VIIII IMP VI COS IIII P P / TEMPORVM FELICITAS, Pomona seated right, holding corn ears and poppy in left hand, right hand raised to grapevine, below which two children in tub, and a third at feet of goddess.
Mint: Rome, 183 AD.

40mm 65.92g

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

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

Felicitas Temporum ("Prosperity of the Times"), reflecting a Golden Age ideology, was among the innovative virtues that began to appear during the reigns of Trajan and Antoninus Pius. Septimius Severus, whose reign followed the exceedingly brief tenure of Pertinax and unsatisfactory conditions under Commodus, used coinage to express his efforts toward restoring the Pax Romana, with themes such as Felicitas Temporum and Felicitas Saeculi, "Prosperity of the Age" (saeculum), prevalent in the years 200 to 202. Some Imperial coins use these phrases with images of women and children in the emperor's family.
6 commentskc06/15/19 at 13:18okidoki: COD
Roman Empire, Maximus, Sestertius166 viewsObv. MAXIMVS CAES GERM, draped bust right.
Rev. PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS S C, emperor standing left, holding baton and spear, at the right two standards.
Mint: Rome, 236-238 AD.

32mm 21.38g

RIC 13; Cohen 14; BMC 213

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

Princeps Juventutis was a name of dignity even in the most flourishing days of the republic. It was an honorary appellation given to him who took the lead of the greater and lesser boys appointed to perform a part in the game of Troy (ad ludum Troja). The prince of the youth was, in the earlier times, the chief of the Equestrian Order. Under the empire, and from the very commencement of that monarchical form of government, this title, although simply honorary, appears to have been given, as an apanage, to such young princes of the imperial family as were destined to reign, and was sometimes conferred on them at a very early age. (Numiswiki, FAC)
6 commentskc06/13/19 at 21:47okidoki: Congrats very nice
Severus II (305 - 307 A.D.)70 viewsÆ Follis
O:SEVERVS NOB C, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
R:  GENIO POP-VLI ROMANI, Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopiae; altar left, star right: PLC in exergue.
Lugdunum (Lyon) mint
Seltz Hoard 9; RIC VI Lyons 193 var (star type)

Ex CNG Electric Auction, Lot 372, 1/10/2008

Ex. Gordon S. Parry Collection

Published on Wildwinds
4 commentsMat06/10/19 at 08:15okidoki: very nice Mat
RIC 0624 Domitianus56 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII CENS PER P P, laureate head left
Rev: COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC / S C (in exergue), Domitian standing left, sacrificing over altar; Flute and lyre players standing right (the second is near the altar); in background temple.
AE/As (28.60 mm 14.014 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88 A D
RIC 624 (R), BMCRE 437, BNF 475
Purchased from Manfred Olding on MA-Shops, from the Ponitza Collection (1934, with collector ticket)
1 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/08/19 at 11:03okidoki: Great looks, and interesting reverse playing the d...
033 Sabina (???-136 A.D.), RIC II 1019, Rome, AE-Sestertius, No legends, -/-//SC, Ceres seated left, Scarce! #1127 views033 Sabina (???-136 A.D.), RIC II 1019, Rome, AE-Sestertius, No legends, -/-//SC, Ceres seated left, Scarce! #1
avers: SABINA•AVGVSTA HADRIANI•AVG P P, Her bust diademed draped bust right with hair coiled on top of the head.
reverse: No legends/SC, Ceres seated left on basket holding corn-ears and torch.
exergue: -/-//SC, diameter: 34,0-35,0mm, weight: 22,34g, axes: 6h, Scarce!
mint: Roma, date: 128-134 A.D.,
ref: RIC II 1019, Cohen 69, BMC 1879, Sear 3939, Strack II, 858,
6 commentsquadrans06/08/19 at 08:54okidoki: excellent and stylistic
Thrace, Kings, Macedonian, Lysimachos, (305-281 B.C.), Price L28, Colophone (uncertain), AR-Drachm, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, #172 viewsThrace, Kings, Macedonian, Lysimachos, (305-281 B.C.), Price L28, Colophone (uncertain), AR-Drachm, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, #1
avers: Head of beardless Heracles right wearing a lion skin headdress.
reverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ, ΛYΣIMAXOY, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on the outstretched right hand, scepter in the left hand, lion-forepart over the crescent are the left field, pentagram beneath the throne.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter:16,4-17,0mm, weight: 4,17g, axes: 0h,
mint: Thrace, Kings, Macedonian, Lysimachos, Colophone (uncertain) mint, date: 323 - 281 B.C.,
ref: Price L28,
1 commentsquadrans06/07/19 at 17:56okidoki: Nice Joe
RIC 0133 Vespasianus90 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIANVS AVG COS III, Laureate head right, drapery on left shoulder
Rev: FELICITAS PVBLICA / S C (in field), Felicitas standing left with caduceus and cornucopia
AE/As (27.77 mm 12.685 g 5h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D.
RIC 133 (R2, same dies), BMCRE-BNF unlisted
Purchased on eBay from angainor*numis
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/06/19 at 13:06okidoki: very nice
Caria, Satraps. Hekatomnos20 viewsHekatomnos. 395-377 BC. AR Drachm (4.18 gm). Head of roaring lion l. / Stellate pattern. gVF.  SNG von Aulock 2356; SNG Cop. 588-589; SNG Kayhan 862; SNG Kekman 275. 1 commentsChristian T05/31/19 at 19:39okidoki: Congrats very nice
Marcus Aurelius Denarius18 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: After c. 161-162 AD
Metal: AR
Obverse: IMP M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG - Laureate head R.
Reverse: CONCORD AVG TRPP XVI. Concordia std l. extending patera in r. COS III in exergue

Mint: Rome
Weight: 3.15 gm.
Reference: RIC 37 var. (RIC III)
Provenance: CNG, purchased Oct. 16, 1987

Minor variation with COS III in exergue. Superb EF with bright luster.
2 commentsSteve B505/29/19 at 16:41okidoki: Sharp
Shekel Tyre Civic Year 4 (123/2 BC)79 viewsPHOENICIA. Tyre. AR shekel (29mm, 14.07 gm, 12h). Dated Civic Year 4 (123/2 BC).
O: Laureate head of Melqart right
R: TYPOY IEPAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY (Tyre the Holy and Inviolable), Eagle standing left on prow, palm frond over wing; to left, LΔ (date) above club, M and Phoenician bet between legs.
- DCA Tyre 9. DCA 921. ex ClassicalCoins.Com 2005
5 commentsNemonater05/29/19 at 08:29okidoki: very nice reverse
Philip III Tetradrachm96 viewsHead of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck

Zeus Aëtophoros enthroned left, nude to the waist, himation around hips and legs, eagle in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, right leg drawn back, ΦIΛIΠΠOY downward on right, BAΣIΛEΩΣ in exergue, radiate head of Helios facing on left, KY under throne

Struck under Archon, Dokimos, or Seleukos I,

c. 323 - 317 B.C

Babylon mint, 17.056g, 29.2mm, die axis 90o,

Price P205, Müller Alexander P117, SNG Cop 1083, SNG Alpha Bank -, SNG Saroglos -


Coins from this issue were struck in the names of both of Alexander the Great's co-ruling heirs. Most, including this example, were struck in the name of his brother Philip III, but some were struck in the name of his son Alexander IV. During this period, Archon, Dokimos, and Seleukos I ruled in succession as Macedonian satraps in Babylon. Archon was appointed satrap of Babylonia after the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. Perdiccas suspected Archon of colluding in the theft of Alexander's corpse and, in 321 B.C., sent Dokimos to replace him. Archon was defeated and died from battle wounds. Seleucus, was made satrap by Perdiccas' rival Antipater, arrived in Babylon in October or November 320 B.C. and defeated Dokimos.

7 commentsJay GT405/25/19 at 12:02okidoki: very nice reverse
RPC II 0364 Domitianus42 viewsObv: AYTOK KAIΣAP ΔOMITIANOΣ ΣEB ΓΕΡ - Laureate head of Domitian right.
Rev: ΠΕΡΥΝΘΙΩΝ - Dionysus standing, left, holding cantharos and thyrsus; panther to left.
AE27 (27.31 mm 8.794 g 6h) Struck in Perinthus (Thrace)
RPC II 364
ex Emporium Hamburg Auction 85 Lot 331
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/21/19 at 16:05okidoki: great looks on his bust
M. Antony leg. denarius47 viewsMark Antony denarius. Circa 32-31 BC. Eastern military moving mint.
3.85 grs.
Chortis Speculatorum type.
Cr. 544/12.
9 commentslabienus05/19/19 at 15:03okidoki: very nice reverse
Vespasian RIC-23871 viewsÆ Sestertius, 25.68g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 238 (C). BMC 552.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: MARS VICTOR; S C in field; Mars, armoured, adv. l., with Victory and trophy
Ex CNG E443, 1 May 2019, lot 530.

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

The minor porosity does not detract from the superb veristic portrait and beautiful dark brown patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton05/16/19 at 14:01okidoki: Nice David
Sicily, Syracuse. Pyrrhus (Circa 278-275 BC)27 viewsAE 23mm, 11.43 g

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

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

SNG Copenhagen 811. Calciati 177.

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

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

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

Athena Promachos ("Athena who fights in the front line") was a colossal bronze statue of Athena. Erected around 456 BC in Athens, the Athena Promachos likely memorialized the Persian Wars. The very first specific archaistic Athena Promachos coin image was depicted on coins that were issued by Alexander the Great in 326 BC. Ten years later, the Athena Promachos appeared on coins issued by Ptolemy in Alexandria. Pyrrhus' alliance with Ptolemy (I and II) and admiration of Alexander the Great (they were second cousins) undoubtedly inspired the design of this coin with Heracles on obverse (like Alexander's coins) and Athena Promachos on the reverse.
2 commentsNathan P05/13/19 at 19:13okidoki: wonderful coin with excellent toning
Septimius Severus and Caracalla - Samos15 views198-211 AD
laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Caracalla right from behind facing laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Septimius Severus left from behind
Septimus Severus on horse prancing right, wearing cuirass and chalmys, is about to spear fallen enemy
BMC Greek (Ionia) 258.p376
1 commentsJohny SYSEL05/12/19 at 18:12okidoki: excellent
Caracalla, AE 3064 viewsSerdica, Thrace, AD 216
ΑΝΤΩΝΕΙΝΟC AVTK M AVP CEV, laureate heroic bust left, seen from behind, with sword belt and Aegis on left shoulder
OVΛΠIAC CEPΔIKHC, Hermes, naked, standing left, holding purse and caduceus
17,14 gr - 30/28 mm
Ref : Moushmov 4804 (obv), Varbanov 2372 (rev)
See Agora auction #62/102, same dies
4 commentsPotator II05/11/19 at 11:20okidoki: excellent and stylistic
Thrace. PANTIKAPAION. Ae 21. 310-303 B.C.32 viewsObverse: Bearded head of Satyr (or Pan) right.

Reverse: Forepart of griffin left, sturgeon below.

Weight: 6.91 grams.

Diameter: 21.69 mm.
3 commentsMark R105/08/19 at 17:13okidoki: excellent
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Lugdunum, RIC V-II 118.9.4./A-A2, D/-//--, PAX AVG, AE-Ant., Pax standing left, #178 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Lugdunum, RIC V-II 118.9.4./A-A2, D/-//--, PAX AVG, AE-Ant., Pax standing left, #1
avers: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. (A2
reverse: PAX AVG, Pax standing left, holding olive-branch and scepter. In left field D.(A)
exergue: D/-//--, diameter: 20,5-22,0 mm, weight: 3,92g, axis:5h,
mint: Lugdunum, 9th.em.,, "D" in left field, date: 01.-08. 282 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 123.9.2./A-A2, Bastien 422,
3 commentsquadrans05/07/19 at 21:09okidoki: Nice Joe
Mn. Acilius Glabrio - Salus with Valetudo holding Snake (Crawf. 442/1a)58 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 49 BC

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

Rev: Valetudo standing (L), resting l. arm on column and holding snake in r. hand

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

NAC Auction 114 - Part 1, 06/05/2019, Lot 475
ex. NAC 73, Student and his Mentor part II, 18/11/2013, Lot 176
ex. Nicolas Collection, Etienne-Paul Nicolas (1904-1981), Leu 17, 03/05/1977, Nicolas, Lot 648.
8 commentsOptimo Principi05/07/19 at 21:08okidoki: very nice
Julianus (Julian) II Apostata AE316 viewsJulianus II Apostata. 355-363 AD.

Antioch. 361-363.

20mm, 2.44g

D N FL CL IVLI-ANVS P F AVG. Bust of Julian, helmeted, pearl-diademed, cuirassed, left, holding spear in right hand and shield in left hand

VOT/X/MVLT/XX within a wreath. MintMark: -/-//(palm branch left)ANTA(palm branch right)

References: RIC VIII Antioch 220

1 commentsRL05/06/19 at 11:24okidoki: very nice
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, SABINA, 1618A MYSIA, Hadriani ad Olympum, Ae 27 Athena standing65 viewsReference
RPC --; Von Fritze --

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

Athena standing facing, head l., holding out Nike and resting hand on shield

9.47 gr
27 mm
1 commentsokidoki05/06/19 at 11:13okidoki: RPC 1618a
Titus RIC-50382 viewsÆ Dupondius, 12.49g
Eastern Mint (Thrace?), 80-81 AD
RIC 503 (R). BMC 314. RPC 507.
Obv: IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; Head of Titus, radiate, bearded, r.
Rev: ROMA; S C in exergue; Roma std. l. on cuirass, with wreath and parazonium
Acquired from eBay, April 2019.

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

Beautifully toned with an extraordinarily decadent portrait.
10 commentsDavid Atherton05/06/19 at 08:28okidoki: excellent and stylistic
RIC 0377 Vespasian Dupondius65 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
Radiate head right

Pax standing left, leaning on column, with caduceus and branch; SC in field

Rome 80-81 AD


RIC 377 (R2) Titus; very rare, only one on coinarchives.


Although the issue is undated it was likely struck on the occasion of Vespasian's deification in 80 AD.
8 commentsJay GT405/04/19 at 18:51okidoki: Congrats very nice
011 Gaius (Caligula) (37-41 A.D.), RIC I 052, Rome, AE-Quadrans, PON M TR P IIII P P COS TERT around R C C, #1104 views011 Gaius (Caligula) (37-41 A.D.), RIC I 052, Rome, AE-Quadrans, PON M TR P IIII P P COS TERT around R C C, #1
avers: C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG around pileus flanked by large S C.
reverse: PON M TR P IIII P P COS TERT around R C C.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,5-18,5mm, weight: 3,11g, axes: 7h,
mint: Rome, date: 40-41, ref: RIC I 52, BMC 64, C 7,
3 commentsquadrans05/03/19 at 16:34okidoki: very nice i love it
Titus as Caesar RIC 44460 viewsÆ As, 10.20g
Rome mint, 72 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 444 (R). BMC 642.
Obv: T CAES VESPASIAN IMP P TR P COS II; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: FIDES PVBLICA; S C below; Hands clasped over caduceus and corn ears
Acquired from Gert Boersema, April 2019.

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

A fine early style portrait of the young prince with a dark greenish-grey patina.
7 commentsDavid Atherton04/30/19 at 11:37okidoki: very nice
Vespasian (69 - 79 A.D.)52 viewsAntioch, Syria
AR Tetradrachm
O: AYTOKPAT KAIΣA OYEΣΠAΣIANOY; Head of Vespasian, laureate head right.
R: (T) ΦΛAYI OYEΣΠ KAIΣ ETOYΣ NEOY IEPOY; Laureate Head of Titus, r.; in r. field, B=Year 2 ( 69-70 AD)
RPC 1941 (2 spec.)., Cf. Prieur 107-107A

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

This regnal year 2 type is more commonly seen with a star behind Titus' portrait on the reverse. This is the rarer variant lacking the star.
9 commentsMat04/29/19 at 08:38okidoki: Congrats very nice
hhj8.26.52.0210 viewsElagabalus

Obv: AVT K M AVP ANTΩNINOC, laureate draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from rear.
Rev: NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC ICTPON, basket of fruit
17 mm, 2.39 gms

1 commentsCharles M04/29/19 at 08:21okidoki: very nice
Lucania, Sybaris (Circa 550-510 BC)31 viewsAR Stater

29 mm, 8.14 g

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

Reverse : Incuse bull standing right, head reverted.

HN Italy 1729; SNG ANS 828-844

An Achaean colony dating from about 720 BC, Sybaris rapidly grew to be the wealthiest city in the area. The luxury enjoyed by its population was proverbial, hence the modern words sybarite and sybaritic. The bull may symbolize the local river god Krathis. The archaic coinage of Sybaris was brought to an abrupt end in 510 BC when the city was destroyed by the rival state of Kroton. The waters of the Krathis were diverted to flow over the site of the sacked city, thus obliterating all trace of its former splendor.
2 commentsNathan P04/28/19 at 09:57okidoki: excellent and stylistic
Gallienus, Griffin27 viewsAe

Radiate bust right

Griffin walking left L in exergue

Delta below

RIC 165
4 commentsRobin Ayers04/28/19 at 09:47okidoki: very nice reverse
119 Diocletianus (284-305 A.D.), Siscia, RIC V-II 263v., AE-Antoninianus, -/Γ//•XXI•BI•, CONSERVATOR AVG G, Diocletian, and Jupiter, Scarce! #163 views119 Diocletianus (284-305 A.D.), Siscia, RIC V-II 263v., AE-Antoninianus, -/Γ//•XXI•BI•, CONSERVATOR AVG G, Diocletian, and Jupiter, Scarce! #1
avers: IMP C C VAL DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
reverse: CONSERVATOR AV•(?)G G, Diocletian and Jupiter, each holding a sceptre, standing facing each other by an altar.
exergue: -/Γ//•XXI•BI•, diameter: 22,0-24,0 mm, weight: 3,68 g, axes: 6h,
mint: Siscia, date: 289-90 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 263v., p-247, Scarce!
3 commentsquadrans04/28/19 at 09:47okidoki: lovely
Constantine I (Augustus) Coin: Bronze Follis 21 viewsIMP CONSTANTINUS PF AVG - Bust laureate, cuirassed right
SOLI INVIC-TO COMITI - Sol standing left raising right and holding globe in left
Mint: Ticinum (313AD)
Wt./Size/Axis: 4.55g / 22mm / 180
Acquisition/Sale: martyschmitt Ebay $0.00 7/17
Notes: Jun 13, 18 - The Gary R. Wilson Collection
3 commentsGary W204/27/19 at 15:13okidoki: very nice reverse
Carthage, Tanit, Horse, O to right17 viewsCarthage
Circa 300-264 BC. Æ 18
Obv: Wreathed head of Tanit left
Rev.: Horse’s head right; O to right.
Æ, 5.25g, 18mm
Ref.: SNG Copenhagen 151
3 commentsshanxi04/27/19 at 14:02okidoki: very nice reverse
Roman Augustus Denarius19 viewsAugustus. 27 BC-AD 14. AR Denarius. Rome mint. P. Petronius Turpilianus, moneyer. Struck 19 BC.

Obverse: CAESAR AVGVSTVS, bare head right

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

banker’s mark on reverse.

RIC I 297; RSC 491.
2 commentsTanit04/23/19 at 18:31okidoki: Congrats very nice
samosata001b_312 viewsElagabalus
Samosata, Commagene

Obv: AVT KI MAP AVPH ANTΩNεINOC CεB, Laureate head right.
Rev: CAMOC-ATεΩN, Tyche turreted seated left on rocks, eagle in right hand, left hand on rocks, Pegasus running left below.
32 mm, 18.90 gms

Butcher 29a, BMC 42
1 commentsCharles M04/23/19 at 18:29okidoki: Congrats very nice
Domitian (Augustus) Coin: Brass Dupondius9 viewsMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P - Radiate bust right.
VICTORIAE AVGVSTI - Victory standing left, inscribing shield set on trophy to left and holding palm frond; S-C across trophy.

Mint: Rome (86 AD)
Wt./Size/Axis: 14.12g / 30mm / 7h
Rarity: Scarce
RIC 483 var. (bust type).
Roma Numismatics
Acquisition/Sale: Roma Numismatics Internet E-Live 4 #752 $0.00 11/18
3 commentsGary W204/18/19 at 18:38okidoki: Congrats very nice
Diva Faustina - RIC 348 (Antoninus Pius)8 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: Late After A.D. 141
Metal: AR
Weight: 3.18
Obverse: DIVA FAV STINA. Bust of Faustina r. Hair elaborately bejeweled with pearls
Reverse: AETER NITAS. Fortuna, veiled draped standing l., Holding globe on extended r. hand and vertical rudder, close to side on l.

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

Superb EF
2 commentsSteve B504/11/19 at 16:52okidoki: excellent
RIC 4a, p.270, 370 - Plautilla, Concordia10 viewsPlautilla
AR Denarius, Laodicea
Obv.: PLAVTILLAE AVGVSTAE, draped bust of Plautilla right
Rev.: CONCORDIAE, Concordia seated left on backless throne, holding patera and double cornucopiae.
Ref.: RIC IVa 370, CRE 426 [S]
AR, 3.20g
Ex Freeman & Sear, Manhattan Sale I, Lot 371 (2010)
Ex A. Lynn Collection
Ex Leu Numismatik AG, Auction 83, Lot 794, (2002)
2 commentsshanxi04/09/19 at 17:33okidoki: excellent
Domitian AR Denarius84 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V,
Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
(RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93).
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
10 commentsorfew04/04/19 at 17:47okidoki: excellent
Anonymous, AE Uncia (after 217 B.C.), Rome, Republic, AE-25, Crawford 38-6, Prow of galley right, #1103 viewsAnonymous, AE Uncia (after 217 B.C.), Rome, Republic, AE-25, Crawford 38-6, Prow of galley right, #1
avers: Helmeted head of Roma left, one pellet (mark of value) behind the neck.
reverse: ROMA, Prow of galley right, one pellet (mark of value) below.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 24,5-26,0mm, weight: 12,81g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, Sicily, date: after 217-215 B.C., ref: Crawford 38-6, Syd. 86, BMC 88,
5 commentsquadrans04/01/19 at 09:38okidoki: very nice on large flan
sepphoris017-15 viewsElagabalus
Sepphoris-Diocaesarea, Samaria

Obv: ...ANTWNεIN. Radiate draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: ACYΛ on left, AYT on right, ΔIOK in exergue. Zeus seated left in within tetrastyle temple with pediment decorated with a wreath, holding scepter in left hand and uncertain object in right hand.
24 mm, 10.47 gms

Sofaer 17, Rosenberger 16
1 commentsCharles M03/29/19 at 15:46okidoki: Congrats very nice Charles
Roman Orbiana Sestertius13 viewsOrbiana Sestertius

SALL BARBIA ORBIANA AVG, diad. and dr. bust r. / CONCORDIA AVGVSTORVM SC, Alexander r. and Orbiana l. stg. facing each other, clasping r. hands.

RIC 657, c. 6 , BMCRE 299
2 commentsTanit03/24/19 at 19:17okidoki: indeed very nice looks
Nero 9 viewsNero As, Temple of Janus, Rome mint, 10.9gm, RIC 1 309.2 commentsAncient Aussie03/24/19 at 19:11okidoki: another great reverse
Nero11 viewsNero. AD 54-68. Æ Sestertius (34mm, 21.62 g, 6h). Lugdunum (Lyon) mint. Struck circa AD 66. Laureate head left, globe at point of neck / Triumphal arch, showing the front, with a wreath hung across it, surmounted by the emperor in facing quadriga accompanied by Pax and Victory, flanked by two soldiers; statue of Mars in side niche; the faces and plinths of the arch are ornamented with elaborate reliefs. RIC I 500; WCN 452; Lyon 191. Near VF, brown patina.2 commentsAncient Aussie03/24/19 at 19:10okidoki: excellent and stylistic
Moesia Inferior. Nicopolis. Elagabalus. Inferior. Nicopolis. Elagabalus.5 viewsMoesia Inferior. Nicopolis. Elagabalus. 11.6gm, AMNG 1982, Cult statue within temple seen in perspective, shield in pediment, trees in background.1 commentsAncient Aussie03/24/19 at 19:09okidoki: great reverse never seen it
Domitian AR Denarius47 viewsDomitian AR Denarius
83 CE (Second Issue) March – 13 September
20.0 mm 3.04 g
Obv:IMP CAES DOMITIANUS AVG PM; head leaureate r
Rev:TR POT II COS VIIII DES X P P, Minerva stg l with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her side.
RIC 167; BMC 43
Ex: Artemide Aste E-Live Auction 7 March 24, 2019 Lot 216
4 commentsorfew03/24/19 at 18:39okidoki: very nice
ROMAN REPUBLIC, L. Piso Frugi, AR Denarius - Crawford 340/112 viewsRome, The Republic
L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi, 90 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.78g; 19mm)
Rome mint.

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

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

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

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

Apparently overstruck with remnants of undertype visible on reverse.

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

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

This type alludes to the annual celebration of the Ludi Apollinares instituted by Frugi’s ancestor during the Second Punic War. These games were held at the Circus Maximus in July of each year and lasted 8 or 9 days, consisting of horse racing and performances.
2 commentsCarausius03/23/19 at 21:34okidoki: wonderful obverse and toning
RPC II 1605A Titus45 viewsObv: T CAES IMP PONT, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev: ANT COL, Priest holding vexillum ploughing with two oxen, right; above, crescent
AE22 (22.01 mm 7,272 g 12h) Struck in Antiochia (Pisidia) 76 A.D.
RPC II Unpublished, it will get 1605A
ex Leu Numismatik Web Auction 7 Lot 759
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/21/19 at 18:44okidoki: excellent
RPC II 0640A_Domitianus33 viewsObv: AYT ΔOMITIANOΣ KAIΣAP ΣEB ΓEP, laureate head right
AE26 (26.49 mm 9.391 g 12h) Struck in Nicaea (Bithynia)
RPC II unpublished, it will get 640A
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 75 Lot 345
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/21/19 at 18:42okidoki: wonderful
Domitian AR Denarius38 viewsDomitian AR Denarius
(20.5 mm 3.22 g)
Rev: Minerva stg r on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to r owl
RIC 333; BMC 78(cross symbol), Cohen 180
Purchased from Phillipe Saive Numimatique March 15, 2019
4 commentsorfew03/15/19 at 21:10okidoki: never seen with owl
052 Plautilla (?-211 A.D.), Laodicea ad Mare (Limes version!), RIC IV-I 359 (Caracalla), AE-Denarius, CONCORDIA AVG G, Concordia standing left, Scarce, #161 views052 Plautilla (?-211 A.D.), Laodicea ad Mare (Limes version!), RIC IV-I 359 (Caracalla), AE-Denarius, CONCORDIA AVG G, Concordia standing left, Scarce, #1
Wife of Caracalla,
avers: PLAVTILLAE AVGVSTAE, draped bust right, hair coiled in vertical or horizontal ridges and fastened in a bun.
reverse: CONCORDIA AVG G, Concordia standing left, holding patera and scepter.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0-18,0mm, weight: 2,30g, axis: 0h,
mint: Laodicea ad Mare (Limes version!), date: 202 A.D., ref: RIC IV 359 (Caracalla), RSC 2, BMC-,
1 commentsquadrans03/13/19 at 17:18okidoki: Nice Joe
072 Gordianus III. (238-244 A.D.), RIC IV-III 005, (Look, Bulgarian, modern Fake!), AR-Antoninianus, Roma, VICTORIA AVG, Victory walking left, #169 views072 Gordianus III. (238-244 A.D.), RIC IV-III 005, (Look, Bulgarian, modern Fake!), AR-Antoninianus, Roma, VICTORIA AVG, Victory walking left, #1
avers: IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG, Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
reverse: VICTORIA AVG, Victory walking left with wreath and palm branch.
exergue:-/-//--, diameter: 21,0-22,5mm, weight: 4,16g, axis: 10h,
mint: Roma, date: 238 A.D., 1st Issue, 6th officina,
ref: RIC IV-III 5, RSC 357, Sear-8664, (Look, Bulgarian, modern Fake!)
2 commentsquadrans03/09/19 at 19:47okidoki: excellent and stylistic
Sextus Pompey -- Pharos and Scylla59 viewsSextus Pompey, Imperator and Prefect of the Fleet
[Youngest Son of Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great)]
Obv: MAG⦁PIVS⦁IMP⦁ITER; Pharos of Messana, Neptune on top standing r. with r. hand on a trident and l. hand on a rudder, resting l. foot on prow. Galley sailing l., aquila atop a tripod placed in prow and a scepter tied with a fillet in stern. Border of dots.
Rev: PRAEF⦁ORAE⦁MARIT⦁ET⦁CLAS⦁S⦁C [AEs and MAR ligatured]; Scylla attacking l. wielding a rudder in both hands, the torso of a nude woman with two fishtails and the foreparts of three dogs as the lower body. Border of dots.
Denomination: silver denarius; Mint: Sicily, uncertain location1; Date: summer 42 - summer 39 BC2; Weight: 3.566g; Diameter: 19.8mm; Die axis: 225º; References, for example: BMCRR v. II Sicily 20 variant3, Sydenham 1349 variant3; Crawford RRC 511/4d; Sear CRI 335b.



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

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

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

Photo credits: Forum Ancient Coins


Crawford, Michael H. Roman Republican Coinage v. I. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001 reprint with the 1982 corrections.
DeRose Evans, Jane. "The Sicilian Coinage of Sextus Pompeius (Crawford 511)" in Museum Notes (American Numismatic Society), vol. 32 (1987): 97 - 157.
Estiot, Sylviane. “Sex. Pompée, La Sicile et La Monnaie: Problèmes de Datation.” In Aere Perennivs, en hommage á Hubert Zehnacker, édité par Jacqueline Champeaux et Martine Chassignet. Paris: L’Université Paris - Sorbonne, 2006.
Grueber, H. A. Coins of the Roman Republic in the British Museum v. II. London: 1910.
Sear, David R. The History and Coinage of the Roman Imperators 49 - 27 BC. London: Spink, 1998.
Sydenham, Edward A. The Coinage of the Roman Republic. New York: Arno Press, 1975, rev. ed.
7 commentsTracy Aiello03/08/19 at 22:22okidoki: Congrats very nice
GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 420-420 BC 25mm Jenkins 457 O85/R17522 viewsNike driving quadriga right,holding reins,large olive wreath above/Forepart of man-headed bull right,heron in front.3 commentsGrant H03/08/19 at 22:01okidoki: agreed topper
Elgabalus, Nikopolis22 viewsElgabalus
Ae 26mm; 12.05g

Laureate head right

O-N in fields
Herakles standing, facing, head left, leaning on club in right hand, lion skin draped over left forearm

HrHJ (2018) (same dies)
2 commentsRobin Ayers03/08/19 at 21:54okidoki: very nice
Hadrian - Sardis8 viewsAR Cistophoric tetradrachm
128-138 AD
head right
facing cult statue of Kore, headdress with plume, stiff robe falling to feet and veil draped over wrists; grain ear on both sides
RIC 510; RSC 279; Metcalf Typ 47.

overstruck over cistophoric tetradrachm of Augustus

ex Savoca
1 commentsJohny SYSEL03/06/19 at 19:12okidoki: great example, Hadrian Cistophorus
142 Crispus (317-326 A.D.), Siscia, RIC VII 113, AE-3 Follis, S/F/ΓSIS, VIRTVS EXERCIT, R4!!!115 views142 Crispus (317-326 A.D.), Siscia, RIC VII 113, AE-3 Follis, S/F/ΓSIS, VIRTVS EXERCIT, R4!!!
avers:- IV-L-CRIS-PVS-NOB-CAESS (5,G8.l.), Laureate, couirassed bust left with spear pointing forward, shield on arm.
revers:- VIRTVS-EXERCIT, Standard inscribed VOT/X, captive seated on ground on either side.
exerg: S/F/ΓSIS, diameter: 19mm, weight: 3,24g, axes: 6h,
mint: Siscia, 3rd-off, date: 320 A.D., ref: RIC-VII-113-p438,
1 commentsquadrans03/06/19 at 19:11okidoki: excellent and stylistic
Caracalla (198 - 217 A.D.)44 viewsAR Tetradrachm
Mesopotamia, Carrhae
O: AVT·K·M·A ANTONЄINOC ·C-EB · ·, laureate head of Caracalla right; two pellets beneath rear truncation.
R: ΔΗΜΑΡΧ ΕΞ ΥΠΑΤΟ Δ, eagle standing facing on bucranium, dot to each side, wings spread, head right, wreath in beak.
Prieur 820, Bellinger 160, SGI 2701

Ex. Agora Auctions, lot 184, Sale 81
5 commentsMat03/06/19 at 18:58okidoki: excellent and stylistic
Moesia, Viminacium, 081 Herennius Etruscus (250-251 A.D. Caesar, 251 A.D. Augustus), PM 03-44-01, -/-//AN XII, AE-Sestertius, #0159 viewsMoesia, Viminacium, 081 Herennius Etruscus (250-251 A.D. Caesar, 251 A.D. Augustus), PM 03-44-01, -/-//AN XII, AE-Sestertius, #01
avers: Q H ETR MES DEC CAES, Bare-headed, draped, cuirassed bust right.
reverse: PM S COLVIM, Moesia standing facing, head left, right hand holding branch and the left hand holding globe.
exergue: -/-//AN XII, diameter: 28,0mm, weight: 15,55g, axis: 1h,
mint: Moesia, Viminacium, date: 250-251 A.D., ref: Pick-144, PM 03-44-01, Mus-r,
1 commentsquadrans03/05/19 at 18:38okidoki: Nice Joe
5544 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 124-25 AD Zeus standing11 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5544.3 (this coin). Dattari-Savio Pl. 70, 1511 (this coin); Emmett 904.9

Issue ΕΤ Θ = year 9

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

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

12.20 gr
24 mm
3 commentsokidoki03/04/19 at 10:42okidoki: yes
ROMAN EMPIRE, HADRIAN. Commemorative AR Denarius of Rome. Struck A.D.139 under Antoninus Pius20 viewsObverse: DIVVS HADRIANVS AVG. Bare head of Hadrian facing right.
Reverse: CONSECRATIO. Eagle standing facing on globe, head turned left.
RIC II : 389b
2 comments*Alex03/03/19 at 17:47okidoki: very nice
Stratonikeia, Caria45 viewscirca 100 BC
AE 20 (20mm, 6.38g)
O: Lareate head of Hekate right, wearing crescent moon crown.
R: Nike advancing right, holding palm and wreath; ΣTPATO above, [NIK]EΩN below.
cf SNG Cop 489; cf Sear 4942; BMC 151,31
ex Aegean Numismatics

Stratonikeia was located in SW Asia Minor, about 11km from Lagina, the largest known sanctuary of the goddess Hekate, "whom Zeus honored above all others" (Hesiod). It is likely that the cult of Hekate originated in this area a millennium or more before Her introduction into Greek religion at the conclusion of the Titanomachy, the legendary battle between the Titans and Olympians.
During an annual ritual the Priestess would lead a procession from the polis to Lagina where she would open the sanctuary with a sacred key. This key would eventually become one of the attributes depicted on later images of Hekate.
5 commentsEnodia02/28/19 at 07:25okidoki: very nice
050 Julia Domna (170-217 A.D.), RIC IV-I 553, Rome, AR-Denarius, FORTUNAE FELICI, Fortuna enthroned left, #164 views050 Julia Domna (170-217 A.D.), RIC IV-I 553, Rome, AR-Denarius, FORTUNAE FELICI, Fortuna enthroned left, #1
avers: IVLIA AVGVSTA, Bust draped right.
reverse: FORTUNAE FELICI, Fortuna enthroned left holding cornucopiae and leaning on rudder set on globe.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter:19,0-20,0mm, weight: 3,67g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 196-211 A.D., ref: RIC IV-I 553, RSC 58, BMC 27, Sear-6584,
1 commentsquadrans02/23/19 at 20:28okidoki: Nice Joe
Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 1)59 viewsDomitian, Denarius, 81 Rome
Obv: Laureate head of Domitian right., IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG
Rev: Dolphin coiled around anchor.,TR P COS VII
RIC:2; BMC 3
Purchased from Numiscorner on Vcoins
February 23, 2019
7 commentsorfew02/23/19 at 20:17okidoki: Congrats very nice
H-195 Bracteata, (uncertain), H-195, CNH I.-275, U-121, AR-Bracteata, #0462 viewsH-195 Bracteata, (uncertain), H-195, CNH I.-275, U-121, AR-Bracteata, #04
avers: King riding horse to the right, falcon on his wrist.
reverse: Negative pictures.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 12,5-14,0mm, weight: 0,29g, axis:0h,
mint: Esztergom , date: A.D., ref: Huszár-195, CNH I.-275, Unger-121,
Kiss-Toth: wedge-shaped sigla under the horse's belly,
3 commentsquadrans02/22/19 at 20:09okidoki: Nice Joe
Domitian Denarius - Rev: Dolphin on Tripod53 viewsDomitian, 81-96, Silver Denarius
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M, laureate head right,
Rev: COS VII DES VIII P P, Dolphin above tripod with fillets.
RIC II² 38 (R3) - this coin!
Previously unpublished.
Unique, this coin specifically recorded in RIC II².
3 commentsOldMoney02/16/19 at 09:11okidoki: excellent
Vespasian-RIC-1170 Engraver's Error82 viewsÆ As, 8.58g
Lyon mint, 71 AD
RIC 1170 var. BMC 811 var.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: Retrograde S C in field; Eagle stg. front on globe, wings outstretched, head r.
Ex Ibercoin 25, 30 January 2019, lot 385.

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

Rough, but the all important reverse is decently struck and nicely centred.
6 commentsDavid Atherton02/14/19 at 14:47okidoki: Congrats very nice
GREEK, Italy, CALABRIA, Taras. AR Nomos. Circa 240-228 BC.32 views6.56g, 21mm, 11 h
Zopyrion, magistrate. Nude youth on horseback to right, ΖΩΠΥΡΙΩΝ below; below forelegs, ΣΩ above bukranion / Taras astride dolphin to left, holding hippocamp in extended right hand, trident against left arm; monogram and mask of Silenos right, TAPAΣ below. Vlasto 941; HN Italy 1054.
Extremely Fine; a beautiful reverse composition. Very Rare.
2 commentsLeo02/09/19 at 17:20okidoki: excellent and stylistic
RIC 0804 Domitianus25 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XVII CENS PER P P, Radiate head right
Rev: VIRTVTI AVGVSTI / S C, Virtus standing right, foot on helmet, with spear and parazonium.
AE/Dupondius (27.88 mm 14.720 6h) Struck in Rome 95-96 A.D.
RIC 804 (C), BMCRE 479, BNF 512
Purchased from Henzen on MA Shops
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/07/19 at 15:10okidoki: I like the coloring
Aemilian, Antoninianus27 viewsAemilian Antoninianus

Radiate, draped bust right

Spes advancing left, holding wreath and palm.

RIC IViii 10, C 47
3 commentsHarry G02/07/19 at 07:25okidoki: very nice
Severina (274 - 275 A.D.)34 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Potin Tetradrachm
O: OYΛΠ CEYHΡINA CEB, draped bust right wearing stephane.
R: ETOVC S, eagle standing right, wreath in its beak. Year 6=274/5 AD
Dattari 5506, Geissen 3103, Emmett 3966
3 commentsMat02/03/19 at 16:58okidoki: Hi Mat, very nice tet
Pantikapaion, Thrace34 views304-250 BC
AE 20 (20mm, 5.81g)
O: Head of Pan left, wreathed in ivy.
R: Bow and arrow, ΠAN below.
MacDonald 116.1; SNG Poland II; NM Warsaw 178-79
ex Forvm Auctions (Bartosz Awianowicz)

3 commentsEnodia02/02/19 at 16:50okidoki: very nice
Struck A.D.255 - 256 under Gallienus. DIVUS VALERIAN II CAESAR. Commemorative AR Antoninianus of Lugdunum24 viewsObverse: DIVO VALERIANO CAES. Radiate and draped bust of Valerian II facing right.
Reverse: CONSACRATIO. Valerian II being borne to heaven seated on the back of an eagle flying right.
Diameter: 20mm | Weight: 2.4gms | Die Axis: 2
RIC V i : 9
3 comments*Alex02/02/19 at 16:31okidoki: excellent
Domitian AR Denarius43 viewsDomitian AR Denarius Rome mint struck 92 CE (second issue)
18.5 mm 3.25 g
Obverse: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG-GERM P M TR P XI, laureate head of Domitian right
Reverse: IMP XXII COS XVI CENS P P P, Minerva standing facing, helmeted head left, vertical spear in right hand
RIC 738 (R2) BMC--
Purchased from Germania Inferior Numsmatics on Vcoins February 1, 2019
4 commentsorfew02/02/19 at 16:22okidoki: haha glad Andrew does not collect Hadrian
RIC 1477A Vespasian denarius68 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Head of Vespasian, laureate, r., a small 'o' mint mark below neck

PON MAX TR P COS VII (from high l.)
Winged caduceus

Unknown "O" mint, 76 AD

Ex-Numismatica Prados

A unique specimen of the caduceus type from the rare and mysterious 'O' mint. This rare variant has the reverse legend starting from the upper left, all other known examples start from the lower right. Die matched to David Atherton's example and purchased through his recommendation.

Ted Buttrey has assigned it 1477A in the upcoming RIC II.1 Addenda.
7 commentsJay GT402/01/19 at 20:25okidoki: Congrats Jay
Vespasian-RIC-121566 viewsÆ Dupondius, 12.97g
Lyon mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 1215 (C3). BMC 833.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS VIII P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: FORTVNAE REDVCI; S C in field; Fortuna stg. l., with rudder on globe and cornucopiae
Acquired from GB Collection, January 2019.

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

A fantastic high relief portrait in distinctive Lyonnais style.
4 commentsDavid Atherton01/29/19 at 11:24okidoki: wow great looks David
Vitellius AR denarius52 viewsVitellius AR Denarius
69 CE
17 mm 3.32 g
Obv: A VITELLIVS GERM AVG IMP TR P: Head of Vitellius, laureate, right
Rev: L VITELLIVS COS III CENSOR: Bust of Lucius Vitellius, laureate and draped, right; eagle-tipped sceptre in front
RIC 99
Ex: Silbury Coins January 27, 2019
4 commentsorfew01/28/19 at 15:25okidoki: Nice Andrew
106 Aurelianus (270-275 A.D.), T-3099, RIC V-I 366, Cyzicus, AE-Antoninianus, RESTITVTOR EXERCITI, Є//XXI, Mars and Emperor, #165 views106 Aurelianus (270-275 A.D.), T-3099, RIC V-I 366, Cyzicus, AE-Antoninianus, RESTITVTOR EXERCITI, Є//XXI, Mars and Emperor, #1
avers: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, Radiated and cuirassed bust right. (B1)
reverse: RESTITV TOR EX ERCITI, Mars in military dress standing right, holding the spear in left hand, giving globe to Emperor standing left, holding long scepter in left hand. (Mars and Emperor 1)
exergue: Є//XXI, diameter: 21,5-22,5mm, weight: 4,08g, axes: 0h,
mint: Cyzicus, off-5, iss-10, phase-2, date: 275 A.D., ref: T-3099 (Estiot), RIC V-I 366, LV 10761-73,
3 commentsquadrans01/27/19 at 10:56okidoki: great example, nice pastel green
064 - Septimius Severus denarius - RIC -8 viewsObv:– L SEPT SEV P-ERET AVG IMP II, Laureate head right
Rev:– FORT R AVG, Fortuna standing left, holding rudder and cornucopiae
Minted in Laodicea-ad-Mare. A.D. 194
Reference:– BMCRE -. RIC IV -. RSC -
1 commentsmaridvnvm01/26/19 at 20:14okidoki: great find
Caracalla, denarius16 viewsCaracalla, denarius
19 mm, 2.28 g.
Obv. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG / Laureate, draped bust right.
Rev. ADVENTVS AVGVSTOR / Galley sailing left, four rowers in centre, three seated figures under canopy at right, mast with sail on prow, two standards on stern, waves below.
RIC 121.
2 commentsMarsman01/26/19 at 20:12okidoki: excellent
Elymais, Van´t Haaff 18.1, Orodes V, Artemis14 viewsKingdom of Elymais
Orodes V
Late 2nd-Early 3rd Cent
Æ Drachm
Obv.: Bust to left
Rev.: Bust of Artemis left, wearing tiara
Æ, 2.57g, 13mm
Ref.: Van´t Haaff Type 18.1, uncertain subtype
2 commentsshanxi01/26/19 at 20:12okidoki: odd coin congrats
075 Otacilia Severa (?-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 138, Antioch, AR-Antoninianus, AEQVITAS AVG, Aequitas standing left, Extremely Rare!!!235 views075 Otacilia Severa (?-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 138, Antioch, AR-Antoninianus, AEQVITAS AVG, Aequitas standing left, Extremely Rare!!!
avers:- M OTACIL SEVERA AVG, Diademed and draped bust right, on the crescent.
reverse:- AEQVITAS AVG, Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopia.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 21,5mm, weight:4,04g, axis:0h,
mint: Antioch, date:??? A.D., ref: RIC-IV-III-138, p-85, C-, Extremely Rare!!!
4 commentsquadrans01/24/19 at 16:33okidoki: Nice Joe
Vespasian AR Denarius27 viewsVespasianus, 69-79 CE
Rom, 77/78 n. Chr.
3.21 g
Obv.: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, Kopf mit Lorbeerkranz n. r.
Rev.: IMP XIX, Modius mit Kornähren
RIC 980, BMC 217
Ex: Kölner Münzkabinett January 15, 2019

This coin is a scarce reverse variant of the regular RIC 980. This variant has poppies between the grain ears on the reverse.
3 commentsorfew01/21/19 at 17:50okidoki: Congrats very nice
Otacilia Severa Antoninianus59 viewsOtacilia Severa Antoninianus

Diademed, draped bust right on crescent

Pudicitia seated left, pulling veil and holding sceptre

RIC 123c
2 commentsHarry G01/20/19 at 20:03okidoki: nice smile
Phrygia, Hierapolis, pseudo-autonomous, Demeter Euposia, unpublished9 viewsHierapolis, pseudo-autonomous, 3rd century AD
AE 27, 11.92g, 27.07mm, 180°
obv. IERAPOLEI - TWN (from upper r.)
Head of Dionysos wreathed with ivy, r.
rev. EVBO - CIA
Demeter Euposia, in long garment and mantle, stg. frontal, head l., holding in extended r. hand 2 grain ears and in l.
arm cornucopiae on which Ploutos is seated and stretching arms to her.
ref. a) cf. Künker Auc. 193, (9/2011), Lot 263 (asiaminorcoins #10460)
b) Numismatik Naumann Auction 44, Juni 2016, Lot 693 (same dies) (Wildwinds)
unpublished in greater works!
very rare, F+/VF, green brown Patina
ex Bertolami Fine Arts E-Auction 49, 12.11.2017, Lot 484 (wrong reference!)

The depiction as Tyche Euposia with rudder is more frequent. But here with grain ears it is Demeter Euposia! About 10 years I have searched for this type and now I could acquire one for an affordable price.

2 commentsJochen01/19/19 at 13:48okidoki: excellent
Phrygia, Hierapolis, pseudo-autonomous, SNG Müchen 22113 viewsHierapolis, pseudo-autonomous, 3rd century AD
AE 29, 10.9g
obv. IERAPOLEI - TWN (from upper r.)
Head of Dionysos wreathed with ivy, r.
rev. EVBO - CIA
Tyche Euposia, in long garment and mantle, stg. frontal, head l., holding in extended r.
hand rudder and in l. arm cornucopiae on which Ploutos is seated and stretching arms
to her.
ref. a) SNG München 221 (Wildwinds)
b) BMC 35 var. (has EVBOCIA without break)
Very rare, F+

This depiction as Tyche Euposia with rudder is more frequent.
2 commentsJochen01/19/19 at 13:48okidoki: great looks on large flan
RIC 61615 viewsOBV.: IMP C PROBVS P F AVG. Radiate, armoured bust right.

Radiate lion walking left with fulmen in mouth.

// XXIQ.

Weight: 4.29 g.
1 commentsvrtsprb01/18/19 at 21:42okidoki: Congrats very nice
032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0176, Rome, AR-Denarius, COS III, Pudicitia standing left, #1 70 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0176, Rome, AR-Denarius, COS III, Pudicitia standing left, #1
avers: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, Laureate head right, slight drapery on far shoulder.
reverse: COS III, Pudicitia standing left, covering face with a veil.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,0-19,0mm, weight: 2,94g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 125-128 A.D., ref: RIC II 0176, RSC 392, BMCRE 405,
7 commentsquadrans01/18/19 at 21:41okidoki: excellent BOT
RIC 0671 Domitianus77 viewsObv : IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, Laureate head right
Rev : IMP XIX COS XIIII CENS P P P, Victory advancing righ, holding branch
AR/Denarius (19.25 mm 3.153 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88-89 A.D.(4th issue)
RIC 671 (R2), RSC 254a, BMCRE 156, BNF 150
ex Emporium Hamburg Alpha Auction 2 Lot 172
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/18/19 at 18:51okidoki: very nice
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 544ver., Ticinum, MARTI PACIF, Bust-H2/H, Δ/-//--, Mars walking left, Rare! #163 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 544ver., Ticinum, MARTI PACIF, Bust-H2/H, Δ/-//--, Mars walking left, Rare! #1
avers: IMP C PROBVS AVG CONS III, Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding scepter surmounted by an eagle. (H2/H)
reverse: MART I PACIF, Mars walking left, holding olive-branch, spear, and shield.
exergue: Δ/-//--, diameter: 22,0mm, weight: 3.40g, axes: 11h,
mint: Ticinum, 6th-emission, 4th-off., date: 279A.D., ref: RIC V-II 544var., Rare!
3 commentsquadrans01/17/19 at 06:33okidoki: great example,
Tiberius tribute penny72 viewsTI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS
Laureate head of Tiberius right

Livia seated right holding scepter and branch, legs on char ornamented, feet on footstool

Lugdunum after 16 AD


Sear 1763, RIC 26

Ex-Ebay amarso66

5 commentsJay GT401/16/19 at 20:39okidoki: Nice Jay
03c Domitian as Caesar RIC 93256 viewsÆ As, 10.65g
Rome mint, 76 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 932 (C). BMC - .
Obv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS IIII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: S C in field; Spes stg. l., with flower
Acquired from Ken Dorney, January 2019.

Spes, the goddess of hope, is seen here as an 'heir apparent' type. She is represented on Roman coins as a young girl, reminiscent of earlier Greek statures depicting Elpis. H. Mattingly in BMCRE II says 'the flower held by Spes is an opening bud, she is raising her skirt in order to hasten forward'. Spes occurs quite commonly throughout the Flavian coinage and is frequently paired up with the young Domitian Caesar, likely expressing a hope or expectation for future dynastic success. It is very Ironic that Spes is often associated with Domitian Caesar on the coinage, considering he would later be the family member most responsible for the dynasty's downfall in 96. Surprisingly, this common Spes type is not in the BM.

The obverse features a quintessential Flavian portrait - unflattering hook nose with full and heavy facial features. Pleasant dark green patina.
2 commentsDavid Atherton01/15/19 at 15:02okidoki: Nice David
Roman Empire, Trajan, Quadrans Struck 114-117 A.D.46 views22077 Trajan/Wolf at Bay
Trajan/Wolf at Bay
Head of Trajan, laureate, right
Rev:S C
She-wolf walking left, at Bay
Rome 17mm 3.03g
RIC 694; Woytek 600b.

Ex Triskeles Auction sale 334
2 commentsBlayne W01/14/19 at 19:31okidoki: Congrats very nice
BUST TYPE: F1 = radiate, cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield
WEIGHT 4.01g / AXIS: / WIDTH: 22mm

2 commentsBarnaba601/14/19 at 19:05okidoki: excellent
111 Florianus (276-282 A.D.), T-4147, RIC V-I 010, Lyon, AE-Antoninianus, PROVIDENTIA AVG, -/-/III, Bust-D1, Providentia standing left, #162 views111 Florianus (276-282 A.D.), T-4147, RIC V-I 010, Lyon, AE-Antoninianus, PROVIDENTIA AVG, -/-/III, Bust-D1, Providentia standing left, #1
avers: IMP C M AN FLORIANVS AVG, Bust right, radiate, cuirassed and draped with paludamentum. (D1).
reverse: PROVIDENTIA AVG, Providentia standing left, holding baton in right hand and long scepter in left hand, at feet to left, globe, (Prov. 2b).
exergue: -/-/III, diameter: 19,5-22,5mm, weight: 3,40g, axes: 6h,
mint: Lyon, iss-3, off-3, date: 276 A.D., ref: RIC V-I 010, T-(Estiot)-4147, Bastien 148,
2 commentsquadrans01/14/19 at 18:41okidoki: Nice Joe
Hadrian - Antioch4 viewsAR tetrtadrachm
118 AD
laureate and cuirassed bust rightand, draped shoulder
facing eagle, head left, standing on thigh of sacrificial animal
Prieur: 155
ex Dionysos
1 commentsJohny SYSEL01/13/19 at 16:25okidoki: very nice Hadrian
RIC 1399 var. Vespasian denarius71 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVG
Laureate head right

AVG within laurel wreath, ΘI monogram above ties.

Ephesus mint. AD 69-70.


RIC 1399 unlisted variant (laurel wreath rather than oak) this coin, footnote in the upcoming RIC II addenda ; RPC 808; RSC 37.

Ex Gorny & Mosch 152 (10 October 2006), lot 2071; Ex-Cheesman collection; Ex-CNG 433 Lot 379
9 commentsJay GT401/12/19 at 20:47okidoki: excellent BOT?
BCC G3 composite35 viewsRoman Gem Stone
Caesarea Maritima
Intaglio 1st-3rd Century CE
Bust of Serapis to left.
Nicolo Onyx blue, black, white.
Profile F4 var. slightly concave
bottom, flat top, upright oval.
6.5 x 5 x 2mm.
Extremely small gem,
engraved with great detail.
cf. Hendler Collection #7
J.Berlin Caesarea Collection
(click for larger pic)
3 commentsv-drome01/12/19 at 20:46okidoki: great Sarapis
L. Censorinus Denarius43 viewsL. Censorinus. AR Denarius, 82 BC. Pair number: 15. D
Obv: Laureate head of Apollo right. On right, [fish] off flan.
Rev: L. CENSOR. The satyr Marsyas standing left, with right arm raised and holding wine-skin over left shoulder; behind, column bearing statue on top. On right, letter D.
Cr. 363/1a. B. (Marcia) 24. AR.
g. 3.85 mm. 16.50 RRRR. Of the highest rarity, only 5 specimens known.
Old cabinet tone. VF.The gash across the reverse surface is an 'adjustment al marco'.
(C. Stannard 'The adjustment al marco of the weight of Roman Republican denarii blanks by gouging' in 'Metallurgy in numismatics vol 3' Royal Numismatic Society, 1993).
Ex: Artemide Aste Auction L Lot 246. November 3, 2018.
2 commentsorfew01/12/19 at 08:45okidoki: very nice and interesting piece
Asia Minor, Lydia, Hierocaesarea, Bee, Stag6 viewsLydia, Hierokaisareia
Pseudo-autonomous issue
2nd century
Obv: Bee within wreath
Rev.: ΙЄΡΟΚΑΙСΑΡЄΩΝ, Stag standing left.
AE, 4.00g, 18mm
Ref.: RPC III 1868
1 commentsshanxi01/12/19 at 08:02okidoki: excellent and stylistic controle cut?
RIC 3488 views1 commentsvrtsprb01/12/19 at 07:58okidoki: BOT
hj6.26.36.273 viewsElagabalus

Obv: AVT·K M·AVPH ANTΩNEINOC , laureate head right.
Rev: VΠ·IOVΛ·ANT·CEΛEV KOV MAPKIANOΠO →ΛIT(ΩN). Female figure (Concordia or Abundantia) standing facing, head right with kalathos, holding corn ears and cornucopia.
27 mm, 10.35 gms

1 commentsCharles M01/12/19 at 07:56okidoki: excellent
RIC 0621 Domitianus57 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII CENS PER P P, radiate head right
Rev: COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC / S C (in exergue), Domitian standing left, sacrificing over altar; River God (Tiber) reclining right; Flute and lyre players standing right; in background two tetrastyle temples connected by a big arch.
AE/Dupondius (29.92 mm 12.769 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88 A D
RIC 621 (C), BMCRE 432, BNF 466
Purchsed on eBay from Indalo
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/11/19 at 17:21okidoki: interesting reverse
RIC 0162 Domitianus70 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M, Laureate head right
Rev: TR POT II COS VIIII DES X P P, Minerva standing right holding spear and shield
AR/Denarius (19.36 mm 3.512 g 6h) Struck in 83 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 162 (R), RSC, BMCRE, BNF unlisted - L 1988-5-10-1
ex Leu Numismatik Web Auction 6 Lot 926
9 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/10/19 at 19:20okidoki: excellent
Paphlagonia. Sinope21 views
Sinope, Paphlagonia. Circa 85-65 BC.Head of Athena right in helmet decorated with pegasos / Perseus standing, facing, holding harpa & head of Medusa, whose decapitated body lies at his feet.
29mm., 18,65g.
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)01/10/19 at 16:42okidoki: Nice Randy i like the Athena
EB0248 Barley / Palm11 viewsJUDAEA, M. AMBIBULUS, AE 16 (prutah ?), Year 39 = 9 AD.
Obverse: KAICAPOC, ear of barley turned to right.
Reverse: eight-branched palm tree bearing two bunches of dates, date in fields: L-AQ.
References: M. 217; H. 101; Hendin 636; Meshorer 2; RPC 4954.
Diameter: 16mm, Weight: 2.206g.
2 commentsEB01/10/19 at 16:32okidoki: very nice
036 Faustina Senior (100-141 A.D.), RIC III 1180 (A.Pius), Rome, AE-As, AVGVSTA, Vesta standing left, #1 61 views036 Faustina Senior (100-141 A.D.), RIC III 1180 (A.Pius), Rome, AE-As, AVGVSTA, Vesta standing left, #1
Wife of Antoninus Pius.
avers: DIVA FAV STINA, Draped bust right.
reverse: AVGV STA, Vesta standing left, sacrificing from patera over flaming altar to left and holding palladium in the left hand, S-C across the field.
exergue: S/C//--, diameter: 24,0-24,5mm, weight: 9,4g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: after 141 A.D., ref: RIC III 1180 (Antoninus Pius), C 118,
1 commentsquadrans01/08/19 at 21:22okidoki: Nice Joe
021. H-248 András II., (Andreas II.), King of Hungary, (1205-1235 A.D.), H-215, CNH I.-179, U-165, AR-Denarius, #0171 views021. H-248 András II., (Andreas II.), King of Hungary, (1205-1235 A.D.), H-215, CNH I.-179, U-165, AR-Denarius, #01
avers: Trellised rectangle between two columns, patriarchal cross between two circles, amongst six dots between the columns, the border of dots.
reverse: Patriarchal cross, between two circles, amongst six dots, line border.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0 mm, weight: 0,84 g, axis: 2h,
mint: Esztergom , date: A.D., ref: Huszár-215, CNH I.-179, Unger-165,
3 commentsquadrans01/04/19 at 20:19okidoki: great example,
Caracalla antoninianus26 viewsCaracalla Antoninianus

Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right

Jupiter standing right, holding thunderbolt and scepter
3 commentsHarry G01/04/19 at 20:16okidoki: very nice
RIC 0317 Domitianus27 viewsObv : CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN COS VII, Laureate head right
Rev : S C, Spes standing left, holding flower
AE/As (27.33 mm 11.522 g 6h) Struck in Rome 80-81 A.D.
RIC 317 (C, Titus), BMCRE 248 (Titus), BNF 257
Purchased from L.A.C. on VCoins
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/04/19 at 20:08okidoki: very nice
RIC 0254 Vespasianus41 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG P M TR P P P COS III, Laureate head right
Rev: S P Q R / OB / CIVES / SERVATOS, Within oak wreath
AE/sestertius (32.52 mm 24.59 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D. (3rd issue)
RIC 254 R2, BMCRE 573, BNF 551
Purchased on eBay from Mulcrow
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/03/19 at 15:06okidoki: Congrats very nice
Huszár 722, Pohl 223-1 var. (O over P/rosette), Unger 567b&e var. (same), Réthy II 232, Frynas 34.40, Kaplan Subtype A32 viewsHungary. Matthias/Mátyás Hunyadi ("Corvinus") (1458-1490)

AR denar (average fineness of approximately .500 silver, and an average weight of .59023 g.), .61 g., 15.80 mm. max., 180°

Obv: + M [•] MATHIE [• R] • VNGARIE •, Four-part shield with Hungarian arms (Árpádian stripes, patriarchal cross, Dalmatian leopard heads, Bohemian lion), raven with ring on branch in escutcheon, pellets to sides.

Rev: PATRON - VNGARIE, Nimbate crowned Madonna with nimbate infant Jesus to her right, K-O/P/rosette (mintmark) in fields.

The type was struck in 1487-1490 (per Pohl and Gyöngyössy) or 1489-1490 (per Huszár and Unger) or 1489 per Frynas. This mintmark is unrecorded. Coins of the type bearing a similar mark (K-P/rosette without the O over the P) were struck in Körmöcbánya/Kremnitz, now Kremnica, Slovakia, by Peter Schaider, oberkammergraf (per Pohl), in 1489 (per Pohl & Unger).

Huszár/Pohl rarity 10, Unger rarity 7, Frynas rarity C. This type is comprised of three subtypes, with Kaplan Subtype A accounting for around 70% of the coins. This mintmark is unrecorded.

Kaplan Subtype A has pellets to the sides of the shield. It is depicted in Pohl, and also in Unger and Réthy (albeit inaccurately; they do not depict a ring prominently in the raven’s beak).
2 commentsStkp01/01/19 at 10:02okidoki: happy new year
Lucania, Velia AR Nomos68 viewsCirca 280 BC. AR Nomos (22mm, 7.47 g, 10h). Williams 572 (O284/R399); HN Italy 1318; SNG ANS 1403 (same rev. die). Obverse Head of Athena left, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with gryphon; A above, [Φ before], IE on outlined tablet behind neck guard. Reverse Lion attacking stag left; [ΥΕΛΗΤΩΝ] above. VF, toned, minor scratches under tone. Well struck.

Ex Classical Numismatic Review XXXIX No. 2 Summer 2014, lot 980957.

Velia, situated on the Tyrrhenian coast of southern Italy south of Poseidonia, was founded circa 540 BC by Ionian Greek colonists from Phokaia in western Asia Minor who had fled their homeland following the Persian conquest in 545 B.C. Its coinage commenced soon after the city’s foundation and its types (forepart of lion devouring prey / incuse square) and denomination (Phokaian silver drachm) reflect the Asian origin of the early citizenry of Velia. Later, in the 5th century, the weight standard of the Velian coinage was assimilated to that of the Achaean cities of Magna Graecia producing a nomos of about 8 grams. The type of a lion, or a lion attacking or feeding on its prey, remained popular at Velia throughout the two and a half centuries of its silver coinage, which ceased just prior to the city’s alliance with Rome, negotiated circa 275 BC.
3 commentsJason T12/30/18 at 20:07okidoki: great example, Jason
22052 Gallienus Wolf36 viewsGallienus/Shewolf
laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
She-wolf standing right, suckling Romulus and Remus.

Alexandreia, Troas 20.2 mm 4.62 g
Bellinger 459; SNG Cop 200-201; BMC 184; Lindgren I A343A
4 commentsBlayne W12/30/18 at 19:51okidoki: Nice indeed
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, RIC VIII Siscia 211100 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO.Soldier spearing fallen horseman. GammaSIS in exergue.
9 commentsagord12/27/18 at 22:12okidoki: great example,
Roman Empire, Constantius II, AE24. Thessalonica96 viewsObv: DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right, A behind
Rev: FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman who is sitting on
ground, arms up.
Mintmark: TS epsilon 1028;; A in left field.

RIC VIII Thessalonica 129, rated scarce
2 commentsBritanikus12/27/18 at 22:06okidoki: excellent and stylistic
RIC 253 variante22 viewsConstantin II
2e officine
19 mm
3,07 g
variante de légende d'avers
1 commentsPYL12/27/18 at 21:02okidoki: excellent
Roman Empire, Vespasian, AR denarius61 viewsRoman Empire, Vespasian 69-79, Denarius,
(17.49 mm 3.24g)
Obv: Laureate head of Vespasian right "IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TRPPP" Rev: "AVG" within an wreath, Phi-Alpha monogram above ties. "AVG" in the center. RIC 1414. Ephesos mint, Some roughness on the reverse.
Ex Savoca Auction #9, lot 533 8/21/16
Lot 152 Aegean Nuismatics Agora Auctions July 20. 2017.
Coin depicted in the database
3 commentsorfew12/27/18 at 19:46okidoki: great example,
Laureate head of Hadrian right

Fortuna stg left holding rudder set on globe and cornucopiae

Rome 134 AD


Sear 3494
RIC 244

Sold Forum Auction April 2016
1 commentsJay GT412/27/18 at 13:19okidoki: Nice Hadrian
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, C. Vibius Varus, AR Denarius - Crawford 494/3838 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Caius Vibius Varus, 42 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.56; 20mm).
Rome mint.

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

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

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

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

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

6 commentsCarausius12/27/18 at 13:13okidoki: excellent great patina
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 359, Ticinum, FELICITAS SEC, Bust-H2, -/-//SXXT, Felicitas standing left, Rare!#171 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 359, Ticinum, FELICITAS SEC, Bust-H2, -/-//SXXT, Felicitas standing left, Rare!#1
avers: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding scepter surmounted by an eagle. (H2)
reverse: FELICITAS SEC, Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopiae.
exergue: -/-//SXXT, diameter: 22,0-24,0mm, weight: 3,40g, axes: 5h,
mint: Ticinum, 3rd. emission 2nd officinae, date: 277-278 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 359, Rare!
4 commentsquadrans12/26/18 at 21:16okidoki: excellent obverse
RPC II 1262A Domitianus - Domitia44 viewsObv: ΔOMITIANOC KAICAP ΔOMITIA CEBACTH, confronted busts of Domitian and Domitia
Rev: EПI APXIEPEΩC KΛAY BIANTOC / KI BY (in field), Zeus seated right, extending right hand and holding sceptre with left hand
AE27 (26.87 mm 8.401 g 6h) Struck in Cibyra (Phrygia)
RPC II 1262A.2 S3 Supplement, this coin (2 specs cited)
ex Artemide Auction 45E lot 306, ex Lanz Auction 147 Lot 304
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus12/24/18 at 15:45okidoki: great example,
109 Vabalathus (271-272 A.D.), T-3103 (Estiot), RIC V-I 381, Antioch, AE-Antoninianus, IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, -/-//B, Bust-D2, Bust of Aurelianus right, #0281 views109 Vabalathus (271-272 A.D.), T-3103 (Estiot), RIC V-I 381, Antioch, AE-Antoninianus, IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, -/-//B, Bust-D2, Bust of Aurelianus right, #02
avers: VABALATHVS V C R IM D R, Bust, laureate and diademed, cuirassed and draped with paludamentum, seen from the rear, right. (D2 diademed).
reverse: IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, Radiated and cuirassed bust of Aurelianus right. (B1).
exergue: -/-//B, diameter: 19,0-19,5mm, weight: 3,97g, axes: 0h,
mint: Antioch, off-2, iss-1, date: 270-272 A.D., ref: RIC V-I 381, T-3103 (Estiot),
2 commentsquadrans12/22/18 at 20:30okidoki: excellent and stylistic
098a Aureolus (267-268 A.D.), Mediolanum, RIC V-II 388 (Postumus), AE-Antoninianus, -/-//T, VIRTVS EQVIT, Virtus advancing right, #176 views098a Aureolus (267-268 A.D.), Mediolanum, RIC V-II 388 (Postumus), AE-Antoninianus, -/-//T, VIRTVS EQVIT, Virtus advancing right, #1
avers: IMP POSTVMVS AVG, In the name of Postumus. Radiate draped and cuirassed bust right. Attributed by Alföldi to Aureolus.
reverse: VIRTVS EQVIT, Virtus advancing right, holding spear and shield.
exergue: -/-//T, diameter: 18,0-19,0 mm, weight: 2,57g, axes:11h,
mint: Mediolanum, date: 267-268 A.D.,
ref: RIC V-II 388(Postumus), RSC 441 (Postumus),
1 commentsquadrans12/22/18 at 20:30okidoki: Nice Joe
22030 Constantivs/Genio57 viewsObv- FL VAL CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES
Laureate bust looking right

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


Ric VI Antioch 55a; Sear 14069

8.5 g 25.6mm
2 commentsBlayne W12/22/18 at 08:40okidoki: excellent reverse
Asia Minor, Aiolis, Kyme, Serapis24 viewsAiolis, Kyme
AE 14
Pseudo-autonomous. Time of Gallienus (253-268)
Obv.: Draped bust of Serapis right, wearing calathus.
Rev.: KYMA-I-ΩN dot, Prow right.
AE, 14 mm, 1.29g
Ref.: BMC p. 117, 125 var. (no dot)
3 commentsshanxi12/21/18 at 17:21okidoki: very nice
Hadrian (117 - 138 A.D.)28 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΤΡΑΙ - ΑΔΡΙΑ СƐΒ, laureate head of Hadrian, r., drapery on l. shoulder; to r crescent.
R: Nilus reclining on crocodile, l., holding reed and cornucopia L Ϛ = year 6 (121/22 A.D.)

Published on Wildwinds!
4 commentsMat12/21/18 at 17:10okidoki: great example, Joe
ROMAN REPUBLIC, Anonymous (Semilibral) Series, AE Sextans - Crawford 38/525 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous (Semilibral) Series, 217-215 BCE.
AE Sextans (24.25g; 31mm).
Rome Mint.

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

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

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

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

The economic hardship imposed by Hannibal’s invasion led to a rapid decline in the weight of Roman bronze coins, resulting in the adoption of a semi-libral bronze standard (AE As of ½ Roman pound) and eventual elimination of cast coins. From 217-215, Rome produced two, contemporaneous series of struck bronzes on this new, semi-libral weight standard. From hoard evidence, we know the first of the two series was Crawford 38, consisting of “prow” types derived from the libral and semi-libral prow Aes Grave (Crawford 35 and 36) that preceded it. These coins were almost certainly produced in Rome and likely also in satellite military mints as needed. The second series of struck semi-libral bronzes was the enigmatic Crawford 39 series, with its unusual types (see them in this gallery), production of which commenced after the start of the 38 Series prow-types (hoards containing 39s almost always include 38s) and produced in much smaller numbers than the huge 38 Series. The Crawford 38 series of struck bronzes, to which the above coin belongs, consisted of only four denominations: sextans, uncia, semuncia and quartuncia. In addition, Aes Grave production continued on a semi-libral basis for the As, Semis, Triens and Quadrans. Those Aes Grave denominations would later be replaced with struck coins when the weight standard reduced even further.
3 commentsCarausius12/19/18 at 22:02okidoki: wonderful, must be one of you best coin
hj6.26.35.15var11 viewsElagabalus

Obv: AVT K M AVPHΛI ANTΩNEINOC, laureate head right
Rev: VΠ I(OV)Λ ANTCEΛEVKOV MAPKIANOΠOΛIT(ΩN), Nemesis standing left, holding scales and sceptre, wheel at her feet.
26 mm, 10.25 gms

Hristova-Jekov variant (obverse legend and ligate letters on reverse)
1 commentsCharles M12/19/18 at 16:37okidoki: Congrats very nice
RPC II 1808 Titus50 viewsObv: AYTOKPATΩP TITOC KAICAP, Laureate head left
Rev: ETOYC NEOY IEPOY Θ, Zeus Salaminios standing facing, holding patera in right hand, left hand resting on a short sceptre; eagle on left arm
AR/Tetradrachm (20.25 mm 5.672 g 12h) Struck in Uncertain Cypriot mint (or Antiochia ad Orontem for Cyprus) 76-77 A.D.
RPC 1808 (12 specs), Prieur 1572 (5 specs)
ex Emporium Hamburg Alpha Auction 1 Lot 352
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus12/18/18 at 11:38okidoki: very nice
Galerius Antoninianus23 viewsGalerius Antoninianus
295-296 AD.

Bust Radiate, draped, cuirassed, right.

Emperor, standing right, receiving Victory on globe from Jupiter.
2 commentsHarry G12/17/18 at 15:07okidoki: very nice
2nd century B.C.
Æ (20 mm, 8.68 g, 12 h).
O: Laureate head of Asklepios right
R: [AΣ]KΛEΠIOY [Σ]ΩTHPOΣ, serpent coiled around omphalos; owl to inner left.
Pergamon. BMC Mysia p. 129, 160.
(ex Triskeles Auction)
2 commentslaney12/16/18 at 19:21okidoki: Great serpent
Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 3275, Akko (Tyre?), AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, date in left field, –|O above ||| |||= / |||,103 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 3275, Akko (Tyre?), AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, date in left field, –|O above ||| |||= / |||,
avers: No legends, Young Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at the neck.
reverse: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, holding eagle and scepter, to left, –|O above ||| |||= / ||| (date), ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 25,5-26,0mm, weight: 17,24g, axes: 10h,
mint: (Akko ?, Asia-Syria-Phoenicia ?), Kings, Alexander III, The Great, ‘Tyre’ mint, to left, –|O above ||| |||= / ||| (date).
date: Dated RY 29 of 'Ozmilk (321/0 BC), by Price: c. 318-317 B.C., ref: Price(1991) 3275, HGC 3.1, 941 (Alexander IV).
3 commentsquadrans12/16/18 at 12:23okidoki: great example,
Macedonia, Neapolis, (c.375-350 B.C.), AR-Hemidrachm, #1102 viewsMacedonia, Neapolis, (c.375-350 B.C.), AR-Hemidrachm, #1
avers: Facing gorgoneion.
reverse: Ν-Ε/Π-Ο, Head of the nymph right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 12,0mm, weight: 1,8g, axes: h,
mint: Macedonia, Neapolis, date: c.375-350 B.C., ref: SNG ANS 428-54, HGC 3.1, 588.,
4 commentsquadrans12/11/18 at 18:12okidoki: excellent
RIC 0429 Domitian Denarius71 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V
laureate head right.

Minerva standing left, holding thunderbolt and spear; shield at feet to right.

Rome, 86 AD

RIC II 429 (C).

Ex-Coast to Coast coins 2006; Ex-Ancient & Medieval Coins Canada Auction 1, Lot 175
8 commentsJay GT412/11/18 at 14:40okidoki: Nice Jay nice picturing
Julia Mamaea Denarius - Felicitas (RIC 335)33 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 222-235 AD

Obv: Diademed and draped bust of Julia Mamaea (R)

Rev: Felicitas standing front, head to left, legs crossed, holding caduceus in her right hand and leaning on column with her left elbow.

RIC 335, BMC 483, Cohen 17

Leu Numismatik Web Auction 6, Lot 1062
ex. Maggiore Collection, formed in the late 1970s to early 2000s.

Julia Avita Mamaea (180–235) was the second daughter of Julia Maesa, a powerful Roman woman of Syrian origin, and Syrian noble Gaius Julius Avitus Alexianus. She was a niece of empress Julia Domna and sister of Julia Soaemias Bassiana (mother of Elegabalus). She was born and raised in Emesa (modern Homs, Syria). She was the mother of Roman Emperor Alexander Severus and served as regent of Rome and de facto ruler during her son's reign.

In 232, mother and son were sent north to deal with a German attack. Alexander so alienated the Rhine legions by his lack of military prowess and his inflexibility towards pay that the troops proclaimed Maximinus Thrax as emperor in 235. Troops sent to kill Alexander found him clinging to his mother in a tent. Mother and son were butchered together, ending the Severan dynasty.
3 commentsOptimo Principi12/10/18 at 18:17okidoki: great example,
Pontos, Amisos (as Peiraieos). (Circa 435-370 BC)32 viewsAR Siglos

17 mm, 5.75 g

Persic standard. Aristeos, magistrate.

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

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

Malloy 1v; HGC 7, 229.

Amisos, situated on the southern shore of the Black Sea, was originally settled by the Milesians, perhaps as far back as the 8th century BC. The city was captured by the Persians in 550 BC and became part of Cappadocia (satrapy). In the 5th century BC, Amisos became a free state and one of the members of the Delian League led by the Athenians; it was then renamed Peiraieos under Pericles. In the 4th century BC the city came under the control of the Kingdom of Pontus.
2 commentsNathan P12/10/18 at 17:34okidoki: excellent
Asia Minor, Lydia, Hierocaesarea, Artemis, altar, anticlockwise legend23 viewsLydia, Hierokaisareia
Pseudo-autonomous issue
First half of the second century
Obv: draped bust of Artemis Persica r., with quiver at l. shoulder, bow and arrow at breast
Rev.: ΙΕΡΟΚΑΙСΑΡΕΩN, anticlockwise legend, garlanded and lighted altar
AE, 3.61g, 14mm
Ref.: RPC online -
2 commentsshanxi12/10/18 at 15:06okidoki: Great bust, winged headdress ?
Cn. Pompeius Magnus and Terentius Varro85 viewsCn. Pompeius Magnus and Terentius Varro. Denarius, mint moving with Pompey 49 BC, 4 grs.
Obs. : (VARRO·PRO – Q) Terminal bust of Jupiter r., wearing diadem.
Rev. : Sceptre between dolphin and eagle; in exergue, MAGN·PRO / COS.
Babelon Terentia 15 and Pompeia 7. Sear Imperators 8. C 3. Sydenham 1033 var. Woytek Arma et Nummi p. 558. RBW –. Crawford 447/1a.
5 commentslabienus12/10/18 at 07:28okidoki: excellent and stylistic
Vespasian dynastic denarius51 viewsVespasian, 69-79. Denarius (Silver, 17 mm, 3.11 g, 1 h), Ephesus, 69-70.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG Laureate head of Vespasian to right.
Rev: LIBERI IMP AVG VESPAS Titus and Domitian, veiled and togate, standing front, each with patera.
BMC 430. Cohen 248. RIC 1395. RPC II 805. Rare.
Minor marks and slightly rough, otherwise, about very fine.
From the R. Marbacher Collection, Switzerland.
Leu Numismatic December 09 2018 Web Auction 6Lot 908
4 commentsorfew12/09/18 at 20:15okidoki: grumpy
M. Plaetorius M.f. Cestianus28 viewsM. Plaetorius M.f. Cestianus. Denarius 69 BC. Rome. 4 grs.
Obs. : Draped female bust l., wearing winged diadem; behind, control mark.
Rev. : Anguipedic monster on pediment of temple, with base inscribed M. PLAETORI; in exergue, CEST S·C. Babelon Plaetoria 9. Sydenham 799a. RBW 1447. Crawford 405/1b.
3 commentslabienus12/09/18 at 16:03okidoki: Congrats very nice, never seen the reverse
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II xxx-x-x, Tripolis(?), CLEMENTIA TEMP, Bust-C-A2, Γ•//KA, Emperor and Jupiter, #182 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II xxx-x-x, Tripolis(?), CLEMENTIA TEMP, Bust-C-A2, Γ•//KA, Emperor and Jupiter, #1
avers: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from back. (C-A2)
reverse: CLEMENTIA TEMP, Emperor standing right, holding scepter, receiving globe from Jupiter, standing left, holding scepter surmounted by an eagle.
exergue: Γ•//KA, diameter: 21,0mm, weight: 3,06g, axes: 6h,
mint: Tripolis(?), date: 276 A.D., 1st. emiss., ref: RIC V-II xxx-x-x, p-121,
1 commentsquadrans12/08/18 at 21:59okidoki: Nice Joe
Syracuse - 12 1/2 Litra52 viewsSICILY
Struck under Agathokles
c. 310 - 305/300 BC.
EL Quarter Stater or 12 1/2 Litra (Reduced Corinthian Standard)
Av.: Laureate head of Apollo left
Rev.: Kithara - ΣYPAK - OΣIΩN
1,84 Gr.
HGC 2 - 1295 (R1)
3 commentsnummis durensis12/08/18 at 19:07okidoki: Congrats very nice
Ionia, Magnesia ad Meandrum, (c.350 - 190 B.C.), AE-15, SNG Cop 835var., MAΓN-on top, bull butting left, #172 viewsIonia, Magnesia ad Meandrum, (c.350 - 190 B.C.), AE-15, SNG Cop 835var., MAΓN-on top, bull butting left, #1
avers: Helmeted horseman right, holding couched lance.
reverse: MAΓN-on top, bull butting left, ΣTΡATΩNΛΞ ANΔΡOΣ(?) below.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 15,0mm, weight: 5,29g, axes: 0h,
mint: Ionia, Magnesia ad Meandrum, date: c.350 - 190 B.C., ref: SNG Cop 835var.,
2 commentsquadrans12/08/18 at 11:04okidoki: great bull
Macedonian Kingdom: Alexander III 'the Great' (336-323 BCE) Æ Unit, Uncertain Macedonian Mint (Price 260)14 viewsObv: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress; behind, Φ
Rev: ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Club, quiver and bowfine.
Dim: 18 mm, 5.97 g, 2 h
1 commentsQuant.Geek12/07/18 at 19:38okidoki: great example,
032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0116var., Rome, AR-Denarius, P M TR P COS III, Clementia standing left, #189 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0116var., Rome, AR-Denarius, P M TR P COS III, Clementia standing left, #1
avers: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, Laureate, cuirassed right, seen from front, with fold of cloak on front shoulder, with a visible thunderbolt on his cuirass leather strap and a winged frontal Medusa head (gorgoneion) on the breast of Hadrian's cuirass.
reverse: P M TR P COS III, Clementia standing left, holding patera over altar, holding scepter.
exergue: -/-//CLEM, diameter: 18-19,5mm, weight: 3,24g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 121 A.D., ref: RIC II 0116var.,
2 commentsquadrans12/06/18 at 06:50okidoki: Nice Joe
Bruttium Rhegium Æ 2352 viewsLaureate head of Asklepios right

Hygieia standing left, holding serpent; III to left

Rhegium, 203-150 BC

6.28g Æ 23

(R2) Very rare

HN Italy 2560; SNG ANS 786-8, MIAMG.3645

Ex-American Rarities (Boulder); Ex-Ebay

4 commentsJay GT412/06/18 at 06:23okidoki: very nice
Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 10. Commodus, HrHJ (2018) (rev) cf.16 viewsCommodus, AD 177-192
AE 17, 2.96g
Laureate head r.
Nemesis, in long garment and mantle, stg. frontal, head l., holding in l. arm cubit and
raising r. hand to mouth; at her feet the wheel
ref. a) not in AMNG
b) not in Varbanov
c) not in Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2018):
rev. not listed
obv. e.g. (central coin, same die!)
probably unpublished
very rare, S+, stripped

Nikopolis is still good for a surprise!
1 commentsJochen12/05/18 at 16:35okidoki: excellent and stylistic congrats Jochen wunderschön
Parthia, Satrapy of Andragoras, ca. 250-238 BC, AR Tetradrachm35 viewsHelmeted head of Athena r.
Owl standing r., head facing, olive-sprig and crescent behind, AΘ[E] to r.

Taylor 'Birds of a Feather' 1.1; SNG ANS 9, 1; HGC 12, 1.

(23 mm, 16.73 g, 6h).

Roma Numismatics eSale 45 (5 May 2018), Lot 373; ex-'Andragoras-Sophytes' Hoard.

The advanced style of the owl and the 6h die adjustment of this coin indicate that it was struck at the end of Series 1 in the transition to Series 2 at which time the die axis adjustment changed from 12h to 6h and the reverse incuse square gave way to a non-incuse reverse. This intermediate fabric is proof that the two series were struck without a time gap between them.

The 'Andragoras-Sophytes' hoard came to market from mid-late 2017. It was reputedly found in 2014 and consisted of approximately 600 coins from at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan (Hoard information: Olivier Bordeaux & Osmund Bopearachchi). Around half of these coins were marketed by Roma Numismatics in a succession of auctions commencing in 2017 and continuing through 2018.
4 commentsn.igma12/05/18 at 16:29okidoki: Congrats very nice
Thessaly. Thessalian League29 viewsSGCV --, Franke, Geschicte 4; BCD Thessaly II 15

AR Obol. .45 g., 7.43 mm. max., 180°

Struck ca. 470s-460s B.C.

Obv: Head and neck of bridled horse right

Rev: AΘ- ΦΕ, Grain ear in incuse square

The Thessalian League was a loose confederacy of city-states and tribes in the Thessalian valley in Northern Greece. The seat of the Thessalian diet was Larissa.
2 commentsStkp12/05/18 at 14:44okidoki: very nice
Vespasian (69 - 79 A.D.)43 viewsAR Denarius
O:  IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII, laureate head right.
R: VICTORIA AVGVSTI, Victory advancing right, holding palm and crowning standard with wreath.
Rome Mint (72-73 A.D.)
RIC 362 (C2), BMCRE 74, RSC 618
9 commentsMat12/04/18 at 06:12okidoki: excellent and stylistic, never seen it congrats Ma...
Vespasian RIC-19083 viewsÆ Sestertius, 25.22g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 190 (C3). BMC 560.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: ROMA; S C in field; Roma stg. l., with Victory and spear
Ex Pegasi 39, 13 November 2018, lot 467. Ex Bonhams, 11 June 2018, group lot 3. Ex Superior 2-3 June 1998, The J. B. Parker Collection, lot 7023.

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

Fantastic portrait in good style.
5 commentsDavid Atherton12/03/18 at 16:26okidoki: great reverse
CALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 280-272 BC. AR Nomos57 views19mm, 6.45 g, 4h
The Dioskouroi riding left; monogram above, [ΣΩ]Δ-A-M-O-Σ below
Phalanthos, nude, holding two spears, shield decorated with hippocamp, and Nike, who crowns him with wreath, riding dolphin left; ΠY to left, waves below.
Vlasto 773; HN Italy 1011. Good VF, toned, compact flan. Well centered.
4 commentsLeo12/03/18 at 16:26okidoki: Hi Leo, very sharp
RIC 0144 Domitian Denarius 89 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head of Domitian right

Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left

Rome 82-83 AD

RIC 144 (R)

Ex-inumis France
11 commentsJay GT411/29/18 at 17:41okidoki: wonderful Joe, must be one of you best coin
Huns, Nezak Huns, Anonymous II. King, "Nycky MLKA", (cc. 460-560 A.D.), Göbl Hunnen Em. 198, AR-Drachm, Fire altar,89 viewsHuns, Nezak Huns, Anonymous II. King, "Nycky MLKA", (cc. 460-560 A.D.), Göbl Hunnen Em. 198, AR-Drachm, Fire altar,
avers: Bust of Emperor in winged bull's head crown right.
reverse: Fire altar with ribbons and attendants; solar wheels above attendants.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 30,5mm, weight: 3,32g, axes: 3h,
mint: Nezak Hun, Kabul-Zabul mint, date: cc. 460-560 A.D., ref: Göbl Hunnen Em. 198,
2 commentsquadrans11/27/18 at 18:12okidoki: Nice Joe
ric3099 viewsElagabalus
Orichalcum, Dupondius, Rome

Obv: IMP CAES M AVR ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, radiate draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: P. M. TR. P. III. COS III. P. P. → S.C., Elagabalus standing left in slow quadriga, holding eagle tipped scepter in his right hand and branch in left, above eight-pointed star.
26 mm, 10.07 gms

RIC 309
1 commentsCharles M11/26/18 at 17:14okidoki: nice reverse
Byzantine Empire: Maurice Tiberius (582-602) Æ Pentanummium, Constantinople (Sear 501A; MIB 74c)11 viewsObv: DN mAV RCPPAG or similar; Bust facing right, diademed, in cuirass and paludamentum
Rev: Large Є; to left A
Dim: 16mm, 1.43g
1 commentsQuant.Geek11/24/18 at 11:14okidoki: great reverse
Gothic-barbarian imitation, Aequitas34 viewsObv: Blundered legend, Head laur. r.
Rv: Blundered legend, Aequitas (?)

17mm, 2.37
Currently on sale in an auction, starting price at 30 €.
2 commentsklausklage11/24/18 at 10:03okidoki: very nice
Troas, Assos, (c.400-241 B.C.), BMC 18, AE-10, AΣΣI, Griffin sitting left, palm-branch, #1100 viewsTroas, Assos, (c.400-241 B.C.), BMC 18, AE-10, AΣΣI, Griffin sitting left, palm-branch, #1
avers: Helmeted head of Athena right.
reverse: AΣΣI, Griffin sitting left, palm-branch (control symbol) in exergue.
exergue: -/-//palm-branch, diameter: 9,5-10,0mm, weight:1,18g, axes: 0h,
mint: Troas, Assos, date: c.400-241 B.C., ref: BMC Troas p. 38, 18, SNG Cop 237-240 var.,
2 commentsquadrans11/23/18 at 21:20okidoki: Nice Joe, i like the picturing
Trajanus23 viewsTrajanus, sestertius.
33 mm, 27,36 g.
Obv. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P: Bust of Trajan, laureate, right with aegis.
Rev. S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI S C: Victory, naked to waist, standing right, left foot on helmet, holding stylus in right hand and with left hand attaching shield inscribed VIC DAC to palm-tree.
Ex. Lanz 76/1996/ Los 504;
RIC 528
3 commentsMarsman11/22/18 at 22:10okidoki: excellent and stylistic
Gaul, Northwest. Coriosolites (57-52 BC)30 viewsBI Stater

5.36 g

Obverse: Celticized head right, hair in large spiral curls, S-like ear; pearl strings flowing around

Reverse: Devolved charioteer driving biga right; ornaments around; below, boar right.

DT 2329; Slg. Flesche - (vgl. 198)

The Coriosolites (one among a number of tribes in the area) inhabited a region called Armorica in what is now northwest France. They were a mixture of Celts who had fled Germanic incursions across the Rhine and the original inhabitants of Armorica, a place where customs and beliefs of the megalithic age still lingered on.

The Coriosolite coinage appears to have constituted a confederate currency, manufactured at the time of the Gallic Wars between 57 BC, the date of the revolt of the Armoricans and 51 BC, the end of the war of the Gauls. For the Armoricans, the war began with invasion by the Roman General Crassus, who subjugated the tribes by fighting each individually and taking hostages. The Celts then formed an alliance to more effectively fight Rome and captured envoys sent by Rome to serve as their own hostages.

Aware of their efforts, Caesar sent three legions under Sabinus who routed the Celts. No more battles were fought in Armorica, but the Armorican resistance continued; some of the population, unwilling to live under Roman rule, banded together and hid in remote areas. Twenty thousand Armoricans (including many Coriosolites) were among the forces that attempted to relieve Vercingetorix at the siege of Alesia in 52 BC.

J.-B. Colbert de Beaulieu defined six classes of Coriosolite coinage. This coin is in Class VI, defined by a nose shaped like a backward 2 on the obverse and, on the reverse, a symbol resembling a ladder on its side in front of a pony with a boar underneath. John Hooker identifies five coin types within Group VI. The coin above is most likely the fifth type (evidenced by the placement of the curl at the bottom of the horse's mane on the reverse). While 1-3 types in Class VI are among the earliest Coriosolite coins (perhaps even preceding the Gallic wars), Hooker asserts that, based on the style of the driver's body on the reverse, types 4 and 5 may have been minted just prior to the forming of the Celtic coalition and capture of the Roman envoys.
1 commentsNathan P11/22/18 at 17:50okidoki: interesting style
EB0945 Zeno / Victory34 viewsZeno 474-491, AU Solidus, Constantinople Mint.
Obverse: D N ZENO PERP AVG, diademed, helmeted and cuirassed three-quarter facing bust, holding spear over shoulder and shield decorated with horseman spearing a fallen enemy.
Reverse: VICTORI-A AVGGG and officina letter Γ, Victory standing left, holding long jewelled cross, star in right field. Mintmark CONOB.
References: RIC X 910.
Diameter: 20.5mm, Weight: 4.435g.
2 commentsEB11/20/18 at 17:21okidoki: Congrats very nice
Vespasian RIC-89772 viewsÆ As, 9.85g
Rome mint, 76 AD
RIC 897 (R). BMC p. 169 note.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS VII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Ex eBay, 30 October 2018.

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

Strong middle-period portrait with pleasing dark chocolate patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/16/18 at 18:31okidoki: very nice
Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 1364, Lampsacus, AR-Drachm, Zeus seated on throne left, ΛΑΠ/Snake, #187 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 1364, Lampsacus, AR-Drachm, Zeus seated on throne left, ΛΑΠ/Snake, #1
avers: Head of beardless Heracles right wearing a lion-skin headdress.
reverse: AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, sceptre in left hand, Monogram ΛΑΠ left, Snake beneath throne.
exergue: -/-//-- diameter: 17,5-18,0mm, weight: 4,22g, axes: 6h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, Lampsacus mint, date: c. 323 - c. 317 B.C., ref: Price 1364,
2 commentsquadrans11/12/18 at 19:23okidoki: Nice Joe
EB1031 Bull / Incuse Bull20 viewsGreek, Italy, Sybaris Nomos 550-510 BC.
Obverse: VM in exergue, bull standing left on dotted exergual line, head reverted.
Reverse: Incuse bull standing right on dotted exergual line, head reverted.
References: SNG Cop 1388; SNG ANS 828ff; Gorini pg. 10, 5-6.
Diameter: 28.5mm, Weight: 8.03g.
Ex: Miguel Munoz Collection.
2 commentsEB11/12/18 at 17:56okidoki: great example,
Seleucia, Seleukid Kingdom, 01 Seleukos I., Nikator, (312-281 B.C.), SC 17.2, AE-21, BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY, Athena Promachos standing right, #179 viewsSeleucia, Seleukid Kingdom, 01 Seleukos I., Nikator, (312-281 B.C.), SC 17.2, AE-21, BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY, Athena Promachos standing right, #1
avers: Head of Apollo facing right, wearing laurel wreath, with spiral curls, one falling forward, another at back of neck, much of neck exposed.
reverse: BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY, Athena Promachos standing right, brandishing spear and holding a shield on left arm, Π in the left field.
exergue: Π/-//--, diameter: 20,0-21,0mm, weight: 7,50g, axes: 10h,
mint: Seleucia, Seleukos I., Nikator, Antioch Mint, date: 300-281 B.C., ref: SC 17.2, Newell WSM 918.,
1 commentsquadrans11/12/18 at 14:46okidoki: shields up
Basil II & Constantine VIII, (976-1028 A.D.)42 viewsÆ “Anonymous” Follis
Class A2
O: EMMANOVHΛ, Nimbate bust of Christ facing, wearing pallium and colobium and holding book of Gospels; IC – XC in fields to left and right.
R: + IhSЧS / [X]RISTЧ[S] / bASILЄЧ / bASILЄ / ·, legend in four lines.
SBCV 1793
5 commentsMat11/08/18 at 19:22okidoki: Congrats very nice
HADRIAN60 viewsAR cistophoric tetradrachm . Nicomedia , after 128 AD. 10,74 grs. Laureate head right . IMP CAES TRA HADRIANO AVG PP. / Octastyle temple set on three tiered podium,pellet within. ROM SP AVG across frieze. COM BIT across fields.
RIC 461b. RSC 240b. Unrecorded reverse die.
Ex Barry P. Murphy.
3 commentsbenito11/08/18 at 18:50okidoki: excellent and stylistic
051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), RIC IV-I 310, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, VENERI VICTRICI, Venus standing left, Scarce! #182 views051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), RIC IV-I 310, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, VENERI VICTRICI, Venus standing left, Scarce! #1
avers: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Radiate, and cuirassed bust right seen half from the back.
reverse: VENERI VICTRICI, Venus standing left, holding Victory and sceptre, leaning on shield set on helmet.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 22,8-23,0mm, weight: 5,64g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 215 A.D., ref: RIC IV-I 310, RSC
2 commentsquadrans11/08/18 at 17:39okidoki: Nice Joe, a silver radiated head
Domitian Denarius,77-78 AD. RIC 961 36 viewsDomitian Denarius. CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS, laureate head right / COS V, She-wolf and twins left, boat below. RSC 51.
Sear (RCV 2000 Edition) Number 2639

Weight 3.36gm.
2 commentsBritanikus11/07/18 at 17:50okidoki: very nice
Asia Minor, Lydia, Iulia Gordus, Tyche, Artemis Ephesia26 viewsLydia, Iulia Gordus
Pseudo-autonomous issue
2nd century
Obv.: ΙΟVΛΙΑ ΓΟΡΔΟС, Turreted and draped bust of Tyche right.
Rev.: IΟVΛ ΓΟΡΔΗΝΩΝ, Facing statue of Artemis Ephesia, with supports.
Ae, 2.73g, 17mm
Ref.: RPC III 1261, SNG Copenhagen 157.
2 commentsshanxi11/07/18 at 17:49okidoki: great example, very bright details
RPC-1389-Vespasian 69 viewsÆ25, 9.00g
Apamea, Phrygia mint, Plancius Varus, magistrate
RPC 1389 (15 spec.).
Acquired from Tom Vossen, October 2018.

The important crossroads city of Apamea produced only one issue of coins during the Flavian era for the Koinon of Phrygia. M. Dräger has proposed that the issue could have been struck to help finance the Koinon's recovery after an earthquake, citing an ambiguous remark in Suetonius about Vespasian's civic generosity - 'he restored to a better condition very many states throughout the whole world that had been afflicted by earthquakes or fire' (Vesp. 17). It is quite possible that such a disaster occurred during Vespasian's reign in Phrygia since the region is prone to frequent seismic activity. Earthquakes are known to have previously struck the area in 53 and 60 AD and Strabo speaks of such a disaster which rocked the region during the Mithridatic Wars. The issue is undated, but names Plancius Varus, who perhaps is the same person that is recorded as a Flavian legate in Asia during the reign of Vespasian. Varus is thought to have died by 81. The type of five bundled corn-ears echoes a similar reverse of two bundled corn-ears struck by the city under Augustus.

Nice green patina featuring a severe portrait of Vespasian.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/07/18 at 17:21okidoki: excellent
Netherlands, Westfriesland, (1648 A.D.), KM 14,2/1648, AR-Thaler/Leeuwendaalder/Lion Dollar, CONFIDENS•DNO•NON•MOVETVR•1648 lily, Lion Rampant, #184 viewsNetherlands, Westfriesland, (1648 A.D.), KM 14,2/1648, AR-Thaler/Leeuwendaalder/Lion Dollar, CONFIDENS•DNO•NON•MOVETVR•1648 lily, Lion Rampant, #1
avers: MO•ARG•PRO•CON FOE•BELG•WESTF, Knight standing left, head right, holding up garnished coat-of-arms in the foreground.
reverse: CONFIDENS•DNO•NON•MOVETVR•1648 Lily(Mintmark), Lion Rampant.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 40,5mm, weight: 27,0g, axis: 9h,
mint:Netherlands, Westfriesland, Mintmark: Lily, date: 1648 A.D., ref:KM 14,2/1648, Davenport 4870 / Delmonte 836,
1 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 15:22okidoki:
090b Gallienus (253-268 A.D.), Sole Reign, RIC V-I 163, Rome, AE-Antoninianus, -/-//Z, APOLLINI CONS AVG, Centaur walking right, #192 views090b Gallienus (253-268 A.D.), Sole Reign, RIC V-I 163, Rome, AE-Antoninianus, -/-//Z, APOLLINI CONS AVG, Centaur walking right, #1
avers: GALLIENVS AVG, Radiate head right.
reverse: APOLLINI CONS AVG, Centaur walking right, one forefoot raised, drawing the bow. Z in exergue.
exergue: -/-//Z, diameter: 19,0-21,5 mm, weight: 3,16g, axes: 5h,
mint: Rome, date: A.D., ref: RIC V-I 163, p-145, RSC-72, Göbl 735b,
4 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 12:21okidoki: great example, congrats Joe
EB0621 Antoninus Pius / Temple25 viewsAntoninus Pius 138-161 AD, AE Drachm of Alexandria. Year 17 = 153-154 AD.
Obv: V _ AVT K T AI AΔPI ANTWNINOC CEVE, laurate and bearded bust right of Antoninus Pius.
Rev: Altar (Temple) of Caesareum (or Agathodaimon) as seen from the front, with six columns, garlanded front, set on two-tiered base, fire altar (pyre of burning pinecones) atop, aplustre (aphlaston) at each corner, Z in exergue and across L-I ( LIZ = year 17 ).
References: Dattari 3011, Emmett 1448-17.
Diameter: 38mm, Weight: 28.302 grams.
2 commentsEB11/02/18 at 12:41okidoki: great example, rare reverse
RIC 0842 Domitianus85 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG, Laureate head of Domitian, right
Rev : CA-PIT (across field) RESTIT (in exergue), Temple of Capitoline Jupiter with 4 columns enclosing figures of Juno, seated Jupiter and Minerva
AR/Cistophorus (27.56 mm 11.122 g 7h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Asia Minor 82 A.D.
RIC 842 (R), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted, RPC II 867
ex Numismatik Naumann GmbH Auction 70 Lot 462
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/30/18 at 21:18okidoki: excellent and stylistic
Vespasian-RIC-155688 viewsAR Denarius, 3.42g
Antioch mint, 72-73 AD
RIC 1556 (R3). BMC - . RSC - . RPC - .
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VESTA; Vesta stg. l., with simpulum and sceptre
Ex Numismatic Naumann 70, 7 October 2018, lot 411.

Second known example of the Antioch RIC group 5 Vesta. A double die match with the other published specimen, CNG 61, 25 September 2002, lot 1689, and an obverse die match with the extremely rare AVGVR TRI POT and VICTORIA AVGVSTI types from the same issue. All of these copy common contemporaneous reverse types from Rome.

Slightly off centre in good Antiochene style.
5 commentsDavid Atherton10/30/18 at 21:06okidoki: excellent David
Struck 1205 - 1216, John (1199 – 1216), AR Short cross penny minted at Winchester, England17 viewsObverse: HENRICVS REX around central circle enclosing a crowned, draped and bearded facing bust of the king holding a sceptre tipped with a cross pommee in his right hand, bust extending to edge of flan.
Reverse: +ANDREV•ON•WI around voided short cross within circle, crosslets in each quarter. Moneyer, Andrew.
Diameter: 19mm | Weight: 1.2gms | Die Axis: 4
Class 5b
SPINK: 1351

The class four type short cross pennies of Henry II continued to be struck during the early years of John's reign, but in 1205 a recoinage was begun and new short cross pennies of better style replaced the older issues. Sixteen mints were initially employed for this recoinage but they were reduced to ten later on. All John's coins continued to bear his father's (Henry II) title of henricvs rex.

John was King of England from 1199 until his death in 1216. The baronial revolt at the end of John's reign led to the sealing of the first Magna Carta, a document sometimes considered an early step in the evolution of the constitution of the United Kingdom.
John, the youngest of the five sons of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, was not expected to inherit significant lands which resulted in him being given the nickname John Lackland. However, after the failed rebellion of his elder brothers between 1173 and 1174, John became Henry's favourite child. He was appointed Lord of Ireland in 1177 and given lands in England and on the continent. John's elder brothers William, Henry and Geoffrey died young and when Richard I became king in 1189, John was the potential heir to the throne. John unsuccessfully attempted a rebellion against Richard's administration whilst his brother was participating in the Third Crusade but despite this, after Richard died in 1199, John was proclaimed King of England.
Contemporary chroniclers were mostly critical of John's performance as king, and his reign has been the subject of much debate by historians from the 16th century onwards. These negative qualities have provided extensive material for fiction writers since the Victorian era, and even today John remains a recurring character within popular culture, primarily as a villain in films and stories regarding the Robin Hood legends.
2 comments*Alex10/30/18 at 20:55okidoki: Nice Alex
035p Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), Egypt, Alexandria, G-1680, D-2297, AR-Tetradrachm, L-IS/-//--, Nilus reclining left, #172 views035p Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), Egypt, Alexandria, G-1680, D-2297, AR-Tetradrachm, L-IS/-//--, Nilus reclining left, #1
avers: ANTωNINO C CЄB ЄVCЄB, Laureate head right.
reverse: Nilus reclining left, holding reed and cornuopiae from which emerges small Genius; small Genius inscribes Nilometer before, crocodile below.
exergue: L-IS/-//--, diameter: 21,5-22,0mm, weight: 14,02g, axis: 0h,
mint: Egypt, Alexandria, date: L-IS, Year=16, 152-152 A.D., ref: Geissen-1680, Dattari-2297, Kapmann-Ganschow-35.548-p186,
2 commentsquadrans10/29/18 at 08:19okidoki: excellent tet
RIC 0961 Domitian denarius77 viewsCAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS
Laureate head of Domitian right

Wolf and twins; in exergue boat

Rome, 77-78 AD


RIC 961 (C2)

Ex-Calgary Coin
5 commentsJay GT410/28/18 at 17:57okidoki: very nice
032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0306, Rome, AR-Denarius, HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, #1132 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0306, Rome, AR-Denarius, HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, #1
avers: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, Laureate head right.
reverse: HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, holding the olive branch and leaning on a rock.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,5mm, weight: g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 136 A.D., ref: RIC II 306, RSC-349, BMC-361,
8 commentsquadrans10/28/18 at 13:10okidoki: very nice
RIC 0247 Vespasian sestertius102 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVF TR P P P COS III
Laureate head of Vespasian right

SC in field
Mars advancing right with spear and trophy

Rome, 71 AD


RIC 247 (C2)

Kraay counted 12 reverse dies used for this obverse type.

Ex-CNG; Ex-Calgary Coin

Some old cleaning scratches in fields
9 commentsJay GT410/28/18 at 13:06okidoki: Congrats very nice
"RIC 922"33 views3 commentsvrtsprb10/28/18 at 12:17okidoki: like yesterday
Asia Minor, Lydia, Hierocaesarea, Tyche, Tyche standing, rudder13 viewsLydia, Hierokaisareia
Pseudo-autonomous issue
Time of the Severans (193-235)
Obv: IЄPOKAICAPЄIA, Turreted and draped bust of Tyche right.
Rev: IЄPOKAICAPЄΩN, Tyche standing left, holding rudder and cornucopia.
AE, 4.7g, 21mm
Ref.: BMC 21
1 commentsshanxi10/28/18 at 12:11okidoki: great looks on the bust, with the turreted headdre...
Vespasian RIC-759113 viewsÆ Dupondius, 14.46g
Rome mint, 74 AD
RIC 759 (C). BMC p. 219 note. RPC 1983 (6 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev: PON•MAX•TR•POT•P•P•COS•V CENS; Winged caduceus between crossed cornuacopiae
Ex eBay, 16 October 2018. Ex Klassische Münzen.

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

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

Previously the series had been attributed to Commagene (BMCRE II, pp.217-222), then as a likelihood to Antioch (e.g. RPC II 1982-2005). The correct attribution to Rome is proved by mules of the dupondii with regular issues (Buttrey, “Vespasian’s Roman Orichalcum: An Unrecognized Celebratory Coinage” in David M. Jacobson and Nikos Kokkinos, Judaea and Rome in Coins, 65 CBE – 135 CE (2012). The series had nothing to do with Syria or with the East at all, yet it was purposefully designed to appear non-Roman: the suppression of the traditional reverse sub-inscription S C throughout; the suppression of the radiate crown of the Dupondius; the shifting of the consular dating from the obv. to the rev.; the striking of all four denominations in orichalcum; and most obviously the selection of rev. dies which reek of the East.

There is nothing like this series in the whole of Roman imperial coinage. It is a deliberate act of Orientalism, imposing the flavour of the East on a Western coinage. The key to its understanding is the reverse type of the dupondius, two crossed cornuacopiae with a winged caduceus between. It replicates the type of an obscure issue of the Galilean city of Sepphoris, an issue which had been, astonishingly, signed by Vespasian himself (ΕΠΙ ΟΥΕCΠΑCΙΑΝΟΥ, “on the authority of…”) when on duty there in the last days of Nero. The dupondius-sized bronze was accompanied by a half-unit with the type of a large, central S C – again signed by Vespasian, and now imitated on the As of the orichalcum series with the wreath of the As of Antioch (RPC I 4849-50).
The whole of this series memorializes not Vespasian the conquering general (IVDAEA CAPTA, VICTORIA AVGVSTI), but the man. His re-use of earlier coin types is well-known; here he re-uses his own, harking back to his career just prior to his final success in seizing the empire. And the series was struck in 74 A.D., co-terminous with the celebration of Vespasian’s first quinquennium.'

The coin itself is a superb example in very fine style. Beautiful dark golden patina with highlights of emerald green.
8 commentsDavid Atherton10/27/18 at 12:45okidoki: excellent and stylistic
297/1b. Quinctia - denarius (112-111 BC)28 viewsAR Denarius (Rome, 112-111 BC)
O/ Bust of Hercules seen from behind, with head turned to left and club over shoulder.
R/ Desultor right, wearing cuirass; control-mark behind; rat right between TI Q below; D.S.S. incuse on tablet in exergue.
3.82g; 118mm
Crawford 297/1b (87 obverse dies/109 reverse dies)
- Naville Numismatics Live Auction 36, lot 534.

* Tiberius Quinctius:

The attribution of this issue to a Tiberius Quinctius is dubious as the few letters on the reverse could mean different things. Crawford rules out the possibility that the Q stands for Quaestor, so it should only be the first letter of a nomen, hence the attribution to a Quinctius. However a Quinctilius is also possible.

The significance of the rat below the horses is an enigma. It apparently cannot be related to any cognomen; Crawford may be right to reject previous attempts to link it to a name -- the solution is probably not as easy as simply translating "rat", "mouse" or "rodent" in Latin. Mus ("mouse") was nonetheless an attested cognomen, but the gens Decia that bore it was already extinct by the end of the 2nd century.

The reverse with the desultor was perhaps a statue, as the legend DSS stands for "de Senatus Sententia", usually found on public monuments.
2 commentsJoss10/27/18 at 10:04okidoki: indeed congrats
Julian the Apostate - AE 112 viewsConstantinople
3.11.361 - 26.6.363 AD
pearl-diademed draped and cuirassed bust right
Bull right, 2 stars above
RIC VIII Constantinople 162
ex Aurea numismatika
1 commentsJohny SYSEL10/27/18 at 10:03okidoki: great reverse
Vespasian / Titus and Domitian on Horseback60 viewsVespasian AR Denarius, Rome Mint, 69-70 AD
O: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
R: TITVS ET DOMITIAN CAES PRIN IV; Titus and Domitian riding r., hands outstretched
- RIC 5 (R). BMC p. 7, RSC 539.

One of the rarest of the dynastic types.
5 commentsNemonater10/27/18 at 10:02okidoki: hold your horses
Staff, Denarius, Crawford 78/119 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 208 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; Loop under visor; “X” behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; below, staff symbol; in linear frame, “ROMA”.
Mint: Sicily
Weight: 3.52 gm.
Reference: Crawford 78/1
Provenance: Tintinna auction 35, 27-FEB-2014

Comments: Crawford 78/1 may be among the earliest denari with peaked visor. Crawford suggests the staff is actually a decempeda or measuring pole as it seems to bear indications of length.

The present example shows little wear and only slightly off-center, but there is a small reverse flan chip at 10:30, and a fine crack extending from it. Otherwise, lovely toning and AEF.
2 commentsSteve B510/23/18 at 07:38okidoki: great example,
Vespasian AR denarius107 viewsVespasian (69-79). AR Denarius
(18.5mm, 2.77g, 6h).
Ephesus? , c. AD 76.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev: Pegasus stepping r.
RIC II 1473; RSC 114a; RPC II 1451.
Rare, Good Fine
St Paul Antiquities Auction 18 Lot 347 October 13, 2018

I knew when I saw this coin that I wanted it. I already have the Domitian with the Pegasus reverse. When I saw this Vespasian with a Pegasus reverse I wondered why this reverse would be on a coin of Vespasian. It appears as if this coin is a mule. The obverse portrait is muled with the Domitian Pegasus reverse.

The mysterious 'O' mint is one mint where this practice is known. There is an 'O' on these coins but little else is known about this mint. In RIC II Part one, the authors tentatively assign this group of denarii to Ephesus. The truth is the location of the 'O' mint is unknown.

This coin is another example of where the obverse is not the most attractive side of the coin. Imho the reverse is not only more interesting but features a very well rendered depiction of Pegasus. The engraving is truly artistic.

This leads me to another aspect of these coins-the legends are often blundered for this mint. Why the celators would take so much care with the devices and not as much with the legends is another 'O' mint mystery.

Mysterious or not, I was immediately attracted to this coin. I feel very lucky to have landed it because it is one of only a handful of examples I have seen or know about.
8 commentsorfew10/19/18 at 19:51okidoki: Congrats very nice
Mary I of Scotland (1542 - 1567 A.D.)43 viewsScotland
AR Bawbee
O: MARIA · D · G · R · SCOTORVM: A crowned thistle, 'M' to its left and 'R' to the right.
R: OPPIDVM · EDINBVRGI, Saltire behind a crown, flanked by a cinquefoil on each side.
Edinburgh mint
SCBC 5432
4 commentsMat10/18/18 at 18:50okidoki: Nice Mat
Clodius Albinus (193 - 195 A.D.)46 viewsAR Denarius
O: D CLOD SEPT ALBIN CAES, bare head right.
R: MINER PACIF COS II, Minerva standing front, head left, holding a spear and leaning on a shield.
Rome Mint
RIC 7, RSC 48, RCV 6144, BMC 98
6 commentsMat10/17/18 at 06:21okidoki: very nice
ROMAN REPUBLIC, Q. Pomponius Musa, AR Denarius28 viewsRome, The Republic.
Q. Pomponius Musa, mid-50s BCE
AR Denarius (3.98g; 19mm).
Rome Mint.

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

Reverse: Q. POMPONI – MVSA; Urania, muse of astronomy, facing left, holding wand over globe on tripod.

References: Crawford 410/8; Sydenham 823; Pomponia 22.

Provenance: Ex William C. Boyd (d. 1906) Collection [Baldwin's 42 (26 Sep 2005), Lot 64]; bought from Spink in 1900.

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

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

Apollo is often depicted androgynously on ancient coins. The standard references consistently attribute the obverse heads on both varieties of Musa’s coins as Apollo; but the depictions are notably different between the Hercules Musarum variety and the nine Muse varieties. On Hercules variety, the deity’s hair is down and tied, and generally consistent with many depictions of Apollo on other Roman Republican coins (see, e.g., denarii of L. Calpurnius Piso and C. Calpurnius Piso). Comparatively, the head on the above Muse variety is considerably more feminine in appearance and laureate, though lacking earrings, necklaces or other feminine accents. Admittedly, this more feminine type head has also been attributed by scholars as Apollo on other coin types (see, e.g., denarii of P. Clodius and C. Considius). However, within the same series the different styled heads appear to depict different deities. Given the Muse emblems behind each head on the nine Muse types, it’s possible that the feminine heads do not represent Apollo, but the Muses themselves. Michael Harlan agrees with this interpretation in both editions of "Roman Republican Moneyers and their Coins." More research on this issue is needed.
3 commentsCarausius10/13/18 at 18:48okidoki: excellent and stylistic
EB0006 Nymph / Man-headed bull31 viewsNeapolis, CAMPANIA, AR Nomos/2 drm., 300-281 BC.
Obverse: Diademed head of nymph left, wearing earring and necklace.
Reverse: Man-headed bull walking left, crowned by Nike above flying left.
References: Cf. GROSE 269,3 (also see SNG ANS 350-381).
Diameter: 20mm, Weight: 7.312g.
3 commentsEB10/13/18 at 18:47okidoki: very nice
Sicily, Syracuse, Agathokles (cc. 317-289 B.C.), AE-22, SNG Ans 749, AΓAΘOKΛEOΣ BAΣIΛEOΣ, Winged thunderbolt, #2139 viewsSicily, Syracuse, Agathokles (cc. 317-289 B.C.), AE-22, SNG Ans 749, AΓAΘOKΛEOΣ BAΣIΛEOΣ, Winged thunderbolt, #2
avers: ΣΩΤΕΙΡΑ, Draped bust of Artemis Soteira right, quiver over shoulder.
reverse: ΑΓΑΘΟΚΛΕΟΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΟΣ, Winged thunderbolt between legend.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 22 mm, weight: 9,59, axes: h,
mint: Sicily, Syracuse, date: cc.317-289 B.C., ref: SNG Ans 749,
4 commentsquadrans10/13/18 at 18:36okidoki: Nice Joe
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 925-4-4, 4th. Unspecified Oriental Mint, Bust:C(A2), Δ//XXI, RESTITVT ORBIS, Female and Emperor, #1113 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 925-4-4, 4th. Unspecified Oriental Mint, Bust:C(A2), Δ//XXI, RESTITVT ORBIS, Female and Emperor, #1
avers: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from the back. (C/A2),
reverse: RESTITVT ORBIS, Female standing right, presenting wreath to emperor standing left, holding globe and sceptre.
exergue: Δ//XXI, diameter: 20,0mm, weight: 3,80g, axis: 0h,
mint: 4th. Unspecified Eastern mint, date: 281 A.D., 4th. emiss., 4th., off., ref: RIC V-II 925-4-4, p-120,
2 commentsquadrans10/13/18 at 16:17okidoki: wow excellent
RIC 1445 Domitian Ephesus denarius70 viewsDOMITIANVS CAESAR AVG
Bare-headed and cuirassed bust of Domitian to right, wearing aegis.

AVG and mint mark EPE within oak wreath.

Ephesus 71 AD


RIC 1445 (R). RPC 846.
7 commentsJay GT410/12/18 at 15:28okidoki: great looks Jay
Otho AR Denarius83 viewsOtho, 69.
Denarius, Rome;
3.03 g.
Rev:Equitas stands l. with scales and scepter. PONT MAX
BMC 6; Coh. 9; RIC² 19.
Fine tone fine
Ex: The Jyrki Muona collection
auction Fritz Rudolf Künker 304, Osnabrück March 2018, No. 1073
auction Fritz Rudolf Künker 312, Osnabrück October 2018, No. 2822.

I am thrilled to have bought my second denarius of Otho. Otho was the second of the emperors n the year of the four emperors in 69 CE. After losing a battle to Aulus Vitellius he took his own life rather than needlessly spill more blood.

I absolutely love the portrait on this coin. It is rendered in a truly artistic style. The PONT MAX reverse is rarer than the SECURITAS reverse of my first coin of OTHO. This coin was struck on a rather large flan and the quality of silver is very nice indeed.

After winning this coin I was contacted by Dr. Jyrki Muona who informed me that the coin once belonged to him. Dr. Muona has written on the topic of coins of Otho including the paper "The Rome mint coins of Marcus Salvius Otho". I am very pleased to own a coin of Otho from his collection.

Some have claimed that Otho was an insignificant historical figure and that his coins are only collected because collecting the 12 Caesars based on the book by Suetonius means that one needs a coin of Otho. I would have to disagree. Otho ruled in a time of civil war during a truly formative century for the Roman empire. He also gave his life to spare others. To me this makes him significant enough for me.
6 commentsorfew10/10/18 at 07:52okidoki: Nice and rare
Vespasian RIC 02 (2)102 viewsAR Denarius, 2.80g
Rome Mint, 69-70 AD
RIC 2 (C2). BMC 35. RSC 226.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: IVDAEA in ex.; Jewess (as type of Judaea), draped and veiled, seated r. on ground in attitude of mourning, legs extended, head resting on l. hand, which is propped on knees, r. arm on lap; behind, trophy, consisting of helmet, cuirass, oblong and round shield, greaves, and two round shields
Acquired from eBay, August 2018.

My second example of the common Judaea Capta denarius. Here Judaea's legs are extended instead of the more common 'knees drawn up'. Mattingly notes the distinction in the BMCRE II catalogue, it is largely uncommented upon elsewhere. Most likely these denarii commemorating the defeat of the Jews in the Judaean War were struck after news had reached Rome of Titus' capture of Jerusalem in late August 70. The portraits still do not resemble Vespasian, who arrived in Rome in October 70. Vespasian had to have been very proud of his Judaean victory because this Capta denarius type was one of the first struck in Rome in such vast quantities. The Flavian propaganda resulting from this war proved to be very valuable in legitimising the dynasty's reign. Although a very common type, these command premium prices in trade because of the Judaean War connection.

This portrait features a lean Vespasian with short, stubbly hair.

4 commentsDavid Atherton10/09/18 at 11:26okidoki: Congrats very nice
Unique Probus Antoninianus82 viewsPROBUS, 276-282. Mint Cyzicus.
Obv: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate cuirassed bust right
Rev: CLEMENTIA TEMP emperor standing right, holding sceptre, receiving globe from Jupiter
3.82 g.
The only known example. Nice
Acquired in December 2016.
From the Phillipe Gysen Collection
Paul Francis Jacquier Auction 45 Lot 1721 September 14, 2018

I do not usually collect coins of the 3rd century. However, when I found out that Phillipe Gysen's collection was coming up for auction I was intrigued. I had a look through the catalogue and bid on one coin which I won. This is not that coin. After the auction had ended the auction company was selling off the unsold lots for opening bid. I saw this one and bought it. Although it is not much to look at because of the partial silvering remaining on the coin, I really liked 3 things about this coin. It had an interesting reverse, it was from a famous collection, and it was listed as a unique coin.

This coin does not appear in any reference. What makes this coin unique is the bust type, and the combination of this bust type with the 'Q' officina which you can see on the reverse between the 2 figures. The bust is radiate and cuirassed rather than radiate, cuirassed, and draped. The lack of draping makes this coin with this reverse type very rare.

I am always on the lookout for interesting coins to add to my collection and this one fit the bill perfectly.
2 commentsorfew10/09/18 at 07:59okidoki: Congrats
EB0858 Probus / Mars17 viewsProbus 276-282, AE Antoninianus, Ticinum mint, 279 AD.
Obverse: VIRTVS PROBI AVG, helmeted, radiate and cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield.
Reverse: MARTI PACIF, Mars walking left, holding olive branch, spear and shield, I left - star right; QXXI in exergue.
References: RIC 472.
Diameter: 23mm, Weight: 3.702g.
1 commentsEB10/08/18 at 11:24okidoki: excellent obverse
Struck A.D.276 - 282. PROBUS Silvered AE ANTONINIANUS of Rome5 viewsObverse: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG. Radiate and cuirassed bust of Probus facing right.
Reverse: CONSERVAT AVG. Sol walking left, right hand raised, left hand holding whip; in exergue, XXIB.
Diameter: 22mm | Weight: 4.0gms | Die Axis: 12
RIC Vii : 673.
Re-attributed to the first emission of Rome by Pink
1 comments*Alex10/03/18 at 18:32okidoki: great example, wonderful toning
Titus RIC-226150 viewsÆ As, 10.75g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 226 (R). BMC 210.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: GENI P R; S C in field; Genius stg. l., with patera over altar and cornucopiae
Acquired from London Ancient Coins, September 2018.

Genius - 'The spirit of the Roman people' is not a common motif in Flavian coinage. It occurs under Vespasian on rare Spanish military denarii struck early in his reign and briefly during the reign of Titus on asses struck in 80-81. Mattingly connects the type under Titus with 'the vows undertaken for the first five years of the new reign'. The coin is dated COS VIII which Titus held in 80 (he did not renew the consulship in 81). Unlike the parallel silver issue the bronze lack an IMP number and cannot be more precisely dated. Most likely they were struck in the first half of 80 along with the silver.

Neatly centred with a fantastic portrait.
10 commentsDavid Atherton10/03/18 at 18:02okidoki: great example,
RIC 0215 Domitianus88 viewsObv : IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS X, Radiate bust right, with aegis
Rev : FIDEI PVBLICAE / S-C in field; Fides standing left, with plate of fruits and corn ears
AE/Dupondius (27.47 mm 12.667 g 5h) Struck in Rome 84 A.D.
RIC 215 (C), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 299
ex Artemide Auction 44E Lot 299
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/03/18 at 16:54okidoki: great example,
Henry VI (1422 - 1461 A.D.)28 viewsAR Groat
O: +HENRIC DI GRA REX ANGL Z FRANC / Crowned bust facing, with annulet on each side of neck.
R: +POSVI DEVM ADIVTORE MEVM VILLA CALISIE / Long cross with three pellets in each angle, annulet in two quarters and after POSVI.
Annulet issue. Calais mint; im: pierced cross 2. Struck 1422-1427.
North 1424; SCBC 1836
5 commentsMat09/21/18 at 06:46okidoki:
Maximianus Herculius17 viewsMaximianus Herculius, silvered antoninianus
21 mm, 3.93 g, Kyzikos.
Obv. IMP C M A MAXIMIANVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to right.
Rev. CONCORDIA MILITVM, Emperor in military dress receiving globe from Jupiter; S in field, XXI (dot) in exergue.
RIC 607.
2 commentsMarsman09/18/18 at 18:20okidoki: Great looks and patina
EB0725 Soter Megas / King on horseback20 viewsVima Taktu ("Soter Megas”), Taxila, Kushan Empire, Æ Tetradrachm, circa 80-90 AD.
Obverse: Diademed radiate bust right, holding sceptre, tamgha to left.
Reverse: [CΩTHP] MEΓA BACIΛEV [ΒΑCΙΛΥΩΝ], King on horseback, tamgha in right field.
References: Cf. Göbl, Kushan pl. 176, 19.1 var. (bust left); Senior B17; Donum Burns 58; MACW 2928,2953-56.
Diameter: 20.5mm, Weight: 9.019g.
1 commentsEB09/18/18 at 18:18okidoki: Wonderful
Denar, RIC 3, p.271, 712 - Faustina II, Children18 viewsFaustina Minor
AR-Denar, Rome, AD 161-165
Obv.: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, diademed draped bust right, indusium (silk chemise) visible.
Rev.: SAECVLI FELICIT, draped throne on which are two children: Commodus and Titus Aurelius Fulvus Antoninus, no stars above
Ag, 3.21g, 17mm
Ref.: RIC 712, C 191, CRE 222 [C]
Ex Numismatik Naumann, auction 65, lot 638

Variation without diadem > click
Variation with diadem, but without visible silk chemise > click
2 commentsshanxi09/16/18 at 17:16okidoki: excellent and stylistic
Marcus Aurelius18 viewsMarcus Aurelius, sestertius
32 mm, 25.73 g, Rome
Obv. M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG ARMENIACVS P M, head of Marcus Aurelius, laureate, right
Rev. TR POT XX IMP III COS III S C, Providentia, draped, standing left, pointing wand in right hand at globe at her feet and holding vertical sceptre in left hand
RIC III 923.
2 commentsMarsman09/16/18 at 17:16okidoki: Congrats very nice
Claudius II (268 - 270 A.D.)20 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: AVT K KLA-VDIOC CEB, laureate cuirassed bust right.
R: Bust of Hermanubis right, wearing modius, lotus blossom to right, LB ( Year 2 = 268/269 A.D.) to left.
Milne 4239 Curtis 1701, Koln 3037
1 commentsMat09/11/18 at 18:40okidoki: nice revere
Cr 389/1 AR Denarius L. Rustius25 views74 BCE
o: Helmeted head of Minerva or Mars right, SC behind, star (value mark) below chin
r: Ram standing right, L RVSTI in ex
Crawford 389/1. Rustia 1
3.86g. (5h)
2 commentsPMah09/10/18 at 13:50okidoki: excellent
Vespasian / Pax Ephesus Mint39 viewsVespasian AR Denarius, 3.33g, Ephesus Mint, 71 AD
O: Laureate head right, IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P
R: Turreted and draped female bust right; PACI ORB TERR AVG [EPHE below]
- RIC 1433 (C). BMC 459. RSC 293. RPC 835 (14 spec.).
Minted to celebrate the Flavian Pax Romana. I was able to confirm the attribution with matching dies.
3 commentsNemonater09/10/18 at 13:50okidoki: excellent
ROMAN REPUBLIC, T. Cloulius, AR Quinarius19 viewsRome. The Republic.
T. Cloulius, 98 BCE.
AR Quinarius (1.94g; 17mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Laureate head of Jupiter, facing right; D control mark below

Reverse: Victory crowning trophy with wreath; T·CLOVLI between; captive seated below and carnyx to left of trophy; Q in exergue.

References: Crawford 332/1b; Sydenham 586a; BMCRR 1103; Cloulia 2.

The silver quinarius, a half-denarius denomination, was introduced as part of the denarius reform of the silver coinage circa 212 BCE. The early quinarius and its fraction-sibling, the sestertius, were discontinued just a few years after their initial introduction. However, the contemporaneous victoriatus, a coin produced on the drachm standard largely for trade with Greek communities, continued in production until about 170 BCE. By the close of the second century and later, many worn victoriati continued to circulate but were valued as quinarii because of wear and their debased fabric. Thus, when the Romans reissued the quinarius, they employed the victoriatus imagery of Jupiter/Victory crowning trophy. Indeed, these new quinarii were referred to as victoriati. The denomination was particularly popular in Gaul and often turns up in first century Gallic hoards.

This quinarius was struck by T. Cloulius, a partisan of Marius. The carnyx near the trophy on the reverse refers to Marius’ victories over invading Gauls in 102-101 BCE. The coins may have been issued in connection with Marius giving colonial lands to the veterans of these Gallic victories. No obverse control mark has more than one die. The reverse exergual letter Q likely refers to the moneyer's office of quaestor rather than a denominational mark.
1 commentsCarausius09/10/18 at 13:49okidoki: Congrats very nice
Domitian as Caesar AR Denarius Rome Mint Under Titus 80-81 AD25 viewsDomitian as Caesar AR Denarius Rome Mint Under Titus
80-81 AD
Obverse: CAESAR DIVI F DOMITIANVS COS VII Laureate head of Domitian right

Reverse: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS Altar garlanded and lighted, horns left and right RIC 266

Size: 18mm, 3.29g

Ex Romae Aeternae Numismatics 09.09.2018
1 commentsBritanikus09/10/18 at 06:10okidoki: very nice
Brettian AE Didrachm or reduced Sextans104 views Head of Ares left; wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with griffin; thunderbolt below

Hera Hoplosmia (or Athena) advancing right, holding spear and shield; at feet

Bruttium Circa 211-203 BC

16.39g; 29mm

HN Italy ? depends on mark off flan

A nice big heavy coin minted by the last loyal hold outs against Rome in support of Hannibal.
7 commentsJay GT409/08/18 at 15:02okidoki: wonderful coloring
Galba AR Denarius71 viewsGalba. AD 68-69. AR Denarius (17mm, 3.15 g, 6h). Uncertain mint in Gaul (Narbo?).
Struck circa April-late autumn AD 68.
Obv: Laureate head right SER IMPERATOR GALBA
Rev:Concordia standing left, holding branch and cornucopia. CONCORDIA PROVINCIARUM
RIC I 105; RSC 34. Fine, toned, porous.
Ex Meister & Sonntag Quick Auction 2007 (25 March 2007), lot 214.
CNG E-auction Lot 353 September 5, 2018.
4 commentsorfew09/06/18 at 17:01okidoki: Congrats very nice
2 Constantius II34 views DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust left holding globe / FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, Emperor in military dress standing left with labarum, two captives before, leaning left in left field. Γ in left field. Mintmark CONSZ star. RIC VIII Constantinople 89.4 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/05/18 at 12:49okidoki: excellent and stylistic
Augustus AR Cistophorus81 viewsAugustus (27 BC-AD 14). AR cistophorus
(28 mm, 10.86 gm, 12h).
NGC VG 5/5 - 2/5.
Pergamum, ca. 27-26 BC.
Obv: IMP •-CAE-SAR, bare head of Augustus right
Rev: AVGVSTVS, Capricorn right, head left, bearing cornucopia on back; all within laurel wreath.
RIC I 493. RPC 2211.
Heritage Auctions August 30, 2018 Lot 231835
 I love the portrait on this coin. It is a large silver coin called a Cistophorus and had the value of 3 silver denarii. the obverse is quite simple with a portrait of Augustus and the legend "IMP CAESAR". The reverse is more detailed and depicts a sign often associated with Augustus- the Capricorn. It spells out "Augustus" and the device are all surrounded by a laurel wreath.

I wanted a Cistophorus for my 12 Caesars collection. I already have a denarius and by chance this coin also features a Capricorn on the reverse. I love the heft of this coin. there is nothing quite like handling an ancient chunk of silver like this.

The coin will make an excellent addition to my 12 Caesars collection.
6 commentsorfew09/05/18 at 06:20okidoki: well done
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Julius Caesar, AR Denarius45 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Julius Caesar, 47-6 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.87g; 18mm).
Military Mint in North Africa.

Obverse: Diademed head of Venus facing right, wearing necklace.

Reverse: Aeneas walking left, carrying his aged father, Anchises on his shoulder and the palladium in his right hand; CAESAR in right field.

References: Crawford 458/1; HCRI 55; BMCRR (East) 31-5; Julia 10.

Provenance: Ex Stöcklin Collection [Nomos 14 (17 May 2017) Lot 275]; ex E. J. Haeberlin Collection [Cahn-Hess (17 Jul 1933), Lot 2663].

Struck in Africa near the end of Caesar’s civil war struggle with Pompey, the coin advertises the mythical roots of the Julia gens descent from Venus and Anchises. The obverse depicts the goddess, Venus, while the reverse shows Aeneas carrying his aged father, Anchises, from Troy. Sear thought that among Caesar’s coinage, this issue was second in size only to the "elephant" coinage, and Crawford estimated 390 obverse dies and 433 reverse dies.
4 commentsCarausius09/04/18 at 13:48okidoki: 5 stars
Sicily, Syracuse AR Stater.36 viewsTime of Timoleon and the Third Democracy, circa 344-338 BC. Pegasos flying left / Helmeted head of Athena right, ΣVΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ around. Pegasi 2, SNG ANS 496. 8.02g, 22mm, 6h.
Near Extremely Fine. Toned.
From the collection of C.S., Germany.
4 commentsLeo09/03/18 at 20:51okidoki: wonderful
AΔP on Trajan AE21249 viewsTrajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Leucas, Coele-Syria
9239. Bronze AE 21, SGI 1082, F, 7.73g, 21.1mm, 0o, Leucas ad Chrysoroas mint, 102/103 A.D.; obverse AY KAI NEP TPAIANOC [ ... ], laureate head right, countermarked; reverse LEIKADIWN KLAYDIEWN, Trajan, holding scepter, in galloping quadriga right; date EN (year 55 of the Era of Leucas = 102/103 A.D.); $90.00
The obverse countermark appears to read ADR, Emperor Hadrian; however a nearly identical mark has been interpreted as DeltaAK, Trajan's title Dacius.
1 commentswhitetd4909/03/18 at 15:15okidoki: great example,
RIC 2, p.386, 395a - Sabina, Juno standing25 viewsSabina
AR Denarius, AD 128-136
Obv: SABINA AVGVSTA, bust of Sabina, diademed, draped, right; hair is knotted in back and falls in waves down neck
Rev: IVNONI REGINAE, Juno, draped, standing left, holding patera in right hand and vertical sceptre in left
Ag, 3.01g, 16mm
Ref.: RIC 395a [C], CRE 54 [C]
2 commentsshanxi09/03/18 at 11:44okidoki: Nice Ralf
Vespasian AR denarius68 viewsVESPASIAN (69-79). Denarius. Ephesus.
(3.00 g. 17 mm.)
Laureate head right.
Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm frond; monogram to right.
RIC² 1425. (R3)
Condition: Very fine.
Numismatik Naumann Auction 69 Lot 348

Here is another Vespasian denarius minted in Ephesus. The quality of the engraving on these issues never fails to impress me. While the portrait on this example is a bit worn, the reverse is truly impressive. The victory is lovely and the legend is clear and crisp. This is an example where, in my opinion, the reverse outshines the obverse.

The other interesting aspect of this coin is its rarity. According to a reliable source this example is the second known of its type. It is listed in RIC II Part One as R3-one known example in the collections examined. The RIC example is the other known example. I feel very lucky to be the custodian of this coin.

I will continue to pursue these Ephesian denarii mostly for their style and because the reverse themes make them interesting. I hope that more will find their way into my collection.
6 commentsorfew09/02/18 at 19:23okidoki: Congrats very nice
Vespasian RIC-71593 viewsÆ Dupondius, 10.55g
Rome mint, 74 AD
RIC 715 (C2). BMC 696.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M T P COS V CENS; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: FELICITAS PVBLICA; S C in field; Felicitas stg. l., with caduceus and cornucopiae
Acquired from Aegean Numismatics, August 2018.

A decently sized bronze coinage was struck for Vespasian in 74. The Felicitas on the reverse symbolises the prosperity and abundance Vespasian has brought to the empire. It is easily one of the commonest reverse types of the issue.

Well centred with a few marks on the reverse.
5 commentsDavid Atherton09/01/18 at 11:09okidoki: Nice David
EB0643 Philip II Caesar / Zeus45 viewsPhilip II Caesar, billon tetradrachm of Alexandria, year 7 of Philip I (249 AD).
Obverse: A K M IOV ΦΙΛIΠΠΟC ЄVCЄ, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: Laureate bust right of Zeus, slight drapery; L Z (date) across field.
References: Köln –; Dattari (Savio) 5063; K&G 76.81; Emmett 3612.7 (R3 Scarce to Very Scarce).
Diameter: 23mm Weight: 13.47g
2 commentsEB08/31/18 at 11:02okidoki: excellent tet
Cr 390/1 AR Denarius L. Lucretius Trio 38 viewsRome, 74 BCE
o: Radiate head of Sol right
r: Crescent moon surrounded by seven stars; TRIO above, L•LVCRETI below
Crawford 390/1; Lucretia 2.
(3.85g, 16mm, 12h)
4 commentsPMah08/31/18 at 11:01okidoki: Congrats very nice never seen the type
Cr 308/1a AR Denarius M. Herennius 28 views 108-107 BCE. AR Denarius M. Herennius, Rome, (19mm, 3.83g, 11h).
O: Diademed head of Pietas r.; control mark before chin;PIETAS behind.
R: M HERENNI, left; Amphinomus carrying his father aloft r., who looks back
Crawford 308/1a; RBW -; RSC Herennia 1.
[The Herennii seem to have adopted the Sicilian image of the brothers who fled Aetna with their parents, but most sources put the origin of the gens in Campania.]
2 commentsPMah08/27/18 at 07:13okidoki: excellent and stylistic
EB0644 Otacilia Severa / Eusebia19 viewsOtacilia Severa, billon tetradrachm of Alexandria, year 4 = 246/7 AD.
Obverse: M ΩT CEOVHΡA CC M CTPA (or CTIA?), diademed and draped bust right.
Reverse: LΔ to left, Eusebia standing left, dropping incense on altar & holding box.
References: Cf. Köln 2770, Emmett 3549, Dattari 4976 (diff. obv. leg.).
Diameter: 22.5mm Weight: 12.3g
1 commentsEB08/27/18 at 07:12okidoki: Nice reddish
Phoenicia, Arados, Tyche, Nike24 viewsPhoenicia, Arados
Dated year 193 (67/66 BC)
Obv.: Turreted, veiled and draped bust of Tyche right
Rev.: Nike standing to right, holding aplustre and palm, Γ P(retrograde)Ρ (= year 193), phoenician letter Gimel and MΣ below, AΡAΔIΩN in right field; all within wreath.
Ref.: BMC 271, Duyrat, Arados 97, 3837
Ex CNG (Jan. 1999)
2 commentsshanxi08/26/18 at 13:44okidoki: great example,
Claudius II Gothicus Antoninianus25 viewsClaudius II Gothicus. 268–270 AD.

Rome. AD 268-AD 270.

21mm., 2.77g.

IMP CLAVDIVS AVG. Bust of Claudius Gothicus, radiate, draped, right or head of Claudius Gothicus, radiate, right.

PAX AVGVSTI. Pax, draped, standing left, holding olive-branch in right hand and sceptre in left hand. Mintmark unread, either A/-//- or H/-//-

References: RIC V Claudius Gothicus 81

1 commentsRL08/23/18 at 17:18okidoki: Nice
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Julius Caesar, AR Denarius22 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Julius Caesar and P. Sepullius Macer, 44 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.84g; 20mm).
Rome Mint, Feb-Mar 44 BCE.

Obverse: CAESAR - DICT PERPETVO; wreathed head of Julius Caesar facing right.

Reverse: P SEPVLLIVS – MACER; Venus facing left, holding Victory and staff; shield at feet.

References: Crawford 480/10; HCRI 107a; Sydenham 1073: Julia 48; Alföldi, Plate LXVI, No. 2 (this coin illustrated).

Provenance: Ex Andrew McCabe Collection; privately purchased from Ritter 2010; ex Rauch Auction 85 (26 Nov 2009) Lot 323; ex Professor L. Fontana Collection (bef. 1974).

Caesar was granted the title of Dictator for Life in mid-February, 44 BCE, thus all coins bearing DICT PERPETVO inscriptions can be firmly dated to the final month of Caesar’s life. This was a period of massive coinage output because Caesar was preparing for a campaign against the Parthians for which a substantial war chest would be needed. To meet the production needs, the college of moneyers was expanded from 3 to 4 moneyers. Nevertheless, manufacturing stress is evident by the frequent poor strikes and off-struck coins that survive today from these final Caesar portrait issues.

The moneyer P. Sepullius Macer struck coins during and after Caesar’s lifetime, including one type for M. Antony that also appears in my gallery. His output of coins was particularly high compared to the other three moneyers of 44 BCE. This reverse type, common among the four moneyers, alludes to the descent of the Julia gens from Venus and Anchises.
1 commentsCarausius08/20/18 at 18:09okidoki: excellent and stylistic
Ostrogoth, Gepid, (The age of exodus/Dark ages) Sirmium, AR-1/4-Siliqua, "Anastasius" type, Alain Gennari No: 090, Monogram of Theoderich (Alain Gennari type 18), Rare!177 viewsOstrogoth, Gepid, (The age of exodus/Dark ages) Sirmium, AR-1/4-Siliqua, "Anastasius" type, Alain Gennari No: 090, Monogram of Theoderich (Alain Gennari type 18), Rare!
avers: D N ANASTASIVS P AV, Diademed and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: VIN VITA ✠ A ROMANI *, Stylized "Theoderich" monogram (Alain Gennari type 18).
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 21,0mm, weight: 0,78g, axis: 1h,
mint: Sirmium ,date: 493-526 A.D., ref: Alain Gennari 090, (avers type: 47, reverse type :64, monogram type: 18), Rare!
This coin attributed by the Alain Gennari article:
"The "Sirmium group": about the so-called Gepids siliquae
With a specific catalogue -2ⁿᵈ edition, Parma Oktober 2017"
2 commentsquadrans08/20/18 at 15:30okidoki: Nice Joe
Tiberius AR Denarius73 viewsTiberius ‘Tribute Penny’. AD16-37. Silver denarius.
17mm. 3.48g.
RCV 1763 RIC 26
bold head, clear Livia.
Found Quidenham hoard, Norfolk, 2014. Recorded as Coin #22,
NMS-480CEE under the portable antiquities scheme.
Purchased from Chris Rudd Numismatics July 23, 2018.

4 commentsorfew08/20/18 at 06:59okidoki: Congrats very nice
Emperor Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D.32 views Silver denarius, RIC IV 115, RSC IV 243, Hunter III 33, SRCV III 8680, Choice aMS, about as struck, light rose tone on luster, full circles centering, nice portrait, sharp reverse detail, radiating flow lines, Rome mint, weight 2.861g, maximum diameter 20.6mm, die axis 180o, 241 A.D.; obverse IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse P M TR P III COS II P P (high priest, holder of Tribunitian power for 3 years, consul 2 times, father of the country), Gordian standing right, wearing military garb, transverse spear in right hand, globe in left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection (purchased from Alan Walker at NYINC early 2000's.

Gordian looks rather smug on the obverse and stands proud with the world in his hands on the reverse.

FORVM Ancient Coins./ The Sam Mansourati Collection.

2 commentsSam08/16/18 at 14:42okidoki: great example,
Republican AR Denarius43 viewsL. Mussidius Longus. 42 BC. AR denarius, Rome mint.
Obv: Diademed and veiled head of Concordia right; CONCORDIA upwards behind
Rev: Shrine of Venus Cloacina: Circular platform surmounted by two statues of the goddess, each resting right hand on cippus, the platform inscribed CLOACIN and ornamented with trellis-pattern balustrade, flight of steps and portico on left; L • MVSSIDIVS • LONGVS around above.
Crawford 494/42a; CRI 188; Sydenham 1093; Kestner 3753-4; BMCRR Rome 4242-3; Mussidia 6b.
Ex: Ancient Numismatic Enterprises
Purchased at the RCNA August 8, 2018 Toronto
3 commentsorfew08/16/18 at 14:41okidoki: Congrats very nice special reverse
Sicily, Syracuse. Timoleon (Circa 344-338 BC)34 viewsÆ Hemidrachm (24.5mm, 15.84 g).

Timoleontic Symmachy coinage. First series.

Obverse: Laureate head of Zeus Eleutherios right; ZΕΥΣ ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΙΟΣ (Zeus Eleutherios - deliverer of freedom)

Reverse: Upright thunderbolt; barley grain to right; ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ (Syracos)

Castrizio Series I, 1β; CNS 71; HGC 2, 1440.

Timoleon was born to an aristocratic family in Corinth in 411 BC. Little is known of his early life, but in 368 BC he fought as a common soldier in the war between Corinth and Argos. Then, still in the mid-360s BC, Timoleon dramatically murdered his brother, the power-mad and unpopular Timophanes, ending his tyranny at Corinth.

Timoleon isn’t heard from again until two decades later when he was chosen to lead an expedition to Syracuse (Corinth’s former colony) in 344 BC against the dual threat of the tyrant Dionysius II and possible invasion from Carthage. With a force consisting of 700 mercenaries and ten ships, Timoleon arrived at Tauromenium in 344 BC and promptly defeated the tyrant of Leontini, Hicetas, in a battle at Adranum. Once further reinforcements arrived Timoleon then led an attack on Syracuse itself. He was supported by several Sicilian cities tired of Dionysius’ oppressive reign over the region. The campaign was a success and Dionysius II was forced to live in exile back at Corinth.

Timoleon was not allowed to enjoy his success for long, though, as an army from Carthage chose this moment of political instability to invade Sicily yet again in 341 BC. Timoleon engaged the enemy near the river Crimisus (or Krimisos) in the west of the island and, by attacking first when their force was divided by the river and for a second time during a violent thunderstorm, managed to defeat the Carthaginians despite having a much smaller army at his disposal (6,000 against 70,000 according to Plutarch). Although defeated and having lost over 12,000 men, the Carthaginians could still field a sizeable army and cause trouble. The result was a bargain between Timoleon and the Carthaginians in 338 BCE which divided the island into two spheres of influence. He would keep to the eastern half of the island if they stayed in the western part.

Timoleon then proceeded to systematically take over the government of the various tyrannies in his domain, gave cities a greater level of autonomy, and established a new constitution at Syracuse. Shortly thereafter he died peacefully of old age in the mid-330s BC after earlier retiring voluntarily from public office when his eyesight failed. He was buried in the agora of Syracuse and the following inscription was made to commemorate his deeds: ‘He overthrew the tyrants, subdued the barbarians, repopulated the largest of the devastated cities, and then restored their laws to the people of Sicily’ (Plutarch, 187).
2 commentsNathan P08/15/18 at 19:09okidoki: Congrats very nice
2014.105.439 viewsAlexander III, The Great, Uncertain Macedonian Mint (336-323 BC)

AE18; 5.91 g; 6h

Obverse: Head of Heracles right, wearing lion's skin.
Reverse: ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, between club and bow in case.
Ref: Price 266; SNG Munich Part 10/11 827;
1 commentsgordian_guy08/11/18 at 13:35okidoki: excellent
Caesar elephant denarius73 viewsCAESAR in exergue, elephant advancing right, trampling horned serpent.

Pontifical implements: simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat.

49-48 BC. Military mint traveling with Caesar.


Crawford 443/1; HCRI 9; Sydenham 1006; RSC 49.

Wonderfully struck but was probably bent and straightened at some point

Ex-RCNA coin show; Ex: Charles Euston

Sold Forum Auction Oct 2018
6 commentsJay GT408/10/18 at 20:17okidoki: very nice
Bruttium Uncia70 viewsLaureate and bearded head of Zeus right.

Eagle standing left with open wings; at left cornucopiae, above double-axe.

214-211 BC


Scheu 13; SNG ANS 44; HN Italy 1978

3 commentsJay GT408/09/18 at 20:06okidoki: the eagle has landed
062 Alexander Severus ( 221-222 A.D. Caesar, 222-235 A.D. Augustus), RIC IV-II 558, Rome, AE-Sestertius, IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter standing left,134 views062 Alexander Severus ( 221-222 A.D. Caesar, 222-235 A.D. Augustus), RIC IV-II 558, Rome, AE-Sestertius, IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter standing left,
avers: IMP SEV ALEXANDER AVG, Laureate head right, slight drapery on far shoulder.
reverse: IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt and sceptre, protecting Alexander at foot left. S-C across the field.
exergue: S/C//--, diameter: 28,0-30,5mm, weight: 20,81g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 231 A.D., ref: RIC IV-II 558, C. 74, BMC 692.
1 commentsquadrans08/06/18 at 15:48okidoki: Nice Joe
Julia Domna (mother of Caracalla) AR Denarius.15 viewsRome, AD 211-215. IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, draped bust right / VESTA, Vesta seated left, holding simpulum and scepter. RIC 391 (Caracalla); RSC 226. 2.50g, 19mm, 6h. Good Very Fine. Flan crack at 4h.1 commentsChris C208/05/18 at 18:50okidoki: excellent and stylistic
Terina, Bruttium144 viewsTEPINAION
Head of nymph right; triskeles behind

Nike seated left on plinth, holding kerykeion.

Terina, Bruttium. 300 BC


Holloway & Jenkins 107; HN Italy 2641

Ex-CNG 396 lot 29; Ex-Aegean

Also called 1/3 Nomos
4 commentsJay GT408/05/18 at 12:15okidoki: very nice
Hadrian Denarius12 viewsHadrian, 117-138 AD.

Rome, AD 119 - AD 122

19mm., 2.74g.

IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped, cuirassed, left

P M TR P COS III LIB PVB, Libertas seated left, holding branch in right hand and sceptre in left

References: RIC II Hadrian 127d

1 commentsRL08/03/18 at 21:06okidoki: Nice
Trebonianus Gallus (251-253 A.D.)29 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: Α Κ Γ ΟVΙΒ ΤΡЄΒ ΓΑΛΛΟϹ ЄVϹЄΒ, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
R: LΓ (year 3) (252/3), Eagle standing right, with wreath in beak; palm frond over shoulder.
Emmett 3667; Milne 3858.

Ex Baldwins, 2003
4 commentsMat07/20/18 at 14:44okidoki: great example,
Elagabalus, AD 218- 222. BI Tetradrachm. Antioch.51 viewsObv: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust r. .
Rev: Eagle standing facing, head l., Δ-Ε across fields, star between legs.
11,3 g. 24 mm.
Prieur 265
3 commentsCanaan07/18/18 at 12:33okidoki: very nice
RIC 0335 Domitianus94 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P, Minerva standing left, with thunderbolt and spear, shield at her left feet
AR/Denarius (20.53 mm 3.482 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (4th issue)
RIC 335 (R2), RSC 178, BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex Naville Live Auction 41 Lot 533, ex CNG e-sale 320 Lot 404
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/16/18 at 20:12okidoki: excellent and stylistic
Prince A22 viewsAE drachm, late 2nd to early 3rd century AD
Van’t Haaff 19.1.1-1A
1 commentsRobert L307/16/18 at 18:41okidoki: very nice
Edward I (1272 - 1307 A.D.)36 viewsAR Penny
O: + ЄDWR’ ANGL’ DИS’ hУB, crowned and draped facing bust.
R:  / CIVI | TAS | LOИ | DOИ, long cross pattée; trefoils in quarters.
 SCBI 39 (North), 60; North 1015; SCBC 1386.
4 commentsMat07/16/18 at 07:15okidoki: great example,
064 - Septimius Severus denarius - RIC 01223 viewsObv:– IMP CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG, Laureate head right
Rev:– LEG XI CL / TR P COS, Legionary eagle between two standards, Capricorns on standards.
Minted in Rome. A.D. 193
Reference:– Cohen 268. RIC 12 (Scarce)

Capricorns were the symbols of the XIIII the legion though Capricorns have been noted on several other legions in error.

Legio XI Claudia Pia Fidelis dates back to the two legions (the other was the XIIth) recruited by Julius Caesar to invade Gallia in 58 BC, and it existed at least until early 5th century, guarding lower Danube in Durostorum (modern Silistra, Bulgaria).
1 commentsmaridvnvm07/15/18 at 14:04okidoki: Congrats very nice
RIC 535 var.24 viewsSestertius, 103-111
Laur. l., dr. l. s., balteus
Trajan riding r., thrusts spear at Dacian in front of horse.

27.30g, 33mm
Woytek 203 q+ (10 specimen)

2 commentsklausklage07/11/18 at 20:50okidoki: excellent and stylistic
Hadrian - AR denarius16 viewsRome
121 AD
laureate bust right, draped left shoulder, bare chest
Pax holding scepter and branch
RIC II 94(b), RSC II 1140a, BMCRE III 1924, SRCV II 3523 var (bust)
1 commentsJohny SYSEL07/11/18 at 20:49okidoki: great example,
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 607, Rome (Siscia), P M TR P COS P P, Bust-A2/C, -/-//XXIЄ, Emperor standing left between two ensigns, Rare!193 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 607, Rome (Siscia), P M TR P COS P P, Bust-A2/C, -/-//XXIЄ, Emperor standing left between two ensigns, Rare!
avers: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from back. (A2/C)
reverse: P M TR P COS P P, Emperor standing left between two ensigns, right hand raised, left holding sceptre.
exergue: -/-//XXIЄ, diameter: 21,5-23,0mm, weight: 3,70g, axes: 11h,
mint: Rome (Siscia), Pink attributes this coin to the first emission of Rome, date: 277 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 607, p-,
3 commentsquadrans07/08/18 at 17:17okidoki: Nice Joe
Darius II - Artaxerxes II, (420 - 375 B.C.)30 viewsPersian Empire, Lydia, Anatolia
AR Siglos
O: Kneeling-running figure of the Great King right, bearded, crowned, dagger in right hand, bow in left hand, waist indicated, pellets on sleeves.
R: Oblong incuse.
Sardes (Sart, Turkey) mint
Carradice Type IV (middle) B, pl. XIV, 43; SNG Kayhan 1033; SGCV II 4683
2 commentsMat07/07/18 at 19:28okidoki: Nice tiny
PAPAL: Gregory X21 viewsRome, Gregory X (Tebaldo Visconti), 1272-1276 Bulla 1272-1276, PB 38mm., 90.33g. GRЄ/GORIVS/· P P · X’ · in three lines; all within linear-beaded border; (Ω above P P). Rev. S PA S PE Bare heads of Sts. Paul and Peter, facing slightly r. and l., respectively, each within beaded halo; cruciform sceptrr between; all within beaded-linear border. Serafini I 1-2.

Ex. Naville
2 commentsMolinari07/04/18 at 17:20okidoki: excellent
Vespasian RIC 43 (2)77 viewsAR Denarius, 3.14g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 43 (C2). BMC 50. RSC 43.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: Above AVGVR, below, TRI POT; Simpulum, sprinkler, jug, and lituus
Acquired from Germania Inferior, June 2018.

The vast majority of denarii from this issue with the shortened obverse legend have a legend break above the portrait, normally seen between VE-SP or VES-P (see my other RIC 43). This is a rare variant without the break above the portrait. I suppose it was a whim of the engraver whether the legend was continuous or not. The reverse commemorates Vespasian being voted pontifex maximus by the Senate in November of 70, shortly after his arrival in Rome. It copies a type struck for Julius Caesar.

Workman-like portrait with beautiful gold toning and rainbow hints.
3 commentsDavid Atherton07/04/18 at 11:49okidoki: Congrats very nice toning
Trajan Denarius - Felicitas holding Caduceus and Cornucopia (RIC 332)28 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 116-117 AD

Obv: Laureate bust right, with slight drapery.

Rev: Felicitas standing left, holding cornucopia and caduceus.

RIC 332, Woytek 570x

Numismatik Naumann 67, lot 487
1 commentsKained but Able07/02/18 at 18:08okidoki: very nice a bit like hadrian used later on bust w...
170 - Constantius II - AE2/3 - RIC VIII Antioch 12937 viewsAE2/3
Obv:– D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev:– FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Phoenix nimbate and radiate, standing right on globe,
Minted in Antioch (_ | * //ANA). A.D. 348 - A.D. 350
Reference:– RIC VIII Antioch 129 (S)

Weight 2.78g. 19.42mm. 0 degrees
3 commentsmaridvnvm06/30/18 at 20:01okidoki: wonderful congrats Martin
Antoninus Pius, sestertius16 viewsAntoninus Pius, sestertius
31 mm, 24.77gr.
Obv. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVII / Laureate head right.
Rev. INDVLGENTIA AVG COS IIII / S C / Indulgentia seated left with sceptre, extending right hand.
RIC 914.
1 commentsMarsman06/30/18 at 12:38okidoki: excellent congrats
Asia Minor, Aiolis, Kyme, Artemis, Oenochoe, Apatourios magistrate17 viewsAiolis, Kyme
AE 16
1st - 2nd century BC
Apatourios, magistrate
Obv.: Diademed and draped bust of Artemis right, hair in sphendone, bow and quiver over shoulder
Rev.: Single-handled oenoechoe between two laurel branches; above K Y; A - ΠA / T - OY / P - I / O - Σ divided by body of beaker beneath spout and handle
AE, 16 mm, 4.28g
Ref.: BMC 90-92, SNG von Aulock 1641; SNG Ashmolean 1416–8; SNG Copenhagen 106–7
1 commentsshanxi06/29/18 at 18:13okidoki: Nice cup
Queen Lilavati AD 1127-1200 / 1209-1210 / 1211-121218 viewsSeated Queen, SRI RA JA LI LA VA TI in Brahmi in two vertical lines in the left field / Queen standing, small altar in the left field, various dots and decorations in fields. Mitchiner NIS 837-839. 1 commentsPaul R306/29/18 at 18:04okidoki: very nice
Teos, Ionia44 views320-294 BC
AR Diobol (10mm, 0.92g)
Mentor magistrate.
O: Griffin seated right, with left forepaw raised.
R: Lyre; MENTΩP (magistrate) downward to right.
Kinns 95; SNG Kayhan 611v; Imhoof 126A
ex MRB Coins
4 commentsEnodia06/27/18 at 14:04okidoki: Nice Peter
111 Florianus (276-282 A.D.), T-4526, RIC V-I 116, Cyzicus, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORDIA MILITVM, -/-//P, Bust-D1, Victory standing right, and Emperor, #1155 views111 Florianus (276-282 A.D.), T-4526, RIC V-I 116, Cyzicus, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORDIA MILITVM, -/-//P, Bust-D1, Victory standing right, and Emperor, #1
avers: IMP FLORIANVS AVG, Bust right, radiate, cuirassed and draped with paludamentum, (D1).
reverse: CONCORDIA MILITVM, Victory standing right, holding wreath in right hand and palm against left shoulder, facing Emperor in military dress standing left, right hand outstretched and holding long sceptre in left hand, (Victory and Emperor 2).
exergue: -/-//P, diameter: 22,0-24,0mm, weight: 3,47g, axes: 6h,
mint: Cyzicus, 1st.issue,, date: 276 A.D., ref: RIC-V-I-116, T-(Estiot)-4526,
1 commentsquadrans06/22/18 at 19:06okidoki: Nice Joe
ROMAN REPUBLIC - L Series Victoriatus - Crawford 97/1b40 viewsRome. The Republic.
L Series, 211-208 BCE
AR Victoriatus (3.13g; 18mm).
Luceria mint

Obverse: Laureate head of Jupiter facing right; bead-and-reel border.

Reverse: Victory crowns trophy; L between; ROMA in exergue.

References: Crawford 97/1b; RBW 395; Sydenham 121; BMCRR (Italy) 157-8.

Provenance: Ex Andrew McCabe Collection; ex RBW Collection (not in prior sales); private purchase from H.J. Berk 15 May 1994.

About 212 BCE, when the Romans introduced the denarius system, they also introduced a collateral denomination of silver coin, the victoriatus. As evidenced by its different weight standard, debased metal, iconography and missing denominational mark, the victoriatus was not integral to the denarius system but was produced for a special purpose. While the denarius and its fractions, the quinarius and sestertius, all depicted Roma and the Dioscuri, victoriati depicted Jupiter and Victory crowning a trophy. Further, while denarii were produced from nearly pure silver, victoriati were made from debased silver of about 70% purity. Based on the weight standard of Magna Graecia drachms, victoriati were likely designed specifically for payments to Greek cities of southern Italy and hoard evidence supports circulation largely in southern Italy.

Like the LT Series victoriati that were also struck in Luceria, Crawford notes that the L Series Victoriati went through three obverse phases: the first, with bead-and-reel border and Jupiter with scraggly hair; the second, with bead-and-reel border and Jupiter with neat ringlets; and the last, with dot border. This coin clearly belongs to the second phase.

Rome ceased issuing victoriati circa 170 BCE. Perhaps because of their debased metal (which discouraged hoarding), victoriati continued to circulate in Gaul for many years until they functioned as de facto quinarii due to metal loss from wear. Their continued popularity caused Rome to later issue quinarii bearing the same devices (Jupiter/Victory and trophy).
3 commentsCarausius06/22/18 at 11:25okidoki: great example,
Hadrianus15 viewsHadrian, denarius.
Travel series issue.
3,01 g.
Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right.
Rev. NILVS, Nilus reclining right on urn, holding cornucopiae, hippopotamus standing left, crocodile left below.
RIC II 310; RSC 991.
1 commentsMarsman06/22/18 at 10:12okidoki: Congrats very nice
Hadrian13 viewsSeleukis and Pieria, AE20, Antioch Mint
Obverse: AYTO KAIC TPAI AΔPIANOC CЄB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: Large S-C, Γ below, within laurel wreath of eight leaves with no inner border, all within dotted border.
Reference: BMC 426, SNG Cop 245
1 commentsJustin L06/22/18 at 10:05okidoki: very nice
Corinthia. Corinth (Circa 405-345 BC)27 viewsAR Stater

19mm, 8.29g

Obverse: Pegasos flying right, below, Ϙ

Reverse:Head of Athena r., wearing Corinthian helmet; on left, aphlaston (upward curving stern of an ancient warship).

Pegasi 246/2; Ravel 652.
1 commentsNathan P06/22/18 at 10:04okidoki: very nice
03b Domitian as Caesar RIC 92295 viewsAR Denarius, 3.31g
Rome mint, 76-77 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 922 (R2). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: CAES AVG F DOMITIANVS; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS IIII; Pegasus, standing r.
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 10:31okidoki: excellent
RIC 0686M Domitianus24 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XIX COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva standing right on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to right, owl
AR/Denarius (18.59 mm 3.228 g 6h) Struck in Rome 89 A.D. (?)
RIC-RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted apparently a mule between an obverse of 89 (TRP VIIII) and a reverse of 88-89 (IMP XIX), possibly engraver's error.
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 66 Lot 472
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/18/18 at 11:33okidoki: Congrats very nice
Seleukos II Kallinikos12 viewsSELEUKID EMPIRE. Seleukos II Kallinikos. 246-225 BC. AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 16.39 g, 12h). Sardes mint. Struck circa 246-245/2 BC. Diademed head right, with curly sideburn / Apollo standing left, testing arrow and leaning on tall tripod; monograms to inner left and inner right. SC 654.4; HGC 9, 303g1 commentsAjax06/15/18 at 14:51okidoki: excellent
Lysimachos Tetradrachm 25 viewsLysimachos, Portrait of Alexander the Great, Kingdon of Thrace, Silver tetradrachm, 297 - 281 B.C., 16.581g, 29.7mm, die axis 0o,
Marinescu Issue 27 (unpublished thesis), Thompson -, Müller -, SNG Cop -, Mektepini -, Meydancikkale -, gVF,
OBV: Diademed head of Alexander the Great wearing the horn of Ammon
REV: Athena enthroned left, wearing crested Corinthian helmet, Nike crowning name in right hand, left arm rests on shield, transverse spear against right side,
BASILEWS (king) downward on right, LYSIMAXOY (Lysimachos) downward on left, monogram inner left
well centered and struck, light toning, bumps scratches, some porosity, small edge chip, western Anatolia, uncertain mint,
EX: Forum Ancient Coins
1 commentsSRukke06/13/18 at 16:03okidoki: Congrats very nice
Asia Minor, Aiolis, Kyme, Amazon Kyme, Horse, Phytas(?) magistrate.23 viewsAiolis, Kyme
AE 19
Phytas(?), magistrate
Obv.: Head of the Amazon Kyme right, wearing taenia
Rev.: Horse advancing right; KY above, jug below raised leg; ΠΥΘΙΩΝ magistrate in ex
AE, 19 mm, 7.36g
Ref.: SNG LEWIS 0876
1 commentsshanxi06/13/18 at 14:52okidoki: very nice and love the toning
2 Constantius II44 viewsConstantius II AE2. D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, laureate, rosette-diademed, draped & cuirassed bust left, holding globe / FEL TEMP REPARATIO, emperor bare headed & in military dress standing, holding labarum in his right hand, resting left hand on shield, two bound captives in Phrygian helmets kneeling, facing each other before him, ALEB in ex. Alexandria
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)06/12/18 at 14:11okidoki: very nice toning Randy
12 Caesars Tray48 viewsUpdated 12 Caesars Tray2 commentsMat06/12/18 at 12:44okidoki: nice overview
Lysimacheia, Thrace30 views309-220 BC
AE 21 (21mm, 8.14g)
O: Wreathed and veiled head of Demeter right.
R: Nike standing left, holding wreath; ΛYΣIMA[XEΩN] around to left.
SNG Cop 905; Sear 1621; BMC 3, 6
ex Romae Aeternae Numismatics

1 commentsEnodia06/12/18 at 12:43okidoki: Nice mystic
RIC 1102 Domitianus103 viewsObv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIAN COS VI, Laureate head right, bust draped
Rev: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, S-C in left field; Domitian on horseback, raising right hand and holding sceptre
AE/Dupondius (27.91 mm 12.869 g 6h) Struck in Rome 79 A D
RIC 1102 (R2, Vespasian), BMCRE unlisted - BNF 795 (same dies)
ex Naville Live Auction 40 Lot 662 (Ex NAC sale O, 05/2004, lot 1960, NAC Auction 72, 05/2013, lot 1556)
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/12/18 at 11:10okidoki: excellent congrats
Egypt, Alexandria, AD 141/142, Antoninus Pius, Faustina14 viewsAntoninus Pius
Obv.: ΑΝΤωΝΙΝΟС СƐΒ ƐVС(Ɛ)Β, laureate head of Antoninus Pius, r.
Rev.: ΦΑVСΤΙΝΑ ΘƐΑ L Ɛ, empress (Faustina I) standing, l., dropping incense on lighted altar, holding long sceptre
Billon, 12.76g, 23.5mm
Ref.: Milne 1697, RPC Online 13473. Dattari-Savio Pl. 105, 8033 (this coin).
Ex Dattari Collection
Ex Naville Numismatics, auction 39, Lot 357
1 commentsshanxi06/11/18 at 08:23okidoki: Nice Pius
Domitian as Caesar / Pegasus78 viewsAR Denarius, Rome mint, 76-77 AD
Obv: CAES AVG F DOMITIANVS, laureate head right
Rev: COS IIII, Pegasus pawing ground right
- RIC V922 (R2). BMC - . RSC -

A rare obverse legend variant with CAES rather than Caesar, struck for Domitian Caesar under Vespasian.
6 commentsNemonater06/11/18 at 06:43okidoki: Congrats very nice
Pisidia, Selge. Hadrian. A.D. 117-138. 24 viewsObv: KAICAP ADRIANO / laureate, draped bust of Hadrian right.
Rev: CЄΛ - ΓЄΩΝ / ethnic divided to left and right by bow and winged thunderbolt.
2 commentsancientone06/11/18 at 06:42okidoki: Nice AC
Domitian (81 - 96 A.D.)56 viewsSYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch
AR Tetradrachm
O: AVT KAISAR DOMITIANOS SEB GERM, laureate head right; aegis at point of bust.
R: ETOUS NEOV IEROV H, eagle standing facing right on thunderbolt; palm in right field. RY 8 (88/9 AD)
Prieur 145; RPC II 1978; Wruck 108
8 commentsMat06/11/18 at 06:42okidoki: excellent eagle
Ionia, Miletos. 520-450 BC.14 viewsObv: Forepart of a roaring lion left, head turned back to right.
Rev: Stellate pattern within incuse square.
Diobol AR 8mm.
1 commentsancientone06/11/18 at 06:41okidoki: excellent
001 Julius Caesar AR Lifetime Denarius136 viewsJulius Caesar. AR Denarius, 44 BC.
(19.00 mm 3.68 g)
Obv:. Laureate head right; before, CAESAR IMP; behind, star of eight rays.
Rev: P. SEPVLLIVS MACER. Venus standing left, holding Victory and sceptre (resting on star?).
Cr. 480/5b RSC 41 BMC 4165 Syd 1071Sear (2000) 1412
A very elegant portrait. Perfectly struck on broad flan. Areas of flatness and scratch on obverse, otherwise about VF.
Ex: Artemide Asti E-Auction 43 E, June 9, 2018.

This coin features a lifetime portrait of Julius Caesar as dictator. It took me a while to find one that I liked. When these come up for auction there is much competition for them. It is not that they are particularly rare, one can find numerous examples for sale at any given time, it is the fact that these are sought after by many collectors. A lifetime portrait of Julius Caesar is a major purchase (at least for me), and would be the centerpiece of many ancient coin collections.

This particular coin features a portrait of Julius Caesar on the obverse with the legend “Caesar Imp”, meaning Julius Caesar Imperator. At this time “Imperator” did not exactly mean emperor it was more like victorious general. On the reverse we see Venus standing and the name of the moneyer who issued the coin. Venus is important as Julius Caesar claimed he was a descendant of Venus. The moneyer’s name is P. Sepullius Macer. On some other lifetime denarii the obverse legend is “Dict Perpetuo” or dictator for life. For some Romans this was too much to stand for. The Romans had a troubled history with their kings and did not want to return to those times. Some believe that this coin so troubled high ranking Romans that it led to the assassination of Ceasar.

One fascinating aspect of these lifetime denarii is that they were minted before the assassination. This coin in particular was issued near the end of February which means it was minted mere weeks before the death of Julius Caesar on March 15. One of the ideas that attracted me to ancient coins in the first place concerned holding a piece of important history in one’s hand. It can be argued that the life and death of Caesar were very important to history. Holding one of these coins takes us back to an important and fascinating historical period.

As to the coin itself, it is struck on a large flan, the portrait is well centered, the obverse legend is very easy to read, and the reverse is quite pleasing as well with good details preserved. The obverse portrait has a deep scratch across the head. However, given the other qualities of the coin this was easy to overlook.
7 commentsorfew06/11/18 at 06:40okidoki: very nice
Trajan Denarius - Virtus (RIC 354)41 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 116 AD

Obv: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust (R)

Rev: VIRTUS standing (R) with bare left breast and foot on helmet, holding spear and parazonium.

RIC 354, RSC 274var, Woytek 524f, citing only six specimens.

Acquired by a collector from Rino Barzan, Turin in October 1966

Naville Numismatics Auction 40
3 commentsKained but Able06/07/18 at 20:19okidoki: great example,
RIC 3, p.045, 155 - Antoninus Pius, Liberalitas20 viewsAntoninus Pius (Reg. 138-161 AD)
AR Denarius
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right
Rv: TR POT COS IIII, Liberalitas standing left, holding coin counter and cornucopiae, LIB IIII in exergue.
Ag, 3.74g, 16mm
Ref.: RIC 155, BMCRE 567, RSC 490a.
1 commentsshanxi06/04/18 at 16:37okidoki: great example
Lucius Aelius Caesar40 viewsAelius. Caesar, AD 136-138. AR Denarius (17mm, 3.15 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Hadrian, AD 137.
O: L AELIVS CAESAR, Bare head left
R: TR POT COS II around, PIE-TAS across, Pietas standing right, dropping incense onto lighted and garlanded altar to right and holding acerrum.
-RIC II 439c (Hadrian) R2; RSC 36a.

"The life of Ceionius Commodus, also called Aelius Verus, adopted by Hadrian after his journey through the world, when he was burdened by old age and weakened by cruel disease, contains nothing worthy of note except that he was the first to receive only the name of Caesar." - Historia Augusta
5 commentsNemonater06/04/18 at 16:36okidoki: very nice bust portrait
Galba AR Denarius41 viewsGalba, AD 68-69. Denarius, Spain (Tarraco ?), 68. AR 3.25 g.
Obv: GALBA - IMPERTOR Laureate head r., globe at point of bust.
Rev. VIRTVS Virtus, wearing short tunica, standing l., holding parazonium with her l. hand, on her outstretched r. hand Victoria with palm branch and wreath.
RIC 48a (R3) Supplementum Galbianum, Quaderni Ticinesi XII Numismatica E Antichita Classiche 1984. Cf. BMC 341, 194v.; BN III, 36, 34v.; C. 210; RIC 30var. (all with IMP on obv.).
Very rare variant. Toned. Small chips on flan. Almost very fine
Provenance: Auction UBS, Zurich 49 (2000), 365.
Ex: “The Galba Collection”
Hess Divo Auction 333, Lot 100 November 30, 2017
Hess Divo Auction 334 Lot 107 May 29, 2018

Here is another rare denarius of Galba. For a while I thought it was an unpublished variant. It did not appear in RIC 1  (1984).I have to thank Dr. Jryki Muona for supplying the correct reference for me. It appeared in a paper by Sutherland in 1984 entitled Supplementum Galbianum. In this paper several previously unpublished coins of Galba including mine were added. My coin type was given the reference number RIC 48a. Other information including corrections and further information is given in the paper. This coin does not occur in the major museum collections. There is one in the Oxford collection and this is the coin used in the paper cited above. There is one other that was auctioned in 2004 by Gorny & Mosch. I have been unable to find any further examples.

For me the most notable quality of this coin is not the rarity (it is R3: 6-10 examples known in the collections examines for RIC), it is the amazing portrait. I have 4 coins of Galba and not one of the portraits is close to any of the others. There is a remarkable variation in portraits on Galba's denarii, especially considering the short reign of the emperor.

Where was this coin minted? It has the globe at the terminus of the bust. This would seem to indicate Taracco in Spain. However, after some research I have discovered that other mints may have used the globe terminus. In other words, if there is no globe it was not minted in Taracco, if it has the globe it may be Taracco. 

The reverse with Virtvs holding victory does appear on other coins of Galba. However, on the vast majority of these the legend "Vitvus" is on the left and not the right. I have seen 2 other types with "Virtvs" on the right. However, on one the bust has no globe terminus so it is not a Tarraco mint coin. On the other, the obverse legend is different and the coin is probably a product of the Carthage mint in Africa because of the distinctive portrait.

I am very happy to have acquired this coin. It is unusual, interesting, and has a great portrait as well as an interesting reverse.

2 commentsorfew06/03/18 at 17:56okidoki: excellent and stylistic obverse
Judaea, Herodian Kings, Agrippa I. (37-44 A.D.) (Year 6 = 41-42 A.D.) (or Agrippa II. (55-95 A.D., Year 6 = 41-42 A.D.), AE-16 (Prutah), Hedin 533, Three ears of barley, #1151 viewsJudaea, Herodian Kings, Agrippa I. (37-44 A.D.) (Year 6 = 41-42 A.D.) (or Agrippa II. (55-95 A.D., Year 6 = 41-42 A.D.), AE-16 (Prutah), Hedin 533, Three ears of barley, #1
avers: ΑΓΡΙΠΑ ΒΑСΙΛЄωС, Umbrella-like canopy with fringes.
reverse: Three ears of barley between two leaves, date L-S at sides.
exergue: L/S//--, diameter: 16,0-17,0mm, weight: 2,09g, axes: 0h,
mint: Judaea, Herodian Kings, Agrippa I. (or Agrippa II.), date: Year 6 = 41-42 A.D. (or Year 6 = 41-42 A.D.), ref: Hendin 533, SGI 5567, AJC II 11,
1 commentsquadrans06/03/18 at 17:41okidoki: Nice Prutah
026 Nerva (96-98 A.D.), RIC II 084, Rome, AE-Dupondius, S/C//--, FORTVNA AVGVST Fortuna standing left,133 views026 Nerva (96-98 A.D.), RIC II 084, Rome, AE-Dupondius, S/C//--, FORTVNA AVGVST Fortuna standing left,
avers: IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III P P, Radiate head of Nerva right.
reverse: FORTVNA AVGVST Fortuna standing left holding cornucopiae and rudder, S-C to sides.
exergue: S/C//--, diameter: 26,5mm, weight:11,75g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 97 A.D., ref: RIC II 84, p-, C-69,
1 commentsquadrans06/02/18 at 14:26okidoki: great example,
Domitian RIC-85562 viewsAR Cistophorus, 10.28g
Rome mint (for Asia), 95 AD
RIC 855 (C). BMC p. 352, *. RSC 407. RPC 875 (2 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: Temple with two columns, inscribed ROM ET AVG in entablature, enclosing Augustus. stg. front to l., with spear, crowned by Roma to r., with cornucopiae; G in exergue
Acquired from Emerald Imports, eBay, May 2018.

A small issue of cistophori were struck by Domitian in 95. The style and six o'clock die axis point to Rome as the probable mint. Interestingly, K. Butcher and M. Ponting's recent metal analysis of the series reveals it was struck from a different stock of metal than contemporaneous denarii, possibly from recycled republican and early imperial pieces. This rare reverse features the temple of Roma and Augustus at Pergamum copied from the cistophori of Claudius. The temple was erected in 29 BC and was an important centre of the imperial cult in the region. No archaeological remains have been found of the structure, only the coins hint at how it may have appeared. RPC speculates the 'G' in exergue may be the mark of an officina, although, why the Rome mint would use a mint mark on the cistophori and not on any other issues is quite puzzling.

This coin originally came in a NGC slab which noted it as 'fine style'. I quite agree.
5 commentsDavid Atherton05/30/18 at 14:22okidoki: great example,
RIC 0092 Domitianus31 viewsObv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, Laureate head right
AE/As (mule, 26.37 mm 10.921 g 1h) Struck in Rome 81 A.D.
RIC 92 (R2), BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex Bertolami E-Live Auction 59 Lot 631
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/28/18 at 12:39okidoki: very nice
Geta AR Tetradrachm of Antioch, Seleucis and Pieria 209-211 AD22 viewsOBVERSE: Laureate bust right; AYT.KAI.GETAC.CEB.
REVERSE:Eagle standing facing on leg and thigh of animal, head and tail right with wings spread holding wreath in its beak. DHMAPX.EH.YPiA.TO.B.
McAlee 719, Prieur 210, VF
27 mm, 10,13 gm
1 commentsdaverino05/27/18 at 19:35okidoki: Nice Joe
132 - Probus - RIC 722 var27 viewsAntonianus
Obv:–VIRTVS PROBI AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust left, with spear
Rev:– PROVIDENT AVG, Providentia standing left, holding globe and sceptre
Minted in Siscia (_ | Q / XXI). 7th emission, A.D. 280
Reference:– RIC 722 var. (Unlisted bust type). This bust type also unlisted in Alföldi as is this officina

3.93 gms.21.61 mm. 180 degrees.
3 commentsmaridvnvm05/26/18 at 20:51okidoki: Congrats very nice
B 010 Phocas and Leontia (602-610 A.D.), Antioch as Theopolis, SB 0675, -/Ћ, AE-Decanummium, Year 4, 122 viewsB 010 Phocas and Leontia (602-610 A.D.), Antioch as Theopolis, SB 0675, -/Ћ, AE-Decanummium, Year 4,
avers: (Dm POCA) NЄ PЄ AV (or similar), Phocas on left, holding cross on globe and Leontia on right, holding sceptre topped by cross, standing facing; cross between their heads.
reverse: Large X, between ANNO and the numerals representing the regnal year (4=II-I/I). Over Cross, mintmark below (Ћ).
exergue: ANNO/II-I/I//Ћ, diameter: 15,0-16,5mm, weight:1,96g, axis:6h,
mint: Antioch as Theopolis, date: 606? A.D., ref: Sear 0675, p-152, MIB 87.
1 commentsquadrans05/26/18 at 16:56okidoki: Nice Joe like the picturing
Commodus sestertius with the Annona reverse41 viewsCommodus. Sestertius. Roma mint. 183 AD.
19.67 grs and 27 mm.
Observe : M COMMODVS ANTONINVS AVG PIVS. Laureate bust right.
Reverse : ANNO AVG TRP VIII IMP VI COS IIII PP and SC. Annona standing left, holding Victory in hand and a cornucopia. In front a modius with grains. Behind, a galley with two or three sailors.
RIC 377 var. and Cohen 14 var. (due to the reverse legend with ANNO).
3 commentslabienus05/25/18 at 18:04okidoki: Congrats
Vespasian-RIC-1432133 viewsAR Denarius, 3.29g
Ephesus Mint, 71 AD
RIC 1432 (R2). BMC p. 96, *. RSC 281. RPC 834 (2 spec.).
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., EPHE
Acquired from Pavlos S. Pavlov, May 2018.

Victory advancing left was a commonly struck reverse type at Ephesus up until Vespasian's COS III issue. From this issue going forward, the mint favoured the Victory advancing right and sparingly struck the advancing left variant. As a matter of fact, the left Victory virtually disappears by the time the COS V issue was produced. So, a very rare type for COS III - just 2 Victory left specimens versus 14 right specimens cited in RPC.

Fabulous Ephesian style!

12 commentsDavid Atherton05/23/18 at 12:33okidoki: bold coin
Caria, Satraps, Pixodarus, (340-335 B.C.), AR-Trihemiobol, SNG Keckman 281, -/-//--, Eight-pointed star,114 viewsCaria, Satraps, Pixodarus, (340-335 B.C.), AR-Trihemiobol, SNG Keckman 281, -/-//--, Eight-pointed star,
avers: Head of Apollo 3/4 Facing right.
reverse: Π-I-Ξ-Ω-Δ-A-P-O around the eight-pointed star.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 8,7-9,5mm, weight: 0,57g, axes: 3h,
mint: Caria, Satraps, Pixodarus, date: 340-335 B.C.,
ref: SNG Kayhan I 893-5; SNG Keckman 281;
1 commentsquadrans05/19/18 at 09:08okidoki: Nice Joe
Athens, Greece, Pi-Style III Tetradrachm, 353 - c. 340 B.C60 viewsSilver tetradrachm, 17.1g, Athens mint, oval flan, typical of the type.
O: Head of Athena right with eye seen in true profile, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and pi-style floral scroll, pellet in ear.
R: Owl standing right, head facing, to right AΘE in large lettering, to left olive sprig and crescent, pellet over eyes.
- Kroll Pi-Style p. 244, fig. 8; Flament p. 126, 3; SNG Cop 63; SNG Munchen 96; SNG Delepierre 1479; Svoronos Athens pl. 20: 2

Unlike the customary flans of 5th and earlier 4th century Athenian tetradrachms that have solid, rounded edges from having been cast in a mold, these were struck on thick planchets made of flattened, folded-over, older tetradrachms. The flattened coins were not just folded in two but were folded over a second time to produce a planchet of three or four layers

There are three distinct features of this type of Athens Owl coinage. 1st, they have flans that are commonly misshapen. A number of them are so distorted that numismatists and collectors in Greece have long referred to them as “logs” (koutsoura); these are the tetradrachms in the form of long, stretched ovals with one or two nearly straight sides. 2nd, since the flans, of whatever shape, were ordinarily too small for the full relief designs of the dies, relatively few pi-style coins were minted with their entire obverse and/or reverse type showing. 3rd, just as the diameters and surface areas of the pi flans are generally smaller than those of Athenian tetradrachms of the 5th century and of the first half of the 4th century, they tend also to be exceptionally thick.

The name Pi-style refers to the floral helmet ornament on the obverse which resembles the Greek letter pi (P) bisected by a long central tendril.
5 commentsNemonater05/18/18 at 14:23okidoki: great example,
Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 0338, Macedonian, AE-15, (Half Unit), Horse galloping right, torch below, #1144 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 0338, Macedonian, AE-15, (Half Unit), Horse galloping right, torch below, #1
avers: Young male head wearing diadem right.
reverse: ΑΛΕΣΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Horse galloping right, torch below.
exergue: -/-//Torch, diameter: 15mm, weight: 3,30g, axes: 5h,
mint: Kingdom of Macedon, Alexander III, date: 336-323 B.C., ref: Price 0338,
3 commentsquadrans05/16/18 at 17:44okidoki: great L KS on reverse
Rome Republic 85 bc denarius16 views1 commentsChance Vandal05/16/18 at 17:27okidoki: excellent
01 Constantius II77 viewsConstantius II
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG Constantius II pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO soldier spearing Horseman, bearded, bare-headed, reaching,
ALEA in ex. Γ in left field

Alexandria 72 var (headwear)

From the E.E. Clain-Stefanelli collection.
8 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/11/18 at 18:47okidoki: Hey Randy, nice winner
Antoninus Pius Italia115 viewsANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III
Laureate head right

Italia, towered, seated l. on globe, holding cornucopiae and sceptre.

Rome 140-143
RIC 73c. BMC 214

Ex-Pella Coins and Antiquities
4 commentsJay GT405/10/18 at 20:24okidoki: Very nice indeed
Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 14. Septimius Severus, HrHJ (2018) (plate coin)14 viewsSeptimius Severus, AD 193-211
AE 20, 3.44g
obv. AV K L . - CEVHROC
Laureate head r.
snake coiled r.
ref. a) not in AMNG:
AMNG I/1, 1418 (for the type only)
b) not in Varbanov
c) Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2018) No. (this coin)
about VF, dark green patina
1 commentsJochen05/07/18 at 13:58okidoki: very nice Jochen
Galba AR Denarius54 viewsGalba. 68-69 AD. Denarius, 3.50gg. (5h). Tarraco. Obv: GALBA - IM[PERATOR] Head laureate right on globe. Rx: LIB - [ERTAS] - RESTITVTA Libertas standing left, apparently emptying a cup and holding scepter. BM 198, pl. 54.3. RIC 9 (R2), pl. 24 (the BM spec.). Cf. Paris 12, pl.III (apparently no globe below bust). Cohen 133 (120 Fr.).
Ex: Dr. Jyrki Muona
Ex: Gemini XIV Lot 475, May 2018

I have 3 denarii of Galba with a 4th on the way. I purchased this one because I really liked the portrait. The bust is of high relief and seems to almost jump off of the coin. As you can read in the attribution, this coin was purchased from the Gemini auction held by Harlan Berk. Before that this coin was the property of a well known collector-Dr. Jyrki Muona. This is my second Galba denarius from his collection. The other one is in an earlier post on this site.

Another interesting fact about this coin is where it was minted. This coin was minted in Spain, specifically in Tarraco. Spanish mint denarii of Galba are sought after and actively collected. I think that one of the reasons for this has to do the interesting portraits on these coins.

Of course the reverse on this coin is also interesting. Though the full legend is not on the reverse, it was supposed to read "Libertas Restitvta" or Liberty Restored. The suicide of Nero led to a civil war. As the next emperor it was in Galba's interest to present as rosy a picture of the empire as possible. The restoration of liberty would have been a popular message with the roman populace.
3 commentsorfew05/07/18 at 10:15okidoki: Congrats very nice
Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 1106A, Mesembria, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, #1323 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 1106A, Mesembria, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, #1
avers: No legends, Head of beardless Heracles right wearing lion-skin headdress.
reverse: BAΣILEΩΣ/AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, scepter in left hand. Monogram in left field, below Corinthian helmet right, Monogram beneath throne.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 32,5-33,0mm, weight: 16,12g, axes: 0h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, ‘Mesembria’ mint.
date: posthumous, c. 125 - c. 65 B.C., ref: Price 1106A,
4 commentsquadrans05/06/18 at 17:47okidoki: WOW
Elagabalus Siver Denarius55 viewsElegabalus...218-222 AD
Silver Denarius
Minted: 221 AD
Obv: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, Draped bust right, laureate, horned
Rev: PM TR P IIII COS III P P, Emperor standing left sacrificing out of patera over lighted altar, holding branch in right hand, star in left.
Ric 46 Sear 7536

Blast white with a superb portrait.
4 commentsTravis C05/02/18 at 11:58okidoki: excellent
C. Annius T.f. T.n and L. Fabius L.f. Hispaniensis. (82 - 81 B.C.)38 viewsAR Denarius
O: C ANNI T F T N PRO COS EX S C, Draped bust of Anna Perenna right, wearing stephane; S • below neck; all within bead and reel border.
R: L·FABI·L·F·HISP Victory driving galloping quadriga right, holding palm frond and reins; Q above horses.
Crawford 366/2a; Sydenham 748c; Annia 3

3 commentsMat04/27/18 at 11:58okidoki: congrats Mat
Domitian RIC-788A100 viewsAR Denarius, 3.18g
Rome mint, 95-96 AD
RIC 788A. BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XV; Bust of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r. with aegis
Rev: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P; Minerva stg. r. on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to r., owl (M2)
Ex Dionysos Numismatik, eBay, 27 March 2018.

An extremely rare Domitian aegis portrait from 95/96, possibly the second known example with this reverse type. Domitian's aegis portraits on denarii were more commonly struck in 84 and 85, exceptionally so afterwards. The Rome mint was experimenting with new reverse designs and portrait types for the denarius issues during the last year of the reign. Perhaps the reintroduction of the aegis may have been part of this new programme? Of course we shall never know - Domitian's assassination in September 96 cut short any experimentation with his coinage. This rare variant only came to light recently and has been added to the RIC II.1 Addenda as RIC 788A.

Bold portrait and fine style.
6 commentsDavid Atherton04/25/18 at 14:13okidoki: very nice, aegis always special
020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC 0777, RIC (1962) 0093, AR-Denarius, Rome, PON MAX TR P COS VI, Victory standing left on prow, #1127 views020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC 0777, RIC (1962) 0093, AR-Denarius, Rome, PON MAX TR P COS VI, Victory standing left on prow, #1
avers: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, Laureate head right.
reverse: PON MAX TR P COS VI, Victory standing left on prow of ship, holding wreath and palm.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0-18,5 mm, weight: 3,19g, axes: 7h,
mint: Rome, date: 75 A.D., ref: RIC 0777, RIC (1962) 0093, RSC 368, BMC 166,
3 commentsquadrans04/25/18 at 09:58okidoki: nice prow
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 848, Serdica, PROVIDEN DEOR, Bust-C/A2, *//KAΓ, Providentia standing right, facing Sol standing left, Rare! #1115 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 848, Serdica, PROVIDEN DEOR, Bust-C/A2, *//KAΓ, Providentia standing right, facing Sol standing left, Rare! #1
avers: IMP C PROBVS INVICTVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from the back. (C/A2)
reverse: PRO VIDEN D EOR, Providentia standing right, holding two ensigns, facing Sol standing left, right hand raised, left holding the globe.
exergue: *//KAΓ, diameter: 21,0-22,5mm, weight: 3,76g, axes:6h,
mint: Serdica 2nd. emission, 3rd. off., date: 276-277, A.D., ref: RIC V-II 848, p-110, Rare!
1 commentsquadrans04/23/18 at 18:30okidoki: nice collection
Trajan (98 - 117 A.D.)40 viewsSYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch.
AR Tetradrachm
R: ΔHMAΡX EX IΣ YΠAT Σ, Eagle standing facing on club, wings spread, head left, palm branch right. Struck 110 -111 A.D.
McAlee 439; Prieur 1504 (Tyre).
5 commentsMat04/22/18 at 11:47okidoki: very nice Mat
Calabria, Tarentum. Time of Hannibal, c. 212-209 BC. Nomos51 views3.98gg. (5h). Obv: Naked youth on horseback right, holding reins and carrying filleted palm; ΣΩKAN - NAΣ below. Rx: Taras astride dolphin left, holding aphlaston in extended right hand, cradling trident in left arm; eagle standing with wings spread behind; TAPAΣ below. Vlasto 984. HN Italy 1082. SNG ANS 1272. Perfectly struck; Mint State.
Ex Philip T. Ashton Collection. Ex Berk 130, 6 January 2003, lot 81.

Hannibal used the region around Tarentum and Metapontum as winter quarters during his occupation of southern Italy. He installed his own magistrates and struck coinage based on the Punic half shekel standard.
3 commentsLeo04/22/18 at 11:45okidoki: great example, Leo
020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² Titus 0357, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0063, AR-Denarius, Rome, Two Capricornus, Large shield version!, SC, #1179 views020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² Titus 0357, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0063, AR-Denarius, Rome, Two Capricornus, Large shield version!, SC, #1
avers: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, Laureate head right.
reverse: No legend, Shield reading SC held by two capricornii, globe below.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,5-18,5mm, weight: 3,33g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 80-81 A.D., ref: RIC² (Titus) 0357, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0063 p-123, RSC 497, BMC 129, BM-129, Paris 101,
6 commentsquadrans04/20/18 at 17:37okidoki: Congrats very nice
037b Marcus Aurelius (139-161 A.D. as Caesar, 161-180 A.D. as Augustus), RIC III 0103, Rome, AR-Denarius, TR P XVIII COS III, Minerva standing left,123 views037b Marcus Aurelius (139-161 A.D. as Caesar, 161-180 A.D. as Augustus), RIC III 0103, Rome, AR-Denarius, TR P XVIII COS III, Minerva standing left,
avers: M ANTONINVS AVG IMP II, Bare-headed, cuirassed bust right.
reverse: TR P XVIII COS III, Minerva standing left, branch and spear, resting on shield.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0-18,0mm, weight: 2,93g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 163-164 A.D., ref: RIC III 103, p-, RSC 847,
3 commentsquadrans04/18/18 at 10:35okidoki: very nice Joe great looks
Struck A.D.364 - 367. VALENS. AE3 of THESSALONICA12 viewsObverse: D N VALENS P F AVG. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Valens facing right; • above head.
Reverse: RESTITVTOR REIP. Valens standing facing, head right, holding labarum in his right hand and Victory in his left; in exergue, TESΔ.
RIC IX : 17b.
1 comments*Alex04/17/18 at 22:00okidoki: very nice Alex
Italic bronze Dolphin Fibula60 viewsItalic bronze age Dolphin Fibula

5.98g, 35 mm.

8th-5th Century BC

Hattatt 200 var.?

Ex-Noble Roman Coin
6 commentsJay GT404/10/18 at 06:02okidoki: a real beauty
hj6.28.54.124 viewsElagabalus and Julia Maesa

Obv: AVT[ K M AVP ANTΩNEINOC] AVΓ IOVΛIA MAICA AVΓ, laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Elagabalus on left facing draped bust of Julia Maesa on right .
Rev: .ΠV./ IOVΛ AN/ TΩNINOV CEΛ/ EV.KOV.MAPK/ IANOΠOΛIT/ ΩN, legend in six lines inside laurel wreath. Wreath closed at bottom with E.
24 mm, 9.18 gms

1 commentsCharles M04/08/18 at 18:55okidoki: great and sharp reverse
137 Commemorative, (330-335 A.D.), Nicomedia, RIC VII 195, AE-3, -/-//SMNS, She-wolf left, #1,144 views137 Commemorative, (330-335 A.D.), Nicomedia, RIC VII 195, AE-3, -/-//SMNS, She-wolf left, #1,
avers: VRBS ROMA, Helmeted bust of Roma left.
reverse: She-wolf and twins, 2 stars above with three dots vertically placed between them.
exergue: -/-//SMNS, diameter: 16,0-16,5 mm, weight: 2,39 g, axis: 11 h,
mint: Nicomedia, date: 330-335 A.D., ref: RIC VII 195, Sear 16521,
2 commentsquadrans04/08/18 at 13:22okidoki: great example,
Otho (69 A.D.)90 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: AYTOK MAPK OΘΩNOΣ KAIΣ ΣEB, laureate head right, LA (year 1) lower right.
R: EΛEY-ΘEPIA, Eleutheria (Liberty) standing left, wreath in extended right hand, scepter in left hand, leaning with left elbow on column, simpulum (ladle used for tasting and pouring sacrificial libations) left in lower left field.
Milne 359; RPC I 5354 (5 spec.); Dattari 327; BMC Alexandria p. 25, 208; Curtis 238; Kampmann 18.6; Emmett 184

Ex. Jyrki Muona Collection

This variety with a simpulum on the reverse is much rarer than the same type without this control symbol. RPC reports only 5 specimens with the simpulum and 17 specimens without it. This variety is missing from the important collections in Cologne, Paris, and Milan, and we know of only one example offered at auction in the past two decades (CNG 76, 12 Sep 2007, lot 3152, VF, $430 plus fees).

Published on Wildwinds!
6 commentsMat04/07/18 at 19:20okidoki: congrats Mat
Sicily, Kamarina, (420-405 B.C.), AE-Tetras, Calciati-III, p-63-, No-33, -/-//•••, KAMA, Owl standing left,177 viewsSicily, Kamarina, (420-405 B.C.), AE-Tetras, Calciati-III, p-63-, No-33, -/-//•••, KAMA, Owl standing left,
avers: Head of Athena left, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with the wing, border of dots.
reverse: KAMA, owl standing left, head facing, grasping lizard in talon, in exergue, three pellets.
exergue: -/-//•••, diameter: 14,0-14,5 mm, weight: 3,03 g, axes: 0h,
mint: Sicily, Kamarina, date: 420-405 B.C., ref: Calciati-III, p-63-, No-33, SNG ANS 1229, SNG Cop 169.,
4 commentsquadrans04/07/18 at 13:35okidoki: very nice Joe
Vespasian-RIC-140983 viewsAR Denarius, 2.59g
Ephesus mint, 70 AD
RIC 1409 (R2). BMC 442. RSC 66. RPC 818 (2 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: CONCORDIA AVG; Ceres std. l., on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears and poppy and cornucopiae; in exergue, horizontal Φ
Acquired from Incitatus Coins, March 2018.

The Ceres reverse type was consistently struck at Ephesus from 69 through 74. This scarce Group 3 example features an imperfectly struck Φ mintmark. The elaborate high back throne Ceres is seated upon distinguishes it from the Rome mint version of the type.

Struck in typical fine Ephesian style.
7 commentsDavid Atherton04/04/18 at 09:51okidoki: interesting details
Pherai, Thessaly48 viewsLate 4th century BC
AE14 (14mm, 2.59g)
O: Wreathed head of Hekate right; torch before.
R: Lion's head fountain right, spouting water; fish below, ΦEPAIOYN around to right.
Rogers 514; HGC4, 568; BCD Thessaly II, 691.1
From the BCD collection. ex Ken Dorney

5 commentsEnodia04/04/18 at 07:06okidoki: classic
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Sextus Pompey, 42 BCE41 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Sextus Pompey, 42 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.87g; 21mm).
Sicilian mint.

Obv: [M]AG PIVS IMP [ITER]. Bust of Neptune facing right; trident over shoulder.

Rev: [PR]AEF CLAS ET OR[AE MAR IT EX S C]. Naval trophy.

References: Crawford 511/2; HCRI 333; Sydenham 1347 (R5).

Provenance: Ex Stack's Bowers August 2016 ANA (10 Aug 2016), Lot 20139; ex Nomos Obolos 4 (21 Feb 2016), Lot 522; ex RBW Collection [NAC 63 (17 May 2012), Lot 538]; privately purchased from SKA Zurich, July 1985.

Sextus Pompey was a son of Pompey the Great. After Caesar's assassination, in 43 BCE, he was honored by the Senate with the title "Commander of the Fleet and Sea Coasts". Shortly following this honor, the Second Triumvirate was formed and placed Sextus' name on their proscription list. Sextus soon occupied Sicily where he provided haven to other Romans proscribed by the Triumvirs. He retained control of Sicily from 42 to 36 BCE.
4 commentsCarausius04/03/18 at 19:44okidoki: great and sharp
Aeolis, Myrina, (c. 200-0 B.C.), SNG Cop 226, AE-12, MY/PI//--, Amphora, #1154 viewsAeolis, Myrina, (c. 200-0 B.C.), SNG Cop 226, AE-12, MY/PI//--, Amphora, #1
avers: Radiate head of Helios right, border of dots
reverse: MY-ΡI, Amphora.
exergue: MY/PI//--, diameter: 11,5 mm, weight: 2,02g, axes: 0h,
mint: Aeolis, Myrina, date: c. 200-0 B.C., ref: SNG Cop 226, Weber 5570, BMC 32, Lindgren I 412,
1 commentsquadrans04/02/18 at 16:45okidoki: very nice
Augustus (RIC 479, Coin #740)37 viewsRIC 479 (R2), AR Cistophori, Ephesus, 25 BC.
OBV: IMP CAESAR; Bare head right.
REV: AVGVSTVS; Garlanded altar sculpted with two confronting
deer, linear border.
SIZE: 26.6mm, 11.80g
6 commentsMaynardGee04/02/18 at 11:37okidoki: great example,
Andrea Dandolo (1342-1354 A.D.)46 viewsAR Mezzanino Nuovo
O: AN DADVL SM VENE DVX, Doge and St. Mark holding banner, P in ex.
R: •XPS•RE[S]-VRESIT•, Christ emerging from tomb, holding banner and cross. 
Biaggi 2822
2 commentsMat04/01/18 at 15:21okidoki: nice theme
Manus Dei, Divus Constantine I , The great.44 viewsDivus Constantine I. Died AD 337. Æ (15mm, 1.73 g, 5h). Antioch mint, Struck AD 337-340. Veiled, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Constantine, veiled, in quadriga right; above, the hand of God reaches down to him; SMANI. RIC VIII 39; Good EF, lovely red earthen deposits.
The Coin is one of the earliest to have Christian objects or sign, but not fully Christian yet.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection./ Dear friend Salem Alshdaifat.

Everyone needs the hand of Love, no matter how powerful one is, that thing which comes free, and yet is the most valuable and wonderful thing in existence that money cannot buy. Love is everything, anything else is nothing.

Happy Easter.
3 commentsSam03/31/18 at 14:20okidoki: very nice with the colourings
Megaris, Megara, (c.350-275 B.C.), AE-14 Dichalkon, BCD Peloponnesos 9.5, MEΓ, Two dolphins swimming clockwise,127 viewsMegaris, Megara, (c.350-275 B.C.), AE-14 Dichalkon, BCD Peloponnesos 9.5, MEΓ, Two dolphins swimming clockwise,
avers: Prow of galley left on which stands a tripod, trident above.
reverse: MEΓ, Two dolphins swimming clockwise in circle, border of dots.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 14,5mm, weight: 2,75g, axes: 0h,
mint: Megaris, Megara, date: c.350-275 B.C., ref: BCD Peloponnesos 9.5, Kroll 643, HGC 4, 1797.,
1 commentsquadrans03/30/18 at 07:20okidoki: Never seen nice !!
035 Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), RIC III 0136, Rome, AR-Denarius, COS IIII, Clasped hands, #2134 views035 Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), RIC III 0136, Rome, AR-Denarius, COS IIII, Clasped hands, #2
avers: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, Laureate head right.
reverse: COS IIII, Clasped hands over corn ears and caduceus.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,5-18,0mm, weight: g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date:145-161 A.D., ref: RIC III-136, p-43, RSC-344, BMC 530,
2 commentsquadrans03/28/18 at 08:02okidoki: Clasping
035 Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), RIC III 0009, Rome, AR-Denarius, AVG PIVS P M TR P COS DES II, Minerva standing left, 133 views035 Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), RIC III 0009, Rome, AR-Denarius, AVG PIVS P M TR P COS DES II, Minerva standing left,
avers: IMP T AEL CAES HADRI ANTONINVS, Bare head right.
reverse: AVG PIVS P M TR P COS DES II, Minerva standing left, holding Victory, left hand resting on shield and a spear rests against the left arm.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,5mm, weight: g, axis: h,
mint: Rome, date: 138 A.D., ref: RIC-III 9, RSC 66, BMC 12,
3 commentsquadrans03/26/18 at 19:11okidoki: Nice Joe
084 B.C., C.Licinius.L.f Macer, Republic AR-Denarius, Crawford 354/1, Rome, C•LNIVS•L•F/MACER in two line, Minerva in quadriga right, #1149 views084 B.C., C.Licinius.L.f Macer, Republic AR-Denarius, Crawford 354/1, Rome, C•LNIVS•L•F/MACER in two line, Minerva in quadriga right, #1
avers: Diademed bust of Vejovis left, seen from behind, hurling the thunderbolt.
reverse: C•LNIVS•L•F/MACER in two line, Minerva in quadriga right with javelin and shield.
exergue: -/-//C•LNIVS•L•F/MACER, diameter: 18,5-20,5mm, weight: 3,91g, axis: 9h,
mint: Rome, date: 84 B.C., ref: Crawford 354/1, Sydenham 732, Licinia 16,
4 commentsquadrans03/26/18 at 08:14okidoki: interesting obverse bust
Marcus Aurelius AR Denarius95 viewsMarcus Aurelius, 161-180. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 3.31 g, 6 h), Rome, 173. M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVII Laureate head of Marcus Aurelius to right. Rev. IMP VI COS III German captive seated left at foot of a trophy. Cohen 300. RIC 280. Well centered and attractively toned. Nearly extremely fine.
From the collection of W. F. Stoecklin, Amriswil, Switzerland, acquired prior to 1975.
Obolos 9 by Nomos. March 25, 2018

Marcus Aurelius ruled at a time referred to by some as the "Five good emperors". These leaders were known for the lack of excesses that characterized some earlier emperors such as Nero and Caligula. They ruled during a relatively stable period of Roman history unlike the tumult caused by the 'Year of the four Caesars".

However, this is not to say that all was peace and felicity. The reverse of this coin depicts a German captive under a trophy of arms. The message is clear, Marcus Aurelius has defeated the Germans in battle. The larger context of this coin refers to a series of conflicts known as the Macromannic wars.

I love this coin for the reverse, but I think the portrait is also excellent. The engraver was a person of considerable skill. I also like this coin for its provenance. It was a part of the Stoecklin collection. I would like to know more about when and where it was acquired but the auction house only knew that it was purchased by W.F. Stoecklin sometime before 1975.

This coin is a bit of a departure for me as I usually stay firmly in the 1st century CE with my purchases. However I wanted an interesting coin of this philosopher-emperor and so when I saw it I had to have it.
9 commentsorfew03/25/18 at 18:05okidoki: very nice
ROMAN REPUBLIC, Aes Grave Quadrans, c. 265 BCE - Crawford 21/446 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous, c. 265 BCE.
AE Aes Grave Quadrans (68.58g; 43mm).
Rome Mint.

Obv: Right hand; ●●● (mark-of-value = 3 unciae) on left.

Rev: Left hand; ●●● (mark-of-value) on right.

References: Vecchi, ICC 44; Haeberlin pp. 66-67, plts 27-28; Crawford 21/4.

Provenance: Ex Lord Colin Renfrew Collection [Baldwin's Auction 99 (4 May 2016), Lot 599]; purchased from A.H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., Dec 1959.
4 commentsCarausius03/24/18 at 22:07okidoki: Congrats very nice
Roman Imperial: Licinius I (308-324) Æ Follis, Heraclea (RIC VII 15; Sear 15264; Hunter 113)15 viewsObv: IMP LICI-NIVS AVG; laureate bust left, wearing consular robes, holding mappa and globe
Rev: PROVIDEN-TIAE AVGG three-towered camp gate; no doors; HTΓ in exergue
1 commentsQuant.Geek03/24/18 at 22:06okidoki: excellent and stylistic
090b Gallienus (253-268 A.D.), Sole Reign, RIC V-I 283var., Göbl 712b, Rome, AE-Antoninianus, -/-//A, SOLI CONS AVG, Pegasus,176 views090b Gallienus (253-268 A.D.), Sole Reign, RIC V-I 283var., Göbl 712b, Rome, AE-Antoninianus, -/-//A, SOLI CONS AVG, Pegasus,
avers: GALLIENVS AVG, Radiate head right.
reverse: SOLI CONS AVG, Winged horse/Pegasus leaping right. "A" in exergue.
exergue:-/-//A, diameter: 19,0-21,5mm, weight: g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 267-268 A.D., ref: RIC-V-I-283 var (bust type), p-, Göbl 712b, Sear 10362,
4 commentsquadrans03/24/18 at 20:36okidoki: nice and sharp
Sicily, Syracuse, Dionysios I. (405-367 B.C.), AE-Hemilitron, SNG Ans 415-25, ΣYPA, Dolphin, and shell,177 viewsSicily, Syracuse, Dionysios I. (405-367 B.C.), AE-Hemilitron, SNG Ans 415-25, ΣYPA, Dolphin, and shell,
avers: No legend, Head of Arethusa left, wearing a necklace, hair bound in ampyx and sphendone, olive leaves behind.
reverse: Dolphin swimming right, Σ Y P A and cockle shell below.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 15,5-18,0mm, weight: 3,20g, axes: 6h,
mint: Sicily, Syracuse, Dionysios I., date: 405-367 B.C., ref: SNG Ans 415-25, SNG Cop 697-699, CNS 24/1-7, HGC 2, 1480,
4 commentsquadrans03/21/18 at 15:30okidoki: excellent and stylistic
Vespasian-RIC-146495 viewsAR Denarius, 3.49g
Ephesus mint, 74 AD
RIC 1464 (R2). BMC p. 99, †. RSC 68 corr. RPC 852 (5 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS V TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r., annulet at tip of bust
Rev: CONCORDIA AVG; Ceres, std. l., on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears and poppy and cornucopiae; below throne, annulet; in exergue, star
Ex Savoca, eBay, 2 March 2018.

A rare COS V Ephesian denarius notable for three control marks (one on the obverse, two on the reverse). Certain variants may have all three marks present but with different placements, lack one or two marks, or be any combination of the former and latter possibilities. I would assume the marks had something to do with the internal organisation of the mint's workshops. Also of note, this is the last denarius issue which can inarguably be attributed to Ephesus.

A bit off-centre, but in fine style.

8 commentsDavid Atherton03/21/18 at 07:29okidoki: nice and sharp
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II ---, Modern, Fake, Rome, Bust-F, Brockage, 113 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II ---, Modern, Fake, Rome, Bust-F, Brockage,
avers: IMP PROB VS P F AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right. (F)
reverse: --
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 21-21,5mm, weight: 3,85g, axes: 3h,
mint: Rome, date: - A.D., ref: ,
4 commentsquadrans03/20/18 at 21:26okidoki: COOL addition Joe
RIC 0320 Domitianus116 viewsObv.: CAES DIVI AVG VESP F DOMITIAN COS VII - Laureate head right.
Rev. : S - C / VESTA - Vesta seated left, with Palladium and sceptre.
AE/Dupondius - mm 28,24 - gr 15,04 - die axis 6 - Rome 80-81 a.D.
RIC 320 (Titus) - BMCRE unlisted - Paris 0259 (Titus)
From Hirsch Sale 287 - Lot 2240 (ex Peus 348, 1996, Los Nr. 633)

4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/20/18 at 20:39okidoki: what a great looking specimen
05 Constantius II59 viewsConstantius II

21 mm / 5,23 gr.
D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl diademed, draped & cuirassed, A behind.
FEL TEMP R-EPARATIO Soldier spearing fallen horseman,Phrygian helmet, sitting on ground, arm(s) up, A left field, pellet right. PAR.F in ex
Arles 148
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)03/20/18 at 20:23okidoki: nice patina
Sicily. Syracuse AR Litra55 viewsHead of Arethusa right

Wheel with four spokes; Σ-Y-R-A between.

Deinomenid Tyranny 485-466 BC.



Boehringer 402; SNG ANS 124-6.

Ex-ANE from an old collection.
3 commentsJay GT403/19/18 at 16:07okidoki: interesting obverse
061 Iulia Maesa ( ?-223 A.D.), RIC IV-II 268, Rome, AR-Denarius, PVDICITIA, Pudicitia seated left, #2131 views061 Iulia Maesa ( ?-223 A.D.), RIC IV-II 268, Rome, AR-Denarius, PVDICITIA, Pudicitia seated left, #2
avers: IVLIA MAESA AVG, Draped bust right.
reverse: PVDICITIA, Pudicitia seated left, drawing out veil from the shoulder with right hand and holding sceptre in right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,0-19,5mm, weight: 2,71g, axis: 6-7h,
mint: Rome, date: 218-222 A.D., ref: RIC IV-II 268, p-50, RSC-36, BMC-76, Sear 7756,
2 commentsquadrans03/19/18 at 16:05okidoki: nice picturing Joe
JUDAEA, Galilaea, Sepphoris; Trajan15 viewsTrajan; Sepphoris, GALILAEA

JUDAEA, Sepphoris (Diocaesarea). Trajan. AD 98-117. Æ (20mm, 6.41 g, 12h). [T]PAIANOΣ AVTOKPA TΩP EΔΩKEN, laureate head right / ΣΕΠΦΩ ΡΗΝΩΝ, filleted caduceus. RPC III 3938; Rosenberger 5; Sofaer 3. VF, dark green patina with light earthen highlights/deposits.

The obverse legend translates as “Trajan the emperor gave.” Trajan’s issues from Sepphoris all feature this remarkable legend, which indicates that the emperor granted Sepphoris the right to strike coinage.
1 commentsecoli03/18/18 at 18:25okidoki: very nice
Hadrian - Alexandria13 viewsBI Tetradrachm
29 Aug 129 - 28 Aug 130 AD
laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind
radiate and draped bust of helios right
Köln 1002; Dattari 1384; Milne 1280; Curtis 429; K&G 32.478
ex Petr Schimandl
1 commentsJohny SYSEL03/17/18 at 18:49okidoki: Nice
Asia Minor, Pisidia, Isinda, Artemis, Wreath16 viewsPisidia Isinda
Autonomous, 1st cent AD
Obv.: Laureate head of Artemis right having quiver at shoulder
Rev.: ΙΣΙΝ within laurel wreath
AE, 3.95g, 15mm
Ref.: RPC IV online 7300, von Aulock, Pis. I, 86, 743-44, J.N. Svoronos, JIAN 6 (1903), 227, no. 483
1 commentsshanxi03/17/18 at 18:41okidoki: having quiver at shoulder very nice
Gordian III - Deultum19 viewsAE Tetrasarion?
238-244 AD
laureate and draped bust right from behind
Heracles? in tetrastyle temple facing, holding lion skin and club
SNG Bulgaria 1338, Jurukova 264
1 commentsJohny SYSEL03/17/18 at 16:43okidoki: nice temple
024c Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0773, AR-Denarius, Rome, IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P, Minerva left with the spear, #1176 views024c Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0773, AR-Denarius, Rome, IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P, Minerva left with the spear, #1
avers: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XIIII, Laureate head of Domitian right.
reverse: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P, Minerva standing left, holding a spear.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,0-18,5mm, weight: 3,06g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 95 A.D., ref: RIC 0773, RSC-286, BMC 226,
5 commentsquadrans03/15/18 at 21:37okidoki: very nice Joe
Domitian AR Denarius48 viewsDomitianus (81 - 96 AD).
Denarius. 83 AD Rome.
(20 mm 3.47 g)
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M. Head with laurel wreath on the right.
Rev: TR POT II COS VIIII DES XP P. Minerva with lance and shield on capital standing to the right, in front of it an owl.
RIC 164 (R2); C.606; BMC 41
Ex: Silbury Coins January 28 2018

On first glance this looks like just another Minerva reverse denarius. However, there are 2 features which make it interesting. Firstly, it was minted in 83 CE. This makes it a first issue Minerva denarius. The Minerva series would dominate the denarii issues for the rest of Domitian's rule. Another piece of information which makes this coin interesting is that the silver of which it is composed is nearly 100% fine. This was due to monetary reforms instituted by Domitian.

Of course this coin is interesting for other reasons as well, including its rarity and condition. The new RIC II Part 1 (2007) designates this coin as R2 which means very few examples known. The other factor which needs to be considered is its condition. Personally I am not obsessed with the grades of ancient coins as I find grades to be difficult and not very useful at all. The portrait on the obverse is striking. Just look at that full head of hair. Of course it is the reverse where this coin really shines. The depiction of Minerva is fully detailed and quite sharp over 1900 years after it was minted. The full legends on both sides of the coin also make this coin both attractive and desirable. I was very fortunate to find this one.

This coin shall have an important place in my 12 Caesars collection.
4 commentsorfew03/15/18 at 21:37okidoki: sharp coin congrats
Phoenicia, Arados, (c.400-350 B.C.), AR-Stater, BMC Phoenicia Pg.9 No.58 Pl.II.12, Galley left, 177 viewsPhoenicia, Arados, (c.400-350 B.C.), AR-Stater, BMC Phoenicia Pg.9 No.58 Pl.II.12, Galley left,
avers: Laureate head of Baál Arwad with full eye right.
reverse: Galley sailing right above waves (three lines) with a figure of Pataikos right, all within a dotted square border. Phoenician letters, nun (N), aleph (´) & mem (M) above (meaning Arados).
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 16x23mm, weight:10,28g, axes:9h,
mint: Phoenicia, Arados, date: c.400-350 B.C., ref: BMC Phoenicia Pg.9 No.58 Pl.II.12,.HGC10 Pg.13 No.33, Betlyon Pg.90 No.26.
4 commentsquadrans03/12/18 at 07:06okidoki: very nice Galley
Asia Minor, Uncertain, Ephesus or Pergamon, Augustus31 viewsAugustus
27-14 BC
Uncertain, Ephesus or Pergamon
Obv.: CAISAR, bare head right
Rev.: AVGVSTVS (AVGV-STVS) within wreath
Æ, 24mm, 8,31g
Ref.: RIC² I 485, RPC I 2231
4 commentsshanxi03/11/18 at 18:54okidoki: Congrats very nice
Hadrian (117 - 138 A.D.)35 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: AVT KAI TPAI AΔPIA CЄB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
R: Hades-Serapis seated left on ornate throne decorated with crowning Nikai, extending right hand over seated Cerberus, holding long scepter in left; L I–ς (Year 16) across field.
Dattari (Savio) 1477; K&G 32.514; Emmett 892
3 commentsMat03/09/18 at 17:11okidoki: Cool Hadrian
RPC II 2212 Domitianus44 viewsObv: ΣEBAΣTOΣ, Laureate head of Domitian right
Rev: AΣKAΛΩ, Tyche standing left on prowwith standard and aphlaston; in left field incense altar; in right field dove standing left and ΘΠP (date)
AE23 (23.014 mm 13.018 g 12 h) Struck in Ascalon (Judaea) 85-86 A.D.
RPC II 2212
purchased on eBay from jerusalemhadaya2012
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/07/18 at 19:36okidoki: very nice reverse and that on Acalon mint is rare
RIC 0627 Domitianus77 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII CENS PER P P, laureate head right
Rev: COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC / S C (in exergue), Domitian standing left, sacrificing over altar; River God (Tiber) reclining right; Flute and lyre players standing right; in background double temple showing nine columns.
AE/As (29.43 mm 12.361 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88 A D
RIC 627 (C), BMCRE 438A, BNF ---
Purchased from Thesaurus in february 2018
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/07/18 at 17:07okidoki: interesting reverse
C. Mamilius Limetanus Denarius Serratus - Odysseus and his dog Argos (Crawf. 362/1)48 viewsAR Denarius Serratus
Rome, 82 BC

Obv: Draped bust of Mercury (R) wearing winged petasos hat, Caduceus behind. "A" control mark.

Rev: Odysseus walking right, holding staff and disguised as beggar, extends left hand to his dog Argos below.

Crawford 362/1, Mamilia 6, Sydenham 741

Ex Gorny & Mosch Auction 253, Lot 375
Ex Münzen & Medaillen AG Basel, Liste 546, August 1991, Nr. 44.
7 commentsKained but Able03/06/18 at 12:09okidoki: great reverse
Caracalla Pisidia Antioch14 viewsPisidia, Antioch. Caracalla (198-217)
Laureate head right
Priest plowing right with yoke of oxen
SNG France 1146-7; Krzyźanowska XXXIX/70

16.87g, 32mm
1 commentsklausklage03/06/18 at 00:10okidoki: nice catch Klaus
Nero (54 - 68 A.D.)48 viewsSeleucis & Pieria, Antioch
AR Tetradrachm 
O: NERO CLAVD DIVI CLAVD F CAESAR AVG GER, laureate head of Nero right; star behind.
R: [DIVOS] CLAVD AVG GERMANIC PATER AVG, laureate head of Claudius right.
Syrian Mint - 63-68 AD
Prieur 48; RPC I 4123; BMC 172; Sydenham 65 (Caesarea); RSC 2; McAlee 270.
5 commentsMat03/05/18 at 17:11okidoki: hi mat, nice winner
Electrum hekté from Phokaia.64 viewsElectrum hekte, Bodenstedt em. 32, 7 (d/γ); Weber III 5736 (= Bodenstedt 7); Boston MFA 1906, SNG Kayhan -; SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, BMC Ionia -, Rosen -, EF, superb archaic style, well struck, tight flan, 2.529g, 10.1mm, 0o, Phokaia (Foca, Turkey) mint, c. 521 - 478 B.C.; obverse archaic style head of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet, almond shaped eye, slight smile, long hair in rows of dots, dotted necklace, seal upward behind; reverse quadripartite incuse square;6 commentslabienus03/04/18 at 22:29okidoki: great and sharp obverse
Probus, Antoninianus, TEMPORVM FELICITAS, I22 viewsAE Antoninianus
Augustus: 276 - 282AD
Issued: 277AD
22.0mm 3.60gr 0h
O: IMP CM AVR PROBVS AVG; Radiate, cuirassed bust, right.
R: TEMPORVM FELICITAS; Felicitas standing right, holding caduceus and cornucopia.
Exergue: I
Lugdunum Mint
Period 1, 3rd Emission, 1st Officina.
RIC V-2, 52; Cohen 729; Bastien 176.
Aorta: 1501: B72, O25, R168, T14, M3.
shaker303/Charles Hubbard 202212230909
2/10/18 2/21/18
3 commentsNicholas Z02/21/18 at 17:25okidoki: Congrats
ROMAN REPUBLIC, C. Vibius Pansa Denarius36 viewsRome, The Republic.
C. Vibius Pansa, 90 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.87g).

Obv: PANSA; mask of Pan, facing right.

Rev: C. VIBIV[S C F]; mask of Silenus, facing right.

Reference: Crawford 342/2; Sydenham 688 (R6); BMCRR Rome 2309

Provenance: ex E.E. Clain-Stefanelli (d. 2001) Collection [NAC 92 (23 May 2016), Lot 308]; ex Munzen und Medaillen 61 (7-8 Oct 1982), Lot 266; ex Auctiones 7 (1977), Lot 554.

Naming puns on ancient coins became popular early with the Greeks (i.e. celery plant on coins of Selinos) and continued with the Romans. C. Vibius Pansa liked to joke about his name by depicting Pan on his coins. This denarius is a rare variety with the names beneath the portraits, rather than behind. Silenus’ portrait has a characteristic die break in the eye socket that nearly all coins struck from this die share - see Crawford's plate coin and RBW's coin for other examples of this die break. Either the die failed early, or most extant specimens were struck late.
3 commentsCarausius02/21/18 at 17:17okidoki: very nice
Roman, Julius Caesar, Imperator and Dictator, October 49 - 15 March 44 B.C.54 viewsSH45450. Silver denarius, Crawford 480/13, Sydenham 1074, Sear CRI 107d, RSC I Julius Caesar 39, BMCRR I Rome 4173, SRCV I 1414, Vagi 56, Choice gVF, magnificent portrait, weight 3.660 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, moneyer P Sepullius Macer, Feb - Mar 44 B.C.; obverse CAESAR DICT PERPETVO, veiled and wreathed head of Caesar right; reverse P SEPVLLIVS MACER, Venus standing left, Victory in extended right, long scepter in left hand, shield at feet right3 commentsJoe Sermarini02/21/18 at 17:09okidoki: excellent obverse
Marcus Aurelius, as Caesar (139-161 A.D.)39 viewsAR Denarius
O: AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F COS, bare head right.
R: PIETAS AVG, sacrificial implements: knife, sprinkler, ewer, lituus and simpulum.
Rome Mint 140-144 A.D.
RIC 424a[pius], RSC 451, BMCRE IV (A. Pius) 277, SRCV II 4786

4 commentsMat02/19/18 at 12:53okidoki: congrats Mat
049 Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), RIC IV-I 230, Rome, AR-Denarius, P M TR P XVII COS III P P, Salus seated left, #1142 views049 Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), RIC IV-I 230, Rome, AR-Denarius, P M TR P XVII COS III P P, Salus seated left, #1
avers:- SEVERVS PIVS AVG, Laureate bust right.
revers:- P M TR P XVII COS III P P, Salus seated left, feeding snake held in her arms.
exe: -/-//--, diameter: 18,0-20,5mm, weight: 3,34g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 209 A.D.,ref: RIC IV-I 230, RSC-531,
1 commentsquadrans02/18/18 at 14:51okidoki: Nice beard Joe
M. Acilius M.f, Denarius18 viewsM. Acilius M.f, Denarius

RRC 255/1
130 b.c.

Av: Helmeted head of Roma right, M•ACILIVS•M•F• around within two dotted lines.
Rv: Hercules, holding trophy and club, in slow quadriga right; ROMA in exergue.

From Martina Dieterle, World Money Fair, Berlin, 03.02.2017 (as Ex Roma X1, 7.4.2016)
3 commentsNorbert02/18/18 at 08:30okidoki: interesting obverse
Denar, RIC 3, p.093, 500b6 - Faustina II, Concordia standing14 viewsFaustina II
AR-Denar, Rome
Obv.: FAVSTINA AVG ANTO-NINI AVG PII FIL, draped bust right
Rev.: CONCOR-DIA, Concordia standing, head right, holding cornucopia and raising skirt with her right hand
Ag, 20mm, 2.89g
Ref.: RIC III 500b6, RSC 44, CRE 163 [S]
1 commentsshanxi02/18/18 at 07:38okidoki: very nice odd way of "holding cornucopia"
051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), RIC IV-I 300, Rome, AR-Denarius, INDVLGENTIAE AVG, Indulgentia seated left,118 views051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), RIC IV-I 300, Rome, AR-Denarius, INDVLGENTIAE AVG, Indulgentia seated left,
avers:- ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Laureate head right.
revers:- INDVLGENTIAE AVG, Indulgentia seated left holding patera and scepter.
exe:-/-//--, diameter: 18,0-19,5mm, weight: 3,03g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 213 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-I-300, p-, RSC-103, BMC-68,
1 commentsquadrans02/17/18 at 16:42okidoki: Nice quality
ROMAN REPUBLIC, Spinther AR Denarius60 viewsRome, The Republic.
Pub. Lentulus P.f.L.n. Spinther, 71 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.85g; 18mm).
Rome Mint

Obv: Q●S●C; Hercules head right.

Rev: P●LENT●P●F / [L]●N; Genius Romani seated facing on chair, holding coruncopia and scepter, being crowned by Victory.

Provenance: ex Collection of a Director [Triton XX (10 Jan 2017) Lot 525; ex Eton College Collection [Sotheby's (1 Dec 1976) Lot 219).

In my humble opinion, this is one of the more artistic reverse types of the Roman Republic denarius series – almost Greek in execution. It depicts Genius of the Roman People exerting dominance over the world with one foot on the globe while being crowned victorious. The message may be related to the ongoing wars with Sertorius in Spain, Mithridates in the East and possibly the servile revolt led by Spartacus in Italy (if the 71BC date proposed by Hersh and Walker is accepted, see below). Other members of the Cornelia gens also depicted Genius of the Roman People on their coinages, so the cult of Genius may have been important to the family, or it may be coincidental that the Corneliae happened to strike these coins during strife when the message of the Genius of the Roman People would have been appropriate. Crawford agrees with the latter explanation. SC [Senatus consulto] in the obverse legend suggests it was struck by special decree of the Roman Senate.

The coin is scarce and missing from many major hoards, making it difficult to precisely date. In fact, it’s listed in only four hoards on Table XIII in Crawford’s Roman Republican Coin Hoards. Of those four hoards: in two hoards (Cosa and Palestrina), it’s deemed the final issue (terminus ante quem), lacking the context of later coins; in the third hoard (Tolfa), it’s the next to last issue with the last being a serrate denarius of Q. Creperei Rocus, which Crawford dates to 72BC; and in the fourth hoard (San Gregorio), it appears in the middle context in which Rocus is again the next latest coin. Crawford’s Roman Republican Coinage dates the coin 74BC, concurring with Grueber’s dating in the British Museum Catalogue. David Sear stuck with Crawford’s dating of 74BC in the Millennium Edition of Roman Coins and Their Values. However, in their 1984 analysis of the Mesagne Hoard (which contained no examples of this coin), Hersh and Walker revised the dating to 71BC, which lumps the Spinther issue with several other, non-serrate, “SC” issues of the late 70s. Hersh and Walker re-date the serrate Rocus issue to 69BC, where it is lumped with other serrate issues. In my collection catalogue, I’ve chosen to use the 71BC date proposed by Hersh and Walker, because it fits neatly with the fabric and special circumstances of the coinage and is consistent with the cursus honorum dates discussed in the following paragraph.

The moneyer was the Quaestor, P. Cornelius Lentulus, whose nickname was Spinther (reportedly because he resembled an actor by that name). It was a nickname that he clearly liked as both he and his son later used it on coins. Spinther, an aristocrat of the Cornelia gens, was liked by Julius Caesar and rose through the cursus honorum, beginning with his Quaestorship when this coin was struck. He was elected Aedile in 63BC and worked with Cicero in suppressing the Cataline conspiracy. The date of his Aedileship is important in that 6-8 years was the required waiting period between Quaestor and Aedile in the cursus honorum, the career path for a Roman politician, which is consistent with Hersh and Walker’s proposed dating of this coin issue to 71BC; Crawford’s dating of 74BC implied that Spinther failed to reach the Aedileship for several years after he qualified for the position (being elected in the first qualification year was an important distinction to the Romans, though certainly an accomplishment that many Roman aristocrats failed to attain). He was later governor of part of Spain. With Caesar’s help, he was elected consul in 57BC, when he recalled Cicero from exile. Thereafter he governed Cilicia, at which time Cicero wrote him a still-surviving letter. As relations deteriorated between Caesar and Pompey, Spinther sided with Pompey. Despite initial offers of amnesty by Caesar, Spinther would not remain neutral and was eventually killed or committed suicide during the civil wars. His son later allied with Caesar’s assassins and struck the well-known LENTVLVS SPINT coins for both Brutus and Cassius.

This example comes from the Eton College Collection, which was auctioned by Sotheby’s in 1976. Eton College initiated its ancient coin collection by acquiring a large group of British Museum duplicates in the 1870s, and Eton added to this collection in the ensuing years. By the mid-1970s, the ancient coin market was white-hot, and Eton decided to cash-out the lion’s share of its collection, keeping a representative core for study purposes. I’ve contacted the British Museum’s Department of Coins and Medals to link this coin to the original tranche of BM duplicates purchased by Eton. Unfortunately, before adoption of modern curatorial standards, the BM did not accession duplicates into the BM collection; rather, they simply put duplicates into the “duplicates cabinet” without cataloging them. These uncatalogued duplicates would be sold or traded from time to time to acquire needed specimens for the BM collection. There might be record of the transaction somewhere at the BM, but there would be no description of the duplicates sold. By 1980 or so, the BM began cataloguing all coins, even duplicates. There is an 1880s book published about Eton's Roman coin collection, but it describes only a representative sample of the collection and this coin is not included.

6 commentsCarausius02/17/18 at 06:24okidoki: great example, never seen reverse
Attica, Athens (353 - 294 B.C)42 viewsAR Tetradrachm
O: Helmeted head of Athena right
R: AΘE Owl standing right, head facing, olive sprig and crescent to left; all within incuse square.
21 mm
Kroll -; HGC 4, 1599

Ex. Numismatik-Naumann, Auction 52, Lot 126
4 commentsMat02/15/18 at 03:32okidoki: wonderful grey looks
ELYMAIS. Unknown Prince , Late II - Early III Century AD. Æ Drachm. 32 viewsObv.Diademed bust with bun.
Rev. Artemis standing with bow.
References: v.Haaff.19.1.1-1A. 
3 commentsCanaan02/12/18 at 04:48okidoki: very nice
Junius Brutus Albinus34 viewsHead of Pietas right

Clasped hands holding winged caduceus


48 BC

Sear 427; Crawford 450/2; Sydenham 942; RBW 1577

Decimus Junius Brutus was a distant relative of Marcus Brutus. He was known as one of Caesar's "most intamate associates" and a friend of Mark Antony. Albinus had served under Caesar in both the Gallic Wars and the Civil War. He participated in the siege of Massilia (Marseilles) that held out against Caesar for months. He also commanded a Caesarian fleet.

Plutarch considered Albinus "of no great courage," but Albinus was a faithful and loyal supporter of Caesar. He was to be Consul in 42 BC along with Lucius Plancus. While awaiting the consulship Albinus was to become Governor of Cisalpine Gaul when the post became available in the spring of 44BC

Albinus was approached by Cassius and Labeo to involve him in the conspiracy to murder Caesar. Albinus wanted to make sure Marcus Brutus was involved before agreeing to the plot. After meeting with Brutus he agreed. Both Brutus and Albinus received notification of a meeting of the Senate on March 15th and Albinus agreed to use an exhibition of his Gladiators after the meeting as protection in case things got out of hand after the murder had taken place. Caesar's retired legionaries were all around the city and none of the conspirators knew how they would react at Caesar's death.

At a dinner at the house of Marcus Lepidus on the night of March 14, 44BC Caesar was in attendence along with Decimus Brutus. Towards the end of the night Caesar's secretary approached for him to sign some letters. As he was signing Albinus posed a philosophical question to him: "What sort of death is best?" Caesar answered "A sudden one"

The next morning the Senate awaited Caesar to arrive. Caesr's wife Calpurnia and the auspeces warned Caesar not to attend the meeting. When Caesar delayed the conspirator's sent Albinus to Caesar's house. Albinus convinced Caesar to at least postpone the meeting in person. Antony was against this idea. Caesar was then murered by the conspirators in the Theater of Pompey in the Campus Martius, Albinus being a key player in the conspiracy.
2 commentsJay GT402/05/18 at 17:30okidoki: nice clasping Jay
Gens Accoleia, denario (43 a.C.)13 viewsP. Accoleius Lariscolus, denario, 43 a.C., Roma
AR, 4.01 gr, 19mm, qBB
D/ P ACCOLEIVS LARISCOLVS; busto drappeggiato di Diana Nemorensis a destra.
R/ Triplice statua di culto di Diana Nemorensis (Diana, Hecate e Selene); dietro un boschetto di cipressi.
Crawford 486/1
Provenienza: collezione Berardengo (Roma, dal 6 febbraio 2018, numero catalogo 389), ex Giovanni Dorigo Numismatica (Venezia, Italia), ex collezione Alessandro Vanni, Tinia numismatica (Follonica, Grosseto, fino al gennaio 2018)
1 commentspaolo02/05/18 at 17:28okidoki: Nice
Byzantine Empire: Phocas (602-610) Æ Pentanummium, Antioch (Sear 676A; MIB 89)16 viewsObv: Sear Monogram 20 of Phocas
Rev: Large Є; cross to right

Sear Monogram 20

1 commentsQuant.Geek02/05/18 at 10:47okidoki: nice indeed
Constantius I (293 - 305 A.D.)30 viewsÆ Follis
O.: CONSTANTIVS NOB CES; Laureate head right.
R.: SALVIS AVGG ET CAESS FEL KART; Carthago standing facing, head left, holding fruits in both hands // Γ
Carthage mint, 298-299 A.D.
RIC VI 30a, p. 427
3 commentsMat02/05/18 at 10:44okidoki: wow nice Mat big flan
M. PLAETORIUS M.F. CESTIANUS ROMAN REPUBLIC; GENS PLAETORIA AR Denarius7 viewsOBVERSE: Head of Bonus Eventus right; horse's leg behind. Argentarii mark in obverse
REVERSE: M. PLAETORI CEST. EX. S. C, winged caduceus
Rome 57 BC
3.87g, 19 mm
Cr405/5; Syd 807; Plaetoria 5
1 commentsLegatus01/31/18 at 16:54okidoki: excellent and stylistic
ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.37 viewsSH34690. Gold aureus, Calico 1309 var. (obv legend break), RIC II 70 var. (same plus portrait and spear vice scepter); BMC 117 - 118 var. (same); SRCV II -, VF, some circulation marks, weight 7.129 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 119 - 122 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HA-DRIANVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right from behind; reverse P M TR P COS III, Minerva standing facing, helmeted head left, long scepter in left hand, right hand pointing to Spanish olive tree on left, rabbit right at the base of the tree; ex Munzhandlung Basel, 6 March 1936 (Dr. H St. S & Prince Waldeck); very rare2 commentsJoe Sermarini01/29/18 at 11:13okidoki: indeed never seen it
ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.25 viewsSH73156. Orichalcum sestertius, BMCRE IV 1669, RIC III 767a, Strack III 974, Cohen II 320, Hill UCR 709, SRCV II 4168, VF, nice green patina, nice portrait, light scratches, tight flan, weight 22.051 g, maximum diameter 31.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, c. 146 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG - PIVS P P TR P, laureate head right; reverse Antoninus in slow quadriga left, eagle-tipped scepter in left, reins in right, COS IIII / S C in two lines in exergue1 commentsJoe Sermarini01/29/18 at 09:12okidoki: very nice
Gaius ("Caligula"), RIC 32, Sestertius of AD 37-38 (Gaius addressing soldiers)113 viewsÆ sestertius (25.0g, Ø34mm, 6h), Lugdunum mint, struck AD 40-41.
Obv.: C·CAESAR·AVG GERMANICVS·PON M·TR·POT·, laureate head of Gaius left.
Rev.: ADLOCVT (above) COH (below) Gaius on a platform addressing five soldiers, helmeted, with shields and swords, four with aquilae (legionary standards with eagle).
RIC 32 (S); BMCRE 33; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 60:1

Payment to the praetorian guard of the bequest of Tiberius. The minting of this sestertius was ordered directly by the emperor, hence the lack of the letters S C. Style of provincial mint, probably Lugdunum. N.B. RIC attributes this type to the mint of Rome; Sear favors Lugdunum.
4 commentsCharles S01/28/18 at 14:13okidoki: wow excellent great looks
Struck A.D.321. LICINIUS II as CAESAR. AE3 of Rome8 viewsObverse: LICINIVS IVN NOB C. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Licinius II facing right.
Reverse: ROMAE AETERNAE. Roma seated facing right, inscribing XV on shield set on her knees: in left field, P; in right field, R; in exergue, RT.
RIC VII : 154 | VM : 9.

Struck to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the reign of Constantine I.
2 comments*Alex01/27/18 at 15:13okidoki: very nice Alex
Anazarbus, Cilicia30 viewsPseudo-autonomous
113/114 AD (Reign of Trajan)
AE Assaria (19mm, 4.53g)
O: Veiled and draped bust of Demeter right; two grain ears and poppy head before.
R: Veiled bust of Artemis Perasia right, wearing polos; torch before.
Ziegler 101; SNG France 2026
From the B/N collection. ex Munzhandlung Ritter
4 commentsEnodia01/25/18 at 04:34okidoki: Nice coloring and details
SYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Laodicea ad Mare. 29 viewsAntoninus Pius. 138-161. Æ 25mm (11.53 Gr).
Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Turreted and draped bust of Tyche right .
Banker's mark . gF, dark patina.
3 commentsSam01/24/18 at 19:20okidoki: CM looks like Tyche nice
Domitian RIC-333104 viewsAR Denarius, 3.19g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 333 (R2). BMC specimen acquired 1987. RSC 180.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT•P•P•; Minerva stg. r. on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to r., owl (M2)
Acquired from Germania Inferior, January 2018.

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

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

6 commentsDavid Atherton01/24/18 at 11:12okidoki: nice reverse
Bruttium Uncia57 viewsLaureate and bearded head of Zeus right.

Eagle standing left with open wings; at left cornucopiae, above double-axe.

214-211 BC


HN Italy 1978

Ebay, From the Tony Hardy collection #999
5 commentsJay GT401/22/18 at 14:13okidoki: wonderful Jay great reverse
4 Constantius II26 viewsConstantius II. AE17, Arles. DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP REPARATIO, radiate phoenix standing right on rocky mound. Mintmark SARL palm branch. RIC VIII Arles 110.4 commentsRandygeki(h2)01/22/18 at 12:31okidoki: COOL addition Randy
Hadrian denarius166 viewsIMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laur. bust of Hadrian right with light drapery on far shoulder

Aeternitas standing left holding heads of Sol and Luna

Rome 135 AD


Sear 3458
Ric 48

Ex-ancient Caesar

SOLD April 2017
4 commentsJay GT401/19/18 at 17:57okidoki: very nice Jay
Vespasian AR Denarius40 viewsVespasianus, 69-79. Denarius Minted 69/70, Tarraco (Tarragona).
3.41 g.
Obv: Bust Laureate right, IMP CAESAR VESPASIANUS AVG
Rev; Pax Seated with branch and Caduceus., COS ITER TR POT
RIC II/1, 1312 (R3)
Dr. Busso Peus Nachf. E-Auctions 6 Lot 259. January 13, 2018.

On first glance this coin looks like a typical Pax seated reverse. This type of reverse is perhaps the most common of reverses for denarii of Vespasian. However, one needs to look more carefully at the portrait side. This portrait of Vespasian seems quite different than portraits on the Rome mint Pax seated denarius. It is true that on this issue, there ca be very dramatic difference in portrait styles for the Rome mint, but this one is so distinctive that RIC II Part one tentatively ascribes this issue to a Spanish mint like Tarraco. It is important to note that this attribution is tentative. The authors of RIC II were not sure that this coin was minted in Tarraco.

Checking other examples of coins minted in Tarraco, there is a similar look to this coin. The authors of RIC II have designated this coin as RIC 1312 rather than the much more common RIC 29. They have also described its rarity as R3. R3 means that only one example was known at the time of publication. However, I have found at least 3 other examples in collections I am aware of. One expert has commented on my coin that it appears to be an obverse die match to the RIC plate coin. This would seem to strengthen the attribution of this coin to RIC 1312.

3 commentsorfew01/17/18 at 12:31okidoki: very nice
Carinus (283 - 285 A.D.)24 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Potin Tetradrachm
O: A K M A KA-RINOS K, laureate and cuirassed bust right.
R: yche standing left, rudder in right, cornucopia in left. LA (Year 1 282/3 A.D.) to left.
Dattari 5576; Milne 4667; Emmett 4012
2 commentsMat01/17/18 at 12:30okidoki: Congrats Mat very nice
EGYPT, Alexandria. Galba. AD 68-69. (Æ 20) Obol.34 viewsEGYPT, Alexandria. Galba. AD 68-69. Æ Obol (max 21.5 mm, 3.8 gr ).
Obverse : Laureate head right.
Reverse : Canopic jar (Canopus of Osiris) with crowned ram head , L B (date) before.
Dated year 2 (AD 68/9)
Ref: BMC 16. 24, 204 RPC I 5352. aVF, Chocolate patina. Very rare.
The Sam Mansourati Collection.
2 commentsSam01/16/18 at 14:04okidoki: cool obverse
Struck A.D.321. CRISPUS CAESAR. AE3 of Lugdunum11 viewsObverse: IVL CRISPVS NOB C. Laureate head of Crispus facing right.
Reverse: CAESARVM NOSTRORVM. Laurel-wreath around VOT X; in exergue, PLGC.
RIC VII : 215.

This coin is one of the issues which were struck to commemorate the quinquennalia of the Caesars in A.D.321.
1 comments*Alex01/16/18 at 14:03okidoki: wow excellent great looks
13826 viewsAntoninus Pius 138-61 AD
AE dupondius
Radiate bust right
Britannia seated left
Rome mint
RIC 930
4 commentsmauseus01/16/18 at 12:37okidoki: very nice indeed seems rare
062 B.C., L. Aemilius Lepidus Paullus, AR-Denarius, Crawford 415-1, L. Aemilius Paullus standing to the right of the trophy, #1134 views062 B.C., L. Aemilius Lepidus Paullus, AR-Denarius, Crawford 415-1, L. Aemilius Paullus standing to the right of the trophy, #1
avers:- PAVLLVS LEPIDVS CONCORDIA, Veiled and diademed head of Concordia right.
revers:- L. Aemilius Paullus standing to the right of the trophy, Perseus and his two sons captive on the left; TER above, PAVLLVS in exergue.
exergo: -/-//--, diameter: 17,5-18,0mm, weight: g, axis: h,
mint: Rome, date: 62 B.C., ref: Crawford 415-1, Sydenham 926, Aemilia 10,
1 commentsquadrans01/12/18 at 17:53okidoki: sweet RR
RPC II 1978 Domitian tetradrachm87 viewsAVT KAIΣAΡ ΔOMITIANOΣ ΣEB ΓEΡM
Laureate head right; aegis at point of bust

ETOYΣ NEOY IEPOY H (date; year 8)
Eagle standing right on thunderbolt, with wings spread; palm frond to right.

SYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch, 88/89 AD

13.61g; 29 mm

McAlee 398; Prieur 145; RPC II 1978.


Wonderful style with fine detailed Aegis/Gorgon head

7 commentsJay GT401/12/18 at 11:41okidoki: great aegis
076b Philippus II. (244-7 A.D., Caes, 247-9 A.D. Aug.), RIC IV-III 230, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, LIBERALITAS AVG G III, Philip I, and Philip II seated left on curule chairs.176 views076b Philippus II. (244-7 A.D., Caes, 247-9 A.D. Aug.), RIC IV-III 230, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, LIBERALITAS AVG G III, Philip I, and Philip II seated left on curule chairs.
avers:- IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
revers:- LIBERALITAS AVG G III, Philip I, holding a short scepter, and Philip II seated left on curule chairs.
exergo: -/-//--, diameter: 21-22,5 mm, weight: 4,40 g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 247 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-III-230, RSC 17, Sear - 2664, VM - 4,
3 commentsquadrans01/11/18 at 12:26okidoki: very nice Joe
Hadrian. AD 117-138. Æ Sestertius.Rome mint. Struck circa AD 134-138.26 viewsObv. Laureate and draped bust right.
Rev. Hadrian standing right, holding volumen and clasping right hands with Fortuna standing left, holding cornucopia, with rudder set on globe at side.
References: RIC II 761; Banti 434. 
33mm, 21.6 grams.
3 commentsCanaan01/08/18 at 16:29okidoki: cool catch
Hadrian - Caesarea Cappadocia17 views117-118 AD
laureate and draped bust right
E / T _ B
club and legend within wreath
var. RPC online, Volume III, № 3147A (year 5)
1 commentsJohny SYSEL01/07/18 at 17:27okidoki: great
Hadrian - Titiopolis14 views117-138 AD
laureate head right
turreted head of Tyche right
SNG Levante Supp. 125; SNG France -.
1 commentsJohny SYSEL01/07/18 at 17:22okidoki: very nice Hadrian
BUST TYPE: A = radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from front
WEIGHT 3.35g / AXIS: 12h / WIDTH 22-23mm
J.Guillemain, MPR: 186 (5 ex.)
S.Estiot, Ph.Gysen RN 2006 (8 ex. cited)
Collection no. 1164

Ex M. Griffiths collection
2 commentsBarnaba601/07/18 at 17:21okidoki: very temple
Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 0129, Amphipolis, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, aphlaston in left field,199 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 0129, Amphipolis, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, aphlaston in left field,
avers: No legends, Young Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at the neck.
reverse: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, holding eagle and sceptre, aphlaston in left field, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to right; Π with pellet (•) inside, below throne.
exergue:-/-//--, diameter: 23,5-24,5mm, weight: 17,37g, axes: 0h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, ‘Amphipolis’ mint.
date: c.c. 320-317 B.C., ref: Price(1991) 129,
1 commentsquadrans01/07/18 at 14:03okidoki: Nice coloring
2680 PAMPHYLIA , Attalea Hadrian Ae 20 Athena bust20 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2680; Baydur 192, Attaleia -; SNG France -; SNG Pfalz - ; SNG Cop 286.

Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, right

Bust of Athena with Corinthian helmet and aegis, right

5.10 gr
20 mm
2 commentsokidoki01/07/18 at 07:50okidoki: Thank you Dane
Egypt, Berytos, Ptolemy III. Euregetes, (247-47,221-20 B.C.), Svoronos 839 Trident Series, AE-16, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, 121 viewsEgypt, Berytos, Ptolemy III. Euregetes, (247-47,221-20 B.C.), Svoronos 839 Trident Series, AE-16, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt,
avers:- Head of Zeus-Ammon right, wearing taenia.
revers:- ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟY ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, trident before.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 15,0-17,0mm, weight: 2,79g, axes: 0h,
mint: Egypt, Berytos, date: 247-47,221-20 B.C., ref: Svoronos 839 Trident Series,
1 commentsquadrans01/06/18 at 15:30okidoki: great looking eagle
MARK ANTONY. 32-31 BC. AR Legionary Denarius23 viewsObv. ANT AVG - III · VIR · R·P·C, war galley under oar right with triple ram prow and scepter tied with fillet.
Rev. LEG ?? , legionary eagle (aquila) between two signa standards.
References: Crawford 544.
Small banker's mark on obverse.
19mm and 3.21 grams.
1 commentsCanaan01/02/18 at 19:35okidoki: Congrats
Euthydemos I17 views1 commentsancientone01/02/18 at 19:32okidoki: Nice flan shape
Indo-Scythian Kings, Vonones, associated with Spalahores, (cc. 100-90 B.C.), AR-Tetradrachm, MIG 681b, Zeus standing facing with thunderbolt, #1160 viewsIndo-Scythian Kings, Vonones, associated with Spalahores, (cc. 100-90 B.C.), AR-Tetradrachm, MIG 681b, Zeus standing facing with thunderbolt, #1
avers: BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN MEΓAΛOY / ONΩNOY (Greek legend), King on horseback riding right, in cataphractus and carrying a whip and lowered spear.
revers: Zeus standing facing, holding sceptre and thunderbolt, monogram at right, Kharoshthi legend around: maharajabhrata dhramikasa / spalahorasa.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 24,5mm, weight: 9,7g, axes: 0h,
mint: Vonones, Bannu mint, date: cc. 100-90 B.C., ref: MIG 681b, Sen 65.3T,
"This coin names Vonones on the obverse and Spalahores on the reverse. It is highly unusual in that the Greek and Kharoshthi legends are not translations of one another. While the Greek legend proclaims King Vonones the Great, King of Kings, the Kharoshthi on the reverse says: "of Spalahores, the king's brother, the just.""
1 commentsquadrans01/01/18 at 14:13okidoki: excellent and stylistic
Unknown King, 80 - 70 BC28 viewsAR dr., 4,21gr, 20,5mm; Sellwood 30 type, Shore --, Sunrise --;
mint: probably Mithradatkart, axis: 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/broad diadem, knot and 2 ribbons; medium-long hair in 4 waves, mustache, short beard; multi-turn torque w/single pellet finial; cuirass; traces of monogram in right field; complete bust;
rev.: archer, right, on throne, w/bow in one hand; garbled 5-line legend;
peculiar coin; cf. The New York Sale XXXIV, The David Sellwood Collection , #398, almost identical coin, there called 'unique';
in:, Les Différents Types, as Sellw. 30.30;

ex: Vienna Coin Show, VA.
1 commentsSchatz01/01/18 at 09:38okidoki: Congrats and Happy new year
Brutus Gold Stater 175 viewsRoman Consul Brutus in center accompanied by two lictors
KOΣΩN in ex. BR monogram on left.

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

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


Choice aUNC

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


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For an excellent write up/ theory on these coins including a fascinating metalurgy report:

And of course the numiswiki article:
15 commentsJay GT401/01/18 at 09:22okidoki: cheers Jay, Happy new year
Phoenicia, Arados 93-94 A.D21 viewsAE 19.97mm (Thickness 3.33mm), weight 6.53g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees), denomination B.

Obverse: Turreted head of Tyche right, braided 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 letter qoph (Q) in field, Aradian era date (BNT) 352.
3 commentsMartin Rowe12/27/17 at 14:51okidoki: interesting coin congrats
Domitian RIC-769106 viewsAR Denarius, 3.77g
Rome mint, 94 AD
RIC 769 (C). BMC 221. RSC 284a.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XIIII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XXII COS XVI CENS P P P; Minerva stg. l., with spear (M4)
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, December 2017. Ex G&N 14, 2 March 2017, lot 602.

Struck between mid September and 31 December. Although the frequency rating in RIC rates this denarius as 'common' it is a fairly rare dating combination, owing to the fact it was minted for just a few months.

Superb style and in fantastic condition.
6 commentsDavid Atherton12/27/17 at 05:31okidoki: congrats David
Athens, Greece, Old Style Tetradrachm, c. 454 - 404 B.C.103 viewsIn honor of Christmas :
Silver tetradrachm, SNG Cop 31, SNG Munchen 49, Kroll 8, Dewing 1611, Gulbenkian 519, HGC 4 1597, SGCV I 2526, Choice EF, bold well centered strike, high relief as usual for the type, attractive surfaces, graffito on reverse, small edge cracks, 17.176g, 24.7mm, 30o, Athens mint, c. 454 - 404 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right, almond shaped eye, crested helmet with olive leaves and floral scroll, wire necklace, round earring, hair in parallel curves; reverse owl standing right, head facing, erect in posture, olive sprig and crescent left, AQE downward on right, all within incuse square.

The old-style tetradrachm of Athens is famous for its almond shaped eye, archaic smile, and charming owl reverse. Around 480 B.C. a wreath of olive leaves and a decorative scroll were added to Athena's helmet. On the reverse, a crescent moon was added.

During the period 449 - 413 B.C. huge quantities of tetradrachms were minted to finance grandiose building projects such as the Parthenon and to cover the costs of the Peloponnesian War.

FORVM Ancient Coins. / From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
10 commentsSam12/24/17 at 16:04okidoki: COOL addition Sam
027 Traianus (98-117 A.D.), RIC II 0130, Rome, AR-Denarius, COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC, Victory standing right, #1113 views027 Traianus (98-117 A.D.), RIC II 0130, Rome, AR-Denarius, COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC, Victory standing right, #1
avers:- IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P, Laureate bust right, drapery on far shoulder.
revers:- COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC, Victory standing right inscribing DA/CI/CA on shield set on palm.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 17,5-19,0m, weight: 3,15g, axis: 7h,
mint: Rome, date: 103-111 A.D., ref: RIC-II-130-p-, BMCRE 322, RSC-80,
1 commentsquadrans12/23/17 at 12:07okidoki: very nice Joe
032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0256, Rome, AR-Denarius, MONETA AVG, Moneta standing left, #2125 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0256, Rome, AR-Denarius, MONETA AVG, Moneta standing left, #2
avers:- HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, Laureate head right, draped far shoulder.
revers:- MONETA AVG, Moneta standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 17,5-18,0mm, weight: 3,46g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 136 A.D., ref: RIC II 256, p-369, RSC 967, BMCRE ,
2 commentsquadrans12/23/17 at 12:03okidoki: who would wanna collect hadrian?
Struck A.D.139 under Antoninus Pius. DIVUS HADRIAN. Commemorative AR Denarius of Rome16 viewsObverse: DIVVS HADRIANVS AVG. Bare head of Hadrian facing right.
Reverse: CONSECRATIO. Eagle standing facing on globe, head turned left.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 3.2gms | Die Axis: 6
RIC II : 389b

The Mausoleum of Hadrian in Rome was completed in the year this coin was struck, the emperor Antoninus Pius cremated the body of Hadrian and placed his ashes together with that of his wife Vibia Sabina and his adopted son, Lucius Aelius in the tomb.
The mausoleum was originally a towering decorated cylinder topped with a garden and a golden quadriga. The building, used by the popes in later centuries as a fortress and castle, is known today as the Castel Sant'Angelo. It is situated in Parco Adriano, Rome and is now a museum.
2 comments*Alex12/21/17 at 17:37okidoki: Nice Divus
Struck A.D.310 - 313 under Maximinus II. CITY COMMEMORATIVE AE3/4 of Antioch19 viewsObverse: GENIO ANTIOCHENI. The Tyche of Antioch seated facing with the river-god Orontes swimming facing below.
Reverse: APOLLONI SANCTO. Apollo standing facing left, holding lyre in his left hand and patera in his right; in right field, A; in exergue, SMA.
Diameter: 16mm | Weight: 1.6gms | Die Axis: 12
Vagi 2954

This coin, often called a quarter nummus or twelfth follis, the exact denomination being uncertain, is assigned to the time of the great persecution of Christians under Galerius and Maximinus II.
The obverse of the coin shows the famous Tyche of Antioch which was made by Eutychides of Sikyon in the second half of the 4th century B.C. The reverse possibly represents the statue of Apollo of Antioch which was made my Bryaxis around 400-350 B.C.
The statue below is a late Roman marble copy of the original Greek bronze statue of the Tyche of Antioch by Eutychides and it is now in the Vatican Museum (Galleria dei Candelabri).
3 comments*Alex12/21/17 at 06:55okidoki: indeed excellent
032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0138, Rome, AR-Denarius, P M TR P COS III, SAL-AVG, Salus standing left,96 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0138, Rome, AR-Denarius, P M TR P COS III, SAL-AVG, Salus standing left,
avers:-IMP-CAESAR-TRAIAN-HADRIANVS-AVG, Laureate and draped (!!) bust right.
revers:-P-M-TR-P-COS-III, Salus standing left feeding serpent rising from altar, holding sceptre, SAL - AVG across fields.
exerg: SAL/AVG//--, diameter: mm, weight: g, axes: h,
mint: Rome, date: 119-122 A.D., ref: RIC II 138var, p-356, C-1323,
1 commentsquadrans12/21/17 at 05:48okidoki: Nice coin could be eastern imho holding a spe...
ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian, Silver Denarius34 viewsStruck 134-138 AD, Rome mint, 19mm, 3.3g, aEF, RIC II 345

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

REVERSE: Goddess of victory, Victoria, draped, seated left on low chair, holding up wreath in right hand and palm in left. COS III (Consul for the 3rd time).
1 commentsMichael H412/20/17 at 15:35okidoki: Looks eastern
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Unknown King, 80 - 70 BC 76 views