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075 Otacilia Severa (?-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 125c, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, CONCORDIA AVG G, Concordia seated left, #0186 views075 Otacilia Severa (?-249 A.D.), Rome, RIC IV-III 125c, AR-Antoninianus, CONCORDIA AVG G, Concordia seated left,
avers:- M OTACIL SEVERA AVG, Diademedand draped bust right, on crescent.
revers:- CONCORDIA AVG G, Concordia (Concord, Harmony) seated left, holding patera and "double cornucopiae".
exergo: -/-//--, diameter: 22,0-23,0mm, weight:3,95g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 246-248 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-III-125c, p-, RSC 04, Sear 2625,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans01/21/20 at 21:21Jay GT4: I really like the reverse
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136 Constantinus I. (306-309 A.D. Caesar, 309-910 A.D. Filius Augustorum, 307-337 A.D. Augustus), Thessalonica, RIC VII 123, AE-3 Follis, -/-//TSEVI, DN CONSTANTINI MAX AVG, Wreath, VOT/•/XX within, R2!!89 views136 Constantinus I. (306-309 A.D. Caesar, 309-910 A.D. Filius Augustorum, 307-337 A.D. Augustus), Thessalonica, RIC VII 123, AE-3 Follis, -/-//TSEVI, DN CONSTANTINI MAX AVG, Wreath, VOT/•/XX within, R2!!
avers:- CONSTAN TINVS AVG, 1,B1, Laureate, bust right.
revers:- D N CONSTANTINI MAX AVG, VOT/•/XX in laurel wreath.
exergo: -/-//TSEVI, diameter: 18,5mm, weight: 3,31g, axis: 1h,
mint: Thessalonica, 5th. off., date: 320 A.D., ref: RIC-VII-123, p513, R2 !!
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans01/21/20 at 19:28Jay GT4: He must have walked into a wall, nice flat portrai...
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Titus Ric 858 (Vespasian)4 viewsT CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN
laureate head right
COS V
bull standing right
Titus Caesar 69-79
AR Denarius
Struck 76
2,77g/18mm
Ric 858 (Vespasian) (R)
Ex Dionysus numismatics (Catawiki auction 16 January 2020)
1 commentsParthicus Maximus01/21/20 at 05:54Jay GT4: Tough coin to find. Congrats
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Vespasian-RIC-1065125 viewsAR denarius, 3.51g
Rome Mint, 79 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: TR POT X COS VIIII; Radiated figure, naked except for slight drapery round thighs, standing r., r. leg bent, resting l. arm bent on column, holding helmet in extended r. hand and transverse spear in l.
RIC 1065 (R). BMC 254. RSC 559. BNC 222.
Acquired from Glenn W. Woods, December 2003.

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

Fine style. The irregular flan shape is only a minor detraction.
2 commentsVespasian7001/20/20 at 22:49Jay GT4: Great coin
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22.05. Bracteata, (uncertain), CÁC III. 22.05./-01.--./--., H-199, CNH I.-279, U-116, AR-Bracteata, #01321 views22.05. Bracteata, (uncertain), CÁC III. 22.05./-01.--./--., H-199, CNH I.-279, U-116, AR-Bracteata, #01
avers: T-shape with a patriarchal cross above, pellets within and above, rosettes below.
reverse: Negative pictures.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 13,0-14,5mm, weight: 0,18g, axis:0h,
mint: Esztergom , date: A.D., ref: Huszár-199, CNH I.-279, Unger-116,
Kiss-Toth: CÁC III. 22.05./-01.--./--., Sigla,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans01/20/20 at 20:51Jay GT4: Interesting
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Struck A.D.335 - 337 under Constantine I. AE3 "CONSTANTINOPOLIS" COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE of Antioch8 viewsObverse: CONSTANTINOPOLIS. Laureate and helmeted bust of Constantinopolis wearing imperial mantle facing left and holding sceptre over left shoulder.
Reverse: No legend. Victory standing facing left, right foot on prow, holding sceptre and shield with dot in centre; in exergue, SMANI.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 2.1gms.
RIC VII : 114
SCARCE
1 comments*Alex01/20/20 at 18:18Jay GT4: Great coin
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136 Constantinus I. (306-309 A.D. Caesar, 309-910 A.D. Filius Augustorum, 307-337 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VII 109, AE-3 Follis, S/F//ΓSIS*, VIRTVS EXERCIT, Vexillum and captives, R3!!!, #1113 views136 Constantinus I. (306-309 A.D. Caesar, 309-910 A.D. Filius Augustorum, 307-337 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VII 109, AE-3 Follis, S/F//ΓSIS*, VIRTVS EXERCIT, Vexillum and captives, R3!!!, #1
avers:- CONST ANTINVS AVG, 1, Helmeted, cuirassed bust right.
rever:- VIRTVS EXERCIT, D2, S-F on either side, Vexillum reading VOT/XX, seated captive on either side.
exergo: S/F//ΓSIS*, diameter: 17,0-18,5mm, weight: 2,78g, axis: 7h,
mint: Siscia, date: 320 A.D., ref:RIC VII 109, p-438, 3rd.-off., R3 !!!
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans01/19/20 at 23:48Jay GT4: Nice one Q
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04 Diva Julia Titi RIC 76036 viewsÆ Sestertius, 24.33g
Rome mint, 92-94 AD (Domitian)
Obv: DIVAE IVLIAE AVG DIVI TITI F above; S P Q R in exergue; Carpentum drawn r. by two mules
Rev: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XVI CENS PER P P; S C, large, in centre
RIC 760 (R). BMC 471. BNC 502.
Acquired from Ken Dorney, January 2020. Ex Agora Auctions Sale 84, 4 September 2019, lot 187. Ex CNG E314, 6 November 2013, lot 364.

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

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

Dark brassy tone with some minor pitting.
5 commentsDavid Atherton01/17/20 at 13:32Jay GT4: Nice!
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RPC II 1315Aa Domitianus21 viewsObv: ΔOMITIANOC KAICAP, laureate and cuirassed bust right
Rev: EΠI TI ΦΛ EICIΓONOY CARΔIANΩN, Demos of Sardis standing, r., with Demos of Smyrna (?) standing, l.; between, altar
AE27 (26.71 mm 10.279 g 12h) Struck in Sardes (Lydia) 79-81 AD, magistrate T Fl Eisigonos (strategos)
RPC II 1315Aa.1 (this coin)
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 85 Lot 293
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/16/20 at 18:45Jay GT4: Lovely
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Provincial, Tetradrachm, Alexandria, Egypt, EIPHNH5 viewsBI Tetradrachm
Roman Provincial: Alexandria, Egypt
Vespasian
Augustus: 69 - 79AD
Issued: 69 - 70AD
24.0mm 12.0gr 11h
O: ΑΥΤΟΚ ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒΑ ΟΥΕΣΠΑΣΙΑΝΟΥ; Laureate head right.
R: EIPHNH; Eirene standing left, branch in right, caduceus in left.
Exergue: Obverse, LB, right field.
LB = Regnal Year 2 = 69 - 70AD
RPC II 2411; BMC 232; Dattari 357; Koln 274; Milne 388.
bronzemat/Mat Baca
5/12/17 1/15/20
2 commentsNicholas Z01/16/20 at 05:17Jay GT4: Nice portrait
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Nero RIC 5336 viewsNero. AD 54-68. Æ As. Lugdunum (Lyon) mint. Struck circa AD 66.

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

RIC I 533; BMCRE 370; WCN 591.

Diameter: 30 mm
Weight: 9,44 g
1 commentsTomasz K01/16/20 at 00:14Jay GT4: Great coin
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Titus as Caesar RIC 81026 viewsAR Quinarius, 1.41g
Rome mint, 75(?) AD (Vespasian)
Obv: T CAESAR VESPASIAN; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVSTI; Victory std. l., with wreath and palm
RIC 810 (C). BMC 314. RSC 375. BNC 277.
Acquired from eBay, December 2019.

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

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

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

Diameter: 26 mm, 7h
Weight: 17.18g
2 commentsthomcoin01/15/20 at 23:34Jay GT4: Great coin
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0433 Hadrian Sestertius, Roma 119-21 AD Moneta standing7 viewsReference.
RIC II,586; BMC 1196; Banti --; Strack 677; RIC III, 433

Bust A4 with Aegis (Aegis unlisted)

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

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

23.75 gr
34 mm
h
2 commentsokidoki01/15/20 at 18:20Jay GT4: Nice one
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RPC II 2567 Domitianus26 viewsObv: AYT KAIΣAP ΔOMIT ΣEB ΓEPM, Laureate head right
Rev: ETOYΣ ENATOY, Bust of Zeus Ammon right
AE/Diobol (25.82 mm 6.089 g 12h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 89-90 A.D.
RPC II 2567.3 (this coin), Dattari 536, Emmett 299.9
ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 66 lot 707
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/15/20 at 18:18Jay GT4: Excellent reverse
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Baktria. Sophytes. AR Didrachm8 viewsBaktria. Sophytes. 295/3-285/3 BC. AR Didrachm (18mm, 7.91 gm) of the Oxus region. Helmeted head of Athena r.; monogram to l. / Owl standing r., head facing; to upper l., prow of galley r. above grape bunch. ΑΘΕ. VF. CNG EA 459 #398. Nomisma Coll. SNG ANS 9 #4; HGC 12 #3; SMAK pp. 64-70; cf. Nicolet-Pierre & Amandry 47/48 (for obv./rev. dies); cf. Bopearachchi Sophytes Group 1A and pl. I, 8 (tetradrachm).
3 commentsAnaximander01/14/20 at 02:33Jay GT4: Fantastic
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Sasanian Empire10 viewsKhusro II -- Year 35 -- Ctesiphon

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

Notes:

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

See Daryaee (1997) for a very interesting study of the religious and political iconography on the coinage of Khusro II and the impact upon it by the rebellion of Wahrām VI in 590 AD.

Provenance: from the Jyrki Muona Collection; ex CNG e-auction 59 (26 Feb 2003), lot 77; ex CNG e-auction 57 (4 Apr 2001), lot 47.

Photo Credit: Forum Ancient Coins

Sources

Daryaee, Touraj. “The Use of Religio-Political Propaganda on Coins of Xusrō II.” The Journal of the American Numismatics (1989-), vol. 9 (1997): 41-53.
Göbl, Robert. Sasanian Numismatics. Braunschweig: Klinkhardt and Biermann, 1971.
Schindel, Nickolaus. “Sasanian Mint Abbreviations: The Evidence of Style.” The Numismatic Chronicle (1966-), vol. 165 (2005): 287 - 299.
2 commentsTracy Aiello01/13/20 at 16:59Jay GT4: Really nice!
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Cilicia, Tarsos, Mazaios (Satrap of Cilicia, 361/0-334/3 B.C.), SNG Levante 107-8var., AR-Stater, Lion bringing down stag to left, #127 viewsCilicia, Tarsos, Mazaios (Satrap of Cilicia, 361/0-334/3 B.C.), SNG Levante 107-8var., AR-Stater, Lion bringing down stag to left, #1
avers: Baaltars seated left on throne, holding scepter, grain ear and grape bunch; grape bunch (symbol) below throne, the Aramaic legend "BLTRZ" to right.
reverse: Lion bringing down stag to left, the Aramaic legend "MZDI" above, Aramaic letter "M" below; all within an incuse square with a dotted border.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 22,0mm, weight: 10,61g, axes: 0h,
mint: Cilicia, Mazaios (Satrap of Cilicia), date: 361/0-334/3 B.C., ref: SNG Levante 107-8var.(control below throne), SNG BN 326-7,
Q-001
5 commentsquadrans01/12/20 at 22:02Jay GT4: Really nice Q
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RPC II 2549 Domitianus43 viewsObv: KAIΣAP ΔOMITIANOΣ ΣEB ΓEPM, Laureate head right
Rev: LH (date) across field; bust of Nilus, right, lotos on shoulder; before, small genius
BIL/Tetradrachm (27.62 mm 13.155 g 12 h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 88-89 A.D.
RPC 2549.6 (this coin), Dattari-Savio 6715 (this coin), Emmett 245
From the Giovanni Dattari Collection
ex Naville Live Auction 54 lot 270
9 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/12/20 at 04:26Jay GT4: Amazing
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Domitian RIC-70337 viewsÆ Sestertius, 25.05g
Rome mint, 90-91 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XV CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: S C in exergue; Domitian stg. l., with thunderbolt and spear, crowned by Victory, stg. l.
RIC 703 (C). BMC 443. BNC 477.
Acquired from iNumis, December 2019.

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

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

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

NB: RIC cites Paris 447, it is actually 477.
4 commentsDavid Atherton01/12/20 at 02:27Jay GT4: Always liked this type. Congrats
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Pamphylia, Aspendos (465 - 430 B.C.)19 viewsAR Stater
O: Warrior advancing right with a spear and shield.
R:Triskeles
10.86g
SNG Cop 174
4 commentsMat01/11/20 at 21:42Jay GT4: Iconic
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RIC 002048 viewsTitus AR Denarius 79 CE after July 1
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, Laureate head left.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII P P, Capricorn left; globus below.
RIC 20 (R2), BMC p. 227 note, RSC 282
Ex: ANE Store on Vcoins
6 commentsorfew01/10/20 at 03:54Jay GT4: Sweet!
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1af2 Lepidus, Octavian, and Marc Antony25 views40-39 BC

Ephesus, AE 1/2 unit 19mm

Jugate bare heads of the Second Triumvirate members, right

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

RPC 2572A

Thanks to OldMoney for the attribution

5.0 grams

See the individual descriptions of my coins from Octavian, Marc Antony, and Lepidus for more historical information.
3 commentsBlindado01/08/20 at 05:33Jay GT4: I've wanted one of these for a long time. Con...
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2953 CAPPADOCIA, Tyana. Hadrian 120-21 AD Tyche seated13 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2953;

Issue Year 5

Obv. AY ΚΑΙ ΤΡΑΙΑ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СΕΒΑСΤΟС
Laureate head of Hadrian, right

Rev. ΕΤ Ε ΤΥΑΝΕωΝ
Tyche seated l., holding a pomegranate in her r. hand, her l. resting on sceptre

6.47 gr
20.15 mm
12h
2 commentsokidoki01/05/20 at 01:07Jay GT4: Looks like a nice coin under there
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Macrinus (217 - 218 A.D.)18 viewsAR Denarius
O: IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right, from front, younger features with medium beard.
R:PONTIF MAX TR P COS P P, Jupiter standing half left, nude, no cloak, thunderbolt in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand.
2.73g
20mm
Rome Mint, Sep 217 A.D
RIC IV 15 (S), RSC III 55b, BMCRE V 31, SRCV II 7342, Hunter III 

Maxwell Hunt Collection
6 commentsMat01/04/20 at 17:43Jay GT4: Nice one
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Hadrian Ric 248 (unlisted with left bust)15 viewsHADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
bare head left, draped
FORTVNAE REDVCI
Fortuna standing left with rudder on globe & cornucopiae, shaking hands with Hadrian

Hadrian 117-138
AR Denarius
Struck 134-138
3,32g/18mm
Ric 248 (not recorded with this left bust)
Ex Romancoinshop
3 commentsParthicus Maximus01/03/20 at 13:20Jay GT4: Nice
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Vespasian RIC-89428 viewsÆ As, 11.90g
Rome mint, 76 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS VII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: S C in field; Spes stg. l., holding flower
RIC 894 (C2). BMC 725. BNC 757.
Acquired from eBay, December 2019.

This Spes As is considered by RIC (p. 51) to be the single most common bronze coin struck for Vespasian. Oddly enough, the frequency rating in the catalogue of 'very common' is a notch below the 'extremely common' rating reserved for the most common types. Spes was a popular reverse type under Vespasian, connected to future dynastic hope and harmony. Note the classic 'straining' portrait for which Vespasian is well known for.

Nice olive green patina and heavy weight.
3 commentsDavid Atherton01/03/20 at 05:08Jay GT4: Nice patina
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Egypt, Alexandria, Vespasian, Milne 3885 viewsVespasian, AD 69-79
AE - Tetradrachm, 12.89g, 24mm
struck 69/70 (RY 2)
obv. AVTOK KAIS SEBA OVESPASIANOV
Laureate head r.
in lower r. field below chin LB (year 2)
rev. EI . RE - NE
Eirene in long garment stg. frontal, head. l., holding in l. arm kerykeion and in raised r. hand grain easrs.
ref. Milne 388; Dattari 357; Köln 274f.; SNG Copenhagen 165f.
F+, dark brown patina

1 commentsJochen01/02/20 at 03:31Jay GT4: Nice one. Love the toning
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Taras, Calabria9 views302-228 BC
AR Hemiobol (8mm, 0.25g)
O: Scallop shell with seven teeth, within linear border.
R: Two crescents back to back, with two pellets above and below.
Vlasto 1789-91; SNG France 2258-60; Cote 181; HN Italy 926
Very scarce
From the M.P Vlasto collection. ex Herakles Numismatics
3 commentsEnodia01/01/20 at 13:11Jay GT4: This one is really nice and great provenance
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Vardanes I (40 - 45 A.D.)11 viewsAR Tetradrachm
O: Bust with short pointed beard facing left, ear coverd by hair, wart on brow.
R: King enthroned right receiving palm frond from Tyche holding a cornucopia.ENT 43-44 AD
13.91g
27mm
Seleucia Mint
Sellwood 64.20-27

Ex. Harlen J Berk
3 commentsMat12/30/19 at 23:45Jay GT4: Nice!
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RIC 0038 Titus38 viewsObverse: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM - Laureate head left.
Reverse: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII PP - Capricorn left; below globe.
mm. 19,06 - g. 3,45 - die axis 6 - Denarius
RIC 2 38 R2 - Struck in Rome 79 a.D. (3rd issue)
ex Gorny & Mosch
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus12/30/19 at 22:38Jay GT4: Amazing
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Baktria, Eukratides I1 viewsEukratides I. 171-145 BC. AR Tetradrachm (35mm, 16.48 gm). Diademed & draped bust of Eukratides r. in horned Boiotian helmet. / Dioskouri on rearing horses r., holding spears & palms.  ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΕΥΚΡΤΙΔΟΥ. Monogram HΑ to r. EF.  Bopearachchi Série 6W #40; BMC 13; HGC 12 #131; MIG 1 Type 177f; MACW 1710; Sear Greek 7570; SNG ANS 9 #469-471. 1 commentsAnaximander12/30/19 at 02:42Jay GT4: Very nice!
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Baktria, Heliokles I2 viewsHeliokles I. 145-130 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.77 gm). Diademed and draped bust of Heliokles r. / Zeus in himation stdg, facing, holding thunderbolt & grounded spear. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ ΗΛΙΟΚΛΕΟΥΣ. Monogram to l. VF.  Pegasi 122 #181. Bopearachchi Série 1U #12-17, Smithsonian 53; BMC 1-2; HGC 12 #169; MIG 2 Type 284o; Sear Greek 7643; SNG ANS 9 #642-648; SNG Cop 7 #284-285. 1 commentsAnaximander12/30/19 at 02:41Jay GT4: Great additions
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Domitian as Caesar RIC-33325 viewsÆ Dupondius/As, 9.38g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD (Titus)
Obv: CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN COS VII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: CERES AVGVST; S C in field; Ceres stg. l., with corn ears and torch
RIC 333 (R). BMC -. BNC -.
Acquired from Aegean Numismatics, December 2019.

The dupondii struck for Domitian Caesar under Vespasian and Titus have portraits that lack the radiate crown normally associated with that denomination. At times it can be a bit confusing determining if a coin is a dupondius or an As. The new RIC authors firmly assume all the bronze Ceres types struck for Domitian Caesar under Vespasian and Titus are dupondii and are catalogued as such. This bronze Ceres struck under Titus defies that neat categorisation. The low weight and coppery metal suggests this is actually an As not a dupondius! Confusingly, it is struck on a dupondius sized flan. Regardless, one would assume the average Roman on the street would have treated this coin as an As.

Fine style struck on a large flan.
1 commentsDavid Atherton12/29/19 at 05:46Jay GT4: I knew you'd get this one
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ROMAN REPUBLIC - AR Didrachm - Crawford 13/19 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous, 310-300 (c. 295?) BCE.
AR Didrachm (7.13g; 21mm).
Mint in Central Italy (Neapolis?).

Obverse: Head of Mars, bearded, in crested Corinthian helmet, facing left; oak spray behind.

Reverse: Bridled horse head facing right; [ROMANO] on base below; wheat stalk behind.

References: Crawford 13/1; HNI 266; Sydenham 1; BMCRR (Romano-Campanian) 1-4.

Provenance: Ex vAuctions Sale 343 (6 Dec 2019) Lot 155; Pegasi Auction VI (8 April 2002), Lot 316.

This coin is part of the very first series of Didrachms produced in the name of Rome. It was a small issue, with only four obverse dies and fifteen reverse dies currently known. In 1974’s Roman Republican Coinage, Crawford assigned the issue to 280-276, however, subsequent evidence and scholarship caused him to reassign the coins to 310-300 BCE. Later scholars, including Rutter in Historia Numorum Italy (2001) have concurred with this revised dating. In a recent tweet, Professor Liv Yarrow announced that her forthcoming book will propose a more recent date of c. 295 BCE; we’ll have to wait for her book to see the evidence to support this re-dating.

While these didrachms bore the inscription ROMANO, they were not struck in Rome and didn’t really circulate in Rome! They were likely produced in Naples or some other nearby mint for a particular purpose. In Coinage & Money Under the Roman Republic (1985), Crawford proposed that the purpose for the issue was the construction of the Appian Way from Rome to Capua, begun in 312 BCE. If Professor Yarrow's proposed later dating is correct, the purpose would need to be reconsidered. The average weight and purity of these coins is consistent with contemporaneous Neapolitan standards, and the fabric of the coins is also consistent with Neapolitan silver issues.

The ROMANO inscription may have been either an abbreviation of the genitive plural ROMANORVM (“of the Romans”) or dative ROMANO (“by the Romans”) either of which would be similar grammar to Greek coin inscriptions.
2 commentsCarausius12/28/19 at 21:35Jay GT4: Fantastic piece!
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558 Hadrian Dupondius Roma 118 AD Salus32 viewsReference.
RIC 558; BMC 405; Coh. 1356; Strack 517

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG
Bust of Hadrian, radiate, draped on left shoulder, right

Rev. PONT MAX TR POT COS II SALVS AVG. SC
Salus seated left, feeding snake coiled round altar with right hand and resting left arm on side of chair

10.80 gr
27 mm
6h

Note.
a rare variant on the SC being in Ex.
2 commentsokidoki12/27/19 at 19:58Jay GT4: Cool portrait
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, C. Allius Bala, AR Denarius - Crawford 336/1b13 viewsRome, The Republic.
C. Allius Bala, 92 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.85g; 18mm).
Rome mint.

Obverse: Diademed head of Diana wearing necklace, facing right; N below chin.

Reverse: Diana Lucifera driving biga of stags to right, holding scepter and reins in left hand and torch in right hand; grasshopper below; C·ALLI in exergue.

References: Crawford 336/1b; Sydenham 595; BMCRR 1744; Aelia 4.

Provenance: Ex CB Collection; privately purchased from CNG (Inventory #940265); The Aurelia Collection [Owl Ltd and Thomas P. McKenna (Oct 1980) Lot 120].

The moneyer is only known from his coins. This type was struck with a series of control letters and symbols. There are multiple dies bearing the same letters and symbols. The grasshopper is the most common of the reverse die symbols, having been paired with most of the obverse letters.

Among other things, the goddess Diana was a hunting goddess equated with Artemis and a moon goddess equated with Luna. As moon goddess, she is often portrayed driving a biga with a crescent above her head or a torch in hand. In the case of this coin and others of the Republican series, her chariot is drawn by stags which also allude to her hunting connection.
2 commentsCarausius12/27/19 at 04:51Jay GT4: Great
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Bar Kokhba Revolt Zuz29 viewsJudaea, Bar Kokhba Revolt. Silver Zuz (3.22 g), 132-135 CE. Undated, attributed to year 3 (134/5 CE).
O: 'Simon' (Paleo-Hebrew) within wreath of thin branches wrapped around eight almonds, with a medallion at top and tendrils at bottom.
R: 'For the freedom of Jerusalem' (Paleo-Hebrew), fluted jug with handle on left; in right field, willow branch. Partial portrait of Domitian to left.
- Hendin 1418; Mildenberg 79 (O14/R51); TJC 283., ex S. Moussaieff Collection.
1 commentsNemonater12/27/19 at 04:40Jay GT4: Love this one Nemo! And a Flavian under type! Am...
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, L. Axsius Naso, AR Denarius - Crawford 400/1a13 viewsRome, The Republic.
L. Axsius Naso, 71 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.90g; 20mm).
Rome mint.

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

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

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

Provenance: Ex Auctiones eAuction 66 (15 Dec 2019), Lot 224; purchased privately from Nomos.

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

Among other things, the goddess Diana was a hunting goddess equated with Artemis and a moon goddess equated with Luna. As huntress, she is often portrayed with bow or spear. In the case of this coin and others of the Republican series, her chariot is drawn by stags which also allude to her hunting connection. The addition of the hounds on this type makes the hunting connection abundantly clear.
1 commentsCarausius12/27/19 at 04:09Jay GT4: Amazing
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Vespasian RIC-26623 viewsÆ Dupondius, 13.83g
Rome mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: CONCORDIA AVGVSTI; S C in exergue; Concordia std. l., with patera and cornucopiae
RIC 266 (C). BMC 589. BNC 565.
Acquired from Romae Aeternae Numismatics, December 2019.

A very common Concordia dupondius struck for Vespasian during the great bronze issue of 71. This type comes in two variants: one with an altar and one without. Both have the same frequency rating of 'common'. Mattingly in BMCRE speculated the type 'stands for harmony in the imperial house'.

Decent standard style and well centred.
2 commentsDavid Atherton12/27/19 at 04:09Jay GT4: Nice portrait
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Pamphylia, Aspendus: Anonymous (ca. 465-430 BCE) AR Stater (SNG France 3, 12)9 viewsObv: Helmeted nude hoplite warrior advancing right, shield in left hand, spear forward in right; countermark on lower right
Rev: EΣ-TFFΔI, triskeles clockwise; lion crouching left below in background, ΠΦ below lion, all within incuse square
Dim: 19mm, 2h

2 commentsQuant.Geek12/27/19 at 04:08Jay GT4: Exceptional for the type!
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Alexander III Athena / Nike AV Stater45 viewsKINGS of MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’. 336-323 BC. AV Stater (17.5mm, 8.65 g, 11h). Sidon mint. Struck under Menes. Dated RY 7 of Abdalonymos (327/6 BC).
O: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with coiled serpent, and necklace
R: AΛEΞANΔPOY, Nike standing left, holding wreath in extended right hand and cradling stylis in left arm; palm frond and date (in Phoenician) to left, ΣI below left wing.

- Price 3482; Newell, Dated 21 (dies –/α [unlisted obv. die]); Rouvier 1171; DCA 867. From the rare, earliest issue of dated Sidon staters.

Abdalonymos was a gardener, but of royal descent, who was made king of Sidon by Alexander the Great in 332 BC. After Alexander the Great had Sidon under siege, he gave permission to Hephaestion to bestow its crown on whom he pleased. Hephaestion offered it to two brothers with whom he lodged, but they thankfully declined it, alleging that according to their local laws, it could only be worn by one of royal blood. Being desired to point out such a person, they named Abdalonymos - the gardener, who, notwithstanding his birth, had fallen into such poverty, that he supported himself by the cultivation of a kitchen garden.
Hephaestion directed the brothers to carry the royal crown and robes to Abdalonymos. They obeyed, and found him weeding in his garden. After causing him to wash, they invested him with the ensigns of royalty, and conducted him to Alexander. This prince, who discerned in him an aspect not unworthy of his origin, turning to those around him and said 'I wish to know how he bore his poverty.'-'Would to heaven,' replied Abdalonymos, 'I may as well bear my prosperity! These hands have ministered to all my necessities; and as I possessed nothing, I wanted nothing'. Alexander was so well pleased with this reply, that he confirmed the nomination of Hephaestion, and gave the new king the palace and private estate of Strato his predecessor, and even augmented his dominions from the neighbouring country.
3 commentsNemonater12/26/19 at 19:33Jay GT4: Fantastic. Really like the reverse
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A Parliament of Athens Owls20 viewsOld-style; Old-style with numerous bankers marks;
Pi-style, folded flan; Mesopotamia, Levant, Arabia, or Egypt Imitative;
Contemporary forgery with bankers mark and copper core showing.
1 commentsNemonater12/26/19 at 19:32Jay GT4: Nice
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Roman Empire, Nero Claudius Drusus d. 9 BC, Sestertius6 viewsHead of Nero Claudius Drusus left "NERO CLAVDIVS DRVSVS GERMANICUS IMP"
Claudius seated left holding a branch his feet on a cuirass. Around the chair are shileds, a spear and helmet. "TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG PM TR P IMP PP SC"
RIC 109
25.54g
2 commentsAntonivs Protti12/26/19 at 12:41Jay GT4: Nice big sestertius
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Taras, Calabria10 views420-228 BC
AR Hemilitra (8mm, 0.33g)
O: Scallop shell with seven teeth.
R: Dolphin with large eye left.
Vlasto 1551
Scarce
From the M.P Vlasto collection. ex Herakles Numismatics

A scarce type with the dolphin swimming left.

4 commentsEnodia12/24/19 at 21:35Jay GT4: Cool little coin
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Claudius, AE Quadrans, scales, 42 AD2 viewsClaudius (41 – 54 AD)

AE Quadrans, Rome, 42 dC.

Obv: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG, around hand holding scales; below, P N R
Rev: PON M TR P IMP P P COS II, around S C
RIC I 91

Diameter: 18mm.
Weight: 2.9g
1 commentsJose Polanco12/23/19 at 22:41Jay GT4: Nice quadrans
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Athena / Owl Tetradrachm 31 viewsAttica, Athens AR Tetradrachm. 17.22g, 23mm, 10h. Circa 454-404 BC.
O: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet ornamented with three olive leaves above visor and spiral palmette on bowl, round earring with central boss, and pearl necklace. Braided hair curling out below the helmet.
R: Owl standing to right with head facing, olive sprig and crescent behind, ΑΘΕ "Of the Athenians"; all within incuse square.
- Kroll 8; Dewing 1591-8; SNG Copenhagen 31.
6 commentsNemonater12/23/19 at 02:11Jay GT4: Fantastic
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Vespasian RIC-27938 viewsÆ Dupondius, 13.37g
Rome mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: ROMA in exergue; S C in field; Roma std. l. on cuirass, with wreath and parazonium; behind, shields
RIC 279 (C2). BMC 591. BNC 569.
Acquired from Aristos Coins, eBay, December 2019.

One of the most common dupondius types struck during Vespasian's great bronze issue of 71 was this seated Roma. Mattingly in BMCRE II says this about the type - 'The wreath which Roma holds on the dupondius is the sign of Victory, or, perhaps rather the rejoicing for it.' The traditional Greek Amazon guise of Roma is copied from the coinage of Nero.

Fetching olive green patina and nicely centred with full legends.
5 commentsDavid Atherton12/20/19 at 14:40Jay GT4: Nice!
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RIC 0210 Vespasianus33 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III, Laureate head left
Rev: S P Q R / ADSERTORI / LIBERTATIS / PVBLICAE, in four lines, in oak wreath
AE/Sestertius (35.17 mm 24.22 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 210 (R2), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 548 (same dies)
Purchased on MA-Shops from LE Coins in 2011
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus12/18/19 at 23:56Jay GT4: Wonderful coin
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03 Constantius II8 viewsDN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, soldier standing left, spearing a fallen horseman who is bearded, hair in braids, clutching the horse's neck. Γ in left field. Mintmark AN Gamma.
RIC VIII Antioch 135
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)12/18/19 at 23:55Jay GT4: Glossy! Leave some of these for someone else!
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Facing Head of Larissa - AI Signed29 viewsThessaly Greece, the City of Larissa

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

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

The city of Larissa was named after the local water nymph, said to be the daughter of Pelasgos. He was said to be the ancestor of the pre-Greek Pelasgians. According to myth Larissa drowned while playing ball on the banks of the Peneios river. (HGC 4 p. 130).

Provenance: Ex Numismatica Ars Classica Auction 29, May 11, 2005, lot 176; Ex Numismatic Fine Arts Auction XXXIII, May 3, 1994, lot 929.

Photo credits: Shanna Schmidt Numismatics

Sources

Herrmann, Fritz. “Die Silbermünzen von Larissa in Thessalien.” Zeitschrift für Numismatik 35 (1925): 1 - 69.
HGC: Hoover, Oliver D. Handbook of Coins of Northern and Central Greece: Achaia Phthiotis, Ainis, Magnesia, Malis, Oita, Perrhaibia, Thessaly, Akarnania, Aitolia, Lokris, Phokis, Boiotia, Euboia, Attica, Megaris, and Corinthia, Sixth to First Centuries BC, The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series, Vol. 4. Lancaster/London: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc, 2014.
Lorber, Catharine C. “The Early Facing Head Drachms of Thessalian Larissa.” In Florilegium Numismaticum: Studia in Honorem U. Westermark Edita. Edited by H. Nilsson. Stockholm: Svenska Numismatiska Föreningen, 1992: 259 - 282.
Lorber, Catharine C. and Shahar C. “The Silver Facing Head Coins of Larissa.” 2005. http://www.lightfigures.com/numismat/larissa/index.php. Note: this website is no longer functional but I printed some of the catalogues in PDF format before the website was completely taken down. I was never able to see any of the images on the website. At the time of my first visit only the PDFs were functional.
Lorber, Catharine C. “Thessalian Hoards and the Coinage of Larissa” in American Journal of Numismatics, second series 20 (2008): 119 - 142.
SNG COP: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum: Thessaly - Illyricum. Copenhagen: Einar Munksgaard, 1943.

4 commentsTracy Aiello12/18/19 at 04:14Jay GT4: Wonderful
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Lucius Domitius Aurelianus - Aurelian, Emperor 270 - 275 AD4 viewsAurelian -- Oriens Augustus -- Mars and Sol -- Serdica

Obv: IMP C L DOM AVRELIANVS P F AVG; bust of Aurelian, radiate, cuirassed, facing r.
Rev: ORI/ENS AVG; Mars in military dress on the l. and standing r., long scepter in l. hand, r. hand receiving globe from Sol; Sol on the r. and standing l., whip in l. hand, r. hand passing globe to Mars, Sol’s r. foot resting on a bound captive in oriental dress seated l., head turned r. looking at Sol, XXI•P in exergue.1
Denomination: reformed antoninianus, i.e. the aurelianus; Mint: Serdica; Officina: 1; Issue: 7; Phase: 2; Date: April - November 274 AD; Weight: 3.352g; Diameter: 22.8mm; Die axis: 180º; References, for example: MER-RIC 2671.1 (this very coin).2

Notes:

1The presence of XXI on this coin indicates that it is post-reform. Volumes of ink have been spilled by numismatists discussing the meaning of XXI on Aurelian’s post-reform coinage. What do the marks mean? I will paraphrase short sections from Roger Bland’s summation and translation of Estiot (2004 v.1), pp. 39 - 48: Envisioning a restoration of a trimetallic monetary system composed of gold, silver and bronze, the radiate silver aurelianus was intended to be the central element of this restoration. A thin silver wash was applied in order to improve its appearance and its weight was raised to a theoretical 4.03g, or 1/80 of a Roman pound. XXI was a guarantee of the coin’s 5% silver content and can be taken to mean “20 for 1” or “20 to make 1”. This “1” refers to the intended reintroduction [never carried out] of a pure [100%] silver coin, the argenteus, such that 20 aureliani would equal 1 agrenteus. The aurelianus was valued at 2 denarii. (“Monetary System,” Maison de l’Orient et la Méditerranée: Monnaies de l’Empire Romain/Roman Imperial Coinage AD 268-276, accessed December 17, 2019, http://www.ric.mom.fr/en/info/sysmon).
2This coin is the only specimen known to the MER-RIC program.

Photo Credit: Forum Ancient Coins

Sources

Estiot, Sylviane. Monnaies de L’Empire romain XII.1: D’Aurelian à Florien. Bibliothèque nationale de France: Poinsignon Numismatique, 2004.
MER - RIC: Maison de l’Orient et la Méditerranée: Monnaies de l’Empire Romain/Roman Imperial Coinage AD 268-276. http://www.ric.mom.fr/en/home
1 commentsTracy Aiello12/18/19 at 04:13Jay GT4: Very nice and I like the traces of silvering
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Facing Head of Larissa60 viewsThessaly Greece, the City of Larissa

Obv: Head of the nymph Larissa facing slightly r., wearing ampyx, pendant earring, and wire necklace. Border of dots.
Rev: reverse horse crouching l., l. foreleg raised, preparing to roll and lie down. ΛAPI above horse and ΣAIΩN in the exergue.
Denomination: Silver Drachm; Mint: Larissa; Date: c. 380 - 365 BC1; Weight: 5.812g; Diameter: 20.8mm; Die axis: 90º; References, for example: BCD Thessaly I 1149; BCD Thessaly II 283; McClean 4623; HGC 4, 441; Lorber - Shahar, Middle Series 1 Type A (O1/R42

Notes:
1This is the date range stated in BCD Thessaly I.
2Unfortunately this website no longer functions and it will not be brought back up (Catharine Lorber, personal communication, September 7, 2018).
The city of Larissa was named after the local water nymph, said to be the daughter of Pelasgos. He was said to be the ancestor of the pre-Greek Pelasgians. According to myth Larissa drowned while playing ball on the banks of the Peneios river. (HGC 4 p. 130).

Photo credits: Forum Ancient Coins

Sources

BCD Thessaly I: Nomos AG, Auction 4. Coins of Thessaly, the BCD Collection. (10 May 2011, Zurich).
BCD Thessaly II: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. The BCD Collection of the Coinage of Thessaly. Triton XV Auction. (3 January 2012, New York).
HGC: Hoover, Oliver D. Handbook of Coins of Northern and Central Greece: Achaia Phthiotis, Ainis, Magnesia, Malis, Oita, Perrhaibia, Thessaly, Akarnania, Aitolia, Lokris, Phokis, Boiotia, Euboia, Attica, Megaris, and Corinthia, Sixth to First Centuries BC, The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series, Vol. 4. Lancaster/London: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc, 2014.
Lorber, Catharine and Shahar C. “The Silver Facing Head Coins of Larissa.” 2005. http://www.lightfigures.com/numismat/larissa/index.php. Note: this website no longer functions.
McClean: Grose, S. W. Catalogue of the McClean Collection of Greek Coins, Volume II The Greek Mainland, The Aegaean Islands, Crete. London: Cambridge University Press, 1926.
4 commentsTracy Aiello12/18/19 at 04:13Jay GT4: Yeah that's a nice one
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Kings of Macedon, Alexander III ‘the Great’15 viewsKings of Macedon, Alexander III ‘the Great’ (336-323 BC). AR Drachm (17mm, 4.16g, 12h). Uncertain mint (Kolophon?). Head of Herakles r., wearing lion skin headdress. R/ Zeus Aëtophoros seated l.; in l. field, letter within wreath. Near EF 3 commentsNORMAN K12/17/19 at 20:18Jay GT4: Sweet
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Gens Caecilia, denario, Roma, 130 a.C.5 viewsGens Caecilia, denarius, Roma (130 a.C.)
AR, 3.88 gr, 20 mm. BB
D/ Q METE (legato); testa di Roma rivolta a destra; di fronte, X sbarrata.
R/ ROMA (esergo); Giove, su quadriga verso destra, con saetta e ramo
Crawford 256/1
Provenienza: collezione Berardengo (Roma, Italia, 16 dicembre 2019, numero catalogo XXX), ex collezione Vanni, Tinia numismatica (Follonica, Italia, fino al dicembre 2019)
1 commentspaolo12/17/19 at 20:18Jay GT4: Very nice Paolo
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Valens. AV Solidus. Circa AD 364-7.19 views Antioch mint. ( 4,52g;21mm.) Rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right / Valens standing facing, head right, holding standard, inscribed with chi-rho monogram, and Victory on globe; ·ANTB· in exergue. RIC 2d. 2 commentsRussel K12/17/19 at 20:15Jay GT4: Great coin
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RIC 0207 Vespasianus64 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III, Laureate head right
Rev: S P Q R / ADSERTORI / LIBERTATIS / PVBLIC, in four lines, in oak wreath
AE/Sestertius (34.54 mm 22.56 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 207 (R2), BMCRE Note pag. 123 (citing Paris and Cohen), BNF 546 (same dies)
ex Artemide Auction 49E Lot 328
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus12/17/19 at 13:24Jay GT4: Outstanding rarity!
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Artabanos IV (10 - 38 A.D)13 viewsAR Drachm
O: Bare-headed, left, w/4-strand diadem, 2 loops and 3 ribbons; medium-long, almost straight hair, mustache, long square-cut beard; earring, 3-turn necklace; tunic/cuirass.
R: Archer, right, on throne, w/bow in vise-like outstretched hand; below bow monogram; 7-line legend: BΛCIΛEΩC BΛCIΛEΩN ΛPCΛNOΔ EVEPΓETO(V) ΔIXAIOV (E)ΠIΦΛNOYC ΦIΛEΛΛXOC.
3.04g
19mm
Ekbatana Mint
Sellwood 63.6, Shore 341, Sunrise 412 (Artabanos IV)
4 commentsMat12/16/19 at 00:21Jay GT4: I always liked the style on these
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170 - Constantius II - AE2 - RIC VIII Antioch 13213 viewsObv:– D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, Pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed, bust right
Rev:– FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Helmeted soldier to left, shield on left arm, spearing falling horseman; shield on ground at right. Horseman is bearded and falls forward reaching towards emperor (type FH3)
Minted in Antioch (Gamma | _ //ANH). A.D. 350-355
Reference:- RIC VIII, Antioch 132.

5.93 gms. 23.33 mm. 180 degrees.
6 commentsmaridvnvm12/15/19 at 21:12Jay GT4: Amazing reverse
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118 B.C., L. Licinius Crassus, and Cn. Domitius Ahenobarbus with C. Malleolus C.f., Republic AR-Denarius Seratus, Crawford 282/3, Rome, Bearded warrior in biga right, L•LIC•CN•DOM., #278 views118 B.C., L. Licinius Crassus, and Cn. Domitius Ahenobarbus with C. Malleolus C.f., Republic AR-Denarius Seratus, Crawford 282/3, Rome, Bearded warrior in biga right, L•LIC•CN•DOM., #2
(L. Licinius Crassus, Cn. Domitius Ahenobarbus and associates, Narbo 118.)
avers: C•MA-L-LE-C•F Helmeted head of Roma right, behind, X.
reverse: Bearded warrior (Bituitus?) fast biga right, holding a shield, carnyx, and reins and hurling spear, in exergue, L•LIC•CN•DOM.
exergue: -/-//L•LIC•CN•DOM, diameter: 19,0mm, weight: 3,73g, axis: 3h,
mint: Rome, date: 118 B.C., ref: Crawford 282/3, Syd-524, Licinia 13 and Domitia 17,
Q-002
3 commentsquadrans12/15/19 at 21:11Jay GT4: It's ok Q
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111-110 B.C., T. Manlius Mancinus, Appius Claudius Pulcher and Q. Urbinus, Republic AR-Denarius, Crawford 299/1b, Rome, Victory in triga right, #165 views111-110 B.C., T. Manlius Mancinus, Appius Claudius Pulcher and Q. Urbinus, Republic AR-Denarius, Crawford 299/1b, Rome, Victory in triga right, #1
avers: Helmeted head of Roma right; circle behind. Border of dots.
reverse: Victory in triga right, T•MAL•AP•CL•Q•VR•(MAL and VR ligate) below. Border of dots.
exergue:-/-//T•MAL•AP•CL•Q•VR•(MAL and VR ligate), diameter: 16,5-18,0mm, weight: 3,90g, axis: 10h,
mint: Rome, date: 111-110 B.C., ref: Crawford-299-1b, Syd-570a, Mallia 2.,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans12/15/19 at 05:05Jay GT4: Interesting coin
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THRACIAN KINGDOM. Lysimachus (305-281 BC). AR tetradrachm (29mm, 16.97 gm, 11h)12 viewsTHRACIAN KINGDOM. Lysimachus (305-281 BC). AR tetradrachm (29mm, 16.97 gm, 11h). NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 3/5. Lampsacus, 297-281 BC. Diademed head of deified Alexander III right, with horn of Ammon / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΥ, Athena enthroned left, Nike in right hand crowning royal name, resting left arm on shield decorated with gorgoneion boss, transverse spear beyond; aplustre to outer left, monogram to inner left. Thompson 48.4 commentsMark R112/14/19 at 11:41Jay GT4: Great coin Mark
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Lucius Domitius Aurelianus - Aurelian, Emperor 270 - 275 AD7 viewsAurelian and the Palmyrene Empire

Obv: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG; bust of Aurelian, radiate, curaissed, facing r.
Rev: RESTITVT•OR/IENTIS; emperor in military dress standing l., holding a long sceptre in l. hand, with the r. hand raising a kneeling female figure who is facing r., a modius on her head, ✶C✶ in exergue.
Denomination: antoniniani; Mint: Cyzicus; Officina: 2nd; Issue: 5; Date: early - summer 272 AD; Weight: 4.25g; Diameter: 24.01mm; Die axis: 150º; References, for example: RIC V v.1 351; Hunter IV 101; SRCV III 11596; BnF 1160; MER - RIC 2952.

Regarding this type/issue at Cyzicus Sylviane Estiot states “The type Restitut●Orientis, the emperor raising the hand of a kneeling woman crowned with a modius (not turreted), resumed a type contemporary with Sisica, 5th issue.” (Estiot 2004 v.1, p. 109. Translation is my own). Regarding the referenced type, 5th issue, at Sisica Estiot states “...the new type Restitutor Orientis depicts the emperor in a military costume standing left, under his hand the personification of a female of the Orient kneeling, not turreted, but with a modius: it is, again, an iconographic detail that alludes to the Roman supply of cereals, compromised by the expansionism of Palmyra in the Orient.” (Estiot 2004 v.1, p. 86. Translation is my own). Although the legends on the two coins at Cyzicus and Sisica are slightly different, the reverse types are the same. Thus, the coin here from Cyzicus is a reference to the threat of the Palmyrene Empire.

Photo Credit: Marc R. Breitsprecher, Classical Numismatist

Sources

BnF: Estiot, Sylviane. Monnaies de L’Empire romain XII.1: D’Aurelian à Florien. Bibliothèque nationale de France: Poinsignon Numismatique, 2004.
MER - RIC: Maison de l’Orient et la Méditerranée: Monnaies de l’Empire Romain/Roman Imperial Coinage AD 268-276. http://www.ric.mom.fr/en/home
Robertson, Anne. Roman Imperial Coins in the Hunter Coin Cabinet, Vol. IV Valerian I to Allectus. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1978.
Sear, David. Roman Coins and Their Values, Vol. III: Maximinus I to Carinus. London: Spink, 2005.
Webb, Percy. The Roman Imperial Coinage, Vol. V, Part 1: Valerian to Florian, edited by Harold Mattingly and Edward Sydenham. London: Spink & Son, 1927.
1 commentsTracy Aiello12/14/19 at 11:40Jay GT4: Nice silvering
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Rostrum Tridens Series, AE As - Crawford 114/210 viewsRome, The Republic.
Rostrum Tridens Series, 206-195 BCE.
AE As (30.7g; 34mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Laureate head of Janus; I (mark-of-value) above.

Reverse: Prow facing right; rostrum tridens and I (mark-of-value) above.

References: Crawford 114/2; Sydenham 245; BMCRR (Rome) 451-3.

Provenance: Ex Dr. Hans Neussel (d. 1993) Collection [Peus Auction 420/421 (1 Nov 2017) Lot 73]; purchased from Dr. Kurt Deppert Kunsthandlung, Frankfurt (July 1958).

Shortly after the introduction of the denarius coinage, the Romans began adding symbols and letters to their coins. In many cases both anonymous coins and coins with symbols/letters can be linked by identical styles, suggesting they were near-contemporaneous issues by the same mint. Symbols were frequently re-used on subsequent series; see, for example the three separate Anchor Series of coins produced in the late third century and second century BCE.

This particular bronze As bears the symbol of a rostrum tridens – the bronze ramming prow of a Roman galley. This symbol had been previously used on an earlier issue of denarii (Crawford 62). The rostrum tridens was an important symbol to the Romans, representing both the strength of their navy, which had become a powerful force in the Western Mediterranean from its start in the First Punic War, and the trophies of naval victories. Rostra were often taken from captured vessels. The Romans used six captured rostra to decorate the speaking platform, thereafter referred to as the Rostra, in the Comitium. Even today, a speaking platform is called a rostrum.
1 commentsCarausius12/14/19 at 11:39Jay GT4: Great looking coin. Wish the pic was bigger
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RIC 0175 Vespasianus59 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III, laureate head right
Rev: MARS VICTOR / S C - Mars advancing left, with Victory and trophy
AE/Sestertius (34.70 mm 27.31 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 175 (R, same obverse die as the plate coin), BMCRE 551, BNF 508
ex Bertolami E-Live Auction 77 Lot 1092, ex Gadoury Auction 2012 lot 159
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus12/13/19 at 14:04Jay GT4: Amazing coin Alberto
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05a Domitian as Caesar RIC-104442 viewsÆ Dupondius, 14.29g
Rome mint, 77-78 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIAN COS V; Bust of Domitian, laureate, draped, r.
Rev: CERES AVGVST; S C in field; Ceres stg. l., with corn ears and poppy and sceptre
RIC 1044 (R). BMC p. 176 ‡. BNC 790.
Acquired from ANE, November 2019.

Dupondii struck for Domitian as Caesar under Vespasian lack a radiate crown and are unusually laureate and quite rare. This Ceres type struck in 77 or 78 was part of series of coins likely advertising some sort of agricultural programme. Same dies as the Paris specimen (BNC 790).

Solid style with dark patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton12/13/19 at 14:02Jay GT4: Beautiful patina
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Titus / Homonoia BI Tetradrachm28 viewsEGYPT, Alexandria. BI Tetradrachm, 12.87g Alexandria mint, 80-81 AD, RY 3
O: AYTOK TITOY KAIΣ OYEΣΠAΣIANOY ΣEB; Titus laureate, right.
R: OMO-NOIA; Homonoia seated left holding olive branch, date LΓ to left, star in right field
- Dattari (Savio) 424; RPC 2471.
5 commentsNemonater12/12/19 at 10:30Jay GT4: Wonderful
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Titus RIC-23737 viewsÆ As, 11.25g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: S C in field; Spes stg. l., with flower
RIC 237 (C). BMC 216. BNC 220.
Acquired from ANE, November 2019.

Spes was a fairly common reverse type under Vespasian, connected to future dynastic hope and harmony. It continued to be struck by Titus and can be viewed as his hope for the future with his chosen heir Domitian. As Mattingly put it: '...the recurring types of Spes suggests that Titus gave Domitian full due as heir to the throne.' Suetonious would have us believe this public fraternal affection was a sham and Domitian did everything he could to plot against Titus. The Flavian historian Brian Jones speculates the brother's relationship was one of 'mutual indifference and ignorance' due to their age and personality differences. Regardless, as the numismatic evidence shows, Titus looked upon Domitian as his legitimate heir until his untimely natural death in mid September 81.

Struck with a somewhat worn reverse die, otherwise in good style.
6 commentsDavid Atherton12/11/19 at 23:02Jay GT4: Nice! How did I miss this at Sveto's?
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As for Avgvstvs from Lvgdvnvm20 viewsAs for Avgvstvs. Lvgdvnvm mint. Around 10 BC.
9.71 grs and 28mm.
Observe : Laureate head right . Around CAESAR PONTMAX.
Reverse : Altar of Lugdunum, decorated with the corona civica between laurels, flanked by nude male figures; to left and right, Victories on columns, facing one another. Below ROMETAVG.
RIC I 230; Lyon 73. Cohen 240.
Everything is about the portrait.
3 commentslabienus12/11/19 at 21:39Jay GT4: Nice!
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As for Domitian with the Lud Saec reverse39 viewsAs from Domitian. Rome mint, 88 AD.
10.65 grs and 30 mm.
Observe : IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII CENS PER P P. Laureate head of Domitian, right.
Reverse : COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC; S C in exergue. Domitian stg. l., sacrificing over altar; to left, flute player and lyre player stg. r.; in background, temple, wreath in pediment
RIC 623 (C2).
Everything is about the reverse.
6 commentslabienus12/11/19 at 17:08Jay GT4: Oh that's a great reverse!
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024a Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0658 (Vespasian), RIC II(1962) 0695 (Vespasian), AE-Dupondius, Rome, FELICITAS PVBLICA, S-C, Felicitas left, #199 views024a Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0658 (Vespasian), RIC II(1962) 0695 (Vespasian), AE-Dupondius, Rome, FELICITAS PVBLICA, S-C, Felicitas left, #1
avers: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIAN COS II, Laureate, draped bust of Domitian right.
reverse: FELICITAS PVBLICA, Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopiae, S-C across the field.
exergue: S/C//--, diameter: 26,5mm, weight: 12,09g, axis: 5h,
mint: Rome ???, date: 77-78 A.D., ref: RIC 0658 (Vespasian), RIC II(1962) 0695 (Vespasian),
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans12/10/19 at 02:18Jay GT4: Great one
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022b Titus (69-79 A.D. Caesar, 79-81 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0119, RIC II(1962) 0023a, AR-Denarius, Rome, TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, Thunderbolt (winged) on the draped table, #1100 views022b Titus (69-79 A.D. Caesar, 79-81 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0119, RIC II(1962) 0023a, AR-Denarius, Rome, TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, Thunderbolt (winged) on the draped table, #1
avers: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, Laureate head right.
reverse: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, Thunderbolt (winged) on the draped table or chair with one, two or no crossbars.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,8-18,9mm, weight: 3,02g, axis: 5h,
mint: Rome, date: 80 A.D., ref: RIC 0119, RIC II(1962) 0023a p-119, RSC 316, BMC 51,
Q-001
"This denarius is part of a series that was struck for the lectisternium (religious ceremony) celebrating the opening of the Colosseum in 80 AD."
1 commentsquadrans12/08/19 at 23:36Jay GT4: Interesting portrait for Titus
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, C. Censorinus, AE As - Crawford 346/4a10 viewsRome, The Republic.
C. Censorinus, 88 BCE.
AE As (11.73g; 27mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: NVMA POMPILI ANCVS MARCI; Jugate heads of Pompilius and Ancus Marcius facing right.

Reverse: Prows of crossing ships; to right, a spiral column surmounted by statue of Victory; C.CENSO and ROMA in field.

References: Crawford 346/4a; RBW 1321; Sydenham 715; BMCRR 2415-2418; Marcia 21.

Provenance: Ex RBW Collection [CNG e-Sale 364 (2 Dec 2015), Lot 169]; purchased privately from Frank Kovacs, 3/27/1992.

The moneyer, C. Marcius Censorinus, was a supporter of Marius in the struggle against Sulla. He was killed during the conflict circa 82 BCE. He was a member of the gens Marcia, who claimed descent from the early Roman kings Numa Pompilius and Ancus Marcius. The jugate heads of Pomplius and Marcius are used on much of Censorinus’ silver and bronze coinage. Numa Pompilius was the legendary 2nd king of Rome, who is crediting with establishment of Roman religion and religious institutions. Among these institutions were the sacred college of priests and the position of Pontifex Maximus. Ancus Marcius was the legendary 4th king of Rome. Ancus Marcius ordered the Pontifex Maximus to display some of Numa Pompilius’ religious commentaries to the people of Rome to facilitate proper religious observance.

The reverse of the coin may refer to a naval victory of one of the moneyer’s ancestors, though the precise victory is uncertain.

3 commentsCarausius12/08/19 at 20:49Jay GT4: Fantastic
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, A. Caecilius, AE Triens - Crawford 174/311 viewsRome, The Republic.
A Caecilius, 169-158 BCE.
AE Triens (6.88g; 21mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Helmeted head of Minerva facing right; ●●●● (mark-of-value) above.

Reverse: Prow facing right; ●●●● (mark-of-value) before; A·CAE above.

References: Crawford 174/3; Sydenham 355b; BMCRR 820; Caecilia 10.

Provenance: Ex Gemini XII (11 Jan 2015), Lot 276; RBW Collection [NAC Auction 61 (5-6 October 2011), Lot 735]; privately purchased from Kurt Spanier on 12 Dec 1990.

The moneyer may be the son of the A. Caecilius that is mentioned in Livy as an Aedile in 189 BCE. While asses of A. Caecilius are common (30 specimens in the Paris collection), trientes are scarce (only 4 examples in the Paris collection). This is the case with many second century Republican bronze series; the fractions are often considerably scarcer than the As of the same series, but are frequently overlooked by collectors in favor of the larger denomination.
2 commentsCarausius12/08/19 at 20:48Jay GT4: Very nice!
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XVIII Leg. Lybicae for Mark Antony34 viewsDenarius for Mark Antony. 32-31 BC. Patrae(?) mint. 3.66 grs.
Galley right / LEG XVIII LYBICAE, legionary aquila between two standards.
Crawford 544/11; CRI 375; Sydenham 1240; RSC 53.
5 commentslabienus12/08/19 at 20:39Jay GT4: Looks great
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026 Nerva (96-98 A.D.), RIC II ???, Rome, AR-Denarius, -/-//--, FORTVNA AVGVST, Fortuna seated left, #1115 views026 Nerva (96-98 A.D.), RIC II ???, Rome, AR-Denarius, -/-//--, FORTVNA AVGVST, Fortuna seated left, #1
avers: IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS II P P, Laureate head right.
reverse: FORTVNA AVGVST, Fortuna seated left, holding two corn-ears and scepter (like RIC II. 17, but the legend is not FORTVNA P R!!!).
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,0mm, weight:3,32g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: A.D., ref: RIC II ???, p-, C-,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans12/08/19 at 08:37Jay GT4: Love Nerva's portrait
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44329-Q. Marcius, C. Fabius and L. Roscius AR Denarius,8 viewsRoma/Quadriga
DENARIUS
Obv: Helmeted Head of Roma Right
X behind
Rev: Victory in galloping quadriga right, crowning horses with wreath,
ROMA below, R MAR C F L R in ex.
Mint: Rome 20.1mm 3.7G
Cr283/1a, Syd 541 Sear 159
1 commentsBlayne W12/08/19 at 08:35Jay GT4: Nice helmet
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44330 Roma/Dioscuri12 viewsAnonymous.
209-208 BC.
AR Serrate Denarius (3.8 gm).
Obv:Helmeted head of Roma right
Rev: The Dioscuri riding right; six-spoked wheel below..
Mint: Rome 19.3mm 3.8 gm
Crawford 79/1; Sydenham 519; Sear 39
2 commentsBlayne W12/08/19 at 08:34Jay GT4: Bold reverse
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RIC 007556 viewsDomitian AR Denarius (81 CE) (Group 4)
Obv: Laureate head left; IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG PM
Rev: Tripod with fillets, Dolphin above; TR P COS VII DES VIII PP
RIC 75 (R2)
Purchased from Monetarium on MA-Shops December 6th 2019
5 commentsorfew12/07/19 at 01:18Jay GT4: Great find!
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, D. Junius Brutus Albinus, AR Denarius - Crawford 450/27 viewsRome, The Republic.
D. Junius Brutus Albinus, 48 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.94g; 20mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Head of Pietas facing right, her hair tied-up in a knot, wearing necklace and cruciform earing; PIETAS behind.

Reverse: Two hands clasping caduceus; ALBINVS·BRVTI·F, below.

References: Crawford 450/2; HCRI 26; Sydenham 942; BMCRR 3964; Postumia 10.

Provenance: Ex Goldberg 80 (3 Jun 2014), Lot 3067; Jacob K. Stein Collection [Gemini V (6 Jan 2009) Lot 246]; displayed at Cincinnati Art Museum, 1994-2008, no. 138.

Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus, not to be confused with his cousin, Marcus Brutus, lived on a similar trajectory to his cousin. He was first close with Julius Caesar, having served in the Gallic Wars and on Caesar’s side in the civil war against Pompey. Eventually, Albinus joined the conspiracy to assassinate Caesar. After the assassination, the Senate gave him control of Cisalpine Gaul where he came under assault by Antony who wanted control of the province. Albinus was killed by Gauls while trying to escape to Macedonia to join the other Liberators. This coin type was struck during the civil war between Caesar and Pompey when Albinus sided with Caesar. The reverse type, with its symbols of concord, alludes to Caesar’s policy of reconciliation during the war.

This particular example was part of a 182-coin exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum from 1994-2008. The intense, rainbow toning on the reverse can perhaps be attributed to the reverse being the “display” side during that 14-year museum run.

1 commentsCarausius12/06/19 at 01:39Jay GT4: Great toning and provenance
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Caligula, RIC 387 viewsC•CAESAR•AVG•GERMANICUS•PON•M•TR•POT
AE as, 32 mm
Bare head left
VESTA
Vesta seated left holding patera and scepter, SC to the sides
1 commentsnovacystis12/06/19 at 01:38Jay GT4: Nice patina
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Titus RIC-23026 viewsÆ As, 12.12g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: PAX AVGVST; S C in field; Pax stg. l., with branch and caduceus
RIC 230 (C). BMC 212. BNC 219.
Acquired from London Ancient Coins, November 2019.

A common carry-over Pax type from Vespasian's reign. She is seen here with an olive branch and Felicitas' caduceus. The perennial propaganda value of advertising and taking credit for peace on the coinage cannot be underestimated.

A fine style left facing portrait.
1 commentsDavid Atherton12/06/19 at 01:37Jay GT4: Lovely portrait
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22122 Vespasian/Victory with Serpents8 viewsVespasian/Victory with Serpents
Obv:IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
laureate head right
Rev:PON MAX TR P COS VI,
Victory standing left on cippus, holding wreath and palm, flanked by serpents.
Mint: Rome 75 A.D. 19 mm., 3,00 g.
Ex Savoca Coins
Ric 776
3 commentsBlayne W12/06/19 at 01:37Jay GT4: Tough coin to find. Great catch
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Vespasian-RIC-117628 viewsÆ As, 9.99g
Lyon mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVSTI; S C in field; Victory adv. l., with wreath and palm
RIC 1176 (R). BMC p. 201 note. BNC -.
Acquired from London Ancient Coins, November 2019.

This Lugdunese As was struck in 71 when both Lugdunum (modern Lyon) and Rome produced a massive issue of bronze coinage. Victory was a common theme on Vespasian's early issues and should be viewed in a generic context with no specific link to the Jewish War. This type with Victory sans prow is scarcer than those that include it. Oddly, although the BMC cites Cohen for this variant obverse legend with 'VESPASIAN', who in turn cites a specimen in the Paris collection, no such specimen is listed in the BNC.

Struck on a large 29mm flan with choice coppery toning.
2 commentsDavid Atherton12/05/19 at 04:59Jay GT4: Nice big flan and interesting legend break
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L. MUSSIDIUS LONGUS AR Denarius18 viewsOBVERSE: CONCORDIA, diademed and veiled bust of Concordia right, crescent below chin
REVERSE: 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
Rome 42BC
3.5g, 19mm
Crawford 494/42C; CRI 188; Sydenham 1093b; Kestner 3753-4; BMCRR Rome 4242-3, Mussidia 6a
3 commentsLegatus12/03/19 at 20:51Jay GT4: Great example
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, M. Junius Brutus, AR Denarius - Crawford 433/135 viewsRome, The Republic.
M. Junius Brutus, 54 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.79g; 20mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Head of Libertas, facing right, her hair up, wearing necklace of pendants and cruciform earing; LIBERTAS behind.

Reverse: L. Junius Brutus walking left with two lictors and an accensus; BRVTVS in exergue.

References: Crawford 433/1; Sydenham 906; BMCRR 3862; Junia 31.

Provenance: Ex Dr. Michael Phillip Collection [Stack's Bowers 2016 NYINC Auction (12 Jan 2016) Lot 31131]; Stack's Auction, 7-8 Dec 1989, Lot 3233; Frederick S. Knobloch Collection [Stack's (3-4 May 1978), Lot 511].

Struck by chief assassin of Caesar during his early political career. At this time, Brutus was in opposition to Pompey, and it's likely that this coin type is intended to remind the general public of Brutus' pedigree against tyranny. Brutus’ ancestor, Lucius Junius Brutus, overthrew the Etruscan kings of Rome and helped form the Republic, becoming one of the first Consuls in 509 BCE. The reverse of this coin shows Lucius Junius Brutus, as Consul, walking with his attendant lictors and accensus. Liberty on the obverse alludes to the overthrow of the monarchy – a role that the moneyer himself would play 10 years after this coin was struck.

A few words on those men accompanying Brutus on the reverse:

The lictors were attendants who carried fasces and accompanied the consuls at all times. They proceeded before the senior consul and cleared his path and they walked behind the junior consul. They also made arrests, summonses and executions. A consul had twelve lictors.

The accensi were civil servants that also accompanied the magistrates in addition to lictors and acted as heralds. They typically walked behind the magistrate, but an early custom had them precede the consul in the months when the lictors did not walk before him. This appears to be the scene depicted on this coin – the accensus precedes Brutus and one of the lictors is behind him.
5 commentsCarausius11/28/19 at 21:31Jay GT4: Wonderful
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Drachm ca 202-150 BC Greek EPHESOS AR Drachm. EF. Magistrate Archigenes. Bee - Stag. EF12 viewsGrade: EF | Abbreviations
Obverse: E-Φ, bee with straight wings, border of dots.
Reverse: APXIΓENH. Stag standing right, palm tree behind.

Excellent exemplar of ephesian drachm, in EF condition, very few circullated, conserving full details in both sides and very bold reliefs. Toned silver.

Scarce magistrate (only TWO coins auctioned in the last 19 years).

Numismatic Chronicle 1881, p.20. Ephesus mint, circa 202-150 BC. 3,6 g - 17 mm
4 commentsMark R111/28/19 at 21:30Jay GT4: Fantastic Mark
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GREEK, Brutus, Koson, Stater55 viewsFull ID:
SKYTHIA. Geto-Dacians. Koson, mid 1st century BC. Stater (Gold, 20 mm, 8.35 g, 12 h). KOΣΩN Roman consul accompanied by two lictors advancing left; before, monogram. Rev. Eagle standing left on scepter, holding wreath in its right talon. Iliescu 1. RPC I 1701A. A lustrous and very sharply struck example. Virtually as struck.


From an American collection, formed in the early 2000s.
Ex-Leu Numismatik, Web Auktion 9, Lot 97

This coin used to be slabbed and received 5/5 twice, see here:
https://www.ngccoin.com/certlookup/4241215-001/NGCAncients/
3 commentsIstinpolin11/28/19 at 21:17Jay GT4: Amazing coin
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Titus RIC-20427 viewsÆ Dupondius, 11.48g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, radiate, bearded, l.
Rev: SALVS AVG; S C in exergue; Salus std. l., with patera
RIC 204 (C). BMC 197. BNC 198.
Acquired from Incitatus Coins, November 2019. Ex Wendt, Auction XIII, 9 November 1976, lot 973.

Titus' bronze issue dated COS VIII is quite large due to the fact he did not renew the consulship in 81 and the coins most likely spanned both years. With that in mind, the meaning behind this Salus type is quite intriguing. Titus died on 13 September 81 and there is some circumstantial evidence hinting that the illness was prolonged, perhaps evident as early as June of that year. Dio and Suetonius report that he wept openly in front of the crowds at the games, perhaps due to deteriorating health. Did the mint master have time enough before Titus' death to strike a coin reverse featuring the goddess of health and well-being in the hopes of divine aid? Conversely, H. Mattingly speculates the Salus reverse commemorates an altar to the goddess dedicated by Titus. Perhaps that may be so. It is not a rare coin, indicating it was struck for a longer rather than shorter period of time.

Dark chocolate patina and good style.
4 commentsDavid Atherton11/22/19 at 11:38Jay GT4: Very bold details
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RIC 1031 Titus21 viewsObv: T CAESAR VESPASIANVS TR P COS VI, Laureate head right
Rev: S C (in field), Spes standing left, holding flower
AE/As (26.87 mm 11.504 g 6h) Struck in Rome 77-78 A.D.
RIC 1031 (R, Vespasian), BMC p. 175, not in BM by 1976, BNF 784 (Vespasian)
purchased on eBay 11/2019
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/20/19 at 07:00Jay GT4: Great coin Alberto
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CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 320-315 BC. AV Sixth Stater – Diobol17 views9.5mm, 1.41 g, 11h
Head of Apollo left, wearing laurel wreath; [ΣA] and dolphin to left, TAPAΣ to right
Herakles, raising club overhead in right hand, preparing to strike the Nemean lion as it attacks him from the right; bow and quiver to left, |-H below.
Fischer-Bossert G14 (V11/R14); Vlasto 27; HN Italy 951; SNG ANS 1034; SNG BN 1492–3; SNG Copenhagen 834; SNG Lloyd 186; Boston MFA 73 = Warren 36; Hunterian 20; Jameson 161; McClean 599 (all from the same dies). Good VF.

Apollo was worshipped as the patron of colonists at Tarentum, and he was also the patron of the revered Pythagorean religious order at Tarentum, which existed until the late fourth century. The reverse motif of Herakles fighting the Nemean lion was also used on contemporary silver diobols of Tarentum and its colony Herakleia, though the silver issues usually chose the "tondo" scene of a crouched Herakles wrestling the Nemean lion with a stranglehold (a design also used on the Syracusan gold 100 litrae issue of Dionysios I).
1 commentsLeo11/16/19 at 21:21Jay GT4: Great coin
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macdonald558-45 viewsRheskuporis II with Elagabalus
Electrum Stater, Bosporus

Obv: BACIΛEⲰC PHCKOYΠOPIΔOC, Diademed and draped bust of Rheskuporis II right.
Rev: EIΦ (Date: 515 = 218-219). Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Elagabalus right, star to right.
19 mm, 7.65 gms

MacDonald 558/4

From Nomos Obolos Web Auction 13, lot 513. From the collection of Pavlo Skoropadskyi.
1 commentsCharles M11/16/19 at 21:19Jay GT4: Always loved the style of these
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RPC II 2464 Titus34 viewsObv: AYTOK TITOY KAIΣ OYEΣΠAΣIANOY ΣEB,Laureate head right
Rev: ΣAPAΠIΣ, LB (down right); Draped bust of Serapis Kalathes, right
BIL/Tetradrachm (25.00 mm 12.333 g 12h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 79-80 A D
RPC II 2464; SNG France 846; Dattari 426; Emmett 235.2
Purchased from L.A.C. on VCoins
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/14/19 at 19:14Jay GT4: Great style
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Virtual Tray of Philip II, Alexander III and the Diadochi64 viewsPhilip II, Alexander III, Ptolemy, Seleucus, Lysimachus and Kassander.5 commentsNemonater11/11/19 at 01:17Jay GT4: Very nice
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18 viewsivus Augustus (died AD 14). Orichalcum dupondius (30mm, 15.45 gm, 6h). Rome, under Claudius, AD 42-50. DIVVS AVGVSTVS, radiate head of the deified Augustus left between S – C /A, Livia seated to left holding grain ears in right hand and long torch wrapped in left arm. RIC (Claudius) 101 (R2). BMCRE (Claudius) 224. Cohen 93. Rare! Boldly struck on a large, heavy flan, from dies of exceptional style. Fantastic portrait and natural chocolate brown patina. Choice Extremely Fine. From The Lexington Collection. Ex UBS 78 (Basel, 9 September 2008), lot 1377. One of the first acts of Claudius, after his accession as emperor, was to propose that the late Livia, wife of Augustus, be deified. The Senate granted this honor in AD AD 42, 13 years after her death, and the appropriate celebrations were made. This attractive coin could be viewed as commemorating the event, depicting the long-deified Augustus along new, with his newly elevated wife. The work of cutting the dies was obviously considered important enough to be given to a master engraver, as both the portrait of Augustus and the graceful image of Livia are of outstanding quality.1 commentsRonald11/10/19 at 02:36Jay GT4: Very nice coin
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1353 Hadrian, Cistophorus IONIA Miletus mint, Tetrastyle temple Apollo Didymaeus standing16 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1353/10; RIC 519; Metcalf 24; C. 287

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head right

Rev. COS III
Tetrastyle temple on podium of three steps; within, cult image of Apollo Didymeus standing facing, holding small stag on right hand and bow in left, within tetrastyle temple, shield in pediment

10.94 gr
28 mm
12h
1 commentsokidoki11/08/19 at 20:43Jay GT4: Great Cistophoric
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Vespasian RIC-99949 viewsÆ Dupondius, 12.31g
Rome mint, 77-78 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN COS VIII; Head of Vespasian, radiate, l.
Rev: CERES AVGVST; S C in field; Ceres stg. l., with corn ears and poppy and sceptre
RIC 999 (C). BMC 735. BNC 772.
Acquired from Dr. Boris Kaczynski, October 2019.

During the last several years of Vespasian's reign both the precious metal and bronze coinage featured reverse types with agrarian themes. It is not known why there was a special emphasis on such types, perhaps it was an effort to advertise a new agricultural programme. This dupondius features the popular standing Ceres reverse, which was shared with Titus and Domitian and also struck on the gold and the silver. It is one of the most common types from this issue.

Beautiful patina and fine wear.
4 commentsDavid Atherton11/08/19 at 17:56Jay GT4: Lovely obverse
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Seleukos I Nikator / Quadriga of Elephants22 viewsSeleukos I Nikator. 312-281 BC. AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 17.13 g, 4h). Seleukeia on the Tigris II mint. Struck circa 296/5-281 BC.
O: Laureate head of Zeus right
R: BAΣIΛEΩΣ (King) left, Athena, brandishing spear and shield, in quadriga of elephants right; anchor above,ΣEΛEYKOY (Seleukos), two monograms in exergue.
- SC 130.20c corr. (monogram); ESM – (but obv. die A42); HGC 9, 18a; NFA XXII, lot 339 (same dies); CNG 96 lot 530 (Same Dies).

For this variety, 130.20c, SC cites NFA XXII, lot 339, but the monogram is not clear in the photograph. The present coin, from the same dies as the NFA piece, clearly shows that the diagonal line in the lower left of the monogram is not present.

Seleucus I was the founder of the Seleucid dynasty. His kingdom at its highest point extended from Thrace and Asia Minor in the West to Bactria in the East and from the Black Sea in the north to the borders of Egypt in the South. Out of all of the Successors of Alexander the Great, he was the one who came closest to restoring the entirety of the Macedonian Empire. Although Seleucus had been appointed satrap of Babylonia by an assembly of Alexander’s former generals in 321 BC, Antigonos, who was made strategos of Asia at the same time sought to remove the satraps that he could not control and thereby become the new master of Alexander’s Empire. Realizing the danger, Seleucus escaped from Babylon to the Egyptian court of Ptolemy. With Ptolemy’s assistance, Seleucus was able to return to Babylon and reclaim his satrapy in 312 BC. In 306/5 he embarked upon an eastern campaign to gain control of the Upper Satrapies.

This series of tetradrachms served as a reminder of the 500 war elephants Seleukos received in settlement with Chandragupta in the Peace of 303. The treaty is celebrated on the reverse which depicts a militant Athena being pulled by four elephants equipped with horned headdresses.

Elephants were the equivalent to the tank of the ancient Greek world. The elephants of Chandragupta had a pivotal role to play in Seleucus’ reign. Thanks to their timely arrival at the Battle of Ipsos (301 BC), it was possible for Seleucus and his allies to defeat and kill Antigonos, thereby ending an ever-present threat to his security. With Antigonos gone, Seleucus could safely rule his eastern kingdom. In 281 BC Philetairos and other cities and rulers of western Asia Minor invited Seleucus to march west and destroy his sometime ally, Lysimachos, who had made himself very unpopular in the region. Seleucus acquiesced to this request, defeating and killing Lysimacus at the Battle of Korupedion. This victory gained for Seleucus all of Lysimacus’ former territory in Asia Minor and Thrace, but he was not able to savour this triumph for long. Later in the year, as he marched through Thrace, Seleucus was murdered by a refugee from the Ptolemaic court.
1 commentsNemonater11/07/19 at 22:10Jay GT4: Beauty
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Calabria, Taras AR Nomos. Circa 281-270 BC.12 views7.85g, 23mm, 6h.
Rider dismounting from horse left, holding spear and shield; EY in right field, [NIK]ΩΝ below horse
Taras seated astride dolphin left, holding barley ear in right hand and resting left on dolphin's back; API before, TAPAΣ behind, spearhead below.
Vlasto 701-3; HN Italy 969; SNG ANS 1078.

Extremely Fine; lustrous metal.
1 commentsLeo11/07/19 at 22:09Jay GT4: Love the hair o the obverse
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Calabria, Taras AR Nomos. Circa 281-240 BC.12 views6.50g, 20mm, 2h.
Nikokra- and N-, magistrates. Nude horseman galloping right, brandishing spear in right hand, shield and two spears on left arm; N behind, NIKO-KΡA in two lines below.
Taras, nude, astride dolphin to right, holding crested helmet with both hands; TAΡAΣ behind, Ionic capital below.
Vlasto 883; SNG ANS 1203.

Good Extremely Fine; attractive old cabinet tone. Very Rare.
1 commentsLeo11/07/19 at 22:09Jay GT4: Fantastic
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Elagabalus (218 - 222 A.D.)16 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: A KAICAP MA AVP ANTWNINOC EVCEB, Laureate bust right.
R: Eagle standing facing, head right, with wings spread, holding wreath in beak; LΔ (date) to left.. Dated RY 4 (220/221 A.D.)
22mm
13.59g
Köln 2326; Dattari 4153; Milne 2819 = Emmett 2921.4

Rare

Pending Wildwinds Publishing
3 commentsMat11/07/19 at 03:48Jay GT4: Nice find Mat
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IONIA, Uncertain10 viewsIONIA, Uncertain
ca. 625-600 BC.
EL 1/96 Stater; 4.5 mm, 0.17 gram (poss. Phokaic standard
Obverse: Uncertain design
reverse: Incuse square
ex. CNG
1 commentscmcdon092311/05/19 at 12:08Jay GT4: Nice early EL
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Domitian, AE Dupondius. 26 mm / 9,96 gr. 88-89 AD.17 viewsDomitian: Caesar under Vespasian 69-79 AD; Caesar under Titus 79-81 AD; Augustus 81-96 AD.

Domitian, AE Dupondius. 26 mm / 9,96 gr. 88-89 AD.
IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XIIII CENS PER PP, radiate head right with aegis / VIRTVTI AVGVSTI S-C, Virtus standing right, foot on helmet, holding spear and parazonium. RIC II 645; Paris 447; cf Sear 2798 (consular year). RIC 645
2 commentsAntonivs Protti11/04/19 at 21:45Jay GT4: Nice green patina
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Domitian RIC 2122 viewsAR Denarius, 2.87g
Rome mint, 81 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS VII DES VIII P P; Curule chair, wreath above
RIC 21 (R2). BMC p. 299 note. RSC 58. BNC -.
Ex Andrew Short Collection.

This denarius was issued very early in Domitian's reign, perhaps just prior to him being elected Pontif Maximus, hence the abbreviation PONT in the obverse legend.

Worn, but with a fine style portrait.
1 commentsDavid Atherton11/02/19 at 13:42Jay GT4: Tough coins to find in any condition
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Lysimachus AR tetradrachm44 viewsTHRACIAN KINGDOM. Lysimachus (305-281 BC) struck 287/6-281/0. AR tetradrachm (30mm, 17.17 gm, 11h). Thrace, Lysimachia.
O: Diademed head of deified Alexander III right, with horn of Ammon
R: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΛΥΣΙΜΑXΟ[Υ]; (King Lysimachus), Athena seated left, Nike in right hand crowning name, left arm resting on shield, transverse spear in background; YE monogram in exergue.

- From the Medicus Collection, Ex CGB.fr MONNAIES 9 lot 33, MONNAIES 19 lot 44 2004, MONNAIES 34 lot 102 2008, Ex Gorny and Mosch, Auction 42 (10 October 1988) lot 138. Formerly known as NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 4/5, Fine Style. - Müller 41?, Gülnar II 2696? (A. Davesne & G. Le Rider. Le trésor de Meydancikkale. 2 Vols. Paris. 1989.) Possibly unique with this monogram.

Missing the final upsilon of the name of Lysimachus, how could such a talented engraver make this mistake?
4 commentsNemonater11/02/19 at 04:21Jay GT4: Wonderful style on this one Nemo
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Thessaly Larissa AR Drachm Circa 356-342 BC 19 mm 5.94g 11h12 viewsHead of thr nymph Larissa facing slightly left,wearing ampyx.Horse standing right preparing to lie down.Lorber,Hoard,Phase L-III 38-60 BCD Thessaly II 317-9,HGC 4,454.
From the J.B Collection purchased spring 2000.
2 commentsGrant H10/31/19 at 03:04Jay GT4: Beautiful style
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Titus as Caesar RIC 61565 viewsÆ Dupondius, 9.66g
Rome mint, 73 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: T CAESAR IMP COS II CENS; Head of Titus, radiate, bearded, r.
Rev: FELICITAS PVBLICA; S C in field; Felicitas stg. l., with caduceus and cornucopiae
RIC 615 (R). BMC -. BNC 674.
Acquired from eBay, October 2019. Formerly in NGC holder 5767629-014, with grade 'VF'.

A rare variant of the common Felicitas reverse with a unique obverse legend struck for this one type in this one issue. A die pair match with the BNC plate coin. Missing from the BM's extensive collection.

Felicitas symbolising prosperity and abundance was one of the more common types struck during Vespasian's reign, often shared with Titus Caesar.

Strong early style portrait.
3 commentsDavid Atherton10/31/19 at 03:04Jay GT4: Great eye to catch this one
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Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D. Silver denarius, RIC II 381b15 viewsObverse HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P, laureate head right; reverse P M TR P COS III, Aequitas standing half left, head left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand. This scarce type is a mule, struck with a recycled older reverse die. This reverse die was first used with the obverse legend IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, struck c. 119 - 128 A.D. The normal reverse had the legend COS III.

This coin was purchased from forvm and this description is from forvm as well.
2 commentsJustin W10/30/19 at 23:13Jay GT4: Very nice coin. Congrats!
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Taras, Calabria34 views380-345 BC (Period III - The Age of Archytas)
AR Didrachm (20mm, 7.83g)
O: Naked ephebus with radiate hair riding galloping horse right, all within linear border.
R: Taras astride dolphin left, holding akrostolian in extended right hand, left hand on dolphins back; H (signature) on dolphins flank, ΤΑΡΑΣ below, all within linear border.
Vlasto 362; Fischer- Bossert 381 (V168/R296); SNG France 1712; McGill II, 19; Jameson 110; HN Italy 870
Rare
ex Roma Numismatics; ex Forvm Ancient Coins

Once again we see the 'H' signature on the side of the dolphin, although here we have a much less static horseman.
H only appears for a brief moment in Period III, and while Evans has an essay specifically dedicated to artist signatures he makes no mention of the enigmatic H or his galloping horse obverse.
On the engraver's few known specimens the signatures are all uniquely placed on the dolphin's flank.


4 commentsEnodia10/29/19 at 06:19Jay GT4: That's a wonderful coin showing the H signatur...
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RIC 007336 viewsDomitian, AR Denarius 81-96 CE. (81 CE Group 4)
Obv: Laureate head right; IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG PONT
Rev: Tripod with fillets; dolphin above; TR P COS VII DES VIII P P
RIC: 73 (R3) Not in the RIC plates
Purchased from Barakat Gallery Los Angeles

I was very happy to grab this one. It is a rare PONT denarius. All PONT denarii are either R2 (very few examples known to the authors of RIC 2007) or R3 (one example known). This coin happens to be R3, so there was only one known at the time of publication. I know where there are 3 of these. One is the RIC reference coin (it is not in the plates), the second one is owned by a Forum Ancient Coins member, and this one is the third.

I really like these first year coins of Domitian as Augustus. I find the reverse types interesting and I like the unsanitized portraits. For example, his later coins have a much more attractive nose. These coins tend to have a resemblance to coins of Titus. Understandable I suppose as Titus died unexpectedly after only 2 years in office and the delators must have been in a rush to begin the striking of new coinage.

I now have several PONT denarii. As is common with coins of Domitian, a number of these coins were misattributed. If you are going to look for a PONT denarius it is important to check the references twice when you are looking at a potential coin. I highly recommend RIC (2007), as it is the most up to date. RIC contains references for many coins of Domitian that do not appear in BMCRE or RSC. This is especially true for the PONT denarii. There are many PONT denarii the appear in RIC (2007) that do not appear in the other references. 


2 commentsorfew10/29/19 at 01:03Jay GT4: Great rarity and in wonderful condition
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Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 14. Septimius Severus, HrHJ (2018) 8.14.07.16 corr.14 viewsSeptimius Severus, AD 193-211
AE 26, 11.07g, 25.67mm, 0°
time of Pollenius Auspex (Pat Lawrence)
obv. [AV] - KAI L CE - CEVHROC
Laureate head r.
rev. NIKOPO - LI - TWN PROC ICTR
Apollo Sauroktonos, nude, with crossed legs (r. leg in front), stg. r., l. hand on tree
stump on which lizard is creeping upwards, r. hand with olive branch drawn
backwards
ref. a) not in AMNG
b) not in Varbanov
c) Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2018) No. 8.14. 7.16 corr. (writes r. hand with arrow
drawn backwards)
rare, VF, black green patina
2 commentsJochen10/27/19 at 13:27Jay GT4: That's a great looking coin
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Justin I. AV Tremissis. Struck 518-527.19 viewsConstantinople mint. (15.9mm, 1.48 g, 6h). Diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Victory advancing right, head left, holding wreath and globus cruciger; star to right; CONOB. DOC 4; MIBE 5; SB 58.1 commentsRuslan K10/27/19 at 03:28Jay GT4: Well struck for a tremissis
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Thessaly, Pherai, (302 - 286 B.C.)16 viewsAR Hemidrachm, 15mm, 2.46 grams
Obverse: Wreathed head of Ennodia left, torch to right.
Reverse: AΣTOMEΔON, The nymph Hypereia standing left touching the top of a lions head fountain from which water pours forth, AS TO within wreath to lower left.
2.46g
15mm
BCD Thessaly II, 714 // HGC 4, 553

ex BCD Collection
3 commentsMat10/26/19 at 20:09Jay GT4: Sweet!
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Paionia, Lykkeios. 359-340 BC. AR Tetradrachm of Damastion or Astibos13 viewsMacedon, Paionia, Lykkeios. 359-340 BC. AR Tetradrachm (12.80 gm) of Damastion or Astibos. Laureate head of Zeus r. in dotted border. / ΛΥΚΚ − ΕΙΟΥ, Herakles crouching l., strangling the Nemean lion. Bow and quiver below r. EF.  Exceptional luster, well struck.  Same dies: HGC 3.1 #142; Peykov E1000; NBRM Paeonia 32. Same obv. dies: AMNG III/2 p.200 #8; Babelon Traite II.4 #1253; Sotheby's Paeonian Hoard 63; SNG ANS 1019. SNG Cop 2 - .
Almost all the tetradrachms of Lykkeios are struck from the identical obverse die, with a distinctive raised square punch mark on the head of Zeus. This is possibly the tip of a punch that was sunk into the die to indicate the deepest part of the intaglio design. The die engraver failed to remove all traces of the punch.
1 commentsAnaximander10/26/19 at 19:55Jay GT4: Oh my! Incredible artistry!
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Domitian Denarius ric 266 (Titus)23 viewsCAESAR DIVI F DOMITIANVS COS VII
laureate head right.
PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS
lighted & garlanded altar.

Domitian Caesar 69-81
AR Denarius
Struck 80-81
3,08g/19mm
Ric 266 (Titus)
Ex Künker
2 commentsParthicus Maximus10/26/19 at 19:54Jay GT4: Fantastic Domitian
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Domitian Denarius ric 1081 (Vespasian)14 viewsCAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS VI
Laureate head right
PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS
Clasped hands before legionary eagle

Domitian Caesar 69-81
AR Denarius
Struck 79
3,13g/ 18mm
Ric 1081 (Vespasian)
Ex Tom Vossen
1 commentsParthicus Maximus10/26/19 at 19:54Jay GT4: Love this type. Congrats!
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Abdera. 355/354 BC. AR Tetradrachm 15 viewsThrace, Abdera. 355/354 BC. AR Tetradrachm or double siglos (11.38 gm) on Persic Stdd. Eagle-Griffin rearing l. from its base. ΑΒΔΗ above. / Hermes standing r. wearing petasos and chlamys, holding rod. Kantharos in field to r. ΕΠΙ ꞮΗΝΩΝΟΣ. Zenon, magistrate.  EF.   Very Rare. Chryssanthaki-Nagle p.127 pd.VII (plate 8 #8); HGC 3.2 #1206; May Abdera 447 (A301/P355); Imhoof-Blumer MG #6 (Abdera, plate C #2); Weber 2378 (same obv. die). cf. Triton XII #127 (same dies); NAC 114 #152. 6 commentsAnaximander10/26/19 at 19:53Jay GT4:
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1327 - 1377, EDWARD III, AR Penny, Treaty Period, struck 1361 – 1369 at London, England12 viewsObverse: + EDWARDVS REX ANGLI. Crowned bust of Edward III facing within circle of pellets. Cross pattée in legend.
Reverse: CIVITAS LONDON. Long cross dividing legend into quarters, trefoil and annulet in each quarter of inner circle.
This coin was struck during the period of the Treaty of Brétigny under which Edward III renounced his claim to the French throne.
Diameter: 19mm | Weight: 1.0gms | Die Axis: 10
SPINK: 1630

Edward III was King of England from January 1327 until his death. He is noted for his military success and for restoring royal authority after the disastrous and unorthodox reign of his father, Edward II. During his long reign Edward III transformed the Kingdom of England into one of the most formidable military powers in Europe. His reign also saw vital developments in legislation and government, in particular the evolution of the English parliament, though it also saw the ravages of the Black Death.
Edward was crowned at the age of fourteen after his father was deposed by his mother, Isabella of France, and her lover Roger Mortimer. But at the age of seventeen he led a successful coup d'état against Mortimer, whom he executed, and began his personal reign.
In 1337, after a successful campaign in Scotland, Edward declared himself the rightful heir to the French throne which started what was to become known as the Hundred Years' War. Following some initial setbacks, the first part of this war went exceptionally well for England, the victories at Crécy and Poitiers led to the highly favourable Treaty of Brétigny in which, though Edward renounced his claim to the French throne, England made great territorial gains. However Edward's later years were marked by international failure and domestic strife, largely as a result of his inactivity and poor health.
Around 29 September 1376 Edward fell ill with a large abscess and, after a brief period of recovery, the king died of a stroke at Sheen on 21 June. He was succeeded by his ten-year-old grandson, King Richard II, since the Black Prince, Edward's son and Richard's father, had predeceased Edward on 8 June 1376.
2 comments*Alex10/26/19 at 19:53Jay GT4: Nice one Alex!
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Collateral Semilibral Struck AE Quadrans - Crawford 3911 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous, Semilibral Reduction, 217-215 BCE.
AE Struck Quadrans (38.77g; 31mm).
Uncertain Italian Mint.

Obverse: Youthful head of Hercules in boarskin headdress, facing right; three pellets (mark of value=3 unciae) behind.

Reverse: Bull leaping right, snake below; three pellets (mark of value = 3 unciae) above; ROMA below.

Reference: Crawford 39/2; Sydenham 94; BMCRR (Romano-Campanian) 116.

Provenance: Ex SKA/Credit Suisse (Bern) 7 (27-29 Apr 1987), Lot 656; Dr. Busso Peus Auction 300 (28 Oct 1980), Lot 206; Munz Zentrum Auktion XXX (21 Nov 1977) Lot 76; Signorelli Collection.

This coin is part of a short-lived, semi-libral series, struck collateral to the standard prow types (Crawford 38) in 217-215 BC. The economic hardship on Rome imposed by Hannibal’s invasion led to a rapid decline in the weight of Roman bronze coins, resulting in the adoption of a semi-libral bronze standard (AE As of ½ Roman pound) and eventual elimination of cast coins. The Series 39 types and their relationship to contemporaneous Second Punic War events are interesting to ponder. Hercules is an important figure, appearing on two of the 10 available sides of the series. Likely this is a paradigm of Roman strength and heroism during the War. While Crawford attributes this series to the Rome mint, I believe the types and fabric of the coins are inconsistent with the contemporaneous, Crawford 38 prow types which are also attributed to Rome.

Frequent visitors to my gallery may notice that this coin is a duplicate of a coin already in my collection. Indeed, I recently chose to upgrade my original specimen (viewable here: http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-143993 ) with this companion. The type is difficult to find as well preserved as this specimen, so when I saw this coin, I snatched it up. For now, I’ll keep them both. The pair illustrates the general fabric of this series – well made, conical flans, likely produced in open moulds; flat fields (struck from flat-planed dies); and generally low relief.

1 commentsCarausius10/25/19 at 04:46Jay GT4: Great patina and fabulous coin
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Anchor (Third) Series, AE As - Crawford 194/125 viewsRome. The Republic
Anchor (Third) Series, 169-158 BCE.
AE As (35.22g; 35mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Laureate head of Janus; I (mark of value), above.

Reverse: Galley prow facing right; I (mark of value), above; anchor, before; ROMA, below.

References: Crawford 194/1; Sydenham 238; BMCRR 519; RBW 831.

Provenance: Ex Dr. Walter Neussel Jr. Collection [Peus Auction 420/421 (1 Nov 2017), Lot 72]; ex M&M Deutschland 9 (2001), Lot 338; Munz Zentrum Auktion XXX (21 Nov 1977) Lot 137.

The two series of Anchor bronzes are easily distinguishable by style and fabric. The first bronze anchor series (Cr 50) is of finer style and struck on good quality flans; the second bronze anchor series (actually the third anchor series overall) (Cr 194), exhibited here, is less refined, with upward gazing Janus and often poorly cast flans. In BMCRR, Grueber suggests a possible connection between coins with anchor symbol and the Quinctia gens, because anchor symbols also occur with the letter Q (see Crawford 86B).
1 commentsCarausius10/25/19 at 04:46Jay GT4: Very cool provenance
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Antonia, AE Dupondius - by Claudius22 viewsAntonia AE Dupondius. c50-54 AD. ANTONIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right / TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P S C, Claudius, togate, standing left with simpulum. Cohen 6. RIC 104. sear5 #1903
WEIGHT 11.18 gr.
DIAMETER 28 mm
2 commentsAntonivs Protti10/25/19 at 04:17Jay GT4: Lovely portrait
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Domitian RIC-788 var.59 viewsAR Denarius, 3.10g
Rome mint, 95-96 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XV; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P; Minerva stg. r. on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield (M2) *without owl*
RIC 788 var. BMC 231 var. RSC 293 var. BNC 207 var.
Ex Private Collection.

An unusual example of the standard Minerva on capital of rostral column lacking the owl, which should be at her feet to the right. Not long after this coin was struck Domitian fell victim to a palace plot. I wonder if he had seen this coin would he have taken it as an ill omen?

Good late style.
3 commentsDavid Atherton10/25/19 at 03:05Jay GT4: Amazing!
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RIC 1137 Vespasianus56 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III, Laureate head right; globe under the neck
Rev: S P Q R / P P / OB CIVES / SERVATOS, in four lines, in oak wreath
AE/Sestertius (35.24 mm 25.21 g 6h) Struck in Lugdunum (Gaul) 71 A.D.
RIC 1137 (R), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 800
ex Künker Auction 326 Lot 1352
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/24/19 at 00:01Jay GT4: Amazing portrait
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Perseus. 178-168 BC. AR Drachm 20 viewsMacedon, Perseus. 178-168 BC. AR Drachm (2.74 gm) of Thessaly, c. 171/0. Third Macedonian War issue on Rhodian stdd. to pay Cretan mercenaries. Head of Helios facing slightly r. / Rose w/ bud to r., ΕΡΜΙΑΣ (Hermias, magistrate ) above. Ɪ - Ω (Zoilos) monogram in minute letters on either side of stem. EF.  CNG 79 #179. Klein 560; Price Kraay-Morkholm Essays pp. 241-242 (Northern Greece, plate LV 247); cf SNG Cop Suppl. 358 (Rhodian Peraia); SNG Keckman 795 (Thessaly); HGC 3.1 -, 4 -. cf. Triton XVII #185, Nomos 18 #88. 1 commentsAnaximander10/22/19 at 22:10Jay GT4: They don't get much better
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BITHYNIA, KIOS AR Hemidrachm17 viewsOBVERSE: Laureate head of Apollo right
REVERSE: ΓPOΞ – ENOΣ; Ship’s prow left, ornamented with star
Proxenos, magistrate
Struck at Kios 350-300 BC
2.4g, 15mm
SNG Cop 373
Ex JAZ Numismatics
1 commentsLegatus10/21/19 at 04:48Jay GT4: Nice toning developing
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0747 THRACE. Philippopolis Hadrian, Herbus standing16 viewsReference.
RPC III, 747; Mouchmov 15, Varbanov 640

Obv. ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟϹ ϹΕΒΑϹΤΟϹ
Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r. with paludamentum seen from rear

Rev. ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΠΟΛΕΙΤΩΝ, ΡΟϹ (in ex.)
River god (Hebrus) reclining l., holding cornucopia in r. hand and reed in l., his l. arm resting on overturned amphora from which water flows

24.17 gr
34 mm
6h

Note.
Lanz 132, 27 Nov. 2006, lot 386
1 commentsokidoki10/20/19 at 01:51Jay GT4: Great coin, wonderful patina
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Taras, Calabria23 views325-280 BC
AR Tritemorion (3/4 Obol) (8mm, 0.38g)
O: Bridled head of horse right.
R: Bridled head of horse right; Φ to right.
cf Vlasto 1716; SNG France 2236; McGill II, 211v; HGC I, 926v; Cote 520v; Sear 358v; HN Italy 981
ex LAC

Possibly an unpublished variety with this control mark.


1 commentsEnodia10/19/19 at 15:24Jay GT4: Tiny!
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"Q" Quinarius, RRC 86A/127 viewsDenomination: Quinarius
Era: c. 211 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with splayed visor. Hair curl visible on far side of Roma’s neck. Behind, “V”. Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; “ROMA” in exergue. “Q” symbol below horses
Mint: S. E. Italy
Weight: 2.11 gm.
Reference: Crawford 86A/1
Provenance: Nomisma E-Live Auction 12, October 2, 2019, Lot 2034

Comments: “Q” symbol quinarius, Not to be confused with the more common Crawford 102/2 Q quinarius varieties. Very scarce, 6 examples in ACSearch at this writing.

Glossy jet black patina(?) Some reverse corrosion, otherwise GVF.
3 commentsSteve B510/19/19 at 15:23Jay GT4: Very cool denomination, congrats!
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Domitian RIC-29551 viewsÆ Dupondius, 13.50g
Rome mint, 85 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: S C in field; Trophy; to l., German captive std. l.; to r., Germania std. r.
RIC 295 (C). BMC 310. BNC 332.
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, October 2019. Ex Edgar L. Owen.

A 'Germania Capta' dupondius struck during Domitian's first issue of 85, the first bronze issue that fully celebrated the German victory. The war with the German tribe the Chatti likely took place in either 82 or 83. Domitian acquired the title 'Germanicus' in 83, the year of his German triumph. Why it took so long for these achievements to be commemorated on the bronze coinage is a mystery. Perhaps the bronze mint was not in full operation until 85? The motif of the reverse design closely follows the 'Judaea Capta' types of Vespasian (who in turn copied it from well known republican types). The trunk of the trophy even resembles a palm. The 'Germania Capta' types would be struck for only a few short years between 85-88.

Beautiful dark olive green patina.
4 commentsDavid Atherton10/19/19 at 14:59Jay GT4: Great patina
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Kassander. 319-297 BC. AR Tetradrachm of Amphipolis14 viewsMacedon, Kassander. 319-297 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.24 gm) of Amphipolis, 316-294 BC. Head of Herakles r., clad in lion skin headdress. In the name and types of Alexander III. / Zeus Aetophoros enthroned l., holding eagle and sceptre, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to r., dolphin to l., pellet in Π below throne.  gVF   CNG EA 449 #53. HGC 3.1 #991; Muller plate IX #542 (Incerti Macedoniae); Price 133; Troxell Studies, Issue L #7. 1 commentsAnaximander10/18/19 at 11:28Jay GT4: I always enjoy seeing your additions
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Demetrios I Poliorketes. 306-285 BC. AR Tetradrachm Pella 17 viewsMacedon, Demetrios I Poliorketes. 306-285 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.40 gm) of Pella 294-292 BC. Winged Nike stdg l. on prow of galley, blowing trumpet & holding stylis. / Poseidon Pelagaios advancing l. w/ trident. ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ. Ɪᵔ monogram to l.; dolphin above to r.  EF.  Lustrous. Newell DP 68 (obv. die LVII, plate VI #18); ACNAC Dewing #1196; HGC 3.1 #1012e. cf. SNG Cop 2 #1178 (no star or dolphin); SNG Munich 1042 (no dolphin, same obv. die); Sotheby's 6147 #236. 2 commentsAnaximander10/18/19 at 11:27Jay GT4: Amazing collection
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Vespasian RIC-28741 viewsÆ As, 9.19g
Rome mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: AEQVITAS AVGVSTI; S C low in field; Aequitas stg. l., with scales and rod
RIC 287 (C). BMC 600. BNC 576.
Acquired from eBay, October 2019.

After the financial mess Nero had left the empire in and the heavy costs of the recent Civil War and Judaean revolt, restoring the state's finances were a top priority for Vespasian upon his accession. This Aequitas type struck during his great bronze issue of 71 proclaims the honest administration of public finances and that lapsed standards would be restored. Aequitas holding her scales and measuring rod was probably based on a cult image of the deity. She first shows up as an imperial virtue on the coinage under Galba, a virtue that Vespasian was eager to emulate. The type comes in two variants - one with S C in exergue and, as seen here, S C low in field.

Nice dark tan patina and well centred.
2 commentsDavid Atherton10/18/19 at 11:24Jay GT4: Yes very nice
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1017 BITHYNIA Koinon of Bithynia Hadrian, Octastyle temple and Prow10 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1017; Rec 38; Rec. Gén. 41.

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙС ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СΕΒ
Laureate head of Hadrian, right

Rev. KΟΙ-ΝΟΝ ΒΕΙΘΥΝΙΑС
Octastyle temple on podium of two steps; pellet between middle columns; figure in the pediment, below stairs forepart prow.

23.85 gr
34 mm
h
1 commentsokidoki10/15/19 at 22:53Jay GT4: Big coin, nice reverse!
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Philip II Tetradrachm Lifetime Issue31 viewsPhilip II Tetradrachm Lifetime Issue Amphipolis Mint, 355-349/8.
O: Laureate head of Zeus to right.
R: ΦΙΛΙΠ ΠΟΥ Philip II, wearing kausia and chlamys and raising his right hand in salute, riding to left; horizontal club below belly.
- Le Rider 96-108

The reverse is a representation of the King’s arrival on his accession to the throne, dressed in traditional Macedonian garb.
2 commentsNemonater10/15/19 at 04:07Jay GT4: A real gem of a coin Nemo, congrats
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Thessaly, Larissa (360 - 325 B.C.)19 viewsÆ Dichalkon
O: Head of Larissa facing slightly left, wearing ampyx; grain ears in hair.
R: Horseman riding right, holding lance;
5.84g
19mm
Rogers 284; BCD Thessaly II 393; HGC 4, 530
4 commentsMat10/15/19 at 00:41Jay GT4: Sweet!
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L. Cassius Caeicianus, Denar4 viewsL. Cassius Caeicianus, Denar

RRC: 321/1
102 bc
3,74 gr

AV: CAEICIAN, Draped bust of Ceres left wearing barley-wreath
RV: L CASS(I), 2 yoked oxen, •N above

ex Künker, Auktion 318, Lot 887, 11.03.2019
Reported as ex Jesus Vico, Madrid 2009, Nr. 235.
1 commentsNorbert10/14/19 at 03:16Jay GT4: Very nice
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RIC 184 var.3 viewsDenarius, 103-111
Obv: IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P
Laur. r., aegis
Rev: S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI
Genius standing l., holding patera and cornucopiae, with altar on l.

18mm, 3.48g
Woytek 217c (42 specimen)
1 commentsklausklage10/14/19 at 03:15Jay GT4: Beauty
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Rome - AR Didrachm11 views225-217 BC
laureate head of Janus
Jupiter and Victory in quadriga right. Jupiter holding thunderbolt and scepter, Victory holding reins
ROMA
Crawford 34/1, Albert: 90.
ex Dionysos
1 commentsJohny SYSEL10/13/19 at 17:57Jay GT4: Nice one Johny
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Cr 50/3 Æ As Anonymous [Anchor]9 views209-208 b.c.e. Rome mint
Laureate head of Janus; I (value) above
Prow right; I (value) above, anchor before, ROMA below
32.66 gm 34 mm
This issue is associated with a 60-As gold piece. A nice specimen with a pronounced eye and oar-box on the prow.
1 commentsPMah10/13/19 at 03:39Jay GT4: Nice big Republican
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Alexander III. 336-323 BC. AR Tetradrachm of Arados19 viewsMacedon, Alexander III. 336-323 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.14 gm) of Arados, Attic stdd., 324-320 BC. Head of Herakles clad in lion skin headdress, r. / Zeus Aetophoros enthroned l., holding sceptre and eagle. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, ΣΩ in left field, ΑΡ (civic) monogram under throne. VF. SNG Cop 2 #800; ACNAC Dewing 1065 (same dies, rev. die engraved with only Σ in l. field); Duyrat group IV, series 6 #402 (D77/R156); HGC 3.1 #910n; Muller pg. 297 (plate XIX #1363); Price 3321; Rouvier 51; SNG Alpha Bank 671 corr. (Σꭥ). 1 commentsAnaximander10/12/19 at 04:33Jay GT4: Supurb
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Vespasian RIC-15965 viewsÆ Sestertius, 26.69g
Rome mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: IVDAEA CAPTA; S C in exergue; Palm tree; to l. Captive stg. r.; to r., Judaea std. r. on cuirass; both figures surrounded by arms
RIC 159 (C3). BMC 532. BNC 490, pl. XLIV (same dies).
Acquired from Witter Coins, eBay, October 2019. Ex Triton V, 16 January 2002, lot 1913 (From the Robert Schonwalter Collection). Ex Worner List 1, January 1951, no. 394. Formerly in NGC holder #4683650-005, with grade 'F', strike 5/5, surface 3/5.

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

For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen ... Thy men shall fall by the sword and thy mighty in the war. And her gates shall lament and mourn, and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground - Isaiah III.25-26.

In 70 AD Jerusalem was besieged and sacked and the Temple razed by the Roman forces commanded by Titus Caesar. The following year a massive joint Triumph was held in Rome for Vespasian and Titus to celebrate their successful conclusion of the Jewish Rebellion. Coins were also issued to commemorate their victory. These so called 'Judaea Capta' coins first appeared in late 70 just after the fall of Jerusalem in August, both in the precious metals and at first sparingly in bronze. It wasn't until 71, the year of the triumph, that the bronze coinage came into its own with a whole host of 'Judaea Capta' types. Probably the most famous of these depicts the ubiquitous date palm with a standing bound captive to the left and a seated Judaea to the right, both surrounded by arms. The second bronze issue of 71 saw these produced in massive quantities (Colin Kraay knew of 23 reverse dies paired with this obverse). Although the overall allegorical meaning of the reverse is readily apparent, what each individual device specifically symbolises is open to debate. We are on firm ground to assume the date palm represents the land of Judaea as H. Mattingly proposed in BMCRE II (although J. M. Cody speculated the palm possibly represents the Roman victory). The motif of the standing captive is copied from earlier Republican coin issues, reminiscent of the Gaulish and Spanish captives on those Republican types. His dress indicates he is a barbarian from outside the boundaries of Roman civilisation. In the spirit of the 'Vercingetorix' denarius, H. St. J. Hart proposed the captive is actually either Simon Bar Giora or John of Gischala(!), the two defeated Jewish commanders. The seated female figure is the personification of Judaea, the daughter of Zion. This figure is frequently seen on the various designs of the series, often paired with the palm tree. Her attitude of mourning and dejection leaves little doubt she is lamenting the defeat of her people.

Modern viewers see this as a forlorn scene of defeat, however, to the Roman coin designers the images are meant to convey victory over a worthy foe. The Jewish War was an important event for the fledgling Flavian dynasty - in essence it gave them the legitimacy to rule. The ensuing propaganda onslaught after the 'Gotterdammerung' fall of Jerusalem is awe inspiring. The slight of hand the Flavian regime pulled off which transformed defeated rebel provincials into a foreign menace is truly amazing. The coins were a major part of the regime's propaganda commemorating Vespasian's defeat of the Jews and saving the empire. Their efforts paid off, for even today this 'Judaea Capta' type is one of the most iconic and recognised reverses in the whole of Roman coinage.

Fantastic surfaces in good metal. A beauty in hand.
7 commentsDavid Atherton10/11/19 at 15:16Jay GT4: Amazing coin. Congrats!
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Cr 299/1b AR Denarius4 viewsAppius Claudius Pulcher, T. Manlius Mancius (?) & Q. Urbinius (??)
Rome mint, 111-110 BCE
Helmeted head of Roma right; quadrangular device behind
Victory driving triga right, T•MA•AP• CL•Q•VR in ex.
3.94 gm, 17 mm
The text above does not do justice to the complexity of the ligature of the legend. This variety of the type leads off with moneyer "MA", presumed, not without contrary views, to be a Manlius or a Mallius; Crawford settles on Maloleius. I retained the seller's interpretation in the header for consistency.
"AP CL", by this time frame, will be a Claudius.
Crawford also cites but disputes an earlier interpretation that "Q. VR" stood for Quaestor Urbinus, rather than an unknown Urbinus. Puzzling that a Claudius would share honors.
No associated bronze types.
This coin nicely colored.

2 commentsPMah10/10/19 at 19:33Jay GT4: Indeed.
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Cr 28/4 AR Half-Quadrigatus/Drachm7 viewsAnonymous, Rome mint
2.99 gm; 17 mm
c. 225 BCE?
Laureate head of Fontus/Janus
Jupiter in quadriga driven by Victory l., holding sceptre and thunderbolt; in ex. ROMA.
This type is associated with the series staring with the AU stater with Dioscuri/Oath scene. Crawford dates the entire series to just before the introduction of the denarius, with a theory of the dating based on style. I have not reproduced or researched the arguments here.
This coin is much nicer in hand than the photo.
2 commentsPMah10/10/19 at 19:32Jay GT4: I need one of these. Nice coin. congrats
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0972 Hadrian, Cistophorus BITHYNIA Koinon of Bithynia mint, Male in octastyle temple15 viewsReference.
cf RPC III, 974; cf Metcalf B8

Issue Reverse legend includes COM BIT

Obv. IMP CAES TRA HADRIANO AVG P P
Laureate head right

Rev. COM - BIT (in field), ROM S P AVG (in entablature)
Tetrastyle temple on podium of three steps; within, togate male standing left. holding spear in r. and Victory in left

10.46 gr
26 mm
11h
2 commentsokidoki10/09/19 at 19:57Jay GT4: You're cornering the market. Great architectu...
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RIC 002912 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 3) Rome
(20 mm )
Obv: Head laureate right; IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT
Rev: Minerva standing left with victory and spear, shield at feet; COS VII DES VIII P P
RIC 29 (R3)
Purchased from ebay October 3, 2019.



I was very pleased to grab this one when it appeared for sale. I wanted to buy it quickly as I know there are others out there who are seeking out coins like this one. It is a PONT denarius. That is it has PONT in the obverse legend. 

This is also a very rare coin. All PONT denarii are rare. In fact all of them are rated R2 (very few examples known) or R3
(one example known to the authors of RIC II part 1). I know of 3 other examples of this coin. One is owned by a Flavian specialist on Forum Ancient Coins, one is owned by another Forum Ancient Coins member, and the 3rd is the RIC reference coin which is owned by Curtis Clay.

This coin is RIC 29. I also happen to own RIC 28. RIC 28 uses the obverse legend used on more common coins: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M. RIC 28 is another rare coin (R2) and it features a different Minerva than RIC 29. RIC 29 has the Minerva holding Victory and with spear while RIC 28 does not have the Minerva with Victory. There are only 3 coin types for Domitian that include Minerva with Victory and spear (RIC 29, 30, & 99). It so happens that I now have RIC 29 and RIC 99. Of these 3 types RIC 99 is the most common, but it is still designated as rare. I quite like the Minerva with Victory type and wish they would have used it more often. The coin is a bit rough, but i think the portrait has a lot of charm.
1 commentsorfew10/09/19 at 18:10Jay GT4: Another PONT, sweet!
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Philip II. 359-336 BC. AV Stater 17 viewsMacedon, Philip II. 359-336 BC. AV Stater (8.59 gm) of Amphipolis 340/336-328. Laureate head of Apollo r. / Charioteer driving racing biga r., holding goad and reins. ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ in exergue. Ivy leaf in field to r. EF. SNG ANS 250-254; Le Rider 66 (D32/R51); HGC 3.1 #847. cf. Goldberg 80 #3261 (same dies); Roma Num. 7 #386 (same obv. die). 2 commentsAnaximander10/09/19 at 17:48Jay GT4: Sweet
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Brutus with Casca Longus, AR Denarius - Crawford 507/239 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Brutus with Casca Longus. 42 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.88g; 21mm).
Military mint, 42 BCE.

Obverse: CASCA LONGVS; Neptune's head facing right; trident below.

Reverse: BRVTVS IMP; Victory advancing right on broken scepter, holding filleted diadem and palm.

References: Crawford 507/2; HCRI 212; Sydenham1298 (R6); BMCRR (East) 63; Junia 44; Servilia 35.

Provenance: Ex V.L. Nummus Auction 12 (15 Sep 2019) Lot 68; Brüder Egger Auction 45 (12 Nov 1913) Lot 871.

Publius Servilius Casca Longus was one of the leading conspirators against Julius Caesar, and he was Tribune of the Plebs at the time of the assassination. Plutarch reports that a nervous Casca was the first to stab Caesar on the Ides of March with a glancing blow: “Casca gave him the first cut, in the neck, which was not mortal nor dangerous, as coming from one who at the beginning of such a bold action was probably very much disturbed. Caesar immediately turned about and laid his hand upon the dagger and kept hold of it. And both of them at the same time cried out, he that received the blow, in Latin, ‘Vile Casca, what does this mean?’ and he that gave it, in Greek, to his brother [Gaius] ‘Brother, help!’” [Plutarch: Lives of the noble Grecians and Romans, Arthur Clough (Ed.)] After Caesar’s assassination, Casca was given command of Brutus’ fleet. Nothing is known of Casca following the Battle of Philippi in October 42 BCE, where he likely perished or committed suicide in the aftermath.

The Neptune obverse refers to Casca’s naval command and the naval superiority of the conspirators before Philippi. Coins of the conspirators are replete with depictions of liberty and victory, and this coin is no exception. The reverse, with its broken scepter, clearly alludes to the assassins’ hope to eliminate monarchy in the Roman state and restore the Republic. Some authors have speculated that Victory is breaking the regal diadem on this type, although I don’t think that is abundantly clear.
8 commentsCarausius10/09/19 at 17:48Jay GT4: Masterpiece!
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Macedonian Kingdom. Philip II, Amphipolis mint58 viewsMacedonian Kingdom. Philip II, 359-336 BC. Silver Tetradrachm, Amphipolis mint. Early posthumous issue, struck under Kassander.
O: Zeus right wearing laurel wreath with berries.
R: Φ I Λ I Π - Π OY (Of Philip) Naked youth on horse prancing right holding long palm branch and reins; aplustre below; Γ under foreleg. Rider pl. 46, 18; SNG ANS 740. Light golden toning.

Plutarch (Alex., 3)
"To Philip, however, who had just taken Potidaea, there came three messages at the same time:
the first that Parmenio had conquered the Illyrians in a great battle, the second that his race-horse had won a victory at the Olympic games, while a third announced the birth of Alexander. These things delighted him, of course, and the seers raised his spirits still higher by declaring that the son whose birth coincided with three victories would be always victorious."

Plutarch (Alex., 4.10)
"...and (Philip) took care to have the victories of his chariots at Olympia engraved upon his coins..."

The reverse-types of Philip’s coins are nearly all agonistic, and refer either to the games celebrated by him at Dium in
honour of the Olympian Zeus (Müller, Mon. d'Alex., pp. II and 344), or, preferably, to the great Olympian games where his
chariots were victorious. We have, indeed, the direct assertion of Plutarch (Alex., c. 4) in favour of the latter
hypothesis, τας εν ‘Ολυμπια νικας των αρματων εγχαραττων τοις νομισμασιν. Philip was also successful at Olympia with the
race-horse (ιππω κελητι νενικηκέναι; Plut., Alex., 3), a victory of which he perpetuated the memory on his tetradrachms. The horseman
with kausia and chlamys is less certainly agonistic, and may (perhaps with a play upon his name) represent the king
himself as a typical Macedonian ιππευς.
Philip’s coins were struck at many mints in various parts of his empire. For the various mint-marks which they bear see
Müller’s Num. d'Alex. le Grand, the local attributions in which are, however, to be accepted with great caution. They
continued to circulate in Europe long after his death, and the Gauls, when they invaded and pillaged Greece, took vast
numbers of them back into their own land, where they long continued to serve as models for the native currency of Gaul and
Britain. (Historia Numorum, Barclay V. Head, 1887)

It is clear that, trying hard to show off, to pass and ultimately to impose his Greek character, Philip was especially
interested in the aesthetic aspect of his coins and also in the propaganda and psychological effects they would have
on the rest of the Greek world, and especially on "those sarcastic, democratic Athenians" and on "the more barbarian" people than himself...

Demosthenes (19, 308)
"And as for Philip,—why, good Heavens, he was a Greek of the Greeks, the finest orator and the most thorough—going
friend of Athens you could find in the whole world. And yet there were some queer, ill-conditioned fellows in Athens who
did not blush to abuse him, and even to call him a barbarian! "
4 commentsNemonater10/09/19 at 04:06Jay GT4: That's a great coin
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RIC 003427 viewsDomitian AR Denarius, 81 CE (Group 3)
3.23g
Rome mint, 81 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG PONT; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS VII DES VIII P P; Seat, draped; above, winged thunderbolt
RIC 34 (R3). BMC -. RSC -
Ex: Harry N. Sneh Collection.
Ex: David Atherton Collection




This very rare denarius of Domitian was struck in 81 CE, Domitian's first year as Augustus. Just how rare is this coin? It is marked as R3- one example known to Carradice and Buttrey, the authors of RIC II part 1 (2007). This coin appears to be a double die match for the RIC plate coin. This is hardly surprising. It would have been surprising if this coin had different dies which would have suggested a larger mintage. This coin appears to be the second one known of its type.

It is also not surprising that this coin is a PONT denarius. Many of the rarest issues in 81 CE are PONT denarii. These coins are particularly prized by collectors because of their rarity and because they are interesting. It is surmised that the use of PONT in the obverse legend was used before Domitian officially took the title of PM or Pontifex Maximus. In fact PM is used in many of the obverse legends in the 4 groups of denarii struck for Domitian in 81 CE.

There is another reason that I am thrilled to have this coin-the provenance. This coin was part of the collection of Harry Sneh. Mr. Sneh was a well known collector who had collected many interesting Flavian coins. After his passing, the coins were distributed in auctions. Mr. Sneh had a great eye for coins and I would love to have more from his collection. In fact, when I acquired this coin it came with another PONT denarius that was also once the property of Harry Sneh.

This will take an important place in my coins of Domitian collection.
1 commentsorfew10/08/19 at 12:33Jay GT4: Very nice!
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RIC 002130 viewsDomitian AR Denarius, 81 CE (Group 3)
3.24g
Rome mint, 81 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS VII DES VIII P P; Curule chair, wreath above
RIC 21 (R2). BMC p. 299 note. RSC 58
Ex: Harry N. Sneh Collection
Ex: David Atherton Collection



Though I already had an example of RIC 21, when this became available I had to have it. First of all it is a rare PONT denarius. This refers to the use of PONT in the obverse legend. The speculation is that PONT was used before Domitian was officially named Pontifex Maximus.

Another reason I wanted the coin is the condition. Just look at that expressive portrait. These early portraits of Domitian have a lot of character. 

Another reason I wanted the coin is that it was once owned by Mr. Harry Sneh. After Mr. Sneh passed away his collection was dispersed to many other collectors through auctions. Mr. Sneh certainly had good taste in coins. He also had many rarities such as this coin.

This coin rates as R2 or very few examples known to the authors of RIC II part 1 (Carradice and Buttrey, 2007). I have 1, there is one in Vienna, one in Copenhagen (RIC), and one at Albert-Ludwigs university (OCRE). I have not been able to find any others.

I would love to add more of these PONT denarii to my collection.
2 commentsorfew10/08/19 at 12:33Jay GT4: Oh man, what a great coin
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3266 CILICIA, Tarsus Hadrian Tridrachm Sandan standing30 viewsReference.
RPC III 3266; Prieur 767; SNG BN 1407-9.

Issue Second group

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΘΕ ΤΡΑ ΠΑΡ ΥΙ ΘΕ ΝΕΡ ΥΙ ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟϹ ϹΕ.
Laureate head of Hadrian, r. with drapery on l. shoulder

Rev. ΤΑΡϹΕΩΝ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΕΩϹ.
Sandan, wearing tall headdress and long cloak, standing, r., on horned lion; he wears on his l. side bow-case and sword crossing the bow-case; his r. hand is raised and he holds bipennis and wreath in l.

10.20 gr
25 mm
12h

Note.
Sandan was a Hittite High God, and like all the High Gods, his feet were believed never to touch the earth. Riding on the back of a powerful mythical animal, as Sandan does here with a horned lion, was an often-used means of transportation for these Gods. Sandan's appearance on a 2nd Century AD Cilician coin shows the lasting impact of the Hittite occupation of Cilicia, which occurred 18 centuries before this coin was struck.
2 commentsokidoki10/08/19 at 02:42Jay GT4: Wonderful
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Vespasian RIC-22138 viewsÆ Sestertius, 19.38g
Rome mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVSTI; S C in exergue; Victory stg. r., l. foot on helmet, inscribing OB / CIV / SERV on shield on palm tree; to r., Judaea std. r.
RIC 221 (C3). BMC 582. BNC 561.
Ex CNG eAuction 453, 2 October 2019, lot 522.

The commonness of most Judaea Capta types underscores how important the Jewish War and subsequent defeat of the Jews was to the fledgling Flavian dynasty. This iconic sestertius from the second bronze issue of 71 was struck in fairly plentiful numbers and copies a similar Victory type coined under Vitellius. It very likely was the first 'Judaea Capta' type struck for Vespasian. Colin Kraay records 21 different reverse dies used for this one type alone. The iconography on the reverse is quite explicit. Victory, nude from the waist up, is inscribing a shield attached to the trunk of a palm tree, the palm being a topographical symbol for the land of Judaea. The personification of Judaea herself sits in dejected mode to the right of the palm. The inscription on the shield, OB CIV SERV - 'for saving the citizens', credits the emperor for keeping the empire safe. The clear allegorical message of the reverse giving the credit to Vespasian for defeating the Jews and saving the empire would have been quite apparent to most people handling this coin. The amount of propaganda squeezed from the rebellion of such a small region is indeed remarkable. Josephus' declaration of the Jewish War as the 'greatest' of all time would have been quite welcomed by the Flavian regime.

Beautiful dark olive green patina good style.

NB: Special thanks to Curtis Clay for the Kraay citation.
2 commentsDavid Atherton10/07/19 at 19:44Jay GT4: Amazing!
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RIC 1023B Titus56 viewsObv: T CAES VESPASIAN IMP PON TR POT COS VI, Laureate head right, bust draped
Rev: S C, Spes standing left, holding flower
AE/Sestertius (32.30 mm 22.05 g 6h) Struck in Rome 77-78 A.D.
RIC, BMCRE, BNF unpublished
purchased 9/2019 on eBay from ancient17
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/07/19 at 19:43Jay GT4: Great find
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RIC 006410 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 4) Rome
Obv: Laureate head right, IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM
Rev: Seat draped, above semi-circular frame decorated with corn ears; TR P COS VII DES VIII PP
RIC 64 (R), BMC --, RSC--
Savoca Auctions 6th Blue Auction October 5, 2019
1 commentsorfew10/07/19 at 04:29Jay GT4: Glad you got it. Looks like he's biting his l...
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CITY-GATE, Septimius Severus, MOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis.193-211 AD 25 viewsMOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis. Septimius Severus. 193-211 AD. Æ 26mm (10.18 gm: h 8). Aurelius Gallus, magistrate. AVT L CEPT CEVHP PER, laureate head right / UP AUP GALLOU NIKOPOLEITWN PROC ICTP, city gate, small temple seen through doorway, ornate large colonnaded building above. AMNG I 1331; BMC Thrace pg. 42, 7; SNG Copenhagen -; Price & Trell 45 (fig. 26). Sear GIC 2124. H&J 8.14.46.1 (R7); Varbanov 2733 (R6)
Very rare, dark green patina, near extremely fine.
Ex Gorny & Mosch 186, 8 March 2010, lot 1524
2 commentsAncient Aussie10/07/19 at 04:28Jay GT4: Great reverse and patina!
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varb1600 xx12 viewsElagabalus
Philippopolis, Thrace

Obv: AVT K M AVP ANTΩNEINOC, laureate draped and cuirassed bust left, holding shield, spear over right shoulder.
Rev: MHTPOΠOΛEΩC ΦIΛIΠΠOΠOΛEΩC (NE) →ΩKO; in left field, P; in right field, OV. Nude athlete standing front, throwing spear with his right hand and holding discus in his left.
31 mm, 17.27 gms

Varbanov ---; SNG Cop ---; Lanz Auction 117 (2003), lot 999; Leu Numismatik Auction 9, lot 657 (this coin)
1 commentsCharles M10/06/19 at 23:40Jay GT4: Fantastic Charles
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RIC 00998 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 82 CE First Issue
Rome
(3.13 g)
Obv: Head Laureate right; IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM
Rev: Minerva stg left with victory and spear, at feet shield; TR POT COS VIII
RIC 99 (R)
Purchased from Ebay August 2, 2019



Minerva reverses on Domitian denarii are not at all rare. in fact these reverses dominate the denarii of Domitian. However, before this occurred there were some interesting appearances of minerva on the early denarii for Domitian as Augustus. The above coin is one of these. Issued in 82 CE, this early denarius features Minerva holding victory. I personally think this version of Minerva is both interesting and attractive. I wish it had been carried on for other issues. I also feel the same about the COS XIIII and CENS P PP reverses from later in Domitian's reign.

While this coin is not really rare, it is a scarce coin. I am very happy to add this one to my collection. I am always keeping an eye out for interesting Minerva reverses on the denarii of Domitian, and I hope to add more of them.

1 commentsorfew10/06/19 at 21:56Jay GT4: Nice rarity
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Claudius AE Dupondius Ceres23 viewsClaudius (41 – 54 AD)

AE Dupondius, Rome, 42 – 50 AD

Struck to celebrate the works at Ostia port

Obv: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP, bare bust left.
Rev: CERES AVGVSTA S C, Ceres seated on throne left.
RIC I 94

Weight: 9.9g.
Diameter: 26mm.
1 commentsJose Polanco10/06/19 at 21:55Jay GT4: Beautiful patina
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Denar, RIC 3, p.268, 674 - Faustina II, Diana Lucifera38 viewsFaustina Minor
AR-Denar, Rome, ca. AD 161
Obv.: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, hair bun without pearls
Rev.: DIANA LVCIF, Diana standing left, holding long lighted torch in both hands.
Ag, 3.41g, 17mm
Ref.: Strack 520b, BMCRE 87, Cohen 85, RIC 674, CRE 174 [S]
2 commentsshanxi10/05/19 at 19:25Jay GT4: Wonderful portrait
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IONIA, Uncertain19 viewsca. 600-550 BC.
EL Myshemihekte (1/24 Stater); 6 mm, 0.63 grams
Obverse: Archaic head right
Reverse: Quadripartite incuse square
Heavily worn, but very rare.
ex. CNG
cf. CNG 99, lot 245 (image inserted at right to show additional detail)
1 commentscmcdon092310/03/19 at 23:41Jay GT4: Love these tiny EL coins
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Titus RIC-13732 viewsÆ Sestertius, 23.56g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: ANNONA AVG; Annona stg. l., with statuette of Aequitas and cornucopiae; to l., modius with corn ears; to r., stern of ship
RIC 137 (C2). BMC 153. BNC 152.
Acquired from Dr. Busso Peus Nachf., September 2019.

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

A fabulous portrait in fine style.
3 commentsDavid Atherton10/03/19 at 14:39Jay GT4: Great portrait
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Maximianus Herculius75 viewsAE-Quinarius
IMP MAXIMIANVS AVG; Laureate and cuirassed bust to right.
VIRTVTI AVGG; Herakles wrestling Antaeus; he lifts Antaeus up into the air by the waist while Antaeus tries to break his grip.
Ex: -
Lugdunum
RIC-; B.47corr; King 22
3 commentsJulianus of Pannonia10/02/19 at 22:55Jay GT4: Fantastic rarity!
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Maximinus I RIC IV, 7895 viewsMaximinus I 235 - 238
AE - Sestertius, 20.72g, 29mm
Rome Jan. 236 - March/Apr. 238
obv. MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM
draped, cuirassed bust, laureate head r.
rev. FIDES - MILITVM
Fides standing facing, head l., holding military standard in each hand
between S - C
RIC IV/2, 78; C.13
about VF, nice green patina
2 commentsJochen10/01/19 at 21:38Jay GT4: Nice patina
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AUGUSTUS AR Denarius16 viewsOBVERSE: CAESAR AVGVSTVS, head left wearing oak wreath
REVERSE: DIVVS-IVLIVS to left and right of eight rayed comet
with tail upwards
Uncertain Spanish Mint, possibly Caesaraugusta 19-18 BC
3.45g, 21mm
RIC 137b RSC 97
2 commentsLegatus10/01/19 at 20:02Jay GT4: Nice coin!
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RIC 0609 Titus20 viewsObv: T CAES VESP IMP PON TR P COS II CENS, Laureate head right
Rev: ROMA / S C, Roma standing left holding Vicotry and spear
AE/Sestertius (33.92 mm 25.25 gr6h) Struck in Rome 73 A.D.
RIC 609 (R2, Vespasian), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 670
ex eBay 9/2019
1 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/01/19 at 17:31Jay GT4: Outstanding!
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3075 CAPPADOCIA, Caesaraea. Hadrian Hemidrachm 119-20 AD Nike11 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3075; S 256, Metcalf Conspectus 86b

Issue Year 4

Obv. ΑΥΤΟ ΚΑΙϹ ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟϹ ϹΕΒΑϹΤ
Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, right, seen from front

Rev. ΕΤ Δ
Nike advancing r., holding wreath in r. hand, palm in left

1.61 gr
15 mm
12h
1 commentsokidoki09/30/19 at 23:24Jay GT4: The eastern portraits are always interesting
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Trajan Tetradrachm - Eagle on Thunderbolt (Prieur 1487 this coin)19 viewsAR Tetradrachm
Antioch, Seleucis and Pieria, 98-99 AD
14.98g

Obv: Laureate head of Trajan (R), wearing ornate ceremonial aegis.
ΑΥΤΟΚΡ ΚΑΙС ΝΕΡ ΤΡΑΙΑΝΟС СΕΒ ΓΕΡΜ

Rev: Eagle standing facing on thunderbolt, head right and wings spread, with wreath in beak.
ΔΗΜΑΡΧ ΕΞ ΥΠΑΤ B

McAlee 427 (this coin); RPC 3512/1 (this coin); Prieur 1487 (Tyre, this coin)
Extremely Rare; only two examples known to Prieur and RPC, including this example.

This coin published in M. Prieur, A Type Corpus of The Syro-Phoenician Tetradrachms and Their Fractions from 57 BC to AD 253 (Lancaster, 2000)
This coin published in R. McAlee, The Coins of Roman Antioch (Lancaster, 2007)
This coin published in A. Burnett, M. Amandry, I. Carradice, Roman Provincial Coinage, vol. II (London and Paris, 1999)

Roma Numismatics Auction XVIII, Lot 760, 29/09/19
ex. Michel Prieur Collection
ex. Edward J. Waddell Ltd., Fixed Price List 48, October 1990, lot 66.
3 commentsOptimo Principi09/30/19 at 23:14Jay GT4: And a great provenance too!
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Postumus, RIC V, 7433 viewsPostumus, AD 260-269
Billon-Antoninian, 3.67g, 22.50mm, 180°
Trier, AD 262
obv. IMP C POSTVMVS PF AVG
Bust, draped and cuirassed, laureate, r.
rev. MINE - R - FAVTR
Minerva Fautrix, helmeted, advancing l., holding in l. hand spear and shield and
in raised r. hand olive-branch
ref. RIC V/2, 74; C. 195; RSC 195a; Mairat 45-50; AGK 44
VF, attractive
Pedigree:
ex CNG 11/2007
From Forum Ancient Coins, thanks!

The rev. seems to honour the Legio I Minerva. The interesting reverse legend MINER FAVTR stands for Minerva Fautrix, the favouring (partisan) Minerva. Perhaps the message is that Minerva offered Postumus wisdom, military power (note the spear and shield), and peace (note the branch) (FAC)
2 commentsJochen09/30/19 at 15:44Jay GT4: Great portrait
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Constans, RIC VIII, Cyzicus 7296 viewsConstans AD 337-335, son of Constantine I
AE - Bronze centenionalis, 4.09g, 21.7mm
Cyzicus 2nd officina, AD 348-350
Av. DN CONSTA - NS PF AVG
pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust l., holding globe in r. hand
Rv. FEL TEMP REPA - RATIO
Soldier right leading barbarian from hut under tree
ex. SMKB
RIC VIII, Cyzikus 72
Choice EF, nice patina!; ex J. Aiello coll.
From Forum Ancient Coins, thanks!

I couldn't resist the impressive portrait!
1 commentsJochen09/30/19 at 12:56Jay GT4: Great patina and the portrait is fantastic
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CILICIA. Celenderis. Ca. 425-350 BC. AR stater16 viewsCILICIA. Celenderis. Ca. 425-350 BC. AR stater (20mm, 10.84 gm, 3h). NGC XF 4/5 - 4/5. Persic standard, ca. 425-400 BC. Youthful nude male rider, reins in right hand, kentron in left, dismounting from horse prancing left; A below / KEΛ, goat with long whiskers kneeling left, head right; two long stalks above, one terminating in flower, the other in large ivy leaf, all in incuse circle. SNG France 2, 46.2 commentsMark R109/27/19 at 20:57Jay GT4: Great one Mark
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RIC 146 var.5 viewsAureus, 103-111
Obv: IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P
Laur. r., aegis.
Rev: COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC
Octastyle temple, adorned with five statues; within, figure of Jupiter (or Pax) standing.

6.26g, 18mm
Woytek 267r (2 specimen): Temple of Honos?
1 commentsklausklage09/27/19 at 20:57Jay GT4: Fantastic coin with a great Aegis
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206 Hadrian Denarius Roma 119-22 AD Clementia standing12 viewsReference.
RIC 206; C. 218. Hill 430; BMC 537; Strack 333

Obv: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS.
Bare head right

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

3.19 gr
19 mm
6h
1 commentsokidoki09/27/19 at 02:40Jay GT4: Very nice
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Vespasian RIC 6447 viewsÆ As, 9.15g
Rome mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M TR P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r., with aegis
Rev: T ET DOMITIAN CAESARES PRIN IVVENT; S C in field; Titus and Domitian riding r., with hands raised
RIC 64 (R2). BMC 750. BNC 469.
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, September 2019.

An extremely rare early dynastic As struck during Vespasian's first As issue at Rome. H. Mattingly in the BMCRE mistakenly attributes it to Tarraco, but does express doubt in a footnote. Only one reverse die is known and apparently it was used to produce both dupondii and Asses. This specimen is undoubtedly an As due to the copper composition and the low weight. It is a double die match with the lone specimen in the BM and both examples in the BN. This reverse with Titus and Domitian on horseback (oddly, Cohen has them holding spears) copies a similar type struck on the denarius and boldly announces Vespasian's intention to found a dynasty.

Interestingly, this early style portrait features an aegis, an added level of prestige.
2 commentsDavid Atherton09/26/19 at 00:12Jay GT4: Great issue
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RIC 0044 Domitianus41 viewsObv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMIT AVG PONT, Laureate head right
Rev : TR P COS VII DES VIII P P, Altar, garlanded and lighted
AR/Denarius (18.72 mm 3.255 g 6h) Struck in Rome 81 A D (4th Group)
RIC 44 (R2), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex Savoca 24th Blue Auction Lot 1246
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus09/25/19 at 16:53Jay GT4: Beautiful find Alberto, congrats
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0233 - Denarius Servilia 57 BC9 viewsObv/ Head of Flora with flower crown; behind, lituus; around, FLORAL PRIMVS.
Rev/ Soldiers facing each other, holding swords and shields; in ex., C SERVEIL; C F on field.

Ag, 18.8 mm, 3.85 g
Moneyer: C. Servilius C.f.
Mint: Rome.
RRC 423/1 [dies o/r: 99/110]
ex-DNW, auction Feb 2019, lot 683
1 commentsdafnis09/24/19 at 02:26Jay GT4: Wonderful coin
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0232 - Denarius Vespasian 70 AC11 viewsObv/ Laureate bust of V. r., around IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG.
Rev/ Confronted heads of Titus to r., and Domitian to l.; around, CAESAR AVG F COS CAESAR AVG F PR.

Ag, 18.9 mm, 3.34 g
Mint: Roma
RIC II.2/16 [R] – BMCRE II/3
ex-CNG, auction e438, lot 491
1 commentsdafnis09/24/19 at 02:25Jay GT4: Nice!
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Valerian I (253 - 260 A.D.)19 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: A K Π ΛI OVAΛEPIANOC EV EVC, Laureate and cuirassed bust right
R: Tyche seated left, holding rudder and cornucopia; L Δ (Year 4, 256/7 A.D.) to upper left.
10.54g
24mm
Köln 2867; Dattari (Savio) 5174; K&G 88.28; Emmett 3721.4.
3 commentsMat09/21/19 at 01:26Jay GT4: Very nice!
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Domitian RIC-38340 viewsÆ As, 9.49g
Rome mint, 85 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: MONETA AVGVST; S C in field; Moneta stg. l., with scales and cornucopiae
RIC 383 (C3). BMC -. BNC 374.
Acquired from Musa Numismatic, September 2019.

In 82 Domitian reformed the coinage by increasing the weight of the gold and fineness of the silver. Production of the bronze coinage was suspended while the mint was reorganised and resumed in 84 with new reverse types and a higher artistic standard. Appropriately, one of the first types struck on the bronze after the coinage reform was Moneta, 'mint goddess of the emperor'. H. Mattingly believes Moneta in this context can be seen as symbolising Domitian's control of the mint and as paymaster to the empire. A fitting reverse design for an emperor who cared so much for his coinage. Mirroring the silver, many of the bronze coins struck in the first year or so after the coinage reform have portraits with an aegis, an extra detail likely due to Domitian's attentive care. Under Domitian Moneta became a regular feature of the coinage and was struck year after year on the As issues. This example from 85 is one of the most common types struck for the As that year. Oddly enough, it is missing from the BM.

One gets the impression that Domitian was quite proud of his coinage reforms and Moneta was a symbolic reverse celebrating that achievement.

A nice example in hand, much better than the photo suggests.
3 commentsDavid Atherton09/20/19 at 23:59Jay GT4: Sweet!
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Vespian Tetradrachm 21 viewsAlexandrian Tetradrachm year 2 of Vespasian (thanks to the fourm I know the year! Thank you) Rev: Nike facking left holding wreath and palm. 24 mm 11.39gm as worn a bit. 2 commentsRob P09/19/19 at 13:30Jay GT4: Great historical type!
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Titus as Caesar RIC 63534 viewsÆ As, 10.08g
Rome mint, 73 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: T CAES IMP PON TR P COS II CENS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: S C in exergue; Titus stg. r., with branch and sceptre, in quadriga r.
RIC 635 (R). BMC -. BNC 688.
Acquired from Marc Breitsprecher, September 2019.

In 71 AD Vespasian and Titus held a double triumph celebrating their victory in the recently concluded Judaean War. The spectacular triumph was held a few days after Titus' arrival from the East in June and could be viewed as his effective homecoming party. Mary Beard has shrewdly observed that the triumph served as 'the Flavian coronation, the official launch party and press night of the Flavian dynasty.' It was the first time after Vespasian's rise to the purple that the whole family could be seen together by the Roman populace. Vespasian and Titus were identically dressed riding in matching quadrigas while Domitian trotted alongside on a splendid mount. By showcasing his eldest son on an equal footing in the procession, it left little doubt who would succeed after his death. Coins were struck in all metals to commemorate the event. Here is a rare As with a reverse depicting Titus Caesar in a triumphal quadriga, a clear commemoration of the joint triumph. Oddly, this type is more commonly seen in silver from Antioch. The piece serves as a superb memento of the 'Greatest Show on Earth' triumph put on by the Flavian regime in the late First century.

Not in the BM. RIC cites only a specimen in the Paris collection (BNC 688), a double die match with this coin as pointed out by C. Clay.

Worn, but the major devices are still quite visible.
3 commentsDavid Atherton09/19/19 at 13:28Jay GT4: Awesome find!
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Syracuse, Hieronymos18 viewsSicily, Syracuse, Hieronymos. 215-214 BC. AR 10 Litrai (8.46 gm). Diademed head Hieronymos l., ꓘ to r. / Winged thunderbolt, magistrate name ΚΙ below, ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΙΕΡΩΝΟΥΜΟΥ. EF. SNG ANS 5 #1028-1030 (same obv. die); ACNAC: Davis 63, Dewing 962 (same obv. die); HGC 2 #1567. Holloway (Portrait A) 1969 #41; SNG Lloyd 1565. cf. SNG Cop 1 #872-875 (monogram). 1 commentsAnaximander09/18/19 at 02:57Jay GT4: They just keep coming! Wow!
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11 viewsCALABRIA
TARENT
AR-Drachme, 302/280 v. Chr.; 3,22 g. Athenakopf r. mit attischem Helm, steinschleudernde Scylla als Helmzier//Eule r., r. Olivenzweig. Ravel, Vlasto 1047 ff.; Rutter, Historia Numorum 975. Sehr schön Exemplar der Sammlung Kochs. Ex: Dr. Eugen Nitsch, Auktion Adolph Hess Nachf. 236, Frankfurt am Main Monday, April 3, 1939, Nr. 69.
1 commentspaul188809/17/19 at 03:19Jay GT4: Nice!
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Denarius, M. Aurelius Scaurus, L. Licinius Crassus, Cn. Domitius Ahenobarbus2 viewsDenarius, M. Aurelius Scaurus, L. Licinius Crassus, Cn. Domitius Ahenobarbus

RRC: 282/1
118 bc
3,89 gr

AV: Head of Roma right, helmeted. "ROMA" "M.AURELI"
RV: Gaulish warrior in biga rightHead of Roma right, helmeted "SCAUR","L LIC CN DOM"

ex Artemide Aste, eLive auction 5b, Lot 208, 11.11.2018
1 commentsNorbert09/16/19 at 22:28Jay GT4: Incredible coin. Congrats!
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Kings of Macedon. Kolophon. Antigonos I Monophthalmos 320-301 BC. As Strategos of Asia, 320-306/5 BC, or king, 306/5-301 BC. In the name and types of Alexander III. Struck circa 310-301 BC Drachm AR 16mm., 3,89g13 viewsObv.Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin.
Rev. Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, uncertain mark above crescent in left field, monogram of KAP below throne.
Price 1827 
1 commentsCanaan09/16/19 at 20:19Jay GT4: Nice little drachm
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Syracuse, Hieron II10 viewsSicily, Syracuse, Hieron II. 274-216 BC. AR 16 Litra (13.44 gm) struck c. 240-216 BC. Veiled and diademed head of Queen Philistis l., torch behind. / Fast quadriga driven r. by Nike, ΒΑΣΙΛΑΙΣΣΑΣ above, E (magistrate) below horses, ΦΙΛΙΣΤΙΔΟΣ in ex. EF. Pegasi 123 #42. SNG ANS 5 #884 (same dies) #886-887 (same obv. die); Burnett SNR 62, pl. 3 #47 (same dies); Cahn Basel #533; Caltabiano et al Siracusa #37 (D11/R-); Gulbenkian 355; HGC 2 #1553 (same obv. die) /1554; SNG Cop 1 #823. cf. Triton X #102, Nomos 15 #32. 1 commentsAnaximander09/16/19 at 19:50Jay GT4: Oh man! That is gorgeous. The Victory in the qua...
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Marc Antony, AR Denarius - Crawford 533/218 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Marcus Antonius. 43 BCE.
AR Denarius (4.07g; 18mm).
Military mint in Athens, Summer 38 BCE.

Obverse: M ANTONIVS M F M N AVGVR IMP TER; Antony in the priestly robes of an augur, standing right and holding lituus.

Reverse: III VIR R P C COS DESIG ITER ET TERT; Radiate head of Sol facing right.

References: Crawford 533/2; HCRI 267; Sydenham 1199; BMCRR (East) 141; Antonia 80.

Provenance: Ex Kentfield Coll. [Heritage Auction 3067 (9 Jun 2018) Lot 33340]; Michele Baranowski Auction (25 Feb 1931), Lot 1274.

In 50 BCE, Antony was appointed to the College of Augurs, an important group whose job was divining the will of the gods by interpreting auspices (birds and such) and providing advice based on these divinations. Antony was particularly proud of this appointment and referred to it frequently on his coinage, perhaps as a means of highlighting his traditional republican sensibilities. On this coin, he is depicted in full augur regalia. Sol on the reverse is a reference to The East, which Antony controlled per the renewal of the Second Triumvirate several months earlier. The inscriptions reference his augurship, second imperatorial acclamation, and designated second and third consulships. The coin was likely struck in Athens where Antony and Octavia were living after their marriage.
2 commentsCarausius09/16/19 at 03:05Jay GT4: Wonderful!
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Ptolemy V. Tetradrachm. Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. 204-180 BC.24 viewsAlexandria mint. (25mm., 13,03g.)

Diademed head of Ptolemy I right, wearing aegis around neck / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, no control marks.

Svoronos 1231; SNG Copenhagen 244-5.
1 commentsRuslan K09/16/19 at 02:12Jay GT4: Nice coin!
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Titus RIC-24853 viewsÆ As, 10.39g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
RIC 248 (C). BMC 217. BNC 222.
Acquired from eBay, September 2019.

A fairly common As struck in Titus' large second issue of bronze in 80-81. Because Titus did not take up the consulship in 81, the issue cannot be dated more precisely. The Victory on prow is a carry-over type from the coinage of Vespasian, who in turn borrowed it from the coinage of Augustus. It is a fairly popular generic design symbolising the emperor's military successes. The prow lends it a nautical theme, perhaps alluding to a successful ongoing Flavian naval policy.

Very attractively toned with a pleasing portrait.
2 commentsDavid Atherton09/14/19 at 13:25Jay GT4: Attractive portrait with pleasing tone
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ATTICA. Athens. Ca. 2nd-1st centuries BC. AR tetradrachm29 viewsATTICA. Athens. Ca. 2nd-1st centuries BC. AR tetradrachm (34mm, 16.94 gm, 12h). NGC XF 4/5 - 3/5, brushed, die shift. New Style coinage, ca. 148/7 BC, Ammo(nius) and Dio-, magistrates. Head of Athena right, wearing triple-crested Attic helmet decorated with a vine scroll, Pegasus above solid upturned cheek flap / A-ΘE / AM/MΩ / ΔIO, owl standing facing on overturned amphora; kerchnos in left field, A below, all within wreath. Thompson 101a. 4 commentsMark R109/11/19 at 04:55Jay GT4: Very nice!
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C. SULPICIUS C.f. GALBA AR Serrate Denarius12 viewsOBVERSE: Conjoined laureate heads of the Dei Penates left
REVERSE: Two soldiers swearing oath over a sow; F above; C SVLPICI C F in ex
Struck at Rome, 106 BC
3.8g, 19mm
Cr312/1; Syd 572; Sulpicia 1
1 commentsLegatus09/09/19 at 22:19Jay GT4: Wonderful obverse. Congrats!
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Syracuse, Dionysios I. 9 viewsSicily, Syracuse, Dionysios I. 405-395 BC. AR Litra (0.77 gm). Head of Arethusa l., hair in sphendone, dolphin to r. ΣꓦΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ before. / Octopus. A hidden legend (ΣΥΡΑΚΟΥ) is allegedly formed by the octopus tentacles. VF. Bt. FUN show, 2017. SNG ANS 5 #293-294; HGC 2 #1381; SNG Ashmolean 2018; SNG Cop 1 #675; SNG Fitzwilliam 1259; SNG Lloyd 1400-1402; SNG Munchen 1096 (all with same dies). 1 commentsAnaximander09/09/19 at 22:17Jay GT4: Very nice!
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BCC RI2533 viewsRoman Imperial
Geta Caesar 198-211 CE
AR Denarius
Obv:P SEPT GETA CAES PONT
Bare-headed, draped bust right
Rev: PRINC IVVENTVTIS
Geta standing left, holding branch
and spear, trophy to right
19mm. 3.27gm. Axis:0
possible reference: RIC 18 Rome Mint
2 commentsv-drome09/09/19 at 19:34Jay GT4: I would never clean this!
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L. Cornelius Lentulus & C. Claudius Marcellus, Denarius 4 viewsL. Cornelius Lentulus & C. Claudius Marcellus, Denarius

RRC: 445/2
49 bc
3,82 gr

AV: Head of Apollo right; L LENT C MARC before, COS behind.
RV: Jupiter standing facing, holding thunderbolt and eagle; on right, altar decorated with garland; on left, star and Q.

ex Gemini, Auct XIV, Lot 425, 18.04.2018
reported as: "Ex Philip T. Ashton Collection. Ex SC Collection".
1 commentsNorbert09/08/19 at 19:56Jay GT4: Fantastic
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Q. Sicinius & C. Coponius, Denarius 5 viewsQ. Sicinius & C. Coponius, Denarius

RRC: 444/1a
49 bc
3,97 gr

AV: Head of Apollo right, star below; Q.SICINIVS before, III.VIR behind.
RV: Club of Hercules surmounted by lion skin with scalp to right; arrow on left, bow on right; C COPONIVS PR S C around.

ex Gemini, Auct XIV, Lot 424, 18.04.2018
reported as: "Ex Philip T. Ashton Collection".
1 commentsNorbert09/08/19 at 19:55Jay GT4: Great coin
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1272 - 1307, EDWARD I, AR Penny, Struck 1296 - 1306 at Berwick-on-Tweed, England7 viewsObverse: + EDWAR ANGL DNS HYB. Crowned bust of Edward I facing within circle of pellets. Cross pattée in legend.
Reverse: VILLA BEREVVICI. Long cross dividing legend into quarters, trefoil in each quarter of inner circle.
Undated Penny, Class 10 Berwick Type II (Local dies). Issues from this mint are quite rare.
Diameter: 21.5mm | Weight: 1.0gms | Die Axis: 2
SPINK: 1415

Edward I began a major recoinage in 1279 which consisted not only of pennies and new round half-pennies and farthings, but also introduced a new denomination, a fourpenny piece called the "Groat".

In September 1290, upon the death of Margaret, Maid of Norway, there arose a number of claimants to the throne of Scotland. The Guardians of Scotland, who were the de facto heads of state until a king was chosen, asked Edward I of England to conduct the court proceedings in the dispute because the late King Alexander III had been married to Edward's sister, Margaret of England.
John Balliol, a descendant of King David I, was chosen and he was inaugurated at Scone, on St. Andrew's Day, 30 November 1292. But Edward I treated both Baliol and Scotland with contempt and demanded military support for his war against France. The Scottish response was to form an alliance with the French, invade England, and launch an attack on Carlisle.
After the failure of the Scottish attack on Carlisle, Edward I marched north and, on 28th March 1296, he crossed the river Tweed which borders the two countries, with his troops. On the following day he marched on the town of Berwick, which was Scotland's most important trading port and second only to London in economic importance in medieval Britain at that time.
Contemporary accounts of the number slain range anywhere from 4,000 to 20,000. ”When the town had been taken in this way and its citizens had submitted, Edward spared no one, whatever the age or sex, and for two days streams of blood flowed from the bodies of the slain, for in his tyrannous rage he ordered 7,500 souls of both sexes to be massacred...So that mills could be turned by the flow of their blood.” - Account of the Massacre of Berwick, from Bower’s Scotichronicon.
Berwick's garrison was commanded by William the Hardy, Lord of Douglas, whose life and those of his garrison were spared after he surrendered and the English took the castle.
Berwick was recaptured by the Scots in 1318 but the town changed hands between the two countries several times during the following years until it was finally captured for the English by Richard, Duke of Gloucester, the future Richard III of England, in 1482. The Scots however, did not accept this conquest for at least two centuries after this date as is evidenced by innumerable charters.
2 comments*Alex09/08/19 at 17:24Jay GT4: Nice one Alex
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C. Publicus Malleolus, (96 B.C.)15 viewsAR Denarius
O: Helmeted head of Mars right; mallet (malleolus) above, mark of value below chin.
R: Warrior, holding spear and shield, with right foot on cuirass, standing left before trophy; prow to right; C•M(AL) to right.
Rome Mint
3.67g
19mm
Crawford 335/3b; Sydenham 615; Poblicia 6a; Type as RBW 1203.
2 commentsMat09/08/19 at 00:34Jay GT4: Great reverse design
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Phoenicia, Arados 130-129 B.C14 viewsAE 21.25mm (Thickness 2.61mm), weight 6.13g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees), denomination B.

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

Reverse: Poseidon seated left on prow of galley holding wreath in right hand and trident in left, Athena figurehead (Ἀθηνᾶ Πρόμαχος), Phoenician letters qoph (Q) and beth (B) above, Aradain era date 130 with heth (H) below.
1 commentsArados09/07/19 at 14:04Jay GT4: Love the patina
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01 Domitian as Caesar RIC 66927 viewsÆ As, 11.05g
Rome mint, 73-74 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIAN COS II; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PAX AVGVST; S C in field; Pax stg. l., leaning on column, with caduceus and branch
RIC 669 (C). BMC -. BNC 699.
Acquired from Musa Numismatics, August 2019.

The propaganda value of Pax for the Flavian dynasty after the Civil War, the revolt of Civilis, and the Jewish War cannot be underestimated. In her various guises she is one of the most popular types on Vespasian's coinage and shows up quite frequently during the reign on the coins struck for both himself and his sons. This As struck for Domitian as Caesar shows Pax leaning on a column, which likely copies a well known cult image of the goddess.

Tellingly, less than a decade later, Pax would not feature so prominently on Domitian's own coinage as Emperor.

Fine style early portrait.
1 commentsDavid Atherton09/07/19 at 13:43Jay GT4: Lovely portrait
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Syracuse, Second Democracy & Dionysios I. 32 viewsSicily, Syracuse, Second Democracy & Dionysios I. 400-390 BC. AR Dekadrachm (42.64 gm). Fast quadriga driven l., crowned by Nike flying r. above; ex: panoply of armor, spear behind. / Head of Arethusa l., hair wreathed; four dolphins around, scallop shell behind. [ΣꓦΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ]. Unsigned die in the style of Euainetos. Die rust on obverse. nVF/gVF. SNG ANS 5 #370 (same dies); Dewing 907-908 (same dies); Gallatin series F: O.VIII-R.F.I #1-2 (same dies); HGC 2 #1299. cf Triton VII #91. 2 commentsAnaximander09/07/19 at 13:17Jay GT4: Masterpiece
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Philip III Arrhidaios. KINGS of MACEDON. Tetradrachm. 323-317 BC.33 viewsBabylon mint. (17.00g, 27mm.) Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, holding sceptre; BAΣIΛEΩΣ below, ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ to right, M in left field, ΛY below throne. Price P181. 2 commentsRuslan K09/06/19 at 22:42Jay GT4: Very nice!
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Probus, Antoninianus, SOLI INVICTO, CXXIM4 viewsAE Antoninianus
Probus
Augustus: 276 - 282AD
Issued:
22.0 x 20.5mm 3.95gr 0h
O: IMP CM AVR PROBVS PF AVG; Radiate bust left, wearing imperial mantle, holding scepter with eagle atop in right hand.
R: SO-LI INVICTO; Sol in spread quadriga, advancing, holding whip and globe in left hand, raising right hand.
Exergue: CXXIM, below line.
Cyzicus Mint
RIC V-2 Cyzicus 911; Aorta: B48, O38, R155, T133, M2.
Savoca London/Philipp Eckhert 5th Blue Auction, Lot 990
8/11/19 9/6/19
1 commentsNicholas Z09/06/19 at 22:42Jay GT4: Great reverse on this one
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Syracuse, Deinomenid Tyranny, Hieron I. 13 viewsSicily, Syracuse, Deinomenid Tyranny, Hieron I. 478-466 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.26 gm) struck c. 478-475 BC. Charioteer driving quadriga r., Nike overhead. / Head of Arethusa r., hair in krobylos bound by taenia of pearls, wearing pearl necklace. Four dolphins around. ΣꓦꓣΑΚΟΣΙΟ-Ν. gVF. Boehringer VIIIb #146 (V65/R100); Randazzo 356; SNG Cop 1 #625; HGC 2 #1307 (same obv. die); Same dies: ACNAC Davis #49; Jameson 1908; Cosimo 209. cf. CNG 94 #106.1 commentsAnaximander09/05/19 at 19:51Jay GT4: Outstanding!
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6070 EGYPT, Alexandria Sabina Hemidrachm 134-35 AD Dikaiosyne standing21 viewsReference.
RPC III, 6070; Köln 1268; Emmett 1337.19; Dattari-2067; K&G-33.9

Issue L ƐΝΝƐΑΚ·Δ

Obv. ϹΑΒΙΝΑ ϹƐΒΑϹΤΗ
Bust of Sabina (hair on top of head), r., and crowned with poppy head

Rev. L ƐΝΝƐΑΚ·Δ
Dikaiosyne standing facing, head l., holding scales and cornucopia

12.26 gr
30 mm
12h
4 commentsokidoki09/05/19 at 13:56Jay GT4: A beauty!
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Domitian RIC-70929 viewsÆ As, 10.61g
Rome mint, 90-91 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XV CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: VIRTVTI AVGVSTI; S C in field; Virtus stg. r., foot on helmet, with spear and parazonium
RIC 709 (C2). BMC 452. BNC 482.
Acquired from Prafectus Coins, August 2019.

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

A superb example in fine style.
1 commentsDavid Atherton09/05/19 at 13:51Jay GT4: Wonderful reverse and strong portrait
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Vitellius / L. Vitellius Denarius90 viewsVitellius (69 AD). AR Denarius, 18 mm, 2.51 g. Rome mint. Struck late April to December 20, 69.
O: A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P, laureate head right.
R: L VITELLIVS COS III CENSOR, L. Vitellius seated left on curule chair, holding branch and eagle-tipped sceptre.
RIC I, 97 (R); Cohen 55 (40 Francs).

Lucius Vitellius the elder, the father of the emperor of the same name, had an impressive career under Tiberius, Caligula and Claudius. He achieved the highest honors attainable by a private man at Rome under the Empire: consul for the third time and censor. He held these offices during the reign of Claudius, being a close friend of the emperor and the most influential Roman senator.

Vitellius died unexpectedly from a paralytic stroke in 51 and received a statue on the speaker's platform on the Roman Forum, with the inscription 'Of unwavering loyalty to the emperor'.

The year 36 saw an incident which deserves mentioning. In Judaea, a Samaritan, claiming to be Moses reincarnate, gathered an armed following. The prefect of Judaea, Pontius Pilate, intervened immediately, dispersed the crowd, and had the ringleaders executed. The Samaritans considered his violence excessive and appealed to the Syrian governor. Vitellius heard their complaints, sent Pilate back to Italy and appointed Marcellus. Pilate's co-ruler in Judaea, the high priest Joseph Caiaphas, was replaced by his brother-in-law Jonathan.
2 commentsNemonater09/05/19 at 04:06Jay GT4: Cool!
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Roman Imperial, Vespasian as Augustus, AR Denarius.19 viewsRome 70 A.D. 3.24g - 19.8mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG - Laureate head right.

Rev: COS ITER TR POT - Mars, naked save for cloak, walking right, holding spear and aquila.

RIC II 23; RSC 87.
Scarce.
1 commentsscarli09/05/19 at 03:07Jay GT4: Great early portrait
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Roman Imperial, Galerius Maximian as Caesar, AE Follis.17 viewsLyons 304 A.D. 8.53g - 27mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: MAXIMIANVS NOB C - Laureate, cuirassed bust right.

GENIO POPVLI ROMANI - Genius standing left sacrificing from patera over flaming altar and holding cornucopiae, B to right. Mintmark PLG.

RIC VI 164, B.
1 commentsChristian Scarlioli09/05/19 at 03:01Jay GT4: Great patina
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Roman Imperial, Galerius Maximian as Caesar, AE Follis.18 viewsCarthage 299-303 A.D. 11.39g / 29.4mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES - Laureate head right.

Rev: SALVIS AVGG ET CAESS FEL KART - Carthago standing front, looking left, holding fruit in both hands. Mintmark Δ.

RIC VI 32b.
1 commentsChristian Scarlioli09/05/19 at 03:01Jay GT4: Wow, outstanding! I like these big LRB's
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Roman Imperial, Constantius I Chlorus as Caesar, AE Follis.16 viewsCarthage 298-299 A.D. 10.64g - 27.7mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES - Laureate head right.

Rev: SALVIS AVGG ET CAESS FEL KART - Carthago standing facing, head left, in long robe, holding fruits in both hands. Mintmark Γ.

RIC VI 32a.
1 commentsChristian Scarlioli09/05/19 at 02:59Jay GT4: Great coin!
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Cilicia, Anazarbos, pseudo-autonomous, SNG Levante 1789 viewsCilicia, Anazarbos, pseudo-autonomous, time of Trajan (AD 98-117)
AE 19 (Hemiassarion), 4.78g, 19.29g, 0°
struck AD 107/8 (CY 126)
obv. [K]AICAREWN - PR ANA
Bust of Tyche (as City Goddess), draped, veiled and wearing mural crown, r.
rev. ETOVC [s]KR (126)
bust of Athena, cuirassed, wearing crested helmet, r.
ref. RPC III, 3367; Ziegler Anazarbos 96; SNG Levante 1278
F+, nice olive green patina

1 commentsJochen09/04/19 at 22:26Jay GT4: I really like the Athena
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Roman Imperial, Trajan as Augustus, AE As. From a 100 year old collection.13 viewsRome 99 A.D. 10.49g - 27.2mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM P M - Laureate head right.

Rev: T R POT COS II / SPQR/ S-C - Victory walking left, holding palm-branch and shield inscribed SPQR.

RIC II 395.
1 commentsChristian Scarlioli09/04/19 at 22:25Jay GT4: Nice Victory
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Augustus RPC 414236 viewsSELEUCIS and PIERIA, Antioch. Augustus. 27 BC-AD 14. AR Tetradrachm
(27mm, 14.56 g, 12h). In the name and types of the Seleucid king Philip I Philadelphus. Dated year 26 of the Caesarean Era (24/23 BC).
Obv: Diademed head of Philip I right within fillet border
Rev: Zeus Nicephorus seated left; monogram to inner left and below throne, ςK (date) and thunderbolt in exergue; all within wreath.
Prieur 19; McAlee 19 (this coin illustrated); RPC I 4142; SC 2491.16; HGC 9, 1360p. Toned, some porosity and surface striations. Fine. Rare, seven known to Prieur, and two in CoinArchives.
From the Michel Prieur Collection, purchased privately from Richard McAlee.
CNG E-Auction 451 Lot 272 September 4, 2019
2 commentsorfew09/04/19 at 22:05Jay GT4: Great coin and provenance
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M. VOLTEIUS M.F. ROMAN REPUBLIC; GENS VOLTEIA AR Denarius13 viewsOBVERSE: Laureate head of Jupiter right
REVERSE: Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus with closed doors; thunderbolt on pediment; below, M. VOLTEI. M. F.
Rome 78BC
3.60g, 18mm
Crawford 385/1; Sydenham 774; Volteia 1
1 commentsLegatus09/04/19 at 04:28Jay GT4: Great looking historical coin
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Kings of Macedonia, Macedonia, Alexander III, AR Drachm.64 viewsLampsacus 310-301 B.C. 4.16g - 18.6mm, Axis 3h.

Obv: Head of Herakles wearing lionskin headdress.

Rev: AΛEΞANΔΡOY - Zeus seated left, holding eagle and sceptre, amphora in left field, ME ligate monogram beneath chair.

Price 1417; Mueller 600; SNG Cop 979.
1 commentsChristian Scarlioli09/02/19 at 19:17Jay GT4: Nice portrait
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RPC-1672-Domitian44 viewsAR Didrachm, 6.47g
Rome mint (for Cappadocia), 93-94 AD
Obv: AYT KAI ΔOMITIANOC CЄBACTOC ΓЄPM; Head of Domitian, laureate, r.
Rev: ЄTO ΙΓ; Mt Argaeus; on summit, radiate figure standing l., globe in r. hand, sceptre in l. hand
RPC 1672 (17 spec.).
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, August 2019.

During Domitian's reign, the mint at Rome struck silver drachms and didrachms for circulation in Cappadocia, all of which can be dated to 93-94 AD. They can be distinguished as Rome mint issues by style and their 6 o'clock die axis. This didrachm features the ethnic reverse type of Mt. Argaeus surmounted by a figure. The engravers at Rome presumably had never seen the mountain in person and likely based the design on a standardised model, possibly a cult image. The figure's identity atop the mountain is uncertain - perhaps it is either Helios or the personification of the mountain itself. The portrait style is similar to Domitian's contemporaneous denarii.

In good style and well centred.
4 commentsDavid Atherton08/29/19 at 22:44Jay GT4: Sweet portrait!
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164 Hadrian Denarius Roma 125-28 AD Virtus37 viewsReference.
Strack 182var. (No globe); RIC 164d var no shield c.339 BMC 372 notes no shield.

Obv: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS.
Laureate bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder.

Rev: COS III.
Virtus seated left on cuirass, right foot on helmet, holding parazonium and spear.

3.34 gr
21 mm.
2 commentsokidoki08/26/19 at 22:47Jay GT4: Really nice!
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164 Var. Hadrian Denarius Roma 125-28 AD Virtus11 viewscf RIC 164 only with Globe, and foot on globe

Reference.
RIC --; Strack 182 ( specimens with globe in Sofia, Vienna, Leningrad, and Rome )
Variant with globe is mentioned by BMC 372 note, referring to Reka Devnia p. 30: two such specimens in the Sofia part of the hoard.

Obv. HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder

Rev. COS III
Virtus seated Left on cuirass and shield, parazonium in right hand, vertical spear in left, foot on globe
Globe in exergue

2.91 gr
19 mm
6h
1 commentsokidoki08/26/19 at 22:47Jay GT4: Nice!
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Himera22 viewsSicily, Himera. 440-430/425 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.93 gm). Slow biga driven l. by charioteer crowned by Nike flying r. Ex: IMEPAION (retrograde) and cock walking l. / Nymph Himera holding patera over altar to l.; satyr to r. stdg below fountain w/ lions-head spout; ear of grain above.  gVF.   Boston MFA 254 (same dies); de Luynes 976 (same dies); Rizzo pl. XXI, 12 (same dies); Arnold-Biucchi, Monetazione, Group III, 15 (Q4/H12); Gutmann & Schwabacher 10; SNG Ashmolean 1765 (same dies). cf. HGC 2 #434 (crane in ex); Jenkins Sicily 30; CNG 100 #1268 & Triton XI #37 (same dies). Very rare. 4 commentsAnaximander08/26/19 at 21:06Jay GT4: Simply amazing
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12 Caesars Tray28 viewsUpdated 12 Caesars Tray4 commentsMat08/26/19 at 21:05Jay GT4: Sweet!
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Cr. 517/2, Octavian, Mark Antony20 viewsOctavian and Mark Antony
Denarius 41 BC
Obv.: CAESAR·IMP·PONT·III·VIR·R·P·C: Head of Octavian right, bearded; around, inscription. Border of dots.
Rev.: M·ANT·IMP·AVG·III·VIR·R·P·C·M·BARBAT·Q·P: Head of M. Antonius right; around, inscription. Border of dots.
Ag, 3.81g, 18.1mm
Ref.: Crawford 517/2
Ex Christoph Gärtner 44. Auktion Numismatik, Lot 4055 D
4 commentsshanxi08/25/19 at 23:55Jay GT4: Great portraits
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Tiberius, 14-37 AD21 viewsSilver Denarius Contemporary Imitation of the “Tribute Penny”.
Laureate Head / Livia, as Pax, Seated Holding Sceptre and Olive-Branch.
Crude Style
RIC 30, (3.70 g, 18.0 mm)
1 commentsVacolony08/25/19 at 23:54Jay GT4: Love these Indian imitations.
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Tiberius, 14-37 AD26 viewsSilver Denarius, Lugdunum Mint (Modern Day Lyon, France)

Obv: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTV[S], Laureate Bust Right.
Rev: PONTIF MAXIM, Female figure seated right on chair with ornamented legs, holding inverted spear and branch; single exergual line below.
RIC 30, (3.70 g, 19.0 mm)
3 commentsVacolony08/25/19 at 23:53Jay GT4: Wonderful
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Vespasian 69-79 AD25 viewsSilver Denarius, Rome Mint & Stuck under Titus 80AD

Obv: Legend with Laureate Bust Right. DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS

Rev: Shield Inscribed SC Supported by Two Capricorns with Globe Below.

RIC 63, (3.36 g, 18.5 mm)
3 commentsVacolony08/25/19 at 14:35Jay GT4: Very nice
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Domitian 81-96 AD30 viewsSilver Denarius, Rome 88 AD

Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VII, Legend with Laureate Bust Right.

Rev: IMP XV COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva Advancing Right, Holding Spear and Shield. Extremely Fine & Rare.

RIC 591, (3.58 g, 19.0 mm)
4 commentsVacolony08/25/19 at 14:34Jay GT4: Beautiful
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Domitian RIC-39748 viewsÆ Sestertius, 26.19g
Rome mint, 85 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM XI CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, r., with aegis
Rev: GERMANIA CAPTA; S C in exergue; Trophy; to r., German captive stg. r., hands bound, head l.; to l., Germania std. l.; around arms
RIC 397 (R2). BMC 361. BNC -.
Acquired from Incitatus Coins, August 2019.

In 85 Domitian struck a fairly impressive issue of sestertii, M. Grant hyperbolically called it the most 'ambitious' of any one reign or year. The series is the first major aes issue of Domitian's reign and is dominated by panoramic types commemorating his military victory over the Germanic tribe the Chatti. The details of the war are unclear, but the overall impression is that the conflict was a minor affair blown out of proportion by an emperor eager for military glory. Consequently, Domitian's Germanic triumph of 83 received a certain amount of ridicule from ancient writers who thought the whole thing was a sham (Dio goes so far as to say Domitian raided the palace's furniture stores for his fake spoils!), no doubt the numismatic propaganda for the victory was likely viewed in the same manner by contemporary senatorial elites. Germania Capta types were first struck in silver in 84 and in bronze in 85. This iconic Germania Capta sestertius strongly echoes Vespasian's Judaea Capta types - but instead of a palm tree we see a trophy and a bound captive replaces the triumphal emperor. H. Mattingly writes in BMCRE 'the type is closely modelled on the Judaea Capta of Vespasian, but the German element is indicated by the heavy angular cloak worn by the man and by the oblong shields.' Comparing the two triumphs, the Josephian scholar Steve Mason remarked - 'The same people who produced Flavian Triumph I: Judaea were on hand for Flavian Triumph II: Germania, and sequels are rarely as good as the originals.'

The Germania Capta sestertii were produced for only a few short years between 85-88. The present example from the third issue of 85 is a rare variant with an obverse legend struck just after Domitian had become censor for life (CENS PER).
3 commentsDavid Atherton08/25/19 at 13:21Jay GT4: I love these huge 1st century sestertii
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ROMAN EMPIRE, MAXIMINUS II as Filius Augustorum. AE Follis (Nummus) of Thessalonika. Struck A.D.308 - 30927 viewsObverse: MAXIMINVS • FIL • AVGG. Laureate head of Maximinus II facing right.
Reverse: GENIO CAESARIS. Genius standing facing left, holding patera in right hand and cornucopiae in left; in left field, star; in right field, delta; in exergue, •SM•TS•.
RIC VI : 32a
RARE

Maximinus Daia was the nephew of Galerius, who made him Caesar in A.D.305. He then changed his name to Galerius Valerius Maximinus and ruled over the East and Egypt from his headquarters at Antioch. When Licinius was made Augustus in A.D.308, Maximinus demanded the title also, especially since it had been usurped by Constantine in the West. Instead, both he and Constantine received the novel rank of Filius Augustorum in late A.D.308 or early 309. Galerius though finally acceded to Maximinus' demands and he was promoted to Augustus in May, A.D.310.
This coin bears the new (and short lived) Filius Augustorum title which only appears on some coins struck for Maximinus in the West. The issues of his capital, Antioch, only stress his position as Caesar until his promotion to Augustus.
1 comments*Alex08/24/19 at 22:46Jay GT4: Nice looking coin. Love the patina
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RIC 006836 viewsDomitian AR Denarius
(3.13gr 18mm)
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG PONT; laureate head right
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P; seat, draped, above, a winged thunderbolt placed horizontally.
RIC 68 (R2)
Ebay: August 24, 2019

2 commentsorfew08/24/19 at 22:44Jay GT4: Glad you got it!
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Akragas18 viewsAkragas. 420-410 BC. Hemidrachm (2.07 gm). Eagle standing l. atop hare. / Crab, tunny l. below. ⤹ A-K-P-A around. VF. CICF 2005 Ponterio 134 #1368. SNG ANS 3 #1009; SNG Cop 1 #57-58; SNG Lloyd 826; HGC 2 #104; BMC 2 p. 12, #65.
2 commentsAnaximander08/23/19 at 23:55Jay GT4: Great crab!
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Akragas19 viewsAkragas. Early issue of 500-495 BC. AR Stater, Didrachm (8.69 gm). Eagle l., wings folded, AKRA above. / Crab. VF. SNG ANS 3 #923-929 (#927 same dies); SNG Cop 1 #24-26; SNG Lloyd 789-790; HGC 2 #93; Jenkins Gela Group IIc; Dewing 551.
1 commentsAnaximander08/23/19 at 23:55Jay GT4: Oh yeah, nice one!
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Cavino Hadrian Sestertius38 viewsObv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, bare head Right.
Rev. S C, Mars Walking Right, Holding Trophy and spear.
Mint: Padua, Italy, 16th century

36mm 28,52g

Klawans Hadrian, 3 p. 78
1 commentskc08/23/19 at 18:17Jay GT4: Stunning!
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Claudius AE Dupondius Antonia47 viewsClaudius (41 – 54 AD)

AE Dupondius, Rome, 42 AD

Obv: ANTONIA AVGVSTA draped bust right.
Rev: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P S C Claudius veiled and togate standing left, holding simpulum.
RIC I 104

Weight: 12.3g.
Diameter: 27mm.
1 commentsJose Polanco08/22/19 at 16:34Jay GT4: A must have for 1st century collections
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MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Alexander III the Great (336-323 BC). AR tetradrachm. 20 views1 commentsCanaan08/20/19 at 23:46Jay GT4: Beefy coin!
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Claudius AE As Libertas34 viewsClaudius (41 - 54 AD)

AE As imitation minted in Hispania (41 - 50 AD)

Anv: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP PP Bust left
Rev: LIBERTAS AVGVSTA S-C, Libertas standing front with pileus
RIC I 97

Weight: 7.9g.
Diiameter: 26mm.
1 commentsJose Polanco08/20/19 at 23:45Jay GT4: A classic must have for 1st century collectors
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Tiberius AE As, Divus Augustus/Provident38 viewsTiberius (14 - 37 AD)

Anv: DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER, Augustus' radiated bust left.
Rev: PROVIDENT - S C altar.
RIC I 81 (Tiberius)

Weigth: 9,6g.
Diameter: 23mm
1 commentsJose Polanco08/20/19 at 00:11Jay GT4: A classic type
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RIC 007245 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 (R2), BMC--, RSC--, Cohen--
2019 August 18 Ancient Coin Selections from the Morris Collection,
Part II Monthly Online Auction #271933 Lot # 35169




I really wanted this denarius of Domitian. Why? First, it was struck during Domitian's first year as Augustus. In 81 CE there were 4 issues of precious metal coinage. They are grouped in RIC by the reverse legend. The chronology of these 4 groups is uncertain. Some coins do not have titles that one would expect. For example, why is TR P omitted from some of these coins when it does appear for Group 1 denarii? The second reason I wanted this coin was for the rare obverse legend IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M. There are only 9 denarii types that have this legend. All of the coins with this legend are either R2 (very few examples known to the RIC authors) or R3 (only one example known). This coin is R2 and is a very difficult coin to find in trade. I also very much like the young portrait on this coin.

This coin makes 10 denarii I have from 81 CE. I am always on the lookout for more as I find these early denarii for Domitian fascinating. I like them for the mysteries they contain, the rarity, and the interesting obverse legends. For example, it is within groups 2, 3, and 4 that one finds the elusive PONT denarii. PONT occurs in the obverse legends on these coins and all of them are rated R2 or R3. In other words the PONT denarii are all very rare to extremely rare.

I hope that this coin will not be my last purchase from these first year denarii. Also, while I usually free a coin from its slab as soon as I receive it, this one will stay in the plastic. The reason is that this coin has a provenance. It was part of the Morris collection. I like having this information directly on the slab where it cannot be separated from the coin. I have been very interested lately in collecting coins with provenance. Because of the ever increasing regulations and agreements being applied to ancient coins I feel that provenance is going to become very important to collectors in the next few years.

I will leave you with a tip. If you are looking for a coin like mine with an unusual obverse legend be sure to check the auctions and dealer inventory very carefully. These coins are often misattributed. It is quite possible to find coins like this marked as common because the legends have been misread.
4 commentsorfew08/19/19 at 20:46Jay GT4: Nice one!
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Domitian RIC-38539 viewsÆ As, 10.60g
Rome mint, 85 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: SALVTI above, AVGVSTI below; S C in field; Altar
RIC 385 (C2). BMC 358. BNC 379.
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, August 2019.

The SALVTI AVGVSTI altar type was first introduced on Domitian's aes coinage in 84 after a brief hiatus of the Senatorial mint's production in 82-83, presumably for re-organisational purposes. The structure on the reverse has been traditionally described as an altar, however, Marvin Tameanko has convincingly argued it is actually a sacellum, or small shrine. He states the steps at the base leading to two doors with handles are overwhelming evidence that the structure was much larger than an altar. As far as the shrine's significance - H. Mattingly in BMCRE II interprets the type as commemorating the Senate's dedication of an altar shrine celebrating Domitian's safe return from the Germanic Wars of 82-83. Alternately, the shrine may have been dedicated as an appeal to Salus for the emperor's continued good health. In any case, no trace of the shrine has survived antiquity.

This As with its aegis, large flan (30mm), and elegant idealised style are all hallmarks of the new direction introduced after the Senatorial mint's overhaul.
4 commentsDavid Atherton08/19/19 at 12:03Jay GT4: Lovely patina
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Augustus and Agrippa, Nimes dupondius50 viewsAugustus (27 BC – 14 AD)

Æ Dupondius. Nemausus (Nimes), 12 BC

Struck to commemorate the defeat of Mark Antony at Actium and the capture of Egypt.

Obv: IMP DIVI F P P. adduced heads of Augustus (right) and Agrippa (left), Augustus laureate, Agrippa wearing rostral crown.
Rev.: COL NEM. crocodile chained to palm tree.
RIC 157

Weight: 12.9g.
Diameter: 26mm.
1 commentsJose P08/18/19 at 13:09Jay GT4: Nice one
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Sicily. The Mamertini, Æ Pentonkion.20 viewsMessana After 210 B.C. 12.91g - 26.1mm, Axis 12h.

Obv: Laureate head of Ares left.

Rev: ΜΑΜΕΡΤΙΝΩΝ / Π - Nude horseman, spear in his left hand, leading his horse left; Π in left field.

SNG ANS 430; Calciati 25; BMC 32.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/18/19 at 03:50Jay GT4: Very nice
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1542 - 1567, Mary I “Queen of Scots”, AR billon Bawbee (sixpence), Struck 1542 - 1558 at Edinburgh, Scotland20 viewsObverse: +MARIA•D•G•R•SCOTORVM. Crowned thistle, M to left, R to right, beaded circles and legend surrounding. Greek cross in legend.
Reverse: OPPIDVM•EDINBVRGI, retrograde N in legend. Crown over voided saltire cross, cinquefoil on either side, beaded circles and legend surrounding, fleur-de-lis within legend above.
Diameter: 22mm | Weight: 1.8gms | Die Axis: 10
SPINK: 5433

First period issue, before Mary's marriage to the French Dauphin, Francis. The cinquefoils refer to the Earl of Arran who acted as Regent until Mary came of age.

Mary I is one of the most well known, romantic and tragic figures in Scottish history. She was the only surviving child of King James V of Scotland and became queen on the death of her father when she was only six or seven days old. Mary was brought up in the Catholic faith and educated in France along with the French royal children, while Scotland was ruled in her name by regents, principally the Earl of Arran. In 1558 Mary married the French Dauphin, Francis, and following his accession in 1559 she became Queen consort of France and he King consort of Scotland. However, when Francis died in 1560 Mary was devastated and in 1561 she returned to Scotland. Four years later, in 1565, she married her half-cousin, Lord Darnley and the following year she bore him a son, who would later become James I of England. When in 1567, Darnley's house in Edinburgh was destroyed by an explosion and he was found murdered in the grounds, suspicion implicated Mary and her favourite, the Earl of Bothwell. When later that same year Mary married Bothwell those suspicions were not allayed, and following an uprising against her, she was imprisoned in Loch Leven Castle and forced to abdicate in favour of her one year old son. After an unsuccessful attempt to regain her throne and defeat at the battle of Langside in 1568, Mary fled south to England, only to be imprisoned by Elizabeth I who perceived her as a threat to the throne of England. For over eighteen years Elizabeth had Mary confined in various castles and manor houses throughout England until, in 1587, after being accused of numerous intrigues and plots against Elizabeth, Mary was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle.
3 comments*Alex08/18/19 at 03:49Jay GT4: Interesting piece
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RIC 0057A Titus60 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 18:04Jay GT4: Fantastic! Congrats Alberto
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Vespasian-RIC-1426(5A)344 viewsAR Denarius, 3.25g
Ephesus mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: PACI ORB TERR AVG; Turreted and draped female bust, r.; no mintmark
RIC 1426(5A)3 (R3). BMC -. RPC -. BNC -.
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, May 2019.

This is an extremely rare denarius from Ephesus struck without a mintmark and the second known example of the Turreted female bust type lacking one. The Ephesian denarius issues struck under Vespasian all have mintmarks, save for the first and one tiny issue dated COS III. Aside from this turreted female type and the accompanying footnote, this issue is not represented in the new RIC II.1. Ted Buttrey wrote in the RIC II Addenda the following concerning the no mintmark issue:

'I’m not terribly happy about this. It’s a convenient way to draw together several pieces which lack the mintmark, placing them after the completion of the ΘΙ and ΘΥ Groups 3-5 and the inception of Group 6 with ΕΡΗ. But why should they have given up on a mintmark in mid-course, when all of Groups 2-9 are marked? The choices are – (i) mintmark on coins worn away; (ii) engraver forgot to add mintmark to the dies; (iii) issue deliberately produced without mintmark. Assuming (iii) for the moment, the new Group takes the place of fnn. 46-47, pp.162-3, and fits here nicely with V’s title for Groups 5-6, and T’s for Group 6, But I have no fixed opinion, and await the appearance of others of this variety.'

IMHO, either ii or iii are the most likely option. There are specimens from this non-mintmark issue (such as the present coin) that have no available space on the flan for a mintmark, thus, one was never intended either deliberately or accidentally. No mintmarks occur on various dies spanning different reverse types for both Vespasian and Titus Caesar, because of this I lean more towards this being intentional.

Struck in high relief with the reverse slightly off centred.

NB: This coin shares a reverse die with my Titus Caesar example of the type.
5 commentsDavid Atherton08/15/19 at 23:43Jay GT4: Wonderful portraits on a rare type!
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ANONYMOUS ROMAN REPUBLIC AR Didrachm27 viewsOBVERSE: Helmeted head of Mars left, oak-sprig behind
REVERSE: ROMANO on tablet below head of bridled horse right, ear of wheat behind
Struck at Metapontum, 280-276 BC
19 mm, 6.55g
Cr13/1, Syd 1
1 commentsLegatus08/15/19 at 04:31Jay GT4: Great early Roman silver!
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1169 - 1214, William I “the lion”, AR Penny, Struck 1205 - 1230 at Perth or Edinburgh, Scotland20 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. Moneyers: Hue (cognate with the modern English name of 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*Alex08/14/19 at 03:36Jay GT4: Interesting piece!
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Punic Carthage AR Double Shekel with a Serrated Edge19 viewsPunic Carthage Double Shekel with a Serrated Edge
Silver

Obv.: Head of Tanit l. wreathed with corn, wearing a necklace, and a single-drop ear ring.

Rev.: Horse standing r., left foreleg raised. Pellet in front.

Müller 116 ; SNG /
1 commentsTanit08/13/19 at 21:12Jay GT4: Very cool
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Domitian RIC-36761 viewsÆ Dupondius, 11.64g
Rome mint, 85 AD
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
RIC 367 (C). BMC 347. BNC 364.
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 04:56Jay GT4: Glad you got this, I was considering bidding
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002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), Spain, Tarraconensis, Bilbilis, RPC 0392, AE-27, MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath, #168 views002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), Spain, Tarraconensis, Bilbilis, RPC 0392, AE-27, MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath, #1
Magistrate: L Lici Varus (duovir); M Semp Tiberi (duovir).
avers: AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, Laureate head right.
reverse: MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI L LICI VARO (MVN, and AV, MP, and VA are legate) around II VIR in a wreath.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 27,0-27,5 mm, weight: 12,19g, axis:6h,
mint: City: Bilbilis Region: Hispania Province: Tarraconensis date: 2 B.C.,
ref: RPC I (online) 0392, Vives 139–1, GMI 545, NAH 964,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/10/19 at 12:42Jay GT4: Nicely centered
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002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), Spain, Caesaraugusta, Tarraconensis, RPC I 0322, AE-26, Magistrate: Mn. Kaninius Iter and L. Titius, duoviri, CAESAR AVG MN KANINIO ITER L TITIO / II VIR, Priest plowing right with the yoke of two oxen, #174 views002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), Spain, Caesaraugusta, Tarraconensis, RPC I 0322, AE-26, Magistrate: Mn. Kaninius Iter and L. Titius, duoviri, CAESAR AVG MN KANINIO ITER L TITIO / II VIR, Priest plowing right with the yoke of two oxen, #1
avers: AVGVSTVS DIVI F, Laureate head right; simpulum to left, lituus to right.
reverse: CAESAR AVG MN KANINIO ITER L TITIO / II VIR, Priest plowing right with yoke of two oxen.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 26,0-27,0 mm, weight: 10,85g, axis:6h,
mint: City: Caesaraugusta, Region: Hispania, Province: Tarraconensis,
Magistrate: L Titius (duovir); Mn Kaninius Iter (duovir),
date: B.C.,
ref: RPC I 0322, SNG Cop 544, Vives 148–1, 2, Hill 14–5, Beltrán 9, NAH 979,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/10/19 at 12:42Jay GT4: Great portrait
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Siglos Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II Engraved Reverse Die76 views
Persian Empire, Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II. Ca. 420-375 B.C. AR siglos (15 mm, 5.67 g).
O: Persian king or hero in kneeling/running stance right, holding dagger and bow; bankers marks.
R: Helmet facing within reverse incuse punch.
- Carradice plate XIII, 34; BMC Arabia p. 165, 124, pl. XXVI, 21.
3 commentsNemonater08/10/19 at 04:23Jay GT4: Amazing find!
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Roman Imperial, Vespasian as Augustus, AR Denarius 28 viewsRome 77-78 A.D. 3.09g - 17.6mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG - Laureate head left.

Rev: COS VIII - Yoke of oxen left. COS VIII in ex.

RIC II 944; BMC 209; RSC 134a.
4 commentsscarli08/09/19 at 13:18Jay GT4: Looks very similar to mine. Tough to find these o...
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Roman Imperial, Vespasian as Augustus, AR Denarius 28 viewsRome 77-78 A.D. 3.09g - 17.6mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG - Laureate head left.

Rev: COS VIII - Yoke of oxen left. COS VIII in ex.

RIC II 944; BMC 209; RSC 134a.
4 commentsscarli08/09/19 at 04:50Jay GT4: Nice left facing
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COS II denarius (RIC 680 for Vespasian) for Domitian44 viewsDenarius for Domitian. Rome mint. 73 AD. 2.89 grs.
Observe : Laureate head right. CAES AVG F DOMIT COS II. From low right.
Reverse : Domitian on horse left. Right hand raised and sceptre in left.

Weight is low but the coin is not plated.
Superb style.
3 commentslabienus08/08/19 at 13:01Jay GT4: Lovely coin
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Vespasian RIC-33636 viewsÆ As, 11.55g
Rome mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA NAVALIS; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
RIC 336 (C). BMC 616. BNC 595.
Acquired from J. Diller Münzenhandlung, July 2019.

A common VICTORIA NAVALAIS As struck during Vespasian's great bronze issue of 71. Traditionally, this type has been attributed to the naval victory Vespasian and Titus won on Lake Gennesaret (the Sea of Galilee) during the Jewish War. By any definition it is a most bizarre 'naval' battle indeed. Near the close of the Galilean campaign, Vespasian and Titus marched to Lake Gennesaret in order to secure the cities along its coastline. Tiberias fell without much resistance, but the neighbouring city of Taricheae was a tougher nut to crack. Home to many of the Jewish rebels who had fled Tiberias, they put up a small fight on the plain outside the city and were quickly defeated by Titus' troops who then stormed the city and began slaughtering the inhabitants. Many of the rebels took flight to waiting boats they had previously commandeered on the lake. These were likely local fishing or ferry vessels not intended for use in war. Vespasian ordered the legionaries to construct large rafts in order to pursue the rebel's makeshift flotilla. With the coastline guarded by Roman horsemen the legionaries launched their rafts and sailed out in a large line toward the enemy. The Jewish boats were no match for the heavily armoured Roman rafts. The legionaries easily picked off the Jewish rebels who had no means of escape. The slaughter was intense, so much so that Josephus claims 6,500 Jews were killed. Several years later during Vespasian and Titus' Jewish War Triumph in Rome, ships were displayed to commemorate the battle. Were the Victoria Navalis coins struck with the same event in mind? As unlikely as it seems, the impromptu 'naval' battle at Lake Gennesaret is the best candidate for Vespasian striking this Actium-lite reverse type. The connection to Augustus would not have been lost on his contemporaries. Flavian propaganda at its most exaggerated.

Well centred with dark olive green patina.
2 commentsDavid Atherton08/07/19 at 16:42Jay GT4: Great reverse and patina
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AE Dagger #0435 viewsNorthwestern Iran (probably Luristan)
1200-800 BC
32cm (12.6”)

Cf. Khorasani (Bronze and Iron Weapons from Luristan), Fig. 2 (page 212)
Cf. Moorey (Catalogue of the Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum), Pl. 6, #50; (also illustrated on page 70)
Cf. Overleat (The Early Iron Age in the Pusht-I Kuh, Luristan), Fig. 184, #KT.A6-19 (page 216)

From an old British collection, acquired in the 1970s

Description:
Flanged hilt with no wood or ivory remaining, single rivet hole in wedge-shaped pommel, low broad midrib, blade and hilt cast in one piece
1 commentsRobert L308/07/19 at 11:52Jay GT4: Great piece
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AE Dagger/Short Sword #0340 viewsWestern Asia (possibly northwestern Iran)
1200-800 BC
41.5cm (16.3”)

Cf. Malloy (Weapons: Ancient and Medieval Art and Antiquities), Fig. 62

From a private Danish collection of ancient weapons

Description:
Rounded shoulders and broad, flat central midrib curving outward at shoulders, tang broken, some roughness, chips, and encrustations
1 commentsRobert L308/07/19 at 11:51Jay GT4: Well preserved. Nice one
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AE Dagger/Short Sword #0239 viewsNorthwestern Iran
1200-800 BC
37.7cm (14.8”)

Cf. Muscarella (Bronze and Iron, Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art), Fig. 164 (page 99)
Cf. Negahban (Weapons from Marlik), Fig. 41 (page 59)
Cf. Petrie (Tools and Weapons), Plate XXXVI, Fig. 170

From a private Danish collection of ancient weapons

Description:
Long tapering form, winged guard extending from the ricasso, prominent midrib, chips along one edge
1 commentsRobert L308/07/19 at 11:50Jay GT4: Interesting form
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RPC 256632 viewsEgypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Domitian, 81-96
Diobol circa 89-90 (year 9),
Æ 24.7mm., 15.53g.
Obv: ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙΣΑΡ ΔΟΜΙΤΙΑΝΟΣ ΣΕΒ ΓΕΡΜ;
Laureate head r.
Rev. ETOYΣ ENATOTOY Eagle standing r. on thunderbolt.
RPC 2566 (This coin cited). Dattari-Savio Pl. 22, 6809 (this coin).
Rare, only two other specimens listed in RPC.
Brown tone, Good Fine.
From the Dattari collection.
Ex; Naville Numismatics Live auction 51 Lot 305
1 commentsorfew08/07/19 at 00:32Jay GT4: Great provenance
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RPC II 2650 Domitianus52 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 17:34Jay GT4: Wonderful
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RPC II 2733 Domitianus59 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 17:33Jay GT4: Great coin. Love the patina
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51 viewsThis was my most ambitious project so far. There are two separate cabinets, both for the same collector. The one on the left contains 5 drawers each capable of holding 60 slabs. The other is a 45 tray cabinet with a variety of tray configurations, and a total capacity of over 2,200 raw coins. They were shipped in four boxes weighing approximately 215 pounds, total. (The pictures were taken at different times and in slightly different lighting conditions, which tends to make them look different in color, but they actually matched quite well.)

www.CabinetsByCraig.net.
2 commentscmcdon092308/06/19 at 02:06Jay GT4: Cool!
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Probus96 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
Lugdunum
RIC - ; B222 pl. XXVII; 3ex.
6 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/05/19 at 21:50Jay GT4: Great find!
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Athens New Style Tetradrachm 89/88 BC18 viewsObs : Athena Parthenos right in tri-form helmet
32 mm 16.78 gm Thompson issue (new) 77
Thompson catalogue: Obs:1131 Rev: Not in plates
Rev : ΑΘΕ ethnic
Owl standing on overturned panathenaic amphora
on which month mark B control EΠ below
3 magistrates : APELLICON GORGIAS DIOGE
RF symbol : Leaping Griffin
All surrounded by an olive wreath
1 commentscicerokid08/05/19 at 21:00Jay GT4: So great. Always wanted one of these
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Titus as Caesar RIC 64453 viewsÆ As, 10.31g
Rome mint, 73 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: T CAES IMP PON TR P COS II CENS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: VICTORIA NAVALIS; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
RIC 644 (R). BMC 677. BNC 691.
Acquired from Praefetus Coins, July 2019.

A fairly scarce variant of the Victoria Navalis type, struck in 73 when Titus held the joint censorship with Vespasian. The type would be repeatedly struck throughout Vespasian's reign for both father and son, perhaps indicating how important it was to their military gravitas. Traditionally, it has been attributed to the naval victory Vespasian and Titus won on Lake Gennesaret (the Sea of Galilee) during the Jewish War. By any definition it is a most bizarre 'naval' battle indeed. Near the close of the Galilean campaign, Vespasian and Titus marched to Lake Gennesaret in order to secure the cities along its coastline. Tiberias fell without much resistance, but the neighbouring city of Taricheae was a tougher nut to crack. Home to many of the Jewish rebels who had fled Tiberias, they put up a small fight on the plain outside the city and were quickly defeated by Titus' troops who then stormed the city and began slaughtering the inhabitants. Many of the rebels took flight to waiting boats they had previously commandeered on the lake. These were likely local fishing or ferry vessels not intended for use in war. Vespasian ordered the legionaries to construct large rafts in order to pursue the rebel's makeshift flotilla. With the coastline guarded by Roman horsemen the legionaries launched their rafts and sailed out in a large line toward the enemy. The Jewish boats were no match for the heavily armoured Roman rafts. The legionaries easily picked off the Jewish rebels who had no means of escape. The slaughter was intense, so much so that Josephus claims 6,500 Jews were killed. Several years later during Vespasian and Titus' Jewish War Triumph in Rome, ships were displayed to commemorate the battle. Were the Victoria Navalis coins struck with the same event in mind? As unlikely as it seems, the impromptu 'naval' battle at Lake Gennesaret is the best candidate for Vespasian striking this Actium-lite reverse type. The connection to Augustus would not have been lost on his contemporaries. Flavian propaganda at its most exaggerated.

Dark golden brown patina with a fine reverse.

3 commentsDavid Atherton08/05/19 at 18:33Jay GT4: A decent example. Congrats
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Roman Provincial, Egypt, Nero and Poppaea, Billon Tetradrachm.23 viewsAlexandria Year 10 = 63-64 A.D. 11.50g - 24.7mm, Axis 11h.

Obv: ΝΕΡΩ ΚΛΑΥ ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒ ΓΕP AΥ - Radiate head of Nero right.

Rev: ΠΟΠΠΑΙΑ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΗ - Draped bust of Poppaea right, date LI on right.

RPC 5275; Dattari 196.
2 commentsscarli08/05/19 at 16:43Jay GT4: Good portrait of Poppea
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3146A CAPPADOCIA, Caesarea. Hadrian 117-18 AD Club in wreath21 viewsReference.
RPC III 3146A

Issue Year 2

Obv.
Laureate head right.

Rev. ET B
Club in wreath

2.16 gr
13 mm
6h
3 commentsokidoki08/05/19 at 16:42Jay GT4: Sweet
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Ptolemy III Euergetes23 viewsPtolemy III Euergetes. 246-221 BC. AR Tetradrachm (14.22 gm) of Sidon, RY 3, 245/4/3 BC. Diademed head of Ptolemy I wearing aegis, r. / Eagle stdg l. on thunderbolt. ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ | ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ, ΣΙ over Ξ to l., Γ over ΗΛ monogram to r. VF. CNG Web Auction. Rare. Lorber CPE I #816; Svoronos 1026 (Ptolemy III) pl. 67b #10. cf. DCA 31 (Ξ, not ΞΗ); BMC 7.48 #18-19; CNG EA 359 #115.
1 commentsAnaximander08/05/19 at 14:04Jay GT4: Great portrait
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Spain, Bilbilis, 002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), RPC 0392, AE-27, MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath, #173 viewsSpain, Bilbilis, 002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), RPC 0392, AE-27, MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath, #1
avers: AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, Laureate head right.
reverse: MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in a wreath.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 27,0-27,5 mm, weight: 12,19g, axis:6h,
mint: Spain, Bilbilis, date: 2 B.C.,
ref: RPC 0392,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/05/19 at 14:02Jay GT4: Long legends
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Roman Provincial, Egypt, Nero as Augustus, Billon Tetradrachm.27 viewsAlexandria Year 13 = 66-67 A.D. 13.16g - 25.6mm, Axis 12h.

Obv: NEΡΩ KΛAΥ KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEΡ - Radiate bust right, wearing aegis.

Rev: AYTOKPA / LIΓ - Helmeted and cuirassed bust of Roma right; date LIΓ to right.

RPC I 5293; Köln 183; Milne 249.
2 commentsscarli08/05/19 at 14:01Jay GT4: Nice!
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Tacitus93 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.
Ex: XXIE
Rome
RIC 94
5 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/04/19 at 19:00Jay GT4: Outstanding
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Roman Empire, Vespasian, Sestertius112 viewsObv. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M T P P P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev. S C, Mars, helmeted, naked except for cloak around waist, advancing right, holding transverse spear in right hand and trophy over left shoulder in left hand.
Mint: Rome, 71 AD.

34mm 25.46g

RIC 113

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

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

The reverse type of Mars advancing (and likely an image of Mars Ultor) is common to all three Flavians. The representation of Mars is different from the Augustan types but likely has a similar inference – here being that of avenging the rebellion of the Jews. Even so the connection to earlier Augustan issues was probably well recognized at the time. (NAC)
5 commentskc08/04/19 at 14:07Jay GT4: How did I miss this one. Great find
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Ptolemy I Soter31 viewsPtolemy I Soter. 323-285 BC. AR Tetradrachm (15.71gm) Struck 310-285 BC. Head of Alexander r. wearing elephant skin headdress with horn of Zeus Amon and aegis, Δ behind ear. / Athena Alkidemos walking r., with spear & shield. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ. ΑΧ monogram, helmet & eagle stdg on thunderbolt to r. gVF. CNG 50 #949. Lorber CPE I #162; SNG Cop 8 #29; Svoronos 162; Jenkins group e.
2 commentsAnaximander08/04/19 at 04:20Jay GT4: Simply amazing
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064 Iulia Mamaea (190-235 A.D.), RIC IV-II 335v.(base metal!), Rome, "Limes" Denarius, AR-Denarius, FELICITAS PVBLICA, Felicitas standing left, #162 views064 Iulia Mamaea (190-235 A.D.), RIC IV-II 335v.(base metal!), Rome, "Limes" Denarius, AR-Denarius, FELICITAS PVBLICA, Felicitas standing left, #1
avers: IVLIA MA MAEA AVG, Draped, bust right.
reverse: FELICIT AS PVBLICA, Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and leaning an elbow on column and crossing legs.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,0mm, weight: 2,62g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 228 A.D.,ref: RIC IV-II 335v., p-98, (base metal, "Limes"), C-17v.,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/04/19 at 04:19Jay GT4: Nice hairdo
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Koson/Cotis - AV stater19 viewsGeto-Dacians
c. 50-25 BC
togate L. Junius Brutus between two lictors left
KOΣΩN
eagle left, holding wreath and scepter in talon
Iliescu 2; RPC I 1701B; BMC Thrace p. 208, 2.
1 commentsJohny SYSEL08/04/19 at 04:19Jay GT4: Nice example without the BR monogram. Congrats!
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Phoenicia, Tyre, (Year 291 (165/166 A.D.), AE-20, Pseudo-autonomous issue struck during the reign of Marcus Aurelius (???), SNG Cop 344, Galley left, #261 viewsPhoenicia, Tyre, (Year 291 (165/166 A.D.), AE-20, Pseudo-autonomous issue struck during the reign of Marcus Aurelius (???), SNG Cop 344, Galley left, #2
avers: Turreted, veiled and draped bust of Tyche right, palm behind, murex shell before.
reverse: ΑϞС (???) (date: Year 291 (165/166 A.D.)/ TYP(ligate)IEPAΣ/MHTPOΠO/ΛEѠΣ in four lines above the galley, 'of Tyre' (in Phoenician) below.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 19,5-20,0mm, weight:6,49g, axes:0h,
mint: Phoenicia, Tyre, date: Year 291 (161/180 A.D.), ref: SNG Cop 344, Rouvier 2200., Babilon 2178, BMC 315ff,
Q-002
1 commentsquadrans08/03/19 at 18:11Jay GT4: Nice galley
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Attica, Athens. (Circa 475-465 BC)30 viewsAR Tetradrachm

24 mm, 17.19 g

Obverse: Helmeted head of Athena right

Reverse: Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig to left; all within incuse square.

Starr Group IV, HGC 4, 1595. Test cut on reverse.

Chester Starr arranged Athens' coinage from ca. 480 until the mid 5th century into five groups, and his chronology is still widely accepted today (although the dating of the final groups is now considered too late). The style of the "transitional" Athenian tetradrachms from the late 470s through the early 450s B.C. – Starr's groups II through V – is considered the high mark of Athenian coinage. By the time of Starr's Group IV, production of tetradrachms had steadily increased and the uptick in the number of required dies (and engravers) necessitated a greater standardization of style. On the obverse, the head of Athena changes little from Starr's Group III – the goddess has a bold profile and retains her "archaic smile"; the hair on her forehead is arranged in two waves, with a small bend above the eye; and on her helmet, her leaves float above the visor (sometimes referred to as a "laurel wreath," these leaves were first introduced after the victory over the Persians in 480/79 BC). One difference from Group III is the helmet's palmette, which goes from pointing to the adjacent olive leaf to more parallel. On the reverse, the back leg of the Group IV's owl often stretches further back and the tail feather no longer touches the rear claw.
1 commentsNathan P08/03/19 at 13:07Jay GT4: Great owl
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Mazaios - AR stater26 viewsTarsos
361/0 - 334 BC
Baal seated left, holding sceptre
B'LTRZ // T in Aramaic
lion bringing down bull left, attacking with teeth and claws
MZDI in Aramaic
cf. Casabonne series 2, group A; cf. SNG France 346; cf. SNG Levante 100–1
ex Aurea
1 commentsJohny SYSEL07/29/19 at 21:49Jay GT4: Fantastic reverse
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Side - AR stater20 viewsc. 460-430 BC
pomegranate
head of Athena right wearing Corinthian helmet and necklace, within incuse square
Atlan 16 (O15/R14); SNG BN –; Weber 7353 (same dies)
ex Aurea
1 commentsJohny SYSEL07/29/19 at 21:49Jay GT4: Nice archaic eye
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Pamphylia, Side, ( Circa 460-430 B.C.), SNG France 627- 28, AR Stater, Head of Athena with archaic features right, #161 viewsPamphylia, Side, ( Circa 460-430 B.C.), SNG France 627- 28, AR Stater, Head of Athena with archaic features right, #1
avers: Pomegranate.
reverse: Head of Athena with archaic features right, wearing a Corinthian helmet, all within incuse square.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 19,0mm, weight: 11,0 axis: h,
mint: Pamphylia, Side, date: Circa 460-430 B.C.,
ref: SNG France 627- 28.Weber: 7353
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans07/29/19 at 21:46Jay GT4: It's OK Q
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Domitian RIC-70761 viewsÆ As, 9.32g
Rome mint, 90-91 AD
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
RIC 707 (C). BMC 448. BNC 480.
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 16:43Jay GT4: Not bad!
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Probus36 viewsAV-Aureus
IMP PROBVS P F AVG; Laureate, cuirassed bust right.
VICTORIOSO SEMPER; Probus holding sceptre, standing left between four suppliants.
Ex: wreath
RIC 143; Bastien, Donativa p 59
Rome
Note: Part of the donativa that was issued for Probus' triumph in 281 A.D.
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia07/29/19 at 04:33Jay GT4: Cool coin
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Probus28 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP PROBVS AVG; Radiate and cuirassed bust to right
VICTORIA GERM; Trophy flanked by captive on both sides
Ex: R * A
Rome
RIC 222
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia07/29/19 at 04:32Jay GT4: Great silvering
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Vespasianus26 viewsAE-Sestertius
IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Laureate head to right.
SPES AVGVSTA; Spes standing left, offering flower to two helmeted Roman soldiers, third soldier in group armed with parazonium standing right behind.
Ex: S C
Rome
RIC 206
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia07/29/19 at 01:57Jay GT4: Fantastic sestertius
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Domitianus25 viewsAE-Sestertius
IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI; Laureated Head with Aegis to right
RV: Domitian on horseback right, about to spear fallen German warrior
Ex: SC
Rome
RIC: 280
37mm / 23.79g
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia07/29/19 at 01:57Jay GT4: Dynamic reverse
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33 views1 commentsMatthew H07/27/19 at 00:32Jay GT4: Great style
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Caabria Tarentum AR Stater circa 280-272 BC 19 mm 6.42g 35 viewsNaked boy-rider crowning stationary horse right and lifting up fore-leg./Taras seated sideways on dolphin to left,holding out a horned helmet.On either side a twelve - rayed star.Evans the horsemen of Tarentum plate VIII no 6 Pyrrhic Hegemony this type of coin was used to pay Pyrrhus and his army of 20.000 solders in his war against Rome. For a general so renowned in antiquity Hannibal apocryphally,ranked him second behind Alexander.1 commentsGrant H07/27/19 at 00:31Jay GT4: Wonderful
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RIC 0322 Domitianus59 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENSORIA POTESTAT P P (anticlockwise, from low right), Minerva standing left, with spear
AR/Denarius (20.31 mm 3.466 gr 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 322 (R2) - BMCRE, BNF unlisted
ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 59 Lot 796, ex Spink Auction 18055 Lot 107, from the Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Silver Coins
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/25/19 at 21:40Jay GT4: A great all round coin! Rare and in fantastic con...
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RPC-2721-Domitian51 viewsÆ Drachm, 19.56g
Alexandria mint, 95-96 AD
Obv: AVT KAI C ΘEOY YIOC ∆OMIT CEB ΓEPM; Head of Domitian, laureate, r.
Rev: No legend; Emperor in quadriga of elephants r., holding branch of laurel and sceptre; upon elephant's heads Nike r., holding wreath and palm; date LIE in exergue
RPC 2721 (11 spec.).
Ex Forvm Ancient Coins, July 2019.

The Alexandrian mint under Domitian around regnal year 10 or 11 experienced a 'dramatic improvement in style' and the 'adoption of a wide range of new types' (Milne). One of those new types was the flamboyant scene of Domitian in a quadriga drawn by four elephants struck for the drachm. This type is unique to Alexandria and does not show up elsewhere in the Flavian numismatic canon. However, the Arch of Titus once supported a bronze sculpture depicting such a scene and the Arch of Domitian described by Martial had two elephant quadrigae. Pompey the Great was the first Roman to employ an elephant quadriga in his triumph of 61 BC. The elephants were too big to fit through one of the gates leading up to the Capitol and they had to be switched out with a team of horses. The ancient authors thought it 'a piquant warning of the dangers of divine self-aggrandizement.' (M. Beard). Yet, by the Flavian era the elephant quadriga was seen as a powerful symbol of triumphal glory - although, there is no evidence that Domitian ever rode in an elephant quadriga in any of his triumphs. After Hadrian's reign, the elephant quadriga on the coinage was soley the realm of the imperial Divi and not the living emperor.

A beautiful coin in hand with a magnificent reverse!
6 commentsDavid Atherton07/25/19 at 05:56Jay GT4: That's great
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NERO AR Billon Tetradrachm29 viewsOBVERSE: ΝΕΦΡΑ ΚΛΑΒ ΚΑΗς ΣΕΜΠ, Radiate head left, wearing aegis; L IΓ to left below chin (Reginal year 13)
REVERSE: ΣΕΒΑΣΤΗ ΦΌΡΟς, Galley sailing right, dolphins below
Struck at Alexandria, Egypt, 66/7 AD
12.5g, 23mm
Emmett 121
1 commentsLegatus07/25/19 at 05:55Jay GT4: Nice! Scarcer type!
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Vespasian RIC-28246 viewsÆ Dupondius, 14.36g
Rome mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: TVTELA AVGVSTI; S C in exergue; Tutela std. l., with a child either side
RIC 282 (R2). BMC 596. BNC 572.
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, July 2019. Ex The Morris Collection. Formerly in NGC holder 4632640-020, grade 'Ch VF', strike 5/5, surface 3/5.

Tutela, the goddess of guardianship, is a rare personification on Roman coinage. She first appears on the dupondii of Vitellius and later under Vespasian during his great bronze issue of 71, both on the dupondius and a unique sestertius. The type under Vespasian is extremely scarce with only two reverse dies known for the dupondius. The unique sestertius was acquired by Curtis Clay, for which he wrote the following concerning the TVTELA reverse type:

'Cohen suggested a dynastic interpretation of this TVTELA AVGVSTI rev. type: Vitellius seated with his two children, one boy and one girl, under Vitellius; Domitilla, Vespasian's deceased wife, seated with her sons Titus and Domitian under Vespasian.

Mattingly, in BMC, p. xliv, modified Cohen's interpretation: "Cohen can hardly be right in identifying the woman with Domitilla, but the children seem to stand for Titus and Domitian, and Tutela is the guardian care of the Emperor that watches over his sons."

However, I prefer Mattingly's alternate interpretation, which he explains in a footnote:

"Or the children might represent citizens and Tutela would then be the Emperor's ward over his subjects. Cf. Suetonius, Divus Vespasianus, 5, an omen that portended 'desertam rem p. civili aliqua perturbatione in tutelam eius ac velut in gremium deventuram' ['that the Roman state, abandoned because of some civil agitation, would fall under his protection (tutela) and as it were into his lap']....Martial (v.1.7ff.) addresses Domitian as 'o rerum felix tutela salusque / sospite quo gratum credimus esse Iovem' [O happy protector (tutela) and savior of our affairs, whose continuing good health makes us believe that Jupiter is on our side']."

These quotes, and others that Mattingly indicates in the same note, show that 'tutela' was commonly used in Vespasian's day to mean the emperor's solicitous care for his subjects. Plus, the few later appearances of a Tutela type on Roman coins, under Tetricus I and Carausius, do not include children and seem to refer to governing not childrearing.'

As can clearly be seen on this well preserved dupondius the two children standing either side of Tutela are togate, indicating that they are both boys and perhaps can be viewed as further evidence that Mattingly's alternate theory is correct and the two children do indeed represent the empire's citizens. Unfortunately, the Tutela type was struck rather fleetingly in 71 and did not become part of Vespasian's regular canon of reverse types.

One of the finest known examples of the type. A double die match with the ANS specimen 1906.236.246.

NB: BMC 527 records the type with an obverse reading COS II, however, the obverse has been tooled from an original COS III die. Its reverse die is also known to be paired with other COS III obverses.
7 commentsDavid Atherton07/23/19 at 02:32Jay GT4: Amazing rarity and outstanding coin!
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Roman Empire, Domitian, AR Denarius67 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93.
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
6 commentsorfew07/21/19 at 02:19Jay GT4: Amazing portrait
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Carthage, Second Punic War (220-215 BC)28 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 P07/18/19 at 04:14Jay GT4: Nice!
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Cr 293/1 AR Denarius L. Philippus25 views113 to 111-ish BCE
o: Head of Philip of Macedon right, wearing royal Macedonian helmet; under chin, Φ; behind, ROMA monogram
r: Equestrian statue right, base inscribed L. PHILIPPVS; below horse, flower; in exergue, XVI [mono]
Marcia 12. 3.92 gm 21.00 mm
The obverse oddly depicts Philip V of Macedon, sometime ally and sometime opponent of Rome, and seems to point to an earlier claim by the Marcii Philippi to a connection to the Macedonian dynasty. The reverse likely depicts a statue of another Marcius in the Roman Forum. There are monograms, flowers, and other elements to round out an array of meanings. The bronze issues, a quadrans and uncia, are also a bit busy and a bit scarcer.

This is a really nice coin, with a bit of deposit at 9:00 obverse, but I just can't get enthusiastic about the type.
3 commentsPMah07/18/19 at 04:13Jay GT4: This one's fantastic
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Titus RIC 16A82 viewsAR Denarius, 2.83g
Rome mint, 79 AD
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
RIC 16A (R3). BMC -. RSC -. BNC -.
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 21:35Jay GT4: Great find David
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Vespasian-RIC-113760 viewsÆ Sestertius, 25.51g
Lyon mint, 71 AD
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
RIC 1137 (R). BMC p. 198 note ‡. BNC 800.
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 Atherton07/16/19 at 21:32Jay GT4: Lovely
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, AR Denarius - Crawford 495/2d55 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Marcus Aemilius Lepidus and Octavian, 42 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.70g; 20mm).
Military Mint in Italy.

Obverse: LEPIDVS· PONT· MAX· III· V· R· P· C; bare head of Lepidus facing right.

Reverse: C· CAESAR· IMP· III· VIR· R ·P· C; bare head of Octavian facing right.

References: Crawford 495/2d; HCRI 140a; Sydenham 1323var (rev legend); Aemilia 35var (rev legend); BMCRR (Africa) 29-31var (rev legend); Banti & Simonetti 7 (this coin illustrated).

Provenance: Ex Leu Numismatik Auction 8 (30 Jun 2019) Lot 949; Bank Leu 7 (9 May 1973) Lot 317; Joseph Martini Collection [Baranowsky (25 Feb 1931) Lot 1273] and [Rodolfo Ratto Auction (24 Feb 1930) Lot 1334]; Rodolfo Ratto Fixed Price List (1927) Lot 629; Dr. Bonazzi Collection a/k/a Riche Collection [Rodolfo Ratto Auction (23 Jan 1924) Lot 1352].

This reverse die differs from most of this denarius issue in that the inscription begins with the initial “C” for Octavian's first name (Caius), while the remainder of the issue begins, simply, "CAESAR." The coins appear to celebrate the formation of the Second Triumvirate, although it is unclear why Lepidus did not also strike coins with Antony’s portrait.

This particular example appeared in a remarkable number of important Roman Republican coin sales between 1924-1931, including sales of the collections of Dr. Bonazzi and Joseph Martini.
4 commentsCarausius07/15/19 at 04:55Jay GT4: Wonderful. Congrats
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Roman, Domitian, AR Denarius39 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93.
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
2 commentsorfew07/15/19 at 03:41Jay GT4: That's a great coin!
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Titus RIC 06109 viewsAR Denarius, 2.80g
Rome mint, 79 AD
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII; Ceres std. l., with corn ears and poppy and torch
RIC 6 (R2). BMC p. 432. RSC 270a. BNC 1.
Acquired from Marc Walter, eBay, 25 August 2012.

Minted in 79 AD after 1 July, this is an early denarius, indicated by the absence of P P (Pater Patriae) in the reverse legend.
The Ceres reverse is a carry-over type struck by Vespasian in 79 before his death and adopted by Titus after he donned the purple.

A type that is quite rare and hard to come by in trade. A reverse die match with the RIC plate coin.
7 commentsDavid Atherton07/14/19 at 02:30Jay GT4: Great rarity
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Titus RIC-49844 viewsÆ Sestertius, 24.38g
Eastern Mint (Thrace?), 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PAX AVGVST; S C in field; Pax stg. l., with branch and cornucopiae
RIC 498 (C). BMC 309. RPC 501. BNC 323.
Acquired from Munthandel G. Henzen, June 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. This sestertius with its massive portrait and large reverse figure is quite typical for this elusive mint. The reverse copies a common Pax type struck contemporaneously at Rome.

Good style with dark brown patina.
3 commentsDavid Atherton07/13/19 at 23:20Jay GT4: Nice big coin!
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020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² 1431, Ephesus, AR-Denarius, PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory, draped, advancing right, #173 views020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² 1431, Ephesus, AR-Denarius, PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory, draped, advancing right, #1
avers: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P, Laureate head right.
reverse: PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory, draped, advancing right, holding wreath extended in right hand and palm over the left shoulder. EPHE lower right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0-18,0mm, weight: 3,41 g, axis: 0h,
mint: Ephesus, date: 71 A.D., ref: RIC² 1431, RPC II 833, BMC 457, RSC 276,
Q-001
5 commentsquadrans07/13/19 at 03:16Jay GT4: Oh that's nice!
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RIC 057341 viewsDomitian AR Denarius. Rome, AD 88. First Issue
3.25g, 19mm, 6h.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERMAN PM TR P VII, laureate head right
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva standing right with spear and shield. RIC 573 (R2)
Ex: Roma Numismatics E-Sale 59 July 11, 2019 Lot 79


This lovely coin has a great portrait. However, what is most interesting is not the portrait but the obverse legend. Note that instead of GERM, the coin reads GERMAN. There are only 5 types of denarii listed in RIC that have GERMAN in the obverse legend and all of are at least R2 (very few examples known). This coin was attributed as RIC 572, a common coin. This coin is definitely not common. I had been looking for one for months when I stumbled across this example a few weeks ago. While there are a few encrustations near the left legend on the reverse, I quite like the look of this coin overall. Of course, it is a nice bonus that it is so scarce.

I love tracking down these misattributed coins that are missed by others, it is a lot of fun. I do not blame anyone for missing this one as GERM is so common in the obverse legend that many would not not even read the legend to begin with. My photo does not do it justice but this coin has lovely toning. I am lucky that this was in such nice condition, though if it was very worn or had other problems I would have bought it anyway. When a true rarity comes along I do not let condition bother me at all.

So, keep an eye out for legend variations on denarii of Domitian. GERMAN is not the only variation that exists. One of my other posts in this gallery has another Domitian denarius with just such a variation.
2 commentsorfew07/12/19 at 20:38Jay GT4: GERMAN!
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RIC 042541 viewsDomitian AR Denarius. Rome, AD 86. First Issue
3.38g, 20mm, 5h
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, laureate head right
Rev: IMP XI COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva advancing right, holding spear and shield.
RIC 425 (R) BMC 88, RSC 194
Roma Numismatics E-Sale 57. Thursday 30th May 2019 Lot 861


Here is a lovely rare coin. the toning is beautiful and the portrait is excellent. Struck before September of 86 CE, most of the coins of this issue are very scarce to rare. I loved the look of this one and I did not have one so naturally I bought it.

Tracking down these rarities is a lot of fun and it forces one to become knowledgeable in terms of the relevant research books and references. It is almost as much fun to read about these coins as it is to possess them. I guess that is one aspect that really attracted me to collecting ancient coins; the opportunity to dive deep into the research concerning these coins.

i love this portrait and am trying to track down more coins from this issue. They are not easy to find, but that is part of the fun.
2 commentsorfew07/12/19 at 20:37Jay GT4: Yeah!
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RIC 097029 viewsVespasian AR Denarius 77-78
Obv: Laureate head left: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Rev: CERES stg l with corn ears poppy and sceptre; CERES AVGVST
Ric 970, BMC Page 425 add note to no. 300 left facing variant Colchester, RSC 54a (Colchester)
Purchased from Ebay July 2019
1 commentsorfew07/12/19 at 20:37Jay GT4: Good eyes to find this one!
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RIC 0731 Vespasianus52 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS V CENS, Laureate head left
Rev: S-C, in field; Spes standing left, holding flower
AE/As (29.72 mm 10.17 g 6h) Struck in Rome 74 A.D.
RIC 731 (C), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 722
purchased on eBay from alora
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/12/19 at 20:36Jay GT4: Great coin
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Anonymous Post Semi-Libral AE Uncia - Crawford 41/1038 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous (Post Semi-libral Series), 215-212 BCE.
AE Uncia (7.87g; 24mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma facing right; pellet (mark-of-value) behind.

Reverse: Prow facing right; ROMA above; pellet (mark-of-value) below.

References: Crawford 41/10; McCabe Group A1; RBW 135.

Provenance: Ex Nomisma E-Live Auction 10 (18 Jun 2019) Lot 12.

This series is the second of the “prow” struck bronze series. It is most easily recognized by the left side of the prow device which has a clearly delineated edge, while on later series the left side of the prow appears to extend off the side of the coin. The series was issued during the Second Punic War and reflects the continued reduction in weight standard of the Roman bronze coinage during the conflict; this issue having occurred on the heels of the “semi-libral reduction” of 217-215 BCE. It would soon be followed by further weight reductions.
2 commentsCarausius07/12/19 at 13:23Jay GT4: I like that prow
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Q. Marius, AE As - Crawford 148/127 viewsRome, The Republic.
Q. Marius, 189-180 BCE.
AE As (31.17g; 32mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Head of Janus; I (mark of value) above.

Reverse: Prow facing right; Q.MARI above; I (mark of value) to right; ROMA below.

References: Crawford 148/1; Sydenham 367 (R7); BMCRR 822; Maria 1.

Provenance: Ex Nomisma E-Live Auction 10 (18 Jun 2019) Lot 22; Bombarda Collection; NAC 9 (16 Apr 1996) Lot 587.

This is a particularly fine example of this scarce type. Not much is known of the moneyer beyond his coins. He is likely NOT an ancestor of Gaius Marius who would later serve seven consulships and challenge Sulla.
1 commentsCarausius07/12/19 at 04:21Jay GT4: That's great!
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PROBUS RIC 861 H2 BUST OFFICINA 145 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG
REVERSE: SOLI INVICTO
BUST TYPE: H2 = radiate bust left in consular robe, holding eagle-tipped sceptre (scipio)
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//KAA
WEIGHT 4.03g / AXIS: 1h
RIC: 861
COLLECTION NO. 1402

Note: Superbe strike and quality of details, especially on reverse. Virtually as struck and stunning!
2 commentsBarnaba607/11/19 at 13:07Jay GT4: Outstanding
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ALFOLDI 041.06245 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P AVG
REVERSE: PAX AVG
BUST TYPE: F5 = Radiate, cuirassed bust left, holding spear
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//XXIV
WEIGHT 5.08g / AXIS: 12h
RIC 709 VAR. (UNLISTED WITH XXIV MINTMARK)
ALFOLDI 041.062 (1 EX.)
COLLECTION NO. 1401

Note: scarce bust type
1 commentsBarnaba607/11/19 at 13:07Jay GT4: I like it
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ALFOLDI 085.00268 viewsOBVERSE: IMP[erator] PROBVS INV[ictvs] AVG[vstvs]
REVERSE: SPES AVG[vsti] N[ostri]
BUST TYPE: E2 VAR.= Radiate, helmeted, cuirassed and draped bust left, holding spear and shield (decorated with Gorgoneion), seen from rear
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//XXI
WEIGHT 3.72g / AXIS: 12h
RIC 790
ALFOLDI 085.002 (2 EX.)
COLLECTION NO. 1405

Ex Ph. Gysen collection = EX JACQUIER auction 45 lot 1517

NOTE: Extremely rare and desirable bust type with a very interesting shield decorated with Gorgoneion in combination with a rare reverse type struck only during the 2nd emmission at Siscia.
3 commentsBarnaba607/11/19 at 13:06Jay GT4: Great portrait and helmet
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Bithynia, Kios, (cc. 350-300 B.C.), AR-Hemidrachm, SNG Cop 370, ΔΙΑΣ, Prow of galley left, #166 viewsBithynia, Kios, (cc. 350-300 B.C.), AR-Hemidrachm, SNG Cop 370, ΔΙΑΣ, Prow of galley left, #1
avers: Laureate head of Apollo right.
reverse: MIΛH-TOΣ, Prow of galley left.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 12,5-13,5mm, weight: 2,25g, axis: 11h,
mint: Bithynia, Kios, date: cc. 350-300 B.C., ref: SNG Cop 370, BMC 6, RecGen 3.14
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans07/10/19 at 12:26Jay GT4: It's OK Q
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Sikyon, Sikyonia34 views330-280 B.C.
Silver Hemidrachm (or Triobol)
2.67 gm, 16.3 mm
Obv.: Chimaera standing left, right forepaw raised; ΣI beneath
Rev.: Dove flying left; ΔI in field to right.
HGC 5, 213; SNGuk_0300_2338;
BMC 112 var. (initials); Sear 2767 var. (intials);
[SNG Copenhagen 61; BCD Peloponnesos 299]

NGC certified (94282063-009 Ch VF), but removed from holder.
4 commentsJaimelai07/09/19 at 04:12Jay GT4: Nice one
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KINGS of PAEONIA. Patraos. Circa 335-315 BC. AR Tetradrachm21 viewsKINGS of PAEONIA. Patraos. Circa 335-315 BC. AR Tetradrachm (26 mm, 12.62 g, 8h). Lustrous EF. Damastion mint(?). Laureate head of Apollo right / Warrior on horse rearing right, spearing enemy warrior who defends with shield and spear. Paeonian Hoard 434. Superb EF with unusually well struck up types. Irregular flan (not clipped or cut1 commentsMark R107/09/19 at 04:12Jay GT4: Fantastic reverse and I like the effect of the dou...
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CALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 272-240 BC.35 viewsCALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 272-240 BC. AR Nomos (20mm, 6.48 g, 9h). Warrior on horseback right, holding shield and spear; DI above; APO[LL/WNIOS] in two lines below / Phalanthos riding dolphin left, head facing with flowing chlamys around left arm, holding trident in right hand; crowning Nike to left; waves below. Vlasto 894-898; HN Italy 1038. Lustrous4 commentsMark R107/09/19 at 04:10Jay GT4: You get been busy! Great coin
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Titus RIC-22070 viewsÆ As, 9.10g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: AETERNIT AVGVST; S C in field; Aeternitas stg. r., l. foot on globe, with sceptre and cornucopiae
RIC 220 (R). BMC p. 266 note. BNC 212.
Acquired from eBay, June 2019.

Aeternitas, the personification of eternity, as a coin type was first introduced during the reign of Vespasian and would be periodically struck until the 4th century. This As featuring Aeternitas was struck during Titus' second and largest bronze issue in 80-81. Mattingly in BMCRE II speculates the type here refers to the consecration of Vespasian - 'Aeternitas holds sceptre and cornucopiae, the attributes of majesty and prosperity, while the globe under her foot shows that the application is world-wide. Stress is laid more on the great future than on the great past of the Flavian line.' A most fitting interpretation for a coin that declares 'The eternity of the Augustus'.

Honest wear with greenish-brown patina.
3 commentsDavid Atherton07/08/19 at 16:16Jay GT4: Nice portrait
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Marc Antony, AR Denarius - Crawford 488/230 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Marcus Antonius. 43 BCE.
AR Denarius (4.19g; 19mm).
Military mint in Cisalpine Gaul.

Obverse: M.A[NTON IMP RPC]; Antony's bare, bearded head facing right; lituus behind.

Reverse: CAESAR DIC; Laureate head of Julius Caesar facing right; jug behind.

References: Crawford 488/2; HCRI 123; Sydenham 1166; BMCRR (Gaul) 55; Antonia 5-6.

Provenance: Ex Roma E-Live Auction 1 (25-6 Jul 2018) Lot 531; Bernard Poindessault Collection [Oger-Blanchet (17 Nov 2017) Lot 148]; Edouard Schott Collection [E. Bourgey (21 Mar 1972) Lot 337].

This is one of Antony’s earliest issues following the creation of the Second Triumvirate with Octavian and Lepidus. The titulature "RPC" (tip of "C" just barely visible beneath Antony’s portrait on this specimen) reflects the new status. Antony is depicted with a slight beard of mourning, as is Octavian on his coins until the defeat of the Tyrannicides at Philippi the following year. Both Antony and Caesar have symbols of the augurate behind their portraits, as both were members of the college of augurs, and this served to highlight their common bond. The somewhat comical portrait style is reflective of the military mint, with limited die engraver talent.
1 commentsCarausius07/07/19 at 18:49Jay GT4: Outstanding! Wish mine was this nice
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Domitian RIC-11055 viewsÆ As, 10.56g
Rome mint, 82 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P COS VIII DES VIIII P P; S C in field; Minerva adv. r., with spear and shield
RIC 110 (C3). BMC 281. BNC 290.
Acquired from Holding History, eBay, June 2019.

Early in Domitian's reign Minerva figured prominently on the aes coinage. This As from early 82 featuring his patron deity with spear and shield would later be adopted by the denarius issues after the overhaul of the mint later in the year. It would become one of the standard four Minerva types for that denomination.

Fetching olive green patina.
4 commentsDavid Atherton07/07/19 at 13:51Jay GT4: Delightful portrait
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Vespasian / Shield Within Wreath RIC 139358 viewsVespasian; 69-79 AD, Ephesus, c. 69-70 AD, Denarius, 2.80g.
O: IMP CAES - VESPAS AVG Head laureate r.; on neck rectangular countermark IMP VES with IMP and VE ligate (Howgego-839).
R: AVG on round shield within oak wreath; rectangular countermark IMP VES with IMP and VE ligate.

Extremely rare, apparently the second recorded specimen, the first having appeared in Schenk-Behrens 76, 26 Nov. 1998, lot 186, as reported but not illustrated by RIC-1393.

This coin is exceptional in three additional ways. First, Roman denarii are virtually never countermarked, with the exception of the IMPVES under Vespasian. Second, it is extremely rare for a coin of Vespasian to be countermarked by Vespasian. Third, I believe this is the only example of a Vespasian denarius mistakenly countermarked not just once, but twice!

The attribution of this reverse type to Ephesus, suggested by the use on later marked coins of that mint of a simplified version of the same type, AVG within oak wreath but without the shield, is confirmed by the countermark of Vespasian on this specimen, since the few Flavian denarii known to have been marked with that countermark are all coins of the Ephesus mint.
5 commentsNemonater07/07/19 at 13:01Jay GT4: Amazing rarity! Congrats!
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Antony Legion V Denarius29 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Marcus Antonius, 44-31 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.79g; 19mm).
Military Mint traveling with Antony, 32-1 BCE.

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

Reverse: LEG V; Aquilia between two standards.

References: Crawford 544/18; HCRI 354; Sydenham 1221; BMCRR (East) 196; Banti 75 (this coin); Antonia 110.

Provenance: Ex Kress 109 (24-25 Oct 1958), Lot 749.

Produced by Antony in the lead-up to his final defeat at Actium by Octavian’s navy (commanded by Agrippa), the legionary series was a huge issue that recognized 23 legions under Antony’s command. These coins would continue to circulate throughout the Empire for several centuries after Antony’s loss, partly because their notoriously debased silver discouraged hoarding. Thirty-seven examples of the LEG V variety appeared in the 1905 Delos hoard of 604 Antony Legionary denarii, making it one of the most common varieties of the series. However, an example with a verifiable old provenance, such as this coin, is quite rare.
2 commentsCarausius07/07/19 at 13:00Jay GT4: Wow, that is a wonderful coin
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CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 400-390 BC. AR Nomos31 views20mm, 7.93 g, 2h
Youth on horse galloping right; tiny Λ below / Phalanthos, holding torch, riding dolphin left.

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

Ex Michel Pandely Vlasto Collection.
1 commentsLeo07/03/19 at 19:59Jay GT4: Fantastic provenance!
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Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #33846 views20mm, 7.93 g, 2h
Youth on horse galloping right; tiny Λ below / Phalanthos, holding torch, riding dolphin left.

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

Ex Michel Pandely Vlasto Collection.
1 commentsLeo07/03/19 at 19:58Jay GT4: Love the hair on the rider
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3803 SYRIA Laodicea ad Mare. Hadrian Tetradrachm 121-22 AD Tyche32 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3803.5; Prieur 1107; Adra 1555-7

Issue Year 168

Obv. ΑΥΤΟΚΡ ΚΑΙϹΑΡ ΤΡΑΙΑΝΟϹ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟϹ ϹΕΒΑϹΤ
Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, right

Rev. ΙΟΥΛΙΕⲰΝ ΤⲰΝ ΚΑΙ ΛΑΟΔΙΚΕⲰΝ
Turreted and draped bust of Tyche, r.; in field, r., ΗΞΡ

13.55 gr
25.5 mm
12h

Note.
From the Michel Prieur Collection, purchased privately from Joselito Eechtout, May 2013.
3 commentsokidoki07/03/19 at 19:57Jay GT4: Lovely style!
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RIC 0677 Domitianus36 viewsObv : IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, Laureate head right
Rev : IMP XXI COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva standing left, with spear
AR/Denarius (19.11 mm 3.39 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88-89 A.D.(6th issue)
RIC 677 (R), RSC - BMCRE - BNF unlisted
Purchased on eBay from Manuel Guerrero in 2013
1 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/03/19 at 19:56Jay GT4: Good find!
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RIC 0674 Domitianus52 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XXI COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva advancing right, with spear and shield
AR/Denarius (19668 mm 3.344 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88-89 A.D. (6th issue)
RIC 674 (R), RSC 254c - BMCRE 157 - BNF unlisted
Purchased from Münzhandlung Ritter
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/03/19 at 19:56Jay GT4: Great rare coin and in nice condition!
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Acarnania, Leucas, Stater, Leukas, EF(40-45), Silver, Pozzi:1317v29 viewsCOIN CONDITION EF(40-45)
MAIN CATEGORY Coins
COMPOSITION Silver
WEIGHT (GRAMS) 7.90
DENOMINATION Stater
GREECE PROVINCE Akarnania
GREEK COIN THEME Leucas
POZZI 1317v
MINT NAME Leukas
2 commentsMark R107/02/19 at 23:25Jay GT4: Sweet!
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RIC 0223 Domitianus68 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERMAN COS X, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: MONETA AVGVST / S-C in field; Moneta standing left, with scales and cornucopia
AE/As (27.39 mm 11.408 g 6h) Struck in Rome 84 A.D. (b type)
RIC 223 (R2, no picture), BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex Savoca 21st Blue Auction Lot 841
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/02/19 at 19:59Jay GT4: That's great!
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CALABRIA. Taras. Circa 290-281 BC. Stater30 viewsSilver, 21 mm, 7.95 g, 3 h
ΣA Nude rider on horse prancing to right, holding whip.
Rev. TAPAΣ / ⊢H Phalanthos seated astride dolphin to left, holding kantharos; behind, caduceus.
Fischer-Bossert 803-805 (V402/R816). HN III 947. Vlasto 665 (same obverse die).
A particularly elegant coin. Reverse struck slightly off-center. Extremely fine.
2 commentsLeo07/02/19 at 17:56Jay GT4: Great!
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RIC 0144 Titus37 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 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/02/19 at 17:47Jay GT4: Very bold coin
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Nero, 54 - 68 AD37 viewsObv: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER PM TRP IMP PP, radiate head of Nero facing right.

Rev: GENIO AVGVSTI, Genius standing left, cloak draped around waist, sacrificing from patera in right hand over a flaming altar on left, holding a cornucopia in left hand, S - C flanking across field, I (mark of value) in exergue.

Orichalcum As, Rome mint, 64 AD

7.657 grams, 25.2 mm, 150°

RIC I 215, S1977 (var.)

Ex: FORVM
1 commentsMatt Inglima07/02/19 at 12:48Jay GT4: Great coin
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Vespasian-RIC-123543 viewsÆ As, 9.42g
Lyon mint, 77-78 AD
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
RIC 1235 (C). BMC 846 var. BNC 848 var.
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 Atherton07/02/19 at 01:17Jay GT4: Sweet
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RIC 033664 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.
RIC 336 (R2) BMC 79. Cohen 178 var. (without aegis). .
Leu Numismatic E-Auction 8 Lot 1038 June 30, 2019.



I was absolutely thrilled to win this coin in an auction. There are 2 reasons I wanted it. First, it has CENS POT in the reverse legend. I am actively seeking out denarii with this legend. Secondly, have a close look at the bust on the obverse. Far down on the neck is an Aegis. In this case the Aegis is a Gorgon. While the Aegis does occur on both bronze and silver coins of Domitian, its use is quite rare on denarii. Usually these coins are misattributed in auctions. It is worth buying the reference book RIC II Part 1 if you are going to chase these coins. One reason is that many of these rare coins do not appear in any other reference.

If you see a denarius of Domitian appear that has Aegis on the breast such as this one above, grab it before someone else notices it. There are a few sharp eyed Flavian fanatics out there who consistently scour the auction listings looking for rarities such as this one. I should know, I am one of them.

I would like to have the other Aegis coins from this issue but they do not appear very often.
4 commentsorfew07/01/19 at 22:16Jay GT4: That's great! Love the Aegis
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Septimius Severus, denarius24 viewsSeptimius Severus, denarius.
Rome mint.
Obv. L SEPT SEV AVG IMP XI PART MAX, bust right.
Rev. VICTORIAE AVGG FEL, Victory advancing left, holding open wreath in both hands over shield set on low base.
RIC 144b
2.98 g, 18 mm.
1 commentsMarsman06/30/19 at 00:31Jay GT4: Great piece
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Otho, denarius25 viewsOtho, denarius
Rome mint.
2,89 g. 19 mm.
Obv. IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P, bare head right
Rev. SECVRITAS P R, Securitas standing left, holding wreath and sceptre.
RIC 8
Broken and repaired.
1 commentsMarsman06/29/19 at 22:27Jay GT4: Still a nice portrait despite the break
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Caligula, denarius26 viewsCaligula, denarius.
37-8 AD, Lugdunum.
19 mm 3.62g.
Obv: C CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR POT / laureate head of Caligula right.
Rev. GERMANICVS CAES P C CAES AVG GERM / bare head of Germanicus right.
RIC 18.
1 commentsMarsman06/29/19 at 22:01Jay GT4: Love the double portrait
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Nero Billon Tetradrachm25 viewsNero Billon Tetradrachm.
Alexandria. Year 13 = 66/67 AD.
26 mm 12,77 g.
Obv. NEΡΩ KΛAV KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEΡ AV, radiate bust of Nero left wearing aegis
Rev. LIΓ to left / ΔIOΣ OΛYMΠIOY, laureate head of Zeus Olympius right.
RPC I 5297
2 commentsMarsman06/29/19 at 22:01Jay GT4: Great coin
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Egypt, Alexandria, AD 153/154, Faustina II, Nilus34 viewsFaustina II
Alexandria
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 commentsshanxi06/29/19 at 01:56Jay GT4: Cool reverse
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Domitian RIC-28193 viewsÆ Sestertius, 26.14g
Rome mint, 85 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI; Bust of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: S C in exergue; Domitian stg. r., clasping hands over altar with officer stg. l.; behind officer, one soldier with standard and one soldier at r. with spear and shield
RIC 281 (R). BMC 301. BNC 321.
Acquired from Olding, MA Shops, June 2019 = Olding, List 96, March 2019, Sammlung Fritz Reusing, no. 182. From the collection of Fritz Reusing (1874-1956), acquired from the Heynen Collection; inherited and continued by Reusing's nephew Paul Schürer (1890-1976).

In 85 Domitian struck a fairly impressive issue of sestertii, M. Grant hyperbolically called it the most 'ambitious' of any one reign or year. The series is the first major aes issue of Domitian's reign and is dominated by panoramic types commemorating his greatest military victory over the Germanic tribe the Chatti. The Germanic triumph received a certain amount of ridicule from ancient writers who thought the whole thing was a sham (Dio goes so far as to say Domitian raided the palace's furniture stores for his fake spoils!), no doubt the numismatic propaganda for the victory was likely viewed in the same manner by contemporary senatorial elites. This rare sestertius depicts a rather ambiguous scene showing Domitian, the much larger figure on the left, clasping hands with a legate over an altar while two legionaries stand by. What exactly is going on here is a mystery. Mattingly in BMCRE II believed it to be 'the taking of the sacramentum, the military oath'. Others have postulated the scene shows Domitian greeting Agricola upon his return from Britannia. The Agricola connection is highly unlikely. The type is struck for several more years, so it cannot be referring to one single 'event'. It's an intriguing scene in the context of the Germania Capta series, perhaps depicting a post victory ceremony. Whatever the meaning, the reverse strongly underscores Domitian's bond with the military.

This wonderful old cabinet toned piece is from the collection of the German portrait painter Fritz Reusing.

3 commentsDavid Atherton06/28/19 at 02:59Jay GT4: Fantastic addition and intriguing
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Kamarina - Onkiai39 viewsKamarina
Onkiai
Obv. Gorgoneion facing
Rev. KAMA. Owl standing right, clutching lizard in talons. Value mark . (dot) in exergue
Struck ca. 420 - 410 BC.
0.95 Gr.
CNS III, 47, 2-3; HGC 2, 552
3 commentsnummis durensis06/27/19 at 16:29Jay GT4: I like it
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Roman Empire, Severus Alexander, Bimetallic Medaillon92 viewsObv. IMP CAES M AVREL SEV ALEXANDER PIVS FELIX AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust left, seen from behind.
Rev. PONTIF MAX TR P V COS II P P, Alexander on quadriga right, holding eagle-tipped scepter and olive branch, crowned by Victory.
Mint: Rome, 226 AD.

38mm 41.44g

Cohen 481?


Curtis Clay

"A spectacular acquisition!

I know of two other specimens of this medallion:

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

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

(2) In Paris according to Gnecchi no. 21, 50.0g, not illustrated, no mention of bimetallic, but personal examination would be needed to be sure!"
3 commentskc06/25/19 at 23:51Jay GT4: Gorgeous
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Thrace, Kings, Macedonian, Lysimachos, (305-281 B.C.), Price L19, Abydos, AR-Drachm, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, #161 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,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans06/25/19 at 22:16Jay GT4: Great coin
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Augustus RIC 022448 viewsOctavian as Augustus, 27 BC – 14 AD Denarius
Lugdunum circa 13-14,
18mm., 3.56g.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev. Tiberius in triumphal quadriga r., holding laurel branch and eagle-tipped sceptre.
RSC 301. RIC 224.
Ex: Naville Numismatics Live auction 50 Lot 439 June 23, 2019
3 commentsorfew06/24/19 at 22:28Jay GT4: Excellent!
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RIC 054526 viewsVespasian, 69-79 Denarius circa 73,
AR 19.5mm., 3.25g.
Obv: Laureate head r. ; IMP CAES VESP AVG CENS
Rev:. Vespasian seated r. on curule chair, with feet on footstool, holding scepter and olive branch; PONTIF MAXIM
RIC 545. C 387.
Ex: E.E. Clain-Stefanelli collection
Ex: Naville Numismatics Live auction 50 Lot 467 June 23, 2019
1 commentsorfew06/24/19 at 22:28Jay GT4: Great provenance!
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2995A Hadrian Denarius 125-28 AD Roma seated left Eastern Mint41 viewsReference.
RIC III, 2995A; RIC II -; BMC -; Strack *-- cf (Taf. XIX, 40 und XX, 14).

Bust B1

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

Rev. COS III
Roma seated left on curule chair holding Victory and sceptre

2.82 gr
17 mm
6h

Note.
Same obverse die as http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-149088
3 commentsokidoki06/24/19 at 17:34Jay GT4: That's a great coin
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Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus Restoration LEGIO VI21 viewsSilver Denarius
Roman Imperial - The Principate

Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus

LEGIO VI

Rome mint, 165 - 166 A.D.
VF, toned, shallow scratches, small edge split
18.6 mm / 3.329 g / 0°

Rare

Obverse: "ANTONINVS AVGVR III VIR R P C", War galley, four oarsmen visible, rowing left over waves.
Reverse: "ANTONINVS ET VERVS AVG REST", Aquila in center between two legionary standards, "LEG VI" in center above exergue.

Ex Forvm Ancient Coins 2019 RS89767-165
Ex Collection of a Texas Wine Doctor
Ex CNG e-auction 401 (2017) lot 539.

BMCRE IV p 456, 501, RIC III 248, 443, RSC I Antony 83

MyID: 058A

Image Credit: Forvm Ancient Coins
2 commentsTenthGen06/24/19 at 01:06Jay GT4: Sweet!
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Marc Antony LEGIO ? - IMPVES Countermark23 viewsSilver Denarius
Roman Imperatorial

Marc Antony LEGIO ? IMPVES Countermark

? Patrae Mint. Fall 32-Spring 31 BC. Countermarked 74-79 AD at Ephesus.
Coin fair to poor. Countermark aVF.
18.7 mm / 2.873 g

Obverse: Galley right with rowers, mast with banners at prow. "ANT*AVG / III VIR*R*P*C"
Reverse: "LEG ?", aquila between two legionary standards. Countermark "IMPVES" (IMP ligate, VE ligate)

Ex: Forum Ancient Coins (2019)
Ex: L.O.H.

cf Crawford 544/14, BMCRR II East 190. RSC I 27 ff. Countermark Howgego 839 (Vespasian).

MyID: 059A.

Image Credit: Forvm Ancient Coins
1 commentsTenthGen06/24/19 at 01:05Jay GT4: Nice! I have one of these also, 2 of my areas of ...
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RIC 066676 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 88 -89 CE
19mm., 2,93g.
Obv: Head laureate r; IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P VIII
Rev:Minerva stg. L with spear; IMP XVIII COS XIII CENS PPP
RIC 666 (R2) BMC—RSC--
Purchased from Savoca auctions June 23, 2019



In 88 CE Domitian was fighting a series of battles. As a result Imperial acclamations for Domitian changed rather rapidly. According to hoard evidence cited in RIC coins from IMP XVIII may have been struck for as few as 38 days. Elsewhere in this gallery I posted RIC 655 which was IMP XVI and might have been struck for only 7-8 days.

As a result this coin is rather rare. RIC cites it as R2-very few examples known. I know the coin is rather worn, but when a rarity appears one sometimes has to take what one can get. As stated in the attribution this coin is not in BMCRE or RSC.

I love finding these rarities. The complex legends mean that one has to pay close attention of every detail on these coins. Coins like this one are frequently misattributed.

2 commentsorfew06/23/19 at 22:58Jay GT4: Great find Andrew
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CALABRIA. Taras. Circa 302-280 BC. Nomos38 viewsSilver, 22 mm, 7.82 g, 9 h
Nude rider on horse galloping to right, stabbing with spear held in his right hand and holding two other spears and shield with his left; below, ΣΑ.
Rev. ΤΑΡΑΣ Youthful oikist, nude, riding dolphin to left, holding kantharos in his right hand and trident with his left; to left, K; below, dolphin.
HN Italy 937. Vlasto 607.
1 commentsLeo06/23/19 at 17:40Jay GT4: Beautiful fresh dies
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Domitian as Caesar RIC-29481 viewsÆ Sestertius, 24.01g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD (Titus)
Obv: CAES DIVI AVG VESP F DOMITIANVS COS VII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: S C in field; Minerva adv. r., with spear and shield
RIC 294 (C). BMC 231. BNC 238.
Acquired from Olding, MA Shops, May 2019 = Olding, List 96, March 2019, Sammlung Fritz Reusing, no. 177. From the collection of Fritz Reusing (1874-1956), inherited and continued by Reusing's nephew Paul Schürer (1890-1976).

An exquisite sestertius struck for Domitian as Caesar under Titus featuring his patron deity Minerva. DIVI AVG VESP F tells us the coin was struck after Vespasian's deification. The date of Vespasian's consecratio is dated by the epigraphic evidence sometime between September 8, 79 - May 29, 80, so this sestertius could not have been struck much earlier than June 80. The Minerva reverse was one of the more common types struck during this second bronze issue for Domitian Caesar under Titus.

Although fine portraits can occasionally be seen in silver, it is on the larger canvas of the bronze where the full flower of Roman imperial portraiture can be seen. This sestertius has one of the finest portraits of Domitian I've come across. A superb example of the imperial engraver's art.
6 commentsDavid Atherton06/23/19 at 13:11Jay GT4: Love the way the two tone patina highlights the po...
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005p Tiberius (14-37 A.D.), Phrygia, Eumeneia, Asia (conventus of Apamea), RPC I 3144, AE-17, -/-//--, OYAΛEPIOΣ ZMEPTOPIΞ EYMENEΩN, Bull butting right, #176 views005p Tiberius (14-37 A.D.), Phrygia, Eumeneia, Asia (conventus of Apamea), RPC I 3144, AE-17, -/-//--, OYAΛEPIOΣ ZMEPTOPIΞ EYMENEΩN, Bull butting right, #1
avers: ΣEBAΣTOΣ, Bare head of Tiberius right.
reverse: OYAΛEPIOΣ ZMEPTOPIΞ EYMENEΩN, Bull butting right. (Magistrate: Valerios Zmertorix (without title)).
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 16,0-17,0mm, weight: 5,72 g, axes: 6h,
mint: City: Eumenea, Region: Phrygia, Province: Asia (conventus of Apamea),
date: 35-36 A.D., Magistrate: Valerios Zmertorix (without title),
ref: RPC I 3144, BMC Phrygia 35,
15 Specimens
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans06/23/19 at 01:18Jay GT4: Great bull
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Pergamon, Mysia (133 - 67 B.C)47 viewsAR Cistophoric Tetradrachm
O:  Cista mystica with half-open lid, from which a snake emerges, all within wreath of ivy with berries.
R: Two serpents entwined around bow and bowcase; above, ME, prytaneis monogram, and A (controls), (Pergamon monogram) to left, serpent-entwined thyrsos to right.
11.36g
26mm
Kleiner, Hoard 40; SNG BN 1744

Ex. Glenn Schinke, March 1995
4 commentsMat06/22/19 at 13:00Jay GT4: Nice!
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RIC 0555 Domitianus88 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VII, Laureate head right
Rev: COS XIIII, across field, Minerva standing left, with spear
AR/Denarius - 20.86 mm 3.560 g 6h - Struck in Rome 88 A.D. (1st group)
RIC 555 (R2) - RSC 66 - BMCRE unlisted - BNF 113
ex Rauch Auction 108 Lot 160
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/21/19 at 18:50Jay GT4: That's a great coin Alberto, Congrats!
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PAMPHYLIA. Aspendus. Ca. mid-5th century BC. AR stater 28 viewsPAMPHYLIA. Aspendus. Ca. mid-5th century BC. AR stater (19mm, 10.79 gm). Choice VF, Fine Style. Ca. 465-430 BC. Helmeted nude hoplite advancing right, spear forward in right hand, oval shield in left / Triskeles clockwise within incuse square. cf. Classical Numismatic Group, Electronic Auction 429 (26 September 2018), lot 167, otherwise unpublished. Fine style for the series. 2 commentsMark R106/21/19 at 13:44Jay GT4: Great detail in the face and helmet. Classic coin
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67 viewsTrajan AR Denarius. Rome, AD 113-114. IMP TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC P M TR P, laureate and draped bust right / COS VI P P SPQR, Trajan's column surmounted by statue of the emperor; at base, two eagles. RIC 307; BMCRE 522; RSC 115. 3.53g, 20mm, 6h.
Of all of the truly monumental buildings and commemorative structures which the emperor Trajan built, only one, the Columna Traiani, has survived in a reasonable state of completeness. Indeed, it appears almost identical in person as it does on coins, except that the statue of Trajan that originally surmounted it was replaced in 1588 with a statue of St. Paul. When completed, the column occupied a prominent place between two libraries, the Basilica Ulpia and the Temple of Trajan and Plotina. The column was massive: it was over 12 feet in diameter at its base, and rose to a height of nearly 130 feet. Its core was comprised of 34 blocks of Carrara white marble that were made hollow so as to accommodate a circular staircase of 185 steps. The most remarkable feature of the column, however, was its ornamentation, for the friezes on its exterior are some of the most inspiring works of art ever produced. Monumental in scope and execution, they record Trajan’s two Dacian campaigns, from 101-3 and 104-6. All told, there are more than 2,500 individually sculpted figures distributed among more than 150 scenes. The emperor himself is represented no less than fifty times – not a surprise considering his penchant for commemorative architecture and his pride in having added Dacia to the provinces of the empire. “ Source: NAC”

Ex Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Silver Coins
4 commentspaul188806/21/19 at 00:57Jay GT4: Great one Paul
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05 Constantius II50 viewsConstantius II. AE2. Arles. DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, rosette-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, soldier standing left, one knee drawn up, about to spear falling horseman wearing a Phrygian helmet and is sitting on ground, arms raised. A in left field. Mintmark PARL
RIC Arles 103 variant?
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)06/20/19 at 23:26Jay GT4: Cool!
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29. Trebonianus Gallus.60 viewsAntoninianus, ca 252 AD, Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAES VIB TREB GALLVS AVG / Radiate bust of Gallus.
Reverse: APOLL SALVTARI / Apollo standing, holding branch and a lyre set on a rock.
3.82 gm., 20 mm.
RIC #32; Sear #9627.

In his book The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, & the End of an Empire, author Kyle Harper suggests the plague described by Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, was not a localized plague of some sort, but was one and the same with the plague that ravaged the Roman Empire during the reign of Trebonianus Gallus and several of his successors.

The plague was first reported in Alexandria in 249 AD, and by 251 AD it had made its way to Rome where the boy emperor Hostilian died from it. Harper says (p, 138), “The Plague of Cyprian is in the background of imperial history from ca. AD 249 to AD 262, possibly with even later effects around AD 270.”

Harper also presents a case that the plague was either pandemic influenza (similar to that of 1918) or a viral hemorrhagic fever (similar to the Ebola virus of today).

Coins with the reverse legend APOLL SALVTARI (“Apollo the Healer”) exist on coins of Trebonianus Gallus, Volusian, Aemilian, and Valerian I. This reverse type is certainly to be interpreted as an appeal to Apollo for deliverance from the plague that was spreading through the Empire at this time.
3 commentsCallimachus06/20/19 at 04:21Jay GT4: Great looking coin
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Vespasian-RIC-113293 viewsÆ Sestertius, 24.45g
Lyon mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: CAESAR AVG F DES IMP AVG F COS DES II; S C in exergue; Titus and Domitian stg. front, each with spear and parazonium
RIC 1132 (R). BMC 799. BNC -.
Acquired from Romae Aeternae, June 2019.

An iconic dynastic sestertius struck during Vespasian's great bronze issue of 71. The type was struck both at Rome and Lyon (ancient Lugdunum) and announced Vespasian's intention to found a dynasty. Mattingly in BMCRE II calls it a 'famous' type placing the figures on the reverse as Titus on the left and Domitian on the right. While that is a conventional numismatic placement for the two Caesares, here we see the figure on the left holding a parazonium an attribute of an imperator, which of the two could only be Titus. Conversely, the figure on the left is holding something smaller (a roll?) that does not appear to be a parazonium, despite the above RIC description. The reverse legend corresponds for this placement of the figures with the first half of the legend CAES AVG F DES for Domitian on the left, the second half IMP AVG F COS DES II for Titus on the right. The legend has caused confusion over the years with some numismatists creating the phantom title Designatus Imperator for Titus. The title COS is implied for Domitian after DES in the legend, a kind of numismatic shorthand if you will. Gunnar Seelentag attempted to clear up the matter up in Numismatic Chronicle, Vol 167 (2007), but doubts remain. Curtis Clay has proposed that the traditional view of Titus on the left and Domitian on the right is correct, pointing out that both are holding a parazonium, theorising Titus' is hidden behind his body with only the handle showing. His arguments in full can be read here: http://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=44488.0 The reverse type itself is fairly rare with only a handful of specimens coming to market each decade, this Lugdunese specimen is much scarcer than those from Rome. Flavian dynastic types are far more common in silver.

Fantastic style with old cabinet toning. Same reverse die as Gemini IX, lot 414.

NB: Special thanks to Curtis Clay for additional numismatic information.
7 commentsDavid Atherton06/19/19 at 17:29Jay GT4: Amazing!
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Facing Head of Larissa64 viewsThessaly Greece, the City of Larissa
Obv: Head of the nymph Larissa facing slightly l., round curl to the l. of he head, wearing ampyx flanked by two hornlike locks, a pendant earring represented by three pellets in a vertical line, and a simple necklace.
Rev: Horse crouching r., l. foreleg raised and bent (almost parallel with belly/ground), preparing to roll, small plant (control mark) below. ΛAPIΣ above horse and AIΩN in the exergue.
Denomination: Silver Drachm; Mint: Larissa; Date: c. 356 - 342 BC1; Weight: 5.869g; Diameter: 18.3mm; Die axis: 0 º; References, for example: BMC Thessaly p. 30, 61; BCD Thessaly I 1156; BCD Thessaly II 323 var. [same obv. die, but no trident (control mark) below the horse pointing to the left].

Notes:
1This is the date range stated in BCD Thessaly I. This coin appears to fall within Lorber’s Phase Late II or Phase Late III. See Lorber Hoard and Lorber 2008.
The city of Larissa was named after the local water nymph, said to be the daughter of Pelasgos. He was said to be the ancestor of the pre-Greek Pelasgians. According to myth Larissa drowned while playing ball on the banks of the Peneios river. (HGC 4 p. 130).

Provenance: from the David Cannon Collection, ex Beast Coins.

Photo credits: Forum Ancient Coins

Sources

BCD Thessaly I: Nomos AG, Auction 4. Coins of Thessaly, the BCD Collection. (10 May 2011, Zurich).
BCD Thessaly II: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. The BCD Collection of the Coinage of Thessaly. Triton XV Auction. (3 January 2012, New York).
BMC Thessaly: Gardner, Percy. A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Thessaly to Aetolia. London, 1883.
HGC: Hoover, Oliver D. Handbook of Coins of Northern and Central Greece: Achaia Phthiotis, Ainis, Magnesia, Malis, Oita, Perrhaibia, Thessaly, Akarnania, Aitolia, Lokris, Phokis, Boiotia, Euboia, Attica, Megaris, and Corinthia, Sixth to First Centuries BC, The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series, Vol. 4. Lancaster/London: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc, 2014.
Lorber Hoard: Lorber, Catharine C. “A Hoard of Facing Head Larissa Drachms” in Schweizerische Numismatische Rundschau, vol. 79 (2000): 7 - 15.
Lorber, Catharine C. “Thessalian Hoards and the Coinage of Larissa” in American Journal of Numismatics, second series 20 (2008): 119 - 142.

3 commentsTracy Aiello06/19/19 at 03:18Jay GT4: Sweet
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Calabria, Tarentum. Ca. 280-228 B.C. AR litra48 views10.8 mm, .59 g, 11 h
Cockle-shell / Dolphin right; elephant below.
HN Italy -; SNG ANS -; Vlasto -.
Nice VF. Apparently unpublished control mark. "
4 commentsLeo06/18/19 at 03:33Jay GT4: Beautiful
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Lucania. Metapontum AR Nomos / Barley Ear27 viewsAttribution: HN Italy 1589
Date: 340-330 BC
Obverse: Wreathed head of Demeter left
Reverse: META, Ear of barley with leaf to left, Griffin above leaf
Size: 18.72 mm
Weight: 7.16 grams
Description: VF.
1 commentsMark R106/18/19 at 03:33Jay GT4: Great reverse
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Bruttium Kroton AR Nomos / Tripod42 viewsAttribution: SNG ANS 264
Date: 480-430 BC
Obverse: Tripod with legs terminating in lions feet
Reverse: Incuse of obverse
Size: 19.07mm
Weight: 7.94 grams
Description: A nice nomos with sharp detail
2 commentsMark R106/18/19 at 03:32Jay GT4: Classic Kroton
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Nero (54 - 68 A.D.)83 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm 
O: NEΡΩ KΛAY KAIS SEBA GEP AVTO, laureate head right.
R: NEO AGAQ DAIM, Agathodaemon serpent, coiled with head up, holding poppies and grain ears, L ς (date) to right. Year 6.
23mm
13.11g
Milne 203; Emmett 106.6 (R4) ; RPC 5260

The Agathodaemon was a good spirit/demon that was worshipped by the ancient Egyptians. 
He had the shape of a serpent with a human head. 
The Greek inscription on the reverse of this coin shows that this is the "neo" or "new" agathodaemon serpent, or, in other words, the new good spirit (of rule by Nero). 

Pending Wildwinds Publishing!
8 commentsMat06/18/19 at 03:32Jay GT4: Sweet!
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Titus as Caesar RIC 62775 viewsÆ As, 10.28g
Rome mint, 73 AD (Vespasian)
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
RIC 627 (R). BMC p. 153 note. BNC 682.
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 17:40Jay GT4: Great addition
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Roman Empire, Vespasian, Sestertius with As 121 viewsObv. IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG P M TR POT P P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev. FORTVNAE REDVCI S C, Fortuna standing left, holding cornucopiae and rudder on globe.
Mint: Rome, 71 AD.

32/33mm 26.61g

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

Ex Münzhandel Henzen, MA-Shops, 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to Alberto "FlaviusDomitianus"

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

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

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

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

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

5 commentskc06/15/19 at 17:08Jay GT4:
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RIC 112429 viewsVespasian AR Denarius 20 Dec 69 CE to early 70 CE
18 mm 3.25 g
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG TR P; laureate head of Vespasian r
Rev: TITVS ET DOMITIAN CAESARES PRIN IVEN; Titus and Domitian seated left on curule chairs, each holding a branch
RIC 1124 (R)
Purchased from Germania Inferior Numismatics on Vcoins June 14, 2019

1 commentsorfew06/14/19 at 22:02Jay GT4: Nice find
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Nerva Sestertius102 viewsObv. IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS II DESIGN III P P, laureate head right.
Rev. CONCORDIA EXERCITVVM S C, clasped hands in front of legionary standard.
Mint: Rome, 96-98 AD.

33.5mm 26.40g

RIC 70

Ex CNG, Electronic Auction 156, 2007, Lot 173.
Ex CNG, Mail Bid Sale 67, 22.09.2004, Lot 1402.
EX Tony Hardy Collection
Ex Mazzini Collection

This sestertius shows the clasped hands of unity holding a legionary aquila set on a prow, the latter symbolizing the imperial navy.

The type of this reverse alludes to the concurrence and union of the forces, both on land and at sea, during the reign of this good prince. (numiswiki, FAC)

3 commentskc06/14/19 at 21:58Jay GT4: Great coin
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Roman Empire, Commodus, Bronze Medallion130 viewsObv. M AUREL COMMODUS ANTONINVS AVG PIVS, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. P M TR P VIIII IMP VI COS IIII P P / TEMPORVM FELICITAS, Pomona seated right, holding corn ears and poppy in left hand, right hand raised to grapevine, below which two children in tub, and a third at feet of goddess.
Mint: Rome, 183 AD.

40mm 65.92g

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

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

Felicitas Temporum ("Prosperity of the Times"), reflecting a Golden Age ideology, was among the innovative virtues that began to appear during the reigns of Trajan and Antoninus Pius. Septimius Severus, whose reign followed the exceedingly brief tenure of Pertinax and unsatisfactory conditions under Commodus, used coinage to express his efforts toward restoring the Pax Romana, with themes such as Felicitas Temporum and Felicitas Saeculi, "Prosperity of the Age" (saeculum), prevalent in the years 200 to 202. Some Imperial coins use these phrases with images of women and children in the emperor's family.
6 commentskc06/14/19 at 21:56Jay GT4: Wonderful! And great provenance!
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Diocletian Antoninianus44 viewsDiocletian Antoninianus

Obverse:
IMP CC VAL DIOCLETIANVS PF AVG
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right

Reverse:
CONCORDIA MILITVM
Emperor receiving Victory on globe from Jupiter holding sceptre. KΓ between

Cyzicus

RIC VI Cyzicus 16A

3.60g
2 commentsHarry G06/14/19 at 21:45Jay GT4: Wonderful portrait, must have been lying face up f...
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Hadrian Sestertius114 viewsObv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, draped bust right.
Rev. DACIA S C, Dacia seated left on rock, holding vexillum in right hand, curved sword in left.
Mint: Rome, 134-138 AD.

32/33mm 23.71g

RIC 849

Ex Kölner Münzkabinett, MA-Shops 2019
Ex Heidelberger Münzhandlung, Auction 76, 14th May 2018, lot 202.
Ex Thierry Parsy, Paris Auction 13/14th February 2018, lot 148.
Ex Collection Note (1910-1982)

This sestertius belongs to Hadrian's much-beloved travel series of coins depicting the provinces and cities he visited on his several tours throughout the empire. Earlier in his reign, Hadrian had reorganized the Dacian territories so recently conquered by his predecessor, Trajan, giving up to the Roxolani Sarmatians to rule as a client kingdom on behalf of Rome much of the Dacian territory that had been added to Moesia Inferior. Trajan's sweeping conquests along the Danube frontier as well as in the East had greatly extended Rome's borders, but Hadrian correctly saw the impractical nature of the additional strain this imposed on the Empire and quickly shored them.
5 commentskc06/14/19 at 16:52Jay GT4: Really great coin
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Cassius, AR Denarius - Crawford 500/133 viewsRome, The Imperators.
C. Cassius Longinus. 44-42 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.38g; 20mm).
Military Mint in Smyrna.

Obverse: C. CASSI – IMP; tripod with cauldron and laurel fillets.

Reverse: LENTVLVS SPINT; jug and lituus.

References: Crawford 500/1; HCRI 219; Sydenham 1308; BMCRR (East) 79; Cassia 14.

Provenance: Nomisma 59 (14 May 2019) Lot 121; P&P Santamaria (4 May 1961) Lot 168.

This coin was struck for Cassius, one of the chief assassins of Julius Caesar, when Brutus and Cassius met in Smyrna, circa early 42 BCE. The tripod obverse type was borrowed from a slightly earlier Aureus produced for Cassius by his legate, M. Aquinus. The tripod may reference Cassius’ membership in one of the sacred colleges. Cassius was elected to the augurate in 57 BCE, to which the implements on the reverse of this coin certainly allude. The coin was produced on Cassius’ behalf by P. Cornelius Lentulus Spinther, who also produced coins for Brutus at the same time. For more information on Spinther, see my example of his Brutus denarius at: http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-145289

Until the discovery of a large, mint-state, hoard in the early 2000’s, this was one of the rarest types in the Roman Republican series. While recent hoard examples of the type are scarce, old provenanced examples, like this, remain extremely rare.
2 commentsCarausius06/14/19 at 05:34Jay GT4: Exceptional
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, M. Arrius Secundus, AR Denarius - Crawford 513/253 viewsRome, The Imperators.
M. Arrius Secundus. 41 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.82g; 20mm).
Rome mint.

Obverse: M. ARRIVS - SECVNDVS; bare head, with slight beard, facing right.

Reverse: Victory honors - wreath, spear and phalera.

References: Crawford 513/2; HCRI 319; Sydenham 1084; BMCRR 4210; Arria 2.

Provenance: Nomisma 59 (14 May 2019) Lot 134; Munzen und Medaillen XIX (5-6 Jun 1959) Lot 172; Munzhandlung Basel 10 (15 Mar 1938) Lot 486.

M. Arrius Secundus was likely son of Quintus Arrius, who had a victory in the Servile War against one of Spartacus’ lieutenants, but subsequently lost a battle to Spartacus himself. He was the only member of his gens to strike coins, and not much else is known about him.

The slightly-bearded, obverse portrait, while probably depicting the moneyer’s father, Quintus Arrius, also bears a striking resemblance to contemporaneous portraits of Octavian. However, without any inscription naming Caesar, a positive identification of the portrait remains debated by scholars. David Sear suggests that the portrait is deliberately ambiguous, as the political and military climate was very risky and the moneyer likely wanted plausible deniability that the portrait was Octavian. The reverse shows awards of victory granted to the moneyer’s father for his Servile War victory: a laurel wreath, golden spear and phalera (a military decoration attached to a harness and worn over a cuirass).
2 commentsCarausius06/14/19 at 05:33Jay GT4: Lovely portrait
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, L Series, AE As - Crawford 97/22a36 viewsRome, The Republic.
L Series. 211-208 BCE.
AE As (27.67g; 37mm).
Luceria Mint.

Obverse: Janus head; --- (mark of values) above; L below.

Reverse: Prow to right; ROMA below; I (mark of value) above.

References: Crawford 97/22a; RBW 417-419.

Provenance: Ex Ambrose Collection [Roma X (9 Sept 2015), Lot 659]; Bombarda Collection [Tkalec AG (8 Sept 2008), Lot 236].

Possibly over-struck, though the under-type is not attributable.

1 commentsCarausius06/14/19 at 05:33Jay GT4: That's a beauty
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53 viewsGordian III. AD 238-244. Æ Sestertius (27mm, 15.30 g, 12h). Rome mint, 5th officina. 12th emission, AD 243. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Victory standing left, holding palm frond and shield set on captive seated left. RIC IV 338a; Banti 106.2 commentspaul188806/14/19 at 00:58Jay GT4: Nice coin!
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Facing Head of Larissa43 viewsThessaly Greece, the City of Larissa
Obv: Head of the nymph Larissa facing slightly l., round curl to the l. of the head, wearing ampyx flanked by two hornlike locks, a pendant earring, and a simple necklace.
Rev: Horse crouching r., l. foreleg raised and bent (almost parallel with belly/ground), preparing to roll. ΛAPIΣ above horse and AIΩN in the exergue.
Denomination: Silver Drachm; Mint: Larissa; Date: c. 356 - 342 BC1; Weight: 5.920g; Diameter: 19.2mm; Die axis: 135º; References, for example: Lorber Hoard, pl. 3, 27 (same dies); BCD Thessaly I 11582; BCD Thessaly II 316; HGC 4 4543.

Notes:
1This is the date range stated in BCD Thessaly I. This coin appears to fall within Lorber’s Phase Late II or Phase Late III. See Lorber Hoard and Lorber 2008.
2The coin referenced in this auction catalogue is actually a silver stater, but in discussing the coin the catalogue states that the earliest Larissian staters “...bear the normal types of a drachm….”
3The picture of the coin in this reference does not show the foreleg raised and bent, but the entry does reference BCD Thessaly II, lots 312 - 320, which matches one of the references here.
The city of Larissa was named after the local water nymph, said to be the daughter of Pelasgos. He was said to be the ancestor of the pre-Greek Pelasgians. According to myth Larissa drowned while playing ball on the banks of the Peneios river. (HGC 4 p.. 130).

Provenance: from the BCD collection, with his tag noting "Thz. G/ni ex Thess., Apr. 94, SFr. 100.-"

Photo credits: Forum Ancient Coins

Sources

BCD Thessaly I: Nomos AG, Auction 4. Coins of Thessaly, the BCD Collection. (10 May 2011, Zurich).
BCD Thessaly II: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. The BCD Collection of the Coinage of Thessaly. Triton XV Auction. (3 January 2012, New York).
HGC: Hoover, Oliver D. Handbook of Coins of Northern and Central Greece: Achaia Phthiotis, Ainis, Magnesia, Malis, Oita, Perrhaibia, Thessaly, Akarnania, Aitolia, Lokris, Phokis, Boiotia, Euboia, Attica, Megaris, and Corinthia, Sixth to First Centuries BC, The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series, Vol. 4. Lancaster/London: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc, 2014.
Lorber Hoard: Lorber, Catharine C. “A Hoard of Facing Head Larissa Drachms” in Schweizerische Numismatische Rundschau, vol. 79 (2000): 7 - 15.
Lorber, Catharine C. “Thessalian Hoards and the Coinage of Larissa” in American Journal of Numismatics, second series 20 (2008): 119 - 142.
1 commentsTracy Aiello06/14/19 at 00:57Jay GT4: Nice one. This was in my watch list until you bou...
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Roman Empire, Maximus, Sestertius194 viewsObv. MAXIMVS CAES GERM, draped bust right.
Rev. PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS S C, emperor standing left, holding baton and spear, at the right two standards.
Mint: Rome, 236-238 AD.

32mm 21.38g

RIC 13; Cohen 14; BMC 213

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

Princeps Juventutis was a name of dignity even in the most flourishing days of the republic. It was an honorary appellation given to him who took the lead of the greater and lesser boys appointed to perform a part in the game of Troy (ad ludum Troja). The prince of the youth was, in the earlier times, the chief of the Equestrian Order. Under the empire, and from the very commencement of that monarchical form of government, this title, although simply honorary, appears to have been given, as an apanage, to such young princes of the imperial family as were destined to reign, and was sometimes conferred on them at a very early age. (Numiswiki, FAC)
6 commentskc06/13/19 at 22:41Jay GT4: Love this reverse type. I have 2 from the Reusing...
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CALABRIA, Taras, c. 272-240 BC. AR Nomos 38 views6.57g, 3h
Nude rider on horse standing to left, crowning his horse; to right, ; below, .
Rev. Phalanthos, nude, riding on dolphin to left, holding Nike with his right hand and trident with his left; to right, bunch of grapes.
Evans VIII A, 10. HN III 1026. SNG Paris 2006 ff. Vlasto 842-4.
Extremely fine.
1 commentsLeo06/13/19 at 21:41Jay GT4: Amazing details
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RIC 0515 Titus101 viewsObv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, Laureate head of Titus, 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 (26.81 mm 10.174 g 6h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Asia Minor 80-81 A.D.
RIC 515 (R), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted, RPC II 860
Numismatik Naumann Auction 78 Lot 735
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/12/19 at 03:06Jay GT4: Oh baby! That's a great coin. Congrats
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RPC II 1942 Vespasianus55 viewsObv: AYTOKPAT KAIΣA OYEΣΠAΣIANOY, Laureate head of Vespasian, left
Rev: T ΦΛAYI OYEΣΠ KAIΣ ETOYΣ NEOY IEPOY, Laureate head of Titus, right; in left field, star; in right field B
AR/Tetradrachm (24.01 mm 14.13 g 12 h - Struck in Antiochia ad Orontem (Syria, Seleucis and Pieria) 69-70 A.D.
RPC II 1942 - Prieur 108A (this coin)
From the Michel Prieur Collection
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/10/19 at 17:46Jay GT4: Nice one!
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Lucania, Metapontion.41 viewsLucania, Metapontion. 330-290 BC. AR Nomos (7.89 gm). Head of Demeter r., with long heair, wearing wreath of grain, earrings and necklace, ΔΑΙ under chin. / Ear of grain, leaf to r. w/ plow above, META to l. MAX to r. gVF. CNG 45 #49. SNG ANS 467ff; SNG Cop 1227; HN Italy 1581; Johnson Class 1. 62 (same dies "unusual reverse signature"); SNG GB I Newnham Davis 22, III Lockett 425, VI Fitzwilliam 187, VII Manchester 210-211.1 commentsChristian T06/09/19 at 23:32Jay GT4: You've added some great southern Italian coins...
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CALABRIA, Taras, c. 415-400 BC. AR Nomos (Contemporary Imitation)37 views20mm, 5.35g, 9h
Nude youth on horseback right, placing wreath on the horse's head; caduceus before.
TARAS, Taras astride dolphin right, left hand extended, right hand at side.
Vlasto 320-1
VF – silver deeply black plated, with green spots where the copper core give up.
In consideration of the artistic quality of the dies, observe in detail the horse head on the obverse.
1 commentsLeo06/09/19 at 23:31Jay GT4: Interesting coin
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RIC 036248 viewsVespasian 72-73
AR Denarius
3,24 g.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG PM COS IIII; Head laureate right
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVSTI; Victoria stg r ; crowning standard and holding palm.
RIC 362 Cohen 618
Ex-Paul Schürer (1890-1976);
Ex-Fritz Reusing (1874-1956)
Purchased from Manfred Olding Munzenhandlung June 4, 2019
2 commentsorfew06/09/19 at 23:30Jay GT4: Great coin and provenance
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RIC 093729 viewsVespasian 77-78
AR Denarius
3,19 g.
Obv: Laureate head r; IMP CAESAR VESPASIANUS AVG
Rev: Mars standing l with spear and trophy; COS - VIII
RIC 937 Cohen 125
Ex-Paul Schürer (1890-1976);
Ex-Fritz Reusing (1874-1956)
Purchased from Manfred Olding Munzenhandlung June 4, 2019
1 commentsorfew06/09/19 at 23:30Jay GT4: Sweet
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ISTROS AR Drachm. EF-/EF. Eagle over Dolphin.38 viewsObverse: Facing male heads, the left inverted
Reverse: IΣTPIH. Sea-eagle left, grasping dolphin with talons.

in EF-/EF condition, conserving full details in both sides, very bold reliefs and high quality silver.

SNG BM Black Sea 237. Istros (Thrace) mint, 400-350 BC. 5,0 g - 17,5 mm
3 commentsMark R106/09/19 at 04:18Jay GT4: Sweet!
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Vespasian-RIC-115364 viewsÆ Dupondius, 12.79g
Lyon mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: S C in field; Victory flying l., with shield inscribed SPQR
RIC 1153 (C). BMC 806. BNC 806.
Acquired from Olding, MA Shops, May 2019 = Olding, List 96, March 2019, Sammlung Fritz Reusing, no. 157. From the collection of Fritz Reusing (1874-1956), inherited and continued by Reusing's nephew Paul Schürer (1890-1976).

A somewhat common Victory type unique to Lyon for Vespasian struck during his massive bronze issue of 71. It copies an earlier Lyon type produced for Nero. The coin is characterised by the mint's distinctive style in both the portraiture and the majestic, sweeping Victory on the reverse.

This is another coin from the Fritz Reusing Collection. Being a portrait painter, I would like to think Herr Reusing was was attracted to the coin's fantastic portrait.
2 commentsDavid Atherton06/09/19 at 01:12Jay GT4: Amazing
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002 Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), RIC I 493, Uncertain, Asia, Pergamum(?), AR-Cistophoric-Tetradrachm, AVGVSTVS, Capricorn right, laurel wreath around, #192 views002 Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), RIC I 493, Uncertain, Asia, Pergamum(?), AR-Cistophoric-Tetradrachm, AVGVSTVS, Capricorn right, laurel wreath around, #1
avers: IMP•CAE SAR, Bare head of Augustus right.
reverse: AVGVSTVS, Capricorn right with head left, holding cornucopia, laurel wreath around.
exergue: -/-//AVGVSTVS, diameter: 26,2-27,2mm, weight: 11,52g, axes: 12h,
mint: City: Cistophoric mint, Region: Uncertain, Province: Asia, date: Issue: Sutherland group III–IV (Pergamum?) 27-26 B.C.,
ref: RIC I 493, RSC 16, BMCRE 696, Sutherland group IVβ, RPC I (online) 2211, 15 specimens, Scarce!
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans06/09/19 at 01:12Jay GT4: Great one. I've always wanted one of these
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Euboia, Eretria.30 viewsEuboia, Eretria. c. 304-290 BC. AR Drachm (3.77 gm). Head of nymph Euboea right. / Head of bull with fillets from horns, lyre at right. EY above. VF. Ponterio 136 #1749. BCD Euboia 17; HGC 1420; SNG Cop 484; Wallace 1965 101(XLV-57), pl.X, 101 (same dies).1 commentsChristian T06/08/19 at 14:23Jay GT4: That's nice!
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RPC II 1119A Domitianus66 viewsObv: ΔOMITIANOΣ KAIΣAP, laureate head right
Rev: MAΣTAYPEITΩN, Dionysus standing left, holding thyrsus and cantharus.
AE19 (19.33 mm 4.600 g 12h) Struck in Mastaura (Lydia)
RPC II 1119A (newly recorded)
purchased from Lanz on eBay
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/08/19 at 13:40Jay GT4: Not one you see everyday
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Boeotia, Thebes.31 viewsBoeotia, Thebes. Third Boeothian League 221-197 BC. AR Drachm or 1/2 Stater (4.98 gm) on reduced Aiginetic standard. Head of Persephone slightly r., wreathed with grain. / Poseidon stdg facing, looking right, holding dolphin & trident. ΒΟΙΩΤΩΝ to l, ΔΙ to r. & Boeotian shield below. VF. BMC Central p 42 #90; BCD Boiotia 93; HGC 4 #1174; SNG Cop 83 var (I not ̶Ι); SNG Lockett 1773.1 commentsChristian T06/08/19 at 01:20Jay GT4: Great coin
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RIC 0143 Vespasianus107 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III, laureate head right
Rev: CAES AVG F DES IMP AVG F COS DES IT / S C (in field), Titus standing right with spear and parazonium, confronting Domitian standing left with spear
AE/Sestertius (34.44 mm 25,40 gr 6h) Struck in Rome 71 AD (2nd issue)
RIC 143 R, BMCRE 528, BNF 473
Purchased on eBay in 2004
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/07/19 at 22:10Jay GT4: Amazing and I love the patina
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KINGS of NUMIDIA. Juba I75 viewsKINGS of NUMIDIA. Juba I, Circa 60-46 BC. Drachm (Silver, 17mm, 3.76 g 12), Utica. REX IVBA Diademed, bearded, draped and cuirassed bust of Juba I to right, scepter over his right shoulder. Rev. (Punic legend) Octastyle temple with a flat roof and a small, central, pedimented tower. MAA 29. Mazard 84. SNG Copenhagen 523. Attractively toned grey. Bankers mark under ear.3 commentsAncient Aussie06/06/19 at 23:34Jay GT4: Wonderful
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Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 2902, Aspendos, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, #171 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 2902, Aspendos, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, #1
avers: No legends, Young Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at the neck. Controllmark: Anchor within the incuse rectangle.
reverse: Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, holding eagle and scepter, Controls: In left field, ΑΣ above KΓ (date), ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to right.
exergue: ΑΣ above KΓ/-//--, diameter: 27,2-28,8mm, weight: 16,15g, axes: 1h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, ‘Aspendos’ mint.
date: Dated: KΓ (=Year 23), c.c. 190-189 B.C., ref: Price(1991) 2902,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans06/06/19 at 22:05Jay GT4: Nice!
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Claudius, 41 - 54 AD.  Billon Tetradrachm with high silver content.  Alexandria.  Year 6 = 45/6. 56 viewsObv. Laur. bust rt. 
Rev. Messalina stg. left resting on a column, extending her rt. hand in which she holds two small figures, and ears of corn in her left hand. 
Sear 1869 var
3 commentsCanaan06/06/19 at 21:45Jay GT4: Great coin
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Islands off Attica. Aegina circa 550-456 BC, Stater56 views21 mm., 12,27 g.
Sea-turtle, head turned sideways, with row of dots down back, and an additional dot on each side at front / Incuse square divided by broad bands into a conventional pattern of five compartments.
very fine
HGC 6, 435; Meadows Group IIIa; Milbank pl. 1, 13; SNG Lockett 1970.
2 commentsLeo06/06/19 at 03:20Jay GT4: Nice turtle
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033 Sabina (???-136 A.D.), RIC II 1019, Rome, AE-Sestertius, No legends, -/-//SC, Ceres seated left, Scarce! #1137 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,
Q-001
6 commentsquadrans06/05/19 at 23:24Jay GT4: Beauty!
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Gens Cipia, denarius (115-114 a.C.)28 viewsM. Cipius M.f., Denario (115-114 a.C.) zecca di Roma
AR, 3.92 gr, 16 mm, BB
D/ M CIPI M F; testa di Roma con elmo attico alato; dietro, X.
R/ ROMA; una Vittoria, su biga, con un ramo di palma; sotto, un timone.
Crawford 289/1
Provenienza: collezione Berardengo (Roma, Italia, dal 10 giugno 2019, numero catalogo 399, ex collezione Tinia numismatica di Alessandro Vanni (Follonica, Grosseto, Italia fino al giugno 2019)
1 commentspaolo06/05/19 at 18:23Jay GT4: I really like the horses
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Bull Wrestling Drachm97 viewsThessaly Greece, the City of Larissa

Obv: The hero Thessalos1 to r. naked, except for chlamys around his shoulders and petasos, flying in the air, attached to his neck by a cord, holding with both hands a band that is around the forehead of a bull leaping r. All within a border of dots (not here visible).
Rev: ΛΑΡΙ above, Σ to the r. (not here visible), ΙΑ below (not here visible), bridled horse with trailing rein prancing r., no ground line. All within incuse square.
Denomination: Silver Drachm; Mint: Larissa; Date: c. 420 - 400 BC2; Weight: 6.06g; Diameter: 18mm: Die axis: 270º; References, for example: HGC 4, 423 (same obv.); Lorber 2008, pl. 43, 59 (same dies); BCD Thessaly II 372.7 (same dies).

Notes:
1Considered the ancestor of all Thessalians. The figure is also sometimes considered to be Jason (of Jason and the Argonauts), who according to one tradition was the father of Thessalos (HGC 4, p. 132).
2This is the date given in HGC 4. According to Lorber 2008 this coin should be placed in the revived bull wrestling drachm coinage, beginning c. 450 - 440 BC.

This type is related to the Thessalian sport of bull wrestling (taurokathapsia) “...regularly showcased at the Taureia games honoring Poseidon Taureios.” (HGC 4, p. 132).

Provenance: from the BCD collection, reportedly found 8 kms west of Pharsalus, May 1997.

Photo credits: Shanna Schmidt Numismatics

Sources

BCD Thessaly II: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. The BCD Collection of the Coinage of Thessaly. Triton XV Auction. (3 January 2012, New York).
HGC: Hoover, Oliver D. Handbook of Coins of Northern and Central Greece: Achaia Phthiotis, Ainis, Magnesia, Malis, Oita, Perrhaibia, Thessaly, Akarnania, Aitolia, Lokris, Phokis, Boiotia, Euboia, Attica, Megaris, and Corinthia, Sixth to First Centuries BC, The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series, Vol. 4. Lancaster/London: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc, 2014.
Lorber, Catharine C. “Thessalian Hoards and the Coinage of Larissa” in American Journal of Numismatics, second series 20 (2008): 119 - 142.
7 commentsTracy Aiello06/05/19 at 01:01Jay GT4: Great coin!
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RRC 44/6 Quinarius, Group 343 viewsDenomination: Quinarius
Era: c. 211 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma right; V behind.
Reverse: Dioscuri on horseback right, each holding spear, star above each head; ROMA between two lines in exergue.

Mint: Rome
Weight: 1.79g.
Reference: Crawford 44/6
Provenance: Numismatica Ars Classica 114, part 1, lot 377, 6-MAY-2019; A. Tkalek AG Sale, 9-MAY-2011, lot 73; A. Tkalek AG Sale, 29-FEB-2008, lot 4 (CHF 600!).

Perfect old grey cabinet toning. About EF
1 commentsSteve B506/04/19 at 23:38Jay GT4: Great coin!
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Syracuse, Sicily62 views317-289 BC (Reign of Agathokles)
AE17 (16mm, 3.29g)
O: Head of Persephone left, wreathed in grain.
R: Bull charging right; club and ΛY above, IE (magistrate) in exergue.
HGC 2, 1498; CNS II, 200
Rare
ex Praefectus Coins

A rare variant with the bull charging right.

2 commentsEnodia06/04/19 at 23:38Jay GT4: Nice bull
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RIC 0133 Vespasianus100 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 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/04/19 at 16:46Jay GT4: Great find for a rare coin
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Denarius Group 2 variation "Dot" variety40 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 211 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma right; X behind.
Reverse: Dioscuri on horseback right, each holding spear, star above each head; Semi-incuse ROMA in exergual frame.

Mint: Rome
Weight: 4.15g
Reference: Crawford 44/5
Provenance: Roma Numismatics ESale 56, 9-MAY-2019

This is a group 2 example, of the second sub-variety known as the “dot” variety. About half of the known coins of this style have a dot below Roma’s neck truncation. Although this die does not have a dot, it is clearly recognizable as the same style.
Nearly EF
1 commentsSteve B506/03/19 at 01:07Jay GT4: Great coin
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Pontos, Amisos Æ2122 viewsPontos, Amisos

c. 100 BC

21mm., 7.50g.

Aegis with facing Gorgon in the centre

Partial ethnic visible left [AMI-ΣOY?], Nike advancing right, holding palm over shoulder with both hands. Monogram to left [ΔA[T]?], monogram to right

References:

AAGV
1 commentsRL06/01/19 at 13:15Jay GT4: Nice green patina
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Mysia, Kyzikos AR Hemiobol28 viewsMysia, Kyzikos

C. 450-400 BC

6mm., 0.38g.

Forepart of boar right; to left, tunny upward

Head of lion left; retrograde K to upper left; all within incuse square

References: (vendors) Von Fritze II 16; SNG France 392; SNG von Aulock 7335; BMC 123; Weber 5032.

AAFY
1 commentsRL06/01/19 at 13:15Jay GT4: Tiny!
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RIC 002775 viewsVespasian AR Denarius. Rome, AD 70.
3.18g, 18mm, 6h.
Obv: IMP CAESAR V[ESPASIANV]S AVG, laureate head right
Rev: COS ITER TR POT, Pax standing left, holding olive branch and caduceus.
RIC 27.
Roma Numismatics E-Sale 57 Lot 840 May 30, 2019
4 commentsorfew06/01/19 at 03:38Jay GT4: Amazing
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RIC 0099A Domitianus84 viewsObv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIAN COS VII, Laureate head right
Rev: S C (in exergue), Domitian on horseback galloping to left, raising right hand and holding eagle-tipped sceptre with left hand
AE/Sestertius (25.99 g 35.14 mm 6h) Struck in Rome 80 A.D.
Unpublished; Provisionally referenced as 99A (Titus)
ex NAC Auction 114 Lot 1490, ex Roma Numismatics Auction 7 Lot 1039
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/31/19 at 13:15Jay GT4: Wonderful addition
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LYCIA. Perikles AR Tetrobol. EF-. Circa 380-360 BC. Lions - Triskeles.26 viewsObverse: Facing scalp of lion.
Reverse: Lycian legend. Triskeles within incuse circle.

EF- condition, conserving complete details in both sides and bold reliefs. Quality silver.

SNG von Aulock 4254-5. Uncertain mint, possibly Limyra, Circa 380-360 BC. 3,0 g - 14 mm
2 commentsMark R105/30/19 at 01:24Jay GT4: Nice one
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Mn. Aemilius Lepidus AR Denarius. EF/EF-. Equestrian statue over acueduct41 viewsObverse: Laureate female bust right, in front ROMA behind star.
Reverse: MN AEMILIO. Equestrian statue on three arches, between arches L-E-P.

Nice exemplar of this interesting and uncommon issue, in EF/EF- condition, conserving full details in both sides, bold reliefs checkable at photo and a precious tone of silver.

Crawford 291/1. Rome mint, 114-113 b.C. 3,9 g - 18 mm
3 commentsMark R105/30/19 at 01:24Jay GT4: Sweet
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Antoninus Pius Denarius - Aequitas (RIC 177)34 viewsAR Denarius
Rome 148-149 AD
3.36g

Obv: Laureate head of Antoninus Pius (R).
ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP TR P XII

Rev: Aequitas standing front, head to left, holding scales and cornucopiae.
COS IIII

RIC 177; BMC 654; RSC 240

Leu Numismatik Auction 4, Lot 648, 25/05/19
Leu Numismatik Auction 1, Lot 219, 25/10/17
ex. Yves Gunzenreiner Collection
1 commentsOptimo Principi05/26/19 at 22:30Jay GT4: Oh that's nice!
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Macrinus Denarius - Macrinus Seated Holding Globe (RIC 27a)48 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, March-June 218 AD
2.89g

Obv: Laureate and draped bust of Macrinus (R).
IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG

Rev: Macrinus, togate, seated (L), holding globe and parazonium or sceptre.
P M TR P II COS P P

RIC 27a; BMC 47; RSC 51

Leu Numismatik Auction 4, Lot 680, 25/05/19
Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles Auction 106, Lot 1565, 04/09/18
ex. William Mills Collection of Roman Coins
3 commentsOptimo Principi05/26/19 at 22:29Jay GT4: Wow! Great coin
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Domitian RIC-75153 viewsÆ Sestertius, 23.75g
Rome mint, 92-94 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XVI CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IOVI VICTORI; S C in exergue; Jupiter std. l., with Victory and sceptre
RIC 751 (C2). BMC 464. BNC 491.
Acquired from eBay, May 2019. Ex Degani Coin Shop.

Just like the silver and gold, Domitian's aes coinage in the mid 80s settled down to a few predicable reverse types that were annually struck throughout the reign. The Sestertii were dominated by Victory crowning the emperor and the seated Jupiter with Victory, as seen on this coin. 'Jupiter the giver of Victory' was an important propaganda type because of the periodic conflicts on the Northern frontier that flared up form time to time. Domitian did not renew the consulship until 95, so these COS XVI sestertii are imprecisely dated between 92-94, which accounts for their extreme commonness.

A well worn example with a good portrait and fine olive green patina.
3 commentsDavid Atherton05/26/19 at 18:42Jay GT4: Nice portrait
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Calabria. Taras circa 455 BC. Nomos AR28 views20mm., 8,11g.
[TAΡAΣ], Taras on dolphin right, both hands extended; pecten and octopus below / Phalanthos seated right on diphros draped with a fleece, holding kantharos in right hand, spindle in left.
very fine
Vlasto 169; SNG ANS -; McClean 549.
1 commentsLeo05/26/19 at 12:39Jay GT4: Tough coin to get. Nice
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LIVIA AE Dupondius28 viewsOBVERSE: IVSTITIA, draped bust of Livia as Justitia right, wearing stephane
REVERSE: IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG REST, around large SC
Restoration issue under Titus.
Rome, AD 80-81
9.9g, 27mm
Cohen 9, RIC II 424 (Titus), BMC 289 (Titus), Komnick 15
Modern stamp, 7 over 36 on obverse
1 commentsLegatus05/26/19 at 03:44Jay GT4: Rare coin. Congrats
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hhj8.26.34.08_219 viewsElagabalus
Nicopolis

Obv: AVT K M AVPH ANTΩNEINOC, laureate head right.
Rev:VΠA NOB. POV ΦOV NIKOΠOΛITΩN →ΠPOC ICT, in lower field, PO N. Emperor riding horse right raising right hand.
27 mm, 10.97 gms

Hristova-Hoeft-Jekov 8.26.34.8
1 commentsCharles M05/25/19 at 05:32Jay GT4: Nice one
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Sextus Pompey -- Neptune and Naval Trophy Auction Catalog45 viewsCahn & Hess auction, Frankfurt, July 17, 1933, Ernst Haeberlin collection, lot 2889

Photo credits: Shanna Schmidt Numismatics
1 commentsTracy Aiello05/25/19 at 04:28Jay GT4: Very cool
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Sextus Pompey -- Neptune and Naval Trophy98 viewsSextus Pompey, Imperator and Prefect of the Fleet
[Youngest Son of Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great)]
Obv: [MAG or MA (ligatured) G]⦁PIVS⦁IMP⦁ITER; Portrait of Neptune facing r., diademed and bearded, trident over l. shoulder. Border of dots.
Rev: [PRAE (AE ligatured) F⦁CLAS⦁ET⦁ORAE (AE ligatured)]⦁MAR (ligatured) IT⦁EX⦁S⦁C⦁; Naval trophy with trident on top and anchor on bottom, prow stem on l. and aplustre on r., at base two representations of Charybdis and two dog heads of Scylla. Border of dots.
Denomination: silver denarius; Mint: Sicily, uncertain location1; Date: summer 42 - summer 39 BC2; Weight: 3.89g; Diameter: 17mm; Die axis: 30º; References, for example: Sear CRI 333; BMCRR v. II Sicily 15, 16, and 17 variant3; Sydenham 1347 variant3; Crawford RRC 511/2a or 2b4.

Notes:

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

1Sear CRI, Crawford RRC, Sydenham, and DeRose Evans (1987) all place the minting of this coin type in Sicily, but they do not reference a possible location. Grueber BMCRR v. II Sicily suggests Messana.
2This is the date range argued for in Estiot 2006 (p. 145). Estiot recommends returning 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.562 proposes 38 - 36 BC and Sydenham, p. 210 adopts the same datation. DeRose Evans (1987), p. 129 offers a time between late summer 36 and September 36 BC.
3Grueber BMCRR v. II Sicily 15, 16, and 17 and Sydenham 1347 only list a reverse legend containing MAR (ligatured) I but the coin here is MAR (ligatured) IT.
4It is impossible to see the full obverse legend, so it cannot be determined if MA is ligatured or not. The reverse legend is clearly the first variety of 2a or 2b, a variety not found on 2c.

Provenance: from the collection of W. F. Stoecklin, Amriswil, Switzerland; acquired from Hess AG in Luzern, from the Ernst Haeberlin collection, Cahn & Hess, Frankfurt, July 17, 1933, lot 2889.

Photo credits: Shanna Schmidt Numismatics

Sources

Crawford, Michael H. Roman Republican Coinage v. I. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001 reprint with the 1982 corrections.
DeRose Evans, Jane. "The Sicilian Coinage of Sextus Pompeius (Crawford 511)" in Museum Notes (American Numismatic Society), vol. 32 (1987): 97 - 157.
Estiot, Sylviane. “Sex. Pompée, La Sicile et La Monnaie: Problèmes de Datation.” 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 Aiello05/25/19 at 04:27Jay GT4: Gorgeous
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968 Hadrian Sestertius, Roma 134-38 AD Hadrian with Roma and Senate38 viewsReference.
RIC 968; Banti 193; BMC 1364; C. 352; Hill 388; Strack 632

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

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

25.00 gr
33 mm
6h

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

This reverse type, representing "Concordia Senatus," likely commemorates the conferring of the title pater patriae upon Hadrian by the Senate in 128 AD.
1 commentsokidoki05/23/19 at 21:47Jay GT4: Fantastic!
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RIC 0059 Domitianus51 viewsObv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, Laureate head right
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P, Minerva advancing right, with spear and shield
AR/Denarius (19.28 mm 3.001 g 6h) Struck in Rome 81 A.D. (4th group)
RIC 59 (R2), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted
purchased on eBay from deldor3
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/23/19 at 15:20Jay GT4: Nice find Alberto!
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Shekel Tyre Civic Year 4 (123/2 BC)109 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 commentsNemonater05/22/19 at 00:19Jay GT4: Gorgeous
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RPC II 0364 Domitianus47 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 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/22/19 at 00:19Jay GT4: That's great
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Titus RIC-21571 viewsÆ As, 9.73g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: AEQVITAS AVGVST; S C in field; Aequitas stg. l., with scales and rod
RIC 215 (C). BMC 204. BNC 207.
Ex eBay, 10 May 2019.

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

Honest wear with a dark olive green patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton05/20/19 at 13:26Jay GT4: Lovely
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Vespasian RIC-35160 viewsÆ Quadrans, 2.54g
Rome Mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP VESPASIAN AVG; Palm tree
Rev: P M TR PPP COS III; S C in field; Vexillum
RIC 351 (R). BMC 618. BNC -.
Acquired from numis-kimel, eBay, May 2019.

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

Struck with full legends and sporting a fetching 'Tiber' patina.
3 commentsDavid Atherton05/20/19 at 01:13Jay GT4: Nice find David!
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M. Antony leg. denarius53 viewsMark Antony denarius. Circa 32-31 BC. Eastern military moving mint.
3.85 grs.
Chortis Speculatorum type.
Cr. 544/12.
9 commentslabienus05/20/19 at 00:55Jay GT4: Outstanding! Wish mine was this nice
Phoenecia,_Arados,_AR-Teradrachm,_Tyche_,_Nike,_BMC-273,_SNG_Cop_-,_cc__138_7-44_3_BC,_Q-001,_0h,_26,5-27,5mm,_14,88g-s.jpg
Phoenicia, Arados, (c.138.7-44.3 B.C.), AR-Tetradrachm, BMC 273, Nike advancing left, #1 128 viewsPhoenicia, Arados, (c.138.7-44.3 B.C.), AR-Tetradrachm, BMC 273, Nike advancing left, #1
avers: Veiled, draped, and turreted bust of Tyche right.
reverse: APAΔIΩN, Nike advancing left, holding wreath and palm frond; in left field, ςЧP (date) above Aramaic H above AΣ; all within wreath.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 26,5-27,5mm, weight:14,88g, axes:0h,
mint: Phoenicia, Arados, date: c. 196 = 64/3 B.C., ref: BMC 273, SNG Cop-, Duyrat 3964 (D91/R650), Rouvier 327, HGC10-72,
Q-001
8 commentsquadrans05/16/19 at 22:28Jay GT4: Bold!
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115-114 B.C., M. Cipius, Republic AR-Denarius, Crawford 289/1, Rome, Victory in biga right, #1,102 views115-114 B.C., M. Cipius, Republic AR-Denarius, Crawford 289/1, Rome, Victory in biga right, #1,
avers: Helmeted head of Roma right, behind X, M•CIPI•M•F, border of dots.
reverse: Victory in biga right, holding palm branch; below, rudder.
exergue: -/-//ROMA, diameter: 16,5mm, weight: 3,84g, axis: 10h,
mint: Rome, date: 115-114 B.C., ref: Crawford 289/1, Sydenham 546, Cipia 1.,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans05/16/19 at 22:27Jay GT4: Sweet Biga!
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BCC G2941 viewsRoman Gem Stone
Caesarea Maritima
Intaglio 1st-3rd cent.CE
Draped bust of Apollo? left.
Red-Brown jasper in a
modern setting.
Profile type: F1, Flat top,
flat bottom, upright oval.
11.5 x 9.0 x 2.0mm. (including mounting)
cf. Hamburger #16, but without laurel branch.
cf. Hendler Collection #12 and #13.
Surface find, 1976, Setting created, 1983.
Comments or corrections are welcome.
(click for larger pic)
1 commentsv-drome05/14/19 at 03:36Jay GT4: Beautiful
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Sicily, Syracuse. Pyrrhus (Circa 278-275 BC)32 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 21:40Jay GT4: Beautiful
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RIC 0737 Domitianus24 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XI, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XXII COS XVI CENS P P P, Minerva standing left, with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her left side
AR/Denarius (19.05 mm 3.296 g 6h) Struck in Rome 92 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 737 (R), RSC, BMCRE, BNF unlisted
ex Jesus Vico Online Auction 5 Lot 113
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/13/19 at 13:15Jay GT4: Outstanding!
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Alexander III - AR tetradrachm25 viewsTemnos
c. 188-170 BC
head of young Heracles in lionskin right
Zeus seated left, leaning on scepter, holding eagle; oinochoe within vine tendril left
AΛEΞANΔPOY
(ΠA) E
Price 1676; Müller 956
16,20g
ex Dionysos
1 commentsJohny SYSEL05/12/19 at 23:35Jay GT4: Great reverse details
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Bruttium - Kroton19 viewsAR obol
c.530-510 BC
O - Tripod altar
R - Incuse tripod altar
1 commentsmauseus05/12/19 at 23:34Jay GT4: Great small coin
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Lucania - Sybaris21 viewsAR obol
c.530-510 BC
O - Bull left, head turned back
R - Incuse bull right, head turned back
1 commentsmauseus05/12/19 at 23:33Jay GT4: Love these early Italian coins!
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Phraates IV (38 - 2 B.C.)65 viewsAR Tetradrachm
O: Diademed and draped bust left, wart on forehead, wearing pointed beard and torque with no end visible; all within pelleted border.
R: BACILE[WS] BACILEWN ARSAKO[U] EUERGETOU DIKAIOU EPIFANOU[S] FILELLHN[OS], Phraates seated right on throne, Tyche standing left before him, presenting a palm and holding cornucopiae; year between throne legs, [month in exergue]
Seleukeia on the Tigris mint.
30mm
15g
Sellwood 51
6 commentsMat05/12/19 at 22:12Jay GT4: Great coin
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Domitian RIC-686172 viewsAR Denarius, 3.40g
Rome mint, 89 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIIII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XXI COS XIIII CENS P P P; Minerva stg. r. on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to r., owl (M2)
RIC 686 (C2). BMC 159. RSC 258. BNC 154.
Acquired from Athena Numismatics, June 2014.

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

A large flan specimen with a distinctive colourful patina.
6 commentsDavid Atherton05/12/19 at 21:34Jay GT4: Fantastic portrait
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RIC 0117 Vespasianus96 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M TR P P P COS III, Laureate head right, with aegis, globe below neck
Rev: S C (across field), Tetrastyle temple of Isis with semi-circular pediment. Between the columns an inner shrine with the statue of Isis; two other statues on right and left side; on pedment Isis on dog running right.
AE/Sestertius (35.56 mm 26.14 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D. (1st issue)
RIC 117 (R2), BMCRE 780, BNF unpublished
ex Artemide Auction LI lot 269
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/11/19 at 03:56Jay GT4: Amazing!
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28 viewsDIOCLETIAN.. Ae follis. Lyons.. 285-ca.310 A.D.

IMP DIOCLETIANVS AVG: Laureate bust left

GENIO POPVLI ROMANI: Genius standing left holding patera over altar, - / * in field, PLG in exergue.
2 commentspaul188805/11/19 at 03:55Jay GT4: Beauty!
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Vespasian RIC-23879 viewsÆ Sestertius, 25.68g
Rome mint, 71 AD
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
RIC 238 (C). BMC 552. BNC 509.
Ex CNG E443, 1 May 2019, lot 530.

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

The minor porosity does not detract from the superb veristic portrait and beautiful dark brown patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton05/11/19 at 03:54Jay GT4: Wonderful
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Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 18. Caracalla, HrHJ (2018) 8.18.48.17 var. (rev. only)21 viewsCaracalla, AD 198-217
AE 17, 2.92g, 17.22mm, 30°
obv. AV K M AV - ANTWNI
Bust, draped and cuirassed, laureate, r
rev. NIKOPOLITWN PROC I
Crescent with 4 stars: 1 star in the cavity, the other 3 in an arc above
ref. a) not in AMNG
b) not Varbanov
c) not in Hristova/Hoeft/Jerkov (2018):
rev. No. 8.18.48.17 var. (different depiction of stars)
obv. e.g. No. 8.18.53.7 corr. (same die, writes ANTWNIN)
About VF, dark green patina

1 commentsJochen05/09/19 at 04:44Jay GT4: Nice one Jochen
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Bruttium. The Bretti. . Ae double didrachm... 208-203 B.C..23 viewsObverse: Helmeted head of Ares left.

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

Weight: 14.32 grams.

Diameter: 25.47 mm.
3 commentsMark R105/09/19 at 03:57Jay GT4: Very nice!
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Lucania, Metapontion (Circa 540-510 BC).38 viewsAR Nomos

28 mm, 7.82 g

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

Noe Class VI; HN Italy 1479.

Metaponion's neighbor, Sybaris, given its preeminence in the region, was most likely the originator of the incuse fabric. It seems to have been a spontaneous invention and to have been evolved without any evolutionary development. Of interest is that these coins have seldom or never been found in hoards unearthed outside Italy. This carries the suggestion that the consideration of preventing the export of money and, consequently, of restricting its circulation to South Italy must have been prominent in the minds of those responsible for originating the form. These incuse pieces are also rarely found overstruck and are significantly more difficult to counterfeit.
4 commentsNathan P05/09/19 at 03:56Jay GT4: Great piece
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Julian of Pannonia44 viewsJulian of Pannonia, Usurper (284-285).
BI Antoninianus, Siscia mint.
Obv: IMP C M AVR IVLIANVS PF AVG. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: FELICITAS TEMPORVM. Felicitas standing facing, head left, holding caduceus and sceptre; in field, S-B; in exergue, XXI.
RIC 2., C. 1 (Fr. 150). BI. g. 3.14 RRR. Very rare.

Notes from the seller (Artemide LI, Lot 322):
"A superb example. Deep brown patina. Minor areas of weakness, otherwise about EF/Good VF."
4 commentsMark Z05/09/19 at 03:55Jay GT4: Great coin Mark!
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Titus as Caesar RIC 863136 viewsAR Denarius, 3.37g
Rome Mint, 76 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IOVIS CVSTOS; Jupiter stg. facing, with patera over altar and sceptre
RIC 863 (R2). BMC -. RSC -. BNC -.
Ex Harlan J Berk 159, 3 June 2008, lot 271.

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

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

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

It's not everyday you come across a variant which can pin down the dating of a well known type! Not only is the coin rare, but the portrait on this example, in my opinion, is quite exceptional.
1 commentsVespasian7005/07/19 at 12:34Jay GT4: How did I miss this one? AAn important type!
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Hyria, Campania181 views400-335 BC
AR Didrachm (21mm, 7.33g)
O: Head of Athena right, wearing wreathed Attic helmet decorated with an owl.
R: Man-headed bull walking right; YPIN[A] above.
Rutter 69 (O32/R??); SNG ANS 255; HN Italy 539; Sear 294v (bull left)
ex Den of Antiquity

An historically obscure city in southern Campania, Hyria may have been located approximately 25 miles east of Mt. Vesuvius. It's site was likely an old Samnite settlement, and in fact the ethnic on the reverse of these didrachms is often inscribed in Oscan.
However Imhoof-Blumer believed that these coins, along with those of neighboring Nola, may actually have been struck at Neapolis. This is suggested by die comparisons, and the man-headed bull device seemingly adds weight to the arguement.
7 commentsEnodia05/07/19 at 02:35Jay GT4: Very cool
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112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Lugdunum, RIC V-II 118.9.4./A-A2, D/-//--, PAX AVG, AE-Ant., Pax standing left, #181 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Lugdunum, RIC V-II 118.9.4./A-A2, D/-//--, PAX AVG, AE-Ant., Pax standing left, #1
avers: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. (A2
reverse: PAX AVG, Pax standing left, holding olive-branch and scepter. In left field D.(A)
exergue: D/-//--, diameter: 20,5-22,0 mm, weight: 3,92g, axis:5h,
mint: Lugdunum, 9th.em., 4th.off., "D" in left field, date: 01.-08. 282 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 123.9.2./A-A2, Bastien 422,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans05/06/19 at 23:58Jay GT4: Nice silvering
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Mn. Acilius Glabrio - Salus with Valetudo holding Snake (Crawf. 442/1a)77 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 49 BC
3.72g

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

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

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

NAC Auction 114 - Part 1, 06/05/2019, Lot 475
ex. NAC 73, Student and his Mentor part II, 18/11/2013, Lot 176
ex. Nicolas Collection, Etienne-Paul Nicolas (1904-1981), Leu 17, 03/05/1977, Nicolas, Lot 648.
9 commentsOptimo Principi05/06/19 at 23:58Jay GT4: Wow
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Ambrakia Epirus circa 360-340 BC 22 mm 8.67g26 viewsHelmeted head of Athena left,dolphin left above,cock right below.1 commentsGrant H05/06/19 at 23:36Jay GT4: Very cool
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RIC 2, p.298, 730 - Plot