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GREEK, Italy, CALABRIA, Taras. AR Nomos. Circa 280-272 BC.2 views21mm, 6.51 g, 4h

Reduced standard. Nude youth dismounting from horse rearing left; EY to right, ZΩΠY below / Phalanthos, nude, holding kantharos and filleted palm frond, riding dolphin left; ΘI to left; to right, crested Corinthian helmet left. Vlasto 809 = Walcher de Molthein 114 (same obv. die); HN Italy –. Old cabinet tone, die break on obverse. EF.

From the Matthew Curtis Collection. Ex Leu 59 (17 May 1994), lot 36.
LeoFeb 23, 2020
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GREEK, Italy, CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 320-315 BC. AV Sixth Stater – Diobol2 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).
LeoFeb 23, 2020
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GREEK, Italy, CALABRIA, Taras. AR Nomos. Circa 470-465 BC.3 viewsSilver, 16 mm, 4.01 g, 6 h
TAPAS (retrograde) Forepart of hippocamp to right; below, scallop shell.
Rev. Diademed head of Satyra to right, her hair tied in a bun at the back; behind neck A.
HN III 839. Vlasto 155.
Very rare early variety; toned. Very fine.

From the Vineyard Collection, ex Numismatica Ars Classica M, 20 March 2002, 2033.
LeoFeb 23, 2020
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GREEK, Italy, CALABRIA, Taras. AR Nomos. Circa 350-345 BC.3 views22mm, 7.85 g, 5h
Warrior, nude but for crested helmet, holding shield, on horse galloping left / Phalanthos, nude, holding dart and trident, riding dolphin right; ΦI below. Fischer-Bossert Group 44, 639 var. (V248/R– [unlisted rev. die]); Vlasto 394 (same obv. die); HN Italy 870. Deep old iridescent tone, struck with worn obverse die. EF.

From the Matthew Curtis Collection.
LeoFeb 23, 2020
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GREEK, Italy, CALABRIA, Taras. AR Nomos. Circa 385-380 BC.3 views22mm, 7.88 g, 12h
Nude youth on horse leaping right; A to lower left, P to lower right / Phalanthos, nude, holding kantharos, riding dolphin left; X below, Ω above tail. Fischer-Bossert Group 31c, 471b (V199/R356) = Vlasto 475 = M.P. Vlasto, “Monnaies rares ou inédites de Tarente de ma collection” in RBN 1899, p. 150, 7 and pl. VI, 7 (this coin); HN Italy 880; Winterthur 225 (same dies). Old collection tone, minor flan flaws, small die break on reverse. Good VF.

From the Matthew Curtis Collection. Ex Michel Pandely Vlasto Collection, 475.
LeoFeb 23, 2020
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Greek, Italy, Calabria, Taras AR Nomos. 280-272 BC3 views20.5mm, 6.46 g, 2h
Reduced standard. Nude youth, crowing horse he rides right; to left, crowing Nike above ΣI; ΘE below / Phalanthos, nude, holding kantharos and trident, riding dolphin left; ΛY to right. Vlasto 759; HN Italy 1009. Toned, deposits, cleaning scratches in fields on obverse. EF. Very rare, only the Vlasto example in CoinArchives.

From the Matthew Curtis Collection.
1 commentsLeoFeb 23, 2020
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Roman Empire, Philip I AR Antoninianus Aequitas - Superb Strike and Art - 16 viewsPhilip I AR Antoninianus.
Rome Mint: AD 244-249.
Obverse: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: AEQVITAS AVGG, Aequitas standing left, holding scales in right hand, cornucopia in left.
References: RIC 27b.
Size: 24 MM, 3.02 Gr.
Very Slight double strike on obverse, otherwise a complete strike ( FDC ).

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
2 commentsSamJan 26, 2020
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BYZANTINE, Latin Rule Half Tetarteron S-2059 36 viewsOBV Figure of St. Helen Nimbate, turned slightly to the r. wearing stemma, divitision, collar-piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds patriarchal cross on long shaft in l. hand

REV Full-length figure of St. Constantine turned slightly to the l. wearing stemma, divitision, collar-piece, and jeweled loros of a simplified type; holds patriarchal cross on a long shaft in r. hand and in l. , anexikakia.

20mm 2.28gm

Almost as Struck,
SimonJan 09, 2020
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Roman Empire, Philip I, AD 244-249.Secular Games11 viewsPhilip I. AD 244-249. AR Antoninianus (21mm, 3.80g, 6h). Ludi Saeculares (Secular Games) issue, commemorating the 1000th anniversary of Rome. Rome mint, 5th officina. 9th emission, AD 248. Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Stag standing right; V in exergue.1 commentsXLiDec 02, 2019
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Greek, Italy, CALABRIA. Taras. Drachm (Circa 272-240 BC).6 viewsObv: Head of Athena right, wearing helmet decorated with Skylla hurling stone.
Rev: NIKOKPATHΣ / TA.
Owl standing right on Ionic capital.
Vlasto 1097.
Condition: Extremely fine.
Weight: 3.1 g.
Diameter: 13 mm.
LeoNov 18, 2019
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Greek, Italy, Calabria, Taras AR Nomos. Circa 281-240 BC.8 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.
LeoNov 18, 2019
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Greek, Italy, Calabria, Taras AR Nomos. Circa 281-270 BC.11 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 commentsLeoNov 18, 2019
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Byzantine, ANDRONICUS, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1986 DOC 5 CLBC 5.4.1 40 viewsOBV Full length figure of Virgin nimbate, wearing tunic and maphorion, standing on dais, holds nimbate beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast.

REV Full length figure of emperor on l. crowned by Christ bearded and nimbate. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, and chlamys holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. anexikakia, Christ wearing tunic and kolobion, holds gospels in l. hand.

Size 20.84

Weight 4.55gm

DOC lists 14 examples with weights from 2.49gm to 4.54gm and sizes from 18mm to 23mm
1 commentsSimonNov 12, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, RIC VIII Constantinople 8333 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Emperor in military dress stg. l. on galley going l., holding phoenix on globe and standard; in the stern sits Victory steering ship. S in left field.
In exergue CONSI star
1 commentsagordNov 03, 2019
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GREEK, Italy, CALABRIA, Taras. AR Nomos. Circa 415-405 BC.42 views22mm, 7.88 g, 9h
Nude rider seated right on horse, which he crowns; kerykeion to right, ΛA in exergue / Phalanthos, nude, extending his hand, riding dolphin right.
Fischer-Bossert Group 21, 297 (V134/R229); Vlasto 320–1 (same dies); HN Italy 851; SNG Copenhagen 803 (same dies); SNG Lloyd 150 (same dies); SNG Lockett 351 (same dies); Hirsch 190 (same dies); Dewing 137 (same dies).
Even light gray tone, with iridescence around the devices, a few marks under tone on obverse, light scuffs under tone and die flaw on reverse. Near EF. Very rare.

From the Matthew Curtis Collection. Ex William N. Rudman Collection (Triton V, 15 January 2002), lot 1040.
2 commentsLeoSep 12, 2019
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Roman Empire Provincial, Commodus as Augustus, Thrace, AE21 - 2 Assarion. Added to the Wildwinds site.47 viewsPhilippopolis 177-192 A.D. 4.52g - 21.2mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: AY KOMMOΔOC ANTΩNINOC - Laureate head right.

Rev: ΦIΛIΠΠOΠOΛEITΩN - Apollo standing left, holding patera in left hand over lighted altar, holding olive branch in right hand.

Varbanov 995 ("Bonus Eventus"); Moushmov 5182.
Christian ScarlioliSep 03, 2019
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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*AlexAug 24, 2019
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Roman Empire, Maximinus II Daia, Augustus, AE Follis.22 viewsAlexandria 308-310 A.D. 6.77g - 26.1mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS P F AVG - Laureate head right.

Rev: VIRTVS EX-ERCITVS / Γ / K-P / ALE - Virtus walking right, holding spear and trophy, shield on left arm; in fields Γ / K-P. Mintmark ALE.

RIC VI 119b

scarliAug 09, 2019
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Punic, Carthage, Billon 2 Shekels39 viewsZEUGITANA, Carthage. Time of the First Punic War. Circa 264-241 BC.

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

SNG Copenhagen 190; Müller 104
3 commentsTanitAug 09, 2019
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Byzantine, Justinian I, Æ Decanummium.27 viewsJustinian I Æ Decanummium. Carthage mint, year 13 (539-40). D N IVSTINI-ANVS PP AG, diademed, draped, & cuirassed bust right / Large I, surmounted by cross; to left, A/N/N/O; to right, numerals representing the regnal year X/III ; in ex. CAR

Sear 269, DO.297-8, BMC 388-93.
TanitAug 09, 2019
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Byzantine, Heraclius, quarter siliqua - UNIQUE26 viewsHaraclius, AR quarter siliqua, mint of Carthage.
10 mm ; 0.25 gr.
Obv. D.N.ERACAIO PP AV (or similar). Crowned, dr. and cuir. bust facing, beardless.
Rev. Cross potent, with star in each angle.

D.O. ..., BMC ..., T ...., R ...., BN ...(but now in BN), MIB 150 ; Sear 871a

Unique
1 commentsTanitAug 09, 2019
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Byzantine, ALEXIUS III ANGELUS-COMNENUS, AE HALF TETARTERON SBCV-2016 DOC 7 CLBC 8.4.430 viewsOBV Bust of St. George , beardless and nimbate , wearing tunic, breastplate wearing tunic, breastplate, and sagion; holds spear in r. hand resting on l. shoulder and in l. hand. Scroll or hilt of sword

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger cr. Manus Dei ( Hands of God) in upper right field.

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron

Size 16mm

Weight 1.7gm

DOC lists 6 examples with weights from 1.2 to 1.9 gm and sizes 15x11 to 17mm
SimonAug 05, 2019
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Roman Empire, Domitian, AR Denarius68 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 commentsorfewJul 20, 2019
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Roman Empire, Constantine the Great, eyes raised to heaven35 viewsConstantinus I 306-337
Follis, Constantinopolis, 328-329 AD.
Ob: CONSTANTI-NVS MAX AVG, Upside-Down Head with Rose Diadem.
Rv: CONSTANTINI-ANA DAFNE / A (in the left field) / CONS (in the section), sitting Victoria to the left, holding tree branch in the outstretched right, in the left palm branch, prisoner at her feet, before her tropaion.
3.28 gr 18.5 mm
RIC 29
Ex Lanz 2018
XLiJul 11, 2019
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Roman Empire, Hostilian, Antoninianus50 viewsRoman Imperial,Hostilian (251)
Antoninianus,Rome.
Obv: IMP CAE C VAL HOS MES QVINTVS AVG. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: SECVRITAS AVGG. Securitas standing facing, with head right and legs crossed, extending hand over head and leaning upon column to right.
RIC 191a.
XLiJul 09, 2019
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Roman Empire, Herennius Etruscus 249-250AD55 viewsHerennius Etruscus 249-250AD
Silver Antoninianus
Clasped Hands reverse
Click for larger image,you could see the fingernail~
20mm, 3.87g
Ex silbury 2019
1 commentsXLiJul 08, 2019
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Roman Empire, Severus Alexander, Bimetallic Medaillon95 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 commentskcJun 25, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Diocletian. Antoninianus of Cyzicus. Struck 284 - 305AD17 viewsDiocletian Antoninianus

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

In my gallery: http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-156037

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

Cyzicus

RIC VI Cyzicus 16A

3.60g
Harry GJun 24, 2019
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Roman Empire, Vespasian, Sestertius115 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 commentskcJun 22, 2019
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Roman Empire, Vespasian, Sestertius with As 123 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 commentskcJun 15, 2019
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Roman Empire, Commodus, Bronze Medallion134 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 commentskcJun 14, 2019
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Roman Empire, Maximus, Sestertius205 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 commentskcJun 13, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, GRATIAN. AE2 of Siscia. Struck A.D.378 - 38326 viewsObverse: D N GRATIANVS P F AVG. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Gratian facing right.
Reverse: REPARATIO REIPVB. Gratian standing facing, holding Victory on globe in his left hand and raising kneeling turreted female figure with his right; in exergue, BSISC.
RIC IX : 26a | LRBC : 1512-18
*AlexJun 08, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, GRATIAN. AE2 of Cyzicus. Struck c.A.D.379 - 38328 viewsObverse: D N GRATIANVS P F AVG. Helmeted, draped and cuirassed bust of Gratian, holding spear in his right hand, facing right.
Reverse: GLORIA ROMANORVM. Gratian standing facing, head right, on galley sailing left with Victory at the helm: in left field, wreath; in exergue, SMKA.
RIC IX : 14a
SCARCE
*AlexJun 08, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, GRATIAN. AE3 of Aquileia. Struck A.D.367 - 37524 viewsObverse: D N GRATIANVS P F AVG. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Gratian facing right.
Reverse: GLORIA ROMANORVM. Gratian advancing right, holding standard in his left hand and dragging captive by the hair with his right; in exergue, •SMAQS.
RIC IX : 11c | LRBC : 1017-22.
SCARCE
*AlexJun 08, 2019
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Roman Empire, GRATIAN. AE3 of Aquileia. Struck A.D.378 - 38325 viewsObverse: D N GRATIANVS P F AVG. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Gratian facing right.
Reverse: VIRTVS ROMANORVM. Roma seated facing, head left, holding globe in her right hand and downward facing spear in her left; in exergue, SMAQS.
RIC IX : 35a.
RARE
*AlexJun 08, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, GRATIAN. AE3 of Arles, Struck A.D.367-37527 viewsObverse: D N GRATIANVS AVGG AVG. Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Gratian facing right.
Reverse: GLORIA NOVI SAECVLI. Gratian standing facing, head left, holding labarum and leaning on shield; in exergue, TCON.
Diameter: 17.9mm | Weight: 2.9gms.
RIC IX : 15
This unusual type, unique to Gratian, was only struck at one mint, Arles (Arelate). By this time Arelate had been renamed Constantina by Constantine I. The city was probably renamed in connection with Constantine II's elevation to Caesar in A.D.317, particularly since Constantine II was born there.

The AVGG AVG in the obverse legend probably alludes to Gratian's right to the succession. The question of his succession arose because, according to Ammianus Marcellinus, when Valentinian I lay ill and had not named a successor, the soldiers planned on raising a candidate of their own choosing. Valentinian, however, recovered and quickly raised Gratian to the position of Augustus to ensure his dynastic position. The reverse inscription indicates that Gratian is destined to fulfill the Messianic prophecy of the Sibylline books, to bring in a golden era of justice and plenty.
*AlexJun 08, 2019
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Roman Empire, HONORIUS AE3 of Cyzicus. Struck A.D.408 - 42324 viewsObverse: D N HONORIVS P F AVG. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Honorius facing right; behind head, star.
Reverse: GLORIA ROMANORVM. Two emperors standing facing, each holding a spear and shield; in exergue, SMKA.
RIC X : 403
*AlexJun 08, 2019
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Roman Empire, HONORIUS. AE3 of Cyzicus. Struck A.D.393 - 42324 viewsObverse: D N HONORIVS P F AVG. Helmeted and cuirassed facing bust of Honorius holding spear and shield.
Reverse: CONCORDIA AVGG. Constantinopolis seated facing, head right, holding Victory and sceptre; in exergue, SMKΓ.
RIC X : 95
SCARCE
*AlexJun 08, 2019
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Roman Empire, JOVIAN. AE3 of Siscia. Struck A.D.363 - 36425 viewsObverse: D N IOVIANVS P F AVG. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Jovian facing right.
Reverse: VOT V MVLT X in four lines within laurel-wreath; in exergue, ASISC.
RIC VIII : 424.
RARE
*AlexJun 08, 2019
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Roman Empire, JOVIAN. AE3 of Constantinopolis. Struck A.D.363 - 36433 viewsObverse: D N IOVIANVS P F AVG. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Jovian facing left.
Reverse: VOT V within laurel-wreath; in exergue, CONSPΓ.
RIC VIII : 178.
SCARCE
*AlexJun 08, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, THEODOSIUS I. AE2 of Siscia. Struck c.A.D.379 - 38340 viewsObverse: D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Theodosius facing right.
Reverse: REPARATIO REIPVB. Theodosius standing facing, head left, raising kneeling turreted female figure with his right hand holding Victory on globe in his left. In exergue, *BSISC•.
RIC IX : 26d
1 comments*AlexJun 06, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, THEODOSIUS I. AE3 of Siscia. Struck c.A.D.379 - 38325 viewsObverse: D N THEODO-SIVS P F AVG. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Theodosius facing right.
Reverse: CONCOR-DIA AVGGG. Roma seated facing on throne, her left leg bare and her head turned left. She is holding a globe in her right hand and reversed spear in her left; in exergue, BSISC.
RIC IX : 27d
SCARCE
*AlexJun 06, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, THEODOSIUS I. AE4 of Siscia. Struck c.A.D.379 - 38342 viewsObverse: D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Theodosius facing right.
Reverse: VOT V MVLT X in four lines within laurel wreath; in exergue, ASISC.
RIC IX : 292
1 comments*AlexJun 06, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, NUMERIAN. Commemorative AE Antoninianus of Rome. Struck A.D.284 - 285 under Carinus17 viewsObverse: DIVO NVMERIANO. Radiate head of Numerian facing right.
Reverse: CONSECRATIO. Eagle standing facing, head left; in exergue, KAA.
RIC V ii : 424
RARE

Though mis-rated as common by Cohen and RIC, antoninianii of Divus Numerian are in fact quite rare: there were only 15 of his antoninianii of all types in the Venera hoard, as compared to 25 antoninianii of the 'very rare' Divus Nigrinian. - source HJB
*AlexMay 11, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, JULIAN II, AE1 Heraclea. Follis struck A.D.361 - 36314 viewsObverse: D N FL CL IVLIANVS P F AVG. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Julian II facing right.
Reverse: SECVRITAS REIPVB. Bull standing facing right; above, two stars; in exergue, •HERACL•B.
RIC VIII : 103 | LRBC : 1910 | VM : 25.
SCARCE
*AlexMay 11, 2019
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Byzantine, JOHN II HYPERPYRON NOMISMA IV DOC 3 Constantinople Third Coinage Variation B SBCV-1940 71 viewsOBV IC XC in upper field.

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

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

Size 30.57mm

Weight 4.3gm

DOC lists 5 examples of type B with weights from 4.22gm to 4.43gm and sizes from 30 mm to 31mm
1 commentsSimonMay 09, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, RIC VIII Cyzicus 6650 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Emperor in military dress stg. l. on galley going l., holding phoenix on globe and standard; in the stern sits Victory steering ship.
In exergue SMKepsilon
3 commentsagordApr 27, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, HADRIAN. Commemorative AR Denarius of Rome. Struck A.D.139 under Antoninus Pius25 viewsObverse: DIVVS HADRIANVS AVG. Bare head of Hadrian facing right.
Reverse: CONSECRATIO. Eagle standing facing on globe, head turned left.
RIC II : 389b
VERY RARE
2 comments*AlexMar 03, 2019
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Roman Empire, GALERIUS. Commemorative AE Follis of Siscia. Struck A.D.312 under Licinius17 viewsObverse: DIVO GAL VAL MAXIMIANO. Veiled head of Galerius facing right.
Reverse: FORTI FORTVNAE. Fortuna standing facing left holding rudder on globe and cornucopiae, wheel behind at her feet; in right field, star on crescent over B; in exergue, SIS.
Weight: 4.75gms
RIC VI : 226
RARE
1 comments*AlexMar 03, 2019
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Roman Empire, GALERIUS. Commemorative AE Follis of Thessalonica. Struck A.D.311 under Licinius11 viewsObverse: DIVO MAXIMIANO. Veiled head of Galerius facing right.
Reverse: MEM DIVI MAXIMIANI. Eagle surmounting domed shrine with closed doors; in right field, A; in exergue, •SM•TS•.
RIC VI : 48
EXTREMELY RARE
*AlexMar 03, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, FAUSTINA II (JUNIOR). Commemorative denarius of Rome. Struck A.D.176-180 under Marcus Aurelius17 viewsObverse: DIVA FAVSTINA PIA. Draped bust of Faustina Junior facing right.
Reverse: CONSECRATIO. Peacock standing facing right.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 3.2grms | Die Axis: 12
RIC III : 744

Annia Galeria Faustina was the youngest daughter of Antoninus Pius and Faustina Senior. She married Marcus Aurelius in A.D.145 and was given the title of Augusta on the birth of her first child in A.D.146. She went on to have several more children, one of whom was the future emperor Commodus. In A.D.175 Faustina accompanied Marcus Aurelius on his journey to the East but she died at Halala, a village at the foot of the Taurus Mountains.
1 comments*AlexMar 03, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, MAXIMINUS II as AUGUSTUS. AE Follis of Nicomedia. Struck c.A.D.31210 viewsObverse: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS P F AVG. Laureate head of Maximinus facing right.
Reverse: HERCVLI VICTORI. Hercules standing facing right, his right hand on his hip, his left hand holding lionskin and resting on club; in left field, A with star above; in exergue, SMN.
Weight 5.7gms
RIC VI : 75
*AlexMar 02, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, MARINIANA. Commemorative AR Antoninianus of Rome. Struck A.D.253 - 254 under Valerian I19 viewsObverse: DIVAE MARINIANAE. Diademed and veiled bust of Mariniana, resting on crescent, facing right.
Reverse: CONSECRATIO. Mariniana being borne to heaven seated on the back of a peacock flying right.
Diameter: 21mm | Weight: 2.18gms | Die Axis: 6
RIC V i : 6
RARE

Mariniana was the wife of Valerian I but it would seem that she must have died before he became emperor because all of her coins are posthumous commemoratives.
*AlexMar 02, 2019
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Roman Empire, MARCUS AURELIUS. Commemorative AR denarius of Rome. Struck A.D.180 under Commodus16 viewsObverse: DIVVS M ANTONINVS PIVS. Bare head of Marcus Aurelius facing right.
Reverse: CONSECRATIO. Eagle facing left, head turned right, standing on bar.
RIC III : 266
Ex Harlan J Berk. Ex D. Clark Collection. This coin is featured on Wildwinds.
SCARCE
1 comments*AlexMar 02, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, LICINIUS I, AE3 of Arelate. Struck A.D.3110 viewsObverse: IMP LICINIVS AVG. Laureate and cuirassed bust of Licinius facing right.
Reverse: IOVI CONSERVATORI AVG. Jupiter seated facing left on eagle with wings open standing facing right; Jupiter, looking back. holds sceptre in his left hand and a thunderbolt in his right; in exergue, PARL.
Weight 2.9gms.
RIC VII : 196
VERY RARE
*AlexMar 02, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, LICINIUS II as CAESAR. AE3 of Rome. Struck A.D.32024 viewsObverse: LICINIVS IVN NOB C. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Licinius II facing right.
Reverse: ROMAE AETERNAE. Roma seated facing right, inscribing XV on shield set on her knees: in left field, P; in right field, R; in exergue, RT.
RIC VII : 154 | VM : 9
VERY RARE
1 comments*AlexMar 02, 2019
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Byzantine, MANUEL COMNENUS, Billion Aspron Trachy SBCV-1966 DOC IV -13c 89 viewsOBV Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, seated upon throne without back; holds Gospels in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross

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

Size 31mm

Weight 4.63gm

A nearly perfect strike and that is exceptional. If you notice Christs head you will see the nimbus dots ever so slightly out of alignment. The dies were fresh when struck. Truly Exceptional.
2 commentsSimonMar 01, 2019
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GREEK, Italy, CALABRIA, Taras. AR Nomos. Circa 240-228 BC.44 views6.56g, 21mm, 11 h
Zopyrion, magistrate. Nude youth on horseback to right, ΖΩΠΥΡΙΩΝ below; below forelegs, ΣΩ above bukranion / Taras astride dolphin to left, holding hippocamp in extended right hand, trident against left arm; monogram and mask of Silenos right, TAPAΣ below. Vlasto 941; HN Italy 1054.
Extremely Fine; a beautiful reverse composition. Very Rare.
2 commentsLeoFeb 09, 2019
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Byzantine, Alexius I Comnenus, AE TETARTERON SBCV-1931 DOC 40 CLBC 2.4.7 180 viewsOBV Jeweled radiate Cross, decorated at the end of each limb with one large globule and two smaller, all on two steps.

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

Size 19mm

Weight 3.08

This is a perfect example , nicely centered and a full legend for Alexius, choice in all aspects.
1 commentsSimonFeb 03, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, VALERIAN II CAESAR. Commemorative AR Antoninianus of Lugdunum. Struck A.D.255 - 256 under Gallienus11 viewsObverse: DIVO VALERIANO CAES. Radiate and draped bust of Valerian II facing right.
Reverse: CONSACRATIO. Valerian II being borne to heaven seated on the back of an eagle flying right.
Diameter: 20mm | Weight: 2.4gms | Die Axis: 2
RIC V i : 9
*AlexFeb 02, 2019
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Byzantine, MANUEL COMNENUS AE HALF TETARTERON SBCV-1980 DOC 23 CLBC 4.4.9 74 viewsOBV Bust of St. George, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic, breastplate, and Saigon; holds in r. hand spear, and in l. shield.

REV Bust of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 17.30 mm

Weight 2.4gm

This example is beautiful . I would grade aEF Manuel's nose is rubbed away but patina is consistant , rarity 1/5 Common coin , uncommon condition.

3 commentsSimonFeb 01, 2019
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Greek, Italy, LUCANIA, Velia. Circa 300-280 BC. AR Nomos43 views22mm, 7.46 g, 11h
Philistion Group. Helmeted head of Athena right, griffin on bowl / Lion standing right; die erasure below. Williams 394 (O197/R278); HN Italy 1301; SNG ANS 1397; SNG Ashmolean 1392; BMC 110; McClean 1470 (all from the same dies). VF, toned.
Ex Seaby Coin & Medal Bulletin 818 (March 1987), no. B34.
3 commentsLeoJan 20, 2019
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GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Taras. Time of Hannibal, c. 212-209 BC. Nomos32 views3.34 gm. Magistrate Sogenes. Nude youth on horseback left, crowning horse with wreath; IΩ to right, ΣΩΓENHΣ below / Taras astride dolphin left, holding cornucopia and Nike, who crowns him with wreath. Vlasto 975-7. HN Italy 1079. Struck on a broad flan and attractively toned. Extremely Rare.
The climax of the Carthaginian invasion of Italy was reached when Tarentum changed sides in 212 BC. The takeover of the city was a carefully planned coup by Hannibal and members of the city's democratic faction who opened the gates to Hannibal's army. The Carthaginians failed to take the citadel, but subsequent fortifications around this enemy stronghold enabled the city to remain under Punic control. Hannibal installed his own magistrates and struck coinage based on the Punic half shekel standard.
1 commentsLeoJan 20, 2019
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GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Taras. Time of Hannibal, c. 212-209 BC. Nomos21 views3.98g. (5h). Obv: Naked youth on horseback right, holding reins and carrying filleted palm; ΣΩKAN - NAΣ below. Rx: Taras astride dolphin left, holding aphlaston in extended right hand, cradling trident in left arm; eagle standing with wings spread behind; TAPAΣ below. Vlasto 984. HN Italy 1082. SNG ANS 1272. Perfectly struck; Mint State.
Ex Philip T. Ashton Collection. Ex Berk 130, 6 January 2003, lot 81.
Hannibal used the region around Tarentum and Metapontum as winter quarters during his occupation of southern Italy. He installed his own magistrates and struck coinage based on the Punic half shekel standard.
LeoJan 20, 2019
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GREEK, Italy, CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 470-465 BC. AR Nomos42 views18.5mm, 8.05 g, 7h
Taras, nude, raising left hand and supporting himself with his right, riding dolphin right; TARAS (retrograde) to left, scallop shell below / Head of nymph (Satyra?) left in linear circle within concave incuse. Fischer-Bossert Group 5, 91b (V41/R60) = Vlasto 140 (this coin, illustrated in both references); HN Italy 838; Berlin 65 (same dies). VF, old cabinet tone, a few marks.

From the Gasvoda Collection. Ex M. L. Collection of Coins of Magna Graecia and Sicily (Numismatica Ars Classica 82, 20 May 2015), lot 4; A. D. Moretti Collection; Classical Numismatic Group 40 (with Numismatica Ars Classica, 4 December 1996), lot 575; Hess-Leu [11] (24 March 1959), lot 5; Kricheldorf IV (7 October 1957), lot 26; Münzen und Medaillen AG VIII (8 December 1949), lot 696; Michel Pandely Vlasto Collection; Maddalena Collection (Sambon & Canessa, 7 May 1903), lot 244.
1 commentsLeoJan 20, 2019
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GREEK, Italy, CALABRIA. Taras. 425-380 BC. AR nomos19 views6.26 gm
Nude ephebe cantering left, holding bridle with both hands, ΛΕ (retrograde) beneath horse / TARAS, dolphin rider right, wielding trident and pointing with left hand.
HN Italy 850. Vlasto 319 (same dies).
Porous. Edge bump (8:00 obverse) and reverse scratches. Good very fine
LeoJan 20, 2019
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GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Taras AR Nomos. Circa 390-385 BC.15 views6.98g, 23mm, 8h.
Nude warrior on horseback left, holding reins in right hand, small round shield on left arm; A below / Taras astride dolphin left; P and ΤΑΡΑΣ below. Vlasto 379ff; HN Italy 869; SNG ANS 900.
Good Fine.
LeoJan 20, 2019
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GREEK, Italy, CALABRIA. Taras. 332-302 BC. AR nomos19 views7.90g. Obv: Naked youth on horseback r., crowning horse, AΠH below. Rx: ΤΑΡΑΣ Nude Taras astride dolphin l., holding out kantharos in r. hand, Φ behind.
Fischer-Bossert-1138 (V422/r880), Group 81.
Rare, fewer than ten recorded. Not in Vlasto or Evans. Near Mint State
LeoJan 20, 2019
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MEDIEVAL, SCOTLAND, ALEXANDER III (1249 - 1286), AR Penny minted at Roxburgh, Scotland11 viewsObverse: + ALEXANDER DEI GRA . Crowned head of Alexander III facing left within circle of pellets; sceptre topped with fleur-de-lis before. Cross potent in legend.
Reverse: REX SCOTORVM +. Long cross pattée dividing legend into quarters, with three pierced mullets of six points and one mullet of seven points in quarters of inner circle. The total of 25 points is indicative of the mint of Roxburgh.
Class Mb with unbarred “A”, wider portrait and cross potent mintmark in legend.
Roxburgh only accounts for some 9% of Alexander's second coinage so issues from this mint are quite rare.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 1.0gm | Die Axis: 3
SPINK: 5054
*AlexJan 18, 2019
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MEDIEVAL, SCOTLAND, JAMES IV (1488 - 1513), Billon Plack (Groat) minted at Edinburgh, Scotland13 viewsObverse: + IACOBVS ★ 4 : DEI ★ GRACIA ★ REX ★ SCOTTO. Crowned shield bearing lion rampant within a tressure of four arcs, crown on each side of the shield and fleur-de-lis in all the spandrels. Star stops and old English lettering in legend.
Reverse: + VILLA ★ DE EDINBVRG. Floriate cross fourchée with a saltire in the centre. Crown in each quarter of the cross. Star stops and old English lettering in legend.
Type IV issue. Scarce
Diameter: 25mm | Weight: 2.4gm | Die Axis: 3
SPINK: 5352
*AlexJan 18, 2019
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Roman Empire, Trajan, Quadrans Struck 114-117 A.D.56 views22077 Trajan/Wolf at Bay
Trajan/Wolf at Bay
Obv:IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG
Head of Trajan, laureate, right
Rev:S C
She-wolf walking left, at Bay
Rome 17mm 3.03g
RIC 694; Woytek 600b.

Ex Triskeles Auction sale 334
2 commentsBlayne WJan 12, 2019
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Byzantine, MANUEL Comnenus, AE Half Tetarteron SBCV-1979 DOC 22 CLBC 4.4.11 38 viewsOBV Large, often ill formed letters

REV Bust of emperor, beardless, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece ( Most frequently decorated with 6 jewels) and paneled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 17.33mm

Weight 2.59 gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. These coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

This coin is good Very fine, lightly circulated. I believe this to be a perfect example.

DOC lists 27 examples with weights ranging from 1.10gm to 2.96 gm with sizes from 14mm to 18mm.
SimonJan 10, 2019
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Roman Empire, Constantius II, AE24. Thessalonica107 viewsObv: DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right, A behind
Rev: FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman who is sitting on
ground, arms up.
Mintmark: TS epsilon 1028;; A in left field.

RIC VIII Thessalonica 129, rated scarce
2 commentsBritanikusDec 27, 2018
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Roman Empire, Constans, AE2, Antioch. AD 348-350.56 viewsDN CONSTA-NS PF AVG, Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, holding globe / FEL TEMP REPA-RATIO, Helmeted soldier, spear in left hand, walking right, looking left; leading a small bare-headed figure from a hut beneath a tree with branches like sprays of millet. The spear points downwards, between the soldier's legs. Star in upper centre. Mintmark AN&Delta. RIC VIII Antioch 128; Sear 18700.1 commentsBritanikusDec 27, 2018
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Roman Empire, Constantius II, Antioch 52 views324 - 337 AD (as Caesar) 337 - 361 AD (as Augustus)

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

4.41gm 21-22mm.
1 commentsBritanikusDec 27, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, RIC VIII Siscia 211110 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO.Soldier spearing fallen horseman. GammaSIS in exergue.
9 commentsagordDec 24, 2018
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Byzantine, Alexius I Comnenus, AU Hyperpyron SBCV-191394 viewsAlexius I Comnenus, 1081-1118. Hyperpyron (Gold, 31 mm, 4.30 g, 6 h)

Constantinople, post-reform coinage, 1092-1118. +ΚЄ ROHΘЄI Christ, nimbate, seated facing on throne, raising his right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels in his left; in fields, IC - XC. Rev. A/ΛЄ/ΖΙω / ΔЄC/ΠΟ/ΤΗ; in right field, Tω / KO/MNH/Nω Alexius I standing facing, wearing crown, divitision and exaggerated jeweled chlamys, holding labarum with his right hand and globus cruciger with his left; in upper right field, manus Dei to left
This coin came with an original ticket for a dealer in Amsterdam. Jacques Schulman. From a sale in 1956
1 commentsSimonNov 27, 2018
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Byzantine, MANUEL Comnenus I, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1969 DOC 16 CLBC 4.4.3 95 views
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; right hand raised high in benediction holds Gospels in l. hand. Pellets in each limb of nimbus cross.

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


Size 19.6mm

Weight 3.0


DOC lists 11 examples with weights from 2.76 to 4.14 gm and sizes from 18mm to 20mm
4 commentsSimonNov 27, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, NUMERIAN as Augustus. Billon Tetradrachm of Alexandria. Struck A.D.28422 viewsObverse: A K M A NOVMEPIANOC CEB. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Numerian facing right.
Reverse: ETOYC Γ (= regnal year 3 = A.D.284). Eirene standing facing left, raising her right hand and holding transverse sceptre in her left.
Curtis : 1947 | Emmett : 4020 | Milne : 4735 | Dattari : 5609 | Geissen : 3198 | BMC : 2466.
Weight : 8.03gms. Diameter : 19.7mm.
Purchased from FORVM
*AlexOct 31, 2018
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Roman Empire, CONSTANTIUS GALLUS CAESAR. AE2 Maiorina or Centenionalis of Antioch. Struck A.D.351 - 35458 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES. Bare-headed draped and cuirassed bust of Constantius Gallus facing right.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Soldier advancing left, spearing fallen horseman, discarded shield on ground at feet; in left field, Γ : in exergue, ANH.
Weight 5.6gms
RIC VIII: 134
2 comments*AlexOct 25, 2018
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Roman Empire, CONSTANTIUS GALLUS CAESAR. AE Centenionalis of Siscia. Struck A.D.35129 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANTIVS IVN NOB C. Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constantius Gallus facing right; behind bust, H.
Reverse: HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS. Constantius Gallus standing facing left, holding labarum in his right hand and spear in his left, being crowned by Victory standing behind him. In left field, III; in exergue, ASIS•.
RIC VIII : 308
RARE
1 comments*AlexOct 25, 2018
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Roman Empire, CONSTANTINE I, Posthumous Commemorative AE4 of Antioch. Struck A.D.347 - 348 under Constantius II26 viewsObverse: DV CONSTANTINVS PT AVGG. Veiled head of Constantine facing right.
Reverse: Constantine I, veiled and togate, standing facing right; across field, VN - MR; in exergue, SMANE.
RIC VIII : 112
*AlexOct 25, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CONSTANTINE I as CAESAR. Large AE Follis of Carthage. Struck A.D.30742 viewsObverse: CONSTANTINVS NOB CAES. Laureate head of Constantine facing right.
Reverse: CONSERVATO-RES KART SVAE. Hexastyle temple within which is Carthage standing facing left holding fruits in both hands. In exergue, PKΔ.
Diameter: 25.15mm | Weight: 6.4gms
RIC VI : 61
2 comments*AlexOct 17, 2018
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Roman Empire, Constantine I as Augustus. AE3 of Constantinople. Struck A.D.327 - 32819 viewsObverse: CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG. Diademed head of Constantine facing right.
Reverse: GLORIA ROMANORVM. Roma seated on shield facing left, holding Victory in her right hand and spear in her left; in left field, A; in exergue, CONS.
RIC VII : 23.
VERY RARE
*AlexOct 17, 2018
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Roman Empire, CONSTANTINE I as Augustus. AE3 of Constantinople. Struck A.D.327 - 32817 viewsObverse: CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG. Diademed head of Constantine facing right.
Reverse: GLORIA EXERCITVS. Constantine standing facing, head right, holding spear in right hand and leaning on shield; in left field, S; in exergue, CONS.
RIC VII : 22
VERY RARE
*AlexOct 17, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CONSTANS, AE2 of ANTIOCH. Struck A.D.348 - 35078 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans holding globe facing left.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Soldier advancing right, dragging small barbarian from hut beneath tree; in exergue, ANΔ.
RIC VIII : 126
5 comments*AlexOct 15, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CLAUDIUS II GOTHICUS. Commemorative AE Antoninianus of Cyzicus. Struck A.D.270 - 271, probably under Aurelian20 viewsObverse: DIVO CLAVDIO. Radiate head of Claudius II Gothicus facing right, three pellets below.
Reverse: CONSACRATIO. Ustrinum or pyre of three storeys, arch in lowest storey, uppermost storey flanked by two statues, flames (or perhaps an eagle) rising from summit.
Diameter: 21mm | Weight: 2.9gms | Die Axis: 6
RIC V : 267
RARE
*AlexOct 15, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, City Commemorative, POP ROMANUS, AE4 of Constantinople. Struck A.D.341 - 346 under Constantius II31 viewsObverse: POP ROMANVS. Laureate and draped bust of the Genius of the Roman people facing left, cornucopiae over left shoulder.
Reverse: No legend. Star with CONSB below, all within wreath.
RIC VIII : 22
*AlexOct 15, 2018
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Roman Empire, CARINUS as Caesar. AE Antoninianus of Rome. Struck A.D.282 - 28316 viewsObverse: M AVR CARINVS NOB CAES. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Carinus facing right.
Reverse: PIETAS AVGG. Sacrificial/pontifical implements; in exergue, KAZ.
Diameter: 22mm | Weight: 3.3gms | Die Axis: 12
RIC V ii : 156
*AlexOct 15, 2018
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Roman Empire, AURELIAN. Silvered AE Antoninianus of Mediolanum. Struck A.D.272 - 27333 viewsObverse: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Aurelian facing right.
Reverse: RESTITVT ORIENTIS. Female figure standing facing right presenting wreath to Aurelian who is standing facing left and holding sceptre; in exergue, S.
RIC V i : 140.

Struck after the defeat of Vabalathus and Queen Zenobia this coin commemorates the re-absorption of the Palmyran territories into the Roman Empire.
1 comments*AlexOct 15, 2018
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Roman Empire, AURELIAN. Silvered Antoninianus of Mediolanum or Ticinum. Struck A.D.271 - 27516 viewsObverse: AVRELIANVS AVG. Radiate and cuirassed bust of Aurelian facing right.
Reverse: ORIENS AVG. Sol standing facing left, right hand raised, left hand holding globe; at foot left, seated captive facing left; in exergue, S.
RIC V i : 135. (Post Reform Issue)
*AlexOct 15, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, ANTONINUS PIUS. Commemorative AR Denarius of Rome. Struck A.D.161 under Marcus Aurelius13 viewsObverse: DIVVS ANTONINVS. Bare headed and draped bust of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Reverse: CONSECRATIO. Eagle standing facing right, head left, on garlanded altar.
RIC III : 431
*AlexOct 15, 2018
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Roman Empire, ANTONINUS PIUS. Commemorative AR Denarius of Rome. Struck A.D.161 - 164 under Marcus Aurelius25 viewsObverse: DIVVS ANTONIN'S. Bare head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Reverse: DIVO PIO. Seated statue of Antoninus Pius holding branch and sceptre, facing left.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 3.2gms | Die Axis: 6
RIC III : 442 | VM : 137/1 | Sear : 5194
1 comments*AlexOct 14, 2018
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Roman Empire, ANTONINUS PIUS. Commemorative AR Denarius of Rome. Struck A.D.161 - 164 under Marcus Aurelius.12 viewsObverse: DIVVS ANTONINVS. Bare head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Reverse: DIVO PIO. Altar-enclosure, with double panelled door and horns visible above.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 3.1gms | Die Axis: 12
RIC III : 441 | VM : 137/3 | Sear : 5196
*AlexOct 14, 2018
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Medieval, England, HENRY VIII (1509 - 1547), AR Half-groat struck 1526 - 1530 at York under Archbishop Thomas (Cardinal) Wolsey14 viewsObverse: HENRIC•VIII•D•G•R•AGL•Z•F•. Youthful profile crowned bust of Henry VIII facing right within circle of pellets. Mint-mark: Voided cross.
Reverse: CIVITAS EBORACI. Shield bearing coat-of-arms on cross fourchée; T - W in upper field divided by shield; galero (cardinal's hat) below.
Diameter: 19mm | Weight: 1.0gm | Die Axis: 8 | Dark, almost black, tone
SPINK: 2346

The T W on the reverse of this coin refers to Thomas Wolsey, known to posterity as Cardinal Wolsey, one of the most powerful figures at the court of Henry VIII. Although this coin is undated, the issue of Henry VIII's second coinage only began in 1526 and so, since Cardinal Wolsey died in 1530, it must have been struck between those two dates.
*AlexOct 14, 2018
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Medieval, England, Henry III (1216 – 1272), AR Penny struck 1248 - 1250 at London17 viewsObverse: HENRICVS REX : III. Crowned bust of Henry III facing within circle of pellets. Mintmark: Six pointed star.
Reverse: NICOLE ON LVND. Voided long cross dividing legend into quarters, trefoil in each quarter of inner circle. Moneyer, Nicholas.
Diameter: 19mm | Weight: 1.3gms | Die Axis: 6
SPINK: 1363
*AlexOct 14, 2018
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Roman Empire, Valentinian I, AE350 viewsValentinian I
364 - 368ad
AE3
Obv: D N VALENTINIANVS P F AVG
Rev: GLORIA ROMANORVM - Emperor standing holding labarum, dragging captive by hair
Siscia mint
17mm

This common coin is in stunningly good condition; every hair is visible on the portrait, all details on the figures on the reverse are not worn, this coin is evenly patinated with a light brown patina and even all of the mint-marks are virtually flawless (although the reverse does have one small mark and is slightly weakly struck). The best of this type I have ever seen or owned.

Here's a link to the coin in my gallery:
http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-150939
Harry GAug 29, 2018
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GREEK, Seleukids Antiochus I25 viewsSELEUKID KINGS of SYRIA. Antiochos I Soter. 281-261 BC. AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 17.27 g, 6h). Ekbatana mint. Diademed head right / Apollo Delphios seated left; monograms to inner left; at feet, forepart of horse grazing left. SC 409.2c; HGC 9, 128h.arash pAug 19, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Caligula and agripinna43 viewsReference: Prior 67 (13 ex) RPC.4168 RPC.4168 McAlee 226
Weight: 14.65 g
Ex McAlee collection , Ex Numismatic Fine Arts sales 21, 1981, lot 12
1 commentsarash pAug 19, 2018
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Kingdom of Elymais, Kamnaskires-Orodes, Mid 2nd Century A.D., Bronze Drachm16 viewsGB14570. Bronze drachm, vant Haaff 12.3.1-2A; SGICV 5910 (Kamnaskires-Orodes III); BMC Arabia 28 p. 268, 71 ff. (Orodes II), VF, weight 3.397g, maximum diameter 14.9mm, obverse long bearded diademed bust facing, bunches of hair at sides and on top; to right, pellet inside crescent above anchor with double crossbar; reverse irregular dashesJoe SermariniAug 12, 2018
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Kingdom of Elymais, Prince B, 3rd Century A.D., Bronze Drachm16 viewsGB87419. Bronze drachm, vant Haaff 20.1, 1-1A, (type a); SGICV 5921; BMC Arabia p. 287, 2 ff. (Uncertain Kings), aVF, highlighting earthen deposits, tight flan, weight 3.133g, maximum diameter 14.7mm, die axis 0o, c. 180 - 220 B.C.; obverse forked bearded bust left, diadem with 2 bands, hair tuft on top tied with a ribbon ends flowing, hair tuft at back of head, anchor with pellet in crescent above to right; reverse Athena standing facing, her helmeted head right, spear in right hand, resting left on grounded shieldJoe SermariniAug 12, 2018
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Kingdom of Elymais, Kamnaskires-Orodes, Early - Mid 2nd Century A.D., Bronze Drachm18 viewsGB87423. Bronze drachm, vant Haaff 12.3.1-2A2, e.; SGICV 5910 (Kamnaskires-Orodes III), BMC Arabia p. 268, 74 ff. (Kamnaskires), VF, dark patina with highlighting earthen deposits, weight 3.610g, maximum diameter 16.2mm, die axis 0o, obverse long bearded cuirassed bust facing, large tufts of upward-oriented hair at sides, wearing diademed tiara; to right, pellet inside crescent above anchor; reverse irregular dashesJoe SermariniAug 12, 2018
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Kingdom of Elymais, Phraates, Early - Mid 2nd Century A.D., Bronze Drachm15 viewsGB87420. Bronze drachm, vant Haaff 14.6.1-3; BMC Arabia p. 272, 1 ff.; SGICV 5899, aVF, dark green patina, highlighting earthen deposits, tight flan, small edge cracks, weight 3.550g, maximum diameter 15.5mm, die axis 0o, Early - Mid 2nd Century A.D.; obverse ΦPA, bearded bust left wearing tiara with pellet in crescent; pellet inside crescent above anchor with one crossbar right; reverse BACIΛEVC ΠPAATHC (blundered), Artemis standing right, not radiate, drawing arrow from quiver with right, bow in leftJoe SermariniAug 12, 2018
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Kingdom of Elymais, Orodes III, 2nd Century A.D., Bronze Drachm22 viewsGB87421. Bronze drachm, vant Haaff 16.4.2-1A, b.; SGICV 5906 ff.; BMC Arabia p. 276, 44, VF, dark blue-green patina with highlighting buff earthen deposits, edge cracks, weight 3.259g, maximum diameter 15.2mm, die axis 0o, 2nd Century A.D.; obverse long bearded bust left wearing tiara ornamented with anchor; to right, pellet inside crescent above anchor with one crossbar; reverse parallel dashesJoe SermariniAug 12, 2018
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Roman Empire, MAXIMIANUS. Commemorative Follis of Ostia. Struck A.D.310 - 312 under Maxentius20 viewsObverse: IMP MAXENTIVS DIVO MAXIMIANO PATRI. Veiled head of Maximianus facing right.
Reverse: AETERNA MEMORIA. Temple with domed roof surmounted by eagle, right door ajar; in exergue, MOSTS.
Weight: 5.2gms
RIC VI : 26
RARE

The temple depicted on the reverse of this coin is in all probability the Temple of Divus Romulus begun by Maxentius around A.D.311 but left unfinished on his death in A.D.312.
*AlexJul 19, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, ANTONINUS PIUS. AR DENARIUS of Rome. Struck A.D.140 - 14321 viewsObverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III. Laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Reverse: GENIO SENATVS. Genius of the Senate standing facing left, holding branch and sceptre.
RIC III : 69
*AlexJul 15, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, PHILIP II as Caesar. Billon Tetradrachm of Alexandria. Struck A.D.245 - 24616 viewsObverse: M IOV ΦIΛI&PiΠOC K CEB. Bare headed and draped bust of Philip II facing right.
Reverse: No legend. Asklepios standing facing left, sacrificing over flaming and garlanded altar out of patera held in his right hand and holding staff, around which a serpent coils, in his left; in left field, LΓ (= regnal year 3 0f Philip I = A.D.245 - 246).
Diameter: 23mm | Weight: 11.9gms | Die Axis: 12
Not in GICV.
VERY RARE
*AlexJul 15, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, NERO. AR (Billon) Tetradrachm of Alexandria. Struck A.D. 66 - 6717 viewsObverse: NERΩ KΛAY KAIΣ ΣEB ΓER AY. Radiate bust of Nero facing left, wearing aegis; before LIΓ = regnal year 13 = A.D.66-67.
Reverse: ΘEOΣ ΣEBAΣTOΣ. Radiate head of Augustus facing right.
Diameter: 24mm | Weight: 12.5gms | Die Axis: 12
GICV : 636 | Emmett : 113
*AlexJul 15, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, CLAUDIUS II GOTHICUS. AE TETRADRACHM of Alexandria. Struck A.D.268 - 26915 viewsObverse: AVT K KLAVΔIOC CEB. Laureate and cuirassed bust of Claudius II facing right.
Reverse: Eagle standing facing left, head looking back to right, holding wreath in beak; in field L B (= regnal year 2 = A.D.268-269).
Not in GICV.

Ex Harlan J Berk
*AlexJul 15, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, CARUS. Commemorative Billon Tetradrachm of Alexandria. Struck A.D.283 - 28415 viewsObverse: ΘEω KAPω CEB. Laureate head of Carus facing right.
Reverse: AΦIEPωCIC. Round, burning and garlanded altar on base, star in upper left field.
GICV : 4777 | Emmett 3995.

This coin is an undated posthumous type struck under Carinus and Numerian and bearing the legend AΦIEPωCIC, one of the most interesting features of the Alexandrian coinage of Marcus Aurelius Carus.
*AlexJul 15, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, AURELIAN. Billon Tetradrachm of Alexandria. Struck A.D.274 - 27518 viewsObverse: A K Λ ΔOM AVPHΛIANOC CEB. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Aurelian facing right.
Reverse: ETOVC S. Eagle standing facing left, looking back, wreath in beak.
Diameter: 20mm | Weight: 8.1gms | Die Axis: 12
GICV : 4750
*AlexJul 15, 2018
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Byzantine, MANUEL COMENUNUS, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1968 DOC 15 CLBC 4.4.2 171 viewsOBV Full length figure of the Virgin, nimbate, orans, wearing tunic, and maphorion turned to the r. Manus Dei (Hands of God) in upper field to r.

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

Size 20.53mm

Weight 4.2gm

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

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

The coins only flaw, wear on the Virgins face. Other that near perfect centering and a wonderful reverse strike.
6 commentsSimonJul 14, 2018
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Roman Empire, Maximianus, First reign, 286-305 AD53 viewsAE Follis, Carthage mint, 2nd officina. Struck 297-298 AD
Obverse: IMP MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, Laureate head right.
Reverse: FELIX AD-V-ENT AVGG NN, Africa standing facing, head left, wearing elephant skin headdress and holding signum and tusk; at feet to left, lion with captured bull; H in left field; PKS in exergue.
References: RIC VI 23b, RCV 3630, Van Meter 035
Justin LJun 19, 2018
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Roman Empire, Julia Mamaea, Mother of Severus Alexander Ruling 222-235 AD28 viewsAR Denarius, Struck Early 222 AD, Eastern Mint
Obverse: IVLIA MAMAEA AVG (unbroken), draped bust right
Reverse: IVNO CONSERVATRIX, Juno diademed standing left, holding patera and sceptre, peacock at feet
References: RIC IV 343, RSC III 35, BMC 43, Sear 2310
Size: 20.5mm, 2.9g
Justin LJun 19, 2018
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Roman Empire, Marcus Aurelius, Ruled 161-180 AD67 viewsAE26 As, Rome Mint, Struck 145 AD
Obverse: AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG P II F COS II, Bare head right
Reverse: [No legend], Minerva standing right, holding spear and resting hand on shield, S-C in field.
References: RIC III (A. Pius) 1264, C 573
Size: 26.22mm, 11.47g
3 commentsJustin LJun 19, 2018
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GREEK, ITALY, CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 510-500 BC. AR Incuse Nomos38 views8,03 g; 24 mm; 11 h
Phalanthos riding dolphin right, extending left arm, holding dolphin with right hand; crowning Nike to left; shell below
Rv. Incuse of obverse, but ethnic in relief.
HNItaly 826; Vlasto 68. The first issue of Tarentine coinage. Very rare. Lightly toned and in fine archaic style, extremely fine. According to Vlasto, it is the last type of the Tarentine incuse series.

I got this great piece from an auction last fall and it was the most important acquisition for me.
This Taras incuse stater is more compact and thicker than Kaulonia and Sybaris incuse staters. It was double (or triple) striked and the details were hard to detect. We can found slight trace on the Taras’s head and his left hand. I believe this is the reason that the pattern looks very sharp while the high points (such as dolphin’s eyes and tail ) are flat.
LeoJun 18, 2018
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GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Taras (c. 344-340 B.C.), Silver Stater.92 views8.03g., 2h
Naked youth on a horse pacing right, crowning the horse with a wreath held in his extended right hand, K(KAA?) and an upright club below the horse, rev. TAP-A-Σ, Phalanthos riding on a dolphin left, holding a kantharos in his extended right hand, and a trident and a shield in his left, Ω below dolphin's tail, waves below.
Fischer-Bossert, Group 49, 685 (V260/R532); Vlasto 509 (these dies); SNG Lloyd 173 (these dies); SNG ANS 960; HN Italy 887. An exceptional example, well-struck from fresh dies and perfectly centred on a flan of good metal, extremely fine and most attractive.
From Sovereign Rarities (2018)

The "K" or "KAL" engraver was one of the finest Greek masters working in the 4th century. His work though rare, can also be found on coins from Heraklea, Metapontion, and Thouroi.
3 commentsLeoJun 14, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Elagabalus, AR Denarius26 viewsAD 218 - 222
2.80 g
RIC 88

Obv.: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG - Laureate bust right, draped and "horned portrait".

Rev.: INVICTVS SACERDOS AVG - Elagabalus standing left holding patera over tripod altar, in background, a fallen bull and star above patera.
Richard M10May 18, 2018
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Greek, Sicily, Syracuse, Agathokles, 317 - 289 B.C., Electrum 50 Litrai39 viewsSH86808. Electrum 50 litrai, Jenkins Group B (O4/R3); SNG ANS 621 (same obv. die); BMC Sicily p. 184, 263 (same); de Luynes 1267 (same); HGC 2 1294, VF, attractive style, centered on a tight flan, lightly toned, light marks, die crack on reverse, Syracuse mint, weight 3.587g, maximum diameter 15.3mm, die axis 270o, c. 306 - 305 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo left, amphora behind; reverse ΣYPAKOΣIΩN (clockwise from upper right), ornamented tripod lebes, high ring handles; ex Classical Numismatic Group, e-auction 412, lot 38; ex John A. Seeger Collection; ex Classical Numismatic Group, auction 76 (12 Sep 2007), lot 30132 commentsJoe SermariniMay 11, 2018
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Roman Imperators, Mark Antony and Octavia, 39 B.C., Ephesos, Ionia, Silver Cistophoric Tetradrachm20 viewsSH86609. Silver cistophoric tetradrachm, RPC I 2202, Sydenham 1198, Crawford 263, RSC Octavia and M. Antony 3, Sear CRI 263, BMCRR East 135, SRCV I 1513, Choice gVF, toned, well centered, some die wear and rust, scratches, Ephesos mint, weight 11.723g, maximum diameter 27.1mm, die axis 0o, summer - autumn 39 B.C.; obverse M ANTONIVS IMP COS DESIG ITER ET TERT (Consul Elect for the 2nd and 3rd time), conjoined head of Antony and bust of Octavia right, Antony nearer and wreathed in ivy, Octavia draped; reverse Dionysus standing half left on cista mystica, in his right hand, thyrsus in his left hand, flanked by two interlaced snakes with heads erect, III VIR (triumvir) downward on left, R P C (Reipublicae Constituendae) upward on rightJoe SermariniMay 11, 2018
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Greek, Phoenicia, Tyre, 111 - 110 B.C., Judas' 30 Pieces of Silver, Year 1852 viewsSL86641. Silver shekel, BMC Phoenicia p. 237, 85; Cohen DCA 919-18 (C); Baramki AUB -, NGC Ch AU*, strike 5/5, surface 5/5 (4280576-003), Tyre mint, weight 14.20g, maximum diameter 28.0mm, die axis 0o, 109 - 108 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Melqart right, lion's skin knotted around neck; reverse TYPOY IEPAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY (of Tyre the holy and inviolable), eagle left, right foot on ship's ram, palm frond behind, date HI (year 18) over club and palm frond left, ZB right, Phoenician letter beth between legs1 commentsJoe SermariniMay 11, 2018
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Roman Empire, Elagabalus 218-222 AD77 viewsElegabalus...218-222 AD
Silver Denarius
Minted: 221 AD
Obv: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, Draped bust right, laureate, Horned
Rev: PM TR P IIII COS III P P, Emperor standing left sacrificing out of patera over lighted altar, holding branch in right hand, star in left field.
Ric 46 Sear 7536

Very Lustrous with great details!

2 commentsTravis CMay 09, 2018
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Roman Empire, Galba, AR Denarius49 viewsGalba. 68-69 AD. Denarius, 3.50gg. (5h). Tarraco.
Obv: GALBA - IM[PERATOR] Head laureate right on globe.
Rx: LIB - [ERTAS] - RESTITVTA Libertas standing left, apparently emptying a cup and holding scepter.
BM 198, pl. 54.3. RIC 9 (R2), pl. 24 (the BM spec.). Cf. Paris 12, pl.III (apparently no globe below bust). Cohen 133 (120 Fr.). VF.
Ex Jyrki Muona Collection.
Ex Gemini XIV April 2018 Lot 475
1 commentsorfewMay 09, 2018
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Litra circa 465-450 BC 13mm 0.67g 10h35 viewsHorse on lead advancing right, wreath above.Rev forepart of man-headed bull right river god Gelas.Grant HApr 04, 2018
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ROMAN IMPERATORS, Octavian, Triumvir and Imperator, Silver Denarius, SRCV I 1558, RSC I 123, RIC I 267, Sear CRI 422, BMCRR 4348130 viewsSH16777. Silver denarius, SRCV I 1558, RSC I 123, RIC I 267, Sear CRI 422, BMCRR 4348, EF, lustrous, weight 3.781g, maximum diameter 20.9mm, die axis 180o, Italian (Rome?) mint, obverse bare head of Octavian right; reverse IMP CAESAR on architrave of the Actian arch, depicted as a single span surmounted by a large statue of Octavian in a facing triumphal quadriga; mirror luster, slight rainbow toning, struck flat on the top edge of the reverse, banker's marks
3 commentsJoe SermariniMar 08, 2018
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Roman Empire, Nero & Claudius, drachm92 viewsNERO CLAVD DIVI CLAVD F CAESAR AVG GERMA
Laureate head of Nero right

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

Caesarea, Cappadocia

63-64 AD

2.95g

RPC I 3648; RIC 622.

From the collection of K.M. Germany. Ex-Roma E-sale 43 lot 334
3 commentsJay GT4Feb 28, 2018
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Byzantine, Anonymous (Magn.) AE Tetarteron – SBCV-2154 DOC IV 6 Type D 149 viewsOBV Cross radiate, with lunate ornaments, decorated with pellets , at ends.

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

Size 20mm

Weight 2.61gm

DOC lists 4 examples. weight vary 1.32gm to 2.52gm and 19 to 22mm
4 commentsSimonFeb 24, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Julia Domna (170-217 A.D.), RIC IV-I 373A (Caracalla), Rome, AR-Denar, DIANA LVCIFERA, Diana standing left, #2188 views050a Julia Domna (170-217 A.D.), RIC IV-I 373A (Caracalla), Rome, AR-Denar, DIANA LVCIFERA, Diana standing left, #2
avers: IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, Draped bust right
revers: DIANA LVCIFERA, Diana standing left, holding the long torch with both hands.
exe:-/-//--, diameter: 18,5-19,0mm, weight: 3,57g, axis: 7h,
mint: Rome, date: 211-217 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-I-373A (Caracalla), p-, RSC-32, (Caracalla), BMC-1, Sear-7100,
Q-002
2 commentsquadransFeb 18, 2018
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Roman Empire, Plautilla (?-211 A.D.), RIC IV-I 363a (Caracalla), Rome, AR-Denarius, CONCORDIA AVG G, Concordia standing left, Scarce, #1 184 viewsRoman Empire, Plautilla (?-211 A.D.), RIC IV-I 363a (Caracalla), Rome, AR-Denarius, CONCORDIA AVG G, Concordia standing left, Scarce, #1
Wife of Caracalla,
avers: PLAVTILLA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, hair coiled in vertical or horizontal ridges and fastened in a bun.
reverse: CONCORDIA AVG G, Concordia standing left, holding patera and scepter.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,0-18,5mm, weight: 3,24g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 202 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-363a (Caracalla), p-269, RSC-1, BMC-411,
Q-001
2 commentsquadransFeb 18, 2018
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GREEK, Argolis Argos AR Triobol 490- 470 BC 2.55g 10mm 6h66 viewsForepart of wolf at bay to left.Rev Alpha with bar sloping to the right,and with two pellets one above and one below,within a shallow incuse square,with two deeper incuse squares in the upper part.
Very rare
1 commentsGrant HFeb 07, 2018
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Man. Aquillius ,22 viewsAR serrate Denarius
c.71/65 BC
Crawford 401/1. RSC Aquillia 2.

Obv.: Draped bust of Virtus right, wearing crested Montefortino helmet, ornamented at the side with feather.

Rev.: Mn. Aquillius standing left, head right, supporting kneeling female figure of Sicilia; SICIL in exergue.
Richard M10Jan 30, 2018
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Roman Republic, L. Calpurnius Piso L.f. L.n36 viewsAR Denarius
90 BC
3.69 grams
Obv.: Laureate head of Apollo right; Π before
Rev.: L. PISO. FRVGI ROMA, rider on horse galloping right, holding whip; above left, swan.

I was totally amazed by the number of different varieties of this basic design that were produced. In a limited search I found two examples of this variety. Wildwinds has an example of a Calpurnia 12b but that bird is much different in appearance and at the Wildwinds site it is called a duck. This exact coin is shown on acsearch website and is the only example of a Calpurnia 12b shown on that site. Here the bird is called a swan. Since all the dies are hand cut these maybe the individual concept each die shrink had for the bird to be included in the design.
2 commentsRichard M10Jan 30, 2018
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Mn. Fonteius C.f.39 viewsAR Denarius
85BC
4.13 grams

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

Cr #353/1a: Sear #271
1 commentsRichard M10Jan 30, 2018
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Roman Republic, Cn. Lucret. Trio21 views136 BC

AR Denarius, Syd 450, Cr237/1

Obv.: TRIO behind the head of Roma facing right and X below chin.
Rev.: The Dioscuri galloping right, with legend CN.LVCR below the horses, and ROMA in the exergue.

This type/style denarius is seen frequently during the Republic Period and I felt it important that my set have an example of this style.
Richard M10Jan 30, 2018
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Roman Republic, L. Cassius Longinus, AR Denarius16 views63-60 BC
3.90 grams
Obv.: Veiled bust of Vesta left; kylix behind, S (retrograde), before
Rev. Togate male dropping voting tablet into a cista, LONGIN III V behind
Cr #413/1: Sear #364: Cassia 10
Richard M10Jan 30, 2018
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Roman Empire, Constantius II46 viewsConstantius II
AE 2
24.75 mm 5.14g
D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, helmeted soldier standing left, spearing fallen horseman who is wearing a bowl-shaped helmet, clutching the horse's neck. Star in left field. Mintmark SMHA.
Heraclea
RIC VIII 67
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)Jan 30, 2018
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Roman Empire, Constantius II62 viewsConstantius II

Antioch, AE 2
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, horseman standing left, spearing a fallen horseman who is bearded, hair in braids, clutching the horse's neck. Γ in left field. Mintmark ANA.
RIC VIII Antioch 135
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)Jan 30, 2018
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Roman Empire, Constantius II48 viewsDN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG Constantius II pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO soldier spearing Horseman, Two braids, reaching
ALEΔ in ex. Γ in left field

Alexandria 72 var.
1 commentsRandygeki(h2)Jan 30, 2018
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Roman Empire, Constantius II37 viewsConstantius II
Antioch
25 mm, 5.67 g, 12 h)
obverse D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right;
reverse FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Gamma in left, soldier spearing Horseman,hair in braids, bearded, reaching back towards soldier,horses hoof over exerg. line

ANB Antioch 122
1 commentsRandygeki(h2)Jan 30, 2018
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Roman Empire, Constantius II43 views23 mm , 5,17g.
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG
pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right, A behind.

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

AQS Dot in ex.

RIC Aquileia 153
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)Jan 30, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.31 viewsSH73156. Orichalcum sestertius, BMCRE IV 1669, RIC III 767a, Strack III 974, Cohen II 320, Hill UCR 709, SRCV II 4168, VF, nice green patina, nice portrait, light scratches, tight flan, weight 22.051 g, maximum diameter 31.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, c. 146 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG - PIVS P P TR P, laureate head right; reverse Antoninus in slow quadriga left, eagle-tipped scepter in left, reins in right, COS IIII / S C in two lines in exergue1 commentsJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.19 viewsRB76153. Orichalcum sestertius, Göbl MIR 38dd, RIC V 248, Cohen V 1293, Hunter IV 33, SRCV III 10495, Nice gVF, excellent portrait, green patina, tight flan cutting off much legend, weight 10.962 g, maximum diameter 25.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 253 - 255 A.D.; obverse IMP C P LIC GALLIENVS AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS AVGG (valor of the two emperors), Virtus standing left, wearing crested helmet and military garb, right resting hand on grounded shield, inverted spear vertical behind in left, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across fieldJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, Timoleon, 344 - 336 B.C.21 viewsGI83514. Bronze hemidrachm, Calciati II p. 168, 72 st3/7; SNG ANS 477 ff.; SNG Cop 727; HGC 2 1440 (S), VF, green patina, edges earthen encrusted, reverse double struck, weight 15.872 g, maximum diameter 24.4 mm, die axis 90o, Syracuse mint, c. 342 - 338 B.C.; obverse ZEYΣ EΛEYΘEPTOΣ, laureate head of Zeus Eleutherios right; reverse ΣYPAKOΣIΩN, thunderbolt, eagle on right standing right with wings closedJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Phokaia, Ionia, c. 372 - 327 B.C.24 viewsSH86298. Electrum hekte, Bodenstedt 97 (b/-); SNGvA 2123; BMC Ionia p. 208, 36; Boston MFA 1924 (identified as Pan); SNG Kayhan -, Rosen -, VF, attractive style, well centered and struck, mild die wear, bumps and scratches, weight 2.521 g, maximum diameter 10.2 mm, Phokaia (Foca, Turkey) mint, c. 364 B.C.; obverse head of Dionysos left, wreathed in ivy with berries, hair rolled, small seal (symbol of Phokaia) left below; reverse quadripartite incuse square; scarceJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Knidos, Caria, c. 210 - 185 B.C.18 viewsGS86557. Silver didrachm, SNG Cop 318, Imhoof-Blumer Karische 32, Waddington 2312, SNG Keckman -, SNGvA -, SNG Kayhan -, SNG Mün -, SNG Tüb -, SNG Mugla -, BMC Caria -, aEF, toned, tight flan typical for the type, encrustations, light corrosion, edge cracks, weight 5.531 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 0o, Knidos (near Tekir, Turkey) mint, magistrate Agephon..., c. 210 - 185 B.C.; obverse head of Helios facing slightly right; reverse forepart of roaring lion right, club to left, KNI∆ION above, AΓEΦΩN (magistrate) below; from the David Cannon Collection, ex Beast Coins; rareJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Mesembria, Thrace, c. 275 - 225 B.C., Civic Issue in the Types and Name of Alexander the Great37 viewsSH85286. Silver tetradrachm, Karayotov p. 84 and pl. VII, 41 (O7/R18); Price 992; Müller Alexander 436, gVF, attractive style, light marks and scratches, weight 17.000 g, maximum diameter 31.6 mm, die axis 180o, Mesambria (Nesebar, Bulgaria) mint, c. 275 - 225 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean lion-scalp headdress; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, Zeus seated left, nude to waist, himation around hips and legs, right leg drawn back, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, Corinthian helmet right over ΠA monogram in inner left field under arm; ex FORVM (2013)1 commentsJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochus I Soter, 281 - 261 B.C.22 viewsGY85675. Silver tetradrachm, Houghton-Lorber I 379.6a, Newell ESM 166, HGC 9 128g, Choice VF, well centered and struck, high relief portrait, attractive toning, bumps and marks, closed edge crack, weight 16.667 g, maximum diameter 28.1 mm, die axis 0o, Seleucia on the Tigris mint, c. 263 - 261 B.C.; obverse diademed head right; reverse Apollo seated left on omphalos, examining arrow with right, resting left hand on grounded bow, monogram (primary control symbol) outer left, ∆/ΩP monogram (secondary control symbol) outer right, BAΣIΛEΩΣ (king) downward on right, ANT-IOXOY downward on leftJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, PHOENICIA, Arados, Phoenicia, 200 - 190 B.C., Civic Issue in the Types and Name of Alexander the Great22 viewsGS85703. Silver tetradrachm, Price 3390 ff., Mektepini 614 ff.; Duyrat 1270 ff., Cohen Dated 771, gVF, attractive style, reverse double struck, earthen encrustations, weight 17.039 g, maximum diameter 31.0 mm, die axis 0o, Arados mint, c. 200 - 190 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean lion-scalp headdress; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, Zeus seated left, nude to waist, himation around hips and legs, right leg drawn back, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, palm tree with two bunches of dates in left field under arm, AP monogram under throne, uncertain Greek additive date (60 - 69?) belowJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Phokaia, Ionia, c. 372 - 327 B.C.27 viewsSH86298. Electrum hekte, Bodenstedt 97 (b/-); SNGvA 2123; BMC Ionia p. 208, 36; Boston MFA 1924 (identified as Pan); SNG Kayhan -, Rosen -, VF, attractive style, well centered and struck, mild die wear, bumps and scratches, weight 2.521 g, maximum diameter 10.2 mm, Phokaia (Foca, Turkey) mint, c. 364 B.C.; obverse head of Dionysos left, wreathed in ivy with berries, hair rolled, small seal (symbol of Phokaia) left below; reverse quadripartite incuse square; scarceJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Kos, Carian Islands, c. 345 - 340 B.C.24 viewsGS86516. Silver didrachm, Pixodarus p. 234, 13 (A2/P7); SNG Cop 619; Weber 6629; HGC 6 1305 (R1); BMC Caria p. 195, 18 ff. var. (magistrate); SNG Keckman 287 var. (same), gVF, attractive style, bold strike, toned, tight flan cutting off ethnic, corrosion, edge cracks, Kos mint, weight 6.369g, maximum diameter 20.2mm, die axis 0o, Ma[...], magistrate, c. 345 - 340 B.C.; obverse bearded head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean lion scalp headdress; reverse veiled female (Halkiopi?) head left, MA (magistrate) behind, KΩION below; from the David Cannon Collection, ex Beast Coins; rareJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, Second Democracy, 466 - 405 B.C.20 viewsSH85694. Silver tetradrachm, Boehringer Series XXII, 672 (V338/R459); SNG ANS 222 (same dies); BMC Sicily, p. 162, 123 (same); Jameson 778 (same); Pozzi 586 (same); HGC 2 1320, VF, fine classical style, obverse die wear, bumps and scratches, somewhat ragged tight flan, weight 16.769 g, maximum diameter 26.7 mm, die axis 90o, Syracuse mint, c. 430 - 420 B.C.; obverse slow quadriga driven right by male charioteer holding kentron and reins, Nike above flying right crowning horses; reverse ΣYPAKOΣION, head of Arethusa right, earring, necklace, hair bound with taenia and wound four times around; four dolphins swimming aroundJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Athens, Greece, Pi-Style III Tetradrachm, 353 - c. 340 B.C.51 viewsSH86206. Silver tetradrachm, Kroll Pi-Style p. 244, fig. 8; Flament p. 126, 3; SNG Cop 63; SNG Munchen 96; SNG Delepierre 1479; Svoronos Athens pl. 20: 2, Choice VF, well centered on a tight flan typical of the type, toned, bumps and marks, weight 17.153 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 270o, Athens mint, 353 - c. 340 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right with eye seen in true profile, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and pi-style floral scroll, pellet in ear; reverse owl standing right, head facing, pellet over eyes, olive sprig and crescent left, AΘE downward on right, all within incuse square1 commentsJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Ephesos, Ionia, c. 500 - 420 B.C.21 viewsGS86219. Silver drachm, SNG Kayhan 140, SNGvA 7819, SNG Cop 210, SNG Tübingen 2758, Traité II, p. 1090, 1867 & pl. CLII, 12; BMC Ionia -, SNG München -, Choice gVF, toned, well centered on a tight flan, weight 3.343 g, maximum diameter 15.1 mm, die axis 0o, Ephesos mint, c. 500 - 420 B.C.; obverse EΦ-EΣI-O-N, bee seen from above; reverse quadripartite incuse square, divided by thin raised bands, incuse quarters rough; rare issue with full ethnicJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Mytilene, Lesbos, c. 377 - 326 B.C.19 viewsSH86299. Electrum hekte, Bodenstedt 100A; SNG Cop 317; SNGvA 1715; BMC Lesbos p. 165, 87; Boston MFA 1720; HGC 6 1026 (S), VF, attractive style, light scratches, weight 2.557 g, maximum diameter 10.6 mm, die axis 0o, Mytilene mint, c. 377 - 326 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse head of Artemis right, hair in sphendone, small coiled snake lower left, all within linear frame and incuse square; scarceJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Emerita, Hispania Lusitania14 viewsSH84707. Silver denarius, RIC I 9b, RSC I 398, BMCRE I 291, BMCRR Spain 128, BnF I 1039, Hunter I 124, SRCV I 1627 var. (head right), gVF, full circle centering on a broad flan, mint luster, weak strike areas, die wear, small edge cracks, weight 3.775 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 90o, Emerita Augusta (Merida, Spain) mint, P. Carisius, c. 25 - 23 B.C.; obverse IMP CAESAR AVGVST, bare head left; reverse P CARISIVS LEG PRO PR (P. Carisius Legatus [Augusti] pro Praetore), bird's-eye view of town with walls around, EMERITA inscribed above gateway in front with three battlements over two arched entrances; from the Marcelo Leal CollectionJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, PHOENICIA, Arados, Phoenicia, Unknown King "N", c. 348 - 338 B.C.21 viewsSH85437. Silver stater, BMC Phoenicia p. 10, 58; Betlyon 26, note 104, pl. 7, 4; Rouvier III p. 131, 5; HGC 10 33 (R1); Sunrise 114; SNG Cop -, VF, well centered on a tight flan, struck with high relief dies, test cut on obverse, weight 10.346 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 270o, Arados mint, c. 348 - 338 B.C.; obverse laureate head of bearded Ba'al Arwad right, with profile eye; reverse galley right, figure of Pataikos right on prow, row of shields on bulwark, Phoenician letters mem aleph nun (Melech Arad N - King of Arados N) from right to left above, three waves below; rareJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D.21 viewsSH86120. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC I 178, BMCRE I 131, Cohen I 37, Mac Dowall WCN 120, BnF I -, VF, well centered, nice portrait, near black patina, scratches on obverse lower right field, some porosity and tiny pitting, weight 26.031 g, maximum diameter 34.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 64 A.D.; obverse NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate bust right, wearing aegis; reverse AVGVSTI above, S - C divided by POR OST below, bird's-eye view Ostia harbor: pharos lighthouse with Neptune statue on top at far side center; crescent-shaped pier with building and figure sacrificing at far end, crescent-shaped row of breakwaters or slips on right with figure seated on rock at far end, 7 ships within port; river god Tiber reclining left holding rudder and dolphin below; ex Gorny & Mosch auction 195 (7 Mar 2011), lot 405Joe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Kelenderis, Cilicia, c. 410 - 375 B.C.18 viewsGS86211. Silver stater, Casabonne type 4; BMC Cilicia p. 55, 25 & pl. X, 3; cf. SNG BnF 75 (KEΛEN); Celenderis Hoard-; SNG Levante -; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -, aEF, attractive style, centered on a tight flan, die wear and minor die cracks, marks, weight 10.800 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 30o, Celenderis mint, c. 410 - 375 B.C.; obverse young man riding sideways on horse galloping right, preparing to dismount(?), nude, whip in right hand, bridle in left hand; reverse goat crouching left on dotted exergue line, head turned looking back right, KEΛ[E?] above; very rare late issue with rider right and goat leftJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, Hieron, c. 478 - 466 B.C.25 viewsSH86308. Silver tetradrachm, Boehringer Series X, 229 (V102/R155); HGC 2, 1306; Bement 451; Jameson 744; McClean 2611 (all from the same dies)., gVF, well centered, toned, obverse struck with a worn die, some marks and scratches, weight 17.105 g, maximum diameter 24.4 mm, die axis 270o, Syracuse mint, c. 478 - 475 B.C.; obverse slow quadriga driven right by male charioteer holding goad, Nike above flying right crowning horses; reverse ΣYP-AKO-ΣI-ON (beginning 3:30, 1st Σ reversed), head of Arethusa right, hair turned up behind under diadem of beads, wearing bead necklace, surrounded by four dolphins swimming clockwise; ex Numismatica Ars Classica auction 59 (4 Apr 2011), lot 1571Joe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Parthian Empire, Mithradates II, c. 121 - 91 B.C.41 viewsSH86429. Silver tetradrachm, Sellwood 24.4, BMC 3, Boston MFA 2216, Sunrise 284, Shore 67 var., EF, fantastic high relief bust, well centered on a tight flan, slightest die wear, slightest porosity, weight 15.696 g, maximum diameter 28.2 mm, die axis 0o, Seleukeia on the Tigris mint, c. 119 - 109 B.C.; obverse diademed bust of Mithradates to left, long beard, wearing torc and elaborate robes; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY APΣ-AKOY EΠIΦANOYΣ / TY (square clockwise, ending in exergue)), Arsakes I seated right on omphalos, bow in right hand, palm branch right; ex Pars (2008), ex Antiqua Inc. (2000)1 commentsJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III and Alexander IV, c. 323 - 317 B.C., In the Name of Alexander30 viewsSH86161. Silver tetradrachm, Price 113, Müller Alexander 224, Troxell issue H3, SNG Cop 682, SNG Munchen 275, SNG Alpha Bank 503, SNG Delepierre 986, Choice EF, attractive archaic style, bold well centered strike, high relief, light toning, weight 17.283 g, maximum diameter 26.8 mm, die axis 90o, Macedonia, Amphipolis mint, c. 322 - 320 A.D.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, throne without back, right leg forward (archaic lifetime style), eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, Macedonian helmet (control symbol) left; Classical Numismatic Group auction 105 (10 May 2017), lot 78; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 46 (11 Sep 2016), lot 105 (realized €1,900 plus fees)Joe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, Second Democracy, 466 - 405 B.C.34 viewsSH86210. Silver tetradrachm, Boehringer Series XVIIa, 586 (V291/R396); SNG ANS 189 (same dies); McClean 2670 (same); Pozzi 582 (same); HGC 2 1313, gVF, fine style, lightly toned, well centered, tight flan as always for the type, light bumps and marks, light porosity, slight die shift on reverse, pre-strike casting sprue remnant, weight 16.999 g, maximum diameter 26.1 mm, die axis 135o, Syracuse mint, c. 440 - 430 B.C.; obverse Charioteer driving quadriga right, Nike flying right above crowning horses, ketos right in exergue; reverse ΣYPAKOΣON, head of Arethusa right, hair bound with wide taenia, four dolphins swimming around; ex CNG auction 102 (18 May 2016), lot 143; ex Allan Smith M.D. Collection; ex CNG auction 81 (20 May 2009), lot 162; rare; $3000.00Joe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, Deinomenid Tyranny, Time of Hieron, c. 478 - 467 B.C.38 viewsSH86274. Silver tetradrachm, Boehringer 338 (V166/R236); Randazzo 507 - 509 (same dies); SNG ANS -, gVF, fantastic style, toned, centered on a tight flan, small areas struck a little flat, marks, pre-strike flan casting sprues remaining (as usual for the type), weight 16.971 g, maximum diameter 29.0 mm, die axis 0o, Syracuse mint, c. 478 - 467 B.C.; obverse slow quadriga driven right by male charioteer, kentron in right hand, reigns in left hand, Nike above flying right crowning horses; reverse ΣVRA-KOS-I-ON (Latin R upside down, N reversed), Artemis-Arethusa right, archaic eye, hair slightly waved in front turned up in a krobylos under a diadem of beads, wearing earring and necklace, surrounded by four dolphins swimming clockwise; ex Roma Numismatics, auction 6 (29 Sep 2013), lot 441; ex Comery CollectionJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, 336 - 323 B.C.29 viewsSH56812. Gold stater, Price 2633; Müller Alexander 30, aEF, rev die wear, fine style, Lydia, Sardes (Sart, Turkey) mint, weight 8.597g, maximum diameter 17.0mm, die axis 180o, c. 323 - 319 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right in crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a coiled snake, wearing necklace and pendant earring; reverse AΛEΞAN∆[POY], Nike standing half left, wreath in extended right, stylus in left, race torch left below wing, monogram off flan below right wing; a few small die breaks, lustrous fields, superb bust of AthenaJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Kingdom of Thrace, Lysimachos, 305 - 281 B.C., Portrait of Alexander the Great, Gold stater23 viewsSH09059. Gold stater, Thompson 164, EF, weight 8.50 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 180o, Ephesus mint, posthumous, 305 - 297 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Alexander the Great right wearing the horn of Ammon; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY, Athena seated left, resting elbow on shield and holding Victory, bee and E-Φ in left field; struck with beautiful dies, mint luster!Joe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Pontic Kingdom, Mithradates VI, c. 120 - 63 B.C., Lysimachos Type, Gold stater22 viewsSH12093. Gold stater, SNG Cop 1089 var. (monogram), Choice EF, weight 8.232 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 0o, Byzantium (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 100 - 85 B.C; obverse diademed head of Alexander the Great (with the features of Mithradates VI), wearing the horn of Ammon; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY, Athena enthroned left, holding Nike and resting left arm on shield, transverse spear against her side, BY on throne, AP monogram under right arm, trident and two dolphins in exergue; fantastic style with superb portrait of Mithradates as Alexander the Great!Joe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, 336 - 323 B.C., Lifetime Issue, Gold stater32 viewsSH28064. Gold stater, Price 2084, Müller Alexander -, gVF, weight 8.578 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 180o, Miletos (near Balat, Turkey) mint, 325 - 323 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right in crested Corinthian helmet, thunderbolt below; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Nike standing left holding wreath and ship's mast, H∆ monogram in lower right field; nicely centered; rare varietyJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D., Gold aureus18 viewsSH33105. Gold aureus, RIC II, part 1, 508; Calicó 884; BMCRE II -; BnF III -; Hunter I -; Cohen I -, VF, weight 7.392 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 87 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR·P VI, laureate head right; reverse IMP·XIIII COS XIII·CENS P·P·P·, Minerva standing left, helmeted and draped, thunderbolt in right hand, spear vertical behind in left hand, grounded shield at feet behind; ex Numismatik Lanz auction 144 lot 457; very rareJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, 336 - 323 B.C., Gold stater30 viewsSH50029. Gold stater, Price 1358, Müller Alexander 394, IGC EF45, Lampsakos (Lapseki, Turkey) mint, c. 328 - 323 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right wearing earring, necklace, and crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a coiled snake, hair in ringlets; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Nike standing left, wreath in right hand, stylus in left, foreparts of conjoined horses in left field, monogram below left wing; certified (slabbed) by ICGJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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PUNIC, Carthage, Zeugitana, c. 310 - 290 B.C., Electrum shekel16 viewsSH21941. Electrum shekel, Jenkins and Lewis 247 - 250, SNG Cop 137, SGCV II 6462, Choice gVF, a gem, weight 7.575 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 0o, Carthage mint, obverse head of Tanit left, wreathed in grain, wearing necklace and triple-drop earring, dot border; reverse horse standing right on double exergual line, pellet lower right, border of dots; excellent strike with dies of finest style; scarceJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, 336 - 323 B.C., Gold stater26 viewsSH33180. Gold stater, Price 2114b, Müller Alexander 577, Choice EF, weight 8.575 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 0o, Miletos (near Balat, Turkey) mint, c. 311 - 305 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right wearing earring, necklace, and crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a coiled snake, hair in ringlets; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY, Nike standing left, wreath in right hand, stylus in left, KH monogram left, labrys lower rightJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, 336 - 323 B.C.22 viewsSH48868. Gold stater, Price 177, Müller Alexander 196, gVF, weight 8.595 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 0o, Amphipolis mint, c. 330 - 320 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right wearing earring, necklace, and crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a coiled snake; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Nike standing left, wreath in right hand, stylus in left, kantharos left, ΛO monogram lower left; nice style, high relief, good strike, and mint lusterJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III Arrhidaeus and Alexander IV, 323 - 317 B.C., Gold stater27 viewsSH54774. Gold stater, Price P203, Müller Alexander P116, aEF, weight 8.564 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 90o, Babylon mint, c. 323 - 317 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right in crested Corinthian helmet ornamented with Griffin; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΦIΛIΠΠOY, Nike standing left, wreath in right hand, facing head of Helios below left, [KY] below right; Struck under Archon, Dokimos, or Seleukos I, circa 323-318/7 BC.Joe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Phokaia, Ionia, c. 625 - 522 B.C., Electrum hekte23 viewsSH86204. Electrum hekte, Triton XVI, lot 464; Bodenstedt - (cf. Em. 1), aEF, well centered and struck, small edge cracks, weight 2.575 g, maximum diameter 10.3 mm, die axis 0o, Phokaia (Foca, Turkey) mint, c. 625/0 - 522 B.C.; obverse forepart of seal right, dolphin swimming downward behind, annulet or ring below; reverse irregular incuse square punch; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 40, lot 270; extremely rareJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantius II, 22 May 337 - 3 November 361 A.D.19 viewsSH30322. Gold solidus, RIC VIII Antioch 31, Choice EF, weight 4.540 g, maximum diameter 22.1 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 340 - 350 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CONSTANTIVS PERP AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIAE DD NN AVGG (victories of our two lord emperors), VOTIS XV MVLTIS XX within wreath, jewel at top, tied at the bottom, SMAN∆ in exergue; very rare (R3)Joe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, 336 - 323 B.C., Gold stater27 viewsSH33207. Gold stater, Price 2533, Müller Alexander 293, VF, weight 8.496 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 0o, Sardes (Sart, Turkey) mint, c. 334 - 323 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right wearing earring, necklace, and crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a coiled snake, hair in ringlets; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Nike standing left, wreath in right hand, stylus in left, griffin head leftJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Kingdom of Thrace, Lysimachos, 305 - 281 B.C., Portrait of Alexander the Great, Gold stater24 viewsSH48867. Gold stater, Müller 162; SNG Cop 1086 ff. var. (monogram), EF, weight 8.544 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 180o, Byzantion (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, posthumous, c. 250 - 150 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Alexander the Great right wearing the horn of Ammon; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY, Athena seated left, Victory in extended right, resting left elbow on shield, monogram inner left, BY on throne, trident in exergue ornamented with two small dolphins; extraordinary mint luster, high relief, nice style, fantastic coin!Joe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantius I, May 305 - 25 July 306 A.D., Gold aureus22 viewsSH08930. Gold aureus, RIC VI Antiochia 8; Calico 4833a; Depeyrot p. 139, 9/4; Cohen VII 145, aVF/VF, weight 5.29 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, as caesar, 293 - 295 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, laureate head right; reverse HERCVLI CONS CAES (Hercules protector of Caesar), Hercules standing facing, head left, leaning on club and holding apples, lion skin over shoulder, SMAΞ* in exergue; very rare (RIC rarity R4, Calico rarity R1), conservative Sear grading, traces of mounting at 12 o'clockJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Titus, 24 June 79 - 13 September 81 A.D., Gold aureus17 viewsSH37595. Gold aureus, SRCV I 2418; RIC II part 1, Vesp. 365; Cohen I 120; BnF III 65, VF, nice high relief portrait, a few marks, weight 7.068 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, 72 - 73 A.D.; obverse T CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT, laureate head right; reverse NEP RED, Neptune standing left, foot on globe, acrostolium in right hand, scepter in left handJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III Arrhidaeus and Alexander IV, 323 - 317 B.C., Gold stater24 viewsSH50028. Gold stater, Thompson Philip 13; SNG ANS 318, NGC Choice Uncirculated, weight 8.58 g, Teos (near Sigacik, Turkey) mint, c. 323 - 316 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse charioteer driving biga right, holding kentron in right hand, reins in left, star and filleted branch below horses, ΦIΛIΠΠOY and spear head in exergue; certified (slabbed) by NGC Ch AU, Strike 4/5, Surface 3/5Joe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D., Gold aureus17 viewsSH54548. Gold aureus, Calico 405, RIC I 48, Cohen I 66, VF, hairline scratches, weight 7.420 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 64 - 65 A.D.; obverse NERO CAESAR AVGVSTVS, laureate head right; reverse CONCORDIA AVGVSTVS (harmony of the Emperor), Concordia seated left, patera in right hand, cornucopia in left handJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II, 359 - 336 B.C., Gold stater21 viewsSL57441. Gold stater, Le Rider 170 ff., SNG ANS 144 ff., ICG - AU55, Amphipolis mint, c. 340 - 328 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse charioteer in biga right, trident head below horses, ΦIΛIΠΠOY exergue; ICG certified (slabbed) about uncirculated; sharp, attractive fine style, bold high-reliefJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Ionia, c. 650 - 600 B.C., Striated Type, Electrum hekte, 1/3 stater22 viewsSH28071. Electrum hekte, 1/3 stater, Milesian standard; Weidauer 6, Traité I 12, SNGvA 1769, SNG Kayhan 680, Karwiese Artemision I.6, SNG Fitzwilliam -, Rosen -, Zhuyuetang -, VF, weight 2.373 g, maximum diameter 8.6 mm, Ionia, uncertain mint, c. 650 - 600 B.C.; obverse flattened striated surface; reverse two rough approximately square incuse punches; rare and importantJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, 336 - 323 B.C., Gold stater26 viewsSH59889. Gold stater, Price 164, Müller Alexander 2, SNG Cop 625, gVF, weight 8.593 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 180o, Amphipolis mint, possibly a lifetime issue, c. 325 - 320 B.C; obverse head of Athena right wearing earring, necklace, and crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a coiled snake; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Nike standing left, wreath in right hand, stylus in left, fulmen (thunderbolt) in left field; ex CNG, auction 90, lot 441; high-relief and fine styleJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Gold aureus15 viewsSH63911. Gold aureus, RIC I 198; Lyon 68; Calicó 174a 174; BMC 498; Paris 1457. Cohen 39 (50 Fr.)., VF, ex jewelry, edge filed to make round for jewelry, weight 7.159 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon) mint, 8 - 7 B.C.; obverse AVGVSTVS DIVI F, laureate head right; reverse C CAES AVGVST, Caius Caesar galloping on horseback right, wearing bulla around neck, sword in right, shield in left, aquila between two signa in background to left; very rareJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II, 359 - 336 B.C., Gold stater21 viewsSH70337. Gold stater, Le Rider 341 (D152/R260), SNG ANS 154, Choice gVF, attractive style, perfect centering, light marks, weight 8.513 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 270o, Amphipolis mint, c. 340 - 328 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse charioteer in biga right, trident head below horses, ΦIΛIΠΠOY exergueJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Kingdom of Thrace, Lysimachos, 305 - 281 B.C., Portrait of Alexander the Great, Gold stater26 viewsSH30334. Gold stater, apparently unpublished, Müller -, EF, weight 8.652 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, uncertain mint, obverse diademed head of Alexander the Great right wearing the horn of Ammon; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY, Athena seated left, Victory in extended right, resting left elbow on shield, XA monogram left; sharp details with some luster, obverse slightly double-struck, ex Numismatica Ars Classica/NAC AG LondonJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Gold aureus15 viewsSH37558. Gold aureus, Giard Lyon, group 1, 143; RIC I 25 (R2); BMCRE I 30; SRCV I 1760; Calico 305d (S.1); Cohen 15; SRCV I 1760, Choice VF, weight 7.677 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 45o, Lugdunum (Lyon) mint, early 'plain' fine style, c. 15 - 18 A.D.; obverse TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS, laureate head right; reverse PONTIF MAXIM (high priest), Pax (or Livia as Pax) seated right on chair with plain legs set on base, long scepter vertical behind in her right hand, branch in left hand, no footstool; a beautiful coin; rare (R2)Joe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Gold aureus15 viewsSH46937. Gold aureus, SRCV II 4027, RIC III 256b, Cohen II 996, BMCRE IV 863, gVF, a few light marks, weight 7.259 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 155 - 156 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P IMP II, laureate head right; reverse TR POT XIX COS IIII, Antoninus, togate, standing left extending globe in right. Excellent recognizable figure of Antoninus on the reverse!Joe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Gold aureus17 viewsSH51590. Gold aureus, RIC II 91, Cohen II 1092, Choice VF, weight 7.161 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 119 - 122 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse P M TR P COS III, Genius standing half-left, patera in right, ears of grain in left; attractive bust, ex Edgar L. OwenJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II, 359 - 336 B.C., Gold stater24 viewsSH57285. Gold stater, Le Rider 339 (D62/R259), SNG ANS 144 ff., Choice aEF, weight 8.554 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, Amphipolis mint, c. 340 - 328 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse charioteer in biga right, trident head below horses, ΦIΛIΠΠOY exergue; ex Harlan Berk, attractive style, perfect centeringJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Gold aureus15 viewsSH37562. Gold aureus, RIC I 164a, BMCRE I 443, Cohen I 132, SRCV I -, gF, weight 7.668 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 135o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 15 - 13 B.C.; obverse AVGVSTVS DIVI F, bare head right; reverse IMP X, two soldiers, each holding parazonium, offering branches to Augustus seated left on stool set on platform; light punch on reverse, ex jewelry; rare (R2)Joe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN IMPERATORS, Julius Caesar, Imperator and Dictator, October 49 - 15 March 44 B.C., Gold aureus16 viewsSH37593. Gold aureus, Crawford 466/1, Sydenham 1017, BMCRR 4050, Cohen 2, Julia 2, SRCV I 1395; Sear CRI 56; Calicó 37, gVF, weight 8.106 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 135o, Rome mint, early 46 B.C.; obverse C•CAESAR COS TER, veiled head of Vesta right; reverse A•HIRTIVS•PR, emblems of the pontificate and augurship - jug between lituus to left, and axe to right; small scuff on obv, ex jewelry, ex CNG auction 166, lot 148Joe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II, 359 - 336 B.C., Gold stater18 viewsSH68354. Gold stater, Le Rider p. 146 & pl. 58. 157 (D42/R112), SNG ANS 172 ff., SNG Cop 529, SNG Alpha Bank -, EF, perfect centering, weight 8.602 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 0o, Pella mint, posthumous, 323 - 317 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY (in exergue), charioteer driving biga right, kentron in right, reins in left, kantharos below; ex Gorny & Mosch auction 215, lot 758Joe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, 336 - 323 B.C., Gold stater26 viewsSH77066. Gold stater, Price 172, Müller 105, Choice aEF, mint luster, superb style, high relief, good strike, weight 8.580 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 270o, Macedonia, Amphipolis mint, c. 327 - 325 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right wearing earring, necklace, and crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a coiled snake; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Nike standing left, wreath in right hand, stylus in left hand, trident-head downward (control symbol) in left field, struck during the lifetime of Alexander the Great.Joe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Metapontion, Lucania, Italy, 334 - 330 B.C., Gold 1/3 stater20 viewsSH86428. Gold 1/3 stater, SNG Lockett 406; SNG ANS 395; HN Italy 1578; Noe-Johnston 3, G1 and pl. 18; SNG Lloyd -; SNG Cop -; Jameson -; Gulbenkian -; Pozzi -; Weber -, aVF+, fine style, marks, reverse double struck, weight 2.574 g, maximum diameter 13.6 mm, die axis 180o, Metapontion mint, c. 334 - 332 B.C.; obverse head of Demeter right, wearing stephane and pendant earring; reverse METAΠON, barley stalk, bird right on leaf to right; ex Forum (2007), ex Christie's Auction (1993) ; very rareJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Gold aureus14 viewsSH21931. Gold aureus, RIC III 229 var., Cohen II 520 var., Choice gVF, weight 7.276 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 152 - 153 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVI, laureate bust right, very slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse LIBERALITAS VII COS IIII, Lictor standing facing, head left, wearing cap and chlamys, fasces (rods bundled with an axe) in right, tessera in left; nice style, full circle centering on both obverse and reverse; very rareJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, 9 September 337 - 19 January 350 A.D., Mule with Constantius II Reverse, Gold solidus24 viewsSH24842. Gold solidus, Depeyrot p. 215, 6/5 (2 spec);obverse RIC VIII 74 / reverse Constantius II RIC VIII 71, Choice EF, full circle centering, weight 4.238 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 340 - 350 A.D.; obverse CONSTANS AVGVSTVS, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, all within wreath; reverse VICTORIAE DD NN AVGG (victories of our two lord emperors), two victories facing one another, holding wreath inscribed VOT XX MVLT XXX, TES in exergue, all in wreath; ex Harlan Berk; very rareJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Gold aureus18 viewsSH30618. Gold aureus, Giard Lyon, group 5, 151; RIC I 29 (R); BMCRE I 47; Calico 305c (S.3); Cohen 15; SRCV I 1760, gVF, attractive red tone, weight 7.709 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 135o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, c. 36 - 37 A.D.; obverse TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS, laureate head right, laurel wreath ties fall in small undulations (waves); reverse PONTIF MAXIM (high priest), Pax (or Livia as Pax) seated right on chair with decorated legs, a single line below, long scepter vertical behind in her right hand, branch in left hand, feet on footstool; Ex-Bosco Reale Hoard, Pompeii 1898; rareJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Vitellius, 2 January - 20 December 69 A.D., Gold aureus15 viewsSH65988. Gold aureus, RIC I 94, BMCRE I 23, BnF III 54, Calicó 565, Cohen I 54 var. (branch in right hand), F, weight 7.029 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Apr - 20 Dec 69 A.D.; obverse A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P, laureate head right; reverse L VITELLIVS COS III CENSOR, Lucius Vitellius (emperor's father) togate, seated left on curule chair, extending right, in left eagle-tipped scepter, feet on stool; very rare (RIC R2)Joe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Ptolemy I, Satrap of Egypt, 323 - 305 B.C., In the Name of Alexander the Great, Gold stater24 viewsSH68257. Gold stater, Svoronos 11, Price 3975, Müller Alexander 6, SNG Cop 643, EF, weight 8.554 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 0o, Egypt, Memphis mint, reign of Philip III, c. 323 - 316 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right wearing earring, necklace, and crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a coiled snake, hair in ringlets; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Nike standing left, wreath in right hand, stylus in left, thunderbolt left, small ∆I at feet on left; ex Gorny & Mosch auction 215, lot 775Joe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Gold aureus14 viewsSH24853. Gold aureus, BMCRE III p. 250, 84 note; RIC II 46 var. (bust right), Cohen 1368 var. (same), Choice VF, weight 7.124 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 118 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust left; reverse P M TR P COS II, Salus seated left, feeding snake coiled around altar, SALVS AVG (the health of the Emperor) in exergue; ex Freeman and Sear; very rareJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Nero and Agrippina Junior, 55 A.D., Gold aureus14 viewsSH33183. Gold aureus, SRCV I 2042, BnF II 10, RIC I 6, BMCRE I 7, Cohen I 3, VF, scratches and dings, ex jewelry with mounting marks, weight 7.733 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, c. Jan - Nov 55 A.D.; obverse NERO CLAVD DIVI F CAES AVG GERM IMP TR P COS, conjoined bare headed busts of Nero and Agrippina Junior (draped) right; reverse AGRIPP AVG DIVI CLAVD NERONIS CAES MATER, seated statues of Divus Augustus and Claudius on car drawn to left by four elephants, EX S C in field; ex G. Marchesi collection (Bologna, c. 1990); rare (R3)Joe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D., Gold aureus19 viewsSH33184. Gold aureus, SRCV I 1831, RIC I 15, Cohen 34, BMCRE I 16, BnF II 30, VF, weight 7.644 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 225o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 41 - 42 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P, head right wearing oak wreath; reverse EX S C OB CIVES SERVATOS within Corona Civica, an oak wreath awarded "for saving the lives of citizens"; impressive portrait and attractive reddish tone, similar to that of the Boscoreale Hoard found near Pompeii, small spot of rim filing at 2:00, a few small scratches and dings; rare (R2)Joe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.43 viewsSH34690. Gold aureus, Calico 1309 var. (obv legend break), RIC II 70 var. (same plus portrait and spear vice scepter); BMC 117 - 118 var. (same); SRCV II -, VF, some circulation marks, weight 7.129 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 119 - 122 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HA-DRIANVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right from behind; reverse P M TR P COS III, Minerva standing facing, helmeted head left, long scepter in left hand, right hand pointing to Spanish olive tree on left, rabbit right at the base of the tree; ex Munzhandlung Basel, 6 March 1936 (Dr. H St. S & Prince Waldeck); very rare2 commentsJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Gold aureus24 viewsSH58612. Gold aureus, RIC IV 237; Calico 2517 (same dies); BMCRE V p. 361, 23 & pl. 53, 13 (same obv die); S 6229, aVF, weight 7.240 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 210 A.D.; obverse SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse P M TR P XVIII COS III P P, Victory advancing right, head left, leading captive with right, trophy over shoulder in left; full circle centering on both obverse and reverse, ex Forum (2008), ex Harlan Berk, very conservative Sear grade; rare1 commentsJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, 336 - 323 B.C., Gold stater31 viewsSH32292. Gold stater, Price 898 var. (monogram; cf. Price 927 tetradrachm), EF, weight 8.443 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 0o, Kallatis (Mangalia, Romania) mint, c. 250 - 225 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right in crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a coiled snake; reverse AΛEΞAN∆P[OY], Nike standing half left, wreath in extended right, stylus in left, KAΛ monogram to left; high relief, bold, mint luster and a rare variety, small scratch on reverseJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D., Gold aureus16 viewsSH37551. Gold aureus, SRCV I 1831, RIC I 15, Cohen I 34, BMCRE I 16, BnF II 30, Choice VF, weight 7.673 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 280o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 41 - 42 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P, head right wearing oak wreath; reverse EX S C OB CIVES SERVATOS within Corona Civica, an oak wreath awarded "for saving the lives of citizens"; fine style; rare (R2)Joe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Gold aureus14 viewsSH51587. Gold aureus, Calico 1333/1334b (same rev die), RIC II 77c, BMCRE III 133, Hill 232, cf. Cohen 1104, aEF, ex jewelry, weight 7.279 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, Rome mint, 119 - 122 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse P M TR P COS III, Roma seated left on cuirass, shield at her side, Victory in right and vertical spear in left, shield bow and quiver behindJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D., Gold aureus13 viewsSH08970. Gold aureus, BMCRE VI p. 196, 812; RIC IV 251 var.; Calico 3133 (R2); Cohen IV 507 var.; SRCV II 7838, Choice EF, weight 5.61 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 231 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate bust right with drapery on left shoulder; reverse PROVIDENTIA AVG (the foresight of the Emperor), Providentia (or Annona) standing left, holding stalks of grain over modius and anchor; Sear graded as "attractive EF and rare"; very rareJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D., Gold aureus15 viewsSH21696. Gold aureus, RIC I 27 (R2), BMCRE I 26, SRCV I 1833, VF, fantastic fine style, some light scratches and marks,, weight 7.620 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 90o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 44 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG P M TR P IIII, laureate head right; reverse PACI AVGVSTAE, Pax-Nemesis, winged, advancing right, with left pointing winged caduceus down at snake, right holding out fold of drapery below chin; ex Pegasi; very rareJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy II Philadelphos, 285 - 246 B.C., Gold tetradrachm19 viewsSH24848. Gold tetradrachm, Svoronos 604; BMC Ptolemies p. 40, 4 - 5; SNG Cop 133; SGCV II 7790, superb aEF, weight 13.813 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 265 - 260 B.C.; obverse A∆EΛΦΩN, jugate busts of Ptolemy II Philadelphos, diademed and draped, and Arsinoe II, diademed and veiled, shield behind; reverse ΘEΩN, jugate busts of Ptolemy I Soter, diademed and wearing aegis, and Berenike I, diademed and veiledJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Gold aureus14 viewsSH30323. Gold aureus, RIC III 281c, Calico 1680, Cohen II 1032, BMCRE IV 912 var. (laureate head right), Choice aEF, weight 7.197 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 157 - 158 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P IMP II, laureate and draped bust left; reverse COS IIII, Victory walking left, extending wreath in right hand, palm frond in left hand; superb high-relief bust, well centered, great style; rareJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Gold aureus19 viewsSH30330. Gold aureus, Calico 1026, RIC II 319, BMCRE III 569, Cohen II -, Choice EF, minor scratches, weight 7.355 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 116 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse FORT RED P M TR P COS VI P P S P Q R, Fortuna seated left on chair without back, rudder in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; well centered and struck on a full broad flan, nice styleJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, Wife of Antoninus Pius, Gold aureus21 viewsSH33181. Gold aureus, SRCV II 4553 (same dies), Cayon 1765 (same), RIC III AP356d, Cohen II 98, BMCRE IV AP398, Choice EF, Rome mint, weight 6.923g, maximum diameter 19.8mm, die axis 180o, 147 - 161 A.D.; obverse DIVA FAVSTINA, diademed, draped and veiled bust left; reverse AVGVSTA, Ceres standing left, torch in right hand, scepter in left hand; very light hairline scratches; ex Numismatik Lanz auction 135, lot 745 (misattributed); ex Goldberg Auction44, lot 3704 (ICG AU 50); hints of red toning, bold and beautiful, struck with elegant dies!; scarceJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Arsinoe II, Wife of Ptolemy II Philadelphos, 285 - 246 B.C., Gold oktodrachm41 viewsSH24847. Gold oktodrachm, Svoronos 475; BMC Ptolemies p. 43, 10 and pl. VIII, 4; SGCV II 7768, gVF, weight 27.702 g, maximum diameter 28.4 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, c. 253 - 246 B.C.; obverse diademed and veiled head or Arsinoe II right, K behind; reverse APΣINOHΣ ΦIΛA∆EΛΦOY, double cornucopia bound with fillet1 commentsJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Aurelian, August or September 270 - October or November 275 A.D., Gold aureus38 viewsSH24849. Gold aureus, MER-RIC 1584, Göbl MIR 127q, pl. 74 (O96/R298); BnF XII 424, pl. 13 (same dies); Estiot 1999-I 58 (same dies); RIC V 15, aEF, edge bump at 10 o'clock, weight 4.459 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 180o, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, issue 3, mid 272 – end 272; obverse IMP CL DOM AVRELIANVS P F AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right, wearing aegis across chest with small Medusa head in center; reverse VIRTVS AVG (the valor of the Emperor), Virtus, helmeted, cloaked, holding spear in right and trophy across left shoulder, walking right, captive before; ex Harlan Berk1 commentsJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.17 viewsSH24852. Gold aureus, RIC III 233e, Calico 1530 (same obv die), Cohen II 314, aEF, weight 7.0221 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 153 - 154 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVII, laureate head left; reverse COS IIII, Antoninus Pius, togate, standing left, globe in extended right, scroll in left; superb obverse portrait, recognizable portrait on reverse, minor blemish on the second I on the reverse, ex Harlan Berk; scarceJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Gold aureus17 viewsSH30319. Gold aureus, Calico 1025a, RIC II 320, Cohen II 152, BMCRE III 576 var. (globe under bust), Choice aEF, weight 7.224 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 116 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC, laureate bust right, bare chest, wearing aegis visible front and back; reverse FORT RED P M TR P COS VI P P S P Q R, Fortuna seated left on chair without back, rudder in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; elegant bust type, nice style, excellent strike; very scarce;Joe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D., Gold aureus18 viewsSH30320. Gold aureus, Calico 655, BMCRE II 399, RIC II 297 corrected, Choice aEF, rev slightly flat, weight 7.277 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon) mint, 71 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III, laureate head right; reverse PACI AVGVSTI, Nemesis advancing right, winged, drawing drapery from top of gown with right, caduceus in left, snake at feet right; nice centering on a full flan; scarceJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Phokaia, Ionia, c. 521 - 478 B.C., Electrum hekte27 viewsSH86213. Electrum hekte, Bodenstedt em. 32, 7 (d/γ); Weber III 5736 (= Bodenstedt 7); Boston MFA 1906, SNG Kayhan -; SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, BMC Ionia -, Rosen -, EF, superb archaic style, well struck, tight flan, Phokaia (Foca, Turkey) mint, weight 2.529g, maximum diameter 10.1mm, die axis 0o, c. 521 - 478 B.C.; obverse archaic style head of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet, almond shaped eye, slight smile, long hair in rows of dots, dotted necklace, seal upward behind; reverse quadripartite incuse squareJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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GREEK, Mytilene, Lesbos, c. 521 - 478 B.C.34 viewsSH86292. Electrum hekte, Bodenstedt 13, SNGvA 1685, SNG Cop 301, Boston MFA 1679; BMC Lesbos p. 157, 20; HGC 6 938 (S), Choice EF, Mytilene mint, weight 2.547g, maximum diameter 10.3mm, die axis 0o, c. 521 - 478 B.C.; obverse roaring lion's head right; reverse incuse calf's head left1 commentsJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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Greek, Kyzikos, Mysia, c. 550 - 450 B.C., Electrum stater24 viewsSH86217. Electrum stater, Von Fritze I (Nomisma VII) 104 & pl. 3, 23; Boston MFA 1433; SNG BnF 245; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -; BMC Mysia -, VF, tight flan, edge cracks, Kyzikos mint, weight 16.091g, maximum diameter 19.9mm, die axis 0o, c. 550 - 450 B.C.; obverse winged dog seated left, head turned back right, curved archaic wing, wearing collar, tunny fish below to left; reverse quadripartite incuse square; extremely rareJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.73 viewsSilver denarius, RIC IV 250b; RSC III 501b; BMCRE VI p. 201, 875; Hunter III 74; SRCV II 7922, Choice EF, excellent portrait, superb reverse detail, small edge cracks, Rome mint, weight 2.841g, maximum diameter 20.0mm, die axis 160o, 231 - 235 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse PROVIDENTIA AVG (the foresight of the Emperor), Providentia (or Annona) standing left, grain downward in right hand over modius overflowing with grain at feet on left, cornucopia in left hand.

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

FORVM Ancient Coins./ The Sam Mansourati Collection.
3 commentsSamJan 18, 2018
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Arsakes I, 247 - 211 BC63 viewsAR dr., 4,09gr. 18mm; Sellwood 3.2, Shore 2var., Sunrise -- ;
mint: Mithradatkart/Nisa ?; axis: 12h;
obv.: beardless bust, left, w/bashlyk; lock of hair on forehead, bunch of hair in neck; earring;
rev.: archer, left, on backless throne, w/bow in right hand; one-line legend right field: APΣAKOY, letters KRNY left field;

ex: Triton XIII, ex: Todd Ballen coll., ex: Peus 376, ex: W. Derfler Collection;
A portrait of the founder of the Parthian Empire and the Arsacid dynasty.
2 commentsSchatzDec 30, 2017
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Mithradates II, ca. 123 - 88 BC77 viewsAR dr., 4,18gr, 20,45mm;
Sellw. 28.3, Shore 97, Sunrise 299;
mint: Ekbatana, axis: 12h;
obv.: bust, left, w/tiara and diadem, knot and 2 ribbons; mustache, long tapering beard; tiara w/earflap and 3 rows of pellets enclosing a six-pointed star; earring, multi-turn torque w/2-pellet finial; cuirass;
rev.: archer, right, on throne, w/bow in 1 hand; exergual line; 5-line legend forming a square: BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN MEΓAΛoY APΣAKoY EΠIΦANoYΣ;
an impressive portrait of the aging king.

ex: Nisa Collection.
3 commentsSchatzDec 26, 2017
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Unknown King, 80 - 70 BC 89 viewsAR tdr., 15,85gr, 29,5mm; Sellwood 30.7, Shore 130 (Orodes I.), Sunrise 313 (Arsakes XVI.);
mint; Seleukia, axis: 13h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/diadem, knot and 2 broad ribbons; hair medium long in 4 waves; mustache w/turned-up ends, short beard; torque w/single pellet finial; cuirass; complete dotted border;
rev.: archer, right, w/bow in right hand; above bow a monogram consisting of K in a circle; 7-line legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOV APΣAKOV (Θ)EOΠATOPOΣ EVERΓETOV EΠIΦANOVΣ ΦIΛEΛΛΗNOΣ; exergual line.

3 commentsSchatzDec 18, 2017
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Greek, Mysia, Priapos, (300-200 B.C.), AE-11, SNG von Aulock 7526, A above, ΠΡI below, Crab.196 viewsMysia, Priapos, (300-200 B.C.), AE-11, SNG von Aulock 7526, A above, ΠΡI below, Crab.
avers: Laureate head of Apollo right.
revers: A above, ΠΡI below, Crab.
exerg:-/-//--, diameter: 11,0mm, weight: 1,34g, axes:7h,
mint: Mysia, Pergamon,
date: 300-200 B.C., ref: SNG von Aulock 7526, Winterthur 2680.,
Q-001
1 commentsquadransDec 16, 2017
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Greek, Mysia, Pergamon, (Early 3rd Cent. B.C.), AR-Diobol, McClean 7668, ΠERΓAMH, Cult statue of Athena facing,192 viewsMysia, Pergamon, (Early 3rd Cent. B.C.), AR-Diobol, McClean 7668, ΠERΓAMH, Cult statue of Athena facing,
avers: Head of young beardless Herakles right.
revers: ΠERΓAMH, Cult statue of Athena facing, brandishing spear and holding shield.
exerg:-/-//--, diameter: 10mm, weight: 1,25g, axes: 10h,
mint: Mysia, Pergamon,
date: Early 3rd Cent. B.C., ref: McClean 7668
Q-001
quadransDec 16, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, PROBUS. Silvered AE Antoninianus of Rome. Struck A.D.276 - 282. 43 viewsObverse: IMP PROBVS P F AVG. Radiate bust of Probus, wearing imperial mantle and holding eagle tipped sceptre, facing left.
Reverse: SOLI INVICTO. Radiate Sol in quadriga galloping left; in exergue, R Γ.
RIC V ii : 200
Scarce.
1 comments*AlexDec 06, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, PROBUS. Silvered AE Antoninianus of Rome. Struck A.D.276 - 28222 viewsObverse: PROBV-S P F AVG. Radiate and cuirassed bust of Probus wearing aegis, facing right.
Reverse: VICTO-RIA AVG. Victory advancing left, holding wreath and trophy; in exergue, R Stigma (6th officina).
Diameter: 21mm | Weight: 3.9gms | Die Axis: 12
RIC V ii : 215
*AlexDec 06, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, PROBUS. Silvered AE Antoninianus of Lugdunum. Struck A.D.276 - 282.21 viewsObverse: IMP C PROBVS P F AVG. Radiate and cuirassed bust of Probus facing right.
Reverse: COME-S AVG. Minerva standing facing left leaning on shield and holding olive branch in her right hand and spear in her left; in left field, A.
Diameter: 22mm | Weight: 3.7gms | Die Axis: 12
RIC V ii : 116
*AlexDec 06, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, PROBUS. Silvered AE Antoninianus of Rome. Struck A.D.276 - 282.38 viewsObverse: IMP PROBVS P F AVG. Radiate and cuirassed bust of Probus facing right.
Reverse: IOVI CONS PROB AVG. Jupiter standing facing left, holding thunderbolt in right hand and sceptre in left. In exergue, R B.
RIC Vii : 173
SCARCE
1 comments*AlexDec 06, 2017
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Roman Empire, PROBUS. Silvered AE Antoninianus of Siscia. Struck A.D.276 - 282.21 viewsObverse: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P AVG. Radiate bust of Probus, wearing Imperial mantle and holding eagle tipped sceptre, facing left.
Reverse: VIRTVS PROBI AVG. Mars advancing right carrying spear and trophy; in exergue, XXIQ.
RIC V ii : 816 var. Bust type H not listed for this officina. Alföldi type 96, n° 131.
VERY RARE
*AlexDec 06, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, MACRINUS, Mysia, Parium56 viewsParium. Macrinus (217-218).
Ae.
22mm // 5,86g.
Obv: IMP C M OPE SEV MACRINVS.
Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: C G I H P.
Capricorn right, with globe between hooves and cornucopia over shoulder.
BMC 111.
2 commentsXLiDec 03, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, CARACALLA, THRACE. Hadrianopolis. AE Unit93 viewsTHRACE. Hadrianopolis.
Caracalla. 198-217 AD.
AE Unit (3.52 gm; 17 mm).
Laureate head right / Eros on dolphin right.
Youroukova 386 var. (unlisted dies); SNG Copenhagen -; BMC Thrace pg. 119, 22.
3 commentsXLiNov 30, 2017
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Byzantine, Leo V and Constantine 813-820 AD, AE Follis, SBCV - 163572 viewsOBV Facing Busts of Leo on l. and Constantine

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

3.86gm and 22.4mm

Ex Forum Coin
1 commentsSimonNov 23, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Galba, AR Denarius76 viewsGALBA, A.D. 68-69. AR Denarius
(3.38 gms),
Rome Mint, ca. A.D. July 68-January 69..
Obv: "IMP SER GALBA CAESAR AVG PM" Laureate bust of Galba facing right;
Rev:: Virtus standing facing, holding parazonium upwards and leaning on vertical spear.
NGC Ch F, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5.
RIC-236
Provenance: From the Graywood Collection.
Coin depicted in the Wildwinds.com database.
3 commentsorfewNov 23, 2017
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Roman Empire, Magnentius80 viewsCentenionalis
22mm
Obv.: D N MAGNENTIVS PF AVG, draped and cuirassed bust right. A behind
Rev.: GLORIA ROMANORVM, Magnentius on horseback right, thrusting spear at man kneeling; TRS crescent.
RIC 271
Ex lodge-hill 2017
3 commentsXLiNov 19, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantius II - AE2 - RIC VIII Nicomedia 086155 viewsAE2
Obv:– D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev:– FEL TEMP R-EPARATIO, Helmeted soldier left, shield on left arm, spearing falling horseman; shield at ground to right. Horseman turns to face the soldier, and reaches his left arm up towards him. He wears a Phrygian hemlet
Minted in Nicomedia (Gamma | _ // Dot SMN Gamma).
Reference:– RIC VIII Nicomedia 86
2 commentsmaridvnvmNov 19, 2017
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Roman Empire, Constantius II88 viewsCa. 348-350 AD.
SMNS
RIC 82
Ex Lanz 2017
3 commentsXLiNov 18, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I, PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS98 viewsROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I
Date: C, 309 AD
Rev: PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS, Constantine standing facing, head right, holding spear and globe; T-F//PTR
Size: 26 mm
Weight: 6.69g
Ref: RIC VI 841a
4 commentsXLiNov 17, 2017
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BYZANTINE, ALEXIUS I, AE TETARTERON S-1929 DOC 38 CLBC 2.4.5218 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

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

Size 19.11mm

Weight 2.6gm

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

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

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

1 commentsSimonOct 29, 2017
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Roman Empire, Lucilla, Sestertius49 viewsSestertius

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

RIC 1767
1 commentsBlindadoOct 23, 2017
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Roman Empire, Nepotianus, AE Centenionalis48 viewsCentenionalis

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

RIC 202

This is the only Nepotian coin in the members' gallery, so by default it is best of type. Consider this a challenge. I know Joe sold a much nicer one some years back!
1 commentsBlindadoOct 23, 2017
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Roman Republic, C. Fundanius AE Denarius24 viewsC. Fundanius, moneyer
101-91 BC

Denarius

Helmeted head of Roma right, control-mark C behind

"Triumphator" (Marius) in quadriga right, holding laurel-branch and staff; a rider sits on near horse, holding laurel-branch, Q above, C FVNDAN in exergue

The reverse shows Marius as triumphator in the quadriga. He holds sceptre and laurel branch. On one of the horses rides his son. The children of the triumphator were - according to tradition - allowed to share the triumph of their father. The Q above refers to the office as quaestor the mintmaster held while minting these coins. FORVM Ancient Coins says of a similar piece, "The reverse refers to Marius triumph after victories over the Cimbri and Teutones. The rider on the near horse is Marius's son, at that time eight years old." Andrew McCabe comments, "The Triumphator on the Fundania denarius is usually taken to be Marius, with his young son on horseback. This would make it the first Roman coin to explicitly portray a living Roman politician. "

Seaby Fundania 1
BlindadoOct 23, 2017
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Roman Republic, P. Licinius Crassus AR Denarius55 viewsFor Marcus Licinius Crassus, who formed First Triumvirate with Caesar and Pompey in 60 BC, killed at Carrhae in Parthia in 53 BC.

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

Seaby, Licinia 18
2 commentsBlindadoOct 23, 2017
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Byzantine, JOHN II, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1945 DOC 12 CLBC 3.4.1 250 views
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

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

Size 21mm

Weight 4.03.gm

6 commentsSimonOct 03, 2017
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CELTIC, DANUBIAN CELTS54 viewsA drachm In the style of Alexander III
3rd Century BC or later
3.79 grams
Kostial 947
Obv. Head of Heracles right, wearing lion skin headdress
Rev. Zeus enthroned left, holding eagle and scepter, trident head and pseudo-monogram before.
Richard M10Sep 03, 2017
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CELTIC, Issue in Northwest Gaul in the area of Armorica49 viewsc. 1st century BC.
D&T 2341
BI stater
5.94 gm
Obv.: Celticized male head right, with hair in spiral curls.
Rev.: Deconstructed biga right; ornaments around; boar right below.

Many Celtic tribes lived within this area including the Coriosolites to which this coin is attributed.
Richard M10Sep 03, 2017
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BYZANTINE, Basil I the Macedonian with Constantine (AD 867-886)100 viewsAR Miliaresion Constantinople
AD 868-879
3.01 grams
Sear 1708
Obv.: IhSUS XRISTUS NICA, cross potent on three steps, globe beneath, triple border
Rev.: +bASI/ LIOS CE/ CONSTAN/ TIN' PISTV/ bASILIS/ ROMEO' in six lines, triple border
1 commentsRichard M10Sep 03, 2017
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BYZANTINE, Leo V “The Armenian,” AE18 Follis. 59 viewsSyracuse Mint.
AD 813-820
3.13 grams
Obv.: LEON, crowned facing bust of Leo, wearing loros, holding cross potent; Λ to r.
Rev.: Crowned facing bust of Constantine, wearing chlamys, holding cross on globe; cross to right.
SB 1637
Richard M10Sep 03, 2017
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, M Porcius Cato, AR Quinarius31 views89 BC
2.25 - grams
Obv.: Head of young Bacchus right, wearing ivy wreath
Rev.: Victory seated right on chair set on ground line, holding patera in right hand and palm frond over left shoulder; VICTRIX, partially ligate, in exergue.
Crawford 343/2b. King 46a-e. RSC Porcia 7a
Richard M10Sep 03, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian Dupondius 117 AD Concordia160 viewsReference.
RIC 538b; C. 260; BMC 1107; Strack 502

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

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

12.31gr
28 mm
12h

Note.
CNG Sale 11/09.
From the Estate Collection of Dr. Richard Doty
8 commentsokidokiAug 22, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Vespasian, Silver Denarius31 viewsStruck 70 AD, Rome mint, 19mm, 3.2g, VF, RIC I 29

OBVERSE: Laureate head of Vespasian, right. IMP[ERATOR] CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG[USTUS] (Commander Caesar Vespasian, the Revered One).

REVERSE: Goddess of Peace, Pax, seated left, holding branch and caduceus. COS ITER TR[BUNICIA] POT[ESTATE] (Consul again, Tribune of the People).
Michael H4Aug 15, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Septimius Severus, Silver Denarius67 viewsStruck 203 A.D., Rome mint, 19mm, 3.4g, EF, RIC IV 189b

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

REVERSE: Goddess of luck, Fortuna, seated left, holding rudder and cornucopia, wheel below seat. P[ONTIFEX] M[AXIMUS] TR[IBUNICIA] P[OTESTATE] XI COS III P[ATER] P[ATRIAE] (Highest Priest, Tribune of the People for the 11th time, Consul for the 3rd time, Father of the Country).
3 commentsMichael H4Aug 15, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Nero, Silver Denarius30 viewsStruck 64-65 AD, Rome mint, 17mm, 3.2g, VF, RIC I Nero 53

OBVERSE: Laureate head of Nero, right, with beard. NERO CAESAR AVGVSTVS (Nero Caesar, the Revered One).

REVERSE: God of the Gods, sky, and thunder, Jupiter, bare to waist, cloak around lower limbs, seated, left on throne, holding thunderbolt in right hand and long scepter in left. IVPPITER CVSTOS (Jupiter, the Guardian).
Michael H4Aug 15, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian, Silver Denarius37 viewsStruck 134-138 AD, Rome mint, 19mm, 3.3g, aEF, RIC II 345

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

REVERSE: Goddess of victory, Victoria, draped, seated left on low chair, holding up wreath in right hand and palm in left. COS III (Consul for the 3rd time).
1 commentsMichael H4Aug 15, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Domitian, Silver Denarius37 viewsStruck 95 AD, Rome mint, 19mm, 3.4g, EF, RIC II 771

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

REVERSE: Goddess of wisdom and strategic warfare, Minerva, standing right on capital of rostral column, holding spear and shield, owl at foot right. IMP[ERATOR] XXII COS XVII CENS[OR] P[ERPETUUS] P[ATER] P[ATRIAE] (Imperium for the 22nd year, Consul for the 17th time, Eternal Censor, Father of the Country).
1 commentsMichael H4Aug 15, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I, Bronze Follis27 viewsStruck 307-308 AD, Trier mint, 26mm, 6.1g, gVF, RIC VI 770

OBVERSE: Laureate head of Constantine, cuirassed, right. IMP[ERATOR] CONSTANTINUS P[IUS] F[ELIX] AVG[USTUS] (Commander Constantine, Happy (or Lucky), the Revered One).

REVERSE: Genius, standing left, holding patera and cornucopia. GENIO POPVLI ROMANI (The Guardian Spirit of the Roman People); PTR (Trier mint) in exergue; SA (second officina, first production run) in field.
Michael H4Aug 15, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Caracalla, Silver Antoninianus65 viewsStruck 213-217 AD, Rome mint, 23mm, 6.4g, RIC IV 311c, EF

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

REVERSE: Goddess of love, beauty, desire, sex, fertility, prosperity, and victory, Venus, draped, standing left, holding Victory in extended right hand and spear in left hand, leaning on shield set on helmet. VENUS VICTRIX (Venus Victorius).
3 commentsMichael H4Aug 15, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Aurelian, Billon Antoninianus23 viewsStruck 274-275 AD, Serdica mint, 23mm, 3.8g, RIC V 298, EF

OBVERSE: Radiate head of Aurelian, bearded, cuirassed, right. IMP[ERATOR] AURELIANUS P[IUS] AVG[USTUS]

REVERSE: Goddess of the earth, Terra, standing right on left, crowning Aurelian, standing left on right, with laurel wreath, holding scepter. RESTITUT ORBIS (Restorer of the World). KA (Greek letters for 21: 20 parts copper to one part silver) •B (second officina)• in exergue, with star in field.
Michael H4Aug 15, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Augustus, Denarius25 viewsStruck 11-10 BC, Lugdunum mint, 18.7mm, 3.5g, RIC 178a, aVF

OBVERSE: Head of Augustus, bare, right. AVGVSTVS DIVI F[ILIUS] (Augustus, son of a God).

REVERSE: Bull butting, left. IMP[ERATOR] XII (Imperium for the 12th time).
Michael H4Aug 15, 2017
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Roman Empire, Domitian silver denarius72 views Silver denarius, RIC II, part 1, 788 (C2)
RSC II 293; Hunter I 92; BMCRE II p.231, bNF III 207 EF, Rome mint, weight 3.27g,
maximum diameter 19.0mm, die axis 180o, 14 SEP 95 - 13 SEP 96 CE.;
Obverse: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, laureate head right;
Reverse: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P, Minerva standing right on Columna Rostrata,
wearing helmet and aegis, brandishing javelin in right hand, shield in left hand,
owl at feet on right; rare;
Forum SH85108
3 commentsNORMAN KAug 10, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Trajan, AR Tetradrachm, Syria, Antioch24 viewsIssue of AD 112/13, Cos 6
Prieur 1517, McAlee 462 (A big thanks to Pekka K. for the attribution)
14.73 Grams

Obv.: AYTOKP KAIC NEP TPAIANOC CEB GERM DAK, Trajan laureate head to right supported by eagle standing right below and club behind

Rev.: DHMARC EX IZUPATS, laureate bust of Melkart-Herakles right, lion's
skin tied at point of bust.
Richard M10Aug 08, 2017
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GREEK, Macedonia, Neapolis AR Hemidrachm circa 424-350 BC 13mm 1.90g 1h68 viewsFacing Gorgoneion,Rev Head of nymph to right.1 commentsGrant HJul 27, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I, Follis - RIC VII Trier132126 viewsConstantine I, AE follis, Trier. 317 AD.

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

T-F across fields.
Mintmark BTR

RIC VII Trier 132.
4 commentsMarcelo LealJul 23, 2017
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BYZANTINE, ISAAC II ANGELUS, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-2004 DOC 4 CLBC 7.4.1 94 viewsOBV Full length figure of Virgin nimbate, orans, standing on dais, wearing tunic and maphorion; beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast.

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


Size 20.mm

Weight 5.3 1gm

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

Nicest example I have ever seen, just added to my collection, almost perfect except for wear on the Virgins face VF/EF
1 commentsSimonJul 20, 2017
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III, 336-323 BC –Drachm - Signed Die36 viewsAR Drachm (16mm, 4.26g): Price 2090A

Obv.: Head of Heracles right, wearing lion skin headdress, K on skin behind ear

Rev.: AΛEΞANΔPOY, Zeus seated left, holding scepter and eagle; monogram in left field.
This drachm is a lifetime issue from Miletos, circa 325-323 BC. It is signed by the artist who placed a "K" on the lion skin headdress behind Alexander's ear.

One could say Ho Hum just another drachm of Alexander III, however this coin is a little more interesting than most. From Roma Numismatics Limited’s 2012 description of a specimen it sold – “Extremely Rare. Only two specimens noted in ADM I (both in the ANS collection). This, and an equally rare contemporary issue at Magnesia ad Maeandrum are the only two instances of signed dies struck for Alexander.”

I was able to find two specimens in auction records. The Roma Numismatics Limited’s 2012 specimen in ACSEARCH (don’t use Price 2090A in the search use “signed die”). The Roma Numismatics Limited’s 2012 specimen should really be listed here, as pleased as I am with my specimen the Roma Numismatics Limited’s specimen is truly superior. The second specimen I found was this specimen in the NGC ancient coin auction records. The specimen shown here was sold twice in 2015 by Heritage I purchased the coin from the second sale.
Richard M10Jul 18, 2017
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Roman Empire, Plautilla (?-211 A.D.), RIC IV-I 365, Rome, AR-Denarius, CONCORDIA FELIX, Plautilla standing right, clasping hands with Emperor.204 viewsRoman Empire, Plautilla (?-211 A.D.), RIC IV-I 365, Rome, AR-Denarius, CONCORDIA FELIX, Plautilla standing right, clasping hands with Emperor.
Wife of Caracalla,
avers: PLAVTILLA AVGVSTA, Draped bust right.
reverse: CONCORDIA FELIX, Plautilla standing right, clasping hands with Emperor.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,8-18,0mm, weight: 3,19g, axis: 0h,
mint: Laodicea ad Mare, date: 202-203 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-365, p-, RSC-12, Sear-7066,
Q-001
quadransJul 09, 2017
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Greek, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetardrachm circa 415-405 BC 24mm 16.75g73 viewsSlow quadriga driven right by charioteer,the nearside horse with head held high,the farside horse head lowered.Wreath of olive above,crane flying right in exergue.Rev forepart of man-headed bull right{river god Gelas}with thick wavy beard,swimming,large barley grain above.This coin was struck just before the destruction of the city by the Carthaginian in 405 BC,from which Gela never fully recovered,and it is thought that the quadriga on the obv is to show Gelons victory in the Olympic games of 488 BC.This coin is the only specimen recorded from this die combination,and is the plate coin in the standard reference Jenkins the coinage of Gela.Group IX 482 O95/R1921 commentsGrant HJun 21, 2017
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Roman Empire, Claudius Æ As RIC I 113103 viewsRoman Empire, Claudius Æ As RIC I 113Claudius. AD 41-54. Æ As (30mm, 10.37 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 42-43. TI CLAVDIVS • CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P, bare head left / LIBERTAS AVGVSTA, S C across field, Libertas, draped, standing right, holding pileus with left hand and extending right. RIC I 113; von Kaenel Type 77; BMCRE 202-5; BN 230-2.

Ex CNG, Ex Gorny & Mosch 204 (5 March 2012), lot 2102.
4 commentsCurtis H2Jun 21, 2017
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Roman Empire, Constantine I, Follis. Constantinople (328-9) 112 viewsConstantine I. Follis. Constantinople (328-9)
Obv: CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, rosette-diademed, draped bust right
Rev: CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE, Victory seated left on cippus, looking right, holding palm branch in each hand, trophy in background, captive seated left at foot.
Officina letter B in left field. Mintmark CONS star.
RIC VII 38 (R4). EF-/EF. Very scarce.
Ex: Dattari Collection
Jesus Vico Auction 147 March 9, 2017
6 commentsorfewMay 23, 2017
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GREEK, ITALY, CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 280 BC. AR Nomos114 views(22.5mm, 7.74 g, 1h).
Youth on horse galloping right; EY to left, NIKOΔAMO[Σ] below / Phalanthos, holding kantharos and distaff, riding dolphin left; ZOP and gazelle below. Vlasto 704; cf. HN Italy 970/958. Near EF, deep iridescent tone, a hint of porosity. Well centered on a broad flan.
3 commentsLeoMay 20, 2017
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GREEK, ATTICA, Athens. Circa 454-404 BC. AR Tetradrachm110 views(24mm, 17.20 g, 2h).
Helmeted head of Athena right, with frontal eye / Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent behind; all within incuse square. Kroll 8; HGC 4, 1597. Good VF, toned. Attractive early style.

This tetradrachm belongs among the earlier period of the “frontal eye” issues of the mid-late 5th century. The palmette is still delicate, as is the general style of the owl, and the incuse is rather deep and abruptly transitions to the flat surface.
3 commentsLeoMay 20, 2017
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Roman Empire, Caracalla Bimetallic Sestertius225 viewsObv. M AVR ANTONINVS PIVS FELIX AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. P M TR P XVII IMP III COS IIII P P, emperor, accompanied by two officiers, standing r. on platform, haranguing soldiers behind, standards, in ex. S C.
Mint: Rome, 214 A.D.

32mm 32.71g

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

Before a battle, or on parade, the emperor would address his troops in an event known as an adlocutio cohortium (address to the cohorts). This was an important opportunity for the emperor to be present among his troops and inspire morale and esprit de corps among them. A sestertius of Gaius (Caligula), issued on behalf of a donative for the Praetorian Guard, was the first to employ the adlocutio as a reverse type. Similar subsequent issues were minted to emphasize the emperor's perceived, if not actual, role as military commander. The present specimen commemorates Caracalla's victory against the Germans and his preparations for a Persian war. Caracalla idolized Alexander the Great and, as other emperors before him, wished to recreate his successes in the east. Thus, in 214 AD, after having been proclaimed "Alexander" at Philippopolis in Thrace, he assembled his troops, who had been outfitted as Macedonians, and proceeded into Asia Minor. Caracalla's ambitions were, however, hampered by his own unfit physical and mental state; over the next three years the campaign degeneratged into near-chaos and ended with Caracalla's murder.
(written by CNG, 2003)
7 commentskcMay 12, 2017
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Roman Empire, Magnentius, The horseman attack the soldier110 viewsAE centenionalis
Ares
350-351 AD.
22mm
Bare-headed,draped and cuirassed bust rigtht. D N MAGNEN TIVS PF AVG. A behind. / Magnentius on horseback galloping right,spearing enemy,broken spear and shield below horse. Star above. GLORIA ROMANORVM
In exergue SAR[dot]
Not in RIC,Cohen,BMC.
Ex lucernae 2014
4 commentsXLiMay 12, 2017
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Roman Empire, Crispus RIC 49 "Victory Alamanni”62 viewsCrispus AE3 "Victory Alamanni” CE 316-326 AE3
"Behold the conquest of the Alamanni"
Obverse: FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES - Laureate head right
Reverse: ALAMANNI-A DEVICTA - Victory advancing right,
holding trophy and palm, treading upon bound captive
dot SIRM dot in ex. Sirmium mint
19.53mm., 3.2g
sold 4-2018
2 commentsNORMAN KMay 04, 2017
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Greek, Italy, Lucania, Velia, Ca. 340-334 BC, Stater74 views23mm, 7.63 gm, 3h
Head of Athena right, wearing crested Athenian helmet decorated with griffin crouching right, Σ (engraver's signature?) on neck guard / Lion walking right, slightly crouching, Π below, YEΛHTΩN in exergue. Williams 251. HN Italy 1283. A surprisingly rare variety! Struck in high relief from dies of refined style.
1 commentsLeoMay 04, 2017
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Greek, Italy, Calabria, Tarentum, AR Didrachm circa 345-334 BC 7.77 g Fischer-Bossert 733b this coin58 viewsNaked horseman on prancing horse right,lancing downwards with right hand,behind large round shield and two more lances,the whole within a beaded border.Rev Taras astride dolphin,a crested helmet between his hands,with his head slightly bowed towards it.Grant HApr 29, 2017
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Greek, Italy, CALABRIA, Taras, AR Obol 281-23542 viewsAR Obol 281-235 v. Chr.
weight 0,75gr. | silver Ø 10mm.
obv.Scallop-shell
rev. Naked Phalanthos on dolphin left, holding kantharos and distaff,
AP-monogram right, MI-monogram below
BMC- | SNG.Copenhagen- | SNG.München 782 | Vlasto 1603
SNG.Paris 2179 | SNG.ANS.1534 R
very attractive coin with fine details
xf-/vf+
LeoApr 28, 2017
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Roman Empire, Maximinus I Thrax Sestertius250 viewsObv. MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. SALVS AVGVSTI S C, Salus seated left on throne, feeding, with her right hand, snake rising right from altar to left.
Mint: Rome, 235-238 AD.

20mm 20.18g

RIC 85, BMC 175, Cohen 92


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

Salus was considered since the time of the Flavians as one of the most important ideals of the Roman Empire and embodied health and safety. Salus is here not only to express the personal health of the ruler, but also connected to the well-being of the people and a general sense of security.
Although Maximinus led successful campaigns against the Jazygen tribe and against the Dacians (title GERMANICVS), he was not particularly popular in the Senate, because he denied the Senate in Rome probably the usual voice and his rule largely based on the Rhine and Danube regions. Other reasons for the resistance in the Senate played the (historians controversial) origin of the Maximinus from Thrace and also from very simple conditions, which the nobiles did not think befitting.
In addition, his campaigns were so costly that he allegedly even had to take money from the poor and grain supply of Rome. Although he pushed forward not only military expenditure but also the development of the road network, the ruler's budgetary planning attempt to remedy the foreign policy problems of Rome through elaborate campaigns met with general misunderstanding, which was especially prevalent in the south and east of the empire, where only the increased tax pressured but the people did not notice the successes. Maximinus evidently did not understand how to efficiently promote his policy. For these reasons, it came after only three years in office to surveys against the Emperor, which ultimately led to his murder by his own troops.
7 commentskcApr 15, 2017
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Roman Empire, Maximinus I AR denarius RIC 16111 viewsMaximinus I 'Thrax'. A.D. 235-238. AR denarius (20 mm, 2.97 g, 11 h). Rome, A.D. 236. IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Thrax right / VICTO-RI-A AVG, Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm. RIC 16; BMC 105-7; RSC 99a. Underlying luster.
1 commentsCurtis H2Apr 15, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Domitian, denarius173 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head right

COS VII DES VIII P P
Dolphin coiled round anchor

Rome 81 A.D. (3rd group)

3.3g

RIC 26 (R), RSC 63

Clickable for larger image
4 commentsJay GT4Apr 01, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Lucilla (162 - 182 A.D.)78 viewsAR Denarius
O: LVCILLAE AVG ANTONINI AVG F, Draped bust right.
R: CONCORDIA, Concordia standing facing, head left, holding patera and double cornucopiae.
Rome Mint
19mm
3.27g
RIC III 760.

Ex. Cabinet Numismatique, Genève.

Rare
4 commentsMatMar 31, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, HADRIAN, EGYPT, Alexandria, Dichalkon 126-27 AD Crocodile standing right146 viewsReference.
Emmett 1291; RPC III, 6297; Köln 3383; Dattari 6212

Issue Arsinoite

Obv.
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder

Rev. ΑΡС, L ΙΑ
Crocodile, wearing sun disk, right

2.76 gr
15 mm
5 commentsokidokiMar 25, 2017
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Roman empire provincial, Macrinus, Billon-Tetradrachm, Antioch Syria68 viewsMacrinus, 217-218 AD., Antioch mint in Syria.
Obverse: AYT K M OP CE MAKRINOC CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Reverse: DHMARC EX UPA TO, eagle standing facing with open wings, head right standing on a leg and thigh of a sacrificial animal.
Dot (delta ?) dot at top left, dot epsilon dot at top right.
Sear Greek 2948, Prieur 246, weight 14,27gr., 26.17 mm.
sold 2-2018
2 commentsNORMAN KMar 20, 2017
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GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, AR Tetradrachm c.485-466 BC.Boehringer 123 23mm 17.27g 9h95 viewsDeinomenid Tyranny,Bearded charioteer driving quadriga walking to right,above Nike flying right to crown the horses.Rev Diademed head of Arethusa to right,wearing a pearl diadem and a pearl necklace and with her hair falling back behind her neck but turned up beneath her diadem,around four dolphins swimming to right.A splendid example bright,well struck,well centered and of excellent style.
From a collection formed over twenty years ago.
1 commentsGrant HMar 13, 2017
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GREEK, Attica, Athens, AR Drachm circa 465-460 BC 4.35g112 viewsHead of Athena right,of archaic style,wearing round earring and close- fitting crested helmet with single volute ornament behind.Rev AOE Incuse square,within which owl right,behind,olive- spray with two leaves and berry.1 commentsGrant HMar 08, 2017
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 425-420 BC 17.21g Jenkins 459 O86/R174105 viewsQuadriga to left,with Nike as charioteer wears long sleeveless chiton with high girdle,her wings semi-open the nearside wing and top of farside wing shown,hair in topknot,she holds whip in her right hand,and a set of reins with each hand.Above large wreath of olive.Linear border.Two horsesshown,with doubled outlines,the farside horse slightly in front of the nearside one,forelegs raised clear of ground,heads paralled.Large chariot wheel with diagonal spokes.Rev head of the river god Gelas as a man-headed bull right,between legs bird {heron} 1 commentsGrant HMar 08, 2017
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GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Tarentum, AR Didrachm circa 344-340 BC 22mm 7.18g 5h Fischer-Bossert 67968 viewsHelmeted warrior standing facing,head right, holding spear and shield, behind horse standing right, before horses foreleg 90 degree t. Rev TARAS Phalanthos riding dolphin left, holding trident and shield, A below and above waves. Overstruck on another Tarentum stater?
ex Hanbery
ex Frank Kovacs 1990.
1 commentsGrant HMar 03, 2017
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Byzantine, Justin I. (518-527 A.D.), SB 0074, Є/CON/Γ//--, AE-Pentanummia, Constantinopolis, #1227 viewsB 002 Justin I. (518-527 A.D.), SB 0074, Є/CON/Γ//--, AE-Pentanummia, Constantinopolis, #1
avers: (D N IVSTI)NVS P AV(G) (Incomplete), Pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right.
reverse: Large Є, right CON (vertically) and off. Γ right.
exergue: Є/CON/Γ//--, diameter:11-12mm, weight: 2,34g, axis: 6h,
mint: Constantinopolis, date: A.D., ref: SB 0074, p-46,
Q-001
2 commentsquadransFeb 27, 2017
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Roman Empire, Constantius I. Chlorus (293-305 A.D. Caesar, 305-306 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VI 109a, -/Γ//SIS, AE-Follis, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, Genius standing left, #1341 views121 Constantius-I. Chlorus (293-305 A.D. Caesar, 305-306 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VI 109a, -/Γ//SIS, AE-Follis, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, Genius standing left, #1
avers:- CONSTANTIVS-NOB-CAES, Laureate head right.
revers:- GENIO-POP-VLI-ROMANI, Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopia.
exergo: -/Γ//SIS, diameter: 28-29mm, weight: 9,26g, axis: 11h,
mint: Siscia, date: 299 A.D., ref: RIC-VI-109a, p-467,
Q-001
6 commentsquadransFeb 21, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Maximus Caesar, AR Denarius108 viewsMaximus (Caesar, 235/6-238). AR Denarius Rome mint, 236-7.
O: MAXIMVS CAES GERM; Bareheaded and draped bust right
R: PRINC IVVENTVTIS; Maximus standing left, holding baton and spear; two signa to right
- RIC IV 3
3 commentsNemonaterFeb 21, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Probus, RIC 925 Antioch62 viewsProbus RIC 925
Obverse: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, radiate, cuirassed and draped bust right.
Revertse: RESTSTVT O RBIS, woman standing right, presenting wreath to emperor who is standing left, holding globe and scepter.
H in lower center field. XXI in ex. Antioch mint
21.6 mm., 3.8 g.
2 commentsNORMAN KFeb 20, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantius II, Siscia RIC VIII 194, 347-348 C.E. 67 viewsObverse - CONSTANTIVS PF AVG. Rosette diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right.
Reverse - VICTORIAE DD AVGQ NN. Two victories standing and facing each other with wreath and palm.
(epsilon) SIS in ex. Siscia mint. 15.4 mm, 1,4 g.
2 commentsNORMAN KFeb 19, 2017
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GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Taras Oecist Stater129 viewsCalabria, Taras
425-415 BC, Nomos, 7.99g. Fischer-Bossert-279 (V127/R212), Vlasto-255.
Obv: Phalantos naked and ithyphallic riding dolphin left; extending right hand and holding cuttlefish in left hand.
Rx: Oecist naked to waist, seated left on stool and balancing distaff on right hand, a lekythos on his left wrist.

Ex Gemini XII, 11 January 2015, lot 13. Ex NAC 10, 9 April 1997, lot 17. Ex M&M Basel 10, 1951, lot 161. With interesting and unusual types: Phalantos holds cuttlefish on obverse, while on reverse Taras(or Oecist?) is shown seated rather than on horseback. Nicely centered and well struck, except for Phalantos' head on obverse; rare; beautifully toned. EF
3 commentsLeoFeb 18, 2017
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GREEK, ITALY, CALABRIA, Taras, AR Nomos107 viewsCirca 315-302 BC. AR Nomos (21mm, 8.04 g, 11h).

Warrior, preparing to cast spear held aloft in right hand, holding two spears and shield with left hand, on horse rearing right; Ξ to left, API below / Phalanthos, nude, holding kantharos in extended right hand and cradling oar in left arm, riding dolphin left; KΛ to left, TAPAΣ to right. Fischer-Bossert Group 74a, 914 (V357/R709); Vlasto 638; HN Italy 939; SNG ANS 1016 (same obv. die); SNG Lloyd –; BMC 208 (same dies); Pozzi 123 (same obv. die). Very rare in this quality. Excellent style. Beautiful patina. Extremely fine.
Ex Hess-Divo 329 (17 November 2015), lot 6; Leu 91 (10 May 2004), lot 15.

The obverse of this nomos depicts an example of the mercenary cavalrymen for which Taras became famous in the Hellenistic period. The Tarentine cavalryman is believed to have been the first mounted warrior of the Greek world to carry a shield. This novelty made him popular in the armies of Hellenistic kings and led to the training of cavalrymen in the Tarentine style.
1 commentsLeoFeb 16, 2017
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Greek, Italy, Lucania, Thurium94 viewsAR Stater, 7.79g. 22mm. c.410-400 B.C.

Engraver, Phrygillos (?). Head of Athena to right wearing crested helmet decorated with Skylla; "phi" in field to right. Rv. Bull pawing ground with head down to right; fish in exergue. SNG Oxford 871. HN 1782; a few small marks and some small metal breaks in front of face. Toned and of fine style

Ex: Numismatica Ars Classica, Zurich, Auction O, 2004, lot 1157.
Ex: A.D.M. Collection
1 commentsLeoFeb 16, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Augustus, denarius bull240 viewsAugustus Denarius. Lugdunum mint, struck 15-13 BC.
Observe: AVGVSTVS DIVI F, bare head right
Reverse: IMP X, bull butting right.
References: RIC 167a; RSC 137.
Diameter 19 mm / weight 3.9 grams
Marcelo Leal's collection
7 commentsAugustus1975Feb 15, 2017
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GREEK, Brutus, Koson, Stater286 viewsRoman Consul Brutus in center accompanied by two lictors
KOΣΩN in ex. BR monogram on left.

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

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

8.38g

Choice UNC

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

Clickable for a larger image
5 commentsJay GT4Feb 07, 2017
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GREEK, Bruttium, Kroton, AR Nomos circa 530-500 BC 28.5mm 7.81 g 12h82 viewsTripod legs terminating in lions feet,serpents rising from bowl,KOPPA-PO to left.Rev incuse tripod as obverse.
It is believed by some that the Greek mathematician Pythagoras invented the relief-incuse design.
EX CNG Triton 19 lot 26
Grant HFeb 04, 2017
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GREEK, Macedonia, Neapolis, AR Hemidrachm circa 411-390 BC 15 mm 1.78g 12h54 viewsGorgons head facing with tongue protruding. Rev young female head right Artemis Parthenos her hair bound with cord,all within incuse square.
An early example rendered in a more archic style than seen on this issue.
Grant HFeb 04, 2017
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 480/75-475/70 BC 21 mm 17.34g 8h Jenkins 18459 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right above Nike flying right crowning horses. Rev forepart of man-headed bull right within shallow incuse circle.
Rare die combination only one listed in Jenkins.
EX Julius Diez
EX Gustav Phillpsen collection part one J.Hersch 15,28 may 1906 lot 990
Grant HFeb 01, 2017
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Roman Empire, Constantius I. Chlorus (293-305 A.D. Caesar, 305-306 A.D. Augustus), Carthage, RIC VI 24a, AE-1 Follis, FELIX ADVENT AVGG NN, Africa standing right, #1378 views121 Constantius I. Chlorus (293-305 A.D. Caesar, 305-306 A.D. Augustus), Carthage, RIC VI 24a, AE-1 Follis, FELIX ADVENT AVGG NN, Africa standing right, #1
avers:- CONSTANTIVS-NOB-CAES, Laureate head right.
revers:- FELIX-AD-VENT-AVG-G-N-N, Africa standing right, head left, wearing elephant head headress, standard in right and tusk in left, lion and bull at feet left, H left, PKT in ex.
exerg: H|-//PKT, diameter: 25-28,5mm, weight: 10,38g, axes: 0h,
mint: Carthage, date: 298 A.D., ref: RIC VI 24a,
Q-001
6 commentsquadransJan 29, 2017
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GREEK, Macedonian kingdom, Lysimachos, AR Tetradrachm circa 305-281 BC 29mm 17.15g 9h66 viewsPella mint struck 286/5-282/1 BC. Diademed head of the deified Alexander right with horn of Ammon. Rev Athena Nikephoros seated left,left arm resting on shield with lions head in center,spear in background with point facing down,to inner left monogram in circle above arm,monogram below.Nike crowning Kings name with wreath left.
ex CNG esale 366 lot 407,ex Bowers & Ruddy 6-9-80 lot 99,ex A.Hess Nachf {157} 18 March 1918,ex Joseph Hamburger {7} 17 June 1908 lot 414, ex Hirsch {14} 1905 lot 270.
Grant HJan 28, 2017
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GREEK, Metapontum, AR Stater circa 500-480 BC 22mm 7.83g 12h medium spread flan.93 viewsMET to left of six grained ear small lizard to right head upwards guilloche border.Rev incuse seven grained ear.
EX Moneta Nova,EX Hirsch 2-19-11,EX Kricheldorf.
2 commentsGrant HJan 27, 2017
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GREEK, Attica, Athens, AR Tetradrachm circa 440-430 BC26mm 17.14g 3h85 viewsHead of Athena to right with lots of creston helmet,wearing round earring and pearl necklace.Rev owl standing right with head facing olive sprig and crescent moon behind.Grant HJan 26, 2017
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GREEK, Lucania, Sybaris, AR Stater circa 550-510 BC 29mm 8.13g 12 h73 viewsBull standing left looking back,on exergual line composed of pellets between two lines VM retrograde in exergue,border of lines and pellets similar to exergue line. Rev similar to Obverse but the type is incuse and reversed the legend is omitted,and the incuse border is composed of square segents.
Some numismatist believe that Pablo Picasos was influenced by this coin in his art work,and that Pythagoras the Greek mathematician was responsible for this relief-incuse design.Sybaris was the richest and most important of the Greek colonies in Italy until its destruction by Kroton in 510 BC.
1 commentsGrant HJan 26, 2017
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Greek, Attica, Aegina, AR Stater 20mm 12.19g 12h Medows Aegina group 3b,Milbank pl.2, 12,HGC 6,437,Dewing 1683.116 viewsLand tortoise with segmented shell.Rev large square incuse with skew pattern.
Well centered on a large flan and struck from fresh dies,thus rare
1 commentsGrant HJan 26, 2017
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GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, AR Tetradrachm circa 485-475 20mm 17.33g 8h. Boehringer 12193 viewsDeinomenid Tyranny Bearded charioteer driving quadriga walking to right,above Nike flying right to crown the horses.Rev Diademed head of Arethusa to right,wearing a pearl necklace and with her hair falling back behind her neck but turned up beneath her diadem which is not the usual pearl diadem but a plain band,four dolphins swimming right.1 commentsGrant HJan 22, 2017
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GREEK, Helios, Thessaly Rhodian Mercenaries AR Drachm circa 172-168 BC 18mm 2.66g 12h48 viewsHead of Hellos facing slightly right. Rev rose with bud to rightGrant HJan 22, 2017
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GREEK, Thessaly, Larissa, AR Drachm circa 365-356 BC 18mm. 6.12g. 12h36 viewsHead of the nymph Larissa facing slightly left with hair in ampyx. Rev horse crouching left preparing to roll, plant below.Grant HJan 21, 2017
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GREEK, Thessaly, Larissa, AR Drachm circa 405-370 BC 19mm 5.75g 6h34 viewsHead of the nymph Larissa facing slightly right wearing ampyx and necklace. Rev horse grazing right on dotted ground line.Grant HJan 21, 2017
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GREEK, Thessaly, Larissa, AR Drachm circa 380-365 BC 19mm 6.09g 11h44 viewsHead of the nymph Larissa facing slightly left,wearing ampys and necklace.Rev Mare standing right in background foal standing right.Grant HJan 21, 2017
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GREEK, Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochus I Soter, tetradrachm148 viewsAntiochus I Soter, 281 – 261
Tetradrachm, Seleucia on Tigris 281-261 BC, AR 17.09 g. Diademed head r. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ – ANT – IOXOY; Apollo seated l. on omphalos, holding arrow in r. hand and resting the l. on bow set r. on ground; in r. and l. field, monograms. ESM 177. SC 379.6c. SNG Spaer 296.
ex NAC, Auction 97, lot 302, ex CNG sale 99, 2015, 324
7 commentsareichJan 14, 2017
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GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Tarentum, AR stater 280-272 BC 19mm 6.42g91 viewsNude youth as Ephebus on horseback right crowning horse with wreath behind ZU, NEY MH in two lines belowRev Phalanthos riding dolphin left holding Phrygian helmet two twelve rayed stars flanking,NONY to right.ex Mynthandel 3-5-12,ex Freeman & Sear.
Vlasto 739-47,HN Italy 1006
1 commentsGrant HJan 07, 2017
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GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Tarentum AR stater 281-270 BC 7.84g141 viewsNaked Horseman on prancing horse,to right spearing downward with right hand,and holding shield and two more spears with left hand,FIL{OTAS} below.Rev TAPAE in field to right, Young nude Taras riding dolphin left,holding bunch of grapes and distaff,in upper left field EY and below ARA.Very rare ex Baldwins 6-30-11,ex NAC Auc 52 lot 22.
Vlasto 708,HN Italy 973
1 commentsGrant HJan 07, 2017
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GREEK, Thrace, Thasos, AR stater circa 500-480 BC 21mm 9.11 g69 viewsSatyr advancing facing right,carrying off protesting nymph.Rev Quadripartite incuse square.
Le Rider Thasiennes 2,HPM PL.X,3-5,HGC 6.331,SNG ASH 3643-50,SNG COP 1009,Asyut 104.
ex The New York sale Auc 32,lot 105 1-8-14
Grant HDec 28, 2016
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 465-450 BC 25 mm 17.20g 2h Jenkins 230 O61/R122104 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right, in back ground column with Ionic capital. Rev forepart of man-headed bull river god right.
Jenkins Gela Group 111 230 O61/R122, HGC 2,339, SNG ANS 50 same dies, SNG Ashmolean 1733
1 commentsGrant HDec 26, 2016
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Roman Empire, Tiberius Denarius152 viewsTiberius denarius Group 4, c. 18 - 35 A.D. Lugdunum mint, 17.5mm., 3.79g.
O: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS; One of the ribbons of Tiberius' laurel wreath falls over his neck.
R: PONTIF MAXIM; No base under the throne (just the single exergual line), Pax usually holds scepter (or rarely a reversed spear), her feet rest on a low footstool.
- RIC 30
3 commentsNemonaterDec 24, 2016
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GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Tarentum, AR Nomos, 23mm 7.87g 1h168 viewsNude youth on horseback right holding rein in left hand,Crowning horse with wreath held in right hand .To left Nike flying right placing fillet on head of youth,AP below.Rev Phalanthos nude riding sideways on dolphin right head turned slightly left spearing cuttlefish below with trident held in right hand,Kto left,TAPAE to right,all encircled by waves.This coin was just in the November issues of coin world 2016 page112 by David Vagi.Fisher -Bossert group 54,717 v26-r561 Vlasto 501,HN Italy 886 SNG COP 822 same obv die.Struck from artistic dies on a broad flan and very rare issue only ten examples noted by Fisher Bossert of which four are in museums Berlin 2, Copenhagen, London3 commentsGrant HDec 23, 2016
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GREEK, Lesbos, Koinon, Billon Stater76 viewsLESBOS, Unattributed Koinon mint. Circa 510-480 BC. Billon Double Shekel – Stater (18.5mm, 11.10 g). Confronted calves’ heads; tree between / Rough incuse square. Lazzarini, Contribution, Series III; HGC 6, 1076; SNG von Aulock 1682; SNG Ashmolean 1488–91; BMC p. 154, 46–9; Dewing 2251.
CNG, Triton XVIII, lot 588.
From the RH Collection.
1 commentsDiogenesNov 30, 2016
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GREEK, Cilicia, Kelenderis, Stater c. 425 - 350 B.C.147 viewsSilver stater, SNG Levante 23 (same dies); SNG Cop 83 (same dies); SNGvA 5631 (same dies); BMC Lycaonia p. 54, 20 ff. var. (no dolphin); SNG BnF 66 var. (same), VF, superb style, well centered, light toning, 10.685g, 20.9mm, 270o, Kelenderis mint, c. 425 - 350 B.C.; obverse nude horseman facing sidesaddle on horse rearing right, whip in right; reverse KELEN, goat kneeling right, looking back, dolphin right in exergue.

Kelenderis was a port town, one of the oldest in Cilicia, described in Hellenistic and Roman sources as a small, but strong castle. The rider on the obverse may be Castor, who was not only a horse trainer but also the protector of sailors, an appropriate type for a port town.

*With my sincere thank and appreciation , Photo and Description courtesy of FORVM Ancient Coins Staff.
From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
2 commentsSamOct 09, 2016
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GREEK, Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I, AR Tetradrachm, Babylon, Price 375990 viewsSeleukid Kings of Syria, Seleukos I Nikator AR Tetradrachm. In the name and types of Alexander. Babylon, circa 311-305 BC.
Obv: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress.
Rev: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, holding sceptre; MI above lion's head left in left field, monogram in wreath below throne, BAΣIΛEΩΣ below, AΛEΞANΔPOY to right.
SC 82.3c; Price 3759; Müller 743. 17.09g, 26mm, 11h.
Roma auc XII lot 383
2 commentschance vSep 29, 2016
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GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy I, AR Drachm, c.311-305 B.C.95 viewsPtolemy I Soter, 323-305 as satrap. Alexandria Drachm circa 311-305, AR 16mm., 3.68g.
Obv: Head r., wearinh elephan-skin.
Rev: Athena standing r., holding shield and spear.; in r. field, eagle on thunderbolt.
Zervos Issue 68. Svoronos 34.
2 commentschance vSep 26, 2016
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Roman Empire, Galba, RIC 19396 viewsGalba AR denarius,  VF, Rome mint, ( 3.512g, 19.0mm,  180o), Nov 68 - Jan 69 A.D.; 
elegant style, light toning on nice surfaces, high-points flatly struck,
Obv: IMP SER GALBACAESAR AVG, laureate head right; 
Rev: HISPANIA (counterclockwise starting on left), Hispania advancing left, draped, poppy and two stalks of grain in extended right hand, round shield and two transverse spears in left hand;
RIC I 193 (R2), BMCRE I 16, RSC II 83, BnF III 89, Hunter I 1 var. (no CAESAR, Aug - Oct 68), SRCV I 2103 var. (same)
Ex: the Jyrki Muona Collection; Ex: Forum Ancient Coins
3 commentsorfewSep 13, 2016
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Roman Empire, Vespasian, RIC 544139 viewsVespasian, 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius, 3.16g. 21.41mm. Rome, 73 A.D.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG CENS. Laureate head of Vespasian to right.
Rev: MAXIM PONTIF. Nemesis walking to right holding caduceus over snake.
C 385, RIC 544. 
Ex: E. E. Clain-Stefanelli collection. Ex: Numismatica Ars Classica - Auction 92 Part 2, Lot 2133 May 24, 2016; Ex: Ed waddell
5 commentsorfewSep 13, 2016
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, AR Tetradrachm, Babylon, Price 362068 viewsKings of Macedon. Alexander III (336-323 BC). AR Tetradrachm (25 mm, 16.92 g), Babylon, 324/3 BC.
Obv. Head of Herakles to right, wearing lion skin headdress.
Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Zeus seated left on high-backed throne, holding long scepter in his left hand and, in his right, eagle standing right with wings closed; below throne, monogram above M; in left field, bee.
Price 3620.
chance vSep 11, 2016
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Greek, Italy, Calabria, Taras. 272-240 BC Nomos72 viewsCalabria, Tarentum; c. 272-240 BC, Nomos, 6.51g. HN Italy-1043, Vlasto-915 (this coin).

Obv: Naked boy crowned by Victory flying behind him, on horse standing r. with raised l. foreleg; Greek ethnic below horse (not evident), EY in r. field.
Rx: Taras on dolphin r., holding cornucopia and trident whose head is visible behind his neck; TAPAΣ below, monogram in l. field (expanded by Vlasto to IΩΠY). Ex Künker 193, 26 September 2011, lot 23. G&M 190, 11 October 2011, lot 15. From the M.P. Vlasto Collection. Extremely well struck reverse with beautiful detail EF.
LeoAug 26, 2016
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Roman Empire Provincial, Hadrian, Side79 viewsSide, Pamphylia
Hadrian AE 23mm & 8.91g
AY(T KAIC) ADPIANOC Laureate head right
CIDH, Athena standing holding spear, with right hand extended.
Rare and possibly unlisted.
1 commentsNathan LAug 23, 2016
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Roman Empire Provincial, Caracalla, Trajanopolis49 viewsTrajanopolis
Caracalla AE 20.5mm & 5.01g
Obv: draped bust right
Rev: TPAIANOPOLEITWN, seated figure of Zeus seated, holding spear with hand extended.
(possibly unlisted reverse)
Nathan LAug 23, 2016
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Roman Empire Provincial, Quintillus, Egypt, Alexandria, AD 270108 viewsQuintillus
Alexandria
Tetradrachm
Obv.: A K M A KΛ KVINTIΛΛOC CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev.: L–A (year 1), Eagle standing right, head left, holding wreath in beak (no palm on wing)
AE, 8.52 g, 20mm
Ref.:Keith Emmett #3907. Scarcer variety
1 commentsNathan LAug 23, 2016
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Maximianus, AR argenteus52 viewsTicinum
295 AD
laureate head right
MAXIMIA_NVS AVG
tetrarchs sacrificing before six-turreted enclosure
VIRTVS_MILITVM
RIC 18b; RSC 622d
2,92g
1 commentsJohny SYSELAug 09, 2016
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Saloninus, Alexandria43 viewsBI tetradrachm
29 Aug 259 - 28 Aug 260 AD
draped and cuirassed bust right
ΠO ΛIK KOP CA VAΛEPIANOC K CEB
eagle standing left, head right, wreath in beak
L_Z
Emmett 3776, Geissen 3005, Kampmann/Ganschow 93.8; Dattari (Savio) 5377; Ex Rauch 94 (2014), 595.
Johny SYSELAug 09, 2016
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, C. Aburius Geminus, 134 BC38 viewsAR denarius
Rome
helmeted head of Roma right
GEM
(XVI)
Mars in quadriga right holding trophy and reins, shield, spear
C·(AB)(VR)I
ROMA
Crawford 244/1, Sydenham 490, BMCRR I Rome 999, RSC I Aburia 1, SRCV I 121
3,92g
Johny SYSELAug 09, 2016
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GREEK, Macedonian kingdom, Alexander III the Great, AR Drachm, Struck 323 – 317 BC at Lampsakos, Mysia.92 viewsObverse: No legend. Head of Herakles, wearing lion-skin knotted at base of neck, facing right.
Reverse: AΛEΞANĐPOY. Zeus Aëtophoros seated facing left, right leg drawn back, feet on stool, eagle in right hand, sceptre in left; buckle in left field; Λ above Ω below throne.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 4.16gms | Die Axis: 7 | Cut mark above eyebrow on obverse.
Price: 1376

Alexander the Great reigned from 336 to 323 BC but this coin was struck shortly after his death, in around 323 to 317 BC under Leonnatos, Philip III Arrhidaios, or Antigonos I Monophthalmos.
2 comments*AlexAug 06, 2016
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GREEK, Macedonian kingdom, Alexander III the Great, AE Quarter-Obol (2 Chalkoi). Lifetime issue struck 336 – 323 BC at an uncertain mint, possibly Amphipolis.46 viewsObverse: No legend. Head of Herakles, wearing lion skin headdress, facing right.
Reverse: AΛEΞANĐPOY. Eagle facing right, it's head turned to left, standing on a thunderbolt; mint-mark, A in right field before the eagle's breast.
Diameter: 15mm | Weight: 3.9gms | Die Axis: 6
Sear: 6743 | Weber: 2142 | Liampi: 6-8
VERY RARE

This coin is a Type 3 (eagle type) bronze Quarter-Obol (two chalkoi). Alexander's Eagle bronzes are part of his Eagle coinage that also includes various silver denominations, including a stater, drachm, hemidrachm, diobol, and obol. Alexander's Eagle coins are much rarer than his issues of Herakles and Zeus imperial silver coins and his Herakles and weapons bronze coins.
*AlexAug 06, 2016
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GREEK, Macedonian kingdom, Alexander III the Great, AE Hemiobol (4 Chalkoi). Struck 336 – 320 BC at Miletus, Caria.46 viewsObverse: No legend. Head of Alexander the Great as Herakles, wearing lion-skin knotted at base of neck, facing right.
Reverse: AΛEΞANĐPOY. Bow in Gorytos (a case for bow and quiver) above, club and compound ΠΥΡ monogram below.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 5.79gms | Die Axis: 3
Price:0335

Alexander the Great reigned from 336 to 323 BC but, although Price supposes this coin to be a lifetime issue, Thompson proposes the posthumous date of 321 – 320 BC (Thompson series VI) based on the ΠΥΡ control mark.

It is difficult to interpret the die orientation in these issues because not only is it unclear what the Ancient Greeks would have considered “up” with respect to the reverse design but modern scholars are ambiguous on the subject as well. I have, however, assumed that the modern conventional orientation is with the name reading horizontally, and therefore have described my example as having a 3 o’clock orientation, the “top” of the reverse being aligned with the back of Herakles’ head on the obverse.
*AlexAug 06, 2016
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GREEK, Macedonian kingdom, Alexander III the Great, AE Quarter-Obol (2 Chalkoi). Lifetime issue struck 336 – 323 BC at an uncertain mint in Macedonia.43 viewsObverse: No legend. Young male head wearing a taenia (diadem), who is sometimes identified as Apollo, facing right.
Reverse: AΛEΞANĐPOY. Horse prancing right; mint-mark, below horse, torch.
Diameter: 16mm | Weight: 4.25gms | Die Axis: 7
Price:338
SCARCE

This coin is a Type 4 (horse type) bronze Quarter-Obol (two chalkoi). This likely was one of Alexander's standard bronze denominations, half the value of his Herakles/weapons bronzes, though not seen as frequently. This specimen features a torch as a mint mark, this mint-mark was included with 34 other mint marks by Price in his work.
*AlexAug 06, 2016
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GREEK, Macedonian kingdom, Alexander III the Great, AE Hemiobol (4 Chalkoi). Struck 325 – 310 BC at an uncertain mint in Macedonia.41 viewsObverse: No legend. Head of Herakles facing right, wearing lion-skin knotted at base of neck.
Reverse: A quiver (arrow case) placed on top of a bow and below it a club, large B A between; mint-mark, below the club, is a laurel branch.
Diameter: 17mm | Weight: 5.1gms | Die Axis: 7
Price: 385 | Sear: 6742

This coin is a sub-type of the quiver type (Type 1B), with the inscription now reading B A (for BAΣIΛEOΣ AΛEΞANĐPOY = KING ALEXANDER). Price believed this coin type was minted both during and after Alexander's lifetime.
*AlexAug 06, 2016
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, AE Quarter-Obol (2 Chalkoi). Struck 323 – 315 BC under Nikokreon at Salamis, Cyprus.39 viewsObverse: No legend. Macedonian shield with Gorgoneion (Medusa) head as the boss in the centre. The shield boss is sometimes called the episema, the Greek name for a symbol of a particular city or clan which was placed in the centre of a soldier's shield.
Reverse: Macedonian helmet surmounted with a horse hair crest; B - A (for BAΣIΛEOΣ AΛEΞANĐPOY = King Alexander) above; mint marks below the helmet, to left, a kerykeion (caduceus) and to the right, the monogram NK (for Nikokreon).
Diameter: 14mm | Weight: 4.6gms | Die Axis: 1
Price: 3162 | Liampi, Chronologie 170-92

This coin is a Type 7 (Macedonian shield type) bronze Quarter-Obol (two chalkoi). Price dated the Macedonian Shield coins as beginning during the latter part of Alexander's life, c.325 BC, and ending c.310 BC. Liampi later argued, based on new hoard evidence, that they were minted as early as 334 BC. This particular coin is dated from c.323 to 315 BC.
*AlexAug 06, 2016
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ROMAN EMPIRE, City Commemorative, Constantinopolis, Struck at Arles (RIC VII 401)81 viewsObv.: CONSTAN-TINOPOLIS; Laureate, helmeted bust of Constantinople left, wearing imperial mantle, holding scepter.
Rev.: Victory standing on prow, holding long scepter in right hand, resting left hand on shield; ☧ (Chi-Rho) in left field; SCONST in exergue
Quant.GeekAug 04, 2016
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GREEK, Italy, Calabria , Taras (c.380-340 B.C.), Silver Nomos125 views7.65g.
Obv:Naked ephebos, holding a small round shield and a lance, vaulting from a cantering horse left, ├ below horse.
Rev: TAPAΣ , Taras as an ephebos seated astride dolphin to left, holding a Corinthian helmet in his right hand and leaning on the back of the dolphin with his left, I and waves below (Fischer-Bossert 657 (V252/R509); Vlasto 437 (these dies); SNG ANS 929 (these dies); SNG Lloyd 169). An almost invisible metal-flaw on reverse, of charming style, attractively toned, about extremely fine.
1 commentsLeoAug 04, 2016
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GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Taras (Tarentum). ca. 280-228 B.C. AR diobol55 viewsCALABRIA. Tarentum. Ca. 280-228. AR diobol (0.97 gm).
Head of Athena left, wearing crested helmet decorated with Scylla / Infant Heracles strangling snakes; thunderbolt in exergue. HN Italy 1068. SNG ANS 1473. Obverse somewhat off-center, but otherwise Extremely Fine.
LeoAug 04, 2016
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Roman Empire, Constantius II, AE2 - RIC VIII Siscia 225 134 viewsAE2
Obv:– D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, Pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, globe in hand
Rev:– FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Emperor bare headed & in military dress standing, holding standard with chi-rho on banner in his right hand, resting left hand on shield, two bound captives in Phrygian helmets standing, facing each other before him
Minted in Siscia (* | _ // BSISM). A.D. 348-350.
Reference:– RIC VIII Siscia 225 (Rated C2)
3 commentsmaridvnvmJul 25, 2016
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GREEK, Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos i Nikator, AR Tetradrachm, Babylon, Price 370446 viewsThe Seleucid Kings, Seleucus I Nicator, 312- 281 BC Babylon Tetradrachm circa 317-311, AR 26.5mm., 17.10g.
Obverse: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin.
Reverse: Zeus Aëtophoros seated l.; in l. field, monogram in wreath and below throne, H.
SC 82.6. Price 3704.
Naville 24 lot 169
chance vJul 17, 2016
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GREEK, Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I Nikator, AR Tetradrachm, Babylon, Price 374650 viewsThe Seleucid Kings, Seleucus I Nicator, 312- 281 BC Babylon Tetradrachm circa 311-300, AR 26.5mm., 17.08g.
Obv: Head of Herakles r., wearing lion skin.
Rev. Zeus Aëtophoros seated l.; in l. field, monogram within wreath, below throne MI.
SC 82.5a. Price 3746.
Naville 24 lot 172
chance vJul 17, 2016
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Roman Empire Provincial, Nero, Silver Tetradrachm, Antioch Syria59 viewsSilver Tetradrachm of Nero.
Obverse: NEPWNOS KAISAPOS SEBASTOY, laureate head right.
Reverse: Eagle standing facing, head left with wings open standing on thunderbolt, palm in left field and IP H in right field.
24mm., 13.09 g. Prieur: 82
sold 3-2018
NORMAN KJul 15, 2016
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III, AR Tetradrachm, Babylon, Price P18179 viewsAR Tetradrachm, 323/317 BC , Babylon ; 17.16 g .
Herakles head in lion's skin / Zeus Aetophoros sitting l .
Price P181. (N.B. Price 3692 has same control marks but says Alexander not Philip)
1 commentschance vJul 12, 2016
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Roman Empire, Severina (270-275 A.D.), T-1553 (Estiot), RIC V-I 009, Ticinum, AE-Antoninianus, PROVIDEN DEORVM, -/-//UXXT, Fides and Sol, #1179 views107 Severina (270-275 A.D.), T-1553 (Estiot), RIC V-I 009, Ticinum, AE-Antoninianus, PROVIDEN DEORVM, -/-//UXXT, Fides and Sol, #1
avers:- SEVERINA-AVG, Diademed, draped bust right on crescent. (E2)
revers:- PRO-VIDEN-D-EOR, Fides standing right, holding standard in each hand, facing Sol standing left, right hand raised and holding globe in left hand. (Fides and Sol 1)
exerg: -/-//UXXT, diameter: 21-22mm, weight: 4,38g, axes: 5h,
mint: Ticinum, iss-4, off-5, date: 274-275 A.D., ref: RIC-9, T-1553 (Estiot), C-,
Q-001
quadransJul 10, 2016
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Roman Empire, Severina (270-275 A.D.), T-1796 (Estiot), RIC V-I 003, Rome, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORDIA AVG G, -/-//ςXXIR, Emperor and Concordia, #1177 views107 Severina (270-275 A.D.), T-1796 (Estiot), RIC V-I 003, Rome, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORDIA AVG G, -/-//ςXXIR, Emperor and Concordia, #1
avers:- SEVERI-NA-AVG, Empress right, diademed, draped, on a lunar crescent. (E2)
revers:- CONCO-RDIA-AVG-G, Empress standing right, holding unidentified object in left hand, clasping the hand of Emperor standing left, holding short sceptre in left hand. (Emperor and Empress 2)
exerg: -/-//ςXXIR, diameter: 21-23mm, weight: 3,69g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, iss-10, off-6, date: 274 A.D., ref: RIC-3., T-1796 (Estiot), C-,
Q-001
quadransJul 10, 2016
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Roman Empire, Severina (270-275 A.D.), T-2430 (Estiot), RIC V-I 013, Siscia, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORDIAE MILITVM, -/Q//XXI, Concordia standing left, #1199 views107 Severina (270-275 A.D.), T-2430 (Estiot), RIC V-I 013, Siscia, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORDIAE MILITVM, -/Q//XXI, Concordia standing left, #1
avers:- SEVERIN-AE-AVG, Diademed, draped bust right on crescent. (E2)
revers:- CONCOR-DIAE-M-ILITVM, Concordia standing left, holding standard in each hand. (Concordia 3)
exerg: -/Q//XXI, diameter: 21,5-22,5mm, weight: 3,00g, axes: 1h,
mint: Siscia, Issue 9, ph-3, off-4, date: 274-275 A.D., ref: RIC-13, T-2430 (Estiot),
Q-001
1 commentsquadransJul 10, 2016
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Roman Empire, Severina (270-275 A.D.), T-2827 (Estiot), RIC V-I 016, Serdica, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORDIA AVG G, *//KA Δ, Emperor and Concordia, #1175 views107 Severina (270-275 A.D.), T-2827 (Estiot), RIC V-I 016, Serdica, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORDIA AVG G, *//KA Δ, Emperor and Concordia, #1
avers: SEVERINA-AVG, Diademed, draped bust right on crescent. (E2)
revers: CONCORDIA-AVG-G, Emperor togate standing right, clasping the hand of Concordia standing left. (Emperor and Concordia 1)
exerg: *//KA Δ, diameter: 23-25mm, weight: 3,88g, axes: 11h,
mint: Serdica, iss-8, ph-3, off-4, date: 274-275 A.D., ref: RIC-16, T-2827 (Estiot), LV 10060-1,
Q-001
quadransJul 10, 2016
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Roman Empire, Severina (270-275 A.D.), T-3084 (Estiot), RIC V-I 018, Cyzicus, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORDIAE MILITVM, -/-//XXI, Concordia standing left, #1348 views107 Severina (270-275 A.D.), T-3084 (Estiot), RIC V-I 018, Cyzicus, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORDIAE MILITVM, -/-//XXI, Concordia standing left, #1
avers:- SEVERINA-AVG, Diademed, draped bust right on crescent. (E2)
revers:- CONCORD-IAE-M-ILITVM, Concordia standing left, holding standard in each hand. (Concordia 3)
exerg: -/-//XXI, diameter: 22mm, weight: 4,47g, axes: 11h,
mint: Cyzicus, Issue 10, ph-2, date: 275 A.D., ref: RIC-18, T-3084 (Estiot), C-7,
Q-001
3 commentsquadransJul 10, 2016
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GREEK, CORINTHIA, Corinth, Archaic AR Drachma, c.550-500 B.C.68 viewsCORINTHIA, Corinth. Circa 550-500 BC. Drachm (Silver, 16mm, 2.56 g). Ϙ
Obverse: Pegasos flying left with curved wings.
Reverse: Incuse in the form of a swastika to left.
BCD 6. SNG Copenhagen 1.
1 commentschance vJun 26, 2016
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, AR Tetradrachm, Babylon, Price 365274 viewsKINGS of MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26mm, 17.15 g 12), Babylon, c. 325-323.
Obv: Head of Herakles to right, wearing lion skin headdress.
Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Zeus seated left on low throne, holding long scepter in his left hand and, in his right, eagle standing right with closed wings; to left, kylix above M; below throne, monogram.
Price 3652
1 commentschance vJun 26, 2016
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Roman Empire, Otho, Denarius CERES AVG 112 viewsSH79667. Silver denarius, Muona Otho 10b; Butcher-Ponting-Muona 6; ANSCD 1958.217.1; BnF III 1; RIC I 1 (7 spec. known, all minted with the same die-pair), Nice VF, the best portrait and most attractive of the seven known specimens, light rose toning, a few light marks and spots of porosity, Rome mint, weight 3.272g, maximum diameter 17.5mm, die axis 180o, 9 Mar - 17 Apr 69 A.D.; obverse IMP OTHO CAESAR AVG TRP, bare head right; reverse CERES AVG, Ceres standing left, grain-ears raised in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; from the Jyrki Muona Collection

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

Otho minted three separate issues. The first and second issues followed Galba's standard of 90% silver. Otho's third issue was debased to 80% silver. All coins of the third issue share the reverse legend PONT MAX, perhaps to make it easy to distinguish the debased coins. One might think our rare coin is simply a reverse legend error for Otho's third issue, PONT MAX Ceres type. However, as Butcher et al. have shown, this is not the case. If CERES AVG was a simple reverse legend error, the flan would be 80% silver. This CERES AVG type was struck on second issue 90% silver flans, probably during planning for the third issue, and perhaps only for testing. The type was apparently not distributed, and was withdrawn, and melted when it was decided to debase the coinage and use the PONT MAX legend. It appears a small number were released, most likely by mistake.
4 commentsJoe SermariniJun 11, 2016
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Roman empire, Constantius II, AE3 RIC VIII 243 Siscia, 248-250 CE51 viewsObverse: DN CONSTANTIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right

Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Emperor holding labarum and phoenix, standing on galley piloted by Victory.

Mintmark BSIS [symbol 2] 18.8 mm., 2.1g.
NORMAN KJun 01, 2016
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GREEK, Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I Nikator, AR Tetradrachm, Babylon, Price 374777 viewsMacedonian Kingdom. Alexander III the Great. 336-323 B.C. AR tetradrachm (26.5 mm, 17.03 g, 3 h). Babylon mint, struck ca. 311-305 B.C. Struck by Seleukos I Nikator.
Obverse: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress
Reverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Zeus seated left, holding eagle and scepter; monogram within wreath in left field, MI below throne.
Price 3746; SC 82.5a; Müller 734. Scratch on obverse.
In hand the dot inside the wreathed monogram, which is the difference between Price 3746 and Price 3747, can easily be seen.
Agora 56 lot 24
1 commentschance vJun 01, 2016
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Roman empire, Gratian, RIC 015c Siscia53 viewsObverse: DN GRATIANVS PF AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: SECVRITAS REIPVBLICAE, Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm. D in left field
ASIS in ex. Siscia mint. 20.01 mm, 2.7 g.
1 commentsNORMAN KMay 26, 2016
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Roman empire, Constans, RIC VIII 27 Heraclea57 viewsRare left facing Constans as Augustus
Obverse: CONSTANS PF AVG, laurel and rosette diademed, draped & cuirassed bust left.
Reverse: GLORIA EXER CITVS, two soldiers standing facing each other and holding a spear in one hand and resting the other hand on shield withone standard between them.
SMHE in ex. Heraclea mint. 16.15 mm., 2.2 g.
NORMAN KMay 24, 2016
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Roman empire, VETRANIO EMPEROR, RIC VIII 296 Siscia, CAPTIVE AT FEET49 viewsBronze AE 2, RIC VIII 296, diameter 18.5 mm 2.1 g, Siscia mint, 350 C.E.
Obverse: DN VETRANIO P F AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: VIRTVS AVGSTORVM, emperor, standing right, holding spear and globe, at feet seated captive, ASIS in ex
NORMAN KMay 24, 2016
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Roman empire, Constantius II RIC VIII 369g, Siscia48 viewsConstantius II, AE 3 of Siscia, 324-361 CE
Obverse: DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, curiassed bust right.
Reverse: FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman who is wearing a Phrygian helmet, reaching backwards.
Mintmark gamma SIS reversed Z, Siscia, 19.08 mm, 2.1 g.
NORMAN KMay 23, 2016
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Roman Empire, Constantius II RIC VIII 145s, Aquileia28 viewsObverse: FLIVL CONSTANTIVS NOBC: laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: GLORIA EXERCITVS: two soldiers holding spears and shields with one standard between them.
dot AQS in ex. Aquileia mint.
RIC VIII 145s Aquileia 16.8 mm., 1.5 g. rated R4
NORMAN KMay 23, 2016
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Roman empire, Constans, RIC VIII 57 Thessalonica35 viewsObverse: CONSTANS PF AVG, laurel and rosette diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: GLORIA EXER CITVS, two soldiers standing facing each other and holding a spear in one hand and resting the other hand on shield withone standard between them.
SMTS in ex. Thessalonica mint. 16.84 mm., 1.4 g.
NORMAN KMay 22, 2016
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Roman Empire, CONSTANTIUS II, RIC VIII 189d Thessalonica71 viewsObverse: DN CONSTANTIVS PF AVG. Pearl diademed draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Soldier spearing fallen horseman who is bare headed and reaching backwards. Delta in left field.
SMTS in ex. Thessalonica 17.1 mm diam. 2.6 g.
NORMAN KMay 22, 2016
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Roman Empire, Crispus RIC VII 175 Siscia34 viewsObverse: IVL CRIS-PVS NOB C, Laureate head right
Reverse: CAESARVM NOSTRORVM, VOT X within wreath
Mintmark: gamma SIS palm branch
19.05 mm, 3.3 g
NORMAN KMay 20, 2016
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Roman Empire, Delmatius RIC VII 15535 viewsObverse: FL DELMATIVS NOB CAES, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Reverse: GLORIA EXERCITVS, two soldiers facing, a standard between, with spear in outer hand and inner hand on shield.
SMHT in ex. Heraclea mint. rare 3
14 mm diam.1.4 g
NORMAN KMay 19, 2016
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CONSTANTINE I, CONSTANTINOPLE CAMPGATE RIC VII 007 ,50 viewsSilvered bronze AE3 Constantinople (CONS) mint. 18 mm dia.
Obverse CONSTAN-TINVS AVG, laurate head right; reverse PROVIDEN-TIAE AVGG, A in left field.
Campgate with 7 rows of blocks, two turrets, star above. CONS in ex.
19.1mm., 3.3 g.
NORMAN KMay 19, 2016
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Roman Empire, Titus Denarius RIC 131113 viewsTitus AR Denarius Rome Mint, 80 AD
O: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
R: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Tripod, with fillets streaming out l. and r., on which are ravens r. and l., and in the center, dolphin over wreath: ('exuviae' of Apollo, for 'pulvinar' of Apollo and Diana (?)).
- RIC 131 (R), BMC 82, RSC 323a

Reka Devnia hoard, recording only 3 specimens with ravens and the dolphin and 24 specimens of the regular type with only the dolphin. The dolphin, ravens, laurel and tripod are all symbols of Apollo. His most famous attribute is the tripod, the symbol of his prophetic powers. It was in the guise of a dolphin that Apollo brought priests from Crete to Delphi, explaining Apollo's cult title "Delphinios" and the name of the town. He dedicated a bronze tripod to the sanctuary and bestowed divine powers on one of the priestesses, and she became known as the "Pythia." It was she who inhaled the hallucinating vapors from the fissure in the temple floor, while she sat on a tripod chewing laurel leaves. After she mumbled her answer, a male priest would translate it for the supplicant.
4 commentsNemonaterMay 19, 2016
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GREEK, Attica, Athens, 465-454 BC, AR Tetradrachm421 viewsObv. Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Attic helmet adorned with three olive leaves and palmette, round earring and pearl necklace.
Rev. Owl standing right with head facing, ΑΘΕ to right, crescent and olive sprig to left; all within incuse square.
Mint: Attica, Athens, ca. 465-454 BC.

17.10g, 24mm, 10h.

Starr Group V.B.

Ex Roma Numismatics, E-Sale 19, 1. August 2015, lot 95
9 commentskcMay 13, 2016
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Trajan AE Sestertius, RIC 64248 viewsSesterce, Trajan, 116 (Bronze) RIC 642
Avers : Buste lauré de Trajan à droite avec l’égide sur l’épaule, vu de trois quarts en avant (O*4).
IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC PARTHICO P M [TR P COS VI P P
Revers : Trajan debout de face, tourné à droite, vêtu militairement, tenant le parazonium de la main droite et une haste de la main gauche entre l’Euphrate et le Tigre allongés de chaque côté, tenant chacun un roseau et appuyé sur une urne ; devant Trajan, l’Arménie assise sur le sol.
ARME-NIA ET MESOPOTA[MIA IN POTESTATEM P R REDACTAE]/ S|C .
bgautMay 02, 2016
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BYZANTINE, Justin I, AV solidus64 viewsThe pig farmer who would be emperor...sounds like gladiator a lil bit.
Justin I AV Solidus. Constantinople, AD 518-527. D N IVSTINVS P P AVG, helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, shield with horseman device on left shoulder, spear across right shoulder / VICTORIA AVGGG Δ, angel standing facing holding long cross in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand; star in right field, CONOB in exergue.
Sear 56; DOC 2; MIBE 3. 4.46g, 21mm, 5h.
chance vMay 01, 2016
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Roman Empire, CONSTANTIUS I CHLORUS, FOLLIS RIC 30a Aquileia, 300 CE 77 viewsObverse: CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, Laureate head right.
Reverse: SACRA MONET AVGG ET CAESS NOSTR, Monet standing left holding scales and cornucopia.
AQT in ex. 9.4 g, 36 mm
2 commentsNORMAN KMar 27, 2016
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Roman Empire, Gordian III AR Antoninianus.76 viewsGordian III, 238-244. Antoninianus , Rome, 238-239. IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian III to right. Rev. VICTORIA AVG Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm branch. Cohen 357. RIC 5.2 commentsRuslan KMar 05, 2016
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Roman Empire Provincial, Severus Alexander. AE 21 mm81 viewsBITHYNIA. Nicaea. (5.40 gm). Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from behind M AVP CЄVHP AΛЄΞANΔPOC AV / Three signa. NI|K|AI|E across field. SNG von Aulock 623. SNG Copenhagen 519-520. Even medium green patina. NGC AU 5/5 - 4/5
1 commentsRuslan KMar 02, 2016
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, MACRINUS, Seleucia & Pieria, Emesa, AR Tetradrachm22 viewsSYRIA, Seleucia & Pieria. Emesa. Macrinus. 217-218 AD.Officina H.
Obverse: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: Eagle standing left with open wings, holding wreath in beak; H under beak, radiate bust of Shamash between legs.
Prieur 993.
Extremely Fine.
Ruslan KMar 01, 2016
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Macrinus, AR Denarius, RIC 5330 viewsRome, AD 217-8. IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right / AEQVITAS AVG, Aequitas standing, head left, holding scales and cornucopiae. RIC 53.
Extremely Fine. Scarce.
1 commentsRuslan KMar 01, 2016
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Roman Empire, Trajan Decius, 249-251. Antoninianus.41 views(Silver, 22mm, 3.84 g 6), Rome, 250-251.
IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Decius to right.
Rev. PANNONIAE The Two Pannoniae standing left, both looking to left and raising their right hands, the one on the left with a standard next to her and the one on the right holding a vexillum.
RIC 23 var. (differing bust type). Very rare variety. Lustrous, sharp and very well struck. Virtually as struck.

From the Collection of the MoneyMuseum, Zurich. Ex Nomos 2 (17 May 2002), lot 214.
Ruslan KMar 01, 2016
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Macrinus. AE 30. Nicopolis Ad Istrum.113 viewsMacrinus (217-218), Bronze,Moesia Inferior: Nicopolis ad Istrum, c. AD 217-218; AE (g 14,28; mm 30; h 1); AYT K M OΠEΛ - CEY MAKPINOC, laureate and cuirassed bust r., Rv. VΠ CTA ΛONΓINOY NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC IC / TPON, Athens standing r., holding spear and shield. Varbanov -; AMNG I, 1476. Green patina, extremely fine.3 commentsRuslan KFeb 28, 2016
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Roman Empire, Valentinian II, RIC IX 26b Siscia, 378-383 CE68 viewsValentinian II, AE2 of Siscia
Obverse: DN VALENTINIANVS IVN PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: REPARATIO-REIPVB, emperor standing left, holding Victory on globe, raising woman kneeling right before him.
Mintmark star BSISC dot.
RIC IX Siscia 26b; Sear 20276. 23.1 mm., 4.5 g.
1 commentsNORMAN KFeb 26, 2016
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian Denarius Roma 119-22 AD Providentia standing180 viewsHadrian Denarius Roma 119-22 AD Providentia standing

Reference.
Strack 76; RIC 134; BMC 307;

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

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

3.50 gr
19 mm (max)
7h
7 commentsokidokiFeb 24, 2016
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Trajan AE Sestertius, RIC 549 var.100 viewsÆ Sestertius (27,23g, Ø 33,5mm, 6h). Rome, AD 107.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate draped cuirassed bust right.
Rev.: S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI around, S C in ex., Trajan crowned by Victory.
RIC 549 var. ; BMC 825 var.; Cohen 516 var.; Strack 359 (Mailand, Castello Sforza (1929) for this bust type); Banti 221 var.; MIR 14/320 (unlisted bust type [h])
Ex cgb.fr, Sept. 2015
3 commentsCharles SFeb 23, 2016
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BYZANTINE, ISAAC COMNENUS OF CYPRUS AG TETARTERON SBCV-1998 184 viewsDOC 610 CLBC 6.3.6A GR 1125

OBV Christ Emmanuel, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, seated upon throne with back; r hand raised in benediction holds scroll in l. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV Full length figure of emperor on l. crowned by virgin nimbate. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia. Virgin wears tunic and maphorion.

Size 18.5/20mm

Weight 4.2

These issues in Cyprus have a small amount of silver in them 1.5% make them more related to the Metropolitan issue of the empire. This issue is heavier than most listed types. Variations of Isaac Comnenus coinage seem more common than the Byzantine Emperors, in this case the sash on the Emperors waist.

I have decided not clean this coin any further,I think it is attractive as it stands.

DOC list 4 examples with a weight of 2.81 to 2.84 and sized at 19mm to 21mm
1 commentsSimonFeb 18, 2016
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Licinius I, Nicomedia37 viewsAE Folles
Nicomedia mint, 313-317 A.D.
23mm, 4.40g
RIC VII-15, RCVv.4-15216

Obverse:
IMP C VAL LICIN LICINIVS P F AVG
Laureate head right.

Reverse:
IOVI CONSERVATORI
N and S in right field
SMN in exergue
Jupiter standing left, chlamys across left shoulder, leaning on sceptre and holding Victory on globe in right hand; eagle holding wreath to left.
Will JFeb 07, 2016
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BYZANTINE, Anonymous Half-Siliqua, Struck at Constantinople (c.530AD), Bendall Type 8c166 viewsObverse: Helmeted and draped bust of Constantinople facing right.
Reverse: Large K in a pearl border.

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

Atelier : Constantinople (Istanbul en Turquie) - Ref : Bendall Type 8c - Sommer 7.109 (Maurice), Tolstoï 28, 612 - Rare
0,80 g / 13-15 mm - Etat presque Extremely Fine
3 commentséRIC_FRFeb 03, 2016
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Roman Empire, Constantine II, AE3, Thessalonica, RIC VII, 157 , 326-328 CE33 viewsConstantine II, AE3, 326-328, Thessalonica, Officina 4
Obverse: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust left
Reverse: PROVIDEN_TIAE CAESS, Campgate with six rows, two turrets, no doors, star above, top and bottom rows empty blocks
SMTSD in exergue
19.5mm, 2.7g
RIC VII, 157 nearly full silvering
NORMAN KJan 20, 2016
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, PROBUS. AE TETRADRACHM of Alexandria. Struck A.D.278 - 279. (Eirene)166 viewsObv:– A K M AVP PROBOC CEB, Laureate, cuirassed bust right
Rev:– None, Eirene standing left, holding olive branch and transverse sceptre
Minted in Alexandria Egypt. Delta over L in left field. Year 4. A.D. 278-279
Milne 4578. Emmett 3986(4) R1. Curtis 1880. BMC 2415. Köln 3139. Dattari 5530.
1 commentsmaridvnvmJan 20, 2016
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Aurelian, silvered antoninianus49 viewsTicinum
June – September 274 AD
Issue 2
radiate, cuirassed bust right
IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG
Sol standing left, with right hand raised and holding globe in left, right foot resting on a bound captive in oriental dress standing left; on the other side, another bound captive in oriental dress right, head turned left
SOLI__INVICTO
*
QXXT
LV 5293-332; RIC 154
http://www.ric.mom.fr/en/coin/1536
Johny SYSELJan 10, 2016
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Aurelian, silvered antoninianus48 viewsSerdica
spring 274 AD
Issue 6, Phase 1
radiate, cuirassed bust right
IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG
Sol standing left, with right hand raised and holding globe in left, right foot resting on a bound captive in oriental dress standing left; on the other side, another bound captive in oriental dress standing right, head turned left
ORI_ENS AVG
P
LV 9899-909; RIC 278
http://www.ric.mom.fr/en/coin/2641
Johny SYSELJan 10, 2016
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Septimius Severus, AR denarius54 viewsRome
201 AD
laureate head right
SEVERVS AVG__PART MAX
Septimius Severus military attire standing left, holding spear, sacrificing from patera over lit altar
RESTITVTOR__VRBIS
SRCV II 6357, RIC IV 167a, BMCRE V 194, RSC III 599
Johny SYSELJan 10, 2016
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IBERIA, Castulo, AE quarter unit62 viewslate 2nd century BC
diademed head right
boar right, star (comet)* above
KaŚTiLO
Villaronga p. 337, 50; SNG BM Spain 1358

* In 135 BC bright comet appeared and star symbol has appeared on many coins through mediterranean since then.
Johny SYSELJan 10, 2016
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Aurelian, silvered antoninianus68 viewsSerdica
early 274 AD
Issue 5, Phase 2
radiate, cuirassed bust right
IMP AVRELIANVS AVG
Sol facing, head left, with right hand raised and holding globe in left; at feet to left a bound and captive in oriental dress.
ORIE_NS AVG
P
LV 9885-9; RIC 276
http://www.ric.mom.fr/en/coin/2634
1 commentsJohny SYSELJan 09, 2016
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Aurelian, silvered antoninianus53 viewsuncertain Balkan mint
autumn 272 – autumn 273 AD
Issue 2, Phase 1
radiate, cuirassed bust right
IMP AVREL_IANVS AVG
Aurelian on right standing left, extending right to woman who crowns him
RESTITVT ' OR_BIS
A
LV 9004-97; RIC 1st 399
http://www.ric.mom.fr/en/coin/2498
Johny SYSELJan 09, 2016
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Gallienus, Alexandria82 viewsBI tetradrachm
29 Aug 267 - 28 Aug 268
laureate, cuirassed bust right, draped shoulder
AVT K Π ΛIK ΓAΛΛIHNOC CEB
Athene seated on cuirass left, wearing helmet, holding scepter and Nike with wreath and palmbranch
IE / L
Geißen: 2946, Dattari: 5232
1 commentsJohny SYSELJan 09, 2016
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Mithradates II, AR drachm110 viewsEcbatana
119-109 BC
bearded diademed bust left
archer without beard, with cloak and bashlyk seated on throne, holding bow
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ
Sellwood 26.1; Shore 77
2 commentsJohny SYSELJan 09, 2016
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Roman Empire, CONSTANTINE II, RIC VII 67 Heracles48 viewsCONSTANTINE II AE 3, Emperor AD 337-340, As Caesar AD 317-337
Obverse: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate draped cuirassed bust right
Reverse: PROVIDENTIAE CAESS around military camp gate surmounted by two turrets
Star in between. SMHA in exergue Reference: Sear 3948 var., RIC VII 67
AE3, 2.6 grams, 19.44 mm
NORMAN KJan 07, 2016
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BYZANTINE, Justin II and Sophia, Half-Follis struck at Cherson (A.D.582-602)49 viewsA l'avers XЄP-CONOC l'empereur Justin et l'impératrice Sophie debout de face, tous deux nimbés, Phocas tenant un globe crucigère et Leontia un long sceptre crucigère.
Au revers Tibère, debout de face, tenant une longue croix. A droite, la valeur Δ.
Atelier : Cherson (Crimée, Ukraine)
5,67 g / 20-23 mm
Ref : Sear 610 (Maurice) - Sommer 5.73 var (Justin II), MIBEC 161 (Phocas), Anokhin 318-19 (Justin II), Esty 16 (Maurice)
éRIC_FRJan 05, 2016
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BYZANTINE, Maurice & Constantina, Follis struck at Cherson (582-602)73 viewsA l'avers DN mAVRIC PP AVG AVG l'empereur Maurice et l'impératrice Constantina debout de face, tous deux nimbés, Maurice tenant un globe crucigère et Constantina un long sceptre crucigère, Tous deux sont sur une estrade. Une croix entre l'empereur et l'impératrice.
Au revers Théodosius, fils de Maurice, debout de face, tenant une longue croix. A droite, la valeur H, une croix au dessus.
Atelier : Cherson (Crimée, Ukraine)
11.87 g / 30 mm
Ref : Sear 607, MIBEC 157a1 - Sommer 7.108, DOC 303, Anokhin 320, Esty 17
1 commentséRIC_FRJan 05, 2016
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BYZANTINE, Justin II and Sophia, AE Follis struck at Cherson (A.D.565-578)59 viewsA l'avers XЄP-CONOC l'empereur Justin et l'impératrice Sophie debout de face, tous deux nimbés, Justin tenant un globe crucigère et Sophie un long sceptre crucigère. Pas de croix entre Justin II et Sophie.
Au revers Tibère, debout de face, tenant un long chrisme. A droite, la valeur H.
La marque de valeur est très spécifique à l'atelier de Cherson, le H signifiant la valeur 8 à comprendre comme 8 pentanumia, soit 40 nummis.
Atelier : Cherson (Crimée, Ukraine)
13,08 g / 30-32 mm
Ref : MIBE II 158 (Justin II) - Sommer 5.71 (Justin II), SBCV 605 (Maurice), DOC 299 (Maurice), Anokhin 317 (Justin II), Esty 15 (Maurice)
éRIC_FRJan 05, 2016
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Roman Empire, Constantius II Silvered Campgate45 viewsConstantius II AE3. 326-327 C.E.
Obverse - FL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB C, laureate, draped & cuiressed bust left
Reverse - PROVIDENTIAE CAESS, camp gate with two turrets & star above, dot DSIS dot in ex. Siscia
RIC VIII 203, 19 mm., 2.7 g.
NORMAN KJan 02, 2016
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Byzantine, Leo VI. the Wise (886-912 A.D.), SB 1729, AE-Follis, Constantinopolis, #1225 viewsB 036 Leo VI. the Wise (886-912 A.D.), SB 1729, AE-Follis, Constantinopolis, #1
avers: LEON bAS ILEVS ROM, Leo, crowned bust facing with short beard, wearing chlamys, holding akakia.
reverse: + / LEOn/ En QEO BA / SILEVS R / OMEON, legend in four lines.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 25,5-26mm, weight: 6,08g, axis: 6h,
mint: Constantinopolis, date: A.D., ref: SB 1729,
Q-001
quadransDec 31, 2015
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Byzantine, Constantine VII. Porphyrogenitus (913-959 A.D.), SB 1761, AE-Follis, Constantinopolis, #2, double or over struck!194 viewsB 038 Constantine VII. Porphyrogenitus (913-959 A.D.), SB 1761, AE-Follis, Constantinopolis, #2, double or over struck!
avers: CONST bASIL ROM, crowned bust of Constantine facing, with short beard and wearing vertical loros, holding akakia and cross on globe.
reverse: + / CONST / EN QEO BA / SILEVS R / OMEON, legend in four lines.
exergue: , diameter: 24-25mm, weight: 6,15g, axis: 6h,
mint: Constantinopolis, date: A.D., ref: SB 1761,
Q-002
quadransDec 31, 2015
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, Tetradrachm, Tarsos, Price 300059 viewsThis is supposed to be the first Alexander style issue. Kings of Macedon. Alexander III "the Great" 336-323 BC. Babylon 25mm., 17,35g.
Obv: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress
Rev: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left holding sceptre; B below throne, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to right.
Price 3000; Newell, Tarsos 4.
chance vDec 27, 2015
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Anonymous AE Quadrans, c.225-217 B.C.29 viewsEmission anonyme, AE quadrans, 225-217 av. J.-C., Rome. D/ Sur un disque, t. d'Hercule à g., coiffé de la dépouille de lion. Derrière, trois globules. R/ Sur un disque, proue à d. En dessous, trois globules.
Cr. 35/4; Syd. 75; T.V. 54; H. pl. 18, 1.
71,56g
Patine brun-vert.
chance vDec 26, 2015
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Roman Empire, Carinus (282-283 A.D. Caesar 283-285 A.D. Augustus), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 197F, Siscia, -/T//XXI, PRINCIPI IVVENT, Carinus standing left, #1338 views115 Carinus (282-283 A.D. Caesar 283-285 A.D. Augustus), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 197F, Siscia, -/T//XXI, PRINCIPI IVVENT, Carinus standing left, #1
avers:- IMP-C-M-AVR-CARINVS-NOB-C, Radiate and cuirassed bust right (F).
revers: PRINCIP-I-IVVENT, Carinus standing left with Baton and Spear. "T" in the right field.
exerg: -/T//XXI, diameter: 20,5-22mm, weight: 3,49g, axes: 5h,
mint: Siscia, 2nd.em., date: 282 A.D., ref: RIC V-II-197F, p-162,
Q-001
1 commentsquadransDec 20, 2015
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Roman Empire, Diocletian, RIC 329 Treveri 284-305 CE.40 viewsObverse: IMP C C VAL DIOCLETIANVS PF AVG, Radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: IOVI CONSERVATOR-I AVGG, TR. Jupiter & Diocletian face to face. Diocletian is standing to the left, turned right, dressed in militrary, holding a scepter in left hand. Jupiter is naked standing at right, turned left, the coat on the shoulder, holding a long Scepter, the left hand and a globe nikephoros in the right hand, giving to the emperor.
Mintmark XXI, Treveri, 23.2 mm., 4.0 g.
NORMAN KDec 15, 2015
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Roman Empire, Vespasian, Silver Denarus RIC 4344 viewsSilver denarius, RIC II, part 1, 43; RSC II 43; BMCRE II 50; BnF III 36; Hunter I 21, weight 3.3 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, Rome mint, Jul - Dec 71 CE.
Obverse: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M, laureate head right.
Reverse simpulum, sprinkler, jug and lituus, AVGVR above, TRI POT below

Roman emperor Vespasian was most famous for building the Flavian Amphitheater, also known as the Colosseum. Like many Roman emperors, Vespasian rose in prominence because of his military skills and work ethics. Following his ten year rule, he left behind a record of restored order, stability and good government. He was succeeded by his son Titus in 79 CE, who had been sent to quell the Jewish revolt of 66-70 CE.
NORMAN KDec 08, 2015
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GREEK, SICILY, Syracuse, Hieron II, 275-215 BC.52 viewsHieron II, 275-215 BC.Bronze. 7.50 g.
Diademed head of Poseidon left.
Ornamented trident head flanked by two dolphins.
SNG ANS cf. 964; Calciati II, 371, 194 Rl 14.
Provenance: P.A. Collection, Hess Divo Auction 310, Zurich 2008, lot n°41. Hess Divo Lugdunum 13 lot 1033
chance vDec 03, 2015
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GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy I Soter, AR Tetradrachm, c.300-285 B.C.57 viewsPtolemaic Kings of Egypt, Ptolemy I Soter AR Tetradrachm. Alexandreia, circa 300-285 BC.
Diademed head right, wearing aegis around neck, small Δ behind ear / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt; to left, P above monogram.
Svoronos 265; SNG Copenhagen 73;
14.31g, 26mm, 1h.
1 commentschance vNov 28, 2015
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, AR Tetradrachm, Babylon, Price 364162 viewsAR Tetradrachm Babylon, lifetime issue (325-323 BC), 17.02 g
Obv: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress
Rev: Zeus seated left, holding eagle and sceptre, grapes in left field (below throne, monogram and M)
Price 3641
chance vNov 26, 2015
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Lysimachos, AR Drachm, Ephesos, 294 - 287 B.C.57 viewsKingdom of Thrace, Lysimachos AR Drachm. Ephesos, circa 294-287 BC.
Obv: Diademed head of the deified Alexander with horn of Ammon right
Rev: Athena enthroned left, holding Nike, resting left elbow on shield, spear behind.
Thompson 171.
4.13g, 18mm, 1h.
chance vNov 21, 2015
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Medieval, Hungary, Bracteata, (uncertain), H-191, CNH I.-271, U-117, AR-Bracteata, #01191 viewsMedieval, Hungary, Bracteata, (uncertain), H-191, CNH I.-271, U-117, AR-Bracteata, #01
avers: Enthroned king facing, holding scepter and imperial orb, •B•–•R• to sides.
reverse: Negative pictures.
exergue: R/B//--, diameter: 13mm, weight: 0,23g, axis: 0h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Huszár-191, CNH I.-271, Unger-117, Kiss-Toth: Sigla- ,
Q-001
quadransNov 14, 2015
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Medieval, Hungary, Bracteata, (uncertain), H-200, CNH I.-280, U-118, AR-Bracteata, #01189 viewsMedieval, Hungary, Bracteata, (uncertain), H-200, CNH I.-280, U-118, AR-Bracteata, #01
avers: BЄ LA RЄX, Triple human head.
reverse: Negative pictures.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 14mm, weight: 0,26g, axis:0h,
mint: Esztergom , date: A.D., ref: Huszár-200, CNH I.-280, Unger-118, Kiss-Toth: Sigla- ,
Q-001
quadransNov 13, 2015
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Roman Empire, Probus Antoninianus 276-282 CE RIC 809 var. 87 viewsObverse - IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG. Radiate bust left, wearing Imperial mantle and holding eagle tipped scepter.
Reverse - VIRTVS AVGVSTIN. Probus on horseback right, riding over fallen enemy and spearing kneeling enemy before him with arms raised.
Mintmark XXIB Sisica mint with unlisted officinal (B)
21 mm diam., 4.2 g
3 commentsNORMAN KNov 08, 2015
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius AE Sestertius - RIC 583109 viewsÆ Sestertius (25,9g, Ø 32mm, 6h). Rome, AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: MAVRETANIA around, COS II in ex., S | C, Mauretania, bare-headed, standing l, in short tunic, holding crown and sceptre (normally a spear).
RIC 583 (R2); BMCRE 1190 note; Cohen 551 (40 fr.); Strack 789; Banti 235 (this specimen illustrated).
Ex Mike R. Vosper, October 2015; ex Vinchon sale, 1973.
3 commentsCharles SOct 19, 2015
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PUNIC, Carthage, AE Shekel, c.300-275 BC37 viewsCARTHAGE. Circa 300-275 BC. Æ Shekel (18mm, 6 g, 3h).
Obv: Wreathed head of Tanit left.
Rev: Forepart of horse right; Punic "o" to right.
MAA 57x; SNG Copenhagen 151.
moneta romanaOct 04, 2015
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BYZANTINE, JOHN III DUCAS, AE Tetarteron S- 2117 DOC 59 172 viewsOBV Cross within crescent-shapeped ornament decorated with pellets.
REV Half length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision , collar-piece and paneled loros of a simplified type, holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter, and in l. a globus surmounted by patriarchal cross
Size 19mm/16mm. Weight 1.8 gm

DOC lists 5 examples with weights from 1.55 gm to 2.54 and sizes 15mm to 20mm All odd shaped in size

I believe this to be the nicest I've seen but it is close. The coin has nice highlights, sand filled patina and nice eye appeal. When grading this coin keep in mind the denomination being small and rarely struck with perfection but this one definitely has it's charms.
SimonAug 27, 2015
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Trajan AR Tetradrachm, Phoenicia Tyre. AD 98-117.133 viewsStuck AD 103-109.
Ar 14,0 g.
Av: АYТОКР. КАIС. NEP. TPAIANOC. CEB. ГЕРМ. ДАК.
Rev: ДНМАРХ. ЕC. IЕYПАТЕ.
2 commentsYuriy DAug 20, 2015
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Roman Empire, Valentinian I, RIC IX 6aB Sirimium32 viewsThe mint of Sirmium was closed in the first year of Valentinian's reign. It was reopened 14 years later but only to strike in precious metal. Coins from the short early period are scarce.
Bronze AE 3, RIC IX 6(a)B, VF, Sirmium mint, 2.8g, 18.1mm, 364 A.D.;
Obverse; D N VALENTINI-ANVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse; RESTITV-TOR REIP, emperor standing facing, head right, holding labarum and Victory on globe.
BSIRM in ex Sirimium Mint
NORMAN KAug 18, 2015
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Roman Empire, CONSTANTINE II as CAESAR. AE3/4 of Trier, struck A.D.335 - 337.33 viewsObverse: CONSTANTINVS IVN N C. Laureate and cuirassed bust of Constantine II facing right.
Reverse: GLORIA EXERCITVS. Two soldiers standing either side of standard; in exergue, • TRP •.
RIC VII : 591
RARE
*AlexAug 15, 2015
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Roman Empire, Caracalla, Denarius88 views201 - 206 AD

Carthage

ANTONINVS PIVS AVG
Laureate and draped bust right

INDVLGENTIA AVGG, INCARTH
Dea Caelestis riding lion springing right, holding thunderbolt & scepter

3.09g, 19mm

RSC 97
1 commentsZaph0ddJul 23, 2015
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ROMAN IMPERATORS, Pompey Magnus, AR Denarius, 49 BC.23 viewsCnaeus Pompeius Magnus AR Denarius. Military mint moving with Pompey, 49 BC.
Obv: VARRO PRO Q. Diademed terminal bust of Jupiter r.
Rev: Scepter between dolphin and eagle; in exergue, MAGN PRO COS.
3.92gm; 18mm; 1h.
Sydenham 1033 | Crawford 447/1a | Sear 8
StratoJul 13, 2015
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GREEK, Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I Nikator, AR Tetradrachm, Seleucia on Tigris, 312-281 BC52 viewsThe Seleucid Kings, Seleucus I Nicator, 312- 281 Seleucia on the Tigris Tetradrachm circa 300, AR 28mm., 16.86g.
Obv:Head of Heracles r. wearing lion's skin headdress.
Rev. Zeus seated l. on throne holding sceptre and Nike who reaches r. to crown him.
Seleucid Coins 119.1. ESM 13.
Naville auc 16 lot 60
chance vJul 12, 2015
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Vitellius, sestertius, RIC 141207 viewsÆ sestertius (25.02g, 36mm, 6h). Rome, AD 69.
Obv.: A VITELLIVS GERMAN IMP AVG P M TR P, laureate draped bust right.
Rev.: S C, Mars, helmeted, naked, cloak over left shoulder, advancing right with spear and legionary standard.
RIC 141 (R); BMC 58; Cohen 79 (80 fr.); RCV 2208
Ex Edgar L. Owen, Andover, NJ, 1997
8 commentsCharles SJul 05, 2015
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ROMAN EMPIRE, ANTONINUS PIUS sestertius, RIC 891 74 viewsÆ Sestertius (27,0g, Ø 30mm, 6h). Rome, AD 151-152.
Obv.: IMP CAES T AEL HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: TR POT XV COS IIII around, ANNONA AVG in ex., S | C, Annona seated left holding corn ears above modius and holding cornucopiae.
RIC 891 (common); BMCRE 1891; Cohen 50; Strack 1069; Banti 29 (34 spec.)
Double struck reverse.
Ex Jesús Vico, S.A., auction 142, June, 2015.
2 commentsCharles SJul 03, 2015
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BYZANTINE, Justinian I, AV Tremissis, AD527-56568 viewsJustinian I AV Tremissis. Constantinople, AD 527-565. DN IVSTINI-ANVS P P AVC, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right / VICTORIA AVCVSTORVM, Victory alighting facing, head left, holding wreath in outstretched right hand and globus cruciger in outstretched left; star in right field; CONOB.
Sear 145. 1.43g, 16mm, 7h.
chance vJun 27, 2015
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BYZANTINE, John V Palaeologus, AR 1/8th stavraton, 1341-1391 AD.67 viewsJean V Paléologue (1341-1391), AR 1/8 de stavraton, 1367-1376, Constantinople.
Obv: D/B. du Christ de f. entre deux points.
Rev: R/B. de l'empereur de f. entre deux points.
Sear 2512; D.O. 1244; PCPC 307 (sigle 5). 1,02g. Rare
Jean Elsen auc 125 lot 933.
chance vJun 19, 2015
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BYZANTINE, Manuel II Palaeologus, AR 1/2 stavraton, 1403-1425 AD58 viewsManuel II Paléologue (1391-1425), AR 1/2 stavraton (1/4 hyperpère), Constantinople.
Obv: D/ B. du Christ accosté de IC-XC. A g., une étoile.
Rev: R/ B. de l'empereur nimbé de f., accosté de deux points.
D.O. 1317; PCPC 334. 3,13g.
Jean Elsen auc 125 lot 937.
chance vJun 19, 2015
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BYZANTINE, Manuel II Palaeologus, AR 1/2 stavraton, 1403-1425 AD63 viewsManuel II Paléologue (1391-1425), AR 1/2 stavraton, 1403-1425, Constantinople.
Obv: D/ B. du Christ de f. A g. ?.
Rev: R/ B. de Manuel de f. entre deux poins. A g., ?. ?ICTO en fin de légende.
Sear 2552; D.O. 1507; PCPC 343. 3,65g.
Jean Elsen auc 125 lot 940.
chance vJun 19, 2015
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BYZANTINE, Manuel II Palaeologus, AR 1/8th stavraton, 1403-1425 AD60 viewsManuel II Paléologue (1391-1425), AR 1/8 de stavraton, 1403-1425, Constantinople.
Obv: D/ B. du Christ de f. entre C-?.
Rev: R/ B. de l'empereur de f. entre deux points.
Sear 2553; D.O. 1543; PCPC 335. 0,55g.
Jean Elsen auc 125 lot 943.
chance vJun 19, 2015
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BYZANTINE, John VII Palaeologus, AR 1/2 stavraton, 1399-1402 AD.70 viewsJean VII Paléologue, régent pour Manuel II (1399-1403), AR 1/2 stavraton, Constantinople.
Obv: D/B. du Christ de f., entre IC-XC. Sur le tour, quatorze globules et C-?. R.
Rev: I?ANIC BACI??VC [######] B. de l'empereur nimbé de f., entre deux points.
Sear 2562; D.O. 1334; PCPC 346 (sigle 8). 3,01g. Rare
Jean Elsen auc 125 lot 945
chance vJun 19, 2015
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BYZANTINE, John VIII Palaeologus, AR 1/8th stavraton, 1421-1448 AD66 viewsJean VIII Paléologue (1421-1448), AR 1/8 de stavraton (1/16 hyperpère), Constantinople.
Obv: D/B. du Christ nimbé de f. entre IC-XC. A d., trois points.
Rev: R/B. de l'empereur nimbé de f., entre I/? -A/N.
Sear 2566; D.O. -; PCPC 350. 0,50g. Rare
Jean Elsen auc 125 lot 953.

This coin is from the Constantine XI hoard. It is coin #64 in the Numismatique revue that pictures all the coins from the hoard by Simon Bendall.
chance vJun 19, 2015
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Anonymous, Gens Caecilia48 viewsAnonymous series with elephant's head.
Denarius 128, AR 19mm., 3.72g.
Helmeted head of Roma r.; behind, *. Rev. Goddess in biga r., holding sceptre and reins in l. hand and branch in r.; below horses, elephant's head with bell attached / ROMA.
Babelon Caecilia 38. Sydenham 496. Crawford 262/1.
3 commentselmeleJun 10, 2015
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, L. Roscius Fabatus. 59 BC.27 viewsAR Serrate Denarius (19mm, 3.73 g, 7h). Rome mint.
Head of Juno Sospita right; lyre behind / Female standing right before erect serpent; lyre key to left.
Crawford 412/1 (symbols 57); Sydenham 915; Roscia 3.
elmeleJun 10, 2015
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, PLAETORIA22 viewsM. Plaetorius M.f. Cestianus. 57 BC.
AR Denarius (20mm, 3.80 g, 6h). Rome mint.
Turreted and draped bust of Cybele right; forepart of lion behind, globe below chin; all within bead and reel border / Curule chair; lyre key to left; all within bead and reel border.
Crawford 409/2; Sydenham 808; Plaetoria 3.
elmeleJun 09, 2015
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, C. Vibius C.f. Pansa. 90 BC.29 viewsAR Denarius (18mm, 3.66 g, 7h). Rome mint.
Laureate head of Apollo right; lyre to lower right / Minerva driving quadriga right, holding reins and spear.
Crawford 342/5b; Sydenham 684; Vibia 1.
elmeleJun 09, 2015
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Roman Empire, Crispus (317-326 A.D.), Londinium, RIC VII 252, AE-3 Follis, F/B//PLON, BEAT TRANQLITAS, VO/TIS/XX, Globe on altar, R5!!!299 views142 Crispus (317-326 A.D.), Londinium, RIC VII 252, AE-3 Follis, F/B//PLON, BEAT TRANQLITAS, VO/TIS/XX, Globe on altar, R5!!!
avers: CRISPVS-NOB-CAES, Laureated and cuirassed bust left, spear across right shoulder, decorated shield with two captives on the left arm.
revers: BEAT-TRA-NQLITAS, Globe set on altar inscribed VOT/IS/XX, above, three stars.
exerg: F/-//PLOBN, diameter: 19-19,5mm, weight: 2,78g, axis: 6h,
mint: Londinium, date: 322-323 A.D., ref: RIC-VII-252, p-113, R5!!!
Q-001
quadransMay 25, 2015
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GREEK, Sikyonia, Sikyon, c.300 BC96 viewsAR Hemidrachm. Sikyon ( Peloponessos ). 320-280 BC. 2,86 grs. 8h . Chimaera advancing left, right paw raised. ΣI below / Dove flying left.
BMC 119.
2 commentsbenitoMay 13, 2015
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BYZANTINE, Latin Rule Half Tetarteron S-2058233 viewsOBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, wearing tunic and maphorion

REV Leaved patriarchal cross.

17mm 1.59gm

Personally I think this is the nicest of the Latin designs and this one is the best I have seen. I just added it to my collection.
1 commentsSimonMay 08, 2015
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius AE Sestertius - RIC 86597 viewsÆ Sestertius (28.74g, Ø32mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 149-150.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XIII, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: COS IIII around, S C across field, Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae.
RIC 865 (R2); Cohen 244 (40 fr.); BMCRE p.306 (‡ "Dupondius of this rev., obv., head, radiate, r."); Strack 1047 (3 spec.); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 102 (2 specimens; this specimen illustrated on p.83); Sear (Roman Coins & their Values II) 4162 var. (earlier issue)
ex Emporium Hamburg Münzhandelsgesellschaft mbH, auction 68 (2012); ex Cat. Baranowsky, 1929
3 commentsCharles SMay 01, 2015
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MEDIEVAL, Anglo Saxon England, Cnut, AR Penny, 1016-1035 AD.41 viewsAnglo-Saxon Kings of England, Cnut AR Penny. AD 1016-1035. Short Cross type (BMC xvi, Hild. H). Lundene (London) mint; Godman, moneyer. Struck circa 1029-1035/6.
Obverse: + CNVT T R·ECX:, diademed bust left; sceptrE before
Reverse: + GODMΛN ON LVN, voided short cross with pellet-in-annulet in center.
SCBI 14 (Copenhagen), 2601-3 var. (same obv. die, mint name); Hild. 2426; BMC –; North 790; SCBC 1159; CNG 90, lot 2396 (same dies). 1.14g, 17mm, 3h.
chance vApr 27, 2015
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius AE Sestertius - RIC 778103 viewsÆ Sestertius (24.5g, Ø30.5mm, 6h). Minted AD 145-161, Rome.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS IIII, laureate head right.
Rev.: S C (in field), Mars, helmeted and wearing a cloack, advancing right, carrying a spear and a trophy.
RIC 778, Coh. 751, BMCRE 1705; Strack 1003; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 363 (14 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins & their Values II) 4219.
ex Künker (Osnabrück), Coin Auction 143 (2008); ex Künker Auction 71, Osnabrück, 2002
2 commentsCharles SApr 25, 2015
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius AE Sestertius - RIC 59761 viewsÆ Sestertius (29.84g, Ø31mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-44.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate and draped bust of Antoninus Pius facing right, wearing paludamentum.
Rev.: ANNONA AVG (around) S C (in field), Annona, standing right between modius and ship's prow, holding two corn ears and a cornucopiae.
RIC 597; BMCRE IV 1228; Cohen 34; Strack 821 (3 coll.); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 19 (8 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values II) 4147
ex CNG,2010
Charles SApr 25, 2015
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ROMAN EMPIRE, ANTONINUS PIUS sestertius, RIC 749 var.66 viewsÆ Sestertius (26.0g, Ø 31mm, 12h), Rome mint, Struck AD 144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PI-VS P P TR P COS III, laurate head Antoninus Pius facing right
Rev.: DES IIII (around) S C (in field), Salus standing left, holding a long sceptre and feeding a snake coiling around an altar.
RIC 749var.(*); Strack 949; Banti 138 var.
Ex D. Ruskin, 1998; ex Mike R. Vosper (Colchester, UK)

(*) This is a rare variant only recorded by Strack (found only in the Vienna and Lückger collections) but not by RIC, Cohen, BMC nor Banti. The reverse type differs from RIC 749 ("Salus standing l., [...] holding rudder on globe") while a long sceptre is depicted on this coin. BM Catalogue, 1968 (see pp 265-266, Pl 39.13, 39.14 ).
Charles SApr 23, 2015
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ROMAN EMPIRE, ANTONINUS PIUS sestertius, RIC 61964 viewsÆ sestertius (23.57g, 31mm, 11h). Rome mint. Struck AD 143-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: REX ARMENIIS DATVS [around] S C [in ex.] Antoninus Pius, togate, standing facing, head turned left, placing a tiara on the head of the Armenian king, standing left, wearing short tunica and cloak, his right hand raised and holding a roll in his left.
RIC 619 [R]; BMC 1272; Cohen 686; Strack 851; Banti 322 (22 spec.); Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 126:42; Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values II) 4209.
ex The New York Sale XX jan 2009; ex Gorny & Mosch, Auction 147 lot 2159, March 2006
Charles SApr 23, 2015
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ROMAN EMPIRE, ANTONINUS PIUS sestertius, RIC 60792 viewsÆ Sestertius (25,67g, Ø 33mm, 11h). Rome mint. Struck AD 142.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev.: IOVI STATORI (around) S C (field), Jupiter, naked, standing front, holding long sceptre and thunderbolt.
RIC 607 (rare); BMCRE 1247 var. (hd. left; note: variant with hd. right not in B.M.); Cohen 460; Strack 835 (3 spec. for hd. r.); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 188 (3 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4184.
Ex CNG 91
2 commentsCharles SApr 23, 2015
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ROMAN EMPIRE, ANTONINUS PIUS sestertius , RIC 626 193 viewsÆ Sestertius (23.82g, Ø 33mm, 11h), Rome mint, Struck AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS II!, laurate head right
Rev.: S C, Spes advancing left, holding a flower and raising her dress.
RIC 626; BMC 1289; Cohen 754; Strack 871; Banti 367 (10 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values II) 4223.
ex Lodge Antiquities (UK, 2015)
Charles SApr 23, 2015
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