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Byzantine, ANDRONICUS, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1986 DOC 5 CLBC 5.4.1 11 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
SimonNov 12, 2019
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Roman Empire, PROBUS. AE ANTONINIANUS of Rome. Struck A.D.276 - 2827 viewsObverse: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Probus facing right.
Reverse: VIRTVS AVGVSTI. Probus standing facing left, holding sceptre and crowning trophy; to left of trophy, seated captive; in exergue, R.
Diameter: 23mm | Weight: 3.2gms | Die Axis: 12
RIC V ii : 243 var. Unlisted in RIC with this bust type.
RARE
2 comments*AlexNov 07, 2019
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Roman Empire, DELMATIUS CAESAR. AE3/4 of Rome. Struck A.D.335 - 3372 viewsObverse: FL DELMATIVS NOB C. Laureate and cuirassed bust of Delmatius facing right.
Reverse: GLORIA EXERCITVS. Two soldiers standing either side of standard; in exergue, R S .
Diameter: 16mm | Weight: 1.6gms | Die axis: 6
EXTREMELY RARE

Unlisted in RIC for this ruler. (Cf. RIC VII : 385 but with addition of palm-branches). This mintmark is not associated with Delmatius in RIC, it is an unrecorded issue associated with the next mint mark group and should be included between RIC 389 and RIC 390. The issue with this mint-mark is listed by RIC (p.344) only for Constantine II, Constans and Urbs Roma and all of these are rated as R5, extremely rare.
*AlexNov 07, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, VESPASIAN, AE As, 74 AD, PAX AVGVST, 27mm, 9.9g4 viewsOBVERSE: IMP CAES VESP AVG PM TP COS V CENS, laureate head LEFT
REVERSE: PAX AVGVST S-C, Pax standing left, leaning on column, holding caduceus and branch

-- Not listed in RIC
-- Not listed in Cohen 308
-- Not listed in Cohen 309
-- Not listed in BMCRE
-- Not listed on Coin Archives Pro

Similar to RIC 727 and RIC 728, but not a match for either:

RIC 727 Obverse has the same legend and reverse, but with a right-facing portrait only.
RIC 728 Obverse has the left-facing portrait and the same reverse, but says "CAESAR" rather than "CAES", and does not include "PM TP".
Steven HNov 06, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, RIC VIII Constantinople 8317 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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NABATAEA, Aretas IV. 9 BC-AD 40. Æ Quadrans (20mm). Petra mint. Dated RY 6 (4/3 BC). 3 viewsObv. Laureate head right; Aramaic het-samekh flanking.
Rev. Female figure (Huldu?) standing left , raising hand; date in legend.
In this coin the female is standing right instead of left as in Meshorer, Nabataea 66. This variant was not found in classical references or any online reference
CanaanNov 02, 2019
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EGYPT, Hatshepsut Mortuary Temple10 viewsLocated on the west bank of the Nile near the Valley of the Kings.

Photo taken during a visit to Egypt in March 2019.
cmcdon0923Oct 20, 2019
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CITY-GATE, Septimius Severus, MOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis.193-211 AD 19 viewsMOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis. Septimius Severus. 193-211 AD. Æ 26mm (10.18 gm: h 8). Aurelius Gallus, magistrate. AVT L CEPT CEVHP PER, laureate head right / UP AUP GALLOU NIKOPOLEITWN PROC ICTP, city gate, small temple seen through doorway, ornate large colonnaded building above. AMNG I 1331; BMC Thrace pg. 42, 7; SNG Copenhagen -; Price & Trell 45 (fig. 26). Sear GIC 2124. H&J 8.14.46.1 (R7); Varbanov 2733 (R6)
Very rare, dark green patina, near extremely fine.
Ex Gorny & Mosch 186, 8 March 2010, lot 1524
2 commentsAncient AussieOct 06, 2019
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Roman Empire, Maximinus I Thrax as Augustus, AR Denarius. Early portrait resembling Severus Alexander.19 viewsRome 235-238 A.D. 2.96 - 21mm.

Obv: IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG - Laureate, draped & cuirassed bust right.

Rev: PAX AVGVSTI - Pax standing left holding branch & sceptre.

RIC IV-II 12, RSC 31, BMC 5.
Christian ScarlioliSep 17, 2019
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GREEK, Italy, CALABRIA, Taras. AR Nomos. Circa 415-405 BC.34 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.46 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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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 465--450 BC17.22 g 11h Jenkins 220 {O58/R118} The Randazzo Hoard no.41 this coin59 viewsCharioteer in quadriga moving slowly left,column behind marking the turning point of the race,in exergue sea monster {pistrix}
Rev forepart of man-headed bull with Nike flying right to crown him.off flan.
The Numismatic Chronicle 1894 page 212 contributions to Sicilian Numismatics by Arthur.J.Evans.These coins of Syracusan show the pistrix in the exergue of there reverse types,the introduction of which on the Syracusan dies Dr.Head has reasonably connected with Hierons great sea victory off Cumae of 474.I am inclined to go still further than Dr. Head,and to suggest that the symbol of sea power survived on the issues of the Syracusan democracy for another two decades or more.One of the novelties supplied by the present find is the appearance of the same sea-monster in the exergual position on a coin of Gela.It may ,therefore,be reasonably brought into connection with the same historical occasion,and may be regarded as a complimentary allusion to the great citizen of Gela who now ruled at Syracuse.It is possible that a Geloan contingent participated in the naval victory over the Etruscans,the victorious occasion of the present piece is ,indeed,accentuated and brought into direct relation with Gela itself by the obverse design,on which almost alone among the coins of this city,a flying Nike is seen crowning the head of the River-God.
1 commentsGrant HAug 28, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, MAXIMINUS II as Filius Augustorum. AE Follis (Nummus) of Thessalonika. Struck A.D.308 - 30925 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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Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #113913 viewsCALABRIA, Taras. Circa 380-325 BC. AR Tritemorion(?) (0.47 g).
Female head left / Three crescents facing outward around central pellet. Vlasto 1139 (this coin); HN Italy 924. Near VF, toned, cleaning marks. Apparently unique.

From the Colin E. Pitchfork Collection. Ex Spink Numismatic Circular CVIII.4 (August 2000), no. 2874; M.P. Vlasto Collection, 1139; Nervenga Collection (Sambon, 18 November 1907), lot 381.
LeoAug 24, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Dichalkon 125-28 AD star within Crescent29 viewsReference.
RPC III, --

Obv.
Laureate head right.

Rev.
6 ray Star within crescent

0.98 gr
13 mm
6h
okidokiAug 20, 2019
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Roman Empire, Maximinus II Daia, Augustus, AE Follis.20 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 Shekels36 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.20 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 - UNIQUE18 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
TanitAug 09, 2019
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Byzantine, ALEXIUS III ANGELUS-COMNENUS, AE HALF TETARTERON SBCV-2016 DOC 7 CLBC 8.4.424 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, CLAUDIUS I, AE Dupondius19 viewsObv: Claudius facing to the left.
Rev: Ceres seated left. CERES AVGVSTI
approximately 29mm in diameter and weighs 12g
1 commentsKatie MAug 01, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian, Cistophorus IONIA Ephesus mint, Zeus seated left14 viewsReference.
RPC III, -- ; Metcalf --; cf RIC II 478 var. (obverse legends).

Obv. HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head right.

Rev. IOVIS OLYMPIVS
Jupiter seated left holding sceptre in l. and cult image of Ephesian Artemis in right

9.91 gr
31 mm
7h
okidokiAug 01, 2019
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Caabria Tarentum AR Stater circa 280-272 BC 19 mm 6.42g 31 viewsNaked boy-rider crowning stationary horse right and lifting up fore-leg./Taras seated sideways on dolphin to left,holding out a horned helmet.On either side a twelve - rayed star.Evans the horsemen of Tarentum plate VIII no 6 Pyrrhic Hegemony this type of coin was used to pay Pyrrhus and his army of 20.000 solders in his war against Rome. For a general so renowned in antiquity Hannibal apocryphally,ranked him second behind Alexander.1 commentsGrant HJul 26, 2019
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Roman Empire, Domitian, AR Denarius64 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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The relief of the imperial triumph (Titus driving a quadriga) Arch of Titus, Rome, Italy19 viewsThe relief of the imperial triumph Arch of Titus, Rome, Italy. The Triumphal Arch of Titus, erected in c. 81 CE by Domitian to commemorate his brother Titus' campaigns in the Jewish War (70-71 CE).

On 14 April 70 A.D. Titus surrounded Jerusalem. He allowed pilgrims to enter to celebrate Passover but this was a trap to put pressure on supplies of food and water; he refused to allow them to leave. On 10 May he began his assault on the walls. The third wall fell on 25 May. The second wall fell on 30 May. On 20 July Titus stormed the Temple Mount. On 4 August 70 A.D., Titus destroyed the Temple. The Jewish fast of Tisha B'Av mourns the Fall of Jerusalem annually on this date. Upon his arrival in Rome in 71, Titus was awarded a triumph. As depicted in relief of the imperial triumph on the Arch of Titus in Rome, Titus rode into the city in a quadriga, enthusiastically saluted by the Roman populace and preceded by a lavish parade containing treasures and captives from the war. Josephus describes a procession with large amounts of gold and silver carried along the route, followed by elaborate re-enactments of the war, Jewish prisoners, and finally the treasures taken from the Temple of Jerusalem, including the Menorah and the Pentateuch. He was accompanied by Vespasian and Domitian. Simon Bar Giora was executed in the Forum, after which the procession closed with religious sacrifices at the Temple of Jupiter.

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Arch_Titus,_relief_triumph,_Forum_Romanum,_Rome,_Italy.jpg
Date 22 August 2013 for photograph
Author Jebulon
Joe SermariniJul 14, 2019
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Roman, Domitian, AR Denarius36 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93.
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
2 commentsorfewJul 13, 2019
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Farnese Hercules18 viewsThe Farnese Hercules is one of the most famous ancient sculptures. It is a colossal copy made after a smaller Lysippos original, and intended to adorn the Baths of Caracalla. The sculpture was discovered and removed from the baths in 1546, entering the famous collection of Alessandro Farnese. It now resides in the museum of Naples.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farnese_Hercules
Joe SermariniJul 13, 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, Antoninianus47 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 249-250AD51 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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Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #33839 views20mm, 7.93 g, 2h
Youth on horse galloping right; tiny Λ below / Phalanthos, holding torch, riding dolphin left.

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

Ex Michel Pandely Vlasto Collection.
1 commentsLeoJul 03, 2019
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Turkey, İncealiler - Termessos ad Oenoanda81 viewsOenoanda in the upper valley of the Xanthus River, was a colony of Termessos Major, and was also called Termessos Minor. The ruins of the city lie west of the modern village İncealiler in the Fethiye district of Muğla Province, Turkey, which partly overlies the ancient site. An extensive inscription of Diogenes of Oenoanda has been identified from over 300 scattered fragments, apparently from the stoa, varying in size from a few letters to passages of several sentences covering more than one block. The inscription sets out Epicurus' teachings on physics, epistemology, and ethics. It was originally about 25,000 words long and filled 260 square meters of wall. The stoa was dismantled in the second half of the third century A.D. to make room for a defensive wall; previously the site had been undefended.

By Ansgar Bovet - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18861664
Joe SermariniJun 30, 2019
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Roman Empire, Severus Alexander, Bimetallic Medaillon90 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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Sicily Akragas circa 400-380 BC AE hemilitron 26mm 17.66g 12h SNG ANS 1097-110148 viewsAfter the desrtruction of the city by the Carthaginians in 406BC,the striking in new issues in Akragas virtually ceased until the citys refoundation by Timoleon,circa 339 BC.the sole exception was the bronze River god/Eagle on Ionic column issue[CNS 89}
Information from CNGCOINS.COM
1 commentsGrant HJun 24, 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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Turkey, Side, Pamphylia The Commercial Agora38 viewsTurkey, Side, Pamphylia the Commercial Agora

The great ruins of Side are among the most notable in Asia Minor. The well-preserved city walls provide an entrance to the site through the Hellenistic main gate (Megale Pyle) of the ancient city, although this gate from the 2nd century BC is badly damaged. Next comes the colonnaded street, whose marble columns are no longer extant; all that remains are a few broken stubs near the old Roman baths. The street leads to the public bath, restored as a museum displaying statues and sarcophagi from the Roman period. Next is the square agora with the remains of the round Tyche and Fortuna temple (2nd century BC), peripteral with twelve columns, in the middle. In later times it was used as a trading center where pirates sold slaves. The remains of the theater, which was used for gladiator fights and later as a church, and the monumental gate date back to the 2nd century. The early Roman Temple of Dionysus is near the theater. The fountain gracing the entrance is restored. At the left side are the remains of a Byzantine Basilica. A public bath has also been restored. The remaining ruins of Side include three temples, an aqueduct, and a nymphaeum.

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Side_Commercial_agora_panorama_2.jpg
Author, Date: Dosserman, 20 February 2015
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Joe SermariniJun 23, 2019
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Turkey, Side, Pamphylia Theater 2nd Century AD Exterior28 viewsTurkey, Side, Pamphylia theater 2nd century AD, exterior. The great ruins of Side are among the most notable in Asia Minor. They cover a large promontory which a wall and a moat separate from the mainland. There are colossal ruins of a theater complex, the largest in Pamphylia, built in the 2nd century A.D. Following design it relies on arches to support the sheer verticals. The Roman style was adopted because Side lacked a convenient hillside that could be hollowed out in the usual Greek fashion more typical of Asia Minor. In Greek fashion, the seating (for 15,000–20,000 people) curves 210° vice the usual 180° for a Roman theater. The stage building was ornately adorned but the decorations and the theater are damaged, in part due to a strong earthquake. The theater was converted into an open-air sanctuary with two chapels during the 5th or 6th century (Byzantine times).

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Side_TH_au.JPG

Author, Date: Dosseman, 21 March 2011

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Joe SermariniJun 23, 2019
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Turkey, Side, Pamphylia Theater 2nd Century AD panorama29 viewsTurkey, Side, Pamphylia, theater 2nd century AD, panorama

The great ruins of Side are among the most notable in Asia Minor. They cover a large promontory which a wall and a moat separate from the mainland. There are colossal ruins of a theater complex, the largest in Pamphylia, built in the 2nd century A.D. Following design it relies on arches to support the sheer verticals. The Roman style was adopted because Side lacked a convenient hillside that could be hollowed out in the usual Greek fashion more typical of Asia Minor. In Greek fashion, the seating (for 15,000–20,000 people) curves 210° vice the usual 180° for a Roman theater. The stage building was ornately adorned but the decorations and the theater are damaged, in part due to a strong earthquake. The theater was converted into an open-air sanctuary with two chapels during the 5th or 6th century (Byzantine times).

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Side_Theatre_panorama.jpg

Author, Date: Dosseman, 21 March 2011

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Joe SermariniJun 23, 2019
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Turkey, Side, Pamphylia Temple of Apollo 49 viewsThe ruins of the Temple of Apollo at Side, Antalya, Turkey.

The great ruins of Side are among the most notable in Asia Minor. The well-preserved city walls provide an entrance to the site through the Hellenistic main gate (Megale Pyle) of the ancient city, although this gate from the 2nd century BC is badly damaged. Next comes the colonnaded street, whose marble columns are no longer extant; all that remains are a few broken stubs near the old Roman baths. The street leads to the public bath, restored as a museum displaying statues and sarcophagi from the Roman period. Next is the square agora with the remains of the round Tyche and Fortuna temple (2nd century BC), peripteral with twelve columns, in the middle. In later times it was used as a trading center where pirates sold slaves. The remains of the theater, which was used for gladiator fights and later as a church, and the monumental gate date back to the 2nd century. The early Roman Temple of Dionysus is near the theater. The fountain gracing the entrance is restored. At the left side are the remains of a Byzantine Basilica. A public bath has also been restored. The remaining ruins of Side include three temples, an aqueduct, and a nymphaeum.

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sunrise_apollo_side.jpg
Photo by Saffron Blaze, via http://www.mackenzie.co
Date: 21 October 2011
Authorization: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en
Joe SermariniJun 23, 2019
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Turkey, Side, Pamphylia Temple of Tyche on the commercial agora30 viewsThere are two agoras: a commercial one and one, called "State agora." On the commercial one there is a round temple, well-restored, that was dedicated to Tyche. The agora is over 8000 square meters, surrounded by columns, with shops, exedras and latrines and washing places. On it inconceivable numbers of slaves must have been traded, for during part of its history Side was a major center for pirates who stationed their fleet here. In the center stood a temple for the protective goddess of the city, Tyche. The present construction dates from the 2nd century A.D., it was in use in Byzantine times.

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Side_Tyche_temple_on_agora_6140.jpg

Author, Date: Dosserman, 20 February 2015

Joe SermariniJun 23, 2019
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Turkey, Side, Pamphylia Theater 2nd Century AD24 viewsThe great ruins of Side are among the most notable in Asia Minor. They cover a large promontory which a wall and a moat separate from the mainland. There are colossal ruins of a theater complex, the largest in Pamphylia, built in the 2nd century A.D. Following design it relies on arches to support the sheer verticals. The Roman style was adopted because Side lacked a convenient hillside that could be hollowed out in the usual Greek fashion more typical of Asia Minor. In Greek fashion, the seating (for 15,000–20,000 people) curves 210° vice the usual 180° for a Roman theater. The stage building was ornately adorned but the decorations and the theater are damaged, in part due to a strong earthquake. The theater was converted into an open-air sanctuary with two chapels during the 5th or 6th century (Byzantine times).

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Side_Theatre_4192.jpg

Author, Date: Dosseman, 21 March 2011

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Joe SermariniJun 22, 2019
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Roman Empire, Vespasian, Sestertius111 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 118 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 Medallion125 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, Sestertius178 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 - 36432 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 62 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, Gordian III14 viewsgordian III on horseRonaldApr 30, 2019
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, RIC VIII Cyzicus 6648 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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Greek, Arethusa by Eukleidas37 viewsI think that this Portrait of Arethusa by the master engraver Eukleidas is worth to be in this gallery :)
Tetradrachm of Syracuse 399-387 BC Reverse die n°64 of the Tudeer Corpus
BrennosApr 17, 2019
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Dacian Draco on Trajan's Column20 viewsThe Dacian Draco was the standard ensign of troops of the ancient Dacian people, which can be seen in the hands of the soldiers of Decebalus in several scenes depicted on Trajan's Column in Rome, Italy. It has the form of a dragon with open wolf-like jaws containing several metal tongues. The hollow dragon's head was mounted on a pole with a fabric tube affixed at the rear. In use, the draco was held up into the wind, or above the head of a horseman, where it filled with air and gave the impression it was alive while making a shrill sound as the wind passed through its strips of material. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dacian_DracoJoe SermariniApr 08, 2019
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Dacian Draco on Trajan's Column22 viewsThe Dacian Draco was the standard ensign of troops of the ancient Dacian people, which can be seen in the hands of the soldiers of Decebalus in several scenes depicted on Trajan's Column in Rome, Italy. It has the form of a dragon with open wolf-like jaws containing several metal tongues. The hollow dragon's head was mounted on a pole with a fabric tube affixed at the rear. In use, the draco was held up into the wind, or above the head of a horseman, where it filled with air and gave the impression it was alive while making a shrill sound as the wind passed through its strips of material. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dacian_DracoJoe SermariniApr 08, 2019
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CITY-GATE, Gordian III (238-244 AD), Moesia Inferior, Nicopolis ad Istrum34 viewsRoman Provincial, Moesia Inferior, Nicopolis ad Istrum, Gordian III (238-244 AD) Æ 27 (12.43g) Sabinius Modestus, legatus consularis., City Gate, Obv.: Laureate and draped bust right. Rev.: Arched gate flanked by two roofed towers with arched windows in uppermost story. Varbanov 4182. Rare! NGC XF.1 commentsAncient AussieMar 29, 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 Aurelius16 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 I18 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 73 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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ROMAN EMPIRE, Claudius, Unofficial As Hispania40 viewsAn unofficial as of Claudius minted in Hispania. Bizarre lettering.

Obv: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR IMP, bare head left.
Rev: S-C Minerva standing with spear and shield.
RIC 100, Cohen 84v, BMC 149

Weight 18,2g
Diameter 28 mm

1 commentsSergio OrataFeb 22, 2019
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Roman, Tetricus I, Antoninianus26 viewsHere's my antoninianus of Tetricus I. He is looking somewhat tired on this coin, with bags under his eyes! Hard to find in this condition.

Obverse:
IMP TETRICVS PF AVG
Radiate, cuirassed bust right

Reverse:
LAETITIA AVGG
Laetitia standing left, holding wreath and anchor

RIC Vii 88

In my gallery: http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-153435
Harry GFeb 20, 2019
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Roman, Claudius I, As Minerva. Spanish imitation38 viewsSpanish imitation of a Claudius As

Obv: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR IMP, bare head left.
Rev: S-C Minerva standing with spear and shield.
RIC 100, Cohen 84v, BMC 149

Weight: 6.2g
Diameter: 23mm.
1 commentsSergio OrataFeb 20, 2019
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Italy, Rome, The Painted Garden of Livia29 viewsThe painted garden of Livia Augusta was located at her country residence in Prima Porta, 15km north along the Via Flaminia. It was decorating the walls of a windowless underground room which was probably used as a summer room.

The painted garden runs along the four walls depicting plants and trees in different periods of time with overlapping flowering and mature fruits. Plant species depicted include: umbrella pine, oak, red fir, quince, pomegranate, myrtle, oleander, date palm, strawberry, laurel, viburnum, holm oak, boxwood, cypress, ivy, acanthus, rose, poppy, chrysanthemum, chamomile, fern, violet, and iris. Birds are present almost everywhere.

In 1950 the frescoes were detached from the villa and transferred to the Museo Nazionale Romano di Palazzo Massimo, close to Stazione Termini, and located at the third floor.

Sergio OrataFeb 19, 2019
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Greece, Epirus, Kassope Street in Kassope and view to the south25 viewsGreece, Epirus, Kassope Street in Kassope and view to the south

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kassope_2016-05-09_13.06.21.jpg
9 May 2016 Rjdeadly

Kassope or Cassope was an ancient Greek city in Epirus. Kassope occupies a magnificent and remote site on a high platform overlooking the sea, the Ambracian Gulf and the fertile lands to the south, and with the slopes of the Zalongo mountain to the north. It is considered one of the best remaining examples of a city built on a rectilinear street grid of a Hippodamian plan in Greece. The first settlements on the site are from the Paleolithic. However the city of Kassope was founded in the middle of the 4th century B.C. as the capital of the Kassopaeans, a sub-tribe of the Thesprotians. It belonged to the Aetolian League. Cassope or Cassopia is mentioned in the war carried on by Cassander against Alcetas II of Epirus, in 312 B.C. The city flourished in the 3rd century BC, when large public buildings were built. Kassope also minted its own coins. It was destroyed by Roman forces in 168-167 B.C. Kassope was abandoned in 31 B.C. when the remaining inhabitants resettled to Nikopolis the region’s new capital. The visible remains include the Cyclopean walls, an agora, a theater, the prytaneion.
Joe SermariniFeb 17, 2019
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GREEK, Italy, CALABRIA, Taras. AR Nomos. Circa 240-228 BC.42 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 2.4.7 168 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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Turkey, near Denizli, Laodicea on the Lycus26 viewsLaodicea on the Lycus was an ancient city built on the river Lycus (Curuksu), in Lydia, later the Roman Province of Phrygia Pacatiana. It contained one of the Seven churches of Asia mentioned in the Book of Revelation. It is now near the modern city of Denizli. In 2013 the archaeological site was identified as a of World Heritage Site. The existing remains attest to its former greatness. Its many buildings include a stadium, baths, temples, a gymnasium, theaters, and a bouleuterion (Senate House). On the eastern side, the line of the ancient wall may be distinctly traced, with the remains of the Ephesus gate; there are streets traversing the town, flanked by colonnades and numerous pedestals. North of the town, towards the Lycus, are many sarcophagi, with their covers lying near them, partly embedded in the ground, and all having been long since rifled.

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Laodicea_(2).JPG

Photo by Rjdeadly, 16 May 2012
Joe SermariniFeb 02, 2019
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Byzantine, MANUEL COMNENUS AE HALF TETARTERON SBCV-1980 DOC 23 CLBC 4.4.9 62 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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Cybele, Marble statue of Cybele from Formia in Lazio, circa 60 BCE20 viewsMarble statue of Cybele from Formia in Lazio, circa 60 BCE. From the collection of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Item number IN 480.

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cybele_formiae.jpg
Photo by ChrisO, 26 August 2008
Joe SermariniJan 29, 2019
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Turkey, Antalya Province, Limyra - Theater31 viewsLimyra was a small city in Lycia on the southern coast of Asia Minor, on the Limyrus River, about 5 1/2 KM from the mouth of that river. The ruins are about 5 km northeast of the town of Finike (ancient Phoenicus) in Antalya Province, Turkey. It was a prosperous city, and one of the oldest cities in Lycia. It had rich and abundant soil, and gradually became one of the finest trade settlements in Greece. Pericles adopted it as the capital of the Lycian League. The city came under control of the Persian Empire after it was conquered by Cyrus the Great. He later annexed Lydia and its territories after a decisive victory at the Battle of Thymbra and the Siege of Sardis, where he defeated armies twice as large as his. Cyrus then got his greatest general: Harpagus of Media to conquer the much smaller kingdoms in Anatolia, while he went to conquer the Neo-Babylonian Empire. Anatolia would become an important place for the Persian monarchs who succeeded Cyrus. The massive Royal road constructed by Darius went from the Persian capital of Persepolis, to the Anatolian city of Sardis. Limyra would stay under Persian control until it was conquered and sacked by Alexander the Great. It is mentioned by Strabo (XIV, 666), Ptolemy (V, 3, 6) and several Latin authors. Gaius Caesar, adopted son of Augustus, died there (Velleius Paterculus, II, 102). Ruins consist of a theater, tombs, sarcophagi, bas-reliefs, Greek and Lycian inscriptions etc. About 3 km east of the site is the Roman Bridge at Limyra, one of the oldest segmented arch bridges of the world.

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:LimyraTheater1.jpg
Photo by Kpisimon, 8 May 1988
Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported
Joe SermariniJan 25, 2019
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Greek, The collection of coins formed M.P.Vlasto 1344 this coin circa 325-280 BC 13mm 1.16g 2h60 viewsHelmeted head of Athena left,with wreath on bowl/Herakles holding club,stranging the Nemean lion.2 commentsGrant HJan 23, 2019
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Greek, Italy, LUCANIA, Velia. Circa 300-280 BC. AR Nomos41 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. Nomos31 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. Nomos20 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 Nomos40 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 nomos18 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.14 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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Syria, Arwad / Ruad (Arados, Phoenicia)25 viewsArwad, an island about 800 m long by 500 m wide, about 50 km north of Tripolis, was settled in the early 2nd millennium B.C. by the Phoenicians. Ancient Arados was an important trading city surrounded by a massive wall and an artificial harbor on the east side toward the mainland. Its powerful navy and ships are mentioned in the monuments of Egypt and Assyria. In the Bible, an "Arvad" is noted as the forefather of the "Arvadites," a Canaanite people. Arados ruled some neighboring cities on the mainland, such as Marat (present-day Amrit) and Sumur, the former nearly opposite the island and the latter some kilometers to the south and held hegemony over the northern Phoenician cities from the mouth of the Orontes to the northern limits of Lebanon, something like that of Sidon in the south. Under the Persians, Arwad was allowed to unite in a confederation with Sidon and Tyre, with a common council at Tripolis. When Alexander the Great invaded Syria in 332 B.C., Arados submitted without a struggle under her king Strato, who sent his navy to aid Alexander in the reduction of Tyre. The city received the favor of the Seleucid kings of Syria and enjoyed the right of asylum for political refugees. It is mentioned in a rescript from Rome about 138 B.C. in connection with other cities and rulers of the East, to show favor to the Jews. This was after Rome had begun to interfere in the affairs of Judea and Syria and indicates that Arwad was still of considerable importance at that time.

Photo by NASA.
Joe SermariniJan 16, 2019
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Turkey, Sanliurfa Province, Urfa - Roman Columns of Edessa21 viewsThe heritage of Roman Edessa survives today in these columns at the site of Urfa Castle, dominating the skyline of the modern city of Urfa.

Photo by Bernard Gagnon, 24 May 2014.
Joe SermariniJan 15, 2019
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Roman Empire, Trajan, Quadrans Struck 114-117 A.D.54 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 30 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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Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #14061 viewsCALABRIA, Taras. Circa 470-465 BC. AR Nomos
18.5mm, 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.
2 commentsLeoJan 08, 2019
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Turkey, Istanbul - the Column of Marcian38 viewsThe column of emperor Marcian, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey.

The Column of Marcian was dedicated to Marcian, built by the praefectus urbi Tatianus, sometime between 450 and 452. It still stands in modern Istanbul, though the statue of Marcian which originally topped it has been lost. Marcian also had a statue in the Forum of Arcadius, which contained the statues of several of Arcadius' successors.

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:20111224_Flavius_Marcianus_Augustus_Column_Fatih_Istanbul_Turkey.jpg
Joe SermariniJan 06, 2019
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Rondanini Medusa22 viewsSo-called “Rondanini Medusa”. Marble, Roman copy after a 5th-century BC Greek original by Phidias, which was set on the shield of Athena Parthenos.

Homer wrote about the Gorgon on four occasions, but only about the head, as if the creature had no body. Up to the 5th century B.C., the head depicted was very ugly, with her tongue sticking out, boar tusks, puffy cheeks, her eyeballs staring straight ahead and the snakes twisting all around her. The direct frontal stare was highly unusual in ancient Greek art. In some cases a beard, (probably representing streaks of blood) was added to her chin, making her appear as a wild. Gorgoneia painted on the shields of warriors on mid-5th century Greek vases, however, are not as ugly, strange or frightening. By that time, the Gorgon had lost her tusks and the snakes were rather stylized. The Hellenistic marble known as the Medusa Rondanini shows how the Gorgon changed over time into a beautiful woman.
Joe SermariniJan 02, 2019
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Roman Empire, Constantius II, AE24. Thessalonica103 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 348-350.55 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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Turkey, Kizilcakuyu (Euromus, Caria) The Temple of Zeus Lepsinos106 viewsThe Temple of Zeus Lepsinos at Euromus was built on the site of an earlier Carian temple in the 2nd century AD during the reign of the emperor Hadrian.1 commentsJoe SermariniDec 15, 2018
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Greece, Kos, Gymnasium of Kos, archaeologic site in Kos city, Kos island 33 viewsGymnasium of Kos, archaeologic site in Kos city, Kos island.Joe SermariniDec 15, 2018
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Turkey, Dalyan - The rock tombs of Kaunos60 viewsOutside the official Kaunos archeological site, near Dalyan, Turkey there are six rock tombs on the Dalyan river (4th – 2nd century BC). The façades of the rock tombs resemble the fronts of Hellenistic temples with two Ionian pillars, a triangular pediment, an architrave with toothed friezes, and acroterions shaped like palm leaves.1 commentsJoe SermariniDec 14, 2018
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GREEK, SILVER OBOL OF AIOLIS KYME FROM 480 - 450 BC 33 viewsOBVERSE – Head of Eagle Right, KY below
REVERSE – Incuse square punch
9.8 MM AND 1.01 GRAMS.
Extremly rare eagle to right(Third known) , no other example found with the same weight, unpublished in any known reference!!!
CanaanDec 14, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, hadrian MYSIA. Lampsacus, Priapus standing28 viewscf RPC III, -- 1550 Trajan; same SNG France 1272; BMC Mysia -, SNG BnF -, SNG Cop

Obv. AΔIANOC KAICAP
Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian right

Rev. ΛΑΜΨΑΚΗΝωΝ
ithyphallic Priapus standing left, right hand raised, left hand on hip

1.55 gr
15 mm
6h
FORVM coin
okidokiDec 03, 2018
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Roman Empire, Hadrian Sestertius Roma 138 AD Pietas standing39 viewsReference.
RIC -- for reverse 1083 Pietas

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP
Laureate head right

Rev. TRIB POT COS S-C PIE-TAS
Pietas, draped, standing left next to altar, raising right hand and holding box of incense in left

26.13 gr
31 mm
okidokiDec 03, 2018
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Byzantine, Alexius I Comnenus, AU Hyperpyron SBCV-191386 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 88 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, Hadrian EGYPT, Alexandria. Obol 125-26 AD Nilus reclining36 viewsReference.
RPC III--; Emmett --; kÖLN;

Issue L ΔΕ = year 10

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

Rev. L ΔΕ
Nilus reclining left, hippopotamus under left arm, long reed in right, cornucopia in left.

4.37 gr
20 mm
12h
okidokiNov 20, 2018
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Caracalla brought to life60 viewsAs far as colorizing ancient busts goes, this is the best I've ever seen - Caracalla, face to face.1 commentsSteven HNov 19, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Eagle80 viewsReference.
RPC III, --; Metcalf --

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate bust left.

Rev. COS III.
Eagle, with head right and wings spread, standing facing on thunderbolt.

10.15 gr
28 mm
12h
5 commentsokidokiNov 08, 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 II25 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, Probus Antoninianus. Cyzicus50 viewsPROBUS, 276-282. Mint Cyzicus.
Obv: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate cuirassed bust right
Rev: CLEMENTIA TEMP emperor standing right, holding sceptre, receiving globe from Jupiter
Officina Q/ XXI in exergue
3.82 g.
The only known example.
Not in major references.
Acquired in December 2016.
From the Phillipe Gysen Collection
Paul Francis Jacquier Auction 45 Lot 1721 September 14, 2018
1 commentsorfewOct 21, 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 - 32818 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 - 35077 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 II30 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 - 27332 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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Greek, Silver Obol; Sidon mint. Circa 375-332 BC132 viewsObv: City walls with three towers.
Rev: Prow of galley with eye to right; five pellets above, Lion below.
10mm and 0.9 grams.
Not listed in any known reference!!!
5 commentsCanaanOct 08, 2018
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Medieval, King John Penny: SCBI 56 Mass 1755 (this coin)30 viewsJohn (1199-1216), Penny, class VIa2, London,
Walter, walter · on · lvn, 1.40g/4h
(SCBI Mass 1755, this coin; N 974/2; S 1353).
Good fine, dark-toned
J.D. Brand Collection [from Baldwin October 1960];
J.P. Mass Collection, Part I, DNW Auction 61, 17 March 2004, lot 355 (part);
J. Sazama Collection, Part I, DNW Auction 93, 26 September 2011, lot 1140 (part)
The collection of the late ray Inder
DNW Auction Coins tokens and Historical Medals September 18-20 2018, lot 192.
orfewOct 07, 2018
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Roman Empire Provincial, Tiberius Obol: Dattari Plate coin43 viewsEgypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Tiberius, 14-37 Obol circa 19-20 (year 6), Æ 20.1mm., 5.67g. Laureate head r. Rev. TIBEPIOY Hippopotamus standing r.; in exergue, L Geissen -. RPC 5087 (this coin cited). Dattari-Savio Pl. 4, 103 (this coin).
Brown tone, About Very Fine.
From the Dattari collection.
Naville Numismatics Aution 43, Lot 250 September 23, 2018
1 commentsorfewOct 07, 2018
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Medieval, England, EDWARD I (1272 - 1307), AR Penny minted at London in 1279.11 viewsObverse: EDW REX ANG DNS HYB. Crowned bust of Edward I facing within circle of pellets.
Reverse: CIVITAS LONDON. Long cross dividing legend into quarters, trefoil in each quarter of inner circle.
Diameter: 19mm | Weight: 1.3gms | Die Axis: 11
SPINK: 1382

Undated Penny, type 1c. Edward I began a major recoinage in 1279 which consisted not only of pennies and new round half-pennies and farthings, but also introduced a new denomination, a fourpenny piece called the "Groat".
*AlexOct 07, 2018
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TEMPLE, ACROPOLIS OF ATHENS36 views264-267 AD
draped bust of Athena right wearing crested helmet
mirror image of acropolis of Athens from northwest - Panathenaic way lead upward to the Propylaia; at summit, large statue of Athena Promachos standing right, Erechtheion to right; in center of rock, niche representing the Cave of Pan with his statue
AΘH_NAIΩN
Kroll 375 (same obv. die as 372b); Walker, Chronological 111–13a; Svoronos, Monnaies, pl. 98, 30–6
ex Galata
Johny SYSELSep 29, 2018
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa465-450 BC 17.22g 28mm 11h.Jenkins 220 O58/R 118 The Randazzo Hoard 1980 and Sicillian Chronology in the Early Fifth Century B.C. 41 this coin.55 viewsCharioteer in quadriga moving slowly left,behind free standing Ionic column,probably marking the turning point of the race,in exergue sea monster {ketos}.Rev forepart of bearded man-headed bull right,Nike flying right crowning Gelas {off flan}.
NGC 4625018-016 AU 3-4
Grant HSep 09, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian CARIA Euippe, Artemis statue41 viewsReference.
RPC III -; apparently unpublished; AΔP c/m Howgego 511

Obv. [ ] AΔPIANOC [ ]?
Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, right, with a radiated head right facing on Hadrian his bust

Rev. ЄVIΠΠЄΩN
Facing statue of Artemis Ephesia, with supports; to inner left and right, stag standing outward, facing

19.82 gr
31 mm
okidokiSep 06, 2018
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Roman Empire, Valentinian I, AE349 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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Roman Empire, Vespasian, AR denarius82 viewsRoman Empire, Vespasian 69-79, Denarius,
(17.49 mm 3.24g)
Obv: Laureate head of Vespasian right "IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TRPPP" Rev: "AVG" within an wreath, Phi-Alpha monogram above ties. "AVG" in the center. RIC 1414. Ephesos mint, Some roughness on the reverse.
Ex Savoca Auction #9, lot 533 8/21/16
Lot 152 Aegean Nuismatics Agora Auctions July 20. 2017.
Coin depicted in the Wildwinds.com database
3 commentsorfewAug 28, 2018
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Greek, Akarnania Leukas AR Stater circa 320-280 BC 22mm 8.35 g44 viewsPegasos flying left.Head of Athena right wearing Corinthian helmet ,Pileus behind.
The pileus seems to be an unpublished symbol.
Grant HAug 23, 2018
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Greek, Akarnania Leukas AR Stater circa 320-280 BC 19mm 8.46g48 viewsPegasos flying to the right,is unlisted in the standard reference, Pegasi by Romolo Calciati, Pegasi 129Grant HAug 23, 2018
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GREECE, Athens, Burial Monument of Dionysios of Kollitos.43 viewsBurial Monument of Dionysios of Kollitos at the first cemetery of Athens Kerameikos.Grant HAug 19, 2018
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Greece, Athens, Kerameikos Ancient cemetery of Athens.47 viewsKerameikos Ancient cemetery of Athens, Mans best friend guarding his masters last resting place for twenty five hundred years.Grant HAug 19, 2018
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Greece, Athens, The Parthenon48 viewsGrant HAug 19, 2018
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Greece, Athens, Heinrich Schliemanns house.46 viewsReverse die of an Athenian Tetradrachm Heinrich Schliemanns house Grant HAug 19, 2018
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Alexander the Great at the Acropolis museum46 viewsGrant HAug 19, 2018
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Greece, Athens, Heinrich Schliemanns house.45 viewsHeinrich Schliemanns coin cabinet at his family home,Athens Greece,where the national numismatic collection is housed.Grant HAug 19, 2018
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Abbasid Al-Mamun Citing Ali Ibn Musa as heir46 viewsAl-Ma'mun AH 199-218 / AD 813-833. AR Dirham (27mm, 2.87 g, 3h). Citing 'Ali ibn Musa al-Rida as heir. Madinat Isbahan mint. Dated AH 202 (AD 817/8). Album 224; ICV 391

This coin is a very rare and historically important coin as it commemorates the significant event that Al-Mamun chose ali ibn musa (Known as Al-Rida) as his heir in order to control the shia rebellions and bring them under control as Al-Rida was leader of Shia muslims at the time. This was just a political move as he was only 2 years the heir . Al-mamun had him poisoned after 2 years in 203 AH . This coin cites the name of Ali Ibn Musa on it as the heir confessing Al-mamun to be Caliph of muslims and Al-Rida to be his heir.
arash pAug 19, 2018
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GREEK, Seleukids Antiochus I23 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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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Sasanian Ardashir I25 viewsSASANIAN KINGDOM: Ardashir I, 224-241, AR drachm (4.30g), G-10, pellet to right of the king's crown1 commentsarash pAug 19, 2018
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Arab Sasanian Abd Allah b. al-Zubayr23 viewsARAB-SASANIAN: 'Abd Allah b. al-Zubayr, 680-692, AR drachm (3.93g), DA+P (Fasa), YE60, A-16, pellet at 11:30 in reverse margin
Some traces of horn silver
1 commentsarash pAug 19, 2018
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GREEK, Alexander III drachm25 viewsweight: 4.24 gram
arash pAug 19, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Caligula and agripinna42 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 PROVINCIAL, THRACE, Odessus Hadrian Theos Megas reclining50 viewsReference.
RPC III,---; AMNG -, Varbanov -

Obv. ΑΥΤΟ ΝΕΡ ΤΡΑ ΚΑΙ ΣΕ ΓΕΡ - ΔΑ
Laureate head of Hadrian, r. with drapery on l. shoulder

Rev. ΟΔΗССΕΙΤΩΝ
Theos Megas reclining l., holding cornucopia in his r. hand

3.13 gr
15 mm
1 commentsokidokiAug 10, 2018
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Greece, Amphipolis, Lion of Amphipolis - Via Egnatia, west side of the Strymonas river71 viewsAmphipolis is best known for being a magnificent ancient Greek polis (city), and later a Roman city, whose impressive remains can still be seen. It is famous in history for events such as the battle between the Spartans and Athenians in 422 B.C., and also as the place where Alexander the Great prepared for campaigns leading to his invasion of Asia. Alexander's three finest admirals, Nearchus, Androsthenes and Laomedon, resided in this city and it is also the place where, after Alexander's death, his wife Roxane and their small son Alexander IV were exiled and later murdered. Excavations in and around the city have revealed important buildings, ancient walls and tombs. The finds are displayed at the archaeological museum of Amphipolis. At the nearby vast Kasta burial mound, an important ancient Macedonian tomb has recently been revealed. The unique and beautiful "Lion of Amphipolis" monument nearby is a popular destination for visitors.
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Joe SermariniAug 08, 2018
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Italy, Rome, Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, with the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda, view from Palatine Hill, May 2005.69 viewsTemple of Antoninus and Faustina, with the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda, view from Palatine Hill, May 2005. The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina is an ancient Roman temple in Rome, adapted as a Roman Catholic church, Chiesa di San Lorenzo in Miranda. It is in the Forum Romanum, on the Via Sacra, opposite the Regia. The temple was begun by Antoninus Pius in 141 and was initially dedicated to his deceased and deified wife, Faustina the Elder. When Antoninus Pius was deified after his death in 161 AD, the temple was re-dedicated jointly to Antoninus and Faustina at the instigation of his successor, Marcus Aurelius. The ten monolithic Corinthian columns of its pronaos are 17 metres high. The rich bas-reliefs of the frieze under the cornice, of garlanded griffons and candelabri, were often copied from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_of_Antoninus_and_Faustina Photograph released to the public domain.
1 commentsJoe SermariniAug 07, 2018
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Greek, S.Hurter.Lions and lionesses Eagles and a few heads,Essays in honour of Charles Hersh group I,3 this coin52 viewsCaria Uncertain Mid 5th century BC,AR Obol7.5 mm 0.69g 6h Head and foreleg of lion left.Rev eagle flying right within incuse square.Grant HJul 25, 2018
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Greek, S.Hurter.Lions and lionesses Eagles and a few heads,Essays in honour of Charles Hersh group II,22 this coin47 viewsCaria Uncertain mid 5th century BC,AR Obol 7.5 mm 0.71 g2h,Head and foreleg of lion right.Rev facing head of lion.Grant HJul 25, 2018
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Turkey, Istanbul, Hagia Sophia at Night39 viewsSimonJul 22, 2018
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Turkey, Istanbul, Hagia Sophia , picture from 2nd Floor57 views1 commentsSimonJul 22, 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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Parthia, Elymais, Kamnaskires IV35 viewsAR hemidrachm
c. 63/2-54/3 BC
2.02 gm.
Obv: Diademed and draped male bust left with full beard, horse head mintmark
Rev: Belos or Zeus seated left on throne, holding small Nike in his outstretched right hand and a scepter in his left hand; no monogram; date off flan
Van’t Haaff 8.3.3-1.a (this coin, page 73 of the “Catalogue of Elymaean Coinage” by P.A. van’t Haaff, published by CNG, Inc., 2007)
Robert L3Jul 16, 2018
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Greece, Lavreotiki, Thorikos39 viewsTheatre of Thorikos
Unique due to its shape which comprises an elongated layout with an oval orchestra, the theatre was built in the late 6th century BC and it is the earliest found so far in Greece. The theatre was excavated by the American School of Classical Studies in 1886.
Grant HJul 15, 2018
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Greece, Lavreotiki, Thorikos33 viewsMetallurgy roadGrant HJul 15, 2018
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Greece, Lavreotiki, Thorikos26 viewsAthenian silver mine.
Due to its proximity to the mines of Lavrion, Thorikos was the mining centre of the Lavreotika region. The site was inhabited from the Neolithic age (ca. 4500 BC) until the 1st century BC. The silver from here set the foundations of the city-state of Athens, making it possible to mint the city's famous silver “Owl” coin.
Grant HJul 15, 2018
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Greece, Lavreotiki, Thorikos28 viewsThe washery, Thorikos
Level washery for concentrating lead ore. Situated next to the Ancient Theatre of Thorikos. Restored by the Belgian School of Athens.
Grant HJul 15, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, ANTONINUS PIUS. AR DENARIUS of Rome. Struck A.D.140 - 14320 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 - 6716 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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Scotland, Antonine Wall, Distance Slab22 viewsThese inscribed stones, known as distance slabs, are unique in the Roman Empire. They celebrate the work of the legions which constructed the Antonine Wall in Scotland. Evidence suggests that the slabs, all made of local sandstone, were set into stone frames along the length of the Wall and are likely to have faced South into the Empire.
Nineteen of these slabs are known of so far, the elaborate carving on many of them celebrating the culmination of a successful campaign by the triumphant Roman army.

IMP CAES TITO AELIO HADRI ANTONINO AVG PIO P P LEG II AVG PER M P IIIIDCLII FEC
"For the Emperor Caesar Titus Aelius Hadrianus Antoninus Augustus Pius, Father of his Country, the Second Augustan Legion completed 4652 feet"

This slab was found at Bridgeness, Bo'ness in 1868, it is now in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
*AlexJul 14, 2018
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Scotland, Antonine Wall, Distance Slab22 viewsThese inscribed stones, known as distance slabs, are unique in the Roman Empire. They celebrate the work of the legions which constructed the Antonine Wall in Scotland. Evidence suggests that the slabs, all made of local sandstone, were set into stone frames along the length of the Wall and are likely to have faced South into the Empire.
Nineteen of these slabs are known of so far, the elaborate carving on many of them celebrating the culmination of a successful campaign by the triumphant Roman army.

IMP C T AE HADRIANO ANTONINO AVG PIO P P VEX LEG XX VV FEC PP III
"For the Emperor Caesar Titus Aelius Hadrianus Antoninus Augustus Pius, Father of his Country, a detachment of the Twentieth Valient and Victorious Legion built this over a distance of 3000 feet"

This slab was found at Hutcheson Hill, near Cleddans, West Dunbartonshire and it is now in the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow.
*AlexJul 14, 2018
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Scotland, Antonine Wall, Distance Slab24 viewsThese inscribed stones, known as distance slabs, are unique in the Roman Empire. They celebrate the work of the legions which constructed the Antonine Wall in Scotland. Evidence suggests that the slabs, all made of local sandstone, were set into stone frames along the length of the Wall and are likely to have faced South into the Empire.
Nineteen of these slabs are known of so far, the elaborate carving on many of them celebrating the culmination of a successful campaign by the triumphant Roman army.

IMP C T AE HADRIANO ANTONINO AVG PIO P P VEX LEG XX VV FEC PP IIII CDXI
"For the Emperor Caesar Titus Aelius Hadrianus Antoninus Augustus Pius, Father of his Country, a detachment of the Twentieth Valient and Victorious Legion built this over a distance of 4411 feet"

This slab was found at Old Kirkpatrick, West Dunbartonshire and is now in the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow.
*AlexJul 14, 2018
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Byzantine, MANUEL COMENUNUS, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1968 DOC 15 CLBC 4.4.2 159 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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Scotland, Falkirk, Section of the Antonine Wall45 viewsThe Antonine Wall was built by the Romans across what is now the Central Belt of Scotland, between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde. Representing the northernmost frontier barrier of the Roman Empire, it spanned approximately 63 kilometres (39 miles) and was about 3 metres (10 feet) high and 5 metres (16 feet) wide.
Construction began in AD 142 at the order of the Emperor Antoninus Pius, and took about 12 years to complete.
Most of the wall and its associated fortifications have been destroyed over time, but some remains are still visible. Many of these have come under the care of Historic Scotland and the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.
1 comments*AlexJul 13, 2018
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Scotland, Roughcastle Roman Fort, Lilia72 viewsThese deep pits, which would have had something like a sharpened stake in the centre of them, were known as lilia because they apparently reminded the Romans of lilies. They are shown on Trajan's column in Rome and were also described by Julius Caesar in his Gallic Wars.
Lilia, which have been found at eight different locations along the 39 miles of the Antonine Wall, are part of its defensive system. The defensive line would have consisted of the ditch, the wall and these lilia, which you might call the ancient Roman equivalent of a minefield.
The lilia pictured above are at the Roman fort of Roughcastle a few miles west of Falkirk.
1 comments*AlexJul 13, 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 Nomos36 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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Italy, Rome, The Colum of Marcus Aurelius with Detail Memorializing the "Miracle in the Rain"52 viewsThe Column of Marcus Aurelius in Piazza Colonna. The five horizontal slits (visible in the middle photo) allow light into the internal stairway. The photo on the right shows detail memorializing the "Miracle in the Rain."

On June 11, 173, during the Marcomannic Wars (166–180), the Roman army in Moravia was outnumbered and surrounded by the Quadi, suffering from the extreme heat, out of water, and on the verge of defeat. Dio writes, "many clouds gathered and a mighty rain, not without divine interposition, burst upon them...when the rain poured down, at first all turned their faces upwards and received the water in their mouths; then some held out their shields and some their helmets to catch it, and they not only took deep draughts themselves but also gave their horses to drink...while those on the one side were being drenched and drinking, the others [the Quadi] were being consumed by fire [lightning] and dying." The Romans were soon victorious. Marcus was saluted imperator for the seventh time and the "miracle of the rain" was memorialized on Marcus Aurelius' column. In 174, Marcus Aurelius officially conferred the title Fulminata (Thundering) to the Legio XII Fulminata.

Photos by Adrian Pingstone released to the public domain.
Joe SermariniJun 14, 2018
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GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Taras (c. 344-340 B.C.), Silver Stater.89 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 Imperators, Julius Caesar, denarius, Alföldi Caesar, type III, 115 (this coin, not in plates)61 viewsSH82705. Silver denarius, Alföldi Caesar, type III, 115 (this coin); BMCRR Rome 4147 (also I); Crawford 480/3; RSC I 34; Sydenham 1056; Sear Imperators 100; RBW 1678 (H) , gVF, toned, banker’s mark on obverse, areas of flat strike, attractive deep old cabinet toning, with hints of iridescence around the devices, Rome mint, weight 3.607g, maximum diameter 21.8mm, die axis 30o, moneyer M. Mettius, Jan - Feb 44 B.C.; obverse CAESAR·IMP, wreathed head of Caesar right, cymbium (boat shaped cup used as a wine ladle) and lituus (augural wand) behind; reverse M METTIVS, Venus standing left, Victory in her extended right hand, long transverse scepter in left hand, resting left elbow on shield which rests on globe, I (control letter) in lower left field; ex Roma Numismatics e-sale 23 (9 Jan 2016), lot 376; ex Andrew McCabe Collection; ex CNG e-auction 237 (21 July 2010), lot 344; ex Professor L Fontana Collection; rare.2 commentsJoe SermariniJun 04, 2018
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Syria, The Ma'abed - Temple at Marathos (Amrit)35 viewsOne of the most important excavations at Marathos (Amrit) was the Phoenician temple, commonly referred to the "ma'abed," dedicated to the god Melqart of Tyre and Eshmun. The colonnaded temple, excavated between 1955 and 1957, consists of a large court cut out of rock measuring 47 × 49 metres (154 × 161 ft) and over 3 metres (9.8 ft) deep, surrounded by a covered portico. In the center of the court a well-preserved cube-shaped cella stands. The open-air courtyard was filled with the waters of a local, traditionally sacred spring, a unique feature of this site. The temple—which was dated to the late 4th century BC, a period following the Persian expansion into Syria—shows major Achaemenid influence in its layout and decoration. According to Dutch archaeologist, Peter Akkermans, the temple is the "best-preserved monumental structure from the Phoenician homeland."

Source:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amrit#/media/File:Amrit01.jpg
Photo by Jerzy Strzelecki
Joe SermariniMay 25, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Elagabalus, AR Denarius25 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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Athlit Bronze War Galley Ram67 viewsThe Athlit ram, found in 1980 off the coast of Israel near at Athlit Bay (just south of Haifa), is the one of a few surviving ancient war galley rams. Carbon 14 dating of timber remnants date it to between 530 BC and 270 BC. It was once fit on the prow of an ancient oared warship. This would be driven into the hull of an enemy ship in order to puncture it and thus sink, or at least disable, the ship. It is made of a single casting of bronze weighing 465kg and measures about 2.10m long. The ram is thus one of the largest bronze objects to survive from the ancient world and is currently on display in the National Maritime Museum, Haifa, Israel. Captured rams were once used to ornament Octavian's battle monument at Actium, Greece. Only the sockets that held them remain. The valuable bronze was melted long ago.

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_ram
http://www.learningsites.com/Athlit/AthlitRam_home.php

For other recovered galley rams see:
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2013/04/rare-bronze-rams-found-at-site-of-final.html
https://www.historytoday.com/ann-natanson/roman-naval-power-raising-ram
1 commentsJoe SermariniMay 11, 2018
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Greek, Sicily, Syracuse, Agathokles, 317 - 289 B.C., Electrum 50 Litrai36 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 30131 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, Western Anatolia, c. 620 - 600 B.C., Plain Globular Type Electrum Hekte42 viewsSH85577. Electrum hekte, Phokaic standard 1/6 stater; unpublished, EF, flan cracks, uncertain western Anatolia mint, weight 2.721g, maximum diameter 8.96mm, c. 620 - 600 B.C.; obverse plain globular surface; reverse one small incuse square punch; extremely rare

Unpublished! The majority of the earliest electrum issues were struck on the lighter Milesian weight standard, with hectes weighing approximately 2.35 grams. This example, however is on the heavier Phocaic standard that was used at mints such as Cyzicus, Mysia and Phocaea, Ionia.
Joe SermariniMay 11, 2018
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Greek, Phoenicia, Tyre, 111 - 110 B.C., Judas' 30 Pieces of Silver, Year 1851 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 Denarius48 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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Roman, Valerian I37 viewsValerian I AR Antoninianus
253-255 AD
Minted in Rome
22mm 3.68g
Obverse: IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS AVG, radiate, drape bust right
Reverse: FIDES MILITVM, Fides standing left holding 2 standards.
RIC 89 SEAR 9938
Travis CMay 01, 2018
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Greek, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 450 - 440 BC 25mm 1723g 9h. Jenkins the coinage of Gela 342.497 viewsQuadriga driven slowly to right by a bearded charioteer, above Nike flying right to crown the horses,in exergue palmettte with tendrils. Rev forepart of man-headed bull,the river god Gelas right.
ex Nomos auction 14 lot 50 5-17-17, ex The Stoecklin collection bought from bank Leu.ex Munzen und Medaillen auction X, 22 June 1951, lot 192, ex V.J.E. Ryan sold by Glendinings November 24th 1950 lot 1499a.
3 commentsGrant HApr 09, 2018
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Litra circa 465-450 BC 13mm 0.67g 10h33 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 EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, BITHYNIA. Caesarea Germanica. Hadrian Ae 25 Tyche standing50 viewsReference.
RPC III, --;

Obv. ΑΥΤΟ ΤΡΑΙΑΝΟΣ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟΣ ΚΑΙΣΑΡ ΣΕΒ.
Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

Rev. ΚΑΙΣΑΡΕΙΑΣ ΓΕΡΜΑΝΙΚΗΣ.
Tyche standing left, holding cornucopia and rudder

10.45 gr
25 mm
okidokiApr 02, 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 4348129 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 PROVINCIAL, HADRIAN, CILICIA, Syedra. Æ 17 Artemis standing37 viewsReference.
RPC III -; Ziegler -; SNG BN -; SNG Levante -; SNG Levante Supp. -; apparently unpublished.

Obv. ΑΥΤOKPA ΑΔΡΙΑИΟС.
Laureate and cuirassed bust right.

Rev. СYЄ - ΔΡЄ.
Artemis standing left, holding pomegranate and sceptre.

4.45 gr
17 mm

Note.
Ex Dr. P. Vogl Collection; ex auction Künker 20, lot 206 October 1991
okidokiMar 06, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, HADRIAN, CILICIA, Lamus.47 viewsReference
RPC III, --; Ziegler -; SNG BN -; SNG Levante -; SNG Levante Supp. -; apparently unpublished.

Obv.
Laureate head right.
Rev.
Eagle standing facing, head left, with wreath in beak and wings spread.

9.23 gr
30 mm

Note.
Ex Dr. P. Vogl Collection; ex Bankhaus Aufhäuser 29.07.1994
okidokiMar 05, 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 137 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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Mons Argaios37 viewsMons Argaios, today Erciyes Dagi, the holy mountain of Cappadocia was the standard depiction on coins of Caesarea/Cappadocia.JochenFeb 22, 2018
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Gordian III, AMNG I/1 7736 viewsGordian III, AD 238-244
AE 23, 6.12g
struck AD 240/41 (AN II)
obv. IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG
Bust, draped and cuirassed, radiate, r.
rev. PMS C - OL VIM
Moesia standing half l. between bull r., and lion l., the lion std. l. and pawing, very unusual!
ref. AMNG I/1, 77; Jekov/Hristova p.28, no.2
about VF, black-green patina
JochenFeb 22, 2018
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Asklepios of Phyromachos43 viewsHead of Asklepios. Roman marble copy of the head of Asklepios made by Phyromachos, today in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg/Russia. The famous statue of Asklepios made by Phyromachos stood in the Asklepieion in Pergamon. Its head is found on several coins from Pergamon.

Phyromachos was the Pergamenian court sculptor. He has made too the Gigantomachy of the Pergamon Altar today in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.
JochenFeb 22, 2018
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Meta Sudans44 viewsThe Meta Sudans (Latin: "sweating turning post") was a large monumental conical fountain in ancient Rome. The pic shows a graphical reconstruction. It can be found on several Roman coins.JochenFeb 19, 2018
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Eros Stringing his Bow42 viewsThis statue is made by Lysipp. The original ist lost, but several Roman cipies are found. This one is located in the Musei Capitolini in Rom. Depictions of this statue are found on coins of Philippopolis and Nikaia (NIcaea).JochenFeb 19, 2018
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Apollo Lykeios47 viewsThe statue of Apollo Lykeios is a standard depiction on coins from Marcianopolis. It shows Apollo resting after defeating the Python snake. It is suggested that this statue was made by Praxiteles, but Euphranor is named too.

The name Lykeios is referring to the Lykeion, a famous grove in Athens, were the original statue was located. The original is lost but several Roman copies have survived.

JochenFeb 19, 2018
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Apollo Sauroktonos41 viewsThe statue of Apollo Sauroktonos (the Lizard Killer) was a work of Praxiteles. The original is lost, but several Roman copies have been found. This one stands in the Louvre/Paris. Nikopolis ad Istrum will have had a copy too. Therefore it was depicted on many of its coins.
JochenFeb 19, 2018
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Victoria Brescia35 viewsStatue of Victoria Brescia (Italian: Vittoria alata = winged Victory), found behind the Capitoline Temple of Brescia in 1826, now in the Santa Giulia Museum in Brescia.

Roman copy of a statue of Aphrodite of the 3rd century BC from a Greek City State. Wings added in 1st century BC to transform her in a winged Victory holding a shield to write on it (name of Victor?). The original Aphrodite (type of the Venus of Capua) was holding the shield of Ares to look at her face reflected on the inside of the shield.

The type of the Victoria of Brescia can be found on many Roman coins and on Trajan's column.
JochenFeb 19, 2018
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Hermes Fastening his Sandal39 viewsStatue of Hermes Fastening his Sandal, made by Lysipp c.320 BC. Roman copy from the Louvre/Paris. This statue is depicted on coins of Marcianopolis.

A new research by von Mosch (2013) shows that Hermes is rather loosening his sandal, which can be seen by the position of his fingers. In this way fastening is not possible!
JochenFeb 19, 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, #2155 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, #1 155 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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Aphrodite of Aphrodiasis41 viewsStatue of Aphrodite of Aphrodisias, today in the Archaeological Museum of Aphrodisias, Caria. Depicted on coins from Aphrodisias.JochenFeb 18, 2018
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Eirene with infant Plutos35 viewsRoman copy of the famous statue made by Kephisodotos, father of Praxiteles, today in the Glyptothek in Munich/GermanyJochenFeb 18, 2018
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Glykon Snake36 viewsStatuette of Glykon Snake, today in Museum of Constanta/Romania. Depicted on many coins from Thrace and Moesia inferior.JochenFeb 18, 2018
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Eros of Parium25 viewsA Roman copy of the statue Eros of Parium made by Praxiteles, found in Nicopolis a Istrum, today in the Archaeological Museum Sofia/Bulgaria. Depicted on coins from Parium.JochenFeb 18, 2018
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Ara Pacis39 viewsThe Ara Pacis Augustae (Latin, "Altar of Augustan Peace"; commonly shortened to Ara Pacis) is an altar in Rome dedicated to Pax, the Roman goddess of Peace. The monument was commissioned by the Roman Senate on July 4, 13 B.C. to honor the return of Augustus to Rome after three years in Hispania and Gaul, and consecrated on January 30, 9 B.C. Originally located on the northern outskirts of Rome, a Roman mile from the boundary of the pomerium on the west side of the Via Flaminia, it stood in the northeastern corner of the Campus Martius, the former flood plain of the Tiber River and gradually became buried under 4 metres (13 ft) of silt deposits. It was reassembled in its current location, now the Museum of the Ara Pacis, in 1938.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ara_Pacis
Joe SermariniFeb 18, 2018
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324-323 BC, Alexander the great, AR Didrachm 18mm 8.18 g 3h91 viewsBabylon mint,head of Herakles right,wearing lion skin.Rev Zeus Aetophoros seated left,M in left field,.Struck under Stamenes or Archon circa 324/3 BC very rare.
From the last issue of Alexanders lifetime coinage in the city where he died,contemporary with his dekadrachm issue.
1 commentsGrant HFeb 12, 2018
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Carnyx players on the Gundestrup Cauldron71 viewsDetail of antlered figures with animal-headed horns depicted on the cauldron found at Gundestrup, Himmerland, Jutland, Denmark. The Gundestrup cauldron is housed at the National Museum of Denmark.

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Figures_with_horns_on_the_Gundestrup_Cauldron.jpg
Joe SermariniFeb 08, 2018
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GREEK, Argolis Argos AR Triobol 490- 470 BC 2.55g 10mm 6h65 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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Maria of Alania Byzantine empress by marriages to emperors Michael VII Doukas and Nikephoros III Botaneiates (aka Maria-Martha of Georgia of Bagrationi royal dynasy)42 viewsMaria of Alania (born Martha, Georgian, 1053-1118) was Byzantine empress by marriages to emperors Michael VII Doukas and Nikephoros III Botaneiates. At the time of her marriage, Georgian Maria was one of only two non-Byzantine princesses to marry a Byzantine heir and the only one to give birth to an heir.

Anna Komnene, in her medieval biographical text Alexiad, describes the beautiful Georgian princess Maria of Alania: "...after Michael Ducas' deposition, when he had advised the latter's successor, Nicephorus Botaniates, to take her in marriage, because she came from another country and had not a crowd of kinsfolk to give the Emperor trouble, and he had told Botaniates a great deal about her family and personal beauty, and often praised her to him. And certainly she was as slender of stature as a cypress, her skin was white as snow, and though her face was not a perfect round, yet her complexion was exactly like a spring flower or a rose. And what mortal could describe the radiance of her eyes? Her eyebrows were well-marked and red-gold, while her eyes were blue. Full many a painter's hand has successfully imitated the colors of the various flowers the seasons bring, but this queen's beauty, the radiance of her grace and the charm and sweetness of her manners surpassed all description and all art. Never did Apelles or Pheidias or any of the sculptors produce a statue so beautiful. The Gorgon's head was said to turn those who looked upon it into stone, but anyone who saw the Queen walking or met her unexpectedly, would have gaped and remained rooted to the spot, speechless, as if apparently robbed of his mind and wits. There was such harmony of limbs and features, such perfect relation of the whole to the parts and of the parts to the whole, as was never before seen in a mortal body, she was a living statue, a joy to all true lovers of the beautiful. In a word, she was an incarnation of Love come down to this terrestrial globe."

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_of_Alania
Joe SermariniFeb 07, 2018
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Vologases III (c. A.D. 105-147), AR Drachm, struck at Ecbatana9 viewsObv: bare-headed bust left with long, pointed beard wearing diadem with loop at the top and three ends; earring visible; border of dots
Rev: archer seated right on throne holding bow, below bow monogram 26; archer's seat omitted; blundered Greek legend
Weight: 3.69 g, Size: 21 mm, Rarity: R
Ref: Sellwood 78.3
Originally uploaded by Jorge C
*AlexJan 31, 2018
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Vologases IV (c. 147-191 A.D.), AR Drachm, minted in Ecbatana11 viewsObv: bearded bust of king left, wearing diademed tiara with ear flap and hooked appendages, diadem ends as three lines; border of dots.
Rev: beardless archer, wearing kyrbasia and cloak, seated right on throne; in right hand, bow; in front, no pellet above bow, below bow monogram 26; Pahlavi inscription: VoLGaŠI MaLKa, Greek inscription is Sellwood iv.
Ref: Shore 434; Sellwood 84.132
Weight: 3.53 g, Size: 20 mm
Originally uploaded by Jorge C
*AlexJan 31, 2018
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Sinatruces (c. 77 - 70 B.C.), AR Drachm10 viewsWeight: 3.99 g | Size: 20 mm | Minted in Rhegium
Obv: bearded bust left wearing tiara (T34i) decorated on side with fleur de lys, around crest with pairs of pellets on
stalks; behind bust, anchor symbol erased from die; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; empty cloak
sleeve pellet ended and reaching well below seat; no border; six-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ
ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Ref: Sellwood 33.4 ; Shore 113
Rarity: R1
Originally uploaded by Jorge C
*AlexJan 31, 2018
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Phraates III (c. 70 - 57 B.C.), AR Drachm12 viewsWeight: 3.83 g | Size: 21 mm | Minted in Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem and griffin-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below bow,
monogram [~~]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ
ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Ref: Sellwood 38.3 ; Shore 169
Rarity: R
Originally uploaded by Jorge C
*AlexJan 31, 2018
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Orodes II (c. 57 - 38 B.C.), AR Drachm12 viewsWeight: 4.37 g | Size: 18 mm | Minted in Mithradatkart
Obv: short-bearded bust left wearing diadem and torque with no upper end visible; circular border of
pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; below
bow,
monogram [ΑΤ]; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
ΦΙΛΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ
ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
Ref: Sellwood 43.1; Shore 214
Rarity: Common
Originally uploaded by Jorge C
*AlexJan 31, 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.n35 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.38 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, Pertinax, 31 December 192 - 28 March 193 A.D.48 viewsSH08958. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 24, Cohen 58, VF, weight 25.04 g, maximum diameter 32.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 31 Dec 192 - 28 Mar 193 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES P HELV PERTINAX AVG, laureate head right; reverse VOTA DECEN TR P COS II S C, Pertinax, veiled, standing left, sacrificing out of patera over tripod; ex John Aiello; ex Edgar L. Owen; ex NFA Feb 27 - 28, 1979, lot 745; very rare (R2)Joe SermariniJan 30, 2018
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ROMAN, Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.64 viewsSH16768. Silver denarius, SRCV I 1592, RIC I 541, BMCRE I 664, superb EF, weight 3.850 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 0o, uncertain Asia Minor mint, 27 - 20 B.C.; obverse laureate head right, dot border; reverse AVGVSTVS, capricorn left, holding globe, cornucopia above, rudder below; extraordinary high relief impossible to capture in a photograph, lustrous and nearly as struck; rare1 commentsJoe SermariniJan 30, 2018
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ROMAN, Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, Wife of Antoninus Pius33 viewsSH33181. Gold aureus, SRCV II 4553 (same dies), Cayon 1765 (same), RIC III AP356d, Cohen II 98, BMCRE IV AP398, Choice EF, weight 6.923 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 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 30, 2018
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Roman, Julius Caesar, Imperator and Dictator, October 49 - 15 March 44 B.C.68 viewsSH45450. Silver denarius, Crawford 480/13, Sydenham 1074, Sear CRI 107d, RSC I Julius Caesar 39, BMCRR I Rome 4173, SRCV I 1414, Vagi 56, Choice gVF, magnificent portrait, weight 3.660 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, moneyer P Sepullius Macer, Feb - Mar 44 B.C.; obverse CAESAR DICT PERPETVO, veiled and wreathed head of Caesar right; reverse P SEPVLLIVS MACER, Venus standing left, Victory in extended right, long scepter in left hand, shield at feet right3 commentsJoe SermariniJan 30, 2018
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ROMAN, Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.57 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; scarce1 commentsJoe SermariniJan 30, 2018
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Roman Empire, Constantius II45 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 II47 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 II42 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, Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.40 viewsRA73476. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 473 (R2), Webb Carausius 523, Hunter IV 130, Cohen VII 185, SRCV IV -, Linchmere-, Burton Latimer -, Bicester -, VF, fantastic portrait with unusual style, green patina, scratches, tight flan, reverse slightly uneven and off center, spots of corrosion, weight 2.517 g, maximum diameter 22.8 mm, die axis 180o, unmarked mint, c. mid 292 - mid 293; obverse IMP C CARAVSIVS P F I AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, late reign tetrarchic portrait type, long necked variety; reverse ORIENS AVG (the rising sun of the Emperor), Sol standing slightly left, nude but for cloak over shoulders, raising right hand commanding sunrise, globe in left hand, S - P flanking across field, exergue blank; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection; very rareJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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Roman, Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.41 viewsRA76279. Silvered antoninianus, Pink VI-1, p. 63; RIC V-2 376 (S) var. (cuirass); Cohen VI 283 var. (same); Hunter IV 131 var. (same, and obv legend); SRCV III 11984 (same), Choice aEF, some mint luster, most silvering remains, fantastic heroic bust, light corrosion, weight 3.341 g, maximum diameter 22.8 mm, die axis 0o, 5th officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, 4 emission, 278 A.D.; obverse VIRTVS PROBI AVG (the valor of Emperor Probus), radiate bust left from behind, spear left in right hand, back bare but for balteus over right shoulder and rectangular Aegis shield with square corner in on left shoulder; reverse HERCVLI PACIF (to Hercules the pacifier), Hercules standing left, raising branch in extended right, club and Nemean Lion skin in left, VXXT in exergue; very rareJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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Roman, Constantine II, 22 May 337 - March or April 340 A.D.37 viewsRL76392. Billon centenionalis, apparently unpublished, cf. RIC VII Siscia 116 - 117 (for obv. type) and 138 - 139 (for rev. type, issues of the Licinii), EF, excellent portrait, both sides slightly off-center, left side of reverse legend weak, some porosity, a few light marks, weight 2.773 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, as caesar, 320 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate and cuirassed bust left; reverse VIRTVS EXERCIT (courage of the army), vexillum inscribed VOT / XX in two lines, two seated barbarian captives back-to-back flanking base, Christogram (Chi-Rho monogram) left, ESIS star in exergue; ex Scott Collection; extremely rareJoe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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Roman, Macrinus, 11 April 217 - 8 June 218 A.D.35 viewsSH77277. Silver denarius, RIC IV 92b, BMCRE V 80, RSC III 122c corr. (Antioch), Hunter III 32 var. (draped, no cuirass), SRCV II 7365, Choice EF, nearly as struck, light tone on luster, superb portrait, well centered, small edge cracks, weight 3.140 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, obverse IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse SECVRITAS TEMPORVM (time of security), Securitas standing facing, head left, scepter in right hand, left leg crossed in front of right, leaning with left forearm on columnJoe SermariniJan 29, 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.18 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 Great35 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.21 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 Great20 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.23 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.19 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, Otho, 15 January 69 - 17 April 69 A.D.13 viewsRS85563. Silver denarius, Muona Otho 10b; Butcher-Ponting-Muona 6; ANSCD 1958.217.1; BnF III 1; RIC I 1 (R3, 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, weight 3.272 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 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; rarest Otho denarius type; from the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex Glenn Woods (NYINC, 2002)Joe SermariniJan 29, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D.20 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.24 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 Alexander28 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.28 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.34 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.25 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 stater22 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 stater30 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 stater28 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 stater24 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.18 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 stater25 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 stater25 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 stater23 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 aureus14 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 aureus14 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 stater22 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 aureus13 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 aureus13 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 stater23 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.42 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 stater23 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 aureus13 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 aureus18 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 aureus20 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 oktodrachm40 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 aureus37 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.15 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 aureus16 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, Tiberius Fourree Denarius39 viewsROMAN EMPIRE, Tiberius Fourree Denarius
PONTIF MAXIM - Livia, as Pax, holding branch and sceptre, seated right; plain legs to chair with double line below.
Lugdunum (Lyon) mint (18-35AD); 2.80g / 19mm / 360
Group 4, c. 18 - 35 A.D.
Obverse: Tiberius is depicted as an older man. One of the ribbons of Tiberius' laurel wreath falls over his neck.
Reverse: 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.
Aureus: Giard Lyon, Group 4, 149; RIC I 29 (R); BMCRE I 46; Calico 305b (S.1); Cohen 15; SRCV I 1760 - Rare
Denarius: Giard Lyon, Group 4, 150; RIC I 30 (C); BMCRE I 48; RSC II 16a; SRCV I 1763 - Common (approximately half of all Tiberius denarii are this type)
Joe SermariniJan 28, 2018
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Motya Charioteer marble sculpture32 viewsThe remarkable and exquisite Motya Charioteer marble sculpture found in 1979 is world famous and is on display at the local Giuseppe Whitaker museum.

Motya was an ancient and powerful city on an island off the west coast of Sicily, between Drepanum (modern Trapani) and Lilybaeum (modern Marsala). The island was renamed San Pantaleo in the 11th century by Basilian monks. It lies in the Stagnone Lagoon, and is within the comune of Marsala. The island is nearly 850 metres (2,790 ft) long and 750 metres (2,460 ft) wide, and about 1 kilometer (0.62 mi) (six stadia) from the mainland of Sicily. It was joined to the mainland in ancient times by an artificial causeway (paved road), by which chariots with large wheels could reach the town.

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:StatuenMozia.jpg
Photo by: AEK
Released under the GNU Free Documentation License.
Joe SermariniJan 28, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.71 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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Czech Republic, Morava region - Brno - V-shaped ditch of Roman temporary camp73 viewsV-shaped ditch of Roman temporary camp in Brno watching ford crosing on Svratka River in area of Marcoman tribe for while sometimes from 172 - 180 AD in time of Marcus Aurelius' Marcomannic Wars.
Dec 2017 excavated
1 commentsBohemianJan 16, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 125-26 AD Mars, wearing crested Corinthian helmet, RPC 556846 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5568; D1271 = Staffieri; Emmett 810.10

Issue L ΔΕΚΑΤΟΥ or L ΔΕ = year 10

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

Rev. L ΔΕΚΑΤΟΥ
Helmeted half-length nude bust left of Mars (Ares), seen from behind, wearing crested Corinthian helmet

12.87 gr
25 mm
12h

Note.
From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Münz Zentrum 29 (27 April 1977), lot 126; Giovanni Dattari Collection, no. 1271.

In the aforementioned article by Giovanni, he compares the reverse of this coin to the statue found at Hadrian’s villa (Fig. 7 in his article).
See G.M. Staffieri, ‘Sulla testimonianza di un Ares policleteo nella monetazione imperiale alessandrina’, NAC 22 (1993), pp. 187-99, where the design is compared to the statue found at Hadrian’s villa.
3 commentsokidokiJan 16, 2018
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Orodes II., 57 - 38 BC53 viewsAR dr., 3,89gr, 19,8mm; Sellwood 45.19, Shore 229var., Sunrise - ;
mint: Susa; axis: 13h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/broad diadem, knot and 2 or 3 ribbons; medium-long hair in 4 waves, mustache, short beard in 3 rows of curls; multi-turn torque w/ single pellet finial; cuirass;
rev.: archer, right, on throne, w/bow in one hand, x above and monogram and dot below; 7-line legend: ΒΛCIΛΕΩC BΛCΙΛΕΩΝ ΛΡCΛKoV EVEPΓEToV ΔIKΛIoV EΠIΦΛNoVC ΦIΛEΛΛHN(o)C; almost uncirculated;
one of the most beautiful Parthian portraits of a young king.
1 commentsSchatzJan 06, 2018
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Arsakes I, 247 - 211 BC61 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 BC, or Gotarzes I, 91 - 87 BC64 viewsAR dr., 4,04gr, 20,6mm;
Sellw. 29.2, Shore 103, Sunrise - ;
mint: Ekbatana, axis: 12h;
obv.: floating bust, left, w/tiara, diadem, knot, and 2 ribbons; tiara w/3 rows of pellets and 1 row of ∼ enclosing an 8-point star, long earflap; mustache, long tapering beard; earring, multi-turn torque w/pellet finial; cuirass; dotted border 5:30 to 8h;
rev.: slight incuse left; archer w/bow, right, on throne; exergual line; 6-line legend: BΛΣIΛEΩΣ BΛΣIΛEΩN APΣAKoY ΔIKΛIoY EVEPΓEToY KΛIΦIΛEΛΛΗN.

1 commentsSchatzDec 30, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, COMMAGENE Samosata. AE 13 134-34 AD Winged caduceus57 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3424 var. (obv. legend)

Issue ΕΤ ΙΘ = regnal year 19

Obv. ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СΕΒACTOC
Laureate bust of Hadrian, r., with paludamentum, seen from rear

Rev. Φ-Λ / С-Α / ΕΤ - ΙΘ
Winged caduceus

2.75 gr
13 mm
okidokiDec 30, 2017
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Mithradates II, ca. 123 - 88 BC74 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, Mithradates II, ca.123-88 BC79 viewsAR dr., 4,09gr, 21,2mm; Sellwood 24.10, Shore 70, Sunrise --;
mint: Ekbatana or Rhagai, axis 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/diadem, knot and 2 ribbons; short cap-like hair, mustache, medium-long beard; earring, torque w/griffin or horse finial; dotted border 9 to 14h;
rev.: archer, right, on omphalos, w/bow in right hand; 4-line legend beginning on left and forming square: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛoY APΣAKoY EΠIΦANoY(Σ); exergual line;
iridescent "rainbow" tone;
a portrait of the young king who was probably the greatest of the Parthian rulers.
3 commentsSchatzDec 26, 2017
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Unknown King, 80 - 70 BC81 viewsAR tdr., 15,65gr, 29,2mm; Sellwood 30.2, Shore --, Sunrise 311 (Arsakes XVI. 78/77-62/1);
Mint: Seleukia, axis: 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/ diadem, knot and 1 broad ribbon; mustache, medium-long hair in 3 waves; torque w/single pellet finial; cuirass; dotted border 8-15:30h;
rev.: archer, right, on throne, w/bow in right hand; composite monogram above bow; 7-line legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY APΣAKOY ΘEOΠATOPOΣ EYEPΓETOY EΠIΦANOYΣ ΦIΛEΛΛΗNOΣ; exergual line;
3 commentsSchatzDec 22, 2017
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Sasanian Empire: Ardashir I, 224 - 242 AD43 viewsAR dr., 4,56gr., 25mm;
Göbl type III/2/2, Sunrise 714; Sel. 10;
mint: C (Ktesiphon), axis 15h;
obv.: bust, right, w/diadem type G and korymbos over close fitting cap; long undulated hair and beard, mustache; Pahlavi legend on the inside of complete dotted border;
rev.: fire altar w/flames (type 3) and diadems (type G), flanked by 2 altar pillars; Pahlavi legend against the upper left and right complete dotted border;
SchatzDec 21, 2017
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Iran, Naqsh-e-Rajab, Fars Province64 viewsThe investiture of Ardashir I (left) by Ahura Mazda2 commentsSchatzDec 19, 2017
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Iran, Ardashir I, 224 - 242 AD65 viewsThe investiture of the first Sasanian king, Ardashir I, by Ahura Mazda (left), a rock relief in Naqsh-e-Rostam north of Persepolis.1 commentsSchatzDec 19, 2017
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Unknown King, 80 - 70 BC64 viewsAR tdr., 15,82gr., 28,2mm;
Sellw. 30.4, Sh --, Sunrise 312 (this coin; Arsakes XVI., 78/77 - 62/61 BC;
mint: Seleukia, axis: 12H;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/diadem, knot, and ribbon; medium h-long hair in 4 waves, mustache, short beard; cuirass; dotted border 18:30 - 13h; young face;
rev: archer, right, on throne, w/bow; monogr. above bow; 7-line legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY APΣAKOY (ΘEO)ΠATOPOΣ (EY)EPΓETOY EΠIΦANOYΣ ΦIΛEΛΛHNO(Σ);

ex: The New York Sale, Baldwin Auction XXXvii (5. Jan. 2016),
ex: The Sunrise Collection, p.182, #312.

A Sunrise plate coin, also in: Parthika.fr, Les Différents Types.
2 commentsSchatzDec 18, 2017
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Unknown King, 80 - 70 BC 86 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.192 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,171 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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Elymais: Queen Ulfan and Orodes IV, 2nd half of 2nd cent. AD44 viewsAE 14, 3,26gr., 14,16mm;
Van’t Haaff 17.1.1-1a,b, Alram 488;
mint: Susa, axis: 12h;
obv.: head of Orodes IV facing left, w/2-strand diadem and 2 ribbons; hair tied in a large bun on top, side hair brushed back, mustache, med.-long pointed beard; necklace; traces of lettering in lower left field; dotted border 6 - 7:30h;
rev.: bust of Queen Ulfan w/hair tied in a long braid, facing left; necklace; garment w/shoulder pads; in left field Aramaic letters meaning ‘Ulfan’; dotted border 7:30 - 14h;
black patina on both sides.
SchatzDec 11, 2017
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Iran, Naqsh-e-Rostam, Fars Province49 viewsPart of the relief showing Hormizd II (303-309 AD) toppling a mounted enemy.SchatzDec 10, 2017
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Iran, Naqsh-e-Rostam, Fars Province44 viewsThe investiture of Narseh (293-303 AD) by the goddess AnahitaSchatzDec 10, 2017
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Iran, Naqsh-e-Rostam, Fars Province41 viewsTwo-panel equestrian relief showing the exploits of Bahram II, most likely against a Roman on the upper part, on the lower panel perhaps against an Indo-Sasanian ruler.SchatzDec 10, 2017
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Iran, Naqsh-e-Rostam, Fars Province39 viewsBahram II in combat with a mounted Roman
SchatzDec 10, 2017
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Iran, Naqsh-e-Rostam, Fars Province43 viewsThe grandee relief of King Bahram II (276-293 AD) surrounded by his entourage
SchatzDec 10, 2017
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Iran, Naqsh-e-Rostam, Fars Province46 viewsThe Sasanian king Shahpur I (241-272 AD) with his characteristic hairdo, the korymbos, in front of two prisoners, the supplicant Roman emperor Valerian and Philip the Arab after the battle of Edessa in 240 AD
SchatzDec 10, 2017
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Iran, Naqsh-e-Rostam, Fars Province 43 viewsInvestiture of Ardashir I (226-242 AD) by Ahura Mazda. Under their horses’ hooves crushed enemies, in the case of Ardashir the last Parthian king Artabanos IV. The bilingual inscription (Middle Persian and Parthian) for the first time mentions the name ‘ērān’ (Iran).SchatzDec 10, 2017
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Iran, Naqsh-e-Rostam, Fars Province36 viewsThe top of this tomb shows king Dareios I worshiping in front of a fire altar with Ahura Mazda’s symbol above.SchatzDec 10, 2017
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Iran, Naqsh-e-Rostam, Fars Province31 viewsThe tomb of Dareios I (522-486 BC)is the only one identified with certainty from the head of the relief. The others are believed to be those of Xerxes I (486-465 BC), Artaxerxes I (465-424 BC), and Dareios II (423-404 BC).SchatzDec 10, 2017
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Iran, Naqsh-e-Rostam, Fars Province40 viewsOn a steep rock face just a few miles north of Persepolis lies the necropolis of the Achaemenid kings consisting of the tombs of Dareios I and three of his successors (the fourth tomb is around the corner). Some time after this picture was taken, the sandy hill in front of the rock was removed so that one could see the Sasanian rock reliefs between and below the tombs from a distance.
SchatzDec 10, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian, Egypt, Alexandria, Drachm 129-30 AD Two Dioscuri standing, RPC 5741 63 viewsReference.
RPC 5741.8 (this coin). Dattari-Savio Pl. 80, 1685 (this coin); Emmett

Issue L IΔ = year 14

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

Rev. L ΙΔ
two Dioscuri (nude) standing facing, holding spears; above, stars; behind, horses; above, crescent

27.46 gr
35 mm
h

Note.
From the Dattari collection. Illustrated in Dattari.
1 commentsokidokiDec 07, 2017
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Iran, Bisitun, Kermanshah Province37 viewsAt the entrance to the bas relief face of Mount Bisotun, some yards up, a sculpture of Herakles rests on a lion skin, cup in hand, club, bow and quiver behind him. It dates back to the year 148 BC.SchatzDec 07, 2017
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Iran, Bisitun (Behistun), Kermanshah Province35 viewsOn the road from Hamadan (ancient Ekbatana) to the city of Kermanshah halfway up Mount Bisitun a number of unique bas reliefs from about 520 BC catch the eye. The Achaemenid king Dareios I (522 - 486 BC) had the largest one chiseled into the face of the mountain to tell the world of his triumph over his rival Gaumata and nine other rebels. The sensational part of the relief are the extensive cuneiform inscriptions above, below, and to the sides of the figures. They are in Elamite, Babylonian, and Old Persian, the latter a language which was created on the king’s order since up to then there was no written Persian language. The creation is a mixture of Elamite, Babylonian, and Aramaic. It was not deciphered until the middle of the 18th cent. AD by a British officer, adventurer, and amateur archeologist Sir Henry Rawlinson.
SchatzDec 07, 2017
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Iran, Bisitun37 viewsCloser view of the main relief showing King Dareios I with his defeated rivals. Unfortunately there were no camera drones when this picture was taken.
SchatzDec 07, 2017
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Iran, Bisitun33 viewsAlong the path to the main attraction there are two badly preserved Parthian reliefs, most likely from the first cent. BC and the first cent. AD. They show king Mithradates II (ca. 123 - 90 BC) receiving a delegation of four dignitaries (to the left of the defacing 17. cent. AD Safavid plate). The inscription on top of the Mithradates’ relief is in Greek.
SchatzDec 07, 2017
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Iran, Bisitun36 viewsThe Parthian figures to the right of the Safavid plate are thought to represent king Gotarzes II (38 - 51 AD) on horseback after his victory over Meherdates, having his head adorned with a wreath or diadem by an angel. The head of another horseman’s head is visible on the left side.
SchatzDec 07, 2017
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Iran, Bisitun, Kermanshah Province31 viewsMithradates II depicted receiving dignitaries. The relief is partly erased by the 17th cent. Safavid addition.

Sorry, the Bisitun pics are in reverse order. The Herakles sculpture should be the first of the bunch.
SchatzDec 07, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, PROBUS. Silvered AE Antoninianus of Rome. Struck A.D.276 - 282. 42 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 - 282.37 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 Unit91 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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Iran, Pasargadae (Fars province)61 viewsPart of one of Kyros’ two royal palaces, the audience hall.
Sections of massive columns and a relief showing a bull being led by a guard. The 2 square covered structures in the center may have been put up later as protection for exposed column bases.
1 commentsSchatzNov 29, 2017
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Iran, Pasargadae (Fars province), a UNESCO World Heritage Site36 viewsA massive wall of the fortified terrace at Pasargadae called Throne of Solomon’s Mother
On a plain surrounded by gently rolling hills, about 25 mi north of Persepolis, king Kyros II (the Great) founded the first capital of the multinational Achaemenid empire in the middle of the 6th cent. BC. What is left of it are the remains of 2 royal palaces, a large fortified terrace, and the mausoleum of Kyros II (at the time of my visit heavily scaffolded and therefore unphotographed). After Kyros’ death the capital was used for a while by his successor Kambyses.
SchatzNov 29, 2017
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Iran, The Anahita temple in Kangavar (Kermanshah)39 viewsor what is left of it. It dates back to Sasanian times (around 500 AD) and was dedicated to the goddess of water and fertility, Anahita, the only female in the Old Persian pantheon. Originally built on a square base, the temple must have been an impressive structure. As late as 1840, a traveler reported having seen 8 massive intact columns.
SchatzNov 28, 2017
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Iran, The Anahita temple in Kangavar (Kermanshahr)64 viewsI found a coin in this location, unfortunately not a Parthian or Sasanian drachm, but a rusty Byzantine bronze follis from the 11th cent. AD. The Silk Road was everywhere!
1 commentsSchatzNov 28, 2017
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MUSA, Parthia: Phraatakes and Musa, 2 BC to $ AD81 viewsBI tdr., 12,56gr, 28,1mm; Sellwood 58.1var.(month), Shore 323, Sunrise 403var.;
mint: Seleukia; axis: 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/broad 4 layer diadem and ribbon; at the ribbon end year date BIT(?)=1 AD; short hair in 2 waves, mustache, medium-long tapered beard; wart; earring, multiple necklace; cuirass w/collar adorned by a suite of opposing dashes; traces of goddess in the right and left upper field; legend: BACI ΛEΩ C BACI ΛEΩ N only partially visible; dotted border 8 to 10:30h;
rev.: female head, right, w/tiara and double diadem below, 2 loops and 2 ribbons; the tiara consists of 5 large pearls in a row, above a row of 8 smaller pearls and above them another row of medium-sized pearls - the remainder of the tiara is off the flan; earrings and a pearl necklace, multiple necklace below, 2 more strings of pearls across the breast, the shoulders are covered by a folded robe; between the diadem ribbons and the neck the letters ΔAI=ΔAIΣIOY (May); legend: Θ EAC O(YPANIAC MOYCHC) BACI
Λ ICHC; dotted border 5 to 10h; very dark patina;

ex: The New York Sale XXXIV (2014)

The Italian slave girl Musa came to Parthia as part of a peace deal between the Emperor Augustus and King Phraates IV in 20 BC. She bore him a son, Phraatakes, and soon rose in his favor from concubine to queen. To rid herself of competition she persuaded the king to send his other sons to Rome for safety. In 2 BC she and her son poisoned Phraates IV, and Phraatakes became king. Much to the shock of the Romans and Greeks, she proceded to marry her son and became co-ruler but the blissful arrangement lasted only six years. The disgusted Parthian nobility deposed the couple in 4 AD. Phraatakes escaped to Syria were he died soon after. Musa was never heard of again.
2 commentsSchatzNov 26, 2017
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Byzantine, Leo V and Constantine 813-820 AD, AE Follis, SBCV - 163565 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 Denarius75 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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PARTHIA, Phraates II36 viewsEkbatana mint. Struck circa 128-127 BC. Diademed bust left / BAΣIΛ EΩΣ/MEΓ AΛOY downward to right, APΣAKOV/ΘΕΟΠATOPΣ (sic) downward to left, archer (Arsakes I) seated right on omphalos, holding bow. Sellwood 16.1; Shore 41; Sunrise 269.

Published in "An Introduction to the Coinage of Parthia" (1971) by David Sellwood. Plate number 3, identified as 16/1.
ThatParthianGuyNov 21, 2017
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PARTHIA, Orodes II37 viewsRhagai mint. Diademed and draped bust left, wearing torque ending in pellet / BΛCIΛEΩC/BΛKIΛEΩH ΛP CΛKOY EVEPΓETOV/ΔIKΛ• •Y EΠIΦΛNOYΣ/ΦIΛEΛΛNI• •C (sic), archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, holding bow; ΓP monogram below bow; quadrate Cs in legend. Sellwood 45.12; cf. Shore 224 (for type); Sunrise –.

Published in "An Introduction to the Coinage of Parthia" (1971) by David Sellwood. Plate number 5, identified as 45/10.
ThatParthianGuyNov 21, 2017
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VALEAT monogram countermark on Augustus AE28 EB052753 viewsAugustus, AE 28, Celsa, Hispania, L. Baggius and Mn. Flavius Festus, 15-14 BC.
Obverse: AVGVSTVS DIVI F Laureate head right.
Reverse: L BAGGI(O) C V ICEL MNFESTO Bull standing right, II VIR before, with countermark anagram VALEAT.
References: RPC I 273.
Diameter: 28mm, Weight: 10.222 grams
EBNov 21, 2017
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Roman Empire, Magnentius79 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 086153 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 IVVENTVTIS97 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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Horse52 viewsGrant HNov 12, 2017
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Horse65 viewsGrant HNov 12, 2017
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Horse47 viewsGrant HNov 12, 2017
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Horse52 viewsGrant HNov 12, 2017
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Owl49 viewsGrant HNov 12, 2017
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Owl73 views1 commentsGrant HNov 12, 2017
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Owl56 viewsGrant HNov 12, 2017
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Owl50 viewsGrant HNov 12, 2017
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Roman Empire, Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor 128 AD Hadrian standing 1441A66 viewsReference.
unpublished; RPC III, 1441var. on reverse legend; RIC 532 var.; C. 576 var. (Augustus); Metcalf, Cistophori of Hadrian 92 var.

Person Augustus (under Hadrian) (Divus)

Obv. IMP CAESAR AVGVSTVS
Head of Augustus r.

Rev. HADRIANVS AVGGVSTVS REN (sic)
Hadrian togate standing half-left, holding grain stalk in right and roll in left in toga.

9.89 gr

RPC new number 1441A
1 commentsokidokiNov 03, 2017
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BYZANTINE, ALEXIUS I, AE TETARTERON S-1929 DOC 38 CLBC 2.4.5211 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, Sestertius48 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 Centenionalis46 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 Denarius23 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 Denarius54 viewsFor Marcus Licinius Crassus, who formed First Triumvirate with Caesar and Pompey in 60 BC, killed at Carrhae in Parthia in 53 BC.

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

Seaby, Licinia 18
2 commentsBlindadoOct 23, 2017
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BYZANTINE, ALEXIUS III ANGELUS-COMNENUS AE Half? TETARTERON S-2015/7v DOC 5 CLBC 8.4.3v DIANE VARIATION UNLISTED 129 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. scroll or hilt of sword AND shield behind left arm.

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger with patriarchal cross.

Size 17.94mm

Weight 2.4gm

I purchased this as part of a collection from Europe. The coin was attributed by previous owner as S-2017 a much rarer coin to find. Upon reexamining the coin, it turned out it has a shield and hilt of sword that the left hand is holding. On the reverse the gl.cr. has a patriarchal cross, this is seen on his half Tetartera.

The weight is average for for a half Tetarteron and a bit low for a full Tetarteron . the die size is around 15mm, small for a Tetarteron and large for a half.

I associated it with SBCV-2015 but in truth it could be a variation SBCV-2017

AKA Alexius III Diane variation.


SimonOct 10, 2017
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Byzantine, JOHN II, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1945 DOC 12 CLBC 3.4.1 240 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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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, SABINA, CARIA, Trapezopolis Ae 19 Mên standing68 viewsReference.
RPC --; apparently unpublished.

Magistrate Ti. Fla. Max. Lysias,

Obv: CABЄINA CЄBACTH
Draped bust of Sabina, r., hair coiled and piled on top of head above triple stephane

Rev: ΔΙΑ Τ Φ ΜΑΞ ΛVСΙΟV TPAΠEZOΠ / OΛITΩN.
Mên standing, l., wearing Phrygian cap, holding pine cone and sceptre, behind his shoulders, crescent

4.22 gr
19 mm
1 commentsokidokiOct 01, 2017
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Roman, Hadrian, sestertius78 viewsHadrian, 117-138 Sestertius circa 134-138, Æ 32mm., 26.08g. HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP Laureate and draped bust r. Rev. FELICITAS AVG Hadrian, togate, standing r with scroll, clasping r. hand with Felicitas standing l., holding caduceus. C 636. RIC 754. Nice untouched green patina and about extremely fine. Ex Glendining , April 1952, 2511. From the Ryan collection.2 commentsTiberiusClaudiusSep 27, 2017
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Roman Empire Provincial, Egypt, Alexandria, Antoninus Pius, Diobol Ex Dattari47 viewsEgypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Antoninus Pius, 138-161 Diobol circa 151-152 (year 15), Æ 22.5mm., 7.45g.
Obv: Laureate bust r., drapery on l. shoulder.
Rev. Agathodaemon erect, crowned with skhent; in field, L-E.
RPC Online 15718 (this coin).
Dattari-Savio Pl. 162, 3066 (this coin).
Good Fine.
From the Dattari collection.
Ex: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow
Ex: Naville Numismatics Auction 34, Lot 281 September 17, 2017
orfewSep 20, 2017
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Byzantine, Alexius I. Comnenus (1081-1118 A.D.), SB 1931, AE-Tetarteron, C/AΛ/Φ/Δ//--, Thessalonica, Jewelled cross,283 viewsB 060 Alexius I. Comnenus (1081-1118 A.D.), SB 1931, AE-Tetarteron, C/AΛ/Φ/Δ//--, Thessalonica, Jewelled cross, #1
avers: TW KOMHN, Crowned facing bust of Alexius, wearing loros, holding cross-tipped sceptre and cross on globe.
reverse: Jewelled cross with globe at each end, X in centre, on two steps, C-Φ/AΛ-Δ in the corners, clockwise from top left.
exergue: C/AΛ/Φ/Δ//--, diameter: 19,0-21,5mm, weight: 3,75g, axis: 6h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: A.D., ref: SB 1931,
Q-001
1 commentsquadransSep 09, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian, EGYPT, Alexandria Nome Obol 126-27 AD Chuit-Hathor standing, Emmett 122654 viewsReference.
RPC III, 6466; Emmett 1226.11; Köln 3385; Dattari (Savio) 6215; K&G N7.4; Kellner p. 106, pl. 5, Abb. 19 (this coin)

Issue Athribite

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑ СΕΒ
Laureate and draped bust of Hadrian, r.

Rev. ΑΘΡΙΒ, L ΙΑ
Chuit-Hathor standing, l., holding hawk, wearing pschent, l., in r. hand, l. arm lowered

4.98 gr
20 mm
12h

Note.
Ex Münzen und Medaillen AG Inventory, Basel, 1972.
okidokiSep 08, 2017
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Roman Empire Provincial, Hadrian, PAMPHYLIA, Side, Ae 24 Athena standing left57 viewsReference.
unpublished

Obv. [ ] [ ] ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС?
Laureate, draped, bust right

Rev. СΙΔΗΤωΝ
Athena standing facing, head left, holding palm frond and pomegranate.

8.80 gr
24 mm
12h
okidokiSep 08, 2017
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Roman, Postumus, herculean bust108 viewsA nice example of the famous herculean bust3 commentsSTEPHANE RSep 08, 2017
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Roman Empire, Postumus, previously unrecorded cuirassed bust89 viewsAn unique and previously unrecorded type for an antoninianus of Postumus.
The cuirassed bust devoid of any drapery is what makes this coin so unique.
Struck in january 268 for the Emperor's fourth consulate.
Wonderful portrait, of the finest style of the period.
1 commentsSTEPHANE RSep 07, 2017
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Roman, Postumus, Wonderful portrait, of the finest style of the period.59 viewsAn unique and previously unrecorded type for an antoninianus of Postumus.
The cuirassed bust devoid of any drapery is what makes this coin so unique.
Struck in january 268 for the Emperor's fourth consulate.
Wonderful portrait, of the finest style of the period.
STEPHANE RSep 07, 2017
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Postumus28 viewsSuperb bust left, with features of Hercules1 commentsSTEPHANE RSep 07, 2017
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Roman, Victorinus, cuirassed bust left106 viewsFlawless and superb portrait of Victorinus3 commentsSTEPHANE RSep 07, 2017
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CELTIC, DANUBIAN CELTS51 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 Armorica48 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)94 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. 52 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 Quinarius30 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 Concordia154 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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GREEK, Baktria, Azes II, Drachm16 viewsMoneda bilingüe de 15 mm y 2,42 g acuñada en tiempos del soberano indoescita Azes II (entre el 35 a.C. y el 5 d.C.), en Bactria.
Anverso: Azes II a caballo, levantando su mano y sosteniendo un látigo. Leyendas en griego BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΙΛEΩN MEΓAΛXOY AZOY (Gran Rey Azes).
Reverso: Atenea con lanza y Nike alada, rodeada por las leyendas Maharajasa rajadirajasa mahatasa Ayasa escritas en jaroshti, que indican lo mismo del anverso. Con monogramas en el campo.

Bilingual coin measuring 15 mm and weighing 2.42 gms minted by King Azes II in Bactria between 35 B.C. and 5 A.D.
Obverse: Azes II on horseback, raising his hand and holding a whip. Legends in Greek BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΙΛEΩN MEΛAΛXOY AZOY (Great King Azes).
Reverse: Athena holding spear and Nike, surrounded by legends written in jaroshti, which mean the same as those on the obverse. Monograms in the field.

Originally uploaded by Pedro jose D
*AlexAug 19, 2017
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GREEK, ATTICA, Athens, Obol16 viewsObolo de plata
449 - 420 a.C.
ANV: Atenea con casco acorazado
REV: Leyenda AQE, lechuza a derecha con rama de olivo y cuarto menguante

Originally uploaded by Pedro Jose D
*AlexAug 19, 2017
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GREEK, Apollonia Pontika, AR obol13 viewsObolo de plata
450 - 400 A.c.
ANV: Esvastica con delfines en angulos
REV: Ancla del reves

Original upload by Pedro Jose D
*AlexAug 19, 2017
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GREEK, Apollonia Pontika, Diobol15 viewsDiobolo de plata
450 - 350 a.C.
ANV: Cabeza de Gorgona ( Medusa )
REV: Ancla del reves con letra A y cangrejo

Original upload by Pedro Jose D
*AlexAug 19, 2017
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GREEK, Apollonia Pontika, Hemiobol14 viewsHemiobolo de plata
261 – 246 a.C.
ANV: Ancla
REV: Cruz con dos líneas paralelas en cada cuadrante

Original upload by Pedro Jose D
*AlexAug 19, 2017
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Italy, Monza, Serpero Museum, Duomo di Monza.46 viewsIvory diptych of Stilicho, Roman General (magister militum), Patrician and Consul of the Western Roman Empire. The diptych depicts Stilicho, on the right and, on the left, his wife Serena standing with his son, Eucherius.

The Duomo di Monza is the main religious building of Monza. Although known in English as Monza Cathedral, the building is not in fact a cathedral, as Monza is part of the Diocese of Milan. The church is also known as the Basilica of San Giovanni Battista from its dedication to John the Baptist. In the right transept is the entrance to the Serpero Museum which houses the treasury.
*AlexAug 17, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Vespasian, Silver Denarius29 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 Denarius66 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 Denarius29 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, Marcus Aurelius, Silver Denarius75 viewsStruck 165 AD, Rome mint, 19mm, 3.5g, VF, RIC III 142

OBVERSE: Laureate head of Marcus Aurelius, bearded, right. M[ARCUS] [AURELIUS] ANTONINVS AVG[USTUS] ARMENIACVS (Marcus Aurelius Antonius, the Revered One, Conqueror of the Armenians).

REVERSE: Goddess of the grain supply to the city of Rome, Annona, standing front, head left, holding corn-ears in right hand and cornucopias in left hand; on left, modius (cylindrical headdress so called for its resemblance to the unit measure of grain); on right, ship. P[ONTIFEX] M[AXIMUS] TR[IBUNICIA] P[OTESTATE] XIX IMP[ERATOR] III COS III (Highest Priest, Tribune of the People for the 19th time, Imperium for the 3rd year, Consul for the 3rd time).
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 Antoninianus64 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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Turkey, Antalya, Archaeological Museum of Antalya.50 viewsStatue of a Hermes.
Photograph by Will Hooton
Joe SermariniAug 15, 2017
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Turkey, Antalya, Archaeological Museum of Antalya.36 viewsStatue of a Hermes.
Photograph by Will Hooton
Joe SermariniAug 15, 2017
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Turkey, Antalya, Archaeological Museum of Antalya.30 viewsStatue of Herakles.
Photograph by Will Hooton
Joe SermariniAug 15, 2017
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Turkey, Antalya, Archaeological Museum of Antalya.34 viewsStatue of Athena.
Photograph by Will Hooton
Joe SermariniAug 15, 2017
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Turkey, Antalya, Archaeological Museum of Antalya. 33 viewsTyche
Photograph by Will Hooton
Joe SermariniAug 15, 2017
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Turkey, Antalya, Archaeological Museum of Antalya.35 viewsStatue of Serapis.
Photograph by Will Hooton
Joe SermariniAug 15, 2017
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Turkey, Antalya, Archaeological Museum of Antalya. 31 viewsHeroic statue of Hadrian.
Photograph by Will Hooton
Joe SermariniAug 15, 2017
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Turkey, Antalya, Archaeological Museum of Antalya.34 viewsHeroic statue of Hadrian.
Photograph by Will Hooton
Joe SermariniAug 15, 2017
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Turkey, Ankara, The Temple of the Divine Augustus and Rome34 viewsThe Temple of the Divine Augustus and Rome in the centre of Ankara, which now stands besides a mosque. I was unable to get any closer due this being Ramazan, the area was cordoned off in preparation for iftar.

Photograph by Will Hooton
Joe SermariniAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Ankara, Column of Julian34 viewsThe Column of Julian in Ankara was erected in dedication to his visit sometime in 362 AD. It has a strange ribbed design. In fact it looks like a giant marble kebab to me.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Ankara, Theatre (1)30 viewsNot to far from the Anatolian Museum in Ankara, a theatre is currently being excavated. It certainly looks promising, although excavation is expected to continue for a long while. To excavate something like this in the middle of a metropolitan city is quite extraordinary!
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Ankara, Theatre (2)30 viewsAnother view of the Theatre.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Ankara, Roman Baths28 viewsPhotograph by Will Hooton*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Ankara, Roman Baths30 viewsPhotograph by Will Hooton*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Antalya, Archaeological Museum of Antalya.34 viewsHeroic statue of Hadrian.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Ankara, Tombstones.33 viewsSituated in the town's palestra, a short distance away from the Roman Baths, are a large selection of Roman tombstones some of which are very interesting.
Photographs by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Antalya, Archaeological Museum of Antalya.31 viewsSarcophagus featuring the 10 labours of Hercules.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Antalya, Archaeological Museum of Antalya.30 viewsDetails from a sarcophagus featuring the 10 labours of Hercules.
Photographs by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Antalya, Archaeological Museum of Antalya.27 viewsAn example of the wonderful collection of red figure pottery housed at the museum.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Antalya, Archaeological Museum of Antalya.32 viewsAn example of the wonderful collection of red figure pottery housed at the museum.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Antalya, Archaeological Museum of Antalya.30 viewsAn example of the wonderful collection of red figure pottery housed at the museum.
Photograph by Will Hooton.
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Antalya, Archaeological Museum of Antalya.30 viewsThe Three Graces, removed from Perge.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Antalya, Archaeological Museum of Antalya.31 viewsUnattributed statue of an emperor.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Antalya, Archaeological Museum of Antalya.32 viewsStatue of Mercury.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Antalya, Archaeological Museum of Antalya.30 viewsStatue, probably of Fortuna.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Antalya, Archaeological Museum of Antalya.30 viewsStatue of a private citizen.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Antalya, Archaeological Museum of Antalya.30 viewsStatue of Trajan in military dress.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Antalya, Archaeological Museum of Antalya.30 viewsTyche
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Antalya, Archaeological Museum of Antalya.32 viewsStatue of Artemis, removed from Perge.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Antalya, Archaeological Museum of Antalya.33 viewsStatue of Athena.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Antalya, Archaeological Museum of Antalya.35 viewsStatue of Hadrian in military dress.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Antalya, Archaeological Museum of Antalya.30 viewsStatue of Herakles.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Antalya, Archaeological Museum of Antalya.35 viewsStatue attributed to Julia Soaemias, mother of  Elagabalus.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Ankara, Anatolian Museum of Civilisations.30 viewsA votive stele, 2nd-3rd cent. BC.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Ankara, Anatolian Museum of Civilisations.35 viewsDetail of a mythical man-lion. Basalt relief from Carchemish, 9th cent. BC.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Ankara, Anatolian Museum of Civilisations.31 viewsKing Sulumeli offering a libation to a god. Basalt, 10th - 9th cent. BC.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Ankara, Anatolian Museum of Civilisations.34 viewsBust attributed to Livia.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Ankara, Anatolian Museum of Civilisations.29 viewsThis helmet is called the Phyrigian type, not because it is Phrygian in origin, but because of it's resemblance to the Phrygian cap. This helmet appeared in the classical section rather than the Phrygian one.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Ankara, Anatolian Museum of Civilisations.30 viewsThe Phrygians seemed to have possessed advanced metal working skills as is testified to by this bronze phiale, found at the Great Tumulus at Gordion.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Ankara, Anatolian Museum of Civilisations.31 viewsA relief of Hittite troops and palace officials, dating to the second half of the 8th cent. BC.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Ankara, Anatolian Museum of Civilisations.34 viewsSide view of the magnificent bronze tondo of Trajan Decius.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Ankara, Anatolian Museum of Civilisations.40 viewsA magnificent bronze tondo of Trajan Decius. It was really tricky to photograph, the light above acts as a backlight and picking up facial details with out flash (and with a museum guard behind you to make sure you don't). And the reflective panes of glass don't help either.
Nevertheless, a wonderful piece. I am sorry I could not do any better.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Ankara, Anatolian Museum of Civilisations.32 viewsBust attributed to a somewhat ill looking Marcus Aurelius.
Photograph by Will Hooton
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Turkey, Ankara, Anatolian Museum of Civilisations.37 viewsA Phrygian toy in the form of a griffin eating a fish. Made of wood and dating to the 8th cent. BC, it was recovered in a Tumulus at the site of Gordion.
Photograph by Will Hooton.
*AlexAug 14, 2017
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Greek, CALABRIA. Taras. Circa 365-355 BC. AR Nomos. Fischer-Bossert 564b (this coin)106 viewsYouthful nude jockey riding horse standing right; to right, bearded herm left; below horse, TH. Rev. TAΡ[AΣ] Phalantos, with wild flowing hair, riding dolphin left, holding oinochoe in right hand. Fischer-Bossert 564b (this coin). Vlasto 410 (same obverse die). Beautifully toned and of fine style. Minor areas of flatness, otherwise, good very fine.

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

This is a particularly charming depiction of the hero Phalanthos, with wild waving hair and an impish smile, indicating how much he is enjoying the dolphin ride.
3 commentsLeoAug 13, 2017
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Roman Empire, Domitian silver denarius71 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, Antioch23 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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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Mithradates I (Sellwood); Phriapatius to Mithradates I (Assar)50 viewsAR obol
c. 171 - 138 BC
0.62 gm.
Hekatompylos mint?
Obv: Diademed bust left in bashlyk, wearing single turn torque, dotted border
Rev: Archer seated right on omphalos, three-line inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟY ΑΡΣΑΚΟY
Sellwood 10.19, Mitchiner ACW, #473 (this coin, page 108 of "Oriental Coins and Their Values, Vol. 2: The Ancient and Classical World" by Michael Mitchiner, published by Hawkins Publications, 1978)
Ex-David Sellwood Collection
Robert L3Jul 29, 2017
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GREEK, Macedonia, Neapolis AR Hemidrachm circa 424-350 BC 13mm 1.90g 1h67 viewsFacing Gorgoneion,Rev Head of nymph to right.1 commentsGrant HJul 27, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, HADRIAN, IONIA, Miletus. Ae 36 Zeus standing54 viewsReference.
BMC - ;SNG von Aulock- ;SNG Copenhagen -; SNG France- ;RPC - ;

Obv: AΔPIANOC KAICAP ΟΛΙΜΠΙΟC
Laureate head right.

Rev: POVΦOV TO B ΜΙΛΗ- CΙΩΝ ΕΠΙ
Zeus standing right, wearing chlamys, holding thunderbolt, and resting hand on hip.

26.25 gr
36 mm
h

Note.
The worship of Hadrian as 'Zeus Olympios' in the east of the empire was also practiced in Miletus. A proof of this is this coinage, which the emperor explicitly names as 'ΟΛΙΜΠΙΟC'. In addition, the archaeological excavations in Miletus have been used to discover a large number of household altars who had been consecrated to Hadrian, who had inscriptions such as "The Caesar Trajan Hadrian Sebastos Zeus Olympios" (Friesen, Imperial Cults, p. 177)
okidokiJul 27, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I, Follis - RIC VII Trier132124 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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Roman Empire, Crispus, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.80 viewsBillon centenionalis, unpublished obverse variant; cf. Bastien Lyon XIII, 155-6 and 159-61; RIC VII Lyons 202 - 204, gF, 1st officina, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, weight 3.451g, maximum diameter 18.8mm, die axis 0o, as caesar, 322 - 323 A.D.; obverse IVL CRISPVS NOB C, laureate and cuirassed bust left, spear pointed forward in right, shield in left; reverse BEAT TRAN-Q-LITAS, globe on altar inscribed VOT/IS / XX in three lines, three stars above, PLG in exergue; from the Dr. Sam Mansourati Collection

Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear. David Sear notes, "a previously unpublished variant of the series listed by Bastien (Le Monnayage de l'Atelier de Lyon) on pages 163 and 164, numbers 155-6 and 159-61 (cf. RIC vii, p. 134, 202-4)...good F, rare and interesting as an unpublished obverse variant."
1 commentsJoe SermariniJul 23, 2017
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Roman Empire, Clodius Albinus, AE as, RIC 61a var.61 viewsThe coin is known by one other example, sold by Sotheby's. This obverse legend with ALBIN undivided on the obverse is from one die out of the 9 known dies for the type. The coin is published in Curtis Clay's Oxford thesis.
Joe SermariniJul 23, 2017
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BYZANTINE, ISAAC II ANGELUS, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-2004 DOC 4 CLBC 7.4.1 87 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 Die35 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 PROVINCIAL, SABINA, 1618A MYSIA, Hadriani ad Olympum, Ae 27 Athena standing74 viewsReference
RPC --; Von Fritze --

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

Rev. ΑΔΡΙΑΝΩΝ ΠΡΟC ΟΛΥΝΠ
Athena standing facing, head l., holding out Nike and resting hand on shield

9.47 gr
27 mm
6h
1 commentsokidokiJul 10, 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.131 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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Roman Empire Provincial, Caracalla - Laodicea ad Lycus, Phrygia58 viewsAE 36
Lucius Aelius Pigres asiarch
211 - 217 AD
laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind
AVT·KAI M·AYP'AN·_TΩNEINOC·CEB
Agnostic table with prize urn and palm on top; knives at sides; kantharos under table
EΠI Λ AIΛ ΠI_ΓPHTOC ACIAP
ΛAOΔIKEΩN / NEΩKOPΩN
ex Aurea
Johny SYSELJul 06, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, HADRIAN, JUDAEA, Ascalon. Æ 23 mm 131-32 ad Tyche-Astarte57 viewsReference.
RPC III, 4014A; De Saulcy --; Yashin, Ascalon to Raphia, --

Issue Year 235

Obv. СƐΒΑСΤΟС
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from rear

Rev. ACKAΛω/ LΔ / ЄΛC
Tyche-Astarte standing right on galley, holding scepter and aphlaston; to left, incense altar; to right, dove in r. field.

12.54 gr
23 mm
okidokiJul 01, 2017
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Greek, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetardrachm circa 415-405 BC 24mm 16.75g70 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, Vespasian AR Denarius96 viewsVespasian (69-79). AR Denarius (18.08 mm, 3.50 g, 6h). Rome, AD 75.
Obv: Bare head l. R IMP CEASAR VESPASIANUS AUG
Rev: Pax seated l., resting l. elbow on throne and holding branch.
PON MAX TRP COS VI
RIC II.1 773 (this coin)
Ex Vecchi sale 13, 1998, 757.
1 commentsorfewJun 14, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Egypt, Alexandria Vespasian AE Diobol 64 viewsEgypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Vespasian, 69-79 Diobol circa 70-71 (year 3), Æ 26.5mm., 9.15g.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev: Bust of Isis r.; in front, LΓ.
RPC 2430 (this coin cited). Dattari-Savio Pl. 14, 382 (this coin).
From the Dattari collection.
Naville Numismatics Auction #30, Lot 283, April 02, 2017
orfewJun 12, 2017
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Roman Empire, Constantine I, Follis. Constantinople (328-9) 111 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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Apollo kitharoidos, Vatican Museum, a 2nd-century AD colossal marble statue by an unknown Roman sculptor.89 viewsAn Apollo Citharoedus is a statue or other image of Apollo with a Kithara (lyre). Among the best-known examples is this Apollo Citharoedus of the Vatican Museums, a 2nd-century AD colossal marble statue by an unknown Roman sculptor. Apollo is shown crowned with laurel and wearing the long, flowing robe of the Ionic bard. The statue was found in 1774, with seven statues of the Muses, in the ruins of Gaius Cassius Longinus' villa near Tivoli, Italy. The sculptures are preserved in the Hall of the Muses, in the Museo Pio-Clementino of the Vatican Museums. Joe SermariniMay 22, 2017
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GREEK, ITALY, CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 280 BC. AR Nomos111 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 Tetradrachm106 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.
2 commentsLeoMay 20, 2017
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 440-430 BC 25mm 17.37g 1h Jenkins Gela 384.7 [O78/R158] this coin.125 viewsCharioteer holding Kenton in left hand and reins in both,driving slow quadriga right,above Nike flyingright crowning horseswith open wreath held in both hands.Rev forepart of man-headed bull right the river god [Gelas swimming.
Ex CNG Triton 16 lot 209.
1 commentsGrant HMay 18, 2017
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GREEK, PERIKLES, DYNASTS of LYCIA, AR Stater circa 380-360 BC 22.5 mm 9.81 g 7 h,93 viewsOlcay&Morkholm,The coin hoard from Podalia,NC 1971 399 [A1/P3] this coin,L.Mildenberg,Mithrapata and Perikles,Proceedings of the 8th International Numismatic Congress,Rome 1961 21 [A14/R16] reverse of this coin Illustrated/Head of Perikles facing slightly left,wearing laurel wreath,drapery around neck,to right dolphin downward.Rev warrior nude but for crested Corinthian helmet,in fighting attitude right,holding sword aloft in right hand,shield on left arm,VEHNTEZ[= Phellos] in Lycian]to left,triskeles.PERIKLE [in Lycian] whelk shell?to right,all within shallow incuse square.From the J.Eric Engstrom collection,ex Gorny&Mosch 199,lot 514 10-10-11,ex CNG esale 164 lot 80,ex Kirk Davis FPL 17 lot 61 ,in commerce 1958 per Podalia.Grant HMay 12, 2017
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Roman Empire, Caracalla Bimetallic Sestertius218 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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2 countermarks (NIKE) on CILICIA Claudiopolis Hadrian Ae 28 Howgego 262122 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3226; SNG Levante 595; Lindgren 1472
for c/m’s: Howgego 262 4x Nike standing r., holding wreath, within oval incuse.
1 commentsokidokiMay 08, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, HADRIAN, PONTUS, Nicopolis ad Lycum, Ae 18 126-27 AD Nike54 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2945A; new type

Issue Year 56 (NϚ)

Obv. AYT TPAI-AΔPIAN
Laureate head of Hadrian right

Rev. ΕΤΟΥC ΝϚ
Victory walking, right, holding wreath and palm 'uncertain object' to right

4.61 gr
18 mm
okidokiMay 08, 2017
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Fel Temp Reparatio Fallen Horseman192 viewsAlexandria
Amiens
Antioch
Aquileia
Arles
Constantinople
Cyzicus
Heraclea
Lyons
Nicomedia
Rome
Sirmium
Siscia
Thessalonica
Trier
Barbaous Mint
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)May 08, 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, Stater73 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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Roman Empire, City Commemorative, Urbs Roma, Follis, Trier149 viewsCommemorative Series. AD 330-354. Æ Follis (17mm, 2.61 g, 6h).
Treveri (Trier) mint, 2nd officina. Struck under Constantine I, AD 332-333. Helmeted and mantled bust of Roma left / She-wolf standing left, head right, suckling the twins Romulus and Remus; two stars above; TR•S. RIC VII 542; LRBC 65. EF, gray-brown patina.

From the collection of the MoneyMuseum, Zurich. Ex Münz Zentrum Köln 104 (6 September 2000), lot 613.
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 coin57 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 Sestertius244 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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Greek, Calabria Tarentum AR Didrachm circa 345-334 BC 7.77 g Fischer-Bossert 733b this coin102 viewsNaked horseman on prancing horse right,lancing downwards with right hand,behind large shield and two more lances,the whole within a beaded border.In field to left A and to right |-,beneath horse KAA,RevTaras astride dolphin,a creasted helmet between his hands,with his head slightly bowed towards it,below KAA.
ex ARS Classica-Naville 12,1926 lot 230
ex Hirsch 26, 1910 lot 191
Grant HApr 10, 2017
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Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #938151 viewsCalabria, Taras. From Sir Arthur Evans Collection
c. 240-228 BC. AR Nomos, 6.39g (10h). Obv: Naked youth riding horse at full gallop right, holding torch behind him; in field to left monogram HPAK; below, ΔΑΙΜΑΧΟC. Rx: ΤΑ - ΡΑC in field under Taras astride dolphin left holding trident in left hand and kantharos in right; in field to right, monogram ANΔPE. Vlasto 938 (this coin). Evans, Tarentum (1889), p. 194, pl. X. 1 (this coin). Ex Vlasto Coll. 938, pl. XXX. From the Sir Arthur Evans Collection.
3 commentsLeoApr 09, 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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GREEK, Akarnaia, Leukas, AR Stater circa 400-330 BC 26mm 8.44 g SNG Lockett 2276144 viewsPegasos flying left with mintmark below.Rev helmeted head of Athena left human foot behind.
large flan with die rust on obv.
1 commentsGrant HMar 28, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, HADRIAN, EGYPT, Alexandria, Dichalkon 126-27 AD Crocodile standing right145 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 9h87 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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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Emmett 1103.21, EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Hemidrachm 136-37 AD Pharos lighthouse79 viewsReference.
Dattari-Savio Pl. 95, 1935 (this coin). RPC 6233/; Emmett 1103.21

Issue L KA = year 21

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

Rev. L KA
Pharos lighthouse surmounted by two Tritons, each blowing a trumpet, between a lantern surmounted by a statue, holding situla and scepter; entryway below.

11.31 gr
30 mm
12h
1 commentsokidokiMar 12, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Emmett 1093.14, EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Hemidrachm 129-30 AD Isis Pharia standing75 viewsReference.
Emmett 1093.14; Dattari-Savio Pl. 85, 7711 (this coin). RPC 5748.23 (this coin cited).Corr. (holding Situla)

Issue L IΔ = year 14

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

Rev. L ΙΔ
Isis Pharia advancing, r., head r., holding sistrum and sail with situla

12.64 gr
29 mm
12h
1 commentsokidokiMar 12, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, RPC III, 1375, Hadrian, Cistophorus CARIA, Cnidus? Zeus seated58 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1375/1; Metcalf 71; C. -; RIC -; BMC -; W. E. Metcalf, The Cistophori of Hadrian, 1980, 76, 308 Taf. 20 = RPC III 1375; M. 308

Obv. AVGVSTVS HADRIANVS (D reverted) sic
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from rear

Rev. COS III
Zeus seated r. on throne holding vertical sceptre in upraised r. and Victory on globe (corr.)

9.90 gr
mm
h

Note.
ex Theodor Grewer collection
ex Kress, Auktion 158, 1973, Los 997
okidokiMar 12, 2017
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GREEK, Attica, Athens, AR Drachm circa 465-460 BC 4.35g108 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/R174104 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 67967 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, #1209 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, #1339 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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GREEK, SC 68, Price P167 - American Journal of Numismatics Second Series 27: 41-97 : Taylor L. W. H. Triparadeisos to Ipsos Series IV, 189 (this coin), Plate 12, 189 (this coin)80 viewsSeleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I Nikator, 312-281 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Babylonia, Uncertain Mint 6A

Head of Herakles right wearing lion skin headdress.
ΒΑΣΙΛEΩΣ ФIΛIΠΠOY Zeus Aëtophoros enthroned left, star symbol beneath throne, Π recut over an earlier mint control in left field.

Taylor, Triparadeisos to Ipsos, Series IV, 189 (this coin), Plate 12, 189 (this coin), dies A50/P1; HGC 9, 11a (same dies); SC 68 (same dies); WSM 1241 (same dies); Price P167 (same dies).

Uncertain Mint 6A in Babylonia, 303-302 BC.

Struck under Seleukos utilising a reverse die from an earlier lifetime Philip issue (Price P160) with the left field mint control recut. Obverse die linked to examples of SC 67 (Alexander), SC 69 (Seleukos) and SC 50.1 (Alexander Uncertain Mint 1).

One of four examples known and the only one outside the ANS (Newell) collection.

(26 mm, 17.0 g, 3h).

Reference: Taylor, L. W. H. 2015. From Triparadeisos to Ipsos: Seleukos I Nikator’s Uncertain Mint 6A in Babylonia.
AJN Second Series 27: 41-97.
2 commentsn.igmaFeb 20, 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, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #129768 viewsCALABRIA, Taras. Circa 380-325 BC. AR Diobol (11mm, 1.19 g, 11h).
Head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet decorated with hippocamp / Herakles kneeling right, holding club, battling the Nemean Lion. Vlasto 1297 (this coin); HN Italy 911. VF, toned, obverse off center. Good metal.
LeoFeb 19, 2017
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Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #915116 viewsTaras 272-240 BC Nomos
Calabria, Tarentum; c. 272-240 BC, Nomos, 6.51g(new standard of weight compared with the old 7.5g). 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.

I appreciate to have this coin. It is from M.P. Vlasto collection.
1 commentsLeoFeb 19, 2017
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GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Taras Oecist Stater127 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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MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES COLLAGE123 viewsTop row: Agathodaemon; Griffin; Centaur
Row 2: Capricorn; Sphinx; Hippocamp; Kerberos
Row 3: Gorgon; Horned Panther; Phoenix
Bottom row: Pegasos; Pan; Horned Lion; Chimaera
(examples from my collection)
2 commentslaneyFeb 16, 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, Thurium93 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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Chersoneos City Issue, Bull and Deer75 viewsChersonesos City Issue, 300-290 BC, Bull and Virgo
AE 6.9gm/22mm
Obv/ KLEMYTADA; bull butting l., below legend, bow and long, thin quiver
Rev/ Virgo leaping l., spearing fallow deer.
Con/ EF, near-black patina. Very rare coin with an elegant reverse.
Ref/ Anokhin, Coins of the Chersonese (Monetnoe dela Chersonesa), no. 80, but giving the legend as KLEMYTADA; Anokhin lists only four varieties, with different names of magistrates.
MayadiggerFeb 15, 2017
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Panticapaeum City Issue, Old Satyr and Ox, 325 BC78 viewsPanticapaeum City Issue, Old Satyr and Ox, 325 BC

Æ 18mm/5.5gm, struck c. 325 BC
Obv/ Head of bearded Satyr l.
Rev/ ΠAN; head of ox left.
Con/ VF, dark brown patina.
Ref/ MacDonald # 67
MayadiggerFeb 15, 2017
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Roman, Licinius II AE 384 viewsLicinius II (Jr), Helmeted Issue
AE3 19mm, struck c. 321-324 AD
Con/ EF+; glossy dark brown patina with exquisite details on the cuirass.
Obv/ DN VAL LICIN LICINIVS IVN NOB C; helmeted and cuir. bust l., holding shield and spear.
Rev/ IOVI CONSERVATORI; Jupiter stg. l., holding Victory on globe and eagle-topped sceptre; eagle with wreath before, bound captive behind. XIIr in right field. SMKA in exergue
Ref/ RIC VOL VII 18 - Rare 1
MayadiggerFeb 15, 2017
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Roman, Licinius I, Antioch Mint, Flawless87 views Ave!

Licinius I, Iovi, Antioch Mint, Flawless!
Æ Follis; 18mm/3.9gm. Struck 314 AD
Con/ MS; glossy jet patina with sand fill. Blemishless handsome portrait, heroic portraiture of Jupiter done in fine style, this coin could not be improved in any manner.
Obv/ IMP C VAL LICIN LICINIVS PF AVG; laur. head r.
Rev/ IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG; Jupiter stg. l., holding Victory on globe and sceptre; eagle with wreath before; wreath gamma III in r. field.
Antioch Mint; ANT in exergue

Ref/ RIC Vol VIII 8/2 = R3
MayadiggerFeb 15, 2017
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Augustus, denarius bull239 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, Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Lockett parts 1-5,GREEK, Satraps of Caria Maussolos AR Tetradrachm circa 377-353 BC 24 mm 15.25g 12h130 viewsRichard Cyril Lockett plate 9,2382,Prof.S.Pozzi,Plate LXXVII,2624.3 commentsGrant HFeb 14, 2017
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PLOTINE sesterce PLOTINA Sestertius109 viewsAttention !! cette monnaie a été volée. Me contacter si elle réapparaît. Merci.
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1 commentsJean-Claude CFeb 13, 2017
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Italy, Rome, Basilica of Santi Cosma e Damiano, Roman bronze doors40 viewsThe original bronze doors of the Temple of Divus Romulus still survive and are pictured above. They are set between two porphyry columns that support a reused marble architrave and open into a rotunda fifty Roman feet in diameter covered by a cupola which is accessible from the rear through the Basilica of Santi Cosma e Damiano. The temple was converted into a vestibule for the church early in the 6th century.*AlexFeb 12, 2017
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GREEK, Brutus, Koson, Stater238 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

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4 commentsJay GT4Feb 07, 2017