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RIC 0280 Domitian Sestertius30 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI
Laureate head right with Aegis

SC
Domitian riding right on horseback with shield, striking with spear at falling German

Rome, 85 AD

25.81g

RIC 280 (C)

Ex-Calgary Coin

A scarcer type
4 commentsJay GT4Oct 04, 2019
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Bruttium AE 1/2 Unit15 viewsNIKA
Head of Nike facing left, barley ear to right.

BRETTI ΩN
Zeus striding right, Holding thunderbolt and scepter; hammer or double axe on left, cornucopia right

Lokroi Epizephyrioi? C. 214-211 BC

4.09g

HN Italy 1982, Scheu 28; Forschner 306-7 variant;
Jay GT4Oct 02, 2019
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Bruttium, The Bretti, drachm17 viewsDiademed, draped and winged bust of Nike right, bird? behind

BPETTIΩN
River-god Aisaros/Dionysos standing, crowning himself, holding cloak and scepter, monogram and shield to right

216-214 BC Punic war issue

4.81g

Rare with these control marks. Only 2 on acsearch including this one, both from same dies and die flaws.
Struck with worn obverse die.

Arslan dies 81/107’; Scheu S65; HN Italy 1970

Ex-CNG 452 Lot 48; From the John L. Cowan Collection; Ex-Pegasi, 31 May 2012 Auction 24 lot 44.
2 commentsJay GT4Oct 01, 2019
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RIC 267 Domitian25 viewsCAESAR DIVI F DOMITIANVS COS VII
Laureate head right

PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS
Goat standing left in laurel wreath

Rome, 80-81 AD after the deification of Vespasian.

3.37g

RIC 267 (C)

Ex-Jerusalem Haydaya

This is a nice example of the legend ending with a pronounced dot.
4 commentsJay GT4Sep 16, 2019
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RIC 0776 Vespasian45 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG.
Laureate head right.

PON MAX TR P COS VI.
Victory standing left upon cista mystica, holding wreath and palm frond; coiled serpent to left and right.

Rome 75 AD

3.25g

RIC² 776 (R).
Only 5 specimens in the Reka Devnia hoard


Minted in Rome but likely intended for circulation in the East. The reverse copies the earlier quinarii of Augustus and the Cistophoric tetradrachms of Ephesus.

Ex-Jerusalem Haydaya
5 commentsJay GT4Jul 25, 2019
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RIC 0791 Domitian denarius71 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TRP XV
Laureate head right

IMP XXII COS XVII CENS PPP
Minerva, winged, flying left with spear and shield

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

3.15g

RIC 791 (C)

Ex-Savoca 21st Blue Auction lot 1060
6 commentsJay GT4Jul 11, 2019
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RIC 0539 variant Domitian denarius63 viewsCAES AV DOMIT COS II
Laureate head right

Domitian on horse left; right hand raised, sceptre in left

Rome? 73 AD

3.34g

RIC 539 (R2) variant?: Missing G and F in legend.

Ex-Jerusalem Haydaya

Stylistically this coin resembles some others of this type but without the legend errors. The fabric is similar to those from Antioch. Is this an ancient imitation or perhaps an apprentice cut the legend? Or is it an unknown type from Antioch?
3 commentsJay GT4Jun 28, 2019
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RIC 0364 Vespasian denarius76 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
Laureate head right

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

Rome 80-81 AD, after the deification of Vespasian

2.91g

RIC 364 (C)

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

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

Heavy black patina with old scratches beneath.
6 commentsJay GT4Jun 28, 2019
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RIC 0554 Titus92 viewsT CAES IMP VESP CENS
Laureate bust right

PONTIF MAXIM
Vespasian seated right on curule chair, with sceptre and branch

Rome, 73 AD

RIC 554 (R) A mule with reverse type of Vespasian

3.03g

Ex-Jerusalem Haydaya
7 commentsJay GT4Jun 19, 2019
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RIC 0686 Vespasian71 viewsIMP CAESAR VESP AVG
Laureate head right

PONTIF MAXIM
Winged cauduceus

Rome, 74 AD

3.21g

RIC 686 (R)

Ex-Jerusalem Haydaya
6 commentsJay GT4Jun 07, 2019
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RIC 0387 Domitian As96 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P
Laureate head right with Aegis

SC
Mars advancing left with Victory and trophy

Rome, 85 AD

13.67g

RIC 387 (C)

Holed in antiquity and plugged in the late 19th century?

Ex-Manfred Olding 2019 n 184; Ex-Sammlung Heynen 1976;Ex-Paul Schürer (1890-1976); Ex-Fritz Reusing (1874-1956)

Comes with old tag probably from Heynen or Schürer. Olding tag incorrectly attributed to RIC 420 (different ending to legend)

Reusing was a German portrait painter of the early 20th Century whose portraits included Richard Strauss, Igor Strawinsky, Max Planck, and Albert Einstein. After Reusing's death his nephew Paul Schürer inherited and curated the collection. Heynen was a friend of Reusing's, and at an earlier date had evidently sold or exchanged or given a substantial number of coins to Reusing, this being one of those coins!

Thanks to David Atherton and Curtis Clay for the brief biography and info.
9 commentsJay GT4Jun 06, 2019
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RIC 0226 Titus As64 viewsIMP T CAES VESP AVG PM TR P COS VIII
Laureate head left

GENI P R; SC IN FIELD
Genius standing left with patera over altar and cornucopiae

Rome, 80-81 AD
11.45g

RIC 226 (R)

Ex-Ebay
3 commentsJay GT4Jun 04, 2019
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RIC 0604 Domitian Denarius71 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII
Laureate head right

COS XIIII across field; Column inscribed LVD SAEC FEC;
all within laurel wreath

3.09g

Rome; September 14-December 31, 88 AD

RIC 604 (C) Scarce

Ex-Praefectus

Rated as common in RIC but actually quite difficult to find. Beautiful in hand with a nice dark old cabinet toning developing.
5 commentsJay GT4May 23, 2019
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RIC 0377 Vespasian Dupondius71 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
Radiate head right

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

Rome 80-81 AD

12.18g

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

Ex-ANE

Although the issue is undated it was likely struck on the occasion of Vespasian's deification in 80 AD.
8 commentsJay GT4May 03, 2019
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The Bretti Æ Didrachm49 viewsHead of Ares left, wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a griffin; grain ear below.

ΒΡΕΤΤΙΩΝ
Nike standing left, placing wreath on trophy to left and cradling palm in her left arm; caduceus between.

Bruttium, 214-211 BC

11.72g

SNG ANS 34. HN Italy 1975; Scheu 6

Rare with caduceus


Ex-Artemide Kunstauktionen e-Live auction 7 lot 48
3 commentsJay GT4Apr 09, 2019
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Philip III Tetradrachm102 viewsHead of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck

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

Struck under Archon, Dokimos, or Seleukos I,

c. 323 - 317 B.C

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

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

Ex-Forum!

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

7 commentsJay GT4Apr 09, 2019
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RIC 0573 Domitian Denarius62 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERMAN P M TR P VIII
Laureate head right

IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P
Minerva advancing right with spear and shield

Rome, January 1-September 13, 88 AD

3.17g

RIC 573 (R2)

Ex-Cameleon coin e-bay

A rare variant with GERMAN on the obverse legend rather than the common GERM.
4 commentsJay GT4Mar 22, 2019
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RIC 1579 Domitian50 viewsCAESAR DOMIT COS II
Laureate head left

SC
in laurel wreath

Rome, 74 AD

5.63g

RIC 1579 (C)

These orichalcum coins were minted in Rome and circulated predominantly in Syria. A scarce coin with a fantastic portrait and lovely patina. Even nicer in hand.
8 commentsJay GT4Mar 18, 2019
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RIC 0357 Vespasian denarius 45 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
laureate head of Vespasian right

SC on circular shield supported by two capricorns back to back, globe below

Rome 80 AD

RIC 357 (C2);Sear 2569

19mm 3.4g

Ex-Incitatus

Issued by Titus in honour of his father Divus Vespasian
2 commentsJay GT4Mar 18, 2019
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Tyre half shekel62 viewsLaureate bust of Melkart right

ΤΥΡΟΥ ΙΕΡΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΣΥΛΟΥ (of Tyre the holy and inviolable)
Eagle standing left on prow; palm over shoulder, club to the left, flanked by date LM (40) and monogram ΔP to the right.

Tyre; Year 40= 87/86 BC
6.98g

Sear 5921; BMC 225

Ex-HJB Buy or Bid Sale 206, lot 103 (Nov 15, 2018); Ex-Calgary Coin

Removed from NGC holder prior to HJB.
NGC graded Strike 4/5, Surface 3/5; NGC 4278263-010

According to the Mosaic law, every year, Jewish males over the age of 20, paid a half shekel tax in silver to the Temple in Jerusalem. Mention of this tax can be found in the Bible at Exodus 30:15 Of course, at the time of writing there were no coins in circulation and this tax was paid by weight in silver. By the 1st century BC the tax was paid in either the Tyrian shekel (enough for two people) or half-shekel (for himself). The Jewish Talmud required the tax to be paid with a coin of high purity silver. The only ones that conformed to this high standard were the 94% pure silver Tyrian shekels. Even though these coins depict images of Melkart (Phoenician Hercules) and an eagle, they were still accepted at the temple because of the silver content.
4 commentsJay GT4Feb 24, 2019
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Cleopatra VII hemiobol27 viewsLaureate head of Zeus

Statue of Zeus Salaminos standing, holding stalks of grain, star above


Paphos mint c. 35 BC

3.15g

Nicolaou, Paphos II, 469-509; Cox, Exc. at Curium 128; Museum of the History of Cypriot Coinage ch. 11, 35

Notes from Forum:

While not noted in Svoronos, this type is fairly common on Cyprus and many have been found in the excavations at Neopaphos. The lack of a central depression indicates they were struck after 96 B.C. Recent Cypriot numismatic publications date them to the time when Cleopatra VII of Egypt was the ruler of the island


Sold Forum Auction March 2019
1 commentsJay GT4Feb 22, 2019
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Lucius Verus Sestertius47 viewsL VERVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX
Laureate head of Lucius Verus right

TR POT VI IMP IIII COS II SC
Victory standing right holding palm in right hand and shield inscribed VIC PAR

Rome 166 AD

21.73g

Sear 5384 RIC 1456

Ex-ANE

Sold Forum Auction June 2019
3 commentsJay GT4Feb 21, 2019
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Lucania, Heraclea: AR Diobol45 viewsHead of Athena right, wearing crested helmet decorated with Hippocamp

Herakles kneeling right, strangling the Nemean Lion.


Heraclea, Ca. 432-420 BC

0.73g

Van Keuren 38; HN Italy 1360

Ex-ANE

Beautiful glossy black patina
5 commentsJay GT4Feb 21, 2019
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Punic occupation half shekel73 viewsNude youth on horseback to left, crowning horse with wreath; IΩ to right, ΣΩΓENHΣ below

Taras astride dolphin to left, holding cornucopiae and Nike who crowns him with wreath; TAPAΣ below.

Calabria, Tarentum ; Punic occupation, circa 212-209 BC

AR Reduced didrachm or Half-Shekel.

2.69g chipped otherwise VF+

Vlasto 975-7; HN Italy 1079.

Ex-ANE

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.
8 commentsJay GT4Feb 16, 2019
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RIC 0338 Domitian denarius57 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII
Laureate bust right

IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT PP
Minerva standing left with spear

Rome; 85 AD

3.13g

RIC 338 (R2)

Ex-Aegean

Starting with this issue, the precious metal coinage was reduced again and the fineness of silver and weight of gold were reduced to standards approximating those under Nero.
6 commentsJay GT4Feb 15, 2019
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RIC 1407 Vespasian Eastern Denarius72 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVG
Laureate head of Vespasian right

PACI ORB TERR AVG
Turreted and draped female bust right below, horizontal Φ

Ephesus, 69-70 AD

3.23g


RIC V1407 (R); RPC 813

Rare

Ex-T.C. collection, Ex-Calgary Coin.

The Flavians as bringers of peace to the world.

New photo
8 commentsJay GT4Feb 13, 2019
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Tiberius tribute penny43 viewsTI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS
Laureate head of Tiberius right

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

Lugdunum after 16 AD

3.14g

Sear 1763, RIC 26

Ex-Numismatica Prados

Sold to Calgary Coin Feb 2019
1 commentsJay GT4Feb 05, 2019
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RIC 1477A Vespasian denarius70 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Head of Vespasian, laureate, r., a small 'o' mint mark below neck

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

Unknown "O" mint, 76 AD
3.17g

Ex-Numismatica Prados


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

Ted Buttrey has assigned it 1477A in the upcoming RIC II.1 Addenda.
7 commentsJay GT4Feb 01, 2019
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Augustus Æ As by Tiberius58 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER
Radiate head left.

SC
Eagle standing on globe, head right., wings half spread

Rome, c. AD 34-37

11.95g

Minted under Tiberius

RIC 82; Cohen 247; BMC 155

Ex-Indalo colecciones

4 commentsJay GT4Jan 29, 2019
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P. Cornelius P.f. Blasio 51 viewsLaureate head of Janus; above I

P BLAS above, ROMA in exergue
Prow of galley right; before I

Rome, 169-158 BC

33mm, 29.27g

Crawford 189/1; Sydenham 370; BMCRR 788

A duplicate from the RBW collection of Roman Republican Coins;
Ex-Peus 330 (April 26, 1991) lot 644;
Ex-DM collection;
Ex-Calgary coin
3 commentsJay GT4Jan 27, 2019
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Tiberius tribute penny77 viewsTI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS
Laureate head of Tiberius right

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

Lugdunum after 16 AD

3.49g

Sear 1763, RIC 26

Ex-Ebay amarso66

Sold!
5 commentsJay GT4Jan 16, 2019
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Bruttium; the Bretti38 viewsLaureate head of Zeus right, at left thunderbolt

BPETTIΩN
Warrior standing right, holding shield and spear, below bunch of grapes.

Bruttium, circa 211-208 BC.

8.51g

HN Italy 1988; SNG ANS 106.

Scarce
2 commentsJay GT4Jan 15, 2019
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RIC 1542 Vespasian denarius67 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Laureate head right

VIRTVS AVGVST
Virtus standing right, left foot on prow, with spear and parazonium

Antioch, 70 AD
3.24g

RIC 1542 (R);RPC 1916 (5 spec.)

Ex-Noble Roman Coins

Ragged flan typical for the Antioch series. A very rare type!
8 commentsJay GT4Dec 27, 2018
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RIC 1399 var. Vespasian denarius76 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVG
Laureate head right

AVG within laurel wreath, ΘI monogram above ties.

Ephesus mint. AD 69-70.

2.63g

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

Ex Gorny & Mosch 152 (10 October 2006), lot 2071; Ex-Cheesman collection; Ex-CNG 433 Lot 379
9 commentsJay GT4Dec 14, 2018
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RIC 0429 Domitian Denarius76 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V
laureate head right.

IMP XI COS XII CENS P P P
Minerva standing left, holding thunderbolt and spear; shield at feet to right.

Rome, 86 AD
3.4g

RIC II 429 (C).

Ex-Coast to Coast coins 2006; Ex-Ancient & Medieval Coins Canada Auction 1, Lot 175
8 commentsJay GT4Dec 11, 2018
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Bruttium Rhegium Æ 2355 viewsLaureate head of Asklepios right

ΡHΓINΩN
Hygieia standing left, holding serpent; III to left

Rhegium, 203-150 BC

6.28g Æ 23

(R2) Very rare

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

Ex-American Rarities (Boulder); Ex-Ebay

4 commentsJay GT4Dec 06, 2018
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RIC 0144 Domitian Denarius 95 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head of Domitian right

IVPPITER CONSERVATOR
Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left

Rome 82-83 AD
3.37g

RIC 144 (R)

Ex-inumis France
11 commentsJay GT4Nov 10, 2018
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RIC 0961 Domitian denarius83 viewsCAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS
Laureate head of Domitian right

COS V
Wolf and twins; in exergue boat

Rome, 77-78 AD

3.45g

RIC 961 (C2)

Ex-Calgary Coin
5 commentsJay GT4Oct 27, 2018
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RIC 0247 Vespasian sestertius108 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVF TR P P P COS III
Laureate head of Vespasian right

SC in field
Mars advancing right with spear and trophy

Rome, 71 AD

26.95g

RIC 247 (C2)

Kraay counted 12 reverse dies used for this obverse type.

Ex-CNG; Ex-Calgary Coin

Some old cleaning scratches in fields
9 commentsJay GT4Oct 27, 2018
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RIC 1445 Domitian Ephesus denarius73 viewsDOMITIANVS CAESAR AVG
Bare-headed and cuirassed bust of Domitian to right, wearing aegis.

AVG and mint mark EPE within oak wreath.

Ephesus 71 AD

3.28g

RIC 1445 (R). RPC 846.
7 commentsJay GT4Oct 12, 2018
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Bruttium Petelia Quadrantes56 viewsLaureate head of Zeus right; behind three pellets,

ΠΕΤΗ/ΛΙΝΩΝ
Zeus standing right, preparing to hurl thunderbolt and holding scepter; device (monogram?) to the left.

Bruttium Petalia
3.57g

SNG Copenhagen 1916; HN Italy 2461 var. (symbol)
4 commentsJay GT4Oct 01, 2018
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Corinthian Stater62 viewsHead of Athena wearing Corinthian Helmet right

Pegasos flying left, coppa below

Corinth
345-307 BC

7.93g

Ex-Calgary Coin
5 commentsJay GT4Oct 01, 2018
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Brettian AE Didrachm or reduced Sextans111 views Head of Ares left; wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with griffin; thunderbolt below

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

Bruttium Circa 211-203 BC

16.39g; 29mm

HN Italy ? depends on mark off flan

A nice big heavy coin minted by the last loyal hold outs against Rome in support of Hannibal.
7 commentsJay GT4Sep 06, 2018
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Taras didrachm75 viewsHorseman riding left, holding shield and bridle.

Taras seated on dolphin left TAPAΣ beneath.

Tarentum, Calabria 390-385 BC

7.40g

Scarce

Vlasto 384, Period III, 380-345 BC (Age of Archytas); ; Fischer-Bossert 428, gives date of 390-380 and corresponds to SNG ANS 901.

Ex-Calgary Coin; Ex-Alberta Coin;

Tarentum, the only Spartan colony ever to be established, was founded in 706 BC by the Partheniae - Spartan children born to unmarried women as a product of Spartan desperation to ensure the survival and continuation of their demographic during the bloody Messenian wars, who were later disowned and expelled by the state - and Perioeci (subjects, but not citizens of Sparta), under the leadership of the Parthenian Phalanthos. According to legend, Phalanthos consulted the oracle at Delphi, and was told that he should found his new city 'where rain fell from a clear sky'. After much searching, and despairing of finding a suitable location for a city, Phalanthos was consoled by his wife Aethra who laid his head in her lap, and as her tears splashed upon his forehead he understood the oracle's words for his wife's name itself meant 'clear sky', and thus he determined to make the nearby harbour the site of their new home, which they named after Taras, the son of Poseidon and the nymph Satyrion.
4 commentsJay GT4Aug 09, 2018
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Caesar elephant denarius77 viewsCAESAR in exergue, elephant advancing right, trampling horned serpent.

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

49-48 BC. Military mint traveling with Caesar.

3.87g

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

Wonderfully struck but was probably bent and straightened at some point

Ex-RCNA coin show; Ex: Charles Euston

Sold Forum Auction Oct 2018
6 commentsJay GT4Aug 09, 2018
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Bruttium Uncia74 viewsLaureate and bearded head of Zeus right.

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

214-211 BC

8.30g

Scheu 13; SNG ANS 44; HN Italy 1978

Ex-Ebay
3 commentsJay GT4Aug 07, 2018
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Fulvia69 viewsBust of Fulvia (as Nike) right

Athena standing left, holding shield and spear; ΦOYΛOYIANON in right field, ZMEPTOPIΓOΣ ΦIΛΩNIΔOΥ in two lines in left field.

Phrygia 41, 40 BC

6.69g

Rare

Ex-Savoca

RPC 3139; SNG München –; BMC 21


Fulvia married Mark Antony in 44 BC, and became an outspoken defender of his interests in Rome while he campaigned in the East. The city name of Eumenea in Phrygia was changed to Fulvia on the occasion of Mark Antony's journey to the east in 41 BC. Fulvia was to die at Sicyon the next year, hence this was a short-lived coinage. Sometime afterward these coins struck at "Fulviana" had their ethnic scratched off, and two countermarks were applied: one may be resolved as Eumeneia; the other as Philonidos, (although Zmertorix himself has been suggested). These countermarks suggest that, rather than melting down the coinage of Fulvia and striking new coins, a more expeditious solution was required to keep needed currency in circulation. This coin was not countermarked
5 commentsJay GT4Aug 03, 2018
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Lucania, Metapontom stater85 viewsRaised barley corn

Incuse barley corn

Metapontom, 440-510 BC

7.72g

Tight flan series NOE 243-256; HN Italy 1485

Ex-DM collection, Ex-HJB, Ex-Calgary coin

An Achaean colony of great antiquity, Metapontion was destroyed and refounded early in the 6th century by colonists from Sybaris under the leadership of Leukippos. The city occupied an exceptionally fertile plain on the Gulf of Tarentum, which explains the use of the barley ear as its civic badge. Metapontion, along with Sybaris and Kroton produced the earliest coinage in Magna Graecia. The coins of these cities share three features: weight standard, broad and thin flans, and incuse reverses. These features were then adopted by neighboring mints at Kaulonia and elsewhere in southern Italy. While the reasoning behind the choice of these shared features is not clear, the common weight and style facilitated circulation between the cities of south Italy. The mixed contents of the earliest hoards from the region support this idea of free circulation of currency. It is interesting that these common features, indigenous to south Italy, also tended to keep the coins in south Italy. They are rarely found elsewhere in Italy, not even in Sicily. After approximately 510 B.C., the date of the destruction of Sybaris by Kroton, the fabric of the coins throughout south Italy became smaller and thicker, though still with incuse reverses. In the years between 480 and 430 B.C., sooner in Tarentum and later in Metapontion, the incuse issues were replaced by a two sided coinage.
6 commentsJay GT4Jun 24, 2018
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RPC 1950 Vespasian Tetradrachm103 viewsAYTOKPAT KAIΣA OVEΣΠAΣIANOY
Laureate head right

ETOYΣ Δ IEPOY
Eagle standing to left on club; palm branch in field.

Dated "New Holy Year" 4, AD 71-72

Antioch, Seleucis and Pieria

10.47g

Prieur 116; McAlee 338; RPC 1950

Ex-Zurqieh

Glossy black patina
9 commentsJay GT4May 29, 2018
ProbusHorseman.jpg
Probus Antoninianus170 viewsIMP CM AVR PROBVS P AVG
Radiate and cuirassed bust of Probus right

VIRTVS PROBI AVG - KAΓ in exergue
Emperor on horseback trampling enemy, a shield in left hand, spear in right. A shield on the ground under the horse.

Bust type B

Serdica mint, 280-281 AD
4th emission, 3rd officina

3.92g

RIC 880 (C).

EF with wonderful smooth dark brown/black glossy patina. Even nicer in hand.

Ex-Calgary Coin; Ex-George W. La Borde collection

Published on Probuscoins.fr
14 commentsJay GT4May 05, 2018
Terina_drachm.jpg
Terina, Bruttium150 viewsTEPINAION
Head of nymph right; triskeles behind

Nike seated left on plinth, holding kerykeion.

Terina, Bruttium. 300 BC

2.04g

Holloway & Jenkins 107; HN Italy 2641

Ex-CNG 396 lot 29; Ex-Aegean

Also called 1/3 Nomos
4 commentsJay GT4Apr 13, 2018
MFBNeapolis.jpg
Neapolis Campania Didrachm84 viewsHead of Parthenope left, wearing earing and beaded necklace. Tripod to right.

Man-headed bull standing right being crowned by winged nymph/victory; IΣ between legs NEOΠOΛITΩN in exergue

Neapolis, Campania
300-241 BC
7.21g

Sambon 517; Glasgow 57; BMC 129

Very rare!

Ex-HJB ebay

Dark toning; a few remaining deposits. Much nicer in hand with almost black toning.

Thanks to Molinari's research this is one of 6 known examples. The others are found in BMC, 129, Dati web, Glasgow 57, Leningrad 1014, Torino RDC17508.
4 commentsJay GT4Apr 12, 2018
ItalicFibula.jpg
Italic bronze Dolphin Fibula64 viewsItalic bronze age Dolphin Fibula

5.98g, 35 mm.

8th-5th Century BC

Hattatt 200 var.?

Ex-Noble Roman Coin
6 commentsJay GT4Apr 09, 2018
DomitianRIC739.jpg
RIC 0739 Domitian denarius82 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XII
Laureate head right

IMP XII COS XVI CENS P P P
Minerva advancing right with spear and shield

Rome, September 14th, 92 AD-September 13th, 93 AD

3.02g

RIC 739 (C3)

Ex-ANE
4 commentsJay GT4Mar 31, 2018
ThasosTetradrachm.jpg
Thasos, Thrace Tetradrachm53 viewsHead of young Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy

HPAKΛEOYΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ ΘΑΣΙΩΝ
Heracles standing facing, head left, right hand resting on club, lion skin in left
Monogram in left field

34mm, 16.82g
Thasos
c. 148-90/80 BC
SNG Copenhagen 1040

ex-ANE

"Hercules is the savior of the people of Thasos!"
3 commentsJay GT4Mar 23, 2018
Syracuse_Litra.jpg
Sicily. Syracuse AR Litra58 viewsHead of Arethusa right

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

Deinomenid Tyranny 485-466 BC.

0.52g

Rare

Boehringer 402; SNG ANS 124-6.

Ex-ANE from an old collection.
3 commentsJay GT4Mar 18, 2018
Octopus_fraction2.jpg
Sicily, Syracuse94 viewsΣVRA
Head of Arethusa right

Octopus; 3 Pellets around

0.21g

466-405 BC
Second Democracy

Very rare denomination AR tetronkion
Unlisted?

Ex-ANE
5 commentsJay GT4Mar 10, 2018
Octopus_Litra.jpg
Sicily, Syracuse AR Litra 120 viewsΣYPA
Diademed head of Arethusa right.

Octopus.

0.65 g

c. 466-460 BC. Second Democracy

Boehringer 421; SNG ANS 131.

Ex-ANE
9 commentsJay GT4Mar 10, 2018
Tarentum_obol_5.jpg
CALABRIA, Tarentum AR Obol57 viewsKantharos; five pellets around

Kantharos; five pellets around.

Tarentum, Circa 280-228 BC.

8.5mm 0.53 g

Vlasto 1655-6; HN Italy 1076.

Ex-CNG 381 Lot 13; Ex-Steve P Collection

2 commentsJay GT4Mar 02, 2018
Thourioi_didrachm.jpg
LUCANIA, Thourioi74 viewsHead of Athena right, wearing helmet decorated with Skylla holding rudder over shoulder

Bull butting right; below, dolphin right in waves.

Lucania, Thourioi

Circa 400-350 BC

7.35g

HN Italy 1794b; SNG ANS 1048.

Ex CNG 385, Lot: 48, Ex-Steve P collection
2 commentsJay GT4Mar 02, 2018
Neo_Claudius_drachm~0.jpg
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
Neo_Claudius_drachm.jpg
Nero with Divus Claudius75 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

Nicely centered drachm with double portraits of Claudius and Nero and full Latin legends.
8 commentsJay GT4Feb 28, 2018
Domitian_COS_XIII.jpg
RIC 0507 Domitian denariius58 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI
Laureate head right

IMP XIIII COS XIII CENS P P P
Minerva standing on capital of rostral colum, with spear and shield; to right owl

Rome mint
January 1- September 13, 87 AD

3.46g

RIC 507 (C)

Ex-Calgary Coin
5 commentsJay GT4Feb 24, 2018
Bruttium_Crab.jpg
Bruttium Terina52 viewsHead of ninph left

TEPI
Crab; above crescent.

Terina; c. 350-275 BC

4.01g

Rare
HNItaly 2646; SNG ANS 889.

Beautiful glossy black/brown patina

Ancient Terina was located on the north shore of the Gulf of Saint Euphemia, about 20 km (12 mi) from Lamezia Terme in Calabria, Italy.
3 commentsJay GT4Feb 09, 2018
AlbinusBrutus.jpg
Junius Brutus Albinus37 viewsHead of Pietas right

ALBINVS BRVTI F
Clasped hands holding winged caduceus

3.1g

Rome
48 BC

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

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

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

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

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

The next morning the Senate awaited Caesar to arrive. Caesr's wife Calpurnia and the auspeces warned Caesar not to attend the meeting. When Caesar delayed the conspirator's sent Albinus to Caesar's house. Albinus convinced Caesar to at least postpone the meeting in person. Antony was against this idea. Caesar was then murered by the conspirators in the Theater of Pompey in the Campus Martius, Albinus being a key player in the conspiracy.
2 commentsJay GT4Feb 03, 2018
Thorius_Balbus.jpg
L. Thorius Balbus32 viewsHead of Juno Sospita right clad in goat skin
ISMR behind

Rev.
Bull charging right H above THORIVS below
BALBVS in ex

Rome 105 BC
3.76g

Sear 191; Craw., 316/1; Bab., 1; Syd., 598

ex-Calgary coins

C. Thorius Balbus was Born a native of Lanuvium. Cicero describes him as a man who lived in such a manner that there was not a single pleasure, however refined or rate, that he did not enjoy. He is possibly the son of M. Aclius Balbus (168 B.C.) A coin was minted in honor of L. Thorius Balbus. On the front is the head of Juno Sospita, a god whose worship was of great antiquity in Lanuvium, and the letters I.S.M.R. On the reverse is L.THORIVS BALBVS with a bull rushing forward.
1 commentsJay GT4Feb 03, 2018
Cato~0.jpg
C. Porcius Cato42 viewsHelmeted head of Roma right X behind

Victory in biga right
C CATO below ROMA in Ex.

Rome, 123 BC

3.88g

Sear 149, Crawford 274/1, Sydenham 417
2 commentsJay GT4Feb 03, 2018
DSC00049.jpg
Ap Claudius Pulcher, T Manlius and Q Urbinius37 viewsHead of Roma right quadrangular device containing circle behind

Rev. Victory in triga right
AP CL T MAL Q VR
MAL and VR in monogram)

Sear 176, Crawford 299/1a.

Rome 11/110 BC

3.89g

This coin depicts the rare three horse chariot the triga. The only other example being on a serrated denarii of C. Naevius Balbus in the time of Sulla
2 commentsJay GT4Feb 03, 2018
Saufeius.jpg
L Saufeius44 viewsHelmeted head of Roma right X behind

Victory in biga right L SAVF VF in monogram
ROMA below

Rome, 152 BC
3.54g

Sear 83, Saufeia 1, Syd 384
2 commentsJay GT4Feb 03, 2018
Tarentumobol.jpg
CALABRIA. Tarentum. Obol70 viewsKantharos; three pellets around.

Bucranium; three pellets around.

Circa 380-325 BC
Weight: 0.33 g.
Diameter: 9 mm.

Rare with 3 pellets

cf. Vlasto 1617 (number of pellets); cf. BMC 432 (same). HN Italy 918; SNG France 3 specimens, c.f. 2201-03 (number of pellets)

Ex Dr. P. Vogl collection; ex Bankhaus Aufhäuser (sold 30.12.1992; with dealer's ticket), Ex-Numismatik Naumann auction 42 lot 15; Ex-Calgary Coin

A tiny coin with a fantastic design.
9 commentsJay GT4Jan 27, 2018
Septimius.jpg
Septimius Severus59 viewsSEVERVS PIVS AVG
Laureate head of Severus right

FVNDATOR PACIS
Severus, togate standing left holding branch and scroll

Rome 201 AD
3.6g

RIC IV: 265, Sear 6282, RSC 205

Ex-Calgary Coins

SOLD Forum Auction April 2019
3 commentsJay GT4Jan 24, 2018
Septimius_Victory.jpg
Septimius Severus49 viewsSEVERVS AVG PART MAX
Laureate head of Severus right

PM TR P VIII COS II P P
Victory hovering left holding open wreath with both hands over shield set on base

Rome 200 AD
Sear 6333; RSC 454; RIC 150

3.23g

ex-Calgary Coins

2017 Forum Best of Type Winner

Fantastic old cabinet toning, darker in hand

SOLD Forum Auction April 2019
2 commentsJay GT4Jan 24, 2018
Bruttium_Zeus.jpg
Bruttium Uncia62 viewsLaureate and bearded head of Zeus right.

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

214-211 BC

7.69g

HN Italy 1978

Ebay, From the Tony Hardy collection #999
5 commentsJay GT4Jan 22, 2018
AugustusCaesar.jpg
Augustus Æ 26 60 viewsCAESAR
Bare head of Augustus right

AVGVSTVS
in Laurel wreath

Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch mint

26mm, 13.6g.

RIC 486, RPC 2235
Scarce.

ex-Incitatus

Wildwinds example
Old cleaning scratches on both sides are not as pronounced in hand.

New photo
5 commentsJay GT4Jan 17, 2018
Antioch_Quadriga.jpg
RIC 1559 Vespasian Antioch denarius49 viewsIMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII
Laureate head right

Vespasian standing right with branch and sceptre in Quadriga right

Antioch, 72/3 AD

3.24g

RIC 1559 (C)

Ex-Sphinx Numismatics

Struck on a tight flan which is typical of the Antioch issues.
3 commentsJay GT4Jan 11, 2018
Domitian_Tet_1978.jpg
RPC II 1978 Domitian tetradrachm92 viewsAVT KAIΣAΡ ΔOMITIANOΣ ΣEB ΓEΡM
Laureate head right; aegis at point of bust

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

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

13.61g; 29 mm

McAlee 398; Prieur 145; RPC II 1978.

Ex-Zurqieh

Wonderful style with fine detailed Aegis/Gorgon head

7 commentsJay GT4Jan 10, 2018
Q_Balbvs.jpg
82-83 BC* Q ANTONIUS BALBUS102 viewsLaureate head of Jupiter right; S•C behind

Victory in quadriga right; I below horses, Q ANTO BALB/PR in two lines in exergue.

Rome, 83 BC

3.99g

Crawford 364/1d; Sydenham 742b; Antonia 1. Sear 279

Lustrous Choice VF. Slight Flan flaw (weight reduction) on obverse in field.

ex-ANE

Anti Sullan Issue Struck by Order of the Senate SC.
Q. Antonius Balbus was a member of the Marian party, and in 82 BC was appointed praetor of Sardinia. Before leaving for Sardinia, this issue was struck by order of the Senate which was dominated by members of the Marian party to pay the army preparing to resist the return of Sulla. The reverse imagery reflects the expectations of Q. Antonius Balbus. Sulla was victorius in the battle of the Colline gate, and in 82 BC, Q. Antonius Balbus was removed from his position as praetor by L. Philippus and killed.

New photo of the very first denarius I bought.


5 commentsJay GT4Jan 03, 2018
Vespasian_COSITER~0.jpg
RIC 0021 Vespasian Denariius75 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
laureate head right

COS ITER TR POT
Aequitas standing left holding scales and sceptre

Rome 70 AD

3.51g

RIC II 21 (C), BMC 17, RSC 94a, Sear 2284


Another early portrait that has Vitellius' features.

New Photo
5 commentsJay GT4Dec 26, 2017
Domitian_Cist.jpg
RIC 0844 Domitian Cistophoric100 viewsIMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG
Laureate head right

Aquila between two standards, one surmounted by a banner, the other by a hand

10.60g

Rome mint for circulation in the East. 82 AD

RIC 844 (R); RPC 868

Ex-Roy's Coin
Roughness (die rust?) around features not visible in hand.
8 commentsJay GT4Dec 11, 2017
Vibo.jpg
Bruttium Vibo Valentia Semis78 views Bronze semis

head of Juno (Hera) right, wearing stephane, S (mark of value) behind

VALENTIA
Double cornucopia overflowing with grain and grapes, carnyx (control symbol) and S (mark of value) on right


Vibo Valentia mint, 193 - 150 B.C.

3.57g, 18.1 mm 270o

Mensitieri Valentia 211; HN Italy 2263; SNG ANS 483, SNG Cop 1849; BMC Italy p. 361, 16 (control described as staff ending in boar's head)

Ex-Forum from the Andrew McCabe Collection
6 commentsJay GT4Nov 29, 2017
Sybaris.jpg
Lucania Sybaris drachm96 viewsBull standing to left on dotted ground line, head turned back to right; all within border of dots VM in exergue

Bull standing to right, on dotted ground line; around, border of dots; all incuse.

LUCANIA, Sybaris

Circa 550-510 BC.

2.04g

HN III 1736. SNG ANS 847 ff.

Chipped. Old cabinet toning.

Ex-Londinium
4 commentsJay GT4Nov 18, 2017
Domitian_COS_XI.jpg
RIC 0393 Domitian denarius98 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V
Laureate head right

IMP XI COS XI CENS P P P
Minerva standing left with spear

Rome 85 AD (6th issue)

3.49g

RIC 393 (R)

Ex-Calgary Coin
7 commentsJay GT4Nov 18, 2017
Domitian_COS_XVI.jpg
RIC 0741 Domitian denarius 69 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG FERM P M TR PXII
Laureate head right

IMP XXII COS XVI CENS PPP
Minerva standing left with thunderbolt and spear;shield at her left side

Rome September 14, 92 AD-September 13, 93 AD

3.67g

RIC 741 (C3)

Ex-Calgary Coins
3 commentsJay GT4Nov 18, 2017
Domitian_COS_COS_VII_DES_VIII.jpg
RIC 0070 Domitian Denarius Fake107 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM
Laureate head right

COS VII DES VIII P P
Seat draped, above winged thunderbolt

Rome, September 13- December 31, 81 AD

RIC 70 (C)

3.39g


Ebay

Lipanoff fake from struck dies

Published: Sofia 2004, no.38

7 commentsJay GT4Oct 25, 2017
BrettianJupiter.jpg
Bruttium drachm98 viewsVeiled head of Hera Lakinia right, wearing polos; scepter over shoulder, feather to left

ΒΡΕΤΤΙΩΝ
Zeus standing left, right foot on ionic capital, holding scepter; crab to left, [tiny Γ between foot and scepter].

Second Punic War issue. Circa 216-214 BC.
3.88 g.

Arslan dies 12/17’; Scheu 68–77 var. (obv. symbol);

HN Italy 1969. VF, toned, struck with worn dies.

Rare issue with feather on obverse, unknown to Scheu.

Ex-CNG 407 lot 14, From the B. H. Webb Collection. Ex-Pipito Collection

Tough to photograph, much better in hand.
5 commentsJay GT4Oct 22, 2017
Poseidonia_stater.jpg
Lucania Poseidonia stater77 viewsΠΟΜΕΣ
Poseidon standing right, wearing chlamys around shoulders, brandishing trident

ΠΟΜΕΣ (retrograde)
Bull standing to left, above

Poseidonia, Lucania

470-445 BC

8.01g

SNG ANS 661; HN Italy 1114

Ex-Geoffrey Bell auction September 2017 lot 896
5 commentsJay GT4Oct 07, 2017
Domitian_wreath.jpg
RIC 0048 Domitian denarius137 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM
Laureate head right

TR P COS VII DES VIII
Curule chair, wreath above

Rome, September 13-December 31, 81 AD

3.5g

RIC 48 (C)

Ex- RM Collection, Ex-Calgary Coin
8 commentsJay GT4Sep 29, 2017
Vespasian_Eagle.jpg
RIC 0847 Vespasian denarius111 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Laureate head right

COS VII
Eagle standding front on garlanded base, thunderbolt in claws, wings open, head left

Rome, 76 AD

3.5g

RIC 847 (C2)

Ex-RM collection, Ex-Calgary Coin
6 commentsJay GT4Sep 29, 2017
Titus01.jpg
RIC 0022 Titus denarius 94 viewsIMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM
Laureate head right

TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII P P
Ceres seated left with corn ears, poppy and torch

Rome, after July 1, 79 AD

3.19g

RIC 22 (C)

Ex-RM collection, Ex-Calgary Coin
6 commentsJay GT4Sep 29, 2017
Domitian_COS_XIIII.jpg
RIC 0591 Domitian denarius 86 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VII
Laureate head right

IMP XV COS XIIII CENS P P P
Minerva advancing right with spear and shield

January 1- September 13, 88 AD

Rome

3.2g

RIC 591 (R2)

Ebay
8 commentsJay GT4Aug 29, 2017
Shabti.jpg
Faience Ushabti55 viewsBeautiful light turquoise faience.

Demotic Inscription on reverse. Basket over shoulder on reverse. Farming tools in hands.

64mm; 10.91g

c. 600 BC

Ex-Zurqieh
4 commentsJay GT4Jul 15, 2017
Shabti2.jpg
Faience Ushabti42 viewsEgyptian Faience Ushabti.

Head band and Basket on reverse, farming tools in hands.


21st Dynasty

1069-945 BC

95mm; 23.34g

Ex-Zurqieh
3 commentsJay GT4Jul 15, 2017
Athens.jpg
Athens Tetradrachm157 viewsArchaic head of Athena r., with almond shaped eye, wearing crested helmet
ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll, wire necklace, round
earring.

ΑΘΕ right
owl standing right, head facing, erect in posture, prong tail, to left olive twig
and crescent, all within incuse square

Athens 449-413 BC

16.74g

SNG Copenhagen 31; Sear 2526

Ex-Calgary Coin

Sold back Feb 2019
8 commentsJay GT4Jun 25, 2017
domitian_Fides.jpg
RIC 1495 Domitian denarius 139 viewsCAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS
Laureate head right

FIDES PVBL
Hands clasped over caduceus, two poppies and two corn ears

Uncertain eastern "O" mint

76 AD

3.21g

RIC 1495 (R)

Ex-Den of Antiquity; Ex-TC collection, Ex-Calgary Coin
9 commentsJay GT4Jun 24, 2017
Ushabti.jpg
Faience Ushabti49 viewsEgyptian Faience Ushabti

Beautiful turquoise color. Some earthen deposits remain. Great features.

circa 600 BC

10.80cm

49.32g

Ex-Zurgieh

To avoid undue work in the afterlife, Egyptians had themselves buried with numerous ushabtis, figurines that were intended to answer the summons of Osiris in place of the deceased. Ushabtis were usually mummiform, but their intention to work was made clear by the hoe usually carried over their shoulders and the basket on their backs. They were commonly inscribed with the name of the deceased inserted into the sixth chapter of the Book of the Dead.
5 commentsJay GT4Jun 22, 2017
Bretti~0.jpg
Bruttium, The Bretti, drachm82 viewsdiademed, draped and winged bust of Nike right, at left Club and crescent

BPETTIΩN
River-god Aisaros/Dionysos standing, crowning himself, holding cloak and scepter, at right Snake and Σ.

216-214 BC

4.60g

HNItaly 1961 SNG Copenhagen

Second Punic War issue

Ex-Calgary Coin


3 commentsJay GT4Jun 03, 2017
Domitian_Corinth.jpg
RIC 0271 Domitian denarius87 viewsCAESAR DIVI F DOMITIANVS COS VII
Laureate head right

PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS
Seat draped; above Corinthian helmet

Rome, 80-81 AD (after the deification of Vespasian)

3.40g

RIC 271 (C2)

Ex-Stack's, Ex-Calgary Coin

A common type but with an exceptional reverse!
6 commentsJay GT4Jun 03, 2017
Vespasian_Antioch.jpg
RIC 1554 Vespasian denarius145 viewsIMP CAES VESP AVG PM COS IIII
Laureate head right

CONCORDIA AVGVSTI
Concordia seated left with patera and cornucopiae

Antioch, 72-73 AD

3.11g

RIC 1554 (R2)
9 commentsJay GT4May 18, 2017
Piso~0.jpg
90 BC Calpurnius Piso64 viewsLaureate head of Apollo right

L PISO FRVGI
Naked horseman galloping to the right holding palm-branch
CXXXI ? in exergue

Rome 90 BC

3.71g

Sear 235

"This extraordinarily large and complex issue represents one of the principal war coinages of the Romans during the conflict with the Marsic Confederation. The control-Marks are legion and consist of letters, mumerals and symbols in a multitude of combinations on the obverse and reverse" SEAR Millenium Edition

Sold Forum auction January 2018
3 commentsJay GT4May 12, 2017
Juba_II~0.jpg
Juba I of Numidia denarius55 viewsREX IVBA
Diademed and draped bust right, sceptre over shoulder

Neo-punic inscription, octastyle temple

Utica, Mauretania
60-46 BC

3.34g
Mazard 85

Double stuck

New Photo
3 commentsJay GT4May 12, 2017
Trajan_column.jpg
Trajan's column denarius45 viewsIMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P COS VI PP
Laureate head of Trajan right

SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI
Trajan's column with eagles on its base

Rome 115 AD

RSC 558

3.16g

Ex-Aegean

New Photo
1 commentsJay GT4May 12, 2017
Constantius_II.jpg
Constantius II Gold solidus83 viewsDN CONSTANTIVS P F AVG
Diademed head of Constantius II right.

GLORIA REI PVBLICAE
Roma and Constantinopolis enthroned, facing each other, supporting wreath inscribed VOT XXXX, ANTΘ in exergue.

Antioch, 9th officina, ca. AD 355-361

3.96g

RIC VIII 172; Depeyrot 12/1.

Freed from an NGC holder! Quite a lovely coin in hand.

SOLD to Calgary Coin June 2017

4 commentsJay GT4May 11, 2017
Domitian_O.jpg
RIC 1496 Domitian denarius132 viewsCAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS
laureate head right, small 'o' below neck truncation

PON MAX TR P COS IIII
winged caduceus.

Uncertain eastern "O" mint
76 AD

3.24g

RIC II 1496 (R2); BMCRE II, 489; RSC II, 369; RPC II, 1469.

Apart from the COS IIII, these titles are appropriate for Vespasian, not Domitian as Caesar

7 commentsJay GT4May 10, 2017
AugustusBull.jpg
Augustus denarius110 viewsAVGVSTVS DIVI F
Bare head of Augustus right

IMP XII
Bull butting left

3.72g

Lugdunum 15 - 13 BC

RIC I, 189a

Rare bull butting left

Ex-ANE
4 commentsJay GT4May 05, 2017
Sabin~0.jpg
89 BC Sabinus34 viewsSABIN, T/A as monogram
Bearded head of king Tatius right

L.TITVRI
Two Roman soldiers each carrying away a Sabinian woman

Rome 89 BC

3.71g

Ex-William McDonald collection

Crawford 344/1a: Sydenham 698; Tituria 1
1 commentsJay GT4May 05, 2017
Faust.jpg
137 BC Sextus Pompeius55 viewsHelmeted head of Roma right, X below chin, jug behind

FOSTLVS SEX POM
ROMA in Ex.
She-wolf standing rightsuckling the twins Romulus and Remus, fig tree in background with three birds, the shepherd Faustulus standing right behind

Rome 137 BC
Sear 112
CRR 461

ex-ANE

This moneyer was the husband of Lucilia (sister of the poet C. Lucilius) and father to Cn. Pompeius Sex. f Strabo, and grandfather of Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great). He may also have been praetor in 119 BC.
2 commentsJay GT4May 05, 2017
Vespasian_Sestertius.jpg
RIC 0244 Vespasian AE Sestertius.56 viewsIMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM TR PPP COS III
Laureate head of Vespasian right

ROMA
Roma standing left holding Victory and spear

Rome 71 AD

23.61g

RIC II 244 (C2); Sear 2331

From the Enrico collection
2 commentsJay GT4May 05, 2017
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RIC 776 Vespasian Cista Mystica denarius57 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG.
Laureate head right.

PON MAX TR P COS VI.
Victory standing left upon cista mystica, holding wreath and palm frond; coiled serpent to left and right.

Rome 75 AD

2.93g

RIC² 776 (R).


Minted in Rome but likely intended for circulation in the East. The reverse copies the earlier quinarii of Augustus and the Cistophoric tetradrachms of Ephesus.

SOLD! July 2019
1 commentsJay GT4May 05, 2017
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63 BC L. Cassius Longinus59 viewsVeiled and diad. head of Vesta left, two-handled cup behind, control letter "A" before

LONGIN III V
Togate citizen standing left depositing ballot inscribed V in voting box

Rome 63 BC
3.75 g

Sear 364, RRC 413/1, RSC Cassia 10

Ex Roberto Pedoni


On the obverse below the chin of Vesta is a control letter. The only letters employed on this issue are L, C, A, S, S (inverted) and I. If you collect enough coins of this moneyer, you can spell the moneyer's name in full: L. CASSI
4 commentsJay GT4May 05, 2017
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Fonteius denarius 78 views
Beardless laureate Janiform head of the Dioscuri XVI monogram below right chin, control letter R below left chin

C FONT (NT in monogram)
galley left ROMA below

Rome 114-113 BC



Sear 167, RRC 290/1

3.88g

Ex-Calgary Coin

This type honors the naval exploits of Publius Fonteius Capito, who was praetor in Sardinia in 169 BC. The obverse relates to the origin of the Fonteia gens, which claimed as its founder Fontus, the son of Janus, in whose honor the Fontinalia was held on October 13.
7 commentsJay GT4Apr 27, 2017
Domitian_762.jpg
RIC 0762 Domitian denarius86 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XIII
Laureate head right

IMP XXII COS XVI CENS P P P
Minerva standing right on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; owl to right (M2).

Rome, Sept 14 93 AD-Sept 13, 94 AD

3.40g

RIC 762 (C3)

Ex-ANE from an old collection. EF with wonderful dark patina.
5 commentsJay GT4Apr 25, 2017
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RIC 0369 Titus denarius78 viewsT CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT
Laureate head of Titus right

Titus sanding right, left foot on helmet, holding spear and parazonium, Palm tree before him at foot of which Judaea, as a mourning captive, is seated right, on ground

Rome 72 AD
3.32g

RIC II 369 (R2)

Ex-Canadian Coin

The reverse celebrates the success of Vespasian and Titus in quelling the First Jewish Revolt. Also commonly known as Judea Capta denarius.

Wildwinds example
4 commentsJay GT4Apr 21, 2017
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RIC 1560 Titus Antioch Denarius89 viewsT CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT
Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

CONCORDIA AVGVSTI.
Concordia seated left on throne, holding patera.

Antioch, 72-73 AD
3.42g

RIC² 1560 (Vespasian)(R2); RPC II 1932 (5 spec.); RSC 44.

Ex-TC collection; ex-Tom Vossen
6 commentsJay GT4Apr 15, 2017
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RIC 0356 Vespasian denarius73 viewsIMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII
Laureate head of Vespasian right.

AVGVR TRI POT
Simpulum, sprinkler, jug, and lituus (Priestly implements).

Rome 72-73 AD

2.51g

RIC II: 356 (C3)

Ex-ANE
3 commentsJay GT4Apr 12, 2017
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Persian Achaemenid Siglos Type III64 viewsKneeling-running figure of the Great King right, transverse spear with point downward in right, bow in left, bearded, crowned.

Incuse punch

Sardis mint. c. 490 - 475 BC

5.42g

Carradice Type IIIa. Darius I - Xerxes I

Possibly introduced in connection with the accession of Xerxes, c. 485 BC

Ex-Savoca Coin
2 commentsJay GT4Apr 05, 2017
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79 BC L Papius Serrated denarius75 viewsHead of Juno Sospita right clad in goat's skin control symbal behind (half of fat fish), bead and reel in border

L PAPI
Gryphon leaping right control symbol (fish) below, bead and reel border

trade guild: fishmongers

3.91g

Rome
79 BC

Sear 311 RRC 39

ex-ANE

To see the amazing variety of control marks on this series: www.bonannocoins.com/l_papius/l_papius_db.php

SOLD to Calgary Coin June 2017
2 commentsJay GT4Apr 05, 2017
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Claudius Minerva AE As51 viewsT CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP

SC
Minerva advancing with spear and shield

Rome 42 AD

10.72g


Sear 1862

Nice Sand patina

New Photo
1 commentsJay GT4Apr 03, 2017
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79 BC L Papius Serrated denarius53 viewsHead of Juno Sospita right clad in goat's skin control symbal behind (base of column), bead and reel in border

L PAPI
Gryphon leaping right control symbol (Corinthian capital) below, bead and reel border

Trade guild: Builders

3.9g

Rome
79 BC

Sear 311 RRC 89

Ex-Calgary Coin

To see the amazing variety of control marks on this series:
www.bonannocoins.com/l_papius/l_papius_db.php

SOLD to Calgary Coin June 2017
1 commentsJay GT4Apr 03, 2017
LPapi.jpg
79 BC L Papius Serrated denarius50 viewsHead of Juno Sospita right clad in goat's skin control symbal behind (bakers shovel), bead and reel in border

L PAPI
Gryphon leaping right control symbol (bakers oven) below, bead and reel border

trade guild: cooks and bakers

3.75g

Rome
79 BC

Sear 311 RRC 89

ex-ANE

Plate coin 89:www.bonannocoins.com/l_papius/l_papius_db.php

SOLD to Calgary Coin June 2017
1 commentsJay GT4Apr 03, 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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RIC 0026 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


Ex-Enrico collection

Extra fine portrait!
12 commentsJay GT4Mar 31, 2017
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Maria Di Medici Jeton52 viewsMARIA. D. GR. FRANC. AND. NAVA. REG, 16 NB 08 in exergue.
Coat of arms half of France and quartered of Medici, and of Austria, surrounded by a crown half of laurel and half of palm

SERVAT DATAM 1608 in exergue
Two intertwined hands as a sign of trust between a palm and an olive branch. Above, the name JEHOVAH in Hebrew (YHWH) , whose rays penetrate dense clouds.

5.24g, 28mm

"Mary of God's Grace Queen of France and Navarre"

"He protects those who trust him."

Maria was born at the Palazzo Pitti of Florence, Italy, the sixth daughter of Francesco I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and Archduchess Joanna of Austria. Marie was one of seven children, but only she and her sister Eleonora survived to adulthood.

Maria is not a male-line descendant of Lorenzo the Magnificent but from Lorenzo the Elder, a branch of the Medici family referred to as the 'cadet' branch. She does descend from Lorenzo in the female-line however, through his daughter Lucrezia de' Medici. Nonetheless this 'cadet' branch produced every Grand Duke of Tuscany from 1537 to 1737, and the kings of France from Louis XIII in 1601 to Louis XVI in 1793.

She married Henry IV of France in October 1600 following the annulment of his marriage to Margaret of Valois. The wedding ceremony in Florence, Italy (to which Henry did not turn up, marrying her by proxy) was celebrated with 4,000 guests and lavish entertainments. She brought as part of her dowry 600,000 crowns. Her eldest son, the future King Louis XIII, was born at Fontainebleau the following year.

Maria was crowned Queen of France on 13 May 1610, a day before her husband's death. Hours after Henry's assassination, she was confirmed as regent by the Parliament of Paris. She immediately banished his mistress, Catherine Henriette de Balzac, from the court.

Her daughter, Henrietta Maria was queen consort of England, Scotland, and Ireland as the wife of King Charles I. Henrietta Maria, in turn, was mother of two immediate successors, Charles II and James II.
2 commentsJay GT4Mar 18, 2017
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RIC 1421 Vespasian Ephesus denarius104 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR PPP
Laureate head right

PACI AVGVSTAE
Victory advancing left holding wreath and palm.

70 AD, Ephesus

2.03g

Rare

RIC 1421 (R), BMCRE 446, RSC 278 determined by die match.

Ex-FLAN (1999), Ex-ANE

Much better in hand, not as porous looking with a dark patina

Sold March 2018
7 commentsJay GT4Mar 17, 2017
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RIC 0909 Titus Dupondius91 viewsT CAESAR IMP COS V
Radiate head right

FELICITAS PVBLICA
Felicitas, wearing long dress and cloak, standing facing, diademed head turned left, holding cornucopiae in her left hand, laurel branch in her raised right hand. SC in field

Rome, 76 AD

12.17g

RIC 909 Vespasian (R)

Rare.

Ex-ANE

Gemini notes: "COS V bronzes of Titus are scarce: only one such As, no dupondii or sestertii, in the BM collection by 1976."
7 commentsJay GT4Mar 16, 2017
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RIC 1416 Vespasian Ephesus denarius67 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR PPP
Laureate Head of Vespasian right

CONCORDIA AVG
Ceres seated left, holding poppy with ears of corn and cornucopia BY in exergue

Ephesus, 70 AD

3.31g

RPC 824; RIC 1416 (R2)

Ex- TC collection; Ex-Calgary Coin
3 commentsJay GT4Mar 09, 2017
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RIC 1457 Vespasian Ephesus denarius93 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS V TR P P P
Laureate head right

PACI AVGVSTAE
Victory advancing right, holding wreath in extended right hand and palm across left shoulder, annulet at lower left, at lower right, star.

Ephesus 74 AD.

3.01g


RIC 1457 (C); RPC 853; RCV 2271 var

Ex-Sphinx Numismatics
6 commentsJay GT4Mar 09, 2017
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RIC 1081 Domitian Denarius73 viewsCAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS VI
Laureate head right

PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS
Clasped hands holding legionary eagle set on prow.

Rome 79 AD

3.48g

RIC II 1081 (Vespasian)(C2); BMCRE 269 (Vespasian); RSC 393.

Ex-Ancient Treasures (2002), Ex-ANE
6 commentsJay GT4Mar 09, 2017
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RIC 0657 Domitian Denarius96 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII
Laureate head right

IMP XVII COS XIIII CENS P P P
Minerva standing right on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to right, owl

Rome, Sept 14, 88 AD- Sept 13, 89 AD

3.28g

RIC 657 (R). RSC 247. A scarce reverse variant.

Ex-Ancient Treasures (1999), Ex-ANE
5 commentsJay GT4Mar 08, 2017
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63 viewsIMP CONSTANTINVS P AVG
Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

SOLI INV-IC-TO COMITI
Sol standing left, raising right hand, holding globe in left; Star to left; PLN in exergue.

3.61g

London Mint, 312-313 AD
RIC 282.

Ex-Calgary Coin
2 commentsJay GT4Feb 26, 2017
Roma.jpg
Constantine56 viewsRoma AE Commemorative

VRBS ROMA
Bust of Roma left, wearing helmet with plume, and imperial mantle

She-wold standing left, suckling twins Romulus and Remus, two stars above;
CONSe. in exergue.

2.38g

Arles mint; 2nd officina, 330-333 AD

RIC VII 62

Ex-Calgary Coin

Better in Hand
1 commentsJay GT4Feb 26, 2017
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RIC 0359 Vespasian denarius by Titus72 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
Laureate head of Vespasian right

Column mounted by shield and topped by urn, flanked by two laurels; in field, EX, on shield, S C

Rome Mint, 79-80 AD

3.55g

RIC II 359 (Titus) (C); BMCRE 125 (Titus); BN 98; RSC 149; SEAR 6568

Ex-Ancient Treasures (2002), Ex-ANE (2017)

3 commentsJay GT4Feb 26, 2017
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RIC 0361 Vespasian denarius by Titus88 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
Laureate head of Divus Vespasian to right.

EX S C
Empty quadriga advancing left, ornamented with a miniature quadriga flanked by Victories at the top and two standing figures on the side.

Rome, 80-1 AD
3.24g

RIC II 361 (C),(Titus); BMCRE 119 (Titus); RSC 146

Ex-ANE
5 commentsJay GT4Feb 26, 2017
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RIC 1407 Vespasian Eastern Denarius128 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVG
Laureate head of Vespasian right

PACI ORB TERR AVG
Turreted and draped female bust right below, horizontal Φ

Ephesus, 69-70 AD

3.23g

RIC 1407 (R); V1407, RPC 813

Rare

Ex-T.C. collection, Ex-Calgary Coin.

The Flavians as bringers of peace to the world.
8 commentsJay GT4Feb 26, 2017
Vespasian_Prow_star.jpg
RIC 0941 Vespasian denarius96 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Laureate head right

COS VIII
Prow of galley right, star above.

Rome 77-8 AD

3.39g

RIC II 941 (C); BMCRE 210; RSC 136.

Rated common but tough to find on the market.

Ex-Ancient Treasures, Ex-ANE.

This reverse type copied from aurei and denarii of Ahenobarbus struck for Mark Antony in 40 BC, Crawford 521 .
7 commentsJay GT4Feb 20, 2017
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Asclepius Intaglio47 viewsMale figure Asclepius? holding two snakes.

Asclepius was the god of healing though he, like Heracles, was born as a mortal. Athena gave Asclepius two types of blood to help with his healing work, both from the gorgon, Medusa. One took life quickly but the other restored life. When Asclepius used this life restoring blood he encroached on the preserve of the gods and Zeus struck him down with a thunderbolt. One of the most famous centres for Asclepius worship was at Epidaurus on the Peloponnese. Snakes were sacred to the god and when the Romans embraced him as one of theirs his cult was supposedly taken to Rome in the body of a snake. He was preserved in the heavens as the constellation Ophiuchus, the serpent holder. The Romanised version of his name is Aesculapius.

0.34g

Greek or more likely Roman Provincial

Ex-Time Machine

Sold Forum Auctions December 2017
2 commentsJay GT4Feb 15, 2017
Alexader.jpg
Life-time Alexander III drachm69 viewsHead of Alexander as Herakles right, clad in lion's skin.

ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ
Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; barley grain below throne, spearhead to outer right.

Struck in Kolophon circa 323-319 BC at the very end of Alexander's reign.

4.09g

Price 1751

ex-Calgary Coins

Sold Forum Auction May 2019
3 commentsJay GT4Feb 14, 2017
Vespasian_Bull.jpg
RIC 0841 Vespasian denarius 74 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Laureate head right.

COS VII
Bull standing right.

Rome, 76 AD.

3.21g

RIC II 841 (C)

Scarce

Ex-Numisantique
6 commentsJay GT4Feb 08, 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

Clickable for a larger image
4 commentsJay GT4Feb 07, 2017
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Persian Achaemenid Siglos Type IV62 viewsArtaxerxes I, Darius II or Artaxerxes II

King running right, holding dagger and bow, pellets on right arm. Cross shaped bankers stamp before

Incuse punch

5.42 grams.

c. 455 - 375 B.C

Carradice type IV a or b

Ex-Calgary Coin
3 commentsJay GT4Jan 28, 2017
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Brutus Gold Stater 183 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 aUNC

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

Ex-ANE, Ex CNG

Clickable for larger image

For an excellent write up/ theory on these coins including a fascinating metalurgy report:
http://www.calgarycoin.com/reference/articles/koson/koson.htm

And of course the numiswiki article:
http://www.forumancientcoins.com/numiswiki/view.asp?key=Koson
15 commentsJay GT4Jan 26, 2017
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RIC 0937 Vespasian Mars denarius132 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
laureate head left

COS VIII
Mars standing left, holding spear and trophy

Rome, 77-8 AD

2.97g

RIC II 937 (C2) ; RSC 125

Amazing iridescent rainbow toning.

Ex-Ancient treasures

8 commentsJay GT4Jan 10, 2017
Herodian_lamp2.jpg
Holyland Oil Lamp57 viewsHerodian? Terracotta Oil Lamp
decorated with grapes and vines

1st Century BC-1st Century AD

measures 60 x 98

Intact

Ex-Time Machine(Clayton Rare Coins)

part of the David Liebert estate
5 commentsJay GT4Dec 19, 2016
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Roman oil lamp50 viewsRoman Terracotta Oil Lamp
Amphora decoration

1st Century AD

measures 589 x 83 mm

Intact

Ex-Time Machine (Clayton Rare Coins)
Part of the David Liebert estate
4 commentsJay GT4Dec 19, 2016
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RIC 0596 Domitian Denarius103 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII
laureate head right.

COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC
herald advancing left, wearing feathered cap, holding wand with right hand and shield with left.

Rome mint.
Struck 14 September-31 December 88 AD

3.5g

RIC II 596 (C2); BMCRE 131-2; BN 120-1; RSC 76/77.

Ex-Tom Vossen
9 commentsJay GT4Dec 07, 2016
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Nero Sestertius76 viewsNERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P IMP P P
laureate head left, globe at point of bust

S C across field, triumphal arch, hung with wreath across front, surmounted by statue of the emperor in a quadriga preceeded by Pax, holding caduceus and cornucopiae, and Victory, holding wreath and palm; two nude figures standing on either side of attic ornamented with Victories; helmeted statue of Mars in side niche of arch; pedestals decorated with friezes of battle scenes.

Rome 64 AD

23.28g

RIC I 143; WCN 126; BMCRE 183; BN 303; Cohen 308

Ex-Londinium

Damnatio Memoriae? 2 Chisel marks on reverse have damaged the portrait on the obverse.

SOLD Forum Auction May 2017

Jay GT4Nov 20, 2016
Vespasian~1.jpg
Divus Vespasian57 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
laureate head right

E-X across field,
S C inscribed on shield set on a column, column surmounted by an urn, laurel branch on either side.

Rome,80-81 AD

2.87g

RIC II 62 (Titus); BMCRE 125 (Titus); BN 98; RSC 149; SEAR 6568

Ex-Calgary Coin

Sold Forum Auction March 2017
2 commentsJay GT4Nov 19, 2016
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Rare Nero provincial "sestertius"187 views
Laureate head of Nero right


Emperor riding right with lance, behind him a soldier riding right with Vexillum

16.78g, 32 mm

RPC 2104; countermark Howgego GIC 557 Prusa ad Olympum

Extremely rare (RPC cites 2 examples).

This provincial "sestertius" copies the DECVRSIO issues of Nero.


Ex-Londinium coin

Sold to Calgary Coins November 2016
6 commentsJay GT4Sep 30, 2016
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Augustus moneyer series65 viewsCAESAR AVGVST PONT MAX TRIBVNIC POT.
Bare head right.

P LVRIVS AGRIPPA IIIVIR AAAFF.
Large S C.

RIC 427.

9.92g

Ex Londinium

Much nicer in hand
1 commentsJay GT4Jun 25, 2016
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Galba94 viewsIMP SER GALBA AVG
Laureate head right

DIVA AVGVSTA
Livia standing left holding patera and sceptre

Rome, November 68 AD-January 69AD

RIC 150, BMC 5, RSC 52a

2.94g

Rare with this short obverse legend

Ex-Incitatus
5 commentsJay GT4May 30, 2016
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Marcus Lepidus Imperator128 viewsLaureate head of Roma (?) right

M LEPIDVS
Below equestrian statue of M. Aemelius Lepidus (consul 187 and 175 BC) right, carrying trophy

Rome, 61 BC

3.79g

Rare!

Sear 371, RPC 419/1, CRR 827-828b

Freed from a NGC Holder, graded strike 4/5; surface 4/5.

Marcus Lepidus strikes this coin early in his career as moneyer. After Julius Caesar's assassination he became Pontifex Maximus and formed the Second Triumvirate with Antony and Octavian. He would keep his post as Pontifex Maximus until his death. The office then became the sole procession of the Emperors.
7 commentsJay GT4May 25, 2016
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RIC 0544 Vespasian Nemesis146 viewsIMP CAES VESP AVG CENS
Laureate head of Vespasian right

PONTIF MAXIM
Nemesis advancing right holding caduceus over snake

Rome 73 AD

2.94g

RIC 544 (R), BMC 97, RSC 385.

Rare

Ex-Indalo

The reverse is copied from a denarius of Claudius
7 commentsJay GT4Apr 22, 2016
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Antony & Octavia tetradrachm114 viewsM ANTONIVS IMP COS DESIG ITER ET TERT
Conjoined heads of Antony and Octavia right, Antony wearing an ivy wreath

VIR RPC
Dionysus standing left, holding cantharus and thyrsus on cista mystica flanked by two interlaced snakes

Ephesus, summer-autumn 39 BC

11.22g

Imperators 263, RPC 2202, Babelon Antonia 61, Syndenham 1198, BMCRR east 135

Punch mark on the obverse protrudes onto the reverse

Ex-Numisantique

This series of Cistophori from Asia commemorates the marriage of Antony and Octavia and celebrate's Antony's divine status in the east as the "New Dionysus" which was bestowed on him when he arrived in Ephesus in 41 BC. Antony's titulature of "Imperator and Consul designate for the second and third times" fixes the period of issue to the latter part of 39 BC after the Pact of Misenum in July and before Antony's second Imperatorial acclamation in the winter of 39-38BC
7 commentsJay GT4Apr 12, 2016
Antony___the_Caesars.jpg
Antony & the Caesar's134 viewsSince most of the 12 Caesar's were more closely related to Antony than to Augustus I thought it was appropriate to include Antony in my 12 Caesar's group shot. Individual coins can be seen in my galleries. While I have better portraits of some Emperor's I chose these for their interesting reverses and styles.

Clickable for a larger photo.
6 commentsJay GT4Mar 16, 2016
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RIC 1555 Vespasian Neptune176 viewsIMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII.
Laureate bust right.

NEP RED.
Neptune standing left, foot set on globe, holding sceptre and acrostolium.

Antioch mint

3.35g

RIC² 1555(C); RPC 1928

Ex-Ancient Treasures
10 commentsJay GT4Mar 09, 2016
Agrippina.jpg
Agrippina Orichalcum Sestertius131 viewsAGRIPPINA M F GERMANICI CAESARIS
Draped bust of Agrippina right

TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P IMP P P
around large SC

Rome circa 42 AD

Issued by Claudius

27.07g

RIC 102; C. 3; BMC 219.

Ex-Londinium

6 commentsJay GT4Feb 27, 2016
Ceres.jpg
RIC 0974 Titus denarius 64 viewsT CAESAR VESPASIANVS
Laureate head of Titus right

CERES AVGVST
Ceres standing left holding corn-ears and long torch

Rome 78-79 AD

2.72g

Sear 2437, RIC 974 (R)

Scarce: only seven specimens in Reka Devnia hoard
Jay GT4Feb 20, 2016
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Constantius I unlisted Follis50 viewsIMP C CONSTANTIVS PF AVG
Laureate head of Constantius right

SAC MON VRB AVGG ET CAESS NN
Moneta standing left with scales and cornucopiae

R P in exer

Rome mint

9.32g

RIC 120a, attested with officina S, Vienna, scarce.
new officina P not in RIC rare

King & Spaer, Num. Chron. 1977, #1030-1037 (only 8 specimens in this hoard)
RIC VI Rome 120a var (mintmark) R 305

This is the wildwinds example coin
Jay GT4Feb 20, 2016
Constans.jpg
Constans46 viewsDN CONSTANS PF AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, globe in right hand.

FEL TEMP REPARATIO
Helmeted soldier, spear in left hand, advancing right, head left; with his right hand he leads a small bare-headed figure from a hut beneath a tree. The spear points up and to the right
SLG in exergue

Lyons

20 mm, 2.95g

RIC VIII 86

Sold Forum Auctions March 2016
1 commentsJay GT4Feb 20, 2016
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RIC 0841 Domitian Cistophorus132 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG P M COS VIII
laureate head of Domitian to right

CA PIT across field, RESTIT in exergue
tetrastyle temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus Capitolinus, containing statues of the Capitoline Triad, Jupiter seated left between standing figures of Juno and Minerva

Ephesus or more likely Rome for circulation in the East
A.D. 82

Rare
10.83g

RIC 841 (C), S.2715, BMC 251, RSC 23, RPC 864

From the MS collection
Ex-G&M auction 147 lot 1813 March 2006
Ex-Calgary Coin
4 commentsJay GT4Feb 01, 2016
Diocletian~0.jpg
Diocletian66 viewsIMP DIOCLETIANVS AVG
Laureate head right

GENIO POPVLI ROMANI
Genius standing left holding patera and Cornucopiae SF in fields PTR in ex.

Trier 294 AD

9.74g

29 mm

RIC 582
EF
2 commentsJay GT4Jan 29, 2016
Galerius.jpg
Galerius74 viewsIMP C MAXIMIANVS PF AVG
laureate head right

SAC MON VRB AVGG ET CAESS NN
R wreath S in ex.
Moneta standing left with scales and cornucopiae

9.32g
30 mm
EF
Scarce
Rome 306 AD
Rome RIC VI 132b
See notes below

This is the Wildwinds example! Thanks Dane.

Notes: RIC lists these types as being produced in two periods,
the second period (coins are identical in all respects) being struck in Autumn 306, and also listed as RIC 158a and
159a.
2 commentsJay GT4Jan 29, 2016
julian_II.jpg
Julian II56 viewsDN FL C IVLIANVS P F AVG
pearl-diademed, draped, & cuirassed bust right

SECVRITAS REIPVB
bull standing right; palm branch-TESA-palm branch in ex.

8.37g

Thessalonica
360-363 A.D.

RIC 225

New Photo
1 commentsJay GT4Jan 29, 2016
Augustus_CL_denarius.jpg
Augustus denarius96 viewsCAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI PATER PATRIAE
Laureate head of Augustus right

C L CAESARES AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT
Gaius and Lucius stg. facing, shields and spears between them


Lugdunum 2 BC-4 AD

3.76g

Sear 1597

ex-Holding History
Encrustations cleaned from behind Augustus head

Children of Marcus Agrippa and Augustus daughter Julia.
2 commentsJay GT4Jan 26, 2016
Augustus_CL_denarius_2.jpg
Augustus denarius42 viewsCAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI PATER PATRIAE
Laureate head of Augustus right

C L CAESARES AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT
Gaius and Lucius stg. facing, shields and spears between them


Lugdunum 2 BC-4 AD

3.72g

Sear 1597

ex-Nilus

Children of Marcus Agrippa and Augustus daughter Julia.

New Photo

Sold to Calgary Coin Jan 2016
Jay GT4Jan 26, 2016
VespasianEph.jpg
RIC 1464 Vespasian Ephesus denarius180 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS V TR PPP
Laureate head right

CONCORDIA AVG
Concordia seated left, annulet below, star in Exergue

3.41g

Ephesus 74 AD

RIC 1464 (R2)

Rare

Ex-Calgary coin

about XF
10 commentsJay GT4Oct 25, 2015
MAsestertius.jpg
Marcus Aurelius Sestertius73 viewsM ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXV
Laureate bust right

IMP VI COS III SC
Victory standing right attaching shield, inscribed VIC GER to palm tree

26.41g

RIC 1029, Sear 4978, BMC1423

Ex-ANE

Worn but with a lovely smooth chocolate patina

Sold Forum Auction March 2019
1 commentsJay GT4Aug 25, 2015
Antoninebelt2.jpg
Roman Open work belt plate53 viewsRoman bronze Open work Military belt plate.
Washer and pin on reverse peened over to secure leather belt

60mm X 23mm

13.2g

Pannonia

2nd century AD

Antonine period

See other belt plate for a match in my gallery
Jay GT4Jul 03, 2015
GordianIIIDiana.jpg
Gordian III denarius91 viewsIMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG
laureate bust right

DIANA LVCIFERA
Diana standing right holding lighted torch in both hands

Rome
241-2 AD

Rare?

Sear 8673, RIC 127, RSC 69

Special issue for marriage of Gordian III and Sabinia Tranquillina

SOLD! Forum Auction January 2017
2 commentsJay GT4Jul 02, 2015
GermanicusDupondius.jpg
Germanicus Dupondius129 viewsGERMANICVS CAESAR
Germanicus in triumphal quadriga right holding eagle-tipped sceptre

SIGNIS RECEPT DEVICTIS GERM SC
Germanicus standing left, his right hand raised, holding legionary eagle in left

Rome, 37-41 AD

15.97g

Scarce

Sear 1820, RIC 57, BMCRE 93

Ex-Calgary coin from an old collection

Minted by Caligula in honor of his father.
4 commentsJay GT4Jun 27, 2015
Flavians.jpg
RIC 0006 Vespasian Denarius134 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Laureate head right

TITVS ET DOMITIAN CAES PRIN IV
Titus and Domitian seated left on curule chair, each holding a branch.

Rome 69-70 AD

2.83g

RIC 6 (R); BMCRE pg. 8 note; RSC 541.

Rare

Ex-Barry Murphy
4 commentsJay GT4Jun 17, 2015
VespasianNike.jpg
RPC 1648 Vespasian Didrachm135 viewsAVTOKPA KAICAP OVECPACIANOC CEBACTOC
Laureate head right

NIKH CEBACTH
Nike advancing right on elongated base, holding wreath & palm.

Caesaria, Cappadocia

77-78 AD

6.99g

RPC II 1648

Rare

Ex-Londinium
5 commentsJay GT4May 29, 2015
Sextus.jpg
Sextus Pompey75 viewsMAG PIVS IMP ITER
Bare head of Pompey Magnus right; capis behind, lituus before

Neptune standing left, holding aplustre in right hand, resting right foot on prow, between the Catanaean brothers, Anapias and Amphinomus, carrying their parents on their shoulders, PRAEF above, CLAS ET ORAE MARIT EX S C in two lines in exergue.

Uncertain mint in Sicily, (Catania?)

37-36 BC

3.25g

Rare

Crawford 511/3a; Sydenham 1344; Sear 334; RRC 511/3a; BMCRR Sicily 7; Pompeia 27; Catalli 2001, 824

Ex-Londinium

Numiswiki:
Struck by Sextus Pompey after his victory over Salvidienus and relates to his acclamation as the Son of Neptune. Although Sextus Pompey was the supreme naval commander, Octavian had the Senate declare him a public enemy. He turned to piracy and came close to defeating Octavian. He was, however, defeated by Marcus Agrippa at the naval battle of Naulochus (3 September 36 B.C.). He was executed by order of Mark Antony in 35 B.C
1 commentsJay GT4May 29, 2015
Bracelet.jpg
Bronze engraved bracelet75 viewsIntact (Roman?) Bronze engraved bracelet.

Engraved on both sides with the same motif.

Alternating pattern of lines and chevrons starting on both ends. Triangle on both sides with punch marks around and tree or leaf motif within. Leaf with stem (arrow?) on the ends.

Bronze

14.11g

Pannonia

Some original patina remains but entire piece treated with Jax brown patina and then waxed.
1 commentsJay GT4Apr 21, 2015
CalabriaOwl2.jpg
Calabria Tarentum AR Drachm149 viewsHead of Athena to right, wearing crested Attic helmet adorned with Skylla preparing to hurl a stone

Owl standing to right on olive branch, head facing; ZOR (magistrate) to right, TAP to left.

3.07g

Circa 281-276 BC.

Vlasto 1048. McGill 135, Cote 348, Sear 367v.
8 commentsJay GT4Apr 10, 2015
Thrace.JPG
Thrace Mesembria Diobol87 viewsCrested Corinthian helmet facing.

M-E-T-A within wheel, surrounded by border of radiating lines.

SNG. BM. 268

11 mm

1.30g

Black Sea Hoard fake
1 commentsJay GT4Apr 07, 2015
Arrowtip.jpg
Roman Arrow tip59 viewsBronze Roman arrow tip

40 mm x 7 mm

5.09g

1-3rd century AD
1 commentsJay GT4Mar 25, 2015
keyring.jpg
Roman Key Ring85 viewsRoman bronze key ring

ring 24 mm, height 33 mm

13.72g

2nd century AD

A Roman Signifer (standard bearer) was also the cohorts banker. He kept records of what the soldiers deposited with him for safe keeping and he had the key to the strong box. Not only did the soldiers protect the Signifer to prevent the standard from being captured (which would be a disgrace) but also so that they could get their money back!

There is no way to know if this was an actual Signifer key as many other professions would have items locked away.
3 commentsJay GT4Mar 25, 2015
Belt_buckle_plate.jpg
Roman Belt plate54 viewsBronze Roman Military belt plate, buckle missing. Punch design on face. Three rivet holes.

31mm x 21mm

5.5g

Pannonia

mid 1st-2nd century
Jay GT4Mar 04, 2015
Belt_plate.jpg
Roman Open work belt plate106 viewsRoman bronze Open work Military belt plate.
Washer and pin on reverse peened over to secure leather belt

65mm x 23mm

12.86g

Pannonia

2nd century AD

Antonine period

See other belt plate for a match in my gallery
3 commentsJay GT4Mar 04, 2015
Roman_Pin.jpg
Roman Bird tip distaff93 viewsBronze Roman distaff

Long pin with bird (dove) on tip, finial on stem

86mm x 4mm; tip 12mm x 12mm

6.92g

Pannonia

3-6th century AD

Often described on ebay and by dealers as a senatorial voting stick. This description is completely unfounded and is likely a distaff for spinning thread.

From Shawn Caza:

According to Madgearu these bird-head/ring-bottom sticks are likely distaffs for spinning thread, though they may be a form of hair pin. The bird at top is usually thought to be a dove. They have been found all along the Rhine and Danube Limes, in Spain, in Switzerland and in the Near East. In many old works they were usually dated to the 5th-6th c AD. However, Madgearu reports on one which has been contextually dated to the mid-3rd c AD - buried in a Romanian site destroyed in AD 245. It is thought that they are the later Christian version of earlier sticks, often in bone, with Venus at the top. The dove was a representation of Venus that was then retained as a representation of the Holy Ghost in Christian times. Madgearu then lists 25 different archaeological finds of these sticks. These are dated, when known, to the 4th - 6th c AD.

1 commentsJay GT4Mar 04, 2015
4thcentbuckle.jpg
Roman Belt Buckle66 viewsRoman military belt buckle

Bronze kidney shaped loop with iron pin, attached heart shaped plate, two rivet holes

Early 4th century

38mm x 41mm

11.17g
2 commentsJay GT4Feb 23, 2015
Strap_end.jpg
Legionary apron strap end63 viewsRoman Legionary apron strap end with suspension loop

Rivet still in place were it would have been fastened to leather apron

Mid 1st century-2nd century
65mm x 10mm; loop 13mm
9.29g

Ex-Noble
2 commentsJay GT4Feb 18, 2015
Julia_Titi.jpg
RIC 0848 Julia Titi Cistophorus Tetradrachm190 viewsIVLIA AVGVSTA DIVI TITI F
Draped bust of Julia right

VESTA
Vesta seated left, holding Palladium and sceptre

Rome mint for Eastern circulation, 82 AD

10.60g

Sear 2914, RIC II 848 (Domitian) (R), RPC II 871, RSC 15, BMCRE Domitian 258

Rare

Ex-CNG, Ex-Calgary Coins

Julia was the daughter of Titus and lived with her uncle Domitian as his mistress from 84 AD until her death in 89 AD. Suetonius said she died as a result of an abortion which was forced on her by Domitian. After her death she was deified which is commemorated on this coin.
6 commentsJay GT4Feb 14, 2015
Gold_earing.jpg
Roman Gold Earing65 viewsRoman Gold Earing

Looped at one end, globular design on the other

1-3rd century

13mm

0.48g

Ex-ANE
1 commentsJay GT4Feb 14, 2015
Horse_seal_box.jpg
Bronze Roman Seal box112 viewsBronze seal box with image of lion, jug above, wreath below, ( horse head to right?)

Attached to packages or letters that are tied with strings. The strings pass into the box which is then filled with wax, to protect against tampering.

Bronze

26mm x 21mm x 7mm.

3mm diameter holes

5.56g

2-3rd Century?

Pannonia

Ex-Ancient Treasures
4 commentsJay GT4Feb 12, 2015
JubaCleo.jpg
Juba II & Cleopatra Selene daughter of Antony62 viewsJuba II of Mauretania and Cleopatra Selene

REX IVBA REGIS IVBA E F R A VI
Head of Juba II left.

BACIΛICCA KΛE - OΠATPA
Cleopatra Selene left

dated year 6 = 20-19 BC.

3.12g

Rare

Ex-D. Loates Fine Arts; Ex-William McDonald Collection; Ex-Geoffrey Bell 2012 Fall Auction lot 273

SNG Cop. 546 ; Mazard 357 ; Sear 6000 ; Müller III, 108, 87

Wildwinds example


Juba II was the only son and heir of his father King Juba I. King Juba I was the King of Numidia and ally to Pompey the Great. He fought against Julius Caesar at the battle of Thapsus and lost commiting suicide soon after. His son Juba II was taken away to Rome to be paraded in Caesar's Triumph's. He was then raised in Caesar's houshold and educated in both Latin and Greek excelling in his studies. He was praised as one of Rome's most educated citizens and at age 20 even published a work entitled Roman Archaeology. He became life long friends with Julius Caesar's heir Octavian. He accompanied Octavian on several campaigns during the turbulent times after Caesar's death even fighting at the battle of Actium against his future wifes parents...Antony and Cleopatra VII.

Augustus restored Juba II as the king of Numidia between 29 BC-27 BC and Numidia become one of the most loyal client kings that served Rome. Between 26 BC-20 BC, Augustus arranged for him to marry Cleopatra Selene II (Daughter of Antony and Cleopatra) giving her a large dowry and appointing her queen. She also had been paraded in a Triumph in Rome after the battle of Actium. It was probably due to his services with Augustus in a campaign in Spain that led Augustus to make him King of Mauretania.

Cleopatra is said to have exerted considerable influence on Juba II's policies. Juba II encouraged and supported the performing arts, research of the sciences and research of natural history. Juba II also supported Mauretanian trade. Mauretania traded all over the Mediterranean and exported fish grapes, pearls, figs, grain, wooden furniture and purple dye harvested from certain shellfish, which was used in the manufacture of purple stripes for senatorial robes. Juba II sent a contingent to Iles Purpuraires to re-establish the ancient Phoenician dye manufacturing process.

Cleopatra Selene seems to have inherited the same qualities of both Antony and Cleopatra VII. She was strong willed and maintained her Egyptian/Greek heritage. She seems intent on continuing the Ptolomaic line of strong women rulers using the same titles as her mother. She died sometime before Juba II. The Greek Historian Plutarch describes Juba II as 'one of the most gifted rulers of his time'. Between 2 BC-2, he travelled with Gaius Caesar as a member of his advisory staff to the troubled Eastern Mediterranean. In 21, Juba II made his son Ptolemy co-ruler. Juba II died in 23 AD. He had two children by Cleopatra Selene, Ptolomy of Mauretania (1 BC- 40 AD) and Drusilla of Mauretania (born in 5 AD). He was burried in the Mausolium he constructed for himself and his wife which is still visible today. A partial inscription attributed to her reads:

The moon herself grew dark, rising at sunset,
Covering her suffering in the night,
Because she saw her beautiful namesake, Selene,
Breathless, descending to Hades,
With her she had had the beauty of her light in common,
And mingled her own darkness with her death
Jay GT4Jan 31, 2015
Agrippa~2.jpg
Marcus Agrippa97 viewsM AGRIPPA L F COS III
head of Agrippa left wearing rostral crown

SC
Neptune standing holding dolphin and trident

AE As
Issued by Caligula in honour of his deceased grandfather Agrippa

Minted in Rome 37-41 A.D.

9.06g

Ex- Ancient Treasures
5 commentsJay GT4Jan 31, 2015
Antonia~1.jpg
Antonia Augusta71 viewsANTONIA AVGVSTA
Head of Antonia right

TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP SC
Claudius veiled and togate standing left holding simpulum

11.47g

Sear 1902

Antonia was the younger daughter of Mark Antony and Octavia and was born on January 31st 36B.C. She was married at age 20 to Tiberius' younger brother Nero Claudius Drusus and had two sons, the great Germanicus and the future emperor Claudius. She was widowed in 9 BC and refused to marry again and devoted her life to her families interests. Her wealth and status made her very influencial during Tiberius' reign and it was she who brought about the downfall of Sejanus.

On the accession of her grandson Caligula in 37 AD she received many honours but died later that year at the age of 73. She did not receive postumous honours until the reign of her son Claudius in 41 AD and all of the coinage in Antonia's name was issued by Claudius.
Jay GT4Jan 31, 2015
VespasianJupiter.jpg
RIC 0849 Vespasian denarius267 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
laureate head of Vespasian right

IOVIS CVSTOS
Jupiter standing half-left, sacrificing from patera in right over small lit altar at feet on left, long scepter grounded behind in left


Rome, 75 - 76 A.D.

3.458g, die axis 180o


RIC II, part 1, 849 (C3); BMCRE III 276; RSC II 222; BnF III 249; SRCV I 2295

Ex-Heritage CICF World and Ancient Coins Signature Auction 3032, part of lot 30530, Ex- Forum
11 commentsJay GT4Jan 25, 2015
ANTVerus.jpg
Mark Antony restitution issue by Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus144 viewsANTONIVS AVGVR III VIR R P C
Galley moving left over waves

ANTONINVS ET VERVS AVG REST
Legionary eagle between two standards LEG VI across lower field

Rome 168-9 AD

3.17g

Sear 5236; RIC 443; RSC Mark Antony 83

Ex-ANE

Sear:
The reasons for this remarkable restoration remain obscure. Mattingly suggests that Legio VI Ferrata, which had fought for Antony at Philippi in 42 BC, may have played a leading role in the Parthian War of AD 164, the exceptional commemoration of this achievement on the coinage being prompted both by the legion's long and distinguished history and the similarity of the names "Antonius" and "Antoninus". The 200th Anniversary of the battle of Actium perhaps provides a more obvious reason for the issue.

Curtis Clay:
The reason for the restoration is not in doubt in my opinion, having been discerned by Mommsen in 1859.

Because of their lower silver content, Antony's legionary denarii were excluded from Trajan's recoinage of 107, and therefore Trajan did not restore this type.
But by the reign of Marcus and Verus, the silver content of the current denarius had fallen to the point that it had now become profitable to recoin Antony's denarii. Marcus and Verus did so, and therefore restored the coin too, picking at random one of the commoner legions for their restoration, since it was quite unnecessary to restore coins for several different legions, or for all of them!

The Reka Devnia hoard, ending essentially in c. 241 AD, still contained 9 original legionary denarii of Antony, plus 20 restorations by Marcus and Verus!
3 commentsJay GT4Dec 08, 2014
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Nero Protocontorniate143 viewsNERO CAESAR AVG GERM IMP
Laureate head right

PACE P R VBIQ PARTA IANVM CLVSIT SC
Temple of Janus with doors closed

Rome 65 AD

9.22g

SEAR 1974

Edges hammered in antiquity (1st-3rd century) to create a "proto-contorniate"

Better in Hand!


Ex-Tater's

From Numiswiki protocontorniate:

A protocontorniate is a normal, large-module bronze coin, typically a sestertius, which at some point was later altered by hammering the edges of the coin so that it could serve some other use. A common assumption is that protocontorniates functioned as game counters since the rim created through hammering could protect the designs. Andreas Alföldi believed protocontorniates to be forerunners of the contorniates of the fourth and fifth centuries. He argued that protocontorniates were New Year’s gifts and that the older coins were actually hammered in the fourth century before the contorniates proper came into being.


Sold Forum auction. 2015
1 commentsJay GT4Nov 18, 2014
DSC00070.JPG
Tetrarchy Imperial Lead Seal116 viewsTwo augusti Diocletian and Maximian face to face.
Below the two Caesares Galerius and Constantius face to face.
Dolphin between


17.79g

Sold to Calgary Coins 2015
4 commentsJay GT4Nov 03, 2014
TarasCalabria.jpg
Taras, Calabria Didrachm121 viewsNaked youth galloping right on horseback left, crowning horse with right hand, monogram ΣY in field behind youth and ΛΥK INOΣ below horse

Taras seated on dolphin left, holding chalmys and thrusting trident in right hand, owl behind TAPAS in Exergue

Calabria 272-235 BC

6.62g

Vlasto 836

Ex-Pars Coins
Ex-Calgary Coins
4 commentsJay GT4Oct 25, 2014
DomitianTet.jpg
RIC 0853 Domitian Tetradrachm345 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS
Laureate head of Domitian right

AVG GERM
Six ears of corn; P in exergue

Possibly minted in Rome for circulation in Asia

circa 95 AD

10.17g

RPC 874/1, RIC 853 (R)

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

Ex-Pars Coins
Ex-Calgary Coins

Wildwinds example
12 commentsJay GT4Oct 25, 2014
LEG_XV.jpg
Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG XV67 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
galley r. mast with banners at prow

LEG XV
legionary eagle between two standards

3.28g

Patrae mint 32-31BC

Founded by Julius Caesar in 54 BC
Known also as the XV Apollinaris meaning "belonging to the god Apollo"
Jay GT4Oct 25, 2014
LEGIIII~0.jpg
Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG IIII177 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
galley r. mast with banners at prow

LEG IIII
legionary eagle between two standards

3.04g

Patrae mint 32-31BC

Sear Imperator's 353; Crawford 544/16; Cohen 29

Ex-Calgary Coin

VERY RARE

This type with LEG IIII rather than LEG IV is quite rare. No examples were found in the Delos Hoard of 1905. Missing from RBW collection.
Only 3 examples ever offered by CNG.
1 commentsJay GT4Oct 25, 2014
ANTLEGXIV.jpg
Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG XIV53 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
Galley right, mast with banners at prow

LEG XIV
Legionary eagle between two standards


Patrae mint 32-31BC

3.25g

Ex-Aegean
Jay GT4Oct 06, 2014
VESPwinged.jpg
RIC 0703 Vespasian Denarius126 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Laureate head of Vespasian right.

PON MAX TR P COS V
Winged caduceus.

Rome 74 AD
3.32g

RIC 703 (C2); BMC 138; RSC 362

Ex-ANE
5 commentsJay GT4Oct 06, 2014
AntonySolAVG.jpg
Mark Antony Sol denarius98 viewsM ANTONIVS M F M N AVGVR IMP TERT around (MP and RT ligatured)
Mark Antony, veiled and wearing the priestly robes of an Augur, standing right, holding lituus in right hand.

III VIR R P C COS DESIG ITER ET TERT
Radiate head of Sol right

Athens
Summer 38 BC

3.92g
Crawford 533/2, Sear Imperators 267

Ex-ANE, Ex-Seaby with original ticket

New Photo

Antony's third Imperatorial acclimation resulted from Ventidius' victory at Gindarus. Antony's depiction in priestly robes of an augur emphasizes the importance which he placed on the possession of this religious office. The word AVGVR features prominently on most of Antony's remaining coinage right down to Actium. No doubt this was to stress his adherence to Republican traditions. Sol is symbolic of the East and shows Antony's personal concern for eastern affairs after the distraction caused by his extended stay in Italy starting in the second half of 40 BC and running almost the whole of the following year
6 commentsJay GT4Aug 23, 2014
AntonyLEGXIII.jpg
Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG XIII93 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
galley r. mast with banners at prow

Rev LEG XIII legionary eagle between two standards


Patrae mint 32-31BC

New Photo

Legio XIII was levied by Julius Caesar in 57 BC, before marching against the Belgae, in one of his early interventions in intra-Gallic conflicts.

During the Gallic wars (58-51 BC), Legio XIII was present at the Battle against the Nervians, the siege of Gergovia, and while not specifically mentioned in the sources, it is not unreasonable to assume that Legio XIII was also present for the Battle of Alesia.

Forced to choose either the end of his political career, or civil war, Caesar brought Legio XIII across the Rubicon river and into Italy. The legion remained faithful to Caesar during the resulting civil war between Caesar and the conservative Optimates faction of the senate, whose legions were commanded by Pompey. Legio XIII was active throughout the entire war, fighting at Dyrrhachium (48 BC) and Pharsalus (48 BC). After the decisive victory over Pompey at Pharsalus, the legion was to be disbanded, and the legionaries "pensioned off" with the traditional land grants; however, the legion was recalled for the Battle of Thapsus (46 BC) and the final Battle of Munda (45 BC). After Munda, Caesar disbanded the legion, retired his veterans, and gave them farmlands in Italy.

Reconstituted by Octavian in 41 BC.
Its standard was the lion.
Jay GT4Aug 23, 2014
AntonyCaesarportrait.jpg
Mark Antony & Julius Caesar portrait denarius202 viewsM ANTON IMP R P C
Bare head of Mark Antony right, bearded, lituus behind

CAESAR DIC
Wreathed head of Caesar right, capis behind

Gaul, November 43 BC

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

3.05g

Rare!

Ex-Alberta coins

From Sears Imperator's:

"This issue would appear to be a revival of the type struck by Antony in the spring during the war around Mutina. After his Gallic adventures Antony, accompanied by his ally Lepidus, was now back in Cisalpine Gaul to meet with his former opponent Octavian. The conference between the three men at Bononia in early November, set the seal on the formation of the Second Triumvirate, an event commemorated by this issue. It clearly belongs to the period immediately following the agreement at Bononia as the form of the triumviral titulature (R P C) had not yet been expanded to the normal III VIR R P C. A distinctive feature of this coinage is the portrait of Antony which has a strangely elongated form, giving it something of the appearance of a caricature. Presumably, Antony's retinue at this time lacked the services of a die-engraver competent in the art of portraiture."
4 commentsJay GT4Aug 15, 2014
NeroEXSC.jpg
Nero Pre-Reform Denarius122 viewsNERO CAESAR AVG IMP
Bare head of Nero right

TR P III P P PONTIF MAX EX SC
Legend around oak-wreath enclosing "EX. S C.

Lugdunum, 60-61 AD

3.71g

Sear 1936, RIC 22, BMCRE 24, RSC 216

Rare!

Ex-Alberta Coins

Some encrustations remain
4 commentsJay GT4Aug 15, 2014
ClaudAntoniaTet.jpg
Claudius & Antonia Tetradrachm171 viewsTI KΛAY∆I KAIΣ ΣEBA ΓEPMANI AYTOKP
laureate head right, date LB (year 2) before

ANTΩNIA ΣEBAΣTH
bust of Antonia right, hair in queue

29 Sep 41 - 28 Sep 42 A.D.

Alexandria mint

11.054g, 23.2mm, die axis 0o,

RPC 5117; Geissen 62; Milne 61; BMC Alexandria p. 9, 65; Dattari 114; SNG Milan 620, SNG Cop 57; Sommer 12.3, Emmett 73

Scarce

Ex-Forum

Antonia was the youngest daughter of Mark Antony and Octavia. She was a niece of the Emperor Augustus, sister-in-law of the Emperor Tiberius, paternal grandmother of the Emperor Caligula and Empress Agrippina the Younger, mother of the Emperor Claudius, and both maternal great-grandmother and paternal great-aunt of the Emperor Nero. She was additionally the maternal great-aunt of the Empress Valeria Messalina and Faustus Cornelius Sulla Felix, and paternal grandmother of Claudia Antonia, Claudia Octavia, and Britannicus.
3 commentsJay GT4Jun 13, 2014
Diana.jpg
74 BC* C POSTVMIVS67 viewsDraped bust of Diana right, wearing hair tied into knot; bow and quiver over shoulder

Hunting dog running right, spear below
C. POSTVMI / TA in exergue

Rome 74 BC

3.15g

Sear 330
1 commentsJay GT4Jun 05, 2014
Thermus.jpg
103 BC Q. Minucius M.f. Thermus99 viewsHead of young Mars left, wearing crested helmet

Q THERM MF (THE and MF in monogram)
Roman soldier advancing right, fighting with uplifted sword a barbarian soldier before him and protecting with shield a fallen comrade at his feet

Rome 103 BC
3.71g

Sear 197

Sold Forum Auction December 2017
2 commentsJay GT4Jun 05, 2014
NeroActium.jpg
Nero Billon Tetradrachm92 viewsNEPΩ KΛAV KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEP AV
Radiate bust left, wearing aegis. Date LIΔ.

ΠYΘEIOΣ AΠOΛΛΩN.
Laureate bust of Apollo Aktios right, quiver over shoulder; star before.

Alexandria mint, Year 14= 67-68 AD

12.18g

RPC 5318, Köln 195; Dattari 207; Milne 300; Emmett 111

Ex-ANE



3 commentsJay GT4May 30, 2014
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Myisa, Parion. Hemidrachm65 viewsGorgoneion

ΠA PI
Bull standing left, head turned to look back; kerykeion below

Mysia, Parion
350-300 BC

SNG BN -. Symbol not recorded in the standard reference.


2.20g

Ex-ANE
1 commentsJay GT4May 30, 2014
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Hadrian Galliae 73 viewsHADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right.

RESTITVTORI GALLIAE.
Hadrian standing left, holding volumen and raising kneeling Gallia right.

Rome 134-8 AD

3.24g

RIC 324.

SOLD
2 commentsJay GT4May 11, 2014
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RIC 0544 Domitian As198 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XIII CENS PER PP
Laureate head of Domitian right

FORTVNAE AVGVSTI SC
Fortuna standing left holding rudder and cornucopiae

Rome 87 AD

10.9g

RIC 544 (C3)

Ex-Tater's
8 commentsJay GT4Mar 31, 2014
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Zoomorphic Bird plate fibula51 viewsZoomorphic fibula

Bird type (eagle?)

Pin missing


2nd Century AD

32 mm X 26 mm

10.08g

Böhme 43a
2 commentsJay GT4Mar 04, 2014
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Early Crossbow fibula76 viewsLikely an early Crossbow fubula type.
Engraved lines and dots

One of the Genceva 21 variations - Early Spring Crossbow Fibula.

Mid 3rd - mid 4th century AD

Pin missing



66 mm X 35 mm

16.14g
2 commentsJay GT4Mar 04, 2014
VespasiantempleVesta.jpg
RIC 0601 Vespasian As179 viewsIMP CAES VESP AVG P M T P COS IIII CENS
Laureate head of Vespasian right

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

Rome 73 AD

9.48g

RIC 601 (R); Sear 2365; BMCRE 664

Rare

Ex-Calgary Coin

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

Die notes from Curtis Clay:

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

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

The BM and Paris specimens of the same As for Titus COS II CENS are also from that same rev. die: BM pl. 27.7 = RIC pl. 42, 640; Paris pl. LIX, 689."
8 commentsJay GT4Feb 22, 2014
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Galba billon Tetradrachm84 viewsΛ OYKΛIBΣ OYΛ Π ΓAΛBA KAIΣ ΣEB AVT
laureate bust of Galba, right, LB (year 2) before

PΩMH
Helmeted, draped bust of Roma right, holding spear & sheild

Alexandria, September 68 AD-January 69 AD

13.44g

Scarce

RPC 5330; Emmett 174

Ex-ANE

In hand it has a wonderful dark consistent toning
1 commentsJay GT4Feb 22, 2014
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RIC 0757 Vespasian Dupondius115 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG
Laureate head of Vespasian right

PON MAX TR POT P P COS V CENS
winged caduceus between two cornucopiae

10.79g

Rome, 74 AD


RIC II 757 (C2); RIC II 759; RPC 1983

Ex-Tater's
4 commentsJay GT4Feb 20, 2014
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Kraftig Profilierte Fibula50 viewsKraftig Profilierte Fibula

Early 1st century to early 2nd Century AD.

Pin missing

Distribution:Mostly found in Pannonia, Dacia, Noricum, and Raetia.
1 commentsJay GT4Feb 16, 2014
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Hod Hill Fibula48 viewsHod Hill Type Fibula

Distribution: Gaul, Britain; Rhine and Danube Limes. They are common on Roman military sites.

Typology: Riha 5.14; Hull 60; Ettlinger 31

c. 50-100 AD
2 commentsJay GT4Feb 16, 2014
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Hadrian Alexandrian Drachm84 viewsAVT KAI TRAI A∆PIA CEB
laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind

Nilus seated left on rocks, reed in right, cornucopia in left, crocodile right climbing up rocks, IS / L (year 16) above left

Alexandria
25.03g, 34mm

Emmett 1014

Ex-Zurgieh

The Greek numeral sixteen (Iς) above Nilus refers to what was considered the ideal height of the annual Nile flood, sixteen cubits. Less could mean drought or famine. Even in modern times grand celebrations were held when the flood reached 16 cubits. In years when the flood failed to reach 16 cubits, the celebrations were canceled, and prayers and fasting were held instead. The peak flood occurred at the end of August, which explains why the Egyptian year began on 29 August.

Gifted
3 commentsJay GT4Feb 14, 2014
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Horse Fibula109 viewsZoomorphic plate Horse fibula

2nd Century AD

40mm X 22mm

9.05g

Pin intact

Ex-Ancient Treasures
3 commentsJay GT4Feb 12, 2014
Benito.jpg
Benito Mussolini 20 Lira Medal61 viewsMVSSOLINI MCMXXVIII
Helmeted head of Mussolini left

ITALIA MEGLIO VIVERE VN GIORNO DA LEONE CHE CENTO ANNI DA PECORA
Lion, Fasces L20R left field, MCMXVIII (Top of Rods) MCMXXVIII AVI (Bottom of Rods)

Fantasy piece
16.24g
Jay GT4Feb 11, 2014
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Gordian III Sestertius90 viewsIMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG
Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

IOVI STATORI / S C.
Jupiter standing facing, head right, holding sceptre and thunderbolt.

Rome 241-243 AD
17.26g

RIC 299a.

Ex-Zurgieh

Sold Forum Auction 2016
2 commentsJay GT4Feb 11, 2014
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Claudius Alexandrian Tetradrachm109 viewsTI KΛAΥΔI KAIΣ ΣEBA ΓEΡMANI AΥTOKΡ
laureate head of Claudius right, in field below chin, date L Γ (Regnal year 3)

MEΣΣAΛINA KAIΣ CEBAC
Messalina as Ceres standing facing, head left, two small figures in right, two stalks of grain in left. In left field a lituus.

Egypt, Alexandria 42/3 AD

12.10g

RPC 5132; Köln 76; Dattari 124; Kampmann & Ganschow 12.23

Ex-Londinium Coins
4 commentsJay GT4Jan 25, 2014
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Caracalla205 viewsANTONINVS PIVS AVG
Laureate head of Caracalla right

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

Rome 206 AD

3.34g

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

Sear 6813, RIC 157, BMCRE 257, CSS 793

Very rare! Only 2 examples in the Reka Devnia hoard

Better in hand

Notes by Curtis Clay:

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


SOLD October 2014
10 commentsJay GT4Jan 25, 2014
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Lucania, Thourioi Stater114 viewsHead of Athena right wearing Attic helmet decorated with Skylla holding trident

ΘΟΥΡΙΩΝ
Bull butting right, solid exurgal line below HR monogram above

c. 420-400 BC

6.74g

SNG ANS-1041-2 var


Ex Superior, 30 May 1995, lot 7072 (Lewis Egnew Collection), ex-HJB
4 commentsJay GT4Dec 30, 2013
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Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG IV71 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
galley right, mast with banners at prow

LEG IV
Legionary eagle between two standards

Patrae mint 32-31BC

3.34g

ex-Arcade coin

The coin that started it. This was my first Mark Antony coin!

In its first years, the whereabouts of IV Scythica are uncertain, although it is probable that it took part in Antony's campaign against the Parthians. The name suggests that it fought against the Scythians. After the battle of Actium and Antony's suicide, Octavian transferred IV Scythica to the Danube province of Moesia. The legion is reported to have taken part in civilian tasks, such as the building and keeping of roads. In his youth, future emperor Vespasian served in this legion.
2 commentsJay GT4Dec 15, 2013
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Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG II55 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
Galley right, mast with banners at prow

LEG II
legionary eagle between two standards


Patrae mint 32-31BC

3.14g

Great "bankers" mark on reverse, a very nice "C"


Origianlly founded by Pompey the Great in 84 BC. Legio II was given the title of "Augusta" in about 25 BC by Augustus. The II Augusta legion took part in Germanicus' campaigns in Germany and was commanded by Germanicus' friend Publius Vitellius who held the rank of legate. Publius Vitellius later prosecuted Piso for the murder of Germanicus.
Jay GT4Dec 15, 2013
ANTVARVS.jpg
Mark Antony denarius100 viewsBare head of a bearded Mark Antony right

C VIBVS VARVS
Fortuna standing left holding Victory and cornucopiae

Rome 42 BC

3.25g

Rough but much better in hand!

Sear 1466, RRC 494/32

ex-Londinium

Fortuna holding Victory shows the confidence the Triumvirs had in defeating the Ruplicans, namely Brutus and Cassius. Varus also struck this type for Octavian. It is interesting to note that on the evidence of stylistic similarity it is possible that the die-engraver responsible for the triumviral portraits was later transferred from the Capitoline mint to Antony's military mint outside the city.

The fact that Antony is again shown bearded is in reference to his mourning for Caesar's death. Only after Caesar was avenged would Antony be shown as a typical clean shaven Roman.
4 commentsJay GT4Dec 15, 2013
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72 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
Galley right, mast with banners at prow

LEG XV
legionary eagle between two standards

Patrae mint

32-31BC

Patrae mint

3.16g


32-31BC

The XV is there, much easier to see in hand.

Founded by Julius Caesar in 54 BC
Known also as the XV Apollinaris meaning "belonging to the god Apollo"
Jay GT4Dec 15, 2013
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Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG XVI53 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
Galley right mast with banners at prow

LEG XVI
legionary eagle between two standards


Patrae mint

32-31BC

3.26g

Ex- Tom Cederlind

The 16th was founded by Julius Caesar in 54 BC. It is believed to have been granted "Flavia" title by Domitian in 89 AD following the Saturninus revolt.
1 commentsJay GT4Dec 15, 2013
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Bruttium, the Bretti132 viewsLaureated and bearded head of Zeus right, at left thunderbolt, dotted border

BΡETTIΩN
warrior attacking right holding shield and spear; below bucranium. Dotted border.

211-208 BC


Scheu 42; HNItaly 1988; SNG Copenhagen 1658; SNG ANS 108.

8.05g

Round punch mark on obverse
3 commentsJay GT4Dec 11, 2013
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Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus 107 viewsCN MAG

Lead sling shot reportedly from the battle of Munda.

Found in Estepa, Spain
74.19g

49x28mm


The Battle of Munda took place on March 17, 45 BC in the plains of Munda, which is in modern southern Spain. This was the last great battle of Julius Caesar's civil war against the republican armies. After this victory, and the deaths of Titus Labienus and Gnaeus Pompeius (Pompey's oldest son), Caesar was free to return to Rome and govern as dictator. Tens of thousands of Romans died at Munda. About one month after defeat, Gnaeus was captured and executed. His brother Sextus survived to initiate another rebellion, on Sicily, where he was finally defeated by Marcus Agrippa and executed in Asia in 35 BC by Mark Antony, ten years after Munda.

Eitan Hirsch, a ballistics expert with the Israeli Defense Forces calculated that an expert slinger could hit a target from 35 meters away. According to his calculations a projectile could be hurled at a velocity of 34 meters per second. Equivalent to a modern day handgun.
4 commentsJay GT4Dec 04, 2013
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LEGIO COHORTIS SPECULATORVM96 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
Galley right mast with banners at prow
Rev.
CHORTIS SPECVLATORVM
Three standards each decorated with two wreaths and model of prow

Patrae mint 32-31BC

SEAR 1484

ex-Arcade coins

Apparantly this was a mounted cohort of scouts or were placed on an elevated part of Mark Antony's ships. This is in harmony with the Numiswiki entry:

"Speculator, derived from specula, a prospect that is to say a view from the summit of a place, whence anything may be seen advantageously at a distance. - Thus a cohort of this description (Speculatorum Cohors) was established by M. Anthony, that they, from an elevated part of his ships, might explore and act as sentries or watchmen. There were other acceptations of the word, such as spies and even executioners."
2 commentsJay GT4Nov 02, 2013
Velia.jpg
Lucania, Velia AR Didrachm132 viewsHelmeted head of Athena left, wearing Phrygian helmet decorated with centauress, KE monogram behind

Lion left, tearing prey, A above, KE monogram below, ΥΕΛΗΤΩΝ in ex.

Circa 334-300 BC

7.22g

Williams 327 (O.174/R.243)
BMC 74; HN Italy 1294.

Ex-Calgary coin

The KE obverse monogram is the signature of Kleudoros, the artist or mint master of Velia.
5 commentsJay GT4Oct 26, 2013
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Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG VIII83 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
galley r. mast with banners at prow

LEG VIII
legionary eagle between two standards


Patrae mint 32-31BC

3.63g

This legion is not LEG VIII Augusta which was disbanded by Caesar and re-enlisted by Octavian.

Ex-Forum
5 commentsJay GT4Oct 22, 2013
Sabin.jpg
L. Titurius L.f. Sabinus147 viewsSABIN
Bare head of King Tatius right, bearded. Palm branch before

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

Rome, 89 BC

3.84g

Sear 251, RRC 344/2a

Ex-ANE from an old collection

Jet black toning.

One of the great legends of Rome commemorated on a coin. It tells the story of Rome being besieged by the Sabine king Titus Tatius after the "Rape" of the Sabine women. Tarpeia, daughter of the Roman commander Spurius Tarpeius, went out to the Sabine camp and offered them entry to the city in exchange for "what they bore on their left arms". She had meant their gold bracelets worn on their arms. Once inside the citadel the Sabines threw their shields—carried on the left arm—upon her, crushing her to death. Her body was then thrown from a steep cliff of the southern summit of the Capitoline Hill. The cliff was named the Tarpeian Rock after Tarpeia and would become the place of execution for Rome's most notorious traitors. King Tatius and Romulus soon were reconciled through the efforts of the abducted Sabine women who had come to love their Roman abductors. They jointly ruled over Rome for the next 5 years until Tatius death.
9 commentsJay GT4Oct 10, 2013
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RIC 1237 Vespasian147 viewsIMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS VIII PP
Laureate head of Vespasian right

SC
Eagle standing facing on globe, head right, wings spread

Lugdunum mint

77-78 AD

8.77g


RIC 1237 (C3); Sear 2362

From the collection of Gordon Wyatt Goldfinch (1895-1918) of Elfindale Road, London.
With hand written old ticket citing #209 collection number.
Ex-Artancient Ltd.

Private Goldfinch was a passionate collector of Imperial Roman coinage. His personal catalog of coins dates to August 1910 when he was just 15 years of age. Goldfinch volunteered for service in 1914 with the 2nd London Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. He died in service on March 28th, 1918 at the age of 23.
7 commentsJay GT4Oct 01, 2013
Vespmod.jpg
RIC 0980 Vespasian denarius113 viewsCAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Laureate bust of Vespasian right

IMP XIX
Modius filled with seven grain ears in fields to left and right

Rome 78 AD
3.00g

RIC II 980 (C); Sear 2293, RSC 215

Ex-Frascatius
6 commentsJay GT4Sep 16, 2013
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Sabina133 viewsSABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG PP
Diad. and draped bust left, hair in plait down neck.

CONCORDIA AVG
Concordia enthroned left, holding patera and leaning on statue of Spes; under throne, cornucopia.

Rome 129 AD
3.38g

Appears to be a limes denarius

RIC 398, Sear 3920, BMCRE 902

Sold Forum Auction April 2016

3 commentsJay GT4Sep 06, 2013
VespTitus.jpg
RPC 1650 Vespasian & Titus Didrachm137 viewsAVTOKPA KAICAP OVECPACIANOC CEBACTOC
laureate head of Vespasian right

AVTO KAI OVECPACIANOC CEBACTOV VIOC
laureate head of Titus right.

Caesarea, Cappadocia.
78 AD

7.2g

RPC 1650, Metcalf 4.

Ex-Calgary Coins
7 commentsJay GT4Aug 08, 2013
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Mark Antony Scarpus denarius101 viewsM ANTO COS III IMP III
Head of Jupiter Ammon right

ANTONIO AVG SCARPVS IMP
Victory walking right holding wreath and palm

Cyrene summer of 31 BC
2.86g
Sear 1486

In the will of Caesar, Scarpus received one eighth of certain legacies after the legacies given to Octavian. He along with his cousins from the will became heirs to his great uncle.

Scarpus became an ally to Mark Antony and commanded for him against the war on Marcus Brutus and Cassius Longinus. In the years leading up to Actium 31 BC, Antony appointed Scarpus to the military command of Cyrenaica. Scarpus had with him four legions to command. During his time in Cyrenaica Scarpus had control of the currency mint in Cyrene, as he became a moneyer. Scarpus had issued various coins bearing Antony’s name and Scarpus’ name was inscripted as an issuer of these coins.

After Antony & Cleopatra were defeated by Octavian at Actium, Scarpus withdrew his support from Antony and gave his support (including his legions) to Octavian. Antony after the defeat sailed back to North Africa and sent messengers to Scarpus for help.
Scarpus refused to see Antony’s messengers and put them to death. He gave his legions to Gaius Cornelius Gallus, Octavian’s lieutenant to command.

Augustus then appointed his cousin as Governor of Cyrenaica. Scarpus as he did for Antony, became a moneyer and issued various coins bearing Augustus’ name. On these coins, Scarpus had his name inscripted as an issuer of the coins.
2 commentsJay GT4Aug 08, 2013
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Tiberius Tribute Penny166 viewsTI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS
Laureate head of Tiberius right

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

Lugdunum after 16 AD

3.64g

Sear 1763, RIC 26

Ex-Calgary coin
3 commentsJay GT4Aug 08, 2013
VespOxenleft.jpg
RIC 0944 Vespasian denarius101 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Laur. head facing left

COS VIII
Pair of oxen under yoke

Rome 77-78 AD

3.1g

RIC 944 (C)

Scarce with Vespasian facing left!
7 specimens in Reka Devinia hoard although RIC rates it as common.

Ex-Pegasi Numismatics
4 commentsJay GT4Aug 08, 2013
VespOxenright.jpg
RIC 0943 Vespasian denarius70 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Laur. head facing right

rev. COS VIII
Pair of oxen under yoke

Rome 77-78 AD

3.08g

RIC 943 (C), Sear 2289, BM 206

Scarce: only 28 specimens in Reka Devinia hoard

Ex Harlan J. Berk
Jay GT4Aug 08, 2013
VespPonMax.jpg
RIC 0546 Vespasian denarius113 viewsIMP CAES VESP AVG CENS
Laureate head of Vespasian right

PONTIF MAXIM
Vespasian seated right holding scepter and branch

Rome 73 AD

RIC 546 (C3), Sear 2308

3.36g
7 commentsJay GT4Aug 08, 2013
VespSPQR.jpg
RIC 0523 Vespasian denarius 150 viewsIMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII CEN
Laureate head of Vespasian right.

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

Rome, 73 AD

2.95g

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

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

Holed for suspension in antiquity.
Reportedly found in Spain.

Ex-Tater's
9 commentsJay GT4Aug 06, 2013
VespVesta.jpg
RIC 0360 Vespasian denarius87 viewsIMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII
laureate head right

VESTA
Vesta standing left holding simpulum and sceptre

Rome 72 AD

Sear 2316, RIC 360 (C2), RSC 574

3.42g

Ex-Taters
1 commentsJay GT4Aug 06, 2013
Vespsac.jpg
RIC 0042 Vespasian Denarius 159 viewsIMP CAES VESP AVG PM
laureate head of Vespasian right

AVGVR PON MAX
simpulum, sprinkler, jug and lituus (emblems of the augurate and pontificate)


Rome 70-71 AD

Sear 2281; RIC II, part 1, 42 (R)

3.55g

Rare! Only one specimen in the Reka Devnia hoard, compared to 36 with TRI POT.
5 commentsJay GT4Aug 06, 2013
IVNI.jpg
149 BC* C. Junius C.f.50 viewsHelmeted head of Roma right X behind

Rev. Dioscuri galloping right
C IVNI C F below ROMA in ex or in linear frame

Rome 149 BC

Sear 87

Sold to Calgary Coin Feb 2017
Jay GT4Aug 06, 2013
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46-45 BC Gauis Julius Caesar90 viewsDiademed head of Venus right, small cupid at shoulder behind


CAESAR
trophy of Gallic arms between two seated male and female captives

Spain 46-45 BC

3.71g
Sear 1404

ex-Calgary coins

Minted for the Spanish campaign against the Pompey brothers, the obverse of this series is occupied by the head of Venus, ancestress of the Julia gens along with a small Cupid identifying her as Venus Genetrix. Caesar had recently dedicated a temple in the forum to her. The reverse revives the theme of victory in Gaul probably to remind his veteran legions of the glory and success in years past. These veterans who were overdue for discharge were now being called on to face the Pompeian threat for the third time in two and a half years.


SOLD Forum Auction May 2016
2 commentsJay GT4Aug 04, 2013
Elagabalus.jpg
Elagabalus97 viewsIMP ANTONINVS AVG
Radiate head right

PM TR P II COS II PP
Fortuna enthroned left holding rudder on globe and cornucopiae, wheel below seat

Rome 219 AD

Sear 7495

ex-Canadian Coin

SOLD! Forum Auction January 2017
4 commentsJay GT4Aug 04, 2013
Fabi~0.jpg
124 BC* Q Fabius Labeo60 viewsHelmeted head of Roma right, X below chin LABEO before ROMA behind


Jupiter in Quadriga right brandishing thunderbolt, rostrum below Q FABI in ex

Rome 124 BC

3.92g

Sear 148
1 commentsJay GT4Aug 03, 2013
VespVictoria.jpg
RIC 0362 Vespasian Victoria denarius 72 AD96 viewsIMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII
laureate head of Vespasian right

VICTORIA AVGVSTI
Victory advancing right, placing wreath on standard and holding palm

Rome 72 AD

RIC II 362 (C2), Sear 2317,

3.48g

ex-Ancient Auction House

wildwinds example!
2 commentsJay GT4Aug 03, 2013
DomitianMinerva.jpg
RIC 0790 Domitian Denarius 109 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR PXV
laur. head right

IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P PP

Minerva standing left holding spear left hand on side

95 AD

RIC 790 (C2)

3.92g

VF+

ex-Arcade Coins
5 commentsJay GT4Aug 03, 2013
titusannona.jpg
RIC 0972 Titus Denarius144 viewsT CAESAR VESPASIANVS
Laureate head right

ANNONA AVG
Annona seated left, holding sack of corn ears

Rome 77-78 AD

3.57g

RIC II 972 (Vespasian), (C)

Ex-Jencek Historical Enterprise
7 commentsJay GT4Jul 22, 2013
VespPaci.jpg
RIC 1406 Vespasian Ephesus denarius272 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVG
Laureate head of Vespasian right

PACI AVGVSTAE
Victory advancing left holding wreath and palm, tilted Φ before her right foot.

Ephesus mint

69/70 AD

3.05g

RIC 1406 (R ). BMCRE 435. RPC 812 (8 specimens cited).

Released from an NGC slab. Graded as a fouree but shows no signs of plating. This is an official coin!

Ex-Ancient Galleon
8 commentsJay GT4Jul 12, 2013
Divisfouree.jpg
Vespasian by Titus fouree176 viewsDIVVS AGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
Laureat head of Vespasian right

EX SC
Empty quadriga advancing left, ornamented with a miniature quadriga flanked by Victories at the top and two standing figures on the side

Rome 80/1 AD

3.17g


RIC II 60 (Titus); BMCRE 119 (Titus); RSC 146


Ancient counterfeit (fouree)

Sold Forum Auctions March 2017
4 commentsJay GT4Jul 12, 2013
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RIC 0089 Titus Denarius118 viewsIMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M
laureate head right

BONVS EVENTVS AVGVSTI
Bonus Eventus standing left, nude, patera in right, grain and poppy downward in left

Rome mint, 79 - 80 A.D.

3.034g

die axis 180o

RIC II 89 (C), RSC II 25, BMCRE II 106

Although rated as common, it's rarely found in trade.

Ex-Forum!
4 commentsJay GT4Jul 01, 2013
JubaII.jpg
Juba II & Cleopatra Selene89 viewsREX IVBA
Diademed and draped bust right, club over shoulder

BACIΛICCA KΛEOΠATPA
Headdress of Isis, with stalks of grain, crescent above

Caesarea mint, 25 B.C. - 24 A.D

12.62g

Bronze AE 27, Alexandropoulos 209, Mazard 351 (RRR), SNG Cop 605, De Luynes 4013

Very Rare! Excellent for the type!

From a very old collection


Juba II was the only son and heir of his father King Juba I. King Juba I was the King of Numidia and ally to Pompey the Great. He fought against Julius Caesar at the battle of Thapsus and lost commiting suicide soon after. His son Juba II was taken away to Rome to be paraded in Caesar's Triumph's. He was then raised in Caesar's houshold and educated in both Latin and Greek excelling in his studies. He was praised as one of Rome's most educated citizens and at age 20 even published a work entitled Roman Archaeology. He became life long friends with Julius Caesar's heir Octavian. He accompanied Octavian on several campaigns during the turbulent times after Caesar's death even fighting at the battle of Actium against his future wifes parents...Antony and Cleopatra VII.

Augustus restored Juba II as the king of Numidia between 29 BC-27 BC and Numidia become one of the most loyal client kings that served Rome. Between 26 BC-20 BC, Augustus arranged for him to marry Cleopatra Selene II (Daughter of Antony and Cleopatra) giving her a large dowry and appointing her queen. She also had been paraded in a Triumph in Rome after the battle of Actium. It was probably due to his services with Augustus in a campaign in Spain that led Augustus to make him King of Mauretania.

Cleopatra is said to have exerted considerable influence on Juba II's policies. Juba II encouraged and supported the performing arts, research of the sciences and research of natural history. Juba II also supported Mauretanian trade. Mauretania traded all over the Mediterranean and exported fish grapes, pearls, figs, grain, wooden furniture and purple dye harvested from certain shellfish, which was used in the manufacture of purple stripes for senatorial robes. Juba II sent a contingent to Iles Purpuraires to re-establish the ancient Phoenician dye manufacturing process.

Cleopatra Selene seems to have inherited the same qualities of both Antony and Cleopatra VII. She was strong willed and maintained her Egyptian/Greek heritage. She seems intent on continuing the Ptolomaic line of strong women rulers using the same titles as her mother. She died sometime before Juba II. The Greek Historian Plutarch describes Juba II as 'one of the most gifted rulers of his time'. Between 2 BC-2, he travelled with Gaius Caesar as a member of his advisory staff to the troubled Eastern Mediterranean. In 21, Juba II made his son Ptolemy co-ruler. Juba II died in 23 AD. He had two children by Cleopatra Selene, Ptolomy of Mauretania (1 BC- 40 AD) and Drusilla of Mauretania (born in 5 AD). He was burried in the Mausolium he constructed for himself and his wife which is still visible today.

Sold to Calgary Coin Feb 2017
1 commentsJay GT4Jun 29, 2013
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RIC 0921 Domitian Denarius111 viewsCAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS
Laureate head right.

COS IIII
Pegasus advancing right

3.14g

Rome 76-77 AD

RIC 921 (Vespasian) (C2); BMC 193 (Vespasian); S 2637

From a very old collection
3 commentsJay GT4Jun 29, 2013
Vespden.jpg
RIC 0772 Vespasian denarius 92 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
laur. head right

PON MAX TR P COS VI
Pax seated left holding olive branch, left hand at side

Rome 75 AD

Sear 2301
RIC 772 (C3)

3.2g

Ex-Taters
2 commentsJay GT4Jun 29, 2013
Titusden.jpg
RIC 0706 Titus denarius79 viewsT CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN
Laureate head of Titus right

PONTIF TR P COS III
Winged Caduceus

Rome 74 AD

2.94g

RIC 706 (R);Sear 2445
3 commentsJay GT4Jun 28, 2013
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RIC 1421 Vespasian Ephesus denarius116 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR P P P
Laureate head of Vespasian right

PACI AVGVSTAE
Victory advancing left with wreath and palm; horizontal Φ

2.98g

Ephesus mint

70 AD

Rare.

RIC 1421 (R), BMCRE 446, RSC 278

Ex-Roy's Coins

The BY mint mark is faintly visible in the lower left reverse.

New Photo
7 commentsJay GT4Jun 28, 2013
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Mark Antony Legionary denarius LEG X IMPVESP138 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
Galley r. mast with banners at prow
IMPVESP counter mark above galley

LEG X?
Legionary eagle between two standards IMPVESP countermark


Patrae mint 32-31BC

3.01g

Ex-Incitatus

Obverse countermarked IMPVESP during Vespasian's reign showing this denarius was in circulation for well over 100 years! In hand I can make out X for the legion number but can't be sure if any other numerals appear after it. This countermark appears mostly on late Republican and Imperatorial denarii, although denarii of Augustus and denarii of the Flavians struck at Ephesus are also recorded. The MP VES countermarks circulated specifically within the province of Asia Minor. Martini noted that the output of silver coinage in relation to the civic bronze for this region was much smaller during the Julio-Claudian period. This suggests the denarii were countermarked to validate locally circulating silver coinage at an acceptable weight while the regional mints opened by Vespasian were gearing up production, a theory which the countermarking of cistophori with the contemporary MP VES AVG countermarks seems to support. The similarly countermarked Flavian denarii struck at Ephesus can be accounted for then as examples accidentally countermarked by unobservant mint workers during the transition.



LEG X (later called Gemina) was levied in 59 BC or earlier by Julius Caesar. It was the first legion levied by him personally and was raised in Spain. It played a major role in the Gallic war featuring prominently in Caesar's "Gallic Wars." Legio X was his most trusted and loyal Legion. In 45 BC the Legion was disbanded and given land grants in Southern Gaul.

During the civil war that followed Caesar's assassination, Legio X was reconstituted by Lepidus in the winter of 44/43 BC making use of many retired legionaries who re-enlisted. It was eventually turned over to Antony and fought for him until the final Battle of Philippi. The veterans obtained lands near Cremona, and an inscription reports that the name of the legion at the time was Veneria, "devoted to Venus." This alluded to Julius Caesar's claimed descent from Venus.

The newly levied Tenth was then taken by Antony to Armenia for his Parthian campaign. During Antony's civil war, the legion fought for him until his defeat at the Battle of Actium, after which the legion changed sides and moved into Octavian's army. They were then taken to Egypt to finish off Antony and Cleopatra. Octavian never fully trusted the 10th Legion as it had been fiercely loyal to both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. After Antony's death Octavian left the legion in the East in Syria. In 29 BC the legion was due to be discharged. When the legionaries pressed for their release and land grants Octavian was slow in complying. Suetonius says that the entire legion rioted and Octavian dishonorably discharged the entire legion.

Octavian now recruited new legionaries to fill the 10th Legion in its traditional recruiting grounds of Spain. Some of the senior Centurions may have re-enlisted for a third term to serve with the 10th. These men would have been in their late 40's or early 50's. The new legionaries marched over land to Syria to take up their posting. The new 10th Legion's home base was on the Euphrates to keep an eye on the Parthians.

The next discharge date would be 14-13 BC. This time the 10th Legion was settled in Beirut and the city was given Colony status. Ten years later the 10th Legion under Publius Quintilius Varus was marched down to Jerusalem to garrison the city after Herod the Great died. The 10th Legion would remain in Jerusalem until 6 AD.
5 commentsJay GT4Jun 28, 2013
Probus.jpg
Probus Billon Antoninianus133 viewsIMP C M AVR PROBVS P AVG
Radiate, mantled bust left holding eagle tipped scepter

SOL INVICTO
Sol in spread Quadriga holding whip KAΓ in ex

Serdica 277 AD
RIC 864 Bust type H
3.84g
Scarce


New picture after cleaning revealed nice silvering under the grime.

This coin now published on Probuscoins.fr
6 commentsJay GT4Jun 25, 2013
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RIC 0119 Titus Denarius80 viewsIMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM
laureate head right

TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P
thunderbolt on draped table or chair

Rome 80 AD

2.24g

RIC II 119 (C2) , Sear 2513

Ex-Arcade coins (Junk box)

My first Flavian coin bought about 16 years ago! New photo!
1 commentsJay GT4Jun 24, 2013
Nero~1.jpg
Nero Victoria AE As86 views46 views
IMP NERO CAESAR AVG P MAX TR PPP
Bare head right

S-C
on either side of Victory flying left with shield inscribed SPQR.

Lugdunum, 66 AD

9.78g

RIC 543, Cohen 302.

Ex-Taters

Smoothing in fields and some tooling
New photo!

SOLD
2 commentsJay GT4Jun 24, 2013
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Taras Didrachm 272-235 BC149 viewsYouth on horse standing left with monogram N below, holding wreath above its head.

Taras holding Nike & trident, on dolphin left, TAPAΣ to right API-ΣTO below.

Calabria, Taras
250 BC

21 mm, 6.7gm

Ref: SNG-Cop-923, Vlasto 873v

Ex-Imperator Coins

New photo!
3 commentsJay GT4Jun 24, 2013
Philip~0.jpg
Roman Empire, Philip I Sestertius463 viewsIMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG
Laureate bust right

VICTORIA AVG SC
Victory advancing right holding wreath and palm

17.1g

Rome
244-5 AD

RIC 192a
Sear 9021

Ex-Tater's

SOLD Forum Auction April 2019
4 commentsJay GT4Jun 22, 2013
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ROMAN LEAD SEAL133 viewsConfronted head

Female? on left bearded man on right

massive 10.88g

15mm X 18mm
Jay GT4Jun 19, 2013
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Roman Lead Imperial Seal: Constantius II149 viewsHead of Constantius II

legend begining DN on left Chi-Ro on right

4.37g

12mm X 15mm

4th century AD
Jay GT4Jun 19, 2013
PiusItalia.jpg
Antoninus Pius Italia118 viewsANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III
Laureate head right

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

3.12g
Rome 140-143
RIC 73c. BMC 214

Ex-Pella Coins and Antiquities
4 commentsJay GT4Jun 19, 2013
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Bronze snake52 viewsBronze fragment of a snake.
Perhaps from Medusa's head? Underside unfinished, fine line detail in skin.

Roman

6.92g
10mm X 20mm
Jay GT4Jun 19, 2013
Constseal.jpg
Constantius II lead seal40 viewsHead of Constantius II

legend begining DN on left Chi-Ro on right

4.37g

12mm X 15mm

4th century AD

Sold to Calgary Coins 2015
Jay GT4Jun 19, 2013
confrontedseal.jpg
Roman Lead Seal56 viewsConfronted head

Female (Julia Domna)? on left bearded man (Septimius Severus)? on right

massive 10.88g

15mm X 18mm

Sold to Calgary Coins 2015
Jay GT4Jun 19, 2013
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ROMAN LEAD IMPERIAL SEAL OF SEVERUS ALEXANDER (?)117 viewsLaureate head right

22.5x18.5x13mm; 14.22g;

conical shape; fine

Note: Although this seal seems to depict a bare-headed bust, other examples of this seal type have a clearly visible laurel wreath.

222-235 AD

From the Gert Boersema sold files
Jay GT4Jun 14, 2013
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ROMAN LEAD IMPERIAL SEAL LATE 4TH-5TH CENTURY AD156 viewsConfronted bust, wearing diademed helmet, flanked by female bust (?) on l. and another bust on r.

18x16x5.5mm; 4.14g;

From the Gert Boersema sold files
Jay GT4Jun 14, 2013
seal012.jpg
ROMAN LEAD IMPERIAL SEAL – FIRST TETRARCHY, C. AD 294135 viewsThe four tetrarchs sacrificing above tripod

15x17mm; 4.68g;

conical shape; fine

Note: This scene of the four tetrarchs sacrificing is well known from argentei of the First Tetrarchy, albeit there is a turreted enclosure in the background. This seal must be dated at approximately the same time these coins were minted.

From the Gert Boersema sold files
1 commentsJay GT4Jun 14, 2013
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ROMAN IMPERIAL (?) LEAD SEAL C. 3RD CENTURY AD134 viewsTwo confronted laureate (?) heads

18mm diameter, 13mm thickness;

round, slightly conical shape

From the Gert Boersema sold files
Jay GT4Jun 14, 2013
seal010.jpg
ROMAN LEAD IMPERIAL SEAL151 viewsLucilla, wife of Lucius Verus AD 161-169, Roman lead imperial seal (bulla)

Draped bust right

Reverse blank

Cf. M�nzzentrum Rheinland 151 (2009) 861; CNG 217 (2009), 375 (�Faustina II?�); 13.67g; 19mm; near very fine

From the Gert Boersema sold files
Jay GT4Jun 14, 2013
HadrianEgypt.jpg
Hadrian denarius70 viewsHADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
laureate head right

AFRICA
Africa reclining left, wearing elephant scalp headdress, scorpion in right, cornucopia in left, basket of grain before her at feet

Rome mint, 134 - 138 A.D

3.06g

RSC II 138, RIC II 299, BMCRE III 816, Sear 3459

Part of Hadrian's "travel series"

Sold to Forum 2015
1 commentsJay GT4Jun 13, 2013
Pius.jpg
Antoninus Pius denarius132 viewsANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVII
Laureate bust right of

COS IIII
Vesta sacrifices left over altar, holding palladium

Rome 153/4 AD

3.13g

RIC 238; Cohen 201

Amazing dark "as found" patina


SOLD! Forum Auctions January 2017
4 commentsJay GT4Jun 10, 2013
seal009.jpg
ROMAN IMPERIAL LEAD SEAL-FIRST TETRARCHY165 viewsFirst Tetrarchy, Diocletian and Maximian augusti and Galerius and Constantius caesares Roman imperial lead seal (bulla)

The two augusti face to face, the two caesares face to face below, all draped and wearing radiate crowns

16x20x6mm

6.10g; Leukel N17-N23; Conical shape, extremely fine

AD 293-305.

From the Gert Boersema files
2 commentsJay GT4Jun 10, 2013
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DIOCLETIAN (?). ROMAN LEAD SEAL146 viewsBareheaded, bearded bust (Diocletian) right, confronted by bearded and diademed bust(Jupiter?) left

14x13x5mm

2.35g; conical shape; very fine

Note: The attribution to Diocletian is uncertain. The portrait is not laureate and could be a dignitary or private citizen.

From the Gert Boersema files
Jay GT4Jun 10, 2013
Seal007.jpg
ARISTANETOS. ROMAN LEAD SEAL272 viewsAPICT - ANETOV
Draped bust of a slightly balding middle-aged man with sideburns

Cf. Gert Boersema stock no. 5705 (2010)=Münzzentrum 157 (2011), 552 for the same seal type with a clear legend;

18x16x10mm

10.74g; very fine

Note: The style of this portrait of a slightly balding middle-aged man with sideburns suggests a date in the early 4th century. It is the personal seal of a man called Aristanetos, as the Greek genitive legend indicates. In late Roman and early Byzantine times there are numerous personal seals that feature the portrait of the owner. Many of them are not known from other sources. These named portraits of individuals who were powerful and important in their day but are now long forgotten except for a few pieces of lead have a special kind of fascination.

From the Gert Boersema files
2 commentsJay GT4Jun 10, 2013
Seal006.jpg
ARISTANETOS. ROMAN LEAD SEAL229 viewsAPICT - ANETOV
Draped bust of a slightly balding middle-aged man with sideburns

19x18x9mm

10.01g

extremely fine

Early 4th Century

From the Gert Boersema files
Jay GT4Jun 10, 2013
Seal005.jpg
ROMAN LEAD SEAL139 viewsFacing bust, flanked by two profile busts, all draped and wearing cuirass; Above, DDD[NNN] ('Dominorum Nostrorum')

16x15x5mm

2.58g

very fine, rough spot

Note: On a number of occasions three emperors ruled the Roman empire. This seal might well belong to the joint reign of Arcadius, Honorius and Theodosius II.

Early 5th century.

From the Gert Boersema files
Jay GT4Jun 10, 2013
Seal004.jpg
ROMAN LEAD SEAL144 viewsDraped bust of Ganymedes right, wearing Phrygian hat, lagobalon to left

15x13x6mm
3.44g

2nd Century AD

Conical shape, nice very fine

From the Gert Boersema files
Jay GT4Jun 10, 2013
Seal003.jpg
ROMAN LEAD SEAL144 viewsHead of bearded Hercules to right, in three quarter profile

17x13x7mm

3.56g

concical shape; very fine

From the Gert Boersema files
Jay GT4Jun 10, 2013
Seal002.jpg
ROMAN IMPERIAL LEAD SEAL (BULLA)168 viewsBusts of two emperors, one profile, the other facing, both draped and cuirassed and wearing diadem (possibly a third bust to right, off flan)

Roma seated left on shield, holding spear and Victory on globe

16mm

2.11g

5th Century AD

From the Gert Boersema files
Jay GT4Jun 10, 2013
Seal001.jpg
Roman Lead Imperial Seal192 viewsRoman lead imperial seal
Two confronted laureate heads (Diocletian and Maximian?)

15mmx13x6mm

2.71g

c. 3rd-4th century AD

From the Gert Boersema file
1 commentsJay GT4Jun 10, 2013
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Roman lead seal Hadrian?132 views
Head of Hadrian? right letters before and behind bust

2.67g

Certainly looks like Hadrian but could possibly be later 3-4th Century AD.
1 commentsJay GT4Jun 08, 2013
Hadrian_seal2.jpg
Hadrian? Lead Seal64 viewsHead of Hadrian? right

Lead Seal

Three letters behind and infront of bust
2.67g

Sold to Calgary Coins 2015
1 commentsJay GT4Jun 04, 2013
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Antony quinarius84 viewsIII VIR R P C
Diademed and veiled head of Concordia right

M ANTON C CAESAR
Two hands clasped round caduceus

Mint moving with Octavian in Gaul
39 BC

1.57g

Crawford 529/4b. Sydenham 1195. Sear, Imperators 304

From a very old collection
Museum number 175 on obverse.
Could use some more cleaning but I don't want to loose the number.
2 commentsJay GT4May 31, 2013
Galbasest.jpg
Galba Sestertius97 viewsSER GALBA IMP CAESAR AVG TR P
Laureate head left

CONCORD AVG SC
Concordia, seated left on low-backed chair, holding an olive branch

Rome October 68 AD

24.07g

BMC 55, RIC 381, Cohen 28, Sear 2115
2 commentsJay GT4May 31, 2013
Trajancol.jpg
Trajan's Column Æ As133 viewsIMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V PP
Laureate head right

SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC
Trajan's column with two eagles at base

12.09g

RIC II 600; Cohen 562; B.M.C. 100

Ex-Canadian Coin

SOLD to Calgary Coin June 2017
4 commentsJay GT4May 31, 2013
Festus.jpg
71 viewsÆ Prutah

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

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

Caesarea mint
59-62 CE

2.87g

Reference: Hendin 653, SGIC 5627.

ex-Arcade Coins
1 commentsJay GT4May 25, 2013
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Antony fouree71 viewsbare head of Antony right

Plowman with yoke of two oxen to left

2.30g

Reverse may be immitating the denarius of C. Marius C.f. Capito. 81 BC

Ex-Sosius
3 commentsJay GT4May 15, 2013
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Gordian III and Tranquillina 80 viewsGORDIAN III & TRANQUILLINA AE28 pentassarion

AVT K M ANT ΓΟΡ∆ΙΑΝΟC AVΓ CE ΤΡΑΝΚΥΛΛΙΝΑ
confronted draped busts of Gordian III and Tranquillina

Ο∆ΗCCΕΙΤΩΝ
Nemesis standing left holding rod and bridle, wheel at foot left.

Odessos, Thrace.

May 241 - 25 Feb 244 A.D

Varbanov 4583 (same dies). AMNG 2394 (7 spec.).

12.45g

Ex-Spink catalog 1998/9

Sold Forum Auctions 2016
4 commentsJay GT4May 09, 2013
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Gordian III and Tranquillina 79 viewsGordian III & Tranquillina AE28

AVT K M ANT GORDIANOC CEB, TPANKVLA
Confronted draped busts of Gordian III and Tranquillina

ODHCC EITWN
Athena standing left, holding spear & shield, E in left field

Odessos, Thrace.
14.27g

Moushmov 1684

SOLD!
1 commentsJay GT4May 09, 2013
MarcusAurelius~0.jpg
Marcus Aurelius Limes denarius124 viewsM ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVI
Laureate bust right

IMP VI COS III
Victory seated left holding patera and palm

2.53g

Rome 171-2 AD
RIC 258

Limes denarius
As found dark toning.

Sold Forum Auctions December 2017
1 commentsJay GT4Apr 16, 2013
AJ1.jpg
Widow's Mite Lepton/ Prutah60 viewsAlexander Jannaeus
AE Lepta/Prutah
obverse Star of eight pellets within diadem, המלך יהונתן(King Alexander)

reverse ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ around anchor.

1.83g

ex-Holyland coins
Jay GT4Apr 11, 2013
AJ2.jpg
Widow's Mite Lepton/ Prutah58 viewsAlexander Jannaeus
AE Lepta/Prutah
obverse Star of eight pellets within diadem, המלך יהונתן(King Alexander)

reverse ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ around anchor.

1.57g

ex-Holyland coins
Jay GT4Apr 11, 2013
AJ3.jpg
Widow's Mite Lepton/ Prutah73 viewsAlexander Jannaeus
AE Lepta/Prutah
obverse Star of eight pellets within diadem, המלך יהונתן(King Alexander)

reverse ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ around anchor.

1.62g

ex-Holyland coins
Jay GT4Apr 11, 2013
AJ4.jpg
Widow's Mite Lepton/ Prutah49 viewsAlexander Jannaeus
AE Lepta/Prutah
obverse Star of eight pellets within diadem, המלך יהונתן(King Alexander)

reverse ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ around anchor.

0.94g

ex-Holyland coins
2 commentsJay GT4Apr 11, 2013
PhilippusRR.jpg
113/112 BC L. Marcius Philippus137 viewsL Marcius Philippus
ROMA monogram
Head of King Philip V of Macedon right, wearing helmet decorated with goat's horns, Φ below chin

L PHILIPPVS
Equestrian statue right on tablet with inscription. Horseman carrying laurel-branch flower at horses feet. (XVI monogram) below tablet.

Rome 113/112 BC

3.96g

Crawford 293/1. Sydenham 551. Marcia 12.

Ex Calgary-Coin

This is the first Roman coin to depict an historical person instead of a personification or deity. The money’s ancestor L. Marcius Q.f. Philippus negotiated a treaty between Rome and Philip V of Macedon.
5 commentsJay GT4Feb 23, 2013
DSC00166.JPG
Fibula47 viewsRoman bronze knee shape fibula

2nd Century AD
Jay GT4Feb 15, 2013
DSC00167.JPG
Fibula47 viewsRoman Short arm T shape crossbow fibulaJay GT4Feb 15, 2013
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Bronze Roman buckle?67 viewsRoman bronze buckle or cavalry mountJay GT4Feb 15, 2013
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Roman buckle?49 viewsBronze Roman buckle? with leather belt and copper stitchingJay GT4Feb 15, 2013
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Antony & The 12 Caesars256 viewsA variation on my other virtual coin trays. This one includes a lifetime portrait of Julius Caesar. It's difficult choosing which coin to include in this set, in some cases I only had one (Galba, Otho) but others I had many more to choose from. I do have better portraits of some but I thought these had more interesting reverse types or portrait styles:

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

Image is clickable for larger size.
To see the coins individually see them in my gallery.
9 commentsJay GT4Feb 09, 2013
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Trajan Hercules denarius69 viewsIMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM
Laureate bust of Trajan right

PM TR P COS IIII PP
Statue of Hercules facing with lions skin on head and arm, club in hand

Rome 101-102 AD

3.27g

Ric II 49

Scarce
ex-Calgary Coin

SOLD AT FORUM AUCTIONS
1 commentsJay GT4Jan 28, 2013
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Marcus Aurelius83 viewsIMP M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG
bare head right

PROV DEOR TR P CVI COS III
Providentia standing left holding globe and cornucopiae

Rome 161 AD

3.06g

Ric 50
RSC 519

ex-Calgary coin

Sold Forum Auction December 2017
Jay GT4Jan 28, 2013
Hadrianden.jpg
91 viewsHADRIANVS AVG COS III PP
Laureate head of Hadrian right

FORTVNA AVG
Fortuna stg left holding rudder set on globe and cornucopiae

Rome 134 AD

3.07g

Sear 3494
RIC 244

Sold Forum Auction April 2016
1 commentsJay GT4Jan 28, 2013
HadrianMoneta.jpg
Hadrian denarius85 viewsHADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
bare headed bust of Hadrian right with with light drapery on far shoulder

MONETA AVG
Moneta standing left holding scales and cornucopiae

Rome 137 AD

Sear 3507, RIC 256

3.16g

ex-Incitatus
3 commentsJay GT4Jan 28, 2013
GordianAnt1.jpg
Gordian III Antoninianus54 viewsIMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG
Radiate and Cuiirassed bust right

ORIENS AVG
Sol standing front head left, raised hand holding globe

Antioch mint
242-244 AD

RIC 213
Sear 8626

ex-Indalo Colecciones

Sold Forum Auctions 2016
Jay GT4Jan 01, 2013
CommodusJupiter1.jpg
Commodus81 viewsM COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT
laureate head right
OPTIME MAXIME
Juppiter sanding left holding thunderbolt and scepter
CVPP

Rome 149 AD
SEAR 5664

Amazing toning
1 commentsJay GT4Jan 01, 2013
Claudius.jpg
Claudius Sestertius70 viewsTI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG PM TR P IMP
Laureate head of Claudius right

SPES AVGVSTA
Spes advancing left holding flower

RIC 99
Sear 1853

26g
33mm

Ex-Tater's
2 commentsJay GT4Jan 01, 2013
CaracallaGenius1.jpg
Caracalla denarius110 viewsANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM
Laur. bearded bust right

PM TR P XVII COS IIII PP
Genius standing left with branch and baton


Rome 215 AD

3.29g

Sear 6833; RIC 246
5 commentsJay GT4Dec 31, 2012
caracallaMarti1.jpg
Caracalla denarius95 viewsANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT
Laur. head right

MARTI PROPUGNATORI
Mars walking left with trophy and spear

VF
Rome 213 AD

Sear 6819
Ric 223

Sold Forum Auction Oct 2018
2 commentsJay GT4Dec 31, 2012
PtolCleo.jpg
Ptolemy XII or Cleopatra VII Tetradrachm102 viewsPtolemy XII (80-58 BC) or Cleopatra VII
AR Tetradrachm
Diademed head of Ptolemy I right

ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ
Eagle on thunderbolt left.
year (L) IH = 18 (=64-63 BC or 34-33 BC), PA to right

Listed as Alexandria mint, though the "PA" to the right suggests it was minted in Paphos, Cyprus.

SNG Cop-389

13.49g

Ex-ANE

IH is year 18 and in this context it is ambiguous - either 64BC (modern scholars like Morkholm, Noeske, etc.) or 34BC (Svoronos).

Hence this issue is either Ptolemy XII (modern interpretation) or Cleopatra VII ruling with Ptolemy XIV, Ptolemy XV or Ptolemy XVI (Svoronos interpretation).
1 commentsJay GT4Dec 29, 2012
Gordian.jpg
Gordian III Sestertius83 viewsÆ Sestertius

IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG
laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right

MARTEM PROPVGNATOREM
Mars advancing right, holding shield and spear. S C across field

Rome
243-244 AD

18.15g

Ex-ANE

RIC IV 333; Hunter 149; Cohen 161.

Sold Forum Auction 2016
Jay GT4Dec 29, 2012
Julia.jpg
Julia Domna82 viewsIVLIA AVGVSTA
Draped bust right

FORTVNAE FELICI
Fortuna seated left holding cornucopiae, left arm on rudder

Rome 210 AD

Sear 6583

Beautiful dark patina on this denarius which is almost black on the reverse

ex-Indalo Colecciones

SOLD! Forum Auction January 2017
1 commentsJay GT4Dec 29, 2012
Philip.jpg
Philip I Sestertius130 viewsIMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG
Laureate bust right

VICTORIA AVG SC
Victory advancing right holding wreath and palm

17.1g

Rome
244-5 AD

RIC 192a
Sear 9021

ex-Tater's

SOLD Forum Auction April 2019
7 commentsJay GT4Dec 29, 2012
Vespasponmax.jpg
Vespasian-unlisted or ancient immitation195 viewsIMP CAES VESP AVG PM COS IIII
laureate head right

PONTIF MAXIM
Vespasian seated right, holding scepter and branch.

2.59 g
18.8 mm

Rome
72-73 AD

RIC -; RSC 388; BMCRE p.12

Ex-Vcoins Auction, Ex-Imperial coins

Some insight why this may not be official from Curtis Clay:

1. For mint mules the obv. and rev. should belong to either the same issue or to immediately successive issues. But on Jay's coin the obv. is of 72-early 73 (COS IIII without CENS), but the PONTIF MAXIM rev. is not otherwise known with that COS IIII obv. legend, nor with the next legend with COS IIII CEN, nor with the legend after that with just CEN and still clockwise, but only with the third obv. legend thereafter, namely CEN but counterclockwise. That rev. type is probably of 74 AD, since at its last stage it occurs with a legend specifically dated to 74, PON MAX TR P COS V. Obv. of 72-early 73, rev. of 74: that's a combination that the official mint was unlikely to produce.

2. IMI for IMP in obv. legend, an error that an official engraver was unlikely to make.
4 commentsJay GT4Dec 17, 2012
chilo.jpg
108-109 BC L. Flaminius Cilo93 viewsHelmeted head of Roma right
X below chin ROMA behind

Victory in Biga right holding wreath
L FLAMINI below
CILO in ex

Rome 109-108 BC
3.90g

Sear 179, RRC 302/1, RSC Flaminia 1

Wonderful toning on this example
ex-Arcade Coins
2 commentsJay GT4Dec 14, 2012
Vespannona.jpg
RIC 0964 Vespasian Denarius80 viewsCAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Laureate head of Vespasian right

ANNONA AVG
Annona enthroned left holding sack of corn-ears on lap

Rome 78-79AD

RIC 964 (C2), BMC 295, RSC 28,Sear 2280

19mm
3.22g

Ex-Frascatius
2 commentsJay GT4Dec 14, 2012
Filius.jpg
119 BC M. Furius L. f. Philus78 viewsM FOVRI L F
Laur. head of Janus

ROMA to right PHILI in ex (PHI in monogram)
Roma standing left crowning trophy with carnyx and shield on each side, star above Roma

Rome 119 BC

3.89g

Crawford 281/1; Sydenham 529; BMC 555

Commemorates the victories over the Allobroges and the Arverni in Gaul in 121 BC by CN Domitius Ahenobarbus and Q. Fabius Maximus only a few years earlier


Ex-Baranowsky Roma
4 commentsJay GT4Dec 13, 2012
Scipio.jpg
47-46 BC Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius Scipio67 viewsQ METEL SCIPIO IMP
head of Africa right, laur. and clad in elephant's skin, corn-ear before, plough below

EPPIVS LEG F C

Naked Hercules standing facing right, hand on hip resting on club set on rock

North Africa
47-46 BC

Sear 1380/1

Born Publius Cornelius Scipio Nasica. He was adopted by his uncle by marriage and father's second cousin Quintus Caecilius Metellus Pius. He married Aemilia Lepida, daughter of Mamercus Aemilius Lepidus Livianus (son of the Censor Marcus Livius Drusus and wife Cornelia Scipio and adopted by Mamercus Aemilius Lepidus) and wife Claudia (sister of Appius Claudius Pulcher (Senior)), and was the father in law of Pompey the Great, married to his daughter Cornelia Metella, called Quinta Pompeia for being his fifth wife.

He was Tribune in 59 BC and became Consul with Pompey the Great in 52 BC. During Caesar's civil war, he served the party of Pompey and fought against Caesar and Marcus Antonius. In 49 BC he was sent as Proconsul to Syria and the following year he took part in the Battle of Pharsalus, where he commanded the center of the Republican battleline. After Pharsalus he fled to Africa were he commanded an army with Cato the Younger, losing in the Battle of Thapsus. After the defeat he tried to escape but was cornered by the fleet of Publius Sittius when he wrecked the ship as he tried to escape to the Iberian Peninsula, to continue to fight from there. He committed suicide by stabbing himself so he would not fall at the hands of his enemies.

SOLD to Calgary Coin June 2017
1 commentsJay GT4Dec 13, 2012
Nero~0.jpg
Nero Tetradrachm54 viewsΝΕΡΩΝ ΚΑΙΣΑΡ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΣ
Laureate bust right

Eagle, wings spread, stands right on thunderbolt, palm-branch to right, date ΑΙΡ.Θ to left, ΕΤΟΥΣ in exergue

Antioch Syria
62/3 CE

14.19g

Ex-Calgary coins

Sold Forum Auctions March 2017
1 commentsJay GT4Dec 13, 2012
ANTLEGII.jpg
Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG II68 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
galley r. mast with banners at prow

LEG II
legionary eagle between two standards


Patrae mint 32-31BC

3.17g

Perfect tiny hole for suspension with great dark toning


Origianlly founded by Pompey the Great in 84 BC. Legio II was given the title of "Augusta" in about 25 BC by Augustus. The II Augusta legion took part in Germanicus' campaigns in Germany and was commanded by Germanicus' friend Publius Vitellius who held the rank of legate. Publius Vitellius later prosecuted Piso for the murder of Germanicus.

Ex-ECIN, Ex-Littleton Coin Company
Jay GT4Nov 21, 2012
DrususRest.jpg
Drusus Restitution by Titus108 viewsDrusus AE As, struck under Titus.

DRVSVS CAESAR TI AVG F DIVI AVG N
Bare head of Drusus left

IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII RESTITVIT
in two lines around large SC.

Rome 80 AD
11.03g

Cohen 7, RIC(2) 415

Very rare

Ex-Londinium Coins

Sold to Calgary Coin February 2017
Jay GT4Oct 27, 2012
Titusanchor.jpg
RIC 0112 Titus denarius127 viewsIMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M
Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, right

TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P
Dolphin coiled around anchor

Rome mint, 80 AD
3.09g

RIC 112 (C2), BMCRE 72, RSC 309

Ex-Londinium Coins

Titus' pulvinar series commemorating the opening of the Colosseum.
2 commentsJay GT4Oct 27, 2012
VespasianAVGVR.jpg
Roman Empire, Vespasian, denarius85 viewsIMP CAES VESP AVG PM
laureate head of Vespasian right

AVGVR PON MAX
simpulum, sprinkler, jug and lituus (emblems of the augurate and pontificate)

Scarce
Rome 70-71 AD
Sear 2281

3.55g
4 commentsJay GT4Oct 24, 2012
hadiranAET.jpg
Hadrian denarius167 viewsIMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laur. bust of Hadrian right with light drapery on far shoulder

AET AVG (in field) P M TR P COS DES III
Aeternitas standing left holding heads of Sol and Luna

Rome 135 AD

3.39g

Rare
Sear 3458
Ric 48

Ex-ancient Caesar

SOLD April 2017
4 commentsJay GT4Oct 20, 2012
macrinus~0.jpg
Macrinus94 viewsIMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG
Laureate and cuirassed bust of Macrinus right

FELECITAS TEMPORVM
Felicitas standing left holding long caduceus and cornucopiae

Rome 217 AD
2.37g

Sear 7331, RSC 19a, RIC 62

Scarce/Rare: 5 specimens in Reka Devnia Hoard (Cohen 19)

Ex-ANE

Wildwinds speciman #2


Macrinus was the Praetorian prefect during the reign of Caracalla. After hearing a prophecy that he would become Emperor Macrinus feared that Caracalla would have him killed. In order to save his life he arranged Caracalla's assassination and he and his son Diadumenian seized power and were accepted by the senate. Macrinus concluded an unfavourable peace with the Persians. This disgrace, magnified by propaganda of Julia Maesa, Caracalla's aunt, inspired the Syrian legions to revolt. In the ensuing conflict Macrinus was defeated. He fled, only to be betrayed and executed.

SOLD to Calgary Coin June 2017
2 commentsJay GT4Oct 20, 2012
Hadriensestertius.jpg
Hardiran Sestertius112 viewsHADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Laur head of Hadrian right

SC
Diana standing left holding Bow and Arrow

Scarce

Rome 136 AD
29.43g

Sear 3645

Ex-Arcade Coins

SOLD to Calgary Coin June 2017
1 commentsJay GT4Oct 20, 2012
Vesp.jpg
RIC 0732 Vespasian As69 viewsVespasian Victory
IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS V CENS
Laureate head of Vespasian right

VICTORIA AVGVST SC
Victory standing right on prow of galley holding wreath and palm

Rome 74 AD

11.04g

RIC 732 (C)
Jay GT4Oct 20, 2012
GermanicusCaes.jpg
Germanicus Caesar52 viewsGERMANICVS CAESAR
Germanicus in triumphal quadriga r. holding eagle-tipped sceptre.

SIGNIS RECEPT DEVICTIS GERM SC
Germanicus stg l. his r. hand raised holding legionary eagle in l.

Rome 37-41 AD

11.95g


Issued by Caligula in honour of his deceased father (Died in 19AD)

New picture of one of my very first Julio-Claudian coins!

SOLD AT FORUM AUCTION
Jay GT4Oct 19, 2012
nero.jpg
Nero54 viewsIMP NERO CEASAR AVGVSTVS
Laureate head of Nero right

SALVS
Salus enthroned l. holding patera

2.98g

Rome 66-67 AD
Sear 1945
Ric 67
Jay GT4Oct 12, 2012
August.jpg
Augustus Provident62 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER
Radiate head of Augustus left

PROVIDENT SC around alter

Posthumous issue by Tiberius Aug 19th 14 A.D.

9.73g

SEAR 1789; RIC
Jay GT4Oct 12, 2012
Tiberius.jpg
Tiberius178 viewsTI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS P M
bare head of Tiberius left

C I I A M IVLIVS SETTAL L SESTI CELER II VIR
altar, marked SAL AVG, C I I A around.

Italica Spain

RPC 196
12.8g 29mm

ex-Indalo colecciones
Jay GT4Oct 12, 2012
Carinus.jpg
Carinus36 viewsSilvered Antonianus

IMP CARINVS PF AVG
radiate curaissed bust right

Rev. AEQVITAS AVGG
Aequitas stg left holding scales and cornucopia, KAZ in ex

Rome
283-285 A.D.
Ric 239

New picture of another of my very first coins. From an uncleaned lot.
Jay GT4Oct 11, 2012
Twosoldiers.jpg
89 viewsDN CONSTANTINVS PF AVG

New photo of one of my first coins. From an uncleaned lot.

I never did get around to attributing it!
Jay GT4Oct 11, 2012
VOT.jpg
Constans47 viewsDN CONSTANS PF AVG
Pearl Diad. head only right

VOT X X MVLT X X X
within wreath
SMKA in Exe.

Cyzicus 51

from an uncleaned lot
Jay GT4Oct 11, 2012
Galba.jpg
Galba AE AS92 viewsIMP SERV GALBA CAES AVG TR P?
Bare head of Galba right

VESTA SC
Vesta seated left holding Palladium and sceptre

July 68 - January 69 AD, Rome

10.18g

Thanks to Curtis Clay attribution:

Paris 186-187, both from the same die pair
Cohen 311
RIC 374, citing Glasgow 57
Jay GT4Oct 11, 2012
Licinius.jpg
Licinius Follis42 viewsLicinius I Follis.
IMP C VAL LICIN LICINIVS P F AVG
Laureate head right
IOVI CONS-ERVATORI AVGG
Jupiter standing left, holding Victory on a globe & scepter; at feet left, an eagle with a wreath in it's beak, Delta right, SMHT in ex.

Jan-Feb AD 313
Heraclea
RIC VI 73

Ex-ANE

Sold Forum Auction March 2019
Jay GT4Oct 11, 2012
MaxGenio.jpg
Maximinus II70 viewsMaximinus II AE Follis.
IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINO PF INV AVG
laureate head right

GENIO IMPERATORIS
Genius standing left with cornucopeia and patera from which liquid flows, * to left, HTA in ex.

Heraclea
RIC 49a
scarce

ex-ANE

Sold Forum Auction March 2019
Jay GT4Oct 11, 2012
MaximinusII.jpg
Maximinus II75 viewsAE Follis
IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS PF AVG
Laureate head right

GENIO IMPERATORIS
Genius standing left, modius on head, naked but for chlamys over shoulder, holding patera & cornucopiae, * left, A right, ANT in ex.

Antioch 310 AD

ex-ANE

Sold Forum Auction March 2019
Jay GT4Oct 11, 2012
Vitellius.jpg
Vitellius denarius137 viewsA VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P
Laureate head right

PONT MAXIM
Vesta enthroned right holding patera and sceptre

Rome
July-Dec 69 AD

2.65g

Sear 2200, RIC 107

Ex-Calagary Coins
Jay GT4Oct 11, 2012
Capricorn~0.jpg
RIC 0019 Titus Denarius316 viewsIMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM
Laureate head of Titus right

TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII P P
Capricorn left, globe below

Reverse based on the coinage of Augustus

Rome 79 AD
RSC 280
RIC 19 (C)

3.3g

Ex- Civitas, Ex-Calgary Coins
3 commentsJay GT4Oct 10, 2012
Caesar~4.jpg
44 BC Julius Caesar Lifetime Portrait denarius432 viewsCAESAR DICT PERPETVO
laureate head of Julius Caesar right

L BVCA
Venus seated right holding Victory on extended right hand, transverse scepter in left

Struck Feb - Mar 14th, 44 BC.

3.58g

RCV 1410, RSC 24.

Venus seated' only appears on this one type of Caesar's 'lifetime' issues, on the remainder she is standing.

Lucius Aemilius Buca was a distant relative of the dictator Sulla. This coin was struck within a month of Caesar's murder.

Ex-Incitatus, Ex-CNG Electronic Auction 223, lot 393
6 commentsJay GT4Oct 08, 2012
Titusele.jpg
RIC 0115 Titus Denarius87 viewsTitus Denarius
IMP TITVS CAES VESPSIAN AVG P M
Laureate head right

TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P
Elephant, wearing armor, walking left

3.00g

Rome 80 AD.
RIC 115 (C2); Cohen 303; BMC 44


Ex-Pella Coins and Antiquities

Thick black toning on this denarius makes it tough to photograph. Much nicer in hand.

Commemorates the completion and dedication of the Colosseum and the opening of games in 80 AD, after ten years of construction.
2 commentsJay GT4Oct 05, 2012
Jubaselene.jpg
Juba II and Cleopatra Selene84 viewsJuba II of Mauretania and Cleopatra Selene

REX IVBA REGIS IVBA E F R A VI
Head of Juba II left.

BACIΛICCA KΛE - OΠATPA
Cleopatra Selene left

dated year 6 = 20-19 BC.

3.12g

Rare

Ex-William McDonald Collection

SNG Cop. 546 ; Mazard 357 ; Sear 6000 ; Müller III, 108, 87

Wildwinds example


Juba II was the only son and heir of his father King Juba I. King Juba I was the King of Numidia and ally to Pompey the Great. He fought against Julius Caesar at the battle of Thapsus and lost commiting suicide soon after. His son Juba II was taken away to Rome to be paraded in Caesar's Triumph's. He was then raised in Caesar's houshold and educated in both Latin and Greek excelling in his studies. He was praised as one of Rome's most educated citizens and at age 20 even published a work entitled Roman Archaeology. He became life long friends with Julius Caesar's heir Octavian. He accompanied Octavian on several campaigns during the turbulent times after Caesar's death even fighting at the battle of Actium against his future wifes parents...Antony and Cleopatra VII.

Augustus restored Juba II as the king of Numidia between 29 BC-27 BC and Numidia become one of the most loyal client kings that served Rome. Between 26 BC-20 BC, Augustus arranged for him to marry Cleopatra Selene II (Daughter of Antony and Cleopatra) giving her a large dowry and appointing her queen. She also had been paraded in a Triumph in Rome after the battle of Actium. It was probably due to his services with Augustus in a campaign in Spain that led Augustus to make him King of Mauretania.

Cleopatra is said to have exerted considerable influence on Juba II's policies. Juba II encouraged and supported the performing arts, research of the sciences and research of natural history. Juba II also supported Mauretanian trade. Mauretania traded all over the Mediterranean and exported fish grapes, pearls, figs, grain, wooden furniture and purple dye harvested from certain shellfish, which was used in the manufacture of purple stripes for senatorial robes. Juba II sent a contingent to Iles Purpuraires to re-establish the ancient Phoenician dye manufacturing process.

Cleopatra Selene seems to have inherited the same qualities of both Antony and Cleopatra VII. She was strong willed and maintained her Egyptian/Greek heritage. She seems intent on continuing the Ptolomaic line of strong women rulers using the same titles as her mother. She died sometime before Juba II. The Greek Historian Plutarch describes Juba II as 'one of the most gifted rulers of his time'. Between 2 BC-2, he travelled with Gaius Caesar as a member of his advisory staff to the troubled Eastern Mediterranean. In 21, Juba II made his son Ptolemy co-ruler. Juba II died in 23 AD. He had two children by Cleopatra Selene, Ptolomy of Mauretania (1 BC- 40 AD) and Drusilla of Mauretania (born in 5 AD). He was burried in the Mausolium he constructed for himself and his wife which is still visible today. A partial inscription attributed to her reads:

The moon herself grew dark, rising at sunset,
Covering her suffering in the night,
Because she saw her beautiful namesake, Selene,
Breathless, descending to Hades,
With her she had had the beauty of her light in common,
And mingled her own darkness with her death.
2 commentsJay GT4Oct 05, 2012
Marcus_Aurelius.jpg
Marcus Aurelius Equestrian statue162 viewsThis is the copy of the Equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius on the Capitoline hill. The original is in the Capitoline Museum, this replica sits outside. It is said to have survived because it was mistakenly believed to be of Constantine the Great. Picture taken September 2008.2 commentsJay GT4Sep 23, 2012
Roman_diploma.jpg
Roman Military Diploma Fragment198 viewsBronze Roman Military Diploma Fragment

Latin text on both sides

42mm x 17mm x 2mm.

3.83g
Dark green patina.

Found in the former Yugoslavia.

1-3 Century AD.

Possible inscription thanks to Curtis Clay:

Line 3: ASV, prob. from NOMINA SVBSCRIPTA, "whose names are written below".

Line 4: maybe EMD, coming from CIVITATEM DEDIT, "he grants citizenship".

Line 5: ABVI, from HABVISSENT, "(to the wives that they presently) have".

Line 6: ELIBE, from CAELIBES, "unmarried".

Line 7: MTA from DVMTAXAT, "just or merely (one wife per soldier)"

Lines 8-11: Should be the month date and the current consuls, which if they could be restored would establish the date of the diploma!

This fragment was submitted to Istvan for analysis. His rendering below:
Obverse:
]NIS [
]ION[ or ]HON[
]PTA SV[
]EM DE[
]HABVIS[
]ELIBES[
]MTAX[
] D [
]TIANO [
] IO [ or ]NO [ or ]HO [
] ­_S _ [


Reverse:
[the imperial names amd titles are in the previous (provbably three) lines
[IIS QV]I MILITA[VERVNT EQVITES ET PEDITES]
[IN A]LIS DECEM ET [COHORTIBVS ... QVAE]
[APELLANTVR ...]
those cavalrymen and infantrymen who served in ten alae and ... cohortes, which are called...


5 commentsJay GT4Aug 10, 2012
PolemoII.jpg
Polemo II-Mark Antony's great grandson475 views Silver drachm

BACΙΛΕΩC ΠΟΛΕΜΩΝΟC
diademed head of Polemo right

ETOYC - K (year 20)
laureate head of Nero right;

57 - 58 A.D.
3.645g

18.1mm, die axis 180o

RPC I 3832, SNG Cop 242, BMC Pontus 7 - 8, SNG von Aulock 6691

Ex-Forum

Marcus Antonius Polemon Pythodoros, also known as Polemon II of Pontos and Polemon of Cilicia is the only known direct descendant of Mark Antony who bares his name. Through his maternal grandmother he was a direct descendant of Mark Antony and his second wife Antonia Hybrida Minor. Antony and Antonia Hybrida were first paternal cousins. He was Antony’s second born great grandson. Through Antony, he was a distant cousin to Roman Client King Ptolemy of Mauretania and Drusilla of Mauretania. He was also a distant cousin to Roman Emperors Caligula, Claudius and Nero and Roman Empresses Valeria Messalina, Agrippina the Younger and Claudia Octavia.

Polemon II’s father Polemon Pythodoros King of Pontos died in 8 BC. His mother then married King Archelaus of Cappadocia, and the family moved to the court of his stepfather. In 17 AD Archelaus died and Polemon II and his mother moved back to Pontus. From 17 until 38, Polemon II assisted his mother in the administration of Pontos. When his mother died in 38, Polemon II succeeded her as the sole ruler of Pontus, Colchis and Cilicia.

Around 50 AD, Polemon II met the Judean princess Julia Berenice in Tiberias during a visit to King Agrippa I. Berenice was widowed in 48 AD when her second husband and paternal uncle Herod of Chalcis, died. She had two sons by him, Berenicianus and Hyrcanus. Berenice set the condition that Polemon II had to convert to Judaism before marriage, which included undergoing the rite of circumcision. Polemon II complied, and the marriage went ahead but it did not last long. Berenice left Pontus with her sons and returned to the court of her brother. Polemon II abandoned Judaism and, according to the legend of Bartholomew the Apostle, accepted Christianity, only to become a pagan again.

In 62, Nero compelled Polemon II to abdicate the Pontian throne. Pontos and Colchis became a Roman province. From then until his death, Polemon II only ruled Cilicia. He never remarried and had no children that are known.

Polemon's sister Antonia Tryphaena's Royal lineage goes all the way down to Nana Queen of Iberia, who died in 363 AD. Truly Antony may have lost the battle of Actium but won the war of genetics!
8 commentsJay GT4Aug 08, 2012
LEGIIII.jpg
Mark Antony Legionary denarius LEG IIII124 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
galley r. mast with banners at prow

LEG IIII
legionary eagle between two standards

3.22g

Patrae mint 32-31BC

Sear Imperator's 353; Crawford 544/16; Cohen 29

Ex-Gutierrez Ruesga Spain

RARE

This type with LEG IIII rather than LEG IV is quite rare. No examples were found in the Delos Hoard of 1905





In its first years, the whereabouts of IV Scythica are uncertain, although it is probable that it took part in Antony's campaign against the Parthians. The name suggests that it fought against the Scythians. After the battle of Actium and Antony's suicide, Octavian transferred IV Scythica to the Danube province of Moesia. The legion is reported to have taken part in civilian tasks, such as the building and keeping of roads. In his youth, future emperor Vespasian served in this legion.

SOLD! Forum Auction January 2017
1 commentsJay GT4Jul 19, 2012
AVGCL.jpg
Augustus denarius92 viewsCAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI PATER PATRIAE
Laureate head right

C L CAESARES AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT
Gaius and Lucius stg. facing, shields and spears between them

Lugdunum 2 BC-4 AD
2.76g

Sear 1597

Ex-Calgary Coins, ex-Rudnik Numismatics

Cracked and repaired, crystallized but stable.


Gaius and Lucius where the children of Marcus Agrippa and Augustus' daughter Julia.

SOLD
2 commentsJay GT4Jun 27, 2012
Tituspiglets.jpg
RIC 0986 Titus denarius 94 viewsT CAESAR VESPASIANVS
Laureate head tight

IMP XIII
Sow walking left with her three piglets following

Rome AD 78

3.02g
Sear 2243, RIC 986 (C)

Ex-Calgary coins
2 commentsJay GT4Jun 27, 2012
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Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG XII ANTIQVAE115 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
Galley right mast with banners at prow

LEG XII ANTIQVAE
Legionary eagle between two standards

Patrae mint 32-31 BC
3.57g

SEAR 1480

Ex-Londinium Coins

This was Caesar's 12th legion, raised in 58 BC for the campaign against the Helvetii. It served throughout the wars in Gaul (58 to 49), Italy (49), and at Pharsalus (48). It was disbanded 46-45 BC and the colonists were settled at Parma. The legion was reformed in 44-43 BC most likely by Lepidus. The legion was then passed to Antony in 41-31 BC and was present at Actium. It appears on Antony's coinage as LEG XII ANTIQVAE. Colonists were settled at Patrai, Greece alongside men of Legio X Equestris, perhaps by Antony, more likely by Octavian soon after Actium.

The legion's whereabouts during most of Augustus' reign is unclear. The 12th was very possibly the unnamed third legion (with III Cyrenaica and XXII Deiotariana) stationed in Egypt. That unnamed legion disappears from Egypt at just about the same time that Legio XII Fulminata is first found in Syria. By early in the reign of Tiberius, the 12th legion was based at Raphanae.
4 commentsJay GT4Jun 12, 2012
Lucius_Antony.jpg
Marcus Antonius AR Cistophorus88 viewsBowcase flanked by two serpents, heads confronted, monogram above, serpent twined around thyrsus to right, Q to left.

Cista mystica with serpent, all within ivy wreath

Pergamum
Ca. 133-56 BC.

BMC Ionia 176 (under M. Antonius M.f.)

12.34 g

These "anonymous" issues were struck in Pergamum by Roman Quaestors between ca. 100-56 BC. They are called anonymous because the monograms are not easily identifiable. This issue is commonly attributed to be either Mark Antony or his brother Lucius Antony who both served as Quaestors in the east. However it is more likely that the Quaestor was in fact Marcus Antonius the orator who was Marcus and Lucius Grandfather. He served as Consul in 99 BC and as a Quaestor in Asia in 113/112 BC
1 commentsJay GT4May 22, 2012
Titus001.jpg
RIC 0108 Titus denarius157 viewsIMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M
Laureate head right

TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P
Wreath on curule chair.

3.27g

Rome 79 AD

RIC 108 (C2), RSC 318


In the Roman Republic, and later the Empire, the curule seat (sella curulis, supposedly from currus, "chariot") was the chair upon which senior magistrates or promagistrates owning imperium were entitled to sit, including dictators, masters of the horse, consuls, praetors, censors, and the curule aediles. According to Livy the curule seat, like the Roman toga, originated in Etruria and it has been used on surviving Etruscan monuments to identify magistrates. The curule chair is used on Roman medals as well as funerary monuments to express a curule magistracy; when traversed by a hasta (spear), it is the symbol of Juno.

The curule chair was traditionally made of or veneered with ivory, with curved legs forming a wide X; it had no back, and low arms. Although often of luxurious construction, the Roman curule was meant to be uncomfortable to sit on for long periods of time, the double symbolism being that the official was expected to carry out his public function in an efficient and timely manner, and that his office, being an office of the republic, was temporary, not perennial.
6 commentsJay GT4May 04, 2012
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Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG XVII CLASSICAE155 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
Galley right mast with banners at prow

LEG XVII CLASSICAE
Legionary eagle between two standards

Patrae mint 32-31 BC

2.99g

Crawford 544/10, Sydenham 1238, BMCRR 223, RSC I 50

Very scarce

Not the greatest coin but one that was missing from my collection. The ending of "CLASSICAE" is clearly seen on the reverse.

LEG XVII CLASSICAE was raised by Antony and was later disbanded or lost it's identity after the battle of Actium, being incorporated into Octavian's legions. The cognomen "Classica" seems to relate to special naval duties assigned to this regiment by Antony.
1 commentsJay GT4Mar 29, 2012
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Augustus & Agrippa by C. Sulpicius Platorinus120 viewsCAESAR AVGVSTVS
bare head right

C SVLPICIVS PLATORIN
Augustus and Agrippa, both togate, seated half l. on bisellium set on platform ornamented with rostra. On l., staff upright.

3.72g
Rome 13 BC

RSC 529, RIC 407, Sear 1599

Ex-ANE,
5 commentsJay GT4Feb 18, 2012
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Nutella Julius Caesar338 viewsNUTELLA CESAR 1995 Coscinny Uderzo in Exergue
Laureate draped bust of Caesar

CAESAR DICT PERPETVO
Laureate head right

5.57g
Uncertain Italian mint

Found in a jar of Nutella!
:)
5 commentsJay GT4Jan 19, 2012
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Caligula AE As381 viewsC CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT
Bear head left

VESTA SC
Vesta seated left holding patera and sceptre

Rome 37-38AD

11.28g

Sear 1803 RIC 38

From an uncleaned lot!
2 commentsJay GT4Jan 03, 2012
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47/46 BC Julius Caesar83 viewsDiademed head of Venus right, wearing necklace, hair collected into a knot, falling in two locks

CAESAR
Aeneas, naked, advancing left, head facing, holding palladium in extended right hand and bearing his father, Anchises, wearing long tunic and hood, on his left shoulder.


Military mint moving with Caesar in North Africa.

47-46 BC

3.5g

Crawford 458/1; CRI 55; Sydenham 1013; RSC 12.

Ex-Munzhandlung Polak

The reverse depicts Aeneas’ flight from Troy, with his elderly father Anchises on his shoulder. Virgil's epic poam The Aeneid tells the story of Aeneas. When Troy was sacked by the Greeks, Aeneas, after being commanded by the gods to flee, gathered a group of Trojan's and then travelled to Italy and became progenitors of the Roman people.

Probably struck in Africa during Caesar’s campaign against the remaining Pompeian's. The obverse depicts Venus, from whom Caesar claimed descent via Iulus, son of the Trojan prince Aeneas, who was the son of Anchises and Venus.
1 commentsJay GT4Nov 18, 2011
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RIC 0029 Vespasian denarius161 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG

Laur. head of Vespasian right

COS ITER TR POT

Pax seated left holding olive branch and caduceus

Rome 70 AD

RIC 29 (C3), BMC 26, RSC 94h, Sear 2285

3.4g

Interesting early portrait looks very much like Vitellius
4 commentsJay GT4Oct 12, 2011
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Nero Ae As73 viewsNERO CAESAR AVG GERM IMP
Laureate head right

PACE P R VBIQ PARTA IANVM CLVSIT SC
Temple of Janus with doors closed

Rome 65 AD

8.96g

SEAR 1974

ex-Forum
Jay GT4Sep 13, 2011
Owl.jpg
Attica: Athens Tetradrachm112 viewsArchaic head of Athena r., with almond shaped eye, wearing crested helmet
ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll, wire necklace, round
earring.

ΑΘΕ right
owl standing right, head facing, erect in posture, prong tail, to left olive twig
and crescent, all within incuse square

16.8g

SNG Copenhagen 13; Sydenham 2526
ex-Time Machine Vcoins
2 commentsJay GT4Sep 06, 2011
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Judea Herod Agrippa I57 viewsAΓΡI ΠA BACIΛEWC
King Agrippa umbrella canopy with fringes

Three ears of barley between two leaves flanked by date L - ς
(year 6).

Jerusalem Mint 41-42 AD
Bronze Prutah

Hendin 1244

Ex-Zurgieh


Herod Agrippa I was a son of Aristobulus and grandson of Herod the Great by Mariamne I, granddaughter of High Priest Hyrcanus II. His father Aristobulus had been put to death by Herod the Great. Named after Augustus best friend and genreal Marcus Agrippa, Herod Agrippa was the last of the Herods to become king of all Palestine, as his grandfather had been. Agrippa was educated in Rome with the Emperor Tiberius’ son Drusus and his nephew Claudius and he became a familiar figure in important circles in Rome.

An injudicious statement got Agrippa into trouble with Emperor Tiberius. In an unguarded moment he expressed the wish to Gaius (Caligula) that he, Gaius, might soon be emperor. Overheard by Agrippa’s servant, his remarks came to the ears of Tiberius, who cast Agrippa into prison. His life was in the balance for several months. Fortunately for Agrippa, Tiberius died and Caligula became emperor. He released Agrippa and elevated him to the position of king over the territories that his late uncle Philip had governed.

When Caligula was assassinated Agrippa was in Rome. He was able to act as liaison between the Senate and his friend, the new Emperor Claudius. Claudius expressed his appreciation by awarding him the territory of Judea and Samaria as well as the kingdom of Lysanias. Agrippa now became ruler of about the same dominion that his grandfather Herod the Great had held.


1 commentsJay GT4Sep 01, 2011
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Julius Caesar & Octavian92 viewsWreathed head of Julius Caesar right, ΘEOΣ downward before neck.

Bare head of Octavian right, Δ below neck, ΘEΣΣA - ΛONIKEΩN downward on left and upward on right.

Thessalonica, Macedonia, Year 4 = 28-27 BC.
AE 21
10.6g

RPC 1554. BM 58. Varbanov 5153. Touratsoglou, Thessaloniki, p. 143, no. 42 (V10/R39), pl. 1

Of all the coins of this type that I've searched online all of them with a counter mark are a Monogram of NK, in circular punch, 6.5 mm. Howgego 625 (25 pcs). Likely the countermark refers to NEPO KAICAP (Nero Caesar).

"The Δ has been interpreted as either a denomination mark (four assaria) or, more likely, a date - year four of the Actian era (28/7 BC). The ligate NK monogram has been generally accepted as a reference to Nero (Nerwn Kaisar). This is problematic considering that Thessalonica had abundant coinages issued under Claudius and Nero, such that countermarking these quite older coins would be unlikely. Touratsoglou (p. 105) follows Kraay's suggestion that the NK is an abbreviation for Nike (NiKh), and was applied to the coins during celebrations of the city's 50th anniversary of its grant of liberty by the Romans. All but two of the known specimens of this countermark occur on the coins of this first issue of Thessalonica, and the wear on the countermarks is nearly identical to that of the coins, suggesting that the countermarks could not have been applied very long after the coins entered circulation."


SOLD
1 commentsJay GT4Aug 23, 2011
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RIC 1076 Titus denarius246 viewsT CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS
laureate head right

TR POT VIII COS VII
bound Jewish captive kneeling right in front of trophy

Rome mint, as Caesar, first half of 79 A.D
3.325g
18.5mm, 180o

Choice aVF

SRCV I 2449; RIC II (Vespasian) 1076 (C); BMCRE II 258; RSC II 334, Paris 229

Ex-Forum!

Thought to be minted to remind the Romans of Titus' spectacular victory over Jerusalem 9 years earlier.
9 commentsJay GT4Aug 21, 2011
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RIC 0356 Domitian AE Sestertius137 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT PP
Laureate head of Domitian right

SC
Domitian standing left holding spear and parazonium, right foot on a reclining figure of Rhenus (The Rhine)

Rome 85 AD

25.47g

RIC 356 (C)

From the Enrico collection
This is the Wildwinds example
2 commentsJay GT4Aug 19, 2011
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, M. Junius Brutus AR Denarius 54 BC.204 viewsLIBERTAS
bust of Libertas right

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

54 BC.
Syd 906, Cr433/1, Junia 31.
3 commentsJay GT4Aug 18, 2011
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Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG XII ANTIQVAE65 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
Galley right mast with banners at prow

LEG XII ANTIQVAE
Legionary eagle between two standards

Patrae mint 32-31 BC
3.33g

SEAR 1480

This was Caesar's 12th legion, raised in 58 BC for the campaign against the Helvetii. It served throughout the wars in Gaul (58 to 49), Italy (49), and at Pharsalus (48). It was disbanded 46-45 BC and the colonists were settled at Parma. The legion was reformed in 44-43 BC most likely by Lepidus. The legion was then passed to Antony in 41-31 BC and was present at Actium. It appears on Antony's coinage as LEG XII ANTIQVAE. Colonists were settled at Patrai, Greece alongside men of Legio X Equestris, perhaps by Antony, more likely by Octavian soon after Actium.

The legion's whereabouts during most of Augustus' reign is unclear. The 12th was very possibly the unnamed third legion (with III Cyrenaica and XXII Deiotariana) stationed in Egypt. That unnamed legion disappears from Egypt at just about the same time that Legio XII Fulminata is first found in Syria. By early in the reign of Tiberius, the 12th legion was based at Raphanae.
Jay GT4Aug 12, 2011
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Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG XX55 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
galley right, mast with banners at prow

LEG XX
legionary eagle between two standards

IE bankers marks on the reverse.

Patrae mint 32-31BC
2.89g

The 20th legion was founded in 49 BC by Julius Caesar.

B. The 20th Valeria was founded by Pompey in 84 BC, it was given the vacant 20th number by Augustus in 31-30 BC. Augustus granted the legion the title "Victrix" in about 25 BC.

Unfortunately I can't link the 20th legion of Mark Antony to an exact Imperial Legion. David Sear writes that Legio XX may have been raised after Actium, in which case it could have contained some elements of Antony's disbanded twentieth.
1 commentsJay GT4Aug 11, 2011
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Antonia/Claudius mule55 viewsANTONIA AVGVSTA
Bare head of Antonia right

CERES AVGVSTA SC
Ceres enthroned left holding corn ears and torch

Provincial mint? 41-2 AD

10.83g
Die axis 180

Obverse Sear 1902 or 1903, RIC 92 or 104
Reverse Sear 1855 or 1856, RIC 94 or RIC 110

SOLD!


An interesting and rare dupondius. The obverse from Claudius in honor of his mother Antonia, daughter of Mark Antony and Octavia. The reverse is from a dupondius of Claudius. Both dies were in use at the same time giving rise to speculation, was this an "official" mistake from the mint or is this an ancient counterfeit? Style suggests a Provincial mint.

Encrustations and some bronze disease on the obverse is being treated.
1 commentsJay GT4Aug 04, 2011
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Mark Antony Fleet coinage156 viewsMarcus Antonius Fleet coinage (Light Series)

M ANT IMP TERT COS DESIG ITER ET TERT III VIR RPC
Conjoined heads of Marcus Antonius and Octavia right

M OPPIVS CAPITO PRO PR PRAEF CLASS FC
Galley under sail right

Tarentum (?) summer 37 BC
4.13g

Sear 1497, RPC 1470, CRI 296,

Very rare in any condition

Cleaned by Kevin at NRC.

The legendary Fleet coinage of Antony belongs to two series, heavy and light. The "light series" is thought to have been minted at a later date, possibly just after Antony returned from his conference with Octavian in 37 BC. The meeting saw the Pact of Tarentum. Part of that agreement saw Antony loan 120 ships to Octavian along with his Admirals Altratinus and Capito.

A fine insight into Antony's administrative abilities can be seen by his fleet coinage that came in sestertius, dupondius and as denominations. Of note is that Antony's "Fleet Coinage" shows the appearance of the first sestertius in bronze rather than silver. When Octavian (Augustus) reformed the coinage 20 years later he maintained the exact same denominations; sestertius, dupondius and as. After Actium Octavian also kept many if not all of the client Kings in their positions and territories. A strong case for Antony's capabilities as an administrator.

M. Oppius Capito occupied an important position in Antony's inner circle although little is known of him. Capito's coins are more abundant than those of his colleagues and only Capito's coins include the title "Praefectus classis" (Prefect of the fleet). Most of his coins are found in Greece and were probably minted in Piraeus, the harbor complex of Athens. Athens at this time was the home of Antony and Octavia so it is likely that Capito's mint would be located here.

Sold to Calgary Coin Jan 2016
4 commentsJay GT4Jul 26, 2011
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Mark Antony Legionary PRAETORIARVM140 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
galley r. mast with banners at prow

CHORTIVM PRAETORIARVM
Legionary Eagle between two standards

Patrae mint 32-31BC

3.08g
Imperators 385, Sydenham 1213, BMCRR East 184, Cohen 7

Ex-Incitatus

Scarce/rare

An important and historical coin!

The Praetorian cohorts had their origins in the small escorts which accompanied the generals on campaign. The name derives from the commander's tent (praetorium), a name which was later applied to the commandant's house in a permanent fort. At the time of Actium Antony probably had at least four praetorian cohorts. In the years following Actium Augustus established a permanent body of nine praetorian cohorts, three in Rome, the remainder dispersed among neighboring towns. They were regarded as elite troops and this was reflected in their living conditions and pay (more than three times the rate for legionaries). The praetorian prefects, first appointed by Augustus in 2 BC were to exercise enormous political power in Rome in the centuries to follow.

4 commentsJay GT4Jul 25, 2011
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Septimius Severus, AR Denarius217 viewsSEVERVS AVG PART MAX
Laureate head of Severus right

PM TR P VIII COS II P P
Victory hovering left holding open wreath with both hands over shield set on base

Rome 200 AD
Sear 6333
RSC 454
RIC 150

Fantastic old cabinet toning
3 commentsJay GT4Jul 22, 2011
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Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG XIX53 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C

galley r. mast with banners at prow

LEG XIX
legionary eagle between two standards


Patrae mint 32-31BC
3.10g

Ex-Calgary Coin

SOLD!
Jay GT4Jul 21, 2011
Faustina_Ceres.jpg
Faustina 83 viewsDIVA FAVSTINA
Diademed and draped bust right

AVGVSTA SC
Ceres standing left holding corn ears and scepter

Rome 141 AD
9.02g

Sear 4645

SOLD!

VF Green patina. Reverse a bit rough.
3 commentsJay GT4Jul 08, 2011
ANT_LYBICAE.jpg
Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG XVIII LYBICAE89 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
galley r. mast with banners at prow

Rev LEG XVIII LYBICAE
legionary eagle between two standards


Patrae mint 32-31BC

Sear 1482

One of the scarcer named legions levied by Mark Antony. The legion was disbanded after Actium.
1 commentsJay GT4Jul 06, 2011
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Fulvia Second wife of Mark Antony81 viewsIII VIR R P C
Winged head of fulvia as the goddess Victory right

ANTONI IMP
Lion walking right with Date A XLI (year 41)

Lugdunum
42 BC
1.46g

Rare

Sear 1519

On this quinarius Antony's name is mentioned with A XLI (year 41) and refers to his age at the time of the issue. A similar type was struck the previous year which doesn't include Antony's name or titles yet records his age as 40.
3 commentsJay GT4Jul 06, 2011
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Titus Tetradrachm348 viewsSilver tetradrachm

AYTOK TITOY KAIΣO YEΣΠAΣIANOY ΣEB
laureate head of Titus right

ΣAPAΠIΣ
bust of Serapis right, wearing taenia, modius on head ornamented with branches of laurel, date LB (year 2) right

Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 79 - 28 Aug 80 A.D
12.254g, 25.4mm

Milne 456 - 457; Geissen 319; Dattari 426; cf. BMC Alexandria p. 34, 281 (year 3); Emmett 235

Ex-Forum

This is the Wildwinds example

Ptolemy Soter, wanting to integrate Egyptian religion with that of their Hellenic rulers, promoted worship of Serapis as a deity that would win the reverence of both groups alike. This was despite the curses of the Egyptian priests against the gods of previous foreign rulers (i.e Set who was lauded by the Hyksos). Alexander the Great had attempted to use Amun for this purpose, but Amum was more prominent in Upper Egypt, and not as popular in Lower Egypt, where the Greeks had stronger influence. The Greeks had little respect for animal-headed figures, and so an anthropomorphic statue was chosen as the idol, and proclaimed as the equivalent of the highly popular Apis. It was named Aser-hapi (i.e. Osiris-Apis), which became Serapis, and was said to be Osiris in full, rather than just his Ka (life force). Ptolemy's efforts were successful - in time Serapis was held by the Egyptians in the highest reverence above all other deities, and he was adored in Athens and other Greek cities.

4 commentsJay GT4Jun 27, 2011
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Gotarzes II Tetradrachm83 viewsBust left, long pointed beard, no ear visible, O behind head

ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΣ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ
King enthroned right, receiving diadem from Tyche holding cornucopia, date above diadem

Seleukeia on the Tigris mint
Dated Seleukid Era 361 (49/50 AD)

Sellwood 65.25-27; Shore 362.

ex-Calgary Coin

"King of Kings Arsaces, bringer of plenty, the just, friend of the Greeks"

SOLD February 2015
2 commentsJay GT4Jun 26, 2011
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Henry VIII half Groat72 viewsHenry VIII (1509-47)
Silver Half Groat.

Profile portrait type, bust crowned right

Arms over Cross, WA beside shield, the insignia of Archbishop Warham of Canterbury.

Canterbury mint.
Second coinage (1526-44)
S-2343.

Ex-Calgary coins, Ex- Gordon Andreas Singer

SOLD February 2015
3 commentsJay GT4Jun 26, 2011
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Caracalla Provincial128 viewsAYT K M AVP ANTΩNINOC Π
Caracalla facing right

BIZYHNΩN
Tyche standing

Bizya, Thrace.

16.17g
29-30mm

Jurukova, Bizye, no. 54, pl. 9, same dies, citing one specimen in Sofia

Very rare!

Wildwinds example

Sold Forum Auctions
1 commentsJay GT4Jun 15, 2011
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Roman Republic, Sergius Silius536 viewsM. Sergius Silus

Helmeted head of RomA right
EX SC before,ROMA and XVI in monogram gehind

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

Rome 116-115 BC
3.91g
VF+
Sear 163, RRC 286/1

This issuer strikes as a quaestor and by special decree of the Senate (EX Senatus Consulto). Quaestors were the immediate superiors of the moneyers and under unusual circumstances occasionally utilized their authority to produce coins.
7 commentsJay GT4Jun 02, 2011
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Mars Ancient Intaglio ring124 viewsThis is an ancient Roman Intaglio in a modern silver ring setting.

Intaglio: ex-Zurgieh
Ring: Custom made silver
4 commentsJay GT4May 28, 2011
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Galerius Follis292 viewsIMP C MAXIMIANVS PF AVG
laureate head right

SAC MON VRB AVGG ET CAESS NN
R wreath S in ex.
Moneta standing left with scales and cornucopiae

EF
Scarce
Rome 306 AD
Rome RIC VI 132b
See notes below

This is the Wildwinds example

Notes: RIC lists these types as being produced in two periods,
the second period (coins are identical in all respects) being struck in Autumn 306, and also listed as RIC 158a and
159a.
3 commentsJay GT4May 21, 2011
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Probus Sol Invicto144 viewsIMP C M AVR PROBVS P AVG
Radiate, mantled bust left holding eagle tipped scepter

SOL INVICTO
Sol in spread Quadriga holding whip KAΓ in ex

Serdica 277 AD
RIC 864 Bust type H
Scarce

This is the Wildwinds example
1 commentsJay GT4May 21, 2011
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Faustina II denarius377 viewsFAVSTINA AVGVSTA
Draped and diad. bust right

IVNONI REGINAE
Juno seated holding patera and sceptre, peacock at feet

Rome 161-175 AD


Sear 5257
RIC 698
RSC 145

3.1g

A more mature Faustina

Ex-CNG catalog May 22, 2002 part of Lot 1711
From the Jurgen K. Schmidt collection
https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=102656
4 commentsJay GT4May 21, 2011
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Faustina II denarius385 viewsFAVSTINAE AVG PII AVG FIL

rev. VENVS
Venus standing left holding apple and rudder, around shaft of which dolphin is entwined

Rome 148-152 AD

Sear 4708

Delicate portrait with an elegant Venus
Faustina II was the daughter of Antoninus Pius, wife of Marcus Aurelius and mother of Commodus.
2 commentsJay GT4May 21, 2011
Fausta001.jpg
Fausta107 viewsFLAV MAX FAVSTA AVG
Draped bust right

SPES REIPVBLICAE
Fausta standing facing, head left holding two children (Constantius II and Constans) in her arms

Mint mark SMANT Officina E (5)

Antioch mint 325-6 AD
3.59g
Sear IV 16580, RIC69


1 commentsJay GT4May 18, 2011
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Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG XIX104 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C

galley r. mast with banners at prow

LEG XIX
legionary eagle between two standards


Patrae mint 32-31BC
3.37g

Ex-Incitatus
1 commentsJay GT4May 18, 2011
AntonyLepidus.jpg
Mark Antony & Lepidus Quinarius132 viewsM ANT IMP
lituus, jug and raven

Victory standing right, crowning trophy with a wreath

Military mint with Antony and Lepidus in Transalpine Gaul
43 BC

AR quinarius
1.82g, 17 mm

Syd 1160, Cr 489/4

Rare!

Ex-Roma Numismatics

This quinarius provides clear evidence of the superiority enjoyed by Antony in his "partnership" with Lepidus. The previous issue named Lepidus who was the Governor of Narbonensis. On this issue he is completely ignored and his name is dropped from the reverse.
4 commentsJay GT4May 06, 2011
Plancia.jpg
55 BC Gn. Plancius150 viewsCN PLANCIVS AED CVR SC
Head of Macedonia right, wearing causia

Cretan goat standing right, bow and quiver behind
IIZ (old museum number?) in Ex.

Rome 55 BC
3.46g

Sear 396, RRC 432/1

Ex-Canadian Coin

Gnaeus Plancius was a friend of Cicero and strikes this coin as curule aedile. The type recalls his military service in Crete under the Proconsul Q. Metellus. He was also a military tribune under C. Antonius. He later returned to Macedonia as questor under the Propraetor L. Appuleius Saturninus. While serving as Questor in Thessalonia Plancius courageously took in Cicero as a guest in his official residence. Earlier that year (January or Early February of 58 BC.) Cicero was exiled from Italy and Rome because of the Tribune Clodius' legislation which confiscated Cicero's property and forced him to stay 400 miles out of the city of Rome. Clodius was eventually killed along the Appian Way by his rival Milo. Cicero took up the case for the defense of Milo unsuccessfully. In 54 BC Cicero defended Gn. Plancius in a court case (Pro Plancio) in which A. Laterensis accused Plancius of illegally organizing voting clubs (Colegia) to sway the elections and of bribery. Cicero was able to get Plancius acquitted and wrote his Pro Plancio which outlined his speeches and lines of questioning.
7 commentsJay GT4Apr 29, 2011
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62 BC L. Aemilius Lepidus Paullus97 viewsPAVLLVS LEPIDVS CONCORDIA

Veiled and diad. head of Concordia right

Rev. Togate figure of L. Aemilius Paullus standing left touching trophy to left of which stand King Perseus of Macedon and his two sons as captives
TER above, PAVLLVS in ex.

Rome 62 BC

Sear 366

3.80g

Holed in antiquity

Ex-Canada Coins


This moneyer was the elder brother of the triumvir M. Aemillius Lepidus
2 commentsJay GT4Apr 22, 2011
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Vespasian97 viewsIMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII
Laureate head of Vespasian right

NEP RED
Neptune standing left, right foot on globe, holding aplustre and sceptre

Antioch
76 AD

2.46g

Sear 2276, RIC 361

Scarce!

The reverse of this type is copied from the coinage of Octavian

Sold Forum Auctions Feb 2017
2 commentsJay GT4Apr 22, 2011
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48 BC D. Junius Brutus Albinus118 viewsPIETAS
Head of Pietas right

ALBINVS BRVTI F
Clasped hands holding winged caduceus

3.1g

Rome
48 BC

Sear 427,

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

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

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

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

The next morning the Senate awaited Caesar to arrive. Caesr's wife Calpurnia and the auspeces warned Caesar not to attend the meeting. When Caesar delayed the conspirator's sent Albinus to Caesar's house. Albinus convinced Caesar to at least postpone the meeting in person. Antony was against this idea. Caesar was then murered by the conspirators in the Theater of Pompey in the Campus Martius, Albinus being a key player in the conspiracy.
3 commentsJay GT4Apr 22, 2011
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42 BC L. Mussidius Longus129 viewsCONCORDIA
Veiled and diad. head of Concordia right star below chin

L. MVSSIDIVS LONGVS
Shrine of Venus Cloacina consisting of circular platform, inscribed CLOACIN, surmounted by two statues of the goddess

Rome
42 BC

3.42g
Sear 494, RRC 494/42

ex-Canadian Coin

In Roman mythology, Cloacina (Latin, cloaca: "sewer" or "drain") was the goddess who presided over the Cloaca Maxima the main sewer drain in Rome. The Cloaca Maxima is traditionally said to have beeen started by one of Rome's Etruscan kings, Tarquinius Priscus. Despite her Etruscan origins, she later became identified with Venus.

Titus Tatius, who reigned with Romulus, erected a statue to Cloacina as the spirit of the "Great Drain". As well as controlling sewers, she was also a protector of sexual intercourse in marriage. The Romans believed that a good sewage system was important for the success of Rome, as a good sewer system was necessary for the physical health of Roman citizens. Additionally, Romans worshipped Cloacina as the goddess of purity. Cloacina was worshipped as an aspect of Venus at the small Shrine of Venus Cloacina, located in front of the Basilica Aemilia in the Roman Forum and directly above the Cloaca Maxima. The depiction on the reverse of this coin is that shrine.

The image of Concordia could be interpreted to convey the thought of Unity between the triumvirs to defeat Brutus and Cassius. Venus Cloacina on the reverse conveys the thought of purification for the treacherous murder of the dictator Julius Caesar by men who claimed to be his friends.
4 commentsJay GT4Apr 19, 2011
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82-80 BC C. Servilius Vatia Restoration 218 viewsLaureate head of Apollo right; lituus and B behind, mark of value below chin (XVI monogram)

Battle between two mounted horsemen, the one on the left armed with a sword, the other with spear, his shield inscribed M
C SERVEIL


Restored Issue 82-80 BC.
Original being of C. Servilius 127 BC

3.48g

Crawford 370/1b; Sydenham 720; Servilia 7
Scarce

ex-Canadian Coin

This is the Wildwinds example!

David Sear's Millennial addition comments:

"This type represents a remarkable revival of the issues of the monetary triumvirate which had held office approximately 45 years earlier though with the substitution of Apollo for the Roma head on the obverse. As well as being complimentary to several of Sulla's most prominent supporters Crawford suggests that their true purpose was to enable Sulla to issue a civil coinage without appointing a new triumvirate of moneyers for 82 BC or, alternatively, to celebrate the restoration of the Republic in 80."
5 commentsJay GT4Apr 19, 2011
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Mark Antony Sol denarius148 viewsM ANTONIVS M F M N AVGVR IMP TERT around (MP and RT ligatured)
Mark Antony, veiled and wearing the priestly robes of an Augur, standing right, holding lituus in right hand.

III VIR R P C COS DESIG ITER ET TERT
Radiate head of Sol right

Athens
Summer 38 BC

2.73g
Crawford 533/2, Sear Imperators 267

Purchased broken into several pieces and Glued together.

Antony's third Imperatorial acclimation resulted from Ventidius' victory at Gindarus. Antony's depiction in priestly robes of an augur emphasizes the importance which he placed on the possession of this religious office. The word AVGVR features prominently on most of Antony's remaining coinage right down to Actium. No doubt this was to stress his adherence to Republican traditions. Sol is symbolic of the East and shows Antony's personal concern for eastern affairs after the distraction caused by his extended stay in Italy starting in the second half of 40 BC and running almost the whole of the following year.
5 commentsJay GT4Apr 08, 2011
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Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG X101 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
Galley r. mast with banners at prow

LEG X
Legionary eagle between two standards

Patrae mint 32-31BC

LEG X (later called Gemina) was levied in 59 BC or earlier by Julius Caesar. It was the first legion levied by him personally and was raised in Spain. It played a major role in the Gallic war featuring prominently in Caesar's "Gallic Wars." Legio X was his most trusted and loyal Legion. In 45 BC the Legion was disbanded and given land grants in Southern Gaul.

During the civil war that followed Caesar's assassination, Legio X was reconstituted by Lepidus in the winter of 44/43 BC making use of many retired legionaries who re-enlisted. It was eventually turned over to Antony and fought for him until the final Battle of Philippi. The veterans obtained lands near Cremona, and an inscription reports that the name of the legion at the time was Veneria, "devoted to Venus." This alluded to Julius Caesar's claimed descent from Venus.

The newly levied Tenth was then taken by Antony to Armenia for his Parthian campaign. During Antony's civil war, the legion fought for him until his defeat at the Battle of Actium, after which the legion changed sides and moved into Octavian's army. They were then taken to Egypt to finish off Antony and Cleopatra. Octavian never fully trusted the 10th Legion as it had been fiercely loyal to both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. After Antony's death Octavian left the legion in the East in Syria. In 29 BC the legion was due to be discharged. When the legionaries pressed for their release and land grants Octavian was slow in complying. Suetonius says that the entire legion rioted and Octavian dishonorably discharged the entire legion.

Octavian now recruited new legionaries to fill the 10th Legion in its traditional recruiting grounds of Spain. Some of the senior Centurions may have re-enlisted for a third term to serve with the 10th. These men would have been in their late 40's or early 50's. The new legionaries marched over land to Syria to take up their posting. The new 10th Legion's home base was on the Euphrates to keep an eye on the Parthians.

The next discharge date would be 14-13 BC. This time the 10th Legion was settled in Beirut and the city was given Colony status. Ten years later the 10th Legion under Publius Quintilius Varus was marched down to Jerusalem to garrison the city after Herod the Great died. The 10th Legion would remain in Jerusalem until 6 AD.
2 commentsJay GT4Apr 08, 2011
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Nero Tetradrachm Hera99 viewsNEPΩ KΛAV KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEP AV
Radiate head left, L IΔ in left field

HPA-APΓEIA
Diademed, veiled bust of Hera Argeia right

Alexandria mint
Milne 291
9.82g

SOLD!
3 commentsJay GT4Mar 29, 2011
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Augustus145 viewsAVGVSTVS DIVI F
bare head right

IMP X ACT
Apollo standing left, plectrum in right, lyre in left hand

15 - 13 B.C. Lugdunum (Lyon) mint
3.457g, 17.8mm, die axis 255o

RIC I 171a, BMCRE I 461, RSC I 144

Ex- Forum, ex-Ancient Imports, ex-McSorley Westchester Stamp Coin Show 4 April 1976

Commemorates the battle of Actium over Antony and Cleopatra
1 commentsJay GT4Mar 27, 2011
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2 carved glass intaglio and Roman ring108 viewsred intaglio with image of Victory standing left, left hand extended
0.64g

blue intaglio with image of mars advancing left
0.34g

Bronze ring with missing setting

6.11g

Click for full size picture
3 commentsJay GT4Mar 05, 2011
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Nero Billon tetradrachm,224 viewsNEΡΩ KΛAΥ KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEΡ AΥ
radiate bust left with aegis LIΔ year

ΠOΣEIΔΩN IΣΘMIOΣ
bust of Poseidon right, wearing taenia, trident behind shoulder

14.21g
Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 67 - 9 Jun 68 A.D

Dattari 244; Milne 298; Curtis 152, Sear 2014

Ex-Zurgieh

This type is from a series of tetradrachms depicting and naming a variety of Greek deities; issued to commemorate Nero's sojourn in Greece in 67 - 68 A.D.
5 commentsJay GT4Mar 04, 2011
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54 BC M. Junius Brutus AR Denarius.319 viewsLIBERTAS
bust of Libertas right

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

Rome, 54 BC.

3.61g

Syd 906, Cr433/1, Junia 31.

Ex-Incitatus
14 commentsJay GT4Mar 01, 2011
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AUGUSTUS & PTOLEMY OF NUMIDIA AE semis174 viewsAVGVSTVS DIVI F
bare head of Augustus right

C LAETILIVS APALVS II V Q, REX PTOL (Ptolemy, King) within diadem

Carthago Nova, Spain, under sole 'duovir quinqunennales' C Laetilius Apalus.

18.5mm, 5.3g.
RPC 172.

Ex-Incitatus

Ptolemy of Numidia was the son of King Juba II of Numidia and Cleopatra Selene II. He was also the grandson of Mark Antony and Cleopatra VII on his mohter's side. He was named in honor of the memory of Cleopatra VII, the birthplace of his mother and the birthplace of her relatives. In choosing her son's name, Cleopatra Selene II created a distinct Greek-Egyptian tone and emphasized her role as the monarch who would continue the Ptolemaic dynasty. She by-passed the ancestral names of her husband. By naming her son Ptolemy instead of a Berber ancestral name, she offers an example rare in ancient history, especially in the case of a son who is the primary male heir, of reaching into the mother's family instead of the father's for a name. This emphasized the idea that his mother was the heiress of the Ptolemies and the leader of a Ptolemaic government in exile.

Through his parents he received Roman citizenship and was actually educated in Rome. Amazingly he grew up in the house of his maternal aunt, and Antony's daughter Antonia Minor, the youngest daughter of Mark Antony and the youngest niece of Augustus. Antonia was also a half-sister of Ptolemy's late mother, also a daughter of Mark Antony. Antonia Minor's mother was Octavia Minor, Mark Antony's fourth wife and the second sister of Octavian (later Augustus). Ptolemy lived in Rome until the age of 21, when he returned to the court of his aging father in Mauretania.

Ptolemy was a co-ruler with his father Juba II until Juba's death and was the last semi-autonomous ruler of Africa. On a visit to Rome in 40 AD he was seen by the Emperor Caligula in an amphitheather wearing a spectacular purpal cloak. A jealous Caligula had him murdered for his fashionable purple cloak.

Sold to Calgary Coin Feb 2017
2 commentsJay GT4Mar 01, 2011
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CALABRIA, Tarentum AR Diobol51 viewsHelmeted head of Athena right, helmet decorated with three rosettes

Herakles kneeling on right leg, strangling the Nemean lion.

Tarentum Calabria
Circa 325-280 BC

0.78g

Vlasto 1372; SNG ANS 1444; HN Italy 976.

Ex-ANE
Jay GT4Feb 27, 2011
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Phoenicia, Tyre Shekel90 viewsAR Tetradrachm/Shekel.

Laureate bust of Melkart right, aegis draped about neck

ΤΥΡΟΥ ΙΕΡΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΣΥΛΟΥ (of Tyre the holy and inviolable)
Eagle standing left on prow; club before, flanked by date PM and KP to right, above monogram.

KP Jerusalem mint
PM Year 140 (14/15 AD).

Ex Calgary Coins, Ex. Hendin 919, RPC 4655.

13.29g


At the Great Temple in Jerusalem the annual tax levied was 1/2 shekel per male. The 1/2 shekel and shekel were the only coins accepted by the temple. Some experts believe that after the coinage of Tyre was debased under Roman control, Herod the Great began to strike "Tyre" shekels in Jerusalem. These coins were of cruder fabric and style, but maintained the silver purity required to pay the temple tax. The "Jerusalem" shekels have the letters KP or KAP to the right of the eagle and dates range from PH (18/17 B.C.) to PKE (69/70 A.D.). The Greek letters KP or KAP are probably an abbreviation for KAICAP, Greek for Caesar.
2 commentsJay GT4Feb 27, 2011
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RIC 0716 Vespasian Dupondius86 viewsIMP CAES VESP AVG P M T P COS V CENS
Radiate head of Vespasian left

FELICITAS PVBLICA S C
Felicitas standing left holding short caduceus & cornucopiae

12.5g, Rome 74 AD

RIC 716 (C2); Sear 2346

Ex-Tater's
1 commentsJay GT4Feb 20, 2011
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Carausius58 viewsCarausius (287-293AD)

IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG
radiate, draped and cuirassed thick-necked bust right

PAX AVG
Pax standing left holding olive branch and sceptre, F O in field, ML in exergue

4.02 grams
London mint

RCV 3562
RIC 101

SOLD! Forum Auction January 2017
Jay GT4Feb 20, 2011
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Claudius Copper As35 viewsTI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG PM TR P IMP P P
Bare head of Claudius left

CONSTANTIAE AVGVSTI SC
Constantia helmeted standing left, right hand raised holding sceptre in left

Rome 42 AD

9.88g

Sear 1858 RIC 111

Sold!
Jay GT4Feb 11, 2011
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Probus AE Antoninianus. 55 viewsIMP C PROBVS P F AVG
Radiate, cuirassed bust right

MARS VICTOR
Mars walking right, spear in right hand pointing forward, trophy over left shoulder; II in ex.

Officina 2

Lugdunum, 276 AD.
4.29g

RIC V, Part II, 38; Bastien 190.

Ex-Canadian coin


SOLD October 2014
Jay GT4Feb 10, 2011
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Probus Antoninianus77 viewsIMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG
Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding sceptre surmounted by eagle.

VIRTVS PROBI AVG
Mars advancing right, holding a trophy and spear; P in right field.
Ex: XXI

280 AD, Siscia.

3.89 g

RIC V, Part 2, 810

Amazing reverse!


SOLD October 2014
2 commentsJay GT4Feb 10, 2011
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Fulvia Second wife of Mark Antony 109 viewsBust of Fulvia as Victory right

Lion right between A and XL (year 40) LVGV in ex DVNI above

Lugdunum, autumn 43 BC

1.74g

Sear 1518
RSC 4

Antony's name is not mentioned on the coin but the date-numeral A XL (year 40) refers to his age at the time of the issue. A similar type was struck the following year which includes Antony's name and titles and recods his age as 41.

Ex-Lucernae
1 commentsJay GT4Feb 08, 2011
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VICTORIA178 viewsJust for fun, here are some of my Victory reverses...

From the Republic's Godess VICTORIA to the Byzantine Angel.

Individual coins are in the respective galleries with full attribution.
3 commentsJay GT4Feb 08, 2011
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Divus Augustus by Tiberius108 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER
Star above head of Augustus , thunderbolt before

SC
Livia seated right, holding patera and sceptre

Rome

15, 16 AD

10.75g

Sear 1788, RIC 72

Dark green/black patina. Great portrait!

Ex-Tater's
5 commentsJay GT4Feb 08, 2011
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Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG VII 81 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
galley r. mast with banners at prow

LEG VII
legionary eagle between two standards

Patrae mint 32-31BC

Legio VII Claudia Pia Fidelis (faithful and loyal Claudian legion) dates back to the four legions used by Julius Caesar in his Gallic Wars and played a crucial role in The Battle of Pharsalus in 58 BC, and it existed at least until the end of the 4th century, guarding middle Danube. The emblem of this legion, as well as of all Caesar's legions, was the bull, together with the lion.

Legio VII was one of the two legions used in Caesar's invasions of Britain.

Tiberius Claudius Maximus the Roman soldier who brought the head of Decebalus to emperor Trajan was serving in Legio VII Claudia.

2 commentsJay GT4Jan 31, 2011
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Antony Virtual tray305 viewsMy Antony coins at a glance.
Clickable for larger size photo
Individual coins in the Antony section of my gallery
2 commentsJay GT4Jan 28, 2011
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Gallienus72 viewsGALLIENVS AVG
Radiate bust right

AETERNITAS AVG
Sol standing left, right hand raised, left hand holding globe

Rome
267-268 AD

Sear 10169 (var), RIC 160 (var.), Gobl (MIR) 576a

SOLD! Forum Auctions January 2017
1 commentsJay GT4Jan 27, 2011
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Mark Antony Legionary denarius LEG VIIII120 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C

galley r. mast with banners at prow

LEG VIIII
legionary eagle between two standards


Patrae mint 32-31BC

3.3g

Sear Imperator's 360; Crawford 544/22; Cohen 36

Scarcer archaic LEG VIIII rather then IX

The Ninth was raised before Caesar arrived in Gaul in 58 BC. and had seen constant action since then. In 49 BC the Ninth Legion was waiting in Northern Italy while Caesar was fighting in Spain. Resting idle caused the legion to mutiny, complaining that they had not received their promised rewards. Upon Caesar's arrival he arrested the ringleaders and executed a good number of them restoring order.

In 48 BC the legion was moved across into Greece and given to the Command of Antony at the seige of Dyrrachium. During the Pompeian break outs 3 Cohorts of the Ninth managed to hold a fort for an entire day, in the process almost every man was wounded.

The Ninth was so depleted that at the battle of Pharsalus they were merged with the 8th Legion and stationed on the far left wing under the command of Antony.

2 commentsJay GT4Jan 20, 2011
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Hadrian Sestertius70 viewsHADRIANVS AVG COS III PP
Laureate head of Hadrian Right

FORTVNA AG SC
Fortuna standing left holding rudder set on globe and cornucopiae

Rome 133 AD

25.78g

Sear 3599, RIC 759

SOLD February 2015
1 commentsJay GT4Jan 18, 2011
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RIC 0128 Titus Denarius102 viewsIMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM
Laureate head of Titus right

TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P
Tripod surmounted by dolphin right

Rome
80 AD

2.87g
RIC 128 (C2); Sear 2518, RSC 321
3 commentsJay GT4Jan 02, 2011
Germanicus.jpg
Germanicus75 viewsGERMANICVS CAESAR TI AVG F DIVI AVG N
bare head of Germanicus right

TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P IMP PP
around large SC

Rome 42 AD

9.46g

Issued by Claudius in honour of his deceased brother Germanicus
Sear 1905

Jay GT4Dec 31, 2010
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Augustus51 viewsVIC - AVG
Victory standing left on base holding wreath and palm

COHOR PRAE PHIL
three standards

Philippi, Macedonia mint

27 B.C. - 14 A.D. or later

2.81g 17mm

SGIC 32, RPC 1651

Typically attributed to Octavian to commemorate the defeat of Cassius and Brutus at the battle of Philippi. It is also suggested it may be from the time of Claudius or Nero


Jay GT4Dec 31, 2010
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Constantine II65 viewsCONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C
Laureate bust left

PROVIDENTIAE CAESS
SMKA dot in ex.
Camp Gate

Cyzicus
325-326 AD

2.76 g
20mm

Cyzicus
RIC VII 37 Scarce
Jay GT4Dec 29, 2010
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Ptolemy II Tetradrachm104 viewsDiademed bust of Ptolemy I Soster right, Aegis around neck

ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ
Eagle on thunderbolt left. In left field city monogram over club (Tyre), right year date KΔ as monogram= year 24

Tyre mint
262-261 BC

14.21g

SNG COP 486

ex-ANE

Sold to Calgary Coin Jan 2016
1 commentsJay GT4Dec 28, 2010
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RIC 0002 Vespasian denarius405 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Laur. head of Vespasian right

IVDAEA
Judaea as mourning captive seated right on ground at foot of trophy.

Celebrating the success of Vespasian and Titus in quelling the first Jewish Revolt. Portrait looks like a cross between Otho and Vitellius

Rome 69-70 AD

RIC 2 (C2); Sear 2296

3.285g

Ex-Maridvnvm; Ex-Forum!

8 commentsJay GT4Dec 28, 2010
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20-10 BC Octavian and Agrippa172 viewsAugustus & Agrippa AE Dupondius
IMP DIVI F
back-to-back heads of Agrippa, wearing rostral crown, & Augustus, bare

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

Nemausus Mint
20-10 BC.

RPC 523

15.93g Heavy Early Issue!
5 commentsJay GT4Dec 28, 2010
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Justin II Solidus144 viewsD N I VSTI NVS P P AVI
Helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, holding globe surmounted by crowning Victory and shield.

VICTORI A AVGGG A
Constantinopolis seated facing, head right, holding spear and globus cruciger; CONOB.

Officina A.

Constantinople 567-578 AD

4.34 g.

Sear 345

VF, holed
Ex-Ritter

SOLD!
3 commentsJay GT4Dec 14, 2010
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Philip I Tetradrachm108 viewsAVTOK K M IOVΛI ΦIΛIΠΠOC CEB
Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind

DHMAPX EZOVCIAC
Eagle standing right, head left with wreath in beak, S - C in field, A (officina 1) above left wing
MON VRB ('The Mint of Rome') in exergue.

Scarce with officina letter in reverse field.

EF reverse a bit corroded

244 AD
Probably struck in Rome for use in the East

13.29g
Prieur-305 (20 spec.)

Wildwinds example

Ex-Harlan J Berk

Sold to Calgary Coin Feb 2017
1 commentsJay GT4Dec 07, 2010
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Titus Dupondius71 viewsIMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII
radiate head right

ROMA
Roma seated left on cuirass, holding wreath and parazonium, shields behind SC in exergue

Rome 80 AD
11.86g

Sear 2540, RIC 183

Sold!
Jay GT4Oct 23, 2010
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Mark Antony unofficial fouree305 viewsANT IMP III VIR R P C
Bare head of Mark Antony right, lituus behind

CN DOMIT AHENOBARBVS IMP
Prow of galley right star above

Corcyra? Summer 40BC
2.08g

Sear 1472

Ex-ANE

Cn. Domitius Ahenobarbus was a republican admiral who accompanied Brutus to Macedonia after Caesar's assassination. He was given command of the fleet in the Adriatic. After Cassius and Brutus were defeated at Philippi, Ahenobarbus turned to piracy and was in command of up to 2 legions and 70 ships. He was reconciled to Antony's side by Asinius Pollio and after the Pact of Brundisium he was given back his civic rights and was appointed Governor of Bithynia. He remained loyal to Antony almost to the end but deserted him just prior to Actium, dying shortly after of illness.
1 commentsJay GT4Oct 23, 2010
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Aurelian103 viewsIMP C AVRELIANVS AVG
Radiate and cuirassed bust right

ORIENS AVG
Sol advancing left, holding whip and extending hand; at feet to left and right, bound captives. S in left field, XXIV in exergue

EF with almost full silvering left
summer 275 AD

3.49g
Unpublished variant RIC 255 "S" in field

Wildwinds example

Sold Forum Auction March 2019



Jay GT4Oct 21, 2010
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47 BC L Plautius Plancus108 viewsL PLAVTIVS
Head of Medusa facing

PLANCVS
Victory facing, her wings spread, conducting four rearing horses

Rome 47 BC
Sear 429, RSC Plautia 14-15c, RRC 453/1
4.00g

ex Roberto Pedoni Roma
2 commentsJay GT4Sep 28, 2010
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The 12 Caesars + One Virtual tray423 viewsAfter seeing Potator's image of his 12 Caesar's I was inspired to do my own (of course including Mark Antony! While compiling my list I realized I'm missing a Julius Caesar portrait so a non portrait had to fill in. It's difficult choosing which coin to include in this set, in some cases I only had one (Galba) but others I had many more to choose from (Flavians). I do have better portraits of some but I thought these had more interesting types:

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

Image is clickable for larger size.
To see the coins individually see them in my gallery.
13 commentsJay GT4Aug 29, 2010
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RIC 0948 Titus denarius149 viewsT CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS
laureate head right

COS VI
Mars standing left with spear & trophy

Rome, 77-78 AD

2.76g
RSC 65, RIC 948 (Vespasian); (C)
3 commentsJay GT4Aug 27, 2010
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116-115 BC M. Sergius Silus261 viewsHelmeted head of Roma right
EX SC before, ROMA and XVI in monogram gehind

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

Rome 116-115 BC

3.91g
VF+

Sear 163, RRC 286/1

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

Ex-Lucernae

2011 Forum Best of Type winner
8 commentsJay GT4Aug 17, 2010
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Marcus Antonius and Octavian Denarius211 viewsM ANT IMP AVG III VIR R P C M BARBAT Q P (MP and AV in monogram)
Bare hd of Mark Antony right

Rev
CAESAR IMP PONT III VIR R P C
Bare head of Octavian right

Ephesus spring/summer 41 BC

3.54g

Sear 1504

This series of coins commemorates the establishment of the second Triumvirate of November 43 B.C. between Antony, Octavian and Lepidus. Both sides bear the inscription "III VIR R P C", meaning "One of Three Men for the Regulation of the Republic. Within a few years Antony would depart Italy for the Eastern provinces.

The moneyer for this coin is M. Barbatius Pollio who was also a Questor in 41 BC. Barbatius bears the title of "Quaestor pro praetore" abbreviated to QP a distinction shared by his colleague L. Gelllius.

From the Enrico collection
6 commentsJay GT4Aug 07, 2010
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Trajan Dupondius83 viewsIMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS VI P P
Radiate and draped bust of Trajan right

SENATVS POPVLVSQVE ROMANVS SC
Trajan, in military attire, advancing right, head left, between two trophies

Rome 116 AD

12.83g

RIC 676
Sear 3219

Scarce?

Ex-Arcade Coins

SOLD!
Jay GT4Jul 28, 2010
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Trajan Mars115 viewsIMP CAES NER TRAIAN OPTIM AVG GER DAC PARTHICO
Laureate and draped bust of Trajan right

P M TR P COS VI P P SPQR
Mars advancing right carrying spear and trophy

3.28g

Rome
116-117 AD

RIC 340

Ex-Arcade Coins

SOLD Forum Auction March 2019
3 commentsJay GT4Jul 28, 2010
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Julian II the Philosopher75 viewsD N FL CL IVLIANVS
draped and cuirassed bust of Julian right

SECURITAS REIPVB
bull walking right, two stars above, CYZA in exergue

AE1 7.73g

RIC VIII, 127
LRBC 2511

Ex-Calgary Coin

SOLD!
1 commentsJay GT4Jun 27, 2010
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Hieron II153 viewsHead of Poseidon left

ΙΕΡΩ-ΝΟΣ
ornamented trident, dolphins at sides

Bronze AE 20
6.96g, 20mm

Syracuse Sicily mint
270-215 BC

SNG Cop 856, SGCV I 1223?

Ex-ANE

Hieron II was tyrant and then king of Syracuse, c. 270 to 215 B.C. His rule brought 50 years of peace and prosperity, and Syracuse became one of the most renowned capitals of antiquity. He enlarged the theater and built an immense altar. The literary figure Theocritus and the philosopher Archimedes lived under his rule. After struggling against the Mamertini, he eventually allied with Rome.
1 commentsJay GT4Jun 27, 2010
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BRUTTIUM, Kroton. Circa 300-250 BC. AR Triobol 111 views Head of Athena r. wearing crested Corinthian helmet, KPOTΩ above

Herakles advancing right, wearing lion skin and draping it over club held in his hand; koppa to left, OIKIΣTAΣ to right.

300-250 BC
1.05g

Rutter, Historia Numorum 2199; SNG ANS 426; SNG München 1467.

Rare

Ex-ANE


2 commentsJay GT4Jun 26, 2010
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Nero and Divus Claudius Hemidrachm147 viewsNERO CLAVD DIVI CLAVD F CAESAR AVG GERMANI
Laureate head of youthful Nero right

ARME NIAC
Victory advancing right, wreath upward in right hand, palm in left over shoulder

Cappadocia-Caesarea
c.59-60 AD
1.77g

Group III, Cappadocia-Caesarea - RIC I, 616; BMC 406 (rare), RPC 3644

Rare

This is the Wildwinds specimen.

Some encrustations removed from Nero's head and nose and in front of Victory

Issue celebrating Corbulo's Armenian conquest
1 commentsJay GT4Jun 10, 2010
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Titus Tetradrachm205 viewsSilver tetradrachm

AYTOK TITOY KAIΣO YEΣΠAΣIANOY ΣEB
laureate head of Titus right

ΣAPAΠIΣ
bust of Serapis right, wearing taenia, modius on head ornamented with branches of laurel, date LB (year 2) right

Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 79 - 28 Aug 80 A.D
12.254g, 25.4mm

Milne 456 - 457; Geissen 319; Dattari 426; cf. BMC Alexandria p. 34, 281 (year 3); Emmett 235

Ex-Forum

2011 Forum Best of Type winner

This is the Wildwinds example

Ptolemy Soter, wanting to integrate Egyptian religion with that of their Hellenic rulers, by promoted worship of Serapis as a deity that would win the reverence of both groups alike. This was despite the curses of the Egyptian priests against the gods of previous foreign rulers (i.e Set who was lauded by the Hyksos). Alexander the Great had attempted to use Amun for this purpose, but Amum was more prominent in Upper Egypt, and not as popular in Lower Egypt, where the Greeks had stronger influence. The Greeks had little respect for animal-headed figures, and so an anthropomorphic statue was chosen as the idol, and proclaimed as the equivalent of the highly popular Apis. It was named Aser-hapi (i.e. Osiris-Apis), which became Serapis, and was said to be Osiris in full, rather than just his Ka (life force). Ptolemy's efforts were successful - in time Serapis was held by the Egyptians in the highest reverence above all other deities, and he was adored in Athens and other Greek cities.
7 commentsJay GT4Jun 10, 2010
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Antony and Octavian 295 viewsAntony and Octavian

Α Γ Ω N Ο Θ Ε Σ Ι Α
Bust of Agonotheseia right

ANT KAI within wreath

Æ 22 mm.
11.07g
RPC I, 1552. SNG ANS 819. SNG Copenhagen 375. BMC 64.

Ex-Aegean

Refers to the establishment of Games to commemorate Antony & Octavian's victory over Cassius & Brutus at Philipi in 42 B.C. The cheif organizers of these games were known as Agonothetes; Agonotheseia, who appears on the obverse, was the personification of the Games.

Rare, historical
1 commentsJay GT4May 17, 2010
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Claudius Libertas152 viewsTI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP PP
Bare head of Claudius right

LIBERTAS AVGVSTA SC
Libertas standing facing, head right, holding pileus, left hand extended

Rome 42 AD

Sear 1860, RIC 113

Ex-Tater's
5 commentsJay GT4Apr 30, 2010
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Mark Antony & Octavia150 viewsSilver Cistophorus

M ANTONIVS IMP COS DESIG ITER ET TERT
Head of Antony right, wreathed with ivy, lituus below, all within ivy wreath

III VIR R P C
Draped bust of Octavia right above cista mystica flanked by two snakes

Ephesus, summer-autumn 39 BC
10.42g

Sear 1512, RPC 2201

Ex-Incitatus

This issue commemorates the marriage between Antony and Octavia and also celebrates Antony as "the new Dionysus". The honor was bestowed on Antony in 41 BC when he arrived in Ephesus. Antony is named as Imperator and Consul designate for the second and third time. This fixes the date towards the end of 39 BC. after the pact of Misenum in July. At that time the consular designations were agreed upon for the next eight years. However it must also be dated before the winter of 39-38 BC when Antony was acclaimed as Imperator for the second time.

Octavia is not specifically mentioned by name, but certainly there can be no doubt it is her image found on the reverse given the time this coin was minted.
5 commentsJay GT4Apr 30, 2010
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Trajan Sestertius130 views Æ Sestertius
IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V PP
Laureate head right

SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC
Trajan standing facing on dais, head left, holding olive branch and scepter, being crowned by Victory flying left; kneeling figures on either side at feet, raising hands; all surrounded by garlanded balustrade surmounted by four eagles.

22.71g
Struck circa 104-107 AD.

RIC II 551; BMCRE 826 note; Cohen 519.

Very Rare!

This type is a clear reference to the victory of Trajan and his four legions (represented by the four eagles) in the first Dacian war.

Sold!
3 commentsJay GT4Apr 24, 2010
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Alexander III AR Drachm 118 viewsKings of Macedon Alexander III the Great, 336-323 BC

Head of Herakles in lion skin facing right

AΛEΞANΔPOY in right field, Zeus enthroned facing left holding eagle and sceptre; double-head (bipennis) axe beneath throne, circled ΠPYA monogram in left field.

Price 2148; Thompson DM 260; Newell 49.

3.97g

Struck under Demetrios Poliorketes ca. 300-294 BC at Ionia, Miletos Mint.

Some encrustations remain around Zeus

Sold Forum Auction May 2019
2 commentsJay GT4Apr 22, 2010
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Nerva172 viewsIMP NERVA CAES AVG PM TR P COS III P P
Head of Nerva right

CONCORDIA EXERCITVVM
clasped right hands

Rome January-September 97 A.D.

3.51g

Sear 3020, RIC 14, RSC 20

Ex-Forum

VF with amazing toning
6 commentsJay GT4Apr 20, 2010
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Germanicus by Caligula179 viewsGERMANICVS CAESAR TI AVG F DIVI AVG N
Bare head of Germanicus left

C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG P M TR P IIII P P
around large SC

Rome 40-1 AD

9.79g

Sear 1822, RIC 50

Issued by Caligula in honour of his deceased father Germanicus.

Ex-Tater's
3 commentsJay GT4Apr 17, 2010
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Mark Antony AE 27 mm 77 views Mark Antony

ΘΕΣΣΑΛΟΝΙΚΕΩΝ ΕΛΕΥΘΕPΙΑΣ
Draped bust of Eleutheria right

M ANT AYT Γ KAI AYT
Nike advancing left, holding wreath and palm

MACEDON, Thessalonica
Circa 37 BC.

Weight: 18.8 gm
Diameter: 27 mm

Very Scarce!

RPC 1551; SNG Copenhagen 374,
1 commentsJay GT4Apr 07, 2010
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RIC 0016 Titus denarius137 viewsIMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M
Laureate head of Titus right

TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII PP
Venus standing right her back turned towards spectator, holding helmet and transverse spear and resting on column

Rome 79AD

2.89g

Sear 2507
RIC 16 (R2)

This reverse type is copied from the coinage of Octavian
2 commentsJay GT4Mar 30, 2010
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RIC 0680 Domitian denarius 255 viewsCAES AVG F DOMIT COS II
Laureate head of Domitian right

No legend
Domitian on horseback prancing left, right hand raised, holding human-headed (helmet) sceptre in left

Rome 73 AD

3.25g

RIC 680 (C); Sear 2627


Ex-Forum

The reverse depicts Domitian participating in the Judaea Capta triumph of 71 A.D. He is, as Josephus described him, riding alongside in magnificent apparel and mounted on a horse that was itself a site worth seeing.
7 commentsJay GT4Mar 30, 2010
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Mark Antony225 viewsM ANTONI IMP
Bare head of Marcus Antonius right, bearded

III VIR R P C
Distyle temple containing facing bust of Sol on disk

Epirus? Autumn of 42 BC

3.44g

Sear 1467
Scarce
Ex-Incitatus

David Sear in "The History and Coinage of the Roman Imperators" says:

The reappearance of IMP in Antony's titulature suggests that this issue is subsequent to the second battle of Philippi (23 October), though as the Triumvir is still bearded it must have been struck quite soon after the deaths of Brutus and Cassius before orders had been given for the modification of the portrait. With Caesar's murder now avenged both Antony and Octavian could shave the beards which they had worn as a sign of mourning."
11 commentsJay GT4Mar 23, 2010
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Otho Tetradrachm271 viewsAYTOKPATWP M OΘWN KAICAP CEBACTOC
Laureate head right
ETOYC A
Eagle, wings raised, standing left on two laurel branches, wreath in beak, palm branch in left field, crescent between eagle's legs

Seleucis and Pieria, Antioch ad Orontem

69 AD

14.44g

Prieur-101, RPC-4199, McAlee-316.
Rare
ex-ANE

Amazing jet black toning

From Numiswiki:
"Having to contest the crown with his competitor Vitellius, whom he three times defeated, Otho was vanquished in his turn at the battle of Bedriacum and rather than be the coccasion of further bloodshed in civil war, he preferred making the sacrifice of his life, and with a frimness wholly unlooked for from so effeminately luxurious a character,deliberately slew himself with his own hand. He died on the 16th of April 69 AD, in the 37th year of his age, having reigned only ninety-five days."
8 commentsJay GT4Mar 18, 2010
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RPC 2412 Vespasian Tetradrachm138 viewsΑΥΤΟΚ ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒA ΟΥΕΣΠΑΣΙΑΝΟΥ LB
Laureate head right

Dated LB Year 2 (69/70 AD).

Nike walking left, holding wreath and palm.

EGYPT. Alexandria.

Billon Tetradrachm
24mm - 13.12g

Köln 276; Dattari 360; Milne 393; Emmett 204; RPC II 2412.

VF, gray toning,

ex-Vauctions sale 243 lot 58 Barry P. Murphy

Vespasian was proclaimed Emperor at Alexandria on July 1, 69 AD. This cut short the coinage of Vitellius at the Egyptian capital which had begun only two months before
5 commentsJay GT4Mar 12, 2010
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Augustus quinarius103 viewsAVGVST
Bare head of Augustus right

P CARISI LEG
Victory standing right crowning trophy

1.44g
Emerita 25-23 BC

The colony of Emerita Augusta was founded in 25 BC by P. Carissius, governor of Lusitania for veterans of legions V Alauda and X Gemina who had recently participated in Augustus' campaigns in north-western Spain

Ex-Lucernarium
2 commentsJay GT4Feb 28, 2010
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Calabria Nomos92 viewsAR Nomos
Helmeted warrior on horse left, holding shield ornamented with eight-rayed star & two spears behind him

Dionysiac Taras astride dolphin left, holding distaff & grape-bunch

Calabria, Tarentum
ca 281-272 BC

5.58g

Vlasto 789 (SNG ANS 1133)
Ex-Calgary coins

SOLD!
4 commentsJay GT4Feb 28, 2010
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Vitellius Macedon198 viewsOUITELLIOS GERMAIKOS AVTOK
Laureate head of Vitellius left

ΣEBAΣTOΣ MAKEΔONΩN
around round Macedonian shield

AE25
Macedonia
69 –70 A.D.

8.46g

RPC 1616, Moushmov 5878, Varbanov 2465
Rare

Sold Forum Auctions March 2016
3 commentsJay GT4Feb 24, 2010
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RIC 0874 Titus Denarius110 viewsT CAESAR - IMP VESPASIANVS
Laureate head right

IOVIS CVSTOS
Jupiter standing front holding patera over altar and scepter

Rome
Late 76-79 AD

3.53g

RIC 874 (C); Sear 2444

4 commentsJay GT4Feb 19, 2010
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Tiberius with Germanicus and Drusus76 viewsCOL ROM PERM DIVI AVG

laureate head of Tiberius left

GERMANICVS CAESAR DRVSVS CAESAR

Confronted heads of Germanicus and Drusus

Spain, Colonia Romula (Seville).

10.28g

RPC 74; Burgos 1588.
Rare

SOLD!
Jay GT4Feb 18, 2010
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Constantine Roma225 viewsRoma AE Commemorative
VRBS ROMA
bust of Roma left, wearing helmet with plume, and imperial mantle

She-wold standing left, suckling twins Romulus and Remus, mintmark gamma SIS in ex.
RIC VII Siscia 222.
Siscia mint
330-333 AD
3 commentsJay GT4Feb 11, 2010
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Hadrian Sestertius59 viewsAE Sestertius

HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP
Laur. and Draped bust of Hadrian right

ADVENTI AVG AFRICAE SC
Hadrian standing right his right hand raised, facing Africa standing left sacrificing over altar between them and holding corn-ears in left, sacrificial bull beside altar

Rome 136 AD

Sear 3559

Ex-Arcade coin

Sold!
Jay GT4Feb 09, 2010
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40 BC Octavian denarius163 viewsC CAESAR III VIR R P C
Bare haed of Octavian right

Q SALVIVS IMP COS DESIG
thunderbolt

Italy early 40 BC
3.43g

Sear 1541

SOLD!

David Sear says that this Q Salvius may be Quintus Salvius Salvidienus Rufus who was the boyhood friend and confidant of Octavian. In 42 BC Octavian made him admiral of his fleet and instructed him to attack Sextus Pompey in Sicily. Despite being beaten by Sextus he was granted the title of Imperator which appears on this coin.

After the battle of Philippi Salvidienus was given command of 6 Legions an sent to Spain however he quickly had to return to Italy to confront Fulvia (Antony's wife) and Lucius Antonius (Antony's brother). Salvidienus captured and destroyed the city of Sentinum and then moved on to Perusia with Agrippa to besiege Lucius Antony. At the end of the Perusian War Octavian sent Salvidienus to Gallia as Governor, with eleven legions. He was also designated as consul for 39 BC, although he had not reached senatorial rank.

Salvidienus proved to be unworthy of Octavian's trust and entered into secret negotiations with Mark Antony thinking that Antony would prevail. Unfortunately for Salvidienus, Antony and Octavian were reconciled and Antony informed Octavian of Salvidienus treachary. Antony's decision to inform on Salvidienus has been used to show his desire to settle the differences with Octavian. The senate declared Salvidienus a public enemy and shortly after he was killed, either by his own hand or by execution.
Jay GT4Feb 09, 2010
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Ptolemy IV drachm147 viewsBronze drachm

Horned head of Zeus Ammon right, wearing taenia

ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ (PTOLEMAIOU BASILWS)
Eagle with wings closed standing left on thunderbolt, filleted cornucopia left, LI between eagle's legs

Alexandria (or Sidon) mint
220-203 BC

Svoronos 1126, VF, brown patina,
68.751g, 40.9mm, 0o,


Ex-Forum

SOLD!
5 commentsJay GT4Feb 09, 2010
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Antoninus Pius by Marcus Aurelius93 viewsDIVVS ANTONINVS
Bare head of Antoninus Pius right

DIVO PIO
Alter-enclosure with double panelled door and horns visible above

Rome 162 AD

Sear 5196, RIC 441
High relief strike.

Sold Forum Auction March 2016
Jay GT4Feb 06, 2010
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Vespasian by Titus84 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
laureate head of Vespasian right

SC on circular shield supported by two capricorns back to back, globe below

Rome 80 AD
Sear 2569
Scarce

Tight flan 18mm
2.88g

Issued by Titus in honour of his father Divus Vespasian

SOLD

3 commentsJay GT4Feb 02, 2010
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Tiberius tribute Penny244 viewsTI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS
Laureate head of Tiberius right

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

Lugdunum after 16 AD

3.64g

Sear 1763, RIC 26

Ex-Calgary coin
5 commentsJay GT4Jan 30, 2010
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Juba II and Cleopatra Selene216 viewsREX IVBA
Diademed head right

BACIΛICCA KΛEOΠATPA
Star and crescent.

Caesarea; 25 B.C.-23 A.D
17 mm, 2.62 gm

MAA 85; SNG Copenhagen 590; Mazard 300.
VF, toned
Scarce

Ex-ANE

Juba II was the only son and heir of his father King Juba I. King Juba I was the King of Numidia and ally to Pompey the Great. He fought against Julius Caesar at the battle of Thapsus and lost commiting suicide soon after. His son Juba II was taken away to Rome to be paraded in Caesar's Triumph's. He was then raised in Caesar's houshold and educated in both Latin and Greek excelling in his studies. He was praised as one of Rome's most educated citizens and at age 20 even published a work entitled Roman Archaeology. He became life long friends with Julius Caesar's heir Octavian. He accompanied Octavian on several campaigns during the turbulent times after Caesar's death even fighting at the battle of Actium against his future wifes parents...Antony and Cleopatra VII.

Augustus restored Juba II as the king of Numidia between 29 BC-27 BC and Numidia become one of the most loyal client kings that served Rome. Between 26 BC-20 BC, Augustus arranged for him to marry Cleopatra Selene II (daughter of Antony and Cleopatra) giving her a large dowry and appointing her queen. She also had been paraded in a Triumph in Rome after the battle of Actium. It was probably due to his services with Augustus in a campaign in Spain that led Augustus to make him King of Mauretania.

Cleopatra is said to have exerted considerable influence on Juba II's policies. Juba II encouraged and supported the performing arts, research of the sciences and research of natural history. Juba II also supported Mauretanian trade. Mauretania traded all over the Mediterranean and exported fish grapes, pearls, figs, grain, wooden furniture and purple dye harvested from certain shellfish, which was used in the manufacture of purple stripes for senatorial robes. Juba II sent a contingent to Iles Purpuraires to re-establish the ancient Phoenician dye manufacturing process.

Cleopatra Selene seems to have inherited the same qualities of both Antony and Cleopatra VII. She was strong willed and maintained her Egyptian/Greek heritage. She seems intent on continuing the Ptolomaic line of strong women rulers using the same titles as her mother. She died sometime before Juba II. The Greek Historian Plutarch describes Juba II as 'one of the most gifted rulers of his time'. Between 2 BC-2, he travelled with Gaius Caesar as a member of his advisory staff to the troubled Eastern Mediterranean. In 21, Juba II made his son Ptolemy co-ruler. Juba II died in 23 AD. He had two children by Cleopatra Selene, Ptolomy of Mauretania (1 BC- 40 AD) and Drusilla of Mauretania (born in 5 AD). He was burried in the Mausolium he constructed for himself and his wife which is still visible today.
6 commentsJay GT4Jan 30, 2010
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Justinian I Solidus172 viewsDN IVSTINIANVS PP AVI
Helmeted cuir. bust of Justinian I front, holding cross on globe and shield

VICTORIA AVCCCΘ
Angel standing front, holding cross on globe and long cross surmounted by Christogram, star at right
CONOB in ex.

9th Officina

Constantinople 527-565 AD

4.49g
SEAR 140
EF with amazing lustre
Ex- Wayne C. Phillips Rare Coins

SOLD
6 commentsJay GT4Jan 26, 2010
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Vespasian AE As63 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS III
laureate head right, globe at point of bust

VICTORIA AVGVSTI
Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm, SC in fields

9.08g

Lugdunum mint 71 AD

Cohen 607. RIC 502

Early Judea Capta series AE

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Jay (Titus Pullo)Jan 11, 2010
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Vespasian Judea Capta Ae As128 viewsIMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III
Laureate head of Vespasian right

IVDAEA CAPTA SC
Judea as mourning captive seated right amidst arms at foot of palm-tree

Rome 71 AD

10.54g

Sear 2357
RIC 303 (R)

Ex-Incitatus

SOLD!

Celebrates the success of Vespasian and Titus in quelling the First Jewish Revolt and the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem

From Curtis Clay:
The same type is more common with IVDEA (one A omitted): RIC 305 (C). However. IVDAEA CAPTA asses as a group are rarer than the corresponding sestertii, which add a standing Jew or the standing emperor to the type of Judaea mourning below a palm tree.
1 commentsJay (Titus Pullo)Jan 07, 2010
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Justin II Gold Solidus149 viewsD N I VSTI NVS P P AVI
helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, holding globe surmounted by crowning Victory and shield.
VICTORI A AVGGG E
Constantinopolis seated facing, head right, holding spear and globus cruciger; CONOB.

E: 5th Officina
Constantinople 565-578 AD
21mm 4.2g
Sear 345

Ex-ANE
SOLD
6 commentsJay (Titus Pullo)Dec 24, 2009
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Tiberius denarius81 viewsTI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS
Laureate head of Tiberius right

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

Minted in India
Sear 1763, RIC 26

ex-Forum
Part of a hoard of nearly 200 Tiberius and Augustus denarii found in India produced and used for local trade. Some were struck, some cast. This specimen was cast

SOLD!
Titus PulloAug 11, 2009
Constantius.jpg
Constantius II53 viewsFL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB C
laureate, draped & cuirassed bust left

PROVIDENTIAE CAESS
camp-gate with two turrets & star above PTRE in exe

Trier 327-8 AD
Ric 506

Sold Forum Auction January 2018
Titus PulloJun 24, 2009
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56 BC Faustus Cornelius Sulla 80 viewsLaur. diad. and draped bust of Venus right, sceptre over shoulder SC behind

Three trophies between jub and lituus, monogram FAVSTVS in ex.

RRC 426/3
Sear 386

SOLD!

The three trophies were engraved on the signet ring of Pompey the Great symbolizing his victories on three continents. Faustus was the son of Lucius Cornelius Sulla and son-in-law of Pompey the Great.
1 commentsTitus PulloJun 19, 2009
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Augustus69 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER

Rev. PROVIDENT SC around alter

Posthumous issue by Tiberius Aug 19th 14 A.D.

SEAR 1789
Titus PulloJun 18, 2009
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Augustus47 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER

Rev. SC eagle stg. facing on globe hd right wings open.
Rome 34-34 AD

Sear 1790
Titus PulloJun 17, 2009
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Fulvia Second wife of Mark Antony197 viewsBust of Fulvia as Victory right

Lion right between A and XL (year 40) LVGV in ex DVNI above

Lugdunum, autumn 43 BC

1.37g

Sear 1518
RSC 4

Antony's name is not mentioned on the coin but the date-numeral A XL (year 40) refers to his age at the time of the issue. A similar type was struck the following year which includes Antony's name and titles and recods his age as 41.

Silver Quinarius fouree 1.36gm
ex CNG 9/98 #1358


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Titus PulloMay 26, 2009
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Claudius Minerva 67 viewsT CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP

Rev. Minerva advancing with spear and shield SC

Rome 42 AD

Sear 1862

Ex-Arcade Coins

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Titus PulloMay 09, 2009
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Antonia Augusta 66 viewsANTONIA AVGVSTA

Rev. TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP SC
Cladius veiled and togate stg left holding simpulum

Sear 1902

Antonia was the younger daughter of Mark Antony and Octavia and was born on January 31st 36B.C. She was married at age 20 to Tiberius' younger brother Nero Claudius Drusus and had two sons, the great Germanicus and the future emperor Claudius. She was widowed in 9 BC and refused to marry again and devoted her life to her families interests. Her wealth and status made her very influencial during Tiberius' reign and it was she who brought about the downfall of Sejanus.

On the accession of her grandson Caligula in 37 AD she received many honours but died later that year at the age of 73. She did not receive postumous honours until the reign of her son Claudius in 41 AD and all of the coinage in Antonia's name was issued by Claudius.

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Titus PulloMay 09, 2009
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Marcus Aurelius 36 viewsMARCUS AURELIUS

M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXIII
laureate head r.

SALVTI AVG COS III SC
Salus standing l. extending Patera to snake rising from altar, holding scepter

AE Sestertius

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Titus PulloMay 09, 2009
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Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG XI90 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
galley r. mast with banners at prow

Rev LEG XI legionary eagle between two standards


Patrae mint 32-31BC

ex-Arcade Coins

An Antonian legion which was disbanded or lost its separate identity after the battle of Actium.

The two centurions Titus Pullo and Lucius Vorenus were from Legio XI (not XIII as the series Rome would have us believe). Pullo and Vorenus were fierce rivals for promotion to primus pilus, the most senior centurion in a legion. Both distinguished themselves in 54 BC when the Nervii attacked the legion under Quintus Cicero in their winter quarters in Nervian territory. In an effort to outdo Vorenus, Pullo charged out of the fortified camp and attacked the enemy, but was soon wounded and surrounded. Vorenus followed and engaged his attackers in hand-to-hand combat, killing one and driving the rest back, but lost his footing and was himself soon surrounded. Pullo in turn rescued Vorenus, and after killing several of the enemy, the pair returned to camp amid applause from their comrades.

In the Civil War of 49 BC, Pullo was assigned to the XXIV Victrix Rapax, a new Italian legion commanded by the legate Gaius Antonius. In 48 BC, Antonius was blockaded on an island and forced to surrender. Pullo was apparently responsible for most of his soldiers switching sides to fight for Pompey. Later that year, he is recorded bravely defending Pompey's camp in Greece from Caesar's attack shortly before the Battle of Pharsalus.

Titus PulloApr 29, 2009
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Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG XX 47 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
galley r. mast with banners at prow

Rev LEG XX legionary eagle between two standards

Patrae mint 32-31BC

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The 20th legion was founded in 49 BC by Julius Caesar.

B. The 20th Valeria was founded by Pompey in 84 BC, it was given the vacant 20th number by Augustus in 31-30 BC. Augustus granted the legion the title "Victrix" in about 25 BC.

Unfortunately I can't link the 20th legion of Mark Antony to an exact Imperial Legion. David Sear writes that Legio XX may have been raised after Actium, in which case it could have contained some elements of Antony's disbanded twentieth.
Titus PulloApr 23, 2009
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Marcus Agrippa 40 viewsM AGRIPPA L F COS III
head of Agrippa left wearing rostral crown

Rev. SC either side of Neptune standing holding dolphin and trident

Issued by Caligula in honour of his deceased grandfather Agrippa

Minted in Rome 37-41 A.D.

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Titus PulloApr 19, 2009
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Trajan denarius55 viewsIMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P COS V PP
laureate, draped and cuir. bust of Trajan right

SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI
Mars standing facing looking right, resting on spear and shield

Rome 107 AD
Sear 3158
1 commentsTitus PulloApr 18, 2009
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Augustus moneyer's series AE As39 viewsCAESAR AVGVST PONT MAX TRIBVNIC POT

Rev. M SALVIVS OTHO III VIR A A A FF around large SC

Rome 7 BC
Sear 1685
Titus PulloApr 18, 2009
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Vespasian Judea Capta denarius161 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Laur. head of Vespasian right

Rev.
IVDAEA
Judaea as mourning captive seated right on ground at foot of trophy.

Celebrating the success of Vespasian and Titus in quelling the first Jewish Revolt.

Rome 69-70 AD

Sear 2296

3.11g

Ex-Incitatus

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1 commentsTitus PulloApr 10, 2009
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Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG XII 69 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
galley r. mast with banners at prow

LEG XII
legionary eagle between two standards

Patrae mint 32-31BC

This was Caesar's 12th legion, raised in 58 BC for the campaign against the Helvetii. It served throughout the wars in Gaul (58 to 49), Italy (49), and at Pharsalus (48). It was disbanded 46-45 BC and the colonists were settled at Parma. The legion was reformed in 44-43 BC most likely by Lepidus. The legion was then passed to Antony in 41-31 BC and was present at Actium. It appears on Antony's coinage as LEG XII ANTIQVAE. Colonists were settled at Patrai, Greece alongside men of Legio X Equestris, perhaps by Antony, more likely by Octavian soon after Actium.

The legion's whereabouts during most of Augustus' reign is unclear. The 12th was very possibly the unnamed third legion (with III Cyrenaica and XXII Deiotariana) stationed in Egypt. That unnamed legion disappears from Egypt at just about the same time that Legio XII Fulminata is first found in Syria. By early in the reign of Tiberius, the 12th legion was based at Raphanae.
Titus PulloMar 28, 2009
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Mark Antony and Octavian 147 viewsM ANT IMP AVG III VIR R P C M BARBAT Q P (MP and AV in monogram)
Bare hd of Mark Antony right

Rev
CAESAR IMP PONT III VIR R P C
Bare head of Octavian right

Ephesus spring/summer 41 BC

2.97g

Sear 1504

This series of coins commemorates the establishment of the second Triumvirate of November 43 B.C. between Antony, Octavian and Lepidus. Both sides bear the inscription "III VIR R P C", meaning "One of Three Men for the Regulation of the Republic. Within a few years Antony would depart Italy for the Eastern provinces.

The moneyer for this coin is M. Barbatius Pollio who was also a Questor in 41 BC. Barbatius bears the title of "Quaestor pro praetore" abbreviated to QP a distinction shared by his colleague L. Gelllius.


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1 commentsTitus PulloMar 28, 2009
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Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG VI 100 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
galley r. mast with banners at prow

Rev LEG VI legionary eagle between two standards

Patrae mint 32-31BC

The photo appears to show this as LEG VII but in hand you can see that the second I is a scratch
Background History on the VI Legion

Raised in Cisalpine Gaul in 58 BC by Julius Caesar, the Sixth Legion served with him during his tenure as governor and was withdrawn to Spain in 49 BC where it earned the title “Hispaniensis”.

Later seeing action at Pharsalus in 48 BC, Julius Caesar took the 6th to Alexandria to settle the dispute in Egypt with Cleopatra. Alexandria was laid to siege and the 6th was almost wiped out losing almost two thirds of its entire manpower. Julius Caesar eventually triumphed when reinforcements arrived.

Julius Caesar took his “Veteran Sixth Legion” with him to Syria and Pontus. The Legion then served in Pontus under Caesar in 48 BC and 47 BC. This culminated in the battle of Zela where victory was won by Legio VI.

During Caesar’s African war against Scipio, the Sixth Legion deserted en masse from Scipio to reinforce Caesar and fought under him.

The legion was disbanded in 45 BC after Munda establishing a colony at Arelate (Arles), but was re-formed by Lepidus the following year (44 BC) and given over to Marcus Antonius the year after that. Following the defeat of the republican generals Cassius and Brutus in successive battles at Philippi in 42 BC and the subsequent division of control between Antony and Octavian, a colony was again formed from retired veterans at Beneventum in 41 BC (this is the colony which it is believed became Legio VI Victrix) and the remainder of Legio VI Ferrata was taken by Antony to the East where it garrisoned Judea.

Legio VI fought in the Parthian War in 36 BC.

Another Legio VI Victrix evidently saw action at Perusia in 41 BC, which presents us with a problem because the official Legio VI Ferrata was at that moment with Anthony in the East. This is explained in Lawrence Keppie's excellent book The Making of the Roman Army - from Republic to Empire (pp.134); “Octavian did not hesitate to duplicate legionary numerals already in use by Antony. The latter had serving with him legio V Alaudae, legio VI Ferrata and legio X Equestris. Soon we find Octavian's army boasting of a legio V (the later Macedonica), legio VI (the later Victrix) and legio X (soon to be Fretensis). Of these, legio V and legio X, and less certainly legio VI, bore under the empire a bull-emblem which would normally indicate a foundation by Caesar; but the true Caesarian legions with these numerals (Alaudae, Ferrata and Equestris) were with Antony.”

It would seem, therefore, that Octavian had again used the veterans of Caesars Sixth Legion, this time from those left at Beneventum, to form the core of his own Sixth Legion used at Perusia.

Both Legio VI’s (Ferrata and Victrix) fought at the Battle of Actium, after this event the legio VI Ferrata was dispatched back to Judea and the next time we hear of the legio VI Victrix was in Spain.

Legio VI Ferrata was severely mauled at the Battle of Actium in 31 BC by the forces loyal to Caesar's nephew and heir, Octavian. Following the Battle of Actium, another colony of veterans seems to have been created at Byllis, probably together with soldiers from other legions, and the remainder of VI Ferrata was moved to Syria/Judea where it was to remain.

From 9 BC to 73 AD the VI Ferrata was garrisoned the area of Judea. It was in this time frame that Jesus Christ was tried before Pontius Pilatus, the Roman Governor of Judea.

From 54 AD to 68 AD the Legion served under Corbulo at Artaxata and Tigranocerta against the Parthians. In 69 AD the Legion returned to Judea and fought in the Jewish Civil War. As the Jewish Civil War wound down, the sixth was placed under Mucianis and fought against Vitellius. Legion VI was largely responsible for Mucianis victory over the forces of Vitellius during the brief Roman Civil War .
Titus PulloMar 20, 2009
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Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG V 96 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
galley r. mast with banners at prow

Rev LEG V legionary eagle between two standards


Patrae mint 32-31BC

Legio V Alaudae (also known as Gallica) was the first Roman legion composed of provincial soldiers, as opposed to Roman citizens. Caesar paid the soldiers with his own resources, but the legion was later recognized by the Roman Senate. V Alaudae fought in the Gallic wars until 49 BC, as one of the most brave legions of Caesar, then they were moved to Spain. They served with Mark Antony between 41 and 31 BC and probably fought in Actium. After Antony committed suicide, they were merged into Augustus' army in 30 BC.

Their emblem depicted an elephant and was awarded in 46 BC for bravery against a charge of elephants in the Battle of Thapsus.
Titus PulloMar 20, 2009
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Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG III 109 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C

galley r. mast with banners at prow

LEG III
legionary eagle between two standards


Patrae mint 32-31BC

Legio III Gallica was levied by Julius Caesar around 49 BC, for his civil war against the conservative republicans led by Pompey.

The legion took part in all Julius Caesar's campaigns against his enemies, including the battles of Pharsalus and Munda. Following Caesar's death, III Gallica was integrated in the army of Mark Antony for his campaigns against the Parthians. They were included in the army levied by Fulvia and Lucius Antonius (Antony's wife and brother) to oppose Octavian, but ended by surrendering in Perugia, in the winter of 41 BC. After the battle of Actium and Antony's suicide, the III Gallica was sent again to the East, where they garrisoned the province of Syria.

III Gallica was used in Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo's campaign against the Parthians over the control of Armenia (63). Corbulo's successes triggered emperor Nero's paranoia of persecution and eventually the general was forced to commit suicide. After this, III Gallica is transferred to Moesia province, in the Danube border.
Titus PulloMar 19, 2009
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Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG III 156 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C

galley r. mast with banners at prow

LEG III
legionary eagle between two standards


Patrae mint 32-31BC

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Legio III Gallica was levied by Julius Caesar around 49 BC, for his civil war against the conservative republicans led by Pompey.

The legion took part in all Julius Caesar's campaigns against his enemies, including the battles of Pharsalus and Munda. Following Caesar's death, III Gallica was integrated in the army of Mark Antony for his campaigns against the Parthians. They were included in the army levied by Fulvia and Lucius Antonius (Antony's wife and brother) to oppose Octavian, but ended by surrendering in Perugia, in the winter of 41 BC. After the battle of Actium and Antony's suicide, the III Gallica was sent again to the East, where they garrisoned the province of Syria.

III Gallica was used in Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo's campaign against the Parthians over the control of Armenia (63). Corbulo's successes triggered emperor Nero's paranoia of persecution and eventually the general was forced to commit suicide. After this, III Gallica is transferred to Moesia province, in the Danube border.
Titus PulloMar 19, 2009
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Caesar: Grandfather of Mark Antony 131 viewsCAESAR
Head of young Mars left wearing a crested helmet

Rev.
L IVLI L F
Venus Genetrix in Biga left drawn by two cupids, before them a lyre

Rome 103 BC

Sear 198

ex-Harlan J. Berk

Lucius Julius Caesar was Mark Antony's grandfather and Gaius Julius Caesar's cousin. He was moneyer in 103 BC and tried in vain to obtain the quaestorship. However he was praetor in 94 and then became the proconsul of Macedonia. Finally he gained the Consulship in 90 BC the same year his younger brother Gaius was aedile.

In 90 BC Lucius Julius Caesar as consul defeated the Samnites and proposed the Lex Julia which offered citizenship to all communities in Italy that were not in revolt. In the following year 89, the Lex Plautia Papiria extended citizenship to those who gave up the fight by a certain date. Lucius Julius Caesar was now made censor along with Publius Licinius Crassus (father of the triumvir). But it was a time of unrest.

In 87 Marius returned to Rome with Cinna and captured the city. Lucius and Gaius were killed during the fighting and according to Livy their heads were exposed on the speakers platform.
1 commentsTitus PulloMar 16, 2009
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46 BC Gaius Julius Caesar 49 viewsDICT ITER COS TERT
Head of Ceres right wreathed with corn

AVGVR PONT MAX
Simpulum, sprinkler, jug and lituus D or M on right

Utica? 46 BC
Sear 1403

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This extensive issue of denarii would seem to represent another measure on the part of Caesar to ease the burden on the Capitoline mint in the period prior to the distribution of vast sums of money at the quadruple triumph. The inscription on these coins omit the actual name of the dictator. However, the titles clearly refer to Caesar- his dictatorships, consulships and possession of various priestly offices.

Attention is drawn to the extraordinary nature of the issue by the appearance of either a "D" (Donativum) or "M" (munus, gift) in the reverse field. This tells of the intended use of the coins for the payment of Caesar's loyal veterans, both prior to the quadruple triumph and during the celebration itself.
Titus PulloMar 16, 2009
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62 BC L. Aemilius Lepidus Paullus 57 viewsPAVLLVS LEPIDVS CONCORDIA

Veiled and diad. head of Concordia right

Rev. Togate figure of L. Aemilius Paullus standing left touching trophy to left of which stand King Perseus of Macedon and his two sons as captives
TER above, PAVLLVS in ex.

Rome 62 BC

Sear 366

This moneyer was the elder brother of the triumvir M. Aemillius Lepidus

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Titus PulloMar 16, 2009
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Vespasian denarius44 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Laur. head facing right

rev. COS VII
Pair of oxen under yoke

Rome 77-78 AD
Sear 2289

ex-Arcade Coins
Scarce: only 28 specimens in Reka Devinia hoard

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Titus PulloMar 12, 2009
Julian_II_spes.jpg
Julian II88 viewsDN FL CL IVLI ANVS PF AVG
Pearl, Diad. draped cuirassed right

SPES REIPVBLICE
Emperor standing left holding globe and spear
SMK
Cyzicus mint
361-363 AD

Ric VIII Cyzicus 124
rare
This is the Wildwinds example!

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2 commentsTitus PulloFeb 05, 2009
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Contantine the Great54 viewsCONSTANTINVS AVG
laureate bust right

PROVIDENTIAE AVGG
Camp Gate

SMTSE CAMPGATE
Titus PulloJan 09, 2009
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Aurelian116 viewsIMP C DOM AVRELIANVS AVG
Radiate bust right

FELICIT TEMP

Felicitas standing l. caduceus in right hand cornucopia in left

Billon antoninianus
cyzicus mint
270-271 AD

RIC 5,1 327
Sear 11530


Updated picture after soaking in distilled water for a few months
2 commentsTitus PulloJan 09, 2009
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Livia dupondius with Nero Countermark116 viewsIVSTITIA
Diad. and draped bust of Livia as Justitia right

TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVG P M TR POT XXIIII around large SC

Rome 22-23AD

Sear 1739

Countermark on reverse NCAP:
There are several interpretations of what this, the most interesting of all Julio-Caludian ctmk., means. The two most likely are:
1. Nero Ceasar Augustus Populi Romani
2. Nero Caesar Augustus Probavit
In the first instance it is a congiarium or public dole given by Nero to the people of Rome. In the second, it is a revalidation of the earlier coins of ones predecessors still in circulation.
Possible is also a later use, eg. by Nerva, or that no emperors name was part of the countermark, Countermark Martini Pangerl Collection 1; 20; 60 depending on subtype
Titus PulloDec 19, 2008
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Hadiran71 viewsHADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
laur. bust right with drapery on shoulder

COS III
Roma standing right with spear, parazonium and foot on helmet

Rome 125-128 AD
RSC 353

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1 commentsTitus PulloNov 25, 2008
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Commodus253 viewsAgain Commodus portrayed as HerculesTitus PulloOct 28, 2008
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Constantine the Great212 viewsMarble head of Constantine the Great at the Musei Capitolini in RomeTitus PulloOct 28, 2008
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Vespasian337 viewsBust of the Emperor Vespasian in the Museo Nazionale NapoliTitus PulloOct 28, 2008
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Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG XIII69 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
galley r. mast with banners at prow

Rev LEG XIII legionary eagle between two standards


Patrae mint 32-31BC

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Purchased as a low budget LEG XII upon viewing in hand it is definately a 13th Legion

Legio XIII was levied by Julius Caesar in 57 BC, before marching against the Belgae, in one of his early interventions in intra-Gallic conflicts.

During the Gallic wars (58-51 BC), Legio XIII was present at the Battle against the Nervians, the siege of Gergovia, and while not specifically mentioned in the sources, it is not unreasonable to assume that Legio XIII was also present for the Battle of Alesia.

Forced to choose either the end of his political career, or civil war, Caesar brought Legio XIII across the Rubicon river and into Italy. The legion remained faithful to Caesar during the resulting civil war between Caesar and the conservative Optimates faction of the senate, whose legions were commanded by Pompey. Legio XIII was active throughout the entire war, fighting at Dyrrhachium (48 BC) and Pharsalus (48 BC). After the decisive victory over Pompey at Pharsalus, the legion was to be disbanded, and the legionaries "pensioned off" with the traditional land grants; however, the legion was recalled for the Battle of Thapsus (46 BC) and the final Battle of Munda (45 BC). After Munda, Caesar disbanded the legion, retired his veterans, and gave them farmlands in Italy.

Reconstituted by Octavian in 41 BC.
Its standard was the lion.
1 commentsTitus PulloOct 15, 2008
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Commodus as Hercules686 viewsThis magnificent statue depicts the Emperor Commodus as Hercules. Currently on display at the Musei Capitolini in Rome. Commodus also minted coins with him as Hercules.Titus PulloSep 21, 2008
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Remus and Romulus with the she-wolf537 viewsThe symbol of Rome this is an Etruscan bronze currently on display at the Musei Capitolini in Rome.Titus PulloSep 21, 2008
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Claudius Sestertius39 viewsTI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP
Laur head of Claudius right

EX SC
OB
CIVES
SERVATOS
in four lines within oak-wreath

Rome 41-2 BC
Sear 1849

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Titus PulloSep 21, 2008
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Livia Dupondius90 viewsIVSTITIA
Diad. and draped bust of Livia as Justitia right

TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVG P M TR POT XXIIII around large SC

Rome 22-23AD

12.61g

Sear 1739

Countermark on reverse NCAP?:
There are several interpretations of what this, the most interesting of all Julio-Caludian ctmk., means. The two most likely are:
1. Nero Ceasar Augustus Populi Romani
2. Nero Caesar Augustus Probavit
In the first instance it is a congiarium or public dole given by Nero to the people of Rome. In the second, it is a revalidation of the earlier coins of ones predecessors still in circulation.
Possible is also a later use, eg. by Nerva, or that no emperors name was part of the countermark, Countermark Martini Pangerl Collection 1; 20; 60 depending on subtype
2 commentsTitus PulloAug 28, 2008
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Galerius50 viewsGAL MAXIMIANVS PF AVG
laureate head right

GENIO AVGVSTI
Genius standing left holding patera and cornucopiae
star left B right SMSD in exe

Ric 35
Serdica 305 AD
1 commentsTitus PulloJul 16, 2008
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Claudius Libertas74 viewsTI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP
bare head of Claudius left

Rev. LIBERTAS AVGVSTA SC
Libertas standing facing head right holding pileus, left hand extended

Rome 41-42 AD

11.28g

Sear 1859

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Titus PulloJun 11, 2008
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Claudius Minverva55 viewsT CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP

Rev. Minerva advancing with spear and shield SC

Rome 42 AD

12.0g

Sear 1862

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Titus PulloJun 11, 2008
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Commodus Provincial Countermark39 views[Α Κ?] Μ ΑΥ ΚΟ ΑΝΤΩΝΙΝΟΣ
laureate head of Commodus, r.

ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟ ΝΕΩ ΝΙΚΟ
seafaring hero (an Argonaut?) standing with foot on prow, r., head, l., extending r. hand, holding transverse sceptre

Countermark of "young Emperor" facing right (Caracalla?)

177–192 AD
Nicomedia Bithynia-Pontus; Bithynia

REC 152

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Titus PulloMay 31, 2008
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Trajan Sestertius183 viewsIMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP CO VI PP
Trajan facing right with aegis on front shoulder and behind the neck of the portrait.

Rev. SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC in Ex
Trajan on horseback holding spear and victory

Rome 112-114 AD
Rare

RIC 599

34mm 23.6g

Ex-Arcade coins

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Comments from Mr. C. Clay:
"The interest of this rev. type, apart from its rarity on sestertii, is that it apparently represents the famous equestrian statue of Trajan in his Forum, which mightily impressed Constantius II when he visited Rome in 357 AD, but of which nothing is today extant.

This interpretation of the type is based on its date, soon after 1 Jan. 112 (Trajan COS VI), which we know was the dedication date of the Forum. Other coins of similar date explicitly commemorated the Forum, with legends FORVM TRAIANI and BASILICA VLPIA, and the horseman coin type make a very statuesque impression, the upright spear in the emperor's right hand hitting the ground and apparently providing support for that corner of the statue, in place of the raised right foreleg of the horse.

Moreover, when Septimius Severus used a very similar type on his own coins, he joined it with the famous Trajanic rev. legend SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI, the only time this legend appeared in Septimius' coinage. Who can doubt that these coins commemorate the Senate's vote of an equestrian statue to Septimius too, and that this statue deliberately imitated the famous one of Trajan in his Forum, explaining why the Trajanic legend was revived for the rev. type?"

4 commentsTitus PulloMay 26, 2008
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Domitian40 viewsDupondius
25mm
12g

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Titus PulloMay 08, 2008
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Faustina55 viewsDIVA FAVSTINA
Diademed and draped bust right

AVGVSTA SC
Ceres standing left holding corn ears and scepter

Rome 141 AD

Sear 4645

Ex-Arcade Coins

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Titus PulloMay 07, 2008
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Julian II43 viewsDN IVLIANVS NOB C
Bare head right

SPES REIPVBLICE
Emperor standing left holding globe and spear

ASIRM or BSIRM, no field marks
RIC VIII Sirmium 81

Sirmium Mint

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Titus PulloApr 01, 2008
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Widow's Mite Lepton155 viewsAlexander Jannaeus
AE Lepta
obverse Star of eight pellets within diadem, המלך יהונתן (King Alexander)

reverse ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ , around anchor.
Titus PulloFeb 26, 2008
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Widow's Mite Lepton141 viewsAlexander Jannaeus
AE Lepta
obverse Star of eight pellets within diadem, המלך יהונתן (King Alexander)

reverse ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, around anchor.
Titus PulloFeb 26, 2008
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As Nero511 viewscopper As
NERO CAESAR AVG GERM IMP
SC
Victory alighting left wings spread holding shield inscribed SPQR

Rome mint 65 AD

11.16g

Sear 1976 shows head facing right, this example is head facing left.
RIC 1 352
VF
ex-ANE
11 commentsTitus PulloFeb 23, 2008
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Mark Antony Legionary denarius LEG VII87 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
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Rev LEG VII legionary eagle between two standards


Patrae mint 32-31BC

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Legio VII Claudia Pia Fidelis (faithful and loyal Claudian legion) dates back to the four legions used by Julius Caesar in his Gallic Wars and played a crucial role in The Battle of Pharsalus in 58 BC, and it existed at least until the end of the 4th century, guarding middle Danube. The emblem of this legion, as well as of all Caesar's legions, was the bull, together with the lion.

Legio VII was one of the two legions used in Caesar's invasions of Britain.

Tiberius Claudius Maximus the Roman soldier who brought the head of Decebalus to emperor Trajan was serving in Legio VII Claudia.
Titus PulloNov 21, 2007
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Titus PulloNov 20, 2007
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Rome
267-268 AD

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Billon Antoniannus

Issued to commemorate vows made to Appolo ivoking his protection against the revot of Aureolus
Titus PulloNov 20, 2007
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337-361 AD
Titus PulloNov 06, 2007
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Assortment of replica Biblical coins344 viewsI'm told that these were made in the 50's for use in Sunday schools. 7 coins encased in a slab of plastic. From smallest to largest they are as follows:

Lepton of Caponius 6 AD
Lepton of Pontius Pilate 29 AD
Herod Antipas 29 AD
Denarius of Tiberius14-37 AD
Harod the Great 37 BC
Shekel of Tyre 126 BC
Vespasian 72 AD

Quality is not as good as modern replicas but it makes a nice addition to my desk. I don't think these coins would fool anyone! :D
Titus PulloNov 02, 2007
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Titus PulloOct 18, 2007
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Constantine the Great Barbaric49 views Barbaric immitation of a Constantine the Great, VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP type.
Obv. The inscription is ornimental and makes no sense
Helmeted ,Laureate, and cuirassed bust right.
Rev:Two Victories placing Shield on altar.

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Titus PulloOct 14, 2007
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Temple of Vesta119 viewsWhat remains of the Temple of Vesta in the Roman Forum.Titus PulloOct 08, 2007
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Pompeii wall painting53 viewsAnother stunning painting from Pompeii. The colors seem like they were painted yesteday.Titus PulloOct 08, 2007
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Pompeii Temple of Jupiter Steps120 viewsSteps leading up to the temple of JupiterTitus PulloOct 08, 2007
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Pompeii- The Bodies71 viewsCovered in ash this is the final resting position of one of the casualties of Vesuvius.Titus PulloOct 08, 2007
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Pompeii wall painting66 viewsThis wall painting is on the outside door post. Titus PulloOct 08, 2007
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Pompeii Ampitheater45 viewsGladiators view of the seating inside the ampitheater. Much of the seating is still covered in dirt, hence the grass. It is in a remarkable state of preservation.Titus PulloOct 08, 2007