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Semisse-1.jpg
31 viewsAE Semis - Anonymous - After 206 B.C.
Obv.: Head of Saturn right, S behind
Rev.: prow of galley, S above; ROMA below
Gs 12,1 mm. 24,8
Crawford 56/3.
Maxentius
SemisseStella.jpg
29 viewsAE Semis - Anonymous - 169/157 B.C.
Obv.: Head of Saturn right, S behind
Rev.: Prow of galley right, star above, S before; ROMA below
Gs 12,5 mm. 24,1
Crawford 196/2, Sear RCV 829
Maxentius
TRAIAN-12.jpg
34 viewsTRAJAN - Semis - Mint of Antioch - 115/116 AD.
Obv.: IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GERM, radiate draped bust right
Rev.: DAC PARTHICO P M TR POT XX COS VI P P around SC within oak wreath.
Gs. 4,6 mm. 20,7
RIC 645, Cohen 123.
Maxentius
Semisse-2.jpg
30 viewsAE Semis - Anonymous - After 211 B.C. (Grueber 240/229 B.C.)
Obv.: Head of Saturn right, S behind
Rev.: prow of galley, S above; ROMA below
Gs 18,3 mm. 25,9
Crawford 56/3, Sear RCV 766, BMRRC(Grueber) 229
Maxentius
Castulo_AE_Semis.JPG
41 viewsAntonivs Protti
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13 viewsAntonivs Protti
SeCastulo,_semis.JPG
17 viewsAntonivs Protti
Augustus_REX_PTOL.jpg
2 Augustus and Ptolemy, King of Mauretania 28 viewsÆ Semis, Carthago Nova, Spain
C. Laetilius Apalus and Ptolemy, duoviri.

Bare head of Augustus right / Name and titles of the duoviri around diadem, REX PTOL inside

RPC 172; SNG Copenhagen 494

Ptolemy of Mauretania (Greek: Πτολεμαῖος, Latin: Ptolemaeus, 1 BC-40) was the son of Juba II and Cleopatra Selene and the grandson of Cleopatra VII and Mark Antony. He was the last Roman client King of Mauretania, and the last of the Ptolemy line.
1 commentsSosius
Augustus_Irippo.jpg
2 Augustus Irippo29 viewsAUGUSTUS
Æ Semis of Irippo, Spain, 27 BC - 14 AD

IRIPPO, Bare head of Augustus right within wreath / Female figure seated left, holding pine-cone and cornucopia; all within wreath.

RPC 55; SNG Cop. 152-4. VF, green patina
RI0010
Sosius
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2 Augustus, Philippi53 viewsAUGUSTUS
Macedon, Philippi
AE 19mm (Semis)

VIC AVG, Nike standing left on globe, holding wreath and palm / COHOR PRAE PHIL, three military standards.

SNG ANS 677; SNG Copenhagen 305, BMC 23, SGI 32, RPC 1651 VF
RI0069
Sosius
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5621 viewsAnonymous; c.211 BC
AE semis
Obv "S"
Laureate head of Saturn right
Rev "S ROMA"
Prow right
Rome mint
Crawford 56/3
mauseus
rjb_mine_02_09.jpg
9827 viewsTrajan 98-117 AD
AE semis?
Obv "IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM"
Laureate bust left
Rev "DARDANICI"
Woman standing left holding corn ears
Rome mint?
RIC 703
mauseus
pius_antioch_sc.jpg
(0138) ANTONINUS PIUS18 views138-161 AD
Æ Semis 18.5 mm max; 3.85 g
O: Laureate bust right
R: S • C, eagle below (with head turned left), D above; all within laurel wreath.
cf McAlee 563 (d)
Antioch mint
laney
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(03) TIBERIUS (as Caesar)16 viewsTiberius
12 - 14 AD
AE Semis 20 mm; 3.46 g
O: [T]I CAESAR AVGVST [F IMPERAT VII], laureate head right
R: ROM ET AVG below front elevation of the Altar of Lugdunum.
Lugdunum mint; ref. Cohen 38.
laney
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(06) NERO47 views54 - 68 AD
struck c. 64-68 AD RPC 4297
AE Semis 20.5 mm, 7.91 g
O: laureate head of Nero right.
R: SC within circle, laurel wreath around.
Syria, Antioch cf. RPC 4297
laney
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002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), (Time of Claudius or Nero, circa AD 41-68.??? ), Macedon, Phillipi, RPC I 1651, AE-18, (AE Semis), COHOR-PRAE-PHIL, Three military standards,108 views002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), (Time of Claudius or Nero, circa AD 41-68.??? ), Macedon, Phillipi, RPC I 1651, AE-18, (AE Semis), COHOR-PRAE-PHIL, Three military standards,
Augustus Macedon Phillipi Æ18 / Struck to Commemorate the Battle of Actium
avers:- VIC-AVG, Nike standing left holding wreath and palm branch.
revers:- COHOR-PRAE-PHIL, Three military standards.
exe: VIC/AVG//--, diameter:18mm, weight: , axis: h,
mint: Macedon, Phillipi, Pseudo-autonomous issue, date: Time of Claudius or Nero, circa AD 41-68., ref: RPC I 1651, SNG ANS 677; SNG Copenhagen 305, BMC 23, SGI 32.
Q-001
"This coin has traditionally been attributed to Augustus, but due to its copper composition, RPC attributes it as likely from Claudius to Nero; Philippi probably did not issue copper coins during the reign of Augustus."
1 commentsquadrans
Semis Emision anonima.jpg
01-02 - Semis Emision Anonima (211 - 206 A.C.)130 viewsAE Semis 28 mm 17.7 gr
Anv: Cabeza barbada y laureada de Saturno viendo a derecha - "S" (Marca de valor = Semis = 1/2 AS) detrás de la cabeza.
Rev: Proa de galera a derecha - "ROMA" debajo y "S" en campo superior.

Ceca: Roma
Referencias: Sear RCTV Vol.1 #766 Pag.207 - Craw RRC #56/3 - Syd CRR #144a - BMCRR #229 - Hannover #597
1 commentsmdelvalle
Craw_56_3_Semis_Anonimo.jpg
01-02 - Semis Emision Anonima (211 - 206 A.C.)38 viewsAE Semis 28 mm 17.7 gr
Anv: Cabeza barbada y laureada de Saturno viendo a derecha - "S" (Marca de valor = Semis = 1/2 AS) detrás de la cabeza.
Rev: Proa de galera a derecha - "ROMA" debajo y "S" en campo superior.

Ceca: Roma
Referencias: Sear RCTV Vol.1 #766 Pag.207 - Craw RRC #56/3 - Syd CRR #144a - BMCRR #229 - Hannover #597
mdelvalle
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01-61 - Cartago Nova - AUGUSTO (27 A.C. - 14 D.C.)20 viewsAE Semis 23 mm 6.5 gr.
C.Varius Rufus y Sex Iulius Pollio - duoviri.

Anv: "AVGVSTVS - DIVI F" (Leyenda anti-horaria)- Cabeza laureada viendo a derecha.
Rev: "C·VAR·RVF·SEX·IVL·POL·II·VIR·Q" (Leyenda anti-horaria),Implementos sacerdotales, Simpulum (Copa pequeña con mango), aspergillum/aspersorio (Instrumento para espolvorear o rociar), Securis/Segur (Hacha ritual) y Ápex (Gorro utilizado por los Sacerdotes o Flamines).

Acuñada 27 A.C. - 14 D.C.
Ceca: Cartago Nova, Hispania (Hoy Cartagena, España)

Referencias: RPC #168, SNG Cop #510, ACIP #3137, SNG München #130, Sim.NAH #992, Vives #131/132 Pl.CXXXI #12, Burgos (2008) #455, FAB #1451 P.180, Sim. Sear GICTV #12 Pag.2 (Semis en lugar de AS), Beltram #23
mdelvalle
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01-68 - Irripo, Hispania - AUGUSTO (27 A.C. - 14 D.C.)19 viewsHoy Alcalá de Guadaira - Sevilla - España
AE Semis 19/21 mm 3.5 gr.

Anv: "IRIPPO" (Leyenda anti-horaria frente al busto)- Busto a cabeza desnuda viendo a izquierda.
Rev: Figura femenina/Tyche sentada a izquierda, portando piña en la mano de su brazo derecho extendido y cornucopia en izquierda; Guirnalda rodeando la alegoría.

Acuñada 30 A.C.
Ceca: Irippo - Hispania

Referencias: RPC I #55 P.76, Burgos #1581, Sear GICTV #17 Pag.3, Villaronga CNH #4 P.422, ABH (Ant) #1109 P.141, Ripolles #1919 P.251, Vv Pl.110 #1 a 4, Heiss #1 P.318 - Calicó #935-937, Guadan #922, ACIP #2630
mdelvalle
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0110 - Semis Augustus 13-14 AC40 viewsObv/ AVGVSTVS DIVI F, bare head of A. l.
Rev/ C LAETILIVS APALVS II V Q, diadem or wreath: inside, REX TOL.

AE, 20.3 mm, 4.48 g
Mint: Carthago Nova.
APRH/173 [6-8 dies] – RPC I/173
ex-Soler y Llach, auction may 2011, lot 2186
1 commentsdafnis
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014 Nero (54-68 A.D.), RIC I 0234, Rome, AE-Semis, CER QVINQ ROM CO,92 views014 Nero (54-68 A.D.), RIC I 0234, Rome, AE-Semis, CER QVINQ ROM CO,
avers:- NERO-CAESAR-AVG-IMP, Laureate head right.
revers:- CER-QVINQ-ROM-CO, SC in ex, mark of value S on table, urn and a wreath set on a table, two griffins on front panel, round shield resting against leg.
exergo: -/-//S-C, diameter: 18mm, weight: 4,35g, axis: h,
mint: Rome, date: 64 A.D., ref: RIC-234, C-47,
Q-001
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Syria,_Antioch,_014_Nero_(54-68_A_D_),AE20_Semis_IM_NER_CLAV_CAESAR,_laur_head_R__SC_in_wreath,SNG_Cop_161,_Wruck_51,_RPC-4297_Q-001_1h_19,5-20,5mm_8,51g-s~0.jpg
014p Nero (54-68 A.D.), Syria, Antioch, SNG Cop 161, AE-20 Semis, SC within circle, laurel wreath around,157 views014p Nero (54-68 A.D.), Syria, Antioch, SNG Cop 161, AE-20 Semis, SC within circle, laurel wreath around,
avers:- IM•NER•CLAV CAESAR, Laureate head right.
revers:- SC within circle, laurel wreath around.
exe: S/C//--, diameter: 19,5-20,5 mm, weight: 8,51g, axis: 1h,
mint: Syria, Antioch, date: 54-68 A.D., ref: SNG Cop 161, RPC 4297, Wruck 51,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans
0168.jpg
0168 - Semis Augustus 12-11 BC42 viewsObv/ M AGRIP QVIN HIBERO PRAE, bare head of Agrippa (?) r.
Rev/ L BENNIO PRAEF, trophy over shields.

AE, 19.5mm, 4.65g
Mint: Carthago Nova.
APRH/164 – RPC I/164 - AB589
ex-Jesús Vico, auction 132, lot 548 (ex-Hispanic Society of America, colln. Archer M. Huntington, #21102)
1 commentsdafnis
0180.jpg
0180 - Semis Roman Republic 42-36 BC41 viewsObv/Head of Minerva (?) r.
Rev/Statue standing l. on top of pedestal; (CV)-IN on both sides.

AE, 22.2 mm, 5.60 g
Moneyer: anonymous.
Mint: Carthago Nova.
APRH/151 - CNH/7 [R2]
ex-Ibercoin, auction 16.1, lot 2018
dafnis
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0200 - Semis Augustus 2-1 BC49 viewsObv/ AVGVSTVS DIVI F, laureate head of A. r.
Rev/ C VAR RVF SEX IVL POL II VIR Q, simpulum, aspergillum, axe and apex.

AE, 22.5 mm, 6.50 g
Mint: Carthago Nova.
APRH/168 [12-33 dies] – RPC I/168
ex-Herrero, auction december 2014, lot 41.
dafnis
0204_RPCI_169.jpg
0204 - Semis Augustus 20 BC-23 AC15 viewsObv/Lotus flower, around IVBA REX IVBAE F II VIR QV.
Rev/Priesthood accessories, around CN ATELIVS PONTI II V Q.

Ag, 22.9mm, 5.02g
Moneyer: anonymous.
Mint: Carthago Nova.
RPC I/169 [7-20c.]
ex-Herrero, auction may 2015, lot 2043.
dafnis
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024p Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), Syria, Antioch, Seleucis and Pieria, RPC II 2017, AE-(20)Semis, Large SC within laurel-wreath #1109 views024p Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), Syria, Antioch, Seleucis and Pieria, RPC II 2017, AE-(20)Semis, Large SC within laurel-wreath #1
avers: DOMITIANVS CAESAR, Laureate head left.
reverse: Large SC within laurel-wreath.
exergue: S/C//--, diameter: 17,0-20,0mm, weight: 4,55g, axis: 11h,
mint: Syria, Antioch, Seleucis and Pieria, date: 69-81 A.D., ref: RPC II 2017, BMC 251,
Q-001
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027 Traianus (98-117 A.D.), RIC II 0686, Rome, AE-Semis, S C, Scarce!,174 views027 Traianus (98-117 A.D.), RIC II 0686, Rome, AE-Semis, S C, Scarce!,
avers:- IMP-CAES-NERVA-TRAIAN-AVG, Laureate head right.
revers:- No legend - Table with jug and wreath atop it.
exerg: -/-//S-C, diameter: 16,5-18,5mm, weight:2,72g, axis: 7h,
mint: Rome, date: 107 A.D., ref: RIC-II-686-p-293, C-, Scarce!
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans
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05 - 40 - Cnia. Itálica - DRUSO (20 - 23 D.C.)28 viewsAE Semis 23 mm 4.95 gr.

Anv: "DRVSVS CAESAR TI AVG F" (Leyenda anti-horaria), Cabeza desnuda viendo a derecha.
Rev: Aquila (Águila Legionaria) y Vexillum (Estandarte) entre dos Signa (Insignias militares), "MUNIC ITALIC" (Leyenda anti-horaria), "PE-R / AV-G" en campo centro.

Acuñada 20 - 23 D.C.
Ceca: Cnia. Municipium Itálica, Hispania (Hoy Saltiponce, Sevilla, España)

Referencias: RPC #71, SNG Cop #419, ACIP #3340, Vives Pl.CLXVIII #12, ABH #1596, FAB #1685 P.205, Sear GICV #338 P.31, RAH #2012-20 Pag. 259/60 - DC y P #3 Pag.215, Cohen I #9 Pag.218, Heiss #10 Pag.380
mdelvalle
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056/3 Ancient imitation21 viewsAnonymous. Ae Semis imitation. Probably first century BC. Obv: Laureate head of Saturn r.; behind, S. Rev: Prow r.; above, S and below, ROMA.
Crawford 56/3

Style and shape is not the best on this coin. However, as an ancient imitation it does have historical value.
Paddy
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056/3 Spanish imitation in good style29 viewsAnonymous. Ae Semis. Second or first century BC. (6.58 g, 20.55 mm) Obv: Laureate head of Saturn r.; behind, S. Rev: Prow r.; above, S and below, ROMA.
Syd 143a; Crawford 56/3

In 1982 a conference report was published that contained a joint debate between Crawford and the Spanish numismatist Villaronga. Villaronga illustrated a number of coins from site finds near Cadiz, and concluded that they were good style Spanish imitations. Every year about 10 or 20 similar coins appear on the Spanish market, but none appear in Italian sources.

Thank you Mccabe for helping with the attribution.
Paddy
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0631 Focas, 602-61024 viewsGold semissis, 20.03mm, 2.11g, EF
d N FOCAS PER AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right / VICTORIA AVGU, Victory advancing right, head left, holding wreath and globus cruciger; CONOB in exg.
Scarce, some double-striking
Certificate of Authenticity by David R. Sear, ACCS
Ex: Glenn W. Woods
Sear 631; DO 16; MIB 25; Wroth/BMC 28-9; Tolstoi 29-31; Ratto 1205; CBN 32-4
Lawrence Woolslayer
Traianus-Decius_AE-Semmis_IMP-CMQ-TRAIANVS-DECIVS-AVG_No-legend_S-C_RIC-IV-III-128_C-102_Rome_248-AD_Q-001_h_mm_g-s.jpg
079 Traianus Decius (249-251 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0128, Rome, AE-Semis, S/C//--, No legend, Mars standing left, Scarce! #1108 views079 Traianus Decius (249-251 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0128, Rome, AE-Semis, S/C//--, No legend, Mars standing left, Scarce! #1
avers:- IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, Laureate, cuirassed bust right.
revers:- No legend, Mars standing left, resting hand on shield and holding spear, S-C across the field.
exe: S/C//--, diameter: 18mm, weight: 3,88g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 248 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-III-128, p-126, Scarce!,
Q-001
quadrans
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079 Traianus Decius (249-251 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0128, Rome, AE-Semis, S/C//--, No legend, Mars standing left, Scarce! #2105 views079 Traianus Decius (249-251 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0128, Rome, AE-Semis, S/C//--, No legend, Mars standing left, Scarce! #2
avers:- IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, Laureate, cuirassed bust right.
revers:- No legend, Mars standing left, resting hand on shield and holding spear, S-C across the field.
exe: S/C//--, diameter: 16,5-17,0mm, weight: 2,1g, axis: 5h,
mint: Rome, date: 248 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-III-128, p-126, Scarce!,
Q-002
quadrans
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098-117 AD - TRAJAN AE quadrans - struck 104-110 AD72 viewsobv: IMP CAES TRAIAN AVG GER DAC (laureate head right)
rev: METALLI VLPIANI (Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopia)
ref: RIC II 709 (R2), Cohen 182 (30frcs)
3.23gms, 17mm
Very rare

Under Trajan and Hadrian several series of bronze quadrantes were struck in the name of the imperial mines in Noricum, Dalmatia, Pannonia and Moesia (Dardania). These operations supplied metal for the mint at Rome, and perhaps were the sites of workshops to produce coinage for local circulation or as donatives. Others theorize that these pieces were struck at Rome itself, and served some unidentified function,much as the contemporary "nome" coinage struck at Alexandria in Egypt. The exact denomination is unclear. Most appear to be quadrans in the 14-17mm range but some larger examples could be considered semisses.
berserker
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098-117 AD - TRAJAN AE Semis - struck 107 AD37 viewsobv: IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG (laureate head right)
rev: gaming table, on which rests palm-branch in prize-urn and wreath, S-C in ex.
ref: RIC II 687, C.349, S 3247
2.53gms,18mm

A scarce denomination.
berserker
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1 semissis18 views19 by 19 mm/ 1m thick
angel?horse back with cross?
2.25g
wileyc
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14-08 - NERON (54 - 68 D.C.)67 viewsAE Semis 20 mm 4.8 gr.

Anv: "IMP NERO CAESAR AVG" - Busto a cabeza desnuda viendo a derecha.
Rev: "PONTIF MAX TR POT IMP P - S C" - Roma con yelmo sentada a izquierda Sobre una coraza militar, portando una corona en mano derecha levantada y Parazonium (espada militar corta, ancha y sin punta, que llevaban los Jefes militares como señal de distinción) en izquierda.

Acuñada 66 D.C.
Ceca: Roma

Referencias: NO LISTADA, EN TODOS LOS CASOS DIFIEREN EN LA LEYENDA DEL REVERSO (una sola P) - RIC Vol.1 #549 var Pag.182 - BMCRE #402 var - Cohen Vol.1 #237 var Pag.295 - DVM #35 var Pag.87

Mr. Curtis Clay says:
"IMP P in place of IMP P P appears with some frequency on Lugdunese bronzes of Nero, but not often enough to justify the belief that it was intentional. I attribute it to carelessness, not planning ahead and running out of space before the intended legend was complete.
Nonetheless the error seems to be unrecorded for this particular type, so it is also "unpublished"!"
mdelvalle
RIC_549v_Semis_Neron.jpg
14-08 - NERON (54 - 68 D.C.)17 viewsAE Semis 20 mm 4.8 gr.

Anv: "IMP NERO CAESAR AVG" - Busto a cabeza desnuda viendo a derecha.
Rev: "PONTIF MAX TR POT IMP P - S C" - Roma con yelmo sentada a izquierda Sobre una coraza militar, portando una corona en mano derecha levantada y Parazonium (espada militar corta, ancha y sin punta, que llevaban los Jefes militares como señal de distinción) en izquierda.

Acuñada 66 D.C.
Ceca: Roma

Referencias: NO LISTADA, EN TODOS LOS CASOS DIFIEREN EN LA LEYENDA DEL REVERSO (una sola P) - RIC Vol.1 #549 var Pag.182 - BMCRE #402 var - Cohen Vol.1 #237 var Pag.295 - DVM #35 var Pag.87

Mr. Curtis Clay says:
"IMP P in place of IMP P P appears with some frequency on Lugdunese bronzes of Nero, but not often enough to justify the belief that it was intentional. I attribute it to carelessness, not planning ahead and running out of space before the intended legend was complete.
Nonetheless the error seems to be unrecorded for this particular type, so it is also "unpublished"!"
mdelvalle
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200/3. Pinaria - semis (155 BC)8 viewsAE Semis (Rome, 155 BC)
O/ Laureate head of Saturn right; S behind.
R/ Prow right; NAT above; S before; (ROMA below).
12.48g; 27mm
Crawford 200/3 (7 specimens in Paris)
- Numismatik Naumann 57, lot 500.
Joss
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3159 CAPPADOCIA, Caesarea. Hadrian 124 AD Helios on Mt Argaeus30 viewsReference.
Cohen -, cf. 457 (laureate and without aegis). Henseler -, cf. X29a var. (without aegis). RIC -. RPC III -, cf. 3158-9 (differing bust types). Sydenham -, cf. 290a (laureate and without aegis). An unpublished variety of a very rare type.

Issue Bronze with latin legends and Mount Argaeus as reverse design

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Radiate head of Hadrian to right, with aegis on his left shoulder.

Rev. COS III
Mount Argaeus surmounted by statue of Sol-Helios, radiate, holding globe in his right hand and long scepter with his left.

4.81 gr
19 mm
6h

Note.
From the Collection of Sir A. J. Evans, Ars Classica XVII, 3 October 1934, 1400.

While usually being attributed to Caesarea, the style of the very rare small bronzes of Hadrian with Latin legends showing the Mount Argaios is clearly that of Rome. It is generally believed that the Rome mint shipped its dies to the East in such cases to have the coins struck on the spot, but the fact that RPC records an obverse die match between an Argaios-semis and a regular Rome mint piece in Vienna with a modius on the reverse (RPC III 3159.3 resp. BMC p. 442*) strongly indicates that all semisses were struck in Rome. The emergence of a local motive on a Roman Imperial coin is, in any case, very unusual and the coins may have been struck to commemorate Hadrian's visit to Cappadocia in 124 or 130/1.
1 commentsokidoki
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34. Theophilus 49 viewsTheophilus. 829-842.
AV Semissis (12mm, 1.91 g, 5h). Syracuse mint.
Struck 829-circa 830.
Crowned facing bust, wearing loros and holding globus cruciger / Crowned and draped facing bust holding globus cruciger.
DOC 19; Anastasi 544; SB 1676. Near EF.
From the Sasha Collection.
Ex-CNG
2 commentsSosius
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3714 SYRIA Antioch. Hadrian. Semis Laurel wreath18 viewsReference.
RPC 3, 3714; McAlee 539c

Obv. ΑΥΤΟΚΡ ΚΑΙС ΤΡΑΙΑΝ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СΕΒ
Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., with paludamentum

Rev. S • C
In laurel wreath; beneath: no letter(s)

4.50 gr
19 mm
12h
okidoki
844_P_Hadrian_RPC3715.JPG
3715 SYRIA Antioch. Hadrian. Semis A below.16 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3715; CRS 253; McAlee 539(a)

Obv. ΑΥΤΟΚΡ ΚΑΙС ΤΡΑΙΑΝ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СΕΒ
Laureate head of Hadrian, r.

Rev. S • C
In laurel wreath; beneath: A

7.69 gr
19 mm
12h
okidoki
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3717 SYRIA Antioch. Hadrian. Semis A below.33 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3717; BMC Galatia 289.p185; McAlee 540a

Obv. ΑΥΤΟΚΡ ΚΑΙС ΤΡΑΙΑΝ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СΕΒ
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from behind with paludamentum

Rev. S • C
In laurel wreath beneath A

5.9 gr
20 mm
12h
okidoki
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3718 SYRIA Antioch. Hadrian. Semis B below22 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3718; McAlee 538b

Obv. ΑΥΤΟΚΡ ΚΑΙС ΤΡΑΙΑΝ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СΕΒ
Laureate head of Hadrian, right

Rev. S • C
in laurel wreath; beneath: Β

6.73 gr
19 mm
12h
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3718 Syria Antioch. Hadrian. Semis B below13 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3718; McAlee 538b.

Obv. ΑΥΤΟΚΡ ΚΑΙС ΤΡΑΙΑΝ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СΕΒ
Laureate head of Hadrian, right

Rev. S • C
in laurel wreath; beneath: Β

7.40 gr
21 mm
6h
okidoki
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3720 SYRIA Antioch. Hadrian. Semis B below19 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3720; CRS 254; McAlee 537b

Obv. ΑΥΤΟΚΡ ΚΑΙС ΤΡΑΙΑΝ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СΕΒ
Lureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., with paludamentum, seen from rear

Rev. S • C
In laurel wreath; beneath: Β

4.90 gr
20 mm
12h
okidoki
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3722 SYRIA Antioch. Hadrian. Semis Γ below.33 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3722; BMC Galatia 293, p186; McAlee 538c

Obv. AVTO KAICT PAI AΔPIANOC CEB
Laureate and cuirassed bust right

Rev. S • C
In laurel wreath beneath Γ

6.45 gr
18 mm
12h
okidoki
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3763 Hadrian Semis, Roma 125-128 AD Lyre.15 viewsReference.
RIC 688; BMC 1359; Strack 625; van Heesch 148-9/6; CRS 31; McAlee 547; RPC III 3763

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right seen from the back

Rev. COS III,
Lyre; S-C across fields.

4.22 gr
19 mm
6h
okidoki
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3765 Hadrian Semis, Rome 125-28 AD Roma seated6 viewsReference.
RIC 685; BMC 1356; Cohen 347; RPC III 3765; McAlee 552a

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Laureate draped bust right.

Rev.COS III in exergue SC
Roma seated left on cuirass, holding Victory and scepter, shield behind.

4.14 gr
20 mm
6h
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52-20 - DIADUMENIANO (Mayo/217 - Junio/218 D.C.)9 viewsAE Semis/Triasaría ?? 23 mm 7.2 gr.

Anv: "M OPEL ANTONINVS DIADV" - Busto a cab. desnuda con Paludamentum (capote militar), viendo a derecha.
Rev: "COL FL PAC DEVLT" – Nemesis estante a izq., portando balanza en mano der. y parazonium en izq. Rueda detrás a la der.

Acuñada 217 - 218 D.C.
Ceca: Deultum (Hoy Debelt en la Provincia de Burgas en el sureste de Bulgaria)

Referencias: Yurukova #83, Moushmov #3575
mdelvalle
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685 Hadrian Semis, Rome 125-28 AD Roma seated28 viewsReference.
RIC 685; BMC 1356; Cohen 347; RPC III 3765; McAlee 552

Obv.HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Laureate draped bust right.

Rev.COS III in exergue SC
Roma seated left on cuirass, holding Victory and scepter, shield behind.

4.14 gr
20 mm
6h
okidoki
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688 Hadrian Semis, Roma 125-128 AD Lyre.24 viewsReference.
RIC 688; BMC 1359; Strack 625; van Heesch 148-9/6; CRS 31; McAlee 547; RPC III 3763

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right seen from the back

Rev. COS III,
Lyre; S-C across fields.

4.22 gr
19 mm
6h
okidoki
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81-96 AD - DOMITIAN AE semis - struck 85 AD 52 viewsobv: IMP DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI (bust of Apollo, draped, laureate right)
rev: lyre, S-C in field
ref: RIC II 318 (C), RSC 541 (3 frcs)
mint: 4.10gms, 21mm
Scarce

The lyre was the symbol of harmony and unity among men.
This orichalcum semis (= 2 quadrantes) was in the auction of Dr. Busso Peus, date: 3 November 2004. It’s the same what the coinarchives shows. Although in RIC this coin rate is common, I think it’s a bit scarcer.
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AE19 SEMIS CARTAGONOVA (Cartagena, Spain).TEMPLE30 views14 - 36 D. C. Antonivs Protti
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Anastasius I Gold Semissis133 viewsSBCV 6, DOC I 8 Constantinople
2.09 g, 18.1 mm
D N ANASTASIVS P P AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
VICTORIA AVGGG, Victory seated right on shield and cuirass, inscribing XXXX on shield set on knee, star left, inverted P right
CONOB in exergue
Ex: FORVM
Scarce
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Anastasius I. 491-518. AV Semissis (18mm, 2.19 g, 6h). Constantinople mint. Struck circa 492-507. 20 viewsJoe Geranio Collection-Anastasius I. 491-518. AV Semissis (18mm, 2.19 g, 6h). Constantinople mint. Struck circa 492-507. Pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Victory seated right, inscribing shield set on knee; star to left, staurogram to right; CONOB. DOC 8; MIBE 9; SB 6. Joe Geranio
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Ancient imitative, Saturn/Prow39 viewsRoman Republican, 1st Century B.C., Ancient Imitative. Bronze semis, cf. Crawford 339/2 (official, Rome mint), VF, porous dark patina, 3.598g, 16.7mm, 0o, obverse head of Saturn right; reverse , prow right. An unofficial imitative of a late anonymous issue. ex FORVMPodiceps
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Anonymous26 viewsAnonymous. After 211 BC. Æ Semis (23mm, 9.69 g, 7h). Uncertain mint. Laureate head of Saturn right; S behind / Prow of galley right; S above. Crawford 56/3; Sydenham 143a. VF, green patina, minor roughness.

Ex-CNG 219 lot 390 62/100

The semis (literally meaning half) was a small Roman bronze coin that was valued at half an as. During the Roman Republic, the semis was distinguished by an 'S' (indicating semis) or 6 dots (indicating a theoretical weight of 6 unciae). Some of the coins featured a bust of Saturn on the obverse, and the prow of a ship on the reverse.

Initially a cast coin, like the rest of Roman Republican bronzes, it began to be struck from shortly before the Second Punic War (218-204 BC). The coin was issued infrequently during the Roman Empire, and ceased to be issued by the time of Hadrian (117-138 AD).
ecoli
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ANONYMOUS31 viewsAE semis . Spanish mint. After 211 BC. 7,83 grs. Laureate head of Saturn right. S behind / Prow of galley right. S above. ROMA in exergue.
Crawford 56/3.

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Anonymous AE Semis69 viewsAnonymous AE Semis. Circa 211 BC. Laureate Bust of Saturn right, S behind / Prow right, S above. Cr56/3; Syd143. 8.79g, 23mm.
Very Good.

Ex Roma Numismatics
Philoromaos
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Anonymous AE Semis circa 91 BC28 viewsRoman Republic Anonymous AE Semis circa 91 BC, 6.19g, 23mm

OBV: Head of Saturn right.

REV: Prow of a galley right "S" before, "ROMA" in exergue

REF: RCV 901

Ex: Aegean Numismatics +photo
Gil-galad
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Anonymous AE Semis circa 91 BC41 viewsRoman Republic Anonymous AE Semis circa 91 BC, 6.19g, 23mm

Obverse: Head of Saturn right.

Reverse: Prow of a galley right "S" before, "ROMA" in exergue

Reference: RCV 901

EX: Aegean Numismatics
Gil-galad
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ANONYMOUS REPUBLICAN BARBAROUS SEMIS, HISPANIA 23 viewsafter 211 BC
AE 16 mm, 2.11 g
O: Laureate head of Saturn right, inverted S behind.
R: Prow of galley right, S above, ROMA in exergue
laney
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ANONYMOUS REPUBLICAN SEMIS, HISPANIA 21 viewsafter 211 BC
AE 20 mm, 3.78 g
O: Laureate head of Saturn right, S behind.
R: Prow of galley right, S above, ROMA in exergue
laney
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Anonymous Roman Republic33 viewsAE Semis 21mm, 8.6g, anonymous, after 211 BC.
Obv.: Laureate head of Saturn right; S behind.
Rev.: Prow of galley right; S above, ROMA below.
Reference: ACIP 2659; Burgos R44.
Notes: sold to JWT, 9/7/2015
John Anthony
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Anonymous Semis; Saturn, S behind / Prow with S above15 viewsSemis. Head of Saturn, S behind / prow of galley, S above. Syd 143a, Crawford 56/3.Podiceps
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ANONYMOUS.63 viewsAE semis . Spanish mint. After 211 BC. 7,83 grs. Laureate head of Saturn right. S behind / Prow of galley right. S above. ROMA in exergue.
Villaronga AIIN 29 (1982)
benito
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Anonymous; Imitative; Saturn/ Prow, SC above7 viewsI am by no means sure about the identification, but this appears similar to some Spanish? imitatives of Late Roman Republic Semis, c. 100 B.C. - 50 A.D.
The use of SC may suggest a muddling of late Republican types with those of Augustus or a later Emperor. Laureate head of Saturn right; reverse SC above, Prow right, ROMA below.
-Those who know better, please, leave a comment
Podiceps
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Another nice scorpio for the zoo !267 views2 provincial animals !3 commentsphilippe B2
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Antioch S & P Mint Domitian Bronze Coin87 viewsDomitian 81 - 96 AD., Antioch S&P Mint. Bronze 21 mm (Semis) 7.5 gram
Obverse: Bust Left
Reverse: Laurel wreath around SC _2500 sold

2 commentsAntonivs Protti
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AS OF IRIPPO. Hispania, Irippo (area of Seville), 28 views25 mm, 5.07 g. Semis. ca.30 BC. IRIPPO,
inscription before bare head of Augustus (Octavian) right / female seated left holding pine cone and cornucopiae.
RPC 55; Burgos 1238; Mionnet 402. _2050
Antonivs Protti
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Augustus4 viewsAugustus Semis minted Lyon, ca 10-14, 18mm, 5.27gm, Altar of Lyon...RIC 234Ancient Aussie
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AUGUSTUS & PTOLEMY OF NUMIDIA AE semis175 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 GT4
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Augustus (27 BC-14 AD)15 viewsMacedon, Philippi, Æ 19mm (Semis). VIC AVG, Nike standing left on globe, holding wreath and palm / COHOR PRAE PHIL, three military standards. SNG ANS 677; SNG Copenhagen 305, BMC 23, SGI 32.mestreaudi
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Augustus - Semis - RIC 23416 viewsObv: CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE. Augustus, bare, r.
Rev: ROM ET AVG. Front elevation of the Altar of Lugdunum, decorated with the corona civica between laurels, these being flanked by nude male figures; to l. and r. Victories on columns, facing one another
Size: 20,5 mm
Weight: 4,61 g
Mint: Lugdunum
Date: 9-14 AD
Ref: RIC I 234
Rarity: R3 (RIC I)
vs1969
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AUGUSTUS AE19 (Semis), RPC 1651, NIKE51 viewsOBV: VIC AVG, Nike standing left on globe, holding wreath and palm
REV: COHOR PRAE PHIL, three military standards
3.8g, 19mm

Minted at Philippi, 31-14 BC
Legatus
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AUGUSTUS AE19 (Semis), RPC 1651, NIKE29 viewsOBV: VIC AVG, Nike standing left on globe, holding wreath and palm
REV: COHOR PRAE PHIL, three military standards
4.6g, 18mm

Minted at Philippi, 32-14 BC
Legatus
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AUGUSTUS AE20 (Semis), RPC 130, Colonia Patricia37 viewsOBV: PERM CAES AVG, bare head left
REV: COLONIA PATRICIA, Apex & Simpulum
4.08g, 20 mm

Minted at Colonia Patricia (Cordoba - Spain), 19/18-2 B.C
Legatus
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Augustus Carteia Tyche and Neptune71 viewsAugustus, Carteia Spain, AE Semis, 27 BC - 14 AD, 21.36mm, 7.2g, RPC I 122, Villaronga 71, Burgos 662,
OBV: CARTEIA, Turreted bust of Tyche right
REV: D D, Neptune standing left, foot on rock, holding dolphin and trident

The Latin colony of Carteia was founded in 171 B.C. In 27 B.C., when Augustus had become emperor, Hispania Ulterior was divided into Baetica (modern Andalusia) and Lusitania (modern Portugal, Extremadura, and part of Castilla-León). Cantabria and Basque country were also added to Hispania Citerior.
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Augustus Provincial AE semis, Colonia Patricia9 viewsAugustus (27 BC – 14 AD)

AE Semis, Colonia Patricia

Obv: PERM. CAES. AVG. Bust left.
Rev: COLONIA PATRICIA. Apex and simpulum.
RIC I 130

Weigth: 5.1g.
Diameter: 20mm.
Jose Polanco
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Augustus Semis Altar of Lugdunum64 viewsObv.
CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE
Laureate head right

Rev.
Altar of Lugdunum
ROM ET AVG
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Augustus Æ Semis, RPC I 192, Hexastyle Temple35 viewsOBV: AVGVSTVS DIVI·F, Laureate head right
REV: Q.PAPIR.CAR.Q.TER.MONT.II.VIR.Q., Hexastyle temple with IVNONI inscribed on the entablature, C I IL A among the columns of the temple.
5g, 21 mm

Minted at Ilici (Elche - Spain), after 12 BC
Legatus
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Augustus, AE Semis, RPC I 1305 viewsAugustus
27 B.C. – 14 A.D.

Coin: AE Semis

Obverse: PERM CAES - AVG, Bare headed bust facing to the left.
Reverse: COLO-NIA PATRICIA, Apex and Simpulum.

Weight: 5.04 g, Diameter: 20.6 x 21 x 2 mm, Die axis: 45°, Mint: Colonia Patricia (Corduba), Spain, struck between 18-2 B.C. Reference: RPC I 130
Masis
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Augustus, AE Semis, RPC I 16513 viewsAugustus
27 BC - 14 A.D.

Coin: AE Semis

Obverse: Victoria, standing, facing left, upon a base, holding a Wreath with her right hand and a Palm branch with her left. VIC - AVG across the fields.
Reverse: COHOR PRAE PHIL, around Three Vexillae.

Weight: 4.77 g, Diameter: 19 x 18 x 2 mm, Die axis: 180°, Mint: Philippi, in commemoration of the battle in 42 B.C. Reference: RPC I 1651
Masis
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Augustus, AE Semis, RPC I 1651 Second example2 viewsAugustus
27 BC - 14 A.D.

Coin: AE Semis

Obverse: Victoria, standing, facing left, upon a base, holding a Wreath with her right hand and a Palm branch with her left. VIC - AVG across the fields.
Reverse: COHOR - PRAE / PHIL, around Three Vexillae.

Weight: 4.44 g, Diameter: 18.2 x 18.2 x 2.1 mm, Die axis: 0°, Mint: Philippi, in commemoration of the battle in 42 B.C.
Reference: RPC I 1651
Masis
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Augustus, AE Semis, RPC I 1651 Third example2 viewsAugustus
27 BC - 14 A.D.

Coin: AE Semis

Obverse: Victoria, standing, facing left, upon a base, holding a Wreath with her right hand and a Palm branch with her left. VIC - AVG across the fields.
Reverse: COHOR - PRAE / PHIL, around Three Vexillae.

Weight: 4.26 g, Diameter: 19.8 x 18.3 x 2.1 mm, Die axis: 10°, Mint: Philippi, in commemoration of the battle in 42 B.C.
Reference: RPC I 1651
Masis
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Augustus, AE Semis, RPC I 995 viewsAugustus
27 B.C. – 14 A.D.

Coin: AE Semis

Obverse: PERM CAES - AVG, Bare headed bust facing left.
Reverse: IVLIA TRAD, in two lines within a Civic Crown.

Weight: 9.27 g, Diameter: 23.2 x 22.4 x 2.9 mm, Die axis: 230°, Mint: Julia Traducta, Spain, struck between 12-10 B.C. Reference: RPC I 99

According to Strabo, between 33 - 25 BCE, the name "Iulia Traducta" ("transferred Iulia"), refered to the fact that part of the population had been moved from the city of Iulia Constantia Zilitanorum in North Africa.
Masis
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Augustus, AE22, Barbaric As, Countermarked5 viewsAugustus
27 B.C. – 14 A.D.

AE22 "Barbaric" As, Countermarked

Obverse: Bare headed bust facing right. Countermarks of AVG, TICAE (Tiberius Caesar) and Subsequently an S (which may signify the coins downgrading to a Semis).
Reverse: A laurel Wreath.

Weight: 7.69 g, Diameter: 22 x 23 x 1.8 mm, Die axis: 0°, Mint: The Balkans, 27 B.C. - 14 A.D. Reference: Similar to the AE22's of Thessalonica for Augustus, RPC I 1557
Masis
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Augustus, Caesaraugusta. 27 BC-AD 14. Æ Semis 20mm, 6,43g.26 viewsColonia Caesaraugusta mint; L. Cassius and C. Valerius Fene(stella?), duoviri.
Obv: AVGVSTVS DIVI • F, laureate head left.
Rev: CAESAR (AR ligate) AVGVSTA (AV ligate) / L CASSIO C VAL (VA ligate) FEN, vexillum set on low basis; II• - VIR across field.
RPC I 311; NAH -; SNG Copenhagen 546 var. (magistrate).
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Augustus, Carteia Spain, Tyche & Neptune11 viewsAugustus 27 B.C.E. - 14 C.E.
AE Semis, RPC I 122, Villaranoga 71
Obverse - CARTEIA, Turrited bust of Tyche right
Reverse - DD, Neptune standing left, holding dolphin and trident
21.2 mm., 4.6 g.
NORMAN K
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Augustus, Carteia Spain, Tyche & Neptune, 31 BCE-14 CE21 viewsAugustus 27 B.C.E.- 14 C.E.
AE Semis, 21.3 mm., 4.5 g. RPC I 122, Villaranoga 71
Obverse - CARTEIA, Turrited bust of Tyche right
Reverse - DD, Neptune standing left, holding dolphin and trident
NORMAN K
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Augustus, Macedon, Philippi, AE 19mm (Semis). 31 AD17 viewsRoman Provincial, Augustus, Macedon, Philippi, AE 19mm (Semis). (31 AD), 4.7g, 19mm

Obverse: VIC - AVG, Victory standing left on base holding wreath and palm.

Reverse: COHOR PRAE PHIL, Three standards in honor of the Praetorian Guard's battle between Augustus and Marcus Antonius.

Reference: RPC I 1651, SGICV 32, SNG Cop 305, BMC 23, SNG ANS 677
Gil-galad
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AUGUSTUS, PHILIPPI20 viewsMacedon, Philippi, AE 19mm (Semis). VIC AVG, Nike standing left on globe, holding wreath and palm / COHOR PRAE PHIL, three military standards. SNG ANS 677; SNG Copenhagen 305, BMC 23, SGI 32.
RPC 1651
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AVG TICAE & S, AE22, Barbaric AE As116 viewsAugustus
27 B.C. – 14 A.D.

Coin: AE22 "Barbaric" As, Countermarked

Obverse: Bare headed bust facing right. Countermarks of AVG, TICAE (Tiberius Caesar) and subsequently an S (which may signify the coins downgrading to a Semis).
Reverse: A laurel Wreath.

Weight: 7.69 g, Diameter: 22 x 23 x 1.8 mm, Die axis: 0°, Mint: The Balkans, 27 B.C. - 14 A.D. Reference: Similar to the
AE22's issued by Thessalonica for Augustus (RPC I 1557)
Masis
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Bronze Augustus Semis14 viewsA bronze Semis of Augustus, minted between 19-2 BC. 22 mm, 5.1 g.

Obverse: Augustus, bare-headed, with the inscription PERM CAES AVG = "The Eternal Caesar Augustus".

Reverse: pieces of religious attire, an apex (cap) and simpulum (ladle), with the city's name around the edge, COLONIA PATRICIA.

Attribution: RPC 130
chuy1530
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Bruttium Vibo Valentia Semis79 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
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Bruttium, Vibo Valentia (later Hipponium)16 viewsVibo Valentia (later Hipponium), Bruttium, AE19 Semis. Ca. 192-89 BC. Diademed head of Hera right, S behind head / VALENTIA to left of two cornucopiae, S and krater in right field. BMC 15; SNG Cop 1842.1 commentsecoli
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Bruttium; Vibo Valentia; semis; Hera/ VALENTIA, double cornucopia, S30 viewsVibo Valentia, Bruttium, Italy, 192 - 89 B.C. Bronze semis, HN Italy 2263, SNG ANS 475 - 483, VF, rough green patina, Vibo Valentia mint, 5.027g, 18.8mm, 270o, 192 - 89 B.C.; obverse head of Hera right, wearing stephane; reverse VALENTIA, double cornucopia, S (mark of value) in right field. Ex FORVM, photo credit FORVMPodiceps
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Byzacene Hadrumetum - Augustus - AE Semis RPC 78332 viewsAE Semis - Time of Augustus, c. 10 AD, AE17, (3.91g) Hadrumetum, North Africa,.
Obv: L FLAMIN CAPIT Head of Neptune right, trident behind.
Rev: L ELIEV PERT Head of Sol right.
RPC 783.
Tanit
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Byzacene Thapsus Semis RPC 79419 viewsByzacene, Thapsus, Semis, 10-8 BC
Obv: Female head veiled and diad. to right.
Rev: Punic inscription STPSR; Lyre.

RPC 794
Tanit
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byzantine coin weight 12 Siliquae=1 Semissis12 viewsDotted B one side
15 by 9 by 2 mm
2.67g
Weber; Tafel 15.16
wileyc
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byzantine coin weight 12 Siliquae=1 Semissis11 viewsunclear marking one side
15 by 10 by 1 mm
1.99g
Weber; Tafel 15
wileyc
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byzantine coin weight 12 Siliquae=1 Semissis13 viewsfaint IB on one side
10 by 10 by 3mm
2.16 g
Weber 1.1-67.1, Hendin 363-365
wileyc
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byzantine coin weight 12 Siliquae=1 Semissis14 viewsplain all sides
10 by 10 by 3mm
2.86g
Weber; Tafel 15.16
wileyc
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Byzantine coin weight 12 silquae = 1 semissis12 viewsplain both sides
9mm by 8mm by 3mm, 2.82g
wileyc
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Byzantine coin weight 12 silquae = 1 semissis18 viewscircular pattern both sides
10mm by 9mm by 3mm, 2.93g
wileyc
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Byzantine coin weight 12 silquae = 1 semissis13 viewsplain both sides
10mm by 9mm by 2mm, 2.52g
wileyc
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BYZANTINE, Justinian I, AV Semissis81 viewsJustinian I AV Semissis. Constantinopolis, AD 527-565. D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right / VICTORIA AVGGG, Victory seated right, inscribing numerals on shield; star to right, christogram to left.
MIBE 17; Sear 143. 2.17g, 20mm, 6h.
1 commentschance v
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Caecilia 23?33 viewsCaecilia 23? (130BC) moneyer Q. Caecilius Metellus cos 123 BC Rome

Semis

Ob: Laureate head of Saturn right; behind S
Rev: Prow right above Q ∙ MET (TE ligature), right S, in exergue ROMA

BMCRR I 1059

Sydenham 510

Crawford: 256/2a Q. METE

There is some confusion concerning which Q. Caecilius Metellus was the moneyer. Sydenham states that this difficulty arises from the fact that during this period (125-100 BC) the Metelli were at the height of their power and therefore would have multiple junior family members beginning the cursum honorum at the mint. There are a large number of variant legends.


Nice green patina, 6.03gr.
1 commentsPetrus Elmsley
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Caesarea Caduceus8 viewsSemis
Obv.: ΑVΤ KAIC NEP TPAIAN CЄΒ ΓЄΡΜ
Laureate head r.
Rev.: ΔΗΜΑΡΧ - ЄΞ ΥΠΑΤ B
Winged Caduceus

2.41g, 16mm
McAlee 501; Sydenham 230 (Caesarea)
klausklage
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Caligula (RPC 477, Coin #586)19 viewsCaligula, RPC 477 (S), AE Semis, Segobriga Spain, 37 - 41 AD
Obv: C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS IMP Laureate head of Caligula left.
Rev: SEGOBRIGA Legend in two lines within wreath.
Size: 20.7mm 4.36g
MaynardGee
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Capricorn193 viewsMACEDON. Philippi. Tiberius. Æ 18 (Semis). A.D. 14-37. Obv: TI.AVG. Bare head right; countermark on neck. Rev: Two colonists ploughing right with two oxen. Ref: BMC 89-91 (MYSIA. Parium). Axis: 360°. Weight: 4.27 g. CM: Capricorn, right (?), in circular punch, 4 mm. Howgego 301v (?). Note: The application of the capricorn, a standard type of Parium (Mysia) to which the host coin was traditionally attributed, may have indicated a devaluation of the coin. Collection Automan.Automan
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Capricorn200 viewsMACEDON. Philippi. Tiberius. Æ 17 (Semis). A.D. 14-37. Obv: TI.AVG. Bare head right; countermark on neck. Rev: Two colonists ploughing right with two oxen. Ref: BMC 89-91 (MYSIA. Parium). Axis: 360°. Weight: 4.91 g. CM: Capricorn right, in rectangular punch, 5 x 3-3.5 mm. Howgego 302 (2 pcs). Note: The application of the capricorn, a standard type of Parium (Mysia) to which the host coin was traditionally attributed, may have indicated a devaluation of the coin. Collection Automan.Automan
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Carisa - AE semis10 views1st century BC
head of young Hercules left wearing lion's skin
horseman galloping left holding spear and large shield
CARISSA
AB-446; Vill-6
ex Martí Hervera / Soler y Llach
Johny SYSEL
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CARTEIA - Hispania16 viewsHoy Guarranqué - San Roque - España

AE Semis 18/19 mm 4.8 gr.

Anv: "CARTEIA" (leyenda horaria), Tyche vistiendo corona mural, viendo a derecha.
Rev: "D D" en campo izquierdo. Neptuno estante a izquierda, apoyando su pié derecho en una roca?, portando delfín en la mano de su brazo derecho extendido y tridente en izquierdo.

Acuñada: En tiempos de Augusto 27 A.C. - 12 D.C.

Referencias: SNG Cop #443, Vv Pl. CXXIX #2, ABH #663, Villaronga CNH #71 P.420, MBR #48, RPC I #122, Guadan #957, ACIP #2615, ABH(Ant) #1407 P.176, Ripolles #2320/2412 P.289/97, Chaves IV (1979) #29, NAH #949
mdelvalle
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CARTEIA - Hispania7 viewsHoy Guarranqué - San Roque - España

AE Semis 19 mm 4.8 gr.

Anv: "S" detrás de cabeza c/yelmo viendo a derecha.
Rev: "M·ARGA" sobre proa de galera, en campo izquierdo. "CARTE" en exergo.

Acuñada: 70 A.C.

Referencias: ABH #688 a 690, Villaronga CNH #47 P.417 (R5), Ripolles #2263/4 P.284, Chaves II (1979) #17b
mdelvalle
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Carteia, Spain, 1st Century B.C. Bronze semis, SNG Cop 43350 viewsCarteia, Spain, 1st Century B.C. Bronze semis, SNG Cop 433, F, Carteia mint, 5.733g, 22.3mm, 270o, obverse head of Jupiter right; reverse Q PEDECAI CARTEIA, dolphin right. Ex FORVMPodiceps
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Carteia; Time of Augustus, semis, Tyche CARTEIA/ Eros on dolphin, DD7 viewsCarteia, Spain. Time of Augustus. Semis, 4.230g, 16.7mm, 180o, obverse CARTEIA, turreted head of Tyche right; reverse D D (=Decreto Decurionum), Eros on dolphin right. Lindgren II 76, Burgos (1982) 1414, Burgos (1987) 517, SNG Cop 434. Ex FORVM Podiceps
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Carthago Nova. Augustus82 viewsObverse: AVGVSTVS DIVI F, Augustus Bare head right
Reverse: C LAETILIVS APALVS II V Q
Exe: REX/PTOL in two lines across field within diadem
Mint : Carthago Nova
Date : 27 BC-AD 14
Reference : RPC I 172; SNG Copenhagen 494
Grade : Good VF
Weight : 5.26 g
Denom : Semis
Metal : AE
Dealer : CNG.

Comments : 20mm, 12h . Red and black-olive patina. The bronze coin honors the young Mauretanian prince Ptolemaios (Juba II and Cleopatra Selene's son) with the highest official title of the city.
Bolayi
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Castulo - AE semis19 viewsearly 2nd century BC
diademed head right
Bull right
crescent above
KASTILO retrograde in southern hispanian script
CNH p. 331, 2-3; SNG BM Spain 1223-6
5,69g
Johny SYSEL
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Castulo AB-728 B.C.E.+12 viewsSemis. Castulo anv.
Obverse - NC. VOS S.F.T. Male head right
Reverse - CN FVL CNF Bull right. Under Iberian legend
23 mm., 8.8 g.
NORMAN K
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Castulo AE Semis. Hispania.19 viewsCastulo, Spain, AE Semis 6,26 gr. 22 mm. CN VOC S T F, Bare, male head right / Bull right over CN and crescent. Burgos (2008), 728.Antonivs Protti
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Castulo Ancient Celtic Spain , 2nd- 1st Century BCE9 views21.9 mm., 6.0 g. AE Semis
Obverse - Bull standing right; crescent above
Reverse - Diademed male head right
SNG BM Spain 1346-1353 var.
NORMAN K
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Castulo, Hispania Ulterior, c. Mid 2nd - Early 1st Century B.C.16 viewsBronze semis, VF, 4.370g, 18.5mm, 180o, Castulo mint, c. Mid 2nd - Early 1st Century B.C.
Obv: Diademed male head right.
Rev: Bull standing right, crescent above, "Kastilo" in Iberian script in ex.
Ref: cf. SNG BM Spain 1353, SNG Cop 216, Villaronga-Benages 2146 (R6), Lindgren II 44
VF
Scarce
mjabrial
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Castulo, Spain, Semis, Bull2 viewsAE Semis
Castulo, Spain
Circa 50BC
19.0mm 6.36gr
O: NO LEGEND; Diademed male head, right. "A" in front.
R: Bull standing right, "L," (Crescent), above.
Burgos 561; Villaronga 54.
lucernae 290987870986
10/10/13 1/29/17
Nicholas Z
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Castulo, Spain, Semis, Bull1 viewsAE Semis
Castulo, Spain
Circa Second and First Centuries BC
22.0mm 5.62gr
O: CN VOC STF; Bare male head, right.
R: Bull, right. CN and (Crescent) above.
Burgos 728
lucernae 281178195547
10/10/13 1/29/17
Nicholas Z
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Cárbula semis (1).61 viewsObserve: Female head to the right. Snake before. X behind.
Reverse: CARBVLA. Lyre.
Weight: 10,3 gr. Size: 24 mm.
FAB. 336. LV.3
Dated: Beginning II Century B.C.

The mint of Cárbula is now in the village of Almodovar del Río near Córdoba.
Corduba
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Cárbula semis (2)67 viewsObserve: Female head to the right. Snake before. X behind.
Reverse: CARBVLA. Lyre.
Weight: 11,3 gr. Size: 27 mm.
FAB. 336. LV.3
Dated: Beginning II Century B.C.

The mint of Cárbula is now in the village of Almodovar del Río near Córdoba.
Corduba
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CELTIC, Celtic Imitation of Roman Republican Semis101 viewsObverse-Bust of Saturn
Reverse-Galley prow, S above, OMA below.

I think the R in the exergue may be off center. The A is about 30 degrees tilted left.
CoinScrubber
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Colonia Patricia semis54 viewsObserve: PERM. CAES. AVG. Augustus bare head to the left.
Reverse: COLONIA PATRICIA. Apex and Simpulum.
Weight: 4,8 gr. Size: 21 mm.
FAB: 1565.
Corduba
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Constantine IV82 viewssemissisantvwala
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Constantius II102 viewsSemissisantvwala
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Corduba semis (1)88 viewsObserve: (C)N. IVLI. L. (F.Q.) Venus head to the right, behind 3 pellets.
Reverse: CORD(VBA). Eros lookinng to the left, holding a cornucopia and a torch?. 3 pellets below
Weight: 5,6 gr. Size: 20 mm.
FAB: 1558.
1 commentsCorduba
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Corduba Semis (2)62 viewsObserve: C.N. IVLI. L. F.Q. Venus head to the right, behind 3 pellets.
Reverse: CORDVBA. Eros lookinng to the left, holding a cornucopia and a torch?. 3 pellets below.
Weight: 7,5 gr. Size: 19 mm.
FAB: 1558.
Corduba
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Corduba semis (3)80 viewsObserve: C.N. IVLI.(L. F.Q.) Venus head to the right, behind 3 pellets.
Reverse: CORDVBA. Eros lookinng to the left, holding a cornucopia and a torch?. 3 pellets below
Weight: 8,0 gr. Size: 21 mm.
FAB: 1558.
Corduba
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Corduba semis incuse55 viewsObserve: (C)N. IVLI. L. (F.Q.) Venus head to the right, behind 3 pellets.
Reverse: Incuse.
Weight: 6,8 gr. Size: 20 mm.
FAB: 1558.
Corduba
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Corinth, Corinthia16 views14-37 AD (Reign of Tiberius)
AE Semis (14mm, 3.03g)
O: Pegasus flying right.
R: Melikertes naked, swimming with dolphin left, left hand holding dorsal fin.
Amandry XVI63
ex Agora Auctions

Melikertes was the mortal son of Ino who, while fleeing from her insane husband, flung herself and her son into the ocean from a high cliff near Megara. The two were immediately transformed into sea dieties, and Melikertes was brought ashore to Corinth by a dolphin. Melikertes became Palaimon the patron of sailors, and identified with the Roman god of harbors Portunus.
Melikertes is sometimes depicted with a fish tail and has been associated with the Phoenician god Malquart. It is very easy to see an iconographic similarity between Melikertes and Arion of Corinth or Phalanthos of Taras.
Enodia
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Countermarks: S, AAC, TI•CA13 viewsAugustus AE As. Countermarks: S (devalued to a semis), AAC, TI•CA Holding_History
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Countermarks: S, AVG, TI•CA 13 viewsAugustus AE As. Countermarks: S (devalued to a semis), AVG, TI•CA Holding_History
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Cr 44/7 AR Sestertius Anonymous30 viewsO: Helmeted head of Roma right; behind, IIS [= 2 and Semi]
R: The Dioscuri galloping right; below, ROMA in linear frame
0.81 gms; 13.50 mm
Broad flan, toned

A bit light, but achieving a consistent weight in casting flans was one of the challenges with this small coin at a time when the silver weight was still a critical component of acceptance.

Although the quarter-denarius seems like it should have been a very handy coin, saving the need to carry two large As and the Semis, the silver sestertius was minted only sporadically and then was discontinued. Accordingly, they are relatively rare, and I have to say this one is very nice.
2 commentsPMah
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Cr 56/3 AE Semis Anonymous 10 viewsc. 211 BCE 25.7 mm, 12.54 grams.
o: Saturn head laureate r
r: Prow r, ROMA below, S above
Crawford 56/3.
Ex. RBW collection
Coin nicer than this photo, but I am trying to round out the Cr. 56 types.
PMah
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Cr 60/6 AE Sextans Anonymous [Caduceus]8 viewsc. 211 - 208 BCE, anonymous bronze sextans
24.6 mm, 9.23 grams
o: Mercury head to right, wearing winged petasos; 2 pellets above
r: Prow to r., caduceus above; in exergue, ROMA
Ex. RBW collection
PMah
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Cr 114/3 Æ Semis Anonymous [Rostrum tridens] 9 viewsRostrum tridens (second) series.
Probably a late unofficial issue, after 82 BCE
o: Laureate head of Saturn right; behind, S.
r: Prow right; above, rostrum tridens; before, S; below, ROMA.
Cf. Cr. 114/3. (g. 9.08 mm. 24.00)
Coarse style and light?
PMah
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Cr 177/2 AE Semis [TP or PT]10 viewsBronze semis, Crawford 177/2, Sydenham 353a (R4), SRCV I 843, Rome mint 169 - 158 B.C.E.
weight 16.187g, maximum diameter 25.3mm
O: Laureate head of Saturn right, L below, S behind
R: Galley prow right, TP or PT monogram above, S right, ROMA below
from the Andrew McCabe Collection; scarce
PMah
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Cr 262/2 AE Semis Anonymous [Elephant]12 viewsc. 128 BCE, bronze Semis
20.9 mm, 8.29 grams
o: Saturn head right, S behind
r: Prow right, [S before?], elephant head above, [R]OM[A] below
Crawford 262/2
Ex. RBW collection
PMah
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Cr 262/2 AE Semis Anonymous 10 views128 B.C.E.
AE Semis Anonymous, Rome mint
o: laureate head of Saturn right, S (mark of value) behind
r: galley prow right, elephant head wearing bell facing right above, S (mark of value) right, ROMA below
(7.242g, maximum diameter 22.3mm, die axis 90o,
ex RBW Collection
Forum's Notes:
The elephant head recalls the victory of L. Caecilius Metellus over Hasdrubal at Panormus in 250 B.C. and the capture of Hasdrubal's elephants. The moneyer is perhaps L. Caecilius Metellus Diadematus, Consul 117 B.C., or L. Caecilius Metellus Delmaticus, Consul 119 B.C.
Purchased from Forum Ancient Coins
PMah
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Cr 263/3b Æ Semis M. Caecilius Q. f. Q. n. Metellus 0 views127 b.c.e Rome mint
Laureate head of Saturn right; S behind
Prow right; Macedonian shield above, S before, ROMA below
9.17 gm 23mm
The Caecili Metelli were quite proud of the victory over Macedonia of their forebearer, Macedonius. The shield is found on all the types in this issue, and, on this Semis and a related Quadrans, the name is dispensed with, although some specimens of both retain the name crammed on the reverse.
PMah
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Cr 272/1 ? Æ Semis Anonymous9 views135-125 B.C.E Unofficial?
o: Head of Saturn right; behind, S
r: Prow right; before, S(?); below, ROMA.
6.61 gm

This coin is a bit of a puzzle. It is quite possibly the already-scarce or even rare Cr 272/1, an issue of just a Semis and a Quadrans, but it has some qualities that suggest it is a contemporary imitation. The reverse is a bit odd; the obverse not so odd. To my eye, illustrations of the official type are pretty close. Perhaps there was one feeble die among a limited number used for a stop-gap issue, as this falls within a few years where bronze is seemingly a bit scarcer than denarii.
PMah
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Cr 339/2 AE Semis Anonymous9 viewsRome, 91 BCE
o: Laureate head of Saturn right; behind, S
r: Prow right; above, S; below, ROMA
9.67 gm 24.00 mm
If my identification of the type as a late Semis grouped by Crawford under 339 is correct, then the coin is relatively rarer. It is not a great example and perhaps I need more research.
PMah
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Cr 350B/1 AE Semis Anonymous6 views86 b.c.e. 5.89 gms 21.50 mm
o: Laureate head of Saturn right; behind, S
r: ROMA. Prow left; before, S.
Prow - left are always scarcer than Prow- right.
Although this coin's best days are behind it, the reverse still shows considerable detailing at the water-line, the rostrum, and on the main-deck. The superstructure seems to have been neglected. nicer color than photo.
PMah
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crw 187/3 . Roman Republic.Furius Purpurio. 169-158 BC. Æ Semis 29 viewsRoman Republic.Furius Purpurio. 169-158 BC. Æ Semis
24mm, 14.04 g, 6h. Rome mint .
Obverse : Laureate head of Saturn right; S (mark of value) to left .
Reverse : Prow right; P(VR) above, S (mark of value) to right .
Crawford 187/3; Sydenham 359a
Ex RBW Collection. Ex Goodman Collection (Classical Numismatic Group 43 (24 September 24, 1997), lot 1478. Ex CNG 330 lot 249 .
Vladislav D
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crw 339/2 Roman Republic, Anonymous Æ semis , 90 B.C.17 viewsRoman Republic, Anonymous Æ semis , 90 B.C.
6.921g., 25.3mm . Rome mint, c. 90 B.C.
Obverse : Laureate head of Saturn right, S (mark of value) behind .
Reverse : Prow right, S (mark of value) above, ROMA below .
Crawford 339/2, Sydenham 679a, BMCRR 2196, SRCV I 901
Ex Andrew McCabe . Ex Roma Numismatics e-auction 10, lot 527 . Ex Forum .
Vladislav D
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cuadrante de cumbaria25 views6,58 gramos y 16 mm de diámetro _3723

Antonivs Protti
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Diocletianus5 viewsAE Reduced Sestertius
IMP DIOCLETIANVS AVG; Laureate and draped bust to right, seen from behind.
IOVI CONSERVAT AVGG; Jupiter stg. left holding thunderbolt and long sceptre.
Ex:-
Rome
RIC 202 ( described as Semis)
25mm / 5.15 gr.
Note: One of the last Sestertii that were issued before the monetary-reform of Diocletian.
After the reign of Gallienus, the Sestertii were reduced drastically.
With the monetary reform of Aurelianus the letters S C on all the the Bronze coins disapear.
Julianus of Pannonia
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Dolphin - Augustus, Carteia Spain, Tyche & Neptune108 viewsAugustus 27 BCE - 14 CE
AE Semis, 20 mm diam. 4.6 g. RPC I 122, Villaranoga 71
Obverse - CARTEIA, turreted bust of Tyche right
Reverse - D D, Neptune standing left, holding dolphin and trident
NORMAN K
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Domitian RIC-83354 viewsÆ Dupondius, 12.14g
Eastern Mint (Thrace?), 81 AD
Obv: IMP D CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VII; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r.
Rev: ROMA; S C in exergue; Roma std. l. on cuirass, with wreath and parazonium
RIC 833 (R). BMC 513. RPC 528. BNC 549.
Ex eBay, July 2019.

An unidentified Eastern mint struck aes coinage for Titus between 80-81 and then for Domitian in 81-82. The style (heavily seriffed letters, large portraits, and massive reverse figures), unique obverse legends, and uncommon fabric (flat, almost convex flans) all suggest a mint other than Rome. Attributing exactly where these coins were struck has historically been a moving target - Mattingly in BMCRE thought Lugdunum, H.A. Cahn believed somewhere in Bithynia. More recent scholarship has looked towards Thrace as a possible location for production based on the Balkan distribution pattern of found specimens. Although the region of mintage has been narrowed down, the city itself remains elusive. RPC has suggested possibly Perinthus. Presumably a shortage of bronze coins in the region prompted a localised imperial issue. The striking of imperial bronze outside of Rome was an exceptional step at the time considering the last imperial branch mint at Lugdunum had shuttered late in Vespasian's reign. The issues consisted of sestertii, dupondii, asses, and semisses which copied types struck at Rome.

Production at this Eastern mint continued uninterrupted between Titus' and Domitian's reigns, hinted at by Domitian's seamless adoption of Titus' types and legend formula after his accession - exemplified by the minor substitution of a 'D' for a 'T' in the obverse legend of this dupondius. Roma is the only reverse type struck on the dupondius for both issues. The coinage struck under Domitian at this mint is quite rare, owing to the short time frame in which it was produced. After its closure in early 82, the striking of imperial coinage would be consolidated at Rome for the remainder of Domitian's reign.

Handsome dark patina and honest wear.
3 commentsDavid Atherton
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Domitian Struck by Vespasian Antioch24 viewsDomitian, AE Semis, Issued under Vespasian, Syria, Seleucis and Pieria-Antiochia ad Orontem 74 - 81 AD, Butcher 165 c.i.,
OBV: DOMITIAN-VS CAESAR, Laureate head left
REV: SC, Legend in laurel wreath of eight bunches of leaves terminating in pellet
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Domitian, AD 81-9615 viewsAE Semis, 19.78 mm (7.11 gm).

[DOM]ITIANVS CA[ESAR] (entire legend retrograde), laureate head of Domitian right / S-C within laurel wreath (no dot in reverse field). Antioch mint, struck 69-79 AD, as Caesar.

McAlee, 404 (Very Rare); RPC II, 2018.

Duplicate from the Richard McAlee Collection.
socalcoins
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EB0167 Hera / Cornucopiae3 viewsHipponion (as Vibo Valentia), BRUTTIUM, AE 18 (semis), 193-150 BC.
Obverse: Diademed head of Hera right; S behind.
Reverse: VALENTIA, Double cornucopia; carnyx and S to right.
References: BMC 9; HN Italy 2263; SNG ANS 483.
Diameter: 18mm, Weight: 3.283g.
EB
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EB0331 Saturn / Prow15 viewsRome, AE Semis, after 211 BC.
Obv: Laureate head of Saturn right; behind, S.
Rev: Prow right; above, S; below, ROMA.
References: Sydenham 143a, Crawford 56/3.
Diameter: 30mm, Weight: 19.598 grams.
EB
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EB0392 Nero / Table7 viewsNero, AE Semis, 63-64 AD.
Obv: NERO CAES AVG IMP, Laurate head right.
Rev: CERTA QVINQ ROM CON SC, Table surmounted by wreath and vase, shield below.
References: RIC 247; cf Sear 1979; BMC 275; WCN 320.
Diameter: 17mm, Weight: 3.016 grams.
Note: Sold.
EB
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EB0418 Trajan / wreath4 viewsTrajan, AE Semis, 116 AD.
Obv: IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GERM, radiate draped bust right.
Rev: DAC PARTHICO PM TRPOT XX COS VI PP around SC within oak wreath.
References: RIC 645.
Diameter: 18.5mm, Weight: 3.148 grams.
EB
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EB0684 Augustus / Temple10 viewsAugustus, Æ Semis, Tarraconensis (Spain), Minted at Ilici, after 12 BC.
Obverse: AVGVSTVS DIVI·F, Laureate head right.
Reverse: Q.PAPIR.CAR.Q.TER.MONT.II.VIR.Q., Hexastyle temple with IVNONI inscribed on the entablature, C I IL A among the columns of the temple.
References: RPC I 192, Heiss PL. 37 #1 Illia.
Diameter: 21.5mm, Weight: 5.765g.
EB
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Ebusus, Ibiza, Balearic Islands28 views2nd cent. B.C.
Bronze Semis
8.4 gm, 20 mm
Obv.: Bes standing facing holding mace and snake, palm branch to left
Rev.: Phoenician legend 'YBShM above Phoenician numeral 50 (20+20+10 mark of value)
SNG BM Spain 348
Jaimelai
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GERMANICUS18 viewsd. 19 AD
STRUCK UNDER TIBERIUS, 14 - 37 AD
AE SEMIS 24 mm 8.45 g
O: GERMANICVS CAESAR TI AVG F
BARE HEAD R
R: PERM AVG COL ROM
LEGEND AROUND CIRCULAR SHIELD WITHIN WREATH
ROMULA, SPAIN
laney
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Germanicus - Italica9 viewsAE semis
15 BC - 19 AD
bare head left
GERMANICVS CAESAR TI AVG F
Aquila between two standards
MVNIC__ITALIC
PE_R / AV_G
RPC I 70; ACIP 3339
5,4g 24-22mm
ex Aurea
Johny SYSEL
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GREEK, IBERIA, Castulo, 2nd Century BC17 viewsCastulo, 2nd Century BC
Æ Semis.
Weight: 3,76 g
Size: 19 mm
Condition: EF/EF
Obv: Diademed and beardless male head right.
Rev: Bull standing right, crescent above, Iberian legend CASTULO below.
Ref: SNGCop213-216 sim
Jorge C
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Hadrian "Quadrans" Modius80 viewsObv.

HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Radiate Head Right

Rev.

COS III
Modius with 6 ears of grain

Rare. RIC 700
3 commentsancientdave
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Hadrian - large semis ?42 viewsHADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, draped and laureate bust right
COS III / S C, cithar

Handsome coin. The cithar (ancestor of the Spanish guitar or the Indian sitar) is the instrument played by Apollo. I always wondered what kind of music was played with it. Did it sound more like Spanish, Greek, Arabic, Indian music ?
2 commentsGinolerhino
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Hadrian AE19 "Semis" Zeus Ammon101 viewsObv.

HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS

Laureate Head right


Rev.

COS III

Head of Zeus Ammon right
5 commentsancientdave
Hadrian_As_Leaping_Griffin.jpg
Hadrian As Leaping Griffin83 viewsObv.
HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Laureate & draped bust right

Rev.
COS III
SC
Griffin leaping right

24.1 mm 6.635g

RIC II 681 corr. McAlee 549 Cohen 443

Ex. Lindgren collection, Ex. Butte College Foundation

Extremely Rare

FORVM (seller) says:

"The only plate coin known to us is the McAlee coin. All the references other than McAlee refer to Cohen, and none actually hold an example of the type. We did not find any examples online. Lindgren identified this coin as a Semis. Sear lists Rome and Antioch as possible mints. McAlee identifies the type as struck in Rome for use in Syria."
2 commentsancientdave
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Hadrian Orichalcum Semis Roma84 viewsObv.
HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Laureate head right

Rev.
COS III
SC
Roma seated left on cuirass & shield, holding figure of Victory in hand
ancientdave
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Hadrian Orichalcum semis, RIC II 68816 viewsRome mint, Hadrian Orichalcum semis, 125 - 128 A.D. OR, 19mm 4.06g, RIC II 688
O: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate and draped bust right
R: COS III S C, lyre

Commonly called a semis, this brass coin was probably 1/3 of a dupondius, an obol. It circulated only in the East.
casata137ec
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Hadrian Semis Lyre143 viewsObv.
HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Laureate and draped bust right

Rev.
COS III
SC
Lyre
5 commentsancientdave
Hadrian_Semis_Lyre_2.jpg
Hadrian Semis Lyre 258 viewsObv.
HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Laureate and draped bust right

Rev.
COS III
SC
Lyre
2 commentsancientdave
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Hadrian Semis Roma 256 viewsObv.
HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Laureate head right

Rev.
COS III
SC
Roma seated left on cuirass & shield, holding figure of Victory in hand
SC
1 commentsancientdave
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Hadrian, 117-138, AE Semis28 viewsHadrian, 117-138, AE Semis, 2.91g,
Cyrenaica, Cyrene mint, struck c.125-128,
Obv: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, Laureate head of Hadrian right;
Rev: COS III, Horned head of Zeus-Ammon right;
Strack 445b; Not in BMC –; Not in RIC –;
Sydenham Caesarea 288-9; Lindgren 947;
Cohen 278 (as Cyrene?).

Edit: RPC Volume III, No.11, now re-attributes this coin to the mint of Cyrene (previously this and related types were attributed to Cappadocia, Caesarea-Eusebeia mint).
1 commentsOldMoney
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Hadrian, RIC 590b, Sestertius of AD 119-121129 viewsOrichalcum sestertius (24.91g, 34mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 119-121
Obv.: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG P M TR P COS III laureate bust right, drapery on far shoulder.
Rev.: RELIQVA VETERA IIS NOVIES MILL ABOLITA (around) S C (field) Lictor standing left, holding fasces, setting fire to heap of bonds on the ground to left with brand
RIC 590b [R2]; BMCRE 1206; Coh. 1210; Strack 555; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-2) 620 (18 spec.); G. Mazzini (Monete Imperiali Romane, Milano 1957, 5 voll.) 1210 (this coin)

ex CNG EAuction 202; ex White Mountain Collection; ex Mazzini Collection

In July of 118 AD, Hadrian made his first appearance in Rome as emperor to celebrate a Parthian triumph in the name of Trajan. He was quickly called away to Moesia to subdue the Sarmatians and Roxolani. While away, four high ranking senators, Lucius Quietus, Cornelius Palma, L. Publius Celsus and C. Avidius were executed by the senate for an alleged conspiracy against Hadrian, despite a promise by Hadrian not to execute members of the Senate. To calm a suspicious public, Hadrian held a week long gladiatorial show, granted an extra public largesse and, as this coin advertises, relinquished the public debt to the state equaling 900 million sestertii. This event culminated in an elaborate ceremony held in the Forum Trajanum where all records of these debts were set on fire

In the reverse legend, IIS stands for two semis (=sestertius); with a horizontal bar (IIS) it stands for "Sestertium" which is 100,000 sestertii. Thus IIS NOVIES MILL(IES) stands for 100,000 x 9000 sestertii.

(photo by CNG)
2 commentsCharles S
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Hadrian, RIC 688, Semis, AD 121-122 (lyre)8 viewsÆ Semis (3,86g, Ø20mm, 6h), Rome, A.D. 121-122
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laur. dr. bust r.
Rev.: COS III around, S | C, lyre.
Ex Forum Ancient Coins, 2014-09
RIC 688(C); Cohen 443
Struck at Rome for use in Syria
Charles S
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Hadrian, Rome. 121-122 AD. Æ Semis, 3,16g, 18mm.33 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, eagle standing right on thunderbolt, head left, wings open.
Rev: P M TR P COS III / S C, winged thunderbolt.
RIC 625; C 1167; BMC 1279.
2 commentsxanthos
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Hadrian, Rome. 125-128 AD. Æ Semis, 3,02g, 18mm.14 viewsObv: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate and draped bust right.
Rev: COS III / S - C, Roma seated left on cuirass, holding Victory and scepter, shield behind.
RIC 685; C 347; BMC 1356.
xanthos
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Hadrian, Rome. 125-128 AD. Æ Semis, 3,17g, 18mm.22 viewsObv: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate and draped bust right.
Rev: COS III / S - C, lyre.
RIC 688; C 443; BMC 1359.
xanthos
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Hispania, Castulo7 viewsAE Semis, 24mm, 8.2g, 2h; c. mid-2nd Century BC.
Obv.: CN VOC S T F, Laureate male head right.
Rev.: Toro standing right, crescent above, FL CN before; in exergue KaSTiLO in Iberian script.
Reference: cf. CNH p. 331, 2; Burgos 709 (CN on reverse, before crescent)
John Anthony
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Hispania, Corduba. Colonia Patricia. Augustus. Semis.18 viewsReign: Emperor, 27 B.C. - A.D. 14.
Denomination: ¿ Semis.
Diameter: 23 mm.
Weight: 4.21 grams.
Obverse: Bare head l.
Reverse: Apex and simpulum.
Reference: RPC I, 130. SNG Copenhagen 468.
Antonivs Protti
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Hispania, Corduba. Colonia Patricia. Augustus. Semis.19 viewsReign: Emperor, 27 B.C. - A.D. 14.
Denomination: ¿ Semis.
Diameter: 23 mm.
Weight: 4.21 grams.
Obverse: Bare head l.
Reverse: Apex and simpulum.
Reference: RPC I, 130. SNG Copenhagen 468.
Antonivs Protti
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Hispania, Corduba. Colonia Patricia. Augustus. Semis.16 viewsReign: Emperor, 27 B.C. - A.D. 14.
Denomination: ¿ Semis.
Diameter: 21 mm.
Weight: 4.11 grams.
Obverse: Bare head l.
Reverse: Apex and simpulum.
Reference: RPC I, 130. SNG Copenhagen 468.
Antonivs Protti
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Hispania, Corduba. Colonia Patricia. Augustus. Semis.14 viewsReign: Emperor, 27 B.C. - A.D. 14.
Denomination: Semis.
Diameter: 23 mm.
Weight: 4.12 grams.
Obverse: Bare head l.
Reverse: Apex and simpulum.
Reference: RPC I, 130. SNG Copenhagen 468
Antonivs Protti
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Hispania, Corduba. Colonia Patricia. Augustus. Semis.17 viewsReign: Emperor, 27 B.C. - A.D. 14.
Denomination: ¿ Semis.
Diameter: 21 mm.
Weight: 4.11 grams.
Obverse: Bare head l.
Reverse: Apex and simpulum.
Reference: RPC I, 130. SNG Copenhagen 468.
Antonivs Protti
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HPAK177 viewsMACEDON. Philippi. Augustus. Æ 18 (Semis). 27 B.C.-A.D. 14. Obv: (A)VG.Bare head right. Rev: Two colonists ploughing right with two oxen; 2 countermarks: (1) above oxen, (2) below oxen. Ref: BMC 86-88 (MYSIA. Parium). Axis: 330°. Weight: 5.06 g. CM(1): HPAK (?) in rectangular punch, 9 x 3.5 mm. Howgego -. Note: The countermark may possibly refer to a city by the name Heracleia, of which there was one in Bithynia, Caria and Macedon. CM(2): Second application of same CM. Collection Automan.Automan
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Iaitos - AE semis?5 viewsc. 241-30 BC
helmeted head of warrior righ
warrior standing half-left, with grounded spear and shield
IAITI_NΩN
CNS I pg. 383, 4; SNG ANS -
3,40g
ex Artemide Kunstauktionen
Johny SYSEL
Obulco_compl.jpg
IBERIA, Obulco (Porcuna), AE Semis18 viewsObverse: Female head right.
Reverse: Eagle with wings spread.
FAB. 1843; ACIP. 2247
Franz-Josef M
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IBERIAN Castulo AE Semis Burgos 897, Bull15 viewsOBV: Young male head right, Phoenician letter before.
REV: Bull right, crescent above, two Phoenicial letters below.
15.6mm, 1.8g

Minted at Castulo, Spain, Late 1st century BC
Legatus
Traianus-Semis-Tisch-RIC686.jpg
II-TRAIANUS -a/1 - Semis WOYTEK 059622 viewsAv) IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG
Laureate head right

Rv) SC
Table, on which stands vase with a branch inside, and right on the table there is a wreath

Weight: 3,1g; Ø: 18mm; Reference: RIC II/686; WOYTEK page 483/Nr.: 596; ROME mint
sulcipius
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II-TRAIANUS -a/1 - Semis WOYTEK 060121 viewsAv) IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG
laureate bust right

Rv) SC
She-wolf to the left

Weight: 2,5g; Ø; 18mm;Reference: RIC II/693 corr .; WOYTEK page: 485/Nr.:601
At the RIC this coin is said to be a quadrans, but now it is seen to be a semis
sulcipius
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II-TRAIANUS -a/1 - Semis WOYTEK 0608(a)(I)29 viewsAv) IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM
Laureate head right

Rv) DARDANICI
Female figure in long robe with coat over the shoulder stands left, holding branch

Weight: 3,2g; Ø: 20mm; Reference: RIC II/703 corr.; WOYTEK: page 490/Nr.:608(a)(1) ROME mint, struck : 99 - 102 A.D.
sulcipius
Hadrianus-Semis-ROMAsitzt-RIC685.jpg
III-HADRIANUS -a/1- Semis RIC II/68522 viewsAv) HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust with drapea right

Rv) COS III SC
Roma sitting left on cuirass, holding Victoriola and sceptre; right on the ground shield

Weight: 4,2g; Ø:19mm; Reference: RIC II//685; ROME mint, struck: 125 A.D. - 128 A.D. [Group B]
sulcipius
Augustus_Irippo.jpg
Irippo, (area of Seville),Hispania. AE Semis, 30 BC53 views Obv. IRIPPO, before bare head of Augustus (Octavian) right
Rev. female seated left holding pine cone and cornucopiae
1 commentsSkyler
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Italy, Calabria, Brundisium mint, Lindgren II #246 (var.)21 viewsItaly, Calabria, Brundisium mint, Semis, B.C. AE, 20mm 7.74g, Lindgren II #246 (var.)
O: Laureate head of Poseidon r., with long trident behind
R: BRVM (below), Taras, naked, riding a dolphin, holding in his outstretched right hand, Nike crowning, and in his left, a cithara
1 commentscasata137ec
Justinian_I_Sear_144.jpg
Justinian I AD527-AD56540 viewsAV Semissis 1.95 grams
Die axis 180 degrees
Sear 144
Constntinople mint
difficult to image, this third try looks the most like the real coin
1 commentsPaul D3
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Justinian I semissis19 viewsJustinian I 527-565 AV Semissis. Constantinopolis, D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right / VICTORIA AVGGG, Victory seated right, inscribing numerals on shield; star to right, christogram to left. MIBE 17; Sear 143. 2.17g, 20mm, 6h.Chance Vandal
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L CALPURNIUS PISO CAESONINUS & Q SERVILIUS CAEPIO AR Denarius, Crawford 330/1a, Two Quaestors20 viewsOBV: Head of Saturn facing right, harpa and legend PISO behind, CAEPIO and symbol below, Q below chin
REV: AD FRV EMV EX SC, the two quaestors seated left between 2 grain ears
This piece was minted circa 100 BC under the authority of the moneyers L. Calpurnius Piso Caesonius and Q. Servilius Capeio, Quaestors. The obverse depicts the head of Saturn facing right, harpa and legend PISO behind, CAEPIO and symbol below, Q below chin. The reverse features the two Quaestors seated left between corn ears, with legends AD.FRV.EMV./EX.SC. This is an abbreviated form of "Ad Frumentum Emundum, ex Senatus Consulto". This piece was minted specifically for use in conjunction with a law that was passed to allow people to buy corn for "a semis and a triens for a modius". The Senate ordered the quaestors to strike a special issue of coins so that they could fulfil the provisions of the law. A very decent example of this scarcer historical type, issued for an early form of price control!

Minted at Rome, 100BC
Legatus
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L. Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus and Q. Servilius Caepio - AR denarius6 viewsRome
¹²100 BC
head of Saturn right, harpa behind
PISO_·_CAEPIO·_Q
crescent? below (off flan)
two questors seated left between two stalks of grain
AD·FRV·EMV / EX·S·C
¹Crawford 330/1b, SRCV I 210, Sydenham 603a, RSC I Calpurnia 5a
²Mark Passehl - Roman moneyer & coin type chronology, 150 – 50 BC
4,2g
ex Aureo & Calicó

This exceptional type was a joint issue of the Quaestor Urbanus (Caepio) and the Quaestor Ostiensis (Piso), struck to finance discounted grain on the initiative of Saturninus (lex frumentaria de semissibus et trientibus = one semis and one triens for modius). Coins were struck by special decree of the Senate (Ad frumentum emundun, ex senatus consulto) in order to fulfill above-mentioned decree.
Johny SYSEL
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Lucania. Paestum. Semis. Head of Neptune/ rudder & anchor10 viewsLucania. Paestum. Semis. Head of Neptune right, S and trident behind/ ΠΑΕ, rudder and anchor crossed?, Crawford 20. Ex Sayles & Lavender.Podiceps
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Macedon Philipi-234 viewsAE Semis, 41-68 AD
Obv: VIC AVG, Victory advancing left.
Rev:COHOR PRAE PHIL, Three standards
BMC 23 ( Augustus); RPC 1651
17mm, 4.2 grams
Jerome Holderman
Capture~2.PNG
Macedon, Philippi24 viewsMacedon, Philippi, AE 19mm (Semis).

Obverse.Nike standing left on globe, holding wreath and palm

Reverse. COHOR PRAE PHIL, three military standards.

SNG ANS 677; SNG Copenhagen 305, BMC 23, SGI 32.
Macedonian Warrior
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Macedon, Philippi, AE 19mm (Semis). 24 viewsVIC AVG, Nike standing left on globe, holding wreath and palm / COHOR PRAE PHIL, three military standards.
SNG ANS 677; SNG Copenhagen 305, BMC 23, SGI 32.
17mm.,4,04g.,
2 commentsAntonivs Protti
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Macedonia, Philippi(?), Tiberius, RPC 165747 viewsTiberius, AD 14-37
AE 17 (Semis), 3.41g
obv. [TI] AVG
bare head, r.
rev. (anepigraphic)
two priests plowing sulcus primigenius right with two oxen
RPC 1657; BMC (Parium) ?
rare, VF, nice green patina

This edition is uncertain. Formerly it was located to Parium/Mysia, recently more to Philippi because of a found hoard.
Jochen
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Macedonia, Philippi(?), Tiberius, RPC 1657 #152 viewsCommodus(?), AD 177-192
AE 17 (Semis), 4.31g, 16.91mm, 225°
obv. [.....]
bare head, r., curly hair
rev. [CGI] - H PAR
two priests ploughing right with two oxen
ref. ?
F+, nice green-blue patina

HPAR is part of CGIH PAR = Colonia Gemelli Iulia Hadriana Pariana
Jochen
philippi_RPC1651.jpg
Macedonia, Philippi, anonymous, RPC 165164 viewsAE 19 (Semis?), 6.72g
struck about AD 41-68
obv. VIC - AVG
Victoria advancing r. on prow, holding palmbranch in l. arm and wreath in
raised r. hand
rev. COHOR - PRAE / PHIL
around three standards
RPC 1651; SNG ANS 674-681; SNG Copenhagen 305-306
EF, brown patina, extraordinary good condition for this type

In 42 BC at the city of Philippi Octavian, the later emperor Augustus, defeated Brutus and Cassius, the assassins of Caesar. Following the battle, Philippi became a Roman colony and discharged veterans receiving land allotments settled permanently in the area. Special privileges were allowed to these Roman colonists, such as exemption from taxes and the right to own and market property, and to struck their own coins.

The Victory on the obv. resembles the famous Nike of Samothrace.
Jochen
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Macedonia, Phillipi, 002 Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), (Time of Claudius or Nero, circa AD 41-68.??? ), RPC I 1651, AE-18, (AE Semis), VIC-AVG, Victory,298 viewsMacedonia, Phillipi, 002 Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), (Time of Claudius or Nero, circa AD 41-68.??? ), RPC I 1651, AE-18, (AE Semis), VIC-AVG, Victory,
Augustus Macedon Phillipi Æ18 / Struck to Commemorate the Battle of Actium
avers:-COHOR-PRAE-PHIL, , Three military standards.
revers:- VIC-AVG, Nike standing left holding wreath and palm branch.
exe: VIC/AVG//--, diameter:18mm, weight: , axis: h,
mint: Macedon, Phillipi, Pseudo-autonomous issue, date: Time of Claudius or Nero, circa AD 41-68., ref: RPC I 1651, SNG ANS 677; SNG Copenhagen 305, BMC 23, SGI 32.
Q-001
"This coin has traditionally been attributed to Augustus, but due to its copper composition, RPC attributes it as likely from Claudius to Nero; Philippi probably did not issue copper coins during the reign of Augustus."
2 commentsquadrans
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MAGNA GRECIA LUCANIA PAESTUM7 viewsMAGNA GRECIA
LUCANIA
PAESTUM (Poseidonia)
Bronze semis. Circa 90-44 BC.
15mm, 3.41gm.
Obv: Female head right; MINEIA • M • F behind.
Rev: Two-story building; P-S flanking upper floor, S-C flanking lower.
Crawford, Paestum 38b; HN Italy 1258.
Rare.
Ancient Aussie
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Moesia inferior, Tomis, Gordian III & Tranquillina, AMNG 352428 viewsGordian III, AD 238-244
AE 27, 11.3g
obv. AVT KM ANTWNIOC GORDIANOC / CABINIA TRAN / KVLINA (TR ligate)
Confronted busts of Gordian III, draped and cuirassed, laureate, r., and
Tranquillina, draped and diademed, l.
rev. MHTRO PO - NTOV TO / MEWC
Athena std. l., in chiton and himation, with aegis and crested helmet, holding with
r. hand patera over flaming, girlanded altar, l. hand rested on inverted spear;
throne without back with lion-shaped feet, shield leaning behind.
in r. field one upon the other Delta /
Jochen
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Moesia inferior, Tomis, Gordian III & Tranquillina, AMNG 354323 viewsGordian III, AD 238-244
AE 27, 11.43g
obv. AVT KM ANT GORDIANOC AVG CE / TRANKVL / LEINA
Confronted busts of Gordian III, draped and cuirassed, laureate, r., and
Tranquillina, draped and diademed, l.
rev. MHTRO PON - TOV TOMEWC
Nemesis-Aequitas stg. l., in double chiton and with plaid, holding in extended r.
hand scales and in l. arm knotted staff (with hook on top?); lower l. the wheel.
in lower r. field Delta with appendix
AMNG I/2, 3543 (1 ex., London); Varbanov (engl.) 5706 cf. (is actually AMNG 3542!)
rare, about VF, rev. with weak strike

The appendix of the Delta stands for < (derived from the sign of Roman semis), making it a 4 and 1/2 type. This denomination is a speciality of Tomis, occurs sporadically at Severus and then largely at Gordian and Philipp.
Jochen
parion_commodus_unbekannt.jpg
Mysia, Parion, Commodus, cf. BMC 101 (for the type only)9 viewsCommodus, AD 177-192
AE 17 (Semis), 4.31g, 16.91mm, 225
obv. [...]
Bare head r., curly hair
rev. [CGI] - H PAR
2 priests ploughing with oxen r.
ref. not found
rare, G/G+, nice blue Patina, double struck on rev.

HPAR is part of CGIH PAR = Colonia Gemella Iulia Hadriana Pariana. So it couldn't be Augustus nor Tiberius, but probably Commodus.
Jochen
Néron semis.jpg
Nero - semis36 viewsNERO CLAV. CAE. AVG. GERM..... ; laureate bust right.
CERTA. QV[INQ. ROM.] CO. (Certamina quinquennalia Romae condidit) : "Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (etc.) instated in Rome the Quinquennal Competitions." / S C : table ornamented with griffins supporting a prize-urn and a crown.
1 commentsGinolerhino
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Nero - Semis - RIC 55113 viewsObv: IMP NERO CAESAR AVG, bare head left, globe at point of bust
Rev: PONTIF MAX TR POT P P, Roma seated left on cuirass, shields behind, wreath extended in right, left resting on parazonium, S C in ex
Size: 20 mm
Weight: 5,28 g
Mint: Lugdunum
Ref: RIC I 551, BMC 403
Rarity: S
vs1969
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Nero AE18 of Phrygia, Akmoneia29 viewsObv.
NEPWNA CEBACTON AKMONEIC
Laureate bust right wearing aegis, caduceus below

Rev.
CEPOYHNIOY KAPITWNOC CEOYHPAC EPI APX TO G
Zeus seated left holding patera & sceptre, owl under throne
ancientdave
Nero_Antioch_Semis_SC.jpg
Nero Antioch AE "Semis" 42 viewsObv.
IM NER CLAV CAESAR
Laureate head right

Rev.
SC within circle, laurel wreath around
1 commentsancientdave
Nero_Antioch_Semis_SC_2.jpg
Nero Antioch AE "Semis" 224 viewsObv.
IM NER CLAV CAESAR
Laureate head right

Rev.
SC within circle, laurel wreath around

ancientdave
Nero_Antioch_Semis_SC_3.jpg
Nero Antioch AE "Semis" 325 viewsObv.
IM NER CLAV CAESAR
Laureate head right

Rev.
SC within circle, laurel wreath around
ancientdave
Nero_Antioch_Semis_SC_4.jpg
Nero Antioch AE "Semis" 428 viewsObv.
IM NER CLAV CAESAR
Laureate head right

Rev.
SC within circle, laurel wreath around
ancientdave
Nero_Antioch_Semis_SC_5.jpg
Nero Antioch AE "Semis" 524 viewsObv.
IM NER CLAV CAESAR
Laureate head right

Rev.
SC within circle, laurel wreath around
ancientdave
Nero_Antioch_Semis_SC_6.jpg
Nero Antioch AE "Semis" 625 viewsObv.
IM NER CLAV CAESAR
Laureate head right

Rev.
SC within circle, laurel wreath around
ancientdave
Nero_Semis_Roma_2.jpg
Nero Lugdunum Semis Roma41 viewsObv.
IMP NERO CAESAR AVG PONT
Bare head right

Rev.
PONTIF MAX TR POT P P SC
Roma seated left on a cuirass, holding wreath & parazonium
ancientdave
Nero_Semis_Roma.jpg
Nero Semis Roma78 viewsObv.
NERO CAES AVG IMP
Laureate head right

Rev.
T R POT P P SC
(S in field)
Roma seated left on cuirass, holding wreath & parazonium, foot on helmet
1 commentsancientdave
NeroSyrianSC.jpg
Nero, AD 54-68109 viewsSYRIA, Antioch.

AE Semis, 20.67mm (7.31 gm).

IM NER CLAV CAESAR, laureate head, right / S-C in a laurel wreath of eight leaves; dot above on circle. Struck AD 65/66.

RPC I, 4297; McAlee, 289(a).
2 commentssocalcoins
Spain_Obulco_bull.jpg
Obulco-Ibolka, (Porcuna/Jaen), Hispania, AE Semis, 1st century BC30 views Obv. laureate head right
Rev. Bull standing right, crescent above
Skyler
Parium~0.jpg
Parion - AE semis12 viewscirca 45 BC
female head right wearing stephane
C__G
I__P
praefericulum
D__D
RPC I 2259; SNG France 1416
Johny SYSEL
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Phillipi, Macecdon46 viewsAE Semis, 41-68 AD
Obv: VIC AVG, Victory advancing left.
Rev:COHOR PRAE PHIL, Three standards
15mm, 4.2 grams
BMC 23 ( Augustus)
jdholds
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Ptolémée de Maurétanie (de 23 à 40 ap. J.-C.)29 viewsSemis de ville autonome de Cartago Nova (Espagne - Hispanie):

Tête d'auguste à droite.
AVGVSTVS DIVI F
Augustus Divi Filius.

C LAETILIVS APALVS II V Q
Cnaius Laetilius Apalus Duumvir Quinquennalis.
Dans une couronne :
REX PTOL
rex Ptolemaeus.

Juba II et Ptolémée entretenaient avec le sud de l'Espagne des relations commerciales d'où ils tiraient notamment des lingots d'argent pour leurs monnayages.
Ici Ptolémée est magistrat de la ville de Carthagène avec le romain Apalus.

Carthagène a été fondée par les Phéniciens en 227 av. J-C sous le nom de Qart-Hadast (la ville nouvelle).
C'est pendant la deuxième guerre punique, en 209 av. J-C, que les Romains prennent la ville aux Carthaginois, et la renomment Cartago Nova (la nouvelle Carthage).
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RIC 0311 Domitianus37 viewsObv : IMP DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI, Bust of Apollo, draped, right
Rev : S-C in field; Tripod
AE/Semis (19.64 mm 2.39 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A D
RIC 311 (R), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 340
ex Naville Numismatics Ltd. Live Auction 7 Lot 155
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RIC 1, p.058, 246 - Tiberius - Altar of Lugdunum18 viewsTiberius as Caesar
Semis, Lugdunum, AD 12-14
Obv.: TI CAESAR AVGVST F IMPERAT VII, Laureate head right
Rev.: ROM ET AVG Altar of Lugdunum
AE, 3.7g, 17.5mm
Ref.: Cohen 38, RIC 246
shanxi
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RIC 1568 Vespasianus30 viewsObv : IMP VESP AVG P M T P,Laureate head left.
Rev : ANTIOCHIA, Bust of city-goddess right.
AE/Semis (20.48 mm 4.77 g 6h) Struck in Rome (for Syria) 74 A D
RIC 1568 (R), RPC 1988
FlaviusDomitianus
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RIC 1574 Titus28 viewsObv: T CAES IMP TR POT, Laureate head right
Rev: ANTIOCHIA, Turreted and veiled bust of Tyche / City Goddess right
AE/Semis (21.96 mm 5.387 6h) Struck in Rome (for Syria) 74 A.D.
RIC 1574 (C, Vespasian), RPC II 1997, BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex Solidus Online Auction 10 Lot 132
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RIC 1580 Domitianus29 viewsObv : CAESAR DOMIT COS II, Laureate head left.
Rev : ANTIOCHIA, Bust of city-goddess right.
AE/Semis (19.01 mm 3.41 g 6h) Struck in Rome (for circulation in Syria) 74 A D
RIC 1580 (C), RPC 2004
FlaviusDomitianus
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RIC 645 or 64911 viewsSemis, 114-117
Obv: IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GERM
Rad. r.
Rev: DAC PARTHICO P M TR POT XX COS VI P P
S C in oak wreath.
20mm, 3.50g

RIC describes exactly the same coin under two different numbers.
klausklage
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RIC 68911 viewsSemis
Obv: IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG
Laur. r.
Rev: S C
Hercules standing front, head turned r., holding club.
19mm, 3.65g
klausklage
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RIC 69616 viewsSemis, undated
Obv: IMP CAES TRAIAN AVG GERM
Bust of Minerva, helmeted r.
Rev: S C
Diana walking r., drawing arrow from quiver on her shoulder.
2.83g, 18mm
klausklage
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Titus AE23 Antioch224 viewsObv.
T CAES IMP TR POT
Laureate head right

Rev.
SC
SC in Wreath

Ex-Richard McAlee Collection, The Coins of Roman Antioch Plate Coin
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Augustus, AE Cut As7 viewsAs cut (Semis)
M SALVIVS OTHO III VIR AAA FF
RIC 432
Numis-Student
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian Semis52 viewsAE-Semi
Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS- Draped bust right
Rev. COS III S C - Lyre
Minted- Rome 129/130 A.D.
Size 19mm
RIC 688,BMC 1359(quadrans),Cohen443
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian, Semis, Lyra15 views6,19 gFranz-Josef M
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ROMAN EMPIRE, TIBERIUS35 viewsDenom: AE Semis
Obv: TI CAESAR AVGVST F IMPERAT VII
Laureate head right
Rev: ROM ET AVG
ROM ET AVG below front elevation of the Altar of Lugdunum.
Mint: Lugdunum
RIC –I-246; Cohen 38, BMCRE-588
Dia. 17.5 mm
4.72 gm
Tiberius
MYoung
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ROMAN EMPIRE, TIBERIUS39 viewsDenom: AE Semis
Obv: TI CAESAR AVGVST F IMPERAT VII
Laureate head right
Rev: ROM ET AVG
ROM ET AVG below front elevation of the Altar of Lugdunum.
Mint: Lugdunum
RIC –I-246; Cohen 38, BMCRE-588
Dia. 19.1 mm
4.53 gm
Tiberius
MYoung
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Roman Imperial, Hadrian AE Quadrans or Semis. (125-128 AD)8 viewsRoman Imperial, Hadrian AE Quadrans or Semis. (125-128 AD)

HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, Laureate, draped & cuirassed bust right.

COS III, Roma seated left on cuirass holding Victory & spear, shield behind, S C in ex.

Cohen 347, RIC 685, Sear RCV 3700
Gil-galad
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Roman Provincial, Macedon, Philippi, AE 19mm (Semis)10 viewsRoman Provincial, Macedon, Philippi, AE 19mm (Semis).

VIC AVG, Nike standing left on globe, holding wreath and palm

COHOR PRAE PHIL, Three military standards.

SNG ANS 677; SNG Copenhagen 305, BMC 23, SGI 32.
Gil-galad
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ROMAN REPUBLIC - Luceria - AE Semuncia - Crawford 97/825 viewsRome, The Republic.
L Series, circa 211-208 BCE.
AE Semuncia (3.52g; 18mm).

Obverse: Mercury head facing right, wearing winged petasus.

Reverse: Prow r; above ε; be ROMA; before L; above, ε (mark-of-value).

References: Crawford 97/8; Sydenham 178g (R5); Kestner-Hannover 1090; BMCRR (Italy) ----.

Provenance: Ex Bertolami Fine Arts 24 (22 Jun 2016), Lot 371.

There are only four examples of this rare semuncia of Luceria in the Paris collection. There were no examples in the British Museum collection at the 1910 publication of BMCRR.
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, "Anonymous" Staff and Club Series, AE Semis - Crawford 106var25 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous Staff and Club Series, 208 BCE.
AE Semis (16.22g; 28mm).
Etrurian Mint.

Obverse: Laureate head of Saturn, facing right; S (mark-of-value) behind

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

References: Crawford106/5 var (no symbol above prow); McCabe Group E1.

Provenance: Ex Naville 48 (7 Apr 2019) Lot 326; Otto Collection [Hess (Dec 1931), Lot 822]; Niklovitz Collection [L. Hamburger 76 (19 Oct 1925), Lot 240].

In "Roman Republican Coinage", Michael Crawford recognized many silver “symbol” Republican series for which there were parallel “anonymous” types omitting the symbols. In his article “Unpublished Roman Republican Bronze Coins” (Essays Hersh, 1998), Roberto Russo noted that the parallel issue of anonymous silver coins to series with symbols applies equally to the bronze coins. (Essays Hersh, 1998, p. 141). Andrew McCabe takes this approach much further in his article “The Anonymous Struck Bronze Coinage of the Roman Republic” (Essays Russo, 2013) in which he links many of the anonymous Republican bronzes to symbol series based on precise style considerations. The takeaway from all this is that for many of the Roman Republican symbol series of the late Second Punic War and early 2nd Century BCE, there are parallel anonymous series identifiable by style. The rationale for these parallel issues is unclear, though possibly related to (a) governmental approvals for the issue or (b) mint control of the metal source from which the issue was struck or (c) workshop identification.

This coin is an anonymous version (missing symbol) of the Staff and Club Semis of the Crawford 106 series, produced in Etruria. It is identical in style to the Etrurian Staff and Club coins and only misses the symbols. Not surprisingly, these coins are commonly misattributed as Crawford 56 anonymous bronzes.
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Anonymous (Semilibral) Series, AE Sextans - Crawford 38/540 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous (Semilibral) Series, 217-215 BCE.
AE Sextans (24.25g; 31mm).
Rome Mint.

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

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

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

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

The economic hardship imposed by Hannibal’s invasion led to a rapid decline in the weight of Roman bronze coins, resulting in the adoption of a semi-libral bronze standard (AE As of ½ Roman pound) and eventual elimination of cast coins. From 217-215, Rome produced two, contemporaneous series of struck bronzes on this new, semi-libral weight standard. From hoard evidence, we know the first of the two series was Crawford 38, consisting of “prow” types derived from the libral and semi-libral prow Aes Grave (Crawford 35 and 36) that preceded it. These coins were almost certainly produced in Rome and likely also in satellite military mints as needed. The second series of struck semi-libral bronzes was the enigmatic Crawford 39 series, with its unusual types (see them in this gallery), production of which commenced after the start of the 38 Series prow-types (hoards containing 39s almost always include 38s) and produced in much smaller numbers than the huge 38 Series. The Crawford 38 series of struck bronzes, to which the above coin belongs, consisted of only four denominations: sextans, uncia, semuncia and quartuncia. In addition, Aes Grave production continued on a semi-libral basis for the As, Semis, Triens and Quadrans. Those Aes Grave denominations would later be replaced with struck coins when the weight standard reduced even further.
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Roman Republic, Anonymous AE Semis202 viewsState : Roman Republic
Denomination : Bronze Semis
Date : Circa 211-206 BC
Maximum Diameter : 28.97 Millimeters
Weight : 19.78 Grames
Moneyer : ( anonymous)
Mint : Rome
Die Axis : →
Grade : Almost EF with smooth dark patina , an exceptionally fine example of this early issue.
Obverse : Laureate head of bearded Saturn Right, mark of value S behind
Reverse : Prow of galley right, mark of value S above , ROMA below.
References : Crawford 56/3 ; BMCRR 229 ; Sydenham 143a ; Sear ( Roman Coins & Their Values I ) 766
This Coin has been personally inspected and authenticated by Dr. David R. Sear as an exceptional fine example of this early struck issue.

**Numismatic Note by Mr. Andrew McCabe :



Dear Sam,

This exceptional looking semis is an anonymous version of the Crawford 50 anchor series, published by me in The Anonymous Struck Bronze Coinage of the Roman Republic: a Provisional Arrangement, in Essays Russo, 2013 (Witschonke, van Alfen eds). It's in my group D, whose description says

McCabe group D1, Related to RRC 50 anchor. Broad squared Janus, tall thick prowstem, prominent keel and rostrum. Average 40 gram As. Asses have a broad square Janus head. Reverses have tall thick prowstems which are either line bounded or solid fill. There are often curved keel lines with downward pointing rostrums. The deck structures are small and flat-topped. Flans are thick and dumpy. There are often off-strikes, flat-strikes or flan defects.

I show below pictures of two styles of As and Semis from this series. The two styles probably relate to two different die engravers. Your coin corresponds to the second of the semisses shown below. I admit I considered buying it myself but wondered whether the field surfaces were smoothed, and then you bought it. Now I see the coin again I think there's no problem with it, it's likely been professionally cleaned and patinated. It is a very high quality coin for a Roman Republican bronze.

Below my Group D photo, I show a standard Crawford 50/3 anchor as, with the symbol. You should hopefully see that the anonymous and the coin with anchor symbol look essentially similar as regards style, design details and flans.

Andrew

For more information , please go to :

http://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=100262.msg618261#msg618261


Numismatic Note: The rapid slide in the weight standard of the Roman Republican bronze coinage, occasioned by Rome's military
catastrophes at the hands of the Carthaginian Hannibal in the early stages of the Second Punic War, was finally halted by the enactment of the sweeping currency reform of circa 211 BC. For the first time asses were issued as struck coins in place of the cast Aes Grave pieces, thus completing the process which had begun about six years before with the introduction of struck fractional denominations. Following the reform, struck bronzes were produced in a range of values (principally as, semis, triens, quadrans, sextans, and uncia) on the sextantal weight standard based on an as of about 44 grams. The initial issues were anonymous but as the series progressed, various control-marks (symbols, letters and monograms) began to appear, usually on the reverse, indicating the moneyer responsible for the coin's production. This exceptionally fine example of the semis, or half as, is anonymous and belongs to the initial phase of production following the reform of circa 211 BC. Crawford dates it to the half decade 211-206 BC.
The obverse type of Saturn, father of Jupiter, became standard on the semis denomination about 225 BC and at the same time the reverse type for all bronze denominations was standardized as the prow of a galley, the principal instrument of Rome's success against Carthage in the First Punic War.

From Sam Mansourati Collection.
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Anonymous AE Semis, 211-210 BC, 49 viewsLaureate head of Saturn right, S behind. / Prow of galley right, S above, ROMA monogram before prow, ROMA in exergue. South Italian mint. (29 mm, 36.12 g, 12h).
Crawford 84/5; Sydenham 190a; BMCRR Italy 193; Sear (Millennium) 789.
ex- Gibboni Collection

There were various emissions of this coin type during the transitional period in which cast and struck bronze coins of larger denomination co-existed. This is an example that was struck on a cast flan. Based on hoard finds and overstrikes, issues of this coin were made in Sicily and southern Italy. This coin is an example of the latter.
Lloyd T
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Roman Republic, Anonymous Semis34 viewsAE-Semis, 26mm, 20,35 g.
Rome, after 211 BC.
Obv.: S
Laureate head of Saturn r.
Rev.: ROMA / S
Prow r.
ref.: Cr. 56/3; BMC 229.
Mithras.de
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Anonymous, AR Sestertius - Crawford 44/773 viewsRome. The Republic.
Anonymous, 212-208 BCE
AR Sestertius (1.0g; 12mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma, right; IIS (mark of value) behind.

Reverse: Dioscuri galloping right with spears; two stars above; ROMA below in linear frame.

References: Crawford 44/7; Sydenham 142; BMCRR 13-18.

Provenance: Ex Volteia Collection [CNG 102 (18 May 2016), Lot 777]; ex August Voirol Collection [Munzen und Medaillen 38 (6-7 Dec 1968), Lot 105].

The IIS mark of value denotes that the coin is worth 2 asses + a semis, or 2.5 asses. This quarter-denarius denomination was part of the introduction of the denarius coinage following the Roman sack of Syracuse. The subsequent reduction in the weight standard and size of the bronze coinage eliminated the need for this tiny silver denomination, and it was soon discontinued. However, the denomination would be resurrected for short times during the Social War and Imperatorial eras.
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Roman Republic, anonymous, Crawford 14/2 (Museum's imitation)11 viewsAes Grave (Semis), 111g, 53.87mm, 330°
Rome, 280-276 BC
obv. helmeted head of Mars l.
beneath lying S
rev. Head of Venus l.
beneath lying S
ref. Crawford 14/2; Thurlow-Vecchi 2; Haeberlin pl. 38, 9-10 (for the original!)
From the Museum Andreasstift Worms, facsimile but lighter than than the original which weighs 160-170g.
Jochen
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Janus/Prow Series, Aes Grave Semis - Crawford 35/222 viewsRome, The Republic.
Janus/Prow Series, circa 225-217 BCE.
AE Aes Grave Semis (135.3g; 52mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Laureate head of Saturn, facing left; S (mark of value) below neck; all on raised disk.

Reverse: Prow facing right; S (mark of value) above; all on raised disk.

References: Crawford 35/2; ICC 76; Sydenham 73; BMCRR 23-29.

Provenance: Ex Munzen und Medaillen GmbH, Auction 40 (4 Jun 2014), Lot 455; Auctiones AG Auction 13 (1983), Lot 505.

The prow series of libral Aes Grave was a very large issue. E.J. Haeberlin included over 300 examples of the Semis in the weight analysis within his monumental "Aes Grave". The Prow series Aes Grave was initially based on an As of about 270 grams. The iconography likely refers to the role of Rome's new and powerful navy in the victory over Carthage in the First Punic War. Both obverse and reverse iconography from the various denominations of this series would continue through the Republican struck bronze coinage.
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Roma/Wheel Series, Aes Grave Semis - Crawford 24/433 viewsRome, The Republic.
Roma/Wheel Series, c. 230 BCE.
AE Aes Grave Semis (103g; 49mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Bull leaping to left; S (mark of value) below.

Reverse: Wheel with six spokes; S (mark of value) between two spokes.

References: Crawford 24/4; ICC 67; Sydenham 60.

Provenance: Ex H.D. Rauch Auction 95 (30 Sep 2014), Lot 272; Tkalec 2006, Lot 93.

The Roma/Wheel Series of aes grave is an interesting series for its types. This Semis depicts a leaping bull, a device that would be used on later Republican struck bronzes with a snake below the bull (see Crawford 39/2 and 42/2). The wheel on the reverse of this series is previously unseen on Roman coinage. There were several series of Etrurian aes grave bearing spoked wheels produced in the 3rd century BCE (see HN Italy 56-67; ICC 145-190). It is unclear whether these Etrurian aes grave were inspired by or inspiration for the Roman wheel series.

This example is on the light side of reported weights in Haeberlin; however, as museums and collectors tend to favor heavier examples of Aes Grave, Haeberlin’s reported weight range (based on museum and major private collections) is likely “overweight” in heavier specimens.
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Roman Republic. Anonymous. Spanish imitation.7 viewsÆ semis, 21 mm, 4.9g, 1h; after 211 BC.
Obv.: Laureate head of Saturn right; S (mark of value) behind.
Rev.: Prow of galley right; S (mark of value) above; ROMA beneath.
Reference: ACIP 2659; Burgos R44 / 17-101-55
John Anthony
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Roman Republican AE Semis123 viewsRoman Republic, Anonymous . 2nd Century BC . Æ Semis (11.45g).
Obverse- Head of Saturn right, S behind.
Reverse- Prow right, S behind; ROMA in ex.
Sear 834.
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Roman Republican AE Semis Saturn/Prow22 viewsObv.
Laureate head of Saturn right; S behind


Rev.
Prow of galley right; S above, ROMA below

After 211 BC

Crawford 56/3 Sydenham 143a BMCRR 229 Sear 766
ancientdave
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Roman Republican Bronze Semis16 viewsA Roman Republic bronze semis, minted in Rome in 91 BC. 22mm, 4.9g. This was minted during one of my favorite periods of history, between the Marian Reforms and the fall of the Republic

Obverse: the diademed head of Saturn with a value mark "S" behind.

Reverse: the prow of a Roman war galley, with the value mark "S" above and ROMA below.

Attribution: Sear 901
chuy1530
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Rome - AE semis8 viewsSicilia
211-208 BC
laureate head of Saturn right
S
prow of galley with corvus right; grain ear above
S / K
ROMA
Crawford 069/03a; Sydenham 310b; Type as RBW 287
ex Martí Hervera / Soler y Llach
Johny SYSEL
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Rome - AE semis6 views211-206 BC
laureate head of Saturn right
S
prow of galley right
S
ROMA
Crawford 056/03, McCabe G1
18,6g
ex Gitbud and Naumann
Johny SYSEL
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ROME REPUBLIC, ANONYMOUS SEMIS. POST 211 BC. Saturn22 viewsReference:
Crawford 56/3 ; Sydenham 143a.

Obv.
Laureate head of Saturn right, behind S.

Rev. S above and ROMA below
Prow of galley right.

7.43 gr
22 mm
Note.
A unofficial Spanish imitation of a Roman semis, probably struck somewhere in South East Spain about 100 BC. Coins of this exact style and weight range tend to be found in Spanish excavations and old collections.
okidoki
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RPC431726 viewsMcAlee 318 [same coin]. Semis, obverse legend clockwise, legate of Syria, C. Licinus Crassus Mucianus named on reverse. Semis with this reverse and with anti-clockwise obverse legend could exist, but this far have not been verified. 6.75 gr, max 23 mm, die-axis 12.jmuona
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RPC431923 viewsMcAlee 323 (a). Semis, obverse legend clockwise, dot above "SC" on reverse. 6.26 gr, max 22 mm, die-axis 12.jmuona
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RPC432149 viewsMcAlee 322 (c). Semis, obverse legend counter-clockwise, no dot on reverse. 7.16 gr, max 24 mm, die-axis 12.1 commentsjmuona
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S. Afrainus, Semis14 viewsS. Afrainus, Semis

RRC 206/3
150 bc
11,66 gr

Av: Laureate head of Saturn to r, (behind 'S').
Rv: Prow to r, above SAFRA, below ROMA, before dolphin.

Ex Münzen & Medaillen GmbH, Auktion 46, lot 614, 15 February 2018
Norbert
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Semis11 viewsGinolerhino
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Semis11 viewsLex Papiria - 80 bC
d=20mm p=5,38g
antvwala
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Semis12 viewsAE Semis
Spanish Imitative Issue
22mm, 6.5g
~150 BC

Bust R / Prow of galley with S above

Thanks to FORVM members Andrew McCabe and R. Smits for helping to attribute this piece.
RR0028
Sosius
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Spain Castulo AE Semis (bull left)17 viewsSpain, Castulo AE Semis. 1st Century BC. Obverse: CN VOC.S.T.F. Male diademed head right. Reverse: Bull right, moon above, iberic legend CaSTeLe below. Burgos: 728.Antonivs Protti
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SPAIN, AE semis Castulo (Linares, Jaen). ca. 120 B.C. CASTELE. Bull and crescent.18 viewsNice Castulo semis (Linares, Jaén in Spain) minted ca. 120 B.C. Diademed male head right in obverse, iberic letter Ca before. Bull in reverse to right, crescent above. Nice green patina. 2,83 g. 16 mm. diameter.Antonivs Protti
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Spain, Carteia4 viewsSPAIN, Carteia. After 44 BC. Æ Semis. Turreted head of Fortuna right / Neptune standing left, holding dolphin and trident. ACIP 2615; RPC I 122. CM on reverse.
ecoli
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Spain, Carteia8 viewsSPAIN, Carteia. After 44 BC. Æ Semis (21mm, 8.26 g, 9h). Turreted head of Fortuna right / Neptune standing left, holding dolphin and trident. ACIP 2615; RPC I 122.
ecoli
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Spain, Carteia5 viewsSPAIN, Carteia. After 44 BC. Æ Semis, Turreted head of Fortuna right / Neptune standing left, holding dolphin and trident. ACIP 2615; RPC I 122.
ecoli
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Spain, Carteia10 viewsSPAIN, Carteia. After 44 BC. Æ Semis (21mm, 8.26 g, 9h). Turreted head of Fortuna right / Neptune standing left, holding dolphin and trident. ACIP 2615; RPC I 122. VF, rough earthen green patina.
ecoli
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Spain, Carteia4 viewsSPAIN, Carteia. After 44 BC. Æ Semis (21mm, 8.26 g, 9h). Turreted head of Fortuna right / Neptune standing left, holding dolphin and trident. ACIP 2615; RPC I 122. VF, rough earthen green patina.
ecoli
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Spain, Carteia6 viewsSPAIN, Carteia. After 44 BC. Æ Semis. Turreted head of Fortuna right / Neptune standing left, holding dolphin and trident. ACIP 2615; RPC I 122.
ecoli
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Spain, Carteia3 viewsCarteia. Semis. 80-20 a.C. San Roque (Cádiz). Anv.: Cabeza femenina con corona mural a derecha, detrás EX. D. D. y delante CARTEIA. Rev.: Caduceo, encima C. MAI(VS. C.) y debajo POLLI(O IIII). Escasa. ABH-674. Ae. 6,65gr. MBC.ecoli
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Spain, Carteia 6 viewsESPAGNE, CARTEIA, (Algeciras), AE semis, époque d'Auguste, Droit : CARTEIA Tête fém. tourelée à droite. Revers : Pêcheur assis à gauche sur un rocher. De part et d'autre, D-D. Ref.: Alvarez Burgos, 511; Calico, 290-291; de Guadan, 969 var. Rare.ecoli
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Spain, Carteia mint, Semis (Under Roman Rule), RPC 122104 viewsSpain, Carteia mint, Semis (Under Roman Rule) end of First Century B.C. beginning of first century A.D. AE, 21mm 5.74g, RPC 122
O: CARTEIA head of Fortuna right
R: D D, Neptune standing left, holding dolphin and trident
casata137ec
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Spain, Carteia. AE Semis. Neptune29 viewsSpain, Carteia. AE Semis. Under Roman rule.
Obv: Turreted head of city goddess facing right.
Rev: Neptune standing left, holding trident and dolphin.
Minted after 44 B.C. to the beginning of first century A.D.
RPC 122.
ancientone
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Syria, Antioch, 014 Nero (54-68 A.D.), SNG Cop 161, AE-20 Semis, SC within circle, laurel wreath around,142 viewsSyria, Antioch, 014 Nero (54-68 A.D.), SNG Cop 161, AE-20 Semis, SC within circle, laurel wreath around,
avers:- IM•NER•CLAV CAESAR, Laureate head right.
revers:- SC within circle, laurel wreath around.
exe: S/C//--, diameter: 19,5-20,5 mm, weight: 8,51g, axis: 1h,
mint: Syria, Antioch, date: 54-68 A.D., ref: SNG Cop 161, RPC 4297, Wruck 51,
Q-001
quadrans
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Syria, Antioch, Seleucis and Pieria, 024 Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RPC II 2017, AE-(20)Semis, Large SC within laurel-wreath #198 viewsSyria, Antioch, Seleucis and Pieria, 024 Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RPC II 2017, AE-(20)Semis, Large SC within laurel-wreath #1
avers: DOMITIANVS CAESAR, Laureate head left.
reverse: Large SC within laurel-wreath.
exergue: S/C//--, diameter: 17,0-20,0mm, weight: 4,55g, axis: 11h,
mint: Syria, Antioch, Seleucis and Pieria, date: 69-81 A.D., ref: RPC II 2017, BMC 251,
Q-001
quadrans
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Syria, Antiochia ad Orontem; Tiberius7 viewsSyria, Seleucis and Pieria. Antiochia ad Orontem. Tiberius. A.D. 14-37. AE semis (23.8 mm, 8.06 g, 11 h). Struck A.D. 31-32. TI CAESAR AVG TR POT XXXIII, laureate head right / ·S·C, legend within laurel wreath. RPC 4273; McAlee 218c; BMC 158. Fine.ecoli
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SYRTICA, Sabratha. Pseudo-autonomous issue109 viewsObverse: Sarapis standing facing with raised hands, holding spear; crescent to right
Reverse: Capricorn right, holding globe; rudder below
Mint : Sabratha, SYRTICA
Date : Struck after 17/6 BC
Reference : RPC 822; MAA 41; SNG Copenhagen 46
Grade : Near VF
Weight : 7.02g
Denom : Semissis
Metal : AE
Dealer : CNG
Acquired: 14/05/08
Comments : black-green patina, light overall roughness, From the Patrick Villemur Collection
1 commentsBolayi
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Tiberius17 viewsTiberius, as Caesar, Æ Semis. 12-14 AD. Lugdunum mint. TI CAESAR AVGVST F IMPERAT VII, laureate head right / ROM ET AVG below front elevation of the Altar of Lugdunum. Cohen 38. RIC 246 [AVG]simmurray
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Tiberius semis brockage, 12-14 AD, Lugdunum86 viewsTiberius
AE semis – 18mm
Lugdunum, 12-14 AD
TI CAESAR AVGVST F IMPERAT VII
laureate head r.
Incuse of obverse, intended Altar of Lugdunum type
RIC 246 [Augustus]
3 commentsArdatirion
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Tiberius semis OBV18 viewsTiberius; AD 14-37
AE Semis; 19mm/4.9g
Obv: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F; Laureate head Left
Rev: SEX ABVITVS L LVCRETIUS II VIR; Aquila betw two signa CC across field
(RPC I 353)
1 commentsPhilip G
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Tiberius Semis Rev20 viewsTiberius; AD 14-37
AE Semis; 19mm/4.9g
Obv: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F; Laureate head Left
Rev: SEX ABVITVS L LVCRETIUS II VIR; Aquila betw two signa CC across field
(RPC I 353)
Philip G
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Tiberius, AE Semis, RIC I 2463 viewsTiberius
As Caesar and Co-Princeps, 13-14 A.D.

Coin: AE Semis

Obverse: TI CAESAR AVGVST F IMPERAT VII, laureate bust facing right.
Reverse: The Ara Trium Galliarum, ROM ET AVG in exergue.

Weight: 3.73 g, Diameter: 18.4 x 18.5 x 1.4 mm, Die axis: 150°, Mint: Lugdunum, struck between 12-14 A.D. Reference: RIC I 246
Masis
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Time of Augustus and Tiberius, imitating an issue of C. Cassius Celer7 viewsÆ Dupondius, 24x20mm, 6.1g,12h; after 16 BC.
Obv.: AVGVST TRIBVN POTEST within wreath.
Rev.: SC within C CASSIVS CELER III VIR A A A FF, countermarks TICA, M, AVG.
Ref.: Imitating RIC I 375, p. 70 / 17-126-47
John Anthony
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Titus AE 20 "Semis" Antiochia72 viewsObv.
T CAES IMP TR POT
Laureate head right

Rev.
ANTIOCHIA
Turreted & draped bust of Tyche right

Minted 74 A.D. in Rome for Syrian use

McAlee 392 RIC V 1574 C RPC II 1997 SNG Cop. 175
4 commentsancientdave
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Titus AE23 Antioch147 viewsObv.
T CAES IMP TR POT
Laureate head right

Rev.
SC
SC in Wreath

Ex-Richard McAlee Collection, The Coins of Roman Antioch Plate Coin
5 commentsancientdave
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Titus RIC-49844 viewsÆ Sestertius, 24.38g
Eastern Mint (Thrace?), 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PAX AVGVST; S C in field; Pax stg. l., with branch and cornucopiae
RIC 498 (C). BMC 309. RPC 501. BNC 323.
Acquired from Munthandel G. Henzen, June 2019.

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

Good style with dark brown patina.
3 commentsDavid Atherton
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Titus RIC-50394 viewsÆ Dupondius, 12.49g
Eastern Mint (Thrace?), 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; Head of Titus, radiate, bearded, r.
Rev: ROMA; S C in exergue; Roma std. l. on cuirass, with wreath and parazonium
RIC 503 (R). BMC 314. RPC 507. BNC 325.
Acquired from eBay, April 2019. Formerly in NGC holder 4680932-001, grade 'XF', strike 5/5, surface 3/5.

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

Beautifully toned with an extraordinarily decadent portrait.
10 commentsDavid Atherton
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Titus, AD 79-8133 viewsSYRIA, Antioch.

AE semis, 23.10 mm (7.75 gm).

T CAESAR IMP PONT, laureate head of Titus right/ S-C within laurel wreath, dot in right field. Mint at Antioch, struck AD 76-77.

McAlee, 385b (R); RPC II, 2015; Butcher, 165b(iii).

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TITUS, as Caesar SEMIS 76-77 CE, ROME (ANTIOCH MINT) 11 viewsObverse: T. CAESAR IMP. PONT., laureate head of Titus right.
Reverse: SC within laurel wreath. BMC 236. RPC 2015
Roman bronze coin, 20.4mm, 6.4 g.
struck at the Antioch mint. The Latin legend and the letters "SC (Senatus Consulto) indicate that this was intended to be Roman currency, though struck at a provincial mint. BMC Galatia 236.
NORMAN K
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TR (monogram of) or possibly plough132 viewsMACEDON. Philippi. Augustus. Æ 18 (Semis). 27 B.C.-A.D. 14. Obv: AVG. Bare head right. Rev: Two colonists ploughing right with two (?) oxen; countermark below oxen. Ref: BMC 86-88 (MYSIA. Parium); RPC 1656. Axis: 360°. Weight: 3.90 g. CM: Monogram of TR, in circular punch, 4.5 mm. Howgego 657 (4 pcs). Note: The monogram may refer to Troas, but may also be a stylized plough. Collection Automan.Automan
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Trajan - Semis - RIC 64913 viewsObv: IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIM AVG GERM, Radiate bust right
Rev: DAC PARTHICO P M TR POT XX COS VI P P around oak wreath; S C in center
Mint: Rome, for circulation in Syria
Date: 114-117 AD
Ref: RIC II 649
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Trajan AE Quadrans20 viewsTrajan Orichalcum Semis. 107 AD. IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG, laureate draped bust right / table with jug and wreath atop it, S C in ex.
Trajan AE Quadrans, RIC 687, Cohen 349cf, BMC 1068
ecoli
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Trajan AE Semis38 viewsTrajan AE Semis 98-118 A.D.
Obv: IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG ; Laureate bust, rt.
Rev: Vase and wreath on gaming table ; S - C in exergue
RIC II 687
Jason G
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Trajan AE21 Antioch141 viewsObv.
AVTOKP KAIC NEP TPAINOC CEB TEPM
Laureate head right

Rev.
KOINON CYPIAC
Turreted bust of Tyche to right
4 commentsancientdave
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Trajan AE22 Antioch43 viewsObv.
AVTOKP KAIC NEP TPAIANOC CEB GEPM
Laureate head right

Rev.
DHMAPX EX YPAT B
Legend in Wreath
ancientdave
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Trajan Caduceus BMC cap 10723 viewsTrajan Semis, Struck in Rome for Antioch circulation, 98 - 99 AD, 17.84mm, 2.8g, BMC Cappadocia p. 58, 107; McAlee 501; SNG Cop. 188; Sydenham p. 71, 230, Butcher 16
OBV: ΑVΤ KAIC NEP TPAIAN CЄΒ ΓЄΡΜ Laureate head of Trajan to right
REV: ΔΗΜΑΡΧ - ЄΞ ΥΠΑΤ B winged caduceus

Scarce
Romanorvm
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Trajan Decius - Semis Cohen 10222 viewsRugser
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Trajan Decius, Rome. 249-251 AD. Æ Semis, 3,43g, 19mm.26 viewsObv: IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: S - C, Mars standing left, resting right hand on shield and holding vertical spear.
RIC 128; C 102.
xanthos
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Trajan Decius, Rome. 249-251 AD. Æ Semis, 3,88g, 19mm.29 viewsObv: IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: S - C, Mars standing left, resting right hand on shield and holding vertical spear.
RIC 128; C 102.
1 commentsxanthos
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Trajan Decius, Semis - * 40 viewsRome mint, AD 249-250
IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG Laureate and draped bust right
Mars standing left, holding spear and shield. S|C in field
19 mm, 4,71 gr
Ref : RIC # 128, Cohen # 102

Potator II
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Trajan Deultum AE1990 viewsObv.
IMP CAE NER TRA AVG GER PM TR P COS III PP
Laureate head right

Rev.
C F P D
Ox head facing right


Curtis Clay says.................

"The one small issue of low-denomination coins under Trajan, all of 100 AD (COS III), followed by a gap until Caracalla, i.e. until 212-217 AD, is noteworthy but not really explicable.

Jurukova, in her monograph on Deultum, thinks the Trajanic issue might have commemorated "some extraordinary event in the city's political development", perhaps a grant of some priviledge by Trajan. She points out that the Trajanic coinage of Stobi, a Roman municipium in neighboring Macedonia, was also apparently confined to 100 AD, Trajan's third consulship, so maybe Stobi received a similar priviledge at the same time and commemorated it in the same way, though with a larger issue of coins in at least two denominations.

I think it quite possible that Deultum's coins of Trajan were produced by the mint of Rome or from dies cut by Roman engravers, since their style is indeed very close to that of the mint of Rome. Jurukova notes that similarity too but does not attempt to explain it. Stobi's issue of 100 AD, in contrast, is not in Rome-mint style. A study of all provincial bronze coins that seem to have been produced by the mint of Rome might throw more light on this Deultum issue."
1 commentsancientdave
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Trajan diobol, 115-116 AD, Rome38 viewsTrajan,
AE semis– 23.5mm
Rome, 115-116 AD
Radiate and draped bust r.
IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GERM
SC in oak wreath
PARTHICO P M TR PO[T] XX COS VI P P
RIC 647
Ardatirion
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Trajan RIC 645 30 viewsTrajan 98-117 AD. Orichalcum Semis. Struck at Rome for circulation in Syria, 116 AD. (4.27 g, 19.64 mm) Obv: IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GERM, radiate bust right, folds of cloak on front shoulder and behind neck Rev: DAC PARTHICO P M TR POT XX COS VI P P around oak wreath, large SC within. BMCRE 1100. Cohen 123 var. RIC 645 var.

Ex: Romadrome

The reverse is mighty fine on this coin!
Paddy
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Trajan RIC 708; Woytek 610bC28 viewsTrajan 98-117 AD. AE Semis. Rome Mint. 107-109 AD. (3.47g; 19mm) Obv: IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GER DAC, Laureate bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder. Rev: METALLI VLPIANI, Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopia.
Woytek 610bC; RIC 708 corr. Nominale; Strack 500 corr. Nominale

Ex: Pecunem
Paddy
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Trajan RIC II, 68673 viewsTrajan AD 98-117
AE - (Orichalcum)-Semis, 2.92g, 18mm
Rome, undated
obv. IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG
head laureate, r.
rev. (no legend)
gaming table with vase and wreath
exergue SC
RIC II, 686; C.349 var.
Scarce, VF

2 SEMISSES were worth 1 AS
1 commentsJochen
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Trajan Semis Gaming Table57 viewsObv.
IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG
Laureate head right

Rev.
SC
Gaming table with vase & wreath
ancientdave
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Trajan, Rome. 98-117 AD. Æ Semis 2,39g, 18mm.20 viewsObv: IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG, laureate head right, draped left shoulder.
Rev: S C (ex.), gaming table with vase and wreath.
RIC 687; BMC 1068; CBN 644.
xanthos
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Trajan, Rome. 98-117 AD. Æ Semis 2,72g, 18mm.14 viewsObv: IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG, laureate head right, draped left shoulder.
Rev: S C (ex.), gaming table with vase and wreath.
RIC 687; BMC 1068; CBN 644.
xanthos
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Trajan, Rome. 98-117 AD. Æ Semis 2,94g, 18mm.22 viewsObv: IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG, laureate head right.
Rev: S - C, Hercules standing front, head turned right, holding club.
RIC 689; C 336.
xanthos
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Troas, Alexandreia, Severus Alexander, Bellinger A34641 viewsSeverus Alexander, AD 222-235
AE -Semis, 4.90g, 20.27mm
obv. IMP [C M] CEV ALEZANDE
Bust, cuirassed only, seen from front, laureate, r.
rev. TROA -COL AV
Statue of Apollo Smintheus, in himation, stg. r. on small base, holding in
extended r. hand bow and in l. hand patera; quiver over l. shoulder.
ref. Bellinger A346 (type 1); SNG Copenhagen 158
rare, about SS, dark green patina
Jochen
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Troas, Dardanos, Hadrian, probably unpublished295 viewsHadrian, AD 117-138
AE 21 (Semis?), 4.53g, 20.66mm, 0°
obv. AV KAI CEBA[CTHC] - TRAIANOC ADRIANOC
Bust, draped and cuirassed, laureate, r.
rev. DARDAN - WN
Eagle facing, with spread wings, head l., carrying away Ganymedes, wearing
chlamys and Phrygian bonnet, holding pedum in r. hand
probably unpublished
very rare, about VF, some roughness

This is the counterpart of Bellinger's T136 from Ilion/Troas and Bellinger describes this rev. as 'remarkable because this is a scene from the Troyan myth before Homer'. This theme is found only in Troas. But Bellinger is not right: I have another one from Hadrianopolis, Jurukova 192! Ganymedes was the son of king Tros, founder of Troy.

For more information please look at the thread 'Mythological interesting coins'
Jochen
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Troas, Ilion, pseudo-autonomous, Bellinger T129924 viewsTroas, Ilion, pseudo-autonomous, c.79-96 (time of the Flavians)
AE - (Orichalcum-) Semis, 6.86g, 19mm
obv. Bust of Athena, wearing warlike clothes with Corinthian helmet, aegis on her chest, spear over r. shoulder, before which a snake twisting upwords (from the aegis?)
ILI beneath, all in circle of dots
rev. Aineias, bearded, bare-headed, in short military cloak and boots, advancing r., leading his son Askanios, in short chiton, looking upwards to him, with r. hand, and carrying his father Anchises, bearded, head veiled, looking forward, in his l. arm
all in dotted circle
ref.: Bellinger T129; von Fritze 28; RPC II, 895; SNG Copenhagen 368; SNG von Aulock 154; BMC 20
Rare, VF, natural Orichalcum surface, slight roughness
Pedigree:
ex Künker Auction 133, lot 8140 (describes the snake as twining around the spear!)

For more informations please look at the thread 'Mythological interesting coins'!
9 commentsJochen
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Trophy113 viewsCILICIA. Uncertain colonial mint. Octavian. Æ 19 (Semis). Ca 31-30 B.C. Obv: (P)RINCEPSFELIX. Bare head right; countermark on neck. Rev: COLONIA-(IVLIA-IIVIR). Two humpded oxen pulling plow to left; in field to left two monograms: (1) VE, (2) TER. Ref: RPC 4083. Axis: 270°. Weight: 5.59 g. Note: The mint has been the subject of some discussion. The monograms of the revers refer to the names of the duovirs. CM: Trophy in circular punch, 5 mm. Howgego - (3 pcs in RPC, though). Collection Automan.Automan
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V-NERO-a- 004 Semis RIC I/47957 viewsSemis // LVGDVNVM

Av) NERO CLAVD AVG GERM
Bare head right with globe at point of bust

Rv) PONTIF MAX TRP IMP P SC
Roma seated left, holding wreath and parazonium

Weight. 4,2g; Ø: 22 mm; Reference: RIC I/479; Mint: LUGDUNUM
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Venus - Eros14 viewsAncient Greek, Spain, Corduba, AE Semis, 2nd Century BC, 3.7g, 18mm

Obverse: Head of Venus right.

Reverse: Eros standing left.

Reference: Unknown

Ex: Holding History Coins+photo
Gil-galad
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Vespasian AE 21 Antiochia86 viewsVespasian AE21, struck in or shipped to Antioch 73-74 AD

Obv:

IMP VESP AVG PM TP
Laureate head of Vespasian left

Rev:
ANTIOCHIA
Turreted and draped bust of Tyche right


This is a very interesting coin, probably at least partially responsible for the reassignment of these eastern AE issues to Antioch as opposed to Commagene, where they had long thought to belong. Note the Flavian looking features on the bust of Tyche.
1 commentsancientdave
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Vespasian RIC-759127 viewsÆ Dupondius, 14.46g
Rome mint, 74 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev: PON•MAX•TR•POT•P•P•COS•V CENS; Winged caduceus between crossed cornuacopiae
RIC 759 (C). BMC p. 219 note. RPC 1983 (6 spec.). BNC 905.
Ex eBay, 16 October 2018. Ex Klassische Münzen.

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

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

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

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

The coin itself is a superb example in very fine style. Beautiful dark golden patina with highlights of emerald green.
8 commentsDavid Atherton
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Vespasian, Jul. 69 - 24 June 79 A.D., Syrian Provincial Coinage, Struck at Rome122 viewsOrichalcum as, ANS Journel 7-8(1995-96) McAlee 63, Butcher 4 p.406-407,plate 20; (RPC 1984); (BMC Galatia p. 177, 219); (SNG Cop 172), VF, 5.571g, 22.0mm, 180deg., Rome mint, 74 A.D.(undated); Obv. IMP CAESAR VESP AVG, laureate head of Vespasian left; Rev. S C within laurel wreath; Scarce. Mottled olive patina.

Background info courtesy Richard G. McAlee, ANS Journel 7-8(1995-96).

"During Vespasian's reign orichalcum coins were struck (probably in Rome) for circulation in Syria... They were produced in four denominations... dupondius, as, semis, quadrans... Each denomination was struck bearing the portraits of Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian. Some of the coins of Vespasian and Titus are not dated, but all of those which are, as well as all of the coins of Domitian, can be dated to 74. There are reverse die links between the orichalcum asses of all three emperors, indicating that the entire group was struck in 74."

Ex Forvm Ancient Coins

Photo by Forvm Ancient Coins
8 commentsSteve E
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Vespasian-RIC-156568 viewsÆ As, 6.57g
Rome mint, 74 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev: S • C in laurel wreath
RIC 1565 (C2). BMC 894. RPC 1984 (20 spec.). BNC 913.
Acquired from Ephesus Numismatics, January 2019.

In 74 AD the Rome mint produced an extraordinary issue of bronze coinage of dupondii, asses, semisses, and quadrantes with a somewhat Eastern theme. Previously, these coins had been attributed to either Commagene (BMCRE) or Syria (RPC, and doubtfully so in RIC), but more recent scholarship has shown they actually were struck in Rome. The circulation pattern confirms this - out of a total of 112 of the smaller denominations cited by RPC, all but 4 were found in Western Europe. Ted Buttrey confirms 'The Eastern finds appear to be simply the débris of Mediterranean circulation.' But why was this series produced in such a fashion? Buttrey proffers a plausible theory - 'There is nothing like this series in the whole of Roman imperial coinage. It is a deliberate act of Orientalism, imposing the flavour of the East on a Western coinage. The key to its understanding is the reverse type of the dupondius, two crossed cornuacopiae with a winged caduceus between. It replicates the type of an obscure issue of the Galilean city of Sepphoris, an issue which had been, astonishingly, signed by Vespasian himself (ΕΠΙ ΟΥΕCΠΑCΙΑΝΟΥ, “on the authority of…”) when on duty there in the last days of Nero. The dupondius-sized bronze was accompanied by a half-unit with the type of a large, central S C – again signed by Vespasian, and now imitated on the As of the orichalcum series with the wreath of the As of Antioch (RPC I 4849-50). The whole of this series memorializes not Vespasian the conquering general (IVDAEA CAPTA, VICTORIA AVGVSTI), but the man. His re-use of earlier coin types is well-known; here he re-uses his own, harking back to his career just prior to his final success in seizing the empire. And the series was struck in 74 A.D., co-terminous with the celebration of Vespasian’s first quinquennium.' So, in essence, a very personally important issue for Vespasian.

Curtis Clay has a few objections for Buttrey's theory why the issue was struck. 'As far as I am aware, there is nothing "astonishing" about Vespasian's "signing" of the two coins of Sepphoris. EΠI followed by the governor's name appeared frequently on Roman provincial coins, meaning simply, "Struck while the man named was governor". So there was no evident reason for Vespasian to consider it extraordinary that he had been named as governor of Syria on coins of Sepphoris struck for Nero near the end of his reign (Year 14), and no evident reason why he should have referred to the Sepphoris coins in his orichalcum issue struck at Rome five years later. It seems quite probable that Vespasian never even noticed his name on the coins of Sepphoris, and certainly very few Romans in the West will ever have seen such a coin, though Buttrey thinks the orichalcum coins were struck for circulation in the West in 74 in order to recall precisely those Sepphoris coins with their reference to Vespasian some months before his accession. Why waste coin types on references that were inconsequential, and that nobody was likely to comprehend?

If the orichalcum issue was meant to recall those two coins of Sepphoris, shouldn't it have been struck for Vespasian only, and using only those two rev. types, caduceus between crossed cornucopias and large SC? But that was not the case. Both the caduceus between crossed cornucopias type and the large SC type were struck not only for Vespasian, but also for Titus and Domitian as Caesars. Moreover those were not the only two rev. types of the issue: other coins showed a bust of Antioch with legend ANTIOCHIA , and (on small coins only) the same winged caduceus as on the crossed cornucopias dupondii, but without the cornucopias (see images below). It seems to me highly unlikely that the three main types of this issue, all struck for Titus and Domitian as well as Vespasian, were inspired by and meant to recall the far simpler issue of Sepphoris, using just two changing types (obv. types in this case) and of course naming Vespasian only.'

If Buttrey's argument is wrong it brings us back to the original question - why was an Eastern flavoured coinage struck for circulation in the West? Perhaps the issue may be nothing more than Vespasian paying homage to the part of the world that elevated him.

This As is a fine example of the smaller denomination, nicely centred with a beautiful emerald green patina.
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