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Roman, Agrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)1149 viewsAgrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)
Daughter of Julia and Marcus Agrippa, wife of Germanicus and mother of Emperor Caligula. The most beautiful woman of all Caesars in the most incredible condition. The finest known specimen orriginally from the Morreti Collection.
Obv.Posthumous portrait ordered by Caligula to commemorate his mother who had tragically died in exile. Rev.The carpentum drawn by two mules, the vehicle reserved for the use of the women of the imperial family in the city.
Cohen 1 ; RIC 42
9 commentsPetitioncrown
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Roman, Aelia Flaccilla891 viewsex FORVM - 2243. Bronze AE2, RIC 43, gVF, 3.1g, 20.8mm, 180o, Nicomedia mint, 25 Aug 383 - 386 A.D.; obverse AEL FLAC-CILLA AVG, draped bust right with an elaborate head dress, necklace and mantle; reverse SALVS REIPVBLICAE, Aelia Flacilla standing facing head right, arms folded on breast, SMN[ in ex; irregular flan, excellent portrait, black patina beautifully highlighted by read earthen fill, this is the most elaborate hairstyle we have seen on this type; very rare7 commentscscoppa
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Roman, Severus Alexander Dupondius 841 viewsSeverus Alexander Dupondius
231 A.D. Mint of Rome
Radiate head right
Jupiter walking left, head right, holding thunderbolt.
Cohen 81, RIC629
A beautiful portrait of this emperor
3 commentsMaxentius
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Roman, Caracalla798 viewsThis seemed such a striking portrait of this notorious emperor that I couldn't resist.5 commentsmaridvnvm
Roman, Claudius788 views10 commentstunaonrye0
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Roman, Pupienus, April - June 238 A.D.755 viewsMARCVS CLODIVS PUPIENVS MAXIMVS was born about 164. He was a Senator in 238 when the revolt of the Gordians broke out against Maximinus I, and he was one of the Senate's "Committee of Twenty" to oversee the defense of Italy in support of the Gordians. When the Gordians were quickly killed in Africa, the Senate made Pupienus and a Senator named Balbinus co-Augusti. Pupienus was to lead the army and Balbinus was to administrate. Maximinus was soon killed by his own men at Aquileia but discontent in Rome led to the murder of Pupienus by the Praetorian Guard on July 29, 238. This portrait is from a Antonianus (ex-Forum) in my collection (see jimwho523's gallery for actual coin)13 commentsjimwho523
Roman, Caracalla * Mature710 views
Of all the Caracalla portraits, I’m most drawn to & fond of those which show him in his greatest maturity. This one, dated to 217 AD, the year of his death is about as ‘mature’ as one can get for the man.
This portrait strikes me as exceptionally handsome, which I well-imagine he was in reality, despite his ‘official portraiture’ which often suggests otherwise.

Too, I think some of his portraits, such as this one, suggest strongly a certain vanity in his masculine appearance – that he was well groomed and took considerable pride in his over-all appearance, quite despite his soldierly life-style.
Such vanity and the purposefulness of his official portraiture not withstanding, here I believe one beholds ‘Caracalla’ the man more as he was – an alpha male par excellence, and a devilishly handsome one.

Portrait from AR Denarius * Caracalla * Serapis
Mint: Rome
Struck: 217 AD.
Size: 19 mm.

RIC 291b
* Reverse of * RIC 289, pg. 255

Submitted by Tiathena
5 commentsTiathena
Roman, HADRIAN, BRITANNICVS625 viewsSestertius of Hadrian, AD 122. EXERC BRITANNICVS SC ("For the army of Britain, by order of the Senate") RIC 913. Coin currently in the British Museum Department of Coins and Medals (gallery 49, case 14).
Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS 111 PP ("Hadrian Augustus, three times consul, father of his country")
5 commentsPetitioncrown
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Roman, Nero616 viewsOrichalcum sestertius, RIC 517, C 268, BMC 328, S 1961, EF, 20.2g, 34.3mm, 180o, Lugdunum mint, 66 A.D.; obverse IMP NERO CAESAR AVG PONT MAX TR POT P P, laureate head left, globe at point of bust; reverse ROMA in ex, S - C in fields, Roma seated left on cuirass, holding Victory, left arm resting on parazonium, shields behind; extraordinary portrait, dark green patina. Ex Forum4 commentsForza e Onore
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Roman, Titus554 viewsTitus, AR denarius, Rome Mint, A.D. 80
BMCRE 72, RSC 309
Obv - Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev - Dolphin coiled around anchor.
7 commentsVespasian70
Roman, Constantine I541 viewsA truly magnificent portrait. RIC VII, Arles Mint, 3452 commentsMayadigger
Roman, Julian II. Apostata AE1522 viewsIulianus II. Apostata AE1, struck 361-363 AD at Antioch mint, 2. officinae.
Obv: D N FL CL IVLIANVS P F AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
(Rev: SECVRITAS REI PVB, bull standing right, two stars above.
Ex: ANTB(palm))
Ø 27-29 mm, 7.79 g.
Antioch RIC VIII 216

My favourite portrait in my collection...
9 commentsPscipio
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Roman, Trajan Sestertius501 viewsTRAJAN. 98-117 AD. Æ Sestertius (32mm, 28.81 g). Struck 106 AD. Laureate bust right, wearing aegis / Soldier on springing horse right, thrusting spear in right hand at Dacian falling forward before under horse's hooves; Dacian's head turned left and raising hands. RIC II 534 var. (drapery on far shoulder); BMCRE 836; Cohen 508 var. (laureate only).
From the Tony Hardy Collection.
Trajan has a smart look in his face.
2 commentsJan Terje Rafdal
Roman, Vitellius sestertius minted Rome, A.D. 69490 views25.02g, Ø 36mm, 6h
Obv.: A VITELLIVS GERMAN IMP AVG PM TR P, laurate head right
Rev.: S C, Mars, helmeted, naked, advancing right with spear and legionnary standard.
Ref.: RIC 141 (R); BMCRE 58; C. 79; Sear (II) 2208
4 commentsCharles S
Roman, Hadrian Sestertius486 viewsThis is one of my favourite coins because it has one of the best portraits of Hadrian that I have ever seen.4 commentspeterpil19
Roman, Pompey the Great481 views5 commentsDIVIF
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Roman, Vespasian480 viewsI love this portrait! The sneer/scowl seems so real!

TITVS FLAVIVS VESPASIANVS, born in 9 AD to Vespasia Polla and Flavius Sabinus, entered public service and was serving as Governor of Judaea in 68 when Nero committed suicide. The eastern legions resented the quick succession of Nero, Galba, Otho, and Vitellius, since the Rhine legions had caused it all. In July of 69 the eastern legions proclaimed Vespasian, and the legions of Illyricum followed. Vitellius was killed on December 20, 69 and Vespasian reigned mildly for the next ten years. He died of illness on June 23, 79, was succeeded by his older son Titus, and was deified by the Senate.
4 commentsjimwho523
Roman, Caracalla478 viewsAn incuse profile of Caracalla is visible on the reverse4 commentsTLP
Roman, Trajan457 viewsAn extremely rare type with an almost uncirculated portrait of Emperor Trajan. Trajan's Column was erected in Forum Traiani to commemorate roman victories over Dacia. Still remains intact, except for Trajan's statue and eagles at base that were lost. This sestertius was struck same year that column was erected.(DIVIF)1 commentsDIVIF
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Roman, Probus, summer 276 - Sep 282 A.D.452 viewsEx Forum. Silvered antoninianus, RIC 169 (listing obv. legend 8 in error), EF, 3.39g, 22.7mm, 0o, Rome mint, 276-282 A.D.; obverse IMP PROBVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse FIDES MILITVM, Fides standing left holding standard in each hand, R thunderbolt B in ex; handsome military bust; SOLD 3 commentswolfgang336
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Roman, Vespasian Sestertius450 viewsVespasian. AD 69-79. Æ Sestertius (34mm, 23.90 g). Rome mint. Struck AD 71. Laureate head right / Roma standing left, holding Victory and sceptre. RIC 443; Cohen 419. Good VF, mottled green patina, light smoothing.
9 commentsJan Terje Rafdal
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Roman, Maximinus I Thrax, mid Mar 235 - late May 238 A.D.447 viewsNot sure if this coin fits the bill , but I find the portrait rather Powerfull and expressive.
Your thoughts?
4 commentsjdholds
Roman, Postumus struck under Aureolus446 viewsIMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG
Cuirassed, draped and radiated bust right
Mars walking right, holding spear end shield

Antoninianus struck in Mediolanum , third officina
C.442 - RIC.387 - Elmer 617 - AGK.111a

magnificient portrait

the coin is also in my gallery with reverse
2 commentsgb29400
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Roman, Marcus Aurelius433 viewsA nice portrait of the young Augustus.5 commentsJan Terje Rafdal
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Roman, Gordian III - 238-244 AD404 viewsMARCVS ANTONIVS GORDIANVS was born in 225. His grandfather was Gordian I and his uncle was Gordian II. After their failed revolt in 238, Gordian was raised (April, 238) to Caesar under the Senate's co-Augusti, Balbinus and Pupienus. When they were killed in July, 238, Gordian became sole Augustus. His rule was generally thought to be mild and wise, guided by his Praetorian Praefect, Timesitheus. Gordian III married Timesitheus's daughter Tranquillina in 241. Unfortunately, both Timesitheus and Gordian died on campaign against the Sassanians in 243-244. His mysterious death on February 25, 244 possibly was plotted by his successor, Philip I.

The details of this coin may be viewed at
3 commentsjimwho523
Roman, Julia Mamaea396 viewsA very pleasant depiction of Julia Mamaea (13 March 222 - February or March 235 A.D.) . RIC 335, RSC 17, BMC 483. 3.12g, 19.9mm, 180o, Rome mint, obverse IVL MAMAEA AVG, draped bust right; reverse FELICITAS PVBLICA, Felicitas standing left holding caduceus and resting elbow on column; ex Scott Collection.5 commentskklinejr
Roman, Geta389 viewsHappy childhood ?


2 commentsecoli
Roman, Gallienus, AE Antoninianus387 viewsNo reverse but a superior portrait of Gallienus for these crummy issues. Anyone with a better portriat?1 commentswhitetd49
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Roman, Philip I, first half of 244 - end of Sep 249 A.D.383 viewsROMAE AETERNAE RIC 44b.2 commentsRobert_Brenchley
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Roman, Constantius II380 viewsFL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB C

He looks upset with the world.........
1 commentscscoppa
Roman, Claudius, Amazing "Medallic" Clavdivs371 viewsAS
Mint: Roma
41 AD
Dimensions: 32mm/17,52grms ( theorical weight: 10,82grms)
"Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Pontifex Maximus Tribunitia Potestas Imperator".
Reverse: S-C
"Senatus Consulto"
Réf : Cohen 84 var. (f.) - RIC. 100 - BMC. 149 - BN. 179.
Conservation: SUP
to see the reverse follow this link:
6 commentsmoneta romana
Roman, Postumus369 viewsThe only reason that I bought this coin was for the portrait, otherwise it is fairly ordinary.1 commentswhitetd49
Greek, Alexander III the Great - Tetradrachm - Amphipolis, Macedon366 viewsDate: 332-326 BC (lifetime)
Size: 25 mm
Weight: 17.4 g
Obv: Head of Herakles wearing lion's scalp right
Rev: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, legs open, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to right; amphora in left field
Price 13
5 commentsViriathus
Roman, Victorinus Antoninianus365 viewsVictorinus AE-Antoninian, 3. emission, struck 270 AD at Trier mint.
Obv: IMP C VICTORINVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right.
(Rev: PIETAS AVG, Pietas standing left acrificing over altar.)
Ø 20 mm, 3.77 g.
RIC 57, Zschucke 263.
3 commentsPscipio
Roman, Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, wife of Antoninus Pius357 viewsSH33181. Gold aureus, SRCV II 4553 (same dies), Cayon 1765 (same), RIC III 356d, Cohen 98, BMCRE IV 398, Choice EF, Rome mint, weight 6.923g, maximum diameter 19.8mm, die axis 180o, 147 - 161 A.D.; obverse DIVA FAVSTINA, diademed, draped and veiled bust left; reverse AVGVSTA, Ceres standing left, torch in right, scepter in left; very light hairline scratches; ex Lanz, Auction 135, lot 745 (misattributed); hints of red toning, bold and beautiful, struck with elegant dies!; scarce

Gold aurei are about the same size as silver denarii but they were not struck with the same dies. The finest work of the mint's top master engravers was reserved for striking gold. The difference between the artistry of the gold and silver is not always so striking, but no denarius equals the beauty of this coin.
8 commentsJoe Sermarini
Greek, Philetairos, Kings of Pergamon, Attalos I to Eumenes II.353 viewsKINGS of PERGAMON. Attalos I to Eumenes II. 241-159 BC. AR Tetradrachm (29mm, 16.70 g, 12h). Struck circa 225/15-189/8. Laureate head of Philetairos right / Athena seated left, with spear at side, supporting shield with right hand and resting left elbow on small statuette on sphinx; ivy leaf above knee, bow to outer right, A on throne. Westermark Group III, dies V.XXIX/R?; SNG France 1609 (same obv. die). XF, porous. CNG auction.

Photo and Description , courtesy of Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.

Sam Mansourati Collection / EX CNG
7 commentsSam
Roman, Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 Dec 192 A.D.347 viewsSH40551. Bimetallic medallion, Cohen 376 var (300 fr., bust right, central reverse figure hand downward); Gnecchi II p. 57 No. 52 - 53 var (same), aEF, dark brown patina, Rome mint, weight 59.635g, maximum diameter 39.6mm, die axis 0o, 188 A.D.; obverse COMMODVS ANTONINVS PIVS FELIX AVG BRIT, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse P M TR P XIII IMP VIII COS V P P, MON AVG, three monetae standing slightly left, each with a scale in right and cornucopia in left, the center figure is smaller, right hand upward and standing on a short round base; ex Gorney & Mosch, auction 180, lot 404; ex Helios Numismatik auction 3, 155; possibly unique5 commentsJoe Sermarini
Roman, Vespasian329 viewsBMCRE 214, RSC 214
Rome mint A.D. 78
From Vespasian70's Flavian denarii collection.
1 commentsVespasian70
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Roman, Nero, 54-68 A.D. Sestertius310 viewsNero, 54-68 A.D. Sestertius

Sear #: 1952
RIC: 430
Lugdunum mint 65 A.D.
Actually my only Nero Sestertius so far. I really like the portrait on this one. The legendends on the reverse are a bit weakly, and double struck. Apart from that, a very nice coin in hand. I hope ther are more coins like this out there ...
4 commentsJan Terje Rafdal
Roman, Volusian. 251-253 AD.307 viewsIMP CAE C VIB VOLVSIANO AVG, cuirassed, draped and radiate bust right.
SALVS AVGG, Salus standing right, feeding snake from patera.
RIC 184, RSC 118, RCV 9769.
1 commentsPedja R
Roman, Julia Domna300 viewsJulia Domna Denarius. Obverse: IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right. Reverse: MATER DEVM, Cybele, towered, enthroned left between two lions, leaning on drum and holding branch & scepter. RIC 564, RSC 123.

Very beautiful portrait. Looks better in Hand.
1 commentsFaramir
Roman, Antoninus Pius superb portraits from two sestertii from the same die299 viewsThe nicest portrait of Antoninus Pius in my collection, twice.
Sestertii minted Rome, A.D. 140-144.
Left: 28.4g, Ø 33-34mm, 12h (RIC 621) / Right: 24.4g, Ø 32-34mm, 12h (RIC 641)
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PI-VS P P TR P COS III, laurate head right
2 commentsCharles S
Roman, Claudius Sestertius297 viewsRIC 115, Sear 1854. Claudius/ Spes AugustaLollia
Roman, TETRICUS II294 viewsvery nice portrait1 commentsgb29400
Greek, Alexander the Great, Lysimachos tetradrachm286 viewsMinted in Magnesia, this is one of the most beautiful portraits of Alexander the Great, a true Hellenistic masterpiece. He is looking to the sky, towards Olympus and he is sending a truly arogant smile to the Gods, as if containing the message "I was a true God on Earth!"vercingetorix
Greek, Antiochus IV Epiphanes - Antioch on Orontes (as 'Daphne') - 175/164BC285 viewsAntiochus IV Epiphanes - Antioch on Orontes (as 'Daphne') - 175/164BC
AE 20.1-21.2mm : 9.016gm
OBV - Radiate diademed head facing right with diadem extending down to neck
REV - Zeus standing facing, head turned left, arm extended to left holding wreath, ANTIOXEON at right, TON PROS DAPHNEN at left with monogram at far left and far right. Quasi-municipal type struck in or after 169/8 BC. Actual location: Antioch on Orontes (For some reason Antiochus IV chose to identify it as Antioch near Daphne).
REF - SNGSpaer 1008 (8.73gm same monograms)
1 commentsPtolemAE
Roman, Postumus284 viewsSUPERBE silvered AE ant, Postumus (259 - 268 A.D.), IMP C POSTVMVS P. F. AVG, Radiate head right / VICTORIA AVG, Victoria walking left, with captive at her feet. C. 377 - R.I.C. 891 commentspostumus
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Roman, Postumus278 viewsThe quality of the engraving on this bust made me want to pick it up and look at it through my loupe again and again. It is paired with a slightly weak reverse which I have not included since it would detract from the portrait.1 commentsmaridvnvm
Roman, GALBA SESTERTIUS.276 viewsGalba 68-69 AD Bronze Sesterce. A true classic head of Galba, powerful and Roman with all the Republican virtues. Beatifull natural patina. Purchased Leu 1980. Ex Sartige 1938 and dating back to the beginning of 1900's

Coins to fall in love with
11 commentssunwukong
Roman, Postumus Antoninian271 viewsPostumus AR-Antoninian, struck 267 AD at Cologne mint (?).
Obv: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
(Rev: IOVI VICTORI, Iupiter walking left, looking right, holding sceptre and thunderbolt.)
Ø 21 mm, 3.16 g.
Cunetio 2468, Elmer 571, Zschucke 170, RIC 311
4 commentsPscipio
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Roman, Caracalla, Caesarea maritima KNOCKOUT caracalla Tet'.262 viewsObv:bust r. slightly bearded
R:eagle standing over torch around which serpent is twined
Ros- 62
1 commentsMaritima
Roman, Theodosius II 402-450 Cyzicus Mint262 viewsThis coin is proof that, even in the 5th century, some celators were still creating expressive, artistic, natural-looking portraits. This is a 13mm AE4, cross reverse. 2 commentsLaetvs
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Roman, Vespasian262 viewsvespasianmickdale
Roman, Galba's "scareface"259 viewsMaster's portrait of the emperor Galba on sestertius.

2 commentsmoneta romana
Greek, Philetairos I, 282 - 263 B.C.257 viewsSilver tetradrachm, Meydancikkale 3000, SNG Paris 1603 var, SNG Von Aulock -, SNG Cop -, VF, 16.629g, 28.1mm, 0o, Pergamum mint, c. 265 - 263 B.C.; obverse head of Philetaerus right in taenia; reverse FILETAIROU downward on right, Athena enthroned left, right hand on shield before her, spear over shoulder in left, leaf above arm, bow right; high relief portrait; very rare.

Very lifelike, expressive portrait.
1 commentsCleisthenes
Roman, Geta Caesar of Rome256 viewsRIC 34a. Mint of Rome, 202-209 AD.
Very authentic features!
3 commentsneander
Roman, Vespasian AE34 Orichalcum Sestertius. 71 AD.255 viewsObv;IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III,
Laureate head right
Roma standing left holding Victory and spear.

RIC 443, Cohen 419.

To me the portrait on this coin is like a window to his personality and character. His gaze seems to mirror what is written about his life and the way he ruled.
6 commentsDave A
Roman, Hadrian, AE-Sestertius. Pax seatd. Nice Portrait 251 viewsRoman Empire, Hadrian. 117 - 138 AD. AE-Sestertius, struck 135 AD. Rome Mint. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P.P., his laureate head rt. / PAX AVG, Pax seated lt., holding a branch and sceptre, SC in ex. RIC 770. An attractive coin with good style and eye appeal. Just the way I like them!
6 commentsJan Terje R
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Roman, Domitian247 viewsDomitian Denarius. 87 AD. IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VII, laureate head right / IMP XIIII COS XIII CENS P P P, Minerva standing right, weilding javelin and holding shield. RSC 228.

One of the best portraits I have in my collection.
2 commentsJinky_j
Roman, Maximinus I Denarius245 viewsMaximinus I Denarius. IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, laureate & draped bust right / FIDES MILITVM, Fides standing left, a standard in each hand. RIC 7A, RSC 7a.

Thanks to for the picture.
Roman, Probus Antoninianus241 viewsProbus Antoninian, struck 278 AD at Siscia mint.
Obv: IMP PROBVS AVG, radiate, helmeted and cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield.
(Rev: ADVENTVS AVG, Emperor riding left, right hand raised, left holding sceptre, captive at foot.
Ø 24.5 mm, 3.50 g.
RIC 628

Roman, Lucius Cornelius Sulla Portrait239 viewsPompeia 4. Portrait of Sulla issued by his grandson Pompeius Rufus.1 commentsLollia
Roman, Nero Claudius Drusus Sestertius234 viewsIssued by Claudius to honor his father Drusus, RIC 93. Blueish-Black Patina.1 commentsLollia
Roman, Augustus, Octavianus231 viewsCAESAR DIVI F COS VI
RIC 545 (R3) ; Cohen 4 (30 Fr) ; BMC 653
ex Forvm Ancient Coins
Collection Frédéric Weber
3 commentsfrederic W
Roman, Geta231 viewsA very good, sensitive portrait especially for a provincial issue. The entire coin and description may be seen in whitetd49 Severan gallery.whitetd49
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Roman, Postumus228 viewsPostumus Antoninian, struck 260-261 AD at Lugdunum mint.
Obv: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: HERC DEVSONIENSI, Hercules standing right, leaning on club, holding bow and lion's skin.
Ø 20-21.5 mm, 4.44 g.
RIC 64
1 commentsPscipio
Roman, Macrinus222 viewsMacrinus AE25, struck 217-218 AD at Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior, legat Statius Longinus.
Obv: AY K M OΠEΛΛI CEV MAKPINOC (AY?), laureate bust right.
(Rev: VΠ CTA ΛONΓINOV NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC ICTPΩ, Liberalitas standing left, holding cornucopia and counting frame.)
Ø 23-25 mm, 9.30 g.
SNG ANS 278, Pick 1779

I love this portrait, even it is a bit worn! Ex FORVM.
1 commentsPscipio
Roman, Caracalla Denarius217 viewsANTONINVS - PIVS AVG
Draped and laureated bust right

two captives seated below trophy.

Denarius struck 201 AD in ROM

RIC.54b C.175

18 mm -- 3,89 g -- axis 180°

beautifull portrait on heavy flan

the coin is in my gallery
Roman, ELAGABALUS. 218-222 AD. AR Antoninianus 214 viewsELAGABALUS. 218-222 AD. AR Antoninianus (21mm - 5.31 g). Rome mint. Struck 219 AD. IMP ANTONINVS AVG, radiate and draped bust right, seen from behind / P M TR P II COS II P P, Providentia standing left, leaning on column, holding wand over globe in right hand, cornucopia in left. RIC IV 23; BMCRE 102; RSC 144. EF, just a trace of minor porosity.

5 commentsPhiloromaos
Roman, Gordian III AR Tetradrachm209 viewsAD240 Gordian III Tetradrachm of Antioch, Syria ( Seleucis & Pieria )

obv: Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
rev: Eagle standing facing with head left, wings open, holding wreath in beak, SC below.
3 commentsrexesq
Roman, CARACALLA209 views2 commentsbenito
Roman, Caracalla AR Antoninianus - 'Venus Victrix'208 viewsCaracalla AR Antoninianus.

obv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed, seen from front.
rev: VENVS VICTRIX - Venus standing holding victory and sceptre, shield by her side.
Well struck and well centered coin on a very large flan.
5.2 grams.
1 commentsrexesq
Roman, Claudius II Gothicus202 viewsA nice strike with decent centering leading to a nice portrait overall.1 commentsmaridvnvm
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Roman, Maximianus201 viewsAE Follis.
Obv.: IMP MAXIMIANVS SEN AVG ; Rev.: CONSERVATORES KART SVAE ; cult image of Carthage stg. in a temple.
Roman, Diadumenianus, Rome mint, struck 217-218 AD, Æ dupondius or as200 viewsM OPEL ANTONINVS DIADVMENIANVS CAES draped bust right
APRINC IVVENTVTI, S-C Diadumenianus standing, three standards.
RIC 212, Cohen 9, BMC 158
4 commentsdupondius
Greek, Ptolemy VI Philometor194 viewsSilver Tetradrachm
Alexandria mint
Struck c. 170-164 B.C.
27mm 14.2g
Obv: Diademed head of Ptolemy I right, wearing aegis.
Rev: PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS, eagle standing left on thunderbolt.
Svoronos 1489; SNG Copenhagen 265
4 commentsmihali84
Roman, SABINA (Boyd collection)190 viewsSabina, denarius (Boyd collection)
Sabina, moglie di Adriano (117-138 d.C.), denario d'argento, zecca di Roma (131 d.C.) AR, 2.93 gr., SPL (EF)
D/ SABINA AVGVSTA, busto diademato e drappeggiato a dx.
R/ IVNONI REGINAE, Juno stante a sin., regge patera e scettro
RCV 3921; RIC 395a
William C. Boyd Collection. Acquistata dallo stesso Boyd dal numismatico londinese W.S.Lincoln nel dicembre 1898. Collezione dispersa da Baldwin's Auctions (42), il 26 Settembre 2005, lotto 374
Roman, Domitian, RIC 507189 viewsObverse: CAES DIVI AVG VESP F DOMITIANVS COS VII - Laureate head right
Reverse: PAX AVGVST S C - Pax standing left with branch and cornucopiae.
mm. 34 - g. 25,93
RIC2 507 R (Titus) - RPC II 504 - 80 a.D. Thracian mint
A realistic powerful portrait of the last of the Twelve Caesars
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus
Roman, Septimius Severus Rome early 5185 viewsRIC 119. Denarius, mint of Rome, 198 AD.

This is very rare early Roman artistic style.
198AD exactly: uncommon engraver autors accent - big square head with straightened nose.
In addition - even rarest Laodicea specimens at 198AD depicting a cuirassed bust with Medusa.
2 commentsneander
Roman, Septimius Severus, Silver Denarius 185 viewsEmperor: Septimius Severus 193 - 211 AD
Denomination: Silver Denarius
Weight: 3.5g
Size: 20mm dia
Date: Rome 202 AD
Attribution: RCV 6323
Roman, Aurelian Silvered Antoninianus RIC 368172 viewsOBV: IMP C AURELIANUS AVG; Radiate and cuirassed bust right,
REV: RESTITUTOR ORBIS; Aurelian receiving a wreath from a Woman (PAX), Cyzicus Mint, about 275 AD

The coin is not the most perfect but the portrait is super. Done after Aurelian had reunited the Empire the Emperor is depicted as warrior hero, tough but humane -which Aurelian was. The relief of the ear is low compared to most coins, probably to avoid having the silvering wear off too quickly. The highlight of the eye is very realistically imitated and this makes a very animated portrait.
1 commentsdaverino
Greek, Antiochus VIII169 viewsSyria 121-96 BC tetradrachm
Sear 7142
Roman, PERTINAX167 views4 commentsbenito
Roman, Aurelian Billon Antoninianus167 viewsSear (2000) 11581, RIC 232. Minted in Siscia 272 A.D. (according to Sear).
Obverse: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Aurelian right.
Reverse: PAX AVGVSTI; Pax walking left, holding olive branch and transverse scepter.
Star in left field, T in right field.
If Sear's dating is correct Aurelian was about sixty two years old when this coin
was minted. I believe this coin image reflects the character of Aurelian better
than any other I have seen. A ruthless general, he was also a person of
intelligence and understanding, who instituted a number of civil and religious
reforms, and began the restoration of the currency. Aware of the
continuing threat from the German tribes, he also began the construction of
a massive wall around the City of Rome, parts of which still exist.
2 commentsJames A2
Roman, Marius166 viewsEmperor: Marius
Type: Antoninianus
Attribution: RIC Vb 19 (Mint unidentified), Elmer 640, Cohen 22
Obverse Legend: IMP C M AVR MARIVS AVG
Obverse Description: Radiate, cuirassed bust r.
Reverse Legend: VIRTVS AVG
Reverse Description: Soldier stg. l., leaning on shield and holding spear
Diameter: 18 mm
Weight: 2.78 g
Rarity: Rare

It's rare for both sides of a coin of this type to be nice, but this one has it all. The portrait in particular is a beauty.
From my collection. mz
1 commentsMark Z2
Roman, Severus Alexander, Rome first165 viewsRIC 178, denarius.
Mint of Rome, 222 AD.

First Roman artistic style.
Elagabalus features.
Roman, Diadumenian, mid May - 8 June 218 A.D.163 viewsSH33843. Silver denarius, SRCV II 7449, RIC IV 102, BMC 87, Cohen 3, EF, Rome mint, weight 3.339g, maximum diameter 20.9mm, die axis 0o, as Caesar, 11 Apr 217 - mid May 218 A.D.; obverse M OPEL ANT DIADVMENIAN CAES, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse PRINC IVVENTVTIS, Diadumenian, in military dress, standing left, head right, standard in right, short scepter in left, two grounded standards right; mint luster, superb portrait2 commentsJoe Sermarini
Roman, Maximinus Thrax - AR denarius162 viewsRome
II 236 - XII 236 AD
laureate, draped cuirassed bust right
Maximinus standing left, raising hand and holding scepter; standard on either side
RIC 4, C 56
3,01 g 20-19 mm
1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Roman, Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161- 17 March 180 A.D.161 views29344. Orichalcum dupondius, SRCV II 4834, RIC III 1240a, Cohen 455, aEF, some light corrosion, Rome mint, weight 11.590g, maximum diameter 25.5mm, die axis 0o, 142 A.D.; obverse AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F COS, bare head right; reverse PIETAS AVG S C, sacrificial implements1 commentsJoe Sermarini
Roman, HADRIAN159 views2 commentsbenito
Greek, Zeus, Syracusan Imitation Ptolemaic Diobol of Hieron II ca. 265BC159 viewsPtolemy II Philadelphos - Syracuse Issue of Hieron II - Diobol - 285/246BC
AE 26.9-28.4mm : 14.736gm : 2h
OBV - Laureate Zeus facing right
REV - Eagle standing on thunderbolt facing left, wing open, head facing left, no leg monogram, shield in left field, N control letter behind eagle tail at right. BASILEOS right, PTOLEMAIOY left
REF - Svoronos 619
NOTE - This type actually struck in Syracuse by Hieron II ca. 265BC. New research just published on this subject (2007). The paper that presents this new attribution is available online at
1 commentsPtolemAE
Roman, Septimius Severus Emesa early158 viewsRIC 428. Denarius, mint of Emesa, early 194 AD.
Impressive & scarce early eastern style.
2 commentsneander
Roman, Gordian III AR Tetradrachm156 viewsBI tetradrachm. Antioch (Seleucis et Pieria). 240 AD .12.82 gr. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, viewed from the front. ΑΥΤΟΚ Κ Μ ΑΝΤ ΓΟΡΔΙΑΝΟC CΕΒ / Eagle standing facing,open wings, head turned left, wreath in beak. ΔΗΜΑΡΧ ΕΞΟYCΙΑC. S C in exergue. Prieur 279.

2 commentsbenito
Roman, JULIA PAULA156 viewsDenarius RIC #211, Cohen #6mdelvalle
Roman, CALIGULA155 viewsAE sestertius3 commentsbenito
Greek, Seleukos I Nikator (?) on Sophytes Drachm, Baktria155 viewsThe portrait on the obverse of this coin is may be that of Seleukos I Nikator. It appears that Sophytes submitted to Seleukos I during the latter’s eastern anabasis in 306-305 BC and was appointed to the position of Satrap of Baktria. Following the incorporation of Baktria into the Seleukid Empire, the Seleukid administration appears to have sponsored Greek migration into the territory from Asia Minor. The increased demand for coinage would explain the successive emissions of owl, eagle and cock coinage, which culminated in the issue of the epigraphic Sophytes cock emission. The inspiration for the obverse was probably the Hero/Trophy issue of Susa, which commenced ca 301 BC. The frontal profile and features of the portrait on the obverse of Sophytes issues bear a resemblance to the portrait of Seleukos on the later coinage of Philetairos of Pergamon. On allying himself with Seleukos, Philetairos issued coinage bearing the portrait of Seleukos on the obverse the name of Philetairos on a distinctive non-Seleukid reverse. The parallels between the documented circumstances and coinage of Philetairos with the earlier undocumented history and coinage of Sopytes are apparent and suggestive of the circumstances under which Sophytes came to issue coinage bearing his name in Seleukid Baktria.

With growing power and provincial wealth following a decade of Greek immigration to the province, it is possible that Sophytes determined to move on a more independent path and issued coinage in his name, but bearing the image of Seleukos, in anticipation that the latter would pacify any concern that Seleukos may have with the approach. However, the latter strategy appears to have failed and Sophytes rapidly disappears from the scene and numismatic record. This action of Sophytes may have been the trigger for Seleukos to declare Antiochos co-regent and satrap of the eastern provinces. With this appointment, Antiochos was dispatched to Baktria and set about expanding the Seleukid administration and development of the province, including the establishment of Seleukid royal mints at Baktra and Ai Khanoum, commencing around 294 BC.
Lloyd T
Greek, Alexander Ptolemaic Bronze151 viewsBronze Hemiobol of Ptolemy I ca. 290BC
Portrait of Alexander the Great with Ammon horn
Svoronos 172. 17.4mm 4.58gm 11.5h (345deg)
Stylistic elegance on early Ptolemaic bronze.
Greek, Ariobarzanes I Philoromaios. Cappadocian Kingdom. AR Drachm.149 viewsCirca 96-63 B.C. AR Drachm (17mm, 3.92g, 1h). Simmoneta 9a. Obverse diademed head of Ariobarzanes to right. Reverse BASILEUS ARIOBARZANOU PHILOROMAIOU Athena standing left, holding Nike and spear and shield; to left monogram; to right, A; in exergue, gamma. Extremely Fine, beautifully toned. Ex Nomos AG 6th Price List Sale, lot 44.
Ariobarzanes I, nicknamed Philoromaios or “Lover of Rome” in the literal sense but should be translated as “Friend of Rome,” was a client king of Cappadocia during Roman expansion and hegemony in Asia Minor. He was elected by his people with the backing of Lucius Cornelius Sulla. He was removed several times by either Mithradates IV of Pontus or Tigranes II of Armenia but reinstated by the Roman Senate each time. He eventually abdicated and was replaced by his son, Ariobarzanes II.

The detail and artistry is surprisingly elegant on this small coin with a diameter of only 17mm. It is a masterpiece of miniature numismatic portraiture: most of Ariobarzanes’ coins are of inferior quality and finding one with fine portraiture of good style, such as this, is rarely encountered.

2 commentsJason T
Roman, Septimius Severus Rome early 3149 viewsRIC 61. Denarius, mint of Rome, 195 AD.
Specimen of rare early Roman style.
This is most like early Rome mint portraits on sestertii.
Roman, AUGUSTUS148 viewsAR tetradrachm. Antioch ad Orontem. 2-1 BC. 15,23 grs. 12 h. Laureate head right. KAIΣAΡΟΣ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΥ.

Prieur 55
Roman, Galerius as Caesar 148 viewsROMAN EMPIRE / Galerius, as Caesar (AD 293-305) Argenteus
Obverse : Laureate head of Galerius right
Reverse : Tetrarchs sacrificing before six-turreted enclosure, Gamma in exe.
Rome mint, 3rd officina Struck AD 295-297
MS (according to auction house), RIC 35b. RSC 183b.

**I believe there is an unusual misspelling of reverse legend.

From the Sam Mansourati collection.
2 commentsSam
Roman, Geta145 viewsGeta, as Caesar, Denarius. 200-202 AD. P SEPT GETA CAES PONT, draped bust right / PRINC IVVENTVTIS, Geta, in military dress, standing left with baton & scepter, trophy behind. RSC 157awl
Roman, Gordian III 145 viewsMarcus Antonius Gordianus Pius / SILVER ANTONINIANUS

OBVERSE : IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG - radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

REVERSE : VIRTVS AVG - Virtus in crested helmet standing left with branch & spear, sheild on ground before .
Max D : 23.8 MM AND 4.03 GRAMS. 
Ref., :RSC 383

Called Gordian III , ruled as a Roman Emperor FROM 238 – 244 AD. 
Gordian III is one of the most powerful men in the world.

Sam Mansourati Collection.
Roman, Macrinus, 11 April 217 - 8 June 218 A.D.143 viewsSH32527. Silver denarius, RIC IV 76, Cohen 37, BMCRE V 20, Choice aEF, Rome mint, weight 2.807g, maximum diameter 19.4mm, die axis 180o, 217 A.D.; obverse IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt and scepter, small figure of Macrinus before him; excellent short beard portrait with young features, well centered1 commentsJoe Sermarini
Roman, Claudius141 views3 commentsRandygeki(h2)
Roman, OTHO140 viewsAR denarius. 69 A.D (3.42 gm). Bare head right with wig. IMP OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P / Securitas standing left, holding wreath and sceptre.SECVRITAS P R. RIC I 10; BMCRE 19; BN 7; RSC 15.
2 commentsbenito
Roman, Septimius Severus (193-211) AR Denarius140 viewsObverse: SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right.

To my surprise there was only one Severus coin in the portrait gallery, which was lacking. This is one of my favorite portrait images in my collection.
Roman, Vespasian Dupondius Commagene mint, A.D.74140 viewsÆ, 13.2g, 28mm, 7h
Obv.: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG, laurate head left
Rev.: PON MAX TR POT P P COS V CENS, Winged caduceus between two crossed cornucopiae.
Ref.: RIC 798b (scarse), C. 377
4 commentsCharles S
Roman, GALBA137 views2 commentsbenito
Roman, AUGUSTUS. 135 viewsFrom a Cistophorus of Pergamum. Struck c.19 - 18 B.C.
RIC I : 510
4 comments*Alex
Roman, Caracalla - Caesarea, Cappadocia - AR Drachm132 viewsRoman Empire
Emperor Caracalla Silver Drachm of Caesarea, Cappadocia.
Struck year 17 (208 - 209 AD)
Titles in Greek.

obv: Laureate bust right.
rev: Mount Argaeus surmounted by star; crescent in left field.

ex CNG
Weight: 3.15 grams
Reference: Syderham 476c
8 commentsrexesq
Roman, Theodosius I AE4 Bust131 viewsTheodosius I (Augustus)
Bronze AE4
DN THEODO-SIVS PF AVG - Pearl diademed bust draped and cuirassed right.
SALVS REI-PVBLICAE - Victory dragging captive left and holding trophy. Cross in left field.
Minted in Antioch or Alexandria (388-395 A.D.)
Cross in left field, A-- mint mark.
RIC IX Antioch 67b/70a or RIC IX Alexandria 20b/23a

WOW! When I was making an order and I saw this bust on a AE4, how could I pass on it!?
2 commentsCoinScrubber
Roman, Septimius Severus Rome late 130 viewsRIC 244. Denarius, mint of Rome, 211 AD.
Great sage portrait!
Roman, TRAJAN127 views1 commentsbenito
Roman, Trajan, Rome mint, struck 105 - 111 AD, Æ As125 viewsIMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P laureate, draped and armored bust right
S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, S-C Aequitas with scales and cornucopia
RIC 497 (Var.); C. 464 (Var.); BMC 926B (Var.); Strack 395; BN 609 (Var.)
1 commentsdupondius
Roman, GORDIAN III124 views1 commentsbenito
Roman, Nerva124 viewsAR Tetradrachm. Antiochia ad Orontem (Seleucis et Pieria). 15.52 gm, 12h. Regnal year 1. Laureate bust right, wearing aegis with Medusa head and snakes on shoulder. AVT NEROVAS KAIS SEB / Eagle with wings raised, standing facing on thunderbolt, head right; palm branch before on right field. ETOVS NEOV IEROV A. Prieur 149. BM 267.
2 commentsbenito
Roman, JULIAN II121 viewsAE 1 (maiorina). 361-363 AD. 8.75 g, 12h. Sirmium ,1st officina. Pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right. D N FL CL IVLI-ANVS P F AVG. / Bull standing right, two stars above. SECVRITAS REIPVB . ASIRM between star and palm in exergue. RIC VIII 107 ; LRBC 1622.

1 commentsbenito
Greek, Mithridates VI (The Great) as Herakles121 viewsPontic Kingdom, Thrace, Odessos, Mithridates VI Megas, 120-63 BC, AR Tetradrachm in the name of Alexander the Great, struck ca. 88-86 BC.
Head of Mithridates VI (the Great) as Herakles, wearing lion's skin headdress / ΒΑΣIΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡOΥ, Zeus seated left, legs draped, confronting eagle held on outstretched right arm and grasping lotus-tipped sceptre, ΛAK before, OΔΗ (Odessos ethnic) in exergue.
Callataÿ Group 3; Price 1192. Odessos ca. 88-86 BC
(30 mm, 16.04 gm, 1h)

This is amongst the last of the coinages in the style of Alexander the Great to be minted. In this final incarnation the portrait of Herakles was adapted to the features of Mithridates VI the Great, to the extent that the image of Herakles is in fact a portrait of Mithridates. Comparison with his portrait on tetradrachms minted in Pontus proves this point.
1 commentsLloyd T
Roman, Septimius Severus Laodicea middle 121 viewsRIC 490a. Denarius, mint of Laodicea, 196-197 AD.
Great artistic style - awesome portrait!
Roman, MACRINUS120 viewsAE 27. Nikopolis. 217-218 AD. 12,38 grs. Statius Longinus, legate. Laureate head right. AVT K M OΠEΛΛI CEV MAKPEINOC AVΓ. /
Nemesis standing left, holding scales and measuring rod, wheel at feet left. VΠ CTATI ΛONΓIOV NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC ICTPΩ.
Moushmov 1265 (variant). Hristova/Jekov No. (same dies).
Gorny Mosch 126. Lot 1634.
2 commentsbenito
Roman, Gordian III AR Antoninianus 119 viewsBritanikus
Roman, Julia Mamaea119 viewsRoman Empire
Julia Mamaea 222-235 AD
AR Denarius (2.71 g)
RV Juno with Peacock
Rome Mint
Certified by NGC / Ch Au Strike 5/5 Surface 5/5
Sam Mansourati Collection
Roman, Florian. 276 AD.118 views1 commentsbruno v
Roman, Vespasian Dupondius Concordia118 viewsObv.
Radiate head right

Concordia seated on throne left with cornucopia
Greek, Nikomedes II of Bithynia (149-127 BC)117 viewsBithynian Kingdom, Nikomedes III Euergetes, 127-94 BC, AR Tetradrachm struck 126/5 BC
Diademed head of Nikomedes II right / BAΣIΛEΩΣ EПiΦANOYΣ NIKOMHΔΩΣ Zeus standing left holding sceptre and laurel wreath capping Nikomedes name, eagle standing left on fulmen in inner left field above monogram ΩΓYE, dated below BOP (Bithynian era year 172 = 126/5 BC).
De Callatay pl. XV, D12-R1a (this coin); SNG von Aulock 6894 (same reverse die); Sear GCV 7274 (date variant).
(33mm, 16.68 g,11h)
Jencek; ex- Noble Investments (UK) PLC; ex- Spink Sale 5014 (28 September 2005) Lot 121; ex- Monnaies et Medailles (19-20 June 1975) lot 163; ex- Bank Leu Auction 2 (25 April 1972) lot 224

This coin holds it own amongst the masterpieces of late Hellenistic portraiture. The obverse image is that of a confident and contented ruler, Nikomedes II (149-127 BC), comfortable in his role leading a client state of Rome, while secure in the knowledge that the military might of the latter underpinned his position. Following Nikomedes II reign, the portrait on the obverse of the kingdom’s coinage continued unchanged, through the reign of his son (Nikomedes III) and grandson (Nikomedes IV). However, the issuing king can be readily identified by the date on coins and to a lesser degree by the style of the obverse.

Nikomedes II commenced the practice of dating Bithynian coinage, with reference to the era commencing 297/6 BC, this date being the date of foundation of the Bithynian Kingdom by Zipoetes. This coin was struck shortly after the death of Nikomedes II and the portrait closely resembles that on coins struck during his reign. It is an accurate portrayal of Nikomedes II. With time the portrait became increasingly stylized so that some examples struck toward the end of the kingdom’s existence bear only a passing resemblance to the original portrait.
2 commentsLloyd T
Roman, Gordian III - [RIC IV 70, RSC III 314, SRCV III 8658] 115 viewsSilver antoninianus, gVF, 3.481g, 20.8mm, 0 degree, Rome mint, 240 A.D.

Ovb. - IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind

Rev. - ROMAE AETERNAE, Roma seated left on shield, Victory in right, vertical spear in left

Purchased from Forum Ancient Coins

Ex. FORVM Dealer Photo

renegade3220's Collection:

IMO, a great coin all around and, although common, bought for both the splendid and detailed obverse and reverse nicely centered on the flan.
3 commentsrenegade3220
Roman, Severus Alexander ( AD 222 – 235 )114 viewsEmperor Severus Alexander Silver Denarius
Obverse : IMPALEXANDERPIVSAVG - Laureate head right, draped left shoulder
Reverse : PROVIDENTIAAVG - Annona standing left, holding grain ears over modius and cornucopia
Mint : Rome
Marcus Aurelius Severus Alexander (born October 1, 208–March 18, died 235 AD), commonly called Severus Alexander.

From the Sam Mansourati collection.
2 commentsSam
Roman, CARAUSIUS113 viewsAE antoninianus. Camulodonum. Radiate draped and cuirassed bust right. IMP C CARAUSIUS P F AVG. / Pax standing left, holding olive-branch and sceptre. PAX AVGGG. In field, S-P. In exergue C.

Roman, PHILIP I113 viewsPhilip I. A.D. 244-249. AR double denarius (22 mm, 3.47 g, 6 h). Rome, A.D. 245. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Philip I right / Liberalitas standing left, holding abacus and cornucopiae. RIC 38b; RSC 87

I believe that this coin has one of the best, if not the best, obverse portraits of Philip I on an antoninianus that I have ever seen.
3 commentspaul1888
Roman, Numerian, Ticinum mint, struck 283 AD, silvered Antoninian112 viewsIMP NVMERIANVS P F AVGradiate-headed and cuirassed draped bust left
PROVIDEN - T AVGG, VIXXI Providentia standing left
RIC 447, Cohen 84, Venèra 1436
1 commentsdupondius
Roman, Philip I Tetradrachm, Bust left, seen from front, cuirassed.109 viewsPhilip I AR Tetradrachm of Antioch, Syria.
Dated Year 3 = 248 AD.
obv: AYTOK K M IOYLI FILIPPOC CEB - radiate, cuirassed bust left, seen from the front, breastplate decorated with a gorgoneion .
rev: DHMARC EXOVCIAC VPATO G - eagle standing facing with wings spread, head right with wreath in its beak, ANTIOXIA SC below.
13.9grams. - Prieur 357
Roman, Postumus, mint of Milan, FIDES EQVIT, c.268-9108 viewsI thought this one probably the worthiest of my Postumus portraits - an issue from Milan during the period when Aureolus held the city and struck issues in Postumus' name, c.268-9
IMP POSTVMVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
FIDES EQVIT, Fides seated left, -/-//P.
Normanby 1369.
Ex-Cottenham hoard.
2 commentsAdrianus
Roman, Nero AE Dupondius108 viewsOBV: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P
Radiate crowned head right
Roma helmeted, in military dress, seated left on cuirass, holding wreath and parazonium, surrounded by arms; ROMA in ex
Date: 65 AD
14.2g, 29mm, Orient: 180°
RIC 296, BMC 205
3 commentsmiffy
Roman, LUCIUS VERUS107 views1 commentsbenito
Roman, PUPIENUS106 viewsbenito
Roman, CARACALLA106 viewsRoman Empire , Emperor Caracalla , AD 198-217
Caracalla / Serapis AR Denarius
Obverse : ANTONINVSPIVSAVGBRIT - Laureate head right.
Reverse : PMTRPXVCOSIIIPP - Serapis standing left, raising hand and holding scepter.
( 3.49 gr )

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus or Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus , commonly known Caracallus or Caracalla.

From the Sam Mansourati collection.
Roman, Maximinus I Thrax AE Sestertius, Pax, 235-238 A.D. 106 viewsRef Maximinus I Thrax AE Sestertius, RIC 81, Cohen 38, BMC 148
Maximinus I Thrax Æ Sestertius. MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM, laureate, draped bust right / PAX AVGVSTI S-C, Pax standing left with branch and scepter. Cohen 38.
Rome mint.
Green Patina.

Antonio Protti
Roman, NERVA105 views2 commentsbenito
Roman, Gordian III AR Antoninianus - VICTORIA AETERNA - Beautiful strike, Large flan105 viewsEmperor Gordian III (238 - 244 AD)
Silver Antoninianus, Rome Mint.

obv: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG - Radiate, draped & cuirassed bust of Emperor right.
rev: VICTORIA AETERNA - Victory standing left, holding palm & resting right hand on top of shield set atop a captive.

5.10 Grams, 25mm.
RIC 156.
Amazingly well centered coin, struck on a large flan.
2 commentsrexesq
Roman, Julian II105 viewsFRONT/ DN FL CL IVLIANVS PF AVG Helmeted bust left, holding spear and shield.   BACK/ VOT X MVLT XX within wreath; BSIRM in ex.  Sirmium Mint.  Struck 361-363 AD.  Ref: RIC VIII Sirmium 108, page 393, rated C2.  LRBC 1619.  Max. Dia. 20mm. 

Sam Mansourati Collection
Roman, CARINUS, as Caesar. 282-283 AD. Antoninianus.104 viewsbruno v
Roman, Constans 103 views1 commentsRandygeki(h2)
Roman, Philip I – The Syrian – First Christian Roman Emperor100 viewsEmperor Philip I – The Syrian – First Christian Emperor ( AD 244 - 249 )
Silver Double - Denarius ( 5.03 Gr)
Reverse : Pax advancing.
Rome mint.

Emperor Philip I ( ruled 244 to 249 AD)– The Syrian –
Philip I was the first Roman emperor believed in Christianity.
While Roman emperor Constantine the Great was the first Roman emperor
believed in Christianity and announced it as the religion of the Roman empire

Sam Mansourati Collection
Roman, VESPASIAN97 views1 commentsbenito
Roman, Gratian97 viewsGratian (Augustus)
Bronze AE3
DN GRATIANVS PF AVG - Pearl diademed bust draped and cuirassed bust right.
GLORIA RO-MANORVM - Emperor advancing right dragging captive and holding a military banner inscribed with a Chi-Rho
RIC IX Siscia 14c, type xvi, Minted in Siscia (367-375), 2.25g / 17mm /
This is the nicest bust of Gratian I have seen. Very pleased to have it!
2 commentsCoinScrubber
Roman, TITUS97 viewsAR denarius. 80 AD. 3.57 gm. Laureate head right. IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M. / Dolphin right on tripod. TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P. RIC II 27a. RSC 321.
3 commentsbenito
Roman, Septimius Severus Laodicea early96 viewsRIC 459. Denarius, mint of Laodicea, 194 AD.
One in a scarce early eastern styles!
Roman, Septimius Severus Rome early 496 viewsRIC 83. Denarius, mint of Rome, 197 AD.
Beautiful early Roman style.
Roman, Septimius Severus Rome early 196 viewsRIC 1. Denarius, mint of Rome, 193 AD.
Rare starting "Pertinax" artistic style!
Roman, Philip I.95 viewsonly the AV 2 commentsTorsten
Roman, Maximian Post-reform Radiate 296-297 AD93 viewsIMP C M A MAXIMIANUS PF AVG/CONCORDIA MILITUM
RIC v.VI 46b Alexandria Mint

The "big-head" style of the Tetrarchy is usually not my favorite - nor anyone else's to judge by the fact that there are no others in the Portrait Gallery. However, this portrait of Maximian really succeeds in being monumental rather than just dorky. It reminds one that Maximian was at the top of Imperial politics for 25 years between 285 and 310 AD and his descendants wore the purple for another 50 years after his death.
2 commentsdaverino
Roman, Severus Alexander, Silver Denarius92 views59850. Silver denarius, SRCV II 7923, RIC IV 252, RSC III 508a, BMCRE VI 813, VF, scratches, 3.143g, 19.8mm, 0o, Rome mint, 231 - 235 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate bust right with drapery on left shoulder

Combined photo of coin with bust of Alex for comparison. Love the detail in the hair, eye, and beard. He looks a bit concerned.
2 commentsColby S
Roman, Nero - Salvs_Portrait89 viewsA little wear but nicely toned and high relief with beard growth.1 commentsVipsanius
Roman, Septimius Severus Rome early 289 viewsRIC 24. Denarius, mint of Rome, 193 AD.
One in rare first Roman artistic styles -
"small head".
It looks like a bas-relief.
Roman, Trajan Tetradrachm - Melqart (PRIEUR 1495)88 viewsAR Tetradrachm
Syria, Antioch 103-111 AD
15.04g 23mm

Obv: Laureate bust of Trajan (R), above Eagle standing on club (R), Grain ear in left field.

Rev: Laureate bust of MELQART (Hercules) (R), lion's skin tied around neck.

Likely one of the finest known examples of the issue.

McAlee 455 Prieur 1495
1 commentsKained but Able
Roman, Julia Maesa86 viewsRIC 263 (3,1 gm, 20 mm).
Mint of Rome, 220 AD.
Wide & sharp specimen -
rare for this queen!
2 commentsneander
Roman, Caracalla AE 26 of Odessos, Thrace82 viewsOBV: AVK MAV ANTWNINOC; Laureate, draped cuirassed bust seen from behind, REV:ODHCCEITWN; The Great God of Odessos offering sacrifice over a lighted altar.
The portrait of Caracalla as a youth is beautifully modeled and very idealized. Usually the provincial mints did not produce this quality of coin sculpture, superb even in a worn condition.

Moushmov 1610
Roman, Gordian III Superb Portrait82 viewsGordian III AR Antoninianus, RIC 86, RSC 121

Gordian III AR Antoninianus. IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right.
LAETITIA AVG N, Laetitia standing right with wreath & anchor. RSC 121.
Roman, PLOTINA82 viewsThe Sestertius was minted in c. 112 AD in honour of Pompeia PLOTINA, the wife of TRAJAN (emperor from 98 to 117). Maybe the finest examples of its type to survive from ancient times. It is struck on a broad full flan and the only Plotina Sestertius in the SARTI 1906 sale from the BOLSENA HOARD of the 1890's. This specima sold in 1906 for Liire 1400 an incredible price for a Roman Bronze or any coin at this time. www.petitioncrown.com2 commentssunwukong
Greek, Euthydemos II81 viewsTetradrachm, ca 190-170 BC.
Obverse: Diademed bust of Euthydemos II.
Reverse: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΕΥΘΥΔΗΜΟΥ / Herakles standing, holding wreath, club, and lion's skin. PK monogram at left.
16.90 gm., 30 cm.
Sear #7536; Bepearachchi Serie 1C.
4 commentsCallimachus
Roman, TACITUS78 views1 commentsbenito
Roman, NERO75 viewsAR tetradrachm.1 commentsbenito
Roman, Philip I, early 1 - Antioch75 viewsRIC 71 (4,32 gm, 22 mm).
Mint of Antioch, 244 AD.

Wide sharp obverse &
excellent portrait!
Roman, PHILIP II73 viewsAE sestertius. 248 AD. 18,11 gm. 10h. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind . IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG. /
Philip II and Philip I, laureate and togate, seated left on curule chairs, each extending right hand; Philip I holding baton or short scepter in left hand. LIBERALITAS AVGG III. In exergue SC.
RIC IV 267a. s 9279.

Roman, Trajan (53-117 AD)72 viewsThis portrait exudes gravitas; the stern, judicious visage of the emperor almost seems to be lost in a prescient stare - looking forward to final conquest of Dacia and later Parthia.Kained but Able
Greek, Mithradates I (171-138 BC), AR Drachm69 viewsAn exceptional portrait of an aging but still formidable ruler. Most Parthian coin portraits are fairly pedestrian but this artist captures the tangled beard and wrinkled eyes and brow of Mithridates I in what must be the last years of his reign.

Sellwood 11.1
ROMAN, Emperor Claudius II Gothicus ( AD 268-270 )65 viewsAE Antoninianus , with a superb portrait , (as found patina)
Obverse: IMP CLAVDIVS P F AVG, radiate and draped bust right 
Reverse: FIDES MILIT, Fides ( goddess of trust )standing left holding two Legionary ensigns. S in Exergue.
Mediolanum ( Milan ) mint AD 268-270.
Weight: 3.4 gr. Max Diameter: 18 mm.
Reference: RIC VI 149 Mediolanum.

**The Golden Legend of 1260 AD recounts how St. Valentine refused to deny Christ before the "Emperor Claudius" in 270 AD ( in some ref ; 269 AD as he was beheaded in that year 269 AD ,per Sam) and as a result was beheaded. Since then, February 14 marks Valentine's Day, a day set aside by the Christian church in memory of the Roman priest and physician.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
4 commentsSam
Roman, Victorinus AE Antoninianus65 viewsAttribution: RIC 61, Cohen 101
Date: AD 269-270
Obverse: IMP C VICTORINVS PF AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust r.
Reverse: PROVIDENTIA AVG, Providence stg. l. holding cornucopia,
pointing rod to globe at feet
Size: 18 mm
Weight: 2.67 grams
1 commentsNoah
Roman, Lucilla61 viewsWife of Lucius Verus, executed 182 AD


Venus standing facing left holding apple, drawing out robe, VENUS

Daughter of Marcus Aurelius and Faustina Junior, she married Lucius Verus in 164. She was implicated in a plot against her brother Commodus and dispatched.

RIC 1767
1 commentsBlindado
Roman, Helena60 views4 commentsblack-prophet
Roman, Nero portait on victory as 59 viewsAs, Néron, 65, Lyon, (Bronze)
Avers : Tête nue Néron à droite.
Revers : SC. Victoire allant à gauche et posant la main droite sur un bouclier, sur lequel est inscrit SPQR.
Roman, Otacilia Severa early57 viewsRIC 123c (4,3 gm, 24 mm).
Mint of Rome, 244 AD.
A pleasant strike!
Roman, VESPASIAN56 viewsAR denarius. Ephesus. 71 AD. 3,61 grs. Laureate head right. IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P / Ceres? seated left,holding corn ears and poppy and cornucopiae.
CONCORDIA AVG. In exergue E PH (ligate) E.
RIC 329. C 67.
A breathtaking portrait from an eastern mint.
Roman, Herennia Etruscilla AR antoninianus55 viewsA beautiful portrait.Ryan C
Roman, MAXIMIANUS, First Reign53 viewsBillon or AE Antoninianus. Rome 286-293 A.D. Ric V, Part II, 506.

IMP MAXIMIANVS PF AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
IOVI CONSERVAT AVGG, Jupiter standing facing, head left, chlamys
over left shoulder, holding thunderbolt and scepter.
XXIS in exergue
James A2
Roman, Licinius I, Trier, AE Follis. 316 AD.52 viewsIMP LICINIVS P F AVG, laureate, draped & cuirassed bust
GENIO POP ROM, Genius standing left, turret on head,
loins draped with himation, holding patera & cornucopiae

T- F across fields.
Mintmark ATR.

Ref: RIC VII Trier 120
Greek, Ptolemy II Philadelphus AR Tetradrachm52 viewsObverse: Diademed head of Ptolemy I Soter
Reverse: Eagle with folded wings standing on thunderbolts. PTOLEMAIOY SOTHROS; Regnal Year 31 (255/54 BC) of Ptolemy II (285-246 BC) Monograms and control marks of the Gaza mint in the fields

Many of the portraits of Ptolemy Soter (the Savior) are little more than caricatures on the tetradrachms that are commonly for sale. Perhaps after engraving the same features for centuries the man behind the image became lost. I think this coin portrait has great quality and I imagine it looks a lot like the original Ptolemy I although cut about thirty years after his death. Ptolemy I may have been regarded as the George Washington of his day and the the notion of "father of his country" is exemplified in this portrait.
It is ironic that his patron, Alexander, overthrew the Persian God-Kings and was a major factor in preserving the role of the individual in Western values. Ptolemy's dynasty generally followed the Egyptian model with family members succeeding family members for over two centuries rather than the highly competitive and dynamic model that shaped Western politics and history.

Gaza mint; Svoronos 828; wt 13.7 gm
Roman, MAXIMINUS49 viewsAR denarius. 236 AD. 3,28 grs. Laureate,draped,and cuirassed bust right. IMP MAXIMINUS PIUS AVG. / Salus enthroned left, feeding serpent rising from altar. SALVS AVGVSTI.
C. 85. RSC 85. RIC 14.
Roman, Elagabalus AR Antoninianus - SALVS ANTONINI AVG49 viewsRoman Empire
Emperor Varius 'Elagabalus' Antoninus (218 - 222 AD)
Silver Antoninianus, Struck at the Rome Mint.

obv: IMP CAES M AUR ANTONINUS - Radiate bust of the Emperor right, draped and cuirassed.
rev: SALVS ANTONINI AUG - Salus standing facing right, holding snake, which she feeds from patera held in other hand.

5.20 Grams
1 commentsrexesq
Roman, Tiberius AR Denarius49 viewsAttribution: RIC I 30, RSC II 16a, SRCV I 1763, Lugdunum
Date: 19 August, AD 14 – 16 March, AD 37
Obverse: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS, laureate head r.
Reverse: PONTIF MAXIM, Livia, as Pax, seated r., holding olive branch & long scepter; ornate legs to chair
Size: 19 mm
Weight: 3.6 grams
* NOTE: chipped piece & metal adhesions from prior mounting of coin as jewelry
2 commentsNoah
Roman, Trajan Decius48 viewsTrajan Decius dupondius, RIC 120a
9,92 g
Roman, Gordian III45 viewsGordian III. A.D. 238-244. AR antoninianus (23 mm, 5.05 g, 6 h). Antioch, A.D. 238/9. IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirased bust of Gordian III right / LIBERALITAS AVG, Liberalitas standing facing, head left, holding pileus and scepter. RIC 186; RSC 127a. Superb EF, spectacular portrait nicely centered on a large flan with nearly full borders and excellent metal.
Roman, Philip I43 viewsPhilip I AR Antoninianus
Rome mint 244-249 AD.
Obverse: IMPMIVLPHILIPPVSAVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Reverse: AEQVITASAVGG, Aequitas standing left, holding scales in right hand, cornucopia in left
RIC IV: 27b
Matthew C5
Roman, Victorinus Pietas39 viewsFor my opinion a very nice portrait of this issue (with a nice revers too)Vipsanius
Roman, Philip I AR Antoninianus - ' AEQUITAS AUG ' - Antioch Mint - Antioch, Syria38 viewsAncient Roman Empire
Emperor Philip I (244 - 249 AD)
Silver Antoninianus, Struck at the Antioch Mint.

obv: IMP M JUL PHILIPPUS AUG - Radiate bust of Emperor right, draped and cuirassed. Seen from Behind.
rev: AEQUITAS AUG - Aequitas standing, head left, holding scales in one hand and a cornucopia in the other.

Weight: 3.8 Grams
Size: 22.5 mm
Very nice details.
Roman, Probus, AE Antoninianus, RIC V, II 864 Serdica variation, unlisted, SOLI INVICTO, Sol in a Quadriga, Scarce38 viewsProbus
Augustus, 276 - 282 A.D.

Coin: AE Antoninianus

Obverse: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, radiate, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing left, holding a Spear with his right hand, over his right shoulder and a Shield with his left.
Reverse: S-OL-I INVICT-O, Sol, his head turned to the left, in a Quadriga, facing, all four Horses rampant, raising his right hand in Blessing and holding the Globe with his left. KA●Δ● in exergue.

Weight: 4.64 g, Diameter: 21.6 x 21.8 x 1.3 mm, Die axis: 160°, Mint: Serdica, Reference: RIC V, II 864 Serdica variation, unlisted (obverse legend includes P F, reverse has no exergual line)

Rated Scarce
Roman, VALENTINIAN I37 viewsFrom an AE1 of Heraclea, struck between A.D.364 and 367.
RIC IX : 2
Extremely Rare

The Colossus of Barletta is a large bronze statue of a Roman Emperor, nearly three times life size currently located in the coastal town of Barletta, Italy. The legs and hands were replaced in the 15th Century, but the 5-metre-high statue is still a powerful reminder of the later days of the Roman Empire.
There are many different versions of the story of this statue, the most popular being that the statue washed up on the shore after a Venetian ship sank returning from the sack of Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade, but if that was indeed the case it is not impossible that the statue had been sent to Constantinople much earlier. The identity of the Emperor is uncertain, the most likely subjects appear to be Valentinian I (A.D.364–375), Honorius (A.D.393–423), Theodosius II (A.D.408–450), Marcian (A.D.450–457), Leo I (A.D.457–474) and Justinian I (A.D.527–565). The facial features on my coin seem to me to closely resemble those on the statue, so Valentinian I would be my own personal choice as to the identity of the emperor. But it is just a personal choice based on my own interpretation of the portrait.
Roman, Salonina early Antioch36 viewsRIC 64 (4,18 gm, 21 mm).
Mint of Antioch, 255-7 AD.
A sharp strike & bold portrait!
1 commentsneander
Roman, VOLUSIAN A.D.251 - 25333 viewsAR Antoninianus minted in Rome.
RIC IV iii : 140

Volusian was the son of Trebonianus Gallus, he was murdered along with his father in A.D.253.

2 comments*Alex
Roman, TETRICUS Antoninian, 29 viewsA good one of this guy is really hard to find. Difficult times in Cologne in these years.Vipsanius
Roman, Dominitian.19 viewsDominitian and his incredible Flavian profile, with that nose and chin trying to meet in the middle. I think something about the portrait is mildly subversive, in that I think a few honest Roman citizens would have seen it and thought "He's in charge? Crikey..."
Roman, Caracalla, Denarius14 viewsRome, AD 214. Laureate head of Caracalla right / Genius of the Senate, togate, standing left, holding branch and baton. RIC IV 246. RSC 247.Ruslan K
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