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J6. Claudius, Provincial Imitation76 viewsObv: CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP
Bare head, left
Rev: S C
Minerva advancing right, brandishing spear and holding shield.
As 10.7 gm 27.8 mm (RIC 100)
Comment: The many imitative coins produced during his reign are a clear indication that Claudius did not maintain the control over his money supply that was evidenced by his predecessors. In this example the crudely lettered obv inscription is missing the leading TI.
X2. Tetricus (Gallic Empire)76 viewsObv: IMP C TETRICVS P F AVG
Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust, right.
Victory facing, head left, holding wreath and palm.
Billon Antoninianus, 2.3 gm, 16.6 mm, Trier, RIC 141
ex: Jerome Holderman
Comment: With the Gallic Empire in decline, this Emperor chose to abdicate and surrender to the invading forces of Aurelian. Brought to Rome, he was forgiven and allowed to live out his life in relative luxury.
Julius Caesar Denarius76 viewsWreathed head of Caesar right, CAESAR DICT PERPETVO / Venus standing left, holding Victory and sceptre, L BVCA. Rome mint, February - March 44 BC. RSC 23; RCV 1411 (Millennium Edition).
1 commentssocalcoins
Renaissance Bronze Buckle76 viewsDate: Circa 17th-18th century AD
Size: 44 mm
Weight: 14.16 grams

Renaissance era bronze buckle with a lovely even lustrous-greenish patina.
Buckle #001 Rectangular AE Buckle,76 viewsBuckle #001
type: Rectangular AE Buckle,
size: 32x21mm,
weight: 6,32g,
date:14th-17th centuries A.D.,
ref: Ross Whitehead - Buckles 1250-1800, No 126.
distribution: ???,
1 commentsquadrans
BYZANTINE EMPIRE -- Romanus IV76 viewsBYZANTINE EMPIRE -- Romanus IV (1068-1071) Anonymous Clas G Follis, Circa 1068-1071. Obv.: IC - XC to left and right of Nimbate bust of Christ facing, raising right hand in benediction and holding scroll in left, all within border of large dots. Rev.: MP - QV to left and right of facing bust of the Virgin Mary, nimbate, hands raised, all inside border of large dots. Reference: DOC III pp. 692-4; SB 1867. dpaul7
04 - Caracalla AR Antoninianus - 'Venus Victrix'76 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.

5.2 grams - 26mm.

*Notes: Well struck and well centered coin on a very large flan.
Take a look at the detail on the
shield Venus is standing next to on the reverse.
4 commentsrexesq
051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), AR-Antoninianus, RIC IV-I 312c, Rome, VENVS VICTRIX, Venus standing left,76 views051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), AR-Antoninianus, RIC IV-I 312c, Rome, VENVS VICTRIX, Venus standing left,
avers:- ANTONINVS-PIVS-AVG-GERM, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen half from back.
revers:- VENVS-VICTRIX, Venus standing left, holding helmet and scepter with shield; seated captive on either side.
exe:-/-//--, diameter: 23mm, weight: 5,02g, axis:- h,
mint: Rome, date: 213-217 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-I-312c, p-259,
1 commentsquadrans
051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), AR-Denarius, RIC IV-I 130a, Rome, INDVLGENTIA AVG G, INCARTH,76 views051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), AR-Denarius, RIC IV-I 130a, Rome, INDVLGENTIA AVG G, INCARTH,
avers:- ANTONINVS-PIVS-AVG, Laureate draped head right.
revers:- INDVLGEN-TIA-AVG-G/INCARTH, Dea Caelestis riding lion right over flowing water, holding thunderbolt and scepter.
exe: -/-//INCARTH, diameter: 18-18,5mm, weight: 2,91g, axis: 7h,
mint: Rome, date: 201-206 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-I-130a, p-231,
76 viewsPOSTUMUS: Double sestertius,


IMP. C. M. CASS. LAT. POSTVMVS P. F. AVG. radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right
R/ HERC DEVSONIE[NSI] Hercules standing l. holding club and lionskin, within four-columned temple with three pellets in pediment.

Bastien-231 (7 spec.), C-99 (30 Fr.), RIC-134 (R2).
1 commentspostumus
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ancient coin of central India76 viewsancient coin of central India.very rareadityanoble
HUNGARY - CARL IV (II of Austria)76 viewsHUNGARY - Iron 2 Filler of Carl IV (1916-1918) (Carl II of Austria) - KM#497.dpaul7
012 Claudius-I (41-54 A.D.), AE-24, Macedon, ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΣ ΜΑΚΕΔΟΝΩΝ,76 views012 Claudius-I (41-54 A.D.), AE-24, Macedon, ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΣ ΜΑΚΕΔΟΝΩΝ,
avers:- ΤΙ-ΚΛΑΥΔΙΟΣ-ΚΑΙΣΑΡ, Bare head left.
revers:- ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΣ-ΜΑΚΕΔΟΝΩΝ, around Macedonian shield.
diameter: 23-25mm,
weight: 9,87g
mint: Macedonia,
date: 41-54 AD.
ref: Varb-III-3005-334p, Sear-425-40p, BMC-5-27,145,
Imperator Caesar Decimus Clodius Septimius Albinus Augustus76 viewsClodius Albinus, Lugdunum mint, 18mm, 3.25 g. Struck 195 - 196 C.E.
R: Aequitas facing left holding scales and cornucopiae, AEQVITAS AVG COS II. RIC 13a

When allied with Septimius Severus, Clodius Albinus’ portraits show him with hair combed forward to cover a receding hairline matched with a short scruffy beard.

When Septimius Severus named his son Caracalla Caesar, Albinus understood this as the end of their alliance and the beginning of a fight for his life. Ablinus took the title of Augustus (Imperator Caesar Decimus Clodius Septimius Albinus Augustus), and his portrait quickly converts to a full head of hair and voluminous beard worthy of an Emperor.

According to Cutis Clay, Albinus broke with Severus c. Nov. 195, but was defeated and killed by Severus near Lugdunum not on 19 Feb. 197, as traditionally stated, but a year earlier, on 19 Feb. 196, after a revolt lasting only about three months!

This explains the scarcity of Albinus' coinage as Emperor compared to Albinus as Caesar under Severus.
3 commentsNemonater
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Valentinian II SECVRITAS REIPVBLICAE76 viewsValentinian II, 375-392 A.D., Thessalonica mint.
OBV: DN VALENTINIANVS PF AVG, diademed, draped, cuirassed buust right.
REV: SECVRITAS REIPVBLICAE, Victory walking left, holding wreath and branch. (gamma)(?) TSA in exergue.
Helena, Siscia76 viewsFL HELENA - AVGVSTA
Draped bust right

Securitas standing left, holding branch
E: εSIS(crescent)
Siscia Mint

RIC VII Siscia 218; Sear 16610
1 commentsarizonarobin
Arles, Constantine I76 viewsConstantine I

Laureate head right

campgate with ornate open doors, crescent shaped knob on each door

SA (crescent) RL

RIC VII 291 Arles S
325-326 AD
3 commentsarizonarobin
Faustina Senior, Ceres76 viewsFaustina I, Ar Denarius

bust r., draped, hair waved and coiled on top of head
Ceres, veiled, standing l., holding corn-ears and torch

RIC 71, 360. Cohen 78.
Prov. Maridvnvm
2 commentsarizonarobin
Commodus * Minerva with Owl - 183-184 AD. AR Denarius76 views
Commodus * Minerva with Owl - 183-184 AD.
Silver Denarius

Obv: M COMMODVS ANTON AVG PIVS, laureate head of Commodus, facing right.
Rev: P M TR P VIIII IMP VI COS IIII PP, Minerva advancing right, brandishing a javelin in right hand and holding a shield in her left, with an owl at her feet, to right - facing.

Tribunician Power (Tribunicia Potestas) held nine times, Consular four times.
A handsome portrait of Commodus, with clear, sharp & high relief features.

Exergue: (Blank)

Mint: Rome
Struck: 183-184 AD.

Size: 19 mm.
Weight: 2.8 grams
Die axis: 180 degs.

Condition: Beautiful, bright, clear lustrous silver.

RSC 424
BMC IV, 120
Sear Roman Coins & their Values (2000 Edition), #5668

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Constantine I, RIC VII 55, Siscia76 viewsObv: IMP CONSTANTINVS AVG
Bust: Helmeted, laureate and cuirassed bust left, holding spear over shoulder.
2 Victories facing each other holding shield over altar with VOT PR in two lines within.
Date: 316-337 AD
Denom: Follis
Rated "R3"
3 commentsBluefish
145 Constantinus-II. (316-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-340 A.D. Augustus), AE-3 Follis, Thessalonica, RIC VII 199, -/-//SMTSB, GLORIA EXERCITVS, Two soldiers with two standards, R1!76 views145 Constantinus-II. (316-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-340 A.D. Augustus), AE-3 Follis, Thessalonica, RIC VII 199, -/-//SMTSB, GLORIA EXERCITVS, Two soldiers with two standards, R1!
avers:- CONSTANTINVS-IVN-NOB-C-7-B5, Laureate, cuirassed bust right.
revers:- GLORI-A-EXER-CITVS, Two soldiers standing either side of two standards.
exe: -/-//SMTSB, diameter: 17-19mm, weight: 2,72g, axis: 11h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: 335-336 A.D., ref: RIC-VII-199-p-526, R1!
136 Constantinus-I. (306-309 A.D. Caesar, 309-910 A.D. Filius Augustorum, 307-337 A.D. Augustus), AE-3 Follis, Constantinopolis, RIC VII 032, B/-//CONS, CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE, R3!!!, #276 views136 Constantinus-I. (306-309 A.D. Caesar, 309-910 A.D. Filius Augustorum, 307-337 A.D. Augustus), AE-3 Follis, Constantinopolis, RIC VII 032, B/-//CONS, CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE, R3!!!, #2
avers:- CONSTANTI-NVS-MAX-AVG, 1,E5, Rosette-diademed bust right, gazing upwards.
revers:- CONSTANTINIA-NA-DAFNE, B left field, Victory seated left, holding branch and palm; seated captive to left, trophy in background.
exergue: B/-//CONS, diameter:20mm, weight: 3,89g, axis:6h,
mint: Constantinopolis, date: 328 A.D., ref: RIC-VII-32, p-574, 2nd off., R3!!!
Commemorative RIC VIII, Constantinopolis 2176 viewsConstantine I AD 307 - 337
AE - AE 4, 1.16g, 13.7mm
Constantinopolis 4th officina AD 330
draped, laureate head of a young Roman l., cornucopiae over r. shoulder
rev. (no legend)
Bridge with two towers over river, pylons below
CONS/Epsilon above
RIC VIII, Constaninopolis 21; C.1; LRBC.1066
about VF/EF

Belongs to the special issue for the dedication of Constantinopolis AD 330 under Constantine I. Sometimes the bridge is called the Milvian bridge. But really its meaning is unknown!
1 commentsJochen
laureated and cuirassed bust left, with spear pointing forward, shield on arm
Treveri mint
RIC. VII, 269 r5
1 commentsgb29400
142 Crispus (317-326 A.D.), AE-3 Follis, Thessalonica, RIC VII 121, -/-//TS-Δ-VI, CAESARVM NOSTRORVM, VOT/•/X, in wreath, 76 views142 Crispus (317-326 A.D.), AE-3 Follis, Thessalonica, RIC VII 121, -/-//TS-Δ-VI, CAESARVM NOSTRORVM, VOT/•/X, in wreath,
avers:- FL-IVL-CRISPVS-NOB-CAES, 5b, B4l., Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust left.
revers:- CAESARVM-NOSTRORVM, Wreath VOT/•/ X with in.
exergo: -/-//TS-Δ-VI, diameter: 18-19mm, weight: 3,24g, axis: h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: 320-321 A.D., ref: RIC-VII-121, p-512,
Francois II de Montpensier (1582-1592), Double tournois type 3 - 158876 viewsAtelier de Trevoux
+ F . D . BOVRB . P . D . DOMBES . M, buste a gauche
+ DOVBLE . TOVRNOIS . 1588, trois lis et une brisure
2.44 gr
Ref : Divo Dombes # 81, CGKL # 720 (a1), PA # 5137v, Boudeau # 1065
Potator II
Maxentius AE Roman Follis /hexastyle temple (large)76 views Maxentius. 306-312 AD. Æ Follis (9.00 gm). Struck 308-310 AD. Rome mint. IMP C
MAXENTIVS P F AVG, laureate head right / CONSERV-VRB SVAE, Roma seated facing, head
left, in hexastyle temple;
Mintmark: RBT. RIC VI 210.
1 commentsAntonio Protti
Delmatius, Gloria Exercitas.jpg
Delmatius- Thessalonica RIC Unlisted76 viewsobv: FL DALMATIVS NOB C
Mint mark illegible, but should be from Thessalonica, as this was the only mint to produce this obverse legend.
Not listed in RIC with this combination of obverse and reverse legend.
Ex. Gunner Collection

Beautiful Turqoise patina.
1 commentswolfgang336
12 - 04 - Virreynato CARLOS III (1759-1788) 76 views"Piezas con el Busto de los Monarcas Españoles"

1/2 Real de Plata Ley 903
17 mm

Anv: ·CAROLUS·III·DEI·GRATIA·1773· (Carlos III por la gracia de Dios) alrededor de un busto del rey a derechas.
Rev: ·HISPAN·ET·IND·REX·PTSmonograma POTOSÍ(ceca) J·R· (Ensayador) (rey de las Españas y las Indias) alrededor de un escudo coronado de castillos y leones con escusón de los Borbones entre dos columnas con las leyendas PLUS ULTRA.

Acuñada: 1773
Ensayador: J R - José de Vargas y Flores y Raimundo de Iturriaga.
Ceca: Potosí - Hoy ubicada en Bolivia

Referencias: Krause SCWC C#14 Pag.179 - #B-281-1
14 - 02 - Virreynato CARLOS IV (1788 -1806) 76 views"Cuartillo"
1/4 de Real de Plata Ley 903
13 mm

Anv: Castillo con 1808(fecha) debajo, PTSmonograma POTOSÍ(ceca)en campo izq. y 1/4 (Valor) en campo der.

Rev: Anepigrafa León rampante a izquierda.

Acuñada: 1808
Ensayador: Pedro Narciso de Mazondo.
Ceca: Potosí - Hoy ubicada en Bolivia

Referencias: Krause SCWC(1801-1900) KM#82 Pag.95 - #B-418
Domitian Dupondius Ceres 276 viewsObv.
Laureate and draped bust right

Ceres standing left with corn ears and sceptre

Minted 77-78 A.D.
6 commentsancientdave
A - 1076 viewsA - 10 ' Thunderbolt II 'rexesq
Eanred, Northumbria76 viewsThis coin is likely a counterfeit/reproduction of a genuine Eanred Base-Styca of c. 810AD. It is currently undergoing XRF analysis to determine this. The weight is suspicious at 1.85g though the coin itself, if fake, is dangerously good. Pending this, a full description to added later.

*UPDATE* After XRF analysis at Oxford by Peter Northover, he stated the following, almost as a footnote having discussed at length two doubtful 'Vanimundas Thrymsa':

'The Eanred coin has a composition that matches other early 9th century silver coins in England and is probably OK, although it is a very crisp example.


Dr Peter Northover,
BegbrokeNano - OMCS
Tel: +44 1865 283721; Fax +44 1865 848790
Mob: +44 7785 501745

Given that Tony Abramson, an acknowledged specialist has also given his initial opinion that it might be genuine from the photo, I sent it to him for a look in the hand.

Discussion with Tony here:

'Dear Alex,
The weight is a real concern but it's difficult to tell just from the photograph - there may be some casting bubbles on the surface. I attach the Museum Reproduction Limited's no. 382 which differs from your coin. Also your's doesn't appear to be dished, so isn't a new Ashmore. I would recommend that you have the coin analysed by XRF or similar to detemine the amount of silver and confirm the presence of trace elements - tin and zinc. This could be done as Sheffield Assay office or at most universities. The leading authority is Peter Northover at Oxford. I can put you in touch.
Tony Abramson'

Further notes added from research email to Tony Abramson:

Just done some basic research on my coin via the EMC. There are 600+ coins of Eanred on there so this really was a quick scan through. Results:

These coins are quite heavy, certainly over the 1.35g you'd 'expect'. In one case, a coin is 2.25g!:


These coins are the same style as mine but no weight recorded:


These are the same as Pirie 2000, P.66 no.146 and 147 in 2 of the cases. Find spots include Sherburn, Wharrem-Le-Street, Staxton, all in Yorkshire on A64, the old Roman road from York to Scarborough. The legend for EANRED is however retrograde on all these coins, but not on mine.

Stewart Lyon and Tony correspondance:

On 08/01/2012 23:56:
Dear Tony,

I just don't believe that a coin weighing 1.8g and having a diameter of close to 15 mm can be a genuine styca of Eanred's reign. It cannot have been difficult to forge styca dies in the 18th or 19th century (though who would want to do it today?) since the designs are simple and the lettering often straightforward, as on Hwaetred's coins. If Peter Northover finds that the trace elements in the silver are consistent with 9th century silver we may have to wonder how this came about, but it would take a lot of persuasion to make me change my opinion that it is false.

Kind regards,

Biarnred July 2013 - Updating thoughts - no new news here but to summarise, I am happy to sit this one out. On the one hand I may have identified a fake/reproduction on the market, and this serves as a warning to others. On the otherhand, with its composition and accurate style, just maybe this coin is genuine and represents a coinage now long forgotten, at a higher weight. Time is a great arbiter.
Ferdinand & Isabella76 viewsCoin 11

Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castille united Spain and captured the beautiful Moorish city of Granada, thus completing the Reconquista of Spain in 1492. After the fall of the last Muslim kingdom, they turned their attention to exploration. This resulted in the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in 1492. The settlement of America by Christians and not Muslims meant the war between Christian and Muslim civilization was strategically won by the Christians.

The story of Spain ends here. But the struggle between the two civilizations continue in Eastern and Central Europe. See next coin.
Roman Plate, Tutulus fibula, Fibula #04776 viewsFibula #047,
type: Plain-Tutulus-fibula,
size: 26,5mm,
weight: 6,13g,
date: A.D.,
ref: .,
distribution: ,
Flavius Victor - Spes Romanorvm76 viewsCastrorvm Ianva, Aquileia1 commentsantvwala
France bronze.jpg
France - Centimes76 viewsKm928 - 1 Centime - 1969
Km1282 - 1 Euro Cent - 2003
Km777 - 5 Centimes - 1855 – Napoleon III
Km875 - 5 Centimes - 1927
Km933 - 5 Centimes - 1969
Km815 - 10 Centimes - 1870
Km929 - 10 Centimes - 1963
Km930 - 20 Centimes - 1968
Km894.1 - 50 Centimes - 1933
Daniel F
France, St Romain-en-Gal76 viewsfrescoes and mosaicsvacationchick
Ptolemy IV Philopater - Alexandria - Drachm - 221/205 BC - Obverse76 viewsPtolemy Coin GAE095
Ptolemy IV Philopater - Alexandria - Drachm - 221/205 BC
AE 41.2-41.6mm : 73.1gm
OBV - Zeus Ammon, facing right
REV - Eagle standing on thunderbolt, closed wings, head facing left (of coin), filetted cornucopia in front of eagle (left side of coin), LAMDA IOTA monogram between legs
REF - SNGCOP 199-200 Svoronos 1125 (Plate 36 #17) Ex. R.C. Lockett Collection
Galerius RIC VI, Carthago 26(b)76 viewsGalerius AD 305 - 311
AE - Follis, 11.36g, 28.5mm
Carthago 4th officina, c. AD 298
laureate head r.
Africa stdg. facing, head l., in long drapery with elephant-skin head-dress, r.
holding standard, l. tusk; at feet to l., lion with captured bull.
in l. field: I
exergue: PK Delta
RIC VI, Carthago 26(b)
added to
2 commentsJochen
Gallienus LAETITIA AVG RIC 226.jpg
LAETITIA AVG, RIC 22676 viewsAnt, 20mm, 1.83g.

Obverse: GALLIENVS AVG, Radiate head R.

Reverse: LAETITIA AVG, Laetitia standing L holding wreath and anchor. S in exe.

Rome, RIC 226.

Struck in high relief on an 'interesting' flan.
Anchialos Septimius Severus T. Statilius Barbarus (196-8 AD)76 viewsSeptimius Severus

AE 28 12.28g


T. Statilius Barbarus (196-98 AD)

Laureate draped and cuirassed bust right

Tyche standing left with right foot on prow, holding rudder and cornucopiae

AMNG II 460; Varbanov (E) II 188; Mionnet -; BMC-

Attractive green patina.

Ex collection Art Noot
1 commentsPetrus Elmsley
German States76 viewsHannover - Km116 - 1/24 Thaler - 1817-1818
Hesse Cassel - Km571.2 - 4 Heller - 1826-1831
Meckleburg Schwerin - Km204 - 1 Schilling - 1763-1785
Prussia - Km453.1 - 120th Thaler / 3 Pfenninge - 1846-1860
Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld - Km138.3 - 6 Kreuzer - 1821-1826
Saxony - Km1136 - 3 Pfennige - 1836-1837
Saxe Gotha-Altenburg - Km280 - Heller - 1744-1750
Daniel F
Indoa Parthian76 viewsCoin of Gondapharas.
Obv- bust of ruler.
rev-Pallas and legend.
weight-9.6 gms
Gordian III, AR denarius76 viewsI do not see many of these going around, they seem to be quite rare to findOptimus
76 viewsObv.IMP CAES GORDIANVS PIVS AVG, rayonnent, drapé et cuirassé à droite buste
Rev. ROMEA AETERNAE, Rome assise à gauche avec la victoire et le sceptre _3483
Antonivs Protti
Gratian, Gloria Romanorvm1.jpg
Gratian- Siscia RIC 14c type XXV76 viewsobv: DN GRATIANVS PF AVG
Q in left field, */ R / O in right field
[delta]SISCA in exergue
RIC Siscia 14c type XXV

Deep green glossy patina, detail is phenomenal!
Istros Drachm, 400-350 BC76 viewsGreek Silver drachm 5.45g
Two facing heads, one inverted
Sea Eagle on dolphin ISTRIH above. Alpha monogram below.
2 commentsCGPCGP
Achain league, Pallantion Ar Tetrobol76 views1st cent. BC
Obv.: Laureate head of Zeus.
Rev.: Monogram of the Achaian League.
BCD Peloponnesos 1593.2
2 commentsMinos
Constantine I AV Solidus76 viewsConstantine I AV Solidus, struck at Siscia on the occasion of the Tricennalia. 335 AD. CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust, 3/4 facing, head right. / VICTORIA CONSTANTINI AVG, Victory seated right by cuirass and shield, holding shield incribed VOT XXX; SIS in ex. RIC 242 (This example cited)


Ex. A. J. Evans Collection
Ex. H. C. Levis Collection
Ex. Naville & Cie, Genva 3 (Lucerne 1922), 195;
Ex. Naville & Cie, Geneva - Ars Classica 11 (Lucerne 1925), 998 et 17 (Lucerne 1934), 1905;
Ex. Münzen & Medaillen AG Basel 73 (1988) 272
Ex. Hess-Divo 2007
2 commentsTrajan
Roman Empire, HERENNIUS ETRUSCUS Antoninianus, RIC 147c, Principii76 viewsOBV: Q HER ETR MES DECIVS NOB C, Bare-headed and draped bust right
REV: PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS, Herennius standing left, holding rod and spear
3.0g, 20mm

Minted at Rome, 250 AD
3 commentsLegatus
179 Honorius ( 393-423 A.D.), AE-4, RIC-X-109, Constantinopolis, CONCORDIA AVG G G, Cross, Scarce,76 views179 Honorius ( 393-423 A.D.), AE-4, RIC-X-109, Constantinopolis, CONCORDIA AVG G G, Cross, Scarce,
avers:- DN-HONORI-VS-PF-AVG, Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
revers:- CONCOR-DIA-AVG-G-G, Cross,
exerg: CONS-A, diameter: 10-10,5 mm, weight: 0,80g, axes: 6h,
mint: Constantinopolis, date: 404-406 A.D., ref: RIC-X-109, p-249,
HUNGARY - Joseph II76 viewsHUNGARY - Joseph II (1780-1790) silver Half-Thaler, 1789. Obv.: Hungarian arms surrounded by order; under crow carried by 2 angels. Rev.: Madonna and child. KM#399. dpaul7
HUNGARY - Louis II76 viewsHUNGARY - Louis II (1516-1526) Denar. Date not visible. (1524-1526). Coat of arms/Madonna and child. Huszar #846.dpaul7
Greece, Corinth -- April 201176 viewspitbull
Juba II denarius76 viewsJuba II (king of Mauretania) denarius. BC 25-AD 23.
Grs 2,88 and 17 mm.
Observe : head of Juba looking right wearing the lion's skin ; behind a club. On the right, REX IVBA. Reverse : capricorn looking right holding a globe. On top a cornucopia. Below a helm. Below R XXXX II (minted in 17 AD ?).
Mazard 215. Alexandropoulos 181.
4 commentslabienus
Roman Empire, Julia Mamaea, Felicitas76 views IVLIA MA-MAEA AVG
Draped bust right

Felicitas standing left, leaning on column with legs crossed, holding caduceus

RIC 335, S 8209 Rome Mint (year 222-235)
Ar Denarius; 2.80g;19mm
7 commentsRobin Ayers
Justin II pentanummium.jpg
Pentanummium of Justin II76 viewsMinted in Antioch. The monogram is listed nr.9 by Sear.
2 commentsGinolerhino
Korinthos - AR drachm76 views350-300 BC
Pegasus left
head of Peirene left
SNG Vol: III 2129 Lockett Collection (2,28g)
SNG Vol: VIII 879 Blackburn Museum
SNG Cop - (cf 148), BMC - (cf 366), BCD - (cf 179)
1,83g 16-14mm

A very rare variant with only K in left field and no additional letter or monogramm in right field.
Typical weight for this type is around 2,5 g.

ex Divus Numismatik
1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Kyzicus, Mysia, Silver hemiobol, After 480 BC 76 views5 commentsAntonivs Protti
Thessaly, Larissa, AE 20-2276 views400-344 BC
Head of the nymph Larissa facing
ΛΑΡΙ - Σ - ΑΙΩΝ parly retrograde, Horse trotting right
8.88 gr
Ref : Sear # 2131
6 commentsPotator II
X, 0910 Zeno, 474-49176 viewsAV solidus, 21mm, 4.3g, EF
Struck at Constantinople
DN ZENO PERP AVG, diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing ¾ right, holding spear and shield / VICTORI-A AVGGG S, Victory standing left, holding long jewelled cross. Star to right, CON OB in exg.
RIC X, 910
Consigned to Forvm
Lawrence Woolslayer
100 Kingdom of Bosporus, Rhescuporis II (III), AD 211–22676 viewsElectrum stater, 7.84g, nearly EF
Struck AD 215/6 at Panticapaeum
BACIΛEWC PHCKOVΠOPIΔOC, diademed and draped bust right; club before / Laureate and draped bust of bearded Caracalla right, BIΦ below.
Certificate of Authenticity by David R. Sear, ACCS
Ex; Freeman & Sear
MacDonald 555/2; Frolova 200, pl. 45, 14 (same dies); Sear GIC 5482v (date)
2 commentsLawrence Woolslayer
Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG II 76 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
galley r. mast with banners at prow

legionary eagle between two standards

Patrae mint 32-31BC

Two great "bankers" marks on this coin. On the obverse a clear "S" on the reverse a very nice "C"

Origianlly founded by Pompey the Great in 84 BC. Legio II was given the title of "Augusta" in about 25 BC by Augustus. The II Augusta legion took part in Germanicus' campaigns in Germany and was commanded by Germanicus' friend Publius Vitellius who held the rank of legate. Publius Vitellius later prosecuted Piso for the murder of Germanicus.
Titus Pullo
Trebonianus Gallus (Augustus) Moesia Superior, Viminacium76 viewsTrebonianus Gallus (Augustus)
Moesia Superior, Viminacium
AE - / 25mm / -
IMP C GALLVS P FELIX AVG - Laureate draped bust right
P M S COL VIM - Moesia standing facing between lion & bull
Exergue: ANX (...) (251 - 253 AD)
Ref: Moushmov 56; SGI 4307; AMNG 165
Scotvs Capitis
Leureated head right


Hercules standing right, leaning on club with lion's skin

Follis struck in Nicomedia
22 mm ; 4,88 g; axis 180°
Not in RIC.

full silvering
1 commentsgb29400
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Licinius I RIC VII Nicomadia 4476 viewsThe Black patina under the sand on this coin is fairly pitted making cleaning very hard. This is the best I can do with current skill level..

AE 19-21MM 3.3g 321-324 AD
OBV :: IMP C VAL LICIN LICINIVS PF AVG. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
REV :: IOVI CONS-ERVATORIA. Jupiter standing left holding victory on globe in right hand, leaning on eagle-tipped scepter. Eagle holding wheath at right feet, captive at left feet. X over II MU in right field
RIV VII Nicomadia 44
RIC rated R1
from uncleaned lot 10/07
Roman Republic , L. Valerius Flaccus , 107 BC76 viewsRoman Republic , L. Valerius Flaccus , 107 BC
Silver denarius . 3.90 g. Rome mint
Obverse : Draped bust of Victory right, wearing pendant earring and bead necklace, mark of value XVI in monogram before, dotted border .
Reverse : L• VA[LE]RI - FLACCI in two lines downward before, Mars standing half-left, grasping inverted spear and trophy, apex with chin-strap before, grain ear in foreground behind, dotted border.
Lightly toned. Struck from fresher dies. Localized wear .
RRC 306/1. RCV 183.
Ex. Freeman & Sear
3 commentsVladislav D
MAGNENTIUS centenionalis Trier ( Treveri )76 viewsDN MAGNEN - TIVS PF AVG
Draped bust right , A left in field

Two victories standing facing each other, resting shield inscribed VOT/V/MVLT/X on cippus
TRS in ex.

Centenionalis or Maiorina strucked late 351 in Trier ( Treveri )

C. 70 -- RIC.307

very nice portrait
2 commentsgb29400
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Antoninus Pius, Rome - RIC 83076 viewsAntoninus Pius As
obv: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P. Laureate head right
rev: TR POT COS IIII SC. Pietas standing left, extending right hand.
Struck 145-147 A.D. at Rome
RIC 830
Note: "...according to RIC... (they) add a question mark to "Ceres". In fact nobody knows for sure who she is (the reverse figure). Certainly not Ceres, for what she has in her l. hand is a fold of her own drapery, not a torch. Strack thinks she is Pietas, but adds that the ID is uncertain because there is no descriptive legend. That exact type occurs nowhere else in the Roman coinage.... The date of the coin according to current research is not 145, nor 145-161, but 145-7. After 145, because COS IIII. Before 148, because from then on Pius placed his tribunician number on all of his coins.
76 viewsNero Dupondius - 65 A.D. - Mint of Rome
Radiate head left
Temple of Janus with doors closed.
Cohen 174, RIC 290.
1 commentsMaxentius
AUSTRIA - OTTOKAR II76 viewsAUSTRIA - OTTOKAR II as King (1261-1276) AR Pfennig. Obv.: Crowned angel over tower.
Rev.: Crowned winged head over deer and panther. Reference: Luschin #84.
TRAJAN DECIUS 248-251 A.D. Caesarea Maritima mint 29mm76 viewsO: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
R:Nike on ladvancing r, holding wreath in both hands the Emperor on r, resting l on spear extending his hand to receve the wreath
Silver stater of Corinth, 375 - 300 B.C., with dove-in-wreath symbol76 viewsObverse: Pegasus flying left, koppa (Ϙ) below
Reverse: Helmeted head of Athena left; Γ below chin, dove-in-wreath to right
2 Pergamon Mysia Bronze76 viewsPergamon 2 coins, nice martial types; 1) Athena / Nike, 2) Athena / Trophy of Armor
Adrian S
Philip II of Macedon -2nd- 359-336BC Æ 1876 views
Macedonia, Philip II, Æ 18 * (copper or bronze)

Obv.: Head of Apollo* right, hair bound with tainia.
Rev.: Equestrian; Nude youth on horseback running forward, front legs extended, rear legs firmly planted, right facing. ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ above (mostly worn), Monogram E beneath horse, between horse's legs.

Mint: Pella (probable)
Struck: 359-336 BC.
Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 5.79 grams

Patina: Light green, flat.

Similar to D. Sear, Greek coins and their values, Vol. II, 6696; pg. 620
SNG Cop. 594

* Olympian
Phokaia, Ionia, c. 530 - 510 B.C.76 viewsSilver hemiobol, BMC Ionia p. 215, 82, aVF, 1.037g, 8.5mm, 3.17mm thick, Phokaia mint, 530 - 510 B.C.; Obv. head of griffin left,(seal on right at edge of flan?) Rev. rough quadripartite incuse square. Among the earliest silver coins minted!

Die match;

Ex Forvm Ancient Coins

Photo by Forvm Ancient Coins

Background Information:

Phokaia (Phocaea) (modern day Foca, Turkey), northern most of the Ionian cities, located on the western coast of Anatolia (asia minor), at the mouth of the river Hermus (now Gediz), and between the Gulf of Smyrna (now Izmir) to the south and the Gulf of Cyme to the north. Phokaia had a thriving seafaring economy and a powerful naval fleet. It was one of the largest cities of the ancient world. Herodotus described the walls of the city as having a diameter of 5 kilometers. Probably following the Lydians, the Phocaeans were among the earliest in the world to make and use coins as money. Source of background info, Wikipedia
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Turkey, Istanbul (Constantinople) - Yerebatan Saray Cistern76 viewsThe second Gorgo of the Cistern. I saw a third Gorgo in the Archaeological Museum of Istanbul. The original temple, from where the Gorgos were removed is still unknown. Franz-Josef M
Plautilla76 viewsPLAVTILLA AVGVSTA
Rome, 204 AD
RIC IV 369d, BM 429, C 25
Postumus bust with club and lion's skin PAX AVG76 viewsPOSTVMVS AV - G
Radiate bust left with club and lion's skin
Pax standing left.

Antoninianus struck 268 in Trier
5° emission
C.218 - RIC.319 - Elmer 564 - Cunetio 2446 (7 ex) - AGK. 52b

large flan , 4,24 g
rare bust
1 commentsgb29400
Caracalla, Hadrianopolis - AE2776 viewsHadrianopolis, Thrace
Date: 198-217 AD
Size: 27mm/11.4g
Obverse: AYT M AYP CЄY ANTΩNEINOC - Laureate bust right.
Reverse: AΔPIANOΠOΛЄITΩN - Serapis standing, with right raised hand, holding in left hand spear across
Reference: Moushmov 2645
3 commentsJericho
GORSIUM - PRO SALVTE SEPT SEVERI - 202 AD76 viewsThis stone relief made to the visiting of Septimius Severus and his sons, Caracalla (Antoninus) and Geta in 202 AD. At the rebuilt Augustus temple the Emperor made the first sacrifice to the Gods. In 202 AD struck denarius in the name of Severus (RIC IVi 186), of Caracalla (RIC IVi 68) and of Geta (RIC IVi 26) what are probably show this act in the coins reverses. This stone relief also can be seen the last line had erased ten years later, after the Geta murder by the rules of Damnatio Memoriae.
The text:
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Ptolemy I 323-305 BC76 viewsancient Egypt, under Greek Rule, Coin, Zeus on Obverse (Svoronos 206) Ptolemy the first was a General of Alexander The Great III, after Alexander's death in 323 BC, General Ptolemy ruled Egypt and became King. siranthonyac
Septimius Severus76 viewsAe 28 (tetrassarion)
Obv. Laur, dr + cuir bust r., IMP L SEP - SEV[...] round.
Rev. Demeter stg facing, wearing radiate crown, long torch in r hand, round the bottom of which twine two snakes, cornucopia in l arm, MVNICI - STOBEN round.
Moush. ---- (but see Moush. 6558 for rev type).
Josifovski 142 (V28, R28), citing one specimen in a private collection.
11.82 gm, 28 mm
7 commentsManzikert
Rare Indian gold 1/4 fanam, S. India, 16th-17th c.3mm, ~ 0.1 g. Probably tiniest coin in the World! 76 viewsRare coin, very-very tiny (measuring 2-4mm in diameter and weighing from 0.08 to 0.1 g or so). These are probably the tiniest gold coins ever minted for general circulation. Very rare, these come from a hoard of these, recently unearthed. Antonio Protti
115-114 B.C., M.Cipius, AR-Denarius, Crawford 289/1, Rome, Victory in biga right, #2,76 viewsM.Cipius (115-114 B.C.), AR-Denarius, Crawford 289/1, Rome, Victory in biga right, #2,
avers:- Helmeted head of Roma right, behind X, M.CIPI.M.F, border of dots.
revers:- Victory in biga right, holding palm branch; below, rudder.
exerg: ROMA,
axis: 10h,
diameter: 15,516mm,
weight: 3,87g,
mint: Rome,
date: 115-114 B.C.,
ref: Crawford-289/1, Sydenham-546,
2 commentsquadrans
12876 viewsAllectus 293-6
Radiate & cuirassed bust right
Galley left
Camulodunum mint
RIC 128
1 commentsmauseus
Caracalla antoninianus76 viewsCaracalla, 198-217 AD. Antoninian, Rome, 217 AD

Antoninian (AG 22-24mm) Rome, 217 AD. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM Draped, cuirassed and radiate bust r. Rv. P M TR P XX COS IIII PP Iupiter standing frontal, head l., holding thunderbold in his r.hand and sceptre in l.hand. 5,14gr. Good very fine. Nice big flan.

C.374; BMC 462,179; RIC 255,285c.
3 commentssseverus
Rome, Lead Seal, #31, Lion , Bee? Fly??76 viewsRome, Lead Seal, #31, Lion , Bee? Fly??quadrans
Cavalry Spur, front view76 viewsFront view of a Roman cavalry hackenspur, circa 1st century AD. The bronze spur had a separate iron prick inserted - remnants of which can still be seen. The hook at the top gave the type its name and was used to help attached it over a boot. Examples in the Romisches Museum Germany are from Dangstetten, Vindonissa and Haltern.otlichnik
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miscellaneous - rombus-head fibula - 1st-3rd century76 viewslong: 62mm, with original pinberserker
Sabina RIC III, (Hadrian) 39076 viewsSabina died AD 137, wife of Hadrian, grand-niece of Trajan
AR - Denar, 3.63g
Rome AD 130
diademed and draped bust r., hair in queue down neck
Concordia, draped, standing frontal, head l., holding patera in r. hand and
double-cornucopiae in l. hand
RIC III, (Hadrian) 390; C.3; BMC 929
about EF

Her marriage was very unhappy, Hadrian only having eyes for his favourite Antinous (from Forum).
3 commentsJochen
SAXONY - Friedrich August III76 viewsSAXONY - Friedrich August III (1904-1918) silver 2 Marks, 1909. Commemorative coin, 500th Anniversary of Leipzig University. KM #1269.dpaul7
AE billion trachy John III SB 2102 type N76 viewsObverse: hP- theta V barred, Three quarter length figure of virgin nimbate, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion; star to lower left and right in field.
Reverse: IW, full-length figure of emperor on l., and St. Theodore bearded and nimbate, holding between them sheathed sword, point downward, resting on shield. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar-peice, and paneled loros of simplified type; holds labarum -headed scepter in r. hand. Saint wears short military tunic and breast plate, holds spear in l. hand.
Mint: Magnesia
Sear 2102, DOC
25mm, 3.02g
Scarce gold fanam issued by Zamorinds of Calicut (ca.1300-1790 AD), Vira Raya type, Calicut (Kozhikodde) mint, India76 viewsThe normal abstract Boar / Lion type of a Calicut variety. Calicut (Kozhikodde) mint. 9mm, 0.38 grams. Herrli #1.12

The anonymous gold fanams were continuosely issued by the Zamorinds of Calicut for hundreds of years until the city and the mint were taken by Haidar Ali and later by the British.
Antonio Protti
Schlesien-Liegnitz-Brieg 6 Kreuzer76 viewsSchlesien-Liegnitz-Brieg silver 6 Kreuzer 1673. Luise von Anhalt, Regent (1673-1674), Widow of Christian.
Catalog: Fr.u.S. 1951.
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CHINA - EMPEROR GUANG ZONG - SHAO XI REIGN76 viewsEMPEROR GUANG ZONG (1190-1194) Shao Xi Reign (1190-1194). Southern Song Dynasty. Shao Xi Tong Bao iron coin, issued by the Qichun mint in AD 1192 in China. Valued at 2 cash. In seal script. Hartill #17.369 or Fisher's Ding #1241 or Schjoth #782. The 2 characters on reverse of this iron coin are CHUN SAN or CHUN 3, which represented that this coin was cast in Qichun mint in AD 1192, the 3rd year of Shao Xi. dpaul7
SPAIN - Charles III76 viewsSPAIN - Charles III (1759-1788) SIlver 2 Reales, 1788. Madrid mint.
Obv.: CAROLVS III D. G. around bust right; date 1788 below bust.
Rev.: Crowned arms of Spain, flanked by 2 - R; Crowned M - M. HISPANIARVM REX.
Reference: KM-38.1
1866 Spain Silver 40C de Escudo76 viewsSpain 1866 - Silver 40Cent

* 40 CENTs DE ESCo *
Septimius Severus, AE27 Tetrassaria76 viewsIMP L SEP SEVERVS
Bust laureate, cuirassed, right
Nike-Nemesis advancing left with wreath and palm, wheel at her feet
Unlisted dies
2 commentswhitetd49
Italy, Sibari (Thurium) - street76 viewsLucania, Thourioi.
Today Sibari (Cosenza), Italy
Septimius Severus Rome early 176 viewsRIC 1. Denarius, mint of Rome, 193 AD.
Rare starting "Pertinax" artistic style!
Turkey, Termessos - Theatre76 viewsThough Termessos is fairly close to a major tourist resort (Antalya) it’s not over-visited, perhaps because it’s a fairly steep uphill climb to reach the principal monuments from the nearest point where you can park. But the effort is worth it: the setting (inside Güllük Daği National Park) is spectacular and the ruins at this unrestored site are as romantic a pile of tumble-down stones as anyone could wish for. Abu Galyon
ÁTICA - ATENAS76 viewsEmisión realizada en el siglo de Aristóteles.
AR Tetradracma 20 mm 17.1 gr.

Anv: Cabeza de Atenas vistiendo Casco coronado, crestado y ornamentado con tres hojas de oliva y detalles florales.
Rev: "A Θ E" – Búho parado a derecha, su cabeza viendo al frente. Un ramo de olivo y medialuna detrás.
El viejo formato almendrado del ojo de Atenas en los tetradracmas anteriores al 393 A.C., cambia a un ojo mas real de perfil. Esta es una muy extensa serie, donde la gran mayoría fue acuñada muy descuidadamente en cospeles irregulares y de gran espesor.

Acuñación: 393 - 300 A.C.
Ceca: Atenas - Ática

Referencias: Sear GCTV Vol.I #2537 Pag.237 – BMC Vol.11 (Attica, Megaris, Aegira) #144 – SNG Copenhagen #63/4 - SNG München #91 - SNG Lockett #1873 - SNG Delepierre #1469 - Dewing #1635
4 commentsmdelvalle
x Fourree Mule of Titus as Caesar76 viewsTitus as Caesar. Unknown, unofficial, mint. (2.11g, 18.1m, 6h.) Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPSIAN, laureate head right. Rev: AVGV[R?] above, TRI P[OT], below, priestly implements. Reverse, RIC II V43.

Titus, as Caesar, never had the reverse with the priestly implements. That was Vespasian in 70A.D. The legends is anticlockwise. The style is unofficial, and the weight is low making it a likely fouree even in the absence of any break in the silvering.
1 commentsLucas H
Tyre, Phoenicia, 63-62 B.C.-76 viewsSilver shekel, BMC 153, VF, 14.02g, 28.1mm, 0o, Tyre mint, 63-62 B.C.; obverse Laureate head of beardless Melqarth right, lion's skin knotted around neck; reverse TUROUIERAS KAIASULOU (of Tyre the holy and inviolable), eagle standing on ship's ram, carrying palm frond under wing, DX (=year 64=63/62 B.C.) and club left, monogram right, Phoenician letter beth between legs; nice examplesalem
Rz. AE13 from Kolophon Apollo / Lyre76 viewsType:
Ruler / Years:
Metal Type:
Size / Weight:
Obverse Description:
Obverse Legend:
Reverse Description:
Reverse Legend:

Kolophon mint, c. 400 - 350 B.C.
Size/Weight: 13mm, 1.8g

Obverse: head of Apollo right wearing taenia

entity: Apollo

Reverse: [KOL], lyre within linear square

Attribution: BMC p. 37, 13 ff.

Scott Morris
137 Commemorative, (330-333 A.D.), AE-3, Siscia, RIC VII 222, URBS ROMA, She-wolf left, C3!, #176 views137 Commemorative, (330-333 A.D.), AE-3, Siscia, RIC VII 222, URBS ROMA, She-wolf left, C3!, #1
avers:- VRBS- ROMA, helmeted, wearing imperial cloak,
revers: - She-wolf left with twins, two stars above.
exe: Γ SIS, diameter: 18 mm, weight: 2,89 g, axis: 6 h,
mint: Siscia , date: 330-333 A.D., ref: RIC-VII-222, p-453, C3!,
Cilicia, Mallos, Valerian I SNG Lev. 129876 viewsValerian I AD 252-260
AE 31, 19.89g
bust, cuirassed, laureate, r.
rev. MALLO COLONIA (lat.)
Amphilochos, naked except chlamys, stg. l., holding laurel branch, boar below. Behind him tripod on podium with globe above, snake winding around.
S C in exergue
SNG Levante 1298 (same obv. die); SNG Paris 1933 (same obv. die); BMC 13; SGIC 4498
Rare (only 13 coins of Valerian's time known!), about VF, light roughness, small casting spots (from making)
added to

MALLOS was one of the oldest cities in Cilicia. The hero AMPHILOCHOS is said to be the founder. He was fighting before in Thebes and Troy. He and his brother Mopsus were the most famous seers in Greece. They decided to rule Mallos alternately. Mopsus was first. But when he should give the rule to Amphilochos it came to a deadly duel where both were killed. After their death their souls got along peacefully and temples were built to celebrate them. The oracle of Mallos was said to be more real than that of Delphi!
Under Severus Alexander Mallos became a Roman Colonia. Therefore the Latin inscriptions.

For more information look at the thread 'Coins of mythological interest'
2 commentsJochen
VENICE - Giovanni Dandolo76 viewsVENICE - Giovanni Dandolo, 1280 - 1289. Silver Grosso, without date.
Obv.: St. Mark gives an investiture banner to the Dodge.
Rev.: Christ enthroned facing.
21 mm. 2,06 g. VF.
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Vespasian-RIC-155976 viewsAR denarius
Antioch mint, 72 AD
RIC 1559 (C), BMC 512, RSC 643
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: No legend. Vespasian laureate, standing in triumphal quadriga, r., horses pacing, holding branch in r. hand and scepter in left.

A reverse that commemorates Vespasian and Titus' Judaean Triumph celebrated in Rome.

This denarius from Antioch is much more common than the scarcer Rome mint example. Issued as part of a series Antioch minted which were also Rome mint types.

A coin in excellent condition with much of the detail still intact. I love the high relief portraits of these issues.
2 commentsVespasian70
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Vespasian H.76376 viewsSize: Denarius
Obverse: Vespasian
Reverse: Emperor & captive
Date: 72-73 AD
Reference: Hendin 763
1 commentsJohn K
Emperor Vespasian Denarius76 viewsIMP CAESAR VESP AVG, laureate head right / PON MAX TR P COS V, Winged caduceus. RIC 73. RSC 361a. 3.5 grams.1 commentsStuart Francis
Rome, Lead Seal, #29, Two face , Victory #02,76 viewsRome, Lead Seal, #29, Two face , Victory #02,quadrans
German States. Friedrich I 1637 - 1683. Silver 6-Groscher 1637 C.76 viewsGerman States. Friedrich I 1637 - 1683. Silver 6-Groscher 1637 C. FRIDERICUS BORUSSORUM REX, crowned bust right / MONETA ARGENTEA, crown divides date above tow coats of arms, value between crown and shields.

KM a203
VRBS ROMA Siscia mint76 views•BSIS•

1 commentsXLi
Lepidus and Octavian, Denarius75 viewsDenarius minted in Italy, 42 BC
LEPIDVS PONT MAX III V R P C, bare head of Lepidus right (NT and MA in monograms)
C CAESAR IMPIII VIR R P C, bare head of Octavian right (MP in monogram)
3.78 gr
Ref : HCRI # 140, RCV # 1523, Cohen # 2

The following from forum catalog :
"Lepidus was a faithful follower of Julius Caesar, and he served as Praetor and Consul. When Caesar was assassinated, Lepidus was in charge of the cavalry and commanded a legion. This position secured him a place in the Second Triumvirate along Marc Antony and Octavian. His cut was Africa. When Octavian attacked Sextus Pompey's Sicily, Lepidus' ships and troops supported him. In an uninspired move, Lepidus thought he could force Octavian to leave him the island. The two armies separated and isolated skirmishes occurred, but soon the soldiers sick of yet another civil war, acknowledging Octavian's superiority deserted Lepidus en-masse. Lepidus left the island as a simple civilian, retaining only his priesthood, but he was the only defeated Imperator not to suffer a violent death."
2 commentsPotator II
ROMAN EMPIRE, Galeria Valeria, RIC 11075 views
RIC 110, AE Follis, Alexandria, 308 - 310 AD.
Obv: GAL VALERIA AVG Draped & diademed bust right.
Rev: VENERI VICTRICI (ALE) Venus standing left, holding apple
and lifting robe. K - Gamma over P in fields.
Size: 24.4mm 6.82gm

The coin has a truly amazing glossy green patina. It is partially covered with
hard earthen deposits which I dare not try to remove.

1 commentsMaynardGee
VICTORINUS75 viewsAE antoninianus. Treveri 269 AD. 2.64 grs. Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right . IMP C PIAV VICTORINVS P F AVG. / Fides standing facing, holding signum in each hand. FIDES MILITVM .
RIC V 109. Mairat 247-51.
1 commentsbenito
Julia Domna & Geta, Denarius - 035075 viewsRome mint, AD 201
IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bust of Julia Domna right.
P SEPT GETA CAES PONT, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Geta right, seen from behind.
3.02 g, 20 mm
Ex. Pscipio
3 commentsPotator II
Pertinax AR Denarius75 viewsRIC IV 1a Rome, BMCRE 15, C 2, RSC 2
2.59 g, 18 mm
IMP CAES P HELV PERTIN AVG, laureate head right
AEQVIT AVG TR P COS II, Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae
COA from Sear
3 commentsMark Z2
Severus Alexander - Mars75 viewsDenarius 227
O/ IMP C M AUR SEV - ALEXAND AUG Laureate bust right draped
R/ P M TR P VI - COS II P P Mars, naked except for cloak floating out, walking right, holding spear transversely and trophy over shoulder
C 305 - RIC 61
Mint: Rome (3rd off., 7th emission)
China, Tang Dynasty, Emperor Su Zong, AD 756-763, Large AE 5 Cash (35mm • 14,79gm). Double Rim Reverse.75 viewsO: Qian Yuan Zhong Bao. R: Double rim. Jen 144v. Nice VF with attractive green and earthen patina.
Valerian II, Tetradrachm75 viewsAlexandria mint, year 4 (AD 256-257)
TT LIK KOPOYALEPIANOS KAIE CEB, bare bust, draped and cuirassed
Eagle standing left, head right, holding wreath in beak. L delta in field
10,18 gr
Ref : Emmet # 3764/4
RCV # 10754
Potator II
Theodosius II, Siliqua75 viewsConstantinople mint
D N THEODO SIVS P F AVG, diademed draped and cuirassed bust right seen from front
VOT/XX/MVLT/XXX, within a laurel wreath, CONS* at exergue
2.16 gr, 18.5 mm
RIC X, # 381
2 commentsPotator II
Maximinus II Follis75 viewsRIC VI 34 Cyzicus 308-309 A.D.
26 mm, 6.86 gm
GAL VAL MAXIMINVS NOB CAES, laureate head right
GENIO CA-ESARIS, Genius standing left, modius on head, naked except for chlamys over left shoulder, holding patera from which liquid flows & cornucopiae, MKG(amma) in exergue
8 commentsMark Z
Constantius II75 viewsCONSTAN-TIVS AVG, pearl-diademed head right / GLOR-IA EXERC-ITVS, two soldiers holding spears and shields with one standard between them, dot on banner, dot to left and right of top of banner. SMANtheta in ex Antoich (thanks for the help Doug :) )5 commentsRandygeki(h2)
Marcian (450-457 A.D.)75 viewsAV Solidus (4.51 g), Constantinople Mint
RIC X, 507 (R4), DOCLR 476 var. (no punctuation in obverse legend)

D N MARCIA-NVS.P.F.AVG, helmeted bust facing, pearl diademed, cuirassed, spear in right hand held over right shoulder behind head, on left arm shield decorated with horseman riding down enemy
VICTORI-AAVGGG, Victory standing left supporting long jewelled cross, star in right field; CONOB in exergue
1 commentsSchwami
Trajan Denarius made into jewellery75 viewsThis denarius has IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM, Laureate head right on obverse and PM TRP COSII PP, Vesta seated left on reverse. It is Woytek 60a1, Stack 319, BMC 26 and was struck Fall 98 - end 99 AD. It has had four silver rings attached, one of which has broken off. It is also holed near where the broken ring was, perhaps to replace that fastening device.otlichnik
OΔIΔ (monogram of) and M▪ST75 viewsMACEDON. Stobi (?). Marcus Aurelius (?). Æ.A.D. 161-180 (?). Obv: Laur. bust r.; 2 CMs, (1) before face, (2) below chin. Rev: Outline of stg. deity. Axis: 165°. Weight: 8.80 g. Note: The attribution of the coin to Stobi is based on the attribution of one of the countermarks to that city and is by no means certain. CM(1): Monogram of "o" ontop of Δ directly followed by "I" ontop of Δ, in rectangular punch, 8 x 5 mm.Howgego 626 (7 pcs). Note: The CM reads "Odessus 4". Howgego suggests "Dionysopolis 4" as a possible alternate reading. CM(2): M▪ST, in rectangular punch, 9 x 4 mm. Howgego 704 (2 pcs). Note: The two specimens noted by Howgego are from Commodus and Marcus Aurelius and were struck in Stobi. The CM may be read Municipium Stobensium. This combination of CMs is not recorded by Howgego. In fact, none of the coins listed with CM (1) or (2) bear more than one CM. CM (2) was applied before CM (1). Collection Automan.Automan
27 Nike Countermark.JPG
Caracalla, Nikaea, Nike countermark75 viewsAE26, 198-217 AD
Obv: Laureate head right, Nike Countermark to left.
Rev:Fortuna standing with rudder.
26mm, 10.8 gm
Same obv. die as Recueil Generale pl. LXXIX.30
3 commentsjdholds
Ariobarzanes I Philoromaios. Cappadocian Kingdom. AR Drachm.75 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
193 AD Clodius Albinus Caesar, Sestertius RIC 5075 viewsClodius Albinus Caesar, Sestertius, Rome mint 193 AD
Obv.: D [C]LODIVS AL - BINVS CAES , Head, bare, r.
Rev.: PROVID - AVG COS / S - C , Providentia standing l., holding wand over globe and sceptre.
RIC IV, part I, p. 51, no. 50 ; C 59

Decimus Clodius Septimius Albinus was born in Hadrumetum (modern Sousse in Tunisia) and came from a prominent senatorial family. He held high office under Marcus Aurelius and continued under Commodus, becoming consul in 187 and governor of Britain in 191. After the murder of Pertinax and the purchase of the Empire by Didius Julianus, Albinus, joined by his rivals Pescennius Niger and Septimius Severus, made preparations to march on Rome. Severus got there first and, in order to free himself for battle in the East, had Albinus proclaimed Caesar and made him his heir. Needless to say, after his defeat of Niger, Severus turned on Albinus and had him declared a public enemy in 195. Albinus was hailed emperor in Lugdunum in either late 195 or early 196, and spent the next year raising troops: Severus moved into Gaul with his army in 196 and in a huge battle outside Lugdunum on 19 February, defeated Albinus who then committed suicide.

my ancient coin database
1 commentsArminius
Postumus, mint of Milan, FIDES EQVIT, c.268-975 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
Aelius AR Denarius75 viewsObv: L AELIVS CAESAR - Bare head right.
Rev: TR POT COS II - Concordia seated left, holding patera and leaning arm on cornucopia set on base.
Mint: Rome
Year: 137 AD
Ref: RIC II 436 (Hadrian)
Agrippa As75 viewsAgrippa head left, wearing rostral crown, M AGRIPPA L F COS III / S-C to left and right of Neptune, standing left, cloaked, holding small dolphin in right hand and trident in left. Rome mint. RIC I 58 (pg. 112); Cohen 3.
Akarnania, Leukas. AR Stater.75 viewsCirca 320-280 B.C. (22mm., 8.58g., 6h). BCD Akarnania 269 var. (no monogram). SNG Copenhagen 357 var. (same). Pegasi 134. Obverse Pegasos left, lambda below. Reverse helmeted head of Athena left, monogram below, lambda before stylis. EF, toned.

Ex Sukenik Collection. Ex CNG.
5 commentsJason T
Antoniniano Numeriano RIC 447.jpg
A104-02 - NUMERIANO (Mar.283 - Nov.284 D.C.)75 viewsAE Antoniniano 22 x 20 mm 3.5 gr.
Hijo menor de Caro, acuñada como Co-augusto de su hermano mayor Carino

Anv: "IMP NVMERIANVS P F AVG" - Busto radiado, con coraza y Paludamentum (capote militar) sobre ella, viendo a derecha.
Rev: "PROVIDENT AVGG" - Providentia de pié a izquierda portando dos espigas de maiz con la mano de su brazo derecho extendido sobre un Modius y cornucopia en izquierda. "VXXI" en exergo.
Representación NO habitual de la Providentia con los atributos de la Annona o de la Abundantia.

Acuñada 4ta.Emisión Ago.283 - Ene.284 D.C.
Ceca: Ticinum (Off.5ta.) - Pavia Italia
Rareza: C

Referencias: Vol.V Parte II #447 Pag.199 - Cohen Vol.VI #83 Pag.377 - DVM #17 Pag.264
051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), AR-Denarius, RIC IV-I 206a, Rome, P M TR P XVI COS IIII P P, Hercules standing left, 75 views051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), AR-Denarius, RIC IV-I 206a, Rome, P M TR P XVI COS IIII P P, Hercules standing left,
avers:- ANTONINVS-PIVS-AVG-BRIT, Laureate head right.
revers:- P-M-TR-P-XVI-COS-IIII-P-P, Hercules standing left, holding branch and club with lion skin.
exe: -/-//--, diameter: 18,5-19mm, weight: 2,96g, axis: 1h,
mint: Rome, date: 213 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-I-206a, p-241, C-220,
051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), AR-Denarius, RIC IV-I 267, Rome, P M TR P XVIII COS IIII P P, Fides standing left, 75 views051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), AR-Denarius, RIC IV-I 267, Rome, P M TR P XVIII COS IIII P P, Fides standing left,
avers:- ANTONINVS-PIVS-AVG-GERM, Laureate head right.
revers:- P-M-TR-P-XVIII-COS-IIII-P-P, Fides standing left, between two standards.
exe: -/-//--, diameter: 18-19mm, weight: 1,83g, axis: 1h,
mint: Rome, date: 216 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-I-267, p-251, C-316,
Caracalla, Stobi75 views. AC . M . AVR . ANTONINVS
Bust laureate, draped, cuirassed, right, seen from behind

Victory left with wreath and palm, wheel at fee to left

AE 23-24mm;6.91g

obverse: V6, reverse:
2 commentsarizonarobin
Celtic, AR-Tetradrachm, Kugelwange-type, #0475 viewsCeltic, AR-Tetradrachm, Kugelwange-type, #04
avers: - Zeus head right.
revers:- Horse trotting left, circle above.
exerg: ,
diameter: mm,
weight: g,
axes: h,
mint: ,
date: ,
ref: ,
Chandela  Salakhana verman of Khajuroho AD 1110,1.07 gms.jpg
Chandela :Salakhana verman75 viewsChandela Salakhana verman of Khajuroho
AD 1110,
1.07 gms.
Claudius, 41 - 54 AD75 viewsObv: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG PM TRP IMP, bare head of Claudius facing left.

Rev: CONSTANTIAE AVGVSTI - S C, Constantia helmeted, standing left, right hand raised holding scepter in left.

Copper As, Rome mint, 41-42 AD

11.8 grams, 28.2 mm, 180°

RIC I 95, S1857, VM 15
2 commentsSPQR Coins
Helena, Trier75 viewsHelena,Mother of Constantine I
Bronze Folles

diademed, mantled with necklace

Securitas standing left, holding branch, raising robe with right hand

PTRE Treveri mint- first officina, A.D. 327-328

RIC 515
3 commentsarizonarobin
Sear 1239 - Follis - 679-680 AD (Year 26) - Ravenna mint75 viewsEmperor: Constantine IV (r. 668-685 AD)
Date: 679-680 AD (Year 26)
Condition: aVF
Denomination: Follis

Obverse: DNCOTINVSPP (or similar)
Bust 3/4 facing, with short beard, wearing cuirass and helmet with plume and diadem, the ties of which are visible to the left. In right hand, spear held behind head; on left shoulder, shield.

Reverse: Large "M"; To left and right, Heraclius and Tiberius standing, each wearing chlamys and crown with cross, and holding globus cruciger; Above, NNO over XXVI; Beneath, .
Exergue: RAV

Ravenna mint
DO 89; Sear 1239; MIB 117
2.40g; 22.3mm; 165°

Ex Dr. Michael Metlich Collection
Constans, RIC VIII, Cyzicus 7275 viewsConstans AD 337-335, son of Constantine I
AE - Bronze centenionalis, 4.09g, 21.7mm
Cyzicus 2nd officina, AD 348-350
pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust l., holding globe in r. hand
Soldier right leading barbarian from hut under tree
ex. SMKB
RIC VIII, Cyzikus 72
Choice EF, nice patina!; ex J. Aiello coll.
From Forum Ancient Coins, thanks!

I couldn't resist the impressive portrait!
Barbaric Constans75 viewsObv:CONSTANS AVG
laureate, draped & cuirassed bust left
Rev: gloria exercitvs type
two soldiers holding spears & shields,
one standard between them; o on banner
12mm 1.1 gm
Louis II de Montpensier (1560-1582), Liard- 158075 viewsAtelier de Trevoux
+ L . P . DOMBAR . D . MONTISP . E, Grand L couronné. Le E est la marque du graveur Ennemond Farbot
+ DNS ADIVTOR . MEVS . 1580, croix florencee
0.96 gr
Ref : Divo Dombes # 48v, PA # 5129v, Mantellier # 29v
Voir Monnaies XXII # 457, un exemplaire identique, décrit comme unique
Potator II
Damsen 1.49gm.JPG
Kshatrapa potin coin.75 viewsThese type of coins are known as Damsen,Kshatrpa king.
Obv- an elephant with symbols.
Rev-Three arched hill with legend.
weight-1.49 gms
143 Delmatius (335-337 A.D.), AE-4 Follis, Siscia, RIC VII 256,-/-//BSIS, GLORIA EXERCITVS, Two soldiers, one standard, R1!75 views143 Delmatius (335-337 A.D.), AE-4 Follis, Siscia, RIC VII 256,-/-//BSIS, GLORIA EXERCITVS, Two soldiers, one standard, R1!
avers:- FL-DELMATIVS-NOB-C, 10,B4, laureate draped bust right.
revers:- GLOR-IA-EXERC-ITVS, two soldiers bearing with spears and shields with one standards between them with O on banner.
exergo: -/-//BSIS, diameter: 15,5mm, weight: 1,48g, axis: 6h,
mint: Siscia, date: 334-335 AD., ref: RIC-VII-256, p-458, R1!,
Trebonianus Gallus Antoninianus75 viewsOb. IMP C C VIB TREB GALLVS AVG, radiate, draped& cuirassed bust right
Rev. IVNO MARTIALIS, Juno seated left with corn ears & scepter.

Ref. RIC 69, RSC 46
Milan Mint
Weight 3.8 g

Serrate Denarius C. Sulpicius C.f. Galba - Cr. 312/175 viewsC. Sulpicius C.f. Galba. 106 BC. AR Serrate Denarius. obv.: Conjoined laureate heads of the Dei Penates left. Rev.: Two soldiers swearing oath over a sow; F above.
Gr. 3,9 mm. 18x19,2 - Cr. 312/1, Grueber 1314 (91 B.C.), Sear 189
1 commentsMaxentius
75 views168. Silver denarius, 3.44g, Rome, 13 Sept.-31 Dec. 83A.D., Carradice 83.2, RIC 37, BMC 43, RSC 604
IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M, laureate head right
TR POT II COS VIIII DES X P P, Minerva 3, Ex. H.D. Rauch

The only occasion on which I found an obverse die match between coins with different Minerva types - see coin below. Since such links are virtually inexistent, and the style is clearly grouped around each reverse type, Prof. Carradice rightfully assumed that each reverse type was struck in its own separated officina. This seems to be the exception that confirms the rule. It is interesting that their style is very unusual, but they are certainly ancient and made of solid silver. Another detail is related to the bust type which is more of a "right shoulder forward" type instead of the usual simple head.
Domitian AR Denarius75 viewsDomitian AR Denarius
Mint of Rome, 92-93 A.D.
RIC 173, BMC 192, RSC 279, Cohen 279
Ob: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P XII, head laureate right
Rv: IMP XXII COS XVI CENS P P P Minerva standing left holding thunderbolt and spear with shield at feet
1 commentsScotvs Capitis
Domitian as Caesar RIC II V092175 viewsDomitian as Caesar 70-81 A.D.. AR Denarius, Rome Mint, 76 A.D.* (3.34g, 19.2m, 6h). Obv: CAESAR A[VG F] DOMITIANVS, laureate head r. Rev: COS IIII, Pegasus right. RIC II V921, BMC V193, RSC 47. Ex HBJ.
*Domitian did not become COS V until early 77 A.D., but most coins with COS IIII belong to 76 A.D.

A common coin of Domitian as Caesar under Vespasian, this reverse still calls to me. Used by the Flavians for the first time in 76 A.D., the Pegasus reverse copies an earlier type from Augustus. Using earlier types from popular emperors, as well as the republic, was a hallmark of Flavian coinage.
3 commentsLucas H
Domitian(us) as Caesar75 viewsDomitian, denarius.
RIC II 921 (Vespasian), RSC 47.
Rome mint, 76 A.D.
Obv. CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS, head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, right.
Rev. COS IIII, winged Pegasus, standing right with raising left foreleg.

The usual descriptions say that Pegasus is'stepping right', but he isn't moving at all – just raising one foreleg – although this does vary from coin to coin. Perhaps Pegasus is greeting Domitian, who was quite willing to link himself to Minerva, the goddess who produced the golden bridle that tamed Pegasus (source: What I like about ancient coins).

I couldn't resist this one! An attractive portrait of the young caesar and a charming reverse.
1 commentsMarsman
elagabal_sidon SNGcop255.jpg
Phoenicia, Sidon, Elagabal, SNG Cop. 25575 viewsElagabal, AD 218-222
AE 30, 20.23g
bust, draped and cuirassed, laureate r.
Two-wheeled cult cart of Astarte r., with roof on four columns, two palms emerging from
it; holy stone (baetyl) from Sidon within.
SNG Copenhagen 255
about EF, nice sand-patina
added to

The holy stones (baetyls) were meteorites. Especially in Semitic religions they were worshipped as deities. The most famous was the stone of Emesa, worshipped as the sol god Elagabal, and the Kaaba in Mecca, a pre-islamic sanctuary.

For more information look at the thread 'Coins of mythological interest'
3 commentsJochen
Cárbula as (2)75 viewsObserve: Apollo head to the right. Snake before. X behind.
Reverse: CARBVLA. Lyre.
Weight: 10,1 gr. Size: 29 mm.
FAB. 335. LV.4
Dated: I Century B.C.

The mint of Cárbula is now in the village of Almodovar del Río near Córdoba.
Galba As Libertas Publica75 viewsObv.
Laureate head right

Libertas standing left, holding spear and pileus
Trache, Island of Thassos, (c. 2nd Century B.C.-1st Century B.C.), AE-20, SNG Cop 1057ff var., ΘΑΣΙΩΝ, Nude Herakles standing right, Rare!75 viewsTrache, Island of Thassos, (c. 2nd Century B.C.-1st Century B.C.), AE-20, SNG Cop 1057ff var., ΘΑΣΙΩΝ, Nude Herakles standing right, Rare!
avers:-Diademed and draped bust of Artemis right, bow and quiver over shoulder,
revers:- ΘΑΣΙΩΝ, Nude Herakles standing right, drawing bow about to shoot an arrow, lion's skin tied around neck and falling over his shoulders, monogram right.
exerg: - ,
diameter:18,5-19,5 mm,
weight:8,05 g,
axes:0 h,
mint: Trache, Island of Thassos,
date: c. 2nd Century B.C. - 1st Century B.C.,
ref: SNG Copenhagen 1057ff var.,
Price 110 c75 viewsAlexander III the Great
Amphipolis 323-320 BC

Obverse:Head of Herakles as Alexander the great right wearing lions skin
Reverse:ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ;Zeus Aetophoros on throne; Bow and quiver left throne

25.74mm 17.12g
3 commentsmaik
118 AD: Donative of Hadrian upon his first arrival as emperor in Rome to celebrate his accession.75 viewsOrichalcum sestertius (24.3g, 34mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 118.
IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG laureate bust of Hadrian facing right
PONT MAX TR POT COS II around edge LIBERALITAS AVG / S C [in two line in ex.] donation scene with Hadrian seated left on a platform on the right and extending his right hand. In front of him, an attendant seated right giving something to a citizen, who is mounting the steps to the platform. In the background, Liberalitas standing left, holding a tessera
RIC 552 [R]; Cohen 914; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 112:15
2 commentsCharles S
Agrippa I75 viewsAgrippa I. 37-44 AD. AE 23, 11.45g. Caesarea Paneas Mint, Year 5, 40/1 AD.
O: [ΓΑΙΩ ΚΑΙΣΑΡΙ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΩ ΓΕΡΜΑΝΙΚΩ] (For Gaius Caesar Augustus Germanicus), Laureate head of Caligula left.
R: [ΝΟΜΙΣΜΑ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΓΡΙΠΠΑ] (coin of King Agrippa). LE (Year 5=40/41) in exergue; Germanicus stands in triumphal quadriga in honor of his recovery of the standards lost by Varus, car decorated with Nike standing right.
- Hendin 1240. TJC 230-1,116. AJC II 2. RPC 4976.

One of the rarest coin types of Agrippa I (26 listed?).

"The grandson of Herod I, Agrippa I, so-named in honor of the victor of Actium, spent much of his youth in the Roman imperial court. Popular with the imperial family, including the emperor Tiberius, Agrippa passed much of his time in the home of Antonia Minor, the mother of Germanicus and the future emperor Claudius.

There, the boys became great friends, and as an older man, Agrippa became attached to the future emperor Gaius, being appointed governor of the territories of Batanaea and Trachonitis upon Gaius’ accession. Unfortunately contemporary politics placed a significant strain on the relationship between the king and Rome.

In AD 39 Agrippa’s uncle, Antipas, was accused of plotting with the Parthians and was exiled. Agrippa’s loyalty gained him his uncle’s forfeited territories. In AD 40 renewed riots between Greeks and Jews broke out in Alexandria, and Gaius, clearly unhappy with his Jewish subjects, provocatively ordered the installation of a statue of himself within the Holy of Holies in Jerusalem.

Agrippa, who had been unsuccessfully involved in trying to quell similar riots in Alexandria before, sought to emphasize his loyalty to local Roman officials by striking coinage which commemorated his long-standing friendship with Gaius and, especially, Germanicus.

Based on the dupondii struck in honor of the emperor’s father Germanicus, this coin includes the great general riding in his triumphal car in honor of his recovery of the standards lost by Varus, rather than portraying Agrippa himself, an identification emphasized by the specific inclusion of the word NOMISMA in the legend. By avoiding self promotion, Agrippa hoped to successfully navigate the treacherous waters which might result in his own removal from power." Quoted from CNG
3 commentsNemonater
Huszár 542, Pohl 79-4a, Unger 429q var., Réthy II 94A75 viewsHungary. Louis I (Lajos I, in Hun.) (1342-1382). AR denar (15 mm.)

Obv: + LODOVIC[I • ]R VnGARIE, Two-part shield (Árpádian stripes and Angevin field of fleur-de-lis) with four lilies above and to sides.

Rev: S • LAD[IS]—LAVS • R •, Standing nimbate king, facing, holding halberd and imperial orb, lily over F/B in right field (privy mark).

The type was struck 1358-1371 (per Huszár & Unger) or 1359-1371 (per Pohl). This privy mark was struck in Buda (now the western part of Budapest) in 1359-1364 by Franciscus Bernardi, kammergraf (per Pohl).

Huszár/Pohl rarity rating 5. The descriptions and depictions of this emission vary from catalog to catalog with respect to the presence and placement of pellets in the legend. None of the catalogs depict the fourth lily that appears outside the shield on the obverse on this coin.

Note: Ladislaus I (László in Hun.) (1077-1095) was canonized in 1192. His name typically appeared, albeit in an increasingly decaying form, on the reverse of 12th century emissions, and his stylized image and name appeared on this and other later emissions.
Huszár 699, Pohl 199-_, Unger 553_, Réthy II 21775 viewsHungary. Matthias "Corvinus" (Mátyás Hunyadi in Hun.) (1458-1490). Billon denar, .45 gr., 14 mm.

Obv: * MOn[ETA • MAThIE • DG], Shield (Árpádian stripes)

Rev: REGI[S * • h-VnGARIE], Patriarchal cross, B–n (privy mark) in fields.

The type was struck 1458-1460 (per Pohl, Huszár & Unger). This privy mark is unrecorded, but. was struck in Buda (now Budapest).

Huszár/Pohl rarity rating 4.
Huszár 807, Pohl 242-3, Unger 641c, Réthy II 272B. Kaplan Subtype C (unpublished)75 viewsHungary. Wladislaus II (Ulászló II in Hun.) (1490-1516). AR denar, 16 mm., .58 gr.

Obv: * WLADISLAI *R * VNGAR, Four-part shield with Hungarian arms (Árpádian stripes, patriarchal cross, Dalmatian leopard heads, Bohemian lion), Polish eagle with outstretched wings in center.

Rev: PATRO — N * R VNGAR, Crowned Madonna with infant Jesus to her right, n—A (privy mark) in fields.

The type was struck 1498-1503 (per Unger) or 1500-1502, except for this privy (per Pohl). This privy mark was struck in Nagybánya (now Baia Mare, Romania) in 1505 Ambrosius Literatus, kammergraf (per Pohl).

Huszar/Pohl rarity rating 3. This is a rare privy mark. According to Huszár and Pohl, there are one to three stars on the coins bearing this mark, apparently on the obverse above and the sides of the shield. They are absent from this coin, which is apparently an less common variant for the mark. The style of the Madonna’s robe and crown do not fit within Kaplan Subtypes A and B, and are assigned to a catch-all Subtype C.
Italy, Aquileia - forum75 viewsJohny SYSEL
Umayyad Islamic fals75 viewsUmayyad Islamic fals
Obverse: "There is no god / but God, / alone/"
Reverse : "Muhammad/ is the slave of God/ and his Apostle"
Vespasian denarius Judaea Capta75 viewsPhiloromaos
Julia Domna, Venus75 viewsJulia Domna
Ar denarius 17-18mm; 3.26g; Emesa/Syrian mint

draped bust right

Venus Standing left holding apple and sceptre

RIC 630
3 commentsarizonarobin
Duchy of Koernten75 viewsDuchy Koernten, Bernhard (1202-1256). Size/Weight: 17x19mm, 0.95g. Denomination: 1 Pfennig, silver. Mint: St. Veit. Preservation: aEF --duke sitting with crossed feet, sword in right, left raised/ four 'Tatzenkreuze' 1 commentsdpaul7
Latin Trachy 1204-1261 Thessalonica75 viewsObv: Christ Seated
Rev: St. Helena and St. Constantine with Patriarchal Cross Between Them
Sear 2057
1 commentsLaetvs
JETON - General Tolli75 viewsJETON - By Lauer of Nurnberg. Made circa 1814. Probably brass, and sadly 2 holes. Obv erse features the Russain Czar Alexander. Reverse features Barclay de Tolli, Russia. Actually a very scarce Lauer jeton produced at the end of the wars honoring one of the more obscure Russian generals. dpaul7
Leopold I (1658 - 1705 A.D.)75 views3 Kreuzer, 1668, Vienna Mint, Franz Faber as Mintmaster (1659-1660 and 1666-1679)
O: LEOPOLDVS . D . G . R . I . S .-. A . G . H . B . REX
Laureate, draped bust right breaking inner laurel circle, denomination in oval below
Double eagle with Vienna arms on breast, within linear circle, crown above and breaking date, * in baroque frame below
Rolled flan
21mm x 22mm, 1.51g, Silver
KM 1855
1 commentsMat
Licinius II Iovi Conservatori Alexandria75 viewsD N VAL LICIN LICINIVS NOB C
laureated, draped bust left holding globe, sceptre in left hand and mappa in right hand
moon crescent / A / SMAL
Alexandria mint
RIC.VII. 25 R2
3 commentsgb29400
G75 viewsLicinius I AE Follis

Attribution: RIC VII 13, Nicomedia
Date: AD 308–324
Obverse: IMP C VAL LICIN LICINIVS P F AVG, laureate head r.
Reverse: IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter standing l. holding Victory, eagle at his feet, "A" in l. field, SMN in exergue
Size: 22 mm
Weight: 3.9 grams

Licinius I and Constantine (the Great) won a decisive victory over Maximinus Daia at Tarsus. By AD 313 the empire was controlled by Constantine in the west including Italy and North Africa, and Licinius in the Balkans and the east. To be sure, both men tolerated each other and were not extremely amicable. In AD 316, Constantine invaded the Balkans due to a disagreement he had with Licinius. He hoped to capture and do away with Licinius if possible. By AD 317 all Constantine had accomplished was a treaty with Licinius ceding most of the Balkans to him. Both men continued to rule their parts of the empire respectively, until in AD 324 when Constantine again decided to move against Licinius. On July 3, they met at Hadrianopolis where Constantine won decisively. Licinius fled, regrouped and met Constantine again at Chrysopolis across the Bosphorus in September. Licinius was forced to surrender soon after under the promise that his life would be spared. Constantine agreed, but by the spring of the following year had Licinius hanged anyway.

Although Licinius I did not commit the same atrocities against Christians as did his predecessors, namely Diocletian and Galerius, he still was not regarded as a good emperor by such historians as the Christian Eusebius. "He had been honored with sovereign power in time of prosperity; he had ranked next after the Emperor Constantine, and had become brother-in-law and kinsman of the most exalted person living; yet he turned his back on the examples of good men and emulated the wickedness and criminal folly of the evil tyrants; and he chose to follow the same path as those whose life he had with his own eyes seen ending in calamity, rather than remain on terms of friendship and esteem with his superior." - Eusebius Ecclesiastical History X.8
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132 Licinius-l. (308-324 A.D.), AE-2 Follis, Alexandria, RIC VII 014, IOVI CONSERVATORI AVG G, Jupiter standing left, R2!!75 views132 Licinius-l. (308-324 A.D.), AE-2 Follis, Alexandria, RIC VII 014, IOVI CONSERVATORI AVG G, Jupiter standing left, R2!!
avers:- IMP-C-VAL-LICIN-LICINIVS-PF-AVG (2,B1), Laureate, bust right, .
revers:- IOVI-CONSER-VATORI-AVG-G, Jupiter standing left, holding Victory on globe and scepter; eagle with wreath to left, K in the left fied, wreath/A/X in the right field.
exergo: K/Wreath/A/X//ALE, diameter: 19-21mm, weight: 2,91g, axis: 6h,
mint: Alexandria, date: 315-316 A.D., ref: RIC-VII-14, p-705, R2 !!,
1815. Louis XVIII. The Holy Alliance.75 viewsObv. Bust left LVDOVICVS XVIII FRANC ET NAV REX, ANDRIEU F on truncation.
Rev. REGNIS EVROPAE CONCORDIA STABILIENDIS, on shield at centre GALLIA AVSTRIA BORVSS (Prussia) ANGLIA RVSSIA, SACRO FOEDERE IVNCTAE, in exergue ACCESSIT GALLIA NOVEMB MDCCCXV, signed F GATTEAUX Allegorical figures of France and ? facing in each in front of shield and a group of standards bearing the arms of the Great Powers involved in the Napoleonic Wars (Britains, interestingly enough, is at the back, half covered) with a unicorn behind the right figure.

This is a confusing medal. It depicts the nations of Austria, Great Britain, France, Prussia and Russia as part of the Holy Alliance. Yet many historical sources say Great Britain never joined due to distaste and constitutional incompatibility with the others reactionary policies. But other sources say Britain did join at the same time as France (November 20, 1815). Who is right? If Britain did not join why are they on the medal, but if they did why is there so much written to the contrary?
001a Mark Antony ( 83-30 B.C.), AR-denarius, Crawf 544-35, LEG-XIX, ANT AVG III VIR•R•P•C•, Praetorian galley right,75 views001a Mark Antony ( 83-30 B.C.), AR-denarius, Crawf 544-35, LEG-XIX, ANT AVG III VIR•R•P•C•, Praetorian galley right,
avers:- LEG-XIX, legionary eagle (aquila) between two standards.
revers:- ANT-AVG-III-VIR•R•P•C•, Praetorian galley sailing right, mast with banners at prow.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 18mm, weight: 3,44g, axes: 5h,
mint: Legionary Denarius, date: 32-31 B.C., ref: Crawford-544/35, Sydneham-1242, RSC-55,
1 commentsquadrans
120 Maximianus Herculeus (285-286 Caesar, 286-305, 307-308 & 310 A.D. Augustus), AR-Argenteus, RIC V-II 40b, Rome, VIRTVS-MILITVM,75 views120 Maximianus Herculeus (285-286 Caesar, 286-305, 307-308 & 310 A.D. Augustus), AR-Argenteus, RIC V-II 40b, Rome, VIRTVS-MILITVM,
avers:- ,MAXIMI-ANVS-AVG, Laureate head right.
revers:- VIRTVS-MILITVM, The Four Tetrarchs sacrificing over altar, city gate in background. 295-297 (Rome). ,
exerg: -/-//E, diameter: mm, weight: g, axes: h,
mint: Rome, date: 295-297 A.D., ref: RIC-V-II-40b, C-622g,
Pompeii Dog Mosaic75 viewsDog Mosaic in a home in Pompeii...2000 years old!1 commentsTitus Pullo
Greek, MYSIA, Kyzikos.75 viewsRarity otherwise unpublished
MYSIA, Kyzikos. 5th-4th centuries BC. EL Hekte – 1/6 Stater (Gold - 9mm, about 2.49 g). Kithara (lyre) ; below, tunny right / Quadripartite incuse square. Cf. Von Fritze I 181 (stater); cf. SNG France 325 (1/12 Stater); Hurter & Liewald II 181. Fine. Rarity.
Same coin listed at Wildwinds.

Sam Mansourati Collection , EX CNG
Photo and Description , courtesy of Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.
2 commentsSam
France, Nemausus - Tour Magne75 viewsPart of the city walls of Nemausus, this is a massive Roman watch-tower with an octagonal base and a round top, it's 32 meters high now, and had another 4 meters in ancient times. Syltorian
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Osroes II S8575 viewsOsroes II, c190 AD. Drachm, 19mm, 3.63g.

Obverse: Bust L, long tapered beard, tiara with ear flaps and pellets on crest, 2 loops, 4 pendant ends.

Reverse: Archer seated R on throne, holding bow. Blundered Greek inscription. Top line in Aramaic, reading HARTABI MALKA (King Artabanus; older books attribute these coins to Artabanus V).

Mint: Ecbatana (monogram below bow).

Sellwood 85.
1 commentsRobert_Brenchley
AUSTRIA -- Ottokar II as King75 viewsAUSTRIA -- Ottokar II as King (1261-1276) AR Pfennig. Wiener Neustadt mint. Obv.: Crowned head between 2 lis. Rev.: Crowned griffin left. Reference: Luschin #64.dpaul7
Philipp II, AE18 75 views18mm, 6.51g
obv: diademed head right
rev: ΦIΛIΠΠOY; horseman right
4 commentsareich
Constantine SOLI INVICTO COMITI75 viewsConstantine I, c. 313 A.D., Rome.
OBV: IMP CONSTANTINVS PF AVG, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right.
REV: SOLI INVICTO COMITI, Sol standing left, chlamys across left shoulder, right hand raised with globe. R/F in field, R S exergue. Look at Sol's claws!

1 commentsancientcoins
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Postumus VICTORIA AVG RIC V/2 8975 viewsAnt, 20mm, 3.37g.

Obverse: IMP C POSTVMVS PF AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust R.

Reverse: VICTORIA AVG, Victory walking L with palm, trampling captive.

Trier, Officina B, Issue 1

RIC V/2 89, Common.

This is an early example with the very short beard (Phase B Style 1) characteristic of these.
2 commentsRobert_Brenchley
Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy III Euergetes, 246 - 220 B.C.75 viewsBronze hemidrachm, (Svoronos 965, Weiser 71; Hosking 31; Weber 8260), VF, pitting, 26.014g, 34.6mm, 0o, Alexandria mint, obverse horned head of Zeus Ammon right, wearing taenia; reverse BAΕIΛΩΕ ΠTOΛEMAIOΥ, eagle with wings closed standing left on thunderbolt, filleted cornucopia left, chi-rho between eagle's legs; Olive base color with light desert patina, with a few green, yellow and red spots.

Ex Forvm Ancient Coins

Photo by Forvm Ancient Coins
2 commentsSteve E
Rare gold 1/32 mohur (12 gold rupee or 1 fanam) of Emperor Shah Alam Bahadur (1707-1712), Moghul Empire 75 viewsVery crude Persian inscriptions on both sides - Alam / Zarb. Undated, mint name is off flan, as always. 7mm in diameter, 0.4 g, Balapur mint (north Mysore), Krause -; H.Herrli "Gold Fanams" #8.01.20.
Excellent tiny coin, rare and hard to find. The name of Alam is completely engraved.
Antonivs Protti
212-195 B.C., Anonymus AR-Denarius, Crawford 112/1, Rome, Scarce!,75 viewsAnonymus AR-Denarius, 212-195 B.C., Crawford 112/1, Rome, Scarce!,
avers:- Helmeted head of Roma right, behind X, before staff, border of dots.
revers:- Dioscuri galloping right, in exergo ROMA.
exerg: ROMA,
axis: 0h,
diameter: 18,5-19,5mm,
weight: 3,88g,
mint: Rome,
date: 212-195 B.C.,
ref: Crawford-112/1, Sydenham-, Scarce!,
In the memory of Severus...75 viewsDivus Septimius Severus under Caracalla, AR Denarius, 211?, Rome
Bare head right
Eagle standing facing on garlanded altar, head left
19mm x 20mm, 2.84g
RIC IV, Part I, 191d for Caracalla
3 commentsowellber
Vespasian RIC-35675 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 72-73 AD
RIC 356 (C3), BMC 64, RSC 45
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: AVGVR (above) TRI POT (below); Priestly implements

Good example of an extremely common type.
5 commentsDavid Atherton
Tripolis 92775 viewsAntoninianus
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Emperor receiving globe from Jupiter
crescent over KA
Tripolis Mint
RIC 927
Septimius Severus denarius75 viewsRIC 520 (2,9 gm, 19,5 mm).
Mint of Laodicea, 202 AD.

Rare ten years rule denarius!
Lustrous, sharp, well centering!

4 commentsneander
Septimius Severus denarius75 viewsRIC 389 (3,5 gm, 20 mm).
Mint of Emesa, early 194 AD.

Probably an earliest specimen of this type for COSII:
magnificent "longhead" portrait, a few dots
consisting of title & legend texts.
Unusual reverse for this type - elongated along the vertical.

2 commentsneander
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Severus II - Follis75 viewsFollis
Obv: IMPCFLVALSEVERVSPFAVG - Laureate head right.
Rev: GENIOPOPVLIROMANI Exe: */KB - Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopia.

RIC 27b (Cyzicus)
Severus Alexander Assarion, Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior.75 viewsAVT K M AVP CEV ALEXANDROC, laureate, draped bust right

UP TIB IOUA FHCTOU MARKIANOPOLITWN, eagle standing facing, head left, wreath in beak.

Pick 1021, SNG Cop 246.

Issued under Leagte Tiberius Julius Festus.

The city of Parthenopolis was renamed during the reign of Trajan and is named after the Emperors sister Ulpia Marciana. It flourished under the Severan dynasty, explaining the sheer amount of coinage from this city of that era. The town exists today as Devinya, Varna region, Bulgaria.

4 commentsGaiusCaligula
ROMAN EMPIRE, SEVERUS ALEXANDER. AR Denarius, A.D.231 - 235.75 viewsSeverus Alexander, AD 222-235. AR Denarius, minted AD 231-235. Laureate and draped bust, right. Reverse: Mars advancing right with spear and shield. RIC 246; C-1612 commentspaul1888
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