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ROMAN EMPIRE, Carausius, Diocletian & Maximianus - Antoninianus4229 viewsObv.: CARAVSIVS ET FRATRES SVI, jugate, radiate & cuirassed busts of Maximianus, Diocletian & Carausius left Rev.:PAX A-VGGG, Pax standing left, holding olive-branch & vertical scepter; S P/C. Mint Camulodunum. (Struck circa 292-293 AD)59 commentspostumus
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Afghanistan, Balkh2636 viewsThe walls of Balkh, Afganistan1 commentsJoe Sermarini
MARKET, NERO, (Macellum Magnum)2631 viewsOrichalcum dupondius, RIC 400, S 1963 variety, VF, 13.65g, 28.9mm, 180o, Lugdunum mint, 64 A.D.; obverse NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P, laureate head left; reverse MAC AVG S C, front view of the Macellum Magnum (great market), two-story domed section with porticoes approached by steps with a dolphin on each side and containing statue of Neptune holding a long scepter on pedestal, wings of two stories of unequal height.

The Macellum Magnum was a shopping mall located on the Caelian Hill in Rome, dedicated by Nero in 59 A.D. It had flanking wings of slightly different construction and a central dome possibly 120 feet (36 meters) in diameter. Records indicate it was still open in the 4th century. Part of it may be incorporated into the church of S. Stefano Rotundo which stands today. It was the model for many medieval government buildings in Europe, all U.S. state capitols and the U.S. national capitol building.
5 commentsJoe Sermarini
ROMAN EMPIRE, Augustus & Agrippa, AE As, COL NEM2628 viewsAugustus & Agrippa, AE As, 28mm (12.83 gm). Addorsed heads of Agrippa on left, wearing combined rostral crown and laurel wreath, and Augustus on right, wearing oak wreath, IMP above and DIVI F below / Crocodile chained to palm tip, wreath in upper left and COL - NEM above. Nemausus, c. 10 BC - AD 10. RIC I 158 (pg. 51).
29 commentssocalcoins
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Marcia - L. Marcius Phillippus. Denarius 56 B.C.1900 viewsObv: Diademed head of King Ancus Marcius right, lituus behind, ANCVS below.
Rev: Aqueduct (the Aqua Marcia) represented as an arcade of five arches surmounted by equestrian statue right, AQVA MAR (MAR in monogram) within arches, PHILIPPVS on left.
RCV I : 382 | RSC I : Marcia 28.

This moneyer was the step-brother of Octavian, who was just seven years old at the time of this issue. The reverse of this coin commemorates the construction, in 144 B.C., of the Aqua Marcia by Q. Marcius Rex, whose statue appears above the aqueduct.
18 commentsthe_Apostate
Mali, West Africa, Timbukto1900 viewsYes it does exist! although it has lost a lot from its glory days in the 14th and 16th centuries, still a fascinating place to visit. Meaning well of the woman named 'Bouctou'. In its day 25,000 students are reputed to have studied there at any one time. Some of the manuscripts can still be viewed; on such varied subjects at medicine, astronomy and arithmetic; sadly they are not well preserved.4 commentsBolayi
GREEK, ATTICA, Athens AR "New Style" Tetradrachm1840 viewsATTICA, Athens. Circa 168/5-50 BC. AR New Style Tetradrachm (30mm, 16.74 gm). Struck circa 136/5 BC. Helmeted head of Athena right / A-QE, owl standing right on amphora; magistrates MI-KI and QEO-FRA; Nike in quadriga right in right field, M on amphora, SW below amphora; all within wreath. Cf. Thompson 315-323 (unlisted dies). EF, lightly toned.

Submitted by Ecoli
8 commentsecoli
BYZANTINE, John VIII Palaeologus, 1423-1448, Constantinople, AR Stavraton (Half Hyperpyron)1789 viewsIWANHC ΔECΠOTIC O ΠAΛEOΛOΓOC / ΘV XAPITI AVTOKPATOP in two circles inside which bust of John facing, bearded, nimbate, crown with pendila, a pellet in the left and right fields. / IC/I-XC/X Nimbate bust of Christ, book of Gospels in left hand, right hand raised in benediction, all inside dotted and lined circle, surrounded by margin with pellets, inside solid line circle. 6.7g

When voting be careful to compare this with other coins of the same denomination, not the smaller ones which have cause to look even more crude. While this is crude and probably easily bested, I would prefer the coin that ousts this entrant at least have as much of the name of the ruler as does this one (IWA at the top of the outer circle).
7 commentsdougsmit
ROMAN EMPIRE, Agrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)1786 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
25 commentsPetitioncrown
Israel, Jerusalem - Western Wall and Dome of the Rock1747 viewsThe first century BCE western retaining wall of the Second Jewish Temple, directly in front of the 8th century Dome of the Rock. Friday evening at sunset (beginning of Shabbat).
posted by Zam
1 commentsZam
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Trajan AR Denarius1745 viewsTrajan AR Denarius

Attribution: RIC II, 128, Rome
Date: AD 103-111
GER DAC P M TR P, laureate
head rt., slight drapery on lt.
Reverse: COS V P P S P Q R
OPTIMO PRINC, Victory stg. lt.,
half draped, wreath in rt. hand,
palm in lt.
Size: 18mm
Weight: 3.50 grams

Noah's Coins
10 commentsNoah
MODERN MILLED (up to 19th Century), ITALY - 1 Kronentaler, 17941509 viewsSilver coin with 29,31 grams
Ruler: Franz II. (I.) von Österreich, (1792 - 1835)
Milano mint, (under austrian control)
Ref.: KM#59.1, Dav.: 1390: J.134b.
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Byzantine, Focas, Follis, Nicomedia, Unpublished year II consular type with mappa and eagle-scepter1460 viewsBronze follis, Hahn 69a (only years 3 and 4 noted), DO 56-60 (lists only years 3 - 7), gVF, 11.48g, 32.0mm, 45o, Nicomedia mint, 603-604 A.D.; obverse d N FOCAS PERP AVG, bust facing wearing consular robes and crown with cross on circlet, mappa in right, eagle tipped scepter in left; reverse XXXX, ANNO above, II right, NIKOA in exergue1 comments
ROMAN EMPIRE, Nero, TEMPLE1460 viewsObv.:NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head right
Rev.: PACE P R TERRA MARIQ PARTA IANVM CLVSIT S-C, Temple of Janus with latticed windows & garland hung across doors; doors to the right.
Cohen 146
18 commentspostumus
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantius I, Argenteus1437 viewsArgenteus struck in Antioch, 8th officina, c.299-305 AD
CONSTANTIVS CAESAR, Laureate head of Constantius right
VIRTVS MILITVM, Campgate, *ANTH* at exergue
3.40 gr
Ref : Cohen #318
Argentei struck in Antioch often give a larger head of the emperor than other mints
For a new and better pic, please follow this link :;topic=34410.0;attach=93566;image

For those who feel uncomfortable with this coin, there is also a discussion about it on the "classical numismatics board" :
20 commentsPotator II
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Aelia Flaccilla AE2. Constantinopolis. RIC IX : 551428 viewsObv: AEL FLAC-CILLA AVG. Diademed and draped bust right.
Obv: SALVS REI-PVBLICAE. Victory seated right on throne, writing Christogram on shield held on small column. In exergue, CON Epsilon (fifth officina).
11 commentsthe_Apostate
MODERN MILLED (up to 19th Century), BAVARIA (German State) - TALER, 17561427 viewsSilver coin with 28,45 grams
Ruler: Maximilian III. Joseph (1745 - 1777)
Obv.: D.G.MAX.IOS.U.B&P.S.D.C.P.R.S.I.A. & EL.L.L.
Ref.: Km# 223.2, Hahn 330, Dav.: 1954
1 commentslincon r2
Roman Empire, Titus, AE-As, RIC II 126, RIC-New 226, Roma.1424 views022 Titus (69-79 A.D. Caesar, 79-81 A.D. Augustus), AE-As, RIC II 126, RIC-New 226, Roma, GENI P R, S-C, Scarce!,
avers:- IMP-T-CAES-VESP-AVG-P-M-TR-P-COS-VIII, Laureat head left.
revers:- GENI-P-R, Genius standing left holding cornucopia and patera. S-C across the field.
exe: S/C//--, diameter: 27-29mm, weight: 12,76g, axis:- h,
mint: , date: , ref: RIC-II-126, p-130, RIC-New-226, C-96,
18 commentsquadrans
ROMAN EMPIRE, Claudius I, AE As, Libertas1421 viewsObv: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP - Bare head left. Rev: LIBERTAS AVGVSTA - Libertas standing, facing, holding pileus and raising hand; SC across fields. MintRome . RIC 11310 commentspostumus
Augustus RIC I, 86a1418 viewsJochen's Augustus RIC I, 86a
Augustus, 27 BC - AD 14
AR - Denar, 3.74g, 19mm
Colonia Patricia(?), ca. 19 BC - 18 BC
bare head r.
rev. SIGNIS above, RECEPTIS under round shield inscribed with CL.V between
eagle l. and standard r. S.P.Q.R. at the corners of the shield
RIC I, 86a; BMCR 417; RSC 265
good VF, toned

The eagle standards were introduced by Marius similar to the Ptolemaic eagle to each of his legions. This issue celebrates the recovery of the 3 eagle-standards 20 BC by Augustus (by negotiations), which were lost by Crassus 53 BC at the battle of Carrhae against the Parthians. The 3 eagles thereafter were erected in the new temple of Mars Ultor on the Forum of Augustus. The day of recovery was determined public holiday.
11 commentsJochen
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Italy, Rome, Arch of Constantine1391 viewsView of the arch of Constantine from the top of the Colosseum2 commentsTitus Pullo
Turkey, Ephesus, Library of Celsus1388 viewsOne of the true glories of Ephesus is the reconstructed facade of the Library of Celsus. Dedicated in 120 A.D to the former governor of Asia Gaius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus, the library contained up to 12,000 scrolls. It was burned when the Goths sacked the city in 260 A. D. The edifice to the right is the Gate of Hadrian which connected the library to the public agora or marketplace.1 commentsmemphius
ARCH, NERO, (Lost Arch of Nero)1352 viewsOrichalcum sestertius, RIC 149, VF, 24.55g, 35.1mm, 45o, Rome mint, 64 A.D.; obverse NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head right wearing aegis; reverse S C, triumphal arch surmounted by statue of Nero in quadriga, Victory on left holds wreath & palm, Pax on right holds caduceus & cornucopia, wreath in archway, Mars nude helmeted statue in niche4 comments
Roman Empire, Constantinus with HORSE unlisted coin Arelate Mint ***1351 viewsIMP CONSTANTINVS AVG
Cuirassed , laureated bust left with shield on arm, holding horse by bridle
Sol standing left
8 commentsgb29400
Roman, Agrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)1336 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 originally from the Morreti Collection.

Posthumous portrait ordered by Caligula to commemorate his mother who had tragically died in exile.

Cohen 1 ; RIC 42
9 commentsPetitioncrown
Owl - This zoo needs an OWL! Preferably a perky owl..1324 viewsCalabria --Circa 281-272 BC. AR Drachm (3.16 gm). Helmeted head of Athena left; helmet decorated with skylla hurling a stone / [TARANTINWN], owl standing right on thunderbolt, wings spread. Vlasto 1077ff; SNG ANS 1320 15 commentsfeatherz
ROMAN EMPIRE, Theodosius II Solidus1319 viewsAV Solidus. Constantinople mint. Obv: DN THEODO-SIVS PF AVG - Three-quarters bust right, draped, cuirassed, holding spear over right shoulder and shield in left hand Rev: VOT XXX MVLT XXXXS - Constantinopolis seated left, holding cross on globe and scepter, her left foot sits on the prow of a galley and at rear of her throne, a shield sits; in right field, a 'star'. Exe: CONOB : AD 430-440, RIC X, 257 (s) Scarce, page 259/ 4.48 g. FDC.
11 commentsLordBest
Tigress - Gallienus1316 viewsBronze antoninianus, RIC 230 (sole reign), EF, excellent portrait, 3.16g, 19.9mm, 0 deg, Rome mint, 260-268 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right; reverse LIBERO P CONS AVG, Tigress left looking up roaring; B in ex4 commentsJoe Sermarini
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Magnentius AE Centionalis. (Trier) RIC VIII : 266.1309 viewsObverse: IM CAE MAGN-ENTIVS AVG. Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: FELICITAS REIPVBLICE. Emperor in military dress standing left, holding Victory on globe and standard with Chi-Rho on banner; in right field, A; in exergue, TRS crescent.
Struck between A.D.351 and 353.
4 commentsmickdale
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Lysimachos, 323-281 BC Thrace1300 viewsAR - Tetradrachm struck in Lampsakos, 286-281 BC
Obv. Head of Alexander the Great, wearing taenia and horn of Ammon
Rev. BASILEWS – LYSIMAXOY Athena, wearing Corinthian helmet, in long robe, seated facing left on throne, left arm resting on shield decorated with lion's-head, spear pointing downwards behind her right shoulder, holding in outstretched right hand winged Nike who is crowning the name with wreath. In left field monogram HP (ligate); in exergue, crescent with cavity left.
28.8mm, 16.85g
Ref. Thompson 47; Müller 401; SNG Paris 2542
23 commentsalexB
Turkey, Ephesus - Curetes Street1268 viewsLooking down Curetes Street named after the priests who presided over the sacred fire of Hestia. The street is paved with marble slabs with sidewalks covered in mosaics.
3 commentsmemphius
ROMAN EMPIRE, Trajan AE Sestertius1264 viewsTrajan Sestertius with Trajan on horseback on the reverse. Rather nice green patina.8 commentsJan Terje Rafdal
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Cyprus, Pafos, Roman Mosaic in "The House of the Century"1257 viewsMosaic in "The House of the Century"1 commentsJeroen
POST MEDIEVAL, Austria, Leopold I, 1695, 1 TALER1217 viewsSilver coin with 28,45 grams
Ruler: Leopold I (the Hogmouth), 1658 - 1705
Mint city: Vienna
Ref.: KM#1871, Dav.: 3229A
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Italy, Vulci - Great Temple1205 viewsEtruscan temple was at this site since 6th century BC, rebuilt by Romans.Johny SYSEL
Antioch vs. Rome1193 viewsOne way to distinguish Gordian's Antioch products from Rome is by letter shape, in particular, the letter M; on Antioch coins it is formed with a V in the middle thus IVI, whereas the Rome M is two lambdas thus Λ Λ. Joe Sermarini
Agrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)1192 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 originally 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
10 commentsPetitioncrown
ROMAN EMPIRE, Caracalla -Aegis denarius1190 viewsRome, Circa 207,
RIC 165 (R2) ; Cohen 527 (40 fr.) ; BMC p. 258 note.
Much more rare than RIC and Cohen consider !!!
Of the Highest rarity !
Collection Frédéric Weber
19 commentsfrederic W
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Gens Licinia. Roman republic. 1183 viewsWith another coin of Gens Cassia, it's to my knowledge the only coin representing the democratic act of voting. A lesson of democracy for the other ancient countries, but even for us...
5 commentsPLINIUS
ROMAN EMPIRE, HADRIANVS BRITANNICVS1181 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")
21 commentsPetitioncrown
GREEK, Attica, Athens, 449-413 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Starr pl. xxii, 61180 viewsHead of Athena right, wearing helmet ornamented with vine scroll and laurel leaves.
Owl facing standing right, head facing, AΘE to right, olive sprig and crescent to left, all within incuse square.
Starr pl. xxii, 6; SNG Copenhagen 33; Sear 2526.
(22 mm, 17.18 g, 10h)
17 commentsLloyd T
ROMAN EMPIRE, Marcus Aurelius - SALVTI AVGVSTOR1177 viewsSestertius Obv.: IMP CAES M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG P M, laureate head right Rev.:SALVTI AVGVSTOR TR P XVII S-C, COS III below, Salus standing left offering a patera to snake arising from altar, and holding scepter. Cohen 564. 23 commentspostumus
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Caracalla, Nicopolis ad Istrum1175 viewsMOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis ad Istrum. Caracalla. 198-217 AD. Æ 26mm (11.90 gm). Ovinius Tertullus, magistrate. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / Apollo Sauroktonos ("Lizardslayer") standing right, holding branch and watching lizard on tree. AMNG I 1518; SNG Copenhagen -. 16 commentsthe_Apostate
ROMAN EMPIRE, Trajan Decius - FELICITAS SAECVLI1175 viewsObv.:IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, radiate & cuirassed bust right Rev.: FELICITAS SAECVLI S-C, Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus & cornucopiae. 15 commentspostumus
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Constantine- Mint of Rome style!1127 viewsVery stern face, and distinctive nose are a dead give-away for Rome issues of Constantine and Licinius. The impressive cuirass is also quite common, while the drapery from Rome has a distinctive "flourish" to it. Very large bust...

From the Collection of Evan Rankin (Wolfgang336)
2 commentswolfgang336
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Aurelian Victoria1122 viewsAE Antoninianus, 170-175 AD, Siscia Mint
Obverse: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, Radiate and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: VICTORIA AVG, Victory advancing left with wreath and palm, * left , S Right.
RIC 237 Siscia Mint.
22mm, 3.6gm.
3 commentsjdholds
Trajan RIC II, 2191108 viewsTrajan AD 88 - 117
AR - Denar, 3.15g, 19.9mm
Rome AD 103 - 111
bust laureate, r.
Dacian, in mourning attitude, seated on shield; below curved sword
RIC II, 219; BMCR cf.175

This issue celebrates the triumph of Trajan in the war against Dacia. The 1. Dacian war started AD 101 and by clever strategy, building of bridges over the Danube, AD 102 the Dacian king Decebalus choosed to capitulate and sweared obedience. He was to become a client king. Trajan gained the title DACICVS.
But then Decebalus started new offensives against Rome and Trajan took the field again AD 106. This 2. Dacian war was a brutal struggle. Decebalus committed suicid. The triumph in Rome lasted 123 days. Dacia with its vast wealthy becomes Roman province. Most of the inhabitants were killed or enslaved, their place taken for immigrants. Appolodorus built the huge Trajan column for propaganda.
3 commentsJochen
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Turkey, Ephesus - Sculptured Drum of Column from Ephesus1083 views
Roman Empire, Balbinus (238 A.D.), AR-Antoninianus, RIC V-I 010, Rome, CONCORDIA AVG G,1070 views070 Balbinus (238 A.D.), AR-Antoninianus, RIC V-I 010, Rome, CONCORDIA AVG G,
avers:- IMP-CAES-D-CAEL-BALBINVS-AVG, Radiate, draped bust right.
revers:- CONCORDIA-AVG-G, Hands, in handshake.
exerg: , diameter: 23mm, weight: 3,82g, axis: h,
mint: Rome, date: 238 A.D., ref: RIC-10, C-3,
11 commentsquadrans
MEDIEVAL, Spain, Kingdom of Leon and Castille, Ferdinand & Isabella, AN Double Excelente, Struck c.A.D.1479-1504.1069 viewsObverse: FERNANDVS : Z : ELISABET : DEI : GRA +. Crowned busts of Ferdinand & Isabella facing each other.
Reverse: SVB VMBRA ALARVM TVA. Haloed eagle of the evangelist John behind the crowned united coats of arms of Castile-Leon / Aragon-Sicily.

Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castille united Spain and captured the beautiful Moorish city of Granada, thus completing the Reconquista of Spain. After the fall of the last Muslim kingdom, they turned their attention to exploration which led to the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in 1492.

The gold Castellano weighing 4,6g was introduced in Castile by Enrique IV in 1475, the coin was highly valued and therefore called "excelente". In 1483 however, Barcelona and Valencia introduced the gold ducat of 3,5g. In 1497, in order to unify gold coin standards within Spain, a coinage act was passed and the Excelente of 3,5 g and 23,75 carat replaced the Castellano in Castile.
4 commentsgoldcoin
ROMAN EMPIRE, Procopius ae3, Constantinople1060 viewsObv: D N PROCO-PIVS P F AVG. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust left.
Rev: REPARATI-O FEL TEMP. Emperor standing facing, head right, holding labarum in right hand and resting left on shield. At foot, left, a small indeterminate object, possibly a helmet. Above, in right field, Chi-Rho; in exergue, CONS gamma.
RIC IX : 17a (R2)
9 commentsthe_Apostate
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Aes Grave1057 viewsAs Janus /Prow . Turlow-Vecchi n° 51. Weight 273 gr. By Plinius. (...I love it!) 9 commentsPLINIUS
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Vespasian, silver denarius, RIC 1181043 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 79 AD
RIC 1058(C), BMC 251, RSC 554
Obv.- IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev.- TR POT X COS VIIII; Capricorn l. : below, globe
10 commentsVespasian70
Roman Empire, Constantine I (307-337 AD.) AE-3 Follis, SARMATIA DEVICTA, Sirmium, #2,1041 viewsConstantinus-I (307-337 AD.) AE-3 Follis, SARMATIA DEVICTA,
avers:- CONSTAN-TINVS-AVG, 1,B1, Laureate head right.
rever:- SARMATIA-DEVICTA, Victory advancing right, stepping on captive, holding trophy and palm.
exergo: SIR M,
diameter: 18-19,5mm,
weight: 3,18g,
mint: Sirmium,
axis: 6h,
date: 324-325 AD.,
ref: RIC-VII-48-p475,
2 commentsquadrans
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Roman, Aelia Flaccilla1040 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
China, Great Wall1031 viewsIt's a wall and its great, what more do I need to say :) - Bolayi1 commentsBolayi
ROMAN EMPIRE, Fausta AE Follis, Rome mint. R4, FDC.1006 viewsAE Follis. Bust of Fausta right FLAV MAX FAVSTA AVG/Fausta standing holding Constantine II and Constantius II SPES REIPVBLICAE. Rome Mint. R4, the finest known Fausta bronze. Full copper mint lustre covered in a thin browny green patina. Simply superb.7 commentsLordBest
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Tripolis mint Probus CLEMENTIA TEMP RIC 9281003 viewsAnt. IMP C MAVR PROBVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust R, seen from the back. CLEMENTIA TEMP, Probus receiving globe from Jupiter. Crescent in field, KA in exe. Tripolis, RIC 928, Common.

A good example of the Tripolis style for this emperor; it's quite distinctive, and quite naturalistic by comparison with other mints.
2 commentsRobert_Brenchley
ROMAN REPUBLIC, L. Papius. Denarius, 79 B.C.1001 viewsObv: Head of Juno Sospita right, clad in goat's skin, control-symbol behind head.
Rev: Gryphon leaping right, control-symbol below, L PAPI in exergue.
RSC Papia 1 | CRR 733 | RCV I : 311.
11 commentsthe_Apostate
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Elagabalus, AE30, Perinthus999 viewsElagabalus --AE30, Perinthus. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / Nike standing facing, head left, holding patera over lighted altar, and palm. SNG Copenhagen -; BMC Thrace -; Mionnet -. Good VF, olive patina. An apparently unique and unpublished type. 9 commentsfeatherz
laureated and draped bust right, Victory on globe in left hand, sceptre in right hand
Point STR Point
Treveri Mint
RIC. VII p.198 , 383 R4

11 commentsgb29400
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Roman, Caracalla976 viewsThis seemed such a striking portrait of this notorious emperor that I couldn't resist.5 commentsmaridvnvm
Vulcan, Claudius II antoninianus973 viewsIMP C CLAVDIVS AVG
RIC 215 ; Cohen 239 (30 fr.)
RIC rate it Common, but it's a very rare coin, Volkano is rarely seen on roman imperial coins.
2 commentsfrederic W
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Roman, Severus Alexander Dupondius 972 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
Hilaritas971 viewsThe most amusing goddess! Silver denarius, S 5254, RIC M. Aur. 686, RSC 111, gVF, 2.92g, 16.6mm, 180o, Rome mint, 161-175 A.D.; obverse FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse HILARITAS, Hilaritas standing left holding palm branch and cornucopia1 comments
Roman, Claudius968 views10 commentstunaonrye0
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Caracalla from Tarsos961 viewsCaracalla -- AE30, Tarsos. R: Caracalla wearing wreath and robes of the demiourgos, facing temple and victimarius swinging an ax to slay a sacrificial bull. SNG Levante -, SNG Paris - , SNG Aulock -, SNG Righetti -, Ziegler -. Possibly unpublished? Thanks to Curtis Clay for reference checks. 6 commentsfeatherz
Turkey, Ephesus - temple of Hadrian961 viewsA magnificent relief of Medusa filling the interior arch of the temple of Hadrian. Other reliefs of Amazons and the Olympian gods grace the interior.memphius
GREEK, Italy, Campania - Neapolis958 viewsAR Nomus, Neapolis (Naples) mint, c. 300 - 275 B.C.
Obverse: Diademed head of nymph right, wearing triple-pendant earring, grape bunch behind.
Reverse: Man-faced bull standing right, head facing, being crowned by Nike flying right, NEOΠOΛITΩ[N] below.
Weight 7.25 g, Maximum Diameter 21.9 mm, Die Axis 315o.
SNG ANS 317, HN Italy 579, Ex CNG e-auction 92 lot 3;

Neapolis (modern day Naples) was an early Rhodian colony, originally named Parthenope. Its name was changed to Neapolis in ca. 450 BC. The obverse of this issue represents the Siren Parthenope who was the local goddess of Neapolis. The man-headed bull reverse was a type shared by a number of Campanian cities and may have generally been understood as representing Acheloös, the father of Sirens. The name of Acheloös appears in cults throughout the Greek world and in mythology as the archetypal river-god and may have been used in this context in Campania.
MODERN MILLED (up to 19th Century), Hungary - 1 Taler, 1782955 viewssilver coin with 27,85 grams
Ruler: Josef II (1765 - 1790)
(B) Kremnitz mint
Obv.: Coat of arms of Hungary - IOS II.D.G.R.IMP.S.A.GHB.REX.A.A.D.B.&.L.
Rev.: Crwned madona with sceptre and the baby Jesus - S.MARIA MATER DAI (B) PATRONA HUNG.1782 . X .
Huszar: 1869, Dav.: 1168
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Athens Emergency Issue Plated Tetradrachm Circa 406-404 BC950 viewsQuote from David Sear:

"Athens was the greatest power in the Greek world throughout most of the 5th century BC. Its famous 'owl' coinage, principally of silver tetradrachms, possibly commenced in 510 BC on the occasion of the downfall of the tyrant Hippias. On these celebrated coins the helmeted head of the goddess Athena was accompanied by her attendant owl and the first three letters of the ethnic 'AQE'. Later, a diadem of olive leaves was added to Athena's helmet and a cresent moon was placed in the reverse field, though the precise chronological significance of these changes remains uncertain. To the intense chagrin of the Spartans Athens became the leader of the Greek states, including those of Ionia, in the epic struggle against the expansionist policies of the Achaemenid Persian Empire. The victories at Salamis (480 BC) and the Eurymedon (circa 467) clearly established the Athenian supremacy in the Aegean world. Initially, the Delian League (founded in 477) was an alliance of independent states sharing a common cause under the leadership of Athens. It gradually developed into an Athenian maritime empire with the member cities obliged to pay an annual tribute into the League's treasury on Delos. In 454 this treasury, amounting to 5,000 talents of silver, was actually removed to Athens and the vast wealth was openly employed for the aggrandizement of the city, now under the leadership of the great statesman Pericles. Vast building projecdts, such as the monumental edifices on the Acropolis, were financed in this way. From 431, however, Athens became embroiled in the protracted Peloponnesian War and increasingly the wealth of the state was dissipated in this futile cause. This attractive tetradrachm belongs to the exceptionally large ouput of Athenian 'owls' made during the second half of the 5th century. In contrast to the artistic development taking place at mints in other parts of the Mediterranean world, the late archaic style of the earlier 5th century became 'frozen' on these issues which represent the first truly imperial coinage of the Greek world. As Athens restricted or forbade the issue of independent currency at many of the cities within her sphere of influence the 'owls' came to circulate over an increasingly wide area. But this all came to an end with the defeat of Athens by Sparta in 404 BC and during the period immediately preceding this catastrophe the Athenians were reduced to the desperate expedient of issuing bronze tetradrachms and drachms with a thin surface coating of silver. This specimen is an excellent example of this emergency coinage the production of which drew contemporary comment from Aristophanes who, in his play Frogs (717ff), compares the decline in the quality of the leading citizens with the recent debasement of the Athenian coinage."
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Laodicea ad Mar, loop up from drapery on Julia Domna denarii948 viewsLaodicea ad Mare is today Latakia, Syria. It was a Phonecian town, refounded by Seleucus I Nicator 301-281 B.C. and renamed after his mother, Laodicea. Coins of Julia Domna from the Laodicea mint can be identified by the loop coming up from her drapery at the neck.5 comments
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Cyprus, Pafos, Roman Mosaic in "The House of the Century" (Detail)948 viewsDetailJeroen
HADRIANVS BRITANNICUS947 viewsSestertius of Hadrian, AD 122. EXERC BRITANNICVS SC ("For the army of Britain, by order of the Senate") RIC 913.
The reverse shows Hadrian addressing the troops in England, standing on a low plinth, clearly showing the Roman soldiers with their standards.
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")
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Antinous Medallion942 viewsHadrian favourite,Antinous,Medallion 40 gr,39 mm,very fine condition,very rare8 commentsjames
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CAMPGATE, Constantine I, AE3942 viewsobv: CONSTAN-TINVS AVG
SMTSE in exergue
RIC Thessalonica 154
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Roman Empire, Gordianus-III. (238-244 A.D.), AE-Sestercius, RIC IV-III 269a, Rome, LIBERALITAS AVG II,941 views072 Gordianus-III. (238-244 A.D.), AE-Sestercius, RIC IV-III 269a, Rome, LIBERALITAS AVG II,
avers:- IMP-CAES-MANT-GORDIANVS-AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
revers:- LIBERALITAS-AVG-II, Liberalitas standing left, holding coin counter and two cornucopiae; S-C across fields.
exe:-/-//--, diameter: 30mm, weight: 17,91g, axis: h,
mint: Rome, date: 240 A.D., ref: RIC-269a, C-136,
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Altar of Lugdunum929 viewsCAESAR PONT MAX
Laureate head of Augustus, right.
Altar flanked by two columns each surmounted by Victory.
Various sacred items on top; mystic symbols to front.
Copper As 22.5 mm 9.5 gm

Augustus took a risky break with tradition by allowing
himself to be the object of cult adoration. To minimize
the affront to his fellow Romans, he permitted the
practice only in the West. Interestingly, the year of
dedication in 10 BC saw the birth of Claudius in the same
2 commentsMassanutten
ROMAN EMPIRE, "Limes" denarius, Caracalla929 viewswhitetd49
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Roman, Pupienus, April - June 238 A.D.919 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
Israel, Caesarea915 viewsThe ancient Roman port of Caesarea Maritima in Judaea (now Israel). This port was built by Herod the Great in the 1st century BCE. The view is of a portion of the aquaduct that brought water from the Carmel, just south of Haifa.2 commentsDaniel Friedman
CAMPGATE, Constantine I, Heraclea, RIC 16907 viewsSilvered AE3, RIC 16, EF, 3.90g, 19.9mm, 180o, Heraclea mint, 317 A.D.; obverse IMP CONSTA-NTINVS AVG, laureate consular bust left holding mappa and scepter; reverse PROVIDEN-TIAE AVGG, campgate with three turrets, MHTB in exergueJoe Sermarini
Countermark on coin of Septimius Severus904 viewsSeptimius Severus AE45 medallion of Acrasus, Lydia. 43.5 gr.

AYT KAI L CEP CEOYHROC PER, laureate, draped cuirassed bust
right, countermark of Artemis Ephesia standing facing (Howgego 234.)
with statue of Artemis Ephesia standing half right with supports.

SNG von Aulock 2883; Hirsch Collection 1571; [2] SNG Cop 6.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection
2 commentsSam
China, Great Wall902 viewsMutianyu Great Wall located in Huairou County, Beijing. Built on older pre-existing walls during the Ming Dynasty.Bolayi
Rev.:DECURSIO S-C, Nero galloping right holding couched spear with soldier or officer galloping beside him.
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Abundantia883 viewsObv:– IMP C PROBVS . P . F . AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right
Rev:– ABVNDANTIA AVG, Abundatia, standing right, empting cornucopiae
Minted in Lugdunum (IIII in exe.) Emission 4 Officina 4
Date Minted – Middle to End 277 A.D.
References: Cohen 1. Bastien 195 (54 examples). RIC 17 Bust type F (Common)

Abundantia stands for abundance or plenty. Her attributes are ears of corn (grain) and cornucopiae. She is sometimes (as here) shown emptying the cornucopiae and sometimes shown seated. Her Greek name is Euthenia
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Roman Empire, Vespasian BMCRE unlisted Quadriga Rome mint880 viewsBMCRE pg. 14 note, RSC 643v.
Rome mint, 72-73 A.D.
Obv - Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev - No legend. Vespasian laureate, standing in triumphal quadriga r., horses pacing, holding branch in r. hand and sceptre in l.

This reverse celebrates Vespasian and Titus' Judaean Triumph at Rome.

Most examples of this reverse type are Antioch mint issues which copy the Rome mint type.

This example is unusual because of the obverse legend IMP CAES VESP AVG PM. RIC and RSC only record this reverse with COS IIII added to the end of the legend. BMCRE does not have either one listed but has a note for the COS IIII type.

This example is a rare official variant which Ian Carradice knows of only three other specimens.

Submitted by Vespasian70
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BYZANTINE, Justin II - Large follis877 viewsJustin II; Follis ; 32.5 mm, 15.9 g; Regnal year 9 = 573 - 574 AD; Sear #372
DN IVSTINVS PP AVG - Justin on left and Sophia on right, seated facing on a double throne, both nimbate. He holds a globus cruciger [orb], she holds cruciform sceptre.
Mint of Cyzicus - KYZ in exergue.

Bruce''s collection
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BYZANTINE, Latin Trachy 1204-1261 Constantinople868 viewsObv: Bust of Christ
Rev: Archangel Michael
26-30 mm
Sear 2036
Coins of this type are usually poorly struck and/or severely clipped. Not this one!
From the collection of Laetvs
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Probus, Lugdunum, RIC 64 Bust Type G864 viewsObv:– VIRTVS PRO-BI AVG, Radiate, helmeted, cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield, decorated with emperor riding past row of soldiers with shields
Rev:– ADVENTVS PROBI AVG, Emperor riding left, right hand raised, left holding sceptre; at foot, captive
Minted in Lugdunum (IIII) Emission 5 Officina 4. End A.D. 277 to Early A.D. 278
References:– Cohen 69. Bastien 256 (2 examples). RIC 64 Bust Type G (S)
Appear to be an obverse die match to the plate example in Bastien.

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Roman, Caracalla * Mature861 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
GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy VI, 204-181 B.C855 viewsMasterpiece portrait. SNG Cop lists a simliar coin in the same year, with an owl in the left field, for the mint of Citium, Cyprus (SNG Cop 588). At Salamis, the owl was also used in the left field on a coin of the Selukid king, Antiocus IV, 170-168 B.C. Our coin is unpublished in references held by FORVM.7 commentssalem
Exe: ST.
RIC Ticinum 46a
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Bust laureated draped and cuirassed right

Two soldiers standing, spear in outer hand, between them two standards

Ric. vol VII, p.456 , 238 r1
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Greece, Athens - Acropolis, The Erectheum851 views
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Roman Empire, Carinus PRINCIPI IVVENTVT850 viewsEx Forum. Silvered antoninianus, RIC -, EF, 4.94g, 24.6mm, 180o, Ticinum mint, obverse M AVR CARINVS NOB C, radiate draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse PRINCIPI IVVENTVT, Carinus standing left holding standard and spear, IXXI? in exergue; struck with damaged die (exergue); very rare

Variety not listed in RIC. RIC lists holding globe and spear and other similar types, but not the combination of spear and standard.

Three specimens in the Venera Hoard, all with VXXI in exergue.
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TEMPLE, Q.Cassius Longinus, Temple of Vesta849 viewsQ. Cassius Longinus -- AR Denarius. Head of Libertas right; LIBERT left, Q. CASSIVS right / Curule chair within temple of Vesta; urn to left and voting tablet inscribed AC to right. Crawford 428/2; Sydenham 918; Cassia 8.9 commentsfeatherz
MODERN MILLED (up to 19th Century), Austria - 1 TALER, 1725848 viewsSilver coin with 27,85 grams
Ruler: Karl VI (1711 - 1740)
Hall Mint - Tyrol
Ref.: Km#692, Dav.: 1053
3 commentslincon r2
Italy, Rome, Curia841 viewsThe place where the Senate held its meetings.
Notice the three different kinds of marble used for the pavement. The beheaded statue should be Trajan's.
Posted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
2 commentsStrength And Honour
POST MEDIEVAL, Austria, Rudolph II, 1612, 1 TALER830 viewsSilver coin with 27,65 grams.
Ruler: Rudolphus II (Habsburg Dinasty) 1576 - 1612
Ensisheim Mint
Ref.: KM# 241.3 Dav.: 3034
1 commentslincon r2
Constantius Gallus-Maiorina828 viewsThis is one of my coins that was mint in Sirmium. Coins mint in Sirmium are sharp, perfectly round, usually with great patina.Marcus Aurelius
ROMAN EMPIRE, Maximianus abdication follis of Rome. RIC VI:119b827 viewsObv: D N MAXIMIANO BAEATISS SEN AVG. Laureate bust, dressed in imperial mantle, right, and holding olive-branch and mappa.
Rev: PROVIDENTIA DEORVM QVIESS AVGG. Providentia standing right, extending right hand to Quies standing left, right hand holding branch, left leaning on sceptre; S - F across field; in exergue, R T.
RIC VI : 119b (R2)
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GREEK, Apollonia Pontika826 viewsDiobol of Apollonia Pontika. Circa 400 BC. Reference: BMC 150-1. From the collection of Ghengis Jon.1 commentsGhengis_Jon
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Maximinus II AE Follis822 viewsMaximinus II AE Follis

Attribution: RIC 66c Nicomedia
Date: AD 309 - 313
Obverse: IMP C GAL VAL
head rt.
nude Genius standing lt. pouring
out patera w/ rt. hand and
holding cornucopia w/ lt., SMNA
in exergue
Size: 22mm
Weight: 5.7 grams

Noah's Coins
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Q. Marcius Libo, AR Denarius, 148 B.C.819 views22 commentsRomaVictor
Roman Empire, Antoninus Pius AE As818 viewsAs of Antoninus Pius. Minted between 155 and 156 A.D. 10,7 gr. 25
mm. Choice Very Fine. Strong strike. Well centered. Choice high relief
portrait and reverse. Dark-green patina. Rare.

Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP IMP II. Laureate head right with
drapery on left shoulder.

Reverse: TR POT XIX COS IIII SC. Pax standing left holding branch
and cornucopiae.

Unlisted in BMC, Cohen, RIC and Sear !
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MODERN MILLED (up to 19th Century), Austria - 1 TALER, 1704814 viewsSilver coin with 28,01 grams
Ruler: Leopold I (the Hogmouth), 1658 - 1705
Hall Mint: Tyrol
Ref.: Moser/Tursky 760, Dav.: 1003
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Titus RIC II, 23811 viewsJochen's Titus RIC II, 23
Titus 79 - 81
AR - Denar, 3.51g, 17mm
Rome 80
laureate head r.
winged thunderbolt on nice draped table ('pulvinar' of Jupiter and Juno?)
RIC II, 23(b); C.314; BMCR.51
EF nice portrait

These issues show pulvinaria (pl.) prepared for the solemn lectisternium followed the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 which destroyed Pompeji and Herculaneum.
PULVINAR, seat, on which goods were offered to the gods at a lectisternium, a banquet.
LECTISTERNIUM, a 'laying out of couches', the name for a sacrifice conducted by the Romans at times of great public distress. Couches were set out and tables placed before them, and then images of the gods were laid upon the couches and a banquet set before them.
The thunderbolt, like the eagle, one of the main attributes of Jupiter.
ROMAN EMPIRE, OTHO, Denarius RIC 8805 viewsDenarius minted in Rome in 69 AD
IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P, Bare head of Otho right
SECURITAS PR, Securitas standing left
3.50 gr
Ref : RIC # 8, RCV # 2162, Cohen #17
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TEMPLE, NERO, Temple of Vesta795 viewsSilver denarius, S 1946, RIC 62, RSC 335, gVF, 3.42g, 16.8mm, 180o, Rome mint, 65 A.D.; obverse NERO CAESAR AVGVSTVS, laureate head right; reverse VESTA, domed temple of Vesta, showing six columns, seated goddess inside. The temple of Vesta in the Roman FORVM was destroyed in the great fire of 64 A.D. Nero was affected by the cult of Vesta, having felt faint during a visit to the temple shortly before the fire. Nero rebuilt the shrine. His structure, the sixth on the site, survived until another fire late in the reign of Commodus.1 comments
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Greece, Athens, Acropolis, Parthenon, East Front of the Parthenon Restored and Dissected795 viewsJoe Sermarini
ROMAN EMPIRE, Gordian III - RIC 039 - Antoninianus - Virtus -Rome mint793 viewsIMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG - Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right
VIRTVS AVG - Virtus standing left , holding spear & palm branch, chalmys on arm, shield against leg

AR Ant. Rome Mint 238 -240 AD Superb example of this boy emperor, and unbelievable reverse...
6 commentsjimwho523

RIC 38 (C) ; COHEN 27

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Greece, Athens, Acropolis, Parthenon, North West Corner of the Parthenon790 views1 comments
ROMAN EMPIRE, Magnentius. A.D.350-353. AE Centenionalis of Lugdunum. RIC VIII : 145.788 viewsObv. D N MAGNENTIVS P F AVG. Bare headed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. VICTORIAE DD NN AVG ET CAES. Two Victories standing facing each other, holding shield inscribed VOT V MVLT X, Chi-Rho above, S P below; in exergue, RPLG.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Licinius I Follis, Siscia RIC #8787 viewsAE Follis , 308-324 AD, Siscia mint.
Obv: IMP LIC LICINIVS PF AVG, Laureate head right.
Rev:IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter standing left holding Victory on globe and sceptre. Eagle at feet with wreath in beak , B left , SIS in exergue.
22mm, 3.6gm
RIC # 8
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Severus Alexander Denarius783 viewsLaureate head of Severus Alexander right, IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG / Mars advancing right, MARS VLTOR. RIC 246; BMCRE 833.4 commentssocalcoins
POST MEDIEVAL, GERMANY, SAXONY, 1 TALER, 1624782 viewssilver coin with 28,70 grams
Ruler: Johann George (1615 - 1656)
Ref.: KM#132, Dav.: 7601
2 commentslincon r2
Jordan, Petra - The Treasury781 viewsI visited the ancient city of Petra in 1999, it is located in Jordan.
The Nabateers "build" this city in the dessert, all the temples and houses are carved in the soft rock.
When you have passed the Siq, the first temple you see is the Al-Khazneh Farun, or The Treasury.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Pupienus, denarius, RIC 1781 viewsIMP C M CLOD PVPIENVS AVG.Laureate bust of Pupienus
CONCORDIA AVGG.Concordia seated left,holding patera and two cornucopia
RIC-001, RSC-6, sear 2413, Rome mint April - June AD 238
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Valens, Fouree Solidus778 viewsValens Fouree AE Solidus with slight evidence of Gold gilding remaining on the coin. This coin is imitating an official Vlalens Solidus of the Antioch MintGunner
Roman Empire, Carus, early Sep 282 - c. Jul/Aug 283 A.D., Postumus Consecration Issue777 viewsThe consecratio altar type is not listed for Tripolis mint in references held by FORVM. A similar type is listed for Antioch.
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Roman, Nero776 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 Forum5 commentsForza e Onore
Roman, HADRIAN, BRITANNICVS775 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
Zeus, laureate head left772 viewsNero and Poppaea, 62 - 65 A.D., Galatia, Tavium
5476. Bronze AE 30, SGIC 662, SNG Von Aulock 6117, Cohen 315,2, aVF, 12.1g, 29mm, 45o, Galatia, Tavium mint, 62 - 65 A.D.; obverse NERWNOS SEBASTOU, laureate head of Nero right; reverse POPPIAS SEBASTHS, draped bust of Poppaea right; scarce; nice green patina with sandy earthen highlights, countermarked; sold. Numismatically Important Countermark. RPC discusses three different possible mint cities for this type: Ancyra, Pessinus and Tavium. A strong argument that Tavium is the mint city is the countermark on this coin. The countermark on this type is always a laureate head of Zeus. Generally, countermarks are applied at the same place as the original mint. Of the three cities, only Tavium had a temple of Zeus and minted coins with Zeus as a standard type.
GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy VI Philometor771 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

8 commentsmihali84
Youthful bust770 viewsUncertain mint. Commodus. Æ 23. A.D. 177-192. Obv: (...)AVP-KOM(...). Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Rev: Inscription obliterated. Female deity standing left, head right, left leg on object (?), holding palm-branch downwards; countermark in upper left field. Axis: 225°. Weight: 9.00 g. CM: Bare-headed youthful bust right, in circular punch, 6 mm. Howgego (?). Collection Automan.Automan
Elagabal mint of Rome758 viewsElagabal AD 218-222
Denar RIC 88; C.61; BMC 212; rev. INVICTVS SACEDOS AVG

The star in the left field, a symbol of the sun-god, stands for the mint of Rome (Curtis Clay)
1 commentsJochen
ROMAN EMPIRE, FAUSTINA JUNIOR Denarius. RIC III : 712. 758 viewsObv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA. Diademed bust of Faustina facing right.
Rev: SAECVLI FELICIT. Two children, Commodus and Antoninus, seated on throne, with globe between them.
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Zeus Nikephoros754 viewsThe image of Zeus with Nike (Zeus Nikephoros) was introduced by Seleukos I Nikator at Seleukeia on Tigris mint around 300 BC.

The initial iemissions from this mint in the name of Seleukos maintained the Zeus Aetophoros (eagle) reverse image typical of the earlier "Alexanders". However, shortly after the mint was established, the Zeus Nikephoros (Nike) image was introduced, eventually replacing the Zeus Aetophoros image on Babylonian coinage. The Nikephoros reverse was a direct allusion to Seleukos victory over Antigonos at Ipsos in 301 BC. This victory was the penultimate victory required to cement the Seleukid dynasty in a near unassailable position during the forty year struggle that ultimately saw Seleukos emerge as the most successful of the Diadochi.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Late Roman Barbarous750 viewsJericho
Constantius II RIC VII, Antiochia 132749 viewsConstantius II, AD 324-362, son of Constantin I
AE - AE3, 5.56g, 24mm, Antiochia 11.officina, AD 350-355
draped, cuirassed bust, pearl-diademed head r., necklace
Soldier spearing falling horseman, which stretching arm against him
(so-called FH3 type)
field left: Gamma
exergue: ANAI
RIC VIII, Antiochia 132; LRBC 2625
nice EF, nearly uncirculated

The reverse clearly shows a Parthian identified by his headgear. This issue most probably celebrates Constantius' victory in the battle of Singara AD 344 against the Sassanides where the Romans succeeded in capturing the successor of the throne.
6 commentsJochen
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Valerian II, AE21, Alexandria Troas749 viewsIMP LICI COR VALERIA, Bare-headed draped bust (of Valerian II) right / COL AVG TROA, Horse grazing right.

Bellinger --, Sear --, Lindgren & Kovacs --, Lindgren III --, SNG von Aulock --, SNG Copenhagen --, BMC --

Per Curtis Clay, also Cohen --, SNG Righetti --, SNG Leypold --, Winsemann Falghera --, Berk photofile --
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GREEK, Seleukid Kingdom, King Seleucus I746 viewsTet 305-300BC 4 commentsalexB
Roman Empire, Gordianus-III. (238-244 A.D.), AR-Antoninianus, RIC IV-III 147, Rome, MARTEM-PROPVGNATOREM, Mars advancing right,744 views072 Gordianus-III. (238-244 A.D.), AR-Antoninianus, RIC IV-III 147, Rome, MARTEM-PROPVGNATOREM, Mars advancing right,
avers:- IMP-GORDIANVS-PIVS-FEL-AVG, Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
revers:- MARTEM-PROPVGNATOREM, Mars advancing right, holding spear and shield.
exerg: , diameter: 21-25mm, weight: 5,21g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 243-244 A.D., ref: RIC IV-III-147, p-31, C-160,
Greek, Ptolemy VI, 204-181 B.C738 views6869. Silver tetradrachm, BMC-, SNG Cop -, gVF, 13.87g, 26.2mm, 40o, Salamis, Cyprus mint, 177-176 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Ptolemy I right wearing aegis; reverse PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, owl in left field, LE (regnal year 5) over SA (Salamis mint, Cyprus) in right field; superb portrait, fantastic style, extremely rare, possibly unique;3 commentssalem
ROMAN EMPIRE, Maximinus I - Pax736 viewsIMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, laureate draped and cuirassed bust right;
PAX AVGVSTI, Pax standing left holding branch and scepter;

Silver denarius, RIC 12, choice EF, 2.62g, 20.6mm, 0o, Rome mint, 235-236 A.D. nicely centered, flat area on obverse drapery ex Scott Collection; from Forum.
4 commentsjimwho523
France, Ambrussum, Gallia Narbonensis - Bridge over Vidourle river.731 viewsUsed to have eleven arches and still used untill the middle ages. From this bridge the via Domitia goes upwards to the settlement1 commentsBohemond
Greece, Athens - Entrance to the Athens Numismatic Museum731 viewsThe former mansion of noted amateur archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann. What was inside those doors was truly marvelous.1 commentsmemphius
ROMAN IMPERATORS, JULIUS CAESAR, denarius728 viewsDenarius minted in Italy, c.49 BC
CAESAR, elephant walking rigth, trampling on snake
No legend, Simpulum, sprinkler, axe and apex
4.05 gr
Ref : HCRI # 9, RCV #1399, Cohen #49
19 commentsPotator II
GREEK, Kyrenaika, AR Didrachm723 viewsExcellent Kyrenaikan Didrachm from Magistrate/Ptolemy I period.6 commentsalexB
Italy, Ostia - Caupona722 viewsBeautifully preserved, it seems to step back in time.
Posted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
1 commentsStrength And Honour
ROMAN EMPIRE, Plautilla AR Denarius Superb UNC718 viewsRome mint, Issue II, AD 202. PLAVTILLA AVGVSTA, Bust, draped, hair coiled in ridges, either vertical or horizontal and fastened in bun at back/CONCORDIA AVGG, Concordia standing l., holding patera and scepter. RIC 363a, Sear 7065, BMC 236,411-414, RSC-1, Cohen-1, Hill 583. UNC, full proof like luster.9 commentsLordBest
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New World, Maya, Copan, Honduras715 viewsMayadigger - The most Southern City of the ancient Maya was Copan, "Zotz" in Maya. The name Zotz means "Bat." Cppan was the "Paris" of the Maya world. The archetecture and entablature was just superb. Seen in this photo, we see the stele of Yax Kuk Mo, "Blue Quetzal Macaw." As it turned out, Yax Kuk Mo came from Teotihuacan, in the Valley of Mexico. An imported Prince as it were...2 commentsMayadigger
Constantine I Sol SIC Trier 310-313 (RIC VII Trier 873) 22.2mm - BenB.jpg
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I Soli Invicto Comiti Trier 310-313713 viewsObv: CONSTANTINVS PF AVG
Left field: T
Right field: F
Exe: PTR
Bust: LC
Size: 22.2mm

Sol facing, head left; chlamys draped over left shoulder; holding globe.

Attribution: RIC VII Trier 873, minted 310-313 AD

From the collection of BenB
8 commentsBenB
CAMPGATE, Constantine I, Lugdunum713 viewsConstantine I:
PLG - Lugdunum (Lyons, FR); 6 rows, 2 turrets, star
RIC vii225 Scarce,rarer varient with pellet in doorway, page 136; 20 mm, 3.1 grams
3 commentsbruce61813
ROMAN EMPIRE, Diadumenianus711 viewsfr: M OPEL ANT DIADVMENIAN CAES. Bare-headed and draped bust right
re: PRINC IVVENTVTIS. Diadumenian standing half-left, head right, holding standard and sceptre; two standards behind.
RIC IVii 102
5 commentspax
Youthful bust710 viewsUncertain mint. Æ 22. Countermark. Worn nearly smooth. Weight: 9.77 g. CM: Youthful, bare-headed bust right, in rectangular punch, 4 x 5.5 mm. Howgego - (?). Collection Automan.Automan
Roman Empire, Constantius Gallus (351-354 A.D.), AE-2, RIC VIII 335, Siscia, LXXII/ FEL TEMP REPARATIO, 707 views152 Constantius Gallus (351-354 A.D.), AE-2, RIC VIII 335, Siscia, LXXII/ FEL TEMP REPARATIO,
avers:- DN-CONSTATIVS-IVN-NOB-C, bare-headed, draped, cuirassed bust right, A (or H) behind the head.
revers:- FEL-TEMP-RE-PARATIO, LXXII left field, soldier spearing fallen horseman who is bare-headed, reaching backwards.
exe: LXXII/Γ SIS Crescent,
diameter: mm,
weight: g,
axis: h,
mint: Siscia,
date: 332-333 A.D.,
ref: RIC VIII 335, p-374,
4 commentsquadrans
ROMAN EMPIRE, CRISPUS -- Virtus -- Treveri Mint706 viewsCRISPVS NOB CAES His cirassed bust with helmet right

Large flan -- best Style of treveri

RIC. 255 R4

2 commentsgb29400
Roman republic, Didrachm704 viewsDidrachm struck in Rome, circa 269-266 BC
Obv : diademed head of Hercules right, wearing lion's skin and with club on shoulder
Rev : ROMANO at exergue. She-wolf suckling Remus and Romulus
7.29 gr
Ref : RCV # 24

This silver didrachm is supposed to be the first silver coinage struck under the authority of the roman republic. Mr Crawford found 136 ex of this coin, with 18 different dies for the obverse and 24 for reverse
2 commentsPotator II
ROMAN EMPIRE, Diocletian Follis703 viewsLaur head right, IMP C DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG / Genius standing left, modius on head, naked but for chlamys over left shoulder, right holding patera and cornucopiae in left, GENIO POPV-LI ROMANI; K in left field, V in right field, delta mint mark. RIC VI 54a (Antioch).4 commentssocalcoins
ROMAN EMPIRE, Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), AR Denarius, Rome, INDVLGENTIA AVG G, INCARTH, 703 viewsSeptimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), AR Denarius, Rome, INDVLGENTIA AVG G, INCARTH,
avers:- SEVERVS-PIVS-AVG, Laurate bust right.
revers:- INDVLGEN-TIA-AVG-G, The Dea Caelestis, wearing elaborate headdress, looking right, riding right on lion, holding thunderbolt and sceptre, below, water gushing from rocks at left.
date: 203-04 A.D.,
mint: Rome,
diameter: 17-19mm,
weight: 3,79g,
axis: 1h,
ref: RIC-IV-I-266, p-, C-222, BMCRE-335,
5 commentsquadrans
Commodus as Hercules694 viewsThis magnificent statue depicts the Emperor Commodus as Hercules. Currently on display at the Musei Capitolini in Rome. Commodus also minted coins with him as Hercules.Titus Pullo
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Roman Empire, Numerian - PACATOR ORBIS - Bust Type F - RIC unlisted (Lugdunum)694 viewsObv:– IMP C NVMERIANVS AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right
Rev:– PACATO-R ORBIS, Emperor advancing right, holding shield and sword, captive, cowering beneath
Minted in Lugdunum (C in exe) Emission 9 Officina 3. Summer A.D. 284
Reference:– Cohen 41 (30 F). Bastien 618 (2 examples). RIC Unlisted.
4 commentsmaridvnvm
Doe, a deer--a female deer!694 viewsSalonina -- Died AD 268. Wife of Gallienus. Augusta, AD 254-268.

Billon antoninianus. Rome mint.
Obv: COR SALONINA AVG, diademed and draped bust right on crescent.
Rev: IVNONI CONS AVG, doe walking left, delta in exergue. RIC 16, Cohen 70; Sear 3041.
7 commentsEmpressCollector
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great Tetradrachm693 viewsOne of the best examples of a temnos tetradrachm that I have seen. It has a high-relief beautifully-struck centered obverse, and as well as a wonderfully-struck reverse. Still boasts a mint lustre and nice toning.5 commentspeterpil19
GREEK, Myrina Tetradrachm691 viewsMyrina, Aeolis, AR-Tetradrachm, struck after 165 BC.
Obv: Laureate head of Apollo right.
Rev: MYPINAIΩN, Apollo Grynios standing right, holding branch in left hand and phiale in right, omphalos and amphora at feet; monogram to left.
Ø 34 mm, 16.52 g.
Sacks Issue 39, BMC Troas 13.
Almost EF, minor porosity, recently cleaned.
10 commentsPscipio
GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Demetrios I, ca. 195-175 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Bopearachchi Series 1C690 viewsDiademed and draped bust of Demetrios right, wearing elephant skin head dress. / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY (of King Demetrios). Herakles standing facing, crowning himself, holding club and lion skin; PK monogram to inner left
Bopearachchi Series 1C; SNG ANS 187; Mitchiner 103d; Qunduz 28-33; Sear 7526.
(33 mm,16.68 g, 12h)

At 33mm diameter this is a big coin, for an undoubtedly big man, despite him scoring only two sentences of mention in the surviving ancient written historical record.
16 commentsLloyd T
Livilla??, Wife of Drusus, c. 13 BC-AD 31.690 viewsÆ Dupondius under Tiberius (28 mm, 14.23 gm). Struck circa 22/3 AD.
Obv: PIETAS, veiled, diademed and draped bust of Livilla as Pietas right.
RIC I 43 (Tiberius); BMCRE 98; BN 74; Cohen 1; Sear 1741; Vagi 477.

The identity of this female portrait remains controversial, and has been identified as Livia (RIC, Sear), Livilla (Vagi) and Vipsania (Jasper Burns).
4 commentsEmpressCollector
Roman Empire, Gordianus-III. (238-244 A.D.), AR-Antoninianus, RIC IV-III 084, Rome, IOVI-STATORI, Jupiter,689 views072 Gordianus-III. (238-244 A.D.), AR-Antoninianus, RIC IV-III 084, Rome, IOVI-STATORI, Jupiter,
avers:- IMP-GORDIANVS-PIVS-FEL-AVG, Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
revers:- IOVI-STATORI, Jupiter standing left, facing right, holding scepter and thunderbolt.
exe:-/-//--, diameter: 21-23mm, weight: 3,71g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 241-243 A.D.(4th. Issue), ref: RIC IV-III-84, p-25, C-109, c3,
Saladin685 viewsSaladin (Salah al-Din)
Dirham Halab (Aleppo) 580AH/1184AD

Recaptured Jerusalem from the crusaders and defeated their armies at Hittin in 1187.
1 commentsbarrage
Turkey, Ephesus - Public Toilets683 viewsMinus the slaves to warm the seats in winter and the live entertainment1 commentsmemphius
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Roman, Titus683 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
Augustus RIC I, 322682 viewsAugustus 27 BC - AD 14
AR - Denar, 3.83g, 20mm, Rome 19 BC, by moneyer Q Rustius
obv. Q RVSTIVS - FORTVNA, ANTIAT (in ex., hard to see!)
Busts, draped, jugate, r., of Fortuna Victrix, helmeted, holding patera in l.
hand, and Fortuna Felix, wearing stephane;
both busts rest on bar terminating at each end in a ram' s head
A highly ornamented rectangular altar with a bowl on it, inscribed in front
ex.: EX.S.C.
RIC I, 322; BMCR 2
R2; about VF, toned

FORTVNA ANTIATIS, Fortuna of Antium, one of the most important places of Fortuna worshipping, as two goddesses, sisters, FORTVNA VICTRIX, more male, and FORTVNA FELIX, more female. Or as two aspects of only one goddess?
On the rev. the altar of FORTVNA REDVX, erected by the Senatus for the lucky return of Augustus 19BC with the 53 standards from the Parthians in Rome near the Porta Capuana.
Q Rustius celebrates Augustus and his own hometown Antium.
4 commentsJochen
Roman Empire, Constantine Jr682 viewsObv: Anepigraphic
Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust left.
Legend in three lines. Star above, dot below.
2.1 gm, 18 mm, mintmark: */ /SMANTΓ/ /•
Comment: Previously attested on Forum ID board.
Unlisted officina for gamma.
Submitted by Massanutten
1 commentsMassanutten
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I, Siscia RIC 84680 viewsAE3, 319 AD
Obv: CONSTANT-INVS AVG, Cuirassed bust left wearing high crested helmet and holding shield and spear.
Rev: VICT(dot) LAETAE PRINC PERP, Two Victories holding shield inscribed VOT/PR over alter.
(dot) ASIS(dot) in exergue.
19mm, 3.8 gm.
RIC 84, Rated R1
5 commentsjdholds
GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Antimachos I, ca. 175-170 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Bopearachchi Series 1E679 viewsDiademed head of Antimachos right wearing kausia. / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΘE[OY] ANTIMAXOY Poseidon standing facing, holding trident and palm branch, HA monogram in inner right field.
Bopearachchi Series 1E; SNG ANS 278 (monogram variant); Mitchiner 124a; Sear 7542.
(32 mm, 17.14 g, 12h)
Provenance, based on Bopearachchi: Freeman & Sear FPL 11, Spring/Summer 2006; ex- Muhammad Riaz Barber Coll.; ex- Peshawar bazaar (April 1996); ex-Kuliab Hoard (1996)

The Kuliab Hoard from which this coin derives was found in clandestine (1995/6) excavations on an ancient site in the vicinity of Kuliab, Tajikistan, 8-10 km from Qizil Mazar, in the valley of the Qizil Su, on the right bank of the Oxus. The inferred find site is located about 80 km northeast of the famed ancient site Ai Khanoum on the left bank of the Oxus, a key Greco-Bactrian foundation.

The hoard reputedly consisted of 800 coins of which 250 were described by Bopearachchi in his paper. The hoard, consisted dominantly of small denomination silver and contained coins from the time of Seleukos I down to the time of Eukratides I. Almost all the coins were of Bactrian origin. It appears to have been a savings hoard that was closed around 145 BC, probably co-incident with the invasion of nomadic peoples from the north.

The Kuliab Hoard represents one of the easternmost finds of Graeco-Bactrian coins, proof that Bactrian influence extended well into the western Himalayan Valleys of Tajikistan to the north northeast of Ai Khanoum.

Probably my finest tetradrachm - the male equivalent Mona Lisa of coinage!
11 commentsLloyd T
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Julian II, AE1 Thessalonica. RIC VIII : 225679 viewsObv: D N FL CL IVLIANVS P F AVG. Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: SECVRITAS REIPVB. Bull, head facing, standing right; above, two stars; in exergue, TESA between two laurel branches.
1 commentsthe_Apostate
ROMAN EMPIRE, City Commemorative, Urbs Roma, VRBS ROMA Wolf and Twins AE3679 viewsObverse: VRBS-ROMA Helmeted hear of Roma left
Reverse: Wolf and Twins left, branch between two stars above
Exergue: TRP
Mint: Trier
Attribution: RIC VII Trier 561
Rarity: C3
A common coin but one that I'm fond of.
5 commentsmauseus
Caesonia (?), wife of Caligula, died 41 CE677 viewsÆ (28 mm, 11.17 g) of Carthago Nova, Spain.
Obv: C CAESAR AVG. GERMANIC. IMP. PM. TRP. COS. Laurate head of Caligula, right.
Rev: CN. ATEL. FLAC. CN. POM. FLAC. II VIR. Q.V.I.N.C. Head of Caesonia (as Salus) right, SAL AVG across field.
SGI 419; Heiss 272,35; Cohen 247,1.

Though this coin is reputed to portray Caesonia, this is not likely for its obverse is dated TR P COS = 37 AD, yet Caligula did not marry Caesonia until late 39! RPC 185 calls the lady Salus, but also mentions possible IDs with Antonia or Livia (p. 92).
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Aphrodite676 viewsMarble statue of a naked Aphrodite crouching at her bath1 commentsBacchus
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BYZANTINE, Justinianus I.673 viewsJustinianus
AU Solidus
Obv: DNIVSTINANVSPPAVI - Helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, holding spear over shoulder and shield.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGGI Exe: /CONOB - Victory standing facing, holding cross and globus cruciger. 527-538 (Constantinople).
2 commentsTanit
Philippus I., Rome mint, struck 249 AD, Æ Sestertius673 viewsIMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right
AETERNITAS AVGG, SC elephant advancing left, led by cornak, holding staff and goad
RIC 167a; Cohen 18
2 commentsdupondius
Roman, Constantine I672 viewsA truly magnificent portrait. RIC VII, Arles Mint, 3453 commentsMayadigger
Victory - British Museum672 viewsA small bronze Victory - 1st CenturyBacchus
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I the Great, Thessalonica, RIC VII 154668 viewsI have seen better gates, but the portrait is quite stunning. I will regret selling this for the rest of my life.
3 commentsjbaran
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GREEK, QUASI-AUTONOMOUS, Bosporus, Rhescuporis II, Sestertius667 viewsAE 48 Nummi or Sestertius. 69-93 AD
Obv: King Rhescuporis II standing right, left foot on prisoner kneeling; on right, trophy; on left, another kneeling prisoner, hands tied behind his back.
Rev: Nike standing left, holding wreath and palm.
RPC 473
2 commentsjdholds
ROMAN EMPIRE, Diocletian, Antoninianus. Rome RIC V (ii) : 162667 viewsObv: IMP DIOCLETIANVS AVG. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: IOVI CONSERVAT AVGG. Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt and sceptre; in exergue, XXIB.
2 commentsthe_Apostate
Roman Empire, Geta (209-211 A.D.), AR-Denarius, RIC IV-I 075, Rome, FORT RED TR P III COS II, Fortuna seated left,667 views053 Geta (209-211 A.D.), AR-Denarius, RIC IV-I 075, Rome, FORT RED TR P III COS II, Fortuna seated left,
avers:- P-SEPT-GETA-PIVS-AVG-BRIT, Laureate head right.
revers:- FORT-RED-TR-P-III-COS-II, Fortuna seated left with rudder & cornucopiae, wheel below seat.
exe: , diameter: 19mm, weight: 3,47g, axis:- 0 h,
mint: Rome, date: 211 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-I-075-p-324, C-51,
4 commentsquadrans
TEMPLE or SHRINE, Volusian, Antoninianus665 viewsMinted in Rome in AD 252
IMP CAE C VIB VOLVSIANO AVG, radiate and draped bust of Volusian right
IVNONI MARTIALI, Juno seated within a distyle shrine, * in right field
3,60 gr
Ref : RCV # 9750, Cohen #45

The precise location of this shrine could be in the Campus Martius, or in the Campus Martialis (see RCV III, p 241, note under # 9730)
4 commentsPotator II
Italy, Rome, Arch of Titus665 viewsArch of Titus in Rome depicting the spoils of Jerusalem's temple.
Photo taken September 2005
Titus Pullo
Antioch mint Portrait Style665 viewsFour coins from Anitoch mint. Typical 'hook-nosed' portraits.Kevin_S
ROMAN EMPIRE, VALENTINIAN II AE2 RIC 52664 viewsConstantinople mint, 4th officina
D N VALENTINIANVS P F AVG, Helmeted, diademed, cuirassed bust of Valentinian, holding spear in right hand
GLORIA RO-MANORUM, Valentinain standing on a galley, driven by a victory, Wreath in field, CON delta at exergue
4.93 gr
Ref : RIC # 52, Cohen #22, RC #4161, LRBC #2151
Very light orange patina
11 commentsPotator II
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Greece, Athens - Acropolis, Parthenon, Slab of the North Parthenon Frieze664 views
Germanicus RIC I, (Gaius) 57662 viewsGermanicus, died AD 19, brother of Claudius, father of Gaius Caligula
AE - Dupondius, 16.7g, 31mm, Rome AD 41-54
obv. GERMANICVS/CAESAR in two lines across field
Germanicus bare-headed and in military cloak standing r. in a slow-quadriga
ornamented with Victory holding wreath.
rev. SIGNIS - RECEPT/DEVICTIS - GERM/S- C in three lines, between them Germanicvs bare-headed in tunika standing l., r. hand raised for greeting, in l.
hand eagle-sceptre
RIC II, (Gaius) 57; C.7; BMCR. 94
VF, nice patina!

This issue commemorates the triumph of Germanicus AD 17 due to his rather poor successful campaigns against the Germans, where he regains 2 of the 3 signs of the 17., 18. and 19. legion which were lost AD 9 by Varus in the battle of Teutoburg Forest. On the battlefield he let collect the mortal remains of the dead and built a big tomb.
For Latin scholars: The grammar structure on the rev. is the infamous 'ablativus absolutus' and we find a nice Chiasmus, a crossing of words.
3 commentsJochen
ROMAN EMPIRE, Julian II, AE1 Antioch662 viewsJulian II. 360-363 AD. AE1 (8.89 gm). Antioch mint, 4th officina. DNFLCLIVLI-ANVSPFAVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right / SECVRITAS REIPVB, bull standing right, two stars above; (palm) ANTD (palm).
RIC VIII 216; LRBC 2640.
Grade: good VF, dark brown patina.
I can not understand why the coin was graded as gVF only - there are no any visible traces of circulating.
The most perfect portrait of Julian which I have seen ever. If you do not agree, show me better!
13 commentsIVLIANVS
ROMAN EMPIRE, Carinus AE Ant - Rare Possibly Unpublished Variant660 viewsAE Antoninianus. Siscia. M AVR CARINVS NOB CAES radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right/ FIDES MILITVM Fides standing left holding two standards, star P in right field, XXI in ex. CHEF. Rare, possibly unpublished variant.
2 commentsLordBest
New World, Maya, Tikal, Guatemala, Cox Combs above the rain forest660 viewsMayadigger - The cox-comb roofs of a number of towering pyramids show just above the gigantic mahagony and giant fig trees of the Peten forest. These threes are full of parrots, toucans, and howler and spider monkeys. As far as I was concerned, my only thoughts were as how I was to get back down without breaking my neck!3 commentsMayadigger
ROMAN EMPIRE, Nero, Sestertius, AE Rome mint, struck 64 AD658 viewsNERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P laureate-headed bust right with aegis on left shoulder
AVGVSTI, POR OST, SC bird’s eye view of a the new Ostia harbor; at top pharos surmounted by a statue (light house); at bottom, reclining figure of Neptune left, holding rudder and dolphin
RIC 181, Cohen 33 (20 Fr.)

ex. Arthur Bally-Herzog collection

15 commentsdupondius
Roman, Julian II. Apostata AE1656 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
Bull - Julian II The Apostate654 viewsDN FL CL IVLI-ANVS PF AVG
RIC VIII 122 Nicomedia

Bull, head facing, standing right; above, two stars

There is still some dirt on this coin which is what shows the mottled appearance. The coin is in remarkable condition, however with high relief and detail.

--Fred (Roscoedaisy)
3 commentsroscoedaisy
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Roman Empire, Constantine I, AE3, Thessalonica, RIC 32 variety653 viewsobv: CONSTA-NTINVS AVG, Bust l. cuir. w/ spear over rt. shoulder
rev:VOTXX / MVLT / XXX / TS[delta] in wreath
RIC Thessalonica 32 var. R5

This legend break is unrecorded for this type- in combination with extremely rare bust type and scarce reverse type. A fantastically rare coin.
5 commentswolfgang336
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New World, Peru 1.5649 viewsMore Cyclopean Stones with Sheri showing their size...3 commentsMayadigger
POST MEDIEVAL, AUSTRIA, SALZBURG, 1 TALER, 1621648 viewsSilver coin with 28,78 grams
Ruler: Paris von Londron (1619 - 1653)
Ref.: KM 61, Dav.: 3497, Probszt: 1189
1 commentslincon r2
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I VOT XX Heraclea647 viewsObv: CONSTAN-TINVS AVG
Center field: VOT / X • X / star

Attribution: RIC VII Heraclea 60, minted 324 AD

From the collection of BenB
4 commentsBenB
CAMPGATE, Constantius II645 viewsConstantius II; 326 AD, RIC vii 84 R2
PROVIDEN_TIAE CAESS, SMHB pellet [Heraclea] in exergue.
20 mm, 3.1 g; 5 rows, 2 turrets, star. Only very minor damage ue to corrosion on reverse side over the "VSN" portion of the inscription.
Zoe, mother of Constantine VII, 913-959 CE.643 viewsÆ Follis (23.7 mm, 5.15 g). Constantinople mint. Struck 914 - 919 CE.
Obv: +CONSTANT CE ZO Hb, Facing busts of Constantine, wearing loros, and Zoe, clad in chlamys, both crowned and holding long cross between them.
Sear 1758; Berk 928; DOC 22.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), AR Denarius, Emesa (Antioch), FELICIT TEMPOR,642 viewsSeptimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), AR Denarius, Emesa (Antioch), FELICIT TEMPOR,
avers:- IMP-CAEL-SEP-SEV-PERT-AVG-COS-II, Laurate bust right.
revers:- FELI-CIT-TEM-POR, Stalk of grain between crossed cornucopia.
date: 194-95 A.D.,
mint: Emesa (Antioch),
diameter: 17mm,
weight: 2,83g,
axis: 0h,
ref: RIC-IV-373var, p-, C-142b,
2 commentsquadrans
Q. Cassius Longinus -- AR Denarius641 viewsQ. Cassius Longinus -- AR Denarius. Head of Libertas right; LIBERT left, Q. CASSIVS right / Curule chair within temple of Vesta; urn to left and voting tablet inscribed AC to right. Crawford 428/2; Sydenham 918; Cassia 8. Triton VI, Lot 739.

CNG's historical take on these coins: The reverse of this attractive type alludes to an incident in 113 BC, in which the College of Ponftiffs acquitted two Vestal Virgins, allegedly improperly, on charges of incest, while condemning a third. An ancestor of the moneyer was called in to investigate the affair. The curule chair under the circular temple alludes to the judicial power given to the investigator; the urn to the left and the tablet to the right inscribed A/C (for Absolvo and Condemno) is the ballot used by jurors to vote for guilt or innocence.
1 commentsJoe Sermarini
France, Sommiéres - Roman bridge641 views17 arch bridge built on orders of Tiberius to cross the river Vidourle and enable to connect Nemausis ( Nîmes ) with Tolosa ( Toulouse ).Bohemond
France, Ambrussum, Gallia Narbonensis - via Domitia.638 viewsSee those wagontracks as road goes upwards from the bridge towards the settlement on the top of the hillBohemond
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Nero, sesterius638 viewsNero, Sestertius. On reverse the temple of Janus with closed doors. Nero was a pacifist, he was proud that during his reign there was peace, so the doors of the temple were closed. 3 commentsPLINIUS
France, Ambrussum, Gallia Narbonensis - via Domitia.636 viewsVia Domitia winding its way uphillBohemond
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ROMAN IMPERATORS, Julius Caesar636 viewsR5384
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL: Julius Caesar, as dictator (49-44 BC). Silver denarius (4.04 gm). Mint moving with Caesar, 48–47 BC. Female head (Clementia?) right, wearing diadem, oak wreath and pearl necklace, numeral LII (52) behind / Trophy of Gallic arms consisting of a horned helmet, shield, mail cuirass, and carnyx, axe surmounted by animal´s head to right, CAE-SAR across lower field. Crawford 452/2. Sydenham 1009. CRI 11.

The obverse type, which probably depicts Clementia (clemency), symbolizes Caesar's leniency toward defeated enemies. The LII behind her head may indicate Caesar’s age (52) when these coins were struck. The reverse symbolizes Caesar's long years of campaigning in Gaul, where he cemented his reputation as a military commander of genius.
2 commentsgoldcoin
GREEK, Lydian Half-Stater636 viewsCroesus 550BC2 commentsalexB
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Italy, Rome, Trajan's Column634 views
Greek Youth - British Museum634 viewsGreek statue of a youth with a 'bowl' haircut2 commentsBacchus
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Philip I Antioch Billon Tetradrachm630 viewsPhilip I Billon Tetradrachm of Antioch, Syria. Radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / Eagle standing left, wreath in its beak, ANTIOXIA S C in exergue. Antioch Tetradrachm Prieur 448
9 commentsmwilson603
Italy, Ostia - Alexander and Helix's inn629 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
Strength And Honour
POST MEDIEVAL, AUSTRIA, Archduke Leopold, TALER, 1632627 viewsSilver coin with 27,60 grams
Ruler: Erzherzog Leopold (1618)-1625 - 1632
Hall Mint - Tyrol
Ref.: Km#804.2
1 commentslincon r2
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Caracalla, Unofficial denarius618 viewsCaracalla, AD 211-217
AR Denarius - 19mm, 4.15g
unofficial mint, c. 212 AD
laureate bust r.
Annona seated l., holding wheat ears over modius in r. hand, cornucopia in l.
ancient imitation

"It is an ancient imitation, as style and composition show. That explains the hybrid titulature, GERM on obv. but only TR P XV on rev.

Rev. appears to be P M TR P XV COS III P P, Annona seated l., holding wheat ears over modius in r. hand, cornucopia in l. " - Curtis Clay
Gallienus Antoninianus618 viewsGallienus Antoninianus

Attribution: RIC 207k
Date: 267-268 AD
Obverse: GALLIENVS AVG; radiate bust rt.
Reverse: IOVICONS AVG; goat stg. lt.; stigma in exergue
Size: 17 mm
Weight: 2.5 grams
Medieval, Hungary, 01.3.03. István I., "St. Stephen !", King of Hungary, (997-1038 A.D.), AR-Denarius, CÁC I. 01.3.03., H-001, U-001, CNH I.-001, + REGIA CIVITAS, #01615 views01.3.03. István I., "St. Stephen !", King of Hungary, (997-1038 A.D.), AR-Denarius, CÁC I. 01.3.03., H-001, U-001, CNH I.-001, + REGIA CIVITAS, #01
avers: + STEPHANVS•REX• (The first S are retrograde !), Cross within a pearled border, wedges between the arms of the cross.
reverse: + REGIA CIVITAS (REGIA CIVITVS, "V" instead of "A"!), Cross within a pearled border, wedges between the arms of the cross.
exergue:-/-//--, diameter: 17,5 mm, weight: 0,73 g, axis: 5 h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Huszár-001, Unger-001, CNH I.-001,
Tóth-Kiss-Fekete: CÁC I.(Catalog of Árpadian Coinage I./Opitz I.), Privy-Mark/Szigla: 01.3.03.,
New World, Peru 1614 viewsThat's me, standing close to the stones, just to give the size...2 commentsMayadigger
ROMAN EMPIRE, PROCOPIUS Ae3 NICOMEDIA Mint612 viewsBest portrait for this type4 commentsgb29400
ROMAN EMPIRE, Trajan Decius, Antoninianus611 viewsAttribution: RIC 121, 12b
Date: AD 249-253
Obverse: IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust r.
Reverse: DACIA, Dacia stg. l. wearing robe reaching to feet, holding vertical staff w/ ass’ head (misidentified here and actually a draco battle standard common among Dacian troops)
Size: 23 mm Weight: 4.3 grams
4 commentsNoah
SUB-ROMAN, Ostrogoth, Gepid, (The age of exodus/Dark ages) Sirmium, AR-1/4-Siliqua, "Justin I." type, Alain Gennari No: 158, Cunimund monogram, Simplified monogram of Theoderich, Very Rare!610 viewsOstrogoth, Gepid, (The age of exodus/Dark ages) Sirmium, AR-1/4-Siliqua, "Justin I." type, Alain Gennari No: 158, Cunimund monogram, Simplified monogram of Theoderich (Alain Gennari type 48., Plate coin, Figure 17. this coin!), Very Rare!
avers: DN IVSTINV*PNVI, The name of Justin I. The Legend are affected the diademed head right,
reverse: No legend, Stylized monogram, Alain Gennari: Type 48.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 21,0mm, weight: 0,78g, axis: 1h,
mint: ,date: A.D., ref: MIB - (cf 50), cf Metlich, Ostrogothic Italy, S. 43, Abb. 23. RR s.sch. ,( another exampl: Ref:H.D.Rauch 81, Lot. No.:815,) Alain Gennari 158, (avers type: 93, reverse type :111, monogram type:48) Plate coin Figure 17. this coin! Very Rare!
This coin attributed by the Alain Gennari article:
"The "Sirmium group": about the so-called Gepids siliquae
With a specific catalogue -2ⁿᵈ edition, Parma Oktober 2017"
Constantius II RIC VIII, Alexandria 58609 viewsConstantius II 324 - 361, son of Constantin I
AE - AE 3, 4.68g, 21mm
Alexandria 2. officina, 348 - 350
draped bust, pearl-diademed head l., holding globe with r.
helmeted soldier walking r., head l., holding reversed spear l. and
leading young barbarian out of his hut, tree behind
exergue: ALEB
RIC VIII, Alexandria 58; C.53
VF, sandpatina
added to

This issue celebrates the fact that AD 342 under Constans the Franks were taken over the Rhine and settled in Taxandria (Belgium). This was a peaceful act (the barbarian would not been dragged but guided!) done by negotiations and the Franks had to fight for the Romans.
POST MEDIEVAL, Germany, BRAUNSCHWEIG - WOLFENBÃœTTEL, 1 TALER, 1609609 viewsSilver coin with 28,66 grams
Ruler.: Heinrich Julius (1589 - 1613)
ref.: Welter: 645, Dav.: 6285
2 commentslincon r2
Roman, Vitellius sestertius minted Rome, A.D. 69607 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 EMPIRE, Probus Antoninianus606 viewsProbus Antoninianus

Attribution: RIC V 651, Siscia
Date: AD 276
AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust r.
emperor stg. r. clasping hand of
Concordia, “P” between, XXI in
Size: 21.5 mm
Weight: 3.57 grams
5 commentsNoah
Roman, Hadrian Sestertius605 viewsThis is one of my favourite coins because it has one of the best portraits of Hadrian that I have ever seen.4 commentspeterpil19
AUGUSTUS. AR Cistophorus (3 denarii) of Pergamum. Struck c.19 - 18 B.C.604 viewsObverse: IMP IX TR PO V. Bare head of Augustus facing right.
Reverse: Triumphal arch surmounted by Augustus in facing triumphal quadriga; IMP IX TR POT V on architrave; S P R SIGNIS RECEPTIS in three lines within arch opening, standards at either side.
RIC I : 510 | BMC : 703 | RSC : 298.

This coin commemorates Augustus' triumphant agreement with the Parthians in 20 B.C. under which they returned the legionary standards captured from Crassus who was defeated and killed at Carrhae thirty-three years earlier (53 B.C.) Augustus installed these standards in the Temple of Mars Ultor.
The reverse of the coin shows the triumphal arch which was awarded to Augustus on the occasion of his recovery of the standards. This was the second triumphal arch awarded to Augustus and, like the earlier arch which had been constructed in 29 BC to honour his victory over Cleopatra, this second arch, which archaeological evidence suggests may actually have incorporated the first arch, stood in close proximity to the Temple of Divus Julius at the southern entrance to the Roman Forum.

This is the rarest cistophorus struck during the reign of Augustus with the exception of the exceedingly rare issues featuring a sphinx.
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Turkey, Ephesus - Relief inside temple of Hadrian604 views1 commentsmemphius
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Florian, Antoninianus, Lugdunum, RIC 16, Bust Type C604 viewsObv:– IMP C M AN FLORIANVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev:– VIRTVS AVGVSTI, Mars advancing right, holding a shield and spear, treading down captive.
Minted in Lugdunum (IIII in exe.) Emission 3 Officina 4, between September to October 276 A.D.
References:– Cohen 107. Bastien 150 (31 examples). RIC 16 Bust type C
4 commentsmaridvnvm
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I -SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI- Rome RIC 349604 viewsConstantine I, 312-313 AD. AE Follis
Obv: IMP CONSTANTINVS PF AVG, laureate, cuirassed bust right
Rev: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI [The senate and the Roman people to the highest prince] Legionary eagle between two vexella
in ex R P
Rome RIC 349

from the collection of Victor
My Constantine Website
1 commentsVictor
Domitius Domitianus, Octadrachm603 viewsOctadrachm struck in Alexandria in 297 AD
Obv : ΔOMITI-ANOC CEB, radiate head of Domitianus right
Rev : LB (regnal year 2), Serapis walking right, palm behind
12.79 gr
Ref : Sear #4801, Alexandrian coins #4241/2 (the illustration is this ex)

Domitius Domitianus, stationed in Egypt, rebelled against Diocletianus in july 296 AD and was proclaimed emperor. He was defeated during spring 297 AD. Diocletian decided to close the alexandrian mint, so the coins of Domitianus are the last provincial coins from Alexandria. Also, Domitianus was the only ruler to strike octadrachms (in paralle with didrachms, tetradrachms and hexadrachms)
2 commentsPotator II
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New World, Maya, Lamanai, Belize603 viewsMayadigger - Here I am "discovering" an ancient Maya pyramid in the ruins at Lamanai. As seen, it's being recovered from the rain forest by archeologists. This particular structure ia about 80 feet tall. What makes Lamanai unique is that it was the longest inhabited city in the New World...from approx. 300BC to 1100 AD.1 commentsMayadigger
CAMPGATE, Constantine I, Ticinum600 viewsConsantine I, Ticinum min, 326 - 327 AD; bronze, 19 mm, 2.7 gms.
obv: CONSAN TINVSAVG - Laureate bust right
Campgae, 6 rows [top row decorated with pellets], two turrets, star; medium archway. RIC vii 207 R4 page 387.
1 commentsbruce61813
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Italy, Rome, Colosseum 1599 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
1 commentsStrength And Honour
VIA TRAIANA, TRAJAN598 viewsAR denarius. 112-114 AD. 3,36 grs. Laureate bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder. IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P / Via Traiana reclining left, left elbow on rock, holding wheel and reed. S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI. In exergue VIA TRAIANA.
Minted to commemorate the construction of the Via Traiana from Beneventum to Brindisium. On the left a pic of part of the road,and on the right a miliaria ( milia passuum, "one thousand paces", 4,841 feet ) or milestone.
The stone, besides the titles of the emperor, reports that it was constructed at the emperor's expense ( PECVN SVA FECIT ).

4 commentsbenito
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Probus, antoninianus, Rome, RIC 157 Bust Type F596 viewsEmperor on horseback L, arm raised, ADVENTVS AVG, trampling captive. Rome mint, exe R crescent delta.
3 commentsRobert_Brenchley
Roman Empire, Constantine - VIRTVS EXERCIT595 viewscirca A.D. 320
CONSTAN-TINVS AVG Helmeted, cuirassed
VIRTVS-EXERCIT [Valor of the Army] Trophy standing on ground, captive seated on either side
In left field there is a clear wreath; In exergue dot PTR
similar to RIC VII Trier 249, except for wreath in left field in place of star.
unlisted in RIC

collection of Victor
2 commentsVictor
Caracalla --AE32, Cilicia, Diokaisarea. 592 viewsObv.: Laureate bust of Caracalla, eagle & T-bolt countermarks. Rev.: Athena, riding quadriga, holding thunderbolt and snake-fringed shield. SNG Levante 673 (same eagle-countermark, same dies but not the thunderbolt-countermark); Howgego 337 (for same two countermarks on one coin). (featherz)featherz
A zoo should have at least one Phoenix591 viewsDN CONSTANS PF AUG
Siscia mint, third offic.
Roman, Caracalla591 viewsAn incuse profile of Caracalla is visible on the reverse4 commentsTLP
Antoninus Pius As Sow suckling young591 viewsAntoninus Pius Æ As. 143-144 AD. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head right / IMPERATOR II S-C, Sow seated right under helm-oak, suckling four young, another before, SC in ex. RIC 733, Cohen 450, BMC 1624 ancientone
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I589 viewsCONSTANTINUS I, “THE GREAT”, 307-337 AD. Centenional (2,5 gr.; Æ = 17,40 mm.; 6:00 hs.). Mint of Siscia, 1st officina, ca. 334-335 AD. Obv. DN CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG. Diademated militar bust right. Rev. GLORIA EXERCITVS. Two soldiers besides two militar standars; ex.: ·ASIS·. RIC VII (Sis.) #235; Salgado MRBI #8276.f. Mint State. Shiny dark patina.
4 commentsRicardo
BYZANTINE, ISAAC II AE Tetarteron S-2005 DOC5589 viewsFacing bust of the Archangel Michael beardless and nimbate, wearing loros and holding sceptre with trifoil device. and Rev Bust of Isaac facing wearing crown and loros and holding cruiciform sceptre and akakia. 21mm Nice Very Fine! **** Note the trifoil device that Archangel Michael holds.***** DOC 5a.1 2 commentsSimon
Roman, Pompey the Great587 views5 commentsDIVIF
Greek, Alexander III the Great - Tetradrachm - Amphipolis, Macedon586 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
TEMPLE, Augustus, AR Denarius MAR VLT586 viewsAugustus, AR Denarius (3.61 gm). Laureate head right, CAESARI AVGVSTO / Domed hexastyle temple of Mars Ultor (the Avenger) containing legionary eagle between two standards, MAR VLT. RIC I 105a (pg.48); BMCRE 373; RSC 190.4 commentssocalcoins
ROMAN IMPERATORS, Mark Antony, LEG V, AR Legionary denarius586 viewsStruck at a travelling mint, c.32-31 B.C.
Obverse: Galley sailing right. ANT AVG above; III VIR • R • P • C below.
Reverse: LEG V, Legionary eagle between two standards.
8 commentsOptimus
France, Ambrussum, Gallia Narbonensis - via Domitia.585 viewsVia Domitia going downhill towards the bridgeBohemond
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Roman, Trajan Sestertius584 viewsTRAJAN. 98-117 AD. Æ Sestertius (32mm, 28.81 g). Struck 106 AD. Laureate bust right, wearing aegis. 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.
Jan Terje Rafdal
Israel, Gezer - Bronze Age city walls583 viewsThese are the Bronze Age city walls of the Canaanite city of Gezer. It is near this town that the battle took place where Joshua is said to have held the sun and the moon still. The Canaanites held off the attacks by the tribe of Dan until the reign of Solomon.
posted by Zam
Roman Empire, Gordianus-III. (238-244 A.D.), AE-Sestercius, RIC IV-III 298a, Rome, IOVI STATORI, 582 views072 Gordianus-III. (238-244 A.D.), AE-Sestercius, RIC IV-III 298a, Rome, IOVI STATORI,
avers:- IMP-GORDIANVS-PIVS-FEL-AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
revers:- IOVI-STATORI, Jupiter standing, facing, holding scepter and thunderbolt; S C across fields.
exe:-/-//--, diameter: 30mm, weight: 20,79g, axis: h,
mint: Rome, date: 241-243 A.D., ref: RIC-298a, C-111,
Israel, Gezer - six chambered gate built by Solomon580 viewsThe Canaanite town was supposedly conquered by an Egyptian pharaoh and given to Solomon as a dowry for his daughter. Solomon then rebuilt and fortified the city, including this six chambered gate, dating from the 10th century. The chambers were to be packed with soldiers, so if enemies forced their way through the gate, they would be surrounded by soldiers on all sides.
posted by Zam
IMP C M AVR MARIVS AVG Draped, cuirassed and radiated bust right
VICTO - Ri - A AV - G Victoria walking right
with full silvering

4 commentsgb29400
Greece, Athens - Odeon of Herodes Atticus578 viewsBuilt in 161 AD1 commentsJohny SYSEL
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Roman, Vespasian578 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 EMPIRE, Carus, early Sep 282 - c. Jul/Aug 283 A.D., Postumus Consecration Issue577 viewschoice aEF, 3.06g, 22.7mm, 180o, Tripolis mint, obverse DIVO CARO, radiate bust right; reverse CONSECRATIO •, flaming altar, T - R across fields, XXI in exergue; dark toning2 commentssalem
ROMAN EMPIRE, NERO, AE AS575 viewsObv: IMP NERO CAESAR AVG GERM - Laureate bust of Nero right.
Rev: S C, Victory alighting left, wings spread, holding shield (SPQR).
RIC I 351B
3 commentspostumus
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Aesclepius575 viewsCaracalla denarius
Obv:– ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Laureate bust right
Rev:– P M TR P XVIII COS IIII P P, Aesculapius standing front, head left, with serpent-entwined wand; globe on ground at right
Minted in Rome in A.D. 215
References:- BMCRE 103, RIC 251, RSC 302

Aesclepius is the god of medicine and holds staff with a snake entwined around it.
3 commentsmaridvnvm
Zeus Ammon on Ptolemy IV Hemidrachm570 viewsZeus Ammon portrait by master die artist. In unusually high relief and expressive style. Uncommon for this type (~ 35mm, 35gm). Issued ca. 220BC at Alexandria mint. This is one Zeus that looks like he really might just get up and step right off the coin or turn around and have something to say of great mythological significance :) 6 commentsPtolemAE
CAMPGATE, Arcadius569 viewsObv: ARCADIVS partially visible, bust appears to be pearl-diademed
Rev: GLORIA REIPVBLICE partially visible, multi-level "campgate", TES below
AE4, 13 mm (Ray Wilk)
GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy III Large Bronze569 viewsPtolemy III - ca 240BC - Alexandria - Drachm
Bronze - 43.1-43.9mm - 73.2gm - 11h
CHI/RHO monogram in eagle's legs
Svoronos 964, SNG Cop. 172
Not especially rare type, but always rare this nice. A real monster, too.
10 commentsPtolemAE
Roman Empire, Trebonianus Gallus, Antoninian with blundered reverse legend567 viewsI'm have this rare Trebonianus Gallus antoninian with blundered reverse legend:
The 'PV' letters are missing!

Very Rare. 5-6 pieces known (example: Lanz #92 (1999) lot#1072).
ROMAN EMPIRE, Probus, Fully Silvered Antoninianus, Rome, RIC 158564 viewsProbus Fully Silvered Antoninianus, somewhat toned

RIC Rome 158

Radiate facing right, cuirassed with Medusa head breastplate.

Emperor riding left, right hand raised, left holding sceptre; at foot, captive.

Angry horse!

This coin is part of the AEQVITI series, representing the trailing "I" for the Rome series.
3 commentsroscoedaisy
Bust of Antoninus Pius from the British museum563 views3 commentsareich
Roman Empire, Domitianus563 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII

unpublished with this reverse legend
6 commentsfrederic W
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Roman, Probus, summer 276 - Sep 282 A.D.562 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 EMPIRE, Constantine I, Antioch, RIC VII 86561 viewsConstantine I AE3
obv: CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG. Diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right
rev: GLORIA EXERCITVS. Two soldiers standing, facing each other, each holding spear and shield, either side of two standards.
exergue: SMANA
Struck 330-335 A.D. at Antioch
Van Meter 93
From the collection of Jericho
3 commentsJericho
Turkey, Ephesus - Central square of Terrace Houses561 viewsPart of the central square of the terrace houses in Ephesus.1 commentsmemphius
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Roman, Vespasian Sestertius560 viewsVespasian. AD 69-79. Æ Sestertius (34mm, 23.90 g). Rome mint. Struck AD 71. Laureate head right. RIC 443; Cohen 419. Good VF, mottled green patina, light smoothing.
9 commentsJan Terje Rafdal
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Claudius Gothicus558 viewsObv: IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG
Bust: Radiate & cuirassed bust right
Claudius on horseback left, holding scepter and raising hand in salute.
Date: 268-270 AD
Denom: Antoninianus
RIC 13f
2 commentsBluefish
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Julia Domna, Rome, RIC IV 574558 viewsJulia Domna AR Denarius
obv: IVLIA AVGVSTA. Draped bust right.
rev: PIETAS PVBLICA. Pietas standing facing, head left, both hands raised, lit altar left.
Struck 198-202 A.D. at Rome
RIC IV 574
Van Meter 40
7 commentsJericho
Roman Empire, PROBUS with club -- unlisted558 viewsIMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG
his radiated and cuirassed bust left, shield on left shoulder, holding club vertical in right hand.
Probus and Concordia standing facing each other, clasping right hands

* gb29400
3 commentsgb29400
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Probus, Antoninianus, Serdica, RIC 862, Bust Type H557 viewsObv:– IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding sceptre surmounted by eagle
Rev:– SOLI INVICTO, Sol in a spread quadriga facing, radiate, cloak billowing out behind, raising right hand, holding whip in left
Minted in Serdica (KAB in exe)
RIC 862 Bust type H (Common).
1 commentsmaridvnvm
ROMAN EMPIRE, Barbaric Julia Domna554 viewsJulia Domna --AR Denarius. Contemporary (ancient) imitation. IVLIA DOMINA (sic) AVG. R: Vesta seated left holding palladium and sceptre. 2 commentsfeatherz
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Roman, Maximinus I Thrax, mid Mar 235 - late May 238 A.D.554 viewsNot sure if this coin fits the bill , but I find the portrait rather Powerfull and expressive.
Your thoughts?
4 commentsjdholds
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Valerian I, AE 28, Anemurium Cilicia, SNG Lev 520 (this coin)554 viewsValerian I AE 28mm from Anemurium in Cilicia (SNG Lev 520 = this coin).

Dating to 255-6 AD this large provincial features a rather startled looking portrait of Valerian, crude yet somewhat charming.
3 commentsmauseus
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, Lydia, Sardis, AR Drachm, 336-323 BC. Lifetime issue - Price 2576553 viewsHead of Herakles right wearing lion-skin headdress. / AΛΕΞANΔPOY Zeus Aëtophoros seated facing on backless throne, his left leg and torso facing front, his head, right arm and right to left; holding eagle in his right hand and long sceptre in his left; NK monogram above bee in left field.
Price 2576; Thompson 134 (same dies). Sardis mint ca. 325/4-323 BC.
(18 mm, 4.27 g, 12h)
ex- Arthur J. Frank Collection; ex- NFA Auction II (25-26 March 1976) Lot 12.
9 commentsLloyd T
Zeus Chrysaoreus551 viewsPius bust left. Draped statue of Zeus Chrysaoreus holding patera and sceptre. Eagle at feet. BMC Caria, Pl. XII

City; Province; Region Ceramus; Asia: Conventus of Alabanda; Caria
Date 138–161
Magistrate P. Ailios Themistokles Protoleontos, arxas (ex-archon?)
Obverse design laureate head of Antoninus Pius with traces of drapery, l.
Obverse inscription ΑΥΤΟΚ ΚΑΙΣ ΑΝΤΩΝΙΝΟΝ ΣΕΒ ΕΥ (facing outward)
Reverse design Zeus (Chrysaoreus) standing, facing, head, l., holding patera over eagle and long sceptre
Metal Bronze
Average diameter 33 mm
Average weight 19.91 g

CHRYSAOR (Chrusaôr). The god with the golden sword or arms. In this sense it is used as a surname or attribute of several divinities, such as Apollo (Hom. II. xv. 256), Artemis (Herod. viii. 77), and Demeter. (Hom. Hymn. in Cer. 4.) We find Chrysaoreus as a surname of Zeus with the same meaning, under which he had a temple in Caria, which was a national sanctuary, and the place of meeting for the national assembly of the Carians. Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Quietus Antoninianus551 viewsObv: IMP C FVL QVIETVS P F AVG. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Quietus facing right.
Rev: IOVI CONSERVATORI. Jupiter seated facing left, holding a patera in his right hand and a sceptre in his left; an eagle at his feet; in left field, star.
RIC V ii : 6 (r3)

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ROMAN EMPIRE, Commodus denarius - RIC 666551 viewsObv:– L AVREL COMMODVS AVG, Young Laureate head right
Rev:– TR P IIII IMP III COS II P P, Victory seated left, holding patera and palm-branch
Minted in Rome in Spring A.D. 179
Reference RIC III (Marcus Aurelius) 666, Cohen/RSC 775. BMCRE 801. Szaivert, MIR 18 457-14/30;
Commodus, as joint Augustus with Marcus Aurelius
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Postumus - FIDES MILITVM550 viewsDouble sestertius. Obv.: IMP C M CASS LAT POSTVMVS PF AVG - Radiated and cuirassed bust right. Rev.: FIDES MILITVM, Fides standing left, holding two ensigns. Mint LVGDVNVM C. 74 - R.I.C. 1236 commentspostumus
Apollo549 viewsFrom the Temple of Apollo at Cyrene in modern LibyaBacchus
Elephant549 viewsJulius Caesar denarius; Crawford 443/1; RSC 49; Van Meter 42 commentsGhengis_Jon
Roman, Trajan549 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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Italy, Rome, Appio-Claudian Aqueduct 2548 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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BYZANTINE, Maurice Tiberius AV (Fouree) Solidus548 viewsMaurice Tiberius AV Solidus.
Obverse: D N MAVRC TIb PP AVG, helmeted and cuirassed facing bust, holding globus cruciger
Reverse: VICTORI AAVCCC, angel holding long P-headed cross and globus cruciger; Exergue: CONOB.
Attribution: DOC I 5f; MIB II 6. SBV #sb0478 (Thanks to
This coin seems heavy to be plated silver. I have yet to weigh it. I believe the core to be lead; however, I am unsure.
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TRANQUILLINA. Wife of Gordian III546 viewsAE 24. Edessa 238-244. 9.87g. 1h. Draped bust right wearing stephane. CA.B.NIA TPANKVΛΛEINA.AVΓ / Roma seated left above shield holding Victory, crowned by city goddess holding scepter, standing left behind her. EΔECCE around, ΩN in exergue. Papaefthymiou, Edessa de Macedoine, p. 87, 6 (D3/R5, pl. 11).
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New World, Maya, Altun Ha, Belize545 viewsMayadigger - Altun Ha "Rock Water", was another ancient Maya city that encompassed nearly 700 years of occupation. Lovely in situation, it's population at it's height was close to 20,000 citizens. It was another leading trade center. Mayadigger
MODERN MILLED (up to 19th Century), GERMANY, SAXONY (German States) - 1 TALER 1807545 viewsSilver coin with 27,77grams
Ruler: Friedrich August I
Ref.: KM#1059.1 Dav.:854
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Italy, Ostia - Street545 viewsIt is like stepping back in time....
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Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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Roman Empire, Gordianus-III. (238-244 A.D.), AR-Antoninianus, RIC IV-III 086, Rome, LAETITIA AVG N, Laetitia standing left,544 views072 Gordianus-III. (238-244 A.D.), AR-Antoninianus, RIC IV-III 086, Rome, LAETITIA AVG N, Laetitia standing left,
avers:- IMP-GORDIANVS-PIVS-FEL-AVG, Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
revers:- LAETITIA-AVG-N, Laetitia standing left with wreath and anchor.
exe:-/-//--, diameter: 22mm, weight: 4,84g, axis: 11h,
mint: Rome, date: 241-243 A.D.(4th. Issue), ref: RIC IV-III-86, p-25, C-121,
France, Sommiéres - Roman Bridge544 views17 arch bridge built on orders of Tiberius to cross the river Vidourle and enable to connect Nemausis ( Nîmes ) with Tolosa ( Toulouse ).Bohemond
Messalina (Valeria), third wife of Claudius. Augusta, 41-48 CE.543 viewsAlexandria, Egypt.
Billon Tetradrachm (24 mm, 10.32 g).
Year 6=AD 45/46.
Obv: TI KLAUDI KAIS SEBA GERMANI AUTOKR, Laureate head of Claudius, right, Ls (=year 6) before.
Rev: MESSALINA KAIS SEBAS, Messalina standing, left, veiled and wearing long chiton and peplos, resting l. elbow on column, holding in the r. hand two figures (their children, Octavia and Britannicus), on her l. arm are two stalks of corn; in lower l. field, a lituus. Sear 1869; SGI 495; RPC 5164; BMCG 75; Cologne 88; Milne 106.
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Byzantine, Isaac II. Angelus (1185-1195 A.D.), SB 2005, AE-Tetarteron, Thessalonica,542 viewsIsaac II. Angelus (1185-1195 A.D.), SB 2005, AE-Tetarteron, Thessalonica,
avers: Abbreviated version of O/X/AP-X/MI (or similar) to left and right of facing bust of Archangel Michael, beardless and nimbate, wearing loros and holding jewelled sceptre (sometimes surmounted by trefoil) and cross on globe.
reverse: ICA /AKI /OC - ΔE /CΠO /TH /C (or similar) to left and right of Isaac, crowned bust facing, wearing loros, holding cross-tipped sceptre and akakia.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 20x20mm, weight: 5,69g, axis: 6h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: A.D., ref: SB 2005,
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Remus and Romulus with the she-wolf542 viewsThe symbol of Rome this is an Etruscan bronze currently on display at the Musei Capitolini in Rome.Titus Pullo
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Aes grave Triens541 viewsTriens caput equitis by Plinius. PLINIUS
Roman Empire, Constantius I Chlorus RIC V, 673 var.540 viewsConstantius I Chlorus, Caesar 293 - 305, father of Constantin I
AR - Antoninianus, 4.45g, 22.4mm
Antiochia AD 293
draped, cuirassed bust, seen from behind, radiate head r.
Jupiter standing r., holding globe and sceptre, facing Hercules standing l.,
holding victory, club and lion's skin.
field: dot above S
exergue: XXI
RIC V/2, 673 var., unlisted in RIC
Rarity?; about EF
From Forum Ancient Coins, thanks!
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From Curtis Clay: This type is known for Diocletian from officinae 1-2, 4-5 and 7. For Galerius there are coins from officina 3 (added: 'Known also for Maximian, RIC'!). For Constantius coins from officina 6 (S) were expected but not yet known.This can be changed when more coins are coming out of Turkey or Syria
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Marcus Aurelius RIC III, 338540 viewsAR - Denar, 3.25g, 18.8mm
Rome, Dec. 175 - Dec. 176
head laureate, r.
Pile of arms
in ex: DE GERM
RIC III, 338
Scarce; VF(?)
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Early in 169, the Marcomanni and Quadi crossed the Danube, penetrated the intervening provinces, and entered Italy. The culmination of their onslaught was a siege of Aquileia. The effect upon the inhabitants of the peninsula was frightful. This was the first invasion of Italy since the late second century B.C., when the Cimbri and Teutones had been separately crushed by Marius.
After a rapid mobilization of forces MARCUS AURELIUS turned north and began his counterattacks against the barbarians. First and foremost, the enemy had to be driven out of Italy and then into their own territory beyond the Danube. But it was a time-consuming and expensive operation. 23 Nov. 176 he held the triumph over Germans and Sarmati. Raetia and Noricum became Roman provinces.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Aurelianus As/Sestertius539 viewsAurelian As or Sestertius, struck 270-275 AD at Rome mint.
Obv: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: CONCORDIA AVG, emperor and empress clasping hands, above and between them bust of Sol right.
Ø 23-26 mm, 7.14 g
RIC 80 var. (no mintmark in exergue)

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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine II, AR Heavy Siliqua539 viewsAR Heavy Siliqua. Averse: Bare head of Constantine to r., head bound with tenia; Reverse: CONSTANTINVS CAESAR, three palm leaves with star on top, N below (Nikomedia mint?)8 commentsOptimus
Roman, Postumus struck under Aureolus538 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
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Elephant, complete with wrinkles537 viewsObv:– ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT, Laureate bust right
Rev:– P M TR P XV COS III P P, Elephant walking right
Minted in Rome in A.D. 213.
RIC 211a
The XV is in fact modified over XIIII.
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Roman Republic, Sergius Silius537 viewsM. Sergius Silus

Helmeted head of RomA right
EX SC before,ROMA and XVI in monogram gehind

Helmeted horseman galloping left, holding sword and severed Gallic head in left hand
M SERGI below, SILVS in ex, Q below horses's forelegs

Rome 116-115 BC
Sear 163, RRC 286/1

This issuer strikes as a quaestor and by special decree of the Senate (EX Senatus Consulto). Quaestors were the immediate superiors of the moneyers and under unusual circumstances occasionally utilized their authority to produce coins.
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Licinius II, Ae 3 Issues struck in Antioch536 viewsThe portraits of Licinius II struck in Antioch are quite unusual and never to be confused with any other mint. Note the sharp nose and somewhat pinched features.3 commentsMayadigger
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Venus Victrix - the rear view536 viewsSabina, AR denarius, 128 AD.
RIC 412, RSC 89, Sear RCV II,3927.
A gorgeous rear view of the goddess of love, with an elegant "Grecian bend"-curve to the figure, much more pleasing than the dumpy little ladies normally found on denarii of Domna, etc.
- Britannicus
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GREEK, Attica, Athens AR "New Style" Tetradrachm535 views(135-134 BC). Mened-, Epigeno-, and Diod(o)-, magistrates.
Obv.: Helmeted head of Athena right.
Rev.: Owl standing right, head facing, on amphora; magistrates’ names in fields; to left, Asklepios standing left, holding serpent-entwined scepter; B on amphora, ΓΛ below; all within wreath.
Thompson 348f (same obv. die); SNG Copenhagen 240 (same obv. die).
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Medieval, Hungary, 07.5. Salamon., King of Hungary, (1063-1074 A.D.), AR-Denarius, CÁC I. 07.5./b3f1.01/71., H-017, CNH I.-022, U-010, + PA/NON/IA, #01535 views07.5. Salamon., (Solomon ), King of Hungary, (1063-1074 A.D.), AR-Denarius, CÁC I. 07.5./b3f1.01/71., H-017, CNH I.-022, U-010, + PA/NON/IA, #01
avers: + REX SALOMONI, Crowned bust facing, holding a cross, in a circle of dots, the border of dots.
reverse: + PA/NON/IA in three lines, line border.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0 mm, weight: 0,56 g, axis: 10 h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Huszár-017, CNH I.-022, Unger-010,
Tóth-Kiss-Fekete: CÁC I.(Catalog of Árpadian Coinage I./Opitz I.), Privy-Mark/Szigla: 07.5./b3f1.01/71.,
Italy, Ostia - House of Amor and Psyche534 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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Roman Empire, Constantine the Great, early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.533 views10647. Bronze half follis, RIC 356 variant, F, Rome mint, 1.74g, 17.8mm, 0o, 312-313 A.D.; obverse FL VAL CONSTANTINVS AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse PACI PERPET, Pax standing left holding branch and transverse scepter, XII left, R P in ex; extremelly rare.

Found in Syria! RIC lists the reverse as Pax holding standard which is confirmed by the plates, while our coin displays a transverse scepter.
Howgego 670533 viewsSeverus Alexander --AE34, Seleucia ad Calycadnum. Laureate and cuirassed bust right; c/m: D with central pellet / Nike standing facing with wings spread, holding tabula ansata inscribed ELEV/QEPAC in two lines. SNG Levante -; SNG Levante Suppl. 197 (this coin); SNG France 992-994 (same dies); SNG von Aulock -; c/m: Howgego 670. Ex Eduardo Levante Collection. (featherz collection)5 commentsfeatherz
Medieval, Hungary, Janos Hunyadi., Gubernator of Hungary, (1446-1453 A.D.) AR-billon Denarius, U-487, Rozette-MOnETA-•-REGnI-•-VnGARIE, cross, B-I,532 views036 Janos Hunyadi., Gubernator of Hungary, (1446-1453 A.D.) AR-billon Denarius, U-487, Rozette-MOnETA-•-REGnI-•-VnGARIE, cross, B-I,
avers:-• TEMPORE-IO-•-GVBERnATOR-, Bohemian Lion advancing left without crown,
revers:- Rozette-MOnETA-•-REGnI-•-VnGARIE, Patriarchal cross, B-I across the field,
diameter: 19mm, weight: 0,72g,
mint: Hungary, Buda, mint mark: B-I, by Iohannes Münczer (Pohl).
date: 1451-1452 A.D. (Pohl), ref: Unger-487, CNH-2-157C, Huszar-623,
ROMAN EMPIRE, Maximianus, Coded Mule: obv Maximian & rev Diocletian530 viewsobv legend: IMP C M A VAL MAXIMIANVS P F AVG rev legend: CONSERVATOR AVGG
obv RIC # RIC V pII 580 / rev RIC # RIC VpII 263var
exergue: X X I gamma dot B I dot
from the collection of cscoppa for more information see the article in the reference section about: "The Siscia MULE"
Austria, Vienna (Vindobona) - remains of Roman house from 2nd - 4th century529 viewsWien - Michaelerplatz Johny SYSEL
Italy, Sicily, Agrigento - remains of city wall529 views1 commentsJohny SYSEL
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Roman, Marcus Aurelius529 viewsA nice portrait of the young Augustus.5 commentsJan Terje Rafdal
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Late Roman AE19529 viewsobv: Curaissed bust right
rev: Blundered legend in wreath
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Greece, Athens - Temple of Hephaestus and Athena Ergane528 viewsalso Theseion
Temple was used as church in christian times.
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Medieval, Hungary, Bela IV., King of Hungary, (1235-1270 A.D.), AR-Denarius, U-222, 528 views022 Bela IV., (1235-1270 A.D.), AR-Denarius, U-222, King of Hungary
avers:- Emperor faceing, draped with Crown, long hair.
revers:- Cross and circle with in R, B-E-L-A,
exe: -/-//--, diameter: 12,3 mm, weight: 0,58g, axis: 3h,
mint: , date: 1235-1270 A.D., ref: Unger-222_CNH-1-234_Huszar-299,
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Lion528 viewsSilvered AE ant, Gallienus, GALLIENVS AVG, Radiate head right / HERCVLI CONS AVG, Lion walking left, roaring. A in exergue. Rome, Göbl 709b.4 commentsflinn
Italy, Rome, Trajan's Markets 4528 viewsThe modern bronze statue of Trajan, which stands near this emperor's Forum.
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Roman Empire, Constantine- VLPP526 viewsConstantine I
A.D. 319
IMP CONSTAN-TINVS AVG high crested helmet, cuir., spear across right
VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP [ Joyous (well-earned) victory to the eternal Prince] two Victories stg., facing one another, together holding shield inscribed VOT PR [VOTA POPULI ROMANI (vows of the Roman people)] on altar.
EpsilonSIS dot

Unlisted in RIC VII for bust type H11. It should come before RIC 61.

from the collection of Victor
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III The Great, Babylon, 336-323 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Price 3664526 viewsHead of young Herakles right in lion-skin headdress, paws tied at neck. / ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡ[OΥ] Zeus enthroned left, confronting eagle held in right hand and grasping scepter with left, sea monster in left field, ΦIΛI monogram above thin strut between legs of throne, M thereunder.
Price 3664.
Babylon Royal Mint ca. 325-323 BC.
(24 mm, 17.18 gm, 6h)
Freeman & Sear Manhattan 2 Sale (4 January 2011) Lot 133
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Artemis (Diana) as the huntress526 viewsThrace, Augusta Trajana. Æ 24mm, 8.9 g.
Obv: FAVCTEINA CEBACTH, draped bust right.
Rev: AVGOVCTHC TRAIANHC, Artemis standing right, holding bow, drawing arrow from quiver, hound at her side.
Similar to SGI 1729; BMC 3.177, 1.

Artemis is the twin sister of Apollo. As the huntress, she holds a bow with arrows, accompanied by a hound.
Turkey, Ephesus - Terrace House526 viewsLocated in the ongoing excavation of the upper-class terrace houses. Lovely floor mosaicmemphius
Roman Empire, Diocletianus (284 - 305 A.D.), AE-Follis, RIC VI 032a, Alexandria, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI,525 views119 Diocletianus (284 - 305 A.D.), AE-Follis, RIC VI 032a, Alexandria, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI,
avers:- IMP-C-DIO(C)LETIANVS-PF-AVG Laureate head right. Legend error !!!,
revers:- GENIO-POP-VLI-ROMANI, Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopia.
exergo: XX| A/I // ALE,
diameter: 25-27mm,
weight: 9,78g,
axis: 0h,
mint: Alexandria,
date: 301 A.D.,
ref: RIC-VI-32a, p-665,
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Aphrodite524 viewsAphrodite is the greek goddess of beauty and love. She is much older and more primordial than Venus. Venus was a more local goddess and came to Rome not before the 4th century. Aphrodite is melted together of indoeuropean-hellenistic, aegaean-anatolean and semitic-oriental elements. The origin of her name is unknown, perhaps it is related to the sem.*asthart. Her relation to Cyprus is referring to that origin. Possibly the name of the month April comes from etruscan *aprodita. So there could be an etruscan intermediation. She seems to be a conglomerate of old fertility goddesses. Her attributes dolphin and shell points to marine, dove, sparrow and and swane to caelestic and apple, rose and pomegranat to herbal sexual spheres. With Homer Aphrodíte replaces the dark weird deities as a light goddess of charm and gracefulness. She was called 'philommeides', the smiling, and she was the mistress of the Graces.
On the rev. of this coin we see Aphrodite as a later depiction as goddess of grace and seduction. She holds a mirror as the symbol of vanity. Her companions are two Erotes with torches to ignite love.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian Sestertius523 viewsDefinitely one of the best portraits of Hadrian anywhere and I'm proud to call this coin my own!

Obverse: Laureate head of Hadrian facing right;
Reverse: COSIII SC, Roma seated facing left holding a cornucopia and victory.
Reference: RIC II 636, BMC III 1295.
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Germany, Trier - Amphitheater522 viewsUnder the ArenaW. Kutschenko
Germany, Trier - Basilika521 viewsThe so-called Basilika, Constantine's throne room, is the largest surviving single-room structure from Roman times. The Romans wanted the architecture to express the magnificence and might of the emperor.
It is used as a church now.
W. Kutschenko
Roman Empire, Constantine- Anepigraphic Dafne520 viewsCirca A.D. 328
Obv. Anepigraphic: head with rosette diademed, looking up to heavens
Rev. CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE [Constantinian Dafne] Victory seated l. on cippus, palm branch in each hand, looking r.; trophy at front, at the foot is a kneeling captive with head turned being spurned by Victory
epsilon in left, in ex. CONS

This bust type is unlisted in RIC. There were three previously known that are listed in Constantine`s Dafne Coinage at Constantinople by R.S. Speck and Stephen M. Huston.Two of these coins are officina A and one is officina S, so this one with officina E is an unrecorded example of this extremely rare type.

from the collection of Victor
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GREEK, Barbarous Copy of an Athenian Owl520 viewsTetradrachm with obverse head of Athena. Reverse has owl standing, right, with olive twig and crescent moon. Partial legend to right.
20 mm 16.8 gm
Some coins are like ugly kids. When they're yours, you love 'em!!
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Anonymous (Ezanas Christian)520 viewsObverse: Bust rt. Garment draped on shoulders, v-neck collar, wearing a head cloth. Within a beaded border. Greek inscription BAX ACA (Interpretation uncertain)
Reverse: Greek cross in beaded inner circle, cross inlaid with gold. Greek inscription outside circle TOYTOAP[CHTHXWPA (May this please the country/people)
Date : AD.330-358
Reference : M-H 50, V27
Grade : EF
Weight : 0.73g
Metal : Silver

Comments : AR 13mm, Die Axis 0°, Aksum has claims to be the first civilization anywhere to use Christian imagery on its coins. King Ezanas became a Christian early in his reign and quickly made Christianity the official state religion. Around A.D. 330 he began to use the cross on his coinage as propaganda to spread his new religion, this is type is thought to be the first of those issues.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Macrinus, Rome mint, struck 217-218 AD, Silver Denarius520 viewsIMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG laureate-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right
AEQVITAS AVG Aequitas standing left
RIC 53, Cohen 2 (6 Fr.)
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Germany, Trier - Amphitheater519 viewsThe arena, built in the 2nd century A.D. for cruel games with gladiators and animals, had a seating capacity of about 20,000. W. Kutschenko
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Aes grave Sextans.519 viewsAes grave sextans. Scallop shell.1 commentsPLINIUS
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New World, Maya, Altun Ha, Belize, Masks519 viewsAnother example of the "Pre-Classic Masks" that tell us that this city was established at least 200 AD.Mayadigger
New World, Maya, Chicanna, Campeche, Mexico519 viewsMayadigger - Chicanna is a smallish ruin found in Southern Campeche, Mexico. Seen in the photo is a wonderous depiction of everything that the ancient Maya were really about. The ancient Maya, as well as nearly all Meso-American civilizations, believed that caves/grottos were the doors to the underworld (read after-life). In fact, when archaeologists dug beneath the vast Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan in Mexico they discovered that the enormous pyramid was centered on the top of a huge underground complex. The ancient Maya named their underworld "Xibalba" and their representaion of this phenomenon is now known as a Witz Monster. In this photo we see the Witz Monster, his mouth agape, lower jaw displayed with huge teeth, leading into a temple. To the untrained eye it may be hard to make out, but if you look close, you can see his eyes above the doorway, and his ear-flairs to either side of the portal. Very cool...Mayadigger
Roman Empire, Licinius I. (308-324 A.D.), AE-3 Follis, RIC VII 110, Siscia, VIRTVS EXERCIT, R4!!!, #2519 views132 Licinius-l. (308-324 A.D.), AE-3 Follis, RIC VII 110, Siscia, VIRTVS EXERCIT, R4!!!, #2
avers:- IMP-LI-CINIVS-AVG, 2, D2, Helmeted and cuirassed bust right.
revers:- VIRTVS-EXERCIT, Standard inscribed VOT/XX, captive sit in ground on either side, S and F left and right side in fields.
exergo: ε SIS *,
diameter: 20mm,
weight: 3,17g,
mint: Siscia,
axis: 1h,
date: 320 A.D.,
ref: RIC-VII-110, p-438, r4,
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Israel, Masada519 viewsThe ancient fortress in the Judaean desert built by Herod the Great in the first century BCE, it was the last stronghold of a small group of zealots against Rome in the year 73 CE. The view is from the top of the fortress, looing down on the remains of the ancient roman encampment.1 commentsDaniel Friedman
Germany, Trier - Porta Nigra518 viewsThe gate dates back to a time (about A.D. 180) when the Romans often erected public buildings of huge stone blocks (here, the biggest weigh up to six metric tons).W. Kutschenko
Italy, Rome, Colosseum 2518 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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Marcus Aurelius RIC III, 163518 viewsMarcus Aurelius AD 161-180
AR - Denar, 3.53g, 18.1mm, Rome summer-Dec. 166
obv. M ANTONINVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX, laureate head l.
rev. TRP XX IMP IIII COS III, Victoria standing facing, holding palmbranch in l., and with r. put shield with VIC PAR on a palmtree
RIC III, 163; C.878

The war against the Parthians AD 161-166:
The tension between Rome and the Parthians were growing due to the control over Armenia, the important buffer state, after the death of Antoninus and the uncertainties in Rome (two emperors!). Volagaeses III put his candidate on the throne. So Marc Aurel decided to send Lucius Verus, who has a bad reputation, and his best general Avidius Cassius. They succeded in catching and destroying towns and fortresses, f.e. Seleucia and Ctesiphon. The Roman advance was so quick that it reminds on Alexander the Great. AD 166 the Parthians surrendered and Rome could put his candidate on the Armenian throne.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Probus, Rome, RIC 223518 viewsObv:– PROBVS P F AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right
Rev:– VICTORIA GERM, Trophy between two captives
Minted in Rome (R Thunderbolt A in exe) Emission 6 Officina 1. A.D. 280
Reference(s) – RIC 223 Bust type F
Weight 4.14 gms
Size 20.83 mm
Size 23.69mm
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BYZANTINE, Andronicus III Palaeologus (1328-1341) Assarion, Constantinople (Sear-2481)517 viewsObv: Three-quarter length figure of Andronicus facing, wearing crown and loros, and holding cruciform sceptre. Legend around - ANAPONIK AVTOKPATO (or similar, sometimes retrograde)
Rev: Cross anchored, with pellet in each angle.
CAMPGATE, Arcadius514 viewsArcadius; 383 - 388 AD; mint uncertain, probably TES [thessalonica], 12 mm, 1.1 gms. DN ARCADIUS AVG, Pearl diademed, draped,and cuirassed bust right.
Very unusual engraving on the reverse.

Bruce's collection
ROMAN EMPIRE, Magnentius Barb513 views* AE Barbaric imitation of a (½) Centenionalis Magnentius (350-353)
* Local mint in Gallia 350-353
* DN MAGNENTIVS PF AVG. Bare head of Magnentius, cuirassed and draped.
* I…IT C (omgekeerd) IVCC. In field: SP; In ex: T R. Two Victories with ornamented shield inscribed …I / V / TVN / X
* 17 mm / 2,19 g. Die axis: 225 degrees. Wonderful green patina.
* Compare RIC 312 (Trier) and for SP in field (Lyons) 136, 138, 140 en 142. Does not appear in Bastien's monography.

I could have easily placed this coin, acquired here at Forvm, in the 'favorite coin'-section because it takes a very special place in my collection. I love the fine style of the barbaric celator, who - in my honest opinion - was extraordinarily talented. It should take some effort on my part to get my hands on an imitation that's more beautiful in appearance than this one.
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Roman Empire, CLAUDIUS II Gothicus. Commemorative AE Posthumous Antoninianus of Mediolanum, struck 270 - 271.511 viewsDivus Claudius Gothicus
Radiate head right,
Altar, with flame above, divided in four squares with a dot inside of each square.
Base Antoninianus, traces of silvering (3.09g).
RIC Milan 264; Normanby 1141; Cunetio 2317; [Online RIC temp. #1272].
Quite possibly the finest known!
5 commentsOldMoney
POST MEDIEVAL, AUSTRIA, SALZBURG, 1 TALER, 1648510 viewsSilver coin with 28,61 grams
Ruler: Paris von Londron (1619 - 1653)
Ref.: Pr.: 1227, BR.: 2542
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MEDIEVAL, Spain, Castile and Leon, Alfonso VIII507 viewsAlfonso VIII (November 11, 1155 – October 5, 1214), king of Castile and grandson of Alfonso VII, is a great name in Spanish history, for he led the coalition of Christian princes and foreign crusaders who broke the power of the Almohades at the battle of the Navas de Tolosa in 1212.
The gold maravedi of Alfonso VIII is a strange blend of Muslim and Christian worlds. It has a Cross surrounded by Arabic writings!

Is there anyone who can read Arabic?
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GREEK, Boeotia, Thebes AR stater (395-338 BC) 506 viewso/ Boeotian shield.
R/ Decorated amphora with two handles; ΚΑ-ΛΛΙ
12.25g. 22.06mm
SNG Cop 340
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Italy, Rome, Mausoleum of Augustus505 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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Roman Empire, Gordianus-III. (238-244 A.D.), AE-Sestercius, RIC IV-III 300a, Rome, LAETITIA AVG N,505 views072 Gordianus-III. (238-244 A.D.), AE-Sestercius, RIC IV-III 300a, Rome, LAETITIA AVG N,
avers:- IMP-GORDIANVS-PIVS-FEL-AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
revers:- LAETITIA-AVG-N, Laetitia standing left, holding wreath and anchor; S C across fields.
exe:-/-//--, diameter: 30mm, weight: 20,05g, axis: h,
mint: Rome, date: 241-243 A.D., ref: RIC-300a, C-122,
GREEK, Macedonian kingdom, Pyrrhos504 viewsKings of Macedon Pyrrhos 278-276BC. AE Litra (23mm). Syracuse mint.
Head of Phthia left., veiled with acanthus; Rev. winged thunderbolt &
legend 'of King Pyrrhou'. Rare, finest style. EF+
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Italy, Rome, Arch of Septimus Severus503 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, SEVERUS ALEXANDER sestertius RIC 558502 viewsRome mint AD 231
IMP SEV ALEXANDER AVG, Laureate bust of Severus Alexander righ, with light drapery on left shoulder
IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt and sceptre, with a small figure of the emperor at his feet, SC in field
14.75 gr
Ref : RIC # 558, RCV #7966, Cohen # 74
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a cute elephant!502 viewsstruck under Tipu Sultan (1782 - 1799 n. Chr.)
uncertain mint in Mysore, India
10.95 g, 23 mm
Obv: Elephant walking left
Rev.: Tusk, symbol of ruler
Post Medieval, SAXONY - ALTENBURG (German State) 1 TALER, 1595 (Three Brothers)502 viewsSilver coin with 29,11 grams
Christian II, with Johann Georg & Ausgustus and Friedrich Wilhelm of Saxe-Altenburg, Regent. (1591 - 1601)
Ref.: Dav.: 9820
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Turkey, Ephesus - Theater501 viewsOne of the largest in the ancient world. The apostle Paul spoke here before getting booted out for causing riots.1 commentsmemphius
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Italy, Rome, View from the Colosseum501 viewsOn the left the Palatine Hill, the Via Sacra and Titus' Arch.
On the right Maxentius' Basilica
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Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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Centaur498 viewsAnt, GALLIENVS AVG, Radiate head R; APOLLINI CONS AVG, Centaur walking R with bow. N in exe. Rome, RIC 164, Common.Robert_Brenchley
ROMAN EMPIRE, Julia Mamaea AR Denarius. aFDC498 viewsAR Denarius. Rome mint.Obv. IVLIA MAMAEA AVG draped and diademed bust right/ FELICITAS PVBLICA Felicitas seated left holding caduceus and cornucopia. RSC 24, RIC 338. Fully lustrous, aFDC2 commentsLordBest
Jordan, Petra - Theater 3497 viewspax
Roman Empire, Galerius Maximianus (305 - 311 A.D.), AE-Follis, RIC VI 024b, Aquilea, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, 495 views122 Galerius Maximianus (305 - 311 A.D.), AE-Follis, RIC VI 024b, Aquilea, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI,
avers:- MAXIMIANVS-NOB-CAES, Laureate head right.
revers:- GENIO-POPV-LI-ROMANI, Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopia.
exergo: AQ Γ,
diameter: 27mm,
weight: 10,41g,
axis: 6h,
mint: Rome,,
date: 296 A.D.,
ref: RICVI-24b, p-314,
POST MEDIEVAL, AUSTRIA, SALZBURG, 1 TALER, 1670494 viewsSilver coin with 28,84 grams
Ruler: Max Gandolph Graf-Küenburg (1668 - 1687)
Ref.: Km#190, BR: 3234, Pr.: 1654
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Italy, Rome, Trajan's Markets 3494 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Lucius Verus Denarius493 viewsLucius Verus Denarius

Attribution: RIC 491, Rome
Date: AD 163
bare head r.
COS II, Providentia stg. l. holding
globe and cornucopiae
Size: 18 mm
Weight: 3.2 grams
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Italy, Rome, Trajan's Markets 1493 viewsThe first mall in history.
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Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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Ariadne and Bacchus492 viewsAriadne and Bacchus in the British MuseumBacchus
ROMAN EMPIRE, Julian II, AE3 Heraclea 355-363 AD492 viewsJulian II, 355-363 AD AE3 * Scarce
Obv: FL CL IVLI-NVS P F AVG - Helmeted, diademed bust left, cuirassed holding spear and shield.
Rev: VOT X MVLT XX – ("I promise ten years and perhaps twenty." Obv: D N) Within wreath on four lines; in exe: HERACL•A.
Mint: Heraclea, struck: Between November 3rd 361 and June 26th 363 AD. Workshop A
Size: (c) 20mm. Weight: 2.95 grams. Patina: Very dark green, near-black: beautiful. Grade: VF
RIC VIII, 106. Scarce, page 438 - LRBC #1908.3.55g
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Maximinus I --AE33, Ninica-Claudiopolis. 492 viewsDraped bust of Maximinus R/Draped bust of Maximus R.. SNG France 2, 796. Multiple c/m. (featherz)2 commentsfeatherz
Tiberius Asia earthquake relief sestertius491 viewsÆ Sestertius, 28,3g, Ø 35mm, 12h, Rome, AD 22-23
Rev.: CIVITATIBVS ASIAE RESTITVTIS, Tiberius laureated seated left, feet on stool holding a patera and a long sceptre
RIC 48 (S); Cohen 70; Sear (RCV I) 1764; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 56:15

This type publicizes the measures undertaken by Tiberius for the relief of those cities of the province Asia which had been affected by a devastating earthquake in AD 17 centered near the city of Sardis (Sear RCV I and Foss RCH)
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Byzantine, Christ, Anonymous Folles. temp. Basil II & Constantine VIII, circa 976-1025. 490 viewsÆ Follis (28mm, 12.04 g, 6h). Class A2. Constantinople mint. Nimbate half-length bust of Christ facing, holding Gospels / [+] IhSЧ[S]/[X]PISTЧS/[Ь]ASILЄЧ/ЬASILЄ in four lines ( Jesus Christ King of Kings ); rectangular ornament below. DOC A2.47; SB 1813. VF, dark green patina with earthen highlights/deposits, a few cleaning scratches. EX ; The Prue Morgan Fitts Collection.

EX The Sam Mansourati Collection.

*A fine masterpiece of one of the very early portraits of Christ according to Saint Veronica 's Veil.
**The emperor's name and portrait are not part of the design on the Byzantine types referred to as anonymous folles. Instead of the earthly king, these coins depict Jesus Christ, King of Kings.

Given as a Christmas Present to Dear friend , brother and great dentist , Dr. Manuel M. Cunanan .
Athena Panthea - Goddess of one-stop shopping490 viewsAttributes: the wings of Nike, the rudder of Tyche, the sistrum of Isis, the grain ears of Demeter, the cornucopia of nearly everybody, and her own shield.1 commentsflinn
ROMAN EMPIRE, Philip I - FELICITAS TEMP490 viewsObv.:IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, laureate bust right Rev.: FELICITAS TEMP SC, Felicitas standing left with caduceus & cornucopiae. RIC 169a, Cohen 44.5 commentspostumus
ROMAN EMPIRE, Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), AR Denarius, Rome, P M TR P XVII COS III P P, 490 viewsSeptimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), AR Denarius, Rome, P M TR P XVII COS III P P,
avers:- SEVERVS-PIVS-AVG, Laurate bust right.
revers:- P-M-TR-P-XVII-COS-III-P-P, Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt and scepter; two boys at his feet, one left, one right..
date: 209 A.D.,
mint: Rome,
diameter: 19mm,
weight: 3,42g,
axis: ,
ref: RIC-IV-I-226, p-120, C-525,
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Italy, Rome, Arch of Constantine with Colosseum in the background489 views2 commentsJohny SYSEL
CAMPGATE, Constantine I, Unlisted489 viewsex FORVM - 8603. Bronze AE3, RIC -, aEF, 3.06g, 19.0mm, 180o, Alexandria mint, 329-330 A.D.; obverse CONSTAN-TINVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse PROVIDENTIAE AVGG, campgate with two turrets, star above, eleven layers of stone, wreath and I at sides, SMAL• in ex; extremely rare variety; SOLD...... RIC lists both the laureate and diademed busts for the preceeding issue (SMAL), but for this issue (SMAL•) issue only the diademed bust is recorded.4 commentscscoppa
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Roman, Gordian III - 238-244 AD489 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
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New World, Maya, Lubaantun, Belize, Sign ruins489 viewsThe small site of Lubaantun is found in the remote rain forests of Southern Belize. One of the most interesting bits about this ruin is that the Maya did not use mortar between the building stones. Very rare...never saw it before or since.Mayadigger
TEMPLE, Maxentius Follis489 viewsMaxentius follis

Attribution: RIC VI 258
Date: AD 310-311
PF AVG, laureate bust r.
Roma seated facing in hexastyle
temple, "H" in l. field, REQ in
Size: Oval flan, 22.3 x 26.9 mm
Weight: 6.6 grams

“According to RIC p. 382, note 10,
H in field occurs only with officina P.
However, Voetter, Gerin Cat. p. 225,
no. 12, reports the same with officina Q,
two such specimens in Gerin's own
collection.” - Curtis Clay

4 commentsNoah
Italy, Sicily, Agrigento - Temple of Concordia488 viewsgreek colony - Akragas
temple from 5. century BC
6 x 13 columns built over a basament of 39.44 x 16.91 m
temple was turned into church in the 6th century AD
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Italy, Rome, Appio-Claudian Aqueduct 1488 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
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GREEK, Italy, Sybaris Nomos 540-520 BC Gillette Collection488 viewsNomos circa 540-520, AR 7.82 g. 31mm Bull standing l. on dotted bar, head reverted; in exergue, VM. The whole within dotted border. Rev. Same type incuse on broken bar, without legend. The whole within radiate border. Historia Numorum Italy 1729. Cf. SNG Copenhagen 1388.

Gorini 1 and enlarged p. 107 (this coin).

An extremely rare variety. Nicely toned and good very fine
Ex Triton sale 1, 1998, 121. Barry Fierstein Collection. From the Gillette collection 1924

NAC 39 Lot 5 May 17th, 2007

Sybaris (Greek: Σύβαρις; Italian: Sibari) was a celebrated city of Magna Graecia on the western shore Gulf of Taranto, a short distance from the sea, between the rivers Crathis (Crati) and Sybaris (Coscile). The last of these, from which it derived its name, at the present day falls into the Crati about 5 km from its mouth, but in ancient times undoubtedly pursued an independent course to the sea. Sybaris was apparently the earliest of all the Greek colonies in this part of Italy, being founded, according to the statement of Scymnus Chius, as early as 720 BCE. The site is located within the limits of the present-day comune of Cassano allo Ionio, in the province of Cosenza (Calabria), Italy.

Sybaris was Italy’s most prosperous Achaean colony. Sybaris was destroyed in 510 BC by Croton which exiled the colonists. The Athenians and Sybarite descendants established themselves in a joint colony, New Sybaris, in 443. Eventually, making themselves unpopular, the Sybarites were expelled and the remaining colonists refounded their city near the spring of Thuria.

The word Sybaritic has become a byword meaning extreme luxury and a seeking for pleasure and comfort
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Demeter, Thrace, Byzantion (220-240BC)487 viewsTHRACE, Byzantion. Circa 240-220 BC. AR Tetradrachm (26mm, 12.07 gm). Veiled and wreathed head of Demeter right / Poseidon seated right on rocks, holding trident in left arm, aphlaston in right hand. Magistrate [EPI SI]LWN[OS], a man called Silo, is located below Poseidon.

Schoenert-Geiss, Byzantion, p. 135, no. 1004, pl. 44, citing and illustrating Naville I, 1920, 1135, same dies. SNG Black Sea 59-61.

From the Garth R. Drewry Collection; ex. Superior Galleries, May 30, 1995.

Owned & posted by Cogito
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GREEK, Anatolia, Kyme, c. 165 - 140 BC, AR Tetradrachm486 viewsObv:– Head of Amazon Kyme right.
Rev:– KYMAION eft, KALLIASH (Magistrate) in exe. Horse walking right, oinochoe below all contained in wreath
Minted in Kyme. c. 165 - 140 B.C.
Reference:– SNG Von Aulock 1636. Sng Cop 103
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Apollo / Zeus Labraundos, Pixodaros Didrachm485 views340-334 BC. AR Didrachm (21mm, 6.98 g). Laureate head of Apollo, facing slightly right / Zeus Labraundos standing right, holding double axe (labrys) and lotus-tipped sceptre.5 commentsember
Roman, Julia Mamaea482 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
New World, Maya, Tikal, Guatemala482 viewsMayadigger - Tikal was the home to 45,000 + citizens from 200-800 AD. This truly maginificent site is located deep in the Peten rainforest. The pyramid seen here is approx. 140 feet tall, whose temple is topped with a "cox-comb" roof decoration. In the right foreground is seen the Great Plaza with a number of stone stelae commemorating the city's kings. In the right background is the acropolis, where the elites not only lived, but were also buried with great pomp.
ROMAN IMPERATORS, MARK ANTONY, LEG IV, AR Legionary denarius481 viewsDenarius struck in a travelling mint, c.32-31 BC
ANT • AVG / III VIR • R • P • C, Galley right
LEG IV, Legionary eagle between two standards
3.67 gr
Ref : HCRI #352, Cohen #30
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Vespasian, AR denarius481 viewsVictory reverse, Ephesus mint, very high relief, smooth surfaces3 commentsOptimus
Bronze Cupid 2nd Century British Museum479 viewsBacchus
CAMPGATE, CONSTANTINE I, RIC VII 153 of Nicomedia SMNΔ478 viewsCONSTANTINVS AVG; PROVIDENTIAE AVGG; SMNdelta; Diademed (triple row of perales) head right; two turreted campgate with star above, 6 rows of blockscscoppa
POST MEDIEVAL, SWITZERLAND, 1 TALER, 1620478 viewssilver coin with 27,69 grams
City of Saint Gallen, Switzerland
Ref.: KM#61, Dav.: 4677
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Gallienus Centaur477 viewsAny thoughts...?2 commentsMayadigger
Germany, Trier - Amphitheater476 viewsthe entranceW. Kutschenko
Greece, Athens - Parthenon476 viewsTemple of Athena built by Perikles.1 commentsJohny SYSEL
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Caracalla * Nemesis - Pessinus * Æ 29, 198-217 AD.476 views
Caracalla * Nemesis – Pessinus, Galatia * Bronze Provincial

Obv: Caracalla, Laureate, cuirassed (and draped?) bust, left facing. ANTONINOC AVΓOVCTOC
Rev: Nemesis standing, left facing, holding measuring rod in right hand, bridle in left. ΠΕCCI N OVNTIΩN

Exergue: N/A

Mint: Pessinus (Galatia).
Struck: 198-217 AD.

Size: 29.79 mm.
Weight: 14.6 gms.
Die axis: 0°

Condition: As seen here, marginally nicer in hand and considerably more to the brown than the green side in the patina.
All in all a very pleasant coin.

Refs: (?) ~ Not Found in the following *
Lindgren I, II or III
BMC (at least from the time when Wroth's volume on Galatia, Cappadocia, and Syria was published).
SNG France 3
Coll Pozzi
SNG Righetti
SNG Hunterian
Gorny & Mosch – nor in –
Wheaton College Col.

Apparently an unknown issue.
Roman, Geta476 viewsHappy childhood ?


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POST MEDIEVAL, AUSTRIA, SALZBURG, 1 TALER, 1698476 viewsSilver coin with 28,87 grams
Ruler: Johann Ernst (1687 - 1709)
Ref.: Km# 254, Prob.: 1804, Dav.: 3510
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Antoninus Pius, Alexandria, Drachm475 viewsÆ-Drachme, Alexandria (Aegyptus);

Dattari 2862 and 8723 is this same rev. type for Ant. Pius, LKB = Year 22 = 158/9 AD.
Diameter: 32 mm
Weight: 21 g
Obv.: AVT K TPAIAN AEL ANTWNINOC CE; laureate-headed bust of Antoninus Pius wearing cuirass and paludamentum, r.
Rev.: Sarapis seated, l., holding sceptre; at his feet, Cerberus; to l., Demeter standing, r., holding torch; to r., Tyche holding rudder and cornucopia; all wearing kalathos, all on galley with oars

"Definitely a rare type. Not in the rich Cologne collection for Ant. Pius, and Dattari, in the best collection of Alexandrian coins ever assembled, had only two worn specimens." Curtislclay.
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Roman, Gallienus, AE Antoninianus475 viewsNo reverse but a superior portrait of Gallienus for these crummy issues. Anyone with a better portriat?1 commentswhitetd49
Austria, Vienna (Vindobona) - remains of Roman house from 2nd - 4th century474 viewsWien - Michaelerplatz Johny SYSEL
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New World, Maya, Lamanai, Belize474 viewsMayadigger - This is a detail seen on the previous structure. What you're looking at is known to Meso-American archaeologists as a "Pre-Classic Mask" and are only found on Maya structures from the Pre-Classic time, i.e. 200-400 A.D. This fellow is a "Kinich Ahau" or a "Shining-faced" Lord. Kinich Ahau was the Maya Sun God, but this was also the title of the Maya rulers. As all Maya structures were built onion-style, that is, one layer atop another, it is easy for us to date them when we come across masks such as seen here.Mayadigger
Greek, Macedonian Kingdom, Lysimachos [unlisted rev. die]473 viewsKINGS of THRACE, Macedonian. Lysimachos. 305-281 BC. AR Tetradrachm (28mm, 16.83 g, 1h). Alexandreia Troas mint. Struck circa 297/6-282/1 BC. Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, with horn of Ammon / Athena Nikephoros seated left, left arm resting on shield, transverse spear in background BAΣIΛEΩΣ , ΛYΣIMAXOY ; monogram to inner left, ligate ΘE on throne. Meadows, Earliest 22 (A13/R– [unlisted rev. die]); Thompson 161; Müller –; SNG Berry 438 (same obv. die). Good VF, toned, some porosity, a few minor marks under tone. Rare.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection
Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.
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Greek, Philetairos, Kings of Pergamon, Attalos I to Eumenes II.473 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
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Germany, Trier - Basilika472 viewsUnbelievable size: 27 m (90 ft) wide, 33 m (108 ft) high, and 67 m (220 ft) long - with an adjoining hall outside even 75 m (250 ft).W. Kutschenko
Roman, Claudius, Amazing "Medallic" Clavdivs472 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:
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Marcus Aurelius (139-161 A.D. as Caesar, 161-180 A.D. as Augustus), RIC III 0138, Rome, AR-Denarius, P M TR P XIX IMP III COS III, Roma seated left,472 views037b Marcus Aurelius (139-161 A.D. as Caesar, 161-180 A.D. as Augustus), RIC III 0138, Rome, AR-Denarius, P M TR P XIX IMP III COS III, Roma seated left,
avers:- M-ANTONINVS-AVG-ARMENIACVS, Laurate head right.
revers:- P-M-TR-P-XIX-IMP-III-COS-III, Roma seated left, holding palladium and scepter.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 18mm, weight: 2,86g, axis: 1h,
mint: Rome, date:165 A.D., ref: RIC-III-138, p-224, C-481, Sear-,
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Greek, Thrace, Lysimachos, Tetradrachm470 viewsObv. Head of Alexander the Great facing right.
Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY. Athena seated facing left on throne, holding Nike in outstretched right hand; in left field, HP monogram; in exergue, crescent.
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Jordan, Petra - The collonaded street470 viewsThis is the centre of the lower city and divides it in north and south.
This is the road that leads to the Semenos gate (at our back)
You can also see the following tombs (from left to right)
Corinthian tomb, Silk tomb and the Urn tomb.
Italy, Rome, Ludus Magnus Gladiatorum469 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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GREEK, Pantikapaion Issue468 viewsObv/ Bearded Head of Old Pan r.
REV/ PAN; Fore-part of griffon l.; sturgeon fish below
21 mm
A remarkable example of this issue from the Greek colony of Miletos in the Black Sea.
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Roman, Constantius II467 viewsFL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB C

He looks upset with the world.........
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Italy, Rome, Colosseum 4467 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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Germany, Trier - Porta Nigra466 viewsthe other side of the gateW. Kutschenko
Italy, Rome, Colosseum 3466 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
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Roman, Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 Dec 192 A.D.465 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
Turkey, Ephesus - Central Square465 viewsPart of the central square of the terrace houses in Ephesus.memphius
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gallienus DIANAE CONS AVG464 viewsgallienus, 267-268 A.D., mint of rome..
OBV: GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right.
REV: DIANAE CONS AVG, stag walking left. X in exergue.

this coin is historically important because it is believed that this coin was minted to commemorate vows to goddess diana and invoke her protection of gallienus against the revolt of aureolus... theres a whole series of these asking all kinds of different gods/goddesses for help. when i get more of these " zoo" coins ill post them here!

submitted by ancientcoins
2 commentsancientcoins
Philip I ROMAE ETERNAE RIC 44b.jpg
Roman, Philip I, first half of 244 - end of Sep 249 A.D.464 viewsROMAE AETERNAE RIC 44b.2 commentsRobert_Brenchley
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Africa463 viewsSeptimius Severus Denarius
Obv:– SEVERVS PIVS AVG, Laureate head right
Rev:– AFRICA, Africa, wearing elephant-skin head-dress, reclining left with scorpion & cornucopiae; basket of heads of grain (called corn ears in the UK) before
References:– VM 8/2, RIC 254, RCV02 6261, RSC 31

Personification of North Africa
ROMAN EMPIRE, Elagabalus, denarius, RIC IV 188462 viewsElagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D.
SH33430. Silver denarius, BMCRE V277 - 278 var (obverse legend), RSC III 27 ff var (same), RIC IV 188 var (same), EF, Antioch mint, weight 3.381g, maximum diameter 18.2mm, die axis 0o, obverse ANTONINVS PIVS FELIX AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse FELICITAS TEMP, galley with sail right, containing eight rowers and pilot holding rudder, acrostolium and standard at stern, sail or standard at prow; the finest example of the type FORVM has seen and a rare obverse variety (full spelling for FELIX instead of FEL)
8 commentsJoe Sermarini
Roman Empire, Constantine I - 20 Year Vows - VOT/XX - SIS in Ex. - Unlisted (No Officina)462 viewsAE19 Follis unlisted in RIC VII. MM of "SIS" matches RIC 145/146 and Rev. legend matches RIC 148. No exact match found in RIC VII. (Even Jochen couldn't find it! :-) )2 commentsnewone
Roman, Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, wife of Antoninus Pius461 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
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine II, Arles, RIC 294460 viewsRIC VII Arles 294

TEMPLE, Antoninus Pius, AE Dupondius459 viewsRome
158-159 AD
radiate head right
Antoninus Pius standing on cippus within distyle arch temple,
holding scepter with eagle atop
RIC 1014 var; C. 334 var; Bauten 87 var
13,04g 24,5-23,5 mm

this variation has vary high cippus and column bases
1 commentsJohny SYSEL
ROMAN EMPIRE, Barbaric VOTA type459 viewsObv: Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust left. Unknown legend.

Rev: (Pi) dot XX within laurel wreath. Unknown legend
Exe: Gamma, (reversed "S") T

barbaric imitation of vows coin. Ruler and date unknown.

From the collection of Bluefish
2 commentsBluefish
Roman Empire, Diocletianus (284 - 305 A.D.), AE-Follis, RIC VI 076a, Siscia, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI,459 views119 Diocletianus (284 - 305 A.D.), AE-Follis, RIC VI 076a, Siscia, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI,
avers:- IMP-C-C-VAL-DIOCLETIANVS-PF-AVG, Laureate head right.
revers:- GENIO-POP-VLI-ROMANI, Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopia.
exergo: S/B/--,
diameter: 26,5-28mm,
weight: 8,73g,
axis: 0h,
mint: Siscia,
date: A.D.,
ref: RIC-VI-76a, p-464,
ROMAN EMPIRE, Caligula as 458 viewsAE As, 28.29mm (11.75 gm).

C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT, bare head left / VESTA, S-C in field; Vesta, veiled, draped, seated left on throne with ornamental back and legs, holding patera in right hand and long transverse sceptre in left; VESTA above, S-C to left and right. Rome mint, struck AD 37-38.

RIC I, 038; BMCRE I, 046.

8 commentssocalcoins
Roman Empire, Claudius I (41-54 A.D.), RIC I 085, Rome, AE-Quadrans, PON M TR P IMP COS DES IT, S•C across fields, 458 views012 Claudius-I (41-54 A.D.), RIC I 085, Rome, AE-Quadrans, PON M TR P IMP COS DES IT, S•C across fields,
avers:- TI-CLAVDIVS-CAESAR-AVG, Hand with scales, PNR below.
revers:- PON-M-TR-P-IMP-COS-DES-IT, S•C across fields.
exe: S•C//--, diameter: 17-18mm, weight: g, axis:- h,
mint: Rome, date: 41 A.D., ref: RIC-I-085, C-71,
Roman Empire, Constantine - ROMAE AETERNAE458 viewsConstantine I
A.D. 318-9
Obv. CO- NSTANT- INVS AVG Laur. helmet, cuir., spear pointing forward, shield on left arm
Rev. ROMAE AETERNAE [To everlasting Rome, fifteen yearly vows (quindicennalia)] Roma std. r., shield in lap inscribed X/V
P R, in ex. RQ RIC VII Rome 150
unlisted officina

unlisted for this officina in RIC (but to be expected, along with P), and unlisted for the obverse legend break.

from the collection of vic9128
New World, Maya, Lamanai, Belize458 viewsMayadigger - Lamanai, "Submerged Crocodile" in Maya, is a truly pristine and very remote ancient Maya city. In this case we, took a small boat up a long, turgid river. It can be reached by "road", read 50 mile muddy track. I know, we did it a few years later and never again. In ancient days, Lamanai owed its wealth to being a trade center centrally located between the vast Maya cities of Tikal, Altun Ha, Caracol, and Copan. Killer ruins...but do not forget your bug spray!Mayadigger
ROMAN EMPIRE, Macrinus, Rome mint, struck 217-218 AD, Silver Antoninian458 viewsIMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG radiate-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right
FIDES MILITVM Fides standing left
RIC 9, Cohen 27 (12 Fr.)
6 commentsdupondius
ROMAN EMPIRE, Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), AR Denarius, Rome, P M TR P XIII COS III P P, 458 viewsSeptimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), AR Denarius, Rome, P M TR P XIII COS III P P,
avers:- SEVERVS-PIVS-AVG, Laurate bust right.
revers:- PMTRP-XIII-COS-III-P-P, Virtus standing left, holding Victory and spear.
date: 205 A.D.,
mint: Rome,
diameter: 19-20mm,
weight: 2,91g,
axis: 5h,
ref: RIC-IV-I-197, p-, C-470,
Elephant on a Julius Caesar denarius457 viewsDenarius minted in Italy, c.49 BC
CAESAR, elephant walking rigth, trampling on snake
No legend, Simpulum, sprinkler, axe and apex
4.05 gr
Ref : RCV #1399, Cohen #49
6 commentsPotator II
Lubaantun ruin close.jpg
New World, Maya, Lubaantun, Belize, Sign ruins close456 viewsMayadigger - Note the lack of mortar...very cool!Mayadigger
Greek, Thessaly, Scotussa, (360-344 B.C.), AE-20, SNG Cop 256, Bunch of grapes on vine branch, Rare!!!,455 viewsThessaly, Scotussa, (360-344 B.C.), AE-20, SNG Cop 256, Bunch of grapes on vine branch, Rare!!!,
avers: Head of nymph faceing.
revers: ΣΚΟΤΟΥΣΣΑΙ-ΩΝ, Bunch of grapes on vine branch.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 20-20,5mm, weight: 7,89g, axes:5 h,
mint: Thessaly, Scotussa, date: 360-344 B.C., ref: SNG Cop 256, Rogers 543,
3 commentsquadrans
Jordan, Petra - Gate of Temenos455 viewsPetra, Gate of Temenospax
Germany, Trier - Basilika453 viewsLater on, the archbishop used it as his administrative center and it was enlarged by three palace wings after 1614W. Kutschenko
ROMAN EMPIRE, Agrippa, Copper as, RIC I Caligula 58452 viewsAgrippa, Military commander, friend of Augustus, grandfather of Caligula, great-grandfather of Nero

Copper as, RIC I Caligula 58, SRCV I 556, superb EF, weight 10.34 g, maximum diameter 27.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 38 A.D.; obverse M AGRIPPA L F COS III, head left wearing a rostral crown; reverse Neptune standing half left, dolphin in right, trident in left, S - C across fields; bold high relief strike on a large flan with no wear, beautiful green patina, extraordinary portrait, spectacular!

Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa was a boyhood friend of Augustus and a renowned military commander on land and sea, winning the famous battle of Actium against the forces of Marcus Antonius and Cleopatra. Declared Augustus' successor, Agrippa's brilliant career ended when he predeceased Augustus in 12 B.C. He was married to Augustus' daughter Julia; father of Gaius and Lucius Caesars, Agrippa Postumus, Julia and Agrippina Senior; grandfather of Caligula, and great-grandfather of Nero.

7 commentsJoe Sermarini
Germany, Trier - Amphitheater452 viewsThe way into arenaW. Kutschenko
Roman Empire, Licinius I. (308-324 A.D.), AE-3 Follis, RIC VII 033, Thessalonica, VOT XX /MVLT /•/XXX/ •TS • A •, S2!,452 views132 Licinius-l. (308-324 A.D.), AE-3 Follis, RIC VII 033, Thessalonica, VOT XX /MVLT /•/XXX/ •TS • A •, S2!,
avers:- IMP-LICINIVS-AVG, 2, B5, Laureate and cuirassed bust right, .
revers:- VOT XX /MVLT /•/XXX/, In wreath.
exergo: •TS • A •,
diameter: 17mm,
weight: 3,52g,
mint: Thessalonica,
axis: 6h,
date: 318-199 A.D.,
ref: RIC-VII-33, p-504, s2,
Roman Empire, Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II Not in , Siscia, FELICITAS AVG N, Bust-C, -/-//XXI, Felicitas standing left, Extremely Rare!!!452 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II Not in , Siscia, FELICITAS AVG N, Bust-C, -/-//XXI, Felicitas standing left, Extremely Rare!!!
avers:- IMP-PROBVS-INV-AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. (This bust not listed in RIC from this type!!!)
revers:- FELICITAS-AVG-N, Felicitas standing left by altar, holding caudeus and cornucopiae.
"Thank you for showing this very rare coin reverse FELICITAS AVG(usti) N(ostri), Felicitas holding a long caduceus and a cornucopiae: the draped bust seen from front is unlisted in Alföldi's work on the mint of Siscia under Probus (so ref: Alföldi 32, -), I know it from another coin in a private collection, which shares the same obverse die as yours >> unreferenced coin, two specimens, one obverse die.
The new reverses introduced at that time in the Pannonian mint of Siscia celebrate Probus as "Augustus noster" (Our Emperor) as the emperor is of Pannonian extraction. The marking which omits the officina number is a clue for an issue of common base aureliani minted parallely with an imperial donativum in gold.
Very nice coin..S. Estiot" Thank you S.Estiot.
exergo: -/-//XXI, diameter: 22,5mm, weight: 3,22g, axis: 0h,
mint: Siscia, date: 276 A.D., ref: RIC-V-II-Not in, (686var, p91, ???)
1 commentsquadrans
GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Demetrios I, ca. 195-175 BC AE Trichalkon - Bopearachchi Series 5E451 viewsElephant head right, bell around neck / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY Caduceus, ΦΛΩ monogram to inner left
Bopearachchi Series 5E; SNG ANS 209-11; Mitchiner 108b; Sear 7533.
(25 mm, 12.28 g, 12h)
2 commentsLloyd T
CAMPGATE, Constantine I "Eyes to the Heavens"451 viewsConstantine I
A.D. 328-9
CONSTAN TINVS head with plain diadem, looking up to Heavens
PROVIDEN TIAE AVGG [In honor of the foresight of the Emperors]
campgate with two turrets and star above.
In exergue SMKB dot
RIC VII Cyzicus 57 r5

from the collection of vic9128
3 commentsvic9128
Roman, Postumus451 viewsThe only reason that I bought this coin was for the portrait, otherwise it is fairly ordinary.1 commentswhitetd49
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Lucius Verus449 viewsObverse. L.AVREL.VERVS AVG.ARMENIACVS. Laureate head right.
Reverse. TR.P.IIII.IMP.II.COS.II - S.C. Mars walking r., carrying spear and trophy.
RIC III 1379.

A nice setertius with Mars advancing on the reverse.
One interesting thing is that the reverse has not been cleaned to the same extent as the obverse.
5 commentsJan Terje Rafdal
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ISLAMIC, Glass coin weight449 viewsGlass coin weight.

Glass weights were used, primarily, as weight standards against which a quantity of struck gold [dinars] and silver [dirhams] and sometimes copper [fals, fulus (pl.)] were weighed since the weights of the individual coins varied significantly more than those of the glass weights. In addition, glass weights from the Umayyad and early 'Abbasid periods often included extensive data such as the name of a governor, his financial officer and the intended weight
1 commentsTanit
Roman Empire, Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II Not in , Siscia, FORTVNA REDVX, Bust-F, -/-//XXIT, Extremely Rare!!!449 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II Not in RIC, Siscia, FORTVNA REDVX, Bust-F, -/-//XXIT, Extremely Rare!!!
avers:- IMP-C-PROBVS-PF-AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right. (This avers legend not listed in RIC from this type!!!)
revers:- FORTVNA-REDUX, Fortuna seated left on shield, holding baton and cornucopiae.
"This is an extremely rare issue of Probus, which Pink attributes to the 4th emission of Siscia mint. It seems that RIC 695 is incorrectly described: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, bust type G (radiate helmeted, cuirassed bust l, holding spear and shield), cited from Voetter.
However, Alfoldy lists two examples with obverse legend IMP C PROBVS P F AVG: type 36/1 - Radiate, cuirassed bust right (specimen in Frankfurt) and type 36/2 - Radiate, cuirassed bust left (collection Missong, Vienna), in addition, another specimen of Alf 36/1 is kept in British Museum, coming from Gloucester hoard . All examples have -/-//XXIT mintmark. The same obverse is listed by Pink." by Incerum, thank you Incerum.
exergo: -/-//XXIT, diameter: 22,5mm, weight: 4,37g, axis: 0h,
mint: Siscia, date: 276 A.D. ref: RIC-V-II-Not in, (695var, p91, ???),Alföldi typ-36, No 1,
Jordan, Petra - Theater448 viewsA vieuw on some graves and on the left side a theater.pax
ZEUS and AMALTHEA447 viewsBI Antoninianus. Cologne 257-258 AD. 3,41 grs. Radiate and draped bust right. VALERIANVS CAES / Infant Jupiter seated facing on goat (Amalthea) standing right,his right hand raised. IOVI CRESCENTI.
RIC 3. RSC 26.
The myth.
"Rhea, when she was heavy with Zeus, went off to Krete and gave birth to him there in a cave on Mount Dikte. She put him in the care of both the Kouretes and the nymphs Adrasteia and Ide, daughters of Melisseus. These Nymphai nursed the baby with the milk of Amaltheia, while the armed Kouretes stood guard over him in the cave, banging their spears against their shields to prevent Kronos from hearing the infant’s voice." Pseudo-Apollodorus.
She gave the god milk, but snapped her horn on a tree and was severed from half her loveliness. The Nympha picked the horn up, ringed it with fresh herbs, and took it fruit-filled to Jupiter’s lips. When he controlled the sky and sat on his father’s throne and nothing surpasses unconquered Jove, he made stars of the nurse and the nurse’s fruitful horn, which bears even now its mistress’ name." Ovid.

Germany, Trier - Imperial baths447 viewsGoing to the baths was an important part of Roman life: Over 1600 years ago, the Romans built one of the grandest and most impressive baths in the world: the Imperial Baths. W. Kutschenko
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Licinius II, Ae 3 Issues struck in Antioch447 viewsThe portraits of Licinius II struck in Antioch are quite unusual and never to be confused with any other mint. Note the sharp nose and somewhat pinched features.Mayadigger
Wolf with Romulus and Remus447 viewsAntoninus Pius. 138-161 AD. Sestertius (23.3g, 30-32mm, 12h) Rome mint. Struck 140-144 AD. Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P , laureate head right. Rev.: TR POT COS III [around edge] S C [in ex], wolf in a cave suckling the twins Romulus and Remus. RIC 650; BMC 1318-1321; Cohen 917; Sear (II) 1274.

Coin belonging to a series depicting scenes from ancient Roman legends, issued in preparation of the celebration of the 900th anniversary of Rome in the year 147 AD.
Charles S
Greek, Alexander the Great, Lysimachos tetradrachm447 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
Abdera, Thrace * Griffin | Apollon, AE14 - 4th Century BC.446 views
Griffin | Apollon, Bronze.

Obv: Griffin pouncing right, head raised in menacing poise, club below; MENAN
Rev: Apollon, right, within linear square: ABΔ-HPI-T-ΩΝ (with retrograde N).

Exergue: MENAN

Mint: Abdera
Struck: ca. 352-323 BC.

Size: 14.67 mm.
Weight: ca. 2.5 grm.
Die axis: 0°

The Griffin (Greek gryphos, Persian shirdal - "lion-eagle") is a legendary creature with the body of a lion and the head, with upstanding ear-tufts, and wings of an eagle: as the lion was considered 'King of the Beasts' and the eagle 'King of the Air,' the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature. The griffin is generally represented with four legs, wings and a beak, with eagle-like talons in place of a lion's forelegs and feathered, with equine-like ears jutting from the crown of its head. Some writers describe the tail as a serpent, in the manner of a chimera.
2 commentsTiathena
Roman Empire, Claudius II (Gothicus)446 viewsObv: DIVO CLAVDIO OPTIMO IMP
Laureate and draped bust, right.
Divus Claudius seated left on curule chair.
1.6 gm, 12.1 mm, Thessalonica RIC 26
Mintmark •TS•B•
Comment: Unlisted in RIC for officina B.
Previously attested on Forum ID Board.
Issued by Constantine the Great in 317-18.
Submitted by Massanutten
ROMAN EMPIRE, Caracalla, Rome mint, struck 213 AD, AE Sestertius444 viewsM AVREL ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT laureate-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right
P M TR P XVI COS IIII PP, S-C Libertas standing left
RIC 498d, Cohen 229 (8 Fr.)
5 commentsdupondius
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Annona444 viewsDenarius
Obv:– L SEPT SEV AVG IMP XI PART MAX, Laureate head right
Rev:– ANNONAE AVGG, Annona, standing left, right foot on prow, holding heads of grain (called corn ears in the UK) and cornucopiae
Minted in Laodicea-ad-Mare, A.D. 198 - 202
References:– RIC 501 (Common), RSC 21

Annona was the Goddess of the circling year and its harvest produce; Matron of commerce and the market place.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Vespasian, AE Dupondius, RIC 471444 viewsMint:Roma
71 AD
dimensions: 26mm/11.74grms,
“Imperator Cæsar Vespasianus Augustus Consul tertium”
Réf C.411 (2f.) - RIC.471 - BMC/RE.588 - BN/R.565 pl. 51 - RCV.- Monnaies XXI number 2395
moneta romana
Roman, Victorinus Antoninianus444 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
Gordian III (238-244 A.D.), AE-Sestertius, PM 01-38-01, Viminacium, Vexillum, #01, Rare!444 views072 Gordianus-III (238-244 A.D.), AE-Sestertius, PM 01-38-01, Viminacium, Vexillum, #01, Rare!
avers:- IMP-GORDIANVS-PIVS-FEL-AVG, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from the back .
revers:- PMS_C_O_L-VIM, Moesia standing half left, between bull to left and lion to right, holding vexillum marked IIII in left hand and vexillum marked VII in right hand, date AN IIII in exergo.
exergo: AN IIII,
date: 242-243 AD. regnal year IIII.
mint: Viminacium,
axis: h,
diameter: 30mm,
weight: 19,30g,
ref: Pick-085, PM-1-38-1, Mus-31,
1 commentsquadrans
Poseidon - Ποσειδῶν441 viewsPoseidon is portrayed on the reverse of this Baktrian tetradrachm issued by Antimachos I (ca. 175-170 BC). A uniquely curious choice for a landlocked country, although the association of Poseidon with earthquakes (which regularly shake the region of Afghanistan) may have been a determining factor in Antimachos choice of a patron god.

Poseidon (Ποσειδῶν) was the god of the sea and the earth-shaker (god of earthquakes) of Greek mythology. He was the protector of many Hellenic cities, although he lost the contest for Athens to Athena. The contest revolved around a gift of each god to the city, with the preferred one of the Athenians determining the outcome. Poseidon struck the ground with his trident, whereupon a spring came into being, only its water proved salty. Athena on the other hand, offered an olive tree making the choice of the Athenians decisive. To placate Poseidon on their choice the Athenians erected a temple to him (Poseidon) at Cape Sounion to the south of Athens.

4 commentsLloyd T
ROMAN EMPIRE, Barbarous Constantine I441 views imitation of Constantine I
TEMPLE, NERO, DUPONDIUS A.D.65.440 viewsNero Dupondius - 65 A.D. - Mint of Rome
Radiate head left
Temple of Janus with doors closed.
Cohen 174, RIC 290.
A good example of a famous coin
Turkey, Ephesus - Wall fresco440 viewsLocated in the ongoing excavation of the upper-class terrace houses. Note the opening in the wall for circulation. The entire complex must have appeared like a luxury hotel with a central arbitorium.memphius
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II, 359 - 336 B.C., AV Stater439 viewsObverse: Laureate head of Apollo facing right
Reverse: Charioteer in biga galloping right, thunderbolt below horses, ΦIΛIΠΠOY in exergue
4 commentsOptimus
Roman Empire, Titus RIC 1436 viewsAR Denarius
Rome Mint, 24 June-1 July 79 AD
RIC 1 (R), BMC 1, RSC 334a
Obv - IMP T CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev - TR POT VIII COS VII; Male captive kneeling r., hands bound behind back, in front of trophy, consisting of helmet, cuirass, crossed swords (?), and round shield.
Mint state
7 commentsDavid Atherton
New World, Maya, Xpuhil, Campeche, Mexico436 viewsLocated about thirty miles south of Chicanna, the ancient Maya city named Xpuhil, pronounced "SH-PUH-HEEL" found themselves between the hammer of wanning Tikal to the South and the anvil of the rising Chichen Itza to the North. Without the resources of Tikal, but trying to emmulate that great city's pyramids/temples, poor Xpuhil could only manage a sorry and rather pathetic attempt of Tikal's grand structures. Seen here, we see that their Temple structure tries to copy those seen at Tikal...rather sad, isn't it...?Mayadigger
England, London (Londinium) - city walls435 viewsmodern bronze statue of Trajan

next to Tower Hill - station of London underground
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Crab435 viewsObverse: Herakles standing right, holding club
Reverse: Crab, Punic letters below
Mint : Island of Tunisia
Date : 2nd Century BC
Reference : SNG Cop-477-8
Weight : 6.87g
Dealer : HJB
Acquired: 30/04/04
Size :AE 20
Comments : Legend says that while Herakles fought the Hydra the goddess Hera sent down a giant crab which attacked his feet
1 commentsBolayi
Jordan, Petra - Theater 2435 viewsThe remains, the side were the artists stood.
The theater was build in 100 a.c., and expanded in 106 when the Romans came.
Roman Empire, Constantius Jr, Unlisted officina for Cyzicus434 viewsObv: FL IVL CONSTANTIUS NOB C
Laureate, draped and cuirasses bust, left
Eight tiered campgate surmounted by two turrets, star above. Pellet in left
Exergue: dot/SMKEpsilon
18.1 mm 3 gm 180 die allignment.
Unlisted officina for RIC 53. Unlisted in LRBC.
Previously posted to Forum ID Board.
Submitted by Massanutten
Roman Empire, Licinius I. (308-324 A.D.), AE-3 Follis, RIC VII 48var, Heracleia, PROVIDENTIAE AVGG, Camp gate,434 views132 Licinius-l. (308-324 A.D.), AE-3 Follis, RIC VII 48var, Heracleia, PROVIDENTIAE AVGG, Camp gate,
avers:- IMP-LICI-NIVS-AVG, 2,J1 r., Laureate, draped bust right(left are RIC error), holding mappa and scepter on globe.
revers:- PROVIDEN-TIAE-AVGG, Camp gate with tree turrets, no dors, 6 layer of stones and Λ in right in field.
exergo: SMH B,
date: 318-320 A.D.,
mint: Heraclea, 2nd. off.,
axis: 0h,
diameter: 18-19mm,
weight: 3,10g,
ref: RIC-VII-48 var (RIC err not left, right), p547, c1,
Roman Empire, Licinius I. (308-324 A.D.), AE-3 Follis, RIC VII 17, Heracleia, PROVIDENTIAE AVGG, Camp gate with tree turrets, R4!!!434 views132 Licinius-l. (308-324 A.D.), AE-3 Follis, RIC VII 17, Heracleia, PROVIDENTIAE AVGG, Camp gate with tree turrets, R4!!!
avers:- IMP-LICI-NIVS-AVG, 2,J1l., Laureate, draped bust left, holding mappa and scepter on globe.
revers:- PROVIDEN-TIAE-AVGG, Camp gate with tree turrets, no dors, 7 layer of stones.
exergo: MHT-ε,
date: 316-317 A.D.,
mint: Heraclea, 5th. off.,
axis: 5h,
diameter: 19mm,
weight: 2,51g,
ref: RIC-VII-17, p545, R4!!!,
Croatia, Split - Diocletian's palace - silver gate434 viewseast gate leading to the centre of Split.Johny SYSEL
ROMAN EMPIRE, TRAJAN, AR Denarius433 views1 commentsOptimus
28 BC Colony established at Nemausus by Augustus' army425 viewsmedium bronze (dupondius or as?) (12.6g, 25mm, 2h) Nemausus mint. Struck 10 BC - 10 AD.
IMP DIVI F Agrippa laureate head left and Augustus laureate head right, back to back
COL NEM crocodile chained to palm tree top bent to right, wreath at top.
RIC (Augustus) 158

Denomination uncertain. COL NEM stands for COLONIA AVGVSTA NEMAVSVS (present Nîmes, France), built by Augustus' army after their conquest and return from Egypt. The crocodile chained to the palm tree symbolizes the defeat of the Cleopatra and Marc Antony at Actium.
2 commentsCharles S
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III The Great Tetradrachm 323-320 BC424 viewsAlexander III The Great Tetradrachm 323-320 BC, Amphipolis mint, 17.22 g

Head of Alexander as Herakles wearing lion skin headdress / Zeus enthroned holding sceptre and eagle, in left field Athena Promachos standing right, holding shield and spear
2 commentsRui S
ROMAN EMPIRE, City Commemorative, Urbs Roma, VRBS ROMA Trier mint 424 viewsTR•S

2.32 g, 16.5 x 17.4 mm.
RIC VII:542 for Trier. Minted 332-333 AD.
OBv.: Roma left, VRBS ROMA.
REV.: Wolf suckling Romulus and Remus, TR•S in exergue.
2 commentsXLi
Roman Empire, Severus Alexander denarius423 viewsThis one I obtained about 15 years ago at the NYINC, located at the Twin Towers Marriot in those happier days. FDC coins of this emperor are not rare and this is one of those in my view. Appears to be RIC 250, but does not fit the description exactly. Probably a die variant only.
3 commentsjmuona
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Numerian - PACATOR ORBIS - Bust Type F - RIC unlisted (Lugdunum)421 viewsObv:– IMP C NVMERIANVS AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right
Rev:– PACATO-R ORBIS, Emperor advancing right, holding shield and sword, captive, cowering beneath
Minted in Lugdunum (C in exe) Emission 9 Officina 3. Summer A.D. 284
Reference:– Cohen 41 (30 F). Bastien 618 (2 examples). RIC Unlisted.
2 commentsmaridvnvm
MODERN MILLED (up to 19th Century), AUSTRIA, SALZBURG, 1 TALER, 1766420 viewsSilver coin with 27,89 grams
Ruller: Sigismund von Schrattenbach (1753 - 1771)
REV.: 1766 and coat of arms of Salzburg
Ref.: KM#402, P.2297, Dav.: 1259
lincon r2
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III Drachm, Colophon.419 viewsALEXANDER III. THE GREAT - DRACHM - COLOPHON - ZEUS - HERAKLES - SPEAR HEAD - STAR

Alexander III. The Great. Struck at Colophon. AR Drachm.

Obv. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin right.
Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Zeus seated left with sceptre and eagle. left in field star, right in field spear head.

Condition: almost extremely fine. 4.2 g., 18 mm. Price 1759
5 commentsPhiloromaos
GREEK, Attica, Athens, 465-454 BC, AR Tetradrachm419 viewsObv. Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Attic helmet adorned with three olive leaves and palmette, round earring and pearl necklace.
Rev. Owl standing right with head facing, ΑΘΕ to right, crescent and olive sprig to left; all within incuse square.
Mint: Attica, Athens, ca. 465-454 BC.

17.10g, 24mm, 10h.

Starr Group V.B.

Ex Roma Numismatics, E-Sale 19, 1. August 2015, lot 95
9 commentskc
ROMAN EMPIRE, MAXIMUS sestertius RIC 13417 viewsRome mint, AD 236-238
MAXIMVS CAES GERM, Draped bust of Maximus right
PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS, Maximus standing left with two standards behind him, SC in field
18.64 gr
Ref : RIC # 13, RCV #8411, Cohen #14
6 commentsPotator II
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Aequitas416 viewsSeverus Alexander Denarius
Obv:– IMP C M AVR SEV ALEXAND AVG, Laureate, draped bust right
Rev:– AEQVITAS AVG, Aequitas standing left with scales & cornucopiae. Star in left field.
Minted in Antioch. A.D. 222
Reference:– RIC 274. RCV02 7856. RSC 11

'Fairness' holds a scales and cornucopia
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Geta, AE32 Ephesos414 viewsGeta --AE32, Ephesos. R: Artemis standing half right holding bow, tree behind, hound or stag at feet. von Aulock-; BMC-; SNG Cop. -; Typenkatalogue-. Unpublished? 1 commentsfeatherz
Paulina, late wife of Maximinus I.412 viewsAR denarius (21 mm, 3.3 gm), Rome mint, 235-238 CE.
Obv: DIVA PAVLINA, veiled and draped bust right.
Rev: CONSECRATIO, Paulina seated to left on peacock flying right.
RIC 2; RSC 2; Cohen 2; BMC 127; Sear 2369.
6 commentsEmpressCollector
Lucius Verus sestertius REX ARMEN DAT412 viewsRoma, 163-164
RIC 1371 (R); Cohen 161 (30 fr.)
Frederic Weber's collection
2 commentsfrederic W
Italy, Sicily, Agrigento - Temple of Castor and Pollux410 viewsbuilt +- 450 BCJohny SYSEL
BYZANTINE, Maurice Tiberius, Theoupolis (Antioch), 582-602, AE Follis 410 views[D N M]AURI-C N P AUT Crowned bust of Maurice facing, bearing consular mantle, holding mappa in right hand and eagle tipped sceptre in left hand. / Large M flanked by A/N/N/O – X/III (regnal year 13 equivalent to 594/95 AD), cross above, Γ below, THEUP (Theoupolis) in exergue. Sear Byzantine 533; DO 161-73.
(28 mm, 11.75 g, 6h)
7 commentsLloyd T
ROMAN IMPERATORS, Sextus Pompeius/Q. Nasidius410 viewsDenarius (grs 3,92 and 19 mm) from one of the admirals of Sextus Pompeius. Main hypot. for issuance : 44-43 BC in Massalia (other : mint moving with Sextus in Sicily around 40 BC).
Obverse: Head looking right of Cn. Pompeius Magnus ; bef. trident ; below, dolphin ; behind, NEPTUNI.
Reverse : galley sailing right ; above, star ; below, Q. NASIDIUS.
Crawford 483/2. Sydenham 1350. Sear (Imp.) 235. Babelon Pompeia 28 (p. 354, vol. 2).
Again (see the didrachm from Akragas) the clear advantage of concavity for the reverse (with no neg. impacts on the observe).
12 commentslabienus
Roman Empire, Constantius II. (324-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-361 A.D. Augustus), Nicomedia, RIC VIII 084, AE-2 Follis, Γ/-//SMNA, FELTEMP REPARATIO, Soldier spearing falling enemy,409 views147 Constantius-II. (324-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-361 A.D. Augustus), Nicomedia, RIC VIII 084, AE-2 Follis, Γ/-//SMNA, FELTEMP REPARATIO, Soldier spearing falling enemy,
avers:- DN-CONSTAN-TIVS-PF-AVG, Cs1, D3, Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
rever:- FEL-TEMP-RE-PARATIO, Soldier spearing falling enemy horseman who wears Phrygian helmet and is reaching backwards; shield on ground to right .
exergo: Γ/-//SMNA, diameter: 21,5-24mm, weight: 5,11g, axis: 6h,
mint: Nicomedia, date: 351-55 A.D., ref: RIC-VIII-084, p-478,
4 commentsquadrans
GREEK, Thrace, Thasos AR Tetradrachm409 views(168/7-148 BC)
Obv.: Wreathed head of young Dionysos right.
Rev.: Herakles standing left, head left, holding club, lion skin draped over left arm; M to inner left.
Le Rider, Thasiennes 51; SNG Copenhagen 1039.
6 commentsMinos
Gordian III (238-244 A.D.), AE-As, PM 01-03-01, Viminacium, 409 views072 Gordianus-III (238-244 A.D.), AE-As, PM 01-03-01, Viminacium,
avers:- IMP-CAES-MANT-GORDIANVS-AVG, Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right .
revers:- PMSCO-L-VIM, Moesia standing facing, head left, extending hands to bull and lion standing at feet on either side.
exergo: AN • I •,
diameter: 20mm,
weight: 4,77g,
mint: Viminacium,
axis: h,
date: 239-240 AD.,
ref: Pick-073, PM-1-03-1,
1 commentsquadrans
ROMAN EMPIRE, Crispus Solidus - "Heroic bust"408 viewsGold solidus, RIC 20, gVF, ex jewelry, 4.046g, 18.5mm, 0o, Cyzicus mint, 324 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate, nude bust left holding spear and shield; reverse CONCORDIA AVGG NN, Concordia seated left holding caduceus and cornucopia, SMKE in ex; very rare. Ex J. Kern, ex FORVM.3 commentspaulo
GREEK, Attica, Athens, 393 - 370 BC, AR Tetradrachm 408 viewsObv:– Head of Athena right with eye seen in true profile, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll
Rev:– owl standing right, head facing, to right AΘE in large lettering, to left olive sprig and crescent
Minted in Athens from . c. B.C. 393 - 370.
Reference:– Flamen p. 126, 1 (Pi I); Svoronos Athens plate 19, 17; SNG Cop -

Transitional style tetradrachms include all of the wide spectrum of variants with the eye in profile issued after the classic "old style" almond eye tetradrachms but before the broad thinner flan "new style" tetradrachms. Recent research has classified variations of the transitional style - Pi Type, Quadridigité Style, Heterogeneous Style and sub-groups of the styles, and proposed chronologies for the different styles and groups.

This coin is the earliest transitional type, the first Pi style type, essentially identical to the "old style" with the exception of the eye in profile. The "Pi" designation is based on the P shape of the floral spiral and palmette ornamentation on the helmet bowl. The coin can be classified as Pi style, group 1. The floral ornament on examples this early do not yet resemble Pi.

16.699g, 13.1mm, 270o
2 commentsmaridvnvm
Jordan, Petra - The Treasury 2407 viewsAl-Khazneh Farun - The Faro treasure
This was build in 84-85 b.c., by king Aretas IV.
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Roman Empire, Probus Ant. RIC 861 var.407 viewsObv:– IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, Radiate bust right in imperial mantle, holding sceptre surmounted by eagle
Rev:– SOLI INVICTO, Sol in spread quadriga, holding globe, whip and billowing cloak.
Minted in Serdica (Gamma in exe). Emission 3. Officina 3. in A.D. 277
References:– RIC 861 var.
This Bust type is not listed in RIC. Also this coin is undoubtedly of the style of Serdica but the emission mark does not match that of any published emission mark for Serdica. There is growing evidence of an unlisted second series of mintmarks used during the third emission of Serdica using Greek letters that ran in parallel to the Roman equivalent.
Greece, Bassae - Temple of Apollo Epikuros406 viewsbuilt 450 - 400 BC
designed by Iktinos - architect of the Temple of Hephaestus and the Parthenon
!!! There is the earliest example of Corinthian capital. Corinthian capital is in interior, exterior is built in Doric style.
Byzantine, Anonymous Follis, SB 1813, AE-Follis, Class A2/F39type, (Constantine VIII. (976-1025 A.D.)), 406 viewsAnonymous Follis, SB 1813, AE-Follis, Class A2/F39type, (Constantine VIII. (976-1025 A.D.)), #1
Class A2, attributed to joint reign of Basil II and Constantine VIII.
averse: +ЄMMA NOVHΛ, IC-XC, Bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cross with various ornaments in each limb.. pallium and colobium, and holding books of Gospels.
reverse: +IhSyS / XRISTUS/ bASILEy/bASILE - in 4 lines, Greek legend, "Jesus Christ, King of Kings".
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 27,5mm, weight: 10,30g, axis: h,
mint: Constantinople though Metclaf states several provincial mints within this group. some with rev legend differences., date: 976-1025 CE, ref:SB 1813, Class A2/F39type,
5 commentsquadrans
ROMAN EMPIRE, Barbaric "Fallen Horseman" AE3406 viewsObverse with incomplete legend, F AVG
Reverse legend completely blundered
No exergue
Greek, Antiochus IV Epiphanes - Antioch on Orontes (as 'Daphne') - 175/164BC406 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
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Italy, Rome, Trajan's Markets 2406 viewsPosted by Strength And Honour.
Photo taken by my friend Hebe.
Strength And Honour
Г (incised)405 viewsPISIDIA. Ariassus. Julia Mamaea. Æ 25. A.D. 222-235. Obv: IOVΛIAMA-MEAC(EB...). Diademed and draped bust right; Incises countermark before. Rev: (A)PIACC(EΩN). Dioscuri standing naked, each infront of a horse, holding a spear; above star in crescent. Ref: BMC -; SNG France (3) -; SNG Aul -. Axis: 195°. Weight: 9.29 g. CM: Г (incised), incuse, 4 x 6 mm. Howgego 778 (11 pcs). Collection Automan.Automan
Athena and Deified Alexander405 viewsThe deified Alexander the Great is depicted on the obverse of this coin of Lysimachos, dating to the early third century BC.

In the years following his death Alexander the Great came to be the subject of cult worship throughout the Mediterranean basin. His corpse was appropriated by Ptolemy I who transported it to Egypt, initially interring it at Memphis, then to a mausoleum and center of worship in Alexandria. It survived until the 4th century AD when Theodosius banned paganism, only to disappear without trace.

Athena depicted on the reverse of this coin was the patron goddess of Athens. She came to be worshiped throughout much of the Mediterranean basin during Hellenistic period.
7 commentsLloyd T
Alexander Severus405 viewsCapitoline museums

I'm not 100% sure that it's Alexander Severus.
ROMAN IMPERATORS, OCTAVIAN Denarius RIC 255403 viewsItalian mint, possibly Rome, 31-30 BC
Anepigraph, bare head of Octavian left
CAESAR - DIVI F, Victory standing right on globe, holding wreath
3.84 gr
Ref : HCRI # 408, RCV # 1552v, Cohen # 66, RIC # 255
8 commentsPotator II
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I, Posthumous Commemorative, Hand of god403 viewsConstantine I the Great Posthumous death commemorative coin
Obverse: Constantine veiled
Reverse: Constantine riding quadriga reaching up towards the hand of God, star above.
Beautiful rainbow iridescent toning
Great detail and very clean surface.
10 commentsmihali84
Roman, GALBA SESTERTIUS.402 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 EMPIRE, Domitian ancient counterfeit denarius400 viewsAncient counterfeit denarius, 3.13g, IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, laur. head r. with aegis
TR POT III CENS P P P, Minerva 2

The obverse of this coin is a technically correct copy of the April 85 A.D. denarii, save for the odd style. The lettering style is exceptionally good. But the reverse is wrong. It displays again a TR P date, and in addition from the previous year (84 A.D.) while the second part consisting in CENS P P P is a form only used from late 85 onwards. This coin shares its dies with a coin from the Warren Esty coll.
Italy, Rome, Forum400 viewsView down onto the Roman forum. Palatine hill is in the background. Photo taken in 2005.1 commentsTitus Pullo
Croatia, Split - Diocletian's palace - peristyle - sphinx400 viewsDiocletian's palace is historical centre of Split - Croatia.Johny SYSEL
ROMAN EMPIRE, Trajan AR Denarius 98-117 A.D399 viewsObv: TICAESARDIVI AVGFAVGVSTVS - Laureate head right.
Rev: PM TR PS COS VI PP SPQR - PRO-AVG; Minted in Rome A.D.117. Providentia stg.l. resting on column. As RCII: 3154, but without PARTHICO on rev. and PRO-AVG in field instead of PRO-VID.
5 commentsM.G.M
Apollo Salutaris (the Rescuer)399 viewsTrebonianus Gallus 251 - 253
Antoninianus mint of Rome
Apollo stdg. l, holding laurel-branch in l. hand and
leaning with r. hand on lyra(?) on rock
RIC IV, 32(s); C.2
Struck as gratitude for rescue from plague(?) for Apollo the Rescuer
The Lyre was invented by Hermes , made from the shell of a turtoise.
Apollo on the other hand should have always a cithara!
Roman Empire, Faustina II (Filia) (128-175 A.D.), AE-Dupondius, RIC III 1405b (Ant.Pius), Rome, No legend, S-C, Diana, Scarce!,398 views038a Faustina (II) Filia (128-175 A.D.), AE-Dupondius, RIC III 1405b (Ant.Pius), Rome, No legend, S-C, Diana, Scarce!,
"Daughter of Antoninus Pius and Faustina Sr. and wife of Marcus Aurelius. She was also the mother of Commodus and Lucilla, wife of Lucius Verus."
avers:- FAVSTINA-AVG-P-II-AVG-FIL, Draped bust right, with hair waved and coiled on back of head, band of pearls and necklace.
revers: No legend - Diana standing left, holding arrow and resting hand on bow, S-C across the field.
exerg: S/C//--, diameter: 27mm, weight: 13,86g, axis: 5h,
mint: Rome, date: 145-146 A.D., ref: RIC-III-1405b (Antoninus Pius), p-194, C-207,209,
6 commentsquadrans
Italy, Rome, Arch of Constantine398 viewscommemorate Constantine I's victory over Maxentius
built in 315
1 commentsJohny SYSEL
ROMAN EMPIRE, Caracalla "Cast in Gaul" As397 viewsANTONINVS PIVS AVG PONT TRP VI
Dea Caelestis looks front, holds drum, riding lion
22 mm. 3.49 g, Such lightweight casts in brass, usually on thin round flans, are what Cohen calls "Cast in Gaul". Specimens in the BM coll. are BMC V pl. 49.3, 50.5-6, and 52.8. They are considerably commoner than the struck originals (courtesy of Curtis Clay).

1 commentswhitetd49
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Roman Empire, Constantine The Great, Ticinum mint, Unlisted397 viewsAE3, Ticinum Mint, 307-337 AD
Obverse: CONSTANTIN(VS AVG), Draped and cuirassed bust left in high crested helmet.
Reverse: VICTORIAE LAET PP, Two victories holding shield inscribed VOT / PR over alter
TT in exergue
17mm, 3.4gm

Bust type, obverse and reverse legend all unlisted in RIC for Ticinum VLPP coins.
1 commentsJerome Holderman
Roman Empire, Constantine - VLPP396 viewsConstantine I
A.D. 318-19
CONSTANTI-NVS AVG high crested helmet, cuir., spear across right shoulder.
VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP [ Joyous (well-earned) victory to the eternal Prince] two Victories stg., facing one another, together holding shield inscribed VOT PR [VOTA POPULI ROMANI (vows of the Roman people)]on altar.
In exergue ESIS

this coin is not in very good shape, but it is unlisted.
Unlisted in RIC should be after RIC 56.

from the collection of Victor
My Constantine Website
GREEK, Mysia, Kyzikos, AR9-12396 views9-12mm, 0.78g
obv: forepart of boar left, tunny fish behind
rev: lion's head left, retrograde K above left.
SNG Paris 390; BMC Mysia p. 35, 121; SGCV II 3850
7 commentsareich
Yap Island, Micronesia, Stone money395 viewsThis larger example is known as "O'Keefe" money and is not as valuable as the earlier stone moneyMayadigger
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Septimius Severus395 viewsSEPTIMIUS SEVERUS - AR Tetradrachm - LAODICEE, 202-2115 commentsAlwin
Troas -- AE18. 2nd-1st Century BC. 395 viewsFacing bust of Apollos 3/4 to left, countermarks of mouse and bust of Apollo/Lyre, countermark of horse's head. cf. SNG Cop. 88 (no mouse, head 3/4 to r.). ex: Mabbott Collection Hans Schulman sale, 6/69 (featherz)1 commentsfeatherz
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Elagabalus, AE 1 Assaria, Ephesus394 viewsIONIA, Ephesus. Elagabalus. 218-222 AD. Æ 1 Assaria (17mm, 2.69 gm). Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / A within wreath. BMC Ionia -; SNG von Aulock -; SNG Copenhagen -; SNG Turkey -; Lindgren-Kovacs -; Lindgren III -. VF, green patina. Extremely rare denomination.

2 commentsfeatherz
Bulls of Julian394 viewsHere are only some bulls of Julian The Apostate - they are various but all very nice!4 commentsIVLIANVS
BULL394 viewsJulian II AD 360-363 minted Heraclea Ae1
S617 8.19g
Diademed bust right with legend DAFLCL IVLIANVS PF AVG
Bull standing right with legend SECVRITAS REIPVB
* in field, HERACLEA in exerge
June 04 £65
ROMAN REPUBLIC, Anonymous - Quadrigatus393 viewsMint:Roma or south Italy
225/215 BC
Réf:Bab.23, SYD.64
Conservation: SUP
One the the first exemple of this type
Hellenistic style...
12 commentsmoneta romana
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Trajan, AR Denarius, VIA TRAIANA393 views4 commentsOptimus
Aeternitas, Personification of eternity and stability392 viewsFaustina Senior, wife of Antoninus Pius, Augusta 138-141 C.E.
AR Denarius, Rome mint, 147-161 C.E.
Obv: DIVA FAVSTINA, Draped bust, r.
Rev: AETERNITAS, Aeternitas standing l., holding phoenix and lifting fold of skirt.
RIC-347; Sear-4576; BMC-354; Cohen-11.

Aeternitas personifies eternity and stability. She is depicted with a variety of attributes which may include a torch, globe, phoenix, cornucopiae, scepter or the heads of Sol and Luna; she is often shown leaning against a column or seated on a globe.
Italy, Capua - Amphitheatre391 viewsSpartacus fought there.1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Roman Empire, Aurelianus (270-275 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, T-2336 (Estiot), RIC V-I 244, Siscia, CONCORDIA MILITVM, Emperor and Cocordia clasping hand,391 views106 Aurelianus (270-275 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, T-2336 (Estiot), RIC V-I 244, Siscia, CONCORDIA MILITVM, Emperor and Cocordia clasping hand,
avers:- IMP-C-AVRELIANVS-AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
revers:- CONCORDIA-MILITVM, Emperor togate standing right, clasping the hand of Concordia standing left.
exerg: S// XXI Q, diameter: mm, weight: g, axes: h,
mint: Siscia, iss-8, off-4, date: 274 A.D., ref: T-2336, RIC V-I 244,
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II, Tetradrachm, 323-315 BC 390 viewsPhilip II (359-336 BC), Tetradrachm, 14.31 g., 24 mm

O - Laureate head of Zeus r.
R - ΦΙΛΙΠΠOΥ / Π Horseman with palm r, flower.

Le Rider pl. 46, 3.

Provenance: Ex A.Tkalec AG, Auction 10/27/2011, Lot 58
7 commentsrobertpe
ROMAN EMPIRE, Unknown AE 17390 viewsThe reverse is a crude pictograph with a central figure being attacked by a figure to left, third figure observes in upper right. Below the central figure is a foot print and horse head.
The coin is 17mm. AR
It appears to be an imitation of the "Fallen Horseman" FEL TEMP REPARATIO type struck by Constantius II, among others. The person cutting the die apparently didn't realize that he had to cut the mirror image of the coin into the die. He ended up with a left-facing bust on the obverse, while the reverse has the soldier on the left and the fallen horseman on the right instead of the usual horseman on the left, soldier on the right.
Roman Empire, Galerius Maximianus (293-305 A.D. Caesar, 305-311 A.D. Augustus), AE-Follis, RIC VI 224, Siscia, FORTI FORT(I)NAE, legend error FORTVNAE!!!,Fortuna standing left by wheel,390 views122 Galerius Maximianus (293-305 A.D. Caesar, 305-311 A.D. Augustus), AE-Follis, RIC VI 224, Siscia, FORTI FORT(I)NAE, legend error FORTVNAE!!!,Fortuna standing left by wheel,
avers:- DIVO-GAL-VAL-MAXIMIANO, Veiled head right.
revers:- FORTI-FOR-T(I)NAE, legend error FOR-TVNAE!!!, Fortuna standing left by wheel, right holding rudder on globe, left cornucopiae.
exergo: -/B/μ//SIS, diameter: 24-26mm, weight: 4,68g, axis: 6h,
mint: Siscia, date: 312 A.D., ref: RIC-VI-224, p-483,
1 commentsquadrans
Roman, Vespasian390 viewsBMCRE 214, RSC 214
Rome mint A.D. 78
From Vespasian70's Flavian denarii collection.
1 commentsVespasian70
Chimera & Dove388 viewsSG2774; Hemidrachm of Sikyon; 360 - 330 BC1 commentsGhengis_Jon
Roman Empire, Constantine I, AE3 Siscia RIC VII 177.387 views136 Constantinus-I (306-309 A.D. Caesar, 309-910 A.D. Filius Augustorum, 307-337 A.D. Augustus), AE-3 Follis, Siscia, RIC VII 177, -/-//BSIS wreath, DN CONSTANTINI MAX AVG, Wreath, VOT/•/XX within, R4!!!
avers:- CONSTAN-TINVS-AVG, 1, Laureate head right.
rever:- DN-CONSTANTINI-MAX-AVG, B1, Wreath, VOT/•/XX within.
exergo: -/-//BSIS wreath, diameter: 19mm, weight: 3,24g, axis: 5h,
mint: Siscia, date: 321-24 A.D., ref: RIC-VII-177, p-445 ,2nd.-off., R4!!!
2 commentsquadrans
CAMPGATE, Arcadius386 viewsThis unusual reverse may depict a tall wall with a door and 2 windows, or the upper layer could be a building that was actually within the city walls. Another possibility is that the lower layer represents the main gate in the city wall and the upper layer represents a section of the wall elsewhere that had 2 doors. (Ray Wilk)1 commentsraywilk
Roman Empire, Licinius I. (308-324 A.D.), AE-3 Follis, RIC VII 009, Cyzicus, IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG, 386 views132 Licinius-l. (308-324 A.D.), AE-3 Follis, RIC VII 009, Cyzicus, IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG,
avers:- IMP-LICI-NIVS-AVG, 2,J1 l., Laureate, draped bust left, holding mappa and scepter on globe.
revers:- IOVI-CONSER-VATORI-AVGG, Jupiter standing left, holding Victory on globe and scepter; wreath in left and A in right in field.
exergo: SMK,
date: 317-320 A.D.,
mint: Cyzicus, 1st. off.,
axis: 5h,
diameter: 18mm,
weight: 2,85g,
ref: RIC-VII-9, p644, c2,
Turkey, Ephesus - temple of Artemis - 1 of the 7 wonders of ancien world385 viewsWe can only dream up what it was once.2 commentsJohny SYSEL
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Dea Caelestis, goddess of Carthage385 viewsSeptimius Severus Denarius
Obv:– SEVERVS PIVS AVG, Laureate head right
Rev:– INDVLGENTIA AVGG / IN CARTH, Dea Caelestis, goddess of Carthage, with elaborate headdress, looking front, riding right on springing lion, holding thunderbolt and sceptre, water gushing from rocks at left below
Minted in Rome, A.D. 203 A.D.
References:– RIC 266, RCV02 6285, RSC 222
5 commentsmaridvnvm
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Libius Severus (Severus III), Struck under the Visigoths385 viewsVISIGOTHS, Gaul. Uncertain king. AD 417-507. AV Solidus (4.38 g, 6h). Struck in the name of Libius Severus (Severus III), circa AD 461-466. D N HBIVS SEVE-RVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Emperor standing facing, right foot on human-headed serpent, holding long cross and Victory: R-A//COMOB. RIC X 3755 var. (obv. legend); MEC 1, 175 var. (same)2 commentsTanit
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Licinius II, Ae 3 Issues struck in Antioch384 viewsThe portraits of Licinius II struck in Antioch are quite unusual and never to be confused with any other mint. Note the sharp nose and somewhat pinched features.1 commentsMayadigger
Roman Empire, Constantine the Great384 viewsConstantine I
A.D. 312
GENIOA-VGVSTI [To the spirit of the Emperor]; Genius stg. l., modius on head, naked but for chlamys over l. shoulder, r. holding patera (from which liquor flows), l. cornucopiae; to l. altar.
in ex. SMN star over epsilon
RIC VI Nicomedia 74c unlisted variant
SMN in exerque. star over Î in right field.
unlisted in RIC

from the collection of vic9128
1 commentsvic9128
Abduction of the Sabine women.384 viewsAR denarius. 89 BC. 3,65 grs. Bare-headed, bearded head of King Tatius righ. TA (ligate) below chin. SABIN behind / Two Roman soldiers, each carrying off a sabine woman in his arms. L TITVRI in exergue.
Crawford 344/1a. RSC Tituria 1.

Livy. History of Rome. 1.9.
The Roman state had become strong enough to hold its own in war with all the peoples along its borders, but a shortage of women meant that its greatness was fated to last for a single generation, since there was no prospect of offspring at home nor any prospect of marriage with their neighbours. Then, in accordance with the decision of the senate, Romulus sent messengers to the neighbouring peoples to ask for alliance and the right of marriage for the new people: cities, like everything else, start small but later if their own excellence and the gods assist them, they grow in strength and in fame. It was certain that at the beginning of Rome the gods had been propitiated and that it would not lack in valour. Therefore, men should not disdain to join blood and family ties with other men.
But nowhere were the emissaries given a fair hearing. Some scorned, others feared the great power growing in their midst, both for themselves and for their descendants. In more than one place the emissaries were asked, even as they were being sent packing, why they hadn't offered asylum to women (criminals) too: that way they'd have had their marriage and with others of their own rank! The youth of Rome took this insult badly and began to think seriously about the use of force. Romulus, to gain time till he found the right occasion, hid his concern and prepared to celebrate the Consualia, the solemn games in honour of equestrian Neptune. He then ordered that the spectacle be announced to the neighbouring peoples. He gave the event great publicity by the most lavish means possible in those days. Many people came, some simply out of curiosity to see the new city, and especially the nearest neighbours, from Caenina, Crustuminum and Antemnae; the entire Sabine population came, wives and children included. Received with hospitality in the houses, after having seen the position of the city, its walls, and the large number of buildings, they marvelled that Rome had grown so fast. When it was time for the show, and everybody was concentrating on this, a prearranged signal was given and all the Roman youths began to grab the women. Many just snatched the nearest woman to hand, but the most beautiful had already been reserved for the senators and these were escorted to the senators' houses by plebeians who had been given this assignment. The story goes that one woman, far and away the most beautiful, was carried off by the gang of a certain Thalassius, and because many wanted to know where they were taking her, they repeatedly shouted that they were taking her to Thalassius, and that it how the nuptial cry came to be.

The party was over, and the grieving parents of the girls ran away, accusing the Romans of having violated the laws of hospitality and invoking the god who was supposed to have been honoured at that day's festival. Nor did the girls themselves hold much hope. But Romulus went among them in person to assure them that none of this would have happened if their fathers hadn't been so inflexible in not letting them marry their neighbours. But now they would have the status of wives with all the material rewards and civil rights of citizenship and they would have children, than which nothing is dearer. They should cool their anger and give their hearts to the men who had already taken their bodies. A good relationship often begins with an offence, he said. And their husbands would treat them with extra kindness in hope of making up for the parents and country they so missed. The men added their blandishments, saying that they'd been motivated by love and passion, entreaties which are very effective with women.

ROMAN EMPIRE, Claudius I, AE As383 viewsRIC 100, Cohen 83, BMC 149
12.04 g, 29 mm
S-C across field, Minerva standing right, brandishing spear and holding shield on left arm
Ex: HD Rauch Auction 87 Lot 353 (08-12-10)
6 commentsMark Z
FEL TEMP REPARATIO from the Forvm Catalog383 viewsRow 1 Fallen Horseman

Constantius II-Aquileia
Constantius II-Constantinople
Constantius II-Heraclea

Row 2Fallen Horseman

Constantius II-Arles
Constantius II-Thessalonica
Julian II-Sirmium
Julian II-Siscia
Constantius Gallus-Constantinople

Row 3 Barbarian Hut

Constantius II-Cyzicus

Row 4 Galley

Constantius II-Thessalonica

Row 5 Galley

Constantius II-Thessalonica
Constantius II-Siscia

Row 6 Phoenix

Constantius II-Siscia
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Julia Mamaea, denarius, FELICITAS PVBLICA383 viewsjulia mamaea/felicitas pvblica
absolute mint condition
2 commentsmickdale
Peru, 1.jpg
New World, Peru383 viewsThe ancient walls of the huge 15th Cent. Inca fortress known as Sacsayhuaman, elevation 12,000 feet above sea level. The fortress was incomplete at the time of the Spanish conquest. Most of the smaller wrought stones were removed by the Spanish invaders to build homes and cathedrals in the ancient Inca Capital of Cuzco in the valley 1,000 feet below. The existant stones seen in the photo, weighing many 1,000's of tons, were too large for the invaders to easily to remove, and they remain in situe.Mayadigger
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Romulus and Remus 383 viewsRomulus and Remus - Suckling on a wolf after their uncle Amulius, fearing that the boys would grow up to overthrow him, had them placed in a trough and thrown into the River Tiber.

Urbs Roma - Constantinople Commemorative Coin

ROMAN EMPIRE, Philip I. AD 244-249. AR Antoninianus (22mm, 4.28 g, 1h). Secular Games issue Lion382 viewsPhilip I. AD 244-249. AR Antoninianus (22mm, 4.28 g, 1h). Secular Games issue. Rome mint, 1st officina. 9th emission, AD 248. Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Lion advancing right; I in exergue. RIC IV 12; RSC 173. EF. Well struck reverse.
3 commentsAdrian W
Annia Faustina, 3rd wife of Elagabalus. Augusta, 221 CE.381 viewsIsinda, Pisidia, AE 26 mm.
Obv: ANNIAN FAVCTEINAN, Dr. bust of Faustina r.
Rev: Confronted heads of Serapis and Isis, in field, E-Delta (yr. 4 ).
Ex Lindgren I, ex von Aulock, Pisidia I 833 (Plate coin, the only example known).
3 commentsEmpressCollector
BRIDGE, Commemorative struck under Constantine I381 viewsCommemorative RIC VIII, Constantinopolis 21
Constantine I AD 306 - 337
AE - AE 4
Constantinopolis 4th officina AD 330
draped, laureate head of a young Roman l., cornucopiae over r. shoulder
rev. (no legend)
Bridge with two towers and pylons below, over river
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. The bridge may be the famous Milvian bridge, where Maxentius was defeated by Constantine I AD 312. For more information look at
2 commentsJochen
Roman Empire, Julian II RIC VIII, Constantinopolis 163 var.381 viewsJulian II the philosopher 360 - 363, nephew of Constantin I
AE - Maiorina, 7.86g, 23mm
Constantinopolis 4. officina, 1st half of 363 (?)
bust draped, cuirassed, laureate, perl-diademed head r., necklace
diademed bull, head facing, standing r., two stars above
exergue: CONS Delta between palmbranchs
RIC VIII, Constantinopolis cf. 163 unrecorded; C.38
Rare; about VF

RIC 163 has CONSP Delta between palmbranchs!
Curtis Clay: The mintmark is known in rare smaller pieces, but apparently new on the large bull coins
Added to
ROMAN EMPIRE, Postumus AR Antoninianus381 viewsPostumus AR Antoninianus

Attribution: Cunetio 2453,
Zschucke 135, Cologne
Date: AD 268
PF AVG, radiate, draped, &
cuirassed bust r.
Reverse: PAX AVG, Pax stg.
l. holding branch and scepter
Size: 20 mm
Weight: 2.4 grams
4 commentsNoah
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Gordian III AR Tetradrachm380 viewsAD240 Gordian III Tetradrachm of Antioch, Syria ( Seleucis & Pieria )

obv: Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed, viewed from the rear.
rev: Eagle standing facing with head left, wings open, holding wreath in beak, SC below.
8 commentsrexesq
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New World, Peru 9380 viewsThe Temple of the Sun, the only round structure found here, is reported to have the finest stonework at the site.Mayadigger
ROMAN EMPIRE, Imitation of Heraclea Campgate379 views3 commentsArles
Hekate Triformis379 viewsJulia Soaemias -- AE20 from Mastaura (Lydia).
Hekate Triformis, was a goddess from Asia minor. Her main holy shrine was in Lagina. The Triformis created by Alkamenes, end of 5. century. Her companion a dog.
2 commentsfeatherz
GREEK, Pamphylia, Aspendos, stater378 viewsPAMPHYLIA, Aspendos. Circa 380-325 BC. AR Stater (22mm, 10.70 g). Two wrestlers grappling; LF between / Slinger to right; triskeles in field. Teken Series D; SNG France 105; SNG von Aulock 4565. Good VF, uneven strike, reverse a little porous.
Probus Stlyes Montage378 viewsmaridvnvm posted this on the discussion board July 17, 2006:

One of my specialist areas is Probus and I thought I would share a little montage that I have put together. We must remember that stylistic changes occur within a mint over the time of a single emperor as well as between mints and it is often necessary to become as familiar as we can with these style differences to be able to determine the correct mint placement for some coins.

Here are some Bust Type Cs (Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right (seen from the rear)) for arrange of mints under Probus including some examples from different periods of output from these mints where I have examples to show. I hope it is evident that there are marked differences to be seen between the mints but also within a single mint just for this short period of production. I have taken a random sample of coins and there are different styles notable between dies from the same period but they are all generally evident that they come from a particular mint at a particular period.

The output of Antioch and Tripolis are notably more crude and eccentric than the output of the other mints,

Similar stylistic differences can be seen for the other

3 commentsJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Mysia, Parium AR Hemidrachm378 viewsObv:– Facing Gorgoneion, surrounded by snakes.
Rev:– ΠA / PI, bull standing left, looking back right
Minted in Parion, 350 - 300 B.C.
Reference:– BMC Mysia p. 95, 14
2.427g, 13.8mm

Ex-Forum, Ex-Lanz.

5 commentsmaridvnvm
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Probus, Ticinum RIC 347var. Bust type C front (PXXT)378 viewsObv:– IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from the front
Rev:– CONSERVAT AVG, Sol standing, looking left, right hand raised, left holding globe
Minted in Ticinum (TXXT in exe) Emission 2 Officina 3. A.D. 276
Reference:– RIC 347 var. Bust type C (Not listed for this Bust Type in RIC)

It should also be noted that the draped and cuirassed bust seen from the front is scarcer in Ticinum than the one seen from behind.

ROMAN EMPIRE, AUGUSTUS, posthumous AS, RIC 81377 viewsAs struck under the reign of Tiberius
DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER, Radiate head of Augustus left
PROVIDENT AVG, Altar, S C in field
11.02 gr
Ref : Cohen #228, RCV #1789, RIC I # 81

This example comes with a black, even and glossy patina

6 commentsPotator II
Ancient Greek Bestiary377 viewsClockwise: Lion of Chersonessos, Dyrrhachion Cow, Calf and Wasp; Dove of Sikyon; Pegasos of Leukas (mythical); Lion and Bull of Tarsos; Macedonian Horse and Human.
Center: Owl of Athens.
Of the animals listed above, it is said that the human animal is the most violent and destructive of all.
4 commentsJason T
Berenice II -- Wife of Ptolemy III.377 viewsMarathos, Phoenicia. Struck under Ptolemy Philometer, 180-145 BC. Æ (21 mm, 8.65 g).
Obv: Veiled head of Berenice II, r.
Rev: Stylized Marathos standing, head l., holding apluster and resting on column. Phoenician Aramaic legend.
SGC 6037.
Roman Empire, Constantius I. Chlorus (293-305 A.D. Caesar, 305-306 A.D. Augustus), Carthage, RIC VI 24a, AE-1 Follis, FELIX ADVENT AVGG NN, Africa standing right, #1377 views121 Constantius I. Chlorus (293-305 A.D. Caesar, 305-306 A.D. Augustus), Carthage, RIC VI 24a, AE-1 Follis, FELIX ADVENT AVGG NN, Africa standing right, #1
avers:- CONSTANTIVS-NOB-CAES, Laureate head right.
revers:- FELIX-AD-VENT-AVG-G-N-N, Africa standing right, head left, wearing elephant head headress, standard in right and tusk in left, lion and bull at feet left, H left, PKT in ex.
exerg: H|-//PKT, diameter: 25-28,5mm, weight: 10,38g, axes: 0h,
mint: Carthage, date: 298 A.D., ref: RIC VI 24a,
6 commentsquadrans
Gallienus SOLI CONS AVG RIC 283.jpg
Pegasus377 viewsGALLIENVS AVG, Radiate bust R, SOLI CONS AVG, Pegasus R. Rome mint, RIC Va 283, Common.2 commentsRobert_Brenchley
Roman, Antoninus Pius superb portraits from two sestertii from the same die376 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 EMPIRE, Constantine 1376 viewsCONSTANTINE I. 307-337 AD. Æ Follis (23mm, 4.92 gm, 12h). Thessalonica mint, 3rd officina. Struck 312 AD. CONSTANTINVS P F AVG, laureate head right / IOVI CONSE-RVATORI, Jupiter standing left, holding globe and sceptre; (wreath)-G//•SM•TS•. RIC VI 50b. EF, dark brown patina
Roman Empire, Crispus (317-326 A.D.), Treveri, RIC VII 372, AE-3 Follis, -/-//•PTR•, BEATA TRANQVILLITAS, VO/TIS/XX, C3!376 views142 Crispus (317-326 A.D.), Treveri, RIC VII 372, AE-3 Follis, -/-//•PTR•, BEATA TRANQVILLITAS, VO/TIS/XX, C3!
avers:- IVL-CRISPVS-NOB-CAES, Laureated and cuirassed bust left, spear across right shoulder, decorated shield on the left arm.
revers:- BEATA-TRANQVILLITAS, Globe set on altar inscribed VO/TIS/XX, above, three stars.
exerg: -/-//•PTR•, diameter: 19,5mm, weight: 2,51g, axis: 0 h,
mint: Treveri, date: 322-323 A.D., ref: RIC-VII-372, p-197, C3!,
Croatia, Pula - Chapel of St. Maria Formosa376 viewsThree naived basilica from the 6th century ADLegatus
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Roman, Nero, 54-68 A.D. Sestertius376 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 legends 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
Italy, Pompeii - victims of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD.376 viewsOne of the unfortunate victims of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD.1 commentsMark Zema
Greece, Delphi - theatre375 views1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Roman Empire, Arcadius AE3374 viewsObverse: DN ARCADI-VS PF AVG
Reverse: GLORIA-ROMANORVM (Emperor on Horseback raising right hand)
Exergue: CONS(Gamma)

Attribution: Officina Gamma is not listed in RIC for this issue.
2 commentsGunner
Apulia, Luceria, 3rd Century BC, Æ Uncia374 viewsFrog
Grain ear, between I and pellet (mark of value).
Thurlow & Vecchi 278var.; HN Italy 674var..
Roman Empire, Constantius II, Theta officina374 viewsUnlisted officina variant of RIC VIII Constantinople 93
Fel Temp - Phoenix on Globe
Mintmark: CONS(theta)(star)

Ghengis Jon
1 commentsGhengis_Jon
CAMPGATE, ARCADIUS, RIC IX 62c of Thessalonica373 viewsD N ARCADIVS P F AVG; GLORIA REIPVBLICE; gamma/ /TES; Diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; two turreted campgate with 6 rows of blocks; gamma in left field & TES in exerguecscoppa
Yap Island, Micronesia, Stone money373 viewsMayadigger
GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy VI Medium Bronze - Isis Head Type373 viewsPtolemy VI - Alexandria - Diobol - 180/145BC
AE 25.0-25.7mm : 15.962gm : 11h
OBV - Goddess Isis with hanging curls, headdress with with corn wreath, facing right
REV - Eagle with open wing standing facing left on thunderbolt with PI-ALPHA monogram at left
REF - Svoronos 1384
NOTE - Early sole reign of Ptolemy VI.
7 commentsPtolemAE
Gallienus w/ Lion reverse373 viewsSilvered AE ant, Gallienus, GALLIENVS AVG, Radiate head right / P. M. TR. P. XIII C. VI P.P. , Lion walking left. C.844 - R.I.C. 6021 commentspostumus
Italy, Sicily, Agrigento - Temple of Heracles372 viewsbuilt in 5. century BCJohny SYSEL
Greece, Thessaloniki - Arch of Galerius372 viewsBohemond
Valerian (253-260 A.D.), Moesia, Viminacium, PM 07-06-02, AE-Sestertius, Rare!, #01372 views088 Valerian (253-260 A.D.), Moesia, Viminacium, PM 07-06-02, AE-Sestertius, Rare!, #01
avers:- IMP-VALERIANVS-PF-AVG, laureate cuirassed bust right .
revers:- PMSC_OL-VIM, female figure (Viminacium or Provincia Moesia) standing, facing left, between bull to left and lion to right, in ex. AN XVI .
exergo: AN-XVI, diameter: 26mm, weight: 7,03g, axis: h,
mint: Viminacium, date: 254-255 A.D., ref: Pick-190, PM-7-06-2, Mus-62var,
1 commentsquadrans
BYZANTINE, Phocas & Leontia, AE Follis, Struck c.A.D.602-603 at Antioch371 viewsObv: D(retrograde) N FOCA NE PE AV. Standing figures of Phocas on left, holding cross on globe and Leontia, nimbate, on right, holding sceptre topped by cross; cross between their heads.
Rev: Large Langobardian M, ANNO to left,cross above, numeral representing the regnal year to right (Year 1 on this coin). In exergue, THEuP', the mintmark for Theupolis (Antioch).
Sear 671
7 commentsLaetvs
Roman Empire, Postumus (260-269 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 073, Cologne? or Trier?, LAETITIA AVG, 371 views098 Postumus (260-269 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 073, Cologne? or Trier?, LAETITIA AVG,
avers:- IMP-C-POSTVMVS-PF-AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
revers:- LAETITIA, Galley right.
exergo: AVG, diameter: 22mm, weight: 3,02g, axis: 7h,
mint: Cologne? or Trier?, (Lugdunum? are error in RIC -V), date: 260-69 AD., ref: RIC-V-II-73, p-343, C-167,
Bull on an Augustus Denarius370 viewsDenarius struck in Lyon c.12 BC
AUGUSTUS DIVI F, Bare head of Augustus right
IMP X, Bull butting right
3.77 gr
Ref : RCV #1610, Cohen #137
6 commentsPotator II
ROMAN EMPIRE, AUGUSTUS Denarius, RIC 167a370 viewsLyon mint c.12 BC
AUGUSTUS DIVI F, Bare head of Augustus right
IMP X, Bull butting right
3.77 gr
Ref : RIC # 167a, RCV #1610, Cohen #137
unfortunately minted on a short flan, but not detracting from its very good style, strike and preservation IMO
It's my wife's favorite coin of mine
7 commentsPotator II
Greece, Delphi - temple of Apollo370 views1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Greek, Thessaly, Larissa, (c.344-337 B.C.), AR-Trihemiobol, SNG Coop 134, ΛΑΡ-IΣ / AIΩN, Horseman galloping right, Rare !370 viewsThessaly, Larissa, (c.344-337 B.C.), AR-Trihemiobol, SNG Coop 134, ΛΑΡ-IΣ / AIΩN, Horseman galloping right, Rare !
avers: Head of the nymph Larissa facing, turned slightly to the left.
revers: ΛΑΡ-IΣ / AIΩN, Horseman - Thessalian cavalryman, wearing petasos and chlamys and holding staff, riding cantering horse to right.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 11,5-12,5 mm, weight: 1,36g, axes: 9 h,
mint: Thessaly, Larissa, date: 344-337 B.C., ref: SNG Copenhagen 134, Hermann Group VII, pl. VI, 1,
Roman Empire, Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II ??? (Not in RIC), Aufbau P. 46, Serdica, RESTITVTOR ORBIS, Bust-F, MS// KA•A•, Emperor and Jupiter, Rare 370 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II ??? (Not in RIC), Aufbau P. 46, Serdica, RESTITVTOR ORBIS, Bust-F, MS// KA•A•, Emperor and Jupiter, Rare !!!
avers:- IMP-CM-AVR-PROBVS-INVICT-AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
revers:- RESTITVTOR-ORBIS, Emperor standing right, holding sceptre, receiving globe from Jupiter standing left,holdin sceptre.
exergo: MS// KA•A•, diameter: 22,5mm, weight: 3,51g, axis: 0h,
mint: Serdica, date: A.D., ref: Aufbau P. 46, RIC-V-II-, p-, Not in RIC !!!, Rare !!!
Roman Empire, Constantine-VLPP-Arles369 viewsConstantine I
A.D. 319-20
CONSTAN-TINVS AVG laureate head only
VICTORIAE LAET PRINC PERP [Joyous (well-earned) victory to the eternal Prince] two Victories stg., facing one another, together holding shield inscribed VOT PR [VOTA POPULI ROMANI (vows of the Roman people)] on altar
in ex. PARL
RIC VII Arles (should come before RIC 198)
Unlisted for bust type
not in RIC, but one of these was in the Bikic-Do hoard

from the collection of Victor
My Constantine Website
1 commentsVictor
Medieval, Hungary, Karoly Robert (Anjou)., King of Hungary, (1307-1342 A.D.) AR-Denarius, U-376, REX • KAROLVS, Stilized Anjou lily,369 views028 Karoly Robert (Anjou, Angevin)., King of Hungary, (1307-1342 A.D.) AR-Denarius, U-376, REX • KAROLVS, Stilized Anjou lily,
avers:- REX • KAROLVS, king with crown faceing,
revers:- Stilized Anjou lily,
exe (mint mark): -/-//--, diameter: 15mm, weight: 0,92g,
mint: Hungary, Pécs ? (Pohl), date: 1332 A.D., ref: Unger-376, CNH-2-021, Huszar-476,
Peru, 12.jpg
New World, Peru 12368 viewsAn excellent example of ancient Inca stonework; note that there is no mortar, nor is none necessary.Mayadigger
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Roman Empire, Crispus - RIC VII Siscia 112 var. (unlisted officina)368 viewsObv:– IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, Laureate, cuirassed bust right
Rev:– VIRTVS EXERCIT, Captives bound either side of banner with VOT X
Minted in Siscia. S in left field, F in right field, ASIS* in exe. A.D. 320
Reference:– RIC VII Siscia 112 var. (not listed from this officina in RIC, RIC notes Γ (R3) and E (R5))
Stork367 viewsGALLIENVS AVG, Radiate cuirassed bust right / LEG III ITAL VII P VII F, Stork standing right.

mint of Mediolanum, Göbl 1000r
3 commentsflinn
Bust of Lucius Verus from the British museum367 viewsareich
Bacchus, Cista Mystica367 viewsTetradrachm of Pergamon, Mysia (133-67 B.C.)
Obv: Cista mystica containing serpent, all within wreath (of grapes?).
Rev: Bow case between two coiled serpents, MOE above, snake entwined Asklepian staff to right, mint monogram to left.
25.8 mm 12.2 gm

They can keep the snakes, but a healthy glass of wine about now would be a winner!
1 commentsMassanutten
Greece, Thessaloniki - Arch of Galerius366 viewsBohemond
CAMPGATE, Crispus366 viewsCrispus, RIC vii 18 C@, page 545.
MHTr - Heraclea; 19 mm, 3.1 grams
5 rows, 3 turrets, no star
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