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GREEK, Thrace, Lysimachos, 323-281 BC845 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

20 commentsalexB
(59 votes)
Augustus RIC I, 86a1059 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
(33 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Caracalla -Aegis denarius624 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
18 commentsfrederic W
(32 votes)
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Silver denarius of Q. Marcius Libo, 148 B.C.507 views21 commentsRomaVictor
(31 votes)
GREEK, Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy VI Philometor300 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

6 commentsmihali84
(30 votes)
ROMAN REPUBLIC, L. Papius. Denarius, 79 B.C.519 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
(28 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Maximinus II Follis 214 viewsRIC VI 34 Cyzicus 308-309 A.D.
26 mm, 6.86 gm
GAL VAL MAXIMINVS NOB CAES, laureate head right
GENIO CA-ESARIS, Genius standing left, modius on head, naked except for chlamys over left shoulder, holding patera from which liquid flows & cornucopiae, MKΓ in exergue

5 commentsMark Z
(24 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, VALENTINIAN II AE2 RIC 52405 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
(21 votes)
Valentinian I RIC IX, Thessalonica 3(a)372 viewsValentinian I 364-375, brother of Valens
AV - Solidus, 4.49g, 21.3mm
Thessalonica 25 Aug.364 - 24 Aug.367
Emperor in consular robe, holding mappa and short sceptre, pearl-
diademed head l.
rev. SALVS - REI P
Emperor standing frontal, head r., holding labarum r. and Victory on globe l.,
spurning captive kneeling l. before him
field: 2 stars r. (type 2)
exergue: SMTES
RIC IX, Thessalonica 3(a) type 2; C.2
R2; about EF, die break on upper rev.
6 commentsJochen
(21 votes)
Roman Empire, CLAUDIUS II Gothicus. Commemorative AE Posthumous Antoninianus of Mediolanum, struck 270 - 271.89 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!

4 commentsOldMoney
(19 votes)
GREEK, Anatolia, Kyme, c. 165 - 140 BC, AR Tetradrachm248 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
8 commentsmaridvnvm
(18 votes)
Thracia, Lampsakos, Lysimachos, Thompson 47307 viewsLysimachos, 323-281 BC
AR - tetradrachm, 28.8mm, 16.85g
struck in Lampsakos, 286-281 BC
obv. Head of Alexander the Great, wearing taenia and horn of Ammon
Athena, wearing Corinthian helmet, in long robe, std. l. on throne, l. arm resting on shield decorated with lion's-head, spear pointing downwards behind her r. shoulder, holding in outstretched r. hand winged Nike who is crowning the name with a wreath.
in l. Field monogram HP (ligate)
in ex. crescent with cavity l.
ref. Thompson 47; Müller 401; SNG Paris 2542
about EF, a small scratch before the crescent, wonderful style, a Hellenistic artwork! For sure one of the 5% most beautiful specimens of this type!
ex Ancient Auction House (2003)
ex coll. Pete Burbules (2004)
ex coll. AlexB, Hongkong (2007)
ex Forum Ancient Coins (2008), thanks!
Now this gem has its place for some years at my home. Curious where it will go then!

According to Thompson Lampsakos was the biggest mint of Lysimachos in Asia Minor with c. 150 different obv. dies. When Amphipolis began about 288 BC its extensive coinage the issue from Lampsakos decreased.
12 commentsJochen
(18 votes)
Caracalla RIC IV, 253 var.220 viewsCaracalla AD 198-217
AR - Denar, 3.30g, 20.3mm
Rome AD 215
bust laureate r.
Aesculapius, naked to waist, standing front, head front, holding serpent-wreathed
wand, resting on ground, in r. hand, l. hand across body, wrapped in fold of drapery; at
feet, r., globe, at feet l. small hooded figure (Telesphorus), standing front, hands on
RIC IV/1, 253 var.; C.307; BMC 105
MS, lustrous
from Forum Ancient Coins, thanks!

RIC has listed this type only with Aesculapius head l.
12 commentsJochen
(18 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, OTHO, Denarius RIC 8297 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
10 commentsPotator II
(17 votes)
Elagabalus AV Stater161 viewsElagabalus & Rheskuporis II --AV Stater. Dated year 518 of the Bosporan Era (221/2 AD). Diademed and draped bust of Rhescuporis right; trident before / Laureate and draped bust of Elagabalus right; date below. MacDonald 561/1; Anokhin 638a; Frolova pg. 209 C/c 6 commentsfeatherz
(17 votes)
ROMAN IMPERATORS, OCTAVIAN Denarius RIC 255149 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
(16 votes)
Constantine II 33.jpg
F220 viewsConstantine II AE3

Attribution: RIC VII 182, Siscia, Officina 4
Date: AD 321-324
Obverse: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate head r.
Reverse: CAESARVM NOSTRORVM, laurel wreath surrounding VOT/./X,
Δ SIS and sunrise in exergue
Size: 20 mm – “nearly fully silvered”
Weight: 3.27 grams

Constantine II assumed the title of Augustus, along with his bothers Constantius II and Constans, on September 9, AD 337 after the death of his father. He took the western provinces under his supervision. Constantine II and his brothers soon quelled an insurrection by their cousins Delmatius and Hannibalianus, who were subsequently killed. All seemed well between the siblings until Constantine II decided to overrun his brother Constans and extend his holdings. They met in battle during the spring of AD 340 at Aquileia. Constans emerged victorious while his bother Constantine II met his fate and was killed.
12 commentsNoah
(16 votes)
RGS, Julian the Apostate, AD 360-363288 viewsGold solidus, 22.1mm, 4.46g, EF
Struck at Antioch in Syria c. AD 362-3
FL CL IVLIA-NVS P F AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, with long beard / VIRTVS EXERCI-TVS ROMANORVM, helmeted soldier advancing right, head left, dragging captive with right and holding trophy over shoulder; ANT A in exergue. RCOA
Ex: Freeman & Sear
RIC 197 (citing a specimen at Vienna); Cohen 79 var
8 commentsLawrence Woolslayer
(16 votes)
074. Theodosius II, 402-450AD. AV Solidus.284 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. Choice FDC.
15 commentsLordBest
(16 votes)
GG, Antiochos Theos, 261-246 BC274 viewsGold stater, 18.46mm, 8.37g, EF
Struck before c. 250 BC under Diodotos I at Ai Khanoum(?) [Baktria] mint
Diademed middle-aged head of Diodotus I right / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY, naked Zeus striding left, aegis over extended left arm, about to hurl fulmen with raised right arm; eagle at feet, N inner left field. RCOA
Ex: Glenn Woods
Newell, ESM 713; Mitchner p. 39, 63
7 commentsLawrence Woolslayer
(16 votes)
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Titus RIC-112255 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 80 AD
RIC 112 (C2), BMC 72, RSC 309
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Dolphin coiled around anchor
Near mint/ VF

Another in Titus' pulvinaria series commemorating the opening of the Colosseum.

Easily one of the best portraits of Titus I have ever seen. The condition of the obverse is excellent.
A coin I'm very proud to have.
10 commentsVespasian70
(16 votes)
GREEK, Aegina. AR Stater257 viewsAegina. Ca. 456/45-431 BC. AR stater (22mm, 11.98 gm). Land tortoise with segmented shell / Incuse square with skew pattern. Milbank pl. 2, 12. SNG Delepierre 1836.12 commentspaul1888
(15 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, SEVERUS ALEXANDER, A.D. 222-235. Denarius.195 viewsSEVERUS ALEXANDER, A.D. 222-235. Denarius, 231-235. AR 3.56 g. IMP ALEXAN-DER PIVS AVG , laureate bust r. Rev. PROVIDEN-TIA AVG , Providentia standing l. holding corn ears over modius and anchor. RIC 252.

A number of coins are graded as FDC, but I believe this coin is deserving of that grade. The coin in hand is even nicer then the picture. It has a wonderful style and detail is extremely sharp and I am proud to have been able to add this coin to my collection.

Ex: The New York Sale XXVIII, lot 1081
9 commentspaul1888
(15 votes)
Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 14. Septimius Severus, HrHJ (2013) (plate coin)151 viewsSeptimius Severus, AD 193-211
AE 28, 12.83g, 27.58mm, 225°
struck under legate Ovinius Tertullus
obv. AV.K.L.C. - CEVHROC P
Head, laureate, r.
Youthful unbearded Herakles, nude, stg. facing, head r., resting with r. hand
on his club, holding in l. hand his bow and lion-skin over l. arm
ref. a) not in AMNG:
obv. AMNG I/1, 1275
rev. AMNG I/1, 1276 var. (has NIKOPOLI)
b) not in Varbanov (engl.)
c) Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2013) No. (plate coin)
very rare, EF+, superb green patina

Here Herakles seems to be prepared for starting his labors. One of my most beautiful Provincial coins!
11 commentsJochen
(15 votes)
ROMAN IMPERATORS, JULIUS CAESAR denarius392 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
(46 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, HADRIANVS BRITANNICVS815 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")
22 commentsPetitioncrown
(37 votes)
GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Demetrios I, ca. 195-175 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Bopearachchi Series 1C333 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.
15 commentsLloyd T
(32 votes)
Thracian Chersonese AR, Lion * Pentacle Hemiobol554 viewsThracian, Chersonese 480-350 BC.
Silver Hemiobol

Obv: Forepart of lion right, head reverted left, tongue protruding.
Rev: Quadripartite incuse square, pellet with ligate AΓ and Pentacle monograms.

Size: 14.10 x 13.4 mms.
Weight: 2.31 grams
Die Axis: 180°

Condition: Superb! Appears mint or near mint condition. I can’t imagine it looked much if at-all different the hour it was struck. Bright, clear, stunning luster, perfectly centered and well-struck in all areas on an excellent flan. Gorgeous coin which a mere photo cannot do justice.

Similar to: Sear Greek Coins and their Values (SG) Number sg1604/05
14 commentsTiathena
(28 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Nero, Rome mint, struck 64 AD, Æ Sestertius403 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
(27 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, AUGUSTUS, posthumous AS, RIC 81163 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

5 commentsPotator II
(26 votes)
ROMAN IMPERATORS, Sextus Pompeius/Q. Nasidius211 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).

11 commentslabienus
(25 votes)
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Trajan AR Denarius1374 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
(25 votes)
Roman Empire, Gordian III, Sestertius203 viewsRoman Empire; Gordian III. AD 238-244. Ć Sestertius (30mm, 24.35 g, 12h). Rome mint, 3rd officina. 8th-11th emissions, late AD 240-early 243. IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / LAETITIA AVG N, Laetitia standing facing, head left, holding wreath and anchor; S-C across field. RIC IV 300a; Banti 38.

6 commentspaul1888
(22 votes)
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Philip I Antioch Billon Tetradrachm385 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

8 commentsmwilson603
(22 votes)
ROMAN REPUBLIC, Postumia. C. Postumius, 74 BC, AR Denarius 142 viewsHead of Diana right, bow and quiver on shoulder. / Hound running right, hunting spear below; C POSTUMI in exergue with TA monogram below.
Sear (Millennium) 330; Seaby, Postumia 9 (Vol 1, p 83).
Spink & Son Ltd (London)

2 commentsLloyd T
(21 votes)
Ptolemy VI Philometor279 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
16 commentsmihali84
(20 votes)
Roman Empire, Titus RIC 1279 viewsAR Denarius
Rome Mint, 24 June-1 July 79 AD
RIC 1 (R), BMC 1 (R), 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
(17 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Julia Mamaea, denarius, FELICITAS PVBLICA263 viewsjulia mamaea/felicitas pvblica
absolute mint condition
2 commentsmickdale
(17 votes)
GREEK, Achaean League, Patrai-Patras. 175-168 BC.113 viewsAR Hemidrachm (2.31 g.).
Obv: Laureate head Zeus right
Rev: Achaian League monogram; D left, M above, I right, trident below facing right; all within laurel wreath tied below.
Clerk 186/3; McClean 6461; Benner-Patrai-22.

exGorny & Mosch

SNG Cop. 274f. ; BMC 98
5 commentsDino
(15 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Maximinus II Silvered Follis 85 views311-313 AD. Nicomedia mint.
Obv.: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS P F AVG - Laureate head right.
Rev.: SOLI INVICTO - Sol standing left in long robe, with raised right hand & holding up head of Serapis in left. SMN in ex., */A in l. field.
RIC 77b

(15 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Domitan, Dupondius, Ceres181 viewsObv:

Laueate head of Domitian to right


Ceres standing left with grain stalks and long torch
7 commentsancientdave
(15 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Traianus 98-117 A.D249 viewsPerfect bust
Obv: 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
(15 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Septimius Severus218 viewsSEPTIMIUS SEVERUS - AR Tetradrachm - LAODICEE, 202-2115 commentsAlwin
(15 votes)
GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Antimachos I, ca. 175-170 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Bopearachchi Series 1E350 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)

Probably my finest tetradrachm - the male equivalent Mona Lisa of coinage!
11 commentsLloyd T
(27 votes)
Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I, 312- 281 B.C., Babylonian double shekel388 views Silver double shekel, Houghton SC-88.2a, Newell ESM-263, SNG Cop -, gVF, 16.94g, 23.9mm, 315o, Babylon mint, c. 311-305 B.C.; obverse Ba'al seated left on diphros, holding scepter in right and resting left hand on seat, border of dots; reverse lion walking left on exergual line, horizontal anchor above, boarder of dots;6 commentssalem
(26 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, CONSTANTIUS II, Light miliarense RIC 252, Ferrando II plate coin185 viewsArles mint (Arelate), 3d officina
DN CONSTAN TIVS PF AVG, Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constantius right
VIRTVS EXERCITVS, Constantius (soldier) facing holding spear and shield. TCON at exergue
4,54 gr ; 22,6 mm
Ref : RIC VII # 252, Ferrando II # 1026 (this coin), Cohen #326, RC #3993v
4 commentsPotator II
(21 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Agrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)1315 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
(61 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Julian The Apostate432 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
(50 votes)
GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy III Large Bronze295 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.
9 commentsPtolemAE
(20 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I366 viewsCONSTANTINUS I, “THE GREAT”, 307-337 AD. Centenional (2,5 gr.; Ć = 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
(28 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, MAXIMUS sestertius RIC 13222 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
(28 votes)
Bust laureated draped and cuirassed right

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

Ric. vol VII, p.456 , 238 r1
12 commentsgb29400
(26 votes)
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander the Great Tetradrachm442 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
(17 votes)
Roman Empire, Julia Paula. First wife of Emperor Elagabalus155 viewsObverse : IVLIA PAVLA AVG - Draped bust right. 
Reverse : CONCORDIA - Concordia ( Goddess of harmony )seated left, holding patera; star in left field.
About 2,64 gr Max., Dia., 20 mm Above XF
Rome mint: AD 219-220 
Reference: RIC 211 (Elagabalus) 

From The Sam Mansourati Collection

2 commentsSam
(16 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Galeria Valeria AE Follis 107 views311 AD. Alexandria mint.
Obv.: GAL VALERIA AVG - Diademed and draped bust of Galeria Valeria.
Rev.: VENERI VICTRICI - Venus holding apple and raising drapery over shoulder. [crescent]/K in l. field, Γ/P in r.; ALE in exergue.
RIC 128A

(16 votes)
RGA, Septimius Severus, AD 193-211262 viewsGold aureus, 20.5mm, 7.24g, aVF
Struck at Rome c. AD 210
SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head to right / P M TR P XVIII COS III P P, Victory advancing to right, head turned back, leading small captive by the hand, and holding trophy over shoulder. RCOA
Ex: Harlan Berk
RIC 232; Calico 2517 (same dies)
8 commentsLawrence Woolslayer
(16 votes)
RIC IVii 102

5 commentspax
(32 votes)
ROMAN REPUBLIC, Anonymous - Quadrigatus/Didrachm138 viewsAnonymous. 225-212 BC. AR Quadrigatus (6.72 g, 3h). Uncertain mint. Laureate head of Janus, wearing slight beard, slightly wavy truncation / ROMA incuse on raised tablet in exergue, Jupiter, holding thunderbolt in right hand and scepter in left, in fast quadriga driven right by Victory. Crawford 30/1; Hersh, Quadrigatus -; Sydenham 64b var. (no slight beard); cf. Kestner 108 var. (same); cf. BMCRR Romano-Campanian 93; RSC 23.

11 commentscarthago
(23 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, AUGUSTUS AR Cistophorus (3 denarii) of Pergamum. Struck 19 - 18 B.C. 148 viewsi]Obverse: 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
Very Rare.

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 actually 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.
9 comments*Alex
(15 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, CARUS, Posthumous antoninianus RIC 29118 viewsLugdunum mint, 2nd officina, AD 284-285
DIVO CARO PIO, Radiate head of Carus right
CONSECRATIO, Eagle facing, II at exergue
3.50 gr
Ref : Cohen #18, RCV #12394, RIC # 29

3 commentsPotator II
(20 votes)
ROMAN IMPERATORS, MARK ANTONY LEG IV denarius217 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
6 commentsPotator II
(20 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, SEVERUS ALEXANDER sestertius RIC 558194 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
8 commentsPotator II
(19 votes)
GREEK, Myrina Tetradrachm435 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.
Ř 34 mm, 16.52 g.
Sacks Issue 39, BMC Troas 13.
Almost EF, minor porosity, recently cleaned.
10 commentsPscipio
(31 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Caligula as 218 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.

7 commentssocalcoins
(42 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Maxentius Follis122 viewsObv: IMP C MAXENTIVS P F AVG
laureate head right
The Dioscurs Castor and Pollux,standing facing each other,
each with star above, nude but chlamys hanging from shoulder,
leaning on sceptres & holding horses by bridles, she-wolf & twins between them
MOSTΔ in ex.
RIC VI : 16.
25mm 6.28gm

1 commentsOWL365
(23 votes)
ROMAN REPUBLIC, Anonymous - Quadrigatus207 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
(21 votes)
Owl - This zoo needs an OWL! Preferably a perky owl..938 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 14 commentsfeatherz
(41 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Maximianus AE Follis 125 views305-306 AD. Serdica mint.
Obv.: D N MAXIMIANO FELICISSIMO SEN AVG - Laureate and mantled bust right, holding olive branch and mappa.
Rev.: PROVIDENTIA DEORVM QVIES AVGG - Providentia and Quies standing vis-ŕ-vis; S-F/Γ/•SM•SD•.
RIC 15b.

1 commentsMinos
(25 votes)
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Marcia - L. Marcius Phillippus. Denarius 56 B.C.1503 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
(103 votes)
GREEK, Mysia, Parium AR Hemidrachm199 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
(24 votes)
GREEK, Caria, ISLANDS off CARIA, Rhodes134 viewsCirca 250-229 BC. AR Didrachm (6.61 g, 12h). Mnasimachos, magistrate. Radiate head of Helios facing slightly right / Rose with bud to right; MNAΣIMAXOΣ above; to left, Athena Nikephoros standing left. Ashton 208; SNG Keckman 537-9; SNG Copenhagen 765

4 commentscarthago
(19 votes)
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Babylon, Alexander III The Great, 336-323 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Price 3664292 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

8 commentsLloyd T
(28 votes)
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Aes grave Triens357 viewsTriens caput equitis by Plinius. PLINIUS
(18 votes)
Myrina Tetradrachm vrs2.246 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.
Ř 34 mm, 16.52 g.
Sacks Issue 39, BMC Troas 13.
Almost EF, minor porosity, recently cleaned.
6 commentsPscipio
(22 votes)
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Aes Grave779 viewsAs Janus /Prow . Turlow-Vecchi n° 51. Weight 273 gr. By Plinius. (...I love it!) 9 commentsPLINIUS
(30 votes)
Roman Empire, Tiberius Tribute Penny152 viewsTiberius Tribute Penny
Obv. TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS, Laureate head right.
Rev: PONTIF MAXIM, Livia (as Pax) seated right, holding sceptre and olive branch.
Mint: Lugdunum, 18-35 AD.

18mm 3.83g

RIC˛ 26

5 commentskc
(17 votes)
BYZANTINE, John VIII Palaeologus, 1423-1448, Constantinople, AR Stavraton (Half Hyperpyron)1384 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).

5 commentsdougsmit
(21 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Philip I. AD 244-249. AR Antoninianus (22mm, 4.28 g, 1h). Secular Games issue Lion260 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
(33 votes)
Constantine II, AR Heavy Siliqua347 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
(33 votes)
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Magnentius AE Centionalis. (Trier) RIC VIII : 266.1085 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
(24 votes)
RIC VIII Constantinople 81



7 commentsAdrian W
(20 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Commodus Bimetallic Medaillon349 viewsObv. M COMMODVS ANTONINVS PIVS FELIX AVG BRIT. Laureate portrait bust, draped, cuirassed, right; dotted border
Rev. MINER VICT P M TR P XIIII IMP VIII / COS V P P. Minerva, helmeted, wearing chiton and himation, standing l., holding spear in the left hand
and Victoria on the right hand; at feet left, oval shield; to right, trophy and shields at ground
Mint: Rome, 189 AD.

41mm - 69.91g

Gnecchi II, p. 57, no. 48; MIR p. 18, no. 1132 (issue 59/60).

Brüder Egger, XXXIX, 15. Januar 1912, lot 1057 = 700 Östereichische Kronen

18 commentskc
(20 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Macrinus, Rome mint, struck 217-218 AD, Silver Antoninian287 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
(20 votes)
BYZANTINE, Latin Trachy 1204-1261 Constantinople592 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
2 commentsLaetvs
(20 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Macrinus, Rom mint, struck 217-218 AD, Silver Denarius362 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.)
4 commentsdupondius
(16 votes)
GREEK, Pamphylia, Aspendos stater with Ba'al countermark184 viewsThis BOT entry asks you to consider more than the usual question of coin grade. To match or exceed this 'type' I ask you consider not just the coin but the countermark and its placement. The countermark should have a better strike of the bull and, especially, better clarity of the LUY legend (Aramaic for Ba'al read right to left). Further, I'll expect the flat mark on the opposite side to do less damage to that design than this one. My example suffers from the dotted border falling across the middle of the bull so there is a lot of room for improvement here. Each voter can deside if the off centered reverse is a fault or a benefit since it makes room for the countermark.
This BOT entry is to demonstrate that there are many factors to consider when 'grading an ancient coin.
3 commentsdougsmit
(20 votes)
Roman Empire, PHILIP I THE ARAB (244–249). Antoninianus. Rome. 106 viewsPHILIP I THE ARAB (244–249). Antoninianus. Rome.
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
She-wolf standing left, suckling twins Romulus and Remus.
RIC 15.
Ex Numismatik Lanz auction 40 (1987) Lot 783.
Weight: 5.5 g.
Diameter: 23 mm.

3 commentspaul1888
(16 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, JOVIAN Double maiorina (AE1) RIC 228131 viewsAntioch mint, 3 rd officina
D N IOVIAN VS P F AVG, Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Jovianus right
VICTORIA ROMANORVM, Jovianus standing, holding victory on a globe and labarum, ANT gamma at exergue
8.46 gr
Ref : RIC # 228, Cohen #22, RC #4085, LRBC #2645
4 commentsPotator II
(16 votes)
Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 23. Macrinus, HrHJ (2013) corr. (plate coin)179 viewsMacrinus, AD 217-218
AE 27, 14.01g, 27.34mm, 45°
struck under governor Marcus Claudius Agrippa
bust, laureate, r.
city-gate with three towers, all with three pinnacles, closed double-door
ref. a) not in AMNG:
cf. AMNG I/1, 1826 (for Diadumenian)
b) Varbanov (engl.) 3383
c) Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2013) No. corr. (plate coin)
very rare, VF/EF, dark-brown patina, a wunderful coin!
14 commentsJochen
(16 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Nero - TEMPLE1142 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
(87 votes)
Roman Empire, Caracalla Denarius458 viewsObv. IMP CAES M AVR ANTON AVG, laureate and draped bust right
Rev. SECVRIT ORBIS, Securitas seated right by altar, propping head on right hand and holding sceptre
Mint: Rome, 198-199 AD.

19mm 3.11g

RIC 22 var

16 commentskc
(43 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, PUPIENUS denarius RIC 6150 viewsRome mint, AD 238
IMP C M CLOD PVPIENVS AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
PM TRP COS II PP, Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and sceptre
3.08 gr
Ref : RIC # 6, RCV # 8527, Cohen # 26
5 commentsPotator II
(19 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, CARACALLA RECTOR ORBIS156 viewsCaracalla, 199-200 AD. A superb Caracalla denarius with a youthful bust and a reverse, where the emperor is depicted as the fixer of the world. ANTONINVS AVGVSTVS, laureate, draped & cuirrassed bust right / RECTOR ORBIS, Caracalla as Sol standing front, head left, holding globe and spear reversed. RIC 39b12 commentsHELEN S
(15 votes)
GREEK, Thrace, Thasos AR Tetradrachm261 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
(45 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Carausius, Diocletian & Maximianus - Antoninianus3437 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)57 commentspostumus
(183 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Trajan Decius Antoninianus420 viewsAttribution: RIC 121, 12b
Date: AD 249-253
Obverse: IMP C M Q
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
(57 votes)
GREEK, Attica, Athens, 449-413 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Starr pl. xxii, 6747 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)

15 commentsLloyd T
(78 votes)
Mark Antony, AR Legionary denarius401 viewsI dare say I kept it because I have not seen a much better least not recently!8 commentsOptimus
(28 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Licinius I (308-324 AD), Follis - RIC 60120 viewsObv: IMP LIC LICINIVS P F AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG NN, Jupiter standing left, chlamys over shoulder, leaning on sceptre and holding Victory on globe. Eagle with wreath in beak below left.
Minted in Thessalonica (.TS.A. in exe), officina 1, 312-313 AD.

1 commentspierre_p77
(21 votes)
Theodosius I RIC IX, Mediolanum 8(b)253 viewsTheodosius I the Great, AD 379-395
AV - Solidus, 4.46g, 21mm
Mediolanum, Aug 25. 383 - summer 387
bust draped and cuirassed, head pearl-diademed r.
Theodosius I and Valentinianus II, both nimbated, each holding
mappa, sitting frontal, holding together globe, between them
palmbranch. Above them Victory, wings over their heads, hands
on the emperor's shoulders
exergue: COM
RIC IX, Mediolanum 8(b); C.37
Rare; good VF
added to

COM, from Comes Auri or Comes Obryzi. The abbreviated title of the official who is known to have supervised the imperial gold supplies in the western part of the Empire, the 'Count of Gold'. Not used in the eastern part of the Roman Empire.
4 commentsJochen
(21 votes)
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Vespasian, silver denarius, RIC 118774 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
9 commentsVespasian70
(34 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Gordian III AR Tetradrachm221 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
(20 votes)
GREEK, Mysia, Parium AR Hemidrachm169 views4th cent. BC
Obv.: Gorgoneion with protruding tongue, EP monogram in hair.
Rev.: ΠΑ / ΡΙ, bull standing left, head reverted, wreath between legs.
SNG Aul. - ; SNG Cop. - ; BMC -
6 commentsMinos
(26 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, AUGUSTUS Denarius, RIC 167a179 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
(26 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Trajan Decius - FELICITAS SAECVLI891 viewsObv.:IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, radiate & cuirassed bust right Rev.: FELICITAS SAECVLI S-C, Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus & cornucopiae. 14 commentspostumus
(81 votes)
Vespasian Denarius426 viewsStruck under Titus, 80-81 AD. Laureate head right, DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS / Shield inscribed S C supported by two capricorns.
8 commentssocalcoins
(42 votes)
Theodosius II RIC X, Constantinopolis 321150 viewsTheodosius II, AD 402-450, son of Arcadius
AU - Solidus, 4.47g, 21.5mm
Constantinopolis AD 441-450
Helmeted bust facing, pearl-diademed, cuirassed, spear in r. hand held over r.
shoulder behind head, on l. arm decorated shield with horseman riding down
Constantinopolis enthroned to l., l. foot on prow, holding cross-globe and
sceptre, by the throne a shield, star in l. field
exergue: COMOB
RIC X, 321 (group III type A); R4
good EF (fine graffiti K in r. obv. field)
added to

Group III: No punctuation either side; throne square-backed; figure with stiff drapery, r. knee shown as triangular protuberance from body, with fan-shaped drapery; vertical sceptre; legend ends above shield; which is large and rather irregular (type A)
(16 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Quietus Antoninianus369 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)

1 commentssocalcoins
(38 votes)
Hadrian RIC II, 39289 viewsHadrian 117- 138
AV - Aureus, 7.15g, 19mm
Rome 118
bust draped and cuirassed, laureate head r.
Concordia sitting l., holding patera in extended r. hand and
leaning with l. ellbow on statuette of Spes; cornucopiae under throne
exergue: CONCORD
RIC II, 39(a); C.232; BMCR.59
about VF, traces of attachment (?)

CONCORDIA, personification of concord and harmony, worshipped as a goddess (first temple at Rome 367 BC). The symbolism of her attributes (cornucopiae, patera, sceptre, olive branch, flower, ears of corn, sometimes a statuette of Spes) suggests the benefits Concordia brings, and indicates a relationship between Concordia, Pax and Fides.

3 commentsJochen
(19 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Caracalla AR Denarius197 views198-199 AD. Rome mint.
Obv.: IMP CAES M AVR ANTON AVG - Laureate and draped bust right.
Rev.: SECVRIT ORBIS - Securitas seated right, hand raised, holding staff, altar before.
RIC 22a
6 commentsMinos
(34 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Diocletian, AE Antoninianus 105 viewsDiocletian AE Antoninianus
Radiate, draped, and cuir. bust right. Dot under crown.
Diocletian standing left holding septre, receiving Victory on globe
from Jupiter standing right, holding septre.
A in field below. XXI in Exergue
A very tiny amount of silvering remains on the left field of the reverse
RIC V-2 306 Cyzicus Mint
285-293 A.D.
22mm 3.2gm

3 commentsgoldenancients
(15 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Herennius Etruscus, Rome mint, struck 250-251 AD, AE Sestertius203 viewsQ HER ETR MES DECIVS NOB C bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right
PIETAS AVGVSTORVM, SC Priestly emblems
RIC 168a, Cohen 15

6 commentsdupondius
(15 votes)
GREEK, Kyme hemiobol, 480/450 BC 143 views8mm, 0.35g
obv: KY; head of eagle left
rev: incuse square of mill-sail pattern
BMC p. 105, 10 ff.
7 commentsareich
(15 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Trajan AR Tetradrachm - Melqart (PRIEUR 1495) Syria, Antioch.101 viewsAR Tetradrachm
Syria, Antioch 103-111 AD
15.04g 23mm

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

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

Likely one of the finest known examples of the issue.

McAlee 455 Prieur 1495
2 commentsKained but Able
(15 votes)
Caracalla RIC IV, 284209 viewsCaracalla AD 198 - 217
AR - Denar, 3.13g, 19mm
Rome AD 217
laureate head r.
Diana (or Luna?) with crescent on head and scarf flying
behind her, standing in bull-biga, driving l.
RIC IV, 284; C.396
Scarce; good EF
added to
5 commentsJochen
(18 votes)
Constans RIC VIII, Siscia 114552 viewsConstans 337 - 350, son of Constantin I
AV - Solidus, 4.46g, 20mm
Siscia AD 342
draped, cuirassed bust, rosette-diademed head r.
2 Victories standing facing, holding between them shield inscribed
with VOT X MVL XX in four lines (var. A)
exergue: SIS star
RIC VIII, Siscia 114; C.90
R3; EF, with no signs of circulation or wear except daggers mark across
lower revers

Allusion to the victory in the war against the Franks 341/342
from Forum Ancient Coins, thanks!
9 commentsJochen
(50 votes)
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Probus, Lugdunum, RIC 64 Bust Type G642 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.

9 commentsmaridvnvm
(38 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Procopius ae3, Constantinople814 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)

10 commentsthe_Apostate
(90 votes)
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Aelia Flaccilla AE2. Constantinopolis. RIC IX : 551144 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
(69 votes)
ROMAN IMPERATORS, Sextus Pompeius and Q. Nasidius, Denarius165 viewsMint moving with Sextus Pompeius, Sicily, 42-39 BC
NEPTVNI, head of Pompey the great right, trident before head, dolphin below
Q.NASIDIVS at exergue, galley sailing right, star in upper field
3.92 gr
Ref : HCRI # 235, RCV # 1390, Crawford # 483/2, Sydenham # 1350, Cohen # 20
Ex Freeman & Sear, Ex Barry Feirstein collection
Ex Roma Numismatics
3 commentsPotator II
(17 votes)
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Lydia, Sardis, Alexander III the Great, AR Drachm, 336-323 BC – lifetime issue - Price 2576316 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
(17 votes)
Diocletian Follis257 viewsMy one and only Vauctions win!

Laur 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 (p. 620).
7 commentssocalcoins
(22 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Augustus & Agrippa, AE As , COL NEM1977 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).

28 commentssocalcoins
(123 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Maximinus I - Pax473 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
Submitted by Jimwho523

7 commentsjimwho523
(49 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Claudius AE As, Libertas1131 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
(76 votes)
Gaius ("Caligula"), RIC 38, As of AD 37-38184 viewsĆ As (11.5g, 30mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 37-38.
Obv.: C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT bare head of Gaius facing left.
Rev.: VESTA S C Vesta veiled and draped, seated left on a throne, holding a patera in her right hand and a long sceptre in her left
RIC 38 (C); Cohen 27
ex CNG, 2000 ("nr EF, warm brown patina, exceptional surfaces")
7 commentsCharles S
(19 votes)
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Probus, Rome, RIC 223346 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
2 commentsmaridvnvm
(32 votes)
GREEK, Macedonia, Philip III Arrhidaios AE Unit140 viewsMiletos mint (323-319 BC).
Obv.: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin.
Rev.: Bow in bow case and club; grain ear below. With the name and types of Alexander III ‘the Great’.
Price 2102.
5 commentsMinos
(16 votes)
Faustina II denarius137 viewsFAVSTINA AVGVSTA
Draped and diad. bust right

Juno seated holding patera and sceptre, peacock at feet

Rome 161-175 AD

Sear 5257
RIC 698
RSC 145


A more mature Faustina

Ex-CNG catalog May 22, 2002
From the Jurgen K. Schmidt collection
3 commentsJay GT4
(16 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Agrippa, Copper as, RIC I Caligula 58237 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.

6 commentsJoe Sermarini
(29 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Philip I - FELICITAS TEMP317 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
(29 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Severus Alexander Denarius544 viewsLaureate head of Severus Alexander right, IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG / Mars advancing right, MARS VLTOR. RIC 246; BMCRE 833.4 commentssocalcoins
(29 votes)
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Aurelian Victoria905 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
(26 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Marcus Aurelius - SALVTI AVGVSTOR827 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
(75 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Caracalla.143 viewsAR denarius. 213 AD. 3.48 gr. Laureate head right. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT. / Mars advancing left holding spear and trophy. MARTI PROPVGNATORI. RIC 223. RSC 150.

1 commentsbenito
(18 votes)
GREEK, ATTICA, Athens AR "New Style" Tetradrachm1477 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
(59 votes)
GREEK, Kyrenaika Didrachm486 viewsExcellent Kyrenaikan Didrachm from Magistrate/Ptolemy I period.6 commentsalexB
(46 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Nero - DECVRSIO681 viewsObv.:NERO CLAVDIUS CAESAR AVG GER P M TR IMP P P, laureate head left Rev.:DECURSIO S-C, Nero galloping right holding couched spear with soldier or officer galloping beside him. 5 commentspostumus
(40 votes)
GREEK, Mysia, Kyzikos, AR9-12235 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
(35 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Elagabalus, AR Antoninianus80 viewsAR Antoninianus, Rome Mint, A.D.218

Obv: IMP CAES M AVR ANTONINVS AVG Radiate draped bust of Elagabalus right.
Rev: P M TR P COS P P Roma seated left on throne, holding Victory and sceptre, shield at side.
Weight 5.15g

RIC.1 Sear RCV II 7493 RSC 125

1 commentsnemesis
(15 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Domitian as Caesar RIC 271 (under Titus)126 viewsDomitian, denarius.
RIC II 271 (Titus), RSC 399a.
17 - 18 mm, 3.4 g.
Rome Mint, 80 AD.
Obv. CAESAR DIVI F DOMITIANVS COS VII, laureate, bearded, head right.
Rev. PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, Corinthian helmet on draped chair.

A significant set of coins was issued in 80 AD in conjunction with the divine propriation of the gods for the plague and fire in Rome and the eruption of the Vesuvius. The coins refer to a special religious feast to please the gods. The religious rites required that the sacred couches of the gods (pulvinaria), be set out with emblems of the deity placed on the couch. There are several such representations on the coins of Titus and Domitian, like this denarius with a helmet on a draped couch (Minerva).
2 commentsMarsman
(15 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Theodosius II Solidus1074 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
(79 votes)
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
(27 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Magnentius. A.D.350-353. AE Centenionalis of Lugdunum. RIC VIII : 145.590 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.
5 commentsthe_Apostate
(27 votes)
Constantine I RIC VII, Ticinum 31347 viewsConstantine I the Great AD 307-337
AU - Solidus, 4.48g, 19mm
Ticinum, autumn AD 315
Bust laureate r.
Emperor in military dress, stg. l., short sceptre on l. arm, receiving
globe from Roma, std. r. on throne, holding sceptre.
exergue: SMT
RIC VII, Ticinum 31
very rare! nearly EF
added to

This Solidus I have seldom seen. The first Solidi were struck end of AD 310 in Trier, then in Arles. Ticinum started in autumn AD 315 with the issue of these new denomination. This type therefore is one of the earliest Solidi struck in Italy for Constantine. Interesting is its size: With 19mm it is smaller than the later Solidi. And with its thickness too it reminds a bit on the older Aurei!
5 commentsJochen
(27 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Pupienus, denarius, RIC 1537 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
8 commentsthe_Apostate
(49 votes)
Domitian RIC II, 127393 viewsDomitian 81 - 96
AV - Aureus, 7.38g, 18mm
Rome AD 88 - 89
head laureate r.
Germania naked to waist, wearing breeches, sitting r. on shield, in mourning
attitude; below a broken spear
shield with scroll ornaments and central dot
RIC II, 127; C.148
good F, clipped?

GERMANICUS, after the campaign against the Chatti and the extension of the DECUMATES AGRI of Vespasian to the river Main and the Taunus mountains AD 83
Hexagonal long shield, used by the Germanic tribes
1 commentsJochen
(22 votes)
Roman Empire, Caracalla, Nicopolis ad Istrum879 viewsMOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis ad Istrum. Caracalla. 198-217 AD. Ć 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
(56 votes)
Roman Empire, Titus RIC 19104 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 79 AD
RIC 19 (C), BMC 22, RSC 280
Obv - IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev - TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII P P; Capricorn l. : below, globe.

2 commentsDavid Atherton
(17 votes)
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051 - Marcus Aurelius denarius - RIC 259196 viewsObv:– M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVI, Laureate, cuirassed bust right, seen from the rear
Rev:– IMP VI COS III, Roma seated left, holding Victory and spear, large shield at side
Reference RIC 259
3 commentsmaridvnvm
(17 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, FAUSTINA JUNIOR Denarius. RIC III : 712. 533 viewsObv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA. Diademed bust of Faustina facing right.
Rev: SAECVLI FELICIT. Two children, Commodus and Antoninus, seated on throne, with globe between them.
8 commentsthe_Apostate
(51 votes)
Domitian * Minerva with Owl, 81-96 AD. AR Denarius432 views
Domitianvs * Minerva with Owl, 88 AD. Silver Denarius
" ~ My service to the state is listed here ~ "

Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI * Domitian, Laureate head right facing.
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P – Minerva helmeted & armed right-facing, surmounting Rostrum, holding thunderbolt (or javelin) in right hand, arm raised to throwing position, and shield at the ready on left arm, her owl, facing, at her feet to the right.

Exergue: Occupied by capital-piece of rostrum column.

Mint: Rome
Struck: January-August 88 AD.

Size: 22 mm.
Weight: 2.96 grams
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful bright, clear luster with tri-colored cabinet toning (rainbow effect) on the reverse.

RSC 236
RIC II, 108a
BMC 103(v)
Cohen 218(v)
Sear RCV I (2000), 2730(v), page 495

12 commentsTiathena
(29 votes)
235 AD - Maximinus I - 235-236 AD - Pax Denarius257 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
(24 votes)
Diocletian RIC VI, Siscia 36344 viewsDiocletian 284 - 305
AR - Argenteus, 2.84g, 19mm
Siscia ca. 294/5
laureate head r.
The 4 emperors Diocletian, Constantius, Maximianus and Galerius
sacrificing over tripod before archway in six-turreted enclosure
RIC VI, Siscia 36; cf. C.488
R5 (before finding of the Sisak hoard!); EF uncirculated, from Sisak hoard(1953)
Referred clearly to Galerius' Danubian activities 293/6, struck for use by
military recipients above all (RIC)
added to

From RIC: The reverse type exemplifies the times of Diocletian with symbolic accuracy, for the Empire was in many parts reduced to walled cities and fortresses, and it was ruled by 4 men who recognized that in those desperate times their strength was derived from their conformity!

11 commentsJochen
(24 votes)
Constantine I Sol SIC Trier 310-313 (RIC VII Trier 873) 22.2mm - BenB.jpg
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I Soli Invicto Comiti Trier 310-313509 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
(31 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, CRISPUS -- Virtus -- Treveri Mint480 viewsCRISPVS NOB CAES His cirassed bust with helmet right

Large flan -- best Style of treveri

RIC. 255 R4

2 commentsgb29400
(38 votes)
GREEK, Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy VI, 204-181 B.C641 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
(38 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Carus, early Sep 282 - c. Jul/Aug 283 A.D., Postumus Consecration Issue391 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
(26 votes)

RIC 38 (C) ; COHEN 27

9 commentsfrederic W
(73 votes)
Roman Empire, Titus RIC II 108111 viewsTitus. 79-81 A.D. Rome Mint. 80 A.D. 1 Jan.-30 June. (3.24g, 18.6mm, 5h). Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, laureate head r. Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, curule chair, above wreath. RIC II 108, BMC 66, RSC 318.

2 commentsLucas H
(21 votes)
Roman Empire, Elagabalus, AE30, Perinthus689 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
(30 votes)
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Aes grave Sextans.353 viewsAes grave sextans. Scallop shell.1 commentsPLINIUS
(16 votes)
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
(52 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Claudius AE As234 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
(27 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I. AD 307/310-337. Ć Follis Antioch mint, GLORIA EXERCITVS SUPERB EXAMPLE131 viewsConstantine I. AD 307/310-337. Ć Follis (17.3mm, 2.43 g,). Antioch mint, 4th officina. Struck circa AD 333-335.CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG Rosette-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right / GLORIA EXERCITVS Two soldiers standing facing one another, each holding spear; two signa between; SMANΔ. RIC VII 86

3 commentsAdrian W
(18 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Elagabalus, denarius, RIC IV 188284 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
(18 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Plautilla AR Denarius Superb UNC508 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.10 commentsLordBest
(54 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Diocletian, Antoninianus. Rome RIC V (ii) : 162477 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
(38 votes)
Roman Republic, Sergius Silius345 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.

7 commentsJay GT4
(40 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Titus176 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 80 AD
RIC 112 (C2), BMC 72, RSC 309
Obv - IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev - TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Dolphin coiled around anchor

2 commentsDavid Atherton
(22 votes)
Temple of Vesta550 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
(41 votes)
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066 - Caracalla denarius - RIC 251154 viewsObv:– 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, A.D. 215
References:– BMCRE 103, RIC 251, RSC 302
4 commentsmaridvnvm
(15 votes)
GREEK, Argolis, Hermione. ca 210 BC., AE Dichalkon.92 viewsArgolis, Hermione. ca 210 BC.
AE Dichalkon 2.26g
Obv: Head of Demeter, right
Rev: EP between two torches in wreath.
BCD 1305.1 (this coin). Agora 794.
ex Pegasi A21-116.
2 commentsDino
(15 votes)
GREEK, Cilicia, Nagidos AR Stater149 views(400-385 BC)
Obv.: Aphrodite seated, holding phiale over altar, Eros standing behind, crowning her with wreath.
Rev.: Dionysos holding grape bunch on vine and thyrsos, A in wreath to left.
Casabonne type 4, Lederer 26.
7 commentsMinos
(15 votes)
Rhodes (Rodos), AR drachm237 views6 commentsOptimus
(15 votes)
Otacilia Severa, wife of Philip I. Augusta, 244-49 CE.152 viewsAR Antoninianus (22 mm, 4.53 gm). Rome mint, 245 CE.
Obv: MARCIA OTACIL SEVERA AVG, diademed, draped bust right on crescent.
Rev: PVDICITIA AVG, Pudicitia veiled, seated left, drawing veil with hand and holding scepter.
RIC 123c; Sear 2632; RSC 53; Cohen 53.
(15 votes)
Howgego 670272 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
(17 votes)
GREEK, Achaean League, Patrai-Patras. 167-146 BC. 155 viewsAR hemidrachm. 16mm 2.55g.
Laureate head Zeus right/ Achaian league monogram. Monogram A-TEI-N across fields. dolphin below. All within laurel wreath tied at bottom.
Agrinion Hoard 553a (same rev. die); Clerk 82a; Benner-Patrai-29 (this coin).
exBeast Coins.
1 commentsDino
(17 votes)
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Probus, Rome, RIC 157 Bust Type G243 viewsObv:– IMP PROBVS AVG, Radiate, helmeted, cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield
Rev:– ADVENTVS AVG, Emperor riding left, right hand raised, left holding sceptre; at foot, captive
Minted in Rome (R thunderbolt S in exe) Emission 6 Officina 6. A.D. 280
Reference(s) – RIC 157 Bust Type G
1 commentsmaridvnvm
(17 votes)
Paulina, late wife of Maximinus I.215 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
(17 votes)
LUCANIA, Velia135 viewsLUCANIA, Velia. Circa 365-340 BC. AR Nomos (23mm, 7.57 gm). Head of Athena left, wearing Attic helmet decorated with a griffin; O behind neck / Lion walking right;  above. Williams 263 II (O151'/R203); SNG ANS 1296-7 (same dies); HN Italy 1284. VF, struck with deteriorating dies. Ex-Cng B10DV15E2 commentsecoli
(19 votes)
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RIC-10(a) Pupienus Clasped Hands664 viewsIMP CAES M CLOD PVPIENVS AVG - Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right
CARITAS MVTVA AVGG - (Mutual Clarity of the Emperors), clasped hands

This is the scarcer variant of RIC 10. Superb portrait. David Sear ANCCS certified.
From Forum ancient Coins
12 commentsjimwho523
(63 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantius, Argenteus1107 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
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20 commentsPotator II
(65 votes)
Lion - Gallienus1000 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 ex6 commentsJoe Sermarini
(23 votes)
Caracalla, Silver Denarius "Mars, the defender" * 196-217 AD *241 views
Caracalla, "Mars*, the defender."
AR Denarius
Obv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT - Laureate head right
Rev: MARTI PROPVGNATORI – Mars advancing left, holding spear and trophy

Mint: Rome
Struck: 213 AD

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 4.5 grams(?)
Die axis: 180 deg.

RIC IVi, 223 (s) Scarce; Cohen 150; D. Sear II, 6819; pg. 521

* Olympian
6 commentsTiathena
(23 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Geta AR Denarius, RIC 68180 viewsObv:– IMP CAES P SEPT GETA PIVS AVG, Laureate head right
Rev:– PONTIF TR P COS II, Geta on horseback riding left, spearing enemy beneath.
Minted in Rome. A.D. 209
Reference:– BMC p. 359 17. RIC 68 (Rated Rare), RSC 130. Only 4 examples in RD so quite a rare coin on that basis.

3 commentsmaridvnvm
(31 votes)
Attica, Athens628 viewsAthens, ca. 449-413 BC. Silver tetradrachm.
Denomination : Silver tetradrachm.
Size : 23.7 x 24.3 mm Weight : 17.20 grams.
Reference : Sear-2526.
Grade : gVF and better centered than usual with a significant part of the crest showing.
Obverse : Head of Athena right.
Reverse : Owl standing right, with an olive sprig and crescent moon over its shoulder, with a AQE to the right.
Ex-Calgary Coin 1150
8 commentsecoli
(33 votes)
Exe: ST.
RIC Ticinum 46a
8 commentsroscoedaisy
(35 votes)
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ROMAN IMPERATORS, Julius Caesar443 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. Well struck on a broad flan and lustrous. Extremely fine.

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
(28 votes)
GREEK, Attica, Athens AR "New Style" Tetradrachm278 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).
6 commentsMinos
(18 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Philip I/Philip the Arab - AR antoninianus231 viewsRome
247 AD
radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Roma seated left, holding Victory and scepter
RIC 44b, C 169
3,9 g 22-21 mm

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2 commentsJohny SYSEL
(18 votes)
Roman Empire, City Commemorative, Urbs Roma, Follis, Siscia (RIC-240)119 viewsObv: Helmeted and cuirassed bust of Roma facing left. Legend around - VRBS ROMA
Rev: Lupa Romana standing left, suckling twins Romulus and Remus; two stars above. Legend below - • ASIS •

From the Nether Compton hoard

4 commentsSpongeBob
(16 votes)
75 views169. Silver denarius, Rome, May - 13 Sept. 85 A.D. RIC 66a (read description below), BMC -; Ex Gorny & Mosch 125, lot 458
IMP·CAES·DOMIT·AVG·GERM·P·M·TR·P·IIII· laureate head right with aegis
IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P, Germania, naked to waist, wearing breeches, seated right on germanic oblong spiral decorated shield, mourning and resting head on left hand, right hand placed on shield at side; broken spear below

Extremely rare. RIC 66a is based on the B.M. coll. but not such coin is listed in the BMCRE vol. II later published, except a footnote questioning: "does the rev. legend .... occur with this reverse type?" Hence Ian Carradice omitting it from his thesis written in late '70's. At this moment I can only confirm the specimen from Leu 83 lot 751 struck from the same dies.

(28 votes)
Thrace, Cherronesos.253 viewsThrace, Cherronesos. Ca. 400-350 B.C. AR tetrobol (13 mm, 2.40 g). Forepart of a lion right, looking back / Quadripartite incuse; monogram and letter in two quadrants. McClean 4122. EF. Ex-John C Lavender G50
1 commentsecoli73
(18 votes)
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RIC-039 Gordian III Virtus249 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
5 commentsjimwho523
(18 votes)
GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Demetrious I Aniketos - Tetradrachm117 viewsObv: Within a circular dotted border, Diademed and draped bust of Demetrios right, wearing elephant skin head dress.

Rev: Herakles standing facing, crowning himself, holding club and lion skin; PK monogram to inner left; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY (of King Demetrios) written in Greek on either side.

Bopearachchi Series 1C; SNG ANS 187; Mitchiner 103d; Qunduz 28-33; Sear 7526.

At 35mm and weighing nearly 17g, this specimen is one of the best extant examples with a huge flan size complete with dotted border.
4 commentsmitresh
(16 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Maximinus I Thrax AR Denarius123 views235-236 AD. Rome mint.
Obv.: IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG - Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev.: PAX AVGVSTI - Pax standing left, holding branch upwards in right hand and transverse scepter with left.
RIC 12.
5 commentsMinos
(16 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Septimius Severus denarius153 viewsRIC 257 (3,27 gm, 19 mm).
Mint of Rome, 204 AD.

Minted in honour of Ludi Saeculares.
Sharp & bold coin.

4 commentsneander
(16 votes)
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GREEK, QUASI-AUTONOMOUS, Bosporus, Rhescuporis II, Sestertius446 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
(45 votes)
ROMAN EMPIRE, Maximianus abdication follis of Rome. RIC VI:119b626 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)
2 commentsthe_Apostate
(64 votes)
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