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Nerva, 18 September 96 - 25 January 98 A.D.

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The augur was an official and priest, whose main role was to interpret the will of the gods by studying the flight of birds: whether they are flying in groups or alone, what noises they make as they fly, direction of flight and what kind of birds they are. This was known as "taking the auspices." The ceremony and function of the augur was central to any major undertaking in Roman society, public or private, including matters of war, commerce, and religion. The Roman historian Livy stresses the importance of the augurs: "Who does not know that this city was founded only after taking the auspices; that everything in war and in peace, at home and abroad, was done only after taking the auspices?"
RS92415. Silver denarius, RIC II 24, RSC II 48, BMCRE III 33, BnF III 24, Hunter I 15, SRCV II 3023, aVF, toned, well centered, scratches, small edge chip, weight 2.672 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Jan - Sep 97 A.D.; obverse IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR POT, laureate head right; reverse COS III PATER PATRIAE, implements of the augurate and pontificate: simpulum (ladle), aspergillum (sprinkler), ewer (jug) and lituus (augural wand); from the Errett Bishop Collection; $130.00 SALE |PRICE| $117.00

Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.

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Dacia kneeling before Rome! After his defeat in 101 A.D., King Decebalus complied with Rome for a time but then incited the tribes to pillage Roman colonies across the Danube. Trajan marched into Dacia in 105 A.D. After defeating the surrounding mountain fortresses, in 106 A.D. Trajan besieged Sarmizegetusa, the Dacian capital. With the aid of a Dacian traitor, the Romans found and destroyed water pipes supplying the city. Running out of water and food the city fell and was burned to the ground. Decebalus fled but, followed by the Roman cavalry, committed suicide rather than face capture. The Romans found Decebalus' treasure, estimated at 165,500 kg of gold and 331,000 kg of silver, in the river of Sargesia.
RB92416. Orichalcum sestertius, Woytek 250c-1, RIC II 485, BMCRE III 774, Strack I 371, SRCV II 3194 var. (same), Hunter II 270 var. (same), F/aF, nice portrait, some legend weak, bumps and scratches, porosity, weight 23.760 g, maximum diameter 33.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 104 - 111 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate bust right, aegis on far shoulder; reverse S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Roma standing slightly left, head left, wearing crested helmet and military dress, Victory in right hand, spear vertical behind in left hand; small Dacian at her feet on left, kneeling right and raising hand in supplication; S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; from the Errett Bishop Collection; scarce; $160.00 SALE |PRICE| $144.00

Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.

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In 105, Trajan left with the Imperial Roman fleet from Brundusium, in Apulia, to begin the second expedition against Dacia. In 106, he first conquered the Dacian fortresses in the Orastie Mountains, then defeated the Dacians in the Battle of Sarmizegetusa. After the Romans encircled the city and destroyed the water supply pipes, king Decebalus fled and committed suicide. On 11 August 106, the south-eastern part of Dacia (modern Romania) became a Roman province.
RB92417. Copper as, Woytek 209b, Hunter II 307, Cohen II 509, Strack I 360, SRCV II 3234, RIC II 540 var. (aegis), BnF IV 638 var. (aegis), BMCRE III 942 var. (aegis), F, centered on a tight flan, areas of corrosion, weight 10.944 g, maximum diameter 26.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 104 - 107 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate bust right, aegis on left shoulder; reverse S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Trajan in military dress on horseback right, thrusting spear at falling Dacian warrior trampled under fore-hooves, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $100.00 SALE |PRICE| $90.00

Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.

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In 99 A.D., Trajan returned to Rome after inspecting the Roman legions along the Rhine and Danube frontiers. In Rome, he received emissaries from the Kushan empire.
RB92418. Copper as, Woytek 61b, Hunter II 219, BnF IV 68, RIC II 402, Strack 319, Cohen II 617, BMCRE III 727 var. (no drapery), cf. SRCV II 3242 (COS III), VF, a little rough, scratches, areas of corrosion, weight 10.801 g, maximum diameter 27.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, autumn 98 - Oct(?) 99 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM P M, laureate head right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse TR POT COS II P P, Victory flying left, shield inscribed S P / Q R (Senatus Populusque Romanus - The Senate and the Roman People) in two lines in right hand, palm frond in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto - [minted] with permission of the Senate) divided across field; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $70.00 SALE |PRICE| $63.00

Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D.

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Elagabalus came to power through the scheming of his grandmother Julia Maesa. He shocked the public with bizarre behavior including cross-dressing and marrying a Vestal Virgin. Elagabalus and his mother were murdered, dragged through the streets of Rome and dumped into the Tiber.
RS91593. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 90, RSC III 66a, Hunter III 30, BMCRE V 138, SRCV II 7489, Choice VF, well centered, nice portrait, toned, light bumps and marks, weight 5.158 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 135o, Rome mint, 219 - 220 A.D.; obverse IMP ANTONINVS AVG, radiate draped bust right; reverse IOVI CONSERVATORI (to Jupiter the protector), Jupiter standing slightly left, head left, paludamentum over shoulders and back, fulmen cradled in right hand and arm, scepter vertical in left hand, two standards behind, eagle at feet; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00

Magnentius, 18 January 350 - 10 August 353 A.D.

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On 28 September 351, at the Battle of Mursa Major, Constantius II defeated the usurper Magnentius. The battle was one of the bloodiest in Roman military history. During the fighting Marcellinus, a general of Magnentius was killed, but Magnentius himself survived.
RL92339. Billon heavy maiorina, RIC VIII Amiens 23 (S), Bastien MM 125 (8 spec.), LRBC II 13, SRCV V 18817, Cohen VIII 69, VF, well centered, brown tone, porous, areas of light corrosion, edge split, weight 4.596 g, maximum diameter 23.4 mm, die axis 0o, Ambianum (Amiens, France) mint, spring 351 - 18 Aug 353 A.D.; obverse D N MAGNENTIVS P F AVG, bare-headed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, A behind; reverse VICTORIAE DD NN AVG ET CAE (victories of our lords, Emperor and Caesar), two Victories standing confronted, together holding wreath containing VOT V MVLT X in four lines, staurogram (rho-cross) above, AMB and crescent in exergue; scarce; $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00

Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D.

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Julia Domna was born in Emesa (now Homs), Syria in 170 A.D. She was the youngest daughter of high-priest Julius Bassianus, a descendant of the Royal House of Emesa. Emesa was famous for its Temple of the Sun, the center of worship for the ancient pagan cult El-Gebal (or Elagabal). El-Gebal, worshiped in the form of a conical black stone, was the Aramaic name for the Syrian Sun God and means God of the Mountain. Emesa was also the birthplace of three other Roman empresses, Julia Maesa, Julia Mamaea and Julia Soaemias, and one emperor, Julia Domna's nephew, Elagabalus.
RS92345. Silver denarius, RIC IV S627 (S); RSC III 103; BMCRE V p. 104, 418; SRCV II 6591, F, off center, minor encrustations, edge cracks, weight 3.225 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Emesa (Homs, Syria) mint, 194 - 195 A.D.; obverse IVLIA DOMNA AVG, draped bust right; reverse LIBERAL ē AVG, Liberalitas standing slightly left, polos or kalathos on head, counting board in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; only one sale in the last two decades recorded on Coin Archives (an ex Forum coin!); rare; $300.00 SALE |PRICE| $270.00

Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D.

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In 77 or 78 A.D., Gnaeus Julius Agricola was made governor of Roman Britain, a post he occupied until 84. In his first year, Agricola subdued the Ordovices in Wales and pursued the remnants of the tribe to Anglesey, the holy island of the Druids. According to Tacitus, he exterminated the whole tribe. The Ordovices do completely disappear from the historical record, but considering the mountainous terrain, it is unlikely killed the entire population. Another tribe, the Silures, was either also militarily defeated or simply agreed to terms. Tacitus wrote of the Silures: non atrocitate, non clementia mutabatur - the tribe "was changed neither by cruelty nor by clemency." A Roman squadron, sent by Agricola, explored the north of Scotland for the first time, discovering the Orkney and Shetland Islands.Pre-Roman Wales

RS92405. Silver denarius, RIC II-1 Vespasian 921 (C2); RSC II 47; BMCRE II Vespasian 193; BnF III Vespasian 169; SRCV I 2637, F, toned, light marks, obverse slightly off center, minor flan flaws on the reverse, weight 3.067 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, early 76 - early 77 A.D.; obverse CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS, laureate head right; reverse COS IIII, Pegasus standing right, archaic curved wing (only near wing showing), raising left foreleg; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $130.00 SALE |PRICE| $117.00

Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D.

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The suffimenta was a donative of sulphur, bitumen, frankincense and/or other flammable perfumes and combustible substances distributed by the emperor, the consuls and/or decemvirs for the composition of torches and lustration. The distribution was held a few days before the secular games to equip the people to perform their part in the ceremonies. Smoke from torches was likely used for purification prior to making sacrifices before the temples of Apollo Pallatinus and Jupiter Capitolinus.
RB92408. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II-1 609, BMCRE II 428, BnF III 462, Hunter I 157, Cohen I 81, SRCV I 2764, F, well centered, excellent portrait, scratches, corrosion, minor pitting, weight 24.247 g, maximum diameter 35.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 14 Sep - 31 Dec 88 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII CENS PER P P, laureate bust right; reverse COS XIII LVD SAEC (consul 13 times, Ludos saeculares - Secular games), emperor seated left on platform, SVF P D (suffimenta populo daia - incense given to the people) on side of the platform, baskets at feet, togate citizen standing left, emperor handing incense to the citizen with his right hand, child at feet between them raising hands, tetrastyle temple in background, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; scarce; $800.00 SALE |PRICE| $720.00

Numerian, February or March 283 - October or November 284 A.D.

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Mercury is the messenger of the gods. Hermes to the Greeks, an Olympian god, he is also the patron of boundaries and of the travelers who cross them, of shepherds and cowherds, of thieves and road travelers, of orators and wit, of literature and poets, of athletics, of weights and measures, of invention, of general commerce, and of the cunning of thieves and liars. His symbols include the tortoise, the rooster, the winged sandals, and the caduceus.
RA92342. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 416; Cohen VI 57; SRCV III 12250; Pink VI-1 p. 34, emission 3b; Hunter IV 22, Choice EF, well centered, brown tone, areas of light corrosion, weight 4.136 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Rome mint, 283 A.D.; obverse IMP NVMERIANVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse PIETAS AVGG (to the piety of the two emperors), Mercury standing half left, head left, nude but for petasus and cloak over shoulders and left arm, message bag in right hand, caduceus in left hand, KA∆ in exergue; $150.00 SALE |PRICE| $135.00


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