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Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D., Edessa(?), Mesopotamia

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This coin is from of a series of rare drachms with portraits of Marcus Aurelius, Faustina II, Lucius Verus, and Lucilla, along with a small bronze of Commodus, struck in Mesopotamia, c. 165 A.D. The series commemorated the Roman victory, as this coin does with the reverse legend VΠEP NIKHC RΩMAIΩN. All have Roma reverse types, but for many, like this coin, the goddess intended and her attributes are uncertain. They were most likely struck at Edessa, but Carrhae or another mint is possible. All the types are very rare. This is the only example of this variety known to FORVM and the only coin known to Forum from this series with obverse legend ending in APM (Armeniacus - victor over the Armenians).
RS94121. Silver drachm, unpublished variety, cf. BMC Arabia p. 137, 3 and pl. XIX, 7 (AVT K M AV...NTΩNIN...), RPC online IV.3 T10747 (...ANTΩNINOC CEB), aF, toned, slightly off center, legend not fully struck, scratches, edge split, weight 2.561 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 0o, Mesopotamia, Edessa(?) mint, c. 165 A.D.; obverse AVTO K M AVPHΛ ANTΩNINOC APM, bare-headed, bearded bust right, drapery on shoulder; reverse VΠEP NIKHC RΩMAIΩN (for the victory of the Romans), goddess standing facing, head left, wearing tunic and mantle, globe or apple in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; extremely rare and possibly unique - the only specimen with this obverse legend known to FORVM; $240.00 SALE |PRICE| $216.00


Pertinax, 31 December 192 - 28 March 193 A.D.

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Laetitia is the Roman goddess of gaiety and joy, her name deriving from the root word laeta, meaning happy. She is typically depicted on coinage with a wreath in her right hand, and a scepter, a rudder, or an anchor in her left hand.
RS94122. Silver denarius, RIC IV 4a (R2), BMCRE V 9, RSC III 20, Hunter III 2, SRCV II 6041, F, nice portrait for the grade, well centered, light tone, flow lines, scratches, edge cracks, weight 2.754 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 193 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES P HELV PERTIN AVG, laureate head right; reverse LAETITIA TEMPOR COS II (joyous time, consul two times), Laetitia standing slightly left, head left, wreath in right hand, long scepter vertical in left hand; very rare; $400.00 SALE |PRICE| $360.00


Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D., Koinon of Macedonia

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The Macedonian Koinon (community) was the political organization governing the autonomous Roman province of Macedonia and responsible for issuing coinage. Member cities sent representatives to participate in the popular assembly. The Koinon held celebrations and games annually at Beroea (modern Verria) in honor of Alexander the Great and the Roman emperor.
RP94131. Bronze AE 21, RPC Online IV.1 T4272 (5 spec.), AMNG III 267, BMC Macedonia -, SNG Cop -, VF, black patina, centered, tight flan cutting off tops of some letters, scattered light corrosion, central depression on reverse, weight 6.120 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 0o, Thessalonica(?) mint, as caesar, 147 - 161 A.D.; obverse KAICAP AVPHΛIOC, bare-headed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse KOINΩN MAKE∆ONΩN, Macedonian shield; zero sales of this type recorded on Coin Archives in the last two decades; very rare; $160.00 SALE |PRICE| $144.00


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


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

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Mars was the god of war and also an agricultural guardian. He was the father of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome. In early Rome, he was second in importance only to Jupiter, and the most prominent of the military gods in the religion of the Roman army. Most of his festivals were held in March, the month named for him (Latin Martius), and in October, which began and ended the season for military campaigning and farming.
RS92419. Silver denarius, Woytek 265b, RIC II 114, RSC II 63, SRCV II 3119, BMCRE III 265, Strack I 124, Hunter II - (p. xxxvii), aVF, well centered, toned, scratches, bumps, punch on reverse, weight 3.255 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 107 - 111 A.D.; obverse IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P P, laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse COS V PP SPQR OPTIMO PRINC, Mars walking left, in military garb, Victory in right, trophy in left; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $80.00 SALE |PRICE| $72.00


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Struck at Rome for Use in Syria

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In 115, Trajan was in Antioch for his war against Parthia, when the city was struck by an earthquake. He was forced to take shelter in the circus for several days. He and his successor restored the city.
RB92420. Orichalcum semis, Woytek 938v, McAlee 520, BMCRE III 1100, RPC Online III 3677 (18 spec.), RIC II 650, Cohen II 123, aF, well centered, nice portrait for the grade, edge cracks, weight 3.148 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 116 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GERM, radiate and draped bust right, from the side; reverse DAC PARTHICO P M TR POT XX COS VI P P, large S C in oak wreath; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $40.00 SALE |PRICE| $36.00


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

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Pax, regarded by the ancients as a goddess, was worshiped not only at Rome but also at Athens. Her altar could not be stained with blood. Claudius began the construction of a magnificent temple to her honor, which Vespasian finished, in the Via Sacra. The attributes of Peace are the hasta pura, the olive branch, the cornucopia, and often the caduceus. Sometimes she is represented setting fire to a pile of arms.
RB92421. Orichalcum sestertius, Woytek 58a, BMCRE III 718, Hunter II 218, RIC II 401, Strack I 317, SRCV II -, Cohen II -, F, well centered, excellent portrait, weight 24.800 g, maximum diameter 34.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, fall 98 - end 99 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM P M, laureate head right; reverse TR POT COS II PP, Pax seated left, olive branch in extended right hand, transverse scepter in left hand, feet on foot stool, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $140.00 SALE |PRICE| $126.00




  







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