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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


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


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

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Struck in the final month of Nerva's reign.
RS94125. Silver denarius, cf. RIC II 47, RSC II 95, BMCRE III 72, BnF III 53, Hunter I 32, SRCV II 3032 (none with drapery), F, well centered, flow lines, reverse off center, scratches, punch on obverse, weight 2.793 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 1 - 25 Jan 98 A.D.; obverse IMP NERVA CAES AVG GERM P M TR P II, laureate head right, slight drapery on right shoulder; reverse IMP II COS IIII P P, implements of the augurate and pontificate: simpulum (ladle), aspergillum (sprinkler), ewer (jug), and lituus (augural staff); rare with drapery; $140.00 (123.20)


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




  







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