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The Varangian Military Collection of Roman Coins

This collection was assembled by a modern-day soldier who specialized in collecting Roman coins with military related reverses. Soldiers, Mars and Victory predominate. Obviously he aquired with high standards. Many of the coins are choice examples, in high grade and with attractive patina's and many of the coins are very rare. We hope you enjoy this fine specialty collection.


Aurelian, August or September 270 - October or November 275 A.D.

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Fortuna Redux, one of the many aspects of Fortuna, was in charge of bringing people home safely, primarily from wars - redux means "coming back" or "returning." She may be one of the later aspects of Fortuna, as the earliest mention of her is on an altar dedicated by the Senate in 19 B.C. for the safe return of Emperor Augustus.
RA91227. Billon antoninianus, SRCV III 11539, Cohen VI 82, Hunter IV - (p. cx), VF, desert patina, oval flan, small edge split, weight 3.330 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 0o, Milan(?) mint, c. 270 - 271 A.D.; obverse IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse FORTVNA REDVX, Fortuna seated left on wheel, rudder in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, exergue off flan; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 76 (7 April 2019), part of lot 942; $95.00 (Ä83.60)


Honorius, 23 January 393 - 15 August 423 A.D.

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In 422, Roman army invaded Gaul, they captured and executed the Frankish king Theudemeres with his family.
SH12495. Gold solidus, RIC X Honorius 1319; Depeyrot p. 188, 7/1; DOCLR 736; SRCV V 20920; Cohen VIII 44, VF, weight 4.115 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 180o, Ravenna mint, 408 - 15 Aug 423 A.D.; obverse D N HONORIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AVGGG (victory of the three emperors), Honorius standing right, leaning backward, diademed and wearing military garb, standard in right hand, Victory on globe offering wreath in left hand, treading with left foot on captive laying on his back; R-V across fields, COMOB in exergue; scarce; SOLD


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

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On June 11, 173, during the Marcomannic Wars (166Ė180), the Roman army in Moravia was outnumbered and surrounded by the Quadi, suffering from the extreme heat, out of water, and on the verge of defeat. Dio writes, "many clouds gathered and a mighty rain, not without divine interposition, burst upon them...when the rain poured down, at first all turned their faces upwards and received the water in their mouths; then some held out their shields and some their helmets to catch it, and they not only took deep draughts themselves but also gave their horses to drink...while those on the one side were being drenched and drinking, the others [Quadi] were being consumed by fire [lightning] and dying." The Romans were soon victorious. Marcus was saluted imperator for the seventh time and the "miracle of the rain" was memorialized on Marcus Aurelius' column. In 174, Marcus Aurelius officially conferred the title Fulminata (Thundering) to the Legio XII Fulminata.Miracle_in_the_Rain
RB12501. Orichalcum sestertius, SRCV II 5015, RIC III 1090, Cohen III 995, F, weight 24.874 g, maximum diameter 30.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 172 - 173 A.D.; obverse M ANTONINVS - AVG TR P XXVII, laureate head right; reverse VICT GERMA IMP VI COS III S C, inscription in five lines inside a wreath closed with medallion; scarce; SOLD







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ANY OF THE COINS IN THIS COLLECTION WOULD MAKE A FINE GIFT FOR A MILITARY MEMBER OR VETERAN!

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The Varangian Military Collection of Roman Coins