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Roman Coins of the Adoptive Emperors

Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D.

|Commodus|, |Commodus,| |March| |or| |April| |177| |-| |31| |December| |192| |A.D.|, denarius
During the reign of Commodus, in 179 A.D., Lucius Septimius Severus arrived at Antioch to take command of Legio IV Scythica. The citizens of Antioch ridiculed Septimius Severus. Later, when Septimius Severus was emperor, although he would forgive many who supported Niger, he did not forgive Antioch and deprived the city of many privileges.
RS94705. Silver denarius, RSC II 775, RIC III M666, BMCRE IV M801, VF, nice youthful portrait, flow lines, some porosity, tight irregularly shaped flan cutting of parts of legend, weight 3.287 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 179 A.D.; obverse L AVREL COMMODVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse TR P IIII IMP III COS II P P, Victory seated left, patera in right hand, palm in left hand; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $80.00 SALE |PRICE| $72.00


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

|Marcus| |Aurelius|, |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |17| |March| |180| |A.D.|, denarius
Virtus (courage, valor) is depicted as a helmeted soldier, often a female, in armor holding a spear, parazonium, victory or a shield. Virtus and Mars can usually be distinguished since Mars is usually shown nude and Virtus is always shown clothed.
RS94708. Silver denarius, RIC III A473, RSC II 721, BMCRE IV A893, Hunter II 21, Strack III A219, SRCV II 4793, gF, flow lines, tight flan, light scratches, small edge cracks, weight 3.007 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, as caesar, 156 - 157 A.D.; obverse AVRELIVS CAES ANTONIVS PII F, bare head right; reverse TR POT XI COS II, Virtus standing slightly left, head left, wearing crested helmet and military garb, parazonium in extended right hand, vertical spear with point on both ends in left hand; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $100.00 SALE |PRICE| $90.00


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.

|Antoninus| |Pius|, |Antoninus| |Pius,| |August| |138| |-| |7| |March| |161| |A.D.|, denarius
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.
RS94710. Silver denarius, RIC III 200c, RSC II 582, BMCRE IV 729, Strack III 229, SRCV II 4095, Hunter II -, F, radiating flow lines, scratches and bumps, edge cracks, weight 2.402 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 150 - 151 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES T AEL HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right; reverse TR POT XIIII COS IIII, Pax standing half left, head left, olive branch downward in right hand, long scepter vertical in left hand, PAX in exergue; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00


Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D.

|Commodus|, |Commodus,| |March| |or| |April| |177| |-| |31| |December| |192| |A.D.|, denarius
Salus was the Roman goddess of health. She was Hygieia to the Greeks, who believed her to be the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine and healing, and Epione, the goddess of soothing of pain. Her father Asclepius learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one snake bringing another snake healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing. She was the goddess of health, cleanliness and sanitation. While her father was more directly associated with healing, she was associated with the prevention of sickness and the continuation of good health. Her name is the source of the word "hygiene."
RS94701. Silver denarius, RSC II 762b; Hunter II 13; SRCV II 5702; RIC III M649 var. (draped); BMCRE IV p. 503, M780 (draped), VF, nice young portrait, flow lines, slight porosity, uneven tone, edge ragged with cracks, weight 3.011 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Dec 177 - Dec 178 A.D.; obverse L AVREL COMMODVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse TR P III IMP II COS P P, Salus seated left, branch extended in right hand, left arm rests on chair, snake rising up from the ground before her; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $130.00 SALE |PRICE| $117.00


Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D.

|Commodus|, |Commodus,| |March| |or| |April| |177| |-| |31| |December| |192| |A.D.|, denarius
Pax (Peace), 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.
RS94702. Silver denarius, RIC III 17, RSC II 806, BMCRE 63, SRCV II 5708, Hunter V -, gVF, nice portrait, radiating flow lines, reverse slightly off center, tiny edge cracks, weight 3.561 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 181 A.D.; obverse M COMMODVS ANTONINVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse TR P VI IMP IIII COS III P P, Pax standing half left, head left, olive branch in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $140.00 SALE |PRICE| $126.00


Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D.

|Commodus|, |Commodus,| |March| |or| |April| |177| |-| |31| |December| |192| |A.D.|, denarius
The pileus liberatis was a soft felt cap worn by liberated slaves of Troy and Asia Minor. In late Republican Rome, the pileus was symbolically given to slaves upon manumission, granting them not only their personal liberty, but also freedom as citizens with the right to vote (if male). Following the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C., Brutus and his co-conspirators used the pileus to signify the end of Caesar's dictatorship and a return to a Republican system of government. The pileus was adopted as a popular symbol of freedom during the French Revolution and was also depicted on some early U.S. coins.
RS94703. Silver denarius, BMCRE IV 309 (also star right), RIC III 241, RSC II 288, Hunter V -, SRCV II -, aVF, well centered on a tight flan, toned, scattered mild porosity, reverse die wear, tiny edge cracks, weight 1.806 g, maximum diameter 17.1 mm, die axis 315o, Rome mint, 192 A.D.; obverse L AEL AVREL COMM AVG P FEL, laureate head right; reverse LIB AVG P M TR P XVII COS VII P P, Libertas standing slightly left, head left, pileus (freedom cap - worn by freed slaves) in right hand, vindicta (rod) in vertical in left hand, star right field; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $90.00 SALE |PRICE| $81.00


Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D.

|Commodus|, |Commodus,| |March| |or| |April| |177| |-| |31| |December| |192| |A.D.|, denarius
The elaborate Annona reverse composition reflects the special care Commodus took in supplying the much needed African grain to Rome (in fear of mob uprisings).
RS94704. Silver denarius, RIC III 95, RSC II 17, BMCRE IV 144, MIR 18 647, SRCV II 5627, Hunter II - (p. clii), VF, centered on a tight flan, some mint luster, flow lines, part of edge ragged with splits and cracks, weight 2.770 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 184 A.D.; obverse COMM ANT AVG P BRIT, laureate head right; reverse P M TR P VIIII IMP VII COS IIII P P, Annona standing slightly left, head left, statuette of Concordia holding patera and scepter in Annona's right hand, cornucopia in her left hand, modius overflowing with grain at feet on left, two persons on prow at feet on right, ANN in exergue; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $90.00 SALE |PRICE| $81.00


Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D.

|Commodus|, |Commodus,| |March| |or| |April| |177| |-| |31| |December| |192| |A.D.|, denarius
In 185, Commodus drained Rome's treasury to put on gladiatorial spectacles and confiscated property to support his pleasures. He participated as a gladiator and boasted of victory in 1,000 matches in the Circus Maximus.
RS94706. Silver denarius, RIC III 121; RSC II 497; BMCRE IV p. 723, *; SRCV II-; Hunter V -, VF, some legend off flan, small edge cracks, weight 2.779 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Dec. 185 A.D.; obverse M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT, laureate head right; reverse P M TR P XI IMP VII COS V P P, Felicitas standing front, head left, caduceus in right hand and vertical scepter in left hand; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.

|Antoninus| |Pius|, |Antoninus| |Pius,| |August| |138| |-| |7| |March| |161| |A.D.|, denarius
The palladium, a small figure of Minerva (Pallas Athena) holding a spear and shield, had a mythological origin from Troy. Troy was believed to be safe from foreign enemies as long as the palladium remained within the city walls. But Odysseus and Diomedes stole the image and soon after the Greeks took the city. The palladium was later taken by Aeneas to Rome where for centuries it was kept in the temple of Vesta in the Forum. In Late Antiquity, it was rumored that Constantine had taken the palladium to Constantinople and buried it under the Column of Constantine.
RS94707. Silver denarius, RIC III 238, RSC II 201, BMCRE IV 829, Strack III 282, Hunter II 98, SRCV II -, VF, nice portrait, obverse well centered on tight flan, strong radiating flow lines, edge ragged with flan cracks, weight 2.779 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 154 - 155 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVIII, laureate head right; reverse COS IIII, Vesta standing left, sacrificing from patera in right hand over flaming altar at feet on left, palladium in left hand and cradled in left arm; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $160.00 SALE |PRICE| $144.00


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.

|Antoninus| |Pius|, |Antoninus| |Pius,| |August| |138| |-| |7| |March| |161| |A.D.|, as
Annona was worshiped in Rome as the goddess who prospered the year's supply of grain. She was represented on an altar in the capital. The three principal granaries of Rome were Sicily, Egypt, and the African provinces. Annona civilis was the grain which purchased each year by the Roman state, then imported and put into storage, reserved for the subsistence of the people. Annona militaris was grain appropriated to the use of an army during a campaign.
RB92444. Copper as, RIC III 921, BMCRE 1951, Cohen II 45, Hunter II 306, SRCV II 4294, aVF, obverse a little off center, strike a little uneven, encrustations, bumps, some porosity, edge crack, weight 10.481 g, maximum diameter 28.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 153 - 154 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVII, laureate head right; reverse ANNONA AVG COS IIII, Annona standing facing, looking right, right hand on modius at left side set on base, branch in left hand, large basket of fruits at feet on right, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00











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