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Roman Coins of the Adoptive Emperors
Nerva, 18 September 96 - 25 January 98 A.D.

|Nerva|, |Nerva,| |18| |September| |96| |-| |25| |January| |98| |A.D.||denarius|NEW
In Roman mythology, Aequitas was the minor goddess of fair trade and honest merchants. Aequitas was also the personification of the virtues equity and fairness of the emperor (Aequitas Augusti). The scales, a natural emblem of equity, express righteousness. The cornucopia signifies the prosperity which results from Aequitas and Aequitas Augusti.
RS112930. Silver denarius, RIC II 13, RSC II 6, BnF III 13, BMCRE III 24, Hunter I 9, SRCV II -, VF, centered on a tight flan, mild roughness, weight 3.397 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 97 A.D.; obverse IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse AEQVITAS AVGVST (fairness of the emperor), Aequitas standing half left, head left, wearing stephane, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; $200.00 SALE PRICE $180.00


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

|Antoninus| |Pius|, |Antoninus| |Pius,| |August| |138| |-| |7| |March| |161| |A.D.||denarius|NEW
The earliest atlas (Ptolemy's Geography) was made around 150 A.D.
RS111527. Silver denarius, RIC III 196, RSC II 220, BMCRE IV 717, SRCV II 4069, Hunter II -, VF, broad flan, well centered obv., rev. slightly off center, radiating flow lines, mild die wear, edge splits/cracks, weight 3.541 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Dec 150 - Dec 151 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XIIII, laureate head right; reverse COS IIII, Genius standing half left, head left, nude, patera in right hand, grain ears downward in left hand; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 124 (8 Jan 2023), lot 907 (part of); $140.00 SALE PRICE $126.00


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

|Antoninus| |Pius|, |Antoninus| |Pius,| |August| |138| |-| |7| |March| |161| |A.D.||denarius|NEW
The reverse legend abbreviates Vota Suscepta Decennalia Tertia, Consul Quartum, indicating Antoninus Pius had taken vows (made offerings and prayers) for the 30th anniversary of his rule and that he is consul for the 4th time. Antoninus Pius did not, however, actually rule for 30 years. The vows were made on the 20th anniversary of his rule, in the hope for ten more successful years.
RS111584. Silver denarius, RIC III 293a, RSC II 1117, BMCRE IV 582, Hunter II 122 var. (rev. leg. abbreviations), SRCV II 4140 var. (no bull), F/aF, light toning, flow lines, obv. off center, scratches, edge splits/cracks, weight 2.890 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Dec 158 - Dec 159 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXII, laureate head right; reverse VOTA SVSCEP DECENN III, Antoninus standing half left, togate, sacrificing over tripod left, small sacrificial bull on far side of altar, COS IIII in exergue; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 124 (8 Jan 2023), lot 986 (part of); $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00


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

|Commodus|, |Commodus,| |March| |or| |April| |177| |-| |31| |December| |192| |A.D.||denarius|NEW
Commodus' twelve-year rule degenerated into debauchery, paranoia, and insanity. He believed he was Hercules reincarnated and even fought in gladiatorial contests. His unscrupulous favorites ran the empire while he amused himself in whatever decadent way he saw fit. Most Romans saw his assassination as a blessing.
RS111654. Silver denarius, RIC III 9, RSC II 791, SRCV II 5706, Hunter II 1, SRCV II 5706, VF, flow lines, toned, centered on tight flan, edge cracks/splits, light marks, weight 2.311 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 180 A.D.; obverse M COMMODVS ANTONINVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse TR P V IMP IIII COS II P P, two captives seated back to back on shields at the base of a trophy of captured arms, captive on right is a woman in mourning with hand to head, captive on left with arms on knees; $140.00 SALE PRICE $126.00


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

|Antoninus| |Pius|, |Antoninus| |Pius,| |August| |138| |-| |7| |March| |161| |A.D.||denarius|NEW
Annona was the goddess of harvest and her main attribute is grain. This reverse suggests the arrival of grain by sea from the provinces (especially from Africa) and its distribution to the people.
RS111914. Silver denarius, RIC III 260, RSC II 1016, BMCRE IV 883, SRCV II 4128, Hunter II 106, VF, toned, flow lines, slightly off center, small edge cracks, rev. die wear, weight 3.446 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 156 - 157 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS IMP II, laureate head right; reverse TR POT XX COS IIII, Annona standing right, left foot on prow, rudder in right hand, modius overflowing with grain balanced on left knee with left hand; from the Michael Arslan Collection; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00


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

|Trajan|, |Trajan,| |25| |January| |98| |-| |8| |or| |9| |August| |117| |A.D.||semissis|NEW
When this coin was struck around 209 A.D., the Roman Empire had more than 75,000 kilometers (47,000 miles) of roads.
RB111711. Orichalcum semissis, Woytek 599b; RIC II 692 corr. (quadrans); BMCRE III 1060 corr. (same); Cohen II 338 corr. (same); BnF III 645 var. (same, no drapery); SRCV II -, F, broad flan, green patina, right side of legend weak, scratches, porosity, weight 1.931 g, maximum diameter 16.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 109 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG, laureate bust right with drapery on left shoulder; reverse she-wolf right, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; $60.00 SALE PRICE $54.00


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

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Antoninus| |Pius,| |August| |138| |-| |7| |March| |161| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt||tetradrachm|NEW
Dikaiosyne is the Greek personification of justice and fair dealing. One of the most common reverse types of Alexandria, she always holds scales and cornucopia.
RX112105. Billon tetradrachm, Geissen 1330; Dattari 2199; Kampmann 35.66; SNG Cop 435; Curtis 595; Emmett 1377.4; BMC Alexandria p. 124, 1060 var. (AΔPA, laur. dr. bust), F, nice portrait, mild porosity, tight flan, tiny edge split, uneven strike with weak areas, weight 10.817 g, maximum diameter 23.2 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 140 - 28 Aug 141 A.D.; obverse AVT - K T AIΛ AΔP - ANTWNINOC AY, laureate head right, bare right shoulder seen from behind; reverse Dikaiosyne (Aequitas) seated left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, date LΔ (year 4) upper left; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00


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

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Trajan,| |25| |January| |98| |-| |8| |or| |9| |August| |117| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt||dichalkon|NEW
The North African elephant (Loxodonta africana pharaohensis) is an extinct subspecies of the African bush elephant, or possibly a separate elephant species, that existed in North Africa, north of the Sahara, until it died out in Roman times. These were the famous war elephants used by Carthage in the Punic Wars, their conflict with the Roman Republic. Although the subspecies has been formally described, it has not been widely recognized by taxonomists. Other names for this animal include the North African forest elephant, Carthaginian elephant, and Atlas elephant. Originally, its range probably extended across North Africa and down to the present Sudanese and Eritrean coasts.
RX111825. Bronze dichalkon, Geissen 460, Dattari 1203, Kampmann 27.51, SNG BnF IV 1036, Emmett 701.7, F, dark green and brown patina, cleaning marks, weight 1.392 g, maximum diameter 13.0 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 103 - 28 Aug 104 A.D.; obverse no legend, laureate head right; reverse elephant walking right, L Z (year 7) above; ex Classical Numismatic Group e-sale 481 (02 Dec 2020), lot 346; ex Judy Day Frink Collection; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


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

|Trajan|, |Trajan,| |25| |January| |98| |-| |8| |or| |9| |August| |117| |A.D.||as|NEW
In 100 A.D., there were just over 300,000 soldiers in the Roman Army.
RB112568. Copper as, Woytek 82c, BnF IV 106, RIC II 402 var., Cohen II 617 var., SRCV II 3242 var., Hunter II 226 var., BMCRE III 740 var. (all var. no aegis), gF, well centered, turquoise green patina, porosity, weight 11.006 g, maximum diameter 28.0 mm, die axis 135o, Rome mint, 1 Jan - c. Oct 100 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM P M, laureate head right, aegis on left shoulder; reverse TR POT COS III P P, Victory flying left, shield in right hand inscribed S P / Q R in two lines, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; from the Collection of Dr. Jregen Buschek; $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|NEW
In 174, Faustina the Younger accompanied her husband, Marcus Aurelius, on various military campaigns. She was loved by the Roman soldiers and Aurelius gave her the title Mater Castrorum (Mother of the Camp).
RS112678. Silver denarius, RIC III 316; RSC II 341; Hunter II p. 318, 66; BMCRE IV 613 var. (...AVG GERM TR P XXIX); cf. SRCV II 4912 (IMP VIII), Choice VF, toned, well centered, edge crack, weight 2.485 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Dec 174 - Autumn 175 A.D.; obverse M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXIX, laureate head right; reverse IMP VII COS III, Roma standing left, wearing crested helmet and military garb, Victory standing left holding wreath in Roma's extended right hand, inverted vertical spear in left hand; from the Collection of Dr. Jregen Buschek; $160.00 SALE PRICE $144.00











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