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The Edward Sawyer Collection

FORVM is pleased to offer the Edward Sawyer collection of interesting, attractive and very rare Roman coins. The primary theme of the collection is a type set of Roman denominations in high grade. A second theme is emperors with reigns lasting less than a year. Perhaps these themes will inspire your own collecting plans or perhaps you will find coins here that fit your own collection goals.

Regalianus, Usurper in Austria, c. 260 A.D.

|Regalianus|, |Regalianus,| |Usurper| |in| |Austria,| |c.| |260| |A.D.||antoninianus|
Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.

The extremely rare coinage of Regalianus and his wife, Sulpicia Dryantilla, are all antoniniani produced with crudely engraved dies. Like this coin, all examples appear to be over-struck on earlier coins, mostly on denarii of the Severan dynasty (193-235 A.D.). The reverse legend ORIENS AVGG refers to the East and with the plural ending, AVGG, probably indicates he hoped to rule as co-emperor in the East with Gallienus in the West.
SH21382. Silver antoninianus, Gbl Regalianus M1 and pl. II (same dies, citing specimen in Budapest); RIC V-2 7; RSC IV 4a, nearly VF, over-struck on a denarius of the Severan period though the details of the undertype are too obscure for identification, weight 3.328 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 225o, Carnuntum mint, c. 260 A.D.; obverse IMP C P C REGALIANVS AVG, radiate and draped bust right; reverse ORIENS AVGG (the rising sun of the two emperors), Sol standing left, radiate, nude but for chlamys over shoulders and left arm, raising right hand commanding the sun to rise, whip in left; ex Forum (2003); extremely rare (R5); SOLD


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

|Pertinax|, |Pertinax,| |31| |December| |192| |-| |28| |March| |193| |A.D.||denarius|
In Roman mythology, Aequitas, also known as Aecetia, was the minor goddess of fair trade and honest merchants. Aequitas was also a personification of the virtues equity and fairness of the emperor (Aequitas Augusti). She is depicted with a cornucopia and a balance suggesting Aequitas Augusti is a source of prosperity.
SH21377. Silver denarius, RIC IV 1a (R2); BMCRE V p. 3, 15; RSC III 2; Hunter III 5; SRCV II 6038, VF, weight 3.228 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 1 Jan - 28 Mar 193 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES P HELV PERTIN AVG, laureate head right; reverse AEQVIT AVG TR P COS II, Aequitas standing slightly left, head left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; very rare; SOLD


Pupienus, 22 April - 29 July 238 A.D.

|Pupienus|, |Pupienus,| |22| |April| |-| |29| |July| |238| |A.D.||sestertius|
A great story coin. This ironic reverse refers to the harmony and friendship of the emperors Balbinus and Pupienus. In reality, because they were quarreling they were unable to gain support or put up a joint defense against the praetorians and they were both murdered after a reign of only 99 days.
SH21380. Bronze sestertius, RIC IV-1 20, Banti 1, Cohen V 7 (12 fr.), BMCRE VI 43, Hunter III 12, SRCV III 8530, VF, weight 23.502 g, maximum diameter 32.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, obverse IMP CAES M CLOD PVPIENVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CONCORDIA AVGGG (harmony among the three emperors), Concordia seated left, patera in extended right hand, double cornucopia in left hand, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; ex CNG; scarce; SOLD







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