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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.

Julius Caesar, Imperator and Dictator, October 49 - 15 March 44 B.C., C. Cossutius Maridianus

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This coin was struck about a month after Julius Caesar was assassinated on March 15 (the Ides of March) by a group of senators, among them Gaius Cassius Longinus, Marcus Junius Brutus, and Caesar's Massilian naval commander, Decimus Brutus. In April, about the time this coin was struck, Octavian returned from Apollonia in Dalmatia to Rome to take up Caesar's inheritance, against advice from Atia (his mother and Caesar's niece) and consular stepfather Antony.
SH26589. Silver denarius, Crawford 480/19, Sydenham 1069, RSC I Julius Caesar 8, Sear CRI 112, SRCV I 1422, nice VF, superb portrait, some mint luster in recesses, light toning, small punch and light graffiti on reverse, weight 3.624 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 0o, C. Cossutius Maridianus, moneyer, Rome mint, posthumous, Apr 44 B.C.; obverse CAESAR PARENS PATRIAE (Caesar father of the country), wreathed and veiled head of Caesar right, lituus below chin, apex behind; reverse C COSSVTIVS / MARID-IANVS (moneyer's name) arranged in form of cross, A - A - A - F F (Auro, Argento, Aere, Flando, Feriundo) in the angles; a superb example of this type sold in June 2014 for $67,500 plus auction fees!; scarce; SOLD

Roman Republic, Second Triumvirate, Mark Antony and Octavian, Spring - Early Summer 41 B.C.

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AVG in the obverse legend, abbreviates Antony's official position as Augur (not Augustus, a title which did not yet exist). 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?"

Octavian's "equivalent" position as Pontifex, a priest, is abbreviated PONT in the reverse legend.

The moneyer M. Barbatius was a friend of Julius Caesar. In 41 B.C. he was a quaestor pro praetore to Antony in the East.
SH26590. Silver denarius, Crawford 517/2, Sydenham 1181, BMCRR East 103, Sear CRI 243, RSC I Mark Antony and Augustus 8, SRCV I 1504, Choice gVF, weight 3.780 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 0o, military mint moving with Antony, Ephesus(?) mint, spring - early summer 41 B.C.; obverse M ANT IMP AVG III VIR R P C M BARBAT Q P (MP and AV ligate), bare head of Antony right; reverse CAESAR IMP PONT III VIR R P C, bare head of Octavian right; scarce; SOLD

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

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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

Leo I, 7 February 457 - 18 January 474 A.D.

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Victory or Nike is seen with wings in most statues and paintings, with one of the most famous being the Winged Victory of Samothrace. Most other winged deities in the Greek pantheon had shed their wings by Classical times. Nike is the goddess of strength, speed, and victory. Nike was a very close acquaintance of Athena and is thought to have stood in Athena's outstretched hand in the statue of Athena located in the Parthenon. Victory or Nike is also one of the most commonly portrayed figures on Greek and Roman coins.
SH21400. Gold solidus, DOCLR 516, Tolstoi 2, Ratto 240, RIC X 605 (S), Depeyrot 93/1, SRCV V 21404, Hunter V -, Choice gVF, weight 4.454 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, late phase, 468 - 473 A.D.; obverse D N LEO PERPET AVG, pearl-diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left decorated with horseman; reverse VICTORIA AVGGG A (victory of the three emperors, 1st officina), Victory standing half left, long jeweled cross in right, star right, CONOB in exergue; scarce; SOLD

Galba, 3 April 68 - 15 January 69 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.
SH21375. Copper as, Hunter I 42, Cohen 146, BMCRE I -, RIC I -, SRCV I -, nice VF, very high relief, superb portrait, well centered, weight 10.942 g, maximum diameter 28.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, obverse SER GALBA IMP CAES AVG TR P, laureate head right; reverse PAX AVGVST (the peace of the Emperor), Pax standing left, olive branch downward in right hand, scepter in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field below center; very rare; SOLD

Vitellius, 2 January - 20 December 69 A.D.

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"This refers to Vitellius' membership in the priestly college of the quindecimviri Sacris Faciundis, 'fifteen men for the conduct of sacred matters.' This body had care of the Sibylline prophecies and were famous for the opulence of their banquets, a feature of the priesthood which particularly appealed to the gluttonous emperor." - David R. Sear, Roman Coins and Their Values
SH21376. Silver denarius, RIC I 70, RSC II 155, BMCRE I 3, VF, attractive bold portrait, weight 3.349 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 69 A.D.; obverse A VITELLIVS GERMANICVS IMP, bare head right; reverse XV VIR SACR FAC (fifteen men for the conduct of sacred matters), Tripob-lebes with dolphin laying right on top and raven below; scarce; SOLD

Julian II "the Apostate," February 360 - 26 June 363 A.D.

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The only known unexcavated Roman Hippodrome in the world is in Sirmium. A colossal building about 150 meters wide and 450 meters long lies directly under the Sremska Mitrovica town center, beside the old Emperor's Palace. In early 1970s American archaeologists sponsored by the U.S. Government made an offer to the citizens of Sremska Mitrovica to completely rebuild the town on another location so Sirmium could be excavated. The request was refused and there are still no plans to excavate the arena, which would require the removal of the entire present town center.
SH21417. Billon double maiorina, RIC VIII Sirmium 106, LRBC II 1621, SRCV V 19153, Cohen VIII 38, EF, minor corrosion on reverse, weight 8.157 g, maximum diameter 28.6 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Sirmium (Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia) mint, summer 361 - 26 Jun 363 A.D.; obverse D N FL CL IVLIANVS P F AVG, pearl diademed draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse SECVRITAS REIPVB (security of the Republic), bull standing right, two stars above horns, *BSIRM and wreath in exergue; from the Scott Collection; SOLD

Octavian, Imperator and Consul, Autumn 30 B.C. - Summer 29 B.C.

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From autumn 30 B.C. to summer 29 B.C., the Republic issued two denarius types to commemorate monuments erected in honor of Octavian's for his victory at Actium. One type depicts the arch erected for him in the Forum. This type depicts the rostral column erected for Octavian on the Palatine in the piazza before the temple of Apollo.
SH21370. Silver denarius, RIC I 271, BMCRE I 633 ff., RSC I 124, SRCV I 1559, Sear CRI 423, VF, grainy surfaces, weight 3.535 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 0o, uncertain Italian mint, autumn 30 B.C. - summer 29 B.C.; obverse laureate head right; reverse IMP - CAESAR, statue of Octavian, cloaked, standing right and holding a spear and parazonium on rostral column decorated with anchors and beaks of galleys; scarce; SOLD

Maximian, 286 - 305, 306 - 308, and 310 A.D.

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SH21403. Silver argenteus, RIC VI Carthago 13b, RSC V 92, VF, weight 3.094 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 0o, Carthago (near Tunis, Tunisia) mint, 296 - 298 A.D.; obverse MAXIMIANVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse F ADVENT AVGG NN, Africa standing facing wearing an elephant-head headdress, holding tusk and standard, bull at feet to left, S in exergue (obscured); very rare (R3); SOLD

Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Germanicopolis, Paphlagonia

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Rare city and very rare coin.
SH21425. Bronze AE 29, BMC Pontus 6 (same obv die), Choice gVF, weight 14.011 g, maximum diameter 28.7 mm, die axis 180o, Germanicopolis mint, obverse AVTKΛCEΠCEOYHPOC, Laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse APXΠAΦΓEPMANIKOΠOΛEΩC, Demeter standing facing, head left, grain and poppy in right hand, torch in left hand; very rare; SOLD


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