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Large bronze provided the finest canvas for ancient master celators to illustrate their artistry. Superb sestertius and medallions often obtain higher prices than even rare gold coins.

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

|Vitellius|, |Vitellius,| |2| |January| |-| |20| |December| |69| |A.D.||sestertius|
A.D. 69 is known as "The Year of the Four Emperors," in which four emperors, Galba, Otho, Vitellius, and Vespasian, ruled in a remarkable succession. Vitellius was declared emperor by his troops and after defeating Otho, he took Rome. But he spent more time at the banquet table then ruling. Vespasian was also declared emperor by his troops and the Danube legions. Vespasian prevailed. Vitellius was slain. His body was dragged through the streets of Rome and dumped in the Tiber.
SH110376. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC I 118, BnF III 92, Cohen I 67, SRCV I 2205, BMCRE I -, EF, choice obv. with excellent portrait, nice style rev., dark green patina, bumps, weight 26.087 g, maximum diameter 35.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Jul - Sep 69 A.D.; obverse A VITELLIVS GERMANICVS IMP AVG P M TR P, laureate and draped bust right, seen from side; reverse PAX AVGVSTI (to the peace of the emperor), Pax standing left, olive branch in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field below center; ex Harlan Berk sale 210 (01 Apr 2020), lot 292; very rare; $5850.00 SALE PRICE $5265.00


Roman Republic, Anonymous, c. 280 B.C.

|before| |211| |B.C.|, |Roman| |Republic,| |Anonymous,| |c.| |280| |B.C.||triens|NEW
The triens (plural trientes) was an Ancient Roman bronze coin produced during the Roman Republic valued at one-third of an as.
SH110921. Aes grave (cast) triens, Crawford 14/3 var. (pellets below dolphin); Thurlow-Vecchi 3a var. (same); Haeberlin pl. 39, 15 var. (same); HN Italy 270 var. (same); Sydenham 10, VF, dark green patina, earthen deposits, a few flan flaws, weight 83.342 g, maximum diameter 50.5 mm, die axis 270o, Rome mint, heavy series, c. 280 B.C.; obverse fulmen (thunderbolt), four pellets (mark of value) divided across field; reverse dolphin swimming right, four pellets (mark of value) above; ex CNG auction 90 (23 May 2012), lot 1278; ex L.C. Aes Grave Collection; this coin is the only specimen on Coin Archives and the only specimen known to FORVM with the pellets above the dolphin; extremely rare variant; $2500.00 SALE PRICE $2250.00


Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.

|Gallienus|, |Gallienus,| |August| |253| |-| |September| |268| |A.D.||sestertius|
Felicitas was the goddess or personification of happiness, good fortune, and success. She played an important role in Rome's state religion during the empire and was frequently portrayed on coins. On this coin she holds the caduceus, a symbol of peace, and the cornucopia, a symbol of prosperity.
SH110382. Orichalcum sestertius, Gbl MIR 83s, RIC V-1 J249, Cohen V 1298, Hunter IV J33 var. (obv. leg. no P F); SRCV III 10495 var. (same), Choice VF, superb portrait, well centered on a squared unusually full flan, double strike, weight 22.146 g, maximum diameter 32.7 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 255 - 256 A.D.; obverse IMP C P LIC GALLIENVS P F AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder and back; reverse VIRTVS AVGG (the virtue of the two emperors), Virtus standing front, head left, wearing crested helmet and military garb, right hand resting on grounded oval shield, inverted spear in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across the field below center; ex Leu Numismatik auction 17 (14 Aug 2021), lot 2813; $900.00 SALE PRICE $810.00


Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D.

|Nero|, |Nero,| |13| |October| |54| |-| |9| |June| |68| |A.D.||dupondius|
 
SL110661. Orichalcum dupondius, Unpublished, RIC I -, BMCRE I -, BnF II -, Hunter I -, SRCV I -, NGC Ch VF, strike 4/5, surface 2/5 (4279489-013), weight 15.78 g, maximum diameter 28 mm, die axis 0o, uncertain Balkan (Perinthus?) mint, c. 65 - 66 A.D.; obverse NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR - P, laureate head right; reverse SECVRITAS AVGVSTI (security the Emperor provides), Securitas enthroned right, relaxed with head resting on right hand, scepter in left hand, garlanded flaming altar at feet on right, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; zero sales of this type listed on Coin Archives in the last two decades, only one other specimen of this type known to FORVM, NGC| Lookup; extremely rare; $780.00 SALE PRICE $702.00


Byzantine Empire, Nicephorus Basilacius, Usurper, Summer 1078 A.D., Anonymous Class N Follis

|Nicephorus| |Basilacius|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Nicephorus| |Basilacius,| |Usurper,| |Summer| |1078| |A.D.,| |Anonymous| |Class| |N| |Follis||follis|
Until 1976 this type was regarded as anonymous (Class N) because neither of the two known specimens had a visible legend. In 1976, Grierson published a new specimen with a legend naming the ruler, Nicephorus (Grierson, P. "Nicephorus Bryennius or Nicephorus Basilacius?" in NumCirc LXXXIV.1 (January 1976), type a). There were two candidates, Nicephorus Bryennius and Nicephorus Basilacius, both usurpers, Bryennius in 1077 - 1078, and Basilacius in Thessalonica for a few months during 1078. In 1992, Roger Bland published an example with the legend on the obverse right side reading POCBAC, which has been accepted as proving this type was struck by Basilacius (Bland, R. "A Follis of Nicephorus Basilacius?" NC 1992, p. 175 ff. and pl. 36, B). Our coin has a different more complete but blundered and obscure inscription on the obverse right side.
BZ99035. Bronze follis, DOC III-2 p. 706, N.1 (anonymous class N follis); Grierson 1976, type a; Bland Basilacius pl. 36, B; SBCV 1903A (Ex. Rare); Sommer 58.1, F, uneven strike, overstruck with strong undertype effects, weight 5.863 g, maximum diameter 30.7 mm, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, summer 1078 A.D.; obverse +NIKHΦW-POC BACIΛE (or similar), facing bust of Christ, nimbus cross with plain arms, wearing tunic and himation, right hand raised in blessing, Gospels in left, IC-XC flanking across field; reverse patriarchal cross on base; IC-XC / NI-KA (Jesus Christ conquers) in the quarters; from a Las Vegas dealer; extremely rare; $720.00 SALE PRICE $648.00


Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D.

|Nero|, |Nero,| |13| |October| |54| |-| |9| |June| |68| |A.D.||sestertius|NEW
The reverse legend translates, "The gates of Janus' temple are closed because peace of the Roman people is set on both land and sea." On the rare occasions when Rome was not at war the doors of the 'Twin Janus' were ceremonially closed, an event Nero commemorated extensively on the coinage of 65 - 67 A.D. -- Roman Coins and Their Values, Vol. 1 by David R. Sear
SH110266. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC I 265, BMCRE I 160, Cohen I 144, Mac Dowall WCN 153, BnF I 73 (head right), SRCV I 1958 var. (same), aVF, near centered, weight 24.989 g, maximum diameter 33.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 65 A.D.; obverse NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head left; reverse PACE P R TERRA MARIQ PARTA IANVM CLVSIT, view of the Temple of Janus from the front left corner, temple front on the right with garland over closed doors within arch, the left side of the temple to the left with long latticed window, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; ex Inasta auction 101 (25 Jun 2022), lot 747; $650.00 SALE PRICE $585.00


Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Pessinus, Galatia

|Galatia|, |Caracalla,| |28| |January| |198| |-| |8| |April| |217| |A.D.,| |Pessinus,| |Galatia||AE| |30|NEW
Unpublished in the references examined. This reverse is known from Pessinus for his brother Geta (BMC Galatia p. 23, 31).
RP110458. Brass AE 30, Apparently unpublished; BMC Galatia -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, Lindgren -, Choice gVF, fantastic portrait, attractive contrasts, central dimples, weight 14.695 g, maximum diameter 30.1 mm, die axis 0o, Pessinus (Ballihisar, Turkey) mint, c. 211 A.D.; obverse ANTΩNINOC AVΓOVCTOC, Laureate and cuirassed bust left, holding spear; reverse ΠEXXIN−Oς−NTIΩN, Homonoia standing facing, head left, patera in left hand, cornucopia in right hand, flaming column altar at feet on left; Coin Archives records only one specimen of the type at auction in the last two decades; extremely rare; $600.00 SALE PRICE $540.00


Galba, 3 April 68 - 15 January 69 A.D.

|Galba|, |Galba,| |3| |April| |68| |-| |15| |January| |69| |A.D.||sestertius|NEW
This obverse die is published in Kraay's, The Aes Coinage of Galba, combined only with an AVGVSTA, Livia seated left reverse. After an extensive search of references and online, this is the only specimen of this type known to FORVM.
RB110265. Orichalcum sestertius, Apparently unpublished, Kraay Galba - (officina B, A76/-), RIC I -, Cohen I -, BnF III -, OCRE -, SRCV I -, BMCRE I -, aVF, nice brown patina, light bumps and marks, holed and filled, weight 23.058 g, maximum diameter 35.6 mm, die axis 210o, officina B, Rome mint, 68 A.D.; obverse IMP SER GALBA CAE AVG TR P, oak-wreathed head right; reverse Victory alighting right, raising wreath in extended right hand, palm frond over left shoulder in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; extremely rare; $500.00 (505.00) ON RESERVE


Lot of 22 Roman Sestertii and 14 Roman Asses or Dupondii, 27 B.C. - 260 A.D.

|Multiple| |Coin| |Lots|, |Lot| |of| |22| |Roman| |Sestertii| |and| |14| |Roman| |Asses| |or| |Dupondii,| |27| |B.C.| |-| |260| |A.D.|NEW
Consignor list of coins (not verified by FORVM): Sestertii of Hadrian x3, Antoninus Pius x7, Faustina Senior, Marcus Aurelius, Lucilla x3, Commodus x2, Severus Alexander x3, Julia Mamaea, Gordian III, Volusian(?), and Valerian; Viminacium, Moesia Superior bronzes of Philip I and Trajan Decius; middle bronzes of Augustus, Claudius, Domitian x2, Trajan x3, Septimius Severus, and Severus Alexander.
LT110955. Lot of 22 Roman sestertii (2 provincial) and 14 Roman asses or dupondii, 27 B.C. - 260 A.D., Fair to Fine, unattributed, no tags or flips, the actual coins in the photographs, as-is, no returns, 36 coins in lot; $550.00 SALE PRICE $495.00


Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, 9 Large Bronze Coins, c. 264 - 204 B.C.

|Greek| |Bulk| |Lots|, |Ptolemaic| |Kingdom| |of| |Egypt,| |9| |Large| |Bronze| |Coins,| |c.| |264| |-| |204| |B.C.||Lot|
The following list was provided by the consignor and has not been verified by FORVM:
1) Ptolemy II, AE41 drachm, 66.3g, cf. Svoronos 463.
2) Ptolemy III, AE32 hemidrachm, Svoronos 965.
3) Ptolemy IV, hemidrachm, Svoronos 1127.
4) Ptolemy IV, drachm, Svoronos 1148.
5-9) Ptolemy IV, AE35, Svoronos 974 (4 specimens).
LT96234. Bronze Lot, 9 large bronze coins, c. 33g - 66g, 33.5mm - 39.7mm, average F-VF, with porosity and pitting, c. 264 - 204 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right; reverse eagle or two eagles standing on thunderbolt; unattributed, no tags or flips, the actual coins in the photograph, as-is, no returns, 9 large bronze coins; $340.00 SALE PRICE $306.00




  



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