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Money (Moneta)

Coins about...money! One of our favorite collecting themes. Roman propaganda often recorded largesses (represented by Liberalitas) on coins. She is usually depicted holding what was traditionally described as an abacus, a counting board. The object is also described as a tessera, type of banner, showing a number of painted marks equal to the number of aurei or denarii offered. Curtis Clay suggested it is actually a money shovel, a wooden shovel with shallow round depressions which could extract the exact number of coins needed from a chest. Another popular type is that of Moneta holding scales. One quite interesting coin is the Republic denarius of T.Carisius depicting mint tools: an anvil, tongs, a hammer and a die.

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

|Commodus|, |Commodus,| |March| |or| |April| |177| |-| |31| |December| |192| |A.D.||as|
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.
RB99432. Bronze as, RIC III MA1517 (S), MIR 18 304-17/14, BMCRE IV MA1519, Hunter II 20, Cohen III 294, SRCV II -, aF, brown patina, pitting, weight 10.650 g, maximum diameter 27.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, 172 - 173 A.D.; obverse L AVREL COMMODVS CAES AVG FIL GERM, bare-headed draped bust right; reverse LIBERALITAS AVG, Commodus seated to left on curule chair set on platform, attended by soldier behind, Liberalitas standing to left before, holding abacus and cornucopias, citizen mounting steps to accept coins, S - C (senatus consulto) in exergue; scarce; $120.00 SALE PRICE $96.00


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

|Pupienus|, |Pupienus,| |22| |April| |-| |29| |July| |238| |A.D.||sestertius|
A.D. 238 was the year of six emperors. Maximinus Thrax was killed (along with his son Maximus Caesar) when his soldiers mutinied. Gordian II was killed in battle. Gordian I hanged himself. Pupienus was lynched by his bodyguard. Balbinus was beaten and dragged naked through the streets of Rome before being killed by the Praetorians. Gordian III lived to become sole emperor.
SH58649. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV-1 14 (S), Cohen V 15, BMCRE VI 10, Hunter III 16, SRCV III 8531, VF, flan crack, weight 20.102 g, maximum diameter 31.0 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 22 Apr - 29 Jul 238 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES M CLOD PVPIENVS AVG, Laureate and draped bust right; reverse LIBERALITAS AVGVSTORVM (the generosity of the Emperor), Liberalitas standing half-left, coin counting board in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - C divided across lower half of the field; scarce; SOLD


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.||denarius|
Liberalitas coin types attest to occasions when the emperor has displayed his generosity towards the people by a distribution to them of money, provisions, or both. The first mention of Liberalitas was on coins of Hadrian. It was a type frequently repeated by the succeeding emperors. Indeed these instances of imperial generosity are more carefully recorded on coins than they are by history.
SH33871. Silver denarius, RIC II-3 1105 (R2), BMCRE II 562 var. (no drapery), RSC II 919a (Vienna, drapery not certain), Strack II 345, Hunter II -, SRCV II -, nice VF, nice portrait, well centered, small edge splits, weight 3.105 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 129 - 130 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, bust left, drapery (aegis?) on right shoulder; reverse LIBERALITAS AVG (the generosity of the Emperor) COS III P P, Liberalitas standing half-left, coin counting board in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; very rare; SOLD


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.||denarius|
Liberalitas coin types attest to occasions when the emperor has displayed his generosity towards the people by a distribution to them of money, provisions, or both. The first mention of Liberalitas was on coins of Hadrian. It was a type frequently repeated by the succeeding emperors. Indeed these instances of imperial generosity are more carefully recorded on coins than they are by history.
RS42471. Silver denarius, RIC II-3 1103 (R), RSC II 920, BMCRE II 559 var. (laureate), Strack II 345, Hunter II -, SRCV II -, EF, mint luster, well centered, nice style, small edge splits, weight 3.276 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, 129 - 130 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, bust right, drapery on left shoulder; reverse LIBERALITAS AVG COS III P P (the generosity of the Emperor, consul three times, father of the country), Liberalitas standing half-right, emptying cornucopia held in both hands; SOLD


Roman Republic, Dictatorship of Julius Caesar, T. Carisius, c. 46 B.C.

|after| |50| |B.C.|, |Roman| |Republic,| |Dictatorship| |of| |Julius| |Caesar,| |T.| |Carisius,| |c.| |46| |B.C.||denarius|
"This remarkable type celebrates the Roman mint itself which was located adjacent to the temple of Juno Moneta on the Arx summit of the Capitoline Hill. -- Roman Coins and Their Values, Millennium Edition, Volume One by David R Sear
SH09049. Silver denarius, SRCV I 447, RSC I Carisia 1, Crawford 464/2, Sydenham 982a, gVF, weight 3.56 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, obverse MONETA, head of Juno Moneta right, hair in knot, earring and necklace, one lock of hair falls down on her neck; reverse TCARISIVS above minting implements, die as wreathed cap of Vulcan above anvil, between tongue and hammer; all in wreath; SOLD







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