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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.


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

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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, 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


Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D.

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Julia Domna was born in Emesa (now Homs), Syria in 170 A.D. She was the youngest daughter of high-priest Julius Bassianus, a descendant of the Royal House of Emesa. Emesa was famous for its Temple of the Sun, the center of worship for the ancient pagan cult El-Gebal (or Elagabal). El-Gebal, worshiped in the form of a conical black stone, was the Aramaic name for the Syrian Sun God and means God of the Mountain. Emesa was also the birthplace of three other Roman empresses, Julia Maesa, Julia Mamaea and Julia Soaemias, and one emperor, Julia Domna's nephew, Elagabalus.
SH32680. Silver denarius, unpublished in major references, RSC III -, RIC IV -, BMCRE V -, SRCV II -, VF, weight 2.942 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 45o, Emesa (Homs, Syria) mint, obverse IVLA DOMNA AVG (sic), draped bust right; reverse MONETA AVG, Moneta seated left on throne without back, polos or kalathos on head, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left; extremely rare; SOLD


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

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This type advertised Hadrian's forgiveness of debts early in his reign. He canceled the arrears of taxes due by individuals from Rome, Italy, and the provinces, for a total of 900 million sestertii and over a period of 16 years. The ceremony took place on the forum where a monument was erected to commemorate the event.
SH63712. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II 592a, Cohen II 1212, BMCRE III p. 417, 1208 var. (drapery on far shoulder), F, weight 22.143 g, maximum diameter 31.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 119 - 121 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG P M TR P COS III, laureate bust right; reverse RELIQVA VETERA HS. NOVIES MILL. ABOLITA. S. C, Lictor standing left, fasces in left hand, lighting a heap of bonds with a torch in his right, before him, three citizens; very rare; SOLD


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

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Only 12 specimens in the Reka Devnia hoard. We do not know the occasion of Hadrian's third largess. Both the coin type and Hadrian's movements during these years are difficult to trace.
SH33658. Silver denarius, BMCRE III 292 (same legend breaks), RIC II 129a corr. (no III in ex), RSC II 908, Cohen II 908 (10 fr.), Hunter II 102, SRCV II 3504, VF, weight 3.583 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 119 - 122 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIAN H-ADRIANVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse LIBERAL AVG / III (in two lines in exergue), P M - TR P - COS III, Hadrian seated left on camp stool on platform, togate, extending right hand offering money, citizen before him holding out fold of toga to receive largesse; ex Harlan Berk, ex Beast Coins; scarce; SOLD


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

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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 216 var. (bust), RSC II 919a (Vienna, drapery not certain), nice VF, weight 3.105 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 132 - 134 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, bust left, drapery on left 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; nice portrait; rare; SOLD


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

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During the reign of Hadrian the denarius averaged 87% silver.
RS42444. Silver denarius, RIC II 256(a), RSC II 963, BMCRE III 677, Hunter II 222, Strack II 251, SRCV II 3507 var. (slight drapery), EF, masterpiece portrait, mint luster, weight 3.366 g, maximum diameter 17.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 134 - 138 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, bare head right; reverse MONETA AVG, Moneta standing left, cornucopia in left hand, scales in right; SOLD


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

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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 216 var. (bust), RSC II 920, EF, mint luster, weight 3.276 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, 132 - 134 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; nice portrait; SOLD


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

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This type is from a series of semisses and quadrantes struck in Rome for use in the closed imperial mine communities of the Balkan region. Some types name the mines in the reverse legends: METALLI VLPIANI DELM (for Dalmatia), METALLI VLPIANI PANN (for Pannonia) and DARDANICI (for Dardania, Moesia).
RB46869. Bronze quadrans or semis, Woytek 610b, Simic and Vasic 13, BnF IV 973; RIC II 708 (R2) corr. (bust), Cohen 182 corr. (same), SRCV II 3252, BMCRE III -, Hunter II -, Choice gVF, very attractive coin, slightly rough "as found" green patina, weight 3.203 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 107 - 109 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GER DAC, laureate bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder; reverse METALLI VLPIANI, Aequitas (or Moneta?) standing half left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; very rare; SOLD


Volusian, c. November 251 - July or August 253 A.D.

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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. Liberality is personified by the image of a woman, holding in one hand a counting board, or square tablet with a handle on which are cut a certain number of holes. These boards were used to quickly count the proper number of coins or other items for distribution to each person. In the other hand she holds a cornucopia, to indicate the prosperity of the state and the abundance of wheat contained in the public graineries.
RB13707. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV Treb. Gallus 254a, Cohen V 50, Hunter III 43, SRCV III 9789, VF, weight 19.898 g, maximum diameter 29.1 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 251 - 253 A.D.; obverse IMP CAE C VIB VOLVSIANO AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse LIBERALITAS AVGG, Liberalitas standing half-left, coin counting board in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - C flanking across lower half of field; very rare; SOLD


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

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Only 12 specimens in Reka Devnia hoard.
RS38853. Silver denarius, BMCRE III 293 (same legend breaks), RIC II 129a corr. (no III in ex), RSC II 908, Cohen II 908 (10 fr.), Hunter II 102, SRCV II 3504, gVF, weight 3.325 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, 119 - 125 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIAN - HADRIANVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse LIBERAL AVG / III (in two lines in exergue), P M - TR P - COS III, Hadrian seated left on camp stool on platform, togate, extending right hand offering money, citizen before him holding out fold of toga to receive largesse; ex-Gemini 1/06 #356, estimated at $750 but unsold; scarce; SOLD




  




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