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Prof. Henry H. Armstrong Collection

In 1909 and 1910, Prof. Henry H. Armstrong lived in Rome working as a Research Associate of the Carnegie Institution in Archaeology teaching at the American School for Classical Studies in Rome. Professor Armstrong's article "Privernum" from the Jan. - Mar. 1911 issue of the American Journal of Archaeology is included in NumisWiki. This was the first of a series of articles (at least three) about Privernum contributed to the American Journal of Archaeology by Professor H. H. Armstrong. He aquired most of the coins in his collection during his time in Italy. From 1918 until his death in 1935 he taught at Beloit College as head of the Department of Romance Languages. Nicknamed "Sparky" by the students, his death after a two-week illness came as a shock to the college. His coins, inherited by his son, sat in a cigar box for the next 74 years.

|Henry| |Armstrong| |Collection|, |Aurelian,| |August| |270| |-| |October| |or| |November| |275| |A.D.||antoninianus|
From the Prof. Henry H. Armstrong collection. In 1910, when he purchased this coin, Professor Armstrong lived in Rome working as a Research Associate of the Carnegie Institution in Archaeology teaching at the American School for Classical Studies. From 1918 until his death in 1935 he taught at Beloit College as head of the Department of Romance Languages. Nicknamed "Sparky" by the students, his death after a two-week illness came as a shock to the college. His coins, inherited by his son, sat in a cigar box for the next 74 years.
WR43096. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-1 128, VF, flat centers, weight 3.706 g, maximum diameter 22.1 mm, die axis 0o, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, obverse IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse FORTVNA REDVX, Fortuna seated left on wheel, rudder in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, P in exergue; from the Prof. Henry H. Armstrong collection, handwritten envelope notes, "Purchase, Champion, 1910"; SOLD


Maximian, 285 - 305, 306 - 308, and 310 A.D., Commemorative Issued by Constantine the Great

|Henry| |Armstrong| |Collection|, |Maximian,| |285| |-| |305,| |306| |-| |308,| |and| |310| |A.D.,| |Commemorative| |Issued| |by| |Constantine| |the| |Great||reduced| |follis|
From the Prof. Henry H. Armstrong collection. A handwritten card notes, "Bought at Piperno, Dec 13, 1909." Piperno, ancient Privernum, was renamed Priverno in 1928. Prof. Armstrong wrote a series of articles on Privernum that were published in the American Journal of Archaeology.

Constantine the Great issued this commemorative, ironically honoring a man he had forced to commit suicide. The reverse legend translates, "The rest and retirement of the best and most meritorious [emperors]," referring to the dead and deified emperors Claudius II Gothicus, Maximian and Constantius I. Constantine struck commemoratives with this reverse for each of these emperors, with whom he had familial connections.
SH43100. Billon reduced follis, RIC VII Rome p. 310, 104 (R3); SRCV IV p. 496, 16400; Cohen VII 495 (2 fr.), F, weight 3.193 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 317 A.D.; obverse DIVO MAXIMIANO SEN FORT IMP, laureate and veiled head right; reverse REQVIES OPTIMORVM MERITORVM (retirement most deserved), Emperor seated left on curule chair, raising hand, scepter in left hand, R[...] in exergue; from the Prof. Henry H. Armstrong collection, handwritten card notes, "Bought at Piperno, Dec 13, 1909"; scarce; SOLD


Otho, 15 January 69 - 17 April 69 A.D.

|Otho|, |Otho,| |15| |January| |69| |-| |17| |April| |69| |A.D.||denarius|
From the Prof. Henry H. Armstrong collection. In 1910, when he purchased this coin, Professor Armstrong lived in Rome working as a Research Associate of the Carnegie Institution in Archaeology teaching at the American School for Classical Studies. From 1918 until his death in 1935 he taught at Beloit College as head of the Department of Romance Languages. Nicknamed "Sparky" by the students, his death after a two-week illness came as a shock to the college. His coins, inherited by his son, sat in a cigar box for the next 74 years.
SH39592. Silver denarius, RIC I 8 (R2), RSC II 17, BMCRE I 18, BnF III 10, Hunter I C3807, SRCV I 2162, VF, beautiful rainbow toning, weight 3.057 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Feb - Mar 69 A.D.; obverse IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P, bare head right; reverse SECVRITAS P R (security of the people of Rome), Securitas standing slightly left, head left, wreath in right hand, long scepter in left hand; exceptional full flan and beautiful old "cigar box" collection rainbow toning; from the Prof. Henry H. Armstrong collection, handwritten envelope notes, "Alcott sold for $3.50 for very good. Purchase, Champion, 1910."; rare; SOLD


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

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.||denarius|
From the Prof. Henry H. Armstrong collection. In 1910, the year when he acquired this coin, Professor Armstrong lived in Rome working as a Research Associate of the Carnegie Institution in Archaeology teaching at the American School for Classical Studies in Rome. From 1918 until his death in 1935 he taught at Beloit College as head of the Department of Romance Languages. Nicknamed "Sparky" by the students, his death after a two-week illness came as a shock to the college. His coins, inherited by his son, sat in a cigar box for the next 74 years, acquiring this beautiful iridescent toning.
SH84800. Silver denarius, BMCRE III 247, RSC II 1174b, Strack II 105, RIC II 113c var. (draped and cuirassed), SRCV II 3529 var. (same), gem EF, beautiful old collection "cigar box" rainbow toning, fantastic galley, handsome portrait, some light marks, small edge cracks, weight 3.212 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 122 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right; reverse P M TR P COS III, galley rowed left, mast with furled sail in bow, rudder and cabin in stern; from the Prof. Henry H. Armstrong collection, handwritten envelope notes, "Purchase, Champion, 1910."; SOLD







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