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Lucius Verus, 7 March 161 - February 169 A.D.

|Lucius| |Verus|, |Lucius| |Verus,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |February| |169| |A.D.||denarius|
In 165, the Parthians sued for peace after the Roman captured Artaxata, Seleucia on the Tigris, and Ctesiphon. The Parthians left Armenia and eastern Mesopotamia, which both became Roman protectorates. Unfortunately the Antonine plague (perhaps smallpox) came from the East with the returning soldiers. It spread throughout the Empire, lasted for roughly twenty years, and killed about 5 million people, probably including Lucius Verus.
RS98637. Silver denarius, RIC III 540, RSC II 273, BMCRE IV 387, Hunter II 22, MIR 18 112, SRCV II 5358, aVF, well centered, flow lines, toned, light marks, slight porosity, edge cracks, weight 3.145 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Dec 164 - Dec 165 A.D.; obverse L VERVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX, laureate head right; reverse TR P V IMP III COS II, Parthian captive seated right on ground, wearing pointed cap, tunic, and breeches to ankles, hands bound behind back, quiver, bow, and shield(?) at his feet; $160.00 SALE PRICE $144.00 ON RESERVE


Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D.

|Gordian| |III|, |Gordian| |III,| |29| |July| |238| |-| |25| |February| |244| |A.D.||sestertius|
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.
RB97216. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 337a, Cohen V 351, SRCV III 8741, Hunter III 155, Choice F, well centered, dark green patina, light earthen deposits, light scratches, edge cracks, weight 21.274 g, maximum diameter 30.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 241 A.D.; obverse IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AETER (eternal victory), Victory standing half left, head left, shield in right hand resting on captive seated left at feet on left, palm frond in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field below center; $140.00 (114.80)


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.||centenionalis|NEW
The "looking upwards" portraits of Constantine are often described as "gazing to Heaven (or God)."

Constantiniana Dafne was likely a castle or camp (castrum) Dafne, constructed by Constantine on the bank of the Danube.
RL96869. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Constantinople 32 (R1), LRBC I 989, SRCV IV 16191, Cohen VII 92, Hunter V -, VF, dark patina, well centered, porous and a little rough, weight 3.433 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 328 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, rosette-diademed head right, gazing to heaven, eyes to God; reverse CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE, Victory seated left on cippus, head right, palm frond in each hand, trophy and captive before, A left field, CONS in exergue; scarce; $120.00 (98.40)


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.||centenionalis|NEW
The "looking upwards" portraits of Constantine are often described as "gazing to Heaven (or God)."

Constantiniana Dafne was likely a castle or camp (castrum) Dafne, constructed by Constantine on the bank of the Danube.
RL96873. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Constantinople 32 (R3), LRBC I 989, SRCV IV 16191, Cohen VII 92, Hunter V -, VF, well centered, a little rough, weight 3.132 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 0o, 5th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 328 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, laurel and pearl diademed, head right, gazing to heaven, eyes to God; reverse CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE, Victory seated left on cippus, head right, palm frond in each hand, trophy of captured arms and captive on one knee before, tiny oval shield on the ground, E left, CONS in exergue; rare; $120.00 (98.40)


Licinius I, 11 November 308 - 18 September 324 A.D.

|Licinius| |I|, |Licinius| |I,| |11| |November| |308| |-| |18| |September| |324| |A.D.||follis|
On 3 July 324, at Adrianople, Constantine defeated Licinius forcing him to retreat to Byzantium. Crispus destroyed Licinius' fleet at the Battle of Hellespont in the Dardanelles, allowing his father to cross over the Bosporus and besiege Licinius. On 18 September, Constantine I decisively defeated Licinius at the Battle of Chrysopolis and became sole emperor.
RT97847. Billon follis, Hunter V 118 (also 2nd officina), RIC VII Heraclea 52 (R1), SRCV IV 15222, Cohen VII 74, Choice gF, well centered, brown patina with highlighting earthen deposits, light scratches, weight 3.269 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, 321 - 324 A.D.; obverse IMP C VAL LICIN LICINIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse IOVI CONSERVATORI (to Jupiter the protector), Jupiter standing slightly left, head left, Victory on globe presenting wreath in right hand, long eagle-topped scepter vertical behind in left, at feet captive right and eagle with wreath in beak left, X/IIΓ right, SMHB in exergue; from a Norwegian collection; $60.00 (49.20)


Licinius Junior, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 18 September 324 A.D.

|Licinius| |II|, |Licinius| |Junior,| |Caesar,| |1| |March| |317| |-| |18| |September| |324| |A.D.||follis|
On 1 March 317, Constantine and Licinius elevated their sons Crispus, Constantine II, and Licinius II to the rank of Caesar. Licinius ceded most of Europe to Constantine, and having lost Sirmium, relocated his capital to Nicomedia. The Thracian frontier was established as the boundary between the eastern and western empires.
RT97851. Billon follis, Hunter V 40 (also 3rd officina), RIC VII Antioch 29 (R1), SRCV IV 15415, Cohen VII 32, VF/F, dark patina with highlighting red earthen deposits, tight flan, light marks, reverse die wear, weight 2.947 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 1 Mar 317 - 320 A.D.; obverse D N VAL LICIN LICINIVS NOB C, laureate and draped bust left, globe and scepter over shoulder in left, mappa in right; reverse IOVI CONSERVATORI CAESS (to Jove the protector of the two Caesars), Jupiter standing left, Victory on globe in right hand, scepter in left, captive with a pointed Parthian cap and beard standing at feet with hands tied behind back, Γ right, SMANT in exergue; from a Norwegian collection; $50.00 (41.00)


Constans, 9 September 337 - 19 January 350 A.D.

|Constans|, |Constans,| |9| |September| |337| |-| |19| |January| |350| |A.D.||centenionalis|NEW
The reverse probably advertises the resettlement and protection of Christian Goths in 348. Persecuted by the Gothic chieftain Athanaric, Wulfila obtained permission from Constantius II to migrate with his flock of converts to Moesia. They settled near Nicopolis ad Istrum.
RL97856. Billon centenionalis, Hunter V 59 (also 2nd officina), RIC VIII Nicomedia 70, LRBC II 2291, SRCV V 18698, Cohen VII 18, gF, well centered, tight flan, light corrosion, weight 3.793 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 348 - 350 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTA-NS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust left, globe in right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), Constans or soldier, in military dress, walking right, looking back, holding spear, leading barbarian from hut under tree, SMNB in exergue; $40.00 (32.80)







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