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

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SH35421. Billon follis, Bastien, NC 1973, pp. 87 - 97, VF, weight 3.590 g, maximum diameter 23.7 mm, die axis 330o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 317 or 318 A.D.; obverse DD NN IOVII LICINII INVICT AVG ET CAES (Domini Nostri Iovii Licinii Invicti Augustus et Caesar), confronted busts of Licinius I and II, holding trophy of arms between them; reverse I O M ET VIRTVTI DD NN AVG ET CAES (Iovi Optimo Maximo Virtuti Domini Nostri Augustus et Caesar), Jupiter standing facing to the right of trophy of captured arms with two bound captives at base, Jupiter nude except for cloak over shoulder and holds long scepter in left hand, SMATS in exergue; extremely rare; SOLD


Aurelian, August or September 270 - October or November 275 A.D.

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Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.
SH24849. Gold aureus, MER-RIC 1584, GŲbl MIR 127q, pl. 74 (O96/R298); BnF XII 424, pl. 13 (same dies); Estiot 1999-I 58 (same dies); RIC V 15, aEF, edge bump at 10 o'clock, weight 4.459 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 180o, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, issue 3, mid 272 - end 272; obverse IMP CL DOM AVRELIANVS P F AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right, wearing aegis across chest with small Medusa head in center; reverse VIRTVS AVG (the valor of the Emperor), Virtus, helmeted, cloaked, holding spear in right and trophy across left shoulder, walking right, captive before; ex Harlan Berk; SOLD


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.

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Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.
SH58612. Gold aureus, RIC IV 237; Calico 2517 (same dies); BMCRE V p. 361, 23 & pl. 53, 13 (same obv die); S 6229, aVF, weight 7.240 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 210 A.D.; obverse SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse P M TR P XVIII COS III P P, Victory advancing right, head left, leading captive with right, trophy over shoulder in left; full circle centering on both obverse and reverse, ex Forum (2008), ex Harlan Berk, very conservative Sear grade; rare; SOLD


Roman Republic, Dictatorship of Julius Caesar, L. Hostilius Saserna, 48 B.C.

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A very popular type that may depict the Gallic chieftain Vercingetorix. Vercingetorix had surrendered to Caesar three years earlier and was a prisoner in the Tullianum at Rome when this coin was minted. He was publicly beheaded as part of Caesar's triumph in 46 B.C.
SH18013. Silver denarius, SRCV I 418, Crawford 448/2a, RSC I Hostilia 2, Sydenham 952, Choice VF, weight 3.802 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 48 B.C.; obverse bearded head of Gallic captive (Vercingetorix?) right, Gallic shield behind; reverse L HOSTILIVS SASERN, Gallic warrior and charioteer in galloping biga right; scarce; SOLD


Julius Caesar, Imperator and Dictator, October 49 - 15 March 44 B.C.

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This type was a special military coinage produced by Caesar during his final campaign. This campaign against the Pompeian forces in Spain culminated in the battle of Munda on 17 March 45 B.C. The obverse refers to Caesar's mythical descent from the goddess Venus. The reverse refers to Caesar's victories in Gaul and the male Gaulish captive may be Vercingetorix.
RS50608. Silver denarius, Crawford 468/1, Sydenham 1014, RSC I 13, BMCRR Spain 89, Sear CRI 58, SRCV I 1404, Choice VF, weight 4.110 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 45o, Spanish mint, 46 - 45 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Venus right, small Cupid behind; reverse trophy of Gallic arms; on left, Gallia seated left with hand to head in attitude of morning; on right, male (Vercingetorix?) captive seated right, hands bound behind, looking up; CAESAR in exergue; SOLD


Julian II "the Apostate," February 360 - 26 June 363 A.D.

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Although Eastern Solidi of Julian II seem fairly common, the Western issues are quite scarce and this type from Arles is very rare. Zeus' eagle in the right field has been interpreted to indicate pagan influence at the Arelatum mint.
SH86350. Gold solidus, RIC VIII Arles 303 (R2), Depeyrot EMA 145/1, Cohen VIII 75, SRCV V 19097, Hunter V -, aVF, clipped flan, graffiti obverse right field, bumps and scratches, die break reverse lower left, weight 3.202 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, Constantia-Arelatum (Arles, France) mint, 360 - 363 A.D.; obverse FL CL IVLIANVS P P AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from the front; reverse VIRTVS EXERC GALL (the courage of the Roman army in Gaul), soldier (Julian?) advancing right, helmeted and wearing military garb, head left, right hand on the head of a bound captive on one knee, trophy of arms in left hand across left shoulder; eagle right in right field, looking left, wreath in beak; KONSTAN (Constantia, TAN ligate) in exergue; ex iNumis auction 20 May 2010 (Ä1740 including fees); very rare; SOLD


Honorius, 23 January 393 - 15 August 423 A.D.

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In 402, The Visigoths advanced on Milan and laid siege to Asti in Liguria. King Alaric I sent envoys to negotiate, but the Romans refused. Stilicho recalled troops from Britain and the Rhine frontier to defend Italy. On 6 April, Easter Sunday, Stilicho attacked the Goths in the Battle of Pollentia and captured Alaric's wife and children. In 403, The Visigoths invaded Italy again. Stilicho, with an army of 30,000 men, defeated the Goths in June at the Battle of Verona. Alaric made a truce and withdrew eastward to Illyricum. Honorius and Stilicho were honored with a triumphal march - the last triumph ever celebrated by the Empire in Rome.
SH26061. Gold solidus, RIC IX Mediolanum 35(c) (S); RIC X Honorius 1206; Depeyrot p. 171, 16/2; Ulrich-Bansa Moneta 61; DOCLR 712; SRCV V 20916; Cohen VIII 44, Choice EF, mint luster, perfect centering, light graffiti on reverse, weight 4.429 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 180o, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, 395 - 402 A.D.; obverse D N HONORIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AVGGG (victory of the three emperors), Honorius standing half right, treading on captive with left foot, standard in right hand, Victory on globe offering wreath in his left hand, M-D across field, COMOB in exergue; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.

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Wilhelm MŁseler suggests that this issue is commemorative of the victory by Tiberius and Drusus over the Helvetians in 14 B.C.
SH67604. Silver denarius, RIC I 416, BMCRE I 127, RSC I 383, SRCV I 1615, EF, graffito on obverse, blue-grey toning, superb portrait, weight 3.833 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 315o, Rome mint, moneyer L. Caninius Gallus, 12 B.C.; obverse AVGVSTVS, bare head right; reverse L CANNINIVS GALLLVS III VIR, German with long hair and beard, naked except for cloak over shoulders, kneeling right, offering vexillum; ex UBS Gold & Numismatics, auction 78, 1355; ex Tinchant; SOLD


Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D., Judaea Capta

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This type celebrates the success of Vespasian and Titus in quelling the First Jewish Revolt. Coins commemorating this event are referred to as "Judaea Capta" issues.
SH76399. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II-1 161 (R2); BMCRE II 534; Hendin 1500b; BnF III 490 var. (IVDAEA); Cohen I 239 232 var. (same); SRCV I 2363 var. (same), F, full circle centering, a few pits, weight 26.28 g, maximum diameter 34.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 71 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III, laureate bust right; reverse IVDEA CAPTA, palm tree; on left: captive Jewish warrior standing right beside palm with hands bound behind his back, behind him a pile of weapons, shields and helmet; on right: Jewess seated right on cuirass, propping her head with her left hand in attitude of morning, her left elbow on her knee, two shields at her feet, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; from the Jeff Michniak Collection; the only example of this very rare type on Coin Archives, a superb EF example, sold on 28 September 2014 for £42,000 (Approx. $68,226) plus fees!; very rare; SOLD


Honorius, 23 January 393 - 15 August 423 A.D.

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RIC assigns five different numbers to this type for Hononorius depending on seemingly insignificant details. On the reverse of this coin, the emperor is leaning back and his captive has bent knees, thus it is RIC X 1319. If he was leaning foward ("active") and his captive was flat, it would be RIC X 1326 (for example).
SH58614. Gold solidus, RIC X Honorius 1319; Ranieri 13; Depeyrot p. 188, 7/1; DOCLR 736; SRCV V 20920; Cohen VIII 44, gVF, graffito "T" scratched above Honorius' head, small punch to right of mint mark, weight 4.374 g, maximum diameter 20.9 mm, die axis 0o, Ravenna mint, 408 - 15 Aug 423 A.D.; obverse D N HONORIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AVGGG (victory of the three emperors), Honorius standing right, leaning back, standard behind in right, Victory on globe offering wreath in left, treading with left foot on captive with knees bent; R-V across fields, COMOB in exergue; ex CNG, auction 166, lot 187; scarce; SOLD




  




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