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Lugdunum, Gaul (Lyon, France)

Strabo wrote, "The Romans possess Lugdunum, founded below a ridge at the confluence of the Arar and the Rhone. It is the most populous of all the other cities except Narbo; for it is a center of commerce, and the Roman emperors strike their silver and gold coinage there." (4.3.2). Dates of operation: 15 B.C. - c. 90 A.D., 195 - 196, and c. 254 - 423. Mintmarks: LG, LVG

Caligula, 16 March 37 - 24 January 41 A.D., Agrippina Senior Reverse

|Caligula|, |Caligula,| |16| |March| |37| |-| |24| |January| |41| |A.D.,| |Agrippina| |Senior| |Reverse||denarius|
Caius Caesar was born in 12 A.D., the son of Germanicus and Agrippina Sr. He was nicknamed Caligula, meaning "little boots," by the legions because as a child his mother dressed him in military uniforms (including little boots). Initially, he was very popular, succeeding Tiberius in 37 A.D. and for a few brief months ruling very well. However, an unknown disease drove him mad and his reign soon degenerated into debauchery and murder. He was murdered by the Praetorian Guard in 41 A.D.
SL113455. Silver denarius, RIC I 14 (Rome), RSC II Caligula and Agrippina 2; BMCRE I 15 (Rome), BnF II 24, Hunter I 7 (Rome), SRCV I 1825, ANACS VF20 (4915709), weight 3.59 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, end of 37 - early 38 A.D.; obverse C CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR POT (counterclockwise), laureate head of Gaius right; reverse AGRIPPINA MAT C CAES AVG GERM (counterclockwise), draped bust of Agrippina Senior (his mother), her hair in a queue behind, one curly lock falls loose on the side of her neck; from a Virginia Collector; ex Eastern Numismatics Inc. (Garden City, NY, 19 Aug 2010, $4250); ANACS| Verify; rare; $5000.00 SALE PRICE $4500.00

Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Tribute Penny of Matthew 22:20-21

|Tiberius|, |Tiberius,| |19| |August| |14| |-| |16| |March| |37| |A.D.,| |Tribute| |Penny| |of| |Matthew| |22:20-21||denarius|
Jesus, referring to a "penny" asked, "Whose is this image and superscription?" When told it was Caesar, He said, ''Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's" (Matthew 22:20-21). Since Tiberius was Caesar at the time, this denarius type is attributed by scholars as the "penny" referred to in the Bible.
SL113454. Silver denarius, Giard Lyon, group 4, 150; RIC I 30 (C); BMCRE I 48; RSC II 16a; SRCV I 1763, NGC Ch VF, strike 4/5, surface 3/5 (2400511-002, 'Tribute Penny'), weight 3.77 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 270o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, c. 18 - 35 A.D.; obverse TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS, laureate head right; reverse PONTIF MAXIM (high priest), Pax (or Livia as Pax) seated right on chair with decorated legs, a single line below, long scepter vertical behind in her right hand, branch in left hand, feet on footstool; from a Virginia collector, ex Eastern Numismatics Inc (Garden City, NY, 22 Nov 2010, $1395); NGC| Lookup; $1400.00 SALE PRICE $1260.00

Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

|Probus|, |Probus,| |Summer| |276| |-| |September| |282| |A.D.||antoninianus|
Laetitia is the Roman goddess of gaiety and joy, her name deriving from the root word laeta, meaning happy. She is typically depicted on coinage with a wreath in her right hand, and a scepter, a rudder, or an anchor in her left hand.
RA112576. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 31, Cohen VI 329, Bastien IX 172, SRCV III 11990, EF, well centered, traces of silvering, excellent portrait, struck with a worn reverse die, edge crack, weight 4.188 g, maximum diameter 23.3 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 276 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse LAETITIA AVGVSTI, Laetitia standing facing, head left, wreath in right hand, scepter in left hand, IIII in exergue; from the Collection of Dr. JŁregen Buschek, first specimen of this type handled by FORVM; $120.00 SALE PRICE $96.00

CGF Auction Catalog, de Lyon Monnaies Romaines Collection Daniel Compas

|Auction| |Catalogs|, |CGF| |Auction| |Catalog,| |de| |Lyon| |Monnaies| |Romaines| |Collection| |Daniel| |Compas|
Featuring coins of Aurelian, and Maximian to Valentinian I, minted in Lyon.
BK23940. CGF de Lyon Monnaies Romaines Collection Daniel Compas, 1 February 2007, in French, card cover, 352 pages, international shipping at actual cost of shipping; $40.00 SALE PRICE $36.00

|Lugdunum|, |Maximian,| |286| |-| |305,| |306| |-| |308,| |and| |310| |A.D.||antoninianus|
Hercules is depicted in the same pose as the Farnese Hercules, a massive marble sculpture, which depicts a muscular yet weary Hercules leaning on his club, which has his lion-skin draped over it. He has just performed the last of The Twelve Labors, which is suggested by the apples of the Hesperides he holds behind his back. The Farnese Hercules is probably an enlarged copy made in the early third century A.D., signed by Glykon, from an original by Lysippos that would have been made in the fourth century B.C. The copy was made for the Baths of Caracalla in Rome (dedicated in 216 A.D.), where it was recovered in 1546. Today it is in Naples National Archaeological Museum. The statue was well-liked by the Romans, and copies have been found in many Roman palaces and gymnasiums. It is one of the most famous sculptures of antiquity, and has fixed the image of the mythic hero in the human imagination.Farnese Hercules
RT93260. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 437, Cohen VI 565, SRCV IV -, Hunter V -, Choice VF, broad flan, full legends, dark patina, edge crack, weight 3.930 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 286 A.D.; obverse IMP C VAL MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from the front; reverse VIRTVS AVGG (to the valor of the two emperors), Hercules standing right, leaning on club with lion's skin on pile of rocks, C (retrograde) left field; SOLD

Constantine III, 407 - 411 A.D.

|Constantine| |III|, |Constantine| |III,| |407| |-| |411| |A.D.||siliqua|
"'Siliqua' (pl: siliquae), the smallest Roman unit of weight measurement (equal to 1/144 of a Roman ounce - 1/1728 of a pound) was applied about 323 to the silver coins (93-97% fine) which Constantine I struck. By 324 the solidus was the Roman gold unit (struck at 1/72 of a pound) and was tariffed at 24 silver coins. Thus 'siliqua' was applied to the silver, since it was equal to 1/24 of 1/72 of a pound of gold, or 1/1728 of a pound of gold. Originally struck at 3.15 gms and 18-20 mms, between 355 and 360 they were reduced by Constantius II to about 2.0 gms and remained at that weight into Byzantine times." - Moneta Historical Research by Thomas Schroer
SH04578. Silver siliqua, RIC X 1526, aEF, weight 1.99 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 0o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 407 - 408 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTINVS P F AVG, pear-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AAAVGGGG (victory of the three emperors), Roma seated left, Victory in right, spear in left, LD[ ] in exergue; ex John Aiello Collection; extremely rare (R4); SOLD

Clodius Albinus, Late 195 or Early 196 - 19 February 197 A.D.

|Clodius| |Albinus|, |Clodius| |Albinus,| |Late| |195| |or| |Early| |196| |-| |19| |February| |197| |A.D.||denarius|
Unusual reverse legend: IOVIS VICTORIAE which means "Jupiter's Victory". The usual form on Roman coinage is IOVI VICTORI, "to Jupiter the Victorious".
SH15158. Silver denarius, RIC IV 26, BMCRE V 272, RSC III 43a, Hunter III -, SRCV II 6170, VF, weight 3.249 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, issued as Augustus; obverse IMP CAE D CLO SEP ALB AVG, laureate head right; reverse IOVIS VICTORIAE COS II, Jupiter standing left, Victory in right hand, scepter in left hand, eagle at feet; very rare; SOLD

Clodius Albinus, Late 195 or Early 196 - 19 February 197 A.D.

|Clodius| |Albinus|, |Clodius| |Albinus,| |Late| |195| |or| |Early| |196| |-| |19| |February| |197| |A.D.||denarius|
According to the Historia Augusta, Commodus sent a letter to Clodius Albinus offering him the title caesar but Albinus refused:
"The Emperor Commodus to Clodius Albinus greeting. I wrote you once officially about the succession to the throne and your own elevation to honour, but I am now sending you this private and confidential message, all written with my own hand, as you will see, in which I empower you, should emergency arise, to present yourself to the soldiers and assume the name of Caesar. For I hear that both Septimius Severus and Nonius Murcus are speaking ill of me to their troops, hoping thereby to get the appointment to the post of Augustus. You shall have full power besides, when you thus present yourself, to give the soldiers a largess of three aurei apiece. You will get a letter which I am sending to my procurators to this effect, sealed with my signet of an Amazon, which you will deliver to my stewards when the need arises, that they may not refuse your demands on the treasury. And that you may received some definite symbol of an emperor's majesty, I authorize you to wear both at the present time and at my court the scarlet cloak. Later, when you are with me, you shall have the imperial purple, though without the embroidery in gold. For my great-grandfather Verus, who died in boyhood, received this from Hadrian, who adopted him." Albinus received this letter, but he utterly refused to do what the Emperor bade. For he saw that Commodus was hated because of his evil ways, which were bringing destruction upon the state and dishonor upon himself, and that he would sometime or other be slain, and he feared that he might perish with him.
SH32695. Silver denarius, RIC IV 23d, RSC III 40c, BMCRE V 285, Hunter III 28, SRCV II 6169, VF, light toning, nice style, reverse a bit flat, weight 2.919 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, issued as Augustus; obverse IMP CAE D CLO SEP ALB AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GEN LVG COS II, Genius of Lugdunum, standing slightly left, wearing turreted crown, long scepter vertical in right hand, scepter in left hand, on left eagle at feet; rare (R2); SOLD

Revolt Against Nero, Gaius Iulius Vindex, Governor of Gallia Lugdunensis, c. Late 67 - May 68 A.D.

|Civil| |War| |of| |68| |-| |69|, |Revolt| |Against| |Nero,| |Gaius| |Iulius| |Vindex,| |Governor| |of| |Gallia| |Lugdunensis,| |c.| |Late| |67| |-| |May| |68| |A.D.||denarius|
Struck by Gaius Iulius Vindex, the Roman governor of Gallia Lugdunensis, who rebelled against Nero's tax policy and declared allegiance to Galba, the governor of Hispania Tarraconensis, as the new emperor. Vindex was defeated and killed in battle near Vesontio (modern Besancon), but the military continued to support Galba. On 9 June 68, deserted by the Praetorian Guard, Nero stabbed himself in the throat.
SH71868. Silver denarius, Unpublished, civil war restitution of Augustus, VF, rough, scrapes, weight 3.144 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain (Lugdunum?) mint, c. late 67 - May 68 A.D.; obverse CAESAR, bare head of Augustus right; reverse AVGVSTVS, young bull walking right, head turned facing; SOLD

Florianus, June or July - August or September 276 A.D.

|Florianus|, |Florianus,| |June| |or| |July| |-| |August| |or| |September| |276| |A.D.||antoninianus|
PACATOR is Latin for peacemaker or pacifier; from paco ("I make peaceful, pacify"), from pax ("peace"). To the Romans a maker of world peace would necessarily also be a subjugator, a subduer, and a conqueror.
SH43299. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-1 7, BnF XII 1860, Bastien 137, Cohen VI 46, VenŤra 2640 - 2644, Gloucester 784, Appleshaw 352, Blackmoor 3947, Maravielle 841, Choice gVF, weight 4.300 g, maximum diameter 22.5 mm, die axis 225o, 3rd officina, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, issue 2, July 276 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AN FLORIANVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse PACATOR ORBIS (pacifier of the world), Sol advancing left, radiate, nude but for chlamys over shoulders, left arm, and flying behind, raising right hand commanding the sun to rise, whip in left, III in exergue; scarce; SOLD



Bastien, P., J-B. Giard, et al. Le monnayage de l'atelier de Lyon. (Wetteren, 1972 - 2003).
Compas, D., N. Parisot, M. Prieur & L Schmitt. Lyon Monnaies Romaines Collection Daniel Compas. (2006).

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