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Nobility (Nobilitas)
Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D.

|Commodus|, |Commodus,| |March| |or| |April| |177| |-| |31| |December| |192| |A.D.||denarius|
Nobilitas may have been selected as a reverse type for Commodus because he was the first emperor "born to the purple," whose father was already emperor when Commodus was born in 161, and because he could trace his adoptive pedigree back to Nerva.
RS96490. Silver denarius, RIC III 155 (S), RSC II 385, BMCRE 217, Hunter II 31, SRCV II 5663, VF, very porous reverse, flan crack, weight 2.689 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 187 A.D.; obverse M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT, laureate head right; reverse NOBILIT AVG P M TR P XII IMP VIII COS V P P, Nobilitas standing slightly right, head right, long scepter vertical in right hand, palladium in extended left hand; scarce; SOLD

Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D.

|Geta|, |Geta,| |209| |-| |c.| |26| |December| |211| |A.D.||denarius|
The palladium, a small figure of Minerva (Pallas Athena) holding a spear and shield, had a mythological origin from Troy. Troy was believed to be safe from foreign enemies as long as the Palladium remained within the city walls. But Odysseus and Diomedes stole the image and soon after the Greeks took the city. The Palladium was later taken by Aeneas to Rome where for centuries it was kept in the temple of Vesta in the Forum. In Late Antiquity, it was rumored that Constantine had taken the Palladium to Constantinople and buried it under the Column of Constantine.
RS92489. Silver denarius, RIC IV 13a (S); RSC III 90; BMCRE p. 197, 223; Hunter III 7; SRCV II 7184, VF, well centered, toned, flow lines, bumps and scratches, die wear, edge cracks, weight 3.260 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, 199 A.D.; obverse P SEPT GETA CAES PONT, boy's bare-headed and draped bust right; reverse NOBILITAS, Nobilitas standing slightly right, head right, long scepter vertical in right hand, palladium in left hand; from the Errett Bishop Collection; SOLD

Philip I the Arab, February 244 - End of September 249 A.D.

|Philip| |I|, |Philip| |I| |the| |Arab,| |February| |244| |-| |End| |of| |September| |249| |A.D.||antoninianus|
In 248, Trajan Decius put down the revolts of Pacatianus in Moesia and Iotapianus in Syria. In 249, after his legionaries proclaimed him emperor, Trajan Decius marched to Verona, where his forces defeated and killed Philip the Arab.
RS87885. Silver antoninianus, RSC IV 98, Hunter III 41, SRCV III 8938, RIC IV 8 corr. (officina mark), EF, excellent portrait, well centered on a broad flan, iridescent toning, a few tiny encrustations, uneven reverse strike, weight 4.341 g, maximum diameter 25.0 mm, die axis 180o, 6th officina, Rome mint, 248 A.D.; obverse IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse NOBILITAS AVGG, Nobilitas standing facing, head right, long scepter vertical in right hand, globe in left hand, ς (6th officina) left; ex Beast Coins, ex Harlan Berk CICF show April 2018; rare; SOLD


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