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Byzantine Rome (c. 540 - 775)

The Rome mint reopened about 540, after Justinian's conquests in Italy. It closed during the reign of Constantine V (741- 775).

Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.

|Severus| |Alexander|, |Severus| |Alexander,| |13| |March| |222| |-| |March| |235| |A.D.||denarius|NEW
In 231, Severus Alexander accompanied his mother Julia Mamaea to Syria and campaigned against the Persians. Military command rested in the hands of his generals, but his presence gave additional weight to the empire's policy. The Romans were defeated and withdrew to Syria. After heavy losses on both sides, a truce was signed accepting the status quo. In 233, Alexander celebrated a triumph in Rome to commemorate his "victory."
RS97464. Silver denarius, RSC III 161a, BMCRE VI 831, RIC IV 246, SRCV II 7882, Hunter III -, gVF, choice obverse, nice portrait, light tone, flow lines, weight 3.106 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 231 - 235 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right, seen from the front; reverse MARS VLTOR (Mars the avenger), Mars walking right in crested helmet and military garb, transverse spear in right hand, shield on left arm; ex Savoca Coins auction blue 89 (07 Nov 2020), lot 1299; $170.00 SALE |PRICE| $153.00

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

|Septimius| |Severus|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.||denarius|NEW
The flattering appellation "the restorer of the city" was doubtless given not for either rebuilding or embellishing Rome, but rather for restoring the honor of the "Eternal City" by avenging the death of Pertinax, securing domestic tranquility to the empire, and reestablishing respect for the Roman name by victories over the Parthians.
RS97469. Silver denarius, RIC IV 167a, BMCRE V 194, RSC III 599; Hunter III 41; SRCV II 6357, Choice VF, excellent centering and strike, nice portrait, light toning, tiny edge cracks, weight 3.352 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 201 A.D.; obverse SEVERVS AVG PART MAX, laureate head right; reverse RESTITVTOR VRBIS (the restorer of the city), Severus standing left in military attire, sacrificing over flaming tripod altar from patera in right hand, inverted spear vertical behind in left hand; ex Savoca Coins auction blue 89 (07 Nov 2020), lot 1287; $170.00 SALE |PRICE| $153.00

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

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.||denarius|NEW
This type, depicting Nemesis, the avenger of crimes and punisher of wicked doers, likely refers to the final subjugation of the Bar Kochba rebellion which was brutally crushed in the summer of 135 A.D.
RS94594. Silver denarius, RIC II-3 2239, RIC II 282(d), RSC II 1455, BMCRE III 761, Hunter II 254, Strack II 280, SRCV II 3547 var. (bare head), VF, well centered on a tight flan, dark spots, earthen deposits, weight 2.822 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 136 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse VICTORIA AVG (the victory of the Emperor), Victory-Nemesis walking right, drawing out fold of drapery at neck with right hand, branch in left hand; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $160.00 SALE |PRICE| $144.00 ON RESERVE

Lucilla, Augusta c. 164 - 182 A.D., Wife of Lucius Verus

|Lucilla|, |Lucilla,| |Augusta| |c.| |164| |-| |182| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Lucius| |Verus||denarius|NEW
Concordia, the goddess of marital harmony, was not particularly generous to Lucilla. It was not considered adultery for a Roman husband to have sex with slaves or unmarried women. The historian Spartianus wrote that after Lucilla complained, Lucius Verus reproached her: "Uxor enim dignitatis nomen est, non voluptatis" (Wife is the name of dignity, not bliss).
RS97456. Silver denarius, RSC II 6b; BMCRE IV p. 427, 305 note; RIC III 758 var. (left arm on statuette of Spes); Hunter II 1 var. (same); SRCV II 5479 var. (same), Choice VF, well centered, attractive portrait, radiating flow lines, mild die wear, weight 3.446 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 164 - 169 A.D.; obverse LVCILLAE AVG ANTONINI AVG F, draped bust right, hair waived and knotted in chignon low at back; reverse CONCORDIA (harmony), Concordia seated left, patera in extended right hand, resting left arm on back of chair; ex Savoca Coins auction blue 90 (29 Nov 2020), lot 1275; $150.00 SALE |PRICE| $135.00

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

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.||semis|NEW
Most references list this type as a quadrans but examples without patina appear to be orichalcum (brass) vice copper. Yellow brass indicates the type is a semis. This coin has a near black patina, which is more common on brass than on bronze or copper, and the few spots of bare metal do look to be brass.
RB97458. Orichalcum semis, RIC II 625 (S), BMCRE III 1279, Cohen II 1167 (5 fr.), SRCV II 3704, Strack II 579, Hunter II 380 var. (eagle left, head right), gVF, very attractive eagle, slightly rough, weight 3.352 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 120 - 123 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, eagle standing half right, head turned left, wings open but not spread; reverse P M TR P COS III, horizontal winged thunderbolt, S C (senatus consulto) below; ex Savoca Coins auction blue 89 (8 Nov 2020), lot 1243; scarce; $150.00 SALE |PRICE| $135.00

Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.

|Gallienus|, |Gallienus,| |August| |253| |-| |September| |268| |A.D.||antoninianus|
Security was only wishful thinking when this coin was struck. There were so many invasions in the next few years that they confused the ancient sources and much of the history is lost. In 267, the Goths sacked several cities in southern Greece including Athens, Corinth, Argos and Sparta. Gallienus defeated them, but the Alamanni would come the year after.
RA94176. Billon antoninianus, Göbl MIR 595a, RSC IV 961a, RIC V-1 S280, SRCV III 10359, Hunter IV S77, VF, encrustations, tight ragged flan, parts of legends weak/off flan, weight 2.619 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 180o, 8th officina, Rome mint, 264 - 267 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right; reverse SECVRIT PERPET (everlasting security), Securitas standing slightly left, legs crossed, head left, long scepter in right hand, leaning with left arm on column, H right; ; $50.00 SALE |PRICE| $45.00

Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.

|Gallienus|, |Gallienus,| |August| |253| |-| |September| |268| |A.D.||antoninianus|NEW
The "zoo series" of coins calling on Diana to protect the Emperor was struck late in Gallienus' reign. His father, Valerian, had been particularly dedicated to the worship of Diana the Preserver and had dedicated a temple to her at Rome. Diana apparently did not favor Gallienus. Not long after this coin was struck, he was assassinated near Milan while attempting to deal with the usurper Aureolus.
RA94199. Billon antoninianus, Göbl MIR 747b, RIC V-1 S181, RIC IV 162, SRCV III 10200, VF, nice portrait, tight flan cutting off part of legends, tiny edge splits, weight 2.964 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 267 - Sep 268 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS AVG, radiate bust right; reverse DIANAE CONS AVG (to Diana protector of the Emperor), antelope standing right, XI in exergue; $50.00 SALE |PRICE| $45.00




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