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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).

Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, Wife of Antoninus Pius

|Faustina| |Sr.|, |Faustina| |Sr.,| |Augusta| |25| |February| |138| |-| |Early| |141,| |Wife| |of| |Antoninus| |Pius||denarius|
The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina is an ancient Roman temple in Rome, adapted as a Roman Catholic church, Chiesa di San Lorenzo in Miranda. It is in the Forum Romanum, on the Via Sacra, opposite the Regia. The temple was begun by Antoninus Pius in 141 and was initially dedicated to his deceased and deified wife, Faustina the Elder. When Antoninus Pius was deified after his death in 161 A.D., the temple was re-dedicated jointly to Antoninus and Faustina at the instigation of his successor, Marcus Aurelius. The ten monolithic Corinthian columns of its pronaos are 17 metres high. The rich bas-reliefs of the frieze under the cornice, of garlanded griffons and candelabri, were often copied from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries. San Lorenzo in Miranda
RS99255. Silver denarius, RIC III AP343 (S), BMCRE IV AP339, RSC II 1, SRCV II 4573, Hunter II 14, Choice VF, well centered, flow lines, uneven toning, struck with worn dies, small edge cracks, weight 3.267 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 150 A.D.; obverse DIVA FAVSTINA, draped bust right, hair elaborately waived and banded, drawn up at the back and piled in a round coil at top; reverse AED DIV FAVSTINAE, hexastyle temple of Diva Faustina, containing seated statue of the deity, eagle in pediment, victories as acroteria, trellis-work fencing in foreground at foot of steps; scarce; $140.00 SALE PRICE $126.00


Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D.

|Tiberius|, |Tiberius,| |19| |August| |14| |-| |16| |March| |37| |A.D.||dupondius|
Tacitus in the annals of the year 22 states that Tiberius' repression of professional accusers had won for him the reputation of Moderatio (a quality which is frequently combined with Clementia). In "Two 'Virtues' of Tiberius: A Numismatic Contribution to the History of His Reign," C. Sutherland suggests the hypothesis that "the Senate, in A.D. 22, presented Tiberius with shields of Clemency and Moderation - an act of which an echo is preserved in the pages of Tacitus - and that, the formal but well-earned honour once conferred, the Senate proceeded by means of their coinage to call wide public attention to the imperial virtues which their ceremonial action had just recognised."
SH89773. Bronze dupondius, Sutherland Two 5 (pl. XII, dies A2/P3), RIC I 39, BMCRE I 90, BnF II 129, Hunter I 32, Cohen I 5, SRCV I 1768, gVF, superb portrait, well centered, tight flan, porous, weight 16.297 g, maximum diameter 28.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 16 - 22 A.D.; obverse TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVST IMP VIII (Tiberius Caesar, son of the divine Augustus, Imperator for the 8th time), laureate head left; reverse MODERATIONI (moderation), small bare bust facing within circle of petals, all within foliate and pelleted outer wreath, S C across fields; scarce; SOLD


Roman Republic, L. Papius, 79 B.C.

|99-50| |B.C.|, |Roman| |Republic,| |L.| |Papius,| |79| |B.C.||denarius| |serratus|
In Roman mythology, Juno was the daughter of Saturn and the wife of Jupiter and she had many attributes. Among these was Juno Sospita, who offered protection to women, accompanying them throughout their lives from birth to death. Women called upon her to aid in conception. Juno Sospita was characterized by her goatskin coat and headdress with the horns of a goat. The control marks on this type are normally paired related symbols. Each pair has only one set of dies.
SH13729. Silver denarius serratus, BMCRR I 3078, controls 102; Crawford 384/1, pl. LXVII 122; Sydenham 773; RSC I Papia 1; SRCV I 311, gem EF, particularly fine style, superb strike, preservation, and toning, weight 3.883 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 135o, Rome mint, 79 B.C.; obverse head of Juno Sospita right, clad in goat's skin, thyrsus (control symbol) behind, bead and reel border; reverse Gryphon leaping right, ivy branch below (control symbol), L PAPI in exergue, bead and reel border; SOLD


Pertinax, 31 December 192 - 28 March 193 A.D.

|Pertinax|, |Pertinax,| |31| |December| |192| |-| |28| |March| |193| |A.D.||denarius|
Pertinax was the son of a humble charcoal-burner. After a successful career in the military, as a senator and then as praefect of the city of Rome, he reluctantly accepted the throne offered by the murderers of Commodus. After a reign of only 86 day he was murdered by mutinous guards.

Ops, more properly Opis, (Latin: "Plenty") was a fertility deity and earth-goddess in Roman mythology of Sabine origin.
SH97838. Silver denarius, RIC IV 8a (R2); RSC III 33; BMCRE V p. 4, 19; Hunter III 6; SRCV II 6045, F, well centered obverse, nice portrait for the grade, light tone, edge cracks, weight 2.315 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 1 Jan - 28 Mar 193 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES P HELV PERTIN AVG, laureate head right; reverse OPI DIVIN TR P COS II, Ops (plenty) seated left on throne with ornamented back, two stalks of grain in right hand, leaning back on left hand resting on the edge of the seat behind; from a Norwegian collection, ex Numismatic Naumann auction 87 (1 Mar 2020), lot 584; very rare; SOLD







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