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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).


Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D.

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In 92 A.D., the Flavian Palace was completed on the Palatine.
RS86681. Silver denarius, RIC II 730, RSC II 274, BMCRE II 189, BnF III 175, Hunter I 77, SRCV I -, Choice gVF, well centered, excellent portrait, attractive toning, weight 3.616 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 1 Jan - 13 Sep 92 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XI, laureate head right; reverse IMP XXI COS XVI CENS P P P, Minerva standing right on Columna Rostrata, wearing helmet and aegis, brandishing javelin in right hand, shield in left hand, owl at feet on right; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; $240.00 (Ä204.00)


Diocletian, 20 November 284 - 1 May 305 A.D.

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This reverse legend occurs only on coins of Diocletian, Maximian, and Claudius Gothicus.
RA87274. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 167, Hunter IV 26, SRCV IV 12673, Cohen VI 289, F, excellent centering on a broad flan, traces of silvering, strike weak/flat in centers, small green encrustations, weight 3.758 g, maximum diameter 24.4 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Rome mint, c. 286 A.D.; obverse IMP DIOCLETIANVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse IOVI FVLGERATORI (to Jupiter the Thunderer), Jupiter standing facing, head right, naked but for cloak fluttering over left arm, right foot drawn back in act to hurl thunderbolt, which is raised up in right hand; eagle at feet on left, standing left, head right; XXIB in exergue; $150.00 (Ä127.50)


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

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This coin is dedicated to the goddess Fides for her good quality of preserving the public peace by keeping the army true to its allegiance. Perhaps it worked for a little while but in 235, according to Aelius Lampridius: "In an open tent after his lunch, Alexander was consulting with his insubordinate troops. They compared him to Elagabalus, a divisive and unpopular Emperor whose own assassination paved the way for Alexander's reign. A German servant entered the tent and initiated the call for the Emperorís assassination, an attack in which many of the troops joined. Alexander's attendants fought against the other troops but could not hold off the combined might of those seeking the Emperor's assassination. Within minutes, Alexander was dead.
RS87265. Silver denarius, RIC IV 193a, RSC III 51, BMCRE VI 684, SRCV II 7863, Hunter III -, Choice EF, well centered and struck on a broad flan, small edge crack, weight 2.752 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 228 - 231 A.D.; obverse IMP SEV ALEXAND AVG, laureate head right; reverse FIDES MILITVM (the loyalty of the soldiers), Fides seated left on throne without back, standard on each side, one in each hand; $140.00 (Ä119.00)


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

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This coin was dedicated to Jupiter, the defender, probably to ask for protection the emperor in his war against the Persians. As Jupiter was the king of the gods, he took more interest in kings and emperors than the common man.
RS87490. Silver denarius, RIC IV 238, RSC III 83, BMCRE VI 824, Hunter III 71, SRCV II 7871, EF/gVF, excellent portrait, excellent centering, radiating flow lines, reverse die wear, slightly coppery spot on reverse, edge cracks, weight 2.936 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, 231 - 235 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, with a short neatly trimmed beard, seen from the front; reverse IOVI PROPVGNATORI (Jupiter the Defender), Jupiter standing slightly left in fighting attitude, head right, nude but for cloak flying behind, hurling thunderbolt with right hand, eagle in extended left hand; ex Triskeles auction 24 - VAuction 331 (16 Jul 2018), lot 230; ex Maple Leaf Collection; $135.00 (Ä114.75)


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

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In 197, Septimius Severus returned to Rome and executed about 30 of Albinus' supporters in the Senate. After his victory he declared himself the adopted son of the late Marcus Aurelius. This type refers to games held to celebrate the victory over Albinus.
RS87521. Silver denarius, RIC IV 100 (S); RSC III 349; BMCRE V p. 56, 224; cf. SRCV II 6317 (IMP VIII); Hunter -, F, light tone, tight flan cutting off parts of legends, small edge cracks, weight 2.847 g, maximum diameter 17.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 197 A.D.; obverse L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP VIIII, laureate head right; reverse MVNIFICENTIA AVG, elephant walking right; from an American collection; scarce; $90.00 (Ä76.50)


Byzantine Empire, Justinian I, 4 April 527 - 14 November 565 A.D.

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In 562, Belisarius stood trial for corruption in Constantinople, possibly with Procopius acting as praefectus urbi. He was found guilty and sent to prison.
BZ67007. Bronze decanummium, DOC I 353 (Ravenna), Wroth BMC 407 (Ravenna), SBCV 326 (Ravenna), Hahn MIB I 29a (Rome), Sommer 4.155 (Rome), Ratto -, F, nice green patina, weight 2.846 g, maximum diameter 15.7 mm, die axis 180o, Ravenna or Rome mint, 562 - 563 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, holding globus cruciger in right, shield in left; reverse large I (10 nummi), ANNO left, XX/XVI (regnal year 36) right, all within wreath, no mintmark; $40.00 (Ä34.00)







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