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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).

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

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.||denarius|
In 122, construction of the Temple of Venus and Roma began in Rome.
RS112529. Silver denarius, RIC II-3 400, BMCRE III 217, SRCV II 3527 RSC II 1132a, Hunter II 79, VF, flow lines, light toning, edge crack/split, scratches, die wear, weight 2.888 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 210o, Rome mint, 120 - 121 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate, draped bust right, from the front; reverse P M TR P COS III, Victory standing right, holding trophy with both hands; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 129 (4 Jun 2023), lot 530; $170.00 SALE PRICE $153.00


Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D.

|Nero|, |Nero,| |13| |October| |54| |-| |9| |June| |68| |A.D.||as|NEW
Nero became emperor after Claudius' death (he was probably poisoned by Nero's mother). At first, Nero ruled well but he degenerated into debauchery and murder, executing his mother, two wives, and numerous senators. He committed suicide after his generals rebelled and his guard deserted him.
RB112572. Copper as, RIC I p. 171, 351; BMCRE I p. 247, 246; Cohen I p. 299, 298; BnF II p. 167, 424; Mac Dowall p. 181, 296; Hunter I p. 137, 105, nice gF, nice portrait for the grade, green patina, marks, some porosity, weight 10.936 g, maximum diameter 27.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 66 - 68 A.D.; obverse IMP NERO CAESAR AVG GERM, laureate head right, beardless; reverse Victory flying left, holding with both hands a round shield marked S P / Q R (Senatus Populusque Romanus) in two lines, large S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field at center; from the Collection of Dr. Jregen Buschek; $140.00 SALE PRICE $126.00


Roman Republic, First Triumvirate, Marcus Aemilius Scaurus & Publius Plautius Hypsaeus, 58 B.C.

|99-50| |B.C.|, |Roman| |Republic,| |First| |Triumvirate,| |Marcus| |Aemilius| |Scaurus| |&| |Publius| |Plautius| |Hypsaeus,| |58| |B.C.||denarius|NEW
M. Aemilius Scaurus, in 62 B.C., as quaestor to Pompey, was sent against King Aretas but withdrew when Aretas paid 300 talents. Aemilius was curule aedile when this coin was struck. This was the first time a moneyer publicized an event from his own career on coinage. Later he was praetor and propraetor, lost a campaign for Consul, and successfully defended Cicero. In 52 B.C., he was charged with bribery and went into exile.
RR112929. Silver denarius, Crawford 422/1b, Sydenham 913, RSC I Aemilia 8, Russo RBW 1519, SRCV I 379, F, porous, oval flan, off center, weight 3.428 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 58 B.C.; obverse Aretas, King of Nabataea, kneeling beside camel raising olive branch with fillet, M·SCAVR over AED·CVR above, EX - S C divided across field, REX ARETAS in exergue; reverse Jupiter in quadriga left, reins in right, hurling thunderbolt with left, scorpion below, P·HYPSAEVS over AED·CVR above, CAPT on right, C·HYPSAE·COS over PREIVE in exergue; $130.00 SALE PRICE $107.00 ON RESERVE


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, Cast Aes Grave, c. 225 - 217 B.C.

|before| |211| |B.C.|, |Roman| |Republic,| |Cast| |Aes| |Grave,| |c.| |225| |-| |217| |B.C.||sextans|
In 270 B.C., Rome's subjugation of Italy was completed by the recapture of Rhegium from the Mamertines and the defeat of the Brutians, the Lucanians, the Calabrians and the Samnites. The town of Rhegium was then restored by the Romans to its original Greek inhabitants.
RR93748. Aes grave (cast) sextans, Crawford 35/4, Sydenham 75, Vecchi 54, HN Italy 340, Russo RBW 88, Haeberlin pl. 18, 1-9, VF, dark patina, very high relief (as usual for the type), bumps and scratches, light earthen deposits, weight 60.274 g, maximum diameter 40.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, c. 225 - 217 B.C.; obverse head of Hercules left, (mark of value) vertical right; reverse prow of galley right, (mark of value) below; from the Errett Bishop Collection, 60 grams, 40.5 mm!!!!; 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


Germanicus, b. 24 May 15 B.C. - d. 10 Oct 19 A.D., Issued by Caligula

|Germanicus|, |Germanicus,| |b.| |24| |May| |15| |B.C.| |-| |d.| |10| |Oct| |19| |A.D.,| |Issued| |by| |Caligula||dupondius|
This type was issued by Caligula in honor of his deceased father. Germanicus Caesar was the son of Tiberius' brother Drusus Sr. and Antonia the daughter of Mark Antony and Octavia. He distinguished himself on the battlefield many times, most notably in Germania where he inflicted serious defeats on the barbarian tribes and recovered the legionary standards lost in the catastrophic Varus disaster. He was chosen Tiberius' successor, but died of an unknown cause. His tremendous popularity helped his son Caius (Caligula) obtain the throne after Tiberius died.
RB97745. Orichalcum dupondius, RIC I Gaius 57, BMCRE I Gaius 93, BnF II Caligula 140, Hunter I Gaius 37, Cohen I 7, SRCV I 1820, gF, scattered mild pitting, weight 12.208 g, maximum diameter 29.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 37 - 41 A.D.; obverse Germanicus in slow quadriga right, bare-headed, wearing paludamentum, eagle-tipped scepter in left hand, chariot ornamented with Victory and wreath, GERMANICVS / CAESAR in two lines above horses; reverse Germanicus standing left, bare-headed, wearing cuirass and short tunic, cloak over left arm, right leg bent, raising right hand, aquila (legionary eagle) in left hand, SIGNIS - RECEPT / DEVICTIS - GERM (standards recovered from the defeated Germans) in two divided lines across the field at center, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking low; ex Roma Numismatics e-sale 78 (17 Dec 2020), lot 1296, ex Lucernae prima auction (2 Jun 2020), lot 212; SOLD


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

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.||denarius|
Felicitas was the goddess or personification of happiness, good luck and success. She played an important role in Rome's state religion during the empire and was frequently portrayed on coins. She became a prominent symbol of the wealth and prosperity of the Roman Empire.
RS87613. Silver denarius, unpublished variety; RIC II 208(a) var. (no slight drapery), RSC II 640a var. (same), BMCRE III 542 var. (same), Strack 334, SRCV II -, Choice VF, well centered, nice portrait, bumps and scratches, edge cracks, weight 3.265 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 134 - 138 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate head right; reverse FELICITAS AVG (the good fortune of the Emperor), Felicitas seated left, cornucopia in right, caduceus in left, COS III P P (consul three times, father of the country) in exergue; extremely rare variant - this is the only example of this bust variety for this type known to Forum; SOLD


Numerian, February or March 283 - October or November 284 A.D.

|Numerian|, |Numerian,| |February| |or| |March| |283| |-| |October| |or| |November| |284| |A.D.||antoninianus|
At Emesa in November 284, Numerian's suffered from an inflammation of the eyes and had to travel in a closed coach. When the army reached Bithynia, soldiers smelled an odor of decay emanating from the coach. They opened its curtains and found Numerian dead. Aper, Numerian's father-in-law and praetorian prefect, assumed command. Numerian's generals and tribunes called a council for the succession and chose instead Diocletian, commander of the imperial bodyguard cavalry. In full view of the army, Diocletian accused Aper of murdering Numerian, drew his blade and killed him.
RA93344. Billon antoninianus, Hunter IV 18; RIC V-2 410; SRCV III 12246; Pink VI-2 p. 34, series 3b; Cohen VI 16 (all also 2nd officina), Choice gVF, broad flan, much silvering, nice style, weight 3.156 g, maximum diameter 22.1 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Rome mint, c. Feb/Mar - end 283; obverse IMP NVMERIANVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse IOVI VICTORI (Jove the victorious), Jupiter standing left, Victory in right hand, long scepter vertical in left hand, eagle at feet left, KAB in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; SOLD


Ostrogoth Kingdom in Italy, Theoderic the Great, 493 - 526 A.D.

|Germanic| |Tribes|, |Ostrogoth| |Kingdom| |in| |Italy,| |Theoderic| |the| |Great,| |493| |-| |526| |A.D.||decanummium|
Theoderic the Great was king of the Ostrogoths, ruler of Italy, regent of the Visigoths, and a patricius of the Roman Empire. As ruler of the combined Gothic realms, Theoderic controlled an empire stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Adriatic Sea.Map526
ME88952. Bronze decanummium, Metlich COI 77; Hahn MIB I pl. 40, 76; BMC 34, 35, Kraus 1, Tolstoi 644, Ratto 2377 (rare), MEC I -, VF, dark brown patina, rough, small flan, weight 1.995 g, maximum diameter 15.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 493 - 518 A.D.; obverse FELIX RAVENNA, crowned bust of Ravenna right; reverse eagle standing left on branch, head left, wings open, star left and star right, X (mark of value) in exergue; ex CNG e-auction 238 (11 Aug 2010), lot 649; rare; SOLD







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