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Otho, 15 January 69 - 17 April 69 A.D.

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With this coin Otho claimed there was peace all over the world. It was true that at the time it was struck there was peace along all the borders of the empire, which was a rare event because Rome was almost always engaged in some war with the nations and tribes that surrounded it. It was, however, an absurdity, in the midst of a civil war within the borders, to acclaim peace on the borders as peace all over the world.
RS85543. Silver denarius, RIC I 4 (R), RSC II 3, BMCRE I 3, BnF III 3, Hunter I 2, SRCV I 2156, F, excellent portrait, rose toning, marks and scratches, tiny edge crack, weight 3.268 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Jan - Feb 69 A.D.; obverse IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P, bare head right; reverse PAX ORBIS TERRARVM (All the World at Peace), Pax standing left, olive branch in right hand, caduceus in left; from the Lucas Harsh collection, ex Warren Esty Collection; rare; SOLD


Julius Caesar, Imperator and Dictator, October 49 - 15 March 44 B.C.

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This issue was minted to pay for Caesar's military operation against the Pompeians in North Africa. The campaign ended with the dictator's victory at Thapsus on 6 April 46 B.C. The reverse depicts Aeneas carrying his father and the palladium away from burning Troy and refers to the mythical descent of the Julia gens from Iulus, the son of Aeneas.
RS85534. Silver denarius, Crawford 458/1, RSC I 12, Sydenham 1013, BMCRR East 31, SRCV I 1402, gVF, light golden toning, mint luster, a little off center, light marks, areas of weak strike, weight 3.883 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, North Africa, traveling military mint, 47 - 46 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Venus right, wearing necklace, hair rolled back, in a knot behind, two locks down neck; reverse CAESAR, Aeneas walking left, nude, carrying his father, Anchises, on his left shoulder, palladium in right hand; from the Lucas Harsh collection, ex CNG e-auction 265 (5 Oct 2011), lot 318; SOLD


Roman Republic, Octavian and M. Vipsanius Agrippa, 38 B.C.

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In higher grades this type is extraordinarily expensive - one example sold for $104,221.
RR86468. Silver denarius, Crawford 534/2, Sear CRI 306, Sydenham 1330, BMCRR II Gaul 100, SRCV I 1542, RSC I Caesar and Augustus 5, Russo RBW ?, Fair, banker's marks, etched porous surfaces, weight 3.480 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 45o, 38 B.C.; obverse DIVOS IVLIVS - DIVI F, wreathed head of the deified Julius Caesar right, confronting bare head of Octavian left; reverse M ∑ AGRIPPA ∑ COS / DESIG in two lines; military mint traveling with Agrippa in Gaul or Octavian in Italy; from the Lucas Harsh Collection, ex Steve McBride (2013); rare; SOLD


Roman Republic, Second Triumvirate, Mark Antony and Octavian, Spring - Early Summer 41 B.C.

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AVG in the obverse legend, abbreviates Antony's official position as Augur (not Augustus, a title which did not yet exist). The augur was an official and priest, whose main role was to interpret the will of the gods by studying the flight of birds: whether they are flying in groups or alone, what noises they make as they fly, direction of flight and what kind of birds they are. This was known as "taking the auspices." The ceremony and function of the augur was central to any major undertaking in Roman society, public or private, including matters of war, commerce, and religion. The Roman historian Livy stresses the importance of the augurs: "Who does not know that this city was founded only after taking the auspices; that everything in war and in peace, at home and abroad, was done only after taking the auspices?"

Octavian's "equivalent" position as Pontifex, a priest, is abbreviated PONT in the reverse legend.

The moneyer M. Barbatius was a friend of Julius Caesar. In 41 B.C. he was a quaestor pro praetore to Antony in the East.
SH86164. Silver denarius, Crawford 517/2, Sydenham 1181, BMCRR East 103, Sear CRI 243, RSC I Mark Antony and Augustus 8, SRCV I 1504, VF, toned, banker's marks, tight flan, reverse off center, light corrosion, weight 3.639 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 90o, military mint moving with Antony, Ephesus(?) mint, spring - early summer 41 B.C.; obverse M ANT IMP AVG III VIR R P C M BARBAT Q P (MP and AV ligate), bare head of Antony right; reverse CAESAR IMP PONT III VIR R P C, bare head of Octavian right; from the Lucas Harsh Collection, ex Incitatus Coins (Mar 2012); scarce; SOLD


Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D., Judaea Capta

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"Judaea Capta" issue. The reverse depicts Vespasian riding in the Judaea Capta triumph of 71 A.D. The Jewish historian Josephus was present at the festivities and noted, "It is impossible to do justice in the description of the number of things to be seen and to the magnificence of everything that met the eye...The greatest amazement was caused by the floats. Their size gave grounds for alarm about their stability, for many were three or four stories high..On one float the army could be seen pouring inside the walls, on another was a palace running with blood. Others showed defenseless men raising their hands in entreaty, firebrands being hurled at temples or buildings falling on their owners. On yet others were depicted rivers, which, after the destruction and desolation, flowed no longer through tilled fields providing water for men and cattle, but through a land on fire from end to end. It was to such miseries that the Jews doomed themselves by the war..Standing on his individual float was the commander of each of the captured cities showing the way he had been taken prisoner...Spoil in abundance was carried past. None of it compared with that taken from the Temple in Jerusalem...The procession was completed by Vespasian, and, behind him, Titus."
RS86443. Silver denarius, RIC II-1 1559; RPC II 1931; RSC II 643; BMCRE II 512; BnF III 320; Hendin 1491; SRCV I 2279, VF, toned, bumps and marks, tight flan, areas of light corrosion, coppery areas, reverse a little off center, edge cracks, weight 3.170 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 72 - 73 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII, laureate head right; reverse no legend, Vespasian driving triumphal quadriga right, branch and reins in right hand, scepter in left hand; from the Lucas Harsh Collection; SOLD


Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D.

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The reverse inscription abbreviates Senatus Populusque Romanus. Pater Patriae. Ob Cives Servatos, meaning "[Awarded by] the senate and the Roman people, [to the] father of the country, for saving citizens." The wreath on the reverse is the corona civica, the oak wreath awarded to Roman citizens ex senatus consulto (by special decree of the Senate) for saving the life of another citizen by slaying an enemy in battle. It became a prerogative for Roman emperors to be awarded the Civic Crown, originating with Augustus, who was awarded it in 27 B.C. for saving the lives of citizens by ending the series of civil wars.
RS85537. Silver denarius, RIC I 64 (R3), RSC II 96, BMCRE I 71, BnF II 74 (Lugdunum), Hunter I -, SRCV I -, F, centered on a tight flan, toned, porous, weight 3.305 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 51 - 52 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG P M TR P XI IMP P P COS V, laureate head right; reverse S P Q R / P P / O B C S in three lines within the Corona Civica, an oak wreath awarded "for saving the lives of citizens"; from the Lucas Harsh collection, ex Incitatus Coins; very rare; SOLD


Levant, Egypt, or Arabia, Imitative Athenian Transitional Style Tetradrachm, c. 390 - 330 B.C.

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This coin is from the hoard containing at least 76 Athenian-type owls, both Athenian issues and Egyptian and Levantine imitations, and two silver "dumps" cataloged and discussed by Peter G. van Alfen, in "A New Athenian "Owl" and Bullion Hoard from the Near East" in AJN 16-17 (2004-05), pp. 47-61, and pl. 6-13. The hoard is rumored to have come from the western coast of the Arabian Peninsula. On page 58, Van Alfen identifies this coin as a non-Athenian, an imitative.Temple of Fortuna
GS86471. Silver tetradrachm, Van Alfen New p. 58 & pl. 12, 74 (this coin); countermark: Van Alfen New p. 49, fig. 1; for prototype see: Kroll Pi-Style p. 241, fig. 4, VF, multiple countermarks, edge cracks, weight 16.642 g, maximum diameter 23.7 mm, die axis 270o, non-Athenian Eastern mint, c. 390 - 330 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right with eye seen in true profile, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll, quatrefoil countermarks; reverse owl standing right, head facing, to right AΘE in large lettering, to left olive sprig and crescent, quatrefoil countermarks; from the Lucas Harsh Collection, Van Alfen New plate coin, ex Amphora catalog 98, lot 149; SOLD


Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D.

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Ephesus peaked during the 1st and 2nd century A.D. when it was second in importance and size only to Rome, with a population estimated at 400,000 to 500,000 in 100 A.D. The city was famous for the Temple of Artemis, the Library of Celsus, and its theater, seating 25,000 spectators. Ephesus also had several large bath complexes and one of the most advanced aqueduct systems in the ancient world. Water powered numerous mills, one of which has been identified as a sawmill for marble. The city and temple were destroyed by the Goths in 263 A.D., marking the decline of the city's splendor.
RS86444. Silver denarius, RIC II-1 1431; RSC II 276; RPC II 833; BnF III 351; BMCRE II 457, SRCV I 2270, gVF, attractive Eastern style, toned, bumps and marks, obverse slightly off center but full legend, weight 3.202 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 0o, Ephesus mint, 71 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P, laureate head right; reverse PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory advancing right, wreath in extended right hand, palm frond over left shoulder in left hand, EPHE (PHE ligate) lower right; from the Lucas Harsh Collection, ex Roma Numismatics e-sale 17 (25 Apr 2015), lot 588; SOLD


Octavian, Triumvir and Imperator, Augustus 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.

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The Curia Julia was the meeting house of the Roman Senate. Construction was started by Caesar and finished by Augustus who added the front portico. The dedication took place on 28 August 29 B.C. Damaged by the Neronian fire, the building was later restored by Domitian. Completely destroyed by another fire in the third century, it was reconstructed by Diocletian. Due to its conversion into the basilica of Sant'Adriano al Foro in the 7th century, the Curia Julia is one of only a handful of Roman structures to survive to the modern day mostly intact. In the 1930's the church was removed and the original 4th Century features restored. The marble cladding and portico are gone. Inside the single roomed structure one can see Byzantine period wall paintings and the ornate original marble floor dating from Diocletian. Curia Julia
RR86170. Silver denarius, SRCV I 1557, RSC I 122, RIC I 266, BMCRR 4358, Sear CRI 421, gF, nice portrait, toned, old bumps and scratches, weight 3.446 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 45o, Italian (Rome?) mint, as sole imperator, autumn 30 - summer 29 B.C.; obverse bare head of Octavian right; reverse Facade of the Curia Julia (Roman Senate House), IMP CAESAR on the architrave, tetrastyle porch, statue of Victory standing facing on globe on roof apex, holds wreath in right hand, vexillum in left hand; flanked by statues of warriors at the extremities of the architrave, each standing inward holding parazonium and scepter; from the Lucas Harsh Collection; ex Roma e-sale 17 (25 Apr 2015), lot 558; ex Andrew McCabe Collection; SOLD


Roman Republic, M. Junius Brutus (Q. Caepio Brutus), 54 B.C.

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M. Junius Brutus (also called Q. Caepio Brutus) is the most famous of Caesars assassins. Many of Brutus' coins honor his ancestors and illustrate his strong republican views. Lucius Junius Brutus overthrew the last king of Rome and established the Republic in 509 B.C. Caesar should have taken notice of the message of patriotic devotion Brutus conveyed by his coins.
RR86469. Silver denarius, Crawford 433/1, Sydenham 906, RSC I Junia 31, BMCRR I Rome 3861, RBW Collection 1542, SRCV I 397, VF, toned, uneven strike with weak areas, bankers mark, slightly off center, weight 4.001 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, 54 B.C.; obverse LIBERTAS downward behind, head of Liberty right, hair rolled, wearing drop pendant earring and necklace; reverse L. Junius Brutus between two lictors, preceded by an accensus, all walking left, BRVTVS in exergue; from the Lucas Harsh Collection; SOLD




  




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