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Roman Imperial Quadrantes

Quadrantes, like quinarii, were issued only occasionally, perhaps exclusively for imperial distributions. Suetonius reported that, from the roof of the Basilica Julia "Caligula threw coins among the people." Perhaps the small coins below were personally thrown to the crowd by an Emperor at a similar event. The most common theme for the quadrans was the modius, a Roman grain container. This coin was probably redeemable for a modius of grain. The so-called 'anonymous quadrantes' date from the late 1st century to the mid-2nd century A.D., from the reign of Domitian to the reign of Antoninus Pius. The usual anonymous types are the head of a deity on the obverse with a reverse related to that deity. The most common anonymous type, for example, has the helmeted head of Minerva on the obverse and an owl on the reverse.

Lot of 13 Roman Imperial Semises and Quadrantes

|Roman| |Bulk| |Lots|, |Lot| |of| |13| |Roman| |Imperial| |Semises| |and| |Quadrantes|, |Lot|
Includes the following semises and quadrantes:
- Claudius, quadrans, Rome mint, VF
- Claudius, quadrans, modius, VF
- Nero, semis, Balkan mint, Victory, RPC -, F, rough
- Domitian, quadrans, 2.16g, rhinoceros walking left, RIC 250, aF
- Trajan, quadrans, club, VF
- Time of Trajan, quadrans, 1.80g, bust of Hercules right, wearing lion skin / Club, RIC 699
- Anonymous, quadrans, 1.67g, c. 81-161 A.D., petasos / winged caduceus, RIC 32, F
- Anonymous, quadrans, 2.22g, Minerva right / Owl right, RIC II 7, VF
- Anonymous, quadrans, 2.08g, Mercury right / winged caduceus, RIC 31, VF
- Trajan, quadrans, bust of Hercules right / boar right, RIC 702, VF
- Trajan, semis, Statue of Hercules, RIC 689-690, VF, some pitting
- Augustus, semis, Philippi, plowing scene, RPC I 1656, VF
LT88106. Bronze Lot, 13 Roman imperial semises and quadrantes, most VF, some with porosity and problems, no additional identification, no tags or flips, the lot is the actual coins in the photograph; as is, no returns; $230.00 SALE |PRICE| $207.00
 


Roman Empire, Anonymous, Domitian to Antoninus Pius, c. 81 - 161 A.D.

|Imperial| |Quadrantes|, |Roman| |Empire,| |Anonymous,| |Domitian| |to| |Antoninus| |Pius,| |c.| |81| |-| |161| |A.D.|, |quadrans|
Minerva was the Roman virgin goddess of wisdom, trade, medicine, defense, magic, and the arts: music, poetry, weaving, and crafts. She was born from the head of Jupiter. The Romans equated her with the Greek goddess Athena. She is often depicted with her sacred creature, an owl, which symbolizes her connection to wisdom.
RB91944. Copper quadrans, RIC II p. 216, 8; Cohen VIII p. 268, 7 var. (owl right); SRCV I 2918 var. (same), VF, dark green patina, earthen deposits, scratches, edge cracks, weight 3.568 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 138 - 161 A.D.; obverse helmeted bust of Minerva right; reverse owl standing slightly left, head facing, wings closed, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00
 


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Moneyers Pulcher, Taurus and Regulus

|Augustus|, |Augustus,| |16| |January| |27| |B.C.| |-| |19| |August| |14| |A.D.,| |Moneyers| |Pulcher,| |Taurus| |and| |Regulus|, |quadrans|
RB19489. Copper quadrans, RIC I 424, Cohen I 527, BnF I 606, VF, weight 2.656 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 8 B.C.; obverse PVLCHER•TAVRVS•REGVLVS, simpulum and lituus; reverse III•VIR•A•A•A•F•F•, around large S C; scarce; SOLD







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Anonymous Follis references: RIC II pp. 216 - 219; Cohen VIII pp. 267 - 271; SRCV I p. 519 - 520.

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