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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.

Roman Empire, Anonymous, Time of Domitian to Antoninus Pius, c. 80 - 161 A.D.

|Imperial| |Quadrantes|, |Roman| |Empire,| |Anonymous,| |Time| |of| |Domitian| |to| |Antoninus| |Pius,| |c.| |80| |-| |161| |A.D.||quadrans|
The Romans regarded Jupiter as the equivalent of Greek Zeus, and in Latin literature and Roman art, the myths and iconography of Zeus are adapted under the name Iuppiter. In the Greek-influenced tradition, Jupiter was the brother of Neptune and Pluto. Each presided over one of the three realms of the universe: sky, the waters, and the underworld.
RB80991. Copper quadrans, RIC II p. 216, 5; Cohen VIII p. 269, 14 var. (no drapery); SRCV I 2916 var. (Jupiter laureate, eagle head right), Choice VF, very nice green patina, weight 3.69718 g, maximum diameter 18.44 mm, die axis 270o, Rome mint, probably 138 - 161 A.D.; obverse diademed and draped bust of Jupiter right; reverse eagle standing half right on thunderbolt, head turned back left, wings open, S - C (senatus consulto) low across fields; SOLD


Roman Empire, Anonymous, Time of Domitian to Antoninus Pius, c. 80 - 161 A.D.

|Imperial| |Quadrantes|, |Roman| |Empire,| |Anonymous,| |Time| |of| |Domitian| |to| |Antoninus| |Pius,| |c.| |80| |-| |161| |A.D.||quadrans|
Some anonymous quadrans seem to give the god or goddess the facial features of an emperor or empress. Jupiter on this coins looks a bit like Antoninus Pius.
RB97237. Bronze quadrans, RIC II p. 216, 4; Cohen VIII p. 269, 16; SRCV I 2916 var. (Jupiter laureate, eagle head right), VF, well centered, porous, tiny edge cracks, weight 3.349 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, probably 138 - 161 A.D.; obverse diademed head of Jupiter right; reverse eagle standing half right on thunderbolt, head turned back left, wings open, S - C (senatus consulto) low across fields; rare; SOLD


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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