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Ancient Coins with a Monogram Reverse Type

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Libius Severus, 19 November 461 - 25 September 465 A.D.

|Libius| |Severus|, |Libius| |Severus,| |19| |November| |461| |-| |25| |September| |465| |A.D.||nummus|
Libius Severus (also referred to as Severus III) is one of the emperors we know almost nothing about, even though he ruled for nearly four years. He was a native of Lucania and was proclaimed emperor at Ravenna by the mighty general Ricimer. Severus' death is surrounded by mystery. Ancient sources tell us that he was either poisoned or died of natural causes. The event might have the work of Ricimer since his puppet emperor was not recognized by the eastern emperor Leo I.
RL90813. Bronze nummus, RIC X 2715, gF, excellent for the type, weight 0.997 g, maximum diameter 11.9 mm, die axis 180o, Ravenna(?) mint, 461 A.D.; obverse D N LIB SEVERVS P F AVG, diademed and cuirassed bust of Severus III right; reverse RcME monogram (of Ricimer) in wreath; ex Holding History Coins; very rare; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Heraclius & Heraclius Constantine, 23 January 613 - 11 January 641 A.D.

|Heraclius|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Heraclius| |&| |Heraclius| |Constantine,| |23| |January| |613| |-| |11| |January| |641| |A.D.||solidus|
In 632, Heraclonas, Heraclius younger son, was designated Caesar and added to the coinage. Heraclonas was seven years old. The Heraclian monogram on the reverse replaces the more typical obverse inscription.
SH56780. Gold solidus, Wroth BMC 76; Tolstoi 410; DOC II-1 44f (no examples in the collection, refs Wroth and Tolstoi); SBCV 770; Hahn MIB 53, gVF, light graffiti, weight 4.390 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, 8th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 639(?) - 641; obverse Heraclius with long beard and mustache between his sons, Heraclonas on left and Heraclius Constantine on right, all stand facing, each wears crown and chlamys and holds globus cruciger in right; reverse VICTORIA AVGu H (victory of the Emperor, 8th officina), cross potent on three steps, Heraclian monogram left, E right, CONOB in exergue, light graffiti in right field; nicely centered, luster in fields; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Heraclius & Heraclius Constantine, 23 January 613 - 11 January 641 A.D.

|Heraclius|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Heraclius| |&| |Heraclius| |Constantine,| |23| |January| |613| |-| |11| |January| |641| |A.D.||solidus|
In 632, Heraclonas, Heraclius younger son, was designated Caesar and added to the coinage. Heraclonas was seven years old. The Heraclian monogram on the reverse replaces the more typical obverse inscription.
SH66466. Gold solidus, DOC II-1 38a; Hahn MIB 44; SBCV 763; Wroth BMC -; Ratto -, gVF, light scratch in reverse lower right field, excellent centering, luster in fields, weight 4.447 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 180o, 6th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 636 - 637(?); obverse Heraclius with long beard and mustache between his sons, Heraclonas on left and Heraclius Constantine on right, all stand facing, each wears crown and chlamys and holds globus cruciger in right; reverse VICTORIA AVGu S (victory of the Emperor, 6th officina), cross potent on three steps, Heraclian monogram left, I right, CONOB in exergue; SOLD


Zeno, 18 January - 17 November 474 and August 476 - 11 April 491 A.D.

|Zeno|, |Zeno,| |18| |January| |-| |17| |November| |474| |and| |August| |476| |-| |11| |April| |491| |A.D.||nummus|
The obverse legend for this type is usually off flan, incomplete, and blundered.
RL81747. Bronze nummus, cf. RIC X 958 ff., SRCV V 21561, LRBC II -, VF, nice for the type, weight 0.728 g, maximum diameter 9.4 mm, die axis 0o, Thessalonica(?) mint, Second reign Aug 476 - 11 Apr 491 A.D.; obverse [...]NON[...], pearl diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse Zeno monogram (RIC monogram 1) within wreath, mintmark (THS?) off flan in exergue; scarce; SOLD


Leo I, 7 February 457 - 18 January 474 A.D.

|Leo| |I|, |Leo| |I,| |7| |February| |457| |-| |18| |January| |474| |A.D.||half| |centenionalis|
 
RL48783. Bronze half centenionalis, cf. RIC X 720, LRBC II 2270, DOCLR 570, SRCV V 21448, Hunter V -, aVF, weight 0.864 g, maximum diameter 11.6 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse D N LEO..., pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse Leo's Greek monogram (LEONTA with reversed N) within wreath, KOC in exergue; scarce; SOLD







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