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Roman Coins of the Adoptive Emperors
Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.||sestertius|
A coin this beautiful might sell for twice this price or more. This coin, however, was expertly smoothed and has an enhanced artificial patina. Here at FORVM we inform you of this issue, which might go unsubscribed by some sellers. This smoothing and patina were probably made necessary by active corrosion. It should be maintained in a climate controlled environment, waxed occasionally, and is at risk of returning active corrosion. This bargain priced coin is sold, as is, no returns.
SH98432. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II-3 2398, BMCRE III 1545, Strack II 702, Cohen II 1364, Banti 710, SRCV II 3645, Hunter II 561, VF, excellent portrait, well centered and struck, smoothing, enhanced patina, at risk for active corrosion - sold as is, no returns, weight 24.764 g, maximum diameter 31.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 137 - 138 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse Diana standing left, arrow in right hand, bow in left, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field below center; sold as is, no returns; $500.00 (€410.00)


Lucius Verus, 7 March 161 - February 169 A.D.

|Lucius| |Verus|, |Lucius| |Verus,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |February| |169| |A.D.||denarius|
In 165, the Parthians sued for peace after the Roman captured Artaxata, Seleucia on the Tigris, and Ctesiphon. The Parthians left Armenia and eastern Mesopotamia, which both became Roman protectorates. Unfortunately the Antonine plague (perhaps smallpox) came from the East with the returning soldiers. It spread throughout the Empire, lasted for roughly twenty years, and killed about 5 million people, probably including Lucius Verus.
RS97929. Silver denarius, Hunter II 25 (same dies), RIC III 548 var., RSC II 286 var., BMCRE IV 413 var., SRCV II 5358 var. (all var. laureate head right), aVF, well centered, flow lines, toned, holed with closed crack to edge, small punch above head, marks, small edge cracks, weight 2.996 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Dec 165 - Dec 166 A.D.; obverse L VERVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX, laureate and cuirassed bust left; reverse TR P VI IMP III COS II, Parthian captive seated right on ground, wearing pointed cap, tunic, and breeches to ankles, hands bound behind back, quiver, bow, and shield at his feet; zero sales of this left facing bust variety listed on Coin Archives in the last two decades; extremely rare bust; $200.00 (€164.00)


Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D., Koinon of Thessaly

|Thessaly|, |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |17| |March| |180| |A.D.,| |Koinon| |of| |Thessaly||AE| |26|
The Macedonian Koinon (community) was the political organization governing the autonomous Roman province of Macedonia and responsible for issuing coinage. Member cities sent representatives to participate in the popular assembly. The Koinon held celebrations and games annually at Beroea (modern Verria) in honor of Alexander the Great and the Roman emperor.
RP98018. Bronze AE 26, SNG Evelpidis 1682; RPC IV.1 T4563.12; BCD Thessaly II 960.1; Rogers 94; BMC Thessaly p. 8, 78; SNG Cop -, VF, nice portrait, broad flan, marks/scratches, areas of light corrosion, weight 14.897 g, maximum diameter 26.0 mm, die axis 270o, Thessaly mint, 161 - 180 A.D.; obverse AVT M AVP ANTWNEINOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse KOINWN ΘECCAΛWN, Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear with right hand, round shield on left arm; ex Naville Numismatics auction 19 (13 Dec 2015), lot 196; $175.00 (€143.50)


Faustina Junior, Augusta, 146 - Winter 175/176 A.D., Neapolis, Samaria, Syria Palestina

|Roman| |Judea| |&| |Palestina|, |Faustina| |Junior,| |Augusta,| |146| |-| |Winter| |175/176| |A.D.,| |Neapolis,| |Samaria,| |Syria| |Palestina||AE| |19|
The image on the reverse resembles sculptures of Artemis, the Lady of Ephesus, including one at the Ephesus Archaeological Museum and another at the Vatican. The Ionians worshiped Artemis as a mother goddess, akin to the Phrygian Cybele. Her cult image was adorned with multiple rounded breast like protuberances on her chest. They have been variously interpreted as accessory breasts, eggs, grapes, acorns, or even bull testes. Excavation at the site of the Artemision in 1987/8 found a multitude of tear-shaped amber beads that once adorned the ancient wooden xoanon.Artemis
RP98113. Bronze AE 19, Sofaer 59 (same dies); BMC Palestine p. 56, 69; Rosenberger III 19; RPC IV Online T6349 (8 specs); SNG Cop 17; de Saulcy p. 253, 5; SNG ANS -, nice gF, near black patina with red earthen highlighting, high points flat not fully struck, weight 6.831 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 0o, Neapolis (Nablus, Israel) mint, struck under Antoninus Pius, 161 - 162 A.D.; obverse ΦAVCTEINAN CEBACTHN, draped bust right, hair in chingon; reverse ΦΛ NEACΠOΛE CYPIAC ΠAΛ-AI (Flavia Neapolis Syria Palestina, the last two letter in exergue and smaller), cult statue of Artemis Ephesia standing facing, wearing headdress, two stags at feet, hands resting on supports, ET - Ч (year 90) divided across field above arms; ex Menashe Landman Collection; rare; $160.00 (€131.20)


Faustina Junior, Augusta 146 - Winter 175/176 A.D., Wife of Marcus Aurelius, Blaundos, Lydia

|Other| |Lydia|, |Faustina| |Junior,| |Augusta| |146| |-| |Winter| |175/176| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |Blaundos,| |Lydia||hemiassarion|
The ruins of Blaundos' ancient gateway and a temple are located at modern Sülümenli, Uşak, Turkey. On the earliest coins of the city, the name was written Mlaundos.
RP97253. Bronze hemiassarion, GRPCL I 115; RPC online 1189; BMC Lydia 77; SNG Cop 93, SNG Munchen 92, SNG Leypold 923, Mionnet IV 115, Winterthur 3721, SNGvA -, VF, green patina, slightly rough, tiny edge cracks, rev. slightly off center, weight 3.748 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 180o, Blaundos (Sülümenli, Uşak, Turkey) mint, 152 - 176 A.D.; obverse ΦAVCTEINA CEBATH, draped bust right, hair in a bun behind neck; reverse BΛAVN∆EΩN, Demeter standing facing, veiled head left, poppy and two stalks of grain in extended right hand, long torch in left hand; ex Leu Numismatik auction 12 (30 May 2020), lot 839; $150.00 (€123.00)


Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D., Tyana, Cappadocia

|Cappadocia|, |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |17| |March| |180| |A.D.,| |Tyana,| |Cappadocia||AE| |24|
Tyana was an ancient city in the Anatolian region of Cappadocia. Under Caracalla the city became Antoniana colonia Tyana. After having sided with Queen Zenobia of Palmyra it was captured by Aurelian in 272, who would not allow his soldiers to sack it, allegedly because Apollo appeared to him, pleading for its safety. The ruins of Tyana are at modern Kemerhisar, three miles south of Nigde. There are remains of a Roman aqueduct and of cave cemeteries and sepulchral grottoes.
RP98020. Bronze AE 24, Ganschow II p. 407, 1024; RPC IV.3 T5742; BMC Galatia p. 97, 7; Lindgren-Kovacs 1739; Waddington p. 406, 6808; SNG Cop -, VF, dark brown patina, weight 8.747 g, maximum diameter 24.1 mm, die axis 180o, Cappadocia, Tyana (Kemerhisar, Turkey) mint, 164 - 165 A.D.; obverse AYTOK M - ANTWNEINOC - CE, laureate, bearded head right; reverse TYANEWN - T Π T IEP ACY AYTO (TΩN ΠPOC TAYPO IEPAC ACYΛOY AYTONOMO = of Tyana at the Taurus, Holy Sanctuary, Autonomous), Tyche seated left, turreted, stalks of grain and bunch of grapes in right hand, resting left hand on seat, left foot on swimming river-god (Euphrates), seat decorated with griffin, ET - B (year 2) divided across field; $150.00 (€123.00)


Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.

|Marcus| |Aurelius|, |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |17| |March| |180| |A.D.||denarius|
The style of this coin is very similar to official issues but it was struck by an unofficial criminal mint. It was stuck on a flan made with a bronze core wrapped in thin silver foil. This combination of bust, legends and reverse type was never struck by the official Roman mint. This counterfeit likely circulated easily when new, but after centuries underground, has the deceit has been exposed. The bronze core has corroded in spots, expanded, and pushed up the silver foil. This is most visible on the obverse right field where the silver has been pushed up and cracked.
RS97934. Fouree silver plated denarius, RIC III 272 var. (no cuirass), RSC II 258 var. (same), BMCRE IV 570 var. (laur. head), Hunter II -, SRCV II -, aVF, well centered, nice portrait, radiating flow lines, reverse flatly struck, scratches, edge cracks, lamination defects, weight 3.118 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, unofficial criminal mint, c. 173 A.D.; obverse M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVII, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse IMP VI COS III, Aequitas standing slightly left, head left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; $140.00 (€114.80)


Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D. Pisidia, Antiochia

|Pisidia|, |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |17| |March| |180| |A.D.| |Pisidia,| |Antiochia||AE| |20|
Antiochia in Pisidia, also know as Antiochia in Phrygia, and under the Roman Empire as Antiochia Caesareia or Antiochia Colonia Caesarea, was on the border of Pisidia and Phrygia, at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Aegean and Central Anatolian regions.
RP98025. Bronze AE 20, Krzyzanowska 139, pl. 4 (dies not listed); RPC IV.3 T7338; BMC Lycia p. 177, 9; SNG BnF 1087; SNGvA 4922; SNG Righetti 1328, VF, well centered, highlighting desert patina, flow lines, light crackling corrosion, strike slightly weak, weight 3.381 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 180o, Antiochia (near Yalvaç, Turkey) mint, as caesar, c. 160 A.D.; obverse CAESAR AVRELIVS, bare head right; reverse ANTIOCHEAE COLONIAE, eagle standing half right, head right, wings displayed; $130.00 (€106.60)


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.

|Antoninus| |Pius|, |Antoninus| |Pius,| |August| |138| |-| |7| |March| |161| |A.D.||denarius|
Antoninus Pius was born to a distinguished family. After a typical senatorial career, he made a name for himself as proconsul of Asia. He was adopted as Hadrian's heir and succeeded soon after. His reign was long and peaceful, a Golden Age of tranquility and prosperity.
RS97937. Silver denarius, RIC III 127D(f), RSC II 230a, BMCRE IV 517, Strack III 160, Hunter II -, SRCV II -, F, nice portrait for the grade, well centered, flow lines, light tone, edge cracks, holed, weight 3.027 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 145 - 161 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust left; reverse COS IIII, Aequitas standing facing, head left, scales in right hand, long rod vertical in left hand; rare bust left; $120.00 (€98.40)


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.

|Antoninus| |Pius|, |Antoninus| |Pius,| |August| |138| |-| |7| |March| |161| |A.D.||denarius|
The "ship of state," famously expounded by Plato in the Republic, likens the governance of a state to the command of a vessel. The Romans believed that Fortuna, the goddess of luck and fortune, after deserting the Persians and Assyrians, saw Alexander perish as she flew over Syria and Egypt, and at last arriving on Mount Palatine, cast aside her wings to live in Rome forever. This coin was dedicated to Fortuna, depicting holding a rudder, for steering the Roman ship of state to prosperity, symbolized by the cornucopia.
RS97940. Silver denarius, RSC II 860a, RIC III 49(b), Strack III 52, SRCV II 4116 var. (no drapery), Hunter II -, aVF, well centered, highest points weakly struck, lamination defect obv. right field, radiating flow lines, small edge cracks, weight 2.887 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 139 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate and draped bust right; reverse TR POT COS II, Fortuna standing slightly left, head left, rudder in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; $120.00 (€98.40)




  







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