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The John Aiello Collection of Late Roman Coins

The coins below are from the private late Roman coin collection of John Aiello, a prominent ancient coin wholesaler. Unfortunately, this is not the entire collection. Many of the pieces were sold through Alex G. Malloy, Auction Sale LX. FORVM was fortunate to obtain all the coins that did not receive bids meeting the reserves. The reserves were not unreasonable, but the catalog was printed in black and white on newsprint and bidders were not able to see the fine patinas and beautiful, but sometimes subtle, qualities of these coins. We hope you find our photographs allow you to properly appraise these fine coins. Since all of these coins are sold, you will need to click "SEE MORE FROM THIS CATEGORY - FORVM's PRIOR SALES" at the bottom of the page to see the collection.

|J.| |Aiello| |Late| |Roman|, |Magnentius,| |18| |January| |350| |-| |10| |August| |353| |A.D.||heavy| |maiorina|
 
SHA1181a. Billon heavy maiorina, RIC VIII Lyons 115, LRBC II 214, SRCV V 18799, Cohen VIII 20, Superb EF+, weight 2.72 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 350 - 351 A.D.; obverse D N MAGNENTIVS P F AVG, bare-headed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, A behind; reverse GLORIA ROMANORVM (glory of the Romans), Magnentius riding right without shield, spearing enemy, shield and broken spear on the ground, [RP]LG in ex; from the Aiello Collection; SOLD


|J.| |Aiello| |Late| |Roman|, |Magnus| |Maximus,| |July| |383| |-| |28| |July| |388| |A.D.||siliqua|
This type normally depicts with Roma holding a spear with the point on the ground, if Roma is holding a reversed spear here it appears impaled in her leg. From the Aiello Collection.
SH04574. Silver siliqua, RIC IX Trier 84(b) var., EF, sharp, bright silver, weight 1.84 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 0o, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 384 - 28 Jul 388 A.D.; obverse D N MAG MAXIMVS P F AVG, Pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS ROMANORVM (courage of the Romans), Roma seated facing on throne, left leg bare, globe in right hand, scepter in left, TRPS in exergue; rare variety; SOLD


|J.| |Aiello| |Late| |Roman|, |Aurelian,| |August| |270| |-| |October| |or| |November| |275| |A.D.||denarius|
From the Aiello Collection. Very scarce denomination.
SH04035. Billon denarius, RIC V 73, EF, superb green patina, weight 2.50 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Rome mint, 274 - 275 A.D.; obverse IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse VICTORIA AVG (the victory of the Emperor), Victory walking left holding wrath in right and palm in left, captive left, A in exergue; from the Aiello Collection; SOLD


Maximinus II Daia, May 310 - 30 April 313 A.D.

|Maximinus| |II|, |Maximinus| |II| |Daia,| |May| |310| |-| |30| |April| |313| |A.D.||follis|
Maximinus II was made caesar in 305. After Galerius died, Maximinus II invaded and annexed Galerius' former territory. In 313, he invaded Licinius' territory. Although he seized many cities his army was destroyed in a battle. He fled disguised as a slave but fell ill and died.
SH04235. Billon follis, RIC VI Antiochia 145b, EF, weight 6.04 g, maximum diameter 24.5 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 310 A.D.; obverse MAXIMINVS NOB CAES, helmeted and cuirassed bust left, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left arm decorated with two riders and four figures; reverse SOLI INVICTO (to the invincible sun god), Sol holding globe in right and raising left, riding in a facing quadriga, two horses split in each direction, S in center, ANT in exergue; from the Aiello Collection, Alex G. Malloy auction LX listed this coin with an estimate of $2,500 (unsold); very rare (R3); SOLD


Aurelian, August 270 - October or November 275 A.D.

|Aurelian|, |Aurelian,| |August| |270| |-| |October| |or| |November| |275| |A.D.||as|
 
SH04033. Copper as, RIC V-1 80 var., Choice VF+, superb glossy lime green patina, weight 7.130 g, maximum diameter 26.1 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 270 - 276 A.D; obverse IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse CONCORDIA AVG (harmony of the Emperor), Emperor and empress clasping hands, above and between them bust of Sol right; RIC does not cite variety without mint mark in exergue; from the Aiello Collection; very scarce denomination; SOLD


Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.

|Carausius|, |Romano-British| |Empire,| |Carausius,| |Mid| |286| |-| |Spring| |or| |Early| |Summer| |293| |A.D.||antoninianus|
This reverse legend is not listed in RIC without mint marks.
RA04161. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 977 var., VF+, weight 4.44 g, maximum diameter 25.8 mm, die axis 195o, unofficial mint, obverse IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse SAECVLI FELICITA, prince standing right holding transverse spear in right and extending left, no mark; from the Aiello Collection; very rare; SOLD


Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.

|Carausius|, |Romano-British| |Empire,| |Carausius,| |Mid| |286| |-| |Spring| |or| |Early| |Summer| |293| |A.D.||antoninianus|
The quantity of PAX coinage issued by Carausius probably exceeded the entire output of his other types combined. The type was an appeal by the usurper Carausius for peace with the "official" emperors. Diocletian and Maximian did not recognize Carausius as emperor, nor did they reciprocate his desire for peace.
RA04160. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 880, Choice aEF, weight 4.69 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 0o, Londinium (London, England) mint, c. mid 286 - early/mid 287; obverse IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, early reign moustache portrait type; reverse PAX AVG (the peace of the Emperor), Pax standing left holding olive branch in right and vertical scepter in left, no mark; from the Aiello Collection; SOLD


Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.

|Carausius|, |Romano-British| |Empire,| |Carausius,| |Mid| |286| |-| |Spring| |or| |Early| |Summer| |293| |A.D.||antoninianus|
Pax, regarded by the ancients as a goddess, was worshiped not only at Rome but also at Athens. Her altar could not be stained with blood. Claudius began the construction of a magnificent temple to her honor, which Vespasian finished, in the Via Sacra. The attributes of Peace are the hasta pura, the olive branch, the cornucopia, and often the caduceus. Sometimes she is represented setting fire to a pile of arms.
RA04156. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 101 var., VF+, bold portrait, weight 2.92 g, maximum diameter 23.7 mm, die axis 0o, Londinium (London, England) mint, c. 288 A.D.; obverse IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, middle reign portrait type; reverse PAX AVG (the peace of the Emperor), Pax standing left, raising olive branch in right hand, long scepter vertical in left hand, L left, ML in exergue; from the Aiello Collection; SOLD


Claudius II Gothicus, September 268 - August or September 270 A.D.

|Claudius| |II|, |Claudius| |II| |Gothicus,| |September| |268| |-| |August| |or| |September| |270| |A.D.||antoninianus|
This commemorative type was issued by Quintillus or Aurelian.
SH04021. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC T1278, RIC V-1 266, Venra 10678 - 10884, Cunetio 2314, Normanby 1115, Hunter IV CD1, Cohen VI 46, SRCV III 11460, superb EF, weight 3.47 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, issue 1, c. end 270 - 271; obverse DIVO CLAVDIO, radiate head right; reverse CONSECRATIO, eagle standing left, head right, wings open; from the Aiello Collection; SOLD


Romulus, Son of Maxentius, Died 309 A.D.

|Romulus|, |Romulus,| |Son| |of| |Maxentius,| |Died| |309| || |A.D.||half| |follis|
David Sear identifies this simple round building without columns as the Sepulcher of Divus Romulus. The ruins of this tomb, which are sometimes erroneously called the stables of the Circus of Caracalla, are situated in a large quadrilateral enclosure forming part of the villa of Maxentius on the Appian way, about one mile from the gate of S. Sebastian.
SH04243. Billon half follis, RIC VI Ostia 59, Cohen VII 9, SRCV IV 15051, Hunter V 9 - 10 var. (officina), VF, weight 1.82 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Ostia (port of Rome) mint, late 309 - 310 A.D.; obverse DIVO ROMVLO N V BIS CONS, bare head right; reverse AETERNAE MEMORIAE, Sepulcher of Divus Romulus, brick facade, dome-shaped roof, no columns, right door open, surmounted by eagle with spread wings, MOSTS in exergue; from the Aiello Collection; scarce; SOLD




  



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