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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.

Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.

|J.| |Aiello| |Late| |Roman|, |Gallienus,| |August| |253| |-| |September| |268| |A.D.||antoninianus|
Gallienus paid particular adoration to Mars. He raised a temple to the worship of Mars in the Circus Flaminius and called the god Propugnator (champion or defender). "Mars the Pacifier" may be seen as ironic today, but the Romans knew that victory in war (hopefully including the total destruction of your enemy) is an effective way to achieve peace.
RA04009. Billon antoninianus, Gbl MIR 570a, RIC V-1 S236, RSC IV 617a, Hunter IV 67, SRCV III 10288, aEF, superb portrait, attractive green patina, nice surfaces, traces of silvering, clashed dies, weight 2.45 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Rome mint, 8th emission, c. 263 - 266 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right; reverse MARTI PACIFERO (to Mars the peacemaker), Mars standing slightly left, head left, wearing helmet and military garb, raising olive branch in right hand, left hand resting on grounded shield, spear leaning on left arm, A (with open top, appearing as H) in left field; from the Aiello Collection; SOLD

Maximinus II Daia, Late 309 - 30 April 313 A.D.

|Maximinus| |II|, |Maximinus| |II| |Daia,| |Late| |309| |-| |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

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|
Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.

Refers to Carausius arrival in Britain. From the Aiello Collection. This Aiello Collection coin was listed in Alex G. Malloy Auction Sale LX with an estimate of $2,000 (unsold).
RA04159. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 598 var. (no mention of captive); Hunter IV, p. ccvii, nice VF, weight 4.41 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 0o, RSR (probably London) mint, c. mid 287; obverse IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse ADV[ENTVS AV]G, Carausius on horseback pacing left, raising right hand, scepter in left, captive seated left on ground before horse, RSR in exergue; from the Aiello Collection, David Sear graded as, "a nice VF, though with some flatness in the striking, a rare and interesting type probably overstruck on an earlier antoninianus"; very rare; SOLD


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