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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


Alexander Tyrannus, 308 - 311 A.D.

|Alexander| |Tyrannus|, |Alexander| |Tyrannus,| |308| |-| |311| |A.D.||follis|
From the Aiello Collection.
SH03787. Copper follis, RIC VI Carthago 75, Aiello collection 574 (this coin), VF, weight 3.92 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 0o, Carthage (near Tunis, Tunisia) mint, 308 - 311 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER P F AVG, laureate head right; reverse ROMAE AETERNAE (to eternal Rome), Roma within standing left within hexastyle temple holding globe in right hand and scepter in left, P*K in ex; of greatest rarity!; SOLD


Constantine III, 407 - 411 A.D.

|Constantine| |III|, |Constantine| |III,| |407| |-| |411| |A.D.||siliqua|
"'Siliqua' (pl: siliquae), the smallest Roman unit of weight measurement (equal to 1/144 of a Roman ounce - 1/1728 of a pound) was applied about 323 to the silver coins (93-97% fine) which Constantine I struck. By 324 the solidus was the Roman gold unit (struck at 1/72 of a pound) and was tariffed at 24 silver coins. Thus 'siliqua' was applied to the silver, since it was equal to 1/24 of 1/72 of a pound of gold, or 1/1728 of a pound of gold. Originally struck at 3.15 gms and 18-20 mms, between 355 and 360 they were reduced by Constantius II to about 2.0 gms and remained at that weight into Byzantine times." - Moneta Historical Research by Thomas Schroer
SH04578. Silver siliqua, RIC X 1526, aEF, weight 1.99 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 0o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 407 - 408 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTINVS P F AVG, pear-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AAAVGGGG (victory of the three emperors), Roma seated left, Victory in right, spear in left, LD[ ] in exergue; ex John Aiello Collection; extremely rare (R4); 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


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, VenŤra 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


Quintillus, August or September - October or November 270 A.D.

|Quintillus|, |Quintillus,| |August| |or| |September| |-| |October| |or| |November| |270| |A.D.||antoninianus|
"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.
RA04031. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 111, VenŤra 10269 - 10283, Normanby 1223, Cunetio 2359 corr., RIC V-1 58, SRCV III 11447, EF, superb portrait, flan crack, weight 2.87 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, c. end Aug - Nov 270; obverse IMP QVINTILLVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse MARTI PACI (to Mars the peacemaker), Mars standing slightly left, helmeted head left, wearing military garb, raising olive branch in right hand, transverse spear in left hand, P in exergue; from the Aiello Collection; SOLD


Delmatius, Caesar, 18 September 335 - mid 337 A.D.

|Delmatius|, |Delmatius,| |Caesar,| |18| |September| |335| |-| |mid| |337| |A.D.||reduced| |centenionalis|
In 334 A.D., Delmatius put down a revolt in Cyprus led by the usurper Calocaerus.
RL04491. Billon reduced centenionalis, SRCV IV 16875 ff., EF, bold, sharp, golden toned silvering, weight 2.79 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain mint, 18 Sep 335 - 336 A.D.; obverse FL DELMATIVS NOB C, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, flanking one standard in center, heads confronted, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, mint mark in exergue; from the Aiello Collection; SOLD


Constantius Gallus, Caesar, Mid-March 351 - Winter 354 A.D.

|Constantius| |Gallus|, |Constantius| |Gallus,| |Caesar,| |Mid-March| |351| |-| |Winter| |354| |A.D.||maiorina|
The Christogram (also called a Monogramma Christi or Chrismon) is a ligature of Chi (X) and Rho (P), the first two letters of Christ in Greek. It was among the earliest symbols of Christianity. The crucifix was rarely used in early Christian iconography, perhaps because most people then had personally witnessed its gruesome use for public execution.
RL04504. Billon maiorina, RIC VIII Siscia 303, LRBC II 1189, SRCV V 18954, Cohen VIII 2, Choice EF, weight 5.40 g, maximum diameter 24.2 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 350 - 351 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS IVN NOB C, bare-headed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, A behind; reverse CONCORDIA MILITVM (harmony with the soldiers), Constantius Gallus standing left, holding labarum (chi-rho standard) in each hand, III left, ASIS crescent in exergue; from the Aiello Collection; scarce; SOLD







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