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Mark Z's Imperial Portrait Gallery


Here is my ever-evolving Roman Empire Imperial Portrait Collection. Your comments and ratings are appreciated!

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Mark Z's Antiquities Gallery


Here are some antiquities and remembrances of the Roman Empire that I've picked up along the way. Your comments and ratings are appreciated!

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Last additions - Mark Z's Gallery
474-475 A.D., probably Mediolanum
OBV: Head r.
RV: Nepos monogram within wreath, RIC X 3222, C. cf. 2
Privately owned in Germany since the early 1980s.
Hirsch Coin, Auction 383, Lot 2781
2 commentsMark ZSep 28, 2023
Maiorina 350 AD. Rome.
Spink 18912, RIC 202, Cohen 3
OBV: FL POP NEPOT - IANVS P F AVG. Bareheaded, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
REV: VRBS ROMA. Roma seated left on throne, holding Victory on globe and spear; shield to right. AE. 4.37 g. Very rare. Choice F.
Ex: Tauler & Fau Auction 117, Lot 4755
3 commentsMark ZDec 17, 2022
Maximus of Spain, Usurper, 409-411 A.D.RIC X 1601; King p. 291; Cohen 1b; Sear 4263
Usurper, AD 409-411. Silver Siliqua, 4 mm, 1.36 g, 11 h, Barcelona, R3.
OBV: D N MAXIM-VS P F AVG Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Maximus to right.
REV: [VICT]ORI[A] AAVGGG / SMBA Roma seated left on cuirass, holding Victory on globe in her right hand and inverted spear in her left. RIC 1601.
Very rare, a key rarity in the late Roman series. Struck on a slightly short flan as usual and with some areas of weakness, otherwise, very fine, VF, cabinet tone, extremely rare.
Leu Numismatik, Auction 20, Lot 2836, July 18, 2022;
Heritage Europe (formerly MPO Auctions), Auction 66, Lot 4521, November 16, 2020;
Collection of Jeroen van der Meulen;
Stack's Bowers January 2015 NYINC Auction, 9 January 2015, 284;
Gorny & Mosch 215, 14 October 2013, 617;
Ars Classica, Auction ?, Lot ?, Date ?
According to Philip Grierson (DOCLR, p. 219), there are only about twenty known coins of Maximus.
Mark ZJul 22, 2022
Jotapian, UsurperJotapian. Usurper, circa AD 248-249
AR Antoninianus (23mm, 2.44 g, 1h).
Nicopolis in Seleucia mint.
Obv: IM C M F R IOTAPIANVS, radiate and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
Rev: VICTORI A A VG, Victory, draped, advancing left, holding wreath in right hand and cradling palm frond in left arm.
RIC IV 2c; Bland 15 (dies VIII/xii); RSC 2.
Toned, porous, rough surfaces, deposits, small flan bend. Good Fine. Very rare.
CNG eAuction 513, Lot 443
1 commentsMark ZApr 15, 2022
Leo II with Zeno SolidusLeo II with Zeno. AD 474.
AV Solidus (20mm, 4.46 g, 6h). Constantinople mint.
OBV: Pearl-diademed, helmeted, and cuirassed bust facing slightly right, holding spear over shoulder and shield decorated with horseman motif
REV: Leo and Zeno seated facing on double throne, each holding mappa; star and cross above; CONOB.
RIC X 803; Depeyrot 98/1. A few minor marks. Good VF.
CNG Coins Feature Auction 117 05/19/21
Mark ZMay 22, 2021
Julian of PannoniaJulian of Pannonia, Usurper (284-285).
BI Antoninianus, Siscia mint.
Obv: IMP C M AVR IVLIANVS PF AVG. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: FELICITAS TEMPORVM. Felicitas standing facing, head left, holding caduceus and sceptre; in field, S-B; in exergue, XXI.
RIC 2., C. 1 (Fr. 150). BI. g. 3.14 RRR. Very rare.

Notes from the seller (Artemide LI, Lot 322):
"A superb example. Deep brown patina. Minor areas of weakness, otherwise about EF/Good VF."
5 commentsMark ZMay 09, 2019
Alexander (Tyrannus) of CarthageAlexander of Carthage. Usurper, AD 308-310.
Æ Follis (21.5mm, 5.26 g, 6h). Carthago (Carthage) mint.
IMP ALEXANDER P F AVG, laureate head right
[S P Q R OPT]IMO PRINCIPI, aquila between two signa, one on left surmounted by hand, one on right surmounted by wreath; PK.
RIC VI 72 (R3); Salama type X, portrait style G. VF, green patina, earthen encrustation. Very rare reverse type.

CNG Coins Triton XXII Auction, Lot 1170.
4 commentsMark ZJan 21, 2019
Martinian AE FollisRIC VII 16 Cyzicus, VAGI 3037
20.5 mm, 2.99 gm
Radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right
Jupiter standing left, holding Victory on globe in right hand & sceptre in left; to left, eagle standing left, head right with wreath in beak; to right, bound captive seated right.
Rev. R. field: X / IIΓ
Exergue: SMKA

Ex: Mike Vosper Coins (05/2015); Naville Numismatics Live Auction 9 Lot 336 (09/2014); Naville Numismatics Live Auction 2 Lot 167 (09/2013); Harlan J. Berk (2005); FORVM (2003)

Mark ZMay 19, 2015
Uranius Antoninus TetradrachmSYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Emesa. 253-254 A.D.
BI Tetradrachm (26mm, 11.38 g, 6h).
OBV: Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
REV: Eagle standing facing, head and tail right, with wings spread, holding wreath in beak; S C in exergue.
Baldus, Nachtrag Ξ/ξ = Prieur 1058 var. or corr.
The reverse legend on the current coin appears to end [...]YΠAT B, whereas Prieur notes the specimen published by Baldus ends [...]YΠATO B. It is not entirely clear from the photograph in Baldus.
Near VF, earthen deposits, peripheral roughness on reverse. Perhaps the second known.
4 commentsMark ZMay 29, 2014
Anthemius AE4467-472 AD. Æ 8mm (0.66 g). Rome mint.
Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right (weak)
Monogram (2), Chi-Rho above; all within wreath. RIC X 2858.
Brown surfaces, obverse weak with a pit and rough, clear monogram. Housed in an NGC slab where graded Fine, 2/3.
Very Rare (R4)
2 commentsMark ZFeb 23, 2014
Roman, Bronze Vase, 1st Century A.D.Lathe-spun bronze vase, cf. Hayes, Greek, Roman, and Related Metalware in the Royal Ontario Museum #121; height 7 ½ inches, Choice, round body tapering to rim, slight raised foot ring, fine groove around outside of ring, another around the inside of the neck; green and encrusted patina, some separation at base.
EX: Alex G. Malloy Collection; FORVM
(notes and picture from FORVM website)
1 commentsMark ZApr 20, 2013
Roman, North African, Pyriform Terracotta Lamp, 4th Century A.D.Roman, North African lamp, Choice, orange terracotta lamp, pyriform shape, palm design around the shoulder, 4 1/4" long, heavy carbon deposits on nozzle.
EX: Alex G. Malloy Collection; FORVM
(Notes and Picture from the FORVM website)
1 commentsMark ZApr 20, 2013

Random files - Mark Z's Gallery
Clodius Albinus AR Denarius as CaesarRIC IVa 4 Rome, RSC 15
2.26 g, 17 mm
D CLOD SEPT ALBIN CAES, bare head right
FELICITAS COS II, Felicitas standing, head left, holding caduceus and sceptre
2 commentsMark Z
Johannes AE4RIC X 1916, LRBC 833
1.10 g, 10 mm
D N IOHANNES P F AVG Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust r.
SALVS RE-PVBLICE Victory advancing l., holding trophy over r. shoulder and dragging captive
P in left field
RM in exergue
Mark Z
Balbinus AR DenariusRIC IVb 1, RSC 5a, 238 A.D.
2.72 g, 18 mm
IMP C D CAEL BALBINVS AVG, laureate draped bust right
CONCORDIA AVGG, concordia seated left holding patera & cornucopiae
Ex: Tkalec AG
6 commentsMark Z

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