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Titus as Caesar RIC II V0554Titus as Caesar. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 73 A.D. (3.16g, 19.9mm, 0h). Obv: T CAES IMP VESP CENS; laureate head right. Rev: PONTIF MAXIM, Vespasian std. r. on curule chair, with scepter and branch. RIC II 554 (R), BMC V113, RSC 158. Ex Incitatus/Steve McBride.

This coin is considered a mule for Titus as the reverse title POINTIF MAXIM was reserved for the Emperor. There are two types (V553 with CEN instead of CENS), and both seem to have been minted in fairly large quantities which seems unusual for a mule. This example has a die axis of 0 hours which is also unusual for the Rome mint. The Flavians used previous reverse types, and this was the ubiquitous reverse from Tiberius’ reign where the reverse figure was interpreted as Liva as Pax. Many mysteries here.
3 commentsLucas HDec 30, 2015
Domitian RIC II 0141Domitian 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 82 A.D. (3.45g, 19.9mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM, laureate head right. Rev: TR POT IMP II COS VIII DES VIIII PP, Fortuna stg. l., with rudder and cornucopiae. RIC II 141, BMC 34 RSC 610. Ex Warren Esty.

This is part of the first series of Domitian’s reform coinage restoring the fineness and weight of silver and gold to the standards of Augustus. Given the finances of the time, this experiment did not last long. This example has a wonderfully formed flan, little wear, and is a pleasure to hold in hand.
Lucas HOct 20, 2015
Vespasian RIC II 0702Vespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 74 A.D. (3.44g, 19.2m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. REV: PON MAX TRP COS V, Vespasian std. r. on curule chair, with scepter and branch. RIC II 702, BMC 136, RSC 364.

Along with the winged caduceus, this reverse type was one of the most common reverses for the year. Introduced the previous year, it echoes Tiberius’ Livia type. This is example is reasonably centered, maintains full legends on the obverse, and is a solid example of the type.
Lucas HOct 09, 2015
Vespasian RIC II 0982Vespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 77, July-78 Dec. A.D. (3.34g, 19.1m, 6h). Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XIX, in exergue; sow l., with three (possibly two) piglets. RIC II 982, BMC 212, RSC 213.

This is another of Vespasian’s agrarian series issued at the time. Most of this type have three piglets, while a few have two. This is possibly an example with two as the third piglet often gets close enough to the sow’s rear leg it should be visible here, but based on the flan shape, it’s not possible to be sure without a die match. In any event, this is an angry looking sow.

I had hoped to get a better example of this type. While common, this type seems to be popular, so there is always the balancing of condition and price. Finally, this is the one I ended up with after looking for quite some time.
Lucas HOct 09, 2015
Vespasian RIC II 0046Vespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. 71, July-Dec. A.D. (3.47g, 19.1m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG PM, laureate head right. Rev: TRI POT, across field; Vesta, std. l., with simpulum. RIC II 46, BMC 57, RSC 561.

An early denarius of Vespasian, spreading themes of hearth and home after the Civil War by use of the goddess Vesta on the reverse. This example has a full flan, complete legends, and demonstrates what can be called a “big head” portrait.
1 commentsLucas HOct 07, 2015
Vespasian RIC II 0772Vespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 75 A.D. (3.48g, 19.8m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: PON MAX TR P COS VI, Pax seated left, holding branch. RIC II 772, BMC 161, RSC 366.

While Pax/peace was a continuing theme on Flavian coinage, this type was issued in truly massive quantities in 75 A.D. according to the updated RIC. This may have a connection with Vespasian’s newly built Temple of Peace in Rome.
Lucas HOct 07, 2015
Vespasian RIC II 1434Vespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Ephesus Mint. 71 A.D. (3.36g, 17.1m, 7h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P, laureate head right. Rev: PACI ORB TERR AVG; Turreted and draped female bust, r; EPE in left field. RIC II 1434 (R); BMC 459; RPC 835.

This reverse type is unique to Ephesus, and identity of the female isn’t clear. Mattingly speculates she could be Tyche describing the crown as composed of towers bringing to mind a city, or perhaps Cybele, or Great Mother. The message of peace brought to the world by Vespasian however, is clear. This type with the EPHE to the left of the female, is more scarce that V1433 with EPHE below. Neither Mattingly, nor the authors of RPC distinguish between the types with differing placements of the monogram as Carradice and Buttrey do.

This example is a pleasure in hand. The lettering is sharp on both sides. While the reverse is a bit off center, the details of the figures are well preserved as is the monogram.
5 commentsLucas HOct 07, 2015
Domitian RIC II 0599Domitian 81-96 A.D. AR Quinarius. Rome Mint 88 14, Sept.-31, Dec. A.D. (1.49g, 14.0m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES COMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, laureate head r. Rev: COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC, Herald adv., l., with wand and shield. RIC II 599, BMC 134, RSC 78.

Another of Domitian’s series commemorating the Secular Games held in 88 A.D. While listed as equally as common as the denarius sharing the same reverse, I’ve not seen the quinarius in trade before.
1 commentsLucas HOct 02, 2015
Domitian as Caesar RIC II V1087Domitian as Caesar 69-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 79, to 24 June A.D. (3.39g, 17.7mm, 6h). Obv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS VI, laureate head right. Rev: Vesta std. l., with Palladium and scepter. RIC II V1087, BMC 262, RSC 378.

Vesta was the virgin goddess of home, hearth, and family. This was a part of the last issue of precious metal coins before Vespasian’s death, and this reverse is not shared with Vespasian or Titus.

This is another upgrade. When I first narrowed by primary collecting area to Flavian denarii, I tended to pick up common coins without regard for condition. In the back of my mind, I wondered if another would come along at all, much less in a price range I could afford. After watching the market for a longer period of time and understanding it better, I see my mistake, and now have the patience to wait for better examples of common coins. However, this leaves me correcting some of my early mistakes with upgrades.

This example is well centered and the obverse lettering is very sharp.
2 commentsLucas HOct 02, 2015
Titus as Caesar RIC II V0858Titus as Caesar. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 76 A.D. (3.28g, 20.4m, 6h). Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN, laureate head right. Rev: COS V high in field; Cow, or bull, stg. r. RIC II V858 (R), BMC V186; RSC 52.

There is some debate about the meaning of this type. Mattingly describes the reverse as a heifer or cow, and relates it to the “Cow” of Myron. Some examples, however, seem to show a bull. The Flavians did issue an agricultural series, but that came in 77-78 A.D., after this series.

While this example has some wear, it has a wonderfully wide flan, and is well centered with complete legends.
1 commentsLucas HOct 02, 2015
02 Augustus RIC 288Augusts 27 B.C.- 14 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome mint, 19 B.C. P. Petronius Turpilianus, moneyer. (3.65g, 18.2m, 0h). Obv: TVRPILIANS IIIVIR FERON, Diad. and draped bust of Feronia r. Rev: CAESAR AVGVSTVS SIGN RECE, Parthian kneeling r. presenting standard w. X marked vexillum. RIC 288, BMC 14, RSC 484.

A historical type commemorating the return of the standards lost by Crassus at the battle of Carrhae during his Parthian campaign in 53 B.C. Rome was humiliated by the defeat and loss of several Legionary Eagles. Crassus and several of his generals were killed. Through diplomacy, Augusts secured the return of the Eagles, an important victory to tout on his coinage.

I've been wanting this type for some time because of it's historic significance, but as it's outside of my primary collecting area, I was willing to compromise on condition. This example is worn, but clearly recognizable. The obverse has banker's marks which seem to disappear or become much more scarce on denarii towards the end of the Republic and beginning of the Empire.
Lucas HSep 19, 2015
Vespasian RIC II 0847Vespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 77-78 A.D. (3.37g, 19.2mm, 6h). Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: CERES AVGVST, Ceres stg. l. with corn ears and poppy and scepter. RIC II 968, BMC 300, RSC 54.

Ceres was the Roman goddess associated with agriculture and grain crops. This type, mirroring one contemporaneously issued for Titus and Domitian, came with a series echoing agrarian themes.

Despite some wear, this specimen has a wonderfully centered and proportioned obverse
3 commentsLucas HSep 07, 2015

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Athens Tetradrachm (Van Alfen 35)Attica, Athens, AR Tetradrachm. 393-300 B.C.. Obv: Head of Athena right, eye in profile. Rev: Owl standing to r., head facing, to r. A-theta-E, to left, olive twig and crescent, all within incuse square, test cut. 22 mm, 16.58 grams. Van Alfen, Peter. American Journal of Numismatics, second series, volume 16-17, number 35, this coin.2 commentsLucas H
Domitian, Fouree gamesDomitian 81-96 A.D. Unknown, unofficial mint. (1.62g, 6h). Obv: [I]MP CAES DOMIT [], laureate head right. Rev: , COS XIIII across field; column inscribed LVD SAEC FEC; all within laurel wreath. Copying RIC II 604.

I’ve seen a number of Domitian fouree denarii, but the issue this one attempts to copy is what interested me. The original was minted to celebrate the Secular Games, and only issued for a brief time. If you were going to copy something, it would see the ubiquitous Minerva reverses would be more likely to avoid close scrutiny.
Lucas H
Vespasian RIC II 1559Vespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Antioch Mint 72-73 A.D. (3.18g, 17.2mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII, laureate head right. Rev: Vespasian standing right in quadriga with branch and sceptre. RIC II 1563, RPC II 1931, RCV 2279.

Commemorating the Judea Capta Triumphal parade, celebrated in 71 AD., this is one of the more rarely issued eastern denari of the Flavian reign. Typical of Antioch, this coin has a high relief portrait. This is issue formed part of the last issue of Vespasian’s denarii from the Syrian region. The suppression of the revolt in Judea was the highpoint of the Flavians' successes, and allowed Vespasian to have much needed coin from the plunder of the Second Temple in Jerusalum, coin that his predecessors, Galba, Otho, and Vitellius lacked as they assumed the purple.
5 commentsLucas H

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