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ニ Vespasian-RIC-120221 viewsニ As, 10.37g
Lyon mint, 72 AD
RIC 1202 (C2). BMC 822.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS IIII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: S C in field; Eagle stg. front on globe, wings outstretched, head r.
Acquired from Felicitas Perpetua, October 2018.

This iconic eagle on globe type copies a similar reverse struck under Tiberius for Divus Augustus. The connection to Augustus demonstrates Vespasian's worthiness as his successor. The type is fairly rare at Rome and more commonly found from the mint at Lugdunum (Lyon). It is almost exclusively reserved for the As issues at both mints.

A wonderful early portrait from Lyon, highlighted by a beautiful dark brown patina.
4 commentsDavid Atherton11/20/18 at 19:32quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Elizabeth I (1558 - 1603 A.D.)5 viewsAR Shilling
O: (key) ELIZAB長 D長 G長 ANG長 FR長 ET : HIB長 REGI, crowned and mantled bust left (bust 6B).
R: (key) POSVI DEV長 AD IVTORE M キ MEV長, coat-of-arms over long cross fourch馥.
Sixth coinage. Tower (London) mint; im: key. Struck 1595-1598 AD
31mm
5.81g
North 2014; SCBC 2577
1 commentsMat11/20/18 at 19:26quadrans: Nice piece..
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VAR monogram - Denarius, Crawford 126/11 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 206-200 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; 店 behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; Below, VAR monogram; in two line border, 迭OMA.
Mint: Uncertain
Weight: 3.90 gm.
Reference: Crawford 126/1
Provenance: NAC 72, 18-NOV-2013, Lot 40; ex Glendening痴 Sale 8-OCT-1975, Dr. H. F. Harwood part 1, lot 17

Comments:
VAR monogram. From the 鼎ollection of Roman Republican Coins of a Student and his Mentor Part II sale by NAC. Rare. Crawford suggests the moneyer is A. Terentius Varro, who was prefect in 184 BC. Lovely old cabinet tone, Some minor oxidation that does not distract from the overall detail of the coin. NAC graded about EF. The coin is VF.
1 commentsSteve B511/20/18 at 19:20Carausius: Wonderful coin and terrific provenance.
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EB0945 Zeno / Victory13 viewsZeno 474-491, AU Solidus, Constantinople Mint.
Obverse: D N ZENO PERP AVG, diademed, helmeted and cuirassed three-quarter facing bust, holding spear over shoulder and shield decorated with horseman spearing a fallen enemy.
Reverse: VICTORI-A AVGGG and officina letter Γ, Victory standing left, holding long jewelled cross, star in right field. Mintmark CONOB.
References: RIC X 910.
Diameter: 20.5mm, Weight: 4.435g.
2 commentsEB11/20/18 at 18:21okidoki: Congrats very nice
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RIC 0065A Vespasianus7 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M TR P P P COS III, laureate head right
Rev: AETERNITAS P R / S C (in exergue), Victory advancin right with palm, offering Palladiun to Vespasian, standing left with spear.
AE/Sestertius (35,27 mm 25,59 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D. (1st issue)
Unpublished; same reverse die as RIC 32.
ex Artemide Auction L Lot 369
1 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/20/18 at 16:36curtislclay: A great coin: interesting, one-die reverse type wi...
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Mysore: Krishna Raja Wodeyar (1799-1868) AE 5 Cash (C#171a.1)3 viewsObv: Elephant to left with trunk upraised; Kannada legend above - ಶ್ರೀ ಚಾಮುಂಡಿ (Sri Chamundi) with sun and moon between ಶ್ರೀ (Sri); the whole enclosed in lined circle and ring of dots.
Rev: ಕೃಷ್ಣ (Krishna); ಮಯಿಲಿ ಕಾಸು ೫ (Mayili Kasu 5), V CASH in English below, enclosed in lined circle
1 commentsQuant.Geek11/20/18 at 15:53EB: Interesting coin
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ニ Vespasian-RIC-120221 viewsニ As, 10.37g
Lyon mint, 72 AD
RIC 1202 (C2). BMC 822.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS IIII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: S C in field; Eagle stg. front on globe, wings outstretched, head r.
Acquired from Felicitas Perpetua, October 2018.

This iconic eagle on globe type copies a similar reverse struck under Tiberius for Divus Augustus. The connection to Augustus demonstrates Vespasian's worthiness as his successor. The type is fairly rare at Rome and more commonly found from the mint at Lugdunum (Lyon). It is almost exclusively reserved for the As issues at both mints.

A wonderful early portrait from Lyon, highlighted by a beautiful dark brown patina.
4 commentsDavid Atherton11/20/18 at 14:53Mat: Wonderful portrait
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MARCUS ANTONIUS AR Denarii3 views2 commentsLegatus11/20/18 at 14:52Mat: Congrats on the set
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ニ Vespasian-RIC-120221 viewsニ As, 10.37g
Lyon mint, 72 AD
RIC 1202 (C2). BMC 822.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS IIII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: S C in field; Eagle stg. front on globe, wings outstretched, head r.
Acquired from Felicitas Perpetua, October 2018.

This iconic eagle on globe type copies a similar reverse struck under Tiberius for Divus Augustus. The connection to Augustus demonstrates Vespasian's worthiness as his successor. The type is fairly rare at Rome and more commonly found from the mint at Lugdunum (Lyon). It is almost exclusively reserved for the As issues at both mints.

A wonderful early portrait from Lyon, highlighted by a beautiful dark brown patina.
4 commentsDavid Atherton11/20/18 at 14:50FlaviusDomitianus: Nice addition, powerful portrait.
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Struck 1189 - 1199, RICHARD I (the lionheart), AR Denier minted at Melle, Poitou, France11 viewsObverse: +RICARDVS REX. Cross patt馥 within braided inner circle, all within braided outer circle.
Reverse: PIC / TAVIE / NSIS in three lines within braided circle.
Diameter: 20mm | Weight: 1.0gms | Die Axis: 2
Spink: 8008 | Elias: 8

Poitou was an Anglo-Gallic province in what is now west-central France and its capital city was Poitiers, the mint at this time was however located at Melle. Melle was an active centre of minting during the early Middle Ages due to the important silver mines located under and around the city. This is the only coin issue struck during the reign of Richard I to bear his own name and titles as King of England.

Richard I was King of England from 1189 until his death on 6th April 1199. He also ruled several territories outwith England, and was styled as Duke of Normandy, Aquitaine and Gascony, Lord of Cyprus, Count of Poitiers, Anjou, Maine, and Nantes, as well as being overlord of Brittany at various times during the same period. He was the third of five sons of King Henry II of England and Duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine. He was known as Richard the Lionheart (Richard C忖r de Lion) because of his reputation as a great military leader and warrior when, at the age of 16 and commanding his own army, he had put down rebellions against his father in Poitou.
Richard was a commander during the Third Crusade, and led the campaign after the departure of Philip II of France. However, although he scored several notable victories against the Muslims led by Saladin, he failed to retake Jerusalem from them.
Although Richard was born in England and spent his childhood there before becoming king, he lived most of his adult life in the Duchy of Aquitaine. Following his accession, his life was mostly spent on Crusade, in captivity, or actively defending his lands in France. Rather than regarding England as a responsibility requiring his presence as ruler, he appears to have used it merely as a source of revenue to support his armies. Nevertheless, he was seen as a pious hero by his subjects and he remains one of the few kings of England who is remembered by his epithet rather than by his regnal number, and even today he is still an iconic figure in both England and France.
3 comments*Alex11/20/18 at 13:59*Alex: Oui! But I try not to hold that against it. ...
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Caracalla brought to life4 viewsAs far as colorizing ancient busts goes, this is the best I've ever seen - Caracalla, face to face.1 commentsSteven H11/20/18 at 13:57*Alex: Fantastic!
Alexander_III_,_Macedonia,_Kings,_(The_Great,_336_-_323_B_C_),_Price_0093,_AR-Tetradr_,_Amphipolis,_Bucranium,_cc__336-23,_Q-001,_3h,_24-28,5mm,_17,08g-s.jpg
Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 0093, Amphipolis, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Atophoros seated on throne left, bucranium in left field,14 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 0093, Amphipolis, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Atophoros seated on throne left, bucranium in left field,
avers: No legends, Young Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at the neck.
reverse: Zeus Atophoros seated left, holding eagle and sceptre, bucranium in left field, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 24,0-28,5mm, weight: 17,08g, axes: 3h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, 羨mphipolis mint, bucranium,
date: c.c. 336-323 B.C., ref: Price(1991) 93, HGC 3.1, 910a.
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/20/18 at 13:49*Alex: Lovely.
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MARCUS ANTONIUS AR Denarii3 views2 commentsLegatus11/20/18 at 13:41shanxi: nice collection
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ニ Vespasian-RIC-120221 viewsニ As, 10.37g
Lyon mint, 72 AD
RIC 1202 (C2). BMC 822.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS IIII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: S C in field; Eagle stg. front on globe, wings outstretched, head r.
Acquired from Felicitas Perpetua, October 2018.

This iconic eagle on globe type copies a similar reverse struck under Tiberius for Divus Augustus. The connection to Augustus demonstrates Vespasian's worthiness as his successor. The type is fairly rare at Rome and more commonly found from the mint at Lugdunum (Lyon). It is almost exclusively reserved for the As issues at both mints.

A wonderful early portrait from Lyon, highlighted by a beautiful dark brown patina.
4 commentsDavid Atherton11/20/18 at 12:48Jay GT4: Beautiful chocolate patina
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RPC II 1665 Domitianus26 viewsObv: AYT KAI ΔOMITIANOC CЄBACTOC ΓЄPM, laureate head of Domitian right
Rev: ΔOMITIA CEBACTH, Draped bust of Domitia right
AR/Didrachm (22.27 mm 6.380 gr 6h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Cappadocia in 93-94 A.D.
RPC II 1665, Metcalf 27.
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 71 Lot 370
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/20/18 at 06:36quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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RPC II 1665 Domitianus26 viewsObv: AYT KAI ΔOMITIANOC CЄBACTOC ΓЄPM, laureate head of Domitian right
Rev: ΔOMITIA CEBACTH, Draped bust of Domitia right
AR/Didrachm (22.27 mm 6.380 gr 6h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Cappadocia in 93-94 A.D.
RPC II 1665, Metcalf 27.
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 71 Lot 370
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/20/18 at 05:09Jay GT4: Oh man! Great coin!
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RPC II 1665 Domitianus26 viewsObv: AYT KAI ΔOMITIANOC CЄBACTOC ΓЄPM, laureate head of Domitian right
Rev: ΔOMITIA CEBACTH, Draped bust of Domitia right
AR/Didrachm (22.27 mm 6.380 gr 6h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Cappadocia in 93-94 A.D.
RPC II 1665, Metcalf 27.
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 71 Lot 370
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/19/18 at 23:56David Atherton: Awesome addition!
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RPC II 1665 Domitianus26 viewsObv: AYT KAI ΔOMITIANOC CЄBACTOC ΓЄPM, laureate head of Domitian right
Rev: ΔOMITIA CEBACTH, Draped bust of Domitia right
AR/Didrachm (22.27 mm 6.380 gr 6h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Cappadocia in 93-94 A.D.
RPC II 1665, Metcalf 27.
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 71 Lot 370
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/19/18 at 23:55orfew: Very nice piece
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RPC II 1665 Domitianus26 viewsObv: AYT KAI ΔOMITIANOC CЄBACTOC ΓЄPM, laureate head of Domitian right
Rev: ΔOMITIA CEBACTH, Draped bust of Domitia right
AR/Didrachm (22.27 mm 6.380 gr 6h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Cappadocia in 93-94 A.D.
RPC II 1665, Metcalf 27.
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 71 Lot 370
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/19/18 at 22:13Dominic T: What a wonderful portrait !
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Roman Imperial, Crispus as Caesar AE Follis, (323 AD), Trier mint8 viewsRoman Imperial, Crispus as Caesar AE Follis, (323 AD), Trier mint

IVL CRIS-PVS NOB C, Bust laureate r. in consular robes and holding eagle-tipped sceptre.

BEATA TRANQVILLITAS, Altar inscribed VOTIS XX, globe on altar, three stars above. Mintmark dot STR crescent.

RIC VII Trier 405
1 commentsGil-galad11/19/18 at 20:38Jschulze: Nice coin! I just bought one of these and your'...
Alexander_III_,_Macedonia,_Kings,_(The_Great,_336_-_323_B_C_),_Price_0093,_AR-Tetradr_,_Amphipolis,_Bucranium,_cc__336-23,_Q-001,_3h,_24-28,5mm,_17,08g-s.jpg
Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 0093, Amphipolis, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Atophoros seated on throne left, bucranium in left field,14 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 0093, Amphipolis, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Atophoros seated on throne left, bucranium in left field,
avers: No legends, Young Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at the neck.
reverse: Zeus Atophoros seated left, holding eagle and sceptre, bucranium in left field, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 24,0-28,5mm, weight: 17,08g, axes: 3h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, 羨mphipolis mint, bucranium,
date: c.c. 336-323 B.C., ref: Price(1991) 93, HGC 3.1, 910a.
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/19/18 at 19:12shanxi: fine Tet with nice details
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169 - Constans - AE2 - RIC VIII Constantinople 083 var 2 viewsAE2
Obv:- D N CONSTA-NS P F AVG, Rosette and laureate diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
Rev:- FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, emperor in military dress standing left on galley, holding phoenix on globe, Victory sitting at the stern, steering the ship
Minted in Constantinople; (_ | S // CONSIA*)
Reference: RIC VIII Constantinople 83 var (Unlisted officina - All other officina are R)
1 commentsmaridvnvm11/19/18 at 06:50Randygeki(h2): I like it. Nice find. Haven't seen any for sal...
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AURELIAN RIC TEMP 1745 LION LEFT RR62 views OBVERSE: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG
REVERSE: ORIENS AVG
BUST TYPE: B
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: XXI/V//LION LEFT
MINT: ROME
WEIGHT: 3.54
RIC TEMP: 1745 (18 ex.)
5 commentsBarnaba611/19/18 at 02:58Vincent: Super
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PLOTINA, Wife of Trajan110 viewsThe Sestertius was minted in c. 112 AD in honour of Pompeia PLOTINA, the wife of TRAJAN (emperor from 98 to 117). Maybe the finest examples of its type to survive from ancient times. It is struck on a broad full flan and the only Plotina Sestertius in the SARTI 1906 sale from the BOLSENA HOARD of the 1890's. This specima sold in 1906 for Liire 1400 an incredible price for a Roman Bronze or any coin at this time. www.petitioncrown.com1 commentssunwukong11/18/18 at 23:22Steven H: That portrait is so lifelike - if you look at it l...
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Caracalla, AE 3010 viewsSerdica, Thrace, AD 216
ΑΝΤΩΝΕΙΝΟC AVTK M AVP CEV, laureate heroic bust left, seen from behind, with sword belt and Aegis on left shoulder
OVΛΠIAC CEPΔIKHC, Hermes, naked, standing left, holding purse and caduceus
17,14 gr - 30/28 mm
Ref : Moushmov 4804 (obv), Varbanov 2372 (rev)
See Agora auction #62/102, same dies
2 commentsPotator II11/18/18 at 18:33Nemonater: Spectacular!
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Caracalla, AE 3010 viewsSerdica, Thrace, AD 216
ΑΝΤΩΝΕΙΝΟC AVTK M AVP CEV, laureate heroic bust left, seen from behind, with sword belt and Aegis on left shoulder
OVΛΠIAC CEPΔIKHC, Hermes, naked, standing left, holding purse and caduceus
17,14 gr - 30/28 mm
Ref : Moushmov 4804 (obv), Varbanov 2372 (rev)
See Agora auction #62/102, same dies
2 commentsPotator II11/18/18 at 17:44quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Struck 1189 - 1199, RICHARD I (the lionheart), AR Denier minted at Melle, Poitou, France11 viewsObverse: +RICARDVS REX. Cross patt馥 within braided inner circle, all within braided outer circle.
Reverse: PIC / TAVIE / NSIS in three lines within braided circle.
Diameter: 20mm | Weight: 1.0gms | Die Axis: 2
Spink: 8008 | Elias: 8

Poitou was an Anglo-Gallic province in what is now west-central France and its capital city was Poitiers, the mint at this time was however located at Melle. Melle was an active centre of minting during the early Middle Ages due to the important silver mines located under and around the city. This is the only coin issue struck during the reign of Richard I to bear his own name and titles as King of England.

Richard I was King of England from 1189 until his death on 6th April 1199. He also ruled several territories outwith England, and was styled as Duke of Normandy, Aquitaine and Gascony, Lord of Cyprus, Count of Poitiers, Anjou, Maine, and Nantes, as well as being overlord of Brittany at various times during the same period. He was the third of five sons of King Henry II of England and Duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine. He was known as Richard the Lionheart (Richard C忖r de Lion) because of his reputation as a great military leader and warrior when, at the age of 16 and commanding his own army, he had put down rebellions against his father in Poitou.
Richard was a commander during the Third Crusade, and led the campaign after the departure of Philip II of France. However, although he scored several notable victories against the Muslims led by Saladin, he failed to retake Jerusalem from them.
Although Richard was born in England and spent his childhood there before becoming king, he lived most of his adult life in the Duchy of Aquitaine. Following his accession, his life was mostly spent on Crusade, in captivity, or actively defending his lands in France. Rather than regarding England as a responsibility requiring his presence as ruler, he appears to have used it merely as a source of revenue to support his armies. Nevertheless, he was seen as a pious hero by his subjects and he remains one of the few kings of England who is remembered by his epithet rather than by his regnal number, and even today he is still an iconic figure in both England and France.
3 comments*Alex11/18/18 at 16:20Potator II: That's a french coin !!!
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Struck 1526 - 1530, HENRY VIII (1509 - 1547), AR Half-groat minted at York, England under Archbishop Thomas (Cardinal) Wolsey2 viewsObverse: HENRIC彪III疋膝紐柊GL瓢彦. Youthful profile crowned bust of Henry VIII facing right within circle of pellets. Mint-mark: Voided cross.
Reverse: CIVITAS EBORACI. Shield bearing coat-of-arms on cross fourch馥; T - W in upper field divided by shield; galero (cardinal's hat) below.
Diameter: 19mm | Weight: 1.0gm | Die Axis: 8
Virtually uncirculated but with a dark, almost black, tone
SPINK: 2346

The T W on the reverse of this coin refers to Thomas Wolsey, known to posterity as Cardinal Wolsey, one of the most powerful figures at the court of Henry VIII. Although this coin is undated, the issue of Henry VIII's second coinage only began in 1526 and so, since Cardinal Wolsey died in 1530, it must have been struck between those two dates.

Cardinal Wolsey
When Henry VIII became King of England in 1509 he appointed Thomas Wolsey to the post of Almoner, a position that gave him a seat on the Privy Council and an opportunity for establishing a personal rapport with the King to such an extent that by 1514 Wolsey had become the controlling figure in virtually all matters of state. In 1515, he was awarded the title Archbishop of York and this, followed by his appointment that same year as Cardinal by Pope Leo X, gave him precedence over all other English clerics. His ecclesiastical power advanced even further in 1523 when the Bishop of Durham, a post with wide political powers, was added to his titles.
After Wolsey attained the position of Lord Chancellor, the King's chief adviser, he had achieved more power than any other Crown servant in English history and during his fourteen years of chancellorship Wolsey, who was often alluded to as an alter rex (other king), used his power to neutralise the influence of anyone who might threaten his position..
In spite of having made many enemies, Cardinal Wolsey retained Henry VIII's confidence until, in 1527, the King decided to seek an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon so that he could marry Anne Boleyn. Henry asked Wolsey to negotiate the annulment with the Pope and in 1528 the Pope decided to allow two papal legates, Wolsey himself and Cardinal Campeggio, to decide the outcome in England. Wolsey was confident of the outcome, but Campeggio took a long time to arrive, and then he delayed proceedings so much, that the case had to be suspended and the Pope decided that the official decision should therefore be made in Rome and not in England.
After his failure to negotiate the annulment, Wolsey fell out of favour with Henry and in 1529 he was stripped of his government office and property, including the magnificent Palace of Hampton Court, which Henry took as his own main London residence.
Wolsey was however permitted to retain the title of Archbishop of York and so he travelled to Yorkshire, for the first time in his career, to carry out those duties.
Now that he was no longer protected by Henry, Wolsey's enemies, including it is rumoured, Ann Boleyn, conspired against him and Henry had him arrested and recalled to London to answer to charges of treason. But Wolsey, now in great distress, fell ill on the journey back to the capital and at Leicester, on 29 November 1530, aged about 57, he died from natural causes before he could be beheaded.
1 comments*Alex11/18/18 at 16:18Potator II: Good portrait, interesting coin !
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Egypt, Alexandria, 112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Bi-Tetradrachm, G-3147, D-5534, LЄ/-//--, Homonoia standing left, #119 viewsEgypt, Alexandria, 112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Bi-Tetradrachm, G-3147, D-5534, LЄ/-//--, Homonoia standing left, #1
avers: A K M AVP ΠPOBOC CЄB, Laureated, cuirassed bust right.
reverse: Homonoia standing left, right arm raised; cornucopiae in left hand, LЄ left at foot.
exergue: LЄ/-//--, diameter: 18,0-19,8mm, weight: 6,89g, axes: 11h,
mint: Egypt, Alexandria, date: 279-280 A.D., LЄ Year 5., ref: Geissen-3147, Dattari-5534, Milne-4598, Kapmann-Ganschow-112.27,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/18/18 at 08:16Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
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ANTONINUS PIUS. RIC 778, 138-161 CE. ニ Sestertius10 views(30.55mm, 25.4 gm). Struck 145-161 AD.
Obverse: ANTONINVSAVG-PIVSPPTRPCOSIIII, Laureate head right
Obverse: Mars walking right, holding spear and shield. S C across field.
RIC III 778
2 commentsNORMAN K11/18/18 at 08:15Randygeki(h2): Yeah, great color, great coin!
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Marcus Aurelius (161 - 180 A.D.)16 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: Μ ΑVΡΗ ΑΝΤωΝΙΝΟС С Laurete head left wearing cuirass and paludamentum.
R: Tyche seated left, wearing kalathos, resting hand on rudder, holding cornucopia; in left field, Year Ɛ = 5 (164/5 A.D.)
21mm
12.98g
Emmett 2085.5 Dattari3393

Rare

Pending Wildwinds Publishing!
4 commentsMat11/18/18 at 08:13Randygeki(h2): Me too, neat coin Mat
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Julia Domna, 213 AD, RIC IV C3906 viewsRIC IV C390, RSC III 230, BMCRE V C29, Hunter III C10, SRCV II 7108
Obverse: IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, draped bust right, hair in horizontal ridges, looped plait from ear around back of neck
Reverse: VESTA, Vesta standing facing, head left, veiled, palladium in right hand, long scepter vertical in left hand

The most lifelike portrait I've seen on a Julia Domna coin
1 commentsSteven H11/18/18 at 04:59EB: Wow!
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EB0059 Bee / Stag3 viewsEphesos, IONIA, drachm, ca.405-325 BC.
Obverse: Bee, E-Φ to left and right.
Reverse: Stag standing right, palm tree in background, ΠγPPAΛIΩN to right.
References: SNG Cop 283ff. Note: There are almost 1,000 known varieties of the bronze and silver bee/stag coin types with unpublished types appearing every year.
Diameter: 18mm, Weight: 4.062g.
2 commentsEB11/17/18 at 21:02EB: EB, get it?
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Roman, Agrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)1264 viewsAgrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)
Sestertius
Daughter of Julia and Marcus Agrippa, wife of Germanicus and mother of Emperor Caligula. The most beautiful woman of all Caesars in the most incredible condition. The finest known specimen originally from the Morreti Collection.

Posthumous portrait ordered by Caligula to commemorate his mother who had tragically died in exile.

Cohen 1 ; RIC 42
9 commentsPetitioncrown11/17/18 at 20:40Steven H: That's stunning - I've never seen an Agrip...
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EB0059 Bee / Stag3 viewsEphesos, IONIA, drachm, ca.405-325 BC.
Obverse: Bee, E-Φ to left and right.
Reverse: Stag standing right, palm tree in background, ΠγPPAΛIΩN to right.
References: SNG Cop 283ff. Note: There are almost 1,000 known varieties of the bronze and silver bee/stag coin types with unpublished types appearing every year.
Diameter: 18mm, Weight: 4.062g.
2 commentsEB11/17/18 at 16:20Jay GT4: Excellent Bee
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EB0061 Artemis / Bull4 viewsIonian Islands, Island of Ikaros, Oenoe AR Drachm. 3rd century BC.
Obverse: Head of Artemis セ right.
Reverse: IONAI below bull butting right.
References: Sear 4620.
Diameter: 16mm, Weight: 3.465g.
1 commentsEB11/17/18 at 16:20Jay GT4: Powerful depiction of the bull
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Ilkhanid: Abu Sa'id (1316-1335) AV Dinar, AH722, Wasit Mint (Album 2202, Type D; Diler 502; ICV 2133)7 viewsObv: Arabic legend within pentafoil - ﺿﺮﺏ ﻓﻰ ﺍﻳﺎﻡ ﺩﻭﻟﺔ ﺍﻟﺴﻠﻄﺎﻥ ﺍﻻﻋﻈﻢ ﺍﺑﻮﺳﻌﻴﺪ ﺑﻬﺎﺩﺭﺧﺎﻥ ﺧﻠﺪﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻣﻠﻜﻪ (Struck in the days of prosperity of the Supreme Sultan Abu Sa訴d Bahadur Khan, may God perpetuate his sovereignty); date within arms of pentafoil - ﺳﻨﺔ ﺍﺛﻨﺘﻴﻦ ﻭﻋﺸﺮﻳﻦ ﻭﺳﺒﻌﻤﺎﺋﺔ (year twenty two and seven hundred)
Rev: Arabic legend in multiple lines - ﻻ ﺍﻟﻪ ﺍﻻ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻣﺤﻤﺪ ﺭﺳﻮﻝ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ (There is no God but Allah, Muhammad is the apostle of Allah); ﺿﺮﺏ واسط above and below ﻣﺤﻤﺪ (Struck at Wasit above and below Muhammad); names of the four 迭ightly Guided Caliphs at 12:00 ﺍﺑﻮﺑﻜﺮ (Abu bakr), at 3:00 ﻋﻤﺮ (Umar), at 6:00 ﻋﺜﻤﺎﻥ (Uthman), at 9:00 ﻋﻠﻰ (Ali)
1 commentsQuant.Geek11/17/18 at 03:45v-drome: beautiful coin and description
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Dog symbol - Denarius, Crawford 122/26 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 206-195 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; 店 behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; Below, Dog symbol; in linear frame, 迭OMA.
Mint: Rome
Weight: 3.93 gm.
Reference: Crawford 122/2
Provenance: VAuctions sale 287, 13-SEP-2012, Lot 164; Ex. Goodman Collection, CNG 43, 24-SEP-1997, Lot 1405.

Comments:
Dog symbol. Scarce issue, Flan crack 10:00 obverse, 2:00 reverse, otherwise, complete and GVF.
1 commentsSteve B511/17/18 at 03:37Jay GT4: Amazing coin. Congrats!
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ニ Vespasian RIC-89748 viewsニ As, 9.85g
Rome mint, 76 AD
RIC 897 (R). BMC p. 169 note.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS VII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Ex eBay, 30 October 2018.

This As is part of a small bronze issue struck during the middle part of the Vespasian's reign and features the perennial favourite reverse of Victory on prow, a type more commonly found on the As issues at Rome. Unlike the VICTORIA NAVALIS type which likely celebrated a minor naval victory from the Jewish War, this Victory can be viewed in more generic terms. A similar type was also struck in silver on the denarii the previous year.

Strong middle-period portrait with pleasing dark chocolate patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/16/18 at 19:31okidoki: very nice
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ORIES AVG6 views OBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG
REVERSE: ORIES AVG
BUST TYPE: B
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: --//I
WEIGHT 3.52g / AXIS: 12h / WIDTH: 22-23mm
RIC: 44
BASTIEN: 164 (48 EX.)
COLLECTION NO: 193
NOTE: ERRONEOUS REVERSE LEGEND: ORIES AVG INSTEAD OF ORIENS AVG
1 commentsBarnaba611/16/18 at 17:00Harry G: Interesting coin!
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IMP PRBVS P F AVG (SIC!) UNICUM 10 views OBVERSE: IMP PRBVS P F AVG (SIC!)
REVERSE: SPES AVG
BUST TYPE: B (BASTIEN'S CLASSIFICATION)
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: --//XXIVI
WEIGHT 3.60g / AXIS: 6h / WIDTH 21-22mm
RIC 788 VAR. (UNLISTED WITH ERRONEOUS LEGEND)
ALFOLDI 084/- (UNLISTED WITH ERRONEOUS LEGEND)
COLLECTION NO. 21
UNICUM
EX LANZ 153 lot 568
NOTE: Not only is this coin unique but it apparently is the only known example in Probus' coinage of a coin with an error in the very name of the emperor!
1 commentsBarnaba611/16/18 at 16:59Harry G: Great error! I don't know how that got th...
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Calabria Taras, 340/325, Stater5 views7,74 g, ca. Magistrate Ar... und Ka... Ephebe with wreath on horseback, above it floating Nike / Taras with Kantharos and Chlamys on dolphin over waves. Vlasto 502; Fischer-Bossert 718.
Very rare and very fine.
1 commentsLeo11/16/18 at 15:50EB: Very nice!
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Nabatean Kingdom, Aretas IV, Meshorer 57 var.5 viewsAretas IV Philopatris, 9 BC - AD 40
Nabatean: Harithath
AE 14, 2.33g, 14.31mm, 180ー
Petra, 6/5 BC
obv. Laureate head of Aretas IV, long hair, r., before ח
rev. 2 crossed filleted cornucopias, in between x (year 4)
in l. and r. field ח (for Harithath?) - o
ref. Meshorer Nabatea 57 var. (has in field o - ח)
F/VF, sand patina

o possibly stands for the mint of Petra (nabat臺sch Reqem = stain, spot)
ח can stand for the family of the mintmasters (Meshorer)
1 commentsJochen11/15/18 at 18:22Canaan: what a great example and rarity!!!
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Wreath - Denarius, Crawford 110/1a7 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 211-208 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; 店 behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; above, wreath symbol; in linear frame, 迭OMA.
Mint: Uncertain
Weight: 3.62 gm.
Reference: Crawford 110/1a
Provenance: NAC 61, 5-OCT-2011. Lot 494


Comments: Wreath symbol denarius
Unique style found only on this issue and the very rare 羨L issue (RRC 111). Lovely toning. GVF
1 commentsSteve B511/15/18 at 16:39Warren: The golden toning is gorgeous.
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Koinon, Thessaly9 viewsPseudo-autonomous
41-54 AD (Time of Claudius)
AE Assarion (17.5mm, 4.18g)
Amtigonos (Strategos)
O: Draped bust of Livia right; ΘEΣΣ-AΛΩN around.
R: Hekate advancing right, holding torch in each hand; monogram to right, ΣTPATHΓANTIΓON-OY around.
RPC I, 1438; BCD Thessaly II, 928
ex Frank Kovacs; ex Mark Breitsprecher
1 commentsEnodia11/15/18 at 15:45quadrans: Nice,
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Terina, Bruttium 12 viewscirca 300 BC
AR Drachm (16mm, 2.21g)
O: Head of nymph Terina left; triskeles behind, TEPINAIΩN left.
R: Winged Nike seated left on cippus, holding bird in extended right hand; star to left.
Holloway & Jenkins 111; HN Italy 2642
ex Bertolami Fine Arts

2 commentsEnodia11/15/18 at 15:44quadrans: Ohh, so nice, congratulation...
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064 - Septimius Severus denarius - O7 - RIC -8 viewsDenarius
Obv: IMP CA L SE SEV PEVR (sic) AVG COS I-I, Laureate head right
Rev: BONI ENTVS (sic), Fides standing left holding basket of fruit and corn ears
Minted in Emesa, A.D. 194
References: RIC -, RSC -
1 commentsmaridvnvm11/15/18 at 14:59nummis durensis: very nice! Saw him on ebay...
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Philip I Antoninianus - Cippus Inscribed COS III, Roman Millennium (RIC 24c)11 viewsAR Antoninianus
Rome 248 AD
4.43g

Obv: Radiate draped bust of Philip I (R)
IMP PHILIPPVS AVG

Rev: Column or cippus inscribed COS III
SAECVLARS AVGG

RIC 24c, RSC 193

ex. stock E. Bourgey Paris 1961.
The numismatic firm of Bourgey of Paris was founded by the famed dealer, Etienne Bourgey in 1895. After the war, his son Emile Bourgey took over as director, and in 1993 the third generation came forward with Sabine Bourgey. Le Cabinet Bourgey Numismatique still operates from No.7 Rue Drouot, Paris, to this day.


The most noteworthy event of the reign of Marcus Julius Philippus "The Arab", was the celebration in 248 AD of the millennium anniversary of the foundation of Rome, one thousand years on from the legendary foundation date of 753 BC, held in conjunction with the Saecular Games. Lavish games and other spectacles were staged for the amusement of the Roman populace and an extensive series of coins was issued to commemorate the occasion. Ironically, the year 248 was extremely unsettled, with four separate rebellions braking out within the ranks of the army. However, none of them could lure Philip from the capital, where he initiated prolonged celebrations. The festivities would not last though; Philip was defeated by Decius at the Battle of Verona the following year, where he and his eleven year old son were killed.

2 commentsKained but Able11/15/18 at 14:36Harry G: Stunning coin!
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Taras, Calabria11 views302-228 BC
AR Diobol (11mm, 0.82g)
O: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with wing.
R: Herakles standing right, wrestling the Nemean lion; club behind, TAPAN above.
Vlasto cf1365; HN Italy 976
ex Savoca Coins
1 commentsEnodia11/14/18 at 23:17Jay GT4: Nice helmet
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Terina, Bruttium 12 viewscirca 300 BC
AR Drachm (16mm, 2.21g)
O: Head of nymph Terina left; triskeles behind, TEPINAIΩN left.
R: Winged Nike seated left on cippus, holding bird in extended right hand; star to left.
Holloway & Jenkins 111; HN Italy 2642
ex Bertolami Fine Arts

2 commentsEnodia11/14/18 at 23:16Jay GT4: Great acquisition! Love this type
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002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), Spain, Bilbilis, RPC 0392, AE-27, MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath,29 views002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), Spain, Bilbilis, RPC 0392, AE-27, MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath,
avers: AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, Laureate head right.
reverse: MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 27,0-27,5 mm, weight: 12,19g, axis:6h,
mint: Spain, Bilbilis, date: 2 B.C., ref: RPC 0392,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans11/14/18 at 23:15Jay GT4: Nice patina and color
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CチC II. 20.07.1.1/a1.09(new sigla!)., Anonymous III. (G騷a II., King of Hungary, (1141-1162 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-149, CNH I.-136, U-064, #0120 viewsCチC II. 20.07.1.1/a1.09(new sigla!)., Anonymous III. (G騷a II., King of Hungary, (1141-1162 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-149, CNH I.-136, U-064, #01
avers: Line with the cross in the middle, crescent with two lines and two circles above and below, a border of dots.
reverse: Cross with dots in the angles, border of line.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 13,5mm, weight: 0,33g, axis: 2h,
mint: Esztergom , date: A.D., ref: Husz疵-149, CNH I.-136, Unger-064,
Kiss-Toth: Sigla- ,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/14/18 at 22:35Stkp: very nice
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CチC II. 20.14.1.1/g1.03., Anonymous III. (G騷a II., King of Hungary, (1141-1162 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-160, CNH I.-150, U-062, #0126 viewsCチC II. 20.14.1.1/g1.03., Anonymous III. (G騷a II., King of Hungary, (1141-1162 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-160, CNH I.-150, U-062, #01
avers: Cross with H in the centre, crescents in the angles; border of dots.
reverse: Four crescents and four dots around cross; border of line.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 12,3 mm, weight: 0,18 g, axis: 1h,
mint: Esztergom , date: A.D., ref: Husz疵-160, CNH I.-150, Unger-062,
Kiss-Toth: Sigla- ,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/14/18 at 22:35Stkp: very nice
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ALFOLDI 038.0016 views OBVERSE: IMP PROBVS P F AVG
REVERSE: MARTI PACIFERO
BUST TYPE: A2 = Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from back
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/VII//XXI
WEIGHT 3.39g / WIDTH 21 mm
RIC 699 VAR. (UNLISTED WITH THIS OBVERSE LEGEND)
ALFOLDI 038.001 (4 EX.)
COLLECTION NO. 1372
Note: Rare reverse type for Siscia
2 commentsBarnaba611/14/18 at 15:16Barnaba6: thanks!
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002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), Spain, Bilbilis, RPC 0392, AE-27, MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath,29 views002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), Spain, Bilbilis, RPC 0392, AE-27, MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath,
avers: AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, Laureate head right.
reverse: MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 27,0-27,5 mm, weight: 12,19g, axis:6h,
mint: Spain, Bilbilis, date: 2 B.C., ref: RPC 0392,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans11/14/18 at 14:39EB: Well centered, nice coin
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002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), Spain, Bilbilis, RPC 0392, AE-27, MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath,29 views002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), Spain, Bilbilis, RPC 0392, AE-27, MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath,
avers: AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, Laureate head right.
reverse: MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 27,0-27,5 mm, weight: 12,19g, axis:6h,
mint: Spain, Bilbilis, date: 2 B.C., ref: RPC 0392,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans11/14/18 at 12:57shanxi: nice color and patina
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EB0045 Forepart of wolf / Large A3 viewsArgos, Argolis. Circa 3rd Century BC. AR Hemidrachm.
Obverse: Forepart of wolf left.
Reverse: Large A in incuse square; I-E-Ρ-Ω-NO-Σ, eagle standing right below.
References: SNG Cop 42; Grose 6549.
Diameter: 15mm, Weight: 2.477g.
1 commentsEB11/14/18 at 01:16quadrans: Nice one
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ALFOLDI 038.0016 views OBVERSE: IMP PROBVS P F AVG
REVERSE: MARTI PACIFERO
BUST TYPE: A2 = Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from back
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/VII//XXI
WEIGHT 3.39g / WIDTH 21 mm
RIC 699 VAR. (UNLISTED WITH THIS OBVERSE LEGEND)
ALFOLDI 038.001 (4 EX.)
COLLECTION NO. 1372
Note: Rare reverse type for Siscia
2 commentsBarnaba611/14/18 at 01:15quadrans: Nice one
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Struck 1158 - 1163, HENRY II (1154 - 1189), AR 'Tealby' Penny minted at Canterbury, England14 viewsObverse: (HE)NRI R(EX A -). Crowned facing bust of Henry II, his head turned slightly to left, holding sceptre tipped with a cross potent in his right hand.
Reverse: + (ROGI)ER : ON : (C)A(NT) surrounding short cross potent within beaded circle, small cross potents in each quarter. Moneyer: Rogier. Mintmark: Cross potent.
Diameter: 20mm | Weight: 1.3gms | Die Axis:1 | Class A bust
Flan chipped and cracked
SPINK: 1337

For the first few years of Henry II's reign the coins of King Stephen continued to be produced, but in 1158, in order to restore public confidence in the currency, a new 'cross and crosslet' coinage was introduced in England which was of sufficient importance for the contemporary chroniclers to record that 'a new money was made, which was the sole currency of the kingdom.' While this coinage was acceptable in terms of weight and silver quality, it is notorious for its ugly appearance, bad craftsmanship and careless execution. In fact the 'Tealby' coinage is among the worst struck of any issue of English regal coinage, so much so that collectors consider it something of a bonus if they are able to make out the name of the moneyer, or the mint, from the letters showing.
The cross and crosslet type coinage of King Henry II is more often called 'Tealby' because of the enormous hoard of these coins which was found in late 1807 at Bayons Manor farm near Tealby in Lincolnshire. This hoard, which originally amounted to over 5,700 pieces, was first reported in the Stamford Mercury of the 6th November 1807, but unfortunately the majority of the coins, more than 5,000 of them, were sent to be melted at the Tower of London and only some 600 pieces were saved for national and important private collections.
A total of 30 mints were employed in the initial 'Tealby' recoinage, however once the recoinage was completed only 12 mints were permitted to remain active and this marks the beginning of the gradual decline in the number of mints which were used to strike English coins.
The 'Tealby' issue continued until 1180 when a new style coin of much better workmanship, the short-cross penny, was introduced.
1 comments*Alex11/14/18 at 00:46quadrans: Interesting piece..
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EB0041 Athena / Owl7 viewsATTICA, Athens. AR Tetradrachm, ca 153-133 BC.
Obverse: Head of Athena right, wearing single-pendant earring and triple crested Attic helmet decorated with Pegasos and floral pattern.
Reverse: A-ΘE HΛI-EΠI OΔR-ΓENH ΣΩΣAN ΔPOΣ in five lines across fields, Owl standing right, head facing, on amphora, eagle on thunderbolt in left field, Λ on amphora.
References: -.
Diameter: 29mm, Weight: 16.535g.
1 commentsEB11/13/18 at 23:44Jay GT4: Great
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ニ Vespasian RIC-89748 viewsニ As, 9.85g
Rome mint, 76 AD
RIC 897 (R). BMC p. 169 note.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS VII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Ex eBay, 30 October 2018.

This As is part of a small bronze issue struck during the middle part of the Vespasian's reign and features the perennial favourite reverse of Victory on prow, a type more commonly found on the As issues at Rome. Unlike the VICTORIA NAVALIS type which likely celebrated a minor naval victory from the Jewish War, this Victory can be viewed in more generic terms. A similar type was also struck in silver on the denarii the previous year.

Strong middle-period portrait with pleasing dark chocolate patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/13/18 at 17:19FlaviusDomitianus: Nice addition, congrats!
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ニ Vespasian RIC-89748 viewsニ As, 9.85g
Rome mint, 76 AD
RIC 897 (R). BMC p. 169 note.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS VII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Ex eBay, 30 October 2018.

This As is part of a small bronze issue struck during the middle part of the Vespasian's reign and features the perennial favourite reverse of Victory on prow, a type more commonly found on the As issues at Rome. Unlike the VICTORIA NAVALIS type which likely celebrated a minor naval victory from the Jewish War, this Victory can be viewed in more generic terms. A similar type was also struck in silver on the denarii the previous year.

Strong middle-period portrait with pleasing dark chocolate patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/13/18 at 15:07Vincent: Love the Victory depiction...so cool
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ニ Vespasian RIC-89748 viewsニ As, 9.85g
Rome mint, 76 AD
RIC 897 (R). BMC p. 169 note.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS VII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Ex eBay, 30 October 2018.

This As is part of a small bronze issue struck during the middle part of the Vespasian's reign and features the perennial favourite reverse of Victory on prow, a type more commonly found on the As issues at Rome. Unlike the VICTORIA NAVALIS type which likely celebrated a minor naval victory from the Jewish War, this Victory can be viewed in more generic terms. A similar type was also struck in silver on the denarii the previous year.

Strong middle-period portrait with pleasing dark chocolate patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/13/18 at 14:42Mat: Very nice bronze
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RIC 144 Domitian Denarius 34 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head of Domitian right

IVPPITER CONSERVATOR
Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left

Rome 82-83 AD
3.37g

RIC 144 (R)

Ex-inumis France
10 commentsJay GT411/13/18 at 13:32NORMAN K: great coin.
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5717 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 127-28 AD Nilus reclining on hippopotamus 34 viewsReference.
Emmett 1015.12; RPC III, 5717 Dattari 7750. BMC 787, p.92; Milne 1267; Kln 992

Issue L ΔWΔƐΚΑΤΟΥ = year 12

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ - ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑ СƐΒ
laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, right, seen from behind.

Rev. L ΔWΔƐΚ(Α)
Nilus reclining left on hippopotamus, holding reed in left and cornucopia with small Genius in right hand; above ΙϚ

26.69 gr
35 mm
12h
Note Jay gt4
The Greek numeral sixteen (Iς) above Nilus refers to what was considered the ideal height of the annual Nile flood, sixteen cubits. Less could mean drought or famine. Even in modern times grand celebrations were held when the flood reached 16 cubits. In years when the flood failed to reach 16 cubits, the celebrations were canceled, and prayers and fasting were held instead. The peak flood occurred at the end of August, which explains why the Egyptian year began on 29 August.
1 commentsokidoki11/13/18 at 13:30NORMAN K: Like this type. nice
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LYCAONIA. Iconium. Pseudo-autonomous. Time of Claudius to Hadrian 41-138 AD, Female seated7 viewsReference.
Aulock, Lykaonien 252; RPC II, 1608B

Obv.
Facing gorgoneion, dotted border

Rev. KΛΑΥΔ EIKONI.
Female deity seated left, wearing polos and holding eagle (?).

2.60 gr
17 mm
12h
3 commentsokidoki11/13/18 at 13:27NORMAN K: definitely unusual. nice
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ニ Vespasian RIC-89748 viewsニ As, 9.85g
Rome mint, 76 AD
RIC 897 (R). BMC p. 169 note.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS VII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Ex eBay, 30 October 2018.

This As is part of a small bronze issue struck during the middle part of the Vespasian's reign and features the perennial favourite reverse of Victory on prow, a type more commonly found on the As issues at Rome. Unlike the VICTORIA NAVALIS type which likely celebrated a minor naval victory from the Jewish War, this Victory can be viewed in more generic terms. A similar type was also struck in silver on the denarii the previous year.

Strong middle-period portrait with pleasing dark chocolate patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/13/18 at 12:23Jay GT4: Nice depiction of Victory
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AE4 of Valentian II16 viewsAn AE4 of Valentian II minted in Siscia between 384-347 AD. 12.1 mm, 0.92 g.

Obverse: D N VALENTINIANVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right

Reverse: VICTORIA AVGGG, Victory walking left, wreath in right, palm frond in left, ASIS in ex

Attribution: RIC IX 39(a), LRBC 1575,
1 commentschuy153011/13/18 at 11:53Pekka K: Obverse reads: DN THEODO/SIVS PF AVG
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Marcus Aurelius (161 - 180 A.D.)16 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: Μ ΑVΡΗ ΑΝΤωΝΙΝΟС С Laurete head left wearing cuirass and paludamentum.
R: Tyche seated left, wearing kalathos, resting hand on rudder, holding cornucopia; in left field, Year Ɛ = 5 (164/5 A.D.)
21mm
12.98g
Emmett 2085.5 Dattari3393

Rare

Pending Wildwinds Publishing!
4 commentsMat11/13/18 at 06:11shanxi: very nice example
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Marcus Aurelius (161 - 180 A.D.)16 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: Μ ΑVΡΗ ΑΝΤωΝΙΝΟС С Laurete head left wearing cuirass and paludamentum.
R: Tyche seated left, wearing kalathos, resting hand on rudder, holding cornucopia; in left field, Year Ɛ = 5 (164/5 A.D.)
21mm
12.98g
Emmett 2085.5 Dattari3393

Rare

Pending Wildwinds Publishing!
4 commentsMat11/12/18 at 23:51Jay GT4: I like it...nice piece
Alexander_III_,_Macedonia,_Kings,_(The_Great,_323_-_317_B_C_),_Price_1364,_AGamma,_Snake,_Lampsacus,_AR-Drachm,_Q-001,_6h,_17,5-18mm,_4,22g-s.jpg
Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 1364, Lampsacus, AR-Drachm, Zeus seated on throne left, ΛΑΠ/Snake, #147 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 1364, Lampsacus, AR-Drachm, Zeus seated on throne left, ΛΑΠ/Snake, #1
avers: Head of beardless Heracles right wearing a lion-skin headdress.
reverse: AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, sceptre in left hand, Monogram ΛΑΠ left, Snake beneath throne.
exergue: -/-//-- diameter: 17,5-18,0mm, weight: 4,22g, axes: 6h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, Lampsacus mint, date: c. 323 - c. 317 B.C., ref: Price 1364,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/12/18 at 23:05Stkp: nice
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Marcus Aurelius (161 - 180 A.D.)16 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: Μ ΑVΡΗ ΑΝΤωΝΙΝΟС С Laurete head left wearing cuirass and paludamentum.
R: Tyche seated left, wearing kalathos, resting hand on rudder, holding cornucopia; in left field, Year Ɛ = 5 (164/5 A.D.)
21mm
12.98g
Emmett 2085.5 Dattari3393

Rare

Pending Wildwinds Publishing!
4 commentsMat11/12/18 at 22:58quadrans: Nice piece ..I like it..
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EB1031 Bull / Incuse Bull9 viewsGreek, Italy, Sybaris Nomos 550-510 BC.
Obverse: VM in exergue, bull standing left on dotted exergual line, head reverted.
Reverse: Incuse bull standing right on dotted exergual line, head reverted.
References: SNG Cop 1388; SNG ANS 828ff; Gorini pg. 10, 5-6.
Diameter: 28.5mm, Weight: 8.03g.
Ex: Miguel Munoz Collection.
2 commentsEB11/12/18 at 22:32Jay GT4: Love these. Great archaic Italian coin
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LYCAONIA. Iconium. Pseudo-autonomous. Time of Claudius to Hadrian 41-138 AD, Female seated7 viewsReference.
Aulock, Lykaonien 252; RPC II, 1608B

Obv.
Facing gorgoneion, dotted border

Rev. KΛΑΥΔ EIKONI.
Female deity seated left, wearing polos and holding eagle (?).

2.60 gr
17 mm
12h
3 commentsokidoki11/12/18 at 22:31Jay GT4: Very interesting
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Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 1364, Lampsacus, AR-Drachm, Zeus seated on throne left, ΛΑΠ/Snake, #147 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 1364, Lampsacus, AR-Drachm, Zeus seated on throne left, ΛΑΠ/Snake, #1
avers: Head of beardless Heracles right wearing a lion-skin headdress.
reverse: AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, sceptre in left hand, Monogram ΛΑΠ left, Snake beneath throne.
exergue: -/-//-- diameter: 17,5-18,0mm, weight: 4,22g, axes: 6h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, Lampsacus mint, date: c. 323 - c. 317 B.C., ref: Price 1364,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/12/18 at 20:23okidoki: Nice Joe
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LYCAONIA. Iconium. Pseudo-autonomous. Time of Claudius to Hadrian 41-138 AD, Female seated7 viewsReference.
Aulock, Lykaonien 252; RPC II, 1608B

Obv.
Facing gorgoneion, dotted border

Rev. KΛΑΥΔ EIKONI.
Female deity seated left, wearing polos and holding eagle (?).

2.60 gr
17 mm
12h
3 commentsokidoki11/12/18 at 20:17quadrans: Interesting piece..
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EB1031 Bull / Incuse Bull9 viewsGreek, Italy, Sybaris Nomos 550-510 BC.
Obverse: VM in exergue, bull standing left on dotted exergual line, head reverted.
Reverse: Incuse bull standing right on dotted exergual line, head reverted.
References: SNG Cop 1388; SNG ANS 828ff; Gorini pg. 10, 5-6.
Diameter: 28.5mm, Weight: 8.03g.
Ex: Miguel Munoz Collection.
2 commentsEB11/12/18 at 18:56okidoki: great example,
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Seleucia, Seleukid Kingdom, 01 Seleukos I., Nikator, (312-281 B.C.), SC 17.2, AE-21, BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY, Athena Promachos standing right, #137 viewsSeleucia, Seleukid Kingdom, 01 Seleukos I., Nikator, (312-281 B.C.), SC 17.2, AE-21, BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY, Athena Promachos standing right, #1
avers: Head of Apollo facing right, wearing laurel wreath, with spiral curls, one falling forward, another at back of neck, much of neck exposed.
reverse: BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY, Athena Promachos standing right, brandishing spear and holding a shield on left arm, Π in the left field.
exergue: Π/-//--, diameter: 20,0-21,0mm, weight: 7,50g, axes: 10h,
mint: Seleucia, Seleukos I., Nikator, Antioch Mint, date: 300-281 B.C., ref: SC 17.2, Newell WSM 918.,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/12/18 at 15:46okidoki: shields up
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EB0033 Persephone / Ajax7 viewsOpuntia, Lokris, Quarter Stater, 369-338 BC.
Obverse: Head of Persephone right, wearing earring and necklace, head
wreathed with corn-leaves.
Reverse: OΠON-TIΩN, Ajax advancing right, holding sword and large shield; coiled serpent on shield, broken spear on ground.
References: SEAR 2330.
Diameter: 15mm, Weight: 2.76g.
Ex: Superior Stamp & Coin.
1 commentsEB11/12/18 at 14:34Mat: Beautiful coin!
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EB1025 Galba / Pax6 viewsGalba 68-69 AD, AE dupondius.
Obverse: IMP SER GALBA CAES AVG TRP, laureate head right.
Reverse: PA--X AV--GVST S--C, Pax standing left, holding branch and cornucopia.
References: RIC I 370; BMCRE 124; Cohen 155.
Diameter: 29mm, Weight: 14.13g.
Ex: Superior Stamp & Coin.
1 commentsEB11/12/18 at 00:41Jay GT4: Great coin, love the patina
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Hadrian Denarius 119-25 AD Brockage 9 viewsObv. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate head right, slight drapery on left shoulder

Rev.
Incuse of obverse

2.83 gr
17 mm
2 commentsokidoki11/11/18 at 21:37Mat: Neat find
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Hadrian Denarius 119-25 AD Brockage 9 viewsObv. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate head right, slight drapery on left shoulder

Rev.
Incuse of obverse

2.83 gr
17 mm
2 commentsokidoki11/11/18 at 21:07Jay GT4: I have to get a brockage so cool
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EB1020 Hercules / Prow6 viewsRoman Republic, Circa 225-217 BC. Aes Grave cast Quadrans.
Obverse: Head of Hercules left, wearing lion痴 skin headdress, three pellets behind; all on raised disk.
Reverse: Prow of galley right, three dots below; all on raised disk.
References: Thurlow-Vecchi 54; Crawford 35/4; Haeberlin pl. 18, 1-9.
Diameter: 41mm, Weight: 60.35g.
1 commentsEB11/11/18 at 20:28quadrans: Another nice piece
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EB1019 Horse Head & Pellets6 viewsRoman Republic, Circa 275-270 BC. ニ Aes Grave Cast Triens.
Obverse: Horse head right; [four pellets below].
Reverse: Horse head left; [four pellets below].
References: Thurlow-Vecchi 10; Crawford 18/3; Haeberlin pl. 36, 1-5.
Diameter: 47.5mm, Weight: 97.26g.
1 commentsEB11/11/18 at 17:46quadrans: Another nice piece
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EB1017 Boar & Pellets6 viewsRoman Republic Circa 275-270 BC. ニ Aes Grave cast Quadrans.
Obverse: Boar running right; three pellets below.
Reverse: Boar running left; three pellets below.
References: Thurlow-Vecchi 11; Crawford 18/4; Haeberlin pl. 36, 6-11.
Diameter: 42.5mm, Weight: 79.42g.
2 commentsEB11/11/18 at 16:54quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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EB1017 Boar & Pellets6 viewsRoman Republic Circa 275-270 BC. ニ Aes Grave cast Quadrans.
Obverse: Boar running right; three pellets below.
Reverse: Boar running left; three pellets below.
References: Thurlow-Vecchi 11; Crawford 18/4; Haeberlin pl. 36, 6-11.
Diameter: 42.5mm, Weight: 79.42g.
2 commentsEB11/11/18 at 16:39shanxi: Congrats, great piece
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Julia Domna - PIETAS / Palladium7 viewsJulia Domna
Denarius
194 A.D.
Alexandria
Av.: IVLIA DO - MNA AVG / draped bust right
Rev.: PI - E - TAS / Pietas seated left, holding palladium in right hand
2,55 Gr., 6 h die axis
RIC 612 (no sceptre), SEV-481 - 482 Barry P. Murphy Coll.
1 commentsnummis durensis11/11/18 at 16:14EB: Nice portrait
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A size comparison of a Fanam with a Multiple Dirham12 views1 commentsQuant.Geek11/11/18 at 16:11EB: Two beautiful coins, great comparison!
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2329 PHRYGIA, Laodicea Hadrian Medallion Zeus standing25 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2329.5; Von Aulock, Phrygiens -; SNG Mnchen -; SNG von Aulock-; SNG Copenhagen 575; BMC 195

Obv. ΑΥ ΚΑΙ ΤΡΑ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС ΟΛΥΜΠΙΟС
Laureate head of Hadrian, r. with drapery on l. shoulder

Rev. ΛΑΟΔΙΚΕΩΝ
Zeus Laodiceus standing facing, head l., holding eagle in his extended r. hand, l. resting on sceptre

36.37 gr
39 mm
12h

Note.
From the Group CEM Collection, Classical Numismatic Group 90, 23 May 2012, 1058 and ex Waddell II, 12 September 1987, 363.

The epithet 'Olympios' was adopted by Hadrian in 128/9 following the dedication of the temple of Zeus Olympios in Athens. It emphasized the emperor's Panhellenic program and enthusiastic Philhellenism, for Zeus Olympios, chief god of the Greek peoples, was the Panhellenic god before all others. RPC suggests that the impressive Laodicean medallions bearing the new epithet were struck on the occasion of Hadrian's visit to the city in June 129.
6 commentsokidoki11/11/18 at 11:50Harry G: Nice coin! Hadrian looks very serious...
Elymais,Arsacid_dynasty__Phraates,__AD_,_AE-Drachme,_Van__t_Haaff_14_4_1-1A_Q-001_0h,14-15mm,_3,07g-s.jpg
Elymais, van't Haaff 14.4.1-1A, Arsacid dynasty. Phraates (early-mid 2nd Century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Plain diadem of two bands, #141 viewsElymais, van't Haaff 14.4.1-1A, Arsacid dynasty. Phraates (early-mid 2nd Century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Plain diadem of two bands, #1
avers: Bust facing forward, wearing a tiara with two pellets in crescents and dotted rim, two diadem bands below tiara, to right, pellet in crescent above anchor with one or two crossbars at the top, the border of dots.
reverse: Plain diadem of two bands, pellet-in-crescents facing upward, the border of dots.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 14,0-15,0mm, weight: 3,07g, axes: 0h,
mint: , date: early-mid 2nd Century A.D., ref: van't Haaff 14.4.1-1A, De Morgan 40, BMC plate XLI, 26-27, Sear GICV 5901, Alram ??,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/11/18 at 11:21shanxi: nice example
Elymais,_Arsacid_dynasty__Prince_A___AD_,_AE-Drachme,_Van__t_Haaff_19_1_1-1A,_Q-001_0h,11-12mm,_1,72g-s.jpg
Elymais, van't Haaff 19.1.1-1A, Arsacid dynasty. Prince A (early-mid 2nd Century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Artemis standing right, #137 viewsElymais, van't Haaff 19.1.1-1A, Arsacid dynasty. Prince A (early-mid 2nd Century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Artemis standing right, #1
avers: Bust facing left, wearing diadem of two bands, row of dots above, side whiskers as a double row of dots, hair tuft at the back of the head, the border of dots.
reverse: Artemis standing right, holding the bow in one hand, plucking an arrow from her quiver with the other hand, the border of dots.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 11,0-12,0mm, weight: 1,72g, axes: 0h,
mint: , date: early-mid 2nd Century A.D., ref: van't Haaff 19.1.1-1A, de Morgan 58-59, BMC plate XLII, 13-18, page 286, 18, Sear GICV 5918-5919, Alram ??,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/11/18 at 09:43quadrans: Thank you Pekka try to control it..
Elymais,_Arsacid_dynasty__Prince_A___AD_,_AE-Drachme,_Van__t_Haaff_19_1_1-1A,_Q-001_0h,11-12mm,_1,72g-s.jpg
Elymais, van't Haaff 19.1.1-1A, Arsacid dynasty. Prince A (early-mid 2nd Century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Artemis standing right, #137 viewsElymais, van't Haaff 19.1.1-1A, Arsacid dynasty. Prince A (early-mid 2nd Century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Artemis standing right, #1
avers: Bust facing left, wearing diadem of two bands, row of dots above, side whiskers as a double row of dots, hair tuft at the back of the head, the border of dots.
reverse: Artemis standing right, holding the bow in one hand, plucking an arrow from her quiver with the other hand, the border of dots.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 11,0-12,0mm, weight: 1,72g, axes: 0h,
mint: , date: early-mid 2nd Century A.D., ref: van't Haaff 19.1.1-1A, de Morgan 58-59, BMC plate XLII, 13-18, page 286, 18, Sear GICV 5918-5919, Alram ??,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/11/18 at 08:15Pekka K: Copy / paste - error on title?
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0 Constantius II (Gaming Token?)11 viewsConstantius II, AE3, 22mm, Rome mint. DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, holding globe, N behind bust / FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Emperor nimbate and in military dress, with shield on left arm, on horseback galloping right, thrusting his spear at two barbarians wearing Phrygian helmets, who kneel before him with their arms raised towards him. N in right field. Mintmark R dot S. RIC VIII Rome 184 var (unlisted officina, RIC lists only officina T for this "R dot.. officina" issue.)4 commentsRandygeki(h2)11/11/18 at 05:47Jay GT4: Love this
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0 Constantius II (Gaming Token?)11 viewsConstantius II, AE3, 22mm, Rome mint. DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, holding globe, N behind bust / FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Emperor nimbate and in military dress, with shield on left arm, on horseback galloping right, thrusting his spear at two barbarians wearing Phrygian helmets, who kneel before him with their arms raised towards him. N in right field. Mintmark R dot S. RIC VIII Rome 184 var (unlisted officina, RIC lists only officina T for this "R dot.. officina" issue.)4 commentsRandygeki(h2)11/11/18 at 04:41quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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19 viewsTitus denarius

Ex: Auktionshaus H. D. Rauch GmbH; Auction 73, lot 598, 5/17/2004
5 commentspaul188811/11/18 at 03:26NORMAN K: beautiful coin excellent elephant!
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0 Constantius II (Gaming Token?)11 viewsConstantius II, AE3, 22mm, Rome mint. DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, holding globe, N behind bust / FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Emperor nimbate and in military dress, with shield on left arm, on horseback galloping right, thrusting his spear at two barbarians wearing Phrygian helmets, who kneel before him with their arms raised towards him. N in right field. Mintmark R dot S. RIC VIII Rome 184 var (unlisted officina, RIC lists only officina T for this "R dot.. officina" issue.)4 commentsRandygeki(h2)11/11/18 at 03:22NORMAN K: interesting
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GREEK, Lucania, Sybaris, AR Stater circa 550-510 BC 29mm 8.13g 12 h37 viewsBull standing left looking back,on exergual line composed of pellets between two lines VM retrograde in exergue,border of lines and pellets similar to exergue line. Rev similar to Obverse but the type is incuse and reversed the legend is omitted,and the incuse border is composed of square segents.
Some numismatist believe that Pablo Picasos was influenced by this coin in his art work,and that Pythagoras the Greek mathematician was responsible for this relief-incuse design.Sybaris was the richest and most important of the Greek colonies in Italy until its destruction by Kroton in 510 BC.
1 commentsGrant H11/11/18 at 03:19NORMAN K: great coin.
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GREEK, Metapontum, AR Stater circa 500-480 BC 22mm 7.83g 12h medium spread flan.50 viewsMET to left of six grained ear small lizard to right head upwards guilloche border.Rev incuse seven grained ear.
EX Moneta Nova,EX Hirsch 2-19-11,EX Kricheldorf.
2 commentsGrant H11/11/18 at 03:18NORMAN K: nice example!
Elymais,_Orodes_II_,_AE-Drachme,_Arsacid_dynasty,___BMC_plate_XL,10,_Q-001_h,_14-15mm,_3,4gx-s.jpg
Elymais, van't Haaff 13.2.1-1B, Arsacid dynasty. Orodes II. (early-mid 2nd century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Small radiate bust of Belos facing forward, 111 viewsElymais, van't Haaff 13.2.1-1B, Arsacid dynasty. Orodes II. (early-mid 2nd century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Small radiate bust of Belos facing forward,
avers: Bust facing forward, with no large hair tufts at sides, wearing tiara with central vertical line and dots at rim, diadem band below tiara; to right dot within crescent above anchor with one crossbar at top; pellet border.
revers: Small radiate bust of Belos facing forward with no facial features, with hair tufts on sides and two horns; Aramaic legend URUD MALKA BARI URUD (= King Orodes, Son of Orodes) reading counter clockwise; pellet border.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 14,0-15,0mm, weight: 3,4g, axes: h,
mint:Elymais, (Under Parthian Authority), date: early-mid 2nd century A.D. (undated), ref: van't Haaff 13.2.1-1B, De Morgan 44-45, BMC plate XL, 10, Sear GICV 5904; Alram 478,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/11/18 at 03:09Robert L3: Very nice!
Elymais,_Arsacid_dynasty__Kamnaskires-Orodes__--AD_,_AE-Drachme,_Van__t_Haaff_--_Q-001_h,14,5-15,5mm,_3,89g-s.jpg
Elymais, van't Haaff 12.3.1-2A1, Arsacid dynasty. Kamnaskires-Orodes (early-mid 2nd Century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Parallel dashes, #136 viewsElymais, van't Haaff 12.3.1-2A1, Arsacid dynasty. Kamnaskires-Orodes (early-mid 2nd Century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Parallel dashes, #1
avers: Bust facing forward without small hair tuft on top, and large curly hair tufts on each side in horizontally-oriented rows, to right pellet within crescent above anchor with two crossbars at the top, the border of dots.
reverse: Field of regular, parallel dashes, no border.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 14,5-15,5mm, weight: 3,89g, axes: h,
mint: , date: early-mid 2nd Century A.D., ref: van't Haaff 12.3.1-2A1, De Morgan 50, BMC plate XLI, 4-9, Sear GICV 5910, Alram ??,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/11/18 at 03:08Robert L3: I agree, nice example!
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02. Gordian I / RIC 1.69 viewsDenarius, March - April 238, Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP M ANT GORDIANVS AFR AVG / Laureate bust of Gordian I.
Reverse: P M TR P COS P P / Gordian I standing, togate, holding branch, and wearing parzonium.
2.88 gm., 20 mm.
RIC #1; Sear #8446.

The third century saw numerous usurpers in various parts of the Empire. However, the local revolt in Africa which brought Gordian I and his son to power was the first and only time the cause of a usurper was taken up by the Senate before a current emperor was dead. Thus the Gordiani became legitimate Roman emperors, and their coinage, all minted at the imperial mint in Rome, became legitimate coinage of the Empire.

Provenance:
ex Gillardi Collection.
Tinchant sale (1962).
3 commentsCallimachus11/11/18 at 00:35Blindado: Magnificent!
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RIC 144 Domitian Denarius 34 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head of Domitian right

IVPPITER CONSERVATOR
Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left

Rome 82-83 AD
3.37g

RIC 144 (R)

Ex-inumis France
10 commentsJay GT411/10/18 at 23:46David Atherton: Nice toning and excellent portrait!
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RIC 144 Domitian Denarius 34 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head of Domitian right

IVPPITER CONSERVATOR
Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left

Rome 82-83 AD
3.37g

RIC 144 (R)

Ex-inumis France
10 commentsJay GT411/10/18 at 23:30Randygeki(h2): Greatt addition
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Greek, Silver Obol; Sidon mint. Circa 375-332 BC24 viewsObv: City walls with three towers.
Rev: Prow of galley with eye to right; five pellets above, Lion below.
10mm and 0.9 grams
5 commentsCanaan11/10/18 at 23:15Randygeki(h2): Thats a neat addition!
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Sasanian, Shapur II. (309-379 A.D.), AR-Drachm, Gbl SN, Sapur II., Ia-6a, (Plate VI-102), Pahlavi legend, Fire altar with two attendants,37 viewsSasanian, Shapur II. (309-379 A.D.), AR-Drachm, Gbl SN, Sapur II., Ia-6a, (Plate VI-102), Pahlavi legend, Fire altar with two attendants,
avers: Pahlavi legend, Bearded bust of Shapur II right, wearing merlon crown surmounted by globe decorated with five lines and pellets between, diadem ties behind globe, diadem ties behind crown and pointing up, symbol in left field.
reverse: Pahlavi legend, Fire altar with two attendants dressed in kingly garb, facing inward, short staff in both hands, the bust of Ahuramazda right in flames above altar, Pahlavi script on the altar.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 22mm, weight: 4,01g, axes: 3h,
mint: , date: A.D. regnal year ., ref: Gbl SN, Sapur II., Ia-6a, (Plate VI-102), Valentine-26,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/10/18 at 23:15Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
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0 Constantius II (Gaming Token?)11 viewsConstantius II, AE3, 22mm, Rome mint. DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, holding globe, N behind bust / FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Emperor nimbate and in military dress, with shield on left arm, on horseback galloping right, thrusting his spear at two barbarians wearing Phrygian helmets, who kneel before him with their arms raised towards him. N in right field. Mintmark R dot S. RIC VIII Rome 184 var (unlisted officina, RIC lists only officina T for this "R dot.. officina" issue.)4 commentsRandygeki(h2)11/10/18 at 22:57Mat: Wow, neat find!
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Elymais, van't Haaff 12.3.1-2A1, Arsacid dynasty. Kamnaskires-Orodes (early-mid 2nd Century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Parallel dashes, #136 viewsElymais, van't Haaff 12.3.1-2A1, Arsacid dynasty. Kamnaskires-Orodes (early-mid 2nd Century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Parallel dashes, #1
avers: Bust facing forward without small hair tuft on top, and large curly hair tufts on each side in horizontally-oriented rows, to right pellet within crescent above anchor with two crossbars at the top, the border of dots.
reverse: Field of regular, parallel dashes, no border.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 14,5-15,5mm, weight: 3,89g, axes: h,
mint: , date: early-mid 2nd Century A.D., ref: van't Haaff 12.3.1-2A1, De Morgan 50, BMC plate XLI, 4-9, Sear GICV 5910, Alram ??,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/10/18 at 21:25Stkp: Another nice coin
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Elymais, van't Haaff 12.3.1-1A, Arsacid dynasty. Kamnaskires-Orodes (early-mid 2nd Century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Parallel dashes, #130 viewsElymais, van't Haaff 12.3.1-1A, Arsacid dynasty. Kamnaskires-Orodes (early-mid 2nd Century A.D.), AE-Drachm, Parallel dashes, #1
avers: Bust facing forward without small hair tuft on top, and large curly hair tufts on each side in horizontally-oriented rows, to right pellet within crescent above anchor with two crossbars at the top, the border of dots.
reverse: Field of regular, parallel dashes, no border.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 13,5-16,5mm, weight: 3,85g, axes: 6h,
mint: , date: early-mid 2nd Century A.D., ref: van't Haaff 12.3.1-1A, De Morgan 50, BMC plate XLI, 4-9, Sear GICV 5910, Alram ??,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/10/18 at 20:30Stkp: Nice
Sasanian,_Shapur_II,_AR_Drachm,_309-379-AD,_Pahlavi_legend,_Gbl_SN,_Sapur_II,_Ia-6a_(Plate_VI-102),_Valentine_26,_Q-001,_3h,_22mm,_4,01g-s.jpg
Sasanian, Shapur II. (309-379 A.D.), AR-Drachm, Gbl SN, Sapur II., Ia-6a, (Plate VI-102), Pahlavi legend, Fire altar with two attendants,37 viewsSasanian, Shapur II. (309-379 A.D.), AR-Drachm, Gbl SN, Sapur II., Ia-6a, (Plate VI-102), Pahlavi legend, Fire altar with two attendants,
avers: Pahlavi legend, Bearded bust of Shapur II right, wearing merlon crown surmounted by globe decorated with five lines and pellets between, diadem ties behind globe, diadem ties behind crown and pointing up, symbol in left field.
reverse: Pahlavi legend, Fire altar with two attendants dressed in kingly garb, facing inward, short staff in both hands, the bust of Ahuramazda right in flames above altar, Pahlavi script on the altar.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 22mm, weight: 4,01g, axes: 3h,
mint: , date: A.D. regnal year ., ref: Gbl SN, Sapur II., Ia-6a, (Plate VI-102), Valentine-26,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/10/18 at 20:10Stkp: Nice coin
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M. AURELIUS COTTA AR Denarius7 viewsAR Denarius
OBVERSE: Head of Roma, COTA below, X behind
REVERSE: Hercules holding club in biga of centaurs holding branches; M.AVRELI below, ROMA in ex
Rome 139 BC
4.29g, 16mm
Aurelia 16, BMC.914, Craw.229/1
ex. Pliego Numismatics
2 commentsLegatus11/10/18 at 18:35Steve B5: I agree, this is a classic type.
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MARCUS ANTONIUS AR Legio XVI Denarius5 viewsOBVERSE: ANT AVG III VIR R P C, Praetorian galley, thyrsos behind prow
REVERSE: LEG XVI, eagle between standards
Patrae 32-31 BC
3.63g, 19mm
Cr544/31, Syd 1236, RSC 48
1 commentsLegatus11/10/18 at 17:36Jay GT4: Very nice
Lydia,_Kings,_Kroisos,_(Croesus),_cc_561-546_BC_,_AR-Twelfth_Stater,_Confronted_Lion_and_Bull,_Rosen_668,_BMC-53,_Q-001,_0h,_7mm,_0,74g-s.jpg
Lydia, Kings, Kroisos (Croesus), (cc. 561-546 B.C.), Rosen 668, BMC-53, AR-1/12 Stater, Incuse punch,40 viewsLydia, Kings, Kroisos (Croesus), (cc. 561-546 B.C.), Rosen 668, BMC-53, AR-1/12 Stater, Incuse punch,
avers: Confronted heads of a lion right and a bull left.
reverse: Incuse punch.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 7,0mm, weight: 0,74g, axis: h,
mint: Lydia, Kings, date: time of Kroisos (Croesus), cc. 561-546 B.C., ref: Rosen 668, BMC-53,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/10/18 at 17:35Jay GT4: Tiny
Cotta.jpg
M. AURELIUS COTTA AR Denarius7 viewsAR Denarius
OBVERSE: Head of Roma, COTA below, X behind
REVERSE: Hercules holding club in biga of centaurs holding branches; M.AVRELI below, ROMA in ex
Rome 139 BC
4.29g, 16mm
Aurelia 16, BMC.914, Craw.229/1
ex. Pliego Numismatics
2 commentsLegatus11/10/18 at 17:08Jay GT4: One of my favorite reverse types of RR.
RIC_922-3-8,_112_Probus,_AE-Ant,_IMP_C_M_AVR_PROBVS_P_F_AVG_(C-A2),_CLEMENTIA_TEMP,_H_XXI,_Antioch_3rd_em,_8th_off_,_280-AD,_Q-001,_11h,_19-21mm,_3,99g-s.jpg
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 922-3-8, Antioch, Bust:C(A2), H//XXI, CLEMENTIA TEMP, Emperor and Jupiter with Victory, #130 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 922-3-8, Antioch, Bust:C(A2), H//XXI, CLEMENTIA TEMP, Emperor and Jupiter with Victory, #1
avers: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from back. (C/A2),
reverse: CLEMENTIA TEMP, Emperor standing right, holding sceptre, receiving Victory from Jupiter standing left, holding sceptre.
exergue: H//XXI, diameter: 19,0-21,0 mm, weight: 3,99g, axis: 11h,
mint: Antioch, 3rd., emiss., "dotless series" 8th., off., date: 280 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 922-3-8, p-120,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/10/18 at 17:07*Alex: Nice sharp details.
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RIC 144 Domitian Denarius 34 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head of Domitian right

IVPPITER CONSERVATOR
Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left

Rome 82-83 AD
3.37g

RIC 144 (R)

Ex-inumis France
10 commentsJay GT411/10/18 at 17:01*Alex: Nice coin. Great eagle and lovely tone.
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Struck 1189 - 1199, RICHARD I (the lionheart), AR Denier minted at Melle, Poitou, France11 viewsObverse: +RICARDVS REX. Cross patt馥 within braided inner circle, all within braided outer circle.
Reverse: PIC / TAVIE / NSIS in three lines within braided circle.
Diameter: 20mm | Weight: 1.0gms | Die Axis: 2
Spink: 8008 | Elias: 8

Poitou was an Anglo-Gallic province in what is now west-central France and its capital city was Poitiers, the mint at this time was however located at Melle. Melle was an active centre of minting during the early Middle Ages due to the important silver mines located under and around the city. This is the only coin issue struck during the reign of Richard I to bear his own name and titles as King of England.

Richard I was King of England from 1189 until his death on 6th April 1199. He also ruled several territories outwith England, and was styled as Duke of Normandy, Aquitaine and Gascony, Lord of Cyprus, Count of Poitiers, Anjou, Maine, and Nantes, as well as being overlord of Brittany at various times during the same period. He was the third of five sons of King Henry II of England and Duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine. He was known as Richard the Lionheart (Richard C忖r de Lion) because of his reputation as a great military leader and warrior when, at the age of 16 and commanding his own army, he had put down rebellions against his father in Poitou.
Richard was a commander during the Third Crusade, and led the campaign after the departure of Philip II of France. However, although he scored several notable victories against the Muslims led by Saladin, he failed to retake Jerusalem from them.
Although Richard was born in England and spent his childhood there before becoming king, he lived most of his adult life in the Duchy of Aquitaine. Following his accession, his life was mostly spent on Crusade, in captivity, or actively defending his lands in France. Rather than regarding England as a responsibility requiring his presence as ruler, he appears to have used it merely as a source of revenue to support his armies. Nevertheless, he was seen as a pious hero by his subjects and he remains one of the few kings of England who is remembered by his epithet rather than by his regnal number, and even today he is still an iconic figure in both England and France.
3 comments*Alex11/10/18 at 16:56quadrans: Interesting piece..
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RIC 144 Domitian Denarius 34 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head of Domitian right

IVPPITER CONSERVATOR
Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left

Rome 82-83 AD
3.37g

RIC 144 (R)

Ex-inumis France
10 commentsJay GT411/10/18 at 16:48Canaan: great addition!!
Domitian_Eagle.jpg
RIC 144 Domitian Denarius 34 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head of Domitian right

IVPPITER CONSERVATOR
Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left

Rome 82-83 AD
3.37g

RIC 144 (R)

Ex-inumis France
10 commentsJay GT411/10/18 at 16:33Carausius: Lovely coin, Jay! Congratulations.
Domitian_Eagle.jpg
RIC 144 Domitian Denarius 34 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head of Domitian right

IVPPITER CONSERVATOR
Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left

Rome 82-83 AD
3.37g

RIC 144 (R)

Ex-inumis France
10 commentsJay GT411/10/18 at 16:28FlaviusDomitianus: Very attractive toning, great addition.
Domitian_Eagle.jpg
RIC 144 Domitian Denarius 34 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head of Domitian right

IVPPITER CONSERVATOR
Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left

Rome 82-83 AD
3.37g

RIC 144 (R)

Ex-inumis France
10 commentsJay GT411/10/18 at 16:27Mat: A great addition
112_Probus_(276-282_A_D_),_Bi-Tetradrachm,_G-3147,_D-5534,_KG-112_27,_Alexandria,_Homonoia_left,_LE,_Y-5,_Milne_4598,_279-80_AD,_Q-001,_11h,_18,0-19,8mm,_6,89g-s.jpg
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Egypt, Alexandria, Bi-Tetradrachm, G-3147, D-5534, LЄ/-//--, Homonoia standing left, #134 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Egypt, Alexandria, Bi-Tetradrachm, G-3147, D-5534, LЄ/-//--, Homonoia standing left, #1
avers: A K M AVP ΠPOBOC CЄB, Laureated, cuirassed bust right.
reverse: Homonoia standing left, right arm raised; cornucopiae in left hand, LЄ left at foot.
exergue: LЄ/-//--, diameter: 18,0-19,8mm, weight: 6,89g, axes: 11h,
mint: Egypt, Alexandria, date: 279-280 A.D., LЄ Year 5., ref: Geissen-3147, Dattari-5534, Milne-4598, Kapmann-Ganschow-112.27,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/10/18 at 16:24Jay GT4: Chunky! I like it!
Domitian_Eagle.jpg
RIC 144 Domitian Denarius 34 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head of Domitian right

IVPPITER CONSERVATOR
Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left

Rome 82-83 AD
3.37g

RIC 144 (R)

Ex-inumis France
10 commentsJay GT411/10/18 at 16:15Nemonater: Awesome type, great toning!
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07 Constantius II10 viewsConstantius II
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG
rosette-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
FEL TEMP-REPARATIO
no beard, Phrygian helmet, reaching
SMK Gamma
Cyzikus 105/111
Scarce
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)11/10/18 at 16:14quadrans: Nice one
Domitian_Eagle.jpg
RIC 144 Domitian Denarius 34 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head of Domitian right

IVPPITER CONSERVATOR
Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left

Rome 82-83 AD
3.37g

RIC 144 (R)

Ex-inumis France
10 commentsJay GT411/10/18 at 16:09quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Struck 1553 - 1554, Mary I Tudor (1553 - 1558), AR Groat minted at London, England3 viewsObverse: MARIA D G ANG FRA Z HIB REGI. Crowned bust of Mary I, wearing pearl necklace with pendant, facing left. Mintmark in legend after MARIA, pomegranate.
Reverse: VERITAS TEMPORIS FILIA. Long cross fourch馥 over quartered royal arms. Mintmark in legend after VERITAS, pomegranate.
Diameter: 25mm | Weight: 1.7gms | Die Axis: 10
SPINK: 2492

Although this coin is undated, Mary married Philip of Spain on the 25th of July, 1554 and thereafter his name appears along with Mary's in the inscriptions on the coinage. Since Mary only came to the throne on 1st October, 1553 and Philip's name is absent on this coin it must have been struck during the ten months between those two dates.

This coin has had a hard life, it lay in a field in Essex for centuries before it was found this year (2018) by a metal detectorist.

The coin as found
1 comments*Alex11/10/18 at 15:58Jay GT4: Great piece Alex
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Akarnania Leukas AR Stater circa 330-306 BC 20 mm 8.51g 6h6 viewsPegasos flying left.Athena left with mask of Silenos1 commentsGrant H11/10/18 at 15:55Jay GT4: Sweet! That Silenos mask is amazing
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1480A Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Eagle22 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1480A; Metcalf --

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate bust left.

Rev. COS III.
Eagle, with head right and wings spread, standing facing on thunderbolt.

10.15 gr
28 mm
12h
4 commentsokidoki11/10/18 at 14:53FlaviusDomitianus: Great coin indeed!
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07 Constantius II10 viewsConstantius II
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG
rosette-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
FEL TEMP-REPARATIO
no beard, Phrygian helmet, reaching
SMK Gamma
Cyzikus 105/111
Scarce
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)11/10/18 at 13:18Canaan: nice patina
IMG_4538.jpg
07 Constantius II10 viewsConstantius II
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG
rosette-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
FEL TEMP-REPARATIO
no beard, Phrygian helmet, reaching
SMK Gamma
Cyzikus 105/111
Scarce
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)11/10/18 at 06:35Mat: I like the looks of it.
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Cilicia, Tarsos. Tarkumuwa (Datames), Satrap of Cilicia and Cappadocia. (Circa 378-372 BC)39 viewsAR Stater

23 mm, 10.28 g

Obverse: Diademed female head facing slightly to left, wearing pendant earrings and necklace.

Reverse: 𐡕𐡓𐡃𐡌𐡅 ('trkmw' in Aramaic) Bearded head of Ares (?) to left, wearing crested Attic helmet.

Casabonne type 1. SNG Levante 80. SNG Paris 276-277.

Datames (407-362 BC), the son of Kamisares and a Scythian mother, served as a member of the Persian king's (Artaxerxes II - 405-359 BC) bodyguard before he became satrap of Cilicia and Cappadocia upon his father's death in battle in 384 BC. In the course of his early career he put down a revolt in Lydia, defeated the rebel governor Thyos in Paphlagonia, and briefly occupied the city of Sinope. Because of these successes, the Persian king placed him in charge of the second war against Egypt, along with Pharnabazos and Tithraustes, satrap of Caria.

To pay their armies for these expeditions, both satraps minted near-identical coins, distinguished only by their inscriptions. The reverse of these coins may show a representation of Ares, the Greek god of war. The facing head of an unidentifiable female deity (Aphrodite, the wife of Ares?) on the obverse is clearly influenced by the famous representations of the nymph Arethusa created by the artist Kimon for the coins of Syracuse. Both designs were probably meant to appeal to the thousands of Greek mercenaries that each Persian satrap hired for their Egyptian campaigns.

Datames was first, however, detained by a local revolt in Kataonia, a territory within his satrapy. This time, his success incurred the king's jealousy, and he was removed both from his command of the Egyptian expedition as well as the rule of his satrapy. Refusing to relinquish his authority, Datames himself revolted and became a virtually independent ruler. His initial success in this endeavor prompted the revolt of other satraps across the empire. Datames' success, however, was short-lived. Distrust among the satraps rendered them unable to cooperate, their rebellion disintegrated, and Datames himself was assassinated by Mithradates, the son of Ariobarzanes, satrap of Phrygia, in 362 BC.
2 commentsNathan P11/10/18 at 01:45Steve P: I like the coin ... I'm a fan of coins with so...
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051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), RIC IV-I 310, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, VENERI VICTRICI, Venus standing left, Scarce! #143 views051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), RIC IV-I 310, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, VENERI VICTRICI, Venus standing left, Scarce! #1
avers: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Radiate, and cuirassed bust right seen half from the back.
reverse: VENERI VICTRICI, Venus standing left, holding Victory and sceptre, leaning on shield set on helmet.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 22,8-23,0mm, weight: 5,64g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 215 A.D., ref: RIC IV-I 310, RSC
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/09/18 at 15:26Steve P: Gorgeous coin ... I love all of the varying bust t...
074_Philippus-I,_AE-As,_IMP_M_IVL_PHILIPPVS_AVG,_FORTVNA_REDVX,_RIC_174a,_Rome,_-AD,_Q-001,_0h,_25mm,_13,93g-s.jpg
074 Philippus I. (244-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0173b, Rome, AE-Sestertius, -/-//SC, FORTVNA REDVX, Fortuna seated left, #142 views074 Philippus I. (244-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0173b, Rome, AE-Sestertius, -/-//SC, FORTVNA REDVX, Fortuna seated left, #1
avers: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: FORTVNA REDVX, Fortuna seated left, holding rudder and cornucopiae, under seat, wheel, in exergue S C.
exergue: -/-//SC, diameter: 25mm, weight: 13,93g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 244 A.D., ref: RIC IV-III 174a, p-90, C-67,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/09/18 at 15:23Steve P: Nice desert patina ... I love the obverse & revers...
072_Gordianus-III__(238-244_A_D_),_RIC_IV_335a_AE-Sest,_IMP_GORDIANVS_PIVS_FEL_AVG,_SECVRIT_PERPET,_S-C,_Roma_243-44,_Q-001,_0h,_28-29mm,_19,28g-s.jpg
072 Gordianus-III. (238-244 A.D.), RIC IV-III 335a, AE-Sestertius, Rome, S/C//--, SECVRIT PERPET, Securitas standing facing, head left, #136 views072 Gordianus-III. (238-244 A.D.), RIC IV-III 335a, AE-Sestertius, Rome, S/C//--, SECVRIT PERPET, Securitas standing facing, head left, #1
avers: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reversre: SECVRIT PERPET, Securitas standing facing, head left, leaning on short column and holding sceptre with the right hand, S C across the fields.
exergue: S/C//--, diameter: 28,0-29,0mm, weight: 19,28g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 243-244 A.D., ref: RIC IV-III 335a, C-329,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/09/18 at 15:22Steve P: Sweet => very rugged looking coin (gorgeous eye-ap...
062_Sev__Alexander,_AE-Sest,_IMP_SEV_ALE_XANDER_AVG,_P_M_TR_P_VIII_COS_III_P_P,_SC,_RIC_IV-II_495,_230AD,_Q-001,_h,_31mm,_19,13g-s.jpg
062 Alexander Severus ( 221-222 A.D. Caesar, 222-235 A.D. Augustus), RIC IV-II 495, Rome, AE-Sestertius, P M TR P VIII COS III P P, Emperor in quadriga right, 42 views062 Alexander Severus ( 221-222 A.D. Caesar, 222-235 A.D. Augustus), RIC IV-II 495, Rome, AE-Sestertius, P M TR P VIII COS III P P, Emperor in quadriga right,
avers: IMP SEV ALE XANDER AVG, Laureate head right, slight drapery on far shoulder.
reverse: P M TR P VIII COS III P P, Emperor in quadriga right, holding sceptre surmounted by eagle, in exergue S C.
exergue: -/-//SC, diameter: 31,0mm, weight: 19,13g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 230 A.D., ref: RIC IV-II 495, C. 377, BMC .
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans11/09/18 at 15:17Steve P: Wow => I love these sweet ol' comfy lookin'...
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Misterium Plakett, Lead, Romae, Thrakia, #12 57 viewsMisterium Plakett, Lead, Romae, Thrakia, #12
diameter: 76x80mm,
weight:119,80g
mint: Thrakia,
date: cc. 2nd.-3rd. centuries..
Q-012
3 commentsquadrans11/09/18 at 15:15Steve P: Super cool ... I've never noticed these lead e...
090b_Gallienus,_Roma,_Gbl_735b,_AE-Ant,_GALLIENVS_AVG,_APOLLINI_CONS_AVG,_Z,_RIC-V-I-163,_RSC-72,_AD__Q-001,_5h,_19-21,5mm,_3,16g-s.jpg
090b Gallienus (253-268 A.D.), Sole Reign, RIC V-I 163, Rome, AE-Antoninianus, -/-//Z, APOLLINI CONS AVG, Centaur walking right, #165 views090b Gallienus (253-268 A.D.), Sole Reign, RIC V-I 163, Rome, AE-Antoninianus, -/-//Z, APOLLINI CONS AVG, Centaur walking right, #1
avers: GALLIENVS AVG, Radiate head right.
reverse: APOLLINI CONS AVG, Centaur walking right, one forefoot raised, drawing the bow. Z in exergue.
exergue: -/-//Z, diameter: 19,0-21,5 mm, weight: 3,16g, axes: 5h,
mint: Rome, date: A.D., ref: RIC V-I 163, p-145, RSC-72, Gbl 735b,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans11/09/18 at 15:13Steve P: Gorgeous lookin' centaur! (congrats)
1174_P_Hadrian_RPC--~0.jpg
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Eagle12 viewsReference.
RPC III, --; Metcalf --

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate bust left.

Rev. COS III.
Eagle, with head right and wings spread, standing facing on thunderbolt.

10.15 gr
28 mm
12h
3 commentsokidoki11/09/18 at 12:53*Alex: Great coin.
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Asia Minor, Lydia, Iulia Gordus, Tyche, Artemis Ephesia11 viewsLydia, Iulia Gordus
Pseudo-autonomous issue
2nd century
Obv.: ΙΟVΛΙΑ ΓΟΡΔΟС, Turreted and draped bust of Tyche right.
Rev.: IΟVΛ ΓΟΡΔΗΝΩΝ, Facing statue of Artemis Ephesia, with supports.
Ae, 2.73g, 17mm
Ref.: RPC III 1261, SNG Copenhagen 157.
2 commentsshanxi11/09/18 at 06:31quadrans: Interesting piece..
1175_P_Hadrian_RPC1921.jpg
1921 AEOLIS. Aegae. Hadrian Wreath7 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1921;

Magistrate [ ]os Artemidros

Obv. ΑYΤΟ ΝΕ ΤΡΑΙΑ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС
Laureate head of Hadrian, r., with aegis on l. shoulder

Rev. [ ]ΟΥ ΑΡΤΕΜΙΔΟΡΟΥ, ΑΙΓΑ/ΕΩΝ /ΑΤΕΛΙ/ΑС
Legend in four lines within wreath.

3.51 gr
17 mm
6h
1 commentsokidoki11/09/18 at 06:30quadrans: Nice piece..
V1233aa.jpg
ニ Vespasian-RIC-123370 viewsニ As, 9.19g
Lyon mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 1233 (C). BMC 845.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS VIII P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: IVDAEA CAPTA; S C in exergue; Palm tree; to r., Judaea std. r.; to l. of tree, arms
Acquired from Zuzim, October 2018.

The amount of propaganda the Flavian regime was able to squeeze out of the Jewish War is astounding. Here we have an As struck seven or eight years after the fall of Jerusalem still touting the Jewish defeat. It was the singular event that more than anything else gave the dynasty its prestige. It would have been unseemly to celebrate the defeat of fellow Romans after the end of the Civil War, but quite appropriate to do so over an eastern people, despite the fact they were within the boundaries of the Roman empire. This As was struck in a fairly large issue from the Lyon mint, presumably to address a shortage of bronze coinage in the western provinces late in Vespasian's reign.

Distinctive Lyon portrait, struck on a bent flan.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/09/18 at 06:29quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Lutatia Q Lutatius Cerco. Denarius. 109-108 BC.9 viewsQ Lutatius Cerco. Denarius. 109-108 BC. ROMA CERCO, helmeted head of Roma right / Q LVTATI, galley right within oak wreath. Crawford 305/1, Sydenham 559. sear5 #182

3.25gm.

1 commentsBritanikus11/09/18 at 06:28quadrans: Nice piece..
1174_P_Hadrian_RPC--.jpg
1480A Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Eagle22 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1480A; Metcalf --

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate bust left.

Rev. COS III.
Eagle, with head right and wings spread, standing facing on thunderbolt.

10.15 gr
28 mm
12h
4 commentsokidoki11/09/18 at 06:27quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
john.jpg
Basil II & Constantine VIII, (976-1028 A.D.)18 viewsニ 鄭nonymous Follis
Class A2
O: EMMANOVHΛ, Nimbate bust of Christ facing, wearing pallium and colobium and holding book of Gospels; IC – XC in fields to left and right.
R: + IhSЧS / [X]RISTЧ[S] / bASILЄЧ / bASILЄ / キ, legend in four lines.
8.68g
26mm
SBCV 1793
5 commentsMat11/09/18 at 06:21quadrans: Nice piece..
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EB0998 Romanus I / Legend10 viewsRomanus I. AE Follis. 913-959 AD. Constantinople.
Obverse: RWMAN bASILEVS RWM, crowned, bearded, facing bust of Romanus, wearing loros (not chlamys), holding labarum and cross on globe.
Reverse: RWMA - N EN QEW bA - SILEVS RW - MAIWN, legend in four lines.
References: SB 1760 overstruck on 1729.
Diameter: 29mm, Weight: 9.37g.
1 commentsEB11/09/18 at 06:14quadrans: Interesting piece...
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EB0946 Theodosius II / Monogram7 viewsTheodosius II 402-450 AD, AE 4, Constantinople mint, Struck AD 445-450.
Obverse: D N THEODO_SIVS P F AVG, Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: Monogram of Theodosius in wreath, CON below.
References: LRBC 2245.
Diameter: 13.5mm, Weight: 1.131g.
1 commentsEB11/09/18 at 06:14quadrans: Nice piece..
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Battle of Actium15 views2 commentsQuant.Geek11/09/18 at 05:36Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
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ニ Vespasian-RIC-123370 viewsニ As, 9.19g
Lyon mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 1233 (C). BMC 845.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS VIII P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: IVDAEA CAPTA; S C in exergue; Palm tree; to r., Judaea std. r.; to l. of tree, arms
Acquired from Zuzim, October 2018.

The amount of propaganda the Flavian regime was able to squeeze out of the Jewish War is astounding. Here we have an As struck seven or eight years after the fall of Jerusalem still touting the Jewish defeat. It was the singular event that more than anything else gave the dynasty its prestige. It would have been unseemly to celebrate the defeat of fellow Romans after the end of the Civil War, but quite appropriate to do so over an eastern people, despite the fact they were within the boundaries of the Roman empire. This As was struck in a fairly large issue from the Lyon mint, presumably to address a shortage of bronze coinage in the western provinces late in Vespasian's reign.

Distinctive Lyon portrait, struck on a bent flan.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/09/18 at 05:36Randygeki(h2): Nice!
john.jpg
Basil II & Constantine VIII, (976-1028 A.D.)18 viewsニ 鄭nonymous Follis
Class A2
O: EMMANOVHΛ, Nimbate bust of Christ facing, wearing pallium and colobium and holding book of Gospels; IC – XC in fields to left and right.
R: + IhSЧS / [X]RISTЧ[S] / bASILЄЧ / bASILЄ / キ, legend in four lines.
8.68g
26mm
SBCV 1793
5 commentsMat11/09/18 at 05:36Randygeki(h2): Nice find Mat. its a good example
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Eagle12 viewsReference.
RPC III, --; Metcalf --

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate bust left.

Rev. COS III.
Eagle, with head right and wings spread, standing facing on thunderbolt.

10.15 gr
28 mm
12h
3 commentsokidoki11/09/18 at 05:13Britanikus: Nice
john.jpg
Basil II & Constantine VIII, (976-1028 A.D.)18 viewsニ 鄭nonymous Follis
Class A2
O: EMMANOVHΛ, Nimbate bust of Christ facing, wearing pallium and colobium and holding book of Gospels; IC – XC in fields to left and right.
R: + IhSЧS / [X]RISTЧ[S] / bASILЄЧ / bASILЄ / キ, legend in four lines.
8.68g
26mm
SBCV 1793
5 commentsMat11/09/18 at 05:12Britanikus: NICE COIN
john.jpg
Basil II & Constantine VIII, (976-1028 A.D.)18 viewsニ 鄭nonymous Follis
Class A2
O: EMMANOVHΛ, Nimbate bust of Christ facing, wearing pallium and colobium and holding book of Gospels; IC – XC in fields to left and right.
R: + IhSЧS / [X]RISTЧ[S] / bASILЄЧ / bASILЄ / キ, legend in four lines.
8.68g
26mm
SBCV 1793
5 commentsMat11/09/18 at 03:59Jay GT4: Interesting
VespMars.jpg
RIC 247 Vespasian sestertius41 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVF TR P P P COS III
Laureate head of Vespasian right

SC in field
Mars advancing right with spear and trophy

Rome, 71 AD

26.95g

RIC 247 (C2)

Kraay counted 12 reverse dies used for this obverse type.

Ex-CNG; Ex-Calgary Coin

Some old cleaning scratches in fields
9 commentsJay GT411/09/18 at 03:53Randygeki(h2): Nice!
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GREEK, Thrace, Mesembria, AR Diobol57 viewsObv. Crested Corinthian helmet facing.
Rev. Spiked wheel in which META.
SNG - ; BMC 268
2 commentsOptimus11/09/18 at 01:29Britanikus: I think not Authentick Black sea hoard.
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ニ Vespasian-RIC-123370 viewsニ As, 9.19g
Lyon mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 1233 (C). BMC 845.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS VIII P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: IVDAEA CAPTA; S C in exergue; Palm tree; to r., Judaea std. r.; to l. of tree, arms
Acquired from Zuzim, October 2018.

The amount of propaganda the Flavian regime was able to squeeze out of the Jewish War is astounding. Here we have an As struck seven or eight years after the fall of Jerusalem still touting the Jewish defeat. It was the singular event that more than anything else gave the dynasty its prestige. It would have been unseemly to celebrate the defeat of fellow Romans after the end of the Civil War, but quite appropriate to do so over an eastern people, despite the fact they were within the boundaries of the Roman empire. This As was struck in a fairly large issue from the Lyon mint, presumably to address a shortage of bronze coinage in the western provinces late in Vespasian's reign.

Distinctive Lyon portrait, struck on a bent flan.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/09/18 at 01:04Jay GT4: Honest coin
1174_P_Hadrian_RPC--.jpg
1480A Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Eagle22 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1480A; Metcalf --

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate bust left.

Rev. COS III.
Eagle, with head right and wings spread, standing facing on thunderbolt.

10.15 gr
28 mm
12h
4 commentsokidoki11/09/18 at 01:04Jay GT4: Yeah baby yeah!
1174_P_Hadrian_RPC--~0.jpg
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Eagle12 viewsReference.
RPC III, --; Metcalf --

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate bust left.

Rev. COS III.
Eagle, with head right and wings spread, standing facing on thunderbolt.

10.15 gr
28 mm
12h
3 commentsokidoki11/09/18 at 01:03Jay GT4: Sweeeeeeeet!
V1233aa.jpg
ニ Vespasian-RIC-123370 viewsニ As, 9.19g
Lyon mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 1233 (C). BMC 845.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS VIII P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: IVDAEA CAPTA; S C in exergue; Palm tree; to r., Judaea std. r.; to l. of tree, arms
Acquired from Zuzim, October 2018.

The amount of propaganda the Flavian regime was able to squeeze out of the Jewish War is astounding. Here we have an As struck seven or eight years after the fall of Jerusalem still touting the Jewish defeat. It was the singular event that more than anything else gave the dynasty its prestige. It would have been unseemly to celebrate the defeat of fellow Romans after the end of the Civil War, but quite appropriate to do so over an eastern people, despite the fact they were within the boundaries of the Roman empire. This As was struck in a fairly large issue from the Lyon mint, presumably to address a shortage of bronze coinage in the western provinces late in Vespasian's reign.

Distinctive Lyon portrait, struck on a bent flan.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/08/18 at 21:30Nemonater: Awesome type!
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Carausius Virtus reverse billon antoninianus36 viewsBillon antoninianus, RIC V-2-,Webb Carausius-, Borne Carausius-,SRCV IV-,Hunter IV-, Linchmere-, Burton Latimer-,Bicester-,Carausian Hoard-,et al., aF, broad flan, near blackpatina, rough, corrosion, scratches, Camulodunum (Colchester, England) mint, weight 4.186g, maximumdiameter 23.1mm, die axis225o, c. mid 292; obverse IMP C CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, late reign tetrarchic portrait; reverse VIRTVS AVG (the valor of the Emperor),Mars walking right, transverse spear in right hand,shieldortrophyin left hand,S - P flanking across field, C in exergue; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection; extremely rare3 commentsorfew11/08/18 at 21:00Harry G: Great coin! Wish I had one!
V1233aa.jpg
ニ Vespasian-RIC-123370 viewsニ As, 9.19g
Lyon mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 1233 (C). BMC 845.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS VIII P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: IVDAEA CAPTA; S C in exergue; Palm tree; to r., Judaea std. r.; to l. of tree, arms
Acquired from Zuzim, October 2018.

The amount of propaganda the Flavian regime was able to squeeze out of the Jewish War is astounding. Here we have an As struck seven or eight years after the fall of Jerusalem still touting the Jewish defeat. It was the singular event that more than anything else gave the dynasty its prestige. It would have been unseemly to celebrate the defeat of fellow Romans after the end of the Civil War, but quite appropriate to do so over an eastern people, despite the fact they were within the boundaries of the Roman empire. This As was struck in a fairly large issue from the Lyon mint, presumably to address a shortage of bronze coinage in the western provinces late in Vespasian's reign.

Distinctive Lyon portrait, struck on a bent flan.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/08/18 at 20:46orfew: A great piece.
john.jpg
Basil II & Constantine VIII, (976-1028 A.D.)18 viewsニ 鄭nonymous Follis
Class A2
O: EMMANOVHΛ, Nimbate bust of Christ facing, wearing pallium and colobium and holding book of Gospels; IC – XC in fields to left and right.
R: + IhSЧS / [X]RISTЧ[S] / bASILЄЧ / bASILЄ / キ, legend in four lines.
8.68g
26mm
SBCV 1793
5 commentsMat11/08/18 at 20:22okidoki: Congrats very nice
00hadrianbyth.jpg
HADRIAN53 viewsAR cistophoric tetradrachm . Nicomedia , after 128 AD. 10,74 grs. Laureate head right . IMP CAES TRA HADRIANO AVG PP. / Octastyle temple set on three tiered podium,pellet within. ROM SP AVG across frieze. COM BIT across fields.
RIC 461b. RSC 240b. Unrecorded reverse die.
Ex Barry P. Murphy.
3 commentsbenito11/08/18 at 19:50okidoki: excellent and stylistic
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1480A Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Eagle22 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1480A; Metcalf --

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate bust left.

Rev. COS III.
Eagle, with head right and wings spread, standing facing on thunderbolt.

10.15 gr
28 mm
12h
4 commentsokidoki11/08/18 at 19:45Mat: Amazing!
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Struck 1430 - 1434, HENRY VI (First Reign 1422 - 1461), AR Halfpenny minted at Calais, France13 viewsObverse: HENRICVS (pinecone) REX (mascle) ANGL. Crowned facing bust of Henry VI within circle of pellets. Mintmark: Cross patonce.
Reverse: VIL(mascle)LA CALISIE (pinecone). Long cross patt馥 dividing legend around inner circle of pellets into quarters, trefoil in each quarter of circle.
Diameter: 15mm | Weight: 0.45gms
SPINK: 1885

This issue of coins is known as the pinecone-mascle issue because these symbols are incorporated in the obverse and reverse legends. This issue was struck between 1430 and 1434 at the mints of London and Calais.

Henry VI was King of England from 1422 to 1461 and again from 1470 to 1471. The only child of Henry V, he succeeded to the English throne at the age of nine months when his father died.
This was during the period of the long-running Hundred Years' War (13371453) and Henry is the only English monarch to also have been crowned King of France (as Henri II), in 1431. During his early reign several people were ruling for him and by the time Henry was declared fit to rule in 1437 he found his realm in a difficult position, faced with setbacks in France and divisions among the nobility at home. Henry is described as timid, shy, passive, well-intentioned, and averse to warfare and violence; he was also at times mentally unstable. Partially in the hope of achieving peace, Henry married the ambitious and strong-willed Margaret of Anjou in 1445. The peace policy failed and the war recommenced with France taking the upper hand such that by 1453 Calais was Henry's only remaining territory on the continent.
With Henry effectively unfit to rule, Queen Margaret took advantage of the situation to make herself an effective power behind the throne. Starting around 1453 Henry began suffering a series of mental breakdowns and tensions mounted between Margaret and Richard of York, not only over control of the incapacitated king's government, but over the question of succession to the throne. Civil war broke out in 1459, leading to a long period of dynastic conflict, now known as the Wars of the Roses. Henry was deposed on 29th March 1461 after a crushing defeat at the Battle of Towton by Richard of York's son, who took the throne as Edward IV. Margaret continuing to resist Edward, but Henry was captured by Edward's forces in 1465 and imprisoned in the Tower of London.
Queen Margaret, who was first exiled in Scotland and then in France, was still determined to win back the throne on behalf of her husband and son. So, when Edward IV fell out with two of his main supporters, Richard Neville the Earl of Warwick and George the Duke of Clarence, Margaret formed a secret alliance with them backed by Louis XI of France. Warwick returned with an army to England, forced Edward IV into exile, and restored Henry VI to the throne on 30th October 1470, though Henry's position was nominal as Warwick and Clarence effectively ruled in his name.
But Henry's return to the throne lasted less than six months. Warwick overreached himself by declaring war on Burgundy, whose ruler responded by giving Edward IV the assistance he needed to win back his throne by force. Edward retook power in 1471, killing Warwick at the Battle of Barnet and Henry's only son at the Battle of Tewkesbury. Henry was again imprisoned in the Tower where, during the night of 21st May he died, possibly killed on Edward's orders.
2 comments*Alex11/08/18 at 19:44Stkp: nice
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Struck 1311 - 1316, EDWARD II (1307 - 1327), AR Penny minted at Durham, England5 viewsObverse: EDWAR ANGL DNS HYB +. Crowned and draped bust of Edward II facing within circle of pellets.
Reverse: CIVITAS DVNELM. Long cross (the upper limb of which is in the form of a bishop's crozier) dividing legend into quarters, trefoil in each quarter of inner circle.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 1.2gms | Die Axis: 7 | Rare
SPINK: 1469

Undated Penny, Class 11a, struck under Bishop Kellawe. Bishop Kellawe was enthroned as Bishop of Durham in 1311 and since he died in 1316 this coin must have been struck between those two dates. These coins are sometimes called 菟oker pennies presumably because the shape of the crozier on the reverse is reminiscent of an iron fireside poker. It's an unfortunate nickname considering the reputed manner of the King's death.

Edward II
Edward II was crowned King of England when his father, Edward I, died in 1307. In 1308 he married Isabella, the daughter of King Philip IV of France, to try and resolve tensions between the two countries.
Edward II caused discontent among the barons by his close relationship with Piers Gaveston, who was arrogant with the power he had as Edward's favourite. In 1311 the barons pressured the King into agreeing to wide-ranging reforms and the newly empowered barons had Gaveston banished. Angered, Edward responded by revoking the reforms and recalling his favourite, but in 1312 a group of barons, led by the Earl of Lancaster, seized and executed Gaveston.
The war with Scotland was not going well either, the English forces were pushed back and in 1314 Edward was decisively defeated by the Scottish King, Robert the Bruce, at the Battle of Bannockburn. Edward was obliged to sign a truce which brought an end to almost thirty years of warfare between the two countries.
When this was followed by a widespread famine in England opposition to Edward II's reign grew until, in 1325, when Isabella was sent to France to negotiate a peace treaty she turned against Edward, allied herself with the exiled Roger Mortimer, and refused to return. In 1326, Mortimer and Isabella invaded England with a small army. Edward's regime collapsed and he fled into Wales, but he was soon captured and in January 1327 he was forced to relinquish his crown in favour of his fourteen-year-old son, Edward III. Edward II died in Berkeley Castle on 21 September the same year, reportedly gruesomely murdered on the orders of the new regime.

Bishop Kellawe, Bishop of Durham
Richard de Kellawe was sub-prior at St. Cuthbert's, Durham, and on the death of Antony Bek in 1311, Kellawe was chosen to replace him as Bishop of Durham by the monks. The palatinate of Durham was at this time in a deplorable condition owing to the Scottish wars, and in 1312 Kellawe even received a papal dispensation for not attending the council at Vienne in consideration of the state of his province. Troubles with the Scots continued after Bannockburn and the Palatinate was now so exhausted that it could not provide even for its own defence and Bishop Kellawe had to purchase peace with a levy of fifteen hundred men and a gift of one thousand marks.
On 10th October 1316, at Middleham, Bishop Kellawe died. He was buried in the chapter-house at Durham. His grandly adorned tomb was destroyed when the chapter house was demolished in 1796.
2 comments*Alex11/08/18 at 19:44Stkp: nice
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051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), RIC IV-I 310, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, VENERI VICTRICI, Venus standing left, Scarce! #143 views051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), RIC IV-I 310, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, VENERI VICTRICI, Venus standing left, Scarce! #1
avers: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Radiate, and cuirassed bust right seen half from the back.
reverse: VENERI VICTRICI, Venus standing left, holding Victory and sceptre, leaning on shield set on helmet.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 22,8-23,0mm, weight: 5,64g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 215 A.D., ref: RIC IV-I 310, RSC
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/08/18 at 18:39okidoki: Nice Joe, a silver radiated head
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Battle of Actium15 views2 commentsQuant.Geek11/08/18 at 10:23shanxi: nice artwork
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Domitian Denarius,77-78 AD. RIC 961 11 viewsDomitian Denarius. CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS, laureate head right / COS V, She-wolf and twins left, boat below. RSC 51.
Sear (RCV 2000 Edition) Number 2639

Weight 3.36gm.
2 commentsBritanikus11/07/18 at 23:21Jay GT4: Nice one!
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Gens Plaetoria, denarius (67 a.C.)8 viewsConiata da M. Plaetorius M.f. Cestianus nel 67 a.C., Roma
AR, 3.96 gr, 19 mm, qSpl
D/ CESTIANVS - S C; busto con attributi di Iside, Minerva, Apollo, Diana e Vittoria, con elmo crestato e faretra e arco sulle spalle; davanti, una cornucopia.
R/ M PLAETORIVS M F AED CVR; aquila su saetta.
Crawford 409/1
Provenienza: collezione Berardengo (Roma, Italia, dal 3 novembre 2018, numero catalogo XXX), ex collezione Vanni, Tinia numismatica (Follonica, Italia fino al 3 novembre 2018)
1 commentspaolo11/07/18 at 23:21Jay GT4: Bellisimo
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5515.5 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 124-25 AD Sarapis standing16 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5515.5; Dattari-Savio Pl. 69, 7465 (this coin); Emmett 897.9

Issue ƐΤ ƐΝΑΤ = year 9

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ - ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑ СƐΒ
Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from rear

Rev. ƐΤ ƐΝΑΤ
Sarapis standing facing, head l., holding patera and cornucopia; to l., altar

11.39 gr
25 mm
12h
4 commentsokidoki11/07/18 at 23:21Jay GT4: Great, sweet and nice
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Constantine I AE Follis. 318-9 AD.Ticinum RIC VII 82,T7 views
Constantine I AE Follis. 318-9 AD. IMP CONSTAN-TINVS MAX AVG, helmeted bust right / VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP, two Victories facing one another, holding shield inscribed VOT PR on altar. Mintmark TT.
"VD"
1 commentsBritanikus11/07/18 at 23:09quadrans: Nice one
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Barbarous Imitation of Constantine era coin ,Danubian Celts13 viewsLaureate, helmeted, cuirassed bust right. Legend H H H H H H H T
Rev :H H H H H H H H H mint mark T? HII Two Victories standing, facing each other, together holding shield
2 commentsBritanikus11/07/18 at 23:05quadrans: Nice piece..
1169_P_Hadrian_RPC5515_5.jpg
5515.5 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 124-25 AD Sarapis standing16 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5515.5; Dattari-Savio Pl. 69, 7465 (this coin); Emmett 897.9

Issue ƐΤ ƐΝΑΤ = year 9

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ - ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑ СƐΒ
Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from rear

Rev. ƐΤ ƐΝΑΤ
Sarapis standing facing, head l., holding patera and cornucopia; to l., altar

11.39 gr
25 mm
12h
4 commentsokidoki11/07/18 at 23:04quadrans: Sweet coin
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Struck 1311 - 1316, EDWARD II (1307 - 1327), AR Penny minted at Durham, England5 viewsObverse: EDWAR ANGL DNS HYB +. Crowned and draped bust of Edward II facing within circle of pellets.
Reverse: CIVITAS DVNELM. Long cross (the upper limb of which is in the form of a bishop's crozier) dividing legend into quarters, trefoil in each quarter of inner circle.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 1.2gms | Die Axis: 7 | Rare
SPINK: 1469

Undated Penny, Class 11a, struck under Bishop Kellawe. Bishop Kellawe was enthroned as Bishop of Durham in 1311 and since he died in 1316 this coin must have been struck between those two dates. These coins are sometimes called 菟oker pennies presumably because the shape of the crozier on the reverse is reminiscent of an iron fireside poker. It's an unfortunate nickname considering the reputed manner of the King's death.

Edward II
Edward II was crowned King of England when his father, Edward I, died in 1307. In 1308 he married Isabella, the daughter of King Philip IV of France, to try and resolve tensions between the two countries.
Edward II caused discontent among the barons by his close relationship with Piers Gaveston, who was arrogant with the power he had as Edward's favourite. In 1311 the barons pressured the King into agreeing to wide-ranging reforms and the newly empowered barons had Gaveston banished. Angered, Edward responded by revoking the reforms and recalling his favourite, but in 1312 a group of barons, led by the Earl of Lancaster, seized and executed Gaveston.
The war with Scotland was not going well either, the English forces were pushed back and in 1314 Edward was decisively defeated by the Scottish King, Robert the Bruce, at the Battle of Bannockburn. Edward was obliged to sign a truce which brought an end to almost thirty years of warfare between the two countries.
When this was followed by a widespread famine in England opposition to Edward II's reign grew until, in 1325, when Isabella was sent to France to negotiate a peace treaty she turned against Edward, allied herself with the exiled Roger Mortimer, and refused to return. In 1326, Mortimer and Isabella invaded England with a small army. Edward's regime collapsed and he fled into Wales, but he was soon captured and in January 1327 he was forced to relinquish his crown in favour of his fourteen-year-old son, Edward III. Edward II died in Berkeley Castle on 21 September the same year, reportedly gruesomely murdered on the orders of the new regime.

Bishop Kellawe, Bishop of Durham
Richard de Kellawe was sub-prior at St. Cuthbert's, Durham, and on the death of Antony Bek in 1311, Kellawe was chosen to replace him as Bishop of Durham by the monks. The palatinate of Durham was at this time in a deplorable condition owing to the Scottish wars, and in 1312 Kellawe even received a papal dispensation for not attending the council at Vienne in consideration of the state of his province. Troubles with the Scots continued after Bannockburn and the Palatinate was now so exhausted that it could not provide even for its own defence and Bishop Kellawe had to purchase peace with a levy of fifteen hundred men and a gift of one thousand marks.
On 10th October 1316, at Middleham, Bishop Kellawe died. He was buried in the chapter-house at Durham. His grandly adorned tomb was destroyed when the chapter house was demolished in 1796.
2 comments*Alex11/07/18 at 21:33quadrans: It is OK...
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Struck 1430 - 1434, HENRY VI (First Reign 1422 - 1461), AR Halfpenny minted at Calais, France13 viewsObverse: HENRICVS (pinecone) REX (mascle) ANGL. Crowned facing bust of Henry VI within circle of pellets. Mintmark: Cross patonce.
Reverse: VIL(mascle)LA CALISIE (pinecone). Long cross patt馥 dividing legend around inner circle of pellets into quarters, trefoil in each quarter of circle.
Diameter: 15mm | Weight: 0.45gms
SPINK: 1885

This issue of coins is known as the pinecone-mascle issue because these symbols are incorporated in the obverse and reverse legends. This issue was struck between 1430 and 1434 at the mints of London and Calais.

Henry VI was King of England from 1422 to 1461 and again from 1470 to 1471. The only child of Henry V, he succeeded to the English throne at the age of nine months when his father died.
This was during the period of the long-running Hundred Years' War (13371453) and Henry is the only English monarch to also have been crowned King of France (as Henri II), in 1431. During his early reign several people were ruling for him and by the time Henry was declared fit to rule in 1437 he found his realm in a difficult position, faced with setbacks in France and divisions among the nobility at home. Henry is described as timid, shy, passive, well-intentioned, and averse to warfare and violence; he was also at times mentally unstable. Partially in the hope of achieving peace, Henry married the ambitious and strong-willed Margaret of Anjou in 1445. The peace policy failed and the war recommenced with France taking the upper hand such that by 1453 Calais was Henry's only remaining territory on the continent.
With Henry effectively unfit to rule, Queen Margaret took advantage of the situation to make herself an effective power behind the throne. Starting around 1453 Henry began suffering a series of mental breakdowns and tensions mounted between Margaret and Richard of York, not only over control of the incapacitated king's government, but over the question of succession to the throne. Civil war broke out in 1459, leading to a long period of dynastic conflict, now known as the Wars of the Roses. Henry was deposed on 29th March 1461 after a crushing defeat at the Battle of Towton by Richard of York's son, who took the throne as Edward IV. Margaret continuing to resist Edward, but Henry was captured by Edward's forces in 1465 and imprisoned in the Tower of London.
Queen Margaret, who was first exiled in Scotland and then in France, was still determined to win back the throne on behalf of her husband and son. So, when Edward IV fell out with two of his main supporters, Richard Neville the Earl of Warwick and George the Duke of Clarence, Margaret formed a secret alliance with them backed by Louis XI of France. Warwick returned with an army to England, forced Edward IV into exile, and restored Henry VI to the throne on 30th October 1470, though Henry's position was nominal as Warwick and Clarence effectively ruled in his name.
But Henry's return to the throne lasted less than six months. Warwick overreached himself by declaring war on Burgundy, whose ruler responded by giving Edward IV the assistance he needed to win back his throne by force. Edward retook power in 1471, killing Warwick at the Battle of Barnet and Henry's only son at the Battle of Tewkesbury. Henry was again imprisoned in the Tower where, during the night of 21st May he died, possibly killed on Edward's orders.
2 comments*Alex11/07/18 at 20:52quadrans: Nice piece..
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Domitian Denarius,77-78 AD. RIC 961 11 viewsDomitian Denarius. CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS, laureate head right / COS V, She-wolf and twins left, boat below. RSC 51.
Sear (RCV 2000 Edition) Number 2639

Weight 3.36gm.
2 commentsBritanikus11/07/18 at 18:50okidoki: very nice
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Asia Minor, Lydia, Iulia Gordus, Tyche, Artemis Ephesia11 viewsLydia, Iulia Gordus
Pseudo-autonomous issue
2nd century
Obv.: ΙΟVΛΙΑ ΓΟΡΔΟС, Turreted and draped bust of Tyche right.
Rev.: IΟVΛ ΓΟΡΔΗΝΩΝ, Facing statue of Artemis Ephesia, with supports.
Ae, 2.73g, 17mm
Ref.: RPC III 1261, SNG Copenhagen 157.
2 commentsshanxi11/07/18 at 18:49okidoki: great example, very bright details
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RPC-1389-Vespasian 36 viewsニ25, 9.00g
Apamea, Phrygia mint, Plancius Varus, magistrate
RPC 1389 (15 spec.).
Obv: AYTOKPOTΩP KAIΣAP ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΣ OYEΣΠΑΣIANOΣ; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r,
Rev: EΠΙ ΠΛΑNKIOY OYAPOY KOINON ΦPYΓIAΣ ΑΠΑMEIΣ; bundle of five corn-ears
Acquired from Tom Vossen, October 2018.

The important crossroads city of Apamea produced only one issue of coins during the Flavian era for the Koinon of Phrygia. M. Dr臠er has proposed that the issue could have been struck to help finance the Koinon's recovery after an earthquake, citing an ambiguous remark in Suetonius about Vespasian's civic generosity - 'he restored to a better condition very many states throughout the whole world that had been afflicted by earthquakes or fire' (Vesp. 17). It is quite possible that such a disaster occurred during Vespasian's reign in Phrygia since the region is prone to frequent seismic activity. Earthquakes are known to have previously struck the area in 53 and 60 AD and Strabo speaks of such a disaster which rocked the region during the Mithridatic Wars. The issue is undated, but names Plancius Varus, who perhaps is the same person that is recorded as a Flavian legate in Asia during the reign of Vespasian. Varus is thought to have died by 81. The type of five bundled corn-ears echoes a similar reverse of two bundled corn-ears struck by the city under Augustus.

Nice green patina featuring a severe portrait of Vespasian.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/07/18 at 18:21okidoki: excellent
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5515.5 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 124-25 AD Sarapis standing16 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5515.5; Dattari-Savio Pl. 69, 7465 (this coin); Emmett 897.9

Issue ƐΤ ƐΝΑΤ = year 9

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ - ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑ СƐΒ
Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from rear

Rev. ƐΤ ƐΝΑΤ
Sarapis standing facing, head l., holding patera and cornucopia; to l., altar

11.39 gr
25 mm
12h
4 commentsokidoki11/07/18 at 17:52Mat: Great addition
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5515.5 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 124-25 AD Sarapis standing16 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5515.5; Dattari-Savio Pl. 69, 7465 (this coin); Emmett 897.9

Issue ƐΤ ƐΝΑΤ = year 9

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ - ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑ СƐΒ
Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from rear

Rev. ƐΤ ƐΝΑΤ
Sarapis standing facing, head l., holding patera and cornucopia; to l., altar

11.39 gr
25 mm
12h
4 commentsokidoki11/07/18 at 16:23shanxi: nice
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CチC II. 18.9.1.1/b2.1., Anonymous I. (B駘a II., (B駘a II. the Blind), King of Hungary, (1131-1141 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-095, CNH I.-079, U-047, #0131 viewsCチC II. 18.9.1.1/b2.1., Anonymous I. (B駘a II., (B駘a II. the Blind), King of Hungary, (1131-1141 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-095, CNH I.-079, U-047, #01
avers: Cross with dots and wedges between two crescents in the angles; border of dots.
reverse: Lines in place of the legend; cross in circle with wedges in the angles; border of line.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 10,5mm, weight: 0,20g, axis: 5h,
mint: Esztergom , date: A.D., ref: Husz疵-095, CNH I.-079, Unger-047, Kiss-Toth: Sigla- ,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/07/18 at 16:20Stkp: nice coin
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Pamphylia, Side (Circa 145-125BC)9 viewsAR Tetradrachm

29 mm, 15.94 g

Kleuch-, magistrate.

Obverse: Helmeted head of Athena right.

Reverse: ΚΛΕ - ΥΧ, Nike advancing left, holding wreath; pomegranate to left.

SNG BN 697.

In 333 BC, Alexander the Great occupied Side and introduced the population to Hellenistic culture, which became the dominant tradition until the 1st century BC. Ptolemy later overtook the city when he declared himself king of Egypt in 305 BC. Side stayed under Ptolemaic control until it was captured by the Seleucid Empire in the 2nd century BC. In 190 B.C., however, a fleet from Rhodes, supported by Rome and Pergamum, defeated the Seleucid fleet, which was under the command of the fugitive Carthaginian general, Hannibal (who was unskilled in naval warfare, but to his credit still almost won the battle). The Seleucid defeat solidified by the Treaty of Apamea (188 BC), left Side in an uncertain state of autonomy during which it minted its own money. This lasted until 36 BC when the city came under the rule of the Roman client King of Galatia, Amyntas.
2 commentsNathan P11/07/18 at 11:21shanxi: beautiful reverse
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Barbarous Imitation of Constantine era coin ,Danubian Celts13 viewsLaureate, helmeted, cuirassed bust right. Legend H H H H H H H T
Rev :H H H H H H H H H mint mark T? HII Two Victories standing, facing each other, together holding shield
2 commentsBritanikus11/07/18 at 04:44Jay GT4: Cool style
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Pamphylia, Side (Circa 145-125BC)9 viewsAR Tetradrachm

29 mm, 15.94 g

Kleuch-, magistrate.

Obverse: Helmeted head of Athena right.

Reverse: ΚΛΕ - ΥΧ, Nike advancing left, holding wreath; pomegranate to left.

SNG BN 697.

In 333 BC, Alexander the Great occupied Side and introduced the population to Hellenistic culture, which became the dominant tradition until the 1st century BC. Ptolemy later overtook the city when he declared himself king of Egypt in 305 BC. Side stayed under Ptolemaic control until it was captured by the Seleucid Empire in the 2nd century BC. In 190 B.C., however, a fleet from Rhodes, supported by Rome and Pergamum, defeated the Seleucid fleet, which was under the command of the fugitive Carthaginian general, Hannibal (who was unskilled in naval warfare, but to his credit still almost won the battle). The Seleucid defeat solidified by the Treaty of Apamea (188 BC), left Side in an uncertain state of autonomy during which it minted its own money. This lasted until 36 BC when the city came under the rule of the Roman client King of Galatia, Amyntas.
2 commentsNathan P11/07/18 at 04:43Jay GT4: Bold coin
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Barbarous Imitation, AE-3, VICTORIA LAETAE PRINC PERP type, #1136 viewsBarbarous Imitation, AE-3, VICTORIA LAETAE PRINC PERP type, #11
avers: IIIIIIIIIIIII III, Confusing text, Laureate, helmeted, cuirassed bust right.
reverse: H III III II ИИ, Confusing text, Two Victories standing, facing each other, together holding shield reading "VOT/PR" imitation on cippus.
exergue: -/-// Confusing text, diameter: 15,5-17,0mm, weight:2,01g, axis: 6h,
mint: Siscia, date: , ref: ,
Q-011
1 commentsquadrans11/07/18 at 03:19Britanikus: Nice
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EB0945 Zeno / Victory13 viewsZeno 474-491, AU Solidus, Constantinople Mint.
Obverse: D N ZENO PERP AVG, diademed, helmeted and cuirassed three-quarter facing bust, holding spear over shoulder and shield decorated with horseman spearing a fallen enemy.
Reverse: VICTORI-A AVGGG and officina letter Γ, Victory standing left, holding long jewelled cross, star in right field. Mintmark CONOB.
References: RIC X 910.
Diameter: 20.5mm, Weight: 4.435g.
2 commentsEB11/07/18 at 03:14Jay GT4: Nice piece
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RPC-1389-Vespasian 36 viewsニ25, 9.00g
Apamea, Phrygia mint, Plancius Varus, magistrate
RPC 1389 (15 spec.).
Obv: AYTOKPOTΩP KAIΣAP ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΣ OYEΣΠΑΣIANOΣ; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r,
Rev: EΠΙ ΠΛΑNKIOY OYAPOY KOINON ΦPYΓIAΣ ΑΠΑMEIΣ; bundle of five corn-ears
Acquired from Tom Vossen, October 2018.

The important crossroads city of Apamea produced only one issue of coins during the Flavian era for the Koinon of Phrygia. M. Dr臠er has proposed that the issue could have been struck to help finance the Koinon's recovery after an earthquake, citing an ambiguous remark in Suetonius about Vespasian's civic generosity - 'he restored to a better condition very many states throughout the whole world that had been afflicted by earthquakes or fire' (Vesp. 17). It is quite possible that such a disaster occurred during Vespasian's reign in Phrygia since the region is prone to frequent seismic activity. Earthquakes are known to have previously struck the area in 53 and 60 AD and Strabo speaks of such a disaster which rocked the region during the Mithridatic Wars. The issue is undated, but names Plancius Varus, who perhaps is the same person that is recorded as a Flavian legate in Asia during the reign of Vespasian. Varus is thought to have died by 81. The type of five bundled corn-ears echoes a similar reverse of two bundled corn-ears struck by the city under Augustus.

Nice green patina featuring a severe portrait of Vespasian.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/07/18 at 03:13Jay GT4: Nice acquisition
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MT Monogram, Quinarius, Crawford 103/2a6 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 211-210 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with splayed visor; 天 behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; Below, MT monogram; Between two exergual lines, 迭OMA.
Mint: Apulia
Weight: 2.24 gm.
Reference: Crawford 103/2a
Provenance: Purchased from Barry Murphy, December, 2013

Comments:
Crawford 103/2a, Quinarius. Mint location in Apulia. Unusual obverse style. There is no trace of a curl on the left shoulder so this should be classified as 2a. This series is found with a variety of obverse styles, apparently the work of a few uniquely skilled engravers. Quite common, it often comes in high grade, this specimen being no exception.
1 commentsSteve B511/07/18 at 03:12Jay GT4: Outstanding Apulian
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 440-430 BC 17.29g11 viewsSlow quadriga driven right,Nike flying right crowning the horses.Rev forepart of man-headed bull right.1 commentsGrant H11/07/18 at 03:11Jay GT4: A must have. Great MFB
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CチC II. 19.4.1.1/b1.10., Anonymous II. (Istv疣 III., (Stephen III.), King of Hungary, (1162-1172 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-112, CNH I.-122, U-079, Scarce! #0134 viewsCチC II. 19.4.1.1/b1.10., Anonymous II. (Istv疣 III., (Stephen III.), King of Hungary, (1162-1172 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-112, CNH I.-122, U-079, Scarce! #01
avers: Line between S-Ƨ, cross between two stars above, a crescent between two crosses below.
reverse: Ornament of Cufic letters, line in the centre, two dots and crescents above, cross and two crescents below.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 13,5mm, weight: 0,26g, axis: h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Husz疵-112, CNH I.-122, Unger-079, Scarce!
Kiss-Tth (CチC II.), Sigla: 19.4.1.1/b1.10.,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/06/18 at 22:04Stkp: very nice
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Carausius Virtus reverse billon antoninianus36 viewsBillon antoninianus, RIC V-2-,Webb Carausius-, Borne Carausius-,SRCV IV-,Hunter IV-, Linchmere-, Burton Latimer-,Bicester-,Carausian Hoard-,et al., aF, broad flan, near blackpatina, rough, corrosion, scratches, Camulodunum (Colchester, England) mint, weight 4.186g, maximumdiameter 23.1mm, die axis225o, c. mid 292; obverse IMP C CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, late reign tetrarchic portrait; reverse VIRTVS AVG (the valor of the Emperor),Mars walking right, transverse spear in right hand,shieldortrophyin left hand,S - P flanking across field, C in exergue; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection; extremely rare3 commentsorfew11/06/18 at 21:00Vincent: Nice portrait and theme...yes very rare and great ...
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Carausius Virtus reverse billon antoninianus36 viewsBillon antoninianus, RIC V-2-,Webb Carausius-, Borne Carausius-,SRCV IV-,Hunter IV-, Linchmere-, Burton Latimer-,Bicester-,Carausian Hoard-,et al., aF, broad flan, near blackpatina, rough, corrosion, scratches, Camulodunum (Colchester, England) mint, weight 4.186g, maximumdiameter 23.1mm, die axis225o, c. mid 292; obverse IMP C CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, late reign tetrarchic portrait; reverse VIRTVS AVG (the valor of the Emperor),Mars walking right, transverse spear in right hand,shieldortrophyin left hand,S - P flanking across field, C in exergue; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection; extremely rare3 commentsorfew11/06/18 at 20:34Nemonater: Nice catch!
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Husz疵 532, Pohl 67, Unger 420, R騁hy II 73, Frynas H.25.2110 viewsLajos/Louis I (1342-1382)

AR denar, .59 g., 14.56 mm. max., 0ー.

Obv: REX LODOVICI +, Crowned bust facing, holding scepter and orb.

Rev: + m REGIS hVnGARIE, shield with coat of arms (チrpadian stripes and Angevin fleur de lis).

The type was struck 1346-1357 per Husz疵, Unger and Frynas, and in 1347-1353 per Pohl.

Husz疵/Pohl rarity 6, Unger value 40 DM, Frynas rarity N.
1 commentsStkp11/06/18 at 18:26quadrans: Nice piece..
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EB1016 Christ / Ivan & Michael6 viewsBulgaria, Second Empire, Ivan Alexander & Michael Asen, 1331-1355, AR Grosch.
Obverse: Christ standing facing before seat, arms raised, IX-XC and monograms across field.
Reverse: Ivan and Michael standing facing, each holding cruciform scepter and holding between them a staff topped with banner; monograms across field; stars flanking base of staff.
References: -.
Diameter: 17mm, Weight: 0.7g.
1 commentsEB11/06/18 at 16:08Stkp: Nice
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RPC-1389-Vespasian 36 viewsニ25, 9.00g
Apamea, Phrygia mint, Plancius Varus, magistrate
RPC 1389 (15 spec.).
Obv: AYTOKPOTΩP KAIΣAP ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΣ OYEΣΠΑΣIANOΣ; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r,
Rev: EΠΙ ΠΛΑNKIOY OYAPOY KOINON ΦPYΓIAΣ ΑΠΑMEIΣ; bundle of five corn-ears
Acquired from Tom Vossen, October 2018.

The important crossroads city of Apamea produced only one issue of coins during the Flavian era for the Koinon of Phrygia. M. Dr臠er has proposed that the issue could have been struck to help finance the Koinon's recovery after an earthquake, citing an ambiguous remark in Suetonius about Vespasian's civic generosity - 'he restored to a better condition very many states throughout the whole world that had been afflicted by earthquakes or fire' (Vesp. 17). It is quite possible that such a disaster occurred during Vespasian's reign in Phrygia since the region is prone to frequent seismic activity. Earthquakes are known to have previously struck the area in 53 and 60 AD and Strabo speaks of such a disaster which rocked the region during the Mithridatic Wars. The issue is undated, but names Plancius Varus, who perhaps is the same person that is recorded as a Flavian legate in Asia during the reign of Vespasian. Varus is thought to have died by 81. The type of five bundled corn-ears echoes a similar reverse of two bundled corn-ears struck by the city under Augustus.

Nice green patina featuring a severe portrait of Vespasian.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/06/18 at 12:03shanxi: nice example
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RPC-1389-Vespasian 36 viewsニ25, 9.00g
Apamea, Phrygia mint, Plancius Varus, magistrate
RPC 1389 (15 spec.).
Obv: AYTOKPOTΩP KAIΣAP ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΣ OYEΣΠΑΣIANOΣ; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r,
Rev: EΠΙ ΠΛΑNKIOY OYAPOY KOINON ΦPYΓIAΣ ΑΠΑMEIΣ; bundle of five corn-ears
Acquired from Tom Vossen, October 2018.

The important crossroads city of Apamea produced only one issue of coins during the Flavian era for the Koinon of Phrygia. M. Dr臠er has proposed that the issue could have been struck to help finance the Koinon's recovery after an earthquake, citing an ambiguous remark in Suetonius about Vespasian's civic generosity - 'he restored to a better condition very many states throughout the whole world that had been afflicted by earthquakes or fire' (Vesp. 17). It is quite possible that such a disaster occurred during Vespasian's reign in Phrygia since the region is prone to frequent seismic activity. Earthquakes are known to have previously struck the area in 53 and 60 AD and Strabo speaks of such a disaster which rocked the region during the Mithridatic Wars. The issue is undated, but names Plancius Varus, who perhaps is the same person that is recorded as a Flavian legate in Asia during the reign of Vespasian. Varus is thought to have died by 81. The type of five bundled corn-ears echoes a similar reverse of two bundled corn-ears struck by the city under Augustus.

Nice green patina featuring a severe portrait of Vespasian.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/06/18 at 08:22FlaviusDomitianus: Nice coin, same dies as mine possibly.
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RPC-1389-Vespasian 36 viewsニ25, 9.00g
Apamea, Phrygia mint, Plancius Varus, magistrate
RPC 1389 (15 spec.).
Obv: AYTOKPOTΩP KAIΣAP ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΣ OYEΣΠΑΣIANOΣ; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r,
Rev: EΠΙ ΠΛΑNKIOY OYAPOY KOINON ΦPYΓIAΣ ΑΠΑMEIΣ; bundle of five corn-ears
Acquired from Tom Vossen, October 2018.

The important crossroads city of Apamea produced only one issue of coins during the Flavian era for the Koinon of Phrygia. M. Dr臠er has proposed that the issue could have been struck to help finance the Koinon's recovery after an earthquake, citing an ambiguous remark in Suetonius about Vespasian's civic generosity - 'he restored to a better condition very many states throughout the whole world that had been afflicted by earthquakes or fire' (Vesp. 17). It is quite possible that such a disaster occurred during Vespasian's reign in Phrygia since the region is prone to frequent seismic activity. Earthquakes are known to have previously struck the area in 53 and 60 AD and Strabo speaks of such a disaster which rocked the region during the Mithridatic Wars. The issue is undated, but names Plancius Varus, who perhaps is the same person that is recorded as a Flavian legate in Asia during the reign of Vespasian. Varus is thought to have died by 81. The type of five bundled corn-ears echoes a similar reverse of two bundled corn-ears struck by the city under Augustus.

Nice green patina featuring a severe portrait of Vespasian.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/06/18 at 06:03quadrans: Interesting piece..
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hhj8.26.54.063 viewsElagabalus
Nicopolis

Obv: AVT K M AVP ANTΩNEINOC, radiate draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from behind.
Rev: VΠ ΝΟ / ΒΙΟV ΡΟV / ΦΟV ΝΙΚΟ / ΠΟΛIΤΩΝ / ΠΡOC ΙC / TPΩ. Legend in six lines..
25 mm, 12.33 gms

Hristova-Hoeft-Jekov 8.26.54.6
1 commentsCharles M11/06/18 at 04:56Britanikus: Nice
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072 Gordianus-III. (238-244 A.D.), RIC IV-III 335a, AE-Sestertius, Rome, S/C//--, SECVRIT PERPET, Securitas standing facing, head left, #136 views072 Gordianus-III. (238-244 A.D.), RIC IV-III 335a, AE-Sestertius, Rome, S/C//--, SECVRIT PERPET, Securitas standing facing, head left, #1
avers: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reversre: SECVRIT PERPET, Securitas standing facing, head left, leaning on short column and holding sceptre with the right hand, S C across the fields.
exergue: S/C//--, diameter: 28,0-29,0mm, weight: 19,28g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 243-244 A.D., ref: RIC IV-III 335a, C-329,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/05/18 at 20:45Canaan: very nice!!
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074 Philippus I. (244-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0173b, Rome, AE-Sestertius, -/-//SC, FORTVNA REDVX, Fortuna seated left, #142 views074 Philippus I. (244-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0173b, Rome, AE-Sestertius, -/-//SC, FORTVNA REDVX, Fortuna seated left, #1
avers: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: FORTVNA REDVX, Fortuna seated left, holding rudder and cornucopiae, under seat, wheel, in exergue S C.
exergue: -/-//SC, diameter: 25mm, weight: 13,93g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 244 A.D., ref: RIC IV-III 174a, p-90, C-67,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/05/18 at 20:43Canaan: that is a great coin!!!
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Q. CAECILIUS METELLUS PIUS ROMAN REPUBLIC; GENS CAECILIA AR Denarius5 viewsOBVERSE: Diademed head of Pietas right; stork standing right before
REVERSE: Q C M P I beneath elephant walking left w/bell hanging from neck
Spanish Mint 81 BC
3.75g; 18mm
Caecilia 43; Crawford 374/1; Syd 750; Sear 301
1 commentsLegatus11/05/18 at 17:45Jay GT4: Nice one
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062 Alexander Severus ( 221-222 A.D. Caesar, 222-235 A.D. Augustus), RIC IV-II 495, Rome, AE-Sestertius, P M TR P VIII COS III P P, Emperor in quadriga right, 42 views062 Alexander Severus ( 221-222 A.D. Caesar, 222-235 A.D. Augustus), RIC IV-II 495, Rome, AE-Sestertius, P M TR P VIII COS III P P, Emperor in quadriga right,
avers: IMP SEV ALE XANDER AVG, Laureate head right, slight drapery on far shoulder.
reverse: P M TR P VIII COS III P P, Emperor in quadriga right, holding sceptre surmounted by eagle, in exergue S C.
exergue: -/-//SC, diameter: 31,0mm, weight: 19,13g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 230 A.D., ref: RIC IV-II 495, C. 377, BMC .
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans11/05/18 at 10:21Canaan: nice!!
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090b Gallienus (253-268 A.D.), Sole Reign, RIC V-I 163, Rome, AE-Antoninianus, -/-//Z, APOLLINI CONS AVG, Centaur walking right, #165 views090b Gallienus (253-268 A.D.), Sole Reign, RIC V-I 163, Rome, AE-Antoninianus, -/-//Z, APOLLINI CONS AVG, Centaur walking right, #1
avers: GALLIENVS AVG, Radiate head right.
reverse: APOLLINI CONS AVG, Centaur walking right, one forefoot raised, drawing the bow. Z in exergue.
exergue: -/-//Z, diameter: 19,0-21,5 mm, weight: 3,16g, axes: 5h,
mint: Rome, date: A.D., ref: RIC V-I 163, p-145, RSC-72, Gbl 735b,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans11/05/18 at 05:28Stkp: great coin
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H-127 Anonymous II. (Istv疣 III., (Stephen III.), King of Hungary, (1162-1172 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-127, CNH I.-137, U-084, the Unusual letter "A"#0134 viewsH-127 Anonymous II. (Istv疣 III., (Stephen III.), King of Hungary, (1162-1172 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-127, CNH I.-137, U-084, the Unusual letter "A"#01
avers: Cross between A - O, double arch above, wedge within crescent on top; border of dots. The crossline between the two arms of the letter A unusual.
reverse: Line dividing S; border of line.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 13,5mm, weight: 0,22g, axis: h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Husz疵-127, CNH I.-1371, Unger-084,
Kiss-Toth: Sigla- ,
Q-003
1 commentsquadrans11/05/18 at 05:02Stkp: nice
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H-127 Anonymous II. (Istv疣 III., (Stephen III.), King of Hungary, (1162-1172 A.D.)?), Bi-Denarius, H-127/113, CNH I.-137/123, U-084/083, Hybrid coin, Very Rare !!! #0138 viewsH-127 Anonymous II. (Istv疣 III., (Stephen III.), King of Hungary, (1162-1172 A.D.)?), Bi-Denarius, H-127/113, CNH I.-137/123, U-084/083, Hybrid coin, Very Rare !!! #01
avers: Cross between A - O, double arch above, wedge within crescent on top; border of dots.
reverse: Instead of "Line dividing S", this coin have a different reverse type, the same as the H-113, CNH I.-123, U-083 coin; border of line.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 13,5mm, weight: 0,26g, axis: h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Husz疵-127/113, CNH I.-137/123, Unger-084/083, Hybrid coin, Very Rare !!!
Kiss-Toth: Sigla- ,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/05/18 at 05:02Stkp: nice coin
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062 Alexander Severus ( 221-222 A.D. Caesar, 222-235 A.D. Augustus), RIC IV-II 495, Rome, AE-Sestertius, P M TR P VIII COS III P P, Emperor in quadriga right, 42 views062 Alexander Severus ( 221-222 A.D. Caesar, 222-235 A.D. Augustus), RIC IV-II 495, Rome, AE-Sestertius, P M TR P VIII COS III P P, Emperor in quadriga right,
avers: IMP SEV ALE XANDER AVG, Laureate head right, slight drapery on far shoulder.
reverse: P M TR P VIII COS III P P, Emperor in quadriga right, holding sceptre surmounted by eagle, in exergue S C.
exergue: -/-//SC, diameter: 31,0mm, weight: 19,13g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 230 A.D., ref: RIC IV-II 495, C. 377, BMC .
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans11/05/18 at 03:54Jay GT4: Nice reverse Q
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EB0996 Leo VI / Legend4 viewsLeo VI, AE Follis, Constantinople.
Obverse: LEON bASILEVS ROM, crowned bust facing with short beard, wearing chlamys, holding akakia.
Reverse: LEON / EN QEO BA / SILEVS R / OMEON in four lines.
References: SB 1729.
Diameter: 28.5mm, Weight: 7.052g.
1 commentsEB11/04/18 at 22:13quadrans: Nice piece..
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S.1055 ニthelred I (ニlfhere)8 viewsPenny of ニthelred I, king of Wessex, 865-871
Moneyer: ニlfhere
Mint: Probably Canterbury
S. 1055
O: +AEミELRED REX
R: MON ELBERE ETA

Penny of ニthelred, the 4th son of King ニthelwulf. There was much fighting between Wessex and Viking armies during his fairly short reign. ニthelred was nominally in charge of the army of Wessex for the battle of Ashdown, one of the few English victories against the Viking army at this time. Historically, the victory is remembered for the leadership of ニlfred (later to be known as 'the Great') who was apparently the military commander on the field.

During the time of ニthelred, the currency of Wessex and Mercia were unified, and coins of the same "lunette" type are produced for ニthelred, his brother and successor ニlfred, and Burgred of Mercia.

Ex- Keith Chapman
1 commentsNap11/04/18 at 16:43Callimachus: Beautiful coin.
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090b Gallienus (253-268 A.D.), Sole Reign, RIC V-I 163, Rome, AE-Antoninianus, -/-//Z, APOLLINI CONS AVG, Centaur walking right, #165 views090b Gallienus (253-268 A.D.), Sole Reign, RIC V-I 163, Rome, AE-Antoninianus, -/-//Z, APOLLINI CONS AVG, Centaur walking right, #1
avers: GALLIENVS AVG, Radiate head right.
reverse: APOLLINI CONS AVG, Centaur walking right, one forefoot raised, drawing the bow. Z in exergue.
exergue: -/-//Z, diameter: 19,0-21,5 mm, weight: 3,16g, axes: 5h,
mint: Rome, date: A.D., ref: RIC V-I 163, p-145, RSC-72, Gbl 735b,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 19:20EB: Very nice!
Netherlands,_Westfriesland,_Leeuwendaalder,_MO_ARG_PRO_CONFOE_BELG_WESTF,_CONFIDENS_DNO_NON_MOVETVR_1648_lily_Q-001,_9h,_40,5mm,_27g-s.jpg
Netherlands, Westfriesland, (1648 A.D.), KM 14,2/1648, AR-Thaler/Leeuwendaalder/Lion Dollar, CONFIDENS疋NO逼ON筆OVETVR1648 lily, Lion Rampant, #144 viewsNetherlands, Westfriesland, (1648 A.D.), KM 14,2/1648, AR-Thaler/Leeuwendaalder/Lion Dollar, CONFIDENS疋NO逼ON筆OVETVR1648 lily, Lion Rampant, #1
avers: MO柊RG姫RO匹ON FOE稗ELG標ESTF, Knight standing left, head right, holding up garnished coat-of-arms in the foreground.
reverse: CONFIDENS疋NO逼ON筆OVETVR1648 Lily(Mintmark), Lion Rampant.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 40,5mm, weight: 27,0g, axis: 9h,
mint:Netherlands, Westfriesland, Mintmark: Lily, date: 1648 A.D., ref:KM 14,2/1648, Davenport ?.
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 16:22okidoki:
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RIC 347 var.11 viewsDenarius, 114-117
Obv: IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC
Laur. r., dr. and cuirassed, seen from behind.
Rev: P M TR P COS VI P P S P Q R
Genius standing l., holding patera and ears of corn.

3.26g, 18mm
Woytek 518f (6 specimen)
1 commentsklausklage11/03/18 at 15:50nummis durensis: Tolles Portrait!
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Misterium Plakett, Lead, Romae, Sirmium, #01 204 viewsMisterium Plakett, Lead, Romae, Sirmium, #01
diameter: 80x95mm,
weight:
mint: Sirmium,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 14:39Canaan: great artistic pieces!!!
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035 Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), RIC III 0290a, Rome, AR-Denarius, TEMPLVM DIV AVG REST, COS-IIII, Temple, Scarce!,250 views035 Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), RIC III 0290a, Rome, AR-Denarius, TEMPLVM DIV AVG REST, COS-IIII, Temple, Scarce!,
avers:- ANTONINVS-AVG-PIVS-P-P-TR-P-XXII, Laureate head right
revers:- TEMPLVM-DIV-AVG-REST, Octastyle temple, in which are seated figures of Divus Augustus & Livia, COS-IIII inexergo.
exe: -/-//COS-IIII, diameter: 18mm, weight: 3,21g, axis: h,
mint: Rome, date: 159 A.D., ref: RIC-III-290a, C-804,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 14:00*Alex: Much, much nicer than mine.
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Egypt, Alexandria, 092 Valerianus-II. (256-258 A.D.), Bi-Tetradrachm, G-2991, D-5373, L/Δ//--, Eagle left, #1121 viewsEgypt, Alexandria, 092 Valerianus-II. (256-258 A.D.), Bi-Tetradrachm, G-2991, D-5373, L/Δ//--, Eagle left, #1
avers: Π ΛΙΚ ΚΟΡ ΟΩΑΛΕΡΙΑΝΟC KAIC CEB, Bare head right.
reverse: Eagle left, head right, his beak wreath, L-Δ, across the field (year 4 Valerianus-I.),
exergue: L/Δ//--, diameter: 20,5-21,5 mm, weight: 10,44g, axes: 11 h,
mint: Egypt, Alexandria, date: 256-257 A.D., L-Δ, across the field (year 4 Valerianus-I.), ref: Geissen-2991, Dattari-5373, Kapmann-Ganschow-92.2-p324,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 13:57*Alex: Great coin.
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142 Crispus (317-326 A.D.), Siscia, RIC VII 123, AE-3 Follis, S/F over HL/ΔSIS*, VIRTVS EXERCIT, R3!!!119 views142 Crispus (317-326 A.D.), Siscia, RIC VII 123, AE-3 Follis, S/F over HL/ΔSIS*, VIRTVS EXERCIT, R3!!!
avers:- IVL-CRIS-PVS-NOB-CAESS (5,G8.l.), Laureate, couirassed bust left with spear pointing forward, shield on arm.
revers:- VIRTVS-EXERCIT, Standard inscribed VOT/X, captive seated on ground on either side.
exerg: S/F over HL/ΔSIS*, diameter: 20,5mm, weight: 3,ス7g, axes: 6h,
mint: Siscia, 4th-off, date: 320 A.D., ref: RIC-VII-123-p439, R3!!!
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 13:54*Alex: Superb.
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142 Crispus (317-326 A.D.), Siscia, RIC VII 130, AE-3 Follis, S/F over HL/ΓSIS*increscent, R1! #2148 views142 Crispus (317-326 A.D.), Siscia, RIC VII 130, AE-3 Follis, S/F over HL/ΓSIS*increscent, R1! #2
avers:- IVL-CRIS-PVS-NOB-CAESS (5,G8.l.), Laureate, couirassed bust left with spear pointing forward, shield on arm.
revers:- VIRTVS-EXERCIT, Standard inscribed VOT/X, captive seated on ground on either side.
exerg: S/F over HL/ΓSIS*in crescent, diameter: 17,4-18,7mm, weight: 2,56g, axes: 0h,
mint: Siscia, 3rd-off, date: 320 A.D., ref: RIC-VII-130-p-440, R1!
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 13:53*Alex: ... and a nice patina too.
B_004_Iustinianus-I__(527-565_A_D_),_AE-Pentanummium_DN-IVSTINI-ANVS-PP-AVG_Large_E_cross_at_centre_Large_small_gamma_to_r__S_243_Antioch_Q-001_0h_16-17mm_2,58g-s.jpg
B 004 Justinianus I. (527-565 A.D.), SB 0243, -/-//--, AE-Pentanummia, Antioch, Large Є, #1114 viewsB 004 Justinianus I. (527-565 A.D.), SB 0243, -/-//--, AE-Pentanummia, Antioch, Large Є, #1
avers: D N IVSTINI ANVS P P AVG, Pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right .
reverse: Large Є with cross at centre, large small letter Ϫ to right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 16,0-17,0mm, weight: 2,58g, axis: 0h,
mint: Antioch, date: A.D., ref: SB 0243, p-75,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 13:52*Alex: Very rare to see examples of this type which are a...
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024a Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0921, RIC II(1962) 0238(Vespasian), AR-Denarius, Rome, COS IIII, Pegasus, Scarce!, #3147 views024a Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0921, RIC II(1962) 0238(Vespasian), AR-Denarius, Rome, COS IIII, Pegasus, Scarce!, #3
avers: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS, Laureate head of Domitian right.
reverse: COS IIII, Pegasus walking right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,5-18,0mm, weight: 3,11g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 76 A.D., ref: RIC-II(1962)-0238, p-42, RIC-New-0921 (Vespasian), RSC 47, BMC 193,
Q-003
5 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 13:48*Alex: Nice Pegasus.
147_Constantius_II_,_Constantinopolis,_RIC_VIII_106,_AE-Follis,_D_N_CONSTAN_TIVS_P_F_AVG,_FEL_TEMP_RE_PARATIO,__#915;-dot,_CONS_#920;,_351-5AD,_Q-001,_6h,_22-22,5mm,_5,39g-s.jpg
147 Constantius II. (324-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-361 A.D. Augustus), Constantinopolis, RIC VIII 106, AE-2 Follis, Γ///CONSΘ, FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Soldier spearing fallen horseman, #1103 views147 Constantius II. (324-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-361 A.D. Augustus), Constantinopolis, RIC VIII 106, AE-2 Follis, Γ///CONSΘ, FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Soldier spearing fallen horseman, #1
avers: D N CONSTAN TIVS P F AVG, (Cs1,D3,) Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: FEL TEMP RE PARATIO, Soldier standing left, right knee raised, spearing fallen horseman, who is wearing a Phrygian helmet, no beard, clutching horse's neck, Γ left, right.
exergue: Γ///CONSΘ, diameter: 22,0-22,5mm, weight: 5,39g, axis: 6h,
mint: Constantinopolis, date: 351-355 A.D., ref: RIC VIII 106,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 13:44*Alex: Indeed. Very nice example of the type.
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038b Faustina (II) Filia (128-175 A.D.), RIC III 0711 (Marc.Aur.), Rome, AR-Denarius, SAECVLI FELICIT, Throne with two children, #1127 views038b Faustina (II) Filia (128-175 A.D.), RIC III 0711 (Marc.Aur.), Rome, AR-Denarius, SAECVLI FELICIT, Throne with two children, #1
"Daughter of Antoninus Pius and Faustina Sr. and wife of Marcus Aurelius. She was also the mother of Commodus and Lucilla, wife of Lucius Verus."
avers: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, Draped bare-headed, bust right.
reverse: SAECVLI FELICIT, Throne with two children.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 16,7-17,0mm, weight: 3,35g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 161 A.D., ref: RIC III 711 (Marcus Aurelius), p-271 , RSC 191, BMC 139,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 13:43*Alex: Beautifully detailed reverse. Great coin all round...
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Misterium Plakett, Lead, Romae, Thrakia, #12 57 viewsMisterium Plakett, Lead, Romae, Thrakia, #12
diameter: 76x80mm,
weight:119,80g
mint: Thrakia,
date: cc. 2nd.-3rd. centuries..
Q-012
3 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 13:36*Alex: Wonderful piece. Superb condition.
18_26_(II_Bela,),_CチC_II__18_26_a3__,_H-095,_C1-079,_U-047,_Q-004,_2h,_10,3mm,_0,21g-s.jpg
CチC II. 18.9.1.1/a3.3., Anonymous I. (B駘a II., (B駘a II. the Blind), King of Hungary, (1131-1141 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-095, CNH I.-079, U-047, #04141 viewsCチC II. 18.9.1.1/a3.3., Anonymous I. (B駘a II., (B駘a II. the Blind), King of Hungary, (1131-1141 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-095, CNH I.-079, U-047, #04
avers: Cross with dots and wedges between two crescents in the angles; border of dots.
reverse: Lines in place of the legend; cross in circle with wedges in the angles; border of line.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 10,3mm, weight: 0,21g, axis: 2h,
mint: Esztergom , date: A.D., ref: Husz疵-095, CNH I.-079, Unger-047, Kiss-Toth: Sigla 18.26.a3.- ,
Q-004
2 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 13:34*Alex:
090b_Gallienus,_Roma,_Gbl_735b,_AE-Ant,_GALLIENVS_AVG,_APOLLINI_CONS_AVG,_Z,_RIC-V-I-163,_RSC-72,_AD__Q-001,_5h,_19-21,5mm,_3,16g-s.jpg
090b Gallienus (253-268 A.D.), Sole Reign, RIC V-I 163, Rome, AE-Antoninianus, -/-//Z, APOLLINI CONS AVG, Centaur walking right, #165 views090b Gallienus (253-268 A.D.), Sole Reign, RIC V-I 163, Rome, AE-Antoninianus, -/-//Z, APOLLINI CONS AVG, Centaur walking right, #1
avers: GALLIENVS AVG, Radiate head right.
reverse: APOLLINI CONS AVG, Centaur walking right, one forefoot raised, drawing the bow. Z in exergue.
exergue: -/-//Z, diameter: 19,0-21,5 mm, weight: 3,16g, axes: 5h,
mint: Rome, date: A.D., ref: RIC V-I 163, p-145, RSC-72, Gbl 735b,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 13:21okidoki: great example, congrats Joe
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Misterium Plakett, Lead, Romae, Thrakia, #12 57 viewsMisterium Plakett, Lead, Romae, Thrakia, #12
diameter: 76x80mm,
weight:119,80g
mint: Thrakia,
date: cc. 2nd.-3rd. centuries..
Q-012
3 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 12:14Jay GT4: One of the best I've seen
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EB0621 Antoninus Pius / Temple20 viewsAntoninus Pius 138-161 AD, AE Drachm of Alexandria. Year 17 = 153-154 AD.
Obv: V _ AVT K T AI AΔPI ANTWNINOC CEVE, laurate and bearded bust right of Antoninus Pius.
Rev: Altar (Temple) of Caesareum (or Agathodaimon) as seen from the front, with six columns, garlanded front, set on two-tiered base, fire altar (pyre of burning pinecones) atop, aplustre (aphlaston) at each corner, Z in exergue and across L-I ( LIZ = year 17 ).
References: Dattari 3011, Emmett 1448-17.
Diameter: 38mm, Weight: 28.302 grams.
2 commentsEB11/02/18 at 13:41okidoki: great example, rare reverse
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bmc1204 viewsElagabalus
Tripolis, Phoenicia

Obv: [AVT] K M AVP ANTΩNIN[OC], Laureate undraped bust right.
Rev: TPI ΠO ΛI TωN →[date uncertain], Temple of Astarte consisting of central portion surmounted by arch and two wings, each with four columns, surmounted by pediments; flat roof over the wings and pediment over the central protion; steps approaching middle of podium; within Astarte wearing turreted crown, leaning right on standard, raising chiton with left hand; left foot on prow; she is being crowned by a small Nike on column right.
27 mm, 10.39 gms


BMC 120
1 commentsCharles M11/02/18 at 01:17Canaan: very nice example
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BCC G2610 viewsRoman Gem Stone
Intaglio 1st-2nd cent.CE
Caesarea Maritima
Capricorn to left.
Carnelian, with iron oxide deposits.
Profile type:F1. Flat on top and bottom.
Gem size: 8.25x5.5x3mm. 0.2gm.
cf. Anit Hamburger, "Gems from
Caesarea Maritima", Atiqot English
Series, Vol. VIII, 1968, #132.
cf. Amorai-Stark, Hershkovitz, 敵emstones,
Finger Rings, and Seal Boxes from
Caesarea Maritima, The Hendler Collection,
#155 and 156, Tel Aviv 2016.
1 commentsv-drome11/01/18 at 13:42Jay GT4: Great impression
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EB0647 Gallienus / Selene7 viewsGallienus, 253-268 AD, AE tetradrachm of Alexandria, year 15 (267/8 AD).
Obverse: AVT K Π ΛIK ΓAΛΛIHNOC CEB, Laureate, cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: Diademed draped bust of Selene right, regnal year LIE to left, large upright crescent [and palm branch?] right.
References: Milne 4157; Emmett 3834(15).
Diameter: 21mm Weight: 8.81g
1 commentsEB10/31/18 at 23:58*Alex: Great portraits.
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EB0629 Faustina II / Tyche17 viewsFaustina II, Billon Tetradrachm of Alexandria. Year 15 (or 16) of Antoninus Pius = 151-152.
Obv: FAVCTINA CEBACTH, draped bust right.
Rev: IE-L (or IC-L) Tyche standing front, head turned right (her left), holding rudder in right hand and Nike in left.
References: Dattari 3270 sim.
Diameter: 23mm, Weight: 13.399 grams.
1 commentsEB10/31/18 at 23:57*Alex: Nice Faustina.
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EB0621 Antoninus Pius / Temple20 viewsAntoninus Pius 138-161 AD, AE Drachm of Alexandria. Year 17 = 153-154 AD.
Obv: V _ AVT K T AI AΔPI ANTWNINOC CEVE, laurate and bearded bust right of Antoninus Pius.
Rev: Altar (Temple) of Caesareum (or Agathodaimon) as seen from the front, with six columns, garlanded front, set on two-tiered base, fire altar (pyre of burning pinecones) atop, aplustre (aphlaston) at each corner, Z in exergue and across L-I ( LIZ = year 17 ).
References: Dattari 3011, Emmett 1448-17.
Diameter: 38mm, Weight: 28.302 grams.
2 commentsEB10/31/18 at 23:55*Alex: Great coin. I like this one a lot.
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EB0855 Aurelian / Skeleton13 viewsAurelian 270-275, tinned AE Antoninianus, Rome mint, 274-275 AD.
Obverse: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate, cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: Skeleton looming over terrified trick-or-treater (erroneously listed in the references as ORIENS AVG, Sol walking right, holding laurel branch and bow, treading down an enemy, B in left field, mintmark XXIR).
References: RIC 54, Cohen 159, Sear 11569.
Diameter: 23mm, Weight: 4.444g.
1 commentsEB10/31/18 at 21:27EB: Boo!
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emmett2948.45 viewsElagabalus
Alexandria, Egypt

Obv: A KAICAP MA AVP ANTWNINOC, laureate head right.
Rev: L-Δ, Nilus seated left on rocks holding reed and cornucopia.
24 mm, 12.97 gms

Emmett 2948.4
1 commentsCharles M10/31/18 at 04:30Jay GT4: Great reverse
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KINGS of MACEDON. Demetrios I Poliorketes. 306-283 BC. AR Tetradrachm8 views27mm, 17.19 g, 5h
In the name and types of Alexander III. Amphipolis mint. Struck circa 294-290 BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Atophoros seated left; in left field, thunderbolt above Z; dolphin below throne.
Newell ; Price 501; Ehrhardt 55; HGC 3, 1009 var. (unlisted mint). VF, toned, a couple tiny metal flaws on obverse.
1 commentsLeo10/31/18 at 04:29Jay GT4: Really nice. Congrats
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"C" Denarius, Crawford 107/1a - My favorite Coin6 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 209-208 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with splayed visor; 店 behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; Above, 鼎; in linear frame, 迭OMA.
Mint: Etruia(?)
Weight: 4.44 gm.
Reference: Crawford 107/1a
Provenance: NAC 61; 25-OCT-2011, Privately purchased by RBW from CNG in 1989


Comments: This is one of my favorite coins. It is not high grade, neither the obverse nor the reverse is well centered. The dioscuri are really just blobs, and this coin would be overlooked in any sale but the NAC 61 sale of RBW痴 finest and rarest coins, perhaps the greatest Roman Republican auction of our generation. Nevertheless, the coin has a lovely tone and a style that is very characteristic of this issue which is quite rare.

Unique to this variety and the related staff issue, are the braided locks extending from the helmet to the hair binding. The stars are simple dots above the dioscuri, and ROMA is cut into the die with very large letters with a very fine line tool. There has been much speculation on the significance of the 鼎 insignia, but few with any real merit.
1 commentsSteve B510/31/18 at 04:29Jay GT4: Great coin
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Vespasian-RIC-155659 viewsAR Denarius, 3.42g
Antioch mint, 72-73 AD
RIC 1556 (R3). BMC - . RSC - . RPC - .
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VESTA; Vesta stg. l., with simpulum and sceptre
Ex Numismatic Naumann 70, 7 October 2018, lot 411.

Second known example of the Antioch RIC group 5 Vesta. A double die match with the other published specimen, CNG 61, 25 September 2002, lot 1689, and an obverse die match with the extremely rare AVGVR TRI POT and VICTORIA AVGVSTI types from the same issue. All of these copy common contemporaneous reverse types from Rome.

Slightly off centre in good Antiochene style.
5 commentsDavid Atherton10/31/18 at 01:58quadrans: Nice piece..
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Struck 1205 - 1216, John (1199 1216), AR Penny minted at Winchester, England10 viewsObverse: HENRICVS REX around central circle enclosing a crowned, draped and bearded facing bust of the king holding a sceptre tipped with a cross pommee in his right hand, bust extending to edge of flan.
Reverse: +ANDREV桧N標I around voided short cross within circle, crosslets in each quarter. Moneyer, Andrew.
Diameter: 19mm | Weight: 1.2gms | Die Axis: 4
Class 5b
SPINK: 1351

The class four type short cross pennies of Henry II continued to be struck during the early years of John's reign, but in 1205 a recoinage was begun and new short cross pennies of better style replaced the older issues. Sixteen mints were initially employed for this recoinage but they were reduced to ten later on. All John's coins continued to bear his father's (Henry II) title of henricvs rex.

John was King of England from 1199 until his death in 1216. The baronial revolt at the end of John's reign led to the sealing of the first Magna Carta, a document sometimes considered an early step in the evolution of the constitution of the United Kingdom.
John, the youngest of the five sons of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, was not expected to inherit significant lands which resulted in him being given the nickname John Lackland. However, after the failed rebellion of his elder brothers between 1173 and 1174, John became Henry's favourite child. He was appointed Lord of Ireland in 1177 and given lands in England and on the continent. John's elder brothers William, Henry and Geoffrey died young and when Richard I became king in 1189, John was the potential heir to the throne. John unsuccessfully attempted a rebellion against Richard's administration whilst his brother was participating in the Third Crusade but despite this, after Richard died in 1199, John was proclaimed King of England.
Contemporary chroniclers were mostly critical of John's performance as king, and his reign has been the subject of much debate by historians from the 16th century onwards. These negative qualities have provided extensive material for fiction writers since the Victorian era, and even today John remains a recurring character within popular culture, primarily as a villain in films and stories regarding the Robin Hood legends.
2 comments*Alex10/31/18 at 01:22quadrans: Nice one
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RIC 0842 Domitianus54 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG, Laureate head of Domitian, right
Rev : CA-PIT (across field) RESTIT (in exergue), Temple of Capitoline Jupiter with 4 columns enclosing figures of Juno, seated Jupiter and Minerva
AR/Cistophorus (27.56 mm 11.122 g 7h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Asia Minor 82 A.D.
RIC 842 (R), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted, RPC II 867
ex Numismatik Naumann GmbH Auction 70 Lot 462
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/30/18 at 22:18okidoki: excellent and stylistic
V1556.jpg
Vespasian-RIC-155659 viewsAR Denarius, 3.42g
Antioch mint, 72-73 AD
RIC 1556 (R3). BMC - . RSC - . RPC - .
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VESTA; Vesta stg. l., with simpulum and sceptre
Ex Numismatic Naumann 70, 7 October 2018, lot 411.

Second known example of the Antioch RIC group 5 Vesta. A double die match with the other published specimen, CNG 61, 25 September 2002, lot 1689, and an obverse die match with the extremely rare AVGVR TRI POT and VICTORIA AVGVSTI types from the same issue. All of these copy common contemporaneous reverse types from Rome.

Slightly off centre in good Antiochene style.
5 commentsDavid Atherton10/30/18 at 22:06okidoki: excellent David
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Struck 1205 - 1216, John (1199 1216), AR Penny minted at Winchester, England10 viewsObverse: HENRICVS REX around central circle enclosing a crowned, draped and bearded facing bust of the king holding a sceptre tipped with a cross pommee in his right hand, bust extending to edge of flan.
Reverse: +ANDREV桧N標I around voided short cross within circle, crosslets in each quarter. Moneyer, Andrew.
Diameter: 19mm | Weight: 1.2gms | Die Axis: 4
Class 5b
SPINK: 1351

The class four type short cross pennies of Henry II continued to be struck during the early years of John's reign, but in 1205 a recoinage was begun and new short cross pennies of better style replaced the older issues. Sixteen mints were initially employed for this recoinage but they were reduced to ten later on. All John's coins continued to bear his father's (Henry II) title of henricvs rex.

John was King of England from 1199 until his death in 1216. The baronial revolt at the end of John's reign led to the sealing of the first Magna Carta, a document sometimes considered an early step in the evolution of the constitution of the United Kingdom.
John, the youngest of the five sons of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, was not expected to inherit significant lands which resulted in him being given the nickname John Lackland. However, after the failed rebellion of his elder brothers between 1173 and 1174, John became Henry's favourite child. He was appointed Lord of Ireland in 1177 and given lands in England and on the continent. John's elder brothers William, Henry and Geoffrey died young and when Richard I became king in 1189, John was the potential heir to the throne. John unsuccessfully attempted a rebellion against Richard's administration whilst his brother was participating in the Third Crusade but despite this, after Richard died in 1199, John was proclaimed King of England.
Contemporary chroniclers were mostly critical of John's performance as king, and his reign has been the subject of much debate by historians from the 16th century onwards. These negative qualities have provided extensive material for fiction writers since the Victorian era, and even today John remains a recurring character within popular culture, primarily as a villain in films and stories regarding the Robin Hood legends.
2 comments*Alex10/30/18 at 21:55okidoki: Nice Alex
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MARCUS ANTONIUS AR Legio III Denarius6 viewsOBVERSE: ANT AVG III VIR R P C, Praetorian galley, thyrsos behind prow
REVERSE: LEG III. Legionary eagle between two standards
Patrae 32-31 BC
3.19g, 17mm
RSC 27
1 commentsLegatus10/30/18 at 19:09Jay GT4: Sweet!
V1556.jpg
Vespasian-RIC-155659 viewsAR Denarius, 3.42g
Antioch mint, 72-73 AD
RIC 1556 (R3). BMC - . RSC - . RPC - .
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VESTA; Vesta stg. l., with simpulum and sceptre
Ex Numismatic Naumann 70, 7 October 2018, lot 411.

Second known example of the Antioch RIC group 5 Vesta. A double die match with the other published specimen, CNG 61, 25 September 2002, lot 1689, and an obverse die match with the extremely rare AVGVR TRI POT and VICTORIA AVGVSTI types from the same issue. All of these copy common contemporaneous reverse types from Rome.

Slightly off centre in good Antiochene style.
5 commentsDavid Atherton10/30/18 at 17:15Jay GT4: Very subtle differences. Great catch
V1556.jpg
Vespasian-RIC-155659 viewsAR Denarius, 3.42g
Antioch mint, 72-73 AD
RIC 1556 (R3). BMC - . RSC - . RPC - .
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VESTA; Vesta stg. l., with simpulum and sceptre
Ex Numismatic Naumann 70, 7 October 2018, lot 411.

Second known example of the Antioch RIC group 5 Vesta. A double die match with the other published specimen, CNG 61, 25 September 2002, lot 1689, and an obverse die match with the extremely rare AVGVR TRI POT and VICTORIA AVGVSTI types from the same issue. All of these copy common contemporaneous reverse types from Rome.

Slightly off centre in good Antiochene style.
5 commentsDavid Atherton10/30/18 at 15:00Mat: Love the portrait, great find
V1556.jpg
Vespasian-RIC-155659 viewsAR Denarius, 3.42g
Antioch mint, 72-73 AD
RIC 1556 (R3). BMC - . RSC - . RPC - .
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VESTA; Vesta stg. l., with simpulum and sceptre
Ex Numismatic Naumann 70, 7 October 2018, lot 411.

Second known example of the Antioch RIC group 5 Vesta. A double die match with the other published specimen, CNG 61, 25 September 2002, lot 1689, and an obverse die match with the extremely rare AVGVR TRI POT and VICTORIA AVGVSTI types from the same issue. All of these copy common contemporaneous reverse types from Rome.

Slightly off centre in good Antiochene style.
5 commentsDavid Atherton10/30/18 at 12:25FlaviusDomitianus: Good eye, indeed!
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Vitellius: 69 AD "The Year of the Four Emperors"5 viewsAE As
Spanish (Tarraco?) mint
Struck 69 AD (Jan - June)
Obv. - Laureate head left, globe at point of neck; A.VITELLIVS.IMP.GERMAN.
Rev. - Victory advancing left, holding shield inscribed SP/QR in two lines; VICTORIA / AVGVSTI / S-C either side
27 mm, 7.90 grams
1 commentscmcdon092310/29/18 at 23:27Mat: Very nice
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3159 CAPPADOCIA, Caesarea. Hadrian 124 AD Helios on Mt Argaeus12 viewsReference.
Cohen -, cf. 457 (laureate and without aegis). Henseler -, cf. X29a var. (without aegis). RIC -. RPC III -, cf. 3158-9 (differing bust types). Sydenham -, cf. 290a (laureate and without aegis). An unpublished variety of a very rare type.

Bronze with latin legends and Mount Argaeus as reverse design

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Radiate head of Hadrian to right, with aegis on his left shoulder.

Rev. COS III
Mount Argaeus surmounted by statue of Sol-Helios, radiate, holding globe in his right hand and long scepter with his left.

4.81 gr
19 mm
6h

Note.
From the Collection of Sir A. J. Evans, Ars Classica XVII, 3 October 1934, 1400.

While usually being attributed to Caesarea, the style of the very rare small bronzes of Hadrian with Latin legends showing the Mount Argaios is clearly that of Rome. It is generally believed that the Rome mint shipped its dies to the East in such cases to have the coins struck on the spot, but the fact that RPC records an obverse die match between an Argaios-semis and a regular Rome mint piece in Vienna with a modius on the reverse (RPC III 3159.3 resp. BMC p. 442*) strongly indicates that all semisses were struck in Rome. The emergence of a local motive on a Roman Imperial coin is, in any case, very unusual and the coins may have been struck to commemorate Hadrian's visit to Cappadocia in 124 or 130/1.
1 commentsokidoki10/29/18 at 19:46EB: Very interesting, congrats!
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035p Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), Egypt, Alexandria, G-1680, D-2297, AR-Tetradrachm, L-IS/-//--, Nilus reclining left, #152 views035p Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), Egypt, Alexandria, G-1680, D-2297, AR-Tetradrachm, L-IS/-//--, Nilus reclining left, #1
avers: ANTωNINO C CЄB ЄVCЄB, Laureate head right.
reverse: Nilus reclining left, holding reed and cornuopiae from which emerges small Genius; small Genius inscribes Nilometer before, crocodile below.
exergue: L-IS/-//--, diameter: 21,5-22,0mm, weight: 14,02g, axis: 0h,
mint: Egypt, Alexandria, date: L-IS, Year=16, 152-152 A.D., ref: Geissen-1680, Dattari-2297, Kapmann-Ganschow-35.548-p186,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans10/29/18 at 10:54*Alex: Yes, nice one indeed.
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Egypt, Alexandria, 035 Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), G-1680, D-2297, AR-Tetradrachm, L-IS/-//--, Nilus reclining left, #150 viewsEgypt, Alexandria, 035 Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), G-1680, D-2297, AR-Tetradrachm, L-IS/-//--, Nilus reclining left, #1
avers: ANTωNINO C CЄB ЄVCЄB, Laureate head right.
reverse: Nilus reclining left, holding reed and cornuopiae from which emerges small Genius; small Genius inscribes Nilometer before, crocodile below.
exergue: L-IS/-//--, diameter: 21,5-22,0mm, weight: 14,02g, axis: 0h,
mint: Egypt, Alexandria, date: L-IS, Year=16, 152-152 A.D., ref: Geissen-1680, Dattari-2297, Kapmann-Ganschow-35.548-p186,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans10/29/18 at 10:03Canaan: a very nice addition!!!!
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035p Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), Egypt, Alexandria, G-1680, D-2297, AR-Tetradrachm, L-IS/-//--, Nilus reclining left, #152 views035p Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), Egypt, Alexandria, G-1680, D-2297, AR-Tetradrachm, L-IS/-//--, Nilus reclining left, #1
avers: ANTωNINO C CЄB ЄVCЄB, Laureate head right.
reverse: Nilus reclining left, holding reed and cornuopiae from which emerges small Genius; small Genius inscribes Nilometer before, crocodile below.
exergue: L-IS/-//--, diameter: 21,5-22,0mm, weight: 14,02g, axis: 0h,
mint: Egypt, Alexandria, date: L-IS, Year=16, 152-152 A.D., ref: Geissen-1680, Dattari-2297, Kapmann-Ganschow-35.548-p186,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans10/29/18 at 09:19okidoki: excellent tet
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Roman Empire, CONSTANTIUS GALLUS CAESAR. AE2 Maiorina or Centenionalis of Antioch. Struck A.D.351 - 35420 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES. Bare-headed draped and cuirassed bust of Constantius Gallus facing right.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Soldier advancing left, spearing fallen horseman, discarded shield on ground at feet; in left field, Γ : in exergue, ANH.
Weight 5.6gms
RIC VIII: 134
2 comments*Alex10/29/18 at 06:32Randygeki(h2): A wonderful example!
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Constantius Gallus - AE 23 viewsSiscia
28 Sep 351 - winter 354 AD
draped and cuirassed bust right
D N CONSTANTIVS IVN NOB C
A
soldier spearing falling horseman (bare-headed)
FEL TEMP RE_PARATIO
III
ΓSIS
RIC VIII Siscia 333
4,13g
1 commentsJohny SYSEL10/29/18 at 06:32Randygeki(h2): Good reverse
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Constantius II - AE 2 centionalis6 viewsRome
348 - 350 AD
laurel and rosette-diademed, cuirassed, draped bust left, globe in hand
D N CONSTAN_TIVS P F AVG
N
emperor nimbate and in military dress, shield on left arm, on horseback galloping right, thrusting spear at two barbarians wearing Phrygian helmets, who kneel before him with their arms raised towards him
FEL TEMP REPARATIO
N
R E
RIC VIII Rome 154
3,35g
1 commentsJohny SYSEL10/29/18 at 06:32Randygeki(h2): Very neat!
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Cappadocia, Kings, Ariobarzanes III Eusebes Philoromaios (52-42 B.C.), AR-Drachm, SNG Cop. 162, ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ...,Athena Nicephorus standing left, #152 viewsCappadocia, Kings, Ariobarzanes III Eusebes Philoromaios (52-42 B.C.), AR-Drachm, SNG Cop. 162, ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΙΟΒΑΡΖΑΝΟΥ ΕΥΣΕΒΟΥΣ ΚΑΙ ΦΙΛΟΡΩΜΑΙΟΥ, Athena Nicephorus standing left, #1
avers: Diademed, bearded head of king right.
reverse: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΙΟΒΑΡΖΑΝΟΥ ΕΥΣΕΒΟΥΣ ΚΑΙ ΦΙΛΟΡΩΜΑΙΟΥ, Athena Nikephoros standing left, star in a crescent to inner left, monogram to inner right, Θ (date, year=9) in exergue.
exergue: -/-//Θ, diameter:15,5-16,5mm, weight: 3,58g, axes: 0h,
mint: Cappadocia, Kings, Ariobarzanes III Eusebes Philoromaios, date: Θ (year-9), 44 B.C., ref: Simonetta 1b, SNG Copenhagen 162, SNG von Aulock 6327.
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans10/29/18 at 06:30Randygeki(h2): Nice!
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RIC 961 Domitian denarius39 viewsCAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS
Laureate head of Domitian right

COS V
Wolf and twins; in exergue boat

Rome, 77-78 AD

3.45g

RIC 961 (C2)

Ex-Calgary Coin
5 commentsJay GT410/29/18 at 06:29Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
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Mary I of Scotland (1542 - 1567 A.D.)22 viewsScotland
AR Bawbee
O: MARIA キ D :G キ REGINA キ SCOTORV: A crowned thistle, 'M' to its left and 'R' to the right.
R: OPPIDVM キ EDINBVRGI, Saltire behind a crown, flanked by a cinquefoil on each side.
Edinburgh mint
21mm
1.78g
SCBC 5432
4 commentsMat10/29/18 at 06:29Randygeki(h2): Neat coin Mat
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S.856 ニthelred I (Tidwulf)10 viewsSceat of ニthelred I, king of Northumbria, second reign 789-796
Moneyer: Tidwulf
Mint: York (presumably)
S. 856
Phase Ia
O: +EDILRED
R: +TIDVVLFD
Motif: 1/1a

Ex- TimeLine Auctions
1 commentsNap10/29/18 at 04:18Stkp: very nice
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Egypt, Alexandria, 035 Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), G-1680, D-2297, AR-Tetradrachm, L-IS/-//--, Nilus reclining left, #150 viewsEgypt, Alexandria, 035 Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), G-1680, D-2297, AR-Tetradrachm, L-IS/-//--, Nilus reclining left, #1
avers: ANTωNINO C CЄB ЄVCЄB, Laureate head right.
reverse: Nilus reclining left, holding reed and cornuopiae from which emerges small Genius; small Genius inscribes Nilometer before, crocodile below.
exergue: L-IS/-//--, diameter: 21,5-22,0mm, weight: 14,02g, axis: 0h,
mint: Egypt, Alexandria, date: L-IS, Year=16, 152-152 A.D., ref: Geissen-1680, Dattari-2297, Kapmann-Ganschow-35.548-p186,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans10/29/18 at 04:15Jay GT4: Nice
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2329 PHRYGIA, Laodicea Hadrian Medallion Zeus standing25 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2329.5; Von Aulock, Phrygiens -; SNG Mnchen -; SNG von Aulock-; SNG Copenhagen 575; BMC 195

Obv. ΑΥ ΚΑΙ ΤΡΑ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС ΟΛΥΜΠΙΟС
Laureate head of Hadrian, r. with drapery on l. shoulder

Rev. ΛΑΟΔΙΚΕΩΝ
Zeus Laodiceus standing facing, head l., holding eagle in his extended r. hand, l. resting on sceptre

36.37 gr
39 mm
12h

Note.
From the Group CEM Collection, Classical Numismatic Group 90, 23 May 2012, 1058 and ex Waddell II, 12 September 1987, 363.

The epithet 'Olympios' was adopted by Hadrian in 128/9 following the dedication of the temple of Zeus Olympios in Athens. It emphasized the emperor's Panhellenic program and enthusiastic Philhellenism, for Zeus Olympios, chief god of the Greek peoples, was the Panhellenic god before all others. RPC suggests that the impressive Laodicean medallions bearing the new epithet were struck on the occasion of Hadrian's visit to the city in June 129.
6 commentsokidoki10/28/18 at 23:01quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
1165_P_Hadrian_RPC2329_5.jpg
2329 PHRYGIA, Laodicea Hadrian Medallion Zeus standing25 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2329.5; Von Aulock, Phrygiens -; SNG Mnchen -; SNG von Aulock-; SNG Copenhagen 575; BMC 195

Obv. ΑΥ ΚΑΙ ΤΡΑ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС ΟΛΥΜΠΙΟС
Laureate head of Hadrian, r. with drapery on l. shoulder

Rev. ΛΑΟΔΙΚΕΩΝ
Zeus Laodiceus standing facing, head l., holding eagle in his extended r. hand, l. resting on sceptre

36.37 gr
39 mm
12h

Note.
From the Group CEM Collection, Classical Numismatic Group 90, 23 May 2012, 1058 and ex Waddell II, 12 September 1987, 363.

The epithet 'Olympios' was adopted by Hadrian in 128/9 following the dedication of the temple of Zeus Olympios in Athens. It emphasized the emperor's Panhellenic program and enthusiastic Philhellenism, for Zeus Olympios, chief god of the Greek peoples, was the Panhellenic god before all others. RPC suggests that the impressive Laodicean medallions bearing the new epithet were struck on the occasion of Hadrian's visit to the city in June 129.
6 commentsokidoki10/28/18 at 21:14Marsman: WOW again 😳
4402530l.jpg
15 viewsslands off Attica. Aegina circa 350-338 BC. Drachm AR
Islands off Attica. Aegina circa 350-338 BC.
Drachm AR

17mm., 5,53g.

A-[I] across field, land tortoise with segmented shell / A-IΓI in upper sections of refined skew punch, to lower left, dolphin.

Milbank pl. III, 5; SNG Copenhagen 525; HGC 6, 444.
2 commentspaul188810/28/18 at 20:38Jay GT4: Outstanding
1165_P_Hadrian_RPC2329_5.jpg
2329 PHRYGIA, Laodicea Hadrian Medallion Zeus standing25 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2329.5; Von Aulock, Phrygiens -; SNG Mnchen -; SNG von Aulock-; SNG Copenhagen 575; BMC 195

Obv. ΑΥ ΚΑΙ ΤΡΑ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС ΟΛΥΜΠΙΟС
Laureate head of Hadrian, r. with drapery on l. shoulder

Rev. ΛΑΟΔΙΚΕΩΝ
Zeus Laodiceus standing facing, head l., holding eagle in his extended r. hand, l. resting on sceptre

36.37 gr
39 mm
12h

Note.
From the Group CEM Collection, Classical Numismatic Group 90, 23 May 2012, 1058 and ex Waddell II, 12 September 1987, 363.

The epithet 'Olympios' was adopted by Hadrian in 128/9 following the dedication of the temple of Zeus Olympios in Athens. It emphasized the emperor's Panhellenic program and enthusiastic Philhellenism, for Zeus Olympios, chief god of the Greek peoples, was the Panhellenic god before all others. RPC suggests that the impressive Laodicean medallions bearing the new epithet were struck on the occasion of Hadrian's visit to the city in June 129.
6 commentsokidoki10/28/18 at 20:19Steve P: Boing => coin-boner!! (that coin should have been ...
4402530l.jpg
15 viewsslands off Attica. Aegina circa 350-338 BC. Drachm AR
Islands off Attica. Aegina circa 350-338 BC.
Drachm AR

17mm., 5,53g.

A-[I] across field, land tortoise with segmented shell / A-IΓI in upper sections of refined skew punch, to lower left, dolphin.

Milbank pl. III, 5; SNG Copenhagen 525; HGC 6, 444.
2 commentspaul188810/28/18 at 19:31shanxi: beautiful
Domitianshewolf.jpg
RIC 961 Domitian denarius39 viewsCAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS
Laureate head of Domitian right

COS V
Wolf and twins; in exergue boat

Rome, 77-78 AD

3.45g

RIC 961 (C2)

Ex-Calgary Coin
5 commentsJay GT410/28/18 at 18:57okidoki: very nice
112_Probus_(276-282_A_D_),_Bi-Tetradrachm,_G-3149,_D-5557,_KG-112_31,_Alexandria,_Eagle_left,_L-S,_Y-6,_Milne_4632,_280-1AD,_Q-001,_0h,_17,0-18,5mm,_6,75g-s~0.jpg
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Egypt, Alexandria, Bi-Tetradrachm, G-3149, D-5557, L/S//--, Eagle right, head right, #1 51 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Egypt, Alexandria, Bi-Tetradrachm, G-3149, D-5557, L/S//--, Eagle right, head right, #1
avers: A K M AVP ΠPOBOC CЄB, Laureated, cuirassed bust right.
reverse: Eagle right, head right, his beak wreath, L-S, across the field.
exergue: L/S//--, diameter: 18-22mm, weight: 8,69g, axes: 11h,
mint: Egypt, Alexandria, date: 280-281 A.D., L-S Year 6., ref: Emmet-3982, Milne-4682, Geissen-3149, Dattari-5557, Curtis , Kapmann-Ganschow-112.31-p339,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans10/28/18 at 18:26Steve P: Man, I always love seeing these rugged ol' Ale...
VespMars.jpg
RIC 247 Vespasian sestertius41 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVF TR P P P COS III
Laureate head of Vespasian right

SC in field
Mars advancing right with spear and trophy

Rome, 71 AD

26.95g

RIC 247 (C2)

Kraay counted 12 reverse dies used for this obverse type.

Ex-CNG; Ex-Calgary Coin

Some old cleaning scratches in fields
9 commentsJay GT410/28/18 at 15:55*Alex: Great portrait.
1165_P_Hadrian_RPC2329_5.jpg
2329 PHRYGIA, Laodicea Hadrian Medallion Zeus standing25 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2329.5; Von Aulock, Phrygiens -; SNG Mnchen -; SNG von Aulock-; SNG Copenhagen 575; BMC 195

Obv. ΑΥ ΚΑΙ ΤΡΑ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС ΟΛΥΜΠΙΟС
Laureate head of Hadrian, r. with drapery on l. shoulder

Rev. ΛΑΟΔΙΚΕΩΝ
Zeus Laodiceus standing facing, head l., holding eagle in his extended r. hand, l. resting on sceptre

36.37 gr
39 mm
12h

Note.
From the Group CEM Collection, Classical Numismatic Group 90, 23 May 2012, 1058 and ex Waddell II, 12 September 1987, 363.

The epithet 'Olympios' was adopted by Hadrian in 128/9 following the dedication of the temple of Zeus Olympios in Athens. It emphasized the emperor's Panhellenic program and enthusiastic Philhellenism, for Zeus Olympios, chief god of the Greek peoples, was the Panhellenic god before all others. RPC suggests that the impressive Laodicean medallions bearing the new epithet were struck on the occasion of Hadrian's visit to the city in June 129.
6 commentsokidoki10/28/18 at 14:34Jay GT4: Niiiiiice!
1165_P_Hadrian_RPC2329_5.jpg
2329 PHRYGIA, Laodicea Hadrian Medallion Zeus standing25 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2329.5; Von Aulock, Phrygiens -; SNG Mnchen -; SNG von Aulock-; SNG Copenhagen 575; BMC 195

Obv. ΑΥ ΚΑΙ ΤΡΑ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС ΟΛΥΜΠΙΟС
Laureate head of Hadrian, r. with drapery on l. shoulder

Rev. ΛΑΟΔΙΚΕΩΝ
Zeus Laodiceus standing facing, head l., holding eagle in his extended r. hand, l. resting on sceptre

36.37 gr
39 mm
12h

Note.
From the Group CEM Collection, Classical Numismatic Group 90, 23 May 2012, 1058 and ex Waddell II, 12 September 1987, 363.

The epithet 'Olympios' was adopted by Hadrian in 128/9 following the dedication of the temple of Zeus Olympios in Athens. It emphasized the emperor's Panhellenic program and enthusiastic Philhellenism, for Zeus Olympios, chief god of the Greek peoples, was the Panhellenic god before all others. RPC suggests that the impressive Laodicean medallions bearing the new epithet were struck on the occasion of Hadrian's visit to the city in June 129.
6 commentsokidoki10/28/18 at 14:15shanxi: WOW
032_Hadrianus_(117-138_A_D_),_RIC_II_0306,_HADRIANVS_AVG_COS_III_PP,_HISPANIA,_136_AD_Q-001_6h,_18,5mm,_g-s.jpg
032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0306, Rome, AR-Denarius, HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, #196 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0306, Rome, AR-Denarius, HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, #1
avers: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, Laureate head right.
reverse: HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, holding the olive branch and leaning on a rock.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,5mm, weight: g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 136 A.D., ref: RIC II 306, RSC-349, BMC-361,
Q-001
8 commentsquadrans10/28/18 at 14:10okidoki: very nice
VespMars.jpg
RIC 247 Vespasian sestertius41 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVF TR P P P COS III
Laureate head of Vespasian right

SC in field
Mars advancing right with spear and trophy

Rome, 71 AD

26.95g

RIC 247 (C2)

Kraay counted 12 reverse dies used for this obverse type.

Ex-CNG; Ex-Calgary Coin

Some old cleaning scratches in fields
9 commentsJay GT410/28/18 at 14:06okidoki: Congrats very nice
VespMars.jpg
RIC 247 Vespasian sestertius41 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVF TR P P P COS III
Laureate head of Vespasian right

SC in field
Mars advancing right with spear and trophy

Rome, 71 AD

26.95g

RIC 247 (C2)

Kraay counted 12 reverse dies used for this obverse type.

Ex-CNG; Ex-Calgary Coin

Some old cleaning scratches in fields
9 commentsJay GT410/28/18 at 13:31maridvnvm: Nice indeed.
R922_241004_YORK.jpg
"RIC 922"14 views3 commentsvrtsprb10/28/18 at 13:17okidoki: like yesterday
G_306_Hierocaesareia_fac.jpg
Asia Minor, Lydia, Hierocaesarea, Tyche, Tyche standing, rudder4 viewsLydia, Hierokaisareia
Pseudo-autonomous issue
Time of the Severans (193-235)
Obv: IЄPOKAICAPЄIA, Turreted and draped bust of Tyche right.
Rev: IЄPOKAICAPЄΩN, Tyche standing left, holding rudder and cornucopia.
AE, 4.7g, 21mm
Ref.: BMC 21
1 commentsshanxi10/28/18 at 13:11okidoki: great looks on the bust, with the turreted headdre...
Domitianshewolf.jpg
RIC 961 Domitian denarius39 viewsCAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS
Laureate head of Domitian right

COS V
Wolf and twins; in exergue boat

Rome, 77-78 AD

3.45g

RIC 961 (C2)

Ex-Calgary Coin
5 commentsJay GT410/28/18 at 09:34FlaviusDomitianus: Nice specimen.
VespMars.jpg
RIC 247 Vespasian sestertius41 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVF TR P P P COS III
Laureate head of Vespasian right

SC in field
Mars advancing right with spear and trophy

Rome, 71 AD

26.95g

RIC 247 (C2)

Kraay counted 12 reverse dies used for this obverse type.

Ex-CNG; Ex-Calgary Coin

Some old cleaning scratches in fields
9 commentsJay GT410/28/18 at 09:33FlaviusDomitianus: Nice addition, powerful portrait.
1373_380-1_Poblicius.jpg
C. Poblicius Q.f. - AR serrate denarius9 viewsイPraeneste
ケRome
ケイ80 BC
draped bust of Roma right wearing Phrygian helmet with side feathers
ROMA
P
naked Hercules left strangling Nemean lion; bow with arrows in quiver left, club below
CキPOBLICIキQキF
P
ケCrawford 380/1, SRCV I 308, Sydenham 768, RSC I Poblicia 9
イMark Passehl - Roman moneyer & coin type chronology, 150 50 BC
ex Knker
1 commentsJohny SYSEL10/28/18 at 08:08quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
4401115l.jpg
RIC 5478 views



Diameter 21.3-22.3 mm, weight 4.35 g, axis 7 h.
1 commentsvrtsprb10/28/18 at 08:07quadrans: Nice one
R922_241004_YORK.jpg
"RIC 922"14 views3 commentsvrtsprb10/28/18 at 08:06quadrans: Nice piece..
HUN_Maria_Huszar_569_Pohl_114-2_2.jpg
Husz疵 569, Pohl 114-2, Unger 443b, R騁hy II 116, Frynas H.26.414 viewsHungary. Maria/M疵ia (1382-1387 solo reign; 1387-1395 with husband Sigismund/Zsigmond of Luxembourg)

AR denar, .50 g., 14.59 mm. max., 180ー.

Obv: [+] mARIA R VnGARI [antiqua-style letters A without interior bar], crown with antiqua-style letter A without interior bar, below.

Rev: + mOnET... RIA [antiqua-style letters A], Patriarchal cross.

As both sides carry a titular legend, there is no consensus regarding obverse and reverse. The fullest legend on the side identified by Husz疵 and Pohl as the obverse (the side with the crown) is + mARIE D G R VnGARIE (although most coins are missing at least the first G). The fullest legend on the side identified by Unger, R騁hy, Frynas and Gyngyssy as the obverse (the side with the patriarchal cross) is + mOnETA mARIE R V. Since the letters R V are so often omitted from the cross side, Toma accepts the crown side as the obverse.

The type was struck in 1384-1395 (per Husz疵, with Unger and Frynas agreeing that it incepted in 1384) or in 1385-1395 (per Pohl), and is traditionally viewed as the last of three denarii struck by Maria. More recently, it has been viewed as the second type struck by her (after Husz疵 565 and before Husz疵 566), in 1383-1385 (per Gyngyssi and Toma). This coin, with an antiqua-style letter A without interior bar privy mark below the crown, was struck in Sz駝esfeh駻v疵/Alba Regia in 1386-1395 (per Pohl).

Toma notes fifteen legend variations among 45 coins of this type within the Cluj-Mănăştur Hoard, found in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (formerly, Kolozsv疵, Hungary), in 1934. They differ mainly in terms of completeness of legends, spelling of the queen's name, presence of pellets, and the styles of the letter A. Toma lists seven variations among seventeen coins with this privy mark (Pohl 112-2). The legend combination on this coin appears to be Toma 5.

Toma further notes four versions of the crown and four versions of the patriarchal cross. There are six obverse/reverse design combinations appearing among 41 coins in the hoard, three of which occur among fifteen identified coins with this privy mark (Pohl 114-2). The design combination on this coin appears to be Toma B/b (crown B is linked only with crosses b and c; cross b is linked only with crowns A and B).

Husz疵/Pohl rarity 5, Frynas rarity C. The legend combination described/depicted in Husz疵 and Pohl; in Unger and R騁hy, and in Frynas, all differ.
1 commentsStkp10/28/18 at 08:04quadrans: Another nice piece
HUN_Maria_Husz疵_566,_Pohl_112-1_2.jpg
Husz疵 566, Pohl 112-1, Unger 442a, R騁hy II 114, Frynas 26.5, Toma plate I/89 viewsHungary. M疵ia/Maria (1382-1387 solo reign; 1387-1395 with husband Zsigmond/Sigismund of Luxembourg)

AR denar; .65 g., 13.98 mm. max., 90ー

Obv: + mOnETA mARIE [Gothic-style letters A], Patriarchal cross. pellet below.

Rev: + REGInE VnGARIE [Gothic-style letter A], Crowned M

The type was struck in only in 1383 (per Husz疵, Unger and Frynas) or from 1383 through 1385 (per Pohl). It is traditionally viewed as the second of three denarii struck by M疵ia (after Husz疵 565 and before Husz疵 569). More recently, it has been viewed as M疵ia 's third type (per Gyngyssi and Toma), struck in 1386-1387, ending when Zsigmond's coinage began (per Gyngyssi). This coin, struck without a privy mark in the reverse fields, was probably struck in Buda (per Pohl).

Toma notes twelve legend variations among 456 coins of this type in the Cluj-Mănăştur Hoard, found in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (formerly, Kolozsv疵, Hungary), in 1934 (but lists only eleven). They differ mainly in terms of completeness of legends, presence of pellets, and the styles of the letter A. Toma lists three variations among 302 coins struck in Buda (Pohl 112-1). The legends on this coin are as per Toma 1. Toma notes 260 coins with this combination.

Toma further notes three versions of the patriarchal cross and eight versions of the crowned M. There are fourteen obverse/reverse design combinations appearing among 411 coins from the hoard, all of which are listed by Toma as being among 271 Buda issues (Pohl 112-1). The cross on this coin is Toma C (wide cross with split ends and pellet below), which is linked to Toma's crowned Ms c-h; the crowned M appears to be Toma e. Toma notes 14 coins with the C/e combination.

Husz疵/Pohl rarity rating 5; Frynas rarity C. The legend combination appearing on this coin is depicted/described in Unger, R騁hy and Frynas. The legend combination depicted/described in Husz疵 and Pohl differs in that there are pellets between words on the obverse and reverse.
1 commentsStkp10/28/18 at 08:03quadrans: Nice one
Domitianshewolf.jpg
RIC 961 Domitian denarius39 viewsCAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS
Laureate head of Domitian right

COS V
Wolf and twins; in exergue boat

Rome, 77-78 AD

3.45g

RIC 961 (C2)

Ex-Calgary Coin
5 commentsJay GT410/28/18 at 07:54quadrans: Nice piece..
VespMars.jpg
RIC 247 Vespasian sestertius41 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVF TR P P P COS III
Laureate head of Vespasian right

SC in field
Mars advancing right with spear and trophy

Rome, 71 AD

26.95g

RIC 247 (C2)

Kraay counted 12 reverse dies used for this obverse type.

Ex-CNG; Ex-Calgary Coin

Some old cleaning scratches in fields
9 commentsJay GT410/28/18 at 07:53quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
R922_241004_YORK.jpg
"RIC 922"14 views3 commentsvrtsprb10/28/18 at 05:43Jay GT4: Interesting style!
EB0030b_scaled.JPG
EB0030 Pegasos / Athena9 viewsAKARNANIA, Leukas, AR Stater, 480-420 BC.
Obverse: Pegasos, with straight (?) wing flying right; Λ below.
Reverse: Helmeted head of Athena right within incuse square.
References: -.
Diameter: 22.5mm, Weight: 8.277g.
1 commentsEB10/28/18 at 05:42Jay GT4: Nice early stater
Roma475.jpg
Cr 329/1b AR Denarius P. Cornelius Lentulus M.f. 24 viewsRome, 100 BCE
o: Bust of Hercules right, seen from behind, holding club, shield in left field, K below pellet in right field, ROMA below
r: Roma standing facing, holding spear and wearing triple-crested helmet, Genius of the Roman People right crowning her and holding cornucopiae, K below pellet in left field, LENT筆AR彦 in ex, all within laurel-wreath
Crawford 329/1b; Cornelia 25a
(3.94g, 20mm, 12h)
A somewhat busy design.
5 commentsPMah10/28/18 at 04:07PMah: Thanks, Viewers. This type highlights odd range o...
197DHlitraCr25.jpg
Cr 25/3 AE Litra Anonymous14 viewsc 241-235 BCE Anonymous bronze Litra
16 mm, 3.07 grams
o: Head of Mars, right, beardless, wearing Corinthian helmet
r: ROMA below Horse head, right, with bridle; behind, sickle
Crawford 25/3
Ex. RBW collection
2 commentsPMah10/28/18 at 04:00PMah: Thanks! This was a pick box find.
VespMars.jpg
RIC 247 Vespasian sestertius41 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVF TR P P P COS III
Laureate head of Vespasian right

SC in field
Mars advancing right with spear and trophy

Rome, 71 AD

26.95g

RIC 247 (C2)

Kraay counted 12 reverse dies used for this obverse type.

Ex-CNG; Ex-Calgary Coin

Some old cleaning scratches in fields
9 commentsJay GT410/28/18 at 03:15Jay GT4:
Domitianshewolf.jpg
RIC 961 Domitian denarius39 viewsCAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS
Laureate head of Domitian right

COS V
Wolf and twins; in exergue boat

Rome, 77-78 AD

3.45g

RIC 961 (C2)

Ex-Calgary Coin
5 commentsJay GT410/28/18 at 03:14David Atherton: Nice example of the type!
VespMars.jpg
RIC 247 Vespasian sestertius41 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVF TR P P P COS III
Laureate head of Vespasian right

SC in field
Mars advancing right with spear and trophy

Rome, 71 AD

26.95g

RIC 247 (C2)

Kraay counted 12 reverse dies used for this obverse type.

Ex-CNG; Ex-Calgary Coin

Some old cleaning scratches in fields
9 commentsJay GT410/28/18 at 03:13David Atherton: Beautiful patina with a wonderful portrait!
VespMars.jpg
RIC 247 Vespasian sestertius41 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVF TR P P P COS III
Laureate head of Vespasian right

SC in field
Mars advancing right with spear and trophy

Rome, 71 AD

26.95g

RIC 247 (C2)

Kraay counted 12 reverse dies used for this obverse type.

Ex-CNG; Ex-Calgary Coin

Some old cleaning scratches in fields
9 commentsJay GT410/28/18 at 02:33Nemonater: Beautiful portrait and wonderful patina!
1374_Titus_Vespasian_Antioch_b.jpg
Vespasian and Titus - Antioch4 viewsAR tetradrachm
69-70 AD
laureate head of Vespasian on eagle left
AVTOKPAT KAIΣA OVEΣΠAΣIANOV
laureate head of Titus right
T ΦΛAVI OVEΣΠ KAIΣキETOVΣ NEOV IEPOV
*__B
McAlee 332; Prieur 110; RPC 1943
ex Knker

Forum Ancient Coins note: "Struck to pay Titus' legions during and after the First Jewish Revolt. RPC notes c. 320 different dies indicate 6,500,000 Syrian tetradrachms might have been minted. This was the quantity Titus would have needed to pay his four legions. Hoard evidence finds many of these types in Judaea confirming they were used to pay the legions."
1 commentsJohny SYSEL10/28/18 at 00:09Jay GT4: Oh nice piece Johny!
1367_433-1_Brutus.jpg
M. Junius Brutus - AR denarius6 viewsRome
ケイ54 BC
head of Libertas right with hair rolled wearing drop pendant earring and necklace
LIBERTAS
L. Junius Brutus between two lictors left, accensus in front of them
BRVTVS
ケCrawford 433/1, Sydenham 906, RSC I Junia 31, BMCRR 3861, Russo RBW 1542, SRCV I 397
イMark Passehl - Roman moneyer & coin type chronology, 150 50 BC
ex Rauch
1 commentsJohny SYSEL10/27/18 at 23:43Jay GT4: Great coin Johny!
1365_Celts_Thasos.jpg
Thasos imitative - AR tetradrachm3 viewslower Dunabe region
120-10 BC
head of young Dionysos right with ivy wreath
nude Heracles facing holding club, lion skin over shoulder
illegible lugend (HPAKΛEOYΣ / ΣΩTHPOΣ / ΘAΣIΩN)
Dembski 1524-1525; OTA Class IV.
ex Rauch
1 commentsJohny SYSEL10/27/18 at 19:47Stkp: very interesting
1366_Tranquillina_Alexandria.jpg
Tranquillina - Alexandria6 viewsBI tetradrachm
29 Aug 242 - 28 Aug 243 AD
draped bust right wearing stephane
CAB TPANKVIΛΛEINA CEB
Homonoia standing half left, raising right hand, holding double cornucopia
L S
Kln 2688; Dattari (Savio) 4823; K&G 73.20; Emmett 3449.6
ex Rauch
1 commentsJohny SYSEL10/27/18 at 16:49Mat: Wow, great addition
SA029_Elymais_fac.jpg
Elymais, Vanエt Haaff 14.1-1-2A var., Phraates, Artemis6 viewsKingdom of Elymais
Phraates
ニ Drachm
Obv.: bearded bust wearing tiara, anchor with one crossbar right, APΠ; left
Rev.: BACIΛ ΦΡATH.., Artemis radiate standing right, drawing arrow from quiver with right, bow in left
AE, 3.88g, 15.4mm
Ref.: Van't Haaff Type 14.1, Subtype 1-2A var. (legend details)
1 commentsshanxi10/27/18 at 14:34Stkp: excellent reverse legend
V759a.jpg
ニ Vespasian RIC-75967 viewsニ Dupondius, 14.46g
Rome mint, 74 AD
RIC 759 (C). BMC p. 219 note. RPC 1983 (6 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev: PON筆AX謬R姫OT姫姫匹OS彪 CENS; Winged caduceus between crossed cornuacopiae
Ex eBay, 16 October 2018. Ex Klassische Mnzen.

Traditionally, the issue this rather strange dupondius is from has been attributed to various different mints over the years. Ted Buttrey writing in the RIC II.1 Addenda commented extensively on it. Because both the Addenda has yet to see the light of day and T. Buttrey's thoughts on the subject are important (and indeed likely correct), I have largely quoted it in full here with some minor editing.

'RIC 756-767 are irregular Dupondii, which should be taken together with Asses, semisses and quadrantes (RIC 1564-1581), forming together a single extraordinary issue in four denominations, distinct in typology and metal, as well as overall character from the regular coinage of the year. Although Eastern in aspect and reverse type, the circulation area of the dupondii is almost exclusively Gaul, Germany, Italy i.e. the West, with scarcely any penetration of the East. Finds of the smaller denominations are rarely attested anywhere, East or West. The Eastern finds appear to be simply the d饕ris of Mediterranean circulation.

Previously the series had been attributed to Commagene (BMCRE II, pp.217-222), then as a likelihood to Antioch (e.g. RPC II 1982-2005). The correct attribution to Rome is proved by mules of the dupondii with regular issues (Buttrey, 天espasian痴 Roman Orichalcum: An Unrecognized Celebratory Coinage in David M. Jacobson and Nikos Kokkinos, Judaea and Rome in Coins, 65 CBE 135 CE (2012). The series had nothing to do with Syria or with the East at all, yet it was purposefully designed to appear non-Roman: the suppression of the traditional reverse sub-inscription S C throughout; the suppression of the radiate crown of the Dupondius; the shifting of the consular dating from the obv. to the rev.; the striking of all four denominations in orichalcum; and most obviously the selection of rev. dies which reek of the East.

There is nothing like this series in the whole of Roman imperial coinage. It is a deliberate act of Orientalism, imposing the flavour of the East on a Western coinage. The key to its understanding is the reverse type of the dupondius, two crossed cornuacopiae with a winged caduceus between. It replicates the type of an obscure issue of the Galilean city of Sepphoris, an issue which had been, astonishingly, signed by Vespasian himself (ΕΠΙ ΟΥΕCΠΑCΙΑΝΟΥ, 登n the authority of) when on duty there in the last days of Nero. The dupondius-sized bronze was accompanied by a half-unit with the type of a large, central S C again signed by Vespasian, and now imitated on the As of the orichalcum series with the wreath of the As of Antioch (RPC I 4849-50).
The whole of this series memorializes not Vespasian the conquering general (IVDAEA CAPTA, VICTORIA AVGVSTI), but the man. His re-use of earlier coin types is well-known; here he re-uses his own, harking back to his career just prior to his final success in seizing the empire. And the series was struck in 74 A.D., co-terminous with the celebration of Vespasian痴 first quinquennium.'

The coin itself is a superb example in very fine style. Beautiful dark golden patina with highlights of emerald green.
8 commentsDavid Atherton10/27/18 at 13:45okidoki: excellent and stylistic
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297/1b. Quinctia - denarius (112-111 BC)9 viewsAR Denarius (Rome, 112-111 BC)
O/ Bust of Hercules seen from behind, with head turned to left and club over shoulder.
R/ Desultor right, wearing cuirass; control-mark behind; rat right between TI Q below; D.S.S. incuse on tablet in exergue.
3.82g; 118mm
Crawford 297/1b (87 obverse dies/109 reverse dies)
- Naville Numismatics Live Auction 36, lot 534.

* Tiberius Quinctius:

The attribution of this issue to a Tiberius Quinctius is dubious as the few letters on the reverse could mean different things. Crawford rules out the possibility that the Q stands for Quaestor, so it should only be the first letter of a nomen, hence the attribution to a Quinctius. However a Quinctilius is also possible.

The significance of the rat below the horses is an enigma. It apparently cannot be related to any cognomen; Crawford may be right to reject previous attempts to link it to a name -- the solution is probably not as easy as simply translating "rat", "mouse" or "rodent" in Latin. Mus ("mouse") was nonetheless an attested cognomen, but the gens Decia that bore it was already extinct by the end of the 2nd century.

The reverse with the desultor was perhaps a statue, as the legend DSS stands for "de Senatus Sententia", usually found on public monuments.
2 commentsJoss10/27/18 at 11:04okidoki: indeed congrats
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Julian the Apostate - AE 17 viewsConstantinople
3.11.361 - 26.6.363 AD
pearl-diademed draped and cuirassed bust right
DN FL CL IVLI_ANVS PF AVG
Bull right, 2 stars above
SECVRITAS REIPVBキ
キCONSPA(branch)
RIC VIII Constantinople 162
8,44g
ex Aurea numismatika
1 commentsJohny SYSEL10/27/18 at 11:03okidoki: great reverse
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Vespasian / Titus and Domitian on Horseback28 viewsVespasian AR Denarius, Rome Mint, 69-70 AD
O: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
R: TITVS ET DOMITIAN CAES PRIN IV; Titus and Domitian riding r., hands outstretched
- RIC 5 (R). BMC p. 7, RSC 539.

One of the rarest of the dynastic types.
5 commentsNemonater10/27/18 at 11:02okidoki: hold your horses
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ニ Vespasian RIC-75967 viewsニ Dupondius, 14.46g
Rome mint, 74 AD
RIC 759 (C). BMC p. 219 note. RPC 1983 (6 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev: PON筆AX謬R姫OT姫姫匹OS彪 CENS; Winged caduceus between crossed cornuacopiae
Ex eBay, 16 October 2018. Ex Klassische Mnzen.

Traditionally, the issue this rather strange dupondius is from has been attributed to various different mints over the years. Ted Buttrey writing in the RIC II.1 Addenda commented extensively on it. Because both the Addenda has yet to see the light of day and T. Buttrey's thoughts on the subject are important (and indeed likely correct), I have largely quoted it in full here with some minor editing.

'RIC 756-767 are irregular Dupondii, which should be taken together with Asses, semisses and quadrantes (RIC 1564-1581), forming together a single extraordinary issue in four denominations, distinct in typology and metal, as well as overall character from the regular coinage of the year. Although Eastern in aspect and reverse type, the circulation area of the dupondii is almost exclusively Gaul, Germany, Italy i.e. the West, with scarcely any penetration of the East. Finds of the smaller denominations are rarely attested anywhere, East or West. The Eastern finds appear to be simply the d饕ris of Mediterranean circulation.

Previously the series had been attributed to Commagene (BMCRE II, pp.217-222), then as a likelihood to Antioch (e.g. RPC II 1982-2005). The correct attribution to Rome is proved by mules of the dupondii with regular issues (Buttrey, 天espasian痴 Roman Orichalcum: An Unrecognized Celebratory Coinage in David M. Jacobson and Nikos Kokkinos, Judaea and Rome in Coins, 65 CBE 135 CE (2012). The series had nothing to do with Syria or with the East at all, yet it was purposefully designed to appear non-Roman: the suppression of the traditional reverse sub-inscription S C throughout; the suppression of the radiate crown of the Dupondius; the shifting of the consular dating from the obv. to the rev.; the striking of all four denominations in orichalcum; and most obviously the selection of rev. dies which reek of the East.

There is nothing like this series in the whole of Roman imperial coinage. It is a deliberate act of Orientalism, imposing the flavour of the East on a Western coinage. The key to its understanding is the reverse type of the dupondius, two crossed cornuacopiae with a winged caduceus between. It replicates the type of an obscure issue of the Galilean city of Sepphoris, an issue which had been, astonishingly, signed by Vespasian himself (ΕΠΙ ΟΥΕCΠΑCΙΑΝΟΥ, 登n the authority of) when on duty there in the last days of Nero. The dupondius-sized bronze was accompanied by a half-unit with the type of a large, central S C again signed by Vespasian, and now imitated on the As of the orichalcum series with the wreath of the As of Antioch (RPC I 4849-50).
The whole of this series memorializes not Vespasian the conquering general (IVDAEA CAPTA, VICTORIA AVGVSTI), but the man. His re-use of earlier coin types is well-known; here he re-uses his own, harking back to his career just prior to his final success in seizing the empire. And the series was struck in 74 A.D., co-terminous with the celebration of Vespasian痴 first quinquennium.'

The coin itself is a superb example in very fine style. Beautiful dark golden patina with highlights of emerald green.
8 commentsDavid Atherton10/27/18 at 11:00ancientdave: Nice one!
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RIC 0842 Domitianus54 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG, Laureate head of Domitian, right
Rev : CA-PIT (across field) RESTIT (in exergue), Temple of Capitoline Jupiter with 4 columns enclosing figures of Juno, seated Jupiter and Minerva
AR/Cistophorus (27.56 mm 11.122 g 7h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Asia Minor 82 A.D.
RIC 842 (R), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted, RPC II 867
ex Numismatik Naumann GmbH Auction 70 Lot 462
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/27/18 at 10:58ancientdave: Very nice!
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ニ Titus RIC-226104 viewsニ As, 10.75g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 226 (R). BMC 210.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: GENI P R; S C in field; Genius stg. l., with patera over altar and cornucopiae
Acquired from London Ancient Coins, September 2018.

Genius - 'The spirit of the Roman people' is not a common motif in Flavian coinage. It occurs under Vespasian on rare Spanish military denarii struck early in his reign and briefly during the reign of Titus on asses struck in 80-81. Mattingly connects the type under Titus with 'the vows undertaken for the first five years of the new reign'. The coin is dated COS VIII which Titus held in 80 (he did not renew the consulship in 81). Unlike the parallel silver issue the bronze lack an IMP number and cannot be more precisely dated. Most likely they were struck in the first half of 80 along with the silver.

Neatly centred with a fantastic portrait.
9 commentsDavid Atherton10/27/18 at 10:56ancientdave: Wowza!!
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226 Otacilia Severa 7 views Otacilia Severa AR Antoninianus. OTACILIA SEVERA AVG, diademed & draped bust right on crescent / CONCORDIA AVGG, Concordia seated left with patera & cornucopiae, altar before. RIC 126, RSC 172 commentsRandygeki(h2)10/27/18 at 06:17Mat: Agree on the portrait
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1625 Medieval Poland, Sigismund III4 views1625 Medieval Poland, 3 Polker, AR 19mm.1 commentsRandygeki(h2)10/27/18 at 06:16Mat: Nice one
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226 Otacilia Severa 7 views Otacilia Severa AR Antoninianus. OTACILIA SEVERA AVG, diademed & draped bust right on crescent / CONCORDIA AVGG, Concordia seated left with patera & cornucopiae, altar before. RIC 126, RSC 172 commentsRandygeki(h2)10/27/18 at 04:41Jay GT4: Nice portrait
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Roma Monogram, Quinarius, Crawford 84/212 viewsDenomination: Quinarius
Era: c. 211 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; 天 behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; below, Roma monogram; in linear frame, 迭OMA.
Mint: Southeastern Italy
Weight: 2.26 gm.
Reference: Crawford 84/2
Provenance: Tintinna Asta 65, lot 1022, 16-SEP-2017

Comments: There are some suggestions that this Roma symbol issue was the first of the denarius system, even before the anonymous issue Cr. 44.

Very rare. Almost no wear, but dark, matte patina. Small edge chip obv. 9:00, minor flan crack rev 3:00. Well centered and complete. On balance, AEF.
5 commentsSteve B510/27/18 at 01:24Steve B5: Joss, I can give you some details about Pierluigi...
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3919 PHOENICIA Dora Hadrian 117-18 AD? Doros6 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3919; Sofaer 34; Rouvier 773, Meshorer 37

Issue Year 180

Obv. ΑΥΤΟ ΤΡΑ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΩ ΚΑΙС
Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, right.

Rev. ΔΩΡ ΙƐΡ ΑСΥΛ ΑΥΤ ΝΑΥΑΡ
Laureate head of Doros, right, below chin, aphlaston below, ΠP

9.70 gr
23 mm
12h
1 commentsokidoki10/27/18 at 00:29Canaan: a very nice example of the type, great patina
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HASTINGS mint - hammer cross type AR penny Edward the Confessor - moneyer BRID (=Brid) 13 viewsObverse: ✠ EADPARD RE
Reverse: ✠ BRID: ON HAESTI
リ = 19mm
Weight = 1,26 gram

Provenance:
髭x Fritz Rudolf Kunker auction 314, lot 6299, 9-11 October 2018
2 commentsRomaVictor10/26/18 at 16:19Callimachus: Nice coin.
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Roman Empire, CONSTANTIUS GALLUS CAESAR. AE Centenionalis of Siscia. Struck A.D.3515 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANTIVS IVN NOB C. Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constantius Gallus facing right; behind bust, H.
Reverse: HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS. Constantius Gallus standing facing left, holding labarum in his right hand and spear in his left, being crowned by Victory standing behind him. In left field, III; in exergue, ASIS.
RIC VIII : 308
RARE
1 comments*Alex10/26/18 at 15:02quadrans: Nice piece..
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Hammer and Apex, Denarius, Crawford 59/1b8 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 211 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with splayed visor. Behind, 店. Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; Hammer and apex above riders; in linear frame, 迭OMA.
Mint: Rome
Weight: 4.15 gm.
Reference: Crawford 59/1b
Provenance: NAC 78, Lot 374, 29-MAY2014


Comments: Anonymous denarius with apex symbol above and between riders and hammer symbol above and in front. The coin is Good EF. Crawford differentiates 59/1a from 59/1b as straight and curved visor varieties. The curved visor varieties (59/1b, this coin) are scarce but much more common than the straight visor varieties (59/1a) which are very rare. The straight visor varieties are in the style of the caduceus series, Cr. 60.
1 commentsSteve B510/26/18 at 13:30Joss: I suspect that this issue was minted by a Publiciu...
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Roma Monogram, Quinarius, Crawford 84/212 viewsDenomination: Quinarius
Era: c. 211 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; 天 behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; below, Roma monogram; in linear frame, 迭OMA.
Mint: Southeastern Italy
Weight: 2.26 gm.
Reference: Crawford 84/2
Provenance: Tintinna Asta 65, lot 1022, 16-SEP-2017

Comments: There are some suggestions that this Roma symbol issue was the first of the denarius system, even before the anonymous issue Cr. 44.

Very rare. Almost no wear, but dark, matte patina. Small edge chip obv. 9:00, minor flan crack rev 3:00. Well centered and complete. On balance, AEF.
5 commentsSteve B510/26/18 at 13:26Joss: Steve, I see. I talked to him once via email as we...
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Roman Empire, CONSTANTIUS GALLUS CAESAR. AE2 Maiorina or Centenionalis of Antioch. Struck A.D.351 - 35420 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES. Bare-headed draped and cuirassed bust of Constantius Gallus facing right.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Soldier advancing left, spearing fallen horseman, discarded shield on ground at feet; in left field, Γ : in exergue, ANH.
Weight 5.6gms
RIC VIII: 134
2 comments*Alex10/26/18 at 09:34Pharsalos: Wow! That reverse is superb, even by Antioch's...
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032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0306, Rome, AR-Denarius, HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, #196 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0306, Rome, AR-Denarius, HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, #1
avers: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, Laureate head right.
reverse: HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, holding the olive branch and leaning on a rock.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,5mm, weight: g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 136 A.D., ref: RIC II 306, RSC-349, BMC-361,
Q-001
8 commentsquadrans10/26/18 at 04:06NORMAN K: great bust. Nice
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HASTINGS mint - hammer cross type AR penny Edward the Confessor - moneyer BRID (=Brid) 13 viewsObverse: ✠ EADPARD RE
Reverse: ✠ BRID: ON HAESTI
リ = 19mm
Weight = 1,26 gram

Provenance:
髭x Fritz Rudolf Kunker auction 314, lot 6299, 9-11 October 2018
2 commentsRomaVictor10/26/18 at 03:35Steve B5: unimprovable
84-2-Tintinna-65-9-16-2017-2.jpg
Roma Monogram, Quinarius, Crawford 84/212 viewsDenomination: Quinarius
Era: c. 211 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; 天 behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; below, Roma monogram; in linear frame, 迭OMA.
Mint: Southeastern Italy
Weight: 2.26 gm.
Reference: Crawford 84/2
Provenance: Tintinna Asta 65, lot 1022, 16-SEP-2017

Comments: There are some suggestions that this Roma symbol issue was the first of the denarius system, even before the anonymous issue Cr. 44.

Very rare. Almost no wear, but dark, matte patina. Small edge chip obv. 9:00, minor flan crack rev 3:00. Well centered and complete. On balance, AEF.
5 commentsSteve B510/26/18 at 03:30Steve B5: Joss, Regarding the suggestions I mentioned, this...
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297/1b. Quinctia - denarius (112-111 BC)9 viewsAR Denarius (Rome, 112-111 BC)
O/ Bust of Hercules seen from behind, with head turned to left and club over shoulder.
R/ Desultor right, wearing cuirass; control-mark behind; rat right between TI Q below; D.S.S. incuse on tablet in exergue.
3.82g; 118mm
Crawford 297/1b (87 obverse dies/109 reverse dies)
- Naville Numismatics Live Auction 36, lot 534.

* Tiberius Quinctius:

The attribution of this issue to a Tiberius Quinctius is dubious as the few letters on the reverse could mean different things. Crawford rules out the possibility that the Q stands for Quaestor, so it should only be the first letter of a nomen, hence the attribution to a Quinctius. However a Quinctilius is also possible.

The significance of the rat below the horses is an enigma. It apparently cannot be related to any cognomen; Crawford may be right to reject previous attempts to link it to a name -- the solution is probably not as easy as simply translating "rat", "mouse" or "rodent" in Latin. Mus ("mouse") was nonetheless an attested cognomen, but the gens Decia that bore it was already extinct by the end of the 2nd century.

The reverse with the desultor was perhaps a statue, as the legend DSS stands for "de Senatus Sententia", usually found on public monuments.
2 commentsJoss10/26/18 at 01:00Jay GT4: Great Hurcules
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394/1b. Postumia - denarius (74 BC)7 viewsAR Denarius (Rome, 74 BC)
O/ Bust of Diana right, draped, with bow and quiver over shoulder.
R/ Hound running right; spear below; C POSTVMI in exergue.
3.96g; 17mm
Crawford 394/1b (192 obverse dies/213 reverse dies, both varieties)
- ex Lockdales 145, lot 1414.

* Gaius Postumius At. or Ta. (Albinus Atilianus?):

This variant without the monogram in exergue is very rare; only three reverse dies seem to exist.

The moneyer belonged to the great patrician gens Postumia, but his family is much more difficult to ascertain. The patrician Postumii had few different branches and only one had survived by the 1st century: the Albini. There were also plebeian Postumii.

His obverse with Diana reproduces those of Aulus Postumius S.f. S.n. Albinus (RRC 335/9), and his probable son Postumius A.f. S.n. Albinus (RRC 372/1), thus implying that he was a member of the patrician family. However, the Albini never used the praenomen Gaius. It is nonetheless possible that our moneyer was adopted into the gens, as it occurred with Decimus Junius Brutus (RRC 450), adopted by an Aulus Albinus. The Postumii seem to have had difficulties producing male heirs; they indeed had 9 consulships between 186 and 99 BC, but very few magistrates bore that name in the 1st century. The disaster of the campaign against Jugurtha by the brothers Spurius and Aulus Postumius Albinus might have hit the gens hard; Aulus was also murdered during the Social War (Livy, Periochae, 75).

The monogram in exergue could therefore be deciphered as AT for the plebeian gens Atilia -- the possible family of Gaius Albinus before his adoption. Another moneyer, Lucius Atilius Nomentanus, likewise ligatured the first two letters of his name on his denarii in 141 (RRC 225/1). This theory would explain both the unusual praenomen for the gens and the monogram. His adoptive father could also be one of the two moneyer mentioned above.

Crawford links the moneyer with a Gnaeus Postumius who accused Lucius Licinius Murena, the consul elect for 62, of bribery in the famous Pro Murena by Cicero (56-58), who also says that Postumius was a (unsuccessful) candidate to the praetorship that year. The case was won by Cicero and no doubt that accusing a Consul of bribery did not help his career and the fate of the Albini, as they disappeared from history after this.
1 commentsJoss10/26/18 at 00:59Jay GT4: Great example
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423/1. Servilia - denarius (57 BC)13 viewsAR Denarius (Rome, 57 BC)
O/ Head of Flora right; lituus behind; FLORAL PRIMVS before.
R/ Two soldiers facing each other and presenting swords; C SERVEIL in exergue; C F upwards on right.
3.87g; 18mm
Crawford 423/1 (99 obverse dies/110 reverse dies)
- ROMA Numismatics, E-Sale 42, lot 484.
- Artemide Aste, 11-12 June 2016, lot 253.

* Gaius Servilius C.f. (Brocchus?):

The gens Servilia was originally patrician, but our moneyer was most likely a plebeian because at this time, the only remaining patrician branch of the gens was the Caepiones. The Servilii Gemini, likewise patricians at first, lost their status during the Second Punic War for an unknown reason and their descendants had erratic cognomina, making it difficult to reconstruct the genealogical tree of the gens. The one given by Crawford for RRC 239 is dubious, although possible.

Crawford also says that our moneyer was perhaps a brother of Marcus Servilius C.f., Tribune of the Plebs in 43 BC. He was possibly the Gaius Servilius Brocchus, son of Gaius, mentioned as Military Tribune by Flavius Josephus (Jewish Antiquities, xiv. 229), who tells that he served under the Consul L. Cornelius Lentulus Crus in Asia. It would match a career started in the 50, during which the Pompeian party was dominating, and continued as Pompey's supporter during the Civil War.

The meaning of his denarius has been debated. According to Crawford, the obverse legend refers to the priesthood of Flora, probably held by the gens, contradicting the view of Mommsen, who thought it was celebrating the establishment of the Ludi Florales in 173. This view has been in turn challenged by Robert Palmer, but without giving an explanation of his own*. It should also be mentioned that Pliny the Elder tells that there were statues of Flora, Triptolemus and Ceres by Praxiteles in the "Servilian gardens" (Natural History, xxxvi. 4), which obviously belonged to the gens, showing that Flora was of special importance for the Servilii.

The reverse reuses a common theme on Servilii's denarii: the duels of Marcus Servilius Pulex Geminus, Consul in 202, who was famous for his 23 victories in single combats (Plutarch, Aemilius Paullus, 31). The scene was depicted with variations on RRC 264 (horseback duel), RRC 327 (duel on foot), and RRC 370 (rider charging). It is also possible that RRC 239 shows another duel on horse, but disguised as the Dioscuri riding apart. The fact that our moneyer used this theme links him to the other direct descendants of Servilius Pulex Geminus, thus supporting Crawford's theory that he was a grandchild of Gaius Servilius, Praetor in 102.

* "Flora and the Sybil", in Ten Years of the Agnes Kirsopp Lake Michels Lectures at Bryn Mawr College, edited by Suzanne B. Faris, Lesley E. Lundeen, Bryn Mawr, 2006, pp. 58-70.
3 commentsJoss10/26/18 at 00:58Jay GT4: Really nice
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Roma Monogram, Quinarius, Crawford 84/212 viewsDenomination: Quinarius
Era: c. 211 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; 天 behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; below, Roma monogram; in linear frame, 迭OMA.
Mint: Southeastern Italy
Weight: 2.26 gm.
Reference: Crawford 84/2
Provenance: Tintinna Asta 65, lot 1022, 16-SEP-2017

Comments: There are some suggestions that this Roma symbol issue was the first of the denarius system, even before the anonymous issue Cr. 44.

Very rare. Almost no wear, but dark, matte patina. Small edge chip obv. 9:00, minor flan crack rev 3:00. Well centered and complete. On balance, AEF.
5 commentsSteve B510/26/18 at 00:56Jay GT4: Great find
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Roma Monogram, Quinarius, Crawford 84/212 viewsDenomination: Quinarius
Era: c. 211 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; 天 behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; below, Roma monogram; in linear frame, 迭OMA.
Mint: Southeastern Italy
Weight: 2.26 gm.
Reference: Crawford 84/2
Provenance: Tintinna Asta 65, lot 1022, 16-SEP-2017

Comments: There are some suggestions that this Roma symbol issue was the first of the denarius system, even before the anonymous issue Cr. 44.

Very rare. Almost no wear, but dark, matte patina. Small edge chip obv. 9:00, minor flan crack rev 3:00. Well centered and complete. On balance, AEF.
5 commentsSteve B510/26/18 at 00:54Joss: Nice! What/who are the "suggestions" you mention?
III_Bela_H-186,_C1-167,_U-098,_Q-002,_0h,_10mm,_0,-g-s.jpg
CチC II. 20.24.1.2/a3c2.2., Anonymous III. (B駘a III., King of Hungary, (1172-1196 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-186, CNH I.-167, U-098, #0259 viewsCチC II. 20.24.1.2/a3c2.2., Anonymous III. (B駘a III., King of Hungary, (1172-1196 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-186, CNH I.-167, U-098, #02
avers: , a border of dots.
reverse: Cross with three dots and crescent in the angles, border of line.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 10,0 mm, weight: -g, axis: 0h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Husz疵-186, CNH I.-168, Unger-098,
Kiss-Toth: Sigla- ,
Q-002
1 commentsquadrans10/25/18 at 21:41Stkp: also a nice coin
III_Bela_H-186,_C1-167,_U-098,_Q-001,_0h,_10mm,_0,-g-s.jpg
CチC II. 20.24.1.2/c4.1., Anonymous III. (B駘a III., King of Hungary, (1172-1196 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-186, CNH I.-167, U-098, #0161 viewsCチC II. 20.24.1.2/c4.1., Anonymous III. (B駘a III., King of Hungary, (1172-1196 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-186, CNH I.-167, U-098, #01
avers: , a border of dots.
reverse: Cross with three dots and crescent in the angles, border of line.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 10,0 mm, weight: -g, axis: 0h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Husz疵-186, CNH I.-168, Unger-098,
Kiss-Toth: Sigla- ,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans10/25/18 at 21:41Stkp: nice coin
421-1_Nonia2.jpg
421/1. Nonia - denarius (59 BC)6 viewsAR Denarius (Rome, 59 BC)
O/ Head of Saturn right, head of a harpoon and conical stone behind; S C upwards behind; SVFENAS downwards before.
R/ Roma seated left on a pile of trophies, holding sceptre and sword, crowned by Victory standing behind; PR L V P F around; SEX NONI in exergue.
3.90g; 19mm
Crawford 421/1 (56 obverse dies/62 reverse dies)
- Collection of Walter Friedrich Stoecklin, Amriswil, Switzerland, before 1975. W. F. Stoecklin was the second member of a dynasty of coin collectors based in Switzerland.
- Obolos 9, lot 77.

* Marcus Nonius Sex.f. Sufenas:

Sufenas belonged to the plebeian gens Nonia, a relatively new gens at this time. He was the son of son of Sextus Nonius Sufenas, who had played a crucial part in 86 BC by leading the defection to Sulla among Fimbria's troops during the Civil War. Sulla then rewarded him with a praetorship in 81 BC. In turn, Sextus organised the first Victory games celebrating his patron (the Ludi Victoriae Sullanae), as explained on the reverse (Sextus Nonius praetor ludos Victoriae primus fecit).

Marcus Sufenas' career relied on the patronage of Pompey, whom he devotedly served. In 56 he was Tribune of the Plebs, and with the famous Publius Clodius Pulcher, Gaius Porcius Cato, and Lucius Procilius, they sabotaged the consular elections in order to force the choice of Pompey and Crassus as Consuls for 55 (Cassius Dio, Roman History, xxxix. 27-33). Pompey then used his influence to acquit Sufenas (Cicero, Atticus, iv. 15).

Since he was governor of Macedonia or Cyrenaica in 51 (Cicero, Atticus, vi. 1 & viii. 15), Broughton conjectured that he had been Praetor in 52. He was still in his province by 49, so he probably helped Pompey after his flight from Italy. Plutarch mentions him just before the Battle of Pharsalus (Life of Cicero, 38). As he disappears from ancient sources after this, he might have died during the battle.
2 commentsJoss10/25/18 at 19:57Joss: Thanks!
423-1_Servilia2.jpg
423/1. Servilia - denarius (57 BC)13 viewsAR Denarius (Rome, 57 BC)
O/ Head of Flora right; lituus behind; FLORAL PRIMVS before.
R/ Two soldiers facing each other and presenting swords; C SERVEIL in exergue; C F upwards on right.
3.87g; 18mm
Crawford 423/1 (99 obverse dies/110 reverse dies)
- ROMA Numismatics, E-Sale 42, lot 484.
- Artemide Aste, 11-12 June 2016, lot 253.

* Gaius Servilius C.f. (Brocchus?):

The gens Servilia was originally patrician, but our moneyer was most likely a plebeian because at this time, the only remaining patrician branch of the gens was the Caepiones. The Servilii Gemini, likewise patricians at first, lost their status during the Second Punic War for an unknown reason and their descendants had erratic cognomina, making it difficult to reconstruct the genealogical tree of the gens. The one given by Crawford for RRC 239 is dubious, although possible.

Crawford also says that our moneyer was perhaps a brother of Marcus Servilius C.f., Tribune of the Plebs in 43 BC. He was possibly the Gaius Servilius Brocchus, son of Gaius, mentioned as Military Tribune by Flavius Josephus (Jewish Antiquities, xiv. 229), who tells that he served under the Consul L. Cornelius Lentulus Crus in Asia. It would match a career started in the 50, during which the Pompeian party was dominating, and continued as Pompey's supporter during the Civil War.

The meaning of his denarius has been debated. According to Crawford, the obverse legend refers to the priesthood of Flora, probably held by the gens, contradicting the view of Mommsen, who thought it was celebrating the establishment of the Ludi Florales in 173. This view has been in turn challenged by Robert Palmer, but without giving an explanation of his own*. It should also be mentioned that Pliny the Elder tells that there were statues of Flora, Triptolemus and Ceres by Praxiteles in the "Servilian gardens" (Natural History, xxxvi. 4), which obviously belonged to the gens, showing that Flora was of special importance for the Servilii.

The reverse reuses a common theme on Servilii's denarii: the duels of Marcus Servilius Pulex Geminus, Consul in 202, who was famous for his 23 victories in single combats (Plutarch, Aemilius Paullus, 31). The scene was depicted with variations on RRC 264 (horseback duel), RRC 327 (duel on foot), and RRC 370 (rider charging). It is also possible that RRC 239 shows another duel on horse, but disguised as the Dioscuri riding apart. The fact that our moneyer used this theme links him to the other direct descendants of Servilius Pulex Geminus, thus supporting Crawford's theory that he was a grandchild of Gaius Servilius, Praetor in 102.

* "Flora and the Sybil", in Ten Years of the Agnes Kirsopp Lake Michels Lectures at Bryn Mawr College, edited by Suzanne B. Faris, Lesley E. Lundeen, Bryn Mawr, 2006, pp. 58-70.
3 commentsJoss10/25/18 at 19:57Joss: Thanks!
T-3408_Tacitus_AE-Antoninianus_IMP-CM-CL-TACITVS-AVG-(D1l)_MART-I-P-ACIF-(M1c)_S_T-3408_Ticinum-276-AD_Q-0017h_21,5-23mm_3,75g-s.jpg
110 Tacitus (275-276 A.D.), T-3408, RIC V-I 145, Ticinum, AE-Antoninianus, MARTI PACIF, -/-//S, Bust-D1., Mars advancing left, #188 views110 Tacitus (275-276 A.D.), T-3408, RIC V-I 145, Ticinum, AE-Antoninianus, MARTI PACIF, -/-//S, Bust-D1., Mars advancing left, #1
avers: IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, Bust right, radiate, cuirassed and draped with paludamentum, (D1).
reverse: MART I P ACIF, Mars in military dress walking left, holding an olive branch in right hand, transverse spear and long oval shield in left hand, (M1c).
exergue: -/-//S, diameter: 21,5-23,0mm, weight: 3,75g, axes: 7h,
mint: Ticinum, issue-2., off-2., date: 276 A.D., ref: RIC V-I 145, T-(Estiot)-3408, LV 1565-604,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans10/25/18 at 18:21*Alex: Great bust.
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110 Tacitus (275-276 A.D.), T-4032, RIC V-I ???, Cyzicus, AE-Antoninianus, CLEMENTIA TEMP, -/-//T, Bust-D1, Mars and Emperor, #159 views110 Tacitus (275-276 A.D.), T-4032, RIC V-I ???, Cyzicus, AE-Antoninianus, CLEMENTIA TEMP, -/-//T, Bust-D1, Mars and Emperor, #1
avers: IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, Bust right, radiate, cuirassed and draped with paludamentum. (D1).
reverse: CLEMENTIA TEMP, Mars in military dress standing right, holding the spear in left hand, giving globe to Emperor standing left, holding long sceptre in left hand. (Mars and Emperor 1).
exergue: -/-//T, diameter: 21,5-23,0mm, weight: 3,95g, axes: 0h,
mint: Cyzicus, 3rd.issue, 3rd.off., date: 276 AD., ref: RIC-??., T-(Estiot)-4032, C-, LV 2421-2,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans10/25/18 at 18:20*Alex: I can only give it 5 stars.
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298/1. Caesia - denarius (112-1 BC)5 viewsAR Denarius (Rome, 112-111 BC)
O/ Bust of Apollo seen from behind, with head turned to left and thunderbolt in right hand; APO on right.
R/ Lares Praestites seated facing, with dog between, each holding staff in left hand; bust of Vulcan with tongs over shoulder above; LA on left; PRE on right; L CAESI in exergue.
3.79 g; 20mm
Crawford 298/1 (50 obverse dies/62 reverse dies)
- Collection of Walter Mirko Stoecklin, Winterthur, Switzerland, acquired prior to 1981. W. M. Stoecklin was the third member of a dynasty of coin collectors based in Switzerland.
- Obolos 9, lot 34.

* Lucius Caesius:

Our moneyer is the first known member of the minor gens Caesia, but the rest of his life is completely unknown. Mommsen (Monnaie Romaine, II, p.370) thought that he could have been the father of Lucius Caesius, praetor in 75 BC (Cicero, In Verrem, II, 1, 130), but there were other Caesii around this time, so they were not necessarily related.

The deity represented on the reverse could be Apollo, as shown by the monogram behind his head, or Vejovis, an obscure god with the attributes of both Apollo and Jupiter (especially the thunderbolt). The reverse depicts the Lares Praestites, the guardians of the city of Rome, whom Ovid described their statues with a dog between them (Ovid, Fasti, v. 129-145).

The bust of Vulcan and the tongs were possibly the emblems of the moneyers.
1 commentsJoss10/25/18 at 18:20Canaan: Great addition congrats
421-1_Nonia2.jpg
421/1. Nonia - denarius (59 BC)6 viewsAR Denarius (Rome, 59 BC)
O/ Head of Saturn right, head of a harpoon and conical stone behind; S C upwards behind; SVFENAS downwards before.
R/ Roma seated left on a pile of trophies, holding sceptre and sword, crowned by Victory standing behind; PR L V P F around; SEX NONI in exergue.
3.90g; 19mm
Crawford 421/1 (56 obverse dies/62 reverse dies)
- Collection of Walter Friedrich Stoecklin, Amriswil, Switzerland, before 1975. W. F. Stoecklin was the second member of a dynasty of coin collectors based in Switzerland.
- Obolos 9, lot 77.

* Marcus Nonius Sex.f. Sufenas:

Sufenas belonged to the plebeian gens Nonia, a relatively new gens at this time. He was the son of son of Sextus Nonius Sufenas, who had played a crucial part in 86 BC by leading the defection to Sulla among Fimbria's troops during the Civil War. Sulla then rewarded him with a praetorship in 81 BC. In turn, Sextus organised the first Victory games celebrating his patron (the Ludi Victoriae Sullanae), as explained on the reverse (Sextus Nonius praetor ludos Victoriae primus fecit).

Marcus Sufenas' career relied on the patronage of Pompey, whom he devotedly served. In 56 he was Tribune of the Plebs, and with the famous Publius Clodius Pulcher, Gaius Porcius Cato, and Lucius Procilius, they sabotaged the consular elections in order to force the choice of Pompey and Crassus as Consuls for 55 (Cassius Dio, Roman History, xxxix. 27-33). Pompey then used his influence to acquit Sufenas (Cicero, Atticus, iv. 15).

Since he was governor of Macedonia or Cyrenaica in 51 (Cicero, Atticus, vi. 1 & viii. 15), Broughton conjectured that he had been Praetor in 52. He was still in his province by 49, so he probably helped Pompey after his flight from Italy. Plutarch mentions him just before the Battle of Pharsalus (Life of Cicero, 38). As he disappears from ancient sources after this, he might have died during the battle.
2 commentsJoss10/25/18 at 18:18Canaan: Very nice!!!
423-1_Servilia2.jpg
423/1. Servilia - denarius (57 BC)13 viewsAR Denarius (Rome, 57 BC)
O/ Head of Flora right; lituus behind; FLORAL PRIMVS before.
R/ Two soldiers facing each other and presenting swords; C SERVEIL in exergue; C F upwards on right.
3.87g; 18mm
Crawford 423/1 (99 obverse dies/110 reverse dies)
- ROMA Numismatics, E-Sale 42, lot 484.
- Artemide Aste, 11-12 June 2016, lot 253.

* Gaius Servilius C.f. (Brocchus?):

The gens Servilia was originally patrician, but our moneyer was most likely a plebeian because at this time, the only remaining patrician branch of the gens was the Caepiones. The Servilii Gemini, likewise patricians at first, lost their status during the Second Punic War for an unknown reason and their descendants had erratic cognomina, making it difficult to reconstruct the genealogical tree of the gens. The one given by Crawford for RRC 239 is dubious, although possible.

Crawford also says that our moneyer was perhaps a brother of Marcus Servilius C.f., Tribune of the Plebs in 43 BC. He was possibly the Gaius Servilius Brocchus, son of Gaius, mentioned as Military Tribune by Flavius Josephus (Jewish Antiquities, xiv. 229), who tells that he served under the Consul L. Cornelius Lentulus Crus in Asia. It would match a career started in the 50, during which the Pompeian party was dominating, and continued as Pompey's supporter during the Civil War.

The meaning of his denarius has been debated. According to Crawford, the obverse legend refers to the priesthood of Flora, probably held by the gens, contradicting the view of Mommsen, who thought it was celebrating the establishment of the Ludi Florales in 173. This view has been in turn challenged by Robert Palmer, but without giving an explanation of his own*. It should also be mentioned that Pliny the Elder tells that there were statues of Flora, Triptolemus and Ceres by Praxiteles in the "Servilian gardens" (Natural History, xxxvi. 4), which obviously belonged to the gens, showing that Flora was of special importance for the Servilii.

The reverse reuses a common theme on Servilii's denarii: the duels of Marcus Servilius Pulex Geminus, Consul in 202, who was famous for his 23 victories in single combats (Plutarch, Aemilius Paullus, 31). The scene was depicted with variations on RRC 264 (horseback duel), RRC 327 (duel on foot), and RRC 370 (rider charging). It is also possible that RRC 239 shows another duel on horse, but disguised as the Dioscuri riding apart. The fact that our moneyer used this theme links him to the other direct descendants of Servilius Pulex Geminus, thus supporting Crawford's theory that he was a grandchild of Gaius Servilius, Praetor in 102.

* "Flora and the Sybil", in Ten Years of the Agnes Kirsopp Lake Michels Lectures at Bryn Mawr College, edited by Suzanne B. Faris, Lesley E. Lundeen, Bryn Mawr, 2006, pp. 58-70.
3 commentsJoss10/25/18 at 18:17Canaan: Great coin, details and toning, congrats!!
032_Hadrianus_(117-138_A_D_),_RIC_II_0306,_HADRIANVS_AVG_COS_III_PP,_HISPANIA,_136_AD_Q-001_6h,_18,5mm,_g-s.jpg
032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0306, Rome, AR-Denarius, HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, #196 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0306, Rome, AR-Denarius, HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, #1
avers: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, Laureate head right.
reverse: HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, holding the olive branch and leaning on a rock.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,5mm, weight: g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 136 A.D., ref: RIC II 306, RSC-349, BMC-361,
Q-001
8 commentsquadrans10/25/18 at 09:17Barnaba6: Nice one!
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Club, Denarius, Crawford 89/16 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 208 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; 店 behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; below, club symbol; in linear frame, 迭OMA.
Mint: Apulia
Weight: 4.36 gm.
Reference: Crawford 89/1
Provenance: NAC 78 part , lot 537, 28-MAY-2014


Comments: The club issue is believed to be closely related by style to the fully anonymous RRC 53/2 group 4. In fact many coins of these two varieties are identical stylistically but for the symbol. It is now believed that all denari of this period of the II Punic war were struck in the war theater, probably in Apulia, rather than in Rome as Crawford suggested.

The reverse of this coin is slightly off-center and there is some indication of over striking, although it is so light the under-type is not discernable. Otherwise lovely iridescent toning, struck on a round flan and EF.
1 commentsSteve B510/25/18 at 02:24Jay GT4: Wow.
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Vespasian / Titus and Domitian on Horseback28 viewsVespasian AR Denarius, Rome Mint, 69-70 AD
O: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
R: TITVS ET DOMITIAN CAES PRIN IV; Titus and Domitian riding r., hands outstretched
- RIC 5 (R). BMC p. 7, RSC 539.

One of the rarest of the dynastic types.
5 commentsNemonater10/24/18 at 16:28FlaviusDomitianus: Awesome rarity, congrats!
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Wheel serratus, Crawford 79/112 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 209-208 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; 店 behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; below, wheel symbol; in linear frame, 迭OMA.
Mint: Sicily (?)
Weight: 4.22 gm.
Reference: Crawford 79/1
Provenance: Nigrini Asta Publica auction 35, JUN-2012, lot 145


Comments: Crawford 79/1 is the earliest issue to use the serrated edge. The serrations are cut into the edge of the flan prior to striking. This practice was first used with this issue but was abandoned for about 100 years until it was again routinely used in the minting of denari. It has been speculated that the purpose of the serrations was to discourage counterfeiting; however, many plated serrati exist. This in itself is not strong evidence of counterfeiting as plated coins are known to be struck with the same dies of fine silver official coins.

Michael Harlan in his book 迭oman Republican Moneyers And Their Coins 81 BCE-64 BCE suggest that the purpose of the serrations were to discourage mint workers from swallowing denari for later retrieval.

Both of these purpose theories are plausible. Some suggested theories of manufacturing techniques are not plausible. Mint workers could not have applied these serrations manually with a chisel. The economics of this are unbelievable as the cost in effort to apply serrations manually to each coin would increase more than 20 times. There must have been some sort of primitive machine that flans were fed into that cut the serrations.

The present coin has a small flan crack across Roma痴 chin and very minor corrosion from 9 to 11 on obverse. Otherwise it is well centered and EF.
2 commentsSteve B510/24/18 at 15:04*Alex: Indeed. A great coin.
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Probus9 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M AVR PROBVS P AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to left, holding shield.
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Mars walking right, holding spear and trophy.
Ex: XXIV
Siscia
RIC 816var.
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia10/24/18 at 14:34Barnaba6: Very nice!
VespasianTDHorseRIC5.jpg
Vespasian / Titus and Domitian on Horseback28 viewsVespasian AR Denarius, Rome Mint, 69-70 AD
O: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
R: TITVS ET DOMITIAN CAES PRIN IV; Titus and Domitian riding r., hands outstretched
- RIC 5 (R). BMC p. 7, RSC 539.

One of the rarest of the dynastic types.
5 commentsNemonater10/24/18 at 14:27Jay GT4: Love it
Le_Rider_320.jpg
KINGS OF MACEDON. Philip II, 359-336 BC. Stater10 viewsGold, 19 mm, 8.56 g, 11 h
Pella, struck under Philip II or Alexander III, circa 340-328.
Laureate head of Apollo to right. Rev. ΦΙΛΙΠΠOY Charioteer driving biga to right, holding reins in his left hand and goad in his right; below horses, trident right.
Le Rider 320 (D145/R244). Several nicks and small scrapes , otherwise, good very fine. From a Viennese collection, formed in the 1990s.
1 commentsLeo10/24/18 at 12:19Pharsalos: Awesome.
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ATTICA, Athens. Circa 454-404 BC. AR Tetradrachm23 views(24mm, 17.20 g, 2h).
Helmeted head of Athena right, with frontal eye / Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent behind; all within incuse square. Kroll 8; HGC 4, 1597. Good VF, toned. Attractive early style.

This tetradrachm belongs among the earlier period of the 吐rontal eye issues of the mid-late 5th century. The palmette is still delicate, as is the general style of the owl, and the incuse is rather deep and abruptly transitions to the flat surface.
1 commentsLeo10/24/18 at 12:16Pharsalos: Magnificent!
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CALABRIA. Taras. 425-380 BC. AR nomos15 views6.26 gm
Nude ephebe cantering left, holding bridle with both hands, ΛΕ (retrograde) beneath horse / TARAS, dolphin rider right, wielding trident and pointing with left hand.
HN Italy 850. Vlasto 319 (same dies).
Porous. Edge bump (8:00 obverse) and reverse scratches. Good very fine
1 commentsLeo10/24/18 at 12:10Pharsalos: Exceptional dies, I've never seen one like thi...
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CALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 280-272 BC. AR Nomos19 views19mm, 6.45 g, 4h
The Dioskouroi riding left; monogram above, [ΣΩ]Δ-A-M-O-Σ below
Phalanthos, nude, holding two spears, shield decorated with hippocamp, and Nike, who crowns him with wreath, riding dolphin left; ΠY to left, waves below.
Vlasto 773; HN Italy 1011. Good VF, toned, compact flan. Well centered.
2 commentsLeo10/24/18 at 12:05Pharsalos: Two wonderful dies and beautiful toning.
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ニ Vespasian RIC-75967 viewsニ Dupondius, 14.46g
Rome mint, 74 AD
RIC 759 (C). BMC p. 219 note. RPC 1983 (6 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev: PON筆AX謬R姫OT姫姫匹OS彪 CENS; Winged caduceus between crossed cornuacopiae
Ex eBay, 16 October 2018. Ex Klassische Mnzen.

Traditionally, the issue this rather strange dupondius is from has been attributed to various different mints over the years. Ted Buttrey writing in the RIC II.1 Addenda commented extensively on it. Because both the Addenda has yet to see the light of day and T. Buttrey's thoughts on the subject are important (and indeed likely correct), I have largely quoted it in full here with some minor editing.

'RIC 756-767 are irregular Dupondii, which should be taken together with Asses, semisses and quadrantes (RIC 1564-1581), forming together a single extraordinary issue in four denominations, distinct in typology and metal, as well as overall character from the regular coinage of the year. Although Eastern in aspect and reverse type, the circulation area of the dupondii is almost exclusively Gaul, Germany, Italy i.e. the West, with scarcely any penetration of the East. Finds of the smaller denominations are rarely attested anywhere, East or West. The Eastern finds appear to be simply the d饕ris of Mediterranean circulation.

Previously the series had been attributed to Commagene (BMCRE II, pp.217-222), then as a likelihood to Antioch (e.g. RPC II 1982-2005). The correct attribution to Rome is proved by mules of the dupondii with regular issues (Buttrey, 天espasian痴 Roman Orichalcum: An Unrecognized Celebratory Coinage in David M. Jacobson and Nikos Kokkinos, Judaea and Rome in Coins, 65 CBE 135 CE (2012). The series had nothing to do with Syria or with the East at all, yet it was purposefully designed to appear non-Roman: the suppression of the traditional reverse sub-inscription S C throughout; the suppression of the radiate crown of the Dupondius; the shifting of the consular dating from the obv. to the rev.; the striking of all four denominations in orichalcum; and most obviously the selection of rev. dies which reek of the East.

There is nothing like this series in the whole of Roman imperial coinage. It is a deliberate act of Orientalism, imposing the flavour of the East on a Western coinage. The key to its understanding is the reverse type of the dupondius, two crossed cornuacopiae with a winged caduceus between. It replicates the type of an obscure issue of the Galilean city of Sepphoris, an issue which had been, astonishingly, signed by Vespasian himself (ΕΠΙ ΟΥΕCΠΑCΙΑΝΟΥ, 登n the authority of) when on duty there in the last days of Nero. The dupondius-sized bronze was accompanied by a half-unit with the type of a large, central S C again signed by Vespasian, and now imitated on the As of the orichalcum series with the wreath of the As of Antioch (RPC I 4849-50).
The whole of this series memorializes not Vespasian the conquering general (IVDAEA CAPTA, VICTORIA AVGVSTI), but the man. His re-use of earlier coin types is well-known; here he re-uses his own, harking back to his career just prior to his final success in seizing the empire. And the series was struck in 74 A.D., co-terminous with the celebration of Vespasian痴 first quinquennium.'

The coin itself is a superb example in very fine style. Beautiful dark golden patina with highlights of emerald green.
8 commentsDavid Atherton10/24/18 at 12:04Pharsalos: Great coin, beautiful and very honest surfaces.
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S.803A Anglo-Saxon sceat14 viewsSecondary phase Anglo-Saxon sceat
Mint: Kent
Series K
Type 42
S.803A
Abramson 41-10
O: Bust right with bird in hand, vine in hand
R: Animal (?hound) rounding bush with berries

Ex- C. Best
1 commentsNap10/24/18 at 12:01Pharsalos: Wow, beautiful and very interesting. The obverse b...
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Amisos, Pontos13 views3rd 2nd Century B.C.
Silver Siglos (reduced)
3.83 gm, 15 mm
Obv.: Draped bust of Hera-Tyche right, wearing turreted stephane
Rev.: Owl facing with spread wings standing on shield; monogram to lower left.

SNG Black Sea 1110 var. (monogram);
BMC 13, p.15-16, 14-21 var.(monogram);
Sear 3643v (monogram);
HGC 7, 233
4 commentsJaimelai10/24/18 at 12:00Pharsalos: Very nice example
310167_Ionia,_Miletos,_Hemidrachm_AR,_circa_350-250_BC_Q-001,_h,10mm,_1,69g-s.jpg
Ionia, Miletos, (cc.350-250 B.C.), AR-Hemidrachm, Deppert-Lippitz 58 (V27/R33)(?), Lion standing left, star above, #1115 viewsIonia, Miletos, (cc.350-250 B.C.), AR-Hemidrachm, Deppert-Lippitz 58 (V27/R33)(?), Lion standing left, star above, #1
avers: Laureate head of Apollo left.
reverse: Lion standing left, star above.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 10,0 mm, weight: 1,69g, axes: 0 h,
mint: Ionia, Miletos, date: cc.350-250 B.C., ref: Deppert-Lippitz 58 (V27/R33)(?).
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans10/24/18 at 11:55Pharsalos: Very nice coin.
Campania,_Neapolis,_6,21g,_18mm_-s.jpg
Campania, Neapolis, (275-250 B.C.), AE-18 (Obol), SNG ANS 488var. (O behind), Man-headed bull left and flying Nike, #1123 viewsCampania, Neapolis, (275-250 B.C.), AE-18 (Obol), SNG ANS 488var. (O behind), Man-headed bull left and flying Nike, #1
avers: Laureate head of Apollo left, O behind
reverse: Man-headed bull standing right, being crowned by Nike who flies above, IS in exergue.
exergue: -/-//IS, diameter:18,0mm, weight: 6,21g, axes: h,
mint: Campania, Neapolis, date: 275-250 B.C., ref: SNG ANS 488var. (O behind); Rutter, HN 589.
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans10/24/18 at 11:44Pharsalos: Wonderful dies, it's a beautiful coin.
1163Hadrian_RIC361.JPG
361 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-38 AD Indulgentia13 viewsReference.
RIC 361; C. 845

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate, head right

Rev. INDVLGENTIA AVG COS III
Indulgentia, draped, seated left on throne, holding out right hand and holding transverse sceptre in left

3.29 gr
18 mm
6h
4 commentsokidoki10/24/18 at 11:07David Atherton: Beautiful coin!
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032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0306, Rome, AR-Denarius, HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, #196 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0306, Rome, AR-Denarius, HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, #1
avers: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, Laureate head right.
reverse: HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, holding the olive branch and leaning on a rock.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,5mm, weight: g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 136 A.D., ref: RIC II 306, RSC-349, BMC-361,
Q-001
8 commentsquadrans10/24/18 at 11:06David Atherton: Excellent!
032_Hadrianus_(117-138_A_D_),_RIC_II_0306,_HADRIANVS_AVG_COS_III_PP,_HISPANIA,_136_AD_Q-001_6h,_18,5mm,_g-s.jpg
032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0306, Rome, AR-Denarius, HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, #196 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0306, Rome, AR-Denarius, HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, #1
avers: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, Laureate head right.
reverse: HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, holding the olive branch and leaning on a rock.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,5mm, weight: g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 136 A.D., ref: RIC II 306, RSC-349, BMC-361,
Q-001
8 commentsquadrans10/24/18 at 06:33Randygeki(h2): Nice!
V759a.jpg
ニ Vespasian RIC-75967 viewsニ Dupondius, 14.46g
Rome mint, 74 AD
RIC 759 (C). BMC p. 219 note. RPC 1983 (6 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev: PON筆AX謬R姫OT姫姫匹OS彪 CENS; Winged caduceus between crossed cornuacopiae
Ex eBay, 16 October 2018. Ex Klassische Mnzen.

Traditionally, the issue this rather strange dupondius is from has been attributed to various different mints over the years. Ted Buttrey writing in the RIC II.1 Addenda commented extensively on it. Because both the Addenda has yet to see the light of day and T. Buttrey's thoughts on the subject are important (and indeed likely correct), I have largely quoted it in full here with some minor editing.

'RIC 756-767 are irregular Dupondii, which should be taken together with Asses, semisses and quadrantes (RIC 1564-1581), forming together a single extraordinary issue in four denominations, distinct in typology and metal, as well as overall character from the regular coinage of the year. Although Eastern in aspect and reverse type, the circulation area of the dupondii is almost exclusively Gaul, Germany, Italy i.e. the West, with scarcely any penetration of the East. Finds of the smaller denominations are rarely attested anywhere, East or West. The Eastern finds appear to be simply the d饕ris of Mediterranean circulation.

Previously the series had been attributed to Commagene (BMCRE II, pp.217-222), then as a likelihood to Antioch (e.g. RPC II 1982-2005). The correct attribution to Rome is proved by mules of the dupondii with regular issues (Buttrey, 天espasian痴 Roman Orichalcum: An Unrecognized Celebratory Coinage in David M. Jacobson and Nikos Kokkinos, Judaea and Rome in Coins, 65 CBE 135 CE (2012). The series had nothing to do with Syria or with the East at all, yet it was purposefully designed to appear non-Roman: the suppression of the traditional reverse sub-inscription S C throughout; the suppression of the radiate crown of the Dupondius; the shifting of the consular dating from the obv. to the rev.; the striking of all four denominations in orichalcum; and most obviously the selection of rev. dies which reek of the East.

There is nothing like this series in the whole of Roman imperial coinage. It is a deliberate act of Orientalism, imposing the flavour of the East on a Western coinage. The key to its understanding is the reverse type of the dupondius, two crossed cornuacopiae with a winged caduceus between. It replicates the type of an obscure issue of the Galilean city of Sepphoris, an issue which had been, astonishingly, signed by Vespasian himself (ΕΠΙ ΟΥΕCΠΑCΙΑΝΟΥ, 登n the authority of) when on duty there in the last days of Nero. The dupondius-sized bronze was accompanied by a half-unit with the type of a large, central S C again signed by Vespasian, and now imitated on the As of the orichalcum series with the wreath of the As of Antioch (RPC I 4849-50).
The whole of this series memorializes not Vespasian the conquering general (IVDAEA CAPTA, VICTORIA AVGVSTI), but the man. His re-use of earlier coin types is well-known; here he re-uses his own, harking back to his career just prior to his final success in seizing the empire. And the series was struck in 74 A.D., co-terminous with the celebration of Vespasian痴 first quinquennium.'

The coin itself is a superb example in very fine style. Beautiful dark golden patina with highlights of emerald green.
8 commentsDavid Atherton10/24/18 at 06:33Randygeki(h2): Congrats. Neat addition!
1163Hadrian_RIC361.JPG
361 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-38 AD Indulgentia13 viewsReference.
RIC 361; C. 845

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate, head right

Rev. INDVLGENTIA AVG COS III
Indulgentia, draped, seated left on throne, holding out right hand and holding transverse sceptre in left

3.29 gr
18 mm
6h
4 commentsokidoki10/24/18 at 06:33Randygeki(h2): Awesome example !
amisos_3.jpg
Amisos, Pontos13 views3rd 2nd Century B.C.
Silver Siglos (reduced)
3.83 gm, 15 mm
Obv.: Draped bust of Hera-Tyche right, wearing turreted stephane
Rev.: Owl facing with spread wings standing on shield; monogram to lower left.

SNG Black Sea 1110 var. (monogram);
BMC 13, p.15-16, 14-21 var.(monogram);
Sear 3643v (monogram);
HGC 7, 233
4 commentsJaimelai10/24/18 at 06:33Randygeki(h2): I like it as well. Great addition
Lysimachos_(2).JPG
Kings of Thrace. Lysimachos. (Circa 297-281)13 viewsAR Tetradrachm

16.04 g

Magnesia mint.

Obverse: Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, with horn of Ammon

Reverse: Athena Nikephoros seated left, left arm resting on shield, spear behind; filleted torch to outer left, monogram to inner left.

Thompson 115; HGC 3, 1743

Among the mints in Asia Minor which Lysimachos acquired through his military conquests in 302/1 BC, Magnesia was a fairly prolific issuer of coinage. In 287 BC, however, the city, along with its neighbor, Sardes, was captured by Demetrios I Poliorketes, only to be retaken by Lysimachos the following year. While Sardes was apparently closed throughout the remainder of Lysimachos reign, the mint at Magnesia was allowed to continue striking.
2 commentsNathan P10/24/18 at 06:32Randygeki(h2): Good example
Vespasian_RIC_1473.png
Vespasian AR denarius61 viewsVespasian (69-79). AR Denarius
(18.5mm, 2.77g, 6h).
Ephesus? , c. AD 76.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev: Pegasus stepping r.
RIC II 1473; RSC 114a; RPC II 1451.
Rare, Good Fine
St Paul Antiquities Auction 18 Lot 347 October 13, 2018


I knew when I saw this coin that I wanted it. I already have the Domitian with the Pegasus reverse. When I saw this Vespasian with a Pegasus reverse I wondered why this reverse would be on a coin of Vespasian. It appears as if this coin is a mule. The obverse portrait is muled with the Domitian Pegasus reverse.

The mysterious 'O' mint is one mint where this practice is known. There is an 'O' on these coins but little else is known about this mint. In RIC II Part one, the authors tentatively assign this group of denarii to Ephesus. The truth is the location of the 'O' mint is unknown.

This coin is another example of where the obverse is not the most attractive side of the coin. Imho the reverse is not only more interesting but features a very well rendered depiction of Pegasus. The engraving is truly artistic.

This leads me to another aspect of these coins-the legends are often blundered for this mint. Why the celators would take so much care with the devices and not as much with the legends is another 'O' mint mystery.

Mysterious or not, I was immediately attracted to this coin. I feel very lucky to have landed it because it is one of only a handful of examples I have seen or know about.
8 commentsorfew10/24/18 at 06:32Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
amisos_3.jpg
Amisos, Pontos13 views3rd 2nd Century B.C.
Silver Siglos (reduced)
3.83 gm, 15 mm
Obv.: Draped bust of Hera-Tyche right, wearing turreted stephane
Rev.: Owl facing with spread wings standing on shield; monogram to lower left.

SNG Black Sea 1110 var. (monogram);
BMC 13, p.15-16, 14-21 var.(monogram);
Sear 3643v (monogram);
HGC 7, 233
4 commentsJaimelai10/24/18 at 05:10Jaimelai: Thanks!
V759a.jpg
ニ Vespasian RIC-75967 viewsニ Dupondius, 14.46g
Rome mint, 74 AD
RIC 759 (C). BMC p. 219 note. RPC 1983 (6 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev: PON筆AX謬R姫OT姫姫匹OS彪 CENS; Winged caduceus between crossed cornuacopiae
Ex eBay, 16 October 2018. Ex Klassische Mnzen.

Traditionally, the issue this rather strange dupondius is from has been attributed to various different mints over the years. Ted Buttrey writing in the RIC II.1 Addenda commented extensively on it. Because both the Addenda has yet to see the light of day and T. Buttrey's thoughts on the subject are important (and indeed likely correct), I have largely quoted it in full here with some minor editing.

'RIC 756-767 are irregular Dupondii, which should be taken together with Asses, semisses and quadrantes (RIC 1564-1581), forming together a single extraordinary issue in four denominations, distinct in typology and metal, as well as overall character from the regular coinage of the year. Although Eastern in aspect and reverse type, the circulation area of the dupondii is almost exclusively Gaul, Germany, Italy i.e. the West, with scarcely any penetration of the East. Finds of the smaller denominations are rarely attested anywhere, East or West. The Eastern finds appear to be simply the d饕ris of Mediterranean circulation.

Previously the series had been attributed to Commagene (BMCRE II, pp.217-222), then as a likelihood to Antioch (e.g. RPC II 1982-2005). The correct attribution to Rome is proved by mules of the dupondii with regular issues (Buttrey, 天espasian痴 Roman Orichalcum: An Unrecognized Celebratory Coinage in David M. Jacobson and Nikos Kokkinos, Judaea and Rome in Coins, 65 CBE 135 CE (2012). The series had nothing to do with Syria or with the East at all, yet it was purposefully designed to appear non-Roman: the suppression of the traditional reverse sub-inscription S C throughout; the suppression of the radiate crown of the Dupondius; the shifting of the consular dating from the obv. to the rev.; the striking of all four denominations in orichalcum; and most obviously the selection of rev. dies which reek of the East.

There is nothing like this series in the whole of Roman imperial coinage. It is a deliberate act of Orientalism, imposing the flavour of the East on a Western coinage. The key to its understanding is the reverse type of the dupondius, two crossed cornuacopiae with a winged caduceus between. It replicates the type of an obscure issue of the Galilean city of Sepphoris, an issue which had been, astonishingly, signed by Vespasian himself (ΕΠΙ ΟΥΕCΠΑCΙΑΝΟΥ, 登n the authority of) when on duty there in the last days of Nero. The dupondius-sized bronze was accompanied by a half-unit with the type of a large, central S C again signed by Vespasian, and now imitated on the As of the orichalcum series with the wreath of the As of Antioch (RPC I 4849-50).
The whole of this series memorializes not Vespasian the conquering general (IVDAEA CAPTA, VICTORIA AVGVSTI), but the man. His re-use of earlier coin types is well-known; here he re-uses his own, harking back to his career just prior to his final success in seizing the empire. And the series was struck in 74 A.D., co-terminous with the celebration of Vespasian痴 first quinquennium.'

The coin itself is a superb example in very fine style. Beautiful dark golden patina with highlights of emerald green.
8 commentsDavid Atherton10/24/18 at 02:56Nemonater: Beautiful
VespasianTDHorseRIC5.jpg
Vespasian / Titus and Domitian on Horseback28 viewsVespasian AR Denarius, Rome Mint, 69-70 AD
O: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
R: TITVS ET DOMITIAN CAES PRIN IV; Titus and Domitian riding r., hands outstretched
- RIC 5 (R). BMC p. 7, RSC 539.

One of the rarest of the dynastic types.
5 commentsNemonater10/24/18 at 02:05David Atherton: Same dies as my example - evidence of its rarity.
79-1-Negrini.jpg
Wheel serratus, Crawford 79/112 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 209-208 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; 店 behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; below, wheel symbol; in linear frame, 迭OMA.
Mint: Sicily (?)
Weight: 4.22 gm.
Reference: Crawford 79/1
Provenance: Nigrini Asta Publica auction 35, JUN-2012, lot 145


Comments: Crawford 79/1 is the earliest issue to use the serrated edge. The serrations are cut into the edge of the flan prior to striking. This practice was first used with this issue but was abandoned for about 100 years until it was again routinely used in the minting of denari. It has been speculated that the purpose of the serrations was to discourage counterfeiting; however, many plated serrati exist. This in itself is not strong evidence of counterfeiting as plated coins are known to be struck with the same dies of fine silver official coins.

Michael Harlan in his book 迭oman Republican Moneyers And Their Coins 81 BCE-64 BCE suggest that the purpose of the serrations were to discourage mint workers from swallowing denari for later retrieval.

Both of these purpose theories are plausible. Some suggested theories of manufacturing techniques are not plausible. Mint workers could not have applied these serrations manually with a chisel. The economics of this are unbelievable as the cost in effort to apply serrations manually to each coin would increase more than 20 times. There must have been some sort of primitive machine that flans were fed into that cut the serrations.

The present coin has a small flan crack across Roma痴 chin and very minor corrosion from 9 to 11 on obverse. Otherwise it is well centered and EF.
2 commentsSteve B510/24/18 at 01:28Mat: Very nice
Vlasto_773.jpg
CALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 280-272 BC. AR Nomos19 views19mm, 6.45 g, 4h
The Dioskouroi riding left; monogram above, [ΣΩ]Δ-A-M-O-Σ below
Phalanthos, nude, holding two spears, shield decorated with hippocamp, and Nike, who crowns him with wreath, riding dolphin left; ΠY to left, waves below.
Vlasto 773; HN Italy 1011. Good VF, toned, compact flan. Well centered.
2 commentsLeo10/23/18 at 22:39Jay GT4: Drooling. An amazing coin
032_Hadrianus_(117-138_A_D_),_RIC_II_0306,_HADRIANVS_AVG_COS_III_PP,_HISPANIA,_136_AD_Q-001_6h,_18,5mm,_g-s.jpg
032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0306, Rome, AR-Denarius, HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, #196 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0306, Rome, AR-Denarius, HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, #1
avers: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, Laureate head right.
reverse: HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, holding the olive branch and leaning on a rock.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,5mm, weight: g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 136 A.D., ref: RIC II 306, RSC-349, BMC-361,
Q-001
8 commentsquadrans10/23/18 at 20:55Jay GT4: It's Ok Q
032_Hadrianus_(117-138_A_D_),_RIC_II_0306,_HADRIANVS_AVG_COS_III_PP,_HISPANIA,_136_AD_Q-001_6h,_18,5mm,_g-s.jpg
032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0306, Rome, AR-Denarius, HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, #196 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0306, Rome, AR-Denarius, HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, #1
avers: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, Laureate head right.
reverse: HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, holding the olive branch and leaning on a rock.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,5mm, weight: g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 136 A.D., ref: RIC II 306, RSC-349, BMC-361,
Q-001
8 commentsquadrans10/23/18 at 20:46Canaan: A nice one!!!
032_Hadrianus_(117-138_A_D_),_RIC_II_0306,_HADRIANVS_AVG_COS_III_PP,_HISPANIA,_136_AD_Q-001_6h,_18,5mm,_g-s.jpg
032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0306, Rome, AR-Denarius, HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, #196 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0306, Rome, AR-Denarius, HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, #1
avers: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, Laureate head right.
reverse: HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, holding the olive branch and leaning on a rock.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,5mm, weight: g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 136 A.D., ref: RIC II 306, RSC-349, BMC-361,
Q-001
8 commentsquadrans10/23/18 at 18:07Mat: A pleasant example
037b_Marcus_Aurelius_RIC_III_33,__M_ANTONINVS_AVG,_CONCORD_AVG_TRP_XVI_COS_III,_Q-001_h__mm,_g-s.jpg
037b Marcus Aurelius (139-161 A.D. as Caesar, 161-180 A.D. as Augustus), RIC III 0033, Rome, AR-Denarius, CONCORD AVG T RP XVI, -/-//COS III, Concordia seated left,138 views037b Marcus Aurelius (139-161 A.D. as Caesar, 161-180 A.D. as Augustus), RIC III 0033, Rome, AR-Denarius, CONCORD AVG T RP XVI, -/-//COS III, Concordia seated left,
avers:- 筆柊NTONINVS AVG, Bare head right.
revers:- CONCORD AVG T RP XVI/COS III, Concordia seated left, holding patera, cornucopiae under seat.
exe: -/-//COS III, diameter: 17mm, weight: 3,07g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date:162 A.D., ref: RIC-III-33, p-216, C-33, Sear-,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans10/23/18 at 16:32Vincent: Nice one, full details and good style...fetched a ...
ELYMAIS_20_1_1-1A_Prince_B.jpg
Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Prince B (3rd century A.D.)12 viewsvan't Haaff 20.1.1-1A; de Morgan 60; BMC plate XLII, 19-20, page 287, 4-6; Sear GICV 5920; Alram --

AE drachm, 3.01 g., 15.05 mm. max., 90ー

Obv: Bust facing left, wearing diadem of two bands, hair tuft on top of head tied with ribbons, its ends flowing behind, another hair tuft at back of head; to right, pellet-in-crescent above anchor; pellet border.

Rev: Athena standing right, holding spear in right hand, and shield in left; pellet border.

According to van't Haaff, the pellet-in-crescent and anchor are often off the flan, as in this coin.
1 commentsStkp10/23/18 at 16:29quadrans: Nice one
V759a.jpg
ニ Vespasian RIC-75967 viewsニ Dupondius, 14.46g
Rome mint, 74 AD
RIC 759 (C). BMC p. 219 note. RPC 1983 (6 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev: PON筆AX謬R姫OT姫姫匹OS彪 CENS; Winged caduceus between crossed cornuacopiae
Ex eBay, 16 October 2018. Ex Klassische Mnzen.

Traditionally, the issue this rather strange dupondius is from has been attributed to various different mints over the years. Ted Buttrey writing in the RIC II.1 Addenda commented extensively on it. Because both the Addenda has yet to see the light of day and T. Buttrey's thoughts on the subject are important (and indeed likely correct), I have largely quoted it in full here with some minor editing.

'RIC 756-767 are irregular Dupondii, which should be taken together with Asses, semisses and quadrantes (RIC 1564-1581), forming together a single extraordinary issue in four denominations, distinct in typology and metal, as well as overall character from the regular coinage of the year. Although Eastern in aspect and reverse type, the circulation area of the dupondii is almost exclusively Gaul, Germany, Italy i.e. the West, with scarcely any penetration of the East. Finds of the smaller denominations are rarely attested anywhere, East or West. The Eastern finds appear to be simply the d饕ris of Mediterranean circulation.

Previously the series had been attributed to Commagene (BMCRE II, pp.217-222), then as a likelihood to Antioch (e.g. RPC II 1982-2005). The correct attribution to Rome is proved by mules of the dupondii with regular issues (Buttrey, 天espasian痴 Roman Orichalcum: An Unrecognized Celebratory Coinage in David M. Jacobson and Nikos Kokkinos, Judaea and Rome in Coins, 65 CBE 135 CE (2012). The series had nothing to do with Syria or with the East at all, yet it was purposefully designed to appear non-Roman: the suppression of the traditional reverse sub-inscription S C throughout; the suppression of the radiate crown of the Dupondius; the shifting of the consular dating from the obv. to the rev.; the striking of all four denominations in orichalcum; and most obviously the selection of rev. dies which reek of the East.

There is nothing like this series in the whole of Roman imperial coinage. It is a deliberate act of Orientalism, imposing the flavour of the East on a Western coinage. The key to its understanding is the reverse type of the dupondius, two crossed cornuacopiae with a winged caduceus between. It replicates the type of an obscure issue of the Galilean city of Sepphoris, an issue which had been, astonishingly, signed by Vespasian himself (ΕΠΙ ΟΥΕCΠΑCΙΑΝΟΥ, 登n the authority of) when on duty there in the last days of Nero. The dupondius-sized bronze was accompanied by a half-unit with the type of a large, central S C again signed by Vespasian, and now imitated on the As of the orichalcum series with the wreath of the As of Antioch (RPC I 4849-50).
The whole of this series memorializes not Vespasian the conquering general (IVDAEA CAPTA, VICTORIA AVGVSTI), but the man. His re-use of earlier coin types is well-known; here he re-uses his own, harking back to his career just prior to his final success in seizing the empire. And the series was struck in 74 A.D., co-terminous with the celebration of Vespasian痴 first quinquennium.'

The coin itself is a superb example in very fine style. Beautiful dark golden patina with highlights of emerald green.
8 commentsDavid Atherton10/23/18 at 15:15Mat: Lovely bronze
1163Hadrian_RIC361.JPG
361 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-38 AD Indulgentia13 viewsReference.
RIC 361; C. 845

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate, head right

Rev. INDVLGENTIA AVG COS III
Indulgentia, draped, seated left on throne, holding out right hand and holding transverse sceptre in left

3.29 gr
18 mm
6h
4 commentsokidoki10/23/18 at 15:15Mat: Handsome portrait
1163Hadrian_RIC361.JPG
361 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-38 AD Indulgentia13 viewsReference.
RIC 361; C. 845

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate, head right

Rev. INDVLGENTIA AVG COS III
Indulgentia, draped, seated left on throne, holding out right hand and holding transverse sceptre in left

3.29 gr
18 mm
6h
4 commentsokidoki10/23/18 at 13:09shanxi: nice example
V1160.jpg
ニ Vespasian-RIC-116069 viewsニ Dupondius, 11.14g
Lyon mint, 71 AD
RIC 1160 (R2). BMC 809.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: VICTORIA NAVALIS; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Acquired from Victor's Imperial Coins, September 2018.

The Victory on prow type is traditionally attributed to the naval victory Vespasian won on Lake Gennesaret (Sea of Galilee) during the Jewish War. By any definition it is a most bizarre 'naval' battle indeed. Near the close of the Galilean campaign, Vespasian and Titus marched to Lake Gennesaret in order to secure the cities along its coastline. Tiberias fell without much resistance, but the neighbouring city of Taricheae was a tougher nut to crack. Home to many of the Jewish rebels who had fled Tiberias, they put up a small fight on the plain outside the city and were quickly defeated by Titus' troops who then stormed the city and began slaughtering the inhabitants. Many of the rebels took flight to waiting boats they had previously commandeered on the lake. These were likely local fishing or ferry vessels not intended for use in war. Vespasian ordered the legionaries to construct large rafts in order to pursue the rebel's makeshift flotilla. With the coastline guarded by Roman horsemen the legionaries launched their rafts and sailed out in a large line toward the enemy. The Jewish boats were no match for the heavily armoured Roman rafts. The legionaries easily picked off the Jewish rebels who had no means of escape. The slaughter was intense, so much so that Josephus claims 6,500 Jews were killed. Several years later during Vespasian and Titus' Jewish War Triumph in Rome, ships were displayed to commemorate the battle. Were the Victoria Navalis coins struck with the same event in mind? As unlikely as it seems, the impromptu 'naval' battle at Lake Gennesaret is the best candidate for Vespasian striking this Actium-lite reverse type. The connection to Augustus would not have been lost on his contemporaries. Flavian propaganda at its most exaggerated.

This Victoria Navalis dupondius struck at Lugdunum (Lyon) is much rarer than the Rome mint variants, which are more commonly seen on the As issues. The 'severe' portrait along with the globe at the base of the neck help to distinguish them from their Rome mint counterparts.
5 commentsDavid Atherton10/23/18 at 12:58quadrans: Nice piece..
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ニ Titus RIC-16847 viewsニ Sestertius, 23.01g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 168 (C2). BMC 168.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: S C in field; Spes stg. l., with flower
Ex Felicitas-Perpetua, eBay, 23 September 2018.

Spes is a common reverse type under Vespasian, connected to future dynastic hope and harmony. It continued to be struck by Titus and can be viewed as his hope for the future with his chosen heir Domitian. As Mattingly put it: '...the recurring types of Spes suggests that Titus gave Domitian full due as heir to the throne.' Suetonious would have us believe this public fraternal affection was a sham and Domitian did everything he could to plot against Titus. Dio goes so far as to say Domitian hastened Titus death by having him packed in ice! All of this can be dismissed as nothing more than post Domitianic gossip intended to blacken Domitian's name. The Flavian historian Brian Jones speculates the brother's relationship was one of 'mutual indifference and ignorance' due to their age and personality differences. Regardless, as the numismatic evidence shows, Titus looked upon Domitian as his legitimate heir until his natural death in mid September 81.

The reverse is quite worn, but no matter, the portrait makes up for any of the reverse's deficiencies. A wonderful coin in hand!
4 commentsDavid Atherton10/23/18 at 12:56quadrans: Nice one
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RIC 0842 Domitianus54 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG, Laureate head of Domitian, right
Rev : CA-PIT (across field) RESTIT (in exergue), Temple of Capitoline Jupiter with 4 columns enclosing figures of Juno, seated Jupiter and Minerva
AR/Cistophorus (27.56 mm 11.122 g 7h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Asia Minor 82 A.D.
RIC 842 (R), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted, RPC II 867
ex Numismatik Naumann GmbH Auction 70 Lot 462
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/23/18 at 12:51quadrans: Another nice piece
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ニ Vespasian RIC-75967 viewsニ Dupondius, 14.46g
Rome mint, 74 AD
RIC 759 (C). BMC p. 219 note. RPC 1983 (6 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev: PON筆AX謬R姫OT姫姫匹OS彪 CENS; Winged caduceus between crossed cornuacopiae
Ex eBay, 16 October 2018. Ex Klassische Mnzen.

Traditionally, the issue this rather strange dupondius is from has been attributed to various different mints over the years. Ted Buttrey writing in the RIC II.1 Addenda commented extensively on it. Because both the Addenda has yet to see the light of day and T. Buttrey's thoughts on the subject are important (and indeed likely correct), I have largely quoted it in full here with some minor editing.

'RIC 756-767 are irregular Dupondii, which should be taken together with Asses, semisses and quadrantes (RIC 1564-1581), forming together a single extraordinary issue in four denominations, distinct in typology and metal, as well as overall character from the regular coinage of the year. Although Eastern in aspect and reverse type, the circulation area of the dupondii is almost exclusively Gaul, Germany, Italy i.e. the West, with scarcely any penetration of the East. Finds of the smaller denominations are rarely attested anywhere, East or West. The Eastern finds appear to be simply the d饕ris of Mediterranean circulation.

Previously the series had been attributed to Commagene (BMCRE II, pp.217-222), then as a likelihood to Antioch (e.g. RPC II 1982-2005). The correct attribution to Rome is proved by mules of the dupondii with regular issues (Buttrey, 天espasian痴 Roman Orichalcum: An Unrecognized Celebratory Coinage in David M. Jacobson and Nikos Kokkinos, Judaea and Rome in Coins, 65 CBE 135 CE (2012). The series had nothing to do with Syria or with the East at all, yet it was purposefully designed to appear non-Roman: the suppression of the traditional reverse sub-inscription S C throughout; the suppression of the radiate crown of the Dupondius; the shifting of the consular dating from the obv. to the rev.; the striking of all four denominations in orichalcum; and most obviously the selection of rev. dies which reek of the East.

There is nothing like this series in the whole of Roman imperial coinage. It is a deliberate act of Orientalism, imposing the flavour of the East on a Western coinage. The key to its understanding is the reverse type of the dupondius, two crossed cornuacopiae with a winged caduceus between. It replicates the type of an obscure issue of the Galilean city of Sepphoris, an issue which had been, astonishingly, signed by Vespasian himself (ΕΠΙ ΟΥΕCΠΑCΙΑΝΟΥ, 登n the authority of) when on duty there in the last days of Nero. The dupondius-sized bronze was accompanied by a half-unit with the type of a large, central S C again signed by Vespasian, and now imitated on the As of the orichalcum series with the wreath of the As of Antioch (RPC I 4849-50).
The whole of this series memorializes not Vespasian the conquering general (IVDAEA CAPTA, VICTORIA AVGVSTI), but the man. His re-use of earlier coin types is well-known; here he re-uses his own, harking back to his career just prior to his final success in seizing the empire. And the series was struck in 74 A.D., co-terminous with the celebration of Vespasian痴 first quinquennium.'

The coin itself is a superb example in very fine style. Beautiful dark golden patina with highlights of emerald green.
8 commentsDavid Atherton10/23/18 at 12:25Jay GT4: Great coin and an interesting write up. I'll ...
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ニ Vespasian RIC-75967 viewsニ Dupondius, 14.46g
Rome mint, 74 AD
RIC 759 (C). BMC p. 219 note. RPC 1983 (6 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev: PON筆AX謬R姫OT姫姫匹OS彪 CENS; Winged caduceus between crossed cornuacopiae
Ex eBay, 16 October 2018. Ex Klassische Mnzen.

Traditionally, the issue this rather strange dupondius is from has been attributed to various different mints over the years. Ted Buttrey writing in the RIC II.1 Addenda commented extensively on it. Because both the Addenda has yet to see the light of day and T. Buttrey's thoughts on the subject are important (and indeed likely correct), I have largely quoted it in full here with some minor editing.

'RIC 756-767 are irregular Dupondii, which should be taken together with Asses, semisses and quadrantes (RIC 1564-1581), forming together a single extraordinary issue in four denominations, distinct in typology and metal, as well as overall character from the regular coinage of the year. Although Eastern in aspect and reverse type, the circulation area of the dupondii is almost exclusively Gaul, Germany, Italy i.e. the West, with scarcely any penetration of the East. Finds of the smaller denominations are rarely attested anywhere, East or West. The Eastern finds appear to be simply the d饕ris of Mediterranean circulation.

Previously the series had been attributed to Commagene (BMCRE II, pp.217-222), then as a likelihood to Antioch (e.g. RPC II 1982-2005). The correct attribution to Rome is proved by mules of the dupondii with regular issues (Buttrey, 天espasian痴 Roman Orichalcum: An Unrecognized Celebratory Coinage in David M. Jacobson and Nikos Kokkinos, Judaea and Rome in Coins, 65 CBE 135 CE (2012). The series had nothing to do with Syria or with the East at all, yet it was purposefully designed to appear non-Roman: the suppression of the traditional reverse sub-inscription S C throughout; the suppression of the radiate crown of the Dupondius; the shifting of the consular dating from the obv. to the rev.; the striking of all four denominations in orichalcum; and most obviously the selection of rev. dies which reek of the East.

There is nothing like this series in the whole of Roman imperial coinage. It is a deliberate act of Orientalism, imposing the flavour of the East on a Western coinage. The key to its understanding is the reverse type of the dupondius, two crossed cornuacopiae with a winged caduceus between. It replicates the type of an obscure issue of the Galilean city of Sepphoris, an issue which had been, astonishingly, signed by Vespasian himself (ΕΠΙ ΟΥΕCΠΑCΙΑΝΟΥ, 登n the authority of) when on duty there in the last days of Nero. The dupondius-sized bronze was accompanied by a half-unit with the type of a large, central S C again signed by Vespasian, and now imitated on the As of the orichalcum series with the wreath of the As of Antioch (RPC I 4849-50).
The whole of this series memorializes not Vespasian the conquering general (IVDAEA CAPTA, VICTORIA AVGVSTI), but the man. His re-use of earlier coin types is well-known; here he re-uses his own, harking back to his career just prior to his final success in seizing the empire. And the series was struck in 74 A.D., co-terminous with the celebration of Vespasian痴 first quinquennium.'

The coin itself is a superb example in very fine style. Beautiful dark golden patina with highlights of emerald green.
8 commentsDavid Atherton10/23/18 at 12:20quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Staff, Denarius, Crawford 78/19 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 208 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; Loop under visor; 店 behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; below, staff symbol; in linear frame, 迭OMA.
Mint: Sicily
Weight: 3.52 gm.
Reference: Crawford 78/1
Provenance: Tintinna auction 35, 27-FEB-2014


Comments: Crawford 78/1 may be among the earliest denari with peaked visor. Crawford suggests the staff is actually a decempeda or measuring pole as it seems to bear indications of length.

The present example shows little wear and only slightly off-center, but there is a small reverse flan chip at 10:30, and a fine crack extending from it. Otherwise, lovely toning and AEF.
2 commentsSteve B510/23/18 at 08:38okidoki: great example,
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Vespasian / Titus and Domitian on Horseback28 viewsVespasian AR Denarius, Rome Mint, 69-70 AD
O: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
R: TITVS ET DOMITIAN CAES PRIN IV; Titus and Domitian riding r., hands outstretched
- RIC 5 (R). BMC p. 7, RSC 539.

One of the rarest of the dynastic types.
5 commentsNemonater10/23/18 at 06:26Mat: Amazing and congrats
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Amisos, Pontos13 views3rd 2nd Century B.C.
Silver Siglos (reduced)
3.83 gm, 15 mm
Obv.: Draped bust of Hera-Tyche right, wearing turreted stephane
Rev.: Owl facing with spread wings standing on shield; monogram to lower left.

SNG Black Sea 1110 var. (monogram);
BMC 13, p.15-16, 14-21 var.(monogram);
Sear 3643v (monogram);
HGC 7, 233
4 commentsJaimelai10/23/18 at 04:12EB: Great coin!
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Dynasts of Lycia, Mithrapata9 views390 370 B.C.
1/6 Stater
1.28 gm, 14 mm
Obv.: Lion scalp facing
Rev.: Triskeles with labrys in one section, Mithrapata in Lycian around, all within incuse square. Rare symbol.
Sear 5228 var.;
B.M.C. 19. 32, 136 var.;
cf. SNG Copenhagen Supp. -;
SNG von Aulock -
2 commentsJaimelai10/23/18 at 02:16Jaimelai: Thanks!
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M. Sergius Silus7 viewsM. Sergius Silus, denarius
3,84 g. 18 mm.
Obv. EX S C ROMA*, helmeted head of Roma right.
Rev. Horseman galloping left with sword & severed head held aloft, Q below horses leg, M SERGI below, SILVS in exergue.
Syd 534, Cra.286/1.
1 commentsMarsman10/22/18 at 23:46Jay GT4: Love this type!
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19 viewsTitus denarius

Ex: Auktionshaus H. D. Rauch GmbH; Auction 73, lot 598, 5/17/2004
5 commentspaul188810/22/18 at 23:46Jay GT4: Wonderful!
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EB0017 Persephone / Nike5 viewsSyracuse Agathokles, SICILY, AR tetradrachm, 305-289 BC.
Obverse: KOΡAΣ, Head of Persephone right in wreath of corn.
Reverse: AΓAΘOKΛEIOΣ, Nike standing right, erecting trophy, hammer in her right hand, triskeles rotating right in lower left field.
References: Sear 974; BAR Issue 23; Hoover HGC 1536.
Diameter: 26.5mm, Weight: 17.05g.
1 commentsEB10/22/18 at 23:45Jay GT4: Great reverse
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Staff, Denarius, Crawford 78/19 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 208 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; Loop under visor; 店 behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; below, staff symbol; in linear frame, 迭OMA.
Mint: Sicily
Weight: 3.52 gm.
Reference: Crawford 78/1
Provenance: Tintinna auction 35, 27-FEB-2014


Comments: Crawford 78/1 may be among the earliest denari with peaked visor. Crawford suggests the staff is actually a decempeda or measuring pole as it seems to bear indications of length.

The present example shows little wear and only slightly off-center, but there is a small reverse flan chip at 10:30, and a fine crack extending from it. Otherwise, lovely toning and AEF.
2 commentsSteve B510/22/18 at 23:45Jay GT4: Great!
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Kings of Thrace. Lysimachos. (Circa 297-281)13 viewsAR Tetradrachm

16.04 g

Magnesia mint.

Obverse: Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, with horn of Ammon

Reverse: Athena Nikephoros seated left, left arm resting on shield, spear behind; filleted torch to outer left, monogram to inner left.

Thompson 115; HGC 3, 1743

Among the mints in Asia Minor which Lysimachos acquired through his military conquests in 302/1 BC, Magnesia was a fairly prolific issuer of coinage. In 287 BC, however, the city, along with its neighbor, Sardes, was captured by Demetrios I Poliorketes, only to be retaken by Lysimachos the following year. While Sardes was apparently closed throughout the remainder of Lysimachos reign, the mint at Magnesia was allowed to continue striking.
2 commentsNathan P10/22/18 at 23:44Jay GT4: Good looking coin
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Vespasian-RIC-136890 viewsAR Denarius, 3.60g
Uncertain mint, 69-71 AD
RIC 1368 (R2). BMC 419. RSC 221.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: IMPER below; Vespasian riding l., r. hand raised
Ex Knker 304, 19 March 2018, lot 1085.

Fascinating coins often come out of civil war. In late October 69 the Second Battle of Cremona was fought between the legions of Vitellius and Vespasian. It resulted in the utter defeat of the Vitellian side and their slow retreat towards Rome. Not long afterwards the Spanish legions went openly for Vespasian, which up until that point had only been neutrally friendly toward him. Coins were quickly struck for Vespasian in the newly won province. Most of these are attributed to Tarraco and an unknown Spanish mint. Intriguingly, a small military issue was contemporaneously struck at an uncertain mint somewhere in the western empire - Mattingly thought perhaps Aquileia. The issue contains some stylistic affinities with the Spanish series, but more importantly, recent metal analysis by K. Butcher and M. Ponting show the silver content is almost identical to that of the Spanish coins. It is very likely these early military denarii were also struck in Spain in late 69 soon after the province went over to Vespasian.

Here we have an extremely rare denarius from that uncertain military issue showing Vespasian in military dress riding left in the act of addressing his troops. Clearly, this is a propaganda type that was produced to help consolidate the legions in a newly won province. The type occurs no where else and is unique to the series. The portrait bears no resemblance to Vespasian, which is further evidence of the coin's early mintage, perhaps pre-dating the other Spanish issues.

Struck in high relief on a large flan.
9 commentsDavid Atherton10/22/18 at 21:31orfew: Wow, great portrait
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Kamnaskires IV17 viewsAR tetradrachm, c. 63/2 - 54/3 BC (dated 58/7 BC)
Van't Haaff 8.3.1-1
4 commentsRobert L310/22/18 at 19:31Steve P: winna-winna
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Phraates40 viewsAE tetradrachm, early to mid 2nd century AD
Van稚 Haaff 14.7.1-1B.a variant (pellet to left of anchor)
3 commentsRobert L310/22/18 at 17:11Schatz: An absolute favorite of mine. Not too many around ...
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Kamnaskires-Orodes21 viewsAE tetradrachm, early to mid 2nd century AD
Van't Haaff 12.1.1-3E
4 commentsRobert L310/22/18 at 17:05Schatz: I love the KO tetras, this one is in excellent con...
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Elymais, Vanエt Haaff 18.1-1-2B, Orodes V, Artemis10 viewsKingdom of Elymais
Orodes V
Late 2nd-Early 3rd Cent
ニ Drachm
Obv.: Bust to left, no legend, no anchor
Rev.: Bust of Artemis left, wearing tiara, anchor behind
ニ, 3.1g
Ref.: Vanエt Haaff Type 18.1, Subtype 1-2B
2 commentsshanxi10/22/18 at 12:22Robert L3: Very nice for the type. Congrats.
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Galerius10 viewsAE-Quinarius
MAXIMIANVS NO C; Laureate and cuirassed bust to right.
VIRTVS AVGG; Emperor on horseback galloping right, sparing enemy.
Ex:-
Siscia
RIC -; King 10var. (bust and obverse legend)
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia10/22/18 at 11:44Barnaba6: Beautiful!!!
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Branch, Denarius, Crawford 76/1a5 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 211 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with visor of three straight lines; Branch behind; 店 below chin of Roma. Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; in linear frame, 迭OMA.
Mint: Rome
Weight: 3.77 gm.
Reference: Crawford 76/1a
Provenance: Harlan Berk, 1-DEC-2008


Comments: Crawford lists four sub-varieties of 76/1 differentiated by the presence or absence of a small curl on the left shoulder and a fillet detail tied to the branch. This example is the most common variety without either of these details.

What Crawford does not differentiate is the two significantly different obverse styles found in this issue. The obverse of the first is rendered with Roma痴 helmet visor comprised of three very short lines. This variety is always Cr. 76/1a without the curl and fillet details. The second variety has Roma痴 helmet visor of three long lines and of somewhat more elegant style, and is found with and without the curl and fillet.
1 commentsSteve B510/22/18 at 08:24shanxi: nice style
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19 viewsTitus denarius

Ex: Auktionshaus H. D. Rauch GmbH; Auction 73, lot 598, 5/17/2004
5 commentspaul188810/22/18 at 07:26Marsman: Beautiful elephant
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Unique Probus Antoninianus71 viewsPROBUS, 276-282. Mint Cyzicus.
Obv: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate cuirassed bust right
Rev: CLEMENTIA TEMP emperor standing right, holding sceptre, receiving globe from Jupiter
3.82 g.
The only known example. Nice
Acquired in December 2016.
From the Phillipe Gysen Collection
Paul Francis Jacquier Auction 45 Lot 1721 September 14, 2018

I do not usually collect coins of the 3rd century. However, when I found out that Phillipe Gysen's collection was coming up for auction I was intrigued. I had a look through the catalogue and bid on one coin which I won. This is not that coin. After the auction had ended the auction company was selling off the unsold lots for opening bid. I saw this one and bought it. Although it is not much to look at because of the partial silvering remaining on the coin, I really liked 3 things about this coin. It had an interesting reverse, it was from a famous collection, and it was listed as a unique coin.

This coin does not appear in any reference. What makes this coin unique is the bust type, and the combination of this bust type with the 'Q' officina which you can see on the reverse between the 2 figures. The bust is radiate and cuirassed rather than radiate, cuirassed, and draped. The lack of draping makes this coin with this reverse type very rare.

I am always on the lookout for interesting coins to add to my collection and this one fit the bill perfectly.
2 commentsorfew10/22/18 at 03:56Vincent: Real nice, great historical coin!
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Dynasts of Lycia, Mithrapata9 views390 370 B.C.
1/6 Stater
1.28 gm, 14 mm
Obv.: Lion scalp facing
Rev.: Triskeles with labrys in one section, Mithrapata in Lycian around, all within incuse square. Rare symbol.
Sear 5228 var.;
B.M.C. 19. 32, 136 var.;
cf. SNG Copenhagen Supp. -;
SNG von Aulock -
2 commentsJaimelai10/22/18 at 00:14EB: Beautiful, nicely photographed
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Roman Empire, Probus Antoninianus. Cyzicus6 viewsPROBUS, 276-282. Mint Cyzicus.
Obv: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate cuirassed bust right
Rev: CLEMENTIA TEMP emperor standing right, holding sceptre, receiving globe from Jupiter
Officina Q/ XXI in exergue
3.82 g.
The only known example.
Not in major references.
Acquired in December 2016.
From the Phillipe Gysen Collection
Paul Francis Jacquier Auction 45 Lot 1721 September 14, 2018
1 commentsorfew10/21/18 at 22:27quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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19 viewsTitus denarius

Ex: Auktionshaus H. D. Rauch GmbH; Auction 73, lot 598, 5/17/2004
5 commentspaul188810/21/18 at 22:27quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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EB0937 Cleopatra VII / Eagle 4 viewsCleopatra VII, Alexandreia mint, 51-30 BC.
Obverse: Diademed & draped bust right.
Reverse: Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, cornucopiae in left field, M (denomination=40) in right field.
References: Svoronos 1872, SNG Cop 422.
Diameter: 21mm, Weight: 8.2g.
Ex: Numismatic Art and Ancient Coins
1 commentsEB10/21/18 at 22:10David Atherton: Very nice!
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19 viewsTitus denarius

Ex: Auktionshaus H. D. Rauch GmbH; Auction 73, lot 598, 5/17/2004
5 commentspaul188810/21/18 at 22:09David Atherton: Superb example!
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Elymais, Vanエt Haaff 18.1-1-2B, Orodes V, Artemis10 viewsKingdom of Elymais
Orodes V
Late 2nd-Early 3rd Cent
ニ Drachm
Obv.: Bust to left, no legend, no anchor
Rev.: Bust of Artemis left, wearing tiara, anchor behind
ニ, 3.1g
Ref.: Vanエt Haaff Type 18.1, Subtype 1-2B
2 commentsshanxi10/21/18 at 20:39Stkp: nice coin
Van__t_Haaff_12_1_1-3E_Kamnaskires-Orodes_tetradrachm_2c.jpg
Kamnaskires-Orodes21 viewsAE tetradrachm, early to mid 2nd century AD
Van't Haaff 12.1.1-3E
4 commentsRobert L310/21/18 at 19:28shanxi: nice example
Van__t_Haaff_12_1_1-3E_Kamnaskires-Orodes_tetradrachm_2c.jpg
Kamnaskires-Orodes21 viewsAE tetradrachm, early to mid 2nd century AD
Van't Haaff 12.1.1-3E
4 commentsRobert L310/21/18 at 15:12Stkp: Superb
Van__t_Haaff_8_3_1-1_Kamnaskires_IV_tetradrachm.jpg
Kamnaskires IV17 viewsAR tetradrachm, c. 63/2 - 54/3 BC (dated 58/7 BC)
Van't Haaff 8.3.1-1
4 commentsRobert L310/21/18 at 15:09Stkp: Magnificent
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EB0015 Biga / Hare10 viewsMessana, SICILY, AR tetradrachm, 478-476 BC.
Obverse: Mule driven biga right, olive leaf in exergue.
Reverse: Hare running right, dot below, legend around.
References: Caltabiano-71 (same reverse die).
Diameter: 26.5mm, Weight: 17.35g.
Ex: Ariagno Collection.
1 commentsEB10/21/18 at 15:07Stkp: very nice
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Crawford 30/1 Didrachm quadrigatus10 viewsDenomination: Didrachm
Era: c. 225-214 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Laureate, Janiform head of Dioscuri. Border of dots
Reverse: Jupitetr in quadriga r., driven by Vicotry. Jupiter holds scepter in l. hand and hurls thunderbolt with r. hand, ROMA incuse on raised tablet. Line border
Weight: 6.66 gm.
Reference: Crawford 30/1
Provenance: Private purchase from an associate of Matteo Cavedoni (Numismatica Florentina) 1-JUN-2007

Comments: This is Crawford痴 3rd sequence of quadrigati, distinguished by Victory standing on the tailboard of the chariot rather than in the chariot with Jupiter. Reverse slightly off-center, otherwise nicely toned and GVF.
2 commentsSteve B510/21/18 at 14:07Steve B5: Carausius, Thanks for this additional diagnostic ...
Van__t_Haaff_12_1_1-3E_Kamnaskires-Orodes_tetradrachm_2c.jpg
Kamnaskires-Orodes21 viewsAE tetradrachm, early to mid 2nd century AD
Van't Haaff 12.1.1-3E
4 commentsRobert L310/21/18 at 07:11quadrans: Another nice piece
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Kamnaskires IV17 viewsAR tetradrachm, c. 63/2 - 54/3 BC (dated 58/7 BC)
Van't Haaff 8.3.1-1
4 commentsRobert L310/21/18 at 07:11quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Kamnaskires IV17 viewsAR tetradrachm, c. 63/2 - 54/3 BC (dated 58/7 BC)
Van't Haaff 8.3.1-1
4 commentsRobert L310/21/18 at 05:08orfew: Lovely coin
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RIC 877v8 views2 commentsvrtsprb10/21/18 at 04:27vrtsprb: Well, I'm quite grateful you let me have it. H...
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Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 10. Commodus, HrHJ (2018) 8.10.47.7 corr.3 viewsCommodus, AD 177-192
AE 18, 2.94g, 17.51mm, 180ー
obv. AVT KAI A - V KOMODOC
Laureate head r.
rev. NIKOPOLITWN PROC ICT / RON(sic!)
Tripod, central and l. foot entwined by snake, head r.
ref- a) AMNG I/1, 1250 (1 ex., Wien)
b) not in Varbanov
c) Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2018) No. 8.10.47.7 corr.
F-/F+

This is the first coin, where the unknown legend in ex. is decipherably. Until now the ex. was always outside the flan. But already the depicted coins have had remains of the legend in ex. Now the legend is completed.
1 commentsJochen10/21/18 at 01:48EB: Excellent, congrats!
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Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Prince B (3rd century A.D.)14 viewsvan't Haaff 20.1.1-1B; de Morgan 60; BMC plate XLII, 19-20, page 287, 4-6; Sear GICV 5920; Alram --

AE drachm, 2.69 g., 14.30 mm. max., 0ー

Obv: Bust facing left, wearing diadem of two bands, hair tuft on top of head tied with ribbons, its ends flowing behind, another hair tuft at back of head; to right, pellet-in-crescent above anchor; pellet border.

Rev: Athena standing facing forward, head left, holding spear in right hand, and shield in left; pellet border.
1 commentsStkp10/21/18 at 01:46EB: Beautiful obverse!
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Cornucopia, Denarius, Crawford 58/2/16 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 207 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor. Behind, 店. Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; Corucopia below riders; in linear frame. 迭OMA.
Mint: Rome
Weight: 4.12 gm.
Reference: Crawford 58/2
Provenance: LHS Numismatik purchased 16-AUG-2006


Comments: Anonymous denarius with cornucopia symbol below dioscuri. This issue is of usually of very pleasing style and is quite common in high grade. This example coin is Good EF.

This coin was part of the Ritter-Leu 鉄 hoard. For more on this hoard, see P. Debernardi and S. Brinkman 鄭n Early Roman Republican Denarius Hoard, Numismatic Chronicle, 2016.
1 commentsSteve B510/20/18 at 12:12RomaVictor: beautiful coin, as are your other denarii => amazi...
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Titus / Bearded Captive42 viewsTitus AR Denarius. Rome mint, AD 79. 3.1g, 18mm.
O: IMP T CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right
R: TR POT VIII COS VII, bearded captive, wearing trousers and cape, kneeling right at base of trophy.
- RIC 1; RSC 334a; BMCRE 1.

Only two specimens in the Reka Devnia Hoard, not in the Paris collection or Cohen. An attractively toned issue dated to the first week of Titus' reign, between Vespasian's death on 23 June 79 AD and the beginning of Titus' ninth tribunician year on 1 July. The reverse type was carried on from Titus' last issue as Caesar, see http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-89575
5 commentsNemonater10/20/18 at 10:24FlaviusDomitianus: The toning is quite attractive!
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EB0925 Cleopatra VII / Eagle21 viewsCleopatra VII, Alexandreia mint, 51-30 BC.
Obverse: Diademed and draped bust right.
Reverse: BACIΛIC[CHC KΛEO]ΠATPAC, eagle standing left on thunderbolt; cornucopia to left, Π to right.
References: Svoronos 1871; Weiser 183; SNG Copenhagen 41921; Noeske 3802; BMC 45.
Diameter: 26.5mm, Weight: 20.64g.
Ex: Numismatic Art and Ancient Coins
3 commentsEB10/20/18 at 07:46quadrans: Interesting piece..
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EB0940 Ptolemy IV, Zeus / Eagle12 viewsPtolemy IV 221-205 BC, AE 42.
Obverse: Diademed head of Zeus-Ammon right.
Reverse: PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, cornucopia before, DELTA IOTA between legs.
References: Svoronos 1129.
Diameter: 42mm, Weight: 68.34g.
1 commentsEB10/20/18 at 05:16Canaan: This one is the most handsom and hanfull
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EB0943 Ptolemy III, Zeus / Eagle13 viewsPtolemy III Euergetes 246-221 BC, AE 42.
Obverse: Diademed head of Zeus-Ammon right.
Reverse: PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS, eagle standing left on thunderbolt; cornucopiae tied with fillet before, CHI-RHO monogram between legs.
References: Svoronos 964.
Diameter: 42.5mm, Weight: 70.26g.
Ex: Numismatic Art and Ancient Coins
2 commentsEB10/20/18 at 05:15Canaan: Nice find!!!
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EB0925 Cleopatra VII / Eagle21 viewsCleopatra VII, Alexandreia mint, 51-30 BC.
Obverse: Diademed and draped bust right.
Reverse: BACIΛIC[CHC KΛEO]ΠATPAC, eagle standing left on thunderbolt; cornucopia to left, Π to right.
References: Svoronos 1871; Weiser 183; SNG Copenhagen 41921; Noeske 3802; BMC 45.
Diameter: 26.5mm, Weight: 20.64g.
Ex: Numismatic Art and Ancient Coins
3 commentsEB10/20/18 at 05:14Canaan: Very nice!!!
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Titus AR Denarius64 viewsTitus AR Denarius 79 AD Rome,
Judaea Capta issue.
(3.12 gram, 18 mm).
Obv: IMP T CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, Laureate head right)
Rev: TR POT VIII COS VII Captive kneeling right before trophy.
RIC 1, RSC 334a, Sear RCV (2000) 2505



Here is another interesting coin of Titus. First it is catalogued as RIC 1. This coin was probably minted in the first few weeks of Titus' rule as Augustus.
Take a look at the reverse. You will see a Jewish captive kneeling at the foot of a trophy. Titus' father Vespasian famously put a Jewish captive on the reverse of his own coinage. Since Titus was very involved with the suppression of the Jewish people in Jerusalem and the subsequent looting of the city, I suppose it makes sense that this subject would be continued on his coins.

I like this coin mostly for the reverse. However, I also think the portrait has some charm to it as well. One can clearly see his resemblance to his father.
4 commentsorfew10/20/18 at 05:13Canaan: Great addition a must have!!!!
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EB0923 Ptolemy III, Zeus / Eagle13 viewsPtolemy III, Euergetes (246 - 221 BC), AE 36, Hemidrachm.
Obverse: Diademed head of Zeus-Ammon right.
Reverse: PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS, eagle standing left on thunderbolt; cornucopiae tied with fillet before, monogram between legs.
References: SNG Cop 173.
Diameter: 36mm, Weight: 30.96g.
1 commentsEB10/20/18 at 03:49Jay GT4: Great coin
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EB0941 Ptolemy IV, Zeus / Eagle12 viewsPtolemy IV 221-205 BC, AE 42 (drachm).
Obverse: Diademed head of Zeus-Ammon right.
Reverse: PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS, eagle standing right on thunderbolt, cornucopia before, DELTA IOTA between legs.
References: Sear (SG) 7841, Svoronos 1125, SNG Cop 199, BMC 108.
Diameter: 42mm, Weight: 67.21g.
Ex: Superior Stamp & Coin
1 commentsEB10/20/18 at 03:49Jay GT4: Massive
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EB0943 Ptolemy III, Zeus / Eagle13 viewsPtolemy III Euergetes 246-221 BC, AE 42.
Obverse: Diademed head of Zeus-Ammon right.
Reverse: PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS, eagle standing left on thunderbolt; cornucopiae tied with fillet before, CHI-RHO monogram between legs.
References: Svoronos 964.
Diameter: 42.5mm, Weight: 70.26g.
Ex: Numismatic Art and Ancient Coins
2 commentsEB10/20/18 at 03:48Jay GT4: Huge! Love it
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EB0925 Cleopatra VII / Eagle21 viewsCleopatra VII, Alexandreia mint, 51-30 BC.
Obverse: Diademed and draped bust right.
Reverse: BACIΛIC[CHC KΛEO]ΠATPAC, eagle standing left on thunderbolt; cornucopia to left, Π to right.
References: Svoronos 1871; Weiser 183; SNG Copenhagen 41921; Noeske 3802; BMC 45.
Diameter: 26.5mm, Weight: 20.64g.
Ex: Numismatic Art and Ancient Coins
3 commentsEB10/20/18 at 03:48Jay GT4: Great find!
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RIC 1076 Titus denarius222 viewsT CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS
laureate head right

TR POT VIII COS VII
bound Jewish captive kneeling right in front of trophy

Rome mint, as Caesar, first half of 79 A.D
3.325g
18.5mm, 180o

Choice aVF

SRCV I 2449; RIC II (Vespasian) 1076; BMCRE II 258; RSC II 334, Paris 229

Ex-Forum!

Thought to be minted to remind the Romans of Titus' spectacular victory over Jerusalem 9 years earlier.
9 commentsJay GT410/20/18 at 00:16Nemonater: Awesome portrait and toning!
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Titus / Bearded Captive42 viewsTitus AR Denarius. Rome mint, AD 79. 3.1g, 18mm.
O: IMP T CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right
R: TR POT VIII COS VII, bearded captive, wearing trousers and cape, kneeling right at base of trophy.
- RIC 1; RSC 334a; BMCRE 1.

Only two specimens in the Reka Devnia Hoard, not in the Paris collection or Cohen. An attractively toned issue dated to the first week of Titus' reign, between Vespasian's death on 23 June 79 AD and the beginning of Titus' ninth tribunician year on 1 July. The reverse type was carried on from Titus' last issue as Caesar, see http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-89575
5 commentsNemonater10/20/18 at 00:00orfew: Wonderful acquisition
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RIC 0842 Domitianus54 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG, Laureate head of Domitian, right
Rev : CA-PIT (across field) RESTIT (in exergue), Temple of Capitoline Jupiter with 4 columns enclosing figures of Juno, seated Jupiter and Minerva
AR/Cistophorus (27.56 mm 11.122 g 7h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Asia Minor 82 A.D.
RIC 842 (R), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted, RPC II 867
ex Numismatik Naumann GmbH Auction 70 Lot 462
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/19/18 at 23:09*Alex: Great reverse.
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Titus / Bearded Captive42 viewsTitus AR Denarius. Rome mint, AD 79. 3.1g, 18mm.
O: IMP T CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right
R: TR POT VIII COS VII, bearded captive, wearing trousers and cape, kneeling right at base of trophy.
- RIC 1; RSC 334a; BMCRE 1.

Only two specimens in the Reka Devnia Hoard, not in the Paris collection or Cohen. An attractively toned issue dated to the first week of Titus' reign, between Vespasian's death on 23 June 79 AD and the beginning of Titus' ninth tribunician year on 1 July. The reverse type was carried on from Titus' last issue as Caesar, see http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-89575
5 commentsNemonater10/19/18 at 22:45Jay GT4: Outstanding!
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RIC 0842 Domitianus54 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG, Laureate head of Domitian, right
Rev : CA-PIT (across field) RESTIT (in exergue), Temple of Capitoline Jupiter with 4 columns enclosing figures of Juno, seated Jupiter and Minerva
AR/Cistophorus (27.56 mm 11.122 g 7h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Asia Minor 82 A.D.
RIC 842 (R), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted, RPC II 867
ex Numismatik Naumann GmbH Auction 70 Lot 462
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/19/18 at 21:56Jay GT4: Amazing coin! Better than my example
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RIC 0842 Domitianus54 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG, Laureate head of Domitian, right
Rev : CA-PIT (across field) RESTIT (in exergue), Temple of Capitoline Jupiter with 4 columns enclosing figures of Juno, seated Jupiter and Minerva
AR/Cistophorus (27.56 mm 11.122 g 7h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Asia Minor 82 A.D.
RIC 842 (R), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted, RPC II 867
ex Numismatik Naumann GmbH Auction 70 Lot 462
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/19/18 at 21:42Canaan: Great additin congrats
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Vespasian AR denarius61 viewsVespasian (69-79). AR Denarius
(18.5mm, 2.77g, 6h).
Ephesus? , c. AD 76.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev: Pegasus stepping r.
RIC II 1473; RSC 114a; RPC II 1451.
Rare, Good Fine
St Paul Antiquities Auction 18 Lot 347 October 13, 2018


I knew when I saw this coin that I wanted it. I already have the Domitian with the Pegasus reverse. When I saw this Vespasian with a Pegasus reverse I wondered why this reverse would be on a coin of Vespasian. It appears as if this coin is a mule. The obverse portrait is muled with the Domitian Pegasus reverse.

The mysterious 'O' mint is one mint where this practice is known. There is an 'O' on these coins but little else is known about this mint. In RIC II Part one, the authors tentatively assign this group of denarii to Ephesus. The truth is the location of the 'O' mint is unknown.

This coin is another example of where the obverse is not the most attractive side of the coin. Imho the reverse is not only more interesting but features a very well rendered depiction of Pegasus. The engraving is truly artistic.

This leads me to another aspect of these coins-the legends are often blundered for this mint. Why the celators would take so much care with the devices and not as much with the legends is another 'O' mint mystery.

Mysterious or not, I was immediately attracted to this coin. I feel very lucky to have landed it because it is one of only a handful of examples I have seen or know about.
8 commentsorfew10/19/18 at 20:51okidoki: Congrats very nice
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RIC 0842 Domitianus54 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG, Laureate head of Domitian, right
Rev : CA-PIT (across field) RESTIT (in exergue), Temple of Capitoline Jupiter with 4 columns enclosing figures of Juno, seated Jupiter and Minerva
AR/Cistophorus (27.56 mm 11.122 g 7h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Asia Minor 82 A.D.
RIC 842 (R), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted, RPC II 867
ex Numismatik Naumann GmbH Auction 70 Lot 462
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/19/18 at 19:38orfew: Great coin!
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RIC 0842 Domitianus54 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG, Laureate head of Domitian, right
Rev : CA-PIT (across field) RESTIT (in exergue), Temple of Capitoline Jupiter with 4 columns enclosing figures of Juno, seated Jupiter and Minerva
AR/Cistophorus (27.56 mm 11.122 g 7h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Asia Minor 82 A.D.
RIC 842 (R), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted, RPC II 867
ex Numismatik Naumann GmbH Auction 70 Lot 462
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/19/18 at 17:19Nemonater: Amazing coin, stunning reverse!
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CALABRIA. Taras. Obol (Circa 280-228 BC).7 views9mm, 0.64g, 7h
Kantharos; five pellets around. R/ Kantharos; V to l., five pellets around.
Cf. Vlasto 1628; HN Italy 1076.
Toned, VF
1 commentsLeo10/19/18 at 06:08quadrans: Nice piece..
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Mary I of Scotland (1542 - 1567 A.D.)22 viewsScotland
AR Bawbee
O: MARIA キ D :G キ REGINA キ SCOTORV: A crowned thistle, 'M' to its left and 'R' to the right.
R: OPPIDVM キ EDINBVRGI, Saltire behind a crown, flanked by a cinquefoil on each side.
Edinburgh mint
21mm
1.78g
SCBC 5432
4 commentsMat10/19/18 at 01:10orfew: Great coin!
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Mary I of Scotland (1542 - 1567 A.D.)22 viewsScotland
AR Bawbee
O: MARIA キ D :G キ REGINA キ SCOTORV: A crowned thistle, 'M' to its left and 'R' to the right.
R: OPPIDVM キ EDINBVRGI, Saltire behind a crown, flanked by a cinquefoil on each side.
Edinburgh mint
21mm
1.78g
SCBC 5432
4 commentsMat10/18/18 at 21:27quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Mary I of Scotland (1542 - 1567 A.D.)22 viewsScotland
AR Bawbee
O: MARIA キ D :G キ REGINA キ SCOTORV: A crowned thistle, 'M' to its left and 'R' to the right.
R: OPPIDVM キ EDINBVRGI, Saltire behind a crown, flanked by a cinquefoil on each side.
Edinburgh mint
21mm
1.78g
SCBC 5432
4 commentsMat10/18/18 at 19:50okidoki: Nice Mat
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Probus13 viewsAE-Abschlag
IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG; Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust to right, seen from rear.
ORIENS AVGVSTI; Solt stg. holding globe and raising hand.
Ex: SIS
Siscia
RIC -- (RIC 590 for Aureus)
2 commentsJulianus of Pannonia10/18/18 at 09:45Barnaba6: Fascinating coin! Congrats!
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RIC 7955 views1 commentsvrtsprb10/18/18 at 09:35Barnaba6: Rare and desitable reverse type in very good condi...
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RIC 877v8 views2 commentsvrtsprb10/18/18 at 09:34Barnaba6: Very rare bust type for Serdica! Congrats!
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RIC -, close to RIC 8509 views2 commentsvrtsprb10/18/18 at 09:33Barnaba6: I fully agree with Simon. A truly great and specta...
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RIC 651v15 viewsRIC 651 variant; Alfldi type 26, nー 35; Siscia. Bust type -, (A1). Denomination: Antoninianus.
Not listed for this bust type in RIC.

OBV.: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust left, seen from front.

REV.: CONCORD MILIT

Emperor standing right, clasping hand of Concordia.

Mintmark: T // XXI

Weight: 3.7 g
Diameter: ?
Die axis: ⇅
1 commentsvrtsprb10/18/18 at 09:28Barnaba6: Exceedingly rare bust type for Probus. I envy you ...
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RIC 905v11 views2 commentsvrtsprb10/18/18 at 09:27Barnaba6: Very rare bust type in an excellent condition with...
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RIC 8107 views2 commentsvrtsprb10/18/18 at 09:26Barnaba6: Extremely rare reverse type in a decent condition....
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Struck 1551 - 1553, EDWARD VI (1547 - 1553), AR Shilling minted at London, England24 viewsObverse: EDWARD:VI:D:G:AGL:FRA:Z:HIB:REX漂: Crowned facing bust of Edward VI head turned slightly to left. Tudor rose to left of bust and XII to right; mintmark Y, in legend after REX above.
Reverse: POSVI DEV:ADIVTORE:MEVM:Y. Square topped shield, bearing the arms of England and France, quartered by long cross fourchee; mintmark Y, in legend after MEVM.
Diameter: 33mm | Weight: 5.8gms | Die Axis: 2 | Holed
SPINK: 2482

In 1551 Edward VI issued a new fine silver coinage, his previous silver issues having been very debased. The sixpence denomination was first introduced at this time. It was similar to the new shilling above in having a facing portrait of the king with a tudor rose to the left, but the denomination value to the right of the King's portrait was VI on the sixpence instead of the XII seen on the shilling.
3 comments*Alex10/18/18 at 07:16Potator II: I wouldn't mind at all having one like that, w...
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Struck 1248 - 1250, Henry III (1216 1272), AR Penny minted at London, England23 viewsObverse: HENRICVS REX : III. Crowned bust of Henry III facing within circle of pellets. Mintmark: Six pointed star.
Reverse: NICOLE ON LVND. Voided long cross dividing legend into quarters, trefoil in each quarter of inner circle. Moneyer, Nicholas.
Diameter: 19mm | Weight: 1.3gms | Die Axis: 6
SPINK: 1363

The First Barons' War (12151217) was a civil war in England in which a group of rebellious barons led by Robert Fitzwalter and supported by a French army under the future Louis VIII of France, waged war against King John of England. The war resulted from King John's refusal to accept and abide by the Magna Carta, which he had been forced to put his seal to on 15th June 1215, as well as from Louis' own ambitions regarding the English throne.
It was in the middle of this war that King John died leaving his son, the nine year old Henry III (who had been moved to safety at Corfe Castle in Dorset along with his mother, Queen Isabella) as his heir.
On his deathbed John appointed a council of thirteen executors to help Henry reclaim the kingdom, requesting that his son be placed into the guardianship of William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke. The loyalists decided to crown Henry immediately to reinforce his claim to the throne. William knighted the boy, and Cardinal Guala Bicchieri, the papal legate to England, then oversaw his coronation at Gloucester Cathedral on 28th October 1216. In the absence of the archbishops of either Canterbury or York, Henry was anointed by the bishops of Worcester and Exeter, and crowned by Peter des Roches, bishop of Winchester. During the civil war the royal crown had been lost, so instead, the ceremony used a simple gold corolla belonging to Queen Isabella. In 1217, Henry's forces, led by William Marshal, finally defeated the rebels at the battles of Lincoln and Sandwich.
Henry's early rule was dominated first by Hubert de Burgh, 1st Earl of Kent and Justiciar of England and Ireland, then by Peter des Roches, and they re-established royal authority after the war. In 1225 Henry promised to abide by the final and definitative version of the Magna Carta, freely authenticated by the great seal of Henry III himself, which protected the rights of the major barons and placed a limit on royal power. It is the clauses of this, the 1225 Magna Carta signed by Henry III, not the King John Magna Carta of 1215, which are on the Statute Books of the United Kingdom today.
4 comments*Alex10/18/18 at 07:13Potator II: Beautiful
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1676 Charles II AR "Pattern Farthing"25 viewsObverse: CAROLVS柊匹AROLO. Laureate and cuirassed bust of Charles II with long hair facing left, 1676 below.
Reverse: QVATVOR筆ARIA VINDICO. Britannia seated facing left, holding laurel branch and spear; BRITANNIA in exergue. No pellet between MARIA and VINDICO.
Diameter: 26mm | Weight: 5.9gms | Die Axis: 12h
Peck : 492
PATTERN OR MEDALET - RARE

This periwigged portrait of Charles II was designed by Jan (John) Roettier (1631 - 1700).
The legend, "Quatuor Maria Vindico," means "I claim the four seas," which Peck explains was "intended to give prominence to the king's pride and interest in the navy." The reason this legend never appeared on circulating coinage was probably because the legend was thought to be too provocative to the King of France.

It was Montagu who called this a Roettier pattern farthing of Charles II which, until the discovery in 1903 of 89 specimens in the cabinet of the Marquis of Ailsbury, had hitherto been considered the rarest of the 菟attern farthings of this type.
Peck, however, rejected Montagu's idea that these were patterns and wrote that it was much more likely that they were official medalets. In support of this view it should be noted that not only was this issue struck on a broader flan than usual, it was produced some four years after the issue of regular farthings had begun. It is perhaps also significant that this issue is unknown in copper and that it's die orientation is 12h (medallic orientation), against the 6h orientation which is the norm for the regular farthing coinage of the period. Incidentally, the silver value of this "farthing" would have been equivalent to one shilling and sixpence, that is 72 times the face value of a farthing at the time.
3 comments*Alex10/18/18 at 07:09Potator II: Exceptionnal !
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Crescent (Early), Denarius, Crawford 57/27 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 207 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor. Behind, 店. Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; Crescent above riders; in linear frame. 迭OMA.
Mint: Rome
Weight: 4.29 gm.
Reference: Crawford 57/2
Provenance: LHS Numismatik purchased 16-AUG-2006


Comments: Anonymous denarius with crescent symbol above dioscuri. A common characteristic of this issue is that the reverse horses have short legs. The reverse is off center so crescent symbol is somewhat obscured. The coin is otherwise EF.

This coin was part of the Ritter-Leu 鉄 hoard. For more on this hoard, see P. Debernardi and S. Brinkman 鄭n Early Roman Republican Denarius Hoard, Numismatic Chronicle, 2016.
1 commentsSteve B510/18/18 at 02:36Jay GT4: Great acquisition!
109_Aurelianus_(270-275_A_D_),_Bi-Tetradrachm,_G-3056,_D-,_Alexdr_Vaballathus-l_,L-_#916;_Q-001_0h_21,5mm_10,28g-s.jpg
106p Aurelianus/Vaballathus (270-275 A.D.), Egypt, Alexandria, Bi-Tetradrachm, G-3056, D-, -/LA//--, L/Δ//--, Vaballathus bust left, #193 views106p Aurelianus/Vaballathus (270-275 A.D.), Egypt, Alexandria, Bi-Tetradrachm, G-3056, D-, -/LA//--, L/Δ//--, Vaballathus bust left, #1
avers: A K Λ ΔOM AVPHΛIANOC CEB, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, LA in left down.
reverse: I A C OVABAΛΛAΘOC AΘHN V AVT C P, Laureate and diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Vaballathus right, L-Δ across the field.
exergue: -/LA//--, L/Δ//--, diameter: 21,5mm, weight: 10,28g, axes:0 h,
mint: Egypt, Alexandria, date: 270-271 A.D., LA/ LΔ Year 1 for Aurelianus, and Year 4 for Vaballathus, ref: Geissen-3056, Dattari-, Kapmann-Ganschow-106.67-p334,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans10/18/18 at 00:24NORMAN K: very nice!
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Ionia, Miletos, (cc.350-250 B.C.), AR-Hemidrachm, Deppert-Lippitz 58 (V27/R33)(?), Lion standing left, star above, #1115 viewsIonia, Miletos, (cc.350-250 B.C.), AR-Hemidrachm, Deppert-Lippitz 58 (V27/R33)(?), Lion standing left, star above, #1
avers: Laureate head of Apollo left.
reverse: Lion standing left, star above.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 10,0 mm, weight: 1,69g, axes: 0 h,
mint: Ionia, Miletos, date: cc.350-250 B.C., ref: Deppert-Lippitz 58 (V27/R33)(?).
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3 commentsquadrans10/17/18 at 20:45Canaan: Nice find!!!
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Ionia, Erythrae, (480-450 B.C.), AR-Hemiobol, Imhoof KM 2, Eight-rayed star or flower, #1106 viewsIonia, Erythrae, (480-450 B.C.), AR-Hemiobol, Imhoof KM 2, Eight-rayed star or flower, #1
avers: Rosette or star or sun with 24 petals or rays.
reverse: Eight-rayed star or flower in incuse square.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 5,2 mm, weight: 0,26g, axes: h,
mint: Ionia, Erythrae, date: 480-450 B.C., ref: Klein 387var., Imhoof KM 2,
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1 commentsquadrans10/17/18 at 20:44Canaan: That is a great coin!!!!
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Ionia, Miletos, (cc.350-250 B.C.), AR-Hemidrachm, Deppert-Lippitz 58 (V27/R33)(?), Lion standing left, star above, #1115 viewsIonia, Miletos, (cc.350-250 B.C.), AR-Hemidrachm, Deppert-Lippitz 58 (V27/R33)(?), Lion standing left, star above, #1
avers: Laureate head of Apollo left.
reverse: Lion standing left, star above.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 10,0 mm, weight: 1,69g, axes: 0 h,
mint: Ionia, Miletos, date: cc.350-250 B.C., ref: Deppert-Lippitz 58 (V27/R33)(?).
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3 commentsquadrans10/17/18 at 19:28Enodia: I've always liked the depiction of Apollo on t...
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Egypt, Alexandria, Ptolemy II. Philadelphos, (281-246 B.C.), Svoronos 451, E, 3rd. Series, AE-20, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, #168 viewsEgypt, Alexandria, Ptolemy II. Philadelphos, (281-246 B.C.), Svoronos 451, E, 3rd. Series, AE-20, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, #1
avers: Head of Alexander right, wearing elephant's skin headdress.
reverse: ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟY ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings open, E monogram between legs.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 20,0mm, weight: 6,58g, axes: 0h,
mint: Egypt, Alexandria, date: 265 B.C., ref: Svoronos 451, E, 3rd. Series,
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1 commentsquadrans10/17/18 at 16:22Mat: Love the portrait
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CONSTANTINE I as CAESAR. Large AE Follis of Carthage. Struck A.D.30712 viewsObverse: CONSTANTINVS NOB CAES. Laureate head of Constantine facing right.
Reverse: CONSERVATO-RES KART SVAE. Hexastyle temple within which is Carthage standing facing left holding fruits in both hands. In exergue, PKΔ.
Diameter: 25.15mm | Weight: 6.4gms
RIC VI : 61
2 comments*Alex10/17/18 at 15:33Canaan: Great bust and reverse
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RIC -, close to RIC 8509 views2 commentsvrtsprb10/17/18 at 08:48Julianus of Pannonia: One of the most interesting legend types in my opi...
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RIC 8107 views2 commentsvrtsprb10/17/18 at 08:47Julianus of Pannonia: A rare reverse type! Congrats
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EB0891 Constantius II / FEL TEMP8 viewsConstantius II 337-361, AE 3, Siscia 348-350 AD.
Obverse: DN CONSTANTIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Emperor holding labarum and phoenix, standing on galley piloted by Victory. Mintmark BSIS [symbol 2] (like a retrograde R).
References: RIC VIII Siscia 243.
Diameter: 19.5mm, Weight: 2.012g.
1 commentsEB10/17/18 at 07:29Randygeki(h2): neat coin
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CONSTANS, AE2 of ANTIOCH. Struck A.D.348 - 35026 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans holding globe facing left.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Soldier advancing right, dragging small barbarian from hut beneath tree; in exergue, ANΔ.
RIC VIII : 126
5 comments*Alex10/17/18 at 07:28Randygeki(h2): Awesome example !
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Clodius Albinus (193 - 195 A.D.)32 viewsAR Denarius
O: D CLOD SEPT ALBIN CAES, bare head right.
R: MINER PACIF COS II, Minerva standing front, head left, holding a spear and leaning on a shield.
Rome Mint
3.21g
19mm
RIC 7, RSC 48, RCV 6144, BMC 98
6 commentsMat10/17/18 at 07:21okidoki: very nice
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Vespasian AR denarius61 viewsVespasian (69-79). AR Denarius
(18.5mm, 2.77g, 6h).
Ephesus? , c. AD 76.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev: Pegasus stepping r.
RIC II 1473; RSC 114a; RPC II 1451.
Rare, Good Fine
St Paul Antiquities Auction 18 Lot 347 October 13, 2018


I knew when I saw this coin that I wanted it. I already have the Domitian with the Pegasus reverse. When I saw this Vespasian with a Pegasus reverse I wondered why this reverse would be on a coin of Vespasian. It appears as if this coin is a mule. The obverse portrait is muled with the Domitian Pegasus reverse.

The mysterious 'O' mint is one mint where this practice is known. There is an 'O' on these coins but little else is known about this mint. In RIC II Part one, the authors tentatively assign this group of denarii to Ephesus. The truth is the location of the 'O' mint is unknown.

This coin is another example of where the obverse is not the most attractive side of the coin. Imho the reverse is not only more interesting but features a very well rendered depiction of Pegasus. The engraving is truly artistic.

This leads me to another aspect of these coins-the legends are often blundered for this mint. Why the celators would take so much care with the devices and not as much with the legends is another 'O' mint mystery.

Mysterious or not, I was immediately attracted to this coin. I feel very lucky to have landed it because it is one of only a handful of examples I have seen or know about.
8 commentsorfew10/17/18 at 06:06quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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RIC 905v11 views2 commentsvrtsprb10/17/18 at 04:06Jay GT4: Nice!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CONSTANTINE I as CAESAR. Large AE Follis of Carthage. Struck A.D.30712 viewsObverse: CONSTANTINVS NOB CAES. Laureate head of Constantine facing right.
Reverse: CONSERVATO-RES KART SVAE. Hexastyle temple within which is Carthage standing facing left holding fruits in both hands. In exergue, PKΔ.
Diameter: 25.15mm | Weight: 6.4gms
RIC VI : 61
2 comments*Alex10/17/18 at 04:06Jay GT4: I'm really liking the red patina deposits
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Domitian RIC 1550 viewsAR Denarius, 3.10g
Rome mint, 81 AD
RIC 15 (R2). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: P P COS VII DES VIII; Seat, draped; above, semicircular frame decorated with corn ears
Ex Savoca Blue 10, 30 September 2018, lot 1212.

The rapidity in which Domitian's first denarius issues of 81 came one after another hint that he was in a great hurry to strike coins as Augustus after Titus' death in mid September 81 AD, presumably for a legionary donative. Dio records that Domitian hastened to the praetorian camp to 'receive the title and authority of the emperor' and promised the soldiers the same bounty Titus had provided. The Roman mint immediately began striking coins for the new emperor. This denarius was struck before Domitian had been awarded the power of the tribunate (TR P). Pe